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Taylor Swift Plans To Re-Record Big Machine Songs
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– Soon after Taylor Swift's Big Machine songs ended up in the hands of Scooter Braun (BL), speculation began on what recourse she had, including re-recording material from those first six studio albums? Although considered a longshot, Swift now says in an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” that she plans to do just that, reports Variety. “Might you do that?” asked CBS' Tracy Smith. "Oh yeah,” Swift said. “That’s a plan?” Smith asked. “Oh, absolutely,” the singer responded. But whether Swift intends to revisit her entire catalog on record or just re-record a few select choices for the purpose of film or commercial licensing wasn’t addressed, at least in excerpts released by CBS.
Variety adds that most contemporary recording contracts have provisions prohibiting the artist from recutting material for a period of years. But Swift could have had favorable terms in her contract that would make her songs eligible for re-recording at a certain point after the end of each album cycle, not the end of her overall contract.
The idea of re-recording her Big Machine songs was first fueled by Kelly Clarkson who tweeted out the idea on July 13. “Just a thought,” Clarkson wrote, “U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions. I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point.”
While there's no recent precedent for a major recording artist redoing a whole catalog with a new label, Variety points to Def Leppard who redid several of their hits after a dispute, and in 2012 Jeff Lynne put out “Mr. Blue Sky—The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra,” featuring 12 remakes of ELO classics. - READ ARTICLE HERE
iHeart Goes Full Throttle With Lover Release
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– iHeartMedia will present an exclusive iHeartRadio Lover Album Release Party Featuring Exclusive Audio from Taylor Swift’s Secret Session, in celebration of the most highly-anticipated new album this year, Lover, due on August 23. Beginning at midnight ET on August 23, iHeartRadio’s Pop and Hot AC stations across the country will play a new track off of Lover at the top of every hour leading up to the 30-minute on air special at 8pm local time.
Fans will then have a chance to hear directly from the 10-time GRAMMY winner, Taylor Swift, as she introduces songs and exclusively shares never-before-heard details about the making of her critically-acclaimed 7th studio album. The on air, 30-minute special will broadcast nationwide across 135 iHeartRadio Pop and Hot AC stations. The event will also air digitally on Taylor Swift: Lover Radio every 30 minutes beginning at 8pm ET on August 23 through August 25.
[LISTEN] 'You Need To Work For A Company That Believes In Talent' Says Strassell
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– For those who attended Morning Show Boot Camp 31 earlier this month in Chicago, you may have noticed in a quiet corner of Swissotel's Zurich foyer area Hubbard's head of programming, Greg Strassell being interviewed by RAB chief Erica Farber. This was for its 'Radio on Main Street Podcast where he discusses the challenge of attracting young talent. “They’re out there," Strassell insist, "but you need to work for a company that believes in talent and creates the openings and the opportunities.”
Strassell points to filling some of Hubbard's openings and how programmers have to be creative about where they’re looking for talent. At Q102/WKRQ Cincinnati, afternoon drive host Jon of its Jon & Natalie Show was discovered Emceeing at a local theater by the station’s promotion manager Patty Marshall.
He adds that 106.5 The Arch” WARH St. Louis morning show co-host Jonah of its Stacey & Jonah show, started his career driving a van and being a board op' for CBS Radio in New York before working on-air in Santa Rosa -- Farber pointed out how exciting it was to see the ever-growing number of young talent coming to Boot Camp each year. Strassell concurred, calling his longtime attendance as "one of his favorite times of year.". LISTEN HERE
Power 93.5's Greg Williams Inducted Into Kansas African American Museum Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– Entercom PD/Morning host Greg “The Hitman” Williams of Power 93.5 (KDGS-FM) has been inducted into the Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) Hall of Fame. Williams will receive the Broadcast Journalism Trailblazer Award by TKAAM at the organization’s annual Trailblazers Gala on October 5 in Wichita, KS.
“We are thrilled to see Greg recognized for his significant contributions to radio and to the community,” said Jackie Wise, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Wichita. “We’re very proud to have him as part of the Entercom Wichita team.” “I’d like to thank the Kansas African American Museum for this incredible and humbling honor,” said Williams. “I’m fortunate to have a platform to reach our local community every day. I look forward to sharing this achievement along with my fellow inductees in October.”
Trailblazer honorees are leaders, pacesetters and pioneers who have made a significant impact in their respective professions and who have contributed to the community and have made a positive impact. The theme of the induction ceremony will be “Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Present & Embracing Our Future.” Kevin Willmott, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. Williams is a seasoned radio personality with over 40 years of experience. He joined Power 93.5 as program director and on-air personality in 2000. For over 19 years his morning radio show has been one of the top-rated and most-listened to morning shows in Wichita.
Matt Senne Named GM For Hubbard Minnesota Cluster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– Hubbard Broadcasting VP/Regional Manager of Minnesota Dan Seeman today announced that Matt Senne was named General Manager for the Hubbard Broadcasting radio stations in Alexandria and Wadena. Senne will oversee KIKV-FM and KULO-FM in Alexandria and KKWS-FM, KWAD-AM and KNSP-AM in Wadena. In 2015 Hubbard Broadcasting acquired 16 radio stations in northern Minnesota from Omni Broadcasting.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are to bring Matt into Hubbard Broadcasting,” said Seeman. “Matt‘s background provides the perfect fit for the experience, passion and creativity we need in the Alexandria and Wadena markets. He comes from a great family company at Leighton Broadcasting and we look forward to welcoming him to the Hubbard family and Hubbard Broadcasting.”
Senne has been with Leighton Broadcasting for 21 years, serving as morning show host, Program Director, Operations Manager and Director of Programming. Most recently Senne was the General Manager for Leighton Broadcasting in Winona. “I have admired Hubbard Broadcasting for a very long time for its quality of broadcasting, belief in local talent, helping its clients, and its dedication to the community,” commented Senne. “I am proud to be joining Hubbard Broadcasting and can’t wait to work with our staff and clients in Alexandria and Wadena. My family is incredibly excited to make the beautiful lakes area our home!”
Radio’s Only Comprehensive Study of Air Talent Is Back; Webinar Set For Sept. 4th
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– At this year’s “Morning Show Boot Camp” in Chicago, Jacobs Media and Morning Show Boot Camp released the findings of its comprehensive online study of on-air talent and producers from commercial radio stations across the United States – AQ2. Respondents were asked a wide range of questions on their attitudes about the state of the radio industry, their careers, how they define their ever-changing job duties, and even if they have a “face for radio.” Fred Jacobs (shown) presented the study to the capacity Boot Camp crowd, eager to see research that reflects their aspirations, concerns, and their lives.
The full results of the AQ2 study will be unveiled on a webinar scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th at 2pm EST. To register for the webinar, go to https://jacobsmedia.com/webinar-how-radio-air-talent-feels-about-the-industry/ “Last year’s debut AQ study – radio’s first talent on talent research study – turned out to be a milestone project,” says Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. “This year’s follow-up survey provides tracking, as well as new questions to help inform both talent and those who manage them.” There are great insights in AQ2 including why on-air talent have chosen the radio profession. The top three reasons are that “it’s fun” (79%), “to entertain” (75%), and because it’s “emotionally fulfilling” (56%). The least important reason? “Sex and relationships,” mentioned by only 1% as a main motivator for being on the radio.
Don Anthony, host/creator of Morning Show Boot Camp and publisher of “Jockline Daily,” notes, “Our second annual Jacobs Media/MSBC AQ2 (“Air Talent Questionnaire”) proved once again to be the perfect lead-off session for this year’s 31st annual event. And what a perfect source of material for sessions that followed. Considering the second year in-a-row that more than 1,000 on-air talent completed the nearly 15-minute survey speaks volumes about them, as well as the quality of work provided by Jacobs Media. I’m already looking forward to AQ3.”
The free webinar takes place Wednesday, September 4 at 2pm ET. Register here: https://jacobsmedia.com/webinar-how-radio-air-talent-feels-about-the-industry/
Yinka & Shayna Marie Take Over Mornings At Capital XTRA London
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– Capital XTRA is putting Yinka Bokinni and Shayna Marie Birch-Campbell on weekday breakfast. Yinka and Shayna Marie will replace Jez Welham, who will be leaving the show from September 9th. Yinka joined Capital XTRA in 2016 as the host of the Capital XTRA Evening Show. Shayna Marie started at Capital XTRA in January 2019 to host her own Friday night show well as a Saturday morning show with Yinka.
2Day FM In Sydney Australia Cuts Breakfast Show - 2DayFM has axed its breakfast show with Grant Denyer, Ed Kavalee and Ash London. Jamie Angel launched 2Day's 'Music for Breakfast' on Friday.
Brian Moss Takes Over Late Nights On Midlands 103 In Ireland - Former Tipp FM breakfast host Brian Moss will present a new nighttime show on Midlands 103.vBrian currently hosts the weekend Sports and music show M on the station. He replaces Seanie Morris who is moving into a commercial role at the station.
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WATCH: Dana Cortez Scoops Interview With Chance The Rapper; Says He's Stressed About New Tour
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– Fresh off his Good Morning America Summer Concert Series performance, Chance the Rapper sat down for an exclusive interview with nationally syndicated radio host Dana Cortez of The Dana Cortez Show to discuss his new album, marriage and the political landscape. With a new baby on the way, he admitted to Dana that he’s stressed about going on tour. Dana also spoke with Chance about married life. The newlywed just married childhood sweetheart and mother of his daughter, Kirsten Corley, this summer. When asked if there’s a difference between having a girlfriend and being married, he responded, “It’s a huge difference.”
Chance’s New York City performance on Good Morning America highlighted fan favorites like “Do You Remember,” “Hot Shower,” “Let’s Go on the Run,” “We Go High” and “Town on the Hill.” His “debut” studio album, a follow-up to his project Coloring Book is heavily inspired by the 90s and features artists from the era like girl-groups SWV and En Vogue. WATCH INTERVIEW HERE
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WSB Radio Moves FM Transmitter to East Atlanta; Changes Name/Focus To 95.5 WSB
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2019 –– Cox Media Group Atlanta’s WSB Radio (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM) has moved its 95.5 FM transmitter and antenna from Flowery Branch to East Atlanta and changed its official name and positioning statement to 95.5 WSB Atlanta’s News & Talk. The move brings a stronger signal and better sound quality to residents in counties on the south, west and northwest side of metro Atlanta.
“With the new tower location, at least one million more people in Atlanta will now be able to listen to 95.5 WSB without static, loud and clear, both at home and at work,” says Pete Spriggs, WSB Radio’s director of branding and programming. WSB Radio’s local news, traffic and weather coverage — along with local talk shows featuring Eric Von Haessler, Mark Arum, Erick Erickson and Clark Howard — will continue to air on the 750 AM dial, which has a 97-year broadcast history and is one of the most historic radio signals in the nation, reaching up to 30 states at night and serving as a major source of news and information for the entire Southeast for decades.
“Do we still say, ‘depend on it’?” Eric Von Haessler asks a bit nervously in a video taken atop the tower. “Eh, well—depend on it.” And while the AM signal is not changing or going away, WSB Radio program director Pete Spriggs says he had to consider a changing radio landscape. “The AM signal is still extremely important and is considered the most historic radio signal in the Southeast,” Spriggs told The AJC in a recent interview, adding, “But for marketing purposes, if I want a new listener to tune into my station, it’s going to be a lot easier to find us on the FM dial.” WATCH HERE
Victor 'Tito' Caballero Named PD for 104.5 Latino Hits San Antonio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2019 –– iHeartMedia San Antonio announced that Victor “Tito” Caballero has been named Program Director for 104.5 Latino Hits - San Antonio's Latino Hits Station, effective immediately. He'll report to Chuck Knight, Region Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Austin/San Antonio.
“Victor brings an extensive format expertise and a rich programming history to the Program Director position at 104.5 Latino Hits,” said Knight. “As a San Antonio native, he has an intimate knowledge of what listeners want. He’s been an integral part of our team and has built an amazing relationship with listeners during the afternoon drive. We’re thrilled for what’s ahead for the 104.5 Latino Hits brand and listeners.”
Caballero has been the station’s Creative Director and Afternoon Drive host since December 2018. His background also includes serving as President of Futuri Media, Head of Latin Programming for Slacker and on-air positions in Los Angeles, Dallas and San Diego. He began his career at KRIO FM in San Antonio. “I couldn’t be more excited to program a station in my home town that plays a music format that I love,” said Caballero. “To have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most talented programmers in the world is humbling to say the least.”
Roc & Manuch Joins The Lineup At Fox Sports 910 Phoenix
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2019 –– Fox Sports 910, The Home of the Arizona Coyotes, welcomes “Roc & Manuch,” to the program lineup, effective September 3. “Roc & Manuch” will broadcast weekdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“Roc & Manuch” produced by Chris Schubert, has been a Phoenix staple for over 15 years. Both Mike “Roc” Muraco and Dan “Manuch” Manucci have extensive experience in the sports industry and play active roles in the local community. “We’re excited to add ‘Roc & Manuch’ to our expanding local lineup on Fox Sports 910,” said Linda Little, Market President for iHeartMedia Phoenix. “With over 15 years of experience in Phoenix, Roc and Manuch bring with them a vast knowledge of local sports.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the iHeartMedia family,” said Roc. “This is an exciting next step in the evolution of Fox Sports 910. iHeartMedia has a huge, innovative platform that will allow us to offer listeners the best sports entertainment destination. We can’t wait to get started!”
Zach Gilltrap Joins Paragon Media Strategies In Imaging Post
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2019 –– Paragon Media Strategies announced the addition of Zach Gilltrap, an award-winning Audio Imaging Producer. Gilltrap has provided sound design creative services to radio stations, networks, studios and including Paragon clients for 20+ years. He will provide Audio Imaging Production to select Paragon clients while continuing full-time as the in-house Producer at Colorado Public Radio.
Gilltrap said, “It's not that I'm well-tanned, I'm just actually blushing because Mike Henry and the team at Paragon Media Strategies team invited me on board their lifelong Music Discovery and Branding Mission. To say I'm stoked would be putting it mildly.” Paragon CEO Mike Henry added, “I’ve worked with Zach at many Paragon client stations over the years because he is the most versatile, creative and innovative imaging producer in the country. He provides ground-breaking imaging every time he delivers a new production package and he can do for any format. His addition gives Paragon even more resources to help them deliver compelling radio to their growing audiences. I’d also like to thank Colorado Public Radio for sharing his immense talents with Paragon clients.”
MILESTONE: World's First Radio Station, WWJ Detroit, Turns 99 On National Radio Day
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2019 –– Yesterday was quite special for WWJ Detroit as they commemorated both National Radio Day and their 99th year on air. It was August 20, 1920 when WWJ first went on the air, becoming the first radio station in the world to broadcast regularly scheduled daily programs. As explained in a station post, then owned and operated by the Detroit news, the station began broadcasting under experimental license with the call letters 8MK, later changing to WBL and finally to WWJ.
The first broadcast went on the air at 8:15 p.m. in a makeshift “radio phone room” on the second floor of the Detroit News Building (shown). Shown left is the first transmitter - courtesy of Detroit Historical Society
The Cox Connection –– As a follow-up to WWJ's celebration of it's 99th birthday, we were reminded of the Cox connection to radio's origin by radio videographer and historian Art Vuolo. He points out: that Arguably, the longest running controversy in our industry, without trying to sound like an old joke, is "who's on first?" Was it KDKA in Pittsburgh or WWJ Detroit?
It was also very common for radio stations to be owned by newspapers 100 years ago. The problem is that WWJ (or 8MK) did not stay on the air continuously. Therefore, purists tend to give the nod to Pittsburgh's KDKA which began broadcasting on November 2, 1920 with the Harding/Cox presidential election returns. Interestingly, candidate James Cox is of the same family who established, what is now, Cox Media based in Atlanta at WSB. KDKA has been on the air consistently, and remains so to this day. Now, 99 years later both stations are owned by Entercom, so the controversy has become somewhat moot. You decide.
Edison's Tom Webster To Lead CRB's Fourth CRS360 Webinar
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2019 –– Country Radio Broadcasters will present the next installment of its recently-launched CRS360 webinar series on Tuesday, August 27th at 1 p.m. (CDT), with an episode titled “Country Radio’s Podcasting Opportunity.”
Edison Research SVP and CRS veteran Tom Webster will help attendees better understand the unique relationship between Country radio, its listeners, and their community, and how Country radio is positioned to be something more in podcasting than just repurposed broadcast content.
“The topic of podcasting was on the minds of our entire agenda committee when they met in June, to plan CRS 2020,” said CRS Executive Director, RJ Curtis. “With one third of Americans over the age of 12 having listened to a podcast, we know this platform is rapidly growing; helping radio retain current listeners, and possibly draw new ones to our format is exactly the kind of discussion CRS should be facilitating, and we’re thrilled to have Tom Webster share his insights.” The August edition of CRS360 is a prequel to another session on the topic of podcasting, titled, “In Pod We Trust,” planned for CRS 2020, which will be held Wednesday, February 19th – Friday, February 21st at the Omni Hotel in Nashville. For more information, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.
PODCASTS: ESPN 30 For 30 Podcasts “The Sterling Affairs;” Five Part Series Debuts Today
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2019 –– “The Sterling Affairs” examines the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, his rags to riches rise, his ultimate downfall, and how it all impacted the NBA.
The season explores basketball in Los Angeles, focusing on Sterling’s ruthless real estate empire, his unlikely role as owner of the NBA’s least successful franchise, and the scandal that rocked the sports world when his racist comments, secretly taped by his mistress V. Stiviano, were made public and he was forced by the NBA to sell his team. Featuring original in-depth interviews with Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, legendary Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association Michele Roberts, and NBA players Andre Iguodala and Blake Griffin, among others, the podcast explores how a domestic drama finally boiled over to put the NBA in crisis. LISTEN HERE
PRODUCTS: Wheatstone To Showcase X5 Audio Processor At IBC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2019 –– New this IBC conference, Wheatstone’s X5 FM audio processor that reconstructs the audio after pre-emphasis has been applied. The result is a cleaner, clearer high end; no more dull, “smeary” highs or “spitty” audio. X5 also leads the way with Unified Processing®, another innovation that allows the processor to share critical information between ALL processing stages. The X5 adds a number of other innovative features, including Live Logger, which documents X5 settings and activities, from remote logins to audio failover to preset changes. A redesigned bass processor and enhancement controls in the iAGC allow the operator to safely equalize audio for maximum consistency.
Wheatstone has pioneered in previous models have been incorporated and improved upon in the X5 as well, including the legendary Multipath Mitigation algorithm, composite processing system with selectable look ahead limiting or clipping, baseband192 composite AES connectivity, and a full set of analysis displays. The X5 FM/HD audio processor will be demonstrated at Wheatstone stand 8.C91during the IBC conference in September - MORE INFO HERE
EVENTS: Marilyn Manson And Bush Lead All-Star Lineup for 97.1 The Eagle’s Freakers’ Ball
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2019 –– 97.1 The Eagle, The Rock of Dallas Fort Worth, announced its all-star lineup for Freakers’ Ball, taking place on October 25 at Dos Equis Pavilion. The concert will feature performances from Marilyn Manson, Bush, Bad Wolves, Filter, 10 Years and Blacktop Mojo.
“We’re excited to bring yet another incredible Freakers’ Ball lineup to our Dallas/Fort Worth rock fans,” said Patrick Davis, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Dallas/ Fort Worth. “Who better to headline this huge annual event than Marilyn Manson,” said Don Davis, Program Director for 97.1 The Eagle. “Our Eagle Rockaholics have come to expect the best when it comes to our annual Freakers’ Ball lineup and we always strive to deliver.” 97.1."
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Dave O'Brien Heads To 'The Mountain' Denver
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced Dave O’Brien as new morning show host for 99.5 The Mountain (KQMT-FM), Denver’s classic rock outlet. “It’s a new morning on The Mountain and we’re thrilled to have Dave O’Brien join us,” said John Fullam, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Denver. “Dave’s ability to engage fans, his passion for the music and successful track record made him the perfect choice to host mornings on 99.5 The Mountain.
“I’m very excited to join the talented team at Entercom Denver and can’t wait to start rocking Denver awake every morning on 99.5 The Mountain,” said O’Brien. “I’m eager to embrace the Colorado lifestyle and I’m more than ready to return to my classic rock roots.”
O’Brien is a seasoned radio veteran with a rich history of experience in multiple formats. Prior to joining Entercom, O’Brien served as morning show host for WLHK-FM in Indianapolis, IN since 2005. During his time in Indianapolis, O’Brien was awarded Large Market Personality of the Year by the Indiana Broadcasters Association three years in a row, as well as nominated for an NAB Marconi Radio Award in 2016.
Former WPLJ Host Todd Pettengill Launching A Subscription-Based Website For $9.55 Per Month!
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2019 –– Longtime WPLJ New York host Todd Pettengill is launching a subscription-based website, HeyTodd.com, reports lohud.com. Starting on Sept. 5 the show will be available five days a week to subscribers.
"I wanted to give somebody something to listen to on their commute, and make sure it my sort of vision," Pettengill said. "Now, I don't have this guy in a suit saying, 'Well, we wouldn't do that.'" Pettengill set the price for the new venture saying, “I pulled the price out of nowhere,” he joked. “It's $9.55 — that’s nine five five a month.” He pointed out that it will cost less for those who subscribe for a year in advance. The new show will launch on Sept. 5. That's 9/5. “I’m not getting rich over it and people aren't going broke subscribing," he said. "Skip two Starbucks and you’ve got the month. It's just a way to be able to do a show again, five days a week.”
Pettengill's former PLJ crew, co-host Jayde Donovan, executive producer Joe Pardavila and on-air talent Anne Marie Leamy won’t be involved at the outset. “Everybody’s got some things going, or in the works,” he said, but he plans to check in on them from time to time. Donovan currently hosts the syndicated “Jayde Donovan Show” airing weekends nationwide. She also working on new podcasts launching in 2019 for Westwood One.
Q102 Philly Announces the Debut Of 'Q102 Tonight with Eliott'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2019 –– Q102, Philly announced the debut of its new show “Q102 Tonight with Eliott,” effective September 9. The night show will broadcast weekdays from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Hosted by Eliott King,
“Eliott’s passion and level of creativity make him the perfect candidate to lead Q102 nights,” said Buster Satterfield, Program Director for Q102. “Q102 is a heritage station in the Philly community and we’re certain that he’ll help shake things up for the iconic brand.”
King joins the Philadelphia market from WNOW-FM in Indianapolis, In. where he most recently served as afternoon drive host. He also served as the assistant program director for WNOW-FM and began his career at iHeartMedia Los Angeles. “I’m thrilled to join Q102,” said King. “Q102 is a legendary station and staple in the Philly community and I can’t wait to connect with the loyal listeners and add my unique flavor to this legendary Top 40 format.”
600 KOGO San Diego Adds Not Sports With Darren Smith And Jack Cronin To Daily Line-up
THE MOUTH, AUGUST Effective Monday, August 19, 2019, Not Sports with Darren Smith and Jack Cronin will debut weekday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on News Radio 600 KOGO. Smith currently hosts the popular Darren Smith Show, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., on XTRA 1360 and now joins the line-up on iHeart San Diego powerhouse News Radio 600 KOGO, alongside Cronin, co-host of San Diego’s Evening News. Smith has been a prominent voice in San Diego sports radio since 2004.
“When Darren chose to join us at iHeart Media San Diego, it was clear that he was an exceptional talent with something to say on a variety of issues both inside and outside of the world of sports,” said KOGO and XTRA 1360 Program Director Brian Long. “This is an exciting opportunity for KOGO listeners to experience a new voice and perspective on the station.” Prior to his broadcast career on the west coast, Smith spent time at ESPN Radio at the headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut (1998-2002), where he helped launch ESPN’s 24-hour format. During his tenure, Smith produced several programs, including the famed The Dan Patrick Show. The addition of Not Sports with Darren Smith and Jack Cronin will shift KOGO at Night with Chris Merrill to weekdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Al Payne Named PD At WHUR Washington DC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2019 –– Howard University's WHUR-FM/Washington, DC, has named veteran programmer Al Payne as its new Program Director. Payne most recently was PD at Urban AC KMJK-FM Magic 107.3/Kansas City. Payne's 20-year career includes stints in Baltimore, Louisville, Detroit, Richmond, Dallas, Greensboro and Wilmington NC.
"Growing up as an I-95 'radio kid,' there were a few iconic stations that you could only dream of one day having the opportunity to program and influence," said Payne. "96.3 WHUR is at the pinnacle of my personal list and to say that this is a blessing is a huge understatement. I look forward to working with the GM, Sean Plater, to help this amazing team of world class broadcasters continue to entertain and serve the DMV under the umbrella of Howard University."
Plater added, "Al Payne is an innovative force in the radio industry and I am absolutely THRILLED to welcome him to WHUR. AL has the energy, experience, passion, and creativity needed to lead our Programming team, with a fresh perspective for the future."
DJ Q Tapped As Content Director For B96 & Magic 101.3 Louisville
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2019 –– DJ Q as Content Director for B96 (WGZB) and Magic 101.3 (WMJM). DJ Q has been a market vet for over 15 years in roles as mixer, production and imaging, APD for WGHL 105.1/Louisville, as well as, APD/MD for B96 and Magic 101.3 the past 5 years.
"There is no purpose without a plan...success is doing what you love, focusing on your goals, and never giving up the strength and determination to succeed!" DJ Q stated. I'm excited to be a proud Alpha Media family member, and I look forward to bringing a positive culture and creative ideas to the forefront. Thank you Phil Becker, Steve Bearance, Ben Davis, Darrick "Brown" Williams and to my team.”
“I have had the privilege of watching Q grow from a mixer, to a part-time talent, to an Asst. Production Director, to an Asst. Programming Director, to now Content Director and have seen firsthand the passion, drive, and leadership he possesses and brings to these heritage brands. I'm so excited to see what the future of these brands hold under Q's guidance and leadership.,” commented Ben Davis, Operations Manager.
Sammy Cruise Rises To APD/MD For WIRK-FM West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2019 –– Sammy Cruise has been named Assistant Program Director & Music Director for New Country 103.1\WIRK West Palm Beach. Additionally he will continue in his role as afternoon drive host.
"I am thrilled to have Sammy on the team," said Operations Manager Bruce Logan. "His brand knowledge of WIRK, his talent as an air personality and his relationships with Artists, Artist Managers and Label Friends is second to none. Sammy has been invaluable to me as we work to build New Country 103-1 into South Florida’s Home for New Country. Sammy takes his job very seriously.
EVENTS: RAB, BMI And MIW Complete 12th Annual Rising Through The Ranks Seminar
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20THM 2019 –– The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) ®, and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group, announced the successful completion of the 12th annual Rising Through the Ranks Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program. Twenty-seven scholarship recipients were welcomed at the BMI Nashville Offices on Aug. 13-15. Scholarships were courtesy of BMI. 2019 Graduates and Speakers with BMI songwriter and Warner Music Nashville Recording Artist Ashley McBryde.
Featured speakers included: Hartley Adkins, President, Integrated Revenue Strategy, iHeartMedia, Inc. Georgia Beasley, Manager, Professional Development, RAB Joe D'Angelo, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Radio, Xperi Inc. DTS/HD Radio Erica Farber, President and Chief Executive Officer, RAB Bill Hendrich, Executive Vice President, Cox Media Group Amy Hughes, Director of Sales, Entercom Communications Kim Johnson, Director of Sales, RAB Laurie Kahn, Founder, Media Staffing Network Susan Larkin, Regional Vice President, Entercom Communications Denyse Mesnik, President, The Mesnik Group/MIW Executive Committee Val Maki, President and Chief Operating Officer, Brandovation Jennifer Morelli, Senior Vice President, Live Events & Experiences, Entercom Communications Ginny Morris, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Hubbard Radio Beth Neuhoff, Chief Executive Officer, Neuhoff Media Dan Spears, Vice President, Industry Relations, BMI Erika Sylvia, Controller, Emmis Communications.
Carrie Underwood To Host 53rd Annual CMA Awards
With Special Guest Hosts Reba McEntire & Dolly Parton
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2019 –– The Country Music Association announced that Carrie Underwood will host the 53rd Annual CMA Awards in November, with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton in a celebration of legendary women of country music. The awards show will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 8-11 pm ET on ABC.
“It’s an incredible honor to welcome Carrie, Reba and Dolly to the CMA Awards stage this year,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer. “In addition to awarding the year’s best and brightest in the genre, The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will celebrate the legacy of women within Country Music, and we couldn’t think of a more dynamic group of women to host the show.”
Final awards nominees will be announced Wednesday, Aug. 28 on ABC’s Good Morning America. The 53rd Annual CMA Awards is a production of the Country Music Association.
Killers, The 1975Top Lineup For 4th Annual 'Riptide Music Festival
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2019 –– Entercom, revealed the lineup for its 4th annual “Riptide Music Festival powered by Ford,” a RADIO.COM event. The two-day festival will feature over 20 musical performers including The Killers, The 1975, The Revivalists, Silversun Pickups and Judah & The Lion, among others.
“Riptide Music Festival powered by Ford” will be hosted by 104.3 The Shark (WSFS-FM), South Florida’s only alternative station, on November 23 and 24 on Fort Lauderdale Beach
“We’re looking forward to this spectacular event showcasing our culinary scene, fashion, art and culture – all coupled with a stand-out lineup of top performers,” said Stacy Ritter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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Fred Jacobs Dives Deep Into State Of Women On The Radio In Second Annual Talent Study
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2019 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs blogs: "It's been another interesting chapter in the saga of women in radio. Like every industry, broadcast radio has diversity challenges – and we saw that up close and personal at Morning Show Boot Camp 31 this month in Chicago, as well as in the charts and graphs in AQ2, our talent on talent survey we've now conducted for the second consecutive year."
Jacobs says, "On the surface, the environment appears to be improving for women in radio. But when you start digging a little deeper, you can't help but encounter some of the same congenital issues. As our AQ study shows, men outnumber women on the air by a 3:1 ratio – same as last year. And that starts an important conversation about the state of the medium, whether it's in morning radio or even when it comes to voiceover work."
Ellen K A Shining Success: Jacobs points to KOST-FM morning host Ellen K as one of radio's shining success stories for women in radio. Ellen, who was the sidekick for two morning show superstars – Rick Dees and Ryan Seacrest – before striking out on her own, now dominates in mornings on her own in L.A.. Jacobs says, "While those partnerships were no doubt an important part of Ellen's learning curve, she sought to go solo in 2015 – and hasn't looked back. Like many in radio, Ellen got her start while at college, and interned at WXUS in Lafayette, Indiana.
Taking note of this year's 30th Annual Women's Forum at MSBC 31 led by Entercom's Elizabeth Kay of WMYX-FM mornings, she along with Top L-R: Elizabeth Kay, Mandy James, Riley Couture, Deja Vu, Corey Dylan discussed how they navigate the many speed bumps they've encountered over the years - READ JACOBS BLOG HERE - Top Photo courtesy of Fred Jacobs
Jesse And Tati Team For Mornings On Star 94.1 San Diego
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2019 –– Star 94.1 FM San Diego announced the debut of Jesse and Tati in the Morning, effective August 26. The move pairs popular San Diego on-air host Jesse Lozano and Tati Santiago together as co-hosts.
Tati began her radio career in Honolulu, Hawaii at KIKI-FM. She then moved to San Diego in 2006 after accepting a position at XHTZ-FM. Her radio career took her to the east coast in 2013 to co-host morning drive at WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C. and after three years, Tati returned to San Diego where she most recently served as morning co-host at JAM’N 95.7.
Jesse is a San Diego native who began his radio career at Channel 93.3 FM as “Boy Toy Jesse.” In 2007, Jesse made the move to Los Angeles as host of afternoon drive at 102.7 KIIS-FM. While maintaining his afternoon drive show at 102.7 KIIS-FM, Jesse came back to San Diego in 2012 where he most recently served as host of “Jesse Lozano in the Morning” at Star 94.1 FM.
“From beginning my radio career in Hawaii to now being able to work mornings with Jesse Lozano on Star is something I could’ve never dreamt up,” said Tati. “I’m excited to interact, laugh and dig the ‘sleepies’ out of my eyes with the San Diego community every morning.” “I’ve been a fan of Tati's for a very long time and I feel so lucky to be teaming up with her,” said Jesse.
Dave Mason Returning To The Air In San Diego At KFMB 100.7
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2019 –– Longtime San Diego host Dave Mason is returning to the air in San Diego at KFMB 100.7-FM, according to Mike Vasquez, director of programming. According to The Times of San Diego, Mason, who has worked in San Diego the past 20 years, will fill-in on weekends starting this month and at other times as needed, the station said. He is scheduled for the 9 a.m.-to-2 p.m. time slots on Aug. 24 and 31.
“Our team is made up of radio fanatics, which makes Dave an ideal fit,” said Vasquez. “His level of experience and passion will be a tremendous addition to our team and we’re eager to get him on-the-air.” Mason said, “Joining 100.7 San Diego is a thrill for me in sharing some of the best music ever and doing what I love to do, which is have fun on the radio. It’s great to be part of a station that super-serves the musical tastes of San Diego.”
Entercom Wash. DC Invites Listeners To Come Watch Its Top Shows On National Radio Day
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2019 –– Entercom is celebrating National Radio Day tomorrow by inviting listners to come celebrate right from the their studios. Beginning tomorrow, August 20th at 6:00am, Entercom Radio Washington D.C. wants to celebrate along with its listeners at its District Live studios
"Come in and watch your favorite shows as they broadcast live; meet your favorite personalities, tour our studios and more," says the presser. The National Radio Day Lineup: 6am to 10am – El Meneo from El Zol 107.9 10am to 12pm – Rod Hendrix from 94.7 The Drive 12pm to 2pm – Poet from WPGC 95.5 2pm to 6:30pm – Chad Dukes from 106.7 The Fan.
Boot Camp 31 Sessions Now Available From Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 –– He threatened to retire after last year (and the year before, and the year before, and the year before), but Art Vuolo was THRILLED to be at Boot Camp 31once again to record all of the sessions.
If you want one or more, or a complete set of the entire conference, he is making them available for an very affordable price (just enough to cover his gas costs from Detroit to Chicago and back - so he says). Add $5 for S/H. Be aware, downloads are not possible, but payment is easy via personal check or PayPal. It was all done with direct audio and with HD cameras. Reach out to Art via e-mail: email@example.com and include your phone number.
Dierks Bentley To Salute America's Work Force In WWO Labor Day Special
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2019 –– Westwood One announced that multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will host Westwood One’s annual “Workin’ Hard Country” music special. This four-hour, end-of-summer blowout is available for radio stations nationwide to air over Labor Day weekend.
Stations can air Westwood One’s Workin’ Hard Country with Dierks Bentley any time Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2, 2019, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. Additionally, Bentley will team up with Live Nation for his 2nd annual three-day SEVEN PEAKS FESTIVAL in Buena Vista, CO over Labor Day weekend. For more information visit www.dierks.com. Westwood One's holiday music specials, with music’s biggest and brightest star hosts, have become a welcome tradition with hundreds of programmers, millions of listeners, and local advertisers. For more information, contact Country@WestwoodOne.com.
Power 105.1 Announces Powerhouse Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19THM 2019 –– August 19, 2019 – iHeartMedia’s Power 105.1, Home of The Breakfast Club on New York's Hip Hop and R&B, today announced the star-studded lineup for its annual live music event, Powerhouse presented by AT&T and produced by Live Nation. The event will take place on Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. EST, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Power 105.1’s on-air personalities, DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God of “The Breakfast Club,” officially announced the all-star performers on-air for Powerhouse 2019.
This year's lineup will feature: Migos, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Da Baby, Davido, Megan thee Stallion, Saweetie, Polo G, Lil Tjay, with more to be announced. "We're beyond excited to give the Tri-State an incredible line-up featuring the biggest names in Hip Hop & R&B,” said Thea Mitchem, Executive VP of Programming/Program Director Power 105.1. “It will be an unforgettable night filled with huge moments and big surprises!”
103.7 Play Richmond's Melissa & Jack Collect 14,063 Backpacks In Annual Supply Drive
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2019 –– Melissa and & Jack, morning hosts of 103.7 Play-FM Richmond, tell Jockline they collected 14,063 backpacks, each stuffed with school supplies for elementary and middle school students at Richmond City Public Schools! It was a partnership with VCU Alumni and the amazing people at CoStar brought out tons of volunteers for the assembly lines with UPS helping to pack away four freight trucks of bags.
Melissa says, "The craziest part was with an hour left in the donation drive we ran out of boxes – that’s how many bags were collected! So we put the call out and a 103.7 listener saved the day and got her company to open up for us at 7PM to come get moving boxes to finish our event. We are so proud to have such incredibly generous listeners and community members all teaming up together for this massive act of love and kindness for our local students and schools."
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iHeart Debuts New CHR 97.5 KISS-FM In Indy
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Indianapolis has launched the new 97.5 KISS FM in Indy. Joining the lineup so far for the launch (shown L-R) KD, Rucker, Jake B and Catalina. “We are thrilled that our listeners can now listen to their favorite songs and hit music that they love without commercial interruption,” said Dave Hill, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Indianapolis. “97.5 KISS FM is going to energize our listeners and shakeup the Hit Radio/Top 40 landscape.”
“We are THRILLED to bring the KISS-FM brand to Indy,” said Brett Beshore, Market President for iHeartMedia Indianapolis. “The music, events and personalities featured on 97.5 KISS FM is the perfect formula and will contribute to building a great audience for our advertisers.” With the launch, KISS-FM is now airing commercial-free.
98 Rock Baltimore's Justin, Scott & Spiegel 'Shouldn't Be On TV' Debuts On WBAL-TV
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 ––Baltimore’s Justin, Scott and Spiegel from 98 ROCK is bringing their show to television, as WBAL-TV 11 presents “Justin, Scott and Spiegel Shouldn’t Be On TV.” The half hour show will premiere this weekend immediately following Saturday Night Live on WBAL-TV 11. In the show’s premiere, the trio talks to “JSS Super Fan” Justin Tucker, and reveals one of the Baltimore Ravens star kicker’s greatest summer fears. WBAL-TV 11 has created a series of image and topical promos for the show.
“Creating this television program for broadcast on WBAL-TV 11 is a natural extension of our partnership with sister station 98 ROCK,” commented Dan Joerres, President and General Manager of WBAL-TV. “Like our shared partnerships with the Baltimore Ravens and Maryland Lottery, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to serve our Baltimore viewers and listeners. Given the popularity of the live stream of Justin, Scott and Spiegel’s morning show, we saw an opportunity to develop this program for local fans.” “Pairing Baltimore’s most colorful and imaginative radio show in this great time slot after SNL is a terrific opportunity to reach our listeners on one of the country’s strongest NBC affiliates,” said Cary Pahigian, President and General Manager of WIYY-FM/98 ROCK. “Justin, Scott and Spiegel are ready to take full advantage of this great lead-in.” The “Justin, Scott and Spiegel Show” is heard every weekday morning from 5am -10am on WIYY-FM/98 ROCK.
Delana Bennett Shifts To Afternoons; Adds APD Post At Star 94.1 San Diego
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 ––Star 94.1 FM, San Diego has named Delana Bennett as Afternoon Drive Host, effective September 3. In addition to hosting afternoon drive, Bennett has also been named Assistant Program Director for Star 94.1 FM. Bennett, a familiar voice in San Diego for almost 20 years, previously served as co-host on Star's “Jesse Lozano in the Morning” since 2012. Past stints also included cast member on the “Jeff and Jer Showgram.” Prior to her tenure at Star 94.1 FM, she also co-hosted the “Greg & Delana Show” on XHRM-FM in San Diego.
“No doubt with Delana’s brand and market equity, she will elevate the listening experience every afternoon for San Diego commuters,” said Joe Haze, Program Director for Star 94.1 FM and Channel 93.3. “Delana’s ability to connect with listeners and relate to Star 94.1 FM’s busy adult audience makes her an ideal host for afternoon drive.” “What an incredible opportunity,” said Bennett. " A special thank you to iHeartMedia for believing in me and Jesse Lozano and our morning crew for an incredible seven years together.”
NETWORKS: Steve Gorman Rocks Joins WWO Lineup For New Weeknight Jam
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One will launch a new live weeknight show for Classic Rock radio, Steve Gorman Rocks! The five-hour program is hosted by The Black Crowes co-founder and former Fox Sports Radio personality. Steve Gorman Rocks! will launch on more than 20 stations on September 9, 2019, and will air live Monday through Friday, 7 pm to Midnight, in all time zones across America. Steve Gorman is the drummer and founding member of the iconic American rock band The Black Crowes. For three decades he has toured the world relentlessly, performing with artists who are mainstays of Classic Rock playlists today, from AC/DC to ZZ Top, including the Stones, Aerosmith, Heart, Metallica, and Jimmy Page.
The program will include audio and video content from April Rose, a well-known social media personality with more than two million followers. Rose’s past work includes on-camera host and content creator for Maxim.com and Playboy.com. She’s hosted MTV Spring Break in Cancun, been a season regular on MTV and MTV2’s break-out shows “Guy Code” and “Girl Code,” plus VH1’s “I Love The 2000’s” and “Top 100 Hottest Rock Stars of All Time.”
“I’ve toured the world for over 25 years, leaving a small piece of my sanity at every stop,” says Steve. “’Steve Gorman Rocks!’ is a natural extension of the life I’ve lived. I’ve got a unique perspective on the rock music we all love and plenty of stories to share. We’re gonna have a blast!” For more information on how “Steve Gorman Rocks!” can rock your station at night contact Todd Alan firstname.lastname@example.org (212) 735-1107.
WWO News Covers Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary And News Retrospective From Bethel, NY
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 –– This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Westwood One News will have full coverage all weekend, featuring correspondent Steve Kastenbaum (shown) reporting from Bethel Woods, New York and 50-year old sound from the Westwood One News archives. It was the summer of 1969. Four hundred thousand people converged on a local farm in upstate New York to hear 32 of the top musical acts of the time. The 600-acre farm was overwhelmed with intense heat, rain and mud, and Woodstock became a legendary scene of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It also spawned an Academy Award winning film, soundtrack album, and major hit song.
In addition to this weekend’s coverage, Westwood One will also celebrate Woodstock’s golden anniversary with a half-hour special, 'Woodstock: A Festival for the Ages' The news retrospective, hosted by correspondent Mike Moss, will run Labor Day weekend and will explore Woodstock’s legacy with archived audio clips, news reports, and interviews.
This special Westwood One News content is available to affiliated stations for unlimited use from Thursday, August 29, 2019 through Monday, September 2, 2019. Stations interested in learning more about Westwood One News can contact Jim Jones at email@example.com or (202) 840-7933. PHOTOS/Kastenbaum-Twitter - plus Kastenbaum snapped this commemorative plaque from Yagur's Farm (L)
KXTE-FM Las Vegas' Morning Host Dave Farra Adds Sports Betting Show To His Resume
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 –– Dave Farra, co-host of The Dave & Mahoney Show on KXTE-FM Las Vegas has added regular sports betting radio and TV programming to his resume for VSiN, (Vegas Stats and Information Network). Dave will be hosting “BETTING ACROSS AMERICA” across the VSIN TV and radio network from 12p-2p PT three times a week, in addition to the syndicated football betting “Sunday Preview and Dave Farra and Matt Brown.
The latest affiliate for Sunday Preview is Cumulus WLS-AM Chicago where, starting August 31, will air VSiN’S “Sunday Preview”from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays.
PODCASTS: iHeart Premieres Original True-Crime Series! 'Hit Man;' Pittman With Sykes
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 ––Today, the iHeartPodcast Network premiered a new, original true-crime series! “Hit Man” follows the real story of Lawrence Horn — an engineer at Motown records who was behind some of Motown’s greatest hits by the Supremes and the Jackson 5 — and the peculiar circumstances surrounding the murder of his ex-wife, son and friend. LISTEN HERE
Plus check out the latest episode of Bob Pittman’s “Math & Magic: Stories from the Frontiers of Marketing featuring John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises at iHeartMedia. In this week’s episode Sykes discusses the shift in the entertainment marketing landscape and the influence of radio as the pioneer media platform. He also gives listeners tips on how to get your next project funded and how he helped pull together a concert for NYC in just 4 and a half weeks! With regard to the the shift in the media landscape, Sykes says, “Radio was really a personalized medium that actually led the way for television, cable, what you and I did and changed the world. So I think for us now, there are so many opportunities to market, and it really comes down to understanding the platforms you work for and just throwing out the tradition. We get stuck in our ways, and I think we fail to sometimes reinvent ourselves, and that's the challenge we have to do today.” LISTEN HERE
PRODUCTS: Sun & Fun Media & Key Netwoks Add ARC Support
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 ––Jason Bailey’s (L) Reatro Ventures and its software division, Media10, announced today that Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks have joined the growing list of companies using its ARC software. ARC is a full-service radio research platform providing detailed station and personnel information, revenue analysis, a full CRM and Neilsen data for every radio broadcast signal across America.
Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Sun & Fun Media, said: “If you work in syndication and affiliate sales, the ARC system is an extremely valuable tool that will help your sellers enjoy maximum efficiency in their daily routine.”
This month ARC announced several new features to its already robust platform including full, personal email integration allowing users to email, reply and monitor correspondence directly from a stations dedicated page in ARC. Developers also introduced a new Owner Feature that allows users to search by owner group, add opportunities by a group or select stations in a group, track value by groups and much more. Lead Software Developer Luca Marian, added: “Its widely known that Dennis Green is the King of Affiliation so having him on the ARC platform speaks volumes of it’s importance and functionality. We’re thrilled to welcome Dennis and the entire team at Sun & Fun to the ARC Family!” To set up a demo or for more information, contact Ian Steele at Ian.Steele@Reatro.com or visit www.arcsoftware.us.
Entercom's Channel Q Adds Nine New Markets
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the continued growth of CHANNEL Q, a RADIO.COM Original Station. The premiere LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network will be available in a total of 28 markets nationwide. “CHANNEL Q’s already expansive reach nationwide is another step in the right direction as we aim to promote and support inclusion throughout our country,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Southern California. “We remain as persistent about providing the LGBTQ+ community and its allies with a voice as we did when we first launched and we are proud to continue to expand our efforts into new markets.”
Listeners can now tune in to CHANNEL Q on the below stations via an HD Radio capable device: Atlanta: STAR 94.1 HD3 (WSTR-FM), launching in September 2019 Detroit: 98.7 The Breeze HD3 (WDZH-FM) Milwaukee: 103.7 KISS FM HD3 (WXSS-FM) New Orleans: B97 HD2 (WEZB-FM) Norfolk: Z104 HD2 (WNVZ-FM) Orlando: FM 101.9 HD2 (WQMP-FM), launching in late August 2019 Philadelphia: 96.5 TDY HD3 (WTDY-FM) Pittsburgh: Y108 HD3 (WDSY-FM) Wilkes-Barre: MAX 102 HD2 (WMQX-FM), launching in late August 2019.
CHANNEL Q is available nationwide on RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across the company’s robust portfolio of 235 radio stations, the RADIO.COM app and on Entercom stations in 28 markets.
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[WATCH] After 29-Yr. Run, WBT Charlotte's John Hancock Announces His Retirement
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2019 –– Charlotte radio icon John Hancock will air his final show on WBT 1110 AM on October 17, 2019 writes the Entercom outlet at its website. Inducted to the WBT Hall of Fame in 2017, John arrived at WBT in December of 1990, and has helped shape the discussion in Charlotte ever since. “No one will know how much of his time and energy John has given to serving this community. He is, by every measure, a success and a true Charlotte treasure,” said Matt Hanlon, SVP/MM, Entercom Charlotte.
“How Lucky am I? Three decades at an historic, three letter call, 50,000 watt Blowtorch in a dynamic city of growth. I am humbled. It's just time to do something else. I've been in and around radio for almost 50 years. WBT and Entercom have been great. I'll keep a tether to the station and my clients, and to the magnificent people of Charlotte."
Hancock added, "When I set out on a radio career in 1970.[KBCO/KADE, WARM, Y-103 WIVY] I could never have imagined the great people and places that would cross my path. Thank You Charlotte!!!” said John Hancock. His show airs each weekday from 3p – 6p on News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT - WATCH HERE
Goli Sheikholeslami Named CEO of New York Public Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2019 –– As first reported by Chicago media blogger Robert Feder, Goli Sheikholeslami, whom Feder calls "The most powerful woman in Chicago journalism," is leaving town after five years for a new job in New York.
She's resigning as president and CEO of Chicago Public Media, NPR news/talk WBEZ 91.5-FM and urban alternative Vocalo to become CEO of New York Public Radio, parent company of WNYC, starting in early October.
“My move to New York is bittersweet, especially when it comes to leaving the talented and dedicated team and board at Chicago Public Media,” Sheikholeslami said. “I have been exhilarated by the deep and personal connections between public radio audiences and their stations, particularly at WBEZ and Vocalo. I’m happy to remain in the public radio family and look forward to the continued growth and success of both of these integral public radio powerhouses.”
Sheikholeslami joined Chicago's Public Media in 2014, is credited with helping transform WBEZ into Chicago’s premier broadcast and digital news organization, Sheikholeslami earlier this year topped this column’s list of the most powerful women in Chicago journalism.
DJ Holiday Inks Extension; Rises To APD For The Beach Miami
Will Continue To Host Afternoon Drive
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the promotion of DJ Holiday to the role of Assistant Program Director for 102.7 The Beach (WMXJ-FM) Miami. The company also announced a new multiyear contract extension with DJ Holiday. “
“There’s always something new to learn and room to grow professionally,” said DJ Holiday. “I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my Entercom family for the opportunity to do so.”
DJ Holiday will continue in his current roles as Music Director and afternoon drive host for 102.7 The Beach, positions he has held since the station's inception in 2016. Prior to that, he was afternoon drive host for the station’s predecessor Magic 102.7. DJ Holiday also held on-air roles for now sister station Power 96 (WPOW-FM).
Craig Bommer Named Market President For iHeart Wheeling Parkersburg, WV
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Craig Bommer has been named Market President for the Wheeling/Parkersburg markets, effective immediately. Bommer will report to Tim McAleer, Region President for iHeartMedia Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
Bommer is a marketing and sales veteran and has been in the Wheeling/Parkersburg market for 17 years. He also served as the vice president of business operations for the Wheeling Nailers. He began his career at iHeartMedia in 2016 as the senior vice president of sales for the Wheeling/Parkersburg markets and is a graduate of West Liberty University.
“Craig has gone above and beyond and has truly excelled in his role as Sales Manager for the Wheeling/Parkersburg markets,” said McAleer. “I am excited for Craig to lead and demonstrate his leadership capabilities as Market President by helping to grow each markets revenue.”
JC Campese Rises To Director Sales for Cox Media Group's Orlando Cluster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Orlando has promoted JC Campese to director of sales for CMG Orlando Radio, effective immediately. In his new role, Campese will lead and oversee sales operations for Orlando’s radio brands, including WCFB-FM, WWKA-FM, WPYO-FM, WDBO-AM/WDBO-FM and WMMO-FM, and the market’s digital media platform, Local Solutions.
“JC’s unique background in events, sales and digital combined with his creativity and passion for building and maintaining relationships make him the perfect fit for our director of sales role,” says Jason Meder, general manager of CMG Orlando. “He is well-respected in the industry and is committed to delivering top results for our customers.” Campese started his career with CMG in 2000 as a director for Cox Events Group. He was promoted to director of digital sales in 2009 then earned the title of general sales manager in 2012. Prior to joining the Cox team, Campese worked for CBS Radio in Orlando.
HONORS: WCBS 880's Howie Rose Inducted Into New York's Baseball Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced that WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) New York Mets play-by-play broadcaster Howie Rose has been selected to the 2019 class of the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame. Rose will be honored at an induction ceremony on November 3 in Troy, NY.
“Howie is an iconic voice for the New York Mets franchise and has served as a stalwart for the team’s coverage for over three decades,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “This distinguished honor further cements Howie’s stature in the sports broadcasting industry and we’re proud that he is part of our team.”
“I’d like to thank the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame for including me in an impressive group of inductees this year,” said Rose. “I’m honored to be part of a collection of some of the biggest names in baseball history.” Howie Rose has served as lead play-by-play broadcaster for Mets baseball since 2006 on sister station WFAN (WFAN-AM/FM) and WOR in New York. Rose had a previous stint with WFAN from 1987 to 1995, holding various roles including host of “Mets Extra,” pregame and postgame host for Mets broadcasts and play-by-play broadcaster for New York Rangers hockey games. He also served as television play-by-play announcer for Mets baseball games for Fox Sports New York/MSG from 1996 to 2003 and New York Islanders hockey games for Fox Sports New York since 1995 to 2016.
EVENTS: WBT Charlotte Collects Over 33,000 Jars Of Peanut Butter For July Food Drive
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2019 ––Entercom's WBT Charlotte collected over 33,000 jars of peanut butter to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, setting a new record in total donations. Charlotte station News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT’s (WBT-AM/FM) 9th annual “WBT Peanut Butter N July Food Drive” took place at Harris Teeter locations in the Charlotte area. WBT morning drive host Bo Thompson and afternoon drive host John Hancock broadcast live on site at participating Harris Teeter stores to promote the drive.
“This program is important to the entire WBT listening family,” said Matthew Hanlon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Charlotte. “I’m proud of our community’s efforts in supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s selfless mission.” Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) strives through education, advocacy and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. SHFBM has been in existence since 1981.
Kendra Wilkinson Joins Jessica Hall & Mel Lamprey For Debut Of The Hollywood Filter
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2019 –– Actress and radio personality, Jessica Hall joins Mel Lamprey to debut their podcast, The Hollywood Filter PodcastOne. Each week, this dynamic duo will discuss the latest Hollywood tips, tricks, and trends as they pull back the curtain, revealing the truth behind the unfiltered Hollywood you rarely see.
In the series premiere, Hall and Lamprey cover the allure of tattooing your eyebrows into perfection through different techniques. Their first guest is Kendra Wilkinson, Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend and star of E!’s The Girls Next Door, who swings by to chat about how her thyroid affected her post-pregnancy eyebrows, her excursions drunk golfing with Hall, and much more! Visit: HERE For more information, visit PodcastOne.com.
BBC Radio 2 All Star Party Returns To Blackpool
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2019 –– - The third Radio 2 All Star Party will be back in Blackpool this year. Trevor Nelson, Craig Charles and Ana Matronic will be live from the Empress Ballroom on Saturday 28 September. There will be live performances from Beverley Knight, The Brand New Heavies, The Shapeshifters and The Fantasy Funk Band featuring guest vocalists Heather Small and Roachford.
In Oz, New Co-Host For Bodge On Hit Mid North Coast - Jason ‘Bodge’ Bodger has been had two co-hosts leave him over the past few years. Now, seven weeks after Cass left, his new co-host has been announced as local star Krysti Dixon. Krysti has been at Hit Mid North Coast for three years, getting her start in schedules, then moved into promotions. She’s also well known on-air on SCA’s Mid North Coast stations. Bodge was a bit miffed at having his name come second in the new show name ‘Krysti & Bodge’. He even got content director Mike Byrne involved, calling up the boss to air his grievances. WATCH HERE
Mairead Ronan Gets Weekday Lunchtimes On Today FM In Ireland - Today FM is making a few changes to its weekday schedule including hiring Mairead Ronan on the 12pm till 2pm slot. As well as that, Ed Smith will present his own nightly music show from 7pm following on from his weekend show Ed’s Songs of Praise. Muireann O’Connell and Louise Duffy are leaving the station.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
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WATCH: Hubbard Pitches The Power Of Talent At MSBC; Dates Announced For MSBC 32
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio believes in its talent, so much so that they sponsored the opening session at last week's 31st annual Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. To drive home their commitment they kicked things off with a highly-produced video featuring a number of its top shows with each explaining why they're willing to wake up each morning at 2:30 AM (or slightly later).
It set the tone at this year's camp and one that resonated throughout the weekend that, as the opening slide suggests, 'Talent Makes The Difference', (shown above in the clouds above Chicago). Hubbard's head of Programming Greg Strassell (L)adds, 'Congratulations to MSBC 31! on another successful meeting of sharing and learning for radio’s top talent, and tomorrow’s biggest talent. Hubbard Radio was proud to participate." This year's event drew another record crowd and announced dates for next year's event - lock in now for August 6 & 7th, 2020 - details coming soon! WATCH HUBBARD VIDEO HERE
Continuous Diary Measurement Launches In 46 Nielsen Audio Markets
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2019 –– Nielsen launched Continuous Diary Measurement (CDM) with the first data delivery in five of the 46 markets converting to monthly reports effective with the July 2019 survey. Continuous Diary Measurement positions radio on a level playing field with other media such as digital and TV and it will allow clients to maintain a competitive edge with the ability to react more quickly to marketplace changes. CDM will also help reduce 'bounce' in the ratings with rolling samples designed to provide a more consistent and stable view of the market.
In June of this year, Nielsen announced that iHeartMedia, Inc., the number one audio company in the U.S., agreed to support Continuous Diary Measurement (CDM) in Nielsen Audio's four book markets. Additional broadcasters have signed for CDM including Univision, Midwest Communications, Tyler Media, QueenB Radio, Southern Stone Communications and Bahakel Communications.
"There is no doubt that Continuous Diary Measurement is a big step forward for the audio industry. With CDM, very large advertisers that rely on Marketing Mix models will be able to use the most current data available to get a better read on how radio drives sales results -- the ultimate measure of 'attribution'." "Advertisers demand current data and Continuous Diary Measurement finally puts Radio on a level playing field with Digital and TV," said Jeffery Warshaw, Chair of the Nielsen Audio Advisory Council and Founder/CEO of Connoisseur Media. "This upgrade in measurement is a terrific demonstration of the progress we can make when the industry comes together and works with Nielsen to improve the service for our clients."
The survey period for the first monthly release of data covers April 25, 2019 to July 17, 2019 and the reports will be delivered between August 13th and August 23rd.
Ex-Hot 107.9 Atlanta Host Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Former Program Exec.
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2019 –– Ex-Hot 107.9 Atlanta hot, Shorty Mack has filed sexual harassment lawsuit against former Hot programming head, ‘Hurricane’ Dave Smith reports The AJC's Rodney Ho. Feleg Abraham, who went by the air-name of Shorty Mack, has filed a lawsuit alleging multiple instances of sexual harassment by her then-boss “Hurricane” Dave Smith. Smith was let go from his job last week as vice president of programming and operations for Urban One Atlanta on the same day the lawsuit was filed in the state court against him and Urban One.
Smith had told Kevin Ross of Radio Facts that he was fired over an unspecified “misunderstanding.” Smith's boss, Timothy Davies, an Urban One regional vice president, declined to comment last week about why Smith was dismissed. But Urban One released this statement attributed to Karen Wishart, executive Vice president and chief administrative officer for Urban One: “The allegations made by Feleg Abraham against Dave Smith, both former employees of Urban One, are unsettling. As a company founded by an African-American woman with a long history of empowering women in the workplace, Urban One takes these allegations very seriously. After Ms. Abraham left Urban One to take a new job, we were notified of her complaint and conducted a thorough, independent investigation. In light of the ongoing litigation, we cannot provide further comment on this matter.”
Smith released a statement regarding the lawsuit on Tuesday “This is an organized attempt by some former employees looking to capitalize on the #MeToo climate. I categorically deny these disgusting statements. I have no further comment.”READ ENTIRE STORY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tracey Baumgard Named Market President For iHeart Hunnington
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2019 –– iHeart announced that Tracey Baumgard has been named Market President for the Huntington market, effective immediately. Baumgard will report to Tim McAleer, Region President for iHeartMedia Pittsburgh and West Virginia. “I am extremely excited for Tracey to lead our Huntington market,” said McAleer. “Her extensive track record, combined with her strong leadership and knowledge on all aspects of the business make her a tremendous asset to our team.”
Baumgard is a media veteran and has been with the iHeartMedia Huntington market for 23 years. Throughout her career, she has held several positions including roles in traffic, accounting, promotions and events, marketing and sales. She most recently served as the General Sales Manager for iHeartMedia Huntington. She began her career at 103.3 TCR Country.
“I’m thrilled to be leading the iHeartMedia Huntington team,” said Baumgard. “I look forward to motivating and collaborating with the programming, business and sales teams while helping to elevate the Huntington market to unmatched heights.
Peter Bowen To Lead Sales For Townsquare Cedar Rapids/Iowa City
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2019 –– Peter Bowen has been named Director of Sales for Townsquare Media's Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA. The cluster includes: KHAK-FM 98.1, KRNA-FM 94.1, KDAT-FM 104.5, and KRQN. He will report to Townsquare Media Cedar Rapids MP/CRO Terry Peters.
"Peter is a rare find, having an impressive pedigree and track record of sales leadership with some of the best multimedia companies in the United States," said Peters. "He has led some of the biggest brands in our industry with an extraordinary ability to build winning teams that deliver consistently strong results for our clients."
"I am extremely excited to be joining the Townsquare team in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City and the iconic brands," said Bowen. "It's amazing to see the success of Townsquare's radio and digital operation in Eastern Iowa, with no end in sight of how high we can go. Erik Hellum and Todd Lawley have attracted some of the best talent in media, many of whom I have worked with before. I'm looking forward to being a part of one of the most innovative media companies in the nation."
Longtime Network Executive Tom Garrett Now On The Hunt For His Next Opportunity
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2019 –– 35-Year industry-vet, Tom Garrett, former senior director of affiliate sales for Premiere Networks for the last 21-years, is on the hunt for his next opportunity. During his tenure at Premiere, he was responsible for affiliate clearances of all services – prep, long form, imaging/production, and research – at one point or another. For the past twelve years he worked exclusively with Premiere’s imaging & production libraries.
Prior to transitioning into Affiliate Sales, Garrett spent 14 years in radio. He was the Program Director for WROK-AM/WZOK-FM (Rockford, IL) and handled corporate Event Marketing/NTR for Connoisseur Communications’ stations in Rockford, IL and the Quad Cities (WROK-AM/WZOK-FM, WXLP-FM/KBOB-FM/KBEA-FM, and others).
He can be reached at email@example.com or at (815) 985-6374 to explore options for his next industry opportunity.
PODCASTS: Group Nine Media Teams With iHeart To Bring Wide Slate Of Programs To Its Network
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2019 –– Group Nine Media and iHeart announced an exclusive slate of portfolio-wide, co-produced podcasts to join the iHeartPodcast Network. The new slate will include at least one podcast from each of Group Nine’s four brands: NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and Thrillist, as well as one from JASH, which is part of the media company’s LA-based Studios team.
The partnership will kick off with two new original podcasts from NowThis and Thrillist set to launch this fall. All podcasts will be overseen by Mickey Meyer, President of Network, and Brett Kushner, VP of New Initiatives at Group Nine and executive produced by Mangesh Hattikudur, Head of Development at the iHeartPodcast Network.
"Storytelling is at the core of any forward-looking media brand in today's industry,” said Mickey Meyer, President of Group Nine's Network. “As a distributed media company and the leader on mobile, we've always met audiences where they are and podcasting is certainly the place to be. iHeartRadio knows this better than anyone and we're excited to partner with them to extend Group Nine’s brands and creative prowess into the audio space." “Group Nine’s brands create content that resonates extremely well with their dedicated and loyal fans,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “They are pioneers in social-first publishing and have built meaningful online communities that connect with audiences. We are excited to work together with them to co-produce an amazing slate of shows and extend their brands into the burgeoning podcast space.”
NETWORKS: Chris Young Among Stars Lined Up For ABC Radio's Labor Day Programming
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2019 –– ABC Radio will provide three, three-hour specials to affiliates for use over Labor Day weekend: “Labor Day Rock Rewind,” “Raised on ‘90s Country Salute,” and “America Works.” ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons hosts ABC Radio’s rock music special “Labor Day Rock Rewind.” In the special Gibbons wraps up the summer of 2019 and celebrates 50 years of rocking with ZZ Top.
“Labor Day Rock Rewind” features some of the greatest rock albums of 1969, 1979 and 1989 by Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Pat Benatar, The Eagles, Phil Collins, The Beatles and more. “Raised on ‘90s Country Salute,” hosted by country star Chris Young, pays tribute to the country music of the 1990s. The special features songs inspired by the decade and insights on 90s hits. During “Raised on ‘90s Country Salute” country stars Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett and more share their favorite ‘90s country jams with listeners. In “America Works” ABC News Radio correspondent Aaron Katersky highlights the important volunteerism people around the country are participating in that transforms neighborhoods into vibrant communities. The program focuses on volunteer police officers, hospital visitors, dog rescuers and more. For affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer 212.456.5541 or firstname.lastname@example.org. PHOTO/John Shearer
The Arizona Coyotes & iHeart Phoenix Announce Multi-Platform Broadcast and Streaming Agreement
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2019 –– The Arizona Coyotes and iHeartMedia Phoenix announced a new multi-platform broadcast and streaming agreement including Fox Sports 910 and iHeartRadio, becoming the flagship station for all Arizona Coyotes games. Also, under the new agreement, The Arizona Coyotes Audio Network will provide listeners with exclusive audio content available for Arizona Coyotes fans everywhere via the iHeartRadio app beginning October 3. The Arizona Coyotes’ 2019-20 regular season will begin on October 3 and all 82 regular season games, including two home preseason games against the Los Angeles Kings, September 17 and Anaheim, September 21 will be broadcast on Fox Sports 910 and will simulcast on Fox Sports 1450 AM in Tucson.
“The entire team at iHeartMedia is excited to be the new home for the Arizona Coyotes, especially at such an exciting time for the team,” said Linda Little, Market President for iHeartMedia Phoenix. “Working together we will build our all-in agreement between the Arizona Coyotes and Fox Sports 910 across our entire iHeartMedia platform of well-known audio brands here in Phoenix and on our iHeartRadio app. Ahron Cohen and the entire team have been great to work with and we are excited for what we can do together.”
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Boot Camp 31 Sessions Now Available From Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2019 –– He threatened to retire after last year (and the year before, and the year before that), but Art Vuolo was still at Boot Camp recording all of the sessions. If you want one or more, or a complete set of the entire conference, he is making them available for an affordable price (just enough to cover his gas costs from Detroit to Chicago and back - so he says). Add $5 for shipping and handling. Downloads are not possible.
Payment is easy via personal check or PayPal. It was all done with direct audio and with HD cameras. Reach out to Art via e-mail: email@example.com and include your phone number.
Emmanuel 'E-Man' Coquia Rises To Director of Programming For Meruelo Media
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2019 –– Meruelo Media announced Emmanuel “E-Man” Coquia has been promoted to Director of Programming and Content for Meruelo Media. Under this new title, E-Man will head the programming and music content for Meruelo Media’s Power 106 (KPWR-FM), 93.5 KDAY and oversee the initial stages of the new CALI 93.9 (KLLI-FM) Latin Rhythmic format. E-Man will continue reporting to Meruelo Media President and COO, Otto Padron.
“E-Man is Our-man!” stated Otto Padron, President and COO of Meruelo Media, “… after an exhaustive nationwide search that attracted some of the most talented PD’s in America – the choice was clear,” Otto continued, “E-Man had a sensible plan and a vision that aligned perfectly with our goals to disrupt the industry with new hyper local LA content. Above all, he had boundless confidence strengthened by a time-built arsenal of industry respect from the labels, artist, management, colleagues and fellow Meruelo Media team members!”
E-Man said, “I’m truly excited to continue to lead the incredible winning teams at our two iconic Hip Hop radio stations in Los Angeles; Power 106 & 93.5 KDAY. I am also enjoying every minute assembling and developing the new Cali 93.9 team. I would like to thank Alex Meruelo, Luis Armona, Otto Padron, Tommy Trujillo, and the entire Meruelo Media family for this incredible opportunity. My family and I are very blessed and humbled. To be a part of three major radio stations in Los Angeles that play Hip-Hop: Current, Classic, & Latin Hip-Hop/Reggaeton is a very dope feeling, especially as a fan of these music genres.”
Chris Petlak Takes Nights/Director Of Digital Content For Hubbard's WTMX-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago’s 101.9 THE MIX Vice President of Brand and Content, Jimmy Steal, announced today the appointment of Chris Petlak as On-Air Night Personality / Director of Digital Content at WTMX (101.9 THE MIX). Petlak comes to Hubbard Radio Chicago as the co-creator, co-executive producer, writer and lead on the TV series The Jamz on Amazon Prime and Apple TV and co-hosts the Not From Here podcast. Chris is an accomplished musician and Stand Up comedian having appeared at The Comedy Store LA, Flappers and The Ice House. Chris also worked at Liquid Advertising in Los Angeles, where he served as Associate Creative Director for key clients like SEGA, Square-Enix and Blizzard.
Petlak says, “Returning home to join THE MIX and work for Hubbard Radio Chicago is an honor. I couldn't be more excited to work with Jimmy, Jeff, Eric, Dave and the entire team at a station with such a strong Chicago legacy. Our first stop will be Lou Malnati's, but after that – it's time to get to work."
Vice President Market Manager Jeff England added, “We’re thrilled to have Chris back at Hubbard Radio Chicago. It’s a sort of homecoming for him. Back in 2011, Chris served as our first Social Media Manager as well as a contributor to Eric in the Morning. Chris will complement our already incredibly strong on air lineup, and bring with him a wealth of digital and entertainment experience to help drive both the quantity and quality of our episodic digital content creation.
Vinny & Shannon Take Over Mornings On 95.9 Virgin Radio Montreal; Lee To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2019 –– Starting this week, listeners in the greater Montreal area will wake up to the infectious good humor of Vinny and Shannon, 95.9 Virgin Radio’s new morning team. At the same time, Lee will make his debut as a solo host on the afternoon drive show. Virgin Mornings With Vinny & Shannon. Shannon and “Cousin Vinny” – will be making his triumphant return to Virgin. Joining as content producer for the show and social media is Adam Greenberg.
“Vinny’s connection to the city and the Virgin audience is undeniable. The chemistry between Vinny and Shannon was electric from the moment they met. Montreal is in for a treat,” says Blair Bartrem, Program Director, 95.9 Virgin Radio. Taking middays is The Charli Show (Charli Paige). Lee takes afternoons
Entercom To Relaunch Q102.1 San Francisco
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, August 12, 2019 – Entercom announced the relaunch of Q102.1 (KRBQ-FM), the Bay’s Old School, in San Francisco as The NEW Q102.1. The station will provide gold-based Rhythmic Classic Hits, including mass appeal titles from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The change is effective immediately.
"Q102 has already built a great audience and they have been telling us to play more of the familiar, rhythmic hits,” said Gregory Nemitz, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Francisco. “With the relaunch of The NEW Q102.1, a Bay Area station is finally playing more of the classics we all know and love.” The station will announce programming updates in the coming weeks.
TRACY JOHNSON: More Takeaways From MSBC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2019 –– Among the numerous presenters during this year's 31st annual Morning Show Boot Camp was talent specialist Tracy Johnson. He describes the conference as the industry’s best opportunity for personalities, programmers and managers to learn, exchange ideas and be inspired. In case you missed it, Johnson assembled 20 of his top highlights along with my comments: Here below is just a sampling:
Angela Yee, The Breakfast Club: The most important thing is that the listener is enjoying themselves. It’s not about you. And it doesn’t matter if you’re having a good day or a bad day. You’re doing it for the listener.
Erica Farber, Radio Advertising Bureau: Every single one of you are in sales. Every time you open that mic, you are selling your brand. When you go in and ask for money, management is wondering how you’re going to bring in value that brings in more money.
Jimmy Steele, Hubbard Chicago: Every time you open the microphone or post on social media, you’re making a brand deposit or brand withdrawal. We are living in a time of cataclysmic change, and if you’re doing the same thing you have always done, you’re not going to be here next year. Before you crack the mic, think to yourself, “If I heard this on the air, would I tell someone else about it?”. If you’re working for a PD that requires you to read liner cards, leave.
Tim Clarke, VP/Content, Cox Media: Data analysis shows that endorsements outperform a great produced spot…by far. This is the power of the personality driving evenue and response. A recommendation from a friend has tremendous influence. Personalities must protect this opportunity. Here’s how to do that.
Fred Jacobs from this year's AQ2 Study: 40% of all personalities say they are never air checked, and 23% say they are critiqued just once or twice a year. In other words, 63% of personalities are air checked less than 3 times a year.
David Corey, Beasley Media: Content is important but storytelling is the most important skill to succeeding as a personality. If you can’t tell a story, you may be a good DJ, but you won’t be able to lead an audience. If you have great content, that’s great. But it’s not enough. What’s important is your take on it and how you present it. If you can do that in a relatable way, you’ll have a great career in this business. It’s the one thing that can’t be taught and it’s the one thing we’re looking for most. SEE ENTIRE REPORT HERE
Page Six Podcast Teams With Cabana For Ad Sales
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2019 –– The New York Post has announced it will launch A Page Six Podcast and has chosen cabana as its exclusive ad sales partner. Regular Page Six editors Maggie Coughlan and Ian Mohr will host the podcast, bringing insider stories and knowledge straight from the newsroom to life every week. This is the New York Post’s first foray into podcasting, and more titles are on the horizon. cabana has more than 200 podcast titles across all popular genres in its library and is the digital audio business of AdLarge Media.
“The New York Post and Page Six are iconic media brands, and we at cabana are excited to be a part of their entrée into podcasting,” stated Cathy Csukas, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of cabana and AdLarge Media. “This is the kind of in-demand content that our podcast advertisers are asking for. As our relationship with the NY Post expands, we will have more highly engaging podcasts to offer our advertisers.”
Comrex ACCESS NX RACK Is Now Shipping
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2019 –– Comrex is now shipping the newest addition to their industry-leading ACCESS IP audio codec line, ACCESS NX Rack. Since it was released in 2005, the Comrex ACCESS Rackmount has become an industry standard. Now, it’s been updated to incorporate the technical advances from the last decade. ACCESS NX Rack includes AES3 or analog audio I/O, along with AES67 compatibility. AES67 tested to be compatible with all major AoIP systems. It also features an entirely new hardware platform.
ACCESS NX Rack is built around Comrex CrossLock technology, the industry’s best reliability layer. CrossLock features a proprietary suite of tools that solidify connections over IP networks, including forward error correction, ARQ, and an adaptive management engine. ACCESS NX Rack also includes HotSwap, which allows users to designate a wireless network as a backup that will only engage when the primary network has failed. To receive a quote and place an order, contact an authorized Comrex dealer. For more information, please contact Chris Crump, Comrex Senior Sales Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SYNDICATION: Kraddick Show Takes To The Road
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2019 –– The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show took the opportunity to spread out across four of their affiliate markets last week for a Thursday Meet-Up with thousands of KiddNation members. Co-host Big Al Mack visited Hits 96/WDOD in Chattanooga, TN, on Thursday, August 8th, where he was the guest of honor at the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game. He collected back-to-school supplies for local children, threw out the first pitch of the game, led the crowd in “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” and met hundreds of Hits 96 listeners.
Also on Thursday, The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show's J-Si Chavez and Ana visited Mix 100.3/KMMX in Lubbock, TX, where more than 500 people came out to meet the popular pair and share in some photo booth fun! Co-host Jenna Owens visited B97/WEZB in New Orleans, LA, where she gave out hundreds of Sno-ball ice cream treats to fans of the show.
Russ Francis, Vice President, Marketing, for YEA Networks, which syndicates The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, said: “Kellie Rasberry is the anchor of our show and with her accepting the MIW Airblazer Award in Chicago on Thursday at Morning Show Boot Camp, we wanted to send everyone on the road for some fun times with our KiddNation family. The huge lines we saw are a testament to the passion of our fans and the power of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show.” Please see the attached photo of Big Al Mack (Left), Co-host of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, guest of honor at the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game last Thursday, shown with Brantley Bell (Right) of the Chattanooga Lookouts. Also, check out the related audio and video from The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show at: https://www.kiddnation.com/big-als-first-pitch/.
HONORS: 'Remix Top 30 With Hollywood Hamilton' Honored With 1 Music Avenue Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2019 –– Last week, 2019 Radio Hall of Fame inductee Hollywood Hamilton took home a 1 Music Ave Award. Held during the 2019 1 Music Ave conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from August 4 - 6, the 1 Music Ave Awards honor the year’s best in music and radio. The Premiere Networks-syndicated Remix Top 30 with Hollywood Hamilton was honored in the “Best Syndicated Show” category for the second time in three years.
Pictured left to right: Standing: Cary Vance (1 Music Ave), Marina Bello (Director of Operations, Remix Top 30 with Hollywood Hamilton), DJ Noradic, Bodega Brad, Kidd Leo, DJ Gozzi, DJ Kue, Phil Nieves (Ultra Records) Kneeling: Lorne Padman (Dim Mak Records), Hollywood Hamilton, Eric Hertzog (Producer, Remix Top 30 with Hollywood Hamilton), Brian Fink (Evolution Program Director) For more information, please visit www.PremiereNetworks.com.
SNAPS: KMBZ's Dana Wright Sinks Hole In One
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2019 –– For those of us still dreaming about a hole-in-one, Dana Wright of KMBZ-FM Kansas City's Dana & Park's show is already living the dream after she sinks a second hole-in-one on same hole, it happened Sunday on the 7th hole at the Country Club of Leawood. Dana said on her twitter feed that this was the second time she had hit a hole in one, using same brand of ball on same hole.
As reported by The Charlotte Observer, she used a nine iron to sink the roughly 120-yard shot, Wright’s husband, Kris Ketz wrote on Facebook. It was on hole 7 at the Country Club of Leawood, Wright said. “Are you serious?” Wright says on the video. “Did that just go in?” The video shows Wright scream and laugh as she peers into the hole to confirm it, with Ketz — an anchor on KMBC Channel 9 — providing color analysis. WATCH HERE
JACOBS: The Big Takeaway From MSBC 31
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2019 –– Just back from MSBC 31 in Chicago, Jacobs Media's Fred Jacob writes in his latest blog titled "Unplugging Your Radio Life,' 'For air talent, there is no longer such thing as “4 and out the door.” To survive in modern day radio, it helps to be a Type A, a multi-tasker, a 24/7 social media-ite. According to our new AQ2 study, nearly three-quarters of on-air personalities make at least one station appearance a week. But we also know the value of taking a break, unplugging, turning it off.
That was a big takeaway from our new AQ2 study, as well as from session after session at Boot Camp. It's important to remember this key finding from our study. When we asked our 1,000+ DJs, shows, and hosts what it is that drives them to be on the radio, their answers were obvious and definitive – to have fun, to entertain, to be emotionally fulfilled, and to serve their communities.
For those of us on the management side, Boot Camp is a reminder that the human part of our radio stations – the entertainment, the fun, the community connection, the characters – is what sets radio apart from the digital machinery and gadgetry that has defined our lives in recent years. I got to interview Beasley Media's CEO Caroline Beasley on Friday morning. It was great for Boot Camp attendees to get to know one of radio broadcasting's new leaders. But the best interaction occurred the evening before at a Chicago restaurant where Caroline entertained more than a dozen on-air entertainers from Beasley stations as far away as Detroit, Boston, Philly, Augusta, and Fayetteville. Or they entertained her."
Jacobs points to last year's NAB/RAB-fest in Orlando, something interesting happened. There was actual radio at the Radio Show. The “Bob & Tom Show” broadcast live each morning, perfect positioned right outside the meeting area. Every convention attendee walked past this venerable team, doing what they do, and many stopped to take it in. It was a reminder that as much as we try to make radio a science, it will always be an art. READ BLOG HERE
Brother Wease Kraddick Award Draws Tributes From Bob Pittman, Kevin LeGrett & A Surprise Visit From Trip Reeb, PD Who Gave Him His Start
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2019 ––Among the many highlights from this past weekend's 31st Annual Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago was the presentation of the Kraddick Award to venerable Rochester morning host Brother Wease of iHeart's WAIO-FM. Followed by an introduction from last year's recipient, BIG 105.9 Miami's Paul Castronovo, he caught Wease off-guard with a pair of special video tributes. The first, from his one-time cohort and now Market President Los Angeles & West Division President at iHeartMedia's Kevin LeGrett (inset top right), who shared a story from over 30 years ago of his first encounter with Wease while he interned at the station. He recalled while sending out birthday cards to listeners he was approached by Wease who gives him a $20 bill and asks that he sign his name to the cards. 'But don't tell the PD,' he instructed. LeGrett mused, 'I think I'm going to like this guy,' he said at the time. They've since remained life-long friends.
This was followed by a video from iHeart Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman who said, 'This is pretty amazing' considering its connection to the late Kidd Kraddick whom he said embodied 'Innovation, collaboration, hard working, serving the community, helping others and constantly sharing ideas." Pittman added that in receiving this award, it was indeed 'A big deal.'
The other big surprise was the secret fly-in of Hubbard Phoenix executive Trip Reeb (shown at right), the man Wease credits with discovering him while a concert promoter in Rochester and giving him his first shot at radio. Wease said, "iI almost plotzed when Trip Reeb showed up. No Trip, No Brother Wease. He is 100% responsible for my whole career. LoveI almost plotzed when Trip Reeb showed up at Morning show convention. No Trip, No Brother Wease. He is 100% responsible for my whole career." - Look for other MSBC highlights coming this week.
Beasley With Digital Team Promotions In Philly
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group is pleased to announce the following promotions to the Digital Team in the company’s Philadelphia -based radio cluster: WMMR-FM Music Director Sara Parker (TL) has added the role of Digital Program Director for WMMR-FM & WMGK-FM to current duties. Parker will be responsible for managing digital content for the stations implementing best practices to optimize reach for stations’ on-line presence and social platforms.
Current morning show producer Marisa Magnata (C) will expand her current duties to support WMMR-FM and Parker as Assistant Digital Program Director/ Producer and Digital Content Manager of The Preston & Steve Show. In her new role, she will focus on the station’s digital content efforts as well as manage all digital aspects of the morning show. WMGK-FM and WXTU-FM Digital Program Director Nicole Siberry (TR) will shift her responsibilities to manage digital assets for 92.5 WXTU-FM and 97.5 The Fanatic.
Changes At Cox Tampa As Will Calder Adds Programming Duties At Hot 101.5
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2019 –– While no official word yet from Cox Media Group, Will Calder posted on Facebook, "And so begins an evolved chapter of my career with Cox Media Group as I have joined the team at Hot 101.5 in Tampa as Director of Branding and Programming while continuing that same role with POWER 95.3 in Orlando."
Calder continued, "Two amazing radio stations and two amazing crews. Can't wait to make some noise and have some fun up and down the I-4 corridor! Big shout to Tim Clarke Steve Smith Jason Meder Jeremy Rice Keith Lawless Steve Stewart and Rick Thomas for believing me and making this move happen. Let's go!"
Along with the news, OM Rick Thomas will be exiting his post
PRODUCTS: Hudson MX Announces Launch of Buyer Assist™ For Local Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2019 –– Hudson MX is pleased to announce the launch of its local radio buying platform. Hudson MX offers workflow software that allows targeted buys at scale with unprecedented precision. Entercom joins as the first Agency Cloud™partner, leading the way in innovation in the buying of radio. Buyer Assist™ has already been road tested. To date, 19 agencies have been using Hudson MX to connect 700+ radio buyers with 2,500+ sellers in 210 markets, representing 300+ national advertisers. In a private beta, more than $50 million in radio buys have been processed.
“Radio was the first medium to offer content in real time and it remains an absolutely vital part of the media landscape,” said JT Batson, CEO of Hudson MX.“Ninety three percent of Americans listen to radio weekly and station loyalty remains strong. And while its place in our culture is unquestioned, radio’s ability to compete for advertising dollars has been hindered by a lack of modern software. By making the move beyond legacy systems, Entercom is helping our country’s biggest brands capitalize on the full potential of radio in real time. “Entercom has been focused on supply-side innovation and we are pleased to partner with Hudson MX in transforming the buy side of radio,” said Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer of Entercom.“We’re excited to be their first radio partner and offer agency partners greater speed, accuracy and transparency. It makes radio easier and faster to buy—putting us at the forefront with other forms of media.”
PODCASTS: Coleman Insights Finds 'Ted Talks Daily' Leads Awareness Among Top Ranked Shows
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2019 –– New research from Coleman Insights reveals that TED Talks Daily has the highest Aided Awareness of the 20 most-listened-to podcasts as ranked by Podtrac in March 2019.
Despite being the most recognized, only 43% of monthly podcast listeners are familiar with the TED Talks Daily podcast. The study of 1,000 18 to- 64-year-old monthly podcast listeners conducted in May 2019 asked respondents to review a list of the March ranking of the Podtrac Top 20 Podcasts and indicate their familiarity with each. The TED brand occupied two of the top three spots, with The Daily coming in second at 35% and the TED Radio Hour at 32%.
According to Coleman Insights President Warren Kurtzman, “Our findings reaffirm the idea that despite podcasting’s growth, the medium still has a long way to go with brand development. Even with the most-listened-to shows, most active podcast users aren’t familiar with them. The ones they are familiar with are big, cross-platform brands with strong marketing behind them.” Listeners between the ages and 25 and 44 are more likely to be familiar with the Top 20 shows than are 18- to 24-year-olds or 45- to 64-year-olds. Furthermore, Coleman Insights finds that male podcast listeners are more likely than females to be familiar with the Top 20 Podtrac shows. These findings are different from those released by Coleman Insights last week, which focused on Unaided Awareness of podcast brands. The top-ranked show in Unaided Awareness, The Joe Rogan Experience, does not participate in the Podtrac rankings and was therefore not included in the Aided Awareness measurement.
ESPN 630/WSBN Washington, DC Scores As Official Radio Home Of Army West Point Football
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announced that its new Washington, DC, sports radio station ESPN 630 The Sports Capitol/WSBN has been chosen as the official radio broadcast home of Army West Point Football for the 2019 season. Among the biggest games on the lineup are Army West Point’s showdown against Michigan on September 7th in Ann Arbor, MI, and the annual epic rivalry game against Navy Football on December 14th in Philadelphia, PA. The new season kicks off on Friday, August 30th, at 6:00pm ET, as the Black Knights take on Rice University at West Point’s Michie Stadium.
Jake McCann, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media, said: “We are thrilled to be the broadcast home for Army Football in our Nation’s Capital. Our listening area is one of the highest in the country for active and reserve military personnel. We know some very important ears will be listening to our station and we are excited and proud to be a partner and look forward to some great football this season.” “Army Football is truly America’s Team, and we are very fortunate to have a national network of radio stations that carry Black Knights games”, said Rich DeMarco, Play by Play Announcer and Voice of the Black Knights. “With the high concentration of West Point graduates and fans in and around the Nation’s Capital, it’s only fitting to have WSBN 630AM as the newest member of the Army Sports Network.”
iHeart Reading Debuts Newsradio 1340 WRAW
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Reading has debuted its NEWSRADIO 1340 WRAW. The launch of NEWSRADIO 1340 will mark the return of “The Rush Limbaugh Show” to the Reading community airwaves. The station will also feature leading talk radio shows including “The Sean Hannity Show,” “The Glenn Beck Program,” and “The Buck Sexton Show.” In addition, mornings will be anchored by “The RJ Harris Breakfast Show,” beginning August 13. Harris is a fixture in Central Pennsylvania radio and was born and raised in Reading.
“We’re thrilled to bring this all-star lineup of Talk radio programs to Reading with the launch of NEWSRADIO 1340 WRAW,” said Jeff Hurley, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Allentown and Harrisburg. “We’re confident that NEWSRADIO 1340 WRAW will become a favorite source for compelling news, talk and entertainment!” “WRAW is where I got my start in radio at 16 years old, so I’m excited to contribute to the re-launch of an all-new Talk station with some of the biggest names in the format,” said Harris.
Here's To This Years Battle Of The Bits Winners!
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2019 –– This year's big winners during MSBC 31's Battle of the Bits Competition was topped by Mandy James (far right) of Entercom's KMNB-FM Minneapolis who took home the top cash prize. Others included Fitz (L), of The Fitz Morning show on Hubbard's 98.9 The Bull - syndicated by SBG and Woody (second from left) of the syndicated Woody & Wilcox Show by SBG and based on 106.5 The End Charlotte.
That's Jessica Sherman of AdLarge - Good Parts Media and A-List Comedy shown center, sponsor of this year's competition.
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Radio Hall Of Fame Announces Class of 2019
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2019 –– The results are in for the class of 2019 Radio Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored on Nov. 8, in New York City at one of midtown-Manhattan’s landmarks, Gotham Hall. This year's inductees are (top row L-R): Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, 103.5 KTU New York, and Weekly Top 30 Countdown, nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks --- Harry Harrison, on-air morning personality, New York’s WMCA-AM, WABC-AM and WCBS-FM Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years --- Kevin and Bean (Kevin Ryder, Gene “Bean” Baxter), The Kevin & Bean Show, KROQ-FM, Los Angeles Active Local/Regional, 10+ years --- Joe Madison, Joe Madison, The Black Eagle, SiriusXM Urban View
(bottom row L-R:) Jim Rome, The Jim Rome Show, CBS Sports Radio Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years --- Ryan Seacrest, KIIS-FM Los Angeles, On Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest, nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks ---John Tesh, Intelligence for your Life, nationally syndicated by Compass Media Networks Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years --- Dr. Ruth Westheimer, The Dr. Ruth Show on NBC Radio and host of Sexually Speaking on WYNY-FM New York
RHOF Chairman Kraig Kitchin comments, “I’m especially proud to welcome these individuals into the Radio Hall of Fame. Their on-air performances and audience relationships are especially remarkable. Each of our 2019 nominees are worthy of induction and I’m appreciative of all those who participated in our process of selecting our Class of 2019, who will join the 238 Radio Hall of Fame inductees already recognized for their great work.” Four inductees were determined by a voting participant panel comprised of nearly 1,000 industry professionals and four inductees were voted on by the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, two with input from the public. The outcome of the listener vote for a music format and spoken word format on-air personality counted as one vote among the committee votes. The process was administered by Votem and overseen by the certified public accounting firm Miller Kaplan Arase LLP. Tickets to the induction ceremony are now available at www.radiohalloffame.com. The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Air Talent: Where Do You Want To Be In 5 Yrs?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2019 - Fred Jacobs writes in today's blog that later this week, it's the 31st Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago, Don Anthony's annual event geared entirely to radio air personalities. I've been a regular attendee of this event, which seems to get better and more substantive with each passing year. On Thursday morning, I have the honor of opening Boot Camp with the results of our second annual talent-on-talent survey, AQ2. Last year, our debut AQ research study served as a tone-setter for other Boot Camp sessions. We'll have a different wrinkle this year. After I present the top-line findings, I'll be joined by three industry pros – Angela Perelli, Steve Reynolds, and Greg Strassell – who will share their observations about the research and its implications on talent and how they coach.
I've been pouring over the AQ2 data the past couple weeks, looking for insights. One that jumped off the spreadsheet at me involves the goals of air talent. Full disclosure: Before I founded Jacobs Media, one of my least favorite job interview questions was this one: “Where do you want to be in 5 years?” While I admire those who have well-defined aspirations, often tied to age milestones (“By the time I'm 40…”), I have also come to realize that plans are important to make and goals are important to set. But the fact is, life often deals us surprising curve balls. That said, we can learn a great deal about our most important asset – our talent – by gaining a better understanding of what they they really want to do with their careers. And it turns out, most personalities have given the matter a lot of thought. And in the process, we gained important insights about the old quandary about how they define success. Interestingly, the trappings of big cities, fame, and fortune are secondary to the desire for happiness, and working with great people, market size aside. And it wasn't even close - READ MORE HERE
Jacobs also showcases Brother Wease who'll be honored this week at Boot Camp as recipient of The Kraddick Award. "It's hard to think of a more deserving recipient," says Jacobs. "Younger talent at MSBC can learn a lot from Wease – about serving a community, being yourself, dealing with hardship, and just staying with it."READ MORE HERE
Maria Dennis Moves To WLIF-FM, Corinna Delgado Joins MIX 106.5 Baltimore For Middays
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced a shift in programming in Baltimore. Former MIX 106.7 (WWMX-FM) midday host Maria Dennis (L) will now host middays for Today’s 101.9 (WLIF-FM). Subsequently, Corinna Delgado (R) will join MIX 106.5 to host the midday show. “I’ve worked with Maria for over twenty years. She’s a consummate professional and an amazing on-air talent. All of us are thrilled to have her in our Entercom family, and we are excited that she’ll now bring her cheerful persona and enthusiasm to Today’s 101.9,” said Tracy Brandys, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Baltimore. “I’m equally excited to have Corinna Delgado, who is also already part of our Entercom family, join us to take over the midday shift at MIX 106.5.”
“I’ve enjoyed spending the past 20 plus years of my life on the air at MIX,” said Dennis. “I’m equally looking forward to this exciting new chapter of my life and to connecting with listeners on Today’s 101.9.” Dennis, a well-seasoned radio veteran, joined MIX 106.5 in 1997 as an on-air personality. Prior to joining MIX 106.5, Maria worked at radio stations in her home town of Providence, RI, as well as Orlando, Boston and New Hampshire. “I am excited for the opportunity to continue working with Entercom and to get to know MIX listeners,” said Delgado. Delgado, who will continue to host “The Morning Drive” weekday mornings on Entercom’s 94.7 The Drive (WIAD-FM) in Washington D.C., joined Entercom at the beginning of June. Prior to joining Entercom, she served as an on-air host for WRQX in Washington D.C. and KRBE in Houston.
NETWORKS: Norah O’Donnell To Anchor CBS News Radio On The Hour From El Paso
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2019 –– Norah O’Donnell will lead CBS News’ coverage for the shootings that happened over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio with a special broadcast originating from El Paso, Texas. CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 free streaming news service, CBSNews.com, CBS Newspath and CBS Radio News are providing ongoing coverage. Additionally, O’Donnell will anchor CBS NEWS RADIO ON THE HOUR today at 5:00 PM, ET/2:00 PM, PT from El Paso.
CBS Newspath, CBS News’s news gathering organization providing news and information to 200+ affiliates nationwide and to broadcasters around the world, will feature extensive coverage and digital content on both the El Paso and the Dayton shootings. Hilary Lane and Chris Martinez will provide coverage from El Paso beginning today. Natalie Brand will report form Dayton beginning today.
ANDREW KALB: Did You Deliver For Your Audience This Weekend?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2019 –– At least 29 people were killed and over 50 were injured in two mass shootings over the weekend. 20 were left dead in El Paso, Texas and 9 were killed in Dayton, Ohio. Andrew Kalb, former head of programming and news coverage for ABC News Radio writes: In the wake of this past weekend’s mass shootings was your radio station and its audience properly served with the latest information and content? Staffing challenges, for many, in 2019 make it difficult for news and news/talk radio stations to aggressively cover breaking news, whether it’s in their city, across their state, somewhere else in the country or overseas, especially on a summer weekend. Your team, and your network news affiliation are more important now than ever before.
Some areas to review as you go over your team’s coverage include • Did you have the level of live, breaking news coverage required for your format? •As the stories developed, did you have a coverage plan to follow? • Was information properly presented on-air, in live coverage, in a newscast insert, or in audio piecesf or use in local programming? • Did your station have the big sound it deserves, no matter what size market you are in? •Did you have updated digital content for your website, apps and social platforms? And, as after any breaking news story, it is helpful to review your plan for when something similar may happen in your market.
Everyone hopes these stories never happen, and never occur in your hometown, but unfortunately, they will take place and you will need to be leading your team’s coverage, for your community.
Andrew Kalb is a 30+year broadcast and digital content provider Currently, you can find Andrew at andrewkalb.com. PHOTO/CBS Screen Shot
[WATCH] Charlemagne Tha God Talks Politics With Seth Meyers & Erin Burnett
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2019 –– The Breakfast Club's Charlamagne Tha God appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront this week to talk about how the Democrats performed in the recent debates, including who his favorite candidate is so far. The Premiere Networks-syndicated host and New York Times Best-Selling author also discussed how he approaches interviews with the 2020 presidential candidates, many of whom have made The Breakfast Club a must-stop on their campaign trail.
For the second time in as many years, Charlamagne Tha God will be a featured guest for this year's 31st annual Morning Show Boot Camp. He'll be joined by his Breakfast Club co-hosts DJ Envy and Angela Yee - with introduction by iHeart's Thea Mitchem.
SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Radio Adds Mornings In Las Vegas On Q 106.9
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2019 –– YEA Networks announced that Tino Cochino Radio will debut on Monday, August 12th, in Las Vegas on Q 106.9/KVGQ-FM. With the addition of Q 106.9, Tino Cochino Radio is now heard in over 40 markets across the U.S., including over 50% of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic Markets. The personality-driven next-generation audio brand launched nationwide in 2018. Gabriela “Lady g” Loredon, Program Director, Q 106.9, said: "I've known Tino for a while and have had the honor in watching him grown into the amazing kick-ass talent he is today. I'm excited to welcome him and the TCR team to our Q 106.9 family. I believe TCR is the perfect fit for Mornings here in Vegas and can’t wait to WIN!!!!"
Tino Cochino is joined co-hosts Raquel and DJ Nicasio - For more information about Tino Cochino Radio, contact: Scott Kerr, Director, Affiliate Sales and Content, YEA Networks, at: email@example.com, 843.270.2836, or Mikey Fuentes, Affiliate Manager, Tino Cochino Radio, at: Mikey@TinoCochinoRadio.com.
790 The Ticket Miami Unveils New Lineup; WQAM Rebrands As 560 The Joe
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced an enhanced local programming lineup on AM 790 The Ticket (WAXY-AM), home of the Miami Heat. Subsequently, sister station WQAM will be rebranded as 560 The Joe WQAM. All changes are effective today, August 5. “Our stations are the home of sports in Miami. These strategic enhancements to our programming allow us to better serve fans and increase opportunities for our partners,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “We are committed to maximizing fan engagement and look forward to bringing them more coverage of their favorite local sports teams.”
AM 790 The Ticket weekday lineup is as follows: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “Tobin, Leroy & Beast” 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: “Zaslow & Amber” 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: “Hoch and Crowder” 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: “Zack Duarte” or game 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.: 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.: “Scott Ferrall” “Amy Lawrence”
560 The Joe WQAM weekday lineup is as follows: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “The Joe Rose Show with Zach Krantz” 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: “Dan Le Batard with Stugotz” 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: “Stephen A. Smith Show” 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: “Hoch and Crowder” 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: “Best of 560 The Joe” 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.: 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.: 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.: “Spain & Company” “Freddie & Fitzsimmons” “SportsCenter All Night” “First & Last with Jason Fitz” - The Miami Herald says Le Batard’s move to 560 AM is part of an effort to make WQAM more of a national station and 790 The Ticket more of a local one. Read more HERE
New Tucson Station Launched To Target Older Audience
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2019 –– Hall of fame radio personality Bobby Rich, legacy station manager Jim Arnold and local downtown champion Fletcher McCusker have joined forces to launch the only totally Tucson owned-and-operated commercial AM and FM radio station at 101.7FM and AM830.
"I am now officially un-retired," said Rich, a 25-year Tucson talent who anchored the top-rated morning show on MIX FM since 1993. "This is a dream come true for all of us: a chance to select our own music and manage content that matters to Tucson - not some corporate office in Dallas, LA or New York - and have incredible fun while making great radio." The trio of well-known Tucsonans recently acquired the stations from Family Life Radio after its move to 104.1 and have converted to an original format of music and local, live personalities.
Joining Bobby Rich on the morning show is Hill Bailey, another local radio veteran and a Tucsonan since 1987. Middays are hosted live by Ken Carr. In Afternoons, The DRIVE welcomes the famous (or infamous) talent from San Diego known as "The Mikey Show." Mike Esparza is a 30-year radio professional who started his career in Tucson. Tyler Russell will handle nights.
SNAPS: CBS Correspondent Peter King Drops By Forcht Group In Lexington, KY
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2019 –– CBS News radio correspondent Peter King spoke during Forcht Broadcasting's general managers meeting recently. It was held in Lexington, KY. Forcht Broadcasting is a Kentucky based company with 25 radio stations, nine markets in three states. (also Indiana and Illinois). Thanks, Mike Tarter Forcht Broadcasting recently held their Summer general managers meeting in Lexington.
Peter discussed the Apollo 11: One Giant Leap Revised, one hour special that CBS News Radio released for air earlier in July. Peter anchored and produced the special. Peter and the Forcht Broadcasting group also discussed highlights of Peter’s career and how small market radio can most effectively cover local news. Five Forcht Broadcasting radio stations are CBS News Radio affiliates, including WHOP Radio in Hopkinsville. WHOP Radio is the second oldest CBS News Radio affiliate in America, having aired their news for over 75 years. (pictured L to R Forcht Broadcasting staff: Graphic Designer Kate Smith, President/CEO Mike Tarter, Campbellsville/Greensburg GM and KBA Ambassador Barb Smith, Crawfordsville, IN GM Dave Peach, Somerset GM Kevin Wilson, CBS News Radio’s Peter King, Hopkinsville GM Mike Chadwell, Paintsville GM Spike Berkhimer, Senior Vice President Amy Stroud
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WSB A/F Atlanta Moving FM Signal Further East; Rebrands With Emphasis On FM
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2019 –– The highly popular WSB A/F Atlanta is about to move its100,000-watt FM 95.5 signal from Flowery Branch to East Atlanta, about a 45-mile move that will be on the same tower as news/talk90.1/WABE, R&B/hip-hop station V-103 and sister station B98.5. Pete Spriggs (R), program director, tells The AJC's Rodney Ho the change could happen any time within the next two weeks. Ho says he is merely awaiting final clearance from the Federal Communications Commission. He has already changed the station’s on-air descriptive from “News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB” to “95.5 WSB, Atlanta’s news and talk.” On social media, the former header below has been modified to banner above.
Ho adds that the removal of any reference to AM in the slogan is symbolic. The AM signal is not changing or going away. The new slogan reflects the reduced import of the AM signal for its listening audience and how the new FM signal will make that even more of a reality.
Spriggs said only 10 percent of its target 25-to-54-year-old audience now listens via AM. Nearly as many stream the station. “The AM signal is still extremely important and is considered the most historic radio signal in the Southeast,” Spriggs said. “But for marketing purposes, if I want a new listener to tune into my station, it’s going to be a lot easier to find us on the FM dial.” The new signal, he said, should be comparable to the 100,000 watt power of B98.5, which covers all 20 metro counties. WSB has been a No. 1 station in the Atlanta market for several years. READ MORE HERE
Brian Moote Exits Mornings At AMP 97.1 LA
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2019 –– Brian Moote has left LA's AMP 97.1. He had been there about 18 months after after a stint with the syndicated Bert Show. Following an amicable parting Moote said at the time, "Getting your own morning show in the No. 2 market in America is hard to say no to."
The AJC's Rodney Ho writes that when Moote left the Bert Show, he told listeners he hoped to emulate Weiss in L.A. "I'm a competitive person," he said. "I'm never afraid to take risks. Bert took a risk and built something that is respected nationally. The love and support he's earned from the cities we're syndicated especially Atlanta is something really special. I benefited by growing as a radio personality and coming up with ideas."
As It Turns Out, MTV Didn't Kill The Radio Star After all, Scoot
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2019 –– New Orleans radio mainstay Scoot who airs now on Entercom's WLW, writes that it was, August 1, 1981, 38-years ago, that MTV signed on the air. The first music video played by the new rock music channel was “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles (R). Yet all these years later - "the radio star - and radio as an entertainment medium - are still viable forces in American society."
In the beginning, MTV – Music Television – played music videos 24/7, says Scoot. And suddenly there was a new venue for artists to expose their new music. For many, MTV signing on the air meant that radio would no longer be the only viable source for delivering new music to a young audience. Times changed - and so did audiences. In an effort to continue to capture the youth market, MTV changed their strategy of airing only music videos to TV shows that targeted a young audience.
Scoot says, there was another time in history when radio was said to be on its way to certain death - when TV was invented, but it didn’t die then either. So, what is it about radio that has allowed it to survive and thrive since its inception in 1901? Scoot closes by adding, Not only did “video” not kill the “radio star” - but the original personalities on MTV on this day in 1981 are no longer on MTV - they have radio shows! READ STORY HERE
NETWORKS: George Laughlin, CEO of YEA Network Named Southwest Airline's 'A-List
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2019 –– Just in time for 'Boot Camp, George Laughlin, CEO of YEA Networks, one of the top independent radio and podcast companies in the U.S. and syndicator of popular radio shows including “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show,” “Tino Cochino Radio” and “The Hollywood 5”, is officially on "The A-List"!
Laughlin is featured in the August issue of Southwest: The Magazine, the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines, which is read by more than 6 million travelers every month. In the magazine's latest installment of "The A-List", Laughlin shares his insights on business and travel, and notes that his most memorable trips on the airline have been to Orlando, Florida, for the annual Kidd's Kids trip to Walt Disney World, which Southwest Airlines has supported for 13 years by donating a chartered plane and airfare for children with life-altering conditions and their parents.
Kidd Kraddick founded Kidd's Kids in 1991 with a dream to make a difference in the lives of children and their families who deal with life-altering or life-threatening conditions. Since then, the charity has sent over 1,000 kids and their families on a trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World. George will among our many honored attendees at this year's 31st Annual Morning Show Boot Camp - And for those travelling by Southwest, enjoy the read.
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