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Station Removes Word 'Babe' From Bracket Contest Following Uproar
Contest Will Now Be Known As 'The Bracket With No Name'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Little Rock's 103.7 The Buzz is renaming its "Babe Bracket," weeks after it became a national, even international topic of discussion reports Arkansas Matters. The Babe Bracket was a longtime annual event that pitted female journalists against each other in a March Madness-style competition as part of its 'Show With No Name' morning show on The Buzz.
Following weeks of consternation and launch of hashtag #morethanababe, The Buzz posted the following explanation on its website: "The hosts of 103.7 The Buzz’s The Show With No Name announced this week that there will be changes made to the annual on-air event known as “The Babe Bracket”. From now on as part of a natural evolution and in an attempt to better reflect the nature of the segment, the annual, listener-voted contest will now be known as “The Bracket With No Name”. The goal of this event has always been to let Buzz listeners get to know local TV journalists and celebrities better and allow the contestants to have an open forum to show their personality, share what they are passionate about and talk to members of our great community."
It continued, "It is of the utmost importance to hosts Tommy Smith, David Bazzel, Roger Scott and RJ Hawk that the women who are part of the event are treated with respect and celebrated for all of the things that make them so popular with our listeners and their viewers. The winner of this year’s Bracket With No Name will receive a spa package and in addition, 103.7 The Buzz will also be making a $500 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice.
ON-AIR: Kevin Rolston Adding Sports Show To Daily Duties
To Be Called 'Kevin's Other Show'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– WMEN-AM – 640 “The Hurricane” sports radio in West Palm Beach announced that Kevin Rolston, co-host of the highly popular KVJ (Kevin, Virginia & Jason) Show on WRMF-FM, will join 640 “The Hurricane” (WMEN-AM) starting on February 26th for a daily sports radio show for 3-4pm. Rolston’s local sports radio show appropriately titled, “Kevin’s Other Show” will be part of 640’s all-star national lineup including Colin Cowherd and Dan Patrick.
Rolston said, "I'm not sure if this opportunity is really a compliment to their faith in my broadcasting ability, or just an attempt to stop me from talking about sports on a Hot AC morning show. Either way, I'm pumped!" Program Director Paul Mason added, “Kevin is a special kind of talent that doesn’t come along too often. His worth ethic, love for this market, and passion for local sports will take WMEN to new heights.”
PROGRAMMING: Len Weiner Adds PD Duties For 560 WQAM In Miami
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Len Weiner will add PD duties for 560 WQAM in Miami. This will be in addition to his current programming responsibilities for Sports Talk 790 AM The Ticket in Miami. “Len’s leadership ability and knowledge of sports radio make him the perfect candidate to take on our two major sport stations in Miami,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “Adding the 560 WQAM Program Director responsibilities to Len’s current role is a natural fit. I’m confident both stations will continue as the top choice for Miami’s sports fans with Len on board.”
“I’m very excited to be able to work at Miami’s two premier sports radio stations. There is great talent on both teams, and to be part of a heritage station like WQAM and to continue to work on a successful station like The Ticket, is an amazing opportunity,” said Len. “I’m looking forward to it all. Thank you to Keriann Worley, Doug Abernethy, Chris Oliviero, Pat Paxton, Weezie Kramer and David Field for this incredible opportunity.” Len Weiner has spent most of his career in Sports Radio. He served for almost twelve years as Program Director for the ESPN Radio Network and was the Program Director of various sports stations in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles. Len is passionate about radio and sports, and also has experience in news and news/talk formats.
FORMATICS: WVLK-FM Lexington Flips To Jack FM
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Cumulus announced that it has launched Lexington’s newest radio station, 101.5 Jack FM, on WVLK-FM. The Jack FM station debuted at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, and segued from its previous Country format to Jack FM’s popular Variety Hits programming.
Scott Frazier, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media Lexington, said: “We are looking forward to introducing Jack FM to Central KY. Jack is the #1 branded radio format in the country, and the programmin g energizes listeners with its truly original brand and “we will play anything” attitude.” Anthony “Twitch” Longo (L), Operations Manager said: “We are beyond excited to unleash Jack FM upon the fine people of Central Kentucky! Jack is a terrific brand, and a perfect complement to rest of our cluster. I can’t wait for Lexington to get to know Jack!"
Bon Jovi To Perform And Receive First-Ever Icon Award At iHeart Music Event
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Bon Jovi have been added as performers at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards which will be hosted by Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled. It was also announced that Bon Jovi will receive the iHeartRadio Icon Award; Chance The Rapper will receive the 2018 iHeartRadio Innovator Award; and Camila Cabello will be honored with the iHeartRadio Fangirls Award presented by L'Oréal Paris at the fifth annual fan-fueled television music event live from the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Bon Jovi has sold over 130 million albums and has performed to more than 34 million fans across 50 countries. The Grammy winning band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2018. Nominees for the iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced on January 10. The awards are produced by iHeartMedia and Den of Thieves. Executive Producers for iHeartMedia are John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz.
NETWORKS: Salem Radio Network With All-Day Coverage Of Billy Graham's Death
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– SRN’s VP/News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup (seen here on a California movie set which recreated Dr. Graham’s historic 1949 “tent crusade” in Los Angeles) tells Jockline that both SRN News and TOWNHALL News provided Special Reports hourly…audio obituaries and perspective on Dr. Graham’s life…and other special programming. In addition, SRN News White House correspondent Greg Clugston was dispatched to North Carolina where he will get local perspective as well as set the stage for the Memorial Service being organized by the Billy Graham Evangelical Association.
Initial word is that President Trump is likely to attend, given his friendship with Dr. Graham whose counsel to U.S. presidents dates back to the administration of Harry Truman. “We are saddened at Dr. Graham’s passing,” Tradup says, adding: “But as Christians we rejoice in his life and know he is seeing the glory of Heaven today.”
Chelsea Norris Returns To Breakfast Show In Manchester England
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Former Key 103 breakfast co-host Chelsea Norris is moving to the breakfast show at BBC Radio Manchester, up against her former co-host Mike Toolan. Chelsea joined the BBC after leaving Key in 2016, first fronting a weekend show before becoming Drive Time presenter in February 2017.
Stars Join Roman Kemp On Capital Breakfast In London - A line up of artists are joining Roman Kemp as guest co-hosts of Capital Breakfast over the next two weeks. The co-hosts includes shortlisted artists for The Global Awards. Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Stefflon Don, Paloma Faith and Sigala are co-presenting this week while Vick Hope is away. For the week of The Global Awards, next Monday to Friday, Anne-Marie will be co-host. The Global Awards will bring together all Global’s radio stations including Capital, Capital XTRA, Heart, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Gold and LBC to celebrate the biggest stars of music, news & entertainment at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Thursday March 1st.
In Australia, triple j Breakfast’s Ben & Liam Will Debut A New Stand-Up Show - Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton will debut a new comedy show in their hometown of Adelaide in March. Supported by local talent Amos Gill on MC duties, the triple j Breakfast duo will also be joined by two surprise, yet-to-be-announced supports. Ben and Liam replaced Matt Okine and Alex Dyson on the national youth broadcaster’s Breakfast show in 2017, having begun their radio careers as volunteers on Fresh 92.7 Adelaide in 2012. Read more here; http://radiotoday.com.au/triple-j-breakfasts-ben-liam-debut-new-stand-show/
In Ireland, PJ Gallagher And Jim McCabe Learn To Yodel - Classic Hits 4FM’s PJ Gallagher and Jim McCabe were given a challenge to learn how to Yodel. Country singer Cliona Hagan was drafted in to teach the guys the art of yodelling and offered to have them do the yodel chorus of her song ‘Cowboy Yodel’. Cliona and the lads performed live on Classic Hits 4FM this and the video has already been viewed almost 25,000 times. Watch HERE
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Smooth R&B 105.7 Dallas On The Hunt For New Midday Star
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 – Is your passion for people, music, culture and community unmatched? Do you live, love and breathe the “Smooth R&B” lifestyle? Can you connect emotionally with 35-44 listeners and captivate them with creative content on-air, on social media and in person? If so, Service Broadcasting Group may have a rare opportunity for you to step into the spotlight in the 5th largest market in America, Dallas, TX.
Its new Smooth 105.7 Midday Personality must know how to connect with listeners, clients and partners to positively impact and enhance ratings, revenues and relationships. This is an opportunity for a “multi-dimensional,” multi-platform entertainer with a unique point of view, not a jock. You should also: • Be an experienced brand builder and content curator • Know how to create and have FUN • Possess a proven track record of PPM success • Display the passion and depth of preparation to win every time you open the mic or make a post • Be a total team player and bring out the best in your teammates • Conduct compelling interviews • Build and sustain strong community connections • Be highly engaged and “real-time relevant” on social media • Have strong podcasting, blogging and vlogging skills • Possess creative production skills (experience with Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, Vegas and Vox Pro are a plus)
Send your audio, resume, references and social media links to: SBG HR Manager, Debbie Henry at jobs@KRNB.com. No phone calls please. Service Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer (EEO).
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Bobby Bones Announces Mentoring Role On ABC's New ‘American Idol’
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018 –– Bobby Bones, host of the Premiere syndicated Bobby Bones Show,told his listeners this morning that he has been selected as this season’s “American Idol” mentor reports Austin 360. “I just feel like it’s too good to be true,” Bones told the Statesman earlier this month before breaking the news on-air. “I never thought I would get a call back. Then they called about two months ago and said, ‘We really think this could be something for you. A couple days ago they confirmed they want me to do it.” This season’s judges are Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry along with host Ryan Seacrest (R). Bones will appear as mentor on the show for several episodes in April.
Bones told the American-Statesman, I do bring something different to the show, meaning I’ve worked in a lot of different formats and these singers are going to be singing a lot of different things. I think I’ll bring perspective to that side of it instead of being another singer or another artist.
The new season of “American Idol” kicks off on March 11 on ABC.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Entercom Names Jim McCloud EVP/National Business Development; Ernie Martinez Takes National Digital Post For Alpha; Eric Jewell Named GSM For Cumulus KC
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Jim McCloud as Executive Vice President of National Business Development for Entercom. McCloud joins Entercom from Major League Baseball, where he most recently served as Group Director & Vice President of Sponsorship Sales & Client Services.
“We are so pleased to welcome Jim to Entercom,” said Weezie Kramer, Chief Operations Officer, Entercom. “Jim’s deep experience in sports, corporate sponsorships and advertising will help us unlock the full potential of our national platform across radio, digital and events.”
-- Alpha Media has named Ernie Martinez (R) National Director of Digital Content. Originally from Dallas, TX, Ernie began his career in radio at the age of 19. In 1997, he joined Radio Disney as a Producer and quickly worked his way up becoming Director, On-Air Programming. After departing from Disney, Ernie quickly jumped into the digital content space as a VP, Talent Partnerships at mitú, a digital media company creating short and long form content for an American Latino audience.
-- Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed veteran radio sales executive Eric Jewell (TR) as General Sales Manager of Cumulus Media-Kansas City. Jewell joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia-Memphis, TN, where he was Senior Vice President, Sales. He brings over 20 years of radio sales management experience to Cumulus, and has held leadership positions including Director of Sales for Entercom in Gainesville, FL, and General Manager of Rocket City Broadcasting in Huntsville, AL.
ON-AIR: Brian Wilson Joins Super Talk 99.7 Nashville; David Fisch Takes Mornings On The River Hartford; Cece, Krystal Bee & Bryhana Join Lineup At KPWR & KDAY L.A.
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018 –– Cumulus has signed veteran broadcaster Brian Wilson (TL) as the Host of Nashville’s Morning News on Nashville’s premier News Talk radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WWTN-FM, airing weekdays from 5:00am-9:00am. Wilson heads to Nashville from Washington, D.C., where he was most recently Co-Host of the popular morning show on Cumulus WMAL-AM/FM. Wilson previously served as a senior correspondent and anchor for the FOX News Channel.
Wilson began his career in radio news when he was only 19. Wilson began his TV career in Amarillo, TX, at the age of 21 and spent time as a reporter and anchor in Mobile, AL, before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1986.
-- iHeartMedia Hartford announced that David Fisch (TR) has been named morning show host for The River 105.9. Fisch will broadcast on weekdays 5-10 AM. “After a long national search to find the perfect host for The River morning show, he’s right here in Hartford,” said Dave Symonds, VP Programming for iHeartRadio. “Fisch has years of experience entertaining the Hartford audience and being completely engaged in the local community.” Fisch joins The River 105.9 from another radio group, where he most recently served as Assistant Program Director and morning co-host. He also served as the Producer for The Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN. He began his career at Q102 in Philadelphia.
-- Vice President of Programming for Power 106 and 93.5 KDAY-FM, Jimmy Steal, has officially announced new hosting duties on Power 106 and 93.5 KDAY. Former 93.5 KDAY Midday host, Cece (BR), has joined LA’S Hip Hop Morning Show #TheCruzShow with J Cruz. Krystal Bee (L), most recently a member of LA’S Hip Hop Morning Show, #TheCruzShow on Power 106 moves into Middays (10a-3p). In addition to middays on Power 106, Krystal can be seen on MTV’s Amazingness with Rob Dyrdek. On 93.5 KDAY, taking over Cece’s midday slot, is Bryana (TR). Bryhana started her radio career as an intern with Sisanie in LA.
“We are very excited about Cece, Krystal Bee and Bryhana in their new roles. I received countless air checks for these positions and they are all very deserving.” said, Steal. Power 106 and 93.5 KDAY are owned and operated by The Meruelo Grou.
Westwood One Bolsters Sales Team With Multiple Hires
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018 –– Westwood One has bolstered it's network sales team with the addition of Stephen Gary (TL) as Director, National Sports Partnerships in Los Angeles, Gina LaBanco (TR), as Director, National Partnerships in Chicago, Wesley O’Dell (BL), as Director, National Partnerships and Craig Rossi (BR), Vice President, Spoken Word, also in Los Angeles. “2017 was a transformative year for Westwood One as we made significant revenue gains, launched the Audio Active Group to focus on business development, and announced the Westwood One ROI Guarantee.” said Bryan Forbes, President of National Sales, Cumulus and President of Sales, Westwood One.
“In 2018, we continue our evolution with several key hires to our top-notch sales organization, with each bringing diverse and unique experiences. I have complete confidence that Stephen, Gina, Wes and Craig will hit the ground running to drive revenue growth while bringing maximum value to our clients and agency partners.”
NETWORKS: WWO News To Simulcast CNN's 'STAND UP' Townhall Meeting
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018 –– The school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week has sparked a renewed call for lawmakers to take action, and some of the loudest voices demanding change are not even old enough to vote. This evening, February 21, Westwood One News will provide a live simulcast of the CNN Town Hall “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action” from 9:00 pm until 11:00 pm ET. To help facilitate the discussion, Westwood One will simulcast CNN’s nationally broadcast Town Hall with the victims' classmates, parents and community members, live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Participants are still being finalized. So far, Florida Rep. Ted Deutch, Sen. Bill Nelson, and Sen. Marco Rubio have accepted an invitation to participate. CNN anchor Jake Tapper (L) will moderate.
This Town Hall event will be available to Westwood One News stations for live broadcast or excerpting. For more information, contact Jim Jones at email@example.com or (202) 840-7933.
CBS Sports Radio Debuts Today On SiriusXM Lineup
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018 –– CBS Sports Radio and SiriusXM announced that CBS Sports Radio's programming lineup will be available to SiriusXM subscribers nationwide beginning Today, February 21st onsatellite radios (Sirius channel 213, XM channel 201) and on the SiriusXM app. CBS Sports Radio Channel to Debut on SiriusXM on February 21 CBS Sports Radio Channel to Debut on SiriusXM on February 21 CBS Sports Radio showcases popular sports talk shows hosted by Jim Rome, Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney, Scott Ferrall, Amy Lawrence, Damon Amendolara, Bill Reiter, Taz and Marc Malusis, among others. Two of these programs "Jim Rome" and "Tiki and Tierney" are also TV simulcast on CBS Sports Network.
"We are thrilled to bring CBS Sports Radio to the millions of listeners that enjoy SiriusXM," said Chris Oliviero (L) Executive Vice President, Programming, Entercom. "This move greatly expands our reach to sports fans in every part of the country, and marks the next step in our commitment to aggressively distribute our product, bringing more fans to the brand."
106.5 The Arch St. Louis' Cassiday Gives Birth LIVE On-Air; Fans Help With Name
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018 –– Hubbard’s Adult Hits 106.5 The Arch morning show co-host Cassiday Proctor of "Spencer's Neighborhood" - gave birth LIVE on the air Tuesday morning, 2/20/18! According to her co-host Spencer Graves, "Throughout her pregnancy, Cassiday shared every aspect of expecting a baby - including all of the ups and downs and the anticipation of baby's arrival - with the 106.5 The Arch listeners across St. Louis.
Yesterday, she and her husband Jerry were gracious enough to share the most intimate part of it with us". Other fun fact: St. Louis listeners helped name her baby boy Jameson, who arrived this morning weighing in at a healthy 7lbs, 6oz! Listen HERE to audio leading up to the birth of baby Jameson.
SNAPS: PodcastOne’s Norman Pattiz Lobbies Lebron From Courtside
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2018 –– During this week's NBA All-Star game, PodcastOne Chairman Norman Pattiz lobbied LeBron James from courtside seats, between hanging out with PodcastOne Sportsnet podcasters and partners. Sportsnet attendees included Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, sports personality and actor Rob Riggle, sportscasters Rich Eisen and Suzy Shuster, longtime NBA photographer Andrew D. Bernstein and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
Pattiz was featured in this week's Los Angeles Times - SEE FULL STORY HERE - Photo/Courtesy of PodcastOne - Robert Gauthier LA Times
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Longtime Philly Host John DeBella Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Former Sidekick
Alleges 30 instances of improper verbal and physical conduct in the lawsuit
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2018 –– WMGK-FM morning host John DeBella a staple of Philadelphia radio since the 80s, has been accused of sexual harassment by a former co-host alleging that the longtime 102.9 WMGK host repeatedly sexually harassed her during her employment at the station reports the philly.com. Jennifer Neill, who served as DeBella’s sidekick between 2010 and 2016, names about 30 instances of improper verbal and physical conduct in the lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court. Known as Jen Posner on the show, Neill contends in the suit that DeBella, now 66, grabbed her breasts on several occasions during her time at WMGK, and repeatedly asked her to perform oral sex on him, among other inappropriate behaviors.
Additionally, she says in the suit that DeBella pressed his groin against her multiple times, and once put her hand on his genital area. DeBella also allegedly referred to Neill as “(B)itch” in the WMGK office, the lawsuit claims. WMGK’s management, Neill claims, conducted an investigation into her allegations after she filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in September 2016. As part of that investigation, the suit says, DeBella described his alleged behavior as “jokes” that were “mutual.” Following an investigation, the suit says, Neill was eventually given the option of rejoining DeBella on the air, or being reassigned as a traffic reporter. She ended up taking the traffic reporter job, which the lawsuit calls a “substantial demotion.” Neill left WMGK in January 2017.
In a statement received by Jockline regarding the suit from The Beasley Broadcast Group, WMGK’s parent company, it stated: “Beasley prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer and takes such allegations very seriously. However, at this time, we are not offering specific comment on the matter.”
REPORT: Padres Announce New Radio Home On Way To 97.3's Switch To Talk
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2018 –– The Padres made the official announcement on Monday of their long-rumored move to 97.3-FM for the upcoming season writes The San Diego Tribune. Games were broadcast on 94.9 in 2017, the team’s first season on FM. Entercom, parent company for both stations, is making the move as part of its conversion of 97.3 to an all-talk format.
Last year, on rock station 94.9, the paper says the pregame show was sometimes as short as 15 minutes. The shows will be hosted by Chris Ello. All but one the Padres’ 31 spring games will be available on TV, radio or audio webcast (padres.com). PHOTO/Petco
WECK Buffalo Hires Steve Cichon As News Director
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2018 –– Buffalo native, broadcaster and longtime journalist, Steve Cichon is joining WECK-AM/FM (AM 1230/FM 102.9) as News Director, effective Monday, February 26. He will anchor news, and co-host with Tom Donahue and Gail Ann Huber WECK’s weekday morning show called the “WECK Coffee Club”.
Cichon began his career at WBEN in 1993, where he spent five years. He later worked in roles at WIVB/WNLO (TV) and at WNSA/Empire Sports Network, before returning to WBEN as News Director in 2003. He left WBEN in 2013 to devote time to his role as Storyteller & CEO of Buffalo Stories, LLC., work at WNED/WBFO as a producer, serve as an Adjunct Professor at Medaille Colllege and write history articles for The Buffalo News.
“We’re very fortunate to have a well-known and respected journalist like Steve at WECK,” stated Buddy Shula, Owner and President of Radio One Buffalo. “He’s a true Buffalonian who is woven into the fabric our community – and he’s an excellent broadcaster.” WECK is locally-owned and operated.
[LISTEN] Parkland, FL Teacher & Student Join In-Studio With Castronovo Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2018 –– Stations in the Parkland, FL. have been working continuously with the latest developments following the horrific tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which left 17 dead. As Jockline reported yesterday, last Friday Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) made a surprise call into Paul Castronovo's show on iHeart's BIG 105.9 to answer any and all questions regarding the tragedy.
Today, Sarah Learner (inset-R), a teacher, and Kyra Parrow (inset-L) a senior at the school, visited the station to add more details of the tragedy. - Reportedly, High School in Parkland, FL. will do a gradual reopen this Friday with teachers reporting.
Aussie Radio Group Tackles Industry's Talent Shortage Woes With Talent Development Team
New software platform will feature a skills database and track talent development
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2018 –– Southern Cross Austereo is tackling the radio industry’s talent shortage with the launch of its own dedicated talent development team and internal software platform, Hubble, reports Unrelated new division, which will also have a public website, is designed to discover new audio personalities and uncover new talent for the company.
SCA’s new software platform will feature a skills database and track talent development while the external website will accept applications from anyone. It will include a masterclass series for training prospective talent. Speaking to Mumbrella, Dave Cameron (shown), general manager of SCA Melbourne, said the project – which commenced 12 months ago – is about finding the next “interesting content creators”. The division has already had its first success story, duo Lewis Spear and Luke Kidgell, who will start on Melbourne’s Fox FM on Sunday nights. They made their debut on Triple M modern digital. “We’ve created our own internal unit for the first time ever. In fact I don’t even know if there’s a radio company around the world that’s got its own internal talent development unit, so we kind of feel like we are pioneering in the space,” Cameron said.
Fergie Apologizes; Olympic Wardrobe Malfunction
Photograph by Norman Jean Roy for Rolling Stone
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Beasley Launches Company-Wide 'See Something- Say Something' Initiative
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2019 –– Following the tragic event that took place in Florida last week, and other situations that have occurred throughout the country, Beasley Media Group has unveiled the Beasley Best Community of Caring See Something- Say Something company-wide public service initiative.
From station on-air personalities creating videos to share on social media and public service announcements that will run on the airwaves across Beasley Media Group stations to important information to help parents to speak to their kids, the goal is to encourage listeners and their families to speak up if they see something concerning on social media, at school or in the community at large. This latest initiative is part of Beasley's 'Community of Caring.
[LISTEN] Senator Marco Rubio Makes Unsolicited Call-In To Radio Show In Wake Of Florida School Tragedy
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2018 –– As it turns out, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is a longtime listener of Paul Castronovo's Show on iHeart's BIG 105. 9 Miami. On Friday, two days after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. which left 17 dead, Rubio made a surprise call-in to the show shortly before it was about to end at 10 am. On the previous day, Castronovo aired for 6 straight hours and took calls throughout the morning from both listeners and local officials. He fielded similar calls for his entire Friday show along with former Miami Dolphins Kim Bokamper about the shooting. Following the interview, they added a button underneath the video on Facebook where listeners could connect with Senator Rubio (or your other elected representatives) by mail, phone or directly through Facebook (see link below)
Rubio emphasized the reason he called-in was to answer any questions (Castronovo) may have had regarding the school Tragedy. He explained that "As a father of four, all four are in school. "There's nothing about this that makes them immune to this any more than anyone else." LISTEN HERE
Of Note, On tomorrow's show, Castronovo is scheduled to speak with two of the teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Quinn Named PD/MD For FM 106.1 Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2018 –– iHeartmedia announced that Quinn has been named Assistant Program Director and Music Director for FM106 Milwaukee. She will remain afternoon drive host, broadcasting weekdays 3 – 7 PM. Quinn reports to Kerry Wolfe, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Milwaukee.
“I look forward to having Quinn take the reins as my right hand person,” said Wolfe. “She always brings great energy to the team. She also has great ears, impressive social skills and can help keep me in line.” Quinn most recently served at iHeartMedia Albany’s 99.5 The River as Morning Show Co-Host for The River Morning Show with Kevin & Shanna. She also worked on-air and in promotions for Entercom Buffalo. "I’m so excited to take my career to the next level as Music Director and APD with FM106.1,” said Quinn. “The whole iHeartMedia Milwaukee team has been wonderful and very supportive, and I am looking forward to this new position.”
PROGRAMMING: Al Farb Named APD/Afternoon Drive For KSCS-FM Dallas
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media has named Al Farb Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive On-Air Talent for New Country 96.3 KSCS in Dallas. Farb is a 10-year radio broadcasting professional and joins Cumulus from Cox Radio in Houston, where he was Executive Producer and On-Air Talent at KKBQ-FM and KTHT-FM. Prior to that, he was Assistant Program Director and Executive Producer for Clear Channel Radio/iHeartMedia’s KTRH-AM and KBME-AM in Houston.
Mac Daniels, Program Director, 96.3 KSCS, said: “After a very extensive search, I’m confident that Al is the right fit for this position. KSCS will benefit greatly from his passion for radio, his knowledge of the format and his skill set. I’m very excited to have him as part of this team.” Farb said: “I am so excited for the opportunity to join Mac and the amazing team at KSCS and Cumulus Dallas/Ft. Worth. I can’t wait to make the short drive up I-45 and get to work.” About Cumulus Media A leader in the radio broadcasting industry.
Kristy Knight Tapped For Middays And APD Posts On MAGIC 94.9 Tampa
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2018 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa Radio welcomes longtime Tampa on-air personality Kristy Knight as its new mid-day talent and Assistant Program Director for Magic 94-9 (WWRM – FM). “We are so thrilled to have Kristy join our Magic team,” said John Larson, CMG Tampa Radio’s Director of Branding and Programming for WWRM and WXGL. “Her experience and well-known name in the Tampa Bay market, along with her stellar reputation will be an incredible addition to our Magic team."
For the past 24 years, Knight has worked for iHeart/Clear Channel Communications as on-air talent, Music Director and Production Director at stations including WMTX and WSSR. “I couldn’t be more excited to join Cox Media Group and do live radio on a huge brand like Magic 94-9,” said Knight. “I am just thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from highly admired programmers John Larson and Rick Thomas.”
St. Jude Hospital Raises $4.3M During National Radio Event With Univision
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2018 –– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® raised $4.3 million dollars during this year's Promesa y Esperanza® (Promise and Hope) radio event held in 14 media markets in the U.S. with Univision radio stations on February 1st and 2nd. During the event, thousands of Univision's radio listeners across the U.S. called in or went online to become Angeles de Esperanza (Angels of Hope) and joined the #ThisShirtSavesLives movement by pledging to make a monthly donation of $20 or more to St. Jude.
Several Univision popular on-air personalities participated in St. Jude's event, including: Omar Velasco and Argelia Atilano of El show and numerous other radio hosts, as well as TV personalities. "It is our responsibility as the leading media company serving Hispanic America to give a platform to those organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the community we serve," said Randy Falco, president and CEO of UCI. To join the THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES movement, visit: www.thisshirtsaveslives.org.
NETWORKS: UCONN Huskies Team With iHeart For Longterm Partnership
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2018 –– IMG has announced a transformative 10-year, multimillion-dollar partnership with iHeartMedia and 97.9 ESPN, Hartford’s Sport Station, to serve as the Home of the UConn Huskies. 97.9 ESPN will become the new home for the UConn-IMG Radio Network beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. Following the conclusion of the current UConn athletic seasons, it will serve as the exclusive terrestrial radio home for UConn Athletics airing regular season and post-season play-by-play for football, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s hockey.
“Our new relationship with iHeartMedia and 97.9 ESPN provides UConn Athletics with a powerful reach and the prospect of building an extensive affiliate network throughout the state and the Northeast,” director of athletics David Benedict said. “Our new partnership with a dedicated sports platform hosted by the most powerful sports and media company in the country, will offer fans and listeners more opportunities to interact with our teams and coaches.” The relationship between the UConn-IMG Radio Network and 97.9 ESPN will also include pre- and post-game shows as well as the UConn Women’s Basketball Coach’s Radio Show with Geno Auriemma, the UConn Men’s Basketball Coach's Radio Show with Kevin Ollie, UConn Football Coach’s Radio Show with Randy Edsall, and the UConn Hockey Coach’s Radio Show with Michael Cavanaugh.
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Warner Wolf Suing Don Imus Over Age Discrimination From Dismissal At WABC
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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2018 –– New York sports host Warner Wolf (R) claims he was fired from Don Imus’ radio show on WABC because of his age, according to a lawsuit filed in a Manhattan on Thursday. Wolf also said he wasn’t paid severance of nearly $100,000 that he was owed. The 80-yr-old sportscaster is accusing Imus, plus three executives with WABC and Cumulus Media over age discrimination. The claim was filed late Thursday morning reports The New York Post.
Wolf’s lawyer, Douglas H. Wigdor, writes, “Imus routinely made inappropriate comments about the Plaintiff’s age, including stating that it was ‘time to put [Mr. Wolf] out to pasture’ and ‘shoot him with an elephant dart gun." In 2016, the suit says, Imus replaced Wolf, then 78, because of his age and hired Sid Rosenberg, who was 30 years younger. As for the severance, there seems to be a disagreement between the parties on whether a deal had been officially consummated. The lawsuit says Wolf agreed in October 2016 to reduce his salary from $195,000 to $80,000 so he could continue doing the Imus broadcasts via satellite from his home in Naples, Florida. According to the lawsuit, Imus changed his mind less than two weeks later, writing to Wolf in an email, “You asked me if I was OK with you doing sports from Florida. I said I was. We tried it. It [expletive].” Wolf’s last broadcast for WABC was four days after that email. Imus, is scheduled to end “Imus in the Morning” on March 29.
Little Rock's 103.7 The Buzz's 'Babe Bracket' Ignites Nationwide Protest
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2018 –– The runner-up from last year’s “Babe Bracket,” a 103.7 The Buzz longtime promotion that places local female journalists in a tournament-style contest whether they want to be in it or not, has now ignited a nationwide protest on Twitter reports AP.
Winnie Wright (TR), a reporter at KTHV-TV, said her station’s management asked her and her colleagues to not speak publicly about the contest, but after Arkansas’ governor Asa Hutchinson (BR) told the radio station that “everybody enjoys” the contest (he later issued a statement saying he wasn’t endorsing the game), Wright took to Twitter and quickly had a following. Wright used the hashtag “#morethanababe” on Thursday. Soon after, female journalists from other TV markets weighed in with their support. Some shared their own stories.
“On a daily basis, while I’m working to bring important stories to the people of Arkansas, I am cat-called, have obscenities yelled at me from cars, have men comment on my appearance in a professional setting, and worse. But I am #morethanababe,” Wright wrote Thursday in a series of tweets. By the end of the day, Marie Claire magazine, the Radio Television Digital News Association and female journalists from markets ranging from New York and Chicago to Macon and Mobile had weighed in.
Buzz host David Bazzel of The Show With No Name has said the station intends to continue the contest next month. “We agree they all are certainly more than babes … that’s just not broadcasters, that’s female school teachers, principals, first responders and law enforcement,” Bazzel said Thursday. “We love the hashtag and agree with it.”
Pressure Continues To Mount On Apple To Activate FM Chip On Smartphones
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2017 –– Government agencies and consumer advocates in the radio industry are continuing to put pressure on Apple to activate the FM chip in its iPhones writes The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Advocates in the radio industry are continuing to do so as well. Apple, which commands more than 40 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, says its newer phones don’t have the built-in chip or antennas to receive FM signals. Industry officials, however, say there are plenty of older iPhone models in the market with chips that could be activated and that the public safety issue should trump any reluctance from the company.
“You could make a case for activating chips on public safety grounds alone,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Phai. The FCC does not mandate phone makers to activate the chips. Tim Clarke (L) , newly named vice president of audience and content for radio at Cox Media Group, says the company’s analysis of its markets affected by Hurricane Irma last year showed an increasing number of listeners tuned into local radio stations for weather updates. A lot of that information was relayed to smartphone users via FM channels. “While technology is getting better, leaving critical life-saving information like that to wireless network delivery is not the best option when we know that the FM chip can do it more confidently,” said Clarke.
ON-AIR: Tim Leary, Claire Beverly And Karen Daiss Head To KNUC-FM Seattle
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2018 –– Hubbard Radio Seattle has revealed its new Morning Show for Country 98.9 (KNUC). Tim Leary, Claire Beverly and Karen (Red) Daiss are an award winning Morning Show from Savannah, Georgia. The trio has been together for three years and is well-known for their community service, humorous and listener driven content. They are busy working on their relocation plans and will be announcing their on air date shortly.
Tim said “This is really so over whelming and unbelievable, we're still trying to take this all in. To Ginny Morris, Drew Horowitz, Dave Bestler, Greg Strassell, Marc Kaye, Lisa Adams, and Steve Reynolds we can't thank you enough for your support and believing in us! To our agent Jim Robinson, you’re the best in the industry! Marc Kaye, Market Manager for Hubbard Radio Seattle, said “I fell in love with Tim, Claire and Red in the first few minutes of meeting them. I know the Seattle radio audience will find them entertaining and refreshing, we are in for one heck of a run.”
PROGRAMMING: Ryan Maguire Named Dir. New/Programming For KIRO 97.3 Seattle
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2018 –– Ryan Maguire announced via Facebook yesterday that he's headed to Seattle. "I have accepted an offer to lead one of America's great radio brands. Starting March 12th, I will take over as Director of News and Programming of Bonneville's KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. Angel Blas and myself are excited to become part of the vibrant and diverse community of greater Seattle. Unfortunately, this means that we will be leaving many good friends and colleagues in South Florida behind. We look forward to spending time with all of you in the coming weeks."
Maguire makes the move to Seattle from Entercom’s WQAM in Miami where he’s been PD since 2015. KIRO has been without a PD since Pete Gammell left the station in December.
Noah Sherwood Tapped To Program And Join Morning Show For WWCT-FM Peoria
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2018 –– Advanced Media Partners, LLC (AMP) has named Noah Sherwood has been named Program Director for Peoria’s heritage rock station, WWCT-FM. He will assume his responsibilities on February 19th. Noah most recently was Assistant Operations Manager for Cumulus’ WFYR and WZPW in Peoria. Previously he has held a number of programming jobs for Midwest Family Broadcasting, Townsquare Media, CBS, and Zimmer Radio Group. In addition to his programming duties, Noah will join Roxy Baker as hosts of CT’s Morning Blend.
Noah said, "The timing for this opportunity is incredible, joining Advanced Media Partners and programming WWCT is a huge blessing! My wife and I really enjoy living in Central Illinois, and are very excited to continue raising our family here. A huge love of music has led to a love for radio. It’s a perfect fit to become part of the legacy of WWCT. The fact that Advanced Media is a locally owned company solely focused on Central Illinois cements the attraction. It’s fitting the announcement comes on Valentine’s Day.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeartMedia Names Lindsay Lazar GSM For Chicago Combo
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Lindsay Lazar has been named General Sales Manager for BIG 95.5, Chicago's New Country, and 93.9 LITE FM. She will report to Adam Kurtz, Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “Lindsay has an impeccable reputation in the Chicago market and a glowing track record of success,” said Kurtz. “She is a proven leader with an exceptional ability to deliver solutions to the advertising community and I am thrilled to welcome her to our team.”
Lazar brings 20 years of broadcast sales experience to the iHeartMedia Chicago Region. She was most recently the Cluster Sales Manager at Entercom/CBS. Lazar has also held sales and account management positions at Total Traffic and Weather Network and Premiere Networks. “This is such an exciting opportunity,” said Lazar. “iHeartMedia has a tremendous reputation coast to coast and particularly here in Chicago, so being asked to join its leadership team is a career high.
NETWORKS: AXS TV's 'The Big Interview With Dan Rather' Comes To Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2018 –– In a new, groundbreaking partnership, AXS TV and KMG Networks—a division of Krantz Media Group—will bring AXS TV’s popular original series The Big Interview with Dan Rather to radio stations across the United States. Advertising sales will be handled by Westwood One. Stations will receive an audio version of the series; a corresponding video segment to post on their websites, mobile apps, and social media channels; and custom liners and promos featuring award-winning newsman—and series host—Dan Rather.
With a career spanning almost seven decades, Dan Rather has secured his place as one of the most trusted names in journalism and a true pioneer of evening news, serving as anchor of the acclaimed CBS Evening News program for over two decades. Now, Rather continues his distinguished legacy as host of The Big Interview, traveling across the country to sit down with some of entertainment’s most influential trailblazers and getting them to open up about their private lives and celebrated careers as only he can. Stations interested in The Big Interview with Dan Rather may contact KMG Networks at 201-400-3682, emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. PHOTO/Stewart Volland
EVENTS: Cumulus' 95.5 KLOS LA Raises $725,218 For St. Jude Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2018 – 95.5 KLOS, led by Frosty, Heidi & Frank in the morning, Marci Wiser and Steve Jones (Jonesy’s Jukebox) in middays, and Gary Moore in afternoon drive, raised $725,218 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the St. Jude Rocks event held Thursday, February 8, through Friday, February 9, 2018. The two-day live broadcast in Los Angeles capped Cumulus Media’s inaugural “St. Jude Rocks” fundraising partnership across 14 of its Rock-formatted stations in markets across the U.S. The 95.5 KLOS event included on-air, online and text-to-donate promotions and drove donations from listeners in Southern California that set a U.S. Rock radio fundraising record for St. Jude.
The funds generated by the 95.5 KLOS St. Jude Rocks Radiothon brought the total dollars raised by Cumulus Media radio stations for St. Jude in 2017-2018 to a record-breaking $2,099,518. St. Jude and Cumulus have enjoyed a longstanding partnership, generating more than $22 million over the years to treat St. Jude patients by relying on the power of radio, its personalities and the generosity of local listeners.
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KNBR Cuts Ties With Host Who Made Lewd Comments About Teen Olympian
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 –– KNBR/San Francisco wasted no time in releasing one of its hosts for sexual comments he made about 17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim on a SiriusXM show. KNBR PD Jeremiah Crowe confirmed in a statement Wednesday that host Patrick Connor had been fired. On Tuesday's Barstool Sports channel on SiriusXM, Connor said Chloe Kim, who's yet to turn 18, "She’s fine as hell! If she was 18, you wouldn’t be ashamed to say that she’s a little hot piece of *ss. And she is. She is adorable. I’m a huge Chloe Kim fan."
Connor apologized on social media calling his comments ”inappropriate.” Without mentioning his name, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, tweeted, "Nothing is more important @barstoolsports than trying to bring humor to our fans lives. Occasionally we miss the mark. Most of the time we don’t..."
WEEI Pulls Live Programming On Friday While It Undergoes Sensitivity Training
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 – WEEI Boston will pull all live-programming for 12 hours on Friday for sensitivity training. This comes in the wake of recent controversies. It posted at its website: “WEEI is in the process of closely reevaluating our policies and procedures in an effort to ensure that our programming is never intolerant or harmful to our listeners or our city,” the station said in a statement. “As part of this effort, WEEI will be hosting an all day mandatory sensitivity training this Friday.”
This announcement follows the recent suspension of host Alex Reimer who was suspended just before the Super Bowl after he called Brady’s daughter an "annoying little pissant.” Then last week, host Christian Fauria was suspended five days for using a racist impression of Don Yee, Brady's agent. Lee is of Chinese descent. On Friday WEEI employees will attend a sensitivity training session.
Longtime WIOV-FM Morning Co-Host Jerry Murphy Found Dead At Home After Not Arriving For His Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 –– Cumulus WIOV-FM/I-105 in Lancaster, PA, sadly announced the unexpected passing of longtime Morning Show Host Jerry Murphy, “Murph” of the “Murph & Casey” Morning Show on I-105. Murph passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday at the age of 61. He was the host of the very popular and highly rated morning show “Murph & Casey” with co-host Casey Allyn for 19 years. Allyn said, “Murph was my morning sunshine. He could make me laugh every day harder than I've ever laughed. After spending 5 hours each weekday in a small room with someone for 19 years he was definitely my 'work spouse'.
According to Penn Live, staff members said Murphy was never late, which prompted his co-host Casey Allyn to go to his home. Allyn saw Murphy's car was parked and his doors were locked, so she called police. Officers arrived and found Murphy dead inside of the home. Murphy's death remains under investigation, but officials said there did not appear to be foul play or any unusual circumstances. Murphy's death was announced on air late Wednesday morning. Murphy had been a host at the station since 1999.
[WATCH] Bethany Watson Announces She's Leaving The Elvis Duran Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 –– Fans of Elvis Duran's Z100 New York-based syndicated show were surprised to learn this week that 5-yr. show co-host Bethany Watson will be leaving. "Today our sister, Bethany Watson, announced that she is leaving Elvis Duran and the Morning Show," posted the show's website. "She has an exciting journey ahead of her, pursuing so many incredible opportunities in the entertainment industry. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we bid her adieu, but we're also sure, without a doubt, that our girl is going to fly."
Watson followed Carolina Bermudez departure in 2012. Prior to Duran, she co-hosted The Dave Ryan Show on KDWB Minneapolis. Watson told listeners that she will remain in New York and focus on other projects - read her histogram post HERE - WATCH HER ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
Chad Valentine Joins WBHT-FM Wilkes-Barre/Scranton To Program And Handle Middays
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Chad Valentine as Program Director for WBHT 97.1/95.7, its Top 40 station in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA. Valentine is a 22-year radio veteran who most recently spent five years as the on-air Assistant Program Director and Music Director at iHeartMedia’s Y100 in Miami, FL. He will also be On-Air Host for Middays on WBHT, weekdays from 10am-2pm. Chris Kenney, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, said: “We are thrilled to have Valentine leading BHT. He is exactly what we need to grow the station and bring our amazing listeners more of what they love. Northeast PA is going to love what he brings to the airwaves…get ready!” Valentine said: “I’m excited to be here and ready to make some great radio for Northeast PA. I’m proud to be part of the next chapter of WBHT’s evolution.“
Boner Returns To Rock 105 Chattanooga For PM Drive
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Chattanooga radio veteran Randy Smith, known as “Boner,” will be rejoining active rock radio station Rock 105 (WRXR-FM) as the new afternoon show host. The new show “Boner in the Afternoon” will air weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m ET. “Boner is a longtime local on-air personality and we are thrilled to reunite him with the Rock 105 listeners,” said Nichole Hartman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Chattanooga.
“I am thrilled to be back and cannot wait to reconnect with the Chattanooga rock community. I’m looking forward to spending my afternoons entertaining Rock 105’s beloved listeners,” said Boner. Boner joined Clear Channel in 2001 as Morning Host and Program Director for Rock 105 (WRXR), a role he held for over 15 years. Rock 105 reestablished itself as Chattanooga’s live and local rock station after the transformational merger of Entercom and CBS Radio.
EVENTS: 'Inside Edition’s' Deborah Norville To Host BFOA's 2018 Golden Mike Awards
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 –– Celebrated TV personality Deborah Norville of Inside Edition will host the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s 2018 Golden Mike Award. The black-tie fundraiser will honor Emily Barr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Media, and will take place on Monday, March 5 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The annual event is one of the biggest fundraisers in support of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to provide aid to broadcasters in acute need.
Pat McLaughlin will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband, Ed McLaughlin. McLaughlin, who is credited with discovering Rush Limbaugh and the founder of EFM Media Management, was Chairman Emeritus of the Broadcasters Foundation when he passed away last month. Singer/songwriter Darrian Ford will provide entertainment for the evening. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email email@example.com.
NETWORKS: LRN Inks Deal With ABC News Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 –– Local Radio Networks (LRN), has signed with ABC News Radio to bring ABC’s award-winning service exclusively to LRN affiliates. LRN affiliates will have access to the worldwide resources of ABC News and ABC News Radio, including hourly newscasts from ABC News Now, ABC Digital and ABC Cuts. “With ABC News Radio as our partner, LRN affiliates will receive world-leading, highly respected news, along with ultimate flexibility,” said Steve Swick, Chief Executive Officer of Local Radio Networks, “LRN affiliates already experience maximum local control of their 24/7 format broadcasts, and now, with the freedom to choose from a variety of ABC News Radio options, they can continue to meet the specific needs of their individual markets.”
“We’re excited to provide LRN affiliates with our award-winning national and international news coverage along with powerful audio and digital tools for LRN affiliates to win with locally,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager, ABC Radio. "This partnership continues ABC Radio’s momentum with music radio stations seeking to provide their listeners with breaking news coverage from a trusted source.” Radio stations that would like more information on Local Radio Networks may contact Donna Halverson, Vice President of Affiliate Sales, at 214-307-5087 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ABC News Radio will handle affiliate services for the news products. For ABC News Radio affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer 212.456.5541 or email@example.com. About Local Radio Networks (www.localradionetworks.com) Local Radio Networks, Inc. is a Michigan limited liability company that provides 24/7 radio programming to small and medium market stations, help
Jay-Jay Harvey To Co-Host Mornings On More FM With Jason Gunn
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 – MediaWorks Jay-Jay Harvey will host More FM's Drive show with Jason Gunn, starting in April reports Stuff. Current More FM Drive host Lana Searle is moving to the More FM Breakfast show with Si and Gary. In late 2017, Jay-Jay left The Edge after working at the station for 23 years, saying she had the station "in her blood" in an emotional final broadcast. "
Classic FM In The UK Signs The Actress Julie Walters As A Presenter - Dame Julie Walters, who has been nominated for two Academy Awards, won Golden Globes and BAFTAS (The British Oscars) and starred in, movies including, Educating Rita, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia! and seven of the eight Harry Potter films, is joining Classic FM to host a new radio series exploring the biggest moments and changes in the history of classical music. She’ll make her presenting debut on Saturday 17 February at 9pm.
Loz & Thommo For Breakfast On Fresh 92.7 - In Australia, Adelaide’s Fresh 92.7 has a new Breakfast show. Loz and Thomo start next week. Lauren ‘Loz’ O’Callaghan is a long-time listener, Mark ‘Thomo’ Thomas is a graduate of the Australian Radio School, he’s been doing his thing on Hills Radio with a weekly breakfast show. Fresh 92.7’s Loz and Thomo starts on-air Monday February 19.
Ireland’s Radio Nova Ordered To Pay $37k To Redundant presenter - Radio Nova has been ordered to pay €30,000 ($37,000) to a former evening show presenter for unfair dismissal. The case was taken to the Workplace Relations Commission by the former presenter, which said there was no justification not giving the radio presenter an opportunity to become part of the pre-recorded show which replaced her when she was made redundant in August 2016. The presenter was on an annual salary of €40,000. The identity of the presenter has not been made public.
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Eminem Returns To Acting In 'River' Music Video
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[LISTEN] Mike Francesa Chats On The Radio For First Time Since Leaving WFAN
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018 – Former WFAN morning host Mike Francesa returns to the radio was a guest on Sal Licata's WOR 710 AM Tuesday evening show, marking the first time he's been on the air since exiting his WFAN show last December." According to The New York Daily News, Francesa will be contractually able to go somewhere else on April 1. "I still have not made a decision yet about what I'm going to do," he told Licata. Fransesa said he'd continue to do his MLB over-unders, hinting it'd be with former radio partner Chris "Mad Dog" Russo.
Francesa bid his starstudded farewell to his WFAN show after 28 years on Dec. 15. “More than anything else, going out, I want to thank you guys, the listeners, the audience,” he said at the time. “Without you we don’t last a week, we don’t last a month. So what I like to say to you is that I’ll miss you, I thank you and from the bottom of my heart, I love you. Goodbye.”
Sports Host Under Fire Over Olympian Chloe Kim Comments
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018 –– KNBR San Francisco host Patrick Conner (of The Shower Hour With P-Con) becomes the latest radio sports host to land in the international spotlight after comments he made on SiriusXM's Barstool Radio Channel. According to The Athletic on the second episode of “Dialed-In with former major league pitcher Dallas Braden,” Connor joked about Olympic snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim, who's yet to turn 18. "I see Chloe Kim, I’m thinking Khloe Kardashian, Kim [Kardashian]," said Conner. He added later, " She’s fine as hell! If she was 18, you wouldn’t be ashamed to say that she’s a little hot piece of *ss. And she is. She is adorable. I’m a huge Chloe Kim fan."
The Athletic reached out to KNBR Program Director Jeremiah Crowe for comment, and he replied via text: “KNBR, nor Cumulus Media condone the comments made by Patrick Connor on his SiriusXM program.” As of Tuesday evening, no decision was made of potential discipline for Connor.
UPDATE: Conner issued an apology today, tweeting: “Yesterday in a weird attempt to make people laugh I failed,” he wrote. “My comments about @chloekimsnow were more than inappropriate they were lame & gross. Im truly sorry Chloe. You’ve repped our country so brilliantly. I apologize to my colleagues & the listeners for being a total idiot.” KIM PHOTO/ ESPN
WLS Honors Steve Dahl's 40 'Incredible Years In Radio' With Billboard Campaign
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018 –– Check out the billboard above from a new marketing campaign launched this week by Cumulus Media-Chicago, commemorating legendary WLS-AM Afternoon Host Steve Dahl's 40 incredible years in radio.
The shown creative is currently featured on Chicago billboards - and that's none other than John Belushi on the right with Steve Dahl.
iHeartCountry Festival Returns For 5th Event; Luke Bryan, Keith Urban & More
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018 –– The iHeartCountry Festival is back for the fifth straight year and will once again feature some of country's biggest superstars at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. This year's lineup includes Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi and Brett Young, with more to be announced.
Taking on hosting duties once again this year will be Bobby Bones. This year's iHeartCountry Festival will take place Saturday, May 5th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. iHeartMedia’s Country stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets and at iHeartRadio.com. Streaming details will be announced soon.
77 WABC Host Screening Of 'Vigilante' Film Of Curtis Sliwa's Guardian Angels
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018 –– 77 WABC Radio held a special screening on Tuesday of the new documentary film, “VIGILANTE: The True Story behind Curtis Sliwa and the Guardian Angels”. It was shown at the newly designed Cumulus Media-New York’s Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 performance studio high atop Madison Square Garden. The screening of “VIGILANTE”, directed by David Wexler, takes place on the 39th anniversary of Curtis Sliwa’s inaugural Guardian Angels Safety Patrol into the New York City subway system on February 13, 1979. Known by their signature red berets, the Guardian Angels expanded from just 13 members in New York City to become an international phenomenon that continues to flourish in over 140 cities in 14 countries.
“It was my baptism in Hell yet somehow I survived,” says Sliwa. In addition to his work keeping communities safe through the Guardian Angels, Sliwa’s award-winning 24-year career in talk radio includes 22 years at 77 WABC Radio. He joined 77 WABC in 1991 and launched his newest show, Curtis + Cosby, on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. The show airs weekdays from 12 Noon-3:00pm.
WOR New York Names Ray Martel Executive Producer For Mets Broadcasts
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018 –– iHeart/New York flagship 710 WOR announces Ray Martel as the new Executive Producer of the WOR Mets game broadcasts and the Sports Zone with Pete McCarthy, effective March 1st. Ray has been with WOR for over 2 years as an Associate Producer of “Len Berman in the Morning,” and has also done work with the Sports Zone.
“I am extremely honored to be the next producer of the Mets broadcasts on 710 WOR,” said Martel. “When I began in broadcasting 20 years ago, one of my first positions was as a board-op working on the Mets broadcasts. It’s amazing to think it’s come full circle two decades later…I can’t wait for the season to start!” Prior to his arrival at WOR, Ray was a producer at WFAN for 13 years, when the station was the Mets flagship. While there he produced for Mike Francesa, Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson. Ray also produced at ESPN radio. Ray replaces Joe Curci, who is leaving on February 28 after four years to begin a new career path managing a kids camp in New Jersey.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Eric Lauer Tapped As DOS For Entercom/Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018 –– Entercom has named Eric Lauer as its Director of Sales for the Milwaukee cluster which includes radio stations 103.7 KISS-FM (WXSS-FM), 99.1 The Mix (WMYX-FM) and 105.7 FM/AM 1250 The Fan (WSSP). “I have known Eric since he first arrived in the market and his passion, intellect and leadership skills were apparent immediately,” said Chuck Sullivan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Milwaukee and Madison.
“We feel very fortunate to have him partner with us to lead the Milwaukee team.” “I was attracted to the culture Chuck has created in Milwaukee and have been so impressed with his team and Entercom’s resources,” said Eric Lauer. "I’m grateful to work for a company that is as passionate about radio as I am and can’t wait to play some offense.” Prior to joining Entercom Milwaukee, Eric held sales management roles with Cox Media Group in Florida and Georgia. Most recently, he served as General Sales Manager at Scripps Milwaukee.
NETWORKS: Premiere's Julie Talbott & Rick Murray Chat With Sara Evans
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018 –– Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott (R) and Network Senior Vice President, Talent and Brand Integration Rick Murray (L) chatted with Country star Sara Evans (C) as she kicked off the CMT Next Women of Country Tour at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on February 12, 2018.
Evans is headlining the 15-city tour, which also features Raelynn and Kalie Shorr. Please visit HERE for more information.
[LISTEN] How Video Thrilled The Radio Star
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018 –– Radio's eternal best friend, Art Vuolo, takes the spotlight in an in-depth podcast hosted by Sound Off's Matt Cundill (R). In the hour-plus long feature, Vuolo explains the entire evolution of his beloved 'Video Airchecks,' how they got started, who inspired him and which shows, to this day, won't allow him to film them. Among other highlights includes who coined the term 'Radio Best Friend. Credit here would go to none other than legendary programmer and morning host, Scott Shannon, of Entercom's WCBS-FM New York.
Cundill says Art is radio's biggest advocate and shares audio from some his career's biggest highlights, including the infamous take-down - 'Don Rickle's style - by the late Jay Thomas during a Morning Show Boot Camp; 'Art, do your parents know what you do?' Art tells Cundill the greatest moments of his life was getting a home in the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago. Cundill shares that Art's latest DVD's feature, the WRKO 50th Anniversary Reunion, is now available and five dollars of each sale go to the Broadcasters of America - Check out catalog HERE. - LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE
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Beasley Reports Q4 Net Revenue Up 9%
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2018 –– Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announced operating results for the three month and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2017 showing a 9.0%, year-over-year increase in net revenue. This follows its acquisition of 18 radio stations last November (net of divestitures) (“the Greater Media stations”). The actual results presented reflect the Company’s legacy Beasley Broadcast Group broadcasting and digital operations and the results from the acquired Greater Media stations. On January 6, 2017, the Company completed the sale of WFNZ-AM and three Greater Media stations in Charlotte. On May 1, 2017, the Company completed the sale of six stations in Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville. On December 19, 2017, Beasley completed an asset exchange transaction with CBS Radio Stations, Inc. and entities affiliated with Entercom in Boston, where the Company exchanged its adult contemporary station WMJX-FM for Entercom’s sports station WBZ-FM.
Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer, said, “Throughout 2017, we continued to actively manage our station portfolio to extract operating and financial synergies from the acquired Greater Media stations, while implementing our proven strategies across our platform, which are focused on delivering strong local programming, diversifying our operations, managing risk and improving financial results.." The $4.8 million, or 9.0%, year-over-year increase in net revenue during the three months ended December 31, 2017, reflects the inclusion of stations acquired from Greater Media in Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and New Jersey, partially offset by the disposition of the Charlotte and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville stations. SEE COMPLETE REPORT HERE
Following Massive Stroke, Go-Fund Me Site Set Up To Aid Veteran Programmer
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2018 –– More details have emerged following veteran programmer Sean Demery's brain-stem stroke. The AJC's Rodney Ho reports he's fully paralyzed. Demery, who last worked as afternoon host and PD at KINK-FM in Portland, suffered the stroke last month caused by a blood clot. He cannot breathe on his own or speak. Fortunately, his mind is still clear, but he is unable to work. His wife Jennifer posted on Facebook that “this stroke has left him paralyzed and the only way he can communicate is with his eyes. We plan to use these funds for Augmented Alternative Communication Technology to allow Sean to communicate.” A GoFundMe site has been started by a friend to help pay for that.
“If you feel you can help, any amount is appreciated,” Jennifer (R) wrote. “Thank you all for your love, support, prayers, bonfires, and friendship!” The site is asking for $12,000. As of Monday morning, 77 friends had raised nearly $7,000. By 1:15 p.m., a collective 135 donors had met the $12,000 goal and an hour later, it was up to $14,000. Eric Rhoads, who created the site, raised the goal to $22,000 at around 3 p.m. EST. At 10:39 p.m., the total reached $21,895. CLICK HERE to contribute.
Report: Glenn Beck Says He's Not Interested In Selling 'The Blaze'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2018 –– Following numerous reports that Ben Shapiro's (R) The Daily Wire was in talks to to buy Glenn Beck's media empire TheBlaze, Beck told mediate.com in an updated report on Monday that he wasn't interested in selling, but open to finding strategic partners that make sense. Beck said, “While we’ve had our share of bumps in the road, TheBlaze is a strong brand and a good business, which I’m always looking to make even better. I think Ben and his team are remarkable, and we see the world in a similar way. We have kicked the tires for years about possibly doing something together, even before the Daily Wire was a thing. As for what that could be, if and when it comes together? I don’t know. But I believe TheBlaze’s best years are still ahead. I am not interested in selling but I am always looking to find strategic partners that make sense. I’ve learned there’s an advantage to being counted out, people never see you coming."
Glenn Beck will be a featured speaker during next month's Talk Show Boot Camp in Dallas. With a speech Titled 'Certain Uncertainty,' he'll speak on March 8th during Thursday's Luncheon sponsored by The Mix Group.
Gus Swanson Named Marketing/Promo Dir. For WARM Seattle
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13–TH, 2018 – Hubbard Seattle announced the appointment of media marketing veteran Gus Swanson to the position of Marketing/Promotions Director for heritage Adult Contemporary WARM 106.9 (KRWM-FM). “We are so excited to have someone with Gus’s market and business experience join the great team at WARM 106.9, it’s a very good day!” said Marc Kaye, Market Manager, Hubbard Radio Seattle. Swanson most recently served as Marketing Director and Event Producer for CBS Radio Seattle and he led marketing teams at iHeart Seattle for 17 years.
“I'm so excited to join the WARM 106.9 team. Heritage station, strong personalities and a wonderful programming and management philosophy makes this a perfect fit,” said Swanson.
NETWORKS: FSR Reaches Podcast Milestone
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2018 –– Fox Sports Radio announced on Monday that total podcast listens for the network's Monday through Friday lineup have reached a milestone of 10.25 million across all platforms for the month of January, as measured by ART19. This latest benchmark is the result of record growth across FOX Sports Radio's weekday programming lineup, including The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis, The Doug Gottlieb Show, Steve Gorman SPORTS!, JT "The Brick" with Tomm Looney, The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon and The Ben Maller Show.
The most recent streaming results for FOX Sports Radio also showed impressive gains. The network experienced a 20% year-to-year increase in December 2017, and each of the past four months (September through December) ranked as the most-listened-to months in FOX Sports Radio streaming history.
GLR Media Networks Debuts “Subeme La Radio With Jorge Bernal”
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2018 –– GLR Media Networks announces the hottest new entertainment program for Hispanic radio - Subeme La Radio with Jorge Bernal. The daily two-hour midday show brings major star power to Hispanic radio, encompassing the best in entertainment, trending topics, celebrity gossip, exclusive star interviews, and more. Its flexible design adjusts easily to fit any Hispanic format, and the full content package includes daily vignettes and a weekend program.
“I am beyond thrilled to be back on the mic connecting with millions of listeners every single day!” exclaimed Bernal. “Leveraging my more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment business will allow me to have exclusive content, interviews, and access to today’s hottest artists... hear what’s happening first, way before anyone else. My passion for technology will also be present as I tell listeners about the newest gadgets, ways to use tech to save money, and much more. News, gossip, sports, celebrities, and of course the best music...so get ready y súbeme la radio!” For more info, contact Jimmy Perez at 786-282-8472 or email@example.com. About GLR Media Networks: www.glrnetworks.com
Spencer's Neighborhood On A Mission to Meet 100,000 Followers In Eight Months
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2018 –– 106.5 The Arch St. Louis morning show Spencer’s Neighborhood is on a mission to meet 100,000 followers over the next 8 months! Spencer’s Neighborhood hosts Spencer Graves (TR), Cassiday Proctor and Brando (TL) will be “Hi-Fiving across the bi-state!” There’s a new theme each month.
This month it’s Hi 5 for a Flapjack! The ‘Hood will host weekly breakfasts. Monday morning the 12th, the show dined with listeners at Gingham’s in St. Charles, Mo. Mayor Sally Faith (C) had breakfast and proclaimed it Spencer’s Neighborhood Day…and played the piano as bumper music during the show! WATCH HERE
[WATCH] Singer Diane Schuur Gets Surprise Visit From Johnny Mathis
With An Assist From Shotgun Tom
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2018 –– At the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon last Friday (February 9th) the honoree was veteran TV actress and producer Donna Mills, but the most heart-warming moment occurred when two-time Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Diane Schuur was overwhelmed when her idol, the legendary Johnny Mathis, walked into the room to meet her and sit next to her at lunch. The whole thing was arranged by beloved radio host "Shotgun Tom" Kelly and caught on film by longtime Socal programmer, Jhani Kaye. WATCH HERE
Of note, Donna Mills played Clint Eastwood's girlfriend in the 1971 movie "Play Misty for Me" and the song by the same name, was sung by Johnny Mathis. Eastwood, who played a nightime jazz deejay, aired from KRML, an actual jazz station in Carmel.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 Cover Model Revealed
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John Records Landecker Surprised With Real College Diploma During Speech
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2018 –– While speaking before the Grand Valley State University (Allendale/Grand Rapids) graduation class recently, legendary host John Records Landecker was brought to tears with a surprise announcement from Len O’Kelly (L) assistant professor of multimedia journalism at GVSU, who awarded Landecker with a diploma, as well. Frederick Antczac (R), dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was brought up to present (Landecker) with a diploma. According to Grand Valley Lanthorn, this wasn't an honorary degree, it was the real deal.
O’Kelly had arranged for Landecker to graduate with the class he spoke to all along. The recognition brought tears to Landecker's eyes. “The history of me dropping out of college and my dad being a college professor, (the fact that I) had never gotten a degree, I was totally blown away,” Landecker said. “I came in a dropout. I’m walking out a graduate.” PHOTO/Elizabeth Lienau
Another WEEI Boston Host Draws Suspension After Impersonating Tom Brady's Agent With Asian Accent
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2018 –– Super Bowl LII may be over, but WEEI Boston is caught up in yet another Tom Brady flap. This time it involves Brady's agent, Don Yee (R), and Christian Fauria (L), co-host of WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni & Fauria show. Fauria was suspended after attempting to impersonate Yee during a skit. Fauria began the skit by saying he’ll be Yee and begins speaking with an Asian accent. The problem was Yee doesn’t speak with a Chinese accent. He's of Chinese descent, but also a US citizen who was born in Sacramento, California reports Yahoo Sports. The skit resulted in Fauria being suspended for days and a statement WEEI management.
The statement read: "Earlier today during his show, Christian Fauria impersonated athlete agent, Don Yee in an insensitive and ill-conceived attempt at humor. We regret Christian’s commentary and we apologize to Mr. Yee and those offended by the segment. We do not support or condone Christian’s comments, and we have suspended him for five days effective immediately." Earlier on Friday, Fauria apologized via Twitter posting: "Earlier today I made a horrible attempt at humor. In a segment during the show, I impersonated agent Don Yee in an insensitive and regrettable way. I want to publicly apologize to Don and anyone in the audience who heard it. I have also reached out to Don directly to personally apologize. I have been disciplined by WEEI management and I fully support their decision."
This latest incident follows WEEI's Alex Reimer being suspended recently after referring to Brady’s 5-year-old daughter as a piss-ant on another show which led to Tom Brady ending his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” show.
IT'S OFFICIAL; Frank Ski Returns To Co-Host Mornings On V-103 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2018 –– While first tipped in late January by The AJC's Rodney Ho, Entercom has now officially announced the return of Frank Ski as morning host on V-103 (WVEE-FM). Frank will re-join his former morning co-host Wanda Smith on the newly titled “Frank & Wanda in the Morning,” beginning today, February 12. Joe Taylor, known as “Miss Sophia,” will also return to the show with her signature “Girl Talk” segment and entertainment updates. “Frank & Wanda have been an integral part of our local Atlanta community for well over a generation. We are excited to be able to bring the team back together to re-connect with our listeners and build on our ongoing commitment to entertain, inform and inspire,” said Rick Caffey, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Atlanta.
“We’re ecstatic to reunite as co-hosts and be back on the air at V-103,” said Wanda. “I’m looking forward to welcoming Frank back as co-host.” “Atlanta is our home and we wake up every day with a new drive to serve our community and add new energy and flavor to our listeners’ morning commute,” continued Frank. “We look forward to sharing great inspirational information and having a whole lot of fun with longtime fans and can't wait to invite new listeners to the show.” The “Frank and Wanda Morning Show” aired on Atlanta’s V-103 from 1998 to 2012.
PROGRAMMING: Phillip March Named PD For Hot 107.7 Birmingham; Terrie Carr Extends Longterm With WDHA-FM New Jersey
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Phillip March as Program Director for Urban AC-formatted radio station WUHT-FM/Hot 107.7, Birmingham’s R&B Music Leader. March was previously Director of Urban Programming for Alpha Media’s Louisville, KY, stations WGZB-FM, WMJM-FM and WGHL-FM. Prior to that, he was Program Director for Urban One/Radio One’s Urban AC WMOJ-FM in Cincinnati, OH, and was Program Director for Urban-formatted WIZF-FM in Cincinnati.
-- Beasley announced today it has signed Terrie Carr (R) to a multi-year deal at WDHA-FM. Carr, who was named Program Director in August of 2017, will also continue to serve in her role as the longtime Midday On-Air Personality on the station.
“I am both energized and honored to continue my career with my Beasley and WDHA family and for the opportunity to help lead the greatest air staff a person could ask for,” said Carr.
NETWORKS: Westwood One Kicks Off 'The Miller Minute' On Over 60 Stations
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2018 –– Westwood One debuts of The Miller Minute today, two daily one-minute programs featuring Emmy Award-winning comic, writer, author, and talker Dennis Miller. The Miller Minute launches today on more than 60 stations nationwide, including WMAL-AM/Washington, DC; WLS-AM/Chicago, and KLFE-AM/Seattle. Miller, known for his sardonic wit and clever observations, shares his idiosyncratic take on topical issues, the culture, and what Americans are talking about in two distinct 60-second programs, Monday through Friday.
This will mark Miller’s return to radio. He previously hosted a highly successful weekday talk show on the network for eight years which was heard on hundreds of stations across the country. Miller rose to fame as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and hosted popular talk shows on HBO, CNBC, and in syndication. He is well known for his iconic rants and pop culture references, delivered in his signature sharp verbal style. "Dennis Miller is a multi-talented, multimedia comic icon and we are thrilled to have him back on Westwood One,” said Bart Tessler, EVP, News & Talk, Westwood One. For more information about The Miller Minute and how you can bring this exciting new product to your market, contact Stuart Greenblatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 419-2946.
John Clay Wolfe Celebrates 1,000 Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2018 –– Fans of John Clay Wolfe, whose weekly radio show airs Saturday mornings on terrestrial stations in 20 US markets, rallied in Houston on Saturday (2/10) to celebrate Wolfe’s 1,000th radio broadcast. Following a live show originating from the studios of Houston affiliate ESPN 97.5 FM, listeners welcomed Wolfe and his broadcast teammates JD Ryan and character voice master Bobby Brown (Bobbo) for a party staged in the Gow Media complex.
“If we could do this in every market that hears us, we’d do it in a minute”, said Wolfe. “A four hour broadcast, handshakes and photos with 300 listeners, hundreds of free t-shirts, and I don’t know how many cases of Miller Lite. I’d call that a pretty good Saturday!” Hear past episodes of the John Clay Wolfe Show here http://givemethevin.podbean.com/ See affiliate list here https://www.johnclaywolfe.com/stations.php Direct syndication inquires to DougH@CreativeAnimal.com.
SNAPS: A Few Radio Superstars Gather Around The Table In Miami; '200 Share?
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2018 –– Looking like a night out during Morning Show Boot Camp, this group featured some of the biggest and best from both coasts, plus the north - L-R: Bob Rivers, Brother Wease, Paul Castronovo and Tom Bernard joined for dinner at Casa D’Angelo in Boca Raton, Castronovo quipped, "Combined 171 years of radio and a 200 share! "
CONDOLENCES: Former KTAR Phoenix Host Bill Straus Passes Away
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2018 –– Bill Straus, former KTAR host and regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, passed away Saturday night after battling pancreatic cancer. According to KTAR, Straus, 69, was originally diagnosed in late 2017. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton took to social media to pay his respects to Straus. “Bill Straus made our community better for everyone and his passing is a huge loss,” Stanton wrote on Twitter. “His KTAR radio show shared inspiring stories that touched us all. As head of the ADL, he worked with Phoenix police to fight hate crimes and provide support to victims. We will miss him dearly.” In the 1990s, Straus was on the airwaves as the host of KTAR’s Straus Place.
Straus' show ran for eight years and covered numerous topics during that time. After his eight-year stint with the station, Straus took over as the regional director of the ADL after already being honored by the organization and working some of its functions.
OMG! Mirai Nagasu Lands Triple Axel At Olympics
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DJ Fountz Rises To PD At 103 JAMZ Norfolk
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Michael “DJ Fountz” Fournier has been named Program Director for 103 JAMZ, Norfolk and 92.1 The Beat, Hampton Roads. “DJ Fountz is a part of the 103 JAMZ fabric,” said Angel Brown, Market President for iHeart Norfolk. “He’s served as the station’s APD for many years and we are excited to have him at the helm of the No. 1 Urban station in the Norfolk market and lead programming efforts at 92.1 The Beat as well.”
Fournier rejoins iHeartMedia Norfolk, where he most recently served as the APD for 103 JAMZ. He began his radio career at the station over eighteen years ago as an intern working his way all the way up to Assistant Program Director. During his time at iHeartMedia Norfolk, he also helped launch 92.1 The Beat in 2015. “I've been with 103 JAMZ my entire career, so I'm thrilled that my journey has led me to now be the PD for such an impactful and historic station,” said Fountz.
MOTION: Jerry Bader Exits Daily Show With Midwest Communications; Group Now On The Hunt For Replacement
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018 –– Midwest Communications announced that talk show host Jerry Bader has departed as host of the Jerry Bader show. Jerry has hosted the show since 2004 which began on WTAQ, Green Bay/Appleton and has grown to a 3 station state network including WHBL, Sheboygan and WSAU, Wausau/Stevens Point. According to a company release, Mr. Bader had transitioned into a part time position while taking on a full-time job with MediaTrackers.org in 2016. Jerry has been employed with Midwest Communications, Inc., since 2000 when Midwest acquired WHBL Sheboygan. Jerry transferred to WTAQ Green Bay in 2004 where he became the station Brand Manager and host of the midday talk show.
Operations Manager Jason Hillery stated, “We wish Jerry nothing but continued success with his career at MediaTrackers.org and we are thankful for his years of service to the Northeast Wisconsin community and others in our state ”. Besides hosting the daily show, Jerry has been heavily involved with local charities, in particular, exceptional work raising money for “Families of Children with Cancer”. Speaking on his time with Midwest Communications and WTAQ, Jerry commented, “ I appreciate all of the opportunities that Midwest Communications has given me and I wish them all the best." WTAQ has begun the search for a replacement for Mr. Bader. Interested candidates can apply via midwestcareers.com or Jason.email@example.com
FORMATICS: iHeart Seattle Launches 1090 KJR And South Sound Talk 850
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018 –– HeartMedia Seattle announced today the debut of the new 1090 KJR, Seattle and South Sound Talk 850, Tacoma. 1090 KJR will feature sports with a blend of nationally syndicated sports talk programming including Dan Patrick, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and Doug Gottlieb. South Sound Talk 850 will feature syndicated talk programs Glenn Beck, Armstrong and Getty, The Schnitt Show and Buck Sexton with America Now.
“We’re glad that we can continue to give the best in sports talk programming to our Seattle listeners,” said Rich Moore, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Seattle. “With the re-launch of 1090 KJR and South Sound Talk 850, the KJR brand in Seattle just got even bigger!” iHeart Seattle owns and operates KBKS-FM, KPWK-FM, KJR-FM, KJR-AM, KPWK-FM, KJAQ-FM, KFNQ-AM, KHHO-AM, KBKS-HD2, KJAQ-HD2, KJAQ-HD3, KJR-HD2, KPWK-HD2, KZOK-HD2
NETWORKS: TKRN Launches 'The Diva Diner' With Jackie Newton
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018 –– The Tom Kent Radio Network announced the addition "The Diva Diner" hosted by Jackie Newton whose been hosting mid-day afternoons on TKRN's "24 /7 Fun" format since 2010. "The Diva Diner" will target AC and Hot AC with affiliates already including Muirfield Broadcasting WIOZ 102.5 FM Raleigh, NC; Radio Plus AC WFDL 97.7 FM Milwaukee; Commonwealth Broadcasting AC WVKB 101.5 FM Louisville; Cross Country Communications AC WKZA 106.9 FM Buffalo; and Jackson County Broadcasting Hot AC WKOV 96.7 FM Charleston-Huntington.
TKRN CEO-President Tom Kent says, "Jackie's extensive music knowledge and hipness in the format makes her the perfect personality for Diva Diner. Smart programmers in the AC and Hot AC formats understand that women are the chief drivers of this female driven format. You definitely need to listen to her aircheck...she is fantastic on the air!" For affiliation please contact: Ed Douglas EdD@TomKentRadio.com or 614- 321-6708.
EVENTS: New Country 92.3 St. Louis' 'Hot Country Nights' Sells Out Quickly
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018 –– The Josh Turner concert event is the third sell out of this year’s season, which kicked off on January 12th with Drew Baldridge. The remainder of the New Country 92.3’s “Hot Country Nights” Concert Series with Gary Allen on 2/16 and Brett Young on 2/23 - are also SOLD OUT. New Country 92.3’s “Hot Country Nights” Concert Series - presented by Ford.
The only remaining way to get tickets is to win with New Country 92.3. The St. Louis country station will be running special contests with tickets and meet and greets for the remaining shows. According to New Country 92.3 Promotions Director Rachel Cook, “We are thrilled to announce the success of this year’s ‘Hot Country Nights’ line up. It just goes to show that there is a real appetite to experience live, new Country music in the St. Louis area.” For more information about the “Hot Country Nights” concert series, please contact Program Director Scott Roddy at (314) 983-6240 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BIG 98 Nashville Host 6th Annual 'Songs & Stories' for St. Jude
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Nashville’s The BIG 98, Nashville will hold its sixth annual Songs & Stories for St. Jude on Sunday, April 8 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. The live concert and auction will raise funds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year, acclaimed songwriters Chris DeStefano, JT Harding, Jon Nite and Matt Jenkins will tell stories about their songs and perform them. Combined, these writers have produced multiple hits for artists such as Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and many more.
The evening’s event will include a silent auction featuring autographed memorabilia, items donated and signed by Country artists and exclusive experiences, such as signed Jack Daniels memorabilia, signed canvas art, and exclusive St. Jude nights at the local sports arenas. Songs & Stories for St. Jude will be hosted by Amy Paige and Tige & Daniel, on-air personalities for The BIG 98.
WIMZ-FM Knoxville Looking For Next Night Time Superstar
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018 –– Here's news of a rare opportunity at Classic Rock WIMZ-FM in Knoxville. They tell Jockline, "It's been 11 years since our last full-time on-air opening and they asked that we spread the word. This is a great gig for the right person. WIMZ is a consistent ratings leader, we have a fantastic owner (Duke Wright/Midwest Communications), and we're located in a beautiful part of the country.
For inquiries, contact Randy “Big R” Chambers Brand Manager 103.5 WIMZ & 95.7 DUKE FM MWC Media Knoxville at 865.329.8700 or email@example.com
SNAPS: ABC Radio's Nathanson With Ozzy
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018 –– ABC Radio's Jason Nathanson with Ozzy Osbourne at his home in Los Angeles as he announced his final world tour. PHOTO/ABC News.
'The Four' Crowns Its First Winner; Pryor's Widow
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SiriusXM Sees Stern As Video Star, Too
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2018 –– As first tipped when SiriusXM extended its deal with Howard Stern, the satcaster will now draw on 30 years of Stern interviews as a 'blueprint' for its expansion into multimedia reports The Hollywood Reporter. As outlined in its Jan. 30 earnings call, CEO Jim Meyer cautioned that the satellite radio provider was "not going into the Netflix business" but will be "wading into the video pool" before July. The company will draw on 30 years of Stern interviews — dating back to his earlier broadcast years — as a blueprint to launch video of other talk hosts, comedians and musicians.
SiriusXM has nearly 33 million U.S. subscribers. Stern, who hasn't had a headlining video presence since pay channel Howard TV shuttered in late 2013, is signed through 2020. He attracts an estimated 9 million listeners weekly. Jim Meyer is convinced that Stern can be a video star in the digital era. "I know our Howard customers absolutely are going to want Howard video," the CEO said during his most recent earnings call with Wall Street. "I don't even need to do the research. Howard customers want one thing: more Howard." Says Steve Birenberg, founder of Northlake Capital Management: "If they establish video within the current customer bases — and attract some new customers with it — eventually it could be a stand-alone product."
ACM Announces Radio Awards Nominees For 53rd Annual Event
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2017 –– Radio Awards nominees for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards were announced yesterday. Although not presented during the live telecast, the Radio Awards are given out during the annual Radio Winners Reception held on Saturday, April 14 in Las Vegas, NV, the day prior to the ACM Awards live telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Radio Awards nominees are: NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Cody Alan CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie The Bobby Bones Show - Terri Clark Country Gold with Terri Clark Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase of The Crook and Chase Countdown, Ty Bentli, Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks of The Ty, Kelly & Chuck Show.
ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET Bud and Broadway WIL-FM St. Louis, MO Cadillac Jack WQYK-FM St. Petersburg, FL Chris Carr, Kia, Maverick and McKaila KEEY-FM St. Louis Park, MN Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC Roxanne Steele WYCD-FM Detroit, MI
ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET Dale Carter KFKF-FM Kansas City, MO Double-L KWNR-FM Las Vegas, NV Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN Johnson and Johnson KUBL-FM Salt Lake City, UT The Randy, Jamie and JoJo Show KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX
ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET The 97.5 WPCV Breakfast Club with Roger Todd, Julie Kay and DJ Thee Trucker WPCV-FM Lakeland, FL Carina With A Twist Of Lime WCYQ-FM Knoxville, TN Buzz Jackson KIIM-FM Tucson, AZ Steve & Geoff KUZZ-AM/FM Bakersfield, CA The Odd Squad CKRY-FM Calgary, AB
ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews WCOW-FM Sparta, WI Bobby and Steve (and Mandi!) WKYQ-FM Paducah, KY Dave Daniels KHAY-FM Ventura, CA Pat James KHUT-FM Hutchinson, KS The Q Crew with Jason and Ashley on Q100.3 KRWQ-FM Medford, OR
STUDY: Broadcast Radio Continues Focus On Digital Opportunities
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2018 –– Radio stations rapidly expanded their digital offerings in 2017 to complement and help drive their over-the-air advertising packages, driving digital revenue 13.4% higher last year, according to research released today by the Radio Advertising Bureau and ad-tracking firm Borrell Associates Inc. The report shows that 85% of radio advertisers are also buying some form of digital advertising, and that three-quarters of them are buying digital and radio together. Moreover, the report shows that digital ad revenue now accounts for 7.5% of the average station’s ad revenues, up from 6.3% last year.
The findings are a part of the 6th annual RAB-Borrell report, “Benchmarking Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues,” being released today. The report analyzes online ad revenue from more than 10,000 radio stations, as well as survey responses from more than 1,300 local businesses that buy radio advertising. Among the findings: • Digital revenue grew 13.4% in 2017, to a total of $700 million. The forecast for 2018 is even higher. • Over the past two years, the number of stations selling high-demand digital services such as SEO, website development, and social media management has doubled. • Radio advertisers’ top marketing goal is to acquire new business, and they rank Social Media and Radio as the Top 2 methods to achieve those goals. • Stations’ confidence in their digital strategy is improving. “Digital has been integrated into all facets of broadcast radio’s offering both in programming and sales, and the results are definitely paying off,” stated Erica Farber, President and CEO, RAB. “As radio continues to provide integrated marketing solutions to its advertisers we expect to see continued growth,” added Farber. “The RAB is focused on providing digital training and continued knowledge building for our members so they can better serve their clients.” “Radio is definitely embracing digital as an opportunity to serve customers better, more so than in previous years,” said Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates. “Stations are clearly offering a level of marketing expertise to their customers that makes the digital buy ‘safe’ and certainly stronger when combined with radio spots.”
WWO Partners with NBCUniversal For Exclusive U.S. Radio Coverage Of Olympic Winter Games
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2018 –– Westwood One is teaming with U.S. Olympics rights holder NBCUniversal to present live radio coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea. From the moment the torch is lit on Friday, February 9, through the Closing Ceremony on Sunday February 25, Westwood One Sports will once again be on hand to provide exclusive in-depth coverage of the Winter Olympics to listeners across America, via radio stations nationwide as well as SiriusXM and for the first time, westwoodonesports.com.
Westwood One has been the U.S. radio broadcaster of every Olympics since the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, also in South Korea. Westwood One will broadcast throughout the Games as live events unfold, with around-the-clock Olympic updates three times per hour; live Team USA Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey play-by-play; live coverage of various Olympic Winter events, including figure skating, speed skating, skiing, bobsled and luge; and a daily live show.
David Crosby & Melissa Etheridge Rally For DJ-Turned Candidate Dayna Steele
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2018 –– David Crosby and Melissa Etheridge took the stage this week with former Houston host/programmer Dayna Steele for a sold out, private performance in support of Steele’s Congressional Campaign. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby and Oscar/Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge rallied behind Texas Radio Hall of Famer Dayna Steele and her campaign to become the first woman to represent Texas’ 36th Congressional District in Washington.
Less than a month before Steele’s March primary run for the Democratic ticket, the legendary rockers performed a pair of acoustic sets for a sold out crowd at a club venue in Steele’s district. Supporters paid $1,000 each for a private, pre-show meet and greet, with GA tickets offered at $101—a nod to the candidate successful, decade-long engagement at heritage rocker 101 KLOL in Houston. Before the show, Steele explored the trio of friends’ unusual history during an onstage exchange that mirrored the rock talk format Steele debuted in 2016 with Bowie guitarist Earl Slick - WATCH HERE. Steele thanked Crosby for introducing her to her husband of 25 years, NASA Research Pilot Dr. Charles Justiz, then playfully discussed the unique Crosby-Etheridge family connection. PHOTO/Theresa DiMenno
PRODUCTS: Comrex Releases Firmware Version 1.1 For Opal
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2018 –– Comrex has released a new firmware version for Opal, their IP audio gateway. Opal firmware 1.1 includes native Safari support for macOS and iOS11. Once installed, Opal serves a web page to anyone who accesses it through an Internet browser on any device with a microphone and speaker. This web page allows a user to click a button and broadcast from their computer or phone in high fidelity. High quality return audio is also provided to the guest. Prior to the release of Opal 1.1, Opal was only compatible with Chrome, Opera, Edge, and Firefox browsers.
Now, Opal users can connect using Safari, making it even easier to operate for Apple users. "Up until this point," said Tom Hartnett, Comrex Technical Director, "we could support iPhone users with an app. But as simple as we made it, there was still a concern that even this step was too much for some guests. Now users can connect in studio quality from their iPhone without installing anything at all." Opal is ideal for users who need to coordinate “studio quality” call-ins with non-technical remote guests - guests can simply click a link, and connect instantly. Opal establishes the link using the Opus encoder, for excellent fidelity and low delay. Opal users can download firmware v.1.1 for free from the Comrex website . For more information about Opal, click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
[LISTEN] Kyle Dumps Guest For Being Late On KIIS-FM Australia
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2018 –– Last week Kyle Sandilands dumped a planned interview with Married at First Sight contestant Dean Wells for being late. KIIS 106.5’s producers were trying to track Dean down through Channel Nine’s publicity department for over an hour after he was scheduled to go to air. When he finally turned up, Kyle dumped him. He asked Dean where he had been. To which Dean replied, “I’m a busy man!” To which Kyle said, “No you’re not. You’re a piece of s*it with one show. You know what, shove it in your arse… shove your show in your arse,” and hung up. read more HERE
Christian O’Connell Confirms Australia Move - London’s Absolute Radio breakfast presenter Christian O’Connell has confirmed he’s moving to Australia. He tweeted a link to a story about him replacing a morning show duo at Gold FM in Melbourne. He said “So, Australia I’m coming. You are my new home. Please be my friend”. He recently announced on-air he’s leaving the UK for a new big adventure, after 12 years on Absolute/Virgin. Easy listening Gold FM is part of the Pure Gold network owned by Australian Radio Network. ARN’s National Content Director based in Sydney is Duncan Campbell, who was Group PD at GCap Media when Christian worked at the group. Christian will replace Jo Stanley and Anthony Lehmann who left the station recently.
Emmet Kennedy Exits Cork’s 96FM Ireland - After 15 years with Cork’s 96FM, broadcaster Emmet Kennedy has resigned from the station to take up the position of Head of Communications with the Matchbook Betting Exchange.
Vinnie Jones On talkSPORT in London Live from LA - A new weekly segment will see Vinnie give his views and unique take on the weekend’s games and a look ahead to the big clashes of the week with Alan and co-host Joey Barton. Listeners and fans can expect to hear the latest Hollywood gossip doing the rounds alongside whatever caught Vinnie’s eye that week from horse-racing to baseball, basketball to boxing. Now an LA local and more known for his acting prowess, the former Welsh soccer international and captain enjoyed an eventful career as a professional footballer that lasted 15 years. He spent three seasons at Wimbledon, helping the club to FA Cup success over in 1988. During his career he also played with Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea, and Queens Park Rangers.
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NRHOF 2018 Now Open For Nominee Suggestions For New York City Event
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2018 –– The 30th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and celebration will take place in New York City mid-November. Today through March 30, the NRHOF Nominating Committee is accepting suggestions for 2018 nominees. National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin (BR) comments, “We’re looking forward to celebrating this milestone anniversary in New York City. As we prepare for the special evening, it’s our priority to provide everyone the opportunity to be a part of it, starting with suggestions for our 2018 nominees.”
Suggestions should be made for individuals in the following categories: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more), Active Local/Regional (10 years or more), Networks/Syndication (10 years or more), Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more), Music Format On-Air Personality, and/or Spoken Word On-Air Personality. Leading radio imaging and production company The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
TO NOMINATE, visit www.radiohof.org and click on the NOMINATE tab to submit picks for consideration.
Cumulus' Mary Berner Speaks Up At CRS: Radio Industry 'Needs To Grow A Pair'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2018 –– Emmis’ Charlie Morgan led a discussion with Cumulus' CEO Mary Berner during this week's CRS in Nashville making her first radio event appearance. According to County Aircheck's Erin Duval, Berner opened up on the transition from publishing to becoming the first female board member of Cumulus. “It’s the same pew, different church,” she said of the move to radio. Berner also explained that her unfamiliarity with radio is what has been her greatest asset in terms of programming.
“I told Mike McKay, EVP/ Programming Content, if I ever give you my opinion, don’t listen to me.” This also brought on the company’s shift to put programming decisions back in local markets, giving PDs the responsibility, while holding them accountable. “That’s the only way to attract the best and brightest,” she explained. “If you’re the best, you don’t want people telling you what to do all day.” Berner also addressed Cumulus current bankruptcy, explaining, “It has no effect on our day-to-day operations.” She added that she expects the company to emerge from bankruptcy in late March or early April. She also praised the radio industry, saying, it has the ROI and the audience. However, she added that the industry “acts like someone’s ugly stepchild. The radio industry needs to grow a pair. We undersell ourselves in many aspects, especially pricing. This industry has the goods.” PHOTO/Mike McVay - READ MORE HERE
[LISTEN] Motel 6 & Geico Top WWO's Sports Sound Super Bowl Awards
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2018 –– Westwood One announced Motel 6 and GEICO are the winners of the 2018 Westwood One Sports Sound Awards, a consumer and industry contest that celebrates creative excellence and highlights the power of sonic branding. In its fifth year, the Westwood One Sports Sound Awards ranked the most engaging audio commercials airing during Westwood One's Super Bowl LII broadcast, which aired on February 4, 2018. Motel 6 won the Listeners Choice Award, its third win in five years. During the spot, Motel 6 official spokesman Tom Bodett promotes the motel chain in rhyme culminating with an impressive mic drop. - LISTEN HERE
Geico, winner of the Media Choice Award titled “Beatboxing” offered a vocal percussion calling for clean-up on aisle 14, after a customer drops a jar of pickles. Known for showcasing what’s surprising, GEICO points out that beatboxing at a Big Box store isn’t the typical announcement style. LISTEN HERE
The Westwood One Sports Sound Awards was comprised of almost 50 commercials, with 25.5 million Americans listening to Westwood One’s Super Bowl coverage on AM/FM Radio, Sirius XM and digital platforms. Consumers and an industry panel of advertising experts determined the winners.
PROGRAMMING: Thea Mitchem Extends EVP/Prog. Role With iHeart Northeast
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced a long-term contract extension with noted programming and company veteran Thea Mitchem to continue her role in its National Programming Group as Executive Vice President of Programming for its Northeast Division. She will continue to report to Brad Hardin, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the iHeartMedia National Programming Group and Scott Hopeck, President of iHeartMedia New York. Under the new agreement, Mitchem will continue to partner with iHeartMedia Markets Group Division President Tom McConnell to collaborate with its regions located in the East, providing national programming assets, services and resources. In addition, she will continue to oversee programming of 60-plus iHeartMedia stations in over a dozen markets, including New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. Mitchem will continue as Program Director for iHeartMedia New York’s Power 105.1 FM, New York's Hip-Hop and R&B, where she works closely with the brand’s nationally-recognized on-air personalities including The Breakfast Club.
“Thea is unquestionably one of the most influential women in the radio industry,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “We’re thrilled that she will continue to oversee programming efforts for our Northeast markets. Under her leadership, we have seen unparalleled ratings success in several markets including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, where Power 105.1 has posted the best ratings in the station’s over 15-year history.”
KUPL/Portland Host Cassidy Quinn To Cover Winter Olympics In South Korea
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2018 – 98.7 The Bull (KUPL/Portland) night host Cassidy Quinn is set to embark on a trip to South Korea to cover the Winter Olympics! She will be an embedded reporter for NBC and will share her experiences on all Portland Alpha Media stations throughout the month of February. 98.7 The Bull’s program director, MoJoe Roberts, states “There is no better suited person to capture the stories and behind the scenes moments than Cassidy! We can’t wait to see & hear these highlights come to life from her perspective.”
Quinn says, “I'm so excited to cover the Olympics in PyeongChang! I can't wait to explore some of the South Korean culture, and meet up with the amazing athletes that will be competing from Oregon! It will be a crazy month, and I don't even know what to expect - but I'm excited to be able to share all of my experiences with everyone back home!”
Benztown and Sunday Night Slow Jams are offering radio stations a FREE market exclusive 2-hour Valentine's Day Slow Jams special to run on February 14th. No spots, no, contract, no commitment… just share the love! The special is hosted by R Dub! from Sunday Night Slow Jams. FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact Maria Musaitef, Benztown, firstname.lastname@example.org or 818.842.4600. - R Dub!'s Slow Jams 4 Kids fundraiser for the water well in Africa was a huge success and the well was funded in 36 hours!
[WATCH] Country Superstars Perform Surprise 2-Hour Concert During CRS
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2018 –– Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Chris Janson were among the mega-country artists who held a surprise concert at Layla's Bluegrass Inn before an audience of about 200 radio guests on Monday night. Brooks no doubt wanted to thank radio programmers who gave him his first No. 1 hit in a decade in December writes Variety. He wasn't alone. Brooks was joined by Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, and Chris Janson. Bentley had appeared to receive Country Radio Seminar’s humanitarian award for his Miles & Music for Kids charity, along with a keynote Q&A. He touted his forthcoming album “The Mountain,” which he recorded in and around Telluride, Colorado
The Layla’s performance will go down as one of the most unusual of Brooks’ career. It was an all-request night, the condition for the asks being that the requester had to speak up first about some personal memory connected to the song. Sometimes, those explanations were short. Variety says Brooks and his band were never actually stumped by the requests for songs from his 30-year catalog — it helps that, as he noted, the “new guy in the band” has been with him for 24 years - WATCH HERE
[WATCH] Howard Stern Enlists All-Star Lineup For Special David Bowie Tribute
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2018 –– Garbage, Billy Corgan, Greta Van Fleet, Corey Taylor and Bleachers are among 25 artists contributing exclusive covers to Howard Stern David Bowie Tribute, which premieres February 9th on SiriusXM's Howard 101 channel reports Rolling Stone. "When I got into rock & roll music, one of the artists that I first really got into was David Bowie," Stern said in a statement. "He was always evolving, he was always on top of things, he was just a great musician and a great songwriter and a great singer. I want to make sure that people remember David Bowie."
Each artist involved recorded their Bowie cover especially for Stern's special, including Kristeen Young's "Moonage Daydream," co-produced by Bowie's longtime collaborator Tony Visconti. Rolling Stone is exclusively premiering an excerpt of Peter Frampton's faithful rendition of "Rebel Rebel," recorded in front of a live audience to capture the spirit of Bowie's original version. Hall & Oates' Daryl Hall delivers a dubbed-out rendition of "Fame," while Lisa Loeb turns "All the Young Dudes," which Bowie wrote for Mott the Hoople, into an atmospheric piano ballad. Daryl Hall - "Fame" Lisa Loeb - "All The Young Dudes" Other covers include Garbage's "Starman," Corgan's "Space Oddity - WATCH HERE
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GENDER ANALYSIS: Female GM Posts Up From 2016; Programming Remains Flat
THE MOUT, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018 –– According to the latest MIW Gender Analysis Study, released by the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group, out of 11,301 AM and FM radio stations, accounted for by PrecisionTrak, as of December 31, 2017, 1,974 stations, or 18.1%, have women holding the General Manager position in 2017. This is an increase from 2016 which was 17.8% and continues to show growth from 2004, thirteen years ago when the percentage was only 14.9%. The annual study is compiled, analyzed and released by the MIW Group from information provided by PrecisionTrak*.In the top 100 radio markets, the number of female General Managers is slightly higher than the national average and is, most importantly, showing growth year-over-year. In 2017, 18.5% of stations in these markets were managed by women, which compares to 17.7% in 2016. Overall, the best management opportunities for women in radio continue to be in sales management.
The greatest challenge for women in radio management continues to be as Program Directors. Women currently program only 10.5% of all radio stations in the country, and that percentage has basically remained flat for the last eleven years. The news is better in the top 100 radio markets where women programmers represent 11.7%; however, that number is unfortunately down slightly from last year. “Compiling this data is one of the most significant projects we undertake each year,” said MIW Group Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik. “Our hope is that the MIW Gender Analysis sparks conversation within each company, and at each radio station, about ways to develop internal efforts that encourage the advancement of female leadership.”
REPORT: Music Mogul Charlie Walk Claims He Was Being Extorted By A Former Radio Station Owner Before Allegations
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018 –– Charlie Walk has filed a complaint with authorities claiming he was being extorted by a former radio station owner who threatened to unleash the #MeToo movement against prior to him being accused of sexual harassment reports NYP's Page 6.
Walk’s lawyers have filed a complaint with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office alleging that Tom Gilligan, a general manager of MM Group Radio in Ohio for three years (beginning in 1990), who then went on to own a series of stations, sent Walk a series of bizarre texts and voicemails threatening to “use all of my powers … and blow your life up.”
Sources reveal that Walk, Republic Records President and former “The Four” judge and Gilligan haven’t talked in 20 years, but Gilligan began sending threatening messages in December, promising to report Walk to the #MeToo movement, saying he had three women ready to go public with claims. Gilligan wrote to Walk in the texts seen by Page Six, “The Me Too movement will be knocking on your door … Karma is tough … Charlie you decided to take me on and it’s just coming back at you. I want nothing else but to get you off the show embarrassing your family name, ruin your career, take half of your roster because they wouldn’t work for someone like you. “
When reached by Page Six on Sunday, Gilligan — who now runs a multimedia studio played down the texts, saying: “I don’t have an issue with Charlie. We’re fine. It was just friends being idiots. I am not threatening him. It was two friends having a disagreement, it’s nothing, and this is Super Bowl Sunday.” Walk, who has been suspended by Republic Records and has stepped away from his Fox show, is vowing to fight back. READ STORY HERE
CRHOF Class Of 2018 Inductees Announced
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 208 –– Nine celebrated broadcasters will join the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2018, as recording artist Cassadee Pope revealed this year's inductees during today's (2/5) opening ceremonies for Country Radio Seminar (CRS). Seven on-air personalities and two off-air broadcasters will be honored. The 2018 Country Radio Hall of Fame Class includes Radio category honorees Michael O'Malley of the Albright, O'Malley & Brenner consulting firm, and the late Lisa McKay, VP/Programming at Curtis Media/Raleigh, who doubled as PD for WQDR. The Air Personality category includes Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer ("Andy & Alison") formerly of WIVK/Knoxville; Steve Harmon (L) and Scott Evans ("Harmon And Evans") formerly of KPLX/Dallas and WXTU/Philadelphia; and Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry ("Barrett, Fox, And Berry) still active at KKNU/Eugene, OR.
Harmon, now part of Sheet Happens Prep based in Dallas, tells Jockline, "My amazing life is thanks to my astoundingly supportive radio family. Kidd Kraddick, Paul Castronovo, Bert Weiss, Dan Halyburton and Don Anthony helped me through the tremendous highs and lows that are part of this life long career. My family and friends are so proud. What an honor to be in with the best in the biz."
ON-AIR: Curtis Sliwa And Rita Cosby Team For Middays At 77 WABC New York
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018 –– 77 WABC Radio in New York City announced the pairing of quintessential New York host Curtis Sliwa and acclaimed Emmy-winning journalist Rita Cosby for a new talk show “Curtis + Cosby”, debuting today, February 6, from 12-3pm on 77 WABC Radio. The “Curtis + Cosby” show brings together two renowned New York natives and experienced broadcasters for the first time. Curtis Sliwa, the iconic founder of the Guardian Angels and Rita Cosby, the award-winning TV/Radio host and best-selling author. Sliwa enters his fourth year hosting Middays on 77 WABC.
Rita Cosby, WABC Host and Political Editor, said, “I am thrilled to co-host the brand new ‘Curtis + Cosby’ show with my longtime friend, radio superstar Curtis Sliwa. With such an unprecedented barrage of endless news topics, now is the perfect time for us to join forces and engage our listeners in a way you will hear nowhere else.” Curtis Sliwa, Co-Host of “Curtis + Cosby”, said: “This is an actual first in a large radio market. Two Polish Americans who are teamed together.
Tommy Sablan Tapped As Head Producer For KGB San Diego's Bob & Coe Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018 –– iHeart Media San Diego and 101.5 KGB-FM are excited to welcome Tommy Sablan as Senior Producer of The Bob and Coe Morning Show. Tommy is a San Diego County native who grew up in Chula Vista as an avid KGB-FM listener. "It's a dream come true to be able to work with Bob and Coe on a legendary station like KGB" Tommy said. "Coe Lewis is the Queen of Rock and Roll and the First Lady of KGB. I have idolized her for decades and it's a trip I get to work with her, Bob, and Anna their producer.
Prior to joining 101.5 KGB-FM, Sablan was Executive Producer of the legendary Jeff and Jer Showgram, where he was known on-air as “Little Tommy”. During his many years with the Showgram, Tommy was instrumental in creating promotions like the “Breaking and Entering Christmas,” and finish “Chelsea’s Run”. In 2016 Tommy was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 - he’s the first and only producer to receive this honor.
Bryan 'B-Dub' Washington Named APD/Afternoon Drive For The Bull Denver
The Syndicated Bobby Bones Show Added To Mornings
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced that Bryan “B -Dub” Washington has been named Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Afternoon Drive Host for 106.7 The Bull. In addition, iHeartMedia Denver announced that the nationally syndicated “The Bobby Bones Show” will now air on 106.7 The Bull on weekday mornings from 5am to 10am MST. Washington joins 106.7 The Bull from iHeartMedia Sacramento, where he served as Program Director at 92.5 The Bull Sacramento. While studying at the University of Oregon, he worked at KUPL -Portland and then spent time at KMLW -Phoenix. Washington also hosts the Nationally Syndicated show, “Buckwild Saturday Night with B -Dub.”
“I am incredibly excited and honored to be part of the All New 106.7 The Bull,” said Washington. “The culture that’s been cultivated at iHeartMedia Denver is incredible and having the opportunity to build a winning brand from the ground up is absolutely awesome. I look forward to making some radio magic in the Mile High City. Horns Up!”
Brandon Young Named Content Director For Alpha's KYKX-FM East Texas
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018 –– Alpha Media, East Texas has named Brandon Young Content Director of KYKX-FM. Brandon will oversee the overall strategic, managerial, programming and content functions in the market. Brandon has worked for various stations around the country, including stations in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Boise and Albuquerque. Brandon has a love for country music and used to sing all over the state of Utah with his band “Wild Country”.
Alpha Media, East Texas Market Manager, Cary Camp commented on the announcement, “I am extremely thrilled to have Brandon join our team, I'm confident he will be an important asset to Alpha Media." "I’m so thrilled to join the Alpha Media family and make great things happen at KYKX,” remarked Brandon.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Stacey Proctor Rises to DOS For Entercom/Phoenix Cluster
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Stacey Proctor has been promoted to Director of Sales for the Phoenix cluster which includes radio stations LIVE 101.5 (KALV-FM), 94.5 KOOL FM (KOOL-FM) and KMLE Country @107.9 (KMLE-FM). “Stacey has been an incredible colleague for the past two years and I’m confident she is the perfect fit to lead our Phoenix cluster,” said Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Phoenix. “She’s earned this promotion through the performance and her leadership that she demonstrates every day.”
“I’m very grateful to have had a successful career with three incredible radio stations,” said Stacey Proctor. “It may not be typical for someone to stay at the same radio stations for as long as I have, but I have been lucky to work with some amazing people and see these radio brands evolve and grow. I’m excited about the opportunities in 2018 and beyond.” With over 19 years of experience in radio sales, Proctor has held various positions for the Phoenix cluster. She started her radio career in 1998 as a part-time Promotions Assistant, was quickly promoted to a Sales Assistant and then to Account Executive within the same year. In 2011, Proctor was promoted to Local Sales Manager and in less than a year to General Sales Manager, the role she most recently held.
SNAPS: 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston Runs Outdoor Campaign Following Pats SB Fail
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018 –– In a follow-up to Sunday's Big Game Boston, check out Beasley Media Group’s 98.5/The Sports Hub’s post-game ad (above) that ran in today’s Boston Herald, as well as web cam shots of the station’s Outdoor Digital Blitz campaign that is running all over the Boston Metro in follow-up to yesterday’s big game!
“The move was in response to our heartbreaking loss and the need to give our Patriot fans a vehicle to express themselves,” said Beasley Media Group Boston Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna.
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STUDY: Bigger Isn't Always Better When It Comes To Local Vs. National Contests
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2018 –– NuVoodoo Media Services announces that its latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study of 3,041 respondents, ages 14-54, across all PPM markets revealed that, among likely PPM participants, 59.8% of respondents are more likely to play a local radio contest with a smaller prize than the 35.7% of likely PPM participants who said they were more likely to play a national radio contest with a larger prize. The NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study is conducted twice a year to learn more about those who are most likely to say “yes” to the opportunity to wear a meter in order to provide NuVoodoo clients with competitive insights and advantages that they can exploit to capture higher ratings.
Among the new questions NuVoodoo probed this time around was a choice between two hypothetical contests. One option is a contest where the 25th local caller wins $250. The other option is a contest where the 25th nationwide caller wins $1000. It’s the choice between the local contest, with a smaller prize, or the group contest, with a larger prize. Overall, the smaller prize – against a smaller, local, entry pool – beats the larger, nationwide prize by better than 2:1. But, when NuVoodoo narrowed the sample to those who are most likely to participate in a PPM-type methodology, the gap also narrows – with a higher percentage lured in by the bigger prize. The study was conducted by Carolyn Gilbert, President and CEO, NuVoodoo Media Services, or Leigh Jacobs, EVP, Research Analysis, NuVoodoo Media Services - Join Carolyn and Leigh for our 'Tech For Talk' session at TSBC 9 in Dallas. 1
Tim Clarke Rises To VP Of Audience And Content For Cox Media Group
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2018 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Tim Clarke to a newly created role as VP of Audience and Content, effective immediately. CMG’s Vice President of Programming, Steve Smith, will continue in his role to oversee CMG Format Leaders and work directly on radio programming with radio stations and brand managers. Smith will report to Clarke in this new structure. Clarke will also work with the CMG Digital team and industry partners to drive digital innovation for CMG Radio and all CMG stations.
“With Tim in this role, along with CMG’s dedication to strong and innovative programming, I’m confident that CMG will continue to set our properties apart over the air and online as the best in the industry,” said Executive Vice President Bill Hendrich. Prior to his new role, Clarke served as Sr. Director of Digital Audience for Radio. In Tampa, Clarke was the Program Director at HOT 101.5, launching the station in 2011. His career with CMG also includes working as Program Director at WAPE in Jacksonville, Fla., and Music Director at WBLI in Long Island, N.Y.
Wayne 'Big D' Danielson Named PD for 95.5 The Bull Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Las Vegas announced that Wayne “Big D” Danielson has been named Program Director for 95.5 The Bull, Las Vegas’. He will report to Tony Matteo, Regional Senior Vice President for iHeartMedia Central California/Nevada. “Big D has been a part of the fabric of the Bull brand in Vegas in many roles over the years and we’re excited that he’ll now be leading the station as Program Director,” said Matteo. “No one knows this station, this city and this audience better than Big D.”
Danielson joined 95.5 The Bull from iHeartMedia Las Vegas’s 93.1 The Party in August 2016. He has also previously served as a night personality at 101.3 KDWB, inMinneapolis. Danielson began his career at KCLD-FM in St. Cloud, Minnesota. "I've been blessed in my career and that continues for me as I move into this new role,” said Danielson. “I’ve been very lucky to be surrounded by some of the most talented people in this business and I’ve tried to take a piece of their knowledge with me on my journey. I look forward to this new challenge while continuing to serve this powerful team and amazing community."
Bubba Back On FM In Tampa Bay Market
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2018 –– Genesis Communications announced that AM 820 News, Tampa Bay will now air simultaneously on the FM dial in Pinellas County on 98.3 FM. As a result, Bubba The Love Sponge is back on the FM dial in the Tampa Bay radio market. “We are excited to expand our News/Talk listenership in St. Petersburg and Clearwater with 98.3 FM,” said Bruce Maduri, President and CEO of Genesis Communication, adding: “Bubba is back on 98!”
About Genesis Communications Genesis Communications owns and operates a media network that provides listeners and advertisers with a full spectrum of broadcast and digital media options including: · Six (6) radio stations throughout Central Florida. · Two (2) statewide web publications, News Talk Florida and Sports Talk Florida. · A full-service content production company, United Cities Productions, that creates audio/video content, social media content and podcasts for its advertising partners. Genesis Communications unifies all of the above media to create integrated, multi-media advertising and marketing programs for its ad partners including live broadcast programs and events. Media Contact: Bruce Maduri President & CEO, Genesis Communications Phone: 813-281-1040 Email: CEO@RadioGenesis.com
[WATCH] KIRO Calls In John Curley For Play-By-Play Of Parking Lot Car Break-In
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2018 –– Over 2 million views later, ICYMI here's one more look at Seattle’s KIRO Radio 97.3 captured surveillance footage of a burglar attempting to break into an employee’s car USING A MOP HANDLE! On a whim, the station called in local broadcast legend John Curley to narrate the footage. As you can hear for yourself below, the result was pretty cool.
On Twitter, the station posted, "Last night we captured surveillance footage of a vandal trying to break in to one of our employee’s vehicles in our parking lot. While the suspect is still at large, we took the liberty to have John Curley give his play-by-play of the incident. Awful Announcing wondered how the suspect is still at large when he was last seen crumpled in a ball barely moving after a fall? You’d think he would’ve been pretty easy to apprehend at that point. WATCH HERE
Molly Schuler Sets WIP Wing Bowl Record By Downing 501 Chicken Wings; WPHT's Chris Stigall Draws GMA Cut-In At Eagles Pep Rally
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2018 –– Molly Schuyle (top photo) ate her way to a record 501 chicken wings in 30 minutes to win her third Wing Bowl in Philadelphia. According to nh1.com, WIP's Wing Bowl 26 drew nearly 20,000 people to the Wells Fargo Center to watch Schuyler top the old wing-eating record of 444, set in 2015. The event was started in the 1990s by local sports radio hosts and is usually staged two days before the Super Bowl. It's turned into a huge, boozy spectacle with a parade of flamboyant contestants and a competition for women called "Wingettes."
Among other Philly hosts cheering on their Eagles was 1210 WPHT's Chris Stigall (bottom left) who helped host a Philadelphia Eagles pep rally ahead of Super Bowl 52 at Chickies'n'Petes in South Philadelphia. ABC's 'Good Morning America' cut in live throughout the morning. The photo above shows Stigall and owner Pete Ciarrocchi with crowd, and Paige Powers with engineer Matt Desantis and the amazing crowd at Chickies'n'Petes.
More: WWO Pose On Media Row At SB Lll
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2018 –– Westwood One was in full force at Super Bowl LII Media Row at the Mall of America. Along with the broadcast hosted by Scott Graham, the voice of NFL Films and host of Westwood One’s Super Bowl Preview and Seven Days to Sunday: The Road to Super Bowl LII series, The show was taped before a live audience.
Shown above, L-R: Howard Deneroff, Westwood One Sports EVP and Super Bowl LII Executive Producer; Brandon Berman, Westwood One SVP, Sports Sales & Marketing; Boomer Esiason; Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One; Hall of Famer Rod Woodson; Alyx Steinberg, Westwood One Sports Marketing Manager; Coach Mike Holmgren; Adam Shifrin, Westwood One Director, National Sports Partnerships; and Scott Graham.
And One More: KDWB's Dave Ryan Hangs (And Sings) With Basketball Great, Shaq
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2018 –– Minneapolis' longtime host Dave Ryan tells Jockline, "I’m not one for posting celebrity pictures because meeting them is part of my job. But randomly meeting Shaq at the small airport near my house was really cool! I was there to look at all the private jets here for the game and there he was, waiting for his plane’s brakes to be thawed. I couldn’t resist and he was super nice. I'm a pilot so I knew there would be a lot of big planes flying into the local airport. I drove over there Sunday morning to look at all the big private jets that were parking there, because there was no room at MSP. I was talking to some friends who worked there and they said, "Yeah, Shaq is right behind you. His plane's brake lines froze so he's waiting for them to thaw out."
Ryan explained, "I turned around and there he was, just sitting with some friends.I didn't want to be "that guy" and ask for a selfie, but I knew it would be a great story, so 15 minutes later I walked over. I asked him why he was leaving before the game and he said he just wanted to go watch it at home. "Did you have a good time while you were here?" He asked, 'Yeah I'm a deejay and I worked at a club the other night. I play white man rock." And he started singing "Jessie's Girl" so I joined in as his friends started laughing at us. Then he launched into "I Love Rock and Roll" and he and I and his friends were all singing. That's why he has such a big smile on his face. One of the best, if not THE best celebrity encounters I've ever had."
Eagles Fly; Timberlake Honors Prince; Nikki Haley In Awe
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BUSINESS: Cumulus Reaches Agreement To Continue Running Merlin Media Chicago
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018 –– Cumulus Media Inc. announced that it has reached an agreement with Merlin Media regarding the operation and sale of WKQX-FM and WLUP-FM in Chicago. Under the terms of the agreement, Cumulus will no longer be required to acquire the Chicago stations for approximately $50 million, and Cumulus and Merlin will temporarily extend the local marketing agreement under which Cumulus has been operating the stations while Merlin conducts a sale process for the stations. Cumulus expects operations at the stations to continue uninterrupted during the sale process.
“We’re pleased to reach this mutual agreement, which establishes a clear path forward for these stations and our employees in Chicago following months of negotiations with Merlin,” said Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc. “We continue to be interested in permanently acquiring these stations on economic terms that make sense for our business. In the meantime, as we have for the past several years, Cumulus will continue to operate WKQX-FM and WLUP-FM while Merlin seeks a new owner. Importantly, nothing is changing in the near-term. It is business as usual for team members, advertisers and partners, and we look forward to achieving a favorable outcome for all parties involved.”
The agreement with Merlin provides for an approximately three month extension of the local marketing agreement with additional extensions thereafter, exercisable upon mutual agreement by Cumulus and Merlin.
[WATCH] Threats Aside, David Mueller Tells 'Inside Edition' He's Not Quitting
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018 –– Inside Edition sent its cameras all the way to Greenwood Miss., market-ranked 193, to visit David Mueller, the host accused of groping Taylor Swift who just started a a new job at KIX 92.7. Swift's fans have been outraged and the station has been bombarded with tweets and phone calls. There’s even been a bomb threat that was sent in via email and resulted in a police investigation.
“The money wasn’t the important thing. This is my passion. Doing morning radio is what I love. I’m just really happy to be on the air.” Mueller, who last worked at KYGO/Denver, market #17, is joined on the show by co-host Jonbob Wise (TR). He thinks all the threats are “crazy.” “I’ve never seen such angry people in my life,” he told IE. Station general manager Tommy Tatum (BR )says his network believes in redemption. “As an individual, I would not condemn a person to a lifetime of not being able to feed their family for a mistake they made five years ago,” he said.
“I came here to do a radio job, do the best I can every morning and I am going to continue to do that,” Mueller said. Mueller wants everyone to know the threats are not going to keep him from doing his job. “If Taylor fans want to hate me, that’s their prerogative,” he said. “If they want to scare people with bomb threats they should be arrested. I’m not going to quit.” WATCH HERE
Station Mulls Future Of 'Babe Bracket' Contest Amid Consternation Of Fans
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018 –– KABZ-FM, The Buzz' Little Rock is mulling the future of its longtime 'Babe Bracket' contest which ranks the female reporters and news anchors in the area by attractiveness. Although the station was already in the process of rethinking the concept, a local TV New Director's blog asking that it 'finally be stopped' has struck a nerve with local fans and friends. “The days of referring to educated women who serve as role models to our children as ‘babes’ are over, wrote Austin Kellerman of KARK-TV (TL). It’s time to evolve with the times. The contest is featured on its “The Show with No Name” morning show and sponsored by 'Seductions Lingerie.' "You should know I’m a fan of “The Show With No Name,” writes Kellerman.
"For the last 6 years, Tommy, Roger, David, and R.J. have served as the soundtrack to my drive to work," Kellerman adds. "The team does great work on the radio, an exceptional job spotlighting area events and happenings, and has essentially become a marketing tool for what’s good in Arkansas. For all those reasons, it’s even more important they dump the Babe Bracket."
Buzz PD Justin Acri (BL) said in a statement: Regarding the “Tommy Smith Babe Bracket”, this is a long-standing bit that the host has been done annually in conjunction with the March Madness bracket for more than twenty years, going back to the host’s previous station. 103.7 The Buzz’s hosts are constantly evaluating content and this bit is no different. Even before the consternation from our friends and station fans at KARK-TV, Tommy Smith (the morning co-host who began the bit) was weighing his options of continuing with it this year or replacing it with another bracket idea. That evaluation continues this morning after some productive on-air discussion on our top rated morning show that included a call from KARK-TV’s news director and many opinions from our fabulous listeners. A final decision on how to proceed this year and going forward has yet to be made. I do feel compelled to say, although unrelated to this particular topic, that our station and this show and these hosts in particular have been responsible for raising tens of thousands of dollars in our community for charitable causes over the last few years and always work to be good community partners. READ BLOG HERE
Lots Of Changes At Entercom San Diego
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018 –– Entercom San Diego Alternative Rock Outlet has changed it name from 94/9 to ALT 949 - next up is the announcement that Sunny 98.1 and Adult Contemporary KYXY 96.5 have made some lineup changes. “KBZT continues to define the alternative rock format and the new ALT 949 name solidifies its place as the alternative music leader in our market,” said Bob Bolinger, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Diego. “I’m also thrilled about our new line-up for our other two great San Diego radio stations, Sunny 98.1 and KYXY 96.5. These changes are part of our commitment to giving our fans the top of the line listening experience they expect from us.”
KYXY 96.5’s new line-up: In Mornings Susan DeVincent (L) · Midday Dorothy Tran · Afternoon Drive Joe Rosati · Nights Sherry Knight
The Greatest Hits radio station Sunny 98.1 new line-ups are as follows: Sunny 98.1’s new line-up: · Mornings AJ and Sara (TR)· Midday Dave Mason · Afternoon Drive Gene Knight (Aka The Greener) · Nights Brooks O’Brian.
FM 94/9 will see a slight line-up change as Alexia Gloria pulls double duty. She will continue to do Midday on Energy as well as do Nights on FM 94/9! Hamby will move to overnights. Dana & Jayson (BR) continue in mornings.
PROGRAMMING: Alpha Media Announces Nine Format Captains
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018 –– Alpha Media has announced 9 Format Captains. Each Format Captain is responsible for assisting in the growth of all associated stations in their music format. This includes frequent communication with Program/Content Directors as well as monitoring the station’s performance. Alpha Media Executive VP of Content, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “We are always proud to promote from within Alpha. Our Format Captains have been carefully selected based on their experience, format expertise, reliability, and performance. I look forward to seeing great success happen from this collaboration.”
Format Captains are as follows. Rock/Alternative/AAA – Kenny Vest Classic Hits/Oldies – Rick Hirschmann Country – Joe “MoJoe” Roberts Hot AC/AC – Leo Baldwin CHR – Ben Davis Urban/Urban AC/Gospel – Darrick “Brown” Williams Rhythmic/Throwbacks – Mark “TicTak” Allen Spanish – Alfanso Flores News/Talk/Sports – Greg Martin.
[WATCH] KRBE Houston's Ryan Chase More Than A Radio Host, He's A Survivor
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018 - Houston's FOX26 TV aired a nice piece with its Ruben Dominguez talks with Ryan Chase of KRBE's Roula and Ryan Show. As Jockline previously reported, this regular Morning Show Boot Camp attendee and longtime cohost of Cumulus owned CHR outles has survived two life threatening events twice, both in the same year.
In his words it wasn't an unlucky year, it was a lucky one - he survived! WATCH HERE
PRODUCTS: YEA Networks Launches Simple Booth Photo Booth Experience
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018 – Simple Booth’s total number of inaugural affiliates includes 150 stations in markets across the U.S., including 10 of the Top 25 Markets, and 5 of the Top 10 Markets. YEA Networks provides Simple Booth branded photo booth solutions to radio stations of every format and market size with cash, lease and barter options. Simple Booth’s HALO app and hardware create a premium, fun and easy-to-use photo booth experience that draws crowds and delivers social media buzz at station events, remotes and other customer marketing activations.
Simple Booth enables radio stations to affordably and easily create a custom branded experience for their advertisers and listeners, from the start screen to fun overlay filters with their own online gallery that includes the #hashtag of their choice. Simple Booth options enable guests to easily share their photos, animated GIFs and videos to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter directly from their mobile device. With Simple Booth, stations can deploy photo booths in multiple locations and manage their settings remotely. Importantly for stations and their customers. Check out Simple Booth in action at CRS 2018 next Monday, February 5th through Wednesday, February 7th at the Westwood One booth near CRS Registration on the Second Floor of the Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Avenue S, Nashville, TN. If interested in speaking to George Laughin, President and CEO of YEA Networks.
TRANSITION: Jim Henderson, Longtime Voice of New Orleans Saints, Announces Retirement From WWL
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018 –– Jim Henderson “Voice of the Saints” announced his retirement from WWL in New Orleans yesterday. Chris Wegmann, the SVP & Market Manager at Entercom New Orleans said in a release, "Jim has been a beloved member of our team at WWL in New Orleans for many years. He made a very complex job look easy and raised the bar for sportscasters everywhere. I speak on behalf of the entire WWL family when I say we will miss Jim dearly, as will all New Orleans Saints fans across the Gulf South and throughout the country. We wish him the absolute best on his next chapter.
Henderson wrote, "This is a good year to go out. It was a great season; the Saints were in two highly competitive playoff games and the future looks bright. It’s good timing.” Henderson plans to travel with his wife and fish more often in his retirement after he leaves the WWL Saints Radio Network booth.
CONDOLENCES: Jim Brewer II Of Brewer Media Chattanooga Passes Away At 56
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018 –– After a courageous fight with oral cancer, Jim Brewer, II died on Thursday at 56. He was President of the Brewer Media Group, which owns five radio stations in Chattanooga. According to WDEF, his father,who founded the company, still serves as Chairman and his son works for the company. Jim Brewer, II began his radio career while still in high school. He was a DJ, once called Jim Foxx, the Foxx that Rocks! He became a station General Manager at the age of 28. The Brewer family moved from Indiana to Chattanooga, where they built their radio group.
A viewing will be today, Friday, Feb. 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Chattanooga. Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with funeral services following at 1pm.
Charlie Walk Exits 'The Four'; Steven Tyler Drives For KIA
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[WATCH] Rival Radio Hosts Go At It On At The Super Bowl's Radio Row
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 –– Looks like there will be some extra seats this morning at The Mall of America's Radio Row as one entire radio crew was reportedly shown the door yesterday following a ruckus. The Houston Chronicle reports the entire crew of SportsTalk 790 was ejected after morning show host Josh Innes (TL) got into an on-air shouting match with radio rival Seth Payne (R) on Wednesday morning. With Payne and Mike Meltser hosting their 'Mad Radio' show on 610, Innes sent his producer Jim Mudd to the 610 table. That's when the shows collided and listeners could hear a confrontation happening in real time on both stations. Listen to 790 HERE, and to 610 HERE.
Payne, a former Houston Texans defensive lineman, ripped into Innes on air, referencing Innes getting fired from Philadelphia radio before returning to Houston in 2016. "You're a fraud, you're a joke, you bounce around, the Philly people here know you're a joke, the Houston people ...," Payne said. "You have like one employer left who you can work for."
Innes countered by telling Payne and Meltser they'd eventually be fired. According to the Chronicle, SportsRadio 610 has the highest-rated morning sports talk show in Houston. The incident was caught on camera by several other nearby radio stations, including WEEI/Boston's Kirk & Callahan which provided the shown video - WATCH HERE - WARNING, STRONG LANGUAGE - Top Photo/screengrab
STUDY: Holiday Music - A Few Final Gifts
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 –– Although the most recent holiday season has faded from memory for most, on the radio airwaves there are a few final presents just now being unwrapped for Adult Contemporary (AC) stations. The release of Nielsen’s holiday book portable people meter (PPM) ratings reveals a surprising result from the end of the 2017 listening year.
The AC format set a new all-time high for audience share during the holiday season. AC stations are more likely to flip to the “all-Christmas” music format at the end of the year than other formats, and this year AC reaped the rewards big-time. Across Nielsen’s PPM markets the AC format set an all-time record for highest audience share (among all listeners 6+) in both the December survey(10.5% in 2017) and the Holiday survey (13.9% in 2017). In both months, AC was the top-ranked format, jumping ahead of News/Talk, which generally ranks No. 1 in 6+ audience share during the rest of the year.
Meanwhile, the start of holiday music on the radio on or around Thanksgiving has implications for many formats outside of just AC. Historically, AC tends to jump dramatically as a result of going “all-Christmas” at the end of the year, while some formats stay flat and others decline because of the change in seasonal listening habits. Last year’s results were, for the most part, consistent with historical trends. The chart above details the change in audience share between the November and Holiday surveys for major radio formats—both on a five-year aggregate basis and in 2017. Data used in this article is inclusive of multicultural audiences. Hispanic consumer audiences are composed of both English and Spanish-speaking representative populations.
Entercom's 670 The Score Becomes The Bulls New Flagship Station In Chicago
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 –– Entercom and the Chicago Bulls jointly announced that 670 The Score has been named the team’s new flagship radio station in a multiyear agreement. Bulls games will air on 670 The Score (AM 670) beginning Saturday, February 3 at 2:30 p.m. CDT, when the Bulls take on the Los Angeles Clippers in LA. The agreement, which runs through the 2020-21 season, includes all Bulls preseason, regular, and postseason games, as well as pre- and postgame programming.
The long-time broadcast team of Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, and Steve Kashul will continue to bring all Bulls home and away games to fans. “We are thrilled to welcome the Chicago Bulls on our air at 670 The Score,” said Jimmy de Castro, Senior Vice President & Market Manager, Entercom Chicago. “Entercom is the nation’s unrivaled leader in local sports talk radio, and today’s announcement underscores our continued commitment to expand our leading sports platform and to provide the top-rated content that our listeners crave.” In addition to 670 The Score, Chicago stations in the Entercom family include 104.3 JAMS, 93XRT, B96, US99, and WBBM Newsradio (AM 780 and FM 105.9).
NETWORKS: WWO Sports Launches Fifth Annual Sports Sound Awards
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 –– For the fifth consecutive year, the Westwood One Sports Sound Awards will rank the most creative national audio commercials airing during Westwood One's exclusive Super Bowl LII broadcast. Westwood One showcases the best radio commercials within the biggest sporting and advertising event of the year, the Super Bowl. A large social, digital, and broadcast marketing campaign is sending listeners and a panel of advertising professionals to TheSoundAwards.com to vote for their favorite ads.
Voting is open NOW and runs through Monday, February 5th, 2018 with the big winner revealed Tuesday, February 6th. Listeners can listen and vote on nearly 50 commercials. ““Brands want to reach consumers in a way that resonates emotionally, and a stellar way to do that today is with sonic branding,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Great brands use sound strategically to cut through the clutter and identify their values. From radio to podcasting, to smart speakers, we’re working with our advertising clients to test and craft creative, so each brand is optimized to connect with hearts and minds, and drive ROI.”
This is the 31st consecutive year and the 45th time overall Westwood One will broadcast the Super Bowl. The broadcast crew includes Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mike Holmgren, Tony Boselli, Ed Werder, Jim Grey (shown left with Tom Brady), and Scott Graham, with contributions from Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner. Sir Rosevelt, the southern pop collaboration of Zac Brown, Niko Moon, and Ben Simonetti, will open Westwood One’s Super Sunday broadcast with a customized version of their hit song, “The Bravest.”
Station Flu-Shot Drive Makes National TV
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 –– The flu has claimed the lives of at least 30 children so far this season including some deaths in Florida. As some school districts close due to the rampant spread of the virus, the CDC warns that this year’s flu season will likely extend well into April.
Cox Media Group's MAGIC 94.9/Tampa and Centra Care teamed to give FREE flu shots to protect residents in the Tampa Bay area. They were helped by all 6 Cox Media Group Tampa radio stations. Their efforts were surely appreciated and didn't go unnoticed - including NBC's nightly news with Lester Holt - WATCH NICE PICK UP HERE
SYNDICATION: The Chad Benson Show Adds Dayton & Jacksonville
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 –– Radio America announced that The Chad Benson Show has added Cox Media Group's WOKV-AM/FM Jacksonville & WHIO-AM/FM, Dayton Monday-Friday. They join a growing list of affiliates that includes: KTAR-FM Phoenix, KSTE-AM Sacramento, WIBC-FM Indianapolis, WDBO-FM Orlando, KRMG-AM/FM Tulsa, and KKAT-AM in Salt Lake City among others.
"We are excited to have Chad's daily show added to the daily line-up on WOKV and WHIO. It's nice to grow our partnership with CMG.", said Steve Graham, Radio America's VP for Affiliate Marketing. Conversational, informative, irreverent and FUNNY, Chad's take on the issues offers a refreshing sound that gives talk listeners the hard news and opinion that they need in a thoughtful and entertaining way. Chad is part of a New Generation of talk hosts that is able to connect with talk's existing demo while bringing new and younger listeners into the format." For more info, contact email@example.com
Ed Sheeran And Taylor Swift Head For Swansea With BBC 1
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 –– BBC Radio 1 has announced Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift for its live music event in Swansea, Wales at the end of May, as part of BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend. The usual Radio 1 Big Weekend has been expanded for this year only, with Radio 2, Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music also putting on events – in Coventry, Perth and Belfast. Other acts also confirmed this morning include Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Snow Patrol, Beck, Billy Ocean and Manic Street Preachers. The BBC is making 175,000 tickets available, with a percentage available to local residents in each of the four areas.
In Sydney Australia, Kyle & Jackie O Take Aim At 2DayFM - Kyle and Jackie O topped the FM Breakfast ratings for 2017 on KIIS 106.5 in Sydney with a record-breaking 12.1%. They used one of their listener games to take a dig at their former employers. Each day Kyle and Jackie O have listeners call in to answer five questions in ten sections, given a specific category. On Wednesday morning the first category was five breakfast shows that have been on 2DayFM since they left the station in 2013. “In 10 seconds, name five breakfast shows that have been on 2DayFM since we’ve left,” said Jackie, as Kyle chuckled in the background. “I don’t even listen to 2DayFM, I only listen to you guys, so I have no idea … I’m a KIIS girl,” said the caller. “You haven’t read about them? Seen the signs?” queried Kyle. “I’m a KIIS girl,” the caller responded. “Oh gees, I feel like just giving you the prize for that alone,” Jackie O replied. Kyle agreed, and they gave the woman the $1000 shopping spree at House Of K’dor. Since Kyle and Jackie O’s departure in 2013, 2DayFM have infamously attempted a new Breakfast team every year, kicking off with Merrick Watts, Jyles Lund, Mel B and Sophie Monk in 2014. They were followed by Dan Debuf and Maz Compton, then Rove McManus and Sam Frost. 2018 has seen another new lineup with Em Rusciano, Grant Deneyer and Ed Kavalee giving the seemingly-cursed slot a go. Read more HERE
Male Presenters Agree To Pay Cuts In London Four of the BBC's leading male news presenters have agreed to take a pay cut after revelations over equal pay. Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys, Huw Edwards and Jon Sopel have all agreed to reduce their salaries. It follows Carrie Gracie's resignation as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay between male and female international editors. In 2016/17 Jeremy Vine - the Radio 2 presenter earned £749,999 ($1.6million), John Humphrys - the Today programme presenter earned £649,999 ($920,000), Huw Edwards - the BBC News presenter earned £599,999 ($850,000), Jon Sopel - the BBC's North America editor earned £249,999 ($354,000). It is not yet known how much the reductions in salary will be.
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EVENTS: Real 106.1 Philly's Chio Show To Host 'Pup Rally” For Eagles
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s Real 106.1 announced that Chio in the Morning’s “Pup Rally” contest on Saturday, February 3, in support of Philly’s home team. The contest will take place at Pets Plus Natural located at 1336 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA. Registration is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. Judging is from 12:00 to 12:25 p.m. As Philly’s home team heads to the Big Game, listeners’ dogs will be able to compete for Best “Pup Rally” Costume.
The dog dressed in the cutest, most original costume will win a $500 cash prize and a $500 Pets Plus Natural gift card. Runner-up prizes include tickets to Justin Timberlake’s The Man of the Woods Tour on June 2 at The Wells Fargo Center. Listeners and attendees will also be able to adopt a cat or dog all day. For more information, go to real1061philly.com.
Amazon To Air 1st SB Ad; Paul Simon Plans One Last Show
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Chelsea Briggs To Co-Host Mornings At 97.1 AMP LA
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Chelsea Briggs will join Edgar Sotelo and Brian Moote as co-host on 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM) new morning show, effective February 2018. “Chelsea is a social media superstar and we are thrilled to bring her unique personality to the new AMP Morning Show with Edgar and Brian,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “Their chemistry is unparalleled and I’m confident that the three of them will create sensational mornings for our listeners.”
“Words cannot describe how excited and honored I am to join the Entercom family as part of the 97.1 AMP Radio Los Angeles morning show. Thank you to David Field, Pat Paxton, Chris Oliviero, Jeff Federman and Chris Ebbott for this opportunity,” said Briggs. “I look forward to creating an incredible morning show that brings a new, fun and genuine energy to the SoCal community every morning.” Chelsea Briggs is a multi-media entertainment on-air personality, pop culture expert and most recently Billboard News correspondent. Before her position at Billboard, Chelsea got her start in the industry creating and building the online entertainment brand known as, Hollywire TV.
Stern Sides With Radio Host In Tom Brady Flap; 'Brady Should Know Better'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 208 –– SiriusXM morning host Howard Stern came to the defense of WEEI Boston's Alex Reimer on yesterday's show when commenting on the latest flap involving the young host's derogatory remarks about Tom Brady's daughter. "I've got to stick up for radio guys," said Stern. "Because, number one, you’re on the air and it’s not like there’s a script,” Stern said. “But for God sakes, Tom Brady should know better. If you’re going to put your young child on a TV show, on the Internet, you’re putting her out there for comment.” Stern's comments follow last week comment by Reimer who referred to Brady's 5-year-old daughter who appears in Brady's documentary series "Tom vs Time" -- as an "annoying little puissant." The remark resulted in Reimer's indefinite suspension from the sport's outlet and the station's owner, Entercom, issuing an apology.
Stern defended Reimer on Tuesday's show saying Brady shouldn’t have featured his daughter in the documentary series, if he didn't want her exposed to criticism. “If I was Tom Brady, I would take a deep breath, I’d swallow, go and see the psychiatrist, and say, ‘Hey, I overreacted,’ ” Stern said. “Because Tom put the kid’s behavior out there. It’s really Tom’s fault. "And I don’t know Tom — I’m a great admirer of his physical prowess and his football ability — but don’t put your kid up on an Internet show and then get pissed when people comment on her behavior." While still upset with the comment, Brady said this week that he didn't want to see Reimer fired for the incident, adding: "We all make mistakes."
BUSINESS: Emmis Leaving St. Louis Market With Sale Of Four Stations
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2018 –– As rumored, Emmis Communications has agreed in principal to sell some of its St. Louis stations. In the sale, KSHE/94.7 FM and The Point/KPNT, 105.7 will be sold to Hubbard Radio. Entercom will acquire KFTK, FM News Talk 97.1 and NOW-FM/KNOU, 96.3.
According to the St. Louis Dispatch, financial terms were not disclosed. However, John Beck, who has been the general manager for the Emmis stations since they entered the St. Louis market in 1984 when the company bought KSHE from Century Broadcasting, said many details had yet to be worked out. Emmis’ four St. Louis stations have about 120 full- and part-time employees. Beck said no decisions about employees and the future of the company’s downtown offices at 401 South 18th Street have been made.
KINK/Portland's Sean Demery Suffers Brain-Stem Stroke
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2018 –– We're sending our very best thoughts and well-wishes to programming vet, Sean Demery, PD of Alpha Media KINK/Portland, who suffered a brain-stem stroke earlier this month. At a public Facebook page set up by Steve Craig, the group wrote: "There is a long road to recovery ahead for Sean, and we ask for your continued support, positive thoughts and prayers! We'll keep you updated here on his progress... Please post your messages, videos, pics and songs HERE for Sean. He needs to hear from you! "
Among the many comments included one from his longtime cohort at then 99X Atlanta, PD/Morning co-host Leslie Fram (now with CMT) who wrote: "Please keep my dear friend Sean Demery in your prayers. Sean - I reflect back on our email exchange less than two weeks ago......how thankful we both were for starting a revolution in Atlanta and changing a radio station format based on one song and one band-how incredible it was to do that together with Steve Craig and friends. My love and admiration for you is endless.....I will see you soon so we can share more stories!" Demery is currently PD and afternoon host on KINK-FM. Scott Mahalick, EVP Programming for Alpha added, "It hurts my heart to see Sean suffering this blow, and no words can express my feelings."
Tedd Webbs Airs Farewell Show On WFLA/Tampa
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2018 –– Having first hit the Tampa airwaves in 1963, radio videographer Art Vuolo tells Jockline Webb's farewell show was "truly, in every sense of the word, great radio. Instead of being in the main studio the program originated from the iHeart radio performance theater in their famous building on Gandy Boulevard. It was a live audience and a plethora of people who called in to wish Ted a fond farewell and to let him know how much is going to be missed in the Tampa Bay area."
Among the many luminaries who called in were: Marc Chase, Gabe Hobbs, Scott Shannon, Todd Schnitt (also known as MJ from WFLZ) Mason Dixon and in the building was the mayor of Tampa with a proclamation that designated January 31 as Tedd Webb day in Tampa. WFLA TV news channel 8 covered the entire morning and it truly represented how good radio can truly be!"
[LISTEN] Larry King Among Surprise Callers For Jim Bohannon's 25th Event
THE MOUTH, JANUIARY 31ST, 2018 –– Last night, Westwood One talk host Jim Bohannon celebrated the 25th anniversary of his weeknight The Jim Bohannon Show, after taking over what had been The Larry King Show on January 29, 1993. His show staff surprised him last night with a special celebratory broadcast. Clearly honored and unaware of what was to come, Bohannon opened the show with “If you’re lucky, and if you live long enough, every now and then a milestone comes along in your life. And so it is with me. The years do rush by, and it’s hard for me to realize that I first took over this show from Larry King on Friday night, January 29, 1993. That makes this my 25th anniversary of hosting Westwood One’s weeknight late evening talk radio program.
What followed was a customized montage, a surprise call-in greeting from Larry King, plus congratulatory messages from Westwood One personalities Dennis Miller, Charles Osgood, and Michael Savage. Bart Tessler, EVP News & Talk, Westwood One, said “It’s been a highlight of my career working with Jim over a very fast 25 years and producing programs with him across the country and around the world. Jim Bohannon has long been the standard bearer for a great talk show host: intelligent, informed, passionate, and funny. Congratulations to Jim on a superb 25 years. LISTEN TO CALLS HERE
HONORS: KABC LA Captures Top Honors At 68th Annual RTNA Awards Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2018 –– The Cumulus News/Talker captured top honors in all five categories in which the station was nominated during the 68th Annual Golden Mike Awards. The station has won nine Golden Mike Awards in the past two years alone, and sportscaster Randy Wang brought home his second consecutive win this year. 790 KABC received the five Golden Mike Awards in the following categories:
- Best Newscast Under 15 Minutes: Leeann Tweeden (L), Anchor; Sharon Reardon, Editor - Best Sports Segment: Randy Wang - Best Government and Political Reporting: James Rojas - Best Traffic Reporter: Bill Thomas - Best News Reporting by Radio Network or Content Syndicator: Jim Roope
Photo at right, L-R:Left to Right) Sharon Reardon, Nathan Baker, James Rojas, Bill Thomas, Leeann Tweeden, Doug McIntyre and Randy Wang.
SNAPS: Radio's Best Gather For SB LII
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2018 –– As is the tradition, radio hosts from all across the country gather once again on radio row in Minneapolis to meet, mingle and interview both football and media stars before Sunday's BIG game. "It's a weird setup in the Mall of America" one Network rep told us'. "Actually much smaller space than ususal and some of the bigger sets (Sirius/CBS/NBC) are in different locations." Among the many radio stars present include Beasley Boston's 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich (L). Also from Beasley, HOT 96.9’s GetUp Crew with Ramiro, Pebbles, Melissa & Wiggy (R) who were on hand Monday, January 29th from 6-10am as they broadcast live from The Hall at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA to help Pats fans gear up for another Super Bowl!
The GetUpCrew featured listeners during on-air segments throughout the morning. Top Photo and Photo at left courtesy of Rich Shertenlieb.
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Tom Brady Doesn't Want Boston Host Who Insulted Daughter To Be Fired
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2018 – Following one of the most universally covered radio stories we've ever witnessed, ABC News Reports that Tom Brady is showing compassion for the Boston host who's been suspended following a comment about his 5-Yr. old daughter. 'We all make mistakes' the Super Bowl bound New England Patriots quarterback said. "I certainly hope the guy is not fired ... We all have careers and make mistakes. I'd hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that. That was certainly not what he intended." This followed yesterday's news of Brady hanging up during an interview on WEEI/Boston over a comment its host Alex Reimer (L) about Brady’s daughter, Vivian, describing her as “an annoying little pissant" last week while discussing Brady's Facebook documentary "Tom vs. Time."
"I've tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect," Brady said in an interview WEEI's Kirk & Callahan Show. "I've always tried and come on and do a good job for you guys. It's very disappointing when you hear [the comments about my daughter], certainly. My daughter, or any child, certainly don't deserve that." "I really don't have much to say this morning. Maybe I'll speak with you guys some other time," he added, before ending the interview. Mark Hannon, Entercom SVP/Market Manager, issued a statement (shown) saying in part, "We have communicated our course of action to the Patriots and Tom Brady, and they are in support of our disciplinary response."
Following 50-Year Radio Career, John Forsythe Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2017–– iHeartMedia Orlando announced that longtime morning host, John Forsythe will retire from “The John & Leslye Morning Show” on March 30, 2018. Forsythe joined Leslye Gale on the MAGIC 107.7 morning show in 2010. He began his radio career in his hometown of Roswell, New Mexico while still a junior in high school. Throughout his 50-year career, Forsythe has also worked on well-known stations throughout the U.S. including WQAM-AM in Miami, KLIF-AM in Dallas, KOB-FM in Albuquerque and KCBQ-FM and Class FM in San Diego.
“It’s been a difficult decision to step away from such a successful show but it’s time,” Forsythe said. “Radio has given me so many amazing life experiences. From the early days in Miami with the Bee Gees living on the same canal as QAM in the ‘70s, to being part of the Chargers broadcast team in the ‘80s, to raising millions for children’s hospitals in the '90s and 2000s, radio has enriched my life in so many ways! I’m grateful for the opportunity to try and make someone’s day better through warmth and laughter.” After Forsythe’s retirement, Gale will continue to host the weekly morning program while iHeartMedia searches for a new co-host.
David Mueller Debuts In Mornings On KIX 92.7 Moorhead, Miss.
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2018 –– Following his lengthy and well-publicized legal battle with Taylor Swift, David "Jackson' Mueller has gotten a second chance on Delta Radio's Kix 92.7 WMYQ/Moorhead, Mississippi. Mueller, who was offered the job by Delta Radio president and CEO Larry Fuss, will go by the name "Stonewall Jackson." He along with co-host Jonbob Wise debuted yesterday morning as the Jackson & Jonbob morning show.
Fuss says he was roundly criticized by a Facebook group for offering Mueller a job, but added "(Mueller) recently lost his sister to cancer and also had to put his 94-year-old mother in a nursing facility, so he deserves a break. On top of that, he has lots of talent and will sound great on Kix 92.7."
Brian Mr. Incognito Robinson Rises To APD at Power 98 FM Charlotte
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2018 – Beasley announced that Brian “Mr. Incognito” Robinson has been promoted to the position of Assistant Program Director at WPEG-FM/Power 98-FM. Robinson has been with the station since 1997, serving as the Music Director and Co-host for the No Limit Larry Morning Madd House Morning Show. “I would like to thank Operations Manager Jeff Anderson and General Manager Bill Schoening for the opportunity,” said Robinson. “I’m looking forward to take my passion for radio to the next level. I’m very excited!”
He will continue to work in his current roles, in addition to his new position. “The work ethic and professionalism that he has continued to apply is a testament to the success of Power 98,” said Anderson. “I am excited to see him continue to grow in this business. To have his hard work recognized with this promotion is just the continuation of a successful broadcasting career.”
HONORS: WTOP-FM To Receive NAB Esteemed Crystal Heritage Award
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2018 –– The National Association of Broadcasters will honor WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C. with the esteemed NAB Crystal Heritage Award. The award will be presented during the new We Are Broadcasters Celebration, held Tuesday, April 10 during the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The Heritage Award recognizes radio stations that have won a total of five Crystal Radio Awards for exceptional year-round community service efforts. Only six other stations have received this honor in the 31-year history of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards.
“WTOP has served the Washington, DC region for 48 years, and our commitment to the community along the way has never wavered," said Hubbard Radio DC Senior Regional VP Joel Oxley. "We are so proud of our accomplishments both on and off the air, and are honored that this dedication is being rewarded with a coveted NAB Crystal Heritage Award.” Radio stations can submit entries for a Crystal Radio Award until January 31.
NETWORKS: WWO Approaches 900 Mark
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2018 –– Westwood One News is fast approaching the 900 station mark in its first three years on the air. The total station count has dramatically increased for 2018 with recent renewals, new affiliations, and more than 100 Westwood One affiliates converted from CBS News Radio to Westwood One News. The current total number of stations is 875 with many more in the pipeline.
“As the radio landscape changes, Westwood One News is at the vanguard, with a highly in-demand award-winning product that provides national and international coverage and programs customized to accentuate station branding,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “We thank all the affiliates that have driven our explosive growth and for the tremendous feedback. This is unprecedented for a three year-old network that continues to expand its offerings and we look forward to more upcoming big announcements.” Learn more by contacting Jim Jones at email@example.com or (202) 840-7933.
Plus, Wraps Up Grammy's Celebration
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2018 – Music’s Biggest Night® wrapped up a larger-than-life programming lineup in celebration of the GRAMMYs 60th anniversary that reached millions of people on-air, online, and at live events. “We set out to create a very special suite of content this year in honor of the GRAMMYs celebrating, honoring, and sustaining music's past, present, and future for 60 years,” said Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming Cumulus Media and Westwood One. “The fact the show returned to New York City for the first time since 2003 inspired Westwood One to produce a week-long live music performance series hosted by NYC radio stations 95.5 WPLJ and NASH FM 94.7, which ended up being full of surprises and special moments.
Among the many snaps taken include Jayde Donovan from Todd & Jayde Mornings on WPLJ-FM/New York shown top left with the legendary Tony Bennett - Ty Bentli, co-host NASH/Ty, Kelly & Chuck; recording artist Lauren Alaina; Katie Neal, on-air, NASH FM 94.7; Jesse Addy, on-air, NASH FM 94.7 - bottom right, John Kilgo and Shane Owens.
Benztown's Masa Patterson & Wife Katie Welcome Baby Girl Josephine Hope
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2018 –– Masa Patterson, Vice President, Sales and Operations, Benztown, and his wife, Katie, became the parents of a beautiful baby girl named Josephine Hope Patterson last week.
Josephine was born on January 24th in Los Angeles, and weighed in at 7lbs 8oz, and was 20 inches long. She is also welcomed by her big brother, Jude.
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Husband Accused In New Jersey Radio Host's Murder Commits Suicide; Report
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2018 –– The Doctor accused in the 2012 murder of his wife, a former NJ radio host, was reportedly found dead in his jail cell of an apparent suicide last Friday morning reports The Ocean City Patch. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office wrote in a statement, that James Kauffman (TL) had been housed in Hudson County Jail as a result of credible threats to his life." They confirmed that James Kauffman died in an apparent suicide on Friday morning, January 26, 2018. The investigation is continuing and we will have no further comment at this time."
James Kauffman and seven other people were charged in connection with the murder of Kauffman's wife April Kauffman (TR) at the family's home. They also faced conspiracy and racketeering charges. Kauffman faced weapons and obstruction charges after he was arrested in a gun standoff last summer. He had since lost his license to practice medicine. In addition to murder, James Kauffman and the others were charged with racketeering related to the illegal distribution of narcotics through Kauffman's former medical practice.
WEEI Boston Suspends Host Following Remark About Tom Brady's Daughter
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2018 –– Making his weekly appearance on WEEI/Boston's Kirk & Callahan Show this morning, Tom Brady cut his interview short after just more than two minutes, citing his disappointment with comments made by Alex Reimer (TR) Thursday night. According to WEEI, Brady said he was informed of Reimer's reaction to the first episode of "Tom vs. Time" documentary on Facebook which included the WEEI host/WEEI.com writer calling the quarterback's daughter "an annoying little pissant."
"I've tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect," Brady said. "I've always tried to come on and do a good job for you guys. It's very disappointing when you hear that; Certainly my daughter, or any child, certainly doesn't deserve that." The quarterback added, "I really don't have much to say about it this morning." Reimer was informed last Friday he was being handed an indefinite suspension by WEEI, effective immediately. Kirk Minihane said on today's show that Reimer had been suspended for the entire Super Bowl week. Last week, WEEI's parent company Entercom and the Patriots announced a multiyear partnership extension.
Seattle's 94.1 The Sound Adds Delilah To Middays
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2018 –– Entercom has officially announced the addition of Premiere syndicated Delilah to soft rock 94.1 The Sound (KSWD-FM) in Seattle. will be the new midday host of “Delilah on 94.1 The Sound”, which will today, Monday, January 29 and air weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT. As part of the partnership, The Sound will also carry Delilah’s nationally-syndicated nighttime radio program Friday through Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
“Since Delilah is a Seattle local, we had the extraordinary opportunity to welcome her as the new host of middays and evenings on 94.1 The Sound,” said Jack Hutchison, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Seattle. “We are truly lucky to have such a well-recognized personality like Delilah join our team. Along with John Fisher in mornings, we are building something very special for Puget Sound listeners on 94.1 The Sound.” “The relationship I have with Seattle-area listeners has gone on for some 30 years,” said Delilah. “This is a special opportunity - the birth of a great radio station at 94.1 The Sound, and the chance to connect with those listeners both at night and during the day. How fun is that going to be? I’m so looking forward to spending time with my Seattle family.” WATCH HERE The Sound with first announcement on FB.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brian Rooney Named VP/DOS For Entercom New York
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Brian Rooney as Vice President, Director of Sales for Entercom New York. “Brian’s strong leadership and great track record in New York made him the perfect choice to lead our Entercom New York team,” added John Fullam, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New York.
“To come back to brands I love, now under the leadership and direction of Entercom, is a dream come true,” said Rooney. “I’m looking forward to working with this great team again.” Rooney most recently served as Vice President of Sales for Q104.3, WOR and the New York Mets Radio Network from 2015-2017. Prior to that he was Sales Manager for WFAN in New York from 2007-2015.
PROGRAMMING: Entercom Names Vince Richards OM For Sacramento Cluster
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Vince Richards as Operations Manager in Sacramento. Richards will oversee programming duties for the cluster’s six stations: KRXQ-FM, KKDO-FM, KUDL-FM, KSEG-FM, KSFM-FM and KIFM-AM. “We are excited to be partnering with a leader like Vince that can take an already successful group of brands to even greater heights,” said Lance Richard, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Sacramento. “I’m confident that with his experience and vast programming knowledge, our Sacramento stations will continue to shine.”
“Sacramento is one of the crown jewel markets in the company with a tradition of excellence and an incredibly talented and passionate staff,” commented Richards. “Thanks to Pat Paxton, Dave Richards and Lance Richard for passing me the torch and the opportunity to lead this awesome staff.” Richards takes over programming duties from Jim Fox, who was recently named Vice President of Music Programming at Entercom Dallas. Richards has held Operations Manager positions at Entercom Kansas City, as well as at iHeart Media in both Houston and Dallas. He was most recently National Operations Manager at Townsquare Media.
Beasley Launches The MIX 99.5 in Wilmington
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2018 –– Beasley announced the launch of The New MIX 99.5 WJBR-FM in Wilmington, Delaware. The new line-up will consist of the launch of Michael and Jessie In The Morning, featuring the return of Michael Waite with Jessie Micchelli weekday mornings from 5:30am-9:00am.
"After seven years of being away from radio, I look forward to returning to entertaining our incredible listeners and working with Jessie,” said Michael Waite. “I’m beyond thrilled to have Michael Waite as a morning partner and to be spending each morning with the Delaware Valley,” said Jessie Micchelli. Program Director, Rich DeSisto will entertain listeners on the drive home from 3pm-7pm. “It’s an exciting time for the heritage of WJBR as we continue to build on and evolve that brand,” said DeSisto. “It was important for us to continue offering our listeners the very best listening experience available,” said AJ Lurie, Beasley Media Group vice president and market manager of WJBR-FM. “A lot of time and research went into our decision in launching the new format. I couldn’t be more excited as a fan!”
[EVENT] St. Jude Children's Hospital & Cumulus Raise More Than $1 Million
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media expanded its longstanding support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® in December, raising more than $1 million and facilitating St. Jude's new, first-time foray into the classic rock radio station format. The National Cumulus Event encouraged radio listeners to pledge $20 per month to become "Partners In Hope" with St. Jude, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Cumulus Media added more than a dozen classic rock and classic hits stations to several country, gospel and urban adult contemporary outlets already supporting St. Jude and the fight against childhood cancer.
"This year's National Cumulus Event, with its first-time expansion into the classic rock genre, was a clear success. However, Cumulus stations have long been dedicated advocates and supporters of the St. Jude mission, helping to ensure that patients and families never receive a bill from St. Jude for the cost of treatment, travel, housing or food. "Cumulus' main charge is to serve the communities in which we broadcast," said Mike McVay, Executive Vice President of Programming and Content for Cumulus Media. "Sharing St. Jude's message of hope is one of the best ways to do this because the work of the hospital is helping to save kids' lives everywhere." In addition to the radio event, more than 80 country artists supported the St. Jude 'This Shirt Saves Lives' campaign. The social media push and on-air promotion through Country Cares radio partner stations attracted thousands of new Partners In Hope and sustaining donors in support of the life-saving research and treatment being done at St. Jude. Artist and donor social posts can be viewed at www.thisshirtsaveslives.org.
SNAPS: 'LOCK HIM UP': Tommy Sablan To Speak At Correctional Facility
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2018 –– Longtime San Diego producer Tommy Sablan has been selected by TEDxDonovanCorrectional as a featured speaker for its March event: In a release, it says, "Sablan's passion is helping children and young adults make good choices in their lives. He has experienced pain himself but he uses his experience to help others. Tommy grew up with two older brothers who were addicted to heroin. He loved and hated them. He has two older sisters and was raised by a single mom who died from a broken heart after losing two of her sons."
Tommy has a philanthropic spirit and is best known for his "Breaking and Entering Christmas" that has been a San Diego tradition for more than 20 years. Because of this tradition, many families receive generous gifts anonymously. Tommy was the longtime producer of the Jeff and Jer radio show and is the first and only producer in the National Radio Hall of Fame. He celebrates over 10 years of sobriety.
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Garrison Keillor Slams MPRs Handling Of His Sexual Harassment Allegations
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2018 –– Garrison Keillor on Thursday posted a statement to his website calling Minnesota Public Radio’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against him “duplicitous from first to last.” According to Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Keillor again denied accusations brought by a former female employee, which prompted MPR to sever ties with the radio host in November. Keillor faulted MPR management for not seeking his side of the story before making its decision, relying instead on a 12-page letter from the woman’s attorney.
Keillor said the letter misrepresented his relationship with the woman. “Our friendship — which was mutual, reciprocal and respectful — continued in frequent emails about our kids and travel and family things that continued to my last show and beyond,” Keillor wrote. “She signed her emails ‘I love you’ and she asked if her daughter could be hired to work here, and so forth.” “If I am guilty of harassment, then every employee who stole a pencil is guilty of embezzlement,” he added. Keillor’s statement was in response to a letter to MPR members from CEO Jon McTaggart (SEE JL 1/24) defending the company’s decision to end its longstanding relationship with Keillor. McTaggart wrote that MPR’s decision was based on an internal investigation into the accusations, which included “dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents” over a period of years. In an email on Thursday, an MPR spokeswoman declined to comment further. READ STORY HERE
[WATCH] Ryan Cameron Tells Listeners He Leaving Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2018 –– Longtime Atlanta host Ryan Cameron, surprised listeners this morning by announcing he leaving radio to become a partner at a new Atlanta-based branding firm called Rakanter. He made the announcement during his show on V-103, leaving the slot after six years and having first begun on the air here in Atlanta in 1991. “I have done everything I can in this field,” said Cameron. “It’s time for another chapter in my life.”
The AJC's Rodney Ho reports Rakanter founder Peter Sorckoff approached Cameron with this opportunity last year, a chance for the Atlanta native to go in a different career direction, a direction that will enable him to work with major brands such as AT&T, Coca Cola, the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Jets and the Australian rugby team. With his contract up at the end of the month, the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame inductee decided to move on. He said his final day will be Friday, February 2. “What I need to do is better myself,” Cameron said. “I’ve been presented an opportunity to do something a lot of people of color aren’t able to do. That is being brought in on the ground level of a very successful business as a partner. Not an employee but a partner.” Ultimately, he said on air, “I have yacht dreams. So I want you to have yacht dreams.” He added, "My tenure here at V-103 has been the most fulfilling thing I could ever have done but I have to feel there’s something else that I can do.” WATCH HERE
KRVQ-FM Seattle Appoints Lisa Adams As PD
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2018 –– Hubbard Radio Seattle announces the appointment of Lisa Adams as the new Program Director of Country 98.9 (KVRQ- FM). Lisa said, “Country 98.9 is an extremely special radio station for Seattle. To be given this opportunity is beyond my wildest dreams. I am blessed and appreciative for the support and recognition. Thank you to Marc Kaye, Greg Strassell, Ron Harrell, Drew Horowitz, Dave Bestler and Ginny Morris for this amazing opportunity."
Marc Kaye, Market Manager for Hubbard Radio Seattle, said “To be able to hire from within a great company like Hubbard Radio for such an important programming role, is just a dream come true. Lisa and I have only known each other for 14 years so we’ll spend some time getting acquainted.” Lisa was most recently the Marketing Director of sister station WARM 106.9. She was previously O.M. /P.D. of KCIX (Hot AC), KXLT (AC) and KAWO (Country) in Boise Idaho for Townsquare Media. Send Lisa your best wishes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Premiere Network's Sal Cirrincione Scoops Exclusive Interview With Sir Elton John
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2018 –– Sal Cirrincione, Premiere Networks Senior Director of Rock Programming and Specials, attended Sir Elton John’s press conference at Gotham Hall in New York on Wednesday, where the music legend announced his farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. After the press conference, Cirrincione was the only representative for American radio to get a one-on-one interview.
Cirrincione has a long history of reporting on Classic Rock acts for hundreds of stations across the country, and he’s no stranger to the five-time Grammy Award winner, having sat with him on a handful of occasions. Cirrincione spoke to the music icon about his decision to stop touring so he can help raise his two sons, his greatest achievement being his sustained success, and future projects. When asked if there was anything he’d change or do differently, John said he wished he had never come under the spell of drugs and alcohol.
While there’s plenty of time until John ends his Yellow Brick Road farewell tour in 2021, he revealed where he wants it to end: “I want to start in America and end in America because I owe this country so much. I love this country. The Troubadour (in West Hollywood) kickstarted my career in a big way. Without that, you know, I don't know what would have happened. So I'm very grateful to L.A. and I love New York. But I definitely decided that the last show will be in America. My dream show would be at Dodger Stadium because it makes sense.” Affiliates of Premiere Networks and iHeartMedia stations across the country will air highlights from the exclusive interview this week. Pictured: Sal Cirrincione grabs a selfie with Elton John.
EVENTS: R Dub! Launches Second Annual 'Slow Jams 4 Kids' Fund Drive
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2018 –– R Dub!, Creator, Host and Producer of internationally syndicated radio show Sunday Night Slow Jams, and his global charitable initiative, “Slow Jams 4 Kids”, launches its second annual fund drive to raise $10,500. Funds will provide the Aminit Border village in Uganda, Africa with a water well and clean water for the families there.
In partnership with non-profit Water 4 Kids International, “Slow Jams 4 Kids” kicks off its high-impact water relief fund drive today, January 26, 2018, with the debut of this video: www.slowjams4kids.com. The six-week long fund drive will continue through Friday, March 9. A new offering this year: R Dub! and Benztown will make a $1,000 donation to the fund drive for every radio station that adds Sunday Night Slow Jams to its programming lineup between Friday, January 26, and Friday March 9.
To donate to Water 4 Kids International and to “Slow Jams 4 Kids” please visit: www.slowjams4kids.com. Last year, R Dub!, together with his listeners, friends and colleagues in the U.S. radio industry, raised $10,500 in just 26 hours in the first-ever “Slow Jams 4 Kids” campaign and as a result, celebrated the delivery of a water well and clean water to Nyakoi Akuoro Village in Northeastern Uganda on March 30, 2017. WATCH VIDEO HERE
SNAPS: WPLJ New York Hosts Hangin' With Stars During Grammy Week
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2018 – Westwood One continues its week-long series of live musical performances and interviews in celebration of its partnership with the Recording Academy and the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Country singer and songwriter Jessie Chris will meet, greet, and perform today, followed by an afternoon performance with Interscope / Mercury Nashville Country singer and songwriter Lauren Alaina, and an evening performance from R&B musician, singer-songwriter and record producer PJ Morton. Yesterday, DCD2 and CRUSH Music’s pop/soul singer MAX entertained a lucky group of 95.5 WPLJ listeners with an intimate interview with station on-air personalities Jayde Donovan and Race Taylor, followed by a live performance. Shown left is Donavan with Max.
Plus, Impromptu Detroit Radio Reunion
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2018 –– Say the word reunion and radio's best friend Art Vuolo quickly comes to mind. Add the word Detroit and then add pizza. And just any pizza, but pizza from Buddy's. The photo above was the scene of this impromptu lunch of nine Detroit radio luminaries. The restaurant will likely never be the same!
Shown above, L-R Front: Big Al Muskovitz, Kevin O’Neill, Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor, Dick Purtan Back: Art Vuolo, Milton Feldman, Terry Bommarito-Holmes, Mike Seltzer and Dick Kernen - PHOTO/Art Vuolo
Midwest Communications Terre Haute Now 'Looking For Great Personalities'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2018 – It’s called the “Crossroads of America." Terre Haute, Indiana, home to the Indiana State Sycamores and the great Country giant, WTHI, HI-99; CHR powerhouse, WMGI, Mix 100.7; The Valley’s Greatest Hits 102.7 WBOW; Classic Rock WWVR, 98.5 The River and The Talk Station 97.9 WIBQ. They are looking for great personalities to join itsr Terre Haute winning team of stations.
Key skills required include a fun, well prepped show, public appearance skills, social media talent, production and the ability to create ideas. All of these great stations are owned and operated by Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications. Midwest Communications is a privately owned company which offers a competitive compensation package and full benefits. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required. Please send audio and resume to: STEVE.CANNON@MWCRADIO.COM or send by mail to: Steve Cannon, Operations Manager, Midwest Communications, 925 Wabash Avenue, Suite 300, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807. No calls please.
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Music Modernization Act 'Will Almost Certainly Result In Unjustifiable Cost Increases For Radio' Says NAB's Smith
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2018 –– The Music Modernization Act was introduced yesterday in the Senate, co-sponsored by Senators from both parties that calls for a blanket mechanical license to be administered by a new yet-to-be-created agency reports Billboard. It's intended to benefit both music publishers and songwriters as well as digital services. In the Senate, the bill was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT - TL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN - 2nd from L), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI - 3rd from L); and co-sponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL - 3rd from R), Bob Corker (R-TN - 2nd from R), Lamar (D-DE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA TR), and Doug Jones (D-AL not shown).
Following the introduction, BMI president and CEO Mike O’Neill (L) issued a statement saying, while there is still more to do to protect the value of artist performance rights, the new bill “goes a long way” toward ensuring songwriters and composers receive fair compensation for their creative work.
In response to yesterday's introduction, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said, "Compromise on music licensing has long proved elusive, and these lawmakers have carefully crafted legislation that benefits all of those parties. "Unfortunately, the current bill text includes unrelated provisions that will almost certainly result in unjustifiable cost increases for local radio and TV broadcasters and many other music licensees, for whom the rest of the legislation is largely irrelevant. NAB has been diligently working with the bill sponsors and other stakeholders to resolve those concerns, and we sincerely appreciate the shared commitment to finding a workable solution.”
E.W. Scripps Puts Radio Stations Up For Sale
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 208 –– E.W. Scripps says in a release its creating a stronger, more streamlined and higher-performing company through comprehensive restructuring and cost reductions expected to yield more than $30 million in annual cost savings. The company also plans to sell its 34 radio stations and has retained Kalil & Co., Inc. to handle the process.
“Today, Scripps is a dynamic leader in the media industry through its strong local TV station portfolio, its growing multicast network, its national news network and its podcasting business,” Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson (R) said. “The enterprise-wide restructuring positions us well for continued growth while maintaining high-quality journalism as our central focus.”
During third-quarter 2017, the company began its restructuring work with a $2.4 million restructuring charge. The company will take a restructuring charge of $2 million in the fourth quarter, estimates a $4 million charge in the first quarter and expects to take smaller quarterly charges into 2019. The annual cost savings are driven by reductions in head count and operating expenses over the next 12-18 months.
NewsRadio 106.7 Atlanta Rebrands As Talk 106.7
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2018 –– NewsRadio 106.7 Atlanta has shifted to the new Talk 106.7. The AJC's Rodney Ho suggests the move will likely offer a hipper, younger, more assertive sound than its news/talk rivals. “We’re branding it as a talk station and pounding that home,” said Sean Shannon, market manager for Cumulus Atlanta, which also includes Q100, Kicks 101.5, OG 97.9, 99X and Rock 100.5. “It’s an attitude with board operations and productions and sales staff and marketing people. It’s an attitude in the building we have to have in order to go and do great radio.” The 106.7 signal has gone through multiple lives. Shannon adds, “Technology has changed. There are already three strong news brands in town. It was a worthy experiment but by the time I got here in 2015, it was fairly clear there wasn’t an appetite for all news in this market.”
The Current lineup features Shannon Burke and Kim “The Kimmer” Peterson among others. “The whole concept is personality-driven radio,” said the new program director Tom Lee, who has been in sports and news talk radio for 25 years in different markets including Los Angeles and Dallas. “People can get news anywhere. They can’t get Shannon or the Kimmer. Our goal is to have four morning shows one after another.” “We appeal to a lot of people,” Shannon said. “There’s little dogma. Arguments are more friendly discourse.” The station in 2017 finished with its strongest ratings in its history in its news/talk incarnation.
SYNDICATION: Alpha To Syndicate The Markley & Van Camp Show Through Compass Media
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2018 –– Alpha Media has signed with Compass to handle syndication for its Markley and Van Camp Show beginning April 2. Airing from 9am-12pm PT, is currently heard on WMBD-AM/Peoria IL, WFTL-AM/West Palm Beach, KFOR-AM/Lincoln NE, KFQD-AM/Anchorage AK, KOKC-AM/Oklahoma City, WBRP-FM/Baton Rouge and most notably KXL-FM/Portland OR.
Alpha Media Executive VP/Content Scott Mahalick commented, "Jamie Markley and Dave Van Camp are rock stars. They are different from other News-Talk shows. Our goal was to end up as the new face of NT Radio to give the format something fresh and different, and MVC bring it every day." Compass Media Networks Founder/CEO Peter Kosann added, "Thank you Alpha Media for developing MVC! Markley & Van Camp bring a unique mix of humor and fun to current events that will retain core talk-radio listeners while gaining the hearts and minds of millennials searching for compelling daytime entertainment."
Longtime Detroit Host Doug 'The Doc' Podell Lands At 93.1 NASH
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2018 –– Following Lisa Orlando's move to Cumulus sister-station, 96.3 WDVD, longtime Detroit host Doug Podell has moved in to fill the slot. According to Crains Detroit, Podell's first show on the country station will be at 7 p.m. Saturday live from the Chevrolet display at the Auto Show. He'll then take over Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Podell's radio career in Detroit back to 1976, with his most recent stint at WCSX 94.7 FM. He handled programming duties and hosted on the classic rock station before exiting in November. Nash FM is owned by Atlanta-based Cumulus Media
Entercom's WEEI Boston Inks Multi-Year Extension With New England Patriots
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 208 –– The New England Patriots and Entercom have announced a multi-year partnership extension. The agreement includes broadcasting rights of “Patriots Monday” and “Patriots Friday,” headlined by five-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, as well as the Patriots’ five-time Super Bowl champion Head Coach Bill Belichick on WEEI Sports Radio Network. “Entercom is enthusiastic of and committed to its role as the nation’s premiere sports audio producer,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming, Entercom. “Continuing this winning combination of WEEI and the Patriots, one of Entercom’s over 40 professional team partnerships, is a strong sign of that commitment and passion to our listeners.”
“Continuity is one of the keys to the Kraft family’s success, and we are proud to have partnered with WEEI for more than two decades to broadcast Patriots Monday and more recently the addition of Patriots Friday,” said New England Patriots Vice President of Corporate Sales Murray Kohl. “We are happy to extend our agreement with WEEI and look forward to many more years of success together.”
The partnership between the Patriots and WEEI began in 1995 with “Patriots Monday” and expanded to include “Patriots Friday” during the 2008 season. The fan-favorite Patriots programming ensures Tom Brady’s appearance on WEEI for years to come.
NETWORKS: FSR Covers SB Lll All Week
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2018 –– For the 18th straight year, FOX Sports Radio will offer one-stop coverage of the Super Bowl during the week leading up to the Big Game. Broadcasting across a network of more than 400 station in the U.S., as well as FOXSportsRadio.com and iHeartRadio, the network will transport fans to the center of the action in Minneapolis, Minn. from January 29 - February 2, with live, on-location programming featuring interviews with NFL athletes, coaches, newsmakers and celebrities.
As part of FOX Sports Radio’s continuous coverage of Super Bowl 52, Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis, The Doug Gottlieb Show and J.T. The Brick will broadcast live from the NFL Media Center at the Mall of America. DIRECTV’s The Dan Patrick Show and The Rich Eisen Show will broadcast live from downtown Minneapolis overlooking U.S. Bank Stadium. Keep up with all the great Super Bowl guests, opinions and predictions, and listen online or find your affiliate at www.FOXSportsRadio.com and iHeartRadio. Follow FOX Sports Radio on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For affiliations, please call Kurt Kretzschmar at 602-374-6351.
Kennedy Molloy Go National In Australia
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2018 –– The Triple M network’s afternoon Drive show debuted this week. Long time friends Jane Kennedy and Mick Molloy reunited for ‘the new way to drive home in 2018.’ Molloy joins the show after spending the last seven years on Melbourne’s #1 rating FM breakfast show The Hot Breakfast. The show is airing on Triple M in all capital cities and over 30 other markets, with Kennedy Molloy having gone for a test run from October, 2017 in Melbourne. Read more HERE
Irish Radio Stations Pay Tribute To Dolores O'Riordan - When Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer with The Cranberries, was laid to rest this week at midday all the independent stations in the country played The Cranberries' 1996 hit When You're Gone.
Christian O’Connell Is Leaving Absolute And Leaving Britain - Christian O’Connell, is leaving Absolute Radio after a 12-year stint in mornings. He announced the news on-air, confirming he’s leaving the UK for a new adventure. He didn’t say where he was going but it’s believed he’s got a new radio show in Australia. His co-host Richie Firth will remain part of the Absolute Radio family, the station says.
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EVENT: 106.5 The Arch St. Louis Presents 'Girl Power Night' Concert - WATCH
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2018 –– A Girl’s Night done right! boasted the release. They will be dancing and celebrating all the hits from your favorite female stars from the past few decades with Girl Power Night, presented by 106.5 The Arch on March 3, 2018!
Girl Power Night plays tribute to everything from Britney to P!nk to Spice Girls and everything in between; we will be singing every girl’s anthem all night long! WATCH HERE
Elton John Ending Tours; Drew Carey Bowled Over
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MPR Reveals New Details In Garrison Keillor Firing
Allegations Extended Well Beyond A Single Touch
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2018 –– As it turns out, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) ended its association with "Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor over not one, but 'multiple accusations of sexual misconduct' by a woman (whose name has been kept private) who had worked on the show said the network's president on Tuesday.
In a posting on MPR's website, the company's President, Jon McTaggart (L), said that an October 22, 2017 letter to MPR from the woman's attorney that "described dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents directed at her client over a period of years." "In fact, the woman’s attorney presented us with a 12-page letter detailing many of the alleged incidents, including excerpts of emails and written messages, requests for sexual contact and explicit descriptions of sexual communications and touching. Because of the serious and sensitive nature of the allegations, we decided to undertake an independent investigation and we told Garrison that we were doing so."
After MPR terminated Keillor last November, he told The Minneapolis Star Tribune in an email that the incident involved him inadvertently putting his hand on a woman's bare back, for which he said he had apologized.
PROGRAMMING: Kevin Callahan Inks Multi-Year Extension With Entercom San Diego Cluster
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2018 –– Entercom San Diego announced yesterday that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Kevin Callahan as Market OM over its San Diego cluster and Padres Radio Network. For the past several years, Kevin served as OM over KSON, KBZT and KXSN. Following the company's merger with CBS Radio it added KyXy and KEGY to the cluster.
Entercom San Diego Market Manager, Bob Bolinger commented, “I’m thrilled Kevin will be leading our operations for many years to come. He is truly one of the elite broadcasters in America, who I’m confident will help us achieve record ratings and financial success.” Callahan added, “Many thanks to Bob Bolinger, Pat Paxton and David Field for believing in me and giving me the tremendous opportunity in one of the most beautiful cities in America."
Lauren Sivan Joins Dr. Drew As Co-Host On KABC-LA
To Simulcast On News Talk KGO 810 San Francisco
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2018 – Cumulus Media announces that Los Angeles television anchor, reporter and pop culture observer, Lauren Sivan, joined nationally known medical expert and media personality Dr. Drew Pinsky as Co-Host of the daily News Talk radio show, Dr. Drew Midday Live with Lauren Sivan. The three-hour program debuted this week and airs live Monday through Friday from 12Noon-3pm on Cumulus Media-Los Angeles News Talk station Talk Radio 790/KABC Radio and from 1pm-3pm in a live simulcast on Cumulus Media-San Francisco News Talk station KGO 810.
Sivan has made regular appearances on KABC Radio as fill-in co-host with Dr. Drew (in Middays) and John Phillips (in Afternoon Drive), and has anchored the news in Morning Drive on McIntyre in the Morning. She also hosted a “KABC Friday Night Special” in 2016. Sivan previously anchored the KTTV FOX 11 5 O'Clock News in Los Angeles, and reported for FOX 11 and for Good Day LA. Slivan began her broadcast news career in 2003 as morning anchor and reporter for WETM-18 News in Elmira, NY. Two years later she was hired in her hometown as evening anchor for News 12 Long Island and in 2008 she became the overnight, breaking news anchor for the FOX News Channel in New York City. She has reported for FOX News Channel shows including The FOX Report with Shepard Smith and On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, hosted The Strategy Room on Foxnews.com, and has been a regular panelist on the FOX News Channel’s late night show Red Eye.
Amanda Burd Takes Middays And APD Posts At KBEB Sacramento
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2018 –– iHeart Sacramento announced that Amanda Burd has been named Assistant Program Director and Midday Host for KBEB 92.5 FM The Bull in Sacramento. Burd will report to Bryan “B-Dub” Washington, Program Director for 92.5 The Bull.
“Amanda is someone I met almost six years ago and was inspired to get into radio,” said Washington. “I’ve watched her grow and develop over the last few years and she is ready for a large market opportunity. It’s rare that you find someone with the amount of talent and passion that she has.” Burd joins 92.5 The Bull from KDUK-FM in Eugene, OR, where she served as Morning Co-Host and Promotions Director.
NETWORKS: Salem Radio Network & ABC News Radio To Cover Trump's 1st SOTU
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2018 –– Next Tuesday (January 30th) the Salem Radio Network will broadcast President Trump's 2018 State of the Union message live from Capitol Hill beginning at 9PM Eastern , anchored by SRN News White House correspondent Greg Clugston.
Like many media outlets, SRN had a bumpy start with Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign and the candidate literally showed the network's V.P./News and Talk Programming Tom Tradup (TR) where to door was when he didn't like a question about Trump's tax returns at a GOP debate in Las Vegas.
- ABC News Radio will provide a special one hour program titled, “Preview to the State of the Union,” at 8:06 p.m., ET and live coverage of the president’s address with Anchor Aaron Katersky and Correspondents Karen Travers from the White House and Stephanie Ramos from the Capitol, as well as analysis by Klein and Contributors Steve Roberts and Castellanos. ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, will provide live coverage of the State of the Union with Correspondents Serena Marshall and Lana Zak from Capitol Hill, as well as analysis from Correspondent Karen Travers and Klein for more than 200 ABC affiliates and international news partners.
WWO With Extended SB 2018 Coverage
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 208 –– Westwood One will present comprehensive coverage of Super Bowl LII, live from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (shown), Minnesota on Sunday, February 4, 2018. The network will feature a full schedule of game day programming leading up to kickoff, when the defending champion New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles for the title. The Patriots will try to become the first repeat champions since they won Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX back-to-back. The Eagles are trying to win the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
This is the 31st consecutive year and the 45th time overall Westwood One will broadcast the Super Bowl, America’s biggest sporting event. Beginning at 5:00 pm ET, 2017 National Sportscaster of the Year Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason bring listeners live game coverage from Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium. This is Harlan’s eighth Super Bowl with the network. It also marks Esiason’s 18th Super Bowl for Westwood and 19th overall. With this game, Boomer Esiason will now have broadcast more Super Bowls than any other analyst in NFL history. Jim Gray will anchor the pregame and halftime coverage, with appearances by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and New England quarterback Tom Brady. Scott Graham, and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner will also contribute to the pregame show coverage.The broadcast will also be heard worldwide via the American Forces Radio Network. Get more info at westwoodonesports.com. PHOTO/usbankstadium
PRODUCTS: Futuri Launches Ad Network
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2018 –– Futuri Media announced a new streaming ad sales network and suite of ad insertion and monetization services that provide clients flexible and turnkey options for generating revenue with digital content. The core of the offering is the Futuri Ad Network, which enables broadcasters to monetize their digital content seamlessly by leveraging Futuri's national ad sales resources. Clients of Futuri Streaming and POST, Futuri's on-demand audio platform, will now have three new options for monetizing their audio content: 100% turnkey: The new Futuri Ad Network sells audio and video pre-roll and mid-roll inventory and pays publishers their share of network ad revenue. Managed ad ops: Broadcasters can submit pre-roll and mid-roll insertion orders, which always have first priority. Start orders are managed for the station, reducing the workload at the station. Any unsold inventory is monetized through the Futuri Ad Network.
"Futuri's broadcast partners create high-quality content every day. The audio and video streaming ad market are growing, and we feel it's more important than ever to be an advocate for our partners in matching their content with revenue opportunities. The Futuri Ad Network provides flexible, turnkey options for broadcasters to generate digital revenue with their existing content, no matter how they're staffed or what their immediate needs are," said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. "We're excited to provide yet another way for our partners to use Futuri's SaaS technology solutions to drive revenue growth in 2018 and beyond." For more information on Futuri Media's new ad insertion and monetization capabilities, reach out to 877.221.7979 x2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENT: Beasley Fayetteville Fights Opioid Crisis
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2018 –– Beasley announced that the company’s Fayetteville radio cluster, in collaboration with Cape Fear Valley Health, will present Fayetteville Fights Back to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic. The uninterrupted commercial-free hour live simulcast, featuring experts from the front lines, will take place on Tuesday, January 30th from 5-6pm. 95.7 WKML, Foxy 99.1, BOB 96.5, 107.7 Jamz and Sunny 94.3 will break from regularly scheduled programming during afternoon drive to address this important issue. Beasley Media Group Fayetteville on air personalities will moderate the simulcast. In addition, Beasley Media Group Fayetteville stations will list resources on their websites and feature frequently asked questions from listeners throughout the broadcast as well as join the conversation via Facebook Live via Cape Fear Valley’s Facebook page.
“It's our job as broadcasters to inform our local community and with the high rate of opioid abuse in North Carolina, we felt very strongly about being involved in this cause,” said Erika Beasley, vice-president and market manager of the Fayetteville radio cluster. “While we can’t solve the problem in one hour, we can definitely start the conversation.” “The opioid epidemic cuts across all races, ages and socio-economic lines…so does this broadcast,” said Darvin Jones, community health coordinator at Cape Fear Valley Health.
Oscar Surprises & Snubs; Judge Judy Being Sued
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Ellen K Named Voice Of The 2018 Grammy's For 8th Year In A Row
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2018 –– Ellen K, host of the top-rated “Ellen K Morning Show” on iHeartMedia’s KOST 103.5, has been selected as the voice of the 60th GRAMMY Music Awards®. This is the eighth time Ellen K has voiced the Grammy’s. The announcement was made today by talent and content management company Workhouse Media. “I couldn't be more excited to return in 2018 and celebrate 60 years of honoring the best of the best in music through so many amazing performances. I know the entire GRAMMY team is gearing up for a spectacular night,” K said.
Paul Anderson, Workhouse Media’s Principal and CEO, added, “Ellen K’s energy, elegance, and first-in-class presentation is welcomed once again to voice music’s biggest night.” In addition to the Grammy’s, Ellen K’s credits include the OSCARS®, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the international hit program My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding on TLC, as well as the voice and co-producer of Hatched on The CW. Ellen also makes regular appearances on The Talk on CBS. Hosted by James Corden, the 60th GRAMMY Awards will air live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, on January 28, at 7:30 p.m.
PROGRAMMING: Kenny Jay Takes Over PD Reins At US99 Chicago
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Kenny Jay has been named Program Director of US*99 (WUSN-FM). Jay will oversee programming for the country outlet and report directly to Todd Cavanah, Vice President of Programming, Entercom Chicago. Cavanah will continue as Program Director of B96 (WBBM-FM) and the newly launched Jams 104.3 FM (WBMX-FM). “Kenny has extensive knowledge of the country music market and I’m confident that with him on board, US*99 will continue as the number one choice for Chicago country music fans,” said Jimmy de Castro, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Chicago.
“US*99 is legendary and I am thrilled to be part of this team of talented individuals,” remarked Jay. “I’m thankful for the opportunity and look forward to taking on this new role.” Prior to joining US*99, Jay was the Program Director for KMPS-FM in Seattle. In 2012, Jay joined KMNB-FM in Minneapolis as Assistant Program Director and was later elevated to Program Director in 2014.
ON-AIR: Tamara G To Co-Host Mornings At 101.5 LITE FM Miami; WXOS St. Louis Extends Bernie Miklasz; Adds Michelle Smallmon To Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2018 –– Entercom 101.5 LITE FM (WLYF-FM) Miami announced that veteran South Florida radio personality Tamara Gant, known as “Tamara G.,” joined Julie Guy as co-host of the “The 101.5 LITE FM Morning Show with Julie and Tamara G.” “We are incredibly excited to partner with Tamara G. and bring back together two of South Florida’s most popular radio personalities,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom. “Their chemistry is unmatched and our listeners will benefit from a fun, family-friendly morning show every morning.”
“This has been a long time coming and I can't wait to work with my friend Julie again,” commented Tamara G. “South Florida, get ready to have fun again with your two favorite girls in the morning and thanks to Keriann Worley and Program Director Andy Holt for making it happen.” “I’m overjoyed to be reuniting with my long-lost radio co-host and cannot wait to get started,” added Julie. “We’re getting the band back together and taking the 101.5 LITE FM morning show to new heights.” Tamara G. and Julie Guy previously hosted a popular morning show on WFLC in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale market.
-- ESPN Program Director Chris “Hoss” Neupert, WXOS St. Louis has signed Bernie Miklasz (R) to a long-term agreement to extend his contract to host “The Bernie Miklasz Show”. Bernie Miklasz has been a Sports Commentator, Guest Analyst and Show Host on 101 ESPN since (2009). Joining the show will be Michelle Smallmon (FR) who returns to 101 ESPN on Monday, January 29th after more than two years at ESPN’s National Headquarters & Studios in Bristol, Connecticut. During her time at the ESPN “mothership”, Smallmon began as a producer for the weekday evening radio show called “Jorge & Jen”, broadcast nationally on www.espnradio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn. When she departed ESPN, Smallmon was producing the successful “Ryen Rusillo Show” on the ESPN radio network
EXECUTIVE ACTION: John David Plans Transition At NAB; Laurie Kahn & Media Staffing Network Celebrate 25th Anniversary
JOHN DAVID PLANS TRANSITION AT NAB John David John David WASHINGTON, DC -- NAB announced today that John David, executive vice president of NAB Radio, will move from his day-to-day role as head of the NAB Radio Department on February 1. NAB has retained David to serve as Senior Advisor to NAB, according to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.
“John David has been an ambassador without peer for radio broadcasting, and we’re delighted he’s taking on new duties for NAB,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “Our affection for John is matched only by the value that he brings as a unifying voice for all radio broadcasters.” David joined NAB in 1989 as vice president of NAB Broadcaster Congressional Relations
--Today, January 23rd, marks a pivotal day for Laurie Kahn (TR) and the Media Staffing Network team as they celebrate the firm’s 25th Corporate Anniversary. As we’re sure you’re aware, Laurie is intricately involved in all aspects of media. Not only finding, placing and training professionals, but also writing educational articles, speaking to associations and - importantly - taking time to help when asked & mentoring those coming up behind her. We are honored to be working with Media Staffing Network during the celebration of this significant corporate milestone, and we so very proud of Laurie for the successful business that she has built.
PODCASTS: Premiere And Buck Sexton Launch History-Themed 'Shields High' Podcast
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 208 –– Premiere Networks and Buck Sexton, host of the syndicated talk radio program The Buck Sexton Show, announced the launch of a new, history-themed podcast, Shields High. Available now on iHeartRadio, the original podcast hosted by Sexton explores the epic struggles that could have extinguished the Western world as we know it.
“Premiere Networks is dedicated to providing audiences with a wide variety of audio content and programming across multiple platforms, so we’re excited to partner with Buck on this new podcast showcasing his passion for history and story-telling,” said Julie Talbott, Premiere Networks President. “We think listeners will enjoy hearing Buck share these epic tales of the quest for freedom and knowledge, which continue to influence the world we live in.” iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service, produces more than 525 original and branded podcasts. These originals span 18 different categories, from business and sports to science and entertainment, and are a natural extension for iHeartMedia’s and Premiere Network’s on-air personalities.
Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to Shields High on your favorite device now. The podcast is also available for download across various other podcast platforms
PRODUCTS: Radio Express Teams With IDB For New Product
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2018 –– Radio Express has partnered with iDB Technologies to offer its international radio partners a new digital lead generation system that captures verified listener data and drives social engagement and digital revenue. Through iDB Technologies’ vibrant social contesting platform, the system’s Facebook app harnesses radio’s reach to exponentially grow an intelligent database of raving and engaged fans. In addition, iDB Technologies offers unprecedented sales support and training that enables stations to leverage this connectivity and maximize digital revenue.
Jessica D’Agostin, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Radio Express, said: “Radio is the medium with the largest reach, and Facebook is the most popular social media platform among radio listeners by far, so our clients are poised to see tremendous results with iDB Technologies’ lead generation system. We are thrilled to partner with iDB Technologies, and we look forward to working with radio stations around the world to grow their databases, expand their reach, engage their listeners and drive digital dollars.” For more information about Radio Express, visit www.radioexpress.com or contact Jessica D’Agostin, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Radio Express, at (818) 295-5800, ext. 238 or at Jessica@radioexpress.com.
KDAL-FM Duluth Searching For Morning Co-Host
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2018 –– Midwest Communications, KDAL -FM (My 95.7) Duluth has a great opportunity to join its team as morning show co- host. They say you must be compelling, interactive, organized, have social media skills , and be able to appeal to the 25- 54 year old female. My 95.7 is an AC powered by a 100kw FM serving the Twin Ports region. Duluth, on the shores of Lake Superior often voted as one of the best outdoor cities has tons of outdoor activities and is also a great place to raise a family. MWC offers a competitive ve salary as well as full benefits. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required for this position.
Send your materials to Rich Cannata at email@example.com or mail to KDAL -FM , c/o Rich Cannata, 11 East Superior Street – Suite 380, Duluth, MN 55802. Privately owned, Midwest Communications is proud to be an equal opportunity employer by choice.
iHeart Holds First-Ever Alternative Rock ALTer Ego Concert At The Forum In LA
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2018 –– The first ever iHeartRadio ALTer Ego wrapped up last Friday evening with unforgettable performances from Mumford & Sons, Cage The Elephant, Beck, Spoon, WALK THE MOON, The National, Dashboard Confessional and AJR at the Forum in Los Angeles, California. The event also included special guest appearances by Sarah Hyland, Bella Thorne, Darren Criss, CHVRCHES, Jana Kramer, Wells Adams, Chris Harrison, Vanessa Grimaldi and Annaliese Puccini and broadcasted live across over 60 Alternative and Rock iHeartRadio stations.
iHeartRadio ALTer EGO is the newest in iHeartMedia's roster of major concert events, which includes the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartSummer’17 Weekend by AT&T; the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour; the iHeartCountry Festival; the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina; and the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which generated 165 billion social media impressions. iHeartRadio ALTer EGO is an iHeartMedia PHOTO/Getty Images for iHeartRadio
Irish Radio Stations Join For Tribute To Dolores O'Riordan
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[LISTEN] Don Imus Announces He's Ending His Radio Show On March 29th
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2018 –– While no official word from Cumulus Media, owners of 77WABC New York, legendary host Don Imus announced on today's show that he plans to end his radio career in March reports Mediaite. "March 29th, 2018, will be the last ‘Imus in the Morning Program.,' Imus said. While indicating this wasn't necessarity his decision, he praised Cumulus officials such as Mary Berner, Mike McVay and others during this transition.
Imus has been with WABC Radio in New York since 2007. Except for a two year hiatus in the late 70s, Imus has had a continuous presence on New York airwaves since 1971. LISTEN HERE
STUDY: Smart Speaker Owners Spend 1 Hour And 51 Minutes Daily With AM/FM
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Debunking the latest myth that smart speakers are killing AM/FM radio, Westwood One's Pierre Bouvard turned to Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” in his latest blog which showed that among 2,000 respondents who kept a 24-hour diary to record audio usage they found that all American smart speaker owners spend 1 hour and 51 minutes a day with AM/FM radio. That's virtually identical to all daily total U.S. AM/FM radio time spent of 1 hour and 53 minutes.
AM/FM radio average daily reach is identical among smart speaker owners and all Americans. In a typical day, 71% of smart speaker owners listen to AM/FM radio. Total U.S. AM/FM radio daily reach? 71%. Identical. AM/FM radio usage among smart speaker owners and the total U.S. is the same. See complete blog HERE
PROGRAMMING: ALT LA's VPP Lisa Worden Expands Duties
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that recently appointed Vice President of Programming for Alt 98.7 LA’s New Alternative in Los Angeles, Lisa Worden, will expand her role and now oversee all programming for ALT 98.7 as Program Director.In addition, Worden will continue as Alternative Rock Brand Manager for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group.
“Having Lisa’s wealth of programming experience now available to us as a resource, it made logical sense for her to take a much more active role in the day-to-day as the PD of Alt 98.7 and we look forward to tapping into her skills,” said Andrew Jeffries Executive Vice President, West Division for iHeartMedia. “Her relationships within the industry combined with her knowledge of the format, specifically Los Angeles, will help accelerate the growth, of an already very successful station, into 2018.” Worden recently joined iHeartMedia in November 2017 as Vice President of Programming for ALT 98.7 and Alternative Rock Brand Manager for the company’s National Programming Group. Worden brings over two decades of Alternative Rock programming experience to iHeartMedia, prior to joining iHeartMedia she was the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for KROQ-FM in Los Angeles. In 2003, Worden spent two years as the Program Director for WHFS-FM in Washington, DC before returning to KROQ-FM in 2005.
Sean Stewart Named PD And Host Of New Morning Show At Rock 105 Chattanooga
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Entercom has named Sean Stewart Program Director and host of the new morning show “Rock 105 Mornings With Sean Stewart” on Rock 105 (WRXR-FM) effective today, January 22nd. The new local morning show will air from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
“Delivering live local audio content to our communities is a top priority and we’re excited to be going live in the mornings again,” said Nichole Hartman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom. “Sean is a talented and driven personality and we know he will take Rock 105 to the next level.”
“Entercom is a great company who believes in the power of local radio and it feels good to be back and ROCKING,” said Stewart. “This role is a huge opportunity and I’m excited to bring new life into Chattanooga’s best rock band.” Stewart was previously the Music Director for crosstown Top 40 WDOD-FM.
Mercedes & JC Extend With Mix 'Vegas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2018 –– As Jockline first let out of the bag earlier this month (JL 1/11), it's now official, Entercom has announced a multiyear agreement with Mercedes Martinez and JC Fernandez, hosts of the MIX 94.1 Las Vegas morning show. “‘Mercedes in the Morning” is an integral part of the Las Vegas community’s mornings and we are proud to continue our partnership with the iconic Mercedes and JC for the years to come,” said Dan Kearney, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom. “Both bring an exciting energy to Mix 94.1 and we are looking forward to seeing them take the show to new heights.”
“I’m thrilled to continue waking up Las Vegas on Mix 94.1.When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like a job,” said Martinez. “It truly has been the honor of a lifetime and I’m so grateful to continue working with a great company, station and my incredible co-host JC.” “I am beyond excited to be able to continue to work at the radio station I love and in the city I call home,” added Fernandez. “I have the best job in the world! I get to work with my best friend every day and talk to listeners I consider family.”
NETWORKS: Kelly Clarkson & Midland Among Artists To Perform During WWO Grammy Celebration Week
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Westwood One is the official radio broadcast partner of the Recording Academy and the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® In honor of Music’s Biggest Night®, Westwood One celebrates its partnership with the Recording Academy and the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® with a week-long series of live musical performances and interviews leading up to Music’s Biggest Night®.
Thirteen intimate performances for passionate music lovers and dedicated station listeners will take place live from the Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17, in the heart of the action high atop the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City, home of the GRAMMYs 60th Anniversary Award Show on Sunday, January 28, 2017 airing at 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT. Among the many stars performing are Cody Simpson Wed, January 24, 1:00 pm ET: Logan Henderson 4:00 pm ET: Shane Owens Thu, January 25, 1:00 pm ET: MAX 5:00 pm ET: Marshmello Fri, January 26, 1:00 pm ET: Jessie Chris 4:00 pm ET: Lauren Alaina 9:30 pm ET: PJ MORTON Sat, January 27, 1:00 pm ET: Midland 4:00 pm ET and Kelly Clarkson - PHOTO/Atlantic Records
CONDOLENCES: WTVN Columbus' Host John Corby Passes Away Unexpectedly At 61
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Longtime WTVN/Columbus' time afternoon host John Corby died unexpectedly Saturday morning, January 20th. He was 61. John was a staple of Columbus radio for over 30 years started as WNCI’s News Director and morning show co-host and then was a personality on 610 WTVN from 1984-1994 before he left for KDKA in Pittsburgh. He returned to 610 WTVN in 1997 in his current position as afternoon host. “Corby”, as most people called him, was famous for his ‘regular guy’ approach, dry wit, and popular bits like The Big Bass Brothers and Billy Ray Vulgar.
iHeartMedia Columbus President Brian Dytko said, “We are beyond saddened with the sudden passing of John Corby. John was a special talent and a one of a kind broadcaster. He touched the lives of so many WTVN listeners in Central Ohio. John was not only a great broadcaster, but a great friend to many of us. His familiar voice, charm, and companionship every afternoon will be missed.” In addition to the thousands of loyal WTVN listeners, John leaves behind his wife, daughter, sister and his mother and father.
BFOA Sets Up Edward F. McLaughlin Memorial Fund
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2018 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America has established the Edward F. McLaughlin Memorial Fund to honor the iconic broadcaster who passed away last Friday, 1/19, at the age of 91 in Palm Beach, FL. McLaughlin was at the helm of ABC Radio Network for many years and is widely recognized as the man who discovered Rush Limbaugh, which led to the revitalization of AM Radio and the news/talk format. McLaughlin was a longtime Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation and held the title of Chairman Emeritus at the time of his passing. Earlier last week, the Broadcasters Foundation announced McLaughlin as the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The Board of Directors and I are saddened at this tremendous loss to our industry and grateful for Ed’s years of service to the Broadcasters Foundation,” stated Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “Ed believed in giving back to the profession that he loved and helping those among us who need it the most.” A life-long broadcaster, McLaughlin founded EFM Media Management in 1987 and syndicated The Dr. Dean Edell Show. Shortly thereafter, he launched the national syndication of local Sacramento radio host Rush Limbaugh, which led to the revitalization of AM radio and the news/talk format. To donate to the Edward F. McLaughlin Memorial Fund, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Spotify To Offer News & Political Content
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2018 –– BuzzFeed and Refinery29 are among eight companies that have agreed to produce programming for a Spotify initiative called Spotlight reports Bloomberg,. In so doing, the Stockholm, Sweden based company is hoping to capture some of the US $18 billion spent on radio advertising each year, plus lure listeners away and podcasts from rival Apple Inc. . According to Spotify will begin offering news and political coverage in the U.S. first.
“I know people are coming to Spotify to listen first, but we’re starting to build something new,” Courtney Holt (L), Spotify's head of studios and video, said in an interview. “I want to create content that can be seen and listened to.” Some of the programs will be versions of podcasts already available on the service, like Crooked Media’s “Pod Save America,” and will initially contain the same ads, read by the hosts. Other programs won’t have ads during the initial testing phase." Holt joined Spotify last year after stints in music and digital media to figure out what the company should be doing beyond music.
BuzzFeed’s show will be audio-first, but include infographics and other visual elements, according to Ben Smith, editor-in-chief. “Spotify has this real opportunity to compete with terrestrial radio,” Smith said. “These are news updates for people of the generation we serve, 18- to 35-year-olds.”
Alex Silverman Rises To Asst. Director News And Programming For WCBS 880 New York
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that it has elevated Alex Silverman to Assistant Director of News and Programming for WCBS 880 Newsradio. “Alex is a talented news broadcaster and passionate storyteller. His work on air, online, and on the station’s social media channels has helped set WCBS 880 apart from our competitors as a brand that delivers more than just the headlines,” said John Fullam, Entercom’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager.
“I’ve always been proud of the impactful, relevant news coverage WCBS Newsradio 880 provides to millions of listeners a month across New York and beyond. We have the best team in the business and I and look forward to continuing to deliver on that promise,” said Silverman. Prior to joining WCBS 880 in 2011, Silverman was a reporter and anchor at KIRO-FM in Seattle from 2010-2011, and from 2008-2010 he was a reporter and morning news anchor at WSYR-AM in Syracuse, New York, where he graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
The Score 1260 Syracuse Adds 'Drive Time Sports' Hosted By Paul Esden
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media-Syracuse’s WSKO (The Score 1260) is adding a new daily local sports show to its lineup: DRIVE TIME SPORTS, weekday afternoons 3-6pm. Hosted by Paul Esden. He's served as executive producer, and sports update reporter for BUD & THE MANCHILD show, also heard on WSKO from 10am-noon every weekday. Esden has provided Syracuse University Athletics coverage as a Senior Columnist for Inside the Loud House for the past two years. Esden earned his B.A. in Sports Broadcasting at SUNY Oswego.
Tom Mitchell, Operations Manager and PD for WSKO, commented, “This is a marvelous opportunity for Paul. His unique and energetic style, opens up a fresh perspective to cover not only local sports, but also the best in the national sports arena, everyday!” The Score 1260, known as “The Voice of the Central New York Sports Fan,” is the broadcast home of AAA baseball’s Syracuse Chiefs.
Dave Levora Tapped For Mornings On WOC Davenport
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Dave Levora has been named morning host for WOC 1420, The Quad Cities Place To Talk , effective January 29. Dave will serve as morning host on WOC 1420’s AM Quad Cities weekdays 5:30 – 9AM with the station’s Program Director, Dan Kennedy. The show will l continue to include regular contributions from Dan Deibert, as well as discussions around local news and events with reactions from listeners. Levora joins WOC 1420 from WQAD - TV Quad Cities, where he served as an Account Executive. He will continue to serve as host for WQAD - TV Quad Cities’ Brewed, a half-hour locally produced show exploring the craft beer scene throughout the Midwest.
Prior to WQAD-TV, Levora was a morning personality on a number of other radio stations in the Quad Cities, including Planet 93.5, 97Rock and Rock 104.9. “I am thrilled to be back on th e airwaves in the Quad Cities,” said Levora. “I look forward to once again connecting with the listeners and engaging with the community on WOC 1420.”
NETWORKS: WWO And The Recording Academy Extend Partnership For The 60th Grammy Awards In New York
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2018 –– Westwood One is the official radio broadcast partner of the Recording Academy and Music’s Biggest Night®, taking place at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018. As a celebration of Music’s Biggest Night and the Recording Academy’s return to New York City for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards. “Westwood One’s partnership with the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Awards spans across two decades, and I could not be more excited to welcome the Recording Academy and the GRAMMYs 60th Anniversary Awards back to our hometown NYC,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Our #1 goal is to engage and entertain our listeners across the country, so this year we created a month-long programming line-up that brings the GRAMMYs to life – everything from a chance to win a trip to NYC to attend the Awards, three format specific GRAMMY Nomination specials, red carpet reports from the hottest and most exclusive events, and for the first time this year, 10 live musical performances during the week leading up to Music’s Biggest Night®.”
Westwood One also will create a two-hour GRAMMYs® 60th Anniversary Nomination Special and distribute the broadcast across three key music formats airing January 20 and 21st, each hosted by several of its New York City on-air talent. The 60th GRAMMY Awards® will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on January 28, 2018, airing live on CBS from 7:30 – 11 pm ET/4:30 – 8 pm PT and will be hosted by The Late Late Show’s James Corden.
SYNDICATION: The Billy Madison Show Picks Up Three More Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2018 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. (USRN), announced that The Billy Madison Show will now air in three new radio markets. Stations in Baltimore, MD, Missoula, MT and Tucson, AZ have all joined the fast-growing network of stations.
In Baltimore, the legendary WIYY (98 Rock) has tapped the Billy Madison Show for its night shift. The program, which is primarily a live morning show, has recently started making pre-taped segments available for stations interested in airing the program in time slots other than AM Drive, and WIYY has set the show for its evening slot. In Missoula, 95.3 The X will air Billy Madison and his crew in the morning drive time period via an HD radio dial position from KDXT and a translator at 95.3 FM. And in Tucson, the Lotus Communications Alternative Rock Station KFMA-FM known locally as Rock 102.1 has also added The Billy Madison show as their morning show. The Billy Madison Show is flag-shipped at Cox Radio’s KISS-FM, San Antonio where the show went from 17th in the market to #1 in just seven incredible weeks back in 2011. The program launched into syndication through a partnership between Cox and Nineball Radio, and it became a United Stations property after USRN acquired Nineball in early 2016. For more info, contact Stefan Jones email@example.com 212.536.3647
Rich Berra Of The Syndicated Johnjay & Rich Show To Host New Local TV Game Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2018 –– Rich Berra, half of the Premiere syndicated Johnjay and Rich morning show is set tol host a new TV game show that will begin airing in February reports Arizona Central. "Arizona Quizbowl" will feature Berra as emcee of a tournament-style educational program. It will showcase students from Arizona high schools in a test of their knowledge. The show will air on Channel 61 (KASW). “Your Phoenix CW is deeply committed to improving our local community,” said Traci Wilkinson, vice president and general manager of KASW, in a press release. “'Arizona Quizbowl' is one way we can honor and showcase the academic achievements of the next generation of leaders needed to transform our community.”
Berra, who has partnered with Johnjay Van Es since 2001, said that he he is eager to share his passion for education. "I love that academics are going to be at the very base of our show, highlighting some of the great kids and brilliant minds right here in the Valley," he said. "Plus, I got all the answers in front of me so I will look super intelligent." "Arizona Quizbowl" will debut at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Following the premiere, it will move to 7 p.m. Sundays through May 13.
PODCAST: Rob & Sarah Launch Riggle's Picks'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2018 –– Major film roles, FOX Sports NFL predictions and television appearances haven’t stopped comedic personality Rob Riggle from embarking on a new journey that gives fans access to his daily life and inner thoughts – a podcast. Riggle and co-host Sarah Tiana, known for her primetime television appearances, stand-up comedy and writing on Riggle’s FOX segments, will debut the weekly Riggle’s Picks podcast on Thursday, January 18.
“I'm excited to finally work with Rob on something that people might actually listen to.” Riggle's Picks with Rob Riggle & Sarah Tiana To listen to the podcast or subscribe, visit HERE or https://apple.co/2FF1NEK. Riggle, a multi-talented actor, comedian, writer, producer and director, has been a staple in comedic films for more than 15 years, beginning his career at Upright Citizens Brigade in 1997. Sarah’s first stand-up special will debut later this year on Comedy Central, and she will appear in HBO’s CRASHING this season. For more information, please visit www.PodcastOne.com. To advertise, please contact PodcastOne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NPR President/CEO Jarl Mohn Joins TSBC 2018 Lineup In Dallas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2018 –– After a distinguished 20-yr. career on-air including stints such as WNBC New York, Jarl Mohn went on to become a group owner, serve as EVP/GM For MTV/VH1, created E! Entertainment for TV and in 2014 took over and turned around NPR. In the process he introduced blockbuster podcast such as 'Serial' and more - He'll now share his insights and thoughts on 'The Future of Audio' at Talk Show Boot Camp 9 Set for March 8 & 9 in Dallas in a special one-on-one with 'Sterling On Sunday's Walter Sterling.
Mohn's deep media experience has spanned all media platforms as well as rapid changes in audience trends. As the former executive vice president and general manager of MTV and VH1, he architected the strategy of long-form programming at the heart of the network today and diversified the networks' audiences by developing innovative programming around alternative music formats.
Jarl Mohn & Walter Sterling's One-On-One will take place on Friday morning, March 9 at The Joule Hotel Dallas. For more info or to register, CLICK HERE
[LISTEN] Howard Stern To Induct Bon Jovi Into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2018 –– The King of All Media wishes the upcoming Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony was in New York, but regardless he says he was honored to be asked by rock legend Bon Jovi to handle his induction in Cleveland reports Variety. Bon Jovi joined “The Howard Stern Show” on Thursday (Jan. 17) to make the announcement and asked Stern to do the honors. “I am so honored that you asked me,” Stern said on the air. Jon said he spent a lot of time considering who should be the one to induct him and his band into the Rock Hall, but in the end he knew it had to be Howard. “Our careers have paralleled in a lot of ways and whether it was the ups or the downs, we’ve come through everything together,” Jon said on the air. “Nobody knows not only me but the members of the band as well as Howard.”
Bon Jovi laughed, saying the subject of the induction being in Cleveland came up in conversation with band manager, Irving Azoff. “Irving did say to me, does he (Stern) know it’s in Cleveland?” Bon Jovi recounted. “I am thrilled to do it,” Stern added. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 induction takes place on April 14 - LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
Entercom Names Jennifer Seelig Director of News And Programming For KCBS-AM & KFRC-FM San Francisco
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Jennifer Seelig has been elevated to Director of News and Programming for KCBS All News (KCBS-AM and KFRC-FM) in San Francisco. “I’m incredibly excited that Jennifer will be leading KCBS’s strong team and very important brand. KCBS has a legacy of success serving our community and I’m certain that with Jennifer’s talent and direction, we will take it to the next level,” Susan Larkin, Entercom’s Regional President and Market Manager.
“I am honored to lead the KCBS team of award-winning journalists,” said Seelig. “KCBS is justly celebrated for its incisive news stories and coverage. The station has always provided timely news to the public and we will continue and enhance that tradition. We are committed to providing the best news product to both our on-air listeners and digital audience.” Seelig has been with KCBS All News since 2001, most recently as Acting News Director and prior to that, as Assistant News Director. 1
Man Who Discovered Rush Limbaugh, Ed McLaughlin, To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2018 –– Edward F. McLaughlin, the iconic broadcaster who discovered Rush Limbaugh, will be honored with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award dinner. The gala, which is an annual fundraising event for the Broadcasters Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need, will be held on Monday, March 5 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. McLaughlin holds the prestigious title of Chairman Emeritus of the charitable organization.
“Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the charitable organization that I have believed in and supported for many years means a great deal to me,” stated McLaughlin. “I am grateful for the generosity of the broadcasters who make it possible for the Broadcasters Foundation to help our colleagues.” “Ed is a visionary who took chances that led broadcasting into uncharted territory and tremendous success,” observed Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “His dedication and leadership of the Broadcasters Foundation helped advance our mission. It is with great pride that we honor his innovation and recognize his years of service.” A life-long broadcaster, McLaughlin founded EFM Media Management in 1987 and syndicated The Dr. Dean Edell Show. Shortly thereafter, he launched the national syndication of local Sacramento radio host Rush Limbaugh, which led to the revitalization of AM radio and the news/talk format. During his 14-year tenure at the helm of ABC Radio Networks, McLaughlin guided the expansion of long-form programming, acquiring American Top 40 with Casey Kasem, launching American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley, and championing Paul Harvey’s program to reach 1,000 affiliates. See more about the Broadcasters Foundation of America: www.broadcastersfoundation.org
MOTION: Morning Host/PD Marc Alghini Leaves WWCT Peoria
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2018 –– Popular Peoria host Marc Alghini aired his last show on Tuesday morning reports pjstar.com. Serving as both Morning host and PD at 99.9 WWCT, Alghini did not comment beyond saying that the separation was mutual over “philosophical differences.” Mike Rea, general manager of Advanced Media Partners, which runs several radio stations in Peoria, declined comment on Alghini’s departure apart from confirming that he was no longer with the station.
Chris Watters has stepped in as the interim morning host alongside Roxy Baker, who co-hosted with Alghini for the last several years. Alghini arrived in Peoria in the summer of 2013 after a stint at Chicago’s WXRT. Rea said that the search for Alghini’s replacement as the program director is already underway.
PODCAST: 'The Gift of Jericho' On WWO
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2018 – Westwood One announced that six-time WWE champion, successful musician, and New York Times bestselling author Chris Jericho has moved his wildly-popular, fan-favorite podcast, Talk is Jericho, as well as Jericho Network podcasts, to the Westwood One Podcast Network for distribution and sales representation. Talk is Jericho, which launched to rave reviews in 2013, debuted on Westwood One on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Two new shows will be available on-demand each Wednesday and Friday.
"After four years of building Talk Is Jericho into one of the most popular and successful podcasts in the world, I decided to make a change to take things to the next level. It didn't take long to realize that the only clear choice for a new home for TIJ and The Jericho Network content is Westwood One,” said Jericho. “I used to listen to Westwood One radio specials as a teenager in Winnipeg and to have my show broadcasting with this legendary company brings things full circle for me! Now with the gigantic reach and full promotional support of Westwood One behind me, Talk Is Jericho is going straight to the toppermost of the poppermost, where we will continue to bring you the best pop culture, music, wrestling, paranormal, movie, bake sale related podcast on the planet." Talk is Jericho generates more than 250,000 downloads per episode, in part to Jericho’s massive appeal, conversational style, no-holds barred candor, and impressive versatility.
[LISTEN] Was Radio's Scott Shannon The Inspiration For WKRP's PD Andy Travis?
THE MOUTH, JANUARTY 18TH, 2018 –– Following yesterday's news of the passing TV's WKRP in Cincinnati Creator, Hugh Wilson (below) came a bevy of emails including an audio clip from yesterday's Scott Shannon Show on Entercom's CBS-FM New York. Shannon remembered Wilson from his days as a 'baby dj' at 790/WQXI Atlanta and said that he was often reluctant to suggests any connection to the show until an interview with Wilson on Erik Nagel's (BL) Show on SiriusXM surfaced, which made clear that 'QXI was not only the inspiration behind the series, but that Shannon was the muse for the Andy Travis PD character, played by Gary Sandy (shown above in plaid blue & white shirt).
Scott recalled that Wilson would come by and sit in the lobby to watch the DJs through the soundproof glass and could be seen taking notes on the different happenings which would later become the hit TV series WKRP In Cincinnati. “My boss was the same guy that was on that TV show,” says Shannon. Scott also remembers all of the other colorful characters from his office who made it to the show — although the receptionist at Scott's office sort of resembled Loni Anderson (bottom left), she was quite a bit older than the star. Scott said he finds it funny when he tells people that the character was patterned after him and they think he’s full of it.
“He’s a wonderful guy and he’s had a huge impact,” Wilson told Nagel. “He’s one of the reasons maybe if you’ve ever wondered what’s become of me — it’s because I knew how guys like Scott just kept moving, and moving, and moving. Talk about rolling stones!”
Among other emails we received yesterday included one from the 'king of all radio trivia' Art Vuolo who told us, "What most people didn't know is that Wilson never checked to see if there was a WKRP in the Queen City...and there wasn't but there is a talk station 550 WKRC (iHeart Media). It was widely reported that mail that was addressed simply to: WKRP in Cincinnati was actually delivered to WKRC! Oddly enough there WAS a station with the WKRP call-letters in Dallas, GA...not Texas. However, those calls are no longer on in the small Georgia town. LISTEN TO SHANNON PIECE HERE
New Shows And Live Overnights Back On BBC Radio 2 In The UK
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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2018 –– Changes to BBC Radio 2’s schedule includes Sara Cox (shown) starting a new late show and Jo Whiley joining Simon Mayo on Drive. Gary Davies returns as a regular presenter to take over Sounds of the 80s from Sara and a new live overnight show will be (re)introduced from midnight till 3am with OJ Borg from MediaCityUK. Sara previously presented breakfast on BBC Radio 1. She’s been covering the breakfast show for Chris Evans this week on Radio 2.
Big Changes At talkRADIO In London - Eamonn Holmes is joining Wireless Group digital station talkRADIO to do afternoon drivetime, as Julia Hartley-Brewer moves to weekday breakfast. Eamonn will do the 4-7pm slot, replacing Sam Delaney. Mid-morning presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer replaces Paul Ross, who’s been on the breakfast show since its launch in 2016. Paul will start a new overnight show 1-5am on weekdays. Mike Graham takes over Julia’s old 10am-1pm slot, while Jon Holmes is replaced on afternoons for the next three months by Jamie East from Virgin Radio. talkRADIO says a new presenter will be taking over afternoons from April. Mike will be joined by regular co-host Katie Perrior, a former Downing Street Director of Communications. There’s a new early breakfast show too, with former LBC host James Max at 5am weekdays.
Frank Vincent Sacked In Canberra, Australia Following Allegation of Harassment- In the Australian Capital, 2CA breakfast presenter Frank Vincent has been sacked after a sexual harassment allegation was leveled against him. Station management took action to remove Vincent, after it received a report from an independent investigator, appointed last year to look into the allegations. Radio Canberra has not disclosed the nature of the claims against Vincent, but the board is said to have acted immediately after receiving the report on Monday afternoon. Vincent, who’d been with 2CA since 2014, has strongly denied the allegations and is believed to be consulting with a lawyer. As yet, his replacement in the breakfast shift has yet to be announced. Read more HERE
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Spencer Show's Proctor Reaches Out To Listeners To Help Name Her First Baby
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2018 –– Being the family pub' that we are, we wanted to share the happy news that Hubbard’s Adult Hits, 106-5 (WARH) in St. Louis is expecting! Let's make that Spencer’s Neighborhood’s Cassiday Proctor will have her first baby in March. She’s asking followers to help name her son! Maybe you can help, too - VISIT HERE
Cumulus Indy On The Hunt For Program Director/Op's Manager
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2018 –– Winning candidate will be responsible for all programming of WFMS-FM, one of America's most storied Country stations with a passionate following, and for helping to grow our dominant Classic Hits station WJJK and our exciting new CHR station ENeRGY 93.9. The WFMS PD/OM will be responsible for leading WFMS to continued market dominance through precise music curation and scheduling; expert coaching of a veteran, winning air staff; and development of eye and ear catching promotions, NTR events-concerts and contests; finding new ways to increase ratings and revenue while ensuring WFMS remains essential to the people of Indianapolis and Central Indiana.
If this sounds like the job you’ve prepared for and aspired to for your whole career, we want to talk to you! We are interested in discussing this leadership opportunity with talented programming professionals with at least five years of experience as a PD/OM who have a winning ratings history. You must have excellent oral and written communications skills, and a proven ability to collaborate with internal and external contacts. We’re looking for a creative team builder, team player and leader. If that’s you, contact us now! Resumes, ratings history, references and mp3 should be sent in confidence to Tom.Stemlar@cumulus.com with the subject line “Indianapolis PD”.
CONDOLENCES: Louise Capone Casazza, Mother-In-Law Of USRN's Jim Higgins, Passes Away At 93
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2018 –– We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Louise Capone Casazza, Mother-in-law of USRN's Jim Higgins; mother of his wife, Barbara. Miss Casazza passed away peacefully at her home on Friday at 93. She was a loving mother to her daughter Barbara Higgins and her husband Jim and also grandmother to their daughter Jaimie A. Higgins. She is predeceased by her first husband Bob Sisilli and her second husband Mike Casazza as well as all of her siblings, all brothers, Faustino, Carmine, Jerry and Joe Capone and a son John. She was born in New York City and lived most of her life in the same neighborhood and apartment building in the Gramercy area of Manhattan. She loved it there and refused to move, even though it was a 4th floor walkup but as she got older she never complained.
The family has asked that Louise Casazza be remembered through Masses for her or if you feel so inclined, then please make a donation in her name to your favorite charity.
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Elvis Duran To Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2018 ––Nationally-syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2018 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the new Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 9 at the Encore in Las Vegas. “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” distributed by Premiere Radio Networks, is broadcast from New York City’s Z100. Duran and his on-air crew feature up-to-the-minute entertainment and pop culture news, celebrity guests, hit music, and regular features. The show airs on over 80 radio stations nationwide, as well as XM Satellite Radio, iHeartRadio, and The Elvis Duran Channel at ElvisDuran.com.
“Elvis Duran represents great radio. He has endured as one of America’s top radio talents and gets high ratings in syndication as well,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “We are honored to recognize his successful radio career and add him to our distinguished NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.” Duran’s radio career spans more than 30 years and includes both host and program director duties at iHeartMedia's WIOQ-FM Philadelphia and KBest Media's KBTS-FM Austin, as well as stints at Entercom's WZGC-FM Atlanta and Cumulus' KRBE-FM Houston. His daily radio show on New York’s Z100 was syndicated in 2009 by Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Duran’s role expanded in 2012 to included talent and programming development, as well as serving as a spokesperson for the company.
Previous NAB Radio Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees include Delilah, Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, KROQ’s Kevin and Bean, Steve Harvey, Dave Ramsey, Bob Uecker, Gerry House, Ron Chapman and Vin Scully, among others.
Entercom's 94.1 The Sound Seattle Taps John Fisher For Mornings
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– Entercom and its Seattle new soft rock radio station 94.1 The Sound (KSWD-FM), announce longtime local on-air personality John Fisher as the new morning show host. The new morning show “John Fisher” will debut on January 22 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m PT. “We couldn’t be more excited to announce John Fisher as the inaugural host of mornings on 94.1 The Sound. With his 20 plus year relationship with the Seattle community, John is morning radio royalty to the Puget Sound,” said Jack Hutchison, Entercom Seattle’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager.
“There’s nothing more exciting in the radio business than building a relationship with listeners via a brand new station. I’m excited and honored to be returning to Entercom Seattle as we launch 94.1 The Sound,” commented Fisher. John Fisher, a Seattle radio veteran, joined Entercom in 1992 as morning host for 103.7 The Mountain (KMTT), a role he held for over 20 years. Fisher was then on-air at Warm 106.9 for 3 years. 94.1 The Sound launched on December 2017.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brett Beshore Named MM For iHeart Indy; Report
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– While no official word yet from the company, The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that after 14 months as Market Manager for iHeart Indy, Brad Polston has exited and Brett Beshore has assumed the post. in what Polston called a 'mutual parting' he says, "We were just headed in different directions. "The cluster includes, WFBQ 94.7 FM and WNDE 1260 AM. Most recently, Beshore was regional president of Adams+Fairway Outdoor Advertising in Indianapolis.
“There are no major changes planned,” Beshore tells the Journal. “We have very strong brands and we’re in pretty good shape ratings-wise. We’re just going to operate at a higher level. We intend to make this the dream place to work in broadcasting, both on-the-air and in sales.” This is Beshore's second tour with iHeart. From 2009-11, he was VP/MM for its Hudson Valley, New York cluster.'
SALES: Adam Kurtz Named SVP/Sales For iHeart Chicago Region
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Adam Kurtz has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for the Chicago Region, effective immediately. “Adam is a dynamic leader with an unparalleled skill set that makes him the perfect choice to lead our sales team,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “Adam is a proven winner with an amazing track record. His wealth of knowledge, passion and superior business acumen will serve him well in his new role.”
Kurtz joined iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region in 2001 and steadily progressed from one of the top account executives to Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager before his promotion to Vice President of Sales in 2015. “I am extremely excited to lead such a talented sales team and continue representing the very best media and entertainment brands in Chicago and across the country,” said Kurtz.
Rob Miller Rises To VP/Affiliate Relations For The Ace & TJ Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– The Ace & TJ Show has promoted long time show producer Rob Miller to the newly created role of Vice President of Affiliate Relations for The Ace & TJ Show. Rob has represented the show in its affiliate needs for production and technical support for over 5 years and with the deep rooted, amazing relationships Rob has forged, The Ace & TJ Show has increased his role to super serve via oversight of all affiliate relations duties.Rob said: “There is nowhere else I’d rather be. When the people you work with become family, it makes growth like this even more special. Thank you to Ace & TJ for this amazing opportunity.”
Syndication information available by emailing Adam Goodman at ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com. Contacts: Ace & TJ: AceTJ@AceTJ.com (704.714.9497) Rob: Rob@AceTJ.com (704 609 4259) Syndication: ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com (203.341.0111)
HONORS: WWO'S Kevin Harlan Named '2017 National Sportscaster Of The Year'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– Westwood One Sports’ Monday Night Football announcer Kevin Harlan was just named “2017 National Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sports Media Hall of Fame.Harlan will be behind the mic for Westwood One’s coverage of the NFC Championship game this Sunday and for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on February 4th; his eighth straight Super Bowl broadcast for Westwood One. Harlan also currently calls play-by-play for CBS Sports' coverage of both the NFL and NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Harlan joined CBS Sports in 1998 as an NFL play-by-play announcer, after having served in the same capacity for Fox Sports since 1994. This was his 33rd consecutive season broadcasting the NFL and with his additional role as play-by-play announcer for the NBA on TNT, this also marks his 30th season broadcasting the NBA. Harlan spent nine seasons (1985-93) as the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs and was the voice of the Minnesota Timberwolves for nine seasons as well. Harlan also called the Final Four on Westwood One from 2003-2007.
BUSINESS: Futuri Media Announces Group Deal With Alpha Media
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– Futuri Media announced a wide-ranging deal with Alpha Media, a partnership that includes all 228 of Alpha Media’s stations in 50 US markets with multiple tools from Futuri Media’s audience engagement suite. All Alpha Media stations will have access to podcasting system POST, which instantly turns broadcasts into PPM-encoded on-demand audio, complete with fully licensed images, and distributes on multiple platforms; and customized Alexa Skills.
More than 50 select Alpha stations will have access to TopicPulse, a discovery and show prep tool that analyzes social media and 100k+ sources of verified news and information to deliver audience-specific insights on what’s trending, what’s about to go viral, and what’s on the downswing. “Alpha Media is a fast-growing, diverse media company, and it’s a privilege to extend their brands’ reach and engagement as their technology partner,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “Marrying Alpha Media’s content and local media expertise with Futuri’s audience engagement technology gives their brands reliable, real-time consumer intelligence and distribution on multiple key platforms, like smart speakers. We look forward to powering their programming innovations.”
EVENTS: Cumulus Dallas Raised Over $1.6 Million For DFW Charities In 2017
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that its Dallas radio station group raised a total of $1,637,200 for Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex charities during the 2017 calendar year. Cumulus Media operates seven popular radio stations serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including: 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM; WBAP-AM NewsTalk 820; Sportsradio 1310/96.7 FM The Ticket; Hot 93.3/KLIF-FM; New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM; KLIF 570 AM; and ESPN 103.3/KESN-FM.
Among the many local non-profit organizations that received funds generated by successful Cumulus Media-Dallas radio station promotions, radiothons, events and fund drives are: • Genesis Women’s Shelter • The Senior Source • Special Olympics Texas • MADD • 2 Seam Dream Foundation • Austin Street Center for the Homeless • Red Cross-Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund • Cook Children’s Medical Center/Children’s Miracle Network • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital • Dallas DogRRR • Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas • Denton State Supported Living Center • Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Center of Dallas • Charles Nash Elementary School of Fort Worth. Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Media-Dallas/Houston, said: “Our seven Cumulus stations remain committed to helping our Dallas-Fort Worth community any way we can. I’m most proud of the outstanding effort of our employees that made this happen.”
[WATCH] Art Imitates Life As A Radio Host In 'Rapid Eye Movement' Thriller
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– Not since 'Play Misty For Me' has there been a suspense thriller that centered around a music radio host. But unlike the 1971 thriller that featured Clint Eastwood as a late-night host being stalked by a deranged listener (Jessica Walter), 'Rapid Eye Movement,' an indie film from director Peter Bishai, features Francois Arnaud, Reiko Aylesworth, Chloe Brooks, Godfrey, Jamie Jackson, David Rhodes, Stelio Savante and Danny Ramirez.
According to flickeringmyth.com, it takes place In the heart of Times Square, where radio host Rick Weider (played by Arnaud) is driven to the edge of insanity as he tries to break the 11-day world record for staying awake. Addibng to the suspense, a deranged caller wants Rick to raise $5 million for charity and threatens to kill him unless he succeeds. WATCH TRAILER HERE
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