Westwood One News To Cease Operations

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2020 –– Late yesterday we learned that Cumulus Media' Westwood One notified its affiliates that Westwood One News would be shutting down on August 30. In a cancellation letter to stations, the company wrote, "Due to the extraordinary circumstances in the current marketplace, Westwood One News will be ceasing operations effective on Sunday, August 30, 2020, following the 11:30pm ET newscast." "As you can imagine, 7this was an extraordinarily difficult decision not only given the strength and quality of our award-winning news product, but also the depth and experience of the impeccable Westwood One News team," Westwood One President Suzanne Grimes stated in a memo. “Westwood One remains enthusiastically committed to our strong portfolio of talk personalities including Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Michael Savage, Jim Bohannon, Chris Plante, Dan Bongino, Clark Howard, and Red Eye Radio.

Westwood One News Executive VP Bart Tessler (L) added, "Thank you to our 962 stations and the Westwood One Affiliate Sales team. It has been a pleasure leading this division of great broadcast journalists. In just 5 1/2 years, Westwood One News went from launch to winners of leading industry honors, including Edward R Murrow, Sigma Del Chi, National Headliner, New York Radio Festival, and Golden Mike awards. We are very proud of the coverage and programming we provided, as well as your support and participation in our success." Westwood One News launched on January 1, 2015 and operated by Westwood One through its parent company Cumulus Media.






STUDY: YouTube Showing 'Decline In Listening'

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH 2020 –– Tom Webster, Senior Vice President for Edison Research reports this year, for the first time, we registered a decline in YouTube "listening" in separate studies. YouTube remains one of the top sources for audio consumption, but it is of note that we see some diminishment corroborated in both surveys. Graphs and further analysis can be found at below link.

With newer services such as TikTok, and the importance of non-traditional channels like video games, music discovery has changed a lot over the past several years. My colleague, Edison Research VP Nicole Beniamini, is going to break down the current state of music discovery by looking at those Americans who value new music the most in a new, free webinar next Thursday, July 16th, at 1 PM EDT. You can register for New-Music Seekers: An Infinite Dial® Report here to learn more! READ MORE HERE





iHeartMedia Miami Debuts Totally 93.9 – All 90s, All The Time

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Miami announced the debut of the new Totally 93.9, All 90s, All the Time. Totally 93.9. “We are excited to bring our vibrant new 90s format to 93.9 listeners and advertisers,” said Brian Olson, President for iHeartMedia Miami. “We are certain that Totally 93.9 will quickly become a favorite destination for 90s music fans.”

“Totally 93.9 is South Florida’s first all 90s station,” said Rob Miller, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Miami. “In these anything but normal times, we believe our audience is craving a familiar and nostalgic listening experience that brings back fun memories of their high school and college years, and we think Totally 93.9 is ‘da’ bomb.’





Philadelphia Union Announces FOX Sports Radio 'The Gambler' As Official Broadcast Partner

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2020 –– iHeart Philadelphia announced FOX Sports Radio The Gambler, is now the official broadcast partner of the Philadelphia Union. The first live broadcast hosted by Dave Leno and Philadelphia Union Legend, Sebastien Le Toux kicked off July 9, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. when the Philadelphia Union faces NYCFC.

"Before The Gambler even went live in August 2019, the strong desire to become the Philadelphia Union's broadcast partner was always on our mind,” said Sean Brace, Program Director. “It gives us all great joy to be able to provide one of Philly's most passionate fanbases, a place to hear every Union game this season! Nobody does soccer like the Gambler!" “We are excited to expand our reach in the Philadelphia market, especially as the Union is the first professional sports team in Philadelphia to return to play,” said Tim McDermott, Philadelphia Union President. “The Gambler’s team brings a ton of energy and passion that will bring the gameday experience to life through the radio.” As a part of Major League Soccer’s MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, Fl., the Philadelphia Union will take the field for the first time since March 8 and will be the first Philadelphia professional sports team to return to play. The Union will face NYCFC on July 9, Nashville SC on July 14, and Inter Miami CF on July 19 in the group stage of the tournament.





CRB Announces 2020-2021 Board Of Directors

THE MOUTH, JULY 10Th, 2020 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters have completed their elections for the organization’s 2020-2021 Board of Directors. Returning as CRB Board President is Kurt Johnson (shown left), elected as Vice President is John Shomby and returning as Secretary is Beverlee Brannigan. Serving on this year’s Board of Directors are: Chuck Aly (Country Aircheck), Beverlee Brannigan, Becky Brenner (Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Consulting), Johnny Chiang (KKBQ-FM), George Couri (Triple 8 Management), Andy Denemark (United Stations), Ryan Dokke (Play It Again Music), Mike Dungan (UMG Nashville), Gator Harrison (iHeart), Debra Herman (Shazam/Apple), Steve Hodges (Sony Nashville), Clay Hunnicutt (Big Machine Records), Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media), Dave Kelly (Big Machine Label Group), Jon Loba (BMG), Judy Lakin (Vista14), Mike McVay (McVay Media), Charlie Morgan (Apple Music), Rod Phillips (iHeartCountry), Tim Roberts (Entercom), Royce Risser (UMG Nashville), Bob Richards (Emmis Communications/WLHK), Brittany Schaffer (Spotify), Lesly Simon (Pearl Records), Matt Sunshine (CFSS), Joel Raab (Joel Raab Country Radio/Media), Ryan Redington (Amazon Music), Paul Williams (Westwood One/Cumulus), and Kristen Williams (Warner). Charlie Monk continues as a Lifetime Director Emeritus.

CRB/CRS President Kurt Johnson commented, “I am proud to welcome the new board members and grateful to the board vets who continue on this year. This is a unique time for the Country music industry. I can’t imagine a better group to help guide all of us toward the industry’s center point, Country Radio Seminar 2021. Looking forward to a great year.”





SYNDICATION: Trish Yearwood Among Celebrity Fill-Ins For 'Nights with Elaina'

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2020 ––  Westwood One Nashville’s "Nights with Elaina" will showcase a week of special nights with guest hosts Trisha Yearwood, Danielle Bradbery, Chrissy Metz (from NBC’s This Is Us), Brett Eldridge, Justin Moore, and Rascal Flatts’ Jay Demarcus with his wife Allison. Each night, one artist will host from home and share a night of country music fun with fans.

"There are few things more comforting than hearing familiar voices every day” said Elaina. “Which is one of the reasons radio has been so helpful through this pandemic. I am beyond grateful to all the country stars that have stepped in to hang with our listeners while I can't be there. This time around we've got a really fun mix of artists that I KNOW will keep the positive vibe of the show going as we continue to navigate 2020 TOGETHER.”    Fill-Ins begin Monday, July 13 – Saturday, July 18 from 7 p.m. to midnight, local time, across America  Recent guests include: Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and more. For more information please visit 





PODCAST: Benztown & McVay Media Unveil 'First Match With Jesse Kage'

THE MOUTH, JULY 10Th, 2020 ––Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks announces that it will produce and market First Match with Jesse Kage. He'll sit down each week with professional wrestling’s biggest stars of today and legends of the past to discuss the beginnings of their careers, from the dream of being a pro wrestler, to their training and ultimately, their first match.

Jesse Kage has been in radio for over 24 years and was a dominant force with his Kage Kult Show brand in the Tampa Bay and Atlanta markets for over a decade. Kage’s recent interviews include: Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, Nick Aldis, Mickie James and Raven. First Match with Jesse Kage is available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and more. To listen to this week’s episode of First Match with Jesse Kage, featuring Chris Jericho, visit:





Following The Arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, ABC Releases Bonus Jeffrey Epstein Episode

THE MOUTH, JULY 10Th, 2020 –– Following the arrest and charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in facilitating Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse, ABC Audio today released a bonus episode of the #1-ranked podcast “Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein” featuring details about Maxwell’s arrest and charges.

The podcast, hosted by ABC News’ Mark Remillard, is available for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn. 'One Step Closer to Justice' It’s the biggest development in the saga of Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse since his death. Ghislaine Maxwell -- Epstein’s former girlfriend and close associate -- has been arrested by federal authorities and is now facing possibly decades in prison. On this bonus episode of "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein," host Mark Remillard speaks with ABC News Senior Producer James Hill and ABC News Senior Investigative Reporter Aaron Katersky to break down the charges and what we know about the investigation into Maxwell. The podcast is produced by the award-winning ABC News Investigative Unit and ABC Audio, creators of the #1 True Crime podcast “Have You Seen This Man?” Chris Vlasto is senior executive producer and Cindy Galli is chief of investigative projects.





7Lady A Sues Singer Over Trademark; Glee Star Missing


7Search Continues For ‘Glee’ Actress Naya Rivera Presumed Drowned In Lake Piru

State of Tennessee to Honor Charlie Daniels With Flags at Half Mast Today

Mariah Carey to release 'unfiltered' memoir in September

The Osbournes Reunite (Partially) for Travel Channel’s New Paranormal Series

ESPN Teams With Jimmy Kimmel for Multi-Part ’30 for 30’ Doc on ’86 Mets

Martha Stewart’s New HGTV Series to Feature Celeb Friends

HBO Sets Two-Part Tiger Woods Docuseries

WATCH - Watch 10-Year-Old Drummer Nandi Bushell Slay Rock Classic







Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2020 Nominees; Industry Voting Begins Monday

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2020 –– The Radio Hall of Fame has announced this year’s 24 nominees in a total of six categories. Industry voting in four of those categories begins next Monday, July 13. Listener voting in the other two categories begins on July 20. Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, the 2020 induction ceremony will be a live radio broadcast from multiple locations this October. The exact date and additional details will be announced along with the inductees later this summer. The nominees in the four industry-voted categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of 600 industry professionals, who will receive confidential ballots from online voting service Votem. The winners in the two listener-voted categories will be determined by the public, who will also vote via Votem, and the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. Inductees will be announced on August 17. Premiere Networks has signed on as this year’s first sponsor of the live broadcast.

NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY VOTING PARTICIPANT PANEL: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more) Mark & Brian - KLOS-FM Bobby Rich-KFMB-FM San Diego & KMXZ-FM Tucson Bob Rivers-KJR-FM Seattle Donnie Simpson-WMMJ-FM Washington D.C.

Active Local/Regional (10 years or more) Angie Martinez-WWPR-FM New York City Matt Siegel-WXKS-FM Boston Elliot Segal-WWDC-FM Washington D.C. Bob Stroud-WDRV-FM Chicago

Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more) Sid Mark-Host, Sounds of Sinatra, Joey Reynolds-Host, WOR Radio Network Cokie Roberts-Political Reporter, NPR Suzyn Waldman-New York Yankees Radio Network

Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more) The Breakfast Club-Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, DJ Envy, Premiere Networks Larry Elder-Salem Radio Network Jaime Jarrin-Los Angeles Dodgers Network Kim Komando-Host, Kim Komando Show, Westar Radio Network

NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY LISTENERS/RADIO HALL OF FAME NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Music Format On-Air Personality Whitney Allen-The Big Time with Whitney Allen, Westwood One Bob & Sheri-The Bob and Sheri Show, Westwood One Sway Calloway-Sirius XM Shade 45 Channel John Boy & Billy-The John Boy & Billy Show, Premiere Networks -- Spoken Word On-Air Personality Glenn Beck-The Glenn Beck Show, Premiere Networks John & Ken-The John & Ken Show, KFI-AM Los Angeles Stephanie Miller-The Stephanie Miller Show, WYD Media Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me-NPR

The Radio Hall of Fame honors notable radio personalities and showcases their accomplishments in the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications. Each year, 24 nominations in six categories are determined by the organization’s nominating committee, which is comprised of industry leaders.




KYGO/Denver To Celebrate 40 Years Of Playing Country Music This Saturday


THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2020 ––Bonneville's KYGO/Denver is celebrating its 40th anniversary in country this week. The station will mark the occasion with a day of special programming on Saturday, July 11th. From 7-11a (MDT) by counting down the top 40 songs in the station’s history. Then from 11to-midnight will present what the station is calling “the biggest live music event to ever, a virtual concert featuring music from some of country's top stars, plus and a few surprises.

“It's rare to have one format associated with a set of call letters for 40 years,” said Bonneville's Senior Regional VP/Market Bob Call. “It would have never been possible without the love, care and dedication of each staff member contributing to our success over the years. It’s a privilege to serve the Denver community and our great Country music fans.” “KYGO is such an integral part of Colorado and Denver's history, both in terms of community service and bringing Country music to the state,” said PD Brian Michel. “We’re excited to bring this programming to the KYGO audience for reflection and celebration.”



Rock Hall Induction Ceremony Cancelled, Replaced With Special On HBO


THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2020 –– The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Wednesday that the 2020 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony concert has been cancelled, due to the pandemic. Instead, it will be replaced with an exclusive special honoring this year’s inductees available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max on November 7. The Rock Hall tweeted, “Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the live 2020 HOF Induction Ceremony concert on 11/7 is cancelled. In place of the live event, we’ll broadcast an exclusive special about the #RockHall2020 Inductees on @HBO & HBO Max November 7, 2020 at 8pm.“

John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a release. “Together with HBO and executive producer Joel Gallen, we will still create an exciting program honoring our 2020 inductees, by telling the stories of their incredible contributions to music and impact on a generation of artists that followed them.” FOX 8 reports, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will move to the fall with the 36th Induction Ceremony returning to Cleveland, the Rock Hall said. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Rock Hall - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Inductee Class includes Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T-Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff. The Rock Hall debuts its 2020 Inductee exhibit on August 14.




Katie Bright Returns To Record Promotion Following Morning Stint At WUSN 995 Chicago

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2020 –– Katie Bright, who co-hosted mornings for 10 months on Entercom WUSN 99.5-FM, has returned to the record promotion business as Midwest director of promotion for Capitol Nashville reports Robert Feder. Before her stint at US99 with Jason Pullman, Bright was national director of promotion at Warner Music Nashville.

“It’s so good to be back,” the west suburban native said. “I’ve deeply missed the relationships, the music, the hustle, the teamwork, the highs and lows.” US99 has yet to name a morning replacement following the exit Bright and Pullman. PHOTO/twitter



SNAPS: ROCK 100.5'S Jason Bailey Hosts First Live Sporting Event in Months

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2020 –– Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX's Jason Bailey, host of the Bailey and Southside morning show, has taken a break from his radio duties to host the 3-day DraftKings All-American Team Cup Tennis tournament. The event, which featured the top-eight American men’s tennis players in the world rankings at Life Time Athletic and Tennis in Peachtree Corners, was the first sporting event with a crowd in Georgia since the pandemic began, as well as the first tennis tournament to have fans in attendance in the United States since the 2020 Delray Beach Open in February. Jason Bailey, an avid tennis player himself, typically emcees the Atlanta Open which would have taken place this month and the New York Open tennis tournaments. But since the pandemic, all that had been cancelled until now.

Bailey stated, “I was honored to be a part of such a historic event. Although challenging at times from a host, it was really amazing to see that you can put on a live event effectively and safely in the current situation.” Stadium seating capacity was limited to no more than 30%. The tournament’s ticketing software automatically blocks seats between every online transaction. And for those entering the venue such as fans, patrons, volunteers, staff, and players – they were subject to temperature checks. Players were also tested for COVID-19 before their arrival.




SYNDICATION: Megan Thee Stallion To Guest Host On AT40 This Weekend

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2020 –– Multi-platinum, award-winning artist Megan Thee Stallion will guest host American Top 40 this weekend, July 11 and 12. The 2020 BET Award winner will also share her advice for having a “Hot Girl Summer” while in quarantine.

American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest is syndicated by Premiere Networks on nearly 500 stations worldwide. Each week, Seacrest counts down the Top 40 songs and interviews the biggest stars in entertainment. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the show.

As part of a year-long celebration, listeners have the opportunity to win prizes and one-of-a-kind experiences throughout the year. For more information, or to find a station in your area, please visit



PODCASTS: iHeart Unveils 3 New Podcasts

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2020 –– iHeart has announced 3 new podcasts on its network. They include: Alex Aiono: Let’s Get Into It”- This new podcast is hosted by singer, songwriter, producer, actor, radio personality and social justice activist Alex Aiono. --- “The John Roa Show” - hosted by John Roa, an acclaimed entrepreneur, technologist, philanthropist, business investor and writer --- and SOFREP Radio – New to iHeartRadio, this podcast features special operations military news and straight talk and is hosted by former military operators and is hosted by Brandon Webb, a former U.S. Navy SEAL Sniper and celebrated author, and Phil Campion, a veteran of military operations in just about every conflict-prone corner of the world.

Check out iHeart's Podcast Spotlight blog each Wednesday to see what's new and noteworthy on the iHeartPodcast Network each week. Also, in case you missed it, don’t forget to check out this week’s iHeartRadio Podcast Top 100 Chart, for a quick look at the top iHeartRadio podcasts that our fans are listening to each week.




AM Radio’s Death Continues In The UK

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2020 –– Bauer, one of the two big radio groups in the UK  has handed four radio licences covering the West Midlands back to Ofcom. 1152kHz, the original home to BRMB when it launched in 1974, fell silent this week, along with 1359kHz in Coventry. In April, 990kHz and 1017kHz also closed. The frequencies were most recently used by Absolute Radio Classic Rock (with Greatest Hits Radio on 1359) but were once home to local services such as BRMB, Beacon Radio, Wyvern, WABC, Xtra AM, Gold and Free Radio 80s. Licences for AM stations given up in previous years have not been readvertised by Ofcom. BBC Radio Scotland also recently turned off its 585kHz frequency, and BBC local radio stations are currently working through a plan of turning off dozens of frequencies. 

Livinia Nixon For Breakfast Show In Australia  - The TV weather presenter Livinia Nixon (shown) has made a return to radio and now hosts weekend breakfast on Nine’s recently launched music stations. Livinia will be on-air from 6am to midday on 2UE 954, Magic 1278, 4BH 882 and 6GT DAB+. She has worked across a variety of radio stations, including drive on Mix FM (now KIIS FM), a breakfast stint on Nova FM and daily crosses for 3AW and has been part of the Nine family for more than 20 years and is best known for bringing Melbourne viewers the weather report each weeknight on Nine News.

Ivan Yates On His Way Out Of Newstalk In Ireland - Friday 24th July will be the last edition of Hard Shoulder with Ivan Yates as he  leaves Newstalk. He will also retire from his television programme, The Tonight Show, on Virgin Media One the night before. Ivan returned to a full-time show on Newstalk in September 2017 after leaving a year earlier to go travelling with his wife. He joined Newstalk in 2009 to co-host Breakfast. Ivan’s replacement on Newstalk has not been announced as yet.

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7Lady A Sues Singer Over Trademark; Glee Star Missing


‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera Missing After Boat Ride

Former Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith Will Join CNBC Evening Lineup

Lady Antebellum Sues Blues Singer Lady A Over Who Owns Trademark

Bad Bunny makes Playboy history with new cover

Oprah Winfrey to Adapt New York Times' '1619 Project' for Film, TV

Jane Lynch To Host ‘Weakest Link’ Game Show Revival On NBC

Blake Shelton To Launch New Encore Live Drive-In Concert Series With Gwen Stefani, Trace Adkins

WATCH - Tiffany Haddish Chops Off Her Hair on Instagram Live

The Wonder Years Reboot About Black Family in 1960s Ordered by ABC

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ESPN Unveils New Lineup; Keyshawn Johnson Joined By Jay Williams & Zubin Mehenti In Mornings; Mike Greenberg Returns; Golic & Wingo Exit


THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2020 –– As tipped last week, ESPN Radio will unveil a powerful new weekday lineup beginning Monday, Aug. 17, featuring multi-platform personalities, all of whom either currently work on or previously hosted shows on ESPN Radio.

7Mike Greenberg (L) , who co-hosted one of the most successful sports talk radio shows in history for 18 years, will return to host The Mike Greenberg Show from noon-2 p.m. ET. “In radio there is an intimacy in the relationship with the audience that is different from any other medium,” Greenberg said. “I have always enjoyed that and am really looking forward to rediscovering it.”

All hosts will also appear across ESPN’s TV and digital shows, podcasts and more to further compelling, informative and entertaining discussions on key topics for fans throughout the day. All ESPN Radio shows will feature newsmakers and topical sports and celebrity guests in addition to fan interaction via calls and on social media.

7“Our new lineup will provide sports fans informative and engaging content throughout the week from hosts who all have radio experience,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president & executive editor, production. “They know how to connect with fans and keep them invested in the programming.  Our listeners will hear diverse perspectives on key topics from some of the most talented, knowledgeable and contemporary voices in the industry.”

David Roberts, ESPN senior vice president, production, added, “This lineup and approach underscores our commitment to expanding the scope and impact of some of our industry’s most versatile voices throughout the day and night”

Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin: 6 – 10 a.m. The schedule begins with the premiere of ESPN Radio’s new morning show, Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin, from 6-10 a.m. NFL Live analyst and Super Bowl Champion Keyshawn Johnson (top) will co-host, alongside NBA and college basketball analyst Jay Williams (above left) and SportsCenter anchor Zubin Mehenti (above right) -- The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz: 10 a.m. – Noon -- The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz will follow from 10 a.m.-noon. --- The Mike Greenberg Show: Noon – 2 p.m. --- The Max Kellerman Show: 2 – 4 p.m. --- Chiney and Golic Jr.: 4 – 7 p.m. --- Spain and Fitz: 7 – 9 p.m. --- Freddie and Fitzsimmons: 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin will be simulcast on ESPN2 from 6-8 a.m. and ESPNEWS from 6-10 a.m. The Dan Le Batard Show with StugotzThe Mike Greenberg ShowThe Max Kellerman Show and Chiney and Golic Jr. will all be simulcast on ESPNEWS.



Rickey Smiley's Says Daughter 'Recovering Well' After Being Shot In Road Rage Crossfire


THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2020 –– Reach Media syndicated host Rickey Smiley said his daughter is in good spirits and is recovering well after being shot multiple times during a road rage incident in Houston. Aaryn Smiley, who just turned 19, underwent surgery Monday to have the bullets removed. She was caught in the crossfire at a red light around midnight as she attempted to get something to eat at a local fast food restaurant. Rickey Smiley tells Houston's ABC 13, "She's just thankful to be alive. She's more worried about other gunshot victims and, you know, kids all over the country who lost their lives. So she's not complaining about anything. She is humbled, and she's grateful to be alive."

Rickey told the station he has received an outpouring of support from the community and is now speaking with local leaders about teaming up to address gun violence. "I talked to Houston mayor (Turner) on the phone for about 30 minutes, great phone conversation, and we have plans to do some things in the community, to try to see if we can try to change the mindset and get to the root of why some of the young people, you know, are doing what they're doing," Rickey said. "So it's been a blessing and a curse at the same time. Hopefully something good can come out of this."

Rickey wants whoever was involved in the shooting to come forward and face justice. As of Tuesday evening, Houston Police haven't named a suspect(s).



Nielsen To Layoff 3,500 Employees In Restructuring Plan; To Exit Several 'Underperforming,' Smaller Markets In Second Half Of 2020

THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2020 –– As part of its continuing restructuring efforts, Nielsen Holdings will lay off about 3,500 employees. Nielsen says the total restructuring charge for this year will now be higher -- $150 million to $170 million versus its previous guidance in April 2020 of $120 million to $140 million, report Mediapost. About half of these 7charges taken in its second-quarter financial period are employee severance costs. Nielsen says permanent overall cost reduction will yield $250 million in annual savings.

Last year, Nielsen said it would split into two companies -- one focused on marketing services, Nielsen Global Connect, and the other focused on media measurement, Nielsen Global Media. David Kenny (L) , the current CEO of Nielsen, will head the media business, Nielsen Global Media -- the larger of the two units. As part of the plan, Nielsen says it will “exit several smaller, underperforming markets and non-core businesses” in the second half of 2020. In the first quarter of this year Nielsen posted near-flat revenue results --- $1.56 billion versus $1.53 billion in the same period a year ago. Nielsen’s Global Media grew 2% in revenue to $842 million. Its troubled Global Connect slipped 2.7% to $717 million. In Tuesday morning trading, Nielsen’s stock was down 1.3% to $14.85.




Michael Kindhart Rises To VP/Operations Of Affiliate Sales For Premiere Nashville

THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2020 –– Premiere Networks announced the promotion of Michael Kindhart to Vice President of Operations, Affiliate Sales. Based in Nashville, Kindhart will report to Peter Tripi, Executive Vice President of Affiliate Sales for Premiere Networks. “Michael’s contributions to our Affiliate Sales division have been significant,” said Tripi. “He is constantly searching for ways to enhance our business through collaboration and by providing the best possible tools and resources to serve our affiliates and partners. This is a well-deserved promotion and I’m proud to have him on the team!”

“I’m excited for the opportunity to work with Premiere’s affiliate sales group as they continue to expand the massive reach of our industry-leading programs and services,” said Kindhart. “From my colleagues across the country to our radio partners around the world, it’s an honor to be in business with the best. I’ve enjoyed my time at Premiere since day one, and I’m truly grateful to Peter and the entire team for their support.”

Kindhart joined Premiere Networks in 2006 and has served the company in various capacities. His most recent role was Sr. Director of Operations, Affiliate Sales.




Tony Clyburn Returns To The Air In Columbia, SC

THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2020 –– Tony Clyburn, a popular radio host in the Midlands of Columbia, AC in the late 80s, recently accepted an on-air post with 93.1 The Lake, reuniting with fellow radio personality Brent Johnson after previously working together for about 23 years. According to ColaDaily, Clyburn said when he was approached by Midlands Media Group to join the team, he was excited to take part.

“One of the things that was really exciting was we aren’t just a radio station, there’s a lot going on beyond what happens on air. Plus, I have always loved stations with great clients who are partners - you actually call them partners,” he said. “So whether it’s fun and entertainment, or news and information, it’s our obligation to bring that to the listeners, and being able to do that every day is a blessing.”

Clyburn will be The Lake’s afternoon show host from 3 to 6 p.m., along with a “Hometown Heroes” segment featuring interviews with local police, EMS and firefighters. “They’re folks who are essential to all of our lives. I’m always looking for interesting people. Sometimes the person is afraid to speak up because they don’t think they’re a hero. Let me decide that!” laughed Clyburn. “Tony knows everyone and everyone knows Tony," says Johnson. " He’s the ultimate man of the community.”




Frank Morano Joins Lineup At 77 WABC

THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2020 –– TALKRADIO 77 WABC and Red Apple Media announced that Frank Morano is the latest radio talk talent to join the radio station as part of its ever-growing commitment to quality live and local talk. Morano will host The Frank Morano Program every Sunday evening from 7-8 PM ET starting this Sunday, July 12 and will begin anchoring Morano in the Morning every M-F from 1-5 AM ET, beginning in August. His program will feature newsmakers, insightful commentary, expert guests, lively exchanges with callers and a healthy dose of satire. In addition, Morano presently is hosting M-F 10 AM -12 Noon ET on WLIR-FM, the Long Island station recently purchased by Red Apple Media.

“Frank is one of the most entertaining young voices in talk radio today,” said Chad Lopez, President of Red Apple Media and WABC. “We’re thrilled to add Frank to our ranks as we continue to cement our place as New York’s premiere news and talk station. Now more than ever, it’s more important that we make sure New Yorkers know where to go for news and information.”

Morano boasts a long career in talk radio, having spent the last decade at AM 970 The Answer, where he produced The Joe Piscopo Show, The John Gambling Show and The Curtis Sliwa Show, in addition to being a key on-air part of all three programs. Additionally, he’s hosted “Morano in the Morning” on a weekly basis since 2011 and repeatedly served as a substitute host on the nationally syndicated Mike Gallagher Show. Morano will continue to serve as a producer and on-air contributor to The Cats Roundtable, which is heard every Sunday morning from 8:30-10:00 AM ET and is hosted by John Catsimatidis, the owner of Red Apple Media. Before joining AM 970, Morano produced Curtis & Kuby.



PODCAST: SiriusXM Nears Deal To Buy Stitcher For Reported $300 Million Price Tag

THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2020 –– SiriusXM is closing in on a deal to acquire E.W. Scripps Co.’s Stitcher podcast production, distribution and advertising unit, report Variety. Scripps bought Stitcher for $4.5 million in 2016 and combined it with Midroll Media (which it bought for $50 million the year prior). The acquisition is said to move SiriusXM into a top position in the U.S. podcasting market. With a price tag reported at $300 million, it would represent 4.1 times Stitcher’s 2019 revenue of $73 million (up 42% year over year).

SiriusXM last year completed its $3 billion deal for Pandora, a streaming music and podcast company. According to the source familiar with the talks, the SiriusXM and Pandora owned-and-operated digital platforms, together with Stitcher and Midroll and SiriusXM’s exclusive ad-sales partnership with SoundCloud for the U.S. (under its $75 million investment giving it a minority stake in SoundCloud), would let it reach more than 150 million monthly listeners.

Stitcher’s podcasts include “Freakonomics Radio,” “How Did This Get Made?”, “SuperSoul Sunday” from the Oprah Winfrey Network, “Office Ladies,” “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” “Literally! with Rob Lowe,” “LeVar Burton Reads,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!”, and “WTF with Marc Maron.” Stitcher is led by CEO Erik Diehn, who joined E.W. Scripps through its acquisition of Midroll. READ MORE HERE





AJ Punjabi Named Market President For iHeart Charleston

THE MOUTH, JULY 7Th, 2020 –– iHeartMedia has named AJ Punjabi Market President for Charleston, effective immediately. He will report to Ron Hill, Area President of iHeartMedia Carolinas. “We’re excited to have AJ join iHeartMedia as our Market President in Charleston,” said Hill. “He’s a dynamic leader with a proven track record of building strong relationships and success for his company and their clients. AJ’s experience and leadership skills make him one of the best executives in our business, and he’ll be an excellent addition to our team serving the Low Country.”

Punjabi joins iHeartMedia Charleston from Cox Media Group in Miami, where he most recently served as the general sales manager. He also served as the digital sales manager for Cox Media Group in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia and as an account executive and senior digital strategist for WSB-TV in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Indiana University. 

“What an honor it is to be working alongside the successful sales and programming teams in Charleston while representing some of the most iconic brands in the market,” said Punjabi. “My mission is to continue building on a winning culture that positively impacts our employees, stations and the communities we serve. Many thanks to all those at iHeartMedia for this incredible opportunity.”




Amanda Carroll To Co-Host Mornings AT KKFS-FM Sacramento

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2020 –– Salem Media Group announced that Amanda Carroll joins KKFS (103.9 The FISH) will host mornings along with 20-year station vet, Matt Bisiaux. The new show, The Fish Morning Show with Amanda & Matt will debut mid-July. Salem General Manager/Regional V.P. Mark Durkin says, "We are thrilled to have someone with Amanda's passion, talent, and commitment to the community join our team and bring her considerable talent to our audience and platforms. We are proud to welcome her back to CCM!"

Amanda's radio career also includes Sacramento AC KYMX, K-LOVE, WGTS, KSBJ, and the Amanda Carroll Show on the Christian FM network. Carroll replaces Jodie Stevens, who after 17 years with KKFS, has relocated out of state for family considerations.



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Rickey Smiley's Daughter Caught In Crossfire While Getting Food At Restaurant

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2020 –– Syndicated radio host Rickey Smiley said Monday that his daughter was hospitalized after being shot in Houston while on her way to to get something to eat. “My youngest daughter (Aaryn) was shot last night,” said Smiley, host of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. "I wasn’t even going to say anything about this," said Rickey. "I’ve been dealing with this all morning, sitting up here with butterflies in my stomach trying to do the show. My youngest daughter was shot last night .. She’s in the hospital right now… I'm just so angry."7

Smiley explained that his daughter Aaryn was unintentionally caught in a crossfire while trying to get food from What-A-Burger Sunday night in Houston. "I go to bed around 8:30 or 9 o'clock, and I woke up to text messages," Smiley recalled. "The fact that she's laying up in the hospital and probably going to have to go into surgery... She's just crying, she's scared, I can't get to her and I just hate it."

In an update this morning, Aaryn Smiley posted on Instagram: “This is the most terrifying thing that has ever happened to me,” along with photo (left) of the blood-stained car seat. “I won’t be out of the hospital for a while, nor will I be able to walk for a while due to nerve damage. So I’m sorry if I can’t respond to everyone but please know I’m thankful for all of the messages.”

Rickey Smiley said after arriving in Houston that he couldn't see his daughter in the hospital yet due to restrictions surrounding the coronavirus. He wrote: “I respect the rules. Can’t see my daughter @ryn.smiley because of #covid19…it’s getting dark and I’m not leaving this park until I lay eyes on her. #Houston (Thanks to the @HoustonPolice for being so awesome and kind to us).” Late Monday, Smiley shared on Instagram that his daughter "made it out of her operation." He thanked everyone for their prayers, adding that she's "doing great."SOURCE: TV ONE, KHOU-TV



REPORT: Charlamagne Tha God To Host Weekly Talk Show On Comedy Central

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2020 –– Charlamagne tha God, host of the The Breakfast Club is getting his own talk show on Comedy Central reports Vulture. Details are still being worked out, but the new series will be a weekly half-hour with a focus on current events and cultural issues. Vulture reports there's no firm timetable for when it will premiere, but the goal is to get it in production by November’s election. The deal with Comedy Central reunites Charlamagne with Chris McCarthy, president of the Entertainment and Youth Group at Comedy Central parent company ViacomCBS. The duo first worked together nearly a decade ago, when the exec ran MTV2 and Charlamagne was a regular on the network’s breakout hit Guy Code.

“Charlamagne’s voice is very right for today,” he said. “It’s fresh and real and resonating in a way that very few can do.” Charlamagne told Vulture he and McCarthy started talking about doing a show together late last year, right around the time McCarthy was given oversight of Comedy Central. Given the past history and close relationship between the two men — “Chris was at my wedding,” he says — getting to an agreement was a quick process.

“Giving me a TV deal, almost ten years ago, didn’t really make any sense,” Charlamagne says. “I was a radio guy. It’s easy to say, ‘You know what? I think Charlamagne Tha God needs a talk show’ now. But almost ten years ago for him to have that vision, that did a lot for me. A lot of my success right now is because of those looks that I got on MTV2 and Viacom, at the time. And none of that would’ve happened if it wasn’t for Chris.” READ MORE HERE



BLOG: AM/FM Radio A Boost For TV Campaigns

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2020 –– This week’s Westwood One blog looks at how AM/FM radio adds incremental reach to TV campaigns using multiple cross-media case studies from Nielsen. Nielsen examined the TV and AM/FM radio campaign deliveries of a quick service restaurant, a home improvement retailer, a courier services company, a wireless provider, and a retailer. According to a new study by marketing effectiveness experts James Hurman and Peter Field, as the number of media channels used in a campaign increases, effectiveness grows.

Adding AM/FM radio to a digital plan, a TV plan, or a digital and TV plan can have stunning impact. -- Adding AM/FM radio to the TV plan generates a +20% lift in incremental reach. While each campaign utilized varying levels of TV and AM/FM radio investment, putting AM/FM radio into the media plan consistently increases campaign reach.

The younger the demographic, the greater the increase in incremental reach generated by AM/FM radio. Across the five categories, AM/FM radio generated an average +13% incremental lift TV reach among persons 55+ and a +26% increase in TV reach among persons 35-54. Among persons 18-49, reach grew by +33% and among persons 18-34, reach increased by +41%.

AM/FM radio generates large reach lifts in bigger households with children. Across the five case studies, AM/FM radio drove greater reach growth with larger households with kids and teens.

Hispanic and Asian audience reach soars with the addition of AM/FM radio. Nielsen finds putting AM/FM radio in the plan significantly lifts reach among Hispanic (+29%) and Asian (28%) audiences.

Reach among employed consumers gets a major boost when AM/FM radio is added to the plan. A larger percentage of TV viewers are retired. Most AM/FM radio listeners are employed. That’s why AM/FM radio is known as “the soundtrack of the American worker.” If a brand target includes the workforce, AM/FM radio is the ideal addition to the media plan. READ BLOG HERE




AJ Punjabi Named Market President For iHeart Charleston

THE MOUTH, JULY 7Th, 2020 –– iHeartMedia has named AJ Punjabi Market President for Charleston, effective immediately. He will report to Ron Hill, Area President of iHeartMedia Carolinas. “We’re excited to have AJ join iHeartMedia as our Market President in Charleston,” said Hill. “He’s a dynamic leader with a proven track record of building strong relationships and success for his company and their clients. AJ’s experience and leadership skills make him one of the best executives in our business, and he’ll be an excellent addition to our team serving the Low Country.”

Punjabi joins iHeartMedia Charleston from Cox Media Group in Miami, where he most recently served as the general sales manager. He also served as the digital sales manager for Cox Media Group in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia and as an account executive and senior digital strategist for WSB-TV in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Indiana University. 

“What an honor it is to be working alongside the successful sales and programming teams in Charleston while representing some of the most iconic brands in the market,” said Punjabi. “My mission is to continue building on a winning culture that positively impacts our employees, stations and the communities we serve. Many thanks to all those at iHeartMedia for this incredible opportunity.”




Amanda Carroll To Co-Host Mornings AT KKFS-FM Sacramento

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2020 –– Salem Media Group announced that Amanda Carroll joins KKFS (103.9 The FISH) will host mornings along with 20-year station vet, Matt Bisiaux. The new show, The Fish Morning Show with Amanda & Matt will debut mid-July. Salem General Manager/Regional V.P. Mark Durkin says, "We are thrilled to have someone with Amanda's passion, talent, and commitment to the community join our team and bring her considerable talent to our audience and platforms. We are proud to welcome her back to CCM!"

Amanda's radio career also includes Sacramento AC KYMX, K-LOVE, WGTS, KSBJ, and the Amanda Carroll Show on the Christian FM network. Carroll replaces Jodie Stevens, who after 17 years with KKFS, has relocated out of state for family considerations.





Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame Postponed Due To COVID-19

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2020 –– You can add The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame to the ever-growing list of events being sidelined due to COVID-19. According to WGNS Radio, the group's board of directors decided to postpone, not cancel, this year's induction ceremony slated for August 8th at Embassy Suites.

President Pamela Furr said they've been closely monitoring the number of coronavirus cases across the state and "numbers are on the rise again and this is extremely concerning for all of us." She mentioned they've been in contact with the Rutherford County Health Department, state Department of Health and other experts. "As much as we hate this, the TNRHOF Board of Directors has decided it is in the best interest of everyone to postpone our 9th Annual Induction Ceremony on Saturday, August 8th," Furr said.

Board member Chip Chapman, who produces the induction ceremony stated "The health and well-being of our inductees, their families and our membership is our primary concern. As disappointing as it is, please keep in mind this is only a postponement, NOT a cancellation. We will announce a date, hopefully in the near future, when we can gather together to properly celebrate and honor our 2020 class of inductees into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame."




Colleen Donohue Brittany Whalley Draw Promotions At Cox Long Island

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2020 –– Cox Media Group announced that Colleen Donohue (TL) is promoted to Digital Sales Director and Brittany Whalley (TR) hs been promoted to Integrated Sales Manager, a newly created position within the CMG Long Island team.

Both Donohue and Whalley are veteran CMG employees with more than 14 years of experience at CMG Long Island combined. Donohue began her career with CMG in March of 2014 as a Digital Specialist, responsible for working withmultiple account executives and their clients to develop strategic digital campaigns. After six years in this role, Donohue was promoted in Q2 of 2020, assuming the role of Digital Sales Director, a newly created position.

Whalley began her career with CMG back in September of 2012 as a Cross Platform Marketing Consultant. In 2017, she began her role as Marketing Strategist for CMG Health Marketing.

“It has been a pleasure watching Brittany grow with CMG over the past seven years. She has been a top Integrated seller on the team every year.  She fully understands the strategy behind developing complex and layered media programs that drive results,” said Tinley, VP/GM of CMG Long Island. “Brittany also took the role of developing the newer sellers and, most recently, became our CMG Health Marketing advocate. She has proven success in every role she has taken, and we are looking forward to her success in this new position!” 




Mile High Sports Taps The BetR Network For Sports Betting Content

THE MOUTH, JULY 7Th, 2020 –– The BetR Network has partnered with Skyview Networks for network audio and affiliate sales and distribution for Denver's Mile High Sports. Through this affiliate agreement, Mile High Sports (KDCO) is bringing sports betting information to Denver, including select content from VSiN, The Sports Betting Network. The first radio station in this new betting market to address increasing interest in sports betting news and analysis, Mile High Sports will air The BetR Network content on 104.7 FM and 1340 AM as well as online at and in the Mile High Sports mobile app.

Mile High Sports will tap The BetR Network to inform, entertain and educate listeners about sports and sports betting with daily VSiN content, including its celebrated morning show, Follow the Money with Mitch Moss and Pauly Howard, Brent Musburger’s My Guys in the Desert and The Lombardi Line, hosted by former NFL executive Michael Lombardi.

“We’re thrilled to facilitate this partnership that will allow Mile High Sports to bring the latest insights and analysis to one of the country’s newest sports betting markets by airing select VSiN content,” said Ken Thiele, CEO of Skyview Networks. “We’re seeing a real appetite for sports talk from our advertisers, and with the growing large market additions we are making, The BetR Network delivers our advertisers dedicated and engaged listeners.”



Charlie Daniels, Of 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' Fame, Passes Away At 83

THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2020 –– One of country's most beloved artists has died. Charlie Daniels, singer and songwriter, died Monday in Nashville. His death was confirmed by his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, who said he died of a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83 years old. According to NPR, Charlie Daniels was born Oct. 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He started out playing bluegrass locally with the Misty Mountain Boys before moving to Nashville in 1967. He co-wrote an Elvis Presley song, "It Hurts Me," in 1964. He played guitar and bass guitar on Bob Dylan's 1969 project Nashville Skyline, and later worked with Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and others. As the bandleader of the Charlie Daniels Band, he began hosting the Volunteer Jam in 1974 in Nashville.

Over the years, this wide-ranging festival featured artists like John Prine, Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Brown, Carl Perkins, Emmylou Harris and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 1979, Daniels won his only Grammy for his biggest mainstream hit: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. He was closely aligned with veterans' causes; in 2014, he co-founded The Journey Home Project, a charity dedicated to supporting veterans.

In memory of his passing, a couple of audio tributes have been produced free for use: The Mix Group produced a special Charlie Daniels tribute HERE - Password 'fiddle' - Benztown also produced a tribute available HERE - It was written by Bill Royal, voiced by Rob Reed, and produced by Tom Green.



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KFMB Changes Calls To KGB, San Diego's Talk 760 AM Following Acquisition

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia San Diego announced that the acquisition of AM 760 (KFMB-AM) from Local Media San Diego is complete. As a result of the acquisition agreement, the stations call letters will change to KGB-AM, effective July 4, 2020. As part of terms of sale, TEGNA Inc. retained ownership of the KFMB-AM call letters, which required iHeartMedia to make the change. The Federal 7Communications Commission has approved the use of new call letters KGB for AM 760.

“The KGB call letters are legendary in San Diego and we’re excited to make them a part of AM 760’s next chapter as San Diego’s Talk station,” 7said Melissa Forrest, Market President iHeartMedia San Diego. iHeartMedia began operating AM 760 KFMB under a local marketing agreement on March 17, 2020. The station will continue to broadcast its Talk format and full program lineup now that the change of ownership is complete. Full Programming Lineup: 3 a.m. – 4 a.m. First Light 4 a.m. – 6a.m. c 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. Armstrong & Getty 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Mark Larson Show 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Mike Slater Show (TL) 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Buck Sexton Show (R) 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Mark Levin Show 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Red Eye Radio




MOVES: Dave Hill Tapped As PD For Classic Rock KCFX-FM Kansas City

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has named Dave Hill PD of Classic Rock KCFX/101 The Fox Kansas City. Donna Baker, Regional Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Kansas City, commented, "Dave's history of leading great talent and teams to the highest level of winning is inspiring. This is the next exciting step in our growth of the iconic rock brand that is 101 The Fox."

Hill most recently served as SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Indianapolis and PD of Classic Rock WFBQ/Q95 and WOLT/ALT 103.3 until last November. Before that he programmed iHeartMedia Classic Rock WBGG (Big 105.9)/Miami and served as SVP of Programming for iHeart's Portland, OR group. Brian Philips, Cumulus EVP of Content & Audience, said, "Dave Hill impressed us with his pure programming creativity and vivid imagination. The Fox rules Classic Rock in KC, but we don't take our legacy for granted. Dave's fresh perspective and rich experience will help keep us on top." Hill added, "What a score! Most of my favorite things in one place -- a legendary Classic Rock station with a pro staff, competition BBQ, and a football town all wrapped into one gig! Thanks to Donna Baker, Doug Hamand, Troy Hanson and Brian Philips for giving me the opportunity to take the helm of KCFX."




Bonnie-Jill Laflin Parts Ways With KNBR San Francisco

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2020 –– A station source confirmed that KNBR and morning co-host personality Bonnie-Jill Laflin have parted ways reports Mercury News. Laflin joined Cumulus-owned KNBR in September of 2018, adding a female voice to the all-male cast of KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” show with Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey. Last year, she launched a new podcast on Westwood One — “The Weekly Pass” — featuring interviews with sports superstars.

Laflin had held a wide variety of posts in sports and entertainment, including modeling, acting (“Baywatch,” “Ally McBeal”), professional cheerleading (for the Warriors, 49ers and Dallas Cowboys), reality TV (“Basketball Wives”), broadcasting (Fox Sports, ESPN) and much more. She also was first female scout in the NBA — a position she held as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers organization.




iHeart Debuts The New Real 95.9 Youngstown

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Youngstown has debuted of the new Real 95.9, Youngstown’s REAL Hip Hop and R&B. To celebrate Real 95.9 kicked off with 5,000 songs in a row. The station lineup will feature Big Sue, Papa Keith and T-Roy. In addition, on July 13, 2020, the station will welcome the Premiere syndicated “The Breakfast Club.”

“Top 40 has evolved and Real 95.9 is the only station you’ll hear everywhere in The Mahoning Valley, playing today’s biggest Hip Hop and R&B hit songs,” said Keith Kennedy, Market President and Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Youngstown.



REPORT: Radio Quietly Scrubbing Term Urban In Describing Formats Or Charts


THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2020 –– According to Rolling Stone, while not all organizations are in agreement about what to do with the word 'Urban,' the radio community appears to be doing away with it. Bloomberg reported last month that iHeartMedia was in the process of removing “urban” from job titles. A representative confirmed at the time they were no longer using it, saying: "We have transitioned away from it and use more descriptive and specific names such as Hip-Hop and R&B for everything." The rep added, "We already didn’t use it to reference our Hip Hop and R&B stations as 7“Urban” on the air, but now we are also no longer using the term “Urban” internally or when referencing the format within the music industry. This includes job titles etc. The term is “definitely outdated,” the rep said.

In addition, multiple major label executives and other industry sources familiar with the issue tell Rolling Stone that the iHeart-owned data analytics company Mediabase is planning to remove “urban” from its chart names. This news follows Interscope Records recent announcement that it was dropping the term from its departments and job titles.

The word 'Urban' was was first popularized within the radio community in the Seventies by famed radio host Frankie Crocker, a pioneer of black radio in New York. READ STORY HERE



NuVoodoo Offers Free Webinar This Wednesday With Insights For Uncertain Times

New Listener Study Reveals Facebook and YouTube are Top Sources for News and Information for 14- to 54-Year-Olds

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2020 –– NuVoodoo Media Services announces that it is offering a free webinar this week, “Marketing in the New Abnormal”. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 1:00pm Eastern, and will share the latest findings of its Ratings Prospects Study XVI and important insights for marketing radio brands during uncertain times. With over 3,700 radio listeners, ages 14-54, across all PPM markets interviewed in late June 2020, respondents revealed that they most rely on Facebook and YouTube to stay informed, with local radio news stations ranked in the mid-tier along with local newspapers. However, the study found that there were notable differences between radio listeners in general and the smaller group inclined to participate in radio ratings. Register for the webinar at:

Participants were prompted to name all information sources they use to stay regularly informed. Facebook and YouTube topped the list for the respondent group overall, with Gen Z naming Facebook-owned Instagram and Google-owned YouTube the most. Facebook ranked first for both Millennials and Gen Xers. Older respondents were more apt to name traditional news outlets like cable and network news more frequently than the younger end of the participant spectrum.

Carolyn Gilbert, President, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “Despite the growing advertiser boycott in response to Facebook’s controversial decision to let organic content spread without a system of fact verification in place, our findings remind us just how powerful an influence the entire Facebook ecosystem (they own Instagram) has with a significant percentage of the country. Its ability to shape and influence public opinion is immense.”

Gilbert noted: “The resurgence of COVID-19 was in the middle of its upward trajectory when we fielded this study in late June. That’s why we are also tracking COVID-19 related perceptions on an ongoing basis, as public opinion is constantly shifting in reaction to the constantly evolving news cycle.”   

Register for Wednesday’s webinar at:




BIA Radio Webinar: U.S. Local Radio: State of the Industry Now & 2021, Set July 14

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2020 –– The next six months will be an interesting time for Radio operators. As we get to the next stage of the pandemic and start to see unemployment numbers drop and businesses re-emerge, Radio is uniquely positioned to benefit from this recovery..... To focus on current Radio opportunities and to help plan for next year, we’ll host the webinar, U.S. Local Radio: State of the Industry Now and 2021, on Tuesday, July 14 at 11 am eastern..

Managing Director, Rick Ducey, and Chief Economist, Mark Fratrik, will offer a state of the industry review to examine our forecast estimates, share of wallet estimates across media and Radio’s unique opportunities. Then, to wrap valuable sales instruction around the conversation is our guest speaker, Mark Levy, President of Revenue Development Resources. Mark has 35+ years of experience and expertise in growing organizations’ teams, profits and impact. GET MORE DETAILS HERE



Confused Brits Wake Up To The Wrong Times

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2020 –– The Times Newspaper launched Times Radio nationally in Britain last Monday. Unfortunately, a lot of people who tuned into the new national talk station from Rupert Murdoch’s News UK were trying to listen via Amazon’s smart speakers. They were directed to Times Radio Malawi, a music and talk station based in East Africa. Instead of hearing the Times Radio breakfast show hosts. listeners were treated to a Chichewa-language discussion of Malawi’s politics and some upbeat music. Users of Google’s smart speakers also had problems hearing Times Radio, with the voice assistant redirecting listeners to Chris Moyles on Radio X – after mistaking the word “Times” for the multiplication sign. Times Radio is also broadcast on DAB radio, online and via an app.

NEWFM In Australia Goes To War On Second Wave Of Panic Buying - Panic-buying is back in the news in Australia as the second wave of Covid-19 looms.  NEWFM’s Jade, Matty & Krivo (shown) decided that someone needed to intervene. They started by reaching out to panic buyers, asking for stories and for listeners to rat out someone they’ve seen panic buying. On their Breakfast show, Jade, Matty & Krivo spoke to a reformed panic buyer who has changed his life due to the pandemic, after opening with their panic-buying anthem. “It’s got to stop! Every roll matters!”. Speaking with Lord Mayor Nuatali Helmes, there came a solid piece of advice; “just go to a bigger shop”.
Read more and listen to a clip HERE

In Ireland, Radio Nova Recreates Its Own Glastonbury Festival - Radio Nova put together its own Glastonbury Festival to keep listeners company. The on-air event featured a lineup of ‘Live’ music and miniconcerts to celebrate the legendary festival which should have taken place last weekend. It kicked off on Friday night with Blondie live at 10pm and continued across the weekend with ‘Live’ concerts from REM, Lenny Kravitz, Al Green, Ian Dury and The Blockheads as well as live double-shots from Jackson Browne, Pete Gabriel, Paul Weller, Sheryl Crow and many more. The festival, which was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year at its usual home of Worthy Farm in Somerset, England but was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905.  Twitter: @GrahamMack
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Bert Weiss Inducted Into Georgia RHOF

THE MOUTH, JULY 2nD, 2020 –– John Long, co-creator of The Georgia Hall of Fame said he was 'chagrined that Bert Weiss fell short of induction two years before, but that all ended this week as Bert Weiss, host of the hugely successful Bert Show since 2001, was officially inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame reports The AJC's Rodney7 Ho. “I’m authentically honored and proud that the show has been consistently at a high quality and made an impact for almost two decades in Atlanta,” Weiss said. “In radio, that’s like 1,000 years. Ho says his longevity in this market among morning hosts is only exceeded by that of Kevin Avery and Taylor Scott at Fish 104.7, who arrived a year earlier.

7Two years ago, Weiss was nominated to the Hall and brought 20 friends and family to the ceremony but didn’t make the cut. “When you’re leaving a ceremony with no hardware,” Weiss said in a text, “it was a slice of humble pie in between shots of vodka.”

Georgia Radio Hall of Fame co-creator John Long said he was chagrined that Weiss fell short of the necessary votes from members. Weiss this year was bestowed a special Founders and Directors award, a discretionary award that has usually been given to unsung radio pioneers in Georgia. In this case, Long wanted to address what he saw was a major wrong regarding Weiss. “We felt really bad,” Long said. “He just missed it but obviously deserved inclusion.”

Weiss started in Atlanta in 2001 on a brand new station Q100 (now Q99.7) Weiss went into syndication in 2010 and is heard now heard in 24 markets including Nashville, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina; and Lexington, Kentucky. Since 2002, he has also run a non-profit Bert’s Big Adventure that has taken more than 200 kids with chronic or potentially fatal diseases to Walt Disney World every February (see top photo).




Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Media Announces LMA & Simulcast With WLIR-FM Long Island

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2020 –– John Catsimatidis’s Red Apple Media has entered into a Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) with VMT Media’s WLIR-FM, 107.1, Hampton Bays, New York. News of the deal comes just a few months after Catsimatidis purchased the legendary 777 TALKRADIO WABC, New York. The announcement was made live yesterday on WABC’s Curtis & Juliet show, with Curtis Sliwa and Juliet Huddy, and coincided with the launch of WABC’s simulcast on WLIR.

“When we bought WABC, I said we were in radio to stay,” exclaimed Catsimatidis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Red Apple Group. “Our expansion with this LMA and simulcast are just the beginning.

“We are committed to presenting all sides of the issues so that our listeners can make up their own minds, based on the facts,” added Dave LaBrozzi, Senior Vice President of Programming for WABC and WLIR-FM. “As we settle into the Long Island marketplace, we will explore the possibility of adding local talent to WLIR-FM.” Catsimatidis first got into radio with his syndicated Cats Roundtable, an interview program that airs on 16 stations in 10 markets, including New York, Washington, and Philadelphia.




Bomani Jones Inks Multi-Year Extension with ESPN

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2020 –– ESPN has reached a multi-year contract extension with Bomani Jones. He'll continue to lead his popular ESPN Podcast, The Right Time with Bomani Jones, twice per week (Tuesday and Thursday). In May, The Right Time was downloaded more than 650,000 times, a 60% increase over last year.

His ESPN Audio presence will also include regular guest appearances across ESPN Radio sports talk programming. Jones will play a significant role on Highly Questionable alongside Dan Le Batard, appearing three or four days each week. He will also continue to be a key contributor across ESPN’s television studio lineup, including SportsCenter, Get Up, Outside the Lines and as a panelist on Around the Horn.

“I'm thrilled to continue my tenure at ESPN,” Jones said. "The Right Time is growing, and the ability to share my voice on many shows and platforms is exciting in this moment.” Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president and executive editor, production, added, “Bomani’s voice is impactful and resonates across platforms. He is an important member of our team and we are very happy he will continue to help us serve sports fans.”




Bob Lawrence Exits Saga As VP/Programming

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2020 –– After 5 years as VP/Programming for Saga Communications, Detroit based Bob Lawrence announced he's decided to exit the post. "Being Saga VP Programming has been such a thrill. Leaving was a difficult decision but it just seems the right time. Saga is an incredible company and they’ve truly been fabulous to me. As they say on Disneyland’s Thunder Mountain... “This here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!” Lawrence adds, "It’s been a wonderful 5 year run. I’m just ready for a lifestyle change and new opportunities yet unseen."

Bob's career has included being one of the Original 98WCAU-FM Philadelphia Hot Hits Jocks; PD at CBS’ KHTR St Louis, Programmed Hot Hits in San Francisco at KITS, Ten years as Senior VP Operations at Broadcast Architecture, PD K101 (KIOI) San Francisco and Launched and Owned Research Firm Pinnacle Media Worldwide for 15 years.




SYNDICATION: B-Dub Radio Saturday Night Launches this Weekend in Partnership with Skyview Networks

THE MOUTH, JULY 2NCd, 2020 –– B-Dub’s newly rebranded show, B-Dub Radio Saturday Night, debuts July 4, 2020 in partnership with its syndication development partner, Skyview Networks. Bryan “B-Dub” Washington, is throwing a Fourth of July party featuring country radio’s superstar duo, LoCash, as a special guest to celebrate the show’s re-launch with listeners across the country. Skyview Networks has added new affiliates to B-Dub’s previous lineup, retaining major market stations in Chicago, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Denver and Portland.

B-Dub Radio Saturday Night features five hours of high-energy fun with B-Dub bringing the top stars of country music to listeners weekly. “Our syndication development team has already had incredible success affiliating stations, which speaks to the proven ratings and high-quality content B-Dub brings to the air for program directors and listeners,” said Steve Jones, President and COO of Skyview Networks.

“The growth and vision of Skyview Networks will take the listener experience to a new level and I am thrilled with the reach we will achieve together,” said B-Dub. “The team at Skyview Networks has the resources and flexibility that allow me to continue providing listeners the feel-good weekend party we promise with B-Dub Radio Saturday Night.” The B-Dub Radio Saturday Night launch party will go live on Facebook at 7pm EST. For affiliate sales information, email About Bryan “B-Dub” Washington




PODCAST: Steve Kramer's 'Certified Mama's Boy' Hits Top 20 In Podcast Magazine

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2020 –– Woke up to this exciting news I wanted to share! My podcast, Certified Mama's Boy, just hit #14 on Podcast Magazine's Top 50! This whole thing is so crazy to me. It launched 3 month ago and we're at 250,000 downloads. And the fact that my mom has become a little podcast celebrity is so funny to me. Just a quick reminder, it's a feel good podcast with the 3 principles: live, laugh, and love your 7Mom. I'm beyond grateful for the success of it.

The website is My radio material is at (between us,I should have some radio news soon, too) And thank you to you! Everytime you post my news, I get a lot of great feedback from the radio and podcast community so I hope you know I appreciate all you do! Kramer

"Live, Laugh, Love Your Mom - join Steve Kramer as he attempts to navigate life with thehelp of his mom, Nancy. Kramer’s road the last few years has been rocky, to say the least. From a hard divorce, to losing his dream job, to a weird medical diagnosis, maybe like your life, things haven’t been the easiest. But through it all, his mom has been there with some really motivational words that can help you, too. This podcast deals with daily life, relationships, marriage, divorce, the news, and whatever else goes through Kramer’s head. It’s here to make you laugh and keep going!"



EVENTS: United Stations & Storic Podcast Network Present 'Rock For Relief' Benefit

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2020 –– United Stations Media Networks and Storic Media Podcast Network present the “Rock For Relief” benefit concert supporting Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund on July 3 at 8pm ET and again at 11pm ET. United Stations and Storic are teaming up with Feeding America to raise awareness and donations for families in local communities across the nation. The “Rock For Relief” benefit show will be hosted by Lou Brutus and Riki Rachtman and talent interviews conducted by Alice Cooper and Joe Satriani.

The line-up of performances includes headliner Corey Taylor alongside, Gavin Rossdale, George Thorogood, Don Felder (a former lead guitarist of the Eagles), Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), Lzzy Hale & Joe Hottinger (Halestorm), Jesse Hasek & Brian Vodinh (10 Years), Filter, Lisa Loeb, The Dead Daisies, Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), Starset, Brandon Saller (Atreyu), Ricky Byrd, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, Joe Grushecky, Kathy Sledge, Bones Owens, BJ Thomas, Danielia Cotton & Mickey Factz, Matt Bigland (Dinosaur Pile-Up) and more! Appearances by Peter Frampton, Melissa Rivers, and Adam Gontier of Saint Ansonia TO AIR HERE

“We are so pleased to put on “Rock For Relief” in order to give back to our fellow Americans during such a tumultuous time,” said Kristin Verbitsky, Director of Storic. “I want to thank the incredible talent who graciously donated their time to make this happen. I know that music lovers are missing live concerts, myself included, and I’m hoping we can fill that void just a little bit this July 4th weekend and raise funds for Feeding America.”




94.7 The Wave L.A. Host Second Installment Of 'Justice Now: Communities 2 Unity

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2020 –– Entercom Los Angeles honored Independence Day yesterday by hosting the second installment of JUSTICE NOW! – Communities 2 Unity,” an on-air open discussion about the role music has played, and continues to play, in social change. Subtitled “Music for the Movement,” the RADIO.COM original program aired on 94.7 The Wave (KTWV-FM) as well as nationally via RADIO.COM and the station’s website.

Co-hosted by The Wave’s Pat Prescott and renowned musician, author, cultural icon and station artist Sheila E., the program welcomed Aloe Blacc to discuss the evolution of music in historical social movements, as well as what present artists are doing to make a difference. Singer-songwriter H.E.R .also introduced her new song “I Can’t Breath.” “Our first ‘Justice Now’ program facilitated an important discussion about crucial community issues and was met with great success,” Jeff Federman, Regional President, Entercom said prior to the event.



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American Top 40 'Still Reaching For The Stars' As It Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2020 –– Premiere Networks announced that this weekend, July 4 and 5, marks the50th anniversary of American Top 40 (AT40) - the most famous countdown show in radio history. As part of a year-long 7celebration, AT40 host Ryan Seacrest will highlight an iconic artist moment from the show’s archives every weekend, including interviews with the stars and the show’s creator and original host Casey Kasem. Listeners will also have the opportunity to win prizes and one-of-a-kind experiences throughout the year.

“Over the past five decades, American Top 40 has become a cultural touchpoint for millions of people around the globe,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “Casey Kasem created the gold standard 7that we carry on today, and we’re so proud of how Ryan has expanded that legacy. He’s taken the show to new heights over the past 16 years with added reach, engagement and technology, while continuing to drive impressive results for our partners.”

American Top 40 was created by Casey Kasem in 1970. Seacrest debuted as host of the program in January 2004, and continued the tradition of counting down the Top 40 songs and interviewing the biggest stars in entertainment. The program was also revolutionized with added technology. Building on the interactive quality of, the audience was allowed to vote for their favorite songs, enter contests for concert flyaways and communicate directly with Seacrest.

Today, American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest continues to be the number one countdown show in the U.S. and can be heard on nearly 500 radio stations worldwide. For more information, please visit




Radio.Com To Help Get Out The Vote With Double Bash On July 4th Weekend


THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2020 –– RADIO.COM will celebrate Independence Day with two exclusive music events on July 3 and 4 to remind everyone to register to vote, in partnership with When We All Vote. The organization is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American. Both events will be streamed live nationwide on-air on select RADIO.COM stations and on the RADIO.COM app and website.

To kick off the celebration, “Party In Place” will air on July 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT across all RADIO.COM alternative stations nationwide. The three-hour event will feature exclusive sets from deadmau5, Disclosure, Major Lazer, ODESZA, RÜFÜS DU SOL and Toro y Moi, as well as a world premiere and unreleased music from Flume and Rezz, with a special career-spanning mix from Porter Robinson, all performing virtually from their home studios.

The following day, “Summer Bash,” will feature performances by Marshmello, Black Eyed Peas, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Kygo, Lil Jon, and Steve Aoki. “Summer Bash” will air at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT on July 4 on all RADIO.COM top 40 stations across the country. “We’re looking forward to virtually coming together to enjoy incredible performances that will bring the festival experience right to listeners’ homes,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Entercom. “We’re especially proud to celebrate Independence Day by supporting When We All Vote’s important mission to increase voter participation, one of the most patriotic acts we can do for our country.” Starting today and continuing throughout the broadcasts, listeners are encouraged to register to vote by visiting or



SYNDICATION: DeDe In The Morning Descends On Oklahoma City's V103 For Mornings


THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2020 –– Compass Media syndicated DeDe In The Morning has notched another affiliate. This time it's Oklahoma City's V103. They'll officially take over on Monday, June 29. The show will run weekdays from 5am-10am central time. The station adds that they'll keep playing the same great throwback hip-hop and R&B in between the hilarious antics, great news, and exciting conversations that make DeDe in the Morning a must-listen show.

DeDe in the Morning is distributed nationally via a partnership between Service Broadcasting Group (SBG) Urban KKDA (K104)/Dallas and Compass Media Networks. For more information visit . Call Nancy to affiliate (914) 708-1451 or email




REPORT: 640/WGST Among Stations Replaced By Black Information Network

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2020 –– iHeartMedia has dropped Fox News 640/WGST-AM in Atlanta for its newly launched Black Information Network. According to The AJC's Rodney Ho, they join with fourteen other launch stations are in markets such as Augusta, Columbus, Charlotte, Detroit, San Francisco and Norfolk. Many are on the FM dial. The company has called it “the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service dedicated to providing an objective, accurate and trusted source of continual news coverage with a Black voice and perspective.”

Tony Coles (TL) serves as President of BIN: Black Information Network.  Coles, who also serves as Division President of the iHeartMedia Markets Group. Tanita Myers (TR) will be Director of News Operations for BIN:  Black Information Network.  Myers is a seasoned network and local Producer, Broadcaster and News Anchor with 15 years’ experience at Reach Media. She was formerly Director of Operations for The Tom Joyner Morning Show; Executive Producer of Rickey Smiley Morning Show; and a reporter in News, Traffic and Weather for various major market stations.

WGST, in the 1980s and 1990s, was a powerful news/talk station in Atlanta when more listeners were on AM. It competed with WSB. For a time, the station also had an FM simulcast on 105.7, which fueled ratings. The station, which for a time aired the Atlanta Braves, was a launching pad for Clark Howard, Sean Hannity and Neal Boortz.



STUDY: First-Ever Latino Podcast Report Shows 25%Percent Of Latinos Listen Monthly


THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2020 –– The Latino Podcast Listener Report from Edison Research finds that 25% of U.S. Latinos age 18+ have listened to a podcast in the last month, and 45% of U.S. Latinos age 18+ have ever listened to a podcast. The study also shows increases in podcast listening for over half of U.S. Latinos age 18+ since the outbreak of COVID-19.

The Latino Podcast Listener Report is the first and only comprehensive research on Latino podcast listeners in the United States; it was conducted by Edison Research and commissioned by Adonde Media, Lantigua Williams & Co., Libsyn, NPR, and Pandora. Findings from the study debuted in two webinars on June 30, one in English and one in Spanish, presented by Gabriel Soto, Manager of Research at Edison Research, and Martina Castro, CEO of Adonde Media. 

The study shows that 36% of U.S. Latinos have listened to a podcast in English and 24% of U.S. Latinos have listened to a podcast in Spanish. Language dominance, in general, does not seem to correlate with the likelihood to be a monthly or weekly listener to podcasts, though: 25% of all U.S. Latinos in non-Spanish-language dominant households have listened to a podcast in the last month compared to 26% of those in Spanish-language dominant households. Also, 20% of all U.S. Latinos in non-Spanish-language dominant households have listened to a podcast in the last week, which is the same number (20%) as those in Spanish-language dominant households.

Of all U.S. Latino podcast listeners, 52% are listening to podcasts more since the COVID-19 pandemic. Of U.S. Latino monthly podcast listeners, 55% are male, 50% are 18-34, and 47% identify as the first generation in the United States. SEE REPORT HERE



EVENTS: The AWMF Foundation Announces Virtual Gracie Awards Show On Sept. 10th


THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2020 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announces the 45th Annual Gracie Awards will be streamed virtually on September 10, 2020. The Gracies, originally scheduled for May 19, 2020, was intended to be held at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, and the Gracies Luncheon, originally scheduled for June 24, 2020, was intended to be held in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street. The 2020 honorees will now be celebrated through a series of digital acceptance speech montages along with a virtual awards ceremony.

“The leadership of AWMF, which annually presents the Gracies as our largest fundraiser, has had one singular focus – to appropriately acknowledge and celebrate our outstanding winners in whatever manner is feasible this year,” said Becky Brooks, Executive Director of AWM/F. “Therefore, we have made the decision to shift this year’s events to virtual experiences to ensure recognition of all winners in this very important year.” The Gracie Awards recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets. The full list of this year’s honorees can be found HERE



HONORS: KRBE Houston's Roula & Ryan Show Named 'Best Morning Show' In Local Poll

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2020 –– On a week where we learned that Ryan Chase, co-host of KRBE-Houston's Roula and Ryan Show was diagnosed with the Covid-19 Virus, we thought it was only fitting that we shared this bit of good news from last week. In The Houston Chronicle's annual 'Best of Best' poll, their top rated show drew honors for being 'Houston's Best Morning Show. SEE LIST HERE

Finalist also included 89.3 KSBJ -with Rachelle and Carder & 94.5 the Buzz's Rod Ryan Show. TOP PHOTO L-R: Sam, Special K, Ryan, Roula & Eric Rowe.




SNAPS: Looking Back At Amercan Top 40, The Vintage Years

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2020 –– As a follow up to our lead story, this weekend marks the 50th Anniversary of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem! BFF Gary Krantz, Krantz Media Group chief, posted in Facebook: "I had the honor of working with Casey when I was SVP/Programming at AMFM Networks. Shown above is a photo of AMFM Colleagues at Management conference in in 1999. (L-R) David Lebow , the late great Steve Rivers , Casey, John Madison, Jay Leno and Bev Tilden.

Gary adds: “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!”



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MTV Will Still Hold In-Person VMA's 2020; Limited Capacity Or No Audience Options

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2020 –– In a surprise move, MTV announced it is going ahead with a live Video Music Awards on August 30. New York governor Andrew Cuomo (R) announced in Monday's press conference that the event would be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays 7Center arena with “limited or no audience.”

“We are working on several contingency plans to bring music’s biggest night to audiences everywhere,” the VMAs said in a statement. "Among the measures all parties involved have aligned to include extensive social distancing procedures, meaningful capacity limitations, the virtualization of components where possible, and limited capacity or no audience,”

7The release added that “Details and potential options to come at a later date based on the science and data in New York.”

The Vulture reported at least some of the event will take place remotely, although the release also promises the event will span all five boroughs — Brooklyn, The Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and Manhattan.

The VMAs confirmed that “the health and safety of artists, fans, industry, staff, and partners is still of the utmost importance.”



iHeart Launches Black Information Network

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2020 –– Today marks the launch of BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service dedicated to providing an objective, accurate and trusted source of continual news coverage with a Black voice and perspective.  BIN is focused on service to the Black community and 7providing an information window for those outside the community to help foster communication, accountability and a deeper understanding. 

BIN will be distributed nationally through the iHeartRadio app and accessible via mobile, smart speakers, smart TVs and other connected platforms, and on dedicated all-news local AM/FM broadcast radio stations providing local 7news, weather traffic and sports in addition to national news -- all focused on the Black community and from the Black perspective -- in markets including Atlanta,Augusta,Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, GA, Detroit, Greenville, Macon, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Riverside, San Francisco and Seattle, with additional local markets being added over the next 60 days.

Tony Coles (TL) will be President of BIN: Black Information Network.  Coles, who also serves as Division President of the iHeartMedia Markets Group. Tanita Myers (TR) will be Director of News Operations for BIN:  Black Information Network.  Myers is a seasoned network and local Producer, Broadcaster and News Anchor with 15 years’ experience at Reach Media. She was formerly Director of Operations for The Tom Joyner Morning Show; Executive Producer of Rickey Smiley Morning Show; and a reporter in News, Traffic and Weather for various major market stations.

“We are pleased and proud to support the launch of BIN: Black Information Network by contributing resources that will have the greatest impact – our reach, our multiple platforms, our technology infrastructure and our broad, in-depth relationships with consumers,” said Bob Pittman (L) Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia.  “The commitment to service, and the immediate need we saw for a news and information destination for the Black community, accelerated the launch of BIN: Black Information Network to serve this community in an important new way.  We are honored to be joined by some of the most important companies in the world that are also committed to this mission.” 



STUDY: Americans Want Brands That Support Current Social Issues Like 'Black Lives Matter'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2020 –– This weeks' Westwood One blog features an AM/FM radio format planning tool that can help advertisers find causes that resonate with AM/FM radio audiences. For many advertisers today, selling a product or service isn’t enough. Companies also have brand-purpose initiatives aimed at bettering the world. Brand purposes can range from environmental issues, equality, local charities, or community concerns. In addition to working towards improvements, brand purpose is used as a way to connect with consumers.

Consumers want brands that support important social issues: A recent national study conducted by research firm NuVoodoo found that Americans want brands that support current social issues like the Black Lives Matter movement. Most consumers had positive impressions of companies or media outlets that issued statements, publicly donated, ran ads, explicitly denounced White Supremacy, and removed or changed offensive content that had previously aired.

Using the first planning tool, advertisers can look at brand-purpose indices for each AM/FM radio programming format. For example, News/Talk listeners are 54% more likely to have volunteered for a charitable organization in the last 12 months and are 67% more likely than the general population to be a member of a charitable organization.

The second planning grid depicts the audience reach of brand-purpose targets achieved with AM/FM radio programming format: For example, 18% of those who hold religious faiths and beliefs are reached by Country AM/FM radio on a weekly basis.

Best practice: Prioritize reach, the #1 media sales driver, over index: According to a Nielsen study of nearly 500 advertising campaigns, reach is by far the most significant driver of sales. For brand-purpose campaigns to make a meaningful impact, select AM/FM radio formats with large amounts reach among target audiences. Let us know if you would like more information from the Insights team. READ BLOG HERE




Man Tells Cop He Had ‘Probably Too Much Alcohol' Before Crash That Killed Wichita Host

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2020 –– The man charged with killing longtime Wichita radio host Don Hall in a drunken-driving crash this Spring had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit to drive in the hours after the deadly collision, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday by Sedgwick County District Court. The Wichita Eagle reports that three vials of blood drawn from Ray Anthony Watkins by hospital staff were tested for blood-alcohol content by the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center after Wichita police obtained a search warrant for them.

As Watkins was sitting in the backseat of the police car, he asked the officer what was happening. The officer responded by asking “what he thought was going on and Watkins replied ‘I think I ran a red light,’” the affidavit says. Watkins later acknowledged in a police interview that he had been drinking beer prior to driving. “When asked about how much he had had to drink Watkins responded, ‘probably too much,’” the affidavit says.

Hall, longtime co-host of Entercom's KEYN’s morning show, was headed to work when the collision occurred. Hall was pinned in the car and died at the scene from injuries that included fatal trauma to his torso.



PODCAST: Accomplished Hosts Offer Listeners A Behind The Scenes Look At Pop Culture

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2020/PR Newswire –– Three very accomplished film/tv/radio personalities are joining forces for a unique weekly dive into the world of pop culture. Rather than being an opinion based podcast, "The Pop Culture Show" lets listeners eavesdrop on friends of over 30 years dishing about their experiences from the inside, 7sometimes even including special guests who don't normally appear on such shows. The Pop Culture Show features Barnes, Leslie and Cubby. In its limited test run, it met with incredible success, soaring to the Top 25 of the Apple Podcast Entertainment News US chart - as high as #4, and staying in the top 25 weekly.

All three hosts; Steve Barnes, Leslie Fram, and Paul "Cubby" Bryant, are multiple award-winning broadcasters and have crossed over into several mediums. They are indeed living the stories they are telling. The TV-addicted Steve Barnes is an Atlanta-based entrepreneur, actor, producer, and tech gadgets aficionado. He's well know as part of the MorningX on 99X/Atlanta. Recently featured in Rolling Stone & The Hollywood Reporter, Leslie Fram has had a very successful career in radio broadcasting to include Program Director and Morning Show co-host at 99X/Atlanta and WRXP/New York. In 2011 she transitioned from rock radio to country television to take the position of SVP of Music & Talent at CMT (Country Music Television). Paul "Cubby" Bryant is the current top morning show host in NYC, on 106.7 WLTW. He's been a legendary name in the radio industry for more than 30 years, including time spent co-hosting with Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg on her nationally syndicated morning show.

"The Pop Culture Show" kicks off with presenting sponsor, and can be found beginning this week via Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Pandora (coming soon).




Andy & Nichole Exit Mornings On WMEE Ft. Wayne

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2020 –– Citing a move 'in a new direction,' Federated Media's popular WMEE Morning Show with Andy and Nichole on 97.3 FM has come to an end reports WANE. Last Friday, co-host Nichole Roberts announced she was leaving the show to stay home with her children full-time. This was Roberts last day at WMEE after nearly 11 years, including nine on the station’s morning show.

According to WANE, following the departure of Roberts, WMEE owner Federated Media's management decided to continue minus co-host Andy Beckman. “Nichole made the decision to leave radio to stay home with her kids,” said Operations Manager Jimmy Knight. “With her departure we will be going in a new direction in morning drive with a new team. Once that time comes it will be a live & local show.”

As of now, the morning slot features 'Today’s Best Variety” - The Andy & Nichole show had aired for the last 9 1/2 years.




EVENT: SBG'S Jason Bailey To Guest On The Gracies Interview Series – Virtual Gathering

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2020 –– SBG's Jason Bailey will join as a special guest for The Gracies Interview Series with moderator Deborah Parenti. The event will be held virtually on Thursday, July 2, at 2:00 pm EST.

Titled: Leading Through New Times – Inspiring Action and Ensuring Company Growth, Sun Broadcast President, and AWM Honorary Trustee, Jason Bailey, joins for a conversation about leading a company, and inspiring long-lasting change when uncertainty is the only constant. Jason will share, and answer questions, about when to speak, listen and take action based on the experiences and reactions

Moderated by Deborah Parenti, Publisher, Radio Ink/RBR+TVBR/Podcast Business Journal, to learn, and engage, with one of the most engaging and passionate leaders in radio who is influencing all forms of media.CLICK HERE TO REGISTER




BUSINESS: Mr. Master Extends Partnership With Cumulus

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2020 –– Mr. Master has extended its partnership with Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) to include all of its 424 local stations across 87 markets. Effective immediately. John Kaufman, Cumulus Media’s SVP of Revenue Strategy and Operations said, “We were answering a call from our markets, which were looking for a way to improve the network continuity process and save meaningful time. Mr. Master’s AIM software offers a great solution for all Cumulus markets." AIM is a work-from-anywhere software solution for traffic, continuity, production, programming, and sales departments that automatically processes network spots, shows and affidavits.

The innovative software helps clients maximize ad dollars, stretch resources, minimize operational costs, and utilize inventory while providing 100% ad accountability and affidavits within 24 hours.




SNAPS: Brad Paisley Surprises Airstaff On WIRK-FM In Fireworks Safety Video - WATCH

THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH, 2020 –– New Country 103.1 WIRK/Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach debuted their new "Fireworks Safety" video for the upcoming 4th of July holiday this weekend, which features the entire WIRK airstaff; Tim Leary, Chelsea Taylor, Garrett Phillips, Moriah Daniels, Nick Diakun, Kristen Levenick, and Phil Flatts...AND a surprise guest appearance by Brad Paisley!

"None of the airstaff had any idea Brad was doing this," said Chelsea Taylor. Bruce Logan (PD) and video producer Garrett Phillips had kept things secret until the video was posted this morning and they all saw it for the first time. "If this country music thing doesn't end up working out for Brad, he could probably get some decent work in the voice-over industry," says Tim Leary. WATCH HERE



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BET Awards 2020: The Full Winners List

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BLOG: Shorter Stop-Sets Work But Great Talk Content & Music Ultimately Prevail

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2020 – In talent consultant/manager Randy Lane's latest blog he says, "Some FM music stations are reducing spot loads and guaranteeing shorter stop times. The idea is that shorter stops provides a better listening experience, improves advertiser results, and makes terrestrial radio more competitive with audio streaming services and satellite radio. We are vulnerable to audio competitors like Spotify that only play a fraction of the commercials aired on radio. Run as few commercials as you can while still making a profit. Research Studies show that7tune-out occurs most at transitions, particularly from content into commercials. Theoretically, stopping for spots only once or twice per hour maintains more TSL.

According to Coleman Insights, longer commercial breaks equal higher audience loss. Listeners begins tuning out around the one-minute mark, and the longer the commercial set, the greater the loss. This point defies the wisdom of two long bowtie stop sets. The debate is, will two long (5-6 minutes) stop sets maintain more listeners than three shorter (3-4 minutes) stop sets?

Lane tells Jockline: "Shorter commercial breaks are definitely better for the listener's experience and for advertisers. However, shorter breaks alone will not help ratings unless the music and talk content are excellent. Outstanding music and talk content will ultimately prevail no matter how long the stop sets are and how many times you stop." (Lane credits Sinclair Seattle’s Kent Phillips, iHeart LA's John Peake and RLC’s Jeff McHugh for their contributions to this article}.



Eric 'EJ Johnson Named PD At WJBR-FM In Wilmington, Delaware

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2020 –– Beasley Media Group announcesEric 'EJ' Johnson has been named Program Director at WJBR-FM in Wilmington, Delaware. He will officially begin his new position on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020. Johnson most recently served as program director at Beasley’s 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. Previously, he spent the past 19 years working as the Brand Manager and Program Director at New Jersey 101.5 FM. Prior to that, Johnson worked as the Assistant Program Director at WIP and the Program Director at Y-100 in Philadelphia.

In his new role, the radio veteran will be in charge of content for WJBR-FM’s on air and digital platforms as well as hosting the afternoon drive show on the station.

“WJBR has been a market leader in Wilmington for decades and with EJ at the helm, we’re confident that the station will continue that tradition,” said Beasley Media Group Philadelphia Vice President and Market Manager Joe Bell. “EJ’s many years of multi-format experience in the Delaware Valley makes him the perfect fit for a heritage station like WJBR,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase. “We are very pleased to have him back at Beasley.”

“Thank you to Joe Bell, Justin Chase and Bruce Beasley for bringing me back to the family,” said Johnson. “I’m looking forward to working with the Beasley management team and the talented staff at Mix 99.5 WJBR in serving our listeners and the community!  The station has such a rich heritage in Wilmington and the tri-state area and has a tremendous signal. We will make it shine!”




KRBE Houston's Ryan Chase Becomes Latest Radio Host Diagnosed With Coronavirus

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2020 –– With Texas re-closing several establishments amid the resurgence of COVID-19 spikes, longtime KRBE-FM Roula & Ryan co-host, Ryan Chase announced he has officially tested positive for the virus. He tells Jockline: "I am now 10 days into this illness, but only got the official word (Sunday). I am mainly worried about my daughter and family. I am hoping that I have not 7passed this on to them. So far, so good. It is a strange illness. It seems like every day it attacks something new. I have had all the usual symptoms: fever, body aches, headaches, chest congestion, loss of smell and taste."

He adds, "Luckily, I had been in pretty decent shape leading up to this, so I think my body is fighting this. It was frustrating how difficult it was to get a test. I just hope people continue to wear their masks, stay at home when possible, and social distance! Stay safe my friends!" Ryan also kept a sense of humor about the ordeal. When asked about the diagnosis, he sent us the photo at right of the attack.

Back in May we reported that crosstown Adrian Hoss Perez, morning producer with Cox Media Group, was hospitalized with the virus. We're happy to report he's since recovered and back at work.




Sean Strife Fills Afternoons At WKQI Detroit

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2020 –– While no official word yet from iHeart, we confirmed that 7WZEE-FM Madison, WI, host Sean Strife has filled the the afternoon post at WKQI Detroit. The slot was recently left vacant with the move of Joe Carballo to the all new joeShow on sister-station WFLZ/Tampa.

Carballo, the son of WKQI's iconic morning host Mojo, was WKQI's former PM-drive, APD & MD.

Prior to Madison, Strife served at KOSY-FM, Cedar Rapids, IA. He now reports to Tony Travatto, but not before a quick pose under the marquee in downtown Detroit.



Will Cain Announces Departure From ESPN

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2019 –– Following news that former NFL Hall-of-Famer Keyshawn Johnson is headed to mornings on ESPN Radio, Will Cain announced on on Twitter that last Friday (6/26) would be his last day with the sport's outlet. Cain was the host of The Will Cain Show on ESPN Radio and frequently appeared on ESPN’s First Take. According to The Source, It appears that Cain walked away on his own terms. Cain old his followers that he would be announcing his next gig in the coming days but all indications are that he's returning to his former home on Fox TV.

“I’m thankful for my five years at ESPN and loved every day of The Will Cain Show. We’ve had fun, challenged consensus, sought the truth and succeeded in growing this time slot beyond historical expectations,” Cain said on Twitter. “I’ll miss my colleagues, friends and hanging with the fellas (the best and most loyal producers in the game) every day. And I will miss our audience.” Several news outlets reported in April that Will Cain is expected to return to Fox News where he once was an on-air political commentator.



PODCAST: Entercom's Podcast Network Is Top Commercial Network For 2nd Month In A Row

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2020 ––Entercom’s Podcast Network is the top commercial network for the second month in a row, according to Triton. From May 11 through June 7, the network had more than 22.6 million average weekly downloads. Entercom’s Podcast Network, which includes powerhouse studios Cadence13 and Pineapple Street, is the most influential and one of the largest podcast platforms in the country with an ever-expanding roster of chart-topping shows that Americans plan their lives around. In addition, Triton’s latest four-week ranker featured 22 shows from Entercom’s Podcast Network in the Top 100, the most of any publisher for the third month in a row despite new networks joining the report.

Notable podcast rankings highlights include: Pod Save America ranked highest at No. 9 Unlocking Us, with Brené Brown (shown above) , at No. 18 Views at No. 19 Revisionist History moved up 14 places to No. 29 with the launch of its 5th new season Rise at No. 63 Against the Rules with Michael Lewis made its list debut at No. 81 All The Smoke rose seven places to No. 88 Skimm This, which recently went to a weekly format, entered the top 100 at No. 93 Reaching over 28M people each month.

The Entercom Podcast Network includes leading personalities such as Brené Brown, Malcom Gladwell and Andrew Yang, and hit shows like Pod Save America, Views Podcast with David Dobrik, Hope Through History with Jon Meacham, and RISE Podcast with Rachel Hollis, The Clearing, and The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow, among others.



Chris Jones Named SVP/Sales For iHeart Atlanta

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2020 –– iHeart announced that Chris Jones has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for the Atlanta market, effective immediately. He will report to Justin Schaflander, Market President for iHeartMedia Atlanta. “I am thrilled to have Chris on my team — he is a seasoned management veteran and has truly earned the opportunity to become the VP of Sales here in Atlanta,” said Schaflander. “Chris is a fantastic sales leader and I am confident that he will be an integral part of our success now and well into the future.”

Jones most recently served as the general sales manager for iHeartMedia Atlanta. He began his career at Eagle Rock Distributing and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. “Atlanta has been my home for thirty-eight years, having grown up in Lithonia, attending UGA and residing in Marietta with my beautiful bride, Shell, and my two amazing daughters, Maggie and Kate Belle,” said Jones. “I am blessed to have called Atlanta home. I love everything that is Atlanta — the energy, excitement and diversity. I am excited to lead the charge for iHeartMedia Atlanta and the incredibly talented group of sellers, support, talent, and leadership I get to work alongside.”




Beloved 60's And 70's Boston Radio Great Arnie 'Woo Woo' Ginsburg Passes Away At 93

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2020 –– Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg, one-time host of the legendary 'The Night Train' on Boston Radio, has passed away at the age of 93. Arnie fell in love with radio at a very early age, and began as a talented broadcast engineer at both WBOS and WBCN. His most memorable runs as one of New England's most iconic radio personalties was at 68/WRKO and 1510/WMEX.

Later in his career he was EVP of Pyramid Broadcasting, which owned WXKS (Kiss 108 FM). Through the 1960's and 70's his evening show was called "The Night Train" and his steam engine style whistle tagged him with the "woo woo" moniker. A plethora of sound effects and noise-makers were a staple of his on-air presentation. He introduced nearly every major rock and pop star of the golden era of top 40 radio! In the 1980's he became involved with an MTV-style UHF TV station, with John Garabedian, known as V66.

Radio videographer and historian, Art Vuolo, tells Jockline that in recent years Arnie enjoyed life in Ogunquit, Maine, a resort town on the southern coast of The Pine Tree State. He would have turned 94 on August 5, 2020. Vuolo archived the WRKO Reunion three years ago which featured all five original DJ's, they were: Arnie, Al Gates, Joel Cash, J J Jeffrey and Chuck Knapp. - WATCH TRIBUTE HERE.



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REPORT: Keyshawn Johnson Headed To ESPN Radio; What's Next For Golic & Wingo?

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2020 –– According to reports, pro football Hall of Famer Keyshawn Johnson (TL) is headed to ESPN Radio for a new morning show. It's part of a shake-up that could leave Mike Golic (TC) and his co-host Trey Wingo's (TR) future with the sports network in limbo. The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reports thatJohnson is expected to begin in mid-August. Both Wingo and Golic Sr. have contracts that end at the conclusion of this year, according to sources. The third member of the Golic and Wingo morning team is Mike Golic Jr. (L). He is under contract beyond this year and is expected to remain on a revamped lineup, likely in the afternoon or evenings.

7Meanwhile, Marchand says Golic’s old radio partner, Mike Greenberg (R), is moving closer to an early afternoon slot to add to his TV duties as the host of “Get Up.” Network executives have discussed slicing an hour off of the Dan Le Batard program that currently runs from 10-1 p.m., according to sources, and having Greenberg work 12-2 p.m., but Le Batard, who7 has two years remaining on his deal, may still hold onto his full three hours with Greenberg moving into a 1-3 p.m. It is undetermined, says Marchand.

As for Johnson’s partner(s), As for Johnson’s partner(s), Marchand writes that is still up in the air. Among names include, Jason Fitz — who currently hosts First Take, My Take — is under contract and could be considered with Johnson or may end up in the afternoons. "The ESPN Radio shakeup is in progress," says Marchand. "Johnson is in, Greenberg is likely and Golic Sr. and Wingo have futures in doubt."



Marc Hochman Inks Multiyear Extension With Entercom Miami Combo

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced a new multiyear contract extension with on-air personality Marc Hochman (shown above in front). The host will continue to be heard on “Hochman and Crowder” alongside co-host Channing Crowder (shown above in rear) on AM 790 The Ticket (WAXY-AM), the flagship station of the Miami Heat, weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. Hochman will also continue to be heard from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET via simulcast on sister station 560 The Joe WQAM (WQAM-AM), the radio home of the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami Hurricanes and Florida Panthers.

“Marc is a staple in the Miami sports media scene and brings a dynamic repertoire to our weekday sports talk programming on both The Ticket and The Joe,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “With four flagship partnerships between the two stations, the lack of live sports has created a unique challenge in programming, but Marc and Channing have continued to inform, entertain and engage with listeners. We look forward to more in the years to come.”

“I couldn't be more thrilled to continue hosting afternoon drive along with Channing Crowder,” said Hochman. “This is, without question, the most fun I've ever had doing radio. I'm so grateful that Miami has really embraced our show over the years and I can't wait to continue doing it for many years to come.” Hochman joined WQAM as an afternoon drive host in 2013 after spending the previous 10 years as Executive Producer of “The Dan Le Batard Show” AM 790 The Ticket.




Chuck Damico Named Program Director at Beasley 97.5 The Fanatic Philadelphia

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2020 –– Beasley has named Chuck Damico to Program Director (PD) at 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. He will begin his new position immediately. Damico has worked in a variety of positions at the Philadelphia-based radio cluster since 1994. The South Jersey native most recently has been serving as the PD at 95.7 BEN-FM and Assistant Program Director (APD) at WMMR-FM. Previously, he worked as the Promotions Director at the legendary rock station. In addition to his new programming duties at the Fanatic, he will continue to serve as the APD at WMMR-FM as well as consult with BEN-FM until a permanent replacement is announced.

“Chuck was the perfect person to take the helm at The Fanatic,” said Vice President and Market Manager Joe Bell.” He is an outside the box thinker who knows the market, the listeners, the staff and is a life-long Philly sports fan! He will do a great job taking the station to the next level and beyond!” “I’m very excited and thankful for the chance to join the 97.5 The Fanatic team,” said Damico. “We have an opportunity to not only do great, entertaining radio, but also make a real difference in the City of Philadelphia – Home of the Greatest Sports Fans in the World!”




BIA Revises Local Radio Ad Estimates Down To $12.8 B In 2020 Due to Pandemic

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2020 –– BIA Advisory Services has reduced its early second quarter 2020 forecast for U.S. local radio advertising due to the impact of the pandemic on the national economy. The new revenue estimate is $12.8 billion, broken down to $11.4 billion for over-the-air revenue and $1.4 7billion for digital revenue (including local advertising sold by streaming companies), compared with the $14.3 billion combined forecast earlier this year. By comparison, in 2019 local radio stations generated $12.8 billion in over-the-air revenue and just over $1 billion in digital. This was a -1.6 percent decrease in total revenue from 2018. The 2020 revenue estimate indicates a -10.7 percent decrease in over the air advertising revenue from 2019.

One area of growth for radio is in digital. According to the latest Share of Ear® update from Edison Research, a portion of AM/FM radio listening online hit 10 percent for the first time in May. “In 2018, we projected that radio’s digital platforms would reach $1 billion by 2019 and last year the industry hit this mark,” said Mark Fratrik, SVP and Chief Economist, BIA Advisory Services. “For 2020, our ad forecast shows that digital sales, including streaming, will stay steady. Then by 2021, Radio online[1] revenue will start to climb back up again.

On the over-the-air side, we see a bigger COVID hit, with a steep drop in 2020 and some recovery back by 2021.” BIA’s analysis reveals the following verticals will spend the most on radio in 2020: Finance/Insurance $2.00 B Retail $1.97 B Automotive $1.50 B Technology $1.30 B These industries may benefit from the continuing shift in radio listening from the car to the home as at-home audio environment features give consumers multiple opportunities to consume promotions. Streaming has become a major growth opportunity for broadcasters to maintain existing audiences and attract new, younger listeners. BIA’s revenue estimate drops to $12.5 billion when streaming ad revenue is not included.

“Audiences are spending more time on streaming and podcasting in ways they haven’t in pre-pandemic times,” said Rick Ducey, BIA Managing Director. “These new audio habits are likely to take root and grow over time and advertisers will look to all platforms to promote their message. Radio sellers who see and respond to the audience and advertiser acceleration to digital audio with new formats, content and appeal for different demo groups will see better than average performances.”



Cumulus Media Completes Sale of Land in Bethesda, Maryland For $71.3 Million

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2020 ––Cumulus Media announced that it has closed on the sale of an approximately 75-acre parcel of land in Bethesda, Maryland to Toll Brothers, continuing to execute on its commitment to reducing net leverage. Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumuls, said, “Given the difficult operating environment, our ability to continue to strengthen our balance sheet with the proceeds of this deal is particularly meaningful, and we greatly appreciate the efforts of Toll Brothers in working with us to bring this five-year effort to completion.”

The sale generated gross proceeds of $74.1 million, $5.0 million of which had been received in 2019, and expected net proceeds of $71.3 million after transaction fees and expenses. The Company anticipates achieving minor expense savings from the elimination of real estate taxes after the closing and does not expect any tax liability as it relates to the transaction. Net proceeds from the sale are required to be used to pay down debt, unless otherwise reinvested in the Company’s business over the next 12 months.



HONORS: New Jersey 101.5 Wins 3 NJ Society of Professional Journalists Awards

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2020 –– New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM) has received three awards from the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists including best audio story, best news video, and best use of public records. Reporter Dino Flammia won third place for the Herbert Morrison Award for best audio story -- Eric Scott, Director of Special Projects; Patrick Lavery, Afternoon Anchor; Dan Alexander, Digital Operations Specialist; and Louis C. Hochman, Digital Managing Editor, shared second place for the Gabe Pressman Award for best news video, for 2019's “Opioids and Addiction" town hall, which included people in recovery as well as an online chat with resource providers. Statehouse Correspondent Michael Symons won third place for the Tim O’Brien award for best use of public records, for "New Jersey's incredibly shrinking property tax relief program," which exposed the failures of a program to help taxpayers.

Brian Lang, Market President & Chief Revenue Officer for New Jersey 101.5 commented, “Covering the state of New Jersey is challenging—but never at New Jersey 101.5. Our managers, reporters and writers are dedicated to their craft and communicating all aspects of the story to our listeners, viewers and readers. We’re very proud to be recognized by our peers with these honors.”



EVENTS: Elvis Duran And Laverne Cox Host 'Can't Cancel Pride' Covid-19 Relief Event

THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2020 –– For the past 50 years, Pride Month has given millions of people the opportunity to come together and feel proud of who they are. And this year has proven to be no different. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic may have kept us inside, but it definitely has not stopped us from giving a voice and visibility to our beloved community. We all know that the pandemic has hit everyone hard, but what many people may not realize is that it has had such a damaging effect on the fund-raising efforts that LGBTQ+ organizations rely on to survive.

Yesterday, P&G and iHeartMedia’s “Can’t Cancel Pride: A COVID-19 Relief Benefit for the LGBTQ+ Community” offered the opportunity to raise visibility and funds for members of this community through organizations including GLAAD, SAGE, National Black Justice Coalition, The Trevor Project, CenterLink and OutRight Action International. Hosted by Elvis Duran and Laverne Cox, “Can’t Cancel Pride” brought together some of the biggest names in culture and entertainment and seek inspiration from the colors found on the rainbow flag.

“Together” means right now; Kim Petras representing LGBTQ youth; a Ricky Martin and Latin Grammy Award winner Carla Morrison duet; and, of course, pop icon Katy Perry performing an “Exclusive Pride remix” of her single “Daisies” combined with her other iconic hits.



Annual Giants of Broadcasting Award Luncheon Canceled Amid COVID-19


THE MOUTH, JUNE 26TH, 2020 –– You can add the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s annual Giants of Broadcasting award luncheon as the latest event canceled amid the COVID-19 crisis. The luncheon had been scheduled for Nov. 10. “After careful consideration, we concluded that it would be impossible, due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, to guarantee safety for the honorees and the several hundred people who regularly attend the Giants luncheon,” said Hubbard's Ginny Morris, chair of LABF. Morris specifically noted that it was unfortunate because 2020 marks the 100th year of commercial broadcasting.

The Giants luncheon annually honors individuals who have made significant contributions to American broadcasting and the electronic arts, including entertainers, program producers and business leaders. In 2019, LABF honored Connie Chung, CBS TV Stations’ Peter Dunn, Lester Holt and PBS’ Paula Kerge and Premiere Network's Julie Talbott among others. LABF will continue to provide support for the Library of American Broadcasting collection that is located at the University of Maryland in College Park, and for the awards LABF supports honoring the print and video works that explore broadcast video history, according to the announcement.

LABF Chief Development Officer Sally Brown also voiced her hope that companies and individuals in the media industry continue to support the organization financially and with historical materials, saying “it is important that we do not lose access to the history of this great industry.” PHOTO/LABF



SNAPS: Shawn Parr With Group Shot At Latest Affiliate WQKZ/98.5 FM, In Jasper, IN.

Shawn Parr's Across the Country debuts as WQKZ Indiana's new weekday morning show on Monday, June 29th. Shawn Parr commented: "Being brought on to do MORNINGS at WQKZ means the world and I wanted to get there asap and meet the entire team. Gene Kuntz and Melanie Arehart were kind enough to show me around and introduce me to Historic Downtown Jasper and the amazing Train Depot. St. Joseph's Catholic Church brought tears to my eyes and took my breath away. And eating lunch at their FAMOUS German Schnitzel bank (bonk) was just the best ever. I have known Gene for years and feel so blessed to be part of this heritage station in Dubois County."

For more information and to get Shawn Parr’s Across the Country for your station, contact Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks, at 844.KEY.NETS or For advertisers and sponsors, contact Rich Baum, EVP, Ad Sales, Key Networks, at 847.502.8329 or



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Boomer Esiason Says Former Co-Host Craig Carton 'Deserves Another Chance’

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2020 –– While the sports world is abuzz with numerous scenarios of how former WFAN morning co-host Craig Carton's will return to radio following his early release from prison this week, former team mate Boomer Esiason is simply looking forward to hearing him back on the air - no matter where. As we reported this week, 7Carton was released early from prison on Tuesday after serving just over a year of a 3 ½-year sentence for his role in a ticket scam that also cost him his job at WFAN.

“He deserves another chance, in my eyes,” Esiason said on his WFAN show on Wednesday. “Whatever issues we had after this whole thing went down, they’re gone. As far as i’m 7concerned, they’re gone.”

Among the possibilities for his return to WFAN, it's not likely back in mornings with Esiason. When Carton exited the station, he was replaced by Gregg Giannotti (R,) and Esiason and Giannotti are expected to stay together, but other opportunities may exist at the station writes the New York Post.

Esiason said he heard from Carton shortly after he was released from prison. “I get off the radio (Tuesday), I see a number pop up on my screen,” Esiason said. “I’m thinking, ‘Is this spam? What is this? I answer the phone, I say hello [and] i hear a very familiar voice saying, ‘Hey, it’s me. I’m out.’”Esiason says, “What I heard was a happy and relieved Craig Carton. He did everything he possibly could in jail to mitigate his sentence and try to get out as early as he possibly could.”

“Now the real work begins for him and that’s rebuilding his life,” Esiason said. “He paid his debt to society.” Esiason is looking forward to hearing Carton back on the air. “I do believe he deserves a second chance, whether it be here at our station or another station,” Esiason said. “He’s too talented not to be on the air somewhere.” Esiason said he and Giannotti would remain a team and he didn’t expect to work with Carton again. PHOTOS: Top/YouTube - Right:




Spanish Language Éxitos 96.5 To Launch Monday In Orlando

News and Talk Leader WDBO Now Available On AM 580 And 107.3 FM

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2020 –– Cox Media Group announces it will launch Spanish language radio station Éxitos 96.5 FM on Monday June 29, 2020. The new station will serve the burgeoning Hispanic community in Central Florida and bring audiences a new, fresh choice for local music, entertainment and information. Leading the station will be local Orlando media personality, Estee Martin (shown). Martin, raised in Central Florida, has been a host on CMG Orlando sister station Power 95.3 since 2005. “I'm excited and honored to be a part of something new and historic for the Central Florida 7Hispanic community,” said Martin, Director of Branding and Programming for Éxitos 96.5.

Orlando’s News and Talk, WDBO, is now available on AM580 and 107.3 FM. Since its inception in 1924, WDBO has served Central Florida with news, information, and talk programming. As audiences increasingly utilize digital platforms to consume news and audio content, WDBO will continue to be available online at, the WDBO mobile app, and many other streaming devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home. The station features an all-star line-up of local personalities such as Joe Kelley, Scott Anez and Tony Marino, as well as national household names such as Sean Hannity, Brian Kilmeade and Dana Loesch.

"WDBO continues to be Central Florida's home for news, weather, and traffic,” said Keith Memoly, Director of Branding and Programming for WDBO. “With this move, the best news team in the business will be able to serve the Orlando community on multiple platforms.” “With two dominant TV stations, six radio brands, and various digital platforms, Cox Media Group Orlando delivers the largest audience in Central Florida,” added Jason Meder, VP and General Manager for CMG Orlando Radio. “This move strengthens our portfolio of radio brands and reflects our commitment to serving the diverse community of audiences and advertisers in the market.”



Fox Soul, iHeart And Motown Records Join For 'Motown Countdown With Angela Yee'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2020 –– Angela Yee, co-host of iHeartMedia’ syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club will join with Fox Soul for a LIVE, four-part limited series to be broadcast each Tuesday in July at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, with its debut on July 7th. James DuBose, Head of Programming for FOX Soul stated, “As we continue to grow Fox Soul into the premier destination for black culture content, being able to partner with iHeart and Motown to bring this series to the community is the definition of black excellence and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Each 30 minute episode will contain one countdown of the “top 5 current torchbearers” in a specific category. The series premiere will focus on Hip Hop’s best. The second installment will highlight the most impactful songs to encourage change and revolution. The third will discuss Andre Harrell-inspired hits, and the final will consider Motown songs throughout the decades. Notable producers and artists will join host Yee to engage in passionate debates about music. “I’m excited to bring this new series to our listeners and talk and debate with top artists and industry icons about these leading music genres during this countdown – from today’s Hip Hop to inspiring Motown Hits that have influenced the music scene throughout many decades,” said Yee.

"Motown Records is honored to partner with Fox Soul and iHeartRadio for the launch of ‘Motown Countdown with iHeartRadio’s Angela Yee. The history of Motown (dating back to Hitsville in Detroit) has always been to push the culture and be the voice of Young America,” said Motown GM Marc Byers.” The program will be Executive Produced in a joint effort by FOX Soul’s James DuBose, Motown Records’ Marc Byers and iHeartMedia’s Thea Mitchem.



SYNDICATION: ABC's Deja Vu Show Adds Five New Affiliates; Tom Kent Show Growing

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2020 –– The Deja Vu Show, nationally syndicated by ABC Audio, springs into summer, adding five new affiliates to its rapidly growing lineup. Affiliates added in May and June included KBXT-FM in Bryan, TX; KISX-FM in Tyler, TX; KSSM-FM in Waco, TX; KMJI-FM in Texarkana, and WRKA-FM in Louisville, KY. These five stations join the robust ABC Audio network of affiliates already carrying The Deja Vu Show including WUKS-FM in Fayetteville, NC; WPWZ-FM in Raleigh, NC; the more recently signed WTUG-FM in the Birmingham DMA; and many others.

“Throughout her career, Deja has drawn high ratings in every market where she’s heard. We’re thrilled that in syndication The Deja Vu Show followed suit and is experiencing the same level of success and rapid growth,” said Heidi Oringer, ABC Audio’s Executive Director of Business Strategy, Programming & Distribution. “Deja’s insightful content and her standout personality draw large, diverse audiences. We’re excited that stations are adding The Deja Vu Show to their lineups and equally excited that she is so favored by advertisers as well.” Interested in becoming an affiliate? Contact Christopher Venice at for more information.

-- Meanwhile on the syndication front The Tom Kent Radio Network continues to grow. Adding Tom Kent's "Ultimate Party" is Midwest Communications Classic Hits WBOW 102.7 FM Terre Haute, IN Saturdays 7P till 12A; Draper Communications Classic Hits WTDK 107.1 FM Salisbury, MD adding "My 70s Show" Friday's 7P-12A and "Super 60s with Steve Kent" Sunday's 4P-6P; and Delta Media's Urban AC KFXZ 105.9 FM adding "Sweet Soul Weekend with Jeff Foxx" Saturday's 1P-6P and Sunday's 12P-5P. - For more info, contact



EVENTS: Capaldi To Lead Nashville's The River Under Your Rooftop' Virtual Festival


THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2020 –– iHeart Nashville's 107.5 The River will welcome Lewis Capaldi, Finneas, Jojo, Tones And I, Alec Benjamin and more as part of its virtual music festival “River Under Your Rooftop” on July 9. This event will replace the station’s annual “River On The Rooftop” concert series and will broadcast live on 107.5 The River’s Instagram page, with each artist participating in a small virtual meet and greet directly after their performance.

“For the last five years, our ‘River On The Rooftop’ concert series has been synonymous with summers in Nashville,” said Jonathan Shuford, Program Director for iHeartMedia Nashville. “We take the health and safety of our listeners very seriously, and unfortunately found it best to cancel the series in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we’re very proud to be able to bring together this group of talented artists to our listeners’ living rooms, using the power of music to create togetherness even when we’re physically apart.”



CMG Long Island Encourages Local Shopping And Supporting Small Businesses

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2020 –– Local businesses on Long Island have endured countless challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic and many still struggle to serve their customers, communities and employees. Now, as Nassau and Suffolk Counties start to open back up, they are depending on all Long Islanders to help get locally owned businesses back on their feet. Cox Media Group’s 102.3 WBAB and 106.1 BLI are teaming up to encourage Long Islanders to exclusively “Shop Local” on Long Island every Saturday.

This on-air and digital campaign will remind listeners about the benefits of shopping local and supporting small businesses, while featuring many of the homegrown business success stories and focusing on some that need our support RIGHT NOW in order to stay open, and bring back the Long Island economy stronger than we left it!

All Long Islanders are encouraged by CMG to post messages and photos with the hashtag: #LIShopLocal and draw attention to their favorite local businesses that need a boost.



National Geographic Launches 'Consider This' Podcast Hosted By Stacey Wilson Hunt

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2020 –– National Geographic will launch today its first-ever for your consideration podcast, Consider featuring longform interviews with talent from all of the network’s 2020 Emmy® contenders.

The 12-episode podcast series is hosted by award-winning journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt and will feature interviews with on-screen talent and other guests including Dr. Amani Ballour (“The Cave”), Jeff Goldblum (“The World According to Jeff Goldblum”), Dr. Jane Goodall (“Sea of Shadows”), Bear Grylls (“Running Wild with Bear Grylls”), Marcia Gay Harden (“Barkskins”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Brain Games”), Gordon Ramsay (“Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted”), David Thewlis (“Barkskins”), Neil deGrasse Tyson (“Cosmos: Possible Worlds”) and Sue Aikens (“Life Below Zero”).

In order to take voters even deeper inside National Geographic productions, interviews also include key behind-the-scenes stars, including showrunners and producers Ann Druyan (“Cosmos: Possible Worlds”), Sigrid Dyekjær (“The Cave”), Jon Kroll (“Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted”), Joseph Litzinger (“Life Below Zero”) and Elwood Reid (“Barkskins”); composers H. Scott Salinas (“Sea of Shadows”) and Colin Stetson (“Barkskins”); production designer Isabelle Guay (“Barkskins”); costume designer Anna Terrazas (“Barkskins”); director of photography Michael Cheeseman (“Life Below Zero”); and directors Brannon Braga (“Cosmos: Possible Worlds”) and Richard Ladkani (“Sea of Shadows”).

CONSIDER THIS is a National Geographic Networks Production. Executive producers for National Geographic Networks are Stephanie Montgomery and Christopher Albert. Hosted by Stacey Wilson Hunt. Written and produced by Dave Beasing, Ted Woods, Jacent Jackson, Kevin Horton and Stacey Wilson Hunt. Production coordinator is Giuliana Parisi. In association with Benztown, McVay Media and Sound That Brands. NOTE: This podcast was pre-recorded before the civil unrest and social justice reform movement taking place now in our country and around the world. Episode highlights are available here:



iHeart And VICE Media Group Announce 'VICE News Reports'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia announced the VICE Media Group NewFront presentation “VICE News Reports,” a new weekly investigative series covering critical news subjects from around the world. “VICE News Reports” will be co-produced by iHeartRadio and VICE News. As part of the new partnership, iHeartMedia will have a 7first-look option to co-produce additional podcasts based on VICE Media Group content. “VICE News Reports” will debut this fall on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are available.

“With today’s busy schedules, listeners are always looking for engaging content, especially on global critical topics of interest,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “We are excited to launch this new investigative series with VICE, keeping listeners up-to-date on the latest current events, while also uncovering untold truths in today’s tumultuous climate.”

In 2019, VICE expanded its audio operation under the leadership of Kate Osborn, longtime audio veteran and former producer for NPR, BBC, and Rachel Maddow. Replicating its unconventional approach to video storytelling with audio, VICE has produced award-wining and critically acclaimed audio series such as Chapo: Kingpin on Trial, Uncommitted: Iowa 2020, and The Distance: Coronavirus Dispatches. “VICE News Reports” is a weekly VICE News and iHeartRadio Original Podcast set to debut this fall.



What Recession? KIIS-FM Australia's Jackie O Buys New Home For Cool $11 Million

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25Th, 2020 –– KIIS-FM Australia's Jackie O Henderson has paid close to $11 million for a new residence reports The designer home by architect Nick Tobias was on the market for only three days before the popular KIIS FM mornning host snapped it up.

Henderson has been scouting property in the Bellevue Hill area until recently and was expected to bid at the auction of the home of stylist Romi Weinberg last Thursday when it was passed in on a vendor bid of $7.8 million. The Bellevue Hill house sold the following day for more than the $7.5 million - READ/SEE MORE HERE

Alex James Moves Across Town From Hits Radio To XS Manchester - Hits Radio presenter Alex James is joining XS Manchester to host the breakfast show from July 6th. Alex has been on-air in the North West of England for 15 years, with stints at Key 103, Radio City, Real and Century. He’s also presented on Kerrang! Radio and hosted Bauer’s networked evening show In Demand. XS Manchester owner Communicorp UK asked Ofcom (The UK’s FCC) for a Format change to enable it to rebrand as Capital Xtra last year but because of the UK’s bizarre, over-regulation was banned from doing so.

Aidan Leonard Is Back On The Air In Ireland - Aidan Leonard will return to RTÉ Gold on Sunday to present Ireland’s Biggest Jukebox.  The programme airs from 10am on Sundays and promises to play the ‘greatest hits of all time.’ Following his cancer diagnosis in 2018, Leonard has had to work hard to make his on-air return.

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OH BABY: WVVR/Clarksville Morning Co-Host Jai Kershner And Dad Ryan Welcome Baby Michael Alan Kershner

THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2020 –– Congratulations to new mother WVVR/Clarksville morning co-host (Fletch & Jai) Jai Kershner and new father Nights with Elaina Producer Ryan Kershner on the birth of their son Michael Alan Kershner aka MAK.

Congratulations are also in order to to maternal grandparents Mike & Doris McVay of McVay Media. It was an extra special day for Mr. McVay as he was also presented with two awards from the annual Worldwide Radio Summit. Congrats to all!!



7MLB With 60-Game Season; J-Lo Surprises Nurse


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'Gone With The Wind' Returns To HBO Max With New Introduction

Meghan and Harry Volunteer at Los Angeles Gang Rehab Charity

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Jon Stewart Admits He Failed At Diversity When Hiring ‘Daily Show’ Staff

Magnolia Pictures, Ben & Jerry's, Eddie Bauer and More Brands Join Facebook Ad Boycott

Disney And ESPN “Uniquely Positioned” To Move Sports Fully Into Streaming

Martha Stewart to Return to 'Chopped' as Judge, Lands New Food Network and HGTV Series




DAVID FIELD: Entercom To Resume Normal Salaries Beginning Next Month

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2020 –– Good news at Entercom as they report they're on track to reach its goals for the second half of 2020 and will be restoring full salaries by next month. In an internal memo obtained by Jockline, David Field, Chairman, President/CEO of Entercom, wrote in part: "It is hard to believe that 100 days have passed since we began to face the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been an extraordinarily challenging year as our nation grapples with multiple crises that affect each of us, our communities, and our business. I am writing to share an update on how we are doing and where we are headed."

Field continued, "While our nation and economy are not yet out of the woods, I am pleased to announce that we will resume normal salaries beginning next month (starting with the July 25th pay period). Each of you whose salary was reduced as part of our company-wide effort to mitigate the brutal impact of the pandemic will find your full salary restored at that time. Please understand that this was not an easy decision to make as many other companies have announced salary reductions for the duration of 2020. But it is an important expression of how much we value and appreciate our team and a statement of confidence in our future growth and the opportunities that lie ahead."

Field cautioned, "We must be realists and recognize that while things should continue to improve, our nation faces significant challenges with rising levels of COVID-19 cases in different parts of our country, as well as social and economic issues that will not be solved overnight. The path ahead, while positive, is also likely to be bumpy, but we will rise to the occasion and battle forward just as past generations have done in difficult times throughout history."




Former WFAN Host Craig Carton Released Early From Prison

Speculation On His Return To Radio Continues

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24RD, 2020 –– As we reported yesterday, former WFAN New York host Craig Carton, formerly one half of the top-rated Boomer & Carton morning show, was released from federal prison on Tuesday morning. The New York Post reports Carton will either enter home confinement or a halfway house to 7finish out his sentence, according to sources.

Carton’s entered prison on June 17, 2019 and served a little more than a year. before release. He was let out early from his sentence due to completing a number of programs offered by the penitentiary.

Speculation began surfacing last week regarding his possible return to WFAN (JL 6/17) following Entercom New York Executive Chris Oliviero's (R) interview with Newsday's Neil Best. Oliviero said he’s often asked if Carton will make a return to radio when he’s released. Having helped create the highly successful Boomer and Carton Show in 2007, Oliviero says “I understand why people would ask that, especially based on our long history,” he said. “But the answer is: 7Who knows? Oliviero added, "There are so many variables. If a time in the future came where Craig had gotten his life back on track, fulfilled all that was asked of him and was in a position to resume his career, of course we’d talk and discuss.”

Carton was sentenced to prison in April and ordered to pay nearly $5 million in restitution to his victims. He had been convicted the previous November for a nearly $7 million ticket resale scam that he said was to pay off gambling debts. Carton joined The FAN in 2007. After his arrest, Carton resigned from the Entercom outlet.

Oliviero believes Carton will be in demand when he becomes a free man. “I think every other radio group would have the same conversation,'' Oliviero said. "His talent is well-documented. But he is absolutely not in that position yet, nor do I know when that will be. I do think New York believes in second chances in life, so I do think that when that day comes, he will have conversations with people. But I don’t know when that is.” READ NYPOST STORY HERE




US99 Chicago Ends The Jason & Katie Show After 10-Month Run

Station Now On The Hunt For Next Morning Show

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2020 –– Chicago's Robert Feder was first to report yesterday that Katie Bright and Jason Pullman aired their last show yesterday on the air at US99 Chicago just after 10 months in the post. According to Rachel Williamson, SVP and market manager of Entercom Chicago, said the move was prompted by Bright’s decision to resign to focus on her personal life. Coinciding with her departure, the station released Pullman. Feder says a nationwide search is now underway for their replacement will be led by Todd Cavanah, VP/programming for Entercom Chicago, and Marci Braun, interim program director. In the meantime, Cavanah said, midday host Drew Walker will be filling in from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

7Pullman and Bright were first teamed in August 2019 to replace Doug Stylz and Justin Roman. Pullman arrived after having spent 10 years in his native Atlanta as morning host at WUBL/The Bull. Bright, a Chicago native who previously worked in Nashville and Eau Claire, was national director of promotion at Warner Music Nashville before her arrival.

Scotty Kay (shown left), a third member of the morning show, now host afternoons from 3 to 8 p.m on the station and middays on sister-station 96.3 KNOU/St. Louis.

US99 has been without a full-time since PD Kenny Jay was among layoffs in April. Pullman tells Jockline, "Words of wisdom, never host a major market morning show wearing an N95 mask! There are so many opportunities right now. Yep, even in the middle of a pandemic. I know exactly what I want to do. So, now I'm beyond excited to make it happen."



KOKE FM’s Bob Cole Diagnosed With COVID-19

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2020 –– Get well wishes are in order for Bob Cole, morning host on KOKE FM Austin, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday reports KXAN-TV. The station posted on its website that he’s resting at home and following doctor’s orders. Cole was inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame in 2003 and Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2008. He has been named the Country Music Association’s DJ of the Year in three different market size categories. In addition to his radio duties, Cole is one of the stadium announcers at Darrel K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for Texas Longhorns football games.

At the station's website they posted: "Coronavirus has hit close to home for the Austin Radio Network family. Our very own Bob Cole – host of the KOKE in the Morning Show – received a positive test result for COVID-19 on Monday, June 22nd. He is currently resting, following physician’s orders and quarantining at home. Get well soon, BBQ BOB!




EXECUTIVE ACTION: Peter Tripi Rises To EVP Of Affiliate Sales For Premiere Networks

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2020 –– Premiere Networks announced the promotion of Peter Tripi to Executive Vice President of Affiliate Sales. Based in New York, Tripi will continue to report to Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. In his new position, Tripi’s previous role as Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales/Talk and Morning Shows will be expanded to include oversight of affiliate sales and affiliate marketing for all of Premiere’s industry-leading talent, including Rush Limbaugh, Ryan Seacrest, Delilah, Sean Hannity, Steve Harvey, Glenn Beck, The Breakfast Club, Bobby Bones, Elvis Duran, Mario Lopez, the FOX Sports Radio Network, and many others. Additionally, he’ll manage affiliations for more than 60 prep, production, imaging and research services. In total, Tripi and his team are responsible for more than 7,100 radio affiliations worldwide.

“I’ve worked with Peter for over two decades and I couldn’t ask for a better representative for our unmatched lineup of national radio personalities and their brands,” said Talbott. “His extensive industry experience and tremendous insight make him an effective leader and valued member of our team. I look forward to working together for years to come.”

“I’m honored to contribute to the growth and success of the best talent and services in the industry,” said Tripi. “I want to thank Julie Talbott for inspiring me and the entire team at Premiere to strive for excellence every day.” Tripi’s career in radio spans more than 30 years. Before joining Premiere in 1999, he was part of the marketing department at Westwood One’s “Imus in the Morning.” He has also worked at CBS Radio Networks and United Stations Radio Networks. Tripi currently resides in the New York area with his wife.



SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Radio Welcomes Back Matt As Exec. Producer And Co-Host


THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2020 –– The Yea Network syndicated Tino Cochino Radio Show welcomes back radio veteren Matt as executive producer, and also one of our co-hosts. Matt took a step into the dark world of sales for a bit (Ha!) but he's back, hungry, and he's here to stay!

His official first day will be Monday 06/29, but he's available immediately via email at for anyone that would like to introduce themselves and/or have any questions about moving forward.




HONORS: Entercom Debbie Kenyon Bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award By MAB; WBAL Baltimore Wins Big At Chesapeake AP Association

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2020 –– Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the highest honor awarded. Kenyon was recognized by Michigan broadcasting peers for her career achievements.

“Debbie is a relentless leader whose work ethic and breadth of expertise serve as a pillar for our Detroit market,” said Michael Doyle, Regional President and President of Sales Operations, Entercom. “I congratulate her for this distinguished honor and am proud to see her outstanding career achievements recognized through this award.” Kenyon joined Entercom in 1999 as Senior Vice President and Market Manager for the company’s Detroit market. In this role, she oversees the market’s six stations.

––– The Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association held its annual awards ceremony virtually on June 20, 2020. WBAL NewsRadio was the winner of four first-place awards for: Outstanding coverage of Spot News - Outstanding Public Affairs and Robert Lang Best Talk Show - The C4 Show. In addition, WBAL NewsRadio was recognized as a finalist in several other categories, including, Outstanding News Operation; Best Newscast; Best Light Feature; and Best Reporter - Scott Wykoff.



SPECIALS: CBS Audio Presents 3-Hour July 4th Special; Continues With One-Hour Weekly Program 'America: Changed Forever'


THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2020 –– 4TH OF JULY SPECIALS: CBS Audio Presents a 3-hour holiday special, hosted by Gil Gross. CBS continues with the one-hour weekly program'America: Changed Forever.' What started as “Coronavirus: Changed Forever” but have has pivoted to “America: Changed Forever”, focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement, protests nationwide and changes across America. CBS Audio presents Fourth of July 2020 Programming beginning Friday, Jul​y 3​rd - Sunday July 5​th. The Three-hour Independence Day special hosted by Gil Gross will cover from fireworks to the Declaration of Independence. This three-hour block of programming will focus on what makes July 4​th so special to all Americans and how this year’s most Patriotic holiday will be so different from celebrations of the past.

Anchor Gil Gross will tell the stories of the decades long friendship of the two founding fathers, Franklin and Washington, little known heroes who have helped build our great nation and entertain your listeners with fun facts, historical insights, and more. July 4th cooking tips, and of course, how to stay safe in a Covid-19 world. Available to ALL stations, not just CBS News Affiliates.For more information please visit



EVENTS: iHeart To Present July 4th BBQ

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2020 –– To celebrate Independence Day, iHeartMedia announced its all-new television and radio special, “iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ” and featuring country music artists Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion performing live from the backyards of their homes. Hosted by Bobby Bones, the celebration invites Americans to tune-in for of an evening of music and storytelling.

The “iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ” will be broadcast as a television event on Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m. EST/PST (7 p.m. CST) on The CW Network and ​audio broadcast on iHeartCountry stations nationwide and will replay throughout the holiday weekend on and on iHeartCountry stations across America.




PODCAST: WTOP Releases 'Colors: A Dialogue On Race in America'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2020 –– In the wake of the tragic killing of George Floyd and renewed calls for meaningful change and racial equality in America, WTOP News has released a new podcast, “Colors: A Dialogue on Race in America.” The podcast, hosted by longtime WTOP National Security Correspondent JJ Green and former WTOP contributor and creator of “Core Values,” Chris Core, aims to provide a frank discussion around race relations in the United States. Each week, JJ and Chris – a black man and a white man who have known each other for 30 years – will engage in raw, real, honest and, sometimes, uncomfortable conversations about race. JJ and Chris will also invite guests to offer their knowledge and opinions on issues, and give listeners an opportunity to ask questions in a safe place.

“This is a pivotal moment in America’s history. We’ve had them before but failed to fully address the festering problem of racism,” said Green. “From my perspective, meaningful, respectful dialogue that leads to decisive, positive changes for all is the only way to do that. I’m hopeful ‘Colors’ will spur others to do that.” The podcast is a “revival” of a similar radio show the pair piloted in 1993 called “Black and White.”

Subscribe to the podcast today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. The podcast can also be found on and PodcastOne.



7Queen With Commorative Stamps; Jimmy Kimmel Apologizes


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STUDY: Streaming Accounts For 10% Of Radio’s Consumption During COVID-19

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2020 –– Most radio stations in the U.S. now can be heard online via a ‘stream’ in addition to over the air. Edison Research has been measuring the development of radio listening’s transition to the streaming environment ever since it began the Share of Ear® reports in 2014. In the latest Share of Ear update done in May 2020, 7and amidst the disruptions caused by COVID-19, streaming hit double digits for the first time with 10% of AM/FM radio listening coming from streams versus 90% of listening on a traditional radio receiver.

The for 2020 in total so far is 9% of listening to AM/FM audio sources coming from the streams. The graph above shows the slow but consistent adoption of streaming as a percentage of all listening to radio station content. “Adoption of radio station streams continues to be slow,” said Laura Ivey (L), Director of Research at Edison Research.

“While it remains an area of opportunity for broadcasters, to date most people in the U.S. listen over the air when they are listening to AM/FM radio content.” “The statistics here represent the combination of music and spoken-word listening. Our research shows listening via streaming is higher for spoken-word radio stations such as news, public radio, talk and sports,” said Ivey, “while listening via streaming is lower for music radio stations.”




WUBE Cincinnati's Duke Hamilton Set To Retire After Six Decades On-Air

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2020 –– WUBE Cincinnati Midday Host, Duke Hamilton, has announced he will retire after a near-50-year career in radio. Thursday, July 2, will be his last day on the air. At the age of 18, on August 23, 1970, Duke began his radio journey at a country music station in Bowling Green, Mo.—50 miles across the state from his hometown in Josephville. To put it mildly, he caught the radio bug. After being drafted into the Army in 1971, he went on to work for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Services in the Panama Canal Zone. While still serving our country, in 1973, Uncle Sam moved him to St. Louis where he worked for an adult contemporary radio station. From there, Duke got back into country radio for good with a two-year stint in Little Rock, Ark. The Rock’s loss was The Queen City’s gain. Duke landed at WUBE in December 1977 and has held a myriad of positions since, including on-air shifts in mornings, middays and afternoons. He has also held titles as Program Director and Music Director.

“Cincinnati is a great radio town,” said Duke. “I could’ve moved on to bigger markets, but I loved it here too much to move. I’ve been very fortune to work for great management, and the fans have been absolutely the best. It’s just the right time to hang up the headphones.” In his retirement, Duke plans to travel as well as catch up on all the chores awaiting him on the Falmouth farm he has owned with his wife, Barbara, since 1981. “Duke is a true country gentleman,” said Mike Fredrick, Vice President / Market Manager of Hubbard Cincinnati. “The longevity of his career is a true reflection of his character. I worked with Duke for almost two decades and never saw Duke have a bad day. The way he always treated his listeners and coworkers reflect the kindness and goodness in his heart. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement, Duke!”




Jason McCollim Named SVP/Programming For iHeart Austin/San Antonio

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Austin/San Antonio announced today that Jason McCollim has been named Senior Vice President of Programming, effective immediately. Jason will report to Matt Martin, President of iHeartMedia Austin/San Antonio. “It is terrific to re-connect and work with Jason again,” said Matt Martin, President of iHeartMedia Austin/San Antonio. “Jason is passionate about leading teams, is a proven winner and fits our culture perfectly. We are excited to welcome him to our team."

McCollim joins iHeartMedia Austin/San Antonio from iHeartMedia Colorado Springs/Pueblo where he served as the Senior Vice President of Programming. Previously, he oversaw 21 stations across three states in Fort Collins, Colorado; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Ogalalla, Nebraska. McCollim began his career in 2001 at iHeartMedia Spokane’s 98.9 KKZX.

“Thank you iHeartMedia for this fantastic opportunity to work in not one, but two of the most competitive radio landscapes in the country,” said McCollim. “I am beyond excited to join forces with the already incredible leadership, sales and programming teams in the Austin and San Antonio markets.”




Allyson Hillman Named Market Manager For NRG Cedar Rapids/Waterloo

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2020 –– NRG Media has named Allyson Hillman its new Market Manager of the company's four-station group serving Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, IA. including Classic Hits KOKZ, Active Rock KFMW/Rock 108, News-Talk KXEL-AM 1540 and Classic Country KPTY/107.3 Hank FM, starting Monday, July 6. Hillman arrives from Beasley Ft. Myers, FL, where she was Director of Sales for the past three years. Past stops included Detroit, Columbus and Savannah-Hilton Head.

"We are thrilled to have Allyson join NRG," stated NRG Media President/CEO Mary Quass. "She brings extensive experience in management and sales to the market and she understands the importance of NRG's mission to provide great local radio. We are confident with Allyson's belief that success comes from a positive culture and strength development that she will continue to develop innovative strategies for the market while providing great local radio."

The opportunity to return to my Midwest roots to work for a company so well respected in our industry is a dream come true," said Hillman. "I look forward leading the great teams in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo; working together to do great things in the market."



Joe 'Pags' Pagliarulo Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of Premiere's 'The Weekend'

HE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2020 –– Premiere Networks announced that June 2020 marks Joe Pags’ 10-year anniversary as host of 'The Weekend.' The popular three-hour weekend talk program can be heard on more than 300 stations nationwide, including markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Portland. “It is such an honor to be able to crack the mic every weekend and talk to wonderful people across the nation!” said Pags. “Time flies when doing what I love. I’m humbled that it’s been a decade! Looking forward to many more years to come.”

“The Weekend has been a staple of our talk lineup for many years, but Pags has taken it to another level over the past decade,” said Julie Talbott, Premiere Networks President. “Pags’ unique brand of talk and entertainment drives the show’s continued growth and success, and we’re so proud to celebrate this special milestone with him.”

In addition to his national weekend program, Pags can be heard daily on iHeartMedia San Antonio’s News Radio 1200 WOAI as host of The Joe Pags Show. Named by NewsMax as one of the most influential local talk shows in the country, Pags has made numerous appearances on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC. Pags resides with his wife and four daughters in Texas. For more information, please visit



EVENTS: Beasley Detroit Teams With Community To Host Solutions Not Slogans


THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2020 –– Beasley Media Group announces that 105.9 KISS-FM (WDMK) On Air Personalities Mason and Angie Star, along with 105.1 The Bounce (WMGC) Morning Show Host Gello and The Detroit Praise Network’s (93.5, 98.3, 99.9) Randi Myles will host a zoom conference call with community leaders to discuss ways to bridge the gap between residents and the Police department to create Solutions Not Slogans. The event call will take place on Thursday, June 25th at 7pm.

“We are excited to host a video conference designed to provide an opportunity for our radio listeners to speak directly with law enforcement and those who carry power throughout Michigan to create solutions for change,” said 105.9 KISS-FM On Air Personalities Mason and Angie Starr. The Beasley Media Group Solutions Not Slogans Zoom conference call will be posted online for listeners to review on all Beasley radio station websites at,;; and



The QGoLive RV Radio Road Trip Underway

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2020 –– QGoLive’s James Copeland is touring the country in an RV, visiting markets large and small – with social distancing, of course. James began the QGoLive RV Road Trip in Wichita, KS, calling on stations in markets of all sizes for demos of the QGoLive software, which enables studio-quality audio from anywhere on any smartphone or computer. QGoLive is taking time to meet radio people where they operate, visiting larger metros and the places in between. QGoLive is already serving more than 100 stations around the country in markets like New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, Dallas, and has just added several new affiliates: Cenla Broadcasting, of Alexandria, LA; Jam Media; and WATH-AM & WXTQ-FM, Columbus OH, DMA.

“Our QGoLive team are experts in remote broadcasting software. James is on the road to get the word out and to help all operators, large and small, equip their entire team and contributors with remote capabilities,” said Jessica Sherman, Vice President of Affiliate Marketing for AdLarge Media, which affiliates QGoLive. “The pandemic has taught us all that radio needs easy solutions for broadcasting from home that sounds great. QGoLive delivers just that, but we can be so much more as broadcasters open up to our new reality”

James’s next destination will be Texas. Stations in New Mexico or Texas can, email James Copeland at, and he’ll swing by their radio station. Stations can also contact Jessica Sherman, QGoLive was developed by Harris Media.



Global Citizen & European Commission Team For The Concert

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2020 –– International advocacy organization Global Citizen and the European Commission today announced Global Goal: Unite for Our Future—The Concert, a globally televised and digitally streamed special that will highlight the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on marginalized communities - including people of color, those living in extreme poverty and others facing discrimination. Hosted by Dwayne Johnson, The Concert will feature performances from Chloe x Halle, Christine and the Queens, Coldplay, J Balvin, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber and Quavo, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Usher and Yemi Alade. The Concert will also include appearances from Antoni Porowski, Billy Porter, Charlize Theron, Chris Rock, David Beckham, Derrick Johnson, Diane Kruger, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Jackman, Ken Jeong, Kerry Washington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Olivia Colman, Opal Tometi, Salma Hayek Pinault and more.

"Global Citizens around the world are calling for systemic change, change that brings about justice for everyone, everywhere, regardless of where they were born or the colour of their skin. If we are to end COVID-19 for all, we need our world leaders to commit the billions of dollars needed to develop and equitably deliver testing, treatments and vaccines," said Hugh Evans, co-founder.

Global Goal: Unite for Our Future—The Concert will premiere on Saturday, June 27, 2020 airing on broadcasters across the globe including ARD, Canal+ Group, RTVE in Europe, Bell Media, CBC, Citytv, and Global TV, in Canada, NBC and iHeartMedia in the U.S., Grupo Globo in Brazil, MultiChoice Group and SABC in Africa, Fuji TV and Star India in Asia, and Channel Nine in Australia. The Concert will also be streamed on global platforms




NETWORKS: ABC Audio Announces Three Specials For July 4th Weekend

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2020 –– ABC Audio will provide three specials to affiliates over the July 4th holiday weekend. With concerts on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak, ABC Audio’s music specials “Red, White and Rock Live!” and “Fourth of July Live” will bring the best live cuts from favorite in-concert performances to listeners. ABC News Radio will provide the three-hour special “Turning to Tech.” 

Country music duo the Brothers Osborne host “Fourth of July Live.” The special features hits by top country music stars performed live during concerts hosted by Front & Center. The program includes music by Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown, Reba McEntire and more. 

The three hour rock special, “Red, White and Rock Live!,” celebrates America’s birthday and features live in-concert cuts from rock’s biggest names – including an exclusive Speakeasy performance by Santana. Hosted by ABC Audio’s Matt Wolfe, the special dives into the rock archives, playing some of the best live recordings in all of rock and roll by ZZ Top, Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith and more. 

ABC News Radio correspondent Alex Stone hosts “Turning to Tech,” which explores how Americans used technology while sheltering in place. From virtual classrooms and doctor appointments, to exercising at home and remote work, Stone reports on the new role technology plays in daily life. Interested in becoming an affiliate? Contact Christopher Venice at



SBG’S Ashley & Brad Take Mornings At The Eagle Amarillo

THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2020 –– Alpha Media adds Sun Broadcast Group’s syndicated “Ashley and Brad” to mornings on the cluster’s number one station; KXGL 100.9 The Eagle in Amarillo, Tx.

"We have Texas sized pride to be a part of Amarillo's number one station! Said host, Ashley Paige. “We’re both looking forward to entertaining and waking up with the Eagle listeners!" For more information about “Ashley and Brad” contact Rich O’Brien at or visit




7Golden Globes Postponed Until Feb. 28th; Vanna For Jeopardy?


Nascar Vows to Ban for Life Anyone Who Placed Noose in Bubba Wallace’s Garage

Alex Trebek's Successor Could Be 'Wheel of Fortune' Co-Host Vanna White

Fox News, CBS morning show hosts return to broadcast studios

Golden Globes 2021 postponed to Feb. 28

Live Nation Announces Its First Drive-In Concert Tour With Brad Paisley, Nelly

Over 6 Million Watch John Bolton ABC Interview

Darius Rucker to Release ‘Fun’ New Song With Lady A This Summer

‘Outliers’ Anthology Series In Works At HBO Max With Dr. Anthony Fauci As First Subject

WATCH - Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock In ‘United We Sing’ Special

Batman Returns! Michael Keaton in Talks to Play Bruce Wayne in ‘The Flash’ Movie




[WATCH] D.L. Hughley Says He Tested Positive for COVID-19 After Collapsing On Stage

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2020 –– Reach Media syndicated D.L. Hughley announced he tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing onstage during a performance in Nashville, Tennessee. Time reports Hughley lost 7consciousness (shown right) while performing at the Zanies comedy nightclub on Friday night and was hospitalized.

On Saturday, Hughley posted a video on Twitter in which he said he was treated for exhaustion and dehydration afterward. “I also tested positive for COVID-19, which blew me away,” he says in the video. “I was what they call asymptomatic. I didn’t have any symptoms, the classic7symptoms.” Hughley plans to quarantine in his Nashville hotel room for 14 days.

The remaining two nights of his four-night engagement at Zanies were canceled, according to the club’s online calendar. “Our friend D.L. Hughley had a medical emergency while performing on Friday and was hospitalized overnight. According to his publicist, he was suffering from exhaustion after working & traveling this week,” the club posted on Facebook. “Love ya, D.L. and we’ll look forward to seeing this King of Comedy back in Nashville soon!”

Hughley currently hosts radio's “The D.L. Hughley Show,” which is syndicated in dozens of markets by Reach Media. Watch Hughley talk about the weekend's experience HERE.



The KVJ Show Inks Multi-Year Extension With Hubbard's 97.9 WRMF West Palm Beach

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2020 – The KVJ Show has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach Hot AC, 97.9 WRMF. The KVJ show, comprised of Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki, and Jason Pennington have been serving south Florida and West Palm Beach since 1999 and have raised thousands of dollars over the years to support the community with their charity “Little Smiles”.

Hubbard Radio SVP/Market Manager Elizabeth Hamma commented, “The KVJ Team is incredibly talented and hardworking and they demonstrate every day that when you truly care about the audience and community you serve, success will follow. We’re fortunate to have them on our Hubbard West Palm Beach team for years to come. WRMF Program Director Randi West adding “The KVJ Show is the dream team of morning shows! I’m a HUGE fan of their show and I’m thrilled I’ll get to help continue to build their passionate fan base for years to come.” Follow them to find out what all the fuss is about @kvjshow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



98.5 KFOX San Jose Goes Live And Local With Joey, Chris & Karina In Mornings

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2020 –– Beginning today, 98.5 KFOX San Jose officially announces “San Jose’s Great Radio Experiment” featuring Joey V, Chris Jackson, and Karina Farias. 98.5 KFOX’s “San Jose’s Great Radio Experiment” is San Jose’s only LIVE and LOCAL morning radio show, airing weekdays 6a – 9a.

“Congratulations to Chris Jackson, celebrating 30 years of rock radio excellence on KFOX. Joey, Chris and Karina’s unique chemistry has already resonated with rock fans all over the South Bay, said Brian Figula, Director of Programming Operations. 98.5 KFOX is celebrating 30 years as the South Bay’s Classic Rock station – THANK YOU SAN JOSE!!




600 More Independent Stations Say Yes To IBA

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2020 –– The IBA continues to move closer to its goal of 3,000 stations, adding an additional 600 stations in the past week, a 33% increase since last week. Ron Stone (L) says “The momentum we are seeing is incredible. We are now up to 424 owners and operators and 2,395 stations! It takes time to build any organization as we all know. To see this kind of growth every week it screams volumes of how much independents need the help this association can deliver. We are going to hit our goal for sure…and very few independents will shy away once the organization is formed and they realize the benefits. It would not surprise me to ultimately have most of the 7,000 independents participating."

Tony Renda, one of the 2,395 station owners that has signed up, believes the IBA’s time has come: “Recently I learned about the IBA and my response was, thank God. What took so long? I have personally seen how an association like this benefited the auto industry. Independent radio owners need this kind of association. As an owner of stations in six markets I know my strength is limited, but if I am part of a group of 3,000 plus stations, I am stronger, I have a voice. If I am part of a group that can offer a sophisticated national digital buying opportunity for advertisers…I am stronger. If I am part of a group that can create its own unique programming…I am stronger. If we can reduce my expenses and increase my revenue…I am stronger!"

“Our mission continues” Stone says. “If you have signed up, don’t stop there. Contact every independent you know and send them to the site. CLICK HERE FOR INFO




[LISTEN] The Wolf Dallas' Brian Moote & Father Air Emotional Break Over Troubled Past

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2020 – "It started as a silly game to give away a $25 dollar Uber Eats gift code," say Cumulus' Wolf/Dallas morning co-host Brian Moote, and then turned into 7an emotional break about my dad and I and him going to prison in my 20s."

"The crazy part was that I never intended it to go the way it did but I think it really made an impact on helping people who struggle with the reentry process," says Moote. "I took close to 10 calls from people after the segment who didn’t want to be on air who all wanted to both talk about finally not feeling shame for having a parent who’s been incarcerated and a few fathers who called in and said they were inspired to keep rebuilding the relationship that they had with their kids. I was very honest about the ups and downs that we had as father and son when he went to prison."

Moote added, "When I had my first radio show in Seattle, he lived with me for a year in a studio apartment on home release. It was a growing experience and honest conversations about how you feel are huge. It reminded me that over 2 million people a year get incarcerated and get released a year later and that reentry process is a family struggle. The sentence of the crime is just the beginning." Brian co-host with Tara on The All New 99.5 Wolf Morning Show Dallas.

For anyone would like to chat with Brian about assisting people on prison reentry, please email me at LISTEN HERE




WEBINAR: 'Why Great Talent Is Needed More Than Ever' - With Guest Steve Reynolds

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2020 –– Benztown and P1 Media Group are hosting a free Webinar this Thursday with Guest Steve Reynolds on "Why Great Talent is Needed More Than Ever.' The webinar is part of its “Global Radio Ideas” webinar series, designed to provide insights gleaned from the companies’ popular Global Radio Ideas Facebook group and from top radio consultants, as radio stations around the world program through the COVID-19 recovery.

The webinar will be hosted by Andreas Sannemann, Benztown CEO, and Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group, and will feature special guest, Steve Reynolds of The Reynolds Group. The webinar will cover the following: • 5 tips to improve your station tomorrow; • How your show should handle George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police without getting fired; • Life sucks – Make them laugh; • How to be a better coach; • … and more - REGISTER HERE




PODCAST: Mistress Carrie Launches Podcast

THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2020 –– After ruling the Rock airwaves of Boston for 22 years at WAAF, Mistress Carrie takes the next step with The Mistress Carrie Podcast. This weekly podcast features artist interviews with up and coming bands, bands that you already know you love, backstage antics, lifestyle topics like travel, motorcycles, tattoos, and skydiving, plus she continues her extensive work with the U.S. military, veteran's community, and first responders.

You never know what she's going to be talking about next! If Mistress Carrie thinks it rocks, it's on The Mistress Carrie Podcast - LISTEN TO TRAILER HERE



7Jimmy Buffet Cancels Grand Old Opry Debut Over Covid-19 Concerns


WATCH - John Legend And Alicia Keys Face Of In Juneteenth Piano Showdown

Noose Found In Garage Used By NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace

Hollywood Poised For Gamble As Theaters Reopen

Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Sells for $6 Million at Auction

WATCH - Aretha Franklin’s ‘Faith’-Based Song Gets a New Black Lives Matter-Themed Music Video

Jimmy Buffett Cancels Grand Ole Opry Debut Due to COVID-19 Spikes

Neal Schon Says Journey Hopes to Release a New Song This Summer

Jon Stewart Says He Didn't Realize What a Gifted Actor Steve Carell Was

The World Reacts to the Passing of Sir Ian Holm

K-Pop Fans and TikTok Users Claim They Derailed Trump Rally Attendance





Lineup Moves At Hubbard Chicago; Chris Petlak & Lisa Allen Team For PMD On WTMX

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2020 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago’s 101.9 THE MIX WTMX and The New She 100.3  WSHE Vice President of Brand and Content, Jimmy Steal, announced an internal restructuring of on air talent at 101.9 THE MIX. Among the changes include the pairing of MIX Afternoon Show 2PM -7PM: MIX Director of Digital / Evening Host Chris Petlak (TR) moves to Afternoons and adds SHE to his digital duties where he'll team with Lisa Allen (TR). Allen moves up from Middays in addition to adding MIX Assistant Music Director duties.

Handling middays will be MIX Music Director Nikki Chuminatto (BL) who will add MIX Assistant Program Director duties. - MIX Evening Show 7PM-Mid & MIX New Music Club 11PM-Mid: will be weekend host Jordan Weiss, AKA Dash, (BC) who moves into the MIX evening show which includes hosting of the MIX New Music Club which airs Sunday through Thursday at 11PM featuring an hour of all new music. MIX/SHE Director of Creative Services: Veteran MIX Afternoon host Kevin “Koz” Koske (BR) who moves into a production role at WTMX and WSHE as well as MIX Weekends and fill-ins.

Steal says, “I’m thrilled to be able to tap into our existing in-house team to fill all of our talent needs! It’s a very exciting time at 101.9 THE MIX” - Vice President Market Manager Jeff England added, “At Hubbard Chicago, we are truly fortunate to have such a dynamic team, capable of engaging our listeners, while delivering value to our advertisers, and connectivity to our communities."




SummitMedia Names Randy Chase, Senior Vice President Of Programming

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19Th, 2020 –– SummitMedia announced Randy Chase has been named Senior Vice President of Programming. Chase joins the leadership team of the Company and will oversee all Country music stations. Randy will report to Bill Tanner, Executive Vice President, Programming. Carl Parmer, SummitMedia Chairman/CEO stated “Randy’s experience across all formats and his passion to serve our listeners make him an excellent addition to our team. His ability to innovate in our industry and drive consumer engagement are attributes we are particularly excited about.”

For the past seven years, Chase has served as the Vice President of Radio, leading strategic direction for Educational Media Foundation. Prior to EMF, he led national country branding and programming for Cox Media Group.

Chase said. “I’m excited to get back to my Country roots and partner with the programming team to grow the Summit brands to real powerhouses in their markets.” Chase will be based in Knoxville, Tennessee and in addition to responsibility for overseeing all the Company’s Country music stations, he will program 100.3 The Wolf (WCYQ).




Terry Foxx Shifts To Brand Manager For WFNZ Charlotte

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19Th, 2020 –– Entercom has named Terry Foxx (shown at right with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith) Brand Manager for WFNZ (WFNZ-AM/FM), Charlotte. “Terry brings a wealth of experience architecting leading sports radio brands and will help usher in a new era of growth for WFNZ,” said Matt Hanlon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Charlotte. “The station serves as an extremely important sports and lifestyle brand for the people of Charlotte, who rely on us to be informative, timely, relevant and entertaining. Terry’s leadership will be instrumental and we’re looking forward to adding him to the team.”

“I'm very excited to join Entercom Charlotte and the great team at WFNZ,” said Foxx. “Charlotte is a great city full of passionate sports fans and I look forward to enhancing their sports radio home with unparalleled content and in-depth discussion. I want to thank Matt for this incredible opportunity, along with Doug Abernethy [Regional President, Entercom].”

Terry joins WFNZ after serving as Brand Manager for 92.9 The Game (WZGC-FM) in Atlanta, a station he helped launch after joining in 2012. Prior to his time in Atlanta, Foxx launched sister station 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM), Pittsburgh’s first ever 24/7 sports brand. Foxx also previously served as a Program Director for ESPN Radio in Bristol, CT.




Michelle Duke Named NAB Chief Diversity Officer

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19Th, 2020 –– National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced today that Michelle Duke will assume the role of Chief Diversity Officer, effective July 1. In the newly created position, Duke will spearhead NAB’s internal efforts to further equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization and elevate NAB’s external role as a resource to NAB member companies in their efforts to increase and promote industry diversity. Duke will also continue in her current role as president of the NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF)

“NAB is committed to fostering a strong and diverse workforce within our organization and throughout the broadcast industry, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have Michelle lead the charge,” said Gordon Smith. “We appreciate Michelle taking on this important new role as we focus additional resources on advancing diversity and inclusion.” Early in her career, Duke worked as a reporter for the Nashville Banner and later moved to the Newspaper Association of America, where she was director of leadership programs. She joined NAB as the director of Diversity and Development in 2005 and was promoted to vice president of Diversity in 2009. Duke became vice president of the NAB Education Foundation (renamed NABLF in 2019) in 2010 and was elevated to president in 2019, overseeing the Foundation’s day-to-day operations as well as developing and managing industry programs in diversity and leadership.

Duke was awarded the National Area Capital Alliance for Women in Media Star Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Wall of Fame for the School of Journalism in the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University in 2018.




John Summers Joins KKOB Albuquerque As News Director

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19Th, 2020 ––  Cumulus News Radio KKOB 96.3FM/770AM Albuquerque, NM, has appointed John Summers as News Director. Summers is an award-winning journalist who was most recently Brand Manager and News Director for WHCU-AM/FM in Ithaca, NY. Prior to that, he was Regional Program Director and News Director for the Northwest News Radio Network and the Washington Ag Network. Summers’ news career has also included stops at WIBW-AM in Topeka, KS, KHTS-AM in Los Angeles, CA, and KOH-AM in Reno, NV.

“We are thrilled to welcome John to the News Radio KKOB family,” said Jared Hart, Operations Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque. “He’s a great fit to lead this iconic Albuquerque station into an exciting new chapter and to help capitalize on our recent expansion of the KKOB brand.”

Summers said, "I'm thrilled to become part of the awesome Southwest legend, KKOB. I really appreciate Jeff Berry and Jared Hart's confidence in my journalistic vision for the giant AM-FM signals involved - and I love New Mexico. This is going to be fun."



EVENTS: The Wave LA Presents 'Justice Now'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2020 –– Entercom Los Angeles is celebrating Juneteenth with “JUSTICE NOW! – Communities 2 Unity,” an on-air open discussion about policing, politics and the people. The RADIO.COM Original program will air on 94.7 The Wave (KTWV-FM), the soul of Southern California, as well as nationally via RADIO.COM and the station’s website. The show will welcome various civic leaders and activists from the community for essential and inclusive community-focused dialog.

“As the soul of Southern California, our role is to entertain and to leverage our platform to drive forward meaningful discussions in the community,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Entercom. “We look forward to engaging in this important dialogue with our community and local leaders.” It takes place today beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT



John DeBella Airing 12-Hour Radiothon For Vets

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2020 –– 102.9 WMGK-FM will broadcast the 14th Annual John DeBella Veterans Radiothon live from outside of the WMGK Studios today, June 19, from 6am to 6pm. All proceeds from the Radiothon will benefit the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC). In addition, listeners will be able to participate in a series of online eBay auctions on the station website featuring a chance to guest co-host the John DeBella Show, as well bid on autographed items from Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, and more!

All proceeds from these auctions will benefit the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC). Over the past 14 years, John DeBella has raised over $2,000,000 for the VMC through his annual Radiothon. PHOTO/ screengrab2019 NBC



Bob & Tom's House Band Becomes 'The Out House Band' During Safe Distancing

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19Th, 2020 –– The Bob & Tom Show has not let restrictions brought on by COVID-19 curtail its full production. This week, the show's House Band” featuring Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio, became the “The the Out-House Band” when the band’s staging was moved from the show's Performance Studio at iHeartMedia Indianapolis, to the show’s parking lot. Fittingly, the “outhouse” band was set up near the show’s dumpster and a portable toilet (shown in red circle), which made them an easy mark for the humor of host Tom Griswold and the ensemble cast of "The Bob & Tom Show".

In spite of it all, no dump button was needed. (Is it any wonder this show wins all the big awards?). The Bob & Tom Show is exclusively distributed by Westwood One. It airs live weekday mornings from 6am-10am ET, the show is now heard on over 100 radio stations from coast-to-coast and the American Forces Network worldwide. For more information, visit: and PHOTO/House Band (Left to Right): Bass - Bill Ritter; Guitar - Duke Tumatoe; Drums - Joe Maddox; and Keyboards - James Hill.



PODCAST: Edgar 'Shoboy' Sotelo Debuts Hanging With Los Sotelos On reVolver

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2020 –– reVolver Podcasts announced that the digital platform will become the exclusive host for Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo and his wife Janet's latest audio adventure, a podcast dedicated to motivating, inspiring and entertaining listeners every week. It will be showcasing their life as a bilingual Mexican American couple as they expose their every day, discussing relationship drama and current events through this uplifting, fun and interactive podcast.

Edgar “Shoboy”, a Marconi Award Winning National Radio Broadcaster, is launching for the first time with his wife, a show completely made for on-demand audio. According to Edgar, the show will include “The good, the bad and the funny as we navigate this beautiful thing called life, together with the audience”. The 30 minutes podcast will be available every week on for download. “We have been married for 9 years and due to Edgar’s radio hosting career, we have been blessed with amazing friends and adventures in San Francisco, Dallas, New York City and our current home Los Angeles. Our life and marriage for the past two years have been challenged like never before and we will share with you how faith, gratitude and humor has helped us navigate through our toughest times while still enjoying life” said Janet and Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo. To listen to “Hanging with Los Sotelos”, visit LosSotelos.Com or @EdgariSotelo #LosSotelos



SNAPS: Shotgun Shoots Straight About Infamous John Lennon 'Imagine' Flub

THE MOUTH, JUNE 19Th, 2020 –– 'On The Air' with Sully, Little Tommy, and Russ T Nailz has been on since early March. It runs on KUSI-TV San Diego Fridays 1130pm and Saturdays 5pm. It’s a radio show on television featuring local San Diegans. Many radio veterans have been guests. Among the recent guests, Shotgun Tom Kelly (BR) tells the legendary story of the legendary KCBQ-AM being the first radio host in the world to play John Lennon’s IMAGINE. But to the shock of many, he looks over at the cart ('memba?) and announces 'Here it is on The Tom Kelly Show, 'IMA-GENE!!"

Tom also shareed his friendship with Stevie Wonder and how the iconic singer gave a speech when Tom got his star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They also talked about Tom's voice over work on Fox television’s 'America’s Most Wanted' and Spike TV’s '1000 ways to die.' Today Tom can be heard on SiriusXM's 60s on 6 weeknights (except Wednesday) 4pm to 9 PM Pacific, 7pm to midnight Eastern. WATCH HERE



WBUR Boston To Lay Off 29 Staff Members


THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2020 –– WBUR will lay off more than 10% of the station’s staff, including several newsroom leaders, and stop producing the nationally syndicated sports program “Only A Game” in a restructuring made more drastic by the coronavirus-induced recession. The announced cuts come less than a week after the station, whose 7broadcast license is owned by Boston University, reached its first, tentative collective bargaining agreement with a union that includes reporters and producers.

In a statement, the union said it is “dismayed that Boston University and WBUR management implemented these layoffs while our unit is voting to ratify our first contract.” Though the contract has not been finalized, WBUR Chief Executive Margaret Low (L) said the station will honor the deal’s layoff provisions. In all, 29 people are losing jobs. 7

Among them is Exec. News Director Tom Melville, who joined WBUR in 2011 and helped lead its local coverage after a long career in television journalism. “I love WBUR, and I believe in its mission,” Melville said in an interview. “I've been honored to be its executive news director for the last several years. ... We, at WBUR, have always felt a great sense of mission to serve our community, and there's important work to be done. I wish all my friends and colleagues at WBUR continued success in covering our community.”

The station shakeup includes dropping the podcast “Kind World”, which is co-hosted by two women of color. “I really hope that, in this moment, they’re taking this diversity and inclusion problem very, very seriously,” said Andrea Asuaje, one of the hosts. “The fact that my show is powered by minority women, and it’s gotten cut, you know, it’s not a great look.” “Only A Game” will end a 27-year run in the fall. PHOTO/WBUR's Commonwealth Avenue Studios



Arrest Made In Death Of Baltimore Host


THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2020 –– An arrest has been made in the shooting death of radio host Tyra Womack reports WBAL-TV. Womack was shot June 10 in front of her home. She was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where she died a short time later. Homicide detectives investigating the murder quickly identified 7Richard Sylvester Green (shown below), of Baltimore, as the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant. Green was arrested Tuesday in Rosedale without incident. He was taken to Central Booking where he has been charged with first- and second-degree murder.

Baltimore police said Womack was killed steps away from her home. Courtney Scott, the victim's sister, revealed to WBAL what she calls years of alleged harassment at the hands of Womack's next door neighbor. "They've been in and out of court. Police have came,” said Scott. Scott said the night her sister was killed, she had just returned home from an evening walk. That's when Scott told 11 News the suspect, out of nowhere, began firing shots at the victim's son, who was waiting for his mother on the front porch. "In my mind, he wanted to hurt my sister and kill her one and only son,” said Scott.

Womack’s son wasn’t hit, however she was struck multiple times. "I don't know how that happened and how the bullets hit her. It was God, I do know how. It was God because she was protecting her son,” said Scott.



Sirius XM To 'Pick Up The Pace' On Howard Stern’s Contract Renewal Talks, Says CEO

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2020 –– Howard Stern’s contract with Sirius XM is once again up at year end and the company’s CEO Jim Meyer (L) said he plans to pick up the pace on renewal talks and “works hard” to keep him at the satcaster, reports Deadline. “The relationship between7 Howard and myself has been great and is great right now… I trust Howard and Howard trusts me,” said Meyer at the CSFB media conference Wednesday. Renewal talks started late last year. Stern moved to the satellite platform in 2006.

“Howard’s agent and I communicate every week back and forth and I had hoped to be able to sit and do this process in person and get going. I think it is probably going to take too long to wait for a good window for that, that so I don’t see any reason why we won’t pick up the pace on those 7discussions. I want Howard to work at Sirius XM for as long as Howard wants to work,” Meyer said.

"Howard Stern (who most recently had been working from his home studio due to the coronavirus) wants to work somewhere where he’s happy and valued and where he trusts the people around him, and he has that at Sirius XM and I think it’s worked great for him,” Meyer added.

"I think the issue in the renewal with Howard is what does Howard want to do going forward now that he’s seen, you know, what is going on in podcasting," added Meyer. "He is a radio guy, you know, he has told me that, he’s a morning guy. He’s told me many times he’s a morning guy. So we’ll work our way through that and hopefully we’ll have good news when we get through that… I wanted Howard with us as long as he wants to be here and I’m going to work hard at it.”



Scott Herman Elected Chair of the BFOA Board of Directors; Dan Mason To Remain on Board

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2020 –– The Board of Directors of the Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected Scott Herman, long time CBS Radio and Group W executive and current Chief Executive Officer of SHH Media Management, as Chair. Dan Mason will remain on the Board of Directors, and Jordan Wertlieb, President of Hearst7Television, is re-elected as Vice Chair. In addition, the Board voted Steve Jones, President and Chief Operating Officer of Skyview 7Networks, to the Board. The elections were held during a Board of Directors video-conference meeting today.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America is devoted exclusively to providing financial assistance to broadcasters in acute need. “It has been an honor to serve the broadcasting industry as Chair of the Broadcasters Foundation, and I look forward to continuing my involvement as a Board member of this unique charity that helps our colleagues,” Mason stated. “I am pleased to turn over the chair seat to Scott, who I know to be both capable and caring. He loves this industry as much as I do and will work tirelessly to help those in our business who need it most.”

Herman, a longtime member of the Foundation’s Board, has served as Vice Chair since 2017. He spent nearly 40 years of his career at CBS Radio and its predecessor companies, Group W and Infinity Broadcasting, before launching SHH Media Management, an executive advisory firm that consults media operators and the financial community on mergers and acquisitions and leadership development. For more information, please visit, call 212-373-8250, or email



SYNDICATION: USRN To Launch 'Kenny Loggins' - The Real Thing' This Summer

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2020 –– United Stations is now presenting operators coast to coast with a rare opportunity to add Grammy and Emmy award-winner Kenny Loggins to their airstaff.  The show, which will debut at a yet-to-be-finalized date in the Summer of 2020, will be delivered as completely flexible segments allowing stations to build their imaging and music around voice tracks supplied by Kenny Loggins. Kenny, who interestingly enough played a radio DJ in the video game Grand Theft Auto V, now brings his hosting and story-telling skills to radio stations all over the country.  The show is designed to be easily ingested into any radio station automation system, and is in-keeping with United Stations’ growing menu of 'Dayparts on Demand'.  Affiliates are being secured now, and this announcement comes jointly from Andy Denemark, EVP/Programming at United Stations and the Kenny Loggins management team at Higher Vision, Inc.

United Stations will produce and distribute Kenny Loggins: The Real Thing on a market-exclusive basis.  Andy Denemark of United Stations commented, " We saw a growing need for a new type of programming for Gold-based radio stations, and given everything about Kenny Loggins we just felt he was the perfect choice. He’s got a lifetime of cool stories, he’s a rock star you’d want to have coffee with, and he’s charming, easy-going and relatable."

Over the last four decades, Kenny Loggins has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards. His songs have left his musical imprint on “the soundtrack of our lives,” with chart-topping hits including “This Is It,” “I’m Alright,” “Footloose," “Danger Zone,” and many more. For more information, please visit: For affiliate information, email or visit



SBG'S 'Classic Rock Live' Celebrates 500 Episodes; Murphy, Sam And Jodi Growing

7THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2020 –– SBG and Classic Rock Live will celebrate the 38th Annual World Day of Music on June 21st along with marking its 500th episode. In recognition to the global celebration of music, Classic Rock Live will play 22 songs from 22 artists recorded in 22 countries. Pierre Robert. "I've always loved live music. For me, if I hear something from an artist or a band and really like it, the next thing I want is to go see that group and experience it live in person; anything from a club, to a theater, to an arena, to a stadium. Seeing music performed live is nothing short of a three-dimensional experience,” says Pierre Robert. For more information, call Sun Broadcast Group (800) 871-6163

AC/Classic Hits morning show Murphy, Sam & Jodi continue to grow with the addition of iHeart's KGBX FM Springfield, MO., KMXA-FM Minot, ND., Globecom's KKHA FM Markham, TX., Nicolet Broadcasting/WRKU FM Sturgeon Bay, WI. and Bowman Broadcasting/WFTZFM Manchester, TN.

Murphy, Sam and Jodi are customized for each affiliate. Every day is an unexpected mix of entertainment, real life, and laughter.

For more information visit or contact June Colbert at<> or (615) 202-5900.




EVENTS: Hollywood Walk of Fame Class Of 2021 To Be Announced By Ellen K

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2020 –– A new group of entertainment professionals in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre/Live Performance, Radio and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Walk of Fame Selection Panel of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. These honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held in June and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Walk of Famer/radio personality and Chair of the Walk of Fame Panel, Ellen K will announce the new honorees with Rana Ghadban President & CEO for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who is also the emcee of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. The new selections will be revealed to the world via the Walk of Fame Facebook page beginning at 11:00 a.m. PDT today, June 18, 2020. “The Walk of Fame Selection Panel is pleased to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Panel made up of fellow Walk of Famers always strive to select a group of talented honorees that appeal in various genres of the entertainment world,” said Chair and Walk of Famer Ellen K, “The Panel has done an exemplary job in choosing 35 very talented people. We can’t wait to see each and every honoree’s face as they realize that they are becoming a part of Hollywood’s history as we unveil their star on the world’s most famous walkway!” Upcoming star ceremonies are usually announced ten days prior to dedication on the official website



iHeart Chicago Presents 'Brilliantly Black' Initiative


THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Chicago has launched Brilliantly Black – a community resource initiative to support local black-owned businesses, restaurants and non-profits. 107.5 WGCI V103 Inspiration 1390 93.9 LITE FM BIG 95.5 and 103.5 KISSFM will encourage listeners to visit its website and enter keyword “brilliant” to get more information about black-owned businesses, restaurants and community resources. The available information includes health and wellness businesses, fashion and beauty, community and faith organizations, local businesses, restaurants, and more.

“I am so proud of our team who created this grassroots opportunity to support black-owned businesses,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Chicago. “Everyone should do their part in supporting the black business community. I am thrilled we can use all of our stations to impact and inform Chicagoland about this much-needed community resource.”



PODCAST: 'Idol Memories' Hosted by Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2020 –– “Idol Memories”, a new podcast for American Idol fans and entertainment enthusiasts, executive producers Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks and Fred Bronson and distributor and sales rep YEA Networks has released a trailer for the podcast, available now. Idol Memories is a series of conversations and memories about America’s iconic eight-time Emmy-winning performance show, American Idol. The podcast is hosted by American Idol Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe, who has been a pioneer in reality television and a driving force in the world of performing arts.

Following 17 successful seasons of American Idol, Lythgoe and former American Idol contestants, producers and production team members remember their favorite memories on and off-camera in Idol Memories. He also goes one-on-one with the renowned and notorious judges of the show and America’s favorite former American Idol winners, as they revisit some of the show’s most memorable performances and more than a few of their favorite Idol memories. In advance of the official launch of the Idol Memories podcast on Thursday, June 25th, a trailer for the Idol Memories podcast can be viewed HERE

Memories will be available on Thursday, June 25, 2020, on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and more.



Ray Hadley Breached Decency Rules In Australia

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2020 ––- Talk Show host, Stuart Peters has been suspended from Manx radio for saying he is not ‘white and privileged’ during on-air debate about Black Lives Matter. Stuart has worked for Manx Radio on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea for 20 years. He said he comprehended why protests were happening in the US although not in the UK. The Free Speech Union defended him and has started a campaign to reinstate him. He told The Mail on Sunday the decision amounted to an ‘Orwellian attempt at mind and speech control’.

New sponsor For ‘Today’ with Sarah McInerney on Radio 1 In Ireland - RTÉ Radio 1’s Today with Sarah McInerney (pictured) has a new sponsor. The private hearing healthcare company Hidden Hearing joins is the sponsor for the summer. Sarah McInerney has been the host of the show since May.

‘Ray Hadley Breached ‘Decency’ Rules In Australia The Australian Communications and Media Authority (The Australian version of the FCC)  has found radio station Triple M 105.1 Central West breached decency rules for comments made by Ray Hadley. The ACMA says The Ray Hadley Morning Show made threats of physical assault against a social media user. During the broadcast, Ray made comments about an unnamed individual who had allegedly made a remark about Ray’s granddaughter. Hadley’s remarks included “you flea”, “you low-life dog” and inferred that if his family could locate the individual they would “be drinking through a straw for a long, long time”.
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Entercom's Chris Oliviero Weighs In On Craig Carton's Future In Radio

New York Believes In Second Chances In Life'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2020 –– Former WFAN morning host Craig Carton is currently 7serving a 3 1/2-year sentence for running a Ponzi scheme, but Entercom New York’s SVP/MM Chris Oliviero (R) tells Newsday's NeilBest he’s often asked if Carton will make a return to radio when he’s released. Oliviero, who helped create the highly successful Boomer and Carton Show in 2007, says “I understand why people would ask that, especially based on our long history,” said Oliviero. “But the answer is: Who knows?

7Oliviero adds, "There are so many variables. If a time in the future came where Craig had gotten his life back on track, fulfilled all that was asked of him and was in a position to resume his career, of course we’d talk and discuss.” writes that Oliviero believes Carton will be in demand when he becomes a free man. “I think every other radio group would have the same conversation,'' Oliviero said. "His talent is well-documented. But he is absolutely not in that position yet, nor do I know when that will be.

“I do think New York believes in second chances in life, so I do think that when that day comes, he will have conversations with people. But I don’t know when that is.” READ MORE HERE




EVENTS: Cleveland Radio Comes Together For Simulcast About Race, Equality & Inclusion

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2020 –– Radio One, iHeartMedia, Entercom, Good Karma Brands and Salem Communications have teamed up to produce, “Justice For All: A Conversation about Race, Equality and Inclusion,” a first of-its kind radio simulcast that will feature Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Police Chief Calvin Williams and other area civic leaders today, June 17 at 1 p.m. The 90-minute conversation will air across 21 Cleveland area stations. The event also will include Destination Cleveland CEO David Gilbert and Urban League of Greater Cleveland President and CEO Marsha Mockabee. The conversation will be moderated by award-winning veteran newswoman Romona Robinson, the first African-American woman to anchor a nightly newscast in Cleveland.

“A discussion as significant as this one requires all of us to come together and listen to each other,” leaders of the five radio corporations said jointly. “Together, our radio stations reach more than 95% of the people in Cleveland -- people of all ages, races and backgrounds. We all recognize this unique inflection point in the history of our city and our country. Now is the time to share in a meaningful dialogue that allows us to hear people on all sides, recognize our similar views and discuss how we can begin to work together toward meaningful progress, including justice and equity for all." “Justice For All: A Conversation about Race, Equality and Inclusion” is a joint venture developed by Adcom in partnership with Radio One, iHeartMedia, Good Karma Brands, Entercom Communications and Salem Communications.



Public Radio In Minneapolis And Chicago Announce Large Staff Cuts Amid Coronavirus

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2020 –– Minnesota Public Radio and its parent company, American Public Media, announced major layoffs and program cuts Tuesday reports The Patch. In a letter to listeners, APM CEO Jon 7McTaggart blamed the company's "large and unexpected financial challenge" on the crisis caused by the new coronavirus. As a result, APM is also ending its production of "Live from Here" with Chris Thile (L), the variety show that succeeded Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."

7In Chicago, WBEZ cuts 12 jobs and ended production with ‘Sound Opinions’but it will continue as an independent production airing on WBEZ and distributed to about 150 other public radio stations nationwide. It also will continue as a weekly podcast. According to media scribe, Robert Feder, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot (R) , the longtime Chicago music critics who co-host the show launched in 1993, have been associated with WBEZ since 2005.

Reportedly, The staff reductions do not include any positions in the WBEZ newsroom, in talk show programming or on the Vocalo platform, according to the company. “While these decisions are extremely difficult ones, we have worked hard to preserve the local journalism and programming investments that are so critical to our mission and to our community,” the company said in a statement. “We remain committed to navigating these unprecedented challenges as responsibly as possible so that we may continue serving Chicagoans with the essential journalism and programming they need.” TOP PHOTO/mpr




SYNDICATION: Skyview Networks Takes Bryan 'B-Dub' Washington National

To Be Rebranded 'B-Dub Radio Saturday Night'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2020 –– Award-winning country radio personality, Bryan “B-Dub” Washington, and Skyview Networks have entered into a multi-year syndication and development relationship committed to expanding B-Dub’s network radio reach. Starting July 4, 2020, B-Dub’s popular show, Buckwild Saturday Night, will transition to Skyview Networks under the newly rebranded title, B-Dub Radio Saturday Night.

“I am beyond excited to partner with Skyview Networks for the rebrand into B-Dub Radio Saturday Night,” said B-Dub. “The team at Skyview Networks has shared detailed and impressive ideas that will continue growing the show and adding to the listener experience through our amazing affiliates. I’m thrilled to be part of this new vision!” B-Dub Radio Saturday Night features five hours of high-energy fun with B-Dub bringing the top stars of country music to listeners across 60 radio stations weekly.

Steve Jones, President and COO of Skyview Networks added, “Country radio programmers are constantly seeking partners who offer high-quality content and talent. B-Dub is the partner for them. With an ability to create a weekly party for his listeners, B-Dub will continue to grow his radio network and offer a smart investment return for his advertisers.” For affiliation information, email Bryan “B-Dub” Washington's previous experience includes working as a Program Director at KBEB The Bull in Sacramento, Music Director at KMLE in Phoenix, Assistant Program Director/Music Director at KUPL The Bull in Portland and Assistant Program Director/Music Director at KWBL The Bull in Denver. After two years in Denver, he was recently named the Afternoon Host at KNUC in Seattle, close to his Northwest roots of Oregon.



PODCAST: Tino Cochino Goes One-On-One With Radio Biggest Stars

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2020 –– Tino Cochino, nationally syndicated host of YEA Networks’ “Tino Cochino Radio” recently launched a new podcast titled, “The Aircheck,” where he sits down with other radio stars from around the country to share stories and chat about radio. Describing himself as one of the biggest radio geeks in the country, Tino’s recent guests have featured a who’s who of talent, including Bobby Bones (The Bobby Bones Show), JoJo Wright (KIISFM / LA), Ebro Darden (Hot 97 / NYC), J-Si Chavez (The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show), and more.

7“I love radio. To me, the personalities are, and have always been the stars. The thing is, they’re the ones always doing the interview. No one ever interviews them! That changes now,” said Tino.

His latest conversation, is with the legendary Big Boy from the syndicated Big Boy’s Neighborhood, based at Real 92.3 in Los Angeles. Their chat focused on racial injustice and the movements taking place. "From racial injustice to talking about race with children, we cover a lot," says Tino. You can listen to all episodes of “The Aircheck with Tino Cochino HERE




HONORS: The MIW Group Announces Four New Mentees

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2020 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group, a volunteer organization dedicated to developing management and leadership skills for women in radio broadcasting, is pleased to introduce the MIW Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program’s Class of 2020. A total of four candidates from the radio industry - within sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines - are vCreative, the nation’s leading provider of media workflow solutions, is serving as the lead sponsor of this year’s program.

The 2020 class is comprised of the following professionals, listed in alphabetical order: Nicki DellaPosta (TL), General Sales Manager, Entercom, Chicago, IL - Jill Masek (TR), Director of Sales, NRG Media, Lincoln, NE - Dana Schaeffer (BL), Producer, ABC News Radio, New York City - Alyson Sprague (BR) , Senior Director of Research & Analytics, iHeartMedia .

vCreative Co-Founder & CEO Jinny Laderer (R) said, “I believe that to whom much is given, much will be required. I have been blessed by those who invested their time, talents and resources into my life, and it is now my pleasure to invest in the lives of other women. The best part is watching them learn, grow and succeed!”




BUSINESS: Counterpoint Software And vCreative Join Forces

THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2020 –– vCreative’s parent company, Banyan Software Inc, announced today that they have acquired Counterpoint Software, a leading media technology platform for audio networks. Counterpoint provides the critical end-to-end revenue, inventory and affiliate management solution for radio, sports, satellite, digital and podcast networks. Counterpoint software is used by more than 1,700 media entities and 10,000 radio stations. 

7“We are pleased that Counterpoint has joined vCreative in our growing media technology portfolio. Our intent is to provide infrastructure, investment and leadership that allows for expansion," said David Berkal, Banyan Software CEO. Jinny Laderer (R), vCreative’s CEO, adds ​"Counterpoint is essential technology for many of our customers and partners. By joining as sister companies, we can execute a complete integration strategy and create a holistic environment.” 

vCreative and Counterpoint will operate independently, collaborating on strategies and solutions to improve media industry workflow. Counterpoint’s Executive VP and General Manager, Mike Rooney will lead the company, reporting to Susie Hedrick, vCreative’s President/COO. Anna Dow will serve as Executive VP, Customer Support and Services. Founders Jim Foley and Dick Levine will continue in advisory roles for the company. 

"Counterpoint Software processes more than one billion dollars in ad revenue each year. Our customers trust us with this responsibility and we are now passing the torch to a trustworthy and committed company," said Jim Foley, Counterpoint’s founder and CEO. “Banyan is the perfect home for Counterpoint’s customers and employees moving forward.”














HONORS: Alliance For Women in Media Honors Female Leaders At Gracies Award

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2019 –– The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) hosted the annual Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon on Thursday, November 21 to a capacity crowd at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart eloquently gave an awe-inspiring address, sharing her captivating story of overcoming the trauma of her 9-month abduction, at the age of fourteen. Smart shared with the audience, “I don’t think that you are made by what happens to you. I think you are made by the choices you make after things happen to you.”


Six female leaders in media were honored at the event, along with the Inaugural AWM Legacy Leadership recipient, Chickie Bucco. Highlights from their speeches include: • Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media, shared how she watched more and more females rise to the top in the magazine industry but said there is still work to be done in radio. • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom Communications, thanked those who have helped her along the way, and said, “Looking back on moments in my career, the times that I was able to help others find their super powers or help them achieve their ambitions, whatever that ambition may be, those are the moments that give me the greatest joy.” Others honored included Rosemary Mercedes, Chief Communications Officer, Univision Communications - Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One - Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks and Danyelle Wright, VP, Employment & Labor Law and Chief Diversity Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company. If you would like more information, please contact Catherine Combs at (859) 219-3561 or