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Brian Grazer & Ron Howard Launch 'Imagine Audio,' Strike Slate Podcast Deal With iHeart

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2021 –– Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard (shown left and right) announced the launch of their new podcast division, Imagine Audio, fueled by an exclusive slate deal with iHeartMedia. The deal will include a slate of co-produced, unscripted7podcasts, further expanding Imagine’s IP verticals beyond the traditional screens. The partnership will collaborate to launch six new series over the next two years distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network. The division will be overseen by Imagine’s Chief Strategy Officer, Justin Wilkes and led by producer, Kara Welker.

7"We couldn’t be more excited to have iHeart as our partner as we launch the Imagine brand into the audio space,” said Imagine’s Justin Wilkes. “Audio has proven to be a fantastic incubator and engine for IP development and between our connectivity to talent and storytellers, as well as our ability to create high-quality content, we’re incredibly well positioned to enter the category.”

Imagine Audio will take a 360 approach to content across the Imagine brand by not only creating podcasts, but fully immersive experiences that will extend into TV, film, live events and tours and merchandise, while leveraging all of Imagine’s divisions and vast library of memorable IP. Imagine Audio will differentiate itself in the marketplace by producing premium scripted and non-scripted content that’s sonically rich and benefits from the highest level of production value. The division is currently working with established talent as well as new voices across a slate audio productions in development and production which will be announced in the new year. Welker, who is also a talent manager and producer, brings years of expertise of spotting talent and stories, and developing her clients and their projects into multi-platform revenue generators. Summer Sagansky has also joined the division as a Creative Executive.

“Imagine stands for the very highest quality content – behind some of the greatest film, TV and digital content the world has seen,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group. “As the largest podcast network in the world, our goal is simple and consistent: We want to work with the most innovative, passionate storytellers in the world – producers who don’t just work in mediums, but who pioneer them. That’s Imagine.”

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KNX 1070 Newsradio LA Now Simulcast On FM

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2021 –– Audacy has launched KNX News 97.1 FM in Los Angeles. The station will serve as an FM simulcast of KNX 1070 Newsradio (KNX-AM), Southern California’s only 24-hour local news and traffic station.

“For over 100 years, KNX has been the station Southern California has depended on for breaking news, important events and life changing moments,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Audacy. “With spoken word audio consumption at an all-time high, this move allows us to significantly upgrade the existing KNX brand and create a news destination for a new generation. KNX is a powerful and trusted brand in this market, and we look forward to delivering the same award-winning content on crystal-clear FM radio.”

The simulcast will replace Audacy’s CHR KNOU-FM, 97.1 NOW. Jeff Federman, told The LA Times all of the personnel at KNOU, including its on-air talent, will be retained to work on other Audacy outlets.

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SYNDICATION: The Dave & Mahoney Show Adds 18th Market With Pick Up Of Albuquerque

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2021 –– Since launching into syndication in January 2021 with Compass Media Networks, The Dave & Mahoney Show has now amassed 18 markets including Albuquerque, Las Vegas, San Diego, Louisville, Appleton, and Columbia, SC. This team has been the dominant Alternative morning-drive show in Las Vegas on KXTE and Dave Farra, co-host of Dave & Mahoney, was recently inducted into the Nevada Broadcast Association Hall of Fame.

Kris Abrams, Operations Manager at Cumulus Media Albuquerque, says “Dave & Mahoney and 94.5 The Pit are a perfect match. Dave & Mahoney are a couple of regular guys telling stories and hangin’ out. I have no doubt they will make an immediate impact on the ABQ rock radio landscape.” Dave & Mahoney say “We are thrilled to bring the show to Albuquerque. Kris and his team are there building something special and we are honored to be a part of that journey. The growth of the Dave and Mahoney Morning Show across multiple formats and cities wouldn’t be possible without our great partners believing in the show. Let’s get to work!”

To find out how to bring Dave and Mahoney to your market contact Doug Ingold (310) 242-8746 or email dingold@compassmedianetworks.com.

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Tim McKernan And The Morning After Show Heading To Hubbard St. Louis In January

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2021 –– Hubbard Radio welcomes St. Louis market radio veterans Tim McKernan, Doug Vaughn, Ken “Iggy” Strode, Jackson Burkett and their long-running “The Morning After” show to multiple on-air and digital platforms, beginning Tuesday, January 4th, 2022. The daily “The Morning After” (TMA) show will be broadcast live on YouTube, on insidestl.com, and on 105.7-fm HD2 (KPNT) every Monday through Friday between 7am and 10am.

“The Morning After” can also be heard 24 hours a day on 105.7-fm HD2, as “TMA All Day” content will air outside of live show hours. In addition, daily TMA show content will be made available in podcast form each weekday.

Tim McKernan said "Doug, Iggy, Jackson, and I have met multiple times over the last few months discussing our next move, and in the end, the opportunity to join a company with the reputation of Hubbard Radio was one we could not pass up. We are thrilled to be bringing TMA to Hubbard, and we're especially looking forward to the new ways our audience will be able to access our content with TMA All Day on 105.7 HD-2 and by watching on YouTube."

Tommy Mattern, Hubbard-St. Louis Operations Manager, added, “We’ve been wanting to grow our digital footprint for years, and adding The Morning After is a huge first step in that direction. With the addition of the YouTube Channel, not only can you listen to TMA, but you can also watch it live, which is something we think their audience will embrace.”

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WZPL-FM's Smiley Show Raises Record $1,067,126 For Make-A-Wish Foundation In 36 Hours

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2021 –– 99.5 WZPL-FM's Smiley Morning Show gives a shout out to its listeners for their 'amazing generosity' after reaching a new record in this year's Make-A-Wish drive. A total of $1,067,126 was raised and they were able to grant 106 wishes in just 36 hours!!

Also, in 25 years of doing the Request A Thon they've raised over $11 MILLION!! 'THANK YOU INDY!' PHOTO/L-R: Producer Will Pfaffenberger, Nikki Reed, Dave Smiley, Toni DeKeyser, and Producer Cole Dunbar

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Beasley's Charlotte Stations Raise $91,765 During 9th Annual Secret Santa Event

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2021 –– KISS 95.1 WNKS, Power 98, Country 1037 WSOC, V 101.9 and WKQC, Christmas K 104.7 raised $91,765 during the 9th Annual Secret Santa event to benefit the children at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital. The live radiothon took place on Thursday, December 2nd, beginning at 6am from the Beasley Media Group Studios located at 1520 South Blvd in Charlotte in North Carolina.

“That was an amazing day of local radio,” said Beasley Media Group Charlotte Operations Manager John Reynolds. “Raising 85K in the middle of a pandemic speaks to the caliber of talent we have in our Charlotte cluster and the power of local radio! Thank you all for making Secret Santa a big success though all the hurdles we had to get here.”

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KiiM-FM's Penny Pitch Fundraiser To Bring Change To The Lives Of Arizona Children And Families In Need

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2021 –– Cumulus Tucson’s KiiM-FM 99.5 and Arizona’s Children Association, joined by sponsors to raise funds this holiday season for Arizona’s Children Association through the station’s annual KiiM-FM Penny Pitch. The campaign’s goal each year is to raise one million pennies to benefit Arizona children in need.

Over the years, KiiM FM 99.5 has raised nearly a quarter million dollars through KiiM-FM Penny Pitch, allowing Arizona’s Children Association to help many of Arizona’s children and families in crisis. A staple event for the station, the KiiM-FM Penny Pitch raises money by inviting the public to donate their spare, pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, or whatever they have during a three-day live broadcast. It takes place Wednesday, December 15-Friday, December 17, 2021, from 6am - 7pm each day on the KiiM-FM Parking Lot in Tucson.

Buzz Jackson, Program Director, KiiM FM 99.5, said: “Over the years we've helped raise a quarter million dollars for Arizona's Children Association, but the real stars of the KiiM-FM Penny Pitch are the listeners and sponsors in our community. With their help, we're hoping again to pass our goal of one million pennies.”

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KISS 104.1 Distributes Turkeys To Atlanta Families In Need For Thanksgiving

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2021 –– On Saturday, November 20, KISS 104.1 partnered with Wayfield Foods and 1-800-411-PAIN for the third annual KISS 104.1 Turkey Giveaway, providing free turkeys for families in under-served communities. Families in need were identified by Urban League of Greater Atlanta and provided with a certificate to pick up a free turkey at a Wayfield Foods store in Atlanta on Saturday, November 20.

“Thank you, KISS 104.1, once again for your partnership and the generosity of your sponsors! The Saturday turkey giveaway helped families most in need who otherwise may not be able to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday with a hot home cooked meal,” said Nancy Flake Johnson, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. “There are so many families struggling to survive as a result of the pandemic and the economic times. Collaborations to support our families to get back on their feet are vital now, more than ever in recent times, and we are so grateful for your partnership.”

“KISS 104.1, along with our amazing partners, are humbled to be able to put a turkey on the table for needy families this Thanksgiving” said Terri Avery, KISS 104.1Director of Branding and Programming.

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Premiere And Amy Brown Add 'Here After With Megan Devine' To Brown's Podcast Network

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2021 –– Premiere Networks and Amy Brown, co-host of iHeartMedia’s CMA and ACM Award-winning Country show “The Bobby Bones Show” and host of the popular “4 Things with Amy Brown” podcast, announced today the addition of “Here After with Megan Devine” to The Amy Brown Podcast Network.

In each episode, Devine - a best-selling author, psychotherapist, and grief advocate with over 20 years of experience - shares her inclusive and realistic approach to grief. The show aims to open a conversation about the limits of conventional approaches to loss. “We’re not exactly trained to deal with this stuff very well, professionally or personally,” said Devine. “To make things better for everyone, we need to change how we talk about mental health and that means we’ve got to talk about grief.”

Executive produced by Brown, “Here After with Megan Devine” debuts this week on The Amy Brown Podcast Network with weekly episodes available on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard. “We all experience grief and loss, but we don’t always know how to navigate it or provide help and support to others,” said Brown. “Megan’s real-life approach to understanding grief is a valuable resource and I couldn’t be happier to share her knowledge and expertise with listeners in this new podcast.”

The Amy Brown Podcast Network was launched in October 2020 and is distributed by The iHeartPodcast Network. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to “Here After with Megan Devine” on your favorite device.

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Lee Brice And Kiefer Sutherland Join For Beasley 60th Anniversary Soiree At Tao In NYC

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group took over Tao in New York City on Thursday, December 2nd to celebrate the company’s 60th Anniversary. The 4th Annual Holiday Soiree event, which thanked the company’s valued advertising partners, featured special live performances from Curb Recording Artist Lee Brice and Acclaimed Actor & Musician Kiefer Sutherland.

Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley, along with President Bruce Beasley and Vice President of Operations, Brad Beasley took to the stage during the evening to pay tribute to their late father and company founder, George Beasley for his vision in building one of America’s premiere publicly traded radio companies six decades ago when he officially launched his very first radio station, WPYB-AM in Benson, North Carolina back on December 2, 1961.

Photo Credit: Joseph Frazz Photography (Left to right): Beasley Media Group’s Bruce Beasley (President), Marie Tedesco (CFO), Kiefer Sutherland, Caroline Beasley (CEO), Lee Brice, Brad Beasley (VP of Operations), Justin Chase (Chief Content Officer) and John Reynolds (VP of Music and Entertainment and Director of Charlotte Operations).

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Caller To Houston Morning Show Reveals Astonishing Discovery Inside Joel Osteen's Megachurch

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– The mystery behind a $600K burglary at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston in 2014 inched closer to being solved with a chance call into The Morning Bullpen on 7100.3 The Bull by a Plumber. While soliciting calls from listeners with stories of random discoveries of value, host George Lindsey (bottom left with co-hosts Mo - center, and Erik -right) got a call from a man named Justin who recalled working on a toilet at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church (bottom left) years after the well-publicized $600K burglary.

7The caller told Lindsey, “There was a loose toilet in the wall, and we removed the tile. We went to remove the toilet, and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall, and I was like ‘Oh wow!’”

The caller said the envelopes were full of cash and checks. “I went ahead and contacted the maintenance supervisor that was there, and I turned it all in,” he added. Lindsey couldn’t believe what he had just heard. “We were like, ‘What are you talking about?’”

Lindsey told Channel 2 news, “It was just unbelievable! The things he was telling us that they found in the walls.” Lindsey added. “So, then he relayed to us that in 2014 there was a big story about money being stolen from Lakewood Church that they never recovered. Channel 2 reports A representative from Lakewood Church acknowledged cash and checks were found at the facility during repairs. Crime Stoppers of Houston offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect at the time of the theft. Now, it's unknown if the plumber who discovered money in the walls will be rewarded.

The plumber who's last name is not being revealed was expected to make a return appearance on the show this morning . WATCH HERE - PHOTO/Lakewood Church - Julian Rossig - iStock

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Maggie Gray & Andrew Perloff Team For Afternoon Show On CBS Sports Radio

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced a new weekday afternoon show starring Maggie Gray and Andrew Perloff for CBS Sports Radio. The new show will be heard on over 300 stations across the country, weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time beginning January 3.

“We’re excited to grow Maggie’s footprint to a wider national audience on CBS Sports Radio and welcome Andrew to join her as co-host,” said Spike Eskin, Vice President of Programming, WFAN 101.9 FM / 660 AM and CBS Sports Radio. “Together, Maggie and Andrew will deliver a fresh weekday show for our listeners, adding another must-listen program to the station’s impressive slate of content.”

The move marks a return to CBS Sports Radio for Gray, who co-hosted a Saturday morning show from 2013 to 2018. She has most recently served as a midday show co-host for WFAN 101.9 FM / 660 AM in New York since 2018. Gray is also an analyst for SNY, appearing on “Baseball Night in New York.” Gray also previously spent eight years at Sports Illustrated, hosting the daily digital talk show “SI NOW” on SI.com and reporting from marquee sports events throughout the country. Prior to Sports Illustrated, Gray worked for MLB.com, NBA TV and MSG Network, as well as a production assistant for Westwood One for both the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

Andrew Perloff joins Audacy after serving as an on-air personality for the television and radio sports talk program “The Dan Patrick Show” since 2009. Known for his humor and “Against the Grain” sports takes, Perloff – nicknamed “McLovin” on the show – helped earn four sports Emmy nominations from 2017 to 2020.

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Laura Hall Joins The Tanner & Drew Morning Show On KFBW-FM The Brew Portland, OR

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– Beginning today, iHeart's KFBW-FM/105.9 The Brew, Portland, OR welcomes Laura Hall to its Tanner & Drew morning show. Hall arrives from iHeart Denver's 107.9 KBPI where she's handled middays since 2018. She's also filled in on several other iHeart stations across the country.

PD Ross MacLeod said, "This is such a great addition to an already top tier morning show. Laura is incredibly engaging. I can’t wait to hear what she brings to the Tanner & Drew morning show." Hall added, "I’m thrilled to be joining ‘Tanner & Drew’ on 105.9 The Brew. Getting to move to Portland and be part of such a successful morning show is just a dream come true. Thanks to iHeart for this fantastic opportunity!”

Prior to her start, Tanner & Drew posted on social: "We were thinking about cleaning up the studio to make it look a bit more presentable, but we don't want to start this relationship on a lie."

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Bob Barnett Joins Townsquare Buffalo As Dir. Of Content/Brand Manager

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– Townsquare Media has named Bob Barnett as Director of Content and Brand Manager of WYRK-FM and WMSX-FM. “I'm beyond excited to be heading home to Buffalo, where I was born and raised, to work for Townsquare Media’s successful group of stations,” commented Bob. “I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge with the amazing Buffalo team that's already focused on being the best!”

“We are thrilled to have Bob Barnett join our team. He has a track record of success throughout his career that is beyond impressive. Bob is a winner and will be a key component to our success as we strive to be the #1 Media Company in Buffalo,” added Townsquare Buffalo Market President and Chief Revenue Officer, Mark Plimpton.

Bob has over 35 years of experience in radio leadership and management positions. Bob has spent 21 years in two stints as the Operations Manager for Entercom/Audacy in Rochester, NY, including the last eight year as VP of Programming. He has also worked in Nashville, St. Louis, and Miami during his career.

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EVENTS: Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat Among Headliners For KIIS-FM Jingle Ball At The Forum

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– This past Friday night at iHeartRadio’s 102.7 KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2021 Presented by Capital One at the Forum, the stars were out in full force on the second stop of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour 2021 Presented by Capital One. The event featured iconic and emerging performers including: Ed Sheeran, BTS, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, The Kid LAROI, Saweetie, Black Eyed Peas, Tate McRae, Bazzi, Dixie D’Amelio and surprise guest Annita.

The event also featured special guests attendees including: Becca Tilley, Bethany Joy Lenz, Clayton Echard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, JoJo Siwa, Kendall Long, Mckenna Grace, Michelle Young, Olivia Jade, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sofia Carson, Tamra Judge, Teddi Mellencamp, Tori Spelling and more. 102.7 KIIS FM's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2021 is the second stop of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, the season’s biggest annual music event that captures the holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app, with performances by this year’s biggest artists in Dallas/Ft. Worth; Los Angeles; Minneapolis/St.Paul; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. The concert also donated $1.00 of each ticket sold to The Ryan Seacrest Foundation

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Audacy Rocks Fort Lauderdale Beach With Its Inaugural 'Audacy Beach Festival'

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– Audacy rocked a weekend of live music on the beach during its inaugural “Audacy Beach Festival” in Fort Lauderdale, FL on December 4 and 5. The two-day event was powered by performances from Twenty One Pilots, Lil Nas X, Weezer, The Lumineers, Glass Animals, Modest Mouse, Bleachers, Steve Aoki, AJR, Bastille, Yungblud, Walk the Moon, Cold War Kids, Tai Verdes, MOD SUN, Milky Chance, Willow, Beabadoobee, Cannons, The Regrettes, girl in red and Daisy the Great.

“After years of our popular Riptide event, we could not have been more excited to get back to the beach for a weekend of fun on the sand with our fans for the first ever ‘Audacy Beach Festival,’ said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Audacy. “We can all do a little more to help protect and preserve our planet, and this event allowed us to unite with five great partners to promote easy, sustainable practices to live healthier lifestyles.”

Twenty One Pilots closed out the evening with top hits and surprise covers from various artists during a campfire acoustic set. Day two continued with jams from artists like Cold Ward Kids, Bastille and Yungblud, before Lil Nas X delivered an electric performance of Grammy Award-nominated “Montero.” AJR helped wrap the two-day festival with a “Bang” before Weezer sent the South Florida crowd to “Beverly Hills” and into a frenzy with their renditions of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Toto’s “Africa” to close the night.

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23rd Annual 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan Show's Mega Toy Drive Now Heads Into Day 5

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– There are toy drives and then there's Chet Buchanan's Toy Drive, the grand poopah of holiday events which kicked off last Thursday. Hosted by KLUC Las Vegas morning mainstay Chet Buchanan, the 23rd Annual 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan Show event is presented by The Venetian Resort through Sunday, December 12th.

Buchanan says, "Heading into Day 5 (already!)...15 trucks closed, 2369 bikes and $56,250 in cash and gift cards. By all appearances, trending way ahead of 2020...similar to 2019. Today will go a long way toward bringing that into focus. 98 charities and organizations are already on the list for distribution, expecting 3 or 4 more to be added this morning. We've seen record numbers of applicants. As much as anything else, it's been AMAZING to see people in person, see them "Feel The Tingle(c)" and share their stories!

That's Chet on the “Big Thirty Foot Scaffold” And look for those numbers in the background to reach record breaking numbers by this weekend.

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4th Annual 95.3 KUIC Radio-Thon For Leaven Kids Raises Over $39,000

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– Alpha Media (Far East Bay) would like to thank everyone who donated during the Fourth Annual KUIC Radio-thon for Leaven Kids! Due to the amazing generosity of their listeners, $39,493 was raised. That is $10,450 higher than last year!


The Radio-thon is a Giving Tuesday tradition, airing live from 5am to 7pm. KUIC’s wonderful air personalities are crucial to the  success of the Radio-thon. Thanks to John Young, Ron Brown and Donna Perry inspiring their listeners to donate. Sr. VP/Market Manager Phil D'Angelo had this to say: "I'd like to thank our listeners, our community members, the Leaven Kid's staff, and our staff at KUIC for making this possible. I'm extremely proud of their efforts to make these kids' lives a little better."  A big thank you also goes to KUIC Title Sponsors Medic Ambulance, Pacific Community Lender and Travis Credit Union.


Leaven Kids works with businesses, police departments, and local government, to bring after-school mentoring and tutoring programs to areas where drop-out rates are high. But Leaven Kids is more than just a neighborhood tutoring center: through early education intervention, they help kids and neighborhoods rise!

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iHeart Allentown Debuts Real Oldies 1470

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Allentown announced the debut of the new Real Oldies 1470, the Lehigh Valley’s greatest hits of the 60s and 70s, effective immediately.

“I am super excited to bring back 60’s and 70’s hits to the Lehigh Valley, this is the music that originally aired on 1470 when it was new,” said Craig Steves, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Allentown. “This fills a musical void and I am confident it will be well received.” “We’re thrilled to introduce the Lehigh Valley to Real Oldies 1470,” said Jeff Hurley, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia. “The music is timeless and sounds perfect on the radio, whether it’s in your car or on a smartspeaker.

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Backstage At 'Boot Camp Cast The Spotlight On iHeart San Diego's Chris Martinez

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's next generation of stars, say hello to Chris Martinez, morning show executive producer for iHeart San Diego's Geena The Latina And Frankie V Morning Show on Channel 933. His radio journey began when he was in a community college and taking broadcasting classes. He tells Jockline, "I just thought it was an easy class and I had no idea how to get an internship, so I applied at every station in Los Angeles and Riverside. After being rejected by nearly everyone, there was only one to call me in for an interview and that was KIISFM in Los Angeles. I became an official intern in March of 2004. After a few months of being on the team my promotion director called me into his office to hire me a part of the street team! In December of 2005 my career would take another unexpected turn when working a street team event with one of our morning show talents, Manny On The Streets. He was looking for someone to join him and the Ryan Seacrest Morning team. I took him up on his offer and started with that team in January 2006."

Chris added, "I stayed with the On-Air with Ryan Seacrest team till 2012 and in 2013 became our special projects coordinator for iHeart LA. There I was on the opening team for the iHeart Theater LA, bringing big name acts to a private intimate setting. In spring of 2014 I was contacted by my old friend and current morning show cohost Geena the Latina at Channel 933 in San Diego to come back to the programming side of the business. I moved to San Diego officially in May of 2014 and I’ve been here ever since as the executive producer of Geena The Latina and Frankie V morning show on Channel 933."

Chris says he wouldn’t be where he is today without a lot of help "From my promotions family to programming to sales, but I owe many thanks to Dennis Clark. While I was working with the On Air with Ryan Seacrest team, I was able to learn so much from him. I know a lot of people admire and appreciate his guidance but it’s something special seeing it live and in action every day. I really got to see how a morning show should operate and I still apply those lessons to this very day."

Meanwhile, is there someone in your midst that you feel will be part of radio's next generation of stars? Let us know HERE - Put 'Radio Future Star' in subject line.

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Beata Murphy Named PD For KIIS-FM LA

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021 –– Following news of John Ivey's ascent to President of CHR Content Development & Strategy, iHeartMedia has named Beata Murphy Program Director for KIIS FM in Los Angeles, effective immediately. She will report to John Peake, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Los Angeles. “Programming KIIS FM is a job for the best and brightest which makes Beata the perfect leader for this legendary brand,” said Peake.

“I made the offer for Beata to be the APD/MD for KIIS in 2013 at Brent’s Deli in Northridge” said John Ivey, President of CHR Content Development and Strategy for iHeartMedia. Since then, she has grown as a programmer, garnered the respect of the KIIS staff as well as the Music and Artist community. Through the pandemic Beata has been the KIIS day to day and boots on the ground. Now is the perfect time for me to pass the baton to Beata for the PD position at the legendary KIIS-FM.”

A true music industry veteran, Beata began her career in radio in 1999 at WLLD in Tampa, FL, while still in college. From there she became National Director at Jive Records in 2006. In 2013 she went back to her first love, one of the nation’s most prestigious radio stations, KIIS-FM Los Angeles. “My time at KIIS FM has been filled with impassioned and winning teamwork from a staff of truly unmatched talent, and ‘hall of fame’ leadership & guidance from the legendary John Ivey,” said Beata Murphy, Program Director for iHeartMedia’s KIIS FM. “This new chapter represents every ambition I have worked, planned and hoped for throughout my career. My gratitude is matched only by my enthusiasm to get started. Thanks always to Tom Poleman, John Ivey, Kevin LeGrett and John Peake for this thrilling opportunity."

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Tiki & Tierney Added To Audacy's WFAN Lineup

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021 –– Audacy has added Tiki & Tierney to its weekday lineup on WFAN 101.9 FM / 660 AM (WFAN-FM/AM) in New York. The duo, which had previously aired on CBS Sports Radio, will be heard on the station weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET, effective January 3. “Tiki and Tierney have a perspective and sound that is tailor made for New York City and their addition will further solidify WFAN’s iconic position as the area’s most influential sports platform,” said Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy New York. “Both are already very familiar to the FAN audience, so their voices joining “Boomer & Gio” and “Carton & Roberts” creates a powerful must listen to our weekday lineup for both listeners and advertisers.”

Tiki Barber played 10 seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants, retiring in 2007 as the Giants all-time leading rusher, and all-purpose yardage leader. In 2010, he was inducted into the New York Giants inaugural Ring of Honor class and in January 2011, he was enshrined into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. He began his broadcasting career working for WFAN in 1998, which led to stints at WCBS-TV, Sirius Satellite Radio, YES Network and eventually as a morning host on FOX News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.”

Brooklyn native Brandon Tierney has made a name for himself as a respected, entertaining, insightful and well-informed personality. In addition to this role, he also serves as a radio analyst for St. John’s basketball games and hosts the “Red Storm Report” with former head coach Steve Lavin on MSG Network. In 2013, Tierney returned home to New York as host of CBS Sports Radio’s morning program. Prior to CBS Sports Radio, Tierney hosted afternoons on San Francisco sister station 95.7 The Game (KGMZ-FM). New WFAN 101.9 FM / 660 AM weekday lineup is as follows.

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[LISTEN] 98.5 WNCX Cleveland's Bill Louis Announces Retirement After Decades On Air

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021 –– After 42 years in radio, 36 at WNCX Cleveland, 25 as PD, Bill Louis is set to retire from 98.5 WNCX/Cleveland. "'It’s been my honor and privilege to be of service to you. Thank you, Cleveland.' According to WKYC-TV, Louis of 98.5 WNCX announced his upcoming retirement on Wednesday. “Everything has to end sometime, even something that means as much to me as hanging out with you,” according to a post from Louis on WNCX’s site. “The last two years have taken their toll and I will retire at the end of the year. My health is fine, I'm just worn out. Thanks for being the greatest rock n roll audience in America. I love you all.”

His bio on their site says Louis “is known to Cleveland radio listeners as the host of “Cleveland’s Classic Café, serving up lunch requests and a bit of rock and roll trivia every midday on WNCX.” LISTEN TO ANNOUCEMENT HERE - PHOTO/Katie Cole WNCX

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KOLA Names Melissa Chavez As New Morning Show Co-Host In Riverside/San Bernardino

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021 –– Anaheim Broadcasting's Classic Hits KOLA 99.9 has just added another team member to “Jesse Duran in the Morning!” Having most recently worked with 89.7 KSGN for many years as an on-air host and morning show producer, Melissa Chavez will join Jesse Duran and Producer Loren for Inland Empire wake-up duties.

“It’s such an honor to join Jesse Duran in the Morning at KOLA! The station’s dedication to local programming is unparalleled”, said Chavez. Considered one of the top Classic Hits stations in the nation, KOLA is focused on reaching Inland Empire adults between 25 and 54.

“After an extensive search for a new co-host to join an already very successful morning show, Melissa stood out among a group of amazing candidates”, said KOLA Program Director Gary Springfield. “Having grown up in the Inland Empire, Melissa’s hometown knowledge and her easy going style, Melissa’s going to be the perfect addition to the morning show.” Melissa’s first day on the “Jesse Duran in the Morning!” show will be Monday 12.13.21.

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TALK: Ken Matthews Takes Show National; KIRO Seattle Adds Shari Elliker To Afternoons

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021 –– Ken Matthews Media and Talk Media Network have entered in to a long-term agreement to produce and syndicate The Ken Matthews Show. Ken Matthews is widely known for his guest hosting of The Rush Limbaugh Show for the last four years, including the final two episodes of the beloved program. Talk Media Network CEO Josh Leng attempted to set the record straight, "Let's be clear here... Ken Matthews isn't filling anyone's shoes. He doesn't wear shoes. Literally, he was raised by a wolfpack. Ken's life experiences & radio background make for such an interesting and engaging show."

Ken offers, "The Ken Matthews Show is a place where you can come to openly examine what is really going on in our country. We have everyday conversations about pop culture, people and politics, without censorship and trendy wokeness. Life is funny, even when it's challenging; most listeners get this. You leave the show amused, entertained, and always informed." Ken continued, saying, "This show takes the conversation beyond the news media narrative. The commentaries and discussions we have on The Ken Matthews Show are so much better than network news. That's just another reason I love talk radio." Radio stations interested in airing The Ken Matthews Show should visit https://TalkMediaNetwork.com or call 616-884-8616

--- KIRO Radio Introduces New Afternoon Program With John Curley And Shari Elliker (shown top right). The John Curley and Shari Show began on Thursday, Dec. 2, airing weekdays 3-7 p.m. The announcement follows the retirement of Tom Tangney from the now former Tom and Curley Show.

“We’re thrilled for this next chapter on KIRO Radio,” said Cathy Cangiano, SVP/market manager for Bonneville Seattle. “We think John and Shari will connect with our audience in a compelling and entertaining way and help Bonneville Seattle continue as the Pacific Northwest’s media choice.” Shari Elliker will be a familiar voice for regular Tom and Curley listeners: She has cohosted the show Fridays since January 2021. Prior to joining KIRO, Shari hosted WBAL Baltimore, XM Radio, WHFS and WUSA in Washington D.C.

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SYNDICATION: YEA Network's Greg Beharrell Added At KDRF-FM 103.3 Albuquerque, NM

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021 –– Cumulus Albuquerque’s Adult Hits, KDRF 103.3 FM has gone all-in on YEA Networks’ Greg Beharrell. The station will feature the unique stylings of “The Greg Beharrell Show” 24/7/365… and 24/7/366 in Leap Years. In addition, Greg will be the main station voice.

Kris Abrams, Operations Manager for Cumulus Albuquerque music brands, said, “It’s an incredibly unique partnership. Take Greg’s masterful VO skills and feed that with the unmatched daily content of ‘The Greg Beharrell Show’ and you basically get a quirky narrator of one musically dysfunctional Adult Hits station”

“Greg Beharrell is the main imaging voice AND his show is on the station. The only thing more unbelievable is that he insisted on speaking about himself in the third person within this quote,” said Greg Beharrell. In addition to the news out of Albuquerque, YEA Networks announces the addition of two other affiliates after signing a deal with Mad River Radio. Both 106.7/99.5 KXGO The Edge in Eureka, CA will air the show from 2-7pm and KIXT 106.7 The Eagle in Waco, TX will air the show 7pm – Midnight. For more info, contact Scott Kerr at scott@yeanetworks.com

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KFI's Tim Conway Jr. Makes Cameo Appearance In Paul Thomas Anderson’s 'Licorice Pizza'

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021 –– Tim's scene as a casting director is alongside the very funny and talented Maya Rudolph. Also, look for Tim as the emcee in the pageant scene. Alana Haim of the rock group 'Haim' stars along with Cooper Hoffman (the son of Anderson favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn and, of course, Tim Conway Jr.

The movie got a limited release on November 26, with a nationwide release scheduled for December 25. According to Tim, “I was glad to be between movie roles [ed. note: his last movie was in 1989] so Paul Thomas Anderson and I could finally work together.”

Between movie roles, Tim Conway can be heard daily 6 to 10pm on KFI-AM 640, Los Angeles.

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EVENTS: New Country 96.3’s Hawkeye In The Morning Collects More Than 87,000 Holiday Cards To Send To The Troops This Holiday Season

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021 –– New Country 96.3 (KSCS-FM) Dallas' Hawkeye in the Morning concluded the third annual 10,000 for the Troops holiday card drive to send warm, hopeful wishes to the brave men and women serving our country overseas this holiday season. The station has partnered with Support Our Soldiers, a local 501(c)(3) organization based in Fort Worth, Texas, to send the holiday cards to “high risk” units/individuals that are either in isolated areas or do not have support coming from home.

The campaign kicked off November 1, 2021, with the goal of collecting 10,000 cards. Listeners and supporters were able to mail cards to the radio station or deliver them to the T-Mobile Experience Store in Southlake or Plano, Texas, or any of the Dallas/Fort Worth Urban Air Adventure Parks, Gigi’s Cupcakes, and Sun & Ski Sports store locations. The station announced today that this year’s campaign collected 87,845 cards, with more expected to arrive in the mail over the next week.

“We were blown away by the amazing support we received in our third year with entire school districts, offices, church groups and a variety of organizations coming together to raise a record number of cards to send to our troops overseas. We’re so grateful to our listeners who are an extension of our family,” comments Hawkeye in the Morning Show co-host Michelle Rodriguez, on the record-breaking campaign. The cards will be included in care packages sent to the Troops by Support Our Soldiers just in time for Christmas.

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HONORS: WJQM-FM Madison's Krista 'Hatcher' Uelmen Awarded 'Extraordinary Influence Award' By Leukemian & Lymphona Society

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021 –– Krista "Hatcher" Uelmen Morning Show Host on WJQM "Krista & The Morning Rush" on 93.1 Jamz in Madison, Wisconsin (on left) was awarded the "Extraordinary Influence Award" at the "Wisconsin Volunteer Awards" given by "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Wisconsin."

Krista received this award along with Marketing & Philanthropic Manager Megan Noble at "Kendra Scott" of Madison.

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Radio Guest Quest Moves To G Accelerate For Affiliate And Ad Sales

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021 –– Radio Guest Quest, the celebrity guest booking service for radio stations, is moving its affiliate and advertising sales operations to G Accelerate Networks. The announcement was made by Jim Higgins, President and Chief Executive Officer of G Accelerate Networks and Art Sears, Founder and Host of Radio Guest Quest, and a former morning show executive producer in Boston and New York City.

“Art and Radio Guest Quest are well known across the industry for securing and delivering interviews with marquee-status celebrities and delivering personalized services, including one-on-one communications with radio show producers,” stated Higgins. “We’re excited that Radio Guest Quest is joining G Accelerate Networks, as we build out our portfolio of top-quality programs and services for radio stations.”

“I have worked with Jim in the past and signing with him and G Accelerate Networks was an easy decision,” commented Sears. “Jim is a consummate network radio executive who knows how to build an exceptional team that understands what stations need and what advertisers want. “I produced radio morning shows for years and saw the need for someone to help book guests,” Sears explained. “With meetings and early hours, it’s difficult for a producer to find the time to book guests. I also find that publicists respond more readily to one email that can satisfy all their radio needs, rather than individual requests from stations across the country.”

For Info, contact O’Brien at 212-380-9338 and richo@gognetworks.com.

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John Ivey Rises To President Of CHR Content Development & Strategy

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced that John Ivey has been named President of CHR (Contemporary Hits Radio) Content Development and Strategy, effective immediately. Ivey will work closely with Dennis Clark, the Executive Vice President of Talent Development to coach and develop talent. He will continue to report to Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer and President of the National Programming Group for iHeartMedia.

“For over 20 years, John has been a key part of our successful Los Angeles market and our CHR stations across the country,” said Poleman. “Now he will step into another integral role within iHeart – a role which represents that iHeart is a talent-first company dedicated to building the skills, capacity and drive of our nationally-recognized on-air personalities. John’s extensive experience in programming and his credibility within the industry are perfect for leading and elevating this initiative.”

Ivey has served as President of CHR Programming Strategy since 2017. Additionally, Ivey has held the role of Program Director for iHeartMedia’s iconic CHR powerhouse station KIIS FM in Los Angeles for the past 20 years and will pass the torch to his successor, which will be announced tomorrow.

“My mother took me to a radio station for the first time on my 6th Birthday. The PD of that station, Mrs. Potter was my first mentor. Next was my first PD, Steve Hagen and later the legendary Steve Rivers. Now it’s my turn to focus on TALENT FIRST at iHeart,” said Ivey. “Thanks to Bob Pittman for always supporting me and allowing me to pitch a dream and turn it into a job. I love supporting talent, watching them grow and achieve their goals. Let’s GO!” Ivey, a 40-plus year radio veteran and the longest running Program Director for KIIS FM, began his radio career as an on-air personality and Music Director in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky and later led programming efforts for stations in Rochester, New York; Nashville, Tennessee; and Boston. He joined iHeartMedia Los Angeles in 2001

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Ellen K To Voice 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting At The White House With LL Cool J

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– L.A.'s number 1 rated Ellen K on iHeart's KOST-FM will serve as voice of the 99th national Christmas tree lighting ceremony at President's Park on December 5th, 2021. She'll be voicing this holiday special beside Host, LL Cool J. They'll be joined by Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Juanes, Keb' Mo', Kristin Chenoweth, Maren Morris, and Patti LaBelle performing holiday favorites alongside the U.S. Army Band Downrange, the Howard Gospel Choir and of course President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

CBS will broadcast the 2021 ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8-9 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. The CBS broadcast offers a special opportunity for friends and families across the country to tune in and celebrate this holiday tradition from the comfort of home.

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Tom Farinaro Named Music Director At WWZY/WBHX 107-1 The Boss Monmouth Ocean

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– Press Communications classic rock WWZY/WBHX 107-1 The Boss Monmouth Ocean has named Tom Farinaro Music Director effective immediately. Tom is a New Jersey native who has spent many years in the market including nearly 15 at Press' stations.

A lifelong musician and Kean University graduate, in his sparse spare time you will find him playing local venues in his 90s music tribute band and hanging out with his wife and 1 year old daughter.

Program Director Robby Bridges noted "This is a long overdue promotion. Tom has been with the company for many years now and is the indispensable man! His attention to detail and passion for the radio station make him the ideal music director for 107-1 The Boss! I look forward to working him on continuing to grow our brand"

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SYNDICATION: Skyview Networks To Syndicate XYZ With Erik Zachary

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– Skyview Networks announced its partnership with Erik Zachary and his XYZ with Erik Zachary radio program. XYZ with Erik Zachary is a five-hour nightly program, available Monday through Saturday, for Top 40 and Hot AC Radio, combining the best and biggest in entertainment, music and adventure. XYZ with Erik Zachary puts the content first in this new pop-culture program, creating a multimedia experience that is fun, uplifting and always on the move from new locations and events around the country.

Zachary commented, “XYZ is the show that I've been waiting my entire career to build—a program that prioritizes digital and provides an experience that is uniquely connecting with an audience whose passion for music goes far beyond their playlist.” Zachary’s radio career has taken him to New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Oklahoma City and his onscreen experience ranges from MTV, iHeartRadio, The CW, Viacom Digital Studios and DirecTV.

“Erik Zachary is what’s next in nights for radio! His passion for the music, lifestyle and culture is at the core of the stimulating content he creates. XYZ is a refreshing multi-platform show for music fans by a music fan that has access,” said Rico Colindres, VP Content Development and Syndication, Skyview Networks. Skyview Networks is the exclusive distributor, affiliate sales representative and network sales partner of XYZ with Erik Zachary. For more information on affiliation, please contact affiliation@skyviewsat.com and visit skyviewnetworks.com/xyz to learn more.

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Anna & Raven Now Up To 35 Stations With the Addition of 6 New Markets

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– Anna & Raven has been the dominant, morning-drive show in Connecticut as the foundation for STAR 99.9 WEZN’s rating success. In early 2020, Connoisseur Media expanded the reach of Anna & Raven, adding the program in the morning on WALK 97.5 FM, Long Island, NY. Since launching into syndication in January 2021 with Compass Media Networks, the program has quickly amassed 35 markets.

"We were looking for a morning show that made us laugh and brought energy and fun to mornings,” said Robert Wawrzyniec, Regional Manager, Townsquare Media. “Based on their immediate success on WSRK Mix 103.9 in Oneonta, we knew we had to put them on WTBD 97.5 in Delhi, NY. They are always available, and the customization makes it sound like they are right here in our market.”

“Our goal is to provide relatable, laugh out loud content to entertain your listeners every day. We want to make all of our partners win,” said Anna. Raven added, “We love collaborating with our affiliates on the programming, promotion, and sales integration of the show. Working together feeds our desire to win.” To find out how to bring Anna and Raven to your market, contact Nancy Abramson (914) 707-9963 or email nabramson@compassmedianetworks.com.

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EVENTS: iHeart's Jingle Ball Tour 2021 Makes First Stop At Dickies Arena In Fort Worth

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– This week the stars were out in full force on the first stop of the national 2021 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour. 106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2021 Presented by Capital One at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX, featured fan favorites and emerging performers: Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, The Kid LAROI, AJR, Tate McRae, Bazzi, Daisy the Great and Dixie D’Amelio. Among the performances, Dixie D’Amelio, kicked off the first stop of the Jingle Ball tour with her first-ever major concert appearance, singing her hit “Psycho” ft. Rubi Rose, followed up by a festive rendition of her song “Naughty List.” Bazzi followed her performance by taking the stage with his viral hit “Paradise” and his rendition of “I.F.L.Y.'' got the crowd up and dancing in the aisles. Tate McRae charmed the crowd at her first arena performance with a variety of hits including “bad ones,” “that way,” and an emotional rendition of her new song “feel like s*it.” Doja Cat closed out the first stop on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour with a dynamic medley of songs including “Kiss Me More,” “Need to Know” and “Juicy.”

106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball is the first stop on the national 2021 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, the season's spectacular music event, which captures the music and holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app with performances by this year’s biggest artists in Dallas/Ft. Worth; Los Angeles; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.

This year’s official charity is Kidd’s Kids – $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to helping children with a chronic or terminal illness or are physically challenged, by sending them on an unforgettable adventure to Walt Disney World®. PHOTO/Getty Images for iHeartRadio

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KKOB-AM/FM Concludes 3rd Annual Radiothon To Fight Hunger In Albuquerque

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– Cumulus Albuquerque, 96.3 News Radio KKOB and the Roadrunner Food Bank concluded their 3rd Annual Radiothon to Fight Hunger in New Mexico raising $27,288. Jeff Berry, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque, said: “We’re so honored to be able to give back to our community this year and are consistently humbled by the generosity of our audience. We couldn’t help the Roadrunner Food Bank each year without the people who support our radio station, and we're so thankful to them."

KKOB On-Air Host TJ Trout commented: “Albuquerque has shown once again what a caring and giving community we are. On behalf of Roadrunner Food Bank, I want to thank each and every one of our listeners who participated in our Radiothon and donated so generously. The need here is obvious. And Roadrunner is a shining example of how we can make a difference if we all pull together.” Starting November 18th, News Radio KKOB kicked off a virtual and in-person fundraising effort across the entire station, which finished today to promote Giving Tuesday and the Roadrunner Food Bank. Mag Strittmatter, President and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank, remarked: “The team at News Radio 96.3 KKOB FM has done a phenomenal job at inspiring so many to invest in the work of Roadrunner Food Bank. Their listeners graciously acted and raised their hand to get involved. Thank you all for making a difference. We are tremendously grateful for this partnership and honored to be included in this special fundraising event.”

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92 PRO-FM & HOT 106 Providence Teams With Marines And Warwick Mall to Present Toys For Tots

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– Cumulus Providence's 92 PRO-FM and HOT 106, in partnership with the U.S. Marines and Warwick Mall have teamed with The U.S. Marines and Warwick Mall to help our community collect Toys for Tots. After a COVID-19 shutdown, 92 PRO-FM and HOT 106’s Toys for Tots LIVE is returning for a third year of giving! 92 PRO-FM on-air personality Jessica kicks-off the fun on Friday, December 3rd at 2pm, along with Nick G. from HOT 106! Celebrate by meeting our personalities and the U.S. Marines who’ll be collecting Toys for Tots onsite and jump into the Music Express holiday photobooth.

The event will include a special visit from Grammy-nominated artist and star of The Voice Billy Gilman along with reality couple Ashley & Jared Haibon

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Academy Of Country Music® Announces New Promotions And Hires Across Several Departments 

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– The Academy of Country Music® announced new hires and promotions within three departments. Promotions include Melissa Moldovan (TL) promoted to Director, Comm., Media Relations & Radio; Lanni (Gagnon) Niggli (TR) promoted to Director, Events; Hanah Kellis (BL) promoted to Coordinator, Creative & Content and Dayna Poskanzer (BR) promoted to Coordinator, Digital & Social Media. Additionally, Alexis Bingham has joined the staff as Assistant, Events and Carrie McDonough has joined as Assistant, Marketing & Communications. 

A Chicago native, Melissa Moldovan joined the Academy in 2015, fresh off a four-year stint at the nationally syndicated radio show The Big Time with Whitney Allen, where she worked as an assistant producer and fill-in co-host while simultaneously developing the show's social media marketing strategy. Her work there led to the creation of a social media staff position, which Moldovan undertook in addition to her other roles. Once she joined the Academy of Country Music, Moldovan has been an integral part in leading on all publicity, marketing, radio and promotional efforts throughout her past six years. Moldovan reports to Rory Levine, VP, Marketing and Digital Strategy & Engagement and can be reached here.

“The Academy is thrilled to continue expanding our team with the addition of Alexis and Carrie, and to celebrate the well-deserved promotions of Melissa, Lanni, Hannah and Dayna,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “Each of these individuals have worked tirelessly the past year to create innovative solutions and overcome unique challenges, contributing to the Academy’s success through each of our tentpole events. I look forward to seeing them each embrace their new roles in the months ahead as we prepare for another monumental year.”

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Patricia Karvelas Going From ABC Radio’s RN Drive To RN Breakfast Australia

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– Britain’s Radio Regulator Bullies Another Non-profit Community StationOfcom (Britain’s FCC) has picked on another, non-profit community radio station run by volunteers.  While turning a blind eye to the big commercial groups who flaunt regulations about sticking to key commitments, Ofcom has now found Revolution Radio in breach of its licence for not sticking to its Key Commitments at launch stating that Revolution was not complying with commitments for music, original content and locally-produced content, and was not serving its specified target community. Revolution Radio should provide music, information and entertainment for the diverse ethnic communities of Northampton, including the Black British, Asian, mixed ethnic and non-British white communities and original output for a minimum of 126 hours per week.

In Australia, Patricia Karvelas Going From ABC Radio’s RN Drive to RN Breakfast. - Patricia is well-known to Radio National listeners as the host of RN Drive in the afternoon. She will move into the Breakfast slot in 2022, bringing her passion and expertise to early-morning audiences across the country.

Also In Australia, Dave Williams Will Host Mornings In Melbourne From 2022 - Triple M mornings (9-12) in Melbourne will be presented by Dave Williams from 2022. ‘Dangerous’ Dave took to social media to share the news. “With @molloyshow finishing up next Friday, I have been offered to host mornings on @TripleMMelb (9-12) next year. A shift I first anchored 15 years ago this week,” said Dave. He started at 2LM in 1992 and is currently the anchor of the syndicated Kennedy Molloy drive show in Melbourne from 4-6pm on weekdays which is coming to an end. Mick Molloy announced he would be leaving Triple M after over 11 years on the network.

SPIN In Dublin Hires DJ Joel Corry To Kick Off The Weekend In The Mix - DJ Joel Corry is joining SPIN to host a mix show every Friday night on SPIN 1038 and SPIN South West. Joel is famous for his Love Island anthem, ‘Sorry’ in 2019 which was quickly followed by ‘Head & Heart’ in the Summer of 2020, enjoying more than two months on number 1 in the UK. Earlier this year, Joel released his collaboration track ‘BED’ with David Guetta and since then, has bagged himself a nomination for Breakthrough Artist at the BRIT Awards 2021. Not long after, Joel followed with his party anthem, ‘Out Out’ featuring Jax Jones, Charlie XCX and rapper Saweetie, peaking to number 6 in the UK singles charts.

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905.  Twitter: @GrahamMack
Web: www.Grahammack.com    Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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SNAPS: Radio Milwaukee Reveals Menu And Name Of Its New 'Sound Cafe' As 'Deadwax'

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021 –– As we previously reported, Radio Milwaukee is adding a new 'Sound cafe' to it building and yesterday it revealed the name and menu at a community reception. The new space for creativity, collaboration and community will be called Deadwax and will feature an eclectic, ever-changing food and beverage program.

“Deadwax is a term for the space on a record after the last track and before the label,” Radio Milwaukee Executive Director Kevin Sucher said. “It’s the space in between, which is exactly what we want this space to be for our community.” “We’re calling Deadwax a ‘sound café’ because the vibrations of music and community connection will be the soundtrack for the experience,” Sucher said. “Fueled by good food and beverages, this space will help solidify Radio Milwaukee’s mission to create a more inclusive and engaged Milwaukee.” SUPPORTER Deadwax is expected to open in 2022 after a $770,000 renovation and expansion of the station’s studio and office building.

Deadwax’s menu will change frequently with staple categories of food and beverage, including coffee, beer, wine and spirits, that will be updated and riffed on with seasonal ingredients from local vendors. Deadwax will also host pop-ups with other Milwaukee chefs. Sucher noted that the Radio Milwaukee’s broadcast frequency, WYMS-FM 88.9, began its history playing vinyl. “We view the name Deadwax as an homage to our history,” he said. “It perfectly encapsulates the environment we want to create – a place where you can stay for as long as you want; a place where you will consistently discover something or someone new; a place fueled by good music, community, food and drink.”

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Beasley Media Group To Celebrate Official 60th Anniversary on December 2nd, 2021

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group (BMG) employees across the country will gather to celebrate the company’s official 60th anniversary in broadcasting on December 2, 2021. Late BMG Founder George G. Beasley, who passed away in June this past year due to complications from COVID, officially launched the company 7with the unveiling of his very first radio station, WPYB-AM in Benson, North Carolina (shown above in background. back on December 2, 1961. Today, Beasley Media Group is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ (BBGI) consisting of 62 radio stations located in 15 markets across the United States, digital operations and an esports division.

“Our Dad’s commitment to our employees, communities we serve, and the industry was unparalleled and continues to serve as a shining example to all of us as to what is possible through humility, passion and hard work,” said Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “We are so very proud to continue his vision and pioneering spirit well into the future.”

In addition to hosting individual market celebrations, Caroline Beasley is doing interviews with local on-air talent to talk about the history of the company. The stations will also air specially produced on-air messages thanking listeners, advertisers, and local communities for their continued support over the past six decades.

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Elroy Smith Named Director of Branding & Programming In Orlando And Jacksonville Radio For Cox Media Group

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) announced that programming veteran Elroy Smith has been named Director of Branding & Programming for Star 94.5 in Orlando, and Power 106.1 and Hot 99.5 in Jacksonville. Smith will oversee day-to-day programming for the three brands along with the development and execution of marketing, promotions, events, and sales campaigns.

Smith brings more than 30 years of distinguished experience in strategic planning, operations, and programmatic creativity in major radio markets including Chicago, Philadelphia and most recently San Francisco. In his new role, he will be reporting to Steve Stewart and Jules Riley, Director of Operations in Orlando and Jacksonville, respectively.

“I am overwhelmed with joy and excitement to be joining Cox Media Group,” said Smith. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of this winning and revered media company that puts its employees first. I look forward to working with Steve and Jules, along with Jason Meder, Vice President/General Manager in Orlando and Katie Reid, Vice President/General Manager in Jacksonville, and their teams. Their warm welcome has already made me feel at home.”

Chris Eagan, CMG’s VP of Audience and Operations said, “Elroy’s track record of success speaks for itself. We are excited about bringing another excellent programming mind into the Cox Media Group family.”

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Kyle Due Named Dir. Content & Digital Managing Editor For Townquare Media Monmouth-Ocean, NJ

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021 –– Townsquare Media Monmouth-Ocean has named Kyle Due as Director of Content and Digital Managing Editor. He’ll lead the local content team in creating high-value local content for our sites, socials, and airwaves at the Jersey Shore. “This is a great homecoming for Kyle. He brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and creativity to help continue the mission and vision of these legendary brands online, on-air, and in creating impactful community events,” commented Townsquare Monmouth-Ocean Market President/Chief Revenue and Content Officer Jim Antes.

Kyle added, “I’m thrilled to join Jim Antes and the talented team at the Jersey Shore to create great local content and experiences for our community online, on-air, and on site. My wife and I are from the area and we’re extremely grateful that this opportunity allows us to raise our kids near friends and family.”

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Bic Joins Brooke In Mornings At B107.3 Lincoln, NE

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021 –– NRG Media’s B107.3 (KBBK-FM) in Lincoln, Neb. launched 24/7 Christmas music starting on Thanksgiving. Plus, they introduced Bic as Brooke Summer’s new partner in the morning drive. Brooke and Bic Mornings kicked off November 30, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. Bic joins B107.3 after an 8 year stay at NRG Media sister station Hits 106 (KWKY-FM) in Kearney/Grand Island.

“I am so grateful and THRILLED to team up with the super talented Brooke Summers and wake up Lincoln every weekday morning,” remarks Bic. “Lincoln is a special place with so many passionate and involved B107.3 listeners. A big shout goes to General Manager Ami Graham and Operations Manager Steve King for giving me this new and exciting opportunity!”

Jill Lewis, B107.3 Program Director, shares in his excitement. “I am very excited to have Brooke and Bic Mornings on B107.3! Brooke and Bic bring a great a great energy to mornings and to the station as a whole. We are going to have a lot of great things coming up at B107.3!” OM Steve King also adds, “I am ecstatic to have two amazing personalities in Brooke Summers and Bic to helm B107.3. They both come to us with the experience, skill, and drive to take B107.3 into the future. They represent where the AC audience is living – fun for Mom, safe for the kids, appropriate for work, and enjoyable for everyone.”

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EVENT S: WMGK-FM John DeBella Turkey Drop Collects 9,056 Turkeys To Assist Local Families

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group’s Classic Rock 102.9 legendary Morning Personality John DeBella has announced the grand total for this year’s John DeBella Turkey Drop…. 9,056 turkeys! The annual event is the largest one-day food gathering event in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, November 23rd, John DeBella broadcasts live from The Kimmel Center. In addition, the entire MGK’ on-air staff lent a helping hand on the air from 12 additional sites across the tri-state area. The turkeys will be given out to needy individuals and families throughout the holiday season.

"When I did this for the first time 39 years ago and only collected 300 turkeys, I never could have imagined numbers this big,” said DeBella. “Prior to going on the air this year our cash donations were 5 times higher than they were last year. Let the outside press say what they will about Philadelphia...the DeBellaware Valley takes care of its own."

The Turkey Drop benefits Cityteam Philadelphia, a local non-profit organization that provides holiday meals as well as other important services for individuals and families in need. Cityteam has seen a record number of sign-ups for holiday meals in 2021, including a large percentage of families seeking assistance for the very first time.

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Highway 98's Scott Mallory To Camp Out For 98 Hours On Scissor-Lift To Collect Bikes

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021 –– JVC Broadcasting announces the return of Highway 98 Country’s (WHWY-FM) 10th Annual Bikes or Bust beginning Thursday December 2nd, 2021! Highway 98 Country’s Afternoon personality Scott Mallory will spend 98 hours suspended high above Fort Walton Beach to collect new bikes and raise awareness for Toys for Tots Fort Walton Beach/Destin. To ensure every child along the Emerald Coast gets a new bike this Christmas, Mallory will spend 98 continuous hours camping atop a 30-foot-tall scissor-lift, with only a tent and sleeping bag to protect him from the elements!

Bikes or Bust will take place at Uptown Station located at 99 Eglin Parkway NE in Fort Walton Beach. Mallory will go up on the scissor-lift at 10am Thursday December 2nd and will arrive back down to solid ground at Noon on Monday December 6th. Members of the Marines and volunteers from Hurlburt Field’s 1SOLRS Squadron, along with representatives of JVC Broadcasting Fort Walton Beach, will be on site collecting donations and assembling bikes for Toys for Tots. More information about the event can be found at Highway98Country.com and @Highway98Country on Facebook.

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NETWORKS: Townsquare & Compass Media Extend Syndication Partnership To Over 368 Affiliates

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021 –– Townsquare & Compass Media announced a multi-year extension of their programming partnership. The parties launched this partnership in 2014 with the goal of providing affiliates nationwide with innovative and original programming for the PM Drive and Evening dayparts that leveraged Townsquare Media’s leading digital assets. Today the syndicated offerings include: Programs – (Format) – Cross Digital Partner PopCrush Nights with Kayla Thomas (CHR) Popcrush.com PopCrush Nights with Nicole Murray (HOT AC) Popcrush.com Loudwire Nights (Rock) Loudwire.com Taste of Country Nights (Country) TasteofCountry.com The Night Shift with Craig Allen (Classic Hits) Ultimate Classic Rock with Joe Benson (Classic Rock) UltimateClassicRock.com XXL Higher Level Radio (Hip-Hop) XXLmag.com

“We are thrilled with the continued progress of this syndication partnership as witnessed by the continued growth in our affiliate base and audience levels,” said Erik Hellum, COO of Townsquare Media, Local Media. Added Kurt Johnson, SVP of Content and Programming for Townsquare Media, “Over seven and a half years ago we announced this partnership with two shows. Now with seven shows, our industry-leading websites and radio brands deliver fresh daily entertainment across a spectrum of formats. And we’re excited to be announcing additional digital and on-air extensions in the coming weeks.”

“In a very thoughtful and strategic way, we have built one of the largest daily entertainment platforms in national syndication,” said Peter Kosann, CEO of Compass Media Networks. “This is a testament to the quality of the programming and the commitment of our team.”

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Sign-Up Now For Techsurvey 2022 Thru 12/23

THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021 –– We’re reaching to out let you know we’re preparing for Jacobs Media’s 18th annual Techsurvey, set to field early next year. This study is the radio broadcasting industry’s largest online survey, with participation from 470 radio stations and more than 42,000 core radio listeners surveyed last year. The survey is open to commercial radio stations in the U.S. and Canada and examines the online habits of radio audiences. Past surveys have enabled us to identify key digital trends including smart speakers and the rise of voice technologies, on-demand audio and video entertainment options like podcasts and Netflix, and the surge in social media usage.

TS2022 provides us with a unique opportunity to be able to study and trend the impact of the pandemic on everything – radio listening, acquisition of gadgets, and overall changes in lifestyle and habits. We invite your commercial radio station in the U.S. and Canada to participate in Techsurvey 2022. Every participating station will be able to see the nationwide results. For a small fee, broadcasters can also see the results for their individual radio stations. (Separate Public Radio and Christian Music companion studies will follow, with registration for each opening in late winter/early spring 2022) Our deadline for registration is Thursday, December 23rd. REGISTER HERE

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SNAPS: Hip-Hop Legend Ja Rule Drops His 5 Classic Albums On Nick Cannon Radio In New York

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021 –– Hip-hop legend Ja Rule visited Nick Cannon on the nationally syndicated Nick Cannon Radio on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, to drop his “5 Classic Hip Hop Albums.” Nick Cannon Radio is nationally syndicated by Skyview Networks and can be heard on radio stations across the country including Power 106 in Los Angeles and B96.5 in Louisville, KY.

Skyview's syndication portfolio also includes The Dana Cortez Show, Nick Cannon Radio, Country Top 40 with Fitz, B-Dub Radio, Carmen’s Calls and Sabado Picante. For more information, visit skyviewnetworks.com and follow @SkyviewNetworks. Media Contact: Andrew Kalb Skyview Networks akalb@skyviewsat.com

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7Motley Cure Sells Catalog To BMG; Adele Sets Las Vegas Residency

 

7CNN Suspends Chris Cuomo After Probe Shows he Advised Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Motley Crue Sells Catalog to BMG

Adele Announces 2022 Las Vegas Residency After Releasing Hit Album '30'

Foo Fighters Cancel Minnesota Concert After Venue Protests Safety Protocols

Justin Bieber Transforms Into A Priest For Balenciaga Ad

WATCH - ‘The Bachelor’ Makes It Official – Clayton Echard Is the Next Leading Man

Helen Mirren looks unrecognizable playing Israel’s ‘Iron Lady’ Golda Meir

Nicolas Cage to Star as Dracula in Universal Monster Movie ‘Renfield’

Halle Berry Strikes Multi-Picture Deal With Netflix As Directorial Debut ‘Bruised’ Hits #1 In U.S.

David Feherty, One of Golf's Most Popular and Entertaining Voices, Joins SiriusXM

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SYNDICATION: DeDe In The Morning To Invade Crawford's WPWX/Power 92 Chicago

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2021 –– Starting January 3rd, DeDe In The Morning will being to air mornings on Crawford Broadcasting's WPWX-FM “Power 92” Chicago. “We are ready for DeDe in the Morning to take over the Windy City and welcome her as the first lady of Chicago radio.” said Ruben Cornejo, General Sales Manager. Jay Alan, Program Director for Power 92 states: “We’re so excited to have DeDe wake-up Chicago on Power 92, her whole vibe and feel is what the city and morning radio has been missing… Plus, she’s a woman and we all know that women run the world.”

DeDe McGuire adds “Get Ready Chicago. We are going to take over the Streets with fun and laughter every morning…Welcome Power 92 to DeDe Nation.” Compass Media Networks officially launched DeDe in the Mornings in partnership with Service Broadcasting K104 in Dallas, TX in July 2018. The show is now heard in 60 markets including Dallas, Chicago, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, New Haven, Austin, and Oklahoma City.

For more info, contact Compass Media Networks (914)707 9963 or email nabramson@compassmedianetworks.com

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Erick Erickson Adds KVOI Radio/Tucson, AZ

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2021 ––  Syndicated national radio host Erick Erickson continues to grow the “Erick Erickson Show” with the addition of Bustos Media’s KVOI Radio/Tucson, AZ. KVOI Radio Operations Manager Ray Ingegneri commented “Erick knows what he believes and is willing to challenge friend and foe alike. In an increasingly homogenized political landscape, Erick’s approach is a breath of fresh air and we’re glad to have him.” The “Erick Erickson Show” can be heard Sunday evenings on KVOI Radio.

KVOI Joins Growing List of Affiliates, including WSB/Atlanta and WDBO/Orlando - For more information on affiliating The Erick Erickson Show or The Erick Erickson Christmas Show, please contact Andrew Kalb at andrew@andrewkalb.com or 917-217-4050.

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Otis Back Returns To WUBL/94.9 The Bull Atlanta; Spencer Graves Exits Mornings

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2021 –– Nearly a year after having been corporately downsized out of his jobs as MD and afternoon host at iHeart's WUBL (94.9 The Bull Atlanta, Jeremy 'Otis' Maher has reclaimed his former positions as MD and PMD. Maher left in December of 2020 after almost four years at the station. Current afternoon host Lance Houston will now focus on his national programming duties for iHeart.

He says, "I will never take for granted the extra time I got with kids over the past year, but I am so ecstatic to be joining my Bull family again and can't wait to crack the mic in Atlanta."

He first joined WUBL in 2017 following stints at Top 40 WDJX/Louisville, and Top 40 WNKS/Charlotte where he was APD/MD. In Dec, MAHER paired with Westwood One and Bernie Mack to co-host the weekly podcast, "This Is Weird With Otis and Bernie and started his own voice over, narration and creative services company called "OShow Media"..

Along with news of Otis' return, we've learned that morning host Spencer Graves has departed his post. According to the station's website, current co-host Kristen is now airing solo in mornings.

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Terry Ford Named PD At 107.5 The Game/WNKT-FM Columbia, SC

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has appointed Terry Ford as Program Director for Columbia, SC, Sports radio station 107.5 The Game/WNKT-FM. Ford brings over 20 years’ experience as a Sports Radio programmer and on-air personality to 107.5 The Game. Ford will also oversee Cumulus Columbia’s ESPN station, ESPN 1320 AM/WISW-AM.

Ford joins Cumulus Columbia from Sports 96.1/WZNN-FM in Lexington, KY, where he was Program Director, Afternoon Host, Digital Director and Imaging Director. Prior to that, he was Late Night Host on 105.7 The Fan/WJZ-FM in Baltimore, MD. Ford was also Overnight Show Host and Weekend Host on national Sports/Talk radio network, Yahoo Sports Radio. In addition, he has been heard on Sports Radio stations in markets including Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, and Boise, ID.

Ford commented: “I am truly excited to become the next Program Director of such a quality sports brand as 107.5 The Game in Columbia. The Game has sharp upper management support, a rock-solid infrastructure, and a talented staff, so this was an easy decision for me.” Ford added: “I want to thank Cumulus Columbia Market Manager Tammy O’Dell for offering me this fabulous opportunity. In my many conversations with Tammy, you could hear her love and passion for 107.5 The Game. I also want to thank Cumulus SVP of Sports, Programming and Audience Bruce Gilbert. It was Bruce who put me on Tammy’s radar. I can’t wait to land in Columbia and get started!”

For more information or to stream 107.5 The Game, visit: https://www.1075thegame.com/.

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Edison’s 'Share Of Ear' Q3, 5-Yr. Report Shows Podcasts Soaring

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2021 –– Edison’s quarterly “Share of Ear” just-released Q3 2021 report provides an opportunity to look back over five years to understand the shifts in U.S. listening. This week’s Cumulus' Westwood One Audio Active Group blog outlines the key findings. 

Since 2016, Pandora’s share has been cut in half. Spotify’s exceptionally small ad-supported audiences remain unchanged. From Q3 2016 to Q3 2021, Pandora’s ad-supported share among persons 25-54 has dropped from 7.1% to 3.8%, a -47% reduction. Spotify’s ad-supported share went from a 1.6% to a 1.5%, a -9% drop.

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In the middle part of the last decade, Pandora was a new and interesting audio streaming service. They enjoyed strong shares among persons 13-44. Then came Spotify’s ad-free subscription service.

Over the last four years, Pandora has suffered share losses in the 48% to 70% range among persons 13-44. Pandora’s remaining and small audiences seem to be centered among persons 45-54. In the last several years, Pandora has suffered constant reach erosion at the hands of Spotify. Since 2016, Pandora’s daily reach is down -35% while Spotify is up +86%. - Since 2016, Spotify’s advertising-free subscription service is up +309% while the ad-supported free service grew only by three-tenths of a share point (1.8 to a 2.1).

Meanwhile, Podcast Audiences Soar - The two audio platforms that are consistently growing are AM/FM radio streaming and podcasts. Over the last several years, podcast reach and audience shares have exploded. In the last two years, podcast daily reach among persons 18-34 is up +43% and daily reach among persons 25-54 is up an eye popping +51%. -- SEE FULL BLOG HERE

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AWMF Launches Year-End Fundraising Campaign

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2021 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has launched a year-end fundraising campaign which is asking for tax-deductible donations to support the future of women in media. The drive will continue through the end of the year.

“The Alliance for Women in Media is closing out its 70th anniversary celebration and we ask for gift to continue recognizing, educating and connecting women in media for another 70 years. Individuals and companies can help us do that by donating to the Foundation,” said Becky Brooks, President of AWM/F. “We still have work to do.”

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has recognized the importance of supporting education and opportunity since its inception. In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media formed an educational foundation – the first of its kind established by any professional broadcasting organization. Your donation will help AWMF to continue: • Offering academic scholarship opportunities to females pursuing careers in media through the AWMF Scholarship Program • Recognizing individual achievement and outstanding content through The Gracie Awards and Gracies Leadership Awards • Providing educational and networking opportunities through the Gracie Interview Series – Virtual Gatherings and AWM Connects

You can make a donation online, or Send a check to: Alliance for Women in Media Foundation 2365 Harrodsburg Road, A325 Lexington, KY 40504. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, educational organization.

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Giving Tuesday IS TODAY: The BFOA Asks For Donations To Help Colleagues in Need

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2021 –– Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving, is today, and the Broadcasters Foundation of America is asking for donations to help radio and television colleagues who are in acute need due to illness, accident, or disaster.

“There’s never been a better opportunity to make an impact by giving back and helping those in our business who have been hit by tragic and unthinkable circumstances,” said Tim McCarthy, Co-President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “As you’re thinking of the organizations you love and support, please consider including the Broadcasters Foundation in your donations,” said Scott Herman, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation.

For over seventy years, the Broadcasters Foundation has provided medical aid and disaster relief to broadcasters and their families across the United States. This year, the Broadcasters Foundation will award more than $1.8 million in monthly and emergency grants. Individual donations can be made to the Guardian Fund, corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be arranged through the Legacy Society. To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or info@thebfoa.org or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.

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EVENTS: KATM-FM & The Marine Corps Team With Walmart For Toys For Tots Event

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' Stockton-Modesto, KAT Country 103/KATM-FM and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve have kicked off the annual holiday toy drive benefiting Toys for Tots of Stanislaus County. This is the 20th year that KATM-FM and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve have partnered to hold this holiday toy drive for Stanislaus County children in need. Donors may drop off new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages. 

Donors May Drop Off New, Unwrapped Toys at Select Walmart Stores now through Friday, December 10th The Event Will Benefit Toys for Tots of Stanislaus County and Help Ensure That No Area Child Goes Without a Toy This Holiday Season. 

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021 –– It's back! The Chaz & AJ McDermott Chevrolet & Lexus of New Haven Toy Drive is coming to Jordan's Furniture in New Haven Friday, December 10. One week from Friday! We'll have music from John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band plus show regulars, news personalities, politicians, and a morning full of holiday cheer and laughs. Did we mention it’s free? Show up with a new, unwrapped toy and you can stay all morning. The fun starts at 5:30am. 99.1 PLR and T-Mobile want you to Go for the Gold this holiday season. Click here to enter to win an ounce of gold from Valentine’s Diamond Center, valued at over $1,000. Look for us this Saturday at T-Mobile North Haven at 108 Universal Drive and T-Mobile New Haven at 470 Foxon Boulevard. You can also enter to win at the Chaz & AJ McDermott Chevrolet & Lexus of New Haven Toy Drive!

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Feature: 'Radio Influencers' - A Closer Look At Radio's Legendary Scott Shannon

By Art Vuolo 

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2021 ––  The concept behind this new feature in Jockline Daily is to take a deeper look at some of radio's most influential personalities. Specifically, those whom I've gotten to know personally and greatly admire from my nearly 40-years of videotaping and covering both hosts and events. This month for my inaugural edition of 'Radio Influencers' , it's the legendary Scott Shannon.

7It was probably at one of the many radio conventions I attended back in the 1970’s, when I first met Scott. We’ve known each other through slim days, overweight days, beards and clean shaven, through failure and success. However, my biggest stunner came the day I found out that Scott Shannon, Jeff Smulyan (CEO of Emmis) and myself, were 7all in high school at the same time, and in the same city at three different schools in Indianapolis.  None of us knew one another, but we all do now. Scott was an “Army brat” with a dad in the military and moved around a lot. Indy is where he attended high school and that’s where he considers to be his hometown.  He was actually born in St. Louis, MO.

Personally my greatest affection for this multi-talented broadcaster is due to the fact that it was he, who in the mid-1970’s dubbed me “Radio’s Best Friend.” It was, however, voice-talent supreme, John Leader, who first put it in print while writing Street Talk in Radio Records in May of 1985.

Prior to his well documented 'worst to first' run at Z100 New York, Shannon's ascent began as Super Shan, a screaming night time jock at WABB AM 1480 in Mobile, AL where he had a 72 share in the Pulse ratings!  After a stop at WMPS 680 in Memphis, the high energy DJ hit Nashville at 1300/WMAK and then the legendary 790 AM in Atlanta WQXI known as Qwixie in Dixie!  Next was WPGC in Washington, DC.  In 1979, he migrated to Tampa’s WRBQ (Q105) and teamed with Cleveland Wheeler, where the two developed the concept of a, seemingly outta control, morning fun-fest known as the Q-Morning Zoo.  As this insanity exploded with massive popularity in the Sunshine state, it caught the attention of Milton Maltz, CEO of Malrite Communications, then owner of WMMS and WHK up in Cleveland, OH.  They were purchasing sleepy WVNJ in Newark, NJ, and since WABC bowed out of MusicRadio 77 in May 1982, they felt the time was Malrite for a change and that 100.3 FM could dent the pop music scene in America’s biggest market and went right after Scott Shannon.

Tampa listeners were literally in tears, with considerable amounts of TV coverage, as Scott flew off to The Big Apple where he faced considerable criticism from writers who felt this “southern hillbilly” should not even try to make it in Gotham.  Columnist George Maksian in the NY Daily News said “I hope he bought a round trip ticket.”  His success in NYC is well-documented with 18 #1 books at Z-100.  Taking WHTZ from what was called “worst to first.” However, his NYC success led to an attractive offer to do the same thing in 1988, also at 100.3 in L.A. as “Pirate Radio,” but the demographics of SoCal and Manhattan are worlds apart, and after a gallant attempt, Scott was back east in The City at the very station he mocked as “Wimp Radio” 95.5 WPLJ. He re-branded it when he teamed up with Todd Pettengill and wound up staying there for nearly a quarter century, with huge success. Today Scott serves as morning host at America’s most popular classic hits station, WCBS-FM New York. Guess he didn’t need that round trip plane ticket after all.  

In addition to his morning show on WCBS-FM, Shannon currently hosts, ia weekly four hour syndicated countdown show called “America’s Greatest Hits. It’s carried on 90 + stations across the country.  In addition he maintains a syndicated 24/7 radio format known as “The True Oldies Channel,” which streams worldwide and also airs on terrestrial stations throughout the U.S.  

A 90 minute documentary called “Z-100 Worst to First,” is soon to be released, directed by Mitchell Stuart. Scott Shannon and his early days at Z-100 are showcased in a double DVD video by this writer called “Z100 the first ten years Retrospective!”  It’s available at www.vuolovideo.com.  

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7'Judge Steve Harvey' Series Coming; Gucci Family Fumes Over Film

 

Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R and The Weeknd win Apple Music Awards

2021 Gotham Awards: ‘The Lost Daughter’ Wins Night’s Top Prize

‘Judge Steve Harvey’: ABC Sets Series Premiere In New Teaser

Beatles Doc Director Reveals Disney Wanted to Erase Swearing, Smoking

Gucci Family Issues Fuming Statement Over Their Portrayal in Ridley Scott’s ‘House of Gucci’

Marilyn Manson’s Home Raided Amid Abuse Investigation

Miley Cyrus And Pete Davidson Set To Host New Year’s Eve Special On NBC

Jillian Michaels Announces Engagement To Girlfriend DeShanna Marie Minuto

Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn Set for ‘The Facts of Life’ Live Reenactment

Tiger Woods Won't Likely Return to PGA Tour On Full-Time Basis, He Tells Golf Digest

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Detroit Legend, Rosalie Trombley, 'The Girl With The Golden Ear,' Passes Away At 82

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2021 –– We were saddened to learn of the passing of Detroit radio legend, Rosalie Trombley who passed away on Tuesday from complications of Alzheimer's disease in her home town of Leamington, Ontario Canada. She was widely known as "The Girl with the Golden Ear" whose skills as music director at the legendary The Big 8/CKLW Windsor, made her one of the most powerful executives in radio. She was credited with launching the careers of artists like: Bob Seger, The Guess Who, Alice Cooper, Tony Orlando and dozens of others.

"Rosalie was an icon, a trailblazer, and our friend," Said Bob Seger. "Through her hard work and incredible instincts, she achieved a rare level of influence and power in music. When she got behind your record, other stations would follow suit. She was literally a gatekeeper to national success and we were so fortunate to have her support, especially on many of our early records. She was an integral part of our journey and we are eternally grateful. We will miss her."

In June of 2011 she was honored at a huge gala in Windsor, Ontario. It was all captured on a special 42 minute video by Art Vuolo - WATCH HERE. One of her other many admirers is former radio talent and media executive Scott Westerman, a.k.a. Scott Owens of shortwave 5085 known as WTWW. He quickly produced a powerful 5 minute audio tribute with clips from the 2008 documentary, by Michael McNamara, known as "The Rise and Fall of the Big WATCH HERE - PHOTO/University of Windsor

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iHeart Connecticut Helps Collect Nearly 4,000 Turkeys, 6,300 Lbs Of Food And Raise Over $150,000 To Benefit Connecticut Foodshare 

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2021 –– iHeart Connecticut announced that two of its Thanksgiving Week food drives events collected 3,827 frozen turkeys, 6,380 pounds of non-perishable food items and raised over $151,000 in monetary donations to benefit Connecticut Foodshare. 

iHeartMedia Hartford stations The River 105.9, KISS 95-7, Country 92-5 and 97-9 ESPN supported Bank of America for the 22ndannual Turkey Tuesday which took place at City Place in Hartford on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. The River 105.9’s on-air personality Renee DiNino, broadcasted from the lobby of City Place to raise awareness and encourage donations from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

“Hunger is a chronic problem that affects one out of every seven people in Connecticut, especially those most vulnerable in our community,” said Joe Gianni, president, Bank of America of Greater Hartford. “Our continued partnership with Connecticut Foodshare is one way that we are working to address critical needs locally. We are pleased that ‘Turkey Tuesday’ has become the single-largest Thanksgiving food collection event in Greater Hartford.” 

Later in the week, the 31st annual “KC101 Stuff-A-Bus” took place on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19 at the Hamden Plaza in Hamden from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. on both days. The event featured on-air personalities Vinnie Penn (960WELI), Rob Dibble (97-9 ESPN) and Adam Rivers (KC101) who hosted live broadcasts from inside a tent in the parking lot. 

“Every year, for the past 31 years, we continue our holiday tradition of dedicating days to collect donations and meet local residents of the community,” said Vanessa Wojtusiak, Vice President of Marketing for iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven. “We take to heart our role as a local media organization to provide this service to the people of Connecticut. It’s wonderful to see so many people answer the call to selflessly help their neighbors in need and benefit a tremendous organization whose impact is felt statewide in Connecticut, especially during the holiday season.”

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Greg & The Morning Buzz 31st Annual Lend A Helping Can Raises Over $268,000 To Feed The Hungry

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2021 –– Greg & The Morning Buzz on 100.3 WHEB, Rock 101, 104.9 The Hawk, Q106, 101.9 and 101.7 The Peak and 107.1 Frank FM, announced that its 31th annual Lend A Helping Can radiothon and fundraiser to benefit 12 charities working to combat local hunger and homelessness raised over $268,000---and still counting!. On Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, Greg & The Morning Buzz extended its broadcast to a 13-and-a-half-hour radiothon each day, from 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. “It’s incredible! It looks like we’ll definitely beat last years record amount raised”, said Greg Kretschmar, host of Greg & The Morning Buzz. “We never focus on a goal dollar amount—because we know that every dollar raised means a meal for someone in New Hampshire and Vermont who needs it. And even though contributions are down everywhere, our listeners always respond to the call, and outdo themselves each year!”

iHeartMedia, NH VP of Programming Tim Moore commented on the ability of The Buzz to get the phones ringing, saying “I have never seen an audience that is so passionate about a radio show---and each member personally. Not only is the audience massive, but they are engaged heart and soul—and their trust in Greg, Laura, Scott, Kelly and Kayla is so high that when the Buzz gets behind a cause, virtually all of New Hampshire joins them!”

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FORECAST: Podcasts To Grow +31% In 2022

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– As the end of 2021 nears, the Cumulus | Westwood One Audio Active Group assessed leading revenue forecasts and key trends to watch for in the coming year. This week's blog outlines the key findings and major audio trends predicted for 2022. Key takeaways: 2020 AM/FM radio revenue growth projected to +6% to +8%. Podcasts will grow +31%.

Of the big ten categories that represent 60% of local revenues, there are five to watch: Auto, TV/cable, healthcare, home improvement, and communications/cellular. Travel and entertainment should also surge. Network: Look for continued growth in pharmaceutical, financial, business-to-business brands, recruitment, consumer packaged goods, restaurants, insurance, and auto.

A return to work and labor force participation will determine future AM/FM radio audience growth. Ad-supported audio: AM/FM radio remains dominant, AM/FM radio streaming passes Pandora and Spotify, podcasts continue to explode, and Pandora collapses. SEE BLOG HERE

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KIRO'S Tom & Curley Show Co-Host Tom Tangney Announces Retirement

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– After nearly three decades at KIRO Radio, Tom & Curley Show co-host Tom Tangney is retiring. Tom’s last show will be on Wednesday, Dec. 1, having spent 27 years doing everything from news desk reporting to reviewing movies, all culminating in his co-hosting talk radio gig alongside John Curley on the Tom & Curley Show.

“This is the greatest job,” he said on Monday’s edition of the show. “I just realized, at the age of 67, I’ve got other things I still want to do — there are just fascinating things in the world.” “I’ve worked in radio for 30 years and been on talk shows for the last decade, and now I want to try other things,” he continued. “I want to travel, I want to read, I want to study and all these kinds of things.”

KIRO says stay tuned for more details on KIRO Radio’s plans for afternoon drive-time listeners.

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The Alliance For Women In Media Announces AWM Connects Virtual Mentoring Program

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– In its 70th year since inception, the Alliance for Women in Media is pleased to announce the launch of a new program – AWM Connects presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund and Ziploc © Accessory Bags. AWM Connects is an exciting new virtual mentoring program that will connect young/new professionals with senior level executives throughout television, radio, and digital media.

“The Alliance for Women in Media has been connecting, educating and recognizing women in all forms of media for 70 years and this is the next opportunity to fulfill our important mission,” said Becky Brooks (shown), president of AWM. “We strongly encourage up and coming women in radio, television and digital medias to apply for an opportunity to experience this unique mentoring program and stay engaged with AWM as we move into the next 70 years.”

The event will be held on December 15th from 12-1pm ET and will include an opportunity for mentees and mentors to interact. Mentees will also be connected with mentors for a one-on-one conversation following the conclusion of the event. Mentors will be members of the AWM and AWM Foundation Board of Directors as well as high-level executives specifically selected to match up with the mentees that apply for the program. Mentees interested in participating in this inaugural program should apply by December 1st. FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE

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EVENTS: WTOP Raises Money & Awareness For Local Charities In Week of Giving Campaign

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– In partnership with EagleBank and 4giving, WTOP announced the conclusion of its inaugural Week of Giving holiday charity campaign aimed at raising money and awareness for local charities. The WTOP Week of Giving holiday charity campaign sought to raise awareness and fundraising dollars through WTOP’s Live Local page, a digital charity marketplace supporting amazing organizations making an impact locally right here in the DMV. WTOP’s goal with this campaign was to help as many people as possible in D.C., Maryland and Virginia through partnerships with local charities working directly in the community.

The WTOP Week of Giving Campaign ran for one week from Monday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Nov. 12 during which time $9,054 was raised for local charities. In addition to the money donated by WTOP listeners and readers, WTOP also matched donations made as part of an internal employee match program encouraging employees, as well as their friends and family, to donate during the Week of Giving.

“We’re so honored to be able to give back to our community in this way and thankful for the giving spirit of our loyal audience. We couldn’t help these charities and the people they support without them,” said WTOP General Manager Joel Oxley. WTOP’s Week of Giving Campaign was launched as an extension of its Live Local charity marketplace, which went live in May 2021.

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Praise Seattle Rebrands As 'Christmas Praise 106.5 For The Holidays Beginning This Friday

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– KWPZ/PRAISE 106.5 announced that it will rebrand itself as “CHRISTMAS PRAISE 106.5” beginning Friday of this week and continuing all the way through Christmas Day on December 25. As part of the rebrand, the station will carry 100% Christmas music over the course of 29 days. General Manager John Randolph stated: “This is really about the spirit of Christmas, and delivering that to our listeners through music and message in the next 4 weeks leading into Christmas. The response to going to all-Christmas music has been overwhelming in the past. This year we are blessed and excited to step up to provide an extra helping of hope and joy to those we are so honored to be serving in southern B.C. and the state of Washington.”

Lynette Morgan, co-host of the “A New Day with Lynette and Greg” morning show, added: “ Christmas Praise gives us an exciting opportunity to engage with the community during this busy but incredibly joyful period to close out 2021.” .

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Tune In To The Pee-Wee Herman Show On KCRW Santa Monica This Friday

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– As previously reported (JL 11/16) Pee-Wee Herman will be hosting a radio show KCRW this Friday November 26th! After campaigning for a slot, he says, "his amazing fans called and called and jammed up their phone lines (hee hee)!" Herman added, "Thank you fans because they are going to get me some donuts and leave me the keys to the studio while they are on vacation! Join me and my friends Chairry, Magic Screen, Miss Yvonne, and some surprise special guests (HINT: they are super famous!), while we listen to some of the greatest music ever recorded!

This is all happening on Friday, November 26, at 6 p.m PST on KCRW. Pee Wee says, "You better get out your transistor radio and listen to my amazing voice!

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Lawrence Mooney Gone From Triple M Sydney

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– Lawrence Mooney is no longer the Breakfast Show host on Triple M Sydney. Lawrence was hired in early 2019 to host the Moonman in the Morning breakfast show alongside Jess Eva and Chris 'Pagey' Page. His contract, believed to be worth $2million ($1.45 million US) per year, was set to expire in 2022. This comes two weeks after he vanished from the airwaves without explanation, and amid rumors of a 'major' falling out with co-host Jess. He caused controversy in June when he was caught flouting Covid restrictions after travelling to Byron Bay for a holiday. He was given a $1,000 ($727 US) fine for his breach and made a public apology on air the following month. READ MORE HERE

Mix 106.3 Bus Will Help Families This Christmas - Mix 106.3 in Canberra, Australia is filling a bus with food and toys to deliver to families in need this Christmas, and listeners are being asked to help. The mission, in partnership with Transport Canberra and Communities@Work, will hit the road from Monday 6 December 2021 on a two-week journey to collect items from around the region for those in need. The Transport Canberra bus will be hard to miss with its colourful wrap that makes it look like a present on wheels – or a futuristic sleigh. Santa and his helpers will be on board the bus to help collect donated goods from registered workplaces, retail outlets and schools every weekday over the two-week period between 9am-3pm.

Free Radio In The UK Is Getting Smaller - Free Radio’s two breakfast shows across the West Midlands will become one next week as Dan Morrissey leaves the network. Dan currently hosts breakfast across Free Radio Birmingham and Shropshire & Black Country (previously BRMB & Beacon) and has been with the station for 15 years. He’ll continue to host shows on Magic.

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905.  Twitter: @GrahamMack
Web: www.Grahammack.com    Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Grammy Noms Announced; Macy's Parade Is Back!

 

Grammy Awards Nominations 2022: The Complete List - Jon Batiste leads all nominees with 11

... Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. have eight each; Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo Tied With 7 nominations

... Jon Batiste Gives A Nod To His Ancestors

... Machine Gun Kelly blasts Grammys following nominations snub

The Beatles to be Played by Jonah Lees, Blake Richardson in Brian Epstein Biopic ‘Midas Man’

Jennifer Lawrence Explains Why She's Been Away From The Spotlight

Steve Burton Fired From 'General Hospital' for Refusal to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Emotional Dick Vitale, Battling Cancer At 82, Returns To Call College Basketball Game For ESPN

Macy’s Parade Is Back This Thanksgiving, Without Kids on Floats

How And When The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade First Started?

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Longtime Detroit Radio Host John O’Leary Found Murdered; Roommate Now In Custody

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– John O’Leary, a longtime former host in Detroit, was found murdered and buried in his backyard on Sunday and police now say they have a roommate in custody. Radio vidographer Art Vuolo tells Jockline, O'Leary was well-known within the rock radio community in Detroit and in out-state Michigan. Having worked at legendary stations like: WWWW (W4), WABX, WLLZ, and most recently at WCSX all in Detroit. John also worked across the river in Windsor, Ontario at CIMX (89X), WIQB Ann Arbor and at WILS-FM Lansing, MI.

Fox 2 TV reports that according to local police, O’Leary was murdered by a roommate in the house he lived located in Detroit’s Highland Park. Cause of death was determined to be by stabbing with a knife. His body was discovered by police Sunday afternoon at his home. What provoked the crime is currently unknown. Any news about a funeral or memorial is also incomplete. SEE MORE HERE

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WTIC 1080 Hartford's Ray Dunaway Announces Retirement; Brian Shactman To Host Mornings Beginning In January

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23ND, 2021 –– As we reported yesterday, After nearly 30 years on the air at 1080 WTIC News Talk (WTIC-AM) in Hartford, Ray Dunaway announced on Monday that he is retiring from the station. His last day on the air will be December 24, 2021. Dunaway has been heard on WTIC since May 1992. Prior to that, he was at now sister station 98.1 KMBZ FM (KMBZ-FM) in Kansas City.

Following the news, Audacy announced yesterday, that beginning Monday, January 3, Brian Shactman, who has co-hosted with Ray for the last year, will host WTIC mornings along with Aaron Kupec (news), Bob Cox (weather), Mark Christopher (traffic) and Matt Sirois (sports).

“It’s been a long, wonderful run, but having hosted morning shows since 1980, the time has come to sleep in (at least I hope I can),” said Dunaway. “I want to thank you for listening since 1992 here at WTIC. You are truly wonderful people, as are the staff here at Audacy. I can honestly say these friends are the best I’ve ever worked with.”

“We want to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Ray Dunaway, who has dedicated almost 30 years of his career to 1080 News Talk WTIC,” said Stephanie Perl, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Hartford. “Ray is known as the morning man, and his iconic personality is synonymous with our station. In addition, he had a significant impact over these past 29 years with Audacy and the larger Connecticut community. Ray is a true broadcaster and we will miss him greatly. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”

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Audacy's 94.9 The Point Raises Over $200,000 For Pediatric Care Norfolk

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– Audacy's WPTE/94.9 The Point raised $220,000 for pediatric care in Norfolk, VA through its 20th annual Radiothon to benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD).

“Year after year, the generosity of our local communities is so inspiring,” said Bennett Zier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy Norfolk. “It’s truly our honor to be a part of this annual event that benefits so many families and children in Hampton Roads. We thank each and every person, family and business who donated over the last few days to improve the lives of children in our communities.”

94.9 The Point morning show hosts Mike Powers and Woo Woo broadcast live from the station studios from November 10-12 in effort to raise critical dollars for the region’s only children’s hospital. Radio listeners learned what makes a children’s hospital unique and heard stories of strength and resilience from CHKD patients and their families. Since its inception 20 years ago, 94.9 The Point Radiothon has raised more than $5 million to purchase equipment, fund research, support patient care programs, and expand the mental health program at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

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101.7 The Bull And NBC 10 Boston Raise Over $51,000 For St. Jude Hospital

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Boston’s 101.7 The Bull and NBC10 Boston announced that “One Night Only” broadcast special raised over $51,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the leading children's hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

“One Night Only” aired on Saturday, November 20 from 7pm - 8pm on NBC10 Boston and was simulcast on 101.7 The Bull, Portsmouth’s 95.3 The Bull, Springfield’s Kix 100.9, NECN and NBC Connecticut. Hosted by 101.7 The Bull’s on-air personalities Colton Bradford, Amanda Jo and Jess the one-hour special featured performances by country artists. For the past five year the radiothon raised over $1.8 million to benefit St. Jude. “One Night Only” continues the dedication these stations have for the cause.

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Steve Harvey Morning Show And Premiere Network Celebrate Thanksgiving With 12th Annual 9,000 Turkey Give

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– For the 12th year in a row, The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Premiere Networks will give away thousands of turkeys as part of the Steve Harvey Morning Show Annual Turkey Give. Nearly 9,000 turkeys will be provided to affiliates of the top-rated, award-winning morning radio show to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The giveaways will take place today and tomorrow, November 22 and 23, in affiliate markets across the country. Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, nearly 100,000 turkeys have been given to those in need.

“It’s an honor and a privilege for all of us here at The Steve Harvey Morning Show to help those in need,” said Harvey during a recent broadcast. “Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you all this holiday season.” www.SteveHarvey.com.

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NETWORKS: Lady Gaga Talks 'House Of Gucci' Available On ABC Audio's Power Portal

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– In a one-on-one with ABC News, now available on ABC Audio’s Power Portal, Lady Gaga talks about her new film “House of Gucci.” She opens up about why it's a "wild ride," why she thinks the Gucci family should've seen the murder coming, and why she's "nervous" about portraying a real person. Photo attached. ABC Power Portal is the first on-demand original video service optimized for radio station websites, apps and social media platforms. Interested in previewing the service or becoming a Power Portal affiliate? Contact Christopher Venice at christopher.venice@abc.com for more information.

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BLOG: How To Market Your Podcast Like A Business

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– In Audry's newest episode, Niklas Hildebrand, Co-Founder and COO, Audry, talked with Sharon Taylor, Managing Director at Triton Digital. ​With more than 13 years of experience in the technology space, Sharon Taylor joined Triton Digital in 2019. Before that, she was CEO of Omny Studio. Taylor grew Omny Studio into one of the leading audio on-demand hosting and publishing platforms in the world.

In the 30-minute video, Sharon and Niklas discuss: Why everything starts with finding your audience. Why you can’t sit back and wait for the downloads and the money to come pouring in (but what you need to do). Why it’s important to interact differently when you use several platforms to promote your podcast. And some concrete tips to improve your downloads. In addition, Taylor shared these concrete tips for growing your podcast audience: If you have a bigger audience on Spotify versus Apple, then it helps you tailor the content a little bit better. If you have a larger audience on Apple, maybe you could do more editorial with their team in terms of promotions and those types of things. Listen to the full interview HERE

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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On HITS 106.3 Lexington's Mandy Williamson

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, this weeks' spotlight shines on WCDA/HITS 106.3 Lexington's Mandy Williamson, co-host of the Mandy & Jimmy Morning Show.

Mandy says her career started out not for the love of radio but for the need of an internship. "Back in 2009 when MySpace was still huge and Facebook was just coming onto the scene I found myself reading a post from a guy who 7was the host of a local morning show on Island 106 Panama City looking for interns. I reached out to him, he brought me in for an interview and that’s when my radio career began. I interned for “That Guy” Kramer in 2009 for a full year for free. It was supposed to be three months but that turned into six which turned into a year. Kramer, Holly, Miguel and I just clicked. It felt right so I stayed because I loved it. After a year, she finally went fulltime and started getting paid.

To this day, she still calls Kramer, Miguel & Holly her top mentors. She stayed at Island 106 Navigating my way through several morning shows until she landed at her current job in Lexington Kentucky. Over the next several years, Mandy says she I spent a lot of time on ellipticals listening to other shows in different markets learning from them. Making mental notes of what they did best and how they got in and out of a break or how they interacted with listeners. Some of her biggest inspirations were The KVJ Show on WRMF/West Palm Beach, Mojo In The Morning on Channel 955/Detroit and Mercedes in The Morning on Mix 94.1 Las Vegas. "They all were very different yet all had wonderful qualities that’s inspired me in the way I want to do things on my show". Mandy started out solo in Lexington in 2017, then teamed later with Jimmy who had previously served as an intern.

She says, "I've had a ton of support from all the lovely people I’ve met through the years at Morning Show Boot Camp which is where I’m going to give a lot of credit to. Meeting all the different mornings shows from all over and hearing their stories and ideas definitely helped shape my career. Brady DeAngelo who had been doing a solo morning show for quite some time was my biggest mentor in my transition to Lexington. Not really sure where I’d be with out his guidance at the time.

Of note, Mandy also does TV as well in a segment called Mom to Mom that airs every Monday a few times a day on the local ABC 36 affiliate and it’s syndicated in 7 different markets. She tells Jockline, she was able to get that job thanks to radio. 

Want us to shed the light on someone you feel is part of radio's future generation of stars? Let us know HERE - Put 'Future Star'' in subject line.

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SNAPS: Jackie Green Of Cumulus' 105.3 HOT-FM Grand Rapids Crowned Mrs. America 2022

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Props are in order for Jackie Blankenship, aka Jackie Green, co-host on Cumulus' The Gray & Green Show (R), West Michigan's first all female morning show on 7105.3 HOT-FM Grand Rapids who was crowned Mrs. America 2022. She'll now compete in the Mrs. America World pageant set for next year.

And that wasn't the only radio connection - the event was hosted by 98.5 KLUC morning icon Chet Buchanan was the emcee.

Meantime, Jackie is on the way back from Vegas where she'll join Rachel Gray who've been waking up West Michigan for the past seven years at 105.3 HOT FM. Jackie Green started her broadcast career hosting nights and middays at WGRD-FM before seguing to TV. In 2016, Jackie moved back to radio for afternoons on 105.3 HOT FM, then joined Rachel in 2019 for mornings?

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7BTS, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo Among Big Winners At AMAs

 

Watch the 64th GRAMMY Awards Nominations Livesteamed Today At Noon ET / 9 AM PT.

ABC’s American Music Awards Steady With Last Year’s Record Lows

Adele’s 30 Is 2021’s Best-Selling Album in U.S. After 3 Days

... Australian Reporter 'Mortified' After Botching Exclusive Adele Interview

WATCHING - Dancing With the Stars’ Reveals Season 30 Winner

Review: Lady Gaga Grabs Ridley Scott’s “The House of Gucci”

Joe Rogan Knocked Out of the Top Spot on Spotify’s Podcasts Chart

Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $31M for ‘House of Cards’ losses

Los Angeles Magazine Cover Story on Psychedelics Being Developed as TV Series, Metaverse

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iHeart's 760 KGB Helps Raise $1,455,471 To Send Warriors Home For The Holidays

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– iHeartMedia San Diego announced that its annual “Give-A-Thon” broadcast on AM 760 (KGB-AM) has helped raise $1,455,471 (and counting) for the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station to reunite injured service members with their families during the holiday season. In addition to AM 760’s 12-hour broadcast, the station’s syndicated morning show Armstrong and Getty are a driving force behind the fundraising effort, promoting the Give-A-Thon for an entire week. The Give-A-Thon is also promoted by AM 760’s fellow iHeartRadio station, NewsRadio 600 KOGO.

The origins of the Give-A-Thon go back to 2004 when the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station’s Sandy Lehmkuhler contacted AM 760 asking their listeners to donate shaving razors for holiday gift bags being given to warriors in recovery at Balboa Naval Hospital. From there, it has grown into an annual fundraising effort that reunites families during the holidays, and helps warriors face the challenges of recovery, rehabilitation and transition from military service to civilian life all year long.

“We are forever grateful to our wonderful media partners and donors for giving back to our nation’s service members during this special time of year,” said Sandy Lehmkuhler, CEO and Founder, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. “The 2021 Give-A-Thon brought in over $1,455,471 and it would not have been possible without the generosity of AM 760, Armstrong & Getty, and News Radio KOGO 600. By shining a spotlight on our warriors, and their brave struggles with the visible and invisible wounds of war, they rallied the support of thousands of people to fly our heroes home for the holidays. It’s a gift our troops will remember forever.” billion app downloads and more than 150 million registered users.

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Audacy's 830 WCCO Twin-Cities Raises Over $365,000 For Union Gospel Missions

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Audacy's WCCO/Twin Cities raised over $365,000 to provide over 186,000 meals and care to those in need through 19th annual “Union Gospel Mission Hunger Radiothon” in Minneapolis. The amount raised during the 19th radiothon, which benefits Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGMTC), brought the overall fundraising total to over $3.6 million since 2003. “I couldn’t be prouder of everyone’s hard work on this event,” said Brad Lane, Brand Manager, 830 WCCO. “This is yet another great example of how live and local radio can truly help change lives. We’re so grateful that WCCO can partner with UGM and impact the community in such an amazing and rewarding day.”

As part of the radiothon, the station broadcast live from UGM’s St. Paul campus on November 16 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT. Station hosts spoke with current and past Union Gospel Mission clients, as well as staff members and the charity’s leaders.

Founded in 1902, Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving people facing homelessness, poverty, or addiction in our community. The mission helps people rebuild their lives by providing safe shelter, nutritious food, medical and dental care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs for children and adults.

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Audacy's 99.5 The Wolf’s 'Nick and Kristen’s Drive 'Has Now Eradicated Up To $3.5 In Medical Debt

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 ––  As we first reported last week, Audacy Portland's Nick & Kristen Show has now helped eradicate over $3.5 in medical debt for those in need in Oregon and Washington through “Nick and Kristen’s Medical Debt Payoff.” The event, in partnership with RIP Medical Debt, was hosted by 99.5 The Wolf (KWJJ-FM) in Portland and morning show hosts Nick and Kristen on November 15-18. 

“Medical debt affects millions of Americans each year and we’re honored to have united with RIP Medical Debt – a leading advocate for medical debt relief – and our community to use our platform to help those in need,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Portland. “We’re equally as proud of selfless listeners who rose to the occasion to help us achieve our goal.” “We are beyond humbled by the generosity of the Pacific Northwest,” said Nick and Kristen. “This $3.5 million will help so many people who have been struggling for so long. No one should have to worry about paying their medical debt or gifts for their children. We are thrilled to help ease that burden for them.”  

RIP Medical Debt was founded in 2014 by two former debt collections executives, Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton. Over the course of decades in the debt-buying industry, Antico and Ashton met with thousands of Americans saddled with unpaid and un-payable medical debt and realized they were uniquely qualified to help these people in need. They used their expertise and compassion to create a unique way to relieve medical debt: they would use donations to buy large bundles of medical debt and then relieve that debt with no tax consequences to donors or recipients. From this idea came RIP Medical Debt, a New York based 501(C)(3). Over 5.3 billion in medical debts has been eradicated so far, providing financial relief for over three million individuals and families.

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Over 840,000 Meals Served During FM99 & 106.9 The Fox Norfolk's Mayflower Marathon Food Drive

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Over 840,000 meals will be served thanks to donations made at the FM99 & 106.9 The Fox 25th Annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive, presented by Bud’s Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric. The three-day food drive benefits the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. FM99 and 106.9 The Fox Operations Manager, Mike Beck: Thanks to the support of our generous listeners and client partners, the shelves at the Foodbank are overflowing with much needed donations. More than 840,000 meals will be created from what we collected at the 25th Annual FM99 and The Fox Mayflower Marathon. We are proud to support the Foodbanks in their mission and we thank everyone for helping feed Hampton Roads!"

“We are always so thankful and grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our community, whose donations will bring joy and nourishment into the lives of those experiencing food insecurity across the greater Peninsula,“ said Karen Joyner, CEO of Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “We are also thankful for 106.9 the Fox and FM99 for continuing on the tradition of this annual food raising event for 25 years. They should be very proud of knowing the impact that this event has on our community today, tomorrow and into the future. Being able to put a healthy meal on the table is a basic need that will now happen for thousands of families because of these donations.”

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[WATCH] WAJI, Majic 95.1's Andy Beckman Runs In His Undies To Benefit Grieving Children

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– WAJI, Majic 95.1 FM hosted “The Andy in the Morning Underwear Run” to benefit Erin’s House for Grieving Children, Saturday, November 20 at the minor league baseball stadium, Parkview Field. What started as a fun on-air wager between on-air hosts Andy Beckman and Kat Walburn, turned into a community event.

“The goal was to raise awareness and funds for every single Erin’s House family this holiday season,” said Beckman, host of “The Andy in the Morning Show” on Majic 95.1. Since 1993, Erin’s House for Grieving Children has provided a safe, nurturing, and comfortable environment for children to process their grief. They learn how to express their emotions, share their feelings, and reinvest back into their lives. They do this by spending time with other children who understand their grief." WATCH HERE

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The Multicultural Media And Correspondents Association (MMCA) Honors iHeart's Enrique Santos

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Enrique Santos, President and CCO of iHeartLatino, was honored with by MMCA, The Multicultural Media and Correspondents Assn. with the 2021 Radio Broadcast Award. The event took place last week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and featured an array of entertainers, media industry insiders and influencers, policymakers, executives and corporate and advocacy organizational allies.

For more information on MMCA's 6th annual Multicultural Media and Correspondents Dinner and Summit honorees, check out the organization's website.

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Buzz Knight Launches 'Takin A Walk' Series

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– Consultant Buzz Knight has launched a new podcast series that will consist of interviews with a wide range of guests from music, media, literary and sports along with everyday personalities who have a unique story to tell at locations all over the country. The series will first start in podcast form but will add video to the platform in the future. The first two episodes focus on “takin a walk” at Walden Pond in Concord Mass with episode two focused on legendary Boston radio personality Wally Brine formally of The Loren and Wally Morning Show. Other future episodes will include singer songwriter Peter Himmelman, Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Geoff Tuff and Steven Goldbach Authors of the new business book “Provoke” with many more in the pipeline.

According to Buzz, “The joy of this project is because there are no boundaries to the type of guests we can book and the locations as well. We’re excited about this project along with future content creation opportunities.” “Takin A Walk” is produced in collaboration with industry veterans Harry Jacobs and Bob Malatesta and reunites Buzz’s team while successfully programming WZLX Boston. You can find the “takin a walk” podcast on Apple, Spotify and wherever you find your podcasts.

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EVENTS: KISW Seattle Brings Back 'Live Day' For First Time Since The Pandemic

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– It was KISW’s first Live Day back since the pandemic. This is the event where the station goes 100% live for BJ & Migs and The Mens Room - Live bands, sound effects, everything. This year it was held live at Snoqualmie casino in front of a live audience.

The theme was solid gold 70’s since it’s KISW’s 50th anniversary and the station was born in 1971. So they all wore gold or 70’s theme; The music. The costumes. Everything! Live bands, live laughs, live sound effects, even a live barbershop quartet and music from Diamond Star Haloplus a rotating cast of vocalists from local PNW bands.

And after over a year of lockdown, the station welcomed back its favorite Rockaholics to be part of our live studio audience. Attendees had to be 21+ with valid photo ID to attend. Masks and proof of vaccination were required.

Steve Migliore (shown above in shades with BJ Shea) tells Jockline, "Last year we were unable to do Live Day in front of an audience, so it was absolutely incredible to be in front of our listeners again. And to have it be a celebration of our KISW’s 50th anniversary just made it even more special. It’s one of those days where you get to see everyone from the station bring to fruition many months of hard work and preparation, I am extremely proud to be a part of this station."

Photos by Heather Hale For KISW - shown above - BJ & Migs and The Men's Room on stage - bottom photo of BJ & Migs show adorned in gold.

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7BTS, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo Among Big Winners At AMAs

 

BTS, Taylor Swift Win Big At AMAs - Olivia Rodrigo Takes Best New Artist Honors

... BTS stamp their authority on American Music Awards

... Megan Thee Stallion pulls out of AMAs 2021 over ‘unexpected personal matter’

Adele Asks Spotify to Remove ‘Shuffle’ Button From Her Albums

WATCH - Get Ready To Bawl With Adele As She's Surprised On Stage By A Childhood Teacher

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Perform “Trouble With My Lover” and “Can’t Let Go”

LISTEN - Willie Nelson and family cover Hank Williams and George Harrison on new album

WATCH - Tiger Woods “Making Progress” On Potential Comeback, Posts Golf Swing Video

Art LaFleur, character actor who played Babe Ruth in 'The Sandlot,' dies at 78

Peter Aykroyd, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer and Cast Member, Dies at 66

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57th Annual ACM Awards To Be Livestreamed From Allegiant Stadium Las Vegas In 2022

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– The Academy of Country Music, Prime Video, and MRC announced today that the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will take place Monday, March 7, 2022 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Event will stream on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, marking the 7first time a major awards show has livestreamed exclusively. Information regarding tickets will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are thrilled to return to Las Vegas to celebrate country music’s Party of the Year in this incredible brand-new stadium and on the Prime Video streaming service for the first time ever,” said Damon Whiteside (L), CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We can’t thank the city of Las Vegas and 7Allegiant Stadium enough for welcoming us for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards—a party so big only a stadium can hold it!”

Recently, Amazon Music announced that its global music brand Country Heat had surpassed 13 billion streams in the U.S. since its first station launched in October 2016, showcasing Amazon customers’ love for country music. R.A. Clark is executive producer of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. For more information, log onto www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

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Lisa Dent To Join The Lineup At WGN Chicago

Effective January 3, new programming schedule adds special reporting with Anna Davlantes

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– On January 3, WGN Radio will debut a new weekday programming schedule. The station has also hired longtime radio personality Lisa Dent, who will be heard weekday afternoons.

“Lisa Dent has long been a significant and well-known presence in Chicago radio,” said WGN Radio Vice President and General Manager Mary Sandberg Boyle. “Her vibrant personality and7warmth, understanding of the city and an ability to authentically connect on a personal level with listeners makes her a natural fit for afternoon drive on WGN as we embark on our 100th year of being the voice of Chicagoland.” 

A native of Rockford, Lisa Dent began her radio career in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin in 1981. She has worked at stations in Minneapolis, San Diego, Seattle, and Houston. Dent returned to Chicago in 2002 and previously hosted at country music stations WUSN 99.5, US99, and Big 95.5. Lisa Dent was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. Dent has been heard as a fill-in host on WGN Radio since January. 

Veteran Chicago journalist and Northwestern alumna Anna Davlantes (R) will assume the role of investigative correspondent with special reporting, covering news stories in-depth. Davlantes will continue to be heard frequently across the station’s dayparts.  “Anna Davlantes’ impeccable resume includes decades of award-winning investigative reporting. Few rival Anna’s commitment to serving the public in anticipating, exposing, and breaking important stories,” said Sandberg Boyle. “We are fortunate to have her expertise at WGN Radio.”

Beginning January 3, WGN's lineup will feature -6am – 10am: Bob Sirott -- 10am – 2pm: John Williams -- -2pm – 6pm: Chicago’s Afternoon News with Lisa Dent and Steve Bertrand -- 6pm – 7pm: WGN Radio’s Money Matters (airing early 2022) -- 7pm – 10pm: John Landecker

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SYNDICATION: Erick Erickson Offers Multi-Hour Christmas Special –

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– - Syndicated national radio host Erick Erickson is excited to offer his annual Christmas special “The Erick Erickson Christmas Show” to a national audience. The special program combines Erick’s theological background, with conversations about Christmas and the best Christmas music, which is played throughout the program. Erickson commented

“Christmas is the perfect time to focus on the big picture and not the daily news headlines. The Erick Erickson Christmas Show is designed so everyone can come together, exhale after a crazy year, and focus on the holidays.”

“The Erick Erickson Christmas Show” has been a listener favorite at flagship affiliate 95.5 WSB Radio in Atlanta. “The Erick Erickson Christmas Show” is available for its affiliates and interested new markets on a first come, first served basis. Window: Friday, December 24 and Saturday, December 25, broadcast anytime from 6am-midnight. Details: 3 hours, available via FTP download, beginning Friday, December 17 or XDS satellite Inventory: NO NETWORK INVENTORY and 17 minutes of LOCAL availability

For more information on affiliating The Erick Erickson Christmas Show or The Erick Erickson Show, please contact Andrew Kalb at andrew@andrewkalb.com or 917-217-4050.

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Ryan Lieberman Named SVP/Sales For iHeart Riverside/San Bernardino

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Riverside/San Bernardino has named Ryan Lieberman has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for the region, effective immediately. Lieberman will report to Melissa Forrest, President of iHeartMedia San Diego, Riverside/San Bernardino. Lieberman is a seasoned radio professional, having spent almost two decades with CBS Radio in both Chicago and Los Angeles.

For the last three years, he has served as Market President for Townsquare Media in Tri-Cities, Washington. "I am thrilled to return to Southern California as part of the iHeartMedia family by joining the Riverside Team,” said Lieberman. “Having spent the better part of my career competing against iHeartMedia, and being envious of how their teams execute marketing solutions for their clients, I'm excited to lend my expertise to an already high-functioning team.”

“We look forward to having Ryan on board,” said Forrest. “His knowledge, leadership and passion will be a tremendous addition to the region and to our team.”

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iHeartMedia New York’s 106.7 LITE FM Flips To 24/7 Christmas Music With The Rockettes

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– iHeart New York’s 106.7 LITE FM will make its annual switch to New York’s Christmas station and will broadcast around-the-clock in the New York Tri-state area beginning at 5 p.m. 106.7 LITE FM and the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes are kicking off the annual Christmas music station flip. 106.7 LITE FM personalities Cubby and Christine will announce the official switch at the Christmas Spectacular.

In addition, 106.7 LITE FM will also feature an interview and special performance by Michael Bublé, which can be streamed on the station’s website. “All of us at 106.7 LITE FM are excited to bring our yearly tradition back to Radio City Music Hall,” said Chris Conley, Program Director for 106.7 LITE FM. “Every year, the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes brings so much joy to our kick-off to Christmas music, and we’re so happy to be able to bring back holiday cheer.”

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WZYP Huntsville Sends Mojo Show To Roof Top Of Toyota Field For 'Bikes Or Bust' Event

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– You can add Mojo Radio to the list of brave on-air personalities who are rising once again -- literally -- to bring holiday cheer and cash to area families and children in the Huntsville area. The 19th Annual Bikes or Bust, taking place now throught November 22. Over the years well over 25,000 plus bicycles have been donated through this event that benefit families and children here in our community through the US Marines Toys For Tots campaign.

It's taking place at Toyota Field where 'ZYP Morning Show host Mojo will once again spend 104 hours over encouraging Tennessee Valley listeners to bring new bicycles and/or cash donations for the Toys For Tots campaign. ZYP staff, local Marines, and Marine Corps Reserve members, along with area volunteers, will be on hand 24 hours a day to accept donations. Top photo from Facebook shows a clearly excited Mojo who ready for the long weekend.

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The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) Re-Ups Vipology As IBA Digital

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– Ron Stone, CEO of the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA), is pleased to announce that it has signed Vipology to a multiyear contract extension as its exclusive digital consultant and partner, offering an exclusive IBA member website with original daily content, Ad serving software, and feature rich Alexa skills at a significantly reduced members-only pricing.

“We are thrilled to continue to work with the IBA, dedicated to the digital success of the IBA and its members, offering the latest digital solutions at the industry’s lowest prices. We’re proud to be standing side by side with Ron and IBA members,” said Chris Peaslee Vipology CEO “There would be no IBA without Vipology’s vision, technology and execution. I’m thrilled to continue to have Vipology on board to advise and provide the best digital products and services,” stated Stone, IBA CEO.

The IBA which launched in July of 2020 serves independent radio stations in ways they are not currently being served by existing organizations; providing strategies that drive revenue with cost benefits at scale. The IBA represents a membership base of 1,500 stations. To join the IBA, log on to https://www.iba.media/ or reach out to IBA CEO Ron Stone at ronstone@iba.media.

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Alpha On The Hunt For Multiple Posts

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2021 –– As Alpha prepares for 2022, we learned they are looking to make some key hires.

Markets include: Portland, San Jose, San Antonio, Louisville and Amarillo.

If interested in learning more about these opportunities, contact Executive Vice President of Content, Phil Becker Direct at  phil@alphamediausa.com

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Beasley Detroit Unveils The RIFF Rock Hall Detroit

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group Detroit’s 101 WRIF has officially launched “The RIFF Rock Hall”, an online experience highlighting 50 years of Detroit’s legendary rock station. Through its unique interactivity, listeners can easily move from room to room, clicking through five decades of history in an immersive virtual 7environment, showcasing WRIF’s rock n’ roll leadership and innovation in Detroit radio.

In addition, special theme areas were created highlighting the station’s rich legacy of events, artists and their music, dynamic personalities, and of course, the millions of listeners who have enjoyed WRIF Radio through the years. “The RIFF Rock Hall is yet another great example of how our company continues to focus forward on providing a complete interactive experience for our listeners on multiple platforms,” said 7Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “This is our first step into Radio 4.0, leading the radio industry into the Digital Revolution, in collaboration with our partners Quu and Interactive Life”.

“While the Rock Hall is primarily reflective of the past, it’s also about what WRIF is today, a brand synonymous with live and local radio in the country’s most iconic city for music” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of National Content and Detroit Director of Programming, Scott Jameson. “I’d like to thank WRIF Marketing Director Ken Wasilewski, Program Director Jade Springart along with Joe Harb and his Stellar team for the creative collaboration.” Welcome to the RIFF Rock Hall: www.WRIF.com/rockhall

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Rover's Morning Glory Inks Multi-Year Extension With iHeart's 100.7 WMMS Cleveland

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Cleveland’s 100.7 WMMS announced a contract extension for “Rover’s Morning Glory.” The multi-year extension for Shane “Rover” French includes the continuation of his nationally syndicated morning show and development of additional audio and video content for iHeartMedia and Rover’s own company, via RMG TV. “Rover’s Morning Glory” will continue to broadcast weekday mornings from 100.7 WMMS. “Rover is a once-in-a-generation talent who, fourteen years ago, saved the legendary Buzzard from extinction and began what will be the most successful run in the mornings at 100.7 WMMS, which is saying a lot,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia Cleveland. “His influence reaches far beyond Cleveland, with a giant audience on radio, streaming services, podcasts and video. Now he’ll expand upon his incredible run with iHeart for many years to come. Stay tuned for what’s next!”

“I’m thrilled to continue and expand my partnership with iHeartMedia, the undisputed leader in audio entertainment,” said Rover. “Thanks to this deal, ‘Rover’s Morning Glory’ will reach the incredible milestone of 25 years on the air in Cleveland, which is even more remarkable since I’m just 29 years old.”

Rover began his radio career in his hometown of Las Vegas in 1996. He has been an on-air personality in several cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Denver and Knoxville. Fans can follow “Rover’s Morning Glory” through the interactive RoverRadio.com website that includes RMG-TV as well as iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio app.

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7New $2 Billion Astroworld Lawsuit; Adele Special Draws More Viewer Than Entire Grammys

 

Travis Scott, Drake, Apple and Live Nation Facing New $2 Billion Astroworld Lawsuit

Jonah Hill to play Jerry Garcia in Grateful Dead film directed by Martin Scorsese

Adele’s CBS Special Attracted More Viewers Than the Entire 2021 Grammy Awards

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Billie Eilish, Paul Rudd to host Saturday Night Live in December

Lear and Kimmel to Revive ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ With ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ and ‘The Facts of Life’

WATCH - South Park's Kids Are All Grown Up (!) in Post COVID Special

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson are officially dating

Madonna Bummed That a Dog Is Selling Her Former Mansion for '3 Times' What She Did

Mick Rock, David Bowie’s Photographer Known as ‘The Man Who Shot the 70s,’ Dies at 72

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Freddy Cruz Announces His Exit From Longtime Home KRBE-FM Houston

Station Now On The Hunt For New Dir. Creative Services

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– After two decades with the Cumulus top-40 Houston outlet, Freddy Cruz announced yesterday that he'd be exploring new options with his contract expires. He posted on Facebook, "When I hear the phrase that “we stand on the shoulders of giants,” I think of my career and how so many titanic names played an integral part of it. For that, I’m forever grateful. What’s next? More of the same. Writing, producing, writing, podcasting, and writing. I have a network of people who push me to be a better version of myself and because of that, anything is possible and that excites me. Free agency, here I come"

With his pending departure, VP/Hot AC and KRBE PD, Leslie Whittle, posted a job listing for a Creative Services Director asking, "Do you know how to write timely, creative, and local copy that speaks to women who love pop music and culture? If producing compelling audio content is your dream job, we should talk.  Candidate will also host a short weekday on-air show in-studio, so living the Houston and CHR lifestyle is a mandatory. The job requires at least 3 years of imaging/production and on-air commercial radio experience (preferably CHR format) -Work with station voiceover talent to create and produce station imaging and promos -- -Be proficient in Pro-Tools and Adobe Audition -- -Be able host a weekday show in a prime daypart and run a tight, forward moving board. The post adds: All new hires must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by date of hire, subject to legally-mandated accommodations.

If all of the above applies to you, include Imaging Demo and On-Air Audio Aircheck in your submission and apply immediately at https://cumulusmedia.jobs.net/. Reach out to Leslie.Whittle@cumulus.com with any questions.

As for Cruz's announcement, Whittle added, “Freddy is a true on-air innovator and is also widely acknowledged as one of the absolute best in the creative services arena. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for the better part of the last 21 years. While I’ll miss him every day, I’m excited to watch as he writes his next chapter (literally).”

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HONORS: Radio Mercury Awards 2021 Winners Announced

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– Winners for the 30th anniversary Radio Mercury Awards were announced virtually this evening at the 2021 event. During last night's awards, Alejandro Ortiz, executive creative director, Campbell Ewald Detroit/NY, was announced as the chief judge for the 2022 Radio Mercury Awards. Additionally, it was announced that the Creative Use of Nonbroadcast Audio category ended in a tie, resulting in two winners. Chris Smith (l) and Robin Fitzgerald (r)

"This year, it took us two days to fully deliberate, as this year's winners really impressed the jury with their overall approach to messaging and storytelling," said Robin Fitzgerald, chief judge and chief creative officer, BBDO Atlanta. "The winning work shone through, made us laugh, feel inspired and even made us a little hungry for soup dumplings."

The virtual presentation, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau and hosted by Fitzgerald and Chris Smith, principal and chief creative officer, Plot Twist Creativity, featured this year’s final round jury, who served as presenters for the awards alongside previous Radio Mercury Awards best-of-show winners.

To listen to all the work awarded at the event, click here. For an on-demand viewing of the event, click here.

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SYNDICATION: YEA Networks' The Greg Beharrell Show Debuts On 106.5 The Arch St. Louis

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– YEA Networks’ syndicated “The Greg Beharrell Show” debuted this week on Hubbard Radio’s 106.5 The Arch, St. Louis (WARH), taking on the 7pm – Midnight shift. When pressed for comment, Marty Linck, Brand/Content Director of WARH said, "Greg is really something... What, exactly, I don't know, but I find him to be intriguing. I expect that his unique style will catch people's ears, and that's a big part of the game! Also, I took this show on a dare."

Looking for something a little different for your Rock, Alternative, or Classic Hits station? The Greg Beharrell Show is available for afternoon or night via YEA Networks. Contact Scott Kerr at 843-270-2836 or Scott@YEANetworks.com

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Bobby Bones And Rachel Smith to Host CBS’ ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– CBS announced that radio and TV host Bobby Bones and Entertainment Tonight‘s Rachel Smith will co-host the upcoming special, New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. It marks the eye network’s return to live New Year’s programming after two decades, with some of country music’s biggest stars set to perform at the event. The celebration kicks off from Music City on Friday, December 31 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT) on CBS and Paramount+.

Smith, an Entertainment Tonight guest correspondent who also has worked on Nightline and Good Morning America, added, “I’m so excited to celebrate and host New Year’s Eve this year right down the street from my house, with so many of my friends who have great performances planned,” said Bones, who hosts the nationally Premiere syndicated The Bobby Bones Show. “I can’t wait to show America how special Nashville is.”

The star-studded special will feature almost 50 performances from some of country’s hottest acts, including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, and Zac Brown Band.

Bones also host the National Geographic series 'Breaking Bobby Bones' and has served as a regular on American Idol. Smith is a former Miss USA and competed in the 2007 Miss Universe.

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EVENTS: 99.5 The Wolf's Nick and Kristen Help Eradicate Over $2.1M On Medical Debt For Those In Need In Oregon and Washington

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– Nick and Kristenhelped eradicate over $2.1 in medical debt for those in need in Oregon and Washington through “Nick and Kristen’s Medical Debt Payoff.” The event, in partnership with RIP Medical Debt, was hosted by 99.5 The Wolf (KWJJ-FM) in Portland and morning show hosts Nick and Kristen on November 15-18.

“Medical debt affects millions of Americans each year and we’re honored to have united with RIP Medical Debt – a leading advocate for medical debt relief – and our community to use our platform to help those in need,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Portland.

“We’re equally as proud of selfless listeners who rose to the occasion to help us achieve our goal.” “We are beyond humbled by the generosity of the Pacific Northwest,” said Nick and Kristen. “This $2.1 million will help so many people who have been struggling for so long. No one should have to worry about paying their medical debt or gifts for their children. We are thrilled to help ease that burden for them.” RIP Medical Debt was founded in 2014 by two former debt collections executives, Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton. Over the course of decades in the debt-buying industry, Antico and Ashton met with thousands of Americans saddled with unpaid and un-payable medical debt and realized they were uniquely qualified to help these people in need. They used their expertise and compassion to create a unique way to relieve medical debt: they would use donations to buy large bundles of medical debt and then relieve that debt with no tax consequences to donors or recipients.

From this idea came RIP Medical Debt, a New York based 501(C)(3). Over 5.3 billion in medical debts has been eradicated so far, providing financial relief for over three million individuals and families.

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Katz Media Group Raises A Total Of $400,000 For BFOA's 11th Annual Membership Drive

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced Katz Media Group has raised nearly $45,000 for the Foundation during its 11th annual company-wide membership drive, bringing the total amount raised to nearly $400,000 since the drive's inception. All money raised during Katz’s annual two-week campaign goes toward the Stu Olds Memorial Fund that commemorates Katz’s former CEO and supports the Foundation's mission to provide support to broadcast professionals in acute need. This year, the Foundation will give away more than $1.8 million in monthly and emergency grants, including victims of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires.

“As a longstanding board member, I have seen first-hand how the money raised helps broadcasters in need. I’m incredibly proud of the continued generosity of the Katz team to continue this tradition to honor Stu’s legacy and give back to our industry,” said Mark Gray, Chief Executive Officer for Katz Media Group. “As a current officer of the Foundation, I strongly believe in their mission to help broadcasters who have fallen on hard times. The Katz team has been a tremendous supporter for the Foundation, and we are proud to continue that legacy,” said Leo MacCourtney, Katz Television Group. “We are grateful to Mark, Leo, Christine Travaglini and the entire team at Katz for their continued support of our charitable cause,” noted Jim Thompson, Co-President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

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PRODUCTS: Futuri Launches TopicPulse SportsEdge

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 –– Futuri announced the launch of TopicPulse SportsEdge, a version of its real-time, AI-powered story discovery and social content system customized for eSports, betting, VR, and fantasy content.

Of the more than 2,000 U.S. consumers surveyed: 92% of eSports and gaming fans go to a local news program on TV for information on their favorite sports, teams, and athletes. 90% of eSports and gaming fans go to a local news website and/or a local news app for that content. 61.5% bet on sports, with 32.5% betting on both regular-season games and playoffs, and 29% betting on big events like the Super Bowl and March Madness. 36.5% would be more likely to watch a local news program if they included sports betting information in their content.

“The eSports market is predicted to grow to $3 billion by 2023, and sports betting advertising is one of the fastest-growing revenue streams for broadcasters,” said Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig. “Given the explosive growth of this space, TopicPulse SportsEdge is right in line with Futuri’s mission to help media companies grow their content, grow their audience, and grow their revenue.” For more on TopicPulse SportsEdge, visit TopicPulseSportsEdge.com.

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'Kylie Christmas' Comes To Nova Downunder

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021 ––Kylie Christmas is a new radio station playing Christmas music in Australia. You can tune in to Kylie Christmas (Kylie Minogue - shown) via the Nova and smooth Players can stream the station on smart devices. Kylie Minogue is the highest-selling female Australian artist of all time

BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Snoochie Shy Is On “I’m a Celebrity” this year - Snoochie Shy has been announced as one of the celebrities in the I’m a Celebrity show on ITV for 2021. This year the show will return to the historic Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales and Ant & Dec will host live every night on ITV and ITV Hub from the castle. Snoochie, real name Cheyenne Davide, started working in radio at Radar Radio in London before joining the 1Xtra Residency in 2017. She took over the 1Xtra late show in 2019. Last year she teamed up with Jeremy Vine to host the Audio Production Awards in London.

BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 Work Together On BBC Children In Need Single - Radio 1 and Radio 2 are joining forces to work with Niall Horan and Anne-Marie to create the BBC Children in Need single this year. The charity single, Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac, is available for pre-order now, will be released by Atlantic Records on the day of the charity’s fundraising spectacular, Friday 19 November. Everywhere (BBC Children in Need) will be released on Friday as The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Radio 2 and The Greg James Breakfast Show on Radio 1 bring the stations together for the first broadcast. The accompanying video will be given its exclusive debut during BBC Children in Need’s 2021 Appeal Show on BBC One that evening. A minimum of 50p (63 cents) from the sale of each download in the UK will benefit BBC Children in Need.

Coventry Will Host BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Music Event In 2022 - BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend will return in 2022 with a three-day music festival in Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Over 70,000 Radio 1 fans are expected to attend across the weekend from 27th to the 29th of May. In 2022 the festival will return to the field, with performances to air across Radio 1, BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer. Acts will be announced soon.

Mairead Ronan Is Leaving Today FM In Ireland - Today FM lunchtime presenter Mairead Ronan has announced that she is stepping away from her radio show to spend more time with her young family. She made the announcement on air on Friday then she played a track that was recorded live in Today FM, Foy Vance’s version of the Cheers theme tune “Where everybody knows your name”. Mairead began presenting her own lunchtime show on Today FM in September 2019 and during that time has grown both audience numbers and appeal.

You need an international broadcaster to talk on YOUR show about what’s happening in the UK.  – Please call me on +44 7752 416905.  Twitter: @GrahamMack
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7Markle With Suprise Appearance On 'Ellen; Adele 'Stuns' On Social

 

Adele Stuns Fans With Knockout Performance On Social Media

Billie Eilish & Finneas Wrote This Song For The Fictional Boyband 4*Town In Pixar’s Turning Red

UMG Reportedly Modifying Artist Agreements to Prevent Taylor Swift-Style Re-Recordings

New 'Rust' Lawsuit Issued By Script Supervisor

Meghan Markle reveals the embarrassing way she'd leave auditions in surprise Ellen appearance

The 1972 Dolly Parton Song That Some Country Radio Stations Wouldn’t Play Because They Found It ‘Too Sexual

WATCH - Hulu Releases ‘Pam & Tommy’ Teaser

10 Hilarious Goofs in Hallmark Christmas Movies

Rapper Young Dolph Dies at 36 in Memphis Shooting

R.I.P. Philip Margo, Singer of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” Dead at 79

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Edison: Top 50 U.S. Podcasts Rank By Audience Size (Not Downloads) For Q3 2021

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Edison Research has unveiled it's U.S. Top 50 Podcast chart for Q3 2021. This list ranks the 50 biggest podcasts by audience size, based on the Podcast Consumer Tracking Report, the only podcast measurement service that measures the relative audience size and demographics of all podcast networks. The Podcast Consumer Tracking Report is the only measurement based on actual listening, not downloads. 7Among the top 10 shows based on measurement from Q4 2020 – Q3 2021 include : The Joe Rogan Experience -- The Daily -- Crime Junkie -- This American Life -- Stuff You Should Know -- My Favorite Murder -- Pod Save America -- Serial -- Office Ladies and Call Her Daddy

“We are continuing to see strong performances from the true crime and news categories. What I find most compelling is the strong movement by some of the independent shows on the chart. It’s a testament to how remarkable this medium is that both large networks and independent creators continue to be able to amass a sizable audience.” said Edison Research SVP Tom Webster (R).

The Edison Research Top 50 Podcasts of Q3 2021 list is derived from data collected continuously from Q4 2020 – Q3 2021, from surveying weekly podcast consumers ages 18 and older in the U.S. Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase behavior information. The results are then coded and analyzed to ascertain the genre, network, and sales representation for each podcast. The relative audience size of each podcast network is then calculated and expressed as the percentage of weekly podcast listeners reached by that network. Surveys of over 8,000 podcast listeners in the U.S. were conducted Q4 2020 through Q3 2021. For information about the Podcast Consumer Tracker, contact Edison Research SVP Tom Webster at info@edisonresearch.com.

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Audacy Names Dave LaBrozzi & Kraig Riley To Brand Manager Posts In Pittsburgh

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Audacy has named Dave LaBrozzi as Brand Manager of KDKA News Radio (KDKA-AM/100.1 FM) in Pittsburgh and elevates Kraig Riley to the same role for sister station 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM). Both LaBrozzi and Riley will oversee content strategy, talent, operations and branding for each station, effective November 29. “As both KDKA and The Fan continue to evolve into full multi-platform operations serving our listeners in new ways every day it is clear that both stations need focused leadership,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Pittsburgh. “The addition of Dave and promotion of Kraig will help us continue that evolution. There is an expectation of excellence at both stations from the city of Pittsburgh that I have no doubt Dave and Kraig will continue to build on every day.”

“I am thrilled to be back in my favorite city and second home,” said LaBrozzi. “I consider it an honor to lead KDKA, a true legend in the industry. Thank you to Michael Spacciapolli for the opportunity to return to the city I love and lead an amazing group of talent on such a legendary station.” LaBrozzi has nearly four decades of experience in radio, most recently as Vice President of Programming for WABC Radio in New York City. Prior to WABC, he was Program Director of WPLJ-FM. In addition to his work in New York, Dave spent 14 years as Vice President of Programming for Audacy’s Baltimore stations and has also spent time programming in Nashville, Austin, San Antonio and Pittsburgh.

Riley has been with the station since its inception in February 2010 and has been the afternoon drive producer since August 2010. He has also hosted the station’s Pirates pre and postgame shows from 2018 through 2021.

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Jeff Gonsales Named SVP/MM For Audacy Minneapolis

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Audacy has appointed Jeff Gonsales as Senior Vice President and Market Manager of its Minneapolis market. In this role, Gonsales will oversee the market’s portfolio of stations, which includes 830 WCCO (WCCO-AM), 104.1 JACK FM (KZJK-FM) and 102.9 The Wolf (KMNB-FM), effective December 6. “We are thrilled to welcome Jeff Gonsales to oversee our Minneapolis market and the operations of our three stations,” said Rachel Williamson, Regional President, Audacy. “Throughout his tenure in the Twin Cities, Jeff has built a strong reputation as a leader with integrity who cares about his people and his business partners. We trust that invaluable quality coupled with his rich experience in this area will set Audacy Minneapolis up for continued growth and success under his leadership.”

“I am excited to join the Audacy team in Minneapolis,” said Gonsales. “After starting my radio career at 830 WCCO, I look forward to returning to move this group of local favorites forward in the digital audio world.” Gonsales joins Audacy after spending the last 18 years with Hubbard Radio in St. Paul, MN, including the last ten years as Director of Sales, managing top line revenue budgets for Hubbard Radio Twin Cities and Hubbard Interactive. He joined Hubbard in 2003 as General Sales Manager/Director of New Business Development. Prior to that, Gonsales was the Regional Director of Business Development for Clear Channel Radio from 1999 to 2004.

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Nadia Cowart Appointed Digital Sales Manager For Cumulus Beaumont

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has appointed Nadia Cowart as Digital Sales Manager for Cumulus Beaumont, TX/Lake Charles, LA. Cowart, who was previously Promotion Manager for Cumulus Beaumont/Lake Charles from 2002 through 2008, rejoins the company from KBMT-K-JAC12 News in Beaumont, where she was Marketing Director.

Cowart commented, "The way to build a better community is to listen and let every voice be heard. Cumulus Beaumont/Lake Charles has deep roots in our region and delivers on its promise to help advertisers engage with the community 24/7/365 through our popular platform of radio stations, websites, social media, events and more. I'm excited to work with our customers and with the entire Cumulus Beaumont-Lake Charles team and look forward to doing great things together!."

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Alek Halverson Named Program Director for KJ97/KAJA-FM San Antonio

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia San Antonio announced Alek Halverson has been named Program Director for KJ97, effective immediately. He will report to Jason McCollim, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Antonio and Austin. “Alek is one of the rising stars within iHeartMedia,” said McCollim. “With his tremendous knowledge of the country music format, we knew he was the right person to lead this excellent brand. I know our entire team in San Antonio is excited to watch him take the reins and elevate the brand of KJ97. Let’s Go!”

Halverson joins iHeartMedia San Antonio market from its sister market iHeartMedia Austin, where he most recently served as the Assistant Program Director for 96.7 KISS FM. He also served and will continue as the Afternoon Drive Talent for KASE 101. He began his career at KVOX in Fargo, North Dakota.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be programming KJ97,” said Halverson. “Going to high school in San Antonio, I fell in love with the city and the state of Texas. Getting to run one of the biggest country stations in San Antonio is a dream come true and I can’t thank iHeartMedia enough for this opportunity.”

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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On ABC News Radio's Dana Schaeffer

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, the spotlight shines on ABC News Radio New York producer Dana Schaeffer. You may know her as a regular staffer at MSBC. Long before her radio journey began, she tells 7Jockline she would go to these ABC vs. WPLJ charity baseball games in her home town back when she was a child (below left).

"I’d meet the News Anchors and Radio DJ’s, and tell them I wanted to work with them one day. Fast forward to college at William Paterson University - the exec producer 7Monk -- for the Scott & Todd Morning Show, visited his alma mater. She told him it would be a dream to intern at WPLJ... and then after her interview – "I did! It all started there," she says. 

7In 2013 she started at CBS Radio ( Entercom, Audacy) where she worked on the street team for CBS-FM, FRESH, AMP, and beyond. From there, she moved to 1010 WINS where she fell in love with news/talk radio. To this day she admits to a soft spot for WINS and everyone there.

On a whim, she flew to LA to interview at KIIS-FM in 2017 where she became producer for JoJo on the Radio, re-launched the globally-syndicated iHeartRadio Countdown, started a podcast “Paranormal-ish” and worked with Bill Handel at KFI. Radio in Los Angeles taught me a lot. I really learned all the ropes of not only producing so many different shows, but hosting those shows too."

"I have to shout out Morning Show Boot Camp for the networking opportunities as well, because without those conferences, my jobs may have been very different. They gave me face time with people in the industry that may not have been possible because of schedules, or distance."

And where would Dana like to see career path eventually take her? "The ultimate media goal is to be on Good Morning America, or have a morning show," says Dana. "I’m that morning person that’s super bubbly the minute she wakes up, no coffee needed! I’m the person who wants to lift you up, hear about YOU and bring positive energy into YOUR life."

Dana adds, If you ever want to talk radio for hours on end, reach out – I’m your gal.  @danamschaeffer

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The Mix Chicago Is Looking For A New Morning Host; WSHE On The Hunt For New Host & MD

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago is posting a lookout for two blockbuster opportunities. The first at WTMX-FM where it's searching for a new a new host to entertain 25-54 Adults in mornings. Among numerous attributes, it wants someone who can serve as a director/motivator of team understanding needs, wants, desires, interests of target. Utilizing non morning show personalities daily to create show content. Cultivating all pop culture (local & national) and slab relationships to benefit the show. Continual presentation improvement by keeping all bits and imaging fresh. Create talk/buzz w/ self-generated content receiving TV, Internet, Social Media coverage. Plus, must represent the station in a timely and professional manner.

The job also requires a strong oral and written communication skills; someone who's a good conversationalist, well-read, knowledgeable, articulate dealing with current affairs. Ability to enunciate clearly and interpret and read copy fluently. Articulate information in clear, concise manner to others. Ability to read, hear and speak clearly and follow both oral and written direction.

Meanwhile, Hubbard is also looking for a Host/MD at sister station WSHE-FM. If either of these jobs sound like something you'd fit, APPLY HERE EEO Statement - Hubbard is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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PODCAST: WBBM Newsradio Chicago's Lisa Fielding Launches 'Back Stage Chicago'

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021 –– WBBM Chicago's Lisa Fielding says she's covered just about every kind of story/beat over her 30 year radio/TV career: "crime, courts, politics, sports, health care, education, social Justice, you name it…but the pandemic really drew me back to my first love of arts and culture reporting. In the last few years, I’ve met some amazing, talented, fascinating people who spend their lives cultivating their craft and who were suddenly sidelined. I’ve also realized how important arts & culture is in our lives. 16-18 months without, it’s something not to take for granted. It’s also an economic engine for our economy."

Next month, says Fielding, she's launching a new arts & culture podcast. "This is a project that’s been floating in my brain for about a decade (even before podcasts were a thing) so I’m excited it’s finally becoming a reality. Thanks to my company Audacy for investing in the tools and technology to make it happen. “Back Stage Chicago” will drop new episodes once a week. Media scribe Robert Feder says, "“Backstage Chicago follows the launch of another original podcast from WBBM Newsradio — “Gains with Andy Giersher,” hosted by the longtime producer of the station’s “Noon Business Hour.” It's part of Audacy’s “multiplatform transformation” of its news brands nationwide, WBBM Newsradio also recently added two new digital producers under Zawaski. PHOTO/Fielding Facebook

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Audacy Announces Revised Lineups At 98.1 WOGL, B101.1 And 96.5 TDY In Philadelphia

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2021 –– Audacy has announced revamped weekday programming lineups for 98.1 WOGL (WOGL-FM), B101.1 (WBEB-FM) and 96.5 TDY (WTDY-FM) in Philadelphia. Effective November 15, 98.1 WOGL will welcome Coop (shown) as morning show host from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET, alongside a soon-to-be-announced co-host. Coop, who had previously hosted mornings for sister station 96.5 TDY, succeeds Glenn Kalina, who recently announced his retirement. Effective November 8, the station will also welcome Domino as afternoon drive host from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. Domino will continue in his role as afternoon host for Orlando sister station 1059 Sunny FM (WOGL-FM). Concurrently, Bobby Smith will transition to host afternoon drive on B101.1 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

New 98.1 WOGL weekday lineup is as follows. 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: Coop 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET: Race Taylor 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET: Domino -- New B101.1 weekday lineup is as follows. 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: “Jenn & Bill” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET: Bill Tafrow 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET: Michael Bennett 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET: Bobby Smith 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET: Laura Boss 96.5 TDY Also effective November 15, Bennett will move from 96.5 TDY afternoon drive to the station’s morning drive from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET. The station subsequently welcomes Raven, who previously hosted middays at KHKS-FM in Dallas. Bru, who had previously been heard at nights, will now be heard from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET. The station will add Kenzie K to host from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET. She will continue in her role as midday show host for Chicago sister station B96 (WBBM-FM).

New 96.5 TDY weekday lineup is as follows. 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: “Bennett & Raven” 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET: Julia 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET: Bru 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET: Kenzie K.

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JR Tapped As New Afternoon Drive Host On iHeart Media Denver’s HITS 95.7

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2021 –– HITS 95.7 Denver announced that JR will be the stations new Afternoon Drive Host, effective today November 8. “JR is a super talented jock, with a track record of success in Top 40 stations, said John E. Kage, Program Director for HITS 95.7. “His social media skills are next level and I’m excited to bring his passion and excitement to HITS 95.7 and the Mile-High City.” “JR is one of the final pieces to the puzzle to level up Hits 95.7,” said JoJo Turnbeaugh, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Denver. “His passion, content and social media skills are a perfect match to drive home Mile High city listeners.”

“I’m excited to be a part of the iHeartMedia Denver team,” said JR. “I can’t wait to get to work and help build HITS 95.7 into a powerhouse while connecting with the Colorado community. I’m thrilled to call Colorado my new home.” JR joins the Denver market from Midwest Communications Inc. in Nashville, where he most recently served as the PM Drive Host on WNFN-FM. He began his career at Q97.9 (WJBQ) in Portland, Maine.

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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On Utah's McCall Of The AJ & McCall Show

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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, please meet Utah's McCall, co-host of The AJ & McCall Show On 94.5 VFX. McCall's radio journey began in 2014. Back then she was working at a bank and someone just happened to come in saying they worked at the top 40 radio station in town. She tells Jockline: "I RAN across the lobby (IN HEELS nonetheless) to ask how to get a job there. They told me to go talk to the boss, so I did the next day. I was brought on as an intern, 7and about a month later the afternoon jock didn't show up for his shift, so I got his slot on on KXRQ-FM."

Some years later after she and her boyfriend had moved, she heard an ad, YES, ON THE RADIO, about the Utah Broadcasters Association Job Fair happening that week. I took off from my job to see what it was all about, and met my now bosses and landed the position on the morning show on KVFX in Logan Utah (they also track shifts on 3 different stations across the state). I've since picked up 1 more station in St. George Utah, and have been a part of the AJ & McCall show in my home town for almost 5 years."

And who are some of her 'go-to' shows for radio inspiration? "There's so many," she says. Hot 101.5 Tampa's Miguel & Holly are some of my favorite people to go to for inspiration; Audacy syndicated The Julia Show, I also love 99.5 Portland's Nick & Kristen and Throwback 2K's Chris Cruise have been so darn helpful. With each of these shows, I love seeing their hustle. I'm so inspired by them all. They make me want to be better, and have been so supportive. 

"Ultimately, I want to do everything," adds McCall. "Because if I don't try everything, I don't know that I don't like it. I'd also love to syndicate my midday show, I'd love to blow up as an Influencer, but at the end of the day, I just want to support the community that raised me and serve as an example to the community that you can love the being that you are, AS you are. And also make beaucoup bucks. PS, "Can't wait for next year's Boot Camp"!

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The Show Inks 5-Year Extension With iHeart's ROCK 105.3/KIOZ-FM San Diego

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia San Diego announced it has renewed its agreement with “The Show” for Rock 105.3 (KIOZ-FM), San Diego’s Rock Station. “The Show” will continue to broadcast weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. for another five years. “The Show,” featuring Eddie Pappani (left center) Sky Williams (right center), Tylhor “Thor” Dodd (top right), and Emily Griffiths (top left) has been entertaining San Diego audiences during morning drive since 2010 on Rock 105.3 FM.

“I couldn't be more excited and thrilled to continue our run at iHeartRadio and Rock 105.3 in San Diego, said Pappani. “Sky and I have been on-air in morning drive at Rock 105.3 since 2004, and I can't believe they haven't grown sick of us yet! I want to thank the rest of ‘The Show,’ Sky - my partner in crime for 21 years, and Thor and Emily for their dedication and hard work. Big thanks to everyone at iHeartMedia San Diego for their continued support. We are excited to continue to entertain with our hot discussions about sandwiches for years to come.”

“I am thrilled to continue our amazing run with ‘The Show’ on Rock 105.3! Their years of hard work, dedication, adaptability, evolution and just plain true grit have been amazing to watch. Their listener’s loyalty is unparalleled, and I look forward to watching them grow their audience and show, even more, said Shauna Moran, Program Director for Rock 105.3 FM. “Cheers to another five years!”

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MIW Launches New Webinar Series: 'Recognizing Women In Operational Excellence'

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2021 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in 7radio broadcasting, together with vCreative are joining forces to recognize and celebrate women in radio whose unsung efforts ensure efficiency, both operationally and financially, for their stations and groups.

The program’s inaugural free webinar, “Recognizing Women in Operational Excellence” will be held Thursday, December 2, 2021, from 1pm-1:45pm Eastern. Hosted by vCreative CEO Susie Hedrick and MIW Board Member Valerie Blackburn, the Dec. 2nd webinar showcases three uniquely talented women who make a significant impact daily on their company’s Operations: Becky Degener, TSM, Vice President of Traffic Operations; Mildred Sibley, Entravision, Vice President of Station Traffic Operations; and Melissa Mitchell, Bonneville, Director of Finance and Corporate Controller. Webinar participants will hear how these professionals strategically embrace emerging technologies; integrate new products into existing workflows; and hire and train teams.

“The women on this panel exemplify the spirit of our industry,” says Susie Hedrick. “They fearlessly embrace technology, never back away from a challenge, and approach their jobs with curiosity and passion. Although operating mostly behind the scenes, they are the first to be called for the toughest projects. It is my honor to shine a spotlight on their careers, the attitudes that define them, and the positive impact that they have on their businesses.” MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff added, "Our new ‘Recognizing Women in Operational Excellence’ webinar series provides a channel through which we can highlight the wide variety of ways women contribute to the audio industry. We thank Susie Hedrick and vCreative for their vision and insights in helping us turn this idea into a reality.” Reserve your spot and learn more HERE

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Cassiday Proctor Heads To The Edge Buffalo

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Morning Show Boot Camp & 'Radio Fam' Form Alliance

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021 –– Don Anthony, creator and host of radio's much lauded Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) and Marie LeMaitre (L), creator of The Radio Fam, a fast-growing industry brand and e-commerce store, announced the formation of a strategic alliance between their organizations aiming to enhance the growth, as well as, long-term vision of their combined 7platforms.

"After just a few conversations with Marie, I was convinced she was the perfect compliment to MSBC's future path," says Anthony. Her solid grasp of social media, promotion, keen sense of branding, and eye for great talent - particularly those on the horizon - is nothing short of extraordinary. Both she and I believe this synergy will further highlight talent's unrelenting power and presence for generations to come."

LeMaitre adds, "I'm thrilled that Don asked me to be a part of such a well-known and respected radio conference and I'm very much looking forward to shaking things up next year!" LeMaitre background included 15 years experience doing promotions/marketing in Seattle, Colorado Springs, and Denver.

The Radio Fam is community brand for radio people (also podcasters, streamers, creators, and more) with heavy focus on networking, innovation, inspiration, and advocating for respectful treatment and fair compensation across the radio industry. The Radio Fam curates, creates, and distributes informational content across social media, the website and blog to help guide the future of radio. To learn more or shop great radio gifts, visit theradiofam.com and follow @theradiofam across all social platforms. 

For over 30 years, Morning Show Boot Camp is recognized as the first and foremost annual gathering of top shows, producers, talent specialists, content providers and the radio executives behind them. Morning Show Boot Camp's 34th annual event is set for August, 2022 with a set date and venue to be announced soon.

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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On iHeart Radio's Zach Boog

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THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we put some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on iHeartRadio's Zach Boog of WGCI-FM Chicago. His night show also airs in Nashville, Memphis, Milwaukee and Norfolk. In addition to radio, he's a much in demand standup who appears regularly at top clubs in Chicago and Nashville. He tells us, "The Zach Boog story started on YouTube, I was a freshman in College and majored in mass communications and had a college radio show. I started making YouTube videos 7that became so popular that I got the attention of one of the local DJs at a radio station and he got me an internship (2009).

Zach says he worked his way up the ladder the traditional way. "I interned for a year in Nashville and was then hired as a Promotions Tech. I worked in every department in Nashville I had a digital position, was the courier for the sales department and I would drive the station van to pick up checks from clients, I was still working in promotions and had a show on the weekend. I eventually worked my way to Nights in Nashville and after a few years with top ratings I was promoted to weekends in Chicago and then promoted (in 2017) to the position I currently have which is Nights in Chicago.

JL: And you still do standup at top clubs there in Chicago, Nashville, too. How different is comedy on stage than from behind a mic in a studio? ZB: Comedy on stage is different than from behind the mic in a studio because Comedy on stage you get a instant reaction after you tell your jokes. You know instantly if the joke, or observation was received by the audience. When you are behind the mic on the radio, you’re not sure if your joke landed because you can’t see the reaction. But I will tell you this even though they are different I enjoy them both equally.

JL: I've seen other talent, like Moe on The Bert Show here in Atlanta, who came from stand up. For shows going this route, what would you suggest would be the best way to adapt their talent to radio? ZB: Well, I actually started with radio first then transitioned to stand-up comedy, so that was never a transition I had to make. But my advice would be if you’re a stand up first trying to transition to radio please be faster. You have to learn how to adapt to your team and get your jokes in quick. Being funny alone is one thing but being funny with a group is totally different. It's kind of like basketball you got to know when to shoot and when to pass.

JL: Where would you like to see Zach Boog land in radio's future? ZB: I would like to see myself on a nationally syndicated morning show. I look up to comedians who have their own morning shows like Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley. I want to be mentioned with those greats one day.

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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Looks At Hot 101.5 Tampa's Scott Tavlin Of The Miguel & Holly Show

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THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on Scott 'Scotty With The Body' Tavlin, executive producer of CMG's Miguel & Holly Show on HOT 1.1.5. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Scott's story began after his first year in college. He tells us, "I became an Orientation Leader at the University of South Florida and I had my first experience of getting on stage and speaking in front of nearly 7a thousand people and…. I LOVED IT!!!!! It launched me into truly finding what my passions were in life. So I ended up switching majors to Communication and one day a friend was casually mentioning the radio station on campus and how they thought I should start a show…" He and his best friend started our weekly show called “The Scotty T and Logie Log Show” and it became addicting. Then, one day in his media class, his professor had a quick announcement before class about a Cox Media Group hiring event. Scott emailed CMG right away for an interview and landed a job on the promotions team.

Then he says, this is when the moment happened. "I was working a remote with Miguel Fuller of HOT 101.5 and we started talking and I shared my goals and dreams with him and he connected with all of it. He ended up asking if I wanted to shadow the show and I pretty much never left. I would just show up everyday and I eventually asked if I could do “Street Bits” for the show to get funny audio of bits like “Drunk Trivia”. Eventually sI got bumped up to programmin and then I asked our PD for a chance at on-air time and that’s when the air-checking sessions started, then overnight shifts to practice, then I got the chance to jock weekend shows. Well, a couple years later the moment finally happened where I was offered a FULL TIME position to become the Executive Producer, the Midday Host, and the Evening Host on K92.3."

Scott has three Full Time Jobs with CMG. He's the Executive Producer for Miguel and Holly Mornings on HOT 101.5 then he host middays 10am til 3pm, and also voice tracks 7pm to 12am for K92.3 as the night jock!

As for the future, he says, "My goal and vision is to have my own morning show one day, “The Scott Show” “Scotty in the Morning” (ahhhh that sounds nice). But also to become a motivational speaker to help inspire others to go after what they deserve in life. I got into radio because I wanted to have a place to inspire, entertain, and inform and I’m forever grateful that I get to do that everyday. I want to be able to do it at the highest level to be able to positively impact as many people as possible."

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FEATURE: 'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On Audacy's 'The Julia Show'

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THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp 33's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature titled, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take Julia Lepidi, host of Audacy's National Top 40 'The Julia Show', which airs from B96 Chicago. She tells Jockline, "I’ve wanted to be on the radio since I was a kid. My mom was a dedicated morning radio listener and it was something I’d look forward to every morning. So, right after high school, I went to Specs Howard, a broadcasting school in Detroit and started interning immediately for WDVD-FM's Blaine Fowler. 

Julia added, "When the internship concluded, I went over to Audacy’s then top 40 station “98.7 AMP Radio, Detroit and did promotions for a few years while making it very known of my desire to be on air. So I’d stalk the jocks, make demos, and eventually got to track Sunday mornings 7-10am and it all just very quickly kept evolving. A month later that turned into overnights, 3 months later, I was filling in for the full time jocks, 5 months later I was offered nights which I did for 3 years and loved. That’s where I found my voice, brand, and honed my skill as a lead. I was promoted to host mornings, however the station ended up flipping 5 months later. Then, just 4 days later I was on the phone with Todd Cavanah - PD of B96 - and within a month I moved to Chicago to host nights on B96 beginning in January 2019. In April 2020 I was promoted to afternoon drive. In September of last year I was back in the office, and I was offered to, in addition to B96, do afternoons on KISS in Milwaukee, then it was weekends in LA, then Middays in LA." 

This past July, “The Julia Show” was syndicated across 15 of the company’s top 40 stations. As if this weren't enough, she also airs on “The Church of Lazlo" show which originates from Audacy's ALT 96.5 in Kansas City and is syndicated in Las Vegas, Dallas and Detroit.

As for her rise from intern to national host, she gives credit to Tim Rainey (Rayne) and Ian Richards. "Rayne never hesitated on taking a shot on me when I literally had no experience, which is still wild to me. I always think back to some of the air checks I’d have with Ian and how he’s really the person who helped shape me. Of course, Audacy's. Todd Cavanah, Erik Bradley, and Brian Kelly are the ones who heard me when I’d loudly daydreamed about the insane heights I wanted my career to go to and never hesitated to help bring it to fruition."

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FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - A Close Up Look At The Joey & Lauren Show Boise

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THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature for Jockline, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take The Joey & Lauren Show - hosted by Joey & Lauren Jenkins, a married couple who host mornings at My 102.7 KZMG in Boise and also heard on The Q106.7/KIRQ, an affiliate in Twin Falls.  

The show started in a very interesting way. Joey has been in radio for many years, 12 of which he worked exclusively in sports radio. While working for an ESPN affiliate in Boise, ID, the CEO made the decision to flip formats and asked Joey if he would like to make the jump over to the pop station in the radio group and host mornings. So he said yes! Then the GM told him that they wanted to bring on his wife, Lauren to co-host. Lauren tells Jockline, "Joey's jaw literally dropped. That was a complete shock to both of us as I had zero radio experience. Joey was all in and so excited - but it took some convincing for me. After meeting with the PD, CEO, and GM, I made the decision to jump in, and the rest was history! That was 3 1/2 years ago, now with one with one affiliate and more on the way. 

Jl: I'm told to succeed as a married team you have to try sounding like two individuals who just happen to be married? Is that your approach? Lauren: yes and no. For us, we don’t “try” to sound one way or another, we truly are just 100% ourselves with everything that we do. Yes, we are married, but we grew up together and have known each other over half our lives, so there is so much natural comfortability and chemistry that shines through. We were friends for years before becoming a couple, and I feel that our relationship has always been fun, honest, and we truly are uniquely ourselves without having to try to showcase that we’re married (And hey, Joey was in the friend-zone for many years, so that was a great start lol!)

Joey: Oh I totally agree with that. You have to find the perfect balance. No one wants to listen to the honeymooners, but don’t be afraid to share real life stuff ... Chemistry is everything when it comes to a good show, and a good marriage should have good chemistry, but our show doesn’t revolve around our relationship, which I think is a good thing.

JL: Where do you see the Joey & Lauren Show in the years ahead? J&L - Our hope is to grow the Joey & Lauren family, while also raising our family in Boise. Our show is not hyper-local content but has had great success, which we believe is a recipe to help other stations and markets that don’t have the budget or time to put together a morning show. We know that podcasting and social media is a huge part of the future, and we are just as focused on that as we are a morning show. Oh and a pickleball court in our backyard one day (hey, we can dream, right?!)

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FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - A Closer Look At Of Some Of Radio's Next Generation Of Stars

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THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's up and coming hosts, say hello to Janda, co-host of The Seaver & Janda Show on Hubbard's WDRV-FM/97.1 (shown right). Janda got her start in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. She began by answering phones for the Allan Handelman Show on classic rocker 7WRFX, then worked her way onto a local music specialty show. Her first paid airshift was at WEND in Charlotte, which was launched in 1995 with PD Jack Daniel at the helm. It was Jack that gave her my first shot on the air. After WEND I went to WAVFCharleston, where I worked with Rob Cressman, who is now the PD at WDRV-FM in Chicago. After Charleston she went to KNDD Seattle, then to Soundbreak in LA where she was hired by MTV VJ Mark Goodman, then at KCRW LA. Cressman brought her to The Drive in 2018.

For a closer look, we asked: JL So you're on from 2-7 pm and there's obviously more music. How are you able to blend your own content with the music. J: My co-host Seaver and I do several features on our show that are very local to Chicago, including a trivia game every weeknight. We live in a great city and there is always something going on here that our listeners can get excited about.

JL: How much does Social Media play into your brand beyond the show? J: Social media is important because it gives the ability to add a visual layer to what I'm doing every day on the air, and because it gives our listeners a chance to join the conversation. I like to have fun with it.

7JL: Tell us about your podcast. J: My podcast is called Behind The Song. It's a music history podcast about classic rock song lyrics launched in 2018, and a new episode drops every two weeks. It was nominated for a Marconi Award, and is currently sponsored by DuPage Credit Union. It averages around 30,000 downloads per month, with an accompanying Youtube channel with video episodes. It is a labor of love and I’m so happy that people seem to enjoy it.

JL: Where do you see your future taking you? J: I don't have a crystal ball but I'd love to grow as the station grows, while expanding my podcast to live shows and full-scale productions. I like to try new things with storytelling!

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Randy Lane - Complaints Are A Good Thing…Usually

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2021 –– In Randy Lane's latest blog, he points to his recent to Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. Specifically, the panel 'Managing Content In A PC-Driven World.

Panelist included: Cumulus OM Atlanta and VP of Contemporary Programming, Louie Diaz who shared that he screens many Bert Show complaints by responding to them himself. It was also pointed out that most complainers can be diffused by simply thanking them for their feedback. We are living in a PC-sensitive period where complaints can quickly blow up to the thousands on social media -- just ask Kiss 108 Boston’s Matt Siegel. Lane says, The highly polarized audience today is easily offended. Management often overreacts or flips out over one or two random talent complaints. Air personalities often get reprimanded or cautioned to never let it happen again.

"Conversely, there is truth to the idea that if a show isn’t receiving any complaints, it’s not connecting and creating audience reaction," says Lane. "That may be a bigger issue than complaints. As managers, it’s important to know who the complaints are coming from and which ones to take seriously. Irrelevant Complaints There’s a segment of the population that loves to complain about anything. Their grievances are typically petty, random, and non-specific"

" Most complaints are not coming from fans, they are generally coming from satellite P3 and P4 listeners," says Lane. "Also, be wary of aggressive competitors who launch complaints to get your station to react irrationally. Handling Complaints Always listen to the audio so you can be 100% accurate in your assessment. The complainer may have misheard what was said or heard it on a competing show. Only share legitimate complaints with talent that could hurt their brand, ratings, or station revenue."

In rare situations that blow up to hundreds or thousands of complaints, advise talent to address it on-air. "Air personalities can effectively rally their fans by playing back on-air petty grievances or by reading social media posts. When talent responds to a complaint, the listener is not only appeased, but they are usually thrilled!"

Lane closes by saying, "The internet has sped up awareness and acceptance of many social issues. What was once considered funny is now offensive."

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AQ3 - What Talent Said About Life Since Covid - 'Everyone Was Impacted - Especially Women'

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2021 –– Hundreds joined yesterday for Fred Jacobs AQ3 webinar which tracked input from over 600 air personalities, producers and more on the state of radio their perspective since Covid. In case you missed it, see details below for yet another look. Jacobs blogged recently that the radio business, like most industry sectors doesn't have a “census.” There's no way of knowing how many jobs were lost in 2020 (and 2019) due toCOVID and other “reductions in force” that aren't coming back.

Jacobs said his first conclusion is that at a time when if you asked leadership at the competition – Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, etc. – to name broadcast radio's “secret sauce,” he bet that personalities would be at or near the top of their checklists. "Yet talent in radio is a shrinking breed at a time when the industry needs to recapture attention and buzz. And respect," he lamented.

Jacobs added, "And of course, everyone on the air is impacted – especially women. This was made clear during his first unveiling of findings from the third annual AQ3, the air talent study during 7Morning Show Boot Camp held earlier this month in Chicago.

The data also identified that women are losing ground at radio stations all over the U.S. – in all sized markets and companies. The #MeToo movement seems to have lost some momentum, said Jacobs. Similarly, on the question of whether women have as good a chance advancing on the air as men, the degree of agreement is lower than what we saw back in 2019 in AQ2.

If you missed the original presentation, or yesterdays webinar from Jacobs Media, - CLICK HERE For another look.

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HONORS: DeDe McGuire Honored With MIW Airblazer Award At MSBC33

THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2021 –– DeDe McGuire, host of the Compass Media syndicated, "DeDe in the Morning" show was the recipient of this year's 2021 MIW Airblazer Award.

Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3), charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, in conjunction with “Morning Show Boot Camp” (MSBC), annually honors an on-air talent for their dedication and contributions to the broadcast industry and to the communities they serve.

Shown above is MIW Board Member, Lindsay Adams (L), Vice President National Partnerships, Integrated for Audacy, who presented DeDe with the 7th annual MIW Airblazer Award at MSBC on August 12th in Chicago. Prior recipients of the MIW Airblazers award include Angela Yee (2020), Kellie Rasberry (2019), Mercedes Martinez (2018), Roula Christie (2017), Angie Martinez (2016), and Ellen K (2015). For more information, visit www.RadioMIW.com.

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Charese Fruge With A Close-Up Look At MSBC33

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THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2021 –– (Reprinted with permission from AllAccess) - For those of you who have never attended Talentmasters' Annual Morning Show Boot Camp Conference, you should know that it’s one of the best in the business. Most attendees are talent on any level, and they all have a lot in common. They all get up at God awful hours to prep for a show where they basically live their lives on the radio in order to relate to and entertain those who are living normal lives.

7There are genuine relationships and networks where talent help and hope for one another’s success. Like most industries, there are some politics, but there isn’t a lot of ass kissing and sucking up to the boss at this convention because most of the bosses aren’t in attendance.

Despite the concerns of the rise of the Covid Variant, the turnout was still really good, and this year, there were a lot of “first time boot campers,” and a lot of new faces. That was a good sign, and a good energy boost for the conference since the radio business continues to struggle with the “old school” mentality and the dominance of the “usual suspects” in positions of power and influence. It’s good to know that despite the massive layoffs, lack of diversity, low pay, and inability to grow unless you fit into a certain mold, are not discouraging Millennials and Gen Zers to work in the radio industry. READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE

PHOTO/L-R: Charese Fruge, Hot 99.5 Washington DC’s Riley Couture , nationally syndicated Dana Cortez Phoenix, Rock 95 Chicago’s Angi Taylor, Hot 101.5 Tampa Bay’s Holly O’Connor, Audacy Chicago’s Julia Lepidi, KOIT’s Joey Fortman - Special thanks to AllAccess' Joel Denver for his continued support and coverage on this year's event.

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PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.

Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.

vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”

“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE

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