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WWO REPORT: Podcast Listening Up Among Women; Smart Speakers Hits A Speed Bump
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One is releasing the results of its latest Westwood One’s Podcast Download -- Fall 2019 Report, which has studied podcast audience and advertiser trends over the last three years. Much like its predecessors, the Fall 2019 edition reveals valuable insights for content creators and advertisers. “On the audience side, our latest study finds the majority of new podcast listeners are women, and that there is a disconnect between smart speaker ownership and smart speaker usage for podcasts,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One.
Among the key findings: Women continue to close the gap in podcasting: Growth in time spent with podcasts and the majority of new podcast listeners are women.
For the second consecutive year, podcast listenership is up among women. Compared to July 2017, weekly female podcast listeners are spending +23% more time with podcasts. This growth in time spent is 3X that of total weekly podcast listeners. Weekly female podcast listeners have downloaded +13% more podcasts and they listened to +15% more podcasts compared to July 2017.
Podcast events are a huge growth opportunity for content providers and advertisers: Podcast listeners are willing to travel, intend to go to more events, and open to spending. These podcast event-goers skew male, Millennial 18-34, and are heavy podcast and audio users. One out of five heavy podcast listeners (19%) reported attending a live podcast show. 52% of podcast event-goers are willing to travel over 25 miles to see a live show.
While smart speaker ownership has increased, there is little podcast listening on smart speakers. According to Edison Research’s Q2 2019 “Share of Ear,” 30% of Americans own a smart speaker, tripling in a mere two years. Although podcast listeners are 33% more likely to own a smart speaker, their device ownership is not translating into smart speaker podcast listening. From 2017 to 2019, the number of weekly podcast listeners who use smart speakers to listen to podcasts only grew from 16% to 18%. READ MORE HERE
Tracy Johnson: Radio Shows Need More Presence; More Talk Between Every Song
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– Pointing to 5 stages of personality growth: 1- Introduction , 2 - Familiarity, 3 - Growth - 4, Like - and 5, Love, talent coach Tracy Johnson says "It takes courage to allow personalities to have more presence on the air." Johnson adds, "When launching a new radio show, most programmers proceed with extreme caution, for good reason. They limit talk breaks, which is a good idea. The new personalities don’t have a relationship with listeners yet. But they also reduce opportunities to perform to a handful of times per hour.
One client limits their morning show to opening the microphone to just four times per hour. That’s not four full breaks. It’s four total impressions per hour. Two of those breaks are positions to talk over songs. If the goal is to develop on-air superstars (as it should be), this station is going to be disappointed. The show will never get traction because they’re simply not on often enough."
Johnson adds a few guidelines when launching a new personality oriented show: • Talk between every song. "That’s right, every song. All of them. It doesn’t have to be in place of imaging. Use both. Make them work together". • Talk into every stop set. "So many stations are now segueing into a promo going into a stop set and imaging coming out with no personality presence. At all." • Talk out of stop sets. It doesn’t have to be long. Use the opportunity to introduce the next song or promote the next content. Or just say hello and make a connection by IZE-ing the content."
Johnson summarizes: "Without frequent exposure, personalities may never make it to Stage 3. Increase their presence to accelerate growth. READ BLOG HERE
96.3 WDVD-FM Detroit Midday Host, APD Kendall Taylor Adds MD Stripes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has named Kendall Taylor, Midday Personality and Assistant Program Director for Detroit's 96.3 WDVD-FM, has been appointed Music Director for the station. Taylor joined Cumulus Detroit in 2017 as WDVD Midday Host and Assistant Program Director, positions she will continue to hold. Prior to joining WDVD, Taylor held on-air positions at stations including WVHT in Norfolk, VA, and KMVK in Dallas, TX.
Lance Tidwell, Director of FM Programming, Cumulus Detroit, said: “Since I started last December, Kendall has been such an important team member and she contributes so much to WDVD. She brings great ideas and follows them with great organization and execution to what we do on WDVD. I am thrilled to have her to help improve communication with our important label partners and bringing her own perspective to what we do musically at WDVD.” Taylor commented:
“I’m so proud to be part of the WDVD team and to earn the title of Music Director. I’m excited to learn from one of the best, and look forward to working with our label friends to make the station even more fun to listen to.” The station is advising labels that Taylor's call times are Tuesday and Wednesday from 1pm-2pm Eastern. She may be reached at Kendall@963wdvd.com
PODCASTS: Shonda Rhimes Inks Deal With Launch Of Shondaland Audio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– Shondaland, founded by award-winning television producer and writer Shonda Rhimes, is taking storytelling to audio by partnering with iHeartMedia to launch Shondaland Audio. The agreement includes a full slate of iHeartRadio Original Podcasts set to release over the next three years as part of the iHeartPodcast Network. Rhimes will oversee development and Sandie Bailey, Chief Digital and Design Officer, will manage day-to-day operations as the company introduces a mix of incredible talent and stories to hundreds of millions of podcast listeners across the country.
“Podcasting continues to see tremendous growth and I’m excited to partner with iHeartMedia as Shondaland expands its storytelling journey into this medium which has seemed to usher in a unique sense of boldness, intimacy and connection,” Rhimes said. “With iHeartMedia we aim to share stories that are engaging, insightful, and reflect a robust world-view while staying true to the authentic storytelling voice that has become synonymous with Shondaland.”
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers of our time,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “We’re honored that she’s chosen the iHeartPodcast Network to extend her storytelling craft to audio, bringing a massive slate of new original podcasts to the world. With our unparalleled reach across multiple platforms, we can’t wait to introduce the incredibly engaging and brilliant Shondaland podcasts to millions of listeners.” The deal was put together by Workhouse Media.
ABC News Follows Search For Notorious Murderer Lester Eubanks
Hosted By Sunny Hostin
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– ABC News is launching a Six-Part Podcast “Have You Seen This Man?,” Hosted by Sunny Hostin (R) of “The View,” Debuts Wednesday, October 23. ABC News Senior Investigative Reporter Matthew Mosk Is On The Hunt With U.S. Marshals Recently the U.S. Marshals added notorious murderer Lester Eubanks, who’s been on the run for over 45 years, to their 15 Most Wanted list.
Mosk is there as one of the agency’s star investigators, Deputy U.S. Marshal David Siler, and the group tirelessly search for Eubanks, for the new podcast “Have You Seen This Man?” The first two episodes of the six-part series debut on Wednesday, October 23. Hostin also serves as Executive Producer of ID’s “Truth About Murder,” with reporting by Mosk.
While on bail awaiting trial for sexual assault in 1965, Eubanks shot and bludgeoned 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener to death in Mansfield, Ohio. After his apprehension, Eubanks confessed to the crime, was convicted and received the death sentence. While confined in the Ohio state prison system, the same system that later became the set for the movie Shawshank Redemption, his sentence was eventually commuted to life in prison. In a series of shocking events, Eubanks received permission to embark on an unaccompanied “good behavior” shopping trip just before Christmas in 1973. While on the trip, Eubanks slipped away and was never seen again.
Kyle & Jackie O Ink $80 Million Deal; Now Among World's Top 10 Highest Paid Radio Stars
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– Kyle and Jackie O have made broadcast history in Australia by becoming its highest paid media stars ever by inking an $80 million deal.' The move also now ranks them among the top 10 highest-paid radio stars in the world alongside the likes of Howard Stern & Ryan Seacrest reports The Daily Mail - check out how they compare to other hosts in the top 10 HERE
Global Radio In The UK’s Make Some Noise Day Raises Over $5.1m In One Day - The total from Global’s Make Some Noise Day stands at over four million pounds – at £4,097,325 ($5.1m) raised in just one day. Staff from Global stations all over the UK took part in fundraising activities, from Jamie Theakston cycling from Edinburgh to London, Kate Garraway appearing in five West End Shows in one day, and Roman Kemp travelling 1,000 miles around the UK without money or use of his phone.
In Australia, Dave Noonan Is Leaving Triple M Hobart, Tasmania - Dave Noonan and his breakfast show co-host Al Plath are leaving Triple M in Hobart. He’s been on air in Hobart for the past 25 years. Dave and Plath will say goodbye to Hobart for the last time on Friday, October 18.
In Ireland, Meghann Scully Will Replace Owen Larkin at Classic Hits - Changes to the Classic Hits weekend schedule are coming at the end of October, Owen Larkin is leaving. Meghann Scully will take over Owen’s Saturday lunch time slot, from 11am till 2pm. That’s on top of her Sunday night Guaranteed Irish show. Meghann The former joined Classic Hits earlier this year from SPIN Hits. Owen has been part of the Classic Hits schedule for over six years, but will be leaving to take on a new full-time role at Downtown Radio in Belfast. He’ll be hosting 1pm till 4pm weekdays on Bauer’s Downtown Radio.
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EVENTS: Modelo Partners With Anderson .Paak And iHeart For 'Fighting Chance' Concert Series
To help refugees, immigrants and Americans
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– Modelo Beer has teamed up with Anderson .Paak for the Modelo Fighting Chance Concert Series, an iHeartRadio production. Together, along with music fans, they are raising money for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help refugees, immigrants and Americans in need achieve their full potential.
“As someone who’s struggled, who not too long ago had no job or place to call home, I know the importance of being given a fighting chance,” said .Paak. “Music was my fighting chance. Now, I’m thankful to team up with Modelo to give those in need a shot at proving what they’re made of.”
"The International Rescue Committee is at work in some of the toughest places on earth, providing lifesaving aid to those affected by crisis and conflict," said Lauren Gray, senior director of global corporate partnerships at the IRC. “Everyone deserves a safe place to live, a job and education for their kids, and the opportunity to reach their full potential. Through these concerts, Modelo, Anderson and his fans will help the IRC deliver comprehensive and critical resources to refugees and vulnerable families in the U.S. and across the globe.” To learn more, including how you can help give someone a fighting chance, visit ModeloUSA.com/FightingChanceConcert.
Mumford and Sons, Vampire Weekend, Among Headliners Entercom's 'Not So Silent Night Events
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the dates and lineups for “Not So Silent Night,” a RADIO.COM event, in New York, San Diego and San Francisco. The alternative music festival started in San Francisco in 1991 and has grown from a small acoustic concert to a large arena show hosting some of the biggest alternative acts in three cities.
“The growth of ‘Not So Silent Night’ over the last three decades epitomizes our commitment to delivering the best of live and local events to our listeners and we are excited about the latest installments of this highly anticipated show,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Entercom. “The passion for alternative music is palpable and fans in these three cities can expect an unforgettable night featuring some of the genre’s most exciting acts.”
Skratch N Sniff’s Halloween Mix 2019, 'Puddle of Blood' With Guest Host Wes Scantlin From Puddle of Mudd
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– Wes Scantlin will be playing his favorite Halloween tunes in the mix with tracks from the new album Welcome to Galvania.
The Puddle of Blood Special is market exclusive, commercial free and available for ALT & Rock stations to air Friday October 25 through Halloween!
Call Doug Ingold at Compass Media Networks to sign up and get more info (310) 242-8746 dingold@comp LISTEN
Build-A-Bear Workshop Teams With iHeart To Bring Show Nationwide
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Inc. and iHeartMedia announced that Build-A-Bear Radio™ will now be available on the free iHeartRadio app. Beginning today, the station will be heard on a variety of devices spanning mobile, in-car, in-home, on wearables and more
“The addition of Build-A-Bear Radio to iHeartRadio and the iHeartRadio Family app is an incredible opportunity to offer our listeners even more family-friendly music and entertainment,” said Chris Williams, Chief Product Officer, iHeartRadio. “We’re delighted to partner with Build-A-Bear Workshop to expand their loyal and engaged audience nationwide, while reinforcing our commitment to providing iHeartRadio listeners with the very best content no matter where they are.” iHeartRadio is available on more than 250 platforms and 2,000 different connected devices — including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, televisions and gaming consoles. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download and listen to Build-A-Bear Radio now. About Build-A-Bear
HONORS: PodcastOne Scores 51 Digital Hollywood Podcast Award Nominations
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 –– PodcastOne earned a total of 51 Digital Hollywood Award nominations in the event’s inaugural year – the most of any podcast network.
The awards will be announced at the Digital Hollywood Conference on November 14, 2019.
Of the nominations achievement, PodcastOne CEO, Norm Pattiz, said, “From the day PodcastOne was founded, we were committed to providing advertisers and listeners programming in all genres. Our showing at the Digital Hollywood Awards, with 51 nominations, shows that we accomplished that goal.” SEE ALL NOMINATIONS HERE
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Karina Farias Rises To PD At 98.5 KFOX San Jose
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2019 –– Karina Farias has been named Program Director for 98.5 KFOX (KUFX-FM/San Jose. She will report to Bonneville’s Bay Area Director of Programming Operations, Brian Figula.
“Karina has quickly elevated our music and programming initiatives for both KUFX and KOIT,” said Figula. “Her passion, commitment and digital talents, will reinforce the market-leading classic rock position we have on 98.5 KFOX. Nobody deserves this opportunity more than Karina”.
"Ever since I started in radio, it has been a dream of mine to program a radio station,” said Farias. “Little did I know that I would achieve that dream with such legendary call letters. I can't begin to express how grateful I am to Carl Gardner and Brian Figula for believing in me and trusting me with this heritage brand. San Jose, let's continue to make the South Bay rock!" 98.5 KFOX is approaching its 30th anniversary and is the flagship of the San Jose Sharks.
NETWORKS: Premiere And Dr. Dave Launch 'The Spirited Actor' Podcast On iHeart Hosted by Tracey Moore
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2019 –– Premiere Networks and Dr. Dave Creative Entertainment announced the launch of “The Spirited Actor” podcast, available now on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard. Hosted by world-renowned casting director and celebrity acting coach Tracey Moore, “The Spirited Actor” is a show for aspiring and working actors from all walks of life.
The first episode of “The Spirited Actor” features a conversation with Angela Yee, co-host of iHeartRadio’s top-rated national morning show The Breakfast Club, about her work as a transitional actor. Listen to the episode now at: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-the-spirited-actor-50423909/. “Everyone in the acting business knows Tracey Moore, but we’re excited to introduce her to the rest of the world via the iHeartPodcast Network,” said David “Dr. Dave” Kolin, EVP/Chief Content Officer of Dr. Dave Creative Entertainment. “If you want to learn what it takes to be successful as an actor, it’s important to learn from the best.
Renowned Voice Coach Roger Love and iHeart LA's KFI-AM Launch 'Love Your Voice' Podcast
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2019 –– Roger Love, world renowned voice coach, and iHeart LA's KFI-AM 640, announced the launch of a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast, Love Your Voice, available now on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
“Our voice tells people a lot about us. From breathing to melody and tone, your voice can determine the quality of your life, and how much success you achieve,” said Love. “In this new podcast, I’ll take my more than 30 years of experience with singers, actors, actresses and public speakers and teach you how subtle changes to the way you breathe and speak can change your voice for the better.” LISTEN HERE
WEBINARS: CRB To Present 6th Installment Of CRS360 Series 'The Impact Of Ken Burns’ Country Music’ Documentary'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2019 –– Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) will present the latest installment of its CRS360 webinar series at 1 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Oct. 22, with a discussion about “Country Music,” the eight-part, 16-hour film chronicling the history of America’s most-programmed music genre.
Writer/Producer Dayton Duncan, and artist Vince Gill, who was prominently featured in the film, will be special guests, to talk about the impact of this documentary, how it triggered music sales, and discussion about the genre’s past, present and future.
This discussion will be co-moderated by longtime Nashville writer/journalist, Rob Simbeck, and CRB Executive Director, RJ Curtis. “During the two weeks this expansive and compelling film aired on PBS, it was the constant topic of conversation in our industry,” commented Curtis. “Sixteen hours is a lot to process; even Country music experts learned things about our music and artists they never knew previously. This led to a collective, and thoughtful analysis of how and why our format has evolved..." REGISTER HERE
EVENTS: iHeart Louisville To Host Third Annual Sista Strut Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH,, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Louisville’s REAL 93.1, The Beat and 98.9 Radio Now, Louisville will hold the third annual Sista Strut, a 3k breast cancer charity walk that aims to increase awareness to the benefits of breast cancer screenings and other breast cancer resources in the Kentuckiana area. The event will benefit Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer (KAAAC) and Susan G. Komen of Kentucky.
The event will be hosted by REAL 93.1’s midday personality Big Sue. Music will be provided by DJ Z-Nyce of 98.9 Radio Now. “As a leading media company, iHeartMedia Louisville is dedicated to serving our community,” said Earl Jones, Region President of iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana. “We want to use our resources to provide encouragement for survivors and battlers of this disease.”
Goo Goo Dolls Headline My 92.9 Tucson's Subaru & Subaru Share Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Tucson’s My 92.9 announced the lineup for Tucson Subaru & Subaru Share. Headlining the show will be The Goo Goo Dolls, Multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band taking the stage on Wednesday, December 4 at Desert Diamond Casino Sahuarita’s Diamond Center.
Pop-soul artist, JOHN k will serve as the opening act.
[WATCH] KVJ's 'Jbird' In The Loser Bowl
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2019 –– Jason "Jbird" Pennington, co-host of WRMF-FM West Palm Beach's Kevin, Virginia And Jason (KVJ) show, got caught up in this last weekend's "Loser Bowl" played in Miami with the winless Dolphins and winless Washington Redskins.
In a moment, that might have been sponsored by Jameson whiskey, Jbird vowed to his Dolphins friends that the Dolphins would win or he would wear a cheerleading uniform until they did. The Dolphins lost 17 to 16. His next best chance for a Dolphins win is when Miami plays the currently winless Bengals on December 22nd. Teams never go 0 -16, right??? WATCH HERE
Entercom Launches Radio.Com Rewind With Pause & Rewind Controls For Live Shows
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2019 –– Entercom has launched RADIO.COM REWIND, enabling the ability to pause and rewind live radio and allow listeners to consume their favorite shows and stations when most convenient to them. The feature automatically records the last 24 hours of broadcast content on enabled stations, and makes it easy for the user to navigate to their favorite show and begin listening from any point in the broadcast. RADIO.COM REWIND will first launch on some of its most popular sports, news and talk stations with more shows added over time.
“As a leader in audio, we are thrilled to introduce innovative technology that will transform the way audiences consume and engage with broadcast radio by reimaging it for a digital environment,” said J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer, Entercom. This new functionality marks the first-ever, all-in-one, on-demand audio experience for broadcast radio content.
RADIO.COM REWIND is accessible via the online player or in the RADIO.COM app, the fastest-growing digital audio app in the U.S. This function will also soon be integrated with voice-enabled devices allowing users to instruct the digital assistant to “rewind,” “pause” and “go back” or “start from” a certain time. Initially, Radio.com Rewind will debut today on about four dozen of Entercom’s most popular sports, news and talk stations, with more shows and stations to be added over time.
iHeart And Will Ferrell Team For New Podcast Company – 'Big Money Players Network'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia and actor, comedian and producer Will Ferrell, today announced a partnership to launch “Big Money Players Network,” a new podcast company focused on comedy shows. Listeners can expect the new shows to roll out in 2020. The Big Money Players Network will recruit top comedic talent and curate a variety of formats and styles – both scripted and unscripted – within the podcast medium. The network is set to launch 10 podcasts over the next 24 months all produced by Ferrell and iHeartMedia that will be available on iHeartRadio and everywhere else podcasts are heard.
“Will Ferrell is one of the greatest comedians of our lifetime, and the unique synergy between Will and iHeartMedia will continue to lead us in accomplishing even more great audio content together,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “We’ve worked extremely close with Will over the past year and our listeners love what we’ve offered them so far. The creative opportunities that an iHeart and Will Ferrell collaboration offer are limitless, and we can’t wait to introduce fresh, hilarious, new content to listeners.”
“The iHeartPodcast Network has been such a pleasure to work with. I love hanging out in the offices and I’ve only been yelled at once for using someone’s computer, which I shouldn’t have done,” said Will Ferrell. “Its creative, multiplatform assets and ability to market and reach millions of new podcast listeners is unprecedented. I’m looking forward to continuing our journey as creative partners and helping to define how comedy and podcasting will merge in the next couple years.”
Cumulus Brings Magic 97.9/KQFC-FM To Boise; Lisa Adams To Program & Host Mornings
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has debuted a new AC-formatted Magic 97.9/KQFC-FM to Boise, ID and named Lisa Adams as its PD and morning host. This marks a return to Boise for Adams, a veteran radio programming professional with more than 25 years’ experience, who was previously Operations Manager/Program Director for Townsquare Media’s Boise radio stations. She was most recently Program Director for Hubbard Radio’s KNUC-FM in Seattle, WA, having programming other Seattle stations including KLCK-FM, KQMV-FM and KYPT-FM. Adams was also Program Director for KXJM-FM in Portland, OR.
The weekday programming lineup for Magic 97.9 features: Lisa Adams in Mornings, Bret Connors in Afternoons and Mike Kasper with News in the morning, with more announcements to follow.
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YEA Networks Debuts 'Caroline's Obsessions'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2019 –– YEA Networks has debuted “Caroline’s Obsessions”, a KiddNation podcast featuring Caroline Kraddick, Chief Executive Officer, Kidd’s Kids, a charity started by her late father, nationally syndicated radio personality, Kidd Kraddick, who passed away in 2013. Kidd’s Kids provides hope and happiness by creating beautiful memories for families of children with life-altering or life-threatening conditions, mainly through two annual group trips to Disney World.
“Caroline’s Obsessions” started off as a segment on The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, where Caroline talked about new songs, products, apps and travels. After an overwhelming response to the segment, she decided to turn it into a weekly podcast. Caroline’s best friend, Nicole, joins her on the weekly podcast and brings balance to the show with her own personal insights and obsessions. “Caroline’s Obsessions” is available now on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Audioboom and other podcast services. New episodes are available Thursdays at 10am.
Premiere To Rep' FNTSY Sports Radio Network
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2019 –– FNTSY Sports Radio Network will partner exclusively with Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, for national representation in advertising sales. The strategic alliance marries FNTSY’s original content that provides fans with real-time daily fantasy sports coverage and expert commentary with Premiere’s world-class sponsorship and advertising sales team. FNTSY is owned by SportsGrid, which works exclusively with the Elvis Duran Group on programming, sales, marketing and distribution.
President of Premiere Networks Julie Talbott comments, “We’re delighted to partner with EDG and SportsGrid to represent FNTSY Sports Radio Network. With fantasysports and betting becoming more and more mainstream, this partnership allows us to connect our advertisers with this growing industry and its passionate consumer base. We look forward to great success together.” EDG Partner/CEO David Katz added, “This partnership propels us further into the multi-billion-dollar industry of fantasy sports, priming us to take full advantage of the medium’s meteoric growth, particularly since the recent legalization of sports wagering. With industry leader Premiere Networks by our side, there’s no stopping us.”
Whitney Houston, Pat Benatar Among Nominees For 2020 Rock Hall Of Fame
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2019 –– Whitney Houston is among those just announced in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2020 nominees. Houston, along with nine other first-time nominees and 16 overall contenders are under consideration for induction at the 35th annual Hall of Fame ceremony in Cleveland next May. Joining Houston are first-time nominees The Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G. Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy. Returning nominees include Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren and Kraftwerk
New this year, to cast a ballot in the official Klipsch Audio Fan Vote, you can search “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or the word “Vote” with any Nominee name on Google to cast your ballot. vote on google You can vote once a day through January 10, 2020 and pick up to 5 Nominees per ballot. The top five artists will comprise, a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2020 Inductees.
The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, 2020 and will be preceded by Induction Week with celebratory events and the opening of the 2020 Inductee exhibit. READ MORE HERE
Nomination Deadline Quickly Approaching For CRS Hall of Fame Class of 2020
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2019 –– Nominations for the Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2020 are now being accepted and must be received by Oct. 28, 2019. Interested parties can submit nominations HERE. The 2020 Hall of Fame inductees will be revealed at Country Radio Seminar 2020 by superstar vocal trio Rascal Flatts, which will take place Feb. 19-21, 2020, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tenn.
CRB’s Country Radio Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Joel Raab commented, "We would love to have the valuable input of the Country Radio and Music Community to help us nominate the best and brightest who deserve the recognition of their peers.”
The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding individuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format. The Hall of Fame has two categories: Radio and On-Air Personality. The CRB President’s Award and the Artist Career Achievement Award are also recognized at the event. Submissions received after the deadline will be placed under consideration for the 2021 Country Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Podcast Media Marketing Inks With Nielsen For Listener Buying Power Service
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2019 –– Nielsen announced that Podcast Media Marketing has subscribed to Nielsen’s Podcast Listener Buying Power service. Podcast Media Marketing (PMM) is the sales and sponsorship team for many top podcasts in the industry. Nielsen’s Podcast Listener Buying Power service, launched in August, allows clients to profile shows using program titles collected from our subscribers in order to connect specific types of listeners with particular advertisers and specific program-level insights.
"PMM is excited to team up with Nielsen on their Podcast Listener Buying Power service,” said David Raphael, President, PMM. We’ve known the power of podcasting sponsors for a long time, and being able to connect that with Nielsen data behind it will be hugely instrumental in welcoming new sponsors into the space and deepening partnerships with existing sponsors."
EVENTS: iHeart With Another Concert For Vets
Roche announced that it has again partnered with iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in the United States, to present the iHeartCountry One Night For Our Military concert on Thursday, November 7, at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. In recognition of National Diabetes Month, and the one in four U.S. veterans living with the chronic condition, the exclusive event will include performances by Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini and the evening's host Scotty McCreery. The iconic venue will be filled with American heroes from across the nation, and the performance will broadcast across iHeartRadio's Country stations nationwide and livestream exclusively on LiveXLive.com at 7 p.m. local time on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11.
"iHeartMedia has long been committed to honoring the men and women who have served our country by using our diverse platforms to address the most pressing issues facing our military. Over the years we have invested heavily in their transition from the military back into civilian life," said Rod Phillips, EVP Programming for iHeartCountry. "iHeartCountry One Night For Our Military Concert is a natural extension of our deep commitment to our military and an opportunity to celebrate our service members while bringing attention to the high prevalence of diabetes among the military population."
SNAPS: Dana Cortez Kickoffs at KKFR-FM Phoenix with Powerhouse Concert (
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2019 –– Before a packed house, that The Dana Cortez Show on stage with Crisco Kidd at KKFR-FM Phoenix's Powerhouse 2019 concert featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign.
The Dana Cortez Show launched on KKFR-FM on Monday, August 14. Featured from left to right: Crisco Kidd (afternoon drive KKFR-FM) and DJ Automatic, Dana Cortez and Anthony A. of the Dana Cortez Show.
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Allentown’s CAT Country 96/WCTO-FM Debuts New Morning Show And Adds New Frequency
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2019 –– Cumulus launched a new morning show, “CAT Morning Crew with Sam and Hannah” on CAT Country 96/WCTO-FM in Allentown, PA. Cumulus also announces the addition of a new frequency, 107.1, which will broadcast CAT Country 96 to the Poconos. The new frequency substantially extends the llistening area for the country station, making CAT Country 96 the biggest radio station in Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey. The frequency previously broadcast the alternative-formatted 107.1 WWYY-FM. Additionally, Fox Sports Lehigh Valley 1230-1320 will add translator 94.7 FM in Allentown. The frequency had been simulcasting 107.1 Spin Radio.
On-air personality Hannah Byrom joins CAT Country 96’s Sam Malone as Co-Host for “CAT Morning Crew with Sam and Hannah”. Byrom joins Cumulus Allentown-Bethlehem from Entercom-New York station WNSH-FM, where she was weekend on-air personality. Prior to that, she was Morning Show Co-Host for Beasley Media Group’s WKLB-FM/Country 102.5 in Boston, MA. Byrom has held on-air positions at WPST-FM in Trenton, NJ, and at WPLJ-FM in New York, NY, and was Morning Show Co-Host and Midday Host for Live 95.5 in Portland, OR. Jerry Padden.
Steve Goldstein Earns SVP Stripes At Hubbard Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio EVP/Chief Financial Officer, Dave Bestler announced that Steve Goldstein has been promoted to Senior Vice President Digital Sales Strategy, General Manager 2060 Digital. Goldstein was most recently Senior Director, Digital Sales Strategy, splitting duties between Hubbard Radio Washington DC and a corporate role developing digital sales strategies in all of the Hubbard Radio markets.
Goldstein will now focus exclusively on the corporate role of growing digital sales with station-owned digital assets and 2060 Digital in all Hubbard Radio markets. During the past five years 2060 Digital has become an important revenue growth strategy for Hubbard Radio, both in Hubbard radio markets, and recently in non-radio markets with the introduction of 2060 Digital’s Shift division in Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, Nashville and Birmingham. Goldstein will work closely with Bestler to focus on Hubbard Radio market growth in O&O digital sales and 2060 Digital sales and operations. 2060 Digital President, James Bryant, will focus on growing 2060 Digital’s Shift division in expanding markets.
“I am honored and excited to take the helm of a business that I am so passionate about,” said Goldstein. “Hubbard’s overall digital platforms and 2060 Digital have already seen tremendous success. To lead and grow a team that has provided proven results for our clients and our company is thrilling and humbling. I am looking forward to partnering with 2060 Digital ops head Andy Shepherd, his talented team, and our Hubbard Radio market leaders and sellers, all of whom are making a difference for our clients.”
Caitlin 'CJ' Johnson Takes Afternoon Drive On The New 93Q KKBQ Houston
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group has name Caitlin 'CJ' Johnson as its new afternoon drive host for The New 93Q Houston. Johnson will make her debut on Monday, November 11th , hosting afternoon drive weekdays from 3p to 7p. She succeeds Cactus Jack, who retired in August.
“I’m so excited to have CJ join the 93Q family,” says Johnny Chiang, Director of Operations for Cox Media Group (CMG) Houston. “Her enthusiasm, energy, and love of life make her the perfect fit for our strong on-air team. I can’t wait to introduce her to our listeners.” Johnson arrives from Florida where she most recently held down afternoons on CMG's WAPE-FM.
“I couldn’t be more honored to have the opportunity to join one of the best radio stations in the country,” states Johnson. “And I can’t wait to become a Houstonian!”
Jade Novah Exits V-103 Atlanta's Morning Culture' Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2019 –– The AJC's Rodney Ho reported that Jade Novah suddenly left V-103 Atlanta's Morning Culture morning show last Friday just nine months after joining the station. Ho writes that Novah wanted to focus more on her music career and touring, according to her friend and publicist Vaughn Alvarez. While no official comment from the station, Ho says a spokeswoman for Entercom confirmed Jade’s departure, adding, “We wish her all the best.”
Jade and JR Jackson joined with Frank Ski back in January and were rebranded as The Morning Culture. Jade is an R&B singer and songwriter who released an album last year called “All Blue.” PHOTO/youtube - READ ARTICLE HERE
WBEZ Chicago Debuts 'Reset With Jenn White' In Middays
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2019 –– Starting today Chicago’s public radio outlet, WBEZ-FM will debut a new two-hour local talk show, Reset With Jenn White, as the new centerpiece of its daytime lineup, reports Robert Feder. The show will follow NPR’s highly popular “Morning Edition.” “Reset with Jenn White” will replace “The Morning Shift,” which aired from 9 to 10 a.m., and “Worldview,” which aired from noon to 1 p.m. Feder says the goal of Reset with Jenn White is not only to increase midday ratings but to attract more listeners to streaming audio.
“Equally important to ‘Reset with Jenn White’ is to create listening and engagement opportunities on multiple platforms beyond the radio, through social media, live events and remote broadcasts,” according to an official statement. “It will also be available as a podcast to meet the needs of time-shifting listeners who want to catch the show on demand.” The station’s most ambitious program realignment in years comes at a time of transition in the front office. Goli Sheikholeslami, who led an impressive resurgence as president and chief executive officer of Chicago Public Media since 2014, announced her resignation in August to become CEO of New York Public Radio, parent company of WNYC. READ MORE HERE
Entercom's LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network's Channel Q Add Four Markets On Eve Of 1st Anniversary
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2019 –– To celebrate its one-year anniversary and National Coming Out Day, the premiere LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network will be available in a total of 32 markets nationwide, including four new markets in Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland and St. Louis.
“We are excited to mark National Coming Out Day and the one-year anniversary of CHANNEL Q by coming out in four additional markets,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Southern California. “We are committed to elevating the voices of the LGBTQ+ community and to celebrate, we are giving back by raising funds on behalf of PFLAG.” PFLAG is the nation’s first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies.
EVENTS: Headliners For WKIS-FM Miami's 35th Annual Chili Cook Off Event Revealed
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2019 –– Entercom's KISS/WKIS-FM Miami revealed the lineup for “KISS Country 99.9 Chili CookOff coming Jan. 18th. The 35th annual event will feature performances by Kane Brown, Old Dominion, Ryan Hurd, Travis Denning, Caylee Hammack, Noah Schnacky, Ryan Griffin and more on Saturday, January 18 at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, FL.
“To celebrate this milestone anniversary, we are proud to be hosting two of the biggest chart-toppers in country music,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “Kane Brown and Old Dominion join a remarkable list of iconic performers who have graced our stage during the past 34 years, and we are so grateful to our loyal fans who have made this a premier country music event.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Scott Goldberg Rises To Director Of News Prog. For ABC Audio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2019 –– ABC Audio Vice President and General Manager Stacia Philips Deshishku announced yesterday that Scott Goldberg has been named its new Director of News Programming. Team – Goldberg will take the reigns beginning Monday, October 14th.
Scott is a brilliant journalist with a trusted editorial voice who’s been recognized across the industry for his innovative storytelling. Just this year he won the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Reporting, his third individual Murrow since joining the Audio department.
Scott joined ABC News Radio in 2013, becoming its midday anchor in 2016. Since joining the Audio team Scott has touched almost every product they produce. Deshishku says they will conduct a search for a new midday anchor but Scott will continue to report his signature features as a contributing reporter when the right stories come along.
In an added announcement, Jon Newman will become ABC News Radio’s Managing Editor and Tara Gimbel will become Deputy Managing Editor.
Double J Named Content Director For Alpha's 106.3 KFRX Lincoln
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2019 –– – Alpha Media, Lincoln has named Double J its Content Director for CHR KFRX, Lincoln. Double J arrives from Top 40/Rhythmic KPHW (POWER 104.3), Honolulu where he was assistant program director and morning show host. A radio veteran, Double J had been at KPHW since spring 2018. Prior to that, he worked at Top 40 WNFN (i106.7), Nashville and as PD at Top 40 KEWB (POWER 94), Redding and Top 40 KCEZ (POWER 102), Chico.
Lincoln operations manager, Rob Kelley commented on the hire, "We are very excited to bring Double J's excitement, energy, and knowledge to lead heritage KFRX into the next decade with our Alpha Lincoln operation!" Double J remarked, "Alpha Media owned KFRX is the top rated radio station in Lincoln, Nebraska in all major demographics. I am excited to join the Alpha Media team here in Lincoln. I want to thank Rob Kelley, Katie Philippi and Phil Becker." Double J joins Lindsey, D-Wayne, Megan, Willy J, and SK to complete the KFRX content team.
Jay Michaels Named PD For NRG Omaha Combo
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2019 –– Jay Michaels has been named Program Director for NRG Omaha's Hot AC KQKQ Sweet 98.5 and Rhythmic CHR KOPW Power 106.9. Michaels has programmed at Amp & 100.3 Jack FM, KDMX & KDGE in Dallas; Hot 93.3 in Austin and KRBE in Houston. He's also served as Operations Manager at WROX & WUSH/Norfolk and Music Director at KDGE/Dallas as well as KISS and KHFI/Austin.
General Manager Mark Shecterle stated, "I am thrilled to have Jay join our incredibly talented and award-winning staff. Jay's music knowledge, creativity, passion for radio and his competitive spirit is second to none. Jay has a great programming mind, as well as a strong sales mentality, which is important in our business. I am very fortunate to once again work with Jay, as he is truly one of the best programmers in the business."
Michaels added, “I’m beyond excited to reunite with one of the biggest influences in my career Mark Shecterle and join a fantastic radio company that focuses on great local radio. I cannot wait to start programming, and join a very talented group of individuals who still value what local radio is should be."
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced today the lineup for the third annual iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One. The event, hosted by Woody of iHeartRadio ALT 98.7’s -syndicated The Woody Show (BR), will feature the biggest names in Alternative Rock including Billie Eilish (R), The Black Keys, blink-182, The Lumineers, Rex Orange County, SHAED will perform live at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on January 18, 2020 to celebrate everything Alternative Rock. The star-studded event will livestream exclusively on LiveXLive.com and broadcast live across over 70 Alternative and Rock iHeartRadio stations.
“I’m pretty sure they meant to call another show to host instead of The Woody Show,” said Woody. “This event, this lineup, is WAY out of our league. That said, it’s going to be incredible. I can’t see how this night could end up any other way!”
“For the third year in a row, iHeartRadio is bringing the biggest names in Alternative and Rock music together for one huge night,” said Lisa Worden, Program Director for ALT 98.7 and Alternative Rock Brand Manager for iHeartMedia. “This is a show everyone will love.”
Capital One will be the national presenting partner for iHeartRadio ALTer EGO.
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Former NBA Great, Chris Mullin Joins Bay Area's KNBR A/F As Contributor
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2019 –– Former Golden State Warriors Forward Chris Mullin has joined KNBR 104.5FM and 680AM for the 2019-2020 NBA Season as a contributor. Mullin, a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer, was recently announced as a television pregame and postgame analyst for all 41 of Golden State’s regular-season home games at Chase Center this season.
In addition to Mullin, KNBR’s 2019-2020 NBA coverage also boasts weekday shows hosted by former Warriors Forward and current radio color analyst Tom Tolbert (Monday-Friday, 2pm-6pm), and by former Warriors radio voice and current television pregame and postgame host Greg Papa (Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm).
Golden State Warriors Head Coach and eight-time NBA Champion Steve Kerr can be heard on KNBR every Tuesday during a weekly afternoon drive interview on Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks. Rounding out KNBR’s NBA coverage is The Athletic Bay Area lead columnist and longtime Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson II, who can be heard multiple times per week as a contributor on KNBR 104.5FM and 680AM throughout the 2019-2020 NBA season.
Mina Kimes To Host New 'ESPN Daily' Podcast As Part of New Agreement
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2019 –– ESPN senior writer and TV/radio commentator Mina Kimes will host the new ESPN Daily co-presented by Dell and Indeed, a weekday podcast from ESPN’s award-winning team of journalists and storytellers set to debut October 21. Kimes’ expanded role is part of a new multiyear agreement. “ESPN Daily’s narrative-driven approach will go beyond headlines and scores, allowing fans to gain a deeper understanding of the biggest sports story of the moment,” said Connor Schell, ESPN executive vice president, content. “Mina Kimes’ ability to connect with audiences along with her insight, curiosity and wit make her the perfect voice to take listeners on this journey each and every day.”
Kimes added, “After working across various platforms at ESPN over the last few years, I’m thrilled to be part of a show that brings together talent from around the network to make something smart and fun. My colleagues put out so many interesting stories, and we’re looking forward to surprising and delighting listeners with them every day.” In addition to ESPN Daily, Kimes will contribute to the upcoming “ESPN Cover Story” initiative, debuting on October 16.
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2019 –– Blumhouse and iHeartMedia today announced a strategic partnership to produce a series of fictional podcasts for potential, future film and television development. Under the new partnership, the two companies will collaborate to develop and produce scripted podcasts in the horror genre, ranging from suspenseful thrillers and murder mysteries to science fiction audio-plays. The first podcast in the series is set to launch early next year and will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network. The first in the slate of co-produced podcasts is “The Mantawauk Caves” from writer, director, producer Dan Bush (The Signal, The Vault, The Dark Red).
“We think fiction is one of the next big genres in podcasting, tapping into the incredible imaginative power we all have – the theater of the mind – and so we couldn’t be more excited to bring this slate of shows into the world, starting with ‘The Mantawauk Caves,’” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “Blumhouse is truly masterful at creating some of the best suspense thrillers and horror movies around and, with their help, we can’t wait to introduce a series of captivating, world-class audio content to the iHeartPodcast Network.” The scripted series podcast initiative will, like documentary films, be under the purview of Blumhouse Television Co-Presidents, Jeremy Gold and Marci Wiseman. Couper Samuelson will oversee feature films.
CNN's Walter Isaacson Tells Bob Pittman, 'Curiosity Has Been The Driving Force In His Career
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2019 –– In Bob Pittman's latest Math & Magic: Stories From the Frontiers of Marketing episode, he sits down with Walter Isaacson, Chairman and CEO of CNN and Managing Editor of Time. Isaacson shares his thoughts on why story-telling is so important for today’s society, touching on why podcasting specifically is a popular and crucial medium for us to have in the digital age.
Based on his many years in the industry, Isaacson discusses how his creativity paved the way to his success, reflects on his near-death experience in Ireland as an up-and-coming journalist and how it resulted in an increased passion for the art of journalism, and shares how curiosity has always been the driving force in his career. LISTEN HERE
EVENT: Mahindra & Rush Limbaugh Team For 6th Annual Military Salute Giveaway
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2019 –– In honor of Veteran’s Day, the sixth annual military promotion from Rush Limbaugh and Mahindra Ag North America (MAGNA) is now open for nominations. To recognize the service and sacrifice of our military, all active and veteran military service members are eligible to enter for a chance to win a Mahindra 1000 Gas Standard utility vehicle with roof and windshield in The Rush Limbaugh Show’s Mahindra Military Salute Giveaway. Entries are being accepted for the utility vehicle giveaway through November 10 at 11:59 p.m. (PT) at http://sweeps.rushlimbaugh.com/mahindra2019/. The winner will be selected in a random drawing on November 11, 2019 Over the years, thousands of U.S. military have been nominated to win a tractor or utility vehicle from Mahindra
“My thanks to Mahindra, makers of the world’s number-one-selling farm tractor. And God bless each of you, and your families, who protect our freedom,” said Limbaugh.
NIELSEN: Radio Reaches More Black & Hispanic Consumers Than Any Other Platform
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– To coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, Nielsen’s released a peek at its October 2019 Audio Today Report which offered key insights on listening trends among Blacks and Hispanics! Among the finding:
Ninety-two percent (92%) of Blacks 18+ listen weekly along with 96% of Hispanics 18+. On a monthly basis, radio’s reach among Black and Hispanic consumers is remarkably consistent - more than 98% of the standard demographic groups profiled in the report are reached by radio monthly.
Radio offers an advantageous advertising proposition because it primarily reaches these consumers away from home and in their vehicles, closest to the point of purchase. Around 70% of all radio use by Blacks and Hispanics happens outside of the home, with much of that coming from in-car listening.
· Smart speaker ownership continues to rise among Black and Hispanic consumers - more than a third currently own one. And listening to radio content on smart speakers is an important part of how they spend their time. More than 60% of speaker owners listen to radio each week on them. · As smart speaker penetration continues to increase, Black and Hispanic consumers are listening to more audio as a result - primarily streaming music and AM/FM radio, with podcasts and audiobooks close behind, particularly among Hispanics. More than half of Black and Hispanic smart speaker owners report streaming more music as a result of owning the device, and just under half-listen to more AM/FM radio after owning a smart speaker.
Monthly podcast use among Blacks and Hispanics has doubled over the past five years, with news and comedy being the most listened to categories. SEE REPORT HERE
Carrie Underwood Reveals 2019 CMA Awards Winners
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– Carrie Underwood, host of this year’s CMA Awards, surprised radio stations and broadcast personalities yesterday by revealing the 2019 CMA Broadcast Awards wins in advance of the “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” show and presentation. This year's winners include:
Topping this year's list for CMA Personality of the year award National is “The Bobby Bones Show” (Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, 'Lunchbox' Dan Chappell and Eddie Garcia) – Premiere Networks - shown right on the cover of this month's Parade magazine publication “American profile'
MAJOR MARKET “The Morning Wolfpack with Matt McAllister” (Matt McAllister, Emily Raines and “Slow Joe” Wallace) – KKWF, Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
LARGE MARKET “Q Morning Crew” (Mike Wheless and Janie Carothers) – WQDR, Raleigh-Durham, N.C. MEDIUM MARKET “Mo & Styckman” (Melissa “Mo” Wagner and Greg “Styckman” Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
SMALL MARKET “Dr. Shane and Tess in the Morning” (Shane Collins and Tess Connell) – WPAP, Panama City, Fla.
STATION OF THE YEAR WINNERS: MAJOR MARKET WIL – St. Louis, Mo. - LARGE MARKET WSIX – Nashville, Tenn. MEDIUM MARKET WIVK – Knoxville, Tenn. SMALL MARKET WYCT – Pensacola, Fla. The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron.
Winners will be honored at “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s Biggest Night™, airing live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network. Underwood PHOTO/Randee St. Nicolas - CMA
Cumulus Debuts 105.1 The X, Kansas City’s First 'Rockternative' Station
Kansas City Native Cassiday Proctor Joins Inaugural Lineup as Afternoon Host
THe MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Kansas City has debuts the city's newest radio station, 105.1 The X (KCJK-FM), Kansas City’s first “Rockternative”- formatted radio station. 105.1 The X launched at midnight on Wednesday, October 9th. Rockternative is the natural Rock blend of Alternative and Active Rock formats.
The weekday programming lineup for 105.1 The X features “The Woody Show”, airing Mornings from 5am-10am, with Joel Weiss in Middays from 10am-3pm, followed by Cassiday Proctor in Afternoon Drive from 3pm-7pm.
Proctor joins Cumulus Kansas City from Hubbard Media in St. Louis, MO, where she was afternoon on-air personality for 106.5 The Arch/WARH-FM. Prior to that, Proctor was part of morning shows at Mix 94.7/KAMX-FM in Austin, TX, Kiss 95.1/WNKS-FM in Charlotte, NC, and Star 94.1/WSTR-FM in Atlanta, GA. She also hosted a daily television show at WCCB in Charlotte, NC. The most memorable moment of her radio career happened in February 2018 when she gave birth to her son live on the radio. A native of Kansas City, Proctor studied Theatre Performance at Wichita State University.
Cassiday Proctor commented: “I am thrilled beyond words to be joining the Cumulus family. My passion for radio began as a young child growing up in Kansas City. To get hired to work at 105.1 The X is a very full-circle moment that is not lost on me. Thank you to Donna Baker, Mike O’Reilly and Troy Hanson for their vision and for giving me the opportunity to shine in the Rock format.”
Dave Fogel Inks Extension At 94.7 WLS Chicago
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– Chicago radio mainstay Dave Fogel just inked for three more years of mornings at WLS 94.7-FM reports Robert Feder. Cumulus WLS program director Wade Linder confirmed the deal to keep Fogel on the morning show with co-host Kim Berk (shown left) through 2022.
“I couldn’t be happier to be with 94.7 WLS for — at least — another three years,” Fogel told Feder. “We’ve got a great thing going on over here. It’s an awesome feeling to stay where I know I’m wanted.” Fogel is on his second tour of duty as the station’s morning personality. He first worked there from 2010 to 2012 and was brought back in 2017. In between he hosted mornings at WJMK, the former Entercom classic hits station.
On-air in Chicago since 1996, Fogel previously worked at Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary WTMX 101.9-FM and WLUP, the former classic rocker known as The Loop. Feder writes the station ranks third overall with a 4.9 share. “The ratings success has been humbling,” Fogel said. “I’m a lucky guy.”
Brent 'Dingo' Crank Joins WDRM-FM Huntsville's Dan & Josie Morning Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– 102.1 WDRM, Huntsville announced that Brent “Dingo” Crank will join the “Dan and Josie Morning Show,” featuring Dan McClain and Josie Lane. “I had the pleasure of working with Dingo when he was first hired at 102.1 WDRM, so I know first-hand his passion for the station, listeners and the Country music format,” said Carmelita Palmer, Market President for iHeartMedia Huntsville. “He made such an impact here that even though he’s been gone from the market for more than eight years, I continue to have listeners request that we ‘bring back Dingo.’ I’m thrilled that we are able to honor their request.”
“I’ve had a blast doing radio all over the country – I’ve seen some amazing things, met some wonderful people, but nothing ever compares to home,” said Dingo. “It’s great to be back in the Tennessee Valley and back where it all started for me on 102.1 WDRM.” Dingo returns to the Huntsville market from Louisville, Kentucky, where he most recently served as the morning show host on WQNU. Prior to his time in Louisville, Dingo hosted morning shows in Phoenix; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Destin, Florida. He began his radio career at 102.1 WDRM and is a graduate of the University of South Alabama.
SYNDICATION: Glenn Beck Joins Lineup For 840 KXNT Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– Entercom’s News/Talk 840 KXNT– Las Vegas announced the addition of Glenn Beck to the station’s weekday lineup. The Glenn Beck Program now airs in the Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. PT timeslot.
“We are excited to bring Glenn to KXNT and add his entertaining and engaging voice to our all-star lineup of programs,” said Dan Kearney, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Las Vegas. “Our ongoing commitment to bringing Las Vegas and the Valley the best in talk programming will be strengthened by this partnership.” News/Talk 840 KXNT Weekday Programming Lineup: This Morning: America’s First News with Gordon Deal 4 a.m. – 6 a.m. The Glenn Beck Program 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. Vegas @ 8 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. The Rush Limbaugh Show 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Ben Shapiro Show 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Chad Benson Show 3 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Dave Ramsey Show 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Beyond Reality Radio 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Coast to Coast AM with George Noory 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Bob Kingsley Announces He's Been Diagnosed With Bladder Cancer
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– Bob Kingsley, host of the Westwood One syndicated Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 announced to his fans that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer. In a letter on his website, Kingsley says he will be stepping away from his hosting duties to seek treatment.
"Bob Kingsley here. I have always prided myself in delivering the truth to you—my friends in the Country music industry, my fellow radio broadcasters, and all of the loyal listeners around the world—and today, well, today the truth does not come in the form of a story behind the song, or anything else, but in the reality of what is going on with yours truly. I want to let you know that I have been diagnosed with bladder cancer. "
He added, "While there is no doubt that the immediate road ahead will push me and challenge my resolve, I want you to know I am blessed to be working with the very best in the medical profession, and they have a plan to deal with this awful disease. The faith you have placed in me is something I treasure, and that support has allowed me to do what I love in this wonderful industry for 60 years. I have no intention of stopping anytime soon, but for a moment, I need to ask for your patience as I step away from the mic and focus on my treatment."
Kingsley wrote that his Country Top 40 team, KCCS Productions and syndicator Westwood One, will be following up very soon with our temporary plan.
PODCAST: WGY News Radio Albany Debuts Season Two of “Upstate Unsolved”
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– iHeart Albany’s News Radio 810 AM & 103.1 FM WGY, The Capital Region’s Breaking News, Traffic & Weather Station debuted season two of the Original true crime podcast, “Upstate Unsolved,” hosted by WGY reporter, Phoebe LaFave. The first episode of season two premieres on October 10 with new episodes available each Thursday on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
“Upstate Unsolved” is a production of the iHeartPodcast Network. Season two launches in partnership with the Cold Case Analysis Center at the College of St. Rose and investigates the unsolved murders of Catherine ‘Kate’ Blackburn (1964) and Ruth Whitman (1959). “Upstate Unsolved” brings these cold cases into the spotlight in hopes of finding justice for these women. “It’s our goal to bring these cold cases out from the shadows because, although time is running out, it’s still possible that someone knows something that can solve one or both of these murders,” said LaFave. “Everyone deserves to have their truths come to light and I hope season two of ‘Upstate Unsolved’ can help shine some light on the untimely deaths of these women.”
LaFave began her career in the media industry as an intern at iHeartMedia during her senior year at The College of Saint Rose, which lead to an opening as a Reporter in the WGY Newsroom. In March of 2019, the first season of “Upstate Unsolved” premiered focusing on Suzanne Lyall, a Ballston Spa native and University of Albany student who went missing on March 2, 1998.
HONORS: Beasley's Caroline Beasley And Wapo's Frederick J. Ryan Honored At Free Speech Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley and Frederick J. Ryan, Publisher and CEO of the Washington Post, were recently honored at The Media Institute’s 40th Annual “Free Speech Gala” on Monday, October 7th, 2019. The event took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. Beasley received the American Horizon Award for her visionary industry leadership, helping grow a family-owned radio business from a single AM station into a 65-station multi-media corporation. The award was presented by Senator Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
Ryan received the Freedom of Speech Award for upholding principles of free speech and free press throughout a journalism career that has spanned print, broadcast, cable, and digital media. FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks delivered the keynote remarks. He has been a commissioner since January 2019. Commissioner Starks served as assistant bureau chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and had been a senior counsel at the Department of Justice.
The Media Institute is a nonprofit foundation specializing in communications policy and the First Amendment. Photo (L-R): Washington Post Publisher & CEO Frederick J. Ryan, Media Institute President Richard Kaplar and Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley
SNAPS: High School Seniors Dress Up As Miguel & Holly For Spirit Week
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10Th, 2019 –– Cox/Tampa's Hot 101.5's Miguel & Holly of The Miguel & Holly Morning show say 'They were FLOORED to find that seniors Shelby and DaShawn from Blake High School in Tampa had dressed up as US for their Homecoming Spirit Week!
Miguel said, "Not only do these high schoolers love our Blown Off segment, they look eerily similar to us, too. "
We had them in to see the studio and let them host our Hot in Hollywood segment yesterday (Oct. 8). Listen HERE
EVENTS: US 102.3 Truck Yeah Rolls Into Ocala, FL
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– JVC Media of Florida announced its first ever Truck Yeah! Truck Show hosted by Gainesville-Ocala Country/Rock hybrid WXUS US102.3.
This free event will be held Saturday October 26th from 12pm-4pm at The Mojo Grill in Ocala. Truck Yeah! will feature over 80 trucks, classic vehicles, and Jeeps in six different categories competing for bragging rights around North Central Florida.
“Truck Yeah! is an event designed to show off what we love in our area - our trucks, good music, and great food. Truck Yeah! celebrates all of those things in one place at The Mojo Grill on State Road 40!”, says JVC’s Operations Manager Ben Burris. “We wanted to create an event that was appealing to the entire US102.3 audience – that includes kids, moms, and dads. We want everyone to join us at Truck Yeah! for a free day full of awesome trucks, music, and The Mojo Grill’s food and drinks,” adds JVC General Manager Sam Gerace. “The trucks we’re going to have are must see – have won many awards in the past. Now they are all ready to take home a Truck Yeah! trophy that will be awarded by popular vote – you can be a part of that!”.
Presenter Pulled Off Air Mid Shift In Australia; Host Drags 400lb Piano Across London
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2019 –– Tasmania Talks hosted by Brian Carlton was pulled off air mid shift Monday morning after the presenter delivered what was described as a “rant.” After four years with Grant Broadcasters, Brian officially resigned from the network last Friday. He was heard in Launceston, Devonport, Burnie, Queenstown and Scottsdale, and in Hobart on 7HO Classic Hits on DAB+. However, despite having built a solid audience in regional Tasmania and a couple of ACRA Awards under his belt he was never offered a timeslot on 7HOFM in Hobart. Although the official media release said that Carlton was leaving for “personal reasons” there is a rumour that he’s heading to Triple M, possibly as a replacement for the long serving Dave Noonan Show with Al Plath.
Tim Lihoreau Pulls Piano Across London, England - Classic FM’s breakfast host Tim Lihoreau has completed his challenge to pull a 400lb piano almost five miles across central London. Tim pulled the upright piano from Classic FM’s studios in Leicester Square to the Royal Albert Hall, which is hosting the station’s Classic FM Live concert on Tuesday. Classic FM’s Piano Pull is the world’s longest piano pull – and was organised to raise money and awareness for Global Radio’s Make Some Noise charity. Tim crossed the finish line at The Royal Albert Hall at 2pm, with the piano being donated to one of the projects and small charities which Global’s Make Some Noise supports. So far, Tim has raised more than £42,000 ($51,276). WATCH HERE
New Voices For Today FM’s Weekend Schedule In Ireland - Today FM has announced a new line up of voices to its weekend schedule including Anna Geary, Pamela Joyce and Claire Beck. Anna Geary will join Declan Pierce to co-host a brand-new show called Pumped up Kicks (Saturdays, 2-6pm) kicking off on Saturday, 26th October. Pamela Joyce, who joined the station last year, will now present three shows across the weekend: Friday Night Anthems (10pm-12am), Saturday (11am-2pm) and Sunday (1pm-4pm).
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WBAI Gets A Reprieve From Shutdown — For Now
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9Th, 2019 –– Legal action has temporarily halted Pacifica Foundation noncom 99.5 WBAI FM Brooklyn from going off the air reports The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Just one day after the Pacifica Foundation announced that original programming would end at WBAI, a court order has apparently kept the station on the air in the short term. “My hope is that there can be a resolution and that WBAI can be resurrected,” journalist Jeff Simmons, who hosts two shows on WBAI, told the Eagle on Monday.
According to court documents, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge determined Monday night that, pending a hearing on Oct. 18 at which Pacifica is ordered to show cause for the closure, the parent company is barred from terminating any WBAI employees or impeding the station’s regularly scheduled programming in any way. The judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking Pacifica from shutting down the station. Linda Perry, program director at WBAI, tweeted early Tuesday that the station managed to get an injunction and that the programming was legally back in the hands of WBAI personnel. Perry further noted that producers were meeting last night and a WBAI board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday. READ STORY HERE
iHeart Teams With Elton John To Celebrate Launch Of His Autobiography ME: ELTON JOHN
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia and Elton John are teaming up for an exclusive unprecedented event to celebrate the launch of the icon’s first and only autobiography, Me: Elton John. It happens next Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. PT/ 10 p.m. ET, iHeartMe
dia will host the event at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles. The event will feature an exclusive interview hosted by iHeartRadio on-air personality, Jim Kerr (R),as Elton shares stories from his autobiography and performs snippets of select hits featured in his memoir about his extraordinary life and legendary music.
The event will be celebrated across more than 297 iHeartRadio stations and broadcasted on iHeartRadio’s Classic Hits, Oldies, Variety, AC, Classic Rock 70’s, select Classic Rock 80’s stations and digitally on Big Classic Hits and Soft Rock. The CW Network will also livestream the event on The CW App and CWTV.com. In August 2018 Elton was named the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history, having logged 67 entries, including nine Number #1s and 27 Top 10s.
Elton launched his first tour in 1970 and since then has performed more than 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. When not recording or touring, Elton devotes his time to a number of charities, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised more than $450 million and funded programs across four continents in the 24 years it has existed.
BLOG: Audio A Top Priority For U.S. Marketers
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9Th, 2019 –– In this week’s Westwood One blog post, it highlights key takeaways from the 2019 ANA Masters of Marketing conference that took place last week in Orlando, Florida. Thousands were in attendance to hear from the Chief Marketing Officers of some of the most respective and innovative brands. Three hot topics that had everyone talking were audio, brand building, and the power of emotion.
Tyler Polumbus Signs Multi-Year Deal With Denver's 104.3 The Fan
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2019 –– Bonneville Denver has signed Tyler Polumbus (TL) to a multi-year agreement with Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan. Effective immediately, he joins Darren “DMac” McKee (BL) and Nick Ferguson (LC) on “The Drive,” weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m.
“We viewed this as a unique opportunity to evolve ‘The Drive’ and present something that hasn’t been done before,” said Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan program director Raj Sharan. “Tyler’s perspective from playing offensive line is totally different from Nick’s on defense. Those differing viewpoints, facilitated by DMac’s 30 years of experience, will lead to fascinating conversations, analysis and fun.”
Polumbus is a Denver-native who played football at every level in Colorado. After graduating from Cherry Creek High School, he was named team captain at the University of Colorado. As a member of the Denver Broncos, he was a part of the Super Bowl 50 championship in 2016. His eight-year NFL career also included time with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons. Polumbus returns to Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan, where he began broadcasting in 2016. He spent the past two years with iHeartMedia, working as an analyst on Broncos game broadcasts and co-hosting a morning drive show. PHOTO/Denver Headshots
Enrique Santos To Cover Mornings On La Z 105.3 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2019 –– iHeart Atlanta announced that Hispanic radio legend Enrique Santos will anchor mornings on its Spanish-language station La Z 105.3. The top-rated Tu Mañana con Enrique Santos morning show will run weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET beginning October 10.
“With the increased importance and size of the our U.S. Hispanic audience in Atlanta, both Spanish and English speaking, we’re excited to welcome a top-rated on air talent like Enrique Santos in morning drive on 105.3 La Z with Karla, our local talent who will integrate the local happenings in Atlanta with Enrique.” said Orlando Rosa, Program Director for 105.3 La Z. “Adding Enrique Santos to our already entertaining lineup with his great content, humor and connection with all Hispanics of all countries of origin will put 105.3 La Z in the perfect position for growth and success.”
“I’m really excited and looking forward to hosting mornings on La Z,” stated Santos. “Timing couldn’t be any better as we celebrate the station’s one-year anniversary. As we head into Fall, things might be cooling off, but I guarantee that Atlanta morning radio will be hot. Our show is compelling, informative, trendy, empowering and funny. It’s perfectly mixed with today’s most popular Latin music.”
Steve Summers Inks Lifetime Agreement With 95-3 The BULL Rockford
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2019 –– Longtime Rockford morning host Steve Summers, and 95-3 The BULL have agreed to terms on a “lifetime agreement” that will keep the local legend hosting the morning show on the 5-year-old country radio station until Steve decides to retire from full-time work.
“We got real lucky in the summer of 2016 when Steve became a free agent and we were able to add him to our growing country brand in the Stateline area,” said Mike Paterson, General Manager of Mid-West Family in Rockford, DeKalb, and Springfield, IL. “Steve made an immediate difference in our on-air product, community involvement, and most important, results for our advertisers.”
Summers joined 95-3 The BULL after a long career at WXXQ Freeport, where he was the morning host for two decades and the long-time program director. “What an incredible feeling to be appreciated for your skills set and to be working for a company that appreciates you on the team. To be able to go on vacations and be assured of employment when you return, and to have the ability to control your own destiny and path is truly unique in any business. This opportunity is a testimonial to the commitment Mid-West Family has to Rockford, to my family and me. I am honestly blessed,” said Summers, who moved to Rockford after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Tammy O’Dell Returns To Cumulus As VP/MM Over Columbia, SC Cluster
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed Tammy O’Dell as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Columbia, SC. The appointment marks a return to Cumulus for O’Dell, who was formerly Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus-Charleston, SC. O’Dell has over 16 years’ experience in radio broadcasting management and sales, and was most recently Local Sales Manager for Spectrum Reach in Cary, NC. Prior to that, she was General Manager for Curtis Media Group’s WQDR in Raleigh-Durham, NC, where she was also Director of Sales, and was Vice President/Market Manager for Townsquare Media in Albany, NY.
Bob Walker, EVP, Operations, CUMULUS MEDIA, said: “We are excited to welcome Tammy back to the Cumulus family in Columbia. Her passion for the Carolina region and her success in building a winning sales culture make her a great addition to the team in Columbia.” O’Dell said: "I am honored to join Cumulus again and to be a part of the Columbia cluster. It is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to leading this team."
David Drutz Named VP/MM For Alpha San Jose
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media has appointed David Drutz to take over the reins as vice president/market manager at Alpha Media’s San Jose cluster. Drutz comes to Alpha from San Francisco's KNBR, where he served as VP of sales for nine years.
“Just ‘the announcement’ of David's transition to Alpha’s San Jose operation brought excitement and interest from advertisers and members of the media across the Bay Area,'' said Larry Bastida, Alpha's chief operating officer. “And, as anticipated, David has quickly moved to enhance the culture and our productivity.”
David stated, “I’m incredibly excited to be part of a company as visionary as Alpha Media and lead KBAY and KEZR. Both brands not only dominate Silicon Valley but also have tremendous reach throughout the Bay Area. It’s going to be great fun in managing these stations to even more success!”
Denise Karkos Tapped As CMO For Sirius XM & Pandora
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2019 –– TD Ameritrade’s longtime executive, Denise Karkos, as been tapped for by SiriusXM as its CMO reports AdAge. Karkos will be handling brand and digital marketing for both SiriusXM and its recently acquired Pandora brand. For its most recent quarter, Sirius reported revenue of $2 billion, a 43 percent increase fro, the year-earlier period. Net income for the quarter was $263 million.
The 18-year-old Pandora, which Sirius bought for $3.5 billion last year, recently redesigned its app in a move to improve user engagement.
According to her LinkedIn page, Jennifer Witz, the current president, sales, marketing and operations at Sirius, was formerly CMO of Sirius before her promotion in March.
[WATCH] Knoxville Host Staying On Top Of Car Dealership Until Vols Win
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2019 –– You can add Tyler Ivens, host on Cumulus/Knoxville's 99.1/WNML's Sports Animal to the long list of former radio peeps who lived on billboards, cars on crains and other outdoor platforms in support of various causes. This time it involves The University of Tennessee Volunteers who are in desperate need of a win. ABC's Channel 6/Knoxville reports that Ivens will be living on top of Toyota of Knoxville for a joint-promotion where the personality will stay on the roof until the Vols football team wins its next football game.
The last time a Knoxville host engaged in such a task goes back all the way to 1988 when another host perched on a Nashville area billboard. The Vols would lose the next week to Alabama 28-20 before the Vols turned the season around and won five straight to finish the season 5-6. The 2019 Vols (1-4, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) are coming off a 43-14 home loss to No. 3 Georgia and host Mississippi State at noon on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Vols then travel to face No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 17. and then South Carolina.
“I don’t know why everyone is making such a big deal about this,” Ivens laughed. “It’s not like I won’t be down by 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon after Tennessee beats Mississippi State.” If the program fails to win, Ivens will remain atop the business throughout the season until it does. Jason Carson, general manager of Toyota of Knoxville, heard the pitch and reached out to the program. “We are really excited to have Tyler here, but we don’t want him here long,” Carson said. “Go Vols.” Ivens will still host his radio show, remotely, every morning from 6-9 a.m. - WATCH HERE
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[WATCH] Robert Downey Jr. Involved In Dustup Before Stern LA Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2019 –– During Howard Stern's first show from this week's broadcast at SiriusXM's all new West Coast studios (shown above), Robert Downey Jr. (inset) revealed during his interview that he had been involved in an altercation right before his appearance, reports The Blast. Along with a bevy of guests including Jimmy Kimmel, Jennifer Aniston, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Downey Jr. told Stern he was involved in an argument in the green room right before he came out. Robert explained, "I was just standing out there...standing in front of the TV screen when this little nebbish big wig says "out of the way!" Downey says after he told the executive that everyone was here watching together the guy yelled at him, "who the f*** are you?" Downey said ego may have been involved, adding that some people with certain status are the master of their environment."
Howard said Downey Jr. is a master at martial arts and quipped, "You could have killed" someone in my greenroom. Fortunately, the argument did not get physical, and Downey did not name the executive involved. - WATCH HERE - TOP PHOTO/instagram - Downey photo/shutterstock
Mike Thomas Leaving 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston For Market Manager Post At ESPN 1000 Chicago
Beasley Now On The Hunt For His Replacement
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2019 –– After a highly successful run as PD of top-rated WBZ-FM/Sports Hub Boston, Mike Thomas is set to become the new market manager in Chicago for Good Karma Brand's ESPN/WMVP-AM.
“As a lifelong Chicago sports fan, this is a dream come true,” Thomas said in Good Karma’s press release. “It’s so exciting as ESPN 1000 Chicago has a great team, loyal advertising partners and passionate fans. This also gives me the opportunity to be close to my family and work with a company who, like me, has Midwest roots and a passion for sports!”
Thomas officially takes over Good Karma’s Chicago property in January, but in the interim will consult the Sports Hub as the station searches for a new PD. Beasley Media Group says it's looking for the Bill Belichick of Sports Radio! WBZ-FM/98.5 - This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a seasoned programmer looking to make a mark in the big leagues with one of the country’s leading brands! WBZ-FM serves as the official broadcast home of the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and NE Revolution. “This was an incredibly difficult decision. This radio station is a once in a career station, with a once in a career staff,” said Thomas. “I would like to thank Caroline and Brian Beasley and the entire corporate team for everything. Locally, Mary Menna, Cadillac Jack and Buzz Knight have been fantastic to work with! I also want to thank every single Sports Hub employee for 10 years of winning! I know our relationships won’t end here.”
If you have what it takes to lead a winning team and build upon the foundation that’s been laid at America’s premiere award winning sports station, we want to hear from you! Please send your resume package to email@example.com.
Mike Moore Named PD For WKHX-FM/Kicks 101.5 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed Mike Moore as Program Director of Country radio station WKHX-FM/Kicks 101.5 in Atlanta, GA. Moore heads to Atlanta from Portland, OR, where he was most recently Vice President of Programming for Entercom’s Portland station group and Program Director of “99.5 The Wolf” KWJJ-FM, a position he held for 16 years. Prior to that, he programmed WWKA-FM in Orlando, FL; WWYZ in Hartford, CT; and WSIX-FM in Nashville, TN. Moore serves on the board of the Country Music Association and was Entercom’s Director of Country Programming for 13 years.
Brian Philips, Executive Vice President, Content and Audience, said: “As we met a strong field of senior candidates for WKHX, Mike Moore pushed his way to the front with thoughtful ideas and hard-driving enthusiasm. His wartime country radio leadership experience will enable him to build the team that changes the Atlanta landscape." Moore added,: "I am thrilled to be joining Brian, Sean Shannon, Dave Milner, Louie Diaz and everyone else at Cumulus Atlanta. I can't wait to start writing the next chapter for WKHX."
JT The Brick Joins SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio For Nightly Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2019 –– JT The Brick (Tournour) will host a new show on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio channel, for five nights a week (Sundays 11p-2a, Monday-Thursday, 11p-3a) starting October 8. JT The Brick's" 'Brick At Night' will air live from Las Vegas.
"I'm excited to be part of the best lineup in sports radio," said Brick. "I have wanted to work with this great group of people for a long time. Special thanks to SiriusXM for this opportunity. Being on SiriusXM means we'll be reaching more fans than ever, and I can't wait." "JT is a super talented sports radio personality with the unique voice and strong and informed takes that sports fans love," added SiriusXM Senior VP/Sports Programming Steve Cohen. "We're very excited to expand his role on Mad Dog Sports Radio and give our listeners great sports talk late into the night coast to coast."
JT Bosch Rises To SVP/Programming For iHeart Greensboro
Will Also Serve As PD For 107.5 MAN UP
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8Th, 2019 – iHeartMedia has appointed JT Bosch its Senior Vice President of Programming for the Greensboro market, effective October 14. Bosch will also serve as Program Director for Rock brand, 105.7 MAN UP!. He will report to Kellie Holeman, Market President for iHeartMedia Greensboro and Chadwick, “A.J.” Hausknecht, Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Virginia-Carolina region. “We are extremely pleased to have JT join the iHeartMedia Greensboro programming team,” said A.J. “He’s got the vision and passion to lead our market and I’m confident that he will make a strong impact - ensuring that the Greensboro market continues to excel.”
Bosch has over 20 years of radio industry experience and has been a valued team member of iHeartMedia since March 2001. He most recently served as the assistant program director, music director and afternoon show host for 96.9 The Kat in Charlotte. Prior to his time in Charlotte, JT served as assistant program director, music director and on-air talent for 98.7 WMZQ in Washington D.C. He also served as the vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Austin as well as regional program manager for iHeartMedia Harrisburg. He began his career at WUPE in Pittsfield, Mass. and is a graduate of New School of Contemporary Radio.
HONORS: Mary Berner &Weezie Kramer Among 2019 Gracies Leadership
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8Th, 2019 –– As we first reported back in late September (JL 9/30) Mary Berner, President and CEO, Cumulus Media, and Entercom's Chief Operating Officer Weezie Kramer will be among recipients of this year's Gracies Leadership Awards
The awards will be presented to Berner and Kramer along with Rosemary Mercedes EVP and Chief Communications Officer, Univision - Michelle Rice General Manager, TV One - Michelle Vicary EVP of Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media - Danyelle Wright VP Employment & Labor Law and Chief Diversity Officer, E.W. Scripps at the Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
The Gracies Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women who pave the way as change-agents and ceiling-breakers across the industry. READ MORE HERE
EVENTS: The Bert Show Kicks Off Its 11Th Annual 'Big Thank You' Campaign
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2019 –– The nationally syndicated talk radio show is kicking off their annual Big Thank You campaign, an initiative aiming to provide every active service member deployed outside the United States with a handwritten thank you letter on Thanksgiving Day. The Bert Show is collecting letters of thanks from the nation to deliver to all the men and women that are currently serving our country away from home. This year’s campaign is made possible by Ingles Markets. "The Big Thank You is purely just a showcasing of how much people care for and respect our military,” says Bert Weiss, host of The Bert Show. "This will be our 11th year making sure each and every single service person deployed outside the United States on Thanksgiving gets a handwritten thank you letter from back home, and that is an extraordinary group effort for over a decade. This has nothing to do with politics. This is a show of support for the sacriﬁces that our military makes each and every day. I'm proud we are able to spearhead the campaign, but The Bert Show listening family gets all the credit."
Last year, The Bert Show gathered over 185,000 letters from all around the country. In total, more than two million handwritten letters from all over the nation have been collected and delivered since the inception of The Bert Show’s Big Thank You campaign. In order for soldiers to receive the letters by Thanksgiving Day, all letters must be submitted by Monday, October 28.
Lizzo, Jon Bellion & Louis Tomlinson Headline The River's Suicide Prevention Concert
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Nashville’s 107.5 The River announced its all-star lineup for the third annual Live. Life. Love: A Concert for Suicide Prevention set for Saturday, November 30 at Municipal Auditorium. The concert will feature performances by Lizzo, Jon Bellion, Louis Tomlinson, LovelyTheBand and Chelsea Cutler. A portion of the proceeds from Live. Life. Love: A Concert for Suicide Prevention will benefit To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing hope and support to people struggling with addiction, depression or thoughts of suicide.
“In the past two years, our Live. Life. Love. concert has raised over $30,000 for To Write Love on Her Arms to support the incredible work they do in saving lives across America,” said Jonathan Shuford, Program Director for 107.5 The River. “With a bigger venue in 2019 and a list of incredible artists and human beings that have agreed to come and advocate for mental health, love and acceptance, I have no doubt that this year’s edition will be the best yet. A huge thank you to the artists, managers and labels who believe in what we’re trying to accomplish.”
University Of San Francisco and KNBR 1050 Announce New Flagship Radio Partnership
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2019 –– University of San Francisco Athletics and Cumulus San Francisco’s sports talk KNBR 1050 announced a multi-year agreement making the San Francisco-based all-sports station the new radio flagship of USF Dons Men’s Basketball. KNBR 1050 will carry all games plus pregame and postgame shows on one of the region’s strongest radio signals, and will stream all broadcasts via KNBR.com and the KNBR app.
“We are proud and excited about this new relationship and we look forward to taking USF Athletics to new heights with this very strong radio and digital partner. KNBR is truly “The Sports Leader” within the Northern California footprint and now all Don’s Fans will be able to have strong access to our games ” said Joan McDermott, Director of Athletics, University of San Francisco. “We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership between two energized brands,” said Jeremiah Crowe, Program Director of KNBR 104.5-FM, 680-AM & KNBR 1050-AM. “The Dons are a perfect fit for KNBR 1050’s expanding lineup and their game day experience is second-to-none across the market. We look forward to bringing that experience to the local airwaves and our loyal listeners starting November 5th.”
John Boy & Billy Get A Shout Out On Hardy's Song 'Boy From South' On 'Hixtape' Vol. 1
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2019 –– The John Boy & Billy Show, a Premiere Networks-syndicated weekday morning show, got a special shout out in Country singer Hardy’s song “Boy From The South” in his new album Hixtape Vol. 1 via Big Loud Records/Tree Vibez Music. The Charlotte-based duo are mentioned in the first verse, which is sung by featured Country star Cole Swindell: "Little Royal Pine Tree on the dashboard Little John Boy and Billy on the FM Might win a hundred dollars if he's the fifth caller" And names the bass player from Zeppelin (Jimmy J)
“We are honored to be included in Hardy’s song,” said John Boy and Billy. “This is truly a first! In the past, music artists have created custom versions of their songs that included us, but this song is legit. It’s a true cultural reference, and it just doesn’t get any better than that!” Listen to “Boy From The South” HERE
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KS95 Minneapolis' Moon Bids Farewell To Longtime Listeners; Replacement Announced
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2019 –– After more than a month since first revealing to his listeners that he would soon be signing off from KS95 Minneapolis,' highly popular Moon & Staci Show host Larry Moon Thompson's last day on-air finally arrived last Friday. This followed his long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease he was diagnosed with in 2005. "Sometimes in life you don't get to choose what goes on and my health is now making my decisions for me," Moon said when he surprised listeners with his announcement on Aug. 3. "For the last 14 years this thing has taken things away from me that I love. Like dancing with my wife, and playing with my kids and stuff. It's made a mess of things. But I just kept coming back, and I got to play radio star. And I'm so damn glad I did."
Moon told KSTP-TV last week that he had 21 doctor appointments in August, and with a full-time job and therapy appointments it has become "overwhelming
There's likely no one who will miss him more than his longtime co-host Staci (R) . She tells Jockline, "Moon is that guy you know who is always willing to try anything. And not just try anything…he's the one who will take that “try anything” and bring it up a notch or two. I’ve always loved that about him. He is fearless. You could never accuse Moon of doing something too small. (Also, I think I scare him a little. I like that too.)
Dan Seeman, Hubbard's VP/GM Minneapolis tells us, "The only thing bigger than Moon’s sense of humor is his heart—Moon has helped raise millions of dollars for organizations like the MS Society, Susan G. Komen, Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Gillette. Moon is one of the true characters in this business. We are going to miss him. Greg Strassell, Hubbard's SVP/Programming added, "Moon has always been a passionate student of the business and a great leader in letting others on his show shine over the years.. He is one of the greatest at hooking the interest of a listener in the first few seconds of a break. He will be missed and I wish him the very best.
Starting today, "Moon and Staci" show becomes the "Staci and Hutch" show, featuring Staci Matthews and Greg Hutchinson. Hutchinson arrives from Mankato where he was known as "Brad Steele" at Z99. Of note, Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying." was the last song played by Moon. The day was also proclaimed “Moon Day” per Governor Walz, Shown above with the certificate from Hubbard's CEO Ginny Morris and Dan Seeman - TOP PHOTO CREDIT/ Anthony Souffle, Copyright 2019, Star Tribune
Marty Whitney Joins Danielle Stuht In Mornings At 91X San Diego
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7Th, 2019 –– Alternative Rock 91X San Diego announced that Marty Whitney will join the station for morning drive. This marks a return for Whitney to 91X where in ehe early 2000’s, he served as its Music Director and on-air Nights. Since then, Marty has hosted Middays at ALT 98.7 Los Angeles, Nights at KIOZ San Diego, Mornings at KRZQ Reno, and most recently served as Special Programming Producer for Apple Music Beats 1.
“The kook has come home to roost!” said Marty. “This legendary little station in TJ that hits all of SoCal is once again my home, and I’m overwhelmed to join the great family at Local Media SD." Co-Host Danielle added “I’m super stoked to have Marty as my partner in the morning. I’ve been a fan of his for years and he brings a true, authentic vibe that is a perfect fit for mornings on 91X.”
91X Program Director Garett Michaels added, “Marty is ideal for mornings on 91X, his enthusiasm is contagious, while his passion for the music, lifestyle and culture of San Diego is always on display. We love the positive energy he brings and we look forward to his contributions to our team.”
NETWORKS: SBG Unveils 2020 Lineup During Upfront Event in New York City
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2019 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced its 2020 network radio lineup to a packed house at its annual network radio upfront event on Friday October 4th. Held for the first time at The Plaza Hotel in NYC, and hosted by TV and radio personality Alfonso Ribeiro. The Preview” included performances by recording artists MAX,The Sisterhood Band, 90’s superstar Coolio and SBG’s first every Battle Of The DJs with DJ Sinister, DJ Grooves, DJ Xtreme and DJ Goofy White Kid. In addition to celebrating the continuous success of The Hit List, The Fitz Show, The Michael Baisden Show, The Jim Brickman Show, The 90’s with Alfonso Ribeiro, Woody & Wilcox, and more - Shown above: R-L: Jason Bailey - Steve Resnik - Alfonso Ribeiro - Daena Kramer - Sam Alex - Woody & Wilcox - Coolio - DJ Sinister - Joe Cortez - Julio Aponte Jr & Fitz at top center
SBG welcomed several shows and services that will be switching syndicators in 2020 as well as many new shows making their radio debut. They include: Megatrax Production Library Splat! Imaging Research Director The Storm Report Checkpoint XP, Red Cup Country, The Sam Alex Show, Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis, The Kyle & Jackie O Show Retro Pop Reunion Weekend, Throwdown with Jagger.
SBG’s Hispanic Division, Sun Latino, also announced major changes in its offerings, with a brand-new look and exciting shows including a Sports Division – Sun Deportes featuring BeiN Sports, Liga MX, Futbol Mexicano. Sun Latino also welcomes back Echate Pá Cá, 40 Principales Countdown and Subeme La Radio. SBG also unveiled their 2020 theme “Unstoppable” (#unstoppable) as they celebrate yet another record year.
Jason Bailey, Sun Broadcast Group President & Founder, said: “11 year, offices in Boston, Florida, Los Angeles and New York, over 5,500 affiliates and more than 200 million monthly listeners… I still pinch myself every day that I get to do this for a living. Thanks to all the programmers, radio stations, brands, clients and amazing agency partners who have made Sun Broadcast Group one of the largest radio networks in America!” For more information on the SBG 2020 Lineup, visit www.sunbgi.com/programming
HONORS: The Media Institute To Honor Caroline Beasley At 'Free Speech America' Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7Th, 2019 –– The Media Institute will bestow awards on Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, and Caroline Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group, LLC, at its annual “Free Speech America” Gala on Monday, Oct. 7. The event will take place at The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Ryan will receive the Freedom of Speech Award for upholding principles of free speech and free press throughout a journalism career that has spanned print, broadcast, cable, and digital media. Presenting the award will be Pamela Brown, senior White House correspondent for CNN. Beasley will receive the American Horizon Award for her visionary industry leadership, helping grow a family-owned radio business from a single AM station into a 65-station multi-media corporation.
The award will be presented by Senator Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks will deliver keynote remarks. He has been a commissioner since January 2019. Caroline Beasley held several senior-level positions before becoming CEO of Beasley Media Group in 2017.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Larry Patrick Appointed to NAB Radio Board
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2019 –– Larry Patrick, managing partner of both Legend Communications and Patrick Communications, has been appointed to the NAB Radio Board of Directors by Radio Board Chair Dave Santrella in accordance with NAB by-laws, effective immediately. Legend Communications operates 24 small-market radio stations in Wyoming. Larry Patrick is also a founder and investor in NRJ TV, which operates 11 major-market low-power television stations. Patrick, along with his wife Susan Patrick, also owns Patrick Communications, one of the leading media brokerage firms in the broadcast business.
Patrick began his career in broadcasting in the NAB Research Department, where he was promoted to senior vice president. He is a former chief operating officer of Gilmore Broadcasting, chairman of ION Media and has served as the licensee or manager of over 100 radio stations and 70 television stations. Patrick has also served as Chairman of NABPAC, Chairman of the NAB Leadership Foundation and President of the National Association of Media Brokers. He currently is a Director and Treasurer of the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation, a Director of IRTS and a Director of the Broadcast Education Association.
Brooke Hunter To Co-Host Mornings At WSSR 96.7 Suburban Chicago
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2019 –– Chicago blogger Robert Feder reports that former midday personality Brooke Hunter of iHeart's WLIT FM 93.9-FM is set to co-host mornings with Kevin Kollins at WSSR 96.7-FM, the Alpha Media southwest suburban hot adult-contemporary station. Feder says she will also will voice-track evenings at WCCQ 98.3-FM, the Alpha Media southwest suburban country station.
Eddie Volkman, program director and afternoon personality at Star 96.7, confirmed her hiring, but said no start date has been set. Hunter, a Columbia College alum, also worked for WSHE 100.3-FM, WCFS 105.9-FM, WKQX 101.1-FM, WTMX 101.9-FM and the former WZZN. She tells Feder, “I’m beyond thrilled and can’t wait to start.”
PODCASTS: The Jerry Lawler Show Debuts On PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7Th, 2019 – PodcastOne has launched The Jerry Lawler Show. Every Friday, WWE Hall-of-Famer and pro wrestling legend, Jerry Lawler and co-host, Sean Reedy, reflect on Lawler’s five-decade long career, and invite superstar guests to join the conversation on the latest in the wrestling world.
Of the new show, Lawler said, “I'm thrilled to have a new home at PodcastOne, sharing a platform with stars like "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Myself and my co-host, Sean Reedy, are both committed to giving my fans the best podcast possible. Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support and please let us know what you think of the show.” Listen to full episode HERE
Sara Jean Named APD For iHeart Phoenix Combo
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2019 –– iHeart announced that Sara Jean has been named Assistant Program Director for 99.9 KEZ and 95.5 The Mountain. In addition, Sara Jean will also serve as the new Late Afternoon Host for 99.9 KEZ. She will report to Paul Kelley, Program Director for 99.9 KEZ and 95.5 The Mountain.
Sara Jean transfers from iHeartMedia Spokane WA, where she served as Programming Assistant, Digital Director, and midday host on KISS 98.1.
“I’m excited to take my talents out of the snow and into the desert - to put them to work for iHeartMedia Phoenix,” said Sara Jean. “As a woman in radio programming, it’s a dream to be promoted to an iconic market to work for such legendary stations.”
Chris Matthews Joins KIZN-FM Boise As PD And Morning Show Co-Host
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announces that it has appointed Chris Matthews as Program Director and Morning Show Host for Country radio station Kissin 92.3/KIZN-FM in Boise, ID. Matthews joins Co-Host Alana Lynn as KIZN’s new morning show team
A 17-year radio broadcasting professional, Matthews was previously Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for iHeartMedia station KBEB-FM in Sacramento, CA. Prior to that, he was Morning Host for Entercom/CBS Radio’s KMLE-FM in Phoenix, AZ, and was Director of Marketing and Promotion for Cumulus Tucson, AZ.
Matthews said: "I am honored and thrilled to be taking the reins of a legendary brand in the most beautiful city in the country. I can't thank Don Morin, Charlie Cook and John Dimick enough for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am so excited to be working again with Alana Lynn, who is as brilliant and talented as it gets. As KIZN is set to turn 30, I firmly believe that our best years are still to come!"
CONDOLENCES: AllAccess West Coast News Editor Jeff Silberman Passes Away
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2019 –– Over the weekend, AllAccess reported that its west coast news editor Jeff Silberman had passed away following complications of congestive heart failure. He was 66, He had been with with the publication for the past 12 years. According to AllAccess, In 1990, he began a radio trade career. He segued from Hitmakers to Network 40 for eight years, then to other trades such as Billboard, Airplay Monitor and then back to Network
AllAccess Pres./Publisher Joel Denver noted, "We are all just devastated to lose Jeff. He was talented, witty and so well liked by everyone. Jeff always gave it 120%. I am most saddened about this for his wife Barbara and son Will who have been so supportive and optimistic that Jeff would recover. We will all miss Jeff so deeply and he will always be part of the AllAccess"
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Police Obtain Search Warrant For WWL Host Seth Dunlap’s Cellphone
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2019 –– In a move aimed at verifying claims made by WWL Radio and its owner Entercom Communications, New Orleans police on Thursday obtained a search warrant seeking information from WWL Radio host Seth Dunlap’s cellphone, which is at the center of allegations of extortion, reports nola.com
The radio station has said Dunlap sent the tweet and then demanded nearly $2 million from the station, citing the insult and threatening workplace harassment-related litigation. Dunlap was facing significant personal financial strain, according to the station. The station told the NOPD that the forensic investigation found an IP address — a unique number given to a piece of hardware, such as a cellphone — connected to the tweet that was associated with Dunlap’s phone.
Megan Kiefer, Dunlap’s attorney, has disputed the claims, saying the radio station has not done anything to prove them. She's noted that her client passed a lie-detector test centering on his denials that he sent the tweet in question. She has also said that WWL Radio went to the police only after the breakdown of negotiations to settle Dunlap’s complaints about a work culture he perceived as homophobic. READ NOLA ARTICLE HERE
GMR Sues Entravision For Copyright Infringement
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2019 –– Global Music Rights filed a lawsuit in California federal court yesterday accusing Entravision Communications of willful copyright infringement, reports Variety. The lawsuit alleges that, over two years, Entravision stations played more than 130 copyrighted songs nearly 15,000 times without paying songwriters, according to a statement issued by GMR. The company says it made five separate written proposals to Entravision but received no response. A rep for Entravision did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California is the first copyright infringement suit brought by Global Music Rights, a performance rights organization founded in 2013 by longtime music executive Irving Azoff. GMR licenses the performances of songs written by a small roster of popular artists, such as Foreigner, the Eagles, Pharrell Williams, Pearl Jam and Smokey Robinson. “I founded Global Music Rights to stand up for writers who create the music we love and form the foundation of the radio industry,” Azoff said. “When a radio company willfully violates the law, we will defend our writers every way we know how. Litigation is not our first choice, but Entravision’s flagrant conduct left us no other option.”
AFN Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of Its Partnership With The Kidd Kraddick Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2019 –– YEA Networks celebrated the 10th anniversary of its broadcast partnership with the nationally syndicated radio program,“The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” and American Forces Network (AFN). “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” has been heard on AFN’s 360’s Hot AC station since October 5, 2009. The American Forces Network delivers “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” to the military and their families in more than 175 countries and on all U.S. ships at sea.
In honor of their successful relationship in bringing the highest quality entertainment to troops and their families, Curt Eckstein and Tom Arnholt of American Forces Network presented the cast of “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” with the AFN Challenge Coin last week at the 2019 Radio Show at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX.
PHOTO/L-R: Jenna Owens, J-Si Chavez, Part-Time Justin, Tom Arnholt, Big Al Mack, Curt Eckstein, and Kellie Rasberry
iHeart Debuts Musical Podcast 'Bear And A Banjo' Presented by Dr. Q (Dennis Quaid)
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2019 –– The scripted, iHeartRadio Original Podcast starring actor Dennis Quaid, Jared “Jingle Jared” Gutstadt and Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd tells the wonderfully charming folklore of Bear and Banjo, an unlikely mysterious duo traveling through American musical history. The podcast, chronicling their adventures through the 1930s to the 1970s, is meticulously presented by Dr. Q, played by Dennis Quaid.
Each episode places this duo at pivotal moments in American history where they unwittingly influence and define events that shape the 20th century. Gutstadt and Poo Bear teamed up with legendary producer T-Bone Burnett and the one-and-only Bob Dylan to create an album, on which the podcast is based, that features a collection of low-fi Americana tracks infused with blues, rock and hip-hop.
NETWORKS: Skyview Showcases New 2020 Audio Platforms at Upfront Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2019 –– Skyview Networks wrapped its fourth annual celebrity-loaded, audio upfront event, drawing influential agencies and media buyers from across the country at The Onyx Room in New York City. With audio as the backdrop, Skyview Networks’ Experience Momentum 2020 Upfront, featured some of the biggest names in media sharing how “access” and “storytelling” have deepened their connection and delivery to audiences across 5,700 plus affiliates.
The event concluded with a private concert by Country music’s superstar band, Runaway June (shown), recently recognized as the highest charting female trio in sixteen years. Skyview Networks’ Executive Vice President and General Manager, Jeanne-Marie Condo was the host of the upfront celebration, taking Madison Avenue executives through new branded audio integrations for news, influencer, long-form, short-form, sports and music platforms.
“This evening we were able to show the breadth of scale of our portfolio to the ad community and to our partners. Our growing footprint in terrestrial and digital audio has enabled Skyview to carve out a unique niche in the industry,” said Steve Jones, President and COO for Skyview. “I couldn’t be prouder of our upfront event, Experience Momentum. It really embodies Skyview’s successful trajectory as a leader in the network space.”
Peter Frampton Plays Emotional Final Show In San Diego
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2019 –– It was an emotional and heartfelt night in San Diego as Peter Frampton played his final show ever. Frampton has an incurable disease that will one day take away his ability to play guitar. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 101.5 KGB proclaimed October 2, 2019 as Peter Frampton Day in San Diego.
In the photo at left, KGB's Coe Lewis (top left) along with Anita Bartram (BL) and Little Tommy (BR) pauses for a selfie with Peter Frampton (C
His final words when his show ended was, "I'm not saying goodbye!"
SNAPS: Seton Hall Students Gather At Last Month's Radio Show In Dallas
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2019 –– This year marked a record number of accepted Student Scholars at the NAB/RAB Radio Show in Dallas. Nine staff members from WSOU 89.5 FM, the student-run radio station of Seton Hall University, recently attended the conference. WSOU Station Manager Wilnir Louis was one of only two college students selected to speak as a panelist during the three-day long convention. A record ten Seton Hall students were selected this year as NAB Student Scholars, with nine of them able to make the trip to Dallas. In 2018, six Seton Hall students were designated as Student Scholars. All Student Scholars received a scholarship to attend the NAB Radio Show, which took place Sept. 24 – 26.
The students participated in special educational programming and networking events designed specifically for college students. The students also took advantage of the conference’s professional management, programming, sales/marketing, content creation, and research sessions. PHOTO/Jose Villa, Chief Strategy Officer, Sensis; Ana Castillejos, On-air Personality, The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show; Amari Vann, On-Air Talent, KVLU-FM; Ashley Wilson, Director of Country Programming, Kentucky/Indiana Region, iHeartMedia; Wilnir Louis, Station Manager, WSOU-FM; Zach Sang, Host, Zach Sang Show, Westwood One. Credit: NAB - At left, WSOU Promotions Director Tayla Frey, Technical Operations Director Jillian Fitzpatrick, Staff Representative Kaleigh Diamond, and Program Director Alexis Juarez - Credit: Wilnir Louis.At right, WSOU’s Kaleigh Diamond with Premiere's Delilah - Credit: Wilnir Louis. . READ MORE HERE
95.5 NASH Host Marty McFly Launches 'Shop With A Cop'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2019 –– McFly, a 30-year radio professional who also hosts mornings on the NASH Icon Radio Network for Westwood One, officially launched the charity this week in his hometown of Sparta, TN, with the kick-off of a fundraiser called “Shop With a Cop”.
Working in partnership with the Sparta YMCA and the Sparta Police Department, “Hometown Strong” and “Shop with a Cop” will connect Sparta area children in need with local police officers at Christmas for a free holiday shopping trip.
The main event funding the “Shop with a Cop” program is a benefit motorcycle ride on Saturday, October 19th. Shown above: (L-R): Marty McFly, Sparta Police Chief Doug Goff, Kyle Goff, Chief Executive Officer, Sparta-White County Family YMCA, and Sparta Police Lieutenant Allen Selby.
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Greg Kretschmar Honored In New Hampshire For 35 Years On Air; Emcee'd By Tom Bergeron
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– Before a packed house at The Palace Theatre, longtime New Hampshire host Greg Kretschmar was roasted & toasted by a number of top celebrities including a Gov. Chris Sununu. The event,which marked 35 years on the air for Kretschmar, was emceed by “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron reports WMUR-TV.
Bergeron, who was a radio host in New Hampshire early in his career, first at WHAV, in his home town of Haverhill, MA, and then a popular host in the early 80's on Portsmouth's WHEB, was joined by personalities such as Fritz Wetherbee of “New Hampshire Chronicle and other.”
“It's kind of surreal. Actually. because it doesn't feel like 35 years, but to have this many people come out and be a part of it is very special,” said Kretschmar, who hosts “Greg & The Morning Buzz.” Gov. Chris Sununu declared Oct. 2 as Greg Kretschmar Day in New Hampshire.
KS95 Minny's Beloved Larry 'Moon' Thompson Prepares For His Final Show Tomorrow
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– Larry “Moon” Thompson, one half of the hugely popular Moon & Staci Show on Hubbard's KS95 Minneapolis will crack open the mic for a last time tomorrow morning as he bids farewell after a 17-year run. He tells The Minneapolis' Star Tribune, “Taking away my microphone is like taking away a guitar from Prince. Radio has been my oxygen. Whatever I’ve had to deal with in my life — deaths in the family, losses of marriage, addiction — I’ve always had that microphone. Not having it is going to be hard.”
The paper reports that Thompson has been struggling with the cruel effects of multiple sclerosis since he first learned in 2005 that he had the disease, resorting to a cane a decade ago, then a walker, and finally his tricked-out chair, retaining his self-deprecating sense of humor through every broadcast. “Part of his charm is his ability to laugh at himself in a bad situation,” said on-air partner Staci Matthews who will be joined by new co-host Greg “Hutch” Hutchinson, who previously broadcasted under the name Brad Steele at Z99 in Mankato, starting Monday.
“Listeners are drawn to him because he’s so positive,” said Dave Ryan, KDWB’s morning host and a longtime friend. “You and I might complain about getting too much e-mail, but I’ve never heard him complain about anything. He’ll talk about the MS, but it’s never in a ‘Woe is me’ way.”
Moon admits not doing his show any longer won't be easy. “It’s going to be hard,” he said, “But it does have its blessings. I don’t have to look for Kardashian stories anymore.” READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Amanda 'Lil Brownie' Pizana New Co-host Of Big Mama & the Wild Bunch Morning Show at WXKB-FM Ft. Myers
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– Amanda 'Lil Brownie' Pizana has been named as the new Co-host of the “Big Mama & the Wild Bunch” Morning Show on Beasley's WXKB- FM in Ft. Myers. She will officially begin her new position on Monday, October 7, 2019.
Pizana most recently spent the past four years serving as the nighttime on-air personality at KLIF-FM in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. Previously she also worked at KKDA-FM from 2008-2015.
“I am super excited to be working with Big Mama and The Wild Bunch and to start living my best life in Florida,” said Pizana. “Lil Brownie is a great talent, social media junkie, and has a great attitude, said station Operations Manager, Adam Star. “We are looking forward to have her on the Big Mama and the Wild Bunch Show!”
Ron Parker Exits WLS-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– Venerable host, Ron Parker posted on Facebook: 'Wanted to let all know that this has been my last week at WLS FM Chicago....I started here with the afternoon show in 24th place in that all important demo of 25-54 adults. Now I leave with afternoons 3rd place in a very competitive market. The staff at WLS FM has done an amazing job turning things around the last few years and consistently putting this station Top 3 and above in Chicago".
Chicago Blogger Robert Feder reports that as of this week, Parker's been replaced from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays by former part-timer Erin Carman, a veteran of The Loop and K-Hits. Parker joined WLS in January 2017 from New York, where he worked at Sirius XM Radio, WNSH and WCBS FM. Feder writed that in the latest Nielsen Audio survey, Parker’s show in the top three in afternoons.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Kris Foley Named Region President For iHeart South Ohio Region
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has named Kris Foley Region President for the South Ohio Region, effective immediately. She will report to Tom McConnell, Division President for iHeartMedia Markets Group. “I have worked with Kris for a long time and I’m very excited to have her take on this new role,” said McConnell. “She is extremely talented and a natural leader. Her experience working across all divisions of our company, combined with her knowledge and understanding of the markets within the South Ohio region make her the perfect choice for this position.”
Foley is an adept media veteran who has taken on various roles within the iHeartMedia, most recently serving as the vice president of multi-market partnerships and business developments. She also served as the senior vice president of sales in North Ohio. Foley began her career at KISS 107.1 and is a graduate of Ohio University. “I started my media career in South Ohio as an account executive,” said Foley. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working alongside the strong leaders and incredible team here in South Ohio and I can’t wait to take the region to new levels"
Alpha Media-Lincoln's Julie Gade Retires; Katie Philppi Rises To GM
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– “When you do something since 1977 it’s both exciting and terrifying when it’s time to walk away,” said Julie Gade during her last week as Alpha Media Lincoln general manager. Gade retired on October 1st after a very rewarding career in broadcasting, achieving the Silver Medal Award issued by the American Advertising Federation recognizing men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the advertising industry as well as becoming the Nebraska Broadcasters Association first woman chair.
Gade says, “Radio, our websites, and digital advertising products have been evolving, but one thing that has not changed is the family bond you feel with broadcasters anywhere in the country. They seem to all have a common desire to help, educate and entertain their listeners and viewers. I will miss that energy, their intelligence and insatiable need for humor on a daily basis." Gade thanked Portland, Oregon based Alpha Media and Regional President, George Pelletier of Omaha for the opportunity “to lead this fabulous group of stations” (KFRX, KZKX, KTGL, KIBZ, KLMS, and the nation’s 2019 Heritage Crystal Award winner KFOR).
Katie Philippi will follow Gade as general manager. She has been with the Lincoln stations since 2006, “Over the past 11 years, my day to day role as a sales manager has changed often,” said Philippi. “This is part of the reason I am still so invigorated by the career.” When asked the key to successfully managing a team of people she said, “It requires developing an incredibly high level of trust on both sides.”
After her retirement, Gade “expects to become a scratch golfer, read 5 books a week, and strive for world peace…oh…and recycle everything. In reality, my husband, Jeff, retired from the Lincoln Police Department and Lincoln Public Schools, and my son Cole will no doubt have a whole list of projects I can work on.”
PODCAST: 'Unobscured,' With Aaron Mahnke, Begins Season 2 On iHeartPodcast Network
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– Season two of the iHeartRadio Original Podcast “Unobscured,” hosted by renowned Producer and Host, Aaron Mahnke, premiered yesterday on the iHeartPodcast Network. In the new season Mahnke delves deep into the spooky world of Spiritualism.
Listeners can tune in to discover the truth about the movement—and how it still impacts our world today. The first episode will explore the life of Andrew Jackson Davis, a popular American Spiritualist and how he helped to jumpstart the movement. - LISTEN HERE
NETWORKS: Politicon & KMG Launch Exclusive Audio Coverage Of Politicon 2019
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– Krantz Media Group Networks and Polticon announced the launch of an exclusive Politicon 2019 Audio activation strategy that includes a live 24/7 audio channel “real time podcasts” and live audio coverage featuring the biggest names in politics, entertainment, and media at this year’s Politicon convention. Politicon is annual bipartisan “Unconventional Political Convention” that is taking place in Nashville, Tenn. at the Music City Center on October 26-27, 2019.
This year, more than 10,000 fans will flock to the 5th annual Politicon at Nashville’s Music City Center to see participants such as Al Franken, James Comey, Sarah Sanders, Sean Hannity, James Carville, and more. iHeartMedia and KMG are the official podcast partners of Politicon 2019. Broadcasting live from the center of the action at Music City Center, the Politicon on iHeartRadio channel - Visit iHeart.com/apps to download and listen to Politicon on iHeartRadio now, or listen on www.Politicon.com. Additionally, iHeartMedia Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3/WLAC-AM will broadcast live from radio row on October 26 and 27. “Polticon 2019 immediately has become the biggest news talk political event of the year,” said Gary Krantz, CEO of KMG. “The multi-platform activations by iHeartMedia, as well as the enormous support by ABC Audio, CBS Radio News, and others has been amazing” Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.politicon.com.
EVENT: Rascal Flatts Revealed As Featured Speaker At CRS 2020 Nashville
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– Superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts has been added to the growing list of high-profile speakers confirmed to appear during Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2020. Rascal Flatts: 20 Years Of Country Radio Success, is set for 4:00 pm (CT) on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Nashville’s Omni Hotel, and is sponsored by the Country Music Association (CMA) as its annual featured session at CRS. Sarah Trahern, Chief Executive Officer for CMA, will conduct this in-depth Q&A with the trio. Prior to the 60-min discussion, Rascal Flatts will also appear at the Opening Ceremonies to reveal the Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
CRB/CRS President of the Board, Kurt Johnson, commented, “Rascal Flatts’ indelible mark on Country music for the past two decades makes this a must-see event for CRS2020. Gary, Jay and Joe Don are among the greatest legends of our genre, and their stories will be riveting.” Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre, Rascal Flatts has sold over 11 million concert tickets to date. “2020 is going to be our 20th Anniversary as a band and is a huge milestone for us,” shared Gary LeVox. “Country radio has been such an important part of our story and so we’re looking forward to reflecting on where it all began and where country radio continues to take us today.”
Kyle Sandilands Apologises For Joke Following Public Outrage
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THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– KIIS FM host Kyle Sandilands has apologised for his recent Virgin Mary joke that ignited immediate protest, including the front of the KIIS FM radio station in Sydney. Read more HERE
Fix Radio Bribes Listeners With Cash In London! - Fix Radio, the station for tradespeople handed out twenty pound notes in celebration of National Tradesman’s Day at Britain’s busiest railway station, London Waterloo. Delighted tradespeople were handed crisp £20 notes by Producer Jack from The Ugly Phil Breakfast Show. Now there’s even more cash to win on Fix Radio! You can win £500 ($613) every Friday in “Pay It Forward” with Trade Direct Insurance. To win you have to answer one, “UnGoogleable” question. The answer is given out on the air all week. Watch the video HERE
KCLR In Ireland Offers Log Cabin Prize Worth €10,000 ($10297) - KCLR contestants will see be confined to a Log Cabin on Kilkenny city’s Parade for 72 hours. Cabin Fever is the title of the competition. The winner gets a luxury log cabin worth €10,000. Contestants must be prepared to go into the cabin with a stranger and compete over a range of challenges which will take place on the Parade in Kilkenny where the station will be broadcasting from around the clock.
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Ajit Pai Makes Surprise Visit To Brookings Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019 –– FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Special Counsel Preston Wise were in Brookings, SD on Tuesday, September 17 and made a stop at Brookings Radio to meet the staff and take a tour. “We were honored to welcome Chairman Pai and Special Counsel Wise to Alpha's cluster of radio stations in Brookings, South Dakota. It is really a tribute to his hands-on leadership that he would take the time to visit a small-market group like Alpha Brookings, where the broadcast efforts are so integral to the communities we serve," General Manager Cami Powers said.
Pai was in Brookings to see the new Precision Ag Center at South State University and to visit with students about that new, high-tech program. He was appointed to the FCC by President Obama in 2012 and was designated Chairman by President Trump in 2017.
Pictured Chairman Ajit Pai and Operations Manager Michael Quinn
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WGR 550's Jeremy White Shares Details On-Air Of Tragic Loss Of Quadruplets
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019 –– We were deeply saddened to learn Jeremy White, sports host on Entercom's WGR 550 Buffalo, and his wife, Moll's loss of their quadruplets after they were born prematurely. As People reports, The couple lost the children over the course of six days late last month, the WGR 550 co-host of The Howard and Jeremy show explained in a heartbreaking Twitter post on Tuesday. “Late last Sunday night, Molly started having terrible pains that sent us to the ER at Children’s,” White said in the tweet. “Our efforts to stop pre-term labor fell short, and our quads were all born too early to have a chance at survival.” “We lost our daughter, Zoe, on Monday. Tuesday, our son Lincoln was born and passed.
White walked his audience through the week that began after the Buffalo Bills game September 22nd and a trip to the emergency room at Oishei Children's Hospital. In the days that unfolded last week, one by one the quadruplets were born in pre-term labor, each passing after Jeremy and Mollie were able to meet them and form a bond that will last a lifetime.
"We lost our quadruplets because they were born too soon. There's nothing they could have done", said White as he told cohost Howard Simon and his listeners the horrifying details of the quadruplets' fate. Jeremy and Mollie are now finding strength and support from the very community of family, friends and listeners who were following the 'Buffaloquads' story on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and on the radio. Godspeed Zoe, Lincoln, Miles and Brecken. READ PEOPLE ARTICLE HERE
Elvis Duran Kicks Off First Book Tour On Network TV
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019 –– Premiere Networks-syndicated host Elvis Duran released his first book today: “Elvis Duran: Where Do I Begin? Stories (I Sort of Remember) From a Life Lived Out Loud” from Atria Books.
It details his wildest stories and hardest-learned lessons from his life and more than 20-year career in radio. Elvis launched the book tour with appearances on The Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Duran will make additional stops in Northvale, NJ (October 3), Philadelphia, PA (October 4), Parma, OH (October 7), New York, NY (October 10), Huntington, NY (October 23) and Miami, FL (November 23).
For some added exposure, Elvis sat down for a chat with iHeart cohort, Charlatan The God - WATCH HERE - For an even closer look, check out Radaronline where it shares Elvis' thoughts of some of today's top stars including Howard Stern.
Angelica Vale Takes Middays At Cali 93.9 LA
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019 –– Meruelo's KLLI/Cali 93.9 LA has named Angélica Vale to its lineup where she'll begin hosting middays beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15. Angelica Vale, known as "La Vale," brings a 40-year career in theater, film, TV and radio. She has voiced many animated films, including the Oscar® winning Spanish language version of Disney's animated theatrical film "Coco." Angelica is currently the leading star of Univision's midday drama series
Vale said, "I'm thrilled to host middays on Cali 93.9. In addition to loving this music, I can't wait to connect with listeners. I'm a working mother, wife and daughter. I understand the challenges of juggling schedules, car pools and family obligations. This is a passion project for me; I love radio, I love L.A. and can't wait to be on-air every day."
DJ E-Man, PD of Cali 93.9 commented, "We are very excited to have the incredible talents of Angélica Vale as part of our Cali 93.9 family! Los Angeles will love Angélica's charming personality; she will be a great complement to our great Cali 93.9 team."
Scott Roddy Named PD Over Entercom/Portland Combo
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019 –– Entercom has named Scott Roddy as Program Director and Operations Manager for 99.5 The Wolf (KWJJ-FM) and 105.1 The Buzz (KRSK-FM) in Portland, effective October 7. “Scott has an impressive track record programming leading stations and we’re fortunate to add him to the team,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Portland. “I am confident his proven leadership will enable him to step in and immediately enhance the programming efforts for our stations.”
“Kim Martinez is building a world class operation at Entercom Portland and I’m excited to join her team,” said Roddy. “Her passion for our industry, audience, investors and local team is unparalleled. I’d like to thank Kim, Pat Paxton [Chief Programming Officer, Entercom], Doug Abernethy [Regional President, Entercom], Dave Richards [Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom] and Tim Roberts [Program Director, 98.7 The Breeze] for the opportunity. I'm stoked to join the iconic Wolf and to bring some electricity back to the Buzz.”
Roddy previously served as a Program Director for Entercom from 2009 to 2013 before holding the same position for Saga Communications and, most recently, for Hubbard Broadcasting in St. Louis.
Former Sheriff Darren White Joins Newsradio KKOB in Albuquerque For Middays
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019 –– Former Sheriff Darren White joins Newsradio KKOB in Albuquerque to host middays from 1pm to 3pm MST beginning Monday, October 7th. White served as Bernalillo County Sheriff from 2003-2009, as well as Secretary of New Mexico Department of Public Safety and Albuquerque Chief Public Safety Officer.
“We are excited to welcome Sheriff Darren White to the Newsradio KKOB family. Darren is one of the best political minds around, with deep roots in the Albuquerque media market and New Mexico politics,” said Jeff Berry, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque. “Newsradio KKOB delivers the best lineup in radio and Darren is going to help us fill out our already amazing roster.” “I’m honored to join the legendary KKOB and to host a show in a time slot between a national radio powerhouse in Rush Limbaugh and a radio legend in TJ Trout,” said White. “I’m grateful to Jeff Berry for this amazing opportunity and excited to get behind the mic from 1-3pm to continue the long tradition of engaging talk radio.”
Jay Michaels Adds PD Duties At KRMD 101.1 FM Shreveport
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019 – Jay Michaels, who was named Operations Manager for Cumulus’ five-station cluster in Shreveport back in July, will now serve as PD for it's country outlet, KRMD/101.1. He will continue in his current roles as OM for the cluster, and as Program Director and PM drive on-air personality for HOT AC KQHN/Q97.3. Prior to joining Cumulus, Michaels was Program Director for Cumulus Media’s WJJK and WYRG in Indianapolis, IN.
Aaron Criswell, VP/Market Manager, Cumulus Shreveport-Bossier City, said: "Jay has demonstrated a high level of focus, passion and engagement for the Cumulus Radio Shreveport brands. I am excited he has accepted the responsibility to return KRMD-FM to the legendary ratings status it once held.” Michaels said: “To say that KRMD is a heritage brand is an understatement. I’m excited to work closely and hands on with our talented air staff and reclaim our position as the dominant country leader in the marketplace.”
PODCAST: Frank DiLella & iHeart Broadway Launch 'Show & Tell'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019 –– Frank DiLella, Spectrum News NY1 theater correspondent and host of “On Stage,” and iHeartRadio Broadway, iHeartMedia New York have announced the launch of a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast, “Show & Tell with Frank DiLella,” beginning October 7.
“Show & Tell with Frank DiLella” will be hosted by Emmy Award winning journalist Frank DiLella. With more than a decade’s worth of experience interviewing the biggest stars in entertainment. “We’re thrilled to have Frank DiLella join iHeartRadio Broadway with the new ‘Show & Tell with Frank DiLella’ podcast,” said Sarah Jane Arnegger, Director for iHeartRadio Broadway. “Frank has been an integral part of the Broadway industry for years and with his built-in audience, this podcast will serve as an extension of what Frank does best with his comprehensive reporting style and celebrity theatrical interviews.” Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to “Show & Tell with Frank DiLella” on your favorite device.
[WATCH] The Bert Show's Davi Gets Into Dust-Up With Comedian Heather MacDonald
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019 –– The Westwood One's syndicated Bert Show’s Davi Crimmins got into an unexpected dust-up with comedian Heather MacDonald last week while both were appearing at The City Winery in Atlanta. According to The AJC's Rodney Ho, she felt she was verbally attacked by headliner MacDonald minutes before opening for the comic. There were communication issues that led to Heather getting angry over the fact Davi had no idea she had to keep her set clean.
“I accidentally opened for Satan,” Davi said. “She’s the worst person in the world!” Davi said originally she was given 30 minutes and there were no limitations placed on her material. They then trimmed her time to 15. She was fine with that. She arrived at City Winery early on Friday evening and got her own green room. Before Davi was to open, Heather invited Davi to her green room. After some initial niceties, Heather proceeded to tell Davi that her set had to be clean. No cussing. No sex. That’s for Heather to do, not her. Davi, not prepared, said she could do that on Saturday night but what she had to do in a few minutes would be a little bit blue. “This is where she loses it,” Davi said. After she went into detail on The Bert Show, this prompted MacDonald to call into the show - WATCH HERE
Drake Hall Named Again 'Best of Memphis'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019 –– 98.1 The Max's Drake Hall and The Drake Hall Show are once again ‘Best in Memphis’ according to The Memphis Flyer ‘Best of Memphis’ 2019. Drake Hall took home two categories, as he has for years. Hall is joined on the show by co-hosts Sydney Nabors and Wes Yahola.
Drake humbly stated: “This is truly an honor each time and I am truly thankful to our amazing audience.” Radio Button President, Adam Goodman added: “Drake is what’s truly amazing and unique about radio. He’s truly the rare radio personality that brings people each and every day to the media.” Drake Hall broadcasts mornings on Cumulus’ 98.1 The Max as well as develops digital entertainment through the Radio Button.
EVENTS: Y96.9 Colorado Springs Presents Its First-Ever Boo Bash For HBA Cares
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2019 –– Y96.9 Colorado Springs and Oakwood Homes will host the first-ever Boo Bash to Benefit HBA Cares at the brand-new Boot Barn Hall. The benefit event will feature live entertainment from Artisa recording artist Matt Stell, Big Machine recording artist Noah Schnacky, and Tyler Walker Band, and will be hosted by y96.9’s Afternoon Drive Host Shawn Patrick.
Proceeds from the Boo Bash will benefit local transitional and accessible housing in the Colorado Springs area along with other local community projects. Boo Bash to Benefit HBA Cares will include family friendly costume contest, live entertainment and donation collection benefiting local community housing projects.
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John Sebastian Brings The WOW FACTOR To KOAI-FM Phoenix
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2019 –– Riviera Broadcasting has announced that legendary programmer, John Sebastian, has joined Riviera Broadcasting as Program Director/Consultant of KOAI 95.1/94.9. John will be evolving KOAI into a new unique music format, The WOW Factor.
KOAI will be the first radio station in the country to launch this exciting curation, built exclusively for Baby Boomers and 45+ Gen Xers. Sebastian has programmed stations in numerous major markets including CHR KDWB/Minneapolis, AOR/Rock WCOZ/Boston, Smooth Jazz KTWV/Los Angeles, Classic Rock KSLX/Phoenix and Country WSM/Nashville.
John stated, “KOAI will be the first of many WOW Factor stations across America with an eclectic mix of music researched and curated for Baby Boomers.” Michael Cutchall, CEO of Riviera Broadcasting, commented, “John has been one of the most innovative programmers in the history of radio. There is no one better to connect with listeners and communities in his approach and philosophy to programming. His excitement to join our team is contagious and his desire to win is relentless.”
Chris Roth Named PD For 94.7 The Drive D.C.
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2019 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Chris Roth as Program Director for classic hits 94.7 The Drive (WIAD-FM) in Washington D.C., effective immediately. “One year into the format, we are satisfied with the station’s position but we are constantly seeking new ways to innovate and improve,” said Phil Zachary, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Washington D.C. “Chris Roth brings the vernacular and market knowledge to fine tune 94.7 The Drive to D.C.’s particular tastes.
“Programming 94.7 The Drive is a dream job for me,” said Roth. “I’m passionate about the classic hits format and I’m looking forward to making it the fun destination for D.C. listening.” In this role, Roth will work closely with Entercom classic hits Format Captain and sister station K-EARTH 101 (KRTH-FM) Program Director Chris Ebbott. Roth is a radio veteran who has spent the majority of his 20-year career in the D.C. metro area. Prior to joining Entercom, Roth held multiple programming and on-air roles for iHeartMedia, Hubbard Broadcasting, Salem Media and Red Zebra Broadcasting in Washington D.C., Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, NC and Centennial Broadcasting in Winchester, VA.
MPR Names Stephanie Curtis Director of Programming
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2019 –– Following an extensive national search, MPR has named Stephanie Curtis its Director of Programming. Curtis currently serves as Senior Producer of Audience Development and Engagement, a role she’s held since 2016.
Curtis’ tenure with MPR spans more than 25 years and has included multiple responsibilities ranging from hosting and event production, to social media management and digital strategy. Curtis started out as an associate producer for MPR News, filling in on the production of Midmorning and All Things Considered before going on to be an associate producer at American RadioWorks. She also was the host and co-producer of the financial show, Sound Money. Curtis was a founding producer of The Current, MPR’s AAA music service, and helped establish the public affairs series Policy and a Pint. Additionally, Curtis co-created and then managed MPR News’ books initiative, The Thread, for five years.
PK Adds PD Duties At 102.3 Jack FM Louisville
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2019 –– Alpha's 102.3 Jack FM/WXMA Louisville shared via an internal memo that PK will now be programming the station in addition to his current role as Content Director/Afternoons on ALT 105.1 WGHL." Prior to his arrival in Louisville, PK held stints at ALT 92.1 WFUZ in Scranton, PA for 2 years. Before that at 89X CIMX in Windsor, ON/Detroit, MI.
PK succeeds Sarah Jordan who will focus on Marketing Director duties. She'll also continue to host middays from 10-3p on WDJX.
Delilah Honored With With AFN Challenge Coin
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2019 –– Premiere Networks-syndicated personality Delilah – the most-listened-to woman on radio – was presented with the AFN Challenge Coin by Curt Eckstein and Tom Arnholt of American Forces Radio, on September 26, at the 2019 Radio Show in Dallas, Texas. In the tradition of military challenge coins, which have been issued to service men and women since World War I as a symbol of honor, respect, gratitude and loyalty, Delilah was chosen for her unwavering support of service members and veterans.
Delilah, who co-hosted the NAB Marconi Awards last week, can be heard weeknights at 7 p.m. in Japan, Korea and Central Europe on AFN RADIO's Today's Best Hits Adult Contemporary channel. Pictured left to right: Tom Arnholt (AFN Programming and Operations), Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott, Delilah and Curt Eckstein (AFN Programming and Operations)
EVENTS: #LOVEPUP Foundation & iHeart Colorado Team For #LOVEPUP Family Fest
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2019 –– : iHeartMedia Colorado Springs’ My 99.9 and #LovePup Foundation will host the inaugural #LovePup Family Fest, a free family-focused event to help raise funds, supplies and awareness for rescue dogs.
The benefit event will be hosted by My 99.9’s on-air personality Jonhnjay Van Es of the syndicated radio show Johnjay and Rich.
All monetary and pet supply donations will benefit local Colorado Springs animal rescue organizations including From Forgotten to Forever, Douglas County Canine, National Mill Dog Rescue and more.
iHeart Chicago To Present 3rd Annual Sista Strut Breast Cancer Walk
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI, V103 and Inspiration 1390 will hold the third annual Sista Strut, a 3K breast cancer charity walk to benefit the Sisters Network Inc. (Chicago Chapter), the nation's largest African American breast cancer survivorship organization. Sista Strut will bring awareness to the community resources that help prevent, detect and treat breast cancer, as well as teach attendees about breast cancer’s effects on the African American community.
The 3K walk will be hosted by 107.5 WGCI morning show co-host Kendra G and V103 midday host Bioncé Foxx. Special guest will include Carla Ferrell, co-host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show. All net registration proceeds will benefit the Sisters Network Inc. (Chicago Chapter).
SNAPS: KIOZ-FM San Diego's 'The Show' Voted Best Morning Show For 3rd Year In A Row
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2019 –– For the 3rd year in a row, The Show on Rock 1053 (KIOZ-FM) won the Best Radio Morning Show from the San Diego Union Tribune Reader's Poll. They also won Best Drive Time Show and the station Rock 1053, won Best Radio Station. In The Best Radio Personality Category, honors went to Geena the Latina (BL) of Channel 93.3.
Favorites among radio categories also included: Jagger & Kristi (BR) on Magic 92.5 FM; AJ & Sara in the Morning on KXSN Sunny 98.1 FM; Dana & Jayson on KBZT Alt 94.9 FM; John & Tammy in the Morning on KSON 103.7 FM; Kramer & Geena on KHTS Channel93.3 FM; The Cantore Show on KFMB 100.7 FM; The DSC Show (Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw) on 101.5 KGB FM.
Eddie Pappani says “It is such a cool thing because we never shill for votes on the air. This is all our listeners just voting for us on their own. Very cool!” PHOTO/L-R: Thor, Sky, Eddie and Emily Griffiths.
iHeart Sets Date For 2nd Annual Podcast Awards
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019 –– In celebration of International Podcast Day, iHeartMedia announced the return of the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards to the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8 p.m. PT. The second annual live awards event, which will broadcast and stream live across iHeartMedia stations nationwide, will honor the most entertaining and innovative podcasts of 2019 and will span 30 categories, celebrating the incredible talent and wide variety of leaders across the booming podcasting industry.
“The podcasting landscape has truly grown and is now reaching a mainstream audience,” said Anya Grundmann, Senior Vice President for Programming and Audience Development at NPR. “As a ‘Podcast Pioneer’ we are thrilled to see the range of terrific new programs out there and excited that iHeart has created such a powerful platform to showcase standout shows.” “When we introduced the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards last year, we knew we wanted to celebrate the most talented podcast creators out there – the key reason that podcasting continues to grow exponentially,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “The response to last year’s awards was amazing. This is the one time of the year that all the most popular podcasters come together to celebrate the community of podcasting truly as colleagues, not competitors.
In addition, this year’s awards will include three Icon Awards -- The Innovator Award, The Social Impact Award and The Pioneer Award. Select category winners will be announced during the live show and stream filled with unique celebrations at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles.
Steven Lewis Named PD & Afternoon Drive Host For WNDX-FM/93.9X
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed Steven Lewis as Program Director and On-Air Host, Afternoon Drive, for Indianapolis Active Rock radio station, WNDX-FM/93.9X. Lewis debuts on 93.9X on Monday, October 7th. Lewis joins Cumulus Indianapolis from iHeartMedia-Cincinnati, where he was the Assistant Director of Custom/National Programming since December 2017, and previously held Program Director positions in Dayton, OH, and Saginaw, MI.
This marks a return to Cumulus for Lewis, who held an on-air position in the Cincinnati cluster from 2016-2017. Christopher “Boomer” Layfield, Operations Manager, WNDX-FM, said: “93.9X shot out of a cannon to incredible audience response when we launched back in May, thanks to Doug Hamand, Troy Hanson, Derek Madden and Jim Kurdziel. We’re now adding just the right mad rock programming genius to make us dangerous… in a good way. Steven is ideally suited to lead this team. I share his vision and look forward to working with him to firmly establish the 93.9X brand in Indy.”
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Taylor Swift & Katy Perry Among Headliners For iHeart's 2019 Jingle Ball National Tour
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019 ––The 2019 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour presented by Capital One kicks off December 1st in Tampa and stopping in cities all across the US throughout December including Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami. This year's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour lineup includes Taylor Swift (who will be performing in NYC on her 30th birthday) Katy Perry, BTS, Billie Eilish, Jonas Brothers, Sam Smith, Camila Cabello, Halsey, 5 Seconds of Summer, Khalid, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, NF, French Montana, Lizzo, Normani, Dan + Shay, CNCO, Why Don’t We, Monsta X, Lauv, Lewis Capaldi, Zara Larsson, Fletcher, MAX, and AJ Mitchell.
Adding to the festivities, iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in New York City set for December 13th will also be featured in an exclusive livestream on The CW App and CWTV.com. The CW Network will also broadcast the event as a nationwide special on Thursday, December 19th at 8pm ET.
Capital One lineups per city below. Tampa, Florida - 12/1: 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball at Amalie Arena --- Los Angeles, California - 12/6: KIIS FM's Jingle Ball Presented by Capital One at The Forum ----- San Francisco, California - 12/8: WiLD 94.9's Jingle Ball at The Masonic ------ Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota - 12/9: 101.3 KDWB's Jingle Ball at Xcel Energy Center ----- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 12/11: Q102's Jingle Ball at Wells Fargo Center ------- New York, New York - 12/13: Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden -------Boston, Massachusetts - 12/15: KISS 108's Jingle Ball at TD Garden ------- Washington, DC - 12/16: Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball at Capital One Arena ------- Chicago, Illinois - 12/18: 103.5 KISS FM's at Allstate Arena ------- Atlanta, Georgia - 12/20: Power 96.1's Jingle Ball at State Farm Arena and Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Florida - 12/22: Y100 Jingle Ball at BB&T Center - PHOTO/iHeart
PODCASTS: 'If You Don't Create A Strong Position Today, You're Lost' - David Field
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019 –– Entercom Chairman & CEO David Field was a recent guest on the latest episode of Variety's 'Strictly Business' and tells Todd Spangler, "The podcasting business is exploding, and if you don’t create a strong position today I think you’re lost." Variety reports he's now looking to supercharge the ' scale of his audience' with synergies to turn his business into a digital-audio juggernaut.
Last month, Entercom entered an agreement to buy full control of Cadence13, a New York-based podcast studio and distribution company — after acquiring a 45% stake for $9.7 million two years ago — in addition to the acquisition of podcast producer Pineapple Street Media. The deals helped pushed Philadelphia-based Entercom into the No. 3 spot among U.S. podcast publishers, after NPR and iHeartMedia.
"While podcasts are a small piece of the overall business for now, “the podcasting business is exploding, and if you don’t create a strong position today I think you’re lost,” Field said on the latest episode of the Variety podcast “Strictly Business.” Entercom would have moved into podcasting sooner, he added, except it decided to hold off as it integrated CBS Radio. “We feel very good right now. We think we have the right platform by doing both of these deals,” Field said. “We’re excited about our growth opportunities and don’t see the need to do any further acquisitions in this space at this time.”
Tessa Barrera To Co-Host The Rod Ryan Morning Show On 94.7 The Buzz Houston
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019 –– Beginning today, Tessa Barrera joins Rod Ryan, Alex Middleton and Executive Producer, Jose “The Chile” Santos on The Rod Ryan Morning Show on 94.7 The Buzz Houston. “Tessa brings an amazingly strong on-air presence along with an accomplished set of skills in radio, news, sports and television,” said Elliott Wood, Program Director for 94.5 The Buzz. “Her attitude as a go-getter and involvement in the community with great organizations like the Special Olympics makes her the right fit here at The Buzz.” “
“It is a true honor to be back in the Lone Star state doing what I love,” said Barrera. “Joining a market as well respected as Houston brings me so much pride, and I can’t wait to lay these roots back in Texas.”
Barrera comes to The Buzz from KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles where she served as a news anchor and executive producer. She also previously worked at KZTV/KRIS where she was the first Latina sports anchor in South Texas, covering the Astro’s minor league affiliate, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Texas A&M Kingsville. She also was a field reporter during Hurricane Harvey, where she covered the destruction and effects of the Texas storm.
FEDER: Bill Kurtis Out At WGN 720; Jennifer Weigel Moves To Nights On WLS
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 20219 –– The always reliable Robert Feder reports that legendary Chicago anchorman Bill Kurtis won’t be heard on WGN 720-AM anymore as new owner Nexstar has made yet another move since taking over ownership. Starting today, station identifications and promos will be recorded by Steve Kamer, a New York-based voice-over artis
Under executive vice president Sean Compton Nexstar is seeking to broaden the appeal of the former Tribune and Feder points to new jingles for WGN that incorporates the familiar theme music from the TV station’s newscasts. “We are embracing our Midwest roots,” a Nexstar spokesman said. “Going to bring back the warmness of WGN — a station for everyone.”
In yet another move in Chicago, Feder adds that Jenniffer Weigel will be leaving Erich Mancow Muller's morning show on WLS 890 AM and starting October 8 she'll move to nights to host her own show from 10 p.m. to midnight. WLS program director Stephanie Tichenor called Weigel’s new show “the only locally produced female-hosted show in our market,” saying it would feature “a blend of all things Chicago — arts, entertainment and politics.”
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019 –– Happy to report that California Angels radio host Mark Langston returned to Angel Stadium for the regular-season finale on Sunday, nine days after he was revived following a medical emergency in the radio booth at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports that Langston, a former major league pitcher, collapsed minutes before the Astros' 6-4 win against the Angels. Two Houston Police Department commanders — Paul Follis and Daryn Edwards — rushed inside the booth and brought Langston back to life. Langston told reporters on Sunday he was "dead for 3 ½ minutes" after suffering ventricular fibrillation.
"This has God literally all over this entire thing," Langston said. "Because everybody said, you usually don't see a positive scenario out of this, ever. Usually it's the worst-case scenario." On Tuesday in Houston, Langston underwent a procedure that inserted a defibrillator into his heart. Langston returned to California on Saturday and came back to the ballpark on Sunday.
HONORS: Mary Berner &Weezie Kramer Among Recipients Of 2019 Gracies Leadership
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' CEO Mary Berner and Entercom's Chief Operating Officer Weezie Kramer along with Rosemary Mercedes EVP and Chief Communications Officer, Univision - Michelle Rice General Manager, TV One - Michelle Vicary EVP of Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media - Danyelle Wright VP Employment & Labor Law and Chief Diversity Officer, E.W. Scripp, shave been named recipients of this year's 2019 Gracies Leadership Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media. Recipients will be honored at the Gracies Leadership Awards in New York on November 21.
The Gracies Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women who pave the way as change-agents and ceiling-breakers across the industry. READ MORE HERE
EVENTS: Cumulus Wilmington Kicks Off Annual 'Christmas For Our Troops'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Wilmington announces that its station cluster will launch its annual “Christmas For Our Troops” fundraiser and series of donation drives benefiting the troops on October 11th, collecting items donated by the community for deployed servicemen and women and raising funds to ship the packages overseas in time for Christmas. Cumulus Wilmington, in partnership with Step Up For Soldiers, will collect items including writing utensils, games, snacks, bottled drinks, and other items on the attached suggested donation list that are easy to use, easy to wash, and easy to store and will mail them overseas to troops deployed over the holidays.
“Christmas For Our Troops” is generously sponsored by Piggly Wiggly in Leland, Cape Fear Family Law, and Register’s Auto Glass. Eric McCart, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Wilmington, said: “In addition to collecting items, an important need we have is to collect money for our Christmas For Our Troops “Postage Fund”. It costs $14.35 to send each flat rate box overseas. So, the more monetary donations we receive, the more Christmas packages we can send to our troops!! We will be accepting both “Postage Fund” and suggested item donations while we’re on location at our collection sites. Postage Fund donations can also be made online through the Step Up For Soldiers website at https://www.stepupforsoldiers.org/.” A complete listing of Christmas For Our Troops Donation drive locations and times along with a list of suggested donation items are available on our radio station websites.
WATCH - Robert De Niro Has Two Words For Fox News - CAUTION/Strong Language
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Meet This Year's NAB Marconi Award Winners
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019 –– Winners of the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday evening at the 30th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner held at the Radio Show in Dallas, Texas. This year's NAB Marconi Radio Award recipients are:
Legendary Station of the Year KRTH-FM, Los Angeles, CA --- AC Station of the Year KRWM-FM, Bellevue, WA Legendary Station Manager of the Year Dan Seeman, Hubbard Twin Cities and Hubbard North, St. Paul, MN (Hubbard, winner of 4 awards) --- Best Radio Podcast of the Year "Denied Justice Podcast", WCCO-AM, Minneapolis, MN --- Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Networks --- CHR Station of the Year KRBE-FM, Houston, TX (home to The Roula & Ryan Show, have now won 2 out of last three years) --- Major Market Personality of the Year Felger & Massarotti, WBZ-FM, Boston, MA --- Classic Hits Station of the Year WMGK-FM, Philadelphia, PA --- Large Market Personality of the Year Crisco, Dez and Ryan, KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN --- College Station of the Year WRHU-FM, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY --- Medium Market Personality of the Year Mike Street, WBTJ-FM, Richmond, VA --- Country Station of the Year KYGO-FM, Denver, CO --- Small Market Personality of the Year Scotty and Catryna, KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO --- News/Talk Station of the Year KIRO-FM, Seattle, WA --- Major Market Station of the Year WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C. Religious Station of the Year KKFS-FM, Sacramento, CA --- Large Market Station of the Year KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN --- Rock Station of the Year WRIF-FM, Detroit, MI --- Medium Market Station of the Year KIPR-FM, Little Rock, AR --- Spanish Station of the Year KLOL-FM, Houston, TX --- Small Market Station of the Year KWYO-AM, Sheridan, WY --- Sports Station of the Year WBZ-FM, Boston, MA --- Urban Station of the Year WHQT-FM, Hollywood, FL
Four renowned radio personalities and previous Marconi Radio Award winners returned to celebrate the 30th anniversary. Delilah, Rickey Smiley and Tom and Kristi of "The Bob and Tom Show" served as emcees and presenters throughout the event. Additional information about the 2019 Radio Show is available here. - PHOTO/Art Vuolo
AJ Maguire Teams For 'AJ & Joanna Morning Show' At Sunny 106.5 Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019 –– Sunny 106.5, Las Vegas announced that AJ Maguire will join the program lineup as the new co-host of the “AJ and Joanna Morning Show" joining the popular Joanna Baumann (R). I’m extremely excited to join the iHeartMedia Las Vegas team and to be teaming up with Joanna for morning drive,” said Maguire.
Maguire joins the iHeartMedia Las Vegas market from Cox Media Group, where he most recently served as the afternoon host for WWKA and WMMO for the past three years. He also served as the morning host for WWKA as well as morning host/assistant program director for Oasis Radio’s WBTU in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He began his career at KSYN and KIXQ in Joplin, Missouri and attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
Joe 'Flu Season' Lewis Joins The Lineup And Programming Team At KTCX-FM Beaumont, TX
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announces that it has appointed Joe “Flu Season” Lewis as On-Air Host, Afternoons, and Programming Assistant for Beaumont, TX, Urban Mainstream radio station Magic 102.5/KTCX-FM. Flu Season moves to Cumulus Beaumont from Cumulus Macon, GA, where he is On-Air Host, Nights, for Blazin’ 92.3/WLZN-FM, and which he will continue to host remotely. Flu Season’s new show on Magic 102.5/KTCX-FM airs Monday through Friday from 3:00pm-8:00pm.
Flu Season started his radio career in Richmond, VA, at WRHH/Hot 99.3 and later moved to Charleston, SC, to host nights on WWBZ/Hot 98.9. He has also hosted afternoons on WIHB 92.5 and 99.3 in Charleston. Flu Season has appeared in television shows and films including Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” and Lifetime’s “Army Wives”.
Flu Season said; “I’m excited to join forces with Kelly Mac, Kenny Smoov, Doug Hamand, Bo Brown and the entire Cumulus team. My goal is to earn my PD stripes one day and grow my brand and show on various platforms and stations, and I believe this new venture is a great starting point!”
Rick Everett Named Operations Manager For Townsquare Media Hudson Valley, NY
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019 –– Rick Everett has been tapped as OM over Townsquare Media's eight station cluster in the Hudson Valley. He succeeds Joe Limardi, the cluster’s OM for the past five years who is leaving to start a new business outside radio. “Rick has a proven track record of guiding multiple formats to success and he brings a wealth of experience to our local group”, said Jason Finkelberg, Market President for Townsquare Media of The Hudson Valley, “I can’t wait to write the next chapter of our legendary stations together.”
"I'm excited and feel very fortunate to be joining the great team of professionals at Townsquare Media/Hudson Valley. I look forward to continuing the great success that this legendary cluster has achieved. My thanks to Jason Finkelberg and Kurt Johnson for their support", added Everett. Most recently Rick served as Operations Manager for Shamrock Communications in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market. Prior to that, Rick spent over a decade guiding Hall Communications’ in Providence.
Power 106 LA Tops One Million YouTube Subscribers!
Over 598 million impressions in 2019!
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019 –– Meruelo Media’s Vice President of Digital, Jeffrey Thacker has good reason to celebrate; Power 106 just surpassed 1 million You Tube subscribers on its Power 106 You Tube channel. “Power 106 is the most followed radio station west of the Mississippi. I moved to Los Angeles (previously at Hot 97, New York) with the goal of growing Power 106’s subscribers, increasing quality content production and delivering our content on the platforms that listeners use. We have enjoyed extraordinary growth in the past few months and look forward to more original content production."
Vice President Marketing, Dianna Jason added, “Our amazing engineering staff just completed the expansion of our Meruelo Media Burbank studios, adding 3 state of the art recording studios and one that was specifically designed for TV and digital content production. We’re excited to launch our first Meruelo Sound Stage event in October with Nick Cannon at our Meruelo TV Studios facility in Los Angeles. This is the start of many exciting projects for our brands.”
PODCASTS: iHeart Officially Launches Original Podcast 'Next Question With Katie Couric'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced the official launch of “Next Question with Katie Couric,” an iHeartRadio Original Podcast hosted by Katie Couric, an award-winning journalist, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Katie Couric Media. The show will join the iHeartPodcast Network and will explore some of today’s most important issues and transformative trends through insightful and engaging conversations that span news, politics, and pop culture.
The second of 12 weekly episodes will be available October 10 on iHeartRadio and wherever you find podcasts. The first, on how pornography is impacting sexual relationships, was released as a sneak preview of the new podcast series and can be heard HERE.
“The iHeartPodcast Network is committed to growing its vast podcast library with culturally significant content every day,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “With the addition of ‘Next Question with Katie Couric,’ we aim to give listeners a nuanced and expert perspective on topics affecting our daily lives from one of the industry’s all-time best. At this point in our country’s history, and amidst the nonstop daily news cycle, we need an experienced and incisive perspective on the issues that matter – and that’s Katie Couric.”
'Disgraceland' Returns For Its 4th Season
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019 –– Season 4 of iHeartRadio’s Original Music Podcast, “Disgraceland,” produced and hosted by Jake Brenan premiered Thursday on the iHeartPodcast Network. In the first episode of the musical true crime podcast, Brenan covers N.W.A, the self-proclaimed, “most dangerous hip hop group in America.”
This season examines Led Zeppelin and the dangers of the band’s guitarist, Jimmy Page; the story behind Madonna’s difficult and deeply saddening rise to fame; and even explores Eric Clapton’s drug addiction and his murderous drummer. Listeners are in for a treat as this podcast combines true crime and music.
Bob & Tom Brings Out Top Comedians During Live Broadcast From Dallas Radio Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019 –– The Bob & Tom Show aired live this week from the Main Lobby of the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The all-star lineup included comedians Donnie Baker, Greg Hahn, Al Jackson, Pat Godwin, and Alli Breen, and comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo, with The Black Crowes’ Steve Gorman and social media personality April Rose in the house to talk about "Steve Gorman Rocks!", a new live weeknight show for Classic Rock radio distributed exclusively by Cumulus' Westwood One.
"The Bob & Tom Show" is also distributed exclusively by Westwood One.Tom Griswold and Kristi Lee also served as co-host for the Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show along with Delilah and Rickey Smiley at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
SNAPS: Second Installment Of 'WOR Live' Held This Week At NYC's Cutting Room
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019 –– The full station local lineup (Len Berman, Michael Riedel, Joe Bartlett, Mark Simone, and Joe Concha) appeared live on stage together for the first time and had a spirited conversation about some of the day’s top stories, their radio careers, and what has changed in radio in recent years.
Veteran Channel 7 Eyewitness News reporters N.J. Burkett and Toni Yates joined the WOR team for a discussion of how news reporting has changed in the wake of 9/11. Pictured (left to right): Toni Yates, Mark Simone, Joe Bartlett, Len Berman, Michael Riedel, Joe Concha, and N.J. Burkett
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Mike Francesa To Host 31st Annual Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony In NYC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 –– Mike Francesa, the longtime PM Drive Host on WFAN AM/FM New York Sports Radio, where he currently hosts Mike’s On, Francesa on the Fan, and 2018 Radio Hall of Fame inductee, will host the 31st Annual Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony and celebration. The black-tie optional event takes place in New York City on Nov. 8th at the iconic Gotham Hall in midtown-Manhattan. Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “Quintessential New Yorker Mike Francesa will bring big energy, humor, and great perspective to this year’s Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony. We’re honored to have him as our master of ceremonies.”
The 2019 inductees include Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, Harry Harrison, Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter (Kevin & Bean), Joe Madison, Jim Rome, Ryan Seacrest, John Teshand Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
Tickets are now available at www.radiohalloffame.com. A portion of ticket purchases is a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications. The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Court Overturns FCC Changes In Media-Ownership Rules; NAB 'Disappointed'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 –– A federal appeals court has thrown out changes to media ownership rules approved by the FCC in 2017, saying the agency should have looked more closely at potential impacts on minority ownership and that it would vacate and remand “the bulk of” the FCC’s actions over the last three years. According to The Wall Street Journal, In its ruling Monday, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it agreed with public-interest groups that “the Commission did not adequately consider the effect its sweeping rule changes will have on ownership of broadcast media by women and racial minorities.”
“It’s become quite clear that there is no evidence or reasoning—newspapers going out of business, broadcast radio struggling, broadcast TV facing stiffer competition than ever—that will persuade them to change their minds,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. He added that the FCC would “seek further review” of the appeals court decision.
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement, “Media ownership matters because what we see on our screens says so much about who we are as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. But over my objection, the FCC has been busy dismantling the values embedded in its ownership policies. Today, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. The court rightly sent the FCC's handiwork back to the agency because the FCC's analysis was so "insubstantial." The FCC shouldn't be in the business of cutting corners when it comes to honoring our long-held values when updating media ownership policies.” The NAB, Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton wrote in a statement: “NAB is disappointed with the appellate court’s 2-1 decision vacating the FCC’s measured decision reforming outdated media ownership rules - We strongly encourage the FCC to appeal this misguided decision so that broadcasters can compete on an even playing field with tech giants and pay TV conglomerates.” READ ENTIRE STORY HERE
Gene Sandbloom Named Operations Director Over Alpha's Portland Cluster And 101.9 KINK-FM PD
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media Portland has named Gene Sandbloom as its Operations Director and Program Director for 101.9 KINKFM effective October 1. Sandbloom will lead the content and programming teams for the company’s seven iconic Portland brands spanning the radio spectrum: FM 101 KXL (News/Talk), LIVE 95.5 (KBFF/Top 40), 98.7 THE BULL (KUPL/Country), 101.9 KINK FM (AAA), 750 THE GAME (KXTG/Sports), WE 102.9(KWEE/Hip Hop) and Freedom 970 (KUFO/Conservative Talk).
Most recently, Sandbloom was Operations Manager at KROQ and 93.1 JACK FM/Los Angeles. Prior to his 25-year run at CBS Radio, he was A&R Director at MCA Records and Managing Editor of Network40 Magazine. For CBS Radio, Sandbloom produced Openline for the cluster, was the “go-to”guy for all of the Marconi and Crystal Awards submissions for KROQ, worked closely with sales and promotions to ensure the stations were over-delivering on client commitments, and had been an important voice in all strategic programming decisions during his time at KROQ and JACK.
Alpha Media Portland SVP/Market Manager, Lisa Decker commented,“We are THRILLED to have Gene join us. His leadership, creativity, experience and can-do attitude is a perfect fit. He will add a new dynamic to our team.”“Talk about a match made in heaven. I get to work for the world class KINK FM and one of the smartest radio groups in the most progressive city in the U.S. Thanks to Bob Proffitt, Lisa Decker and Phil Becker at Alpha Media for the fantastic opportunity,” stated Sandbloom.
Todd Manley Exits WGN-AM Following Sale To Nexstar
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 –– Fresk off the heels of Nexstar Media acquiring Tribune's WGN-AM, Robert Feder reports that Todd Manley, station manager and vice president of content has exited the post and named news and operations director Mary Sandberg Boyle interim boss.
In a meeting with staffers Friday, new executive vice president Sean Compton hinted that more changes would be coming.
David Begenske Joins Mornings At K-FROG
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the addition of David Bugenske to “The Wake Up Call” on K-FROG (KFRG-FM/KXFG-FM) in Riverside, effective immediately. Bugenske will join Kelli “Green” Barajas and Ginny Harman as a co-host on the show, weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT.
“We are so excited to welcome a champion for country music and country radio to the K-FROG family,” said Michael Valenzuela, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Riverside. “David’s remarkable personality, presence on social media and love for serving the Southern California community is a natural fit for a heritage station such as K-FROG. We look forward to creating great content with David.”
Bugenske has nearly 18 years of experience in the radio industry. Prior to joining Entercom, he served as an on-air personality for KKGO-FM in Los Angeles. Other previous positions include on-air roles for Premiere Networks, Florida Gators Radio Network, WFLA-AM in Tampa, FL and WXXL-FM in Tavares, FL.
NETWORKS: WWO Launches Variety Hits
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One announced the launch of two Variety Hits formats. Variety Hits-Pop and Variety Hits-Rock will join 20 other radio formats which the company provides to 1500 affiliated radio stations. Westwood One’s Variety Hits formats will debut in mid-October. Variety Hits focuses on familiar hits from five decades of music with long music sweeps, fun production and imaging, numerous opportunities for local station identification, and complete spot-break flexibility. It is distributed on STORQ2, Westwood One’s patented delivery platform. Affiliated stations can retain their desired image, slogans and live shows, and local identifiers are supplied by the network imaging voice.
The Variety Hits format is available in two distinct versions: Variety Hits-Pop featuring artists like Journey, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Maroon 5, and Variety Hits-Rock skewing toward artists like Aerosmith, Queen, Nirvana, and Fleetwood Mac. Both versions will have large libraries spanning the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. “The Variety Hits format checks a lot of boxes for many markets, and the time is right for us to build a satellite-delivered version that enhances our successful custom music-scheduled format,” commented Kirk Stirland, President of Programming at Westwood One. “We designed this to accommodate our customers who wanted an unbranded, flexible structure, with up to 13 opportunities an hour to make it their own.” More info is available at www.westwoodone.com, and through Eric Sundstrom, Vice President of Affiliate Sales, at email@example.com or (505) 510-2373.
United Stations Extend With Accuweather; Join To Introduce Weather From The Cloud
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 –– United Stations announced that its longstanding partnership with AccuWeather is about to go to a new level of service. AccuWeather is introducing AccuWeather+ which will deliver a new lineup of innovations that will help subscribing radio affiliates reach more consumers in more media consumption points.
Additionally, United Stations and AccuWeather are jointly launching Weather from the Cloud, a new weather forecast option for radio stations with contemporary formats. Weather from the Cloud forecasts will incorporate more lifestyle content into the reports, which will provide music radio stations with programming options that had not been available previously.
All of these announcements of programming and service expansion coincide with a multi-year extension of the longstanding partnership between United Stations and AccuWeather. Stefan Jones of United Stations noted that “Weather remains one of the few must-have programming elements for radio stations looking to stay connected with their local audiences. Weather is still ‘lean-in’ content, and we’re thrilled to be expanding the ways in which our current affiliates can engage with their audiences, and we’re doubly thrilled that we have new options with which we can service formats that may not have had the right kind of broadcast produced for them in the past.” For more info, contact Andy Denemark, 212-536-3603 firstname.lastname@example.org
Benztown Mentorship Program Honoree Nick Tehrani To Be Mentored By Bob Lawrence And Fred Jacobs
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 –– Benztown and The National Radio Talent System™, the system of Radio Talent Institutes across America announced the selection of the Benztown Mentorship Program’s fourth quarter mentee, Nick Tehrani, graduate of the KBA Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University.
Through the Benztown Mentorship Program, Fred Jacobs, President of Jacobs Media Strategies, and Bob Lawrence, VP of Programming, Saga Communications, Inc., will personally mentor Tehrani in their Detroit-area offices and studios for two days in October. Jacobs and Lawrence will also mentor Tehrani virtually throughout the fall academic semester.
The Benztown Mentorship Program offers one-to-one mentoring to select students who are accepted into The Radio Talent Institutes of the National Radio Talent System™, on an ongoing basis, with structured mentoring opportunities during the spring and fall semesters. Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “Through the Benztown Mentorship Program, we are pleased to help The National Radio Talent System™ connect two of radio’s most accomplished and esteemed professionals with Nick Tehrani, an up-and-coming radio student working toward a career in radio through the Benztown Mentorship Program. We’re incredibly impressed with Nick and are thrilled to help make this special opportunity available to him, as one of the bright and talented young broadcasters who will help drive our industry into the future.” Dan Vallie, President, The National Radio Talent System™, remarked: “Reflect back to back to when you were getting in the business and imagine the excitement of what it would have been like to have the opportunity to be mentored by Fred Jacobs and Bob Lawrence. That is what Nick will actually experience through this mentorship, thanks to Chachi and Benztown and of course to Fred and Bob.
HONORS: Chris Stapleton Named First ACM Artist-Songwriter Of The Decade Recipient
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 –– The Academy of Country Music® announced the ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award recipient Chris Stapleton, who was awarded in a surprise presentation recently at the Berry Hill Studios in Nashville TN. Stapleton joins as the third recipient of the seven all-new ACM Decade Award categories, including most recently announced ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award recipient Rhett Akins and ACM Song of the Decade Award recipients Miranda Lambert, and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, for “The House That Built Me.”
The ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award is defined as an artist who has commercially released material, written in whole or in part by the artist. This award recognizes a songwriter whose creative works and performance have impacted country music over the decade. The factors to be considered are, but are not limited to success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.
“Had Chris Stapleton not been an artist, his impact on country music as a songwriter would be indelible,” says Kelly Rich, ACM Special Awards Committee Co-Chair. “Had he not been a songwriter for himself and others, his influence as a recording artist, performer and vocalist would have been just as undeniable. In combination, however, Chris epitomizes the spirit and intent of this award. We are thrilled to recognize both aspects of his contribution to country music over the last decade."
Photo L-R: Clay Hunt; Red Light Management; Kelly Rich, ACM Special Awards Committee Co-Chair; Chris Stapleton; Zach Peters, Red Light Management; Chuck Aly, ACM Vice President and Special Awards Committee Co-Chair. Photo Credit: Terry Wyatt/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music
Sandy McIlree Becomes Anita Ferrari In 'Unite The Fight Gala'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019 –– United Stations Radio Network Syndicated host Sandy McIlree of The Sandy Show transformed into Anita Ferrari for the annual "Unite The Fight Gala" benefiting The Equality Alliance.
Sandy was the straight ally for this years event and performed Reba McEntire's classic "Fancy" and Gretchen Wilson's hit "Redneck Women" McIlree raised over $10K for the charity but sadly, was not crowned Miss Unite The Fight 2019.
If you dare, the entire performance can be seen on The Sandy Show YouTube Channel
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iHeartRadio Music Festival Rocked Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2019 –– After two days and dozens of legendary performances, the ninth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest concluded on Saturday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with unforgettable performances. The iconic weekend-long concert event included the biggest names in music across all genres on the main stage at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the evenings of September 20 and September 21, and at the Daytime Stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday afternoon at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.
In addition to host Ryan Seacrest, iHeart talent Big Boy, Bobby Bones, The Breakfast Club, Woody, Tanya Rad and Sisanie all joined the celebration.
In the past nine years, the Festival has helped raise $2 million for a number of charities including the American Association for Cancer Research, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, Musicians on Call, Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS, Lalela, The Genesis Foundation for Children, Community Foundation of NW Mississippi, City of Hope, Lupus Research Alliance, Camp Southern Ground, Kristen Ann Carr Fund and many more. Additionally, the Festival plays host to a number of critically ill children and their families through its long-term partnership with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises and Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival.
ABC Radio Rebrands As ABC Audio; Heidi Oringer & Abe Velez Promoted
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2019 –– Stacia Philips Deshishku, VP and GM of ABC Audio (L) issued a memo on Friday saying, "It’s time for change, both outdoors and here at ABC. Today, we're making official what has increasingly been done in practice -- the use of ABC Audio in place of ABC Radio as our umbrella brand.“Audio” is a natural evolution of our branding. It says “yes, and…” to the many, growing touchpoints for our journalism and stories."
She added, " ABC Audio will house all that we have to offer: our industry-leading heritage news product, ABC News Radio; our new on-demand content team; our Affiliate Solutions group; the growing business development department; our sales integration operation; and our FM entertainment team."
"I am also pleased to announce that Heidi Oringer (BL) has been promoted to Executive Director of Business Strategy, Programming and Distribution and Abe Velez (BR) has been promoted to Director of Business Development and Strategy. Most recently Heidi was the Director of Affiliate Solutions, playing an integral role in growing ABC Radio’s roster to its current affiliate base and creating new programming and products, including the nationally syndicated The Deja Vu Show. "
"In the years since joining ABC in the newly-created Business Development function, there’s hardly been a partner deal that has not been vetted, modeled, negotiated, or wordsmithed by Abe" wrote Stacia. "He played a vital role in the 2015 network relaunch of ABC Radio, and his creative instincts have further elevated him as a trusted leader. Stretching beyond his Business Development charge, he collaborated with Oscar-winning composer Leo Sidran to produce the theme for 'Start Here'."