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Big Machine Denies Taylor Swift's Claims Of Not Being Allowed To Perform Older Songs
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 –– Taylor Swift is reigniting her feud with Big Machine Label Group's Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun (inset L & R), alleging they both are refusing to allow her to perform her catalog of songs when she appears at the AMA's to receive the Artist of the Decade Award on Nov. 24 reports The Hollywood Reporter. Taking to Twitter on Thursday to explain to fans "what's been going on." Swift writes that she originally planned to perform a medley of her hits onstage, but Borchetta and Braun "claim that would be re-recording my music before I'm allowed to next year."
Swift posted: “Scott Borchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun"
Swift added, “The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up.” “Or you’ll be punished.” Swift pleaded to with her fans and fellow artists to back her against Braun and Borchetta, who have not made any public statements regarding the singer’s latest post. Read Swift Post HERE
Big Machine reponded by saying, "As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her Tumblr statements yesterday based on false information. At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate. READ MORE HERE
Kicks Atlanta Flips To 'New Country 101 Five,' JJ Kincaid Joins For Mornings, Lucas Phelan Afternoons
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 –– Cumulus launched Atlanta’s New Country 101.FIVE (WKHX-FM), an innovative radio outlet celebrating the great songs and sounds of Georgia’s homegrown artists. These stars feed souls and fill hearts, stadiums and concert halls around the world. “Dirt We Were Raised On” by quintessential Georgian, Macon’s Jason Aldean, kicked off the new station at 3:00PM, followed by songs from The Zac Brown Band, LukeBryan, Kane Brown, Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, Sugarland, and Trisha Yearwood, talent with deep local roots, each a testament to the global influence and power of the Georgia Country music scene. The heritage Country station, which originally launched in 1959, had been programmed as Kicks 101.5 since 1981.
Joining the New 101.FIVE team, includes “Kincaid and Dallas (L)” airing weekdays from 6:00 AM-10:00AM, and Lucas Phelan (R) hold down afternoons. f
Mike Moore, Program Director, New Country 101.FIVE/WKHX-FM, said: “This station is borne of the most prolific time in history for Georgia musicians. New Country 101.FIVE reflects these artists’ views and the way they see the world. Their collective sense of pride in being from Georgia forms the common ground that they share with our listeners. You’ll hear it in the station – its music, but also from the voices of the artists and listeners themselves, who share memories and stories of their lives within the New Country 101.FIVE community.”
Brian Philips, Executive Vice President of CUMULUS MEDIA, added: “New Country 101.FIVE is the passion project of an enormous team, including internal and external creatives, writers, artists, musicians, and music-industry friends. We hit the ground this summer, and the ‘Georgia’ idea sprang to life, as if it were meant to be, at this time and place. Cumulus is proud of the youthful fun, fire and excitement of this new station. We will work on the air and in the streets to give these hungry fans the station they are owed—made in Georgia and loved around the world.”
Bailey Named MD/Midday Host For ALT 103.7 Dallas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 –– Bailey has been named Music Director and midday host for Entercom's ALT 103.7 (KVIL-FM), Dallas-Fort Worth. 'I am excited to have Bailey bring her nearly 20 years-worth of music programming and on-air experience to ALT 103.7,” said Brian Purdy, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Dallas. “With her extensive knowledge of the alternative format and its audience, Bailey is perfectly suited to serve our listeners.”
"I'm taking the leap from Denver to Dallas and couldn't be happier about the opportunity to join Entercom and the ALT 103.7 team,” said Bailey. “I look forward to the future of alternative radio in Dallas." Bailey joins Entercom from KTCL-FM in Denver, where she served as Music Director since 2006. She began her career in Boston at WFNX and has worked for local radio stations in Springfield, IL, Hartford, CT, Providence, RI and St. Louis.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Phil Zachary Segues From SVP/MM For Entercom Washington, DC To Corporate Post
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 –– Entercom Washington DC's SVP/Market Manager Phil Zachary is moving from his current post with the Philadelphia based company and reportedly sequeing to a corporate role where he'll work on special projects. Zachary joined Entercom in 2013 as VP/Market Manager for their Boston cluster before moving to Hartford following Entercom’s acquisition of CBS Radio. He then shifted to Washington in May 2018.
Zachary had previously served for 11-years as President/COO of Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, NC. Prior to Curtis Media in 2002, he was VP/Market Manager for CBS Radio in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Entercom, Zachary spent eleven years as President/COO of Curtis Media Group. Other past stints included: HMW Communications and SFX Broadcasting. We've learned the company is now beginning a search for a new SVP/Market Manager.
Beasley Acquires Overwatch Leagues' Houston Outlaws From LA Based Immortals Gaming Club
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 –– Beasley announced that it acquired the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws esports team from an affiliate of Immortals, LLC (d/b/a Immortals Gaming Club). The Overwatch League is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North America. Overwatch was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard whose iconic franchises have helped lay the foundations and push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years. The Overwatch League will begin its third season in February of 2020, with each of the league’s teams hosting matches in their home markets. The Outlaws will remain officially based in Houston, Texas and will continue to represent the Houston, Austin, and San Antonio markets.
Beasley’s acquisition of the Houston Outlaws again expands its role in the fast-growing esports space and reflects the Company’s focus on premium esports programming and content. Beasley’s other investments in esports include Team Renegades (investment in April 2019), an esports organization consisting of five teams, based in Detroit, Michigan and CheckpointXP (acquired Fall of 2018), a weekly syndicated esports lifestyle show. Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer, said, “The acquisition of the Houston Outlaws significantly expands our growing esports platform. The Houston Outlaws represent a rare investment opportunity, as there are only 20 Overwatch League teams in the world, and the transaction partners Beasley with Blizzard Entertainment and its parent company, Activision Blizzard, a leading global developer and publisher of interactive entertainment content and services..." PHOTO/Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment
SYNDICATION: Townsquare & Compass Team To Launch 'XXL Higher Level Radio
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 –– Townsquare and Compass Media announced the launch of a new syndicated radio show, XXL HIGHER LEVEL RADIO, tied to Townsquare’s influential XXL Magazine, website and app. The show debuted Monday November 11, 2019, and airs 7p - midnight on nine of Townsquare’s Urban radio stations across the United States. “We’re thrilled to bring a fresh new show to the Urban weeknight radio landscape,” commented Townsquare SVP/Programming, Kurt Johnson, and DJ Wire added, “My mother bought me my first turntables when I was 13, and working with the XXL team to launch a radio show is a dream come true.”
The show is hosted by DJ Wire of Townsquare’s top-rated WBLK in Buffalo and its music will largely be driven by data culled from the XXL website, mobile app and social media. XXL has been a dominant voice in hip-hop for over 20 years, documenting and influencing the culture and music since 1997. The brand reaches over 6 Million unique people every month via XXLMag.com and the XXL mobile app, and has amassed over 9 Million followers on social media.
PODCAST: Kristin Chenoweth Joins Delilah for Love Someone Podcast –
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 –– Delilah welcomes Kristin Chenoweth to the latest episode of her popular podcast, Love Someone with Delilah. Delilah says: "The lovely, talented, and incredibly GIVING, Broadway sensation joins me on Love Someone with Delilah today. We talk about her new album, For The Girls, a tribute to the passionate women of music, and about her passions - those for creating, singing, and giving back through Kristin Chenoweth Broadway Bootcamps, and her new endeavor - building a creative arts center in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
There’s so much you need to hear! Join us - go to Delilah.com to listen now!" Past podcast episodes have included Elton John, Gloria Gaynor, Daughtry, Katy Perry, Wynonna, Michael Buble', Barry Manilow, Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert and more.
[WATCH] 93Q Kevin Kline Attempts 300 Mile Run In Arctic Circle For Cancer Patients
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 –– High-fives and perhaps a few pairs of extremely warm gloves are in order for The New 93Q/Houston's Kevin Kline who will attempt a 300-mile run in Alaska’s deadly Arctic Circle to raise money for pediatric cancer patients on behalf of the non-profit he founded in 2006, The Snowdrop Foundation. Tomorrow, November 16, 2019, eight (8) Kline, an ultra-runner, will set out to become the first recorded person in history to run the northernmost 300 miles of The Dalton Highway in winter. He will run with a backpack filled with names and pictures of 1,750 pediatric cancer patients weighing over seven (7) pounds.
“Words can’t describe how proud I am of Kevin and the endeavor he’s undertaking.” says Johnny Chiang, Director of Operations for Cox Media Group (CMG) Houston. “This is beyond doing good in your community, which we as broadcasters have pledged to do. This is humanity at its best.” To date, Kline has run over 175 marathons and ultra-marathons and raised over $1.8M for the benefit of Texas Children’s Hospital’s pediatric patients and cancer research. Kline is available for local media interviews before and after the Delivering Hope run, which is scheduled to complete by the 24th.
KFI LA Presents Its 9th Annual Pastathon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI AM 640 is joining forces with Smart & Final stores and Barilla Pasta to raise money as well as donations of pasta and sauce for its 9th annual KFI PastaThon on Friday, December 6.
On December 6, all KFI AM 640’s on-air personalities including Bill Handel, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffmann, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. will participate in a live 17-hour broadcast on site at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove encouraging listeners to donate money, packaged pasta and jars of pasta sauce. All proceeds will go directly to Caterina’s Club in Southern California. Last year’s event raised a record $517,000 and 50,000 pounds of pasta and sauce. Since 2010, KFI listeners have helped raise over $2.3 million and 391,000 pounds of pasta and sauce for Caterina’s Club. “
This is a whole station and community effort. Everyone supports this wonderful cause from the on-air hosts to the news team, sales, digital, I.T, engineering and promotions,” said Robin Bertolucci, Program Director for iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI AM. “Everyone from every corner of the station is a part of this wonderful cause. Not only is the KFI PastaThon about feeding children in need, it’s also about ending the cycle of poverty and we are grateful to our incredible listeners who so generously support the good work of Chef Bruno.”
iHeart Spokane’s KISS 98.1 Flips To Christmas For 30th Consecutive Year
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Spokane announced the return of non-stop holiday music on KISS 98.1, The Christmas Station.
“For the 30th consecutive year, KISS 98.1 is kicking off the holiday season for the Inland Northwest community and we wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Jim Florea, Program Director for KISS 98.1. “We are overjoyed to be a part of our listener’s holiday festivities.” About iHeartMedia Spokane iHeartMedia
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NIELSEN: In Small Town America, Radio Isn't Just A Medium -- It's An Extra Large
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019 –– Brad Kelly, Managing Director of Nielsen Audio says, while large markets grab most of the media attention, audiences in medium and small markets are highly engaged with radio and highly desirable for advertisers, too. In the newest issue of the Nielsen Audio Today report, the Medium and Small Market Edition, we examine a new, in-depth profile of radio audiences by age, gender, employment and other factors.
The report details the buying power of these important consumers and reveals how, when and where they consumer audio content - including podcast use and smart speaker adoption in smaller markets. Highlights from the Audio Today Medium & Small Market Edition include:
• Consumers in medium and small markets tune to radio at all ages on a monthly basis. 98% of adults 18+ use radio monthly in these markets. 94% of adults 18-34 do, as well, along with 99% of adults aged 25-to-54.
• Radio users in medium and small markets are highly qualified prospects for advertisers. Working consumers account for more than three-quarters (77%) of the audience and the majority of radio use happens outside of the home (65%) and closer to the point of purchase.
•Hourly radio use in medium and small markets mirrors the larger markets. Radio is a daily companion which helps consumers start their day usually in the 6 of 7 a.m. hour, accompanies them to work, and then peaks around the end of the workday or commute home.
• Of the large chunk of radio use that occurs away from home in medium and small markets, most of that listening happens in the car. In-car listening is radio's pillar of strength, and as commute times grow in markets of all size, consumers spend more time in their vehicles where radio is the preferred choice for listening. During the full week, 66% of the away-from-home listening happens in the car. That number rises to 71% during weekday drive times (morning and evening) and 79% on weekends; a captive audience reached on the go and in decision-making mode.
• Radio consumers in medium and small markets have enormous buying power. According to Nielsen Scarborough they spend over $7,000 dollars annually on groceries, $2,700 annually on home improvements and $1,100 on furniture. Medium and small market consumers are also sophisticated audio users, adopting new ways to listen that compliment their radio use. 90% of podcast consumers in these markets also listen radio, and 92% of smart speaker owners do, too.
The top radio formats in medium and small markets are Country (14.1% share of audience), News/Talk (11.8%), Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (8.3%), Adult Contemporary (7.3%) and Classic Rock (6.2%). HERE - HERE TOP PHOTO/shutterstock
Jennifer Nettles Calls Out Country Music Radio At The CMA Awards With Message On Cape
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019 –– Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles made more than a fashion statement on the CMA Awards red carpet Wednesday night writes The Tennessean. Nettles wore a white suit with a pink cape designed by Christian Siriano emblazoned with the message: "Play our f*@#!n records, please & thank you." On the back, it read, "Equal play." Nettles said her choice of outfit was inspired by the opportunity to take the conversation about women in country music "beyond the applause" and toward real change. "People do want to hear women's stories," Nettles said. "It's a fallacy to say that they're going to turn the channel." The unequal treatment of women in country is a long-standing, much discussed issue, with radio play often cited as the primary concern.
"Just play it. It's that simple," she said. Jennifer Nettles was on the red carpet during the 53rd annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Her statement came as a trio of women hosted the CMA Awards: Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. For the first time, a woman is nominated for musician of the year (Jenee Fleenor). Yet only one woman is nominated for Entertainer of the Year (Carrie Underwood). A woman hasn't won the award since 2011 when Taylor Swift took it home.
[WATCH] Carrie Wood Deeply Moved By Miranda Lambert Clip On Ty Bentli Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019 –– Prior to the CMA Award,s host Carrie Underwood stopped by the WWO Syndicated The Ty Bentli Show where heartfelt comments by Miranda Lambert left her speechless. the exchange was also quickly picked up by Fox News, People, Nash Country Daily, and NBC’s TODAY and many others as the the story went global.
As Carrie talked about the experiencing of having her family join her on the road for the Cry Pretty 360 Tour, Ty decided to share a clip of Miranda Lambert acknowledging all the reasons that Carrie deserves to be recognized with the 2019 CMA for Entertainer of the Year prize. As Carrie listened to Miranda’s perceptive reasoning, the singer became visibly emotional and responded with words that were insightful, gracious, and supportive of her fellow women in country music. WATCH HERE
REPORT: Scott Gaines Leaving Kicks 101.5 Atlanta As Station Promotes 'Big Announcement'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019 –– Scott Gaines, afternoon host/APD/MD at Kicks 101.5 Atlanta, is reportedly leaving next month amid the station now promoting a “big announcement” today at 3 p.m. The AJC's Rodney Ho says that by using a “wolf” sound during its promo, many are speculating that this could mean a name change, perhaps to the Wolf. A new “Wolf” Instagram page is being scrutinized as well.
As we reported a few weeks back, Cumulus hired J.J. Kincaid without announcing his full-time role. He could be positioned to be part of the new morning team. (Dallas McCade is currently holding down the time slot). The Kicks name has been around in Atlanta for 38 years going back to 1981. Ho points out that the last time a station changed names in Atlanta but kept the same format was Peach 94.9 to Lite 94.9 in 2002. In a recent text, longtime former morning host Caddy said he has enjoyed being a full-time dad the past four months. “I miss visiting with my friends every day but I will be back soon feeling refreshed and recharged,” he promised.
NETWORKS: Westwood One To Present A Thanksgiving Weekend' With Luke Combs
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One is getting in the spirit of the season serving radio stations its annual A Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration, a four-hour country special hosted by CMA and ACM award-winning, multi-platinum artist Luke Combs. Luke and his friends are going to talk food and traditions with a side of gratitude and a lot of music. Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion and Kelsea Ballerini are just some of the artists that will be joining Luke.
Stations can air Westwood One’s A Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration with Luke Combs any time on Thursday, November 28, 2019 through Sunday, December 1, 2019, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Country@WestwoodOne.com.
Key Networks To Offer Thanksgiving Week Radio Special Featuring Bill O’Reilly With One-On-One Donald Trump Interview
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019 –– As 2020 quickly approaches, and on the heels of the release of O’Reilly’s new book, The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America, O'Reilly is set for a one-on-one with the President for his take on current events.
Key Networks syndicates Bill O’Reilly’s 15-minute daily radio program, The O’Reilly Update, to nearly 200 radio stations across the U.S. The special is the first in a series of specials and exclusive content to be created especially for affiliates of The O’Reilly Update throughout the 2020 election season. O’Reilly’s one-hour radio interview with President Trump will air as a market-exclusive special beginning Wednesday, November 27th and running throughout Thanksgiving weekend.
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Christmas Comes To iHeart's San Antonio's Q101.9 & Dallas' Star 102.1/KDGE-FM
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia San Antonio announced the return of non-stop holiday music on Q101.9, San Antonio’s Christmas Music Station. Beginning November 15 at 6pm. “2019 proudly marks the 20th holiday season that Q101.9 has helped spread holiday joy and cheer across Central and South Texas,” said Chuck Knight, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Antonio. “We appreciate listeners inviting our festive music programming into their homes, cars and workplaces. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.” About iHeartMedia San Antonio
Joining the holiday flippage is also iHeartMedia’s STAR 102.1 (KDGE-FM) who jumped into the holiday season this morning at 6 a.m. by flipping its format from Mainstream Adult Contemporary to around-the-clock Christmas Music On-air personalities Leigh Ann and Jeremy, Amanda Flores and Rick O’Bryan, will continue to host the station’s programming.
Entercom & The Steve Harvey Show Deliver Turkeys To Families In Need For Thanksgiving
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019 –– Entercom and the “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” will collaborate to provide families with holiday cheer this season. Entercom stations 96.3 The Block (WFBC-HD2) in Greenville, SC, 97.1 QMG (WQMG-FM) in Greensboro, NC, 95.7 R&B (WVKL-FM) in Norfolk, VA, 106.5 The Beat (WBTJ-FM) in Richmond, VA will participate in “The Annual Steve Harvey Morning Show Turkey Giveaway” to deliver Thanksgiving meals to over 700 families in need.
“We consider it an honor and a privilege to help those who are less fortunate during the holiday season,” said Steve Harvey during a recent broadcast. “On behalf of the entire “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you all.” “The holiday season is all about giving back to those in need,” said Jeff Sottolano, Senior Vice President of Radio and RADIO.COM, Entercom. “We are thankful for the generosity and goodwill of our local communities to help needy families celebrate the holidays.”
Host On Capital Radio London Says 'Sorry'
By Graham Mack
Presenter on Capital Radio In London Says Sorry - Roman Kemp, the Breakfast Presenter at Capital Radio has admitted to sending offensive messages in the past in an impassioned Instagram story posted on Saturday Roman is jetting off to Australia to join the line-up for the new series of “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here” for ITV which kicks off on Sunday 17 November. Read more and watch Roman’s grovelling apology here;
Alan Pearsall Sacked From 3AW In Melbourne Australia
Alan was the weekend overnight host on 3AW for 29 years. He told the Herald Sun he wasn’t given the chance to say goodbye to listeners, following a management meeting last Thursday (November 7). Alan follows other staff out the door including the station boss, Stephen Beers. Nightline with Phillip Brady was axed in September and replaced by Nights with John Stanley. The former owners, Macquarie became a part of Nine (the television network) on Monday morning.
iRadio In Ireland Will Send listeners to London, Paris and New York
The latest promotion on iRadio gives listeners the chance go on an all-expenses-paid holiday to London, Paris and New York. Listeners need to ‘check-in’ at one of the iRadio 321Go boarding gates which are located in 68 participating businesses around iRadio’s 15 counties. Each of the business partners has received a giant iRadio 321Go boarding gate to hang in their stores. Listeners need to take a selfie in front of the boarding gates and upload the picture to iRadio’s website. The winners will also get €3000 ($3300) spending money to spend between them. The promotion was unveiled on air on Friday on the AOShow with Aidan and Oonagh and will run until a winner is announced on Friday the 22nd of November. Read more and listen https://radiotoday.ie/2019/11/iradio-wants-to-send-listeners-to-london-paris-and-new-york/
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[WATCH] Jessie & Amanda With Pike In The Morning Deliver Big Wish' To Local Family
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019 –– Jesse James of Jessie And Amanda With Pike In The Morning on Big 98.7/Fargo says, "Our hearts just break for this family. We wanted to try to bring some light to them this holiday season & we hope you will be able to help too. 100% of the proceeds we raise will go this family.
We found out a local family had experienced the worst kind of tragedy and had to do something! 35,000 views later, our listeners raised over $10,000 for this family! WATCH HERE https://www.facebook.com/BIG987FM/videos/1663002130501179/
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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– The share of time spent listening to spoken word audio has increased 20% since 2014, while time spent with music across the same period decreased 5%. This shift is led by a dramatic increase in spoken word audio consumption on mobile devices across age groups, and increases in spoken word share among those ages 13-34.
These findings are part of The Spoken Word Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research, presented today in a webinar hosted by Edison Research VP Megan Lazovick (far right) and NPR CMO Meg Goldthwaite (right) This new Report examines listener behaviors and preferences related to spoken word audio - podcasts, news, sports, talk radio and audiobooks - and includes five years of previously unreleased data from Edison Research’s Share of Ear® study.
Key findings from the Spoken Word Audio Report include: 121 million Americans listen to spoken word audio each day, an increase of 16 million people in the last five years.
Growth in spoken word listening has been greatest among young people: those age 13-34 now spend 19% of their audio time with spoken word audio (up 58% from 2014).
Mobile technology use is driving growth in spoken word audio category: 22% of listening to spoken word audio in 2019 is now on a mobile device, compared to 9% five years ago.
59% of spoken word audio listeners are digital-first, meaning they listen most through computers, mobile devices, and smart speakers.
“Public media accounts for a large share of spoken word audio listening. New technologies like smart speakers, the ubiquity of mobile devices, and increased connectivity, mean that NPR’s journalism and storytelling is reaching more listeners in new spaces and platforms,” says NPR CMO Meg Goldthwaite. According to Edison Research Vice President Megan Lazovick, “Spoken word audio is different. Spoken word can be vastly more intensive listening experience than other types of audio. People lean in — they truly listen. Twenty-four percent of all time spent listening to audio is going to spoken word, and that’s especially impressive considering where it was just five years ago.” The report is available HERE
CBS POLL: Public Sharply Divided On Impeachment Proceedings
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– As CBS News Radio ramps up its wall to wall coverage of the House Impeachment inquiry, an exclusive CBS News Poll reveals a sharply divided nation with strong views on the Congressional proceeding largely demarcated by party affiliation. There is agreement across party lines however regarding open hearings. 89% of respondents say some (42%) or all (47%) of the Congressional hearings should be open available to the public.
CBS News Radio's coverage of this history-making day in news will be heard nationally on its network of stations including on all-news stations in 8 of the top 10 markets. CBS News will provide: Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Impeachment hearings on Wednesday, beginning at 10am, with correspondents Bill Rehkopf, Steve Dorsey and Steven Portnoy from the Hill. White House Correspondent Steven Portnoy will also participate in the wall-to-wall coverage.
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MOTION: Stevie Demann Joins JVC Florida As Director Of Programming
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– JVC Broadcasting has named programming veteran Stevie DeMann as JVC’s Director of Programming for their Florida radio group. DeMann, with a successful career in cities including Baltimore, Orlando, Boston, and most recently serving as Operations Manager for Cox Media Orlando, will oversee 103.1 The Wolf (WOTW Orlando), Florida Man Radio 660AM/105.5FM (WDYZ-AM Orlando / WYGC Gainesville), Bud FM (WOTW-HD2 Orlando), Q92.9 (WMFQ Ocala), US102.3 (WXUS Ocala), and Y100.1 (WXUS-HD2 Ocala) beginning November 25th.
“I wanted to find the right situation before getting back into the business,” Stevie DeMann says when asked about why he is returning to Central Florida radio. “The team at JVC Florida is the best. From management to programming, sales and promotions, they are all pros that love working together to create successful LOCAL content, events, and promotions. I am thrilled and thankful to CEO John Caracciolo and EVP Shane Reeve for trusting me to ensure our on-air product is the best.”
NETWORKS: iHeart Country And Premiere To Offer Multi-Platform Coverage Of CMA Awards
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– iHeartCountry and Premiere Networks are once again offering multiplatform coverage of “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards to millions of Country music fans across the U.S. Leading up to tonight's CMA Award, all 129 iHeartCountry stations and Premiere Networks’ lineup of national Country radio programs will be featuring interviews with Country's biggest stars, providing promotional support and driving tune-in for the CMA Awards with millions of listeners nationwide.
Additionally, The Bobby Bones Show’s Amy Brown will provide iHeartCountry mainstream stations with live updates from the red carpet leading up to show time. She'll kick off the broadcast at 4 p.m. CT on November 13 as all the nominees and presenters head into Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Premiere Networks will also provide a live radio simulcast of the star-studded CMA Awards show hosted by Carrie Underwood with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton (shown). The live radio broadcast of the ABC Network Television telecast will air across more than 80 iHeartCountry radio stations nationwide from 8 to 11 p.m. ET
Sun Broadcast Group Presents 'It’s A Mostly 90’s Christmas With Alfonso Ribeiro'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– It’s an all Christmas edition of the popular 90’s weekend show hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro! Perfect for Hot AC, Soft AC and Classic Hits stations, commercial free with no commitment starting the weekend of December 21st! SBG VP of Programming/ Affiliate Relations Rich O’Brien says ”Mariah Carey’s 1991 hit All I Want For Christmas is You is arguably the biggest Christmas song on the radio every year but there are so many other great 90’s Christmas songs including Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow and many more!
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EVENTS: AWMF Announces 45th Gracie Awards Call For Entries Set For LA & New York
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF), has opened the call for entries for the 45th Annual Gracie Awards Gala, May 19, 2020, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, and Gracie Awards Luncheon, June 24, 2020, in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street.
“Each year, the Gracie Awards celebrate and honor truly exceptional content by, for and about women. It is our belief that recognizing expertise, courage and contributions across television, radio and interactive/digital media is essential to ensuring continued growth for our industry,” says Becky Brooks, AWMF executive director. “As our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Gracies enables the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to deliver on its promise of furthering the connection, education and recognition of women in media.”
Serving again as chairs for the 2020 Gracie Awards are Mike McVay, president, McVay Media Consulting and Alliance for Women in Media Foundation board members Heather Cohen, executive vice president, The Weiss Agency and Annie Howell, co-founder and managing partner, The Punch Point Group. Vicangelo Bulluck, an Emmy Award-winning, seasoned veteran in awards production, has produced the Gracie Awards since 2016 and will return to produce the Gracie Awards Gala in 2020. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.
Beasley Las Vegas Employees Roll Up their Sleeves During Annual Day Of Caring Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– As part of the Beasley Media Group’s ongoing Community of Caring company-wide Initiative, employees from the company’s Las Vegas radio cluster, including KKLZ-FM, KCYE-FM, KDWN-FM, KVGS-FM and KOAS-FM recently rolled up their sleeves to volunteer at Opportunity Village. This is a non-profit organization which serves adults in Southern Nevada with intellectual and related disabilities and is dedicated to helping them become the very best version of themselves through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation.
“This is one of the most valuable charitable organizations serving our community here in Las Vegas,” said Vice President and Market Manager Peter Burton. “It was a privilege to be able to help Opportunity Village while enjoying a great team building experience! We look forward to our continued involvement with this great charity in the future.”
News/Talk WVLK (97.3FM/590AM) Lexington To Air 'Enough: Opioid Awareness Day'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– CUMULUS MEDIA announces that Lexington, KY, News/Talk radio station WVLK (97.3FM/590 AM) will air a nine-hour broadcast dedicated to confronting the opioid crisis and how it impacts Central Kentucky and the Commonwealth. WVLK’s broadcast, entitled “Enough: Opioid Awareness Day”, will air today, Wednesday, November 13, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
WVLK has partnered with Lexington city government, local organizations and businesses to share with WVLK listeners the personal stories of addiction and recovery, city and state programs designed to help, the physical and physiological effects that lead to addiction, and alternatives to pain medications. WVLK will also provide resources for those struggling or those who know someone who is.
WVLK partners in “Enough: Opioid Awareness Day” include: The Pharmacy Shop, Isaiah House, Scott County Sheriff’s Office and U.K. College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Science. For more information, visit: www.wvlkam.com
PODCAST: Lemonada Releases New Podcast On Raising Kids
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– Good Kids: How Not to Raise an A**hole, the third original podcast from Lemonada Media, is serving you a nourishing treat this Thanksgiving: five episodes to binge starting 11/26.
“This podcast reflects the constant monologue in the head of every parent, including me and Steph: Is my kid going to be an a@#ole? Am I messing this all up?” says Jessica Cordova Kramer, CEO and co-founder of Lemonada Media. “We know the holidays are hard, so we are dropping five episodes right before Thanksgiving. This show is the manual we all need for how to raise not-sh**y kids who turn into non-shi**y adults,” reflects Stephanie Wittels Wachs, Lemonada Chief Creative Officer and co-founder, and the show’s executive producer. Earlier this year, Lemonada Media teamed up with Cumulus' Westwood One to distribute, sell, and build audiences across the Lemonada network.
“As the mother of five children, I am particularly enthusiastic about bringing Good Kids: How Not to Raise an A**hole to market,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “Each episode delivers a humorous and quick education from personal experience to help our kids grow up to become strong, kind, and resourceful adults.” Lemonada is represented by UTA. Contact: Suzy Schultz | Westwood One | firstname.lastname@example.org | (212) 419.2905
SNAPS: Hollywood Hamilton & Eric Weiss Pause For A Pose Following RHOF Induction
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– Hollywood Hamilton, host of Weekend Top30 Countdown and the Remix Top30 Countdown heard in over 140 cities in the US and throughout the world on Premiere Networks and afternoon host on WKTU/NYC, was among last week's 2019 RHOF recipients at the Gotham Hall.
After returning to his studio with a firm grip on his award, he stops for a pose with Eric Weiss of The Weiss Agency.
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The Roula & Ryan Show Ink 5-Year Extension With Cumulus' KRBE-FM Houston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Houston's top-rated The Roula And Ryan Show have inked a 5-year extension with the CHR Cumulus outlet KRBE-FM - Leslie Whittle, Vice President, Hot AC, Cumulus and PD for 104.1 KRBE-FM, said: “Each day our listeners wake up to laughter, will learn something, and could shed a tear or two, but one thing you can count on is that Roula, Ryan, Eric and Special K are never boring. They have experienced many personal milestones the past 13 years, which I’ve been proud to witness.
” Roula and Ryan said: “We are beyond excited to continue this journey with KRBE and Cumulus Radio! It’s rare to have a team with such camaraderie and chemistry from the top of corporate down to the players on the show! Thank you so much to Mary Berner, Dave Milner, Dan Bennett, Alex Cadelago and Leslie Whittle for creating a workplace that really feels like family and home. A special thank you to our representative Paul Anderson of Workhouse Media for his continuous hard work and support! The Roula and Ryan Show is the Heartbeat of Houston and we look forward to keeping that heartbeat going for a long time.” The show features L-R: Sam (not shown) Special K, Eric Rowe, Roula Christie & Ryan Chase
REPORT: WFAN Mixing It Up In Middays With Different Hosts Over Next 2 Weeks
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– As Mike Francesa enters his final few weeks in afternoon drive time for WFAN, it appears tryout season is underway at the sports outlet, reports Newsday. While there has been no official confirmation this is what is going on, by the looks of the midday schedule for the next two weeks it makes you wonder.. Newsday reports John Jastremski (who currently host JJ After Dark - shown left) joining Maggie Gray and Bart Scott from 1 to 3 p.m..
Next week will feature Evan Roberts (currently teamed with Joe Benigno in middays, shown right) will join Gray and Scott. Roberts widely is assumed to be a leading candidate to be part of the show that replaces Francesa, so if Gray and Scott prove to be a good mix with him, those three could get the nod. If that moves proves true, then Jastremski might land in middays.
Newsday adds that Susan Larkin, regional president of Entercom, has said that getting a younger roster of hosts is a high priority for the station. Gray is under contract through 2020
NETWORKS: ABC News Radio To Cover Impeachment Hearings With Live Coverage
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– ABC News Radio is providing extensive coverage of the impeachment inquiry hearings beginning Wednesday, November 13 with live anchored coverage by Correspondent Aaron Katersky in Washington with reporting by Multi-Platform Reporter Ines de La Cuetara at the Capitol. It will also provide four one-minute Status Reports each hour.
That morning ABC News Radio will debut a new feature called Impeachment in a Minute, hosted by Correspondent Kyra Phillips. The 60-second segments will summarize proceedings and be available each weekday morning, until the impeachment process is over, for affiliate download. On Wednesday evening Katersky will anchor an hour-long special at 7:06p ET looking back at the first day of public hearings. The “Start Here” podcast will cover the hearings as they unfold.
[WATCH] Charlamagne tha God, Delilah & Elvis Tackle Mental Health Issues With Dr. Oz
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Premiere syndicated personalities Charlamagne Tha God, Delilah and Elvis Duran appeared together on the Dr. Oz television show on Friday, November 8, to discuss why they’re using their national platforms to change the conversation surrounding mental health.
The hosts shared their personal stories and tips for handling challenging mental health issues, including dealing with social media; finding self-love within, not online; and why it’s important to discuss difficult subjects like depression, anxiety and suicide. WATCH HERE Or click on above graphic
iHeart Announces Noms For 2020 Podcast Awards
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– – iHeartMedia announced the nominees for the 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards on Friday, January 17 at 8 p.m. PT held at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles. The event 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.
Podcasts nominated for Best Podcast of the Year include “The Daily,” “The Joe Rogan Experience,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “My Favorite Murder,” “Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend,” “Revisionist History,” “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” “The Dropout,” “The Shrink Next Door” and “The Read.” Additional nominees include podcasts from all creators, distributors and platforms with a panel of blue-ribbon podcast industry leaders, creatives and visionaries determining the winners across categories including Music, Comedy, Crime, News, Sports & Recreation, Food, Business & Finance and more.
Podcast fans themselves will once again decide the winner of the “Best Podcast of the Year” award through social voting on Twitter now through January 10. More information can be found at iHeartPodcastAwards.com. In addition, the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards will present three Icon Awards to pay tribute to the creators, organizations and podcasts that have made groundbreaking contributions to podcasting’s expanding role in today’s popular culture. The winners for the 2020 Pioneer Award, Social Impact Award and Innovator Award will be announced at a later date.
PODCAST: ABC Audio With First Look At 'Inside Frozen'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Two Days Before Frozen 2 Hits Theaters November 22, ABC Audio released the trailer for “Inside Frozen 2.” The new podcast series, produced in collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios, gives a rare deep dive into the making of the sequel to Frozen, the biggest animated movie in box office history.
The six-part series, hosted by ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee who appears daily on Good Morning America, launches on Wednesday, November 20th – just two days before the theatrical release of the film on November 22nd.
The first episode features an interview with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez who wrote all seven new original songs for Frozen 2 and won an Oscar for Frozen’s iconic song “Let It Go.” “The podcast format has given us the opportunity to explore the ins and outs of making one of the most anticipated films in Disney’s history and share the Frozen 2 magic with fans across the world.” “Inside Frozen 2” will be available for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and the ABC News app, with new episodes releasing every Wednesday, concluding on Christmas Day. Video versions of each episode will be available on ABC News Digital.
SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Radio Now On POWER 102-9 Ft. Collins
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Starting last week, the Yea Networks syndicated Tino Cochino Radio show picked up Power 102-9 in Fort Collins, Co. The show takes over the night slot and marks the third Colorado city Steve Harvey Morning Show Turkey Give.. Tino said, "We're excited to announce that we are growing in Colorado. It's been our goal from the start to align ourselves with those in the industry that understand and respect personality driven radio. I want to thank everyone who made this partnership happen.
Tino Cochino Radio is now heard in 51 markets across the U.S., including over 50% of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic Markets. Tino Cochino Radio airs in markets including Dallas, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; San Antonio, TX; and Albuquerque, NM. The show is hosted by Tino Cochino and co-hosts Raquel and DJ Nicasio, - For more info, connect with Scott@yeanetworks.com -- Mikey Fuentes | Director Of Affiliate Relations www.TinoCochinoRadio.com
[WATCH] Saweetie Visits Dana Cortez Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Saweetie joined Dana Cortez of the nationally syndicated The Dana Cortez Show in Phoenix, at her flagship affiliate, Power 98.3, KKFR Radio, to discuss some of her all-time favorite things, including Rihanna. Diamonté Harper, aka Saweetie, has been touring cities across the country this year and is currently on her way to her hometown of Los Angeles for a show on Saturday. Sitting down with Cortez, Sweetie goes “Five Deep” saying she loves Sushi!, saying she eats the Japanese staple at least five times a week. But, she really wishes she had more friends that liked sushi, too.
A true West Coast lady, Saweetie says If she could pick up the phone and work with anyone it would be Tupac. She often heard his music played around the house growing up, saying her parents were true fans and that love was passed down to her. Saweetie hopes to one day contribute to a song in Tupac’s archives. Saweetie says her main goal is to find success in the music industry on her own. “I’m very prideful...I wanted to prove to myself I could make it on my own,” she expressed. WATCH INTERVIEW HERE
WARM 106.9 Seattle Flips To Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Today at Noon, KRWM-FM Brand Content Director, Ron Harrell and Work Day host, Shellie Hart flipped Seattle's WARM 106.9 to Seattle's Christmas Station, WARM 106.9! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! "As Shellie reminded us on the air,
'The BEST way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear,'" commented Ron. "We're proud to be Seattle's Christmas Station for the 19th straight year," Let "ALEXA" or "SIRI" help ... Hey Siri, Launch WARM One Oh Six Point Nine Alexa, Launch WARM One Oh Six Point Nine - WATCH HERE
EVENTS: The Steve Harvey Show & Premiere Networks Join For 10th Annual Turkey Give
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– For the 10th year in a row, The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Premiere Networks will give away thousands of turkeys as part of the Steve Harvey Morning Show Annual Turkey Give. Affiliates of the top-rated, award-winning morning radio show will provide 8,000 turkeys to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, nearly 80,000 turkeys have been given to those in need.
“We consider it an honor and a privilege to help those who are less fortunate during the holiday season,” shared Harvey during a recent broadcast. “On behalf of the entire Steve Harvey Morning Show, Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you all.” Created in September 2000, The Steve Harvey Morning Show joined Premiere Networks national lineup in 2005 and currently reaches nearly 7 million weekly listeners on more than 100 affiliates nationwide and is the #1 syndicated morning show in America. The show is co-hosted by Shirley Strawberry, J. Anthony Brown, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and Junior.
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REPORT: Kenny Jay To Add Programming Duties At 102.9 The Wolf Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2019 – Chicago media blogger Robert Feder reports that WUSN-FM PD, Kenny Jay is taking on additional responsibility for programming at KMNB/102.9 The Wolf, Entercom's country outlet in Minneapolis. He succeeds Lucas Phelan, who left earlier this month as program director and afternoon host.
Jay joined US99 in 2018 from KMPS, Entercom’s country station in Seattle. He’ll continue to be based in Chicago, according to Jimmy deCastro, SVP/MM of Entercom Chicago.
31st Annual RHOF Inducts Class Of 2019
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– On Friday night at Gotham Hall in New York City, Master of Ceremonies and 2018 Radio Hall of Fame inductee Mike Francesa welcomed everyone to the ceremony. Special guests and fellow RHOF inductees Jim Bohannon, Jim Kerr and Kid Kelly were in attendance, with Bohannon serving as announcer of the event. Jim Rome was first to receive his honor. He acknowledged that his best work is ahead of him and that he has “…deep, deep gratitude…I’ve always had people around me who are better than me…who told me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear.”
Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter (shown below) shared sentimental remarks on the heels of Bean’s last day on air on Nov. 7. Ryder said, “I’m here because Bean chose me as his partner…he would’ve been here [RHOF} with whoever his partner was and I’m happy it was me.” Bean then said, “I could’ve been on the radio with anyone but there wouldn’t be magic. The universe brought us together. We were so darn lucky that happened.” -
Connie Selleca introduced her husband John Tesh. She generously thanked all their radio partners and talked about being in a family business. Tesh shared that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 but stated he’s cancer free because of his “faith in divine healing.” Dr. Ruth Westheimer talked about radio being the best medium, “…even better than TV.” And while “…it’s nice to have become a celebrity…I see it as passing on correct information about human sexuality,” she said.
Jimmy Fallon (shown above with Art Vuolo) entertained attendees with his comedic and heartfelt introduction of his friend Ryan Seacrest (BR). After much laughter, Seacrest said “we truly do it [radio] because it’s in our blood. We do it because it’s something we can’t live without…I never imagined this room, these legends, this career…” TOP AND BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO/Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame
TOP PHOTO/L-R: Jim Rome, Sean Hollywood Hamilton, Ryan Seacrest, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Joe Madison, Kevin Ryder and Gene 'Bean' Baxter, John Tesh and Harry Harrison - Bl/Courtesy of Art Vuolo - BR/ABC screengrab
Breezy Rises To Morning Co-Host At Entercom's 98 PXY Rochester
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Brianna “Breezy” Sloth has been named morning show co-host for Entercom's 98 PXY (WPXY-FM) in Rochester. Breezy will join veteran co-host Corey James on “#TeamPXY,” weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., effective immediately.
“Breezy has an undeniable work ethic and tenacity while delivering her one-of-a-kind, friendly and outgoing personality on the air,” said Sue Munn, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Rochester. “She has a real familiarization with our station, this market and its devoted listeners, and we’re thrilled to have her on board.” “Since I was 15 years old, my dream has been to be on the radio,” said Breezy. “I’m so excited for this opportunity to be sitting alongside Corey James, my co-host and, more importantly, my friend, living the dream every morning. Dreams don’t work unless you do, so work hard and keep on pushing.”
Breezy joined 98 PXY as an intern for the station’s morning show in 2017. Following her graduation from SUNY Oswego, Breezy assumed various roles for the station, including in promotions and programming as 98 PXY’s night show host, morning show fill-in host, and morning and evening drive traffic reporter.
REPORT: Judge Denies Arrest Warrant For Ex-WWL Host
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– In the latest twist to a story that began nearly two months ago and has since garnered national attention, NOLA.com reports that a New Orleans police detective went to a judge last Wednesday and applied for a warrant to arrest former WWL Radio sports-talk show host Seth Dunlap on a count of extortion, according to multiple criminal justice sources.. But Magistrate Court Commissioner Robert Blackburn rejected the warrant with sources saying Blackburn didn’t find the evidence backed up a charge of extortion, which is defined as making threats to a person “with the intention (to) obtain anything of value.”
The extent of the threat that Dunlap is accused of making — he allegedly pledged to go “scorched earth” on the station if it didn’t cave to his settlement demands — didn’t justify the felony charge, Blackburn determined. It's not clear where the investigation into Dunlap — who has maintained his innocence and has pledged to sue the station over its treatment of him — goes next. NOPD officials on Friday would only say the case remained “active and ongoing.” READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
KOST 103.5 LA Flips To Non-Stop Holiday Music in Southern California
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KOST 103.5 returned to its annual non-stop holiday music programming last Friday at 5 p.m. PST. This marked KOST 103.5’s Official Holiday Kick Off Celebration included a performance by Interscope Records recording artist Gwen Stefani who sang selections from 'You Make it Feel Like Christmas' during iHeartRadio LIVE with Gwen Stefani at the iHeartRadio Theater LA in Burbank.
“The holiday season in Southern California is officially underway when the first notes of holiday music are heard on KOST 103.5 – we have become the soundtrack for holiday music in Southern California and beyond,” said John Peake, Program Director for 103.5 KOST. “We’ve been sharing the holidays with our listeners for 19 consecutive years and in 2018, KOST 103.5 set a new record reaching more than 5.3 million festive minded listeners. We can’t wait to do it again this year.”
[WATCH] Ellen K Holds Q&A With Gwen Stefani At iHeart Theater LA
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– On the heels of KOST 103.5 LA going into full Christmas (see above), iHeart added to the occasion with a performance featuring Gwen Stefani. The iHeartRadio event, hosted by Ellen K of Los Angeles' KOST 103.5, featured a combination of Stefani's tracks from her 'You Make it Feel Like Christmas LP, plus a very special secret gift box reveal.
'You Make It Feel Like Christmas was originally released in 2017. She tells Ellen K in a special Q & A: "It was my fantasy to be Mariah Carey basically when I grew up." While on a spiritual run, the inspiration for a Christmas tune came to the No Doubt singer.
The event will also air as a national radio broadcast across select iHeartMedia AC and Hot AC stations and fans can tune into a live video stream on iHeartRadio’s YouTube Channel. . WATCH HERE
Christmas Music Comes To Sunny 106.5 Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Las Vegas is bringing back non-stop holiday music for listeners in the Las Vegas community on Sunny 106.5, Las Vegas’. On-air personalities AJ, Joanna, Jana and Delilah will continue to host the station’s programming.
“Christmas Music on Sunny 106.5 is a long-standing Las Vegas holiday tradition,” said Tony Matteo, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Central California and Nevada. “It’s our honor to once again play these iconic favorites for families in the Valley.”
EVENTS: WRKO Boston Raises Over $230,000 During Radiothon For Disabled Veterans
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Boston’s 680 WRKO raised over $230,000 during DAV Radiothon to benefit the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Department of Massachusetts The radiothon took place on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. AM AM 680 WRKO’s on-air personalities Jeff Kuhner, Barry Armstrong, Doug “V.B” Goudie and Howie Carr held a 13-hour live broadcast encouraging listeners to donate and raise funds for the DAV of Massachusetts’ homeless shelter and transportation programs.
“Since our nation’s inception, our military men and women have sacrificed their own lives for our freedom,” said Rob Sanchez, Vice President of News Talk for iHeartMedia Boston. “It’s an honor for AM 680 WRKO to have this opportunity to show respect for our veterans with the help of our generous listeners. And to raise $233,593 this year is incredibly gratifying.” Since 2016, DAV Radiothon has raised over $600,000 to benefit veterans in the community. PHOTO/L-R: Robert Lynch-DAV, Jarred Diglio-APD/WRKO, Dan Stack-DAV Adjutant/CEO and Jeff Kuhner-Host of The Kuhner Report Mornings of WRKO
Melanie Miltz Named Director of Marketing & Promotions For Bonneville Denver
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019 –– 98.5 KYGO (KYGO-FM), KOSI 101.1 (KOSI-FM), Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan (KKFN-FM), and ESPN Denver 1600 (KEPN-AM) named Melanie Miltz as Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Bonneville Denver cluster.
Most recently, Miltz was Director of Marketing & Promotions for KSTP-FM (KS95 – Hot/AC) in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Prior to KS95, Mel led the promotions team at Country WBOB-FM in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Mel join Bonneville Denver and take over the leadership of our Marketing and Promotions Department,” said Bonneville Denver SRVP/Market Manager, Bob Call. “Mel is well-recognized and highly respected as a Promotions and Marketing professional with a high level of branding expertise, attention to detail and follow-through on both the strategic and tactical elements of marketing. Mel’s wealth of experience make her the perfect choice for Bonneville Denver." Melanie will join Bonneville Denver in early December.
Isabel 'Isa' Gonzalez Named Content And Brand Manager For CALI 93.9 LA
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019 –– Meruelo Media has named veteran programmer Isabel "Isa" González as its Content and Brand Director for Spanish CHR KLLI/CALI 93.9 Los Angeles. Most recently, Gonzalez worked at Univision where she was Senior Content Director and Music Specialist for KLVE, KRCD and a group of other Spanish language stations over the past 9 years.
“Isa is a proven winner in one of the country’s most competitive markets,” stated Otto Padrón, Meruelo Media President and CEO. “Her talent, leadership and exceptional cultural insights will be instrumental in shaping the sound, image and unique brand position of the new CALI 93.9, home of the hottest music today!”
"CALI 93.9 is the perfect fit for me, because it reflects my duality," González remarked. "The opportunity to work alongside veteran Power 106 PD, Emmanuel 'E-man' Coquia is a professional blessing, and the responsibility to lead the amazing staff of the new CALI 93.9 is a privilege."
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Dave Grohl, Kevin & Bean Alumni & More Join For Gene 'Bean' Baxter's Final Show On KROQ
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019 –– KROQ alumni Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel, Jim 'Poorman' Trenton (co-creator of Loveline) and Ralph Garman gave a fun-filled, as well as emotional send-off on yesterday's final show of Gene 'Bean' Baxter on KROQ's Kevin & Bean Show. Among the celebrity guests to ring up the show was Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters who asked about Bean's retirement. Bean was quick to shout, 'I'm not retiring - just moving to England,' where he explained his goal was to get back on the radio there.
As the show approached its close Adam and Jimmy got emotional with their goodbys as they voiced their love and appreciation to both Kevin and Bean for giving them their starts on KROQ. Jimmy was the first to get misty-eyed as he said, "I just want to thank you guys. I love you guys." Adam joked a bit before saying sincerely, "You know, when somebody dies, you go 'they still live in your heart and they still live in your mind'. Bean has always been that way while he's on the Earth and while he's alive. We all have that invisible connection with Bean."
Other friends of the show that took the time to call in and say some kind words included Matt "Money" Smith, Ryan Seacrest, Big Tad, Lightning, and Dr. Drew. You can hear the full audio of Bean's final Kevin & Bean Show below. The morning show will continue on KROQ with Kevin Ryder, Allie Mac Kay, and Jensen Karp. No word yet on future name of the show - WATCH HERE
NPR & Edison To Debut Spoken Word Report On November 12
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019 –– The share of time spent listening to spoken word audio has increased 20% since 2014, and this growth is cutting into time spent with music. This data is part of the new Spoken Word Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research, which will be presented in a free webinar on Tuesday, November 12 at 2PM ET, and will be published online following the presentation.
Derived from a national quantitative survey, one-on-one interviews and five years of previously-unreleased data from Edison Research’s U.S. Share of Ear® study, The Spoken Word Audio Report explores consumer behavior in the spoken word audio category and maps: How the spoken word audio category has changed in the last five years How the balance between music and spoken word content consumption is shifting The role spoken word audio plays in consumers’ lives today – from where people listen to when people listen What people are looking for from spoken word content on different platforms Click HERE to register for The Spoken Word Audio Report free webinar, hosted by NPR Chief Marketing Officer Meg Goldthwaite (TL) and Edison Research Vice President Megan Lazovick (TR).
Entercom To Integrate Radio.Com On Samsung's Bixby
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019 –– Entercom, announced that it is bringing RADIO.COM content to Bixby, Samsung’s scalable intelligence platform. RADIO.COM will be available in Bixby Marketplace, where Samsung smartphone users in the U.S. can add the capsule to enhance their Bixby experience.
By enabling the capsule, listeners can access their favorite RADIO.COM station by request. Additionally, listeners can discover new audio content on RADIO.COM by asking Bixby to play a certain genre, such as “sports talk” or “classic rock,” and Bixby will search the RADIO.COM portfolio for content that matches the listener’s request. “This is an exciting integration with Samsung to bring the RADIO.COM listening experience wherever and however our listeners want it,” said J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer, Entercom. “With Bixby, we are able to bring RADIO.COM to millions of listeners, making it easier than ever to discover and engage with our premium audio content as part of our listeners’ daily audio habit.”
EVENTS: The Ty Bentli Show Teams With Dierks Bentley For 2019 '100,000 Thank You's Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One’s The Ty Bentli Show has officially begun its annual quest for “100,000 Thank You's” for deployed members of the U.S. armed services, with the help of listeners and Country music’s Dierks Bentley. Each year, the show encourages its listeners to write a thank-you note that will be sent to deployed members of the U.S. armed services – as a reminder of how highly we regard the brave people who put on a uniform and work to secure and sustain our freedom.
This year’s campaign for “100,000 Thank You's” campaign kicked off on Monday, November 4th. In years past, “100,000 Thank You's” has seen support from country music superstars like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Garth Brooks. Last year, John Rich of Big and Rich hosted a kickoff party at his bar, and joined the show throughout November to see the influx of cards from across the country! This year, The Ty Bentli Show went next level to launch the nationwide effort, by loading up the whole crew in Nashville and traveling to Naval Air Station Pensacola – the home of the Blue Angels! Ty, Tricia “TJ” Jenkins, Chuck and Bryan the Webb Guy broadcasted live on Monday, November 4th, from the award-winning galley at NAS.
“100,000 Thank You's” continues to build steam, as CMA-nominated Country artist Miranda Lambert paid a visit to The Ty Bentli Show on Tuesday morning, November 5th. The Ty Bentli Show will celebrate this year’s superstar partnership with Dierks Bentley with a party this morning, November 8th, as the show broadcasts live from Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Nashville!
iHeart Wilmington Holds Its 22nd Annual Turkey Roundup To Aid Foodbank
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Wilmington recently announced the 22nd annual Turkey Round Up, a food-drive and fundraiser to benefit families living in the Delaware area. All contributions will benefit the Food Bank of Delaware, a nonprofit with the mission to provide nutritious foods to Delawareans in need and facilitate long-term solutions to help fight hunger and poverty through community education and advocacy.
Last year, Turkey Round Up collected 361 turkeys, 4,434 pounds of non-perishable food and over $5,500 for the Food Bank of Delaware. iHeartMedia Wilmington’s on-air personalities including Christa Cooper, Whiskey and Randy, and Benny from 94.7 WDSD; Kat Alt, Courtney Lane and Kyle McMahon from 92.9 Tom-FM will broadcast live from five local supermarkets encouraging listeners to donate frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items or cash.
Denver's KOSI Flips To Christmas For 18th Year
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019 –– Bonneville International Corporation’s KOSI 101.1 Denver brings back non-stop Christmas music programming for the 18th year today, November 8, 2019 at 4:45pm.
“We’ve had listeners asking us to change to Christmas music since Halloween,” said Jim Lawson, KOSI 101.1 Program Director. “We’re excited and honored to bring back this long standing Denver tradition, 24/7 through Christmas Day,” added Lawson.
Helping to usher in the holiday festivities will be the Bear Creek High School Theater Company live in the KOSI 101.1 studio, performing “Welcome Christmas.”
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KROQ LA's Kevin & Bean Airs Final Show Together Following 30-Year Run
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– After 30 years as hosts of KROQ-FM LA's highly successful Kevin & Bean Morning Show, Gene 'Bean' Baxter and Kevin Ryder are ending their show together this morning.
Baxter told the Los Angeles Times. "It's extremely humbling and extremely gratifying. And it makes leaving hard — hard for them and hard for me to give up that relationship." The Kevin and Bean show has been KROQ's flagship program for decades,launching the careers of many up and coming comics, and also boosting the careers of show alumni including late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, comedic nerd Chris Hardwick, Fox Business News host Kennedy and podcast giant Adam Carolla.
"We were coming to a radio station that had Richard Blade, Jed the Fish and Rodney on the ROQ, people who were already legends in Southern California. We were the new guys," he told the Times. "We were out-of-towners and out of our depth. We had never done a morning show, together or separately. So there was a very steep learning curve.
The Kevin & Bean Show” debuted on Jan. 2, 1990 and for 18 years Baxter has been doing the show remotely from his home in Seattle and more recently, New Orleans. TOP AND BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTOS/KROQ
NYC'S WBAI Back On The Air After Judge's Ruling
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– NYC's iconic WBAI 99.5 FM announced that it was given back control of the station's signal after a judge ruled the shutdown decision as invalid, reports NBC. "This is a great win for the people of New York City and local control of our institutions," said Mimi Rosenberg, one of the producers The Pacifica Foundation previously cited "serious and persistent financial losses" that led the firing of all of WBAI staff .
Brooklyn-based WBAI 99.5 FM announced that it was given back control of the station's signal after a judge concluded that only one of five Board members of The Pacifica Foundation who were barred from voting on the shutdown actually had conflict of interest. The majority of Board members voted three times in October to rescind interim executive director John Vernile's decision to seize control of the station before Judge Melissa Crane ruled it as valid.
NBC reports the station had been fighting financial difficulties for years, including a multi-million dollar judgment over unpaid rent for its Empire State Building transmitter. WBAI joined Pacifica in 1960 after being donated to the foundation by a philanthropist. READ MORE HERE
Angel 'Visa' Jarquin Rises To PD At iHeart's B95Fresno
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has promoted Angel “Visa”Jarquin to Program Director for B95, Fresno. He will report to Tony Matteo, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Central Californiaand Nevada. “Angel’s incredible track record of success and his experience in the format make him an ideal fit to spearhead this market-leading brand in Fresno,” said Tony Matteo.“We’re excited to bring his energy to the B95 team.”
Before joining iHeartMedia Fresno in October 2019, Visa served as assistant program director and afternoon host for iHeartMedia Monterey’s102.5 KDON. He began his career with iHeart as an intern in San Francisco.
“I’ve always had the mentality that if you work hard and put your mind to something you can achieve anything,”said Visa. “I am beyond excited to be the new Program Director for the legendary KBOS. KBOS has a successful winning track record year after year and I can’t wait to take things to the next level. I want to thank iHeartMedia for this amazing opportunity–it is go time.”
EVENTS: Atlanta’s 97.1 The River Celebrates 14th Birthday With Journey With Pretenders
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group’s 97.1 The River (WSRV-FM/Atlanta) is celebrating its 14th birthday with “The River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash Presents: Journey with Pretenders” on Thursday, August 13 at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA. The concert is part of an extensive tour for JOURNEY: Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (co-founding member and bassist), longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) & Steve Smith (drummer), and Arnel Pineda (lead singer).
“We can't wait to celebrate the River's 14th birthday with our awesome fans,” said Chris Eagan, Director of Branding and Programming. “Journey and Pretenders will definitely put on an unbelievable show to help us party on August 13!” In 2006, 97.1 The River made its debut and has been playing Classic Hits for Atlanta rock fans ever since.
The current talent lineup includes radio veterans and local legends, Steve Craig, English Nick, and Kaedy Kiely. PHOTO/Erik Kabik
Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum Among Performers At Radio.Com Stars & Stripes Event In Detroit
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– Entercom held its inaugural “Stars and Strings Presented by RAM Trucks Built to Serve,” a RADIO.COM event, in Detroit on November 6. The sold-out concert, hosted by 99.5 WYCD (WYCD-FM), Detroit’s best country, featured musical performances by Keith Urban (shown), Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi, Brett Young and Ryan Hurd. As part of Entercom’s continued support for veterans and their families, the company raised over $25,000 for Folds of Honor by donating a portion of the show’s proceeds to the non-profit organization. Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. Entercom has now raised more than $275,000 to support this cause.
“We are grateful to the artists who put on a show to remember for our listeners and fans at our debut ‘Stars and Strings’ show in Detroit,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Entercom “The event spotlighted country music’s popularity in the Motor City while enabling efforts to support families of our country’s fallen and disabled service members. We look forward to our upcoming ‘Stars and Strings’ events next month in Chicago and New York, where we can continue delivering unforgettable experiences for our listeners.”
NETWORKS: WWO To Present 30th Anniversary Special On Fall Of Berlin Wall In Germany
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One announced '30 Years After the Fall: The Legacy of the Berlin Wall, a news special exploring the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Correspondent Chas Henry will host the program, reporting from the site where the Berlin Wall once stood. Chas will also provide coverage for Westwood One newscasts and live custom reports for radio affiliates on the anniversary. Three decades after its fall, Chas will be talking to scholars about why the wall was constructed and with residents who watched it come down.
Built in 1961, the 27-mile wall separated East and West Berlin, dividing the city’s residents between the Soviet Union’s Communism and Western Europe. At least 140 people died at and around the barrier, which was designed to keep East Germans from escaping an authoritarian Communist regime. The wall came down in November 1989 following civil unrest in East Berlin and political pressure from the West, reuniting the city in a joyous celebration. The half-hour news special will air Thanksgiving weekend. Stations interested in affiliating 30 Years After the Fall: The Legacy of the Berlin Wall can contact Jim Jones at email@example.com or 202.840.7933
Sun Broadcast Group & Envision Expand Relationship
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– Sun Broadcast Group and Envision Networks® announced they have expanded their sales representation agreement to include all Envision Networks® shows and services for 2020. The fully exclusive new partnership brings more than 60 million new monthly listeners on over 2,500 radio stations to the SBG lineups starting January 1st.
Jason Bailey, President and Founder of SBG, commented, “I’ve had the honor of working with Danno and Laura for the last 8 years, each of those years expanding our partnership as well as our amazing friendship. Today we take the big step in our relationship to become exclusive. The lineups coming over to Sun in 2020 will surely push our RADAR network to astronomical heights and the products that we will be able to represent to our clients and partners are simply top notch!”
Envision Networks® CEO and President, Danno Wolkoff, added, “We started with Sun Broadcast Group selling all of our Spanish inventory and began adding more general market advertising to their networks as we grew. SBG’s ability to maximize our lineups and create networks with such high advertiser demand fueled the development of many new shows and services. It’s only fitting that Jay, Julio and the Sun team now represent all of Envision Networks’ advertising sales in 2020 ... we’re thrilled to be working together.”
Beasley Airs First Episode of History Of WRIF Podcast With Motor City Legend Arthur Penhallow
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group officially unveiled The History Of WRIF podcast. 101 WRIF-FM, originally launched in 1971, has been on the air in Detroit for over 48 years and is considered one of the longest running “active rock” stations in the United States. With a rich history and an incredible roster of on air personalities known both in Detroit and nationwide, the podcast, hosted by former WRIF DJ Mike Staff and produced by current WRIF Host Steve Black, will feature discussions with past and present personalities reflecting on the incredible moments and memories from their past and current time on the air.
The first episode will feature Motor City Radio legend Arthur Penhallow. “Arthur P” was present for the launch of 101 WRIF in 1971 and spent several decades on the air at WRIF. During that time, he received many honors, including recognition from The Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame and a role in the movie, The Upside of Anger, which featured WRIF as a setting for the movie and starred award winning actor, Kevin Costner.
“With WRIF’s long history of rockin’ Detroit and the countless memories that go along with that, I am thrilled we were able to provide a platform to share these stories with our listeners,” said WRIF Program Director Mark Pennington. “Mike and Steve both share a strong connection with the station and its personalities, so they were a natural fit to take the lead on this project. Who better to kick-off the History Of WRIF than “Big Daddy” Arthur P!” The podcast is currently available for download at www.wrif.com.
STUDY: America’s Top Christmas Songs 2019 - Still Rockin'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– P1 Media Group and Nielsen’s BDS were determined to find out how the most played and most streamed Christmas songs from the 2018 Holiday Season ranked amongst likely Christmas music radio listeners.
They tested the 40 most-played holiday songs (all US radio airplay) and the 40 most-streamed holiday songs (all US on demand audio streaming providers such as Spotify, Amazon& Apple) from 2018. There were 17 songs on the 40 most-streamed Christmas list that were not on the 40 most-played radio list, for a total of 57 songs.
Key Findings For the third straight year “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms (TR) is America’s #1 favorite Christmas song. “Christmas music’s appeal remains as strong as ever amongst American radio listeners whom listen to All Christmas stations ‘frequently’ or ‘sometimes’ and personally enjoy Christmas music on the radio during the holiday season” says Ken Benson, Partner and co-founder, of P1 Media Group. “As we suspected, radio is underplaying some of the most streamed Christmas songs. Two songs (Michael Buble & Frank Sinatra) didn’t even make radio’s 40 most-played Christmas songs, yet landed in the Top 10 amongst this sample of Christmas radio listeners.
Streaming is one of the most valuable resources available in our music meetings today” Haley Jones, Director of Radio, Nielsen BDS Radio Two songs that weren’t among the 40 most-played Christmas songs from 2018 “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Michael Buble and “Jingle Bells” by Frank Sinatra both landed in the Top 10, number 6 and 7 respectively. Michael Buble ranked way down the chart at #666 on the 2018 most-played chart and Sinatra’s “Jingle Bells” ranked #49. The Holiday Classics rule the Top 10 including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and two versions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Three different versions of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas” made the list. SEE FULL REPORT HERE
Benztown Rings in The Holidays With Its 'Christmas In A Box'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– Benztown is offering its holly, jolly market-exclusive “Christmas in a Box” library to stations, FREE with a Benztown library subscription. “Christmas in a Box” delivers an overflowing Santa sack full of fun and festive Christmas programming which includes over 5,000 tracks of audio Christmas cheer that will delight Christmas music lovers far and near. If you want to ensure a spot on the nice list this year, give Benztown a jingle and share the joy and fun with your listeners!
Additionally, Benztown offers to all radio stations 50 FREE Christmas audio elements produced by the award-winning creative production team at Benztown! These elements will include everything from sound design FX and SFX, drones/pads, holiday listener drops and even some Santa audio— All totally free. For info, contact Masa Patterson, Benztown, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at: (818) 842-4600.
WXXF/Ashland-Mansfield Flips To Christmas; Announces New Format Coming Dec. 26th
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– You can now add 107.7 FM Ashland/Mansfield, OH as the latest station to flip to Christmas music. WXXF – FM 107.7 will also debut a new exciting format for Ohio listeners on December 26 that will be announced soon. Rock listeners can continue to tune into 102.3 The Fox, which will remain Mid-Ohio’s Rock Station carrying “Rover’s Morning Glory” in the morning, and the best rock music in Ohio all day, every day.
“It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas in Ohio,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia’s North Ohio region. “We are thrilled to bring all Christmas music to Mid-Ohio, and are extremely excited to unveil a brand new station on December 26.
Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball Returns To London
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– The first acts for Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball 2019 have been announced by Roman Kemp on the breakfast show. More to be announced during the week. DJ Jax Jones, Liam Payne, Aitch, isLauv, Jonas Blue, Ava Max, Young T & Bugsey, and Rita Ora are on the line-up so far for the two-night event in December.
Paris Heading For Melbourne Australia - Hit Darling Downs Presenter Paris Humphrey has landed a new gig at KIIS 101.1 Melbourne as a producer for Jase & PJ. Originally from South Australia, Paris kicked off her career in community radio and stand-up comedy, before eventually attending the Australian Radio School.
In Ireland, Tributes Paid To Gay Byrne - Listeners and workmates across the radio industry are paying tribute to RTÉ broadcaster Gay Byrne who has died at the age of 85. Gay started work as a newsreader and continuity announcer on Radio Éireann in the late 1950s before moving to Granada Television in Manchester, where he worked on a variety of shows, interviewing acts including The Beatles. For a time he commuted between Dublin and UK, working for the BBC and RTÉ. He went back to Ireland full time in the late 1960s as presenter and producer of The Late Late Show. The programme went on to become the world’s longest-running TV chat show. Gay also presented a long-running radio show on RTÉ Radio 1, first known as The Gay Byrne Hour and then The Gay Byrne Show. The show had a close relationship with its listeners, many wrote to or phoned Gay to comment on the issues of the day, and with their own stories. He won a Jacob’s Award for the programme in 1976.
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Francesa Leaving WFAN's Afternoon Show AGAIN - Will Continue With Role At Radio.Com
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– Following news first reported by Newsday's Neil Best, Entercom confirmed that Mike Francesa he would be leaving his afternoon show on WFAN New York, but will continue to have a role with the company. According to RADIO.COM, Francesa, 65, revealed that he's agreed to a deal with Radio.com — ending his tenure as WFAN's afternoon drive host. He reiterated that he's "not leaving the Entercom family" as he expects to still be involved with WFAN, as well. Francesa doesn't know what that will entail, but says his new role won't have anything to do with the afternoon drive.
"Mike Francesa will continue to be part of WFAN, and will soon also have an expanded role on RADIO.COM," said Entercom Regional President Susan Larkin (L). While we are still finalizing details, this is an exciting move to bring more of Mike’s iconic sports talk content to fans across broadcast and digital in new, engaging ways wherever and however loyal sports fans want it. Stay tuned as we will be sharing more details in the weeks to come.
"Francesa’s departure date has not been set, but he said it would be sometime in December.
Francesa first retired from WFAN in 2017 following a long farewell tour, only to return to the station four months later. He has been back on the air since May 2018. Francesa's “Mike’s On” app was since bought by Entercom and forged into the Radio.com app.
SiriusXM Names Alex Luke Senior VP Digital Content
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– SiriusXM has named Alex Luke senior VP, digital content for both SiriusXM and Pandora. Luke will report directly to Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s president and chief content officer.
Luke has managed programming, editorial and artist relations across his career at Napster, Apple and most recently Amazon, where he was Global Head of Programming and Content Strategy at Amazon Music.
Alex's career in the music business began in terrestrial radio as an on-air talent in Dallas. He later programmed stations in St. Louis and Chicago and served as EVP of A&R at EMI Music, where he signed Capital Cities to Capitol Records, and worked with numerous artists including Katy Perry, David Guetta, and Beastie Boys, among others.
KIOZ-FM San Diego's The Show Now Heard On KTMQ/Q103.3 Temecula
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– The Show (Eddie -TR, Sky - BL, Emily - TL and Thor - Middle) have added an additional station. The Show can now be heard in Temecula, CA on Q103.3 (KTMQ).
Their home remains Rock 105.3 (KIOZ) in San Diego since 2004. Host Eddie Pappani says "This is such a cool thing for us. We have heard from the fans in Temecula that they can't quite get us up there and now they can. We are very excited to bring the Show to the entire Temecula valley now." Emily Griffiths from the Show has added midday duties and former morning guy Mike Dellinger moves to afternoons.
Florida Man Radio Orlando Adds First Affiliate In Florida; Ed Tyll Added To The Lineup
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– JVC Media of Florida announces the first radio affiliate of Orlando’s Florida Man Radio 660AM/105.5 FM. Florida Man Radio will begin broadcasting on WYGC-FM 104.9 serving the Gainesville and North Central Florida area on Monday November 11th, 2019. Florida Man Radio debuted in September anchored by long-time Orlando talk legend Shannon Burke, the nationally syndicated Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, radio veteran Scott Ledger, American journalist, author, and former television host Bill O’Reilly, and Attorney Justin Clark.
In addition to the expanded footprint for Florida Man Radio, JVC’s Executive Vice President Shane Reeve announced that American Talk Radio Classic “The Ed Tyll Show” will be joining the on-air line up of Florida Man Radio effective immediately. The Ed Tyll Show will air weekdays from Noon-2pm. “This is exactly what radio needs right now, fresh, new, funny and local this is ‘Florida Man Radio”, said JVC’s CEO John Caracciolo. “The vision of a locally based talk station that isn’t afraid to confront the big topics while not taking it too seriously, screams the mantra of JVC. We aren’t afraid to buck the norms -- I’m thrilled for the future of our stations across the country and thrilled to be growing Florida Man Radio all over the state," added Caracciolo
Garrett Phillips Joins WIRK-FM West Palm Beach's Tim & Chelsea Show As Producer
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– Hubbard RadioWest Palm Beach welcomes Garrett Phillips as producer of the Tim & Chelsea morning show on NewCountry 103.1. Bruce Logan, Operations Manager and Brand/Content Director of WIRK-Country, said, “Since 2015, Garrett has shown a high competence in many different roles for this cluster rising quickly from intern to show producer to the lead producer for Paul Barsky’s show on WFTL. No matter the role, Garrett has excelled. I am sure his addition as producer for Tim & Chelsea on New Country 103-1 will produce excellent results as we add another important puzzle piece to what we are building on WIRK."
Phillips added, “I am incredibly excited to join Tim and Chelsea on the Morning Show. Their wit, humor, and chemistry is truly something special, and I cannot wait to help them take the show to new heights!”
HONORS: CMA To Honore Kris Kristofferson With Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– The Country Music Association has revealed its 2019 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient—iconic Country Music star, Kris Kristofferson. A special tribute is planned during “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards,” featuring a not-to-be-missed performance of Kristofferson’s classic “Me and Bobby McGee” by Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osborne. “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” broadcasts live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.
“Kris is a living legend whose impact on our genre has been monumental,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “He is the definition of an icon and someone our community holds with such high regard. I’m thrilled our Board selected Kris this year for one of CMA’s highest accolades. Though he won’t be joining us at the CMA Awards, I hope our tribute performance brings a big smile to his face.”
Previous recipients of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash (2015), and Dolly Parton (2016). PHOTO/Kris Kristofferson
ESPN’s 30 For 30 Podcasts Return for Season Six
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Podcasts will return for a sixth season with four all-new audio documentaries. The first episode will debut on Tuesday, November 12, with the others premiering every Tuesday through December 3.
The audio documentaries will tell a range of fascinating stories about kidnappings, scandal, and devastating natural disasters — while touching on themes of hope, community, and recovery — and span the globe from Moscow to Montana, Chile to New Orleans.
The season kicks off with a story about two of the most famous women in sports, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, who talk openly about their stranger-than-fiction experience with Shabtai Kalmanovich, former owner of their Russian basketball team and possible double agent. Additionally, ESPN’s Bonnie Ford lends her reporting skills and signature voice to the 30 for 30 Podcasts series in the episode titled “Out of the Woods.” - LISTEN HERE
The previous season of 30 for 30 Podcasts, “The Sterling Affairs,” reported on and hosted by ESPN Senior Writer Ramona Shelburne has been downloaded approximately two and a half million times.
EVENTS: WBOS-FM Boston Runs With Dave & Chuck the Freak’s .5k.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– Beasley's Rock 92.9 WBOS-FM says there’s thousands of 5k races in and around Boston, but Dave & Chuck the Freak’s .5k is unique. It’s a .5k, meaning we make it easy for you to get to the finish line so you can get to the party. If you can walk, run or even crawl 547 yards, this race is for you!
The event will be hosted by Dave and Chuck the Freak Show Morning Show personalities Dave Hunter and Charles Urquhart, along with show members Lisa Way, Andy Green and Producer James Campbell.
Radio 104.5 Philly Presents Its 6th Annual Movember Gala To Benefit Men's Health
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– November 5, 2019 – Radio 104.5, Philadelphia's Rock Alternative station, recently announced its sixth annual Movember Gala, a fundraiser to benefit The Movember Foundation, a global men’s health charity investing in programs to address prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Radio 104.5’s on-air personalities will encourage listeners starting on Monday, Nov. 11.
The event will feature a special performance by Vampire Weekend. Electric Violinist Brian Fitzy will perform an opening set and DJ Reed Streets will be spinning between sets. All proceeds from donations will go to the Movember Foundation. “Each year during the month of November, thousands of men around the world grow a mustache for 30 days to raise awareness and funds to support men’s health through the Movember Foundation,” said John Allers, Program Director for Radio 104.5. “Radio 104.5 will once again join the effort by asking our loyal listeners to donate and help us raise money for this great cause.“
107.5 WGCI To Host Annual Music Summit Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI, Chicago announced the return of its annual Music Summit presented by AT&T. It will take place on Saturday, November 9 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago.
The 107.5 WGCI Music Summit will give Chicago artists, producers, songwriters and managers an inside look on what it takes to make it in the music business. The music summit will be hosted by 107.5 WGCI morning show co-hosts Leon Rogers, Kendra G and Kyle; midday host Frankie Robinson; afternoon host Tone Kapone; and evening host DJ Moon Dawg. The summit’s celebrity panelists include G Herbo, DJ Mustard, Hitmaka, K. Michell, Calboy, Polow da Don and more.
“The WGCI Music Summit is the only event of its kind in the Chicagoland community where music hopefuls get the opportunity to connect and learn the music business from superstar recording artists, producers and music executives,” said Johnnie D. Glover, Program Director for 107.5 WGCI. “Last year, Hip Hop artist Polo G’s music career launched shortly after he attended the Music Summit. This is another example of WGCI’s commitment to getting the next generation of musical superstars one step closer to their dreams.”
Holiday Hits Now Spread To Phoenix & Erie
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019 –– Beginning today, Nov. 6, Christmas tunes will invade the airwaves as Phoenix's KEZ 99.9 FM officially switches over to its all-Christmas format, reports ABC-TV. KEZ is among the latest of a quickly growing list of stations flipping to the yuletide sound with Christmas less than 8-weeks away.
You can also add iHeartMedia's Erie's 95.9 to the list as they've begun to broadcast around-the-clock Christmas favorites, as well. On-air hosts Glenn and Amy will continue to handle station’s programming. “It’s time to get in the holiday spirit and Christmas 95.9 has the biggest and best Christmas songs now through Christmas day!” said Joe Lang, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Erie.
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Power 105.1's Angie Martinez Survives ‘Severe’ Car Accident
Suffered Fractured Lumbar And Shattered Vertebrae; Will Take Extended Amount of Time To Recover
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Power 105.1 New York Iconic radio host Angie Martinez revealed on social media that she was seriously injured in a recent car accident. She says she suffered a fractured lumbar and shattered vertebrae and will be taking an extended amount of time to recover, although she didnot reveal other details.
“I’ve always believed in angels and mine was with me the other morning. I was in a severe car accident and sustained a fractured lumbar and shattered vertebrae,” Martinez ––– I’m recovering and will be for some time, but I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to do that. Wanted you all to hear it from me first and know that although this is a different time, I am in the best spirits possible and determined to be back and better than ever! God Bless and I deeply appreciate all the love and prayers.”
Variety reports the timing of the accident is unfortunate, as it comes just weeks after Martinez’s TV series “Untold Stories of Hip-Hop,” premiered on WeTV. Guests on the show have included Cardi B, DJ Khaled, A$AP Rocky and others.
Martinez is a longtime veteran of New York's hip-hop scene and appears frequently onstage at concerts and industry events, as well as her regular hosting gig on Power 105. PHOTO/Power 105.1
HONORS: George Beasley To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From BFOA
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– George Beasley, Founder and Chairman of Beasley Media Group, will be honored with the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award dinner. The gala, which is an annual fundraising event for the Broadcasters Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need, will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
“George is one of the forward-thinking pioneers of radio and a longtime supporter of our charitable mission,” observed Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “Starting off with radio stations in small market America and expanding to major cities, George built the company that bears his name with ingenuity, integrity, and innovation. We are delighted to recognize his leadership in our industry.”
“I fell in love with radio early in my career, and I have been fortunate to be a part of this wonderful business as it has grown and expanded,” stated Beasley. “Giving back is an important tradition in our family, and it is an honor to support the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help those in our industry who need it most.”
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. About the Broadcasters Foundation of America: www.broadcastersfoundation.org
Mike Killabrew Returns As SVPP for iHeart Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Mike Killabrew will return as the Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeart Indianapolis beginning January 1. In addition, Killabrew will also serve as Program Director for Q95 and Alt 1033. He will report to Earl Jones, Region President for iHeartMedia Kentucky/Indiana, and Michael Jordan, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Kentucky/Indiana.
Killabrew has more than 20 years of experience in the radio industry, most recently serving as Program Director for iHeartMedia’s BIG 100 and DC101 in Washington, D.C. In addition, he previously served as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Indianapolis from 2016 until earlier this year. Prior to that, Killabrew held a variety of programming positions at several iHeartMedia stations in Des Moines, Iowa; Tampa, Florida and Miami.
NETWORKS: WWO News Presents 11-Part Veteran's Day Series To Honor Our Military
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One announced an 11-part series of reports in honor of the brave men and women of our military. Each Veterans Day report is approximately one minute long and will feature the men and women who make up the U.S. veteran population. They include perspectives from national leaders and veterans of varying ages, and look into how veterans view their service and the day set aside to honor it. The reports will examine health, education and readjustment issues impacting veterans — and provide listeners ways they can show concern for those who’ve worn their nation’s uniform — by making Veterans Day not just an occasion to offer former military people a “thanks for your service,” but a day of service to those who’ve served.
The series is reported and produced by Westwood One News reporter Chas Henry, himself a combat decorated veteran of the 1991 Gulf War. Stations interested in affiliating Westwood One’s Veterans Day Reports can contact Jim Jones at email@example.com or 202.840.7933 for more information.
Luke Combs To Host 'CMA Red Carpet Countdown' Across Entercom Country Stations
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced that award-winning star and 2019 CMA Awards nominee Luke Combs will host its exclusive “CMA Red Carpet Countdown” in celebration of the 53rd Annual CMA Awards. The multiplatform programming commences Monday, November 11 and will include on-air and digital content across all Entercom country music stations nationwide.
The one-hour “CMA Red Carpet Countdown” on-air special will immediately precede the televised CMA Awards beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 13 and will feature Luke Combs introducing additional content and a curated playlist from Nashville. The week-long coverage will include exclusive behind-the-scenes video clips, photos, commentary and interviews from country music’s top artists.
“Our coverage in Nashville and our annual ‘CMA Red Carpet Countdown’ will give our listeners nationwide a front row ticket to country music’s biggest night,” said Pat Paxton, Chief Programming Officer, Entercom. “Who better to provide this insider access than one of the industry’s leading stars? We’re excited to be partnering with Luke Combs as his unfiltered personality delivers an engaging atmosphere. Luke’s camaraderie with artists is hilarious and we are looking forward to amplifying that magic across our unrivaled footprint in country music.”
Carrie Underwood will host this year's CMA Awards with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton in celebration of legendary women in country music. The awards will air live on November 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
iHeart Chicago's LITE-FM And Beasley's 94.7 HD2 Detroit Flips To Country
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced that 93.9 LITE FM will broadcast as a new holiday music station for listeners in the Chicago community beginning today, November 5, 2019 at 4 p.m., “There’s no place like home for the holidays and we are delighted to be Chicagoland’s home for holiday cheer in our 19th year,” said Mick Lee, Program Director and Afternoon Host for 93.9 LITE FM. “We’re honored that so many Chicagoans include us in their annual holiday traditions and we can’t wait to celebrate the season with Christmas music, fun contests, and a few new surprises along the way!” “
-- Beasley's Oldies 94.7 HD2 has officially transformed into 24/7 Christmas music, as of midnight on Friday, November 1, 2019. “We’re interrupting our normal HD2 station programming, which features great oldies’ stars like Elvis, the Temptations and the Beach Boys to bring listeners the very best Christmas music experience,” said Program Director Jerry Tarrants. “Tis’ the season for Christmas music to begin on Detroit Oldies 94.7 HD2!” For additional details, please visit www.WCSX.com
Johnjay & Rich's Rich Berra Releases Second Holiday Children’s Book To Raise Funds For #Loveup Foundation
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Rich Berra, co-host of the nationally syndicated Johnjay and Rich Show on iHeart Radio, has released his second holiday children’s book, “Christmas Steve Meets Christmas Carol," a sequel to “The Tale of Christmas Steve,” released in 2017.
Proceeds from the sale of each book go to the #LoveUp Foundation (loveupfoundation.org) – a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization co-founded by Berra and his on-air partner, Johnjay Van Es – which helps foster children and families in need.
Following the first whimsical book about a small elf with a big heart, “This year, we wanted to go beyond the monetary donation and share what’s at the heart of these books – a love of reading – with kids everywhere,” said Berra. “The story, the proceeds and the gift of the book itself to children in need all combine to make the ultimate impact.” For More info, visit https://christmassteve.org/
[WATCH] The Bert Show Experience What It’s Like To Live Like a Pregnant Woman
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– The nationally syndicated morning talk radio show, The Bert Show, closed out the month of October by putting a special twist on their fourth annual “Live Like a Woman Week”. In honor of Cassie Young, The Bert Show’s web and social media director, being nine months pregnant, host Bert Weiss and co-host Moe Mitchell were put through a series of activities for ﬁve days that any expecting mother would go through. Bert Show members strategically coordinated tasks and challenges for each day in an effort to help the men of the show empathize with every stage of pregnancy.
“This is our fourth year doing ‘Live Like a Woman Week’, but this year was on an entirely different level,” says Kristin Klingshirn, co-host of The Bert Show. “The guys deﬁnitely struggled and I think they both waddled away with a better appreciation of what pregnant women go through.” Bert and Moe experienced a full week living a day in the life of a pregnant woman. They started the week by performing tasks that simulated ﬁrst trimester pregnancy symptoms including tender nipples, swollen boobs and morning sickness. The experience wouldn’t be complete without Bert and Moe’s “water breaking” and them being hooked up to the contraction contraption which simulates labor pains for the duration of the show. WATCH HERE
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Country superstar Miranda Lambert joined with Elaina Smith on her podcast "Breaking Thru with Elaina", a new long form conversation about where she is today, how she got to the new music, leading the way for women in country music and more! The interview will also be featured on "With Elaina", the Westwood One syndicated two-hour weekend Country program for pop culture junkies, entertainment fans and Country music lovers!
Listen to "Breaking Thru with Elaina Smith" podcast episode featuring Lambert, HERE
Eric Bogosian's 'Talk Radio' Returning To The Stage In Orlando
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Marco DiGeorge, Adam Minossora, and Elaitheia Quinn will star alongside a large ensemble cast in Eric Bogosian's 2007 adaptation of Talk Radio reports Broadway World. Directed by Allan Whitehead, Talk Radio will run from November 16 through December 8, 2019 at Theater On The Edge, Orlando. Talk Radio is a full-length play originally written in 1987 by Eric Bogosian, and later developed into a movie starring the author. Following the movie, Bogosian re-envisioned the play and created an adapted version which opened on Broadway in March, 2007.
Talk Radio tells the 1987 period story of Barry Champlain (Marco DiGeorge), Cleveland's controversial radio host known for insulting the lost souls who call into his show to sound off, trying to manage this crazy Friday-night show along side his controller Stu (Alex Jackson) and producer Linda (Elaitheia Quinn).
Marco DiGeorge says, "It has been a privilege working with such passionate individuals who are always striving to push our performances to the edge. I am grateful for the opportunity to bring Barry to life!" Tickets on sale now at www.TheaterOnTheEdge.org and prices range from $19 to $26.
Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan Drops By Big Jim's House In Detroit
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– You never know who'll stop by Big Jim's House at 94.7 WCSX Detroit, This week it was 'Amazing Race' host Phil Keoghan to dropped by to promote his search for contestants in a NEW reality show called "Tough As Nails". Jim tells us, "No word on whether he'll use our suggestion of "Stop. Hammer Time" for the shows slogan."
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KROQ-FM’s Gene ‘Bean’ Baxter Announces After 30-Year Run He's Signing Off This Week
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– After 30 years of holding down mornings as co-host of KROQ 106.7/FM’s highly popular The Kevin & Bean Show, Gene “Bean” Baxter announced his final day on-air will be this Thursday, Nov. 7. reports LA's Daily News. Baxter said “I’m a radio fan and there are radio people that I’m a super fan of -- I know how much their work has meant to me and how much it has cheered me up or how they have made me laugh. Knowing that we’ve been that for a lot of people is a really, really good feeling."
In 2015, The Kevin & Bean Show was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame. This Friday, Nov. 8, Ryder and Baxter will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame along with LA's Ryan Seacrest, sex therapist and TV/Radio host Dr. Ruth Westheimer and CBS Sports Radio Jim Rome among others.
The Kevin & Bean Show” debuted on Jan. 2, 1990 and for 18 years Baxter has been doing the show remotely from his home in Seattle and more recently, New Orleans. That distance, both Baxter and Ryder insist, was pretty much key to keeping their relationship solid for 30 years. When asked about a name change for the show or any other forthcoming surprises, a very straight-forward response was given. “You know the answer to that,” Ryder said with a bit of a pause. “Sam the Armenian Comedian.” Guess we’ll all just have to stay tuned. PHOTO/Skyler Barberio for KROQ
2019 Radio Hall Of Fame To Honor Brooke & Jubal With 'One To Watch' Award
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– CHICAGO, November 4, 2019 – Premiere Networks’ Brooke (Fox) and Jubal (Fresh), hosts of Brooke & Jubal in the Morning, are this year’s recipients of the Radio Hall of Fame’s “One to Watch” award. It was created last year in honor of radio legend and 2012 RHOF inductee Art Laboe. Each year, the RHOF nominating committee selects a promising radio personality or team who has demonstrated ratings success,audience growth, and impact on one or more radio stations and their communities. Brooke and Jubal teamed up in 2011 and within four years, they launched into national syndication. In 2016 they won the National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award for “Large Market Personality of the Year.” Today, they’re #1 in Portland and Seattle and are heard on more than 50 stations, attracting 2.2 million weekly listeners.
“Brooke and Jubal exemplify the inspiration behind this award,” says RHOF Chairman Kraig Kitchin. “While they’ve made Movin’ 92.5, KQMV-FM their home in Seattle, the magic they create on the air continues to win audiences far beyond.” The Radio Hall of Fame’s 31st Annual Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets are available at www.radiohalloffame.com. A portion of the ticket is a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
The 2019 inductees include Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, Harry Harrison, Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter (Kevin & Bean), Joe Madison, Jim Rome, Ryan Seacrest, John Tesh and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
REPORT: WWL New Orleans Host Seth Dunlap Fired Amid NOPD Probe
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– WWL Radio New Orleans host Seth Dunlap has reportedly been fired following claims that he denies of commandeering its Twitter account to lob a homophobic slur at himself before demanding nearly $2 million to settle complaints of workplace harassment, reports NOLA.com
Dunlap’s attorney, Megan Kiefer, confirmed Saturday that her client had been dismissed two days earlier. She claims the station and its corporate parent, Entercom, had “tried to pressure him to resign” in recent weeks, but he refused because he maintains his innocence in the dispute. “The actions of Entercom wrongfully terminating Mr. Dunlap has compounded his damages,” Kiefer said.
A New Orleans police investigation into the station’s allegations of extortion by Dunlap remains open, roughly one month after detectives obtained a warrant for information from the phone they suspect was used to send the tweet. NOPD obtains warrant for WWL Radio host Seth Dunlap’s cellphone as tweet probe progresses NOPD obtains warrant for WWL Radio host Seth Dunlap’s cellphone as tweet probe progresses. While Dunlap’s Twitter account still lists him as a WWL Radio host, his biography was no longer on the station’s website Saturday morning.
Dunlap landed in the center of controversy on Sept. 10 after sharing a link on Twitter to his analysis of the Saints’ win against Houston the previous day. Someone using WWL Radio’s Twitter account retweeted the link from Dunlap, who is openly gay, while referring to him as a “fag.” The offensive tweet quickly vanished — but not before drawing nationwide derision. READ ARTICLE HERE
Dan Le Batard Returning To Radio Show And ESPN News On November 11th
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz announced on Friday that Dan would return to the show on ESPN Radio and ESPNews on Nov. 11. The Miami-based show which emanates from ESPN studios on South Beach, will also is to return to his ESPN television show, Highly Questionable, that day, the network confirmed Friday. Le Batard has been off the air for several weeks, first for a long-planned pre-wedding honeymoon and to attend to what the show called “personal matters.” Both shows have continued with various guest hosts in his absence.
The Miami Herald reports that Le Batard’s latest “Mas Miami” event was also revealed. It is set for Saturday, Dec. 14 at Wynwood Factory. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will include a dominoes tournament with Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard, music by Locos Por Juana and Mayday, and a DJ set by the show’s Mike Ryan. Le Batard conceived the Mas Miami events as a sort of thank-you to the hometown community he loves. “This city has supported me so that I can bring this city to the United States of ESPN,” said Le Batard.
Salem Media's NewsTalk WNTP Rebrands As Philadelphia’s AM 990, The Answer
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Salem Media Group has launched NewsTalk 990 AM WNTP Philadelphia’s AM 990, The Answer. Newly-signed Chris Stigall, longtime Philadelphia radio personality, anchored the launch today with a brand new program, Philadelphia’s Morning Answer with Chris Stigall. He’ll host the program weekdays from 6am-9am, joining AM 990’s impressive program line-up that also includes Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Sebastian Gorka, Larry Elder and Eric Metaxas.
Phil Boyce, SVP/Director, Spoken Word Format & Salem Radio Network, “For nearly nine years, Chris Stigall held down the captain’s chair on morning radio in Philly. Now we are doing the right thing and bringing him back. There could not be a more perfect time to add a new local voice to our lineup. We're all about breaking news and what to think of it. Chris is back to answer all of that and more. "
[WATCH] 97.9 Dallas' Dee Porter Once Lived In Her Car To Pursue Her Radio Dream
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– 97.9 The Beat Dallas' Dee Porter, known on-air as lilD, says, "The drive never stops. I've always loved learning and growing and that's just how I am." But Porter's success didn't come without sacrifice reports WFAA-TV. Last month she released her memoir, "Route 2: My Choice to Struggle to Succeed." In the book, she described her experience with homelessness.
"It really wasn't until I sat down and wrote this that I realized I was homeless," Porter said. Eight years ago, Porter was living in Ohio struggling to find stable radio work. She got a great opportunity to work part-time in an on-air position but she had just been evicted as well. "I couldn't afford the rent at that point. But I couldn't turn down this chance, I just knew it was meant to be," Porter said.
She described being on the air as a public figure then go sleep in her car or an extended stay motel. She ate peanut butter and jelly for almost every meal," Porter said. She saw the difficult times as an investment in her future. "I kept saying if I really want this, I will make it happen. Eventually she got more hours, more pay and was able to afford rent. Then in 2018, she was hired at Urban One's 97.9 in Dallas.
"I never forget that time though. If I see someone outside I will give them food because I remember what it was like. I was there," Porter said. WATCH HERE
EVENTS: The 6th Annual iHeart Fiesta Latina Brings Top Stars In Latin Music To Miami
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– The sixth annual iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina celebrated the best in Latin music on Saturday evening with star-studded performances by Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Pedro Capó, Gente de Zona, Jowell & Randy, Sech and Tito El Bambino and Corazón Latino Honoree, Jennifer Lopez (shown above at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami). The event, hosted by Enrique Santos brought the power of the iHeartRadio Music Festival to Latin music. The event broadcasted LIVE nationwide across iHeartMedia’s Spanish-Pop, Tropical, regional Mexican and Spanish Adult Hit radio stations nationwide and livestreamed exclusively on LiveXLive.com and the network's mobile, OTT and web-based app.
This year, iHeartMedia and Pepsi along with Enrique Santos celebrated those that give back to their local communities and presented the fourth annual iHeartRadio Premio Corazón Latino Award to Jennifer Lopez. The award honors an individual that exemplifies their big heart through their selfless work in enhancing the lives, heritage and future of the Latin community. In addition to her work in film, television and music. Her fiancé Alex Rodriguez and children there to support her. PHOTO/ Getty Images for iHeartRadio
99.5 The Wolf Dallas Announces 10 Man Jam To Benefit Area Food Bank
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Cumulus 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM Dallas announced the first part of the lineup for their annual 10 Man Jam at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth. This year’s event will be held Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4:00pm. 99.5 The Wolf’s 10 Man Jam is an acoustic style guitar pull featuring two sets of performances, each with five country superstars, representing both Nashville and Texas Country.
This year’s event will feature Chris Young, Chase Rice, Randall King, LANCO, Russell Dickerson, Jon Langston and Trea Landon. The remainder of the lineup will be announced Friday, November 8, 2019. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Tarrant Area Food Bank. Complete show details can be found at http://www.995thewolf.com/10manjam2017/.
Cody Alan Kicks Off The Holidays With Top Stars For 'Friends Giving' Special
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Premiere Networks announced an exclusive Thanksgiving special for Country radio stations hosted by award-winning radio and CMT personality Cody Alan. The four-hour, barter-free CMT After MidNite Friendsgiving Special with Cody Alan will be highlighted by conversations with Country stars and celebrities including Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and others, who will share their favorite holiday foods, family traditions and more.
The radio special will also feature a mix of chart-topping and holiday-themed songs. The CMT After MidNite Friendsgiving Special with Cody Alan is available to CMT Radio affiliates and open markets to air anytime from November 27 to December 1, 2019. Interested stations should contact Premiere Networks’ Affiliate Relations department at 818-377-5300. To download a photo of Cody Alan, click here.
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REPORT: SiriusXM's Self-Pay Subs Top 29.6 Million - Adds 302K Net New Self-Pay In Q3
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019 –– SiriusXM announced this week their third quarter 2019 operating and financial results. "SiriusXM's robust third quarter saw strong results across the board. Total net additions benefited from continuing strength in the auto sector," said SiriusXM CEO Jay Meyers. "Things have never been more exciting at the company as we continue to invest in our brands, content, products and expanded OEM distribution."
Among the highlights showed that Self-Pay Subscribers Top 29.6 Million. SiriusXM added 302,000 net new self-pay subscribers in the third quarter to end with more than 29.6 million self-pay subscribers. Total net subscriber additions in the third quarter were 210,000, resulting in more than 34.6 million total SiriusXM subscribers at the end of the period.
Meyers added, "We officially opened our new Hollywood studio complex (L) with a special series of shows by Howard Stern. Howard is at the top of his game and was welcomed to LA by an array of stars and special live performances by Adam Levine and Green Day, all from our state-of-the-art street level performance space called 'The Garage. '
Howard's broadcast followed a month of special shows, interviews, and performances in LA by Carrie Underwood, Julia Roberts, Dave Matthews, Jennifer Aniston (shown right) and breakout artist Billie Eilish, to name a few. Re-establishing ourselves in the Entertainment Capital of the world, and being closer to compelling talent and brands, bolsters the value of our programming for our subscribers," added Meyer. SEE MORE HERE
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Amanda McGraw Named PD For 102.7 The Wolf Fresno 92.9 Big Dog Modesto
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has named Amanda McGraw Program Director for 102.7 The Wolf & 92.9 The Big Dog She will report to Tony Matteo, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Central California and Nevada.
“We’re very fortunate to have Amanda join our team,” said Steve Darnell, Market President for iHeartMedia Fresno. “She’s a motivated and skilled programmer and will help elevate our iHeartCountry brands.”
Prior to joining iHeartMedia Fresno in October 2019, McGraw served as assistant program director for 92.5 The Breeze and 107.1 The Bull for iHeartMedia Sacramento. She began her career with Bicoastal Media as the promotions director and morning show co-host at KDUK-FM in Eugene, Oregon. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon.
“I'm thrilled to join our fantastic team in Fresno,” said McGraw. “It's been my goal to program great stations since the beginning of my radio career, so the opportunity to take on two iHeartCountry stations for my first role as Program Director is a dream come true..."
MIW & Nielsen Music Name Amanda 'ICE' Habrowski Its 2019 Programming Mentee
Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group and Nielsen Music Name Amanda “ICE” Habrowski 2019 MIW Group-Nielsen Music Programming Mentee Naples, Fla., October 31, 2019 -
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group and Nielsen Music announced that Amanda “ICE” Habrowski has been named the 2019 MIW Group-Nielsen Music Programming Mentee. Now in its third year, MIW Group-Nielsen Music Mentoring program is a collaborative effort aiming to increase the number of women in radio programming positions across the country.
A 15-year veteran of radio, “ICE” is the Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Midday Host of Live 95.5 KBFF-FM, an Alpha Media radio station in Portland, Oregon. The one-year mentorship matches a female programming candidate with key leaders from both the MIW Radio Group and Nielsen Music aimed at sharpening the programming and professional skills needed to further their career in music-formatted radio.
"What an honor,” said Amanda. "I am so excited to learn and grow alongside some of the most influential and inspiring women in our industry. I cannot thank the MIW Group and Nielsen enough for this incredible opportunity and you better believe I'll be taking full advantage of this mentorship program. Chicks rule!" For more information on the MIW Radio Group and the MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program, please visit www.radioMIW.com.
Nick Tehrani Goes One On One With Bob Lawrence & Fred Jacobs
KBA Talent Institute Grad And Benztown Mentorship Honoree
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019 –– Nick Tehrani, graduate of the KBA Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University and Benztown Mentorship Program Fall Semester honoree, spent one-on-one time in the Detroit, MI, area this week with veteran radio specialists Bob Lawrence, VP/Prog.Saga and Fred Jacobs, President, Jacobs Media. They mentored Tehrani as part of a joint initiative between Benztown and The National Radio Talent System, part of the Radio Talent Institutes across America, discovering and preparing the next generation of broadcasters.
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.
Christmas Flippage Comes iHeart Greenville
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Greenville has debuted Christmas 102.5, The Carolinas’ Christmas Station. Christmas 102.5 will broadcast around-the-clock Christmas favorites beginning now through December 25th.
Christmas music on 102.5 FM is now an annual holiday tradition in the Upstate and we’re excited to help all of our listeners feel good for the holidays,” said A.J., Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Virginia-Carolina and Program Director for Christmas 102.5. “We’re certainly feeling the Christmas spirit and are excited to share it with our Greenville and Spartanburg listeners this holiday season.”
SYNDICATION: The Sandy Show Picks Up Three New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019 –– Fresh off of the announcement as one of United Stations’ new DAYPARTS ON DEMAND programs, The Sandy Show has added three (3) new Monday through Friday affiliates. The program, which features veteran air personality Sandy McIlree teamed with his wife, Tricia, started broadcasting earlier this year through United Stations.
The newest additions to The Sandy Show lineup are: - Alpha Media’s Adult Hits KLAK-FM in Dallas which airs The Sandy Show in morning drive from 5-9 am. - American General Media’s Hot AC KRTZ-FM in Cortez, CO (in the Albuquerque TV market) which airs The Sandy Show in midday from 9am until 2pm, and - Wallingford Communication’s Adult Contemporary WLFX-FM in Berea, KY (in the Lexington, KY TV market) which airs The Sandy Show in afternoons from 3-7 pm.
The Sandy Show is the creation of its anchor, Sandy McIlree, who has been an on-air radio morning show personality for nearly three decades. Sandy is best known as half of “The JB and Sandy Show,” which aired on KAMX (Mix 94.7) Austin for 17 years, consistently dominating ratings in the morning drive time. He is joined on the show by his wife, Tricia who's been a regular contributor on McIlree’s radio shows for years. For more info, contact: Andy Denemark, USRN - firstname.lastname@example.org - (212) 536-3603
EVENTS: Caroline Beasley Featured At 'Drive to Digital' Event In London
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley was among the speakers featured at the 2019 Drive to Digital Event. The one-day conference took place on Wednesday, October 30th at the British Library Conference Centre in central London. Drive to Digital is an annual event for UK radio and the audio industry that brings together 250 executives from national and local broadcasters, device and car manufacturers, retailers and the supply chain, UK Government and regulators.
During the session moderated by Xperi Vice President of Radio, Joe D’Angelo, Beasley shared her insight on radio in the United States as well as new digital capabilities and innovation impacting the industry, including QUU ad sync technology.
Photo: Joe D’Angelo (Xperi VP of Radio), Caroline Beasley (Beasley Media Group CEO) and Ford Ennals (Digital Radio UK CEO)
HONORS: Limbaugh Awarded 'Buckley Prize'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019 –– This week at the National Review Institute’s sixth annual William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner, Premiere Networks-syndicated host Rush Limbaugh was honored with the Buckley Prize for Leadership in Political Thought. Limbaugh was recognized for his exceptional success articulating and popularizing conservatism to millions of Americans through his acclaimed talk show.
During the ceremony held at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., Limbaugh was likened to Buckley for his ability to capture the attention of millions of Americans, discussing the important issues of the day and disseminating the core principles that make this nation exceptional. A close friend and mentor, Buckley once said of the five-time Marconi Award winner, “Rush Limbaugh is by everyone’s reckoning a phenomenon, the most spectacular media success of recent years.”
“This is as meaningful as any award I could have,” said Limbaugh as he accepted the award on stage. “ …to be mentioned in the same sentence as that award and to have the National Review acknowledge me this way, it’s a big deal to me and I appreciate it.” PHOTO/Credit: LILA
Benztown Kicks Off 9th Annual Movember Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019 –– Benztown kicks off Movember by inviting radio and audio professionals, shows, stations and companies serving the radio industry to join Benztown in growing mustaches or getting active for 30 days to raise funds and awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer through the Movember Foundation. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Mo Bro or a Mo Sista – Movember is for everyone. There are two ways to participate: sign up to grow a mustache through the end of November, or take the MOVE challenge and get active every day this month.
As an added benefit to those participating this year, Benztown is donating $50 to the Movember Foundation on behalf of each new member sign-up that comes from the radio industry, up to $1,000. In addition, anyone that joins team will get a Limited Edition Benztown Grooming Kit and Toiletry bag! Individuals, shows and companies are invited to join the Benztown Movember team at: https://moteam.co/benztown-brigade.
Participation couldn’t be easier! To join the fun and help the men in your life, all you have to do is sign up at: https://moteam.co/benztown-brigade and grow an epic mustache starting Friday, November 1, 2019, through the month of November. For more details, visit https://us.movember.com/mens-health/general.
PODCASTS: iHeart Premiers Second Oil Age
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019 –– iHeartMedia premiered “Second Oil Age,” a new scripted sci-fi podcast that takes listeners on a deep-sea adventure into a post-energy crisis world. As a treat, the first three episodes can be heard now on the iHeartPodcast Network as well as everywhere podcasts are available and new episodes will debut every Tuesday and Thursday. The iHeartRadio Original podcast written and created by host Robert Lamb, follows Synøve Pan, voiced by Angèle Masters, a specially conditioned agent of the UDEX Oil Corporation as she investigates the disappearance of an oil executive on the deep-sea Atlas Station.
The 10-episode scripted podcast will have true sci-fi fans not only hooked but left with their blood pumping. I hope you can take a listen to the podcast and share the news with your readers. LISTEN HERE
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[WATCH] Radio Outlets Working Around The Clock To Keep Up With California Fires
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST 2019 –– As radio stations across the region provide continuous coverage of the California fires, ABC News Radio Correspondent Alex Stone (shown) spent two days providing extensive coverage from the Kincaid Fire (north of wine country) and beyond.
Stone is joined by correspondent Jason Nathanson is on the fire lines in Southern California. Stone will also host the ‘Start Here’ podcast on today and tomorrow morning from Los Angeles, with a heavy focus on the wildfires. PHOTO/ABC screengrab - WATCH HERE
Among numerous other outlets covering the fires was Entercom's News Radio KNX. Head of programming Ken Charles tells Jockline, "Our people are working around the clock to make sure we let our listeners know how it’s impacting their families and homes. Just when one area is under control, 2 more fires break out. These winds are erratic and unusually strong. It makes the jobs of the first responders really hard. Our team is tirelessly keeping up with them. I’m not sure if Julie Chin our news director or our entire news team has gotten much sleep but that’s what we do. We use the line when the weathers at its worst we’re at our best." MIDDLE PHOTO/Courtesy of Ken Charles
STUDY: Does Radio Add New Songs Too Late?
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2019 –– Integr8 Research is releasing the results of a new study which delves into the usage habits and behavior of Spotify users to help programmers determine how to effectively use Spotify data to pick the right new music. The findings are spread over four blogs, all now available on the Integr8 Research website at Integr8Research.com:
“What Radio Can Learn From Spotify” -- “Is Spotify Replacing Record Stores or Radio Stations?” -- “The Three Types of Hits on Spotify” -- “Is Radio Too Late to Add New Songs?” “From Billie Eilish to ‘Old Town Road.' 2019 has been a breakout year for artists and songs to blow up first on Spotify”, says Integr8 Research President Matt Bailey. “That’s left many programmers wondering if the whole pattern of how listeners hear new music is changing and has encouraged many pundits to claim radio is too late to add new music.
Among the findings in its new blog series, Integr8 Research reveals: When big artists release new albums, listeners stream more music overall; Spotify usage more closely resembles sales patterns more than airplay patterns; The size of a song’s debut doesn’t indicate whether or not it will be a hit; While radio generally plays songs at the right time, there are times when radio is late to add new titles—often with good reason.
Integr8 Research will host a webinar to review and discuss all the findings on Wednesday, November 13th at 2pm EDT (11am PDT). Registration is open HERE
JRDN Named New Night Host For KISS-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2019 –– 103.5 KISS FM Chicago has named Jordan Foster, who goes on-air as JRDN, as its new night host, effective immediately. “He brings a level of energy to events that no one can match,” said James Howard, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Chicago and 103.5 KISS FM Program Director. “Through his charisma and passion for both music and radio, JRND creates inviting and exciting experiences for listeners on the air and in person.”
“I’m really excited and honored to be taking on this role,” said JRDN. “It’s something I’ve worked towards for a while now, so I can’t wait to serve Chicago some great times and good laughs.”
JRND, most recently served as overnight and fill-in host on 103.5 KISS FM. Prior to joining iHeartMedia Chicago four years ago, JRDN was a songwriter and rapper. He is a graduate of Syracuse University.
REPORT: Wanda Smith To Assist New Rickey Smiley Show As 'Community Ambassador'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31St, 2019 –– The AJC's Rodney Ho has updated a recent post on former V-103 host Wanda Smith who posted on Instagram a photo of herself with Rickey Smiley teasing that she will be helping out Smiley’s new radio show in 2020 when he takes over for retiring Tom Joyner. Smith took the Instagram post down after Ho posted the original story with Ho adding that she will not be on the show itself. Smiley's publicist Vaughn Alvarez told Ho that Smith will be Smiley’s “community ambassador. She will be working between Atlanta, Birmingham and Dallas. She will be co-hosting the karaoke events with Rickey. And together they will be doing big things in the community.”
Two of Smiley’s current team - Gary With Da Tea and Special K - are expected to go to Dallas to be on the new show from Reach Media’s headquarters. (That is Joyner’s current office.) Ho reports that Smiley is also adding “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Eva Marcille to his on -air team in 2020.
Headkrack, now on Smiley’s show and seen on “Dish Nation,” will take over many of Smiley’s stations come 2020 with his own show. It’s unclear exactly who will be on “Dish Nation” come 2020. Currently, the TV show team features Smiley, Headkrack, Williams and Da Brat.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Robert Berju Appointed VP/Finance & Strategy For Cumulus
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2109 –– Cumulus Media has named Robert Berju as VP, Finance and Strategy. In this newly created position, Berju will lead financial planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, capital management, and modeling of strategic initiatives, while having financial oversight of Westwood One
Berju comes to Cumulus from Clever Devices, where he was SVP, Finance and Accounting. He has spent most of his career in the media business, serving as VP, Corporate Finance at iHeartMedia and as VP, Finance and Operations for AMC Networks. In addition, Berju was VP, Corporate Finance for Rainbow Media Holdings. Earlier, he held multiple finance positions within Cablevision Systems Corporation. Please see the attached release for details.
CONDOLENCES: Former San Diego Radio Executive Paul Palmer Killed In Auto Crash
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2019 –– Paul Palmer, most recently CEO of the San Diego Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, is well-remembered as the VP/GM of KFMB-AM 760 and the legendary B-100 FM during the 70’s 80,s 90’s, The later being one of the west coast's premier FM CHR stations.
Tragically, Paul was killed in a terrible car wreck near Del Mar, just north of San Diego earlier this week. Shotgun Tom Kelly, a close friend tells radio's Art Vuolo "he was one of the truly good guys in our business."
SNAPS: Big Sean Joins iHeart And Verizon At The Apollo Theater In Harlem
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2019 –– iHeartRadio and Verizon brought Big Sean to the Apollo Theater this week in Harlem. The rapper performed hits including “Bezerk,” “Single Again” and “Bounce Back,” as well as some of his earlier hits – “I Don’t F With You,” “Blessings,” “Dance” and more.
PHOTO/L- R: Thea Mitchem (Executive Vice President, Programming for iHeartMedia) Newal Dehan (Manager, Artist Relations, Urban Programs for iHeartMedia), Big Sean, John Sykes (President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia), Natasha Lees (Artist Operations and Production for iHeartMedia)
EVENTS: Hubbard's The Drive Chicago Demonically And Delightfully Dresses Up Playlist For Halloween
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2019 –– Beginning today at Noon, it’s wall-to-wall creepy classics arranged in alphabetical order. From Frankenstein Monsters (Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein”) to broom-riding Witches (The Eagles’ “Witchy Woman.”) You’ll find Ghoulish Ghosts, (Rush’s “Ghost of a Chance”) Evil Spirits (Police’s “Spirits in the Material World”) even Werewolves, (Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and The Guess Who’s “Clap for the Wolfman”) Magic and Voodoo (Triumph’s “Magic Power” and Jimi’s “Voodoo Chile.”)
WDRV’s Managing Director of Branding and Content, Rob Cressman, adds “The Drive’s “Halloween from A to Z” provides nearly eight full hours of alphabetical madness and serves as Chicago’s official Classic Rock Soundtrack for the Holiday. Now in its fourth year, the ghoulish list of songs has evolved to include dozens of familiar titles combined with deeper tracks and album cuts from beyond the grave!” Listen live here: www.wdrv.com.
Matt Lucas And David Walliams Back On BBC Radio 4 For Brexit
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2019 –– A special edition of Little Britain, called Little Brexit, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this week. It’ll be the first time in almost 10 years that Matt Lucas and David Walliams will be back on the station, where it first broadcast in 2000. Little Brexit will catch up with Matt and David’s characters to see how the hottest topic of modern British history is affecting their lives.
Tones And I, Dean Lewis & More For Nova’s Red Room -
Aussie hitmakers Tones And I, Dean Lewis and Guy Sebastian will perform live in Nova’s Red Room for ARIA Week. The ARIAs are Australia’s music awards. Listen to how Fitzy & Wippa made the announcement live on-air HERE
Fix Radio Leaves The EU! Britain was supposed to leave the EU on 31st October but that deadline has now been extended to next year. Fix Radio will be leaving the EU anyway. To celebrate the Best Of Britain, Fix Radio will play nothing but British music for 24 hours. From midnight on Wednesday 30th till midnight on Thursday 31st October, you’ll only hear British music on Fix Radio. Programme Director, Graham Mack, said; “Brexit is an issue that’s divided Britain, we’re in danger of becoming the Former United Kingdom. We don’t want to become the F.U.K.! Some of the best music of all time was made in this country so we’re taking back control and playing nothing foreign”. Fix Radio is the world’s only station made for tradespeople and broadcasts on DAB in London and Manchester. The station is also available Online and via app on iOS and Android.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
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EVENTS: Entercom's Stars & Strings Expands To Detroit & New York; Returns To Chicago
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the lineups and dates for “Stars and Strings,” a RADIO.COM event, will return to Chicago on December 8 and will premiere in Detroit on November 6 and in New York at Barclays Center on December 4.
"Stars and Strings’ has consistently sold out in Chicago every year since its inception and sold out in under 30 minutes in its debut in Detroit,” said Michael Martin (L), Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Entercom. “We look forward to expanding the show to additional cities to reflect the strength and mass appeal reach of country music.”
RADIO.COM’s “Stars and Strings” schedule includes: Detroit, MI – Wednesday, November 6 – “Stars and Strings Presented by RAM and Hosted by 99.5 WYCD (WYCD-FM) at Fox Theatre Lineup: Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi, Brett Young and Ryan Hurd As part of Entercom’s support of veterans and their families, portions of the Detroit show’s proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. To date, Entercom has raised more than $250,000 for Folds of Honor
New York's event will be Hosted by Country 94.7 (WNSH-FM) at Barclays Center Lineup: Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Blanco Brown, Runaway June, Gone West and Matt Stell - Stars & String's Chicago event will be held Sunday, December 8 – Hosted by US99 (WUSN-FM) at Allstate Arena Lineup: Kane Brown, Chris Janson, Scotty McCreery, Lindsay Ell and Seaforth.
Radio Mercury Awards Names BBDO/Atlanta's Robin Fitzgerald As 2020 Chief Judge
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2019 –– The Radio Mercury Awards has named Robin Fitzgerald, Chief Creative Officer at BBDO Atlanta, as the 2020 Chief Judge for the 29th annual Radio Mercury Awards.
Prior to BBDO Atlanta, Robin spent 15 years in Los Angeles, working at Crispin Porter + Bogusky and TBWAChiatDay. Her work has been recognized in many industry award shows and she has participated on juries for the Radio Mercury Awards, D&AD, One Show, Clios, Art Director's Club and New York Festivals.
"I've always loved radio. To me, it's one of the most challenging platforms for creatives," noted Robin Fitzgerald. “The Radio Mercury Awards are a champion of great ideas delivered in stereo. It's a pretty cool gig to be leading the charge on curating the best of the best for 2020." “Robin truly has a passion and a love for the audio medium, and we are fortunate to have her serve as the 2020 Radio Mercury Awards Chief Judge," noted Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau and chair of the Radio Creative Fund. “She has an impressive track record in the creative community and will bring her deep appreciation for the radio craft and how it can deliver for brands and listeners alike." For more information, go to http://www.radiomercuryawards.com.
BLOG: Boomers Represent A HUGE Audience
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2019 –– This week’s Westwood One blog highlights the Boomer audience. While many advertisers insist on focusing their energies on Millennials, Boomers account for 54% of all disposable income, making them an important demographic brands can’t afford to ignore. Using AM/FM radio, they can reach and influence this desirable consumer group.
NETWORKS: Bill Mumy Delivers Halloween Greeting For George Noory's 'Ghost to Ghost'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2019 – Actor Bill Mumy will deliver a special Halloween greeting on George Noory's 'Ghost to Ghost' Special. Noory will continue the annual tradition of featuring a special Ghost to Ghost AM version on Halloween night ginning live at 11 p.m. PT, Noory will feature ghost stories, open-line callers, a special greeting from actor Bill Mumy (Lost in Space and Babylon 5), as well as a deceased guest.
He’ll also welcome special guests, including The Haunted Housewives - Theresa Argie and Cathi Weber. For affiliations, please contact Premiere Networks at firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.CoasttoCoastAM.com to find a local affiliate and sign up to be a Coast Insider. For more information, please visit http://www.coasttocoastam.com/.
ESPN Radio Covers Game 7 Of World Series
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2019 –– Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Radio will broadcast Game 7 of the World Series featuring The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals from Houston. ESPN play-by-play voice Dan Shulman, in his ninth consecutive season of calling the World Series, will describe the action alongside analyst Chris Singleton and reporter Buster Olney. ESPN Radio voices Marc Kestecher and Tim Kurkjian will host an hour-long pregame shows prior to tonight's game.
Audio from ESPN Radio broadcasts can be heard on ESPN Radio affiliates, the ESPN App, ESPNRadio.com and Sirius XM 80. Karl Ravech will host Baseball Tonight as well as SportsCenter, joined by World Series Champion and analyst Mark Teixeira and analysts Eduardo Perez and Kurkjian on Baseball Tonight. World Series Champion analyst Ryan Howard will also contribute to SportsCenter, appearing on various editions of the show from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. studios. A rotating team of on-site reporters will contribute to various editions of SportsCenter, including Olney, Jeff Passan, Marly Rivera, and Pedro Gomez. The World Series game schedule can be found here.
Premiere And Dr. Dave Launch Legit Check Podcast with Host Yeezy Busta
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2019 –– Premiere Networks and Dr. Dave Creative Entertainment announced the launch of the “Legit Check” podcast, available today, October 30, on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
Hosted by Yeezy Busta, the internet’s most infamous sneaker authenticator, “Legit Check” is a journey through the evolving and influential world of sneaker culture. “Creating the ‘Legit Check’ podcast was a natural progression for my brand, as well as where I think the sneaker culture is headed,” said Yeezy Busta. “It’s still a niche market with a lot of history and culture, but it’s also becoming something accessible for people around the world to learn from. The point of this podcast is to blend the worlds of sneaker culture and street wear with relatable and interesting stories that will bring people together. That’s also why teaming up with iHeartRadio made the most sense - their reach and track record is unmatched. I’m really looking forward to this launch and the future.”
“We’re so excited to be working with Yeezy Busta, a foremost authority on all things sneaker culture,” said David “Dr. Dave” Kolin, EVP/Chief Content Officer of Dr. Dave Creative Entertainment. “He’s established himself as a major voice in the sneaker space with a robust following, and I can’t wait to see this podcast blossom. ‘Legit Check’ is a great addition to our podcast family, and what’s more, I’ll finally know what my two sons are talking about!”
Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to “Legit Check” now.
Satirical Comedy Podcast '14 Days With Felicity' Launched
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2019 –– Felicity Huffman has been released from jail just in time to listen to a new satirical original scripted comedy podcast series based on her recent experience. 14 Days With Felicity is a 14 part podcast series that follows America’s favorite desperate housewife Felicity Huffman as she serves her prison sentence for her role in the 2019 College Admissions Scandal.
14 Days With Felicity is produced by At Will Media & Animal Kingdom and presented by Forever Dog. The script is by the Comedy duo Connor Wright & Christina Friel with Heléne York as Felicity Huffman (The Other Two), Jordan Klepper as William H. Macy. Listen to the first episode here now: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/14-days-with-felicity/id1484397632
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2019 –– The CMA announced on Tuesday more stars who'll join the growing list of performers to appear at next month's CMA Awards in Nashville.Theyl'll include Willie Nelson who will be returning to the CMA Awards stage for the first time since 2012 joining Kacey Musgraves. Brooks & Dunn will also make an appearance with Brothers Osborne. Meanwhile, iHeart reports that Garth Brooks will team up with Blake Shelton to sing "Dive Bar," nominated for a CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year. Additionally, Lady Antebellum will perform a "genre-defying mashup" with Halsey.
Other performers who've been recently announced include Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion plus previously announced performances from Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton with For King & Country and Zach Williams, Pink with Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, and Keith Urban. The 2019 CMA Awards airing live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 13 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
800 Bras Hang Outside iHeart Eau Claire During Breast Cancer Awareness Drive
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia stations in Eau Claire are hangin bras for a worthy cause as show above outside of its studios. According to WQOW-TV, the stations collected bras for women in need in the Chippewa Valley. The new bras are going to Bolton Refuge House and the used bras are going to King’s Closet in Eau Claire.
Dave DeVille, senior vice president of programming at iHeartMedia Eau Claire, said everyone in the building was excited to participate. “We reach over a quarter of a million people in Western Wisconsin every day,” DeVille said. “This platform (radio) has the power to do a lot of good and unfortunately, breast cancer has touched almost everyone – whether someone you know is fighting it or you are yourself. This fundraiser just made sense. Thank you to all those who donated!” The top photo was taken at the iHeartMedia at 619 Cameron Street until November. PHOTO/iheart-facebook
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Bill Gamble Named GM For Mid-West Family South Bend
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2019 –– Programming vet Bill Gamble who most recently served as the Director of Programming and Content for for the group, has been named GM for its South Bene stations.
Dave Doetsch President of WSJM, Inc, which owns the South Bend stations said; “Bill is a person who knows me, knows Mid-West Family and knows the market. Someone I have worked directly with on select projects over the past year which give me the confidence of Bill leading us in to the future”. Gamble’s experience includes executive positions in Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and other major markets.”
South Bend is a great place to live and work. I’m excited to lead our team and continue to use our station’s voice to serve the community. The Mid-West Family radio stations and products in South Bend are: Sunny 101.5 WNSN Z94.3 WZOC Live 99.9 WQLQ 96.1 WSBT Dash Digital Service Sportsbeat The App.
Hubbard Radio Taps Nick Rivers For Multiple Posts In West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio has named Nick Rivers as Assistant Program Director of WIRK-FM and WEAT-FM as well as Music Director and Afternoon host of WIRK, New Country 103.1.
Nick Rivers joins us from Dick Broadcasting\Greensboro, NC where he has handled production and imaging for WKZL\WKRR\WGC. His past stops include being program director of Country WRJY and Classic Hits WSSI (Brunswick\Saint Simons Island, GA). Prior stops include the iHeartMedia clusters of Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina.
Bruce Logan, Operations Manager and Brand/Content Director of WIRK-Country, said, “We had a lot of fantastic candidates to join Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach, but Nick’s enthusiasm and the chemistry he had with the team truly set him apart from the others. We are building something special at WIRK and Nick is the another outstanding puzzle piece.” Rivers added, “Thank you to Bruce Logan and Elizabeth Hamma for this incredible opportunity. Their passion and dedication will make this a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to get to ‘Sunny’ South Florida.”
Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Inducts 19 New Members
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2019 –– The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame awards ceremony took place on Saturday in Lagrange, GA and inducted 19 new members
Among the nine career achievement inductees were Bob Coxe; former co-anchor of “Atlanta’s Morning News” on WSB Radio; Dwight Douglas, former president of Burkhart-Abrams radio consultants, “Bear” O’Brian, mornings at WCGQ FM in Columbus; Ron Parker (shown), former air personality at WQXI AM in Atlanta
Legacy inductees included Gary Guntor, former personality at WSB in Atlanta; Steve Ferguson, program director andv morning host at WTHO in Thomson; Bill Duncan, former personality at B985 in Atlanta; and Sean Demery, former co-host at 99X in Atlanta. Family members and friends accepted the awards for those who have passed away.
The Elmo Ellis Spirit Award went to Bob Ketchersid, former news director at WSB and now a co-owner at WYXI in Athens, Tennessee. See All Recipients HERE
John Legend Teams With Kelly Clarkson For Update Of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' After Radio Kerfuffle In 2018
THE MOUTH, OCOTBER 29TH, 2019 –– John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have recorded an updated version of the Christmas classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside." As you'll recall, In 2018, some stations in the U.S. and Canada shelved the song after stations programmers said the 1944 holiday tune from Frank Loesser was inappropriate in a #MeToo era.
The Straits Times says the rendition could get a new leash on life this Christmas, after singer John Legend teamed up with singer Kelly Clarkson to record an updated version. It has these lyrics. Clarkson: "What will my friends think..." Legend: "I think they should rejoice" Clarkson: "...if I have one more drink?"
Last year, a Cleveland station made headlines after it put the kibosh on airplay following listener complaints. Vanity Fair, which had a sneak listen to the Legend reboot, said it is "every bit as fun and swinging as the original, and its new-found sensitivity feels genuine, not performative".
EVENTS: Cage The Elephant, Beck Among Headliners For KROQ Acoustic Christmas 2019
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the date and lineup for night one of “KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas 2019,” a RADIO.COM event. The opening night of the two-day event will feature musical performances by Cage The Elephant, Beck, Jimmy Eat World, Young the Giant, Angels & Airwaves, Cold War Kids, The Head and the Heart, Catfish and the Bottlemen , and DJ Jeremiah Red. “KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas 2019” will be hosted by The World Famous KROQ(KROQ-FM) on Saturday, December 7 at the Honda Center in Orange County, LA.
“‘KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas’ unofficially kicks off the holiday season with our listeners and we’re excited about its return this year, featuring another phenomenal lineup of top names in alternative music,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Southern California. “We are honored to once again benefit Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center – two organizations that take great strides to serving our local youth.”
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of tickets benefits Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. Founded in 1980 in Skid Row, Los Angeles, Para Los Niños creates successful pathways for children and youth to thrive through excellence in education, powerful families and strong communities. Through free after-school and low-cost summer programs, the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center in Los Angeles revitalizes and empowers communities in crisis by providing a safe, nurturing environment committed to good citizenship and academic excellence.
PODCAST: Benztown Launches 'Chachi Loves Everybody'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2019 –– Benztown has launched “Chachi Loves Everybody”, a new original podcast produced by Benztown and featuring Benztown President and audio brand builder Dave “Chachi” Denes. “Chachi Loves Everybody” takes listeners with Denes – better known as “Chachi” – as he sits down for candid conversations with Radio’s legends, master brand builders, and innovators in the burgeoning audio space, revealing the true stories behind their successes and their insights into building iconic brands through audio.
The first three episodes feature Rick Cummings, President, Radio Programming, Emmis Communications; superstar Los Angeles radio programmer Jhani Kaye; and Bob Moore, CEO, Sports Radio USA. A fourth episode featuring Bob Lawrence, VP of Programming, Saga Communications, Inc., will be released next week. Chachi said: "We’re excited to bring the love to radio professionals - and all who love radio - through Chachi Loves Everybody. This podcast is a passion project and I hope you can hear that in each episode, as I get to the heart of what goes into building legendary audio brands and making the very best radio.” Each podcast starts with a toast to their success over each person’s favorite drink
“Chachi Loves Everybody” is available now on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Audioboom and other podcast services. For more information, visit: https://www.benztown.com/chachi-loves-everybody-podcast.
SYNDICATION: The Sam Alex Show Relocates Studio To Nashville's Music Row
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2019 –– Sun Broadcast Group reveals that "The Sam Alex Show" has officially relocated its studio to Music Row! The new address is: 7 Music Circle North, Nashville, TN 37203. This brand-new broadcast facility is now equipped with a state-of-the-art performance lounge and tv studio and will serve as Sam's new headquarters for The Sam Alex Show, the on-air backstage pass to Nashville biggest stars. Sam is an award-winning radio and TV host, speaker, emcee, and podcaster, with recent accolades including ‘ACM’s On-Air Personality of the Year Nominee’. Off the air, you can find Sam on red carpets across the country on the Reelz Channel and 150 TV affiliates, not to mention on 12 stations Including Syracuse, Bloomington and Savannah and counting. Sam Alex commented:
"It's exciting to be right in the heart of Music Row. We want to be easily accessible to artists and the rest of the country music community. I don’t think we could have found a better location to broadcast from.” For more information about the Sam Alex Show, please visit: https://sunbgi.com/programming/samalex/ Or contact email@example.com or 212.380.9338.
OPPORTUNITY: Radio Milwaukee Seeks New Executive Director
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2019 –– 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9) has begun a search for a new executive director to head the award-winning non-commercial radio station, it was announced Monday. The move follows the planned departure of Glenn Kleiman as executive director, who is leaving his position in spring 2020.The station’s board of directors has established a search committee and has begun work to identify the organization’s new leader. Board President Juli Kaufmann said the search committee has retained an executive search firm to assist in this process.
“The search will focus on seeking the next leader to continue our forward momentum of inspiring positive change in the community,” Kaufmann said. “Through creative content and programming, Radio Milwaukee will continue to raise the social awareness and engagement of listeners while expanding our audience.” Kleiman was named Radio Milwaukee’s executive director in April 2016 after previously serving as a station consultant for 1½ years. For more info, visit http://www.RadioMilwaukee.org
SNAPS: O'Reilly Strikes A Pose With WRKO
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2019 –– Bill O'Reilly, bestselling author and host of Key Networks' nationally syndicated daily radio program, "The O'Reilly Update", stops for a pose with friends from iHeartMedia affiliate WRKO-AM in Boston, MA,
Orielly was in Boston on Saturday October 26th for a live special event, 'An Afternoon with Bill O’Reilly'. O'Reilly launched his 15-minute daily radio program in late April and now has 175 affiliates across the U.S. "The O'Reilly Update" is syndicated by Key Networks -Shown /L-R: VB, WRKO Midday Host; Bill O'Reilly; and Jeff Kuhner, WRKO Morning Host. Photo Credit: Mario Jarjour.
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Changes At 97.1 AMP LA, Sotelo Exits; Booker Moves To Mornings
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2019 –– While no formal announcement as of yet, it was a busy weekendat 97.1 AMP LA following a number of lineup changes. The first involved the exit of morning host Edgar 'Shoboy' Sotelo who announced his exit via Instagram.
He posted: "Familia, Yesterday was my last day @971ampradio. Management decided to go a different direction. I want to thank them for the time that I was there. Most importantly, I’m BEYOND GRATEFUL for YOU that listened every morning. I will always consider you my familia . Please keep supporting my friends at Amp Radio. I wish them the best."
With the announcement, comes reports that current afternoon hosts Chris Booker (TR) will move to mornings where he'll join current co-host Chelsea Briggs and weekender Krystal Bee. Current midday host Yesi Ortiz (R) will move to afternoons. Sotelo's exit follows his former co-host Brian Moote who departed in August. Sotelo debuted on AMP in January 2018
Steve Hoffman Named PD For Beasley Las Vegas Cluster
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group has named Steve Hoffman its Program Director at KVGS-FM and APD at KOAS-FM in Las Vegas. He officially began his dual roles on Monday, October 14, 2019. Hoffman most recently served as a programming consultant for the past three years. Previously, he worked on the air at KSWD-FM in Los Angeles for 5 years following a 15 year run as the program director at KCAL-FM in Riverside, California and three years as the PD at Radio Vision in Las Vegas.
"We have been interested in bringing Steve into the fold for quite some time,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President and Market Manager Peter Burton. “I had the pleasure of working with him in Los Angeles for five years. Hiring Steve allows us to continue to surround ourselves with the best in the industry.”
"I am absolutely ecstatic to join a company that I have always held in the highest regard in a market that I love and have worked in before,” said Hoffman. This is quite a team that we are assembling here in Vegas and I'm very honored to be a part of it!" Hoffman is a graduate of UCLA and holds two law degrees.
Adam Rivers Named PD For iHeart New Haven Cluster
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Adam Rivers has been named Program Director for New Haven, effective immediately. As Program Director, Rivers will be responsible for oversee operations for KC101, 100.9 The Beat, ESPN Radio 1300 WAVZ and News/Talk 960 WELI. He will report to Joey Brooks, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven and will continue to serve as an afternoon host for KC101
“Over the past several years, Adam has truly been the backbone here at KC101 and a staple in Connecticut radio,” said Steve Honeycomb, Region President for iHeartMedia Hartford. “Adam’s years of experience and the way he engages with his listeners go far beyond his afternoon drive show and we couldn’t be happier to see him evolve into this new role here in New Haven, Connecticut.”
Rivers has served as the assistant program director and music director for iHeartMedia Connecticut’s KC101 and KISS 95-7 since 2013. He also served as the Program Director for KISS 98.3 in Winchester, Virginia, a swing talent for WMAS-FM in Springfield, Massachusetts as well as assistant program director/marketing director and night host for WILI-FM in Willimantic, Connecticut. He began his career at KISS 95-7 in Hartford, Connecticut and is a graduate of Westfield State University.
Radio.Com And AccuWeather Team For Digital Content Integration Partnership
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced a digital content integration with AccuWeather. The partnership scales across RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across its robust portfolio of 235 stations. The AccuWeather widget is integrated across all RADIO.COM station websites, providing hyper-localized forecasts for users accessing RADIO.COM content, including its leading local news and sports radio portfolio and full suite of leading music stations, podcasts and on-demand audio content.
“This new integration adds real value for our users and we are pleased to team up with AccuWeather, the leaders in the weather information space, to further personalize their experience on RADIO.COM,” said Pam Russo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, RADIO.COM. “Our listeners trust and recognize AccuWeather’s unparalleled weather reports from our on-air programming, and we’re excited to now make this content available to them online.”
PODCASTS: The TJ Show Debuts 'Meet My Wife'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2019 –– TJ Taormina, host of 103.3 Amp Radio Boston’s “The TJ Show” is airing a brand new podcast series! "Meet My Wife" which starts in a music recording studio with his wife, Jess, sitting at a grand piano and accompanied by a full band. From there TJ & Jess feature topics like how they first met, the fights they get into (they even recorded themselves in the middle of an argument), remembering the loss of their son Luca, and many other moments.
He tells Jockline, "Our new podcast just came out on radio.com earlier in (last week) week and today it went into wide release on apple, google, stitcher, etc... it’s an effort to tie together what I do live on the daily morning show with original podcast content that lives on radio.com. I start the podcast in a music recording studio with my wife (Jess) and then move on to grocery store parking lots, Boston Common, and many other locations! I had a blast producing this." LISTEN HERE
iHeart Debuts Unsolved Mystery: 'Murder in Oregon'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28Th, 2019 –– One of Oregon’s most notorious unsolved mysteries, the 1989 murder of Michael Francke, former Director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections is now the subject of a new podcast from iHeart.. This case is particularly timely as the man convicted of murdering Francke, Frank Gable, was recently exonerated and released from prison on June 27, after serving almost three decades behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit.
\The iHeartRadio Original podcast, hosted by Lauren Bright Pacheco, a New York City-based writer and producer and Phil Stanford, renowned writer, who has written several books on crime and corruption, takes listeners back in time - diving deep into the heart of Oregon’s corrupt government and drug-fueled underbelly. The hosts interview a wide range of extremely compelling subjects, who lived every aspect of the story, to investigate and examine the motivations behind Michael Francke’s murder. LISTEN HERE
WWIZ-FM Youngstown Flips To Christmas 104
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2019 –– You can chalk up WWIZ-FM/Youngstown as the first of many announcements set for weeks ahead with the launch of Christmas 104 (WWIZ-FM), an all-Christmas radio station. I t officially debuted at Noon last Friday, taking over “Z104, The Valley’s Goodtime Oldies” station.
Bing Crosby’s Christmas classic, “White Christmas”, kicked off the lineup of holiday tunes, which will run through year-end on WWIZ-FM. Bill Kelly, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Youngstown, said: “With everything going on in the Mahoning Valley and in the world these days, we felt we could all use a little more Christmas right now. Playing Christmas music this early in the season will get our listeners in the Valley into the holiday spirit even more this year!"
SiriusXM Launches 15 Holiday Music Channels
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2019 –– Adding to the The holiday spirit, SiriusXM announced it was adding 15 commercial-free music channels, kicking off with Hallmark Channel Radio last Friday. Other channels will start broadcasting on Friday, November 1.
SiriusXM’s holiday music channels will feature a variety of traditional holiday songs, classic Christmas carols, holiday pop songs, country Christmas classics, contemporary holiday tunes, seasonal soul music, Hanukkah music and classical Christmas favorites. SiriusXM will also launch a collection of online-only holiday music channels, including ’70s/’80s Christmas, Rockin’ Xmas, Holiday Chill-Out, Latin seasonal music, and Jazz Holidays. Check out our full holiday channel lineup HERE
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[WATCH] The Dave Smiley Show's Nikki Reed Set To Donate Kidney To A Stranger
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' 99.5 ZPL's Nikki Reed. show member the highly popular Dave Smiley Show, announced Thursday she plans to donate her kidney to a stranger. She told listeners on Thursday, "I don't think I'm gonna have kids. For me, I want to do something that's bigger... For me, this is my thing." According to The Indy Star Reed said she was inspired after she researched kidney transplants to prepare for an on-air interview with Michael Kaltenmark (R), the handler for Butler University's mascot Blue III. Kaltenmark is suffering from kidney disease and Reed began the donation process about seven months ago.
Unfortunately, she wasn't a match for Kaltenmark, but said she underwent a mammogram, pap smear, blood tests, counseling visits and other medical tests over the course of nearly a year before doctors cleared her as a living donor earlier this week.
Reed said. "I'm an altruistic donor," meaning someone who agrees to donate a kidney even though they don't know the person who needs the transplant. Reed told The Star, she would love to meet that person, but the decision is up to the recipient. "I have to just wait to see if it's what they want. The doctors plan to take her right kidney, which Reed said is a little larger than the one she'll keep. The operation is scheduled for Dec. 18. The risks of renal failure and other health problems for donors are minimal, Reed said. Recovery should take about two months. "That's how quickly your life goes back to normal," Reed told her listeners.
Kaltenmark tweeted: "I prayed that not only would I find a match, but that someone who came forward for me and wasn’t a match would continue on to be an altruistic donor for someone else." "God bless you, @NikkiWZPL! You are a hero!"
CMG's WWKA-FM Orlando Shuffles Lineup
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019 –– October 24, 2019 – Cox Media Group (CMG) Orlando has named Michael “Slater” Wheaton afternoon host on WWKA/K92.3. Slater, who was recently morning co-host/producer of the Obie & Ashley in the Morning show, will host weekdays from 3-7p starting Thursday, October 24th. “I’m excited for what the future holds for the K92.3 On-Air Family,” says Slater. “Our listeners deserve the ultimate afternoon experience, that is second to none and I won’t stop until that’s what they receive. A HUGE thank you to the entire CMG leadership group seeing me primed for the position. Buckle Up.”
Additionally, Melissa Quinones is being elevated from part-time night host to full-time midday host on WWKA/K92.3. Melissa will host weekdays from 10a-3p also starting Thursday, October 24th. “I grew up in Orlando listening to the music and on-air personalities of K92.3. Being able to say that I am now a full-time part of this team is a dream come true,” exclaims Melissa. “I cannot wait to continue bringing the country music world to Orlando.”
Finally, Macie Banks will be hosting nights on WWKA/K92.3 based out of Cox Media Group Athens, GA. Macie currently hosts mornings on WNGC and will add the night show responsibilities. Macie will host weeknights from 7p-12m starting Thursday, October 24th. “I am so excited to take on this new role with K92.3, and so grateful for this opportunity,” says Macie. “Can’t wait to bring the energy to nights in Orlando!” Director of Operations for Cox Media Group Orlando, Steve Stewart, who also serves as Brand Manager for WWKA/K92.3 summed up these exciting changes by saying, “we are thrilled to make these moves on K92.3 and to position the station for continued growth and success!”
NETWORKS: United Stations Offers 'Dayparts On Demand' Menu of Top Voice-Trackers
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019 –– United Stations has introduced: Dayparts On Demand (DOD), a service designed to provide the voice elements needed to create full, daily weekday shows hosted by high-quality air talent. DOD is just what it sounds like… United Stations has introduced, and is building, a lineup of talent that affiliated radio stations can use to fill “dayparts” or deejay shifts, and they can utilize who they want and air them when they want, building their own local shows in the process.
The initial lineup of talent for Daypart on Demand is as follows: The Sandy Show (bottom left)– Radio veteran Sandy McIllree and his co-host – best for Hot AC, AC, Classic Hits --- Gunner and Devyn (top right) – A male-female duo – perfect for Alternative Rock, Rock, Classic Rock --- Lindsay Cochrane (top left )– available for Country or Pop formats - Jackson Blue (top left center) – Energetic solo male – perfect for CHR and Hot AC. Additionally, one of the network’s high-profile morning shows will be available as a voice-track option: Lex and Terry (bottom right) – successful veteran morning team – perfect for Rock, Classic Rock, Sports
Stefan Jones commented, “We discovered a number of radio stations in search of high quality air talent without a cash cost attached, and we felt that the time was right to introduce a talent menu where the access to the talent is available for free and the commitment between the radio station and the network is completely flexible.” USRN’s Andy Denemark added, "Our lineup of talent will definitely expand so that more time slots can be filled and more formats can be served.” For more info, contact at USRN: Andy Denemark, 212-536-3603 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Stigall Takes Mornings On WNTP Philly
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019 –– NewsTalk 990 AM WNTP has named Chris Stigall as its new morning anchor from 6am-9am. He'll join the lineup with fellow hosts Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Sebastian Gorka, Larry Elder and Eric Metaxas. Stigall’s radio career has spanned nearly twenty years as a producer, writer, news anchor, and DJ prior to making the shift to talk radio. Chris also worked as a former intern on the Late Show with David Letterman and as a congressional staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has served as a member of the Philadelphia chapter of the USO and his local Methodist Church.
“We are all very proud to have Chris join our roster of some of the best talent on radio today,” said Lorenzo Caldara, General Manager at News Talk 990. “Chris brings with him depth of knowledge of both local and national politics while evoking both thought and laughter from his audience. I look forward to hearing Chris engage our great city and beyond every morning Monday through Friday.” WNTP NewsTalk 990 AM is part of Salem Media Group.
EVENTS: Check In With Tom Griswold At Hotel of Spells For 56th Annual Haunted House
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019 –– This Halloween season, pay a visit to the Hotel of Spells, the 56th Annual Haunted House benefiting The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. You may check in... but you may never check out! Especially when Tom Griswold, Host of "The BOB & TOM Show" is Desk Clerk! The Hotel of Spells - the longest, continuously running haunted house in the U.S., and an Indianapolis tradition since 1964.
This is Tom's 5th year as a Celebrity Haunter. His costumes are always a highlight for those brave enough to enter! The Hotel of Spells opened October 11th and runs through Halloween. For more information visit https://www.childrensmuseum.org/exhibits/haunted-house.
La Crosse Group Raises $132,000 For Children's Miracle Hospitals Radiothon
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019 –– It was another very successful year of fund-raising for the La Crosse Media Group team and the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals staff and volunteers. Over the course of three days, October 17th through the 19th, the annual Radiothon brought in a combined $132,000 with CMN Hospitals events. From 6AM to 6PM on Thursday and Friday, and from 8AM to 2PM on Saturday, On-Air Personalities from WLXR Hot AC Magic 105, WQCC New Country Kicks 106.3, and KQEG Soft Oldies MeTVfm 102.7 broadcast their shows live, along with emotional interviews from children and families that have been helped by the CMN Hospitals.
The event took place at the Gundersen Health System lobby. Raising $100,000 or more in a market the size of La Crosse is considered a very big success. The media group has consistently brought in huge dollars for the event over the years.
This year’s survey will examine why consumers continue to listen to radio and how radio can build on its strengths Is nearly unlimited media choice turning into “media overload?”
Jacobs Media head, Fred Jacobs says, "We invite your commercial radio station in the U.S. and Canada to participate in Techsurvey 2020. Every participating station will be able to see the nationwide results. For a small fee, broadcasters can also see the results for their individual radio stations. (separate Public Radio and Christian Music companion studies will follow, with registration for each opening in 2020 early in the new year)
Our deadline for registration is Friday, December 20th. REGISTER HERE
NPR Music Teams Up With VuHaus For Transition To A New Microsite
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019 –– NPR announced the launch of a new microsite, Live Sessions. In efforts to continue to leverage the public radio network and amplify our collective video content, the VuHaus.com website – a site curated by a group of public radio music stations deeply rooted in their local music communities – transitions into a new microsite, Live Sessions From NPR Music Stations Across America, as a section on NPRMusic.org. NPR music Vuhaus Live Sessions Live Sessions will feature a mix of music videos curated by public radio music stations. Content will include in- studio performances, playlists, video interviews, and live webcasts.
“Public radio music stations connect and document their local artists in a way that nobody else is capable of,” says WXPN General Manager and VuHaus Board Chairman, Roger LaMay. “Live Sessions will connect all these great music cities in VuHaus to a wider audience.” “NPR Music and public radio music stations share a mission: to serve our audiences by providing a platform for music discovery,” says Senior Director of NPR Music, Lauren Onkey. “Stations across the country have unique takes on regional, local and national music scenes, and they regularly welcome artists into the studio for one-of- a-kind performances. We’re excited to share the rich collection of videos produced by stations to a broader audience of music lovers.”
[WATCH] 'Shark Tank's Mark Cuban Steps Up To Help Dallas Tornado Victims
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019 –– Mark Cuban of ABC’s Shark Tank was a special guest, Wednesday on KSCS - Dallas’ Hawkeye in the Morning Show. Hawkeye was mentioning the 9 tornadoes that struck Dallas on Sunday night and if Mark had heard about the plight of a local high school whose campus was ravaged.
Hawkeye had hoped to gets Mark’s advice on an equipment provider who might help the school’s football team before Friday’s homecoming game. To everyone’s surprise, Mark had already stepped up to save the day. WATCH HERE
PODCASTS: As Me With Sinead Debuts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019 –– As Me with Sinéad, the second weekly podcast series from the new podcast network Lemonada Media, debuted this week. Hosted by Irish activist and academic Sinéad Burke, who recently graced the cover of British Vogue and was the first little person to attend the Met Gala. Burke cracks open the shell of each guest to understand what it’s like to live as them, in their body and mind: unlearning self-deprecation with Jamie Lee Curtis, living in an aging body with Glenda Jackson, and having to be carried in her wheelchair on stage with BAFTA-winning actress, Ruth Madeley.
Earlier this year, Lemonada Media teamed up with Cumulus' Westwood One to distribute, sell, and market the shows to build audiences across the Lemonada network. “Sinéad is globally known and respected by millions of people for her ability to open our eyes and shine a light on humanity,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus/Westwood One. “An audio extension of her message could not come at a better time. “As Me with Sinéad” and “Good Kids: How Not to Raise an A**Hole” premiers on November 26.
iHeart & BuzzFeed Announce 'Impeachment Today'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia and BuzzFeed News announced “Impeachment Today,” a new daily podcast covering the Trump impeachment process. “Impeachment Today” will be co-produced by iHeartMedia and BuzzFeed News and will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network beginning today. Hosted by BuzzFeed News’ Senior Reporter Hayes Brown - a frequent guest on NPR and MSNBC, and host of the show “That Literally Happened” on Facebook Watch - “Impeachment Today” is a digestible, 10- to 15-minute news breakdown of the day’s impeachment process, debuting each morning and helping listeners make sense of the all-consuming political and legal saga that will captivate U.S. politics in the months to come.
“The current climate of fast changing news cycles often makes it difficult to keep up with complex topics like the Trump impeachment proceedings,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “Podcasting is an ideal medium to dissect this news coverage and make it available to listeners in a way that is quick and easy to digest while on the go, and Buzzfeed is the perfect partner to breakdown this crucial information for listeners in an appealing daily podcast format.” Visit iHeart.com/apps to download and listen to “Impeachment Today” on iHeartRadio now.
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Mike McVay Tapped As Advisor For Sun Broadcast Group
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced that it has signed Mike McVay from McVay Media to serve as an advisor to their network and syndication company with his focus being on their international platform. McVay’s role will be to consult Sun CEO, Jay Bailey, and the company as they grow their international digital and international product line.
McVay said, “I’m excited to work with Jay, a longtime friend and associate, in helping him develop new international programming and international digital revenue for his business.” Bailey added, “Mike got sick and tired of me dressing better than him so he demanded payment. Kidding! Mike has been such great counsel and an amazing friend to me over the last decade. When he told me he would be working with companies directly though his consultancy, I couldn’t jump in line fast enough. I’m thrilled and honored to have him as a more permanent advisor to help Sun soar into 2020!”
HONORS: WMMR-FM’s Pierre Robert Inducted Into The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019 –– Beasley's WMMR-FM midday host Pierre Robert was celebrated among the inductees of the 2019 Philadelphia Music Alliance’s (PMA) Annual Walk of Fame. Other honorees included the Philadelphia Orchestra, The O’Jays, The Hooters, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Jody Gerson and Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton. The ceremony kicked off at noon on Tuesday, October 22th with the official unveiling of inductee plaques along the Avenue of the Arts in front of Dorrance Hamilton Hall at the University of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia.
The event was followed by an evening gala celebration held in the Grand Ballroom of the Bellevue Philadelphia Hotel. The festivities included honoree introductions made by Mark Goodman (Host, SiriusXM Big 80s on 8 & Volume), legendary Musician Todd Rundgren, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff (Sound of Philadelphia legendary architects), Larry Magid (PMA Chairman Emeritus & Special Advisor), T. Life (Producer-Songwriter), Matt Cord (BEN-FM Morning Personality and Philadelphia 76ers Announcer), Matias Tarnopolsky (President & CEO, Philadelphia Orchestra), David Yager (President & CEO, University of the Arts) and the Urban Guerilla Orchestra.
PHOTO/ Pierre Robert holding a special plaque presented to him by CEO Caroline Beasley on behalf of the Beasley Media Group family to celebrate his official induction onto the 2019 Walk of Fame.
The Reeve Foundation To Honor John McConnell
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019 –– In a letter from CBS-FM New York's Scott Shannon, he writes: "When Christopher Reeve passed, these words ignited a movement to improve quality of life and speed the development of treatments for paralysis. What started as one family’s crusade has since attracted a global network of partners united by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s dual mission — Today’s Care. Tomorrow’s Cure."
Shannon adds, "The Reeve Foundation’s signature gala, A Magical Evening, celebrates the momentum the Foundation has achieved as they enter a new era of possibility with breakthroughs in spinal cord research. The gala is an opportunity to toast the real heroes of the Foundation and I’m thrilled they are recognizing John McConnell (EVP/ Workhouse Media New York), who embodies the very fabric of their mission. Since the moment he joined the ranks as a fundraiser and now Vice Chair, John left an indelible mark as a leader.
He fractured his neck in 2005 after flipping over his bike," says Shannon. While he recovered, this experience ignited a passion and purpose to help the Foundation accelerate its mission. A year to the day after the injury, John ran the NY City Marathon. He’s since completed multiple marathons, raising millions under the Reeve banner. I’ve known John for 30 years. Our love of radio brought us together and we have a wonderful friendship. And I’m proud to call him my agent. I watched John work tirelessly, ensuring that paralyzed individuals would have the support and resources to live a healthy and independent life. I’m extremely honored to be in his company."
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Kellie Rasberry Of The Kraddick Show Launches Side Clothing Line With Daughter Emma
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019 –– Kellie Rasberry, co-host of the Yea Syndicated Kidd Kraddick Show Dallas has launched an online clothing company called Emma Kelly & Me. According to The Dallas News, Kellie, who joined The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on 106.1 KISS-FM 25 years ago, has no intention of leaving her job in radio. But she calls her newest venture, " a little side hustle,” Rasberry said. Kellie Rasberry, left, and her daughter, Emma Kelly, were the stars of the show at a launch party for their new clothing company.
“I’ve done radio since I was 19 years old. I’m 52 now,” she says. “I’m not planning on leaving, but it’s nice to have something different. It fires up a different part of my brain, a different part of my spirit.” Her website, emmakellyandme.com, features about 10 pieces in her fall collection since it launched Oct. 17. Rasberry is starting small, with handbags and womens garments, before she expands the line to pre-teen clothing and plus-sized clothing. Rasberry said owning a business with her daughter allows her to, first of all, go shopping as a job. And second, it’s become a way to connect with Emma Kelly, 13, who doesn’t always want to hang out with mom — even though her mom’s a very famous mom. READ STORY HERE - Or, ORDER HERE
SYNDICATION: Skyview's The Dana Cortez Show Picks Up Three More Affiliates
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019 –– Skyview Network's Dana Cortez Show is adding three new Texas affiliates, Alpha Media’s KBTE-FM (Lubbock), KVWE-FM (Amarillo) and Four R Broadcasting’s KMDX-FM (San Angelo). A strong driver in the show’s success is its local revenue and rating performance, connection to females and the Latin X audience.
The three new affiliates in Texas come a week after the debut of The Dana Cortez Show on Riviera Broadcast Group’s KKFR-FM (Phoenix). The Dana Cortez Show cast led by Dana Cortez, DJ Automatic, her executive producer and husband, and comedian Anthony Almanzar, their best friend. For more information about The Dana Cortez Show and affiliation, visit skyviewnetworks.com/dana-cortez-show.
The Herd Podcast Network Debuts Cowboys Focused 'Boys And Girl' Podcast
The NFL Network’s Jane Slater and Bobby Belt to Host
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Networks, announced the launch of a new Dallas Cowboys-focused podcast The ‘Boys and Girl Podcast, available now on The Herd Podcast Network. The ‘Boys and Girl Podcast is hosted by Dallas-based NFL Network reporter Jane Slater and NFL Network field producer Bobby Belt.
“As a Dallas native who reports on the Cowboys daily, I’ve found there is no offseason - the appetite for more content is as strong as Ezekiel Elliott’s desire to be fed on the field,” shared Slater. “When Colin Cowherd approached me about this podcast, it was a no brainer. My producer, Bobby Belt and I talk this beat 24/7 and we’re excited to share those conversations with the fans.”
The Herd Podcast Network is part of the FOX Sports Radio Podcast Network, which amassed more than 11 million podcast listens in September 2019, a new record for the network. Slater will continue to serve as an NFL Network reporter, where she can be seen on such shows as NFL Total Access, NFL Now and NFL GameDay Morning. She also hosts Inside The Huddle at the House of Blues on TXA21 in Dallas.
Passport Mommy Welcomes KGNC-AM Amarillo, TX & WGCH-AM Greenwich, CT
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019 –– Radio America's Passport Mommy hosted by veteran talk show host and mom, Michelle Jerson, welcomes WGCH-AM and WGCH-AM Greenwich, CT to its growing list of affiliates. Passport Mommy is now heard on over 50 radio stations nationwide, including stations like WINT-AM in Cleveland, OH, WFYL-AM in Philadelphia, PA, and WNWF-AM in Evergreen, AL.
This nationally syndicated lifestyle, interview format show for women, features interesting guests with cool products and advice for parents. The show also covers family friendly travel, showcases mompreneurs, and offers inspirational advice and guidance for moms. Michelle chats with other parents in a segment called toddler topics, which allows them to vent and laugh about everything they are experiencing on a day-to-day basis. For more information please contact Radio America Affiliate Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-807-4703, Ext. 250.
Tegna’s Dave Lougee Announced As Recipient BFOA 2020 Golden Mike Award
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America has announced Dave Lougee, President and Chief Executive Officer of TEGNA Inc., as recipient of its 2020 Golden Mike Award. The award will be presented during a black-tie gala on Wednesday, March 4 at the famed Plaza Hotel in New York City. The annual event is a major fundraiser in support of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America to provide aid to broadcasters in acute need.
“When devastation strikes one of our colleagues, it’s good to know the Foundation is there to help,” said Lougee. “I’m so very proud of the generosity of the many broadcasters who support and donate to the Broadcasters Foundation, and I am honored to receive their Golden Mike Award.” “As a member of our Board of Directors, Dave has made a difference in the lives of the many broadcasters the Foundation helps,” stated Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “Dave is an exemplary broadcaster, who leads his team in serving their local markets with journalistic integrity. We are proud to honor him.” For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email email@example.com. About the Broadcasters Foundation of America: www.broadcastersfoundation.org
Ben & Liam Exit Triple J For Nova; To Be Replaced by Sally Coleman & Erica Mallett In 2020
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019 –– Triple J breakfast hosts Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton are leaving the public broadcaster to take-up a commercial radio gig in their hometown of Adelaide. The pair, who have fronted the youth radio station's breakfast show for the past three years, are set to hang up their headphones in two weeks. According to smh.com, The ABC has confirmed 'Ben and Liam' will be replaced by Triple J's weekend afternoon hosts Sally Coleman and Erica Mallett (shown) in 2020. 'Sally and Erica' are also artists who perform under the stage moniker Coda Conduct.
Identical Twin Picks Up Brother’s Radio Award Behind His Back - On Saturday night in Brisbane Australia, Gold 92.5’s Luke Bradnam was called to the stage to pick up his ACRA (The Aussie Marconi) for “Best Station Produced Comedy Segment” but Luke was actually doing a live television cross at the time for Channel Nine where he moonlights as the weatherman. It was Luke's twin brother Ashley who also happens to be a radio presenter, part of the Nova 106.9 Breakfast team: Ash, Kip, Luttsy & Susie. Read more HERE
In The UK Planet Rock Presenter Ruled OK To Swearing Over Song Intro - Ofcom (The UK’s FCC has rejected a complaint about a presenter on Planet Rock who was overheard saying “…what the f*** is he doing?”. Station owners, Bauer explained that the programme is usually pre-recorded, but was broadcast live on the day in question – 12th July 2019. It said that the offensive language was broadcast accidentally when the un-named presenter thought he was off-air. Ofcom’s research on offensive language makes clear that the F word is considered by audiences to be among the most offensive language, but on this occasion decided not to uphold the complaint.
Irish Duo Broadcast Breakfast Show From Japan - Nova’s Colm Hayes & Lucy Kennedy were st Tokyo Stadium to support Ireland taking on New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup at the weekend. They broadcast live from Japan, Friday, Saturday and Monday to cover the game and brough the atmosphere back to listeners at home. The Dublin-based station secured Honda as main sponsor for its Rugby World Cup coverage, backed up by a media campaign over cinema, national press, outdoor and digital. Ireland were beaten by New Zealand 46 - 14.
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SNAPS: The Bull Boston Tops $110,000 For St. Jude Hospital With An Assist From Gone West
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2019 –– This week, 101.7 The Bull Boston was joined by Chris Young, Russell Dickerson and Gone West at The Chevalier Theatre in Medford, MA for a night of acoustic music and goodwill. All artists donated their time and 100% of the ticket proceeds from the show benefitted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The total amount raised exceeded the amount at the time of the check presentation when the owner of the theatre made an additional donation prior to the end of the show. The amount surpassed $110,000 when the music stopped.
Pictured backstage with the check: front row L-R: Danelle Leverett ( Gone West), Jason Reeves (Gone West), Jenn Potter (Regional Development Director, St. Jude), Stephanie Burke, (Mayor of Medford), Scott Hinshelwood (Director of Country Cares, St Jude), Colbie Caillat (Gone West), Alan Chartrand (Regional President) iHeartMedia), Ginny Brophey (101.7 The Bull Program Director) Back row L-R Chris Young, Justin Young (Gone West), Russell Dickerson - PHOTO/ Jordan Corey
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PODCASTS: Pineapple Street To Produce Catch And Kill' Podcast With Ronan Farrow
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2019 –– RADIO.COM's Pineapple Street Studios unveiled plans to produce The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow in partnership with the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author. The podcast will serve as an audio companion to Farrow’s bestselling book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.” In the podcast, Farrow will expand on his reporting, talking with key characters in the book about their personal experiences as Farrow investigated and reported on allegations of sexual misconduct by some of the most influential people in the media and entertainment industries. The podcast will also provide broader context about the powerful systems that cover up sexual misconduct, extensively detailed in “Catch and Kill” and in Farrow’s ongoing work for The New Yorker.
“We couldn't be more excited to partner with Ronan on this truly important project,” said Max Linsky (L), co-head of Pineapple Street Studios. “This is the exact kind of show we want to be making and the type of podcast that can bring new audiences to the medium.”
The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow is slated to launch in November. Further details will be announced at a later date. Pineapple Street Studios is a division of RADIO.COM - PHOTO/Little, Brown and Company
STUDY: 44% Of Super Listeners Pay More Attention To Ads On Podcasts Than Other Media
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2019 –– Weekly podcast listeners who consume more than five hours of podcasts per week are the subject of the first-ever Super Listeners study from PodcastOne and Edison Research. These podcasting “Super Listeners,” podcasting’s heaviest listeners, have emerged as valuable targets for advertisers and trusted allies for podcast sponsors according to this groundbreaking study. Among the key findings show --- Seventy percent of Super Listeners say they have considered a new product or service as a result of hearing an ad on a podcast. · More than half (57%)of Super Listeners consume more than eight hours per week of podcast content, which means their potential exposure to podcast advertising is high relative to the rest of the podcast audience.
-- Despite the fact that 50% of Super Listeners are actively trying to limit their exposure to commercials across all video and audio platforms, 44% agree that they pay more attention to advertising on podcasts than other media, and 37% say podcasts are the best way for an advertiser to reach them.
-- Super Listeners identify podcasts as the mainstream medium least likely to have too many ads; however, nearly half (49%) indicate that they have noticed an increase in podcast advertising over the last year. Thirty-five percent of Super Listeners perceive that advertising breaks in podcasts have gotten longer; 59% believe that they have not changed.
The topline findings from the study were debuted last week at the IAB Podcast Upfront in New York, and complete findings were presented in a live, online presentation earlier today by PodcastOne CEO Peter Morris and Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. “We were very eager to look at the heaviest users of podcasting as a kind of “early warning system” for the efficacy of podcasting advertisement, since they will have had more exposure to podcast advertising than anyone," says Webster. "What we found was that not only don’t they mind podcast ads—they actually have a very positive effect, which is even more remarkable when you consider that Super Listeners are otherwise engaging in active ad avoidance behavior.” Click here to download Super Listeners 2019 from PodcastOne and Edison Research
Maria And Chad Show Exit KMLE-FM Phoenix
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2019 –– We received late word yesterday that Maria Knight and Chad Mitchell, hosts of The Maria & Chad morning show at KMLE/Phoenix, have exited. They both joined KMLE this past February as part of a morning show swap with sister-station 94.5 KOOL-FM. Knight spent a number of years at KOOL-FM and also worked KZON, 100.7 KSLX Phoenix and and KJFX/Fresno. Mitchell previously did mornings on KESZ/Phoenix, WRMF/West Palm Beach and WKQI and WDRQ/Detroit..
As of this morning, KMLE is posting 'Country Music Mornings' at its website while seeking ts next morning show. Both Knight & Mitchell have a long track record of success, tons of experience and are searching for their next adventure! Reach Maria at email@example.com and Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org
J.J. Kincaid Teases New Gig In Atlanta
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2019 –– Nothing like social media to get tongues wagging and this was the case yesterday with former 95.7 The Party Denver's J.J. Kincaid posting: "Excited to join my new family in Atlanta" along a ginormous snap of him in front of Q99.7/WWWQ Banner. With the move, Kincaid returns to the city where he once tracked afternoons from Z100 NY when Power 96.1 Atlanta first launched. Before then it for a trip to Morning Show Boot Camp.
And while we await the official word from Cumulus, we've learned that he'll make an appearance on the Q99.7 today at 11:00 AM ET. - Inquiring minds may wish to tune in HERE around that time. Adding to the suspense, we wonder if there's another Cumulus station in Atlanta that's actually in play for Kincaid? Hmmmmm.
REPORT: Stephen A. Smith To Leave ESPN Radio Show Next Year
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2019 –– Stephen A. Smith will be leaving his ESPN Radio show next year as part of a new contract that is being negotiated, reports The New York Post. In April, The Post reported that Smith and ESPN had begun negotiations that could yield a salary of $10 million a year.
Smith will continue with “First Take” while adding more appointment viewing opportunities on “SportsCenter.” ESPN already announced that Smith will host his own edition of the program at 7 p.m. The Post writes "Though he still has time remaining on his current contract, the new deal will guarantee he stays with ESPN into 2025, when he still will only be 58. It is not yet known how ESPN plans to replace Smith on radio."
iHeartMedia & Fatherly Debuts 'Finding Fred' Podcast
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD 2019 –– iHeartMedia and Fatherly debuted a new iHeartRadio Original podcast, “Finding Fred.” The show digs into the deep and simple language of Mister Rogers to uncover his very adult lessons about how to build a meaningful life. The 10-episode podcast is hosted by New York Times bestselling author, memoirist and award-winning podcaster Carvell Wallace
“Mister Rogers has had a huge impact on an entire generation of children. As this generation becomes parents, raising children of their own, it’s important to discuss how his words and ideas are still relevant today,” said host Carvell Wallace. “‘Finding Fred’ dives into the core of how we can all be better neighbors to one another. Working with iHeartRadio on this project allows us to create a podcast that will spread widely across a generation looking to reconnect with a true American legend,” said Fatherly Chief Content Officer Andrew Burmon. “There’s no such thing as outgrowing Mister Rogers.” “Podcasting is an intimate medium that allows listeners to directly connect with a show’s content,” said Conaly Byrne, Head of Podcasting at iHeartRadio. “Working with Fatherly on this project has resulted in a truly authentic and meaningful final product that brings listeners back into the world of Fred Rogers.”
HONORS: KYW News Radio's Cherri Gregg Named Journalist Of The Year By Philadelphia's Association Of Black Journalists'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2019 –– Entercom;S KYW Newsradio (KYW-AM) community affairs reporter and on-air host Cherri Gregg has been named Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ). Gregg, who was recognized in the broadcast and online category, will be honored at the PABJ’s annual Awards and Scholarship Gala on November 2 in Philadelphia.
“Cherri is extremely deserving of this award,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “She is a champion of the community who is constantly searching for and reporting on the stories and issues that matter most to KYW Newsradio listeners across the Philadelphia area. I’m proud to call her a member of our team.”
“I am humbled, grateful and truly honored to receive this award from PABJ, an organization that I love," said Gregg. “Every day I work to educate, empower and positively impact underserved communities, and this award means that maybe, just maybe, the work is headed in the right direction.” Gregg joined KYW Newsradio as a reporter in 2010 and has served as the station’s community affairs reporter since 2013. In addition to that role, Gregg hosts “Flashpoint with Cherri Gregg,” a weekly radio program that focuses on the most relevant issues affecting the Philadelphia area. The program, airing on five Entercom Philadelphia stations
EVENTS: New Jersey 101.5 To Present Town Hall On Opioid Addiction And Recovery
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2019 –– Beginning tonight at 7 p.m., Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” (WKXW-FM) is presenting a special Town Hall broadcast confronting the opioid crisis and how it affects New Jersey residents. New Jersey 101.5 Special Projects Director and Morning News Anchor Eric Scott leads the news and digital departments in bringing listeners personal stories of addiction and recovery, a discussion of the physical and physiological effects of opioids that lead to addiction, and information about state programs designed to help.
“As the opioid crisis continues to threaten New Jersey, we understand our responsibility to use our powerful voice and multiple platforms to continue the conversation on this pervasive epidemic,” New Jersey 101.5 Brand Manager Anne Gress said. “I am proud to be part of a station and media company that understands this responsibility and is bringing this critically important information to the community.”
Kix Brooks To Honor Vets With A 2-Hour Holiday Special
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One and legendary musician, actor, and radio host Kix Brooks will honor generations of men and women who answered the call to serve in the U.S. armed forces with Kix’s annual A Salute to Our Military Veterans, a holiday special available to radio stations across the country.
Kix, the award-winning host of Westwood One’s American Country Countdown, rallies his long list of friends to join him for this musical salute, including Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Chris Janson, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, and more. These stars will talk about their appreciation for the nation's military, while Kix plays the most popular songs that capture America's patriotic spirit.
Stations can air Westwood One’s A Salute to Our Military Veterans any time on Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11, 2019, between 6:00 am and 12 am/midnight. For more information, contact Country@WestwoodOne.com.
106.1 KMEL San Francisco Reveals Its 2019 Holiday House of Soul Lineup
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2019 –– The Bay Area's 106.1 KMEL announced the lineup for its 2019 Holiday House of Soul taking place on Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. at The Masonic in San Francisco. The event will feature live performances from breakout R&B artists including Layton Greene, SiR and DVSN.
“The KMEL Holiday House of Soul is a Bay Area tradition and frequently showcases some of the biggest new stars in R&B,” said Don Parker, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Francisco. “Previous shows have included talent such as SZA and The Weeknd, just as their careers were in their earliest stages. We’re proud to again feature several of today’s freshest R&B artists who’ve all had a breakout year in 2019 with big things to come in the years ahead.”
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REPORT: Tegna In The Process Of Spinning Off KFMB AM & FM San Diego
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2019 ––While initially saying a radio sell-off wasn’t in the plans for San Diego's KFMB 760 AM and KFMB-FM 100.7, it now appears to be headed for a sale reports The San Diego Reader. Virginia-based Tegna moved into San Diego in late 2017 when it purchased the four-station KFMB group (two TV, two radio) for $325-million from local, independent operator Midwest TV. The paper says no changes are underway at its TV stations Channel 8 or "CW San Diego," but local Tegna radio employees discovered last week that Tegna is in the process of spinning off its San Diego radio stations 760 AM and 100.7 FM. This means big changes are likely coming to the historic KFMB 760 AM and 100.7 FM.
The SDR says according to one insider, the two stations may be destined to be acquired by iHeart Radio. Anne Bentley, Tegna’s spokeswoman, said by phone on Friday that she would have no comment on Tegna’s spinoff of KFMB-AM/FM. Read Story HERE
Allan Lamberti Takes Over PM Drive On WEBE-FM Bridgeport; Charlie Padgett Moves To Mornings On WFOX-FM
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2019 –– Longtime Connoisseur Media host Allan Lamberti is taking over afternoons on WEBE-FM Bridgeport, CT, following Jay Michaels announcement that he would be stepping down effective this week. Lamberti currently handles mornings on Connoisseur's Rock Alternative WFOX-FM. With his move to WEBE-FM, Charlie Padgett will take over mornings on WFOX.
Charlie and I have worked together at a number of different stations over the years," said Connoisseur's VP/Prog. Keith Dakin. "Charlie has a great sound for this format, and he will be a perfect fit on 95.9 The FOX."
"I'm excited to return to the airwaves, especially at a great company like Connoisseur Media," said Padgett. "I'm looking forward to once again arguing the merits of late ‘90s U2 with Keith Dakin and (WFOX PD) Kevin Begley. Strap in, Fairfield County."
Indy Sports Host Draws 5-Day Suspension Over 'Journalistic Principles' Valued By Company
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2019 –– The IndyStar reports that Dan Dakich, the former IU player and coach-turned radio host, has been suspended from his afternoon sports talk show on Emmis' WFNI for what was described as "a failure last year on Dan's part to adhere to the journalistic principles valued by Emmis." Emmis declined to further elaborate on the cause for the disciplinary action taken against Dakich, and he did not respond to a text message from the IndyStar asking for comment on his 5-day suspension.
As "The Dan Dakich Show" began Monday, a statement was read on Dakich's absence. It is the same statement provided to the IndyStar. "Dan Dakich will not be appearing on his show this week. Dan and Emmis have mutually agreed to a suspension period of five days due to a failure last year on Dan's part to adhere to the journalistic principles valued by Emmis." Former Indiana Pacers player Scot Pollard will fill in for Dakich during three days of his absence.
When IndyStar learned in June that an upcoming disciplinary action was possible for Dakich, it reached out to Emmis, which said only that there was no litigation surrounding Dakich. When Dakich was asked about a possible suspension or litigation then, he said he wasn't aware of any. READ INDYSTAR ARTICLE HERE
Tracy Johnson Media Group Introduces A New Free Radio Talent Pool Service
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2019 –– Tracy Johnson Media Group has launched a free talent marketplace to connect radio talent and broadcasters. The Media Talent Pool is free to all, and designed to connect personalities, program directors and producers with decision makers looking for talent. Anyone can use the service for no charge. Talent can be listed by completing a short form and sending their information. Broadcasters can scan listings to find candidates to fill openings.
Johnson explains, I have spoken with hundreds of talented and motivated radio personalities, producers and program directors. Many are out of work or wishing to move up, and they're wondering if radio-the industry they love-is in their future. I also talk to dozens of broadcasters, managers and programmers. They wonder where the talent has gone. They struggle to find qualified talent for openings. The new media talent pool is a resource to bring those two parties together.” The service has already made several matches, including connecting an out-of-work morning show host with a medium market programmer with an immediate opening. The service, at www.MediaTalentPool.com also offers resources to help talent position, promote and market themselves more effectively.
In addition to the online resources, Johnson is offering a free webinar called GET THAT GIG next Tuesday at 1pm Eastern Time. He’ll share best practices and tips for talent to advance their career. To sign up for the free webinar, go HERE
NETWORKS: Westwood One Adds Classic Hits Gold To Its 24-Hour Formats Catalog
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One is now offering a third version of the popular Classic Hits format, for stations that desire a gold-based pop radio format with more 60s music. Classic Hits Gold complements the company’s modern Classic Hits format, which has evolved to be a core `80s format with some `90s,and its Classic Hits Rock, which features rock classics. Classic Hits Gold will feature proven hit music from the mid/late-60s through the early/mid-80s, from artists like The Eagles, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Hall & Oates, Queen, The Beatles, and Chicago. Classic Hits Gold will not be branded on-air, so stations will retain their desired image, slogans and live shows, and local identifiers will be supplied by the network image voice.
“The Classic Hits format has evolved, and with our flexible production platform we can offer it flavored however our customers desire,” commented Kirk Stirland (R) President of Programming at Westwood One. “Now, with three versions, we can provide a station with programming for whatever their local strategic position might be.” Complete information on Classic Hits Gold, and all Westwood One formats is available at www.westwoodone.com, and through Eric Sundstrom, Vice President of Affiliate Sales, at email@example.com or (505) 510-2373. About Westwood One
Erin McCarthy To Host 'History Vs' A iHeart Original Podcast That Explores The Lives Of Historical Figures
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has teamed up with Mental Floss to launch a new history podcast, “History Vs.”. The iHeartRadio Original Podcast explores the lives of historical figures who made a lasting impact on today’s society and culture.
This season examines the former U.S President, Theodore Roosevelt with host Erin McCarthy, the editor-in-chief of Mental Floss and host of its popular YouTube channel. In each episode, McCarthy analyzes how Roosevelt took on a number of challenges, from his debilitating childhood asthma and conflict within his family to conquering every hour of the day and preserving the world for the next generation.
Check out the first episode now on iHeartRadio HERE
Charlamagne Tha God Donates $250K To His Mom's Alma Mater In South Carolina
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2019 –– A big tip of the hat to The Breakfast Club's Charlamagne Tha God who visited the campus of South Carolina State University last Saturday with a $250,000 check in hand that he donated to his mom's alma mater. Funds will be allocated towards providing scholarships to black women in his hometown of South Carolina who wish to major in English as his mother did.
In an instagram post, Charlamagne wrote: My mother is an alumni of @scstate1896 class of 75. Today was South Carolina States homecoming and I had the honor of announcing “The Ford Family Endowed Scholarship Fund” Ford is my mother’s maiden name and my grandmothers last name. We will be providing scholarships to black women in South Carolina who Major in English, (my mother’s major) Communications, (because I’m a Radio/TV Guy), and for any sister that wants to be a mental health professional. Always remember investing in an HBCU is investing in the future of our people so the next time an HBCU ask for money, open that wallet. It’s a blessing to be a blessing! All Praises Due To God!!!"
Charlamagne then quipped, "Speaking of GOD my creator told me to announce that I’m tapped out until February so to all friends and family don’t even consider calling me this holiday season for nothing. Have a blessed day. #wefightdifferent Amazing work Charla, keep it up!" READ MORE HERE