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Talaya Trigueros Exits 94.7 The Wave Los Angeles After 30 years
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2019 –– After thirty years hosting middays at 94.7 'The Wave' in Los Angeles, Talaya Trigueros left her show on Thursday, April 18th, ending an unprecedented career filled with awards, accolades and number one ratings. Talaya has reigned for many years as the Queen of Midday in Los Angeles, consistently earning top five ratings and developing a loyal following for her stellar on-air performance and her commitment to the community and to the arts. She is a popular voice over artist who has done promos for Fox Sports and CBS-TV and you can hear her voice on Spanish Announcements on the LA Metro.
Talaya grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to San Francisco to study broadcasting at San Francisco State University after volunteering for a few years in college radio. Her first big break came with an opportunity to work on air at KRE in Berkeley playing Jazz and Latin Jazz. When the format evolved to what became known as “The Quiet Storm” and the call letters were changed to KBLX, Talaya was offered a full-time midday shift. When KUTE in Los Angeles adopted “The Quiet Storm” format, Talaya was the perfect fit. In LA she has thrived, working briefly at KNX-FM, K-Ocean and eventually at 94.7 “The Wave”. Talaya is represented by Eric Weiss. Inquiries can be sent to Eric@theweissagency.com
Alpha Media Names Bo Matthews As National Rhythm Format Captain
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media has named Bo Matthews as its Rhythm Format Captain. Bo will continue to oversee his respective stations in addition to his expanded roles. Each Alpha Media Format Captain is responsible for assisting in the growth of all associated stations in their music format.
Bo Matthews commented, “The first station I ever programmed was a Rhythm station (WBTT/Fort Myers), which was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my programming career. I am super excited to be working with our rhythm stations and creating some magic with the many talented people we have. Thanks to Phil Becker for the confidence and continued partnership and collaboration.”
Alpha Media EVP of Content, Phil Becker, commented, “Since joining Alpha Media Bo has been delivering ratings, building teams, and making his brands better. I am certain he will do the same in this new role and I’m thankful to have him on the team.”
Alana Lynn Comes Home To The Treasure Valley As Midday Host On Boise's KIZN-FM
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed award-winning radio personality Alana Lynn as Midday Host for Boise, ID, Country radio station Kissin’ 92.3/KIZN-FM. Alana joins Cumulus Boise from Country station KMLE 107.9 in Phoenix, AZ, where she was Music Director and Host for The Breakfast Buzz morning show. She has also been heard on Country radio stations including: KUAD-FM in Windsor, CO; KAWO-FM in Boise, ID; and KUPL-FM in Portland, OR.
Alana is a former Rusty Walker Scholarship recipient for the Country Radio Seminar and holds awards for Best Overall Personality, Best Midday Personality, and Best Morning Show from the Colorado Broadcasters Association. Hank Aaron, Program Director, KIZN-FM, said: “When I heard Alana Lynn was coming back to the Treasure Valley I had one thought: She needs to be on my team at Kissin’ 92.3! Alana is going to be a great fit in middays on Kissin’ 92.3 from 10am to 3pm. Oh did I mention she is doing a live show? Kissin’ 92.3 is live and local ALL DAY!! Welcome to the best country station in Boise!”
Alana said: “Who says you can't go home? I feel blessed to be back doing what I love in the Treasure Valley! Boise, I've missed you! From the incredible people to four seasons, to tailgating before BSU games, or just walking through the foothills! The Treasure Valley has always felt like home, after making brief stops in Northern Colorado and most recently Phoenix, life with a toddler has made me realize that the Treasure Valley is the best place to raise a family.”
Dyron Ducati Named Midday Host At KISS 104.1 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group’s KISS 104.1 (WALR-FM/Atlanta) has officially added Dyron Ducati to the weekday line-up as the new midday host, effective April 22, 2019. “My dad always said that life is what goes on while you’re making plans for it. While life has taken me in some unexpected directions, I’m thankful it has led me to KISS 104.1 and blessed to be back in front of the microphone as an on-air talent here in Atlanta,” says Ducati.
Ducati’s radio career began 16 years ago in New Orleans where he was the co-host and morning show producer for Q93.3. Since then, he’s been the voice of various national brands, including iHeartRadio Urban formats, and has been reporting traffic for multiple southeast stations. Ducati joined the KISS 104.1 on-air team in 2018, filling in on weekends and middays. “It’s good to know that after searching all over the country, the person for the job was right in our camp. Dyron brings a smooth, unobtrusive sound to the KISS 104.1 midday. We are proud to have him represent us,” says Terri Avery, director of branding and programming.
PRODUCTS: TM Studios Team With 'On The Sly' To Never Stop The Music
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2019 –– -- TM Studios has partnered with On The Sly, a boutique audio branding house in London, UK, to represent On The Sly Intros, Outros, and Power Starts to U.S. radio stations for cash and barter. On The Sly’s work is already heard in major markets, including LA’s MY-FM and on giant radio brands in America and around the world.
Greg Clancy, VP, Creative at TM says, “I became a huge fan of On The Sly the first time I heard their work in LA. It’s like an audio magic trick with the station imaging sewn into the songs in a way that only On The Sly can do. They also produce Outros, supplying stations with yet another innovative way to brand the songs and get perfect music flow. Adding On the Sly to our arsenal of audio branding services is a long-term vision that is happening now.”
To lock-up your market now or receive more info, contact email@example.com or call Chris Stevens, VP Affiliate Management, at (972) 406-6813.
HONORS: WWO Wins Prestigious National Headliner Award
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2019 –– Westwood One News is the winner of The National Headliner Award for its reporting and coverage of the Parkland school shooting in Florida last year. This award recognizes the entire Westwood One News staff for its in-depth live coverage, newscasts, special reports and long form coverage.
The First Place award was in the “Breaking News or Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event” category. The Headliner Award judges said Westwood One News’ reporting was "precise and eloquent coverage of the Parkland shooting. Radio at its best: the sound and the actualities tell the story; clear and compelling writing." Westwood One News dominated this important category by also winning Third Place for its coverage of Hurricane Michael.
Founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry. The first National Headliner Awards were presented in 1935. Medallions are presented to outstanding writers, photographers, daily newspapers, magazines, graphic artists, radio and television stations and networks, and news syndicates. Westwood One News, launched in January 2015, was created to offer radio stations greater flexibility and local branding opportunities, enabling them to integrate comprehensive network news coverage into their local operation. - Learn more by contacting Jim Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 840-7933.
Alpha Portland Names Sara Perrin as Marketing Director
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media has appointed Sara Perrin as Marketing Director, effective May 1. Alpha Media Portland includes KXL News/Talk, KBFF/Top 40, KUPL/Country, KINK/AAA, KXTG/Sports, KWEE/Hip Hop, KUFO/Conservative Talk, and the Bloodworks Live Studio. Portland SVP/Market Manager, Lisa Decker, commented on the announcement, “Sara is a dynamic leader with 25 years of experience creating ingenious strategies, effective solutions, and unforgettable tactics to attract, activate, and retain target audiences. Her vast experience working with the biggest brands in Portland, along with her innovative, imaginative, and resourceful problem-solving abilities make her uniquely qualified for this position. We are thrilled to have Sara join the Alpha team.”
“I am excited to partner with Lisa and her creative and talented team in Portland to deliver memorable live and local experiences. I am dedicated to deepening relationships with Alpha’s iconic stations’ fans, advertisers, musicians, and community partners. Years ago, I started my career working at KINK Radio as its Marketing Associate, so to return is a full-circle dream come true,” said Perrin.
WIBW-FM and KTPK raises over $81,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media, Topeka’s WIBW-FM 94.5 Country and KTPK Country 106.9 hosted its annual Country Cares Radiothon on February 14th and February 15th in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thanks to a strong community of devoted local listeners, The Big 94.5 Country and Country 106.9 raised more than $81,000. This was a record-breaking year for The Big 94.5 Country and Country 106.9 raising more than they ever have with the Radiothon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Many great volunteers helped to answer calls on the Dr. Pepper Phone Bank from St. Jude supporters during the Radiothon.
Market Manager, Larry Riggins commented on the announcement “St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has a special place in the hearts of our Alpha Media Topeka staff. We have been raising money for St. Jude since the very first Radiothon in the early ’80s and we’ll continue to do so until childhood cancer no longer exists. Thank you to our dedicated staff and our thousands of loyal listeners without whom this would never be possible.”
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KOA Denver To Air Special, Marking 20th Anniversary Of Columbine Tragedy
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia’s KOA NewsRadio Denver announced they will broadcast a special one-hour program entitled “Columbine 20 Years Later: The Healing Continues” hosted by KOA News Radio Managing Editor Jerry Bell and KOA News Director Kathy Walker to mark the 20th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy. The special one-hour program will air on Saturday, April 20 at 12 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 10 a.m.
Columbine High School came to symbolize a heartbreaking tragedy when 12 students and a teacher were killed on April 20, 1999. Twenty years later, the stories of healing, hope and ongoing sadness still resonate with a community shattered by violence. The program will feature interviews hosted by both Bell and Walker, who both reported extensively on the tragic day and will feature those directly impacted by the tragedy, including families of victims and the faculty of Columbine High School. \
In addition, to honor those affected by the Columbine tragedy, KOA NewRadio created The Never Forgotten Fund. The Never Forgotten Fund was established by KOA NewsRadio through the collection of donations from employees and the public after the tragic events at Columbine High School. The fund provides scholarships in honor and memory of the 13 victims. Each year, twelve graduating high school seniors and one teacher are selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship award. “Columbine 20 Years Later: The Healing Continues” will be available for on-demand listening on the KOA NewsRadio website (KOANewsRadio.com) as well as on the iHeartRadio app.
Kellie Rasberry Named Recipient Of MIW Group's 2019 Airblazer Award
Presented In Alliance With Morning Show Boot Camp™
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18Th, 2019 –– The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce Kellie Rasberry, longtime co-host of “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show,” as recipient of the 2019 MIW Airblazer Award. Now in its 5th year, the MIW Air blazer Award stems from an alliance formed in 2015 between the MIW Group and Talentmasters Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC). It is an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting. The 2019 Airblazer Award will be presented to Rasberry this August during the 31st Annual MSBC in Chicago.
In addition to her work as co-host of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, syndicated by YEA Networss and heard by over 65 stations,” Rasberry also co-hosts the twice-weekly podcast "A Sandwich and Some Lovin’” with her husband, Allen Evans. Kellie is also on the Board of Directors for Kidd’s Kids, a non-profit organization which takes children with life-altering conditions and their families on all-expenses paid trips to Disney World. After more than two decades in radio, Kellie has won several Favorite Female Radio Personality of the Year awards, and was just announced as the2019 Gracie Award winner for Co-Host, National Radio, by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.
“It is the MIW Group’s privilege to acknowledge one of morning radio’s brightest stars, Kellie Rasberry. She is a key voice in a remarkable show that continues to build personal relationships with its listeners and stay relevant in their lives, now more than ever,” said MIW Group Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik.
Last year's honoree MIX 94.1/Las Vegas' Mercedes Martinez (TL) who, like previous recipients was charged with selecting the following year's recipient, said, “Kellie has been an inspiration to so many women! I’ve always looked up to her for not just her talent as a radio personality, but for her strength, sense of humor, and intelligence. Not only does she continue to dominate with the Kidd Kraddick show, she herself has emerged as one of our industry’s most beloved leading ladies."
“It is such an honor to receive the MIW Group Airblazer Award the same year I’m celebrating my 25th anniversary in Dallas radio," said Rasberry. "When Kidd Kraddick hired me to be his radio wife back in 1994, he taught me the most valuable lesson I’ve learned in radio — to be myself. Sometimes, that’s a lot harder than it sounds! But taking that advice led to creating a bond with our audience that runs so deep, they stuck with us when Kidd suddenly passed away six years ago. One of the greatest joys I now receive is meeting women who grew up listening to our show as their moms drove them to school, and now they’re introducing me to their kids who listen as they drive them to school! It doesn’t make me feel old. It makes me feel abundantly blessed! And to receive the Airblazer Award this year is the most delicious icing on the cake. Thank you, Mercedes Martinez, for choosing me to receive it.”
In addition to Mercedes Martinez, previous winners of the MIW Group Airblazer Award include: Roula Christie (LC) (2017), Angie Martinez (RC) (2016) and Ellen K (TR) (2015). For more information about the MIW group, please visit www.RadioMIW.com. For more information, visit www.morningshowbootcamp.com.
Andre Gardner Inks Multi-Year Extension With Beasley's WMGK-FM Philly
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2019 –– Beasley announced that Afternoon Drive host Andre Gardner has signed a multi-year deal to remain at WMGK-FM in Philadelphia. Gardner, who recently celebrated his 17th anniversary on the air on Monday, April 15th, originally joined the legendary classic rock station back in April of 2002. He has held the same afternoon drive slot from 2-7pm as well as has hosted the 7-9am Sunday Morning Breakfast with the Beatles Show throughout his tenure at WMGK-FM.
“Andre Gardner is one of the best communicators I’ve ever heard,” said Vice President and Market Manager Joe Bell. “His passion for the music, the audience and life in general is contagious!” “I am beyond thrilled to keep rockin’ Philly’s afternoons on the greatest Classic Rock station in America,” said Gardner. “Many thanks to the Beasley family, Buzz Knight, Joe Bell and Bill Weston for their continued confidence and support!”
“Andre Gardner is king of the DJ hill in Philly,” said WMGK-FM Program Director and Beasley Media Group Rock Format Brand Manager Bill Weston. “No one brings more passion or runs a tighter board with a pervasive knowledge of music. WMGK has benefited from his talents for 17 years. I am so happy we’re continuing Andre’s nearly two decade run of success.” PHOTO/l-r: Bill Weston, Andre & Joe Bell
MOTION: Jeff Cage Named SVP/Programming For iHeart St. Louis Region
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jeff Cage has been named Region Senior Vice President of Programming for its St. Louis Region, effective immediately. Cage will cover St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri as well as Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa. He will also serve as Senior Vice President of Programming for the Des Moines market and Program Director for 107.5 KISS FM (KKDM-FM). Cage will report to Derrick Martin, Region President for iHeartMedia St. Louis, and Joel McCrea, Area President for iHeartMedia Des Moines.
“Jeff has done a tremendous job helping our radio stations in Little Rock become the go-to destination for listeners,” said Martin. “We’re very excited to bring his programming and leadership expertise to St. Louis to work with our talented team of Program Directors and to ensure we’re sharing the music, news and moments that matter most to Missouri and Iowa residents.” Cage joins iHeartMedia’s St. Louis Region from iHeartMedia Little Rock where he spent fifteen years and recently served as the Program Director of HOT 94.9, All The Hits, and 100.3 The Edge, Arkansas' Rock Station.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the iHeartMedia’s St. Louis Region and the Des Moines market,” said Cage. “I’ve been a fan of these stations for years. This is an incredible opportunity to work with top-rated heritage stations, passionate veteran talent and a dedicated staff of programmers and personalities.”
YEA Networks Launches 'I Don't Give A Rip' Podcast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2019 –– YEA Networks has launched a new lifestyle podcast from the world of reality television, I Don’t Give A Rip, featuring “bigger than Texas” personalities D’Andra Simmons, Momma Dee Simmons, stars of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Dallas, along with TV personality Amy Vanderoef.
This marks the thirteenth original content podcast from YEA Networks, which also produces and syndicates The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show and Tino Cochino Radio. I Don’t Give A Rip is available now on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Audioboom and other podcast services. New episodes are available Wednesdays at 10am CT. To listen now, visit: HERE
EVENT: The Sherman & Tingle Show Raise $83,000 In Latest 'Give A Vet A Pet' Drive
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2019 ––– On Wednesday, WDRV-FM/Chicago's The Sherman & Tingle Show celebrated the success of their “Give a Vet a Pet” campaign. The Sherman & Tingle Show, in partnership with the 1 Pet - 1 Vet charitable organization, ventured to raise enough money in one week (April 1st-5th) to provide two service dogs to local veterans suffering from PTSD. The costs associated with providing each service dog total $15,000. With this week’s monetary donations now confirmed, The Sherman & Tingle Show raised a total of $83,000.00 – enough to pair five separate service dogs with veterans who are in desperate need of the positive effects, emotional support and companionship these dogs provide.
Commenting on the achievement, Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle said, “It is an honor to be able to help provide better lives for Chicago-area veterans who are in need of assistance. The benefits these service animals provide is awe-inspiring. The Drive’s loyal audience is as generous as they come.”
Eli Young Band To Headline NASH FM 103.3 Bentli Bash 2019
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2019 –– NASH FM 103.3 Ty Bentli Show, along with the Eli Young Band, Tyler Rich and Jessie Ritter kick off its 2019 'Bentli Bash on Tuesday, June 4th – with one it biggest weeks of music
The evening will be hosted by Ty Bentli, Tricia “TJ” Jenkins and Chuck Wicks from The Ty Bentli Show based in Nashville and heard each morning on NASH FM 103.3.
A 100% of ticket sales will benefit Musicians On Call and their mission to deliver the healing power of music to those who need it most. To date, Cumulus Nashville has raised more than $150,000 to benefit Musicians On Call.
Greg Burns Is Heading Back To The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2019 –– Former Capital and Heart presenter Greg Burns is back on the radio in the UK with a weekend show on Hits Radio. Greg moved to Australia to host mid-mornings on Nova in Sydney in 2016. Now he’s hosting the new show on Hits from Australia. He’ll be returning to the UK in the next few weeks.
Paul Collins Leaving Today FM In Ireland After Two Decades - Paul Collins has thanked his colleagues at Today FM as he gets set to leave the station after 22 years. Paul was originally News Editor for the national station but spent most of his two decades there in Sport. He’s off to focus on further developing his own video content business.
Capital’s Adam Brown New Host of XS Manchester Breakfast - Former Capital Manchester, Key 103 and BBC Radio Manchester presenter Adam Brown is joining XS Manchester to host Breakfast. Adam will replace Steve Berry and Sophie Sveinsson from April 23rd. Steve hosted the breakfast show when the station, previously known as Rock Radio, launched in 2008. He left in 2010 but returned to the programme in 2013. Sophie has been with XS since 2016 and on breakfast since last year. She moves to a new afternoon show, weekdays 1-4pm.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
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SiriusXM Repurposes Content From Nearly Two Dozen Talk Shows Into Pandora Podcasts
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2019 –– SiriusXM is taking its first step to repurpose content from its exclusive talk shows and other entertainment programming for Pandora’s streaming-audio audience. SiriusXM posted that it's launching 22 new podcasts, available to more than 100 million audio listeners and subscribers of Pandora and SiriusXM. The new podcasts feature content from some of SiriusXM’s most popular shows, including “Andy Cohen’s Deep & Shallow Interviews”; “Jenny McCarthy’s Celebrity Dirt”; “The Jason Ellis Show”; and “The Hoda Show,” a commercial-free podcast of Hoda Kotb’s SiriusXM program. In addition, the podcast lineup includes material from Kevin Hart’s “Straight from The Hart with Kevin Hart,” “Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius,” and “Larry the Cable Guy Weekly Roundup” each week, while “A Comic Mind Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy” will be monthly.
Program highlights from “Jim Norton & Sam Roberts” will also be available weekly. The new initiative comes less than three months after SiriusXM closed its acquisition of Pandora, originally valued at $3.5 billion. “We’re excited that some of our most popular talk shows are now being made available to Pandora users,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s president and chief content officer. “This will be a great opportunity for new audiences to discover these SiriusXM shows, while providing Pandora with great programming, as we continue to collaborate on content opportunities for both platforms.”
Sid Kelly Named PD For Hot 93.3 KLIF Dallas
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media has named Sid Kelly as Program Director of Top 40 radio station Hot 93.3/KLIF-FM in Dallas, TX. Kelly joins Cumulus Dallas from Cumulus Indianapolis, where he was Program Director and Afternoon Host for Top 40 station Energy 93.9/WYRG-FM. Prior to that, he was Program Director for Cumulus Mobile’s 97.5 WABD-FM. The appointment is effective on Monday, May 6th.
Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Dallas/Houston, said: “We are excited to have Sid Kelly join our cluster in Dallas to lead our top 40, Hot 93.3. Sid has done a great job for our company leading Energy 93.9 in Indianapolis. The HOT opportunity is a logical next step in his career to come to a top 5 market and make great things happen for Cumulus in Dallas.” Kelly said: “This is an unbelievable opportunity and I’m thrilled to be able to grow even more with Cumulus by joining the team in Dallas. I’m looking forward to working hard to increase Hot 93.3’s brand and grow the audience. This move wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance and trust of Christopher “Boomer” Layfield, Mike McVay and Doug Hamand. My dog “Gibbs” and I both look forward to hiding the fact that we are big Redskins fans in the heart of Cowboys country. Let’s go!!!”
Kyle Bailey Inks Multi-Year Extension With WFNZ A/F Charlotte
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced a new long-term contract extension with Kyle Bailey. The host of the afternoon drive on WFNZ (WFNZ-AM/FM), Charlotte will remain on “The Clubhouse With Kyle Bailey,” weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. “Kyle Bailey has proven to be an outstanding sports broadcaster in Charlotte and we are thrilled that he is continuing with WFNZ,” said Matt Hanlon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Charlotte. “He cares about the listener and demonstrates a genuine interest in the community, which is evident in the quality of the show he produces day in and day out.”
“As the flagship home of the Charlotte Hornets and Virginia Tech football, WFNZ is at the forefront of the sports scene in the Charlotte area,” said Bailey. “I look forward to continuing the conversation with fans every weekday afternoon.” Kyle joined WFNZ in 2017 as host of the station’s midday drive before transitioning to afternoons in 2018. He previously held on-air roles for WBRW and WWBU in Blacksburg, VA, home of his alma mater Virginia Tech University.
NETWORKS: Westwood One Brings Back Theresa Gage As VP/Sponsorship Sales And Marketing
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2019 –– Westwood One has hired industry veteran Theresa Gage as VP, Sponsorship Sales and Marketing. She is based in Los Angeles and reports to Bryan Forbes, Westwood One’s President of Sales. Theresa’s impressive resume includes sales leadership positions at Pandora, Live Nation and iHeart Media, as well as various digital startups. She also did a formative stint at Westwood One early in her career.
“Theresa is a proven leader, negotiator, and strategist who understands the current audio landscape and can identify new sponsorship opportunities and revenue streams,” said Forbes. “She has hit the ground running, and is already making an impact on our performance for 2019.” “I am so excited to be back with my first love, Westwood One! This is where I started my career in talent endorsements, branded content and sponsorships,” said Gage. “It’s a legacy organization that has endured the changing media landscape and is a major contributor to the growth of audio and the power of authentic talent endorsements.”
AWMF Announces 2019 Radio Awards Winners
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2019 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) continues to celebrate programming and individual achievement by, for and about women in radio, television and interactive media, which includes podcast categories, by announcing winners of the 44 th annual Gracie Awards. Among this year's radio honorees include Angela Yee of “The Breakfast Club”, Ellen K of “The Ellen K Morning Show”, Jayde Donovan of “The Jayde Show”, Jillian Barberie of “The Morning Drive”, Kellie Rasberry of the “Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” and Roula Christie of “The Roula and Ryan Show”
Entercom was honored with five Gracie Awards - included were Radio Local Soft News Feature – Local Magic 106.7 (WMJX-FM) Boston, MA “Defying Gravity” (Exceptional Women) Sue Tabb and Kendra Petrone Hard News Feature – Local KCBS All News (KCBS-AM) San Francisco, CA “Escape from The Camp Fire” Jenna Lane Crisis Coverage/Breaking News – News Network – Local KCBS All News (KCBS-AM) San Francisco, CA “KCBS Crisis Coverage: The Camp Fire” Veronica Carter, Megan Goldsby, Jenna Lane and Holly Quan Talk Show – Sports – Local 670 The Score (WSCR-AM) Chicago, IL “The Julie and Maggie Show” Julie DiCaro and Maggie Hendricks Host Non-Morning Drive (Talk/Personality) Large/Major Market - Local FM Newstalk 97.1 (KFTK-FM) St. Louis, MO “The Annie Frey Show” Annie Fre.
iHeartMedia was a big winner as well. In addition to Angela Yee, Kellie Rasberry and Ellen K, also awarded were KOGO/San Diego's LaDona Harvey, Host of “I am NOT grateful, I am qualified,” Kaelin Roberts, Producer of “Fred + Angi Power 105.1’s “Power on The Block,” and The iHeartPodcast Network’s “Anna Faris is Unqualified.”
The Gracie Awards Gala will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California where national radio will be recognized, and the Gracie Awards Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, June 26 at Cipriani on 42 nd Street in New York, New York with local and student winners being acknowledged.
SYNDICATION: Compass Media Launches 5th Daily Show Entertainment Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2019 –– Townsquare & Compass Media announced the launch of "The Night Shift With Craig Allen. The show features the best music of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s…with personality! The show, which debuted Monday April 15th, now airs 7p - midnight local on 17 Townsquare Classic Hits radio stations across the United States.
“We’re excited to bring a fresh new show to Classic Hits radio. It is great music and great content with a nighttime attitude,” commented Townsquare's SVP/Programming, Kurt Johnson. Craig Allen added “I've been lucky throughout my radio career to work with, and learn from, the best in the business! And, to now be able to share my love for the music, and radio, with a nationwide audience is a dream come true!” Craig Allen has been playing Classic Hits and doing personality radio on New Jersey 101.5 since 2002. Prior to that he hosted a #1 Rated “Saturday Night 80’s” show in Philadelphia on Star 104.5. To find out more about the program and availability in your market contact Doug Ingold (310) 242-8746 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PODCAST: Crime Junkie Surpasses 18 Million Downloads in Two Months
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2019 –– Fan-favorite podcast Crime Junkie has skyrocketed to more than 18 million downloads in the past two months. The breakaway true crime hit launched just 15 months ago and has been grabbing the attention of listeners and advertisers, alike. Expanding on a relationship that began more than a year ago, Cabana, the digital audio business of AdLarge Media, is now the exclusive ad sales partner for Crime Junkie. The phenomena behind the meteoric rise of Crime Junkie are hosts Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat, two lifelong friends with a passion for digging up the truth. Flowers is a volunteer at Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. Prawat had worked at a private detective agency. Being fans of true crime, they set out to make the best true crime podcast and share their obsession for under reported or misreported cases.
“We’re ecstatic about Crime Junkie’s explosive growth,” stated Cathy Csukas, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of cabana and AdLarge Media. “It’s even more extraordinary when you consider that the growth has been 100 percent organic. Driven by the strength and passion of Ashley’s storytelling, fans and advertisers have discovered Crime Junkie and spread the word about this addictive podcast. It’s one of the best true crime podcasts out there.” To listen to Crime Junkie, visit www.crimejunkiepodcast.com or your favorite podcast platform.
Bobby Bones To Join With Luke Bryan As Part Of NFL Draft Coverage On ABC
THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2019 –– Country star Luke Bryan and Premiere Network's Bobby Bone, host of The Bobby Bones Show, will be in Nashville and part of ABC’s NFL Draft coverage reports Titans Online.. Bryan, an “American Idol” judge, and Bones, a mentor on the show, will join ABC’s first-time prime-time coverage of the NFL Draft, live from Nashville, on “2019 NFL Draft on ABC.” The NFL Draft begins next Thursday, April 25, and ABC’s coverage will begin at 7 p.m. CDT.
Bryan and Bones will be on the Thursday night telecast, and Bones will also be seen on the second night of ABC’s NFL Draft coverage, on Friday night. The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27. Their appearances were announced on ABC’s live “American Idol” telecast from Los Angeles.
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Cumulus To Sell KLOS-FM To Meruelo Media For $43 Million; Enters Into Swap Agreement With Connoisseur Media
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media Inc officially announced it has entered into an agreement to sell KLOS-FM in Los Angeles, CA to Meruelo Media, a division of the Meruelo Group, for $43 million in cash. Cumulus also announced that it has entered into a swap agreement with Connoisseur Media under which Cumulus will obtain four stations in and around Allentown, PA in exchange for two Cumulus stations in Southern Connecticut.
Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus, said, “These transactions are part of the continued execution of our portfolio optimization strategy. Both transactions are accretive, and the sale of KLOS-FM to Meruelo Media at an attractive multiple allows us to generate substantial cash, which can be used to further pay down debt and invest in high potential business opportunities. The Connoisseur Media swap significantly strengthens our presence in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley.”
Meruelo Media will begin programming KLOS-FM under a Local Marketing Agreement today, April 16, 2019. Under the terms of the agreement with Connoisseur Media, Cumulus will receive WODE-FM, WWYY-FM, WEEX-AM and WTKZ-AM in and around Allentown, PA and Connoisseur Media will receive WEBE-FM in Westport, CT, and WICC-AM in Bridgeport, CT. The parties will begin programming each other’s respective stations under Local Marketing Agreements on May 1, 2019.
Cumulus Media recently announced that the legendary Mark & Brian Radio Show will return for a one-time only, KLOS 50th anniversary reunion show on Thursday, April 25th from 3:00PM to 7:00PM.
98.9 The Bull Seattle Names Scott Mahalick Brand/Content Director; Adds Fitz To Mornings
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio Seattle VP/Market Manager Ann Marie Mulholland announced the return of “Fitz in the Morning” to the Seattle airwaves on New Country 98.9 FM The Bull for Hubbard Radio Seattle. The legendary programmer, Scott Mahalick, is joining The Bull simultaneously as Brand/Content Director. Ann Marie says, “The country audience in Seattle has been without their favorite morning show host for too long. I believe the dynamic duo of Fitz backed by Scott Mahalick will change the face of radio in Seattle.”
Fitz added, “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Hubbard Radio family and look forward to sharing my very best with the Northwest. It’s going to be one heck of a ride!”Fitz brings many years as the leading country morning show in Seattle to Hubbard. Fitz’ syndicated products on Sun Broadcast Group will continue with Hubbard’s full support. Fitz lives in Issaquah, WA with his wife and five children. Mahalick recently vacated as EVP of Programming forAlpha Media, and is relocating to Seattle. Commented Scott, “I am truly honored to join the World Class broadcast team at Hubbard Radio. Big thanks to Ann Marie Mulholland, Ginny Morris, Drew Horowitz and Greg Strassell for having such a strong conviction to invest in and support great talent at the local level. Simultaneously we are thrilled to announce the return of ‘Fitz in the Morning’, a major Seattle Icon, back on the airwaves of the Great Northwest.
The new Fitz show begins airing April 22 nd @ 98.9 The Bull.”KNUC’s lineup will shuffle, with current midday host, Seth Hughes, sliding over to mornings on WARM 106.9. To further celebrate the occasion, the reunited duo posted a short video on Facebook - WATCH HERE
J Cruz Moves To iHeart's Real 92.3 Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ REAL 92.3 announced that “The Cruz Show” featuring LA’s J Cruz, will join its afternoon program lineup Mondays through Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning April 18. He joins REAL 92.3 from KPWR where he served as the lead morning show host on “The Cruz Show.” J Cruz will be joined by Executive Producer Jeff Garcia, DJ Lechero and DJ Lezlee.
“iHeartMedia is all about attracting the very best on-air talent and I’m excited to add J Cruz to the growing list of super talents in our thriving Los Angeles market,” said Doc Wynter, Executive Vice President of Urban/Hip Hop Programming Strategy for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group and Program Director for REAL 92.3. “Big Boy in the mornings and J Cruz in the afternoons -- I get chills just saying it!” “I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to join such a great group of legendary radio artists here at iHeartMedia’s REAL 92.3,” said J Cruz. “Hosting LA’s first afternoon hip-hop ‘morning show’ with my incredible team and merging with radio’s biggest family is a game changer. A special thanks to iHeartMedia for providing me with a fresh new platform to connect with the Los Angeles urban community.”
Karen Blake Returns To The Air In Boston On Magic 106.7
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2019 –– Entercom has named radio veteran Karen Blake as the new afternoon drive host for Magic 106.7 (WMJX-FM), Boston’s Iconic Adult Contemporary station, effective immediately. Blake can be heard on air, weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.
“Karen is a legendary personality with a storied career in Boston, and we are excited to welcome her to the Magic 106.7 family,” said Mark Hannon, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Boston.
“It is a privilege to return to the Entercom family,” said Blake. “I am looking forward to being part of an air staff that I’ve admired for years and am thrilled to be continuing my career in my hometown of Boston.” The move marks Blake’s return to Boston after serving as morning drive host for WQRC on Cape Cod for the last five years. Prior to her time at WQRC, Blake served seven years as host of the morning and afternoon drives for WODS-FM (now sister station 103.3 AMP Radio) in Boston. From 1996 to 2005, Blake hosted the morning drive for WQSX-FM (now sister station WEEI).
Howard Stern Says He Won't Be Renewing Contract After 2020
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2019 –– Howard Stern has hinted before about retiring, but were yesterday's comments the real deal? Howard Stern said on yesterday's show that that he is retiring from radio after 35 years.
According to The Inquisitir he said he wouldn’t be renewing his contract after 2020. He told his co-host Robin Quivers that he was over the pressure that being a radio host put on him after all these years. “When I get out of radio. I’m getting out man. I’m pretty sure I’m almost out the door,” he said. “I’m getting out anyway because I realize that radio is affecting my health. When I’m home on the weekends I’m fine.”
Last spring, Stern hinted he wasn’t enjoying hosting the show as much as he used to, which caused some speculation that he might be considering the end of his three-decade run. “I’m just one of these human beings, I’ve accepted, [who] is just miserable all the time. And work makes me miserable.” Stern said. The 65-year-old also took a sick day in 2017 that led to speculation among fans
WPLJ-FM NYC Reunion In The Works
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2019 – After almost five decades as a personality driven contemporary pop/rock music station, New York’s WPLJ-FM will be no longer as it transitions to K-Love, a Christian music station, later this Spring. “Like many of my colleagues, I had a lump in my throat the size of Yonkers when I heard that WPLJ, as we know it, would be disappearing,” said Tom Cuddy , VP of Programming at WPLJ from 1990-2009 and currently the Program Director of iHeart’s 710 WOR, New York, NY. “Having had the privilege to work at WPLJ for 19 years, I felt compelled to bring together the talented people who make-up the station’s history, both on-air and behind the scenes, past and present,” said Cuddy. “So I’m putting together a reunion where we’ll lift a glass and share some fun stories among all of the gifted staffers who made ‘PLJ tick.”
The reunion will be held on Tuesday, May 21st, 6-9pm, at the Cutting Room, 44 East 32nd St, NYC. To secure an invitation, Cuddy asks anyone who has worked at ‘PLJ over the past 48 years to send him an e-mail at FarewellWPLJ@gmail.com and to pass on details to any ‘PLJ colleagues they are still in touch with.
PHOTO/ 1999 l-r: Mellencamp's wife/model Elaine Irwin, Todd Pettengill, John Mellencamp, Scott Shannon and Tom Cuddy
HONORS: WWJ Detroit's Vickie Thomas Inducted Into Michigan Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16Th, 2019 –– Entercom announced the induction of reporter Vickie Thomas to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Thomas, a reporter for WWJ News Radio 950 (WWJ-AM) in Detroit, was recognized for her career in radio and community service. She was honored at a ceremony at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University on April 14. "For more than 25 years, Vickie Thomas has been informing our listeners on major stories that impact our community in and around Detroit,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “Vickie is an incredible journalist who isn’t afraid to pose tough questions to city leaders and other officials to report a fair and accurate story. She is well deserving of this honor and we are extremely proud to have Vickie inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.”
“In thinking about my over 30-year career in radio, with most of that time spent at WWJ News Radio 950, I can’t help but acknowledge all the people who took the time to encourage me and guide me,” said Thomas. “I’m really a reflection of those outstanding individuals. To them, I say thank you. This award is extremely special because it comes from my peers. I’m blessed to have my body of work in journalism acknowledged by the selection committee and I thank each member who poured over all the applications and deemed me worthy of this honor.” Thomas joined WWJ News Radio 950 in 1991.
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Eddie Volkman Takes PD & Afternoon Drive Reins At WSSR/Star 96.7 Suburban Chicago
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2019 –– Following last week's exit of longtime PD/PMD host Scott Childers on Star 96.7 in the Chicago suburb of Joliet, Alpha Media has named Chicago morning icon Eddie Volkman to fill the slots. Chicago blogger Robert Feder writes that "just days after the sale of northwest suburban classic rocker WFXF 103.9-FM cost him his job as morning personality, the longtime Chicago radio star has been hired by WSSR 96.7-FM where3, starting today, he’ll program Star 96.7 as content manager and double as afternoon host from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays.
Volkman said, “It’s a shame I won’t be working with my longtime friend Scott Childers,” he said. “We go all the way back to when he was ‘Rich Scott’ doing traffic for us on B96. He has built a solid station here, and it will be an honor to inject some new energy into the operation.”
Charley Connolly Appointed To Duel Posts At Cumulus Youngstown
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15Th, 2019 –– Cumulus Media has appointed veteran radio programming professional Charley Connolly as Operations Manager of the company’s eight radio stations in Youngstown, OH, and Program Director of Youngstown Country station WQXK-FM/K105. The appointment is effective Tuesday, April 16th. Connolly brings deep experience in radio programming and operations to Cumulus Youngstown, and was most recently Program Director of iHeartMedia’s Country station WGAR-FM in Cleveland, OH, a position he held for nine years. Connolly was also Program Director for iHeartMedia-Cleveland’s Variety Hits station WHLK-FM. Prior to that, he was Program Director for Cumulus' WSM-FM (Country) and WWTM-FM (News Talk) in Nashville, TN
Bill Kelly, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Youngstown, said: “We are fortunate to have someone of Charley’s background, especially with Country, available to us in Ytown. This is gonna be fun.” Connolly said: “Thank you, Doug Hamand, Charlie Cook, Mike McVay and Bill Kelly for this wonderful opportunity!”
J. Steele Takes Afternoons At 105.1 The Bounce Detroit
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group has named J. Steele as its new afternoon drive host at 105.1 The BOUNCE in the Motor City. He will begin his new position on Monday, April 22. Steele most recently served as the program director and afternoon drive host at WAMO-FM in Pittsburgh.
“We are very impressed with J’s experience in this format and his strong desire to entertain the listeners in Detroit,” said 105.1 The BOUNCE Program Director John Candelaria. “His passion and skill sets are a perfect fit. The BOUNCE is fortunate to have J. on board. I am excited to hear his high energy interactive show and see him earn the community’s respect.”
“This is the job I dreamed about as a little kid,” said Steele. “I am beyond excited to light up the airwaves in the Motor City for this incredible radio station. I am very grateful to John Candelaria and Mac Edwards for this opportunity to make Detroit BOUNCE!"
Longtime Indy Morning Host Dave O'Brien Exits Hank-FM
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2019 –– 97.1 Hank FM has parted ways with its longtime morning host Dave O'Brien who debuted when the station launched in March 2005. Emmis Communications, WLHK's owner, wrote in an email to The IndyStar. "Yesterday we notified Dave O'Brien that his contract was not being renewed," the company stated. "This was a difficult decision; Dave has been a valued member of the Emmis family for some time."
O'Brien worked for three Emmis stations: WNOU (2001-03); WENS (2004) and WLHK. His Indianapolis radio career began at WRZX-FM (103.3) in 1996. He partnered with Ed Wenck at WRZX, WNOU, WENS and WLHK. Their show was billed as "Wank & O'Brien" until 2010, when Wenck moved to Emmis station WIBC.
In a statement to Jockline, O'Brien said "I am very proud of my 18 years with Emmis Communications, Indianapolis including my 13 years with WLHK (97.1 HANK FM). I am proud to be exiting as the top rated Indianapolis Country Radio Morning Show with Adults 25-54 and the #3 overall morning show in the Indianapolis market among adults 25-54. I am also proud of the five ACM Award nominations for Large Market Personality of the Year, the three CMA Award nominations for Large Market Personality of the Year, the 2016 NAB Marconi nomination as Large Market Personality of the Year and the three Indiana Broadcaster Association wins for Best Personality in Indiana." He added, "For the first time in a long time and I am looking forward to my next adventure, whatever that may be." Connect with
Dave at Dobrien131@msn.com or at (317) 429-6171
Jeff & Big Joe Head To Mornings On Indy's The Fan A/F
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2019 –– ESPN The Fan's Jeff & Big Joe Show, which launched in January replacing the Grady & Big Joe Show, is getting a new name and a new time reports the Indystar. "The Fan Morning Show with Jeff & Big Joe" will debut May 6, featuring co-hosts Jeff Rickard, a radio veteran, and former Indianapolis Colts player Joe Staysniak. It will air 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on WFNI-AM (1070) and -FM (107.5), leaving behind its 10 a.m. to noon time slot.
"It quite honestly makes a lot more sense," said Rickard, who joined Staysniak in January when co-host Michael Grady left the show after eight years for the YES Network. "We just think we can get a lot more bang for our buck. People need sports in the morning as they're driving to work, as they're in the kitchen getting breakfast ready." The 10 a.m. to noon slot will be filled by ESPN's The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz." In a statement announcing the changes, Bob Richards, vice president/market manager of Emmis Indianapolis said: "We are thrilled to give Indianapolis sports fans a place to start their day talking about the Colts, Pacers, IU, Butler and everything else going on in the wide world of sports...We’re also excited to bring an extra hour of local programming every weekday on The Fan."
Three Hosts Cut From Lineup On Talk 107.3 Baton Rouge
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2019 –– Talk 107.3 radio hosts Kevin Gallagher, Bill Profita and Clarence Buggs were let go by Guaranty Media Baton Rouge for what was described as a 'business decision' reports The Business Report. Profita says they were told “times are tight and it’s a business decision,” which is something he understands, even if it came as a surprise. “It was unexpected,” he says. “But everyone in the media business knows there are fluctuations and variations and this can happen. The advertising market is a little soft right now, and it’s pricey to run radio talk shows.”
Guaranty Media Vice President and General Manager Gordy Rush confirmed the move was a business decision. He says the AM Baton Rouge show will stay local with Talk 107.3’s Brian Haldane hosting, while the rest of the daily lineup will remain. The station will pick up Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show. “We’re still committed as ever to talk radio,” Rush says. “We’re excited about the opportunity to pick up Fox News Radio, and we’re also looking at some other options.” Talk 107.3 launched in 2011 as a live and local radio talk show focused on what’s going on in the Capital Region from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday.
GOLDSTEIN: 'Subscribe' A Bad Word For Podcasting
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2019 –– At last week’s NAB Show in Las Vega Amplfi Media's Steve Goldstein (TR) says he moderated a panel with some of sharpest minds in podcasting. When it came to the topic of placing podcasts behind a paywall, the consensus was that the nascent podcasting business is in its awareness and adoption phase, and any type of friction that creates a barrier or confusion likely discourages use and discovery. That could dampen growth.
Goldstein says, "The words “free” and “subscribe” have never been a good fit. “Subscribe” implies cost and commitment. I have even adjusted the language for my own free email newsletter to “sign up” and “subscribe for free” where I can. There is certainly a threshold at which consumers will push back and make a value judgement as to what merits their money. We have become accustomed to paying for cable TV or Netflix. So some of the streaming video services stand a good chance. But if the consumer needs a spreadsheet to figure it all out, and it is starting to look that way, we will all look back fondly at the simplicity of the cable bundle. On the audio side, people have long purchased music including individual songs and albums. Now streaming services offer a limitless world of music for $9.99 a month. That is compelling. On the other hand, news on the web has been stubborn, with only a few publishers able to create viable paywalls. Much like news, podcasts are free. It is a high bar to ask people to pay for something that has been free, and a higher bar asking those who have yet to listen to podcasts to pay. READ BLOG HERE
NETWORKS: Erick Vilson Joins SBG As National Account Manager
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2019 –– Sun Broadcast Group (SBG) announced that Erick Vilson has joined its family as National Account Manager. Erick joins SBG after years of service with Reach Media (Urban One) and brings his tremendous experience in radio, digital, social media and event sales to the SBG account team. He has also worked on the sales and operations side of companies like iHeartMedia, Emmis Communications and Grit New York. Vilson, who will be based out of SBG’s New York City headquarters, is the latest addition in a growing team of superstars following record sales for the organization who’s lineup includes Michael Baisden, Jim Brickman, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jorge Bernal and many more.
SBG’s Chief Operating Officer, Julio Aponte, Jr. commented, “Jay Bailey and I were very impressed with Erick’s background, reputation and his dedication to excellence. Bringing someone with his digital and event experience on board will allow our team to offer greater business opportunities for our agencies and a deeper connection with our national audience for our advertisers.” Erick Vilson can be reached at 212.380.9324 or email@example.com
KX96.9 Lincoln Raises Over $60,000 For American Red Cross Flood Relief Victims
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media, Lincoln, NE'S KX96.9 (KZKX), along with the Starlite Event Center, raised over $60,000 for American Red Cross Nebraska Flood Relief Campaign during a one-night benefit concert event near Wahoo, NE on March 29th, 2019. As the record severe flooding began to impact the state on March 14th, KX96.9 air talent Coryelle Thomas suggested the Starlite Event Center would be an ideal location for a fundraising event. From there, the community stepped up and the result was an amazing evening of fun and outpouring of support.
Alpha Media, Lincoln Operations Manager, Rob Kelley reflected on the event, “It was a humbling experience that night as the people of Saunders County and surrounding area, many of them flood victims themselves, came together with auction items and monetary donations to go directly to their friends, family, and neighbors! We are just so blessed to have listeners like this in the KZKX family.”
The Bob & Tom Show 'Laugh United' Show Helps Raise Over $1 Million For Mid-Ohio Event
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2019 –– The Bob & Tom Show put the power of funny into action in Vienna, WV, on Friday, April 12th, helping the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley raise a record $1,003,500 through the sold-out fourth annual Laugh United: A Night of Cocktails and Comedy fundraiser. Touring comedian and BOB & TOM Show cast member Josh Arnold (shown) performed with fellow veteran touring comics and comedy legends Greg Hahn, Jack Freeman and Henry Phillips at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna.
Check out the related story in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel HERE
SNAPS: Miguel & Scotty Protect Queen Holly
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2019 –– How could we possibly begin the week without one the many 'Game of Thrones ' tie-ins on the radio. Miguel, of The Miguel and Holly Show on Hot 101.5 Tampa asks, "Think I could protect our Dragon Queen??" Well, with the help of Costumes from Todd Couples Superstore, Queen Holly O'Connor (center) is flanked on her right by Associate Producer Scott Tavlin, who goes by Scotty The Body, and Miguel.
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Beasley Launches Boston’s New ROCK 92.9
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– Beasley has launched s Boston’s newest station, ROCK 92.9 … the “Next Generation of Classic Rock.” “With Dave and Chuck the Freak already established as the premier morning show for the next generation of Boston rockers, this musical adjustment better aligns our overall product, and positions the new ROCK 92.9 to make deep footprints in Boston, both now and well into the future,” said Cadillac Jack, Director of Programming at Beasley Media Group Boston.
“Boston rock fans told us they wanted a classic rock station that rocks,” said station Program Director Ken West. “With Dave & Chuck The Freak’s fast-moving morning show and tons of rock from the 80s and 90’s and more...they’re going to get it every day!” For more information, please go to Rock929ROCKS.com.
WLS 890 AM Celebrates 95th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– Today, April 12th, WLS-AM 89 is celebrating its 95th birthday on the air in Chicago. The day will be celebrated with live interviews, contests, as well as throw-backs showing WLS’s long legacy serving Chicago, Illinois, and much of the lower 48 for 95 years! “WLS” first launched on April 12, 1924, as Sears-Roebuck and Company’s own broadcast outlet to reach and market to farmers. Shortly after 6:00pm that day, Edgar Bill stepped to the microphone and exclaimed: "Here ye, here ye, here ye! WLS, the Sears-Roebuck station is on the air!"
WLS stood for “World's Largest Store” and first aired farm and civic programming, popular music, comedies and radio serials. For 95 years, this legendary and powerful 50,000-watt giant has informed and entertained Chicagoland and much of America. Today, that tradition continues with award-winning local news wrapped around iconic and beloved personalities like Mancow Muller and John Howell, as well as national shows from Chicago native Chris Plante, talk icon Rush Limbaugh, and renowned commentator and podcaster, Ben Shapiro.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Peter W. Burton Named VP/MM For Beasley Las Vegas Cluster
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12THTH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group has appointed Peter W. Burton Vice President and Market Manager of the company’s Las Vegas radio cluster. Burton most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at Converze Media in Huntington Beach, California, where he was responsible for leading and supporting all operations as well as collaborating with the buying and sales executives. Previously, the media veteran spent nine years as the Vice President and General Manager at Entercom Communications in Los Angeles. He also worked as the Director of Sales and General Sales Manager at Lincoln Financial Media in San Diego.
“Peter’s leadership experience, combined with his extensive background in digital and sales, made him the perfect choice for the position,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Brian Beasley. “We look forward to him taking our Las Vegas cluster to the next level.” "Las Vegas is one of the most dynamic growth markets in the country,” said Burton. “The Beasley family has assembled a group of radio stations with amazing potential. I'm thankful for the opportunity to join their team."
Karen Dalessandro Takes Afternoons At WKLH Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– Longtime Milwaukee host Karen Dalessandro has been named as the new full-time host of the afternoon show on Milwaukee’s Hometown Rock, 96.5 WKLH. Dalessandro remarked, “I’ve come full circle. That’s the best way to describe my arrival on the afternoon show at WKLH. David Bowie, Zeppelin, Aerosmith and KISS were all staples on my turntable in high school so when I landed my first radio gig at a rock station in Michigan, I was definitely the coolest of all my friends!"
Karen will host weekday afternoons from 3 to 7PM along with an upcoming weekend show. Karen joined WKLH to fill afternoons on a part time basis in December of 2018. Before joining WKLH, Karen was heard doing mornings on WMIL and later hosted afternoons on WKTI.
Milwaukee Radio Group Operations Manager Bob Bellini commented, “I was immediately interested in bringing Karen to the Milwaukee Radio Group, and specifically WKLH, when she became available. Karen has an established fan base, roots in rock radio, and a deep desire to engage with listeners. Her professionalism and outgoing personality have impressed our entire team.” WKLH’s weekday lineup begins with Mornings with Dave, Dorene and Gino 5a-10a, Marilynn Mee 10a-3p, Karen Dalessandro 3p-7p, and Sandy Maxx 7p to midnight.
Tyler Frye Inks Extension With KRBE Houston
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media has signed 104.1 KRBE on-air personality Tyler Frye to a contract extension. Frye has hosted 7pm-Midnight on KRBE for the past four years. Leslie Whittle, Program Director, 104.1 KRBE, said: “Tyler launched H-Town Live with Tyler Frye on KRBE four years ago and hasn’t looked back. When you listen to him each night you know exactly what’s happening in our great city at that moment, plus his social game is second to none. He’s truly formed a relationship with our listeners because he understands how to communicate on all levels. I’m thrilled to continue our partnership!”
Frye said: “I am beyond excited and extremely humbled to sign an extension with one of the most successful and legendary radio stations in the country. This city and my coworkers are truly second to none. Thanks to Leslie Whittle, Alex Cadelago, Dan Bennett, Doug Hamand, Dave Milner and Mike McVay for this opportunity.”
Entercom Adds Flashpoint With Cherri Gregg' to Four More Stations In Philly
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced that “Flashpoint with Cherri Gregg” has been expanded to four additional stations in Philadelphia. In addition to KYW Newsradio (KYW-AM), the program can now also be heard on B101.1 (WBEB-FM), 98.1 WOGL (WOGL-FM) and 96.5 WTDY (WTDY-FM) and will be broadcast on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (WPHT-FM) beginning April 14.
“We couldn’t be prouder of what ‘Flashpoint with Cherri Gregg’ has accomplished in just over a year,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “The program has become an integral part of KYW Newsradio’s connection to the station’s diverse audience. We’re confident that the show will connect with new audiences in the Philadelphia area in a meaningful way.”
“I’m THRILLED to welcome new listeners to the ‘Flashpoint’ family and to get acquainted with the issues that are most important to them in and around Philadelphia,” said Gregg. “Our widely popular program aims to move our community in a positive direction and the expansion to four additional stations allows for deeper discussions on topics impacting our city.”
Scott Childers Exits Star 96.7 Illinois
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– After 15 years as PD and on-air host, Scott Childers posted on his Facebook page, "As of today it's "over and out" for me and Star 96.7. -- I would like to thank all the wonderful folks that I have worked with at NextMedia and Alpha Media over the past fifteen years - some of the best people I know! So, my shingle is in the window."
As WLS-AM is set to celebrate its 95th birthday. Childers, as Chicago blogger Robert Feder describes as 'A cruel twist of fate, is the author of Chicago’s WLS Radio, the history of The Big 89, published by Arcadia Publishing in 2008. He also created a tribute website on the station at WLShistory.com.
Childers added on FB, "if you have any opportunities I may qualify for, or just want to say hello, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org - you can also still buy his book at WLShistory.com
NETWORKS: 'Open House Party' To Add Mixes From Jamtraxx Media
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced it has chosen Chicago-based JamTraxx Media, Incorporated (“JTM”) as its source for all weekly Top 40 mixes to be incorporated into the well-known weekend program known as “Open House Party” which is hosted each weekend by Kannon.
This move expands an already existing relationship between Jam JamTraxx and USRN as the network already serves as the national sales representative for the radio inventory associated with affiliate subscriptions to JTM’s RadioMixes© programming. USRN’s Andy Denemark commented “The JamTraxx guys have proven to us to be the best in the business. Their mixes are both well-researched and very creative which is really the perfect recipe for radio.”
JTM’s Rob Austin adds, “Open House Party is such an iconic show and brand… it’s an honor for our team to be chosen to join Kannon and the whole USRN team.” For more info, contact Andy Denemark, USRN - email@example.com - (212) 536-3603
EVENTS: Lombardo Charity Golf Tournament Raises $100,000 For BFOA
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– During the NAB Show in Las Vegas this week, the Broadcasters Foundation of America raised funds to help our colleagues in need and honored several leaders in our industry. The Philip J. Lombardo Charity Golf Tournament raised a record $100,000 in support of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help broadcasters in need. The tournament was held last Sunday at the Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas, just prior to the opening of the NAB Show.
Pictured Left to Right are: Leo MacCourtney, President of Katz Television Group; Michael O’Brien, VP Distribution, E.W. Scripps Company; Ralph Oakley, President/CEO of Quincy Media, Inc.; Matthew Johnson, Director of Sales, Katz Television Group and Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America
HONORS: Lon Helton Honored With Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– Congratulations are in order for Lon Helton, host of Westwood One’s Country Countdown USA and publisher of Country Aircheck, who was honored for his impact on Country music with the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award during an event held Wednesday, April 10th, at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The award was created in 2014 to recognize the most deserving individuals across the spectrum of record label/industry, creative/production and radio/media.
The evening benefitted the Opry Trust Fund, which for more than 50 years has supported members of the Country music community in need. The award was presented by its namesake Bob Kingsley, host of Country Top 40. PHOTO(L-R) Bob Kingsley; Trisha Yearwood; Lon Helton; Sally Williams, Grand Ole Opry; Garth Brooks.
Wheatstone Wins NAB's Product of The Year
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– SwitchBlade, a new AoIP appliance for Wheatstone’s WheatNet-IP audio network, won the NAB 2019 Product of the Year award in the Audio Production, Processing and Networking category.
“SwitchBlade is a real game changer because it finally makes it possible to monitor each point of the audio chain and switch audio locally from Network Operation Centers around the world,” said Wheatstone Sales Director Jay Tyler, who accepted the award along with Wheatstone technology partner Radiomation Engineer Michael Farrell during an NAB reception at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday, April 10. The NAB 2019 Product of the Year is an independently judged awards program by the NAB recognizing product innovation in 16 categories. This is the second award at this year’s NAB for the new AoIP appliance, and the third overall for the AoIP manufacturer.
[LISTEN] Sheryl Crow Calls Out Jim & Woody Show Over Mistaken Tweets
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2019 –– We'll end the week on a light note with The River Nashville's Jim & Woody Show catching a bit of temporary heat over a mistaken comment. Put simply, the popular duo had read someone else’s tweet that mentioned Sheryl Crow, but she thought otherwise. And she told all of twitter they were “big, fat, meanies”.
Sheryl Crow DID NOT like what she heard - and pretty cool that she was listening, right? The conversation in a nutshell, went like this... they talked about the PA announcer's gaffe introducing Big and Rich as "Gender Bending" instead of "Genre Bending". That lead them to read some tweets people were making about anthem singers and superstitions. One of the tweets mentioned Nashville resident Sheryl Crow. Woody and Jim wasted no time and used the next portion of the show to address it. And guess what? She responded after hearing Woody and Jim's explanation and wants to take them up on their offer. LISTEN HERE
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The Bone/KSAN-FM To Celebrate Lamont & Tonelli's 30 Years On-Air With 'Dirty 30'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media announces that Bay Area's 107.7 The Bone/KSAN-FM will celebrate the Bay Area’s #1 rated Lamont & Tonelli Morning Show with the “Lamont & Tonelli Dirty 30 Anniversary Show”, featuring Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles), and The Stone Foxes on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Lamont & Tonelli will host the anniversary concert, along with Chasta, Baby Huey, Zakk and the rest of the Bone staff.
Lamont said: “I’m not sure what year this began but I’m never one to turn down an excuse to party! So Happy Anniversary, Paul!” Paul Tonelli added, “For a night of fun with Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles) and Stone Foxes we didn’t need a reason. Happy Anniversary to you too, Lamont!” Dominic “Zakk” Zaccagnini, Program Director, 107.7 The Bone, said: “Anytime Lamont & Tonelli throw a party for Boneheads I want to be there. Add Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Don Felder and The Stone Foxes and also put it on 4/20?? I’m all in!”
106.7 WLLZ 'Wheels' Detroit Bringing Back Drew & Mike Show For Weekends
THE MOUTH, APRILL 11TH, 2019 –– FOX TV Las Vegas was first to report that 106.7 WLLZ, Detroit’s Wheels launched the “Drew & Mike Show” to its weekend lineup, effective immediately. The “Drew & Mike Show” will broadcast every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The “Drew & Mike Show” which was the dominant show in the Detroit market for decades and was co-hosted by the late Mike Clark, will feature content previously heard on the “Drew & Mike Podcast” which premiered in May of 2016. In alignment with the podcast, the weekend show will star Drew Lane and will feature Marc Fellhauer, Tom Mazaway, Brandon McAfee and 106.7 WLLZ’s on-air personality Trudi Daniels as well as a rotating cast of radio and television personalities who will offer their one-of-a-kind take on music, sports, politics, pop culture and topics centered around Detroit.
“I’m thrilled to be back on-air in a city I love,” said Drew. “I know my friend Mike would’ve loved to be back on the air and to broadcast on the iconic 106.7 WLLZ would’ve blown his mind. Our show is authentic, and a Detroit on-air staple. I can’t wait to return to radio and engage with the Detroit community once again.”
Big 105.9/Miami Names Ross MacLeod PD
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Ross MacLeod has been named Program Director for BIG 105.9, effective immediately. He will report to Rob Miller, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia South Florida and Executive Vice President of Hot AC Programming and Strategy for iHeartMedia National Programming Group. “Ross has had an extensive track record of success and has programmed multiple rock format brands across North America and genuinely understands our market,” said Miller. “His vision, creativity and innovative social media strategies, paired with his strong leadership with on-air talent will further solidify BIG 105.9’s legacy in South Florida.”
MacLeod was most recently Program Director for Jack 96.9 in Calgary, Canada overseeing on-air, online and social brands. He also served as Program Director for several broadcast stations, including 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, Canada as well as CJAY 92 in Calgary, Canada. “It's humbling to join the team of one of the greatest, market-leading classic rock stations in the country,” said MacLeod.”
EVENTS: Radio Stations Across The US To Celebrate 4th Annual Vinylthon This Saturday
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– Vinylthon returns this Saturday with select music from Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Mike Peters from The Alarm, and the legendary Darlene Love who have recorded material for radio stations to play on the air as part of this year's celebration.
College Radio Foundation Radio Stations from ten countries will commit to playing at least one hour of vinyl on April 13 for Vinylthon 2019. Some stations will play vinyl for the whole 24 hours in the fourth annual Vinylthon event for the radio industry that celebrates the unique format of vinyl music and also takes place on worldwide Record Store Day.
Open to all radio stations, commercial and non-commercial, Vinylthon is the radio industry's response to the remarkable vinyl renaissance that has occurred around the world. The event reminds audiences that radio still loves vinyl and many stations never stopped playing it. The event is being organized by the College Radio Foundation, a non-profit organization that gives grants to college radio stations to help keep them on the air.
Vinylthon 2019 will be the fourth Vinylthon event, and all proceeds go to their College Radio Fund that gives monetary grants to those college radio stations that need it the most. For more information please visit www.vinylthon.com To see participating radio stations: https://www.vinylthon.com/stations For media interviews: Rob Quicke: firstname.lastname@example.org, 973-720-3669
San Diego's Mighty 1090 Taken Off The Air
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– San Diego's Mighty 1090 went dark on Wednesday reports NBC. Several of its hosts reported the news via its website for Mighty 1090 with Darren Smith saying, "It's a really, really crappy, crappy position to be in." Smith relayed to listeners how he and his co-host Marty Caswell learned about the news that the radio station was taken off the air at 11:30 a.m.
The hosts were preparing for their noon show, when Broadcast Company of the Americas (BCA) President Mike Glickenhaus announced they needed to have a meeting with everyone in the building, according to Smith. Reportedly, the station was taken off the air by the people who own our tower “We had been aware this had been a possibility,” said Smith, because it had happened to two of their sister stations. Smith said there were people in tears around the radio station, adding, "It's heartbreaking." BCA was founded in San Diego in 2003 and offers play-by-play coverage of the San Diego Gulls hockey team. PHOTO-L-R: Darren Smith, Scott Kaplan, Steven Woods, Ben Higgins, and Billy Ray Smith
Adimu Colon Named New Host For WDAS Philly's 'The Quiet Storm'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– WDAS, Philadelphia has named Adimu Colon as the new host of “The Quiet Storm,” effective, immediately. “The Quiet Storm” broadcasts weekday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 12 a.m. The show is historically one of Philadelphia’s rated during its time slot. Colon joins the WDAS from Washington, D.C., where he most recently served as an on-air personality for WPGC-FM as well as afternoon drive host and assistant program director/marketing director for WMMJ-FM.
His extensive radio background also includes working at WBLS FM in New York City, KKBT FM in Los Angeles, California and WOWI-FM in Norfolk, Virginia. Additionally, Colon served as a television personality on BET Networks and is a graduate of Hampton University.
“Adding a talent likes Adimu to our roster cements WDAS position as the market-leading station for the best in R&B,” said Derrick “DC” Corbett, Director of Urban Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “It’s phenomenal for both the radio station and for the city of Philadelphia as he is the perfect match for our top-rated night show. He joins a group of legendary on-air talent who laid the foundation at WDAS as well as the unmatched tam of on-air personalities who turn the mics on daily in our studios.”
SYNDICATION: WWO's Rick And Sasha Add Two Stations In Georgia
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– Westwood One announced that Rick and Sasha, its new Urban AC morning show, has added two Georgia stations to its growing roster of affiliates – Atlanta’s OG 97.9 and iHeart’s WBGA-AM/Hallelujah 96.3 in Brunswick. Sasha most recently held the afternoon post on Cox's WALR where she was Cox's #1 revenue billing talent. Party worked in the market previously at V-103.
“Atlanta's the most competitive Urban market in the country, so we needed a program with a knock-out punch. Rick and Sasha is layered daily with great content, creativity, and star power,” said Louie Diaz, VP, Top 40/Rhythmic Top 40, Cumulus Media.
The show is available with or without music and is perfect for Urban, Urban AC, Classic Hip Hop/Throwback or Gospel stations. It's now heard on 15 stations nationwide with more to come, including KMJK-FM/Kansas City, KMEZ-FM/New Orleans, WDLT-FM/Mobile, WRRX-FM/Pensacola, and WLXC-FM/Columbia, SC. For more information on Rick and Sasha, contact Neal Bird, email@example.com or (310) 840-4207, or Gary Bernstein, firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 245-1776.
Amy Leimback Named SVP/Sales For iHeart Phoenix
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Amy Leimbach has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for Phoenix, effective May 6. She will report to Linda Little, Market President for iHeartMedia Phoenix. “I am THRILLED to have Amy lead our sales organization in Phoenix where she began her career,” said Little. “After working with Amy here in the market, I know she will bring her incredible passion, energy, creativity and leadership talents to help us further grow our business and partnerships.”
Leimbach joins the Phoenix market from Alpha Media, in Portland, Oregon where she most recently served as the Vice President of Sales. She has held several sales positions throughout her career, including Regional Director and Director of Sales for Alpha Media Portland and Director of Sales for CBS Radio Portland as well as CBS Radio Phoenix.
Cressy Walton Rises To Director of Sales For Alpha Portland
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media Portland has named Cressy Walton as Director of Sales, effective May 1. Alpha Media Portland has multiple iconic brands spanning the radio spectrum; KXL, KBFF, KUPL, KINK, KXTG, KWEE, KUFO, and the Bloodworks Live Studio.
SVP/Market Manager, Lisa Decker commented on the announcement, “Most recently Cressy was a General Sales Manager for Alpha Media Portland for the past 8 years ... “We have worked hard to create a strategic succession plan. Elevating the talented Cressy Walton will make this transition seamless and poise us for continued success and revenue growth. Cressy is creative, competitive and has a drive to succeed, all qualities that correlate with Alpha's core values.”
NETWORKS: Jessica Sherman Returns to AdLarge Media
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– Jessica Sherman returns to AdLarge Media this coming Monday, April 15, as Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Content. Sherman, who is exiting CBS Radio News to rejoin AdLarge, is expanding her previous role as AdLarge’s Senior Director of Affiliate Marketing, which she held from 2014 to 2017. In her new executive position, Sherman will oversee all aspects of affiliate sales and marketing for AdLarge Media’s radio station offerings from Good Parts Media, A-List Comedy, and IMGR, including management of the content creation teams and websites. Sherman will handle similar duties for new radio content from AdLarge, as it emerges.
“Jessica is the ideal radio affiliate sales executive, with deep relationships at stations across the country, from owners and operators to managers and program directors,” noted Frank DeSantis, Senior Vice President, Business Development for AdLarge Media, to whom Sherman will report. “I am delighted that she is re-joining our team.” “This is truly coming home again,” exclaimed Sherman. “AdLarge’s prominence in the network radio arena and its culture of collaboration are widely recognized in the industry. I look forward to once again working with the incredible team at AdLarge.” Jessica Sherman can be reached at Jessica@Adlarge.com and 646-792-0574.
Jen Weisfeld Named Assistant Marketing Manager At Envision
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– Envision Networks® has named Jen Weisfeld as assistant marketing manager. With a background in radio and visual communications, Jen is focusing on public relations and other marketing aspects for the company’s shows, features and services. She’s also taking a lead role in shaping a strong social media presence for Envision Networks.
Jen spent 5 years at Entercom’s Star 102.1 FM, WDOK in Cleveland with the last three in the role of executive producer for the Jen and Tim Morning Show. She was on air in Muskegon, Michigan before returning to “The Land” and joining Envision Networks. Jen is a skilled videographer and proficient with production platforms having learned the trade with Rock House Entertainment Group. To see Jen’s work follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For more about Envision Networks or to say hello to Jen, call us at 216.831.3761.
Q102 Philly Announces Winner Of 'Elvis Duran Wants To Give You A Baby' Contest
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– Q102, Philly and “Elvis Duran and The Morning Show” announced the winners of an IVF giveaway contest in partnership with Abington Reproductive Medicine, an infertility treatment and IVF center that has helped to build families for over 30 years. The contest began on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The winner is Elizabeth Cameron from Quakertown, PA. She and her husband Spencer are both teachers (both shown top left). They care for children all day long at work but haven’t been able to have children of their own.
“We spend our lives caring for other children, and really all we want is a child to call our own. We feel like we’ve been put on this Earth to be parents, and we just need a little help,” Elizabeth said in their video. Listeners entered for a chance to receive a gift certificate provided by Abington Reproductive Medicine, by recording and uploading a video explaining their story and why they want to have a baby to Q102.com.
[WATCH] New National Advertising Campaign For Capital Breakfast In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– A new advertising campaign for Capital’s first nationwide breakfast show has launched on TV, billboards, cinema and social in Britain. The campaign premiered on TV during The Voice UK live final on ITV1 The TV ad features Little Mix, Liam Payne, Shawn Mendes, Cheryl, Anne-Marie, Halsey, Olly Alexander, David Guetta and Marshmello.
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Radio Pros Set Up Online Irish Music Station - PLAYIRISH – a new digital radio station playing 100% Irish music – has been launched in Ireland via Radioplayer. The service has been set up by Peter McPartlin (former CEO of Today FM & TXFM), Liam Thompson (Magic FM Virgin Radio UK, Red FM, Communicorp & iRadio), Sinead Troy (IASCA & Yangaroo Music) and Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact & Music From Ireland). The new station features a whole range of Irish artists, from established to up and coming artists, and will host original music shows from well known Irish musicians, music industry figures, songwriters and composers, alongside musical content from key events in the Irish musical calendar in the future.
Audience Members Arrests At Live Show In Australia - Audience members were arrested during Dave Hughes stand-up set at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Dave is one half of from Hughesy and Kate on Australia's Hit Network. Hughesy played some audio from the gig of him attempting to deal with the problem.
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[WATCH] 'Part-Time Justin' Flies High For Kraddick Show Dallas
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2019 –– Kraddick Morning Show member Part-Time Justin (who's actually a full-time employee) 's Skydiving Adventure went skydiving! He says, " Skydiving has always been on my bucket list every since I found out what skydiving was. I’m not an adrenaline junkie but the thought of flying and seeing the world from so high up excites me!
He Adds, "Jumping out of a plane is insane but the thrill of doing it and pushing yourself to face your fears is one of the most freeing and exciting things you can ever do! Life is beautiful and full of possibilities so don’t let fear get in the way of living! WATCH HERE
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PODCAST STUDY: They Want Hosts Who Are 'Authentic And Prefer They Read Their Ads
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2019 –– According to a major new study by the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) and Futuri Media, presented at the National Association of Broadcasters’ NAB Show on April 9, found that nearly three-quarters of users have been listening to podcasts for less than three years and, on average, listen to 4 podcasts per week for either 30 or 60 minutes.
Users listen to podcasts on multiple platforms, but YouTube is far and away the dominant platform (70%), followed by Spotify (34%), iTunes/Apple Podcasts app (33%), Pandora (30%), and Google Play music app (23%). Not surprisingly, nearly 80% of survey respondents listen to podcasts on their mobile devices. What is somewhat surprising is that the users listen to podcast most frequently at home (3.9 on a 5-point frequency scale), followed by in vehicles (2.8/5).
Politics and Government podcasts are the most popular, with 15% listing it as their favorite genre. Music was next (11%) followed by interviews/conversations, comedy, sports and recreation and non-fiction storytelling, cited by 8 - 9% of respondents. Listeners trust their podcast hosts highly, prefer host-read ads, and look for creative, informative, humorous, and integrated podcast experiences. They want to listen to hosts who are authentic, feel like a friend, and share the users’ passions and beliefs. The study also found that among radio listeners who listen to podcasts regularly, 25-34 is the top age cell with both spoken word and music formats, with spoken word format attracting a more male audience (73% vs. 27% female), and music formats having a more even, but female- leaning split (51% female to 49% male). DOWNLOAD STUDY HERE
[WATCH] NAB Announces 2019 Crystal Award Winners
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2019 –– The National Association of Broadcasters announced yesterday the 10 winners of the 32nd annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards. The recipients listed below were chosen among 50 finalists who were honored at today's We Are Broadcasters Celebration.
They include: KBHP-FM Bemidji, Minn. KCVM-FM Cedar Falls, Iowa KNDE-FM College Station, Texas KWBG-AM Boone, Iowa WMBX-FM West Palm Beach, Fla. WMGK-FM Philadelphia, Pa. WRLT-FM Nashville, TN. WTAM-AM Cleveland, Ohio WWPR-FM New York, NY. WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL NAB Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists were honored and winners announced at today's We Are Broadcasters Celebration, where Chairman Pai delivered remarks.
Also at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration, five-time NAB Crystal Radio Award winning station KFOR-AM received the Crystal Heritage Award. WATCH 'We Are Broadcasters Celebration Video HERE
PRODUCTS: LG Developing Next Generation Of Automotive Broadcast Radio Technology
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2019 –– (Businesswire) Xperi Corporation and LG Electronics have announced the development and integration of DTS ® Connected Radio™ technology into automobiles sold around the world. The first implementation will arrive at dealerships in 2020 with a major global car brand, to be announced at a later date. Xperi will deliver to LG the DTS Connected Radio platform, which combines over-the-air radio with IP delivered content.
“LG Electronics has been a longtime partner, and we are excited to work closely with them in developing a new generation of radio solutions,” said Jeff Jury, general manager, automotive at Xperi. “We continue to build on our longstanding relationships with car makers and broadcastersto create advanced radio solutions that deliver the best possible experience for people everywhere. The DTS Connected Radio system will be the first global system to enable car makers to create a common radio experience across different analog and digital broadcast systems deployed regionally.” For more information about DTS, please visit www.dts.com or connect with DTS on Facebook, Twitter ( @DTS ) and Instagram ( @DTS ).
Danni Bruns Inks Multi-Year Extension With Cumulus Memphis
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2019 ––Cumulus Media has signed Danni Bruns to a new multi-year agreement as Operations Manager of Cumulus Memphis’ four radio stations and Program Director and Afternoon Drive Co-Host of Rock station 98.1 The Max/WXMX-FM. Bruns has been with WXMX since 2007 and currently co-hosts afternoons on the station with Chris ‘The Jar’ Jarman in addition to programming the station. Bruns oversees operations for 98.1 The Max/WXMX-FM (Rock), 98.9 The Bridge/WKIM-FM (AC), 103.5 WRBO (Urban AC), and Kix 106/105.9 WGKX (Country).
Morgan Bohannon, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Memphis, said: “I'll go to battle any day with Danni Bruns on my team. Energetic, passionate and talented are just a few of the words I would use in describing Danni. She's a fighter and has proven to be a great leader for our programming team. I'm excited to know we have her committed for years to come." Bruns said: "This incredible opportunity for me is due to every single person I work with day in and day out. Thank you for believing in me as much as I believe in all of you."
Christine Malovetz Rises To APD For ALT 92.3 New York
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the promotion of Christine Malovetz to Assistant Program Director of ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM) in New York, effective immediately. Malovetz will continue to host the Nielsen Top 10 rated station’s midday drive show, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. “Christine has been a huge contributor to the team. She’s been my true partner in crime and I’m thrilled for her on this much-deserved promotion,” said Mike Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom New York. “Christine has her finger on the pulse of alternative music in New York and we look forward to the station’s continued growth under the leadership of this team.” “It’s an honor to accept this position at New York’s NEW Alternative,” said Malovetz. “I’m excited to continue building a strong alternative brand alongside Mike Kaplan and our talented ALT team.”
Christine Malovetz joined ALT 92.3 in 2017 as an on-air personality. Her radio career spans 20 years, including stops at Q101 in Chicago, former Philadelphia station Y100 and WBRU in Providence, RI. In 2014, she was recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Health as Chicago’s “Volunteer of the Year.”
NETWORKS: Tammy Ragusa Returns To Premiere Networks
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 20129 –– Tammy Ragusa has returned to Premiere Networks as a writer and producer for the company’s Country radio prep team, effective immediately. Based in Nashville and reporting to Ira Robbins, VP/Editorial Director for Premiere, she will be responsible for creating and developing show news prep, music and special event coverage, and holiday programming for 200 Country radio affiliate stations across the U.S.
Tammy served in a similar role for Premiere from 2006-2012. Most recently, Tammy was a Senior Correspondent and Community Manager for Rare Country, where she provided editorial and social media content for the Country music-focused website. She served as a senior staff writer for Country Weekly from 2012-2016. Tammy previously held positions in marketing and artist development at Capitol Records and Sony Music Nashville.
Jennifer Newman Joins Sun & Fun & Key Networks
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2019 –– Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks have appointed Jennifer Newman as Senior Account Executive. Newman joins Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks from iHeartMedia, where she was Market President for the company’s radio stations in Columbus, GA, and Albany, GA, for 11 years. Prior to that, she held positions including: Vice President of Sales, General Sales Manager, Account Executive, and Traffic Manager for iHeartMedia’s Columbus and Albany, GA, market.
s. The appointment comes on the heels of Key Networks’ recent announcement that it will syndicate a new 15-minute daily radio program, “The O’Reilly Update”, starring former cable news personality and bestselling author Bill O’Reilly. Rob Koblasz, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks, said: “As we continue to grow, we are delighted to add a sales professional who understands our business like Jennifer. Her experience and knowledge of the value of our service to stations is the recipe for success.” For more information about Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks, visit: http://sunfunmedia.com and http://www.keynetworks.com, or Dennis Green at 407.915.5023 or email@example.com.
Westwood One Covered The Courts At 2019 NCAA Men's & Women's Championships
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2019 –– It was a busy weekend for Westwood One Sports, who covered both the 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. Westwood One is the exclusive national audio partner of the NCAA. The NCAA Women’s title game was broadcast live from Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Sunday night, where the Baylor Lady Bears faced off with Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish. Baylor won the game in a nail-biting 82-81 victory, an instant classic.
The NCAA Men’s title game played out this week from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, where the Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders in overtime, 85-77. It’s the first-ever national championship title for Virginia. Westwood One Sports’ Kevin Kugler, Clark Kellogg, and Hall of Fame Coach John Thompson had the call, with courtside reporting from Jim Gray and additional analysis from three-time NCAA Player of the Year Bill Walton.
PHOTO/Brandon Berman, SVP Sports Sales & Marketing, Westwood One; Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One; Howard Deneroff, EVP/EP, Westwood One Sports; and Bruce Gilbert, SVP Sports.
McFly Emcees Grammys On The Hill Awards
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2019 –– Last night, April 9, the Recording Academy united the worlds of music and politics at the annual GRAMMYs on the Hill® Awards in D.C. Hosted by Tommy McFly. The Awards honored four-time GRAMMY®-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams for her advocacy on behalf of fellow creators and Tony- and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth for her philanthropic contributions to the music community. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) were also be honored for their roles in achieving bipartisan support of the Music Modernization Act, further advancing music creators' rights.
Today the Recording Academy will host the annual GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day, Capitol Hill's largest and most prestigious legislative event for music creators, which brings GRAMMY winners and nominees, along with other esteemed industry leaders, to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers.
EVENTS: KISS 108 Boston Announces 40th Anniversary Lineup For It's KISS Concert
THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia’s KISS 108, Boston’s KISS CONCERT 2019 is taking place on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the Xfinity Center. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, KISS CONCERT 2019 will feature Jonas Brothers, Ellie Goulding, Bebe Rexha, Why Don’t We, Ava Max, Ally Brooke, Bryce Vine, Fletcher, CNCO and Lil Jon. The event will feature a live broadcast of backstage interviews with KISS 108’s host Matty from “Matty in the Morning,” Billy Costa, Lisa, Bex, Romeo and Mikey V. In addition, the weekend will kick off with a special broadcast of “Matty in the Morning,” live from the Empire Boston in the Seaport District on Friday, June 14 from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.
“Each year top-charting artists bring their biggest hits to life on Kiss 108’s concert stage and this year is no different,” said Dylan Sprague, Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Boston.” Not only will this concert highlight the Jonas Brothers return, but throw in Ellie Goulding, Bebe Rexha, Lil Jon and more and this will be Boston’s' biggest show this summer!"
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[LISTEN] Carton Vows Return To Radio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2019 – Just days after being sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison following a fraud conviction, Craig Carton returned to the air in New York on ESPN Michael Kay Show.
The former co-host of WFAN’s Boomer & Carton Show vowed a return to radio: “I think I’d be No. 1 tomorrow,” Carton said. "...I think I’d actually be a better talk-show host . . . Going to prison, acknowledging what I’ve done wrong, talking full ownership of it – I don’t blame a damn person but myself – and being real about that, I think will have great credibility, especially with a male-dominated audience in New York.”
For the record, Carton began his interview by mentioning that his appearance on The Michael Kay Show was not created to inflict a radio war with WFAN rather he was thankful for all that WFAN has done for him and his career.Carton reiterated what his former co-host Boomer Esiason said on Monday, telling Kay he initially wanted to do his post-sentencing interview on WFAN’s morning show. “I did go to FAN first," he said.. "WFAN as a radio station couldn’t be any better to me . . . It just didn’t make sense for them because, listen, they have a new show, it’s been 19 months since I was around, a little less than that since their new show started, and it was a little uncomfortable for them. They have every right to make that decision.”
When discussing his future after prison, Carton said he hopes his will have a successful future. Carton ended his interview by stating he “owes his audience an apology” and “he thanks those who believed in who he was and what he said on-air.” He advised those dealing with addiction or victims of sexual assault to seek help. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
Atlas Media Teams With Elvis Duran Group For Nationwide TV Casting Initiative
THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2019 -- Atlas Media Corp has entered into an exclusive agreement with the Elvis Duran Group to activate his audience of 10+ million listeners to help find talent for documentaries, docu-series, reality and lifestyle shows. The announcement was made this week by Bruce David Klein, President & Executive Producer of Atlas Media and David Katz, Chief Executive Office of the Elvis Duran Group (EDG).
This innovative nationwide casting initiative will deputize millions of eyes and ears to help find talent that Atlas Media and the Elvis Duran Group can develop into TV shows, documentaries, short-form webisodes, podcasts, and other content. Through verbal prompts on the top-rated Elvis Duran & The Morning Show, and related social media blasts, listeners and fans will be encouraged to submit their TV-friendly friends, family members, and interesting local personalities to a nationwide talent search on elvistvcasting.com.
Katz says: “Elvis’ connection with his millions of fans is extraordinary. The idea of activating them to find the next big TV talent makes a lot of sense. Partnering with Atlas Media on this initiative, is yet another step in EDG’s evolution into a multi-platform production company. “ Elvis Duran added: “We connect with our millions of fans every day – and this is an exciting opportunity to break down the fourth wall, and have them actually become part of the process of developing long-form content!“
STUDY: Time-Shifting Radio Content Offers Major Opportunities For Radio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 20219 –– A new study conducted by Futuri Media and Nielsen, “The Profound Need for Time-Shifted Radio Content for the Radio Business,” finds that time-shifting content, which revolutionized the TV industry years ago, now offers major opportunities for the radio industry, with high consumer interest, but low consumer awareness. The extensive study, which had a sample comprised of 602 individuals that listened to radio content for at least one hour over the past week, had several key takeaways,
Among key takeaways: More than half of radio listeners 18+ would listen to short audio clips on social media. Among that group, nearly 8 in 10 would listen to time-shifted clips of radio station content.
Younger audiences and heavy radio users, leaning male, are the sweet spot for time-shifted radio content. Station websites and mobile apps matter as much as social media. Listeners who are interested in time-shifted radio content want to interact with your station.
P1s engage with time-shifted radio content even when not listening. Radio has yet to actualize its potential in the time-shifted space. The study also found that stations using Futuri’s podcasting, on-demand, and digital audio management system, POST, to produce time-shifted radio content see higher ratings and revenue than non-users. A Nielsen analysis of minute-level PPM data compared against POST server logs shows that AM/FM outlets who produce time-shifted radio content using POST get 3x more time-shifted listening on average within 24 hours of the original broadcast than stations not using POST. This number goes up to 8.4x higher time-shifted minutes for listeners aged 18-49 and 5.4x for the 25-54 range. A complete white paper on the study, which includes more key takeaways, insights developed from the survey data, and tips on developing a strong time-shifting strategy, is available for free download HERE
iHeart Announces Lineup For Its Country Fest' 2019; Daytime Village To Feature Fan Zones
THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2019 –– iHeart announced the lineup for the Daytime Village at the iHeartCountry Festival on Saturday, May 4 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. CT at Frank Erwin Center's North Box Office Plaza in Austin, Texas. The free daytime event will feature live performances by Russell Dickerson, Michael Ray, Lauren Alaina, LOCASH and Morgan Wallen.
The Daytime Village will also feature fan zones and interactive experiences by iHeartRadio's brand partners. The iHeartCountry Festival main stage event hosted by Bobby Bones will feature performances from Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Chris Janson, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Lauren Alaina and featuring an iHeartCountry Guitar Pull with Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and more.
iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets and at iHeartRadio.com and the event will livestream exclusively on LiveXLive. The iHeartCountry Festival is an iHeartMedia Production.
Sam Darnold To Join ESPN's Michael Kay Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 9Th, 2019 –– New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold will join The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN every week, beginning the week prior to the NFL season. “We could not be happier about this partnership”, stated Ryan Hurley, 98.7 ESPN program director. “There is a lot of excitement surrounding one of the NFL’s young rising stars and his future. Listeners will not only get an inside look into his week to week journey on the field, but they’ll get to know Sam off the field as another member of the 98.7 Family when he joins Michael, Don and Peter every week.”
The Michael Kay Show airs weekdays on ESPN 98.7FM from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET and is hosted by Michael Kay, Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg. Darnold, 21, played college football at USC and was selected third overall by the New York Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft.
EVENTS: Jersey Mike's 'Day Of Giving' Tops $189,000 For Bert's Big Adventure
THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 20129 –– Jersey Mike’s restaurants throughout the Atlanta, Macon and Columbus areas capped their “Month of Giving” campaign for Bert’s Big Adventure by hosting a one-day community fundraising event/ One hundred percent of the day’s sales went directly to Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization founded by Bert Weiss, host of The Bert Show, that provides aN all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.
The entire The Bert Show cast and Bert’s Big Adventure staff kicked off the “Day of Giving” in a special way at a local Jersey Mike’s location, where co-hosts of The Bert Show, Davi Crimmins and Moe Mitchell along side the Bert’s Big Adventure staff, departed on a quest to visit every single one of the 36 Atlanta-area Jersey Mike’s locations. This year’s “Day of Giving” set a new record for Bert’s Big Adventure by raising more than $189,000, which will not only aid in funding the organization's annual trip, but will also provide support for their year-round initiatives such as Reunion Adventures and the Fairy Godparent volunteer program. Last year’s Month of Giving campaign raised more than $6 million for 170 local charities nationwide. For more information about Bert’s Big Adventure, please visit bertsbigadventure.org. PHOTO/L-R: Bert, Moe, Davi & Kristin
HONORS: Fresno's Mayor Declares 'Chris Daniel Day' For His 10th Anniversary On KMJ
THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2019 –– Chris Daniel, afternoon drive host on Cumulus' NewsTalk 580/105.9 KMJ in Fresno, CA, celebrated his 10th anniversary on the station in style recently. Hundreds of loyal KMJ listeners crowded into ApCal Winery in Madera, CA to enjoy live music, comedy and Chris – who took the stage to show his gratitude, telling the audience: “Thanks for being there, thanks for listening, but most of all – thanks for the laughs!”.
The Fresno Grizzlies (Washington Nationals AAA baseball team) presented Chris with a #10 jersey to signify his decade at KMJ. Fresno Mayor Lee Brand (shown top right) surprised Chris with a framed declaration and pronounced it “Chris Daniel Day” in Fresno, CA.
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Mark & Brian To Reunite For One-Time Only As 95.5 KLOS-FM Celebrates 50th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8Th, 2019 –– Cumulus Media announced that the legendary Mark & Brian Radio Show will return for a one-time only, KLOS 50th anniversary reunion show on Thursday, April 25th from 3:00PM to 7:00PM. Joining Mark & Brian for this landmark radio event will be family members, Todd Donoho, the Commissioner of Sports and Chuck Moshontz.
KLOS Program Director and Cumulus Media Rock Format Captain, Keith Cunningham said: “We’re stoked that Mark & Brian have agreed to get the band back together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of KLOS. If not for the Mark & Brian Show, KLOS may not have reached the 50-year milestone. The show is an enormous part of the brand’s history, and the 25th will be an epic day for Southern California radio listeners.” In addition to doing their show live on 95.5 KLOS from 3:00PM to 7:00PM on April 25th, Mark & Brian will make a guest appearance on KLOS’s market leading morning show, Frosty, Heidi & Frank from 9:00AM to 9:30AM, as well as do interviews with 790 KABC’s John Phillips & Jillian Barberie at 9:45AM, and Dr. Drew and Leeann Tweeden at 2:30PM.
For The First Time In 'Idol History, Seacrest Hands Hosting Duties To Bones- Temporarily!
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2019 –– As we tipped in last Friday's Jockline, in addtion to Bobby Bones regular mentoring duties on ABC's American Idol, his talents were extended during the show's recent taping after Ryan Seacrest took ill and the Premiere syndicated radio host was asked to fill-in. As we reported, the move prompted Seacrest to send a pair of red sneakers (R) to the Nashville-based Bones as a thank you for covering for him.
“I am not Ryan Seacrest,” Bones, 39, said to the surprised crowd and 'Idol judges (L).
“I am Bobby Bones," he explained. "Sadly, Ryan is sick and I look most like him so they asked me to fill his shoes tonight. People reports, during an appearance on Seacrest’s KIIS-FM/LA morning show, Bones opened up about the gift he received from the longtime Idol host — a pair of shoes with a note that said, ‘Thanks for filling my shoes.'” “Bobby was kind enough to fill in for Monday’s episode which we taped a few weeks ago, and I’m thinking, you know, the guy stepped in last-minute, did a great job. What do I get him?” Seacrest said. “I got him some shoes!” WATCH HERE
Longtime Austin Host JB Hager To Headline New Streaming Radio Station, Austin360
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2019 –– Well-known Austin radio personality JB Hager will headline the new station with his daily show, Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. “After months of planning and creative effort, we’re thrilled to go live today,” said Scott Pompe, Statesman Vice President of Advertising. “Our intention when creating this station was to give Austin listeners an engaging alternative in music as well as in local news and entertainment content. It was also essential that we had an experienced local talent be the voice of our station. We feel incredibly fortunate that JB Hager is returning to local radio on Austin360 Radio.”
For almost 18 years, Hager was one half of the popular “JB and Sandy Morning Show,” with co-host Sandy McIlree, that played on Mix 94.7 FM. In 2014, Hager moved on to Austin Radio Network 105.3 FM; he departed in 2016. Since then, Hager has been involved in various projects, including the annual Tour de France podcast with Lance Armstrong, “The Move.” “I’m excited to be back behind the mic and part of a station that’s putting a twist on regular radio,” said Hager. Rob Connelly, Director of Digital Audio for GateHouse Media, who was instrumental in developing the streaming station, describes the station’s music genre as “’70s funk and soul.” But rather than played in their standard format, the funk and soul hits will be woven into party-style remixes. Austin360 Radio is available at austin360radio.com or by clicking on the radio button prominently displayed at the top of each of the Statesman’s three websites: statesman.com, austin360.com and hookem.com.
Craig Carton Sentenced To 3 1/2 Years In Prison; Boomer Esiason Called It 'A Sad Day For All Of Us'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2019 –– Former WFAN morning co-host Carton Carton was sentenced tro 3½ years in prison by a Judge who claimed to be a longtime listener. Chief Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan federal court prefaced the sentencing in radio style by saying, “Good afternoon, Mr. Carton. Colleen from New York. First time, long time,” she said., According to AP, she used to listen to his show as she drove to court. “I knew you could be fun to listen to. I also knew you could be a jerk,” she said.
Before issuing the sentence, McMahon said she had enjoyed Carton’s show, except when it got too “raunchy.” She also dismissed Carton’s claims that he never meant to lose investor’s money, saying it was a common justification in financial crimes. “The money always runs out at some point and only then do you realize the road to your personal hell was truly paved with your good intentions,” she said. “Craig Carton, you have indeed descended into a hell of your own making,” the judge said. “Everything you spent a lifetime of building up is gone. Your marriage is over. Your family is decimated. Your kids are terrified. Your career is in tatters. Your reputation is lost.” Carton must report to prison July 15.
As expected, Craig Carton was heavy on the mind of Craig Carton's longtime co-host, Boomer Esiason last Friday. Having partnered with Carton on The Boomer and Carton" Show from 2007 to 2017, he shared with WFAN listeners and co-host Gio that for nine and a half years "I worked with him and never saw that side of it," Esiason said. "I always saw a crazy guy who came in here and gave his all to put on a four-hour show to entertain everybody, including yours truly and I think the guys who worked with him."
Esiason called Friday "a sad day for all of us that are associated with him." "Hopefully, the victims that were a part of this sad situation get some restitution," he said. " ... And then, of course, our hearts and prayers go out to his family." Esiason added that Carton mentioned on the air many times over the years that his biggest fear was going to jail. To listen to Boomer and Gio's discussion of Carton's situation, click on the audio player above. WATCH HERE
Tamara G Inks Multi-Year Extension For Mornings At 101.5 Lite FM Miami
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2019 –– Entercom and Tamara G. have agreed to a new multi-year contract extension. The co-host of the morning drive on 101.5 LITE FM (WLYF-FM) in Miami will remain on “Julie Guy & Tamara G,” weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET.
“Tamara G. is the yin to Julie’s yang and we are THRILLED to have her remain on the 101.5 LITE FM team,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “Their morning show is so uniquely catered to South Florida listeners and features two of the market’s most loved personalities.” “Thanks to Keriann and Andy Holt [Program Director, 101.5 LITE FM] for continuing to see the vision of our show and for letting Julie and I do what we do best – be ourselves to educate and entertain our listeners in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area,” said Tamara G.
Jeff Zukauckas Named To Duel Posts For iHeart Cleveland
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2019 iHeartMedia announced today that Jeff Zukauckas has been named Vice President of Marketing, Brands and Promotion, effective immediately. He will work directly with Keith Hotchkiss, Region President and Regional Vice Presidents of Programming and Sales. He will also remain Promotion Director for 99.5 WGAR and a National Event Brand Manager for iHeartMedia’s National Programming platforms. Zukauckas will report to Keith Abrams, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Cleveland and Akron.
“We are excited to have Jeff in this new role,” said Hotchkiss.“He has an extensive track record of success not only with local promotions and marketing, but also on the national stage having been a part of the biggest events that our company produces. Having him in this role will allows to further develop our iHeartMedia market-leading brands across all platforms.
”Zukauckas, a native Clevelander, began his career as an intern at 99.5 WGAR in 1996 and over his 23-year career has been involved with all of the iHeartMedia brands in the Cleveland market, serving most recently as Marketing Director. In addition, he joined iHeartMedia’s National Programming team in 2011 and became a national event brand manager in 2014.
SNAPS: Stars Join Westwood One Backstage
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2019 –– Lauren Alaina was just one of numerous stars who joined Westwood One Backstage during the ACM Awards. The event featured a two-day radio row, where more than 90 Country stars and hot new artists came through do radio interviews with 25 top Country radio stations and national shows and mingle with each other. Check out more photos HERE
ABOVE PHOTO: Lauren Alaina with Mike McVay, EVP Programming & Content, CUMULUS MEDIA and Westwood One; Charlie Cook, Operations Manager, CUMULUS Country; and John Kilgo, VP, Label Relations, CUMULUS MEDIA
WSOU Inducts Two New Members Into HOF
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2019 –– High-fives are in order for Joe Garifo ’72, Matt DeVoti ’84 and Clayton Collier ’16, WSOU Seton Hall's University's newest members. The honorees will be inducted at ceremonies held in the atrium of Seton Hall University’s Jubilee Hall. The WSOU Hall of Fame and Young Alum Award honors distinguished alumni who have made significant contributions to their professions and recognizes their involvement with Seton Hall University’s radio station. Inductees are chosen based on their professional accomplishments, WSOU student career activities, service to WSOU and Seton Hall University after graduation, support of current students, personal examples of servant leadership and involvement with alumni activities.
“This year, our inductees are highly reflective of the WSOU experience and the type of alumni we produce,” said Mark Maben, the station’s general manager. “Matt’s career spans virtually even facet of broadcasting – DJ, promotions, sales, marketing, management, voiceover talent, and more. Joe’s record as a news director, public affairs officer, and educator is exemplary, and Clayton’s rising star demonstrates that WSOU remains at the forefront of training students for 21st century media careers.” Photo credit /Kristine Foley
MOM Is For Sale!
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2019 –– An amazing opportunity awaits an enthusiastic broadcaster in the resort community of Luddington, Michigan. Pat Lopeman, a.k.a. Pat Martin who has been the longtime owner of WMOM-FM 102.7 was forced to take his station off the air on April 1st…no foolin’.
Sadly, this was due to his involvement in a serious accident with a semi-truck in his home state of Wisconsin. The truck won. For anyone who would like a hot FM property along Lake Michigan with a picture window studio on the main street through town, should reach out to Pat, and after wishing him a speedy recovery, talk about providing a new home for “his Mom.”
In fact the station has been long branded as “Listen to Your MOM.” Lopeman has helped launch the careers of such notables as Chris Shebel, Jeff Rowe, Brad Fuhr and many others. Contact him via: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SiriusXM & Pandora Launch Shared Radio Station
THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2019 –– Khalid introduced his song 'Talk' on Pandora's NOW yesterday, marking the launch of the Pandora and SiriusXM shared radio station Forbes reports that when SiriusXM completed its $3.5 billion acquisition of Pandora in February, the satcaster promised to bring together the best of both services with "new, unique audio packages." SiriusXM on Thursday announced the first of these hybrid products: Pandora NOW. The new Pandora station, which features some of the most popular new music and broadcast simultaneously on a SiriusXM
"We're excited to combine, for the first time, the wealth of Pandora listener data with the proven curation expertise of our SiriusXM team,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer at SiriusXM. Pandora listeners can find the new station by searching for “Pandora NOW,” and can skip and rate songs while listening. The station also appears as a continually-updated playlist on Pandora Premium, the company’s on-demand streaming music service. SirusXM subscribers can tune in to Pandora NOW on Channel 3. Venus, the rhythmic pop station that previously occupied that frequency, has been bumped to Channel 303. Some fans of Venus have taken to Twitter to lament its relegation to online streaming and select radio devices. Top Photo/YouTube
Leroy Joins The Jenn Ryan Show On KMFQ-FM Gainesville/Ocala; Barry Michaels Fills Mornings On WXUS-FM
THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2019 –– JVC Media have added LIVE and LOCAL radio veterans in morning drive at two of JVC’s Gainesville-Ocala radio stations. Leroy (L), the 15-year market veteran who has been waking up Gainesville-Ocala on Country-Rock WXUS (US 102.3), will join Jenn Ryan as co-host of The Jenn Ryan Show on CHR/Top 40 WMFQ(Q92.9) Monday-Friday 6am-10am beginning Monday April 8th, 2019.
Filling the vacant spot at WXUS (US102.3) is radio legend Barry Michaels, who will host mornings from 6am-10am beginning Monday April 8th, 2019. Barry has a long list of radio accomplishments including successful stops in Dallas, Orlando, and Miami, just to name a few. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to stay in North Central Florida and do what I love… waking up my friends and neighbors here, said Barry Michaels. “US 102.3 is revolutionary – playing Country and Southern Rock on the same station – it’s unique and the music mix means so much to this area. We’re going to have a lot of fun weekday mornings! Thanks to Ben Burris, Sam Gerace, Shane Reeve, and John Caracciolo for believing in me.”
Sam Gerace, General Manager of JVC’s Gainesville-Ocala operation says, “Leroy and Barry Michaels are long-time radio guys and residents of our community. When Barry Michaels became available, it was a no-brainer to make this move and put the best talent on both stations. We know these changes to WMFQ and WXUS will position us for even more growth for our clients, community events, concerts, promotions, and great LIVE and LOCAL radio!"
Murphy & Meg Exit WRIT-FM Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2019 –– After more than a decade, Dave Murphy and Meg McKenzie are out at WRIT/95.7 BIG FM Milwaukee reports On Milwaukee. Murphy & Meg in the Morning' has aired since 2008 during both its time as Oldies 95.7 FM and its current 95.7 BIG FM.
In a statement, Murphy and McKenzie wrote in part: "We are sorry to announce that April 2 was the final broadcast of 'Murphy & Meg in the Morning' on 95.7 BIG FM. The change that our former employers, iHeart Media - Milwaukee, decided to make was business-related and we understand that. No one will miss our show more than we will. We truly loved what we did and the relationships we developed with our listeners over the years. As we often said on the air, 'You are the best listeners any radio station could ever have!' -- Thank you, southeastern Wisconsin ... we will miss you! Ob-la-di, ob-la-da …" The station's website now list 'The Brett Andrews Show' from 5-10 am.
Jay Dixon Joins Radio One Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2019 –– Radio One Philadelphia has named Jay Dixon as the new Program Director of Oldies WRNB, WPPZ-FM-HD2 (Praise) and WPPZ-FM (Classix 107.9). Colby Tyner, Corporate VP of Programming, said, “I’m excited to be working with Jay. He’s a seasoned pro who understands the Urban format and has a strong track record of success. We’re glad to have him on the Philly team.” GM, Ezio Torres, added, “Now that the launch of Classix 107.9 is underway, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with someone with such passion and a track record of success in the R&B / Urban AC formats. We are excited to see the continued growth for 100.3 WRNB, Classix 107.9 and Praise HD2 under his programming leadership.”
Dixon began his radio career at WILD-Boston. Over the course of his career, he worked in multiple formats including Top 40, Country, Rhythmic and Urban and held various positions with Cox Media as OM/PD of WBHK-Birmingham and WALR-Atlanta. Dixon has been consulting for KBLX San Francisco and Emmis New York over the past five years.
Dixon said, "I’m excited to be with the Radio One Philly team and would like to thank the Urban One family for letting me lead these amazing brands in a city with such a rich R&B music heritage. There’s work ahead but we have the people and resources to move quickly and make an impact. "
PRODUCTS: Bob & Tom Show And Colbert Media Jump On The ARC
THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2019 –– Reatro Ventures and its software division, Media10, announced that nationally syndicated morning radio program “The Bob & Tom Show” and Colbert Media Group have both signed on as users of its ARC software. ARC, the brainchild of Sun Broadcast Group President, Jason Bailey (R) is a full-service radio research platform providing detailed station and personnel information, revenue analysis, a Full CRM and station performance for every radio broadcast signal across America. John Kesler, Chief Operating Officer, The BOB & TOM Radio Network, said: “ARC has streamlined our affiliate development process and enables us to operate more efficiently, which saves time and money.”
June Colbert, Owner of Colbert Media Group, commented: “Jason, thank you for creating ARC, a platform that has transformed the way I work. Assembling pertinent information into one easy to use system was brilliant. ARC saves a vast amount of research time making it possible to produce significantly more work. Congratulations!!”
Since its debut in February, ARC has added many features to improve the radio affiliation and research business, including full contract generation abilities, complete with ARC’s own digital signature system that allowing users to send, modify and sign affiliate agreements without ever leaving the platform. Lead Software Developer Luca Marian, who has spearheaded the programming effort on ARC, added: “I’m so proud of the team at Reatro and Media10 for their incredible work on this platform. What all began as Jay’s crazy ideas scribbled on a piece of scrap paper is now one of the most widely praised pieces of software in the business with dozens of new clients lining up in the wings. I’m thrilled and honored to be part of it!” To set up a demo or for more information, contact Jason Bailey at Jason.Bailey@reatro.com or visit www.arcsoftware.us.
LISTEN - Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley Talks Basketball With Esports Jonas Jerebko
THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley recently interviewed Pro Basketball Player and Detroit Renegades Esports Team Owner and President Jonas Jerebko during the latest episode of her Beyond the Business podcast.
Caroline and Jonas discuss a variety of informative topics centered around the ever-growing business of esports as well as unveil an exciting new announcement involving the team and Beasley XP, the company’s esports division. To download the latest episode, CLICK HERE
EVENTS: Katz Media Group Has Now Raised $350,000 For BFOA
THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2019 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America reports that The Katz Media Group has raised over $45,500 for the Foundation during its 10th annual company wide membership drive, bringing the total amount raised to over $350,000 since the drive's inception. Led by Mark Gray, Chief Executive Officer of Katz Media Group; Christine Travaglini, President of Katz Radio Group; and Leo MacCourtney, President of Katz Television Group.
All money raised during the annual two-week campaign goes toward the Stu Olds Memorial Fund that commemorates Katz’s former CEO and supports the Foundation's mission to provide financial support to radio and television professionals in acute need.
Last year, the Broadcasters Foundation gave out a record amount of grants to broadcasters for necessities ranging from medical care to everyday essentials. This includes one-time emergency grants given to victims of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires. As longtime champions of the Broadcasters Foundation, Olds, Gray and MacCourtney all served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email email@example.com.
iHeart Radio Alabama Delivers More Funds For Tornado Relief Efforts
THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2019 –– On Thursday, iHeartMedia Auburn, Birmingham, Gadsden and Tuscaloosa presented a check to Barbara Patton, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of East Alabama, for the funds raised from iHeartRadio Lee County Tornado Relief. The campaign raised over $17,000 that will go toward tornado relief efforts for Lee County.
(from left to right) Market President Daryl McIntire, Morning Host WZMG 910am Richard LaGrand, SVP Programming Van Riggs, Executive Director of Community Foundation of East Alabama Barbara Patton, Mix 96.7 Program Director Donny Blankenship.
SNAPS: Ryan Seacrest Sends Bobby Bones A Pair of Shoes For His Birthday
THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2019 –– Bobby Bones recently celebrated his 39th birthday and received lots of texts, gifts and fun to celebrate his big day. One that really stood out came from his iHeart colleague and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
Seacrest sent Bones a pair of Jordans as a birthday gift and wrote on the card "Thanks for filling in my shoes for me on American Idol." Because on an upcoming American Idol episode that airs Monday (April 8), Bones will fill in as host for Seacrest after he got sick and couldn't continue with filming that day. Bones shared the shoes on air and was pretty excited because they are his favorite color: red.
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