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CBS Radio Sale Has 'Mr. Redstone's Full Support' Says Leslie Moonves
Says Situation with Radio Has Absolutely Nothing Yo Do With Viacom
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– Sumner Redstone is on board with CBS’ planned radio divestiture, according to CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves. Variety reports during the Q&A portion of CBS’s 2016 shareholders meeting Thursday in New York, Moonves was asked if that deal was contingent on the approval from Redstone, or his representatives in light of his opposition to the Paramount proposal.
“Our situation with radio has absolutely nothing to do with Viacom,” Moonves responded. “We have received full support from Mr. Redstone with what we are doing” with the planned CBS Radio divestiture. Redstone was not present at the CBS shareholders meeting , but was dialed in via phone, according to Moonves. Meanwhile, when Moonves and CBS chief legal counsel Larry Tu were asked about the potential for a CBS-Viacom recombination, Tu said only that any major transactions would be reviewed by board and he noted that the board is mostly comprised of independent directors.
Redstone has been engaged in a battle with Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman. Last week he removed Dauman from his role as a board member of Redstone’s National Amusements holding company and from the trust that will inherit those holdings after Redstone’s death. Dauman on Monday filed a lawsuit to reverse his removal from the trust, arguing that Redstone “now lacks the capacity to have taken these steps.” PHOTOS/Jaguar PS /s_bukley / Shutterstock
Dying Army Vet Gets Wish To Sing On Radio Come True On Richmond's 93.1 Hank FM
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– A 78-year old Army veteran, Jessie Smith, is getting a dream come true thanks to his family, a funeral home and 93.1 Hank FM. "Words can't express the emotion we are all feeling. It's simply a blessing," says Jessica Hairfield, the granddaughter of Jessie H. Smith
According to nbc12.com, Jessie Smith is currently in hospice care as he battles Stage Four cancer, but the family says one thing has never changed as he's fought the disease: his love of music and the dream of hearing himself on the radio one day. The family says they don't know how much time Smith has left after he was diagnosed with cancer in late 2015, but they wanted to make Smith's wish of hearing himself on the radio come true, and thanks to the kindness of a local funeral home, that dream is becoming a reality. A Simple Wish Foundation arranged for a song performed by Smith to be played on 93.1 Hank FM at 7:10 a.m. this morning (5/27).
Big Machine Records Scott Borchetta Co-Host Mornings With HANK-FM's Dave O'Brien Indianapolis - Arrives At 6:00 AM
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– If you're looking for a cool way to connect with top celebrity guests, why not bring in the President/CEO of one of the biggest labels in entertainment. That worked for HANK-FM/Indy's Dave O'Brien had Scott Borchetta join as co-host yesterday and today. Dave tell's Jockline, he even go in right at 6:00 am. "We "hacked" his contacts list and called a lot of his friends - Keith Urban, Reba, Jennifer Nettles, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope and three time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti. New American Idol winner Trent Harmon also stopped by live in the studio and performed his brand new song "There's A Girl" for the first time ever live this morning. Check out more photos at hankfm.com.
[LISTEN] Mayor Tells The Bert Show His Pick Would Be The Rolling Stones To Perform During Halftime For Super Bowl LIII 2019
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined The Bert Show on Wednesday, May 25th, to discuss the exciting news announced less than 24 hours earlier: the city of Atlanta has been selected by the NFL to host Super Bowl LIII in 2019. “It’s a game changer, because the Super Bowl is the most prominent sporting event in the world,” says Mayor Kasim Reed on the show early Wednesday morning. He goes on to say, “I think this is a terrific day for us because we have really won all of the major events that we said we would win when we made the argument for building the new facility.”
Asked what it means for the city to host the Superbowl in 2019. Reed says, “it sends a signal to America and to the rest of the world that we can handle world-class events. Co-host Brian Moote had mixed emotions about the announcement, with concerns of traffic and congestion in the city. Reed said, “I think there is pretty good evidence that we know how to handle these large events, certainly when we have such a long runway to let everybody know what’s going to be going on in the city and prepare.”
And if the mayor could have his pick of the Super Bowl halftime performer, he says, “I’m leaning towards the Rolling Stones, but I don’t want to jinx them”. LISTEN HERE
PROGRAMMING: John Dimick Named VP Programming/Operations For Cumulus
“I’m very happy that Mike McVay wouldn’t buy my ‘retirement from the industry’ thinking,' said Dimick
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 35-year radio veteran John Dimick as Vice President, Programming Operations. Dimick joins the Cumulus corporate programming resources team on June 1, 2016, and will report to Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming. Dimick was previously Senior Vice President, Programming and Operations for Lincoln Financial Media, where he was responsible for the oversight of station brands, digital development, PPM and audience strategies.
Over the course of his career, Dimick has programmed stations in markets across the country, including: Salt Lake City; Columbus, OH; Seattle; San Diego and New York City. McVay said: “John Dimick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position. He joins Doug Hamand and Greg Frey as a VPPO. The three of them, along with our format specialists and analysts, will provide even more tools to our managers and PD’s to employ when programming their stations.” Dimick said: “I’m very happy that Mike McVay wouldn’t buy my ‘retirement from the industry’ thinking! What the new senior management team at Cumulus is building is extraordinary and compelling. I am flattered that Mike and Bob Walker believe I can help advance the growth and success of the stations and the remarkable Cumulus platform.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brian Schneekloth Named GSM For Magic 106.7 Boston
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– Greater Media has named Brian Schneekloth as the General Sales Manager of WMJX-FM in Boston. Schneekloth most recently spent the past 12 years as the Vice President and Manager of the Katz Radio Group, where he was responsible for working with local agencies and advertisers to drive sales for the Katz Radio Group stations throughout the country. In addition to his management role, Schneekloth served as Director of Sales for Katz Digital Schneekloth previously worked as a sales manager at Boston CBS Radio's WBCN-FM and WZLX-FM.
"Brian's exceptional client relationships and expertise in the radio and digital space make him the perfect addition to the Greater Media Boston family," said Mary Menna, VP/MM of the company's Boston-based cluster.
Travis Hill & Callie Hoch On The Rise At iHeartMedia's Central Texas
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia’s Central Texas Region announced the promotion of Callie Hoch to Regional Digital Program Director and Travis Hill (L) to Director of Marketing and Promotions. The Central Texas Region includes Austin and San Antonio, and both positions will split their time between the cities. Hoch was most recently the Director of Marketing for iHeartMedia San Antonio’s nine brands.
Travis Hill is now the Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Central Texas Region. Previously Hill served as the Director of Marketing and Promotions for iHeartMedia Austin. “I’m excited to bring my marketing and promotional expertise to San Antonio while still working with iHeartMedia’s great brands in Austin,” said Hill. “Partners rely on our brands’ multiplatform reach to make deep connections with their communities, and by working with both markets we can produce even more incredible opportunities together.” “Callie and Travis are rockstars in their respective positions and we are thrilled to have them focus on their areas of expertise,” said Breeanna Malik, Region President for iHeartMedia Central Texas.
NETWORKS: WHUR-FM Joins Shazam For Radio; Neal McCoy & Cody Alan Kick-Off Second Annual Super 8 Salutes Tour
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced they have added WHUR-FM to the Shazam For Radio platform. WHUR 96.3 FM is the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network. Broadcasting to the Washington DC region since 1971. With the addition of WHUR, Shazam for Radio. “We are looking forward to working with the creative, forward-thinking team at WHUR in bringing another level of interactivity to their great radio properties,” said Ron Rivlin, SVP, Programming and Affiliate Relations. “Shazam for Radio will allow them to engage directly with their audience by giving them real-time access to all their content, personalities, promotions and advertisers.” For more information on Shazam For Radio contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
Last night more than 200 service members and their families from Luke Air Force Base outside of Phoenix, AZ were treated to a special evening of music and conversation with country superstar Neal McCoy and country music personality Cody Alan, all thanks to the Super 8® hotel brand and Premiere Networks. McCoy said, “I’m always excited to spend time with the women and men of our military and their families. Whether it’s entertaining them overseas or here at home, it’s the highlight of my year. I thank Super 8 and my buddy, Cody Alan, for inviting me to join in this salute to the hard work they do every day at Luke Air Force Base.”
Now in its second year, Super 8 Salutes marks the continuation of an ongoing partnership between Premiere Networks and the Super 8 brand, which is a long-time sponsor of the network’s national Country music radio programs and events. In 2015, the tour included stops in Fort Campbell, KY and West Springfield, MA. Three stops are currently planned for 2016, with additional details to be announced soon.
'Nashville' Finale End With HUGE Cliffhanger; Why The Weeknd & Belly Bailed On Kimmel
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STUDY: Radio Use Changes As Millennials Move Through Life
THE MOUTH MAY 26TH, 2016 –– While millennials fall into one generation group, they have different beliefs, interests and behaviors as they move through life reports Nielsen Q4 2015 Total Audience Report. As this group moves through life stages, media remains an important part of their lives, especially radio. On average, radio reaches nine out of 10 Millennials across all three life stages each week. Their lives are in rapid transition, they are joining the workforce, moving into their own homes and starting families. And these changes influence their media consumption habits, including how and when they listen to the radio.
To better understand the media habits of the different sub-groups within the overall Millennial generation, Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2015 Total Audience Report separated the 18-34 crowd into three different groups: Dependent Adults (those living in someone else’s home), On Their Own Millennials (those living in their own home without children), and Starting a Family Millennials (those living in their own home with children).
As for formats, On Their Own Millennials are the least ethnically diverse group and show a preference for non-ethnic formats like Hot Adult Contemporary and Alternative. They also listen to sports stations more than the other two Millennial groups.
Radio Effectively Reaches Millennials With 265 million Americans 6 and older listening to the radio each week, the medium reaches more people each week than any other platform. Despite the proliferation, many advertisers perceive Millennials as unreachable by radio because of the abundance of media options available to them. The reality, however, is that Millennials account for 66.5 million radio users each week. And no matter which life stage Millennials are in, nine out of 10 listen to radio weekly. SEE COMPLETE STUDY HERE
[WATCH] Texas Host Killed In Apparent Random Act Of Violence
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– A Kerrville, TX radio host was found dead Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the radio station where she worked, and her accused killer has been arrested, sheriff's officials said. The victim, identified as Sherry Ruth Francis, morning host on KRNH 92.3 FM The Ranch, was discoverd by fellow host Rey Rodriguez who said he went to the parking lot to look for her after he realized she didn't show up for her show.
According to KSAT TV, not long after Francis' body was found, Kerr County sheriff's deputies spotted Gilbert Manriquez (inset) walking along the highway near the station. "Some of the evidence at the scene and his demeanor led us to probable cause and him being a suspect," Kerr County Sheriff W.R. "Rusty" Hierholzer said. "Everything that we have suggests that it was a random act of violence," Hierholzer said. Manriquez was arrested and confessed to the slaying, Hierholzer said WATCH
MOTION: John Mingione Heads To WPLJ NYC For Digital Video Post; Danny Vigil Tapped As Associate Producer For BJ & Migs Show Seattle
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– Sources tell Jockline that John Mingione (John On Line) (shown right) is leaving his post at WBLI Long Island and making a short move from the Island to NYC where he'll handle Digital Video Production for 95.5 PLJ in NYC.
In other moves, Danny Vigil (R) has accepted the position of Associate Producer for KISW/Seattle's BJ & Migs morning show. He posted on Facebook, "When I first started, it was my dream to produce a morning show, on a rock station, in a top market, for people I could only dream of working for ... my endless hours of work in the industry, and never giving up, I am completely humbled to announce that I have accepted a job as the Associate Producer of the BJ and Migs show in Seattle.
Bobby Bones Book Headed To NYT's Bestseller List; Angie Martinez Calls Radio 'Significant Part Of Hip Hop Story
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– Jockline hears that 'Bare Bones I'm not lonely if you're reading this book," a just released memoir by Bobby Bones, host of the Premeire Syndicated The Bobby Bones Show, is headed to NYT's Bestsellers list. We're also told it has become the top selling book in the US. In case you haven't noticed, Bones has been all over national TV lately on shows such as 'Today,' Fox News' and more in promoting his book. ORDER HIS BOOK HERE
Also out on the book tour is iHeart's Angie Martinez of Power 105 New York who's out promoting her "My Voice' memoir on the west coast. She tells hiphopdx.com, "when you look at the history of Hip Hop, radio is a significant part of that, a part that’s not documented well might I add to a lot of things that happened, not just in New York hip hop, even I’m sure here in L.A. .. I think radio, it’s like a curator, it's like a place where people go to, to hear people who you know and you trust deliver you music, deliver you what’s hot right now. And its free, and it's right there and it's close to you when you listen, close to you in your car somewhere or at home. There is a certain comfortableness that comes from radio that you don’t really get from other mediums - ORDER BOOK HERE - READ INTERVIEW HERE
NETWORKS: Envision's Country Oldies Show To Remember Merle Haggard
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– This Memorial Day weekend The Country Oldies Show will spend three full hours honoring the life and legacy of legendary musician Merle Haggard. The weekly classic country radio show hosted by veteran personality Steve Warren will feature Haggard’s biggest hits along with stories and memories of his life.
This special edition of The Country Oldies Show can be heard on over 100 stations throughout the country. Started in 1994, The Country Oldies Show is America’s longest running weekly radio program featuring three hours of the greatest country hits from the 1950s to the 1990s. For more details, visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or email@example.com.
Red Nose Day, Time For Fun And Making A Difference For Kids
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– Chalk up another cool idea the U.S. picked up from our UK friends across the pond. Yup, it's Red Nose Day. A day we celebrate in the U.S. annually and every two years in the UK, when people get together and do something funny at schools, work and of course RADIO. !The event debuted in the U.S. in 2015 and is back again this year for another star-studded live TV event and day of fun-raising. For those who've been noticing more radio and TV promotions -- even ad campaigns -- and still wonder what exactly is Red Nose Day USA, it's a special day for people to come together to have fun and make a difference for kids.
According to rednoseday.com, The day's events will culminate in a two-hour live primetime TV special on NBC, featuring the biggest stars across comedy, music, TV and film. Funds raised go to the Red Nose Day Fund which distributes the money through programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated. Red Nose Day USA is run by Comic Relief Inc. in the U.S. and Comic Relief UK are independent sister organizations that are joined by their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty and the mission to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.
Among the many radio peeps donning the red nose included The Drive Chicago's Pete McMurray, with Scott Miller looking on. At right is Andy Riggs, morning host at Entercom's 103.7 KISS-FM Milwaukee. Just below is Kelley Bradshaw, WUSY US 101. Ken Hicks on left and Daniel Wyatt on right
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Fearne Cotton Returning To Radio On BBC 2; Ricky Gervais Producing A Radio Movie
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– Fearne Cotton will be making her BBC Radio 2 debut this summer, over a year after leaving Radio 1 While Graham Norton takes his summer break, both Cotton and Martin Kemp will be making their Radio 2 debuts with a new live show from Saturday July 9 until September 10. Cotton spent a decade with Radio 1 but left last year after announcing that she was pregnant. The radio presenter said: “I can’t wait to get back on the radio, so to be presenting on Radio 2 this summer on Saturday mornings with Martin Kemp is going to be absolutely brilliant.” Kemp commented: “Radio 2, Fearne Cotton, every Saturday through the summer! When they asked me to work with Radio 2 I never expected this! It's gonna be a great way to spend my Saturday mornings... chatting to great guests, some fun and games and playing my favourite tracks with one of the most experienced radio DJs out there! Now things are really warming up... Roll on the summer!”
More BBC Pay Outrage, This Time From Daughter - BBC Radio 4 presenter Justin Webb got a blunt response from his 16-year-old daughter Martha, when she found out how much he was paid. She said, ‘But you don’t do anything.’ Justin who is one of the the host of ‘Today’, said ‘She has read my name on a list on the internet and is quizzing me on the way home. She declared: “But you don’t do anything” and, after his protestations that he does need to wake rather early to be on air by 6am, added: “But you just read things out. Literally, Daddy, you read for a living. And you pick me up every day”.’ His revelation in Radio Times come shortly after a White Paper on the future of the BBC revealed that the Corporation will have to reveal the salaries of staff on more than £450,000 a year ($656,000). The BBC’s top earners include Chris Evans on £1.6million ($2.33m) as host of the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show and Justin Webb’s ‘Today’ co-host, John Humphrys who is paid £375,000 ($547,000).
A Radio Movie From Ricky Gervais - Former XFM (London, England) presenter and Golden Globes host, Ricky Gervais has written, produced, directed and stars in Special Correspondents, a Netflix original release about a New York based news radio station and its top newshound, Frank Bonneville, played by Australian actor Eric Bana and his sound technician, Ian Finch, played by Ricky Gervais. The plot revolves around the two main characters who are sent to cover an uprising in Ecuador but somehow miss the plane and end up reporting stories that they’ve concocted from a New York apartment across the street from the radio station that thinks they’re in Ecuador.
Grand Jury Sits in Australia In Adelaide - MIX 102.3’s Jodie & Soda have launched the 10 Grand Jury. Six people, locked in a jury room with $10,000 Aus ($7,194 US) on the table; and all they need to do is reach a unanimous decision as to who gets the lot. The rest leave with nothing. Matt & Meshel at KIIS 101.1 did it a couple of weeks back, take a listen to how Jodie & Soda set the tactic up. - WATCH HERE
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iHeart Executives Gather In Miami For Summer Pool Party
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia and industry executives joined in Miami for its 2016 iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party. Among them included (shown above) on-air personalities Billy The Kidd and Anne Hudson from 96.7 KISS-FM’s The Billy The Kidd Show, John Ivey, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia, Sofia Carson, and Charlie Walk, President of The Republic Group. They gathered at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Others in Miami included Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder of Horizon Media, Eric Hirschhorn, Chief Marketing Officer North America, Burger King Corporation, Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc, Sharon Dastur, Senior Vice President of Programming Integration for iHeartMedia, Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia, and Gary Spangler, Executive Vice President of Promotion for Republic Records. PHOTO/Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
More Snaps From 41st Annual Gracie Awards In Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– No sooner had we posted yesterday's story on the 41st Annual Gracie Awards gathering at the Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, before our in-box buldged with more photos. Among those who attended included Heather Cohen, AWM/F Director and Gracies Chair, Executive Vice President, The Weiss Agency (shown upper left) Elaina D. Smith, Co-Host of nationally syndicated radio show NASH Nights Live, who picked up a Gracie for a National Radio Special. Shown below is CBS Sports Radio’s Amy Lawrence, Amy Lawrence, host of “After Hours with Amy Lawrence” who was there to accept the distinguished honor for the “Outstanding Host - Sports Program” category. The Gracie Awards recognize exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment. They also acknowledge the individuals who have made inspirational contributions to the industry. Lawrence is shown with her niece.
Erin Andrews; J.J. Watt To Host 2016 CMT's'; Rob Lowe In Talks To Join Kelly Live!
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iHeartMedia Shares Surge Following Judge's Verdict
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2016 –– IHeart shares rose 43 percent at 4 p.m. in New York. They had surged as much as 61 percent following the ruling reported bloomberg.com. “We believe this clears an important hurdle and expect the company to aggressively address its capital structure in 2016,” David Phipps, a Citigroup Global Markets Inc. research analyst, said in a note to investors. “We think some form of bond tender offer and/or debt exchange announcement could occur near-term.”
iHeartMedia, led by Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman, issued a statement writing "Today, the State District Court in Bexar County, Texas ruled in our favor when it determined that our contribution of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. stock to our subsidiary Broader Media, LLC was a permitted investment under our financing agreements. The strong performance of our operating business provides us with the flexibility to manage our capital structure in a prudent manner. In full compliance with our financing agreements, we will continue to evaluate opportunities to strengthen our balance sheet. We look forward to constructive discussions with our lenders as we continue to position iHeartMedia for long-term growth."
iHeart Prevails In Lawsuit Against Bondholders
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2016 –– Saying the company has been harmed by the threats of default notices that started early this year, San Antonio-based iHeartMedia Inc. won its lawsuit Tuesday against bondholders unhappy over the company's recent transfer of assets within the company.
The verdict from state District Judge Cathleen Stryker permanently blocks bondholders from filing default notices against the company in connection with the transfer. According to The San Antonio Express, the legal dispute involved a Dec. 3, 2015 transfer of 100 million shares of iHeartMedia’s billboard subsidiary Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. to another subsidiary for the purpose of issuing new debt to buy back expiring debt. The bondholders had threatened default notices against iHeartMedia earlier in the year, and several notices were filed March 7, but those were rescinded March 9 under a temporary restraining order pending the trial. IHeartMedia contended that the rules for its earlier bond sales allowed the company to make the Dec. 3 transfer. IHeartMedia seeks to buy back existing debt, which is trading on the secondary market at a discount, to save money on future interest payments. PHOTO/Brian Friedman for iHeartRadio
PIERRE BOUVARD: 'Reach Is Still The New Black'
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2016 –– Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer of Cumulus/Westwood One, in a new post on his Westwood One blog writes what radio can learn from this year’s TV upfront: "Reach is still the new black." The bigger the reach, the greater your target. As America’s number one mass reach medium, AM/FM radio can reach more of the advertiser’s right audience. Secondly, while TV wants to reduce ad loads, radio commercial time is significantly lower.
TV runs 36% more commercial minutes than radio. AM/FM radio holds 93% of its lead-in audience through its commercials. Bouvard adds, AM/FM radio should be part of the 71% to 78% optimal allocation to traditional media. The Advertising Research Foundation’s new “How Advertising Works” study advises that most of the media plan be allocated to traditional media, even for campaigns targeting 18-34 Millennials. Both TV and radio have a halo effect on digital impact. Recent Nielsen studies for multiple advertisers reveal that those exposed to the radio campaign have a higher recall of all other elements of the media plan. 5. TV and radio run their ads, and real people hear the ads. No fraud and bots here. Broadcast ads actually air. Real consumers are exposed. READ BLOG HERE
ON-AIR: Joe Soto Takes Afternoon Drive On V103/Chicago
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced that Joe Soto will host Afternoon s from 2 :00 p.m. to 7 :00 p . m. on V103. Soto, a 36-year veteran, is most familiar to Chicagoland listeners as host of “ The Real Show” and “Back in the Day” on V103. He previously co-hosted mornings on sister station 107.5 WGCI-FM.
“The opportunity to host afternoon drive on V-103 is an honor and a privilege,” said Soto. “ It is truly one of our nation's great radio stations. Thanks to Derrick Brown for his incredible guidance and belief in me. Thanks to iHeartMedia Chicago Region President Matt Scarano and Senior Vice President of Programming Tommy Austin for their constant support. I must also acknowledge the legendary Doug Banks, ”commented Soto. “He was a teacher, mentor and friend. There will never be another Doug Banks." Soto added, " I'm just a kid from K-Town on Chicago's great west side living the dream!
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Dayne Damme Named New Marketing Dir.For Entercom Austin
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2016 –– Entercom Austin has named Dayne Damme as Marketing Director of four local stations: AC KKMJ (MAJIC 95.5), Hot AC KAMX (MIX 94.7) Urban AC KKMJ-HD3 (96.3 RnB) and News Talk KJCE-AM (Talk Radio 1370) respectively. “Dayne’s passion for radio combined with his wealth of experience in marketing and events make him the perfect fit for Entercom Austin,” said Entercom Austin’s Vice President of Programming & Operations, Nikki Nite.
Damme commented, “I’m excited to join the team at Entercom Austin! I look forward to building on the legendary brands and connecting those brands even further in the Austin community. I appreciate Nikki Nite and Entercom for giving me the opportunity to continue a career that I started with them 16 years ago." Prior to joining Entercom Austin, Damme has worked with CBS Radio Top 40/Rhythmic KSFM/Sacramento, Cirque Du Soleil, Elizabeth Arden, Niceklodeon, and most recently as Marketing and Promotion Director for Entercom Sacramento’s Top 40 KDND (107.9 The End), Hot AC KUDL (Star 106.5) and Classic Rock KSEG (96.9 The Eagle).
NETWORKS: Sammy Hagar Brings 'Top Rock Countdown' Show To United Stations; The Radio Button Adds Greg & The Morning Buzz To Roster; 93X New Rock Ft. Myers Welcomes Envision's Full Metal Jackie
THE MOUTN, MAY 25TH, 2016 –– United Stations Radio Networks has stepped into the complete networking role for Sammy Hagar's Top Rock Countdown.' The program, which has been on the air for exactly one year, was formerly produced and distributed by the Envisage Radio Group with ad sales handled by USRN, but effective immediately, United Stations, Sammy Hagar and TC Management have struck a deal for United Stations to oversee all network functions for the program going forward.
The program was launched in the spring of 2015 and now boasts a station lineup that reaches over 90 rated markets and includes legendary call letters like WLUP, KSHE, KGON and more.
The Radio Button Network announced the addition of Greg & The Morning Buzz to its roster of syndicated shows. Greg & The Morning Buzz are based at iHeart Media WHEB Portsmouth, NH and on iHeart Media’s WGIR/Manchester as well as other Great Eastern stations. SHOWN: Kelly, Kayla, Greg, Laura & Roadkill. Find syndication information at MorningBuzzNetwork.com. Contacts: Greg: (603) 234 4153 (email@example.com) | Adam Goodman: 203 341 0111 (ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com)
Envision Networks® Full Metal Jackie Radio welcomes Sun Broadcasting’s WXNX-FM/Fort Myers, Florida as the newest affiliate of the largest metal show on radio. The station joins over 350 affiliates on the Envision Rock Network. Full Metal Jackie Radio is hosted by renowned metal radio personality Full Metal Jackie - For more info, contact Amber Wade Marketing Manager Envision Networks at firstname.lastname@example.org
KGBC In the Houston DMA Launches BizTalkRadio
THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2016 –– BizTalkRadio announced a new affiliation with KGBC 1540AM/Galveston, in the Houston DMA. Now, listeners in the U.S.' sixth largest radio market can hear BizTalkRadio's original, exclusive content. BizTalkRadio specializes in content for entrepreneurs, small business owners and listeners wanting to manage their family's assets.
Daily shows on BizTalkRadio include Experience Pros, The Ray Lucia Show, Business Rockstars, The Big Biz Show, The Big Pitch Radio Show, Investor's Edge and The Frankie Boyer Show. EVP Scott Miller says Houston-Galveston is a key market, and KGBC listeners will find the resources they need to manage their money, start their latest venture or grow their business. For more info, contact Tim Fisher, Affiliate Relations for BizTalkRadio at email@example.com or 817-274-1609 x715.
Radio Stars Gather For 41st Gracie Awards In Beverly Hills
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2016 –– As reported last week, Marika Dominczyk (below) hosted the 41st Annual Gracies Awards Gala and Grammy Award-nominee Andra Day performed her hit “Rise Up” yesterday, May 24, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Gracie Awards honor outstanding individual achievement and programming by, for and about women.
Among the many stars gathered for the event included radio hosts, Kerri Kasem, Jai McVay (shown right with her husband, Ryan Kershner), Amy Lawrence, Cooper Lawrence, Natalie Morales and others. The Gracies Awards Gala was live-streamed in partnership with Cumulus on websites nationwide.
National Gracies winners were recognized at yesterday's Gracies Gala in while local, public and student winners will be recognized at the Gracies Luncheon, June 21, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
And 'The Voice' Season 10 Winner Is?; Pharrell Produces 'Little Big Town Album
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National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Nominees
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2016 –– The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization’s nominating committee. Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of 400 industry professionals, while the other two will be voted on by the public. Public voting commences June 20 for eight nominations for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchin comments, “The sheer depth of talent in our industry never seizes to amaze me. After much discussion and deliberation, our nominating committee is very proud of this year’s class of nominees.
NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY VOTING PARTICIPANT PANEL: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more) Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak along with Laura Cain, Randy Hoag, Emily Griffiths and Tommy Sablan), San Diego Charles Laquidara, Boston Bobby O’Jay, Memphis Garland Robinette, New Orleans Active Local/Regional
(10 years or more) Tom Barnard, Minneapolis BJ & Migs (BJ Shea & Steve Migs), Seattle Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Chicago Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot & Steve Morrison), Philadelphia
Networks/Syndication (10 years or more) American Top 40 & On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest The Fabulous Sports Babe, Nanci Donnellan The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me!, Peter Saga
Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more) Delilah, Delilah Gospel Traxx with Walt “Baby” Love, Walt “Baby” Love The Jim Rome Show, Jim Rome The Kim Komando Show, Kim Komando
NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY LISTENERS NATIONWIDE: Music Format On-Air Personality Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton Tom Kent The Kevin & Bean Show (Kevin Ryder & Gene Baxter) Bob Kingsley Spoken Word On-Air Personality Diane Rehm Mike Francesa and Chris Russo Michael Savage & Sean Hannity.
Inductees will be announced July 11. The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.
REPORT: Adele To Ink Biggest Record Deal Ever For UK Artist
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2016 –– Having ended the weekend with multiple awards during Billboard's annual music awards show, the british mega-star Adele will be adding to her fortunes as Sony Music is reportedly set to sign her to an appx. $132,000,000 record deal. This would make it the biggest deal ever handed to a British musician reports thesun.co.uk topping the previous record contract appx. $116 million U.S. paid by EMI to Robbie Williams in 2002. It is also the most valuable for a woman, topping Whitney Houston’s appx. $102 million from Arista in 2001.
A source at Sony told The Sun, “We’ve secured Adele, who’s without a doubt the biggest music star in a generation. This is massive.” Adele is already worth appx. $124 million, according to this year’s Sunday Times Rich List. But that will more than double when she inks her new deal. She was already Britain's richest female artist before signing this newest contract. “The deal is being worked on by our Columbia label in the US and gives Sony the rights to release her future music. In addition to her new mega deal, her fortune will soar even higher this year thanks to earnings from her sold-out 105-date tour.
Spotify Nearly Doubles Revenue, But Operating Loss Widens
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2016 –– First, the good news: Spotify's revenues rose 80 percent in 2015 with more subscribers for its music streaming service, but heavy spending on product development and international expansion forced a bigger operating loss reports Fortune Magazine. Filings obtained by Reuters from Luxembourg’s company registry on Tuesday showed Spotify’s revenues rose to 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) in 2015, almost double the pace of growth from the previous year. Subscriptions made up the bulk of revenues, while income from advertising nearly doubled to ($218 million. However, the company suffered an operating loss of $206 million in 2015, compared with $184.5 million in 2014.
Founded in 2006 by Swedes Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, Spotify now boasts having close to 100 million users in about 60 markets. The group said in the filing it intends to continue to make significant investments in developing new products and enhancing the functionality of its existing product.
ON-AIR: Shelly Wade Takes Afternoons At Star 94.1 San Diego
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2016 –– KMYI-FM (Star 94.1) San Diego has named Shelley Wade as its new afternoon host, effective May 31. For the last 3 years, Wade handled middays at iHeart's KSSX-FM (95.7 KISS FM) San Diego and weekends at KBIG-FM (104.3 MYfm) in Los Angeles. Prior to Calif., Wade's worked at WHTZ-FM (Z100) New York for 12 years.
"Shelley's vibrant personality, love of music, and warmth will enhance what is already a top performing radio station," said iHeartMedia San Diego Senior VP/Programming John Peake.
WZRR-FM Birmingham Flips From Country To Real Talk
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2016 –– Following some teasing, Cumulus Media has announced that WZRR-FM officially launched this morning as Talk 99.5, Birmingham’s Real Talk. The former Country-formatted station officially became Birmingham’s newest news/talk station this morning at 6:00 a.m. CST, when it made the flip from interim programming that ran throughout the weekend. Talk 99.5 features a live and local line--up from 6AM-6PM with 6-10AM: Matt and Aunie - 10-11AM: Andrea Lindenberg 11AM-2PM: Richard Dixon 2-6PM: Leland Live with Leland Whaley 6-9PM: Mark Levin 9PM-12AM: Michael Savage 12-5AM: Red Eye Radio - First Light with Evan Haning 5-6AM.
WZRR-FM/Talk 99.5’s Program Director and Morning Host Matt Murphy said: “Talk 99.5, Birmingham's Real Talk is designed not only to be a source for breaking news and information, but as a place for Birmingham listeners to talk about the issues important to them. We are extremely excited to bring an all-star lineup to an all-star state. Our commitment to live and local hosts represents our commitment to delivering the very best news, information and talk to the people of Alabama." “This line-up, local and national programming combined, underscores Cumulus’ commitment to news/talk and the growth of spoken word programming,” added Cumulus SVP/Content & Programming Mike McVay.
FM Broadcasters To Get 3X The Tune-Ins With Enhanced NextRadio Content
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2016 –– According to data from NextRadio®, A year-over-year data analysis shows that listeners tune-in more often and spend significantly more time with radio stations that supplement live FM audio broadcasts with enhanced content. An analysis comparing NextRadio usage in 2015 to 2016, found that radio stations creating enhanced in-app experiences – such as program schedules, social media interactions, contest entries or other visuals - experienced 3X the growth in tune-ins when compared to those stations that only displayed a station logo or nothing at all.
Tune-ins refers to the number of times a unique listener listens to a FM radio station broadcast through the NextRadio mobile app. Stations with enhanced content also saw 1.6X the growth in time spent listening when compared to non-enhanced stations. Time spent listening refers to the number of minutes a unique NextRadio user listens during a single NextRadio mobile app session. “Stations that leverage the enhanced content options available in NextRadio enjoy a measurable competitive advantage - they are growing audiences and connecting with their listeners in a fresh and personal way,” said Paul Brenner, President, NextRadio.
WOR NY To Re-Broadcast Game 6 Of '86 World Series
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2016 –– The New York Mets’ radio flagship, 710 WOR-AM/New York, announced that, it will re-air the entire radio broadcast of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox, as a prelude to a Memorial Day weekend-long tribute at Citi Field to the 1986 Championship team.
The special presentation will air on Thursday, May 26, and begin at 6:00pm ET with a 60-minute pre-show hosted by WOR’s “Sports Zone” host Pete McCarthy (shown), with contributions from Mets broadcasters Howie Rose, Josh Lewin, and Wayne Randazzo. The show will feature interviews with members of the 1986 Mets “Dream Team” Mookie Wilson, Ray Knight, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling, as well as Gary Thorne, who along with Bob Murphy did the play-by-play for the 1986 radio broadcast. Then at 7:00pm ET, WOR will unlock the vaults to let listeners relive the night when the Mets’ World Series fortunes turned around in dramatic fashion. After a special introduction from the current voice of the Mets, Howie Rose, listeners will be treated to every call from the late, great Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy and Gary Thorne…just as they were heard almost 30 years ago.
[WATCH] Sherri Shepherd Gets Spence's Emoj(o) Working
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH 2016 –– Former "View" host and "30 Rock" and "Ride Along 2" cast member Sherri Shepherd came in Friday morning and stuck around for "Spence's Song of the Week!" on 98.7/Las Vegas' Chet Buchanan Show. As you'll see in the video, Shepherd appeared quite pleased with Spence's performance and managed a few moves of her own. WATCH HERE
Paul & Young Ron Show On The Hunt For Associate Producer
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH 2016 –– The Paul & Young Ron Show, airing from BIG 105.9 Miami, is on the hunt for an associate producer. Starting out on a limited basis, this job will involve editing/content/on-air work as needed. Job could lead to larger role. Please submit info to to firstname.lastname@example.org - Big 105.9 is an equal opportunity employer.
Fans Fighting To Bring Back 'Nashville'; Carpool Karaoke To Go International
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iHeart Debt Ruling Expected Early This Week
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2016 –– A lawyer for iHeartMedia said the company has been harmed by the threats of default notices that started early this year reports The San Antonio Express News. The judge’s verdict, which is expected early this week, will either allow a group of bondholders to file default notices against the company or block the creditors from pushing the company to the brink of bankruptcy.
“There’s a disagreement in the interpretation” of the bond rules, iHeartMedia lawyer Kevin Huff acknowledged. The conflict arises from iHeartMedia’s transfer Dec. 3 of 100 million shares of its billboard subsidiary, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc., from a holding-company subsidiary to another subsidiary. Darren Davis (shown), president of iHeartMedia’s networks, said the company is missing business opportunities because of uncertainty caused by the news of default notices. He added that the company has lost contract opportunities because it cannot hire hard-to-find technology talent it needs to run its operations.
The company has said in SEC filings that if it does not receive the permanent injunction it seeks to block future default notices, it will have 60 days to take actions to avoid bankruptcy that would follow if an avalanche of debt repayments from many other bondholders is triggered, possibly totaling more than $15 billion. One of those options is moving the 100 million shares back to the control of the bondholders. PHOTO/Singer Granger Smith performs onstage during the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on in Austin, Texas - Bob Levey/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Battle Intensifies As Sumner Redstone Ousts Former Confidants
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2016 – Sumner Redstone has removed Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and Viacom board member George Abrams from the seven-person trust that will determine the fate of both Viacom and CBS in the event of Sumner's incapacitation or death, reports Reuters. The move gives his daughter, Shari Redstone (shown), who is also on the trust and vice-chair of both CBS and Viacom, more certain control to determine the fate of her father's $40 billion media empire.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that Viacom board members had been blocked from seeing the elder Redstone. According to cnn.com, a spokesman for Dauman called the steps "illegal and invalid" in an e-mailed statement to Reuters. "They are a shameful effort by Shari Redstone to seize control by unlawfully using her ailing father Sumner Redstone's name and signature. As she knows and as court proceedings and other facts have demonstrated, Sumner Redstone now lacks the capacity to have taken these steps," the spokesman said. "Sumner Redstone would never have summarily dismissed Philippe Dauman and George Abrams, his trusted friends and advisors for decades." Abrams and a spokeswoman for Shari Redstone did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment. Sumner Redstone and Dauman have worked together for more than 30 years, and Redstone has called Dauman "a great friend."
Trump Reaches Out To Milwaukee Host With Handwritten Note
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2016 –– Could this be a glimpse of the more 'presidential' Donald Trump? Charlie Sykes, popular host on Milwaukee's WTMJ, got an unexpected handwritten note from presumptive GOP nominee candidate. It was written with a “magic marker,” and sprawled across the front page of the New York Times. As you'll see in the closeup, it says: Charlie — I hope you can change your mind. Look forward to doing your show. I WILL WIN.
Sykes makes note of article's headline: "Once Against, Another Flank Of G.O.P. Warms Up to Trump." Sykes writes in rightwisconsin.com, The story recounts how some social conservatives who had spent most of the past year "opposing and condemning Trump, are now moving to embrace his candidacy..." Sykes calls the photo at left "my "DEWEY BEATS TRUMAN" pose."
"Okay, so I didn't see that coming. Not sure he really wants to do my show again, but he seems to be opening the door. Interesting. Perhaps we are in the midst of a Trump Charm Offensive. Despite the fact that Trump has publicly called me a "lowlife" and a "dummy," I do appreciate the outreach. (Mr. Trump is apparently willing to be more gracious than his legions of Trumpkins.) But, still #NeverTrump. PHOTOS/Courtesy of Charlie Sykes
iHeart Tampa Names Brian Donovan Director Of Digital
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced that Brian ‘Munchie’ Donovan has been named Director of Digital, effective July 1, 2016. “This is a welcome return to Tampa for Brian - he has 93.3 FLZ in his blood,” said Sam Nein, President of the Tampa Bay Region for iHeartMedia. “He has a proven track record across multiple cities, and we’re excited for Brian’s expertise to make a positive impact on our digital strategy.”
Donovan has more than 20 years of experience in the radio industry, most recently serving as Director of Digital for iHeartMedia Hartford and afternoon drive time on-air personality for KISS 95.7. He previously served as the co-host for The Kane Show on iHeartMedia Tampa’s 93.3 FLZ and the night show host for WVKS-FM in Toledo, Ohio. Donovan began his career in 1996 as the night show producer for 93.3 FLZ.
STUDY: Podcast Listening By Adults Doubled In Past 5-Years
A Nielsen Scarborough study found that podcasting consumption is increasing with the number of adults listening to podcast during the past month doubling over the past five years. But who’s listening? What are their areas of interest? These questions are explored in their "If You Create It, Will They Come? Nielsen Scarborough found that podcasting consumption is on the rise with the number of adults 18 and older listening to a podcast during the past month doubling over the previous five years! But while anyone with a smartphone or a computer can become a podcaster, building a loyal audience is where the challenge begins. And with so many platforms vying for the attention of the consumer, selecting the right content is the key to success.
Nielsen Scarborough examined the lifestyles and behaviors of podcast listeners to identify the types of content that engaged these consumers and kept them coming back for more. Who Listens? The study found that podcast listeners are equally male and female, with the majority (70%) being between the ages of 18-44. They are 39% more likely to be single, 44% more likely to be a college graduate and 33% more likely to be employed in a white collar occupation. With an average household income of $83,700, podcast listeners exceed the national average by about $12,000.
As media consumption continues to shift more to on-demand and advertisers wanting to reach consumers must go beyond age and gender, knowing lifestyle and interests are critical to reach the right listener. So “yes,” they will come, but only if you fill your podcast with the right content. Methodology Podcast listeners include adults 18 and older who watched, listened to or downloaded a podcast on any device during the past 30 days. SEE MORE DETAILS HERE
Sharon Stone To Receive NABEF Leadership Award
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2016 –– Renowned actress and humanitarian Sharon Stone will receive the 2016 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) for her ongoing commitment to raising awareness and support of AIDS research, prevention and treatment. Stone will receive the honor at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Awards on June 21.
The Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service. Considered NABEF’s highest individual honor, the award will be presented during the Celebration of Service to America Awards held Tuesday, June 21 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Stone began her career as an international print model and network television actress and in 1980, she debuted on the big screen in Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories.” In 1992, she starred in the blockbuster “Basic Instinct” and in 1995, she earned a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination for her role in Martin Scorsese’s “Casino.” In 2015, Stone starred in the TNT drama series “Agent X” and most recently appeared in the features “The Disaster Artist,” directed by James Franco, and “Mosaic,” directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Weeknd And Adele Score Big At Billboard Music Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2016 –– Weeknd raked in a total of 8 awards at last night's 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Weeknd grabbed Top R&B Song(s), Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album and Top Streaming Song. Adele was the other night's big winner snagging the Top Artist Category, topping Justin Bieber, Drake Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. She also took honors for her record breaking Album: Adele, 25. Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Selling Song -“Hello."
The night saw Kesha perform following legal battle with former mentor Dr. Luke. Madonna honored Prince with a special tribute, following by a surprise tribute from Stevie Wonder. The Billboard Music Awards also featured a touching performance from Celine Dion following the recent death of her husband. See all the winners and highlights below in Popline. PHOTO/Twitter
Stars Mingle Backstage With WWO At Billboard Music Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2016 –– During the Billboard Music Awards this past weekend, Westwood One had a robust backstage radio row at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Several artists stopped by for interviews and with more than 20 radio stations and hosts including Westwood One nationally-syndicated show The Adam Bomb Show, Zach Sang Show and Special K from KRBE Houston.
Shown above is WPLJ-FM/NY personality Ralphie Aversa and actress Sonia Rockwell (right) posing with WPLJ-FM/NY personality Ralphie Aversa and actress Sonia Rockwell along with Los 5 during Westwood One Backstage at the BBMAs.
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[LISTEN] Radio Spinoff Would Likely Occur In Early 2017 Says Moonves
Says 'There Are A Lot of Companies Looking At CBS Radio'
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2016 –– During yesterday’s Q&A with the CBS Corp. chairman & CEO Leslie Moonves at the Needham Emerging Technology Conference in New York he was asked about the pending spinoff of its radio division. Moonves said, "There are a lot of companies looking at CBS Radio" and they are exploring every single possibility. "The radio business is still a very good business," he emphasized, but repeated that it's a slow-growth business. “There's a lot of interest in it and there should be,” Moonves said. “It’s a very solid, solid business.”
As for a time frame, Moonves said a spin-off would likely occur in the first quarter of 2017, but if someone wanted to acquire it sooner or a merger it could happen sooner. Once again he reiterated that radio is a great business but thought it would be better off on its own. With regard to other businesses CBS has sold, Moonves called the sale of it's record division in 1988 to Sony one of CBS' 'biggest mistakes. He said then-CEO Larry Tisch “couldn’t stand the guys in the record business. He thought there was a little too much drugs and rock ‘n roll.” But it “wasn’t a great deal. Sony Music has done very very well since then.” LISTEN HERE
Don Benson To Receive National Award During Radio Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2016 –– Don Benson, who served for over a decade as president and chief executive officer of Lincoln Financial Media Company, will receive the National Radio Award during the NAB/RAB Radio Luncheon on September 21 in Nashville. “Don Benson has advanced the radio business with his strategic and thoughtful leadership," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. "This recognition is timely and fitting for Don, who is held in the highest regard for his integrity and genuine commitment and service to broadcasting.” As president and chief executive officer of Lincoln Financial Media Company (LFMC) from 2008-2015, Benson oversaw all aspects relating to LFMC's 15 radio stations in Atlanta, Miami, San Diego and Denver. Named chief executive officer of LFMC in May, 2008, he was appointed president of the company’s radio division in January, 2005; in addition, he previously served more than 10 years as the company’s corporate senior vice-president of operations/programming.
Benson has more than 40 years of media experience, including more than 30 years with Lincoln Financial Media (and previous owner Jefferson-Pilot) and seven years as a programming consultant. Benson began his career at WMAK/Nashville, before joining Jefferson-Pilot in 1974 at WQXI AM/FM in Atlanta. He served as vice president of operations at KIIS-FM in Los Angeles and as corporate vice president of programming for Western Cities Broadcasting. He was executive vice president of operations for Burkhart/Douglas & Associates, an Atlanta-based media consulting firm, prior to rejoining Jefferson-Pilot in 1994.
[WATCH] Fitz In The Morning Adds 13-Year Old With Stage 4 Brain Cancer To VO/Imaging Team
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2016 –– Click on the graphic above and hear Fitz who host mornings on 100.7 The Wolf Seattle and syndicated by Sun Broadcast Group, talk about his friend and new voice talent, Tori. Tori is 13 and has stage 4 brain cancer. She lost her sight after a surgery to remove the tumor. Fitz tells Jockline, "You would never believe how I met Tori. I was having my daughters birthday party at a petting zoo. Tori happened to be there at the time and as she came near our area, she recognized my Dads voice from the show. She said, is that Green Beret Bob, FITZ's Dad from Fitz in the Morning. Her mother approached my Dad, then came up to me and told me that Tori was a huge fan. It was then that Tori and her Mother shared her story with me."
Fitz adds, "Tori and I have been working on her NEXT adventure. I invited her up to the studio to be America's next GREAT voice over artist. She has been added to the production and imaging on my show for America to hear. But most importantly, she gets to hear herself on the radio. She gets to have something to look forward to as she continues the fight of her life. THANK YOU soooooo much to everybody who helped make her dreams become reality!! You bet I'm gonna put her back to work soon. We have already scheduled her next VO session in two weeks. She has inspired so many kids who have a disease or disability to NEVER give up on their dreams. A wheelchair or a disease can NEVER stop the voice inside our hearts. Plus, I need voiceover talent....so it works out nicely. There is more work to be done for our "Voices of Strength". LISTEN HERE
FCC Launches Online Consumer Complaint Data Center
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2016 –– The Federal Communications Commission launched its new online Consumer Complaint Data Center to provide greater transparency into consumer complaints received by the Commission. "WE take very seriously the input we get from American consumers and the issues they bring to our attention ,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “Greater transparency of our consumer complaint data further empowers consumers and provides the public – as well as communications providers – with greater insight into consumers’ concerns.” Informal complaints submitted to the FCC are added to the database, which is updated on a daily basis.
The Consumer Complaint Data Center allows users to easily track, search, sort and download information. Consumers can build their own visualizations, charts and graphs. The data is also available via API (application programming interface), which allows developers to build applications, conduct analyses and perform research. The data can also be embedded on other websites. The data center includes visualizations of various communications issues profiled in the consumer complaints as well as geographic search features by city, state and zip code.
ON-AIR: Heather Davis Takes Middays At NASH-FM Nashville
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that Country host Heather Davis has joined WKDF/NASH FM 103.3 in Nashville as Host for Middays. Davis joins NASH FM 103.3 from Curtis Media’s Country-formatted WQDR-FM in Raleigh, NC. Prior to that, she hosted Mornings on Country station WGNA-FM in Albany, NY, and hosted Middays for Townsquare Media’s Country 106.5 WYRK in Buffalo, NY.
Charlie Cook, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Nashville and Vice President, Country, for Cumulus Media said: “The minute I heard Heather’s audio I knew that she was the sound we need on WKDF. I love her varied on-air experience and she is a social media monster, which is so important today. We are looking forward to Heather joining radio’s best company in one of America’s best cities.”
Marika Dominczyk To Host 41st Gracie Awards In Beverly Hills
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2016 –– Marika Dominczyk will host the 41st Annual Gracies Awards Gala and Grammy Award-nominee Andra Day will perform her hit “Rise Up” on May 24 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced . The Gracie Awards honor outstanding individual achievement and programming by, for and about women.
Additional attendees include Allison Janney, Angela Bassett, Mindy Kaling, Kathie Lee Gifford, Ali Landry, Danica McKellar, Kerri Kasem, Aunjanue Ellis, 2016 Gracies Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lynda Carter, Maureen “Mo” Langan, Yara Shahidi, Laura Ling, Jennifer Holmes, Kelly McEvers, Michaeleen Doucleff, Jane Greenhalgh, Jai McVay, Amy Lawrence, Kristine Leahy, Cooper Lawrence, Vikki Ziegler-Payne, Eleanor Kagen, Liz Watson, Jenna Weis Berman, Meredith Ochs, Natalie Morales, Jaclyn Levin, Rachel DeLima, Melia Patria, Krissy Clark, Marcia Biggs, Lizzie O’Leary, Stephanie Laing, Elaina D. Smith and Beverly Bond.
The Polish actress and wife to actor Scott Foley, Domi?czyk can be seen on screen in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Who Do You Love and I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, while also having appeared in the sitcom The Help. The Gracies Awards Gala will be live streamed in partnership with Cumulus on websites nationwide. National Gracies winners are recognized at the Gracies Gala in May while local, public and student winners will be recognized at the Gracies Luncheon, June 21, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
Garth Brooks Holds Presser To Announce Upcoming Concert At Yankee Stadium
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2016 –– Garth Brooks poses with Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming, Cumulus Media during this week's Garth's press conference to announce his upcoming concert to be held at the beloved New York baseball shrine on July 9.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow. Garth announced his return to NYC with the first-ever Country concert at Yankee Stadium live on America's Morning Show.
This will mark Garth's first concert in New York City since his epic Central Park concert in 1997.
3rd Annual GAB Radio Talent Institute Underway At UGA
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2016 –– The above photo was taken this morning from The University of Georgia where the 3rd Annual GAB Radio Talent Institute, led by consultant Dan Vallie (below), is at the halfway point for nearly 20 college students have been accepted into this year's Institute from UGA, as well as other schools in the state, i
This morning students were treated to a live studio audience as CBS Radio’s Ryan Cameron (shown far right) Morning Show w/ Wanda Smith on V103/WVEE broadcast live from the Institute. The GAB Radio Talent Institute is the first of five radio talent institutes this summer from the National Radio Talent System, followed by the Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University in North Carolina; the inaugural Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University; the Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and the KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University. For more info, contact DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com or call 828-262-1502.
CONDOLENCES: CBS News Legend Morley Safer Passes Away
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2016 –– Just one week after announcing his retirement, CBS news legend Morley Safer has passed away at 84. According The Daily Beast, “Safer was in declining health when he announced his retirement last week.
According to the CBS network, Safer’s health had been “in decline” when it announced his retirement. His wife, Jane Safer, told The New York Times he died of pneumonia. “Morley was a fixture, one of our pillars, and an inspiration in many ways. He was a master storyteller, a gentleman, and a wonderful friend. We will miss him very much,” 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager said in a statement. “Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever,” added CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves. CBS News celebrated his long career this past Sunday evening with a post-60 Minutes special, titled Morley Safer: A Reporter’s Life.' See more tributes below in Popline. PHOTO/CBS
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Daniel Craig Rumored To Have Turned Down Chance To Play 'Bond' Again
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Viacom Board Scraps Sumner Redstone's Annual Pay
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2016 –– Viacom's board on Wednesday decides to eliminate its annual pay for ailing founder, Sumner Redstone, who turns 93 next week. According to a person familiar with the situation, The Los Angeles Times reports Redstone was paid a $2-million salary for the 2015 fiscal year, according to a regulatory filing. The board's decision comes nearly two weeks after Redstone struggled to answer questions during an 18-minute deposition for his mental-competency trial.
According to a transcript conducted at Redstone's home, it showed that he had trouble answering basic questions, such as his given name: Sumner Murray Rothstein. Last week, a judge in Los Angeles stopped short of declaring Redstone mentally competent. But Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan found that Redstone was in command of his faculties enough to know who he wanted in charge of his healthcare -- his daughter, Shari Redstone (shown). Despite the pay cut, the billionaire showed 2014 that he received $13.2 million in compensation, including a $10-million cash bonus. In fiscal 2013, he received a compensation package valued at $36.2 million, including changes in the value of his pension. Court papers also revealed that he had given his former girlfriends Manuela Herzer and Sydney Holland, approximately $150 million over a five-year period.
[WATCH] Radio's Bobby Bones Invades NBC's 'Today' Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2016 –– Bobby Bones, host of the Premiere syndicated Bobby Bones Show, shared details of his new book 'Bare Bones' I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book' with Kathie Lee and Hoda on yesterday's 'Today.' He retold the story of how he quietly paid out of pocket to put up a negative billboard campaign in Nashville posting 'Go Away Bobby Bones.' Plus, they asked about the origin of his name. Slightly embarrassed, he explained that it went back to an 8th grade scuffle where he ripped his shorts and earned the name 'T-Bone.'
Bone's book shares his growing up poor in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, with a young, addicted mom, abandoned by his father at the age of five, but how he saw radio as his way out. Today, originating from WSIX-FM Nashville, his show is heard on nearly 100 stations nationwide. Bones is joined on the show with co-hosts Lunchbox and Amy (Brown), and sidekicks Eddie Garcia, Ray, Nada and Morgan. WATCH INTERVIEW HERE - ORDER HIS BOOK HERE
PROGRAMMING: KXTE Las Vegas Names Ross Mahoney As PD/Afternoon Drive
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2016 –– KXTE X107.5 announced Ross Mahoney has been named the new Program Director and Afternoon Drive host on X107.5 airing weekdays from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM effective immediately.
“After a long, nationwide search, I am thrilled we have found Ross to take the lead at X107.5,” said CBS RADIO Las Vegas Operations Manager, JB King. Mahoney’s career in radio started in 1996 at the late great WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz. There he worked his way up from intern to Music Director, Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Air Talent. Most recently, he was Program Director at WRMR Modern Rock 98.7 before the opportunity to join X107.5 brought him to Las Vegas. al assets.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Gamut Names Heather Boethin DOS
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2016 –– Gamut, a Cox Media Group (CMG) company, has named Heather Boethin as its new Director of Sales South for Gamut, effective immediately and based in Dallas, Texas. In this role, Boethin will oversee all of the Digital Sales, South for Gamut, encompassing Atlanta, Dallas, and outlying areas. Additionally, she will also work closely with CoxReps Digital on driving high level strategic initiatives between the two companies.
Boethin began her Cox Media Group career in Tulsa Radio in 2007. Her career started in sales, and she was promoted to Digital Sales Manager and most recently Manager of Cox Local Solutions in Tulsa, Okla. for TV, Radio and Cable.
Tampa Bay Lightning Fans Support Team With Bolts Tattoos
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2016 –– More than 150 Tampa Bay Lightning fans are now showing their support for the team with bolts tattoos thanks to Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa’s The Mike Calta Morning Show (inset) on WHPT 102.5 The Bone.
Host Mike Calta gave away free Tampa Bay Lightning tattoos to fans, including Bradenton mayoral candidate Warren Merriman (shown), live in studio during his morning drive show on WHPT 102.5 The Bone. Fans can watch Merriman getting his tattoo on The Mike Calta Show website. In support of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup Playoff Run, Mike Calta, Morning Show host at Tampa’s 1025 The Bone-WHPT, partnered with local tattoo shop “Atomic Tattoos” to offer die-hard fans their chance to be a Bolts fan, FOREVER.
'Spencer's Neighborhood' Makes National TV After Seeking Woman Who Was Only Seen Neck Down During Telecast
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2016 –– “Spencer’s Neighborhood” on WARH-FM ST. Louis sought out a woman who was only seen from the neck down during regional and national broadcasts of the St Louis Blues NHL Playoff Run. Spencer tells Jockline, "With the Blues in the Western Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks, we felt it was necessary to find out who the woman was that has been dubbed #RallyBoobs. During a short conversation about how sad it was that the cameras never showed her face and only focused on her assets, an email was sent from a loyal listener, her husband. We quickly got her on the phone and asked her what her plan was with her new found fame. She replied with “I’m going to take a negative and turn it into a positive by wearing pink and promoting breast cancer awareness.”
Another listener heard this and offered up his graphics company to make some transparent stickers with her message and the Spencer’s Neighborhood logo. Emily’s goal is to raise $1500 for Susan G Komen and is well on her way. Nicely done!
Entercom Seattle And Portland Continue Support of Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation Fundraising
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2016 –– 99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle, 107.7 The End of Seattle, and 94/7fm of Portland announced that through their efforts with Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy foundation, they have jointly raised over $115,000 to benefit local charities in a single year. The radio stations pledged to give $2 of the sale of every ticket to their annual summer and holiday concerts to the Vitalogy Foundation, and because of the great success of last year’s efforts, the partnership will continue into 2016.
Dave Richards, VP of Programming at Entercom Seattle said: “We’re humbled by the contributions and support of our collective audiences this past year, and now proud as can be to continue this partnership with Pearl Jam. There’s no better combination than seeing three stations, one world class band, and a music loving audience getting behind local causes." “We’ve listened to and worked with these stations for over two decades. It’s great to be able to collaborate with them to support standout non-profits in our local communities,” says Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. For more information on the Vitalogy Foundation, please visit pearljam.com/activism/vitalogy-foundation.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
BBC Radio Presenter Earns 3 Times More Than British Prime Minister
Paid $610,000 A Year For One-Hour Daily Show
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2016 –– BBC Radio 4 presenter Eddie Mair (L) is among a large group of BBC staff receiving huge salaries who will avoid having their pay disclosed under new rules. Eddie is reported to be earning £425,000 (610,00 US dollars) a year for presenting a one hour show (5pm to 6pm) five days a week. Mair's earnings were published by Miles Goslett on his HeatStreet website and were attributed to a Radio 4 source. The BBC generates £3.7billion (5.3billion US dollars) a year from license fees that British householders have to pay by law. The BBC spent £208,000 million (300 million US dollars) on 'talent' last year.
Funeral For a Friend In Perth Australia, Nova 93.7’s - Nathan, Nat and Shaun – went into mourning for a lost faithful friend. They were gifted their fave food – some award-winning Kalgoorlie Sausage Rolls, sourced direct from Nathan’s hometown of Kalgoorlie. Nathan placed the sausage rolls in the Breakfast room fridge. A week later they weren’t too fresh. Devastated, Nathan, Nat & Shaun, along with Nova 93.7 staff, held a service on the Nova balcony in Subiaco to cremate their missed meal – the world’s first ever funeral service for sausage rolls. Watch the video and read more HERE
BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum plays for President Obama - Jamie Cullum has been in Washington celebrating International Jazz Day, and collecting content for his weekly Radio 2 Jazz Show. Some of the biggest names in jazz gathered at the White House for the occasion, and Jamie also performed at a concert hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Jamie took that opportunity to record interviews with Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding and bassist Marcus Miller. They will all feature, along with their music, on his BBC Radio 2 show at 1900 on 24th May.
Connect with Graham at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
Atlanta Radio's Kevin Avery Becomes 1st Guy To Win 'Over 40 And Fabulous' Mag'Award
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2016 –– Props to Kevin Avery, co-host of 104.7 The Fish Atlanta's Kevin & Taylor Show on becoming the first guy to win Best Self Magazine's Over 40 and Fabulous! award. Along with the honor, He'll now cover it's June issue. Kevin is well known for his athletic feats. Last year he rode his bike 100 miles on the Atlanta Motor Speedway for Food for the Poor drive.
Kevin tells Jockline, ""I am completely shocked. This is a testament to our devoted listeners who voted for me! They are truly like a family, or a really nice gang! Again, just floored!"
Megyn Kelly Special Draws Big On TV Special; Glu Mobile Launches Britney Spears' Game
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iHeart Court Battle Being Eyed Closely By Other Groups
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2016 –– In a case being watched closely by other U.S. companies looking to restructure their debt, the iHeartMedia’s lawsuit against investors comes down to the definition of an investment. According to The San Antonio Express News, If state District Judge Cathleen Stryker rules against iHeartMedia, it could kick off a cascade of events that could quickly trigger technical default on as much as $15 billion of its bonds and put iHeartMedia at risk of bankruptcy, company executives have said in court. The paper reports both sides tried to no avail to find a compromise before the trial, but may still be able to strike a deal that allows iHeartMedia to avoid bankruptcy if it loses in court.
iHeartMedia has been battling a group of its bondholders since early January, when investors began threatening to force the company into default on some of its notes over a transaction they claim technically violated their bond agreements. At issue is whether iHeartMedia’s Dec. 3 transfer of 100 million shares of company-owned stock from one subsidiary to another qualified as an investment. The transaction was done as part of a complicated strategy to reduce iHeartMedia’s financing costs on its staggering $20.8 billion in debt. On Monday, iHeartMedia lawyer Kevin Huff told Stryker that the transfer was proper because it fits the definition of “investment” in its debt agreements. “Investment has meaning beyond a profit motive. This was a permitted investment,” Huff said in court this week. Huff added, IHeartMedia performed similar transactions in 2008 and 2009 by moving cash into subsidiaries designed to buy company debt at a discount. “No one threatened notices of default then,” Huff said. Lawyers representing the bondholders argued that there is not standardized definition for an “investment” in bond agreements. Jones Day lawyer Bruce Bennett, who represents the bondholders group, told Stryker, “One indenture cannot be used to interpret another” agreement. PHOTO/Singers Liam Payne (L) and Niall Horan of One Direction perform onstage - Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia 1
iHeart's Darren Davis Tells Judge Rumored Financial Trouble Keeping Skiddish Young Job Candidates From Joining Company'
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2016 –– Among those testifying in court yesterday in San Antonio was Darren Davis reports forbes.com, President of iHeartRadio. “It’s disrupting our operating business every day,” said Davis. He told the judge that the company’s line of credit was recently reduced from $1.5 million to $50,000, hampering its ability to quickly respond to market opportunities. And two of its largest manufacturing partners, who offer iHeartRadio as an integrated feature of products like televisions and cars, also claim to be “very concerned”’ about sticking with a company rumored to be in financial trouble.
“It damages a brand perhaps irreparably.” Davis said and feared that at least one of the company’s partnerships wouldn’t survive any potential bankruptcy “based on conversations we’ve had.” “We’ve had $20 billion in debt for the last eight years, and we’ve never had any bankruptcy threat until the last 60 days,” Davis told Texas State Judge Cathleen Stryker. The default threat has also kept skittish young job candidates from joining the company, added Davis. "Because of the drumbeat of negative news bombarding their social media accounts.
Davis denied under questioning by the lenders’ attorney that his comments conflict with recent trade-press assurances by Bob Pittman, iHeartMedia’s CEO, that company operations haven’t been disrupted by the default threat. He said those comments were aimed at reassuring company employees worried their jobs are in jeopardy. “He’s trying to calm them down, let them know their card key is still going to work,” Davis said. “But we’re still ordering pizza on Fridays, and we’re still ordering bagels to start Mondays.” The case is IHeartCommunications Inc. v. Benefit Street Partners LLC, 2016CI04006, District Court, Bexar County Texas (San Antonio).
'Is The Name 'Podcasting' Hurting Its Growth, Asks Jacobs Media's Seth Resler
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2016 –– Jacobs Media head Fred Jacobs calls Seth Resler their resident podcast maven and this week, Seth sought the wisdom and counsel of some the smartest people in the podcasting space to settle a score that has been brewing for some time now, whether the word “podcasting” is preventing the medium from reaching its full potential. Resler points to Leo Laporte, founder of the This Week in Tech (TWiT) Network, and widely respected as one of the forefathers of podcasting, yet he has famously shunned the word in favor of “netcasts.” To settle the argument once and for all, Seth asked a number of luminaries in the podcasting world to respond to a simple statement: “The name ‘podcasting’ is holding the medium back and ought to be changed.” You can click below to read numerous responses. Among the many was a comment from Dean Cappello, EVP & Chief Content Officer for WNYC/New York's Public Radio.
“The history of the world is littered with less-than-elegant show names and handles and identifiers. ‘Cable TV’ was an awful term until HBO and CNN gave it value. Whether it’s ‘podcasting’ or some other term, it’s up to us, producers, to make the term exciting and relevant and sticky by defining it with amazing stuff. ‘Podcasting’ may not be natural until someone produces Serial or Radiolab or Another Round and the broad audience understands what it is. You might ask yourself where we would be if Apple had not created an app for ‘podcasts’ and put it on the home screen.“ READ MORE HERE
Seth Resler, along with Amplifi's Steve Goldstein are presenting two exclusive, back-to-back sessions on podcasting at this year's MSBC in Atlanta set for Aug. 11 & 12 - Details coming.
ON-AIR: Sean 'Mac' McNally Added To Lineup At WIVK Knoxville
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that legendary Knoxville Country radio station, 107.7 WIVK will add Sean “Mac” McNally to its on-air line-up Monday through Saturday from 7PM to Midnight. The move enhances the time slot’s NASH Nights Live programming by delivering local flavor, on-location broadcasts and commentary from McNally, while continuing to deliver the star-studded content from Nashville-based NASH Nights Live co-hosts Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith.
McNally was most recently Morning Show Host and Program Director for Brewer Broadcasting’s WPLZ (Cat Country) in Chattanooga, prior to the station’s format flip to Classic Hits late last year.
SYNDICATION: George Noory To Present Live Stage Version Of 'Coast To Coast' In St. Louis
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2016 –– Coast to Coast AM host George Noory will present a special, live stage version of his overnight program at Lindenwood University in St. Louis on June 18 at 7:00 p.m. Noory, who splits his time between St. Louis and Los Angeles, will welcome ufologist and nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, rock historian and author R. Gary Patterson, St. Louis Radio Hall of Famer Mark Klose of FM NewsTalk 97.1, and Mark Farley, founding member of the St. Louis Paranormal Society and frequent guest of KFTK’s Dave Glover Show.
In addition to discussion of extra-terrestrials, UFOs, and other paranormal phenomena, attendees will be treated to music from the Jim Manly Band and much more. Produced by FM NewsTalk 97.1 and Danheiser Entertainment, it will also be made available on Pay-Per-View. Please visit www.coasttocoastam.com or http://www.971talk.com for more information.
Former Radio Host, Billy Bush, To Join NBC's 'Today Show'
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2016 –– Former radio host turned TV star, Billy Bush, has been tapped to join NBC's morning news franchise, the 'Today Show' reports The Hollywood Reporter. The announcement came Tuesday morning from Noah Oppenheim, SVP, NBC News' and in charge of Today.
Bush, who is in the process of exiting Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live, will play an important role in the show's 9 a.m. hour. Veteran Today anchor Natalie Morales (shown), who was among the co-hosts of that hour along with Tamron Hall, Al Roker and Willie Geist, has already been tapped as host of the NBCUniversal infotainment properties. Worth noting is 'Today's' other radio connection is contributor Carson Daly who, in addition to hosting the hugely popular 'The Voice,' host mornings on AMP 97.1 LA.
Bush began his career hosting the afternoon drive show on WLKZ-FM in New Hampshire, later moving to Washington, D.C., where he hosted the midday show on WARW-FM. In March of 1997, Bush moved to WWZZ-FM (Z104) in D.C. as host of “Billy Bush and the Bush League Morning Show,” which aired until January 2001.
Rodney Atkins To Host 6th Annual 'Music City Gives Back' Concert
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2016 –– Country artist Rodney Atkins will host his sixth annual “Music City Gives Back” concert on Tuesday, June 7, unofficially kicking off a week of country music festivities in Nashville ahead of the CMT Music Awards and CMA Music Festival. The star-studded event, which benefits W.O. Smith Music School, will be take place in downtown Nashville and will feature performances by Atkins, Craig Campbell, LANco, Canaan Smith and headliner Dustin Lynch.
“This is hands - down one of my favorite events to do every year,” said Atkins. “We started it as a way to help our friends and neighbors in the community who were affected by the huge flood in 2010, and it just keeps growing every year and has become a fun way for us to support some of the great organizations we have in Nashville like the W.O. Smith Music School. “America’s Morning Show” hosts Blair Garner, Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks will also host along with media partners NASH FM 103.3 and 95.5 NASH ICON. PHOTO/Kristin Barlowe - EB Media
Nathans To Air Celebrity Radio Spots For 100th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2016 –– Nathan’s Famous restaurants are marking their centennial year in 2016 with a special radio campaign that feature local TV and radio celebrities. According to mediapost.com, the 60-second ads which began this week feature Whoopi Goldberg, Regis Philbin, Kathy Griffin and radio hosts Evan Roberts (WFAN); Rich Kaminski (WLTW) and Skeery Jones (Z-100) who share their favorite memories of its flagship Coney Island location
The overarching style of these commercials is ‘celebrity open mic,’” said Don Raskin, senior partner of MME, Nathan’s’ agency of record for 26 years, which is handling the anniversary campaign’s creative and media. “There was no formal script and we only chose people who had a passion for this iconic brand.” The ads will be broadcast through Labor Day on New York stations including WFAN, Z-100 and Lite-FM. The Coney Island location’s selling 5-cent hotdogs ( the price of the dogs when Nathan’s opened in 1916) is open from 11 am to 2 pm on May 28.
Jimmy Kimmel Show Gets 3-Year Extension; 'Carpool Karaoke' Gives Street Performance
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Radio Still One Of Harvey's Favorite Things To Do
As Host Mulls Cutting Back His Work Load, It's Apparent Radio Won't Be One Of Them
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2016 –– Steve Harvey will soon be taking on yet another TV show and, along with his Premiere syndicated radio show may have to consider cutting back on at least one of them. Adweeks's Jason Lynch writes, "One thing seems certain: It won't be the radio show, as it is closest to the real him, as he puts it, and is one of his favorite things to do."
As of now, he host four hit TV shows "Little Big Shots on NBC, Celebrity Family Feud on ABC (last summer's biggest new series in total viewers and adults 18-49), the syndicated Family Feud and his syndicated daytime talk show, and an ABC business-reality series tentatively titled Dream Funder, ordered for midseason. Somehow he's able to squeeze in a daily radio show 272 days a year. Harvey tells Lynch, "I do love all of these gigs, but something is going to have to go for sure," he says. "I've only got five fingers, and there's five holes in the dam right now." Harvey says he and his wife Marjorie—and not his agents at William Morris Endeavor—will decide which project he'll give up. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
Former Producer Pleads Guilty To Harassing Gregg (Opie) Hughes
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 20916 –– Benjamin Sparks, A former producer of the “Opie and Anthony” show, pleaded guilty to harassing reg (Opie) Hughes reports nydailynews.com. Benjamin Sparks Benjamin Sparks copped to one count, a violation, in Manhattan Criminal Court for inundating Gregg (Opie) Hughes with alarming calls and text messages last September. He was ordered to complete four days of community service and must stay away from Hughes, who said his colleague was a longtime menace to him and his family.
Sparks called Hughes a “f---ing law-breaking piece of s--t” and threatened him with lawsuits, court papers say. Gregg (Opie) Hughes said that Sparks had been harassing him and his family for years. “I have good lawyers. Looking forward to taking your money,” he said, according to filings. “Papers being drawn up …” Opie and Anthony split up in 2014 with Jim Norton taking over co-host reins.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Adam Goodman Named CEO For Radio Button Network
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2016 –– Adam Goodman, Ace & TJ’s long time manager, has been named as the first member of the Radio Button Network management team and will serve as President /CEO. Ace & TJ launched The Radio Button Network, last week, as a radio personality resource service run BY talent FOR talent focusing on ‘the other 20 hours’ providing digital content & delivery, direct response, radio syndication and the creation of new inventory.
The Radio Button Network helps talent and ownership pool their resources to create new revenues for both performers and stations. Adam Goodman: “I am excited to be able to further engage with the great content radio personalities create every day. Digital distribution now opens immediate revenue streams, brand growth and audience interaction the performers and the radio ownership they partner with will both love.” TJ quipped, “I am thrilled to have Adam Goodman tell us that we have named Adam Goodman as President/CEO." The Radio Button Network is currently seeking top radio talent who want to increase their value and inventory ‘the other 20 hours’ via digital, social media, direct response and brand growth.
Scott Goldberg Named Midday Information Network Anchor For ABC Radio
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2016 –– VP/GM of ABC Radio Steve Jones announced that Scott Goldberg has been named the midday Information Network anchor for ABC News Radio. He fills the the role previously held by Cheri Preston. Scott will anchor national newscasts during midday hours each weekday. Jones added, "As you know, in December Cheri took over the morning drive anchor duties for the ABC News Radio Information Network. Since joining ABC News Radio in 2012 .. He has covered a wide range of major stories including both Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and two presidential elections. Scott will continue using his reporting skills and this summer will travel to Rio for the highly anticipated 2016 Summer Olympics. Scott has won the recognition of his peers through multiple awards.
In 2015, Scott received the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing. He also was a member of the teams that won the Edward R. Murrow Award for ABC News Radio's coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and Overall Excellence in 2014 and 2015.
Billboard Ranks Radio's Most Influential Rock Programmers
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2016 –– Billboard magazine reached out to label executives to determine the 25 most influential rock programmers in the country. They were ranked by market size and their industry impact. Cumulus, CBS, Entercom and iHeart programmers were among its top recipients.
Cumulus programmers making the list were Walt Flakus, APD/MD and Afternoon Personality, WKQX (101 WKQX), Chicago, IL, and Troy Hanson (L), VP/Programming for Rock, and Program Director, WKQX (101 WKQX), Chicago, IL. and Derek Madden, Program Director, KXXR (93X), Minneapolis, MN. Coming in at #3, was CBS' VP/Prog. LA and PD of KROQ, KAMP & KCBS LA was Kevin Weatherly. He was joined by Lisa Worden Faulk, APD/MD of KROQ.
Entercom occupied four slots on the list with Jim Fox (KRXQ 98 Rock & Radio 94.7, San Diego, CA), Scott “Lazlo” Geiger (96.5 The Buzz, Kansas City, MO), Mark Hamilton (KNRK 97/7 FM, Portland, OR), and Ryan Castle (shown) (KISW 99.9 FM, Seattle, WA). “Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming commented in a release,“This is just one more example of the industry recognizing Entercom Program Directors, who are the best in the business, hands down.."
iHeart's John Allers - WRFF Philly, Nerf 41 - KTLC Denver, James Howard - Elliot In the Morning/Wash. DC and KYSR LA's Mike Kaplan and Andy Harms were also featured. - SEE FULL LIST HERE
iHeart To Broadcast “The Sports Buffet” In Austin and San Antonio
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that the popular show “The Sports Buffet” is being expanded with the addition of a studio in San Antonio and will now be simulcast on am 1300 The Zone in Austin and in San Antonio on The Ticket 760, effective immediately.
“The Sports Buffet” is hosted by the voice of the University of Texas sports, Craig Way and UT Football and NFL veteran Rod Babers and airs weekdays from 4-7:00 p.m. Sports Buffet co-host Rod Babers added, “I am extremely excited to grow the Sports Buffet audience into such a passionate sports market like San Antonio. We have a great team on the Sports Buffet and we are dedicated to providing our fans with unique high quality sports entertainment.” “It's a thrill be on Ticket 760 in San Antonio. I have had great experiences there in the past with Texas Longhorn broadcasts and as a guest on several different shows through the years,” said Sports Buffet co-host Craig Way.
WWO To Feature Performance By Bahari While Backstage At Billboard Music Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2016 –– California pop trio Bahari will provide an exclusive performance during Westwood One Backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. Westwood One will also host a radio row and produce exclusive red carpet and post-show coverage. The 2016 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Ludacris and Ciara, will be beamed live from the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, May 22 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on ABC. Westwood One national shows The Adam Bomb Show and Zach Sang Showwill join the row.
On Sunday, May 22, Westwood One Backstage will present five hours of special Billboard Music Awards programming for nearly 100 stations nationwide, starting with a pre-show red carpet broadcast from 7–8 pm, hosted by Kerri Kasem and featuring Ralphie Aversa in the Fan Zone. Westwood One/Cumulus is syndicating two companion programs for the 2016 BBMAs to 75 Cumulus stations – an AC version hosted by Westwood One personality Adam Bomb with Kristin Klingshirn and a Top 40 version with the Zach Sang Show team.
Hubbard St. Louis To Co- Host First Ever 'Trike Riot' Event
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio-St. Louis announces that they have partnered with events production company Sack Lunch Productions Inc - the same company that created the popular Dirty Dash®, Color Me Rad®, Slide the City® and The Lantern Fest® events – is redefining bicycle races with wheeled goods brand Razor for its newest event concept, Trike Riot.
The St. Louis Trike Riot event will start with the 11:00 am morning assembly party, allowing those who purchased the Razor DXT Drift Trike to assemble and decorate their shiny new three-wheeler. Hubbard Radio-St. Louis stations – 92.3 WIL, 101ESPN and 106.5 The Arch will join for the event.
Azalea Poses Backstage At Concert With CBS Las Vegas PD's
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2016 ––Last night, CBS RADIO’s SPF concert was a pre-summer bash filled with fun at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with live performances from Iggy Azalea, Alessia Cara, Lukas Graham, Fifth Harmony, Kygo, and Mike Posner. As a special treat to fans at the sold-out show, surprise guests Parson James and Conrad Sewell joined Kygo on stage during his set. Before her set, Azalea stopped by backstage to greet CBS RADIO's Top 40 Program Directors. In the photo attached, Azalea posed with CBS RADIO executives including Michael Martin, Senior Vice President, Programming and Music Initiatives; Jeff Sottolano, Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO; and Chad Fitzsimmons, Vice President, Music Initiatives, CBS RADIO. You can get a full recap of the show at Radio.com.
'Sweatergate' Reporter Says There's No Controversy; Sinead O'Connor Found Safe
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[WATCH] Bert's Big Adventure Charity Targeted By Scammer
THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2016 –– Atlanta's Channel 2 Action News reported over the weekend on scammers attempting to rip off Georgia charities. Among them was Bert’s Big Adventure, a well-known charity of the syndicated Bert Show, which has sent 15 chronically or terminally ill children and their families to Disney World in Orlando each year for the past 15 years.
According The AJC's Rodney Ho, The show had received a bogus check for $44,850. Then the supposed donor would request $15,000 back because the amount was an “error.” Bert officials flagged the scammer because they couldn’t get them on the phone and felt his request seemed fishy and reported it to the authorities instead.
Bert (Weiss) tells Jockline, "The reality is that people wake up in the morning looking to scam anybody or anything. Preying on whomever they thing they can get some cash from. Old people? Kids charities? Sickens me. I certainly am not taking it personally. But if this person got away with it that would have been 3 less families would could have taken on Bert's Big Adventure. My hope is that any other show that has their own non profit reads or listens to the story 'cause this person is now trying to extort from charities all over the country." WATCH HERE - LISTEN TO BERT EXPLAIN ON-AIR HERE
[WATCH] Seacrest Tells Graduates, 'Always Trust Your Gut'
THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2016 –– Perhaps one of The University of Georgia's most famous students ever, Ryan Seacrest, took to the stage during Friday's commencement ceremony telling its 5,000 plus graduates "To always trust their guts, referencing his decision to leave college and go pursue his dream. "I was scared to death, but at the same time I was never more sure of anything in my life." According to 11 Alive TV, Seacrest attended the University of Georgia more than two decades ago before moving moving to Hollywood to become a radio and TV personality.
Along with receiving an honorary degree from the school, which he said was a proud moment for his mother "who's been waiting 24 years to see me in this" (pointing to his gown). He added that grads should also listen to people just as much as they talk and always be up for laughing, even if it's at yourself. But his biggest take-away: "Make sure you happen to the day instead of it happening to you, but no matter the circumstances, you still only get one shot to make a day that matters," referencing the tragic accident that recently took the lives of four UGA students. "Each of the 5,552 members of this class has a story worth being shared, and tonight we're here to celebrate all of you," he said ... "Go make it happen." [WATCH HERE]
Bobby Bones Admits Being Behind Billboard Stunt In New Memoir
THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2016 ––The Washington Post Emily Yahr calls Bobby Bones 'sort of the Ryan Seacrest of the country music world ... Like Seacrest, Bones is everywhere, including sports talk radio, award shows and on tour with his band, the Raging Idiots. Now with his latest memoir, “Bare Bones,” set for release this week, he reveals taking drastic measures to get listeners to like him during his first year in Nashville.
Arriving in Nashville in 2013 with no experience in country radio, "some listeners loved it; others took an instant dislike," says Yahr, but a year into his run, he was getting tired of being known as “the weird radio guy.” “My attitude wasn’t winning me any friends — or listeners. I needed to get people to like me, or at least feel sorry for me,” he writes. The plan? “I launched a massive negative PR campaign against myself to garner sympathy.”
Bones says he spent nearly $13,000 of his own money to put up billboards all over Nashville for three weeks with a message: “GO AWAY BOBBY BONES.” (shown). Bones says people started speculating who it could be, from record labels to other radio stations to country singers who didn’t like him. When media outlets tried to investigate, they found the billboards were purchased by an organization called “Anti-BOBBY BONES.” Even now, Bones still can’t quite believe he got away with it. No one guessed it was him. In the book, he admits the billboards were “pretty desperate measures to take to get more ratings.” ORDER HERE, READ ARTICLE HERE
Angie Martinez Opens Up About Exit From Hot 97 In 'My Voice'
THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2016 –– New York's beloved Angie Martinez's long-awaited 'My Voice' hits bookstores tomorrow. Aside from numerous stories involving her celebrity fans, she'll also weigh in on her exit from longtime home Hot 97 and city's notorious rap radio wars. According to The New York Daily News, when Angie Martinez announced on-air that she was leaving Hot 97 after two decades as “The Voice of New York,” her roster of celebrity fans flew into a frenzy. Rihanna sent flowers. Ludacris and Tyrese called from the set of the latest “Fast & Furious” flick. Taraji P. Henson stopped by with a gift of sunglasses. “Girl, don't be in all these pictures with your eyes red and puffy,” Henson told her.
Martinez, recalls in her memoir that fateful departure day in 2012 and her decades spent schmoozing the biggest legends in hip-hop. Martinez quit Hot 97 to join the competition, Power 105.1, sending shockwaves through the hip-hop community. She played an instrumental role in branding Hot 97 as the voice of hip-hop from the mid-‘90s, with many memorable moments on air. "My Voice" hits bookstores May 17th.
SYNDICATION: 'Mornings with Erica Campbell' Debuts; Co-Hosted By Griff
THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2016 –– Multi-Grammy® winner and multi-award winning gospel artist, and originally scripted series TV star Erica Campbell with co-host Griff brought her voice, inspiration, charisma and style to a new morning drive radio show syndicated by Reach Media Inc. in collaboration with Radio One.
The new 4 hour morning drive radio show, Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell debuted with comedian and radio veteran Griff. Erica’s fresh take on radio brings a diverse mix of gospel and inspirational music, star-studded interviews and practical principles to help listeners do what her mantra proclaims: Faith Walking. Love Talking. Joy Living. With segments like Erica-sims where Erica shares a personal thought of the day to inspire listeners to live authentically and wholly; and GRIFF’s Prayer that provides comical inspiration for hot topics – Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell has moved the dial on a new style of uplifting morning radio. For more details and to catch up with Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell visit GetUpErica.com.
ON-AIR: The Jim Polito Show Moves To WHYN Springfield, MA
NewsRadio 560 WHYN announced the addition of The Jim Polito Show to its weekday lineup, beginning Monday, May 16. The Jim Polito Show will air weekday mornings from 6 – 9:00 a.m. Broadcasting live from the WTAG Studio in Paxton, MA. A dominant player in Massachusetts media since 2000, Polito received multiple Associated Press Awards while he was Chief Investigative Reporter at WGGB. Polito also held down a commentator role at FOX 25 in Boston.
“This is a true homecoming for me. My years in Western Mass as an investigative reporter were some of the most rewarding in my professional career. Exposing organized crime and helping to put corrupt politicians behind bars are the foundation I plan to build on. I’m fortunate that people of the Pioneer Valley have always supported me. I look forward to informing, engaging and entertaining them every weekday morning. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Polito said.
3rd Annual GAB Radio Talent Institute Kicks Off This Week At UGA
THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2016 –– And the hits just keep on comin' for The University of Georgia. Following Seacrest commencement address, the 2016 3rd Annual GAB Radio Talent Institute led by consultant Dan Vallie (below) returns to its campus beginning today. Nearly 20 college students have been accepted into the Institute from UGA, as well as other schools in the state, i
Cox Media Group’s Executive Vice President and CMG Research , Bill Hendrich, does the opening session (“ Now is the Time to Start Thinking Like a Pro ”). He will be preceded by opening comments from Bob Houghton, President of the Georgia Assoc iation of Broadcasters and Dean Charles Davis of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UGA. On Friday, the students will be treated to a live studio audience as CBS Radio’s Ryan Cameron Morning Show w/ Wanda Smith on V103/WVEE broadcast live from the Institute (shown from last year's show at the institute.
The GAB Radio Talent Institute is the first of five radio talent institutes this summer from the National Radio Talent System, followed by the Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University in North Carolina; the inaugural Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University; the Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and the KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University. For more info, contact DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com or call 828-262 - 1502.
'Mike & Mike's Greenberg Inducted Into Medill Hall Of Achievement
THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2016 –– Mike & Mike co-host Mike Greenberg was inducted into Northwestern University’s Medill Hall of Achievement last Thursday, May 12. Greenberg is a 1989 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.
The Hall of Achievement was established in 1997 to honor Medill alumni whose distinctive careers have had positive impacts on their fields. Last month, Greenberg – along with Mike & Mike co-host Mike Golic -- was also inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Photo credit: Jenna Braunsteinz
KLOL-FM Alumni Issues Nationwide Invite For Next Reunion
THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2016 –– Following the success of a recent gathering of alumni from legendary AOR KLOL-FM/Houston (photo attached), organizers Dayna Steele and Doug Harris are issuing a nationwide invitation to former programming, promotions, management and sales staffers (and the record reps who fed them) to meet in Houston on the afternoon of Saturday, Rocktober 1, 2016.
Earlier this month, over 50 such notables joined Dayna in her home to test their memories about the good old days. Later that day, Houston media blogger and first time film maker Mike McGuff played a portion of his upcoming documentary about the station's glory days in the screening room of Dayna's waterfront home in Seabrook, Texas. To keep tab on the details, keep in touch with Dayna and Doug on Facebook or email Doug Harris at DougH@CreativeAnimal.com PHOTO/Lanny Griffith, Colonel St. James (Joe Sayre), Dayna Steele, Martha Martinez, Brian "Boner" Shannon, Mark Masters, Doug "Jr. Mintz" Harris, Laurie Kendrick, Cody Robbins, Bobby Slam" Duncan, and GM Extraordinaire Pat Fant.
BBC REBOOT: Distinctive Content First; Ratings Second
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2016 –– Making it clear he was "emphatically not saying the BBC should not be popular," The UK's Culture Secretary John Whittingdale issued a 'white paper,' part of a major overhaul of how the government-owned BBC is run. According to bbc.com, the White Paper is the government's proposals for the Royal Charter, which will likely be debated in Parliament, but the final shape of the Royal Charter is determined by the culture secretary.
Among the key points proposed by Whittingdale suggests "Commissioning editors should ask consistently of new programming: 'Is this idea sufficiently innovative and high quality?' rather than simply 'How will it do in the ratings?'" Whittingale also raised the issue of star pay; a requirement for all employees and freelancers who earn more than £450,000 ($681,000) to be named. The move will affect some of the corporation's best-known names, such as Chris Evans, Gary Lineker and Graham Norton, although their actual salaries will not be revealed. But a senior figure at the corporation cautioned against cutting the salaries of the highest-paid too much.
James Purnell, director of strategy and digital at the BBC, said "We pay less than the private sector already but we need to make sure that we don't go so low that we can't get brilliant people like Chris Evans (R) to work for us." He added the corporation had already cut its talent bill by 15%, adding: "It's been independently reviewed and been given a good bill of health. "Clearly we need to get the balance between getting the right people to work for the BBC but also paying less than the private sector."
Responding to the White Paper, BBC director-general Tony Hall said it "delivers a mandate for the strong, creative BBC the public believe in. "At the end, we have an 11-year charter, a licence fee guaranteed for 11 years, and an endorsement of the scale and scope of what the BBC does today," he said. But he added there were some areas where the BBC will continue to talk to the government to address remaining issues, including allowing the National Audit Office to be the BBC's auditor and how the new board is appointed. He said: "We have an honest disagreement with the government on this. I do not believe that the appointments proposals for the new unitary board are yet right. "We will continue to make the case to government. It is vital for the future of the BBC that its independence is fully preserved." PHOTO/photosounds - shutterstock READ STORY HERE
[WATCH] Taylor Swift Launches New Ad For Apple
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2016 –– Taylor Swift & Apple Music released their third ad and this time all Taylor has to do is dance. The mega star tweeted a peek at 'Dance Like No One's Watching', which features Swift promoting an Apple Music playlist called “Friday Night Rocks!” Instead of lip syncing as she did with Jimmy Eat World's song in a previous ad, she now dances around her living room to The Darkness’ “I Believe In A Thing Called Love.” The ad ends with the tagline: “Dance Like No One’s Watching.”
Apple Music head of content Larry Jackson has confirmed that an entire series of commercials had been created featuring Swift, and they would continue to be released periodically, much as singles from an album are. Taylor has appeared in two previous Apple Music ads.
According to The Wrap, Apple and Swift have been BFFs since burying a hatchet over artists payments during the service’s three-month free trials last year. As the company was ramping up its launch of Apple Music, Swift threatened to withhold her album “1989” from the service because the company’s deals wouldn’t pay artists, writers or producers for listening during three-month trials. Apple quickly capitulated and reversed the policy, and the two have been cozy ever since. WATCH VIDEO HERE
[WATCH] KISW Seattle's 'Live Day' Nominated For Award
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2016 –– Entercom Seattle’s 99.9 KISW, “The Rock of Seattle, ” received a Radio Mercury Award Nomination for “Most Innovative Use of Radio” while pioneering a unique radio event titled “Live Day.” On December 2, 2015, KISW’s morning show “BJ and Migs (inset),” and its afternoon show, “The Men’s Room,” ran completely live, including all commercials, songs, announcers, background music, and sound effects . “We wanted to get back to the true essence of radio,” said Entercom Vice President of Programming & Operations, Dave Richards. “ This award nomination proves there is still a place in the market for people who truly love the entertainment value of radio.”
KISW Live Day was put together by Writers: Dave Richards, Jason Dildine, Ryan Castle, Taz. Producers: Jason Dildine, Ryan Castle, Taz . Creative Directors: Dave Richards, Ryan Castle, Jason Dildine. Engineers: Ben Watts, Top shelf. Production Company: 99.9 KISW. On-air Talent: Miles Montgomery, Steve Hill, Ted Smith, BJ Shea, Steve Migliore, The Rev , Malcom Ryker, Impossible Acoustic, Glenn Cannon Link to footage of KISW Live Day : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltis7x - ZQkY&feature=youtu.be The 2016 Radio Mercury Awards will take place June 2nd in New York. WATCH HERE
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