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Hollywood Descends On Murfreesboro For Premier Of 'AM Radio' Starring Omar Gooding
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– A new movie is making its national premier this week in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with many scenes captured directly from WGNS Radio. According to Rutherford Group's News/Talk WGNS radio, the film's Red Carpet Premiere will be at the AMC Theater this Friday (April 23, 2021). Starring in the film is Omar Gooding (R), the brother of Cuba Gooding, Jr. who plays the character of “DJ Taz,” a late-night talk show host who has listeners that hang-on to every word he says. The movie was directed by Ricky Burchell.
The plot centers around a once-famous DJ, DJ Taz, who's now employed as a late-night AM radio DJ at his friend, Tony’s, struggling station, the embittered Taz often uses the mic to bemoan the condition of the world he finds himself in. His outbursts over the air frequently put the station in jeopardy and push his friendship with Tony to the breaking point.
One day a beautiful voice on the line simply says, “I understand” and begins to cut through the hard exterior of the radio personality and inspire a new listening audience around the country when their nightly conversations go viral.
The film will make its national premier at the AMC theater in the Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro this Friday. WATCH TRAILER HERE
Omaha Radio Host Facing Backlash Over Tweet Following Derek Chauvin Verdict
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– A tweet by conservative 1110 KFAB Omaha talk host Chris Baker (shown below) following the guilty verdict of former Minneapolis' police officer Derek Chauvin was quickly deemed racist as it spread across social media last night. Beneath the headline 'Guilty' was a GIF (file image) of four dancing older Black native men in loincloths and body paint and possibly spears. According to the Journal Star, the post was quickly deleted, and Baker's Twitter feed has been deactivated. C. Taylor Walet III, area president/Nebraska for iHeartRadio, said the post was inappropriate and the situation was under review.
"We are aware of the completely inappropriate tweet that was posted late Tuesday afternoon," Walet wrote The World-Herald in an email. "Please know that this does not represent our viewpoint or our values; we take this situation very seriously and are reviewing it internally in order to take appropriate action." Ian Lee, an Omahan who works on political campaigns in Washington, D.C., said he took a screenshot of the tweet when he saw it at about 4:50 p.m. Lee follows Baker and other Nebraska political figures on social media. "It jumped out of the feed to be quite frank," he said. "It was just so brazen, so over the line." Lee said he made a screenshot of the image because he suspected that Baker would realize his mistake and take it down. "He should not be able to get away with this." Others on social media called for Baker to be fired and for the station and its advertisers to be boycotted.
SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Radio Welcomes New Cast Member Nicasio To The Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 – The YEA Networks nationally syndicated Tino Cochino Radio show is adding a new member to it's cast of characters. This week Nicasio (top center) who is extremely outspoken and has no filter was left speechless by his girlfriend Amber of 10 years who informed him that she is pregnant! After days of being in shock Nicasio said: “Words can’t describe how excited I am to take on this new journey and role as a new father! I’m super excited to share it with the listeners on-air and to get their crazy different perspectives on parenthood. We can’t wait to welcome our little one to the world in October! #BabyTorres2021”
Tino says, "The entire team is ecstatic and can't wait to incorporate Baby Torres into the fabric of the show." TCR is now heard in over 60 cities across America. To get TCR on your station reach out to scott@yeanetworks or Mikey@tinocochinoradio.com
Markley, Van Camp & Robbins Approaching 100 Affiliates With Addition of 17 More
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– Alpha Media and Compass Media Networks are experiencing a surge in demand for The Markley, van Camp & Robbins Show. The show recently added over two dozen new markets with seventeen new LIVE clears for Markley, van Camp and Robbins: Markets include: Brownwood TX KXYL-AM Danbury CT WLAD-AM El Dorado AR KELD-AM Eugene OR KPNW-AM Eureka CA KINS-AM Fairfield IL WFIW-AM Jacksonville IL WJIL-AM Juneau AK KJNO-AM Klamath Falls OR KAGO-AM Medford OR KMED-AM Peoria IL WMBD-AM Robinson IL WTAY-AM Saginaw MI WSGW-AM/FM Sheldon IA KIWA-AM Susanville CA KSUE-AM Vincennes IN WAOV-AM Waynesville MO KJPW-AM
Dave Maurer, Operations Manager WSGW Saginaw MI, says, "The live Markley, Van Camp and Robbins show is making a positive contribution to the programming of 100.5 & 790 Newsradio WSGW! The guys get on the hot topics of the day, but they also know when to take the off ramp and add some entertaining elements to the show. I'm confident they are bringing us a broader audience including younger listeners and more women."
“Markley, van Camp and Robbins have achieved the perfect blend of chemistry and humor” said Phil Becker, Executive Vice President of Content, Alpha Media. “This is the show News Talk stations have been looking for.” Now with almost 100 markets including Seattle, Portland, San Antonio, Orlando and Peoria. For more info, contact Robert Blum (914) 610-4956 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dana Show Adds KFYI Phoenix As Its Newest Affiliate
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 – Radio America is excited to announce the addition of iHeartMedia’s KFYI-AM Phoenix. The show debuted on April 12th. Dana Loesch is the number one nationally-syndicated female talk radio host in the country and hosts her award-winning show, The Dana Show, from Dallas, Texas. Her third book released in 2020, Grace Canceled: How Outrage is Destroying Lives, Ending Debate, and Endangering Democracy, evaluates the current Cancel Culture taking over America.
The Dana Show is also heard on other great stations nationwide like: KRMG-AM/FM Tulsa, WBAL-AM Baltimore, KLIF-AM Dallas-Ft. Worth, KVI-Seattle, WSB-AM in Atlanta, KXNT-AM Las Vegas, plus many more.
EVENTS: Birthday Bash 25 Set For HOT 107.9 Atlanta Celebrating 25 Years of Hip Hop
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– HOT 107.9 Atlanta announced its upcoming Birthday Bash 25 set for July 17th. Since 1995, HOT 107.9 has shaped the Hip Hop culture in the South, providing listeners with not only the hottest music but one of the biggest sold-out concerts in the country. Previous shows have included performances by just about every Hip-Hop heavy hitter, such as Biggie, T.I., Gucci Mane, Kanye West, Jay Z, Ludacris, Jeezy, Cardi B, Outkast, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Chris Brown, Future, Rick Ross and countless other chart-topping artists.
The July 17th line-up celebrates 25 years of Hip Hop and will be nothing less than a sell-out success, with tickets going on sale Friday, April 30th. "We're excited to bring back Birthday Bash and know it will be a highlight for Atlanta after such a challenging year. We've moved the event to an outdoor stadium and implemented Covid-19 safety protocols to make Birthday Bash 25 one of the safest and most enjoyable shows ever," said Tim Davies, Regional Vice President and General Manager,"
The timing couldn't be better for the city to embrace music and have some fun." Devin Steel, Program Director, added, "The biggest artists in the world will come together on one stage, one night for an event they will remember forever."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Launches Partnership With iHeartMedia
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 – The impactful mentoring message of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) will be highlighted on more than 850 live broadcast radio stations, thanks to a new partnership with iHeartMedia. The number one audio company in the United States selected BBBSA for the Communities Spotlight Media Grant Program. The goal of the Program is to provide a platform for organizations to inspire, educate and empower listeners to take a stand against systemic racism and promote social justice. Today, there are more than 230+ local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, located in every state, from rural communities to major metropolitan areas. Beginning today a series of PSAs featuring voices of current youth (called "Littles") will air on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2021. The spots are focused on the need for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors, and most especially Black men.
"Thousands of young people across the U.S. are facing social isolation due to the pandemic and the need for connection is even stronger within Black communities that were hardest hit," said Tony Coles President of BIN: Black Information Network, and Division President - Metro Markets at iHeartMedia. "Through iHeart's partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America we hope to increase equity for all youth, and especially those lacking male role models or those that have experienced loss due to the pandemic. Big Brothers Big Sisters has been positively influencing young lives for over a century and the need for male volunteers right now is critical to their mission." iHeartMedia will also be a thought leader and participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) 2021 Virtual National Conference Bigger Together June 28-July 1.
'Radio Cares – Feeding America Radiothon' Delivers 400,000 Meals
MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) and Feeding America® worked with independent radio stations across the country for the 2nd annual “Radio Cares – Feeding America Radiothon,” which raised $40,000 to provide 400,000 meals for individuals and families that are facing hunger in America. Three-hundred-and-seventy-five radio stations participated in the April 14th radiothon. Radio stations did not need to be IBA members to participate. The majority of the donations went directly to Feeding America®, the largest hunger relief organization in the U.S., with a member network of 200 local food banks. Some stations chose to send the donations to local food banks in their community. Radio stations had the freedom to execute the radiothon independently and directed listeners to their station’s web site to donate.
The Radio Cares team of volunteers produced all the materials to make the radiothon 100% turnkey. Guidelines and pre-produced tools in English and Spanish were available for download from the Radio Cares website. In addition, nearly 300 celebrities and artists, representing every format, recorded promotional spots. “ “Hunger in America escalated because of the pandemic, and there are families still struggling to put food on the table,” said Ron Stone, President of the IBA and Chief Executive Officer of Adams Radio Group. “I’m very proud of the stations that participated again. The work that Benztown, McVay Media, Vipology put into this effort is unmatched – they truly define the word volunteerism!” Several companies volunteered their time and expertise to make the Radio Cares Radiothon a reality. They are, Adams Radio Group, AdLarge Media, Benztown, RC Communications, HRN Media Networks, Steve Kamer, McVay Media, Motor Racing Networks (MRN), Sun Broadcast Group, YEA Networks, and Vipology.
Rachel Zoe & Rodger Berman Talk Relationships In New Cloud10 Mediax iHeartPodcast, “Works For Us”
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– Rachel Zoe is known worldwide as a fashion authority and style icon. Now, on her new Cloud10 Media x iHeartRadio podcast, “Works For Us,” she gives listeners a look inside her own relationships. Co-hosted by her husband of 23 years, Rodger Berman, “Works for Us” examines what does (and does not!) make all kinds of relationships work. “Rachel and Rodger have such incredible chemistry, and it’s fun to see that in action on Works For Us,” said Cloud10 Media CEO/executive producer Sim Sarna. “They get so excited about their guests’ stories that they often complete each other’s interview questions.”
Zoe and Berman will also be chatting with best friends, business partners, siblings, mother/daughter duos and more. As Berman puts it, “We have a pretty low bar about what we will accept as a relationship, so provided you know the other person, we're pretty much happy to talk to you.” “Works For Us” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and is executive produced by Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman and Sim Sarna for Cloud10 Media and iHeartMedia. The show will be available on iHeartRadio as well as all other major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more.
As mentioned the last few days, we’ve been urged by a number of people to bring our 33rd Annual Morning Show Boot Camp back‘to ground level.’ Many say they very much want to connect again, hang out and, of course, meet at the bar to share a few laughs and ideas. A couple of months back this may not have been an option, but given recent progress with Covid-19 vaccines and more events returning on-site this summer, we decided to reach out to you for your input on 'Boot Camp 33' (set for August 12 & 13, 2021).
Your opinions and concerns are what matter to us most. For this purpose, we, along with the help of Jacobs Media, have prepared a very short questionnaire below that we’d greatly appreciate you taking just a couple of minutes to complete. Just in case you'd prefer discussing by phone, feel free to call me at 770-737-2700 between 11 am & 5 pm ET M-F. Thanks in advance for your input. Don Anthony
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Keith Hastings Named Director Of Operations For CMG San Antonio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 – Cox Media Group (CMG) San Antonio announced that effective this week, Keith Hastings will serve as Director of Operations for the market’s radio cluster. Hastings will oversee programming operations for San Antonio’s radio brands including KONO 101.1, 99.5 KISS, KKYX 680AM and 104.9, MAGIC 105.3, The Eagle 106.7, Y100 and KONO 86.
“Keith has been an instrumental leader on our programming team as Director of Branding & Programming for KISS FM and KTKX FM for the past eight years. He has also done an incredible job across our company in his role as CMG Radio’s Rock Format Leader,” said David Abel, Vice Present and Market Manager for CMG San Antonio. “I’m excited that Keith will be expanding his leadership role with us as CMG San Antonio’s Director of Operations.”
Hastings is an eight-year veteran of Cox Media Group, serving as Director of Branding & Programming for San Antonio’s KISS & KTKX and as Classic Rock Format Leader for Cox Media Group. He’s a graduate of Bowling Green State University, and his resume includes programming WCSX/Detroit, WHQG/Milwaukee, WAAF/Boston, and WLZR/Milwaukee.
Keith Hastings said “CMG San Antonio is the finest cluster of radio stations anywhere, with five super brands regularly at and near the top. It’s my honor and privilege to lead such a talented programming team in a company known for excellent culture, a winning reputation, and community service. Thank you to CMG’s David Abel, Steve Smith, and Rob Babin for this opportunity.
John Peake Rises To SVP/Programming For iHeart Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles announced today that John Peake will be elevated to Senior Vice President of Programming, in addition to maintaining his position as Program Director for 104.3 MYFM, effective immediately. Prior to joining iHeartMedia in 2009 as the Show Director for the Johnjay & Rich Show in Phoenix, Peake had an extensive radio career in San Francisco, Houston, Tucson, Denver and Birmingham.
In 2011, he was the Operations Manager for iHeartMedia Seattle, and in 2013, he moved to Southern California to spend the next four years as the Regional Senior Vice President for iHeartMedia’s Riverside and San Diego stations and the Program Director for Star 94.1. In 2017, John made the leap to Los Angeles, where he has served for the last four years as the Program Director for iHeartMedia’s highly successful station 104.3 MYFM and the legendary KOST 103.5.
“John is one of the most successful programmers there is, with experience that spans multiple formats and markets,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “We’ve been programming peers for over 30 years and I’m excited to collaborate with him in Los Angeles. He’s the perfect person to lead our incredible lineup of stations and personalities.”
“I am thrilled for this opportunity be part of the iHeartMedia LA leadership team and some of the biggest audio brands in the world,” said Peake. “The chance to work at a higher level with the imaginative, innovative and charismatic group of talent and programmers that lead the industry in the audio space is so exciting. Our LA brands are well positioned for growth across multiple platforms in the future, and I am beyond honored to be a part of that. My thanks and gratitude to Greg Ashlock, Tom Poleman, Brad Hardin, Kevin LeGrett and Andrew Jeffries.”
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Edison Research Signs WNYC Studios As Latest Subscriber to The Podcast Consumer Tracker
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 –– WNYC Studios has become the most recent subscriber to The Podcast Consumer Tracker from Edison Research. The Podcast Consumer Tracker is the industry’s only comprehensive measure of the total audience for podcasting and the reach of every major producer. "We are so happy to welcome WNYC Studios to our family of subscribers,” noted Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. “We have served New York Public Radio in a variety of capacities for nearly 15 years, and we are honored to be a part of their podcast strategy.”
The Podcast Consumer Tracker from Edison Research is a first-of-its-kind research product designed to serve the ongoing needs of leading podcast networks, agencies, and consultancies, and is the source of the Top 50 Most Listened To U.S. Podcasts of 2020. Current subscribers include Stitcher/Midroll, NPR, Wondery, ESPN, and many other producers and podcast platforms. Since 2019, The Podcast Consumer Tracker has offered a bespoke service to the growing podcast industry and provides members with reliable and regular data on the podcast audience, what they are listening to, and the relative reach and awareness of the leading podcast networks.
Each quarterly report tracks demographics, content preferences, listening behaviors, sales targeting information, and other custom measures. Edison Research has served the podcast industry for over 16 years through continual coverage of the medium in The Infinite Dial® and Share of Ear® research.
Study: Heavy Radio Listeners +18% More Likely Than Heavy TV Viewers For Major Auto Buy
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 – As the economy recovers and consumer confidence is restored, auto dealers have the opportunity to ramp up advertising efforts to sell cars. This week’s Westwood One blog looks at the current state of the auto industry and the importance of advertising, and then outlines an AM/FM radio attribution report released by LeadsRx that shows how AM/FM radio campaigns generate significant auto dealer website traffic.
According to reports from The Conference Board, Apple, Ipsos, and The New York Times, the economy is returning to normal with increased consumer confidence, commuting, and optimism. Nielsen shows that Heavy AM/FM radio listeners are +18% more likely than heavy TV viewers to make a major auto purchase: Nielsen reports one-third of heavy AM/FM radio listeners intend to make an auto purchase in the next year, +18% greater than heavy TV viewers.
Nielsen Scarborough: 40% of U.S. new car buyers cannot be reached with TV: Based on media usage, 40% of U.S. new car buyers are impossible to reach on TV. While 60% of auto intenders are heavy TV viewers and can be reached by linear TV, two out of five auto purchasers cannot be sufficiently reached by TV. One out of four persons 25-54 cannot be reached on linear TV: Nielsen’s just-released
Total Audience Report reveals linear television’s weekly reach among persons 25-54 has dropped from 85% in Q3 2018 to only 77% in Q3 2020. The risk of cutting advertising is loss of mental availability for a store or brand: Kantar, one of the leaders in marketing effectiveness measurement, studied what happens six months after cutting ads: awareness starts to fade and fewer consumers cite your brand as the place they would buy. Top-of-mind awareness erodes, as does purchase intention. AM/FM radio campaigns generate significant auto dealer website traffic.
On behalf of iHeartMedia, LeadsRx conducted the world’s largest study of media impact on auto website traffic. LeadsRx found that, on average, AM/FM radio is responsible for a +17% lift in automotive dealer web traffic. Most of this traffic comes from new consumers. 59% of web visits attributable to AM/FM radio advertising originate from new shoppers. READ BLOG HERE
Audacy's V-103 Atlanta Rebrands Morning Show To 'The Big Tigger Morning Show'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 – V-103’s (Atlanta) morning show “The Morning Culture with Big Tigger” is rebranding to “The Big Tigger Morning Show.” Along with the new name, come some new show features include: Rise & Grind Returning: Eric Thomas the Hip-Hop Preacher and Dr. Erroneous Jenkins “Little Known Black Facts” New: Dr. Erroneous Jenkins is a fictional character who knows it all. He has a PhD in black history and the origins of all things in the culture. This segment was tested during Black History Month and became an instant hit for listeners, so the show will be bringing it back for good on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:25AM ET.
Also added, Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda New: Need advice on a situation or conundrum in your life? The Big Tigger Morning Show will tell you woulda, coulda, and shoulda done! This goes down daily at 7:25AM ET. 8 O’Clock Motivation Mix Returning: DJ Teknology gets you up and motivated as you’re getting your day started with his mix!
iHeart And NFL Team Up For Launch Of Exclusive NFL Podcast Network
iHeartMedia and the National Football League (NFL) announced an exclusive podcast partnership to launch the NFL’s podcast network which will include the distribution of NFL Media’s existing podcasts, (Around the NFL, Move the Sticks, NFL Fantasy Football, Huddle and Flow, NFL Total Access: The Locker Room, Good Morning Football and NFL Legends) as well as the co-production and distribution of two dozen new original podcasts. “Podcasts are an increasingly important way to reach fans and a compelling way to tell NFL stories,” said Kevin LaForce, Senior Vice President, Media Strategy and Business Development. “We look forward to partnering with iHeartMedia to bring the NFL Podcast Network to life and deliver our podcast content seamlessly to fans on their platform and anywhere podcasts are consumed.”
As part of the exclusive deal, the new podcast slate will develop new shows with NFL Films utilizing some of the best content from their archives, while also creating new podcasts focusing on NFL history, inside access, and more. These NFL podcasts will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network. “Our partnership with the NFL is an incredible moment for iHeart – and the podcast industry, period,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group. “The NFL represents sports at its highest level – with the greatest athletes and the most heart-pounding games the world has seen. These are legendary stories, and we can’t wait to roll out a slate of incredible new podcasts to capture it all – for iHeart’s huge audience and the NFL’s massive fanbase alike.”
The first new original podcasts stemming from this partnership will be in-progress by this upcoming summer, ahead of the 2021 NFL season, and will be available on the iHeartRadio App and everywhere podcasts are heard.
iHeart Relocating Its Pittsburgh Headquarters
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 ––iHeart Pittsburgh, home to the iconic rocker WDVE-FM, has signed a lease to relocate its headquarters from 200 Fleet Street in Green Tree to Beacon I, an 80,000-square-foot office building in South Fayette, reports Pittsburgh's Post Gazette. The company will be taking 9,400 square feet on the first floor of the $16 million office building located at 44 Abele Road in the Abele Business Park. The paper says, "While that’s less than it had in Green Tree, the new space will include significant upgrades. The new space, being erected by Burns Scalo, is also planning a second four-story, 80,000-square-foot office building known as Beacon II in the business park.
As part of the relocation, iconic rocker WDVE will be leaving its longtime home at 200 Fleet Street, an office building that can be seen from the Parkway West. For years, the building, part of the Jacob Center complex, has had “102.5 WDVE” emblazoned at its top for motorists heading toward Downtown Pittsburgh to see. iHeartMedia plans to begin the buildout of the space this month and move into its new headquarters in the third quarter of 2021. Representing Burns Scalo in the deal were Ruby Scalo and Shannon McGuire.
SYNDICATION: Superadio Syndicates 'Money Making Conversations Minute of Inspiration with Rushion McDonald'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 –– Two-time EMMY® and three-time NAACP Image Award-winning television producer, entrepreneur, branding guru and social media influencer Rushion McDonald, expands his successful "Money Making Conversations" brand into new territories, with the syndication of the "Money Making Conversations Minute of Inspiration with Rushion McDonald."
Rushion McDonald Rushion McDonald The "Money Making Conversations Minute of Inspiration with Rushion McDonald" segment will run Monday through Friday, with the number of markets and stations on Superadio Networks to be determined. Taken from Rushion McDonald's popular podcast and syndicated radio show "Money Making Conversations," the 60-second segment shares insights on what's been an important driver to guests' success and what inspires their work and purpose.
McDonald's career background includes television/film producer, writer, business manager, and his successes include building the Steve Harvey multimedia brand, producing shows like "Family Feud," "Evidence of Innocence," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "Sister, Sister," "Steve Harvey Talk Show," and Stephen A. Smith's "Stephen A's World" on ESPN+. For more information contact email@example.com. https://superadio.com/
The Radio Buttton Now With Live 24/7 Stream & New Podcasts
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 –– The Radio Button app and RadioButton.us are now live with a 24/7 stream as well as new podcast content. The Ace & TJ Show, Drake Hall Memphis, Murphy, Sam & Jodi and other radio shows are producing unique podcast content and available at RadioButton.us. This week, The Radio Button is proud to introduce its first podcast production called WHY I’M SINGLE featuring Ace from The Ace & TJ Show along with Sarah who talks about why she and others are facing the realities of being single.
“The podcasts available while highly consumed are mostly without the oversight of experienced broadcasters like Ace & TJ.” Adam Goodman: co-President/ The Radio Button “Things are growing so fast around here I can barely keep up...but it's very exciting, though!” TJ: co-President / The Radio Button If you took your dating history and put it on a spreadsheet, what would you learn? Sarah did just that and learned, "Why I'm Single". Why I'm Single is the new podcast from The Radio Button straight from the mind of 30 year old single female Sarah Auten and hosted by Ace of the Ace and TJ Show.
For more information contact Adam Goodman at 843 212 6522 (ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com).
CONDOLENCES: Longtime Dallas Personality Jocelyn White And Bowling Green Host Steve Meredith Have Passed Away
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 –– We were saddened to learn of two longtime hosts who recently passed away. According the The Dallas Culture Map, Jocelyn White (TL)has passed away at 68. White, who had her own successful television show, Designing Texas, died on April 18 following a short illness; she was 68. Her death was confirmed by members of her family. White was an award-winning TV, radio, and print journalist and a fixture on the local charity scene with a passion for animals. In addition to television, White had a successful radio career that included working for Ron Chapman at KVIL radio and with Kidd Kraddick for the first two years of his Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on KISS FM. From 1988-1991, she was host of a weekly morning show called Sunday Morning with Jocelyn White on KVIL-FM. She also hosted a daily two-hour health talk show on KGBS radio; co-hosted Booray and Jocelyn in the Morning for ABC Radio Networks; and was Arts & Entertainment Editor at CBS affiliate.
In other news, longtime host Steve Meredith (TR) who handled the 'Drive Time show on WKCT radio (930 AM and 104.1 FMWKCT in Bowling Green, KY since 2015, died Saturday at age 54. According to The Bowling Green Daily News his longtime associate, WDNS-FM (D-93) morning show host Tony Rose, said Meredith’s contributions to the radio stations went well beyond serving as “Drive Time” host. “He was like the Swiss Army Knife of the radio stations,” Rose said. “He could fill in for me or for Chad Young (the morning talk show host on the AM station). He could do commercials and community events. He could do every single job in the building.” Young, who devoted Monday’s morning broadcast to hearing audience members’ stories about Meredith, also praised his co-worker’s variety of skills. Meredith is survived by wife Naren Meredith and two sons.
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Luke Bryan Takes Home Top Award For The Third Time At 56th Annual ACM Awards
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2021 –– The 56th ACM Awards was broadcast live this weekend on CBS and drawing the Academy’s highest honor as Entertainer of the Year was Luke Bryan making this his tenth win overall and third for Entertainer of the Year. This year’s 56th ACM Awards featured an all-star lineup of collaborations and memorable performances featuring 25 performances, 31 artists, and 31 hit songs. Next up was Maren Morris who lead the night with three ACM Award Wins Including Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. Jimmie Allen became the first black artist to win new male artist and Kane Brown became the first solo black artist to win Video of the Year. Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce received their first-ever ACM Awards
Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton hosted the show featuring three iconic Country Music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe, as well as performances at legendary locations across the city including the Station Inn, Bridge Building and on Broadway. The 56th ACM Awards was broadcast live on CBS and is available on demand on Paramount+.
Sean Tyler & Tasha Mack Team For The Morning Wake Up At KMJK-FM Kansas City
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2021 – Cumulus announced it will launch Kansas City, MO’s newest morning show, The Morning Wake Up With Sean Tyler and Tasha Mack, today on 107.3 KC’s R&B and Hip Hop/KMJK-FM. The show will air Monday through Friday from 5:00am-10:00am on 107.3 and features the talents of Kansas City radio legend Sean Tyler and Tasha Mack, a fresh voice to KC radio listeners.
Sean Tyler, a Kansas City native, is a popular radio personality who has been a fixture on local radio for almost 25 years. Tasha Mack is also a Kansas City native, and joins 107.3 from KKFI-FM, where she was on-air personality and co-host of The Show Me Mix Show. She also has a successful modeling, acting and commercial voiceover career, winning an Emmy Award for her role in the web series, “The UnReal Housewives of Kansas City.”
Susie Korgul Joins The Morning Wolfpack At 103.1 THE WOLF Orlando
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2021 –– JVC Media of Florida announced the addition of Susie Korgul to Orlando’s Country - 103.1 The Wolf (WOTW). Susie will join existing morning host Chad to form The Morning Wolfpack airing weekdays from 6am-10am. Korgul most recently served as Music Director and midday host at Audacy’s Hot AC WOMX Orlando. Prior to WOMX, she worked at WBVD Melbourne, FL, WAPE Jacksonville, and with the syndicated Mike Harvey Show.
“Over the years, I have been blessed to work with and learn from so many wonderful people in the radio industry. When the opportunity came to join 103.1 The Wolf, to tackle the challenges and feel the excitement of building a new morning show PLUS stay here in the city I love, it was an easy decision to say YES!” says Susie. “I can’t thank PD Murph, Director of Programming Stevie DeMann, JVC Executive Shane Reeve, and JVC CEO/President John Caracciolo for putting their faith in me."
WOTW PD Murph added, “Susie is a veteran in the Orlando market, with amazing talent, who is also involved in many community initiatives. The dynamic between Chad and Susie is going to attach itself to the hearts of the audience and I’m looking forward to the very bright and winning future of The Morning Wolfpack with Chad and Susie!”. JVC’s Florida Director of Programming Stevie DeMann added, “I’m excited Susie is joining the JVC team! It is going to be fun to watch her lend her incredible wit, charitable heart, and relentless creativity to 103.1 The Wolf and the Orlando radio market. Wolf Country is going to love waking up to The Morning Wolfpack with Chad and Susie!”
Rush Back On The Air In Atlanta With Debut of XTRA 106.3FM
THE MOUTH, APRIL, 2021 –– Dickey Broadcasting Company announced today the debut of the new XTRA 106.3FM - Atlanta’s Most Conservative News & Talk Station, effective immediately. XTRA 106.3FM will broadcast an industry-leading lineup of talk radio programs including “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” “The Glenn Beck Program,” “Guy Benson,” “The Buck Sexton Show,” and “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.”
“We are excited to announce the return of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Fox News, among many other great names, to the Atlanta market,” said David Dickey, President, Dickey Broadcasting Company. “These voices have entertained and informed generations of Atlantans, and will now continue to do so on XTRA 106.3FM and streaming on the XTRA app. Atlantans deserve great options for their news and information. We are proud that we can deliver this popular content to millions of listeners who feel they’ve been disenfranchised by recent programming shifts.”
For more information or to listen online, visit https://www.xtra1063.com/ or the XTRA 106.3 app.
EVENTS: Jersey Mike's 11th Annual Month of Giving Sets Record By Raising Over $383,000
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2021 –– On Wednesday, March 31st, 56 Jersey Mike’s restaurants throughout the Atlanta, Albany, Columbus and Macon areas capped their “Month of Giving” campaign for Bert’s Big Adventure by hosting a one-day community fundraising event, Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving.” One hundred percent of the day’s sales went directly to Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization founded by Bert Weiss, host of The Bert Show, that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. This year’s “Month of Giving” in total set a new record for Bert’s Big Adventure by raising $383,000.
“Our appreciation is endless, especially after this past year. The Bert Show and Bert’s Big Adventure community showed up all over Atlanta, Albany, Columbus and Macon to help raise money on Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving,” says Bert’s Big Adventure founder and host of The Bert Show, Bert Weiss. “It is overwhelming that our community was able to almost double our last record of $189,000 from 2019. We can’t thank our supporters, the local Jersey Mike’s franchisees and their dedicated staff members enough.” For more information about Bert’s Big Adventure, please visit bertsbigadventure.org.
Audacy To Air Speical NFL Draft Series
THE MOUTH, APRiL 19TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced the launch of “Ultimate Mock Draft 2021,” a six-episode series leading up to the NFL Draft in partnership with the Locked On Podcast Network. The series will be released in 45-minute episodes, weekdays from April 19 to April 26 via the Audacy app and website.
Hosted by Locked On Podcast Network’s Brian Peacock and Matt Williamson, a former NFL scout, each episode will dive deep into each team’s needs, draft strategy, player short-list, and “Ultimate Mock Draft” pick for the first round of the NFL Draft.
The mock draft will feature an audio war-room populated by Audacy NFL Insiders Ross Tucker, Brian Baldinger, Michael Irvin, Jason La Canfora and Armando Salguero, Locked On Podcast Network draft experts Trevor Sikkema and Benjamin Solak, and Locked On Podcast Network’s Draft Dudes podcast co-hosts Joe Marino and Kyle Crabbs, plus other draft and position experts from across the network.
WGN Chicago To Air The Kentucky Derby And Indianapolis 500 In May
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2021 –– WGN Radio announced that it will broadcast two great sporting traditions in May: the 147th Kentucky Derby and the 105th Indianapolis 500. The Kentucky Derby will air Saturday, May 1 from 4pm to 6:30pm. The scheduled post time for the actual race, dubbed “the greatest two minutes in sports”, is 5:57pm CT. The broadcast of pre- and post-race coverage will include interviews, analysis, and predictions, as well as trophy presentations. The broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 covers all of the racing action live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will include both the qualifying races and the Indy 500.
The schedule of the Indy 500 live coverage is as follows: Saturday, May 22: 4pm – 6pm (Qualifying) Sunday, May 23: 12:30pm – 2:30pm (Qualifying) Sunday, May 30: 11am – 4pm (Indianapolis 500)
Randy Lane: 'Remarkable Characters' Are Central To Every Show's Lasting Success
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2021 –– After spending a weekend watching such TV classics as 'Seinfeld' and 'M*A*S*H, talent specialist Randy Lane's blog quickly caught out attention. He blogs that remarkable characters are central to the success of every great radio show, podcast, and television show. Content-based shows typically achieve success quicker, yet they tend to decline in the long run due to the lack of human connection with listeners. Character-based shows get off the ground more slowly, although they create long-term listener loyalty and rating success. The Kidd Kraddick Show (shown) is a shining example of this point. Even with Kidd’s passing, the show continues to thrive on the strength of high-definition characters. There are three types of character-based shows, and each type has its own potential and pitfalls. Which type are you?
Type One: New characters balance their original content by putting a fresh twist on tried-and-true features like “Trending,” trivia contests, etc. High tune-in relationship benchmarks such as “Second Date Update” can quickly establish the content the show is known for. Type One show characters establish a trust relationship with the audience to create a personality brand. The first stage of development is for the character to express their perspective on current news stories (hard, good news, entertainment, and weird stories). Being new to the audience, they must gradually share their life experiences. Heart-felt personal stories enhance likability, and stories that reveal quirks and flaws show humanity. The time needed to turn unfamiliar characters into familiar ones can be a year or more. Caution: Since listeners are getting to know new characters, they must be careful not to expose too much of their personal lives too soon.
Type Two Characters are now well-known, as are their benchmark features. Type Two shows continue growing by introducing more original content which puts the show’s characters into unpredictable situations. Caution: Character and content predictability eventually diminishes TSL and stunts cume growth. Predictability is worsened by airing features at the same time daily and weekly. A good guideline is to schedule only A+ features at fixed times and repeat them at other fixed times. Then float all other features at varying times to increase the element of surprise.
Type Three shows remain consistently successful by highlighting familiar characters executing unpredictable content. Characters continue to be interesting over time by evolving and sharing those experiences. Life circumstances change, and that’s why RLC advises shows to conduct our Character Definition exercise at least yearly. Caution: Avoid a rating slide by continuing to generate innovative content beyond the characters. Look for opportunities to put your familiar characters in surprising situations, dilemmas, or quests.
Type Three is where you’ll find long-term successful radio shows likeThe Bert Show and TV shows like NCIS. It’s a three-step process: Cast interesting and colorful characters. Develop the character’s familiarity through their endearing characteristics, quirks, and flaws. Maintain the character’s familiarity while sharing their surprising and unpredictable evolution.
Mike Henry: How Community Stations Altered Their Content In Response To Local Emergencies
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2019 – Titled, Content Innovations on the Localist of Levels, Paragon Media's Mike Henry writes that last week he had the pleasure of meeting with 10 community radio stations from around the country to share content innovations from peer community stations that have responded to local emergencies over the past year. Henry says "Community stations are the true heartbeat of America that provide a vital public link to under-served audiences in small, rural, indigenous, and even major urban centers. In the face of the pandemic and local natural disasters, these stations have recently altered their music, information, and public service, and even the way and what they broadcast, to meet local challenges."
Here are just some of the new tactics community radio stations have employed— KWLP “The Peach” in Peach Springs, AZ “The local radio station of the Hualapai Nation!” provided 400 FM radios to the community to ensure people without Internet access could receive information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Broadcast Tribal Council meetings live on air as in person meetings were restricted
WXPR-FM “Local. Public. Radio.” in Rhinelander, WI Partnered with Nicolet College and ArtStart to present the three-part “Working From Home” project that highlights local artists during the pandemic The Home Grown Concert Series – on air and on video stream Pandemic Portraits – community members create their own postcard art that will be hung in the Nicolet Gallery, featured on social media, and preserved in Nicolet College’s time capsule marking the pandemic Virtual Quarantine Exhibition – Virtual Gallery Tour of local artists’ works at the Quarantine Exhibition at ArtStart
KMRE “Community Powered” College Station, TX Created a series titled “KMRE Coronavirus Stories” that invited the community to explore the impact of the pandemic on Whatcom County residents. Community contributors interviewed other residents and produced 5-to-25-minute episodes 32 episodes aired on KMRE and shared as a podcast on their website.
Henry says, "I’ve often said that community radio stations are the Peace Corp of radio, and their latest efforts only reinforce their critical existence and the benefits the provide their audiences." SEE THE OTHER 7 HERE
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STUDY: Approximately 156 Million People 18+(63% of U.S. Adults) Listen to AM/FM Radio Daily
THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2021 –– NPR and Edison Research released the findings of their first-ever study of its kind on radio -- which identifies six segments of radio listeners, their listening behaviors and their attitudes towards advertising. The study, titled “Radio: Live on Air and Everywhere” reveals that radio plays an important role in the lives of consumers and that the majority of radio listeners are receptive to sponsorship messages on the platform.
The findings were presented in a webinar hosted by NPR VP of Sponsorship Marketing Lamar Johnson (R) and Edison Research VP Megan Lazovick (FR). Approximately 156 million people age 18+ - 63% of U.S. adults - listen to AM/FM radio daily, and listeners are driven to the medium for myriad reasons.
The study finds that the heaviest users of radio are the most open to its advertising messages. Two of the six segments of listeners, “Radio Heads” and “Connection Seekers,” the groups that spend the most time with radio, are the least likely to avoid ads or sponsorship messages on AM/FM radio.
NPR Radio listeners show a particularly strong engagement with radio and its sponsorship messages: with 46% agreeing that they are more likely to trust a company they hear advertised on NPR and 59% agreeing that NPR engages their mind in a more positive way than other media does. NPR listeners are more likely to be Infoseekers (26% of all NPR listeners), Connection Seekers (19%), and Radio Heads (15%) than the average radio listener.
Although often eclipsed in the media by other audio platforms, AM/FM radio commands 41% of all time spent listening to audio by those in the U.S. age 18+. Even with the growth in available online audio and other options, this new research finds that 33% of AM/FM radio listeners say the platform is becoming a more important part of their lives.
According to Edison Research VP Megan Lazovick, “Even in a world where people have many audio options, radio is by far the most listened-to in terms of reach and the most-used in terms of time. Don’t take for granted the fact that radio is everywhere – providing enormous audiences and engaged responses from tens of millions of people, every hour of every day.” How the study was conducted - SEE REPORT HERE
HYBE, Formerly Big Hit And Home To Mega Group BTS, Acquires Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings
THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2021 –– HYBE, home to BTS, the company formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment, has merged with Ithaca Holdings, the company led by SB Projects founder Scooter Braun (BR) According to Variety HYBE will acquire through HYBE America, its wholly owned subsidiary, a 100% stake in Ithaca Holdings and its properties, which includes SB Projects and management clients Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato,among others, as well as Big Machine Label Group. Braun will join the board of HYBE and Scott Borchetta will remain CEO of Big Machine Label Group.
HYBE chairman and CEO Bang Si-Hyuk (L)“The inevitable joining of HYBE and Ithaca Holdings marks the start of a new adventure no one could have possibly imagined. The two companies will work closely together leveraging our proven track records of success, know-how, and expertise to create synergy, transcend borders and break down cultural barriers. Please look forward to the endless possibilities of HYBE and Ithaca Holdings, and the new paradigm the partnership will establish in the music industry.” Added Braun: “This will be the first time HYBE’s groundbreaking systems and curation will be integrated in the U.S. market at the onset of an artist’s career. Plus, it will help us to continue to further the careers of the artists we already work with. Global opportunities for artists become exponential with this partnership. This is an opportunity for us to make history and further innovate the music industry and revolutionize the game itself. Its implications for the business will be monumental for a long time to come. I am incredibly grateful for Chairman Bang’s friendship and his willingness to support the creative journey of an artist.” TOP PHOTO/HYBE
Entercom Rebrands, Changes Name To Audacy
THE MOUTH, MARCH 30TH, 2021 - Following yesterday's tease, Entercom announced it's changed its name to Audacy. “We have transformed into a fundamentally different and dramatically enhanced organization and so it is time to embrace a new name and brand identity which better reflects who we have become and our vision for the future,” said David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Audacy. ‘Audacy’ captures our dynamic creativity, outstanding content and innovative spirit as we aspire to build the country’s best audio content and entertainment platform.”
The company’s evolution has been fueled by a number of significant moves, including:
Acquiring CBS Radio, building scale as one of the two largest radio broadcasting groups, with unrivaled leadership in news and sports. Launching RADIO.COM and building the fastest growing digital audio platform. Acquiring Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios, establishing Audacy as one of the three largest podcasting publishers, with the industry’s most award-winning, critically-acclaimed content and the most shows consistently ranked in the top 100 on Triton’s U.S. Podcast Report. Becoming the primary companion podcast partner of leading brands including HBO, Netflix, Nike and others. Enhancing its best-in-class sports platform with the acquisition of QL Gaming Group and a ground-breaking partnership with FanDuel . Establishing strategic partnerships with Apple, Google, Amazon, Twitch and others, to enable its listeners to connect seamlessly with Audacy audio content wherever and whenever they want it. Acquiring Podcorn, the #1 podcast influencer marketplace in the country, pairing brands and podcast creators more effectively through an influencer marketplace with self- and full-service options for brands to connect with podcast creators for native advertising. Creating some of the nation’s best music festivals and exclusive, boutique listening experiences. Continuously investing in data, analytics and attribution capabilities, enabling advertisers to connect with scale and precision to over 170 million listeners monthly.
“This moment is not just a change of sign, but a sign of change. Our new brand encapsulates who we’ve become in audio and will guide our forward aspirations,” said Paul Suchman, Chief Marketing Officer, Audacy. “We are bringing it to life across all touchpoints inside and outside the organization and look forward to delivering on its promise every day.”
The company’s ticker symbol will change from ETM to AUD effective on or about Friday, April 9, 2021. Along with the name Entercom, effective today, the company will also sunset the RADIO.COM brand and align its direct-to-consumer platform under Audacy. Cadence13, Pineapple Street Studios, BetQL and Podcorn remain market-facing brands.
PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.
Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.
vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”
“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE