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Entercom Announces Nine Leadership Promotions For Senior Management

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THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced nine promotions for senior management across digital, programming, events, sales, ad sales marketing, legal, and traffic. “We are fortunate to have such a talented team of leaders at Entercom and it is a pleasure to be able to promote several of them today in recognition of their increasing roles and responsibilities,” said David Field, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom. “These are exciting times at the company and as we roll ahead with our investments and execute our transformational plans, we will continue to offer meaningful professional growth 9opportunities for our top performers.”

“This is a strategic move to position ourselves for success in the long-term,” said Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom. “We are making great progress and we are excited about where we are headed. With this new, elevated leadership structure, we are poised to maximize our capabilities and scale as one of the best radio broadcast operators in the industry.” The management promotions include the following: Fred Bennett, Senior Vice President, Traffic Weather Information Network JD Crowley, Chief Digital Officer Mike Dash, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Liana Huth, Senior Vice President, Programming Innovation Jen Morelli, Senior Vice President, Events and Experiences Jenny Nelson, Senior Vice President, Ad Sales Marketing John Pacino, Senior Vice President, Product and Engineering Sam Rogers, Senior Vice President, National Sales Jeff Sottolano, Senior Vice President, Radio and Radio.com Programming.

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Viral Photo Leads Rickey Smiley To Give Car To Teen Who Took Bus To Graduation

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THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2018 –– Reach Media's syndicated host Rickey Smiley will be giving a new car to a Birmingham teen this morning after a photo of him walking to graduation went viral. WVTM-TV tells the story of a determined Birmingham teen whose journey to graduation was more difficult than most and captured the attention of Smiley. He then reached out to the teen Corey Patrick for an interview and promised that he and others would team up to buy the Tarrant High School graduate a new car.

"I need you to go and get your driver's license. We're going to buy you a car," Smiley told Patrick, who said on air that he's received a scholarship offer from Jacksonville University in Florida. His mother said nothing is official yet, though. A spokesperson for Smiley reached out to WVTM 13's Marlei Martinez and informed her about their plans to present a new car to Patrick this morning on his show. WVTM 13 will be there when the teen gets the keys to his new car.

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[WATCH] 'My Personal Life Became A Chaotic Mess;' Producer Joe Opens Up

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2018 –– After charges were dropped this week following a domestic skirmish back in March, Joe Gassman, aka Producer Joe (center), returned to the air yesterday with an emotional recap of what happened the night of his arrest and the days that followed. As reported by WZZM-TV, Gassman said he and his girlfriend Ashley had been going through relationship troubles. He revealed turning to alcohol. In March, Gassmann drove to the Chicago area to see his family during St. Patrick's Day weekend. He invited Ashley to meet his family and afterwards, Joe and Ashley went to a bar. Later the two of them went back to their hotel and Gassmann fell asleep. Ashley woke Joe up, holding his phone, to confront him about a girl she thought, at the time, Gassmann had been seeing on the side. That led to a screaming match. Ashley threw Gassmann's phone off the balcony, five stories down, and then went for his laptop to do the same thing. Gassmann tackled her onto the balcony to try to prevent that from happening. "My personal life became a chaotic mess. I was carrying gobs of baggage." That was just the beginning of the story.

Ashley sent a statement to Free Beer & Hot Wings, saying she did not want Gassmann to go to jail. She did not want to press charges. However, because of Illinois law, when police are called during a domestic incident, someone has to go to jail and police decide who that is. Read her full statement and watch Producer Joe's return HERE

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Mark Boudreaux Named iHeart Market President New Orleans

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2018 –– iHeart announced that Mark Boudreaux has been named Market President, effective June 11. As Market President, Boudreaux will work with the programming, marketing and sales teams for radio station brands in New Orleans to oversee on-air and digital programming as well as create new business and revenue opportunities. He will report to Michael Hudson, Area President for iHeartMedia Baton Rouge/New Orleans. “We’re thrilled to have Mark as our new leader at iHeartMedia New Orleans,” said Hudson. “His incredible skill set and passion for people make him the perfect person to take the stations in our New Orleans market to amazing ratings and revenue thresholds.”

“Who better to run our iHeartMedia New Orleans market, than a native New Orleanian?” said Eddie Martiny, President of iHeartMedia’s Houston Region. “Mark has a proven track record in the Crescent City as a seller, Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales. We are excited to have Mark and his infectious personality leading iHeartMedia New Orleans.”

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Townsquare Completes Sale Of Amusement Company NAME

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2018 –– Townsquare Media announced the sale of North American Midway Entertainment, LLC ("NAME") to North American Fairs, LLC, an entity owned by Danny Huston, for $23.5 million plus a 15% residual interest in any future proceeds of a sale of NAME in the next ten years. NAME is North America's largest mobile amusement company, entertaining approximately 16 million people on an annual basis as the owner and operator of amusement attractions at approximately 150 fairs per year across the United States and Canada. NAME has been a subsidiary of the Company since it was acquired in 2015.

Under the terms of the purchase agreement, North American Fairs, LLC will acquire all of the issued and outstanding membership interests of NAME's parent company, Heartland Group, LLC, from the Company for total cash consideration of $23.5 million. In addition, Townsquare will have the right to receive 15% of any sale proceeds if NAME is sold, in whole or in part, in the next ten years. The Company expects to hold the net cash proceeds from the sale on its balance sheet, pending reinvestment. For the year ended December 31, 2017, NAME generated net revenue, net loss, Adjusted EBITDA and capital expenditures of $92.2 million, $33.7 million, $7.3 million and $6.3 million, respectively. Pro forma for the divestiture of NAME, Townsquare's 2017 net revenue, net income, Adjusted EBITDA and capital expenditures were $415.2 million, $23.4 million, $89.9 million and $16.5 million, respectively. Reporting Impact and Guidance Due to this transaction, Townsquare's second quarter and full year guidance will no longer include NAME.

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EVENTS: Entercom New York To Air 'Shannon's Summer Beach Blastoff' And 'Boomer & Gio's Kickoff To Summer'

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2018 –– Entercom New York’s WCBS-FM 101.1, New York’s Greatest Hits, will be broadcasting Scott Shannon & The Big Show live from Coney Island. “Shannon in the Morning Summer Beach Blastoff” will feature Scott Shannon, Patty Steele, Sue Aller, John Elliot and Brad Blanks, with special performances by Taylor Dayne and Smash Mouth. The Event takes place today until 10:00 am. at Coney Island Boardwalk Parachute Jump, Brooklyn, NY and is open to the public.

--Also taking place today will be Entercom-owned WFAN's 'Boomer and Gio’s Kickoff to Summer” show live from Neptune, New Jersey. The show will feature special performances by Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot. - WFAN and BAKBlade will be hosting a “Hairiest Back Contest” during the live broadcast.

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[LISTEN] Big Machine's Scott Borchetta Co-Host With Dave O'Brien On Hank FM

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2018 –– Former “American Idol” mentor and Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta (shown left and top center, the man credited with launching the career of Taylor Swift, is the biggest IndyCar fan in Nashville. So, it was only natural to find him in Indianapolis for this weekend’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil. Scott co-hosted Mornings With Dave O’Brien (top right) on Country 97.1 HANK FM (WLHK) Thursday morning and will be returning Friday for more co-hosting duties.

Scott and Dave’s guests on Thursday included Justin Moore, Ronnie Dunn, Trent Harmon, Indy 500 champ Tony Kanaan, Indy 500 driver Josef Newgarden, the official Indy 500 Milkmen and Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles. Friday’s guests will include Florida Georgia Line with an exclusive announcement about FGL Fest, taking place on Saturday, September 8th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line weekend; Brantley Gilbert, legendary Indy 500 driver Bobby Unser and other surprise guests. Listen live HERE - PHOTO/WLHK’s Casey Vallier, Scott Borchetta, and Dave O’Brien

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SNAPS: vCreative and Sun Broadcast Greet Honorees At The Gracies

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2018 –– vCreative & Sun Broadcast Group were sponsors of the Royal Suite pre-recording room before the Gracies Gala in Beverly Hills. Jason Bailey (TR) and Jinny Laderer (LC) greeted and celebrated 30 Honoree's of Gracie Awards with champaign, gifts and photographs as they came to pre-record their acceptance speech that was aired during the Gala later in the evening. Jay and Jinny are both Judges of the Gracies.

Laderer has served on the AWM Board of Directors for 2 years and has been a judge of the Gracies since 2013. "It is an honor to serve on the AWM board and be a judge for the Gracie Awards," says Laderer. "This years Gala was by far the best to date, but due to the time restraint, not all Honoree's could be announced on stage. Sponsoring the Royal Suite Pre Recording Room gives us an opportunity to celebrate all of the honoree's for their outstanding work." For more information, visit allwomeninmedia.org.

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Bob & Tom Reunite For Indy 500 Show

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2018 –– Bob and Tom got back together for a special carb day show at the Indy 500 add flagship station WFBQ (Q95) Indianapolis today - That's the show above along with cast members who joined on stage. Photo courtesy of Art Vuolo who there for the event in Indy.

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Morgan Freeman Issues Statement; Weinstein Arrested On Sex Charges

 

[WATCH] Kelly Clarkson's Team Beats Blake Shelton on 'The Voice'

[WATCH] James Corden And Adam Levine Get Pulled Over During ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Netflix Briefly Tops Disney As Biggest Pure Media Company In The World

[WATCH] Andy Cohen and Jimmy Fallon Lose Their Cool in a Nutty Game of Jinx

[WATCH] Women Accuse Morgan Freeman of Inappropriate Behavior, Harassment

..Freeman Releases Statement

[WATCH] Harvey Weinstein Arrested

...Brad Pitt Once Threatened Harvey Weinstein Over Gwyneth Paltrow Harassment

Meghan Trainor to Perform at 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards

Kanye Allegedly Spent $85K For Image of Whitney Houston’s Bathroom

'Slimmed Down' Rebel Wilson Covers Vogue

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Are You Ready to Participate In MSBC's 1st-Ever 'AQ'?

MSBC and Jacobs Media Announce A Unique Collaboration -- A Research Study of Talent By Talent

THE MOUTH, MAY 24th, 2018 –– Coming Soon, Jacobs Media will begin to survey hundreds of on-air talent – from morning shows to talk hosts and other dayparts and will become the first-ever 'AQ', Air-Talent Questionnaire aiming exclusively at those behind the mic! Be among the first to participate in this first-ever talent study containing CONFIDENTIAL feedback from radio personalities across the country.

Jacobs Media, presenters of the highly anticipated Techsurvey 2018 and whose studies have been quoted throughout the media world, will provide data unlike any ever seen before - from content to contests, from preparation to PPM to promotions, every aspect of doing a successful show in today's new media landscape will researched. The results will be revealed at MSBC30 in Chicago this summer. If you have questions you’d like to see included in the study, contact Jacobs Media’s Research Director Jason Hollins at Jason@JacobsMedia.com. Watch for an invitation to CONFIDENTIALLY take part in in this survey in the weeks ahead.

MSBC 30 COMING ATTRACTION: 'The Total World Domination Toolkit:' How Technology Can Help You Win in 2019 and Beyond - presented by Futuri's Daniel Anstandig

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MLB Opener Fuels Record April For Radio

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2018 –– Ever since radio's first broadcast of major league baseball took place on KDKA-AM in 1921, a Pirates-Phillies affair, it also marked the first year that the World Series was carried on the radio. Today, people still tune in for baseball. Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) radio ratings for April confirm a seasonal increase in listening to sports radio stations when the major league season gets underway. This year, Major League Baseball’s opening day—March 29th—was the earliest opening day ever and marked the first day of the April PPM survey (March 29-April 25). As a result, sports radio had its strongest April book since PPM measurement began in full in the beginning of 2011. This month’s 4.6% share among the total audience (ages 6 and older) is the highest April result for the format ever.

The return of baseball is not the only factor that coincides with a seasonal shift in audience on the radio. The summer season is just around the corner, and each year as habits and lifestyles change, so to do radio listening trends. For the Classic Hits and Classic Rock formats, the summer has turned into the most important time of year. Over the past four summers, these two formats have seen their audience grow more than any other and claimed the title of ‘format of the summer’ as a result. Classic Hits saw the most audience growth during the summers of 2014 and 2015, followed by Classic Rock in 2016 and 2017.

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[WATCH] More Families Of Slain Sandy Hook Children Sue Radio Host Alex Jones

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2018 –– Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is facing another lawsuit by families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre after he allegedly claimed the shooting was a hoax. According to ABC News, relatives of six of the 26 victims and an FBI agent who responded to the school sued Jones in Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut on Wednesday.

The families of two other victims filed similar lawsuits last month in Texas where Jones Infowars is based. A gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators in December 2012 at the Newtown, Connecticut, school.

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REPORT: Dick Biondi Not Expected To Return To WLS/Chicago

Station Plans To Help Filmmaker Promote Film Documentary Of His Career

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2018 –– Marv Nyren, VP/MM of Cumulus Chicago, confirmed Wednesday that legendary Dick Biondi’s employment with ended months ago, reports Robert Feder. His listeners have been awaiting his comeback since April 2017 when Biondi, 85, was hospitalized for what was described as a leg ailment. Several weeks later, he released a statement that said: “My doctor has assured me they doing all they can to get me back into fighting shape and I look forward to getting back on the air as soon as they say I’m ready! I want nothing more than to get back to entertaining the greatest radio audience in the greatest city in the world!”

The news signals the end of an era in Chicago radio — and an association between Biondi and WLS that dates back six decades. Biondi is enshrined in the National Radio Hall of Fame, the radio exhibit of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Illinois Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. In 2010 the city of Chicago celebrated the 50th anniversary of his start on the air here by naming the alley south of the old WLS studios “Dick Biondi Way.” Nyren said WLS plans to help Chicago filmmaker Pamela Pulice promote a documentary she has been working on about Biondi’s career. “The Dick Biondi Film” is in post-production.

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610 KILT Houston Announces New Lineup

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2018 –– Entercom's 610 KILT-AM Houston revealed its new lineup effective May 29. Among the moves include the shift of nighttime host Paul Gallant to mornings and rehiring former host Fred Davis. Gallant, who has worked the evening shift for KILT since 2014, will now work alongside incumbents Mike Meltser and Seth Payne.“SportsRadio 610 has long been the sports leader in Houston and part of remaining on top is continuing to evolve with the needs of our audience,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston. “I'm excited about the energy that Paul will bring to mornings and Fred and Landry will bring to middays.”

The complete line-up is as follows: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Mad Radio with Mike Meltser, Seth Payne and Paul Gallant 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: In the Loop with Fred Davis, John Lopez and Landry Locker 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: The Triple Threat with Sean Pendergast, Rich Lord and Ted Johnson 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Michelle Redberg Rises To VP Of Sales For iHeart Minneapolis

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2018 –– iHeart Minneapolis announced that Michelle Redberg has been promoted to Vice President of Sales for the market, effective immediately. Redberg will report to Greg Alexander, Region Vice President of Sales for the Western Great Lakes Region and work closely with our other Vice Presidents of Sales serving our customers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area. “Michelle is one of the bright stars of our company. She has a contemporary approach to leadership along with a compassion for our advertisers and an understanding of today’s marketing and business challenges,” said Alexander.

Redberg brought an extensive background in broadcast and cable television before joining iHeartMedia as a senior account executive in November of 2016, where she immediately stood out as a natural leader. “I am honored to become a member of iHeartMedia’s talented leadership team. Joining this organization has been an incredible opportunity and I look forward to contributing to our continued success!” said Redberg.

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AWMF Presents 43rd Annual Gracie Awards

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THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2018 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) handed out the 43rd Annual Gracie Awards at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Host Lisa Joyner led the evening which included the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Rita Moreno (TL) by Norman Lear and a special performance by 7Grammy-nominated country music singer Kelsea Ballerini (BL). The Gracie Awards, which each year celebrate programming created by, for and about women across radio, television, cable and interactive media, hosted attendees including Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jon Cryer, Pam Oliver, Elizabeth Smart, Loni Love, Shaun Robinson, Jeannie Mai, Gabrielle Dennis, Kevin Burkhardt, Erica Hill, Toni Trucks, Mary Louise Kelly, Robin Thede, Zerlina Maxwell, Jessica 7McIntosh, Tracey Wigfield, Shirley Strawberry, April Ryan, Rachel Nelson, Whitney Allen, Paula Malcomson, Jill Schlesinger and more. Also in attendance was Heather Cohen, (BL) EVP, The Weiss Agency; Christine Travaglini, (BC) President, Katz Radio Group; and Becky Brooks (BR), Executive Director, Alliance for Women in Media. To view all award recipients and mentions, visit allwomeninmedia.org.

Norman Lear in presenting the Gracies Lifetime Achievement Award to Rita Moreno said, “Rita Moreno and her magic has made it look easy. I’m grateful to know and work with her, and be able to tell her that I love her in front of a crowd.”

TOP PHOTO/L-R Dana Swearingen (The Big Time With Whitney Allen), Yolo Stevens (TBT), Gerrit Schroeder (TBT), Binoj Jacob (TBT), Whitney Allen (TBT), Matthew Gilmour (Elizabeth Smart’s husband), Elizabeth Smart, April Ryan (CNN), and Tonya Hart (CNN)

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KXL's Steve Leader and Rosemary Reynolds Win Associated Press Awards

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2018 –– Alpha Portland, announced that AM Drive Anchor, Steve Leader and Reporter Rosemary Reynolds of KXL both have received Associated Press awards. Steve Leader received the Best Enterprise Reporting award for his series "Walk in the Hood," a look at the way African American communities have changed in Portland through 2 African American individuals that grew up in the Rose City.

Rosemary Reynolds received the Best Public Service award for her series "Wanted: Foster Parents," which discussed the 11,000 children that needed some kind of foster care in the state of Oregon. Alpha Media Portland News/Talk/Sports Contest Director, Bruce Collins, commented "I am so lucky to work every day with such a talented veteran news staff. Congratulations to both Steve and Rosemary on their excellent work!"

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PODCASTS: AdLarge Adds 'Crime Junkie'

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2018 –– Crime Junkie has been added to AdLarge's growing library of Podcasts. It's hosted by crime enthusiast Ashley Flowers (shown), who gives listeners their ‘true crime fix’ with whatever crime she has been obsessing over that week. Her stories are culled from crimes across the country, including new evidence on unsolved mysteries, unexpected twists on current investigations, insightful analysis of manhunts and captures, and more. Crime Junkie launched in December 2017 and has amassed a dedicated following, averaging 40,000 downloads per episode.

For more information, please visit www.adlarge.com and www.letscabana.com.

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Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell Co-Host Bert Show For Entire Morning

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2018 –– On Tuesday, May 22nd, The Bert Show hosts were joined by singer-songwriter Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys as an official co-host for the entire morning. Littrell joined his friends, host Bert Weiss and co-hosts Kristin Klingshirn, Davi Crimmins and Moe Mitchell.

Littrell also spoke of the band’s recent come back “It still blows my mind, after 25 years the fans are embracing us, radio has embraced us.” He went on to speak on the new single, “Being a Backstreet Boy in 2018, with a successful single, that’s the best compliment you could give us. We wanted it to sound like today, but still sound like the Backstreet Boys.” Littrell generously donated two memorabilia items to be auctioned off to benefit the nonprofit. These items include an 8x12 "In A World Like This" group picture signed by every member of the band and from Littrell's personal collection, a signed commemorative plaque celebrating 4,000,000+ European Sales of "Backstreet's Back.”

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Meghan Markle’s Sister Dishes On Royal Wedding With 2DayFM

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2018 ––  Em Rusciano returned to 2DayFM Breakfast in Sydney for a huge interview with Meghan Markle‘s estranged half-sister Samantha. Samantha joined Em, Grant and Ed to discuss the wedding between her sister and Prince Harry – now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – and the controversy surrounding their relationship. When asked whether her relationship with Meghan can be repaired, she responded “we are certainly capable of doing that.” Read more and listen to the interview HERE

Christian O’Connell Has Left Absolute Radio In London - Five months after announcing his departure, Christian O’Connell has hosted his last show in the UK and moved to Melbourne Australia. Next month, he’ll start his new job as Breakfast Show host on Gold 104.3. He’ll be hoping to do better in Melbourne than he did in London where Absolute radio only had a 3.1% share and was beaten in the capital by commercial rivals Heart, Kiss, Capitol, Magic and the BBC stations Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 4.

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.u

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Michael Jackson's Estate Slams ABC; Disney Over 'Last Days' TV Special

 

NFL Teams To Be Fined If Players Take Knee During Anthem: New Policy

Comcast Says It’s Ready to Outbid Disney for 21st Century Fox

Yesterday Was Stormy Daniels Day In West Hollywood

[WATCH] Judge Rules Trump Can't Block People From Twitter Account

[WATCH] Jon Stewart Makes Joins The Late Show From Under Stephen Colbert’s Desk

[WATCH]Mark Wahlberg Plans ‘Captain Kangaroo’ Reboot

‘Good Morning America’ Expands To 3-Hours; ‘The Chew’ Canceled

Michael Jackson Estate Slams ABC, Disney Over 'Last Days' TV Special

Twitch &BBC Plan To Sream 500 Classic Episodes of Doctor Who

Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt Join 2018 CMT Music Awards

The Hollywood Reporters' 'Drama Actress Roundtable'

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Charges Dropped Against 'Free Beer And Hot Wings' Joe Gassmann

Set For Return To Tomorrow's Show

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2018 –– Charges have been dropped against 'Free Beer & Hot Wings' personality Joe Gassmann, aka 'Producer Joe.' WOOD-TV reports that the domestic assault charges against the popular member of the Compass syndicated show were dismissed Tuesday because no complaining witnesses appeared to testify against him, DuPage County, Illinois, court records show.

Gassmann was charged in Naperville, Illinois, in March with domestic battery after police said he assaulted his girlfriend. He pleaded not guilty. Gassmann was then suspended from the radio show after his arrest. Sources tell Jockline he'll return to the show tomorrow at 8:00 am to share details of what his life has been like for the last 60 days.

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Houston Host Opens Up About IVF

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2018 –– MIX 96.5 Houston morning host Sarah Pepper tells KPRC-TV, "I decided to do IVF because I felt from the time I was young, I always wanted to be a mother. I figured by 35, I would be married and have children. That is not the way that things panned out." She tells TV Anchor Rachel McNeill that three years ago, she underwent her first round of IVF with high expectations. "My plan in my perfect little mind, I was going to do this transfer. I should know on Christmas Day. I'll be home with my mom. She'll open up this pregnancy test and boom! She'll realize she's going to be a grandmother, something she never thought she'd be," Pepper said. That's not how it worked. I took the test on Christmas morning. It came back negative. I cried all day Christmas." Two months later, the transfer did take, Pepper said. But genetic testing revealed her baby had a severe genetic defect. Pepper miscarried at 15 weeks.

Devastated, she shared the news on air and said she was surprised by the overwhelming response. "I had almost 1,400 e-mails in my Facebook before the end of the day that first day from people saying 'I've gone through this. I've been through this twice. I can't believe that you're going through this. I feel your pain,'" Pepper said. After taking a year off to travel and reflect, Pepper said she is ready to try once more. "If it does take, I don't know if I can handle that loss again. READ STORY HERE

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ON-AIR: R Dub! Extends Longterm With Local Media San Diego

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2018 –– Local Media of San Diego announced that R Dub!, PD/on-air host for XHTZ/(Z90.3) & XHRM/Magic 92.5, has inked a multi-year contract extension along with a new title of "Supreme Commander." Gregg Wolfson, VP/GM of Local Media San Diego, said, “We are extremely excited that RDub! will continue to call Local Media San Diego his home. His ability to deliver relevant and compelling local radio to San Diego is nothing shy of impressive.”

R Dub! added, “Apparently, I’m still foolin’ ‘em! No, seriously, I wake up every single day and pinch myself. I’m not only so fortunate to do radio in the country’s most desirable place to live, but I’m working with a company that truly believes in live, local, and dynamic content.” From our iconic brands and patented promotions like #EPIC48Hours, to the incredible pool of talent we have in the building-including Morton in the Morning and Jagger and Kristi, I'm so proud to play a small role in this incredible team, that is truly a family." PHOTO/Ops Manager Joe Lindsay with hand to head and VP/GM Gregg Wolfson with R Dub! during celebration.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jeff Hill Named VP/Sales For Cumulus Chicago

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 30-year Chicago radio sales executive Jeff Hill as Vice President, Sales, for Cumulus Media-Chicago. In the newly created position, Hill will head sales for Cumulus Media’s Alternative Rock station 101 WKQX-FM; 94.7 WLS-FM, Chicago’s Classic Hits station; and Talk Radio station WLS 890 AM. Hill joins Cumulus from WGN Radio in Chicago, where he was Director of Sales for eight years, having previously served the station as Local Sales Manager and Interim General Manager.

Marv Nyren, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Chicago, said: “Cumulus Chicago is thrilled to be adding a market veteran like Jeff Hill as our Vice President of Sales. Jeff’s success in Chicago will allow our cluster to continue to build relationships with the ad community and compete at the highest levels of performance.” "I'm really excited to join the Cumulus Chicago radio group," said Hill. "I look forward to learning from the team and sharing my experience with the staffs of 101 WKQX, WLS-FM and WLS-AM."

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ReelWorld Adds Charlie Maxx To Prep+ Affilliate Relations Team

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2018 –– Just ahead of ReelWorld's redesigned Prep+ site launch, Seattle-based ReelWorld has added Charlie Maxx to the Prep+ affiliate relations team. In her new role, Charlie will put her many years of radio expertise to good use as she introduces Prep+ to new audiences across North America. Charlie’s radio resume includes stops in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Corpus Christi and all along the Jersey Shore. She’s been a PD, APD, MD and hosted pretty much every daypart on stations across the eastern US over the years. Charlie was most recently Program Director and Morning Show host at Beasley AC WJBR-FM in Wilmington, Delaware and currently has a weekend shift on WXTU-FM, Entercom’s country station in Philly, just to keep her toe in the water.

Chris Kelly, ReelWorld’s Director of Programming: “We’re very excited to have Charlie join us, especially as we gear up to release this all new version of Prep+. Her experience on the radio side will be invaluable to our team and our affiliates across North America.” The eagerly-awaited new version of Prep+ is set to launch in June. If you can’t wait until then, check out some teasers and learn more HERE

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NETWORKS: Envision Launches Financial Planning Show Hosted By Brian Bowen

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2018 –– Envision Networks®’ latest syndicated program, Retire with Integrity, is more than financial planning. It’s a two-hour common sense investment show hosted by expert Brian Bowen and co-host Tug Cowart. “Failing to plan is actually a plan…just a failing one,” says host Brian Bowen. “When we investigate new shows to offer affiliates, we look for compelling content that listeners want to hear,” said Envision Networks’ President and CEO, Danno Wolkoff. “The value of Retire with Integrity is the fun nature of the program and the appeal it holds financially for stations to sell to local advertisers.”

For information on Retire with Integrity and other Envision Networks programs, contact us at retirewithintegrity@envisionnetworks.com or call 216.831.3761 for more information.

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SNAPS: iHeart's Pittman Visits Louiville

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2018 –– iHeart Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman dropped by their Louisville studios to tout the company’s strengths, deliver powerful projections, and listen to employee insights. Pittman was accompanied by iHeart marketing, programming, and digital specialists who routinely go into markets to applaud employee success stories and to help solve challenges. Regional colleagues from Indianapolis and Lexington joined the session.

Posing above are WHAS-AM personalities Tony Cruise, Leland Conway, and Terry Meiners, Bob Pittman, Ky. Sports Radio’s Matt Jones, REAL 93.1’s Matthew Brown, and WHAS’ Gus Allen.

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PROPS: WHO's Simon Conway Celebrates 10 Anniversary As American Citizen

Yes it's true! Today (5/22) Simon Conway (Afternoon Drive host on News Radio 1040 WHO and News Radio 600 WMT) celebrated his tenth birthday as an American Citizen! Born in London, England, Conway took the oath of citizenship in Orlando Florida in 2008. To celebrate, he threw a party at the home of the Iowa Cubs baseball team where he later threw out the first pitch! ​​ Pix - 107 and 118 - Conway with Iowa's Secretary of State, Paul Pate Pic 0073 - With the Original Puppy Jake from the Puppy Jake Foundation - Conway's Charity of choice which he has so far raised in excess of $300,000 for. Pic 0057 - With Korean War hero, Denny Dorman and his service dog SiIMON - named after Conway.

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95.5 WIFC Wausau, WI On The Hunt For Morning Show Co-Host

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2018 –– Midwest Comm. 95.5 WIFC/Wausau, WI. is on the hunt for a Fun, Contemporary. Friendly, Highly interactive on-air host; someone able to develop excellent chemistry with veteran co-host Dave Kallaway in morning drive. Top-rated 95.5 WIFC and Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications; a highly respected independently held company. Boasting a 100kw signal and decades of ratings dominance, WIFC is deeply connected with the region in which we live! Wausau, WI.

Send your audio, examples of your social media skills (videos, screen shots, etc.), resume & anything you think is relevant to this opportunity. Send to: Brand Manager, Nikki Montgomery at nikki.montgomery@mwcradio.com or mail to Nikki’s attention at 557 Scott Street, Wausau, WI 54403. No phone calls please. WIFC-FM and Midwest Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer by choice.

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YouTube's Music Streaming Service Begins To Roll; 'The King' Plays Soon

 

[WATCH] 'Idol Winner Ends With A Love Connection

[WATCH] Ariana Grande With First Interview Since Manchester Attack

...Tweets In Remembrance

Charlize Theron to Star as Megyn Kelly in Roger Ailes Movie

[WATCH] Miley Cyrus Pranks Kimmel With House Break-In

[WATCH] Google Thought Shaquille O'Neal Was In Boy Band

[WATCH] Bishop Speaks Up Following Sermon At Royal Wedding

Will Smith & Nicky Jam To Unite On 2018 FIFA World Cup Official Song

Clint Walker of 50s 'Cheyenne' TV Fame Passes Away At 90

YouTube’s Streaming Music Serivice Begins To Roll Out

[WATCH] Elvis' ‘The King’ Trailer

Danica Patrick will be the 1st-ever female ESPYs host

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[WATCH] Students & Teachers Call In To Roula & Ryan Show Following Shooting

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2018 –– Among shows who took calls from listeners following the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston was Cumulus/KRBE's Roula & Ryan Show. KHOU TV Melissa Correa reported directly from their studio as they spent over three hours taking calls from students and teachers from across the Houston area, including some from Santa Fe High School.

"A lot of people are frustrated right now, and just to have the platform to voice what they're feeling," said KRBE 104.1 co-host Ryan Chase.Correa wrote: "Students, teachers are calling in on their way to campuses all across the #HOU area. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/BrOj8lKxBE — Melissa Correa (@MCorreaKHOU) PHOTO/screengrab - WATCH HERE

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ON-AIR: Melissa Forman Returns For Mornings At iHeart's 93.9 LITE FM Chicago

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2018 –– iHeart announced that Melissa Forman has returned as Morning Show Host for 93.9 LITE FM,­­­­­­­ Chicago. Forman will report to Mick Lee, Program Director of 93.9 LITE FM. “I am so excited to welcome Melissa Forman back into the iHeartMedia Chicago family,” said Matt Scarano, President, iHeartMedia Markets Group’s Chicago Region. “She has a rich history with Chicago and 93.9 LITE FM’s listeners, and we are looking forward to working with her again.”

Forman, a Chicago native, hosted mornings on 93.9 LITE FM for eight years before leaving in 2009 to join WCIU-TV (The “U”) to Co-Host “You & Me This Morning” with Jeanne Sparrow. She also worked at WLRW-FM/Champaign-Urbana, WVMX-FM/Cincinnati, before returning home to Chicago to work at WKIE-FM. 1

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Nick Wize Named APD For iHeart Tucson Cluster; D-Wayne Chavez Takes Afternoons And Suzette Rodriquez Shifts To Middays On KOHT

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Nick Wize (shown above) has been named Assistant Program Director for KRQQ, KOHT & KMIY effective June 11. Wize will also take over afternoon drive on KRQQ from 3p-7p. He will report to David Adams, Senior Vice President of Programming foriHeartMedia Tucson.

In addition, KRQQ/KOHT Program Director, D-Wayne Chavez (FL) will move to afternoon drive on KOHT and Suzette Rodriguez (L), shifts to the midday slot from 10a-3p. “Adding someone of Nick’s caliber to the already strong KRQ lineup is like winning the lottery! Nick will be an extremely valuable addition n to the team; both on and off the air,” said David Adams. "Finally, moving Suzette to middays brings her star power and charisma to this important daypart as well as enhances our local connection with our listeners.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alan Kirshbom Named Market President For iHeart Raleigh

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2018 –– Alan Kirshbom has been named Market President for iHeart Raleigh, effective immediately. Kirshbom will report to Dave Carwile, President of iHeart's Virginia/Carolina Region. “We are thrilled to have Alan leading our team in Raleigh and are confident he’ll have an immediate and positive impact in the market,” said Carwile. “Alan combines a proven track record of sales leadership, creating culture and driving revenue growth. He will provide a great compliment to our outstanding sales and programming leadership for our stations.”

Kirshbom joins iHeartMedia Raleigh after previously serving as the Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus in Memphis, Tennessee. He also served as Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom in Austin, Texas and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kirshbom began his career at WRNO in New Orleans.

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Russell Robertson & Mark Glynn Tapped For SVP/Sales Posts In Tampa Bay & Seattle By iHeart

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2018 –– Russell Robertson (L) has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for Tampa Bay iHeart. Russell will report to Chris Soechtig, Market President for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay. “I’m thrilled to have Russell join our team”, said Soechtig. “His 10+ years of experience in iHeartMedia’s Pacific Northwest & San Diego Regions coupled with his passion for helping clients grow their business makes him the ideal choice for SVPS in Tampa Bay.” Russell comes to Tampa from iHeartMedia Seattle, where he most recently served as the SVPS. He also served as the General Sales Manager for KOZ, KGB, KLSD, and Chargers Radio Broadcast for iHeartMedia San Diego.

-- iHeart also announced that Mark Glynn has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for the Seattle market, effective immediately. He will report to Robert Dove, President, Pacific Northwest Region for iHeartMedia. “Mark has a successful track record in the Seattle market with strong established relationships,” said Dove. “I look forward to working with him as we continue to leverage iHeartMedia Seattle’s iconic station brands and unmatched market reach to build a robust sales strategy.” Glynn most recently served as a Vice President of Sales for TTWN, KBKS and KUBE in Seattle.

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Baltimore Magazine Dubs The Kane Show A 'Must Listen'

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2018 –– The Kane Show, which originates from Hot 99.5/WIHT in Washington, D.C., will be featured in the June issue of Baltimore magazine as part of the “Newcomer’s Guide to Baltimore.”

Heard locally in Baltimore on Z104.3, the magazine highlights the Premiere Networks-syndicated program as a must-listen radio show. The magazine hits newsstands on May 25. The Kane Show is hosted by Kane, along with co-hosts Riley, Rose, John and Erick.

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HONORS: Charlie Morgan To Receive President's Award From CRB

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2018 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters, have named Charlie Morgan (L) as recipient of the 2018 President’s Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony, to be held on Wednesday, June 20th at 6 p.m. CDT at the Marriott Nashville

Charlie Morgan is Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis New York, which includes WBLS, WLIB, and WQHT. Morgan has supervisory responsibility for Emmis-Indianapolis, which includes WIBC, WFNI, WYXB, WLHK and Network Indiana. Morgan has over 35 years of radio experience, the first 23 years with Susquehanna (now Cumulus) Radio, (WFMS/WJJK/WISG) in roles from Morning host to SVP/Market Manager. In 2007, Morgan joined the team at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, serving as President and COO of IMS Productions. In 2009, he returned to radio joining the Emmis team managing the Indianapolis cluster for seven years (WLHK, WIBC, WYXB, WFNI) and now the Emmis New York cluster (WBLS, WQHT, WLIB). More information may be obtained at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or at the CRB office at (615) 327-4487. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Instagram and Twitter.

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PODCASTS: The Ace & TJ Show Podcast Now Available On ReVolver

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2018 –– Along with Ace and TJ, there’s Riggins, the youngest member of the show who is responsible for daily top trending stories, as well as the Friday "Week in Review” where he recaps the week’s events from the show and in pop culture via an original song. Rounding out the show cast is Guenn who’s a mom and lives the lifestyle of their audience. Far more than just a radio program, Ace and TJ have helped raise more than $10 million for charities and emergency relief efforts. The duo created Ace and TJ’s Grin Kids, a non-profit charity designed to enhance the lives of children, ages 5-12, in the show’s listening area who are terminally ill and chronically disabled, by taking them to Disney World with their entire family.

To listen to Ace & TJ More Show After the Show on Apple Podcasts, visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ace-tj-more-show-after-the-show/id1069368671. Sales or marketing inquiries can be directed to reVolver Podcasts at jack@revolverpodcasts.com. For questions about content or to find out how to become a content provider and host, email maria@revolverpodcasts.com.

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EVENTS: Drive Underway On Spencer Show In St. Louis To Raise 1,000 Diapers

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2018 –– This past February, “Spencer’s Neighborhood” co-host Cassiday garnered worldwide coverage after giving birth to her first child Jameson LIVE on-air. Now as a new first-time mommy, Cassiday was SHOCKED by HOW MANY DIAPERS her family would go through – she couldn’t believe the expense and immediately thought of those who were less fortunate. So today through June 27, Cassiday and the 106.5 The Arch’s Morning Show “Spencer’s Neighborhood” will be hosting the “Digital Diaper Drive”, with the goal of raising 1,000 diapers to be donated to the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. Spencer’s Neighborhood “Digital Diaper Drive” kicked off Monday morning, May 21st and the Campaign is officially underway!

The station has set up an online diaper drive at 1065thearch.com, and donating is easy! Cassiday and Spencer’s Neighborhood are asking listeners to click the online link here and donate whatever amount they can. The address is filled out for the donor, and will be shipped to Spencer’s Neighborhood. Then Spencer, Cassiday and Brando will deliver all of the donations to the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank!

 

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Trevor Noah Plans Trump Tweet Book; Royal Wedding Photos Released

 

Official Royal Wedding Photos Released

...[WATCH] Harry and Meghan All Smiles at Kensington Palace After Royal Wedding

Warrant Issued For Phony Alicia Keyes DJ

Daily Mail Sued For Connecting Pussycat Dolls to Prostitution Ring

[WATCH] Steve Perry Surprise ‘Idol’ Contestant Who Sang ‘Don’t Stop Believin'

[WATCH] JT Makes Surprise Performance at A Miami Club

Trevor Noah Plans Donald Trump Tweet Book

[[WATCH] Stern Talks Trump's Ivanka Comments With David Letterman

The Obamas Sign Deal to Produce Shows For Netflix

Fox Scores Pro Wrestling Show

Home of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special officially history

PHOTO/Alexi Lubomirski

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SYNDICATION: The Woody Show Adds Rock 96.7 Modesto

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2018 –– iHeart's Rock 96.7 KMRQ-FM announced the debut of The Woody Show, effective Monday, May 28. The show features Woody Fife, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas.

“I’m thrilled that Rock 96.7 made the decision to #JoinFun and go #ALLIN with #TheWoodyShow,” said Woody. “Without #Modesto, and PD Louie Cruz, my quest for worldwide (or at least California) #domination would simply be a dream.” “The Woody Show is a proven winner and we’re excited to bring them to Northern California,” said Louie Cruz, iHeartMedia Modesto/Stockton SVP Programming/Program Director.

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ON-AIR: Brenda Price Joins Lineup At WAWZ Star 99.1 NY/NJ; Kage Exits Mornings At WLIT-FM Chicago

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST. 2018 –– WAWZ STAR 99.1 NYC-Metro NJ welcomes Brenda Price to the position of Evening Personality (7p-12a). STAR 99.1 PD Rick Hall says, “Brenda has a genuine passion for ministry and desire to uplift the Star audience. We are excited to welcome Brenda to take the reins of our #1 rated evening show!” Brenda added, “This season has been filled with so many new beginnings and God is opening new doors. Everyone at Star 99.1 has made me feel so welcomed and loved. They are the real deal. And to be able to share the love of Jesus in New York City... I am blessed and thrilled to see how God uses all of us at STAR 99.1 in this new season of ministry!” Most recently, Brenda hosted Morning Drive for Coast Country in Daytona Beach, FL. Prior stops included the Air1 Radio Network, Jack-FM in Dallas, and NASCAR Pit Reporter for the Speed Channel television network.

Chicago media blogger Robert Feder reports that Kristina Kage has exited mornings at WLIT 93.9-FM. Friday was her last day. Insiders tell Feder her replacement will be named today. Kage arrived in 2015 from Portland, Oregon, where she previously had worked with Mick Lee, program director and afternoon personality at Lite FM.

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iHeart Radio Boards Southwest Airlines

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2018 –– Southwest Airlines announced a new collaboration with iHeartRadio to bring iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service to Customers as the exclusive music offering within the onboard entertainment portal on Southwest flights. Through the onboard entertainment portal integration with iHeartRadio, Customers can enjoy all their favorite musical genres and choose their favorite live radio station or pick from hundreds of artists to launch their very own custom artist radio station featuring music from that artist and those similar.

“We continue to expand iHeartRadio’s massive distribution platform to ensure that we are available everywhere our listeners are with the products and services they use most,” said Michele Laven, President of Strategic Partnerships for iHeartMedia. ”We are proud to team up with Southwest Airlines to bring the music, radio stations, and on-air personalities people love inflight, continuing to entertain our listeners and Southwest passengers as they travel to their destinations.” Customers can access iHeartRadio free of charge through the onboard entertainment portal on their personal devices to begin their listening experience.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Dennis Green Joins Sun & Fun Media In Top Revenue Post

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2018 –– Sun & Fun Media, a leading radio operations solutions network, has announced that it has appointed veteran radio affiliate sales executive Dennis Green as Chief Revenue Officer for the company. In the newly created position, Green will lead the development of new products and services for radio stations, and will manage a team of six affiliate sales professionals to grow the company’s affiliations across the U.S. He will continue to be based in New York City.

Green joins Sun & Fun Media following a highly successful 22-year career at Westwood One, where he was Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Broadcast Operations. During his tenure at Westwood One, Green held positions including Executive Vice President of Affiliate Sales, and Vice President of Affiliate Sales, Talk Programming. He was also Vice President, Broadcast Operations and Affiliate Sales, for Cumulus Media Networks. Prior to that, Green was Head of Multimedia Syndication at Bloomberg in New York, and was also Director of Affiliate Sales and Operations, Illinois & Wisconsin Radio Networks.

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HONORS: The Tommy Show Takes Top Honors For Best Local Radio Show DC

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2018 –– After seven-years of being a runner-up, Entercom's The Tommy Show was finally voted as tBest Local Radio Personality by THE local magazine in DC - Washingtonian Magazine. The Show is hosted by Tommy McFly, Jen Richer & Kelly Collis. Runner-ups included: Kojo Nnamdi, WAMU; The Kane Show, HOT 99.5 & Elliot Segal, DC101.

The Best of Washington 2018 party will take place on June 7th at the National Building Museum where guests can sample bites from more than 60 of Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants and Best of Washington Survey Winners!

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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EVENTS: KS95 Minneapolis' Staff Packs Boxes For 'Feed My Starving Children'

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2018 –– On Thursday the staff of KS95/Minneapolis took time out of the office to head over to pack boxes for ‘Feed My Starving Children’. An organization that helps starving children all over the world.

PD Leighton Peck tells Jockline that staff members packed 225 boxes, providing over 48-thousand meals which will feed 133 kids for a year!

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KISS 95.1 Maney, Roy, LauRen Morning Show With 7th Annual Play Anything Day

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2018 –– Beasley's WNKS/KISS 95.1 Maney, Roy and LauRen Morning Show will take requests in exchange for donations during the 7th Annual Play Anything Day marathon to benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital. The annual broadcast will take place from 6am-10am on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Requests will be played in random order during the show. No musical genres or decades are off limits. All donations will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital.

Last year, the Maney, Roy and LauRen Show raised over $103,600 for Levine Children’s Hospital during the Secret Santa Campaign, which makes miracles happen for the kids who had to spend the holidays in the hospital. Play Anything Day will kick off the goal of generating even more money toward the morning show’s overall 2018 goal. “This is our favorite time of the year when we get to throw the format out the window,” said Maney. “We play any song our listeners want to hear for a donation to the Kiss Kids.”

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SNAPS: WWO'S Backstage At The BBMA's

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2018 –– Westwood One’s Backstage was backstage at the BBMAs event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. More than 25 top music stations and Westwood One nationally-syndicated shows The Adam Bomb Show, The Zach Sang Show, and Jayde (Donovan) were on hand doing interviews with artists and capturing exciting content for listeners and fans, all leading up to tonight’s broadcast of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on NBC.

PHOTO/Mike McVay, EVP Content & Programming, Cumulus/Westwood One; Enrique Iglesias; Christina Albee, Cumulus/Westwood One CMO

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Kelly Clarkson Speaks Out On School Shooting At BBMA's

Winners From the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

...Top Moments

[WATCH] Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon's Anti-Royal Wedding

[WATCH] Prince Harry Sir Elton John Before He Serenades Guests

Adele Sends Prince Harry a Touching Message About Princess Diana

[WATCH] Tina Fey Hosts Star-Studded 'SNL' Season Finale

Beyonce Buys A Church In New Orleans

Meet the 51 Ladies Competing for the Miss USA 2018 Title

Police Eye Celebrity Chef Mario Batali For Sexual Misconduct

REPORT: Is Les Moonves Done as CBS CEO?

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Help Us Find Radio's Next Rising Stars?

THE MOUTH, MAY 21st, 2018 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 30, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its fourth annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7th.

wThe ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration. To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself).

Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 17th and formally announced on August 10th at MSBC in Chicago. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

 

MSBC 30 COMING ATTRACTION: 'The Total World Domination Toolkit:' How Technology Can Help You Win in 2019 and Beyond - presented by Futuri's Daniel Anstandig

'Masters Of The Morning 4' - Moderated by Dennis Clark

 

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iHeart Introduces 'iHeartMedia Analytics'

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced iHeartMedia Analytics, the first fully-digital attribution service for broadcast radio that will transform the way advertisers plan, buy and measure their audio campaigns to better optimize the unparalleled reach of radio. By leveraging the data from iHeartRadio’s digital ecosystem, iHeartMedia will enable broadcast radio to measure and show results in the same way as digital media, giving advertisers easy access to state-of-the-art campaign performance insights. These new capabilities will allow advertisers to track audience reach, branding metrics and even sales outcomes for iHeartMedia radio ad campaigns in real-time by using data science to fuse information about its digital audience, with broadcast ad logs, on-air programming and commercial content. Advertisers will also have the ability to measure a radio campaign’s impact on a brand’s website visitation, social media engagement, physical foot traffic and more.

“We continue to see advertisers spend money on less effective mediums simply because they provide a perceived level of measurability and accountability,” said Brian Kaminsky (L), President of Revenue Operations and Insights for iHeartMedia. “Now marketers will be able to capitalize on the unmatched scale and reach of iHeartMedia’s more than 270 million monthly broadcast listeners, and receive the same kind of innovative real-time measurements, insights and custom reporting they are accustomed to getting from digital media, quantifying the full power of radio -- in addition they can get attribution information that is missing from most of the digital marketplace.”

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WWO Urging ALL STATIONS To Register C Band Downlinks To Make FCC Aware

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2018 –– Westwood One is urging ALL major commercial broadcast radio stations to register their existing C Band downlinks with the FCC before the Commission evaluates the 3.7-4.2 Ghz C Band for added mobile broadband data services. These potential additional services could create insurmountable interference to programming stations receive by satellite. On April 19, 2018, the FCC issued a public notice regarding a 90-day opportunity to register existing C Band Downlinks. Westwood One is encouraging stations to register within the window, which closes July 18, 2018, so that the FCC is aware of all downlinks in existence before they offer space to mobile broadband data services.

“In our history, we have never had to license and/or register C Band downlinks,’ said Eric Wiler, Westwood One’s SVP Technology and Operations. “Yet with the extensive use of mobile devices, Wifi and other data services, there is a constant need for radio spectrum and the government is considering all possible options. All C Band Radio, Television and Data services on every satellite are at risk. Registration is key to helping the FCC appreciate the universe of existing downlinks and potential outcomes of expansion. Westwood One has been working with other networks and satellite vendors to attempt to resolve this situation.” Typically, registration requires a Frequency Coordination Study ($1,500) plus a $435 filing fee. During the 90-day window, the FCC waived the first fee and only the $435 filing fee applies. You may register using FCC Form 312, using the paper form, online at http://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs , or engage a third party to assist you. Satellite Engineering Group is a third-party resource and can be reached at (913) 375-1114.

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THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2018 –- The annual conference of the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers is running this week in Denver, and Edison Research is giving four different presentations on best practices in survey research. One of these presentations is from Edison VP Randy Brown (shown) who is documenting the issues that come from implementing surveys online that attempt to measure internet behaviors.

The report (which can be linked below) documents the steps we take to make sure that our research srepresents the total population – using our Share of Ear® studies as his example. One prime example of why these steps need to be taken can be seen with regard to listening to the content produced by America’s broadcast radio stations. Share of Ear® determines whether listening to radio content is coming via the over-the-air signal (whether analog or HD) or from the station’s streams. Our estimate is that 8% of the combined listening to broadcast radio content is from the streams and 92% is from over-the-air.

Nielsen has produced similar estimates. These numbers would be vastly higher (and incorrect) if we did not take the steps we do to correctly represent all listeners and all listening. This is not, of course, to say that radio streams are unimportant – in fact they are crucial. It is to say, however, that one can be misled by estimates that are not designed to fully represent a population, as Randy discusses in his talk. It is worth noting that we see quite a difference based on the type of content. For news, sports and personalities, streams comprise 12% of the total listening, whereas for music the streams are 6%. Perhaps this speaks to streaming being more vital for radio’s more unique aspects. You can download the complete presentation HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Andi Poch Named EVP/Integrated Partnerships For Entercom; Kelly Harlow Tapped As Digital Sales Mgr. For Cumulus Indianapolis

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2018 –– Entercom has appointed Andi Poch (TL) to Executive Vice President, Integrated Partnerships. In this new role, Poch will lead strategy, creative development and execution for multiplatform, client partnerships. As part of her charge, Poch will focus on integrated solutions across audio, digital, branded content, live events and experiential partnerships. Additionally, she will be responsible for the development of new and expanded content franchises and innovative, customizable opportunities to drive national business and new revenue streams. She will continue to report to Bob Philips, Chief Revenue Officer at Entercom.

-- Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed digital and radio sales executive Kelly Harlow (BL) as Digital Sales Manager/Local Sales Manager for Cumulus Media-Indianapolis. The appointment marks a return to Cumulus Media-Indianapolis for Harlow, who was Sales Representative for the cluster from 2008-2012. She was most recently Senior Account Executive for iHeartMedia-Indianapolis. She also served as Regional Digital Sales Specialist for iHeartMedia’s Indiana and Kentucky radio stations, and prior to that, was Account Executive for CBS Radio-Indianapolis.

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ON-AIR: Kevin Kollins Joins Lisa Jordan In Mornings At WSSR-FM Chicago/Joliet

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2018 –– Longtime STAR 96.7 WSSR-FM Chicago/Joliet weekend host, Kevin Kollins, wakes up a lot earlier, as new co-host of the “The Star Morning Show - Featuring Lisa and Kevin.” Kevin joins Lisa Jordan, who continues to co-host. Scott Childers, Star 96.7 Program Director says, "After a search, which took us across the country; it was clear that our stars were right here, in the building! Kevin has been a familiar voice on STAR, for nearly ten years. This is a great opportunity to take it to the next level, with the great chemistry between them. You can feel it; and it feels fun." Kevin continues to host the afternoon show, at 1340 WJOL.

Kevin says, "I can't tell you how excited I am to join Lisa Jordan on The STAR Morning Show. We truly will reach to the stars, and grow the fun to new heights. I'm extremely grateful that AlphaMedia brought some really innovative minds together, to allow me to continue my afternoon talk show, at WJOL and to add mornings on STAR 96.7."

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[LISTEN] Bailey and Southside Interview Originator Of 'Laurel/Yanny” Audio Clip

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2018 –– Thursday morning Katie Hetzel, originator of the viral “Laurel/Yanny” audio clip that’s breaking the internet, joined Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX's Bailey and Southside (top right) to talk about how the whole thing started. During this 8 minute interview Hetzel tells Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta hosts Jason Bailey and Southside Steve about how she discovered the audio clip, what she originally heard, and how this whole thing exploded! On May 11, Katie Hetzel, a freshman at Flowery Branch High School near Atlanta, Georgia, was studying for her literature class, where "Laurel" was one of her vocabulary words. She looked it up on Vocabulary.com, and played the audio clip. Instead of the word in front of her, she heard "Yanny."

Bailey asked, “After everybody OMG’ed themselves to death, some senior got ahold of it and put it online as a poll and that’s when it started to take off from what I understand?” Hetzel replies, “I put it on my instagram, then this senior Fernando put a poll on his Instagram account. And that got reposted on reddit, and that got reposted on Twitter and Youtube and it just blew up.” Bailey asks about the youtuber that posted her clip on her account and if Katie would get any money from that. She answers, “Khloe[youtuber] was talking about making some merch, and me and Fernando making a percentage off of that, but we have to get on it quick of course.” “So with this internet fame now when you go to school here in a couple minutes, you’re going to be the talk of the school, correct?” asked Bailey. Katie replies, “Oh definitely, all the popular people that like don’t really talk to me have been adding me on snapchat.” LISTEN TO VIRAL AUDIO HERE --- HEAR INTERVIEW HERE

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Shinedown, Machine Gun Kelly Among Headliners For RoverFest 10th Event

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2018 –– RoverFest 2018, the creation of Cleveland radio personality Shane “Rover” French, is back on July 21, at Black River Landing, the Lorain’s Port Authority’s waterfront festival site. According to The Morning Journal, Rover announced the show May 17 on Rover’s Morning Glory, which originates on iHeart's WMMS-FM 100.7. This year’s performers are Red Sun Rising, All That Remains, Big Boi from Outkast, Lil Jon, Machine Gun Kelly and Shinedown. Comedian Bert Kreischer is guest host. Rover promised the 10th RoverFest event will be “the biggest party of the year.”

Rover recounted the first RoverFest, which did not have any bands, and with his co-hosts recalled meeting one listener from Chicago who said she got pregnant the night of RoverFest. “Oh, do you party, when you come to RoverFest,” he said. “It is a good time, that is for sure.” Rover noted the band All That Remains recently covered the song “The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks. He said he used to hate country music. “Who could hate that song, though?” Rover asked. “This lineup is — it’s unbelievable,” said a listener. “My mind is blown.”

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SNAPS: ACM/Live In The Vineyard Goes Country At Peju Province Winery In Napa

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2018 –– ACM/Live In The Vineyard Goes Country was held this week at Peju Province Winery in Napa Valley, CA. It featured the hottest country artists with the Napa Valley's celebrated wine makers and world-renowned chefs. Artists performing included: Carrie Underwood, Old Dominion, Hunter Hayes, Parmalee, Ashley McBryde, Jerrod Niemann, Lindsay Ell, Maddie & Tae, Eric Paslay, Maggie Rose, Mitchell Tenpenny, Cale Dodds, and Jillian Jacqueline. Among the guests, (Left to Right) Chris Clare, PD, WNNF-FM, Cincinnati, OH; George King, VP, Programming, Westwood One, Denver, CO; Tom Martens, Warner Music Nashville; Leslie Caraccilo, VP, Music & Entertainment, Cumulus Media/Westwood One, Atlanta, GA; Aaron Roberts, VP, Programming Partnerships, Cumulus Media/Westwood One, Atlanta, GA; Mac Daniels, PD, KSCS-KPLX, Dallas, TX; Brian Thomas, PD, WKHX-FM, Atlanta, GA; and Steve Pleshe, PD, KSKS, Fresno, CA. - PHOTO/Royce Risser

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WDRV Takes The Bus To Its New Studios

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2018 –– As a follow-up to this week's news of WDRV Chicago moving to its new studios on the 27th floor of One Prudential Plaza, 130 East Randolph Street, PD Rob Cressman told us "while conventional wisdom would suggest that, for technical reasons, such a move take place deep in the middle of the night, The Drive’s approach sought to celebrate the change of venue by creating an extraordinary, live event around the associated journey south on Michigan Avenue.” Cressman, along with Imaging Director, Matt Bisbee, The Sherman & Tingle Show’s Brian Sherman, Steve Tingle and Jill Egan, midday host, Bob Stroud, afternoon host Steve Seaver, evening host Phil Manicki and overnight host Greg Easterling boarded a Double Decker Bus as one hour of moving-related Classic Rock titles rolled.

Bob Stroud proceeded to flip the switch and open the mic on a new era for 97-1 FM - The Drive. The inaugural song launched from The Drive’s new home at Prudential Plaza: “Start Me Up” from The Rolling Stones. WDRV’s new mailing address: 130 East Randolph Street Suite 2700 Chicago, IL 60601

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GQ Spoofs Vanity Fair Cover In Comedy Edition

 

[WATCH] Meghan Markle Officially Announces Her Dad Won’t Be at Royal Wedding

[WATCH] Elton John To Perform At Royal Wedding 21 Years After Singing At Princess Diana’s Funeral

GQ Spoofs Vanity Fair With Their Annual Comedy Issue

Facebook 'Stories' Reaches 150 Million Daily Users

YouTube Relaunching a $9.99/Monthly Music Service To Replace Google Play Music

No, Really: Show Starring Avenatti and Scaramucci Is Being Pitched to Television Executives

Madonna Teases Release Of First New Music Since 2015

[LISTEN] Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, And DJ Khaled’s New Song “Dinero”

The Jacksons to Headline Detroit Music Weekend, Receive Key To City & Honorary Street Renaming

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Help Us Find Radio's Next Rising Stars?

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 30, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its fourth annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7th.

wThe ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration. To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself).

Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 17th and formally announced on August 10th at MSBC in Chicago. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

 

MSBC 30 COMING ATTRACTION: 'The Total World Domination Toolkit:' How Technology Can Help You Win in 2019 and Beyond - presented by Futuri's Daniel Anstandig

'Masters Of The Morning 4' - Moderated by Dennis Clark

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Three Republicans Join Senate In Vote To Overturn FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 –– Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure Wednesday intended to revive internet rules that pushed equal treatment for all web traffic. According to The Hollywood Reporter Republicans on the short end of the 52-47 vote described the effort to reinstate "net neutrality" rules as "political theater" because the GOP-controlled House is not expected to take up the issue and the Senate's approval margin could not overcome a presidential veto. Democrats countered by saying their push would energize young voters who are tech savvy and value unfettered online access. "This is a defining vote. The most important vote we're going to have in this generation on the internet," said Democratic Sen. Edward Markey (L) of Massachusetts, who sponsored the measure.

Joining Democratic senators in voting to reverse the FCC's action were GOP Sens. Susan Collins (L) of Maine, John Kennedy (C) of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski (R) of Alaska."This is our chance, our best chance to make sure the internet stays accessible and affordable to all Americans," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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NIELSEN: News Radio Gets Boost In Listening Following Hurricane Season

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 –– Radio has the unique capacity to reach remote areas during times of catastrophe, and when it comes to providing communication and information, radio continues to be a lifeline to the most vulnerable in times of crisis. The fall of 2017 was one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, and in places like Puerto Rico, which experienced immense damage from multiple storms, the recovery and rebuilding process continues today. In Puerto Rico, which is a Nielsen radio diary market, the just-released winter 2018 survey reveals a rise in listening to news-formatted radio stations as a result of last year’s tumultuous weather.  Nielsen Audio showed a 100,000+ gain in Puerto Rico News Radio Listeners in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Nielsen’s fall 2017 survey was not conducted after measurement operations were suspended following Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Sept 20, 2017. As infrastructure recovery has progressed, however, Nielsen has been able to resume surveying on the island. As detailed in the chart below, which combines all of the news-formatted radio stations Nielsen measures in Puerto Rico (16 of them carrying the News/Talk format and another five broadcasting Spanish News/Talk), tune-in across Puerto Rico spiked significantly during the winter survey when compared against previous survey periods.

Puerto Rico mirrors the same patterns observed in both Texas and Florida with audiences tuning to the radio for news and information following such a disruptive hurricane season. During the September portable people meter (PPM) survey, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas (on Aug. 25th) while just two weeks later Hurricane Irma came ashore in Florida (on Sept. 10). Nine different major markets were affected by these two storms. While each one was unique, there is a common thread of tune-in to local news radio stations increasing dramatically during the week those storms arrived. Regardless of evacuations, flooding, or power outages, the reach of local news radio stations spiked during the specific week those hurricanes rumbled into town.

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JACOBS: Digital Listening Continues to Impact Key Radio Listening Locations

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 –– In Jacobs Media’s Techsurvey 2018, a big story continues to emerge with the continued changes taking place in radio’s traditional listening locations – the home, the car, and the workplace. From Pandora, Spotify, and SiriusXM satellite radio, to the emergence of Amazon Alexa and smart speakers, the traditional patterns of media usage and radio listening are rapidly changing. The media habits of 14 format core audiences, along with five generations, are examined in this largest ever survey of radio listeners. From Boomers to Millennials, different patterns of consumption are emerging, providing radio broadcasters with thetools they need to map out game plans and strategies.

The survey was conducted in early 2018 between January 16 and February 26. Stakeholder stations participated in a webinar on April 30, and the results of the study will be released over the next few months. A free webinar -- “10 Key Takeaways from Techsurvey 2018” -- is scheduled for Thursday, May 24th at 2pm ET (link below). As Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs points out, “We are continuing to see increasing digital platform usage for all forms of audio, particularly the emergence of Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and the rise of smart speakers, whose ownership has nearly doubled in just one year.” Techsurvey 2018 provides two different “pyramids” for stakeholder stations. The “Media Pyramid” (shown) contains broad categories, including smartphone and tablet ownership, audio and video streaming, as well as voice-command smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. Register for Webinar HERE

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WLS-FM 94.7 Chicago Unveils New Logo

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 –– Media blogger Robert Feder writes, "As long as nobody messes with the music, fans of WLS 94.7-FM don’t mind the fresh look unveiled this week by the Cumulus Media classic hits station. “The new logo better represents who we are — a legendary Chicago radio station that plans on being more in tune with our listening audience and advertising partners,” said Marv Nyren, vice president and market manager of Cumulus Chicago.

Nyren added, "It also gives us the opportunity to have fun with it,” he added, promising we’ll see several variations throughout the year. No logo changes are planned at this time for the company’s two other Chicago stations — alternative rock WKQX 101.1-FM and news/talk WLS 890-AM, Nyren said.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Amy Griesheimer Named Denver Area President For iHeart

–THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 – iHeartMedia has named Amy Griesheimer Area President for the Denver Region. Griesheimer will work with the programming and sales teams for radio brands in Fort Collins; Colorado Springs; Ogallala, Nebraska; and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Griesheimer will work closely with the iHeartMedia Denver SVP/Sales, Ryan Clune, and SVP/P JoJo Turnbeaugh, as well as Colorado Springs Market President, Samantha Kumm. Griesheimer will report to Tim Hager, President for iHeartMedia’s Denver Region and will be based in Fort Collins.“ Griesheimer extensive background includes a variety of Vice President, Director of Sales, General Manager and Market Manager positions at stations in Denver, Seattle and Madison, Wisconsin.

“I am THRILLED and honored to be joining the largest media company in the nation,” said Griesheimer. “ i HeartMedia's tremendous platform in the Rocky Mountain r region is unmatched. I am anxious to work with the talented team there and continue developing great marketing solutions with many of the advertisers I have worked with through the years.”

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Jason Lamp Named VP/GM For Adams Florida Cluster

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 –– Adams Radio has named Jason Lamp VP & GM for it Tallahassee , Florida cluster , replacing retiring GM Hank Kestenbaum. Jason most recently worked with Community Broadcasters overseeing their Destin-Fort Walton Beach cluster, recently acquired from Apex Communications whom he also served for several years. Prior to Community Broadcasters, Jason worked with iHeart - Charleston SC, Renda Broadcasting - Jacksonville, Florida, and Cox Media Group – Miami.

Lamp says, “I'm looking forward to the opportunity to lead our team to build the Adams Radio Group brand in the Tallahassee market, to provide quality programming for our listeners and a customer driven integrated advertising platform to address the needs and increase the success of our clients." Ron Stone, CEO of Adams added “ I am excited to add Jason to our executive lineup. His 23 years in sales, most of which were spent in Florid , will provide him a strong head start in Tallahassee. "

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Mann Group Re-Ups With Paige Nienaber

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 –– National syndicator, MannGroup Radio announces a renewal, and additions to its large roster of stations and morning shows under the CPR Promotional Consulting banner, headed by the lovely and well-traveled MannGroup partner, Paige Nienaber. Thanks to his high grades and perfect attendance, Alpha Media Group has re-upped their deal for his expert services covering most of their markets and villages.

In addition, CPR has recently added the iHeart clusters in OKC and Grand Rapids, giving him free reign, keys to the city and an obligation to solve every problem they can conceive of. Paige says, "I have literally the greatest job in the world and it’s entirely due to working with fun and creative people. And now there are more of them in the sandbox." Ed Mann, prez of MannGroup politically correctly states, "Me too." For more information, contact Ed Mann at ed@manngroupradio.com 310.346.4991 www.manngroupradio.com

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New Zealand Announces 2018 Radio Awards

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 –– The winners of the 2018 New Zealand Radio Awards have been announced. NZME radio station, ZM, took out ‘Best Music Breakfast Show Network’ with ZM’s Fletch, Vaughan and Megan (shown). Mike Hosking from Newstalk ZB was awarded ‘Best Talk Presenter–Breakfast or Drive’ with Marcus Lush from Newstalk ZB being the successful winner of the ‘Best Talk Presenter–Other category’, for the second year in a row. The ‘Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year’ award went to 1XX in Whakatane for their coverage of the 2017 Edgecumbe floods. This year there were two awards made for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Radio’ - the first was awarded to Mike Hosking and the second to Morning Show Boot Camp regular, Jay-Jay Feeney. Read more HERE

Simon Grundy celebrates 20 years at Sun FM In The UK - Sun FM in Sunderland in the North East of England held a party last for 350 listeners to help celebrate 20 years of Simon Grundy on the breakfast show. The show is now known as Simon and Danni in the Morning, after Danielle Moore joined the programme five years ago. Sun FM was sold by UKRD last month, to Nation Broadcasting, who have yet to announce any plans they may have for the station.

WANT TO CONNECT WITH GRAHAM? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.u

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EVENTS: Beasley Employees Volunteer For Maggie's 'Wigs 4-Kids' Detroit

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 –– Beasley employees from its Detroit-based radio cluster, including 105.1 The Bounce, WRIF-FM and WCSX-FM recently volunteered at the Wigs 4 Kids event at the 2018 Michigan International Women’s Show The event took place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan is a local, grassroots 501©3 nonprofit organization that provides wigs and support services to Michigan children experiencing hair loss as a result of illness and treatment.

The program is available to children and teens between the ages of 3 through 18 at no charge to them or their families. Founded in 2003, the organization has served over 4,000 children in need. For more information, please VISIT HERE

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SNAPS: Yanny & Laurel (At Least Now)

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2018 –– Somewhere floating around the internet we came across this bit of brilliance from Cumulus' 93.5's Chachi & Jenna (shown above) morning show for its NASH outlet in Harrisburg. With an assist from one of their staff members, they jumped on the Yanny & Laurel wagon - at least for now. Just to be safe, we checked in via 93.5's request line and it was still The Chachi & Jenna Show - Nicely Done!

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Want A Piece of Strawberry Field?; Yanny Or Laurel Explained

[WATCH] Yanny Or Laurel Explained By Science Teacher

Chris Cornell Widow Rips Probe Year After Death

Frances Bean Cobain Loses Kurt Cobain’s Unplugged Guitar In Divorce Settlement

[WATCH] Watch Whitney Houston Ponder Fame In New Trailer

Florida Theatre Announces Symphonic For Prince’s Music In October

John Lennon’s Sister Wants Beatles Fans to Buy Parts of Strawberry Field

[WATCH] Daily Show's Trevor Noah Confirms 'Battlefield 5' Reveal Coming Next Week

Thomas Markle Undergoes Heart Surgery

Robert Downey Jr. to Host A.I. Docu-Series for YouTube Red

[WATCH] Deadpool Crashes The Late Show

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Cumulus Media Expects To Emerge From Chapter 11 Before End Of June

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announced operating results yesterday for the three months ended March 31, 2018. It reported net revenue of $263.7 million, down 0.1% from the three months ended March 31, 2017, a net loss of $5.0 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $40.3 million, which was up 4.0% from the three months ended March 31, 2017. On November 29, 2017, the Company and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for relief under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Chapter 11 Filings”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”). On May 10, 2018, the Court entered an order confirming the Company’s Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”). The Company expects to emerge from Chapter 11 before the end of the second quarter of 2018, after the conditions to the Plan are satisfied.

Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc. said, “Despite ongoing market challenges, our first quarter results demonstrate continued operational traction and financial progress against our key priorities, with the Radio Station Group turning in its seventh straight quarter of revenue share growth and Westwood One delivering its fifth straight quarter of revenue share growth.” Ms. Berner continued, “With the recent confirmation of our Plan, we are now able to complete the balance sheet restructuring which is a critical element of our turnaround plan. After we emerge from Chapter 11, we look forward to moving ahead with a firmer financial foundation in place and greater ability to execute on our many initiatives to further strengthen and build this business.” READ FULL RELEASE HERE

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WGN Studios On The Rise In Chicago

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2018 –– WGN Radio Chicago is moving its studios and offices to 303 E. Wacker Drive's 18th Floor from the Tribune Tower at 435 N. Michigan. The first official broadcast from the new studios at 303 E. Wacker will happen in June. The new space offers sweeping vistas of both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Built and designed exclusively for WGN Radio, the new 16-thousand-square-foot headquarters offers two Allstate Skyline Studios with northeast and northwest views, six dedicated studios to the podcast platform WGN Plus, and a 650-square-foot performance studio and stage for live music and radio dramas with seating for 25 plus standing room.

At the epicenter of the studio space is the WGN Radio journalism hub, home base for the station’s 24/7 news room. The new headquarters includes an expanded video production suite with green screen for WGN Radio’s in-house content agency DATS. The layout invites all employees to work in the content space and features state-of-the-art lighting for video production, broadcast, and streaming. WGN Radio’s chief engineer Bill Murdoch has spearheaded the entire project. “An investment like this represents the strength of our brand beyond traditional broadcast. It recognizes our success on every platform. What an exciting time for this 94-year-old start-up,” said WGN Radio Station Manager & Vice President of Content Todd Manley (L).

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Hubbard's WDRV 97, WTMX & WSHE-FM Now Under The Same Roof In Chicago

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2018 –– Looks like WGN isn't the only station on the move in Chicago. You can now add WDRV 97.1-FM to the list as the Hubbard classic rock has left its longtime home at 875 North Michigan Avenue and moved to the 27th floor of One Prudential Plaza, 130 East Randolph Street reports Robert Feder. Afternoon personality Bob Stroud signed off from the former John Hancock Center and led a double-decker busload of fellow air staffers down Michigan Avenue and into the new studios, where he signed on with the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up.”

The move unites The Drive for the first time with the company’s hot adult-contemporary WTMX 101.9-FM and adult contemporary WSHE 100.3-FM. “As we had hoped, having the entire Hubbard Radio Chicago staff in one location has been fun and energizing for all,” said Jeff England, vice president and market manager of Hubbard Radio Chicago. PHOTO/Hubbard

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NETWORKS: Tino Cochino Radio Inks 25th Affiliate; Envision Launches No Borders

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2018 –– YEA Networks announced that nationally syndicated Tino Cochino Radio has signed its 25th affiliate, KWTX-FM Waco/Killeen, TX. The show airs weeknights on KWTX-FM from 7PM-11PM. Tino Cochino Radio was launched to stations nationwide in mid-March by YEA Networks, which quickly signed on affiliates for the next generation audio brand – now in more than 50% of the 25 largest Hispanic markets in the U.S. Hosted by Tino Cochino and newly-named co-host Jackie Hollywood. The show originates from Power 98.3/KKFR-FM in Phoenix, AZ, where he now hosts Tino Cochino Radio \mornings from 6:00am-10:00am. PHOTO/Left to Right: DJ Nicasio, Matt Hirt, Jackie Hollywood and Cochino

--Envision Networks has launched its Multicultural Format: No Borders Radio. In a release it states: No Borders Radio. No Walls… No Fences… No Barriers… No Borders Radio No Borders Radio is musically balanced to reach English-speaking millennials and Latino 18-44 females by blending the best North American Pop Hits with their counterparts from Central and South America.

"Millennials love exclusivity. It’s that individualism that in theory characterizes them. No Borders Radio characterizes that demand with a unique, one of a kind brand in an overcrowded marketplace," said format creator and producer Brian Burns. "No Borders Radio's message is positive and inclusive. For information on No Borders Radio and other Envision Networks programs, contact us at noborders@envisionnetworks.com or call 216.831.3761.

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PODCASTS: Lear Reunites With Burnett

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2018 –– In a very special episode of 'All of the Above,' legendary comedian Carol Burnett sat down with fellow television revolutionary Norman Lear at the PodcastOne studios for an in-depth interview this week. The pair discussed Burnett’s storied career, new Netflix show, A Little Help with Carol Burnett, and upcoming Peabody Career Achievement Award. Additionally, Burnett shared her chance encounter with the person who would eventually send her to New York and kickstart her career.

“I don’t often run up to the studio to get my picture taken with guests,” said Podcast One's Norm Pattiz. “But Carol Burnett with Norman - who wouldn’t want that picture? Norman’s my partner and a hero, and Carol is my neighbor in Montecito, and I’m a huge fan. This podcast is a killer, and it will have a huge audience.” LISTEN HERE

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HONORS: Edison Research Co-Founder Joe Lenski To Receive O'Neill Award

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2018 –– Edison Research announced that Executive Vice President and co-founder Joe Lenski has been chosen to receive the 2018 Harry W. O’Neill Award, presented by the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR). The award is given annually to honor achievement in public opinion research. Lenski is being recognized for his outstanding contribution to the understanding of elections throughout the world during his career.

“NYAAPOR is very pleased to honor Joe Lenski with the 2018 Harry W. O’Neill award. This award recognizes Joe’s outstanding contribution to public opinion research and long standing commitment to NYAAPOR,” said Chintan Turakhia, NYAAPOR President. “This award is a testament to Joe’s tireless efforts and his commitment to the importance of public opinion research,” said Larry Rosin, President and co-founder of Edison Research. “Joe’s leadership on the polls that drive understanding of the American electorate is crucial to the advancement of social science in America and beyond. We are thrilled that he is being recognized in this way. I believe he truly embodies the spirit and legacy of Harry W. O’Neill.” Lenski will be honored at the NYAAPOR Annual Awards Night ceremony on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

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SNAPS: Cody Alan Hangs With Ellen During '2nd Responder's' Concert

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2018 –– Over the weekend in Santa Barbara, CMT personality Cody Alan covered the sold-out “2nd Responders” benefit concert featuring country music star Brad Paisley and Emmy Award-winning television host and producer Ellen DeGeneres. Proceeds from the concert held at the Santa Barbara Bowl will help support the recovery effort for second responders, businesses and communities who were impacted by the December Thomas Fire and January mudslides in Montecito. Alan hosted an episode of his CMT music show Hot 20 Countdown at the concert, and his interviews with Paisley and DeGeneres will air on the popular program this weekend, as well as on CMT After MidNite and CMT Radio Live during Memorial Day weekend.

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'Lord Spencer Of The Neighborhood' Show Cooks Up His Own Royal Wedding

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2018 –– With highest regard to British tradition and ceremony, St. Louisans near and far are cordially invited to “Spencer’s Royal Wedding” this Friday morning, May 18th on the “Spencer’s Neighborhood” Morning Show. In honor of the upcoming royal nuptials between Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress and activist Meghan Markle this weekend, Spencer’s Neighborhood and “The Queen,” will marry a couple live on the Arch this Friday morning at The McPherson wedding venue!

Listeners can witness the spoken vows on 106.5 The Arch and watch all of the pageantry live on Facebook! The show starts at 6:00 am - meet the couple at 7:30 am and hear the wedding LIVE at 7:45 am.

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Apple Music Reports 50 Million Subscribers; ABC-TV's New Shows

Apple Music Hits 50 Million Subscribers

Check Out New Shows For ABC TV

Dua Lipa To Record Next James Bond theme?

Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain Win Court Case Sealing Kurt Cobain’s Death Photos

[WATCH] Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in the First Trailer for 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

REPORT: Fox Broadcasting Faces Radical Changes

On Second Thought, Meghan Markle's Dad To Walk Her Down Aisle

U2 to Perform Invite-Only Concert at New York’s Apollo Theater for SiriusXM

David Letterman Returns to NBC’s ‘Late Night’ Next Week as Seth Meyers’ Guest

PHOTO/ABC-/Ed Herrera

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JACOBS: More People Listening To Radio Beyond 'Traditional' A/F Radio

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2018 –– In Fred Jacob's latest blog titled 'The Rapidly Changing Face Of Radio,’ he points out that it's not much of a leap to assume the rapidly changing content consumption trendline in television is already making its way over to radio. The big TV networks have begun to accept these sweeping changes as the real deal, as they focus more on monetizing streaming and on-demand formats. On the radio side of the spectrum, the on-demand wave isn’t as sweeping – yet. But our newest Techsurvey suggests more people are listening to “radio” without using a traditional AM/FM radio.

Jacobs says, "We have been tracking usage to our stakeholder radio stations, and this year we had a record-setting base of more than 560 stations. That tells us there’s growing interest – and concern – in the radio business about tech trends and how they impact broadcast radio today – and will continue to do so in the future. In one question series, we ask respondents to think back to the prior week to recall how they listened to the stakeholder station. We provide them with the many different platforms from which consumers can now access “radio,’ and ask them to use percentages to tell us how they use the various distribution outlets now available to them. The “blue slices” represent traditional radio listening on “regular radios.” In TS 2018, that adds up to 70% of consumption, versus 27% of listening on digital platforms – computer streaming, mobile apps, podcasts, and yes, even smart speakers. They continue to add up, providing us with a glimpse of where the digital puck is moving. And when you isolate certain audience groups – like Millennials – the digital share of broadcast radio consumption runs even higher. SEE MORE HERE

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SYNDICATION: The Woody Show Invades Salt Lake City, Kansas City & New Orleans

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media is bringing The Woody Show to three of its markets. The show will debut on Monday, May 21st on KHTB-FM/101.9 in Salt Lake City, UT; KCJK-FM/X105.1 in Kansas City, KS; and WZRH-FM/Alt 92.3 in New Orleans, LA. The same-day launch of these three new affiliates follows the widely hailed return of The Woody Show to Cumulus Media-San Francisco’s iconic Rock radio station, KFOG 104.5FM and 97.7 FM on April 30th. T

The Woody Show airs weekdays from 5AM-10AM and is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks. Woody Fife and his co-hosts Ravey, Greg, Menace and Sebas. Troy Hanson, Vice President, Programming-Rock, Cumulus Media, said: “We are delighted to continue to grow our relationship with The Woody Show in three key markets in our Alternative portfolio.” Woody Fife, Host of The Woody Show, said: “Thank you to Mike McVay, Troy Hanson, and the programming teams in Kansas City, New Orleans and Salt Lake City for ignoring common sense and deciding to go #ALLIN with The Woody Show. We appreciate the opportunity to mark our territory in these three great cities.” 1

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Woody & Wilcox Show Inks With SBG

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2018 –– Sun Broadcast Group has entered into a sales and affiliate partnership that brings The Woody & Wilcox Show to the network lineup beginning June 1st. The show is now heard across the country on stations including, iHeart Media’s 106.5 The End -Charlotte, NC, 100.7 WRDU- Raleigh, NC,98.9 KKZX - Spokane, WA, Big Dog 106 - Beaumont, TX, Rock 107 - Myrtle Beach, SC, 100.5 The Fox – Anchorage, AK and Alt 104.7 - Fairbanks, AK.

“It’s days like today that make me glad I took my high school guidance counselors’s advice and became a part of a mediocre radio show,” said Co-Host, Greg Wood. Co-Host, Chris Wilcox added, “Huge thanks to Paul Anderson at Workhouse Media who surprisingly hasn’t given up on us yet and to Jason Bailey at SBG for truly believing in our show.” “I was a morning show producer for the first few years of my career, and I would love to go back and work on this show,” said Jason Bailey, CEO, Sun Broadcast Group. “These guys have FUN—imagine that, fun on the radio?! I am so excited to be a part of it, and watch it grow together."

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Doug Harvill Named VP/Market Mgr. For Cumulus San Francisco

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed San Francisco media executive Doug Harvill as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-San Francisco. Harvill joins Cumulus after running CBS Radio-San Francisco, where he was SVP/MM for the past 12 years. Prior to that, Harvill was Senior Vice President and Market Manager for CBS Radio-Sacramento, CA, for almost nine years. Dave Milner, Executive Vice President, Operations, Cumulus Media, said: “I have always admired Doug’s ability to drive consistent ratings and revenue growth in the competitive San Francisco market. He is a smart and strategic leader that surrounds himself with talented individuals. This, along with his intimate knowledge of the market landscape made him the perfect choice to lead Cumulus San Francisco.”

Harvill added: "Over the past twelve years I’ve competed against the Cumulus San Francisco properties and am acutely aware of both the significant strengths and growth opportunities for these legendary stations. Think about these call letters: KNBR, KFOG, KGO, KSAN, KSFO and KTCT. These are iconic radio brands with passionate listeners. I am excited to work with the people who create these powerful community-centered stations."

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Daena Kramer Named GSM For Alpha San Jose

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2018 –– Alpha Media, San Jose, CA has named Daena Kramer its General Sales Manager. Kramer started her radio career in Las Vegas, NV with CBS Radio in 2007. As an account executive for CBS Las Vegas, Daena led the cluster in digital revenue and new local business. She then transitioned out of sales to join the KXTE morning show in Las Vegas and Houston's KHMX morning show.

Alpha Media, San Jose Market Manager, Lori Heeren commented on the announcement, “Daena excels at everything she does. Our team and I will learn daily from her fearless determination, creativity and intelligence.” “Radio has been in my blood since I was a kid but I never imagined the amazing journeys it would take me on. I can't express how excited I am to be back in California with such a fantastic company as Alpha Media and to take on a new challenge in San Jose. Nobody has taught me more about the radio business than Lori Heeren, and I'm thrilled to be working with her again,” remarked Kramer.

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NETWORKS: WWO Covers Royal Wedding

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2018 –– Westwood One News' Karin Caifa (inset) will cover the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19 in London exclusively for the network and its affiliates. Caifa will travel to London from her base in Washington, D.C. for coverage of all the pre-wedding festivities and the Saturday wedding ceremony at Windsor Castle. Afterwards, the newlyweds will greet guests outside the chapel, then travel in a two mile procession around the town of Windsor. Caifa will remain in London to provide live reports on Monday on the post-wedding events.

Westwood One News will provide live coverage of the wedding and twice per hour special reports. In addition to the reports Caifa will provide for Westwood One newscasts and its 892 affiliates, she will appear live on the Westwood One News programs America in the Morning, First Light, The Jim Bohannon Show, and other Westwood One programs. Caifa will also provide dozens of direct live, custom reports and Q&As for Westwood One News affiliates. For more information about Westwood One News, contact Jim Jones at jimjones@westwoodone.com or (202) 840-7933.

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EVENTS: ALT 98.7 LA Announces Lineup For Summer Camp; New Country 92.3 St. Louis Announces Concert Pre-Parties

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2018 –– iHeart Los Angeles’ ALT 98.7, LA announced the lineup for its fourth annual ALT 98.7 Summer Camp 2018. Artists including Death Cab for Cutie, Odesza, Chvrches, Judah and the Lion, AJR, Sir Sly, Jungle, Lovelytheband, Superorganism and Two Feet. The highly-anticipated ALT 98.7 Summer Camp 2018 will take place on Sunday, August 12 at The Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach.

--New Country 92.3 St. Louis announces its official Pre-Parties for ALL of the New Country concerts at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. They'll take place at Hollywood Casino! There they can join with “Kelly from Arnold” and win tickets to the next show.

The official New Country 92.3 Summer Concert Pre-Parties start this Thursday, May 17th with the Jason Aldean concert.

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iHeart Launches 'Graduation Playlists'

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2018 –– Just in time for graduation, iHeart just launched Graduation Playlists, which matches the biggest songs from the year you graduated. Check out your graduating class playlist for any year from 1950 – 2018 on iHeartRadio.

And, with our new Playlist Radio feature, anyone can listen for free without subscribing! CLICK HERE TO VIEW YOUR PLAYLIST

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Meghan Markle's Dad To Skip Wedding; Aguilera To Tour Again

Meghan Markle's Dad Suffers a Heart Attack, Plans to Skip the Royal Wedding: Report

Margot Kidder, The Iconic Lois Lane, Passes Away At 69

Vigil Planned To Mark Anniversary Of Chris Cornell’s Death

Christina Aguilera Announces First North American Tour In 10 Years

REPORT: An Unreleased Prince Album Arriving On Tidal Next Year

[WATCH] Jon Stewart And Dave Chappelle Team For Standup Tour

CBS Sues Parent Company to Dilute Shari Redstone’s Voting Power, Stop Viacom Merger

Fall TV 2018: Watch Trailers for All the New Broadcast Shows (So Far)

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NRHOF Announces 2018 Nominees

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2018 –– Voting for the 2018 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees begins today. 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 nearly 1,000 industry professionals. They’ll receive confidential ballots from the online voting service, Votem, which is also used by the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Votes will be tallied by certified public accounting firm Miller Kaplan Arase, LLP. The other two categories will be voted on by the public, also via Votem. Public voting commences June 4 for eight nominations for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. Inductees will be announced June 25.

NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY VOTING PARTICIPANT PANEL: Active Local/Regional (10 years or more) Jonathon Brandmeier, Chicago - Jim Harper and The Breakfast Club, Detroit - Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot, Steve Morrison), Philadelphia - Bob Rivers, Seattle - Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more) Mike Francesa, New York - Johnny Holliday, Washington, D.C. - Jim Kerr, New York - Charles Laquidara, Boston - Nanci Donnellan, The Fabulous Sports Babe - Kim Komando, The Kim Komando Show - Marketplace - Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, Mike & Mike Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more) John Garabedian, Open House Party - Walt “Baby” Love, Gospel Traxx - Dr. Laura Schlessinger, The Dr. Laura Program - Robert Siegel, All Things Considered.

NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY LISTENERS NATIONWIDE: Music Format On-Air Personality, Ellen K, Kid Kelly, Angie Martinez, John Tesh, Spoken Word On-Air Personality Mark Levin, Joe Madison, George Noory and Jim Rome. Returning sponsors of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony include The Mix Group as the presenting sponsor and V Creative.

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Induction Ceremony Travels For First Time To NYC Landmark 'Guastavino's'

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2018 –– This year's NRHOF induction ceremony will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 for the first time at New York City landmark Guastavino’s (shown above) located in midtown Manhattan. According to its website, originally called The Blackwell's Island Bridge, the Queensboro Bridge (below) opened to traffic on March 30th, 1909. The area underneath the bridge consisted of a canopy of tile vaults designed by Rafael Guastavino, an architect from Barcelona. Guastavino worked with his son to develop the area into commercial space. This served as a year-round marketplace where vendors sold fruits and vegetables, quickly becoming known as Bridgemarket.

In addition to selecting this year's new venue, The National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “I personally appreciate the challenging task that our Nominating Committee accepts each year to officially nominate talent from an infinite list of deserving individuals." Each year, 24 nominations in six categories are determined by the organization’s Nominating Committee, which is comprised of 25 industry leaders. The museum collects, preserves, and presents historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educates, informs, and entertains the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources. This year's Inductees will be announced on June 25. PHOTOS/facebook - Guastavino.com

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PODCASTS: Spotify Teams With NPR To Add Its 'Colossal' Podcasts Catalogue

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2018 –– One-third of Americans who listen to podcasts, with 12 percent streaming 10 hours or more each week, will now have NPR's 'Colossal' podcasts at their fingertips via Spotify. "For both Spotify and NPR, joining forces just makes sense, and we're delighted to bring NPR podcasts to Spotify users," said Dossie McCraw, Global Head of Podcast Partnerships at Spotify. "Podcasts are gifts you give yourself in moments of the day when you want to catch up on the news or hear thoughtful commentary on issues affecting us all or just have some fun with a game show like Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!"

"This collaboration is a huge step towards greater discoverability," said NPR's Chief Marketing Officer Meg Goldthwaite. "Be it science or music or news or conversation, NPR podcasts on Spotify are another place for audio-hungry ears to feast." To listen to NPR's robust podcast library on Spotify, check out the Podcast Hub under Browse. PHOTO/NPR

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Michael Coover Named Exec. Producer For Orange & Blue Denver

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced that Michael Coover has been named Executive Producer for Orange & Blue 760. As Executive Producer to Orange & Blue 760, Coover will be responsible for producing multiple dayparts, handling the station’s digital footprint and elevating Orange & Blue 760 as the station enters its second year. He will report to Tim Spence, Program Director for Orange & Blue 760 (KDSP) and KHOW .

Coover spent 15 years at Fox Sports Radio as Executive Producer before moving to The Fan ( KKFN ) in Denver as Executive Producer for The Drive with Big Al and D Mac. He most recently served as Executive Talent Booker for Envision Radio in New York. “I am very excited to be joining the Orange & Blue 760 family,” says Coover. “It will be an honor to be part of iHeart Media Denver. I look forward to working with the team and taking the station to the next level.”

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NETWORKS: WWO News Presents '1968: The Year That Shook America'

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2018 –– In 1968, conflict and confusion reigned across America. The Vietnam War raged at full throttle. The assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Robert Kennedy stunned the nation. Inner city riots erupted. Young people were making their voices heard in protest on college campuses. New leaders emerged and the culture changed forever. Westwood One News presents a Memorial Day weekend special broadcast -- 1968: The Year That Shook America. Hosted by Westwood One News correspondent Michael Toscano, this special explores that turbulent time when the nation was changed forever and how the world today is shaped by the twists and turns from 50 years ago. Westwood One News takes you on a journey back to 1968, with historic sound and new reflections on a year full of tragedy and triumph. A year when leaders were struck down and a new generation found their voices and re-shaped politics. A year when we finally left the confines of earth and reached for the moon. When we found ourselves mired in Vietnam. Our cities burned in riots, even as the civil rights movement empowered millions. And while a new kind of comedy came to television, the nightly news brought a bloody war into our living rooms.

1968: The Year That Shook America is available to all Westwood One News affiliates and will replace the program 'The Week in Review during Memorial Day weekend, May 26-27, 2018.' For more information, contact Jim Jones at jimjones@westwoodone.com or (202) 840-7933. PHOTO/Michael Toscano with Pat Buchanan

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EVENTS: Backstreet Boys Join KIIS-FM'S 'Wango Tango'

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that the Backstreet Boys have been added to all-star lineup at its iHeartRadio KIIS FM Wango Tango By AT&T at the all-new Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 2. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, The Backstreet Boys will join previously announced performers including Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, NF, Miguel, Janelle Monáe and Marshmello with a special guest performance by Logic, with more to be announced.

The event will be broadcast via iHeartMedia radio stations across the country in more than 150 markets. In addition, Freeform will exclusively broadcast a 90-minute television special on Sunday, June 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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SNAPS: Charlie Puth At iH Release Party

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2018 –– Last week at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York, Charlie Puth took the stage to perform songs from his new album, Voicenotes at the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Charlie Puth. The event celebrated the release of his album, available today (May 11) and featured an intimate Q&A with iHeartRadio on-air personality Maxwell. He performed his songs including, “Done For Me,” “The Way I Am,” “See You Again,” “Attention,” “We Don’t Talk Anymore” and more. Below please find photos from the show.

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'Last Man Standing' Resurrected; Beach Boys With Philharmonic

 

NBC To Air Winter Edition Of 'AGT'

‘Last Man Standing’ Resurrected At Fox For Season 7 With Tim Allen

Game Show Host Makes Major Blunder

[WATCH] Beach Boys Announce Philharmonic Orchestra Album

John McEnroe: Donald Trump Offered Me $1M to Play Serena or Venus Williams

[WATCH] Lindsey Buckingham Dishes On Fleetwood Mac Firing

[WATCH] Rita Moreno Says Dating Elvis Was ‘Amateur Night’ Compared to Marlon Brando

[WATCH] Facebook Plans to Create Its Own Cryptocurrency

[WATCH] Networks Cancel 20 Shows In One Week

[WATCH] Mark Hamill Weds Sheldon And Amy On ‘Big Bang Theory,’ Fans Geek Out

Pitbull Drops Out of Cannes Concert over Vocal Issues

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[WATCH] Preston & Steve Reflect On 20 Years On The Air At WMMR Philadelphia

THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2018 –– "When the mic goes on, it's go time -- I still get excited when I turn that microphone on and I know there are a lot of people listening to what I'm saying," says Steve, co-host of the legendary Preston & Steve Show on Beasley's WMMR/Philadelphia. In an in-depth interview with Penn Live's Julia Hatmaker, Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison explain how the show got its start in 1998 on Y100 before switching over to WMMR in 2005. They're joined on the show with Kathy Romano and executive producers Casey Foster, Nick Mcilwain and Marisa Magnatta.The duo weighs in on how the business has changed in those two decades and include some of their favorite moments and bits.

"As far as the industry -- who knows?" asks Preston. " I wouldn't have told you 20 years ago about podcasting or satellite radio or these other things that have popped up. One thing that is comforting to us is that terrestrial and local radio is still the absolute strongest form of media there is. I don't think it's ever going to change that people who live in a community, specifically a large city, want to hear what's going on here. You can get plenty of information on what's going on elsewhere and trends and things like that. You still want to know what's going on here: where do I need to be, where's the party at, who around me is doing what, what kind of bad things are going on here, how can I help out. All these things I still think are what make local radio what it is, a direct connection to the community. That's what I love about it." WATCH/READ INTERVIEW HERE - TOP & BL PHOTO/screengrab

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[WATCH] Popular Detroit Host Loses Everything In Apartment Complex Fire

THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2018 –– Popular Detroit host Randi Myles (inset) tells WDIV-TV she watched in horror as her apartment and everything inside it from the past seven years went up in flames Wednesday evening. The building at the Westwood Village Apartments was totally destroyed. Despite the loss, Myles was thankful her 24-year-old son was able to get out of the building, but was saddened over the loss of her beloved dogs, Leno and Bailey, nicknamed Ying and Yang, who didn't survive.

Myles is a popular midday host of contemporary gospel, Christian music on Radio One's Praise 102.7. The company has since started a GoFundMe page for Myles and the shop Margaux & Max in Ferndale is accepting gift cards for her. She's starting over and knows 50 others from the apartment building are doing the same. "I want them to know that all of us are going to get through this," Myles said. WATCH REPORT HERE

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BUSINESS: After Paying Down $120 Million In Debt, Emmis Announces Earnings

THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2018 –– Emmis Communications announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full-year ending February 28, 2018. It showed net revenues for the fourth fiscal quarter were $28.4 million, down from $34.0 million in the prior year, a decrease of 16%. Pro forma for the sale of our Los Angeles and Terre Haute radio stations, Emmis' fourth quarter radio revenues as reported to Miller Kaplan, which excludes barter revenues and syndication revenues, were down 1% in markets that were down 3%. New York and St. Louis clusters both grew their revenues in the quarter and outperformed their markets. For the full year, radio revenues were $142.9 million compared to $165.1 million in the prior year, a decrease of 13%. On April 30, the company finalized the sale of its St. Louis radio stations, and after applying the net proceeds from there, has less than $20 million of net credit facility debt outstanding.

"In the last 12 months, we have paid down over $120 million of senior debt, leaving us on firm financial footing and providing flexibility as opportunities present themselves," Jeff Smulyan, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Emmis said. "Ratings for our New York radio stations remain strong, and they are rebounding nicely in Indianapolis. The NextRadio team has done a tremendous job rolling out Dial Report, an industry-wide data attribution platform, and we believe it is uniquely positioned to meet the growing demand for robust analytics and insights into the behaviors of radio listeners."

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ON-AIR: Emily Sklar Takes Nights At HOT 99.5 Wash. DC

THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2018 –– iHeart's WIHT/ HOT 99.5 Wash. DC has named Emily Sklar for nights, airing from 7-midnight. Sklar arrives from Detroit where she served as midday host on Channel 955. She began her career there on Channel 955 as an intern for The Mojo in The Morning Show before moving to middays

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring Emily to the nation’s capital and HOT 99.5,” said Rob Kruz, Program Director for HOT 99.5. “Her talent, energy, and work ethic make Emily the perfect choice to take nights on HOT 99.5 to new heights.” “The energy and passion behind this team is contagious,” said Sklar. “I am so excited to be joining the HOT 99.5 family and can’t wait to connect with the listeners here in DC!”

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EVENTS: Mojo Show's 'Make Out With A Mustang' Event Kicks Off On Monday

THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2018 –– Channel 955, Detroit announced the return of its 4th annual Mojo’s Make Out with a Mustang, a popular contest spearheaded by the station’s morning show, Mojo in the Morning now heard in Detroit, Toledo, and Grand Rapids area. Mojo’s Make Out with a Mustang contest will kick off on Monday, May 14 at 8:30am and will be hosted by Mojo in the Morning’s on air personalities.

To win, contestants will kiss the car until only one remains. The final contestant will win a brand new 2018 Ford Mustang with upgrades. The event will be hosted by Mojo in the Morning’s on air personalities, Mojo, Spike, Shannon, Producer Rachel, Meaghan, Mike, and Slim!

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WCSX-FM Wants to Honor Detroit Legend Bob Seger With Street Named in His Honor

THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2018 –– Beasley's 94.7 WCSX-FM, the City of Ann Arbor Michigan and the Ann Arbor School Board are teaming up to have a street named in honor of Detroit Classic Rock legend Bob Seger in front of his Alma Mater in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Morning host Jim O’ Brien from “Big Jim’s House” worked with the City of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor School Board to find a stretch of Blvd on the grounds of Pioneer High School (formerly known as Ann Arbor High back and Bob Seger’s Alma Mater) on the corner of Main Street.

“Bob Seger is part of my life,” said Big Jim. “The first song at my wedding reception was “Real Love” by Seger and my favorite road trip song ever is “Roll Me Away”. Bob Seger is everything good about Detroit… hard working, passionate and genuine. When we found this stretch of road in Ann Arbor at his high school, it just made sense to make Bob Seger Boulevard a reality. And it’s connected to Main Street!” The proposed street name will be going before the board for a vote. WCSX-FM wants to make sure it passes! WCSX-FM listeners can show their support by sharing their favorite Bob Seger memories at www.bigjimshouse.com.

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NETWORKS: Jake Owen To Host WWO's 'Summer Kick Off' On Memorial Weekend

THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2018 –– Westwood One announced that ACM-award winner and platinum-selling singer/songwriter Jake Owen will set the stage as host of Westwood One’s Annual “Summer Kick Off” Memorial Day special. The four-hour Memorial Day weekend special broadcast, available to stations nationwide, will feature great beachin' music from Jake and his friends. Westwood One’s “Summer Kick Off with Jake Owen” will also remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Stations can air Westwood One’s Summer Kick Off with Jake Owen any time Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, 2018, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Country@WestwoodOne.com.

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SNAPS: Frank & Wanda Air Live From GAB's Radio Talent Institute Atlanta

THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2018 –– As is the tradition at Dan Vallie's College Radio Talent Institutes, a top local radio show broadcast live from the University on Friday morning - YES, beginning at regular showtime - 6-10 am. This means students are there too to take in the fun. This year, V-103's Frank Ski and Wanda in the Morning (highlighted) broadcast live from the Institute at the University of Georgia.

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Paul McCartney Richest UK Artist; Spotify Boots R. Kelly From Playlists

 

[WATCH] Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon Dance-Off to '70s Slow Jams

World of Dance Renewed for Season 3, Weeks Ahead of Season 2 Premiere

Spotify Removes R. Kelly Music From Its Playlists

[WATCH] Mike Myers Wants to Do an 'Austin Powers' Movie From Dr. Evil's Perspective

Paul McCartney, Elton John and Mick Jagger Lead List of Richest U.K. Artists

Pharrell Williams To Open His First Restaurant This Year In Miami

NBA Star Chris Paul to Host Nickelodeon’s ‘Kids’ Choice Sports’ Awards for First Time

Bradley Cooper to Star And Direct In Leonard Bernstein Biopic

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[WATCH] Houston Host Catches Thieves On Surveillance Cameras While At Work

THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2017 –– Cumulus' KRBE Houston afternoon host Kevin Quinn (inset) was able to get a clear look at the face of a thief as he watched a burglary unfolding right before his eyes on hidden cameras. After installing cameras to deter thieves, Quinn tells KHOU-TV “You know, people are going to look at that and they won’t mess with us or our property,” said Quinn. It just so happened that on Wednesday those cameras paid off. Quinn was at work thinking about his brand-new patio being built at home when he decided to peek in on his cameras to look at the progress. Instead he witnessed his contractor’s tools being stolen in real time.

“I saw a guy in a vest (top right) kind of skulking around my yard looking around. At first I didn’t think anything of it because I just thought it was a dude looking to read the meter.” “Next thing I know he’s starting to mess around with one of the empty trucks and he starts unloading stuff from their tool box and putting in his trunk! Then I knew he wasn’t a meter reader.” The thief stole about $1,000 worth of tools from Brandon Dyche owner of Creative Scape Designs. “I wished I could do something,” said Quinn. “I was watching it happen in real time so it was so upsetting.” The thief was driving a 2014 Mustang convertible and Quinn was able to get a clear picture of his face. “I just wanted to get a good shot of his face so I had a really good chance of catching this guy -- I guess there’s no accounting for stupid.” WATCH HERE

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BUSINESS: Liberty Media Still Interested In iHeart 'For The Right Price'

THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2018 –– Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei told investors during yesterday's first quarter earnings call that iHeartMedia's assets are complementary to Liberty’s music holdings reports Deadline. Liberty, which has a controlling interest in SiriusXM, also holds a 19% stake in the streaming music company Pandora.

“iHeart is an attractive free-cash flow generator,” Maffei said. “At the right price, I think it would be additive to our music holdings.” Liberty made a $1.2 billion proposal to acquire a 40% stake in a restructured iHeartMedia. Under the proposal, Liberty would invest $600 million, SiriusXM would pump in $560 million and the two companies would split newly issued shares in the recapitalized company. READ MORE HERE

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PROGRAMMING: Lucas Phelan Rises To PD For KMNB-FM/BUZ'N Minneapolis

THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2018 –– Entercom elevates Lucas Phelan to the role of Program Director for BUZ’N @ 102.9 (KMNB-FM) in Minneapolis. This is in addition to Phelan’s on-air role. Phelan was previously the Assistant Program Director for the station. “We’re proud to promote and develop talent at Entercom Minneapolis. As the former Assistant Program Director of KMNB and as on-air host, Lucas has a great understanding of our market and a deep connection to our community,” said Shannon Knoepke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Minneapolis. “He has truly earned this leadership role and we look forward to the brand’s continued growth.”

“The opportunity to ascend t the role of Program Director in a format I love, for a company like Entercom, in my favorite town on planet earth and with a team that is absolutely incredible is a dream come true,” said Lucas. “I’d like to thank Shannon and Andy Bloom for their faith in me.” Lucas is a seasoned radio professional with over 17 years of experience in the industry. BUZ’N @102.9 KMNB-FM is a part of Entercom, a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the country.

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ON-AIR: Sonic Takes Afternoons At 104.3 Jams Chicago

THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2018 –- Entercom announced the appointment of Sean “Sonic” Leckie as the new host for the afternoon drive show on 104.3 Jams (WBMX-FM) in Chicago. The new show will air weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT beginning Thursday, May 10. “Sonic brings a passion for music and drive to succeed to 104.3 Jams,” said Jimmy de Castro, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Chicago. “We’re looking forward to having him take the helm of Chicago’s new afternoon drive show.”

“Thank you to everyone at Entercom that has believed in and supported me from the beginning,” said Sonic. “It's a great feeling to know that your company truly cares about you. My hat is off to Jimmy de Castro, Bob Bolinger, Todd Cavanah, Kevin Callahan, Jeremy Pritchard and Erik Bradley for this opportunity. I'm more than excited to call 104.3 Jams and Chicago my home!” Sonic was on-air in the San Diego market at KZBT, KEGY, and KHTS and also held roles at WWPW in Atlanta.

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Nikki Blades To Co-Host With Lucas On The Morning Block Party KWIN-FM Stockton-Modesto

THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has named Nikki Blades as Co-Host of The Morning Block Party on Top 40/Rhythmic station KWIN-FM in Stockton-Modesto, CA. Blades joins Co-Host Lucas on the popular morning show, which airs weekdays from 6am-10am on 97.7/98.3 KWIN-FM. Blades moves to Mornings from the Middays, a position she has held since January of this year. A social media influencer with over 120,000 Instagram followers, Blades began her career as a professional model who was featured in Maxim magazine and earlier this year, appeared on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out with Nick Cannon. Danial “Jiggy” Diaz, Program Director, KWIN/KWNN, said: "We are very excited for today. It's not very often you find someone who fits the mold of the brand so well and is also destined for greatness. Nikki Blades is by far the next big talent on the West Coast and I'm so excited for her to take the next step here at KWIN!"

Blades said: "I am beyond excited to be the new co-host on the Morning Block Party with Lucas on KWIN! Thank you so much to my PD Jiggy for giving me a chance to prove my talent and express myself! I feel truly blessed to be able to do what I love every day."

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Shannon Beaver Named Morning Show Producer For KALV-FM's Morning Mess Phoenix

THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2018 –– Entercom has named Shannon Beaver its Morning Show Producer for “The Morning Mess” on LIVE 101.5 (KALV-FM)Phoenix. “Shannon brings great expertise and a deep connection with the community in Phoenix to “The Morning Mess,”” said Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Phoenix. “We love her attitude and drive and are excited to have her on the Entercom Phoenix team.”

“I'm honored to be a part of the Entercom family and beyond excited to join The Morning Mess,” said Beaver. “I've listened to the show for years and always enjoyed their banter and vibe. Now I get to work daily with a show that truly feels like a family. This is a very exciting chapter.” Prior to joining Entercom, Beaver was at KZZP in Phoenix. She joined the team in 2010 and was promoted to Morning Show Producer shortly after.

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MOTION: Former Miami Host Felisha Monet Creates Women's Empowerment Organization

THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2018 –– Following news last week that Felisha Monet had stepped down as afternoon host at WEDR-FM Miami, comes news of her next venture, the non-profit organization, “I Am Greater Than Yesterday!” This organization centers around young women finding their purpose and passion, in life --- something that Monet is still embarking on.

Commenting on ' I Am Greater Than Yesterday!' Monet says, “In a world where women are sometimes overlooked, over sexualized and made to feel less than, I created this organization to share tools and create a network of women who will adopt the “Each One Teach One” philosophy,” says Monet. “In this current climate, this organization is important to women - as it focuses overcoming the odds, knowing your voice is your power and the importance of understanding your value.”

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Olivia Newton- John Returns To The Air

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2018 –– Olivia Newton-John is back on Smoothfm and will program a selection of hits and talk about what she's looking forward to in 2018. This year, Newton-John is set to celebrate a big birthday, the 40th anniversary of Grease, her new CD Hopelessly Devoted: The Hits, the ONJ Cancer Wellness & Research Centre Wellness Walk and Research Run, and the new music she is set to release with Delta Goodrem ahead of the highly anticipated TV miniseries, Olivia: Hopelessly Devoted To You. Olivia Newton-John returns to Smoothfm’s weekend line-up with Melissa Doyle hosting Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6am, Richard Wilkins from 10am, David Campbell from 1pm and now Olivia Newton-John will be heard on smoothfm 95.3 Sydney, smoothfm 91.5 Melbourne and on Smoothfm DAB+ from Sunday 6 May until Sunday 27 February from 4pm to 5pm. Read more HERE

Manchester Bombing One Year Later - Key 103 will commemorate one year since the tragic arena attack that took the lives of twenty-three people with a special programme on May 22nd. The station will present ‘Manchester, 1 Year On’ – a special programme revisiting content captured from the time of the bombing and looking at how the event has changed the city. The programme will air at 2pm, followed by a one minute silence at 2:30pm. BBC Radio Manchester will also be broadcasting from the centre of Manchester all day on Tuesday 22nd May to mark the first year anniversary of the attack.

In Ireland, Cork’s Red FM rebranded to Ed FM for Sheeran - When Ed Sheeran appeared live in Cork for the first of his gigs, Red FM changed its appearance to Ed FM for the weekend. The station changed logos on social media and is used the hashtag #EdFM and even changed its RDS from Red FM to Ed-FM. The station’s jeeps now have an Ed Sheeran face pic over the ‘R’ of Red to complete the picture. Ed FM was live from Pairc Ui Chaoimh across the weekend with VIP tickets to Ed’s best friend Taylor Swift up for grabs at Croke Park. Read more here and see photos HERE

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.u

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Taylor Swift Calls Out Kimmy; Ricky Gervais Headed Back To TV

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Don Jr. Is Reportedly Dating Fox News Host Kimberly Guilfoyle

NBCUniversal Releases Findings in Matt Lauer Probe

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Zann Takes Afternoons At Seattle's KISS FM; 'Mayhem' Comes To Middays And APD/MD Duties

THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2018 –– 106.1 KISS FM, Seattle announced that Zann will join the station as its afternoon drive on-air host, effective immediately. She'll air from 3pm-7pm. Zann arrives from Dallas, where she most recently served as the midday host at KLIF-FM and Westwood One’s Hot AC and Hits Now. She has also served as an afternoon drive host in New York City. She began her career as a morning show producer in Philadelphia. “I feel like this is what it would have felt like had I been asked to prom,” said Zann. “In every market I’ve worked in, iHeartMedia was the market to beat. Thank you to everyone at iHeartMedia’s Pacific Northwest Division for giving me the opportunity to be the one to beat in Seattle!”

Also announced was that Zach “Mayhem” Wellsandt will join the station as Assistant Program Director and Music Director in addition to his new Midday host responsibilities. Wellsandt joins iHeartMedia Seattle from iHeartMedia’s Central Texas region, where he most recently served as the Director of CHR. His background includes Program Director roles in Austin, Grand Rapids and Spokane, where he began his career. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome Zann and Zach to Seattle,” said Tim Herbster, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Pacific Northwest. “Zann’s dynamic personality is always on display with her unique ability to engage and connect with audiences on and off the air." 1

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PROGRAMMING: Greg Neft Named Program Director For Powertalk A/F Fresno

THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia has named Greg Neft named Program Director for KALZ-PowerTalk 96.7 and KRZR- AM 1400, Fresno. and will report to Steve Weed, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Fresno. “Greg joins us at a very opportune time, heading into a crucial election season for our region and our state,” said Weed. “I look forward to his skills and experience elevating our breaking news coverage”

Neft joins the Market from St. George, Utah where he most recently served as the Corporate Director of News Content Programming for Cherry Creek Media. He returns to Fresno after previously working there as an anchor and reporter. Neft also served as the Morning News Anchor for WOKV and and NFL reporter for Sirius XM Radio in Jacksonville, Florida. “I’m very pleased to be back in California’s magnificent Central Valley,” said Neft. “As someone who’s been privileged to get to know the people, the places and the stories that neighbors are concerned about; I’m THRILLED to once again serve this wonderful region and join a team that gives 110% every day to make PowerTalk the best News/Talk station in the Fresno/Visalia area.”

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Jon Watkins Returns To KEGA Salt Lake City As Program Director

THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2018 –– Jon Watkins held the title for eight years but left the position to focus solely on the morning show on his sister station KUDD-FM. “Jon’s passion for The Eagle and Country music never died, even when we moved him over to Top 40. When we saw an opening, we knew that he had to bring him back.” Says Broadway Media GM, Kayvon Motiee.

Jon will continue hosting mornings as well as his new duties. Send your best to him jwatkins@bwaymedia.com

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Josh 'Bru' Brubaker Named Local Anchor For Ty, Kelly & Chuck On NASH FM Detroit

THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has promoted Josh “Bru” Brubaker to Local Anchor for the syndicated “Ty, Kelly and Chuck” Show on NASH FM 93.1/WDRQ-FM in Detroit. In his new role, Brubaker will cover traffic, weather, local contesting and content. Brubaker joined WDRQ in 2017 as a weekend/swing talent and was elevated to production assistant shortly thereafter. Brubaker previously worked for Cumulus Media-Toledo, and at stations in Monroe, MI, and Bad Axe, MI.

Robby Bridges, Director of FM Programming, Cumulus Media-Detroit, said: “Bru is one of the most talented young radio guys I’ve heard and we are pumped to have him join Ty, Kelly and Chuck on the Detroit edition of the show every morning on ‘DRQ.” Brubaker said: “I cannot even believe I get to be on a show in morning drive in Detroit and work with this crew! Thanks to Robby and OM Mike Wheeler for the opportunity!!”

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iHeart Chicago Promotes Khatija Mohiuddin & Brian McGhee To GSM Posts

THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced that Khatija Mohiuddin (TL) has been named General Sales Manager for 107.5 WGCI and 103.5 KISS FM and Brian McGhee as General Sales Manager for V103 and Inspiration 1390, effective May 21. Both positions will report to Adam Kurtz, Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region.

“We put a priority on recognizing our high performers with advancement opportunities and these two staff promotions are true testaments to Khatija’s and Brian’s leadership skills and ability to form strong client relationships,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Market Group’s Chicago Region. “Brian’s expertise with heritage urban brands and Khatija’s continued track record of success will take our region to new heights.”

Mohiuddin most recently served as Local Sales Manager for 107.5 WGCI and Inspiration 1390. Prior to returning to iHeartMedia Chicago in 2016, she served as an Account Executive at WTMX-FM in Chicago. Mohiuddin began her sales career with iHeartMedia’s 93.9 LITE FM in 2005.

McGhee, a Waukegan, IL native, has previously held Account Executive and General Sales Manager positions for Max Media in Carbondale. He has also worked as an Account Executive for iHeartMedia Nashville.

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Howard Stern 'Furious' At HBO Over RRHOF Bon Jovi Induction Speech Edit

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THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2018 –– Howard Stern was thrilled when Bon Jovi asked him to provide his introduction speech during last month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland reports nj.com, but was 'furious' of how HBO edited his speech. The shock jock vented for 20 minutes at the beginning his radio show on Monday about how HBO edited his speech. "I really crafted my words, I wanted to make people laugh. I wanted to have a good time," Stern said in the rant. "I really crafted the thing...so some editor could determine if I was funny in places? They were probably like, 'Hey, that's a funny joke, but we gotta cut somewhere.' No you don't have to cut somewhere!"

Stern said that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted him there so badly they flew him to Cleveland on a private jet for the event. One of Stern's producers suggested that about three minutes of his speech was cut. "Oh yeah, trust me there was another 15 minutes ... I understand they have to edit it down," Stern said, before joking that an intern was probably behind the edits. "You can't fly me to f***ing Cleveland and ask me to make a speech and then edit the s*** out of me," Stern said. "I wasn't there talking about my career. I spent a lot of time on that and they spent three minutes deciding what should be in and out...They completely...gutted me. Like a rotting fish, which I am. That's how I feel inside."

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NETWORKS: Paul Shaffer Named 3rd Annual Music Industry Awards Emcee

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THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2018 –– Canadian Music Week has announced that Envision Networks®’ Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock host, Paul Shaffer, will be master of ceremonies at the 3rd Annual Live Music Industry Awards in Toronto. The awards show will take place on Friday May 11 as part of CMW’s Live Music Summit conference at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Shaffer served as David Letterman’s sidekick and bandleader for over 30 years and was part of the original Saturday Night Live. You can bring this music legend to your station with the daily vignette series, Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock, which illustrates the history of rock, according to Shaffer.

For information on Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock or other Envision Networks shows, contact us at 216.831.3761 or paulshaffer@envisionnetworks.com.

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PODCASTS: It's Now 'Business Unusual' With Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran And iHeart

THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2018 –– Barbara Corcoran, nine-season Shark on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” real estate mogul, author and investor; and iHeartMedia announced the launch of a new original podcast, Business Unusual With Barbara Corcoran on iHeartRadio. They will co-produce 'Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran,' which will draw on Corcoran’s 30+ years of business expertise, life lessons and Shark Tank anecdotes.

“A lot of people have helped me out in life, offering sage advice, which I’ve made my own, improved upon, or taken advantage of,” said Corcoran, “With this new podcast, I can pay it forward beyond the pages of a book or a few minutes on TV. Other than writing a love letter, it’s the most intimate way to communicate – just me talking openly with you. It’s an opportunity to share what I know best.” “Barbara Corcoran is a personality like none other. Her experience as a real estate mogul and business investor, along with her amazing sense of humor and life stories, will make her tips, stories and advice perfect for iHeartRadio’s digital and broadcast listeners nationwide,” said Chris Peterson, Senior Vice President of Podcasting for iHeartMedia. Proud sponsors of the Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran podcast include Indeed and Dell Small Business.

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SNAPS: ABC's Nathanson Hangs With 'Idol

THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2018 –– Following this week's news of ABC TV extending the new American Idol for a second season, it's judges, Lionel Ritchie, Katy Perry & Luke Bryan were all smiles backstage with ABC Radio entertainment correspondent Jason Nathanson backstage. PHOTO/ABC News.

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Adele Celebrates 30th; Janet Jackson To Receive BB Icon Award

[WATCH] Katy Perry Extends Olive Branch to Taylor Swift For Reputation Tour Opening Night

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Entercom Reports Q1 Financial Results

THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2018 –– Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. First Quarter highlights show net revenues for the quarter were $300.6 million, compared to $99.0 million in the first quarter of 2017. On a same-station basis, net revenues for the quarter were $300.6 million compared to $324.9 million in the first quarter of 2017 Operating income for the quarter was $5.7 million, compared to an operating loss of $15.0 million in the first quarter of 2017 Net loss per diluted share for the quarter was ($0.10), compared to net loss per diluted share of ($0.25) in the first quarter of 2017 Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $30.1 million, compared to $61.0 million in the first quarter of 2017.

David J. Field, President and CEO stated: “Since closing on our merger in November, we have moved quickly to implement rapid change and have made good progress on our various integration, synergy and transformation goals. We have built a terrific leadership team and are driving strong ratings growth and launching a number of revenue-driving initiatives to capitalize on our scale and compete far more effectively against other media for a larger share of ad spending. Earlier today, we announced the launch of the Entercom Audio Network which will enable us to use our scale to participate directly in the $1 billion network radio market." Launching on July 1, 2018, the network will cover close to 90% of people 12+ in the top 50 markets. READ MORE HERE

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Entercom To Enter National Network Arena

THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the introduction of the Entercom Audio Network. The national network will allow advertisers to leverage Entercom’s scale with targeted offerings across its portfolio of 235 top-rated radio stations reaching over 112 million listeners monthly. The Entercom Audio Network is set to launch July 1. “As one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the country, Entercom has the scale and reach to offer national brands a very compelling and effective unwired network with our premier collection of leading radio brands across the country,” said David Field, President and CEO, Entercom. “We cover close to 90% of people 12+ in the top 50 markets and we continue to invest in the best local brands and personalities to serve our audiences and our communities.”

“Entercom now offers brands the national scale they need, including seamless activation and superior ROI,” said Bob Philips, (L) Chief Revenue Officer, Entercom. “We are the country’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio and #1 or #2 in virtually all music formats. Our connection to consumers is coveted by many national brands.”

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Veteran Radio And TV Marketing Executive Marty Wall Joins Cumulus Detroit As Director of Marketing

THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media has appointed veteran radio and television marketing executive Marty Wall as Director of Marketing, Cumulus Media-Detroit. Wall, a three time Billboard Magazine Radio Promotion Director of the Year recipient, brings more than 20 years experience to the cluster and will oversee all marketing initiatives for Country radio stations WDRQ/NASH FM 93.1 and NASH ICON/WDRQ-HD2, as well as Hot AC station 96.3 WDVD.

Robby Bridges, Director of FM Programming, Cumulus Media-Detroit, said: “Marty’s work at Z100 in New York is legendary. That, paired with his experience across the media landscape during his years in L.A., gives him the unique ability to connect audiences to station brands and brands to clients. He’s a relentless competitor whom I believe will be a game changer for our Detroit cluster. I’m looking forward to his working with me, Promotion Manager Rochelle Burk and Promo Director/Street Team Captain Adam Ficorelli.” Wall said: “I am thrilled to join Cumulus and Robby’s team in one of the most competitive radio markets in America. I want to thank him and Mike Wheeler for the opportunity." After 20 years in Los Angeles working for top creative agencies and both domestic and international television networks, Wall recently returned to his hometown of Detroit to be closer to family. He credits much of his career success to mentors including Scott Shannon, Steve Kingston, Pat Martin and Alan Burns. Wall’s radio experience includes five years at Z100 in New York, the launch of WQHT Hot 97 in New York, and WRQX/Q107 in Washington, D.C.

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PROGRAMMING: Matt Johnson Named PD For KSLZ/St. Louis

THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2018 –– Matt Johnson has been named Program Director for Z107.7, KSLZ-FM effective immediately. “Matt is a solid addition to the KSLZ and iHeart St. Louis team. We look forward to watching him grow this heritage CHR brand.” noted SVPP Jules Riley. “We spoke with a number of talented programmers, but Matt’s drive, creativity and talent development made him our ideal candidate.” Matt Johnson has been successfully programming Top 40 for over 15 years including stops at WDKF/Dayton, WXKB/Ft. Myers, and KUDD/Salt Lake City.

Johnson remarked, "I am truly honored to lead such a heritage brand as KSLZ into it's next phase. Big thanks to Jules Riley, Derrick Martin, Greg Chance, and Maynard for giving me this opportunity. I'm excited to get to work with Jordan and the rest of the team in St. Louis. #GoCards"

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ON-AIR: Scotty Davis Switches To Country For Afternoons At US 103.5 Tampa

THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2018 –– Scotty Davis has been named Afternoon Host for iHeart's US103.5, effective Monday May 14th. “I am excited to have someone as talented as Scotty Davis join our team,” said Cindy Spicer, Program Director for US103.5. “He is well known in the market and is a proven winner in Tampa Bay!” Scotty Davis joins US 103.5 from iHeartMedia Tampa Bay’s 93.3 FLZ, where he has served as the afternoon host for the past six years.

“I’ve been eying a move over to the country format for quite some time,” said Davis. “This is a natural next step for my career and I’m thankful to everyone at iHeartMedia for believing in me!”

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PODCASTS: ESPN's '30 for 30 Podcasts' To Debut Its First Serialized Season On The Complicated World Of 'Bikram Yoga'

THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2018 –– The third season of ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcasts launches May 22 with five episodes covering the story of the rise and fall of Bikram yoga, and how the community is still grappling with its identity in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against its founder Bikram Choudhury. A new video trailer that gives a sneak peek at the new season is available now on espn.com and 30for30podcasts.com, and an audio trailer is available in the 30 for 30 Podcasts feed.

Reported and produced by ESPN’s Julia Lowrie Henderson, the series explores how this young Indian yogi used his connections with celebrities to launch a hot yoga empire that changed yoga in America forever. Today, there is a warrant for Choudhury’s arrest and he has filed for bankruptcy and left the country. Henderson, having practiced and worked in the Bikram Yoga community, uses her experience to help listeners get inside a deeply private community.

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SYNDICATION: WBAL-AM Baltimore Adds The Dana Show To Weekend Line-Up

THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2018 –– Radio America announced the addition of The Dana Show Weekend to WBAL-AM, Saturdays 7P-10P ET. The Dana Show is also heard on other stations nationwide like: WOKV-AM & FM Jacksonville, FL, WHIO-AM & FM in Dayton, OH, WIBC-FM Indianapolis, WDBO-FM Orlando, and WSB-AM & FM in Atlanta.

According to Steve Graham, VP for Affiliate Marketing at Radio America, "WBAL-AM is a powerhouse talk station. We know Dana will compliment their strong weekend line-up. This is an exciting opportunity to partner with the Hearst team in Baltimore."

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AWARDS: Entercom Honored With Six Stevie Awards Among 3,700 Noms'

THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2018 –– Entercom was named the winner of six Stevie® Awards in The 16th Annual American Business Awards® across marketing and public relations categories. The Corporate Marketing and the Corporate Communications and PR departments were recognized for their strategic branding and positioning campaigns during Entercom’s 2017 merger with CBS Radio. The American Business Awards is the premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the United States are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. More than 3,700 nominations were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories.

Entercom was recognized in the following categories: Gold Stevie Award for: · Communications/PR Campaign of the Year (Small Budget) Silver Stevie Award for: · Marketing Department of the Year Bronze Stevie Award for: · Communications Campaign of the Year – Corporate Communications · Communications Campaign of the Year – Reputation/Brand Management · Marketing Campaign of the Year (Small Budget) Additionally, Esther-Mireya Tejeda, Head of Corporate Communications and PR at Entercom, was honored as the Communications Executive of the Year with a Silver Stevie Award. Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2018 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

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Adele Celebrates 30th; Janet Jackson To Receive BB Icon Award

Janet Jackson to Receive Icon Award at 2018 Billboard Music Awards

[WATCH] American Idol Winner Carrie Underwood to Return as a Mentor

[WATCH] Adele Channels Rose at Titanic-Themed 30th Birthday Party

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[WATCH] Queen + Adam Lambert Announces Las Vegas Residency

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Ken Jeong Helps Woman Who Suffered Seizure During His Stand-Up

[WATCH] Family Guy Assembles Weinstein, Cosby, Lauer, and Others in ‘Marvel’s The Offenders’

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WBBM 780-AM Celebrates 50-Year Mark

THE MOUTH, MAY 7TH, 2018 –– WBBM 780 AM hit a milestone on Sunday, celebrating its 50th year as a News/talk outlet. The Entercom outlet will celebrate the milestone on the air and on its website today featuring history of WBBM Newsradio along with a gallery of photos, ads, logos and other highlights of the past five decades - reports Robert Feder.

“Think about 50 years — all that’s transpired, all the chronicling of Chicago, the state, the country and the world,” Ron Gleason, director of news and programming at WBBM Newsradio, told staffers in a memo. “You and your predecessors have covered some incredibly exceptional events, and devastating tragedies, doing so with credibility and without bias every step of the way..." WBBM 780 is simulcast in combo with WCFS 105.9-FM, WBBM Newsradio. Feder writes, 'It has long been the top-billing radio station and top-rated AM outlet in Chicago. SEE MORE HERE

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PROGRAMMING: Mike Kaplan Named SVP/P At Alt 92.3 New York

Christine Malovetz Takes Middays

THE MOUTH, MAY 7TH, 2018 –– Entercom has named Mike Kaplan as Senior Vice President, Programming and Program Director of ALT 92.3 (WBMP-FM) in New York, effective immediately. In addition, Christine Malovetz will join ALT 92.3 as midday host and will be on-air from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST weekdays, starting today.

“I’m coming home - both personally and professionally,” said Mike. “I’m so happy to be working again with David Field, Pat Paxton, Weezie Kramer, and Susan Larkin as their leadership and scale in the Alternative world has jumped Entercom to the top.” Kaplan joins Entercom from IHeartMedia, where he was Program Director for ALT 98.7 (KYSR-FM) in Los Angeles. Prior to programming in Los Angeles, Kaplan was Program Director for Entercom’s alternative station 107.7 The End (KNDD-FM) in Seattle and 96.5 The Buzz (KRBZ-FM) in Kansas City. Christine Malovetz was most recently host of middays and Assistant Program Director for KNOU-FM in St. Louis. Prior to KNOU-FM, she was at Q101 in Chicago, Y100 in Philadelphia, and 99.9 The Buzz in Burlington, VT, where she was known as ‘Electra.’

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Class In Session For 5th Annual GAB Talent Institute Powered By Beasley

THE MOUTH, MAY 7TH, 2018 –– The 5th annual GAB Radio Talent Institute returns to the campus of the University of Georgia today with the added fire power of support from the Beasley Media Group. Heidi Raphael, Vice President of Corporate Communications for the Beasley Media Group, leads the way as the opening speaker for this year’s 10-day Institute, with 40 broadcasters coming together to teach and prepare the next generation of broadcasters. “This is a dynamic industry”, stated Dan Vallie (inset), President and Founder of the National Radio Talent System. “ It shows how much people in our industry love what we do, take pride in being in broadcasting and, more importantly, will do what it takes to ensure we have bright young talent in the industry today so we will thrive on into the 21 st century.

The GAB Radio Talent Institute is the first of eight Radio Talent Institutes this summer from the National Radio Talent System. Individual broadcasters, groups or organizations who would like to join the National Radio Talent System™ in establishing and underwriting a Radio Talent Institute™ on a campus in their state and region should contact DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com or call 704-246-8185 or go to www.NationalRadioTalentSystem.com

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Are You Ready to Participate In MSBC's 1st-Ever 'AQ' Test?

MSBC and Jacobs Media Announce A Unique Collaboration -- A Research Study of Talent By Talent

THE MOUTH, MAY 7TH, 2018 –– Coming Soon, Jacobs Media will begin to survey hundreds of on-air talent – from morning shows to talk hosts and other dayparts and will become the first-ever 'AQ', Air-Talent Questionnaire aiming exclusively at those behind the mic! Be among the first to participate in this first-ever talent study containing CONFIDENTIAL feedback from radio personalities across the country.

Jacobs Media, presenters of the highly anticipated Techsurvey 2018 and whose studies have been quoted throughout the media world, will provide data unlike any ever seen before - from content to contests, from preparation to PPM to promotions, every aspect of doing a successful show in today's new media landscape will researched. The results will be revealed at MSBC30 in Chicago this summer. If you have questions you’d like to see included in the study, contact Jacobs Media’s Research Director Jason Hollins at Jason@JacobsMedia.com. Watch for an invitation to CONFIDENTIALLY take part in in this survey in the weeks ahead.

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HONORS: Scripps Wins Big At WBA Show

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THE MOUTH, MAY 7TH, 2018 –– WTMJ Radio and 94.5 KTI COUNTRY combined to win fifteen awards for excellence from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association on Saturday night. The awards included News & Talk Station of the Year, News Operation of the Year and Social & Digital Media Operation of the Year for WTMJ. "WTMJ Radio and KTI COUNTRY are committed to p providing community service, local news, programming and multi - platform local content to serve our communities,” said Tom Langmyer, vice president and general manager for Scripps Radio in Milwaukee and vice president, news/talk/sports for E.W. Scripps. “To be recognized by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is truly a meaningful honor.”

WTMJ and WKTI were recognized with a total of fifteen awards. Last year, WTMJ was named Large Market Radio News & Talk Station of the Year and KTI COUNTRY was honored as Large Market Radio Music Station of the Year. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Awards were distributed at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Awards Gala at the Madison Marriott West Hotel in Middleton, WI.

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Beasley Boston Lends a Helping Hand at Project Bread’s 50th Walk for Hunger

THE MOUTH, MAY 7TH, 2018 –– Employees at Beasley Media Group stations HOT 96.9, 105.7 WROR, ALT 92.9, Country 102.5 and 98.5 The Sports Hub donated their time and support to Project Bread’s year-round effort to prevent and end hunger in Massachusetts at the 50th Walk for Hunger & 5K Run. The event took place on May 6th on the Boston Common. For 50 years, Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger has been a call to action for residents of Massachusetts. It is the oldest pledge walk in the nation and the longest-running single day of community action against hunger. Since its inception, the first Sunday in May has been a call to action for residents of Massachusetts. Over the past 50 years, the Walk for Hunger has provided over one billion meals to hungry people in the state. Invisible, yet pervasive, hunger affects the lives of over 726,000 Massachusetts residents.

Together, the personalities and employees waked to send a powerful message about hunger. PHOTO (L-R): Beasley Media Group’s Jackson Blue, Julie Devereaux, Ramiro Torres, Mayor Marty Walsh, Jermaine Wiggins, Melissa Eannuzzo and Hannah Byrom

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#Lovepup Foundation And iHeart Tucson Team For First Family Fest

THE MOUTH, MAY 7TH, 2018 –– #LovePup Foundation, 93.7 KRQ and iHeartMedia Tucson hosted the inaugural “#LovePup Family Fest on Friday My 4th,” a family-focused event to help raise funds, much needed supplies and awareness for rescue dogs . The free pet - friendly event will be hosted by iHeartMedia’s nationally syndicated and 93.7 KRQ Johnjay Van Es and his wife, Blake. All monetary and pet supply donations will benefit local Tucson animal rescue organizations.

#LovePup Family Fest will feature live performances by 93.7 KRQ’s The Rich Berra Band and national recording artists, In Real Life. Attendees will also enjoy family - friendly activities such as games, inflatable s, a canine demonstration, arts & crafts, delicious food vendors and on - site pet adoptions. For additional information regarding #LovePup Family Fest, supply items to donate and what your monetary contributions mean for these animals please visit the #LovePup Family Fest event page HERE #LoveUp is an accidental movement started by Johnjay Van Es, after auto correct changed his friend NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Kurt Warner text from “love it” to “love up,” and the phenomenon was born.

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EVENTS: MY 92.9 Announces Tucson's Kidfest

THE MOUTH, MAY 7TH, 2018 –– iHeartRadio’s My 92.9 , in partnership with R Entertainment, announced Tucson Kidsfest powered Tucson Electric Power will be held indoors June 23rd, & 24th at the Tucson Convention Center. A full day of entertainment hosted by Funergy will include games, dancing, and an interactive show with celebrity guests Karan Brar from Disney Channel’s “Jessie” and “Bunk’d” on Saturday and Sofia Wylie from Disney Channel’s “Andi Mak” on Sunday .

For more information visit www.tucsonkidsfest.com

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SNAPS: iHR Wraps Up 5th Country Fest

THE MOUTH, MAY 7TH, 2018 –– The fifth annual iHeartCountry Festival By AT&T hosted Country music’s biggest superstars on Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The event celebrated all things Country and included performances by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi, Brett Young, Scotty McCreery and Mason Ramsey.

Hosted by iHeartRadio’s on-air personality, Bobby Bones and Candace Cameron Bure, the event included special guest appearances by Gavin DeGraw, Josh Henderson, Ryan Hurd, Jana Kramer, Sam Palladio and more. PHOTO/Getty for iHeart.

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Stormy Daniels Storms SNL; Flip or Flop Star Reveals Sad Health News

American Idol Returning For Second Season On ABC

ICYMI: Stormy Daniels Storms SNL - WATCH

...Feud With Rosanne

‘Flip or Flop’ Star Tarek El Moussa Shares ‘Awful’ Health News

[WATCH] Justify Win The Kentucky Derby

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Placed On National Register

UH OH: New Owners Could Spell Big Changes For SI Swimsuit Edition

Goldenvoice Cancels FYF Fest Due to Poor Ticket Sales

Jenna Dewan Reflects on Her and Ex Channing Tatum's ''Instant'' Connection

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[WATCH] Detroit Station's Ban Of Kanye West's Songs Stirs National Attention

THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2018 –– CNN, Newsweek, Time, New York Daily News, these are just a few of a growing number of news outlets who jumped on the news of Beasley's Bounce 105.1/Detroit's ban of Kanye West's songs following his controversial comments on slavery. The Bounce's morning host Shay Shay & Bigg said during a Facebook live video on Thursday they'll no longer play the rapper's songs. "We are over it. We don't want to hear Kanye's music, we don't want to play Kanye on our show, we don't want to talk about Kanye anymore," they said. "So we are taking a stand and we aren't playing his music anymore; we just are refusing to give him a platform."

The hosts said their decision followed West's statements about slavery, adding the hashtag #MuteKanye reports CNN. On Tuesday, West appeared on TMZ where he said: "When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... For 400 years? That sounds like a choice." During Thursday's show Shay Shay also called West "reckless" for saying icons like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X are "too far in the past and not relatable." This news followed HOT97 morning host Ebro Darden appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon where he said Kanye "doesn't know history." WATCH HERE

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KUBE 93.3 Is Back In Seattle

THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Seattle announced that KUBE 93.3, Seattle is back, effective immediately. Joining the launch will its current hosts Carla Marie & Anthony (shown) in the morning, Shay in middays, Eric Rosado during ]afternoon drive and Bootleg Kev in the evenings.

“An iconic brand has been missing in Seattle radio,” said Robert Dove, Region President for iHeartMedia Seattle. “KUBE is a name that's been part of Seattle's music conscience and lifestyle for over 20 years. Listeners have spoken how they've missed KUBE. Well Seattle, KUBE is back!”

“We heard you loud and clear, Seattle,” said Andrew Jeffries, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s West Division. “Hip Hop and KUBE 93.3 are back, and we’re giving you 14,000 songs in a row – commercial free. This is how you welcome back a legend!” iHeart Seattle includes KBKS-FM, KUBE-FM, KJR-FM, KZOK-FM, KJR-AM, KJAQ-FM, KFNQ-AM, KHHO-AM, KBKS-HD2, KJAQ-HD2, KJAQ-HD3, KJR-HD2, KUBE-HD2 and KZOK-HD2

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Former 'Sixx Sense' Co-Host Jenn Marino Joins ALT 103.7 Dallas Lineup

THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Jenn Marino has been named as on-air host for ALT 103.7 KVIL-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth. Marino will lead morning drive as well as all three prime dayparts. She is the first on-air host to join KVIL since its commercial-free launch as an alternative station.

“We have an opportunity to build a powerful brand with ALT 103.7 and it begins with identifying incredibly talented people,” said Brian Purdy, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Dallas-Fort Worth. “Jenn is passionate about radio and driven to win and we’re looking forward to having her energy and drive on-air.” “I’m beyond elated to work with Jim Fox, Brian Purdy and the entire Entercom Dallas- Fort Worth team,” said Marino. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the alternative music fan base in Dallas-Fort Worth.” Marino was previously a co-host for Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks

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[WATCH] Metallica Promises Boise Host In-Person Interview If He Drops 100 Lbs

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THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2018 –– On Wednesday morning, Metallica issued a 29-second video through Twitter and Facebook accepting a #MetallicaDiet Challenge from radio host Big J, co-host of 'The Morning After' on Boise's 100.3 FM The X. According to The Idaho Statesman, if Big J, whose real name is Jeremi Schlader, drops at least 100 pounds by Nov. 28, all four musicians promise to grant him an in-person interview — a rare opportunity. "I was super surprised," says Schlade. He was perusing elliptical machines on the Internet when he got a text from his wife asking if he'd seen the video. "Big J, we wish you the very best of luck," drummer Lars Ulrich said in the clip. "Become ... a smaller J."

Big J currently weighs around 424 pounds but he is committed to losing weight. He doesn't want to let Metallica or himself down. He contacted Metallica's management company back in March pitching the idea for this challenge. Still, he had no clue that one of the biggest bands in the world would release a video addressing his weight. "Now the pressure's on," he says. Big J says he's spent a lot of time thinking about dieting after another DJ at The X recently survived a heart attack. WATCH HERE

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PROGRAMMING: Smokey Rivers Named PD For 94.1 The Sound Seattle

THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2018 –– Entercom named Smokey Rivers as Program Director for 94.1 The Sound (KSWD-FM) in Seattle, effective May 21. Rivers was previously Director of Operations and Program Director for KMXZ in Tucson. “Smokey joins The Sound at a great time as we are already experiencing phenomenal growth with the station. Our on-air hosts John Fisher and Delilah are just getting started,” said Jack Hutchison, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Seattle. “We are thrilled and excited Smokey will be joining our talented team of Program Directors here in Seattle.”

"To program an Entercom station with John Fisher hosting mornings and Delilah hosting middays is a dream role for me,” said Rivers. “Thanks to Dave Richards, Jack Hutchison and Nikki Nite for inviting me to join their high-performing team. I’m looking forward to getting to know Puget Sound listeners." Prior to joining Entercom, Rivers was Vice President of Programming at iHeartMedia in Phoenix and Vice President, Adult Contemporary Stations for CBS Radio. 94.1 The Sound launched December 2017.

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HONORS: KNX Los Angeles Celebrates 50th Anniversary

THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2018 –– Entercom and its Los Angeles station KNX 1070 News Radio celebrate 50 years of being Southern California’s only 24-hour news and traffic station. Currently, more than 1.5 million people tune in to KNX 1070 News Radio every week for its comprehensive coverage of local, national and international news in addition to its trademark traffic and weather updates every 10 minutes on the 5’s. Traffic and news content is provided daily by the area’s largest team of dedicated professionals.

“We are proud to be a part of the fabric of the Los Angeles community,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “We look forward to continuing to inform and engage with Southern California listeners for the years to come.” “Since 1968 we have seen nine presidents, six governors, and six mayors” said Ken Charles, Director of Programming, Entercom Los Angeles. “Through it all, KNX has been that one consistent source for integrity, trust and credibility.” During its first 18 months on-air, KNX covered the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Manson murders and man’s landing on the moon. The award-winning station has also covered the 1984 Olympics, the Rodney King trial, The Northridge Earthquake in 1994 and the O.J. Simpson trial, in addition to numerous other major news events."

PHOTO: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) presents KNX with a proclamation to celebrate 50 years of service to the city. Frank Mottek, Julie Chi, Ken Charles, Charles Feldman and Dick Helton accepted on behalf of all at the news station.

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SYNDICATION: Sterling On Sunday Hits 50-Station Mark

THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2018 –– Westwood One announced that its Sterling on Sunday talk show featuring longtime radio executive, innovator, and storyteller Walter Sabo a/k/a Walter Sterling, has signed its 50th affiliate – WBAP-AM in Dallas. The program, a mix of lifestyle, entertainment, and social conversation, launched in August 2017. Sterling on Sunday airs live from 10:00 pm ET to 1:00 am ET. The show also airs on WLS-AM/Chicago; WPHT-AM/Philadelphia; WMAL-AM/FM, Washington DC; WCCO-AM, Minneapolis; KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh; KMOX-AM/St. Louis, and other stations around the country.

“Successful talk stations are aggressively widening their topic offerings and I’m delighted to be heard on 50 of them…and counting,” adds Sabo “Sterling on Sunday resonates with audiences because it’s a reflection of their real lives. We talk about life with family, life at work, life at the mall. It’s all very relatable. The power of the mirror always wins.” “Walter is doing something unique in radio today -- live radio on Sunday nights in a style that is truly his own,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “The show delivers a very human transition from weekend to weekday and there is nothing like it out there. Kudos to Dennis Green and his affiliate sales team for understanding the unequalled value of Walter’s show and for amassing the affiliate support he deserves.” Stations interested in Sterling on Sunday should contact Stuart Greenblatt at sgreenblatt@westwoodone.com or (212) 419-2946.

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SBG To Handle National Ad Sales for Envision 24/7 Weather Network

THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2018 –– Come rain or shine, beginning in June, Sun will offer national ad sales support for the Envision 24/7 Weather Network. Envision 24/7 Weather offers complete, locally-derived weather solutions for radio stations broadcasting on one of Envision Networks® 24/7 formats. Affiliate stations of BOB-FM, HANK-FM, DUKE-FM, MeTV-FM, Jammin’ and Today’s Comedy Network will receive up to ten daily forecasts each weekday and 24 hour on-call severe weather coverage. The seasoned team of meteorologists includes Laura Huckabee, Bill Jacquemin, Greg Soulje, Kevin Williams and Chief Meteorologist John Wetherbee, who will spring into action whenever severe weather hits and are fully equipped with power backups for uninterrupted delivery of the weather.

Envision Networks’ CEO Danno Wolkoff said, “We appreciate our partnership with Sun Broadcast Group and their sales support helps us provide this essential service to markets across the country that otherwise might not have the ability to keep their audience informed of important weather developments.” “We’re so excited to add the Envision 24/7 Weather Network to our 2018 line up,” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “We know how important staying local and relevant is to our advertisers and we strive to deliver quality content to them—it’s great to have a partner like Envision Networks®, who share that sentiment.”

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If You Have To Start Somewhere, Why Not At The Bottom Of The Top?

THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2018 –– There was a time when radio stations were live and local 24/7. You have to search high and low to find that now. We’ll make it easy for you. WIXX Green Bay has never strayed from live talent around the clock. That’s what makes us such an iconic brand. You see, we believe personality radio wins and it’s difficult to have personality without “person”. Many of the overnight show talents on WIXX have gone on to highly successful careers; becoming Program Directors, Operations Managers, they moved up the ranks within our company or found that special opportunity in a bigger market.

Qualified candidates should submit your most compelling audio work, resume and any other material you feel best represents your skills. Listen online to get the vibe at WIXX.com or download our free app. WIXX boasts a consistent #1 ratings status in northeast Wisconsin which covers Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh and beyond with a powerful 100kw signal. You will be joining a solid team of professional talents that will help you grow and perfect your craft. Yes, it’s overnights. Yes, it’s a tremendous and rare opportunity for a hungry, hardworking, passionate talent. Please e-mail your audio, resume and more to WIXX Brand Manager, Corey Carter. corey.carter@mwcradio.com . To send through mail: WIXX, c/o Corey Carter, 1420 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI 54311. Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications, Inc. and WIXX is an equal opportunity employer by choice. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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May The 4th Be With You; No More Competition Shows For Aguilera

 

Former CBS Host Charlie Rose Facing 27 New Female Accusers, Claim Management Knew Of His Behavior

Hulu To Run Commercials In Downloaded Shows

Christina Aguilera Throws Shade At ‘The Voice’

Jay-Z ordered to appear in court after ignoring SEC subpoenas

Tina Fey Challenges David Letterman On Why He Didn't Have More Female Writers On His Show

Cannes: Tina Turner Doc in Works from 'Man on Wire' Producers

[WATCH] Trevor Noah Literally Pulls an Ice Pick Out of David Blaine’s Hand

May The 4th Be With You On Star Wars Day

PHOTO- Trae Patton/NBC

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STUDY: Hearing Their Name Will Likely Prompt PPM Participants To Listen More

THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2018 –– NuVoodoo Media Services reveals in their latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study of 3,041 respondents, ages 14-54, across all PPM markets that more than half of likely ratings participants listen to the radio more if they think they may hear their name or the name of someone they know on-air. The finding is one of 15 new insights from the 11th NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study, fielded in late January 2018. The findings will presented tomorrow by Carolyn Gilbert, President and Chief Executive Officer, NuVoodoo Media Services, and NuVoodoo’s Executive Vice President, Research Analysis, Leigh Jacobs, at the WWRS in Los Angeles, CA.

The session, entitled “Fifteen Things (In 15 Minutes) That You Can Do to Boost Ratings” will take place tomorrow at 4:15pm at the W Hollywood Hotel. The NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study is conducted twice a year to learn more about those who are most likely to say “yes” to the opportunity to wear a meter in order to provide NuVoodoo clients with competitive insights and advantages that they can exploit to capture higher ratings. This is the 11th Ratings Prospects Study that NuVoodoo has completed since 2011. NuVoodoo is launching two final webinars in its Spring series. To register for Fifteen Things (In 15 Minutes) That You Can Do to Boost Ratings, The Webinar, to be held on Monday, May 7, at 2:00pm Eastern and on Wednesday, May 9, at 12 NOON Eastern, visit: http://nuvoodoo.com/webinars/.

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New Calls For Entercom's 97.3 The Fan San Diego

THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2018 –– Entercom shared new call letters for 97.3 THE FAN, San Diego’s only 24/7, all-sports FM station. The station will now go by KWFN-FM.

San Diego’s 97.3 THE FAN serves as the flagship home for the San Diego Padres, broadcasting all regular season games, expanded pre and post-game shows and complementary programming throughout the week. 97.3's lineup is led off by Dan Sileo 5:00 am to 9:00 am. The Jim Rome Show. 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Doug Gottlieb. 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Tony Gwynn, Jr. & Chris Ello. 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Ferrall on the Bench. 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. and After Hours with Amy Lawrence

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jim Riley Named VP/MM For Cumulus Buffalo

THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed Jim Riley as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Buffalo. This marks a return to Buffalo for Riley, who was General Sales Manager for Cumulus’ four-station group there prior to his promotion to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Erie, PA, in 2005. Riley started his career in Harrisburg, PA, and has led sales organizations in Rochester, NY; Fayetteville, NC; Buffalo, NY; and Washington, DC.

Bob Walker, Executive Vice President, Cumulus Media, said: "Jim is a passionate broadcaster with a proven track record of success leading sales organizations and most recently leading our team in Erie as Market Manager the last 12 years. We are excited to welcome Jim back to our cluster in Buffalo and to a community where Jim was eager to return." Riley said: "There is a tremendous heritage in this city and with these stations, and I am extremely proud to be returning to this team and this town. Thanks to Mary Berner, Bob Walker and the Cumulus team in Erie for giving me this opportunity."

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Nia Marciante Named Promotion Director For iHeart DC Cluster

THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2018 –– iHeart has named Nia Marciante Promotions Director for Washington, D.C., effective immediately. As Promotions Director for 98.7 WMZQ and 97.1 WASH-FM, Marciante will be responsible for planning and executing station events, contests and digital plans. She will report to Kim Sauer, Marketing Director for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C. Region.

“Nia is the final piece to an incredibly strong Promotions team here in the Washington, D.C. Region,” said Sauer. “I know Nia is the right choice to raise the bar for the WASH and WMZQ brands in the market.” Marciante joins the Washington, D.C. market from iHeartMedia Philadelphia, where she served as Promotions Assistant. She began her career at iHeartMedia Philadelphia in 2013. “I’ve loved working at iHeartMedia since I started as in intern in 2013,” said Marciante. “I’m excited to bring my experience from the Philadelphia market to the great team in D.C. and continue growing within the iHeartMedia family!”

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Justin Scheman Joins The Tony & Kris Show

THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2018 –– Hot off the presses comes word that Justin 'Tool' Scheman is headed to Cumulus' WIVK-FM Tennessee where he'll serve as Executive Producer for The Tony & Kris Morning Show. In addition to his Producer role, he'll also assist in their upcoming New Music Weekend show launching soon.

Tony & Kris have been together for 27 years and in radio over 30! Justin has worked as Executive Producer at WDZH/DETROIT/KMXP PHOENIX /WRDW PHILADELPHIA/ WLDI/ WEST PALM BEACH Reach out and congratulate him Justin.Scheman@cumulus.com or on Social @JustinClassic1 Watch his announcement with an assist from Peyton Mannings Singing Day Speech - WATCH HERE

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SYNDICATION: 'Uncle Joe' Benson To Host 'Ultimate Classic Rock'

THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 208 –– Townsquare Media announced that longtime Los Angeles' host “Uncle Joe” Benson will host its Ultimate Classic Rock beginning May 7. “Joe’s name is synonymous with great rock radio,” said Kurt Johnson, Townsquare SVP/Programming. “We’re excited to have him crack the mic nightly on the 50-plus national affiliates of Ultimate Classic Rock, and to share commentary, stories, interviews and videos with our audience on UltimateClassicRock.com.”

“Music has been an important part of my life," added Benson. "Especially while working on the radio airwaves at the height of the Album Rock Era. As the host of Ultimate Classic Rock, I will be doing what I love — hosting a great show on-air and online, and playing the ultimate classic rock. Join me for music and conversation with friends.” Following a long stint in KLOS-FM, Benson most recently aired on 100.3 The Sound, L.A.. The show is available for syndication through Compass Media Networks.

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SuiteRadio Launches 'The Brand'

THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2018 –– The creative team at SuiteRadio www.suiteradio.net is proud to announce the launch of their latest 24/7 format for broadcast radio. The Brand is unapologetically country, and represents a fresh and exciting new take on broadcast radio’s most popular music format. This timely mix of Today's Country Hits is directed and anchored by country radio superstar Rowdy Yates with The Rowdy Ride Home, weekday afternoons on The Brand. The SuiteRadio commitment to award-winning radio talent for 24-hour format service comes through loud and clear. Rowdy, whose legendary list of call letters include KIKK and KILT/Houston, KSCS/Dallas and KVOO/Tulsa, has been recognized by the Academy of Country Music as "Disc Jockey of the Year," and was the ​youngest personality ever inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

The Brand is the creation of Pat Fant and Cruze of SuiteRadio and the creative team behind RFC Media LLC. Between them, they have managed and programmed market-dominant radio stations in Houston, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. For more information contact: june@colbertmediagroup or 615-202-5900.

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PROGRAMMING: Enrique 'Mag' Rodriguez Named PD For Backline Program

THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2018 –– Backline, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9) and business accelerator gener8tor’s music initiative, has hired Enrique “Mag” Rodriguez as its first Program Director. Rodriguez will lead the Backline program, an initiative to educate and fund Milwaukee musicians, establish Milwaukee’s reputation as an emerging music city and help Milwaukee companies attract and retain young employees. “It is a great honor to be Backline’s inaugural Program Director,” Rodriguez said. “The Milwaukee music scene is on the cusp of something incredibly special and Backline will be a part of making sure that local musicians have the opportunity to break out and succeed.”

“To be able to bring on a Program Director with strong ties to the Milwaukee music scene was a priority for Backline and Enrique is the perfect fit,” said gener8tor Co-Founder Joe Kirgues. “We can’t wait to work with Enrique to build a program to support a broad and diverse group of talented musicians.” Backline will run one 12-week accelerator session this year and hopes to offer two sessions a year starting in 2019. The first free Backline workshop will be Saturday, June 2, at 2pm at Radio Milwaukee.

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Capital's Summertime Ball Returns To Wembley Before 80,000 Plus In June

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2018 –– Dozens of artists will perform live in front of more than 80,000 Capital listeners at London’s Wembley Stadium in June. On Capital Breakfast, Roman Kemp revealed the first names confirmed, which includes Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Charlie Puth and Jax Jones.

Australian Radio From London - Nova’s Sydney Breakfast duo, Fitzy & Wippa and Nova’s National Drive Show, Kate, Tim & Marty are on their way to London. They’ll broadcast a week of special shows celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The teams will broadcast from Bauer Media studios in Soho London, with the shows heard across Australia in the lead up to the Royal Wedding from Monday 14 to Friday 18 May. Kate, Tim & Marty will then commentate the coverage of the Royal Wedding live from London and will be heard across the Nova Network around Australia on Saturday 19 May. In the lead up to the big day, Fitzy & Wippa will bring their listeners all the excitement of the Royal Wedding from the ground, with daily content online and across their social media channels. With high hopes of receiving a last-minute invite. Kate, Tim & Marty, in partnership with Uber Eats, will give listeners the chance to win a trip to London.

New Breakfast Show In Dublin - Colm Hayes and Lucy Kennedy will be reunited for a new breakfast show on Radio Nova, replacing Marty Miller. It’s a return to the airwaves as a duo after eight years, after they presented Gerry Ryan’s iconic show on 2fm after the well-known radio personality died, eight years ago this month. Lucy Kennedy has just finished working on ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ and the new series of ‘Living With Lucy’ series is back on TV3 later this year. Marty Miller has moved to the 10am slot. His former co-host Dee Woods is on 1-3pm.

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.u

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SNAPS: Walmart Yodeler Drops By Nash Nights

THE MOUTN, MAY 3RD, 2018 –– Viral sensation, Mason Ramsey (aka the Walmart yodeling kid who's currently numb er 1 on iTunes - see Popline below) stopped by Cumulus Media's NASH Campus in Nashville Tuesday to talk about his new song, how much his life has changed and so much more!

He also was VERY excited to do his “Elvis face” (at right) for the shown photo with NASH Nights Live Co-Hosts Elaina Smith and Shawn Parr!

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Hulu Passes 20 Million Subscribers; 'Deadpool 2' Sneak Peek

Hulu passes 20 million subscribers, will finally offer offline viewing

Bill Cosby’s Yale Honorary Degree Revoked, First In School’s 300-Year History

...Name Removed From TV Academy Website

Donald Trump Film ‘The Apprentice’ in the Works From Journalist Gabe Sherman

Avicii Suicide From Broken Glass

[WATCH] Dwyane Wade Surprises Waffle House Hero James Shaw Jr. On ‘Ellen’

[WATCH] Brad Pitt Makes LeBron James Joke During Surprise TV Cameo

Jabo Starks, Drummer for James Brown, Dies at 79

Former ‘The View’ Co-Host Elisabeth Hasselbeck Signs Book Deal

Christina Aguilera collaborating with Kanye on new song

Yodeling Walmart Boy Mason Ramsey Hits No. 1 on iTunes

[WATCH] 'Deadpool 2' The Sequel

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Cumulus Reorganization Plan Confirmed

THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2018 –– Cumulus Media Inc. announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has confirmed the Company’s Plan of Reorganization. The Company expects to emerge from Chapter 11 before the end of the quarter, After conditions for the Plan are satisfied.

Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., said, “The Court’s approval of our Plan allows us to complete the balance sheet restructuring that is critical to the success of our turnaround strategy. With a firmer financial foundation in place, we look forward to continuing to implement the business initiatives that have already taken this Company so far.” Ms. Berner continued, "The financial and operational progress we have already experienced are a testament to the tenacity and commitment of the entire Cumulus team. We also greatly appreciate the ongoing support of our advertisers, vendors and affiliates as we continue to provide high-quality programming to our millions of listeners across the country.”

Upon completion of the restructuring process, the Company’s debt will have been reduced by more than $1 billion, and Cumulus will have greater financial flexibility with which to support its ongoing business transformation. PHOTO/Cumulus

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SYNDICATION: Bob & Tom Ink Multi-Year Deal With WWO

THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2018 –– The BOB & TOM Show has entered into a multi-year agreement with Westwood One to continue to syndicate the award-winning morning radio show. Recently inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, the show broadcast on over 100 affiliates in markets across the U.S. “The BOB & TOM Show is always funny, fresh, and continues to attract listeners around the country,” said Charles Steinhauer, COO, Westwood One. “The show has been performing stronger than ever and continues to grow audiences for its partners in all segments, including younger demos. We are delighted to be working together for years to come.”

Tom Griswold, Co-Host of The BOB & TOM Show, said: “Our show is getting bigger and better all the time, thanks to our great relationship with Westwood One. In the dizzying world of digital technology, including an ever-changing radio world, it’s terrific to be part of the Westwood One team. They understand the importance of great content, and the ability to deliver it on multiple media platforms.” For more information about The BOB & TOM Show, visit: www.bobandtominfo.com or contact Todd Alan at: talan@westwoodone.com or at 212.735.1107.

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The Bert Show Welcomes Maurice 'Moe' Mitchell To Cast

Davi Rises To Regular Cast Member

THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2018 –– The Bert Show officially introduced the newest member of their nationally syndicated morning radio show, Maurice “Moe” Mitchell (RC). Moe joins host Bert Weiss and co-hosts Kristin Klingshirn (L) and Davi Crimmins (R) weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST in over 17 markets. “I am super excited to be the newest member of this amazing family and I hope to be someone everyone feels like they have known forever,” says Moe Mitchell. “As a stand-up and sometimes sit- down comedian, I am looking forward to filling people’s hearts with joy, and using laughter as medicine. I really use life experiences to help people experience life.”

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Moe found his way into comedy by doing voice overs and writing commercials for actor and comedian, D.L. Hughley. Once he got behind the mic, he knew he had found his calling; he has been performing in venues all over the country ever since. He has spent the last couple of years exploring various comedic ventures including launching his witty as - trology videos, “Moements - Why I Hate Your Sign.” He moves to Atlanta from the New York City. “Moe has the same mentality as the rest of the show when it comes to connecting and showing the intimate sides of his personal life,” says Bert Weiss, host of The Bert Show. “I feel like he's a unique piece and completes our puzzle. He's funny. He's approachable. He’s smart. ” In addition to Mitchell's addition to the show, it was also recently announced that Davi Crimmins has moved from a producing role to full-time on-air personality. For more info on The Bert Show, contact Yea Networks Scott Kerr at scott@yeanetworks.com - PHOTO/Courtesy of The Bert Show PHOTO/Courtesy of The Bert Show

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Compass To Take DeDe McGuire National

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THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2018 –– Service Broadcasting (owner of K104 FM in Dallas) and DeDe McGuire (host of DeDe in the Morning) announced the selection of Compass Media Networks to manage the national syndication of DeDe in the Morning effective immediately. “DeDe McGuire is an incredible talent and we are thrilled to support the rollout of DeDe in the Morning nationally,” said Hymen Childs, Owner of Service Broadcasting.” DeDe in the Morning will continue to broadcast from the studios of K104 FM in Dallas, and K104 FM shall now serve as flagship for the network.

“It is an absolute honor to enter national syndication,” said DeDe McGuire. “With humility, excitement and pride, all of us at DeDe in the Morning are 100% committed to continuing to put in all the hard work to make our program a success for our prospective affiliates and national sponsors.” For the past five years, DeDe McGuire has served as host of DeDe in the Morning - during this period K104 FM has emerged as a dominant ratings winner in all key demographics. McGuire is no stranger to national syndication, having served as co-host of The Doug Banks Show for over 10 years. “DeDe is a proven PPM winner!” said Geo Cook, Director of Operations & Brand Manager for K104 FM, DeDe in the Morning and Service Broadcasting. DeDe is joined on the show by Lady Jade, Michael Shawn and Producer Gary. DeDe in the Morning will be available for syndication beginning July 16th.

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PROGRAMMING: iHeart Boston Names Ginny Brophey PD For 101.7 The Bull

THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced that Ginny “Rogers” Brophey has been named the new Program Director for 101.7 The Bull, Boston. She will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee the station's on-air content, digital footprint and music programming. She will report to Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Boston.

“If you are doing Country in Boston you better have Ginny on your team,” said Sprague. “She is a great leader, with years of success under her belt. She is uniquely connected to the Country music scene in both Nashville and New England, and most importantly, she is a fierce competitor who is eager to win. We can’t wait to see what Ginny and the entire Bull team can do together.” "I am so excited to get back to work as Program Director of 101.7 The Bull,” said Brophey. “There are so many talented people at iHeartMedia, both nationally and here in Boston, and I can’t wait to tap into their skills as we continue to develop dynamic Country radio in one of the best cities in America.”

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Brandon 'Buster' Satterfield Named APD For 93.3 FLZ Tampa

THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced today that Brandon “Buster” Satterfield has been named Assistant Program Director for 93.3 FLZ, Tampa Bay. He will report to Tommy Chuck, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay and Program Director for 93.3 FLZ.

Buster has served as Program Director of WNOU-FM Indianapolis since November, 2015. His previous experience includes various on-air roles in Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY, Detroit, MI and Fresno, CA. He also served as a Regional Promotions Director for Atlantic Records. “Thank you to everyone at iHeartMedia for giving me the opportunity to jump into the cock-pit of the legendary 93.3 FLZ,” said Satterfield. “I am eager to join the creative team in Tampa Bay! Join me on my journey as I make the transition by following @FMBuster.”

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PODCASTS: WWO To Launch Opie Radio And Second Ben Shapiro Show Podcast

THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2018 –– Westwood One announces the launch of Opie Radio on Westwood One Podcast Network with the first episode airing Wednesday, May 9th. This marks the return of Gregg “Opie” Hughes after a mysterious exit from his last gig. Opie Radio will feature Opie hitting the streets and podcasting from surprise locations with his famous friends, including Carl Ruiz from the Food Network, comedians Vic Henley and Sherrod Small, and many more. Episodes will be released every Monday and Wednesday and will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, WestwoodOnePodcasts.com and the Westwood One Podcasts App. “Westwood One Podcast Network is the ideal platform for Opie to open up and tell his story,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Opie is a star, with a massive following and great chemistry with our head of Digital Content, Tim Sabean. This is a new chapter for Opie and we’re giving him the creative freedom to develop a unique podcast that will reveal his true nature.” Opie added, “Boy, do I have a story to tell you, starting May 9th! Go subscribe to the Opie Radio Podcast now so you’re the first to hear it.” Advertisers, creators, and distributors who want to learn more about Westwood One Podcast Network can contact Tim Sabean at tsabean@westwoodone.com, visit westwoodonepodcasts.com,

-- Ben Shapiro’s incredible momentum continues as The Daily Wire and Westwood One with the the launch of a second Ben Shapiro podcast. The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special is a brand new long-form interview series airing every Sunday on the same feed as The Ben Shapiro Show podcast. The first episode will be available via audio and video on May 6th. Westwood One Podcast Network is the exclusive sales partner for all of Ben Shapiro’s podcasts and has SOLD OUT the first six episodes of The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special — with a wait-list for future episodes. The idea behind the Sunday series is to provide more in-depth interviews, while not disrupting the fast-paced daily news format of the weekday show.

Current Ben Shapiro Show subscribers don’t even need to hit a separate button to listen – these episodes will show up in their feed.” For more information on The Ben Shapiro Show and The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special, please contact Kelli Hurley at KHurley@WestwoodOne.com.

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PRODUCTS: Vipology Launches First Smart Speaker Music Testing Platform

THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND 2018 –– Vipology announces that it has acquired MusicTesting.com and has launched the first smart speaker music testing platform in the marketplace, VS3+MusicTesting.com. The patent-pending system marries Amazon’s Alexa and IBM Watson technology and is poised to transform the way programmers secure critical music data. Vipology partnered with Benztown in developing the VS3+MusicTesting.com platform, with Benztown providing an extensive library of thousands of song hooks covering 14 formats.

The VS3+MusicTesting.com platform brings music research into the comfort of listeners’ homes and enables listeners to share their passion through emotional responses, scoring listeners’ emotional feedback in ways legacy music testing cannot. With simple call-to-action methodology, VS3+MusicTesting.com turns the music research dynamic into a one-on-one audience relationship and conversation, leveraging the power of IBM Watson to score emotion and passion by sound. Smart speakers have seen broad consumer adoption in the U.S. in recent months, with increasing momentum in 2018. A recent study from Juniper Research found that smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the Sonos One will be installed in over 70 million U.S. households by 2022, reaching 55% of all homes, For more information on the VS3+MusicTesting.com platform, see us at the Worldwide Radio Summit, or contact Michael W. Kay at (213) 432-1800 or at info@vipology.com.

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EVENTS: Big 95.5 & Jason Aldean Raise Over $32,000 For Breast Cancer Research

THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND 2018 –– Big 95.5 Chicago with an assist from Jason Aldean raised over $32,000 for Susan G. Komen iHeartMedia's New Country. Multi-Platinum entertainer Jason Aldean has helped define the genre’s 21st century with his sure-footedness, which plays into his 19 number one hits, more than 15 million total album sales and dozens of sold-out stadium shows. He is the second Country act in history to score four consecutive chart-toppers on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart with his new album REARVIEW TOWN.

“Aldean and his band rock hard and precise” (Houston Chronicle) and this year, his HIGH NOON NEON TOUR will launch on May 10th. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, www.jasonaldean.com.

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SNAPS: ABC & Skyview Dance With Stars

THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2018 –– ABC Radio and Skyview Networks gave some of their advertisers a VIP experience at last night’s season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” live from Hollywood on ABC-TV.

Pictured with Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, and Johnny Damon and Emma Slater are ABC Radio’s Steve Jones and Skyview’s Jeanne Marie Condo and Kim Ball along with invited radio advertising buyers.

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Gibson Guitar Files For Bankruptcy; Tony Awards Noms

 

NBC News Urged Its Anchors to Report on Supportive Tom Brokaw Letter

Austin City Limits 2018 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, More

[WATCH] Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon to Host HBO’s Live Royal Wedding Coverage

[WATCH] Justin Timberlake Reveals He May Have Hooked Up With a Spice Girl

Exiting ‘NCIS’ Star Pauley Perrette Is the Most-Liked Female Star on Primetime TV

[WATCH] Gibson Files for Bankruptcy

Tony Awards 2018: Full List of Nominations

Facebook Announces Dating Feature

Kesha Covers Cosmo's 'Fearless' Issue

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STUDY: One-Fifth Of 'Heavy Radio Listeners' Own a Smart Speaker

THE MOUTH, MAY 1ST, 2018 –– As broadcasters look to smart speakers to increase AM/FM radio listening at home, a new study shows that one-fifth of broadcast radio’s biggest users already own such a device. That’s just one finding from “The Infinite Dial: Heavy Radio Listeners,” released this week by Edison Research. This report looks at the 30% of the American population ages 12 and over who are “Heavy Radio Listeners” – defined as those who listened to more than one hour of radio in the last day. “At this time of industry transition, it is vital that radio managers have high-quality research that represents the full U.S. population to use to understand their audiences. This look at the Heavy Radio Listener from Infinite Dial allows everyone to understand not just what other kinds of audio and media people are using, but how Heavy Radio Listeners compare to the population at large,” said Larry Rosin, President of Edison Research.

The study finds • 82% of Heavy Radio Listeners have a radio in their home, which means nearly 18% of this group achieved ‘heavy’ status primarily through in-car or at-work listening. Intriguingly, • 20% of Heavy Radio Listeners have Smart Speakers in their homes. Those devices may allow for more at-home listening over time, but can also make it easier to use competing audio services. In addition, the report looks at the online radio consumption of Heavy Radio Listeners. In keeping with findings from past Edison research studies, radio’s best customers are heavy users of all audio – they listen heavily to broadcast radio, but do not limit themselves to it, something which has implications for future smart-speaker behavior. • Nearly two-thirds of ‘heavies’ listen to audio online, with large numbers choosing YouTube, Pandora, and the streams of AM and FM radio stations. • Over one-in-six Heavy Radio Listeners now say they have listened to a podcast in the last week. To view and download the complete study, visit: HERE

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PROGRAMMING: Cumulus Names Mike O'Reilly PD For KCJK/X105.1; Al Payne PD For KMJK Kansas City

THE MOUTH, MAY 1ST, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted programming veteran Mike O’Reilly to Program Director of Alternative station KCJK/X105.1 in Kansas City, KS. O’Reilly continues in his current roles as Program Director and Afternoon Host for Top 40 station KCHZ-FM/95.7 The Vibe. Cumulus concurrently announced that it has named Al Payne as Program Director for Urban AC station KMJK in Kansas City.

O’Reilly, a Kansas City native, started his radio career at KCHZ-FM in 1997, launched KCJK-FM in 2004, and did a nine-year run in San Diego at KFMB-FM until moving back to Kansas City in 2015 as Program Director of KCHZ. Payne joins Cumulus from Beasley Broadcasting, where he was Program Director of WMGC 105.1 The Bounce in Detroit. Payne’s 20-year career as a successful Hip Hop/Urban AC/Rhythmic programmer includes positions at: WERQ and WWIN-FM in Baltimore, MD; WKYS in Washington, DC; WGZB and WMJM in Louisville, KY; WDMK and WHTD in Detroit, MI; WCDX and WKJS in Richmond, VA; KRNB in Dallas, TX; WQMG in Greensboro, NC, and WMNX in Wilmington, NC.

Donna Baker, Midwest Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Kansas City, said: “Mike O’Reilly’s exceptional knowledge of these formats, passion to win, and respect as a leader on our team and in our community have earned this well deserved promotion. He is one of the best in the business.” Baker added: “Al Payne brings proven leadership with a clear vision of winning to the helm of our talented Magic 107.3 team. He is the perfect choice to rekindle KMJK to a new level of success.”

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ON-AIR: Diana Steele Covering Middays At 104.3 JAMS Chicago; Kyle Matthews Joins The Lineup At KFRG Riverside

THE MOUTH, MAY 1ST, 2018 –– Voice-over artist and former announcer for “The Arsenio Hall Show,” is joining WBMX 104.3-FM as midday personality reports Robert Feder. Starting this week she’ll be heard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Entercom classic hip-hop and R&B station. Until a permanent midday host is named later this year, Steele will air her show for 104.3 Jams from her studio in the Bay Area.

“We’re thrilled to welcome this legendary voice and mother of two boys and two dogs to the new 104.3 Jams,” said program director Todd Cavanah. With mornings, middays and evenings filled, the station is expected to announce an afternoon host soon.

--Entercom also announced that Kyle Matthews has joined the lineup at K-FROG (KFRG) in Riverside, CA. Matthews will host the station’s show from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PST as well as oversee imaging. His first day on the air will be May 3. “Kyle understands how to create great local radio,” said Michael Valenzuela, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Riverside. “We’re looking forward to bringing a new creative voice to the market.” “I couldn’t be more excited to be headed home to do what I love with a station that I’ve always wanted to work for,” said Matthews. “Entercom Riverside has made a great impact within the community and I’m looking forward to being part of it.” Matthews returns to the Golden State after two years with NRG Media in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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WKLI-FM Albany Launches KC & Pete In The Morning; Kevin Richards Back To Middays

THE MOUTH, MAY 1ST, 2018 –– Pamal Broadcasting's WKLI-FM (100.9 The Cat) Albany, NY kicks off its new K.C. And Kelly in the Morning Show today featuring Kristina Carlyle (TL) and Pete Kelly (TR). Carlyle returns to the market from KVOO-FM Tulsa. Kelly has been the midday host on The Cat since early 2017.

“We could not be more excited about this dynamic duo taking over the airwaves and knocking the socks off Cat listeners every morning. Kristina is an industry veteran with a tremendous track record that will be the perfect complement to Pete’s energy and enthusiasm. Together they will bring a renewed energy and fresh sound to the mornings on 100.9 The Cat, Albany’s #1 for New Country,” said General Manager A.J. Bodden.

With the move, current morning host , Kevin Richards, will slide back to middays on The Cat, a slot he previously held.

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The iHM Music Festival Returns To Vegas

THE MOUTH, MAY 1T, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced the return of the annual star-studded iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 21 and 22 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and its Daytime Stage, which will take place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Daytime Stage will feature live performances by both popular and emerging artists including first-revealed performers Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds of Summer, Lil Uzi Vert, Dustin Lynch, Bazzi, Belly, Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots and Greta Van Fleet with more to be announced.

In addition to live performances, the Daytime Stage will also feature fan zones and interactive experiences by iHeartRadio's brand partners. The "Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star" talent search will also return for the seventh year in a row providing emerging artists the chance to perform on the same stage as music's biggest superstars at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Starting in early May, iHeartRadio listeners and Macy's shoppers will once again have their chance to cast their votes for their favorite up-and-coming artists, and by voting, fans will also be entered for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival. The "Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star" winner will take the stage as the opening act of the epic two-night event.

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dNETWORKS: Envision's 'Our Auto Experts' Tops 700 Affiliates' Mark

THE MOUTH, MAY 1STY, 2018 –– 'Our Auto Expert' is going the distance from New York to Los Angeles and Chicago to Dallas. The daily audio and video feature for radio stations now has 719 affiliated stations across the country! The vignettes are hosted by auto expert Nik Miles and feature reviews and the latest news from the world of automobiles. “There are 268 million cars on the road in America, we are the original Car Nation; we celebrate our freedom and our mobility every day by driving. We think that's why we have been so successful talking to people about something they love and something they spend their hard earned money on,” said Nik Miles. Our Auto Expert Our Auto Expert features the hottest automotive content, from new models and news to the latest technology and analysis on self-driving cars.

For information on Our Auto Expert and other Envision Networks programs, contact us at affiliaterelations@envisionnetworks.com or call 216.831.3761 for more information.

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HONORS: BFOA Present Leadership Award To Bill McElveen

THE MOUTH, MAY 1ST, 2018 –– On April 11, 2018, the Broadcasters Foundation of America presented Alpha Media Executive Vice President Bill McElveen with the Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award. Recognizing career contributions to the broadcast industry, the award was presented in Las Vegas at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, McElveen is a past Chairman of the NAB Radio Board and currently serves as the Radio Chair of NAB's Political Action Committee, NABPAC. He is also on the Board of Directors of the NAB and of the Radio Advertising Bureau. He is the youngest-ever inductee into the South Carolina Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.

“Bill is extremely deserving of this prestigious award,” said Alpha Media CEO and President Bob Proffitt. “Bill’s leadership is well-known both at Alpha Media and throughout the industry.” “It is a great honor to receive the Ward L. Quaal Award for lifetime leadership to our industry. I am grateful for all the mentors and coaches I've had throughout my career and I am thrilled to accept this award on behalf of my Alpha Media family,” remarked McElveen. L to R: Dan Mason (Chairman, Broadcasters Foundation of America), Bill McElveen, Jim Thompson (President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America)

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Surgery Forces Bonnie Raitt To Cancel Tour; Judd Suing Weinstein

 

Bonnie Raitt Cancels Tour Dates with James Taylor Due to Surgery

Shania Twain, Jake Owen to Host New Singing Competition 'Real Country'

Ashley Judd sues Harvey Weinstein, alleging he sabotaged her career

[WATCH] NSYNC Reunite for Hollywood Walk of Fame

[WATCH] Katy Perry Reacts To Idol Contestant Dating Another Contestant

Twitter and Disney Sign Deal to Air Live ESPN Shows

Trump Offered Bill Gates a Job at the White House

[WATCH] Kathy Griffin Takes Back Trump Apology On 'The View'

[WATCH] Bill Cosby Juror Says Comedian's Own Words Led to Guilty Verdict

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92Q's Sharita Henderson Remains In Hospital In Stable Condition Following Waffle House Shooting In Tennessee

THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2018 –– It's been over a week since the horrific shooting in a Tennessee Waffle House that left four dead and four others injured. Among the later was Sharita Henderson (TL), promotions coordinator at Cumulus 92Q Nashville. "It has been a surreal several days for us and I am extremely appreciative of the tremendous support we’ve received from our Cumulus | Westwood One work-family after learning that our 92Q Promotions Coordinator was a victim in the tragic shooting at the Waffle House. After 3 days, and in large part to the shares within our work-family, we have exceeded our initial goal of $10,000, raising over $18,000 for Sharita Henderson's medical expenses." said Allison Warren, VP/Market Manager Cumulus Nashville.

Warren spoke with Sharita's father on Friday and he said that Sharita remains in the hospital while slowly coming to terms with the loss of her dear friend (DeEbony L) and the severity of her own injuries. After numerous surgeries, she remains in stable condition, but, has a long road of recovery ahead. Her energy is focused on healing and her outlook remains positive." Warren adds, "Those that know her well are not surprised by that. Her family is overwhelmed by the amount of support and generosity the entire Cumulus family has shown Sharita as well as the Nashville community. While they are focused on her recovery, they are deeply grateful for all of the thoughts, prayers and donations. https://www.gofundme.com/support-sharita-henderson

The man suspected of killing four people and wounding four others was arrested following an extensive manhunt, according to police. Travis Jeffrey Reinking (BR), last Monday.

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ON-AIR: WFAN A/F Unveils New Line-Up

THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2018 –– Following numerous press reports of the impending return of Mike Francesa to his former home on WFAN/New York, Entercom made it official on Friday with the announcement of its new programming line-up for sports station WFAN101.9 FM/660 AM in New York. As predicted, Carlin, Maggie & Bart, the orignal replacement for Mike Francesa following his exit in December, are back in shortened 2-hour slot.

Beginning Tuesday, May 1. The new line-up is as follows:

6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Boomer and Gio Mornings - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Joe Benigno & Evan Roberts - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott (CMB) - 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Mike Francesa - 6:30-7:30 it's Chris Moore followed by Yankee's Baseball.

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Yesi Ortiz Named Middays For 97.1 AMP LA; John Michael Adds MD Stripes

THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2018 –– Entercom named Yesi Ortiz as midday host for 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM) in Los Angeles, effective immediately. Assistant Program Director John Michael was named as Music Director for the station, in addition to his current responsibilities.

“We are amped to have Yesi join Entercom. Her long and successful on-air history here in Southern California makes her an incredible addition to the already strong AMP team,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Southern California. “Yesi connects deeply with her loyal and passionate audience on air as well as online- she is currently one of the top social media influencers among radio personalities in the country.” "I am THRILLED to be joining the Entercom family,” said Yesi. “To be valued for my achievements and influence in the city is a great honor and I am looking forward to making an impact at AMP radio.” Yesi Ortiz, the “Queen of LA” spent the past 12 years on air at Power 106FM in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a television drama series project in development with the E! Network, which will be loosely based on her real life journey raising six adopted children and her rise to success.

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PROGRAMMING: Billy Vidal Rises To PD For KRBQ-FM San Francisco

THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that current mid-day host and Music Director Billy Vidal has been promoted to Program Director for San Francisco station Q102.1 (KRBQ-FM). Vidal’s new role is in addition to his current on-air responsibilities hosting Q102.1’s midday show on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST. “Billy has a great understanding of this format and more importantly the Bay Area market,” said Gregory Nemitz, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Francisco. “I have no doubt he will excel in his new role and will continue the upward trajectory of Q102.1.”

“I’ve been with Q102.1 since the station launched and I am grateful to Greg Nemitz and Michael Martin for this incredible opportunity,” said Vidal. “There is a real resurgence with the music and culture in this format and I truly believe Q102.1 is poised to do big things in San Francisco.” Vidal has been an on-air personality on Q102.1 for over three years and was named Music Director in June of 2017.

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Alpha Taps Dave Numme Content Director Over San Jose Cluster

THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2018 –– Alpha has named Dave Numme Content Director of KBAY and KEZR. His career led him to multiple stations in the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. In 1991, Dave was hired as the first Program Director for Rock 101 KUFO, in Portland. As Operations Director he oversaw multiple stations for the CBS Portland cluster including formats in Modern AC, 80’s Hits, Classic Hits, and Talk.

Numme returned to San Francisco in 2006 as VP of Rock/Alternative formats and PD at Live 105 KITS. Most recently he resided in Seattle at Hubbard Radio.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Pamela Russo, Chris Rosen Named To Executive Posts For Radio.com

THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Pamela Russo (TL)has been appointed as Senior Vice President and General Manager, and Christopher Rosen (BL) as Editorial Director for Radio.com as part of the company’s renewed commitment and strategic shift on the Radio.com brand. Russo will report to JD Crowley, Executive Vice President of Digital at Entercom, and Rosen will report to Russo. “This is an exciting time for Radio.com,” said Crowley. “We welcome both Pam and Chris’s expertise as we accelerate our strategy to make Radio.com a daily habit for the millions of fans across our family of brands, entertaining and informing users with spoken-word audio, curated music and premium editorial.

“I am thrilled to be part of Radio.com at this inflection point in the brand’s development,” said Russo. “This is a great time to be in the digital audio business with rapid innovation happening across streaming, podcasting, and personalized media consumption platforms. I look forward to working with the talented leaders and creators across Entercom to make Radio.com a leader in the category.” Russo is a 20-year veteran of the media industry. She joins Entercom from Meredith Corporation, formerly Time Inc., where she led digital strategy and operations for the company’s portfolio of entertainment, travel and luxury brands, including People.com, EntertainmentWeekly.com, TravelandLeisure.com and Departures.com, among others.

Rosen added, “I am excited to join Radio.com in this newly created role and can’t wait to implement innovative editorial strategies to create the engaging and compelling content that we know the audience wants,” said Rosen. “Entercom is the only company with such a large and unique footprint of preeminent brands across news, sports, music, and podcasts, positioning Radio.com to truly stand alone. I look forward to working with the amazing talent across the entire company to bring the brand to life, and help ensure its future success.” Rosen joins Entercom from Entertainment Weekly, where he served as Executive Editor for the brand’s digital properties.

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The Bert Show To Reveal New 'Mystery' Co-Host

THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2018 ––The Bert Show is adding a new co-host to their family, and they’re giving listeners a chance to see him before they hear him. On Tuesday, May 1st, the nationally syndicated morning radio show will be hosting a comedy night at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta featuring several comedic acts including current co-host of The Bert Show, Davi Crimmins.

Following her set, the show’s new mystery co-host will take to the stage and be revealed to attendees. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds from ticket sales will support the work of Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

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Help Us Find Radio's Next Rising Stars?

THE MOUTH, MAY 1ST, 2018 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 30, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its fourth annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7th.

wThe ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration. To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself).

Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 17th and formally announced on August 10th at MSBC in Chicago. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

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0ICYMI: Daytime Emmy Winners List; Walmart Yodeler Land Record Deal

 

Complete List Of Daytime Emmy Winners

Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell Among More Than 60 Women Voicing Support for Tom Brokaw

'Avengers: Infinity War' Opening B.O. Biggest of All Time

T-Mobile and Sprint To Merge Led by John Legere

Barry Manilow Headed To Las Vegas

Gene Simmons Sexual Battery Lawsuit Has Already Been Dismissed, Says Band Member

Breast Cancer Benefit To Honor Lance Armstrong

Walmart Yodeling Kid Scores Record Deal

Bob Dylan To Make Whiskey?

[WATCH] New Trailer For Whitney Houston Documentary

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Art Vuolo's Video Collection Of Over 700 Personalities Enshrined At Hall Of Fame

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2018 –– It started as a magnificent obsession—and became a life’s work reports Eastern Magazine. In the early 1980s, Vuolo, dubbed “Radio’s Best Friend” by Scott Shannon, began to spread his friendship via his “Vuolo Video Air-Chex” project in 1979. For four decades, Vuolo visited and recorded more than 700 on-air personalities working at stations of every format and location. The paper writes that today he has a collection of more than 1,000 videos. Now, The Radio Hall of Fame, located within the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago, is developing a permanent exhibit, “A History of the American Disc Jockey” with Vuolo’s collection as its nucleus. In announcing the project, Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchen expressed the enormous gratitude of the industry “for all the hours and years that Art has toiled at properly recording the best efforts in radio studios for decades and decades.”

Following the news, we reached out to Vuolo to answer a few questions enquiring minds may be curious to know. JL: Among the 700 videos, which talent through the years impressed you most: VUOLO: An impossible question to narrow down to one person. I felt that way when I recorded Herb Oscar Anderson at a NY-NJ Radio Reunion in 2007, but my 1993 (in 7studio) video of Big Dan Ingram was truly awesome. Over-all it would be hard to top my 2003 video that I did of Paul Harvey at the R&R TRS which turned out to be his last speech to the radio industry!

JL: Best show you ever heard - VUOLO: "Everybody who knows me is aware that my absolute favorite show is Bob & Tom, based at WFBQ in Indianapolis (L). However, a close runner-up is Paul Castronovo at Miami's WBGG Big 105.9. Both shows lost half the act when a partner retired, yet the show must and does go on without missing a beat!"

7JL: Best station you ever heard - VUOLO: This is like asking a DJ "what's your favorite song?" Impossible to narrow it down to one. My list would include Z100 in 1983, KCBQ-FM's Modern Oldies (70's) in 1994, 1010 WINS can't be beat, WKNR Keener 13 in Detroit mid-1960's and WLS when it was the mid-west giant we all grew up with!"

JL: Someone you were never able to videotape, but wanted to - why? VUOLO: "Again, can't be edited down to one person. The three (3) personalities I've never had the opportunity to video are: Rick Dees at KIIS, Jonathan Brandmiere at The Loop in Chicago and Howard Stern."

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PROGRAMMING: Jules Riley Rises To SVP/Prog. For iHeart St. Louis

THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jules Riley has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for St. Louis, effective immediately. iHeartMedia St. Louis has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands KLOU-FM, KSD-FM, KSLZ-FM, KATZ-FM, KLLT-FM, KATZ –HD, KATZ-AM, and franchises — both broadcast and digital. “Jules has done an amazing job programming 103.3 KLOU and 93.7 The Bull since joining us last year and has truly earned this leadership role,” said Derrick Martin, President of St. Louis Region."

Before she began programming 103.3. KLOU and 93.7 The Bull in April 2017, she served as Operations Manager/Brand Manager for KVOO-FM in Tulsa; Program Director for WARH-FM and WMVN in St. Louis.

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Atzimba Palomares Barrigan Named Digital PD; Nick Bruns Promotions And Events Director For iHeart Tucson

THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Atzimba Palomares Barriga (TL) has been named Digital Program Director for Tucson, effective June 1. In addition to her new role, Palomares Barriga will continue to provide online content to the entire iHeartMedia Arizona Region under the direction of Alex Siordian , Regional Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia’s Arizona Region. Palomares Barriga began her career at iHeartMedia Tucson in 2013 as a board operator. She has served as the Tucson - based Online Content Coordinator for iHeartMedia ’s Arizona Region for three years.

iHeart Tucson also announced that Nick Bruns (TR) has been named Promotions and Events Director for its local group in Tucson, effective May 1. Bruns arrives from iHeart Des Moines. Bruns began his career at iHeartMedia and is a graduate of Lindenwood University. "I am absolutely THRILLED to be joining the iHeartMedia Tucson team," said Bruns. "I'm especially looking forward to working with our clients and partners to create really exciting promotional and marketing opportunities."

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[WATCH] US101 Chattanooga Hall of Famer Billy 'Dex' Poindexter To Retire

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2018 –– Entercom bids farewell to beloved US101 (WUSY-FM) host Billy “Dex” Poindexter, one of Country Radio’s most well-known personalities and one-half of the award winning “Dex and Mo Show (shown below).” Dex announced that he is retiring from the Chattanooga station after 25 years on the air, with plans to focus on his health, his family and travel. His last day at the station was yesterday.

7“It’s been a great 25 years and it has truly been my pleasure serving this community. US101 has the greatest listeners on earth; they are open and always so giving. From our annual efforts to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to various disaster relief efforts through the years, the US101 listeners have always stepped up,” said Dex. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished together and US101 will always be my home.” “When it comes to wit, personality, comedy, and a genuine love for the business, there is no one greater than Dex. I am so thankful for the opportunity I was given to learn from such an iconic figure and I cannot thank him enough for all that he has taught me about this business,” said Mo. “He will be greatly missed, but I wish him the best in retirement following his hall of fame career.” “Dex has impacted the careers of countless country artists over the years and there has been an outpouring of support from artists and listeners. Super stars like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks have called and sent videos to congratulate Dex,” said Justin Cole, Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom Chattanooga. “Dex was an integral part of making US101 the No. 1 station in Chattanooga and he has an open invitation to come sit in on the show anytime. WATCH WRCB-TV Story HERE

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NETWORKS: WWO Covers Cosby Trial; ABC News Radio With Royal Wedding Coverage

THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2018 –– Among the swarm of reporters in Philadelphia yesterday following Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict was Westwood One News correspondent Steve Kastenbaum at the stakeout outside the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, PA. After being found guilty on sexual assault, Cosby screamed obscenities when the DA mentioned that Cosby owns a private plane and could be a flight risk. Cosby then allegedly stood up in court and declared he did not have a plane and called the DA an “assh*le." (See video link below in Popline)

The other big news is the Royal Wedding. In addition to ABC News providing extensive coverage of th Royal Wedding with GMA's Robin Roberts and David Muir, ABC News Radio will provide extensive coverage on Saturday, May 19 (6:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET) anchored by ABC News Correspondent Aaron Katersky with reporting from Windsor by Correspondents Tom Rivers and Cheri Preston. Royal expert and author Jane Green will join Katersky in New York.

The ABC News Radio team will provide multiple one-minute status reports each hour throughout the morning. Rivers and Preston will also report from Windsor in the week leading up to the wedding.

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EVENTS: WMMR's Kathy Romano Delivers Over 123 Donations In 'Wigs For Kids'

THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2018 –– Beasley's 93.3 WMMR’s Preston & Steve Show Morning Personality Kathy Romano hosted her 11th annual Kathy’s Cuts to benefit Wigs for Kids. The event is a non-profit organization that helps children “look like themselves” and live their lives. The event produced over 123 donations to benefit Wigs for Kids.

“Over a decade ago, I wanted to cut my hair short, but didn’t want my long locks to just fall to the floor, get swept up and thrown in the trash, so, I decided to donate them!” said ,” said Romano. “I contacted my friend Joe, who is the owner of Gravity Hair Salon. He helped me come up with the idea of asking others to cut their hair. Now, we've created this amazing event for over 10 years where men, women, and children come out to cut their beautiful hair and donate it to children in need of real hair wigs.” SEE MORE HERE

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KISS 95.1 Maney, Roy, LauRen & Matt & Ramona Recognized With BOB Awards in Charlotte

THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2018 ––  KISS 95.1 Morning Show featuring Maney, Roy & LauRen and The Matt & Ramona Show 107.9 The Link tied for 2018 BOB Award for the BEST Morning Show in Charlotte. For over twenty years, Charlotte Magazine has dedicated its May issue to the BEST Of the BEST (BOB) Awards to recognize the city’s finest in food & drink, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, and more!

Charlotte Magazine will recognize them alongwith the other 2018 winners during a Roaring 20’s themed party on Friday, June 1st at 7pm at The Fillmore Charlotte. Tune into KISS 95.1 on-air by downloading the free station app on a variety of mobile devices. Photo: From Left to right: Standing: Roy Left: Maney.

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Royal Baby Listens To Capital FM In London

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2018 –– he Daily Mail reported this week that the latest baby born to the royals and fifth in line to the throne will have Capital FM blaring at breakfast. Read the full story HERE

Radio Station Prize Won First Time - In Australia, Perth’s 96FM radio duo Paul & Lise were shocked on Monday morning as one of their listeners fluked a contest and took the $A10,000 prize ($US7,600) on the first attempt. The challenge was for Rob, a butcher, to squeeze the trigger on the 96FM petrol bowser (gas pump) where he had to make the ‘Perfect Pour’ - to land on exactly $10.00 when he released the trigger. Read more and watch the video HERE

In The UK, Bauer’s Cash For Kids Superhero Day Returns - The Cash for Kids Superhero Day, broadcast on 22 Bauer radio stations across the UK, is making a comeback on May 4th. Radio stations will be fundraising by asking supporters to dress up as a Superhero for one day and donate money. Collectively Cash for Kids raised over £23 million ($32 million) in 2017, supporting more than 709,000 children. All the money raised will once again stay in the local community within which it was raised. An online auction also goes live on 9am on Friday 27th April and will end at 9am on Tuesday 8th May raising extra funds.

Radio Nova In Dublin Gets Listeners To Shazam The Music - Radio Nova spent the weekend asking listeners to Shazam the station whenever it plays a Rolling Stones song to win gig tickets. The partnership is hailed as a first for Irish radio, created by a new partnership between Shazam’s ad solutions representative Packed.House and Radio Nova. Tickets to see Rolling Stones at their No Filter tour in Croke Park were being won all over the weekend by listeners who had to download the Shazam app to their Smartphones. Nova will be repeating the mechanic for two more weekends – for Billy Joel then Paul Simon – under the promotion with Shazam.

Need an international broadcaster to talk on YOUR show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.u

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0Celebrities React To Cosby Verdict; Cause of Avicii Death Revealed

 

[WATCH] Cosby Lashes Out After Verdict

...Bounce TV Pulls ‘The Cosby Show’ From Schedule

...Celebrities React To Cosby Verdict

2 Women Accuse Tom Brokaw Of Sexual Harassment In The ‘90s

Avicii Died From Apparent Suicide

[WATCH] Prince William Dozes During Birth Of Third Child Event

David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld to Interview Each Other at Netflix Emmy FYC Event

Michael Che, Colin Jost to Host 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards

John Travolta Like You've Never Seen Him Before

Gabriel Iglesias Inks Netflix Deal for Scripted Comedy Series, Pair of Stand-Up Specials

Comedy Central Unveils a Pop-Culture Show for the Internet

Janelle Monae Covers 'Rolling Stone'

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NIELSEN: AC Off To One Of Its Best Post Holiday Starts In Q1; Millennial Rising

THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2018 –– Nielsen says it's no surprise several formats that have mass appeal saw rises in listener share during the first quarter of the year. By combining the January, February and March surveys to create a first-quarter data set, both Adult Contemporary (AC) and Classic Hits are seeing very strong results in 2018 compared to past years. Adult Contemporary is a format that identifies squarely with mass-appeal music. During the holiday months, more AC stations flip to the all-Christmas format than any other which also adds to the overall appeal for those stations.

The general historical trend is for AC to fall back to earth slightly once the Holiday book concludes and the influx of new listeners subsides. This year has been different, however, with AC surging to one of its best starts to the year (post-holiday) that we have seen in PPM measurement, particularly with Millennial audiences (ages 18-34).

Meanwhile, Classic Hits is also moving upwards in the first quarter. This may give a preview for what’s in store this summer when listening habits shift and—in recent years—both Classic Hits and Classic Rock tend to spike. Each year, Nielsen logs the listening increases that occur during the summer months (June, July and August), and we track which format sees the largest spike. Classic Rock (which plays more rock music from the same eras as the more pop-influenced Classic Hits) was the format of the summer in both 2016 and 2017, while Classic Hits took the crown in 2014 and 2015. At current, Classic Hits is seeing its best first-quarter results ever among all three of the demographics we monitor each month. SEE REPORT HERE

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Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House of Representatives

THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2018 –– The Music Modernization Act passed the House Wednesday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. The bill, HR 5477, passed unanimously with 415 votes. The bill is overwhelmingly supported by the music industry, and has bipartisan support in the house, where it was introduced by co-sponsors Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Robert Goodlatte (R-VA). Goodlatte said the bill “brings early 20th century music laws for the analog era into the 21st century digital era,” adding, “music is no longer written on piano rolls, and our laws shouldn’t be based on that technology either.” According to Variety, Goodlatte introduced the MMA in the House Judiciary Committee where it received unanimous passage on April 11. In positioning it for the full vote, he couched it in terms of economic hardship, stating “the problems and failures in our nation’s music laws have imposed real financial costs upon artists and creators.”

The MMA action now heads to the Senate for a mid-May hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee that like the House, the Senate may combine (either into its own version or simply taking up the House version, which is the music industry’s hope. National Music Publishers Association President & CEO David Israelite said: “The House passage of the Music Modernization Act is truly historic for songwriters and the entire music ecosystem which they fuel. The MMA improves how songwriters are paid and how their work is valued, both of which are long overdue. The bill also helps digital streaming companies by giving them access to all the music their consumers want to enjoy.” READ MORE HERE

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SiriusXM To Launch Howard Stern Video In Second Quarter

THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2018 ––"We are not going into the Netflix business," says CEO Jim Meyer after 7announcing that a long-planned Stern video service would launch in the second quarter. "Let me be clear: We are wading into the video pool, not diving headfirst," SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer said. "Our approach to video is just one part of our nonstop effort to add value to the SiriusXM experience." Asked later why the company wasn't diving into video, Meyer said: "It turns out doing video is more complicated than it looks on the surface." And he added: "We are not going into the Netflix business. They can rest easy. We are not coming after them."

Video from The Howard Stern Show, which is heard on SiriusXM live, is expected to dominate the satellite radio firm's first venture into video programming reports The Hollywood Reporter. in addition to special programming and content from Stern's video library. "Howard customers want one thing: more Howard, and we're going to give them more Howard," Meyer explained. "We are going to focus on getting it promoted right, getting it out there right." Meyer added that after the Stern launch, the firm would offer "additional shortform content from around the SiriusXM bundle" later in 2018, with the firm likely to have more to say about these additional plans on the next earnings call. READ STORY HERE

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SYNDICATION: Bobby Bones Show Headed To Louisville’s 97.5 WAMZ

THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2018 –– 97.5 WAMZ, Kentucky announced the debut of The Bobby Bones Show, effective May 7. Along with Bones, he 's joined by Amy, Lunchbox and Eddie. The program was recently honored with its third ACM Award for “National On-Air Personality of the Year." For his work on the program, Bones recently joined the National Radio Hall of Fame as the youngest-ever inductee. And, as the photo at left indicates, Bones was also added to the cast of this year's all-new 'American Idol on ABC.

“We are excited to have one of the top talents in the country on our airwaves,” said Earl Jones, iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana Region President. “We look forward to welcoming Bobby and the team on May 7.” “Bobby is hands down the biggest name in Country radio, and we couldn’t be happier to have him on a heritage brand like WAMZ,” said Jay Cruz, Director of Country Programming for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana Region. “The content he delivers and the caliber of artists he has on the show are incredible! We can’t wait for him and the crew to start Pimpin’ Joy all over Louisville.” 97.5 WAMZ’s Full Programming Lineup: 5 a.m. – 10 a.m. The Bobby Bones Show 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jamie Martin 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Jay & Amy 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Eddie Foxx 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan.

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HONORS: Entercom Honors 'Remarkable Women' At Inaugural 'Marilyn Russell Event' In Philadelphia; Takes Home Four National Headliner Awards In San Francisco

THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2018 –– Entercom and its Philadelphia station WOGL-FM 98.1 celebrated remarkable women in the community at the inaugural "Marilyn Russell's Remarkable Women, ‘Woman of the Year’ Luncheon” on Wednesday. Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, will be honored at the event, taking place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Kimmel Center in Center City, Philadelphia. The event is inspired by WOGL’s morning show host, Marilyn Russell, who showcases women doing extraordinary things in the community on “Marilyn Russell’s Remarkable Women,” airing weekly on Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m. EST. “We are thrilled to celebrate remarkable women in our community through various mediums- on air, online and now in-person,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “It is an honor to recognize Sharon Pinkenson in our inaugural event for her decades of work showcasing our region and creating a tremendous economic impact."

-- Entercom has been honored with four 2018 National Headliner Awards by The Press Club of Atlantic City. The annual contest is one of the oldest and largest in the country that recognizes journalistic merit in the communications industry. Entercom San Francisco’s KCBS received the organization’s grand “Best in Show” award. In addition to “Best in Show,” the station received first place recognition among all local radio stations in the Best Breaking News or Continuing Coverage Category of a Single News Event for its coverage of the Wine Country Wildfires. This is the third time KCBS has received the competition’s highest honor and the first time since 2001- topping all of the winning network coverage of 2017’s biggest stories. Entercom New York’s WCBS 880 was also honored with a first place win. KCBS is America's oldest radio station, broadcasting continuously since 1909, and currently celebrating its 50th anniversary as an All-News station.

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WTMJ/Milwaukee Wins Five 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2018 –– WTMJ/Milwaukee snagged Five REg. Edward R. Murrow Awards from from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The awards were given in categories ranging from Breaking News Coverage to Excellence in Video. Among them were for Breaking News Coverage – “Milwaukee Police Officer Acquitted” In 2016 - Excellence in Sound – “Do My Job – Barista” – Mike Spaulding The hectic and artistic life of a coffee barista. Excellence in Video – “Rides & Reins” – Jane Matenaer, Jay Sorgi and Dan Schenek WTMJ’s Jane Matenaer visits Rides & Reins, a low-cost therapeutic horseback riding center for children with emotional and physical needs. Excellence in Writing – “The Opioid Crisis – Losing Alexis” – Erik Bilstad Melanie Crandall, of Jefferson, WI, sits down with WTMJ’s Erik Bilstad to detail her shock, sadness, anger and inspiration following the fatal overdose of her 17-year-old daughter, Alexis.

Under Feature Reporting – “Lance Sijan Remembered” – Gene Mueller with Medal of Honor recipient and Milwaukee native Lance Sijan was killed in Vietnam. Fifty years later, many of his friends still remember his final days. WTMJ’s Gene Mueller tells the story of Sijan and what the Sijan family is doing now to honor his memory.

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SNAPS: SBG’s Jason Bailey Ties The Knot With Longtime Partner In Costa Rica

THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2018 –– It's official. Jason Bailey is off the market for good. The Sun Broadcast Group, Inc. CEO tied the knot with long time partner Kris Sentel in Costa Rica on April 24, at the exact moment of their 3-year anniversary. Surrounded by friends and their two children - Reagan and Troy, and extended family, the happy couple is enjoying a few days out of the office, celebrating the marriage of two beautiful souls ready to share one heart.

Australian singer-songwriter Betty Who also made the trip to perform at the ceremony and bring music to the special day. Jay Bailey recalls: “Each year we travel for our anniversary and last year I brought Kris to Jacó, Costa Rica. We decided after we go engaged at our birthday party last November that this would be the place we marry”. As actress Audrey Hepburn once said: “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” Wishing two very special men a lifetime of happiness. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Birdsong Photography

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0SiriusXM To Launch Fleetwood Mac Channel; Royal Wedding In Vinyl

 

SiriusXM to Launch Fleetwood Mac Channel

'NSync, Backstreet Boys Tapped for Lou Pearlman Documentary

Rolling Stones to Release ‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016′

The Royal Wedding Is Coming to Vinyl and Streaming

[WATCH] Blake Shelton and Adam Levine Trade Off Kindergarten-Approved Insults on ‘The Voice’

Reese Witherspoon To Produce New Podcast 'How It Is,' Hosted by Diane Guerrero

UH OH: Barry Manilow Sued For Using Judy Garland To Promote 'Duets' Album

[WATCH] Kevin Hart Stars in J. Cole’s New Music Video

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Chicago Station Renames Show Segment After Legal Action

THE MOUTH, APRIL 24TH, 2018 –– Chicago media blogger Robert Feder reports that B96 was threatening to sue Michelle “Showbiz Shelly” Menaker's new employer if she kept calling her daily pop-culture quiz the “Showbiz Shelly Smackdown.” A cease-and-desist order then forced iHeart's WKSC 7103.5-FM to rename Menaker’s segment to “Showbiz Showdown” on the morning show hosted by Christopher “Fred” Frederick and Angi Taylor. B96 PD Todd Cavanah called the move “standard and contractual. We own the name. . . . It’s really simple.”

Frederick told Kiss FM listeners: “I think it’s a low blow. I think it’s a low, low blow. . . . So dumb. Get a life, guys. Focus on your issues over there, right?” For her part, Menaker said, “I’m trying to put a positive spin on it, right? Maybe this is a good opportunity. It’s a new chapter. Maybe it’s a good time for a new name for it.” Feder adds, Menaker has a trademark on her “Showbiz Shelly” name.

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REPORT: Francesa Returning For 4-Hour Afternoon Slot On WFAN; Hosts Comment

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THE MOUTH, APRILE 25TH, 2018 –– While still no official word from WFAN, The New York Daily News, in a follow-up to this week's report that Mike Francesa was missing radio, now reports sources say he's returning to WFAN in the 3 pm-7 pm time slot. Sources add that the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. slot will be divided between Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, currently FAN's 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. team, and Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott (R),who replaced Francesa earlier this year, will remain on-air, but in an adjusted time-slot. On Tuesday, Francesa told Newsday that he wanted to return to FAN, but did not indicate a deal was in place. He did say he was working on a plan with CAA, the agency that represents him. So he's back, and as one WFAN source, told the Daily News.

Meanwhile, morning co-host Boomer Esiason didn't hold back his thoughts on the impending return of Francesa reports Newsday. During a nearly half-hour opening, Esiason and morning co-host Gregg Giannotti said they understood the move from a business perspective but were concerned over the impact on Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott. See Story HERE - CG&S also commented - LISTEN HERE

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Sean Hannity Makes 'Time's' 2018 List Of 100 Most Influential

THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2018 –– Premiere Networks and FOX News host Sean Hannity was named to TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2018. The annual list highlights pioneers, leaders, titans, artists and icons with insights from peers and contemporaries detailing the honorees impact.

Newt Gingrich, a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said of Hannity: “Sean Hannity has a remarkable impact between three hours of radio and an hour of TV every day. - He has made and is making a difference.”

As host of The Sean Hannity Show, he's become the second-most-listened-to talk radio host in the U.S. -- heard on more than 550 radio stations nationwide by 21 million monthly listeners. For his work in radio, Hannity has received two Marconi Awards for "Nationally Syndicated Radio Host of the Year" and is a three-time consecutive winner of the Radio & Records "National Talk Show Host of The Year Award." He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017. Hannity joined Premeire in 1996.Check out the rest of the 2018 TIME 100 list here.

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PROGRAMMING: iHeart Arizona Expands Roles For Three; Josh Martinez Named PD For KISS 107.1 Cincy; Max Kachinske Joins Midwest Comm. In New Corporate Prog. Post

THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia’s Arizona Region announced today new programming roles for Reid Spivey, Rameen Madani and David Adams, (SHOWN L-R) effective May 3. Spivey has been named Assistant Program Director and PM drive host for 102.5 KNIX. He previously served as Assistant Program Director for 104.7 KISS FM, The No. 1 Hit Music Station in Phoenix, and MIX 96.9. Madani joins iHeartMedia Phoenix as Assistant Program Director for 104.7 KISS FM and MIX 96.9. He previously served as Assistant Program Director for iHeartMedia Tucson’s 93.7 KRQ with Johnjay & Rich In The Morning, and Program Director for My 92.9. Adams has added duties as Program Director for My 92.9. He will continue to serve as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Tucson.

-- iHeartMedia also announced that Josh Martinez (R) has been named Program Director for Kiss 107.1, Cincinnati. Martinez most recently served as the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for Kiss 107.1. He also served as the Program Director for stations in Dayton and Cedar Rapids and as a Music Director in Des Moines. He began his career at 103.5 KTU in New York.

-- Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications Vice Presidentof Programming, Jeff McCarthy announces the addition of Max Kachinske (L) to the new position of Corporate Programming Assistant. Max arrives from WFMB, Springfield, IL where he held down the night show. Max, who first met McCarthy a couple of year's back at The Conclave in Minneapolis, will begin his new position on May 14 th and will be based at the Midwest Communications facilities in Green Bay, WI.

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ON-AIR: Jack Kulp Extends For Mornings On The Breeze San Fran; Niecey Shaw Takes Middays At Classix 102.9 Atlanta; Longtime Ottawa Host Wendy Daniels Exits Boom 99.7

THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2018 –– Debuting two years ago this month, iHeartMedia San Francisco’s KISQ 98.1 announced the contract renewal for Jack Kulp, co-host of The Morning Breeze along with co-host Carolyn McArdle. Ricci Filiar, the stations Program Director has really done a fantastic job establishing The Breeze as one of the Bay’s premiere radio stations,” said Don Parker, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s San Francisco Region. “We are also thrilled to extend our relationship with talent like Jack who joined the station at launch and continues to build a strong relationship with our listeners.”

--The AJC Atlanta's Rodney Ho reports that R&B station Classix 102.9 has added a mid-day host Niecey Shaw (R), who is on 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. She will be the local host on the station, which features syndicated hosts Tom Joyner in mornings and D.L. Hughley in afternoons.

-- After spending nearly three decades on the air at Corus' Boom 99.7, Wendy Daniels (FR) parted ways with the station on Monday reports The Ottawa Citizen. They announced via Facebook, “We made some changes to our boom 99.7 programming lineup today,” it said. “Wendy Daniels is no longer host of our midday show. Wendy is a true broadcast professional with many years of experience and significant accomplishments in our local market. We want to sincerely thank her for her many contributions and wish her the best of success in her future endeavors.” Boom 99.7, CJOT-FM, is owned by Corus Entertainment. In her own Facebook post, Daniels thanks her fans, noting “I’ve spent 29 years, 6 months and 23 days working at 1504 Merivale Road and made some wonderful friends and memories. It was an honour to go on air every day. Thanks for hanging out with me on the radio. Maybe we’ll do it again sometime.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Elevates Aaron Hyland To Market President/Baltimore

THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2018 –– iHeart has elevated the role of 19-year media veteran Aaron Hyland to Market President of Baltimore. iHeart Baltimore's cluster includes: WPOC-FM, WZFT-FM, WQSR-FM and WCAO-AM. Hyland will continue to oversee Sales for the Washington, DC Region as Regional Senior Vice President and continue to report to Michael Preacher, Region President, iHeartMedia.

“We’re thrilled Aaron will be leading our Baltimore team, working closely with our key advertisers and partners on developing effective opportunities to reach their consumers through our unmatched assets,” said Preacher. “Aaron has built a very positive and successful culture for iHeartMedia in Washington, DC and I’m excited that he will now be leading all aspects of Baltimore’s operations. His experience and familiarity in Baltimore make him the perfect choice.” Hyland added, “I’m excited to be joining this solid team here and having the opportunity to further grow these incredible brands.”

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HONORS: jācapps COO Bob Kernen Named MVP by Local Publication

THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2018 –– jācapps COO, Bob Kernen, was named “Most Valuable Professional” by Corp! Magazine. The Corp! MVP awards celebrates individuals that make business happen in Michigan and serve their community. These individuals also demonstrate strong leadership skills in growing and managing a successful business, becoming industry experts, and delivering lucrative business results. Bob is a seasoned entrepreneur and startup specialist but has also worked closely with major brands including Ford, A&E Television, Microsoft, and Hearst. Bob oversees strategy and operations for the company that has produced over 1100 apps, which have been downloaded over 22 million times.

On April 19th in Detroit Corp! awarded XX professionals, entrepreneurs, and millennials for their pivoting work in our community. Bob was present along with some great industry leaders from many segmnts. Not only is Bob a Corp! MVP but he’s also an Emmy Award-winning writer and published author. “This is a really nice honor. jācapps has been recognized by Corp! magazine before, and the whole team really deserves this one as well. I’m just one ‘professional’ on an outstanding team who demonstrates every day that when it comes to innovation and technology, Detroit is truly world class.” said Kernen.

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