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REPORT: Liberty Seeks Larger Stake In iHeart
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– An affiliate of John Malone’s Liberty Media is seeking the Justice Departments permission to buy a larger piece of iHeartMedia Inc, reports The Wall Street Journal. Liberty now owns a 4.8% stake in iHeart through Liberty SiriusXM Group. The deal under consideration could give it control or outright ownership of the broadcaster, according to people familiar with the matter. The government is considering the request, the people said, with one of them cautioning "that Liberty hasn’t decided what kind of transaction, if any, it would proceed with should it receive permission."
Liberty acquired its iHeart stake via debt it took on before the company restructured, which converted to equity when the broadcaster emerged from bankruptcy early this year. Liberty owns 33% of Live Nation Entertainment Inc., making it the concert giant’s largest shareholder, and 71% of satellite-radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc.
Last year, Liberty arranged Sirius’ purchase of Pandora Media Inc., in which it also held a controlling stake. Liberty Chief Executive Greg Maffei at an investor day in late November touted the company’s increased focus on audio and particularly its exposure to the “exploding” podcast market including through iHeart, the No. 2 publisher by audience, according to Podtrac, a podcast-analytics company.
The New York Post last December reported Liberty was seeking to assemble a roughly 35% stake in iHeartMedia's post bankruptcy. A judge in January approved a restructuring plan, wiping more than $10 billion in debt off iHeart’s books and turning over control of the company to lenders and bondholders from its longtime owners, private-equity companies Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners LP. The private-equity firms took iHeart private in a $19.4 billion deal in 2008 when it was known as Clear Channel Communications Inc. The restructuring plan, which reduced iHeart’s debt load to $5.75 billion from $16.1 billion, transferred ownership of the company to a group of lenders and bondholders led by Franklin Advisers Inc. iHeart’s CEO Bob Pittman and finance chief Rich Bressler remain in their roles. PHOTO/BTS | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Radzik Rises To PD At The Sports Hub Boston
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group Boston has named Rick Radzik Program Director at 98.5 The Sports Hub. He will officially begin his new role immediately. Radzik is the second individual to serve as program director in the station’s decade-long history. He was instrumental in the official launch of 98.5 The Sports Hub and has served as the Assistant Program Director since the station signed on back in August 2009. Previously, Radzik spent 15 years as a Producer at WBZ-AM, overseeing the Boston Bruins broadcasts. The sports radio veteran began his career at the former WEEI News Radio, producing the Bruins and Boston Celtics broadcasts, as well as various talk shows.
“Rick is a highly respected member of The Sports Hub team,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna. “We are looking forward to many more decades of wins under his leadership!” “Rick has been a key member of the Sports Hub programming team since the station’s inception,” said Cadillac Jack, Director of Programming at Beasley Media Group’s Boston based radio cluster. “The knowledge he has amassed over the past decade, coupled with his relationships and passion for continuing our winning history make him uniquely qualified to lead the Sports Hub into the 2020’s and beyond!”
Radzik replaces veteran sports programmer, Mike Thomas, who is leaving the station to become Market Manager at ESPN 1000 in Chicago. Thomas remains as a consultant for 98.5 The Sports Hub.
[WATCH] KLOS's Lisa May Airs Final Show In L.A. After 3 Decades On-Air
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– After 3 decades on their air in LA, Lisa May will crack the mic for her final show today on KLOS' Frosty, Heidi & Frank Show. Recalling her former stint on The Kevin and Bean show where she went from a traffic reporter into a sidekick, she tells TV's Fox LA, “I just thought they’re really funny. All the laughter, that was genuine,” Lisa says. All seemed good, until one day, when Lisa found out, The Kevin and Bean show would no longer include Lisa May.
KROQ’S loss turned into KLOS’ gain as she joined Heidi and Frank in 2015. Lisa is moving to Palm Springs and thanks to a new passion, she will open a slow, high-intensity strength gym. No location, yet. She’s already purchased two pieces of equipment, so this is happening and Lisa is super excited. But also very emotional about that moment when she realizes, she will no longer put on the big headphones. “They make it hard to leave,” as her eyes filled with tears. Good luck, Lisa! L.A. radio will not be the same without you. WATCH HERE
Nick & Kristen Leaving KOIT-FM San Francisco For Undisclosed New Opportunity
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– "This was the hardest decision of our career by far," said Nick Steele, co-host of the Nick & Kristen Show on Bonneville's KOIT-FM San Francisco. "We have absolutely loved our time with KOIT and the Bonneville family. Brian Figula has been an amazing mentor and friend these past 3 years. The whole staff here is wonderful and we are honored to be a part of such a legendary stations history. We feel this next step is the best fit for our new little family and we can’t wait to tell everyone where we’re going"
Figula posted yesterday: "It is with mixed feeling that I announce that KOIT's Nick Steele and Kristen Flowers (who are married both on and off the air) will be leaving the bay area for a new opportunity out of state. Since joining us nearly 3 years ago, we have all come to know and value Nick & Kristren. As member of the team, they've shown dedication, hard work, professionalism and commitment to our company - their tentative last day will be Jan. 3"
Nick & Kristen joined KOIT in January 2017 from mornings on Entravision Country KNTY, The Wolf. Sacramento. Look for an announcement on their new home sometime in January?
Brittany Rose Joins Townsquare's WJBQ/Portland to Co-Host Mornings
Will Also Handle A Shift On WCYY
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– Townsquare Media announced that Brittany Rose is joining its Portland, ME local media cluster as Morning Show Co-Host of CHR WJBQ. Brittany will also handle a shift on Alternative WCYY.
Townsquare Regional Market President Brian Lang commented, “Brittany is a Mainer and we look forward to adding her enthusiasm and energy to the Q Morning Show, where she will be joining Lori Voornas and Jeff Parsons.” Brittany transfers from Townsquare Media’s B98.5 (WEBB) in Augusta, ME and will start in Portland on January 2nd. Rose added, “I can’t wait to start the new year in Portland with the Q Morning Show. The opportunity to grow with Townsquare, work with Kwame Dankwa, Lori and Jeff is exciting and I look forward to being part of the Greater Portland community!”
Danny Dwyer Inks Multi-Year Extension With 98.7 The Bull Portland
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media Portland has named Danny Dwyer 98.7 The Bull (KUPL/Country) APD and signed him to a multi-year contract effective immediately. Dwyer will continue his daily midday hosting duties from 10 AM to 3 PM on 98.7 The Bull along with his Music Director duties.
Dwyer is KUPL’s longest term employee after hitting his 21-year mark with the station earlier this year. During his tenure, he's worked in every daypart and held many positions through the years from promotions director and traffic reporter to midday host and music director. Decker commented,
“The energy and dedication Danny brings on and off the air to our Bull Nation listeners, musicans, artists, labels, advertisers and community partners are an incredible asset to our station. His leadership with station events and promotions including our St. Jude Radiothon and Countryfest concert are irreplaceable.” Content Director and Country Format Captain MoJoe Roberts said, ‘“To say I'm proud of his contributions to the team is an understatement. I'm thrilled to add APD duties to Danny's responsibilities. He has been an integral part in the success of The Bull. Danny's energy and passion for our listeners, our clients and country music is contagious! I look forward to Danny's continued growth in his expanded programming role with 98.7 The Bull.”
SYNDICATION: Legendary Host Mike Harvey To Step Back On December 31st And Pass The Baton To Tony Lorino's 'Throwback Nation'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– After more than 35 years, legendary radio host and executive Mike Harvey will step away from hosting his nightly classic hits show, The Mike Harvey Show and the Saturday Weekend Party with Mike Harvey on Westwood One as of December 31. With over 500 affiliates and countless friendships along the way, Mike leaves the air hosting the longest continuously running syndicated music show in radio history. Mike launched “Super Gold” across the network in 1983, which segued to his current show. “This has always been a challenge, but never a job for me,” Harvey said. “It has been a labor of love.”To reach out to Mike and wish him well, drop him a note at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on The Mike Harvey Show’s Facebook page, which will remain active.
As Mike Harvey steps away from the microphone day to day, Mike announces a new consulting and partnership role “Throwback Nation Radio,” effective January 1, 2020.Throwback Nation Radio, hosted by Tony Lorino on Monday-Saturday and Danny Hustle on Sunday, launched in October 2018 and is the fastest-growing syndicated classic hits show today. Throwback Nation Radio will welcome the vast majority of Mike’s current affiliates with open arms to kick off the new year. The program is syndicated by Sun Broadcast Group (SBG).
“Mike has been a pioneer of the broadcast industry, and his passion exudes is why Classic Hits become the #1 format in our business,” said Lorino, CEO and weeknight host of Throwback Nation Radio. “While we won’t be able to replace Mike, a person I’ve idolized for years, but we will certainly honor his spirit, and continue the best possible interactive show we can for our listeners.” Throwback Nation Radiois available in weeknight, weekend, or 7-night a week versions. For more information about Throwback Nation Radio, contact Rich O’Brien at 212.380.9338 or email@example.com, or visit www.sunbgi.com. Contact: TonyLorino | 414-841-3243 | tony@throwbacknationradi
Florida Man Radio Adds The Cats Roundtable
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– JVC Media of Florida announced the addition of the Cats Roundtable show to Florida Man Radio in Orlando on 105.5 and 660 AM and in Gainesville on 104.9 FM. Building on the rapid success and overwhelming positive response from listeners and clients for Florida Man Radio, Florida Man Radio will begin broadcasting the show on Sunday December 8th.
The Cats Roundtable is hosted by John Catsimatidis the President & CEO of the Red Apple Group headquartered in New York City. Following a close but unsuccessful run for New York City Mayor in 2013, Catsimatidis chose to remain in the public debate and started a radio program in January of 2014. The popularity of his Sunday morning program quickly grew and more stations were added around the country.
“The Cats Roundtable radio show is perfect for Florida Man Radio, John’s unique take on the news and his A list celebrity interviews are fascinating conversations that keep listeners coming back for more. We have been very successful with his show on our Long Island station and know this is a great fit for our growing Florida Man Radio network,” said John Caracciolo, President and CEO of JVC Broadcasting.
NETWORKS: United Stations Teams With ACM Talent To Offer VO Talent
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– United Stations announced that the company has closed an exclusive deal to partner with leading voiceover management company, ACM Talent, to offer radio stations voiceover talent for their imaging needs. ACM’s roster of “Radio Voices” imaging talent will be offered to radio stations coast to coast. The announcement of this unique and trailblazing partnership comes jointly from United Stations EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark, in New York and from ACM Talent Co-Founder, Marc Guss(L), also in New York.
Regarding the new partnership, USRN’s Denemark commented, “Radio imaging has long been one of the key on-air components of how a radio station establishes its value proposition to its listeners, and production tools have been part of our arsenal for our affiliates for a long time as well. But, up until now, we didn’t have a consistent offering on the voice talent front, and we are thrilled that we do now. I’ve known Marc since he pioneered the business of radio imaging representation at William Morris. The trusted talent management team at ACM are the industry standard.”
Marc Guss added, “The area of radio imaging has always been a passion of mine. This alliance will redefine the possibilities for all radio imaging talent who will have ACM voiceover representation and support in all categories across the entire VO spectrum. I’ve known Andy and the team at United Stations for a long time, and we’re equally thrilled that ACM has grown to a point where an arrangement such as this one with a network who embodies a top notch creative and sales force makes sense.” For more information, visit http://www.unitedstations.com/ACMRadioVoices.
iHeart San Diego Stations Team To Raise $456,731 For Rady Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– With help from 101KGB's The DSC Show, Channel 933 Steve Kramer & Geena, Rock105.3 The Show led by Eddie Pappani, Star 941's Jesse and Tati in the Morning , Newsradio 600 KOGO, JAM'N 95.7 and XTRA 1360 and more, after two days they're at $456,731.00 and growing with donations for for San Diego's Rady Children's hospital.
PHOTO/L-R: Rob Scorpio - Senior Reg. VP/iHeart San Diego, Cathy Lloyd Bauerle iHeart Sales Manager, Rady staff member, Bill Lennert Promo Director, RADY staff , Erin Baughman Sales - Photo courtesy of Tommy Sablan
The total amount at the end of 2 days of giving at the iHeart Radio San Diego’s GIVEATHON is still going up for the Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego!
iHeart's FM106 Milwaukee Raises Over $238,000 For St. Judes Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s FM106.1's third annual two-day St. Jude Radiothon raised over $238,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The St. Jude Radiothon featured FM106.1’s on-air personalities Ridder, Scott & Shannen; Quinn and Hannah who encouraged listeners to donate on-air and online on Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6, 2019.
Over the last three years, FM106.1 raised almost $700,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “I am so proud of this entire team. They all worked extra-long days to raise the necessary funds to help cure childhood cancer,” said Kerry Wolfe, Senior Vice President of Programming. “They’ve all been to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and have seen firsthand the great work this place does. They take it personally and it shows in their tireless campaign. We hope to be able to say one day that we helped wipe out this horrible disease.”
WZYP Huntsville's 17th Annual 'Bikes Or Bust' Drive Collects Record 2,065 Bikes
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– Cumulus-Huntsville recently wrapped up two large annual holiday collection drives on our radio stations. CHR WZYP’s “17th Annual Mojo Radio Show Bikes Or Bust” drive and collected a record 2,065 bikes for the Marines Toys For Tots program across north Alabama. A group of motorcycle organizations collected over 500 bikes on their own… and actually brought a convey motorcycles and an 18 wheeler loaded with bikes on a flatbed trailer. It was quite the site!
Urban AC WHRP held their annual “Coats For Kids” event in partnership with the National Pan-Hellenic Of North Alabama. WHRP Program Director Toni Terrell collected over 600 new coats and $15,000 in monetary donations. Coats have been donated to organizations that help children and families in our community. Between bikes and coats, we certainly try and do our part for the community every year. PHOTO/WZYP 's Tory (middays) Trick Ricky (mornings) Mojo (mornings) and Steve Smith (PD/Afternoons)
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iHeart Names Dustin Matthews Its Director Of Rock Programming Over Wash. DC Combo
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has named Dustin Matthews its Director of Rock Programming for BIG 100, Washington’s Classic Rock Radio Station, and DC101, DC’s Alternative Rock Radio Station, effective January 13, 2020. He will report to Jeff Kapugi, Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. and iHeartMedia Baltimore. “Dustin is one of the most dynamic rock programmers in the country,” said Kapugi. “His programming expertise combined with his creativity and passion for our rock brands is unparalleled, and we look forward to welcoming him to Washington, D.C.”
Matthews joins the Washington, D.C. region from iHeartMedia Charlotte where he most recently served as program director and afternoon drive host for 106.5 The End. He also served as the director of Alternative Rock programming for iHeartMedia St. Louis. Throughout his career, Matthews has held several programming roles for various stations including ALT 104.9 in St. Louis, Missouri; ALT 106.3 in Des Moines, Iowa; WRXL-FM in Richmond, Virginia; and WFNX-FM in Boston, Massachusetts. He began his career at WIMZ-FM in Knoxville, Tennessee. “The opportunity to join the Washington, D.C. programming team with a focus on both legendary rock brands BIG 100 and DC101 is a true honor and a dream come true,” said Matthews. “I’m looking forward to hit the ground running with ‘Elliot In The Morning’ and all of our on-air talent in D.C.”
Miguel 'Mijo' Irizarry Inks Multi-Year Contract Extension With Entercom's Power 96 Miami
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced a new multiyear contract extension with Miguel “Mijo” Irizarry. “Mijo” will remain as Program Director and midday show host on Power 96 (WPOW-FM) in Miami. ‘Mijo’ has been a strong force in the Power 96 studio over the last year,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “We are thrilled that he will continue to lead one of our most iconic brands in our cluster.”
“2019 has been an incredible year of growth for Power 96, which is the result of our collective team effort,” said “Mijo.” “There's much more to accomplish and I look forward to seeing our hard work lead to substantial results.” Mijo joined Power 96 in August 2017.
He assumed the role of Program Director for Power 96 in October 2018. He has also previously held on-air roles for sister station 96.5 TDY (WTDY-FM, then Wired 96.5) in Philadelphia and Hot 104.7 in Portland, ME, where he also served as the station’s Music Director.
Entercom Taps Andy Slater As SVP/Digital Sales East Coast
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the addition of Andy Slater as Senior Vice President of Digital Sales, East Coast, effective immediately. Slater will report into Ken Lagana, Executive Vice President of Digital Sales.“Andy has a tremendous track record leading sales strategy across numerous digital platforms, most recently in podcasting,” said Lagana. “His unique combination of experience in broadcast radio and digital will prove to be a major asset as we continue developing and expanding our position as leaders in the digital audio marketplace.”
“Considering my background in radio and, most recently, my experience in the podcast space I found this opportunity at Entercom to be a truly exciting one,” said Slater.“From broadcast radio to audio streaming to podcasting, I’m looking forward to bringing our end-to-end audio solutions to advertisers and agencies.
”Slater joins Entercom from Midroll Media, the ad sales division of Stitcher, a leading podcast platform, where he was most recently Regional Vice President of Sales, East.
Murrow Awards Get A Makeover; Will Now Accept Submissions For New Podcast CategoryTHE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– RTDNA announced the addition of two new categories, a fresh look and a simplified entry process for the 2020 Edward R. Murrow Awards competition. Radio, television and digital news organizations may now submit reporting in a new Podcast category, which will accept either single episodes or compilations of digital audio files made available on the internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.
“RTDNA has been proud to present the most prestigious awards in broadcast and digital news since 1971, and we look forward to continuing to honor the best-of-the-best as news formats evolve,” says RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley, who previously served on the Board of Directors as Chairman of the Awards Committee. “It’s more important than ever to uphold and honor the legacy of Edward R. Murrow.” The updated Murrow Awards imprints retain the iconic profile of the awards’ namesake with a refreshed, modern look.
Winners will receive updated promotion guidelines following the regional and national winner announcements in spring. The entry period for the 2020 Murrow Award competition, including professional and student divisions, will open today, December 12. The deadline to submit entries for consideration is midnight Pacific time on Friday, February 14. Entries submitted by February 6 automatically receive a $10 off early-bird discount. RTDNA is also accepting applications for experienced journalists and news managers to judge this year’s awards competition.
KFI AM 640 & Caterina's Club Raises Over $435,000 And 109,000 Lbs. Of Pasta
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– iHeart's KFI AM 640 LA's ninth annual KFI PastaThon raised a new record of over $435,000 and 109,000 pounds of pasta. Money raised from the event will benefit Caterina’s Club, a charitable organization that feeds 25,000 underprivileged children, five days a week in over 30 cities throughout Southern California. During the 17-hour live broadcast on December 6, all KFI AM 640 on-air personalities including Bill Handel (shown), Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffmann, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. were on site at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove encouraging listeners to donate money along with pasta and pasta sauce to help feed underprivileged children that live in motels without access to a kitchen.
"Over the past 9 years KFI PastaThon has raised over 2.8 million dollars and over 500 thousand pounds of pasta and sauce," said Robin Bertolucci, Program Director for KFI AM 640. “Year after year we are honored to join our listeners in support of Chef Bruno Serato and his outstanding organization, Caterina's Club, as they feed thousands of children in Southern California and help end the cycle of poverty.” Bertolucci adds, “KFI is so honored to be a part of the Southern California community and their generosity and spirit of giving inspires all of us. And, special thanks to our partners Smart & Final, Barilla, and Trafalgar Tours for their support.”
98.7 The Bull Portand Delivers Largest Fundraiser In Station History With $261,098
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Alpha's 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) raised $261,098.70 in partnership with their listeners “Bull Nation” and advertisers during their radiothon for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Dec. 5 and 6. Since 2009, 98.7 The Bull has raised more than $1.5 million dollars for the kids at St. Jude. “98.7 The Bull and the Bull Nation again broke fundraising records this year in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 6, Tony Russell, Jake Byron, Jenn Hays, Danny Dwyer and MoJoe Roberts broadcast live encouraging listeners to call in and become a Partner in Hope during the radiothon. They had numerous local patient families share their stories on the air, including one Portland family currently receiving treatment in Memphis at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
98.7 The Bull Content Director, MoJoe Roberts proclaimed, “To say I'm proud of this team is an understatement. We truly have a gifted group and our amazing listeners came through again this year to deliver the biggest check we've ever presented to St. Jude!” New for 2020, 98.7 The Bull hosted the St. Jude Jam on Sunday, Dec. 8 featuring Blanco Brown, Ryan Hurd and King Calaway. All proceeds for ticket sales were donated to St. Jude. Additionally, a Portland/Seattle fundraising challenge occurred between 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) and 98.9 The Bull (KNUC) with Portland winning by a slim margin.
The Ty Bentli Show Collects 153,422 Letters In Operation '100,000 Thank Yous' Campaign
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media's Westwood One’s The Ty Bentli Show announced that its third annual “100,000 Thank Yous” campaign bringing together Country music stars and fans of all ages to write letters for deployed military service men and women has collected a grand total of 153,422 thank you notes, far exceeding their goal of 100,000! The effort, which included Country recording artists Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley and Mitchell Tenpenny, among others, culminated on Monday, December 9th, with the show’s on-air release of the grand total.
Launched on November 4th, the letter writing campaign was promoted heavily by these Country luminaries and more, who stopped by the Nashville studios of The Ty Bentli Show to write their own letters and talk about the importance of supporting our troops. With letters still pouring in earlier this week, The Ty Bentli Show staff and volunteers worked until the 11th hour to finalize the official count. These heartfelt notes often included drawings from children, all of which will be included in care packages put together and sent to deployed troops by partner, Operation Gratitude.
PHOTO L-R: Adrian Kulp, Senior Executive Producer; Lauren Smith, Affiliates Producer; Co-Host Chuck Wicks; Bryan Webb, Digital Producer; Host Ty Bentli; Matt Bradshaw, Audio Imaging & Technical Producer; and Co-Host Tricia 'TJ' Jenkins.
99.5 The Wolf Dallas Collects More Than 800 Toys for Children In Child Protective Services
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– 99.5 The Wolf (KPLX-FM), a Cumulus Station, and Whataburger partnered to hold their annual toy drive collecting new toys for North Texas children in child protective services. The station held seven toy drives, each at different Whataburger locations throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. 99.5 The Wolf and Whataburger, with the help of North Texas’s country listeners, collected 824 toys!
The toys collected are given to Community Partners of Dallas, an organization that provides for the immediate and urgent needs of children who are abused and neglected in Dallas County. The collected toys will be given to children who are in the care of Child Protective Services this holiday season.
SYNDICATION: Sunday Night Slow Jams With R'Dub Debuts In Indonesia On Three Stations
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12Th, 2019 –– As it turns out, they like Jammin' In Indonesia, too. Benztown announced this week that its nationally syndicated radio show, “Sunday Night Slow Jams”, has added three new affiliates this week, entering the Southeast Asian markets of Java and Borneo, Indonesia. The new stations are: 93.4 C-Radio in Semarang, Java, 99.60 PTPN Radio in Surakarta, Java and 101.1 Mahakam Radio in Samarinda, Borneo. With these new additions, “Sunday Night Slow Jams” (www.slowjams.com) now airs on 192 stations across the U.S. and Canada.
The four-hour show and the nightly version, “Slow Jams with R Dub!” celebrate 25 extraordinary years on-air this year. The Mainstream/Top 40, Rhythm/Urban and Throwback versions of “Sunday Night Slow Jams” are designed to fit the specific format of each radio station that airs the show, and come with R Dub’s special brand of robust liner and promo packages, making the show sound as local as each station desires. For more information, visit www.benztown.com or contact Masa Patterson firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 842-4600.
SNAPS: Boston's WBZ 1030 News Radio Host Panel With Foremost Experts In Cryptocurrency
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– WBZ 1030 News Radio hosted some of Boston’s foremost experts in cryptocurrency to help explain what the savvy business person needs to know about the future of commerce. Over 300 WBZ listeners joined the panel for breakfast as WBZ’s Jeff Brown moderated a conversation with Sir John Hargrave author of “Blockchain for Everyone,” Christian Catalini-Head Economist at Calibra, Manasi Vora-Head of Product Strategy at Sia, and Frank Makrides Founder & CEO of Tunnel.
Pictured from Right to Left: WBZ’s Jeff Brown-Business Reporter & AM Drive News Anchor, Sir John Hargrave, Christian Catalin, Manasi Vora and Frank Makrides
Ireland’s Jessica Maciel Lands On BBC Radio 1
By Graham Mack’s
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2019 – Communicorp presenter/producer Jessica Maciel (shown) is one of 35 people to be selected to host a radio show on Britain’s national station, BBC Radio 1 over the festive period. The station asked for demos from anyone with radio experience back in October, and received over a thousand applicants. Jessica, who joined the Communicorp Media in 2015 is set to cover Scott Mills’ weekday slot of 1-4PM from December 29th- 31st. Jessica joined Communicorp through a Learning Waves radio course and has presented and produced shows across 98FM, SPIN 1038 and Today FM. In 2019, she got her first national radio stint in Ireland by covering Today FM’s Early Breakfast.
Radio Essex Adds Former Heart Essex Breakfast Hosts Martin Day & Su Harrison For Breakfast - The pair left the local Heart station earlier this year when the breakfast show was networked with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden. Martin and Su will replace Chris and Abbie who move to Drive, replacing Paul Lovett who moves to weekends and cover. Martin and Su start on The Breakfast Club at Radio Essex on Monday 6th Jan 2020.
In Australia, Simon Baggs Leaves Hit Newcastle - Simon Baggs won’t return to the Southern Cross Austereo owned, Hit106.9 Newcastle‘s Breakfast show in 2020. After three years at the station and another two as part of the Nick, Jess & Simon Breakfast show, Simon is leaving Newcastle. He’ll wrap up his time with a final show on Friday, December 20. A replacement will be announced soon. Simon is the latest SCA talent to leave the network over the past week, with the most high-profile exit so far being Triple M Melbourne Breakfast host Wil Anderson. Triple M Australia By Night host Stephen Cenatiempo and SCA Fraser Coast content director/announcer Lee Bevington are also leaving the network. SCA also announced that Kate Langbroek will be permanently replaced by Ed Kavalee on its national Drive show.
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Cox Media Group To Air Rickey Smiley's New Show On Its Top Rated Urban AC's In Florida
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has announced that REACH Media, Inc’s nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show will replace The Tom Joyner Morning Show when Joyner retires at the end of 2019. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show will air weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on all of CMG’s top rated Urban AC brands in Florida, including the Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville markets.
“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with Reach Media to bring Rickey Smiley’s new show to listeners of CMG’s top rated Urban AC stations in Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville markets,” said CMG Vice President of Content and Audience, Tim Clarke. “Rickey has been a fantastic partner to Cox Media Group for many years and we are so excited to see him begin this new chapter.”
One of the fastest growing radio programs in the country, the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” is quick-paced and anchored by one of the nation’s most popular comedians. Easily entertaining a wide variety of listeners, the “can’t miss a minute” morning show perfectly blends music, exclusive comedy and spiritual entertainment with today’s hottest topics in news, entertainment and sports. The “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” was recognized by the National Association of Broadcasters in 2017 as recipient of the Marconi award for “Top National/Syndicated Talent.”
K103 Portland's Morning Hosts, Bruce Murdock and John Erickson Announce Retirement
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Portland’s K103, Portland’s Christmas station, announced that veteran on-air personalities John Erickson (TR) and Bruce Murdock (TR) are retiring as on-air hosts of the “K103 Morning Show,” effective December 20. To celebrate their last day on the Portland radio airwaves, K103 will air a special live Christmas themed broadcast from the iHeartRadio Theater in Portland on December 20 at 6-10am. The event will feature a live studio audience and an array of special guests.
Both Murdock and Erickson are radio legends, becoming household names in the Portland community. Murdock has hosted the “K103 Morning Show” since 2004 and Erickson has been delivering news and information to Portland radio listeners on K103 since 1985. K103 is the third station where Murdock and Erickson have partnered together on a morning show. Throughout their time together on-air, the dynamic duo has also served as on-air hosts on several other stations in the region, including 62KGW in Portland, Oregon in the 1970s and KING in Seattle, Washington, in the 1980s (Shown right)
“Rarely does someone get to do what they love to do every day for an entire 45-year career,” said Murdock. “We’ve laughed and cried as one and that’s what’s most special to me – a meaningful connection between me and the hometown I love. I am so blessed and so grateful to have been a part of Portland’s legendary K103 with John and Janine, but now it’s time to pivot and focus on my family."
“My dream was to spend my career doing mornings on a top-tier station and raise my family in the community that I love,” said Erickson. “I am beyond grateful to everyone who has made that possible, including managers and colleagues, but most of all, the listeners. Everyone at iHeartMedia has been wonderful.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Media Hires Brendan Walsh As SVP, Feature Sales & Marketing
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has hired sales leader Brendan Walsh as SVP, Feature Sales and Marketing. In this newly created role, Walsh is responsible for managing Cumulus' local and national features and Westwood One’s FYI Network.
Walsh’s impressive resume includes multi-channel leadership positions at iHeartMedia/Total Traffic Weather Network, Charter Media, and KPLR-TV/Tribune where he was responsible for new business development, revenue generation and management. He is based in St. Louis, MO, and reports to Bryan Forbes, President, National and Network Sales, Cumulus and Westwood One. “Brendan is the perfect fit for this revenue growth initiative,” said Forbes. “He has a stellar track record of revenue generation, understanding a customer’s needs, building solutions that deliver ROI, and knows what it takes to win in a competitive marketplace.”
AJ Lurie Named Director of Local Market Integrated Partnerships at Beasley XP Radio
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Beasley has promoted AJ Lurie to the newly created position of Director of Local Market Integrated Partnerships at Beasley XP, the company’s recently created esports division. Lurie, who began career with Beasley Media Group in 2007 in Fort Myers, Florida, most recently served as the as Vice President and Market Manager of BMG’s Wilmington, Delaware radio cluster. Lurie will report to Beasley XP Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, Leslie Fitzsimmons.
“We are eager to see BMG’s momentum in the esports space accelerate as the company continues to diversify and expand its local offerings to include this type of content,” said Chief Digital Content Officer Lori Burgess.“Beasley Media Group’s entrance into the E-Sports industry is transformative for our company and I am honored to be a part of this initiative,” said Lurie. “Leveraging our company’s assets will present tremendous growth opportunities. I’m excited to work with some of Beasley’s Best to help build this division for our organization.”
Maria Laing & Roger Nadel On The Rise At Mr. Master
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Mr. Master, the leading provider of workflow optimization software for the radio industry, has announced the promotion of Maria Laing to Senior Vice President and the appointment of Roger Nadel as the Executive Director of Affiliate Sales. In these newly created positions, Laing will play a key role in Mr. Master’s overall growth, driving innovative initiatives and business opportunities for the company, while Nadel will be responsible for enhancing the affiliation strategy for Mr. Master’s Automation Import Manager (AIM) software and servicing its 3500 affiliates. Based at the company headquarters in Agoura Hills, CA, both Laing and Nadel begin their new roles effective immediately.
“We are extremely pleased to make these appointments. Maria has really been a force for Mr. Master. She is absolutely fearless and her dedication is unmatched,” said Stu Jacobs, President of Mr. Master. Laing’s extensive industry background includes radio syndication (Dr. Demento, Lord Have Mercy Productions / Prism Media Partners) and a five-yearstint as Vice President for Entertainment Radio Networks.
WWO & AP Unite In Podcast Partnership
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One and The Associated Press announced that Westwood One will exclusively distribute, monetize, and market three premium podcasts from AP. The All New 'Ground Game' explores the top issues in American politics, hosted by AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. Also joiningWestwood One is AP’s Top 25 College Football with Ralph Russo, offering an inside look at college football, and the AP’s 'Get Outta Here', an award-winning podcast hosted by Warren Levinson for the causal or veteran traveler.
“The Associated Press is an incredibly strong brand, showcasing talented hosts with a fresh point-of-view,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “From Julie’s energetic and engaging news coverage, to Ralph’s experience, and Warren’s amazingly creative way with words, these shows will drive discussions and discovery in politics, sports, and travel today.”
“We are very proud to be working with the team at Westwood One, who bring much more to the table in support of our podcasts than just distribution,” said Peter Costanzo, AP’s Director of Programming. “Westwood One has a genuine appreciation for the knowledge, perspective and expertise of our reporters and is helping raise awareness in the marketplace.”
Cabana Signs Female-Owned 'Critical Frequency Network' To Exclusive Podcast Ad Sales Representation
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– cabana has signed Critical Frequency Network to exclusive podcast ad sales representation. Founded by science and gender writer and journalist Amy Westervelt, Critical Frequency is one of the few woman-owned and -operated podcast networks. It features a diverse community of hosts, all women, people of color, and/or LGBTQ. On Monday, Critical Frequency Network was awarded the 2019 Adweek Podcast Network of the Year Award. Critical Frequency Network’s current roster of 13 podcast titles ranges in topics from climate and politics to motherhood and media criticism.
“Critical Frequency Network delivers the engaged audiences that our advertisers are looking for,” noted Frank DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Business Development for cabana. “The hosts on the Critical Frequency Network take a story-telling approach to serious topics like climate, politics, and motherhood. They dig deep to find the facts and then share them with their audiences in a narrative form that listeners relate to.”
EVENTS: Preston & Steve's 'Camp Out For Hunger' Raises Over 2.6 Million Pounds Of Food & $200,000
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Beasley's 93.3 WMMR-FM Preston & Steve's Camp Out For Hunger yielded over 2.6 million pounds of food and $200,000 cash to benefit needy individuals and families residing throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Proceeds directly benefit Philabundance, Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization which acquires, rescues and distributes food to help feed those in need, while also advocating for policies that increase food access.
From 6am on Monday, December 2nd through 11am on Friday, December 6, 2019, legendary morning personalities Preston and Steve lived in the parking lot of Xfinity Live!, located within the Wells Fargo Center Sports Complex, in South Philadelphia in an effort to collect food donations from listeners and businesses throughout the tri-state area. The duo started their food drive back in 1998 after recognizing that hunger was a real issue in the Philadelphia area. Their initial goal was to raise 1 ton of food. Dozens of local and national celebrities, performers, and athletes were on hand this year to lend their support. PHOTO CREDIT: BP Miller/Chorus Photography Photo (L-R): WMMR-FM’s Caseyboy, Marisa Magnatta, Steve Morrison, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Preston Elliot, Kathy Romano and Nick McIlwain
Rush Limbaugh Announces Sales Of Over $5 Million For His 'Stand Up For Betsy Ross' Merchandise Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Rush Limbaugh made an appearance on Fox & Friends last week to announce that sales for his “Stand Up for Betsy Ross!” merchandise have surpassed $5 million dollars. All proceeds benefit The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which provides financial assistance to military heroes and their families, as well as first responders.
Rush also announced that additional merchandise is being made available at https://rushlimbaughshowstore.com/. When Limbaugh first launched the line of merchandise with a single T-shirt in July 2019, $2 million dollars was quickly raised for Tunnel to Towers, which paid off the home mortgages of six fallen American heroes. Limbaugh subsequently decided to expand the merchandise and continue the fundraiser through the end of 2019.
As Rush told Fox & Friends viewers, "Our fulfillment center is working around the clock. The orders have not stopped coming in. We owe a debt to the people who have participated in this."
The Armstrong & Getty Show Raise Over $1 Million During Warrior Foundation Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– iHeart's nationally syndicated Armstrong & Getty Show announced that their annual Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station Radiothon raised approximately $1.2 million. All proceeds benefit the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station (WFFS), which will purchase plane tickets for injured warriors so they can spend the holidays at home and with their families.
“We feel compelled to give back to those who served our country,” said Joe Getty, co-host of the Armstrong & Getty Show. “We owe it, as Americans, to support these guys. Thankfully, our loyal listeners-we call them friends of Armstrong & Getty-agree with us wholeheartedly. We asked them to open their hearts and their wallets, and they once again astounded us with their generosity.”
“In all kinds of different ways, WFFS creates a buffer zone between combat and civilian life, providing our injured warriors with sanctuary, a sense of community and the tools they’ll need to rejoin society,” said Jack Armstrong, cohost of the Armstrong & Getty Show. “We feel strongly that there is no better use of your patriot dollars, than in the form of a donation to WFFS.”
Beasley Media Group’s 92.5 MAX!MA WYUU Raises $174,715 to Benefit St. Jude’s Tampa
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group announces 92.5 MAX!MA/WYUU-FM raised a record $174,715 during the 10th Annual “Promesa y Esperanza” Radio-Thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The event took place on December 5th and 6th at the Beasley Media Group broadcast facility located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Throughout the month of November, WYUU recruited community volunteers and those volunteers would join 92.5 MAX!MA’s on air team for the two day fund raiser. The hospital staff worked closely with station engineers on setting up the in house call center where local donors would call for their contributions.
This year marked the station’s 10-year anniversary as an official partner with the hospital. “It is with events like the St. Jude radio-thon that radio stations and media outlets can apply their reach and messaging power to do something incredibly meaningful,” said WYUU-FM Program Director, Nio Encendio. “Thanks to the contributions of station fans, the children of St. Jude are given a chance to defeat cancer and live their lives while never having to pay a single cent for anything!” PHOTO/Community Volunteers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital staff and WYUU personalities.
iHeart Williamsport Rings Up $51,485 For Children's Hospital And Kids Of Central PA
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– iHeart Media Williamsport PA help their 15th Annual Radiothon raised $51,485.00 to benefit Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and the Kids of Central PA. The KISS For Kids Holiday Radiothon was a two-day live fundraising broadcast that took place on December 5, and 6, from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m live from Geisinger Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital in Danville PA.
Photo: l-r (Back Row) iHeart Media’s David Miller, Jon Zellner, Jeff Hurley, Mel Davis and Gail Bair; (Front Row): iHeart Media’s Brian Christiana, Troy Lee and Gary Chrisman
Benztown Kicks Off Sixth Annual #Cans4Cans Campaign to Benefit LA Regional Food Bank
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Benztown has kicked off its Sixth Annual #CANS4CANS Holiday Benefit to drive donations to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Benztown invites friends in the radio industry to post a photo wearing your headphones (a/k/a “cans”) to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #cans4cans. For every photo posted, Benztown will donate a can of food to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on your behalf.
Michael Flood, President and CEO, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, said: "We appreciate the food, funds and awareness that the Cans4Cans campaign generates this year, and has generated over the past six years. Thank you, Benztown, for your continued support in the fight against hunger." Now through Thursday, December 19, 2019 click here http://www.benztown.com/cans4cans/ to help hungry Angelenos during the Christmas season.
Roxette Singer Marie Fredriksson Passes Away At 61 - Benztown has produced an audio tribute voiced by Bill Royal and produced by Tom Baker - available HERE
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Major Guests Featured All Week During Tom Joyner Show's Last Week On The Air
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– As The Tom Joyner Morning Show heads into retirement, all this week until December 13 surprise guests will be calling in… Yesterday it was Arsenio Hall, Pres. Bill Clinton, Magic Johnson, Emmitt Smith, April Ryan and Lionel Richie. Joyner announced that he will retire from broadcasting in December of 2019. He's joined on the show by Sherri Shepherd, Kym Whitley, Guy Torry and Damon Williams.
Joyner grew up in Tuskegee, AL, the son of a Tuskegee Airman and best friend to famed singer Lionel Richie. -After being “unintentionally” hired as a DJ while protesting a local station’s refusal to play R&B music (Joyner was selected from the crowd and hired on the spot), he eventually worked his way through Memphis, St. Louis and Dallas, landing at WJPC in Chicago. -In the mid-1980s, Joyner earned the nickname “The Fly Jock” for flying round-trip between Dallas and Chicago five days a week, doing his morning drive program at KKDA (Dallas) and then commuting to WGCI (Chicago) for his afternoon program. During his tenure, Joyner was number one on both stations for seven years and traveled eight million miles!
Through ABC Radio Networks, Joyner became the first morning show with music in syndication. He specifically created a lane for urban/R&B programming, helping it become syndicated on all levels from morning shows, to afternoon shows and services. - Joyner’s first broadcast in national syndication was January 3, 1994. In 2003, Joyner made The Tom Joyner Morning Show part of his newly created company, Reach Media, Inc. Joyner has been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and received the National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award, Billboard's "Best Urban Contemporary Air Personality” award, the NAACP Image Award and many honorary doctorates.
Jeff Dubow Rises To Executive Producer For KQMV-FM Seattle's Brooke & Jubal Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio Seattle announces Jeff Dubow (shown top left) as new Executive Producer for “Brooke & Jubal in The Morning” on MOViN 92.5/KQMV. Jeff has been with the station for 9 years and moved into the Assistant Producer position over 7 years ago. Jeff said, “I am extremely grateful to everyone at Hubbard Broadcasting to be given this incredible opportunity with the “Brooke & Jubal" morning show. It’s an honor to be able to work alongside such a talented group of unique & dynamic personalities, both on the air and behind the scenes. We will continue to push ourselves to find new & creative ways to make our listeners laugh, and bring a little wackiness & entertainment to the mornings.”
Ricky Villa, Brand/Content Director for MOViN 92.5, said, “Jeff has been a very valuable part of the Brooke & Jubal in The Morning Show behind the scenes and on air. We are lucky to have someone with his talent level and experience take this position.” “We are thrilled to have a world class producer, Jeffrey Dubow, in house who can evolve the Brooke & Jubal show into the next decade,” said Scott Mahalick of Hubbard Radio Seattle. The Brooke & Jubal show is syndicated worldwide on 50 plus stations through Premiere Radio Networks partner.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Damon Whiteside Named CEO For The Academy Of Country Music
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– The Academy of Country Music® announced that Damon Whiteside has been selected as the Academy’s new Chief Executive Officer which marks the Academy’s third CEO in its 55-year history. He will take the helm beginning Monday, January 6, 2020 splitting time between Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California. Whiteside’s appointment to the Academy comes after 23 years in the music and entertainment industries, most recently serving 6 years at the Country Music Association where he began as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships prior to being elevated to his current role of Chief Marketing Officer.
“I am extremely proud of the monumental accomplishments that our dedicated team at CMA has been able to achieve these last six years thanks to the support and guidance of the CMA Board and Sarah Trahern,” stated Whiteside. “It has been an honor to help shape the successes of this rich genre, and to be part of a respected organization like CMA and its mission to grow Country Music globally while shaping positive perceptions about the industry and its artists." Whiteside continues, "I am honored and humbled to now be given the responsibility to shape the future of the Academy. I am excited to draw upon my deep passion, unique experience and important relationships across the Country Music and mainstream entertainment media industries to reinforce the organization's mission, rejuvenate its influence, and redefine its purpose to benefit the entire Country Music ecosystem." READ MORE HERE
SYNDICATION: DJ Sinister's Country Fried Mix Now Available In Canada
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– DJ Sinister’s Country Fried Mix is now available for streaming 24/7 on iHeartRadio Canada via their mobile app. The show is available weekly for 3 hours, and heard on stations across the USA, Canada and Australia.
CFM host DJ Sinister said, “We are so happy to be in Canada with iHeartRadio through their digital platform. It’s very exciting to reach country music fans outside the US and see Country Fried Mix expand its fan base”.
DJ Sinister’s Country Fried Mix has been part of the Sun Broadcast Group line up for 6 seasons and continue to grow nationwide. Click HERE for more information/ For demos and other details, call Rich O’Brien at 212.380.9338 or email@example.com
WMAL-FM Wash. DC Raises $523,866 For Fisher House During Two Day Radiothon
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– Cumulus NewsTalk WMAL-FM/Washington, DC listeners donated $523,866 during the station’s two-day radiothon last Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5th and 6th, for the benefit of the Fisher House Foundation, which provides temporary housing and support for families of injured service members at more than 85 houses across the country.
“The generosity of our listeners cannot be overstated," said WMAL Program Director Bill Hess. “The stories of families and service members served by Fisher House truly touched our listeners and they responded in an unprecedented way." Over past 17 years, WMAL listeners have donated over $7 million to the Fisher House Foundation. PHOTO: L-R Program Director and Cumulus NewsTalk VP Bill Hess, Larry O’Connor, Chris Plante, and Vince Coglianese, and Fisher House president Dave Coker
iHeart Charleston Combo Raises Over $176,000 In Cares For Kids Radiothon
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– Heart Charleston’s 103.5 WEZL, and Y102.5 Charleston announced that the 12th annual Cares for Kids Radiothon raised over $176,000 to benefit Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, an integrated pediatric health care facility in South Carolina. This year, Cares for Kids Radiothon, a two-day live fundraising broadcast, took place on December 5, and 6, from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. The event featured iHeartMedia Charleston’s on-air personalities Ric Rush, Brian Cleary, Kelly Golden and Gary Goldman, as well as WCSC-TV personalities.
“We’ve anticipated this moment for 12 years – broadcasting from the brand new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital,” said Alene Grevey, Area President for iHeartMedia Charleston. “Seeing this labor of love come to fruition thanks to the generosity of iHeartMedia Charleston’s listeners and advertisers is so inspiring.”
Travis Photo Credits (due to privacy standards, minors names are not being released): Back Row L-R iHeartMEDIA’s Brian Cleary, Pete Norden, Greg Pitt, Drew Durham, Kelly Golden, Gary Goldman, Children’s Miracle Network’s Mimi Dorman - Middle Row L-R iHeartMEDIA’s Ric Rush, Alene Grevey, Matt Branscum, Casten Farr, Kristen Jordan, Children’s Miracle Networks’s Amy Osborne - Front Row L-R iHeartMEDIA’s Travis Dylan, Rachel Edwards and Aileen Neal
KS 107.5 Denver Kicks Off It's Annual Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– Tony V’s 16th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, benefitting Food Bank of The Rockies, raised an additional 3,000 pounds of food over the 2018 effort. This week, KS 1075 aims to surpass themselves again, as they launch their 2019 Mile High Toy Drive at local area Walmart locations. The Thanksgiving food drive raised 11,093 lbs. of food, which equates to 8,966 meals provided to those in need.
Swapping non-perishables for toys, the KS 1075 Mile High Toy Drive benefits Mile High United Way, with all donated toys being delivered to the United Way’s Children’s Holiday Party on December 14, thanks to partner Two Men And A Truck. Already off to a good start – with a $1,000 monetary donation from sponsor American Financing – the toy drive asks Denver for donations of new toys and gift cards for young people of all ages.
77 WABC’s Bernie & Sid & Curtis & Juliet To Host 'Radiothon For Kids'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– 77 WABC’s “Radiothon for the Kids” will air continuously from 6am-3pm, with Russ Saltzburg hosting from 10am-12pm.
The funds driven by the Radiothon are essential to patients, families and the hospital, which is funded solely through philanthropic dollars. Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the largest provider of pediatric health services in New York State, treating more than 450,000 children annually in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Westchester County. For the 13th consecutive year in 2019, Cohen was ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals in US News & World Report’s 2019-20 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey, achieving top-50 rankings in nine of 10 pediatric specialties.
SNAPS: Beasley Soiree Features Lady Antebellum, Joe King & Fray's Issac Slade
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– Beasley took over Tao (Uptown) in New York City on Thursday, December 5th to host the company’s 3rd Annual Holiday Soiree. The private client party featured special performances by Big Machine Label Group’s Lady Antebellum and International Recording Artists, Joe King and Issac Slade from The Fray. X-Files Actor and Musician David Duchovny opened the evening with a special power acoustic performance with his band.
Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley, along with President Bruce Beasley and Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President Brian Beasley took to the stage during the event to thank the guests for their on-going support over the past year. PHOTO CREDIT/Helena Ahktar - L-R: Mathew Largis, SVP/Promotions-Big Machine Label Group. Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum), Beasley Media Group National Country Brand Manager & WKLB-FM Program Director David Corey, Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum), Beasley Media Group EVP of Programming Justin Chase and Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum
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Inaugural Hubbard Radio Talent Institute Arizona To Launch Next Summer
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– The Hubbard Radio Talent Institutes comes to the Southwest when it debuts next summer at Northern Arizona University, along with support from the Arizona Broadcasters Association. Ginny Morris (L), CEO, Hubbard Radio commented: “All of us at Hubbard are proud to partner with Dan Vallie (R) and the Arizona Association of Broadcasters on bringing this proven program to Northern Arizona University. The program is a great asset for the industry, NAU as the host institution, and a wonderful and expansive experience for the students that participate.”
The inaugural Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at NAU will debut July 13-22, 2020. Brian Rackham, Director of the School’s Media Innovation Center, stated: “We are delighted to be a part of this prestigious opportunity for our students. There are jobs out there waiting for our graduates and the Hubbard Talent Institute is a great pipeline to the industry. We look forward to partnering with a great radio group like Hubbard, and the experts at the National Radio Talent System.
”The Hubbard Radio Talent Institute is now accepting applications from college students/young talent from all universities in the state and region, and broadcasters are encouraged to urge their interns and part-timers at the stations now,and from this past summer, to apply at https://www.nationalradiotalentsystem.com/mainmenu-hubbard-arizona
The final application deadline is March 6, 2020; and only 25 students will be accepted. For questions and more information, contact Dan Vallie, President/Founder, DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com; 704-246-8185.
WMGK-FM Philly Host Debbi Calton Calls It A Day After 36 Years On-Air
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– Beasley's 102.9 WMGK-FM legendary Midday host Debbi Calton put on her headphones for the very last time before officially retiring on Friday, December 6th. She has been on the air at the station in the same daypart for 26 years. Calton never imagined she would work in radio 40+ years.
Calton began her radio career at the young age of 19 at a small, daytime AM station in Charlotte, NC. She went on to spend 10 years at former Philly rock station WYSP-FM, before moving to WMGK-FM in 1993. Her final show included farewell messages from listeners and special guests, including members of George Thorogood’s band (the Destroyers), her husband (Chip) and son (Dustin), the Phillie Phanatic, former WMGK morning host Harvey, along with other lifelong friends and colleagues.
DOJ Sides With Irving Azoff's Global Music Right's Litigation Against Radio
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– The Department of Justice filed a brief last Thursday in its ongoing litigation between Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights, a performing rights organization to represent artists and songwriters, and the Radio Music License Committee, which represents most of radio, over claims of price fixing. Deadline reports that in their brief, the Justice Department urges the judge in the case to reject some of Radio Music Licensing’s arguments. “When competitors agree to a restraint that is per se illegal, it does not matter whether they are buyers or sellers of good and services,” the DOJ stated in its filing. “Per se rules apply to agreements among competing buyers in the same way that they apply to competing sellers because the Sherman Act protects competition not only in output market where sellers compete to sell goods or services, but also in input markets where businesses compete to purchase various inputs.”
The DOJ argued that Radio Music License Committee wrongly makes the point that Global Music Rights is claiming not that they are price fixing, but “at most, a group boycott claim.” “The two categories of restraints, price fixing and group boycott. are not, however, mutually exclusive..." the DOJ stated. The DOJ also contends that Radio Music License Committee “peddles a similarly simplistic argument” by wrongly claiming that Global Music Rights failed to “state a price-fixing claim because it alleges merely an agreement among buyers to insist that the sales price be determined by a third party (here, an arbitrator), not an agreement on price itself.” READ ENTIRE DEADLINE ARTICLE HERE
[WATCH] Grandfather's Lifelong Wish To Have Christmas Song Played Finally Granted
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– A Grandfather's 1965 Christmas song finally hit the airwaves after more than 50 years thanks to Cumulus/KRBE-FM Houston's Roula and Ryan Show. As reported by Inside Edition, CNN and numerous other media outlets worldwide, in 1965, Johnny Gondesen wrote and recorded an original Christmas song. He called it “Christmas Is Here." He released it on a 45 but nostation would ever play it. Over the years, he would sing the song at family gatherings and during the holidays. And now, at 83 years old, his Christmas dreams are finally coming true.
Gondesen's grandchildren took to social media, writing "help our grandpa feel famous." They uploaded "Christmas Is Here" to Spotify, iTunes and Amazon music. It also caught the attention of a local Houston ABC-TV station and KRBE's Roula And Ryan Show took it from there, making a reality of the moment Gondesen dreamed of for five decades. WATCH HERE
WZPL's Smiley Show Raises A Whopping $839,368 In 23rd Annual 'Make-A-Wish' Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– As we get closer to Christmas, we'll do our best to post as many of the amazing ways radio is making the season brighter for thousands of listeners from coast to coast. We'll begin with the top-rated WZPL/Indianapolis' Dave Smiley Morning Show who held its 23rd annual Make-A-Wish Request-a-thon and raised a whopping $839,638, surpassing last year's total of $736,298. In all, a total of 83 wishes for kids were granted.
Show member Toni (center) called it an 'epic year' along with Nikki (left center) Will (left) and of course an ever smiling Dave Smiley who commented, "I'm going to bed." Over the course of the last 23 years, WZPL has helped raise more than $7.5 million for Make-A-Wish!
US99 Chicago Raises $782,643 For St. Jude
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– Adding more mega-bucks to brighten the season, props are in order for US99 Chicago for raising $782,643 for St. Jude!! Over the past 28 years, US*99 has raised over $27 MILLION dollars!
The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. Because of you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food -because all a family should worry about it is helping their child live.
PHOTO/Drew Walker, Marci Braun, Katie Bright, Jason Pullman, Mike Kasper, Erin Creedon, Kenny Jayand in the back, Jaymie Polet (St. Jude)
iHeart Boston Cluster Adds $531,000 For St. Jude
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– iHeart Boston's’s 101.7 The Bull and iHeartMedia Portsmouth’s 95.3 The Bull and iHeartMedia Springfield’s KIX 100.9 iHeartCountryCares for St. Jude Kids Radiotho raised over$531,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 101.7 The Bull’son-air personalities Colton Bradford, Amanda Jo Parker, and Jessica Callahan hosted the event, along with 95.3The Bull’s Tim Moore, and Kix 100.9’s Perez and Katie.
Over the past four years,101.7 The Bull has raised over $1.7million to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and was named the 2019 St. Jude Partner Station of the Year along with sister station 95.3 The Bull.
WOGL-FM Philadelphia Collect $257,268 For Hospital Of Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– $257,268 for The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was raised during the 18th annual “98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon.” “We want to thank each and every person who helped benefit the kids at CHOP by participating in this year’s ‘98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon,’” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “We are so grateful for WOGL listeners and community members who donated and also very thankful for the volunteers and on-air personalities who contributed their time and talent to help make this year’s radiothon a huge success.” WOGL-FM hosts Marilyn Russell, Glenn Kalina, Bobby Smith and Nicky G. presented the check to CHOP.
PHOTO/Top row, left to right: Glenn Kalina, Bobby Smith, Tim Pfender, Rob Razzi, David Yadgaroff, John Diaz, Zois Tzitzifas, Dave Scopinich, Victor Starr; Middle row, left to right: Zach Stone, Cassie Razzi, Syndey Campbell, Christa McRay, Bonnie Hoffman, Shelly Easton, Max Ayala, Monica Taylor Lotty, Jennifer Peranteau, Bridget Welz, Francesca Cosmi; Bottom row, left to right: Marilyn Russell, Melissa Paladino, Melissa Rigg, Tyler Carmody, Grace McIntosh.
WiLD 94.1's Orlando Davis To Broadcast All Week From Toy Tower To Host 8th Annual Holiday Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– Beasley's WiLD 94.1 FM’s Freak Show host and Program Director, Orlando Davis hosted the station’s 8th Annual Toy Drive Tower event to benefit The Children’s Home Network in Tampa, Florida. Orlando climbed the Toy Drive Tower, an outdoor constructed platform which is elevated 30 feet in the air overlooking the City of Tampa and Metro by T-Mobile, where he will remain for eight days.
Orlando will encourage listeners to stop by and donate unwrapped toys, bicycles, toys, gift cards and monetary donations to benefit The Children’s Home Network. In addition, the Freak Show will join Orlando from the tower and broadcast live every morning from December 9th-13th, 2018.
The WiLD 94.1 FM Morning Show Personality hopes to break last year’s donation collection record, which included more than 650 bicycles, 3 Full POD containers of toys and over $30,000 in cash and gift cards! “This is a heartwarming time, as we see eight days of listeners not only giving but doing so with their children heavily involved, so the lesson of giving is shared”, said Davis. “With our 8th year upon us, listeners have now made this drive, a welcomed part of their holiday routine, which I love to see”.
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Bernie Weiss Rises To Market President For iHeart New York
Steve DeLusant Elevated to Region Senior VP/Sales
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia New York announced that Bernie Weiss (L) has been named Market President and Steve DeLusant (R) has also been elevated to Region Senior Vice President of Sales, effective immediately.
Weiss previously served as Region Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia New York. He will continue to report to Scott Hopeck, Division President for iHeartMedia Market Groups.
Weiss is a media veteran and has been with iHeartMedia for over a decade, first joining iHeartMedia New York in 2004 as an Account Executive for Power 105.1 after holding several general sales management positions in the European radio industry. Throughout his career at iHeartMedia, Weiss has risen through the ranks, holding various sales positions including Vice President of Sales, General Sales Manager, Local Sales Manager and Account Manager for leading stations.
With Weiss’ appointment to Market President, the company also announced today that Steve DeLusant has been promoted to Region Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia New York. He previously served as Director of Sales. Throughout his career, DeLusant has held several sales positions within the media industry, including Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia New York, where he oversaw sales for Power 105.1, 103.5 KTU and Q104.3, as well as Sales Manager for Z100, Power 105.1, 103.5 KTU and 106.7 Lite FM.
A New Year, A New Lineup Set For KABC-AM LA; Armstrong & Getty To Take Over Mornings
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– KABC-AM welcomes a new lineup for the New Year, debuting January 1, 2020. New to mornings on the station is The Armstrong & Getty Show, featuring Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, weekdays from 6:00am-10:00am. They'll take over for Jillian Barberie and John Phillips with the later moving to middays. Barberie has been with the station since 2014. Continuing in middays is Larry O’Connor, followed Phillips.
Ben Shapiro continues weekdays from 3:00pm-6:00pm. Michael Savage and The Savage Nation joins the station for evenings. taking over for Peter Tilden.
“KABC has a proud history as one of the first ‘all-talk’ radio stations in the United States,” said Drew Hayes, General Manager of KABC Los Angeles. “With these great additions to our lineup, KABC will offer our audiences even more of the content that they love, featuring outstanding local and nationally recognized talent.”
First Take, Your Take With Jason Fitz To Debut On ESPN Radio January 20
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– First Take, Your Take with Jason Fitz, begins January 20 at 1 p.m. ET. The two-hour show – hosted by Fitz and simulcast on ESPNEWS. Stephen A Smith will regularly join Fitz on the show. “Sports fans are passionate, they love spirited debate and they know First Take is the must-watch show every morning to learn what Stephen A. and Max think,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president and executive editor, production. Fitz added, “I’m excited to host a show aligned with one of the biggest franchises at ESPN that will let me continue to push the First Take topics forward and keep building my relationship with ESPN Radio listeners that means so much to me.”
First Take,Your Take with Jason Fitz will originate from Bristol and will also be available on SiriusXM Channel 80 and via digital distributors Apple Music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. Fitz joined ESPN in 2016 and has quickly become a household name across radio programming and the network’s digital platforms. He now hosts the twice-daily show SportsCenter on Snapchat, ESPN Radio’s First and Last and is a regular contributor on Golic and Wingo. Fitz was a member of the chart-topping country music group The Band Perry, serving as the band’s musical director and fiddle player. The final edition of The Stephen A. Smith Show on ESPN Radio will air Friday, January 17, at 1 p.m..
Entercom Inks Multi-Year Agreement With Kansas City Chiefs; 106.7 The Wolf To Become Flagship
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced a multiyear agreement with The Kansas City Chiefs with 106.5 The Wolf (WDAF-FM) being named as the new flagship station of the 70 station Chiefs Radio Network and home of the Chiefs beginning on February 16, 2020. “We are extremely pleased to enter into this new partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs, one of the NFL’s most well respected and prestigious organizations,” said Dave Alpert, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Kansas City. “Entercom’s eight station cluster of music, news and sports talk stations hosted by Kansas City’s leading personalities align with vast digital and podcast opportunities, and will deliver the premium and comprehensive coverage Chiefs Kingdom desires seven days a week, all season long.”
One of the Midwest’s most recognizable radio and television personalities, “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus will return for his 27th season as the play-by-play personality for the Chiefs Radio Network. Owning more years of service than any other “Voice of the Chiefs” in team history, Holthus has called a franchise record 426 regular and postseason contests for Kansas City. As part of the agreement, 610 Sports Radio (KCSP-AM) will become the official broadcast partner of the Kansas City Chiefs, with exclusive rights to Chiefs programming, including live radio broadcast rights to the Chiefs weekly in-season press conference with the club’s head coach and a weekly one-on-one interview with the starting quarterback.
HONORS: CBS News Radio Snags Four Nominations For 2020 Writers Guild Award
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– Honors are in order for CBS News Radio who garnered 4 nominations for the upcoming Writer's Guild Awards in February, 2020. Among the nominations included:
“CBS News on the Hour with Norah O'Donnell - El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio - Communities in Mourning,” Written by James Hutton; CBS News Radio
“Hail and Farewell: Remembering Some Headline Makers,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
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Top Stars Perform For Entercom's 'Not So Silent Night' Event Hosted By ALT 92.3 New York
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– Entercom held its “Not So Silent Night,” a RADIO.COM event, in New York on December 5 at Barclays Center. The sold-out show, hosted by ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM), New York’s new alternative, featured musical performances by Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Cage The Elephant, Jimmy Eat World, Of Monsters and Men, Judah & The Lion, and SHAED.
"Not So Silent Night” was one of two Entercom New York holiday shows, along with New York’s Country 94.7’s (WNSH-FM) “Stars and Strings” the evening prior, which benefitted the American Cancer Society (ACS). In addition to the concerts, each station is hosting a Facebook fundraiser to benefit ACS. American Cancer Society has provided over 480,000 rides to treatments and over 475,000 nights of lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers during treatment, including accommodation in the Hope Lodge in New York City, wigs for chemotherapy patients and the ACS helpline, providing 24/7 free information, support and access to resources in addition to extensive, and lifesaving research. PHOTO/ Steven Ferdman/Getty Images For Radio .Com
KOSI 101.1 Denver Raises $294,043 For Ronald McDonald House Charities
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– KOSI 101.1 held a live broadcast from 6am-6pm on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at the Denver Ronald McDonald House. Listeners generously donated $294,043 to support families who are in Denver to receive care for a sick child. “Our entire staff is very proud of our incredibly generous listeners who opened up their hearts to help assist families with housing while they focus on the health of their child,” said KOSI Program Director Jim Lawson. Those listeners who were not able to participate today still have another day to help by going to KOSI101.com to donate.”
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NETWORKS: Westwood One Presents Its 13th Annual American Country Christmas With Kix Brooks
To Feature Appearances by Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and More
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– Westwood One is ringing in the holidays with its 13th annual An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks holiday special. As always, this show is the gift that keeps on giving, featuring special guests sharing holiday music, favorite traditions, and memories. This year Kix has invited some very famous friends to join in the festive fun, including Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge and more.
Stations can air Westwood One’s An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks any time on Saturday, December 21, 2019 through Wednesday, December 25, 2019, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For those who are interested, stations can carry up to 24 hours of this unique and star-studded holiday content and cheer!
Westwood One's holiday music specials are an honored tradition with hundreds of programmers, millions of listeners, and local advertisers. For more information, contact Country@WestwoodOne.com.
Racist Song Banned, Homophobic Song, Not So Much
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Britain’s version of the FCC, Ofcom, has banned a song for having racist lyrics. Melting Pot by Blue Mink contains the lyrics, “Take a pinch of white man, Wrap him up in black skin, Add a touch of blue blood, And a little bitty bit of red Indian boy, Oh like a Curly Latin kinkies, Oh Lordy, Lordy, mixed with yellow Chinkees…”
Ofcom has found Black Diamond FM in breach of its licence after complaints were received. In August this year Gold was forced to ban the song after Ofcom stepped in and said the song, “...would not be acceptable on a mainstream radio station”. However, Britain's most popular Christmas song, “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues is playing on radio stations all over the country uncensored even though it contains the lyrics, “You scumbag, you maggot, You cheap lousy fa**t, Happy Christmas your arse, I pray God it's our last”.
Downtown Radio Goes 100% Christmas for Northern Ireland - All mainstream shows across Downtown Radio have been playing a 100% Christmas playlist since Monday 2nd December. It’s a first for radio in Northern Ireland. Breakfast presenters Gary and Glen ‘pressed play’ in the studio at 8.30am on Monday.
In Australia, Hot Tomato’s Sean ‘Flan’ Flanagan Is Leaving- Hot Tomato‘s top-rating Breakfast show will lose Sean ‘Flan’ Flanagan at the end of the year. Flan has announced he is retiring, and will leave the Flan, Emily Jade & Christo show which rated #1 on the Gold Coast. The show has rated #1 in every survey since Grant Broadcasters acquired the station at the end of 2018.
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Sam Hunt Among Performers At RADIO.COM's 'Stars & Strings' First Event In New York
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Entercom held its annual country music concert “Stars and Strings,” a RADIO.COM event, for the first time in New York on December 4. The show was hosted by New York’s Country 94.7 (WNSH-FM) and featured performances by Sam Hunt (shown), Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Blanco Brown, Runaway June, Gone West and Matt Stell at Barclays Center. “It was amazing to have this level of star power on stage tonight and we are thankful to the artists for an unforgettable evening,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Entercom. “There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than with great music and by supporting American Cancer Society’s mission of helping those affected by cancer.”
“Stars and Strings” was one of two Entercom New York holiday shows which benefitted the American Cancer Society (ACS). Along with ALT 92.3’s(WNYL-FM) “Not So Silent Night” taking place at Barclays Center on December 5, the event raised a total of $30,000 for the organization. In addition to the concerts, each station is hosting a Facebook fundraiser to benefit ACS. American Cancer Society has provided over 480,000 rides to treatments and over 475,000 nights of lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers during treatment, wigs for chemotherapy patients and the ACS helpline, providing 24/7 free information, support and access to resources in addition to extensive and lifesaving research. Highlights of the premiere The concert kicked off with the presentation of colors featuring the color guard and the New York Police Department alongside New York’s Country 94.7 hosts Kelly Ford, Katie Neal, and Jesse Addy. PHOTO/ Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for RADIO.COM
Coldplay Joins The Lineup For Sold Out 2020 iHeart Alter Ego Concert At The Forum LA
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in America, which also has a greater reach in the U.S. than any other media outlet, announced today that Coldplay will join the lineup for the third annual iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One. The sold out event, hosted by Woody (L) of iHeartRadio ALT 98.7’s nationally-syndicated The Woody Show, will also feature performances from Billie Eilish, The Black Keys, blink-182, The Lumineers, Rex Orange County, SHAED at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on January 18, 2020 to celebrate everything Alternative Rock.
The star-studded event will livestream exclusively on LiveXLive.com and broadcast live across over 70 Alternative and Rock iHeartRadio stations. Through January 10, iHeartRadio will give Alt-Rock fans across the country the opportunity to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend iHeartRadio ALTer EGO.
The promotion will run across more than 85 Alternative, Rock and Classic Rock 90s iHeartRadio stations. Capital One is the national presenting partner for iHeartRadio ALTer EGO. iHeartRadio ALTer EGO is an iHeartMedia Production. For more information, visit iHeartRadio.com/alterego.
Live And On-Demand Fox News Radio Content To Be Available On Radio.Com
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced FOX News Radio content will now be available 24/7 on RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across its portfolio of 235 stations. “FOX News Radio is an essential source of information and entertainment for audiences nationwide and we are pleased to extend our broadcast partnership to our digital platform,” said Corey Podolsky, Vice President of Business Development, Entercom. “RADIO.COM continues to build its library of premium live and on-demand audio news, entertainment, music and sports content and we are proud to have FOX News Radio included among our roster of industry leading streaming and on-demand content providers.”
FOX News operates FOX News Radio (FNR), a 24/7 news service reaching more than 36 million listeners a week on over 1,000 affiliated radio stations. The network features a comprehensive hourly five-minute newscast along with one-minute newscasts, business updates, breaking-news coverage and on-demand original podcasts.
KMG Networks Announces National Launch Of The Chris Hahn Radio Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Krantz Media Group (KMG) Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, announced the national launch of The Chris Hahn Radio show. The show has been on the air since 2010 on JVC Broadcasting’s Conservative talker WRCN-FM (Long Island’s News & Information Station), along with RushLimbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Fox’s Brian Kilmeade.
“I’m excited to be bringing my show to new communities across the nation, remarked Hahn,“America will be making truly consequential choices in 2020 and I look forward to engaging in a national conversation with my listeners”.
“Chris Hahn is a fantastic radio talent that dives in to the issues and is not afraid to make a statement or confront an issue”. said John Caracciolo President and CEO of JVC Broadcasting.“He is what radio needs, his show is loud, fun and entertaining and we do well with it on all of our stations”.Within the media space, Chris is widely known as “Conservative America’s Liberal Cousin”. He has been appearing on The Fox News Channel since 2010, and has been cited as “the most visible and recognized liberal voice on the network”, according to The Washington Examiner. He is also a former aid to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“Chris is intelligent, entertaining, and one of the highest profile commentators in the Political media space”, said Gary Krantz, CEO of KMG Networks,“We have been watching and listening to him for some time, and the world is now ready for the next big important voice on Talk radio” For Affiliate and Sponsorship Sales, contact: Gary Krantz KMG Networks 646-573-6800 firstname.lastname@example.org
HONORS: World Cup Champion, U.S. Soccer Star Julie Ertz To Be Honored At WOGL's 'Remarkable Women Luncheon In Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– – Entercom announced that Julie Ertz, mid fielder for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion U.S. Women's National Soccer team will be honored as Remarkable Woman of the Year at 98.1 WOGL (WOGL-FM) in Philadelphia’s annual Remarkable Women Luncheon. Ertz will be honored for her accomplishments on the soccer field as well as her charitable efforts with the Ertz Family Foundation. Station morning show host Marilyn Russell will emcee the invite-only event. set for next week.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to accept this award on behalf of the 100-plus women in the Philadelphia community who have been featured on Marilyn’s Russell’s Remarkable Woman program on 98.1 WOGL this year,” said Ertz. “There are so many amazing women doing remarkable things in our community, and Zach and I are proud to call Philadelphia our community too. I have to thank all of the volunteers and donors of the Ertz Family Foundation, as it is their commitment that makes it possible for Zach and me to make an impact here in Philadelphia. We are just getting started here.”
“What an honor and privilege it is to showcase truly remarkable women each and every week,” said Russell. “From physicians to cancer survivors, to artists, authors, teachers, moms and everyone in-between, each woman has a fascinating story whose contributions to the world invariably moves us. Julie Ertz is the embodiment of a remarkable woman. We’re thrilled to celebrate her accomplishments on and off the field and to honor her at this year’s Remarkable Women Luncheon.” Marilyn Russell’s Remarkable Women,” is a weekly show airing Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on 98.1 WOGL and sister stations 96.5 TDY (WTDY-FM) and B101.1 (WBEB-FM).
Gen Media Partners Spotlights Power Of Independent Local Radio With Advocacy Campaign
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Gen Media Partners (GMP) has initiated an advocacy campaign to shine a light on the power of independent radio to connect national brands with local listeners. The campaign was inspired by AMEX’s Small Business Saturday, a program that encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ after Black Friday. GMP’s station roster is exceptional in the way it parallels the theme and spirit of AMEX’s ‘shop local’ and, this morning, sent an email blast to national and regional advertising agencies across the country spotlighting the influence that independent broadcasters have in their communities.
“Advertising on independent radio gives national advertising brands credibility and acceptance from local consumers,” stated Kevin Garrity, Chief Executive Officer of Gen Media Partners. “Many of the stations we represent are run by people who live in the neighborhoods they serve. These radiostations are the heart of their local communities and hyper-connected to their audiences. “The local radio station is often a community mainstay and voice, and advertisers will always benefit from that association,” Garrity continued. “Our message is clear, independent local radio works for national brands.”
Jimmy Fallon Guest On Questlove Supreme's 1st Episode of Season 3 on the iHeartPodcast Network
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– When doing a podcast, there are some definite advantages of working with a major star. IN Questlove Supreme's 1st podcast episode of Season 3 on iHeart's Podcast Network he was able to snap The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon as his first guest..
Throughout the episode, the two engaged in a really compelling conversation and banter that eventually bled into their shared passion for music. Jimmy talks in detail about how his relationship with music has evolved and matured through various stages of his life.
Fallon also talked with Questlove about the joy of sleep, being raised on doo-wop music, making mix tapes, their favorite musical performances from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show, plus some once-in-a-lifetime encounters with Prince and Stevie Wonder.
EVENTS: New Jersey 101.5 To Present Town Hall On Combating Online Predators
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Next Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” (WKXW-FM) is presenting a special Town Hall broadcast confronting the crisis of online child predators, and how New Jersey children and parents are affected. New Jersey 101.5 Special Projects Director and Morning News Anchor Eric Scott leads the news and digital departments in bringing listeners the most up-to-date information about the ever-changing ways predatory behavior manifests itself on the internet and connected devices.
“Sadly, the holidays are an opportune time for cyber child predators. Our award-winning news department has assembled timely and important strategies to protect kids whether on social media sites, online apps, or video game platforms,” New Jersey 101.5 Brand Manager Anne Gress said. “Keeping children safe is a top priority of New Jersey 101.5, and this information is must-hear (and must-see on Facebook Live) before buying kids any digital holiday gifts.”
The New Jersey 101.5 News Department, under the direction of Annette Petriccione, will also air a series of special news segments from New Jersey 101.5 Investigative Reporter David Matthau in the days leading up to the Town Hall broadcast.
KOSI Denver Kicks Off 'Light The House' Radiothon - Keeping Families With Sick Children Together
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– KOSI 101.1 Denver will launch its 2019 “Light The House' Event that helps keep families with sick children together. That’s the goal of the 2019 KOSI 101.1 Radiothon for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver! The station will broadcast live on today, December 5, 2019 from 6am-6pm from the Denver Ronald McDonald House. “We’re very proud to partner again this year and join our incredibly generous listeners to help assist families with housing while they focus on the health of their child,” said KOSI Program Director Jim Lawson. “Without worrying about where to stay, where to eat, where to rest. That’s what Ronald McDonald House does, and it’s so needed.”
Bonneville-Denver Vice President/Market Manager Bob Call added, "The Ronald McDonald house relieves the worry and stress of where to stay so moms and dads can focus on the best medicine of all, the love and care of their child. I know KOSI 101.1 listeners will once again step up to support this year’s Light The House Radiothon.”
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Nick Cannon To Host Two Nationally-Syndicated Radio Shows Via Skyview & Meruelo
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Entertainment mogul Nick Cannon, Skyview Networks and Meruelo Media announced today an agreement to develop Nick Cannon Radio for afternoon syndication starting January 27, 2020 and Nick Cannon Weekends debuting February 2020. Nick Cannon will be providing additional details in the7:00a PT hour of his Nick Cannon Mornings show on Power 106 Los Angeles.
“Nick Cannon is one of the most accomplished, creative and versatile entertainers in America and we are proud to be working with him and the team at Meruelo Media to launch Nick’s new syndicated shows,” said Steve Jones, President and COO, Skyview Networks. “Nick is an influencer, whose connection with audiences makes him extremely attractive to advertisers and radio programmers alike.”
“I love connecting with Los Angeles every morning on Power106. The response and support has been amazing and very special; the natural thing is to take it to the next level with a new nationally syndicated daily drivetime and weekend show,” said host Nick Cannon. “The show will feature original comedy and conversations with thepeople driving pop culture. I am looking forward to working with Skyview Networks and my Meruelo Media family to now reach all of the U.S.”
The newly syndicated Nick Cannon Radio and Nick Cannon Weekends mark a new business relationship between Skyview Networks and Meruelo Media, one of the fastest growing, minority owned local media companies in America. “Our partnership with Nick Cannon on Power 106 is proof positive that we are committed to invest in the very best and most compelling entertainment in the world,” said Otto Padron (L), President and CEO of Meruelo Media. “This content strategy, coupled with our carefully curated portfolio of heritage audio brands and popular personalities in the key market of Los Angeles, gives Meruelo Media very exciting syndication opportunities. Having a like-minded syndication partner like Skyview Networks is the perfect storm!”
The syndicated Nick Cannon Radio will be available to stations in afternoon drive, Monday through Friday and Nick Cannon Weekends will air on Saturday and Sunday on urban, rhythmic and hip-hop formats. Skyview Networks will handle production, affiliation and advertising sales.
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– In a story that at times seemed to have no end, finally there appears to be closure. Jean Kasem, widow of deceased radio star, Casey Kasem, filed a joint request with Kasem’s three children Kerry, Julie, and Mike to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday, December 2 in Santa Monica Superior Court. The Canyon News reports, the lawsuit filed by Kasem’s three children and Kasem’s brother against Kasem’s widow Jean claimed that her neglect and physical abuse led to the 82 year old actors death in 2014. The terms of the dismissal agreement have not been revealed by the family’s attorney.
Kasem's three eldest children had sought more than $250,000 in damages from Jean Kasem for elder abuse, and for inflicting emotional distress on the siblings when Jean allegedly restricted their access to him prior to his death. In June 2014, a Los Angeles judge stripped Jean Kasem of decision-making authority over concerns about her decision to move Casey from a medical facility in Santa Monica where he was receiving around the clock care to a friend’s home in Washington state. Jean Kasem claimed at the time she moved her husband to protect his privacy. The judge granted Casey’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, expanded authority over her father’s care as outlined in his 2007 health directive, rather than in a 2011 directive that gave authority to Jean Kasem.
Kerri Kasem released a statement through her spokesman Tuesday stating that she was “distraught and heartbroken over her family and lawyers’ decision to force her into a settlement.”
Derrick Brown Rises To VP/Urban Programming For iHeart Chicago
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Derrick Brown has been named Vice President of Urban Programming for the Chicago region, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Chicago has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing six stations comprised of CHR, AC, Hip-Hop and R&B, Country and Contemporary Inspirational music formats.
In addition to his new role as Vice President of Urban Programming, Brown will continue to serve as V103’s Program Director and will report to James Howard, Senior Vice President of Programming for the iHeartMedia Chicago Region.
Most recently, Brown served as the Director of Urban Programming for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region and V103’s Program Director. Previously, he has served as the assistant program director and midday host for 93.9 LITE FM in Chicago as well as program director for WKYS-FM in Washington, D.C., KDJM-FM in Denver and WHQT-FM in Miami.
Karyn Cerulli Rises To SVP/MM For Entercom San Diego
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Entercom has promoted Karyn Cerulli to the role of Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Entercom San Diego, effective January 1. The role is in addition to her responsibilities as Director of Sales.
“Karyn is an exceptional, strategic leader who has made a mark since joining the team,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Entercom. “She has built a great team and delivered outstanding results as Director of Sales. We are thrilled to have her at the helm of Entercom San Diego.”
“I’m excited to take this next step in my career and would like to thank Weezie Kramer [Chief Operating Officer, Entercom], Jeff and Bob [Bolinger] for the opportunity,” said Cerulli. “I have great shoes to fill and am looking forward to leading the team to even greater success.” Cerulli will succeed Bob Bolinger, who held the position since 2015. Bolinger will be stepping down at the end of the year to pursue other interests.
“The last four and a half years I have spent with Entercom have been among the most rewarding of my career,” said Bolinger. “I am so appreciative of Weezie for giving me the opportunity, as well as Susan Larkin [Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York], Jeff and everyone else at Entercom for their continuous support. I am very proud and grateful for what this amazing Entercom San Diego team has accomplished and wish them and Karyn only the very best.”
[WATCH] Little Tommy's 'Breaking & Entering Christmas®' Brings Joy For 23rd Amazing Year
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Considered by many as radio's ultimate Christmas radio event, iHeart San Diego's Little Tommy’s Breaking and Entering Christmas® once again brought joy and tears for its 23rd year on Star 94.1's Jesse and Tati Morning Show. Over 150 friends (shown , family, and listeners worked together on Monday December 2, 2019 for the 23rd Breaking and Entering Christmas. Tommy says, "We helped a woman with 3 small girls. She lives in motel and works hard to pay the daily rent it costs to keep her family off the streets. This year's team filled the family’s motel room with toys, board games, backpacks, blankets, gift cards and more.
Little Tommy and his iHeart Radio team do one on-air B&EC, and help 30 to 40 other families each holiday season, off the air. For a closer look, check out coverage from KUSI-TV HERE
POWER 96.1 Atlanta's PK In The Morning Delivers Toys To Local Children In Need
THE MOUTH, iHeartMedia Atlanta’s Power 96.1 announced that PK in the Morning show will hold its fourth annual House of Toys presented by Delta Community Credit Union, a six-day fundraising event to help collect toys for U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots Program that will benefit children in need from the Atlanta community. On-air personalities of PK in the Morning show will kick off the House of Toys at 6:00 AM today, December 4 which will run through Monday, December 9 at 10:00 AM.
During the drive, PK in the Morning will take over the airwaves of Power 96.1 with a live broadcast from Atlantic Station’s The Pop Up Spot and will encourage listeners to stop by and donate new unwrapped toys. “We want to be sure that every child has the best holiday they can,” said PK, on-air personality of the PK in the Morning show. “We are thrilled to team up with our listeners once again and help underprivileged children receive the joy of a new gift this holiday season.” In the past three years, House of Toys has collected over 150,000 toys to benefit children in the community.
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Premiere Networks-syndicated personality Delilah recently helped iHeartMedia Chicago’s 93.9 Lite FM ring in the holidays with a live broadcast from the “Friends” Pop-Up Experience at the AT&T Flagship Store on Michigan Ave. Delilah joined Program Director and afternoon host Mick Lee (shown above) for the broadcast, and then they united with the entire Lite FM staff that night for a ride on the station float for the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade.
Pictured: Delilah joins 93.9 Lite FM Program Director and afternoon host Mick Lee for a live broadcast from the “Friends” Pop-Up Experience at the AT&T Flagship Store on Michigan Ave.
iHeart Teams With The Empire State Building To Feature Holiday Light Show Featuring Lea Michele
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Empire State Realty Trust, Inc and iHeartMedia announced that the annual Empire State Building (ESB) holiday music-to-light show, presented by Kay Jewelers®, will feature Lea Michele's brand-new song "Christmas in New York," from her new album Christmas in The City.
World-renowned lighting artist Marc Brickman designed the light show, which premieres on Thursday, December 19 and will be synced live each night at 9:00 p.m. through Wednesday, December 25 to a broadcast of the song on iHeartRadio's Broadway Channel via iheartradiobroadway.com. Viewers outside of New York City can tune in to watch the show live via Earthcam at https://www.esbnyc.com/earthcam-empire-state-building. A video of the entire show will also be posted on the Empire State Building's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/esbnyc) immediately following its debut on Thursday, December 19. PHOTO/PRNewsfoto/Empire State Realty Trust, Inc
HONORS: Alliance For Women in Media Honors Female Leaders At Gracies Awards
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2019 –– The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) hosted the annual Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon on Thursday, November 21 to a capacity crowd at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart eloquently gave an awe-inspiring address, sharing her captivating story of overcoming the trauma of her 9-month abduction, at the age of fourteen. Smart shared with the audience, “I don’t think that you are made by what happens to you. I think you are made by the choices you make after things happen to you.”
Six female leaders in media were honored at the event, along with the Inaugural AWM Legacy Leadership recipient, Chickie Bucco. Highlights from their speeches include: • Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media, shared how she watched more and more females rise to the top in the magazine industry but said there is still work to be done in radio. • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom Communications, thanked those who have helped her along the way, and said, “Looking back on moments in my career, the times that I was able to help others find their super powers or help them achieve their ambitions, whatever that ambition may be, those are the moments that give me the greatest joy.” Others honored included Rosemary Mercedes, Chief Communications Officer, Univision Communications - Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One - Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks and Danyelle Wright, VP, Employment & Labor Law and Chief Diversity Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company. If you would like more information, please contact Catherine Combs at (859) 219-3561 or email@example.com.