Cleveland’s 106.5 The Lake To Celebrate MTV’s 40th Birthday Hosted by Original VJ Martha Quinn
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2021 –– iHeart Cleveland’s 106.5 The Lake (WHLK) will be celebrating MTV’s 40th birthday, for the entire weekend, hosted by original MTV VJ Martha Quinn. This special weekend celebration begins on Friday, July 30th at 3pm EST and runs through MTV’s official birthday of Sunday, August 1st on 106.5 The Lake & the iHeartRadio App.
During the celebration weekend, Martha Quinn will play every song that aired on day 1 of MTV and feature other songs from the golden era of music videos.
For the occasion, be sure and catch iHeart’s “Math & Magic: Stories from the Frontiers of Marketing”.
iHeartMedia’s CEO and MTV Co-founder, Bob Pittman, takes you down memory lane to his days as an MTV founder, alongside his MTV co-founders and friends: John Sykes (shown left), Judy McGrath, Fred Seibert, Tom Freston, and Jarl Mohn. This compilation of episodes tells the behind-the-scenes story about what it was like launching MTV, one of the most influential pop culture mediums that completely revolutionized and intertwined television and music. LISTEN HERE
Here's Your Chance To Be Part Of An 'Award Winning' Nationally Syndicated Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2021 –– Service Broadcasting Group is looking for an entertaining content creator and influencer to join the stellar cast of K104/Dallas’ and Compass Media Networks syndicated DeDe in the Morning.
They ask: Do you love making people laugh? Are you always creating fun, compelling content – everything from TikTok challenges to Instagam posts, YouTube videos and podcasts? Are you passionate about being in the community and pushing culture and creativity forward? If so, DeDe could have a mic for YOU!
Service Broadcasting Group’s Head of Content George “Geo” Cook and #TeamDeDe are launching a new national talent search for an interesting and diverse high-impact personality who can join our award-winning host De McGuire and her co-hosts, Lady Jade and comedian J.J. Williamson, to create more fun and laughs on DeDe in the Morning. You could be a part of the funniest Hip Hop and R+B syndicated morning show in America, airing in nearly 60 cities. The ideal candidate will be a fun-loving, self-deprecating, supportive fourth mic cast member who can freely put themselves “out there” - and easily connect with the show’s Millennial and Gen Z fans.
Required Experience: • Minimum 2+ years of entertainment experience on-air, on-demand, on social preferred • Media production experience; proficient in Adobe Audition, VoxPro and media software tools preferred • Live audio board operation; efficient execution of automation and audio playback systems; experience with AudioVault, iMediaTouch, Wide Orbit preferred.
Email your video along with your resume package, including an audio demo (aircheck), social media links, and podcast audio clips to SBG HR Manager Debbie Henry at debbie.henry@K104fm.com. EOE Compliant
DeDe McGuire will be presented with The MIW's prestigious 'Airblazer Award' on August 12 in Chicago during the 33rd Annual Morning Show Boot Camp.
Suzy Schultz And Ben Husmann Join QUU
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2021 –– Quu Inc., a pioneer in adding dynamic visuals to radio broadcasts, announces respected radio executives Suzy Schultz and Ben Husmann have joined its leadership team. Schultz has been named Head of Marketing, and Husmann is Quu’s new Product Manager. Both individuals report directly to Chief Executive Officer Steve Newberry.
Schultz’s marketing and content production company Creative Prism has been tapped to oversee branding, communications, marketing strategy, productization, and sales enablement for Quu customers. Prior to starting her shop, Schultz held many leadership positions in media, including SVP of Corporate Marketing for Cumulus | Westwood One and Managing Editor of iHeartRadio.
Husmann joins Quu from his position as COO at AccuRadio. Husmann was also SVP of Product and Technology for TagStation and NextRadio, working hand in hand with industry leaders to extend the reach of broadcast radio and make it look great. “My role is to help create a world-class experience for our customers—making it quick, easy, and painless for stations to enhance their programming and advertising metadata and visuals for the car dashboard and beyond,” said Husmann.
In June, Quu announced a noteworthy integration with vCreative, and in May 2021, Quu announced Jackie Bart and Joe Marshall joined Quu to lead the company’s Success Team.
TuneIn & iHeart Team For Technology And Content Distribution Deal
THE MOUTH, 2021 –– TuneIn and iHeartMedia announced a partnership that will enable TuneIn to distribute iHeartMedia’s more than 850 leading digital stations. TuneIn will also gain access to local advertising demand from iHeartMedia’s monetization assets, including its massive sales force of nearly 2,000 sellers in every major market nationwide, and Triton Digital’s best-in-class advertising technology. To further iHeartMedia’s distribution strategy to be everywhere their listeners are, iHeart has selected TuneIn’s open platform to distribute its more than 850 leading radio stations in the US.
As part of this partnership, TuneIn will leverage Triton Digital’s (recently acquired by iHeartMedia) industry-leading audio Supply Side Platform (SSP) that will enable both the direct sale, through iHeart’s sophisticated local salesforce, as well as the programmatic sale, through TuneIn’s salesforce reaching audio publishers’ inventory across TuneIn‘s 200+ consumer platform touchpoints, offering brands even more audience reach and targetability.
“The TuneIn and iHeart partnership is a great marriage of content and technology enabled by Triton’s cutting edge and comprehensive suite of audio advertising technology to support streaming audio and podcasts businesses with both direct and programmatic sales. With Triton’s SSP, local advertisers will now have the ability to reach additional iHeart and TuneIn listeners through both direct and programmatic sales,” said Brian Kaminsky, Chief Data Officer and President of Revenue Strategies for iHeartMedia.
Ace & TJ Introduce 5G Market
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2021 –– The Ace & TJ Family has introduced a new syndication initiativecalled ‘Ace TJ 5G’ and September 1st , its first market will be their ‘mother-ship’ market, Charlotte, NC. Ace TJ 5G will be the first radio show in America made for 5G with unique 24/7 content for five platforms: radio, streaming, podcast, social media and web.
In addition to syndicating a live full show to 8 markets and an edited version called Ace & TJ Anytime to 5 additional markets; now, the full Ace & TJ Family of content, including the live show, will be available digitally thanks to the technology a 5G Charlotte gives The Ace & TJ Show. Local radio markets will now be able to incorporate The Ace & TJ Show :60 second radio ‘vignettes’ as unique radio content within spots breaks on music-centric radio stations while promoting an Ace & TJ Show and all its digital content within their local radio web platforms and apps creating all new, sellable, geo-targeted inventory as well as web traffic simply for the barter included in the vignettes.
“For well over a decade we have talked about how exciting it will be when "the time" to do this finally arrives. That "time" is now and we couldn't be more excited to lead the charge for all personalities into a new world of opportunity.” said Ace. “There has never been a better time to take full control of our destiny. Being able to commit to digital and radio equally has been a long time goal. We're excited, energized, & ready to go!” said TJ. For information contact Adam Goodman at 843 212-6522 [ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com].
EVENTS: Getting The Most Out Of MSBC 33
By Eric Rowe
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2921 –– With Morning Show Boot Camp 33 just days away, longtime camper Eric Rowe, Executive Producer of The Roula & Ryan Show on Cumulus' KRBE-FM Houston offers advice for getting the most out your Attendance. Rowe say when you walk through those hotel doors in a couple of weeks at the Swissotel in Chicago for the first day of MSBC, you are going to feel all kinds of emotions. Maybe you’re excited, maybe you’re nervous. Most of all, you’re going tofeel that creative energy everywhere you look.
As someone who's been a regular attendee for the last 20 years, I can tell you from experience how you can get the most out of MSBC. Whether you’re coming to MSBC for the first time or if it’s your 20th time, like me, here are my top tips.
Attend Every Session - Yes, you might be hungover and want to sleep in and not go to that first early session. But think of it this way: what if your competition is coming to Bootcamp? Wouldn’t you hate it if you slept in, but they went to an early seminar and learned things to do on their show that could end up hurting your show when you got back? I guarantee you will learn something from every seminar and some of it could be life changing for your career.
Network - You will meet the top talent in the country. You will also be able to meet the top PD’s, Consultants, and people who run these huge radio empires. This is your chance to pick their brains and get to know them and hopefully have them get to know you.
Spend Time At The Bar - I can’t stress this enough. I have met so many great radio friends at the hotel bar. This is where you can relax and let your hair down. You will be able to talk about experiences and problems you might have in your market with people who are going through the exact same thing. I can’t stress this enough. Spend time at the bar.
Don't Be Shy - We are all created equal at MSBC. As much as people think radio people have egos when it comes to MSBC, I have never seen it. We all love to talk radio and help each other out. If you’re nervous to meet someone, find me (which will probably be at the bar), and I’ll introduce you to that person.
Have A Goal Of One - What I mean by that is at every session, make it a goal to get one great idea or takeaway from that panel. You will get way more than that, but it will make you stay alert to the panel’s conversation by listening to them and finding that one major takeaway.
Have Fun - This is my Super Bowl and Christmas all wrapped into one. Where else can you have a convention with hundreds of people who love morning radio as much as you do? If you’re a radio geek like me, you won’t stop smiling for those two days. Everybody is there because they love radio, and we all want to learn from one another and make ourselves a better talent. Soak it all in and enjoy it and most of all, have fun. Motivation will be everywhere. After MSBC you are going to feel so recharged and amped to get back on the mic. Those creative juices will be flowing through your veins. If you don’t go back to your market extra motivated about your show and about radio, then you have no soul and maybe you should find a different line of work. Bar Photo courtesy of Jacobs Media
Eric Rowe is the Executive Producer of KRBE-FM Houston's Roula & Ryan Show and will serve as a judge during this year's Battle of the Bits at Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago.
PODCASTS: ABC News Launches 2nd Season Of 'Have You Seen This Man?' Podcast
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2021 –– “Have You Seen This Man?” This question is once again posed as ABC News launches the second season of its popular podcast, which takes listeners along for the real-time global search by the U.S. Marshals for scammer John Ruffo, currently on their “15 Most Wanted” list.
Ruffo swindled banks out of more than $300 million—one of the largest frauds of its time—and used the borrowed cash to turn himself into a Wall Street big shot before his con fell apart.
The six-part podcast is hosted by Sunny Hostin, Emmy® Award-winning co-host of “The View,” and features reporting by ABC News senior investigative reporter Matthew Mosk, who embeds with the U.S. Marshals on Ruffo’s trail. Mosk reports the stunning story of how 23 years ago, the Brooklyn computer salesperson pleaded guilty to fraud and, after turning in his ankle monitor on his way to a 17-year prison sentence, left his car at JFK Airport and disappeared. The first episode will debut on Wednesday, Aug. 11, with new episodes posting weekly.
CRS 360 Next Webinar Series To Feature Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Susan lbers
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2021 –– CRS is set to return with Part II of the two-part CRS360 webinar series, Post-Covid Re-entry, examining new best practices for how employees readjust and what potential challenges everyone may face. Post-Covid Re-entry Part II: How To Shake Off Workplace Cobwebs and Leave Anxiety In The Dust will occur on Wednesday, August 4 at 1 p.m. CT. This webinar will take a closer look at why workers feel the reluctance to return in-office and ways to make the transition easier.
The webinar will feature New York Times best-selling author and clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Susan Albers, and CRS Executive Director RJ Curtis as moderator. Dr. Albers is the author of seven mindful eating books, including EatQ, 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, and Eating Mindfully. She has been a guest on the Dr. Oz TV Show, TODAY show, and NPR, and her books and tips have been featured in Shape, Prevention Magazine, Self, Health, Shape, New York Times, and Fitness Magazine.
CRB Executive Director RJ Curtis comments, "Our friends in the music and radio biz are coming back to workplace dynamics that are likely much different than pre-pandemic quarantine. This return means change, upheaval, and with that, anxiety. Dr. Susan Albers is a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and a New York Times best-selling author, who will share insights and tools to help our industry colleagues prepare, transition, and succeed in their 'new normal.' To register to attend the August edition of the CRS360 webinar series, sign up HERE.
Greg Solk Rises To Vice-President Of Programming And Operations For Audacy Chicago
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2021 –– Audacy has promoted Greg Solk to Vice President of Programming and Operations for its Chicago market, effective August 1. In this role, Solk will oversee programming and operations strategy for 93XRT (WXRT-FM), 104.3 JAMS (WBMX-FM), US99 (WUSN-FM), WBBM Newsradio (WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM), 670 The Score (WSCR-AM) and B96 (WBBM-FM). Solk had previously served as Brand Manager of 93XRT since 2017.
“The past four and a half years at WXRT have been among the most rewarding of my career — especially the opportunity to work alongside legendary talents,” said Solk. “Along with so many others behind the scenes, this team returned WXRT to the top echelon of our great city’s broadcast properties. Now, I look forward to continuing to work with Rachel and our group's superb brand/programming leaders. Together we will do our best to continue enlightening, entertaining and delighting the millions we serve on our airwaves and through our growing digital channels.”
Donny Hudson Named EVP Of Local Media For SBS Markets
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2021 –– Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc, the nation's largest Hispanic-owned and targeted media and entertainment entity, has named Miami native executive Donny Hudson, as EVP of Local media for radio/TV & digital for all SBS markets, and will also retain his role as General Manager, working out of the SBS offices in Miami.
“Donny has proven to be an industry leader in the over 20 years with SBS. As General Manager, he has spearheaded numerous initiatives and alongside his team, has delivered incredible results for the company. His belief in "teamwork" is what has allowed him to be a great leader and respected by the staff, which is one of the most important qualities for success. Congratulations to our new EVP of Local Media." - Albert Rodriguez- President, COO of SBS.
"I am honored to have been selected for the position of EVP of Local Media. As part of the SBS family for over two decades, I have learned, grown, and most of all have been blessed with a team of incredibly talented professionals. I am a true believer that you are only a great leader, if you have an amazing team. I am grateful and honored for this opportunity," said Hudson.
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[LISTEN] WASH-FM's Toby+Chilli Talk Bile's Exit With Former Champ Dominque Dawes - 'Trust Me, She Didn't Go To Olympics With A Plan To Pull Out'
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2021 –– With the world talking about Simone Biles' decision to pull herself from competition in the Tokyo OIympics for “medical reasons” which turned out to be mental health-related, iHeartRadio’s Toby+Chilli in the Morning, at WASH-FM in Washington DC, turned to someone who can actually relate with the mental, physical and emotional stress Biles was facing – 1996 Olympic Gymnastics Champion Dominique Dawes.
The Silver Spring, Maryland native, known as ‘Awesome Dawesome’ won the gold in the 1996 Atlanta OIympics as a member of the “Magnificent Seven” team. She’s also the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic metal in artistic gymnastics, and the first black person – of any nationality or gender – to win Olympic Gold in gymnastics.
“Trust me, Simone Biles did not go to the Olympics with the plan to pull out,” Dawes told the DC-based iHeartRadio hosts. “She is the GOAT for a reason… They have just been through so much – these athletes – this last year – it is not up to us to judge her.” LISTEN HERE
SYNDICATION: The Dana Show Welcomes Six More Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2021 –– Nationally syndicated radio host Dana Loesch and Radio America announced the addition of these new affiliates: WMBD-AM Peoria, IL, WTIB-FM Williamston, NC, WRHT-FM Morehead City, NC, WRTA-AM/FM Altoona, PA, WNWS-FM in Jackson, TN, and WKST-AM New Castle, PA.
Dana fills the previous slot of the late Rush Limbaugh on WPSN -AM in Honesdale, PA, WNTI-AM Somerset, PA and WNTJ-AM in Johnstown, PA. Dana is a regular contributor to FOX News and has been invited to provide election analysis on FOX, CNN, and ABC and has also appeared on HBO. She is the author of three books. For more info, contact Mike Paradiso (703) 302-1010 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennessee Titans Extend With Nashville’s WGFX-FM
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2021 ––The Tennessee Titans 104.5 The Zone and Middle Tennessee sports audio, today announced that they have entered into a multi-year partnership extension designating 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM as the official radio broadcasting home of the Tennessee Titans and Titans Radio. The agreement extends broadcasting rights to 104.5 The Zone for Game Day Play-by-Play with Mike Keith and color analyst Dave “Coach Mac” McGinnis, including Pre- and Post-Game programming and weekly shows through the 2025 NFL Season.
In addition to Game Day coverage, 104.5 The Zone will air weekly shows throughout the season that give Titans fans access to top players and coaches via exclusive interviews, including The Mike Vrabel Show, Titans Tonight, and MAC TALK and weekly Players Shows featuring current Titans players. Titans Radio strongholds Mike Keith and Dave “Coach Mac” McGinnis enter their fifth season together on Titans Radio.
Audacy To Offer Special Pro Football 'Training Camp Live' Programming Nationwide Via Digital
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced special professional football Training Camp programming available live exclusively on the Audacy digital platform. “Training Camp Live,” an in-depth look at professional football training camp and preseason storylines, will be available via live and on demand digital platforms and produced by the following nine Audacy Sports stations, each Monday and Friday from July 30 to September 3. Boston – WEEI Chicago – 670 The Score Dallas – 105.3 The Fan Kansas City – 610 Sports Radio New York – WFAN 101.9FM / 660AM Philadelphia – Sports Radio 94WIP Pittsburgh – 93.7 The Fan San Francisco – 95.7 The Game Washington – 106.7 The Fan and 980 The Team.
Local Audacy professional football experts will provide twice weekly insights into all of the market’s team’s training camp news. Shows will be hosted by various on-air personalities from each station. “Training camp is the perfect time to capture pro football fans who are excited about the start of the season,” said Matt Volk, Vice President of Sports, Audacy. “By identifying insiders throughout our markets, this exclusive digital content will give fans a front row seat to all of the training camp and preseason storylines surrounding their favorite team.” Live versions of the episodes will be available exclusively on the Audacy digital platform in both audio and video form. Episodes will be repurposed into time-shifted podcasts and will also be available on the app, website and through all other major podcast providers.
iHeartMedia And The NBA Announce Multi-Year Podcast Partnership
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia and the National Basketball Association (NBA), announced a multi-year podcast partnership, which will feature the launch of more than 20 new iHeartRadio-NBA co-produced podcasts. The new slate of NBA podcasts will be distributed widely by the iHeartPodcast Network with the first show set to debut this Fall. The new shows will be produced using a wide variety of content from the NBA archives to tell the backstories of some of the greatest moments in sports history, along with a mix of the latest league news, player commentary, insider analysis, and much more – available on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are found.
“The NBA is one of the toughest leagues in the world. These are relentless athletes, with a grueling schedule, at the absolute height of their game,” said Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports. “Their stories are the stuff of legend and deserve mass-reach audiences and top-tier brand partners. iHeart alone can deliver that.” The partnership provides the NBA and its teams access to iHeartMedia’s massive reach across multiple audio platforms including podcasts, streaming and broadcast radio, as well as the opportunity to develop a new slate of ground breaking shows each year. More details around the upcoming slate of NBA podcasts will be announced at a later date.
[WATCH] Australian Prime Minister Endorses KIIS-FM Kyle’s ‘Get Vaxxed Baby’ Video From Sydney
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2021 –– Kyle Sandilands’ video encouraging people to ‘Get Vaxxed Baby’ has become a talking point for politicians, with New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard referencing the tune multiple times in press conferences in recent days. Prime minister Scott Morrison also appeared on The Kyle & Jackie O Show this and offered his congratulations on the jingle. Read more and watch the video HERE
British FCC Bully’s Another Non-Profit - Offcon (The British version of the FCC) has now picked on the community radio station Link FM. Link FM is a community station run by volunteers aimed at the Pakistani and Muslim communities in parts of Sheffield, Yorkshire. They have been found in breach of its licence for failing to log output. Ofcom received ONE complaint about the broadcast of offensive language during a programme broadcast on the morning of 14 April 2021 so requested a recording of the programme. They provided recordings to Ofcom which did not cover the complete time period requested. This is the second week in a row that Ofcom have attempted to justify their existence by bullying a non-profit community station and scaring the volunteers that work there.
Hayley Hassall, The New Early Morning Weekend Programme On BBC Radio 5 Live. - Hayley will take listener calls through the night and react to the latest news on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 till 5am starting Saturday 11th September, replacing Jim Davis. She’s been the presenter of CBBC’s Newsround on BBC Television for the past twelve years, presenting live daily news to the nation’s young audiences, Hayley has also produced major investigations into homelessness, child hunger and refugees. She has also worked as a reporter for The One Show, Sunday Live, Radio 4’s File on 4, and has reported live from major sporting events such as the Olympics and Wimbledon.
Morning Presenters At War In Australia - In Sydney, Triple M’s Lawrence Mooney has been ordered by HR to apologise to Today FM’s Dave Hughes for sending him an offensive text message'. Their feud started when Hughesy invited Mooney's co-anchor Jess Eva onto his own show but failed to promote Moonman in the Morning - despite both programs being part of the same network. Mooney was reportedly furious over the 'snub' and fired off a text message to Hughesy that contained offensive language.
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ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Passes Away At 72
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2021 –– Joseph “Dusty” Hill, ZZ Top’s bassist for over 50 years, has died, the group’s rep confirmed. No cause of death was cited. The band’s Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard issued a statement: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ “You will be missed greatly, amigo.”
According to Variety, Gibbons had formed the band in 1969 and recorded a one-off independent single produced by manager Bill Ham, who would remain with them for decades. The act’s original bassist introduced the guitarist to Beard; Hill would join Gibbons and Beard for a gig in Beaumont, TX, on Feb. 10, 1970. The lineup remained the same for more than five decades: They celebrated their 50th anniversary at a San Antonio concert in February 2020. Launched on London Records in 1971, the Houston-bred threesome secured its first major hit with the No. 8 LP “Tres Hombres” in 1973. Another top 10 album, “Fandango!,” followed in 1975, which featured single,“Tush.”
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Julie Talbott & Angela Yee Join For AWM's 70 Year Gathering
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2021 –– This week’s Gracie Interview Series hosted by the Alliance for Women in Media, will feature special guests Julie Talbott and Angela Yee. The event will be held virtually this Thursday, July 29, at 2:00 pm ET, and registration is free.
Julie Talbott is President of Premiere Networks and Angela Yee, co-host of “The Breakfast Club” and host of “Angela Yee’s Lip Service.” The Alliance for Women in Media is celebrating its monumental 70th anniversary. In celebration of paving the way for the next generation of women in media. This marks the latest Gracie Interview Series – Virtual Gatherings. JULY 29, 2021 2:00 PM ET - REGISTER HERE
Radio Mercury Awards Adds Two New Categories
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2021 –– The Radio Mercury Awards said in a release, "For 30 years, the Radio Mercury Awards have championed creative excellence in radio advertising. Today, we continue to recognize and champion creative excellence in all things audio as radio reaches beyond the dial. In 2021, to recognize the unique circumstances we have collectively faced, the Radio Mercury Awards is proud to present 2 new categories.
They include: Purpose-Driven Spot or Campaign to celebrate efforts that advance cause related and societal issues -- And Insightful Voices Spots that portray the values, culture, and lifestyle of specific audiences in an authentic voice.
Check out ALL of the 2021 Radio Mercury Award categories and showcase your work with the world, by entering audio creative that sets your brand apart. We look forward to celebrating your work! CLICK HERE TO ENTER
New Jersey 101.5's Eric Scott To Host Townhall On Helping Businesses With Labor Shortages
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2021 –– Townsquare Media’s New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM) is presenting the latest in a series of Town Hall broadcasts. On Thursday, July 29, at 7 p.m., 101.5’s Eric Scott leads the conversation in helping New Jersey businesses and workers navigate the ongoing labor shortage. Scott and his guests will explore what can be done to help both businesses and workers who are struggling in a post-pandemic world.
“The economic recovery is underway, yet many businesses are struggling to hire and many workers face challenges reentering the workforce,” said Scott. The program’s on-air expert panel will feature: Dr. James W. Hughes, a distinguished professor at Rutgers University and New Jersey’s leading economist; Chrissy Buteas, chief government affairs officer for the New Jersey Business & Industry Association; and Peter Chen, senior policy analyst for New Jersey Policy Perspective. The program will also feature experts from New Jersey’s struggling restaurant, hospitality and daycare industries.
EVENTS: Jeff Vidler Guests On RAB's Business Accelerated Initiative Series
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2021 –– As part of RAB’s Business Accelerated initiative, Signal Hill Insights joins RAB for the live presentation “All Audio is Not Alike: What Each Type Brings to Listeners and Advertisers.” In late June, Signal Hill Insights released the study “Radio on the Move 2021 Update,” conducted using Canadian listeners.
Jeff Vidler, president and founder of Signal Hill Insights, will share the complete findings of the study, including the following insights: Not all audio is created equal. Listeners turn on the radio while on the go and in the car to receive information and feel more connected. Whereas music streaming services and podcasts are used by listeners for entertainment and to relax while at home.
Eighty-six percent of online music streaming service users say they listen to AM/FM radio on “a typical weekday.” Nearly one-in-five Canadians stream AM/FM radio in 2021 compared to 14% pre-COVID. During the session, Vidler will also cover the implications for advertisers throughout North America who are looking to take advantage of audio’s growing opportunities.
WSB Atlanta Celebrates 21st Annual Care-a-Thon
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2021 –– 95.5 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM Atlanta, GA) will host the 21st annual 95.5 WSB Care-a-Thon benefiting the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on July 29 at 5 a.m. through July 30 at 6 p.m. The 37-hour radio event, which helps fund family support services, research and the Fellowship Program at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, will feature stories of hope and inspiration from patients, families and staff from throughout Georgia.
Scott Slade, Clark Howard, Erick Erickson, Eric Von Haessler, Mark Arum, Brian Kilmeade and many other 95.5 WSB hosts will take a break from their usual formats to focus on the positive impact that the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center has on patients and their families.
“Community service is at the heart of what we do at 95.5 WSB. Our entire team looks forward to this event year after year because of the uplifting and emotional positivity it generates in all of us – including our generous listeners,” said Drew Anderssen, Director of Branding & Programming.
WLXT-FM Traverse City's Mark Elliott Joins Local Radio Networks' Lineup As Fill-In Host
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2021 –– Among the many joining us for this year's 33rd Annual Morning Show Boot Camp will be Mark Elliott who let us know that he's adding another on air assignment to his portfolio. Mark, who handles mornings for Lite 96.3 - WLXT in Petoskey/Traverse City will now also be heard on stations nationwide as he joins Local Radio Networks as a fill in host.
“I’ve worked with Chris and Jonathon before and know that they produce some killer formats” said Mark. "I’m excited to work with stations across the country again to make great radio.” Chris Reeves, VP of Programming for LRN noted “Mark is not only a wonderful person, he’s a fantastic and relatable air-talent. We’re fortunate, having him join the LRN team.” Mark will be working with various formats in the Local Radio Networks realm starting this weekend.
PODCAST: Delilah Welcomes A Cappella Group Pentatonix To Her Podcast, 'Love Someone'
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2021 –– 10 years after their big win on 'The Sing-Off,' Pentatonix is at the top of their game and on top of the world! The members of this iconic a cappella music group join Delilah this week for a delightful chat on her popular podcast, Love Someone: A Podcast with Delilah. Delilah says: "What did we talk about? Oh, how the group was formed, some of the obstacles they've overcome, the importance of leaning on and learning from each other, and just what make them, "The Lucky Ones." Oh, And if you're looking for some advice on how to write that elusive second verse in a song, you won't want to miss what they have to say!
Log onto www.delilah.com/podcast to listen to the podcast. The podcast is also available everywhere podcasts are played: iHeart Radio App, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Pandora and more.
[LISTEN] Bob Pittman Talks MTV's 40th In 'Math & Magic' With Co-Founders And Friends
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2021 –– Hard to believe, but MTV turns 40 on August 1st. For the occasion, during iHeartMedia’s “Math & Magic: Stories from the Frontiers of Marketing”, iHeartMedia’s CEO and MTV Co-founder, Bob Pittman, takes us down memory lane to his days as an MTV founder, alongside his MTV co-founders and friends: John Sykes, Judy McGrath, Fred Seibert, Tom Freston, and Jarl Mohn. This compilation of episodes tells the behind-the-scenes story about what it was like launching MTV, one of the most influential pop culture mediums that completely revolutionized and intertwined television and music.
Pittman says, “MTV was a wonderful ride... from the very beginning, my co-founders and I knew we were doing something that was important to culture, but we had no idea we were going to change culture. MTV changed TV. It changed music. It changed graphic design. And it certainly changed my life. No matter how old I get and whatever else I do, MTV is still an important chapter in my life. And all of us as co-founders are still a very tight family.”
John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises of iHeartMedia added, “The funny thing is, as hard as we worked, I never thought we were going to fail. I got scared when you'd come in and say, ‘They're going to cut the budgets. We've got a few more months, we've gotta make our numbers.’ That just made me say, ‘Well, we're gonna have to work harder to make our numbers.’” LISTEN HERE
Chasta Michaelis Adds PD Stripes For 107.7 The Bone/KSAN-FM San Francisco
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has promoted Chasta Michaelis to Program Director for Bay Area Classic Rock radio station 107.7 The Bone/KSAN-FM. In addition to her new role as Program Director, Michaelis will continue to be heard on The Bone every weekday morning as part of The Lamont & Tonelli Show and as Host, Middays. Prior to joining the cast of The Lamont & Tonelli Show in 2012, Michaelis was On-Air Talent for Metro Networks in San Francisco, following four years as On-Air Talent for Westwood One. She has been heard on Los Angeles stations including: K-Earth 101/KRTH-FM, KSPN-AM, KFWB-AM and KABC-AM. Michaelis currently hosts and produces the Rock Your Life podcast and is also Host and Producer of Soundwaves TV.
Larry Blumhagen, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus San Francisco, said: “I’m beyond excited to have Chasta moving into this new role. Her passion and connection to both The Bone and the Bay Area is exceptional, and her enthusiasm and vision will take an already strong station to even higher levels.” Chasta Michaelis commented: "I am honored to be at the helm of such an iconic station and thrilled to build upon the legacy of the KSAN call letters. I will continue to focus on building our rock ‘n roll community in the Bay Area and providing a rockin' place for our Bonehead Family to hang. Thank you to Larry Blumhagen and everyone at CUMULUS MEDIA for putting their faith in me."
Krystal Pino Takes Middays At Classic Hip Hop 97.5 The Vibe/KSZR-FM Tucson
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has tapped Krystal Pino for middays on its Classic Hip Hop 97.5 The Vibe in Tucson. Pino’s broadcasting career has spanned nearly two decades, and she has been heard on stations across Arizona and Colorado. Pino debuts this week on 97.5 The Vibe and will be heard Monday through Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm. Pino holds a B.S. in Mass Communication from Colorado State University-Pueblo. She is also a stand-up comic and has opened for names like Paul Mooney and Felipe Esparza. Pino also hosts a weekly lifestyle and entertainment Vlogcast called Candidly Krystal with Crystal Stark.
Pino is a Silver Mic recipient, receiving the prestigious award from Colorado State University-Pueblo in May of 2005. She worked as a Girls Inc. Ambassador for Girls Inc. Denver from 2010-2012 and hosted the “Miracle Party: A Magical Night for Kids with Cancer” from 2010-2015.
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STUDY: Younger Adults And Men Most Likely To Be Interested In Wagering On Sports Betting Sites
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2021 –– To get a broad national perspective of the emerging online sports betting market, CUMULUS MEDIA | Westwood One commissioned a study in April across the twelve states where online sports wagering is fully legalized. MARU/Matchbox surveyed 718 adults over the age of 21 in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. This week’s Westwood One blog outlines the key findings.
In states with legalized sports betting, younger adults and men are the most likely to be interested in wagering on sports betting sites: When asked how likely they would be to visit or place a wager at an online sports betting site or app, 23% of adults 21+ say they are very or somewhat interested in online sports betting. Nearly half of adults 21-34 say they would be interested.
Among adults 35-54, interest drops to 30%. Compared to TV viewers, AM/FM radio listeners have far more experience with sports betting, greater interest, and greater awareness of online sports betting brands. Nielsen Scarborough: Those engaged with sports betting are very light TV viewers, making linear TV a very expensive media option: AM/FM radio is far more effective at reaching the online sports bettor.
Ideal media allocation mix for online sports betting brands: 57% AM/FM radio, 43% TV: Among those interested in sports betting, 40% are heavy AM/FM radio listeners and 30% are heavy TV viewers, a relationship that converts to a ratio of 57% AM/FM radio and 43% TV. Aided awareness: 70% are aware of FanDuel and DraftKings, four out of ten are familiar with BetMGM and Golden Nugget, and eight brands have aided awareness ranging from 20% to 29%.
AM/FM radio listeners have +44% greater aided familiarity for online sports betting brands compared to TV viewers, despite all the money showered on TV. Brand scorecard: Among those interested in online sports betting, DraftKings and FanDuel tie for the lead, BetMGM places next, and a large group of brands occupy the next tier.
Among AM/FM radio programming format listeners, Sports, Urban, Alternative Rock, Adult Contemporary, News/Talk, Country, Top 40, and Rock fans show the greatest interest in sports betting. Online sports-betting-AM/FM radio buys are under-weighted on Rock, Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Classic Hits/Oldies; AM/FM radio programming formats that are over-weighted include Sports, News/Talk and Classic Rock.-- SEE BLOG HERE
SYNDICATION: YEA Networks’ The Greg Beharrell Show Added At KROX-FM (101X) Austin
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2021 –– YEA Networks announced that The Greg Beharrell Show” has added Waterlo Media's KROX-FM to its growing list of affiliates. Beharrell will take on the 7pm – Midnight slot, beginning Monday, August 2nd. Lynn Barstow, Program Director of KROX-FM says, “I’ve wanted to hire Greg for more than a decade. I’m thrilled to finally have his brand of humor on 101X!” “The Greg Beharrell Show is finally on the best station in Austin, 101X!!!!!!!!!!1111111,” commented Beharrell, clearly having lifted his finger off of the shift key.
Looking for an afternoon or night show on Rock / Alt-Rock / Classic Rock? Get info on “The Greg Beharrell Show” HERE - And you can meet Greg Beharrell in person at this year's Morning Show Boot Camp in a special 'Rising Stars' segment led by Hubbard's Rob Cressman - more details coming.
Compass Media And Oceanic Tradewinds Join Forces to Bring The Baka Boyz to Daily Syndication
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2021 –– Beasley’s KOAS in Las Vegas has joined KZCE Phoenix with More Station Announcements Coming. The World-Famous Baka Boyz (aka Eric and Nick Vidal) launched on Beasley's Jammin’105.7 in Las Vegas (7p to 11p) debuting as the second station in an impressive national syndication roll-out. Compass Media Networks is partnering with Gary Bernstein’s Oceanic Tradewinds in a multi-format, multi-daypart program offering. “
The syndicated program will be delivered Content Only so stations can program their own music, whether its Classic Hip Hop, Rhythmic AC, Throwback, Urban AC, or even Pop or Rhythmic CHR. For more information or to reserve your market on the Baka Boyz daily show, contact Nancy Abramson at email@example.com or Gary Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org
B-Dub Radio Tops 85 Affiliates Country Top 40 With Fitz Adds Six More Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2021 –– B-Dub Radio, through its syndication partner, Skyview Networks, reaches 85 affiliates with the recent addition of ten stations in Q2 of 2021. Boosted by the weeknight program, which offers stations two options, including a fully produced show and a content-only version that leaves the music selection to program directors, stations are selecting B-Dub Radio six nights a week.
Station additions include: Six Nights/Week Weeknights Saturday Nights KFGE-FM, Lincoln, NE WFAY-FM, Fayetteville, NC WYGB-FM, Edinburgh, IN (Indianapolis DMA) KZBG-FM, Lapwai, ID (Spokane DMA) WUSJ-FM, Madison, MS KDRK-FM, Spokane KGNC-FM, Amarillo KXDD-FM, Yakima WKVS-FM, Lenoir, NC (Charlotte DMA) KFLY-FM, Eugene, OR KFGE-FM (Froggy) - For affiliation information of B-Dub Radio and B-Dub Radio Saturday Night, including show clocks and sample audio, visit skyviewcountry.com or email email@example.com.
Meanwhile, Skyview Networks’ Country Top 40 with Fitz (CT40 with Fitz) is growing again, with six station additions, including: WKKG-FM, Columbus, IN WUSJ-FM, Jackson, MS KCGY-FM, Laramie/Cheyenne, WY WOKK-FM, Meridian, MS WJDT-FM, Tri-Cities, TN KCLR-FM, Columbia/Jefferson City, MO As the longest running countdown on radio, Fitz as host is writing the next chapter of CT40, adding new segments, benchmarks and events. Skyview Networks is the exclusive distributor, affiliate sales manager and network sales partner of CT40 with Fitz. For more information on affiliation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NETWORKS: WWO Announced Changes To Its Affiliate Sales Team
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' Westwood One announced new positions for Neal Weiner and Sue Falco in Affiliate Sales. Neal Weiner has been elevated to Vice President of Affiliate Sales for 24/7 Formats. Neal is a 26-year veteran of Westwood One and has been an integral part of the Affiliate Sales team working with 24/7 Formats, Music and Entertainment Shows, Sports, and Prep Services.
In addition, industry veteran Sue Falco returns to Westwood One as Director of Affiliate Sales for the Music & Entertainment division, bringing her strong industry relationships across all formats to her new role. Earlier in her career, Falco spent six years at the company as part of both the News/Talk and the Country affiliate sales teams. She most recently served for ten years as Director of Affiliate Sales with United Stations. Both Weiner and Falco will report to Stuart Greenblatt, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales.
“With more than a quarter century with Westwood One, Neal knows this business inside and out. And Sue’s new role brings her full circle back to Westwood One, along with valuable experience and strong industry relationships.” said Stuart Greenblatt, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales. “There are no better people to assume these roles and drive Westwood One’s affiliate sales.” “Westwood One is synonymous with great programming and super-sized talent,” said Falco. I’m thrilled to be back on the team with such a well-respected brand.”
PODCAST: Audacy Launches 'Podsauce' - To Help Fans Find New Series
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced the launch of “Podsauce,” a new multiplatform podcast discovery show that will cover the world of podcasting to help consumers find new series and can’t-miss episodes. Starring Dax Holt and Alesha Reneé, the one-hour show will go beyond simple recommendations and will give viewers and listeners the inside scoop on new podcasts from the genre’s top talent and discover hidden gems they might otherwise have missed out on.
“With over two million active podcasts and nearly 50 million episodes worldwide, finding a podcast to listen to can be overwhelming. That’s where Podsauce comes in,” said Pam Russo, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital, Audacy. “Through Alesha and Dax’s passion for this exploding medium, coupled with in-depth conversations with the people behind the content, ‘Podsauce’ will give consumers a taste of top shows – both in our portfolio and beyond – and spotlight the very best in the world of podcasting.”
“Podsauce” will air in both audio and video formats beginning July 29. The show will be available via Podsauce.com, as well as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Episodes can also be found on the Audacy app and anywhere podcasts are available. Select soundbites of the show – titled the “Podsauce Minute” – will also be heard across Audacy’s portfolio of 235 broadcast stations. r, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube under the handle @thepodsauce.
SNAPS: WHO Des Moine's Simon Conway Takes His Show Aboard The USS Nautilus
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2021 –– WHO Des Moines afternoon host Simon Conway, took his show on the road again for a couple of live shows from the USS Nautilus in Groton, CT. Not only is this the home of the museum of the US's very first Nuclear Submarine, it is also the sub base where the new USS Iowa is currently under construction. Conway received a personal tour of the Iowa (pictured), guided by her Captain, James Quintin (he is still trying to convince the skipper to hand over his impressive hard hat). He also received a guided tour of the USS Indiana - an active duty Virginia Class Nuclear sub, by her Captain, Commander Scott Bresnahan.
"The two shows we did from our Submarine Base at Groton, were very exciting, Conway said. "I am extremely grateful to the United States Navy as well as the Captains and Crews of both the Iowa and Indiana. All of my questions were answered and the feedback from my audience has been incredible." Conway's show is also heard on WMT out of Cedar Rapids and WOC our of Davenport.
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Fred Jacobs: First Peek At Next Months' AQ3 - Nearly Half Experienced 'More Stress'
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 29021 –– If you've been wondering what hundreds of air-talent, show members and producers had to say in this year's upcoming Air-Talent Questionnaire (AQ3), here's your first sneak peek. In today's blog, Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs writes: "Nearly half of our all-talent sample (46%) report more stress since COVID. And when we included those who say their stress levels are consistently high, more than six in ten (63%) report worries around the job that aren't altogether healthy. Considering most of these folks got into radio originally because it's a fun way to make a living, the contrast between then and now is striking – and alarming. The irony is that for consumers, listening to radio – especially music stations – often serves as an antidote to stress.
Back in Techsurvey 2011, we learned that four key emotional drivers for listening to broadcast radio had all increased during the Year of COVID: Connection, companionship, mood elevation, and escape – all strong reasons why radio continues to be a go-to source. And all higher during the pandemic. Sadly, the people employed to make the audience feel better – radio talent – are often burdened with the same pressures as the fans they're paid to entertain. It's not an easy job when world conditions are good. But when we're in a prolonged state of roller coaster emotions and intense pressure, owners and operators need to understand how conditions are changed.
“The way we've always managed” air talent could undergo review. And that's why I'm looking forward to making the trek to the Windy City on August 12-13 for Boot Camp. Of course, it will be wonderful to reunite with friends, associates, and clients after all this time. But it will also be an opportunity for attendees and presenters to compare notes about the most difficult year after, as we work our way back to an equilibrium.
If you've never been to Boot Camp, I can tell you this – it's a close-knit community of excited, motivated personalities who want to learn from each other and get better at their craft. They have each other's backs because many of them believe no one else does. It is energizing for guys like me to spend time with them, because they're a reminder of why we love radio to begin with. Their enthusiasm is contagious and their dedication to their art is impressive -- Stresses and all.
While AQ3 is a research study for and about air talent, I would hope that a few executives will access our summary and analysis, share it with their teams, and make it a part of their strategic plans. In radio, we “test” everything: our music, our topics, our clocks, our contests. But we spend scant time thinking about the health and welfare of our most important asset – our talent. AQ3 is loaded with findings designed to make us a lot smarter – and hopefully, a little more empathetic. I look forward to sharing it with you. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
Info and registration for Morning Show Boot Camp 33 is available HERE
Alabama Comes Home To Birmingham On WQEN
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2021 – 103.7 the Q (WQEN), Birmingham debuted the new “Alabama in the Morning,” effective immediately. Alabama in the Morning” is hosted by Alabama Cole and DJ New Era. As her name implies, Alabama Cole is a homegrown talent from Birmingham, Alabama. She has worked in morning radio for iHeartMedia Chicago’s BIG 95.5 and iHeartMedia Seattle’s HITS 106.1, among other stations throughout her career. She is also a successful podcaster, author, and public speaker.
DJ New Era is also a Birmingham native and has become an elite DJ with residencies in Atlanta, New York, and Las Vegas. He can also be heard on iHeartRadio’s 104.1 the Beat in Birmingham, Alabama, and Hot 105.7 in Montgomery, Alabama. “Both Alabama and DJ New Era have worked incredibly hard to prepare for this opportunity, said Dino Conrad, Program Director for 103.7 the Q. “I couldn’t be more excited for these two and what we’re building in Birmingham!” “We couldn’t be happier to have Alabama and DJ New Era – two very talented personalities – at the helm of this new program,” said Ray Quinn, Area President for iHeartMedia Alabama. “This team will bring Birmingham a unique, entertaining, and informative live and local morning show.”
‘I’m so grateful for this opportunity,” said Cole. “ Being the host of my own morning show has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I cannot wait to bring great morning radio to my hometown!”
Longtime Team Member Darren Davis Stepping Down As COO Of iHeart Digital Audio Group
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2021 –– It was revealed on Friday in an an internal note that longtime company member Darren Davis would be stepping at the end of this year. The memo read: "Team, We want to share some news with you about Darren Davis, Chief Operating Officer of our Digital Audio Group. Darren, who is a longtime and valued member of iHeart senior management, has decided to step down from his role after nearly three decades with our company, effective January 1, 2022. Anyone who knows Darren knows he has a deep love for iHeart and a true passion for our business and our success, and he’ll be continuing with the company as an advisor when he steps down as Chief Operating Officer next January"
The memo from Bob Pittman and Rich Bressler added,, "Darren first joined our WASH-FM in Washington, DC as a programming team intern in 1992. Now, after almost 30 years with iHeart, Darren is looking forward to spending more time on a variety of other projects he’s passionate about, including real estate development, local community projects and traveling with his family. Although his day-to-day operating expertise will be missed, we appreciate all he’s done for our company and are very pleased that he will continue his association with us, albeit on a more limited basis. Darren will remain active in his role through the end of the year, and he will be working closely with Conal Byrne, CEO of our Digital Audio Group, through the balance of 2021 to continue our momentum and to effectively organize the Digital Audio Group for the future..."
Bill Cameron Announces Retirment From 890 WLS-AM Following 51-Year Career
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2021 –– Bill Cameron, legendary Chicago political reporter and Host of Cumulus' 890 WLS-AM Sunday evening radio show, Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron, announces his retirement after a brilliant 51-year career. Cameron’s last day on-air will be Friday, August 20, 2021, which, fittingly, is his 21st anniversary at 890 WLS-AM.
Cameron, who until the demise of WMAQ Radio was its political editor, is considered the “dean” of radio political reporters in Chicago. He joined the Chicago City Hall beat in 1970. In addition to daily reporting of Chicago politics, he has hosted and produced weekly public affairs programs, including the current Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron at 7:00pm Sundays on 890 WLS-AM, featuring leading newsmakers and political reporters.
Nick Gale, News Director, 890 WLS-AM, remarked: “Bill is one of the most important cogs in the wheel that moves the needles at WLS. Having covered the City Hall beat since 1970, first with 670 WMAQ and later with WLS, Bill is a walking encyclopedia of political knowledge. Having covered nine mayors, numerous governors, as well as an endless stream of government corruption, his institutional knowledge of the ins and outs of city and state government will be greatly missed. Personally, I'm humbled to have been able to work with him and learn from him. I know I speak for everyone in the newsroom past and present when I say that we wish nothing but the best to the "dean" of Chicago political reporters as he prepares to enjoy a much-deserved retirement.”
PODCAST: iHeart, Sports Illustrated And Its Studios Ink Multi-Year, Audio Content Deal
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia today announced a multi-year exclusive agreement to co-produce eight original podcasts with award-winning sports media brand Sports Illustrated and newly formed joint venture Sports Illustrated Studios. The iHeartPodcast Network will distribute all eight original titles as well as distribute Sports Illustrated’s existing podcasts across iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard. Additionally, mutual marketing and promotion commitments will apply to all joint projects. Two of the eight original podcasts are scheduled to launch by Q1 2022.
“We are thrilled to partner with Sports Illustrated to introduce a brand-new slate of sports podcasts - limited series and ongoing shows alike, distributed to listeners everywhere,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group. “It’s an iconic brand that sports fans instantly trust, knowing that they will get the most credible and in-depth industry coverage, and we look forward to expanding that footprint into the audio space through the iHeartPodcast Network, where we uniquely have the reach and scale to bring Sports Illustrated the audience and monetization they deserve.”
Set to debut later this year, “Sports Illustrated Weekly” is a weekly podcast that will feature the best of Sports Illustrated’s unrivaled journalism in a premium audio magazine. Each 45-minute episode will feature deep-dive segments on the biggest news of the week and the most compelling personalities, trends and themes in sports, on and off the field. More details including its host will be announced at a later date.
PODTRAC: What's Behind The Year Over Year Decrease In Podcast Downloads In June?
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2021 –– Podtrac reports its weekly podcast updates have shown a consistent downward trend in the year-over-year growth rate of downloads since the beginning of June. Overall, 2021 has been just slightly above or on par with 2020 traffic through May, and June was the first month where 2021 saw less traffic than 2020.
The overall pattern is also reflected in the data for Top 10 publishers (for all of whom Podtrac tracks Spotify traffic). We dug into the numbers to see what was behind this trend and here is what we found. June download data was negatively impacted by a bug reported by Apple on their Apple Podcasts for Creators page on July 1, 2021 and described more fully in this Vulture article from Nick Quah.
Adjusting for the 20% decrease in Apple Podcast downloads for the month of June, absolute downloads for June would have grown at 5% year-over-year, in line with the average monthly growth for January through May.
Randy Lane: Is Radio Taking Advantage Of Its Million Dollar Opportunity?
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2021 –– Talent Coach/Manager Randy Lane blog - 'Are You Giving Away A Million Dollars A Year', Lanes says, "O’Reilly Auto Parts or Walgreens are likely spending tens of thousands of dollars running commercials on your radio station. Yet, so many stations don’t take advantage of the free advertising on their own station to promote a star morning or afternoon show." Following last week’s blog Go Big On Personality Branding, Jeff McHugh cited multiple ways to brand your star talent. Now, let’s delve into specific examples of on-air branding promos.
Why morning show promos? It’s not enough to tell listeners you have the best show, you must prove it. Hearing is believing. Many personality shows create priceless on-air moments that play once or twice, and only a fraction of the audience hears it. By airing morning show imaging in all dayparts (including the morning show), you’ll expose these moments to a much wider audience. The most effective imaging highlights the show’s content and the individual personalities. Here are five ways to brand your personalities:
Best of Promos - Excerpt brief entertaining, funny, or endearing moments from the show. Here’s an example from Danni and Country Cory at Max 98.1 Memphis and Heather and Wickett at Lazer 103.3 Des Moines.
Character Clip Imaging - The primary purpose of character imaging is to connect the name of the talent with the sound of their voice and with a sense of who they are as a character. Team shows could highlight both characters in one promo, while ensemble shows like The Bert Show spotlight one character at a time.
Campaigns work for up-and-coming morning shows to fuel their momentum. They are also effective for a ratings leader like The KVJ Show at WRMF to attract new cume in a fast growth market like West Palm Beach. The station is currently running an imaging campaign that demonstrates why KVJ is a “Can’t Miss” morning show.
Listener testimonial promos - Generic testimonials like, “They’re so funny,” or “I listen every morning on the way to work” are less effective. Specific comments about the content (“I never miss Second Date Update) and characters (“Chelsea could be my big sister”) brand the show.
10-Second Teasers - These promos are typically dry-voiced teasers for what’s coming up in tomorrow’s show. They are the easiest and least time-consuming to produce. Teasers do brand the name of the show and can be effective if there is a major giveaway or a big name interview; however, they are the least effective because there is no audio connection to the show's characters or content.
WGN Chicago's Joe Brand Rises To Chicago Blackhawks Pre-And Post-Game 'Live' Host
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2021 –– WGN Radio announced that Joe Brand is expanding his role to include hosting Chicago Blackhawks pre- and post-game shows as well as the weekly "Blackhawks Live" show, beginning with the 2021-22 season. "As a kid, I used to get teased for carrying a transistor radio just to listen to Blackhawks games. Now I have the honor of joining one of the best radio teams in the NHL with John Wiedeman and Troy Murray. To be part of Blackhawks hockey on the radio is truly a dream come true," said Joe Brand. "My goal is to keep Blackhawks fans engaged and informed, but, most importantly, entertained."
Brand has been on the Blackhawks beat since 2016. He has reported for the broadcast team and co-hosted both the "Blackhawks Crazy" and "Blackhawks 720" podcasts that originate from the WGN Radio studios. Since joining WGN Radio in 2013, Joe Brand has been a producer, reporter, anchor, and host.
"Joe Brand is one of the exciting sports broadcasters in Chicago. He's been a key part of our Blackhawks broadcasts on WGN for several years, but mainly behind the scenes. Now, we're thrilled that he can share his expertise, energy, and enthusiasm with Blackhawks fans on the air on a daily basis," said WGN Radio sports director Dave Eanet. Hear Chicago Blackhawks hockey on WGN Radio when preseason begins on Wednesday, September 29 at 7:30pm.
Sweet 98.5 KQKQ Omaha On The Hunt For A New Morning Co-Host
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2021 –– The NRG owned station says, "We’re looking for a new morning show co-host for Sweet 98.5 (KQKQ). One of our hosts is leaving for personal reasons, so we’d love to get the word out that the search is on for her replacement!
EVENTS: iHeart Memphis Announces 3rd Annual Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Memphis announced today the third annual Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival taking place Saturday, August 14 from 6 p.m. –10 p.m. on the field of the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis. A portion of the proceeds for the event will benefit local charity Dorothy Day House, an organization fighting homelessness in the community. Stations include K97, V101, WDIA, WREC, Rock 103, and 101.9 KISS FM will promote Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival on-air, on the stations’ websites and via social media encouraging listeners to attend the third annual 'Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival. On-air personalities Big Sue, Earle Augustus, Stormy Taylor, Mike Evans and more will also attend the event.
The Dorothy Day House keeps homeless families together, creating a safe haven and community for entire families. Dorothy Day House welcomes the whole family and encourages the strengthening of family bonds during their time of trauma. Families work together to clean and maintain the house and to cook meals. Services provided by Dorothy Day House include food, clothing, shelter, educational resources, parenting skills, employment counseling, prospective job contacts, transportation, referrals for child care, and more. @DorothyDayHouse.
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Corus Brings Podcasts To Radio All Across Canada With 'The Curious Cast Podcast Hour'
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2021 –– Corus Entertainment’s award-winning podcast network announced that its featured podcasts are coming to radio nationally with a brand new show. Hosted by Chris “Dunner” Duncombe (L), The Curiouscast Podcast Hour is a weekly show that features a different podcast episode every single week. The show can be heard on 980 CKNW (Vancouver), 770 CHQR (Calgary), 630 CHED (Edmonton), 680 CJOB (Winnipeg), 900 CHML (Hamilton), 980 CFPL (London) and Global News Radio 640 Toronto.
“For years our news talk radio stations have been editing audio from radio shows to create daily podcasts and now we’re taking original podcast content and showcasing it on radio,” said Larry Gifford (below left), National Director of Talk Radio, Corus Entertainment.“The Curiouscast Podcast Hour combines the artistry of a captivating audio storytelling while helping listeners discover new podcasts that they can follow and explore other episodes on their own.”
“I have always been fascinated by stories and storytellers from journalists to some of the most creative minds in science fiction. They tell our history, reveal hidden truths, and take us on adventures we could simply could have never imagined,” said Chris Duncombe, Director of Podcasting and Streaming, Corus Entertainment. “On this show, we’re going to bring you a different story every week from some of the best Curiouscast podcasts – with topics ranging from crime to world politics, and history to music, to hopefully turn you onto your next favourite new podcast.”
The award-winning Curiouscast network launched in 2018 and is home to internationally recognized brands with diverse audio storytelling, including: the #1 Canadian-produced music podcast, The Ongoing History of New Music - 13 Hours Inside the Nova Scotia Massacre, and Crime Beat, History of the 90’s , as well as Nighttime.
SYNDICATION: Cumulus' Dan Bongino Show Now Heard On More Than 300 Stations
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2021 –– Cumulus' The Dan Bongino Show has surpassed the 300-station milestone after just two months on the air. Syndicated by Cumulus' Westwood One, The Dan Bongino Show has quickly become one of the most influential radio programs and appointment listening for conservative audiences. The radio program counts top-market stations including KABC-AM (Los Angeles), WLS-AM (Chicago), WBAP-AM (Dallas), KSFO-AM (San Francisco), KSEV-AM (Houston), WMAL-FM (Washington, DC), KTTH-AM (Seattle), and WJR-AM (Detroit)
The Dan Bongino Show is hosted by former Secret Service Agent, best-selling author, television commentator, and podcast powerhouse Dan Bongino that debuted on March 24, 2021. Bongino was formerly a Secret Service Agent from 1999 – 2011, serving in the Obama and Bush administrations. He served as a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer from 1995 to 1999. Dan provides expertise on international security and political strategy for outlets such as Fox News and others. Dan has his MBA from Penn State University, and his MA and BA from the City University of New York.
Radio's Big Tigger, DJ Nyla Symone And Rap Artist Rapsody To Host New Video Countdown Series
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2021 –– V-103 Atlanta's Big Tigge, of The Big Tigger Morning Show and New York's Power 105.1's DJ Nyla Simone along with rap artist Symone are set to host “Off Top," a new rap countdown series from Revolt TV that premiere's tonight at 9 pm. et. Off Top aims to recognize today's leading talent by showcasing the power and deep meaning in their lyrics, rather than solely their beats.
"We wanted to create a must-stop destination for Hip Hop's most talented emcees to prove why they deserve to be considered among the best lyricists in the game," said Detavio Samuels, CEO of REVOLT. "It was important that we paired an emcee who represents the best of the present and future with a cultural icon to show what the best of Hip Hop looks like." Local Trending News Featuring exclusive interviews with legendary musical artists, a rap video countdown and more, the new series will bring fresh content straight to the ears and hearts of REVOLT's viewers.
"I'm looking forward to bringing another important production to the fabric of Hip Hop culture," said Big Tigger, iconic Hip Hop television and radio personality and co-host of Off Top. "This new series will be full of can't-miss content, and I'm excited to shine a light on what the latest wave is bringing to REVOLT." Off Top will premiere on REVOLT's linear TV channel tonight at 9pm ET with consecutive episodes airing every Friday. PHOTO/Revolt tv
[WATCH] Mark Kaye Gives Thousands Of His Books 'Woke Folk' Away For Free
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2021 –– Syndicated talk host Mark Kaye released his new anti-cancel culture book "The Woke Folk" last week, which is dedicated to his late on-air predecessor Rush Limbaugh. Kaye also surprised his on-air audience by announcing the books would not be available for sale. Instead, he was giving them away for free. "I just wanted to get this book out there," says Kaye. "Cancel culture is already destroying important parts of our society. It must be stopped. I want everyone in my audience to have this book so we can continue to spread Rush's legacy to as many people as possible. So instead of selling it, I'm just giving them all a copy for free."
According to Yahoo, the first printing of "The Woke Folk" was gone in just a few hours. The book, which was adapted from a viral video Kaye created, is written and illustrated in the style of Dr. Seuss. "When the cancel culture vultures went after Dr. Seuss and his timeless classics, I couldn't stand by any longer," explains Kaye. "That's when I wrote 'The Woke Folk,' recorded myself reading it, and posted the video on Facebook. People flipped out. They really loved it!" The success of that viral video inspired Kaye to turn "The Woke Folk" into a book, which he dedicated to his late radio predecessor Rush Limbaugh.
The book is available exclusive at www.thewokefolkbook.com for no charge plus a small shipping fee.
Nashville’s 105.9 The Rock Teams With Yazoo Brewing For The Josh Innes Show 'Dog Daze' Pale Ale
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Nashville’s 105.9 The Rock announced a collaboration between the “Josh Innes Show” and Yazoo Brewing Company for the Josh Innes Show “Dog Daze” Pale Ale, a hazy pale ale that’s perfect for the summer months.
Visitors to the Yazoo Brewing Company Taproom in Madison, Tennessee, can order the Josh Innes Show “Dog Daze” Pale Ale starting Monday, July 19, through Labor Day. For every pint of “Dog Daze” purchased, Yazoo will donate $1 to the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
“Rock listeners love beer and dogs,” said Jonathan Shuford, Program Director for 105.9 The Rock. “Our new morning show host, Josh Innes, is a huge advocate for what Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary represents. We are ecstatic to partner with a great brand like Yazoo to raise awareness and funds for them. Now let’s drink!”
Charlamagne Tha God And Stephen Colbert To Launch Late Night Talk Show On 'Comedy Central'
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2021 –– Charlamagne Tha God, co-host of the Premiere syndicated 'The Breakfast Club,' will soon expand his comedic talents to a new TV show co-created by CBS 'Late Show; host Stephen Colbert. This marks Colbert's first return to Comedy Central for the first since “The Colbert Report” ended its 11-season run in 2014. The show, called “Tha God’s Honest Truth with Lenard ‘Charlamagne’ McKelvey” will debut on Comedy Central on Friday nights starting Sept.17.
This week, Colbert teased a return to the network, also owned by CBS parent company ViacomCBS. Charlamagne and Colbert, both from South Carolina, said “For too long, the town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, has been underrepresented in late night,” Colbert said, referring to where Charlamagne grew up. “I look forward to all the ways in which the fearless, peerless Charlamagne is going to change the game.”
According to CNBC, Charlamagne has appeared on Colbert’s “Late Show” seven times since 2016, and the two developed a friendship over the years that’s culminated in their first business venture. “Tha God’s Honest Truth” will be executive produced by Aaron McGruder, creator of “The Boondocks,” a comic strip and show on Cartoon Network.
In September, Charlamagne announced the launch of the Black Effect Podcast Network, a joint venture with iHeartMedia, with the goal of amplifying Black voices and Black creators in a variety of genres. In October, he announced a multiyear partnership with comedian Kevin Hart and Audible to create content for the Amazon-owned audio site. In November, he announced the launch of Black Privilege Publishing, a partnership with Atria Books at Simon & Schuster.
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Cliff Cage Takes Nights On KKMG-FM Colorado Springs
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND 2021 –– Cumulus has appointed veteran Colorado Springs' Cliff Cage as host for nights, on heritage Top 40 station, 98.9 MAGIC FM/KKMG-FM. This marks a return to the station for Cage, who hosted Overnights on KKMG from 2010-2019. Cage will be behind the mic Monday-Friday from 7:00pm to Midnight.
Dylan Salisbury, Program Director, 98.9 MAGIC FM/KKMG-FM, said: “The name Cliff Cage goes beyond radio here in Southern Colorado. He is well known for many things in this town like his ties to the hip hop community, as an emcee for a local baseball team, and once again, as a radio host. I’m very excited to work with him and continue to strengthen the MAGIC brand here in Colorado Springs.” Cliff Cage commented: “I’ve done most of my growing up in the 719, so being back home at Southern Colorado’s biggest station and now hosting the night show is literally the dream. I love this city.“
RSVP QUICK! For Hubbard Radio's 'Welcome Back Boot Camp To Chicago Event
THE MOUTH, JULY 21TH, 2021 –– As announced, Hubbard Radio will be holding a special "Welcome Back Boot Camp to Chicago' event for those arriving on Wednesday night for Talentmaster's 33rd Annual Morning Show Boot Camp. Hubbard Radio is inviting all Morning Show Boot Camp attendees to its Welcome Back Happy Hour on Wednesday, August 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. - but attendance is limited and seats have gone quickly. This completely complimentary event will be held at the Hubbard Radio Chicago offices approximately 1 ½ blocks from the Swallowtails of the Morning Show Boot Camp 2021 (a view at bottom/left from Hubbard's Chicago's offices.
Hubbard says, "Come try a taste of Chicago featuring deep dish pizza, Chicago style hot dogs, local bakery items and other local delicacies. Of course, beverages (adult and non-adult alike) will also flow freely.
Unfortunately attendance is limited to 'A first come first serve basis' and to registered Morning Show Boot Camp attendees. No sooner announced, RSVP's came pouring in. So, please sign-up as soon as possible. We do hope to see you there!
If you would like to attend the Hubbard Radio Chicago Event, please RSVP me at email@example.com -- Enter 'Hubbard Party' in subject line.
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BIA Revises Its U.S. Local Ad Forecast – Gap Between Digital & Traditional Narrowing
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2021 – BIA Advisory Services has revised its 2021 forecasts for U.S. Local Advertising Revenues to $142.4 billion (combined media), up $4.8 billion from its November 2020 estimates. The projection is split between traditional and digital media but shows that the divide is narrowing, with traditional advertising only eight percent ahead of digital mediums that include mobile, online, over-the-top, email, and traditional media’s online ventures.
“There’s an acceleration in the market that couldn’t be accounted for last fall,” said Mark Fratrik, SVP and Chief Economist, BIA Advisory Services. “The economy is growing and we’re observing money being spent to reach audiences through various media.”
The report shows Local radio advertising will rebound somewhat to $11.7 billion in 2021 and $12.3 billion in 2022, with $.94 billion and $1.04 billion, respectfully, coming from digital platforms. The revised forecast also sees a 5.6 percent increase in overall compound annual growth in U.S. spending in local ad markets and expects the amount to reach $157.1 billion in 2022 and $162.1 billion in 2023. While the digital media share will first leapfrog to 51 percent over traditional media by 2023. For BIA clients, BIA ADVantage™, the company’s local advertising intelligence platform, and MEDIA Access Pro™, the company’s broadcasting and publishing database, are updated with the company’s revised forecast estimates. The forecast can be purchased HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bob Philips Named President of Audacy Networks & Multi-Market Sales
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2021 –– Audacy COO Susan Larkin announced Wednesday in a memo that Bob Philips will be assuming a new role at Audacy as President of Audacy Networks and Multi-Market Sales. "We believe Bob will deliver significant revenue impact and client outcomes by focusing on growing our Network and multi-market sales businesses as we continue to execute our market growth strategy," wrote Larkin. "As Chief Revenue Officer, Bob was a catalyst for innovation and growth. Under his leadership, we streamlined multiple revenue departments, launched the Audacy Network and our in-house traffic network while also revolutionizing our approach to national sales, bringing new brands and bigger opportunities onto our platform.:'
Larkin added, "As the economy rebounds and local and national advertising return to pre-pandemic levels, Bob will build exponential value for our clients and for Audacy. We will begin a search for a new CRO immediately, and during this transition, I will be working closely with our sales leaders and teams. We greatly appreciate Bob’s continued commitment to our future growth."
Josie Cothran Rises To Assistant VP/Programming For Dick Broadcasting
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2021 –– Dick Broadcasting has promoted Josie Cothran to Assistant VP of Programming for company's 19 radio stations. Josie has been with Dick Broadcasting for 19 years. Josie will continue to be the APD of WKZL while doing mid-days on WKZL and WKZQ. Dick Broadcasting's VP of Programming Jason Goodman says, “While these are unprecedented times, we continue to do some of our best radio. Our company is in a unique position in the industry and we rely on our people to continue to deliver engaging programming with financial success. Josie was already contributing to this success and now I am happy to present her the new title and a new contract.
Cothran adds "It's such an honor to continue to grow with Dick Broadcasting after almost 2 decades. Jason Goodman and I have made a great team over the years and I cannot wait to continue that energy as his Assistant to the VP of Programming for DBC!
Talk Host Larry Elder Reinstated in California Recall
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2021 –– Conservative talk show host Larry Elder was reinstated Wednesday in California's gubernatorial recall election at the eleventh hour after a judge found he complied with ballot requirements and that the state elections chief should never have demanded that candidates provide five years of tax returns. Politico reports, at issue were the tax returns Elder had submitted to California elections officials in his bid to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom. Secretary of State Shirley Weber’s office said the documents Elder shared were improperly redacted. Elder went to court to fight back, and his case landed in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl just hours before Weber was set to certify the final list of candidates.
Elder brings the tentative total of recall candidates to 43. In addition to ruling that Weber must place Elder on recall ballots, Earl also rejected Weber’s conclusion that recall candidates are covered by the 2019 state law compelling gubernatorial candidates in a "direct primary election" to release tax returns. “I don’t find that Mr. Elder was required to file tax returns at all,” Earl said. The upcoming recall election is a special contest, not a direct primary. Nevertheless, Weber determined that the law should apply this time because it was intended to allow the public to vet gubernatorial hopefuls. READ MORE HERE
PODCAST: Rich Valdes Brings ‘This Is America With Rich Valdes,” To YEA Networks
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2021 – YEA Networks announces an agreement with Rich Valdes to add his podcast, “This is America with Rich Valdes” to their ever-growing lineup of shows. “This is America,” is a thrice-weekly, conservative podcast that breaks down current events to the basics. YEA will provide hosting and sales representation for Valdes’ podcast, which will be produced by Valdes’s production company, the ABC Recording Network.
Valdes, who has been called, “The Voice of Hispanic Conservatives,” and “Mr. Call Screener” is the associate producer and regular guest-host of the nationally-syndicated Mark Levin Show. He is also a former staffer in Governor Chris Christie’s administration, was the Director of Special Operations at Project Veritas, and an Advisor to President Trump’s National Diversity Coalition.
“I’m excited that this expansion will increase our reach, and support the continued growth of the show to connect with even more listeners and advertisers,” said Valdes. Shawn Nunn, President of YEA Networks adds, “We’re excited to venture into political podcasting with “This is America.” Rich Valdes has a great following and we welcome him into the YEA family. We look forward to adding more shows with a variety of viewpoints representing all Americans.” “This is America with Rich Valdes,” will continue to release new episodes every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday on RichValdes.com as well as all major podcast platforms.
PRODUCTS: iHeart And Amazon To Launch New Request-A-Song Feature For Alexa
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2021 –– iHeart and Amazon have teamed for a new interaction feature that will allow its listeners to communicate with their favorite DJs by requesting and dedicating songs live on the radio. Using an Alexa-enabled device, one can simply use their voice to request and dedicate songs using iHeartRadio’s new, first-to-market Request a Song feature for Alexa. Alexa will then send the request to the station, where radio DJs can queue them for on-air playback in front of millions of other listeners.
This announcement is just the beginning for iHeartRadio + Amazon / Alexa as the teams are already experimenting with the latest Alexa updates to deliver even more interactive features in the future: such as Q&As with DJs and show hosts, voice-driven polls, contests and much more. WATCH VIDEO HERE video demonstrating the new skill! Plus, check out our weekly Podcast Spotlight roundup for the latest iHeartRadio Original Podcasts and episodes to keep on your radar.
Presenter Katie Hopkins Deported From Australia
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2021 –– Presenter, Katie Hopkins who ‘left’ LBC in 2017 after “calling Islam disgusting, migrants ‘cockroaches’ and called for a ‘final solution’”is being deported from Australia after her visa was cancelled. It’s after she boasted about breaching hotel quarantine conditions. She travelled to Sydney to appear in Big Brother VIP on Channel 7. The visa cancellation was announced by the home affairs minister, Karen Andrews, on Monday – and follows a decision by Endemol Shine Australia to cancel her contract to appear on Seven Network’s Big Brother VIP.
British Regulator Continues To Bully Non-Profit Community Stations - Ofcom, the UK version of the FCC has now targeted London’s Rinse FM. Ofcom has found the nonprofit station run by volunteers in breach of three rules of the broadcasting code after playing a song by Jay Electronica. The regulator ruled that the broadcast of Better In Tune With The Infinite without sufficient contextualisation would have exceeded the expectations of Rinse FM’s audience. Ofcom only received one complaint about the broadcast of the song. It’s the latest example of Ofcom’s policy of bullying small non-profit stations run by volunteers while turning a bind eye to similar “offences'' committed by radio stations owned by the two biggest groups.
Allan & Michelle Are Number 1 Breakfast Show In Esperance, Western Australia - Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) duopoly in Western Australia’s Esperance remains in tact, with the most recent radio ratings showing the network has both the #1 and #2 stations in the region. All other measured stations in Esperance are part of the national broadcaster, the ABC. This survey – the first since March 2017 – showed that 28.0% of the surveyed audience identified the Hit Network’s Hit 102.3 as the station they listened to the most, up 2.4 points from last survey.
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U.S. House Passes Legislation Aimed At Greater Media Diversity In Ownership
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2021 – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill and resolution geared to achieve greater media diversity and eliminate barriers to ownership for underserved populations. If approved by the Senate and signed by President Biden, it would amend the Communications Act of 1934.
The National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith applauded the bipartisan passage by the House of Representatives of legislation promoting solutions that address barriers to entry into the media industry for underserved populations. "We thank Reps. Val Demings (D-FL) and Billy Long (R-MO) for their leadership on today’s advances and will continue working with lawmakers on legislative proposals that would help achieve a media industry that better reflects our nation."
Smith added, "As a longtime advocate for market-based approaches to address media diversity, NAB supports additional legislation championed by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) reinstating the tax certificate program to create new opportunities for diverse voices to own local radio and TV stations.”
The tax certificate program would provide a tax incentive to those who sold their majority interest in a broadcast station to minorities. The program was previously implemented by the Federal Communications Commission in 1978 and increased minority ownership in broadcast stations by more than 550 percent before its repeal in 1995.
Longtime KC Morning Host Johnny Dare Out Of The Hospital, Back On The Air
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2021 – We were pleased to learn late yesterday that 98.9 The Rock Kansas City's beloved morning host Johnny Dare was back home from the hospital and set to return to the air this morning. According to a Facebook post from 98.9 The Rock PD Bob Edwards, he worte: "After a little extra sleep, Dare is expected to rejoin his morning show Wednesday with details about his ordeal ... He's now at home and can't wait to get back on the air. We're going to let him get a little extra sleep, and invite you to welcome Johnny back at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning Wed. July 21st! You'll hear the full story along with a few details you won't be able to scrub from your brain," added Edwards
According to KMBC-TV, Dare has been hospitalized this week after “issues with his pancreas” were discovered and he was “experiencing a lot of pain,” reported by Edwards last week. Edwards said Dare has been thankful for the outpouring of support and has been bolstered by good words from fans. The Johnny Dare Morning Show has been waking up Kansas City since 1993.
Alpha's WCHA Celebrates 75 Years On Air
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2021 –– On August 11, 1946, WCHA signed on the air for the first time, after having been delayed several years by World War II. Since its inception, WCHA has held the same call letters, the same frequency (800 AM), the same studio location (4th floor of the Professional Arts Building in Chambersburg, PA) and the same transmitter site (Paper Mill Road in Hamilton Township). This is a distinction practically unheard of in radio!
Founded by John S. “Sam” Booth, WCHA-AM was the first radio station in Franklin County. WCHA-FM followed in 1948 as the first FM station, which eventually became WIKZ. In 1953, the county’s first TV station, WCHA-TV, arrived in the living room of its residents. Booth’s legacy was carried on by his Children, John S. Booth III and Margaret Booth-Ehle, staying with their family for nearly 54 years.
Throughout its tenure, WCHA has been home to long-time local personalities who have been a big part of the Franklin County community. These include Earl Strine, whose Franklin County Fair broadcasts are legendary, Scott Douglas, Lisa Kline, and many others. WCHA also provided weather forecasts from local meteorologist Bob Sellers for many years. Sports coverage has also played a big part in the history of WCHA, including at one time or another, play-by-play for the Phillies, Orioles, Pirates and Penn State Football, as well as local high school football. In fact, WCHA’s full season coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers continues to this day.
In 2010, WCHA became an affiliate of Scott Shannon’s True Oldies Channel, a format that plays many of the songs WCHA played as current hits back in the day. The year also included the beginning of a simulcast of WCHA on 1410, WHAG, in Hagerstown. In 2011, WCHA signed on a translator at 96.3, providing FM coverage of WCHA for Chambersburg and northern Franklin County. In 2014.
Compass Media Networks Announces 2021 NFL Schedule
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2021 –– NFL action starts on Thursday September 9th when the Dallas Cowboys travel to the Super Bowl Champions, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday Doubleheader Coverage kicks off Week 1 with Seahawks @ Colts 12:30pm ET; Browns @ Chiefs 3:45pm ET · Las Vegas Raiders start as the first Monday Night game of the year vs. Baltimore. The schedule will feature a double-header every Sunday for all 18 weeks of the regular season along with full coverage of The Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders.
Full details include Week 1 Thu-Sept. 9 - 7:45p - Cowboys @ Buccaneers Sun-Sept. 12 - 12:30p - Seahawks @ Colts Sun-Sept. 12 - 3:45p - Browns @ Chiefs Week 2 Sun-Sept. 19 - 12:30p - 49ERS @ Eagles Sun-Sept. 19 - 3:45p - Cowboys @ Chargers Week 3 Sun-Sept. 26 - 12:30p - Chargers @ Chiefs Sun-Sept. 26 - 3:30p - Dolphins @ Raiders Week 4 Sun-Oct. 3 - 12:30p - Panthers @ Cowboys Sun-Oct. 3 - 3:45p - Steelers @ Packers
The Rise Guys Expand To Chattanooga
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2021 –– THE RISE GUYS” TO ROCK 105 IN CHATTANOOGA - Audacy has expanded the footprint of Greenville’s top-rated morning show “The Rise Guys.” Effective immediately, the show will now be heard on Rock 105 (WRXR-FM) in Chattanooga from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET, in addition to 93.3 The Planet (WTPT-FM).
“We’re thrilled to welcome ‘The Rise Guys’ to our weekday programming slate on Rock 105 and introduce this wildly entertaining show to our audience,” said Nichole Hartman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Chattanooga. “We’re hoping this expanded footprint will not only help grow the show’s loyal fanbase – the P1s – but give Mattman, Nine, Paige and Fat Boy a larger platform to take their show to new heights.”
Originating in 2003 from Greenville, South Carolina, hosts, The show launched After Hours with the Rise Guys, a weekly podcast featuring co-hosts Mattman and Nine, in 2020. In 2018, the show teamed up with Thomas Creek Brewery on the launch of the Rise Guys P1 Pilsner. The partnership expanded in 2020 with the launch of two additional beers.
Shawn Knight Joins Angie Stevens In Mornings On Majic 107.7 Topeka
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has named Shawn Knight as Host of The Majic Morning Show on Topeka, KS, Adult AC Majic 107.7/KMAJ-FM. Knight joins Co-Host Angie Stevens on The Majic Morning Show, which airs Monday through Friday from 5:30am-10:00am.
A native of Chicago, IL, Knight has been an on-air staple for over two decades. He was most recently Assistant Brand Manager/Afternoon Host at Urban AC KISX – 107.3 KISS FM in Tyler, TX. Knight has also been heard on Urban AC WKZJ/K92.7 in Columbus, GA, on Urban station WPWX-FM/Power 92 in Chicago, IL, on WTLC/106.7FM and 1310AM in Indianapolis, IN, and on Urban/Gospel station WGCI/107.5FM and 1390AM in Chicago. He was also a weekly TV contributor on WFLD Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago. Knight currently hosts “The Shawn Knight Show Podcast.”
Amber Lee, Operations Manager and Program Director, Majic 107.7/KMAJ-FM, said: “I couldn't be more excited to find the perfect candidate in Shawn Knight. Shawn’s national experience, coupled with his Midwest sensibilities and values, make him a fabulous fit for The Majic Morning Show.”
'Live Music Is Back' As The 2021 ‘iHeart Country Festival Takes The Stage In Austin
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced today the return of the iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One on Saturday, October 30. Now in its eighth year, the 2021 lineup will feature Country music’s hottest artists including Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Carly Pearce among many others at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin hosted once again by iHeart's Bobby Bones.
“The iHeartCountry Festival is one of Country music’s most-anticipated nights, and this year is especially exciting,” said Rod Phillips, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartCountry. “Live music is back, and we can’t wait to return to the Frank Erwin Center with this iconic lineup.” LiveXLive Media (Nasdaq: LIVX) (“LiveXLive”) will exclusively stream the main stage celebration for fans globally on livexlive.com and iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets and on iHeartRadio.com. The iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One
EVENTS: ACM'S 'Party For A Cause' Headed To Nashville On August 24th For Live Event
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2021 –– The Academy of Country Music® announced today the return of its annual ACM Party for a Cause® benefiting ACM Lifting Lives®, debuting for the first time ever in Nashville, TN.
ACM Party for a Cause will be hosted by SiriusXM’s The Highway host Storme Warren, with live performances by Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion and special guests, Tenille Townes, Trisha Yearwood and more to be announced, and will take place on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN preceding the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors™ celebration on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
“ACM Lifting Lives is thrilled to be back and celebrating Party for a Cause with a historic debut in Nashville,” said Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. “ACM Lifting Lives has worked tirelessly this year in finding innovative ways to raise funds virtually for the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund – successfully distributing more than $3.5 million to members of the Country Music community in need.
Crux added, "While we are proud of the aid we have been able to provide, we are excited to rock Nashville and to once again lift lives with the power of music. Party for a Cause is a terrific celebration of live music and charitable giving and we look forward to bringing it to Music City for the first time while welcoming back all our fans.”
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Mark McKenzie Rises To Sales Manager Over iHeart Miami
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced that Mark McKenzie has been named Sales Manager for Miami, effective immediately. As Sales Manager, McKenzie will be responsible for overseeing all sales operations for 103.5 The Beat, Throwback 105.5 Miami and Miami’s BIN 880 WZAB (Black Information Network.) He will report to Tony Yip, Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Miami.
“Since joining iHeartMedia, Mark has led our team in multiple capacities,” said Market President, Shari Gonzalez. “It is wonderful to make it official. As Sales Manager, I am confident that Mark will take this brand and team to new heights.”
Mark most recently served as Account Executive for iHeartMedia Miami for over three years. He began his career as a Media Consultant at Cox Media Group for over 20 years.
“I am truly honored to join the amazing leadership team of iHeartMedia Miami,” said McKenzie. “The opportunity to lead our group of top-tier talent, coupled with our powerhouse portfolio of brands at iHeartMedia Miami is incredible. As South Florida continues to evolve as the multicultural hub of global economics and entertainment, iHeartMedia Miami is committed to being the largest connection to our valued clients and diverse community of listeners.”
98.5 KYGO Denver 'Back the Blue Benefit Concert' For Family of Fallen Police Officer
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2021 –– 98.5 KYGO, Denver hosted a “Back the Blue” Benefit Concert for the family of Arvada Fallen Police Officer Gordon Beesley through the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation on Monday, July 19, 2021, at 7:30pm.
All ticket proceeds from the concert will go to Officer Beesley’s family who were present at the event.
Nearly 25,000 Turnout For HOT 107.9 Atlanta's Birthday Bash 25, First Major Live Event This Year,
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2021 –– Hot 107.9, and Urban One hosted its 25th annual Birthday Bash featuring many of Hip Hop’s hottest acts performing to a record-setting crowd on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Birthday Bash 25 was the first major live outdoor concert in Atlanta and the country for Urban One, Inc., since the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions were lifted. Nearly 25,000 fans packed Center Parc Stadium at Georgia State University for the sold-out event.
“It was more than an amazing night showcasing the most important artists today,” said Tim Davies, Regional Vice President and General Manager ”We helped Fulton County Board of Health with onsite Covid vaccinations, raised national exposure and generated funding for Georgia State University’s athletic department. We also tested for HIV with the BLACC, held talent searches helping new artists launch their careers, and so much more.”
"What a great Saturday night hosting Hot 107.9’s 25th Birthday Bash at Center Parc Stadium. The event has become a staple in Atlanta for more than two decades, and we were pleased to get a chance to showcase our stadium. We would like to thank all of those who helped make it happen and look forward to many more events showcasing Georgia State in the future," said Charlie Cobb, Georgia State University Athletic Director.
For Birthday Bash 25 highlights, visit www.BirthdayBashATL.com or www.HotSpotATL.com. Also on Twitter and Instagram @Hot1079ATL.
PRODUCTS: New Owners Of TM Launch Slate Of New Products For Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2021 –– TM Studios, recently purchased by Dave Bethell, Greg Clancy, and Chris “UK” Stevens, has unveiled an exciting new line-up of products and the newly revamped TMSTUDIOS.COM. This launch includes the new TM NEXT updating jingle service, TM PRODUCTION MUSIC for spot and promo production, and TM COMMERCIAL, a bank of retail jingles for stations to sell to local advertisers.
“We’ve been incredibly busy since we took over the business,” says Clancy. “We’ve spent the last eight months hyper-focused on what radio really needs right now. We feel this new line-up of products addresses how we can help stations thrive in the current environment, while bringing amazing new sounds and new technology to the industry. The new TM is not your father’s jingle company.” “The audio quality of the TM NEXT jingle service is without peer, and what you get with the updates is incredibly useful and easy to apply,” says Bethell. “TM NEXT is also extremely flexible. Our job is not to impose our sound on programmers. We’d rather listen to these pros and help create the sound they are envisioning.”
See these products and many more new offerings, by visiting TMSTUDIOS.com, or reach to Chris “US” Stevens for details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972.406.6838.
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Nugget Named New Nightitme Host For iHeart's Q102 Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2021 ––Q102, Philly announced that Sam “Nugget” Dababneh will join the station as the new nighttime personality, effective August 2. Nugget will broadcast weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight. Nugget joins Q102 from Radio 1 in Dubai and has served as a morning show host at WSNX-FM in San Antonio and WHBQ-FM in Memphis. Originally from Detroit, Nugget got his start at WKQI FM. The multi-talented Nugget says he knows standup comedy, DJing, and making homemade Chick-fil-A style sandwiches.
“Nugget’s personality is incredibly charismatic and we’re certain he’ll bring a level of excitement to nights on Q102,” said Program Director and On-Air Personality Brandon (Buster) Satterfield. “Not only will his show round out an already stacked lineup in our daily programming, but the market will embrace Nugget’s humor every weeknight.”
“Q102 is legendary, and I can’t wait to join the team,” said Nugget. “I’m ready to show Philly what I got. Working with Buster is exciting and I’m sure we’re going to make some noise. Big thank you to iHeart Radio for giving me this opportunity.”
The Bert Show Gathers For 'In-Person' Celebration Of It's 20th Anniversary In Atlanta
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2021 –– It was a festive night last Saturday as scores of media elite, friends and more gathered in Downtown Atlanta to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Bert Show, the Westwood One syndicated talk show hosted by Bert Weiss. The actual anniversary was March of this year, but was pushed to July for an on-site celebration.. Co-hosts Kristin Klingshirn, Moe Mitchell and Davi Crimmins, show director Tommy Owen and Operations Manager & Syndication Executive Producer Tracey Kinney, Louie Diaz, VP of Cumulus Media Top 40 (shown above with Bert) and many others joined to greet and mingle with the crowd for the milestone celebration.
As reported last March in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Bert shared in Facebook: “Terrified, unsure of myself with an almost debilitating fear of failing, I opened the mic and the Bert Show officially started... “It was a disaster. But it was my disaster.” Weiss felt like he was flailing so he met with his new boss Brian Phllips and said, “I thought I was ready. I’m clueless. What should this show sound like? How long should the segments be?” Philips, Weiss said, made a managing decision that day that changed his life. He said, “Bert, this is your show. Do whatever you want, and do not be afraid to make mistakes. We’ll meet back up in two weeks and talk about formatics.” Twenty years later and Philips ― who is back overseeing the station again ― has yet to set up the meeting.
The Bert Show originates from Cumulus' Q99.7 in Atlanta and airs across numerous stations in the U.S. Bert Weiss is set to lead the much anticipated session: 'Managing Content In A PC Driven World' during next month's Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. Scheduled to join will be Dana Cortez, Louie Diaz, Fred Jacobs, Brian Philips, Brian Sherman and Cat Thomas.
Bobby Bones Marries Caitlin Parker In Tennessee
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2021 –– Radio's Bobby Bones married Caitlin Parker on Saturday, July 17 at a private ceremony from their Nashville home. On Instagram he posted: "Greatest night of my life." According to E-online, the reception included a performance by Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay. In addition, People reported that the star-studded celebration included country singers Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen as guests, while former tennis player Andy Roddick was a groomsman. "
"So great to finally share our wedding with you guys," Bobby wrote. "For safety reasons, we kept it under wraps as to when/where. It was at our house. And people have done some shady stuff recently to us. And we didn't want our guests some who are well known to feel like they were unsafe." Bones quipped, "You know folks will run through a wall for a Dan+Shay show [face with tears emojis].
Bobby announced their engagement in October 2020 with a message on social media that read in part, "I waited so long for the right one. And it [paid] off. Surprised her with a secret proposal in the barn in the backyard." PHOTO/Bobby Bones Instagram
[WATCH] KLOS' Erik Scott Smith Creates Streetwear Fashion Brand Benefiting Inner City Youth
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2021 –– KLOS/LA's Heidi & Frank morning show Air Talent/Exec Producer Erik Scott Smith has always loved telling stories. “It’s what drew me to the entertainment industry in the first place,” says Smith. “From being a stage actor to the world of film/TV and ultimately, my home in radio…they’re all just different forms of storytelling.” Erik says that his latest creative venture, a streetwear clothing brand called 'Scavenger' CAVENGER, is just another way to tell stories…and hopefully create some new ones too.
“Every Scavenger design uses artwork that is over 100 years old and fallen into public domain,” explains the personality-turned-entrepreneur. “But we use new technology, along with a modern eye, to bring these artists back from the grave. By wearing Scavenger garment, you give their work a voice again.” Because Scavenger is unable to pay the original artists for their work, they instead pay it forward: by contributing 10% of each purchase to Inner-City Arts, a program that uses arts education to positively affect the lives of inner-city children. “We are funding the artists of the future…using art from the past,” Erik says. “Like Scavenger's motto says : True Art Never Dies.”
The online Scavenger store officially launched Sunday, July 18th after a successful 48-hour pre-sale to Erik’s Instagram followers. “I risked it all,” Smith stated in an emotional video posted to social media on Friday night. Through tear-filled eyes, he continued, “I was so scared…but in one day…I made back my money. Thank you.” Erik attributes the successful pre-sale to the power of radio. “There’s no connection like it in the world. The KLOS listeners are my family. And together, we did something really special this weekend.” The SCAVENGER store is live now - WATCH HERE - Smith is happy to announce that “2/3 of the inventory is already sold out.”
BLOG: Go Big On Personality Branding
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2021 –– Following its recent blog: 'Updating Your Station Brand, The Randy Lane Company's Jeff McHugh decided he and Lane would dive even deeper on personality branding ideas. McHugh writes, "With half of Americans now subscribing to some kind of audio service like Spotify or SiriusXM, FM stations that brand music programming alone face diminishing returns. Content and personalities matter more today. Go big or go home when it comes to promoting your stars. Here are some guidelines that we’ve been sharing with clients:
Characters over contests. I saw a TV commercial recently for a station here in Portland doing a generic cash giveaway -- barely mentioned the music format, personalities not mentioned at all. Instead: put talent on-camera in every TV and social media production.
Characters over concerts. Which will fans react to more: “The SirusXM Summer Concert Series”, or The Howard Stern Summer Concert Series? Rename generic station concerts and artist showcases as a party personally thrown by your hosts. Big faces, small logos. At a Portland Thorns soccer match recently, I saw a billboard for one of the mega radio corporation apps – a huge company logo and some text. Audiences bond with people, not platforms. We prefer the approach by The Tonight Show in this billboard for Jimmy Fallon –large Jimmy, tiny NBC logo.
Posts from personalities. The highest social media engagement comes from posts where the audience can watch talent goof around in the hallway like this clip from Griff and Caroline of Jack FM Halifax and see faces of the people they love, like The Men’s Room at KISW Seattle.
Promote content within a show. In one campaign, KDWB in Minneapolis chose to focus on Dave Ryan’s quest to get Lindsay Lohan on his show instead of generic music position billboards.
Client meet-and-greets. Promote your talent to clients with tours of your studios. Coordinate occasional 10-minute hellos over coffee with your personalities. We often underestimate the powerful effect of face-to-face encounters between advertisers and on-air stars.
Of Note: Randy Lane will lead a special: THE PEOPLE AND STORIES BEHIND SOME OF RADIO'S MOST SUCCESSFUL SHOWS at MSBC33 - stay tune for more details.
Brian Taylor Takes Afternoons On Colorado Springs’ CAT Country 95.1/KATC-FM
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has named 20-year Country radio veteran Brian Taylor as On-Air Host, Afternoons, for Colorado Springs’ CAT Country 95.1/KATC-FM. Taylor will take the CAT Country mic Monday through Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Taylor has been an on-air talent for Westwood One since 2019. Prior to that, he was CEO for Hillbilly Live, a digital content company, and was a popular radio personality for Denver, CO, Country station 98.5 KYGO. Taylor is a familiar name and voice in the Colorado Springs area, and was On-Air Personality, Assistant Program Director and Music Director for a competing Country station in Colorado Springs for several years. He was also previously on-air for Country station KBXB-FM in Sikeston/Cape Girardeau, MO.
Bo Jaxson, Program Director, CAT Country 95.1/KATC-FM, said: “We are so excited to have this true cowboy join our CAT Country family! Between the hats, guitars, whiskey and dogs, he’s going to be the perfect fit for Afternoons on CAT Country!” Brian Taylor commented: “I love Colorado Springs! This city is home for me and has been for almost ten years now. I grew up listening to Country radio and radio is something I’ve always loved. It’s the original social media platform to me. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of this business since my senior year in high school. Getting this chance to do afternoons with CAT Country 95.1 means everything to me.”
[WATCH] 107.7 The Bone's Lamont & Tonelli Among 2021 Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame Inductees
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2021 –– After a remarkable 32-year run on the air in the Bay Area, its local Radio Hall of Fame (BARHOF) announced that Lamont & Tonelli of Cumulus' The Bone/KSAN are among its class of 2021 Inductees.
Lamont & Tonelli are the bay area's longest running team. Lamont, originally from Canada, began his Bay Area career at KSJO, later moving to KSAN. Paul Tonelli was born in San Francisco and is a graduate of SF State. - WATCH ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
WSGW's Dave Maurer Inducted Into MAB Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2021 ––WSGW Operations Manager Dave Maurer is being inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Hall of Fame. “Dave’s distinguished career makes him truly deserving of this honor. Dave began his radio career in1967 as an announcer with WIDG Radio in St. Ignace. Not long after, he was Alpha Saginaw cluster, Content Director for both 100.5 and 790 Newsradio WSGW, and for the past 42 years, the morning show anchor we spend our mornings with.
As Dave advanced in his career, he found great satisfaction in helping Michigan’s smaller markets develop their broadcast content and capabilities. Among his notable achievements: Dave and his news team were named AP Station of the Year for 25 consecutive years; in 2005, he received the Michigan AP Lifetime Achievement Award; and in 2016, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for his coverage and contributions to humanitarian causes in Northeast Michigan. Under his leadership, WSGW was awarded the 2020 NAB Crystal Award for Community Service and the 2020 NAB Service to America Award for the Sharing Hope Radiothon.
Public Invited To Celebrate New KQED HQ; Includes 238-Seat Event Center, Podcast 'Garage'
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2021 –– The public is invited to the grand opening of public Radio & TV's newly renovated KQED. They'll hold an open house and block party on Sept. 25 to celebrate the grand opening of its $94 million redesigned building, which is nearing completion. According to the Bay Area's Daily Post, there are more rooms for public events, media-making and community building. The building, which KQED bought and moved into in 1991, will feature technologically upgraded production and studio spaces that have been designed to be light-filled and have “visual transparency.”
Among the highlights, there is a new 238-seat multipurpose event center called The Commons, where KQED Live will be filmed. KQED Live is a new events program featuring reporters and personalities from KQED, NPR, PBS and a host of community partners. The center will host 60 to 80 events a year. “KQED will redefine public media for the Bay Area, making it more diverse, participatory and community powered,” said Michael Isip, KQED president and CEO. “The new headquarters will enable our staff to thrive in providing crucial programming and education services, and will expand possibilities for our community to come together to find common ground.”
Plus, the new facility will provide a place to make podcasts. In a collaboration with award-winning audio journalism and storytelling producer PRX, they'll launch he PRX Podcast Garage at KQED. Podcast producers will gather in the Garage, people will learn about pod-casting through regular workshops and have the chance to make their own podcast with state-of-the-art recording and mixing equipment. For more information, visit kqed.org/events
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Brian Kelly Set To Lead Realigned Top 40 Prog. Dept. For Audacy; Julia And 'Bru' Expand Shows To Additional Markets
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2021 –– Audacy revealed yesterday in a staff memo a realignment of its Top 40 Department. Titled: "Top 40 Programming Investment & Innovation," they announced the corporate Top 40 programming team will be lead by Top 40 Format Captain, Brian Kelly, their current VP of Operations for Audacy Milwaukee.
The memo added that it will continue to invest in local morning show talent, recognizing the vital role these shows play in their communities, adding, "We are fortunate to have two rising star air talents and will expand the footprint for Julia (Lepidi) Middays and (Josh) Bru (Brubaker) Afternoons/Night), giving them the ability to connect with audiences across the country.
Joining Kelly on the Programming Leadership team will be Regional Vice Presidents of Programming: DJ Buck (WZMX-FM) Jammer (WEZB-FM) Nathan Graham (WTDY-FM) Sue O’Neil (WKSE-FM) Todd Cavanah (WBBM-FM) Regional Brand Managers: Erik Bradley (WBBM-FM) Michael “Big Mic” Buhrman (KSFM-FM) Mike Danger (WPXY-FM) Mike “OD” O’Donnell (WKRZ-FM) Molly Cruz (WXSS-FM)
Julia will now be heard on… Middays (10am-3pm): WKSE-FM Buffalo WKXJ-FM Chattanooga WFBC-FM Greenville, SC KLUC-FM Las Vegas KAMP-FM Los Angeles WPOW-FM Miami WXSS-FM Milwaukee WEZB-FM New Orleans WNVZ-FM Norfolk WTDY-FM Philadelphia KALV-FM Phoenix WRVQ-FM Richmond WPXY-FM Rochester KUDL-FM Sacramento Afternoons (3pm-7pm): WBBM-FM Chicago - Julia currently host afternoons on B96/WBBM Chicago.
Bru will be heard on… Afternoons (3pm-7pm): WKSE-FM Buffalo WKXJ-FM Chattanooga WFBC-FM Greenville, SC KLUC-FM Las Vegas KAMP-FM Los Angeles WXSS-FM Milwaukee WNVZ-FM Norfolk WRVQ-FM Richmond Nights (7pm-11pm): WBBM-FM Chicago WPOW-FM Miami WEZB-FM New Orleans WTDY-FM Philadelphia KALV-FM Phoenix WPXY-FM Rochester KUDL-FM Sacramento - Bru is the current PM Drive host at KNOU Los Angeles.
iHeart Denver Flips The Party To All New Hits 95.7
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced today the debut of the new HITS 95.7, The Home of Commercial Free Weekends, effective immediately. HITS 95.7 will broadcast contemporary hit music, including songs from artists like Billie Eilish, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Rihanna. The station will also feature a roster of top-on-air personalities and hosts, such as Chelsea, Frankie V., Drew, plus around-the-clock, nonstop music on weekends.
“The launch of HITS 95.7 marks the dawn of a new era in Denver radio,” said JoJo Turnbeaugh, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Denver Region. “Our passion for hit music — including non-stop, uninterrupted music on the weekends— along with top-notch personalities will propel HITS 95.7 to new heights in the Mile High City.”
The station's on-air lineup will feature Chelsea, Frankie V. and Drew
EVENTS: The Bob & Tom Show Takes The Stage In Indianapolis To Help Send Kids To Camp
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2021 –– Westwood One syndicated Bob & Tom Show, kicked off the summer with a night of live comedy at the historic Irving Theater in Indianapolis, raising $10,000 in one night to send Indianapolis area children to summer camp. The benefit event, Bob & Tom's Pop-Up Comedy For A Caus,e featured performances by three stand-up comedians from the cast of Show, and was co-hosted by the Hall of Fame morning show's Tom Griswold and Chick McGee.
The pop-up comedy event, held on June 25th, was produced and presented by The Bob & Tom Show in less than 7 days and featured cast members from the show, including comedian Pat Godwin, comedian Jeff Oskay and comedian Willie Griswold. Griswold aid: “This was the first event we’ve done in nearly 18 months due to COVID-19. Judging from ticket sales, the enthusiasm of the crowd and the money raised in just one night, we can tell folks are ready to get out and have some fun. For more information about The BOB & TOM Show, visit: www.bobandtom.com.
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NIELSEN: 9 In 10 Consumers Are 'Ready To Go', Radio Listening Rises Amid Rising Optimism
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2021 –– Nielsen released the findings of its latest Nielsen Audio Consumer Sentiment survey, an ongoing study series addressing current American sentiment around COVID-19. The sixth study in the series was conducted June 22 -25, 2021 and reflects responses from 1,000 respondents across the U.S. The study includes insights about activities consumers engage in, including health, schooling, employment, and transportation during the pandemic as well as new data about vaccines, and people’s purchasing habits.
According to the Nielsen Audio Consumer Sentiment survey, consumers eighteen and older now show high optimism as the COVID crisis abates. The survey looked at three segments reflecting attitudes about the pandemic: People who are “Ready To Go,” those who “Proceed With Caution,” and consumers who “Wait And See” when it comes to resuming normal activities. In April of last year, during the peak of the lock-down, consumers were roughly equally divided among these groups. Now in June 2021, the Ready To Go segment reached a new high of 90%, of American consumers reflecting rising optimism.
There were big gains in each of key indicators on consumer attitudes about COVID-19 in the latest study. For example, in June 2021 nearly all (95%) say people are starting to resume more normal activities. Ninety percent or more say their town is emerging from the crisis, stores that were closed are beginning to open again and they will resume normal activities. There was a 21 percentage point gain in those who say it is safer than it was a month ago jumping from 64% in March 2021 to 85% in June 2021. There was a 59 point jump in those who say things feel more normal now in June 2021 (84%) compared with April 2020 (25%). Nearly twice as many say they will resume most normal activities in June 2021 (81%) compared with April 2020 (42%). In addition, more than two thirds (68%) say they are less concerned about the virus.
The study showed that 26% of consumers are spending more than an hour in their vehicles in June 2021 compared with 14% in April 2020. Heavy radio listeners are far more likely to spend more than an hour in their vehicle (40%) compared with total consumers (26%).
“With easing restrictions, America is getting out on the open road and time spent in vehicles continues to climb,” said Brad Kelly (shown right), Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “More road trips, commuting to work, visits to family and friends and trips to stores means more listening to broadcast radio and an opportunity for advertisers to capitalize on America’s increasing consumer confidence as we emerge from the pandemic.”
98.9 The Rock Kansas City's Johnny Dare Hospitalized, Says PD
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2021 –– Sending out our thoughts and best wishes for popular Kansas City morning host Johnny Dare who has been hospitalized. Numerous local news outlets were quick to notice a Facebook post yesterday by KQRC/98.9 The Rock's PD Bob Edwards who wrote:
"There are many questions coming into the station about the unexpected Johnny Dare Morning Show best-of shows. Johnny is having issues with his pancreas and is hospitalized in a lot of pain. Tests are still being run to diagnose and treat the problem. We will keep you posted. Please know we sincerely appreciate everyone’s concern. Expect Johnny and the rest of the show to return soon.
The Johnny Dare Morning Show has helmed mornings in Kansas City since 1993. KQRC-FM is owned by Audacy.
SYNDICATION: YEA Networks To Debut 'In the Mix With Alex Angelo' This Weekend
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2021 –– YEA Networks is partnering with artist, producer and DJ, Alex Angelo to launch a 4-hour weekly mix show, officially debuting the weekend of July 16th. “In the Mix with Alex Angelo” will have CHR and Hip-Hop versions, each with hosted or un-hosted options. Alex will host the CHR version and Lauren “Lo”Sessions (of Portland’s Hip-Hop, WE 102.9 - shown right) will serve as host of the Hip-Hop version.
Alex Angelo, despite being just 20 years old, has years of experience mixing for radio, having created mixes for Radio Disney’s “Saturday Night Party,” Cleveland Cavaliers games, and touring with Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony and others.
Angelo said, “I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with YEA Networks. I wanted to create a different kind of mix show that is focused on this generation, without throwing out the format. I am excited as a producer to create some exclusive remixes for the show. You can expect to hear the biggest artists, songs and trending TikTok sounds IN THE MIX!”
In the Mix with Alex Angelo will be market-exclusive and already has secured contracts in 10 markets including San Antonio TX, Portland OR, Columbia SC, Palm Springs CA and Dayton OH. Listen to the demo and find out more at: https://yeanetworks.com/in-the-mix-with-alex-angelo-syndicated-mix-show-for-weekends To secure the rights for this barter-based show, or to grab a FREE mix to use any time with no-commitment or cost, please contact Scott Kerr at YEA Networks at 843-270-2836 or email@example.com
EVENTS: ALT 98.7 Returns To Live Shows With 'Come Out And Play,' Hosted By The Woody Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ ALT 98.7 announced ALT 98.7’s “COME OUT AND PLAY” – A free show, featuring The Offspring and The Maine, taking place on Sunday, August 8, on the grounds of the all new SoFi Stadium from 12-3 pm. ALT 98.7’s “COME OUT AND PLAY” is part of the Los Angeles Chargers FanFest, and will be hosted by ALT 98.7’s #1 rated morning show, “The Woody Show” and DJ Scotty Fox. Immediately following the show, all fans are invited to check out the Los Angeles Chargers open team practice happening inside SoFi Stadium for free.
“After not seeing live shows in over a year, we wanted to create something really special for our listeners. This will be the perfect Southern California experience, and it’s all free,” said Lisa Worden, Vice President of Rock and Alternative for iHeartMedia and Program Director for ALT 98.7. “The Offspring will bring the party and then fans can see the Chargers play after? It’s a no-brainer.
The Alliance for Women In Media Celebrates Monumental 70th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2021 ––The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) announces a celebration of the organization’s 70th anniversary, which includes the launch of a VOICES OF COURAGE digital tapestry, a commemorative logo and a social media campaign, using #VoicesOfCourage and #70YearsOfCourage.
Since its inception in 1951, AWM, originally known as American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), has been committed to inspiring, educating, celebrating accomplishments and expanding networks of women across all segments of media. AWM is the aggregation of all women’s voices in media, and the leaders of the organization know that every voice is not only different, but rich in its individual context.
In order to share these narratives in an even more personal and meaningful way, AWM has developed a new website, which has been titled, “Voices.” AWM’s leadership encourages media professionals to join the celebration by contributing to the tapestry.
To view the VOICES OF COURAGE tapestry and add the individual who inspires you, visit celebrateawm.org. If you are interested in supporting the next 70 years of AWM or sponsoring a square on the tapestry, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/foundation/make-a-donation/. To learn more about AWM, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/about/.
91X To Bring Holiday Cheer With Local Natives & Black Pumas
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2021 –– Marking our first holiday announcement this year, 91X, San Diego’s local, independent, alternative radio station, announced the station’s annual holiday benefit concert will be co-headlined by Local Natives and Black Pumas, with both bands performing full sets. KennyHoopla and Surf Curse will round out show, happening on Sunday, December 12 at Pechanga Arena, and this will be the first rock show at the venue since last year.
Tickets for the 91X Holiday Benefit Concert go on-sale this Saturday, July17 at 10:00 AM online at AXS.com, via the AXS App, and at the Pechanga Arena San Diego box office during operating hours. 91X Program Director Garett Michaels said, “Although it’s July, we’re excited for the return of the 91X Holiday Benefit Concert in December! For this year, we have curated an artist lineup that represents the musical diversity of 91X and channels our spirit of music discovery."
The 91X Holiday Benefit Concert is presented by Subaru. The concert is being produced by Goldenvoice.
Apple Music To Celebrate 300 Episodes of Elton John’s 'Rocket Hour' Radio Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2021 –– Apple Music will celebrate 300 episodes and 6 years of Elton John’s Rocket Hour, one of the longest running radio shows airing on Apple Music radio, with a multi-day celebration featuring special interviews and programming on Apple Music 1, Apple Music Hits and Apple Music TV. udiscovermusic.com reports that Zane Lowe will kick things off with in-depth interview with Elton beginning today at 10am PT on Apple Music 1.
“Elton John’s Rocket Hour has been a truly groundbreaking music experience,” said Zane Lowe, Apple Music’s co-head of Artist Relations and radio host. “Everyone who knows Elton knows how dedicated he is to artists and new music. To hear him talk about it is so inspiring because he speaks from the experience of his legendary career, but without losing that feeling of being a fan. This milestone really touches my heart, congrats my friend!”
HONORS: WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5 Baltimore Earns 4 Associated Press Awards
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2021 –– WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5 earned 4 first-place awards during this past Saturday’s Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association virtual Awards ceremony, recognizing outstanding broadcast journalism from stations in Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The first-place awards include Outstanding Spot News reporting for its coverage of an explosion at a row home in Baltimore in August of 2020. WBAL News also took home first place in the category of Documentary/In-Depth Reporting for its WBAL News Now Extra program and afternoon anchor Robert Lang was recognized in the Best Anchor category. Additionally, WBAL NewsRadio’s morning team of C4 and Bryan Nehman—less than 12 months after their pairing—earned top honors in the Outstanding Talk Show Category.
In all, WBAL NewsRadio was nominated in 6 categories; the station was a finalist in the category of Best Newscast and longtime reporter Scott Wykoff was a finalist in the Best Reporter category. “WBAL NewsRadio has enjoyed a solid 96-year bond with our community," said Cary Pahigian, the station's President and General Manager. “It starts with unequaled work by our news team, along with informed insight from our talk hosts. We are so proud to be recognized in multiple categories by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association.”
PRODUCTS: Good Parts Media Expands Services To Detroit, Minneapolis, Charleston & San Luis Obispo
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2021 –– Good Parts Media, an AdLarge company, announced several stations have recently signed on for their prep services. Cumulus station WDVD in Detroit will use The Hookup Prep along with Hubbard’s KULO in Minneapolis. Charleston’s WCOO owned by L.M. Communications and San Luis Obispo’s KZOZ, part of the American General Media group are both taking advantage of Mr. Prep, while Hubbard’s KIKV (Minneapolis) opted for Prep Country. All services are members of the Good Parts Media portfolio.
Good Parts Media offers a family of prep products for multiple formats that perfectly curates content hosts rely on to connect with their listeners and make their stations shine. For more information about Good Parts Media please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Morning Show Opportunity In The Midwest
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2021 –– File this one under 'blind opportunity, but if you ant a fun job with a small, but great company in the midwest, check this out. If you LOVE radio, LOVE hittin’ the streets and LOVE Social Media, we’d LOVE to hear from you! Can you take direction, laugh at yourself and handle working in the nicest studios you’ve ever worked in? Are you funny? We actually still do fun, big money local contests! Great radio is alive here, come play! Good money for the right person! Join the markets #1 Morning Show! They are very high profile, so people will know you when you go out! Enjoy your downtime at the lake in the summer and snowboarding in the winter! Looking now, so convince us you’re the one! Send us your stuff DBBLJ@msn.com
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Big Jim O'Brien Inks Multiyear Extension With Beasley's WCSX-FM Detroit
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group has renewed a multiyear deal with WCSX-FM Morning Personality Big Jim O’Brien in Detroit! The veteran Motor City on-air host, who has been officially serving as the morning host for the past six years, has worked at the station for a total of 18 years. “It’s been an honor to create Big Jim’s House Morning Show on 94.7 WCSX with the support of everyone at Beasley Media Group,” said O’Brien. “Thank you to Caroline Beasley, Brian Beasley, Justin Chase, Scott Jameson and Mac Edwards. I’m very proud to be associated with such amazing professionals and can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
“Jim has ALL the key qualities of an engaging on-air talent - he’s prepared, generates fresh ideas, and always puts the listener first,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of National Content and Director of Detroit Programming, Scott Jameson.
“We’re thankful to have Jim with WCSX & Beasley Detroit.” “The picture says it all,” said Beasley Media Detroit Vice President and Market Manager, Mac Edwards. “Pardon the pun, but Jim is a GEM! He cares about Detroit, has a passion for Classic Rock, the artists who created this amazing music, and his fellow human beings, especially our beloved Veterans. We couldn’t be happier having Jim representing WCSX and our team!”
WAMU Names Erika Pulley-Hayes As New GM
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2021 –– DC-based WAMU has hired Erika Pulley-Hayes to lead the station as its new general manager. Pulley-Hayes, president and CEO of Community Communications, Inc., an NPR affiliate in Orlando, Florida, will start her new role August 30. Pulley-Hayes told DCist in an interview Monday that she is most excited about joining the “spirit and energy” of Washington. “Washington, D.C., is really a public radio station’s dream market,” she says. “D.C. is the seventh media market in the country. That’s a big deal. So I just think there are so many positives about this opportunity about this city, at this university, with this station. If you’re going to be in public media, this is where you want to be.”
In a statement, a WAMU spokesperson said that as general manager, Pulley-Hayes will “oversee all aspects of WAMU’s operations and a staff of more than 100, and she will serve as WAMU’s ambassador to the Washington, D.C. region and the public media system.” Pulley-Hayes says she thought about applying for the GM position when Yore resigned, but did not pursue it immediately: “I was here [in Florida], and I was working.” A recruiter called and asked if she was interested, to which she said, “Yes.” “Maybe I manifested my own destiny,” she says smiling, months later. The station considered more than 130 candidates for the role, according to Seth Grossman, a VP at American University and chief of staff to the president, who led the station’s search committee. Grossman has also served as interim GM of WAMU since Yore’s departure.
Rick Parrish Named President For SummitMedia Omaha
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2021 –– SummitMedia has named Rick Parrish as President over its Omaha cluster which includes KXSP, KQCH, KKCD, KSRZ and KEZO (home base for the nationally syndicated Todd & Tyler Show. Parrish joins SummitMedia with nearly 50 years of experience including stints as a Market Manager for several companies including Clear Channel, Cumulus and Cherry Creek.
SummitMedia CEO Carl Parmer stated, "We are very excited to have Rick lead our amazing team in Omaha. His wealth of experience, passion and competitive nature will serve us well as we move forward."
"I'm excited to be a part of the leadership of SummitMedia Omaha," says Parrish. "SummitMedia has an excellent team in Omaha that is dedicated to entertaining and informing our listeners and achieving outstanding results for our clients."
Radio's Larry Elder Running for California Governor; Carl Jackson To Cover Slot During Elder's Run
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2021 –– Salem Radio Network's talk host Larry Elder is officially in the race to be California's next governor, joining a crowded field of Republican candidates vying to replace Governor Gavin Newsom. Elder formally announced his decision to run against Newsom on Monday, calling the Democrat "arrogant" in a Twitter video. According to Newsweek, Newsom will face a recall vote on September 14, and if 50 percent of Californians vote to remove him, the state will have a new governor.
This follows The Radio Hall of Fame announcing on Monday that Elder would be among it class of 2021 in the Spoken Word category to be voted on by listeners. Following his announcement, Elder will step down from his daily radio show.
Salem Media Group announced that after Larry Elder, threw his hat into the ring to run for Governor they'll replace Elder's show with Carl Jackson (R) for the period of time he is a legal candidate, through the election on September 14th. If Larry loses Salem will return Larry to his position in the Salem Lineup
Carl already has a show on Salem owned AM 950 The Answer in Orlando. He also is a regular substitute host for Dennis Prager, having done the Prager show 6 times already this year. He now owns his own business in Orlando, but has a secret desire to become a radio talk show host. That desire is not so secret anymore.
“Carl has a warm and engaging personality on the air, and because he had to fight his way out of hard circumstances, he is able to convince others of his correct life style decisions,” said Salem Sr. VP of Spoken Word Formats, Phil Boyce. “When I was trying to find my way out of the poor life choices I had made, I read two of Larry’s books. Now it is such an honor to sit in his chair for a time, during Larry’s run for governor,” said Carl.
STUDY: Number of U.S. Latino Monthly Podcast Listeners Soars; Up 44% Year Over Year
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2021 –– The Latino Podcast Listener Report 2021 from Edison Research finds that 36% of U.S. Latinos age 18+ (16 million people) have listened to a podcast in the last month, which is a 44% increase over 2020 (25%). This is narrowing the gap with the overall 18+ U.S. population, of whom 40% are monthly podcast listeners. New research shows that this dramatic increase comes from both English-dominant and Spanish-dominant listeners. The U.S. Latino Podcast Listener report was commissioned by Adonde Media, Lantigua Williams & Co., Libsyn, PRX, Simplecast, Sonoro, SXM Media, and was conducted by Edison Research. This is the second annual release of the report.
One factor may have contributed to the changes seen in the most recent study: the COVID-19 pandemic. Over half (54%) of Latino monthly podcast listeners say they began listening to podcasts during the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020 or after). Forty-four percent of non-Spanish dominant U.S. Latino monthly podcast listeners and 57% of Spanish-dominant U.S. Latino monthly podcast listeners began listening within the last year, which reinforces the idea that available content for Latino listeners is increasing.
The Latino Podcast Listener Report 2021 may be downloaded in English or Spanish at www.edisonresearch.com/the-latino-podcast-listener-report-2021.
SYNDICATION: The Dana Show Welcomes More Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2021 –– Nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Dana Loesch and Radio America announced the addition of these new affiliates: KIVA-Albuquerque, NM, KJJR-Whitefish, MT, KNFT-Bayard, NM, KRSN-Los Alamos, NM, KWOR- Worland, WY, KODI-Cody, WY, KIML,Gillette, WY, WNIX-Greenville, MS, and WULK-FM- Crawfordville, GA Dana’s radio program is currently broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide (and growing). Recently, Radio America and Audacy announced a multi-station deal clearing The Dana Show in eleven (11) Audacy markets.
Dana is a regular contributor to FOX News and has been invited to provide election analysis on FOX, CNN, and ABC and has also appeared on HBO. She is the author of three books; her third book was released in 2020: the best selling Grace Canceled: How Outrage is Destroying Lives, Ending Debate, and Endangering Democracy. For more info, contact Mike Paradiso (703) 302-1010 email@example.com
Beasley Picks vCreative Software For Commercial Production, Promotions and Trade Operations
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2021 –– vCreative announced today that Beasley Media Group signed on to implement vCreative’s suite of software products across its enterprise. All Beasley stations will deploy vPPO for commercial production, vPromotions for promotions, contesting and event management, and vTrade to manage their trade inventory.
With the web-based vCreative platform, Beasley users can work from any location with ease, giving them a flexible and efficient operating model. vCreative solutions also automate the production-to-air process, giving users more time to create great content and engaging campaigns that drive revenue.
“Our business has grown more complex as we have grown into new and innovative areas for our audiences and our advertising customers,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “vCreative’s solutions are essential to bridge the gap between what we promise and what we deliver, providing us with a best-in-class platform that enables our teams to have more time to do what they do best: create.”
“Beasley Media Group is a powerhouse in our industry and we are excited that they have made the decision to work exclusively with vCreative for its production, promotions and trade productivity solutions,” said Susie Hedrick, vCreative CEO. “Beasley’s selection of our platform is a vote of confidence that we are achieving our mission to help our customers grow revenue through time-saving technology.”
EVENT: Nearly 100 Stations Set Today For Benztown's 'Free Britney Day'
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2021 – Benztown reports they're now up to 91 U.S. stations in markets including San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago and San Diego, that have signed on to air Free Britney Radio today, hosted by Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees.
Benztown will have correspondents onsite at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in L.A. today to provide live updates and on-the-scene audio from fans that turn out to support Britney. It is not too late for stations to join this phenomenal industry effort!
“Free Britney Radio” was developed by Benztown in conjunction with programming consultant, Mike McVay, President, McVay Media, with content written by Gillette, programming strategist for Benztown.
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PODCAST: iHeart And Will Packer Media Debut 'The Lower Bottoms' Narrated By Kelsey Grammer
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedi and Will Packer Medi led by Hollywood producer Will Packer, debuted “The Lower Bottoms,” a new scripted and shadowy podcast series told through the voices that make-up a quickly gentrifying neighborhood in West Oakland, California. The ten-episode series is the first production from the recently-announced partnership between the two companies, which will introduce a slate of original scripted and unscripted podcasts to the iHeartPodcast Network.
The official trailer for “The Lower Bottoms” is available now, with the first episode launching July 20 on iHeartRadio and all major podcast platforms. Narrated by legendary actor Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Frasier), the new series centers on intensifying tensions in the Bay Area’s Lower Bottoms, where newcomers and natives clash amid a troubling rise of vandalism and arson. Each episode of the narrative podcast inches closer to revealing the perpetrator of these crimes, though discovering their identity turns out to be anything but simple.
“I can’t think of a better show to kick off our partnership with Will Packer Media than ‘The Lower Bottoms,’” said Will Pearson, Chief Operating Officer for the iHeartPodcast Network. “The series offers a little bit of everything: compelling characters, surprising twists, dark comedy and, of course, the legendary talents of Kelsey Grammer guiding us through the unmistakable atmosphere of the Bay Area.
Dave Milner And Bob Walker Promoted To Presidents' Posts At Cumulus
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2021 ––Cumulus has elevated Dave Milner (L) to President, Cumulus Operations, and Bob Walker (R) to President, Cumulus Operations, effective immediately. Both Milner and Walker report directly to Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, CUMULUS MEDIA, and previously served as EVP, Operations for the company.
Berner said: “This elevation is a well-deserved recognition of their respective contributions to the Company’s success. Over the past several years, not only has the scope of both Bob’s and Dave’s direct responsibilities grown beyond their market portfolios, they also play a significant and vital role in the operations of the Company overall. Moreover, in addition to being terrific executives, they are terrific colleagues as well.”
SummitMedia Names Steve Fehder President SummitMedia Louisville
Mike Rossi Named New Midday Host On Beasley's WJBR-FM Wilmington, Delaware
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group has named radio veteran Mike Rossi as its new Midday Personality (10am-2pm) at WJBR-FM in Wilmington, Delaware. He will begin his new position on Monday, August 2, 2021. Rossi spent over 30 years at WSTW-FM. In addition to midday hosting duty, he held the roles of Music Director and, from 2013-2020, Program Director. Previously he worked at WGRX-FM in Baltimore and WMJJ-FM in Birmingham.
“In addition to be an outstanding air personality, Mike Rossi has always been about service to the Wilmington area, said Beasley Media Group Vice President and Market Manager, Joe Bell. “It’s no surprise that he ended up at Wilmington’s community station, WJBR!”
“A generation of listeners from Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania grew up listening to Mike,” said WJBR Program Director and Afternoon Personality, Eric Johnson. “We are thrilled to have his friendly personality and voice heard on the legendary WJBR!”
NETWORKS: Joe Breezy Named Manager Of Industry Relations For 'Open House Party
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2021 –– United Stations Media Networks announced that the long-running 'Open House Party' has added veteran programmer and air personality Joe Breezy to the show’s team as Manager of Industry Relations. In his new role, Breezy will work closely with the show’s long-time host, Kannon, on all things related to the guest bookings on the program, the music programming and other feature elements of the show. Breezy’s home station, WNFN (Hot 106.7)/Nashville is an affiliate of both weekend editions of Open House Party, the 5-hour Saturday Night program as well as the 5-hour Sunday Night show.
Joe Breezy is an accomplished, popular on-air talent and Brand Manager who has spent 5 years Programming WNFN in Nashville. He got his start doing promotions at KYLD/ San Francisco where he eventually hosted nights. He quickly moved into on-air positions at KKFR and KZON in Phoenix, KHTS in San Diego, KDND in Sacramento, WWVA in Atlanta and WODS in Boston prior to Nashville. Breezy was also the host of United Stations’ syndicated program “The Celebrity Top Ten Countdown” prior to his involvement with Open House Party. He will occasionally fill in for Kannon on the weekend shows.
United Stations’ Andy Denemark commented, “The combination of Kannon and Joe Breezy gives Open House Party the best one-two punch in Top 40 radio. The guys have a great working relationship, they both have a fantastic understanding of the CHR format, and together their reputations among the record companies, artists and management companies is flawless. We are totally fired up about what’s next in terms of the musical guests on Open House Party.”
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Atlanta Host Jason Bailey Invents Tennis Product
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2021 –– Jason Bailey, host of The Bailey & Southside Morning Show, can now add “Inventor” to his resume. The 46 year old radio personality has created a revolutionary new tennis product called My Court Caddy. The concept was born when Jason Bailey, inventor of My Court Caddy, finally had enough with that dreadful 3rd ball while on the tennis courts. Either someone doesn’t pick it up during play, sprains their ankle, loses it or the ball finds the only puddle on the court.
My Court Caddy is a tennis player’s homebase for balls, towels, water bottles and anything else you decide to hang on any of the 3 hooks available. How does it work? Very simple. You just hook it onto the chain link fence with the 2 clips in the back and let gravity do its job. There are 2 side hooks and one bottom hook for all of your personal items. Jason Bailey’s new invention is now available for pre-orders on the website.
You can learn more about My Court Caddy at www.MyCourtCaddy.com
PODCASTS: Jamie Lee Curtis Creates and Hosts “Good Friend
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally, today announced “Good Friend,” a new weekly iHeartRadio Original Podcast hosted by award-winning actress and New York Times best-selling children's book author, Jamie Lee Curtis.
“Good Friend”, which premieres July 15 will talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of friendships through both intimate and candid unscripted conversations.
On the premiere episode of Good Friend, Jamie will sit down with her new friend Lena Dunham. They will talk about the intense friendships that inspired the show Girls, how to know when it’s time to move on from a friend group and how knowing yourself better can help you become a good friend.
“During this incredible time, friendships have been tested and while many have withstood this forced time apart and even became stronger, others have fallen away. I’m thrilled to launch ‘Good Friend’ and share candid conversations that will dive into the truth behind friendships and relationships,” said Curtis. “Through this podcast, iHeartRadio has given me the opportunity, with humor, pathos, tears and spilled secrets, to explore dialogues with friends, new and old, and discover what it means to be a truly good friend, as well as how to let them go and how to keep them close.” LISTEN HERE
'Murder in Illinois' Investigates The Murder of The Vaughn Family
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2021 –– iHeart has also launched a new true-crime podcast, “Murder in Illinois,” hosted by writer and producer Lauren Bright. The true-crime podcast investigates Chris Vaughn, a man convicted in 2007 for the murder of his wife and three children, and shares never heard before details about his conviction/trial and case.
In addition, “Murder in Illinois” will feature exclusive interviews with the family of Christopher Vaughn, including his parents, siblings, and extended family members. This is the first time the Vaughn family has spoken publicly about Chris, his wife, his children, the murders, or his arrest, trial, and conviction.
“Murder in Illinois” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network. Listen HERE
Audacy Bolsters Its Newsrooms With Addition Of 50 Journalists For Centralized Digital News Team
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced a multiplatform transformation for its news brands that will allow the company to offer more original digital news content as well as in-depth reporting to complement breaking news broadcast coverage. As part of the transformation, Audacy will launch a new centralized digital team dedicated to news and add over 50 journalists in eight of its newsrooms across the country. This coordinated, multi-platform focus will allow the company to produce an array of fresh audio and local reporting that will be distributed across the Audacy network. The new resources will enable the creation of original podcasts and other specialty digital content that will add to the body of trusted local reporting that Audacy news and news/talk brands deliver to millions of listeners daily.
“The past year has underscored the crucial role of journalism and the demand for trusted quality content has never been higher,” said Jeff Sottolano (R), Executive Vice President of Programming, Audacy. “Audacy’s local news brands have been delivering on-demand news and information for decades and are now poised to build on that foundation. While other news organizations are downsizing, this further investment will allow us to leverage the credibility of our news brands to expand our reach and engagement while continuing to deliver the premier coverage our audience is accustomed to and relies on.”
The multiplatform transformation will also see the launch of original longform podcasts from local news brands; an original national weekly podcast that highlights the most pressing story of the week and draws on reporting and interview content from across the Audacy network of news brands; daily in-depth podcasts and on-demand audio that explore local stories and issues that most affect listeners’ lives; as well as custom newsletters and in-app experiences that offer audiences a chance to explore areas of interest and interact directly with Audacy brands. PHOTO/file photo of WINS NY Newsroom
WFUV's Dennis Elsas Marks 50 Years in New York Radio
To Celebrate With All-Star Special on July 12
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2021 –– Dennis Elsas marks 50 years on New York radio this month, celebrating a colorful career that has stretched from his first overnight shift at WNEW-FM in July 1971 to his present gigs at WFUV and Sirius/XM. On Monday, July 12, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET, Elsas will note that landmark anniversary during his afternoon FUV show with a four-hour, all-star special that includes highlights of favorite interviews with artists such as John Lennon, Elton John, and Joni Mitchell as well as songs that define the soundtrack of Dennis’s radio career.
“I have been very fortunate to do what I love to do for 50 years, playing rock records on the radio,” says Elsas. “I didn’t know anything about the business of radio when I started out, but I knew I loved rock music. I listened closely to the pioneering New York DJs who brought me my favorite songs and told me about the artists behind them. I’m proud to continue that legacy.”
In August 2020, Elsas reached his 20-year milestone as a WFUV host, where he continues his daily shift from 2-6 p.m. ET weekdays. He’s also on Sirius/XM, anchoring weekends on Classic Vinyl and co-hosting the weekly “Beatles Fab Fourum” on The Beatles Channel. WFUV Program Director Rich McLaughlin says, "Everyone at the station sends Dennis their warmest congratulations on his anniversary. We're grateful Dennis has called WFUV his radio home for more than two decades (and counting) of that time. On behalf of the millions of New York radio listeners you've reached and inspired over 50 years, thank you, Dennis, for sharing your passion and knowledge of rock music; for championing rock artists that changed our lives; and for connecting with us in an enduring, authentic, and meaningful way.”
MIW And MRC Data Announce 4th Annual Mentorship Program ‘Elevating Women in Audio'
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2021 – Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW) and MRC Data (formerly Nielsen Music) announced ‘Elevating Women in Audio: MIW & BDS radio Mentorship'. This collaborative effort with BDSradio represents MIW’s fourth annual mentorship opportunity designed specifically for women in music programming. The ‘Elevating Women in Audio: MIW & BDSradio Mentorship’ program is a year-long experience that provides greater opportunities for women interested in management positions in audio, and involves personalized conversations with the best programming minds in the business to help advance a career within the radio/audio industry. In addition, the program will give the mentee the chance to attend Radio Show 2021 this October in Las Vegas Applications are open now HERE and being accepted here through August 5th, 2021.
MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff (shown) said, “Year after year, MIW's Gender Analysis Study shows particular weakness in programming/content opportunities for women. The MRC Data team is to be commended, and thanked, for stepping up with a solution to this on-going issue. This mentorship has consistently identified rock stars and we're eager to work with our next mentee, and grateful for MRC Data's continued support.”
For more information on MIW and the Elevating Women in Radio: MIW-BDS Radio Mentorship program, please visit www.radioMIW.com.
TM Studios Adds Reatro Venture's 'Greau Creative' As Agency of Record
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2021 –– TM Studios has selected Greau Creative as its Agency of Record to handle all national creative design, event production, communications, and branding. Greau, the marketing company led by former Sun Broadcast Group CEO Jason Bailey, will lead creative and branding efforts to further expand TM’s presence across all platforms including the launch of several exciting new products in the coming weeks.
Dave Bethell, Co-Owner of TM Studios, said, “After looking at numerous companies to partner with, we are excited to be working with Greau. We’ve been fans of Jay Bailey’s work for some time now. He and his team are smart, passionate, understand our clients’ needs and daily challenges, and that badass attitude will help us get the message to our clients, partners and potential future clients.”
“I was first introduced to the TM brand when I was doing mornings at WXLO in Worcester back in the 90s, so this is an incredibly cool partnership for me. Its an absolute honor to be worming with TM to grow their already amazing brand. You’ve heard of ear candy…well the sound that TM produces for radio and TV stations is like that 5lb supersized Snickers bar…the biggest and the best!” added Jason Bailey, CEO of Greau’s parent company, Reatro Ventures. For more information call 561-320-3975.
HONORS: Beasley's Heidi Raphael Named To Buffalo Broadcasters' 2021 HOF
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2021 –– Happy to see where one of our favorite people on the planet, Heidi Raphael, Chief of Communications for Beasley Media Group, was honored this week by being named to the The Buffalo Broadcasters Association's 2021 Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Dinner is set for Thursday, November 4th.
According to it program, Raphael began her radio career on-the-air in the mid-eighties at WECK-AM, WGR-AM and WHTT, before joining WGRF-FM/97 Rock. She then worked at stations Cleveland and Detroit, before becoming Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Boston-based Greater Media, Inc.
Throughout her career, Heidi has held positions on numerous national industry boards, including the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Board of Directors and the Alliance for Women in Media. An avid philanthropist and active community member in her hometown of Buffalo, she is a past Chairman & President of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, member of the Buffalo History Museum Board of Managers and Trustee of Medaille College.
Vick Hope And Jordan North Will Replace Nick Grimshaw At BBC Radio 1
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2021 –– Nick Grimshaw is leaving BBC Radio 1 after 14 years to be replaced by Vick Hope and Jordan North on the afternoon drive show. Vick and Jordan will start their new show on Monday 6th September, with Nick finishing on August 12th. Nick announced the news on his show Wednesday afternoon saying working at Radio 1 was like a dream come true but now it’s time to make other dreams come true. Vick will continue to present Life Hacks (Sundays, 4 – 6pm) and The Official Chart: First Look (Sundays, 6 – 7pm) alongside co-host Katie Thistleton. Jordan joined Radio 1 in 2018 as host of Radio 1’s Greatest Hits on Sunday, taking on his current weekend show (Friday – Sunday, 11am – 1pm) in 2020, and appearing on ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’ last year.
BBC Slashes Talent Pay Bill By $2.8M As Stars Take Salary Cuts - The BBC in London has slashed its talent pay bill by around £2 million ($2.8M) after some of the UK broadcaster’s biggest names agreed to salary cuts. BBC Radio 2, presenter Zoe Ball requested that her £1.36M ($1.9M) pay packet be reduced.
Podcast Radio Starts Advertising On Cinema Screens In The UK - A deal between Podcast Radio and Digital Cinema Media has Podcast Radio advertised in Cineworld, Curzon, Odeon, Picturehouse and Vue cinemas around the UK. The 30-second black and white animated ad highlights the large choice of podcasts available and how Podcast Radio can help people choose the best. Over a percussive backing track, a voiceover says: “Two million podcasts, 52 million episodes, one radio station. Discover the world’s best podcasts. Podcast Radio.” Among the voices of podcasters featured in the ad is Hollywood star Alan Alda as his Clear + Vivid podcast series is scheduled on the station. Podcast Radio is on the air on DAB in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. More than half of all radio listening in the UK is on DAB, not AM & FM. Watch the ad HERE
Radio DJ Turned Orange By Fake Tan - Capital and Heart FM presenter Lilah Parsons was promised a “subtle glow” by fake tan drops but was left with an orange. Lilah began her career as a model, but she might be thankful she made the switch to radio presenting where it's easier to hide the results of her recent fake tan fail.
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David Bartley Named PD Over Cumulus AC And Classic Rocker In Wilmington, NC
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has appointed David Bartley as Program Director of Wilmington, NC, Adult Contemporary radio station 102.7 GNI/WGNI-FM and Classic Rock station 94.5 the Hawk/WKXS-FM. Bartley most recently served as Program Director for Cumulus' Q105/WQGN-FM in New London, CT. Bartley was previously Assistant Program Director of WICC 600 AM and was on-air, weekends on WEBE108 in Bridgeport, CT. Prior to that, he was the local content/morning show producer and handled early middays at WKCI-FM in New Haven, CT from 2011-2013.
Eric McCart, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Wilmington, NC, said: “It was immediately clear that David is the right fit and we’re very excited to have him on board in Wilmington to lead our heritage brands. His depth of programming experience will complement our team of incredible media professionals.”
Bartley said: “I’m excited to be a part of the Cumulus Wilmington family and they have welcomed me with open arms! I am very excited for the next chapter in my radio career with two heritage stations in the Wilmington market, and look forward to new beginnings in the Port City. Big thanks to Eric McCart, Barry Fox, and John Dimick for giving me this opportunity.”
Annaliese Lemieux-Kaplan Joins WGH-FM Hampton Roads
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2021 –– Max Media announced that Annaliese Lemieux-Kaplan will join Cash Warren for Hampton Roads’ only live, local country morning show, weekdays from 5am – 10am. She was most recently Morning Co-Host / Music Director at WQMZ-FM in Charlottesville, VA.
“I knew immediately that Annaliese was perfect for the show the first time we spoke,” commented Max Media Vice President of Operations and Programming Eddie Haskell. “She is a natural on the air, is amazingly social media savvy, and understands and reflects the values of the female country audience.”
“It is such an honor to be moving up to a Top 50 Market and entering the amazing world of country radio,” remarked Lemieux-Kaplan. “I want to thank my incredible radio mentors for their support during my job search. Eddie, Cash and the Max Media team - I’m ready to win. Virginia is for RADIO LOVERS!”
77 WABC To Launch New Show With 'American Idol' Finalist Constantine Maroulis
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2021 –– John Catsimatidis, Chairman/CEO of Red Apple Group and subsidiary Red Apple Media has announced that 77 WABC Radio will launch a new variety entertainment program with two-time Tony nominated artist Constantine Maroulis. The Constantine Maroulis Show - Cuz Saturday Night Rocks! will air Saturdays from 5 to 6 p.m., beginning this Saturday, July 10, 2021. Maroulis will also join the station as 77 WABC Radio’s Entertainment Reporter. Maroulis, a native New Yorker, has a longstanding reputation in music, first coming into the public eye as an American Idol finalist. He has been nominated for a Tony award for his work on Broadway.
“I will be bringing the high energy and music that fans enjoyed from my American Idol performances and starring roles on Broadway,” said Maroulis. “What will be new for fans are my interviews. I look forward to having artists on my show and sharing behind the scenes stories with the audience while I spin amazing songs.” On Mondays and Fridays, Maroulis's Entertainment Reports will be heard on Bernie & Sid In The Morning, 77 WABC’s highly rated morning show, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, he will deliver a weekend-focused segment, Pop Rocks 60.
SNAPS: Shawn Parr Joins Alabama For 50 Opener
THE MOUTH, JULY 7TH, 2021 –– During Alabama's 50th Anniversary Tour Opening Weekend, they were joind by Shawn Parr, Host of Key Networks' nationally syndicated radio show, "Shawn Parr's Across The Country." He introduced Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, who presented an official proclamation declaring July 3rd as "Alabama Day" across Tennessee.
Parr notes that Tim McGraw was a surprise guest and had never been to an Alabama concert before Saturday. Faith Hill was also there, Shawn said, "recording everything like a true fan, and Martina McBride blew everyone away as the show's opener". He added: "It was a magical night and I was proud to take the excitement 'Across The Country' to all our stations via social media."
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Longtime Radio/TV Host Carson Daly Officiates Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton's Wedding
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2021 –– Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani set off some of their own fireworks this weekend by officially tying the knot on July 3rd. Stefani ended all speculation following last week's news of the popular couple applying for a wedding license in Oklahoma. On July 5 in an Instagram post, Stefani revealed a number of wedding photos (like the one shown above). Carson Daly (shown below in 'The Voice photo), host of the long-running NBC show, officiated at the couple’s intimate July 4 country nuptials. Page Six has, however, confirmed that Shelton’s friendly on-screen nemesis Adam Levine wasn't able to make it, reportedly due to a recording session in Miami.
According to Page Six, Daly was joined by his wife Siri at the wedding at Shelton’s ranch in the rural town of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Stefani showed off her wedding veil on Instagram Monday night, writing “July 3, 2021 (heart emoji) g x” Stefani, 51, and Shelton, 45, tied the knot in a chapel that Shelton built for Stefani on his property. “Today” confirmed that about 40 guests attended the wedding, including Stefani’s three sons by her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale – Kingston, 15, Zuma, 12, and seven-year-old Apollo – and her parents Dennis Stefani and Patty Flynn. A promo shot for "The Voice" Season 7. A promo shot for “The Voice” Season 7.TOP PHOTO/Gwen Stefani Instagram -BOTTOM/ NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Megyn Kelly Inks With SiriusXM For Talk Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2021 –– SiriusXM today announced that veteran broadcaster, journalist and legal expert Megyn Kelly has signed an exclusive agreement to host a new, live talk program starting September 7. The Megyn Kelly Show will air weekdays from 12-2pm ET on SiriusXM Triumph channel 111. According to a release, The Megyn Kelly Show will broadcast live five days a week and will feature Kelly's viewpoints on the day's top stories, as well as listeners' calls and Kelly's signature groundbreaking interviews with top cultural and political newsmakers. Beginning August 16, SiriusXM's Triumph channel will air best-of shows from Kelly before the program's live premiere on September 7.
"I'm thrilled to be taking our program to the next level by broadcasting it live for SiriusXM's massive audience," Kelly said. "My team and I have been grateful to see our show, in less than a year, become one of the most successful podcasts in America — proving that there is a thirst for open, honest and more meaningful conversations about current events. I can't think of a better partner to help us expand that reach even further than a blue-chip brand like SiriusXM, which has always been a leader in predicting market trends and is perfectly positioned for the evolving manner in which Americans consume their news." Red Seat Ventures, who previously handled production and distribution of The Megyn Kelly Show podcast, will continue to produce Kelly's new SiriusXM program.
iHeart New York’s Q104.3 Celebrates 25 Years
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2021 –– iHeartMedia New York’s Q104.3 is celebrating 25 years as New York’s Classic Rock Station. The station started the celebration this morning with original morning team Donna Donna and Steve Morrison, former Program Director and morning man Bob Buchmann and original DJ and long-time metal guru Eddie Trunk joining the show along with well wishes from celebrities including Gilbert Gottfried, The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston, Jill Hennessy, Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, Steve Schirripa and Billy Joel!
In celebration of 25 years rocking New York, Q104.3 will be giving away $25,000 to one lucky listener. To win the contest participants must listen weekdays, starting around 9 a.m. during Q104.3’s Free Music Mornings. When listeners hear the 25th song in the commercial-free set, they must then visit www.q1043.com and share the song's title, and artist played and will automatically qualify to win $25,000.
Radio Hall of Fame member Jim Kerr leads the station’s on-air staff partnering with Shelli Sonstein in the morning (shown above), followed by DJs Maria Milito, Ken Dashow, Carol Miller, Marc Coppola, Gerry Martire, Doc Reno, Jonathan Clarke, Ian O’Malley and Ralph Tortora.
“When Q104.3 signed on in July of 1996, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” said Jim Kerr, host of the ‘Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show’ on Q104.3. “It took me seven years, but I was finally able to join this incredible on-air staff with the most talented and experienced people in the business. What a great team, and I am so proud to be a part of it!”
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EVENTS: The CMA Awards Extend With ABC-TV For Another Five Years
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2021 –– The CMA Awards will remain on ABC for another five years, as the network and the Country Music Association have extended their deal through 2026 reported Variety. “Continuing our long-standing relationship with CMA is a top priority and opportunity—together, we bring unforgettable experiences to our audiences that capture the heart and soul of the country music community,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president, unscripted and alternative entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “We look forward to delivering many more memorable moments with celebrated icons as well as aspirational artists and are proud to be the home for these incredible and distinguished specials.”
CMA and ABC last struck a 10-year deal in 2011 to keep their partnership going. The CMA Awards, which launched as a non-televised event in 1967, first ran on NBC, before moving to CBS from 1972 to 2005. ABC managed to swipe the show, the highest-rated of the country music awards telecasts, in 2006.
“Over the past 15 years, we have built a true partnership with ABC, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship through 2026,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer. “As television viewers are now consuming content in so many new and exciting ways, we are eager to work with the entire ABC team on creating additional paths to bring country music to audiences everywhere. As our genre continues to evolve and broaden, we look to this partnership as a key driver in expanding country music’s reach.” PHOTO/CMA
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HONORS: NPR And Stations KCUR Kansas City And WABE Atlanta Win 'First-Ever' Pulitzers
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 20921 –– "Congrats to the NPR Pulitzer winners. So deserved!!!!!" wrote Nina Totenberg, who does not dole out exclamation points to just anyone. NPR's Pulitzer for audio reporting went to Lisa Hagen, Chris Haxel, Graham Smith and for their investigative podcast series "No Compromise" about gun rights activists that illuminated the deepening schism between American conservatives. It was one of two NPR finalists in the category. "Thanks everybody so much," wrote senior producer and newly minted Pulitzer winner Graham Smith. "Huge props to Mary Louise Kelly, Jane Arraf, the Through line team, and all of the many producers and editors who contributed to that slate of coverage," added producer Becky Sullivan.
"I took a tequila shot with a stuffed bear on the wall," reported brand new Pulitzer winner Lisa Hagen (R) of WABE Atlanta in a phone call. "I'm in Alaska. I didn't know this was happening. I'm taking some time off and fishing. " Hagen, who works with NPR's affiliate WABE in Atlanta, says one of the most meaningful calls came from Alex Goldmark, the senior supervising producer of Planet Money. "He was my radio professor from CUNY journalism school and I felt so proud to be his student. He's super happy." PHOTO/NPR
PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.
Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.
vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”
“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE