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Popular Orlando Morning Host Johnny Magic Loses Home To Fire; Everyone Evacuated Safely

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2020 –– Longtime Orlando morning host Johnny Magic lost his house Friday after a fire broke out from a chimney and destroyed most of the interior reported WKMG-TV. Magic, host of the popular 'Johnny's House" on XL 106.7, and all other occupants escaped safely.

77According to a Facebook post: Magic posted about the fire on his Facebook page: "Last night I lost my home to a fire. Alex, the dogs and myself are fine. That’s all that matters," he wrote. "Everything else can be replaced. Unfortunately, we lost everything but we will rebuild. I have to thank my amazing neighbors, the Orange County fire department and friends. Through all of this, I still feel truly blessed! Keep us in your prayers."

Friends of the DJ created a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with costs. “A house fire is an understatement. His home, for the most part, is a total loss,” Brian Grimes, co-host on XL 106.7 said. Stay with News 6 as we update this story. Crews checking for extensions and confirming fire is out before releasing additional units. Thankfully, entire family evacuated the home safely, no one injured.

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Y98 St. Louis To Wake Up With Jen & Tim; Julie Tristan Moves To Middays

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced a new weekday programming lineup for Y98 (KYKY-FM), St. Louis. They'll kick off with relaunch of its morning show, “The Wake Up with Jen & Tim,” hosted by Jen Myers and Tim Convy, with contributions from Kevin Berghoff and Lance Hildebrand. 7In addition to the morning show, the station promoted Julie Tristan (R) to host of the midday show. Tristan will be heard weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On-air host Paul Cook will continue hosting Y98’s afternoon drive.

“From day one, Jen, Tim, Kevin and Lance have impressed me with their energy, passion and desire to learn and win, and they have elevated our morning show in a short time,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom St. Louis. “I’m equally excited about the addition of Julie Tristan to our weekday programming. She has an amazing track record of success in the market. She is an unstoppable talent, and her charitable contributions to the community have been tremendous as well...."

“I’m excited to continue my career in St. Louis, connecting with members of the community on a daily basis,” said Tristan. “I can’t wait to deliver upbeat content to our audience as they tune in during their workdays.”

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STUDY: Majority Of Country Listeners Want More Video Content; More Moving To Streaming

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2020 –– The final day of CRS 2020 featured the presentation Defending Your Audience Share: Exclusive Research Findings, conducted by Futuri Media and the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. The study was conducted in January 2020 and surveyed nearly 1,400 people who named country as their favorite music format out of a list of seven options. It also broke out those who listen to AM/FM country radio (both terrestrial and streaming), and those who listen to country music but not via AM/FM country radio.

7Presented by Daniel Anstandig, Futuri Media’s CEO, and Rob Harder, Director of Programming / Brand Manager for the University of Florida radio properties, the study aimed to answer three questions facing country radio today: How do we defend our country audience and revenue share? How should we extend our country content onto new platforms? How will we transcend our challenges as the country competition landscape changes? Among the Key findings include:

• 76% of AM/FM country listeners would prefer more video content from their favorite country radio station.

Country radio listeners are tuning in to nearly the same amount of AM/FM radio as in the past, but 23% plan to listen to more country radio streaming in the next three months.

Women 18-34 who listen to broadcast radio tend to be more active on social media than streaming listeners. Throughout the study, data shows that country stations should have a social strategy that targets country fans, especially younger females, with sticky and recyclable content. 

Country listeners who have listened to a podcast in the last month name music as their favorite podcast topic genre. This number is 30%; the next highest topic genre is news/politics at 11%. Country radio station are great at talking about music; this presents an excellent time-shifted and original podcast content opportunity.

Quality station-specific mobile apps present a major engagement opportunity. Younger listeners are more likely to install them, and they’re an opportunity for more connected car listening. Of AM/FM country radio listener respondents, 44% have their favorite station’s mobile app installed on their mobile device, a number that jumps to 48% when looking at the 18-34 demo. And 26% of country fans listen to country music via a connected car platform and are highly likely to listen to country music connecting their mobile device to their vehicle. DOWNLOAD REPORT HERE

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Edison Research Releases Podcast Industry’s First All-Inclusive Top 10 Podcast Ranker

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2020 –– Edison Research announced its first Top Ten Podcast ranker, new from the company’s subscription product, the Podcast Consumer Tracker (PCT). The ranker depicts the top ten podcasts in America by reach among weekly podcast consumers. The PCT is the only comprehensive and all-inclusive study of the reach of podcast networks and shows in America.The top ten podcasts in America for the third and fourth quarters of 2019, as ranked by the percentage of weekly podcast consumers 18+ who have listened to them, is as follows:

71. The Joe Rogan Experience 2. This American Life -- 3. The Daily -- 4. My Favorite Murder -- 5. Crime Junkie -- 6. Stuff You Should Know -- 7. Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! -- 8. Serial -- 9. Pod Save America and 10. Radiolab

Begun in Summer 2019, the PCT is now in its third quarter of fielding and is the only study that measures the entire podcast space continuously, compared to other download rankers which only measure participants/customers of those rankers, or users of a specific platform. As such, the PCT offers a holistic view of the reach and impact of all leading podcasts and podcast networks.

“This ranker looks deceptively simple,” notes Edison Research Senior Vice President Tom Webster, “but it’s the product of hand-coding tens of thousands of podcasts from a sample of over 4,000 podcast listeners. Podcast listening is still fairly fragmented, and it wasn’t until we had this large a sample that we felt it would be responsible to even put out a top ten, let alone a longer list. --- Attempting to distill the listening habits of thousands of podcast listeners is a formidable research challenge, not to be entered into lightly, and certainly not by fielding a small sample study over a handful of days,” said Webster. “Fortunately for us, we had the mechanisms and methodology in place from other large sample projects, like our Share of Ear® series, to do the task justice and finally provide podcast networks, agencies, and media buyers with numbers they can trust and that can be projected across the entire listening population.”

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EVENTS: New Jersey 101.5 Helps Law Enforcement Raise $2.5 Million For Special Olympics

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2020 –– New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM), the state’s most listened to radio station, partnered with New Jersey Law Enforcement and Special Olympics New Jersey to promote the 27th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside, New Jersey on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Approximately 100,000 spectators flooded the boardwalk as over 8000 plungers braved the 37 degree waters of the Atlantic Ocean raising $2.5 million dollars to benefit more than 26,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes statewide.

New Jersey 101.5’s weekend personality, Big Joe Henry has been an active member of the Polar Bear Plunge committee for 25 years. As in previous years, Big Joe Henry broadcasted live from the plunge, interviewing Special Olympics athletes, event organizers and local dignitaries. Big Joe commented, “It never ceases to amaze me the amount of support and funds raised for such a great cause. I’m thrilled to be part of New Jersey’s biggest charitable event.”

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SNAPS: 1,200 Fans Gather For 10-Year Celebration Of KIOZ-FM San Diego's The Show

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2020 –– The Show (Eddie Pappani (LC), Sky (RC), Thor (R) and Emily Griffiths (L) celebrated 10 years on the air at Rock 1053 (KIOZ) in San Diego.

They did a 2 hour show in front of a sold out crowd of 1,200 fans, reliving some of the greatest moments in Show history. They brought back former members Boston Robb and Ashlee as well.

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BIG 95.5 Debuts 'Throwback Weekends'

THE MOUTH, FEBURUARY 24TH, 2020 –– BIG 95.5, Chicago’s New Country, announced the debut of “Throwback Weekends.” “Throwback Weekends” will broadcast starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday afternoons. “Throwback Weekends” will feature Country music’s greatest songs from the 80s and 90s, along with the newest Country hits. Leading up to the debut of “Throwback Weekends,” BIG 95.5 is honoring country music’s deep roots by counting down the Top 1,000 Country songs of all time, as ranked by a Blue Ribbon panel of Country experts.

“Throughout the countdown, we’ve heard from country fans all over Chicagoland who want more of Country music’s greatest hits on the radio mixed with best new Country music,” said Lance Houston, Program Director for BIG 95.5. “We are always listening and are happy to give our listeners more of what they want. We will continue to be No.1 for new Country music in Chicago, while excited to provide a bigger variety of songs and sounds. Country music has always had a thousand different sounds and we are delighted to celebrate all of them.”

 

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NETWORKS: ABC News Radio Joins 'Your Voice Your Vote' Special On Super TuesdayTHE MOUTH, FEBURUARY 24TH, 2020 –– ABC News Radio will join with its TV Network's Coverage to provide one-minute Status Reports at least twice an hour throughout the evening on Super Tuesday. A special edition of ABC News’ daily news podcast “Start Here,” hosted by Brad Mielke, will post on Wednesday morning. It will feature analysis of the results and interviews from ABC News reporters across the electoral map. ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, will provide full coverage with Multi-Platform Reporters Serena Marshall, Alex Presha and de La Cuetara, reporting from key Super Tuesday states.

ABC News Political Director Rick Klein will also be providing analysis for ABC affiliates. For more info, contact ABC News Media Relations Van Scott (212) 456-7243 van.scott@abc.com

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AWMF Announce 2020 Board of Directors

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2020 –– The Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation (AWMF) announced its 2020 National Board of Directors. New to the AWM Board are: Katina Arnold, vice president, corporate communications, ESPN; Abby Auerbach, executive vice president, chief communications officer, TVB; Michelle Ray, executive director, The Walter Kaitz Foundation; Sandra Rice, senior vi ce president, outreach and strategic partnerships, Center for Talent Innovation; and, Esther Mireya Tejeda, senior vice president, head of corporate communications & PR, Entercom.

Officers of the board have been announced as Keisha Sutton-James, Chair, vice president & CEO, Sutton Button Productions LLC, serving as chair, Heather Cohen, executive vice president, The Weiss Agency, serving as incoming chair, Christine Travaglini, president, Katz Radio Group, serving as immediate past chair, Josie Thomas, CBS, serving as treasurer, and Annie Howell, co-founder and managing partner, The Punch Point Group, serving as incoming treasurer.

The following individuals will serve as Directors at Large of AWM: Joyce Fitch, legal consultant, Abby Greensfelder, funder & CEO, Everywoman Studios; Brenda Hetrick, chief revenue officer, Matrix Solutions; Jinny Laderer, co-founder & CEO, vCreative; Meg LaVigne, president, LaVIGNE MEDIA; Kelly Perdomo, vice president, content, sports, entertainment, and partnership marketing, SiriusXM; and, Katherine Wolfgang, head of public relations, CBC.

“The role of the AWM and Foundation boards is to lead our organizations and industry as we recognize, connect and educate women in radio, television and interactive media. We have a true working Board,” stated Becky Brooks, AWM executive director. “ This year’s new directors have voiced their dedication to donating time and resources to take these organizations to the next level. We are thrilled to have these talented, accomplished women joining our leadership for the next two years.” For the latest news on the Gracies, follow The Gracies on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.

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7Friends' Reunion Officially A Go With Cast Returning

 

‘Friends’ Reunion Special Officially A Go At HBO Max With Cast Returning

WATCH - Lizzo Named Entertainer Of The Year At Star-Studded NAACP Image Awards, Rihanna Earns President’s Award

Dixie Crush Singer Lindsey Lagestee Dead After Being Struck By Car

WATCH - Miley Cyrus To Headline Major Bushfire Relief Concert

Julia Roberts Is Back on TV With Gaslit, a Watergate Podcast Adaptation

WATCH - Joaquin Phoenix Rescues Cow and Calf from LA Slaughterhouse

Meet The Hair Colorist Who Helped Sharon Osbourne and Jane Fonda Go Gray

WATCH - Daredevil 'Mad' Mike Hughes Dead at 64

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Jonathan Zaslow Inks Multi-Year Extension With Entercom's 790 The Ticket Miami

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– Entercom announced a new multiyear contract extension with on-air personality Jonathan Zaslow. The host will remain on AM 790 The Ticket (WAXY-AM) midday show “Zaslow and Amber” (shown) alongside Amber Wilson, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. He will also continue to serve as pregame and postgame host for Heat game day broadcasts, as part of the station’s flagship coverage.

“Jonathan Zaslow is a true Miami sports talent and an original employee of 790 The Ticket,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “We are thrilled to have him back for more passionate sports talk and lock him into our impressive weekday programming.”

“I'm happy to continue working with Amber Wilson as we engage with Miami’s passionate sports fans and deliver exceptional content for our listeners,” said Zaslow. “My family and I are grateful for the continued support from Entercom and I look forward to continue growing my career at the Ticket.” Zaslow joined 790 The Ticket in 2004 and has served as an on-air personality for the station for the last 13 years. This year marks Zaslow’s 10th as a part of the station’s Heat gameday broadcasts.

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Kevin Battle Joins KDKA Pittsburgh's Morning Show

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– KDKA Radio welcomes veteran radio broadcaster Kevin Battle as morning show co-host. Battle will join the "The KDKA Radio Morning Show with Larry Richert," weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., effective March 9th.

"As we celebrate the centennial of KDKA Radio, the world’s first radio station, we were focused on adding a host that can reflect the energy and pulse of where Pittsburgh is in 2020 and beyond," said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Pittsburgh. "Kevin Battle is the perfect person to join Larry Richert on the KDKA morning show and tell the story of our great city."

"There have been three morning hosts at KDKA Radio in my lifetime – Jack Bogut, John Cigna, and Larry Richert, and I am thrilled I get to work with one of them," said Battle. "Larry is part of the fabric of Pittsburgh. I have been a fan of KDKA for a long time and fondly remember listening with my family each morning. I cannot wait to help our listeners start their day off well-informed."

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Jade Springart Rises To Middays And APD Posts At 101 WRIF Detroit

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– Beasley has promoted Jade Springart to Assistant Program Director and Midday Host at 101 WRIF in Detroit. She will begin her new position immediately. Springart has been with the station for the past 12 years. She most recently served as the Music Director and as a weekend on air personality at WRIF. In her new position as Assistant Program Director, Springart will work in conjunction with WRIF Program Director Jerry Tarrants. In addition, she will be heard on the air weekdays from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

"This is an amazing opportunity for me to continue working and winning with a brand that I have grown up with,” said Springart. “It has been a privilege to learn from some of the best in the industry. I'm very grateful for the support of everyone in the Beasley Media Group family and am excited to be able to continue 101 WRIF’s legacy in the active rock format here in the Motor City.”

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Pete Mundo Rises To PD For KCMO Kansas City, MO

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– Cumulus has promoted Pete Mundo from Assistant Program Director to Program Director of Kansas City News/Talk station 710 KCMO-AM. Mundo will continue in his role as On-Air Host of “The Pete Mundo Morning Show” on 710 KCMO-AM and 103.7 FM. Mundo was previously a New York City-based On-Air Host/Anchor for Fox News Radio, CBS Sports Radio, Sports Illustrated’s daily platforms, and WFAN Sports Radio.

Donna Baker, Regional Vice President and Market Manager, Cumulus Kansas City, said: “One of the most fulfilling rewards as a leader is seeing the impact that someone as talented as Pete can make in just two years. Growth of nearly 75% in audience since his arrival is the result of Pete’s daily focus, drive, passion, and hard work. This well-deserved promotion to Program Director is an opportunity to continue to expand the brand of KCMO Talk Radio for years to come.”

Mundo commented: “My time in Kansas City has not just met, but exceeded expectations both professionally and personally. I’m grateful to Donna Baker, Mike Wheeler, Bill Hess and Doug Hamand for all of their support through these past two years."

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Chris Connors Named PD For WLXC-FM Columbia, SC

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– Cumulus has appointed Chris Connors as Program Director of R&B radio station, Kiss 103.1 FM/WLXC in Columbia, SC.

Connors joins Cumulus Columbia after more than 19 years with Alpha Media in Columbia, where he was Operations Manager for the six-station group. Prior to that, Connors was Program Director for WMMJ-FM in Lanham, MD, and was Program Director for WFXC and WFXK in Durham, NC.

Tammy O’Dell, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Columbia, said: “I am very excited to have Chris join our team. His track record of success, his deep roots in the local community and his knowledge of the Columbia market make him a perfect fit for WLXC.

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Nationally Syndicated/WBLS-FM Host Deja Vu Presents 'Black History In Forward Motion' Special

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– Nationally syndicated and WBLS-FM NYC, PM drive host, Deja Vu wraps up a month of celebration with the anticipated special, The Deja Vu Show: Black History in Forward Motion. The commercial free, two-hour special, syndicated by ABC Audio, celebrates the importance of African American representation in a variety of fields including Broadway, Film, TV and Law. Black History in Forward Motion features Deja Vu sitting down with iconic celebrities, artists and influencers. Guests include Will Packer, David Alan Grier, Celia Rose Gooding, Curtis 50 Cent Jackson and Isaac Wright Jr.

Deja Vu Show: Black History in Forward Motion is currently available to Urban stations pending market availability to air through the end of the month. For more information, please contact Chris Venice at Christopher.venice@abc.com.

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HONORS: Entercom Chief Digital Officer J.D. Crowley to Receive Digital Leadership Award at 2020 NAB Show

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– Entercom Chief Digital Officer J.D. Crowley will receive the NAB Digital Leadership Award (DLA) at the 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The award presentation will take place at the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 20 at the Encore in Las Vegas.

Established in 2015, the Digital Leadership Award honors an individual at a broadcast station, group or network who has had a significant role in transforming a traditional broadcast business to succeed on digital media platforms. In his role, Crowley oversees the strategy and operations behind Entercom’s digital portfolio and guides the modernization of the company’s leading brands with a focus on premiere content, next-gen storytelling and digital distribution.

Past NAB Digital Leadership Award recipients include ABC Owned Television Stations Group’s Wendy McMahon, Hearst Television’s Roger Keating and Graham Media Group’s Catherine Badalamente, among others.

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Lon Helton Bestowed The Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– During this week's CRS in Nashville, Lon Helton was honored with The Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award. This prestigious award is named for Tom Rivers, former WQYK PD and host of Westwood One holiday specials in the 1990s. The award, chosen by the CRB Board Of Directors, recognizes an individual in the Country radio industry who has given back to their community.

Lon is one of the founders and advocates of the legendary Country radiothon program, Country Cares For St. Jude Kids, which has raised almost $1 billion for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last year marked the 30th anniversary of Country Cares For St. Jude Kids, which was started by Lon and Alabama's Randy Owen in 1989. Lon said, “It is special and humbling to receive the CRB Tom Rivers Humanitarian of the Year award. Tom was a good friend who did so much to help the people and communities where he worked in country radio. It’s humbling because no group of people on the planet give back more that the people of country radio, records and the industry."

For the last 28 years, Lon has hosted Westwood One's Country Countdown USA and Country’s Inside Trak. He was named The CMA's National Broadcast Personality of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018, and in 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018, he won that honor from the Academy of Country Music. Lon was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 2006. He is the Publisher of Country Aircheck and Editor of the Mediabase Country Chart.

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WSOU To Honor Career Of Alumnus Bob Ley

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– An easily recognizable face and voice to millions of sports fans, iconic ESPN anchor, reporter, and “Outside the Lines” host Bob Ley learned his craft at Seton Hall University’s WSOU 89.5 FM. WSOU will celebrate Ley’s legendary career with a reception at the Prudential Center on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. In addition to reminiscing with alumni and current students, Ley will reprise his role as a WSOU sportscaster during part of the Seton Hall vs. St. John’s men’s basketball broadcast on 89.5 FM Sunday afternoon.

Ley’s involvement with WSOU began in 1972. During his time at the student-run station, Ley served as sports director, program director and engineer, among other responsibilities. He did play-by-play and color commentary for numerous basketball and baseball games. A member of the class of 1976, his experiences at WSOU led to several broadcasting jobs in New York and New Jersey, as well as being the public address announcer for the New York Cosmos soccer team, before joining ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor in 1979. In June of last year, Ley announced his retirement from ESPN after a 40-year career with the network. PHOTO/Bob Ley (right) with broadcaster and sports journalist Bob Costas during an appearance at Seton Hall in 2019. (Photo Credit: Seton Hall University)

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Blake Shelton Joins The Lineup For 2020 iHeart Country Festival

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Blake Shelton will join the lineup for the 2020 ‘iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One’ on Saturday, May 2 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The seventh annual event will also feature performances from Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Jon Pardi and Chase Rice, plus Hot Country Knights, Bobby Bones and more.

“I’m excited to join my friends and fellow country artists for my first iHeartCountry Festival performance,” said Shelton. “It’s always a good time playing to Texas crowds and I’m looking forward to an evening of country music and maybe a little vodka to add to the party!” The star-studded event will livestream exclusively on livexlive.com and broadcast live across iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations in their local markets and at iHeartRadio.com. PHOTO/shutterstock

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PODCAST: Nancy Grace Bringing Her Slate of Crime Podcasts To iHeartPodcast Network

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The MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2020 –– Nancy Grace, acclaimed journalist, is bringing her popular slate of crime podcasts to the iHeartPodcast Network. Listeners can now tune in to hear “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace” and “Crime Alert” on iHeartRadio. Plus, Grace and iHeartMedia will soon debut “Killers Amongst Us,” a new weekly and original podcast that studies the most notorious murders and ongoing unsolved cases—all in a search for justice.

Check out the official trailer for “Killers Amongst Us” HERE and return on March 17th to hear the show’s first episode.

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Jerry Lee Lewis Returns to Music: ‘I Thought I Would Never Play Again’

Luke Bryan Now Has His Own Beer

Bootleg Podcasts Are a New Frontier for Unlicensed Music on Spotify

David Bowie Live Album Announced For Record Store Day 2020

WATCH - Blake Shelton Supports Gwen Stefani at Her Vegas Show by Performing a Surprise Duet

WATCH - Pete Davidson is playing Nathan Fillion's half-brother on The Rookie

Fox Renews 'So You Think You Can Dance' for Season 17

RIP: Sy Sperling, founder of Hair Club for Men, dead at 78

Cole Rick And Morty Donuts Coming To Krispy Kreme!

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STUDY: Country Music Fans Want To Hear More Women On The Radio; Want Equal Play

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020 –– CMT and Coleman Insights released a first of its kind research unveiling unprecedented insights into country radio listeners habits and attitudes toward female artists. Debunking long-perpetuated myths claiming both female and male listeners don’t want to hear female voices, CMT's Equal Play Radio Research proves they want equal play for female artists on country radio, as well as more female artists in the genre they helped to 7build. Commissioned by CMT Insights, data from Coleman Insights reveals that not only do 84% of listeners want equal play for women on radio, but 7 out of 10 want more female artists in the genre. Listeners reported they would even seek out country radio more if women were specifically highlighted, with 28% saying they would listen to radio more if additional female artists were featured, versus 11% who would listen less.

“The age-old myth that ‘women don’t want to hear women’ has led to a multitude of unproven public claims about female voices on the air, including ‘you can’t play two women back-to-back’ or ‘ratings drop when you play women’” said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music & Talent, CMT. “When we approached Coleman Insights about this specific line of research, we were shocked to learn no one had ever commissioned data on the listeners themselves. CMT took it directly to the fans and what we found couldn’t have been more clear: listeners want equal play and women do want to hear women on the radio.”

Listeners also heavily acknowledge (88%) the pivotal role females have played in country music’s history, a theme that is reiterated in additional research released earlier this week by University of Ottawa’s Dr. Jada Watson. Fram added, “This tells us country music fans want to hear good songs period. But it also tells us that we are training listeners not to hear female voices. Without creating an equal playing field, fans don’t know what they are missing. This is about a balance of gender and diversity. It’s essential for all voices to be heard.” SEE MORE HERE

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Entercom To Sell 107.3 Boston To EMF; Will Continue To Air WAAF On HD Stations

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020 –– Entercom Communications Corp. announced a definitive agreement to sell 107.3 FM in Boston to Educational Media Foundation (EMF) for $10.75 million in cash.

Entercom will continue to air WAAF on its existing HD stations, 104.1 HD2 and 93.7 HD2 and on RADIO.COM. EMF will begin programming 107.3 FM under a Network Affiliation Agreement beginning Saturday, February 22, 2020. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020.

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Carly Pearce To Reveal 55Th Annual ACM Radio Award Winners This Morning

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020 –– The Academy of Country Music® announced that Carly Pearce will reveal the ACM Radio Award winners via Facebook today at 9:30am PT/11:30am CT/12:30pm ET. The special announcement will be posted on the Academy of Country Music’s Facebook Page, HERE and the video will also be broadcast on the Mayne Stage screen prior to the Warner Music Nashville Kickoff Lunch at CRS 2020.

The ACM Radio Awards are given out the day prior to the ACM Awards live telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. The full list of 55th ACM Awards nominations will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com.

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WDRQ-FM Detroit Rebrands As New Country 93.1; Teams Broadway & Krissy For Mornings

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020 ––  WDRQ-FM Detroit becomes the latest NASH-branded station to drop the moniker and rebrand as New Country 93.1. Along with the move, they also dropped its Cumulus-Westwood One-syndicated morning show and went local with The Electric Barnyard With Broadway & Krissy. This involved the move of Bill 'Broadway' Bert from afternoons who teamed with Krissy T. who most recently did nights at crosstown WKQI, Channel 955.

Bert previously hosted mornings at WWYZ Hartford, WKIS Miami, and WDSY Pittsburgh. Prior to WKQI, Williamson co-hosted mornings at Hot 104.7, WHTP Portland ME and WODS Boston. WDRQ flipped to Country as 93.1 Nash-FM in December 2013.

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Jim Louth Rises To Assistant Program Director At 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020 –– Beasley has named Jim Louth as the new Assistant Program Director at 98.5 The Sports Hub. He will transition into his new role immediately. Since the inception of the station in 2009, Louth has served as the Midday Show Executive Producer, spending the past four years with the Zolak and Bertrand Show. Previously, the sports radio veteran produced New England Patriots broadcasts for 16 seasons as well as spent six years producing various shows with WSKO-AM (790 The Score) in Providence, Rhode Island and two years at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut.

“Jim has been with the station since day one,” said Program Director Rick Radzik. “He’s done a great job, not only producing our midday programming, but also overseeing our New England Patriots game day broadcasts over the past decade. His institutional knowledge of the Sports Hub’s operation and relationships with the staff, make Jim the perfect choice for the APD position.”

"In 2009, I was grateful that 98.5 The Sports Hub took a chance and gave me an opportunity to help launch a new Sports Radio station in Boston,” said Louth. “More than 10 years later, I'm honored to be in a position to take the next step in my career and continue to help provide great content for the best sports fans in the world and work with the most talented individuals in the industry." Louth replaces Rick Radzik, who was recently promoted to the position of Program Director at the station.

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NETWORKS: Dick Bartley Adds 60's-Based Music Series To United Station's Lineup

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020 –– United Stations announced it will begin distributing a new 3-hour weekly music series hosted by the legendary and award-winning air personality, Dick Bartley. The new series, titled “Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits” emphasizes the music of the 1960s when the rock era really took over the pop charts and some of the greatest and most popular music of a generation was released. The program will be available starting the broadcast week of February 24th.The new weekly show will also include some of the hits of the early 70s that are perfect sonic fit with a 1960s playlist. The hits of the 60s and early 70s are currently not included in many Classic Hits radio formats that now tend to focus on the late 70s, the 1980s and early 90s.

Dick Bartley is a beloved broadcaster, unparalleled host and producer and a three-time winner of the Billboard Radio Award. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2000, and has had his weekend program distributed nationally for over 30 years. Dick Bartley and United Stations also recently marked the 10th anniversary of his association with the current incarnation of United Stations. In commenting about Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits, United Stations’ Andy Denemark said, “Dick Bartley has created a slick, streamlined and masterful rundown of some of the greatest music ever. For more info, contact Andy Denemark – andyd@unitedstations.com or 212.536.3603

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Jonathan O'Brien Named Latest Mentee In Benztown Mentorship Program

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020 –– Benztown and The National Radio Talent System™, the system of Radio Talent Institute announced the selection of the Benztown Mentorship Program’s first quarter mentee, Jonathan O’Brien, a sophomore student at Georgia College and State University. This is the third student from the National Radio Talent System™ to participate in the mentorship program. O’Brien, who attended the GAB Radio Talent Institute at the University of Georgia last 7summer, currently does the news on his college radio station, WGUR-FM.

Accordingly, he will be mentored by broadcast journalist, Jennifer Seelig, Director of News and Programming for all news simulcast 740 KCBS/106.9 KFRC in San Francisco, CA, and 19-year veteran of the station. Seelig will personally mentor O’Brien in Entercom’s San Francisco studios during his Benztown-sponsored trip on March 15-17, 2020. She will also mentor O’Brien virtually throughout the spring academic semester.

The Benztown Mentorship Program offers one-to-one mentoring to select students who are accepted into The Radio Talent Institutes of the National Radio Talent System™, on an ongoing basis, with structured mentoring opportunities during the spring and fall semesters.

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HONORS: Jim Roope Snags Another Golden Mike Award

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020 –– Cumulus Media’s Westwood One News has once again won the Golden Mike Award, the prestigious honor given by the Southern California Radio Television News Association. The award is for reporting from LA based correspondent Jim Roope, who traveled to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, which began the Allied victory in World War II.

This is the 5th consecutive year that Westwood One News and Jim Roope have won the Golden Mike award in the only radio network category – which marks a win for every year that Westwood One News has been on the air.

For more information on Westwood One News please contact Jim Jones at JimJones@westwoodone.com or 202.840.7933.

 

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SNAPS: Maney, Roy & LauRen Show Help 'Trash Your Ex' For Valentine's Day

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020 –– Among the many Valentine's Day bits we received last week, we thought this one was worth a second look. The Maney, Roy & LauRen Morning Show at WNKS Charlotte decided to celebrate the day a little differently. So, they did "Trash Your Ex." Executive Producer Nicole Weaver says, "We had a large garbage truck on-site outside of our studio where listeners stopped by all morning and dropped off belongings that reminded them of their ex or that their ex left behind after the break-up. We had all types of items: mattresses, grill, mirrors, stereos, lamps, washer/dryer, and even somebody's China that they got as a wedding gift from their mother-in-law!

Shown above: Nicole, LauRen, Maney, Greg from Active Waste, & Roy - Also, props to Nicole who just re-signed for 3 more years at WNKS! Yes!!!

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7Kenan Thompson To Host WH Correspondent's Dinner

 

7The Beatles’ Apple Corps wins $77m default judgment in trademark infringement lawsuit over fake merch

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STUDY: Women Accounted For Roughly 10% Of Country Radio Airplay In 2019

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2020 –– A new study published Monday revealed that women overall represented roughly 10% of Radio Airplay in 2019." The Tennesseean reports a University of Ottawa Professor adjunct professor Jada Watson in partnership with CMT's Equal Play campaign and listener research project SongData — examined radio airplay and chart position for male and female artists, finding that women overall represented roughly 10% of the space "within country music culture by 2019." This includes 2019 radio play, as well as representation on weekly and year-end industry charts from Mediabase and Billboard. Watson published a study last year examining airplay from 2002 to 2018; research released Monday includes 2019 figures and decade-end totals.

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Watson wrote in the report. "Depending on the time of day a listener tunes-in to their local station, that’s barely enough to be heard. It’s certainly not enough exposure to become known, to build a fanbase, to climb charts, to gain enough recognition to have access to opportunities and resources within the industry."

The three-part study examines representation on airplay reports, how representation impacts chat contention for women and the overall cultural impact of "gender-based programming." The overwhelming finding for 2019 is that women make up 10% of country music culture. SEE MORE HERE

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Mojo in the Morning Show To Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Special Broadcast

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2020 –– iHeart Detroit’s Channel 955 announced that the “Mojo in the Morning” show will be honored with a special anniversary broadcast on Friday, February 21. The broadcast will take place at iHeartMedia Detroit headquarters and will broadcast live from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Channel 955, 104.5 WSNX and 92.5 KISS-FM. Hosted by Mojo, Spike and Shannon, the anniversary broadcast will feature a variety of special guests as well as an appearance from the show’s original crew members, Sara Fouracre, Chad Mitchell and Eric Harthen.

‘Mojo in the Morning’ is the Mount Rushmore of Detroit radio,” said Tony Travatto, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit. “The talented cast and show is continually striving to do bigger and better things than before and has evolved over the years to connect even more with the Detroit community."

There has been no better place to have raised my kids than Detroit,” said Mojo. “I can’t thank the iHeartMedia management and staff enough. More importantly, I’d like to thank the listeners for all they’ve done for my family and me. The fact that we have been embraced in the community that we love and treated as extended family by our listeners is an honor.” “I've been lucky to make a living with Mojo and this radio family each morning,” said Spike. “I never take myself too seriously, but I do take this job seriously. I realize that a huge number of people in Michigan have made us a part of their morning routine and I'll never take it for granted.”

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[WATCH] Tampa Bay's Mason Dixon Says After 4 Decades On The Air, 'I'm Still Enjoying This'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18Th, 2020 – "That's what radio does,” Tampa Bay's venerable morning host Mason Dixon tells FOX 13'S Laura Moody. “You reach right through that speaker to those folks and let them know I'm here for you.” For more than four decades, he's aired on Tampa Bay radio and sometimes shared the stage with legendary music artists. "I actually had a chance at the Sun Dome to sit in and play guitar on a couple of songs with the Beach Boys. We broke 'Kokomo' for the Beach Boys and they always give Q105 credit for that when they're on stage. I took Rod Stewart on his first blimp ride,” Dixon said.

7Dixon says a near-fatal car accident in 2005 gave him new purpose and perspective. "I felt like there was something special going on there. God was sending me a message,” said Dixon.

He tells Moody that he wants to be the friend that the Tampa Bay-area has always been to him -- to give back to a community that opened a door and gave so much to us. "That's the legacy that I want to leave behind. I'm still having fun, I'm still enjoying this," he said. WATCH HERE

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Cumulus Debuts Rock 94.5 The Pit In Albuquerque

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has launched a new Rock station in Albuquerque, NM, 94.5 The Pit/KTBL, Albuquerque’s New Choice for Rock, went live at 9:00am ET with its first cut, Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”. Concurrently, the station debuted its new website at: www.945thepit.com. KTBL was previously programmed as Talk Business Life. With the change in format, KTBL now also broadcasts on the 94.5 translator formerly used by News Radio KKOB.

Jeff Berry, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque, said: “We are thrilled to provide ABQ and the surrounding areas with an exciting new Rock station. The Pit will provide fans with current Rock artists like Shinedown and Disturbed, laced with 90’s and 2000’s mega bands such as Metallica and Foo Fighters. It will be a game changer for ABQ rock fanatics and our clients.”

Kris Abrams, FM Operations Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque, said: “There are a lot of great radio stations in Albuquerque. But radio listeners have been vocal that there is a need for a station that not only plays iconic Rock songs but also mixes that with a lot of new music discovery. 94.5 The Pit does exactly that.”

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iHeart's BIG 95.5 Chicago Counting Down The Top 1,000 Country Songs Of All Time

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2020 –– It took a Blue Ribbon Panel of Country Experts to curate and rank a list of the top 1000 greatest country songs of all time, which took into account: songwriting, artist contribution to country music history, historical and popular cultural significance of a song, sales and/or streaming data, radio airplay, and peak chart position. And now through the next several days country listeners will feast their ears and memories on all 1,000 of them.

By day's end yesterday, they made it through the first 166 songs. Lance Houston, program director and evening host at Big 95.5, tells Robert Feder the idea was inspired by Ken Burns’s eight-part, 16-hour PBS documentary series on country music last fall. “So we wanted to honor the greatest of all time,” Houston said. “I feel like in today’s world, everything is about the now, now, now. And we never really pause to look back and celebrate what was great music a long time ago.” Houston said the top 1,000 list was compiled by a 26-member “blue ribbon panel of country experts” who ranged in age from 30 to 57 and included record label executives, radio professionals, trade magazine writers and others.

“We’re going to make Chicago radio history, and I’m really, really excited about it,” Houston said. “This may never be done again.”. SEE ENTIRE LIST HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Nielsen Holdings Makes Senior Appointments

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2020 ––  Nielsen Holdings announced this week the following appointments: Sean Cohan, a media industry and A+E veteran, joins the company as Chief Growth Officer and President, International; Peter Bradbury, currently Executive Vice President & Managing Director, US Media Sellers Group, has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer, US and Karthik Rao, formerly Chief Product, Technology & Operations Officer - Global Media has been named Chief Operating Officer, Nielsen Global Media. Cohan has spent several decades in the media business, 15 of those years at A+E Networks.

Immediately prior to joining Cohan was a senior leader at content, marketing, and venture company Wheelhouse Group. Rao's title is now Chief Operating Officer, Nielsen Global Media. Bradbury has spent 24 years at Nielsen. His most recent responsibilities include: leading Nielsen's commercial efforts across National Television, Radio, Digital, Local TV and Social Media, he is also responsible for Gracenote Metadata, Nielsen Sports and Gaming. Immediately prior to this role, he was CEO of the Gracenote business.

"These appointments illustrate the commitment we have to building out a rigorous and forward looking business dedicated to one media truth and the belief that a transparent, unified independent view of the total audience will help the entire ecosystem succeed and thrive in this evolving landscape, said David Kenny, CEO, Nielsen. "These appointments set us up well for the future."

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HONORS: Houston Radio Stars Among Honorees During Media Alliance Event

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18Th, 2020 –– "The Media Alliance of Houston always puts on a wonderful event," says Cumulus/KRBE-FM's Roula & Ryan Show Executive Producer Eric Rowe. And for Eric, this year's had to be extra wonderful as he was named Radio Producer of The Year. "I love going to work every morning knowing I’m able to produce a morning show with the most talented people in radio. I owe it all to Roula, Ryan, Special K, and Sam they make doing my job so easy."

Taking the the Alliance's Radio On-Air Personality of the year was iHeart's 95.4 The Buzz's Rod Ryan.

The Radio Market Manager of VP of the year honors went to Entercom's Sarah Frazier.

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Ozzy Cancels US Tour Amid Health Issues

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2020 –– Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled his North American 'No More Tours' tour to undergo treatment amid a continuing period of poor health. A statement on his website says the decision will help him “to continue to recover from various health issues he has faced over the past year”. Osbourne himself said: “I’m so thankful that everyone has been patient because I’ve had a (s)hit year. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and the treatment takes six to eight weeks. I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans.”

The Guardian reports that Osbourne has been hospitalized frequently in recent months. In October 2018, he was treated for a staph infection, and then suffered flu and bronchitis in early 2019. As a result, he postponed the European leg of his final No More Tours II world tour to autumn 2020, having already rescheduled it once. He also suffered a bad fall and required surgery to his neck – during the treatment, he was diagnosed with what he described as a “mild form” of Parkinson’s disease, which he revealed in January. “I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s the Parkinson’s … They cut nerves when they did the surgery. I’d never heard of nerve pain, and it’s a weird feeling.” READ MORE HERE

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Sean Compton To Lead WLW Cincinnati Mega Reunion At TSBC 11

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020 –– The 11th annual Talk Show Boot Camp is set for March 5 & 6th at The 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati. With this being the 100th anniversary year of radio, this year's venue was selected in part due the history behind one of talk radio's most legendary and successful talk stations, iHeart's WLW. With that in mind, TSBC is organizing a major Cincinnati WLW Reunion to rap up the event with several of the Queen City’s most legendary radio stars!

Scheduled guests include: Randy Michaels, Bill Cunningham, Gary Burbank, Mike McConnell, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Scott, Scott Reinhardt and others to be announced. The moderator will be Nexstar Media’s Sean Compton, who literally grew up in the shadow of these 700 WLW radio icons while growing up in Cincinnati.

When booking your travel, make sure you stick around for this very special, never to be repeated, TSBC session at 3 pm on Friday March 6th at the 21C Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. REGISTER HERE

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HONORS: Greg Moceri To Receive Ashwood Award At TSBC 11 In Cincinnati

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2020 –– Greg Moceri, head of Moceri Media, has been selected as this year's recipient of Talk Show Boot Camp's coveted' Ashwood Award.' The award, which recognizes someone who has made a positive impact on the industry, will be presented the award on Friday morning March 6h at The 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati. Moceri was selected by last year's recipient, Randy Michaels, who, like each year's honoree, is charged with naming the following year's recipient.

7In making the selection, Michaels said, “Greg has been responsible for some of the best spoken word stations in the world, and has trained some of the best PD’s in the industry. There is no one better at the fundamentals, and no one more competitive than Greg Moceri.”

Moceri began his career at WOOD radio in Grand Rapids as News Director; Was hired by WTIC Hartford in 1991 as News Director; then promoted to Program Director. He moved to Atlanta in 1993 to program Cox Media Group's WSB where the station rose from 14th in the market to number one in the course of three years. For family reasons he left Atlanta in 2000 and was retained by Cox as its “news talk format captain” until 2011. Since then he has remained as WSB AM/FM's news-talk consultant. Along the way he's also consulted talk stars such as Sean Hannity and numerous others and consulted stations like KSL, Salt Lake City, WWJ, Detroit, KTAR, Phoenix. WOR, New York, WLS, Chicago and WTOP, DC..

The Ashwood Award was named in honor of the late Andrew Ashwood, VP and GM of FOX Sports Radio, who passed away on November 13, 2008 at 51. Andrew was remembered for his unwavering positive outlook on work, on sports, and on life. Past honorees have included TSBC co-presenter, Gabe Hobbs, Rick Scott, Bruce Gilbert, Jim Farley, Glenn Beck, Chris Oliviero, Julie Talbott, Kraig Kitchin & Harvey Nagler & Randy Michaels. The Award will be presented to Greg Moceri by Randy Michaels. FOR MORE INFO & REGISTRATION, CLICK HERE

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7Adele Confirms New Album Set For September Release

 

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J.J. Watt marries soccer player Kealia Ohai

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Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

 

 

Podcasting Executives To Form Podcast Academy; Awards Show Planned For 2021

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020 –– A group of podcasting executives have teamed up to establish a Podcast Academy and an awards show planned for early 2021 reports The Hollywood Reporters. The founding team will be made of up executives from across some of the largest and most influential companies in the podcast industry will work to 7establish the Golden Mics Awards show expected to be held in early 2021. "Film, television, music — all other major forms of art have long ago established a member-based Academy with the goal of fostering and celebrating creative excellence," Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez (L), a founding member of the Podcast Academy, said in a statement. "It's time for podcasts to establish their own. I am delighted to be joined by a diverse group of people who really care about excellence, from across the country, representing all kinds of podcasts, from public radio to independents and networks."

7According to Variety, some notable companies missing in the formation included iHeart, Entercom and Cumulus Media’s Westwood One. Conal Byrne, president of the iHeartPodcast Network, said his company was asked to participate in the formation of the Podcast Academy adding, "While iHeartMedia will evaluate joining the org," he said, “The iHeartRadio Podcast Awards was built as an industry show with industry participation and has already had two successful seasons, so we want to make sure this is something additive. We will of course listen to the pitch.”

In addition to Lopez, the Podcast Academy founding team includes Tenderfoot TV co-founder and president Donald Albright, Stitcher CEO Erik Diehn, NPR executive Anya Grundmann, PRX CEO Kerri Hoffman, Spotify head of studios Courtney Holt, Sony vp marketing Christy Mirabal, consultant Rekha Murthy, UTA head of emerging platforms Oren Rosenbaum, Criminal co-creator and executive producer Lauren Spohrer and Spoke media content chief Alia Tavakolian. The academy will be overseen by a board of governors. READ MORE HERE

Conal Byrne will be among this year's featured speakers at TSBC 11 In Cincinnati

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Chi Takes Over Afternoons On Sweet 98.5 Omaha

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020 –– Thirteen-year on-air Nebraskan veteran “Chi” is taking over afternoons on SWEET 98.5 for NRG Media in Omaha. Chi made a guest appearance on the SWEET 98.5 morning show with Nikki & Laura on Friday morning making the long-awaited announcement. Chi will host the afternoon show on SWEET 98.5 (3-7p.m.) starting today, February 17. In addition, Chi will also serve as the Music Director for sister station POWER 106.9, and be on-air for POWER from 1-3p.m.

Chi started her career doing afternoons at KFRX, and producing for a two-time Marconi winner Problems & Solutions at KFOR. In 2014, she moved to Omaha to do middays on KQCH and later became music director. Chi stated, “Radio is my passion and NRG Media is giving me an opportunity to grow my roots further into Omaha. It’s like a dream come true!”

Jay Michaels, Program Director for SWEET 98.5 and POWER 106.9 said, “Chi will round out the team on SWEET 98.5, and will be a great addition to our POWER on-air staff. Chi is well known in the record industry and very well respected. We are thrilled to have her join our team.”

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SYNDICATION: Ricky Smiley Show Debuts On WRNB-FM Philadelphia

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020 ––  The syndicated Rickey Smiley Show, also featuring Da Brat, Gary Wit Da Tea, Eva Marcille, Rock T, and Special K, kicks off this morning in Radio One's WRNB/103.1 RNB Philadelphia.

“I’m excited to have this extremely funny and gifted talent in Philly” said Jay Dixon, Program Director of Radio One Philadelphia’s 100.3 RNB. “I know Rickey and his crew will bring the kind of morning show that’ll get this city going.”

Radio One Philadelphia Station Manager, Ezio Torres says “I’m excited to have the Rickey Smiley Morning Show join 100.3 RNB as he and his crew are the future and direction of our format and the perfect way for our listeners to start their day” The Rickey Smiley Morning Show debuted as a nationally syndicated Urban AC morning show in January 2020.

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HONORS: Chicago Radio Legends Larry Lujack And Dick Biondi Named Charter Inductees In Illinois HOF

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020 –– The Hall of Fame will be part of the new Illinois Rock & Roll Museum under construction in Joliet, IL reports Robert Feder. Lujack, who passed away in 2013, was elected by museum members in the DJ category. Biondi was named recipient of the Founder’s Lifetime Achievement Award and also will be inducted in the Hall of Fame.

Ceremonies will be March 29 at the Renaissance Center in Joliet. Other inaugural inductees include Chicago, Cheap Trick, Ides of March, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Buckinghams and REO Speedwagon as performers; and WLS Radio, Chess Records and Thirsty Whale in non-performer categories.

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FRED JACOBS: 7 Moves Every Radio Host Can Learn From Magic Johnson

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs calls Earvin Magic Johnson easily one of the top three L.A. Lakers players of all time –but says it's also noteworthy that he's one of the league's more successful graduates, building an amazing post-NBA career in business. His company invests, owns, or has owned a myriad of businesses, including movie theaters, Burger Kings, and at one time, more than 100 Starbucks Coffee locations. Jacobs says," If you think about Magic not as a hoopster, but as a successful radio personality who made the transition to the business world, you understand why his approach is one worthy of emulating. I recently read a guest story in Entrepreneur by author Craig Ballantyne who talked about Magic's “post-game strategy.” Several of his points translate very nicely to radio personalities – and I've added a handful of my own.

1. Know your market . 2. Stay on top of your relationships. 3. Connect with your most important customers. 4. Always over-prepare and show up early. 5. Leverage your celebrity. 6. Overcome your insecurities - Jacobs adds, "Getting over that emotional baggage is a critically important element in experiencing success in those next career phases. When you analyze the post-radio careers of stars like Ryan Seacrest, Howard Stern, Jimmy Kimmel, Dave Ramsey, and others, you're looking at people who experienced the same tough road, the same bad advice, and the same questionable management decisions part of being in radio."

And Jacobs 7th Move? He says adding a cool nickname doesn't hurt. Do you need a catchy handle to be successful – in or out of radio? Of course not. But the right nickname can enhance the brand even when those radio days end. READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE

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ACM Announces Promotion And New Hires

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020 –– The Academy of Country Music® has announced a promotion within the Events department and two new additions to join the Academy staff. Danielle Bardier (TL) has been promoted to Coordinator, Events; Gloria Chavez (C) has joined the staff as Assistant, Finance & Operations; and Hannah Kellis (TR) has joined the staff as Assistant, Creative & Content Production. All positions are based out of the Academy’s office in Encino, CA.

Danielle Bardier joined the Academy of Country Music in the beginning of 2019 as Assistant, Events and has most recently been promoted to Coordinator, Events. In her new role, Bardier will continue to work on several facets of the ACM Awards, ACM Party for a Cause events and ACM Honors. Bardier reports to Erick Long, Senior Vice President, Events. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music

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New Jersey 101.5 To Present Town Hall On Prisoner Reformation

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020 –– On Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” (WKXW-FM) is presenting a special Town Hall broadcast addressing the re-entry of New Jersey prisoners into mainstream society upon release, and the unique and specific challenges faced by these residents and their families. New Jersey 101.5 Special Projects Director and Morning News Anchor Eric Scott will lead the news and digital departments in bringing listeners personal stories of prisoner reformation, along with expert viewpoints from law enforcement and advocacy groups.

“Our Town Hall broadcasts help create a better understanding among New Jersey residents while seeking to identify real and practical solutions to some of our state’s most difficult issues,”Scott said. “More than half of those being released from prison in New Jersey today will be rearrested within three years. Almost a third will be sent back to prison. This program will explore ways to break the cycle of recidivism and confront the challenges of returning former inmates to society.” The program’son-air expert panel features four guests who will answer live, call-in questions from listeners throughout the hour.

The New Jersey 101.5 News Department, under the direction of Annette Petriccione, will also air a series of special news segments from New Jersey 101.5 News Reporter Dino Flammia in the days leading up to the Town Hall broadcast.

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7Elton Walks Off Stage; Whitney First LP To Be Re-Released

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Adele Gives Rare Performance at Her Best Friend's Wedding

WATCH - Whitney Houston’s Debut Album to Receive Vinyl Reissue for 35th Anniversary

Atlanta DA Reviewing Alleged Evidence In James Brown Murder Claim

Local garbage man to compete on "American Idol"

‘Wheel of Fortune' Followers Have Field Day With Naughty-Sounding Puzzle Involving ‘Italian Sausage’

R.I.P. Lynn Cohen, From Sex And The City and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

‘Love Island’ Host’s Shock Death Revives Concerns Around Mental Health, Media Scrutiny

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The Broadcast Foundation Of America Announces Its 2020 Leadership Awards Recipients

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2020 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America, the charity devoted exclusively to helping broadcasters in acute need, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 Leadership Awards. The Leadership Awards are given annually in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at-large.

The Awards will be presented at the BFOA's annual breakfast on Wednesday, April 22 in Las Vegas, during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show.

The 2020 Leadership Awards honorees are: Marci Burdick, Senior Advisor to Schurz Communications, retired Kim Guthrie (L), President & Chief Executive Officer, Cox Media Group Kraig Kitchin (C), Partner, Sound Mind LLC 7Weezie Kramer (R), COO, Entercom Communications Barbara Kreisman, Chief, Video Division, FCC Leo MacCourtney, President, Katz Television Group.

The Broadcasters Foundation will also present the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award during the Breakfast. That honoree will be announced shortly. This year’s sponsors are: AccuRadio, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), National Association of Media Brokers (NAMB), Nielsen, Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB), USTrust, and vCreative. To register for the Broadcasters Foundation Breakfast, broadcasters can click here. To register via phone or email, and to obtain information on reserving a page in the Program Guide, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or info@thebfoa.org.

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Station Owner Files Charges Against Union Representing Layed Off Local Hosts

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2020 –– The owner of a group of stations in northwest New York whose 2018 decision to lay off some hosts that was recently deemed unlawful by a judge, has challenged the ruling claiming the union representing those hosts and others employed by their stations refused to engage in collective bargaining. NNY360.com reports that Stephens Media Group, which owns Classic Hits Z93 and Froggy 97 in Watertown and 1340 WMSA in Massena, filed an unfair labor practice charge against the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America (NABET ).

The union’s Local 51024 chapter represents certain hosts employed at the stations, including the hosts who lost their jobs in 2018. The contract between the union and Stephens Media expired almost two years ago. Company owner David P. Stephens wrote in a statement that the union “refuses to bargain in good faith,” resulting in an impasse. When Charles J. Muhl, an administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board, found that the union and company had not reached a valid impasse in their negotiations, he ruled that the decision to lay off three Watertown hosts, eliminate weekend shifts and reduce work hours for part-time hosts violated national labor laws.

Stephens Media disagrees with the judge’s finding regarding the impasse, resulting in the charge it filed against the national labor union. The company expects the labor board to rule on the charge within a few months. READ STORY HERE

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Special Olympics Massachusetts and 98.5 the Sports Hub Announce Partnership

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2020 –– Beasley Media Group's 98.5 the Sports Hub has entered into a multi-year partnership with the Special Olympics Massachusetts. The collaboration between the station and the non-profit organization will be instrumental in helping to raise funds, recruit volunteers and support all major programs, such as the Summer Games, scheduled to take place June 12th through 14th at the Harvard Athletic Complex in in Boston.

“We could not be more thrilled to team up with the premier sports radio station in Boston,” said President & CEO Mary Beth McMahon. “The team at 98.5/Sports Hub and Beasley Media Group have been exceptional to work with and have made it clear that their belief in our mission is what will drive this relationship. We are excited for the opportunity to share our message with the station’s incredible audience and look forward to helping even more people experience inclusion through Special Olympics content and events.”

As part of the station’s commitment, 98.5 the Sports Hub will donate its support to Special Olympics Massachusetts’ throughout the year in an effort to help providing sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. “It is an honor and privilege to partner with a tremendous organization that makes a difference in the lives of others like Special Olympics,” said station Program Director Rick Radzik. “As the leading sports radio station in the country, we believe it’s important to align ourselves with an organization that offers support and inclusion for so many athletes, who otherwise might not have the opportunity to participate. It’s the perfect fit!”

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WMMR-FM Philadelphia Presents Path To Pro… How To Be Player In Esports

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2020 –– WMMR-FM Morning Show co-host Marisa Magnatta will host the first ever Path to Pro … How to be a Player in Esports. The event will take place today from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, February 14th at Nerd Street Gamers (located in Northern Liberties on N. 3rd Street) in Philadelphia. Panelists will include: Nerd Street Gamers COO Rob Johnson World Gaming Network (WGN) & College Star League (CSL) CEO Wim Stocks Houston Outlaws Coach Matt (Flame) Rodriguez. Houston Outlaws Player Daniel (Boink) Pence, Philadelphia Fusion Players Roston Yoo and Isaac “Boombox” Charles.

Panelists will provide attendees with an “insiders” perspective on esports and the many paths that an individual can take to pursuing a professional career in professional gaming and what life is like as an elite player in the Overwatch League as well as explore the different paths one might take to get there! “The feedback I’ve received after hosting the first season of FTW Philly on NBC Sports Philadelphia has been all over the map…from expert to novice,” said Magnatta. “The most common question I hear is, how do you actually start a career in esports? Our Path to Pro event will be the ultimate guidebook for anyone interested in achieving their esports dream!”

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NETWORKS: Sun Broadcast Group Goes 'All Girl Power' In Its New Marketing Team

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2020 –– Following the acquisition of Envision Radio Networks earlier this month, SBG announced it has put the finishing touches on a new direction for its marketing department. Filled with ALL girl power, the new team consists of SBG veteran of 11 years, Loren Christofori (center), who has been promoted to Director of Marketing, former Envision Networks Marketing and Affiliate Specialist, Jen Weisfeld (top left) takes the role of Marketing Manager and SBG alum Amber Kelley (top right) joins as Marketing Assistant. “I know I speak for the entire SBG family when I say how proud we are to introduce this new ALL FEMALE marketing team” said Jason Bailey, President and Founder of SBG. “Anyone who knows me knows that I take our brand very seriously. I couldn’t be more excited to place the next chapter of the SBG story in the hands of Loren, Jen and Amber. I’m thrilled to see all the great ideas they have come to life.”

Loren commented, “Being that I joined SBG at its inception over 11 years ago, the brand is so special to me. I’m beyond honored that I’m able to continue to grow our marketing department with these two amazing ladies by my side. We’re ready to change the status quo, think outside the box…and have a little fun along the way!” “\

Reach the ladies here: Loren Christofori: lchristofori@sunbgi.com or 212-380-9311. Jen Weisfeld: jweisfeld@sunbgi.com or at 212-380-9316. Amber Kelley: akelley@sunbgi.com or at 212-380-9332.

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Fox Sports Radio Posts 13-Million Podcast Listens Ins In January; Most Streamed Month Ever

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 20020 – FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network, reported two all-time digital audio records for January 2020. FSR set a new benchmark in January, reaching more than 13 million podcast listens – an increase of +88% over the previous year. (Source: Megaphone January 2020). The Herd with Colin Cowherd podcast was the strongest performer, up +59% year-to-year.

FSR also experienced its most-streamed month ever in January, increasing +25% year-to-year; the network’s top 5 streaming months of all-time took place from September 2019 through January 2020. Plus, monthly page views for www.FOXSportsRadio.com grew +57% year-to-year in January 2020, marking the 5th best month ever.

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Jessica Simpson Opens Up With Kraddick Show's Jenna Owens For 'Open Book' Tour

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2010 –– Last Friday night, Feb. 7th, YEA Network's "The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show" co-host Jenna Owens was the moderator of Jessica Simpson's “Open Book Tour”. During the sold-out hour-long chat at Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center, Owens discussed the singer and entrepreneur's new memoir, "Open Book",

Simpson about topics including: sobriety, toxic relationships, body image, why she turned down the lead role in “The Notebook”, the best thing about being uber-rich and more

PHOTO/Jessica Simpson (Left) and Jenna Owens (Right). CHECK OUT HIGHLIGHTS HERE

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EVENTS: Entercom San Diego & City Of Santee Host Fido Fest 'My Furry Valentine'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2020 –– Entercom San Diego is partnering with The City of Santee to host the 5th annual “Fido Fest Presents My Furry Valentine,” an annual donation drive to raise supplies for local animal shelters and help homeless pets find homes. This fun-filled day, which has grown to become one of the largest pet events in Southern California, will feature ten local shelters. The City of Santee has partnered with the San Diego Humane Society to share K9 programs and resources with local residents, including information on licensing and microchipping dogs to ensure a quick return home if they ever get lost. Guests can microchip and license their pets onsite with a goal of microchipping at least 50 dogs at this year’s event. Paws4Shots will also be on site to provide vaccinations, heartworm tests, and flea/tick preventatives.

Emceed by Sunny 98.1 (KXSN-FM) morning show co-hosts Rob and Joss, the event will also feature various exhibits and activities for both pets and humans, K9 demonstrations, K9 contests, food and beverage vendors, live music and more. It takes place tomorrow, February 15 at Santee Town Community Center

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7Eilish 'Bond' Theme Is Here; Swift Surprises NME Awards

 

LISTEN - The Waits Over: 'No Time To Die' Theme From Billie Eilish

WATCH - Taylor Swift Makes Surprise Appearance At NME Awards

‘The Masked Singer’ Announces Nationwide Concert Tour This Summer

Jennifer Hudson to perform Kobe Bryant tribute at All-Star Game

WATCH - Watch Janet Jackson Perform ‘Runaway’ With Classroom Instruments on ‘Fallon’

WATCH - ‘The Late Late Show’ With James Corden Presents A Week Of Justin Bieber

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Buys Beverly Hills Estate For Record $165M

HGTV Features First Throuple on House Hunters

'Slow Burn' Creators to Produce Houston Astros Cheating Scandal Podcast, TV Series

WATCH - Colin Kaepernick to publish memoir about his decision to protest

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STUDY: Number Of Women GM's Rise Again; Women PD's Up For First Time In 14 Years

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 –– For the last 20 years, the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group has compiled and analyzed the number of women in radio broadcasting who are rising to the ranks of management. Data gathered for this annual MIW Gender Analysis Study specifically tracks the progress of female professionals holding General Manager, Sales Manager and Program Director positions. The MIW Gender Analysis Study has been consistently released, utilizing the same methodology, since 2000. 

The figures and percentages shown below represent the calendar year 2019 and are reflective of 11,225 AM and FM radio stations across America, using PrecisionTrak radio industry data (precisiontrak.com) as of December 31, 2019.*

General Managers: 19.5% (2189 stations) had women holding the General Manager position in 2019.  This is an increase of almost a half of percentage point from 2018, which was 19.05%.  Notably this number continues to show consistent growth from 2004, when the percentage of female general managers was only 14.9% In the top 100 markets, the number of women serving as General Managers continues to run slightly higher than the national average and most importantly shows very positive growth year-over-year.  In 2019, 21.1% (744 stations) in these larger markets were managed by women, which compares to 19.2% in 2018.

Program Directors:  The greatest challenge for women in radio management continues to be in the area of Program Director.  Women currently program only 11.62% (1,304 stations) versus 10.6% last year. However, on a positive note, this is the first time this number has grown in fourteen years. In the top 100 markets, the news is better as female programmers represent 13.30% of the total number of Program Directors; showing nice growth from 11.47% in 2018. All information provided by PrecisionTrak, formerly known as MStreet Publications, is subject to limitations of data provided by radio companies. 

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Nikki Medoro Moving To Mornings On KGO; Armstrong & Getty Shifts To KSFOw

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Cumulus announced its San Francisco Talk outlets KGO and KSFO will each debut new morning shows on Monday, March 2, 2020. The syndicated Armstrong & Getty Show will move from KGO (810 AM) to KSFO (560 AM) and will be heard weekdays from 6:00am to 9:00 am PST. Concurrently, KGO 7welcomes The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro to its morning lineup, airing weekdays from 6:00am to 10:00am PST. Veteran newsman Bret Burkhart will join Nikki Medoro in mornings. Doug Harvill, Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus San Francisco, said: “Nikki Medoro is a compelling and proven talk show host. Her upbeat and engaging personality makes her the perfect fit to take over mornings on KGO.

Lee Hammer, Operations Manager, Cumulus San Francisco, and KGO/KSFO Program Director, said: “Nikki has done a tremendous job working with Chip Franklin in afternoon drive, and she’s earned this opportunity to host mornings on KGO. Nikki and Bret will bring a fresh approach to the day’s news, both locally and nationally. They’ll also invite the Bay Area’s listeners to join the conversation and share their opinions.”

Hammer added: “I’m also excited that Armstrong and Getty will be staying in our station family, just moving down the dial to KSFO. Joe and Jack are fantastic entertainers, super knowledgeable and they’re not afraid to share their opinions. They’ll be a great addition to the KSFO lineup.”

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105.1 The Buzz Portland Unveils New Lineup

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Entercom has revealed a new weekday programming lineup for 105.1 The Buzz (KRSK-FM) in Portland, effective February 25. The station welcomes Liz Luda and Mike Vezzola as morning show co-hosts from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PT. The station also adds Jamie Tanchyk as Assistant Program Director and afternoon drive host from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. “I am so excited to be joining the Entercom family, especially in Portland,” said Luda. “I love Scott [Roddy, Operations Manager and Program Director, 105.1 The Buzz and 99.5 The Wolf] and Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager's vision and know that we can deliver great content that audiences can relate to. I am beyond ecstatic for this opportunity.”

Prior to joining Entercom, Luda served as a morning show co-host and Promotions Director for Flinn Broadcasting Corporation in Memphis, TN. She also previously held an Account Executive role for Clear Channel Radio in Charlotte, NC. “I've been fortunate to work with some incredible people throughout my career in several New England markets, and am beyond excited to head out west and begin the next chapter with the extremely talented Liz,” said Vezzola. “Scott Roddy and Kim Martinez are the real deal and have a great vision for the future in Portland, I look forward to getting out there, getting to work and being a part of that.” Vezzola joins 105.1 The Buzz after previously serving as an on-air personality for sister stations 103.3 AMP Radio (WODS-FM) in Boston and 96.5 TIC FM (WTIC-FM) and HOT 93.7 (WZMX-FM) in Hartford, CT.

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iHeartMedia Rolls Out New iHeartPodcast AdSuite Offering

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia unveiled the iHeartPodcast AdSuite designed to help marketers drive results at a local and national level. “As the podcast industry continues to evolve and capture massive consumer attention, advertisers and brands are looking for tools and products to 7capture and measure the impact. They are often left without a system for quantitatively monitoring the success, impact and reach of podcast advertising,” said Conal Byrne (R)President of the iHeartPodcast Network.

“Advertisers have a certain expectation with creative, measurement and data when they invest in digital advertising,” said Carter Brokaw, President of Digital Revenue Strategy for iHeartMedia. “The iHeartPodcast AdSuite product will provide the tools and analytics they need to build and track successful podcast advertising campaigns.”

Conal Byrne will be among this year's featured speakers at TSBC 11 In Cincinnati

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iHeart Expands Its Spanish-Language Podcast Offering

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia announced two new efforts aimed at expanding the iHeartPodcast Network with more Spanish-language and Hispanic-focused offerings. With the increasing importance and size of the U.S. Hispanic population, both Spanish and English speaking, the iHeartPodcast Network will roll out a slate of podcasts hosted and co-produced by Enrique Santos (L), notable on-air radio personality and Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of iHeartLatino; and launch a multi-year development, co-production and distribution partnership with multicultural digital audio network, reVOLVER. These combined efforts will result in the development and promotion of high-quality iHeartRadio Original Podcasts hosted by the most popular Hispanic hosts across the country.

“Both Enrique Santos and reVOLVER are dedicated to authentically telling stories through the power of audio that represent and connect with the diverse Hispanic community,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “These new offerings create an opportunity to utilize iHeartMedia’s expansive network to amplify diverse voices and highlight genuinely captivating content. Our goal is to deliver the biggest, strongest slate of podcast content to Hispanic audiences nationwide – and this gets us there.” Enrique Santos, nationally syndicated host of Tu Mañana con Enrique Santos on iHeartMedia’s TÚ 94.9FM in Miami, FL, will launch the podcast “Hola, My Name Is...” as the first in his new slate of shows.

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105.3 The Fan Dallas To Air 'The Luchi Gonzalez Show' And Additional FC Shows

 

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 – Entercom and FC Dallas have teamed up to produce soccer programming for the 2020 season. As part of the agreement, 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM) in Dallas will host the “The Luchi Gonzalez Show,” during the 2020 MLS regular season, which will offer exclusive insight from the FC Dallas head coach. “As the leader in local sports coverage, we aim to provide fans with premier content of their favorite teams on and off the field,” said Brian Purdy, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Dallas. “We’re looking forward to a great season with FC Dallas and to expanding our leading sports platform with engaging content.”

105.3 The Fan will also air FC Dallas-themed programming featuring interviews with players and front office personnel, including a “2020 FC Dallas Season Kickoff Show” at the Verizon Performance Lounge at 105.3 The Fan studios in Dallas. In addition to broadcast support, 105.3 The Fan will partner with FC Dallas to host four TOLO Fan Nights at Toyota Stadium for FC Dallas matches.

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SNAPS: Geraldo Lands Call From Potus On WTAM

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Geraldo Rivera has confirmed that Donald Trump will join him LIVE via telephone today at 9:30 a.m. on Newsradio WTAM 1100 & 106.9 FM/Cleveland. Geraldo Rivera, one of America’s most enduring broadcasters and Fox News correspondent-at-large, broadcasts Geraldo in Cleveland weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on WTAM. In addition, Rivera hosts a weekly podcast for iHeartRadio, entitled Roadkill with Geraldo Rivera.

Geraldo Rivera now lives in Cleveland, but continues to work on a national level with Fox News. Geraldo is conducting this interview from his home studio. No cameras are permitted at Geraldo’s home.

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Froggy Lincoln Hits A New Goal For St. Jude

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Froggy 98 (KFGE-FM) Lincoln, NE. hosted their 17th annual St. Jude Country Cares Radiothon Feb. 5th and 6th. During the two-day event, local University of Nebraska-Lincoln students from Tri Delta sorority answered the hundreds of calls that came in from listeners making donations. Most of the funds raised were in the form of “Partner In Hope” donations, which is a pledge from the caller to donate $20 monthly for one year to the hospital.

Eleven-year-old Kate (bottom right), who is now in remission from her diagnosis of brain cancer, not only came to the station to work the phone bank for an entire day, but she also chose to become a Partner In Hope. While Kate was at the station, her school called to let her know that the teachers and students in the school collected $300 to donate in Kate’s name. At the end of the radiothon, the final tally was $93,361, a new record for the Froggy 98 team’s partnership with St. Jude.

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London Gets Its First Podcast Station; Steve Price Now At Triple M Melbourne After Sacking In Sydney

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020 –– After being cut from Afternoons at 2GB in Sydney, Steve Price has landed a regular guest spot on the Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy in Melbourne. Steve will also appear across Southern Cross Austereo’s PodcastOne network. The Australian newspaper suggests that Steve has managed to get a $500,000 ($336,000 US) paycheck from Nine, the owners of 2GB which includes his entire year’s salary for 2020, and without a non-compete clause.

Podcast Radio Launches In London - London’s first radio station devoted to podcasts is launching this week via DAB+. Podcast Radio started at midday on Tuesday 11th February. CEO Gerry Edwards said: “For listeners, Podcast Radio will enable them to discover and sample podcasts to find out what they like. For podcast producers, it’s a showcase and shop window for their content.” Consultant Paul Chantler, who has been working with Gerry to set up Podcast Radio for the last year, says: “There’s so much podcast choice that it’s overwhelming. We believe there’s a need for a trusted guide to help navigate the wonderful world of podcasts and that’s Podcast Radio’s job.”

BBC Radio 5 Live Removes Studio Cameras From Website - The live studio video feed for BBC Radio 5 Live has been removed from the station’s website. Until recently, you could watch what was happening in vision 24/7, with multiple cameras covering the studio, and one in front of each presenter. But this has now been taken down from the website without any notifications from the BBC.

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

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7Eilish 'Bond' Theme Out Today; Snoop Apologizes

Billie Eilish Sets Release Date For James Bond Theme Song 'No Time To Die'

Snoop Dogg Issues Public Apology To Gayle King

Rihanna Working With Pharrell Williams On Her Ninth Album

WATCH - Justin Bieber Helps Los Angeles Women’s Shelter

WATCH - Queen guitarist Brian May In Altercation TV News Cameraman At Airport

WATCH - Pete Davidson Sets First Comedy Special At Netflix

WATCH - Jimmy Fallon And The Backstreet Boys' Barbershop Remix of "Thong Song"

The Masked Singer adds Gabriel Iglesias, Will Arnett As Season 3 Guest Stars

Spotify Giving Songwriters Their Own Playlists And Pages

WATCH - Dick Van Dyke, 94, Joins Cameo! Fans Can Pay $500 for a Personalized Video Message

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The Grand Ole Opry Returning To TV With Bobby Bones As Host And Executive Producer

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2020 –– The Grand Ole Opry will make a return to television screens this month reports FOX-TV Nashville. A weekly live-recorded series titled Opry will air on the Circle channel. Owned by Opry Entertainment Group, the self-proclaimed first 360 degree country content platform, Circle can be found on television and video-on-demand services.

The company announced that Bobby Bones, of the Premiere Syndicated The Bobby Bones Show, will serve as host and executive producer of the weekly one-hour program which will feature exclusive highlights from Grand Ole Opry performances. The show will kick off on Wednesday, February 26 at 8 p.m. CST and be followed every Wednesday at the same time. The 60-minute episode will included culled performances from the previous week’s shows.

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Danny Meyers Joins G105's The Showgram

THE MOUTH, G105, Raleigh announced today that Danny Meyers will join “The Showgram” as a new on-air host, effective immediately. Meyers will join with Erica, Ben and Ashley weekday mornings from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Fans can 7follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

“I have been a massive fan of ‘The Showgram’ and G105 for my entire career,” said Meyers. “It's a dream come true to be a part of this amazing show and iHeartMedia heritage brand. I’m looking forward to connecting and waking up with the Raleigh community.” Meyers joins the Raleigh market from iHeartMedia Norfolk, where he most recently served as the morning show host on MOViN 107.7. He also served as a morning show host for WXLK-FM in Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia and night host for WPLJ-FM in New York City.  

“I am incredibly excited to welcome Danny to ‘The Showgram’,” said Trevor Morini, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Raleigh. “Danny’s extensive track record of morning show success and experience coupled with the other talented hosts make this the perfect fit for G105.” 

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New Jersey 101.5's 'Dennis & Judi Show' Get 'UNPLUGGED' For New Live Stage Show

New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM announced Dennis & Judi: UNPLUGGED, a new live stage show featuring midday personalities Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco at the Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre. The event will take place on Saturday, May 2,at 8:00 PM. The Dennis & Judi Show is staple of New Jersey 101.5’s on-air lineup, airing weekdays from 10am to 2pm. The new UNPLUGGED show will feature many of the elements that make Dennis & Judi popular among the station’s audience, including live music, audience interaction and special guests.

New Jersey 101.5 Market President and Chief Revenue Officer Ron deCastro said, “We’re excited to offer this very special night with New Jersey 101.5’s top-rated midday show hosts. Dennis and Judi’s 20 plus-year-long friendship has a special chemistry that transcends multiple media every day, and now we’re pleased to add the dimension of a live stage show to their already substantial brand.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Erica Farber Inks Multi-Year Extension With RAB

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2020 –– RAB President and CEO Erica Farber and the RAB’s Executive Committee have agreed to a contract extension that will keep her in the position through April 2023, RAB Board Chair Susan Larkin announced today. Farber joined the RAB in January 2012 as EVP and became President and CEO in April 2012 where she oversees the organization’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the broadcast radio industry.

“Erica Farber has been a consistent and proven leader at the RAB,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President of Entercom Communications. “She has managed the association with tremendous agility and forged strategic and meaningful partnerships within the advertising, investor and broadcast communities. We’re delighted that we will continue to benefit from Erica’s guidance.”

“I’m honored by the confidence the RAB Board has entrusted in me and I am thrilled to continue the important work of promoting broadcast radio and shaping the future of the medium with the dedicated staff at the RAB,” said Farber. Prior to the RAB, Farber was the CEO of the radio consulting and Internet service provider, The Farber Connection LLC. During her fifteen year tenure at Radio & Records, Farber held various positions including COO, President, Publisher and CEO. Farber has held nearly every position in Radio Sales & Management including rising through the ranks at the INTEREP Companies and serving as Executive Vice President/Radio Development Director.

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Pete Spriggs Retires From WSB Atlanta; Drew Anderssen Adds PD Post

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2020 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) announced the retirement of longtime Director of Branding and Programming, Pete Spriggs. Senior Manager of Programming and Operations, Drew Anderssen, has been appointed to step into Spriggs’ role following his retirement, effective February 28, 2020. Spriggs has enjoyed a long tenure in radio and his a highly respected figure in the industry. He joined Cox in Dayton, OH in 1993 with News/Talk radio station WHIO and after three years at WDBO Radio in Orlando he moved to Atlanta, where he has worked at WSB radio since 2000. At WSB, he served as Director of Branding and Programming, as well as Format Leader for all of CMG’s News and Talk radio brands in the market. 

“WSB will go down in history as one of the greatest radio stations in the world, and I’m humbled to have been the Program Director there for 19 years,” Spriggs said. I’ve worked with some of the finest talent in this business. Several of them are in either the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame or the National Radio Hall of Fame and we’ve all worked together to make life better for our listeners in Atlanta and Georgia. It has been an awe-inspiring experience for me, and I’m so grateful to CMG for trusting me with the ‘keys’ to such a great ‘kingdom.’”

“Pete's career with CMG has indeed been remarkable. His commitment to developing talent and strategic leadership will leave a lasting impact on WSB, and all of CMG's News/Talk radio stations”, said Rob Babin, Vice President/General Manager of Atlanta Radio. “We will miss him and wish him all the best in his next chapter. We are also very proud of Drew as he steps into his new role. We believe Drew has the experience and skills to lead our team into the future successfully.” Prior to joining WSB, Anderssen spent years in programming and research for Cox Media Group in Orlando, Florida and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Lisa Powell Rises To SVP/MM For Entercom Greensboro

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2020 –– Entercom has named Lisa Powell as Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom Greensboro, effective immediately. In this role, she'll oversee 102 JAMZ (WJMH-FM), 93.1 The Wolf (WPAW-FM), 97.1 QMG (WQMG-FM), 98.7 Simon (WSMW-FM), Big Weal Gospel (WEAL-AM) and WPET AM 950 (WPET-AM). Powell was previously Vice President of Sales for Entercom Greensboro since 2013.

“For over two decades, Lisa has faithfully led our sales efforts in the Triad and obtained outstanding results,” said Doug Abernethy, Regional President, Entercom. “We are excited to recognize her accomplishments with a well-deserved promotion and are confident in her ability to lead our cluster to further growth.”

“I am blessed to work with a dynamic group of professionals who are highly engaged,” said Powell. “We focus on bringing the best of audio to our listeners and innovative marketing platforms to our partners. It has been my privilege to work with Entercom for so many years and to be part of the tremendous growth and vision led by people like Weezie Kramer [Chief Operating Officer, Entercom]. There has never been a better time to be with a progressive media company like Entercom. I am excited for what the future holds for our staff and the community we serve.”

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Brian Roberts Named PD For Cumulus Eugene, OR Combo

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has appointed veteran radio programmer Brian Roberts as Program Director for Hot AC station Star 102.3/KEHK-FM in Eugene, OR. He will also serve as Program Director for Cumulus Eugene’s Lite AC station, KSCR-AM/FM. Roberts was most recently Program Director and Morning On-Air Host for Cumulus AC station Z-93.7/WPEZ-FM in Macon, GA. Prior to that, he held programming positions in markets including Anchorage, AK; Bakersfield, CA; and Austin, TX.

Kathy Smith, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Eugene, said: “We are thrilled to have Brian join our radio family at Cumulus Eugene and are pleased to welcome him aboard.”Al Scott, Operations Manager, Cumulus Eugene, noted: “There are a lot of happy faces here in the building as Brian takes this position. We look forward to having Brian here to lead these stations into 2020 and beyond.” 

Roberts added: "I'm excited to be on this team and look forward to working with Cumulus Eugene.  Thanks to John Dimick, Al Scott, Kathy Smith and Leslie Whittle for this outstanding opportunity." 

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HONORS: KVMA-FM Shreveport's Nina Montgomery Honored For Service To African-American Community

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2020 –– Nina Montgomery, Program Director and On-Air Personality for Cumulus' Urban AC radio station KVMA Magic 102.9 in Shreveport, LA, was honored for her significant contributions to Shreveport’s African-American community on Saturday, February 8th at the Shreveport-Bossier-DeSoto African-American Scholarship Awards Banquet. The awards banquet was held at Morning Star Family Life Center in Shreveport, with all proceeds going toward scholarships for African-American students.

A staple in Shreveport radio for over twenty years, Montgomery was honored along with 11 other community members, including: Carolyn Henderson, the first African-American female assistant fire chief in Shreveport; Dr. David Williams II; and Dr. Marvin Rainey, both of whom were among the first African-American men to earn a doctorate from LSU-Shreveport. The honorees were recognized for making significant contributions to African-American history. Please see the attached release for details. Also attached is a photo of Nina Montgomery. Thanks for your interest.

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WOR Acquires 'Always in Fashion' Radio Show

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2020 –– 710 WOR is pleased to be the new home of “Always in Fashion,” a fashion business show broadcasting Saturdays nights from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday nights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hosted by Mark Weber, former CEO of PVH, and his son, Jesse Weber, a lawyer and TV host on the Law and Crime Network. “Always in Fashion” is a study in advanced business and lifestyle exploration and offers listeners career and life advice, while recognizing that success is always in fashion.

Mark Weber is a fashion business industry veteran, known for his former role as CEO of one of America’s largest high-profile fashion companies, PVH, the fashion conglomerate that owned and marketed brands such as Van Heusen, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. Jesse Weber is an attorney and TV host on the Law and Crime Network. He is also a legal contributor for various programs, including Fox News, CNN, CBS, ET, Dr. Oz and 710 WOR.

“Throughout my career, I have worked with the best and that’s precisely what has led me to iHeartRadio’s 710 WOR,” said Mark Weber. “We’re thrilled to join the number one audio company and broadcast on one of the leading talk stations in NYC.”

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SNAPS: Radio Invades Manchester's Primary

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2020 –– CBS News Radio was among a number of radio outlets who were on the ground for the New Hampshire Primary. CBS Team coverage included reporters across New Hampshire with Steve Dorsey in Manchester, Steven Portnoy with Mayor Buttigieg, WCBS-AM reporter Steve Burns with Senator Sanders, and Jim Krasula with former Vice President Joe Biden in Columbia

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7Jon Peters Claims Pamela Anderson Married Him to Pay Off ‘Bills’

WATCH - Joey Kramer Returns To Live Action with Aerosmith in Las Vegas

WATCH - Eminem Reveals Why He Finally Performed at the Oscars, 17 Years Later

‘Masked Singer’ tops K7’s list of best-selling formats in 2019

WATCH - The Conners Aired Live Last Night And React To New Hampshire Primary Results

WATCH - James Corden Makes Dr. Phil And His Wife’s Dreams Come True By Allowing Them To Live Out Their ‘Price Is Right’ Fantasy

Jussie Smollett accused of lying to CPD, indicted on 6 counts of disorderly conduct

Wonder Woman 1984: How a top-secret love story and brand-new armor promise to make the sequel sing

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Radio's Legendary John Records Landecker To Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020 –– Iconic Chicago John Records Landecker will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2020 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 20 at the Encore in Las Vegas. Landecker is best known for his tenure as the ev7ening personality at WLS-AM Chicago, a 50,000-watt station reaching audiences in some 40 states. His signature style included incorporating satirical songs and bits based on current events into the program, as well as his trademark saying, “Records truly is my middle name.”

7Landecker is credited for introducing some of the first interactive phone features on Top 40 radio, a style that is still prevalent today.His 50-year broadcast career began as a high school student at WOIA-AM in Saline, Michigan. He stayed on the air throughout college in Michigan, working at WTRK-AM Flint, WERX-AM Grand Rapids and WILS-AM Lansing. Landecker later entertained listeners with stints at WIBG-FM Philadelphia; CFTR-AM Toronto; WPHR-FM Cleveland, Ohio; WJMK-FM Chicago; and WGN-AM Chicago.

“John Records Landecker has had a profound impact on radio and has inspired generations of new talent,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs Steve Newberry. “His induction into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame symbolizes the personal connection between DJs and their audiences and how innovative personalities can influence radio programming.” Additionally, Landecker has released six albums of his work and written an autobiography titled “Records Truly Is My Middle Name," (top left). Landecker was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017 and was named Billboard Magazine’s Radio Personality of the Year in 1977. His on-air talent and contributions to the radio industry are memorialized in the radio exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

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KTCK/The Ticket Dallas Kicks Off Two New Teams In Afternoons

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020 –– Dallas’ KTCK/Sportsradio 1310 and 96.7 FM The Ticket will kick off two exciting new on-air teams in afternoon drive beginning this week. Popular longtime talk show host Bob Sturm (shown left) moves from middays on The Ticket to co-host the station’s afternoon drive show, “The Hardline” with current afternoon drive host Corby Davidson (shown right).

Sturm steps up to the role following the retirement of former co-host, Mike Rhyner, while Danny Balis continues in his role as show producer. “The Hardline” airs Monday through Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm CST. Sturm joined the Ticket in 1999 and has been the co-host of “BaD Radio” weekdays from 12:00pm Noon-3:00pm with co-host Dan McDowell since 2000. “BaD Radio” recently completed its 5000th show and has consistently been ranked #1 during that run of shows.

In addition to the afternoon drive move, current “BaD Radio” producer Jake Kemp has been promoted and will now co-host “BaD Radio” with Dan McDowell. McDowell and Kemp have been with The Ticket since 2000 and 2009, respectively.

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Townsquare Promotes Two In Buffalo To New Leadership Positions

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020 –– Townsquare Media Buffalo has promoted Chris Crowley (L) Operations Manager for Townsquare Media Buffalo, following his successful tenure as Brand Manager for Country WYRK and Soft AC WMSX. He will continue to oversee those brands in his new position. “I'm exceedingly lucky that I get 7to work with such a talented, successful group of media professionals here in Buffalo. To feel like you're appreciated every day you come to work, and to be able to make an impact locally with a company like Townsquare Media means everything,”said Crowley. “I'd like to thank Mark Plimpton, Rob Williams and Kurt Johnson for the trust and confidence they've shown in me with this appointment.”

Townsquare also named Yasmin Young (R) Brand Manager for heritage Urban AC WBLK. Young has successfully hosted afternoons on the station since 2015, and served as the local marketing manager for Townsquare Buffalo. She has also held the interim Brand Manager role for WBLK since Jay Hicks left in September for WPGC in Washington, DC.

“Power 93.7 WBLK is a legendary, impactful and historic station,”said Young. “I am so grateful for all the Townsquare Media leaders who have confidence in me to lead the WBLK team and brand into the future of local radio and digital media.”SVP Programming Kurt Johnson added, “There is nothing better than recognizing great achievement by elevating our talented professionals. Yasmin and Chris are two of the best at creating community connections with their very loyal audience in Buffalo, and we’re proud to work with them.

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STUDY: Podcast Measurement And Attribution Rates Poorly To Brands And Agencies

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020 –– Westwood One is releasing a brand new study with 95 executives from all parts of the podcast ecosystem. They completed an online survey in early February on measurement, attribution, ad tech, and what’s needed for podcasting to become a $2 billion advertising medium.

Among the key findings: · Podcast measurement and attribution rate poorly according to brands and agencies. Still, there is hope on the horizon. Two out of five say things are getting better. · Better measurement, attribution, bigger shows, and bigger brands are what’s needed for podcasting to crack $2 billion in ad spend. · A monthly reach of 44%, up from 32% in 2019, is seen as a tipping point to a step up in spend. · The consensus on a good podcast test buy is 105 ads in 5 podcasts over 7 weeks. A test buy of one ad a month is marketing malpractice. · Attribution services rate well and should expect greater usage. Newly launched measurement solutions need time to be understood and tested. SEE REPORT HERE

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Kraddick Show Turning 'Love Letters To Kellie' Into Podcast

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020 –– The nationally syndicated The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show is turning its popular segment, 'Love Letters to Kellie,' into a Podcast hosted by Kellie Rasberry and her longtime producer Robert Ehrman.

Kellie Rasberry said: “Robert and I have been working on this project for quite some time and I’m so excited that we finally get to share it with the world! While we’ll be having a lot of fun on this podcast, I realize people are trusting me to give them advice that can often have serious consequences. I don’t take that lightly.”

Whether it's a teenager dealing with a first crush, a single person struggling to find love online, or a spouse hoping to save a crumbling marriage, Kellie will give advice that may be tough to hear but always comes straight from the heart. Robert will read the letters, ask follow-ups, provide some comic relief and more. Robert Ehrman added: “I am looking forward to joining Kellie and sitting across from the love expert. We will laugh a little, learn a little, and I am sure cry a little… with most of the crying about my own failed relationships.” Love Letters to Kellie will be available Wednesday, February 12th on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts and other podcast services. New episodes are available Wednesday mornings. Subscribe and listen at http://LoveLettersToKellie.com

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Double Elvis Productions and iHeartRadio Release 'Citizen Critic' With Scott Janovitz And Greg Conley

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020 –– From slices of pop culture, music, movies or television along with reviews and critical commentary, hosts Scott Janovitz and Greg Conley will focus in its first episode on Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film! New episodes of the show will air every Monday.

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KYW Newsradio Forms New Content Partnership With NBC10, Telemundo Philadelphia

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced a multiplatform content distribution partnership with NBC across all broadcast channels, websites and social media platforms. As part of the agreement, KYW Newsradio (KYW-AM) and NBC10 Philadelphia (WCAU) and Telemundo62 (WWSI) will work together to better serve the community via improved access and coverage of live, local breaking news, general news, weather, sports, politics and entertainment in both English and Spanish languages.

“We’re thrilled that the region’s most experienced and innovative radio team is joining forces with the most forward-thinking team in local television,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “This strategic partnership will provide the Philadelphia area with the most immediate, accurate, and compelling news, weather, traffic, and entertainment reports.” Content from the partnership will also be shared across Entercom Philadelphia sister stations 96.5 TDY (WTDY-FM), 98.1 WOGL (WOGL-FM), Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (WPHT-AM), B101.1 (WBEB-FM) and SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM), as well as station websites and social media channels. PHOTO/Entercom

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EVENT: The Conclave Puts Focus On Radio Revenue During Summer Conference

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020 –– The Conclave has released the agenda for its 45th Summer Learning Conference taking place Tuesday, June 16-Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Delta Hotels Minneapolis Northeast. The focus of this year's event is "Radio Revenue In Today’s Media Landscape”, and shares essential information and insights for radio professionals who want to optimize the biggest opportunities in audio today, from podcasting to voice-first skills to connected cars. The event will also feature a conversation in light of the downsizing radio has witnessed, entitled: “The Only Way Is Forward – Getting Let Go & Rebuilding Ourselves”.

The Conclave Chair Lori Lewis said: “The Conclave Summer Learning Conference is all about access to the excellent industry minds we wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to interact with.” New in 2020 will be a conversation among radio’s thought leaders on the industry’s future and how radio companies, stations and professionals can redefine competitive strategies for the long-term health of their brands. For more info, CLICK HERE

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Iron Imager Contest 2020 Announces Call For Entries

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020 –– Benztown announced a call for entries for its 9th annual Iron Imager Contest, the international radio imaging contest where audio production professionals compete for the title of World’s Best Imager. The first and only competition of its kind, the Iron Imager contest is open for submissions now through the Round 1 Submission Deadline of Friday, February 28, 2020 (11:59 pm Pacific). The Iron Imager Contest is open to all radio imaging, production and programming professionals 18 and older, and will be judged by top producers and programmers from the U.S. and around the world, including: Brian Phillips, EVP, Content and Audience, Cumulus Media; Ashley Bard, Head of Production, Capital FM & Capital XTRA, London, UK; Andrew Berger, Imaging Director, Power 106/KPWR, Los Angeles, CA; three-time Iron Imager titleholder Dan Kelly, Imaging Director, WNSH, New York and readers of the Benztown Blog (https://www.benztown.com/blogs).

The 2020 Iron Imager Contest will culminate in a live imaging competition at WWRS 2020 on March 26, 2020, at Castaway in Burbank. This year’s Iron Imager will pit 2019 Iron Imager Champion, Aussie audio imaging professional Brendan “BT” Tacey, Head of Production, Triple M Network, Southern Cross Austereo in Melbourne, Australia, against this year’s contender for the title of World’s Best Imager. Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “Calling all Imaging Directors and Prod Gods around the Globe! Brendan “BT” Tacey is as legit as it gets." To enter and for full contest rules, visit the official Iron Imager Contest 2020 website at https://benztown.com/ironimager.

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EVENT: WCSX Wants To Play 24 Hours of The Rolling Stones

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2020 –– From the station that once played 24 hours of nonstop Bob Seger. And then 24 hours of Led Zeppelin,

Well now they want to play 24 hours of The Rolling Stones in honor of the 2020 No Filter Tour coming to Ford Field on June 10…but they post on their website their boss won’t let them unless they get listeners on board, too. So they're asking them to sign a petition. GET DETAILS HERE

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7Oscars Hit Record Low Ratings During Second 'Hostless' Year

 

Oscars Fall to Record Low Ratings Following Second Hostless Year

WATCH - Oscars Face Backlash For Not Paying Tribute To Luke Perry or Cameron Boyce

... Adele Wins for Best Surprise Guest at 2020 Oscars After-Parties

... Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ Jumps Nearly 2,000% In Downloads Following 2020 Oscars Performance

WATCH - Blake Shelton Joins Rapper Pitbull in Sexy ‘Get Ready’ Music Video

WATCH - Kirk Douglas Daylong Tribute Set For TCM; ‘Spartacus’ To Screen At TCM Film Festival

WATCH - Janet Jackson Announces North American Summer Tour 2020

Activist Greta Thunberg to get BBC Reality Ahow

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JACOBS: The 92nd Annual Oscars Went 'Jockless' Again And It Showed

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2020 - Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs writes in today's blog that last night's 92nd Annual Oscars went 'Jockless' for a second year in a row - and it showed! Comparing it to a "GM trying to save a few bucks after firing the morning show, going “host-less,” for the second consecutive year was about as messy as you could get." Jacob's says even Eminem showing up for no apparent reason, and Billie Eilish singing a Beatles song – couldn't save the Oscars so in need of someone to direct the traffic, set up bits, introduce musical segments, forward promote, and actually host a show that's traditionally been a train wreck of unscripted, unplugged celebrities."

"The lack of branding, clarity, and anticipation was palpable," Jacobs writes. "There were times where awards went to deserving individuals who were named – without mentioning the film – making it even more confusing for those of us to follow along at home, in our media rooms, man caves, or rec rooms. The audio analogies are obvious. Last night's Academy Award debacle was more proof positive that while faceless playlists and segued music can be listenable for a while, a sense of time, a sense of place, a surprise or two, and companionship are what great hosts bring to radio -- I may be sitting down to delicious crow dinner tonight. Maybe millions of people around the globe still watch the Academy Awards because of the celebrity, the fashions, the list of deceased stars, and seeing their favorite actors and actresses under very different and often awkward circumstances. But even “breaking format” a handful of times last night with a surprise or two couldn't save a show so in need of a PD and a smart host. Even a zookeeper." Read Blog HERE

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REPORT: KFMB Staffers Given Short Extension

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2020 –– While no official word from Tegna or Local Media San Diego, according to San Diego Media Source's Joe Nelson, KFMB staffers who were supposed to be out on February 7th, received a short reprieve. Nelson writes: KFMB was to have gone off air Friday as previously reported which was the closing date on the sale from Tegna to Local Media San Diego. However the deal did not close as expected. Nelson opines, "There is no reason to believe the deal will not go through, but employees were given at least a few more days to continue working as normal.

This comes following a mandatory meeting on January 24th where nearly 50 staffers learned their fate. 40 people were told that their jobs would be ending on February 7th. Only five people would be retained. One producer and four from sales. This affects both KFMB-AM as well as KFMB FM 100.7 San Diego. Tegna sold the stations to Local Media San Diego, but retains the rights to the call letters.

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NETWORKS: Sun Broadcast To Handle National Ad Sales For Erazno Y La Chokolata

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2020 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced today that it has been tapped to handle the national advertising sales for “El Show de Erazno Y La Chokolata” under its Sun Latino division. Originating from the Entravision studios in Los Angeles, the show is broadcast nationwide to more than 75 stations in more 50 top Hispanic markets. Earlier this month, Sun Broadcast Group parent company, Gen Media Partners, announced they had secured the rights to syndicate and sell the program in a landmark multi-year deal.

Julio Aponte, COO of Sun Broadcast Group and Sun Latino, commented “We’re very proud to be the exclusive national sales representative of the #1 show in all of Spanish-language radio across the USA. El Show De Erazno y La Chokolata makes Sun Latino a must buy in the Spanish-language network radio space. We are excited to present our advertisers with exclusive and unique new ways to connect with their customers through this incredible show!” For More Information Contact Julio Aponte at 212-930-9301

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Alice 105.9 Denver's 'Cares For Kids' Event Raises $1.4 Million For Children's Hospital

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2020 –– Entercom's KALC-FM Denver raised $1.4 million to benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado, a proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network®, during the 19th annual Alice 105.9’s (KALC-FM) “Alice Cares for Kids Radiothon." Entercom is committed to supporting the health and success of our communities and is proud to use our voice to raise awareness and support the life-saving mission of Children’s Hospital Colorado,” said Chuck Sullivan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Denver. “Children’s health is one the pillars of support we are committed to and we look forward to partnering with them for years to come. We’re thankful for the generosity of our listeners who contributed to another successful radiothon.”

The radiothon was broadcast live from the Children’s Colorado Boettcher Atrium on Wednesday, February 5 and Thursday, February 6. Station on-air personalities BJ Harris, Jamie White, Carson, Slacker, Steve, Amber Wilkerson and Lee Harris featured stories of hope and healing as part of their broadcasts, which featured a surprise visit from former Bachelor contestant Chase McNary.

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KQKQ-FM's Nikki & Laura Ride The Throne For Over 2,000 Rolls Of Toilet Paper For Shelters

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2020 –– NRG’s KQKQ-FM Omaha joined with the Open Door Mission to collect toilet paper for local shelters. They took turns sitting on a porcelain throne outside its studios in freezing weather with an original goal of collecting 98.5 miles of toilet paper. Nikki Oswald said, “I am overwhelmed with the response from our listeners. It went way beyond my expectations, and the toilet paper is still coming in.”

Laura Blenkush added, “This is incredible. I’m so appreciative of our listeners for donating so much toilet paper so fast, and for getting me out of the cold and back inside the studios.” Open Door Mission’s campus offers 917 safe, shelter beds each day to people experiencing homelessness and serves over 4,747 meals for the hungry.

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Mix 106.5 Balitmore's Reagan & Bethany Garner Worldwide Attention With Call-In Bit

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2020 –– WWMX-FM Baltimore's Reagan Warfield and Bethany Linderman morning show set out to be the first morning radio show to take calls from people in all 50 U.S. states during their show. By the end of the show, they had talked to people in every state, plus Puerto Rico, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. “We wondered how far our show could reach beyond Maryland and we were stunned,” said Warfield. “We thought we could get 30 states or so by the end of the morning, but have no chance with Alaska and Hawaii because of the time difference. But when we started getting calls from Asia and the Middle East, we realized our listeners were really reaching out to people they knew and that the power of radio remains strong especially when a live, local show connects with their hometown.”

“When Reagan asked ‘Do you think we can get someone to call from every state during one show?’ we both realized that even if it didn’t work, we would really have a blast trying,” added Linderman. “We are always shocked by how amazing our listeners are, and today they proved it in big, worldwide ways.”

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O'Malley & Brenner Adds Heath Sanders & Payton Smith To Pre-CRS Event

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2020 –– Country Radio Specialists Mike O’Malley and Becky Brenner are exited to welcome two up and coming country stars to their 26th annual Pre-CRS seminar; Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Nashville. Valory Music Co.'s Heath Sanders and Big Machine Records Payton Smith will perform new music and meet with the attendees.

Payton Smith was discovered at CMA Fest in 2018 by Scott Borchetta, head of Big Machine Label Group, who caught his act while walking past one of the side stages where Smith was performing as if headlining a stadium tour. The 20-year-old is every bit as much a fan of Pearl Jam as he is Clint Black, and is certain that his peers have equally varied musical tastes. The A&O&B team will also present the first highlights from their 15th annual online perceptual study, “Roadmap 2020”. Register for CRS 2020 now by using this LINK

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7'Parasite' Makes Oscar History; Eminen, Eilish Performs

 

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... Chris Rock, Steve Martin With Opening Monologue

... WATCH - Billie Eilish Sings 'Yesterday'

...WATCH - Eminem With Surprise Appearance

‘Cats’ Scores Eight Nominations at 2020 Razzie Awards

Film Independent Spirit Awards: 'The Farewell' Takes Best Feature; See Complete Winners List

WATCH - Cynthia Erivo transforms into a legend for ‘Genius: Aretha’

Snoop Dogg says he didn’t threaten Gayle King and wants ‘no harm to come to her’

Actor-Comedian Orson Bean, 91, Hit And Killed By Car In LA

Robert Conrad, Star of Television Series The Wild Wild West, Dies at 84

Worldwide Vinyl-Record Supply May Be in Danger After ‘Catastrophic’ Fire

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REPORT: Rush Limbaugh Expected To Return To Show Today

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2020 –– Employees were told Rush Limbaugh should be back to work on his Premiere Networks syndicated 7show following a few days of treatment reports Fox News from sources close to the program. Limbaugh stunned his audience on Monday with the revelation that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

On Tuesday Limbaugh was at The State of the Union address on where he was presented with the Medal of Freedom (R). On Monday, he told his audience "So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you" -- "The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”

Limbaugh had said that this may keep him off the air on certain days when he receives treatment.

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Rob & Joss Taylor Move To Mornings At Sunny 98.1 San Diego

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2020 –– Entercom has named Rob and Joss Taylor as new morning show co-hosts for Sunny 98.1 (KXSN-FM). “Mornings with Rob & Joss” features the married couple who previously co-hosted the morning show on sister station KYXY 96.5 (KYXY-FM).

“Rob and Joss possess an incredible work ethic and dedication to their show and the San Diego community,” said Karyn Cerulli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Diego. “Over the last year, they have built strong connections with their audience and we’re excited to continue to watch them grow."

“We look forward to embarking on a new journey down the hall at Sunny 98.1. Sunny is a great station and we're honored to soon be a part of it,” said Rob and Joss. “KYXY listeners and partners have been so supportive and kind. We've had a great year on the air at KYXY 96.5 while working with the incredible crew at Entercom San Diego.” Rob and Joss have worked together for 17 years, most recently serving as morning show co-hosts for KYXY 96.5 in San Diego. Prior to joining Entercom, they held the same roles for KFGY-FM in Santa Rosa, CA for 13 years.

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Gina Ferraro Takes Middays At WRRM-FM Cincinnati

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7Th, 2020 –– Cumulus has appointed Gina Ferraro to Middays on AC station Warm 98.5/WRRM-FM in Cincinnati, OH. Ferraro joins Cumulus Cincinnati from iHeartMedia, where she was Morning Show Co-Host for WMMX-FM in Dayton, OH. Prior to that, she was Traffic Reporter and Afternoon Co-Host for US99.5 and AM 560 The Answer in Chicago, IL, and Evening Traffic Anchor for 720 WGN in Chicago.

Brian Demay, Program Director, WRRM-FM, said: “Filling Race Taylor’s shoes is not an easy task, but after a nationwide search, we found a gem in Gina. The fact that an Ohio native with her breadth of experience and talent was even available was very lucky indeed. I am excited to welcome her to the Warm family.”

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Vinny Marino Named Program Director For WXKC-FM and WXKC-FM2 in Erie

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has appointed veteran radio programming professional Vinny Marino as Program Director for Erie, PA, radio stations WXKC-FM (AC) and WXKC-FM2 (Classic Hip Hop). Marino was previously On-Air Personality for Classic Rock WWZY-FM/The Boss 107.1 in Neptune, NJ. He was Assistant Program Director/Music Director/On-Air Personality for Active Rock WAXQ in New York City, as well as Modern AC WLUP-FM in Chicago. His other on-air positions included Classical WNCN and WQXR in New York City, as well as ABC News Radio.

Chuck Poet, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Erie, said: “We are really excited to have Vinny join the Cumulus Erie team. Vinny’s numerous media experiences in different forms of radio and other media make him the top choice to bring a fresh perspective to the entire Erie cluster.” Marino said: “It’s a pleasure to finally be joining the Cumulus family. Erie is a great town with a great bunch of folks to work with - and since it’s a mostly Italian community, I can still get fresh mozzarella.”

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NPR & California Public Radio Stations Collaborate On A Statewide Regional Newsroom

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7Th, 2020 ––Public radio stations across California are teaming up with NPR on a California regional newsroom to increase coverage of statewide issues and boost reporting from and for underserved regions across the state. Joanne Griffith (L), has been hired as the newsroom's first managing editor.

Led by KQED in San Francisco, the public radio collaboration includes KPBS, CapRadio, KPCC/LAist and KCRW as anchor stations and NPR as the statewide newsroom's national partner. Four of the five anchor stations already work together through the California Dream journalism collaboration, launched with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 2017. Ultimately, the collaborative aims to include participation from all public radio stations in the state, especially those in "news deserts" or areas that lack robust local news coverage as small town newspapers have declined. Griffith comes to the job with trust and respect throughout the public media network, most recently serving as the assistant managing editor of digital for Marketplace.

"California is at the heart of so many stories of national interest: immigration, technology, the environment, housing," said Griffith. "So the opportunity to work collaboratively with stations across the state to tackle these themes and more is one I'm very much looking forward to, especially during an election year." READ MORE HERE - PHOTO/Carlin Stiehl/Courtesy of Joanne Griffith

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iHeart New Haven’s 960 WELI-AM Is Now Also Airs 96.9 FM

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2020 –– – iHeart New Haven’s 960 WELI, New Haven’s News, Weather & Traffic Station, is now also broadcasting on 96.9 FM, effective immediately. 960 WELI will continue to air on 960 AM and is available everywhere listeners are via the iHeartRadio app. WELI features shows such as “The Vinnie Penn Project” as well as Premiere Network’s Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

“We are thrilled to be able to increase the reach of these heritage programs to listeners in the northern part of Connecticut,” said Steve Honeycomb, Region President for iHeartMedia Hartford. “With this new signal, listeners will get to experience our unique programming like never before.”

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Todd Johnston Promoted to National Sales Manager of Beasley Media Group’s Southwest Florida Radio Cluster

Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces Todd Johnston has been promoted to National Sales Manager of Beasley Media Group’s Southwest Florida Radio Cluster. Johnston most recently served as an account executive at the stations. “I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity with the Beasley Media Group Ft Myers/Naples cluster,” said Johnston. “It is so wonderful to be surrounded by the amazing talent on the Beasley National Sales team. “We are thrilled to be able to promote Todd to his new role,” said Director of Sales, Allyson Hillman. “His talent in negotiating and research are guaranteed to help us win in the national arena in the Ft Myers market!” About Beasley Media Group:

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Comedy Series 'Work Wife' Based On Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest Lands Pilot Order At ABC

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7Th, 2020 ––  Adding to radio/tv host and all-around media conglomerate Ryan Seacrest's warehouse of jobs comes news that ABC is looking to take the working relationship between him and Kelly Ripa and turn it into a potential series. According to reeltalkink.com, the network has handed out a pilot order for 'Work Wife', based on Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest who headline Live with Kelly & Ryan on ABC. Todd Holland (The Real O’Neals) has been tapped to direct the pilot, from Seacrest’s Ryan Seacrest Productions, Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions and ABC Studios, where both Ryan Seacrest Prods and Milojo Prods are based.

Work Wife will follow the story of a platonic male/female team whose professional success, personal friendship and ability to share deodorant makes their lives work. Work Wife was originally intended to be set up during the 2018-19 development season with a put pilot commitment and Michael Ian Black as a writer. Ripa and Seacrest were the first to bring the concept to ABC but the concept was redeveloped this season with Windsor and Johnson, who also drew upon their own “work wife” experiences. Ryan Seacrest, who is a longtime friend of Kelly Ripa, joined Kelly as co-host and fellow executive producer on the Disney|ABC syndicated entertainment TV talk show Live with Kelly & Ryan in 2017. Seacrest also hosts KIIS-FM LA's Morning Show, American Idol on ABC and is the host and executive producer of ABC’s annual program Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

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KCMS-FM SPIRIT 105.3 Seattle Looking For A Morning Show Co-Host

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2020 –– KCMS SPIRIT 105.3 Seattle is looking for a Morning Show co-host. KCMS is a Contemporary Christian Music-formatted station. They're putting together a team show that is joyful, encouraging, and full of life. Because it's a team show, you'll need to be able to lead, follow, compromise, collaborate, and support your partner in service to the show.

You need to be a hard worker, an entertainer who preps their show, willing to share your faith from a place of vulnerability—they can teach you--and willing to put listeners and your team first. Previous successful team show experience required. APPLY HERE

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7Swift Inks Global Agreement With UMG; Google Maps New Icon

 

7Taylor Swift Signs Global Agreement With Universal Music Publishing Group

WATCH - Social Twitter Hits $1 Billion In Quarterly Revenue

Google Maps gets a new icon and more tabs to celebrate 15th anniversary

The Masked Singer: Llama Revealed to Be Comedian Drew Carey

WATCH - Gayle King furious with CBS For Viral Interview Clip About Kobe Bryant Rape Case

WATCH - Demi Lovato Is Getting Her Own Pillow Talk Show

Fox Orders ‘I Can See Your Voice’ Music Guessing Reality Series Hosted By Ken Jeong

Pearl Jam Announces Apollo Theater Concert For SiriusXM & Pandora

Country Cares (and Brad Paisley) Gave Former St. Jude Patient Addie Pratt an Opportunity of a Lifetime

Kylie Jenner Covers Harpers Bazaar

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REPORT: Radio’s Digital Ad Revenue Breaks $1 Billion; 25% Ad Revenue Growth in 2019

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020 –– Radio’s digital ad revenue blasted through the billion-dollar plateau for the first time, now accounting for 10% of total advertising revenue for the industry, according to research released today by the Radio Advertising Bureau and ad-tracking firm Borrell Associates. Local radio stations grew revenues 25% in 2019 and are forecast to see growth of 29% this year, the report says. Digital revenue is now growing faster for the radio industry than it is for any other media segment that is also selling digital advertising.

7“As radio continues to gain renewed interest by advertisers and the media buying community, they are recognizing radio’s assets beyond broadcast,” stated Erica Farber, RAB president and CEO. “This report underscores the importance of being a well-trained and knowledgeable radio professional and the RAB continues to deliver the digital training and professional development required for radio sellers to best serve their clients.”

7“The radio industry is carving out large chunks of the digital advertising pie from other print and broadcast competitors who also sell digital marketing to local businesses,” said Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates. “Our latest survey of radio managers shows that they have stronger and more positive attitudes toward digital media. That’s a very good thing, because our survey of ad buyers also shows that radio’s most at-risk customers are the ones who aren’t being offered a digital package by their sales reps.”

The annual report showed that the average station made $299,213 in digital revenue in 2019, and the average market cluster $1.3 million. The average revenue for the top 5 performers ranged from $664,651 for top performing clusters in the smallest of markets to $17.1 million in the largest. The full report is available to RAB members on RAB.com: Click here. A live webinar featuring the survey results presented by the RAB and Gordon Borrell is available for free to RAB members and survey participants. To register for the webinars, click HERE

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STUDY: 86% Of Millennials, 54% Of Baby Boomers Say They're Addicted To Their Smartphone

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6Th, 2020 –– How Many People Are Addicted to Radio in 2020? The latest New NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study Reveals 86% of Millennials and 54% of Baby Boomers Say They Are Addicted to Their Smartphone, With 51% of Millennials and 33% of Baby Boomers Addicted to Their Favorite FM Station NuVoodoo Dives Deeper Into New Findings in Free Spring Webinar Series, “20 Things to Put Your Station on Top of the 2020 Ratings”, Kicking Off on Thursday, February 13th.

WAddiction to favorite FM radio stations holds up well in the NuVoodoo study, given the many media choices today: nearly half the Gen Xers and fully half of the Millennials in the sample say they are addicted to their favorite FM radio station. The number addicted to an FM station drops to just a third of Baby Boomers (not surprising, since few stations are targeted at them). NuVoodoo will dive deeper into the findings, now with Baby Boomers 55-64 included in the sample for the first time, in its first installment of the company’s annual spring webinar series: 20 Things to Put Your Station on Top of the 2020 Ratings.

WLeigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Insights, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “We are excited to take radio professionals on a deep dive into lots of different media habits and share key findings from the 15th NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study, including respondents’ addiction to various channels and platforms. Based on our recent findings, social media and smartphone addiction are at epidemic levels across all but the oldest generations.” Carolyn Gilbert, President and Chief Executive Officer, NuVoodoo Media Services, noted: “The big news here is that people still have such a deep connection with their favorite radio stations that they consider themselves ‘addicted’ to them.

The free webinar series kicks off Thursday, February 13, 2020, and is open to all radio professionals who register for any of three sessions at www.nuvoodoo.com/webinars.

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Cumulus Inks KQRS Minneapolis' Morning Host Tom Barnard To Multi-Year Extension

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has inked venerable KQRS Minneapolis morning host Tom Barnard to a multi-year contract extension. Barnard has been a fixture on KQRS since 1986. Barnard was recognized for broadcasting excellence in 72006 with a Marconi Award for Large Market Personality of the Year.

Barnard began his radio career in 1971, and has enjoyed a successful voiceover career. In 2017, Barnard was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and in 2018 entered the Pavek Museum, honoring Minnesota Broadcasters.

Brian Philips, Executive Vice President, Content and Audience, Cumulus, said: “With pride and pleasure we celebrate the news that Tom will continue to broadcast from the place he most belongs, KQRS. Tom is the Twin Cities’ hometown-born morning king, and Cumulus is immensely proud and protective of our long relationship with him.”

Barnard said: “I’m so grateful to the listeners and advertisers for supporting the KQ Morning Show for the past 34 years. Thanks to them, all my years as a morning host will be spent at the legendary KQRS. Thanks to Shelly Malecha Wilkes, Vice President/Market Manager, for the support system she provides me. I’m so honored to continue to do what I love in my hometown. I can’t ask for anything more.”

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AJ Gibson Tapped To Co-Host Entercom's Channel Q

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced the addition of AJ Gibson as morning show co-host for CHANNEL Q, a RADIO.COM Original Station and the premiere LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network. Gibson will join Mikalah Gordon on “The Morning Beat,” weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT, effective immediately.

“AJ is a talented on-air personality with a great work ethic and commitment to excellence,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Entercom. “We’re excited to welcome him to ‘The Morning Beat’ alongside Mikalah. AJ is a fixture on Hollywood red carpets and top-selling author who inspires audiences with his story and perspective on a myriad of topics. We’re looking forward to waking up with him on CHANNEL Q.”

"I've always dreamt of doing radio and I'm so excited for the opportunity to spark some great conversations alongside Mikalah Gordon, my co-host and, more importantly, my friend of more than a decade,” said Gibson. “Joining the CHANNEL Q family is such a thrill and I'm so excited to see what this opportunity brings to our community of listeners, as well as our partners."

Prior to joining Entercom, Gibson served as the host of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show “Hollywood Today Live” on FOX, as well as a guest co-host on “Access Hollywood Live,” “The Talk” and “The Wendy Williams Show.” He has regularly appeared on “Good Day LA” as both an anchor and entertainment correspondent and participated in Hollywood's most-watched red carpets for Dick Clark Productions, including the Billboard Music Awards and the Golden Globes.

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NETWORKS: United Stations Adds 'Knox Country 30' With Michael Knox And Shalacy Griffin

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020 –– United Stations has added KNOX COUNTRY 360 to its already extensive lineup of high-quality Country programming. The program, which has been on the air since June 2018, already airs on dozens of radio stations, and effective immediately, United Stations will handle the program’s affiliate marketing, distribution and advertising sales. Knox Country 360 is a two-hour weekly program that presents an insider’s view of Nashville and Country Music. Michael Knox and co-host Shalacy Griffin welcome country’s most notable artists, songwriters, and producers into their studio giving listeners a rare peek into the inner-circle of the Nashville music scene and the stories behind their favorite music.

The show is produced by network radio veteran Donny Walker. Knox, award-winning producer, is best known for his work with country superstar and ACM Artist of the Decade recipient Jason Aldean. As a producer, Knox has celebrated 24 number one hits, sales of over 45 Million singles, 20 million albums, multiple ACM Awards and a CMA Award. His production credits include artists Thomas Rhett, Trace Adkins, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Michael Tyler and Laine Hardy among others. Michael is the son of legendary singer/songwriter Buddy Knox (“Party Doll” fame 1957) and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of peermusic Nashville. He is joined on the show by co-host Shalacy Griffin who also serves as Senior Vice President of Operations for Music Knox, LLC. For more info, contact Andy Denemark, USRN - andyd@unitedstations.com - (212) 536-3603

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Deborah Norville To Host The BFOA's 'Golden Mike Awards;' Nile Rodgers & CHIC To Perform

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced that its Golden Mike Award dinner will be hosted by Inside Edition’s Emmy® Award-winning Anchor Deborah Norville, and GRAMMY Award-winner and BMI songwriter Nile Rodgers & CHIC will perform. The 2020 Golden Mike Award dinner will take place Wednesday, March 4, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The annual event is a major fundraiser for the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help broadcasters in acute need.

As previously announced, this year’s Golden Mike Award honoree will be Dave Lougee, President and Chief Executive Officer of TEGNA Inc. and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to George Beasley, Founder and Chairman of Beasley Media Group. In addition, the evening’s presenters will be Gordon Smith, President of the National Association of Broadcasters, Jack Sander, Founder of Sander Media and former Belo executive, and Lynn Beall, TEGNA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Media Operations.

Deborah Norville is a long-time champion of the Broadcasters Foundation and a member of its Board of Directors. Throughout her tenure as host of Inside Edition, the show has consistently ranked in the top ten television shows in first-run syndication. Nile Rodgers is a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist. He has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and produced works with David Bowie, Diana Ross, Madonna and collaborated with a wide range of artists including Daft Punk and Lady Gaga.

For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email info@thebfoa.org.

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PODCAST: Spotify To Acquire Bill Simmons' The Ringer

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020 – Spotify reached a definitive deal to acquire Bill Simmons’ The Ringer reports The Hollywood Reporter. Terms of the purchase for the four-year-old The Ringer were not disclosed. Spotify said it expects the deal to close in the first quarter.

"With this acquisition, Spotify continues to deliver against its goal to become the world’s leading audio platform," the company said. "We look forward to putting the full power of Spotify behind The Ringer as they drive our global sports strategy."

As we reported yesterday, in a earnings call to investors, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said, "I think we bought the next ESPN" and described The Ringer's audience as "highly loyal." The purchase gives Spotify, which ended 2019 with 124 million paid subscribers and 271 million total active monthly users, ownership of culture website The Ringer as well as a 30-plus podcast network that includes shows on sports (flagship The Bill Simmons Podcast, The Ringer NBA Show), food (The Dave Chang Show, House of Carbs) and entertainment (The Watch, Binge Mode). READ MORE HERE - PHOTO/HBO

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SNAPS: The Dave Smiley Show Visits Nikki Reed Following Kidney Donation

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020 –– As we reported yesterday, Nikki Reed (bottom left) co-host of The Dave Smiley Show on Cumulus' WZPL/Indianapolis, donated a kidney this week to a complete stranger. WTHR-TV reported that after five hours in the operating room, the surgery, according to doctors, went well.

Yesterday, the entire show, including Toni Williams (right center) ,Producer Will (left center) and Dave Smiley paid a visit to Reed at IU Health University Hospital while she recovers - SEND YOUR BEST TO NIKKI HERE

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CBS News Radio's Steven Portnoy Among The Press Gallery During State of The Union

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020 –– CBS News Radio’s Steven Portnoy (the one on the right with the big headphones) was among the correspondents in the press gallery during Tuesday's State of the Union. The gallery seats overlook the floor of the house chamber. Other radio correspondents included Fox News Radio and NPR. You'll notice other familiar faces such as ABC's Jon Karl, CNN's Manu Raj and MSNBC's Kasie Hunt. PHOTO/Twitter

Steven Portnoy will be among the honored panelists at next month's Talk Show Boot Camp in Cincinnati.

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Matthew Wright Leaving talkRADIO In London

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020 , Matthew Wright has tweeted that he's “out of talkRADIO at the end of March” suggesting his contract will come to an end four months after it was extended. Matthew tweeted “Been hearing some amazing rumours about how talkRADIO management plans to reward my #arias nomination for best speech broadcaster – deets to follow as and when!” He then followed it up with news about his departure less than a day later. An article in December from the Daily Mail said Matthew Wright had been sacked, referencing a leaked memo, but the station performed a U-Turn and extended his contract instead. Matthew has been nominated for Best Speech Presenter at the 2020 ARIAS (The UK version of The Marconis). Matthew’s departure follows news that Eamonn Holmes will be replaced by Dan Wootton from next month. More changes are expected soon.

Michael Hing Joins triple j Drive In Australia - Following the announcement from triple j that Drive host Veronica Milsom is leaving, Michael Hing has been announced as her replacement. Over the last few years Michael has popped up as a recurring guest of triple j Drive, as well as hosting various fill-in shows on triple j, and as part of Hing & Nazeem.

Pure Radio’s Paul Harper Broadcasts From Canada To Scotland - Scottish broadcaster Paul Harper and his family have emigrated to Canada but he will still be on-air at Pure Radio. Paul announced to his listeners on Monday that he’s left the country but will continue to host afternoons from his new home. Pure Radio says it wants to be honest with its listeners, so told them how Paul decided to move to Toronto after losing his job at Global when networking arrived last year. While putting the Canadian wheels in motion – DCT Media launched Pure Radio Scotland. Paul worked on the concept and on-air unveiling

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905.  Twitter: @GrahamMack On the web: www.Grahammack.com or email  graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Iconic Actor Kirk Douglas Passes; Christin Koch Returning To Earth

 

Kirk Douglas, Golden Age Of Hollywood Legend, Dead At 103

Kevin Hart Nearly Died in a Horrific Car Crash

Stanley Tucci to Host CNN Culinary Docuseries ‘Searching for Italy’

Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘Street Survivors’ Film Release Date Announced

Willie Nelson to Headline Inaugural Born & Raised Music Festival

Viola Davis Is Michelle Obama for Showtime's First Ladies

Record-breaking NASA astronaut Christina Koch is returning to Earth after nearly a year in space

WATCH - ‘Spiral’ First Trailer: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson Reboot the ‘Saw’ Franchise

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[WATCH] Rush Limbaugh Receives The Presidential Medal Of Freedom During SOTU

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– During last night's State of the Union address, President Trump surprised Rush Limbaugh, host of the Premiere Syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show, by honoring him with The Presidential Medal of Freedom. This comes a day after Limbaugh shocked his listeners and the radio world by revealing he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

In the middle of in his third annual State of the Union address Tuesday night, Trump said, “Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country. And Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

Trump then asked First Lady Melania Trump to present the award to a clearly surprised and emotional Limbaugh who was seated alongside his wife Kathryn Rogers (top left). Reportedly, Trump had extended a last-minute State of the Union invitation to Limbaugh. Special thanks to our 'Best Friend' Art Vuolo who stayed up until the wee-hours of the morning to compile a condensed YouTube video of the event with footage from NBC-TV - Watch condensed footage HERE - Watch complete NBC Video HERE

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[WATCH] WZPL Indy's Nikki Reed Undergoes Successful Surgery To Donate Kidney

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– That's Nikki Reed above, co-host of The Dave Smiley Show on Cumulus' WZPL/Indianapolis, giving a thumbs up before heading into surgery this week to donate a kidney to a complete stranger. According to WTHR-TV, after months of mental and physical preparation, Reed had surgery and donated her kidney on Monday, Feb. 3.

As we first reported early last year, Reed first got interested in kidney donation when preparing for a guest on the show, Michael Kaltenmark. Last year, he made a public plea for a donor. Reed said she started researching what was involved in being a living donor and hoped to be a match for Kaltenmark. Unfortunately, their blood types didn't match and Kaltenmark's older brother became the donor for the successful kidney recovery and transplant surgery at IU Health University Hospital earlier this month.

Despite the setback, Reed decided to donate a kidney to someone else. She started the intensive testing process in April of 2019. By December, she was matched with a recipient and a surgery date at IU Health was set. "Sometimes something comes along in your life and there is just this burning feeling inside of you that says you are supposed to do this," Reed said. Unfortunately, Reed got sick and the surgery was postponed until Feb. 3. After five hours in the operating room, the surgery was complete and according to doctors, it went well. Reed was alert and talking shortly after surgery. She said she was surprised at how good she felt. "I don't know if great is the right word, but I feel good." WATCH HERE

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iHeart's 710 WOR New York To Launch New Weekday Show Hosted By Buck Sexton

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– 710 WOR, The Voice of New York, announced today the debut of a new, local program hosted by national talk radio and TV personality Buck Sexton. Launching February 10, The Buck Sexton Show will broadcast live on weeknights from 6 - 7 p.m. ET. As host of The Buck Sexton Show, the former CIA officer and NYPD counter-terrorism expert will share his intelligent and fresh take on the latest news stories and headlines, while welcoming a variety of guests and experts. “I’m thrilled at this opportunity to speak to my fellow New Yorkers in drive time on the airwaves of the legendary WOR,” said Sexton. “I grew up in this city and worked to defend it as part of NYPD Intelligence. I love this town, it’s my true home - and that’s the passion and experience I’ll bring on air every night to WOR.”

“As listeners drive home, we’re thrilled to have a native New Yorker and talk host with Buck’s credentials to bring them up-to-date on what they missed during the workday,” said WOR Program Director Tom Cuddy. Sexton will continue to host his Premiere Networks-syndicated weekday program, The Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour weekday radio show available on 160 affiliates nationwide. PHOTO/ L-R Scott Lakefield, Buck Sexton and WOR PD Tom Cuddy.

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WHTS-FM Grand Rapid's The Gray & Green Show Honored by The MAB

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– Cumulus' 105.3 HOT FM/WHTS-FM's “The Gray and Green Morning Show” has been honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters with two MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards in the Commercial & Network Radio category: Best Morning Show Broadcast Personality or Team and Best Feature/Use of Medium. Rachael Gray and Jackie Green. “The Gray and Green Show” debuted on 105.3 HOT FM in August 2019 and is the first and only morning radio show in West Michigan presented by two female hosts.

Bruce Law, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus West Michigan, said: “We are thrilled that this dynamic and empowering show has achieved such incredible recognition. Rachael and Jackie connect with our listeners in an incomparable way, and it is gratifying that their talent and particular brand of broadcast magic is resonating far and wide.” Lori Bennett, Operations Manager, Cumulus West Michigan, and Program Director, 105.3 HOT FM/WHTS-FM, said: “It is unprecedented both in the market and in the state for a team this new to take the MAB’s top honor of “best” and in a remarkably short period of time."

Rachael Gray said: “Having watched on the sidelines as our industry peers won this award in the past, it’s so gratifying for me personally to imagine that the judges believed in us the way we believe in each other! Our relationship on and off the air is based on mutual respect and collaboration, and I truly think that helped set us apart from other entries.” Jackie Green added: “Sharing our friendship with West Michigan has been the most rewarding part of my career. To win an MAB for this, and so early into our time as a show has me…probably for the first time in my life…speechless!”

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Steve Harper Reunites With Leeana Costa For Mornings On WPTY, Party 105.3 Long Island

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– Veteran Long Island host Steve Harper returns to the air as host at JVC Media's WPTY/105.3- Party 105 starting Feb. 10. Harper will reunite with his former co-host, Leeana Costa. According to Newsday, once one of the most familiar voices on Long Island, Harper left WKJY/98.3 in late 2018 to launch his own radio marketing company. Before K-JOY, he had a 26-year run at WBLI/106.1. In a statement from JVC which owns five stations on Long Island and five in Florida, it said:"while many radio stations around the dial have been consolidating, cutting staff bringing in national shows from other markets and terminating jobs, JVC is doing the opposite and going back to what made radio great — live, local and home grown."

Harper said in an interview, the key reasons he returned was to be reunited with Costa. "She left [K-JOY] a year before me to work in the nonprofit area which she had a big passion for, but then told me along the way, 'I'm not being creative' and it wasn't fulfilling."

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Bob Stroud Lands New Time For 'Rock ’n Roll Roots' On WDRV 97.5 Chicago

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 – Hubbard Radio classic rock WDRV 97.1-FM has moved its popular 'Rock n' Roll Roots hosted by Bob Stroud back to its former hours - 9 a.m. to noon Sundays (rebroadcast from 9 p.m. to midnight Sundays).

PD Rob Cressman tells media blogger Robert Feder, "I have received very consistent correspondences from ‘The Stroud Crowd’ on this topic since arriving here in 2016 and – in no uncertain terms – the show’s fans made it clear: They would prefer a couple of extra hours of sleep on Sunday mornings before waking up to their favorite Sunday radio show. We are happy to return ‘Rock ’n Roll Roots’ to its original broadcast window every Sunday.” During the week Stroud continues to host middays — from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — on The Drive.

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WWO's First Light Show Will Hear Audio Today That Is Truly Out Of This World

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– Listeners tuning in for Westwood One’s First Light radio show today will hear audio that is out of this world - literally - as host Michael Toscano (shown above) interviews International Space Station crew member Christina Koch (shown below. The interview was recorded on Tuesday, 2/4 while Koch was in orbit, just 48 hours before she returns to earth after 328 days in space. This was Koch’s only scheduled radio interview before she departs. Having orbited the Earth for 139 million miles, Koch will talk about her experiments while aboard the space station as well as the six spacewalks that took her outside the orbiting laboratory for more than 42 hours.

This isn't the first time Toscano has spoken with the space station crew; astronauts offered their thoughts from space last year on First Light, as we celebrated a half-century since the moon landing in 1969. Koch is looking forward to having salsa and chips when she returns to earth on Thursday. Stations interested in learning more about First Light can contact Jim Jones at jjones@westwoodone.com or (202) 840.7933.

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REPORT: SiriusXM Adds Net 355,000 To Satellite Radio, Loses 88,000 Pandora Subs

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– CEO Jim Meyer reported in its latest quarterly and full-year results continued subscriber growth in its satellite radio business in the fourth quarter, but a decline in Pandora subscribers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company, controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media, added a net of 355,000 satellite radio subscribers, including 341,000 self-pay customers and 14,000 paid promotional subs. A year ago in the same period, it had added 346,000. It ended 2019 with more than 34.9 million subscribers, including nearly 30.0 million self-pay subscribers.

Meanwhile, Pandora lost 88,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter, with 4,000 new paid promotional subs more than offset by a 92,000 drop in self-pay subscribers, to end it with more than 6.2 million total subscribers. In the year-ago period, it had lost 85,000. Ad revenue at Pandora reached $348 million, up from $314 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. SiriusXM's earnings fell 3 percent to $243 million in the fourth quarter. Quarterly revenue increased 6 percent to $1.9 billion. Meyer said, "Not only did we achieve our 10th consecutive year of 1 million-plus self-pay net additions, but we successfully completed the acquisition of Pandora Media and drove each business to record-high financial performance.

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Spotify’s Reports 271 Million Subscribers In Q4; Podcast Listening Up 200%

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– Spotify reported its Q4 results which noted that the company now has 271 million subscribers, up 31% on a year ago, with paying users up 29% to 125 million. Overall revenues for the quarter $2 billion were up 24% on a year ago, with a gross margin of 25.6%. The company continues to post big operating losses, however: this quarter’s was $85 million.

Podcasts remains a big news story for the company with its strong growth reports Tech Crunch. There are now 700,000 podcast titles on Spotify, with new discovery features getting added to help users manage that catalogue. Spotify last year spent what’s estimated at between $400 million and $500 million on buying up podcast-related businesses, and it’s kicked off this year with another podcast acquisition, snapping up Bill Simmons’ The Ringer network. “The trend that we are investing in here is that radio is moving online,” CEO Daniel Ek said in the earnings call. “We have bought the next ESPN.” The company has long been working on trying to build a two-sided marketplace, providing tools for artists to help monetise and market their content, and that is now also expanding to podcasts, where Spotify is doubling down on original content and services for producers of the shows, with a new wave of these now going up internationally." SEE FULL REPORT HERE

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PODCAST: iHeart Launches 'Let's Be Real With Sammy Jaye'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia has launched a brand-new podcast: “Let’s Be Real with Sammy Jaye.” The first three episodes launched today and features interviews with Meghan Trainor, Kesha and FINNEAS. The podcast is hosted by Sammy Jaye, a correspondent/teen influencer for Radio Disney, and discusses a range of topics from mental health, political activism and the pressures of social media to lighter topics like friendships, dating and pop culture.

The podcast will feature interviews with some of today’s biggest celebs including Meghan Trainor, Kesha, FINNEAS, Julia Michaels, Liza Koshy, activist Nadya Okamoto and many more. LISTEN HERE

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SNAPS: Fox Sports Connected With The Stars During Its 20th Annual Super Week Coverage

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– FOX Sports Radio’s 20th annual Super Week coverage featured live, on-location programming, including interviews with NFL players, newsmakers and celebrities, bringing all the excitement before, during and after the Big Game in Miami to listeners 24/7 via more than 500 local stations, FOXSportsRadio.com and iHeartRadio.

As part of the network’s continuous coverage, The Herd with Colin Cowherd broadcast live from the FOX Sports broadcast compound on Ocean Drive at Lummus Park in South Beach, while Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis, The Doug Gottlieb Show, Straight Outta Vegas with R.J. Bell, and The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker broadcast live from FSR’s state-of-the-art Radio Row set at the Miami Beach Convention Center.h.

PHOTO/ Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson (center) joins Colin Cowherd and co-host Joy Taylor on The Herd with Colin Cowherd set at the FOX Sports broadcast compound in Miami.

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Promotion Dept. Changes In Louisville At Alpha

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020 –– Changes being reported in the Promotions Department at Alpha Louisville. Chris Johnson will shift his roles remaining as Promotions Director for WGZB and WMJM but will also focus his talents on the Digital Department, and IT for all 5 stations. With this move, they will also be elevating McKenzie Neu to Promotions Director for WDJX, WGHL, and WXMA. Her role as evening personality on DJX will be unchanged.

Additionally, Matthew "12" Brown has been elevated to APD for WGZB and WMJM. Before returning to Alpha Media in the Fall of 2019, 12 was APD for WTFX. 12 comments: "I want to thank my Program Director DJ Q, my Operations Manager Ben Davis and Market President Steve Bearance for their confidence in me and belief in the value I bring to the team."

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7Robert Pattison Most Handsome Man In The World - Golden Ratio

 

7WATCH - Shannen Doherty Reveals That She Has Stage 4 Breast Cancer

Academy Accidentally Tweets, Then Deletes Oscars Predictions

Rihanna To Receive Special Honor at NAACP Image Awards

Grey's Anatomy's Patrick Dempsey Is Heading Back To Network TV

Yahoo Teams With Ellen DeGeneres’ Digital Network for ‘Reality Star Showdown’ Play-Along Game Show

Robert Pattinson is the most handsome man in the world according to the 'Golden Ratio' equation

Ben Platt named Man of the Year By Hasty Pudding

Gene Reynolds, an Architect of ‘M*A*S*H,’ Passes Away At 96

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55th ACM Awards Announce Radio Nominees

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– The Academy of Country Music® announced yesterday its Radio Awards nominees for the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, including triple nominations for KUZZ-AM/FM in Bakersfield, CA; and double nominations for WIL-FM in St. Louis, MO, WNSH-FM in New York, NY, CKRY-FM in Calgary, AB, WUBE-FM in Cincinnati, OH, KXKT-FM in Omaha, NE and WUSY-FM in Chattanooga, TN. The 55th ACM Radio Awards Personality nominees are: NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Blair Garner, “Off Eric” Garner  The Blair Garner Show   - Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie, Morgan, Ray  The Bobby Bones Show - Charlie Chase, Lorianne Crook The Crook & Chase Countdown  - Buzz Brainard The Music Row Happy Hour - Storme Warren, Mary Carlisle Callahan, Thomas Massad The Storme Warren Show

MAJOR MARKET Bud and Broadway WIL-FM - St. Louis - Kelly Ford in the Morning - Kelly Ford  WNSH-FM - New York, NY  - Mason & Remy  - WIL-FM - St. Louis, MO - The Morning Wolfpack with Matt McAllister, Emily Raines, Slow Joe Wallace KKWF-FM - Seattle, WA  - The Rob and Holly Show - Rob Stone, Holly Hutton WYCD-FM - Detroit, MI 

LARGE MARKET - Lexi and Banks KUBL-FM - Salt Lake City, UT - Marty McFly WSM-FM - Nashville, TN - Q Morning Crew with Mike and Janie WQDR-FM - Raleigh, NC  - Robyn & Roger in the Morning CKRY-FM - Calgary, AB - The Big Dave Show - Big Dave, Chelsie, Statt, Ashley WUBE-FM - Cincinnati, OH                                    
MEDIUM MARKET - Brent Michaels KUZZ-AM/FM - Bakersfield, CA  - Clay & Company WYRK-FM - Buffalo, NY - Kenn McCloud KUZZ-AM/FM - Bakersfield, CA - Steve & Gina in the Morning   
- Steve Lundy, Gina Melton  KXKT-FM - Omaha, NE - The Cowboy Kyle Show - Cowboy Kyle WUSY-FM - Chattanooga, TN 

SMALL MARKET - Adam & Jen in the Morning KIOK-FM - Kennewick, WA  - Ben & Arnie - Ben Butler, Arnie Andrews WCOW-FM - Sparta, WI  - Big Rick In The Morning - "Big" Rick Daniels WGGC-FM - Bowling Green, KY - Scotty & Catryna in the Morning - Scotty Cox, Catryna Craw KCLR-FM - Columbia, MO - Steve & Jessica - Steve Waters, Jessica Cash WFLS-FM - Washington, DC            

See Stations of the Year Nominees HERE

The Radio Awards are given out during the annual Radio Winners Reception which will be held on Saturday, April 4 in Las Vegas, NV, the day prior to the ACM Awards® live telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. The full list of 55th ACM Awards nominations will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Rush Limbaugh Stuns Listeners By Revealing He's Been Diagnosed With 'Advanced Lung Cancer'

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– Rush Limbaugh host of the Premiere Network syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show, stunned his audience Monday after revealing he has been diagnosed with "advanced lung cancer." At the close of yesterday's show he said: "This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory for me because I’ve known this moment was coming in the program today." He then revealed that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer saying the diagnosis was confirmed by two medical institutions back on January 20th.

Rush continued, "I first realized something was wrong on my birthday weekend, January 12th. I wish I didn’t have to tell you this, and I thought about not telling anybody. I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing, ’cause I don’t like making things about me. But there are going to be days that I’m not gonna be able to be here because I’m undergoing treatment or I’m reacting to treatment, and I know that that would inspire all kinds of curiosity with people wondering what’s going on." He reiterated that he would be (on the show) as often as he can. READ ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

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Shortly after the announcement, Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia and Rich Bressler, President, COO and CFO of iHeartMedia released a statement writing: Rush Limbaugh shared with us the news that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Over his last 31 years on-air he has developed a deeply personal relationship with his listeners and he intends to remain on the air, being there with his audience. We know millions of people nationwide join me and all of iHeart in wishing him a full recovery. Rush is both a colleague and a dear friend, and we know he will handle the situation with courage and grace. Our thoughts are with him and his family and we are supporting them in every way." WATCH HIS ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

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NETWORKS: Sun Broadcast Group Acquires Envision Networks

Danno Wolkoff and Laura Orkin Join SBG Executive Team

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– Sun Broadcast Group, a Gen Media Partners company, announced today that it has acquired Cleveland based Envision Networks®, the largest independently owned affiliate relations company in America. With this latest achievement, SBG has increased its national footprint with an additional 1,300 affiliates in both General Market and Hispanic. In addition, SBG has expanded its lineup to include exciting programming and services including Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock, BOB FM, MeTV FM, The Rooster and much more.

The announcement was made by Jason Bailey President and Founder of SBG who confirmed the combined companies will operate under the Sun Broadcast Group name.

As part of the transaction, Envision Co-Founder’s Danno Wolkoff and Laura Orkin, have become stockholders in the expanded SBG. The two have also joined the company’s Executive Team with Wolkoff serving as SBG’s Chief Development Officer and Orkin accepting the position of Vice President of Business Operations. Both will continue to work from the company’s Cleveland office.

Bailey added “With the addition of Envision Networks, Sun Broadcast Group is now the largest independently owned Radio Sales and Syndication Network in America. I’m honored to welcome Danno and Laura to the SBG family and excited to build upon the success they have achieved these last 17 years. I want to also thank the executive team at Gen Media Partners who helped make this marriage happen. SBG New York. SBG Boston. SBG Boca. And Now SBG Cleveland. #Unstoppable!”

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Ben & Skin To Debut In Afternoons On 97.1 The Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth Beginning February 10th

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– iHeart's 97.1 The Eagle, Dallas/Fort Worth announced the debut of the new “Ben & Skin Show,” effective Monday, February 10th in afternoons from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wadewill also be joined by Kevin “KT” Turner, who will deliver the latest news and Krystina Ray, who will produce the show. “We’re beyond excited to reconnect with listeners,” said Rogers. “They’ve always been the fuel for our rocket ship, and we think they’re absolutely going to love this no-holds-barred version of our show. We’ll have complete freedom to combine everything we’re passionate about into three hours of unfiltered comedy, pop culture and sports talk. We plan to explore it all in the funniest and most entertaining ways possible.”

“When we were offered the opportunity to be on a station that we grew up listening to, it got our creative juices flowing in a way that we hadn’t felt in a long time,” said Wade. “This is huge for us.” WATCH PROMO HERE

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Emily Makinzie Takes Afternoons On KOSI 101.1 Denver

Also Tapped As Imaging Voice for Soon To Launch 2K1Radio

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– Denver host Emily Makinzie has two big announcements to share! After joining Bonneville’s KOSI 101.1 early in 2019 as a weekend and fill-in host, Emily is now anchoring afternoon drive on Denver's Adult Contemporary leader. Makinzie previously spent a decade at KSE Media’s Mix 100 KIMN with time on the Dom & Jane with Emily & Jeremy morning show and hosting middays.

Makinzie also has been tapped as the imaging voice for the soon-to-launch 2K1Radio, the first Classic Hits format dedicated to serving millennial audiences. She also continues to emcee events throughout the Denver area, including the upcoming Boys Hope Girls Hope Martini Party on February 8. It’s not too late to make Emily your station’s valentine! Make the first move by visiting ThatRedEmily.com and then reach out at theemilyann@yahoo.com.

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WFYR-FM Peoria Rebrands From NASH-FM To 97.3 River Country; Ty Bentli Stays Set In Mornings

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– Cumulus Peoria's Country radio station WFYR-FM rebrands today as 97.3 River Country, a heritage Country brand serving Peoria and Central Illinois. The station segues from its previous brand of 97.3 NASH FM, and will refocus its programming to play today’s best new country, as well as all-time country favorites.

97.3 River Country’s new weekday programming lineup will feature: The Ty Bentli Show: 5am-9am CST Wes: 9am-10am CST Cathy Taylor: 10am-11am & 1pm-2pm CST Doc Watson: Noon-1pm CST Biscuit: 2pm-3pm & 4pm-6pm CST Brian: 3pm-4pm CST

Joe Cook, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Peoria, said: “We are thrilled to be able to bring a nostalgic brand back to Central Illinois. From top to bottom, a significant amount of time and effort has gone into this decision and we are extremely excited by what 97.3 River Country will bring to the market.”

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WLS-AM Adds The Bill & Wendy Podcast

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– WLS-AM 890 has launched a new podcast hosted by Bill Leff, and Wendy Snyder. Since their early days at the legendary WLUP FM /The LOOP in the Nineties, Wendy and Bill have also been heard hosting weekday programming on Chicago radio powerhouses WKQX and WGN -AM 720.

“I’ll talk to anyone who will listen. I could come to your house but listening to the podcast would be so much easier.” - Wendy Snyder “A what? A podcast? Really? This is the first time I’m hearing about it.” - Bill Leff “We are excited to grow our digital brand with Bill and Wendy, two talented and entertaining Chicago radio veterans.” – Stephanie Tichenor, Program Director WLS-AM 890 - Visit WLSAM.com starting today, Monday, February 3rd, to download and listen to The Bill and Wendy Show podcast.

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WFTL West Palm Beach Launches New Lineup

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– West Palm Beach’s News/Talk 850 WFTL has launched a new programming lineup. Starting this week, 850 WFTL will air The Brian Kilmeade Show (10A-12P), The Dana Loecsh show (1-3P), The Ben Shapiro Show (3-6P), and The Dave Ramsey Show (7-10P). Joyce Kaufman’s new time slot will be 12-1P along with “Joyce’s Thought of the Day” which will air in AM and PM drive respectively.” The South Florida Morning Show with Jennifer Ross and Bill Adams will remain in its current time slot from 5:30-10AM.

“I am definitely not being pushed out. In fact, I wanted to retire, and the station management said you can’t leave completely. So I am very grateful that they have been so gracious and accommodating,” Joyce Kaufman said in a statement. “Joyce Kaufman has been an important piece to 850 WFTL for nearly 30 years” added Hubbard Radio SVP/Market Manager Elizabeth Hamma. “We are happy she remains part of our very exciting new line-up.” Program Director Paul Mason said, “We are thrilled Joyce is staying, and are very excited about the new programming lineup on 850 WFTL.”

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Juandolyn Stokes Tapped For Middays On WAOK Atlanta

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– Entercom has named Juandolyn Stokes as the new midday show host for News & Talk 1380 (WAOK-AM) Atlanta. “On Point with Juandolyn Stokes” will be heard weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., effective immediately. “Juandolyn Stokes is a leader in our community and embodies the WAOK mission, which serves as an informative, empowering, engaging and entertaining voice of Atlanta,” said Rick Caffey, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Atlanta. “It is our goal to provide our city with everything they need to navigate their world and I believe the addition of Juandolyn, as well as our new weekday lineup, will benefit our audience on all platforms.”

“I’m excited to expand my connection with the people of Atlanta by engaging with them through my new daily talk show,” said Stokes. “I look forward to sharing my lifelong values and views on the topics affecting our community to deliver a quality, informative show for our listeners to tune in to.” Juandolyn Stokes is the founding pastor of Deeper Life In Christ Ministries in Conyers, GA. As an educator, preacher, speaker, author and theologian, she is one of today’s cutting-edge community leaders.

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Julie Landy Joins New Jersey 101.5 As VP/Consumer Engagement

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– Townsquare Media New Jersey has named Julie Landy as Vice President for Consumer Engagement for New Jersey 101.5 WKXW-FM. “Julie has a long track record of working across diverse client industries at several NYC advertising agencies, and is a leading voice in the influencer marketing and branded content field,” said Ron deCastro, President and Chief Revenue Officer of New Jersey 101.5.

Prior to joining Townsquare,Julie co-founded Wellness Amplified, an influencer marketing agency in New York, and was VPGroup Account Director at the Integer Group and VP Account Director at Wundermani in New York .In her new role, Julie will work with Kristin Roderick, recently named Vice President of Partnership Sales.

“I'm looking forward to partnering with Ron, Kristin and the Townsquare/New Jersey101.5 sales team to bring Townsquare’s innovative broadcast and digital capabilities to life,to engage consumers and deliver superior business results for our local customers,”Landy said.Townsquare’s “Local First” strategy focuses on super-serving our local clients, local listeners and local communities while helping local businesses grow. "

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SNAPS: ABC's Aaron Katersky & Mary Alice Parks Look For A Winner At Iowa Caucus

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2020 –– As most of the Democratic candidates have now declared victory following yesterday's Iowa Caucus, correspondent Aaron Katersky (TR) anchored ABC News Radio’s was on the scene with Live coverage of the event direct from Des Moines, Iowa with reporting by Deputy Political Director MaryAlice Parks (L). PHOTO/ ABC News.

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7YouTube A $15 Billion A Year Business, Report; SB Ratings

 

Google Reveals That YouTube Is A $15 Billion A Year Business

WATCH - Demi Lovato predicted she would sing Super Bowl national anthem 10 years ago

Super Bowl LIV Draws Over 100 Million Viewers

Hamilton Movie Coming to Theaters in 2021

Pharrell Williams Defends GQ Interview in Court

WATCH - KISS Planning To Release Biopic in 2021

WATCH - The Masked Singer Season 3 Premiere Shocker

Brian Wilson Opposes Mike Love’s Beach Boys Show at Trophy Hunting Convention

‘Top Gear’ Set To Move To BBC One

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KCFX-FM/101 The Fox Re-Broadcasts Chiefs '69 Super Bowl IV Championship Win Prior to SB LIV

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2020 –– The Fox/KCFX-FM, the 30-year home of the Kansas City Chiefs, gave Chiefs Kingdom a 30-year thank you with a special first time re-broadcast of the 1969 Super Bowl IV Championship win featuring Bill Grigsby, and all of the original game day content with no commercials. KCFX-FM coverage of Super Bowl LIV kicked off Sunday, February 2nd at 10am, with its world premiere re-broadcast of Super Bowl IV. 101 The Fox joined listeners in reliving history as the Kansas City Chiefs took on the Minnesota Vikings.

KCFX-FM Program Director Dan McClintock said: “This is a special moment for 101 the FOX to broadcast Super Bowl 54. No better way to celebrate than to re-broadcast the Chiefs Super Bowl IV win as a gift to Chiefs Kingdom from 101 the FOX!” The re-broadcast was followed by the 101 The Fox pre-game show live from Miami, FL, with Mitch Holthus, Kendall Gammon, Dan Israel, and Art Hains.

Chiefs Radio Network Executive Producer Dan Israel said: "The very root of the AFC can be found in Len Dawson’s Chiefs of the Sixties. And one of the pinnacles of this great franchise was 1969’s Super Bowl IV victory. The ability to experience the two most significant moments in Chiefs history in the same day is the perfect tailgate soundtrack for this year’s Super Bowl!" The voice of the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus said: "For those of us who experienced Super Bowl IV live, we were glued to the game. We identified with the underdog Chiefs. Mike Garrett’s iconic trap play for a touchdown is a must for every Chiefs fan."

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Beginning Today Richard Milne Becomes Just The Third Morning Host On WXRT Since 1981

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2020 –– Robert Feder writes that "Thirty-four years after Richard Milne joined WXRT 93.1-FM as weekend overnight host, he’s about to become the face and the voice of morning drive at “Chicago’s Finest Rock.” Beginning today he’ll follow Lin Brehmer and Terri Hemmert as only the third morning host at the Entercom adult album alternative station since 1981. “We are blessed to have someone of Richard’s character, charm, music knowledge and wit to take over for Lin,” said Greg Solk, operations manager and program director of WXRT. “It’s Richard’s turn to get in early and rock Chicago.”

Feder says it was Solk who promoted Milne from part-time status to afternoon drive in 2018, then to middays in place of Hemmert last July, and now to the station’s top job in mornings. (Brehmer is moving to middays — from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — effective today.) Milne joined WXRT in 1986. On the eve of his morning debut, Milne shared his thoughts on the two legends he is succeeding and his vision for the show in a chat with Feder. READ HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Thom Callahan Exits SCBA For Saga

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2020 –– Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) President Thom Callahan announced he's leaving SCBA after eight years to become the head of the newly created Director of Business Development for Saga Communications. SCBA Chairman Miles Sexton will serve as interim President, effective this month, while the group seeks a permanent replacement for Callahan.

Callahan said, "I am proud of the value we have created for Southern California radio and will miss so many of the great radio members we have. However, the opportunity to work with CEO Ed Christian and the Saga team was just too compelling. I wish the SCBA great success moving forward." "Thom has served the SCBA with distinction for the past seven years," added Sexton. "Thom has genuine passion for radio and we are thankful for his tireless work to promote the value of radio and the many audio and digital services offered by SCBA members."

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Entercom Extends Partnership With The Atlanta Hawks

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2020 – Entercom and the Atlanta Hawks announced a new multiyear contract extension of their broadcast partnership. The extension includes the broadcast of all 82 Hawks regular season and all postseason games on 92.9 The Game (WZGC-FM), the exclusive flagship home of the Atlanta Hawks since 2013, as well as 30-minute pre and postgame shows. As part of the agreement, sister stations V-103 (WVEE-FM) and Star 94.1 (WSTR-FM) will provide additional promotional support.

“We have truly enjoyed our partnership with the Atlanta Hawks over the past six years and are looking forward to collaborating even further with the team,” said Rick Caffey, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue partnering with a first-class organization who invests in their fans and community in a way that aligns with our own values.”

Play-by-play announcer and ‘Voice of the Hawks’ Steve Holman will return for his 35th season of broadcasting Hawks basketball. The four-time recipient of the Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award by the National Sports Media Association has never missed a Hawks regular season or playoff broadcast. Mike Conti, the current play-by-play voice of Atlanta United FC, will host the station’s pregame and postgame coverage for all games, as well as join Holman as an on-air announcer for select game broadcasts.

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PODCAST: Loretta Lynn Gets Candid On State Of Country Music With Martina McBride

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2020 –– Country Music legend Loretta Lynn got tongues waggin' in Music City U.S.A. and beyond following her appearance on Martina McBride‘s 'Vocal Point' podcast. Giving her candid take on the current state of the country music genre, Lynn said "I think it’s dead. I think it’s a shame. I think it’s a 7shame to let a type of music die. I don’t care what any kind of music it is. Rock, country, whatever. I think it’s a shame to let it die, and I’m here to start feeding it," said Lynn.

According to countryfancast.com, McBride observed that Lynn appeared “mad” about the changes within the country music genre, which Lynn responded: “Yeah. I’m getting mad about it. I am. Because it’s ridiculous.” “I’m not happy at all. I think that they’re completely losing it. And I think that’s a sad situation because we should never let country music die..."

Commenting on blowback from her comments, Lynn took to her Facebook page and wroted, “Well, it seems I made a big stir with this one! This story is from my chat with my sweet friend Martina McBride on her new podcast, ‘Vocal Point’. Y’all know I say what I think when I think it! I love country music and I’m so proud of the rich heritage of our kind of music. Real country tells our stories, comes from our hearts, and gets us through life -- When you love something you can’t just stand by quietly if you think it’s in danger. One thing’s for sure, if we keep it country, the fans will keep on listening, I know in my heart that it’s what they want! Lynn explained via Facebook after her comments about the country music genre were picked up by multiple media outlets. Luminary can listen here.

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SNAPS: Beasley's 98.5 The Sports Hub Huddles All Week On Radio Row From Miami

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2020 –– For the 11th consecutive year, Beasley's 98.5/ The Sports Hub spent the week broadcasting on Radio Row in advance of the Big Game in Miami, Florida. A variety of current players, former players, NFL insiders and entertainers stopped by to sit down with station personalities Toucher & Rich, Zolak & Bertrand and Felger & Mazz inside the Miami Convention Center. Guests included: Michael Bennett, Chris Long, Steve Smith, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Devin & Jason McCourty, Mike Florio, WWE’s “The Big Show”, Boomer Esiason, Phil Simms, Deion Sanders and David Ortiz.

“98.5 the Sports Hub, once again provided the best insight, analysis and entertainment from Radio Row leading up to The Big Game,” said Program Director Rick Radzik. “Toucher & Rich, Zolak & Bertrand and Felger & Mazz provided great content all week, solidifying why they are the best at what they do.” PHOTO/L-R: WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub’s Mike Felger, Former N.E. Patriot Michael Bennett, Tony Massarotti and Jim Murray

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[WATCH] Cousin Brucie Guests On WNBC-TV New York For Harry Harrison Tribute


THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2020 –– Following the recent passing of New York morning radio legend Harry Harrison, WNBC-TV 4 New York joined with Cousin Brucie Morrow to pay tribute and featured video from Art Vuolo's archives - they even included Vuolo's snap (inset) of Harrison that Vuolo took while visiting Harrison before last year's Radio Hall of Fame Awards. Vuolo says "It was an honor to contribute to this piece on New York television."

Harry's wake is being held today at Pizzi Funeral Home in New Jersey. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday. WATCH HERE

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Grant & Danny Takes Middays On Entercom's New Sports Radio 910 The Fan Richmond

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2020 –– Entercom announced The New Sports Radio 910 The Fan in Richmond, VA, will simulcast top-rated midday show “Grant & Danny” as part of its weekday lineup, effective immediately. “Grant & Danny” currently airs on sister station 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM) in Washington D.C. “I’m excited to welcome Grant and Danny to the Capital City,” said Bennett Zier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Virginia. “They are a welcomed addition as we continue

Grant Paulsen joined 106.7 The Fan in 2009 and was named as the station’s Washington Redskins beat reporter a year later. In 2014, he joined the station’s midday show alongside co-host Danny Rouhier. He currently hosts pre and postgame coverage for Washington Capitals games on NBC Sports Washington and writes a regular column for The Athletic. He was named the 2017 DC Sportscaster of the Year at the National Sports Media Association’s annual awards. Rouhier joined 106.7 The Fan in 2009 as an on-air contributor before expanding his role to a full-time host in 2010. He has served as a co-host for the station’s midday show since 2011. Rouhier toured North America as a stand-up comedian before a series of YouTube videos garnered him local notoriety, and an opportunity to appear on 106.7 The Fan.

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7Aaron Boone's Perfect Prediction; Brooklyn Nine-Nine Podcast

 

7Aaron Boone Nails 'Big Game' Score Before Kickoff

WATCH - Lakers Play First Game Since Kobe's Tragic Death

Adam Sandler and Netflix Cut Deal for 4 More Movies

WATCH - Brooklyn Nine-Nine Launches Six Part Podcast series

Meghan Markle’s To Star In Reality-TV Show About Second Weddings

LISTEN - Taylor Swift’s New Song “Only the Young”

Pamela Anderson and Jon Peters Split 12 Days After Secretly Getting Married

Johnny Cash’s Tennessee Lakefront Estate Sells for $3.2 Million

WATCH - Meghan Trainor Gets Surprised By Dr. Phil During 'Carpool Karaoke'

‘Beat Shazam’ Renewed for Season 4 at Fox

Mary Higgins Clark, Best-Selling Queen of Suspense, Dies at 92

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End Of An Era: Kal Rudman 'Retires' FMQB

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2020 – After more than 5 decades, Kal Rudman, founder-publisher of the Friday Morning Quarterback (FMQB) radio-industry “tip sheet,” has retired the title and sold off its assets to Cherry Hill-baseDeane Media Solutions. For more than five decades, FMQB was the vital link between the recorded music radio realms,providing guidance to pop-music radio programmers. Friday Morning Quarterback — its name was a play on the phrase “Monday morning quarterback” — was founded in 1968 by Philadelphia native Kal, a one-time medical student, school teacher and disc jockey (known as “The Round Mound of Sound”), and his wife of 61 years, Lucille, as a mimeographed-and-stapled journal for Top 40-format programmers.

The list of performers who were beneficiaries of Kal’s uncanny knack for predicting which songs (“Go-rillas” in Kal-speak) would grab the hearts, minds and ears of the pop music audience is a virtual history of late-20th century pop and rock. Barry Manilow, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, the roster of acts on the Motown and PhiladelphiaInternational Records labels and countless others had their careers propelled into the stratosphere by a mere mention on the legendary “Red Sheet,” the Quarterback’s front page, which Kal had printed in crimson to thwart those who would avoid subscription fees by photocopying it.

“I am retiring from the music industry, but not the radio business,” insists Kal. “For a long time, I have focused much of my philanthropic efforts in the medical world, and now I am merging that with radio. For over 50 years, I have been the specialist in predicting countless hits for numerous artists, and I’ve received unique recognition by the music industry as not only a tastemaker but a star maker. However, times have changed drastically, along with the industry, and it was time for me to move on to my original passion, medicine.” PHOTOS/TL: Kal Rudman - BL: Bon Jovi at center with Rudman to his left and then WPST/Trenton PD, soon to be esteemed publisher, Tom Taylor, along with 'PST staff members.

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WALTER SABO: Fred Silverman 'The Best Radio Programmer Ever'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2020 –– As you'll read below in Popline, Fred Silverman, one of Television's most revered executives ever has passed away at 82. During his unparalleled career, he was credited with helping launch some of the most successful shows and miniseries in TV history, including “All in the Family,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Happy Days,” “The Waltons” and “Roots" among numerous others.

Walter Sabo (R) ,distinguished programmer and air personality (known on-air as Walter Sterling), writes in Media Village that the secret about Fred Silverman was "he loved radio." Sabo says, "When Fred was appointed CEO of NBC in th7e spring of 1978, his early mission was to re-vitalize the radio division. Toward that goal he, oddly, hired a 26 year old (named Walter Sabo) to be head of the FM Group after I convinced him 'I knew stuff.' What I knew was that there was a huge hole for entertaining 25-34-year-old women on the FM band. No, really ... at the time no station was targeting young women on FM," says Sabo.

Sabo says Silverman committed research dollars, vast capital investment in studios and equipment and an insistence on hiring superior talent. When he was hired, the NBC FM stations were not considered to be radio within the halls of 30 Rock. The AM stations were "radio." The FMs were "FM." That was "Until Fred Silverman," says Sabo. "He believed in the under-nourished medium of FM and blessed the hiring of world class GMs and talent including Dan Daniel, Dick Summer, Don Bleu, Art Roberts, Joel Sebastian, Catherine Smith and Tom Parker. The format that we put on also had no name. Some called it FM MOR. But it quickly became known as Adult Contemporary." Sabo calls Fred Silverman his mentor and my "family's friend. Real friend. Thanks for my career, Fred. you were the best radio programmer who ever lived." READ MEDIA VILLAGE STORY HERE

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FSR'S Straight Outta Vegas With RJ Bell To Air 2nd Annual Live Big Game Pre-Show In Miami

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2020 –– For the second year in a row, a special weekend edition of Straight Outta Vegas with R.J. Bell, the first-ever national daily radio show focused on sports betting, will broadcast live heading into the Big Game - the biggest sports betting event of the year. Following a week-long broadcast from Radio Row at the Miami Beach Convention Center (January 27 – 31), Bell will be joined by betting experts Steve Fezzik and Brad Powers and FSR personality Jonas Knox from noon to 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 2, and will provide unique insight for both sports bettors and sports fans, including breaking news and the best prop odds, picks, lines and point spreads prior to kickoff.

Launched as a weekday afternoon show in September 2018, Straight Outta Vegas with R.J. Bell recently surpassed the 200 affiliate milestone, and the program’s audience has grown +133% with Adults 25-54 and +100% with Men 25-54 in the last year (Source: Nielsen Audio, PPM, Exact Times, AQH, Dec. ’19 vs. Dec. ’18). In addition to the special weekend edition of Straight Outta Vegas with R.J. Bell, Straight Outta Vegas with Bernie Fratto and Steve Fezzik will broadcast Saturday evening from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. PT on the network. Plus, FSR will provide comprehensive coverage before, during and after the Big Game on Sunday, February 2.

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Two Former Hot 107.9 Atlanta Employees Fle Lawsuit Over Wages, Gender, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment Claims

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2020 –– The AJC's Rodney Ho reports that two women recently filed a class action suit in Atlanta against Urban One, the corporate entity ofHot 107.9, over unpaid overtime. The plaintiffs also alleged sexual harassment at the hands of now former Radio One Atlanta vice president of programming “Hurricane” Dave Smith. The defendant in this case is Urban One, which is based in Silver Springs, Md. Smith is not named as a defendant. Smith was fired last August by Urban One after a previous lawsuit was filed by a former on-air personality Shorty Mack who claimed he sexually assaulted and harassed her. Smith later filed a defamation counterclaim lawsuit.

Desiree Lucas was hired at Hot in 2012 as a production assistant while Dominique Hinton joined the station as a production assistant and board operator the same year. The lawsuit noted these jobs are categorized as hourly employment. They said they worked overtime but did not receive overtime pay of time and a half. The suit said they regularly worked more than 40 hours a week. Lucas makes $12.82 an hour - a wage that had not changed in nearly eight years. Hinton worked at the station from 2012 until she was terminated in 2018 and was paid between $10 to $12.32 an hour. They believe male employees doing the same job were getting paid more than the women.

Urban One, in response, provided this statement: “We are aware of the claims filed in November 2019 by Ms. Hinton and Ms. Lucas. Urban One does not comment on the specifics of ongoing litigation, however we deny all allegations, and intend to put forward a vigorous defense.” READ STORY HERE

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iHeart Brings '60's & '70's Music And New Sports Talker To Madison

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Madison announced the debut of the new U-100.9, Madison’s Super ‘60s and ‘70s Station, beginning February 1. The station will also feature fun and different musical themes each weekend including one hit wonders for its “Super 60s and 70s Weekend” segment. “I’m extremely excited to be part of this new station launch,” said Drew Lauter, Market President for iHeartMedia Madison. “Madison missed having a station that is dedicated to airing top ‘60s and ‘70s music – so we’re excited to step up and give listeners what they want with the new U-100.9.”

In a separate announcement, iHeart reports it's bringing a new sports talk station to Madison, as well, 1070 THE GAME, Sports Talk That Rocks. Steve Czaban, who will lead the program line up from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and Mike Heller will be heard on afternoon drive from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Czaban has worked for several major syndicated sports talk networks including Sporting News, ESPN Radio and Fox Sports Radio in his 18-year career as well as in various markets such as Santa Barbara, California; Chicago; Milwaukee; Charlotte; and Washington, D.C.

“Wisconsin has a strong and diverse sports fan base,” said Drew Lautner, Market President for iHeartMedia Madison. “We believe we have assembled the best of the best to deliver news, commentary, differing opinions, on-field insight and an occasional laugh to our loyal listeners.”

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PODCAST: iHeart & Ozy Media Announce Multi-Year Deal To Co-Produce Podcasts

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2020 –– iHeartMedia and OZY Media announced a new multi-year deal to co-produce and promote a slate of iHeartRadio Original Podcasts, with three shows set to be released in 2020 and distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network. “OZY’s global suite of diverse storytellers and story-finders focuses on what’s new and what’s next. These podcasts reflect the desire of younger audiences to broaden their minds and think bigger,” said Carlos Watson, co-founder and CEO of OZY Media. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the massively talented team at iHeartMedia to co-produce powerful and diverse podcasts for listeners.”

The first co-produced podcast in the slate will be “Around the World,” a travel and culture podcast featuring stories of changemakers and renegades from around the world who are doing the unexpected in the face of adversity. The content will originate from OZY's groundbreaking year-long editorial project that saw them report three stories from every country on earth. The two additional podcasts set to launch this year include a spin-off series from OZY’s “The Thread” and a scripted series. In addition to co-producing the new slate of original podcasts, two of OZY’s existing news and culture podcasts – “The Thread” and “OZY Confidential” – will join the iHeartPodcast Network’s deep catalog of podcast titles.

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97.5 The Fanatic Philly Presents Annual Farzetta & Tra In The Morning Corn Hole Championship

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2020 –– Beasley's 97.5 The Fanatic will present the 2nd annual Farzetta and Tra in the Morning Corn Hole Championship. The event will take place today, January 31st from 5 a.m. – 10 a.m. in Philadelphia. The event will feature appearances by on station on air personalities, including Marc Farzetta, Tra Thomas, Bob Cooney, Jamie Lynch and Sam Wilson. Proceeds from donations received on-site at the event will benefit BOUNCE OUT THE STIGMA, The Most Unique Special Needs Program In The Country which specializes in providing support for children with autism.

“The Friday before the Big Game is a party day here in Philly,” said station Assistant Program Director, Eric Camille. “The 2nd annual Corn Hole Championship is a great way to get our listeners together, party at 6am and give away some amazing prizes, while at the same time, help an incredible charity like Bounce Out the Stigma which helps children with autism.”

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Entercom To Air 'Night Before' With Zac Brown Band, Carly Pearce Across 235 Stations

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2020 ––  Entercom will livestream “The Night Before” on RADIO.COM across its portfolio of 235 stations, on Saturday, February 1. The 5th annual concert will feature multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band and chart-topping singer-songwriter Carly Pearce at BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL on February 1, 2020, the eve of the world’s biggest sporting event. “We aim to provide fans with exclusive insider access to once-in-a-lifetime events via RADIO.COM Live,” said Pam Russo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, RADIO.COM. “We look forward to celebrating the kickoff of the biggest football weekend of the year with our listeners across the country with another highly anticipated event.”

To view “The Night Before” event livestream, fans can visit RADIO.COM/Live or tune in via the mobile app. The app offers anytime, anywhere access through home connected devices including Amazon Echo, Amazon FireTV, Sonos, Roku, Google Home, Google Chromecast, and many more. Throughout their decade-long career, Zac Brown Band has had six consecutive albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and five consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Carly Pearce’s kind of country transcends the moment. Defying odds, her No. 1 platinum-certified debut “Every Little Thing” designated Carly as the highest charting solo female debut since July 2015 and one of only three women to accomplish the feat the last decade.

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SNAPS: Yamanair Creative & Benztown Hold First Annual Talent Appreciation Event in Los Angeles

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 31ST, 2020 ––  This week as they hosted their key writers, producers and voice talent for a two-day celebration at Benztown's U.S. headquarters and studios in L.A. Yamanair Creative. “These are the gifted people whose magic and dedication fuel our operation every day,” said Yaman Coskun, CEO of Yamanair Creative, whose parent company is Compass Media Networks.

Dave "Chachi" Denes, Benztown President, said: “It was humbling to be surrounded by so much talent all in one place." Please see the attached photo of this powerful creative think tank taken this week at Benztown's L.A. studios and featuring key members of Yamanair Creative and Benztown. Pictured front row, center in grey jackets are Dave "Chachi" Denes (Left) and Yaman Coskun (Right). Thanks for your interest in this dynamic and talented team! All the best,

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RTDNA Opposes State Department's Removal Of NPR Host From Secretary Pompeo's Trip

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2020 –– The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and its Voice of the First Amendment Task Force wrote in a statement that it stands with the State Department Correspondents’ Association in its defense of the 7unjust removal of Michele Kelemen (L) of NPR from the press pool covering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s (R) upcoming trip to the UK, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

7The RTDNA suggests the removal of Michele came in retaliation of Pompeo's recent exchange with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly (BR). who Pompeo harshly criticized.

The RTDNA added, "We believe that punishing journalists for their constitutionally guaranteed right to seek and report the truth hampers the public’s ability to be informed about the actions of the 7administration. We ask the State Department to reconsider their ban and allow Michele to travel with Secretary Pompeo."

Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA’s mission is to promote and protect responsible journalism. RTDNA defends the First Amendment rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards and provides members with training to encourage ethical standards, newsroom leadership and industry innovation. RTDNA is a founding partner of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, the archive of record for threats against press freedom in America.

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HONORS: Alliance For Women in Media Honors Female Leaders At Gracies Award

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2019 –– The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) hosted the annual Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon on Thursday, November 21 to a capacity crowd at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart eloquently gave an awe-inspiring address, sharing her captivating story of overcoming the trauma of her 9-month abduction, at the age of fourteen. Smart shared with the audience, “I don’t think that you are made by what happens to you. I think you are made by the choices you make after things happen to you.”

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Six female leaders in media were honored at the event, along with the Inaugural AWM Legacy Leadership recipient, Chickie Bucco. Highlights from their speeches include: • Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media, shared how she watched more and more females rise to the top in the magazine industry but said there is still work to be done in radio. • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom Communications, thanked those who have helped her along the way, and said, “Looking back on moments in my career, the times that I was able to help others find their super powers or help them achieve their ambitions, whatever that ambition may be, those are the moments that give me the greatest joy.” Others honored included Rosemary Mercedes, Chief Communications Officer, Univision Communications - Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One - Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks and Danyelle Wright, VP, Employment & Labor Law and Chief Diversity Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company. If you would like more information, please contact Catherine Combs at (859) 219-3561 or catherine.combs@allwomeninmedia.org.

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