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Des Moines Radio Host, Gantry 'Wolfgang' Miller, Struck And Killed By Semi-Truck
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2019 –– 1700 The Champ Des Moines' Wolfgang' Gantry Miller died Tuesday after he was struck by a semi-truck on Interstate 80 reports WHO-TV. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 44-year-old Miller was driving eastbound on Interstate 80 at 9:45 a.m. when he stopped on the shoulder. The Patrol says Miller exited his vehicle and was struck by a semi-truck driven by 67-year-old Terry Peters. Authorities say Miller died at the scene of the accident. There is no word yet if Peters will face any charges. According to the station, Miller had been a part of the radio scene in Iowa for a decade. The accident is currently under investigation.
"It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our dear friend and fellow broadcaster, Gantry 'Wolfgang' Miller, posted Cumulus' 1700 The Champ on its Facebook page. "Wolfgang was co-host of “The Drive with Wolfgang and Steen” on 1700 The Champ. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."
REPORT: Trump Proposes Once Again An End To Federal Funding For CPB
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2019 –– President Trump has once again recommended phasing out federal funding for noncommercial TV and radio, but if the recent past is any guide, there's not enough support in Congress on either side of the aisle writes Broadcasting & Cable. The phase-out was part of the President's budget, submitted to Congress last week. The budget, however, is a recommendation, with Congress having the final say. As The Hill's Joe Concha wrote last month, President Trump's newly proposed budget includes a proposal to end federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), part of a package that includes $300 billion in new spending overall. CPB provides federal funding for PBS and National Public Radio stations.
According to the proposal, "The Budget proposes to eliminate Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) over a two year period. CPB grants represent a small share of the total funding for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR), which primarily rely on private donations to fund their operations," it continues. "To conduct an orderly transition away from Federal funding, the Budget requests $15.5 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020, which would include funding for personnel costs of $16.2 million, rental costs of $8.9 million; and other costs totaling $5.4 million."
What Stopped Jacobs 'In Their Tracks' In First-Ever 'Talent-On-Talent' Study
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2019 –– As things get underway for our second talent study, Jacobs Media's, Fred Jacobs takes a look back at last year's first ever 'Talent-On-Talent' Study and zero's in on data that really stood out. Jacobs writes: "We were overwhelmed by the response to AQ. More than 1,100 air personalities – morning shows, daypart jocks, talk show hosts, and producers – responded to our invitation to take the survey. And when the smoke cleared and the data was analyzed, we had a much better idea of what radio talent is thinking about,">obsessing over, and aspiring to achieve. Most media observers – inside and outside radio – agree that air talent is, in fact, the industry's secret sauce. It's something broadcast radio has over every other medium. It's talent that makes strong audience connections, creating an intimate bond in local markets, whether they ply their craft on talk or music stations."
Jacobs continues, "We learned a great deal from last year's AQ study, but some of the findings that stood out to me revolved around the role of women in the air studio. First, we discovered the ratio of male:female DJs is 75:25. That's not a surprise, given the way radio stations in markets big and small have evolved. But what stopped us in our tracks was this finding about perceptions of gender equality in radio studios - CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE BLOG
As for this year's study, Jacobs says, "If you're on the air, we need your help. For the next few weeks, we'll be collecting two things from you: Topics that you'd like to see included in AQ2. Email addresses from personalities (commercial radio only – for now) in any size market, all formats, dayparts, full-time or part-time, as well as producers who want to be sure they participate in the survey. You can email me with your ideas and your email address here. We'll put together a fast-moving, actionable presentation to kick off Morning Show Boot Camp's 31st conference, once again this year in Chicago on August 8-9. EMAIL FRED HERE
Brandon Chase Adds PD Duties At Fox Sports Charlotte
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2019 –– Beasley has named Brandon Chase as the Program Director at Fox Sports in Charlotte. Chase has been with the company for over 11 years, began his career on the air at KISS 95.1 in 2008. In addition to his new programming duties, he will continue to serve as the Assistant Program Director & Music Director for K 104.7, Midday On-Air Personality on K 104.7 from 12noon-3pm and Production Director for Country 1037, K 104.7, KISS 95.1 and Fox Sports.
“It’s an honor to lead this FOX Sports radio station,” said Chase. “I love sports and I’m excited for the opportunity to program and promote this format with such an incredible team!” “Brandon is experienced in the Sports format”, said Bill Schoening, VP and Market Manager of Beasley Media Group Charlotte. “He has a great work ethic and I’m very excited to have him paving the way for success on FOX Sports. I cannot wait to utilize all of his creative ideas and perspective.”
“We are absolutely THRILLED to have Brandon taking the reins and leading FOX Sports in Charlotte,” said John Reynolds, Operations Manager for the Beasley Media Group Charlotte Cluster (Country 1037, WNKS, WKQC, WPEG, WBAV and Fox Sports) and Program Director for KISS 95.1 and K 104.7. “His expanded knowledge in the sports world and every aspect of radio programming will help FOX Sports become a market leader. He is a great example of our goal to solidify excellent talent within our company.”
NETWORKS: WWO Inks Multi-Year Extension With Howard Deneroff
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2019 –– Westwood One announced a multi-year contract extension for Howard Deneroff, EVP/Executive Producer of Westwood One Sports. Deneroff, who is celebrating his 30th year at Westwood One, has been the division’s executive producer since 2008. He will continue to direct, coordinate, and execute all of the on-air coverage and production elements for Westwood One’s live national radio play-by-play broadcasts and continue his role in talent and rights negotiations between Westwood One and its many prominent broadcast partners.
Bruce Gilbert, SVP, Sports, Cumulus and Westwood One, added “There are a million reasons why so many in the industry refer to Howie as ‘the best in the business,’ because it’s true. Howie’s professionalism, work ethic, and passion for the audio presentation of the world’s biggest sporting events are second to none.”
Said Deneroff, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue working at a job I love and have loved since day one. There is nothing that replicates the excitement and drama of live sporting events, and to be able to produce broadcasts for so many great games and historical events for Westwood One over the years has been a pleasure and an absolute honor.”
PODCASTS: 77 WABC To Debut 'One Tough Podcast' Hosted By Bo Dietl
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2019 –– Bo Dietl is one of the most highly decorated detectives in the history of the New York City Police Department, with several thousand arrests to his credit. He is the Founder and Chairman of Beau Dietl & Associates, one of the premier investigative and security firms in the U.S., and the co-author of the book, “One Tough Cop”, a story about his life as a New York City police detective, which was made into a major motion picture.
Dietl is also a co-founder of Advanced Cyber Security, a software firm which provides keystroke encryption and cyber security solutions to individuals and consumers worldwide.
Dietl is a regular contributor to 77 WABC’s Bernie and Sid In The Morning Show, as well as the former Imus In The Morning Show for nearly 30 years. He has also a regular contributor on FOX News Channel and FOX Business Channel.
It’s a Glee Reunion, As Kevin McHale And Jenna Ushkowitz Debut 'Showmance'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2019 –– The Ladygang Network is launching Showmance, a new comedic podcast that brings together all your favorite best friend-duos born from some of the biggest TV shows and movies. Hosted by Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz, who started their own “showmance” while starring in Glee. The podcast will debut Thursday, March 28th on PodcastOne.com and Apple Podcasts.
McHale and Ushkowitz said, “We’re always being asked about doing a Glee reunion, so we decided to do the Glee reunion nobody asked for. We met working together over a decade ago and have been best friends ever since. We decided to do the podcast because we wanted to talk to other people who have formed life-long relationships through work and hear their experience. Also, we just like hearing ourselves talk.” Hear the trailer and subscribe HERE
SNAPS: Little Steven Visits The Rebel
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2019 – Little Steven, host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated Little Steven’s Underground Garage, stopped by his Syracuse affiliate The Rebel 105.9/WXTL-FM while he was in town for a speaking engagement at Syracuse University. In addition to visiting with the staff, Little Steven took over the mic for an hour to play some tracks from his personal catalogue, as well as select songs from Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Darlene Love, The Jellybricks, and a special tribute to the late Dick Dale. He also played some songs from his upcoming album with the Disciples of Soul.
Pictured: Little Steven with WXTL-FM Program Director Dave Frisina About Little Steven's Underground Garage Hosted by Stevie Van Zandt, Little Steven’s Underground Garage is a weekly, nationally-syndicated Rock and Roll radio show. For more information, please visit www.premierenetworks.com.
'Air Talent Questionnaire 2' Set For MSBC 31
We Want Your Input
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2019 –– On the heels of last year's first-ever talent-on talent study presented at MSBC 30, plans are now underway for AQ2 (air-talent questionnaire) presented by Jacobs Media at MSBC 31 at The Swissotel Chicago on Aug.. 8 & 9. With this announcement, we're now welcoming your input for possible questions or suggestions for this year's study. As before, all input is treated CONFIDENTIAL.
MSBC host and Jock line publisher Don Anthony said "Last's year's first study drew an astonishing 1,000 plus participants and this year will likely top this number. "As I wrote last year, given that nothing like this had never been done before in radio, I was hoping --praying!-- that we'd get at least 200-300 participants. Drawing over 1,000 was mind-boggling."
"Last year's AQ study of air talent talking about their craft, their jobs, and the lives was a ground breaking research study. We're launching the follow-up study - AQ2 - where we'll provide data tracking as well as brand new questions to help personalities, programmers, managers, and owners better understand the most valuable asset in the station - air talent.
If you'd like to be included, or have questions you'd like to see included in this year's questionnaire, CLICK HERE and Type AQ2 in Subject line - all input is treated as CONFIDENTIAL!
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Cumulus Reports Net Revenue Growth of 5.2% For Q4
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media announced operating results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018. The results for the full-year 2018 period reflect the combined results of the Successor and Predecessor Companies in connection with the Company’s emergence from Chapter 11.
Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus said, “We are delighted by the Company’s strong 2018 performance. Despite the challenges presented by our bankruptcy in the first half of the year and industry headwinds throughout the year, Cumulus was able to deliver its first full year of revenue growth in four years fueled by digital growth of more than 60%, its eighth straight quarter of increased market revenue share, and its second consecutive year of EBITDA growth after years of declines. That EBITDA growth, in conjunction with our October 2018 $50 million voluntary debt prepayment, brought our net leverage down to 5.2x at year end.
Berner added, "Additionally, as previously announced,we entered into two station transactions this quarter, which should further reduce net leverage when completed later this year. In combination, these results demonstrate our firm commitment to the execution of our strategic priorities - maximizing operating performance, growing our digital businesses,and optimizing our asset portfolio - and the achievement of our financial goals of annually generating up to $100 million of free cash flow, reducing our net leverage to below 4.0x, and reinvesting in meaningful growth opportunities - see full report HERE
REPORT: Cox Enterprises 'Exploring Options' For All Of Its Radio Properties
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2019 –– The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that Cox Enterprises is now exploring options for all of its radio properties, including its top rated WSB Atlanta. Sources within the company say the Atlanta-based group is "exploring options" for all of its radio properties and employees have been informed. There's no timeline and any deal would not include the Atlanta Journal Constitution. This report follows last month's news of Cox's deal with Apollo Global Management LLC to sell a majority interest in Cox Media Group’s broadcast television stations, including the company’s radio, newspaper and TV properties in Ohio. Cox Enterprises will maintain a minority stake and will join the Apollo Funds in forming a new company to operate these stations, which will be headquartered in Atlanta.
Cox's radio portfolio currently includes 61 stations in Atlanta and Athens, Ga.; Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Tulsa, Okla. Its Atlanta stations include WSB AM 750, KISS 104.1 FM, B98.5 and 97.1 FM The River. Cox has owned WSB AM 750, "the South's first radio station," since 1939, when company founder James M. Cox bought The Atlanta Journal. The station had been launched in 1922. PHOTO/website screengrab
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Angel Aristone Rises To EVP of Communications For iHeartMedia
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2019 –– iHeart announced yesterday via an internal memo that Angle Aristone has been promoted to EVP/Communications. "As the company has grown over the last eight years from broadcast to broadcast plus digital – and then plus social, data, nationally-recognized live events, podcasting, ad technology, strategic partnerships, new devices and platforms and so much more – Angel continues to position iHeart as the country’s media and entertainment leader through proactive strategic communication efforts on both a local and national level. She will also continue to oversee media relations and external communications, and execute various strategic communication programs across various divisions including national programming, events, digital, entertainment enterprises, sales and partnerships, ventures and others."
Aristone joined the company in April 2011 as the Vice President of Communications and prior to joining iHeartMedia, Aristone was the Director of Communications with Six Flags responsible for regional, national and international media relations and crisis communication, national social media and served as the official company spokesperson for the Six Flags New Jersey properties.
PROGRAMMING: Stephanie Tichenor Takes PD Reins At WLS 890 Chicago; Chris Huff Rises To PD At KILT-FM Houston
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2019 –– - Cumulus announced that Stephanie Tichenor has joined WLS-AM as the new Program Director for WLS-AM 890. The company also announced that it has named Lauren Cohn to the WLS-AM on-air news team. The two appointments are effective immediately. Tichenor joins WLS-AM 890 from WGN where she is currently Director of News & Operations. She has held positions including Operations Manager, Assistant Program Director and Executive Producer during her tenure at WGN. Cohn joins WLS-AM 890 after several stops in Chicago television news, including Fox Chicago, CBS 2 Chicago and ABC 7 Chicago. She has also been a contributing reporter and fill-in host on WLS-AM.
-- Entercom announced the promotion of Chris Huff (R) to the role of Program Director for 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM) in Houston, TX. This role will be in addition to Huff’s position as Assistant Program Director for sister station 95.7 The Spot (KKHH-FM) in Houston. “After an extensive nationwide search, we realized the best person to lead The Bull was already with us here in Houston,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston.
“Growing up in Texas, I’ve always regarded KILT-FM as a truly iconic radio station,” said Huff. “I was thrilled to join this team five years ago, and am truly excited to take the reins of the Bull in this new role.” Since 2014, Huff served as the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for the station. Prior to that role, Huff spent twelve years as the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for KSCS in Dallas.
Shandra 'Babs' Littleton Takes Middays At WiLD 94.1Tampa
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2019 –– Beasley has named Shandra “Babs” Littleton as its new midday host on WiLD 94.1 Tampa. Littleton will officially begin her new position on Monday, April 1, 2019. Littleton most recently worked as a Morning Show Co-host at Beasley Media Group’s WXKB-FM in Ft. Myers, Florida. After 9 years of moving up from intern to morning show co-host, Shandra is now setting her sights on continuing the WiLD legacy of providing plenty of fun, music and multi-faceted entertainment, weekdays from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
“We’re excited about the energy and talent that Shandra brings to the WiLD team,” said WiLD 94-1 Program Director, Orlando. “She’s grown immensely with Beasley Ft. Myers, so we look forward to watching her show Tampa what she can do!” “I’m so happy to continue pursuing and realizing my dreams within the Beasley family,” said Littleton, “I’ve always wanted to be a part of WiLD, so I’m thankful and ready for this amazing opportunity in Tampa.”
SYNDICATION: DL Hughley Show Added On HOT 92.9 New Orleans
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19Th, 2019 ––Entercom announced the addition of The DL Hughley Show on The New Hot 92.9 FM in New Orleans, effective March 18. The show will be heard weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT. The entertainment show is hosted by comedian DL Hughley and Jasmine Sanders.
DL Hughley is known for his politically savvy standup comedy and social commentary. He has extensive experience in radio, television and film, including the hit comedy docu-film “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He is also currently touring as part of the “Comedy Get Down Tour.”
Jasmine Sanders has served as the co-host of the syndicated “The DL Hughley Show” since 2013. Prior to this, she held various on-air roles for CNN, Reach Media Inc and BET.
NETWORKS: Stuart Greenblatt Rises To SVP/Affiliate Sales For Westwood One
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19Th, 2019 –– Westwood One has promoted Stuart Greenblatt to Senior Vice-President forAffiliate Sales. He was formerly a VP, Affiliate Sales, in charge of station services for the network’s talk show properties. His numerous accomplishments during his talk tenure include the launch of the wildly-successful Ben Shapiro Show from podcast to broadcast and the launch of Dennis Miller’s former radio show.
This is Greenblatt’s 20th year with Westwood One, having formerly worked as VP, Affiliate Sales at Air America. He started his career as a copywriter and then Program Director at WOBM-AM/WADB-AM in Monmouth-Ocean County, New Jersey. “After working in affiliate sales for almost 20 years, I am honored to be leading the Affiliate Sales team here at Westwood One, truly the best in the business,” said Greenblatt. “I look forward to working together with our station partners and our outstanding sales team to grow and promote our first-rate programming across the board.”
EVENTS: The Bone's Lamont & Tonelli Mark 20th Anniversary Of Metallica S&M Album
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2019 –– The Bone San Francisco's Lamont & Tonelli (top left and right) hosted an event to announce the opening events coming to the new Chase Center in San Francisco (new home of the Golden State Warriors). The first event will be The Bone Presents Metallica along with the San Francisco Symphony on Friday, Sept 6th. L&T got to interview both Lars and James following the announce of Metallica opening the Chase Center
It’s also the 20th anniversary of Metallica S&M album. Here's links with videos and the announcement with L&T and members of Metallica ... WATCH HERE
WGFX-FM/104-5 The Zone’s Midday 180 Raises $32,510 In Charity Basketball Tournament
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' WGFX-FM/104-5/Nashville's The Zone’s Midday 180 hosted a charity basketball tournament on Thursday, March 14th at East Nashville Magnet High School. The event, tagged “Z-O-N-E” (a game similar to the popular “H-O-R-S-E” basketball game), raised $32,510 for the Tennessee Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The fundraiser is part of a campaign by 104-5 The Zone midday host, Jonathan Hutton, and his team at 104-5 The Zone to raise funds and awareness for the Tennessee Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Hutton said: "What TeamHutton1045 and Midday 180 were able to raise in the four-hour show was incredible. The listeners of 104-5 The Zone continue to raise the bar in support of our community. Best of all, every dollar raised went straight to the Tennessee chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which continues to raise the bar for blood cancer research. Beating cancer is in our blood."
EVENTS: KISS 102.3 Albany Flips For Ariana
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19Th, 2019 –– To kick-off ‘Sweetener/Thank U, Next’ tour launching in Albany, welcomed the pop superstar Ariana Grande by dedicating a day to her music.
Yesterday, March 18, the station flipped toAri 102.3 and broadcast non-stop music from Ariana Grande to celebrate the launch of her tour, which kicked off in Albany..
Terry O’Donnell, Program Director for KISS 102.3 said, “She’s arguably the biggest star in the world and we’re marking the occasion by playing nothing but Ariana all day long!”
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Vinnie Hasson Inks Longterm Extension With Alice 97.3 San Francisco
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2019 –– Entercom and morning co-host Vinnie Hasson have agreed to a new multi-year contract extension. The co-host of the morning drive on Alice @ 97.3 (KLLC-FM) in San Francisco will remain on “Sarah and Vinnie,” weekdays.
“There is a generation of local Bay Area listeners who have followed Vinnie’s life and adventures on and off the air and have connected with him each and every morning,” said Gregory Nemitz, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Francisco. “We are pleased to continue this relationship with Vinnie on Alice @ 97.3 for many more years to come.”
“A thousand thanks to Michael Martin [Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom] and Greg Nemitz for their support and leadership, and to my wonderful partner Sarah – you are the best and I look forward to chopping it up with you every day,” said Hasson. “I’m stoked to keep rolling with our great team and continue waking up the Bay Area every day.” Hasson joined Alice @ 97.3 with Sarah Clark in 1997 when “The Sarah & Vinnie Morning Show” made its San Francisco debut. Prior to joining Entercom, Hasson served as morning show host for KNRQ in Eugene, OR. “Sarah and Vinnie” debuted on WDRE in Philadelphia in 1996. “Sarah and Vinnie” has been the #1 rated morning show in the San Francisco area amongst commercial radio stations since Winter 2015. Hasson and Sarah are also hosts of the “Sarah and Vinnie Secret Show” podcast on RADIO.COM.
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2019 –– In Jacobs Media's latest blog, Fred Jacobs writes that their in-house podcasting maven, Seth Wrestler instincts continue to be solid, as he vigilantly searches for that intersection between broadcast radio and podcasting – their commonalities and their differences. Seth will give you a lot of homework to start the workweek, but I promise you that whether you're on the air or on-demand – or both – you'll find his audio tour well worth your time.
Wrestler says comedian Marc Baron recently celebrated a huge milestone: his 1,000th podcast episode. In a world where many podcasts “pod fade” well before reaching the 100-episode mark, Baron has used the medium to open up completely new career opportunities for himself. He's starred in the Antefix series Glow, and even been featured on The Simp
sons. Baron began his WTF podcast by interviewing fellow stand-up comedians, but over time it expanded to feature musicians, actors, and other celebrities. While he had some radio experience prior to launching his podcast, he was, first and foremost, a stand-up comedian. As a radio broadcaster, there are a few that I found particularly interesting. Here are seven episodes that I think you, too, will enjoy. (Please note, you may need to pay for access to some of them.) CLICK HERE TO VIEW
NETWORKS: WWO Adds Nielsen National Media Impact To Its Audio Insights Platform
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2019 –– Nielsen announced that Westwood One has expanded its relationship with Nielsen to license the national version of Nielsen Media Impact (NMI) powered by Nielsen's Total Media Fusion. “With Nielsen Media Impact, we can show our advertising partners the effect on overall campaign reach and frequency when money is moved between media,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Advertisers will be able to access this tool through the ground breaking West wood One ROI Guarantee audio insights platform. It’s a new dimension in making media investments work smarter for marketers using radio, podcasting and streaming to drive ROI."
“Brands are looking for strategies to fortify and enhance their TV plans, and as America’s largest audio network, we can now demonstrate the incrementality of adding radio to a media plan,” said Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer at Cumulus | Westwood One. “Radio makes your TV better, and now we have proof via the gold standard of Nielsen total audience measurement.”
Longtime Host Matt Pinfield Now On Radio Book Tour
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18Th, 2019 –– He’s a VH1 and MTV VJ and has also done mornings on KFOG and in 2016 turned author. Matt Pinfield 's book titled 'All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.' Matt 'is the ultimate music fan" says the promo. In his new memoir Pinfield traces his lifelong music obsession—from the heavy metal that infused his teenage years, to his first encounters with legends like Lou Reed and The Ramones and how, through his post-MTV years, he played a major role in bringing nineties alt rock mainstream.
Shows who've had him on say he's an amazing guest who will be a treat for any audience. ORDER HERE - Reach him HERE for interviews
Jacksonville's The Game Now Airing On 97.3 FM
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Jacksonville announced that 930 The Game, is now also broadcasting on 97.3 FM. The Game will continue to feature renowned hosts, Mike Bianchi, Seth Harp, Dan Patrick and Colin Cowherd. In addition, the station will also feature The Florida Gators well as broadcast the NFL Regular and post-season games, March Madness and The SEC.
“Jacksonville was in need of a strong FM sports station,” said Geewiz, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Jacksonville. “We are very fortunate to have the legendary morning show with Mike Bianchi and ‘Harp on Sports with Seth Harp’ leading the sports world in Jacksonville. The strong FM signal will allow 930 The Game to have an even wider reach.”
SNAPS: Big Boy Guest Hosts On 'The Real'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2019 –– Premiere Networks-syndicated personality Big Boy – host of Big Boy’s Neighborhood, which originates from iHeartMedia’s Real 92.3 in Los Angeles – was a guest host on the Emmy Award-nominated television talk show The Real on March 14. Filling in for host Tamera Mowry-Housley, Big Boy joined the rest of the cast - Jeannie Mai, Loni Love and Adrienne Houghton - to discuss a variety of topics ranging from former President Barack Obama’s Town Hall to navigating love and relationships.
They also welcomed actress Melanie Liburd from NBC’s This Is Us and fashion designer and Project Runway mentor Christian Siriano. Facebook. WATCH HERE
EVENTS: Newsradio 610 & 96.7 FM New Hampshire Raise Funds For Local Vets
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2019 –– NewsRadio 610 and 96.7 New Hampshire announced today that New Hampshire Today morning show’s fifth annual Make 12 Hours Count radiothon will take place on Wednesday, March 20 from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Veterans Count, an organization that provides financial assistance, services and resources to New Hampshire veterans, service members and their families. The 12-hour radiothon, hosted by New Hampshire Today’s on-air personality Jack Heath, will feature interviews with a variety of service members, ranging from World War II veterans to members of the military who are currently serving.
“It is incredible to see how the community has responded to this campaign in the past several years,” said Jack Heath, on-air personality for NewsRadio 610 and 96.7. “Last year, Make 12 Hours Count raised over $160,000. The funds provide much needed assistance for veterans and their families.” Make 12 Hours Count radiothon is presented by Long Term Care Partners, with over a dozen local sponsors anchoring each hour of the broadcast. To date, Make 12 Hours Count has raised over $500,000 to benefit local veterans and military members.
Nassau Community College Station, WHPC 90.3 FM, Wins Five National Awards
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2019 –– Nassau Community College announced that its radio station, WHPC 90.3 FM, was the winner of five national awards at the 2019 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) conference held on March 2nd, including Best Community College Radio Station in the Nation.
The other four awards were: Best Overall On Air Schedule; Best Artist/Celebrity Interview (Herb Alpert, hosted by WHPC’s Michael Anthony); Best Public Affairs Program (Your Family Health); and Best Morning Show (The Nassau Morning Madhouse). With a membership of over 1,000 non-profit, education-affiliated radio stations and webcasters, IBS has for 79 years awarded exceptional college and high school radio stations.
“WHPC has been an amazing college radio station for 47 years and counting — and it’s finally getting the national recognition it deserves! Our mission is to provide professional broadcasting training to qualified Nassau Community College students, and these awards prove we are accomplishing it,” said Shawn Novatt, the station’s director. “Plus, with over 60 different types of programming, we are hyper-focused on the Nassau County community, giving airtime to local non-profit groups and organizations whenever possible.”
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Big Night For Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande & Taylor Swift At iHeart's 6th Annual Music Awards
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 – Last night in LA, iHeart celebrated the sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards, which aired live on FOX from the Microsoft Theater. Hosted by T-Pain, the fan-fueled iHeartRadio Music Awards featured performances and incredible collaborations including Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande and The Backstreet Boys (bottom right). Alicia Keys (top left) s was honored with this year's Innovator Award; Garth Brooks with the first-ever Artist of the Decade Award (shown left with Bobby Bones) and Taylor Swift (top right) with the Tour of the Year Award.
This year's winners included Panic! At The Disco for Alternative Rock Album of the Year, Jason Aldean for Country Album of the Year, Twenty One Pilots for Rock Album of the Year, Marshmello for Dance Artist of the Year, Imagine Dragons for Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year, the Chainsmokers for Dance Album of the Year and Lauren Jauregui’s dog, Gracie, for Cutest Musician’s Pet. The official hashtag of the evening, #iHeartAwards2019 trended #1 on Twitter Worldwide and in the U.S.
Additional highlights included: · Jamie Foxx presented Alicia Keys with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award. For the first time in the iHeartRadio Music Awards show history, winners of three Best New Artist categories – Marshmello (Best New Pop Artist) with special guest Luav, lovelytheband (Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist) and Ella Mai (Best New R&B Artist) – came together to perform a medley of their hits including “Happier,” “broken” and “Trip” Presenters included iHeartRadio personalities Angela Yee, Bobby Bones, Danielle Monaro, Elvis Duran, Enrique Santos, Gandhi, Sisanie, Tanya Rad - Photos/Kevin Mazur - Getty for iHeart - SEE ALL THE WINNERS HERE
97.9 The Beat's Veda Loca In The Morning To Air On KDAF-TV Dallas
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 –– Morning TV in Dallas just got Loca! as CW33, a Tribune Media television station, is partnering with Dallas’ Radio One station 97.9 The Beat for the launch of the high-energy morning TV show The Beat on 33. This LIVE weekday morning show brings the popular and charismatic Dallas urban radio team from “Veda Loca in the Morning” to broadcast television. The show features single mom Veda Loca, J-Kruz, Jazzi Black and DJ Kayotik. “Our partnership with Radio One and the launch of The Beat on 33 will be a unique extension of both brands combined into one,” said Sara Fulmer, CW33 Station Manager. “It’s a great example of two media companies partnering together to bring our viewers and listeners a whole new experience, delivering news, weather, traffic and entertainment in a highly engaged environment. It will be morning TV on steroids; unlike any other!”
“We are ecstatic to expand on the natural energy of 97.9 The Beat’s Veda Loca in the Morning and the CW33 brand,” said Tami Honesty, Radio One Dallas VP/General Manager. “We feel that The Beat on 33 will be a perfect merge of family, fun, and information for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The Beat on 33 offers a 360 experience that is sure to keep viewers captivated and entertained from the start of their day to their morning commute.” KDAF-TV, CW33 is the local CW affiliate for Dallas and Ft. Worth, owned by Tribune Media Company.
Ryan McCreeden Tapped As Operations Manager For Townsquare Quad Cities' Cluster
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 –– Townsquare Media announced that Ryan McCredden has joined the Company as Operations Manager for its stations in Quad Cities, IA, which include WXLP-FM, KJOC-FM, KIIKFM, KBEA-FM, and KBOB-AM. McCredden will join the Quad Cities team on March 18, 2019.
“I'm THRILLED to be able to work with the entire team at Townsquare Quad Cities and their great local brands. We will have a lot of fun and I look forward to growing upon the success they’ve already achieved,” said Mr. McCredden. Townsquare Quad Cities Market President Becky Riojas added, “I am very excited to have Ryan join our Quad Cities stations. His experience will bring new insights to our great local brands.” McCredden’s strong resume includes successful stops at CBS Radio Dallas (KRLD-AM and KRLD FM), CBS Radio Houston (Sports Radio 610 KILT-AM and CBS Sports Radio 650 KIKK-AM), 104.1 The Truth (KQTH) and ESPN Radio in Tucson.
Cameron Moore Named MD At 1037 Charlotte
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 –– Beasley announced that Cameron Moore has been named Music Director for Country 1037 WSOC in Charlotte, North Carolina. Moore most recently worked at Midwest Family Broadcasting’s Top 40 and Country stations in Springfield, MO. In her new role, she will also continue as the Midday On-Air Personality from 10am-3pm and the Music Director at KISS 95.1.
“Cameron is experienced in the Country Music format,” said Jack Daniel, Program Director for Country 1037. “She has a great work ethic and I’m very excited to have her on the Country 1037 Team and cannot wait to utilize all of her creative input and perspective.”
“It’s an honor to join this legendary Country radio station,” said Moore. “I love country music and I’m excited for the opportunity to program and promote this format again with such an incredible team!”
Veteran Programmer Mike Shepard Joins Tracy Johnson Media Group
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 –– Veteran programmer, talent coach and research executive Mike Shepard has joined forces with Tracy Johnson at Tracy Johnson Media Group, Inc. Shepard brings 30 years of programming excellence to one of the world's most successful radio programming and talent coaching companies. “We’ve continued to grow the last few years," says Johnson. "And Mike is a perfect fit. He is a great talent coach, a legendary programmer and well-rounded media strategist. His expertise in multiple formats including Country, Sports Talk and Classic Hits, plus his research skills add depth and value to existing and future clients.”
Shepard most recently was VP/Programming for BCA Radio in San Diego. Previously, he was the driving force behind San Diego’s Country powerhouse KSON, leading the station to its highest ratings ever. He’s excited about his new role with Johnson. Shepard said, “I’ve been a huge fan of Tracy and his work for many years and I’ve seen first hand how his experience, philosophy and unique approach with talent have directly impacted ratings. I’m thrilled to add my expertise to the company and continue building on his amazing track record of success!” In addition to his role as consultant and talent coach with TJMG, Shepard will continue to own and operate his research company, Shepard Media Research.
SYNDICATION: Bob & Tom Take Mornings At 94.5 The Hawk Wilmington
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announced that 94.5 The Hawk/WKXS-FM, the Port City’s Classic Rock, will bring The Bob & Tom Show to Wilmington mornings beginning March 18th. Eric McCart, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Wilmington, said: “The Bob & Tom Show is a mix of original comedy, notable guests, entertaining conversation and it’s a perfect fit for our Classic Rock format. We’re excited to bring them to the Port City’s Classic Rock station and make them part of our local Wilmington community. Be sure to tune in for the funniest morning show in Wilmington!”
Tom Griswold added: “What a great city with the best classic rock station! We are THRILLED to wake up with Wilmington’s classic rock fans on 94.5 The Hawk. We’re going to have some fun together on this crazy train, so get ready to rock, Wilmington!” The Bob & Tom Show is exclusively distributed by Westwood One and airs live weekday mornings on more than 100 stations across the U.S. and on the American Forces Network worldwide. Inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame - For more information, visit: www.945thehawkradio.com and www.bobandtom.com.
1700 The Champ Named Des Moines New Radio Home Of Minnesota Twins Baseball
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 –– 1700 The Champ (KBGG-AM) has entered into an agreement with the Minnesota Twins baseball team and its multimedia rights-holder Learfield to become the official radio home of the Minnesota Twins. Learfield kicks off the partnership with broadcasts of two pre-season games on March 24th and March 26th, and with the season opener on March 28th.
Jack Taddeo, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Des Moines, said: “We are proud to bring the Minnesota Twins to Des Moines on 1700 The Champ and we look forward to many outstanding seasons of Minnesota Twins baseball.”
Every year we hear from Twins fans in Des Moines looking for ways to follow the team. We are ecstatic to have found a partner in 1700 The Champ to help bring Twins baseball to the Des Moines community,” said Twins President and Chief Executive Officer Dave St. Peter.
EVENTS: Mix 106.5 Baltimore Raises Over $1.3 Million For John Hopkin's Center
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 –– Entercom raised over $1.3 million to benefit Johns Hopkins Children’s Center through “Mix 106.5’s 30th Annual Radiothon” in Baltimore. This year’s Mix 106.5 (WWMX-FM) fundraiser set a new record in total donations over two days, bringing the total amount donated through Mix 106.5’s Radiothon to more than $23 million. “It is quite the accomplishment to reach 30 years of the Mix 106.5 Radiothon and we are so proud of the incredible impact that this will have on so many families in our region,” said Tracy Brandys, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Baltimore.
“Mix 106.5’s 30th Annual Radiothon” was broadcast live from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, in Baltimore on Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22 from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET each day. Mix 106.5 morning show duo Reagan and Bethany, midday drive host Maria Dennis and afternoon host Priestly hosted the event.
Omaha's KAT 103.7 Raises Over $15,000 For Local Food Bank
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 –– iHeart's KAT 103.7, Omaha held its 17th annual Canfest, an acoustic benefit concert, raised over $15,000 from ticket proceeds and six 50-gallon barrels of non-perishable food to benefit Food Bank for the Heartland. Canfest took place on Wednesday, March 13 at the Whiskey Roadhouse in Council Bluffs, IA. Canfest featured performances by country artists Riley Green, Runaway June, Jordan Davis and Scotty McCreery.
KAT 103.7’s on-air personalities Steve Lundy, Gina Melton, Hoss Michaels and EJ hosted the event and encouraged listeners to purchase tickets and donate non-perishable food items. “Once again, our listeners stepped up to help a great cause and had a lot of fun doing it,” said Hoss Michaels, Program Director for KAT 103. “We thank our sponsors and artist lineup for a successful event.”
Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Delivers Truckload Of Relief Supplies For Tornado victims.
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 –– All of Townsquare's Tuscaloosa stations, WQRR, WTID,WTSK, WTUG, WFFN, and WTBC conducted a 10 day drive for cash and supplies.
Market President David DuBose says, "The tornado hit on Sunday March 3rd and we were on the air with our drive on Monday the 4th. Thanks Tuscaloosa and West Alabama for your generosity." He also gave thanks to Bryant Bank and Julio Jones Kia, Mazda
Lew, John Dickey & Jerry Del Colliano Join For Special Appearance At The Conclave
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2019 –– Together on one stage, Lew Dickey, John Dickey and Jerry Del Colliano. Lew and John will be making their first official radio appearance in the three years, and will talk about lessons learned from the past, what they are up to right now, and radio’s place in today’s new modern media.
Jerry, no doubt, will make it lively, asking questions, and also be part of radio’s future conversation on building new business models, identifying potential disruptions, developing incremental revenue streams and not being afraid to fail. For more info, CLICK HERE
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[WATCH] Bubba Suing Former Employer
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2019 –– For the second time in a week, Bubba The Love Sponge' Clem is back in the news. This time it's a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages from his former employer, Cox Media Group, it's current morning host and a former employee. According to ABC-TV, a lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Mike ‘Cowhead,’ Calta, the current morning show host on Cox's WHPT, 102.5 The Bone, and Matthew ‘Spice Boy,’ Lloyd, a former Cox employee and a former member of Clem’s crew
The complaint alleges Cox engineered a scheme to that led to Clem’s termination from competing company Beasley Media Group. The complaint alleges, "Cox Media has engaged in improper, anti-competitive acts that no major media company should ever employ,” said Clem’s attorney Jeffrey E. Nusinov in a statement issued to ABC Action News. “Cox Media set out to destroy Bubba Clem – not through honest competition, but through dishonest and illegal means.”
Clem’s lawyers claim Calta and Lloyd played a major role in leaking footage of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan having sex with Clem’s wife to Gawker. Gawker and Hogan settled their lawsuit in November 2016. Hulk Hogan is also suing Calta, Lloyd and Cox Media group over the leak in Pinellas County. Calta had no comment when asked about the lawsuit. Earlier this week Clem was in the news after audio between 2006 and 2011 was unearthed by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America of his interviews with Fox News' Tucker Carlson who made various derogatory comments towards women. Clem’s show currently airs on WHBO 1040 AM in Pinellas Park. WATCH HERE
UJA-Federation of New York Names iHeart's Pittman, Bressler, Sykes & Poleman As Music Visionaries of the Year
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia’s Bob Pittman, Rich Bressler, John Sykes and Tom Poleman have been named UJA-Federation of New York’s Music Visionaries of the Year. The foursome will be honored for their outstanding professional and philanthropic achievements at the annual Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon on June 11, 2019 in New York City.
“Bob, Rich, John, and Tom are true powerhouses who are reshaping the entertainment industry through ingenuity and innovation,” said Daniel Glass, president & founder of Glassnote Entertainment Group and vice chair of UJA’s Entertainment, Media & Communications Division. “While devoted to redefining the way millions of people consume music, they are equally committed to social responsibility and improving millions of lives –and it’s why they’re so deserving of this honor.” One of the most recognized industry events for nearly 20 years, the Music Visionary Luncheon attracts more than 600 of the most respected and well-regarded executives and an A-list roster of talent. Past performers include Eddie Vedder and Stone Gossard, Leon Bridges, Alessia Cara, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, The Weeknd, Jennifer Hudson and many more.
Funds raised at the event are shared across various UJA efforts, ranging from its Music for Youth initiative, which enables and supports quality children’s music education programming, to its annual campaign, which supports the most vulnerable in our community. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at www.ujafedny.org.
Elvis Duran Group and SportsGrid, Inc. Broadcast National Fantasy Baseball Championships on FNTSY Radio
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2019 –– The Elvis Duran Group and SportsGrid have assembled a dynamic team for their Fantasy Sports Radio Network (FNTSY Radio) to broadcast live from the National Fantasy Baseball Championships (NFBC) tomorrow, March 15 and Saturday, March 16. The NFBC is the fantasy baseball industry’s elite league that sets the market each season with the country’s best players.
The broadcast team includes FNTSY Radio Host Gregg Sussman, Sports Analyst and Author of the number-one-selling Fantasy Black Book series Joe Pisapia and former Major League Baseball Pitcher Brad Ziegler. Due to the fast-paced nature of drafts, the broadcast will be commercial-free. EDG Partner/CEO David Katz comments, “It’s exciting that in the short time we’ve been working together, we’re able to, for the first time, broadcast from this important event with such a stellar team.” SportsGrid President Louis Maione says, “With industry experts vying for $7,000 league prizes and a $150,000 grand prize, NFBC Fantasy Baseball drafts provide an important benchmark for our listeners, the majority of who will be drafting themselves in the coming days. Providing our audience with the most comprehensive draft information is our mission this time of year and coverage of the NFBC drafts provide a wonderful way to service our loyal listeners.”
Morgan Prue Named APD/MD For 105.7 WROR-FM Boston
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2019 –– Beasley has named Morgan Prue as the Assistant Program Director/Music Director at 105.7 WROR-FM in Boston. She will officially begin her new position on March 18, 2019. Morgan most recently served as the Assistant Program Director at WMJX-FM (MAGIC 106.7) in Boston over the past six years. Previously, she held a similar position at WLTW-FM (106.7 Lite-fm) in New York City for 14 years.
“To say I’m thrilled to be working with Cadillac (Jack) again is an understatement,” said Prue. “I’m looking forward to kicking some serious you know what in Boston with the Beasley team led by Mary Menna!” "Beasley Media Boston remains committed to building out our team of “A” talent in all aspects of our business and I know Morgan to be one of the very best, having worked with her twice before,” said Director of Programming Cadillac Jack. “I can’t wait for her to be back with us soon. Third time’s a charm!”
Devon Van Der Merwe Rises To Director of Sales For Entercom Greenville
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the promotion of Devon van der Merwe to Director of Sales for Entercom Greenville, effective April 1. In this role, van der Merwe will oversee sales efforts for 106.3 WORD (WYRD-FM), 93.3 Planet Rocks (WTPT-FM/HD1), 96.3 The Block (WFBC-HD2), B93.7 (WFBC-FM/HD1), Classic Rock 101.1 (WROQ-FM), ESPN Upstate (WORD-AM) and Magic 98.9 (WSPA-FM/HD1). She previously held the role of General Sales Manager for the Greenville market since 2016.
“Devon has displayed an exceptional ability to lead sales efforts since she joined the Greenville market, and I am fully confident in her continued success,” said Steve Sinicropi, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Greenville. “Under Devon’s direction, our sales teams will continue to thrive and reach new milestones.”
Prior to joining Entercom, she held the same role at Charter Communications in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. She began her radio career as an account manager for Cox Communications in Greenville, SC. 106.3 WORD, 93.3 Planet Rocks, 96.3 The Block, B93.7, Classic Rock 101.1, ESPN Upstate and Magic 98.9.
REPORT: Josh Innes Out At KBME Houston
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2019 –– KBME (790 AM) host Josh Innes posted Wednesday on Twitter that his morning show had been terminated for "budget reasons" and wrote, "I do not have a show anymore." According to The Houston Chronicle Innes, who was hired by the iHeart in October 2016 after a prior stint on KILT (610 AM), did not immediately return a telephone call seeking elaboration on his Twitter messages.
Eddie Martiny, president of iHeartMedia Houston, was out of town Wednesday and unavailable for comment to The Chronicle. As of this morning, Innes was still shown on the station's website, but not on the air.
PODCASTS: 'Monster: The Zodiac Killer' Surpassed 12 Million Downloads In Just Two Months
Total Series Downloads Climb To 60 Million
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2019 –– “Monster: The Zodiac Killer,” the season two follow up to hit true-crime podcast “Atlanta Monster,” has unveiled numbers from the current season showing 12+ million downloads of season two in just two months · Series downloads total more than 60 million · Season two downloads average more than one million per episode ·
“Monster: The Zodiac Killer” was No. 1 on the Apple Podcast Charts during launch week on January 2, 2019 on the iHeartPodcast Network. The second season of the podcast will total 15 episodes, with a new episode premiering weekly. The finale will be on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Founded by Atlanta director and independent filmmaker, Payne Lindsey, and music industry veteran, Donald Albright, Tenderfoot TV is a hub for content creators and storytellers. The company launched in August 2016 with the release of the viral true crime podcast “Up and Vanished” and has since created projects that include number one hit podcast, “Atlanta Monster” as well as “Sworn.” Together these podcasts have amassed nearly 300 million downloads in total, with seasons 1 and 2 of “Up and Vanished” making up over 250 million of those downloads and the number one podcasts “Atlanta Monster” and “Sworn” making up over 35 million and 10 million respectively.
SNAPS: ABC Radio Meets 'The Bachelor
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2019 –– That's ABC Radio entertainment producer Andrea Tuccillo (top right) who caught up with The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph yesterday. PHOTO/Credit ABC News.
[WATCH] Australian Radio Stations Attack Each Other In TV Commercials
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2019 –– Jase & PJ from the KIIS 101.1 Breakfast show in Melbourne feature in new TVs spot that have a direct go their rivals Fox FM and Nova. Read more as watch the commercials HERE
Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene Are Out At 2FM In Ireland - Jennifer Zamparelli, currently part of the Breakfast Republic show, will replace Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene on the mid-morning show at 2FM. The programme will air in a slightly different time slot, weekdays from 10am – 1pm. Jen joined Breakfast Republic with her co-presenters, Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walsh, in 2014 and was announced as the brand-new presenter of the 3rd series of Dancing with the Stars along with Nicky Byrne in 2018.
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THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2019 –– Calling it 'Torture' to write another book, Howard Stern announced on yesterday's show the release of his first book in more than 20 years. Not surprisingly, it quickly jumped to No. 1 on Amazon.com within hours of its announcement. His new book titled, “Howard Stern Comes Again” will be published May 14th by Simon & Schuster. Stern’s previous books, “Private Parts” and “Miss America,” both spent months on The New York Times’ best-seller list.
"I’ve been waiting two years for this book to be finished, because Howard Stern told me to be patient,” said Jonathan Karp, Stern’s publisher at Simon & Schuster. “It was well worth the wait. Howard Stern Comes Again is certain to be one of the most entertaining and widely read books of the year.”
He called the process “torture” and recalled how he once thought he “never wanted to write another book” because of the “crazy” success of the first two books. According to EW, with its first printing of 250,00 copies, Private Parts sold out over the course of hours and became the fastest-selling book in Simon & Schuster history when it hit shelves in 1993. More than 1 million copies were printed in light of the demand and the title spent 20 weeks on the New York Times‘ bestsellers list.
On yesterday's show, Stern pondered whether he would go out on another book tour saying his last one was 20 years ago when he was in his 40's. And while no details of the book's content were posted at Amazon's site, Stern did say a number of his interviews would be featured. WATCH ANNOUNCEMENT HERE - You can pre-order his book HERE
iHeart Allentown Flips AM 1470 To Around The Clock Podcast Channel
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Allentown announced today the debut of The iHeartPodcast Channel on AM 1470 – all the best podcasts, now on your radio – effective immediately. The iHeartPodcast Channel will broadcast on AM 1470 around the clock, showcasing today’s most popular podcasts and will allow listeners to discover them through the radio.
The new station will be a one-stop shop for a variety of podcasts including trendy shows such as the fan-favorites “Stuff You Should Know” with Chuck Bryant & Josh Clark (shown),“Part Time Genius,” “Broken Harts” and many more. “The iHeartPodcast Channel is a carefully curated experience that brings you the most creative stories from over 25,000 podcasts available on our free iHeartRadio app,” said Craig Stevens, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Allentown. “From true crime to history, comedy to food, we’ll cover dozens of topics every week.”
Meg Stevens Tapped As SVP/Programming For iHeart Atlanta Region
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Meg Stevens has been named Region Senior Vice President of Programming for the Atlanta Region, effective immediately. Meg will be responsible for the programming operations across the Region’s stations in Georgia and South Carolina and will also serve as Program Director of WUBL-FM. She will report to Justin Schaflander, Region President of the iHeartMedia Atlanta Region. Meg Stevens joins the Atlanta Region from WKKT 96.9 The Kat, where she most recently served as the Region Senior Vice President of Programming in the Virginia-Carolina Region. She also served as an Executive Vice President of Programming, an Operations Manager, and Program Director for WMZQ/WPOC and WGAR with iHeartMedia. She began his career at WAQX Syracuse and is a graduate of Syracuse University.
“I’m very excited to join the incredible programming team in the Atlanta Region. I look forward to the continued growth of their powerful brands, said Meg Stevens. “94.9 The Bull is one of the premiere Country stations in the Nation and I couldn't be more excited to wake up every day and say, “HORNS UP!”
A.J. Rises To SVP/Programming For iHeart Virginia & Carolinas
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2-019 –– Chadwick “A.J.” Hausknecht has been named Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeart' Virginia-Carolina region, effective immediately. A.J. will report to Dave Carwile, Region President for iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina region. A.J. most recently served as the Program Director for HITS 96.1and 102.9 The Lake in Charlotte. In addition, he previously served as the Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s St. Louis Region, Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Richmond and Norfolk, Program Director for HOT 107.9 in Syracuse, New York and KISS 106.7 in Rochester, New York. He began his career at WBHT in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
“The opportunity to lead all programming efforts in the region is spectacular,” said A.J. “I look forward to working very closely with our talented programmers and on air personalities to ensure continued growth and success of our brands in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. I want to thank iHeartMedia’s senior leadership for their continued insight and support.”
Kent Dunn Promoted To Regional VP For Beasley Augusta & Fayetteville
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group announces Kent Dunn has been promoted to the position of Regional Vice President of the company’s Augusta and Fayetteville radio clusters. Dunn has been overseeing the company’s cluster of eight radio stations in the Augusta, Georgia market, including: WKXC-FM 99.5; WHHD-FM 98.3; WDRR-FM 93.9; WGUS-FM 102.7; WCHZ-FM 93.1/95.5; WGAC-FM 95.1; WGAC-AM 580; and WRDW-AM 1630. In his new role, he will now also be responsible for the managing the company’s Fayetteville cluster, including: WUKS-FM, WFLB-FM, WZFX-FM, WZFX HD2, WAZZ-FM and WKML-FM. Prior to returning home to Augusta in December of 2017, Dunn served as Vice President and Market Manager of Beasley’s cluster of radio stations in Tampa, Florida. The radio veteran previously held the role of Vice President and Market Manager of company’s cluster of radio stations in Augusta, GA. He joined Beasley in 1991 and worked in the Augusta market as Market Manager from 1993-2014.
“It is an honor to be a part of such a great radio cluster like we have in Fayetteville,” said Dunn. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with our outstanding team as we continue to grow and prosper in the market.”
Erika Beasley Rises To Corporate Digital Content Director For Local Markets At Beasley
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group has promoted Erika Beasley to the position of Corporate Digital Content Director for Local Markets. Beasley most recently served as the Vice President and Market Manager of the company’s Fayetteville radio cluster. In her new role, she will report directly to Chief Digital Content Officer Lori Burgess. “Erika brings a positive, can-do attitude and locally-centric focus to our digital initiatives,” said Burgess. “She was quick to embrace the company’s content transformation this past Fall and expanded Fayetteville’s digital presence and audience growth for both WKML and WZFX."
" I am so excited to be joining Lori’s team and am looking forward to working with our stations as we continue to expand our digital content and presence,” said Beasley.
TIM SABEAN: 3 Secrets To Effective Podcast Ad Success
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2019 –– In this week’s Westwood One blog, Tim Sabean, Senior Vice President of Digital Content for Westwood One, outlines three secrets for podcast ad success. With his experience in coaching talent over his extensive radio career, the tips serve as a blueprint for talent that can be used to enrich the effectiveness of a podcast read. Here is what Sabean prescribes:
Be Transparent: Start at the beginning and explain why the ad is being done in the first place. Hosts should share their backstory on why they wanted to promote the company in the ad. Giving context will help the listener follow the host’s journey and will magnify credibility and connection. ·
Be Real: Personalize the relationship with the brand. Don’t solely rely on copy points. Hosts should use the product or service and then talk about what the experience is like. Including real-life reactions make ads more believable and prevent them from sounding soulless.
Be Direct: Make the call to action clear and memorable. For specific information like call to action, podcasts hosts should be sure that the verbiage is strong and direct. They should be repetitive so there is no room for error.
Make podcast reads work by treating them like a conversation. When talent starts thinking about podcast reads like a conversation with friends, it’s easy. It shouldn’t be complicated, forced, and unclear. Communication is best when it’s transparent, real, direct, and tells a story. Apply that to a podcast ad and the audience will appreciate it. Tim Sabean is the Senior Vice President of Digital Content for Westwood One.
Backstreet Boys & More Join iHeartRadio Music Awards Performance Lineup
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2019 –– iHeart and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) announced that the Backstreet Boys, Ella Mai, lovelytheband and Marshmello with special guest Lauv will perform at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, plus Travis Barker and Yungblud will join Halsey as special guest performers. Previously announced performers include Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Garth Brooks, John Legend and Kacey Musgraves, with a special appearance by Taylor Swift.
Hosted by Grammy Award® winning singer and songwriter T-Pain, the live two-hour event airs Thursday, March 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The sixth annual event will also air live on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and iHeartRadio. The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards will also honor Alicia Keys with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award; Garth Brooks with the first-ever Artist of the Decade Award;
Executive producers for the iHeartRadio Music Awards are Joel Gallen for Tenth Planet and John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz for iHeartMedia.
NETWORKS: SBG Expands Lineup With DJ Goofy Whitekid And DJ Grooves
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2019 –– Sun Broadcast Group (SBG) announced the addition of 2 new mix shows today: DJ Goofy Whitekid and DJ Grooves. The formats will air Fridays and Saturday night for 4 hours and are produced by Pat “DJ Grooves” Cerullo, who has held programming roles in Philadelphia, Detroit, and most recently San Antonio and currently owns and operates Loud 99.3 in Reading, Pennsylvania and consults several stations via his Loud Radio Network, and Drew “DJ Goofy Whitekid” Hall, Creative Director and mixer at 933 FLZ Tampa.
“The decision to partner with Sun Broadcast Group was simple after meeting Jay Bailey and his team. Drew and I admire SBG's commitment to marketing their products and creating new non-traditional revenue sources for their shows. The addition of Rich O'Brien to their team made this an easy decision, as we've watched Rich help build countless syndication brands over the years. We're thrilled to align our products with these like-minded and forward-thinking broadcasters!" commented Cerullo. DJGWK and DJ Grooves air on over 80+ markets including Hot 99.5/Wash DC, Channel 955/Detroit, WAMO/Pittsburgh, and 98.9 Radio Now/Louisville For more information about DJGWK and DJ Grooves, contact Rich O’Brien at 212.380.9338 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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John Mingione Joins Karen Carson In The Morning Show On WNEW-FM New York
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2019 – Karen Carson in the Morning (center) is building her team…John Mingione (formerly known as Johnny on the Streets on WPLJ) (top right) joins Producer Intern Anthony with Karen each morning on WNEW.
Programming head Jim Ryan (R) says, “Karen was so aware of Johnny’s social talents and wanted him to join the show immediately when he left PLJ. After living in constant fear of having my (a)ss kicked by a woman half my size, I relented."
" Hey, what’s one more person to bring to Chicago for this year's Morning Show Boot Camp," added Ryan. "We can do rock, paper, scissors to see who flies in the baggage compartment.”
Triple A Pioneer Sky Daniels Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2019 –– KCSN/88.5 LA's Sky Daniels, is stepping down from his post and retiring reports Variety. “I was planning to retire prior to joining KCSN/88.5 FM in 2011,” said Daniels, who has recently battled cancer, pancreatitis and a heart attack. “But the opportunity to build a radio station that would put artist development first, in a market as influential as Los Angeles, was something I knew was vital. It has been an honor to serve musicians’ needs for the last eight years in developing a platform that recognized and supported their livelihood.”
Daniels cited the difficulties of working with the bureaucracies of two separate universities and the lack of proper funding as two reasons for his decision, along with the 70-hour work weeks and his health. “This was a tough job,” Daniels told Variety about working at KCSN as one of just seven station employees. “My family begged me to walk away.”
Daniels is a veteran promotion and radio executive who served a stint as DJ at the original KMET in Los Angeles, KFOG in San Francisco and KISW in Seattle, then worked at Island Records, Fontana Distribution, Sony Music, Best Buy and Polygram Label Group. He thanked KCSN’s original GM Karen Kearns, along with Harry Hillenbrand, Cynthia Rawitch and Dianne Harrison for helping him grow the station.
CMG Names David Abel VP/MM For San Antonio
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group has named David Abel as Vice President/Market Manager of its radio stations in San Antonio, TX. He'll oversee KISS 99.5, KONO 101.1, KTKX 106.7, KKYX 104.9, KCYY 100.3 and KSMG 105.3. Abel joins the CMG San Antonio team as a 20-year radio veteran, most recently serving as Vice President of Radio with Griffin Communications in Tulsa, OK.
“I am THRILLED to announce David’s addition to our team in this key market. David returns to CMG with a wealth of experience and leadership qualities that make him the ideal fit for this role,” says Rob Rabin, regional vice president. “I look forward to the positive impact he will have on our incredible CMG San Antonio team.” "I am very excited to rejoin Cox Media Group in San Antonio,” Abel says. “The team consists of extremely talented professionals who I am honored to work with and lead as we continue delivering the best in class local content that serves our audiences, our advertisers, and the San Antonio community."
NUVOODOO: YouTube Tied With FM Radio As Biggest Music Discovery Source
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2019 –– NuVoodoo Media Services presents the second installment of its spring webinar series starting next Monday, March 18th with results from NuVoodoo’s latest Ratings Prospects Study of 3,084 respondents, ages 14-54, across all PPM markets. Recent data, collected in January of this year, suggest that FM Radio is losing ground as the biggest source of music discovery among most listeners, the majority of whom discover music through YouTube, with Spotify and Pandora following YouTube’s lead.
Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Insights, NuVoodoo Media Services, explained: “When asked, “Which of these sources would you expect to be good at helping you discover music you do not know, but fits your taste?”, the majority answered YouTube. Among likely ratings respondents and those who listen to FM at least two hours a day, FM is no better than tied with You Tube as a music discovery source.”
Carolyn Gilbert, President and Chief Executive Officer, NuVoodoo Media Services, noted: “Though these findings are dismaying - especially given radio’s long-held dominance over all other media as the place to discover new releases or artists - smart radio marketers will see a distinct opportunity to leverage YouTube’s popularity as a source for music discovery to strengthen their connections with listeners and extend their station brands in a powerful way. FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact Carolyn Gilbert, President, NuVoodoo Media Services, at: email@example.com or at 888.9VooDoo (888.986.6366)
iHeart Augusta Debuts The New Eagle 106.3
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2019 –– iHeart Augusta announced the debut of the new EAGLE 106.3, Augusta’s Classic Rock, effective immediately. The station will feature the “John Boy & Billy Big Show” weekday mornings and renowned, longtime on-air personality Cliff Bennett, weekday middays.
“It’s been 25 years since EAGLE first came on-air,” said Cliff Bennett, Program Director for 106.3. “Yes, we’ve moved a couple of times around the dial, but Rock music never dies. We just couldn’t take this great and long-running station away from all its fans and loyal listeners in the Augusta River Region.”
Full Programming Lineup: BMan John Beaulieu 12 a.m. – 6 a.m. John Boy & Billy Big Show 6 a.m. –10 a.m. Cliff Bennett 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Maria Milito 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Ken Dashow 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Big Rig 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
[WATCH] Van Stolen From Denver Station Is Used In Second Car Robbery Attempt
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2019 –– Max Media's Jammin 101.5 Denver is now short a lot of remote equipment after one of its vans was stolen over the weekend. But, according ot KDVR TV, the thieves didn't stop there. The suspects drove the van, fully wrapped with the Jammin 101.5 logos, to a nearby neighborhood to steal another truck in nearby Aurora.
The second attempted theft was caught on tape (shown right) by a home video surveillance system. Jammin 101.5 GM Jeff Norman said the vehicle was packed with station equipment, including tents, generators and speakers.
The van was located later in the day and announced in a video that the radio station titled "The saga of the missing van comes to a [sic] end. Thank you to everyone who helped look for it!" WATCH HERE
iHeart Announces 'Bear And A Banjo,' A Musical Podcast Narrated by Dennis Quaid
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2019 –– iHearts 'Bear & A Banjo' Podcast brings together some of the biggest names in the music and entertainment industry including Poo Bear, T Bone Burnett, Bill Flanagan and more. A first-of-its-kind iHeartRadio Original musical podcast, set to launch on the iHeartPodcast Network later this year. The podcast will be accompanied by the debut of The Bear and A Banjo album, which will mark the first time a band has used the power of podcasting to release an album. Created by Jingle Jared, Dennis Quaid and five-time Grammy winner Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd (“Despacito,” “Where Are You Now,” “I’m the One” and “Peaches and Cream”) with musical contributions from producer T Bone Burnett (O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Crazy Heart) and original lyrical contribution from Bob Dylan, each episode of the eight-part series will tell a self-contained story about a character called Mister Bear.
“This is the beginning of an entirely new era of podcasts. With ‘Bear and a Banjo,’ we are delving into a more sophisticated form of storytelling that brings the audience into a lush and rich world – not just through words, but music," said Dennis Quaid. Each story in the eight-part anthology is based on an original song from the soon-to-be-released The Bear and A Banjo album, written and performed by Jingle Jared and Poo Bear. The podcast is written by award-winning producer and author Bill Flanagan (creator of CMT's Crossroads and VH1's Storytellers - shown right), with narration by Dennis Quaid as Dr. Q, who is searching to understand why the band was virtually erased from musical history. ’ iHeartMedia announced “Bear and a Banjo” at an exclusive event featuring Dennis Quaid, with performances by the Jingle Punks and Tim McGraw, at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
NETWORKS: USRN's 'Impact Network' Tops RADAR's 140 List
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2019 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced that it has regained it’s status in the latest Network Radio rankings were published yesterday in the release of RADAR® 140 data by the Nielsen Company. In RADAR® 140, there were 37 different measured media outlets available to national advertisers seeking to reach listeners through network radio.
USRN’s Impact Network finished in the following rank order based on each of the listed demographics among all of those 37 RADAR® rated networks, based on daypart prime-time averages for Monday-Friday, 6am – 7pm: Adults 18-49 #1 Men 18-49 #1 Women 18-49 #1 Adults 25-54 #1 Men 25-54 #1 Women 25-54 #1 For USRN, all key buying demos are now ranked 1st amongst all of the 37 rated Networks. Following these new results, USRN’s Jim Higgins noted that “United Stations continues to add and market new network services and programs we produce for radio stations, so we continue to add more affiliated radio stations to our RADAR-rated Impact Network and this provides all of our advertisers with solid AQH audiences, ratings and solid growth in rank for the key buying demos and prime dayparts across the board. In a new array of multiple media choices, our USRN Impact Network is the largest reach media in all of radio."
Bauer To Launch First Nationwide Country Station In The UK Next Month
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2019 –– The BBC reports that Saturdays singer Una Healey will be among the presenters on Bauer's Country Hits Radio The UKas it gets its first ever national country music radio station next month. Country Hits Radio will launch on April 5th and be aimed at listeners aged 25-44. Baylen Leonard and Ty Bentli will be among the weekday presenters, while Saturdays singer Una Healy (shown) has been signed up to host a weekend show. It's the latest development in the growing popularity of country music in the UK.
The announcement of Bauer's Country Hits Radio comes just 10 days after the launch of Smooth Country, an online-only station from the company's major competitor in the commercial sector, Global Radio. It also follows the Country 2 Country music festival which took place over the weekend - which is routinely covered by BBC Radio 2 and is the biggest festival of its kind outside of the US.
"When you look at the success of artists such as The Shires and Ward Thomas as well as huge events like Country 2 Country, it's clear there's a real audience for country music in the UK," said Healy. "It's a genre I've fallen in love with and it's thrilling that it now has a home in Country Hits Radio. I can't wait to get started!"
HONORS: Nexstar’s Perry Sook Receives BFOA Golden Mike Award; WJR Detroit Named Station of The Year By MAB; WAQX Scott 'dXn' Dixon Inducted Into Syracuse Music Awards
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2019 ––New records were set at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s 2019 Golden Mike Award gala Wednesday night, as more than 300 broadcast industry executives and celebrities filled the Plaza Hotel’s ballroom to capacity in honor of Perry Sook, Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Media Group. The event raised more than $450,000, a record-breaker, including a $100,000 personal donation from Mr. Sook and his wife, Dr. Sandy Sook. The evening was hosted by Craig Melvin, anchor of NBC News’ Today and MSNBC. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cumulus' WJR/NewsTalk 760 AM was honored as Radio Station of the Year at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Broadcast Excellence Awards on Wednesday, March 6th, at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI. This marks the third time in four years that WJR has been recognized as the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Station of the Year. In addition, WJR was selected for 10 “Best” awards, and 7 “Merit” awards. Nearly every aspect of WJR operations was singled out for recognition, including: Talent, News, Marketing, Production, Public Service, New Media, Feature Programming, and Lions Play-by-Play and Pregame Show. WJR News Director Dick Haefner is shown accepting the award.
--- Scott “dXn” Dixon (R) was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 7th at the Palace Theater in Syracuse, NY. Dixon has been a major supporter of Syracuse’s local music scene for over 20 years, booking shows and festivals including WAQX’s 95X Locals Only Fest. Dixon is the Assistant Program Director/Music Director and PM Drive host on 95X/WAQX. He also hosts 95X/WAQX’s local music show, Locals Only, on Sunday nights.
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[LISTEN] Unearthed Audio From Bubba Show With Tucker Carlson Stirs Uproar
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2019 –– During radio segments on The Bubba the Love Sponge Show between 2006 and 2011 unearthed by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America, Fox News' Tucker Carlson made a series of degrading comments about statutory rape and women such as Martha Stewart’s daughter, Alexis reports The Wrap. After saying that he heard Bubba producer Brent Hatley interview Alexis Stewart, Carlson added, “I heard her on with him and I just wanted to give her the spanking she so desperately needs. … She seems so high-maintenance, she seems like the kind of person you marry and then just the rest of your life is like hell.”
After the audio was quickly picked up by major news outlets across the globe, Carlson released a statement in which he conceded to using “naughty” language during past radio appearances but declined to apologize and said that anyone who was truly aggrieved by any of his positions was welcome to come on set. “Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said, sidestepping the fact that some of the highlighted comments occurred as recently as 2011. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”
The audio clips were from Bubba's show between 2006 and 2011. In recent months, The Wrap reports that Carlson has lost more than two dozen sponsors after he accused illegal immigrants of making the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. In multiple past statements, Fox News has vowed to continued to stand behind the embattled host. A rep for Fox News had no comment beyond Carlson’s earlier statement. LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
REPORT: How ‘The Breakfast Club’ Became a Must-Stop For Democratic Candidates
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2019 –– During a nearly 45-minute conversation in February, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told Charlamagne tha God that she’d been listening to Cardi B recently. “When Kamala talked about Cardi B, I sent Cardi the clip just to let her know, ‘Hey, there are presidential candidates out here, you’re on their radar,’” Charlamagne told The Daily Beast. “She was like ‘Oh that’s dope.’
Since its 2010 debut, the show has morphed into a must-stop for Democratic political aspirants writes The Daily Beast. Charlamagne tha God and his co-hosts DJ Envy and Angela Yee conduct lengthy interviews with politicians in which the cultural weight of the show and the informality of its interviews often force media-trained presidential hopefuls to let down their guard and get more personal. On the show with Kamala Harris, she reminisced about smoking marijuana and and this immediately went viral. A similar reaction happened with Sen. Bernie Sanders was recently asked by Charlamagne why America needed to elect another white President after 44 or the last 45 have been white.
“When you’re a black person and you’re in hip-hop culture there’s certain stuff that you can discuss in an authentic way,” Charlamagne said. “None of these other personalities can ask Kamala Harris about her blackness, you’d get crucified for that.” Plenty more of the 2020 candidates are likely to come through the Power 105.1 studio soon. The Beast reports they even nearly scored an interview with Roger Stone, but his recent indictment scuttled those plans - READ ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/iheart
Howard Stern Launches ‘Saturday Soundtrack’ Live Music Series on SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2019 –– Over the past few decades, the who's who of rock have played live on The Howard Stern Show. Now, according to Rolling Stone, he’s breaking them all out with the launch of Howard Stern’s Saturday Soundtracks on SiriusXM. It began on the Howard 101 channel on Saturday, March 9th at 9am and will continue every Saturday from here.
The first episode will feature performances by Dave Grohl, Lady Gaga, Cheap Trick and James Taylor By Andy Greene Videos of the performances will also be available on Howard Stern Video, which is a part of the updated SiriusXM app. (Until recently, video from the Stern show was only available to SiriusXM subscribers using the app on their iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices. But as of last month, it was finally made available to Apple TV users as well.) It’s the first time that Stern content has been available on television since In Demand stopped presenting the show in late 2013. READ MORE HERE
Annette Geiser Named SVP/Sales For iHeart Colorado Springs
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has named Annette Geiser its Senior Vice President of Sales for the Colorado Springs and Pueblo markets. She will report to Jessica Farias, Market President for iHeartMedia Colorado Springs and Pueblo. “I’m excited to have Annette step up and take on this leadership role as the Senior Vice President of Sales,” said Farias. “When I first met Annette, I knew I wanted her to be a part of the leadership team in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Annette’s depth of knowledge in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo markets along with her deep relationships are key in leading a best-in-class sales team at iHeartMedia Colorado Springs and Pueblo.”
Geiser most recently served as a Senior Account Executive for iHeartMedia Colorado Springs and Pueblo. She also served as the National Sales Manager for KSE Radio, Key Account Manager for Cumulus Broadcasting Colorado Springs, and General Sales Manager for Citadel Broadcasting Colorado Springs.
PODCAST: 'Laughter Permitted With Julie Foudy' Debuted On International Women’s Day
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2019 –– Julie Foudy’s latest espnW foray launched last Friday to fete International Women’s Day. “Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy” is a fun, thoughtful, candid conversation with trailblazers in sports about the joy and chaos found in life and sports. Laughter — and donuts — permitted. Episode 1 features World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach and her wife, best-selling author Glennon Doyle. Julie talks with Abby and Glennon about their relationship — turns out Oprah played a role — and how their modern family works. Abby also opens up about life post-soccer.
Foudy is a former captain of the U.S. women’s soccer team and won two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles during her almost two decades with the national team. She is now an analyst and reporter for ESPN and espnW and, most importantly, a donut savant. Future guests on the podcast include Simone Biles, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Jessica Mendoza, Mia Hamm, Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel.
SNAPS: Colin Cowherd Poses With Michigan Baseball Team At TSBC 10 Marina del Rey
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2019 –– Timing is everything, right? Fox Sports Radio's phenom Colin Cowherd who was a special guest during this year's Talk Show Boot Camp in Marina Del Rey quickly caught the eye of The University of Michigan's College Baseball Team who, by chance, were all staying at this year's host site, Marriott Hotel.
One of the players asked for a photo and a couple of dozen more quickly joined in. Nice!
The Biggest Names In Talk Weigh In On The Indisputable State Of Talk Radio
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2019 –– That's vCreative's Jinny Laderer at the podium kicking off the highly lauded ''Indisputable State of Talk Radio' session at TSBC 10 before turning over the mic to moderators Erica Farber of the RAB and longtime talk journalist Al Peterson. They were joined by panelists - L-R: Consultant David G. Hall, iHeart LA President Kevin LeGrett, KFBK / Talk 650 KSTE Sacramento PD Bill White, Salem Networks' Phil Boyce, Entercom's Jana Cosgrove, not visible: Premiere Network's Julie Talbot and Great Lakes Media's Tom Langmyer.
Sponsored by vCreative, the star-studded panel was treated to an equally packed room - more info on sessions and videos coming in the weeks ahead.
Family & Friends Remember Dave Robbins
By Art Vuolo
Over the weekend, in the Columbus, OH suburb of Powell, there was a huge Celebration of Life for radio legend and mentor, Dave Robbins, who died December 17, 2018. He made WNCI an iconic station as it remains to this day. Over 200 people gathered to pay tribute to David A. Robbinson. In addition to his wife Patti, and son Daniel, radio and record people from all over the country were present. Some of them included: Joel Denver, Chris Shebel, Saga's Neal Sharpe, along with current and former WNCI staffers Chris Davis, Dave Kaelin, Jimmy Jam, Mark Dancer, and Dan Bowen.
Art Vuolo will have video of the event available soon. In the shown photo, his wife Patti is front left of center holding a package. Also front row far right are L-R 30 year WNCI vet Chris Davis and his longtime former producer Michael “Fish” Fichera.
ReelWorld's 5th Annual 'Rising Star Awards' Entry Window Now Open
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2019 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 31, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its fifth annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7th. The ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role.
Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration. To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself).
Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 17th and formally announced on August 8th at MSBC in Chicago. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT.
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iHeart Brings Back The Legendary Planet Radio & Lex & Terry To Jacksonville
THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Jacksonville announced that Planet Radio Jacksonville’s Rocks station, will broadcast on 107.3 FM, effective immediately and is the new home to Jacksonville’s legendary morning show, “Lex and Terry.”
“Planet Radio is Jacksonville’s best rock station ever,” said G-Wiz, SVPP “The legendary Planet Radio not only features Jacksonville’s highest rated morning show ‘Lex and Terry’ but has the hardest working, 24/7 radio staff. I’m excited to have Planet Radio back at its original frequency 107.3.”
KGO San Francisco Unveils New Lineup With Addition Of Three Veteran Talk Hosts
THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 2019 ––Cumulus News/Talk radio station KGO 810 announces its new on-air lineup, featuring the addition of three veteran talk show hosts, Mark Thompson, Pat Thurston and John Rothman. KGO 810 will debut its new programming schedule beginning next Monday, March 11th. The Mark Thompson Show will air Monday-Friday from 10am-12pm, followed by The Pat Thurston Show, airing daily from 12pm-3pm and The John Rothman Show, which will air each weekday from 6pm-9pm. “I’m excited to be able to add more live and local programming to KGO,” said KGO-810 Program Director/Operations Manager Lee Hammer. “KGO is talking about the major stories of the day and the impact they have on our daily life. To get those conversations started, we’ve added three outstanding and veteran talk show hosts, each with their own unique style of engaging, informing and entertaining our listeners.” Mark Thompson has worked in radio for more than 30 years, on such legendary stations as KABC, KFI and previously at KGO. He is also a veteran TV weatherman, having spent time working in Denver, Los Angeles, and New York, with eight years at San Francisco’s KRON-TV.
Cox Media Group Promotes Alana Lujan To Director Of Sales for Jacksonville Radio
THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Alana Lujan as director of sales for the company’s Jacksonville, Florida radio cluster. She'll work with News 104.5 WOKV, Hot 99.5, Easy 102.9, 95.1 WAPE, The Eagle 96.9, Power 106.1, X106.5 and ESPN 690AM. Lujan joined the CMG team in 2006 as an account executive for Houston radio. She was promoted to general sales manager in 2013, where she led the digital sales efforts and managed a team of radio sales professionals. In 2018, Lujan assumed the role of integrated digital sales manager in Jacksonville, overseeing all digital sales and fulfillment for TV and Radio. "It’s an honor to have the opportunity to lead our strong and talented sales team in Jacksonville,” says Lujan. “I’m excited for this new adventure and to bring my experience in broadcast and digital sales as well as my love of radio to help this team achieve new levels of success.”
Smokey Robinson To Be Honored During KDKA's Larry Richert Hometown Heroes Event
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the honorees of News Radio 1020 KDKA’s (KDKA-AM) seventh annual “Larry Richert Honors our Hometown Heroes” in Pittsburgh. The event, emceed by the station’s morning show host Larry Richert (inset), will recognize five individuals who are giving back to the local community in extraordinary ways. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. During the event, the station will present its Lifetime Achievement Honor to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter, producer and record executive William “Smokey” Robinson, who will be in attendance. For over six decades, Robinson has used his platform to benefit countless causes in the community both locally and nationally. Tree of Life Synagogue Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers will be the keynote speaker.
“Our annual ‘Hometown Heroes’ event is an opportunity for us to recognize the powerful contributions by individuals in our local community. This year, we are privileged to be able to spotlight ‘Smokey’ Robinson for the tremendous work he is doing both in Pittsburgh and beyond,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Pittsburgh. “We are also humbled to have Rabbi Myers speak to our heroes and guests this year following such an unfathomable tragedy.” Each year, five individuals working on behalf of the Pittsburgh community are honored with a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice. See Complete list of honorees HERE
Townsquare's New Country 99.1 Ft. Collins To Debut Mornings With Jordan & Michael
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2019 –– Townsquare Media Inc. announced that its New Country 99.1 in Northern Colorado will debut New Country Mornings with Jordan and Michael on Monday, March 11th. The hosts of the new morning show will be Jordan Soto, most recently a highly popular personality in Pensacola, Florida and Michael Mason, a top rated radio host in Seattle and Richmond where he spent a decade.
“I am so excited to take this next step in my career with such an innovative team and such an exciting time in new country music,” commented Soto. “I traded in snowy white beaches for ACTUAL snow-- I’m all in: festivals, fishing, off-roading, country swing dancing, snowboarding. I mean I even get to live on a ranch! ”
“From the moment I arrived in Northern Colorado I was hooked—and not just because of the indisputable beauty. Huge thanks to my trusted friend Kraig Kitchin who introduced me to this winning team. I’ve truly never been so excited to work and collaborate with so many big market guns, in such a special place,” commented Mason.
Lauren Lapka Comes Home To WGN Chicago For Traffic Reports
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2019 –– Lauren Lapka, former host at the short-lived 87.7 FM The Game, is coming home to Tribune WGN-720 reports Robert Feder. She joins as its weekday traffic reporter starting March 14 where she'll join for middays with John Williams and afternoons with Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes. Lapka follows Violeta Podrumedic, who left to join Eric Ferguson’s morning show on WTMX 101.9-FM.
“Having Lauren back in the WGN Radio family is a huge win for afternoon drive,” Todd Manley, station manager and vice president of content at WGN, said in a statement. “Her playful intelligence is the perfect complement to Roe and Anna and John Williams.” Lapka made headlines last spring when she refused to record a controversial promotional video foisted on news anchors across the country by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Widely seen as a political statement by the company, the video criticized other media for “biased and false news.”
WABE-FM Atlanta Host Who Lost His Voice, Isn't Sure He'll Ever Get It Back
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2019 –– The AJC's Rodney Ho writes that NPR Atlanta affiliate WABE-FM reporter Jim Burress, 39, "can’t talk and he isn’t sure if he ever will again." This began with spinal issues several years, the last time around Christmas that damaged nerves in his left arm and hand. Burress had a similar issue two years ago with his right arm. Invasive surgery through his neck resolved the issue but created scar tissue. He had similar surgery again five weeks ago and this time, it damaged the nerves in his right vocal flap, which is now paralyzed.
Burress tells Ho, “I’m able to make sounds like a labored whisper,” he texted, “but nothing loud and nothing resembling a true voice.” He said temporary vocal loss isn’t unusual and typically resolves itself in a few days. “Unless it doesn’t,” he added. “And that’s where I am now.” Burress isn’t quite in panic mode yet but he really isn’t sure if or when his voice will permanently recover. Read complete story HERE
[WATCH] 670 The Score Chicago Hosts Live Under One Roof During Spring Training
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2019 –– Media blogger Robert Feder asks, "Can the stars of The Score survive for a week in the desert under one roof? Beginning this week, listeners can see for themselves via a daily video post at The Score's website that will track each day's happenings. Entercom's WSCR 670-AM hosts Dan Bernstein and Connor McKnight and afternoon hosts Dan McNeil and Danny Parkins will be airing their shows from Cubs spring training at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona while all occupying a rented house together in Scottsdale along with operations director Mitch Rosen, plus producers
On Thursday, they’ll be joined for dinner at The Score House by morning hosts Mike Mulligan and David Haugh. Rosen tells Feder, “At the end of the week this could be epic radio, but added: “Pray for me.”Check out the event HERE
PRODUCTS: KOA Denver Teams With Skyview To Implement Its AdView Software
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2019 –– iHeart Colorado’s KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM, announced an agreement with Skyview Networks to implement its AdView live read capture software. As part of the agreement, all Colorado Rockies Radio Network live advertiser mentions will be cataloged by time, date and advertiser in a personalized database and scheduled across the entire season.
We’re excited to enter into this broadcast agreement with Skyview Networks,” said Jeff Johnson, Vice President of Sports Sales for iHeartMedia Denver. “The AdView system will allow us to serve our advertisers and partners with the Colorado Rockies better.”
“We have enjoyed working with KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM this off-season and are proud to call them our newest partner,” said Matt Stys, Vice President, Business Development of Skyview Networks. “Live Read capture was inspired by the unique needs of our broadcast clients and I believe our partners at KOA 850 AM & 94.1 FM will find value in its capabilities.”
UK Audio Pro Sam Wickens To Defend His Title As World’s Best Imager Against Aussie Brendan “BT” Tacey In 8th Annual Iron Imager Contest
—Benztown announced that Brendan (“BT”) Tacey, Head of Production, Triple M Network, Southern Cross Austereo in Melbourne, Australia, has been selected as the finalist in the 8th Annual Iron Imager Contest, the international radio imaging contest where audio production professionals compete for the title of World’s Best Imager. Current Iron Imager Champion Sam Wickens (shown), Assistant Audio Producer for Capital FM in London, will face off against BT in a head-to-head live competition at WWRS 2019 on March 27-29 at Castaway in Burbank, CA.
Iron Imager is the first and only competition of its kind. Challengers will demonstrate their imaging skills using audio ingredients from Benztown’s production libraries, paired with contestants’ original scripts. Benztown has also committed additional resources to enhance challengers’ submissions, offering for free the voice talents of many of Benztown’s newest world-class voice talent.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “I believe that all great stations sound different and that’s a key ingredient to their success. The semifinalists epitomized that mantra and produced some of the most creative imaging I’ve ever heard. Selecting just one challenger was exceptionally difficult, but ultimately, it was BT’s comedic chops that won the day. On March 28th we will see if he can withstand the pressure of only having 60 minutes to produce a great promo while going head-to-head against the formidable reigning champ, Sam Wickens!”
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[WATCH] iHeart Debuts 106.7 Wheels Detroit
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2019 –– iHeart Detroit announced today the debut of the new 106.7 Detroit’s Wheels (WLLZ), The New Generation of Classic Rock. The station will also feature some of Detroit’s most beloved on-air personalities including Trudi Daniels, Doug Podell and Bill McAllister as well as other legendary on-air personalities in rock Detroit radio.
“Detroit’s Wheels is back,” said Paul Corvino, Region President for iHeartMedia Detroit. “The attitude, music and personalities featured on 106.7 Detroit’s Wheels is the perfect formula and will contribute to building a great audience for our advertisers.” “The people now have a unique destination for rock in Detroit,” said Tony Travatto, Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit. “There’s an unfulfilled audience in Detroit radio and this new station will quench that thirst. We are excited to change the rock landscape in the Motor City!” WATCH TV AD HERE
Marc Sherman Tapped As SVP of Programming For iHeart New Orleans' Region
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Marc Sherman has been named Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for the New Orleans and Baton Rouge market, effective immediately. iHeartMedia New Orleans and Baton Rouge encompasses more than 14 stations comprised of music, talk and news formats. Sherman will report to Eddie Martiny, Region President of HeartMedia Houston, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
“I’m excited to expand Marc’s programming expertise to the New Orleans and Baton Rouge markets,” said Martiny. “I have had the pleasure of working with Marc for over 15 years and he is not only a brilliant programmer but an excellent leader. New Orleans and Baton Rouge are in good hands.” Sherman joins the New Orleans and Baton Rouge markets from iHeartMedia Houston, where he served as Senior Vice President of Programming. In addition, he served over 20 years as Program Director for Sunny 99.1 and oversees programming for iHeartMedia Houston’s market 94.5 The Buzz, 93.7 The Beat, AM 740 KTRH, SportsTalk 790 and AM 950 KPRC.
Amber Parker Named SVP Of Programming For iHeart Tuscaloosa
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2019 –– Amber Parker has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeart Tuscaloosa, effective immediately. In addition, she will also broadcast weekdays as Midday Host on 98 TXT from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. Parker will report to John Malone, Market President of iHeartMedia Tuscaloosa and Tom Hanrahan, Area Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Birmingham. “We’re pumped to have Amber on our iHeart Team in T-Town,” said Hanrahan. Amber is passionate about Country music, incredibly creative and truly connects and engages with her listeners on- air and through social platforms almost 24 hours a day - I’m not sure she has an off button.”
Amber joins the Tuscaloosa market from iHeartMedia Colorado Springs, where she most recently served an On Air Personality for Y96.9. She also served as Program Director for 96.1 The Beat in Colorado Springs, and was Night Host for Big 97.9 Ft. Collins, Colorado.
NETWORKS: WWO Names Award Winning Steve Harmon For Mornings On Its Mainstream Country Format
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2019 –– Harmon’s impressive resume includes stints at KPLX/Dallas, WXTU/Philadelphia, KNIX/Phoenix, and his extensive work with “Sheet Happens Prep.” Plus, his fireplace mantle is home to a CMA “Major Market Personality of the Year” award, an American Women in Radio Service Award, and more.
George King, VP, Westwood One Country Formats says, “I’m extremely excited to be working with Steve again. He brings his vast experience and incredible personality to our team and I know our affiliates will love him.” Harmon added, "George King and I worked together at KNIX, so when he talked about the position I jumped in! Working with great talent and management, combined with music I love, makes me a lucky guy." For more information on Westwood One’s 24/7 Formats, contact Pat Crocker at (720) 873-5170 or email@example.com.
Jennifer Weigel Joins Mancow's Morning Show On WLS Chicago
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2019 – Jennifer Weigel, a longtime Chicago journalist, author and broadcaster, has been hired as sidekick and traffic reporter for Erich Mancow Muller’s morning show on Cumulus WLS 890-AM reports Robert Feder.
We’re very excited to have Jen as part of the new Mancow show,” said Marv Nyren, vice president and market manager of Cumulus Chicago. Weigel most recently worked for the Sun-Times as director of community development and a content contributor. She officially starts with WLS today, March 4th. By coincidence Monday would have been the 74th birthday of their late father, legendary Chicago sportscaster Tim Weigel.
FRED JACOBS: Grappling With Radio's 'Stars In Trouble' Dilemma
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2019 –– In Fred Jacobs latest blog titled 'Radio’s Dilemma: The Man And His Art,' he tackles recent controversies involving top recording artists and how it's impacting both their careers and airplay. He points to Triple A star Ryan Adams who began feeling the effects of an airplay backlash and an angry audience. Jacobs says, "In another #MeToo mess, the artist was accused of emotional and psychological abuse by various women (including his ex-wife, Mandy Moore). Despite his denials, the radio exposure of Adams' music is disintegrating – fast. And over the weekend, his tour of Ireland and the UK was cancelled. Next up was a 5-part series on Lifetime – “Surviving R. Kelly” – that was the catalyst for the artist's new slew of legal problems. Jacobs refers to “A Journal of Musical Things,” music historian Alan Cross grappled with this gnarly issue last week, spurred by the debut of an HBO documentary about Michael Jackson, “Leaving Neverland.”
Jacobs says, "I'm writing this before I've had the chance to watch “Leaving Neverland,” so I only know shards of the issues and controversies it covers. But I do know this – here in the States, Michael Jackson continues to be a very core artist on many successful radio stations. A look at “spins” year-to-date on Mediabase's Classic Hits panel reveals the King of Pop is the #2 most-played artists since the start of the new year. Will that be the case 90 days from now? We're still in Q1 of 2019, and Michael Jackson songs have already earned more than 31,000 spins. His music – at least up until now – tests well and is very much in-demand. A shoe dropped over the weekend when NME's Charlotte Krol wrote that BBC Radio 2 – the most popular station in the UK – quietly dropped all its Michael Jackson solo songs as of February 23. "
"What will be the reaction here in the U.S., especially as more and more people watch “Leaving Neverland? asks Jacobs. "It remains to be seen, of course, but clearly the audience will more than likely have a say here. And while wise old programmers will remind us that listeners won't miss what stations don't play, it's just not that simple. Especially when you're dealing with an artist like Jackson with a high profile and a deep repertoire." Read Jacob's entire blog HERE
STUNTAGE: 95.7 BEN Flips To BRYCE FM To Celebrate Bryce Harper Joining The Phillies
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2019 –– ICYMI Bryce Harper, perhaps one of the hottest pitcher in baseball, has joined the Phillies. And while the whole city has flipped for joy, 95.7 BEN FM has temporarily flipped its calls to BRYCE FM According to The Philly Inquirer, no sooner signed, Bryce Harper is already selling a massive number of Phillies tickets
"We’re very excited about Bryce making a long-term commitment to the team and fans in Philadelphia,” morning host Matt Cord said. “We thought it would be fun to give him his due by renaming the station in tribute to him.” A post on the station’s website says: “We have baseballs big enough to be called 95.7… BRYCE... FM!!!” And beginning today, they'll kick off a contest to send a listener to see “Baseball’s LeBron” work out with the Phillies during spring training.
The change will last “until further notice,” a spokesperson said. And in case you didn't hear, looks like Bryce Harper plans to be in Philly for awhile. The deal was inked for 13 years and $330 million and considered the “most lucrative contract in American sports history,” according to an Inquirer report.
Townsquare Is On The Hunt For An Operations Manager In Binghamton, NY
THE MOUTH, MARCH 4TH, 2019 –– Townsquare Media Binghamton includes well-known brands 98.1 The Hawk, 99.1 The Whale, KISS 104.1, NewRadio 1290 WNBF and CBS Sports Radio 1360 Townsquare Media Binghamton is looking for an Operations Manager to actively lead our portfolio of brands and content creators. This person, shows by example, the importance of their team and the relationship between their staff and the local community and takes action to grow and improve their brands on-air, online, and onsite.
They must be strategic and creative in the development of unique content, promotions, and multi-media strategies. If you are a dynamic leader, smart, and a winner as a programmer of great Radio Station Brands you are encouraged to apply!Those interested should contact Barbara.Meaney@townsquaremedia.com. Market President
iHeart To Promote New Season Of 'Idol With Radio Special Hosted By Seacrest
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2019 ––iHeartMedia announced it will celebrate the highly anticipated March 3 season premiere of The ABC Television Network’s beloved singing competition series “American Idol” with a radio special hosted by Ryan Seacrest and broadcast across more than 90 iHeartMedia AC and Hot AC radio stations nationwide. The thirty-minute special will air Sunday, March 3 (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time depending the station and market) and will feature songs from current “American Idol” judges and past contestants, exclusive content and information about the iconic series, providing unparalleled access ahead of the show’s two-hour season premiere that night at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC.
As part of the promotion, local iHeartMedia stations in key markets will feature a commercial free “American Idol” PM drive takeover on March 6 to build excitement for the show’s second premiere week episode, airing that night at 8:00 p.m. EST. In addition to playing today’s biggest hits, the hour-long broadcast will include special audio content from the show. “‘American Idol’ continues to be one of America’s favorite singing competition shows,” Adrienne Pabst EVP, Connections & Agency Partnerships. “We can’t wait to help ABC celebrate its return with a week of amazing content across iHeartMedia’s extensive network of media platforms that will make music fans across the country even more excited for the premiere.”
Radio Winners Announced For 54th Annual ACM Awards
Cumulus Sweeps 3 or 4 Station Awards; Lon Helton Takes Fifth National On-Air Personality Of The Year Award
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2019 –– The Academy of Country Music® revealed its full list of Radio Award winners for the 54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. Though not part of the telecast, the awards will be presented during the annual radio winners reception which will be held on Saturday, April 6 in Las Vegas, NV, the day prior to the ACM Awards® live telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. This marks the fifth ACM National On-Air Personality of the Year win for Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton. Helton has been nominated in the category 7 times, with his most recent previous win taking place in 2016. Additionally, this year marks the seventh win for WIVK-FM and sixth win for KNIX-FM in Radio Station of the Year categories.
WINNERS INCLUDE FOR ON-AIR: NATIONAL – Lon Helton - Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton MAJOR MARKET – Tanner in the Morning - Rob Tanner, Catherine Lane, Chris Allen, Captain Jim, and Mimi - WSOC-FM (Charlotte, NC) LARGE MARKET – Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, Kevin Freeman (shown) - WFMS-FM (Indianapolis, IN) MEDIUM MARKET – Mo & StyckMan Show - WUSY-FM (Chattanooga, TN) SMALL MARKET – Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton - WYCT-FM (Pensacola, FL)
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR WINNERS INCLUDE: MAJOR MARKET – KNIX-FM (Phoenix, AZ) LARGE MARKET – KUBL-FM (Salt Lake City, UT) MEDIUM MARKET – WIVK-FM (Knoxville, TN) SMALL MARKET – KHAY-FM (Ventura, CA)
The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. R.A. Clark, Reba McEntire, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
Dierks Bentley Says Country Radio Needs To 'Play More Women'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2019 –– While performing in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena, Dierks Bentley took time to promote some of his favorite women in country music, then called on country radio to play them more. According to Taste of Country, his performance included a special acoustic collaboration with Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban, who joined Bentley to perform Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart," Merle Haggard's "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down," Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away," and Loretta Lynn's "Blue Kentucky Girl."
During his performance of "Woman, Amen," Bentley's video graphics included images of Lambert, Lynn, Maren Morris, Shania Twain, Emmylou Harris and Reba McEntire. He then told the crowd that country radio needs to "play more women." Morris responded to Bentley's inclusion of her on the video wall along with his support of female country artists on Twitter, writing, "Dierks was the first artist to ever put me on a feature for his album and it was a song my husband wrote. He and Keith Urban believed in me and gave me work before anyone else knew who I was. Glad he’s speaking out."
Bentley's remark follows a year-long controversy about the diminishing exposure women have been receiving at country radio, despite the critical acclaim and inroads into other genres that country women have been earning. READ ARTICLE HERE
77 WABC'S John Batchelor Chooses To Stay On-Air Despite Battling Cancer
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2019 –– According to Princeton Alum Weekly, 77 WABC's John Batchelor didn’t smoke, drink, or otherwise partake in dangerous behavior for seven decades. So when Batchelor was diagnosed in October 2018 with oropharyngeal cancer — more specifically, a malignant tumor at the base of the radio host’s tongue that threatened his ability to speak on air — it came as a shock. Despite all, he wasn’t about to let all that keep him off the air.
“It’s a roulette wheel of life,” Batchelor said. On Nov. 2, Batchelor entered Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for surgery. He opted to walk into the operating room, through the maze of identical corridors, rather than ride a gurney. Batchelor said he wasn’t scared until noticing a massive chart detailing his case for doctors as he lay down for surgery: “That was the time I realized that this was very serious business.” He awoke to find the surgery a success. Batchelor then gave himself two weeks to learn to speak again. “One of the things I learned was there are way too many s’s in the English language,” Batchelor said. “Also, there are certain words you must avoid. One of the words you must avoid if your tongue was cut out and you’re trying to recover is the word ‘regularly.’ I’m still a little intimidated by the word. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Suzi Hanks Exits The Eagle Houston
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2019 –– Suzi Hanks (shown left with Steven Tyler) has exited The Dean And Rog Show on 106.9 and 107.5 The Eagle KGLK after nearly 17 years as co-host and news anchor. According to media blogger Mike McGuff, in addition to Dean and Rog, Hanks was also the Public Affairs Director for Cox Media Group Houston where she hosted For Your Information (FYI) which aired on all of the company's Houston stations.
Hanks said on her personal Facebook account, "If you haven’t heard, my more than 20 years on Houston morning radio has come to a close. I am so grateful for you all and look forward to updating you soon on my next chapter in life. The possibilities are exciting!"
Mark Krieschen, VP/Market Manager of Cox Media Group - Houston, told mikemcguff.com that Hanks' contract expired this month and the company made a decision not to renew her agreement. Hanks was with Cox Media Group for 10 years. Before CMG, she worked with the Dean and Rog Show at what was then Clear Channel's 93.7 The Arrow KKRW. She joined the long running Houston morning show in 2003.
PODCAST: WGY Albany Launches 'Upstate Unsolved' Hosted By Phoebe LaFave
Investigates Suzanne Lyall’s Mysterious Disappearance
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2019 –– February 28, 2019 – iHeartMedia Albany’s News Radio 810 AM & 103.1 FM WGY, announced the launch of a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast, “Upstate Unsolved,” hosted by WGY reporter, Phoebe LaFave. Premiering March 2 on the 21st anniversary of Suzanne Lyall’s mysterious disappearance, the debut episode will air on WGY at 5:00 p.m. with new episodes posting every Thursday on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
In the new true-crime podcast in partnership with the Cold Case Analysis Center at the College of St. Rose, LaFave investigates the death of Lyall, a sophomore student at The University at Albany who was last seen on March 2, 1998. LaFave retraces Lyall’s steps, interviews people close to her and sheds new light on the facts surrounding her case.
Host Phoebe LaFave is a budding reporter with a passion for true-crime. She began her career in the media industry as an intern at iHeartMedia during her senior year at The College of Saint Rose, which lead to an opening as a Promotions Assistant and then as a Reporter in the WGY Newsroom. During a brief hiatus in the industry, LaFave began writing for The Odyssey Online with a series entitled “Small Towns Big Secrets,” chronicling the harrowing true story of domestic violence in small-town America. The unpaid writing project lead to Phoebe returning to the WGY newsroom, where eventually “Upstate Unsolved” was born.
HONORS: Legendary Broadcaster Bill Clark To Receive The 2019 Lowry Mays Excellence Award From BFOA
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2019 –– Bill Clark, previous President of Shamrock Broadcasting and Chairman of Chancellor Broadcasting, has been announced as the recipient of the 2019 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The award will be presented at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s annual breakfast at 7:00AM, Wednesday, April 10 in the Brahms Room of the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show.
During his 42 years in broadcasting, Clark was deeply involved in the culture and direction of the industry. He was instrumental in bringing radio into the fold at the NAB in 1975 and served as an NAB Director. He was a member of the Radio Advertising Bureau’s Executive Committee for ten years, President of the Northern California Broadcasters Association, and a Director of the California Broadcasters Association. He received the NAB Radio Award in 1991 and was named California Broadcaster of the Year in 1992.
The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award is bestowed annually on an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Mays Family Foundation. To register, CLICK HERE
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