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Norway's Forced FM Turnoff 'Angers' Norwegians
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2017 –– According to a 2013 United Nations report, Norway is #2 among the “Happiest Countries in the World," says Christopher Ornelas - NAB COO. But the Norwegian parliament’s forced turn-off of many FM analog radio stations in favor of digital audio broadcasting (DAB) – which began this week – is causing not just static, but outright anger. Oslo opinion polls indicate 66 percent of Norwegians oppose the shutdown, with only 17 percent in favor. The angst stems from the fact that the shutdown could leave tens of thousands of people without access to some of their favorite free and local radio stations.
“We are simply not ready for this,” Ib Thomsen, a member of the Norwegian parliament told Reuters. “There are 2 million cars on Norwegian roads that don’t have DAB receivers. Millions of radios will stop working. So there is definitely a safety concern,” he said. In reality, not all of Norway’s analog radio stations are being phased off the air – it’s only the country’s “national” stations that will go dark. That means the five major radio services distributed over a network of FM transmitters across the country that reach close to 100 percent coverage of Norway’s citizens will all be shut down by the end of the year. But over 200 independent, local FM stations across Norway will remain on air for at least the next five years, and could now enjoy a boost in listenership. (Whether these stations stick around on the FM dial after 2022 will be decided later.) SEE FULL BLOG HERE
REPORT: Greenberg Leaving Mike & Mike For ESPN TV Show; Trey Wingo Is Expected Replacement
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2017 –– One of the longest-running partnerships in sports radio may be coming to an end reports SI.com Via multiple sources, Sports Illustrated says ESPN executives are moving forward with the plan to shift Mike Greenberg (L) one half of the longest running shows on ESPN Radio—into a new role as the lead host of a television show that would air in the mornings on ESPN. The new show would put an end to end to Greenberg’s partnership with Mike Golic, which began in October 1998.
So far ESPN executives have declined comment to SI regarding the Mike & Mike show which currently airs weekdays on ESPN from 6–10 a.m. ET and is simulcast on ESPN2. The outlet reports The leading in-house candidate to emerge as a replacement is Trey Wingo (right). SI adds that Mike Golic Jr.(far right), who already works for ESPN Radio, could be part of a new show in some role if his father staya on with a new partner and there is no timeframe yet for the end of Mike & Mike or the beginning of the new program, but sources said to expect the transition to take place sooner than later.
Pandora Announces 7% Layoffs Of U.S. Workforce
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2017 –– Pandora is reducing its workforce by 7 percent, which will be finalized by the end of the first quarter reports Digital Music News. “Making workforce reductions is always a difficult decision,” says Pandora CEO Tim Westergren. “But the commitment to cost discipline will allow us to invest more heavily in product development and strategic investments.” In total, about 155 people will be affected (out of a total of 2,219 employees).So far, no specifics on departments or individuals affected by the reductions.
Shares of Pandora Media Inc. P, +0.93% rose more than 7% late Thursday after the company said it expects to report larger-than-predicted fourth-quarter sales on subscriber and advertising growth reported marketwatch.com. The Oakland-based company says it has surpassed 4.3 million paid subscribers and said it expected fourth-quarter sales in the range of $362 million to $374 million. It expected an adjusted loss between $51 million and $39 million. Shares of Pandora ended the regular trading day up 0.9%. PHOTO/Pandora
ON-AIR: Dave & Mahoney Return To Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2017 –– KXTE X107.5 has welcomed back The Dave & Mahoney Morning Show to Las Vegas beginning Monday February 6, 2017. “Dave and Mahoney live and breathe Las Vegas and are ingrained in the history and lifestyle of X107.5,” said Ross Mahoney, KXTE 107.5 Program Director. "Mahoney and I are beyond excited to return home to X107.5. Having been in Las Vegas radio for over 10 years, we know there is no place that we would rather be,” said Dave Farra. “The amazing community and the best alternative station in the country are all things we couldn't stay away from for long. It is an honor to be able to return to the listeners, radio station, and city that we love. We can't wait to get started!"
Dave and Mahoney previously hosted mornings on CBS Radio's Houston’s Mix 96-5 (KHMX-FM) along with DK (Daena Kramer). Prior to that, they began their morning show in 2009.
PROGRAMMING: Beasley Names Debbie Mazella PD Of Magic 98.3 New Jersey
Becomes Female PD In Magic’s 40-Year History
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group has promoted Debbie Mazella to Program Director of WMGQ (Magic 98.3) in Central New Jersey. “Ever since my childhood, I wanted to be involved in radio and I’m extremely grateful to the mentors who have influenced, encouraged and helped me on my career path,” said Debbie. It’s even more exciting to know that I am the first female PD in Magic’s 40 year history!”
Debbie is a radio veteran who started her Magic 98.3 career in 2007. She added APD duties a year later. Debbie will retain her highly rated 10AM-3PM shift and will assume the Program Director responsibilities immediately. “Debbie’s passion for our brand is second to none!” stated Dan Finn, Senior Vice President & Regional Market Manager for Beasley Media Group New Jersey. “Debbie’s solid on-air performance and leadership skills have made it an easy decision to appoint her captain of the team with the task of taking WMGQ to the next level!” “We are thrilled that Debbie can lead this amazing radio station to new heights!” added Buzz Knight, Vice President of Programming.
NETWORKS: Bloomberg Radio To Provide 'Tax Tip's For 2017
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2017 –– United Stations has announced that Bloomberg Radio will once again be providing an original series of “TAX TIPS” to be broadcast during the height of the 2017 season when consumers are preparing their personal income tax filings for 2016. These “Tax Tips” segments will be 30-seconds in length and will be written and anchored by Bloomberg correspondent Peggy Collins. The full series of “Tax Tips” are slated for broadcast starting on Monday, January 30, 2017 and will be provided to stations daily (Monday through Friday) up to and including Friday, April 14th, just before the annual tax filing deadline, and they will be distributed through Bloomberg Radio’s marketing partners at United Stations Radio Networks, Inc, (“USRN”).
Margaret “Peggy” Collins has been covering personal finance and wealth management for Bloomberg News since August 2009, and she now leads Bloomberg's U.S. investing coverage. Peggy writes on topics including investing in public and private markets, taxes, retirement savings and family offices. She also appears weekly on Bloomberg Radio's "Bloomberg Markets."
For More Info, Contact: Andy Denemark - United Stations Radio Networks (212) 536.3603 firstname.lastname@example.org
PODCASTS: Forbes Set To Debut Robust Lineup Of Four New Business Podcasts
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2017 –– The recently-formed Forbes on PodcastOne network is set to launch four new business podcasts in January and February. The new programs - The Forbes Interview, Forbes Under 30, Forbes Lists and Forbes Sports Money - will be available on PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes. “We’re excited to build on our successful partnership with PodcastOne, and launch additional podcasts with content that reinforces the mission of Forbes...to champion entrepreneurship,” said Lewis D’Vorkin, Chief Product Officer of Forbes Media. “Our focus this year is about taking Forbes content off domain and monetizing those experiences. Podcasts represent yet another avenue for us to diversify our revenue streams.”
Forbes and PodcastOne join efforts in the development, production, distribution, promotion, marketing and advertising sales of the network. The partnership combines the resources and reach of the two companies, which include 6.7 million Forbes magazine readers in the U.S., approximately 50 million unique monthly visitors to Forbes.com, and PodcastOne’s lineup of 200 programs, which see 1.5 billion downloads annually. The Forbes Interview, which will debut January 17. Launching February 1, with new episodes every Wednesday, Forbes Under 30. March 2 marks the launch of Forbes Sports Money hosted by Michael Ozanian, co-host and managing editor of Forbes SportsMoney - LISTEN HERE
Bob Coburn 'Celebration Of Life' Set For Saturday January 21st
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2017 –– A celebration of life in honor of the late Bob Coburn, longtime host on LA's KLOS and syndicated Rockline will be held on Saturday, january 21st at 2 pm at The Malibu Presbyterian Church in Malibu. A reception will follow at the Ollo Restaurant.
Those wishing to attend must RSVP RocklineLA@gmail.com or call or text 818-636-6160.
SNAPS: Ed Sherran Invades CBS Radio New York
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2017 –– Ed Sherran stopped by CBS RADIO New York's Adorama Live Theatre to chat to and celebrate with Fresh 102.7 (WNEW-FM) and 92.3 AMP Radio (WBMP-FM) hosts on announcing his new album, 'Divide.' Sheeran sat down with Fresh 102.7 morning show hosts Jeffrey Jameson and Karen Carson, which was also streamed on Facebook Live.
The 92.3 AMP Radio interview with Shoboy and Nina of the morning show will air today (1/13) at 8:00AM, ET. On hand to celebrate was Jim Ryan, CBS RADIO's SVP, Programming, format captain of AC and classic hits, and Program Director of WCBS-FM and Fresh 102.7, pictured in the attached photo with Sheeran. PHOTO/CBS RADIO New York
[LISTEN] Friend Of Donald Trump Lands Radio Show In The UK; News Bulletin Airs With Accidental Expletive
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2017 –– Carlo Fiorentino did a second take of a recorded bulletin after a slip-up, but failed to edit out the false start complete with the words “Oh Bollocks” beforehand. As soon as the news sequence was complete, presenter Mark Jeeves said sorry to listeners for the error. Ofcom (The British FCC) says the word Bollocks to be potentially unacceptable. The word is not generally offensive but somewhat vulgar when used to refer to testicles. Ofcom says the word is less problematic when used to mean ‘nonsense’. Listen to the audio HERE
Friend of Donald Trump Lands Show In The UK- A friend of Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, has signed up for a daily radio show on Global’s LBC. He’ll be on-air Monday to Thursday from 7pm for one hour with The Nigel Farage Show, including opinions, callers, reaction to the stories of the day and Farage’s nightly Final Thought. Nigel will also be taking the show on the road, broadcasting from across the UK, Europe and the USA as he invites listeners to share their views. Nigel is no stranger to the station, having covered shows in the past and appeared with Nick Ferrari on Breakfast over the last couple of years.
New Breakfast Team For 2DayFm In Sydney Australia- Rove and Sam will be replaced by comedians Em Rusciano and Harley Breen from January 23. Southern Cross Austereo decided on the shake-up after executives took some time off over summer and a review was handed down. Read more at: https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/2dayfm-start-2017-new-breakfast-team
Keith Ward Takes Over The FM104 Phoneshow - Phoneshow producer Keith Ward has taken over the late night show from Chris Barry on FM104 in Dublin Ireland. Chris Barry left due to health reasons last year and Keith started the show solo this week. The show started on the station in 1990 with Chris Barry. Adrian Kennedy and co-presenter/producer Jeremy Dixon took over the show in 1997 before Chris returned in 2013.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
GQ: Weeknd The New King Of (S)ex Pop; Corden Joins 'Oceans 8 Cast
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ON-AIR: Justin Luvv Takes Over Afternoons On 93.9 The Beat Indianapolis; Randy Hoag Exits Showgram San Diego; Hudson Hott Added To ALT LA's Lineup
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has named Justin Luvv (top left) as new Afternoon On-Air Personality and Imaging Director for 93.9 The Beat/WRWM in Indianapolis, IN. Luvv joins Cumulus after more than 11 years with Radio One, where he was On-Air Talent, Imaging Coordinator, and Mix DJ for Power 107.5/WCKX and Boom 106.3/WBMO in Columbus, OH.
--In surprising news from San Diego, longtime Jeff & The Showgram member, Randy Hoag (right center), announced he's leaving the show on KyXy-FM. He posted on Facebook, "I've been on the air with Jeff, Jerry, Tommy and Laura for over 23 years and Emily for over 10 years. So, I'm sad to say that the station has decided to let me go. To Jeff, Jerry, Tommy, Laura and Emily, it's been an honor working with you. I love you guys. Thanks to all our wonderful listeners for all your support. God bless."
i-- HeartMedia ALT 98.7 Los Angeles has added Hudson Hott to its weekend lineup. In addition to her morning co-host duties at Star 101.9 Honolulu, one half of the Hudson & Scotty B show, she'll also air from 1-4 pm on Sunday on ALT 98.7 ALT 98.7 LA.
PROGRAMMING: Halloran Out At 91X San Diego
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2017 –– Longtime San Diego PD/Host Michael Halloran has reportedly parted ways with XETRA-FM, 91x. He tells NBC San Diego, "This isn’t the first time -- I’ve lost jobs before." Halloran started at the station 30 years ago, and was first a program director at 91x in the '90s.
Staff members were given the news on Wednesday about the Halloran's departure reports NBC. Executives at Local Media San Diego, which oversees a station group that includes Magic 92.5 and Z90.3 could now turn to Garett Michaels, whom they appointed "director of rock programming" in 2016 Last Friday (1.6) Michaels chose to leave KFMB/100.7 KFM-BFM San Diego but was retained as a consultant..
670 'The Score' Chicago Launches New Lineup
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2017 –– CBS Chicago’s 670 The Score (WSCR-AM) will launch a new line-up with current personalities, as well as new faces, beginning Tuesday, January 17. Current midday host Jason Goff (L) will move to afternoons, joining Dan Bernstein as the co-host of The Score’s newly renamed “The Bernstein and Goff Show.
Joining 670 The Score in middays alongside Matt Spiegel will be Chicago-native Danny Parkins (R). “The retirement of beloved ‘Score original’ Terry Boers after 25 years, coupled with the exciting achievements of the station over the last year, led us straight to Jason as the perfect match with Dan in afternoons,” said Mitch Rosen, WSCR Program Director. Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Chicago, Tim Pohlman added, “Following the success The Score has seen in the past year sharing the historic Cubs Championship with all of Chicago, and celebrating 25 years of delivering the city’s best sports coverage, I’m thrilled to see the pairing of Jason Goff and Dan Bernstein and to welcome the talented Danny Parkins to our already stellar lineup of Score hosts.”
Bobby Bones Raises Nearly $6 Million For St. Jude
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2017 –– Bobby Bones with the help of some of country music’s biggest stars were able to raise nearly $6 Million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital reports buzzworthy.com. Among the most generous stars was Garth Brooks who arrrived on stage with a whopping $2 million check presentation. Others joining included The Band Perry, Brothers Osborne, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, Craig Campbell, Lindsay Ell and Caitlyn Smith performed at the second annual “Raging Idiots Million Dollar Show,” celebrating the past charitable efforts towards St. Jude.
Over the past three years, Bones and iHeart Radio have raised roughly $3.8 million for the hospital. Brooks’ donation Monday night brought the total so far to about $6 million. Bones, who still lives in Austin part-time after moving out to Nashville in 2013, said in The Tennessean that before he moved to Music City, he thought St. Jude was just “a hospital in Memphis.” But then he visited the facility. “I went into this place and I saw all these kids who weren’t sad,” he said ...Once I understood it was more than brick and mortar in Memphis, but a hospital in the middle of the country … for the world, then I really understood and wanted to learn more about it,” he said in The Tennessean. PHOTO: PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
'Big Bang Theory' Star Jim Parsons To Host Radio Show 'Too Stupid For Politics'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2017 –– Jim Parsons, star of the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," has signed on to host a political radio show on SiriusXM. The limited-run series, "Jim Parsons Is Too Stupid for Politics," will air on the Andy Cohen-led SiriusXM channel Radio Andy channel 102, kicking off Jan. 20th, which coincidentally is Inauguration Day reports AOL.
According to Sirius, the show will feature Parsons "breaking down today's often confusing political climate, while exploring how U.S. citizens can become better participants in our government system." Parsons will take calls from listeners during the show and speak to experts "with inside knowledge of world affairs and politics." "Jim is the perfect addition to Radio Andy," Cohen added. "His voice, humor, and intellect are exactly what we need starting on Inauguration Day!" "Jim Parsons Is Too Stupid for Politics" premieres Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. ET.
2017 Radio Mercury Awards Call for Entry Is Open
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2017 –– Call for Entry for the 26th Annual Radio Mercury Awards is now open. Entries are being accepted for outstanding creative spots, campaigns and innovative radio work from advertising agencies, radio stations, production companies, colleges, universities, and advertisers. Chief Judge Mark Gross, along with a soon-to-be-announced team of final round judges, will disburse over $87,000 in cash prizes including the $50,000 Best of Show prize.
Categories for this year’s competition include: • Agency/Production Company Produced Commercial • New - Big Idea: Audio • Integrated Campaign with Radio/Audio • PSA Spot or Campaign • Radio Campaign • Radio Station Produced Commercial • Spanish Language Spot or Campaign • Student Produced Spot Showcase Awards: • Radio Station Produced Promotional Spot • International Radio or Audio Final round judges will award at least one winner in each category, and at least two awards in Agency/Production Company Produced Commercial, Radio Campaign and Radio Station Produced Commercial. Judges will also have the discretion to award additional prizes. For more information regarding entry guidelines, category descriptions, entry fees, and deadlines please log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.
SNAPS: Rock Legends Invade Steve Jones Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2017 –– Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, and punk legends Pat Smear visited Steve Jones, 95.5 KLOS/Los Angeles studios yesterday as they celebrate the release of Steve Jones' long-awaited memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales from A Sex Pistol, in the U.S. The rockers joined Jones on his radio show "Jonesy's Jukebox", which airs on KLOS Monday through Friday from noon to 2pm.
Jones' book is already a bestseller in the UK. Yesterday's release coincides with the birth of punk rock and the 40th anniversary of Sex Pistols' platinum debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks, which set the world on fire in 1977. Jones will be on a nationwide, whirlwind press tour for the next two weeks, with several New York City stops including “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” and two Los Angeles stops for a sold out Q&A and signing at the Grammy Museum last night and a signing at Book Soup on January 28th at 2pm.
Kendall B On The Hunt For New Opportunity
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2017 –– Kendall B. and KS 1075 (KQKS/Denver) have parted ways after hosting the highly rated Top 40/Rhythmic KS1075 Morning Show and now he's on the hunt for his radio adventure.
Kendall B. specializes in creating and delivering compelling, award winning program content, promotions and imaging for stations. This is a great opportunity to add this media professional to your team. To get more of the Kendall B. experience, log on to kendballbmedia.com. Kendall is represented by Paul Anderson at Workhouse Media. (firstname.lastname@example.org / 206-352-3200)
Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson In 'Urban Myths; Some Not Happy
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iHeartMedia Lawsuit Moves To Federal Court
THE MOUTH, JANURY 11TH, 2017 –– Bondholders have transferred an iHeartMedia Inc. lawsuit against them to federal district court in San Antonio reports The San Antonio Express News. The lawsuit, filed in July, alleges that some of its bondholders delayed the radio & billboard giant’s ability to buy back some of its debts at discount when the bondholders issued debt default notices against the company last March. iHeartMedia already has won one lawsuit in a Bexar County district court. In May, the court sided with iHeartMedia and stopped the bondholders’ default notices. But because the bondholders’ actions caused iHeartMedia to delay plans to purchase debts, the radio giant filed the July lawsuit, saying the delay hiked the cost of restructuring its debts.
After iHeartMedia won the lawsuit in May, iHeartMedia subsidiary Broader Media subsequently purchased senior debt due in 2018 that carried a 10 percent interest rate and had an original face value of $383 million for $222 million. But the company said the purchase was more than $100 million higher than it would have paid in February, when bondholders were negotiating with the company about a transfer of company-owned stock used to support the planned debt purchases. “Because of the increase in price of iHeart’s debt, (the bondholders’) misconduct has cost iHeart and Broader Media additional damages of up to $375 million, and total damages between $100 (million) and $475 million,” according to iHeartMedia’s lawsuit. The lawsuit adds that bondholder actions have damaged the company’s business relations and reputation “in an amount to be proven at trial.” READ REPORT HERE PHOTO/Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
ICM & Workhouse Media Team For Talent Partnership
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2016 –– ICM Partners today announced a strategic partnership between the talent and literary agency and Workhouse Media. Led by Paul B. Anderson (R), Workhouse Media represents the most recognizable personalities in radio across all formats.
ICM Partners will represent clients of Workhouse Media as content creators and performers in the areas of film, television, publishing, touring, branding, and digital entertainment, while Workhouse Media will represent the interests of ICM Partners’ clients wishing to extend their reach in radio.
In a memo to its clients, Anderson wrote: "The one thing we all know about the media world is that it is constantly evolving. With that change comes new opportunities and strategies to distribute great content. This new partnership will allow us more scale to incubate concepts and projects, expand your profile as personalities, and open the way for you to grow as creative talent. Through Workhouse Media, I want to make sure you own your future and have a career that reflects all of your abilities." PHOTO/ICM Century City Office Bldg. - ICM
ON-AIR: Ron Parker Takes Afternoons At WLS FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has named veteran radio broadcaster Ron Parker as Afternoon Host for 94.7 WLS-FM in Chicago. Parker debuts this week at 3:00 p.m. CST.
Previously, Parker was on-air at NASH FM 94.7/WNSH-FM in New York City and was a #1 Host in two different dayparts on WCBS-FM in New York City. He also was on-air for various channels on Sirius XM Radio. In addition, Parker has held on-air and programming posts in markets including: San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Tallahassee. WLS PD Brian Thomas says, “Ron is one of the premier talents of the classic hits format and has always achieved ratings success.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Promotes Matt Raback To VP/MM For Pennsylvania Cluster
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has promoted 17-year radio sales executive Matt Raback to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus’ six-station cluster in York-Lancaster-Reading, PA. Raback was previously Vice President, Sales, for Cumulus Media-York-Lancaster-Reading, and prior to that, was Sales Manager for Cumulus-Harrisburg, PA. Raback was honored by the Central Penn Business Journal in July, 2015, as one of its “Forty Under 40”, which recognizes the region’s most accomplished young business leaders who are committed to business growth, professional excellence and community service.
Raback said: “I am excited for this new opportunity and role with the great team we have at Cumulus York-Lancaster-Reading. It’s an exciting time to be working at Cumulus and I would like to thank RVP Ron Giovanniello for his years of coaching and mentorship, as well as our Cumulus Senior Leadership Team of CEO Mary Berner, SVP Bob Walker and CHRO Todd McCarty.”
NETWORKS: Jim Bohannon Inks Multi-Year Deal With Westwood One; The Dan Le Batard With Stugotz To Debut On ESPN Deportes Radio New York; The Billy Madison Show Celebrates 5th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2017 –– Westwood One has signed a new multi-year agreement with Jim Bohannon to continue hosting his namesake program. The Jim Bohannon Show now in its 33rd year and airs on more than 250 stations nationwide. As part of his renewal, Westwood One is launching a new Jim Bohannon podcast and Best of Bohannon program, which will air on affiliates including WLS-AM/Chicago, WBAP-AM/Dallas, KXL-FM/Portland, WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee, and more. In other news, Bohannon has been selected to be one of the live crowd announcers for the Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC on January 20. He will be introducing and describing the participating organizations to the throngs gathered along his location on Pennsylvania Avenue.
--On Tuesday, Jan. 17, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz will make its debut on ESPN Deportes Radio New York 1050AM, at 12:00 p.m. ET. The program will continue airing live nationwide on ESPN Radio and Sirius XM Channel 80. The show will air Monday through Friday following Raza Deportiva (10-12pm). Zona NYC will now air following Le Batard’s show (2-4pm).
--United Stations Radio Networks and The Billy Madison Show have reached their fifth anniversary of funkin’ up the airwaves. Celebrating the only way they know how, The Billy Madison Show threw a Texas-sized bash in their hometown of San Antonio inviting listeners in to enjoy the broadcasting juggernaut that they helped to build. On celebrating the show’s 5th Anniversary, Keith Hastings, Program Director at BMS flagship KISS-FM said, “Five years ago, KISS/San Antonio was ranked 17th in adults morning drive. After first checking to make sure the transmitter was turned on, our next step was hiring The Billy Madison Show. In just seven weeks, we were ranked #1. The Billy Madison Show, now bringing the ruckus from coast to coast! For more info, contact Kristi Grahame email@example.com / (212) 852-6827
Reality Stars Join AMP Radio Detroit To Help Fight Bullying
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– Justin Scheman, former contestant on Amazing Race (season 27) and the new Executive Producer of the Rat and Puff Morning Show on 98-7 AMP Radio, has invited his reality TV friends to stop by the station, Wednesday, January 11th at 7:30am. They'll join to kick off The Bullies Reality Foundation's Second Annual “Reality Round Up Tour.” The tour will head to schools in Michigan to support The Bullies Reality Foundation’s anti-bullying agenda. The stars will be playing games as well as interacting and talking to the students about the harmful effects of bullying.
The founder and CEO of The Bullies Reality Foundation is Tim Levasseur, the brother of Derrick Levasseur, the winner of Big Brother season 16. The foundation’s mission is that “we all come together to put an end to bullying and all afflictions effecting children and their families.” Other reality stars joining will be Jared Haibon- The Bachelorette and The Bachelor in Paradise Michelle Meyer- Big Brother 18 and a dietician from Washington Township, Michigan Natalie Negrotti- Big Brother 18 and was a former New York Jets cheerleader. James Huling- Big Brother 17&18 - was named America's Favorite Houseguest Tiffany Torres- Amazing Race 27 – model, fashion blogger and former NY Jets Cheerleader Krista DeBono- Amazing Race 27 - former NY Jets Cheerleader and Dancer Vivian Hicks - Internet Sensation/singer - it takes place Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:30am
WSB’s Mark Arum Raises Money For Atlanta Firefighters Following Vehicle Break-Ins
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2017 –– Cox Media Group’s News 95.5 and AM750 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM) and Mark Arum are working together to help Atlanta metro area firefighters who were recently impacted by vehicle break-ins. During his show, Mark Arum solicited listeners to help Gwinnett and Forsyth County firefighters who were targeted over the weekend by thieves who broke into their personal vehicles and stole several items while they were out on calls.
Arum’s team setup a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $1,000 for the firefighters. Within two hours, the goal was met. But instead of closing the site, Arum increased the goal to $2,000. “I couldn’t believe the story when I heard it over the weekend,” Arum said. “Who would steal from people that risk their lives every day?” He added, “I know first responders don’t make a lot of money, so I wanted to help them out and try to replace the items that were stolen.” All proceeds will go directly to the fire stations affected in both counties. The Mark Arum Show debuted in its new time on Monday, Jan. 9 and airs weekdays from 7-9 p.m. on News 95.5 and AM750 WSB, which is owned and operated by Cox Media Group.
ABC Debuts ‘No Limits With Rebecca Jarvis’
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– ABC Radio announced a new podcast hosted by ABC News Chief Business, Economics and Technology Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, titled ‘No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis’ focused on leading women in a variety of industries. Each week Jarvis speaks with women in Hollywood, business, technology, fashion, comedy, food, sports and startups about how they built their empire and their wide-range of accomplishments. "I'm so excited to launch this podcast, featuring exceptional and inspiring women. Whether you’re looking for answers or you just want to hear a good story, these conversations are real, taking an honest look at how to achieve success, and the surprising, sometimes comical mishaps along the journey," Rebecca Jarvis.
The first three episodes are currently available, featuring: Arianna Huffington: Huffington Post; Wende Zomnir, the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Urban Decay, and Danielle Brooks, best known as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." Rebecca Jarvis is ABC News' Chief Business, Technology & Economics Correspondent; the Host and Managing Editor of “Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis;” and the Host and Managing Editor of “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis.” Jarvis reports for all ABC News programs and platforms including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
PRODUCTS: Mark Kassof Launches Mobile Music Test
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2017 –– On its website, The Mark Kassof company writes: "The Auditorium Music Test is Dead. The Mobile Music Test™ (MMT) is NOW. R.I.P. The Auditorium Music Test served radio well for decades, it writes, but there were difficulties… Getting respondents to show at a particular place and time. Increasingly high incentives to get them to show. The cost of venues, equipment and refreshments. Geographic limitations. Severe weather. Low turnouts. Now, the solution is right in our hands
The Mobile Music Test (MMT) represents a rethinking of the music research process – exploiting the benefits of a smartphone-based system and addressing potential concerns: Every respondent gets the songs in a different, randomized order. Concerns about order bias are a thing of the past. Anti-“cheating” measures. Qualified respondents are sent a link to the MMT app and a unique security code. Respondents can’t answer until they’ve heard some of each hook, so they can’t speed through without paying attention, and… The pitch adds, "Less Hassle, More Value No more renting hotel rooms and setting up equipment…that saves money. Because respondents don’t have to travel, we don’t have to pay as much to get them to participate. And because we don’t have to conduct make-good sessions if they don’t show…. All this means music research that isn’t cheap, but will cost you less than the typical AMT. SEE MORE HERE
Lucas Building $1 Billion Museum; TV Couple Files For Divorce
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Frosty, Heidi & Frank Add New KLOS Evening Show; Greg Beharrell Joins For Weekends
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that 95.5 KLOS/Los Angeles has developed “The Frosty, Heidi & Frank Night Shift”, which will air Monday through Thursday from 9:00pm to 11:00pm PST. The new show debuted Monday, January 9, 2017, on 95.5 KLOS, and is a nighttime riff on the popular KLOS show, “The Frosty, Heidi & Frank Show”, which continues to air on KLOS Monday through Friday from 5:30am to 9:30am PST.
Comedic personality and comedy writer Greg Beharrell (L) joins KLOS for weekends and as a key writer and digital/social content creator. Beharrell was previously at Live 105/San Francisco and he will continue to do his radio shows in Canada, in addition to holding down duties as the Canadian voice of JACK-FM and two television shows. Keith Cunningham, KLOS Program DIrector and Corporate Rock Programmer for Cumulus Media said: “Frosty, Heidi & Frank are sounding great and expanding their platform on the station just makes sense. Listeners have busy lives and many simply aren’t able to listen in the morning, so we’re stoked to unleash FHF on the Southern California evening crowd.” On the addition of Beharrell to KLOS, Cunningham said: “How Greg’s brain works, I’ll never understand, but he is laugh-out-loud funny and a content machine. Southern California radio doesn’t have anyone like Greg, and we’re thrilled he’s joined the KLOS mafia.”
'Marc' Joins For Mornings At QYK Tampa
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announced that "Marc" (Marc Jason) has joined Veronica and Kevin on the WQYK Morning. “It’s a great feeling to start this new year with Marc on the QYK morning team with Veronica and Kevin!” said Operations Manager Tee Gentry. “Marc has been an on-air radio personality in some of America's biggest and most iconic radio cities, including Nashville, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Washington, DC. We're definitely hitting the ground running in 2017!”
“I welcome this opportunity to lead morning drive, and create remarkable content with such popular QYK personalities, Veronica and Kevin,” said Marc. “Connecting the audience through fun, human content has been my passion. I’m grateful for this opportunity to continue the winning traditions of WQYK."
Trish Gazall Extends With KEZK St. Louis
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– CBS' St. Louis’ Adult Contemporary station 102.5 KEZK (KEZK-FM) has signed midday show host, Trish Gazall, to a multi-year contract extension. She also hosts the “Totally ‘80s lunch” every weekday at noon on KEZK.
Gazall said, “I am so excited I get to continue working on this great team! I love being able to reach out to people during the workday, and hosting the ‘Totally ‘80s Lunch’ every day is icing on the cake!” Gazall has spent the past year and a half hosting the midday show on 102.5 KEZK. Prior to that, she hosted the station’s morning drive show for more than two years.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Steve Butler Inks Long-Term Extension With CBS Radio Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– Steve Butler has signed a multi-year contract renewal with CBS RADIO where he will continue to serve as Vice President of News Programming, and Program Director of Philadelphia’s KYW Newsradio (KYW-AM). Butler jointly reports to Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO and David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia. “CBS RADIO continues to be the industry leader in providing many of the nation’s largest cities with the trusted and credible local news and information that millions of listeners depend on day in and day out,” said Oliviero.
Butler’s connections to KYW Newsradio began in 1974 when he was a participant in the station’s annual “Newstudies” program for high school seniors where he attended classes about broadcast news conducted by KYW news staffers. During his time at Temple University, he was a desk assistant in the KYW newsroom. He then joined the KYW Newsradio staff in 1979 as a news writer and reporter where he covered the transportation and City Hall beats until 1985. Butler came back to KYW Newsradio in 1997 to supervise all on-air production and content of the station, and has been at the station ever since.
BEASLEY: Matt Smith Moves To VP/GSM Philadelphia; AJ Lurie Rises To VP/Market Manager Wilmington; Brian Samborski Named Reg. Director Of National Sales
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– In a series of announcements yesterday, Beasley Media Group announced the relocation of former Market Manager, Matt Smith (L), of Wilmington, Delaware to Vice President & General Sales Manager of three stations in Beasley’s Philadelphia market: WPEN- FM, WTEL-AM, WWDB-AM. “I’m a proud Philadelphia sports fan, and a 97.5 The Fanatic P1! I’m thrilled to be back in the most passionate sports town in America leading a top sales team, and working with some of the top professional and collegiate sports brands in the Country” said Matt.
Along with Smith's move, Beasley has promoted AJ Lurie (C) to Vice President/Market Manager, in Wilmington, Delaware. AJ has served as Director of Sales for the Ft Myers-Naples, Florida market since 2014, and began his career as an Account Executive in 2007. “I am honored to begin working with the talented team in Wilmington,” commented AJ. “I have had the privilege of serving for more than a decade with our amazing Ft Myers cluster, which has prepared me for this next step in my career. I want to sincerely thank Bruce Beasley, Brad Beasley and everyone who showed faith in my abilities to move into this Market Manager position.”
In yet another post, Beasley announced Brian Samborski (R) will serve as Regional Director of National Sales for the Company’s Boston and Detroit radio markets. Brian’s radio career spans two decades of national sales, holding a wide range of positions such as Advertising Executive and Director of Sales. His career has included experience at Greater Media, where he served as National Sales Manager for 12 years.
After More Than 22 Million Views, iHeart Tribute Video Becomes AdAge's First Social MVP Of 2017
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– To celebrate the lives of David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, and more the team at iHeartRadio created a video montage to the tune of “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by George Michaels’ first band, Wham! The lively and upbeat video clearly resonated with both music-lovers and pop culture enthusiasts alike, making iHeartRadio the first AdAge social MVP of the year. The video on Facebook went viral with over 22 Million views and 500,000 social shares. In addition, iHeartRadio held the top spot on Twitter when we urged Justin Bieber fans to vote for him in the iHeartRadio Music Awards #FanArmy category. WATCH VIDEOS HERE
SYNDICATION: Chad Benson Show Now Heard On Talk 650 KSTE Sacramento
THE MOUTH, JANUARTY 10TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia's Talk 650 KSTE in Sacramento, CA has added The Chad Benson Show to its daily line-up. The show will air daily from 10A-Noon Pacific. Talk 650 KSTE's Program Director Bill White states, "Chad's experience abroad and here at home, along with his Sacramento roots, makes him a great addition to the Talk 650 KSTE line-up."
Chad is part of a New Generation of talk hosts that is able to connect with talk's existing demo while bringing new and younger listeners into the format. Chad's sense of showmanship and entertainment, developed from years in music radio, has had a huge influence on him as a talk host. For more information please contact Radio America Affiliate Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-807-4703, Ext. 250.
Benztown Hits 2,300 Affiliates Mark In January
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– Benztown announced that it has added 53 new affiliates in the Fourth Quarter of 2016, bringing Benztown’s total number of new affiliates added in the 2016 calendar year to 270 and its total number of station affiliates worldwide to a whopping 2,300. Entercom-New Orleans’ WWWL-AM signed on for Benztown Custom Imaging, Voiceover and SpeakerToyz library, while in Portland, OR, Entercom’s KRSK-FM became a new Avalanche library affiliate and Alpha Media’s KWEE-FM welcomed the Nessa On Air show to its lineup. iHeart Media-Columbus, OH’s WXZX-FM and Cumulus Media-Kansas City’s KCMO-AM each signed on as Benztown Voiceover affiliates. In Tampa, WJIS-FM became a new Glisten library affiliate. Internationally, Benztown signed Corus Toronto’s CFNY-FM for Voiceover, and Spin 103.8 in Dublin became a new CHR library affiliate, as did Babylon FM in Iraq.
Masa Patterson, Vice President, Sales and Operations, for Benztown said: “We’re very fortunate to have fantastic clients, partners, and team members who believe in what we do. Thanks to them, we can focus on our objective of providing the highest quality services and best possible value to stations.” For more information, please visit: benztown.com or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at email@example.com or (818) 842-4600.
Gracie Awards Call For Entries Extended
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has extended the call for entries for the 42nd annual Gracie Awards to January 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern in response to high requests for extensions. “Now is a time, more than ever before, where we need to celebrate women for their exceptional work and contributions, especially in the media industry,” said Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Chair Kristen Welch.
The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and non-commercial markets as well as among students. The AWMF will accept all entries submitted after the originally published deadline of January 12 through January 19 with an additional $50 late fee. The application deadline for eligible judges of the Gracie Awards is January 12, 2017. Judges are chosen by the AWMF leadership after meeting the published criteria. Virtual judging of the Gracies will occur during the two-week period beginning the week of January 23, 2017. In-person judging is held the weekend of February 11, 2017 in the DC area. Honorees will be announced in mid to late March.
For the latest Gracies news, follow The Gracies on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.
Polar Bear Swim Raises $13,000 For Make-A-Wish
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Mason City reported that their 19th Annual Polar Bear Swim raised $13,000 for Toys for Tots and Make a Wish of North Iowa. The swim was held on Sunday, December 4th at Clear Lake City Beach. Over 300 people plunged into the lake for the cause.
Alpha Media, Mason City Market Manager, Dalena Barz commented on the announcement, “This is a great event that brings people together to help two very deserving organizations. Our swimmers have braved below zero temperatures to help the kids of North Iowa! It’s always an exciting event!”
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Hattrick Returns To The Air As KNIX Phoenix Unveils New Morning Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2017 –– Following the surprising exit of longtime cohost Matt McAllister, KNIX-FM (102.5) unveiled its new morning-show lineup today with market vet, Tim Hattrick. He joins Ben Campbell and Brooke Hoover under the new name “The Tim, Ben & Brooke Show.” According to azcentral.com, word about changes at KNIX emerged during the last week of 2016 after former morning-show host Matt McAllister posted on his Twitter account that he had been dismissed from the station, along with producer Joe Wallace. The station didn’t issue a comment until Jan. 3, confirming the news and stating that Campbell and Hoover would “transition into a new morning show which we will announce at a later date.”
Geofferies said making staff changes is never easy. “There’s never a great time,” he says. “But with any business, you re-evaluate what you’re doing to put yourself in a better spot to be more relevant to your audience. Along the way, unfortunately, there’s always hard decisions to make.” "I've competed half my career with Tim Hattrick and now I'm in the same room with him," Campbell says. "Radio is a lot like wrestling."
Nathan Fast Takes Mornings On KVIL-FM Dallas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2016 –– Nathan Fast will join 103.7 (KVIL-FM) as the station’s new morning host beginning today, Jan. 9. Fast joins 103.7 from Southern California, where he was most recently the nighttime host at KHTS-FM in San Diego and a weekend host on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. He also appeared weekly on stations in more than 80 markets across the country including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Dallas-Fort Worth as a contributor on the iHeartRadio Countdown.
“We are extremely excited to add one of the nation’s top radio talents to the 103.7 on-air team,” said Program Director Jay Michaels. “In addition to his amazing personality, Nathan brings extensive knowledge of pop culture as well as expertise in local branding and social media.” Fast began his radio career as a part-time overnight host in Las Vegas and later worked as nighttime host at KSAS-FM in Boise.
KVET Austin Extends Bama, Rob & Heather Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Austin announced it has extended its agreement with Bama Brown, Rob Mason, and Heather White for KVET FM’s morning “We are thrilled to continue doing what we love on KVET FM,” said Mason. “We are proud to have called iHeartMedia home for many years, and knowing this relationship will continue is simply amazing.”
“We are so fortunate to have this amazing team in the iHeartMedia family," said Breeanna Malik, Region President for iHeartMedia's Central Texas Region. "They are true Austin celebrities and we know our listeners and sponsors are ecstatic that they will be here for many years to come.”
San Jose's Bay FM Welcomes Bruce Scott To Mornings; Mason & Remy Dropping Afternoons In St. Louis To Focus On BIG 96.5 Chicago
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, San Jose announced the addition of Bruce Scott to Bay FM. He will host mornings starting Tuesday, January 17th. Previously, Scott worked for KOST in Los Angeles, CA. Alpha Media VP of Programming and Bay FM Program Director, Ronnie Stanton commented, “It’s very exciting to add Bruce to the refreshed sound of Bay FM. He brings years of experience and a great radio brain to create an upbeat and fun morning show with the greatest hits of all time for the Bay Area."
"OMG, this is so exciting! Mornings at an awesome station, in a great city, for an excellent company like Alpha? Are you kidding me? Perfect! Can't wait to get started,” remarked Scott.
--Longtime KSD/93.7 The Bull St. Louis host Mason & Remy told their audience via video that they would be leaving their afternoon show to focus exclusively on their morning show at BIG 95.5 Chicago. Last Friday on Facebook, they posted the news on Facbook and posted a video to further explain the move.
They first arrived at The Bull in 2010, but In January of 2015 were tapped to also do mornings at 95.5 Chicago. They're joined on the show by Alabama. With the move, Dusty will now move to afternoons and Billy Greenwood will cover middays WATCH ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
Eagle 98.1 Baton Rouge Launches New Lineup
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2017 –– Following the exit of Walton & Johnson (Jockline 1/3/17) Eagle 98.1 will begin its new weekday lineup beginning today, January 9th. Starting the day will be 'Condon Uncensored with Richard Condon' and Anna Betts will move to morning drive and Condon will be reunited with radio veteran Scott Robb. Robb and Condon were one of the first morning shows on Eagle 98.1 over 20 years ago. Mike Benson will take over the midday shift from 11am-2pm.
Scotty Drake, the elder statesman of rock, will shift back to afternoon drive for a show entitled “The Drive with the Drake”. Dan Day will continue to host evening with his “Night with Day” from 7pm-Midnight and Tony Lightfoot will handle “The Overnight Invasion” from Midnight to 5:30 a.m.
PROGRAMMING: August Wallace And Tim Shickles On The Rise At Cumulus Flint Cluster
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announced that it has promoted August Wallace (top) as Operations Manager of Cumulus’ group of five radio stations in Flint, MI. The company also announces that it has promoted Tim Shickles (bottom) as Program Director for Country station NASH FM 95.1/WFBE-FM and Sports Xtra 1330/WTRX-AM.
Wallace, a 10-year veteran of programming for Urban AC radio station Z92.7/WDZZ-FM, will retain her duties as Program Director for the station and will continue her on-air shift. Shickles has been an on-air personality for Cumulus Media-Flint for the past seven years and will continue in his on-air role with NASH FM 95.1.
FORBES: How Bobby Bones Became The Most Powerful Man In Country Music In Three Years
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2017 –– iHeart's Bobby Bones has slowly and methodically become the most powerful man in country music writes Forbes. Now syndicated on nearly 100 stations, he also hosts the weekly countdown show Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones. Called by The Washington Post as “sort of the Ryan Seacrest of the country music world, writer Brittany Hodak writes he has 'endeared his eponymous show to millions of fans—and landed him in hot water on more than one occasion.'
Hodak says 'Bones’ fanbase is so rabid that it’s not uncommon for him to kick-start country careers with one spin. In the past two years, he’s helped spur both Cam and Chris Janson to No. 1 on the charts—for songs that weren’t even singles before Bones spun them. (Janson, a longtime friend of Bones, didn’t even have a label deal when the DJ played “Buy Me A Boat,” which became a platinum-selling smash hit.) Although he says the (radio) show is his priority, he's involved with a 'dizzying array of other careers—most of which he keeps none of the revenue he generates. “It’s always a juggling act,” he admits. On weekends (and sometimes even weeknights), Hodak adds, 'Bones is a rockstar. Literally. He’s the frontman of the comedy band The Raging Idiots. He writes the songs and often recruits his famous friends to join him onstage. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Florida Georgia Line are a handful of the A-list stars who’ve joined the band onstage. READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE
BLOG: 'Is Content Still King?'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2017 –– In Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein's latest blog he writes, "Great content, whether in movie theaters, on TV, the radio or the internet generally found an audience and surfaced to the top. But what if that is no longer the case? Media is different today. New avenues of content have developed; endless websites, cable networks, Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, iTunes. Over a compressed period, content choices have become more plentiful."
Goldstein adds, " There were 455 scripted TV shows in 2016. That's up 71% in 5 years. In 2011, there were 266. Anyone can create their own custom music channel on Pandora or upload their own show on YouTube. There is so much great content available today that no one can possibly find, listen, read or view it all and the result -- a lot of great content goes unnoticed. This has crystallized for me as I view the ever increasing sea of podcasts. A lot of wonderful content is undiscovered."
"Being noticed is much harder today then when Bill Gates coined the phrase "Content is King" in 1996," says Goldstein. "Good content has always been hard. Good distribution is now essential. You can't sell stuff if you aren't in the stores. In today's messy media environment, good content needs great distribution. So there it is. Today, distribution is king." READ BLOG HERE
'Pissed Off' Leader's Comments Result In Morning Show's Support For Firefighters And Paramedics
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2017 –– 92.1 CTQ Sarasota Florida's Maverick & Lulu (shown second and fourth from left) tells Jockline, 'What a week we had... Thanks for our local Sarasota Firefighters and Paramedics and hundreds and hundreds of Maverick & Lulu listeners that showed up this past Friday morning. We were able to create such a great week of local radio, while at the same time truly making a definite impact in our community in an amazingly positive way. It began with an email that Susan Chapman composed, asking that ambulances using Orange Ave. be ticketed for using streets restricted to truck traffic.
After hearing the show's discussion on air, listeners called in disbelief that she found this to be a problem and fire fighters responded saying, "these are the 2 busiest rescues in the county. Close to 5000 runs per year for each of them. They are just taking the fastest route back to their coverage area to insure coverage for the citizens they protect." THEY THEN CALLED FOR AN APOLOGY FROM THE COMMISSIONER, WITH A live radio broadcast in support of Sarasota Firefighter and Paramedics.. SEE MORE HERE
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BOOM! Radio One Flips KROI Houston To Top 40
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2017 –– For the third time in recent years, Radio One Houston is flipping KROI again, this time as Top 40 92.1 Radio NOW. This follows its most recent venture into Classic Hip-Hop - Boom 92, which replaced it's earlier flip to News. The new station, as described by OM/PD Terri Thomas, "will reflect emerging music, trends and culture for the NOW generation of 18-34-year-old millennials here in Houston."
This, of course, follows last Friday's move by CBS Radio to flip crosstown Top 40 KKHH to Adult Hits as 95.7 The Spot. Gary Spurgeon, VP/GM of Radio One Houston said, "With recent changes in the Top 40 radio landscape in the Houston market, we believe that Houston is ready for this new sound."
Radio One SVP of Programming Jay Stevens (L) said, "We're excited about this opportunity to bring a fresh innovative approach to Top 40 Radio in H-Town." 92.1 Radio NOW launched with 92 hours of commercial free music and will feature artists such as Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Chainsmokers, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, Nick Jonas and others. No word on it's talent lineup, but rumors are already pointing north to a syndicated show for mornings.
Beasley Flips WBRN Tampa To Mainstream AC; Chadd & Kristi Take Over Mornings
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group Tampa has flipped its one-time 'no rules rock' format to Mainstream AC, The New B98.7. “Our entire staff is geared up to launch B98.7, a seamless complement to our cluster of Classic Hits, Country, Spanish CHR, Rhythmic CHR and Financial Talk!” said Tampa Market Manager Kent Dunn. “Our programming team put together an amazing product that will surely be a success in Tampa and St. Pete!” The station soon will feature Tampa’s top-rated AC Morning Show stars Chadd & Kristi (Mr. and Mrs. Thomas) who will host the station’s “10,000 Songs in a Row” until the new show debuts on Monday, Feb 6.
For nearly two decades, Chadd & Kristi have developed a deep relationship with the Tampa listening audience and we are thrilled they decided to join us in the process of building a new and great AC brand in the market,” added Justin Chase, EVP of Programming, Beasley Media Group.“
PROGRAMMING: Johnnie D Named PD For WGCI Chicago
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced that Johnnie D has been named Program Director of 107.5 WGCI-FM, effective immediately. Johnnie D most recently served as the Assistant Program Director of 107.5 WGCI-FM and V103/WVAZ-FM. Prior to joining iHeartMedia, he was the former Music Director and Executive Morning Show Producer of The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith at WVEE-FM in Atlanta. T
“This is like a dream come true, and I am humbled to be chosen as Program Director of my hometown radio station 107.5 WGCI-FM,” said Johnnie D. “My top priority is to maintain the legacy of 107.5 WGCI-FM through impactful ratings and unparalleled support of the Chicagoland community.”
ON-AIR: Matt Cord Joins For Mornings On BEN FM
THE MOUTH, JANAURY 6TH, 2017 –– 95.7 BEN FM is pleased to announce that Philadelphia radio veteran, Matt Cord, has officially joined the station to host the new BEN FM Morning Show with Matt & Kristen (weekdays 6a-9a). Cord moved from BEN-FM’s sister station, 93.3 WMMR, where he was night host. Cord’s co-host is Kristen Herrmann.
Cord held down the night shift at WMMR for eleven years. He was also a member of the WMMR air staff from 1990 to 1998. He returned to WMMR in 2005 after spending seven years as afternoon drive host at alt rock station, WPLY- Y100. Cord is also well known to Philadelphia sports fans and the NBA’s greatest athletes for his energetic team introductions and in-game presentations as the Philadelphia 76ers public address announcer, a position he’s held for 20 years. Cord’s move to BEN FM morning drive host will not affect his role with the 76ers. Herrmann has been a familiar voice in Philadelphia radio for over a decade, most recently as BEN FM's Midday Host (weekdays 9a-2p) and Commercial Production Director. Before joining BEN FM in June of 2012, she spent seven years at WMMR, serving as afternoon drive producer and Sunday morning DJ.
iHeartMedia Announces Official Release Of iHeart Plus & All Access - Making Radio Truly Interactive
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2017 –– iHeart Media announced the official release of its new on demand services iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster, the first fully differentiated streaming music services that use on demand functionality to make radio truly interactive. iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster is now available on desktop and select consumer electronic devices as well as on the previously launched iOS and Android smartphones. 84 percent of iHeartRadio users do not currently subscribe to an on demand service and now, for the first time, can subscribe to a streaming music service that provides the best of live radio combined with easy-to-use on demand functionality -- unlike all current on demand players that simply add on demand functionality to a music collection experience.
"In the beta phase alone, we have already seen an incredible response from our users and have experienced our best month of listening since our official launch of iHeartRadio in 2011," said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio. "iHeartMedia is the only media company that has the assets, platform and reach to drive massive consumer awareness and successfully introduce two new subscription services, built around real radio, so rapidly. iHeartRadio has truly differentiated itself by offering features that no other services can."
Beginning today on desktop, listeners can visit iHeartRadio.com to begin their 30-day free trial of iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster and experience the first-ever combined live radio and music collection service. Details of the two new subscription services: iHeartRadio Plus, $4.99 a month and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster, $9.99 a month
SiriusXM Ends 2016 With More Than 31 Million Subscribers
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2017 –– Sirius XM CEO Jim Meyer (L) says satcaster, controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media, had an "incredible" year, reports The Hollywood Reporter. SiriusXM reported on Thursday that it ended 2016 with more than 31.3 million subscribers. The company, home of The Howard Stern Show, added more than 1.7 million net subscriber additions in the year, exceeding its increased guidance of 1.7 million additions.
In addition to topping 31 million subscribers, our business is running efficiently, and we are attaining records in revenue, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin and free cash flow," said Jim Meyer, SiriusXM's chief executive officer. The company also issued 2017 forecasts, including self-pay net subscriber additions of approximately 1.3 million and revenue of approximately $5.3 billion.
NETWORKS: Steve Stewart Takes Over 'The Road' As Host; M.A.S.H.'s Loretta Switt Guest Host On Envision's Animal Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2017 –– United Stations Radio Networks has made it official that veteran programmer and air personality Steve Stewart will take over the hosting duties on the network’s long-running live County music show, The Road. Stewart is currently the Program Director and Midday Air Personality at iHeart Media’s WEBG-FM/Chicago known locally as “Big 95.5,” and concurrent with his addition as host of The Road, that radio station will become the flagship affiliate for the weekly program. Stewarts’s hosting duties begin this week with the program scheduled to air nationally on the weekend of January 7-8, 2017 The Road is a two-hour weekly live music series featuring original concert material recorded coast to coast by a team of talent acquisition executives and recording engineers working for United Stations. The program debuted in 1994 and it was originally connected to a television show of the same name.
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Norway Becomes First Country To Switch Off FM
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2017 –– Norway has gone ahead with its decision to switch off its FM Radio Network Making it the first country to go all digital audio broadcasting (DAB) - Critics said the move was risky and unpopular pointing out that nearly 2 million cars in the nation are not equipped with DAB receivers reports ibtimes.com - READ STORY HERE
New Year, New Host In Birmingham England - The new Heart Breakfast show has kicked off with a new presenter to start the new year. Rachel New left the show at the end of December after an on-air partnership with Ed James for nearly nine years. New presenter Gemma Hill - previously an evening presenter on rival station Free Radio - stepped into her shoes and was clearly very excited about the prospect. She tweeted, “She tweeted: “Zero need for the 42 alarms I set for this morning! I was wide awake @edjames_ @HeartBreakfast lets go! #OMG #Excited”.
The Queen’s annual New Year’s Honours, include Jonathan Agnew. The BBC cricket correspondent and former Leicestershire fast bowler has become a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to broadcasting. Jonathan started his radio career at BBC Radio Leicester and has won three Sony Radio Academy Awards for Best Reporter and Best Radio Broadcaster over the years. He’s now the BBC cricket correspondent and can be heard on BBC Radio 5 live.
Dermot & Dave Move To Mid-Morning On Today FM In Ireland - The Dermot and Dave show on Ireland’s national commercial station, Today FM will be moved from its 12pm-2.30pm slot to the 9am-12pm slot vacated by Anton Savage following his departure from the station last month. Dermot and Dave’s show won the General Music Programme category at the 2016 PPI Awards, where Dermot Whelan took home the Music Presenter of the Year award.
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[LISTEN] 'I Decided To Fix My Problem' - KFOG'S Matt Pinfield Tells Listeners He's Entering Rehab
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2017 –– KFOG San Francisco's morning host Matt Pinfield told his listeners he plans to take a break from the morning show in order to enter a rehabilitation center. With a health update on KFOG's website, they write: "With the support of his friends, family, and everyone here at KFOG, Matt will aim to get back on track and rejoin the team as soon as he’s healthy enough to do so.
Pinfield recently told Billboard: "I have a responsibility to my health. I decided to fix my problem. I’m going to do this. It feels good to me. It’s the right thing. Matt also says he hopes his honestly will help others be honest with themselves: It was hard to go on the air with it this morning at first, but I have nothing but love for people, and if I can help just one person, that’s what matters…I want to help others. I want to pass it on. He’s also feeling confident and hopeful about treatment: I am going to come back with a bunch of new features on the air. I have a lot more work to do. If you’d like to reach out with support or to share your own experiences, you can find Matt on Twitter at @MattPinfield. PHOTO/Matt, Alicia Tyler & David Alan Grier LISTEN HERE
Radio Exec Dies After Saving Son From Drowning
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2017 –– A radio executive from Minneapolis is being hailed as a hero after saving his son from drowning while vacationing with his family in Puerto Rico reports The New York Post. Vidal Guzman Jr. (inset), a senior manager at Public Radio International, died Monday at a hospital in Manati, about 30 miles west of San Juan, after saving his 19-year-old son, Vidal Guzman III, who got caught up in strong riptide. His daughter, Marieli Guzman, a registered nurse, said she was reading on the beach when she saw several people rush to the shoreline. After racing to the water, she saw five guys bringing a guy from the ocean. "As soon as I got closer, I saw it was my dad,” she told The Post.
Only minutes earlier Vidal Guzman pushed his son toward a rock just off the shoreline and the teenager managed to reach the beach, “absolutely” saving his life, Marieli said. Guzman said she supported her father’s head as he removed from the ocean and immediately administered CPR. Guzman Jr., a father of four, was vacationing with his wife, his son, two daughters and a cousin. Arrangements are currently being made to return his body to Minnesota. PRI CEO Alisa Miller told The Post. “The company has had a “national response” to Guzman’s death, saying condolences within the public radio community came from across the country. “He was a key leader in our client relations group,” Miller told The Post. “And he was just an extraordinary person and the circumstances of how he passed away are indicative of the kind of man he was.” PHOTO/Marieli Guzman
BUSINESS: Emmis Reports Third Quarter Earnings Slightly Down
THE MOUTH, JANAURY 5TH, 2017 – Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS) announced results for its third fiscal quarter, ending November 30, 2016. Emmis' radio net revenues for the third fiscal quarter were down slightly, from $42.6 million to $42.5 million. Per Miller Kaplan reporting, which excludes barter and syndication revenues, Emmis radio revenues were down 1.8% in markets up 2.5%. For the third fiscal quarter, operating income rose to $23.8 million from $11.6 million in the same quarter of the prior year, due to a gain on the sale of Texas Monthly, which closed during the third quarter. Reported publishing net revenues were down 18% in the third fiscal quarter, from $16.6 million to $13.6 million. Pro forma for the sale of Texas Monthly, publishing net revenues were down 6%. On August 18, the Company announced that it was exploring strategic alternatives for its publishing division, excluding Indianapolis Monthly magazine. The Company also announced it was exploring strategic alternatives for its Terre Haute radio stations and WLIB-AM in New York. Emmis expects to close on the sale of its Terre Haute radio stations at the end of January, and is working to close additional asset sales before the end of its fiscal year in February.
"Emmis Radio is not accustomed to under performing its markets," said Jeff Smulyan, Chairman & CEO of Emmis. "I was disappointed in our performance, but remain hopeful that recent ratings gains in Los Angeles and Austin, coupled with continued stellar performance in St. Louis, will lead to better performance in fiscal 2018. "The general sluggishness in the radio industry makes the need for NextRadio all the more important," Smulyan continued.
President Obama Renominates Jessica Rosenworcel To Fill Democratic Seat On FCC Commission
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2017 –– As part of a slew of last-minute nominations sent to the Senate with just over two weeks left in office, President Obama has nominated Jessica Rosenworcel for a new five-year term. According to The Washington Examiner, her previous term expired July 1, 2015, but according to the Senate Commerce Committee, she was allowed to "remain in her current role as commissioner until Dec. 31, 2016 while awaiting Senate confirmation for a second term."
FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler, also a Democrat, offered to step down last month if the Senate agreed to reconfirm Rosenworcel. Republican senators rejected the offer, citing a lack of time before the end of the session of Congress. A week later Wheeler announced his departure anyway. Wheeler applauded Obama's reappointment of Rosenworcel to serve a second term, adding that he hopes Congress "will act quickly to confirm her nomination." PHOTO/Twitter
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Orlando Promotes Three PDs; Bo Jaxon Takes Mornings; Adds PD Stripes At KWOF Denver, Charlotte Names Chuck 'DZL' Thompson PD
THE MOUTH, JANAURY 5TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Orlando announced that three of its programmers have been promoted, effective immediately. Brian Mack (L) has been named the new Program Director for Magic 107.7, Orlando. In addition, Mack will become the Vice President of Branding for iHeartMedia Orlando, a newly created role where he will oversee the marketing strategy for the market’s nine radio station brands. He will continue to serve as the Program Director for XL 106.7.
Jack Bradshaw (right) was named the Program Director 96.9 The Game, Orlando’s Sports Leader. He will continue to oversee the programming for Real Radio 104.1, Orlando’s Talk station. Dwight “D-Strong” Ricketts (far right) has been named the new Program Director for 104.5 TheBeat. "I'm proud to work side by side with such a smart and dedicated group of programmers in Orlando,” said Rick Everett, Regional Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s North Florida Region. “They are highly respected by our teams and the industry, and I can't wait to see how they embrace their additional programming roles." PHOTOS/Courtesy of iHeart
KIMN, Denver PD/PM Driver Bo Jaxon (bottom right) takes the PD reins of sister station KWOF – 925 The WOLF. In addition Jaxon moves to mornings on The WOLF with Jenny D to form the "Bo and Jenny Show". Bo has promoted midday talent Greg Peters to Music Director. Bo is ready to go line dancing, hit em up at Bo.Jaxon@KSEradio.com Bo will also continue to program KIMN.
-- iHeartMedia announced that Chuck “DZL” Thompson (far bottom right) has been named Program Director and midday host for XL102, Richmond’s Alternative Rock, effective immediately. Thompson has over two decades of experience in the radio industry, most recently spending 8 years as Assistant Program Director/Music Director and afternoon host for WEND-FM in Charlotte, NC. His background also includes programming and promotions positions in Rochester, Atlanta, Columbia and Canton, GA.
ON-AIR: Marilyn Russell Joins WOGL's Philadelphia's Breakfast Club; Robin Rock Returns To MYfm Chicago; 77 WABC New York Extends The Bernie & Sid Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2017 –– Marilyn Russell will join the 98.1 WOGL Breakfast Club, weekdays from 5:30 am-9 am, beginning Monday, January 9. She joins co-hosts Frank Lewis and Bill Zimpfer. Russell, a Philadelphia native, started in radio in 1993 at Philly’s modern rock, 103.9 WDRE. Alternative music was just beginning to take hold and Russell hosted the new music show and local music show. She was also the station’s music director. In 1998 she hosted mornings with co- hosts Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison at Y100. Russell then joined Greater Media in 2003 where she worked at both WMGK and the Ben FM morning show.
--93.9 MYfm announced that noted local radio personality Robin Rock will return as midday host, effective immediately. Rock first came to 93.9 MYfm nearly 20 years ago as midday show host and spent over a 16 years with the station. Since 2013, Rock has served as a midday personality on various iHeartMedia stations across the country. “It is a true honor to come home to my iHeartMedia family in Chicago,” said Rock. “I’m beyond excited to tag along at work with the same folks in Chicago and Northwest Indiana that I have come to know and love nearly 20 years. It is an honor to do what I love and to do it once again on my favorite station. It just doesn’t get any better than this, and I’m beyond grateful to iHeartMedia for their faith in me!”
-- 77 WABC Radio in New York City announces that it has expanded the highly popular daytime talk radio show “The Bernie and Sid Show”, to deliver an additional hour of entertaining and provocative programming to New York talk radio listeners. Beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2017, “The Bernie and Sid Show” airs each weekday from 9AM until 12PM Noon EST, following “Imus in the Morning”. The show, which successfully debuted on 77 WABC in January, 2016, formerly aired from 10AM until 12Noon EST, and features the dynamic duo of talk radio hosts, Bernard “Bernie” McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg. The expanded program features McGuirk and Rosenberg’s passionate conversation about the biggest topics in New York and across the nation, with more incredible guests and interaction with great New York listeners.
FORMATICS: Entercom Debuts New Urban Adult Station In Boston; CBS Philly Relaunches WZMP As 'Today's 96.5
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2017 –– In a move to provide the only full - signal, Urban radio format to America’s 10 th largest market, Entercom Communications today announced the debut of The New 97.7, Boston’s #1 For R&B. Since 2006, the frequency had been simulcast with the company’s heritage rock station, WAAF 107.3FM, but delivered little appreciable audience beyond the primary station’s booming signal. The present WKAF call letters will remain for The New 97. 7 which ends its simulcast with WAAF today at 11:00AM. Leading the venture is Program Director Chris Malone (R), from WRBO and WKIM in Memphis.
CBS RADIO Philadelphia will debut WZMP-FM as Today's 96.5, beginning today at 10 am. Bobby Smith will serve as the station’s program director overseeing the music line-up, events and partnerships and community engagements. “We are excited to debut Today’s 96.5 with a mix of music that will engage our audience on air, on-line and onsite at concerts and local events,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS RADIO Philly - PHOTO/Courtesy of Entercom - PWR Photography
EL ZOL 107.9 Launches New Lineup In Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2017 –– EL ZOL 107.9 FM will launch a new line-up of well-known personalities beginning today, January 5. The station celebrates its 12th anniversary this month with the debut of its new slogan, “Latino….and Proud.”
Kicking off mornings will be Patricia De Lima and Chepe joining Rey Parker, weekdays from 6:00 to 10:00 am. They previously hosted the station’s afternoon show “El Meneo.” New to the station in the midday slot is Sandee Bonita, a Salvadorian-American who will bring her sassy flavor to EL ZOL weekdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Bonita comes to Washington from CBS RADIO Las Vegas station Q-100.5FM, where she hosted the midday show. Henry Flores’ “Dale Con Flo” show moves from nights to afternoon drive, weekdays 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Omayra Martinez will join Flores in afternoons providing real-time traffic updates, and then continue as host of EL ZOL nights, weeknights 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
Drake, The Chainsmokers & More Nominated For 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards From LA's Forum
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2017 –– Be prepared for another all-star night in music as the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards returns to the historic Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 5). The superstar affair will be televised live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and simulcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, as well as on iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service. Drake leads nominees with 12 nominations, including Male Artist of the Year while The Chainsmokers received 11 nominations, including the Best New Artist category.
Other artists who have received multiple nominations include Rihanna, twenty one pilots, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and Sia. In addition to the nominees, iHeartRadio is excited to reveal that Bruno Mars will take the Forum stage as part of a string of live performances, first-time duets and collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations. SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE
NETWORKS: Townsquare Announces Multi-Year Syndication Extension With Compass Media
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2017 –– Townsquare Media Inc.. (“Townsquare”) has announced a multi-year extension with Compass Media Networks for the advertising sales and affiliate marketing rights to the weeknight radio programs entitled “Loudwire Nights,” “PopCrush Nights,” “Taste of Country Nights,” & “Ultimate Classic Rock.” All programs are produced by Townsquare and benefit from content and branding associated with top ranked, music websites with the same namesake as each radio show
“We are thrilled with the growth and momentum of these great national shows,” said Erik Hellum, EVP of Townsquare. Added Kurt Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming, “Our show teams put a ton of creative energy into the content and positioning every day. We’re beyond pleased with the results.” Recent ratings successes Spring 2016 include: · PopCrush Nights #1 Rockford IL WZOK 46.2 Share W18-34 · Loudwire Nights #1 El Paso TX KLAQ 19.8 Share M18-34 · Taste of Country Nights #1 Albany NY WGNA 12.9 Share P25-54 · Ultimate Classic Rock #1 Bangor ME WWMJ 9.1 Share M25-54
SNAPS: Sting Celebrates New Year With CBS Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2017 –– Sting celebrated the New Year at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas with CBS Radio. CBS hosted 100 listeners at an unforgettable New Year’s Eve weekend concert celebration via a partnership with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Hotel. The lucky contest winners enjoyed performances by The Weeknd (Dec. 30) and Sting (Dec. 31) at the hotel’s posh venue, The Chelsea.
They were also treated to tickets to a New Year’s Eve party, featuring a special appearance by The Weeknd at the hotel’s Marquee nightclub. On hand to celebrate alongside listeners was CBS RADIO’s COO Scott Herman (L) his wife, Beth (center), and Sting.
REPORT: Megyn Kelly Turned Down $100 Million Offer From Fox News
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[LISTEN] Jenny McCarthy Calls Out Mariah Carey On Radio Show Over 'Train Wreck' Performance
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2017 –– Jenny McCarthy, who co-hosted “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” says that Mariah Carey‘s disastrous performance wasn’t about technical problems, but that “her voice is not there anymore," reports pagesix.com. “It’s completely unfair and bulls–t for [Mariah] to blame Dick Clark Productions,” McCarthy said on her Sirius XM show on Tuesday. “I think Mariah was nervous as hell. I think she chose really tough songs to try to sing along with. I think ‘Emotions,’ that song, I mean her voice is not there anymore. I don’t think there is a problem with her inner ears. I just don’t. I think she used it as an excuse.” Carey said her earpiece did not work, and her team accused the show of sabotaging her performance for ratings. Dick Clark Productions called the allegations “defamatory, outrageous and, frankly, absurd.”
McCarthy says she tried to have sympathy for Carey, but that her “sympathy stopped, however, the moment she accused Dick Clark Productions of sabotaging her performance.” “Now I do understand our egos of course want to blame everyone but itself for mistakes,” she explained. “If Dick Clark were alive today, I guarantee he would be on air right now fighting back. He’s not, so I’m going to … I have never seen a production company more supportive of their musical guests. So for her to defame them was so incredibly insulting for the group of people who work their balls off preparing and rehearsing.” She also pointed out that Carey’s backup dancers managed to hear the music and keep up with the beat. LISTEN HERE
BMI Files Legal Action Against RMLC Over Rates
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2017 –– Last month, Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights entered into a legal action with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), which represents over 10,000 commercial radio stations in the States. Filing a lawsuit accusing antitrust violations, GMR accused the RMLC of operating a ‘cartel’ which deliberately suppressed royalty payments to songwriters for music used across its network. On December 24, GMR offered RMLC stations a temporary license to play songs by its clients. According to Music Business Worldwide, fellow PROs such as SESAC and then ASCAP have since re-signed a deal with RMLC for the next five years, covering their repertoire at a mutually agreed rate.
Yesterday (1/3/17) BMI filed an action writing, “Given the unmatched caliber of BMI‘s repertoire, our superior market share on radio, and the ever-increasing value that BMI music brings to the radio industry across all its platforms, we believe the RMLC’s proposal falls well short of what is in the best interests of our affiliates.” Mike Steinberg, BMI The society filed the action in Federal Rate Court to set interim fees for radio stations represented by the RMLC – while BMI and the RMLC negotiate the terms of a new five-year deal beginning in 2017. BMI said that the RMLC had ‘proposed an interim rate well below BMI‘s previous deal, the effect of which would have a significant impact on the royalties BMI pays to its songwriters, composers and music publishers’. Steinberg stated, “We attempted to negotiate in good faith with the RMLC for many months, and just before the end of the year, the RMLC presented an interim rate that significantly undervalues the work of BMI’s songwriters. “Given the unmatched caliber of BMI‘s repertoire, our superior market share on radio, and the ever-increasing value that BMI music brings to the radio industry across all its platforms, we believe the RMLC’s proposal falls well short of what is in the best interests of our affiliates.”
[WATCH] KSHE St. Louis To Launch 'The 50th Anniversary Real Rock Radio Museum'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2017 –– KSHE 95, "Real Rock Radio" was one of the very first radio stations to play rock music on the FM band. Almost 50 years after its November 1967 birth, KSHE is the longest-running rock station in the world. In celebration, “The KSHE 50th Anniversary Real Rock Museum” will be launched on January 9th at www.kshe95.com. There are eight wings in the museum. The KSHE 95 Audio Wing is filled with KSHE audio history including air-checks of air personalities from throughout the decades, fascinating interviews and listener favorite audio clips. Each gallery in The KSHE 95 Photo Wing has a theme such as Air Personalities, Rock Stars and St. Louis Concerts.
KSHE Program Director, Rick Balis said, “So many talented people have contributed, throughout our 50 years, to make KSHE 95 what it is today. It’s actually, amazing. More amazing, though, is the incredible listeners that we have had and have today. It’s rare. And, we cherish those relationships. The relationships are ‘generational’. Grandparents, their kids and the kids of those kids are listeners today.” He added, ‘The KSHE 50th Anniversary Real Rock Museum’ is a tribute to both the contributors and the listeners.” Special recognition goes to our “Web Daddy”, Tony Jordan and our Director of Video, Jim Modglin. PHOTO/L-Early air staff - R- Ron Elz former PD
JACOBS: Learning From The 'Tweeter In Chief'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2017 –– For those who wondered if President Elect Donald Trump would cut back on his tweeting once elected, well, judging by recent posts, likely not. Taking note of this is Jacobs Media head, Fred Jacobs, who blogged long ago that Trump was having an unprecedented impact by ignoring protocol, and running his own campaign. "I compared Trump to Howard Stern,' wrote Jacobs. "And ironically, the two had a connection as the campaign wore on. Long before Trump, Stern earned his reputation by defying conventional wisdom and “the way we’ve always done it.”
Jacobs adds, "Don’t believe me? Well, consider that when Stern was in his heyday in commercial radio, the question on everyone’s mind was “Did you hear what Howard Stern said today?” For most of 2016, the question was, “Did you hear what Donald Trump said (or tweeted) today?” That sense of brashly ignoring traditional mores and standards is what helped propel both these personalities to the status they enjoy today." Jacobs believes we can expect more of the same in 2017 and beyond. As Stern vilified morning radio’s “zookeepers” and their goofy, predictable bits, it’s very likely Trump will do the same thing during his Presidency. Think about “benchmarks” like the Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon or the Easter Egg Roll. There’s every possibility Trump will dump them, hand them off to Ivanka, or totally reinvent them. But the likelihood of him doing it the same old way is very low. -- A key reason why Trump’s tweets are so consistently read, debated, and discussed is the consistency of his activity. Not a day goes by (or even a few hours) without him reacting, opining, prodding, or provoking on Twitter -- How Trump’s tweeting patterns will change on Friday, January 20th remain to be seen. I’m betting he’ll be tweeting at the same rate, but maybe then he’ll be known as @POTUS. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
Mojo Show Added At 104.5 WSNX Grand Rapids
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2017 –– 104.5 WSNX announced the debut of the Mojo in the Morning show, effective January 16, 2017. Mojo in the Morning will air weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. and will continue to broadcast from its Detroit studio at Channel 955. Mojo in the Morning features personalities Mojo, Spike and Shannon.
We love Michigan and are so excited to have the show heard in West Michigan,” said Mojo, host of Mojo In The Morning. “As a Big fan of SNX, we are honored to be on the two best CHR radio station brands in Michigan!” “We are excited to expand Mojo In The Morning to WSNX,” said Stick, Program Director for 104.5 WSNX. “This show is fun, entertaining and will provide a daily blend of radio not currently available in West Michigan.”
iHeart Debuts New Shows On Denver Stations
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced the debut of new on-air personalities and programming for KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM, 103.5 The Fox and Denver Sports 760, effective this week. The Lewis & Logan (top left) afternoon show will broadcast on KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM on weekdays from 4-7 pm. The program will feature personalities Rick Lewis and Dave Logan and joined by Kathy Lee as co-host and Robbyn Hart as news anchor. The station’s programming will continue to simulcast on 94.1 FM.
Additionally, 103.5 The Fox named Susie Wargin (top right) as its new midday personality. Wargin, a veteran Denver radio and TV personality, will broadcast on weekdays from 10 am -3 pm. The station also named Uncle Nasty (top right) as it s new afternoon personality. He is also a veteran Denver radio personality and will be heard weekdays 3-7 p . m. Denver Sports 760 , The Voice of Broncos Country, today debuted a new programming lineup, anchored by Ed McCaffrey and Andy Lindahl on weekdays from 10am - 1pm. A new local show, hosted by Mike Rice, will air from 1-3 p . m. Tim Hager, Region President of iHeartMedia Denver. “ These changes are sure to resonate with our listeners , clients and pa rtners . ” iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet in the Denver market and its content is available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast station; online via its branded digital site; mobile; and social
Guaranty Broadcasting Suing Walton and Johnson Over Move To New Stations In Louisiana
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2017 –– Following John Walton and Steve Johnson's announcement of moving their “Walton and Johnson” morning radio show to new stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Guaranty Broadcasting is now suing the duo over their actions for allegedly violating the terms of a long-running contract reports businessreport.com. Formerly heard on The EAGLE 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge and Bayou 95.7 FM in New Orleans, the show began broadcasting from 5:30 to 9 a.m. on iHeart station WJBO Newsradio 1150 AM and 97.7 FM Baton Rouge and in New Orleans on News Talk 95.5 FM WRNO.
Although the move became public a day ago, EAGLE 98.1 owner Guaranty filed suit against Walton and Johnson back on Dec. 13. According to the suit, Walton and Johnson allegedly violated the terms of their agreement with Guaranty, which stated that the contract, initially signed in 2006, automatically renews for two years unless either party gives written notice. According to the suit, “neither party ever gave to the other any written notice of intent to terminate or not renew the W&J Affiliation Agreement … as required in order to avoid the automatic renewal of the contract.” The suit also suggests the two sides spent much of October and November butting heads over new terms for the contract. Guaranty was trying to reduce Walton and Johnson’s base fee amount in exchange for a longer contract term. The duo was unwilling to agree to such changes, the lawsuit says. In a Facebook message, Guaranty says a new live local morning show will be introduced on Monday, Jan. 9.
NETWORKS: WWO Celebrates 25th Anniversary; Extends With The Dave Ross Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2017 –– Westwood One celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Dave Ross Show and extends its relationship with Dave Ross, morning news host at KIRO-FM, Seattle. This year marks the 25th year that Westwood One has produced and distributed the weekday feature, heard on more than 200 stations nationwide -- including WCBS-AM/New York, KNX-AM/Los Angeles, WBBM-AM/Chicago, WTOP-FM/Washington, DC, WWL-AM/New Orleans, and more. In addition to his Westwood One daily commentary, Ross also guest hosts for Charles Osgood on The Osgood File.
Dave Ross commented, "Every day I face a blank screen and think, this will be the commentary that will finally make sense of it all. I had no idea it would take more than 25 years!" After four years as a reporter at WSB, Atlanta, Ross joined KIRO Radio in 1978 as a news anchor and started hosting his own talk show in 1987. In 2012 he took over as host of "Seattle's Morning News with Dave Ross" from 6-9 am. Find his commentaries at daveross.com.
Zazza Show Brings Added Joy To Local Families
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2017 –– Tony Zazza, Host of the syndicated morning show “Zazza Mornings with Cheree” based out of 107.1 WA1A in Melbourne, FL, and Founder and President of the Board of Directors for The Zazza Community Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit), helped make the holidays extra special this year for 10 local families in the Space Coast area. Zazza and The Zazza Community Foundation joined forces with Elite Airways and took the families on a magical flight to the North Pole with Jingle Jet™.
Zazza created and produced the project in Dallas, TX, for a number of years and this is the second year it has taken flight along the Space Coast. Zazza said: “Being able to bring our incredible listeners and partners together to give these families a day to escape the heartache and stress is just incredible." Last year Jingle Jet, the launching project of Zazza's non-profit, The Zazza Community Foundation. took five families on this magical journey of hope. This year with the generosity of Elite Airways in providing a bigger jet - a CRJ700 - for the flight, they were able to accommodate 10 families. 30 children and 15 adults buckled up for a day of surprises and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Megyn Kelly Headed To NBC; Will Carey Flop Have Carry-Over Effect?
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Premiere Networks Julie Talbott To Receive TSBC's 2017 'Ashwood Award'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2017 –– Julie Talbott, the President of Premiere Networks, has been selected as this year's recipient of Talk Show Boot Camp's coveted' Ashwood Award.' The award, which recognizes someone who has made a positive impact on the industry, will be presented on Thursday morning March 9th at W Hotel, Buckhead/Atlanta. Talbott was selected by last year's recipient, Chris Oliviero (shown below with 2015 recipient, Kraig Kitchin), who, like each year's honoree, is charged with naming the following year's recipient.
Beginning last August, Talbott expanded her role to include oversight of iHeartMedia's Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) and 24/7 News Network. Talbott will oversee the operations of the newly configured Premiere Networks and lends her experience, relationships and knowledge to all three network teams. Commenting on her selection, Oliviero said, “One of the most rewarding and unique aspects of The Ashwood Award is that each recipient is asked to select the following year's honoree. I am so proud to be able to bestow this recognition on an industry leader that stands head and shoulders above her peers by delivering dominant performances year in and year out - all with a style and class that is so uniquely her own. Julie wears many hats oh so well in her role and all in the course of the same day. Some hours she is a fierce but fair competitor while others she is a trusted and dependable partner . . . but above all she is always a friend. Simply put Julie is one of the best executives - both professionally and personally - that shines brightly on the radio landscape and truly embodies all that the Ashwood Award represents."
The Ashwood Award was named in honor of the late Andrew Ashwood, VP and GM of FOX Sports Radio, who passed away on November 13, 2008 at 51. Andrew was remembered for his unwavering positive outlook on work and on life. Past honorees have included TSBC co-presenter, Gabe Hobbs, Rick Scott, Bruce Gilbert, Jim Farley, Glenn Beck, Kraig Kitchin and Oliviero. CONGRATULATE JULIE HERE
OH WHAT A NIGHT: Carey's Team Cries Foul Over Rockin' Eve Debacle; DCP Calls 'Sabotage Claim 'Absurd'
Seacrest Gets Stuck In Times Square Elevator
JANUARY 2ND, 2017 –– Seemed like a perfect ending to a rather unusual year. Mariah Carey tweeted that “Sh** happens” and appeared to have a sense of humor about technical difficulties that caused her performance to 'go down in flames' during ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special reports Variety. She began by singing “Auld Lang Syne” and then segued into her single “Emotions,” but the sound to her earpiece apparently wasn’t working. Carey’s team reportedly cried foul and contacted the show’s producer, Dick Clark Productions, according to TMZ, alleging that the technical difficulties happened purposely to goose ratings. Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances," Carey spokeswoman Nicole Perna said Sunday. Carey's team went on to tell Entertainment Weekly what actually happened. READ HERE. PHOTO/ Screengrab WATCH HERE
Dick Clark Productions later responded in a statement, which read: "As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that dcp, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year's Rockin' Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd."
Meanwhile, the day didn't start out so well for KIIS-FM and Rockin' Eve host Ryan Seacrest who got stuck in Times Square elevator. Seacrest said he and about five other people got stuck in a Times Square elevator for about 35 minutes before an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" and were rescued by firefighters. The group made phone calls and joked about broadcasting from the space if necessary.PHOTO/instagram
KKHT Houston Flips To Adult Hits 95.7 The Spot
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2017 –– Just in time for the New Year, CBS Radio Houston unveiled a new format beginning at 12:30 pm. last Friday, 95.7 The Spot, Houston’s newest adult hits radio station with hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. "We worked exhaustively to understand what Houston listeners were missing in the market from their local radio stations,” said Sarah Frazier, SVP/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Houston.
“Listeners told us they wanted their own spot to hear their favorite music hits, a spot to relax and energize at work and a spot to feel comfy and complete. This is your Spot, Houston.” No word yet on air staff but it's rumored there may be a local connection.
MOTION: More Changes At CBS Radio Houston
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2017 –– Along with the switch to 95.7 The Spot, CBS Houston has also quietly ended The Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show on MIX 96.5/KHMX in early December. They joined in September of 2015 from its Las Vegas sister station KXTE X107.5/Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Sarah Peppers (shown below) along with co-host Ivan who formerly hosted mornings on KKHH/Hot 95.7, is reportedly still under contract and will remain on-air with CBS Houston.
Along with the news, former co-host Daena Kramer, aka DK (R), is now on the hunt for a new show and another opportunity. DK began her career with CBS 10 years ago in Las Vegas as one of the top sales executives in the cluster, before moving on to become co-host of the morning show on X107.5 - KXTE, where she was a keyl part of the success the show achieved in the market. DK told Jockline she is ready to hit the ground running on the next chapter of her radio career, saying, "I've had a lot of success in the last 7 years as part of an amazing show where I've learned a ton and I found what I'm truly passionate about - doing great radio. The amazing experiences and the great relationships I've built over 10 years with CBS Radio will stay with me forever. But starting fresh is exciting I am so eager to move upward and onward in my career with a new team." DK can be reached at 702-290-8668 or DaenaKramer@gmail.com
Terry Foster Returns To 'Valenti & Foster' Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2017 –– 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) Program Director Jimmy Powers announced that Terry Foster, co-host of “Valenti and Foster,” is returning to the number one rated show today, January 3, 2017. Powers said, “We are excited that Terry is returning to the “Valenti and Foster” show, his humor and insight have been missed not only by his co-workers, but by the listeners. I sincerely appreciate and would like to thank Jeff Riger for sitting in for Terry while he was out; the show didn’t miss a beat.”
“I have been on the sidelines for too long. I missed a lot of good stories and a lot of good times. I’m glad to be back on the train again. I want to thank all of the listeners and my co-workers for their encouraging words, they got me through a tough time,” said Foster. The “Valenti and Foster” show airs weekdays from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Former WMMR, WMGK Host Bubba John Stevens Passes Away At 66
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2016 –– Former longtime 93.3 WMMR and 102.9 WMGK radio host John Laboranti — better known as Bubba John Stevens — died this week at age 66 after a long battle with cancer, reports philly.com. WMGK announced the host’s death Thursday night via a blog post, calling Stevens, “one of the most knowledgable DJs on the airwaves.” “I will never forget hearing the crazy rock and roll stories I used to pry out of him,” says WMGK host Andre Gardner. “He was one of the sweetest guys I ever met in the business.”
Laboranti began his Philadelphia radio career working weekends at 94.1 WYSP in the late 1970s. Before long, he moved on to WMMR, where he worked afternoons and middays throughout the 1980s and '90s. It was at WMMR that Mr. Laboranti began going by his “John Stevens” moniker, longtime WMGK host John DeBella says. Mr. Laboranti, at the time, had followed former WMMR host (and current iHeartMedia program director) Joe Bonadonna on-air, and “management had decided that two names that Italian was too much for one radio station,” DeBella says. DeBella gave Stevens his “Bubba John” moniker, owing the honor to a series of promotions Mr. Laboranti had done for the now-defunct Rib-It restaurant chain, as well as the popularity of 1981's high school sex comedy, Porky's.
Paducah Host Struck And Killed By Vehicle
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2016 –– Longtime Paducah radio personality William "Ed" Taylor (highlighted) was struck and killed in a pedestrian-vehicle accident Thursday evening reports WPSD 6. McCracken County Sheriff's Department said in a release, 41-year-old Kasi Greenwell of Paducah struck 76-year-old Taylor while he was presumably walking across the roadway to retrieve his mail. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene.
Taylor was a western Tennessee native with a long career in radio: working as a host a various Tennessee stations in the early 1960s before joining WPAD in Paducah where he served as an early morning host and play-by-play announcer for Paducah Tilghman High School until 1983. After moving back to Tennessee for various positions at radio stations, in 1997 he returned to Paducah, where he joined Bristol Broadcasting and served as a sportscaster for Paducah Tilghman games. Greenwell was transported to Lourdes Hospital for non-incapacitating injuries. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the collision. PHOTO/Paducah Tilghman High School
SYNDICATION: Walton & Johnson Move To More Talk Stations In Louisiana
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2017 –– Walton and Johnson are no longer broadcasting on The EAGLE 98.1 in Baton Rouge and Bayou radio 95.7 in New Orleans reports Baton Rouge's The Advocate. Instead, writes the paper, they are opting for talk radio stations. The radio duo announced on their Facebook page that beginning Jan. 2 they could be found in Baton Rouge on WJBO 1150, an AM station, from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays.
Michael Hudson, market president for iHeartMedia-owned WJBO, said the company also converted 97.7 to WJBO FM, giving Walton and Johnson a presence on the FM dial in Baton Rouge. They will broadcast from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the FM station. The radio hosts also announced they would be moving to New Talk 99.5 WRNO in New Orleans, also in the morning hours. The show had been heard on Bayou radio, 95.7 FM, WKBU.
8th Annual 'Dream Lunch' Deemed Success
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2017 –– The 8th annual radio dream lunch was held on December 30th at the home of Steve Resnik in suburban LA. Hosted by Steve and Art Vuolo, radios best friend, a cavalcade of media notables gathered in what some describe as the West Coast Annex to the rock 'n' roll Hall of Fame. Among those present were Lou Simon of Sirius XM, Dandy Don Whittemoore RCA record rap turned ice cream man, Tony Novia, the legendary Joey Reynolds, Canada's own Colin Kennedy of CHUM & CKLW, promoter Ron Alexenberg, Media columnist Richard Wagoner, writer and humorist Ken Levine plus three of the biggest voice talents in America; John Leader-Alfenito, Randy Thomas and Shadoe Stevens!
(shown top L-R) Jesse Kove (with Kerri), Freddie Snakeskin, Shotgun Tom Kelly, Randy West, Kerri Kasem, Shadoe Stevens, Randy Thomas, John Garner and in front John Leader. Below is Art Vuolo manning the ice cream table.
Some Really, Really Smart People Share Predictions For 2017
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[WATCH] Police Now Searching For Three Women Of Interest In Hit-And Run Crash That Killed Host
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– After charges were dismissed against a man arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of popular New York host, Jean Paul Guerrero, known as DJ Jinx Paul on La Mega 97.9. police have now released surveillance photos of three women of interest in connection with crash reports NY1 TV. They say the trio here were seen entering the black 4-door sedan that hit 39-year old Jean Guerrero at around 4 a.m. on December 19.
Guerrero was taken to the hospital, where he died. As previously reported, a worker at a body shop told police that the vehicle in question came in for repairs on Monday, the same day that Guerrero was killed. The body shop employee told investigators the owner of the vehicle appeared like a normal customer except for his insistence that he didn’t want the car parked outside.He was later released for insufficient evidence.
Wisconsin Host Died From 'Sudden Cardiac Arrest' While Celebrating Wedding Anniversary; Coroner
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– Stephanie Ollinger-Harry, known as “Stevi” on WYTE/Y106.5 Wausau-Stevens Point, Wisconsin, died of sudden cardiac arrest while celebrating her wedding anniversary Oct. 1 says Coroner Paul Trippe According to WSAW TV, Investigators said Ollinger died suddenly and there was no obvious cause of death initially. Trippe said there were no other factors in her death.
Ollinger, a resident of Stevens Point had been involved in a car accident just two days before her death. However, police said the crash was an unlikely factor.
Hubbard's 106.5 The Arch St. Louis To Celebrate The Life Of George Michael All This Week
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– Hubbard’s Adult Hits, 106-5 The Arch in St. Louis is celebrating the life of George Michael! All week At 9, 1 and 4. Listeners can hear George Michael MegaMixes-a collection Michael’s greatest hits beat-mixed together. Arch followers will also find some of his greatest videos.
Arch music director Robert Fithen says, “George Michael’s music ran the gamut from the silly to the soul-freeing. He was a true superstar whose personality was just as interesting and pioneering as his art. It took a true maverick to pull of songs with titles like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" "Monkey", and "I Want Your (S)ex" with such regality and sophistication.
FORMATICS: Alpha Adds More Rock To Columbia
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Columbia announced the addition of Rock 99.7. The Contemporary Rock station hit the air waves on December 27th. Alpha's EVP of Programming, Scott Mahalick said, “Alpha continues to grow and invest in Columbia with our latest addition of a Contemporary Rock station. Rock 99.7 will be a great companion to our Classic Rock station Fox 102.3 WMFX.”
Alpha Media, Columbia SVP/Market Manager Mike Hartel added, “We live in a very vibrant and educated town, and it was kind of silly that Contemporary Rock didn’t have a place on the dial. Rock 99.7 will now fill a very sizeable 20-year void. We are going to have a ton of fun with this thing,” remarked Hunter Meyer, Rock 99.7 Program Director.
iHR Airs “Evolution’s NYE Live” On New Years Eve
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– This weekend, iHeart Radio will air 'Evolution's NYE Live' featuring 21 Exclusive Guest Mixes From superstar producers Martin Garrix, Major Lazer, David Guetta, Galantis, Afrojack, Hardwell and More with a special New Years Eve broadcast, “Evolution’s NYE Live.” The 20-hour broadcast will feature exclusive guest mixes from 21 popular electronic music producers, including: Deorro, Bingo Players, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Galantis, Robin Schulz, Afrojack, Dash Berlin, Above & Beyond, Yellow Claw, Nervo, Alesso, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, David Guetta, Krewella, Hook N Sling, The Chainsmokers and Mako. Listeners can tune in on the iHeartRadio app or desktop via: https://www.iheart.com/live/Evolution-5953/
SYNDICATION: John Garabedian Staying On As Host Of 'House Party' Through January
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– After throwing a House Party every Saturday night for the past 30 years, John Garabedian is ready to hang it up reports the Boston Herald. The longtime Boston radio guy and host of the syndicated Open House Party will throw his last bash at the end of January. “It’s the longest job I’ve ever had in my life and it’s been awesome,” Garabedian told the Track. “But 30 years is enough. I want to do the next thing. I’m a serial entrepreneur.”
Garabedian sold Open House Party to the United Stations radio network four years ago but part of the agreement was that he would continue to host the show — which airs from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays — for the next four years. The deal runs out on Saturday but Garabedian agreed to stay on until the end of next month as they search for a replacement. Garabedian's next move will apparently be in the “digital realm, which is where Garabedian believes the future of radio is, once cars become equipped with internet-connected dashboards. For more info on House Party, contact Andy Denemark at email@example.com
British Radio Pays Tribute To George Michael
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2016 –– Stations all over the UK have been playing George Michael’s music and talking to celebrities about him on the air since he died on Christmas day. BBC Radio 2 dedicated a special show to George on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas). BBC 1 television will also be showing a 2012 George Michael concert in full on Tuesday night.
TeamRock Fans Raise Over £50k For Redundant Staff - Following the news that 73 members of staff have been made redundant from TeamRock radio in the UK, a JustGiving campaign has so far raised over £50,000 ($61,000) to help staff. The target of £20,000 was smashed within hours of being set up, and is now on its way to £73k – giving each staffer who lost their job this week a thousand pounds to help out where the zero-redundancy pay hasn’t. The company, TeamRock, operators of TeamRock Radio, went bust this week leaving all staff without any redundancy options.
New Drive Presenter Confirmed for 720 ABC Perth- 720 ABC Perth, Australia has announced the station's new Drive host in 2017 will be Belinda Varischetti, currently The Country Hour presenter for Western Australia. Varischetti has featured as a regular on the late Eoin Cameron's Breakfast program over the years but the majority of her time at ABC has been with the Rural department, hosting the Country Hour since 2011.
Radio Station The Gives Financial Advice Goes Bust - Share Radio in the UK has gone bust. The radio station all about giving financial advice is making six full-time staff redundant because outgoing costs are too high. Share Radio currently makes £2 million in annual losses but is looking for new investment of £2.5m.
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Joint Funeral Planned For Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher
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News/Talk Trumps Radio Format List For 2016
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– With a likely HUGE assist from President Elect Donald Trump, Nielsen’s reports that News/Talk format topped the list as the number one ranked format among persons aged 6 and older. The format continues to grow every year, and this year was no different. The growth in audience shares rose from 8.9% in 2015 to 9.6% in 2016, the largest increase in shares among the top 10 radio formats.
Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) followed not so far behind. With an 8.1% share, it ranked second as the top radio format for listeners 6-plus. But, for listeners 18-34 and 25-54, CHR tops the list, ranking number one for the third year in a row. One other format deserves a call out for its performance this year—Classic Rock. Although the format ranked number seven overall this year, it was named the “radio format of the summer,” overthrowing Classic Hits, which had won that title in the two previous years. The charts above break down the national listening landscape for the 10 most popular radio formats of 2016 in Nielsen’s PPM Markets.
Matt Cord To Exit WMMR And Team With Kristen Herrman For Mornings At 95.7 BEN-FM Philly
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– Matt Cord is set to replace Marilyn Russell as morning show co-host at 95.7 BEN-FM reports philly.com. Cord made his announcement Thursday on WMMR alongside Pierre Robert, and prior to a broadcast Friday morning called the BEN-FM gig “the next chapter”. BEN-FM program director Chuck Damico says Friday’s show was “practice” for Cord, who will be joined by co-host Kristen Herrmann, mid-day DJ and production director at BEN-FM, in future broadcasts. The pair officially takes over morning son the station on Jan. 3.
Over at WMMR, PD Bill Weston says that "overnight superstar (and Pierre Robert protege) Jacky Bam Bam is the heir apparent" for Cord's 7 p.m. time slot. The move puts Cord in a time slot formerly occupied by Marilyn Russell, who the station laid off in November. Cord’s began at WMMR in 2005 when he replaced Dee Snider’s nighttime show, House of Hair. Prior to hosting at WMMR, Cord worked at the now-defunct Y100. Cord’s switch to BEN-FM comes several months after Greater Media Inc. agreed to sell both that station and WMMR to Beasley Broadcasting Group as part of a $240 million deal that also included WMGK-FM (102.9), and WPEN-FM (97.5), The Fanatic.
MOTION: BIG 105.1 Miami's Castronovo Show Returns Next Week With More Cast Members
"It's like an improv group, really. We're going to be a funny show, and that's all we want to be," Says Castronovo
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH 2016 –– Following this month's surprise announcement that 26-yr. co-host, Ron Brewer was leaving the show (JL 12/16), fellow host Paul Castronovo has leaked some details of what listeners might expect when the show returns on January 2nd. While their website shows an 'under construction' sign, he tells southflorida.com, 'in many ways the new show will feel like the old show: same time (6-10 a.m. weekdays), same station (WBBG (FM 105.9). But in place of Brewer, Castronovo will trade commentary on news of the day with a young woman named Ghia (top left).
"Ghia is dating some dude named Bentley that she met on Tinder who lives in Kentucky," Castronovo says, laughing. "She's a lifestyle person. She's a train wreck. She's a Brooklyn-born Dominican Jew. I can't wait to peel back that onion." Most recently of the New York-area afternoon-drive show "Trey and Ghia" on Fresh 102.7 New York. She's one of several new voices that will surround the host of "The Paul Castronovo Show." Ghia began as a phone screener for Elvis Duran's show on Z100 in New York, and also has been an on-air personality at Big Apple-area stations WBLI and WBAB, and as a morning host on KFAT in Anchorage and Philadelphia's Wired 96.5. Other members of Castronovo's new team are former WSFL-TV and show alum Smart Dressed John, who will do sports, and local comic Luis Diaz, an audio producer. "Everybody's in their 30s, some in their 20s," Castronovo says. "It's like an improv group, really. We're going to be a funny show, and that's all we want to be." The Paul Castronovo Show" airs 6-10 a.m. weekdays on Big 105.9 WBGG-FM. For more information, visit Big1059.iHeart.com.
Nick Steele & Kristen Flowers Takes Mornings At 96.5 KOIT San Francisco
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– Entercom's 96.5 KOIT has named Nick Steele & Kristen Flowers for morning drive beginning Thursday, January 5, 2017. Nick & Kristen started their morning team debut in 2012 at Midwest Communications WMGI-FM in Terre Haute, IN and then Entravision’s KNTY-FM in Sacramento, CA for the last 2 ½ years.
"We're thrilled to become part of the 96.5 KOIT team lead by Steve DiNardo and Brian Figula”, said Nick & Kristen. “It's an honor to bring our morning show to such an iconic station”. “Nick & Kristen’s super chemistry and appetite to produce great morning radio is exactly what we are looking for”, said Brian Figula, operations manager. “We’re thrilled to bring Nick and Kristen to San Francisco’s #1 at-work station, 96.5 KOIT”, said Steve DiNardo vice-president and market manager.
iHeart Fresno Debuts The Guillermo Moreno Show
To take a conservative approach to local and national issues – including politics, business headlines and pop culture – from the perspective of a Latino Millennial
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Fresno announced the debut of The Guillermo Moreno Show , a fresh live and local talk show to be broadcast on Power Talk 96.7 and AM 1400 . The new program will begin on Tuesday , January 3 , 2017 and will air on weekdays from 6 – 8 p.m. Hosted by on - air personality Guillermo Moreno, The Guillermo Moreno Show will take a conservative approach to local and national issues – including politics, business headlines and pop culture – from the perspective of a Latino millennial and for listeners of all ages .
“In the last election cycle we saw far more young people get involved in the political process - Guillermo speaks directly to, and for, these newly politicized illennials,” said Steve Weed, Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Central California Region.
[WATCH] Former Cleveland Host Now Facing More Charges
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– A former 92.3 The Fan Cleveland host will face more charges in court after police report he allegedly took thousands in rent down payments on a home he didn't own report News 5 TV. A County Prosecutor has charged 36-year-old JG Spooner (inset) with two counts of felony theft after police said Spooner allegedly took $7,000 in rent payments from seven people on a Cleveland home that prosecutors said Spooner doesn't own.
Andrew Sgambati, one of the alleged victims, told News 5 he found the home on (C)raigslist and never suspected anything was wrong when he and his roommates reportedly gave Spooner $2,400 in rent deposits for the house. "I was shocked because I had no reason to believe that anyone was being dishonest," said Sgambati. "With it being so close to the holidays, I thought that me and my two roommates weren't going to have a place to live. This was like how could someone do this to someone else." Spooner has already pleaded guilty on another case in November after he was charged with stealing thousands from a friend's GoFundMe account. Spooner is due in Court today (12/28) on the theft charges.
SiriusXM Brings Out The Stars And More On New Years Eve And A Special Satellite Radio Channel
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– SiriusXM Satellite Radio will roll out oncerts and DJ sets from Maroon 5, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Willie Nelson, and many more artists, countdowns, and a special New Year’s channel to help ring in 2017. According to Tech Times, they have also creaed a brand new dedicated channel just for New Year's, entitled New Year's Nation.
SiriusXM will provide a dozen countdowns in various genres on 12 of its satellite radio channels: Hits1, The Highway, Coffee House, Watercolors, Pop 2K, The Pulse, BPM, Caliente, Bluesville, The Loft, The Heat and Heart & Soul. In addition, a number of other stations will countdown the all-time best songs in their respective genres. Those looking for a soundtrack for their own party can turn to a special temporary channel on SiriusXM created just for New Year's, entitled New Year's Nation, on channel 18, beginning on Friday, Dec. 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET and running through Monday, Jan. 2 at 3:00 a.m. ET. PHOTO/SiriusXM
WNML Knoxville's Jeff Jacoby Passes Away At 61
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 28TH, 2016 –– Cumulus' Sports Radio WNML’s Jeff Jacoby has passed away following his two-year battle with cancer at the age of 61. Jeff was a radio icon in the Knoxville community, having co-hosted “Doc, Jeff and Heather” weekday mornings on Sports Radio WNML (formerly The Sports Animal). Jeff’s Knoxville radio career began in the early 1980’s. In 1985 he joined the Vol Network and in January 2000, Jeff joined the Dick Broadcasting group (now Cumulus Media) as the morning sports reporter and account executive. In 2005 Citadel Broadcasting (formerly Dick Broadcasting; presently Cumulus Media) launched The Sports Animal and Jeff went on air as co-host of “Doc, Jeff and Heather.”
Jeff is survived by his wife, Sheree Jacoby; mother, Nina Jacoby; brother, Doug Jacoby; daughters, Angie Jacoby Merrick (Jim) and Kristi Kromer Fisher (Ted); sons, Brad Jacoby and Chase Kromer; grandsons, Hunter and Jake Merrick; and granddaughters, Lydia Isabelle and Julianna Fisher as well as many nieces and nephews. Jeff was predeceased by his beloved father, George Jacoby. For all his friends and family in this community and across the world, Jeff Jacoby will be truly missed but never forgotten.
Carrie Fisher Remembered; Mother Debbie With Touching Post
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Howard Stern's Joey Boots AKA 'Baba Booey' Passes Away At 49
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 26TH, 2016 –– One of Howard Stern's 'Wack Packers', was found dead at his New York Bronx apartment. According to TMZ the NYPD responded to an emergency call on Friday night for a man in need of medical attention, before pronouncing the actor dead on arrival (DOA).
When Joey didn't answer the door, the building manager was called to enter the residence, where they found him in a chair 'with no pulse'. Joey was famous for his catch phrase Baba Booey, and a well known character on the Stern show reported - in addition to being a Stern regular, Boots also aired a live podcast each Friday called "The Joey Boots Show." on Friday nights. On Saturday afternoon, Stern tweeted: "Tribute to the one and only Joey B in the new year. He will be missed. #BabaooeyHowardSternpenis" Tribute to the one and only Joey B in the new year. He will be missed. #BabaooeyHowardSternpenis — Howard Stern (@HowardStern) December 24, 2016- PHOTO/Shutterstock 1
Man Surrenders In Hit-And-Run Death of New York Host
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 26TH, 2016 –– The suspected driver in the hit-and-run death of a popular New York City host has turned himself in, police said. CBS reports The 27-year-old man surrendered on Friday morning, police said. Charges are pending. Jean Paul Guerrero, better known as DJ Jinx Paul on La Mega 97.9. Guerrero was hit by a car while crossing a street in Brooklyn early last Monday. Police said he walked in front of a double parked flatbed truck to cross a street and was struck in the center lane. Police say Guerrero was hit by a black Nissan Maxima going at a high rate of speed.
A worker at a body shop told police that the vehicle in question came in for repairs on Monday, the same day that the 39-year-old radio DJ was fatally struck, police said. The body shop employee told investigators that the owner of the vehicle appeared like a normal customer except for his insistence that he didn’t want the car parked outside. The radio station called Guerrero “a true warrior of the radio.”
ON-AIR: WAAF Boston Adds Matty & Nick To Afternoons
Mistress Carrie Moves To Middays; Mike HSU to Mornings
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 26TH, 2016 –– Boston's WAAF announced a shift in dayparts, plus the addition of two new hosts. New to afternoon drive are Matty Blake and Nick Stevens (shown above). With the move, WAAF midday host Mike Hsu re - joins the popular Hill-Man Morning Show, and afternoon fixture Mistress Carrie (R) slips into the midday chair. Blake, a comedian, is also a TV, film and commercial actor. Nationally, he hosts “The Curse of Oak Island: Drilling Down” on The History Channel. Matty returns to Boston for the new afternoon gig with his comedy cohort, Nick Stevens who has been doing stand-up in New York for 20 years.
Mistress Carrie is among WAAF’s most recognized on-air personalities . She began her career as a station intern in the early 90’s, ultimately making her way to the microphone. Carrie hosted afternoons on WAAF for the past 11 years and now returns to her original midday (10:00 A - 3:00P). Mike Hsu, another Boston area native, took over middays on WAAF in 2005. His move to The Hill-Man Morning Show is a reunion of sorts with Greg Hill; Hsu originally served as the program’s News Dire ctor until 2004.
MOTION: WPRO-AM's John DePetro Announces End To Weekday Talk Show On Blog
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Providence talker John DePetro posted Saturday on his personal blog that he would be leaving his midday slot on WPRO-AM, which airs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. According to WPRI, DePetro had previously cited a “health situation” as the reason he was off air for much of December.
“Thank you to all my listeners for making 2016 my best year ever in radio, with my coverage of the Trump campaign, my many exclusives, plus my national work on The Savage Nation and CNN,” DePetro wrote. “I am very grateful for the many loyal listeners who have been entertained by my program on WPRO over the past 10 years.” No official word has been made by the station regarding his announcement.
MOTION: Radio Vet Carl Anderson Announces Change In Career Path
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 26TH, 2016 –– Longtime radio executive Carl Anderson caught many of us off-guard by announcing on Facebook that he was changing career paths. "Please forgive this unusually long FB post, but after more than 28 years of working in this whirlwind business of radio/media, I am about to pursue a completely different career path...and thought I should let you know ;) In January, I will become the COO of Premier Auto Center and justtrucks.com. It's truly a humbling opportunity filled with the challenge of learning a whole new business. Plus, the bonus of working alongside a terrific friend and visionary, Scott Lehman My time in media, and specifically with iHeartMedia, has been nothing short of amazing and rewarding for me and my family."
Anderson continued: "As I reflect, it has been a career path that has far exceeded anything I could have planned. From my first radio job in Beaver Falls, PA...to Pittsburgh...to Richmond...to Chicago...to DC...to Dallas...and now, Tucson. Whew! It's also impossible to not think of the terrifically talented people that I've had the privilege to work with over the years. It has been a uniquely precious and challenging journey and I have learned so much from so many of you reading this. For that, thank you! I pray that you all continue to reach for success, life's balance and continue to chase a dream that may have been on the back burner for a while...and if you need a car, let me know. I can probably get you a pretty good deal ;) Blessings!"
FORMATICS: San Jose’s KBAY Becomes Bay FM, iHeart Dallas Debuts New AC Star 102.1; Tampa's Donald 98.7 Back To Rock
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 26TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Silicon Valley announced that legendary station KBAY will become ‘94.5 Bay FM’. Alpha Media VP of Programming and Bay FM Program Director, Ronnie Stanton commented “This is a hugely exciting moment in the history of these call letters."
iHeartMedia Dallas announced the debut of Star 102.1, the new home of Mainstream Adult Contemporary (AC) for Dallas / Fort Worth, effective December 26. The station’s lineup will include 20-year radio veteran personality Ryan Lovet, American Women in Media on-air personality of the year winner Rick O’Bryan, and newcomer to the DFW radio landscape, Amanda Flores (R).
----Following its announcement on December 13th of dropping Bubba The Love Sponge from it's Tampa outlet,* Beasley's WBRN-FM segued to Christmas music, but now has returned to rock and rebranded itself as "Donald 98.7 FM' Predictably, it promises to "Make Radio Great Again." Adding to the brand, the website features an image of $!00 bills (L)with the name "98.7 Donald FM." *The Bubba the Love Sponge Show continues to air on Beasley's WRXK / 96K-ROCK in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Global Music Rights Announces License Extension Deal with Radio Music License Committee
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 26TH, 2016 –– Attorney Dan Petrocelli who represents GMR led by Irving Azoff (L), offered the following statement: "Today, GMR has offered a license to all radio stations represented by the RMLC allowing the stations to play GMR's repertoire in exchange for specified license fees. This license extends through September 2017 and gives everyone additional time to negotiate long-term licenses with GMR.
GMR offered this license to the RMLC last month, but the RMLC refused it and, instead, chose to sue and seek an injunction. With this latest agreement, the RMLC has withdrawn its request for an injunction and radio stations across the country will have the opportunity to offer their listeners GMR's quality music."
iHeart's Presents National Jingle Day By Jingle Punks”
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 26TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced its partnership with audio creative agency Jingle Punks for a fun adventure in sound featuring original audio collaborations from 13 leading brands. iHeartMedia’s National Jingle Day Presented by Jingle Punks took place on Monday, December 26 and will debut new jingles from the ACLU, Aloe Gloe, Axe Hair, Band-Aid® Brand Adhesive Bandages, Chase Freedom Unlimited, Glade®, Logitech, musical.ly, Outback Steakhouse, Suave, Ziploc® and more.
The brands collaborated with iHeartMedia and Jingle Punks to script, record and produce 13 original jingles back-to-back in 13 hours. Select jingles aired nationwide on hundreds of iHeartMedia radio stations as well as on iHeartRadio. In addition, musical.ly, the world’s fastest growing video social network, will celebrate iHeartMedia’s National Jingle Day by sharing a selection of the original jingles with its community of more than 160 million users, allowing them to create videos set to their favorite jingle. As part of iHeartMedia’s National Jingle Day Presented by Jingle Punks, recording artist Barry Manilow will be the first-ever honoree inducted into the National Jingle Day Hall of Fame for his voice work on iconic brands such as McDonald’s, Band-Aid, KFC and State Farm. Fans can visit youtu.be/MRRQHHBcnp4
Stars React To Michael's Passing
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Pop Icon George Michael Passes Away At 53
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 26TH, 2016 –– Pop icon George Michael has died of heart failure according to his longtime manager Michael Lippman. Michael, who topped the 80's chart with his group Wham! died at his home in England on Sunday reports The Huffington Post. He was 53. “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period,” his publicist said in a statement. “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage,” the statement said.
British police said Michael’s death was “unexplained but not suspicious.” Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou June 25, 1963 in London to Greek Cypriot immigrant parents, Michael once played music on the London underground train system before finding fame with Wham!. With a school friend, Andrew Ridgeley, he formed Wham! in 1981, a partnership that would produce some of the most memorable pop songs and dance-floor favorites of the 1980s. Following news of Michael's death, Sony Music Entertainment issued this statement: "George Michael was a supremely gifted artist and a true music icon. Sony Music had the privilege to have worked with him over several decades on a number of his legendary releases, and we join the world in mourning the loss of a great superstar. Our condolences go out to his family during this difficult time."
Nielsen Extends PPM Panel Sample By 10%
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– Nielsen announced it will increase the PPM panel sample target by 10% across all 48 radio metro areas. The expansion is part of Nielsen’s ongoing efforts to advance audio measurement and deliver representative, stable and high-quality audience estimates. Nielsen’s enhanced PPM panel will have more than 80,000 installed meters. This means that on an average day over 65,000 panelists will contribute to the ratings. The increase represents more than 6,000 additional panelists on a daily basis across the aggregate of PPM markets.
“An increase in the PPM sample size is the number one priority for our clients,” said Brad Kelly (L), Managing Director for Nielsen Audio. “With this investment, Nielsen is doubling down on its commitment to the radio industry and addressing the needs of our clients. With the recently announced acquisition of Gracenote, Nielsen will be exploring ways to leverage Gracenote’s vast footprint in over 70 million Car Infotainment systems as well as their expertise as the industry standard for automatic content recognition (ACR) to help expand our measurement of in-car audio and in-car digital listening. “Larger sample sizes are important due to the continuing fragmentation of audiences and the need for more granular analysis of the data. This expansion will be an important step forward in the accuracy and quality of our audio estimates,” said Megan Clarken, President for Nielsen Product Leadership. “Increasing the size of our PPM panel will allow our clients to continue to share their story with confidence and in a way that resonates with advertisers.”
ESPN Radio Celebrates 25th; Extends Bomani Jones With Multi-Year Deal, Adds 4 New Shows
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2016– – ESPN Radio will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with Special Broadcast and Yearlong Programming Anniversary Broadcast Hosted by ESPN Radio Original Keith Olbermann to Air January 4 In 2017. Guests will include Tony Bruno and Chuck Wilson – all voices on the first ESPN Radio broadcast. The anniversary special will re-air on ESPN Radio periodically throughout 2017. “ESPN Radio has been around for 25 years serving sports fans on the go wherever and whenever. We have evolved over time, adapting as sports fans have adapted, to new ways of listening while all along maintaining strong relationships with our over 500 affiliates across the country,” said Traug Keller, senior vice president, ESPN Audio. Throughout 2017, ESPN Radio will revisit pivotal moments in sports from the past 25 years. From January 9 through December 11, the network will offer the bi-weekly 25 Stories in Sports from the Last 25 Years podcast series, which will be hosted by various ESPN Radio voices and discuss some of the landmark sporting events since 1992.
ESPN also announced it has signed Bomani Jones to Multi-Year Extension. Jones, who joined ESPN full time in 2013, will continue to host The Right Time with Bomani Jones on ESPN Radio weekdays from 4 – 7 p.m. ET. He will also remain co-host of Highly Questionable, with Dan Le Batard and Papi, weekdays on ESPN at 4:30 p.m.
Along with the Jones announcement, ESPN reports it has added four new shows to its 2016 winter weekend lineup: Rothenberg & Medcalf (Saturdays, 5 – 8 p.m. ET); Robin & Reese (Saturdays, 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.); Clinton Yates, Mina Kimes & Domonique Foxworth (Sundays, 9 a.m. – Noon); and Jordan Rodgers & Jason Fitz (10 p.m. – Midnight) are each making their debuts through the winter schedule.
ON-AIR: WTMJ Revamps Lineup; Danny Meyers Headed To Virginia Beach For Mornings/PD Post
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– WTMJ Milwaukee will debut its new lineup on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Midday host Jeff Wagner (top left) will move to the weekday mid-morning show from 8:30am-Noon. In addition, WTMJ alumnus John Jagler will return to the station for a special interim engagement to host “WTMJ Today” from 12-3pm weekdays. Jagler hosted Wisconsin’s Morning News with Gene Mueller until 2010. He now serves as a Representative for Wisconsin’s 37th State Assembly District. He will work with WTMJ's Erik Bilstad. John will appear in the interim until a permanent midday host is announced. The new WTMJ lineup comes after long time host Charlie Sykes recently stepped away from his daily show.
Following the surprising news this week that 14-yr. morning co-host of The Danny & Zack Show on K92 Richmond, Danny Meyers tells Jockline he'll be starting as PD/Mornings of Movin' 107.7 in Virginia Beach after the first of the year. He'll be teamed in mornings with longtime host, Tricia Harris. Meyers aired his last show on K2 yesterday, 12.21. The rebranded Zack and Monica will now take over mornings on K92.
PROGRAMMING: Darrick“Brown” Williams Named PD for WGZB & WMJM Louisville
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– Alpha Media Louisville announced that Darrick Williams has been named Program Director for Urban B-96.5 (WGZB), and Urban A/C Magic 101.3 (WMJM). Over the past 20 years Darrick has been involved in every aspect of the creative process in Radio Programming, from Washington DC, Charlotte, and Philadelphia to New York City. Add to that, over a decade of experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry, Donnie Simpson, Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, Salt N Pepa, Cedric The Entertainer, Sommore, Jay Stevens, Tony Gray, Skip Dillard and so many more.
“I am very excited to take on this new journey!" said Williams. "I’ll be surrounded by an abundance of talent, and look forward to a successful 2017 serving and living in Louisville aka KENTUCKIANA.”
Stevie Wonder Avenue Is Made Official In Detroit
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2016– – Detroit music legend Stevie Wonder now has a street officially named after him reports Bryce Huffman of michiganrdio.org. Stevie Wonder Avenue is on a stretch of Milwaukee Street near Woodward Avenue in Detroit's New Center Area neighborhood. It's only about a mile from Hitsville U.S.A. where Motown Records once operated. Wonder said he's excited for the expansion of the Motown Museum.
"I think it’s wonderful, the expansion, and the exciting thing as well is that it will be accessible so that everyone can enjoy the museum," Wonder said. "As the city goes through its growth and expansion, it is only appropriate for that to happen to a jewel,” he added, “and so much that has made, or been a part of Detroit’s legacy as Motown.” Wonder was also given the key to the city by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan for his contributions not only to the city's musical landscape, but to the entire world's as well. PHOTO/Bryce Huffman-Michigan Radio
iHR Teams With Google To Help Kids Track Santa
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– iHeartRadio is teaming up with Google to help kids and their families track Santa's progress as he flies across the world delivering gifts! iHeartRadio’s digital North Pole Radio station will broadcast an exclusive Christmas Eve special featuring Santa Claus, who will check in from select stops around the world for listeners to follow along on his gift-giving journey. Plus, on December 24, families can visit iHeartRadio.com to track Santa's entire route as he travels across the globe, powered by Google’s Santa Tracker.
Leading up to Christmas Eve, kids can call 929-BIG-ELF1 to leave messages for Santa with their gift requests, and after Christmas they can leave messages thanking Santa and his elves for their presents! Santa will play the messages on North Pole Radio and will respond to tweets he receives @iHeartSanta.
End Of FM Radio In Norway; Another TV Star Lands Radio Gig
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2016 –– January 11TH, 2017 is a historic day for the medium of radio. Norway will becomes the first country in the world to move towards fully digital radio transmissions. As a result of this, the national FM network will be switched off. The FM networks will be switched off region by region, starting in Nordland 11th January. The event will take place in Bodø and the final switch-off will be done at 11.11 pm CET.
Breakfast Show Host For 11 Years Gets Demoted In Manchester England - TV soap star, Gemma Atkinson will host Key 103’s breakfast show in the new year. Long time host, Mike Toolan will stay on as one of her sidekicks. The new show will be known as Gemma, Matt and Mike (shown). Earlier this year, Mike’s co-host of 11 years Chelsea Norris suddenly left the show after being told her contract was not being renewed. Gemma is a model and actress, who is known for her work in Hollyoaks, Casualty and Emmerdale. Her new show starts in February.
Another TV Star Given A Radio Gig- Smooth Radio in London is putting Tina Hobley on a daily show from January. Tina will be replacing Anthony Davis who is moving to the USA with his family. Tina has starred in a variety of television series from Coronation Street to Holby City. Tina will be heard in London on 102.2FM / DAB and across the rest of the Smooth network of 24 AM transmitters in the UK.
BBC Weatherman Rushes Out Of LIVE Broadcast To Be SICK - Tomasz Scafernaker failed to finish a weather forecast for shipping broadcast on BBC Rado 4. in 91 years. He could be heard saying: "Mull of Kyntyre to Cape Wrath southerly or southerly five or four… excuse me…" A colleague then stepped in to apologize to listeners and explain the situation in the studio. "I do apologize," they said. "That was Tomasz Schafernaker, we'll just complete the in-shore waters forecast." The weatherman was forced to cut his broadcast short so that he could be sick. After Tomasz rushed out of the studio, those tuning into the BBC Radio 4 forecast took to social media to speculate the reason why he could not finish the bulletin and wish him well. "Hope Tomasz Schafernaker is OK after being unable to finish the shipping forecast on Radio 4 this morning. In tears by the sound of it," one listener wrote. While another tweeted: "@Schafernaker how are you? What happened during the shipping forecast this morning? Really worried." A third asked: "Could you please advise if Tomas Scafernaker is okay @BBCRadio4?" Read more and listen to the audio here; http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/745412/Tomasz-Schafernaker-sick-LIVE-BBC-radio-4-weather-shipping-forecast
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Amy Schumer Buys Back Farm Her Family Once Lost To Bankruptcy
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SiriusXM Wins Appeal In Turtles Copyright Case
JUDGE: "Record companies and artists had a symbiotic relationship with radio stations, and wanted them to play their records to encourage name recognition and corresponding album sales"
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– In what appears to be a huge victory for SiriusXM and a major setback for owners of older sound recordings, a lower court's decision has now been reversed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a New York appeals court on Tuesday (12.20) concluded that New York's common law doesn't protect the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings and therefore broadcasters don't have to pay. The decision comes in one of the many putative class action lawsuits brought by Flo & Eddie (inset) of The Turtles. The pair had filed litigation in New York, California and Florida with the contention that SiriusXM needed their authorization to play their songs. Because their works were authored before Feb. 15, 1972, when sound recordings became protected under federal copyright law, they sued under various state laws to be compensated for what was played on stations like SiriusXM Radio's '60s on 6.
In 2014, Flo & Eddie scored a massive court victory in California and then another win in New York. In late November a proposed settlement was struck that required SiriusXM to pay $25 million with payments potentially escalating to about $99 million depending on the outcome of various appeals. In the opinion (read here), New York appeals court judge Leslie Stein writes that "it would be illogical to conclude that the right of public performance would have existed for decades without the courts recognizing such a right as a matter of state common law, and in the absence of any artist or record company attempting to enforce that right in this state until now." She added, "Instead, common sense supports the explanation ... that the record companies and artists had a symbiotic relationship with radio stations, and wanted them to play their records to encourage name recognition and corresponding album sales," Stein writes. "Nevertheless, those participants have co-existed for many years and, until now, were apparently 'happy together.' While changing technology may have rendered it more challenging for the record companies and performing artists to profit from the sale of recordings, these changes, alone, do not now warrant the precipitous creation of a common-law right that has not previously existed." READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
Nielsen Points Finger At 'Reboot Logic' For PPM Outage
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– Nielsen has now identified the root cause of last month's PPM meter connectivity issue. A Nielsen spox stated, "We have isolated the issue to reboot logic in a subset of meters that were unable to connect to the collection server after multiple attempts. We are testing a software update to the reboot logic and upon successful testing and review with the MRC, we plan to implement the fix by the end of Q1 2017. Nielsen is confident in our findings of the root cause and that all meters in our currency panels are operating within our quality norms. We will continue to monitor all in-market meters on a daily basis."
Nielsen clients first learned about the issue on Nov. 10 after moving to a new audio data collection site. 8% of the installed PPM meters lost connectivity and became inactive. As Jockline reported this week, those issues caused the Media Rating Council to withhold accreditation of the December ratings in the 26 PPM markets where the service has been accredited.
Facebook Introduces 'A Real-Time Radio Option'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– Fresh off the heels of introducing 'Live 360 last week, Facebook has debuted 'Live Audio,' which adds a real-time radio option to its other video options. It's available to both Android and iOS users. “We know that sometimes publishers want to tell a story on Facebook with words and not video,” Facebook announced in a blog post. “We also know that publishers sometimes go live from areas that lack strong network connectivity.” With this in mind, it’s making that broadcasting capacity available to users, pages, publishers, and brands -- Broadcasters will be able to post up to four hours’ worth of material as they go.
According to geektime.com, Facebook is betting heavily on live streaming. Facebook Live support is also coming to more iOS camera add-ons. They add, "And as it develops the service further for news, music, and podcasting, it’s likely to start running into competition with other services, such as iTunes or Spotify. Tech 2 says, "The move is the latest in a series of efforts to get traditional broadcasters to use the social media platform for delivering their content.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Andy West Tapped As Creative Services & Imaging Dir. For iHeart Radio
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2016– – iHeartRadio named Andy West as the Creative Services & Imaging Director for the iHeartRadio product team. “"I am beyond excited to work with the brilliant team at iHeartRadio,” said West. “To be able to put my energy into this amazing brand that continues to grow, while working with some of the best minds in the industry - it's a dream come true! Let's go!"
Previously, West served as the Imaging Director for CBS Radio in Atlanta while also working as the Imaging Director for the Atlanta Falcons & Atlanta Hawks Radio Networks. Throughout his career has also worked as the Imaging Director for Cumulus’ Q100, 99X and Rock 100.5 in Atlanta; KRBZ in Kansas City; KRBE in Houston; WBIX and WTJM in New York; WPST in Trenton; WPLY in Philadelphia; and WWMX in Baltimore.
ON-AIR: Guy Gordon To Join WJR/Detroit Lineup; Brock & Salk Headed To The Game Portland; Johnny O'Leary Heads To WSSX-FM Charleston; PD/On-Air
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– Popular Detroit TV host, Guy Gordon (left), is headed to WJR AM 760 for afternoon. He'll join WJR in January to host a new talk show from 3-5 p.m. reports Crains Detroit. Gordon has filled in for WJR host Paul W. Smith for the past two years. "It has been so much fun, and Paul has been such a gracious guy to allow me to test the waters," Gordon said. The WJR team has been phenomenal to work with, he said, giving him confidence about the move. “It was just something that just kind of evolved. We just saw this great fit when I filled in."
WJR currently airs three local talk shows hosted by Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann and Mitch Albom. Stephen Henderson hosts a one-hour morning broadcast on WDET 101.9 FM, and WFDF 910 AM is emerging as a local talk station.
--Alpha Media, Portland announced that 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Brock & Salk” (shown center) will begin airing on 750/102.9 The Game on Monday, January 2, 2017 each weekday from 9 am – 12 pm. “ Mike Salk has partnered with former NFL quarterback Brock Huard since the debut of “Brock & Salk” in April 2009, as part of the launch of 710 ESPN Seattle.Mike Salk has hosted “Brock & Salk” since 2009, with a brief stop at WEEI in Boston in 2013. He previously hosted shows on the ESPN Radio Network.
-- Johnny O’Leary (top right) (known on-air as “Johnny O’”) segues from his roles as Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host on Cumulus Media-Atlanta’s Q100/WWWQ-FM to join its Charleston’s Top 40 station, WSSX-FM, as Program Director and On-Air Personality, effective January 3, 2017. Johnny O’ moves to WSSX after nine years at Q100 in Atlanta, GA. Prior to that, he was Program Director and On-Air Personality for New South Radio and was also Imaging Director and On-Air Personality for Q102 in Cincinnati, OH.
TRANSISTION: Bobby Rich Moves To Afternoons At 94.9 Tucson; Robert Murphy Leaving WLS-FM Chicago; Valerie Knight Off WOGL/Philly's ‘Breakfast Club’
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– Longtime morning host Bobby Rich is moving to afternoons. Rich, who hosted the 94.9-FM morning radio show for 24 years, will make the move Jan. 3, debuting the show "Bobby Rich Celebrates Tucson," which will air from 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Greg Curtis and Mrs. Grant will continue to host 'The Morning Mix.'
Legendary Chicago host Robert Murphy will be signing off as afternoon host on WLS FM 94.7 reports Robert Feder. December 30 will be Murphy’s last day on the show, which airs from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays. His replacement has not been announced.
--Valerie Knight of 98.1 WOGL’s The Breakfast Club has left the building . Knight, who began working at the station in 2002, confirmed her departure on Facebook: "WOGL cut me loose Friday and it's time to move on. Nice ride for nearly 15 years. No replacement has been been named.” Knight follows former Breakfast Club host Ross Brittain who left in 2015.
PODCAST: SiriusXM To Add Critically Acclaimed Podcasts, Shows On Insight Channel From WNYC
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– SiriusXM announced that a wide-ranging selection of critically-acclaimed programs and podcasts from one of the most influential and top producers in on-demand audio -- WNYC Studios -- will join SiriusXM Insight channel 121 starting Monday, January 9, 2017. Both first-run and archive editions of the programs will be available seven days a week. The mix of WNYC Studios-produced programs and podcasts that will air on SiriusXM's Insight channel range across subject matter including comedy, economics, drama, media, relationships, and more. Daily programs include the unique storytelling and explorations of shows like Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, and Snap Judgment. Weekly programs include Here's the Thing hosted by Alec Baldwin, 2 Dope Queens with Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Death, Sex & Money, and more. For a full list of shows and podcasts to air on the channel, please visit www.siriusxm.com/wnyc.
"WNYC wants to be anywhere people are listening," said Dean Cappello, Chief Content Officer for WNYC and head of the WNYC Studios. "So we are thrilled to bring our award-winning podcasts to SiriusXM and its Insight channel. We're excited to reach and engage new listeners through this partnership."
iHeart's KFAN Extends Three Years As Broadcast Home Of The Minnesota Wild
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– The Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL) announced a three-year extension of its partnership with iHeartMedia’s KFAN, The Twin Cities Sports Leader, to broadcast all preseason, regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games on 100.3 FM through the 2019-2020 season. KFAN is currently in its sixth season as the official radio flagship home of the Minnesota Wild.
KFAN will also continue to host “Wild Weekly” as well as “Wild Fanline” after select games. Full promotional support will also be provided on KFAN’s sister stations: Cities 97.1, Hot 102.5, KDWB, K102, KOOL 108 and KTLK. “In addition to being an outstanding partner, KFAN has proven to be a great fit for Wild fans,” said Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka. “We’re excited to renew our partnership and continue delivering the extensive coverage Wild fans have enjoyed.” “We’re thrilled to continue our great partnership between KFAN and the Minnesota Wild,” said Jeff Tyler, president of the Western Great Lakes Region for iHeartMedia.
TIS THE SEASON: WAVE 104.1 Myrtle Beach Collects Over 13,000 Pounds Of Food For Charity
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2016 –– WAVE 104.1 (WYAV) held their Marathon for Meals during the week of November 12-18 in support of the Myrtle Beach based Helping Hand and Community Kitchen organizations. Over 13,000 pounds of food donations were collected during the week-long drive. WAVE 104.1 personalities, Tommy and Korby from the T&A Morning show, Prez, Scott Mann and Rick Roberts broadcasted live from Bi-Lo locations including Myrtle Beach, Socastee and Surfside.
“This year was the best year ever for Wave 104.1’s Marathon for Meals! All staff members on Wave 104.1 stepped up this year to make it the best year yet. It is always a great time doing this food drive,” remarked Scott Mann (shown), Wave 104.1 Program Director.
Amy Schumer Buys Back Farm Her Family Once Lost To Bankruptcy
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[WATCH] Police Investigating Deadly Hit-and-Run That Killed Popular New York Host DJ Jinx Paul
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2016 –– NYPD have released new surveillance video as they search for the driver in a deadly hit-and-run in Brooklyn reports NY1 TV New York. They point to the driver of a black four-door sedan (highlighted above) hit a 39-year-old man identified as Jean Guerrerro, best known as DJ Jinx Paul on Mega 97.9/WSKQ New York. The driver then sped off. Guerrerro was taken to the hospital, where he died.
Station owner Spanish Broadcasting System issued a statement writing: "It is a moment of great pain and sadness for Mega 97.9 FM and the radio fans due to the sudden and unexpected death of our companion and friend, DJ Jinx Paul, who will always be remembered. On behalf of the SBS family New York, we send our heartfelt condolences to his wife to his child, brothers and relatives," said Eric Garcia, CRO of the radio division and General Manager of SBS New York. WATCH HERE
Nielsen Acquires Gracenote From Tribune Media
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2016 –– Nielsen today announced it has entered into an agreement with Tribune Media Company to purchase Gracenote, the industry's premier provider of media and entertainment metadata. With this transaction, Nielsen will acquire the data and technology that underpins the programming guides and personalized user experience for major video, music, audio and sports content. The acquisition extends Nielsen's footprint with major clients by including Gracenote's global content database which spans across platforms including multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), smart televisions, streaming music services, connected devices, media players and in-car infotainment systems.
Gracenote provides reference information for over 12 million movie and television listings and 200 million music tracks, and drives the interfaces of the major streaming digital media services, as well as the connected technology systems in over 75 million automobiles. By bringing Gracenote's capabilities into its measurement framework, Nielsen will have the ability to provide clients with deeper analytics on consumer behavior and offer an unprecedented view of audience engagement from discovery to consumption. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2017.
"Gracenote's metadata and content recognition technology fuels the interfaces of the major video, music and in-car infotainment systems that consumers engage with every day. This acquisition provides Nielsen with a significant asset in our mission of measuring and understanding consumer behavior," said Karthik Rao, President, Expanded Verticals at Nielsen. Gracenote will operate as a business unit within Nielsen. The company will continue to operate from its headquarters in Emeryville, California.
MRC To Withhold Accreditation For December PPM
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2016 –– The Media Rating Council issued a statement yesterday (12.19) writing it will withhold its accreditation from the December 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM service reports for those markets in which the PPM service is currently accredited* "Accreditation of the December 201 6 PPM service reports will be withheld until such time that Nielsen Audio has fully addressed MRC’s inquiries and has completed additional analyses requested by MRC that demonstrate to MRC's satisfaction that the PPM service disruption that affected, at minimum, the first week of the December reporting period , has been addressed and appropriately disclosed in a manner that is fully consistent with the MRC Minimum Standards for Media Rating Research."
The statement added: "Since the PPM connectivity disruption, Nielsen has shared information with MRC about the outage, Nielsen Audio’s recovery efforts, and related data analyses Nielsen Audio has performed. However, MRC believes the data analyses related to this incident with which we have been presented by Nielsen Audio, in addition to Nielsen Audio’s responses to a series of questions related to the incident that MRC has raised to Nielsen Audio, are incomplete, and therefore MRC and its Radio Committee and Board of Directors are unable to conclude as yet on this matter. Nielsen has committed to continue to work with MRC on this issue." The report stated it will update the marketplace at a future time should this situation change and we believe these issues have been sufficiently addressed to reinstate MRC accreditation of the December 2016 PPM estimates.
Of note, although this incident affected all PPM markets, the accredited reports affected include the RMR Service, PPM Analysis Tool and TAPSCAN Web for the December 2016 period for the following 26 markets: Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nassau - Suffolk, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Riverside, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Tampa.
[LISTEN] Comedian Tom Arnold Drops Bombshell Claims About Trump During Radio Interview
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2016 –– Leave it to comedian Tom Arnold to make UUUGE headlines yesterday after claiming on KIRO/Seattle's Dori Monson Show (inset) that he has an outtake reel of Donald Trump making inflammatory remarks on "The Apprentice." “I have the outtakes to ‘The Apprentice’ where he says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever,” Arnold said. “I have that.” Rumors of such videos has been mentioned in the past, but were supposedly kept under wraps due to confidentiality agreements. Arnold told Monson, "Hundreds of people have seen these. It was sort of a Christmas video they put together. He wasn’t going to be President of the United States. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children. Oh, this is so funny, this is this guy.
The Trump campaign previously issued a general denial to the statements attributed to Trump in an AP story about the alleged comments. Arnold, who is friends with Schwarzenegger, told Monson that billionaire Mark Cuban has offered to employ anyone who releases the tapes for life and that a Vanity Fair writer has offered to go to prison to protect a discloser’s anonymity, which is why the outtakes “will come out.” Monson said that when he’s spoken with Trump, he found the billionaire to be an extremely sweet man. Arnold agreed. “That’s the problem with him, he’s so sweet,” Arnold said. He added that even if the tapes came out, he didn't think it would effect Trump. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
TRANSITION: Charlie Sykes Wraps Up 23-Year Radio Show At WTMJ Milwaukee; Danny Meyers Leaving K92/Roanoke's Mornin' Thang'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2016 –– Milwaukee talk host Charlie Sykes said his decision to end a 23-year run at WTMJ-AM Milwaukee was made before his opposition to Trump garnered national attention reports The Fairmont Sentinel. Sykes drew international attention during the presidential primaries when he embarrassed Trump during an on-air interview when Trump admitted not knowing Sykes was a leader in the “#NeverTrump” movement. To Trump's credit he later sent a handwritten note over a newpaper article to Sykes saying he hoped he'd change his mind and, notice in photo at right, he wrote "I WILL WIN." Sykes laments,. If left to do it over, he would encourage more dialogue and debate to discourage the polarization of “binary politics.”
-- Further east, someone we've gotten to know and see many times at Morning Show Boot Camp, Danny Meyers, co-host of the beloved Danny & Zack morning show with Monica Brooks (shown right), will be leaving the show after tomorrow, reports WDBJ TV. Meyers announced Monday he will be leaving 92.3 WXLK-FM in Roanoke following a 14-year run, but also announced that on Jan. 9, co-hosts Zack Jackson and Monica Brooks will relaunch the morning show as their own. The last edition of Danny and Zack will air on Wednesday morning.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mark Anderson Rises To VP/Prog. For CBS Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2016 –– CBS RADIO Pittsburgh has elevated Mark Anderson to Vice President, Programming, effective immediately, up from his current role as Pittsburgh Operations Manager and Program Director of WBZZ-FM and WDSY-FM. The market includes four radio stations including KDKA-AM, KDKA-FM, WBZZ-FM, and WDSY-FM. Anderson added, “I am very fortunate to be working alongside the very talented and passionate team at CBS RADIO Pittsburgh, which has been the highlight of my career. I’m ecstatic to continue our relationship in this expanded capacity.”
Anderson joined CBS RADIO Pittsburgh in 2010 and has served in his current position since then. He has worked in the radio industry since 1991, and prior to his responsibilities with CBS RADIO, Anderson held similar operational and programming roles with other radio stations and companies located in St. Louis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
SYNDICATION: Doug Stephan Airs From Israel This Week
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2016 –– This week host Doug Stephan's DJV Show will be originating his portion from Israel. President-Elect Trump’s desire to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, has become one of Talk radio’s hot issues. It's also no secret that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had a bad relationship with President Barack Obama, but after the recent election, he commented “President-Elect Trump is a true friend of the state of Israel,” Stephan said: “The timing of this visit is extremely newsworthy, and besides, what better week to be in Israel than the week before Christmas!.
”Israel is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. On Air With Doug, Jen and Victoria is heard on over 300 radio stations, and is customizable to fit any station’s. To bring Doug and his team and all the fun to listeners in your area, contact Bob K via email BobTheK@Comcast.Net
PODCAST: 'Beyond The Darkness' Is Launched
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2016 –– The paranormal is explored in the new podcast, Beyond the Darkness, today announced Norman Pattiz, Founder and Executive Chairman of PodcastOne. This is the newest show on WWE star Chris Jericho’s podcast network, under the PodcastOne umbrella, and will feature enlightening & entertaining conversations with world-renowned researchers and experiences, challenging everything you think you know about ghosts, ghouls, angels, demons, aliens, monster encounters, mysteries and miracles.
Hosted by author and radio host Dave Schrader, and radio producer and host Tim Dennis, new episodes will be released every Monday on PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes.
HGTV's 'Flip Or Flop' Ending After Next Season? More 'Bests' Of 2016
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LA Rock Radio Legend Bob Coburn And Host Of 'Rockline' Succumbs To Cancer At 68
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2016 –– Longtime Cumulus' KLOS 95.5/Los Angeles host, aka 'Godfather of Rock & Roll,' Bob Coburn, passed away on Saturday after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer earlier this year. Coburn had been a host on 95.5 KLOS for decades. Along the way he gained national notoriety as host of the syndicated "Rockline' for over 33-years. Having succeeded its original host/founder, B. Mitchell Reed, Coburn took the reins from 1981 to 1994 and again from 1997 to 2014, when it ended.
KLOS 95.5, announced Coburn’s death on its website saying he died Saturday of lung cancer. For those wishing to post a comment, visit KLOS' Facebook Tribute Page - you can also watch a special video tribute created by Art Vuolo HERE - ROCKLINE PHOTO/Courtesy of Jim McKeon
The Band Anthrax Pen Open Letter to Irving Azoff After Their Name 'Mistakenly' Included In Lawsuit
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2016 –– The rock group Anthrax have penned an open letter to Irving Azoff after he mistakenly included their band as part of his Global Music Rights' lawsuit against radio stations. According to Rolling Stone, The band 'insinuates' the error could discourage radio stations from playing Anthrax songs. GMR appeared to include Anthrax in the suit, which the band claims was a mistake since they aren't associated with the music rights management company. In the open letter, the band write that they are in a "precarious situation" because radio stations without GMR licenses could be reticent about playing their music, even though they aren't bound to GMR.
"We would completely understand if you were to inform the more than 10,000 U.S.-based radio stations that as of January 1, 2017, they cannot program the Anthrax cover of 'Phantom Lord' unless they agree to the GMR licensing terms," Anthrax wrote to Azoff. "But you don't provide that information, you’ve merely listed 'Anthrax' which does nothing other than create a dark chasm of mystery for radio programmers. Without offering responsible specificity for the programmers, such as the actual title of the song that we recorded, written by the particular GMR client, you've created a precarious situation." The band concludes, "We would ask that you recognize the fact that radio stations are short staffed so likely would not have the time necessary to use your search tool to locate the Anthrax song - and there is JUST ONE - that was written by one of your GMR artists," - SEE FULL ARTICLE AND LETTER HERE
ON-AIR: Z100 New York Taps Brady For Late Night Slot; Bob & Marianne Take Middays On WLS 890
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia New York today announced that popular Seattle radio personality Brady has been named the Late Night Host and Music Coordinator for Z100, New York’. Brady’s show will broadcast weeknights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Previously, Brady was a nighttime on-air personality for KPWK in Seattle, WA. He also hosted nights for KBFF in Portland, OR and for WAZY in Lafayette, IN. Brady was born and raised in Detroit, where he worked as a producer and on-air personality for WYCD and WDZH after high school. "I can't believe this is real life,” said Brady. “The fact that I'll get to crack the mic and say Z100, New York's No. 1 Hit Music Station every night is a dream come true. Plus, to be in the presence of legends like Elvis Duran, Mo Bounce and Maxwell is so exciting. Words can't even express how grateful I am to the iHeartMedia family for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Cumulus Media announced it will debut a new live talk show featuring Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano, Chicago’s favorite husband and wife on-air team, on WLS-AM 890, the flagship radio station of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox. “Sirott and Murciano” will debut on WLS-AM 890 on Monday, January 2, 2017, and will air weekdays from 10AM-12 Noon.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Nick Pinto Rises To VP/Info Technology Post At Beasley; Derek Falter Named VP/Reg. Mgr. For Minnesota Duo
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group announced the promotion of Nick Pinto (L) to Vice President of Information Technology. Nick had been serving Beasley as Information Technology Director in Charlotte since 2014, and had worked in the Charlotte market, overseeing Charlotte cluster’s IT infrastructure since 2004. “I’m honored to join our dedicated Beasley corporate team,” Said Nick. “I have always believed that working hard will you give you many rewards, and this promotion is one of them! I thank Chief Technology Officer Mike Cooney, for his faith in my abilities, and Market Manager Bill Schoening, for his constant support for more than a decade. I look forward to what the future holds for myself and for the Beasley Media Group.”
-- Derek Falter (R) joins Hubbard Radio from Townsquare-Duluth, as Hubbard’s Vice President/Regional Manager for two markets in northern Minnesota. Falter will oversee Country KIKV-FM and Oldies KULO-FM in Alexandria and Country KKWS-FM, Country KWAD-AM and KNSP-AM in Wadena. Falter arrives at Hubbard from Townsquare Media in Duluth, MN, where he has served as GM and Director of Sales for the past five years. Falter has been in Duluth since 2007 and also served as a Senior Account Manager for Red Rock Radio. "I can't tell you how excited we are to bring Derek into Hubbard Broadcasting," said VP/Regional Manager of Minnesota Dan Seeman.
Beasley Las Vegas Names Karolyn Johnston As GSM; Hubbard Taps Susan Karis As VP Sales For Phoenix; Ken Roberts Named VP Sales For Cumulus WMAL/WRQX Washington, DC
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group has hired Karolyn Johnston (L) to serve as General Sales Manager for the Company’s Las Vegas cluster. Karolyn’s radio experience has included executive Senior Account Manager sales positions and non-traditional revenue (NTR) roles in Las Vegas, Seattle and Atlanta before her return to Vegas. “I’m so happy to be on board! Because of Beasley Media Group’s reputation in Las Vegas, along with the smart, seasoned roster of media professionals that make up this group, there are great things on deck for us!” Said Karolyn.
-- Susan Karis is joining Hubbard Radio Phoenix as VP of Sales, replacing Jeff England who transitioned to Hubbard’s Chicago cluster as Market Manager. Susan was most recently Group Publisher of Cities West Publications in Phoenix, but is best known for her years in the radio business as Market Manager and Regional Manager for IHeart based in Phoenix. Karis, who joins the company at the beginning of the year responded, “"Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that you just know is right, and joining Hubbard Radio Phoenix is one of them. I am excited to return to radio with Trip and his team and to become part of Hubbard Radio."
--Cumulus Media announces that it has named radio sales veteran Ken Roberts as Vice President, Sales, for its Washington, D.C. radio stations, WMAL-AM/FM and WRQX-FM. Roberts was previously Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, stations. Prior to that, he was Director of Sales for Bonneville International in Phoenix, AZ, and was General Sales Manager for Susquehanna Media/Cumulus Media in Dallas, TX.
JACOBS: 6 Reasons Radio Needs Social Media
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2016 –– In Fred Jacob's latest blog he writes: Social media has been with us now for more than a decade, but continues to be misunderstood and misused. Jacobs cites a recent point/counterpoint argument in The New York Times’ “Preoccupation” column. The opening salvo was fired last month by Cal Newport in his piece, “Quit Social Media. Your Life May Depend On It.” Claiming to have always been off the social media grid, Newport believes that posting is a low-value activity, and that networking and brand-building can be done without the benefit of these platforms. This argument aside, Jacobs says in thinking about what social media truly means to the radio business, it’s not hard to identify several important uses of the space that can truly contribute to our careers and the brands we’re paid to manage and grow, if we take the time to learn and embrace it. So here’s my top six reasons why social is essential to our industry:
1. Social media helps us value prospective employees - Now we’ve come a long way from the days when seeing a college student drinking a beer on Facebook turned out to be a career non-starter. Social media has matured – and more importantly, so have we.
2. Social media is show prep -if you want to get a flavor of what real people – yes, your audience – are thinking about, spending 20 minutes on your newsfeed every morning can really help shape your show’s flavor,
3. Social media is an amplifier. Assuming you have something to say or show, there is no better way for your station or your show to share it with thousands – or even millions – of people.
4. Social media gives your audience a voice You may not always like what they have to say, but social has clearly flipped the funnel.
5. Social engagement earns you cred
And number 6? READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
CONTENT: A-List Comedy's Jimmy Failla To Deliver State Of The Union Comedy Special
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2016 –– Jimmy Failla, head writer for the comedy-centric morning prep service from AdLarge Media, A-List Comedy, stars in State of the Union, a one-hour comedy special that debuts on Amazon Prime on December 19th.
Filmed at the historic Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, the set focuses on Jimmy’s belief that political correctness has made a mockery of our country and social media has driven us all insane - a point that Jimmy claims is proven true by the amount of dinner photos being posted on Facebook. “Ten years ago, if you were to take a picture of your dinner and show it to people, they’d put you in an institution,” Failla observes. State of the Union will also be available to non-Amazon Prime Members, for purchase or rental, in High Definition and Standard Definition. “I’d recommend the Standard, because I don’t really have the face for High Def unless you’ve been drinking,” Failla quipped. - Stations interested in learning more about Jimmy Failla and the A-List Comedy prep service, may contact Jessica Sherman, Senior Director of Affiliate Marketing for AdLarge Media, at 646-759-8431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Jimmy Failla will perform during Talk Show Boot Camp's 8th Annual event in March. See details below
TIS THE SEASON: WASH Raises $478,649; KFI's 6th Annual Pastathon Tops $320,000; The Bull Portland With Over $180,000; WOWO Pitches Pennies To Raise Over $171,000 For Charity; Johnjay & Rich's Ultimate Christmas Wish
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2016 –– 97.1 WASH-FM, Washington’s Christmas Station, announced on-air today that its second annual WASH For Kids Radiothon raised $478,649 to benefit Children’s National Health System. The WASH For Kids Radiothon took place on Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and was hosted by on-air personalities Loo and Chilli from 97.1 WASH-FM’s The Loo and Chilling Morning Show, as well as on-air personalities Jenni Chase and Sabrina Conte, who interviewed patients, doctors and parents from Children’s National Hospital.
--KFI AM 640 announced its fundraising total for the sixth annual KFI Pastathon, an on-air event to benefit Caterina’s Club, a charitable organization that helps feed, house and educate the children of Orange County. Held on December 1, 2016, the 17-hour KFI Pastathon broadcast raised over $320,000 and collected 90,000 lbs of food. Throughout KFI Pastathon, KFI AM 640 on-air personalities including Bill Handel, Aron Bender, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffman, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. were on-site. Bruno Serato (shown above center) founded Caterina’s Club in 2005, it has served more than 1 million meals to hungry children.
-- Alpha Media, Portland’s 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) hosted their 3rd Annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Radiothon on Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th. They raised $187,560 that will benefit the kids at St. Jude. During the two-day radiothon, Chunky, McKinzie and Jake, Danny Dwyer and MoJoe Roberts broadcast live from the Skype Live Studio encouraging listeners to call in and become a Partner in Hope.
WOWO raised over $171,000 during the annual Penny Pitch Radiothon. Since 1948, WOWO’s Penny Pitch has been providing grants to individuals and not-for-profit organizations serving Northeast Indiana. The main mission of Penny Pitch is to help those who are either disadvantaged or physically handicapped by supporting the charities that have the same mission in mind.
-The Johnjay and Rich Show marked the 15th anniversary of their Christmas Wish program, which helps families in need across the U.S. celebrate the holiday season by providing new appliances, groceries, clothing, shoes, and of course, presents. Their ninth and final wish of the season came from a woman named Bobbie, a single mother of two young girls. A military veteran and survivor of domestic violence, she found herself starting her life over again in a new home, but didn’t have any furnishings or beds for her children. With bills piling up, she was facing a possible eviction. Bobbie’s friend Brynn nominated her for a Christmas Wish, and The Johnjay and Rich Show elves surprised her at work: WATCH HERE
[WATCH] WPLJ New York's John Mangione REALLY Wants 2016 To Come To An End
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2016 –– Somehow we get the feeling that host, John Mangione (shown), of the Todd & Jayde Show Morning show on Cumulus' WPLJ New York, isn't alone in wanting to see 2016 come to an end. With a presidential election that seemed to go on forever and all the drama entailed; passing of music greats and more, Mangione put his video skills to the test in producing this plea for a quick end. WATCH HERE
Famed Actress/Socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor Passes Away At 99
...100 Best Songs of 2016
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ON-AIR: Fresh 102.7 New York Debuts New Morning And Afternoon Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Fresh 102.7 (WNEW-FM) will be unveiling new morning and afternoon show. Beginning Tuesday, January 3, Jeffrey Jameson joins Karen Carson (shown) as co-host of the morning program airing weekdays from 6:00AM-10:00AM. Former morning show host, Cane (shown), is now hosting the afternoon show solo, weekdays from 3:00PM-7:00PM.
“Now more than ever, the personalities contribute to the local sound, music and feel of the station,” said Jim Ryan, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO New York. Added Jameson, “I have unending gratitude for everyone at CBS RADIO New York for making my dream a reality. I'm ecstatic to be working with the powerhouse that is Jim Ryan and incredibly excited to be collaborating with the extraordinary talent of Karen Carson.”
Jameson was formerly the host of the syndicated morning show, Dana & Jeffrey in the Morning and worked as a Creative Consultant for many morning shows in the top 10 markets. In addition to his career in radio, Jameson has appeared on several primetime television network series, performed at Caroline's on Broadway, written and performed his own one man off-Broadway show and opened for Sandra Bernhard's live show, I Love Being Me, Don't You? He is a style writer for Us Weekly and has hosted live events for Saks Fifth Avenue, Parlor and Macy's. Cane joined Fresh 102.7 in 2014 as a weekend host.
MOTION: 'Young' Ron Brewer Gets Celebrity Fueled Send-Off From BIG 105.9 Miami
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2016 –– With several hundred listeners outside the studio unable to get in, Ron Brewer (top right) who shocked listeners on December 5th by announcing an ‘extended vacation’ from the program, performed his final show on BIG 105.9 Miami this morning with his 26-yer co-host Paul Castronovo. In a room packed with local celebrities, including a surprise visit from Miami Dolphin great Dan Marino, Brewer had said previously he would miss radio, "but I’m looking forward to not being on a schedule after getting up at 3:30 a.m. all these years.
Paul Castronovo said upon Brewer's announcement, "I'm happy for Ron, and also excited about the next chapter of my career. Yeah, I'm sticking around, so Paul and Young Ron fans, prepare for disappointment!” The “Paul & Young Ron Show” first aired in 1990 on what was then WSHE (103.5 FM). Five years later, the duo moved to WZTA (Zeta 94.9 FM) and, in 2004, to its current home on WBGG (BIG 105.9 FM). Its also been heard on Real Radio 94.3 FM (Palm Beach County) and 101.7 FM (Treasure Coast). PHOTO/Art Vuolo
Sean Hannity Making Foray Into Filmmaking
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Premiere Network's syndicated host and Fox News' Sean Hannity is making his foray into filmmaking by partnering with 'Hercule's' star Kevin Sorbo will play a world-renowned atheist whose beliefs are dramatically challenged reports The Hollywood Reporter. This marks Hannity's first attempt at filmmaking as executive producer, but it won't be his last, according to insiders, as he is pursuing other projects. The movie, titled 'Let There Be Light,' also stars Sorbo's wife, Sam, who co-wrote the script with Dan Gordon.
Sorbo is still working on a distribution deal but expects the film to open in November 2017. "Hollywood can be a very superficial place but then again, so is the world," Sorbo said. "I choose not to focus on whatever negatives that might arise from my taking a stand for what I believe in, because our beliefs are what make us human. I couldn't be the actor I am without knowing what I stand for." READ STORY HERE
Monica Crowley Taking Security Post For Trump
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Radio/TV's Monica Crowley has confirmed to The Hill that she will be chosen to serve as a deputy national security adviser in President-elect Donald Trump's administration. Crowley, a former Fox News analyst whose contract with the network was terminated shortly before the news, as of Thursday, has been rumored for a position since the Republican's victory on Nov. 8. Crowley is is also a syndicated radio host and began her political career as a foreign policy assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 to 1994, well after he resigned from office.
Crowley would report to Trump's national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Former Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland, who served in the Ronald Reagan administration, was named to Trump’s national security team last month as deputy national security adviser. Coupled with recent news that radio's Laura Ingraham is being considered as Trump's press secretary, you may want to keep an eye on other radio peeps who could be relocating to DC.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Stepping Down On The Day President Elect Trump Takes Office
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced on Thursday he will step down from his role the day of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration into office on Jan. 20. Wheeler, a Democrat, has led the agency for more than three years and is known as a proponent of net neutrality. "Serving as FCC Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life. The Commission's achievements have contributed to a thriving communications sector, where robust investment and world-leading innovation continue to drive our economy and meaningful improvements in the lives of the American people. It has been a privilege to work with my fellow Commissioners to help protect consumers, strengthen public safety and cybersecurity, and ensure fast, fair and open networks for all Americans," Wheeler wrote in a statement.
In response to yesterday's announcement by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said, “Chairman Wheeler has been a tenacious fighter on telecommunications issues during a period of remarkable change in the media landscape. We wish him well in whatever the future may hold.”
PROGRAMMING: Nick Figueredo Named To CMG's 104.5 WOKV Jacksonville Top Programming Post; Rob Farina Rises To Head of iHeartRadio, Syndication, and Strategic Initiatives, Bell Media
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Jacksonville Radio has named Nick Figueredo as Director of Branding and Programming for News 104.5 WOKV, effective immediately. Figueredo has worked for CMG Orlando for the past seven years and was most recently the Assistant Director of Branding and Programming for News 96.5 WDBO.
--Randy Lennox, President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media announced the appointment today of Rob Farina to the role of Head of iHeartRadio, Syndication, and Strategic Initiatives, Bell Media Radio. After joining Bell Media seven months ago as Senior Advisor for the launch of iHeartRadio Canada, Farina's role now expands to include responsibility for growing Orbyt Media. Farina was Program Director for Toronto's 104.5 CHUM FM, then Vice-President of Programming for CHUM Radio, before joining Astral as Executive Vice-President, Content and Platforms.
NETWORKS: SBG To Ring In The New Year With Special 'Country Club With Dee Jay Silver Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group is putting a spin on New Year’s Eve this year with a special edition of its popular weekend country dance show, “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver”. Over 60 stations are now on board with the weekly edition of “The Country Club” including iHeart Media’s WMZQ-FM in Washington DC and Beasley Media Group’s WSOC-FM in Charlotte.
“We’ll be ringing in the New Year with a nationwide, coast-to-coast house party,” said Dee Jay Silver host of The Country Club. Brian Jennings of KZSN-FM Wichita said, “It’s such a great addition for what we do. There’s nothing else out there like it." For more information “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver” contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
ANOTHER $2 MILLION PLUS: Bender's One Big Christmas Raises $792,554.00; CMG Houston Collects $655,000; Hit Country 100.5 KI Kokomo/Muncie With Another $436, 192.26; WPLJ NY Adds To $127,537.50 Already Raised; Charlotte Combo With Another $16,000
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– (TOP PHOTO) 106.1 KISS FM (KBKS) raised an incredible $ 792,554.00 in just 13 hours on Wednesday , December 14 th , 2016 to bring it s 15 year Radiothon total to over $14 .8 million dollars! Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon brought the stories of Children’s patients, families , staff and volunteers to their listeners across the region who responded with generous donations.
--(SECOND PHOTO) Cox Media Group (CMG) Houston stations The New 93Q, Country Legends 97.1 and 106.9 and 107.5 Houston’s Eagle helped Texas Children’s Hospital reach Houstonians via the airwaves to raise $655,329.00 during the 13th annual Radiothon on Dec. 1-2, 2016. The two-day long live broadcast from Texas Children’s Hospital raised funds to benefit patient care, education, research at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, the building of a new pediatric tower in the medical center for the most critically ill children and the opening of a community hospital in North Houston – Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.
-- (THIRD PHOTO) In 1973, an on-air radio personality took a call from a laid-off worker, who couldn’t provide Christmas for his family. That’s when the on-air radio personality, known as Dick Bronson, reached into his wallet for half of its contents. Then, he encouraged his listeners on Hit Country 100.5 KI to do the same. Within moments, the Kokomo community raised enough to give the caller a Christmas he couldn’t give his children, and the organization known as We Care was founded. Forty-four years later, We Care celebrates a milestone year of fundraising. The organization announced yesterday (Wednesday) on Hit Country 100.5 KI that We Care raised a total of $436,192.26 for 2016.
--(FOURTH PHOTO) Cumulus Media’s New 95.5 PLJ in New York hosts the 3rd annual live broadcast and Holiday Party for the Kids at Children’s Specialized Hospital today. Todd & Jayde in the Morning broadcast live from the hospital today with performances by Colbie Caillat and American Idol Season 14 Winner Nick Fradiani and an appearance by The Bobby Lynch Band. 95.5 kicked off a day long Radiothon and live auction at 6am, which will be open until 7pm. Visit www.955plj.nyc to learn how to donate or bid on any items. All proceeds raised will join the $127,537.50 already raised from 95.5 PLJ's recent "Evening with Psychic Medium John Edward".
--(FIFTH PHOTO) 102.9 The Lake, Charlotte's We Play Anything Station, and 106.5 The End raised over $16,000 and collected over 1,000 toys for Kids First of the Carolinas, an organization that provides Charlotte area families with the services and resources necessary to have the confidence and security to live happy, productive lives. 102.9 The Lake partnered with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for their concert in Charlotte on December 8. For each ticket sold, one dollar was donated to Kids First of the Carolinas - resulting in over $11,700 raised for the charity.
WCBS-FM New York Host 'Holiday In Brooklyn'
'THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– On Friday, December 9, CBS RADIO New York’s WCBS-FM 101.1 hosted “HOLIDAY IN BROOKLYN” at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York featuring live performances by James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, and Sarah McLachlan. The artists performed solo and as a special treat, collaborated on a few songs throughout the evening. WCBS-FM’s on-air personalities Scott Shannon, Dan Taylor, Bill Lee, Joe Causi and more introduced the acts. Also on hand were various CBS RADIO executives who posed backstage with the artists. Pictured LEFT TO RIGHT: Beth Herman; Scott Herman (COO); McLachlan; Marc Rayfield (SVP/Market Manager, New York); Linda Feldmann (Lerman Senter); Taylor; Buffett; Tracy Philips; and Bob Philips (CRO). PHOTO/Getty Images for CBS RADIO
Merry Christmas From Radio, Again
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2016 –– Among our top stories today is radio. Specifically, those hundreds and hundreds of stations and hosts who once again made the season brighter for thousands of kids and families across the entire country.
Over the last several weeks you've read and seen photos here in Jockline of just a few examples of what radio pulls off year after year. From living atop cranes, spending non-stop hours on-air in radiothons, gathering thousands of letters for our troops, to (legally) breaking into homes and filling them with tons of gifts, even cars, for families undergoing tough times. Beyond Christmas, literally millions of dollars has been raised for medical research, giving hope for generations to come.
This year you've done it again. And in my non-scientific poll, 2016 appears to be the biggest year ever (Check out more examples above).
For those heading off for the holidays, Jockline extends it's warmest holiday wishes and congratulations on another spectacular year of making a difference in lives of millions. We are so truly grateful to our thousands of readers, and ever growing list of advertisers who've made this year one of our biggest and best ever. So you'll know, our newsroom will remain open with the exception of a couple of long weekends. And since news is usually scant this time of the year, PLEASE don't hesitate to fire off any news updates or photos You'd like to share. I REPEAT, PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO SEND US YOUR STORIES OR PHOTOS!
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[LISTEN] 'Boring' Saturday Morning Radio Address Could Go Away Hints Incoming RNC Chief Of Staff
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– Incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was a guest on the Salem syndication Hugh Hewitt Show and hinted that president elect Donald Trump might do away with or radically change the traditional White House press briefing and, according to Hewitt, Priebus seemed receptive to a suggestion from Hewitt that Trump should get rid of the “boring” Saturday morning radio address and do a round of radio interviews instead, reports mediaite.com. “I think that many things have to change, and I think that it’s important that we look at all of those traditions that are great, but quite frankly, as you know, don’t really make news,” he said.
Priebus said, “looking at things like the daily White House briefing from the press secretary. I mean, there’s a lot of different ways that things can be done, and I can assure you we’re looking at that.” Hewitt added that Politico’s Glenn Thursh had told him on the show that the press corps was worried about changes to the briefing format. “There is worry in the White House Press Corps that they’re going to do away with the traditional bullpen, the upstairs, the downstairs… what are the plans for the press corps and that traditional approach?” “It just so happens that we’re actually talking about those things right now,” Priebus responded vaguely. Priebus also said traditions, like the press corp's reserved seating, "while some of them are great, I think it’s time to revisit a lot of these things that have been done in the White House,” LISTEN HERE
Bert Show Co-Host Donates Wedding Registry To 'Big Adventure' - Over 3,200 Gifts Collected So Far
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, It’s one of the most touching and generous gifts Bert’s Big Adventure has ever received, and it’s from their very own Kristin Klingshirn, and her fiancé, Bart. Saying after ten years together they have most of the things they need in life, they came up with the idea of donating their ENTIRE wedding registry to Bert’s Big Adventure! This is the charity that send chronically or terminally ill children to Walt Disney World. So far, Kristin and Bart, along with an assist from their listeners, say they have received more than 3,200 gifts. We're guessing that after today, that number could shoot even higher as international news sites such as The Daily Mail and others have jumped on the story.
Bert Weiss tells Jockline, "At this point Bert's Big Adventure has received well over 3000 gifts from Kristin and Bart's wedding registry. It's quite simply one of the most genuine and generous gifts BBA has ever received and it came from here in the studio. It's been overwhelming. So many Bert's Big Adventure kids will benefit from her idea. Everybody at BBA has been so touched." SEE MORE HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Beasley Names Joe Bell Market Manager For Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– Beasley has announced the company has hired Joe Bell as Market Manager of Beasley’s Philadelphia Market. "It’s tremendously exciting to return to Beasley Media to work with the greatest radio brands in Philadelphia,” said Joe. “Beasley is experiencing tremendous expansion and I look forward to once again being a part of it!"
Joe previously was employed by Beasley from 1998 to 2014, where he successfully ran radio stations in Ft Myers, Florida, and subsequently in Miami, Florida. “Joe made us proud as he served at the helm of our Miami cluster in charge of an iconic heritage sports station WQAM in addition to his experience with major personalities at WPOW Power 96, and Miami’s Kiss Country,” remarked President Bruce Beasley. “As our company has grown, we have benefitted tremendously from Joe’s successful team management skills. Joe will hit the ground running in Philly!”
Radio Mercury Awards Announce Highdive Advertising's Mark Gross As 2017 Chief Judge
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– The Radio Mercury Awards announced Mark Gross, Founder and Creative Director at Highdive Advertising, as the 2017 Chief Judge for the 26th Annual Radio Mercury Awards Competition. Gross is a highly regarded advertising executive and DDB Chicago alumnus, where he led creative on some of the agency’s biggest accounts including Capital One, Cars.com, Bud Light and Mars-Wrigley. He’s probably best known for the late ’90s “Real Men of Genius” campaign for Bud Light, the most awarded campaign in advertising history. He’s won three Best in Show Radio Mercury Awards, two Cannes Radio Grand Prix Lions, a Radio Grand Andy and a Radio Grand Clio. Mark has also served as President of the inaugural Cannes Radio Jury, and President of the Clio Radio Jury.
“Mark Gross has been a part of so many Radio Mercury Award-winning spots and campaigns that we’ve lost count. His roster of work could be a curriculum of how to create award-winning radio advertising,” said Erica Farber, president and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau and chair of the Radio Creative Fund. “We are thrilled he will lead this year’s judging and ensure that the best of the best are awarded in June.” Approximately 18,800 commercials have competed for over $3.3 million in prizes. The Radio Creative Fund (RCF), a non-profit corporation funded by the radio industry, governs the Radio Mercury Awards. The Radio Advertising Bureau produces the Radio Mercury Awards. For more info, go to radiomercuryawards.com
Benztown Launches 'Behind The Song' Series
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– Benztown announced that it has launched the Classic Country format’s “Behind the Song” series, 30-second audio documentaries that give Country radio listeners a comprehensive look at the stories behind the biggest Classic Country songs of all time.
The new audio series for Country radio stations is an addition to Benztown’s “Behind the Song” audio documentaries for the Classic Rock format, launched earlier this fall. Both are available now through Benztown and Westwood One’s Avalanche Imaging Library. Each category will be updated weekly moving forward, for a complete library of stories behind the top 100 songs in each genre. produced by Mike Lindsey and written by Fred Bronson, this feature will create a new connection between the listener and the song, and make them love your station even more!” For more information about the “Behind the Song” series and Benztown’s imaging libraries, visit: www.benztown.com/behindthesong or contact Masa Patterson at (818) 842-4600
KSON'S Amber Rainey In This Month's 'Spotlight' As ReelWorld Kickstarts Next Year's 'Rising Star' Competition
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– ReelWorld, Jockline Daily and the National Radio Talent Institute are coming together for Rising Star Spotlights. Each month, the three organizations will choose one young talent to put in the Spotlight and profile in Jockline Daily. In addition, the talents selected for the Spotlight will be submitted for next year's final 5 recipients to be announced at next year's 29th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp set for August 3 & 4 at Atlanta's Grand Hyatt hotel in Buckhead.
“There’s a lot of young talent in radio right now, and the last two years working on the ReelWorld Rising Stars has shown that we can do more to support our rising stars in radio. With Spotlights, we’ll be able to bring more of these young, extraordinary talents into the public eye," says ReelWorld's Tyler Cox. Each talent will be debuted on the third Monday of each month, beginning in December.
In the spotlight for this month is Amber Rainey - midday host on Entercom's KSON/San Diego. Amber recently rose from part-time to full-time, inking a multi-year extension at KSON. She began her career in Poughkeepsie, NY, later moved to Myrtle Beach, SC., did mornings; eventually moving to Denver for KYGO where she worked part time, then moved to KSON in June of 2015. Worth noting, somehow between those full and part time gigs, Amber, now a single mom, has managed to raise 4 kids.
"This is terrific. Amber really deserves this," says Kevin Callahan - Operations Director/Program Director for Entercom San Diego. "I have been able to watch her grow since moving to SD. Not only does she do a fantastic job with middays and her production duties but she is perfect for our culture as an always fun to be around part of the staff. As a single mom I watch her tackle challenges here at work and being a terrific mom to her kids. Thanks so much for making this possible for her." Send Amber your best at email@example.com
JOY: Las Vegas' Buchanan Show With Record Setting Year; KMLE Tops $314,520 For St. Jude
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– 98.5 KLUC’s 18th Annual Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo Toy Drive ended the year with another record setting year of donations. The 12-day event filled (30) 50-foot trailers with new toys, along with 6,700 bikes and $442,669 in cash and gift cards. They will help over 3,000 families along with 65 other nonprofit organizations in southern Nevada to ensure that as many families as possible have gifts to unwrap this holiday season. "98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo Toy Drive would have not be this successful without the support from the Las Vegas community, along with the dozens of businesses and celebrities that contribute to this event year after year,” said CBS Radio Las Vegas Senior Vice President and Market Manager Tony Perlongo.
--The New KMLE @ 107.9 blanketed the Phoenix airwaves with the KMLE Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon on December 1 and 2 with stories of hope asking the KMLE Nation to come together and donate to help kids fighting cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. The event raised a total of $314,520, which was accepted by Jessica Nuttall, the Regional Development Representative ALSAC Field Operations, on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Now in its fifth year, the KMLE Country Cares for Kids Radiothon has raised over $1.2 million. “We want to thank the KMLE Nation for the astounding support for St. Jude. The outpouring from the Phoenix community surpassed our expectations,” said Tim Richards, CBS RADIO Phoenix Vice President of Programming. “We’re honored to work with St Jude.”
Former US99 Host Lisa Dent Ties The Knot; New Radio Home Announced After The New Year?
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– Former longtime morning co-host of WUSN/Chicago, Lisa Dent, emailed Jockline from Germany where her and her new husband, Brent, are en route to to Prague this weekend. Although her wedding in Chicago was greeted with six-inches of snow, she was joined in attendance by her former co-host Ramblin' Ray Stevens, Bonnie Greene, Katherine Murphy, and Chris Reese. Lisa added that she'll be back on the air after the first of the year - "Still working on the details and the launch!" Stay tuned
[LISTEN] Kate Moss Co-Host BBC 6 Morning Show
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2016 –– BBC Radio 6 Music is bringing the supermodel Kate Moss on board to co-host the final hour of the Breakfast Show on 23rd December, with Shaun Keaveny. At the start of 2016, Shaun christened the final hour of his show ‘The Kate Moss Hour’, after discovering that Kate was a listener each morning. Now, for the first time, she joins him in the studio to co-present The Kate Moss Hour. LISTEN HERE
Craig Zonca For 612 ABC Brisbane Breakfast - After more than ten years with the ABC, Craig Zonca will take the Breakfast reins with 612 ABC Brisbane. Craig has been the Queensland Country Hour for the last three years and ABC News Queensland’s weekend weather presenter for the last two years. Local Manager, Jen Brennen said, “We are very excited to welcome one of the ABC’s rising talents into our team. Craig has had a remarkable broadcasting career working in Local Radio in Rockhampton, Townsville, Toowoomba and Brisbane. He brings with him a wealth of radio experience and he is trusted and well-loved by our Queensland audience.” Craig has hosted programs for the network from some of the most remote and unique parts of the country, including the massive cattle stations of Queensland's Gulf Country. He has been an integral part of ABC Local Radio’s emergency broadcasting team and was a trusted voice during the 2010-11 Brisbane floods. Craig Zonca presents Breakfast on 612 ABC Brisbane from Monday the 30th of January and replaces Spencer Howson. - See more at: http://www.radiotoday.com.au/news/whats-new/10171-craig-zonca-for-612-abc-brisbane-breakfast.html#sthash.aSFaLAvn.dpuf
WISH GRAHAM MACK A HAPPY HOLIDAY - +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cumulus Sues JPMorgan Over Refinancing Plan
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media has sued JPMorgan Chase & Co seeking a court order declaring that the second-largest U.S. radio network is allowed to proceed with a refinancing that it says would deleverage the company by up to $305 million reports Reuters. In its lawsuit, Cumulus accuses JPMorgan of breaching a 2013 credit agreement and "unreasonably" withholding consent to certain components of the Atlanta-based company's planned refinancing. Cumulus said that JPMorgan's actions in its role as administrative agent under the credit agreement are threatening a deal it recently reached with bondholders, which was contingent upon the refinancing being completed by Jan. 27.
"Cumulus needs to proceed with its proposed refinancing, and it needs to do so quickly," Cumulus said in the complaint. According to the lawsuit, in response to an industry-wide decline in business, Cumulus, which owns 447 radio stations, has launched a series of initiatives aimed at improving ratings and revenues. But Cumulus said its ability to follow through on these initiatives is hindered by a "heavy debt load" of $2.4 billion, including $610 million of senior notes due in 2019. As a result, Cumulus reached a deal with a majority of bondholders in which they would refinance those senior notes using borrowings from Cumulus's $200 million revolving line of credit, the lawsuit said. Cumulus says JPMorgan has refused to take various steps required under the plan, including allowing the transfer of the revolving credit line to new lenders and executing a loan amendment allowing the company to access the credit line. PHOTO/Felix Lipov
iHeartMedia Announce Debt Repayment Move To Protect Assets
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced a decision to not repay the $57.1 million of the 5.50% Senior Notes due December 15, 2016 held by affiliate Clear Channel Holdings, Inc. when the notes mature on December 15, 2016. According to businesswire.com, The decision, made by a Special Committee of independent directors, is part of the Company’s ongoing efforts to proactively address its capital structure, while maximizing the value of its assets.
While the $192.9 million of 2016 Legacy Notes held by other holders will be paid in full at maturity, the $57.1 million balance held by affiliate CCH will remain outstanding. Because the 2016 Legacy Notes owned by CCH will continue to remain outstanding, the Company will continue to have at least $500 million of legacy notes outstanding on December 15, 2016 and will therefore not be obligated to grant certain additional security interests in favor of certain of its debtholders under a so-called “springing lien” set forth in relevant debt agreements.
In addition, the Company and certain affiliates yesterday filed lawsuits in the State District Court in Bexar County, Texas, seeking a declaration that the $57.1 million of 2016 Legacy Notes remains outstanding and that the Company is not currently obligated to grant any of its debtholders the “springing lien” on any of its assets. In an internal memo obtained by Inside Radio, CEO Bob Pittman and COO Rich Bressler say "acknowledging the process is “very complex” with lots of players, point out that no matter what the company does at each step, some debtholders will approve and others won’t. “We believe we are taking the right actions to strengthen our company for the future and protect what we have built, even though some of those who disagree with our strategy will certainly create noise or confusion in the press."
Christmas Coming Earlier Each Year Says Nielsen
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– The final holiday stretch of 2016 is well underway. With decorations up, presents appearing under the trees, holiday music on the airways and classic TV movies on the screen, it is hard to look around and not see signs of the holiday season. But many may have seen the signs of the holiday season well before now reports Nielsen. Despite 39% of consumers saying the holiday season starts on Thanksgiving, the holidays have been creeping up on shoppers months ahead of Turkey Day in recent years. In fact, according to Nielsen Sample Store Auditing data, holiday in-store promotions started as early as September 14th in 2015.
Consumers are starting their holiday preparations earlier as well. As of early September 2016, 24% of consumers had already started shopping for friends and loved ones, compared with 23% in 2015 and 22% in 2014. Two groups in particular are leading the charge to get started on their naughty and nice shopping lists: young shoppers and shoppers with many on their lists! This year, 30% of Millennials had started their shopping in early September, compared with just 16% of the Greatest Generation. For early shoppers looking to get in the holiday mood, radio DJs are helping listeners get a head start with festive songs. According to BDSradio, a Cincinnati-based Christian AC station was the first station to make the switch to all holiday music this year when it played Ray Conniff’s 1962 release of “Ring Christmas Bells” on Nov. 2, 2016. See Full Report Here
NETWORKS: Cumulus Renews Rush Limbaugh Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– Premiere Networks and Cumulus Media announced today a renewed and extended affiliation agreement that will keep The Rush Limbaugh Show on 33 Cumulus stations through 2019. On the heels of the program’s 28th anniversary in national syndication, the multi-million dollar deal represents Limbaugh’s increased power and audience appeal as the most-listened-to national radio talk show host in America.
In the last year, The Rush Limbaugh Show experienced combined audience growth of +49 % with Persons 12+ and +23% with Adults 25- 54 on Cumulus-owned stations in Chicago (WLS-AM), Detroit (WJR-AM), Washington, D.C. (WMAL-FM), Dallas (WBAP-AM) and San Francisco (KSFO-AM). Nationwide, the program has experienced significant year-over-year audience growth in 2016 with Persons 12+ (+21%), Adults 25-54 (+13%), Adults 18-34 (+12%) and Women 25-54 (+17%). (Sources: Nielsen Audio, JAN-NOV Avg 2016 vs 2015, PPM Exact Times, AQH - Combined AQH; Nielsen Audio, JAN-NOV Avg 2016 vs 2015, PPM, Exact Times, AQH).
“Rush is a unique and true broadcaster, and we’ve had a successful partnership for many years,” stated Bob Walker, SVP Operations and Co-Head Office of Programming, Cumulus Media. “We’re pleased to continue offering The Rush Limbaugh Show on our market-leading brands, which connect with millions of consumers and drive positive results for our partners.”
MOTION: Bob Shomper Exits WCCO Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– Veteran News/Talk programmer Bob Shomper has left WCCO/Minneapolis. As first reported by ntsmediaonline.com, Shomper’s six-year tenure with CBS Radio’s heritage Twin Cities News/Talker WCCO has been honored with 'a boat load of awards,' including the NAB’s Marconi Award and Crystal Award, as well as several Edward R. Murrow Awards and the coveted Service to America Award.
Before joining WCCO in 2011, Shomper (left) served as News Director at KTAR-FM/Phoenix. Prior to that, he’d programmed both WLS and WGN/Chicago, and WBAP/Dallas.
FORMATICS: iHeart Debuts Throwback Hip Hop & R&B In Tampa Bay
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Tampa Bay has launched Throwback Hip Hop and R&B on 94.5 and 105.9 Tampa Bay, FL. Throwback 94.5 and 105.9 will launch with 20,000 commercial-free songs in a row and will broadcast throwbacks from the ‘90s and 2000’s
“Throwback 94.5 and 105.9 is unlike anything on Tampa Bay’s airwaves, and is the perfect special holiday gift for our local listeners,” said Sam Nein (L), Market President for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay. “We’ve seen Tampa Bay’s passion for hip hop and R&B through on-air requests and downloads, and we’re excited to bring these hits to our listeners.”
PODCAST: Bipartisan Duo The Pollsters Join Westwood One’s Podcast & On-Demand Platform
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– Westwood One announces a new partnership with The Pollsters podcast, featuring Democratic pollster/political consultant Margie Omero and Republican pollster/political consultant Kristen Soltis Anderson. Westwood One will provide exclusive ad sales representation for The Pollsters, which can be heard on audioBoom, iTunes, Google, Spotify, and other locations. The Pollsters first launched independently in May 2015.
Margie Omero (L) is the new EVP of Public Affairs at PSB Research, a strategic research company with offices around the world. She has over 20 years of experience managing all facets of qualitative and quantitative research, including everything from methodological design to business development and strategic analysis. Kristen Soltis Anderson is author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up) and a columnist at The Washington Examiner. She is a pollster and co-founder of Echelon Insights, a research and analytics firm. She was one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 Changing the World” and has been featured as one of ELLE’s 2016 “Most Compelling Women in Washington.” “Margie and Kristen are brilliantly perceptive and carry impeccable credentials,” said Suzanne Grimes, Westwood One President and EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus Media. “They can tap into the minds and behavior of the public to assess what’s really happening and why. They add another layer of brainpower and insight to our Podcast & On-Demand Platform.”
KS95 Minny Raises $541,000 For Cancer Research; WQKL Ann Arbor Tops One Million Meals For Needy; Spencer Show Draws Over 13,000 Letters
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– Last Friday KS95 Minneapolis held their 18th annual KS95 For Kids Radiothon. In 12 short hours they raised over $541,000.00 for two local organizations. Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and The Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Their “12 hours of hope” began Friday morning at 5:30am concluding at 6pm with our 4th annual ‘KS95 World’s Largest Clouds Choir’ in the Mall Of American. PD Leighton Peck sent a photo (courtesy of Timothy Pate) of the crowd. Over 5 thousand listeners turned out to sing some holiday songs capped off with everyone singing “Clouds” by Zach Sobiech who passed away from cancer 4 years ago. The sing-a-long was amazing and led by its morning show, Crisco, Dez and Ryan.
-- Cumulus Media's WQKL-FM Ann Arbor's 107one beat its original goal of providing 800,000 meals for the needy in the Twin Cities area during the holiday season, raising well over 1 million meals with partners Food Gatherers and Kroger through the 28th Annual Rockin' for the Hungry, Washtenaw Country's largest food and fund drive to benefit Food Gatherers, the area's food rescue program and food bank. PHOTOS (Left to Right) Martin Bandyke/Morning Host, Chris Ammel/Program Director, Kelly Brown/Evening Host, John Bommarito/Midday Host.
-- St. Louis blew away 106.5 The Arch’s Morning Show “Spencer’s Neighborhood” during their 2016 holiday initiative – “2,000 Cards for the Troops” – with over 13,000 holiday greetings created/collected for hospitalized veterans at St. Louis’ two Veteran’s Administration hospitals/facilities. Spencer’s Neighborhood’s original goal was at least 2,000 cards and letters for injured heroes, so the veterans would know how much they’re appreciated this holiday season. But 106.5 The Arch listeners and station partners more than rose to the occasion, and delivered 13,641 holiday greetings total
For more information about the “2,000 for the Troops!” holiday initiative, please contact PD Scott Roddy at 314-983-6000 or via email at email@example.com.
CMT's Cody Alan And Big & Rich Visit Bahrain Base For Special Holiday Salute To The Troops
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 –– CMT personality Cody Alan recently traveled to the Middle East to visit a military base in Bahrain as part of a special holiday salute to the military that will air on CMT After MidNite on December 16 and 23. Partnering with Armed Forces Entertainment, Alan and Country duo Big & Rich visited the Naval Support Activity Bahrain, home to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. 5th Fleet.
On December 16, CMT After MidNite will highlight the trip with all-new interviews with Big & Rich, and on December 23, the program will spotlight service members, including shout outs to their friends and family back home. CMT After MidNite airs from midnight - 6 a.m. ET, reaches nearly two million weekly listeners on more than 200 radio stations and is available on iHeartRadio. For more information, visit www.cmtcody.com. In addition to CMT After MidNite, the trip will be featured on CMT Hot 20 Countdown as part of two special holiday episodes airing at the end of the year.
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PIERRE BOUVARD: It's Time For Ad Agencies To Step Outside The New York Bubble
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2016 –– In the wake of the recent Presidential election, advertising agencies received what The Wall Street Journal calls a “stark realization.” How in touch are New York media strategists with the majority of the American audience? NBC's Saturday Night Live recently lampooned New Yorkers disconnect with the rest of the U.S. in the skit “The Bubble.” "The Bubble is a planned community of like-minded thinkers; and no one else." The Westwood One Insights team looks at how this applies to AM/FM radio in a new blog post titled, “Advertising Beyond The New York Bubble: How America Commutes And What It Means For Media Plans.” Key points include: · Of the 146 million Americans commuting to work daily, 86% commute by a car or truck, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. · AM/FM radio dominates audio in the car, with a 70% share of time spent listening, according to Edison Research. · In New York, the capital of media planning and buying, only 25% of people commute by car, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. · Media decision makers who commute by car are 75% more likely to have radio in their media plans versus their public transit colleagues, according to a study of 423 advertising decision makers, conducted by NuVoodoo Media Services and commissioned by the Radio Advertising Bureau.
“AM/FM radio is America’s number one mass reach medium, targeting the diversity of America,” writes Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer of Cumulus Media | Westwood One. “Eighty-six percent of American workers commute by car. AM/FM has a stunning 70% share of all audio time spent in the car. AM/FM is the soundtrack of the American worker.” "It's time to step outside the New York bubble AM/FM radio is America’s number one mass reach medium, targeting the diversity of America. Eighty-six percent of American workers commute by car. AM/FM has a stunning 70% share of all audio time spent in the car. AM/FM is the soundtrack of the American worker. Pierre Bouvard is Chief Insights Officer of Cumulus | Westwood One.Please also see the attached for a holiday-themed graphic highlighting the power of radio to reach commuters. PHOTO/NBC READ FULL BLOG HERE
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