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[WATCH] Iconic Talk Radio/Comic Phil Hendrie Subject Of New Feature Documentary

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2024 -Some of the biggest names in show business including Bill Hader, Judd Apatow, Kevin Pollak, Henry Rollins, Dana Gould, Wayne Federman and more will weigh in on the legendary talk host Phil Hendrie in a new documentary from FreeStyle Digital Media. The new doc called 'Hendrie' will be available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube Movies, Cable and Satellite On Demand beginning March 15th, 2024.

That Eric Alper says Hendrie is a feature documentary on the legendary talk-radio comic legend Phil Hendrie, who influenced a legion of great comedic minds through his innovative and relatively short-lived, off-the-wall radio show. The film chronicles the life of a radio personality that dared to satirize the very medium he was part of, using a distinct and original method that hasn’t been attempted before or since.

According to Deadline, The movie will be available to rent/own on all digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms worldwide, as well as on DVD, starting on March 15 through Freestyle Digital Media. Reynolds produces with Jordan Brady. “Hearing guys like Bill Hader and Judd Apatow speak with such reverence about Phil Hendrie is eye-opening,” said Brady, a former standup comic and documentary filmmaker himself. WATCH HERE

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Columbus Station Abandons CD 92.9's New Call Letters Just Days After Getting Them

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2024 -NBC4 Columbus reports that CD 92.9 FM new calls has been tossed by the second alternative radio station to hold it within the span of a month, and is once again up for grabs. When CD 92.9 went off the air on Feb. 1 and as the frequency’s new WXGT calls went into effect, iHeartMedia filed to switch from WXZX to WWCD for its local station, Columbus Alternative 105.7.

iHeartMedia, however, appeared to have a change of heart reports NBC. The same day that its new call-sign went into effect, the corporation filed additional FCC paperwork to change it from WWCD back to WXZX. This latest swap went into effect on Feb. 12. During its single week operating as WWCD, Columbus Alternative 105.7 did not appear to attempt any form of a rebrand besides the legal minimum says NBC. The FCC requires a broadcast station to announce its call letters at least once an hour, as close to the top of the hour as possible.

Listening to the station’s broadcast showed that it maintained the same slogan and name, with a lone recording of the phrase “WWCD” rather than “WXZX” once an hour to meet the federal guidelines. ICANN registration data shows someone obtained the website domains “cd1057.com” and “cd1057fm.com” on Jan. 25 and Jan. 31, respectively. While privacy protections mask who bought the domains, they do indicate an individual person bought them.

The call letters WWCD, which Malloy continues to use for his internet radio station and as business entity WWCD, Ltd., are once again open for the taking. No new FCC filings to take the callsign appeared in online records as of Monday. Watch NBC report here. - Photo/NBC4 Screengrab

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Rachel Elliot Named Director Of Country Programming For iHeart Kentucky/West Virginia

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia has named Rachel Elliot Director of Country Programming for Kentucky/West Virginia, effective immediately. Rachel Elliot will be responsible for Programing and Brand Leadership of country outlets 97.5 WAMZ, 98.1 The Bull, K93 Country, 103.3 TCR Country, 98.7 WOVK, 107 NUS, ICONS 910 WSEK and WBUL-F2. She will report to Michael Jordan, Region Senior Vice President of Programming.

“We’re excited to have Rachel join our team” said Kristy Beebe, Area President for Kentucky, West Virginia and South Carolina. “Rachel’s lifelong passion for country music, unique multi-format perspective, positive energy and creativity make her a perfect fit to continue the success of our country brands across Kentucky and West Virginia.”

“I’m thrilled to welcome Rachel Elliot as the new Director of Country Programming for Kentucky and West Virginia. Rachel has a successful track record working with big brands that have dynamic personalities and a winning culture. Her creativity, drive and on-air background, coupled with her passion for content creation and engagement, perfectly positions her to lead these top performing country brands,” said Michael Jordan, Region Senior Vice President of Programming. Rachel Elliot joins iHeartMedia Kentucky/West Virginia from iHeartMedia Cincinnati where she most recently served as Digital Program Director and On-Air talent at the legendary WEBN, while also serving as a national talent for the iHeartCustom/Format Center brands with a specific focus on Country and Rock

"I've been with iHeartMedia my entire radio career, from my very first internship - it's so special for me to continue my career with the company that's been with me from the beginning. Growing up on a sheep farm in upstate Ohio, Country music has long been my passion. I appreciate the team for allowing me to continue to learn and grow within a company I love, and trusting me with these iconic brands that I’ve admired for so long,” said Rachel Elliot.

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Kris Fisher Returns As Program Director at Beasley's WHHD 98.3 Augusta

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2024 -Beasley Media Group announces Kris Fisher has returned home as the Program Director at WHHD 98.3 in Augusta, Georgia. He officially began his new role at the station on February 5, 2024. Following a five-year vacation, Fisher is returning to the very same radio station he helped build - Beasley Media Group’s WHHD/ HD983 in Augusta, GA! He most recently worked at Beasley’s Las Vegas cluster, where he oversaw Hot AC KVGS Star 1079 and Urban AC KOAS - Jammin’ 1057

. “We’re very excited to have Kris back in the company. He is a proven winner and has a passion for HD 98.3,” said Tee Gentry, Beasley Media Group Vice President of Brand Strategies and Regional Operations Manager of the company’s Augusta-based radio cluster.

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Val Garris Exits Cumulus After More Than Two Decades

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2024 -Val Garris has exited his position as Corporate VP Programming / Format VP for Cumulus Media. In a release it stated: Over the course of his career he worked across multiple music ormats, including Rock, Classic Rock, Classic Hits, Adult Hits, Alternative, AAA, Top 40 and others. Being one of the architects of the music scheduling system that Cumulus currently uses, he is an expert at scheduling along with research design & analysis.

A market strategist with experience in dissecting the competitive landscape, he helped many stations find success, provided Cumulus with Nielsen ratings analyses, and is a creative writer with audio production skills.Previous experience includes having been a consultant at Burkhart/ Douglas & Associates and a member of the team at McVay Media.

Garris adds, “I look back on my tenure at Cumulus with fond memories having launched countless stations, hired and helped PDs grow into their role while serving on numerous industry committees. I prided myself on being a resource to every size market and department. I’m excited about the future” Garris said.

Garris, who's also available for consultancy and/or retainer work, can be reached at valgarris1@gmail.com.

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PJ Kling Announces He's Left His Position At NuVoodoo

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2024 - PJ Kling ,VP/Marketing for NuVoodoo Media announced that he's parted with the company and now "I find myself on the hunt for the next challenge. Super proud of the team there and the work we did. What’s next? Great question! If you have or know about leads in the Marketing, Product, Comms or Media (Radio/TV) realm, let’s chat! Battery is fully charged and ready to go. Appreciate everyone that has already reached out."

Kling adds, "Thanks in advance for any engagement (likes/comments/shares) you provide on this post, as it helps the algorithm reach more of the people inside and outside my network. In the meantime, gonna enjoy the break and will some warmer weather into existence so we can get back outside again, like this pic from a couple weeks ago. Thanks for reading."

Kling joined NuVoodoo in April 2016. Prior stints included programming and operations posts at WKQX/Chicago, WLUP/Chicago - Kling is now open to new opportunities and is available to chat at 312-622-1544 or virtualpj@gmail.com.

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The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) Announces 2024 Board of Directors

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2024 -The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) announced that Tony Coles, Dr. Caroline Frick, and Leo MacCourtney have been elected to the organization’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Co-chairs Heidi Raphael, Beasley Media Group Chief Communications Officer, and Jack Goodman, former NAB general counsel and longtime DC-based Communications attorney.

Tony Coles is President of Multi-Cultural Business and Development and President of BIN: Black Information Network. As President of Multi-Cultural Business and Development, Coles works across all iHeartMedia assets and divisions to support and grow multicultural audiences and to accelerate multicultural revenue growth for the company.

Dr. Caroline Frick is an Associate Professor in the Radio-TV-Film Department at The University of Texas at Austin. She also is the founder and Executive Director of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, an organization devoted to the discovery and preservation of media related to the state. Prior to her work in Texas, Dr. Frick worked in film preservation at Warner Bros., the Library of Congress, and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Leo MacCourtney is President of Katz Television Group. In his role as President, Leo oversees Katz’s strategic sales direction to drive growth for its more than 800 television station partners and their digital extensions across over 196 markets. Leo’s extensive background in media advertising began when he joined WERE radio in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1981, Leo left radio to join Blair Television as an account executive.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Tony, Caroline, and Leo to the LABF Board of Directors,” said Raphael and Goodman. “Their valuable insight and experience will help in our mission to preserve, protect and promote radio and television broadcasting’s incredible history.”

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105.3 WDAS Philly Announces Eighth Annual 'Women Of Excellence Luncheon'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2024 iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s 105.3 WDAS FM, announced this year’s recipients of the eighth annual “Women of Excellence Luncheon Presented by Xfinity,” a celebration of local women and their achievements in the community, including Grammy award-winner Jody Watley.

The luncheon will take place on Saturday, April 13 2024 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown. At the Luncheon” they will award Grammy award-winning multi-platinum, singer, songwriter, producer and fashionista Jody Watley with the “WDAS Women of Excellence Legend Award.” The event will be hosted by 105.3 WDAS FM’s on-air personalities Patty Jackson, Frankie Darcell, Mimi Brown and Loraine Ballard Morrill.

“It's an honor to be able to consistently recognize some of the most incredible women throughout the Tri-State, and this year we are very excited to assemble this room of honorees who have contributed to our city and our culture in so many ways,” said Derrick Corbett, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “It's what makes this event one of the most special in the nation.” In addition, 105.3 WDAS FM will honor four remarkable women nominated by 105.3 WDAS FM listeners over the past month, one of which will receive the “Mary J. Blige Award for Perseverance and Courage.”

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Podbean Announces Two Events: Exclusive AMA Session And Upcoming Podcast Growth Event 

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2024 -Podbean announced two groundbreaking events designed for the podcasting community. The first, an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session, is scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd at 2pm Eastern. Following this, we are hosting a special virtual event featuring Bethany Hawkins of Crackers In Soup, a renowned figure in the podcast service industry with a 6-figure podcast service business on Podcast Growth Tips from a Black-Owned Podcast Business. "Our goal is to empower and educate the podcasting community," said David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. "This AMA session and our upcoming event with Bethany Hawkins are parts of our commitment to providing valuable resources and support to podcasters at every stage."

"We are thrilled to bring together two dynamic events that cater to the diverse needs of the podcasting community. The AMA session and the event with Bethany Hawkins exemplify our dedication to fostering growth and innovation in podcasting," added Xu. Podbean AMA: Ask Us Anything Live Event to Answer Your Podcasting Questions Thursday, February 22nd 2024, 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST Online event (Livestreamed on Youtube and Linkedin) Cost: FREE Register here - Amplify & Thrive: Growth Secrets from a Black-Owned Podcast Business Thursday, February 29th 2024, 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST Online event (Livestreamed on Youtube and Linkedin) Cost: FREE Register here

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7'Bob Marley: One Love' With $52M BO; Madonna Falls On Stage

 

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Draws $52M Weekend BO

BAFTAs Slam Social Media Prankster Who Crashed ‘Oppenheimer’s’ Best Film Speech

Madonna Falls On Stage After Dancer Trips During Chair Stunt

The Trial Over Handwritten Lyrics To An Eagles Classic

LISTEN - Mariah Carey Joins Ariana Grande for New 'Yes, And?' Remix

Lifetime’s Wendy Williams Documentary Release Date

Vanessa Williams To Star As Miranda Priestly In 'Devil Wears Prada' Musical

After 70 Years, EC Comics Returns from the Crypt in Oni Press Deal

'Peanuts' Character Franklin Finally Gets His Origin Story in Animated Special

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KDKA Pittsburgh Debuts 'Next Take' Overnight Show Led By Students from the University of Pittsburgh

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2024 - Audacy's KDKA Radio announced “KDKA Next Take” a brand new, local overnight show that will be hosted by students at the University of Pittsburgh. According to a release, KDKA Next Take is redefining radio and will provide news, information and talk from a different point of view, overnights. The new show will air weekdays from 1 to 5 a.m. beginning today, February 19. The show will be hosted by Pitt students Margaux Rentzel, Jaime Ely and Ryan Tarabokia. KDKA Next Take is produced by Dylan Foster. Executive Producer is KDKA Radio’s Amy Mauk. The hosts and producer are students of Kevin Michael Smith, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Broadcast at Pitt, who has been preparing them to broadcast on the world’s first commercial radio station.

"This is a project that I have been developing for a few years and it’s ready to launch. It’s the right time and the right place with the right people.," said Vice President and Market Manager Michael Spacciapolli." This show will bring a fresh look at local news from the perspective of the next generation, which is so crucial in 2024 and beyond." Our commitment to local news and content never wavers and being able to add significant local content overnight through this partnership and with new perspectives is a win on every level. Staff  Photo credit KDKA Radio/Ben Tenuta

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Alabama Station Whose Tower Was Stolen Returns To The Air With An Assist From iHeartRadio

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2024 - WJLX Radio in Jasper, Alabama is finally back on the air. You'll recall this is the station that a couple of weeks ago went off the air when thieves reportedly stole the entire 200-foot broadcast tower. The dvalue of the tower was about $200,000. According ABC 33/40, The general manager/morning host Brett Elmore (L) has been trying to figure out how to get another tower. In the meantime, the situation caught the attention of national and international media.

dEarly last week, Elmore got a call from Jon Zellner (R), the president of programming operations and digital music at iHeartMedia. “He’d heard the story and seen it on TV and wanted to do anything he could to help,” Elmore told ABC 33/40. Zellner and iHeartMedia executive vice president Jeff Littlejohn worked with Elmore to set up an HD signal package for WJLX on channel 102.5 HD 3. Now, iHeart Media will share their HD3 signal out of Birmingham so the station can broadcast on 102.5 and 101.5 out of Jasper.

Elmore says he's done interviews with USA Today, The New York Times, and the BBC, just to name a few. Last week, iHeartMedia leaned of the station's dilemma and figured out a way to help. iHeart will basically share their HD3 signal out of Birmingham so the station will broadcast on 102.5 and 101.5 out of Jasper. This is a temporary fix that Elmore says has been accepted by the Federal Communications Commission. Listen here as Elmore receives the good news.

Photo of missing radio tower. (Provided by General manager Brett Elmore

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Randy Lane: Humor Has Never Been More Critical Than Now; Steps To Make Your Show More Humorous

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2024 - Talent coach Randy Lane says funny always scores at the top of why people listen to radio morning shows. In his latest blog titled 'Can Humor Kill Disease, he writes that humor leads your brain away from information to an emotional response and gives your show the important surprise factor. Humor has never been more critical than it is today. We are bombarded with bad news, hateful posts, and crime videos. Local television news still operates on the premise that “if it bleeds, it leads.” Even though crime is sharply down, The Gallup Poll reports the majority of Americans perceive crime to be skyrocketing.

Research proves humor wins in morning radio Not only does humor increase your endorphins and make you feel good, but according to the Mayo Clinic, it relieves stress, decreases your heart rate and blood pressure, and aids muscle relaxation. Plus, the long-term effects of laughter improve your immune system, help ease pain, and improve your mood.

Harvard Education’s research found laughter to be contagious and mirror neurons in the brain. It’s one of the reasons television sitcoms use laugh tracks. Can laughter cure disease? Norman Cousins was a professor at the UCLA Medical School in 1979. Cousins was diagnosed with a painful and debilitating disorder called collagen disease. Experts told him he had one chance in 500 of recovery. In his best-selling book Anatomy of an Illness, Cousins watched Marx Brothers films and reruns of TV’s Candid Camera, among other movies and shows daily. His doctors were skeptical, but he laughed his way to a full recovery!

You are fortunate if you have a funny morning show. Not every talent is naturally funny, and you can’t force it. However, there are steps you can take to increase humor on your morning show: Click here for taking the right steps

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Audacy’s 4th Annual 'Leading Ladies', Returns To New York At The King's Theatre

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2024 - In celebration of Women’s History Month, Audacy’s 4th annual Leading Ladies, presented by Olay Body, returns to New York on March 20 at the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. The intimate event features Kelsea Ballerini, Meghan Trainor, Elle King, Christina Perri and more sharing the stage and stories for an unforgettable night of entertainment. Hosted by Audacy’s Katie Neal and NEW 102.7 (WNEW-FM) morning show host Karen Carson, Leading Ladies amplifies women’s voices in music through personal stories, triumphs and songs.

“It’s been incredible to see Leading Ladies grow from a Country concert to a multi-genre showcase featuring some of the best female performers in music today,” said Neal. “I’m honored to be part of an event that focuses on women's empowerment and can’t wait to see these fabulous females perform aside one another.” “I’m excited to see this year’s women share the stage for what is sure to be a spectacular night filled with not only great music but great stories,” adds Carson. “Women are powerhouses, and it’s phenomenal that we’re able to celebrate each other while watching some of our favorite female artists together on one stage.” Leading Ladies is presented by Olay Body.

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Nathan Reed Named Director of Operations/Director of Branding and Programming for B98.5/97.1 The River at Cox Media Group Atlanta

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2024 - Cox Media Group (“CMG”) Atlanta has named Nathan Reed Director of Operations/Director of Branding and Programming for B98.5 and 97.1 The River effective March 4. Reed previously served as the Director of Operations at CMG Tulsa, where he oversaw integrated radio and TV brands, research, and marketing. He later joined CMG Tampa in 2019 as the Director of Operations for six radio brands. His career has also seen impactful roles in Toledo, OH, and Flint, MI.

“It’s a great day to welcome Nate back to CMG,” said Jaleigh Long, Vice President/Market Manager of CMG Atlanta Radio. “Nate’s successful experience, market leadership, and passion for this great industry is a winning combination for our Atlanta music stations. Partnering with Ken Charles, 95.5 WSB Director of Branding and Programming, only strengthens our position when it comes to leading the most talented programming teams in the industry.”

“Joining CMG Atlanta's outstanding team and award-winning brands is an honor,” said Reed. “I'm grateful to Jaleigh Long, Chris Eagan, and Rob Babin for the opportunity to create more success with the nation's leading multi-media company.”

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iHeart Debuts FOX Sports Radio 97.9 FM/AM 810 AM Orlando & FOX Sports Radio Jacksonville AM 930

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia Florida announced today the debut of the new FOX Sports Radio Orlando 97.9 FM/AM 810 (WRSO-AM) and FOX Sports Radio Jacksonville AM 930 (WFXJ-AM. FOX Sports Radio Orlando 97.9 FM/AM 810 will broadcast FOX Sports Radio’s 24/7 lineup will consist of “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” which will continue to broadcast on iHeartMedia’s FM 96.9 The Game in Orlando along with FOX Sports Radio weeknight and weekend programming.

Among FOX Sports Radio’s weekday programs joining FOX Sports Radio Orlando 97.9 FM/AM 810 are: “Two Pros and a Cup of Joe,” “The Dan Patrick Show,” “The Doug Gottlieb Show,” “Covino & Rich,” “The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker,” “The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon” and “The Ben Maller Show.” The station will also broadcast FOX Sports Radio around the clock on weekends. FOX Sports Radio Jacksonville AM 930 now broadcasts FOX Sports Radio’s 24/7 lineup.

"We remain fully committed to providing the best quality entertainment and information to the Hispanic residents on the First Coast and will continue to explore ways we can increase our impact there,” said Paul Rogers, Area President, North Florida, iHeartMedia. “The opportunity to return the FOX Sports brand to its original home on AM930 in Jacksonville was simply too good to pass up. Its appeal cuts across and unites every segment of our community."

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Beasley's 92.5 XTU Philly Air Toby Keith Tribute Special

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2024 -Beasley Media Group’s 92.5 WXTU-FM was saddened to hear about the passing of country music legend Toby Keith who was an integral part of XTU for over 3 decades and many of the station’s staff members had become friends. Toby Keith s with the Country legend.

“Toby Keith is a legend because he mastered the art of singing what the country world was thinking,” said WXTU-FM Morning Show Host Andie Summers. “He was exactly what Dolly Parton meant when she said country music is ordinary people telling ordinary stories in an extraordinary way.”

WXTU featured the special, entitled “A Tribute To Toby Keith: A Country Life” that aired on Sunday, February 18th. The program will be hosted by Midday Personality and Program Director, Razz On The Radio.

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Taylor Swift Donates $100K In GoFundMe Drive For Family Of Slain Radio Host

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2024 - As reported last week following the tragic loss of Lisa Lopez-Galvan, host of “A Taste of Tejano” on KKFI 90.1 FM who was tragically killed during the Super Bowl Parade of the Kansas City Chiefs, a special on-air tribute is now planned.

dLopez-Galvan's co-host Tommy Andrade tells 41 KSHB-TV Kansas City on Tuesday, Feb. 20, he hopes to have some of Lopez-Galvan’s family members in the studio to help play her favorite songs to honor her

Meanwhile, following KKFI 90.1 setting up a GoFundMe page for Lopez-Galvan's family, Taylor Swift contributed $100K to the fund. The “Elizabeth Lopez-Galvan Memorial” page was set up Thursday afternoon, with a goal of raising $75,000 for the family of the 44-year-old shooting victim. According to Variety, around 1,300 people had made donations when Swift pushed the total beyond the goal in the wee hours of Friday morning, first making a donation of $50,000 and then making a second donation in the same amount eight minutes later.

“Sending my deepest sympathies and condolences in the wake of your devastating loss. With love, Taylor Swift,” wrote the singer. Swift’s rep confirmed to Variety that the donations by the singer appearing on the page were legit. “This fund has been set up to benefit the family of Lisa Lopez-Galvan,” reads the GoFundMe page’s text.

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7All The Winners From 'People's Choice' & Bafta Awards

 

All the Winners at the 2024 People’s Choice Award: Barbie and Taylor Swift Reign Supreme:

... Adam Sandler's NSFW Speech Leaves Social Media Divided

BAFTA Awards 2024: See Who Won

... Michael J. Fox Receives Standing Ovation

... Robert Downey Jr. Thanks ‘That Dude’ Christopher Nolan'

Chris Brown Says He Was Uninvited From the NBA All-Star Game

Kate Snow Steps Down From ‘NBC Nightly News’ Sunday Anchor Role

Ousted Rep. George Santos Sues Jimmy Kimmel Over Cameo Video Prank

Billy Joel Says He’s ‘Thought About Putting Together A Band With Don Henley, Sting, And Maybe John Mayer

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Report: 'Radio May Be The Difference Maker' In 2024 Election Contests With Added Reach

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2024 - According to a new political study by Nielsen, Radio may be a difference-maker in 2024 contests, helping campaigns extend reach, deliver hard-to-reach demographics, and optimize media plans. Idil Cakim, SVP And Head Of Research & Insights, Audacy, writes: "A small strategy shift could make a big difference"If a campaign reallocated 20% of existing ad dollars to Radio, it could reach 17% more voters, according to Nielsen’s new “Optimizing Political Campaigns in November” report, which merges voting behavior and viewership data.

“Incorporating radio into the broadcast mix early and often will result in better outcomes,” noted Jon Blum, Audacy’s Senior Vice President of Strategy, Partnerships and Analytics. “Radio complements TV’s ability to reach undecided voters that are unreachable on TV.” As recently as 2020, campaigns relied heavily on linear TV to reach voters, but media disruption is upending old political ad tactics. As linear TV viewership declines, campaigns see diminishing returns for expensive investments. With campaigns under pressure to find alternatives, Radio offers a cost-effective alternative with broad reach across crucial voter groups and the political spectrum.

According to Nielsen’s study, Radio has near universal reach (92%) across voter bases, whether Democrats, Republicans or unaffiliated voters.1 “Radio is the secret ingredient that can help a candidate win,” said Haley Teare, Audacy’s VP of Government and Political Partnerships. While linear TV remains important to political advertising, adding more Radio and introducing it earlier can turbocharge a campaign, extending reach and catching voters who don’t watch TV (or fetch snacks and scroll social media during commercial breaks).

Beginning this spring, savvy campaign advisors and media buyers will prominently include Radio in their advertising strategy as candidates hit the campaign trail. Radio Reaches Key Voter Groups and “Unreachables” Radio offers a broad tent to reach key voter groups, even as linear TV’s audience fragments. Read report here

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NAB Announces 2024 Crystal Radio Award Finalists; Hubbard Honored With Crystal Heritage Award

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2024 - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the finalists for the 2024 NAB Crystal Radio Awards, which has honored radio stations’ outstanding community service efforts since 1987. Winners will be announced during the We Are Broadcasters ceremony that takes place on the Main Stage at NAB Show, April 16 at 9:30 a.m. PST. NAB will also present Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP-FM, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., with the esteemed Crystal Heritage Award during the ceremony. The Heritage Award recognizes radio stations that have won a total of five Crystal Radio Awards for exceptional year-round community service efforts. Only 11 other stations have received this honor.

Finalists for the 2024 Crystal Radio Awards are: KBHP-FM Bemidji, Minn. KCLR-FM Columbia, Mo. KFI-AM Los Angeles, Calif. KGLK-FM Houston, Texas KIRO-FM Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. KKBQ-FM Houston, Texas KLTY-FM Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas KMVP-FM Phoenix, Ariz. KNDE-FM College Station, Texas KOIT-FM San Francisco, Calif. KPNW-FM Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. KQMV-FM Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. KRAV-FM Tulsa, Okla. KRMG-FM Tulsa, Okla. KSL-FM Salt Lake City, Utah KTMY-FM Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. KWEN-FM Tulsa, Okla. KXKT-FM Omaha, Neb. KYGO-FM Denver, Colo. KYW-AM Philadelphia, Pa. WBLM-FM Portland, Maine WBZ-FM Boston, Mass. WBZZ-FM Pittsburgh, Pa. WCFB-FM Orlando, Fla. WDAS-FM Philadelphia, Pa. WDBR-FM Springfield, Ill. WDUV-FM Tampa Bay, Fla. WFLC-FM Miami, Fla. WHJX-FM Jacksonville, Fla. WHKO-FM Dayton, Ohio WHPT-FM Tampa Bay, Fla. WJJY-FM Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. WKML-FM Fayetteville, N.C. WLBC-FM Muncie, Ind. WMAG-FM Greensboro, N.C. WMBX-FM West Palm Beach, Fla. WMMR-FM Philadelphia, Pa. WMUN-AM Muncie, Ind. WNIC-FM Detroit, Mich. WNRP-AM Pensacola, Fla. WOKV-FM Jacksonville, Fla. WSB-FM Atlanta, Ga. WTAW-AM College Station, Texas WTIB-FM Greenville, N.C. WTMX-FM Chicago, Ill. WTOP-FM Washington, D.C. WUBE-FM Cincinnati, Ohio WWBX-FM Boston, Mass. WYCT-FM Pensacola, Fla. WYMG-FM Springfield, Ill.

Ten Crystal Radio Award winners will be chosen from the above finalists by a panel of judges representing the broadcast industry, community service organizations and public relations firms.

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Cumulus VP of Country Charlie Cook To Exit Company In May

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2024 - Cumulus Media VP of country Charlie Cook is set to leave the company on May 31, In addition to his national duties, Cook also serves as OM for its Cumulus’ Nashville cluster and and PD for WKDF and WSM-FM Nashville.

According to Country Aircheck, Cook told VP/MM Allison Warren, chief content officer Brian Philips and SVP of programming John Dimick in April 2023 of his desire to pursue new challenges. Cook stated, “They asked me to give them a year. Well, here we are almost a year later and it’s time for me to move away from an experience that I have loved for something new and different. Thanking everyone inside Cumulus and in Nashville would fill these pages so I look forward to personally thanking everyone over the next few months.”

Philips said in a statement, “Charlie Cook’s accomplishments and awards are the stuff of Nashville legend. He is of course, in character, irreplaceable. I foresee a future where we will always rely on his wise counsel. He represents the gold standard among Cumulus employees. We are deeply grateful for his immeasurable contributions.”

Cook was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2011 before joining Cumulus in 2014. Last year, he was honored with the Academy of Country Music’s service award, alongside Bill Mayne; Cook is the Academy of Country Music’s longest-serving board member.

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AWM/F Announce 2024 Board of Directors

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2024 - The Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation (AWM/F) announced the 2024 National Board of Directors and Officers. “The leadership of our Board of Directors has allowed AWM and our Foundation to advance women in media for more than seventy years of triumphs and trials,” said Becky Brooks (R),President, AWM/F.

OFFICER ROLES Katina Arnold, Chair, Vice President, Corporate Communications, ESPN Monica Bloom, Incoming/Vice Chair, Chief Marketing Officer, MHz Choice | Topic Streaming Annie Howell, Immediate Past Chair, Chief Communications Officer, Hallmark Media Catherine Badalamente, Treasurer, President & CEO, Graham Media Group Marie Tedesco, Treasurer-Elect, Chief Financial Officer, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.

NEW DIRECTORS SERVING ON THE BOARD The following leaders will begin serving on the AWM Board of Directors for a two-year term: Isabel Lara, Chief Communications Officer, NPR Jaclyn Levin, President, Shriver Media; Founder, Liminal Space Media Christine Moran, Head of Creator Partnerships, Electrify Video Partners Debra OConnell, President, News Group and Networks, Disney Entertainment.

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Futuri Announces Integration of SpotOn Into TopLine

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2024 - Futuri announced the integration of SpotOn Spec Spots into its sales intelligence platform, TopLine. This new integration accelerates the sales cycle and makes each encounter with a prospect or client more meaningful. SpotOn is available as an add-on for TopLine subscribers looking to further enhance their sales capabilities.

"Picture an account executive collaborating with a prospect or client, transforming ideas into reality in real-time," said Daniel Anstandig, CEO of Futuri. "Account executives can create custom, insight-driven advertising content on the spot, offering a level of speed and customization that changes the very nature of client interactions in our industry. This also eases the burden on production teams by providing a creative starting-point for spots.”

TopLine sales research has become an indispensable sales system for broadcast media across America. From small rural stations to major markets, thousands of sales professionals rely on TopLine every day to optimize their service to advertisers by providing customized sales insights, presentations, and now audio.

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Events: Deborah Roberts Joins Impressive Line-up of Presenters at the BFOA Golden Mic Gala

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2024 - Deborah Roberts, award-winning ABC News correspondent, co-anchor of the prestigious news magazine “20/20”, and a member of the Broadcasters Foundation of America Board of Directors, will honor Deborah Norville as this year’s recipient of the Edward F. McLaughlin Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award will be presented to Norville during the Golden Mic gala and fundraiser on March 4 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of this well-deserved recognition of Deborah’s outstanding work as a broadcast journalist.” said Roberts. “Deborah is one of the most respected journalists in broadcasting, and I am thrilled that she is going to be a part of this exciting program,” said Norville. “She is a colleague and a friend, and I am honored that she will be there with me.”

“We are fortunate to have Deborah among the esteemed presenters to honor a tremendous broadcaster and BFOA board member — Deborah Norville,” commented Scott Herman, Chair of the Broadcasters Foundation. “It’s going to be a thrilling evening.” For more information or to reserve a seat or table at the Golden Mic Award gala and fundraiser, click here

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Froggy 98 Lincoln Raises $98,436 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital During Country Cares Event

NRG Media Lincoln / Broadcast House Media’s Froggy 98 (KFGE-FM) raised $98,436 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during their 22nd annual “Country Cares for St. Jude Kids” radiothon, held February 14-15.

To date, Froggy 98 has collected over $1.7 million in donations for St. Jude. To learn more about Froggy 98’s partnership with St. Jude, visit froggy981.com/countrycares

Pictured L-R: Brooke Summers (PM), Cory Edmondson (APD/Mid-Days), Johanna Buresh (AM), Robyn Burnison (Weekends) Lincoln, Neb.

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7Rod Stewart Sells Song Catalog For Nearly $100Md

 

Rod Stewart Sells Song Catalog to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group for Nearly $100 Million

... Says Ed Sheeran: Music Won’t Stand the Test of Time

Brian Wilson Suffering Dementia, Longtime Reps LeeAnn Hard and Jean Sievers Named as Co-Conservators

Paul McCartney's Long-Lost Höfner Bass Returned After More Than 50 Years

Cassadee Pope Is Trading Country Music for Rock

Jennifer Lopez Announces 'This Is Me...Now the Tour'

Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, Chris Hemsworth and Zendaya to chair 2024 Met Gala

Gwen Stefani Says She Has To Relearn No Doubt Songs Ahead Of Coachella Reunion

 

 

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Kansas City Radio Host Lisa Lopez-Galvan Killed In Shooting After Chiefs' Super Bowl Celebration

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024 - In the wake of another senseless mass-shooting, Kansas City radio station KKFI-90.1 confirmed the death of of popular host Lisa Lopez-Galvan, known on-air as Lisa G. She was the host of “Taste of Tejano,” was killed in the shooting at the Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade. According to ABC World News, authorities said earlier that one person died and 21 others were hit by gunfire after a shooting broke out at the end of the event.

In a statement on the station's Facebook page, they posted: "A senseless act has taken a beautiful person from her family and this KC community." “It is with sincere sadness and an extremely heavy and broken heart that we let our community know that KKFI DJ Lisa Lopez, host of Taste of Tejano lost her life today in the shooting at the KC Chiefs' rally. Our hearts and prayers are with her family" Lisa Lopez-Galvan is shown above in this undated photo (inset) at the KKFI website.

Paradegoers recounted panic during shooting after Chiefs Super Bowl rally, telling ABC affiliate KMBC-TV: "'Everybody started running' The shooting took place west of Union Station (shown above), near the garage, as Chiefs fans were leaving, Kansas City police said earlier in the day. According to the police, three suspects have been detained. At least one firearm was recovered, the police said. A motive remains unclear. Gunshot victims were transported to several hospitals in the area, including eight with "immediately" life-threatening injuries and seven with life-threatening injuries, according to the Kansas City Fire Department.

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Programmers Weigh-In On Beyonce Airplay On Country Radio; 'It Just Sounds So Freakin' Good'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024 - The Super Bowl may be over, but the debate on whether country radio will play Beyoncé’s new songs which aired during Sunday's big game rages on. Houston's 93Q PD Travis Moon tells EW's Wesley Stenzel "I'm excited because it just sounds so freaking good on the radio," Stenzel writes, 'If the singles “Texas Hold ‘Em’ and “16 Carriages” are any indication, Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance: Act II appears to be her first full-fledged country project."

Moon says he’s “all-in” on “Texas Hold ‘Em.” “We're playing right now. We’re actually the first station in America to officially add the song,” he tells EW. Moon’s enthusiasm stems from the quality of the track rather than the singer’s stardom. “Am I going at this going, ‘Hey, I want to convert every Beyoncé fan to love country music?’ That's not why I'm doing this,” he explains. “I added the song because it's a great song, and I'm excited because it just sounds so freaking good on the radio.

Meanwhile, Nick Russo, program manager for Houston’s US99 Country, is prioritizing “16 Carriages” over “Texas Hold ‘Em,” as he thinks the track should make a strong impression on country fans, as he noted in an Instagram Reel he shared with EW. ‘16 Carriages’ deserves equal weight in this situation. In the storyline, it really hits the heart, and that's where country music lives. The songs live in your heart.” Russo compared the song’s lyrics, which reflect on the narrator’s teenage years, to Taylor Swift’s early work.

Mike Levine of Go Country 105 in Los Angeles is also excited about Beyoncé’s new music. “The new single sounds great,” he says. “We will probably be able to play it like one or two times this week just to sample it, but I won't know until about a month or so, once we start looking at programming again, just to see how the data is on it, and if it's something we add to our regular programming or not.” The radio managers are optimistic about the singer’s potential to convert the Beyhive into country fans. “Anything to make country more approachable is amazing, so it's fantastic,” Levine says. Read complete story here

See Popline below on why Beyonce's pivot to country music was inevitable

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WTOP News Dedicates Production Studio in Memory of Long-Time Production Manager, George Moshos

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024 - WTOP News announced the dedication of its production studio, The George Moshos Production Studio, in memory of long-time Production Manager, George Gus Moshos. Wednesday, February 14 would have been Moshos' 67th birthday. He became a fixture during the nearly four decades he worked at WTOP.

General Manager Joel Oxley had this to say about Moshos’ life and career. “George helped me so much when I first started at WTOP 30 some odd years ago. I knew little about production and he let me know it. His gruff demeanor and direct style took a minute to get used to. But it didn’t take long for me to realize this guy with the glint in his eyes was a person who cared. Really cared. About his job and doing it right and more importantly about people,” said Oxley. “He touched so, so many people and made things better for them. Seems only right to name where he spent so much time of his time ‘The George Moshos Production Studio." Moshos began his career at WTOP in 1982.

With his passing on January 11, 2024, George left behind his beloved family, including his siblings, Frances (and Christopher) Kalavritinos, Tina (and Paul) Gonzalez, and James (and Olympia) Moshos, his beloved nephews, Peter Kalavritinos, Gus (and Catina) Moshos, and his beloved niece Reni (and Jared) Worley. He also left behind an extended family of cousins, many family members, friends.

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Compass Media Networks Announces Resignation of Longtime Executive Michelle Salvatore

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024 - After serving over 15 years as the architect, leader, and manager of Compass Media Networks’ play-by-play sports platform as well as West Coast entertainment production, Michelle Salvatore has resigned from the Company to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity outside of media. Michelle will continue to work for Compass Media Networks through the Spring, shall advise the Company on a transition plan, and more importantly shall remain forever more a friend to her beloved colleagues at Compass Media Networks.

“Back in Spring of 2009, during the chaos and sleepless nights involved in launching this national media company, the media gods sent me an angel in the form of Michelle Salvatore,” said Peter Kosann, CEO/Founder of Compass Media Networks. “Michelle faced down every challenge, worked tirelessly and with good cheer, and set a gold standard of excellence for not only Compass Media Networks, but our industry.”

“Michelle has been one of the most important people in my career,” said Kevin Burkhardt, lead play-by-play voice for FOX Sports. “She believed in me from the start, and gave me opportunities to call college football and Dallas Cowboys games for Compass Media Networks. She produced me and made me better, and I would not be where I am today without her.”

“Working at Compass Media Networks literally changed my life for the better,” said Salvatore. “I was able to travel the globe, producing games throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe, and had the chance to work with incredibly talented, passionate, and kind people. I am forever grateful to my dear friends at Compass Media Networks.” Michelle Salvatore may be reached at michelle@adharaco.com.

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Audacy Receives 15 PAB 2024 Excellence in Broadcasting Awards

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024 - Audacy is the recipient of 15 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB) 2024 Excellence in Broadcasting Awards. Yearly, PAB honors the exceptional accomplishments of Pennsylvania’s radio and television stations and their broadcast professionals. Recipients will celebrate at a luncheon in May.

Among Audacy winners included. Outstanding Use of Digital Media 2024 KDKA News Radio (KDKA-AM / 100.1 FM), Pittsburgh This Hits Different Outstanding Radio Station Marketing & Promos 2024 B101.1 (WBEB-FM), Philadelphia Bee Positive on B101 Outstanding Radio Station Marketing & Promos 2024 96.5 TDY (WTDY-FM), Philadelphia 90-SWIFT-FIVE T-A-Y Rebrand Stunt 2024 Outstanding Public Service Announcement/Campaign B101.1 (WBEB-FM), Philadelphia B101’s Christmas Choir Competition 2024/

Additional awards included: Outstanding Local Radio Newscast KYW Newsradio (103.9 FM / 1060 AM), Philadelphia The I-95 Collapse in Philadelphia 2024 Outstanding Radio Coverage of a Local Sporting Event KDKA News Radio (KDKA-AM / 100.1 FM), Pittsburgh Oobi’s Orchestration 2024 Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (WPHT-AM), Philadelphia “The Rich Zeoli Show” 2024 Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team Froggy 101 (WGGY-FM), Wilkes-Barre “The Doc Show with Chewy” 2024 Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (WPHT-AM), Philadelphia “Kayal & Company” 2024 Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team 100.7 Star (WBZZ-FM), Pittsburgh “Bubba Show” 2024. See alll winners here.

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Last Chance To Sign Up For Tracy Johnson's AI-Driven Radio Content Pro Webinar Today At 1:00pm et

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024 - WP Media and Tracy Johnson Media Group have joined forces to launch a pioneering AI-driven platform Radio Content Pro (RCP). It's engineered to address the most pressing challenges radio professionals and content creators face today. In an era where content is king, broadcasters are often overwhelmed with curating and creating content on multiple platforms. It's all important, but it's overwhelming. RCP offers a solution that effortlessly empowers radio stations to produce more creative, relevant, and timely content using the power of Artificial Intelligence to inspire your local team's creativity and efficiency.

Radio Content Pro. President/CEO Tracy Johnson says, "This is a major breakthrough in content creation. I tasked our team to create a product that uses AI to solve eight content problems broadcasters face today, and they nailed it. RCP acts as a full-time producer, copywriter, marketing expert, and digital marketing team rolled into one. Market Exclusive For 12 Formats Radio Content Pro is available now in six formats, with six new products coming in the next few weeks. Available Now: RCP Buzz: For CHR and Hot AC stations. RCP Country: For Country stations. RCP Hip Hop: For Hip Hop and Rhythmic CHR. RCP Mainstream: For adult-targeted formats like AC. RCP Edge: For Rock stations. RCP Spirit: For Christian stations. New formats will be released soon.:

To understand how RCP will transform your entire broadcast operation, Tracy Johnson is hosting a free webinar today February 15, 2024, at 1 pm Eastern Time. Guests can get an in-depth look at how RCP revolutionizes radio content creation. To join the webinar, go here

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Podbean Launches 'Podbean AI' - Webinar Set For March 7th

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024 - Podbean is proud to announce the launch of Podbean AI, a suite of innovative AI-powered capabilities designed to elevate the quality of podcasting for listeners while saving creators time. Podbean AI simplifies the editing process with automatic audio enhancement, and auto-generated content for podcast titles, show notes, transcripts, and more.

With this comprehensive toolset, Podbean podcasters can elevate the audio quality of their shows, employing features such as EQ balancing and noise reduction. Additionally, automated trimming of filler words and silences enhances the overall listening experience. AI-enhanced transcripts not only bolster reach and SEO but also foster substantial growth. Moreover, the inclusion of auto-generated chapter markers facilitates seamless navigation for listeners, ensuring a more enjoyable experience with their favorite shows.

Podbean will be holding a free virtual event on Thursday, March 7th, at 11 AM PT/2 PM ET to help podcasters learn more about how they can leverage Podbean AI’s features. Podcasters can also view a short video on Podbean AI here.

“Podbean has always been about removing barriers from podcasting,” says Podbean CEO David Xu. “The possibilities unlocked by Podbean AI are truly a game-changer for podcasters. These new capabilities empower them to leverage the latest technology to produce quality content more efficiently allowing increased focus on the creative aspects of podcasting.”

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'The Daily Show: Ears Edition' And IDKMYDE! In The Podcast Spotlight This Week At iHeart

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024 - Check out season four of iHeartPodcasts’ The Daily Show: Ears Edition for full episodes, extended content, exclusive interviews and more. As Jon Stewart kicks off his “Daily Show” Monday night residency, he and The Daily Show News Team come to grips with the reality of America's two chronologically challenged presidential candidates: Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

IDKMYDE! (I Didn’t Know, Maybe You Didn’t Either!): Every day of Black History Month, B Daht presents a “Mr. Rogers-styled-esque perspective” of long-lost history facts. Season three is layered with originality and equipped with actual historical references and some hard truths, a journey of discovery filled with comedy and entertainment for all ages. Mission Implausible: Turns out, the origins of conspiracy theories might not be what you think.

As former high-level CIA operatives, John Sipher and Jerry O'Shea used to create fake conspiracies around the world. Now, in their new show from iHeartPodcasts, they execute their own fun and fearless investigation into conspiracy theories past and present to assess what's real. And how. And why. Tune into new episodes each Wednesday.

Check out our iHeartPodcast Spotlight blog for more info on these shows. Plus, click over to iHeart’s Podcast Top 100 to stay up-to-date with the most popular and trending shows!

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7Why Beyonce's Country Music Pivot Was Inevitabled

 

Travis Kelce Speaks Out After Kansas City Chiefs Victory Parade Shooting: 'I Am Heartbroken' 

Lil Jon Reveals Why Justin Bieber Sat Out Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Why Beyoncé's Country Music Pivot Was Inevitable

Why Jelly Roll Insists He's Country, Despite Critics

Usher Plans TV Series About Music and Black Love in Atlanta

Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby and More to Star in 'The Fantastic Four' 

Matt Damon Shares His Surprise Contribution To Ben Affleck's Dunkin' Ad

The ‘Choco Taco’ is making a comeback, thanks to Taco Bell

 

 


 

 

 

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Top 50 Podcasts in the U.S. For Q4 2023; Kelce's 'New Heights' 'Skyrockets' To Top 10

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024 - Edison Research announces the Top 50 Podcasts in the U.S. based on reach for Q4 2023 among weekly podcast listeners age 13+. The list ranks podcast networks based on total audience reach from Edison Podcast Metrics. The Q4 2023 ranker was conducted from October 9, 2023 – December 23, 2023, and is based on surveys of 5,356 weekly podcast listeners age 13+. The top three shows in Q4 remain unchanged in rank from Q3: The Joe Rogan Experience, Crime Junkie, and The Daily.

dThe Top 10 Podcasts in the U.S. for Q4 2023: 1. The Joe Rogan Experience 2. Crime Junkie 3. The Daily 4. Stuff You Should Know (up from #9 in Q3) 5. Dateline NBC (up from #10 in Q3) 6. New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce (Top 10 debut) 7. This American Life (down from #4 in Q3) 8. This Past Weekend w/Theo Von (down from #5 in Q3) 9. The Ben Shapiro Show (up from #17 in Q3) 10. SmartLess (down from #6 in Q3).

While there was some movement among ranks four through ten in the Top 10, the big story is New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce. New Heights not only broke into the Top 10 in Q4 at #6, but the show skyrocketed straight into the Top 10 from #67 in just one quarter (Q3), having been out of the Top 100 podcasts in the prior quarter (Q2).

Edison Podcast Metrics data validated the “Taylor Swift Effect” on New Heights in Q4 of 2023 as the show gained four and a half times the number of listeners, and saw a change in composition to 50% female listeners. In the Top 50 for the first time: The Megyn Kelly Show and The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Kelly has been in the spotlight more lately and had former President Trump on her show at the end of September. Cowherd’s company, The Volume, has been courted by several private equity firms recently. Making moves up the chart: See complete list here.

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Variety: 'Will Country Radio Play Beyoncé’s New Songs?

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024 - Is Beyoncé going to get some love at country radio now that she’s released a single, “Texas Hold ‘Em?" That’s a question being raised by Variety as country programmers grapple with her surprise release the night of the Super Bowl.

"A handful of reporting country stations played the song once on Monday, probably mostly as part of their morning news programs, says Brian Mansfield, editor of the radio tipsheet Country Insider. “Even when you’re seeing streaming playlists add a record to the top of their playlist, it takes radio a little while to catch up -- The only station that has played the song several times in rotation the last couple of days, outside of a news context is KBAY in San Francisco — which, as you might guess from the location it serves, tends to skew a bit more progressive than some other country stations."

“I can’t speak for the industry,” says KBAY PD/operations manager Bo Matthews, “but we’re gonna play it. What everybody else will do, I have no idea. I can only tell you that history will show we were early with things like Zach Bryan, whose music is some of the biggest in the world. Country radio has been slow to adopt that, for some reason I can’t figure. I think for most country stations, they really want (the signal) to come from Nashville, and I have no idea what Columbia will do.” How’s it gone over with KBAY listeners? “We’ve gotten mixed reviews, just as we would from any new song. But I think people are excited to hear it,” Matthews says. “It’s Topic A as a moment in pop culture, and I think if we don’t play it we’re missing the moment."

Matthews tells Jockline, We are trying to get listeners to radio. Beyonce is position number one on Spotify’s Hot Country, the most popular country playlist in the world. I refuse to gatekeep our audience from the most popular, exciting, buzzworthy songs. This is a moment, and I want our listeners experiencing the moment with us. Read enitire Variety article here.

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Alice 105.9 Cares for Kids Radiothon” Raises $1.1 Million for Children’s Hospital Denver

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024 - Audacy Denver raised $1.1 million for Children’s Hospital Colorado – a proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network® – during Alice 105.9’s (KALC-FM) 23rd annual Alice 105.9 Cares for Kids Radiothon™, bringing the overall fundraising total to over $25 million since 2001. “The continued support of our community is truly outstanding. Our dedicated team and generous listeners have yielded exceptional results for over two decades,” said Mike Peterson, Vice President of Programming, Audacy Denver. “Every donation makes a difference in ensuring Children’s Colorado’s mission is a reality.”

Alice 105.9 Cares for Kids Radiothon™ was broadcast live for 12 hours from Children’s Hospital Colorado on February 8. The patients, families and front-line workers shared moments of hope and healing throughout the one-day event. Several Children’s Colorado patient ambassadors also shared stories of their journeys. The funds raised during the radiothon have helped Children’s Colorado advance research, implement new technology, support regional clinics that provide closer-to-home care and so much more. Children’s Colorado treats more kids than any other pediatric hospital in a seven-state region.

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The New 100.3 Sends Thousands Of Valentine’s To The Kids At La Rabida Children’s Hospital

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024 - 100.3 / WSHE Chicago put out the ask, collecting and delivering thousands of handmade Valentine’s Day Cards for La Rabida Children’s Hospital during our 8th annual Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids campaign. “Our patients love receiving these cards. Knowing that so many people from so many places are thinking about them and sending them love has a real impact on every patient’s healing journey. It’s so touching to know that many people in and around Chicago support La Rabida’s mission.” stated Kelly Guglielmi,

Interim CEO Jimmy Steal, 100.3 Vice President of Brand and Content, says, “We love being involved in this wonderful partnership between LaRabida Children’s Hospital and our caring 100.3 listeners! This annual effort benefits deserving kids and the unparalleled power of local radio.” Over the past 8 years, The New 100.3 and its listeners have hand-crafted and donated over 85,000 cards.

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Jonathan Wilde Returns To Mornings On iHeart Fort Collins’ Big 97.9

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia Fort Collins’ Big 97.9 announced the debut of “Big Mornings with Johnny Wilde,” the new morning show with three-time CMA Major Market Personality of the Year Jonathan Wilde, effective immediately.

“Jonathan Wilde is a Colorado guy and a major market talent. We are very excited about this major upgrade and are looking forward to listening to him connect and entertain on all of our platforms,” said JoJo Turnbaugh, iHeartMedia Denver Region Senior Vice President Programming.

Jonathan Wilde previously served as the Morning Show Host at KOSI-FM, Program Director and Morning Show Host for KWOF-FM, Morning Show Host for KYGO-FM and Morning Show Host for KKMG-FM. He began his career at KISR in Fort Smith, Arkansas and is a graduate of Arkansas State University.

"I'm SUPER excited to be a part of iHeartMedia and work with so many people I've known and loved over the years. The tools and technology iHeartMedia has is mind blowing and I can’t wait to get started!" said Jonathan Wilde.

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Rooster Teeth’s The Roost Podcast Network Announces Partnership With 'The Try Guys

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024 - The Try Guys, the award-winning comedy group famous for their willingness to try anything and everything, are proud to announce a strategic partnership with The Roost, the top 10 podcast network owned by Rooster Teeth, part of Warner Bros. Discovery. The Roost, known for its successful and sought-after video-first podcast businesses, will provide The Try Guys with access to their industry-leading sales team and services across video and audio distribution platforms, leveraging their strengths in content creation, audience engagement, and innovative podcasting experiences to drive audience and brand building opportunities.

The Try Guys - Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld, and Eugene Lee Yang - gained popularity on YouTube for their comedy docuseries “The Try Guys”. Their projects explore different cultures, identities, and occupations from a curious, respectful and humorous perspective. Other ventures have included a Food Network TV show, a #1 NYT Best Selling Book "The Hidden Power of F*cking Up," an international live comedy tour, and of course, podcasts.

“We’re excited to move our podcasts into The Roost Podcast Network. We feel their understanding of the digital space and podcast landscape will be essential to the continued growth of our business,” said The Try Guys. "We are thrilled to embark on this exciting adventure with The Try Guys," said AJ Feliciano, VP and Head of The Roost Podcast Network. "Keith, Zach, and Eugene’s deep knowledge of internet formats and widespread appeal make them an ideal partner as we continue to innovate and elevate the podcasting experience." The Try Guys are represented by Paul Anderson of Workhouse Media and Attorney Phil Daniels.

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Ed Lover Selects Skyview Networks As National Syndication Partner

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024 - Skyview Networks announced a partnership with Audacy and legendary hip-hop personality Ed Lover. Beginning this spring, Skyview Networks will exclusively lead network audio sales and affiliate sales efforts for Lover’s daily radio show, The Ed Lover Experience, while managing distribution on its turnkey platforms.

“I’m very excited to be a new part of the Skyview family and looking forward to making history again!” said Ed Lover, host of The Ed Lover Experience. “Radio has always been in my heart and soul, and with this marriage, we are going to take it to new heights.” The Ed Lover Experience airs from Audacy’s 94.7 The Block (WXBK-FM) in New York.

“Ed Lover has probably introduced more Americans to hip-hop than anyone, and in two years, he has become a pillar of our throwback brands, serving as a trusted voice on all things hip-hop culture and delivering premier content for his fans," said Dave Richards, Senior Vice President of Programming, Audacy. “We're excited to see Skyview Networks take The Ed Lover Experience into their syndication portfolio and introduce it to a new audience.” For additional information on Skyview Networks’ full suite of audio solutions, visit skyviewnetworks.com.

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'Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show' Adds 52 New Stations To Its Affiliate Roster

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024 - The Money Pit Home Improvement Show is now heard on 450 stations across the USA, adding stations in Los Angeles and Houston, and upgrading its exposure in New York, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Boston. Hosted by Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, The Money Pit has been a trusted source for homeowners seeking reliable guidance on home improvement, remodeling, and décor for over 20 years.

Kraeutler attributes this growth to radio stations’ interest in programming that addresses homeowners’ Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solutions, and advertiser demand for related products and services, “especially on weekends, when homeowners are planning and shopping for what they need to get the job done.” Segrete says “taking on a home improvement project can be daunting, so Tom and I offer callers clear, step-by-step suggestions to do the job themselves or guidance on hiring a pro.” From Money Pit's audience analysis: Its listeners are four times more likely to make monthly home improvement purchases and twice as likely to identify as dedicated DIYers. Professional contractors who also turn to the show for expert advice comprise 30% of the total audience.

For media inquiries and market availability, please contact: Skip Joeckel Talk Shows USA Skip@talkshowsusa.com 719-579-6676

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7Jon Stewart Comes Roarin' Back; Travis Kelce's Debut As Film Producer

 

Jon Stewart’s Return Boosts ‘The Daily Show’ to 1.9 Million Viewers, Biggest Episode Since 2018

Paramount Layoffs Eliminate 800 jobs after Super Bowl Boon

'Dancing With the Stars' Fans React to Network Announcement 

First Look At Michael Jackson's Biopic Starring His Nephew Jaafar Jackson As Michael

Beyoncé Producer Killah B Hints at Possible 'Renaissance: Act II' Collab With Taylor Swift 

Travis Kelce’s Debut as a Film Producer

Mardi Gras And Carnival Celebrations Fill The Streets — See The Most Spectacular Costumes Of 2024

Man Charged for Stealing and Destroying Jackie Robinson Statue for Scrap Metal

Dog in Budweiser Super Bowl ad belongs to Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell 

Fistfight On Southwest Flight 1288 To Hawai

 

 

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SiriusXM TO Lay Off 160 Employees, About 3% of Company's Workforce

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2024 - SiriusXM is eliminating about 160 jobs, a move to cut expenses that represents a layoff affecting just under 3% of its workforce. Jennifer Witz, CEO of SiriusXM, announced the layoffs in a memo to staff on Monday. Variety reports, the cutbacks come after SiriusXM in March 2023 announced it was laying off 475 staffers, about 8% of its headcount at the time. “To continue on our path to future subscriber growth and sustain our company’s success as the competitive landscape evolves, it’s imperative that we become even more efficient, agile and flexible,” Witz wrote in the memo. “Therefore, today we are making several organizational changes, including the difficult decision to eliminate certain roles, which will allow us to move faster and collaborate more effectively in support of our long-term objectives.”

Witz continued, “From uniting teams and better aligning initiatives, to investing in new technologies that will power our transformation, we are focused on increasing efficiencies and redeploying resources to support the strategic priorities of our business.” For the fourth quarter of 2023, SiriusXM reported revenue of $2.29 billion, flat year over year, with net income of $352 million (compared with net income of $365 million a year earlier). In the quarter, SiriusXM added approximately 131,000 new self-pay subscribers to end the year with about 34 million total. The company lost 445,000 self-pay subscribers for full-year 2023.

Last fall, SiriusXM unveiled a new logo (shown above), a brand-new app, a slate of new channels and shows, and the lower-priced Streaming All Access Plan ($9.99 per month, versus the company’s previous all-inclusive streaming-only at $10.99/month). Photo/SiriusXM

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Raj Sharan Named Afternoon Host And Promotions Director For 95.1/KATC-FM in Colorado Springs

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2024 - Cumulus Media has named Raj Sharan its new Afternoon Drive host for Cat Country 95.1/KATC-FM in Colorado Springs. Sharan will also serve as Promotions Director for the station.

Sharan was previously Program Director for 104.3 The Fan and ESPN 1600 in Denver, CO. He also did play-by-play radio broadcasts for the University of Denver Men’s Basketball games and was Assistant Program Director, On-Air Host, Executive Producer, and NBA Beat Writer for 105.5 ESPN in Denver. He can be heard on Cat Country 95.1 weekdays from 3:00pm-7:00pm, and debuts on Tuesday, February 13th.

Mason Stanfield, Program Director, KATC-FM, said: “Raj Sharan’s incredible radio experience, paired with his expertise in digital and social media, make him an incredible asset to Cat Country. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard.” Sharan commented: “It’s an honor to join the remarkable Cumulus team and work with the talented members of the Cat Country brand. I’ve made Colorado Springs my home for nearly 12 years and am excited to become even more involved in the Southern Colorado community.”

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Bob Edwards, Longtime Host Of NPR’s ‘Morning Edition,’Passes Away At 76

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2024 - Bob Edwards, the veteran broadcaster and longtime host of Morning Edition, has died. He was 76 years old. NPR's Susan Stamberg says Edwards' voice became part of the morning routine for millions of Americans. "He was Bob Edwards of Morning Edition for 24 1/2 years, and his was the voice we woke up to," she says. When listeners first heard that voice, they might have imagined a figure of great authority, an avuncular newsman dressed in a pinstripe suit. But that was not Bob Edwards. He was the consummate newsman

According to NPR, Mr. Cool" and Red Barber Edwards started his career at NPR as a newscaster and then hosted All Things Considered with Susan Stamberg. She says their styles sometimes clashed. "We had five good — if rocky — years together, until we sort of got one another's rhythm, because he was Mr. Cool, he was Mr. Authoritative and straight ahead. I was the New Yorker with a million ideas and a big laugh. But we really adjusted rather well."

Though his many fans protested mightily, Edwards closed out his last show on April 30, 2004. He ended his tenure just as it started, by interviewing one of his radio heroes, Charles Osgood. "You were the first person I interviewed for Morning Edition, and I wanted you to be the last," Edwards told Osgood on air. Edwards went on to host his own interview show at Sirius XM Radio and continued to be heard on many public radio stations on Bob Edwards Weekend. But Margaret Low says his contribution to NPR will never be forgotten. "He sort of set the tone and the bar for all of us," she says. "He understood the power and the intimacy of our medium and captured the attention of millions and millions of people who are still with us today." Photo/Max Hirshfeld/NPR

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Cumulus Features Jelly Roll In Latest Installment of 'Your Music Plus'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2024 - Cumulus Media launched its latest installment of its exclusive multi-part audio series, Your Music Plus, featuring Nashville singer/songwriter and multiple GRAMMY nominee, Jelly Roll’s new single, “Halfway to Hell.” The campaign will air over the next eight weeks on Cumulus Media’s Country radio stations across the U.S.

Greg Frey, VP of Music Partnerships, Cumulus Media, said: “Jelly Roll has quickly established himself as a torch bearer for honesty, vulnerability, and transparency in music - not just in Country, but in Hip Hop and Rock, too. It’s this authenticity that strikes a chord with Country audiences, in particular. For this reason, Cumulus Media is thrilled to partner with our friends at BBR Music Group to bring Jelly Roll’s latest single, “Halfway to Hell” to our Country listeners as the next Your Music Plus campaign. YMP’s pairing of this driving new song with Jelly Roll’s exclusive quotes about music, success, and life will give listeners a truly unique experience.”

Shelley Hargis, Vice President Radio Syndication & Group Strategy, BBR Music Group, said: “Thank you, Cumulus Media, for making Jelly Roll’s “Halfway To Hell” the next installment of Your Music Plus! Jelly has had the most amazing year, and we are so blessed and honored to represent him! His first three singles were ALL #1’s, and to have THREE #1’s in ONE year is very rare. On top of that, he’s garnered multiple awards nominations AND wins, INCLUDING being GRAMMY nominated… numerous sold-out arena shows, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see what 2024 brings for Jelly! And all these great things seriously couldn’t happen to a better human."

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The Mechanical Licensing Collective Brings Legal Action for Unpaid Royalties Against Pandora Media

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2024 - The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) announced that it has filed a legal action against music streaming platform Pandora Media, LLC (Pandora) in the United States District Court located in Nashville. The action seeks recovery of unpaid royalties and late fees due under the compulsory mechanical blanket license obtained by Pandora to reproduce and distribute musical works in the United States via its consumer music streaming platform.

The MLC was appointed by the Register of Copyrights to administer the blanket license and is the only entity authorized to collect and distribute the license royalties and enforce the license obligations on behalf of rightsholders. The action asserts that Pandora has underreported and underpaid mechanical royalties due in connection with the operation of its ad-supported music streaming offering marketed as “Pandora Free.” The action further explains that Pandora Free is an interactive service under the law, meaning that mechanical royalties are due for all streaming activity on the service, yet Pandora has only reported a portion of the activity on Pandora Free and refused to report and pay mechanical royalties for the rest of the activity.

“The MLC has worked closely and tirelessly with blanket licensees to ensure their compliance with the compulsory license terms. Our team repeatedly sought to resolve this issue directly with Pandora, but Pandora has refused to correct their reporting or royalty payments,” says The MLC’s CEO, Kris Ahrend. “The MLC is the only entity that has the statutory authority under the Music Modernization Act to take legal steps to enforce the obligations of streaming services. We have brought this action to ensure that our Members receive all the mechanical royalties they are due in connection with the use of their songs by Pandora on the Pandora Free service.”

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Mr. Master Inks Ad Representation And Renewal Agreements Across Multiple iHeart Properties

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2024 - To kick off the new year, Mr. Master has closed several multi- property deals with iHeartMedia spanning across Premiere Networks, Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN), and all local iHeartMedia stations.

In response to the agreements, CEO of Mr. Master, Stu Jacobs, said “We’re thrilled for Premiere to remain our ad sales partner and to continue our licensing partnerships with Total Traffic & Weather Network and all local iHeartMedia stations. These partnerships have been a key part of Mr. Master becoming the industry’s leading compliance and distribution software company.”

Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks, shared “Premiere has firsthand experience with the incredible network spot compliance and workflow benefits AIM Premium provides on both the network and local station level. We’re happy to continue serving as Mr. Master’s ad sales partner and exclusively repping Mr. Master’s network barter to advertisers.”

Learn more at www.mrmaster.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

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SPECai Is Now Live As Connoisseur Media In Long Island & Connecticut Team With Compass Media Networks

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2024 - Compass Media Networks announces Connoisseur Media stations in Connecticut and Long Island as charter affiliates for SPECai, a joint venture between Compass Media Networks, Benztown, and ENCO, that provides radio stations with creative custom spec commercials in mere seconds using powerful AI technology.

Connoisseur Media’s Long Island and Connecticut clusters including WALK-FM, WBZO-FM, WEBE-FM, WEZN-FM, WHLI-AM, WICC-AM, WKJY-FM, WPLR-FM and WWSK-FM are the first to officially sign on.

David Bevins, Chief Operating Officer / Long Island General Manager of Connoisseur, comments, “We all desire to win new business and the usage of spec spots is vitally important. With the innovative SPECai, crafting three creative scripts, selecting from a variety of voices, and even orchestrating a music bed has become astonishingly effortless. It's the quickest and most efficient way to generate compelling spec spots, created by radio people for radio people. SPECai allows your reps to hit the streets and sell more radio.”

For more info SPECai, contact Nancy Abramson, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales & Content, (914) 708-1451 nabramson@compassmedianetworks.com

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Last Call: MIW's Elevating Women In Programming Application Window Closes This Friday!

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2024 - Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc issued a reminder that the application window for “MIW’s Elevating Women in Programming Mentorship” closes this Friday, February 16. This mentorship opportunity is designed specifically for women in music programming. Apply Now The 'MIW Elevating Women in Programming Mentorship program is a year-long experience that exposes the mentee to the best programming minds in the business through personalized conversations, connections, and opportunities aimed at advancing their career within the radio industry. In addition, the program affords the mentee the chance to attend The NAB Radio Show 2025 in Las Vegas.

The mentorship is available to one female brand manager, content/program director, assistant program director, and/or music director from any U.S. based music format. Applications are open now and are being accepted HERE through this Friday, February 16, 2024. Past mentees include Traci LaTrelle, WHUR-FM/Washington DC Music Director and Assistant Program Director, Leslie Scott, Vice President of Digital Audio Content, Audacy Inc.; Grisel Barajas, a rising programming star who passed unexpectedly in 2020; ICE, Amanda Habrowski, Assistant Program Director/Middays Host, iHeart Las Vegas, and most recently Meg Dowdy, Regional Content Director, Townsquare Media. For more information on MIW and the MIW Elevating Women in Programming Mentorship program, please visit www.radioMIW.com.

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7Super Bowl 2024 Most Watched Telecast Ever; How Ads Scoredd

 

Super Bowl 2024 Was the Most-Watched Telecast of All Time, Reaching 123.4 Million Viewers

... Which Ads Scored Best And Who Fumbled on TV’s biggest stage

Jon Stewart Returns to Host "The Daily Show"

Katy Perry Set to Exit ‘American Idol’: “I Need to Feel That Pulse Of My Own Beat”

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Rod Stewart Says Ed Sheeran’s Music Won’t Stand the Test of Time

Usher Married Jennifer Goicoechea on Super Bowl Sunday, Mom Was Witness

Beyoncé Rumored To Be Plotting Residency At Las Vegas Sphere 

Ryan Seacrest Talks Preparing to Host 'Wheel of Fortune' 

Amazon Prime Video Sued for Misleading Subscribers With New Ad Tier 

 


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'I Still Love It,' BIG 105.9 Paul Castronovo Celebrates 40 Years On The Air In Miami

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2024 - Univ. of Florida grad and lifelong Gator fan, Paul Castronovo, host of the Paul Castronovo Show With Heather Nelson (shown below center) and Mike Anderson (shown below right) on iHeart's Big 105.9 Miami, is still at the top of his game as he celebrates 40-yrs. behind the mic in The Magic City. To honor the occasion, A series of events are planned throughout the year, starting with a 40th danniversary cruise in May. The outlet also plans special giveaways, comedy shows, a concert, plus some creative marketing reminding listeners how long he's been at this! 

Ross MacLeod Program Director for Big 105.9 commented, “It’s pretty cool to have a front row seat to watch Paul in action.  When most people would be slowing down after 40 years, Paul is working harder than ever to make tomorrow’s show better than today’s. He’s a great talent and leader””

Before his arrival in Miami, he bounced around Orlando (where he was fired for putting actress Shirley Jones on the air without her permission), he held stints in Nashville and Birmingham. After landing in Miami , he began a 40 year run - 28 of which were shared with Young Ron Brewer (shown left with Castronovo). Jockline caught up with Castronovo who recalled his first time behind the mic in Miami.

"I was hired by The Rock of the 80’s, K 102. in 1984. They hired me for overnights until one day we had a company softball game, I picked up a microphone And started riffing and doing funny play by play, then PD Neal Mirsky called me later that night and offered me a part on the morning show! That didn’t last long but later that year I ended up on WSHE."

To this day, he counts walking into WSHE-FM for the first time as one of his many career highlights. "I grew up a fan of the station, that was hallowed ground." Another highlight included tThe first time he met his longtime partner, Young Ron Brewer." Then PD Bryan Krysz thought we might have chemistry - we had a big dinner, cracked everyone up and kicked off a 28 year run." 

Of course, over the past four decades, as Castronovo changed, so did radio. He says, "The advent of social media has really changed our approach. I mentioned short attention spans .. in the past we would flesh out a subject, weave in and out of topics with long conversations. Now, if you don’t have them in 8 seconds, boom, they’re off to Tik Tok ! Plus, with PPM over diary, I'm not really sure how accurate it is. Have you ever met anyone with a meter and do you know anyone who would carry one?"

So what's next for Paul Castronovo? "Gimme at least 5’more years of this, I still love it," he says." I’m also partners in some Mexican restaurants in South Florida (TacoCraft) and in the Papa’s Pilar rum company. 

Among the many people Castronovo gives thanks for his long, storied career include Brian Krysz for putting me with Young Ron, the late Kidd Kraddick, who mentored and inspired me early on. My current boss My boss, Ross McCloud, who has helped me navigate from being a meandering free-form show into a much tighter show and my longtime agent and friend, Paul Anderson for his career guidance."  Send Paul your best at Paulcastronovo@iheartmedia.com

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Fred Jacobs Takes Issue With Bell Media Officer's 'No Longer Viable Business' Comment'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2024 - It's fair to assume that radio consultant/futurist Fred Jacobs, chief of Jacobs Media, wasn't too happy with Bell Media's Chief legal and regulatory officer's comment that its recent sale of 45 of its radio stations happened because "It's no longer a viable business." (see JL, 2/9/24). As Jacobs concludes, "So Bell Media, “no longer a viable business?” My ass!"

Fred writes in his blog:' One Man's Trash is Another Man's Radio Stations:' Imagine for a moment you were a big player in commercial real estate. For years, you've invested in office buildings in mostly large metropolitan markets. And now, your company executive team has reached the conclusion it's time to sell off a substantial percentage of your properties – around half – with a focus on liquidating those that have been struggling. You strike deals with multiple buyers, and now it's time to announce to the world your company is making these big moves, with an announcement of who's buying those properties you put on the market. And then your chief legal and regulatory officer makes the statement that commercial real estate “is no longer a viable business.” Seriously? Aside from what this bold statement says to your buyers, think about its implications on the rest of your commercial real estate business where you still own scores of properties.

Jacobs says additionally, there's a high human toll to your decisions. All told, you're projecting terminating 9% of your overall workforce – nearly 5,000 jobs in all. And what about the thousands of your employees still on your payroll who have now heard about your extreme lack of confidence in the business – and their livelihoods? What does it say about your commitment – or lack thereof – moving forward? Why would anyone remotely serious about their careers join or stay with a company running away from their chosen field as fast they are? And why on earth would you blurt out your actual “take” on the condition of the business in general, and your properties specifically, at the time of sale? Read Blog Here

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Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Sinead O'Connor Among Rock Hall Of Fame 24 Inductees

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2024 - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced the following Nominees for 2024 Induction: Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Dave Matthews Band, Eric B. & Rakim ,Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Jane's Addiction, Kool & the Gang, Lenny Kravitz, Oasis, Sinéad O'Connor, Ozzy Osbourne, Sade and A Tribe Called Quest. The 2024 ceremony will once again stream live on Disney+ with a special airing on ABC at a later date and available on Hulu the next day.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Ten out of 15 of the Nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including Mariah Carey, Cher, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Kool & the Gang, Lenny Kravitz, Oasis, Sinéad O’Connor, Ozzy Osbourne and Sade.

“This remarkable list of Nominees reflects the diverse artists and music that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors and celebrates,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “Continuing in the true spirit of Rock & Roll, these artists have created their own sounds that have impacted generations and influenced countless others that have followed in their footsteps.” 

The Nominees were announced in partnership with ABC/Disney+ at the TCA in Los Angeles and on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame social channels. Nominee ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians, and members of the music industry.  Inductees will be announced in late April. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2024 Induction Ceremony will take place in Cleveland this fall with date and on-sale information to be announced. Above photos of nominees/RHOF

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New Hires And Promotion On NPR's National Desk

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2024 -In a note to newsroom staff, Ammad Omar, NPR's Chief National Editor and Catherine Laidlaw, NPR's Deputy National Desk Editor, made the following announcements: 'We're excited to share news about some key hires on the National Desk, to round out our management team. This week, Alfredo Carbajal joined us as a Supervising Editor. Before joining NPR, Alfredo worked at the Dallas Morning News for more than two decades in several senior editor roles.

Later this month, Gigi Douban will join us as a Supervising Editor. Before her hiring at NPR, Gigi was news director at KUOW in Seattle. She came to Seattle from Birmingham, Ala., where she was news director at WBHM.

And lastly, we want to announce that Russell Lewis has been promoted to Deputy National Editor. Russell started at NPR in 2006 as Southern Bureau Chief. He remained in that role for 15 years, serving as NPR's main liaison to stations across the region, before being promoted to Supervising Editor in 2021. Russell wears many hats at NPR – he edits transportation, human spaceflight, sports and has an encyclopedic knowledge of weather. Russell has served the network well beyond the National Desk's borders - leading NPR's coverage in breaking news events stretching from Indonesia, to the Bahamas, the Middle East and Europe. Russell began his public radio career in 1992 as reporter and executive producer at NPR member station WUFT in Gainesville, Fla.

Gigi, Alfredo and Russell join Supervising Editor Marcia Davis, Deputy National Editor Catherine Laidlaw and Chief National Editor Ammad Omar to help lead the network's domestic coverage. Please join us in congratulating all three on these richly-deserved new roles!

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Joel Burke Joins Southwest Media Group As Market Manager

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2024 - Southwest Media Group has announced the addition of longtime broadcast executive Joel Burke as Market Manager overseeing day-to-day operations of the company’s signals in Pampa, Borger, and Dumas. According to KGRONews, Burke has had a career spanning several decades, overseeing legendary radio stations such as KVET and KASE in Austin, KYGO in Denver, and WRVR in Memphis. A recent milestone in his career was an eight year stay at KCBI in Dallas, which became one of the leading contemporary Christian radio stations in the country under his leadership.

“I have known Joel by reputation for nearly two decades, having watched his success leading some of the country’s most famous broadcast brands. Anytime we can bring in someone with his credentials, it is an unbelievable victory for our company,” Southwest Media Group owner Grant Merrill said. “Joel has had offers from much bigger markets as of late, but has chosen to return to his roots in West Texas. He shares our small town, common sense values and you will hear that reflected on our airwaves.”

Burke is a graduate of Ralls High School near Lubbock, where he excelled as a track star and competed at regional and state events in several venues across the Texas Panhandle. Southwest Media Group’s Panhandle market includes stations KGRO, KOMX, and KRWP in Pampa, KQTY in Borger, and KDDD AM and FM in Dumas and Amarillo.

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WGH-FM The Eagle Norfolk Holding Its16th Annual St. Valentine's Day Mass Wedding

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2024 - For the 16th year WGH-FM 97.3 The Eagle, will be conducting the largest wedding celebration in Hampton Roads, the St. Valentine’s Day Mass Wedding, on Wednesday, February 14th at the newest all-in-one entertainment venue in Hampton Roads, Rivers Casino Portsmouth. The Eagle staff. Vice-President and General Manager, Keith Barton remarked, “The first Mass Wedding I remember with The Eagle was 1999. I’ve witnessed 15 mass weddings since then. One of which, we had Keith Urban sing the first dance song at a converted bowling alley on Military Hwy. Having this year’s event at one of Hampton Roads newest entertainment venues only makes it more special. We truly have made Valentine’s Day a memorable event here at The Eagle”.

After exchanging vows, our Mass Wedding newlyweds will be treated to a champagne toast and a very special first dance performance of “Prayed for You” by Records Nashville artist Matt Stell. “The Eagle’s St. Valentine's Day Mass Wedding is such a fun event because everyone involved is so happy! I love that it is at Rivers Casino this year. That makes the party even bigger!”, said Max Media Director of Operations and WGH-FM 97.3 The Eagle Program Director, Mike “Moose” Smith. The ceremony will begin at noon on Wednesday.

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ABC Radio Adelaide's Sonya & Jules Hold Mass Wedding In Giant Inflatable Church

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2024 - Over 9,000 miles away from Norfolk, ABC Radio Adelaid (capital of South Australia) Breakfast hosts Sonya and Jules are celebrating Valentine’s Day in grand style, with a mass joint wedding ceremony in a giant blow-up inflatable church, reports Radio Today. It will be held this Wednesday, 5.30am – 9am at Light Square.

Sonya and Jules will broadcast live where up to forty couples will renew their wedding vows. Members of the general public are invited to join as part of the congregation for an interactive and inclusive ceremony. Couples and the congregation will be provided with wedding attire and accessories to dress up as brides, grooms, bridesmaids, mother-of-the-bride, flowergirls and page boys. There’ll be a celebrant, costumes, music, glitter, and fun.

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7Chiefs Win Again; Pink Stops Concert As Fan Goes Into Labor

 

Kansas City Chiefs Beat San Francisco 49ers to Win Super Bowl 2024

... Reba McEntire's National Anthem Brings Chiefs star Chris Jones to Tears 

... Andra Day Performs

...Usher Super Bowl Halftime Review: A Focus on Details With Alicia Keys, Lil Jon and More 

... Watch Post Malone Perform “America the Beautiful”

.. WATCH: Partial Streakers Get Fully Smashed By Security On Field At Super Bowl LVIII

'Good Luck!' Pink Stops Concert As Fan Goes Into Labor

Billy Joel to Perform CBS Concert Special to Celebrate Record-Breaking Madison Square Garden Show 

New ‘Golden Bachelorette’ Spinoff Will Air This Fall, ABCConfirms

 

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Bell Media To Sell 45 Of Its Radio Stations In Canada

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2024 - Bell Media announced widespread layoffs and the sale of 45 of its 103 regional radio stations. In an internal memo to Bell Media employees on Thursday, it said news stations such as CTV and BNN Bloomberg would be affected immediately. The radio stations being sold are in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. In a separate internal memo, Bell Media president Sean Cohan said the company intends to divest 45 radio stations to seven buyers: Vista Radio, Whiteoaks, Durham Radio, My Broadcasting Corp., ZoomerMedia, Arsenal Media and Maritime Broadcasting. The sales are subject to CRTC approval and other closing conditions.

"That's a significant divestiture and it's because it's not a viable business anymore," said Bell chief legal and regulatory officer Robert Malcolmson in an interview with The Canadian Press. "We will continue to operate ones that are viable, but this is a business that is going in the wrong direction." According to CTV News, while the sales signal Bell's recent struggles, new ownership could be beneficial for the divested stations, said Dwayne Winseck, a professor at Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication. He pointed out the buyers are mostly "well-established, smaller, regional and local broadcasting stations." "

Asked about the company's image in light of continued cuts, Malcolmson noted the size of Bell's executive team has been reduced in recent years and executive salaries remain frozen. "We have a duty both to our shareholders and to our employees to make sure we manage the business in a rational way," he said. Photo/Shutterstock

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Owner Still In Disbelief After 200-Foot AM Tower Stolen; FCC Denies Request To Keep FM Translator On

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2024 - In a follow-up to the story of the Alabama station whose 200-foot radio tower was stolen, its owner Brett Elmore says he's still in disbelief . As we reported earlier this week (JL 2/7/24), WJLX, Jasper, AL, sent a landscaping crew to the site last Friday for spring cleaning, only to find the 200-foot radio tower gone. When a crew member called the station’s General Manager to break the news, he was in disbelief. “What do you mean the tower is gone? Are you sure you’re in the right place? I actually used more colorful words than that,”Elmore recounted to NBC News. “He said there’s wires all over the ground and the tower is gone.” Not only was the radio tower stolen, but a nearby building was also vandalized. When Elmore heard the door was left ajar, “that’s when reality was starting to set in that something bad had happened.” The thieves stole every piece of equipment from the building, including a transmitter.

WJLX notified the Federal Communications Commission that its AM station was silent and was hoping to continue broadcasting its program through FM radio in the meantime. “We requested a temporary authority to keep the FM translator on until we get the AM back on the air,” Elmore said on Thursday. “But unfortunately, this morning, I was notified the FCC denied our request to stay on air on the FM side, so actually, we’re about to go power down the transmitter.” Despite the setbacks, Elmore has faith WJLX will bounce back. “Unfortunately, the site was not insured. We’re a small-market station, but we’re going to get back, and we’re going to be back on the air as soon as we possibly can,” Elmore said. Photo/ Brett Elmore

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Jordan Wertlieb Honored At BFOA Golden Mic Event Along With Special Tribute To Phil Lombardo

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2024 - The Broadcasters Foundation of America has announced the presenting speakers at this year’s Golden Mic Award gala and fundraiser, which takes place Monday, March 4, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. David Barrett, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hearst Television, Michael J. Hayes, Senior Vice President, Hearst Corporation and President, Hearst Television, and Emily Barr, Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Graham Media Group, will pay tribute to 2024 Golden Mic honoree Jordan Wertlieb, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hearst. There will be a special tribute to Phil Lombardo, former long-time Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation, who passed away last month.

As previously announced, EMMY® winning broadcast journalist and nationally syndicated talk show host Soledad O’Brien will return as host of the event.. For more information or to reserve a seat or table at the Golden Mic Award gala and fundraiser, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or info@thebfoa.org.

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Cumulus Albuquerque Partners With Vitalant Blood Donation For Blood Drive

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2024 - Cumulus Albuquerque, in partnership with Vitalant Blood Donation, hosted a successful community blood drive on January 30, 2024, that drove donations of 114 pints of blood to the Albuquerque blood bank. Cumulus Albuquerque’s seven radio stations promoted the drive to help meet this vital need in the community. All listeners that stopped by to “Give a Pint, Get a Pint,” received a pint of ice cream for donating a pint of blood, courtesy of Blue Bell Ice Cream. The goal for the blood drive was to collect 100 units of blood from 60 donors, and with the support of the community, 85 donors turned out to donate 114 units.

Drew Sharpless, Senior Account Manager, Vitalant, said: “Vitalant is grateful to all of our sponsors and donors who made this event such a huge success. Without them, our mission of saving lives through the gift of blood donation would not be possible. Because of you, life doesn’t stop.” Jeff Berry, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque, said, “We are proud of our listeners’ overwhelming response to our first blood drive with Vitalant. This is such an important way for our radio stations to help meet the critical blood supply needs of New Mexico. We thank our listeners and partners for their generosity in helping us meet this significant need in Albuquerque.”

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Radio & Roots-Rocker Mojo Nixon Passes Away At 66

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2024 - Mojo Nixon, the legendary root-rocker and radio host, passed away on Wednesday, February 7. He was 66. According to a SiriusXM blog, over the years, he hosted shows on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country (Ch. 62), SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90), and Raw Comedy (Ch. 99). Mojo, whose real name was Neill Kirby McMillan Jr., passed away while onboard the Outlaw Country Cruise, an annual music cruise where he was a co-host and regular performer. He performed at the event just the night before. The cause was “a cardiac event,” his family revealed in a statement posted on Facebook. “

According to Celebrity Access, Nixon, a native of North Carolina, landed his professional music gig was with the Denver-based punk band Zebra 123 before he relocated to San Diego and connected with Richard “Skid Roper” Banke and formed a duo and landed a recording deal with Enigma Records in 1985. The duo’s breakthrough came two years later with the release of their 1987 album Bo-Day-Shus!!! featured the novelty hit “Elvis Is Everywhere.” After parting ways with Skid Roper in 1989, Nixon launched a solo career, recording multiple albums with his backing band the Toadliquors, recording songs such as “Bring Me the Head of David Geffen,” “Orenthal James (Was a Mighty Bad Man),” and “Prairie Home Invasion,” a collaboration with Jello Biafra.

In the 90's, Nixon worked as a host at KGB-FM San Diego and later WEBN-FM Cincinnati. He later tried his hand as an advice columnist for the short-lived Peterbelly Magazine. Nixon announced his retirement from the music business in 2004 but staged a comeback two years later. He followed up his unretirement with the release of Whiskey Rebellion, a collection of previously unreleased material and began hosting multiple shows in SiriusXM. He was also the focus of The Mojo Manifesto, a documentary on his life released at SXSW in 2022. - Photo/SiriusXM

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Lady A To Headline 'Amazon Music Presents: Country Heat' At CRS 2024

HE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2024 - Country Radio Seminar (CRS) announced the lineup for 'Amazon Music Presents: Country Heat' at CRS 2024. This year's lineup includes a headline performance by Lady A, along with Chayce Beckham, Ella Langley, Dylan Marlowe, and Josh Ross. Each artist will bring their own unique style to the stage, and together they represent some of the best of today’s country music scene. Lady A is bringing their request line to CRS with a dynamic performance, with song requests being gathered in advance for building their setlist. Detailed information on how this will be conducted will be released.

“The Amazon Music global marquee playlist, Country Heat, connects fans with a range of artists, from influential icons to artists on the brink of stardom,” said Michelle Tigard Kammerer, Head of Country Music for Amazon Music. “This year at CRS, we’re bringing Country Heat to life with an incredible showcase helmed by superstar trio, Lady A, and an exciting slate of performances from artists selected as part of the Amazon Music 2024 Breakthrough Artists to Watch program.” “Country Heat” is the ultimate Amazon Music global playlist for country music fans, featuring a mix of chart-topping hits and breaking singles from both established acts and up-and-coming artists.

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 28 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Broadway Performance Hall at the Omni Nashville Hotel, and will close out the first day of CRS 2024. Beginning on February 27th, on-site registration for the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) will be available at the Omni Hotel Nashville. The registration fee is set at $749. Please note that advance online registration is now closed.

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Today Is Your Final Chance To Enter Webby Awards Competition

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024 - This is your last chance to submit your podcast for consideration for this year's Webby Awards. If you think your podcast has what it takes to be named among the best of the Internet, then show us what you've got. Submit your best work in Podcasts, or a variety of other categories to the Webby Awards by today, February 9th!

Eligibility and Rules The Webby Award Competition is open to all organizations and individuals involved in the process of designing, building, managing, maintaining, marketing or promoting digital work. Entries do not, however, need to have been created this year. To be eligible for the current season, the work must be live and accessible to its intended audience for some period of time between October 2022 and February 2024 (regardless of release or launch date).

Those in contention for one of these distinctions will be alerted at the time Nominees are announced; the winner will be announced with all other Webby Award Winners in May 2024.ENTER HERE

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Brewer Broadcasting Richmond On The Hunt For PD/Air Talent

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2024 -Brewer Broadcasting in Richmond, Indiana is offering a great opportunity for a Program Director/Air Talent for our flag ship Country Station. Duties are centered on direct oversight of programming, music, and brand management. The winning candidate receives a CRS registration and Omni Hotel accommodations in late February 2024. Kicks 96 is one of 3 stations for Brewer Broadcasting in Richmond, IN. We recruit passionate, driven, resourceful, problem solvers who work hard and play hard. You get the small market environment of a family-owned radio company within an hour’s drive to Indianapolis, Dayton, OH and Cincinnati.

We offer competitive pay for small market. Market leading benefits that include PTO, 9 holidays, medical, dental, vision, health savings account with company contribution, and life Insurance coverage, collaboration with a 3-station creative team. Extensive tools and resources available to maintain station strength.

Submit a 2-minute selfie-style video sharing why you are the ideal candidate to join our privately-owned & locally operated winning team, along with your resume & best aircheck to: Amy Dillon, amyd@kicks96.com Brewer Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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7Will This Be The Most Watched Super Bowl Ever? Oscars New Categoryd

 

 

Will This Be The Most Watched Super Bowl Ever

The Super Bowl: An American Holiday

... Tiësto Pulls Out of Performance Due to ‘Family Emergency’

Oscars Add New Category for Best Casting, Beginning for 2025 Films

Oscar Nominee, Marvel Star Ruffalo Honored With Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Kobe Bryant Statue Unveiled in Los Angeles

Former Nickelodeon Stars to Detail Alleged Abuse in Quiet on Set Docuseries

‘Barbie The Movie: In Concert’ Coming to the Hollywood Bowl This Summer

Post Malone & Swae Lee’s ‘Sunflower’ Becomes First-Ever Double-Diamond Single in RIAA History

Frontier Airlines Launches New Flights, Offers All-You-Can-Fly Pass

 

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DMR: Imagine If Radio Bought An Ad During The 'Big Game,' What Would Be The Message?

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2024 - DMR Interactive's Andrew Curran asks, "If the radio industry decided to buy an ad during the big game in Las Vegas this weekend, what would be the message? The results to that question are in, revealing not one, but two key messaging strategies. According to Curran, President and CEO of DMR/Interactive, the marketing agency behind the industry wide survey, “If radio pulled this ad off, imagine the buzz and media coverage that would be generated throughout the advertising community leading up to the game.”

Curran continued, “Some online trolls might have a snarky response about radio, but the message would resonate with the 150 million working Americans who listen to their favorite radio station during their daily commute and while at-work. They are the backbone of our country with disposable income and money to spend.” 

Not to be outdone, several worthwhile individual suggestions from the survey:

  • BIG, BOLD, and FUN. This ad should be LISTENER FOCUSED, not radio business focused
  • Showcase iconic Fortune 500 and digital brands like Home Depot and Amazon that consistently buy radio
  • AI created visuals that bring to life radio’s ultimate personalization tool – theater of the mind 
  • Ad featuring Bills player Damar Hamlin in a radio jersey that says, “I’m not dead!”
  • Radio is always in the moment. Tune-in on your way to work and let’s talk about the game, Taylor Swift, or both
  • Tell the story of radio’s rich history with iconic moments and figures. Hammering home radio’s timeless appeal and its ability to adapt and thrive in the digital age  

Respondents from across radio gravitated towards two key messages: radio’s dominant reach and the importance of local air talent. Finishing a distant third and seen as a worthwhile secondary message: radio being free and available anywhere you listen. Tony Bannon, VP of Marketing Strategy with DMR/Interactive, observed, “These are proven messages that would connect with both radio audiences: listeners and advertisers. As a former programmer and morning jock, it’s nice to see air talent receiving the top response.”

For a detailed recap, including noteworthy individual responses, visit DMR/Interactive’s End Result blog. (www.endresult.wordpress.com)   Top Photo/Allegiant

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Edison: AM/FM Falls A Point; Streaming Up A Point In Q4 2023 Data

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2024 - One of the many questions answered by the Share of Ear® study from Edison Research is, “What percent of daily listening time do those in the U.S. age 13+ spend with various audio sources?” The answers can be found in the Share of Ear Audio Dial™, updated below with the most recent data from the Q4 2023 survey.

Since our third quarter update:

  • AM/FM Radio falls one point to 36%
  • Streaming Music gains one point and hits the 20% threshold for the first time
  • Owned music (listening to CDs, vinyl, owned digital files, etc.) drops one point
  • Other changes are accounted for by rounding

AM/FM Radio continues to make up the largest share of listening, accounting for more than one-third of daily time with audio among those age 13+. The vast majority of that listening (31 percentage points) is to AM/FM over-the air signals. Share of Ear began in 2014, so this year marks this landmark research’s tenth birthday.

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Westwood One Returns For 51st Time With Super Bowl Gameday Coverage From Las Vegas

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2024 - Cumulus Media’s Westwood One, the official network audio broadcast partner of the National Football League (NFL), will present comprehensive live coverage and play-by-play of Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, February 11, 2024, when the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs meet the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Super Bowl LVIII will be the 51st time Westwood One will broadcast America’s biggest sporting event. Kevin Harlan will handle play-by-play duties for the Super Bowl for the 14th straight year, with Super Bowl XXXIV MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner returning for the sixth consecutive year as lead analyst. Dean Blandino will also join the radio broadcast booth as rules analyst for this year’s Super Bowl.

For the fifth time, Laura Okmin will patrol the sidelines, along with former defensive lineman Mike Golic, who returns for his third Super Bowl with Westwood One’s broadcast crew. Scott Graham and three-time Super Bowl champion Devin McCourty will host Westwood One’s pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage live from Allegiant Stadium, with Devin’s twin brother and fellow Super Bowl champion Jason McCourty and former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker also contributing to the pregame coverage.

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The Greg Beharrell Show Adds More Affiliates

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2024 - YEA Networks syndicated The Greg Beharrell Show has landed in several additional markets, with most adding the show to their evening lineup. WWUZ/ALPHA MEDIA Fredericksburg, VA, WJXQ/Midwest Communications Lansing, MI, KZIA/KZIA INC. Cedar Rapids, IA, KZFX/KZFX LLC. Ridgecrest, CA, KMKO/Alpha Mankato, MN, KFZX/ICA Radio LTD. Odessa, TX.

When asked for comment, Midwest Communications Lansing PD Terry Stevens said, "We added the show after choosing dare instead of truth, but we're very excited to have him join the team, welcome Gregby Harold [sic]!"

Beharrell said, "the excitement I'm feeling is immeasurable, due to the subjective nature of emotions!" If you would like

TGBS on your station, contact YEA Networks Director/Affiliate Sales Scott Kerr (scott@yeanetworks.com), if you would not like TGBS on your station, no further action is required on your part.

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'Very Special Episodes,' "Black Land' Among Podcasts In The Spotlight This Week At iHeart

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2024 - In the spotlight this week at iHeart is 'Very Special Episodes.' Ever catch yourself engrossed in a story, convinced it's movie-worthy? Enter iHeartPodcast's latest original, where hosts Dana Schwartz, Zaron Burnett and Jason English transform that very sentiment into a captivating podcast. Each Wednesday, they tell one stranger-than-fiction tale about normal people in an extraordinary situation.

Next up is 'Operation Lunar Eclipse,' that dives into the riveting story of the underground moonrock trade a teenage boy finds himself in after being gifted a piece of the moon by NASA. Then, from laughter to tears, triumph to trials, 'Black Land,' presented by iHeartMedia's BIN: Black Information Network, delivers the personal narratives of Black people surviving through struggles, and challenges and unmasks their stories through a combination of expert guests, heartwarming honesty and an authentic dialogue that's rarely heard on podcasts today. Wrapping up is 'Hello, John Doe:' Meet Todd Matthews, a self-taught detective who, for two decades, served as the go-to expert for the US Department of Justice in reuniting unclaimed and unidentified bodies with their families.

Check out our iHeartPodcast Spotlight blog for more info on these shows. Plus, click over to iHeart’s Podcast Top 100 to stay up-to-date with the most popular and trending shows!

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Register Quick: Free CES 2024 Webinar Is Today

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2024 - There's still time to register for today's free webinar taking place today 2pm EST/11am PST. CES 2024 is in the books, and Fred Jacobs is happy to report this was a bounce-back year for this iconic event. Well over 130,000 attendees converged on Las Vegas for this amazing gathering. I'm inviting you to attend a free webinar where we'll unpack what happened at CES 2024 and what it means to radio broadcasters.

The webinar will cover some of the following topics: Emerging technologies that are changing the media landscape you need to know about. Radio's role and opportunities in the connected car ecosystem and how it will change in-car listening. Data-driven personalization and how AI will influence listener behavior and preferences.

We’ll show you how the biggest companies are deploying AI and how it can benefit your station and your company. We saw a mind-blowing show at Sphere and we can’t wait to tell you about it. Who will benefit? Anyone in broadcasting: ownership, management, programming, on-air staff, engineering, sales, digital, & marketing If you’d like to attend this free webinar, simply register by clicking the link below: Register Here - Note: You should be able to sign up right until 1pm ET. If anyone has a problem they can contact chris@jacobsmedia.com and he'll get them in.

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Call For Applications For 10th Annual Benztown 50 Now Open

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2024 - Benztown announces that it will release the 10th Annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada.

The Benztown 50 list will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market. Benztown has partnered with P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction.

In addition, for the first time ever, Benztown will recognize "Best of Format" Awards across 12 format categories. The “Best of Format” Awards will honor the best voices in each category, as determined by professionals across the audio industry and voiceover peers. Those eligible to vote for the “Best of Format” Awards will receive an email in mid-February to cast their votes.Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 now through March 1, 2024, Here

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Flightpath Signs YMH Studios

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2024 - Flightpath unveiled its latest milestone today; being chosen by “YMH Studios. This partnership provides the YMH team with trusted available inventory, tools to manage baked-in and DAI opportunities, and deep insight into how to better drive revenue growth.

Established in 2023, "YMH Studios" stands out as a network of celebrity-hosted, entertainment, and comedy podcasts curated by the dynamic duo of comedians, writers, and spouses, Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitsky.

“We are thrilled to welcome YMH Studios into our portfolio," stated Flightpath CRO Laurie Belleau. “With some of the biggest and best comedy podcasts in the space today, and a senior team that knows video and podcasting ad sales, YMH is poised to experience exponential growth and we’re excited to be a part of their success.” To learn more about Flightpath, please reach out to laurie@flightpath.fm

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Warner Music Group Plans to Lay Off 600 Employees

Super Bowl 2024 To Be Powered By Nevada Desert Solar Farm

One Super Bowl Ad Is Giving Away Three Cars to One Person

Usher’s Super Bowl Halftime Strategy & the 'Notes' Katy Perry Gave Him

Disney Invests $1.5B in Epic Games, With Plans to Create New Universe Featuring Franchise IP

Beyoncé Announces New Haircare Line Cécred

Jon Bon Jovi Opening A Nashville Bar

WATCH - Taylor Swift Handles Near On-Stage Fall While Dancing on Chair During ‘Eras’ Show

‘Jeopardy’ Winner Dubbed ‘Instant Legend’ After Accidentally Making Sexual Gesture

X hits Number One on the Apple App Store Amid Second Celebrity Image Scandal 

 

 

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NAB Inducts Donnie Simpson Into BHOF

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024 - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced Donnie Simpson as the 2024 NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee for radio. Simpson, a legendary media trailblazer and award-winning program director, will be inducted at the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame event at NAB Show, Monday, April 15, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Simpson began his distinguished career at age 15 when he was discovered by WJLB, a popular Detroit radio station while they were broadcasting from his mother’s record shop. Soon after, he became a teen reporter for WJLB and was then given his own radio show. Simpson later moved to Washington, D.C., to work for WKYS-FM as the morning show host and program director.

“Donnie Simpson’s life-long love of radio and music, incredible talent and commitment to his audience make him well-deserving of this honor,” said NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt. “We are excited to welcome Donnie into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame for radio during NAB Show in April and look forward to celebrating all that he has accomplished over his distinguished 55-year career.” In 2010, Simpson took a hiatus from radio after 30 years as a D.C. morning host. He returned in 2015 to host the afternoon drive at Majic 102.3, a Radio One station in Washington, D.C., that went to number one after he joined.

Past inductees include Jim Bohannon, “All Things Considered,” John Records Landecker, Cathy Hughes, Elvis Duran and Delilah. Explore the complete list of past inductees here.

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Banyan Software Announces Acquisition ofPromoSuite; Mary DelGrande To Assume Combined Leadership

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024 -Banyan Software, Inc. announced the acquisition of PromoSuite, to be merged with vCreative, Inc. Headquartered in White Plains, New York,PromoSuite was founded in 1992 by Rocco Macri and Chris Bungo as the radio industry’s first paperless efficiency tool designed to manage a station’s on-air contests, sales promotions, and events. By combining their unique strengths, vCreative and PromoSuite form one unified entity positioned to reach new heights in broadcast and media industry innovation. Together, they've aligned as a collaborative solution that reflects their shared mission of empowering their clients to save time and optimize efficiency in the ever-changing multimedia world.

“We are thrilled to welcome PromoSuite to the Banyan family! Rocco and his team have built a suite of products that has earned them a trusted position in the radio marketplace. The collective expertise, talent, and resources will empower vCreative to push boundaries and set new standards. Our focus remains unwavering on enhancing the customer experience, driving operational excellence, and fostering a culture of collaboration and ingenuity.” says vCreative’s CEO Mary DelGrande, who will immediately assume leadership of the combined entity.

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It's Official: Huggie, Natalie & Corey Take Over Mornings On WIXX Greenbay

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024 -As we reported earlier this week, Midwest Communications has announced that beginning today, February 7, “Huggie, Natalie & Corey”will debut in mornings on WIXX-FM Greenbay. Dan “Huggie” Amsden, who has handled afternoons for the last 2 years is transitioning to the mornings. Huggie has held radio positions at Live 95.5 Portland, Movin’ 92.5 Seattle, 103.5 Kiss FM Boise and 97.5 Las Vegas before joining WIXX in 2022.

Natalie Kay, a Wisconsin native, comes from Milwaukee where she’s had a 10-year run at 102.9, WHQG. Natalie’s experience in Milwaukee included, being a solo host as well as co-host in afternoon drive.

Corey Carter will also join the morning team. Corey has been the Brand Manager and on-air talent at WIXX for 13 years. "Natalie is a star - we knew it from the moment we met her," said Carter. "She's bold, kind, bubbly, smart and not afraid to "dish it out." We're confident her outgoing, friendly attitude will quickly make her a favorite of WIXX listeners Photo courtesy of Patience Eastman

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The Paulie And Tony Fusco Show Takes Home 2024 Podcast Award For Best Sports Comedy

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024 - This week, FOX Sports Radio’s “The Paulie and Tony Fusco Show” was awarded the 2024 Sports Podcast Award for “Best Sports Comedy.” Created by The Sports Podcast Group, the annual podcast awards aim to celebrate talented creators around the world and unite the sports podcast community.

Distributed by iHeartPodcasts and FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network, “The Paulie and Tony Fusco Show” is a satire of sports talk radio and “hot take” media personalities. It is written, produced and hosted by veteran sports talk producers Andrew Samson and Sharief Ali, who play two Philadelphia Eagles fans who claim to have the “smartest” sports takes, when in reality, their takes are terrible.

“We 100% renounce this award,” Paulie and Tony Fusco said in a joint statement. “This show is not a comedy. The only joke is the entire voting body for these Sports Podcast Awards. Their judgment is as good as the refs’ in last year’s Super Bowl.” “I am thrilled that Paulie and Tony won this award,” said Scott Shapiro, Senior Vice President of Programming for FOX Sports Radio. “It’s about time they realized everyone is laughing at them, and certainly not with them.” See complete list of winners here

The Paulie and Tony Fusco Show is distributed by iHeartPodcasts.

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97.1 The River Celebrates 18th Birthday With Annual 'River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash: Styx & Foreigner'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024 - 97.1 The River (WSRV / Atlanta, GA) is celebrating its 18th birthday with the River’s Rockin' Birthday Bash: Styx & Foreigner The Renegades & Juke Box Heroes tour featuring special guest John Waite at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. In 2006, 97.1 The River made its debut and has been playing Classic Hits for Atlanta rock fans ever since. The current talent lineup includes Atlanta radio veterans Axel Lowe, English Nick and Kaedy Kiely.

The 2024 Rockin’ Birthday Bash will celebrate 18 years of classic rock, classic hits and great live music in Atlanta, thanks to 97.1 The River. Foreigner (who are on the 2nd leg of their two-year Farewell Tour) is teaming up with Styx to co-headline this year’s Birthday Bash concert in Alpharetta. Legendary British rocker, John Waite, will bring his #1 songs to the party, rounding out a great night of hits.

The River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash 2024 is produced by Live Nation Entertainment and presented by The Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays and Associates.

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Deadline For 2024 Edward R. Murrow Awards Entries Is Tuesday, Feb. 13

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024 - The entry window for the 2024 Edward R. Murrow Awards which celebrate excellence in broadcast and digital journalism at the professional and student levels, will close next Tuesday, Feb. 13th. To be eligible, work must have been published between Jan. 1, 2023 and Dec. 31, 2023.

Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism . Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.

Edward R. Murrow Awards are presented to news organizations, not individuals. Entries must be submitted as first heard on air or viewed online. All entries must have appeared between January 1 and December 31 of the prior calendar year.

Learn more about the awards here.5 p.m. EST. That's just 7 DAYS AWAY! Enter here

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Country Artists & Radio React To The Death of Toby Keith Who Passed Away At 62

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024 - Just as were about to go live with Jockline yesterday, came word of the passing of beloved country star, Toby Keith who died at 62 due to stomach cancer. Tributes and comments quickly poured in from fellow country artists, fans and radio. Among the reactions posted included: “Just waking up to the news of Toby Keith’s passing. Today is a sad day for country music and its fans. Toby was a huge presence in our business and someone we all looked up to and respected. You and your music will be forever remembered big man.” — Jason Aldeanon X, formerly Twitter.

“Toby Keith was a true trailblazer. Authentic and heartfelt but always with a wink ’til the end. He was larger than life in so many ways and his music will live on forever! Raising our red solos tonight — you will be missed by so many. Peace.” — Old Dominion via X.

Among the numerous tributes posted by radio included a note from Cumulus' Brian Philips who wrote: "... I can’t add much to the Toby mythology, lots of fine testimonials today. I wish everyone could know all dimensions of the complex, generous, soulful complete Toby Keith, and pay no mind to the over-simplified media image that sometimes pigeon-holed him. Toby was full of great songs, sly wordplay, schooled in the best influences, and wildly funny, in his cool, deadpan way. Love to his family and another hero, Toby’s longtime manager, my dear friend TK Kimbrell, and publicist Elaine Schock. A somber day in Nashville, and in America". See more here on AP

Following Keith's passing, special audio tributes were produced and made available for use by The Mix Group - Click Here - use password toby and from Benztown - Click Here

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7'Big Game' Ads You Can See Now; Purple Rain Musical To Debut In Minny

 

Taylor Swift Sends Cease and Desist to Celebrity Jet Tracker Account 

Actor Gina Carano sues Lucasfilm and Disney Over Her Firing From 'The Mandalorian' 

‘Wonder Man’ Crew Member Dies on Set of Marvel Series

Purple Rain Musical to Premiere in Minneapolis 

Super Bowl 2024 Ads You Can Watch Now

Jelly Roll, Tori Kelly to Serve as Mentors, Perform on 'American Idol'

Jonathan Majors' Domestic Violence Sentencing Postponed

Facebook Just Turned 20

What Happens If a King or Queen is Too Ill to Work?

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Ben ‘Complex’ Romero Named Brand Manager Of KRBQ-FM San Francisco

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024 - Audacy named Ben ‘Complex’ Romero Brand Manager for 102 Jams (KRBQ-FM) in San Francisco. Romero will retain the same position in Sacramento for sister stations 102.5 KSFM (KSFM-FM) and 106.5 The End (KUDL-FM). “With Complex’s strategic vision and proven track record in Sacramento, we are confident in his ability to elevate this local favorite to new heights,” said Stacey Kauffman, Regional Vice President, Audacy Sacramento. “We have no doubt he will continue to position 102 Jams as the No. 1 destination for Hip-Hop throwbacks in the Bay area.”

“I am deeply honored and extremely excited to be taking over such an amazing station as KRBQ,” said Romero. “After getting to know the talent, brand and market, I see nothing but great potential and a bright future for 102 Jams. Thank you to Stacey Kauffman, Dave Richards, Skip Dillard and Michael Martin for continuously believing in me.” Born and raised in Southern California, ‘Complex’ started his professional radio career in programming in 2001.

Previous roles include Assistant Program Director and Music Director for Wild 96.1 in San Bernadino, CA, assisting in relaunching K-Day 93.5 in Los Angeles, Program Director for Wild 101 and BOB FM 96.1 in Boise, ID, Assistant Program Director and Music Director for Hot 97.5 in Phoenix, and Program Director for Power 98.3 in Phoenix.

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Maverick Madd Hatta Returns to Majic 102.1 Houston With The Madd Hatta Show

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024 - Radio One Houston announced the return of Madd Hatta, to Majic 102.1, Houston. Hatta will be debut his all-new afternoon drive show, "The Madd Hatta Show," on Monday, February 12, 2024. Madd Hatta's illustrious career began immediately after graduating from North Carolina A&T State University, where he quickly rose to dominate the Greensboro market. His rising star then led him to Houston in 1993, where he debuted on Majic 102.1 nights. He steadily rose, ascending to new heights, as host of the afternoon show at 97.9 The Box in 1995, and soon after, moving to mornings, where he created the groundbreaking "Madd Hatta Morning Show," on 97.9 The Box, in 2001.

"I look forward to once again providing the community with intriguing and fun entertainment, with the hopes of helping and enlightening as many listeners of this incredible heritage station called Majic 102.1 while elevating the community" said Madd Hatta. Pam McKay, Vice President of Radio One Houston expressed her excitement, by stating, "I am thrilled to welcome Madd Hatta back to MAJIC 102.1! His passion for radio, and deep connection with our audience, makes him the perfect addition to our lineup! We look forward to sharing in his continued success as he embarks on this exciting new chapter with us!"

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Matt 'Producer Matt' Weitzel Named Afternoon Host For WZBA 100.7 The Bay Baltimore

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024 - 100.7 The Bay named Matt Weitzel as the new Afternoon Drive Host. Matt (formally the Production Director) brings a wealth of experience and a dynamic presence to this key on-air role. With an impressive background in radio production and a deep understanding of our station's culture, Matt Weitzel is set to captivate audiences during the Afternoon Drive slot. Listeners can anticipate a fresh and engaging experience as Matt takes the helm, delivering Baltimore’s Best Classic Rock, entertaining commentary, and interactive content.

"Matt has been an integral part of our team, and we're excited to see him transition into this prominent role. His passion for radio and connection with our community make him the perfect fit for Afternoon Drive," said Steve Huber, Program Director of 100.7 The Bay. Matt comments, "It's an absolute dream come true to step up as an Afternoon Show host in the town where I was born and raised. I'm fortunate to have been able to work alongside some of the most talented people to ever come through this market and I've learned so much from them all. I'm grateful for the opportunity to make my mark on an already stacked line-up of jocks on 100.7 The Bay!"

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Alice Cooper Relaunches Syndicated Radio Show, Renamed 'Alice's Attic'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024 - Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Alice Cooper has relaunched his long-running radio show with a new name: "Alice's Attic" and will now be syndicated via Superadio. Cooper will be working with the same creative team from his long-running and much-loved "Nights With Alice Cooper." New shows will air for five hours Monday through Thursday, with reconfigured shows on weekends.

Alice says: "To all of my insane radio minions, I'm BACK. And if you thought 20 years of 'Nights With Alice Cooper' was weird, just wait until you get into 'Alice's Attic'! Just think about who or what could be lurking in all these dusty old boxes. We've got the same team behind the new show and so you'll find the show fairly familiar, but we're all looking forward to getting a little more creative with introducing new elements to keep things from getting stale. Speaking of stale… what IS that smell??!"

2024 will be a busy year for Cooper, as he has lots of international touring on deck. He will be headed to Australia in April and to Europe in June and July. Additionally, Cooper will return to the road in the U.S. for another summer trek with Rob Zombie. Cooper's 29th album, "Road", is out now via earMUSIC.

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Spotify Reports Better Than Expected Gains With 236M Paying Subscribers In Fourth Quarter

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024 - Spotify posted better-than-expected subscriber gains as part of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2023 earnings report on Tuesday. It also reported a narrowed fourth-quarter operating loss. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company ended 2023 with 236 million paying premium subscribers, up from 226 million as of the end of September and compared with its forecast that it would reach 235 million in the latest period. “Fourth-quarter net additions of 10 million contributed to a record full year of net additions of 31 million,” the firm said.

Spotify, led by CEO Daniel Ek, also reported that it hit 602 million monthly active users (MAUs) as of the end of 2023, up from 574 million at the end of the third quarter. The company had previously estimated it would end the latest period with 601 million MAUs. “Net additions of 28 million represented the second-largest Q4 net addition performance in our history,” it said on Tuesday. Spotify’s quarterly operating loss amounted to €75 million, “which was better than our updated guidance,” it said. “Excluding one-time charges, we generated €68 million in adjusted operating profit, which is more than double the third quarter as the business continues momentum towards sustainable growth and profitability.” Read Story Here

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CRS Announces AI Interactive Town Hall

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024 - Country Radio Seminar (CRS) is excited to announce “AI Interactive Town Hall: Reflecting on a Year of Growth and Learning and Looking Forward to What’s Ahead,” featuring industry experts Mike McVay (McVay Media Consulting), Buzz Knight (Buzz Knight Media), Fred Jacobs (Jacobs Media), and Zena Burns (Moxie Coalition).

CRB Board Member and President of McVay Media Consulting, Mike McVay, says, “The two letters AI strike fear in the heart of many. This session will focus on the fact & fiction of AI, how important it is to understand the platform, and using it for good versus evil.” The AI Interactive Town Hall will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 8:30 a.m.

Beginning on February 27th, on-site registration for the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) will be available at the Omni Hotel Nashville. The registration fee is set at $749. Please note that advance online registration is now closed. For more information, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com..

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BIN Launches Its First Podcast 'Black Land' With Award Winning Journalist Vanessa Tyler

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024 - February 5, 2024 – BIN: Black Information Network and iHeartMedia announced “Black Land,” a new podcast that will look into the lives of ordinary people and bring to life their extraordinary tales of triumph and circumstance through the lens of community. Hosted by Emmy-award winning, BIN: Black Information Network journalist Vanessa Tyler, the new series will dive deep into uncharted stories and give an overdue and deserving voice to those who have often experienced the other side of the American dream.

“We are excited to celebrate the launch of BIN: Black Information Network’s first podcast. By sharing these stories, we hope to illuminate the resilience, strength and unwavering spirit within the black community,” said Tony Coles, President, BIN: Black Information Network. “These stories are not just important – they are essential. We will continue to use this platform to amplify marginalized voices, foster understanding and contribute to a more inclusive, understanding, and compassionate world.” “Black Land” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts.

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Audacy Launches Limited-Run Podcast Series 'One Handshake Away: Peter Bogdanovich & The Icons of Cinema'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024 - Audacy announced the launch of “One Handshake Away: Peter Bogdonavich & The Icons of Cinema,” a seven-part limited-run series featuring Academy Award-nominated director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian Peter Bogdanovich in conversation with some of the greatest directors past and present including Orson Welles, Greta Gerwig, Quentin Tarantino, and Alfred Hitchcock. “One Handshake Away” is one of the last projects Bogdanovich worked on before his death.

When Bogdanovich passed away in 2022 before the project could be completed, his ex-wife Louise Stratten stepped in to serve as narrator and co-host, with three-time Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro filling in as host for the final three episodes. “One Handshake Away: Peter Bogdanovich & The Icons of Cinema” will launch with the first two episodes on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, on the Audacy app, and everywhere podcasts are available.

"Peter loved doing the TCM podcast 'The Plot Thickens' - he loved working with Ben Mankiewicz on that. It inspired him so much that he wanted to take his old recordings of his interviews of these original directors that mentored and inspired him and started his career," said Louise Stratten. "He had the idea to come full circle and share his treasure chest with the current directors that he admired and were friends with to have a conversation about them and to keep these directors that inspired him in the current conversation. Hence 'One Hand Shake Away.' He would be very excited and proud that we have finished it in partnership with Audacy, and that TCM is also involved."

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7Grammys Score Big Ratings; Country Star Toby Keith Passes Away

 

Grammys Score Biggest Audience Since Pre-Pandemic

... Killer Mike Breaks His Silence on Arrest

Toby Keith, Country Music Star Who Sang ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy,’ Passes Away at 62

King Charles III is Diagnosed With Cancer

Justin Timberlake Considering Tell-All Interview With Oprah Winfrey Amid Britney Spears Drama

Lizzo Sexual Harassment Case Continues as Judge Denies Dismissal

Taylor Swift Shares Tracklist for ‘The Tortured Poets Department,’ Featuring Post Malone and Florence + Machine

CNN Rolls Out Major Programming Shakeup Amid Ratings Slump

TikTok’s Fallout with Universal Music Group is Ruining Viral Trends and Thirsty Fancams

Eagles Will Host NFL’s First Regular-Season Game In Brazil On Friday, Sept. 6

The Weird Reason Brands Can't Say 'Super Bowl' In Their Commercials

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Randy Lane: The World's Number One Brand
 

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2024 - Fresh off the heels of Taylor Swift making history by receiving her 4th Grammy for 'Album of the Year, talent coach Randy Lane blogs that she's moving the needle more than any media personality, celebrity, influencer, or politician. Besides being a talented singer, songwriter, and musician, she’s also a positive role model for many young women and girls. She is THE definition of a personality brand.

You create a personality brand by sharing your point of view, personal stories, and emotions. You stand up for causes, charities, and your community. Personality brands are emotionally intelligent and have a sharp vision of who they are. Taylor Swift shares her stories, joys, and pain. She confidently takes on corporations (Apple Music) and abusers.

Having seen Taylor in concert twice, I was impressed with how she takes time between sets to speak directly and authentically to her fans. She encourages females to be confident, believe in themselves, and speak up when they’ve been discriminated against or abused. She advocates for girls, young women and minorities to raise their voices. On National Vote Day, Taylor urged her fans in an Instagram post to make their voices heard at the ballot box. The post drove 35,000 people to register to vote, according to Vote.org.

Which begs the question: How much money has Taylor Swift made professional football? It’s an estimated $331.5 million dollars in brand value for the Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL. That’s more than any player, coach, or icon. She has become a polarizing figure in NFL football largely because serious male football fans dislike the attention she receives at the games. Yet the NFL is reaping huge benefits beyond revenue from Taylor’s presence. Lane offers 4 Key Ways for you to become a personality brand- Read Here

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iHeart Announces 2024 Nominees For iHeartPodcast Awards Presented by The Hartford Live At SXSW

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2024 -iHeartMedia announced the nominees for the 2024 iHeartPodcast Awards presented by The Hartford live at SXSW. The awards, which will honor the very best in podcasting from 2023 and celebrate the most innovative talent and content creators in the industry, will feature 29 categories spanning podcast genres. This year, iHeartMedia teamed up with South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals to host the live and in-person ceremony in Austin, Texas at the Fairmont Hotel on Monday, March 11 at 8 p.m. CT. The ceremony will also broadcast on select iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, digitally through the iHeartRadio app and video stream in partnership with YouTube on the iHeartRadio Channel. The event will additionally be available on demand following the initial live stream on YouTube.

“As the podcast industry continues to rapidly grow, this past year has clearly proven that podcasters are always innovating in the audio space and finding new ways to reach and engage new audiences,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia’s Digital Audio Group. “The nominees for the 2024 iHeartPodcast Awards reflect the results of honing that creativity and we’re thrilled to celebrate and once again empower these creators and elevate the podcast industry together live in person at SXSW.”

Each year, podcast fans help decide the winner of the coveted Podcast of the Year presented by The Hartford award by voting online at iHeartPodcastAwards.com from Feb. 5 through Feb.18. This year’s nominees include “Crime Junkie,” “The Daily,” “My Favorite Murder,” “New Heights,” “Normal Gossip,” “On Purpose with Jay Shetty,” “The Retrievals,” “Scamanda,” “SmartLess” and “Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus.” Fan voting begins today and will run through February 18.

Celebrity presenters and special guests including Jason Alexander and Peter Tilden, Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett, Mayim Bialik, Alex Borstein, Zach Braff and Donald Faison, Nicole Byer, Charlamagne Tha God, Colin Cowherd, Bob Costas, Malcolm Gladwell, Draymond Green, Bethany Joy Lenz, Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, Enrique Santos, Iliza Shlesinger, Questlove, Angela Yee and more. Click HERE for more highlights from the 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards.

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Alabama Station Owner Reports Thieves STOLE 200-FT RADIO TOWER

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2024 -Following the recent story of thieves making off with copper wire from a tower in Oklahoma, came news on Friday that WJLX-FM In Jasper, Alabama had its entire 200-foot radio tower stolen. WVTM3-TV reports that Brett Elmore, owner of the WJLX radio station, took to social media to announce that someone had made off with a 200-foot-tall radio tower from a site in Jasper. While detectives took the report Friday, it is unknown when the theft actually occurred, as the tower was located at a separate site from the station itself, according to the Jasper Police Department.

WJLX-FM posted on Facebook: "This is going to get out eventually, so I might as well make it public before it does. I have heard of thieves in this area stealing anything, but this one takes the cake. This morning, my bush hog crew went down to a tower site we have to do an early cleanup of the property before we did some more work down there. When he arrived, he called and notified me that not only was my building vandalized, but my TWO HUNDRED FOOT TOWER WAS GONE! They stole every piece of equipment out of the building, cut the guy wires to the tower and SOMEHOW managed to down a 200' tower and take it from the property. Jasper Police is investigating and hopefully they will find who did it." They pointed out: "It is a FEDERAL crime to tamper with a federally licensed facility."

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Joe Rogan’s Spotify Renewal Worth Up to $250 Million, Podcast No Longer Exclusive To The Platform

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2024 -Spotify has signed a new deal with podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan, but this time, his show won’t be exclusive to Spotify, the company announced on Friday in a news release. The multiyear deal with Rogan, the founder of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” is said to be worth about $250 million, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the deal. The show was the No. 1 podcast in the U.S. for the third quarter of last year, according to Edison Research. Spotify also said it’s expanding the partnership to allow the show to be available on other platforms.

Spotify first brought “The Joe Rogan Experience” to its platform exclusively in 2020 in a deal that, according to CNBC, was reportedly worth more than $100 million. The talk-show style podcast is known — and often criticized for — its edgy approach and guests. Last year, for example, Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared on the show and said he bought social media site X to save it from the “woke mind virus.”

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'Huggie & Natalie' Head To Mornings At 101 WIXX

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2024 -A familiar voice and a new addition are teaming up to take over mornings at 101.1 WIXX. In a video posted Friday on social media, WIXX announced Dan "Huggie" Amsden and Natalie Jansen will host the radio station's new morning show, "Huggie & Natalie in the Morning." According to FOX11, No start date has been released yet. Amsden, known best by "Huggie" to listeners, has served as PM drive host for WIXX since June 2022. Jansen comes to 101.1 FM from Milwaukee.

Amsden posted on Facebook, " I just want to say I can’t believe this is happening! Like I said, this is my dream. Meeting Natalie everyone just knew that we were meant to meet and take on this journey together. She’s one of the greatest people I have ever met you’re going to love her! Give us a chance as we grow together and build a show that everyone can love. We are geek’d to share our mornings with you sheesh haha here we go! The last few months have been a wild ride for morning radio listeners in Northeast Wisconsin.

FOX11 says, In early October, Jim Murphy announced he planned to retire on Nov. 28. Longtime Chris Carson was later hired to fill WIXX's vacant morning show slot in mid-December, but left about a month later.

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Cadillac Jack Headed To Froggy 98.1 Altoona As PD/Afternoons

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2024 - Cadillac Jack, aka Tom Kapsalis, announced that starting this week he the PD reins and PM Drive slot at Pennsylvania's Froggy 98/1 Altoona for 7 Mountains media. He tells Jockline, he's ' Looking forward to getting back on the air, programming and doing real radio again.'

"One door closes, another one opens. Very excited about my new opportunity in central Pennsylvania. Joining a great company and a great staff. Central Pennsylvania is beautiful, three hours from Philadelphia, two hours from Pittsburgh and not too far from New York.

Cadillac follows Jumpin' Jim Wisor, who transferred to the PD post at its sister station, WFGI/Froggy 95.5 Johnstown, PA. He arrives following a stint at WDSY-FM Pittsburgh.

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RAB Announces Staff Promotions

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2024 -RAB announced the promotions of three staff members, Kim Johnson, to vice president of professional development; Cynthia Pham, to vice president of digital services and Madison Wright, to director of events and communications. Kim Johnson is RAB’s vice president of professional development and brings extensive experience to RAB.

Kim joined RAB in 2015 as an account development manager. Cynthia Pham joined RAB in 2000. Promoted in July 2023, Madison Wright is the director of events and communications for RAB, intertwining her passions for public relations, social media and creating "memory-making moments" with her love for radio.

“RAB is proud and delighted to promote all three dedicated and accomplished team members,” noted Erica Farber, president and chief executive officer. “I am truly excited to see how they will continue to grow professionally and super serve RAB’s membership.”

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WRMF-FM West Palm Beach On The Hunt For Its Next PD

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5Th 2024 - Hubbard's highly successful 97.9 WRMF/West Palm Beach has a rare PD opening. This comes following word that WRMF PD Randi West has decided after four years of commuting between Tampa and West Palm Beach to devote more time to her family and has decided not to accept offer to continue.

Qualifications call for 5 years as a successful Brand & Content or Program Directing - referred. Strong digital, social and podcasting acumen - Proven ability to function effectively under deadlines and in high-pressure situations. - Operating knowledge of digital radio automation systems and music scheduling software (if a music station) - Thorough understanding of FCC guidelines regarding compliance with rules including indecency, profanity, payola/plugola, and contesting. - Ability to interact and communicate effectively with diverse groups of individuals. Quick and clear thinking required. Project an appropriate professional appearance and demeanor. Ability to work in compliance with company policies and procedures. Ability to function in a team environment.

The Company may make reasonable accommodations to facilitate the ability to perform essential job functions. EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer, including disability/vets. - Apply Here

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7Complete 2024 Grammys Winners List; Celine Makes Surprise Appearance

 

2024 Grammy Winners List

... Celine Dion Makes Surprise Appearance

... Cyrus Wins Her First Two Grammys 

... Jay Z Calls Out Grammys For Never Giving Beyoncé Album Of The Year

Carl Weathers, Who Played Apollo Creed in ‘Rocky’ Movies, Dies at 76

... Sylvester Stallone Shares Emotional Tribute

Sam Waterston to Leave 'Law & Order' After 400+ Episodes

... Ben Affleck Channels His Inner J. Lo in New Dunkin’ Commercial

Shane Gillis to Host 'SNL' Nearly 5 Years After Show Fired Him

Usher Unveils NFL Merch Collab Ahead Of Super Bowl Halftime Show 

 

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'It's Just Been A Wonderful Long Run;' Rick & Bubba To End Show At Year's End Following 30-Year Run

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2024 -Rick Burgess and Bill Bussey of the Rick and Bubba Show will be hangin' up the cans at year's end, but say they won't be retiring report WBRC-TV. The announcement happened during Thursday’s morning show. “We got a long runway, we got a whole year to spend together, reminisce, talk and I think that’s where we we all agree, that’s where we need to focus on celebrating, you know, all that’s taken place,” said Rick Burgess. The show began on Jan. 8, 1994.

“We are all fine here, we are all friends we will remain friends, Rick has honored his commitment to me, and this show, and I have honored my commitment to this show, like you guys, there is nothing bad here, it’s just been a wonderful long run, and it had to end sometime. And this is the time, I hate it, and really I wish we could go on a few more years, it would have been a better arrangement in a lot of ways, but we don’t always get to pick, said Bussey. The show will continue through the end of 2024, but the radio personalities say this isn’t retirement.

“Let me be clear, unfortunately, we’re not in any position to retire. But, I mean. So this show is at its end, but I think we’re both going to be out there trying to continue to go on. I think I kind of know what I’m going to do, Bubba is trying to figure out what he’s going to do, I don’t think any of us are going to retire,” said Burgess.

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Charlotte’s 'Maney And LauRen Morning Show' Expands To Augusta And Fayetteville Markets

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2024 -Beasley announced that The Maney and LauRen Morning Show, currently featured on KISS 95.1 (WNKS-FM) in Charlotte, will now be heard on HD 98.3 in Augusta, Georgia and My Kiss 93.5 in Fayetteville, North Carolina beginning on Monday, February 5, 2024. Maney and LauRen have been waking up listeners on Kiss 951 in Charlotte for nearly 10 years.

“Maney & LauRen are a great tandem, sharing their lives with the audience and delivering a show that’s fun, relevant, entertaining, and engaging,” said Beasley Charlotte Vice President and Market Manager Mac Edwards. “I’m excited listeners in Augusta and Fayetteville will now get to wake up with M&L every morning!”

“Maney & LauRen are a top performing Morning Show brand in Charlotte,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of Music & Entertainment and Charlotte Operations Manager John Reynolds. “We decided that this was the right time to begin expanding their brand and content in the southeast. Their personal connection to their audience is the secret sauce that sets radio apart from other competitors.”

"LauRen and I couldn't be happier to deliver laughs, drama and yes, even some tears to a whole new audience,” said Maney. “We want to thank Mac Edwards, John Reynolds, Beasley Chief Content Officer Justin Chase and KISS Program Director Cameron Moore for their support and help making this happen!"

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Condolences: Radio Legend And Social Activist Joe Madison Passes Away At 74

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2024 -Joe Madison, the award-winning radio legend and social activist also known as “The Black Eagle,” died Tuesday following a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 74. Madison’s family confirmed the death in a statement on Wednesday. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father, Joe Madison. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family,” the family statement said in a social media post shared by Sirius XM Urban View, where Madison worked for the last 15 years. According to Newsone, Madison was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. It went into remission following treatment. But he announced in December that the cancer had returned last year.

TALKERS founder Michael Harrison wrote in a statement: “Joe Madison was one of the greatest of the greats among radio talk show hosts of the modern era. He transcended the role of ‘talent’ to rise among the ranks of America’s most influential civil rights thought leaders. His devoted following crossed the boundaries of race, age, gender, and politics."

During his radio career spanning more than 40 years, Madison collected a series of impressive accolades and awards including being inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2019. Madison is also a Guinness World Record holder stemming from him staying on the air for 52 straight hours to raise money for the Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum. As such, Madison holds the record for the Longest Marathon Hosting a Radio Talk Show.

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Tim Rainey Named Program Director For iHeart's KKRZ And KXJM-FM Portland

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2024 - iHeartMedia has named Tim Rainey Program Director for KKRZ-FM and KXJM-FM for the Portland market, effective immediately. He will report to Rich Moore, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Seattle and Portland.

“We’re very excited to be adding Tim to our programming team in Portland,” said Moore. “Tim has great experience and creativity for this role and has a tremendous passion for this business. We can’t wait to get going.”

Tim Rainey joins Portland from the Southern California News Group, based in Orange County, California, where he was most recently the Senior Director, Content Marketing since 2022. Rainey previously programmed KDND and KUDL Sacramento, WDZH Detroit and WNOU Indianapolis.

"I am ecstatic to join this amazing iHeartMedia team that Pioneers innovation and authenticity in audience entertainment and engagement,” said Tim Rainey. “In a landscape of saturated trends and buzzwords, content creation, through innovative audio, influencers, personalities, and partners is what continuously stands iHeartRadio apart from the rest. The future of audio is in great hands, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you to Maynard, Rich Moore, Marshal Burgess, Michael LaCrosse, Dylan Sprague and the rest of the iHeartMedia team for this amazing opportunity."

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Nicole Somerville Rises To Chief Operating Officer At Research Director Inc.

Annapolis, MD, February 1, 2024 — Research Director, Inc. announced the promotion of Nicole Somerville to Chief Operating Officer. Nicole joined the company in July of 1998 and has held several prominent positions over the past 25+ years. In 2022, Nicole began her role as Data and Production Manager where she oversaw the process of transforming raw data into specific, actionable client deliverables. Prior to assuming her management responsibilities, she assisted clients by delivering consultations, trainings, and impactful sales presentations that reinforced their competitive strengths.

“What I love the most about RDI is that we deliver more than just reports and one-sheet materials,” Nicole shares. “We give our clients an outstanding experience by providing them with sales solutions and consultative services to aid them in overcoming advertiser objections that result in successful ROI.”

CEO Marc Greenspan adds, “I am so proud to announce Nicole’s appointment as COO of Research Director, Inc. Nicole started with us in a production role and has worked her way up through our company to earn this promotion. She understands our clients and their needs. More importantly, she knows the effort it takes to meet those needs. Her client service ethic will enable us to continue to provide a best-in-class service to our clients.” Nicole looks forward to showcasing the innovations RDI has been putting into place and is excited to take RDI’s expertise to new clients.

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Audacy Expands Partnership With Dana Carvey And David Spade With The Launch Of 'Superfly'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2024 - Audacy today announced the launch of “Superfly,” a new weekly spinoff of the critically acclaimed chart-topping comedy podcast “Fly on the Wall,” both created and hosted by Dana Carvey and David Spade. “Superfly” will launch today, February 2, 2024, on the Audacy app, YouTube, and everywhere podcasts are available. New episodes will be released weekly in the “Fly on the Wall” feed every Friday. “I can’t wait to meet Dana. I’ve heard great things,” said David Spade. “I can’t wait for David to meet me,” said Dana Carvey.

“Dana and David conquered the podcast world with the always hilarious and entertaining ‘Fly on the Wall,’ and we’re so thrilled to expand the world they’ve created with the launch of ‘Superfly,” said Jenna Weiss-Berman, EVP, Podcasts, Audacy. “Their millions of fans and listeners around the world are in for a treat.” On “Fly on the Wall,” Carvey and Spade sit down with fellow SNL legends–including past and present cast, hosts, writers, and musical guests–to reminisce about their favorite moments, memories, and sketches.

Since its launch in January 2022, “Fly on the Wall” has been a fixture on the top podcast charts, hitting #1 in the Comedy category on Apple and #2 overall. In 2022, the show was the #2 Top Show on Apple Podcasts and was featured on Amazon’s Best New Podcasts and Most Popular Podcasts lists. It was named one of Vulture’s Top Comedy Podcasts of 2022 and one of Variety's Best New Podcasts of 2022. Both Carvey and Spade are represented by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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'Playing Dirty: Sports Scandals' Joins The Dan Patrick Podcast Network

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2024 -iHeartPodcasts, Dan Patrick, and Never Ever Productions, helmed by executive producers Maia Glikman and Jennifer Clary, announced the addition of “Playing Dirty: Sports Scandals” to The Dan Patrick Podcast Network. Co-produced by Patrick, iHeartPodcasts, Workhouse Media, Never Ever Productions, Jenn Brown and Francey Hakes, the new podcast features stories from the dark side of sports - Narrated by veteran ESPN personality Jay Harris and written by Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster Jenn Brown and federal prosecutor Francey Hakes, “Playing Dirty” tackles a variety of complex and controversial cases. “Playing Dirty: Sports Scandals” launched on Thursday, February 1, with new episodes available every Thursday on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

“It’s been a fascinating journey telling these stories and going deeper into the lives of some of the greatest athletes,” said Jay Harris. “I was drawn to hosting this show because it really does bring a fresh perspective to the interplay between sports and society, and being a partner to my guy Dan Patrick is such an incredible opportunity.” “I’ve been a fan of Jay Harris for a long time,” shared Dan Patrick. “I’m proud that he has decided to join my podcast network with this exciting new show. I know our fans will love it.”

“We love how multi-layered the true crime stories in ‘Playing Dirty: Sports Scandals’ are, and I’m so proud of our team’s thoughtful execution,” added Never Ever Productions Co-Founder and CEO Maia Glikman. “Never Ever Productions was established to tell exceptional stories and every behind-the-scenes sports tale explored in this podcast is deeply informative and engaging. We’re thrilled to be on this journey with Dan Patrick, a legendary broadcaster, and with iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in the United States.” “Playing Dirty: Sports Scandals” and the entire Dan Patrick Podcast Network are distributed by iHeartPodcasts. Dan Patrick is represented by Paul Anderson of Workhouse Media.

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Jason Prinzo To Address Mental Health Within The Music Industry At Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2024.

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2024 -This year, CRS will place an emphasis on mental health awareness and support within the music industry, making Jason Prinzo's appearance significant and impactful. Prinzo will address attendees during the panel "Your Brain Is A Liar: Recognizing and Understanding The Impact of Your Mental Health," scheduled for Friday, March 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. during CRS 2024. "Your Brain Is A Liar" will explore critical topics that affect professionals in the music industry, including how anxiety affects us professionally, overcoming imposter syndrome, understanding the effects of trauma, the benefits of therapy, and practical steps to alleviate symptoms, all within the high-pressure context of the music industry.

CRS Executive Director, RJ Curtis comments, “CRS continues our serious commitment to providing mental health resources for our industry members. Jason's deep background in the music business brings a relatable, hands-on approach to our attendees and their unique challenges. We strongly urge everyone to see his talk on Friday. An additional hands-on experience this year is our first-ever Hug-A-Pup program, where attendees can use session breaks to meet and play with adorable, adoptable puppies - the ultimate stress relievers - which will brighten everyone’s day.”

Online registration for CRS 2024 is no longer available. On-site registration will be available at the Omni Hotel Nashville starting on February 27, at the rate of $749. For more information, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

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7Women To Take Center Stage At The 2024 Grammys

 

2024 Grammy Predictions: Who Will Win Best New Artist, Best Album?

... Women Take Center Stage

Clive Davis Teases Pre-Grammy Gala, Says Beyoncé and Jay-Z Will Attend

Darius Rucker Arrested on Misdemeanor Drug Possession Charges

New Paramount Super Bowl Ad Stars Patrick Stewart And Knuckles

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl ‘Nipplegate’ happened 20 years ago. People are still mad

Anthony Anderson Went to the Emergency Room After On-Set Fight 

Nirvana Smiley Face Logo Legal Battle Drags On: Who Created It? 

Disney Appeals Dismissal of Free Speech Lawsuit as DeSantis says Company Should 'Move On' 

Bruce Springsteen's Mom Adele Dies at 98 

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iHeart Now Broadcasting World Premiere of Billy Joel’s New Single Across 450 Of Its Stations

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2024 - iHeartMedia kicked off the World Premiere of Billy Joel’s first new single in decades “Turn The Lights Back On” via Columbia Records by airing it across 450 iHeartRadio stations this morning nationwide. iHeartRadio will air exclusive interviews hosted by iHeartRadio personalities Elvis Duran, Ryan Seacrest, Jim Kerr, Ellen K, Martha Quinn and Cubby and Cristine with Billy Joel and his producer and co-writer, Freddy Wexler, sharing the extraordinary story behind how the song came together.

Billy Joel remains one of the most influential artists of all time and a generational storyteller without comparison. Beyond selling over 160 million albums around the world and emerging as “the fourth-best-selling solo artist in the United states,” he has garnered six GRAMMY® Awards out of 23 nominations. Among dozens of accolades, he earned induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame® in 1992, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® in 1999, and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame® in 2006. Moreover, he became the MusiCares “Person of the Year” in 2002 and received the Kennedy Center® Honors in 2013. Making history, his double-diamond Greatest Hits – Volume I & Volume II stands out as “the sixth most-certified album of all time.” Upon his 100th sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, the state of New York (his home) declared July 18“ Billy Joel Day.”

For more information visit www.billyjoel.com and www.freddywexler.com or on Instagram: @billyjoel @freddywexler.

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EDISON: One Story Stands Alone In The Fourth Quarter Of 2023 Among Podcast's Hits

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2024 - One of the concerns sometimes expressed in the podcasting community is there are no new hits – that the top shows are the same and it’s too hard for a new show to bust out. Edison has just compiled the latest results from Edison Podcast Metrics and there are several compelling stories of shows of more recent vintage that are now among the very most listened-to shows in the U.S..

But one story stands alone in the fourth quarter of 2023 – New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce. Launched in September of 2022, this podcast from the football-playing brothers who faced each other in the Super Bowl in 2023 and who both appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live in March of last year quickly built an audience. As of the second quarter of 2023, New Heights was safely within the top 200 podcasts in our ranking. And then, the numbers went wild when a certain romance went public. From October 1 through the end of December, New Heights was the sixth biggest podcast in all of America based on weekly reach. New heights, indeed.

The unique set of circumstances that sent this show to the stratosphere is not at all easily duplicated. But this example of the Kelce Brothers, or as we reported last quarter This Past Weekend with Theo Von which is now in the Top Ten, or Distractible which debuted in 2021 and is now a top performer, shows that distinct podcasts regularly do break out.

We will be releasing the full Top 50 Podcast ranker from Edison Podcast Metrics in the coming weeks with more stories of podcast success.

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The Greg Beharrell Show Lands Mornings At WRIS-FM 'The Resistance' 106.7 In Madison'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2024 -YEA Networks syndicated The Greg Beharrell Show is taking over mornings at Mid-West Family Broadcasting Alternative WRIS-FM "The Resistance 106.7 in Madison."

Beharrell said, “Being on air in Madison is a dream come true, with the only downside being that since it's now been realized in reality, I'll never dream that dream again, so the space it occupied during my slumber will forever be filled with a haunting nothingness."

When asked for comment, Mid-West Family / Madison VP Randy Hawke said, “Pass." Additionally, Beharrell will also provide imaging voice-over for the station which he confirms in the following quote, “Additionally, I will also provide imaging voice-over for the station which I confirm with this quote."

If you would like Greg Beharrell on your station, contact YEA Networks Director of Affiliates Sales, Scott Kerr (scott@yeanetworks.com), or toss a coin into a mall fountain and say “The Greg Beharrell Show" three times.

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77 WABC’s 'The Other Side Of Midnight With Frank Morano' Added At KMOX, St. Louis

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2024 -Red Apple Audio announced that 'The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano' has been picked up for five days a week by KMOX, St. Louis. Every weeknight, from 1 to 5am EST, Morano broadcasts live to nearly 20 stations nationwide, including flagship 77 WABC in New York. Morano takes his listeners on a wild and unexpected journey that explores current events in a unique way, mixing it up with his deep love of pop culture. From paranormal tidbits and UFO’s to Star Trek and martinis, Morano wakes up overnights.

Steve Moore, Brand Manager, KMOX, St. Louis, said, “We are excited to air The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano. We were looking for a live, informative, interactive and entertaining show that will rekindle the joy of overnight radio." “Steve is one of the most respected programmers in radio, and we’re excited that he is adding The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano to his on-air lineup,” stated Glen Tacinelli, Vice President.

“I’m excited to join the KMOX line-up and bring live programming to overnights in St. Louis,” said Morano. “St. Louis is a terrific market and KMOX is a legendary talk station, with an incredible audience and history that goes back nearly a century. I'm looking forward to being a big part of their history when the chapter on their next century is written. We’re going to have a blast.”

The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano is available exclusively from Red Apple Audio Networks. All Red Apple Audio Networks programming is available on a barter basis and distributed live by satellite via Skyview XDS, as well as dedicated FTP. To find out more about Red Audio Networks, stations may contact Glen Tacinelli, Vice President, Sales at Glen.Tacinelli@RedAppleAudioNetworks.com, 212-613-3835

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iHeart Launches 'Finding Matt Drudge' Episode 2

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2024 - On Wednesday, January 31st, iHeartPodcasts debuts episode two of “Finding Matt Drudge,” a riveting limited series podcast hosted by longtime political journalist Chris Moody, who sets out to uncover the mysteries surrounding the Internet’s most enigmatic media mogul. The new investigative audio series will delve deep into the life and career of Matt Drudge, the reclusive figure and founder of The Drudge Report, with the ultimate goal of convincing Drudge to sit down for his first interview in years.

“Finding Matt Drudge” will embark on a mission to take listeners into Matt Drudge's reclusive world in the hopes of better understanding Drudge and his motivations. Through exclusive interviews with former colleagues, media insiders, and political figures, the podcast will paint a vivid picture of Drudge’s meteoric rise and his site's lasting impact, while exploring why Matt Drudge decided to become increasingly reclusive, why he supported and then turned on Donald Trump and whether Drudge still even runs the site that bears his name.

"Matt Drudge pushed the news industry into the Internet age and his site has remained relevant and engaging for decades," Moody said. "But he hasn't given an interview in years. We'd like to hear his thoughts on his career, the media, politics and the state of the world. Drudge matters, and we're interested in what he has to say. Listeners can provide tips or stories of encounters with Drudge by calling 301-200-2414.

“Finding Matt Drudge” is a co-production of iHeartMedia and JMW Productions, a new production company founded by media personalities Jamie Weinstein and Michelle Fields. New episodes of "Finding Matt Drudge" will be released every Wednesday on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

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COMING SOON: - You Can Once Again Spread Your MSBC 36 Registration Into 3 Monthly Payments*

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THE MOUTH, DECEMBER –– Looking for a way to give your budget a little extra elbow room? Check this out: Now through May 31, 2023, those registering for MSBC 35 Dallas can spread a regular registration fee into three monthly payments *Some restrictions apply, see below for details

"At a time when everyone is trying to stretch a dollar we decided to lend a hand by giving our registrants a way to spread out their payments," says MSBC Founder/Host Don Anthony. "For those paying out of pocket, or for companies looking for a way to extend their payments, this could be the perfect antidote" added Anthony. Those able to take advantage of this offer can simply register as normal at the link below and follow the steps in the payment section for making multiple payments. 

Talentmasters' 36th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) is headed for the first-time ever to San Diego, August 8-10, 2024 at the Hard Rock Hotel - Click HERE to register.

*Not available with promotional rates, special-package offers, or previous payments; requires one-time handling fee. 

Registration to the Hard Rock is now available by CLICKING HERE - As always, our special conference rate and block of rooms are limited and offered on a first-come basis. For more information, contact Don Anthony at themouth@tds.net, or by phone at 770-737-2700. In the coming weeks, we'll load our website with more info on sponsorships and other opportunities. Be sure and ask about our special GROUP RATES for multiple registrants.

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STUDY: Telecommunications Among Most Impacted Industries By Technology in 2024

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2024 - “The Impact of Technology in 2024 and Beyond,” found AI as the technology most likely to have the greatest impact on a broad range of industries from film to medicine. The Impact of Technology in 2024 and Beyond: AN IEEE global study (IEEE) Extended reality, cloud computing, 5G and electric vehicles are also among the top five most important technologies in 2024, according to the IEEE. The survey of CTOS (Global Tech. Officers) from the US, UK, China, India and Brazil found AI to be the most impactful technology next year, encompassing predictive and generative AI, machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP).

Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Financial Industries Most impacted by Technology in 2024- The top five industry sectors that will be most impacted by technology in 2024, according to survey responses, are: 

  • (41%) telecommunications (as compared to 40% in 2023)

  • (39%) manufacturing (as compared to 30% in 2023)

  • (39%) banking and financial services (as compared to 33% in 2023) 

  • (31%) automotive and transportation (as compared to 39% in 2023)

  • (31%) energy (as compared to 33% in 2023) 

According to the survey, among the top uses of AI in the coming year will be real-time cybersecurity, increasing supply chain efficiency, aiding and accelerating software development, automating customer service, and the speeding up screening of job applicants. However, integrating AI into existing work isn’t as straightforward as flipping a switch. In the study, nearly half of respondents said they see difficulty integrating AI into existing workflows as one of the top three concerns when it comes to using generative AI in 2024.

The benefit of AI is clear to many, but there’s a tricky part: potential risks. Among them is the risk of overreliance on generative AI for facts. As the IEEE puts it, the problem is that those facts aren’t always accurate. And with all forms of AI, it can be difficult to find out how, exactly, the software arrived at its conclusion. In the survey, 59% of respondents cited an “overreliance on AI and potential inaccuracies” as a top concern of AI use in their organizations. Part of the problem is that the training data itself can be inaccurate. “Verifying training data is difficult because the provenance is not available and volume of the training data is enormous,” said IEEE life fellow Paul Nikolic. In 2024 and beyond, expect intense efforts to ensure that AI results are more accurate, and the data used to train AI models is clean. Read Full Report Here

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The Black Effect Podcast Network, iHeartMedia and John Hope Bryant Announce “Money and Wealth,” a New Weekly Podcast About Financial Wellness and Prosperity Hosted by American entrepreneur, thought leader and philanthropist John Hope Bryant, the new podcast will dispense his trademark “straight talk” lessons on developing a wealth mindset Listen to episode one NOW NEW YORK – February 15, 2024– iHeartMedia and Charlamagne Tha God’s The Black Effect Podcast Network has teamed up with John Hope Bryant to launch “Money and Wealth,” a new weekly podcast about financial wellness and developing a wealth mindset. New episodes will launch every Thursday on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard. In each episode of “Money and Wealth,” Bryant will unpack the issues of the day, provide practical advice on how listeners can improve their current financial position and learn how to create personal wealth for themselves and their families. In the first episode, Bryant will discuss real estate, the journey to home ownership and his own personal experience with purchasing property. “Last year, I was honored to join the Board of the Black Effect Podcast Network. Now, I’m equally excited to join the incredible lineup of leaders creating content that enlightens and empowers our community,” said Bryant. “I’ve spent my career as an entrepreneur and executive dedicated to making sure we’re confident and equipped to succeed in the free enterprise system. The color today is not black or white or red or blue - it’s green, as in the color of money. I look forward to sharing not just what I’ve learned about making money, but most importantly, what I know about building wealth.” “Money and Wealth” will join The Black Effect Podcast Network’s existing roster of highly popular business and finance shows including “That Moment with Daymond John,” and “Black Tech, Green Money” as listeners increasingly seek resources for self-improvement, financial wellness and wealth management from Black creators. “John Hope Bryant’s unwavering commitment to fostering wealth within the black community perfectly aligns with The Black Effect Podcast Network’s values, and will undoubtedly inspire listeners across the country,” said Dollie S. Bishop, President of Creative Development and Production, The Black Effect Podcast Network. “We’re thrilled to bring ‘Money and Wealth’ to the network, and ultimately help listeners on their journey towards financial prosperity.” “Money and Wealth” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and will be available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

 

 

Audio 1 XDS New Home for MRN Distribution: Dallas, Texas (February 14, 2024) – This weekend marks start of the 76th season of NASCAR and in time for the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, a new destination for receiving MRN programming comes to the 350 plus radio stations that air the programming as the NASCAR content moves to the Audio 1 XDS platform. The programming will be dual fed via Westwood One Wegner platform for the next 30 days to allow affiliates additional time to be able to switch to the new platform. “Our partnership with Audio 1 positions us well for the future while allowing us to meet the needs of our affiliate base today.” said Chris Schwartz, President of Motor Racing Network. Audio 1 gives networks and content providers an advanced alternative to the industry traditional distribution services providing not only XDS satellite services, new affiliate equipment, but also managed services, digital distribution via Trucast and copy splitting for all with the Audio 1 XDS Copy Direct service. “We are beyond thrilled that MRN has chosen Audio 1 as their distribution partner”, says Chip Miller, President / CEO, Audio 1. “Audio 1 has built a robust new infrastructure with partner flexibility in mind. We are ready to handle the needs of all content providers, large or small, from live sporting events to weekend programs and self-syndication.” For additional information on Audio 1 Distribution or Audio 1 contact Mike Ragz, Vice President / COO at mike.ragz@audio1.com or visit www.audio1.com. ###

 

 

Talent Announced for Warner Music Nashville CRS 2024 Luncheon Superstar Lineup to Feature Ashley McBryde, Austin Snell, Bailey Zimmerman, Chase Matthew, Cody Johnson, and Warren Zeiders (Nashville, Tenn – February 13, 2024) Country Radio Seminar (CRS) has announced the talent taking the stage at the annual Warner Music Nashville Luncheon, to be held during CRS 2024. This year’s all-star lineup includes a mix of full-band and acoustic performances from Ashley McBryde, Austin Snell, Bailey Zimmerman, Chase Matthew, Cody Johnson, and Warren Zeiders – plus a few special guests! The highly anticipated Warner Music Nashville Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, February 28, at noon in Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom and is one of three label luncheons held during the three-day event. "We strive to bring you the best entertainment of the week, and this year is no exception!” shared Warner Music Nashville's Kristen Williams. “Join us for performances by country's newest superstar Cody Johnson, the award-winning Ashley McBryde and breakout newcomer Bailey Zimmerman, plus the hottest new artists in the format. And you never know who might drop in for a surprise! Let's get ready to party!" For comprehensive details regarding the three-day CRS 2024 event, consult the official CRS 2024 mobile app. Download it via the App Store by searching for "CRS2024” or Google Play by searching “Country Radio Seminar 2024.” Online registration for Country Radio Seminar (CRS) is now closed, and will re-open on-site at the Omni Hotel Nashville. For more information, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.