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Woman Suing Govt. & Howard Stern Over 'Live Broadcast' Of Conversation With IRS Agent
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017 –– A woman is suing the IRS & Howard Stern after an agent calling into the show inadvertently let Stern's listeners overhear their conversation while he was on hold. According to courthousenews.com, Judith Barrigas of Sandwich, Massachusetts, filed the federal complaint Monday in Boston, nearly two years after the incident on May 19, 2015, when she called the IRS to discuss a private tax matter. During her call with agent Jimmy Forsyth, Barrigas allegedly began receiving numerous text messages from unknown people because her call was being broadcast live on “The Howard Stern Show.” In addition to her phone number, which Stern fans promptly began dialing up, Barrigas says other personal information she shared during the course of the call included her tax-return and refund issues, and the details of a repayment plan for certain tax liabilities.
The agent was on hold with Stern when he took the Barrigas call on another line. Barrigas says hundreds of thousands of people have heard her call already thanks to Stern, and that she received hundreds of phone calls about it in the days afterward, “leaving Mrs, Barrigas in a frantic, high anxiety state.” Following a call to a consumer helpline on TV outlet WCVB-, the IRS begin an investigation into the matter and placed Agent Forsythe on administrative leave,” the complaint states. Barrigas seeks punitive damages, alleging invasion of privacy, emotional distress and other claims. READ FULL COMPLAINT HERE
STUDY: Radio's Relationship With 15-24 Yr. Old Women Is Complicated
63% Foresee A Day When They Won't Need To Listen to Radio For Music; Up From 44% Five Years Ago
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017 –– Radio has a complicated relationship with teens and 15-24 year-olds now, according to data to be released tomorrow in Alan Burns and Associates/Strategic Research Solutions’ much anticipated survey of 2000 women between 15 and 54. “Teens still like radio….90% of them say they at least like their favorite radio station, and nearly half (48%) love it” noted Burns founder Alan Burns. “But they are a bit less likely to feel deeply understood by radio. And as tech-savvy as they are, 63% of them can now foresee a day when they will won’t need to listen to radio for music – and that’s up strongly from 44% five years ago.
“Teens are also the generation that most strongly dislike commercials,” added Burns EVP Jeff Johnson, “and that’s one of the reasons in our study we find fewer teens listening to radio.” The study found that 12% of teens do not listen to radio, compared to 6% of the total sample. Results are being released in a series of four webinars, with the first scheduled for this tomorrow, Thursday (Feb. 16) at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific. You can register for the free 30-minute webinars by clicking HERE PHOTO/Alphaspirit
Ryan Seacrest To Host 2017 iHR Music Awards
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017 –– The fan-fueled fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, March 5, will feature live performances and first-time duets and collaborations by today’s biggest artists, including Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Thomas Rhett, Noah Cyrus and Big Sean, who join already announced performer Bruno Mars. The event will air live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from the historic Forum in Los Angeles and will broadcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide
“The biggest artists in music show up each year,” said Ryan Seacrest. “iHeartRadio reaches hundreds of millions of people across the country every day, so this is an opportunity for the fans to have a voice in who’s the best and brightest, and the artists, in turn to show their appreciation. For more info, visit iHeartRadio.com/awards
SYNDICATION: Westwood One And Entercom Partner To Syndicate 'Beyond Reality Radio'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017 – Westwood One announced that it has partnered with Entercom Communications to nationally syndicate its popular Beyond Reality Radio program, a two-hour talk show about the paranormal, launching on Monday, March 6, 2017. The show is co-hosted by Jason Hawes, co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) and creator and star of Syfy’s blockbuster hit Ghost Hunters, and JV Johnson, a long-time paranormal investigator and former publisher and editor of TAPS ParaMagazine
“Beyond Reality Radio has been a hit with our audience since the show’s launch in August,” said Pat Paxton, president of programming, Entercom Communications. “This partnership with Westwood One is a great next step to maximize the reach of our innovative programming and underscores our commitment to developing and delivering best-in-class content to listeners across the country.” Learn more about “Beyond Reality Radio” at: http://beyondrealityradio.com
ON-AIR: Jennifer Valentyne Joins Q107 Toronto's Derringer In The Morning; Jeannine Riley Joins Star 94.1 Atlanta's Jeff & Jenn Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017 –– Veteran Canadian TV personality Jennifer Valentyne has joined Q107’s Derringer in the Morning show. According to The Star, Derringer delivered the news on his Valentine’s Day broadcast. Valentyne will join with Derringer, Ryan Parker and John Garbutt (shown), weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“Jennifer is the perfect fit to round out our existing all-star team,” said Blair Bartrem, senior brand director for Q107. “We’ve been searching for our very own Elaine to join our Seinfeld-like cast of characters and now we’ve found her.”
--Star 94.1, WSTR-FM, today announced Jeannine Riley as the new full-time assistant producer for “The Jeff & Jenn Show.” Riley began as an intern at Star 94.1 in early 2016 and quickly rose through the ranks of the station with her hard work, great attitude and audio production skills. “Jeannine is a huge asset to our team,” said Jenn Hobby, Jeff & Jenn Show co-host. “She’s crazy smart, wise beyond her years, and cleverly creative. We are #blessed to scoop her up.” “She’s enthusiastic, quirky, and such a hard worker,” added Jeff Dauler, Jeff & Jenn Show co-host. “I know that I’m so lucky to have found a home in radio, and with the Jeff & Jenn Show, there’s no better team of people I could have found,” Riley said. “I have zero regrets about picking up and moving 700 miles away from home with no job – this has all worked out beyond my wildest dreams.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Nicole Gustafson & Grisella Martinez Join NAB Govt. Relations VPs
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017 –– The National Association of Broadcasters announced that Nicole Gustafson and Grisella Martinez will join NAB as Vice Presidents of Government Relations on February 27. "Nicole and Grisella are experienced Capitol Hill staffers who have gained a sophisticated understanding of the legislative process working for influential members of Congress," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "NAB and our members will benefit greatly by adding their political experience and policy expertise to our bipartisan government relations staff."
Gustafson joins NAB from the National Football League, where she was vice president of Public Policy and Government Affairs. She previously worked for several senior Members of Congress, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), former Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Steve King (R-IA), and Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grisella Martinez served as policy director for the House Democratic Caucus under former Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and is currently Special Advisor to current Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY). Before joining Rep. Becerra's staff, she worked for both the National Immigration Law Center and the National Immigration Forum, where she was the director of Policy and Legislative Affairs.
Delilah Featured In People, Parade For V-Day
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017 –– Premiere Networks host Delilah was the subject of several features celebrating Valentine’s Day. The most-listened-to woman on radio and self-described “Queen of Sappy Love Songs” spoke to People, Parade and Country Rebel to share some of her favorite love songs, as well as her philosophy on love, relationships and Valentine's Day. Delilah also celebrated the holiday by sharing her “Top 5 Favorite Love Moments from the Opry stage.” Check out the videos HERE
Delilah is heard on more than 160 radio stations, making her the most-listened-to woman on radio in the U.S. Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, the 2016 Marconi Award winner for “National/Syndicated Personality of the Year” is also the author of three books, including her most-recent work Arms Full of Love. Published by Harlequin Books. Visit www.Delilah.com for more information.
[WATCH] Johnjay & Rich With 'Mystery Proposal'
THE JOHNJAY & RICH SHOW CELEBRATES VALENTINE’S DAY WITH MYSTERY PROPOSAL LOS ANGELES, February 14, 2017 – Today on The Johnjay & Rich Show, the nationally-syndicated morning show helped two listeners celebrate Valentine’s Day with a “mystery proposal.” Listener Lukas approached the radio show a few months ago in hopes of creating a unique proposal for his girlfriend Lauri, and he got his wish.
For the last five days, he left on-air “clues” in hopes that Lauri would hear them and show up at the studio on the fifth day. Lauri and four other women came to the studio to see if they were the lucky recipients of the mystery proposal. WATCH HERE
[WATCH] Radio Couple Ties The Knot On Valentines Day
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017 –– Among all the match-making on radio yesterday, this one involved a pair of hosts who tied the knot live on-air this Valentine's Day.
According to WSAZ-TV, Reid and Stacie, morning hosts on Charleston, WV's V100 have worked at different radio stations around the country for years. But this Valentine's Day, they turned their studio into a wedding chapel live on-air. They exchanged vows Tuesday morning in front of friends and co-workers. WATCH HERE
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STUDY: Well Over Half Of Millennial Women Have A Station They Love; That 'Understands' Them
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017 –– According to research being released this week by Alan Burns and Associates and Strategic Solutions Research, 87% of millennial women look forward to listening to radio, and more than three-quarters (79%) of them feel there’s a local radio station that really understands them. “We interviewed over a thousand women born between 1982 and 2002” said Alan Burns, “and well over half of them (57%) have a radio station they love. Millennials are very tech-savvy and when you ask them about radio in general, you’re talking about technology that feels dated to them, so you get a weaker response. But when you narrow it down to specific radio stations, you find a huge store of affection and connection.”
Strategic Solutions Research EVP Hal Rood notes that “a lot of brands would love to have the level of engagement that women have for their favorite radio station. This study reveals how women rate radio not only compared to other purely online music services but also other major brands in their lives. We think the results will surprise most people.” Results are being released in a series of four webinars, with the first scheduled for this Thursday (Feb. 16) at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific. For more info, visit www.burnsradio.com or www.strategicsolutionsresearch.com.
PROGRAMMING: John Thomas Stepping Down From iHeart Springfield To 'Focus On His Health'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017 –– John Thomas, iHeart/SVP of programming Springfield, announced yesterday on Facebook, "After a lot of prayer, weighing the pros & cons and deep soul-searching - I’ve decided to resign from my position @ iHeart in order to FOCUS 100% on my HEALTH! Over the course of the next several weeks – I’ll be transitioning in order to put myself in the BEST possible position to benefit from the clinical trial that I started a few weeks back."
Thomas added, "Please KNOW… I’m NOT sicker that I’ve let on, too – I decided a LONG time ago to be OPEN and HONEST about what I’m dealing with in hopes of helping others that fight, family members that are caretakers or help bring AWARENESS! I truly just need to focus on ME, this trial and it is based in Florida and there’s a ton of treatment. • I’m GOING TO BEAT THIS – It’s going to take a few years but I’ll beat it and then I’ll be back involved with the business I LOVE." Send John your best HERE
ON-AIR: Zakk Babb Takes Over Afternoons At WZPL Indy; After 44 Years, Icon JD Cannon Is Retiring From Hank FM Indy
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017 – WZPL/Entercom has named Zakk Babb as its new afternoon drive host. He arrives from sister WSTR/STAR 94.1 Atlanta where he handles nights and will continue to do so via voicetracking. Babb follows Chase Daniels at WZPL who transferred last year for an OM position at its Madison outlet.
-- In other news from Indy, ibj.com reports that after nearly 44 years, JD Cannon (R), who's spent the last 5-years at WHLK/Hank FM 97.1, is retiring. His last day will be April 28. Before joining Hank, Cannon spent 32 years at Cumulus' WFMS-FM 95.5. He started his career at in Madison, Wisconsin, where he spent four years. “I didn’t have any intention of going into country music,” Cannon said. “But they told us in broadcasting school, 'If you get a job, any job in radio, you take it.' And so I did.” Cannon will continue as Hank’s brand ambassador and do an occasional on-air shift. In that capacity, not only will Cannon do weekday and weekend shifts, but he’ll also appear at public events.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: RAB Announces Staff Updates; Michelle Conrad Joins Paragon As SMD Consultant
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017 –– The Radio Advertising Bureau announces staff updates in the RAB Dallas office. In a newly created position, Tiffiney Wyatt (top left) has been promoted to Business Development & Insights Associate, reporting to Tammy Greenberg, SVP Business Development, and Annette Malave, SVP Insights. Joining the Membership team is Rita Landells (top right), reporting into Brooke Williams, SVP Membership as the Member Response Manager.
-- Entertainment consulting firm Paragon announces the addition of Michelle Conrad (right )as Social + Mobile + Digital Consultant. Prior to joining Paragon, Conrad was in the field of social media analytics for Oracle, Senior Social Media Account Manager for Friend2Friend, and Social Media Associate for Gunshot Digital, all based in San Francisco. Conrad operates Yooreka Social in Denver. Paragon CEO Mike Henry said, “It’s great to add a true Millennial to Paragon’s consulting ranks. Michelle Conrad is a native digital user and lifelong social media explorer. Conrad joins long-time Paragon marketing consultant Michele Tharp.
“I’m very excited to be expanding and sharing my knowledge in the entertainment field with Paragon clients. I’ve already had great project interactions with several Paragon clients, and I’m really looking forward to helping others in this field create successful strategies that are current with the ongoing evolution that is digital media.”
AWARDS: John Gehron To Receive Rockwell Award At Conclave
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017 –– The Conclave announced it will present the 2017 Rockwell Award to John Gehron, Chief Operating Officer/Chairman, AccuRadio during its conference on July 26th - 28th in Minneapolis. The Conclave has presented The Rockwell Award – an annual lifetime achievement award – to an individual of unquestioned accomplishment.
Gehron began his broadcasting career in 1970 in Philadelphia as Program Director of CBS Radio’s WCAU-FM (now WOGL), which was the first major market radio station to try the oldies format. That success led to his being transferred to WCBS-FM in New York in 1972 to start their oldies format in 1972. Gehron later served as Program Director and General Manager at WLS-AM in Chicago, and held executive positions at American Radio Services, Infinity Broadcasting, Clear Channel Radio and Harpo Radio/XM Satellite Radio.
SALES: Beasley Names Allyson Hillman DOS For Southwest Florida
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group welcomes Allyson Hillman to Director of Sales for its Southwest Florida cluster. Allyson brings three decades of broadcasting and advertising to this position. She served in management for 10 years in Detroit radio and has relocated to Southwest Florida from Savannah-Hilton Head. Allyson has worked in the radio, television, Internet, digital and outdoor industries, including careers as Retail Sales Manager, Local and General Sales Manager, Director of Business Development and Director of Sales.
“Allyson believes in developing the strengths of others to meet and exceed market goals,” noted SWFL Market Manager Brad Beasley. “We are confident Allyson will lead our sales team to reach their great success in 2017 and beyond!” Congratulate her at Allyson.Hillman@bbgi.com
SYNDICATION: Cumulus’ Hot 103.3/KBIU-FM, Lake Charles Adds The Kidd Kraddick Show To Mornings
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media'S Lake Charles Hot 103.3/KBIU-FM is the new broadcast home for The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. The popular nationally syndicated program debuted on Hot 103.3 on Monday, February 13, 2017, and will air weekdays from 5AM-10AM Central.
Elizabeth Blackstock, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Gulf Coast, said: “It is so exciting to have Kidd Kraddick added within our cluster. Hot 103.3 is your only place for Top 40 music in southwest Louisiana and is the proud new home of Kidd Kraddick!”
PODCAST: Chicken Soup For The Soul Podcast Surpasses 1 Million Downloads In Less Than A Year
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017 –– Chicken Soup for the Soul has hit another media milestone, surpassing ONE MILLION downloads of its podcast. The Chicken Soup for the Soul Podcast began modestly and without fanfare in late February 2016. The loyal Chicken Soup fan base caught on however, and now each episode of the podcast, which is hosted by Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher, editor-in-chief and author Amy Newmark is grabbed by thousands of consumers.
By the end of January 2017, the CSS Podcast had passed its millionth download, and there’s no sign of stopping there. The podcast dives into a wide range of topics that provide listeners with tips and inspiration to lead happier, more productive lives. As always, Chicken Soup for the Soul uses stories from real people to drive the advice home and make it relatable. United Stations represents the Chicken Soup for the Soul Podcast to advertising clients, and is developing other audio content around the brand.
Radio Station In Hot Water With Watchdog Group After Explosive Car Stunt Leaves Ground Crater
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017 –– The Rock New Zealand's Thane Kirby and Dunc have been called out by WorkSafe, a safety watchdog group, over a radio stunt that saw a car blown up as unsafe and illegal. According to stuff.com.nz, Thane Kirby organized for his Rock Drive co-host Duncan Heyde's old Honda to be destroyed with 55KG OF EXPLOSIVES! The managing director of a commercial explosives company has contacted WorkSafe with concerns the explosion was "irresponsible" and did not comply with laws around the handling of explosives. The explosives were detonated on January 30 at a rural property in north Auckland.
The explosion was so powerful it left a crater in the ground. A MediaWorks spokesman, which owns The Rock, said the explosion was managed by an explosives "specialist" who assured the station everything was above-board. The car explosion stunt was part of a campaign to draw more likes to the pair's Facebook page. They promised to blow up the car after reaching 5000 likes on the social media site. Kirby did not respond to requests for comment. READ MORE HERE
Nick Cannon Says He's Out As Host Of 'AGT' - Deja Vu For Playboy
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