2015 ARCHIVES - PHOTOS LISTED, NOT SHOWN
92.5 NASH Icon Des Moines Teams With The Pumpkin Ranch
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2015 –– Cumulus' 925 NASH Icon in Des Moines, IA, has teamed up with The Pumpkin Ranch in Winterest, IA for Iowa's Mega Corn Maze and bushels of family entertainment! The Pumpkin Ranch season kicks off on September 18th and 925 NASH Icon will help get the party started. Great games and contests that take place inside this amazing corn maze that's just under 10 acres. The station will play Scene Investigation, which is like playing the board game Clue inside the Mega Corn Maze. They'll also hide a gold brick inside the maze for tickets to see the Des Moines Performing Arts performance of 'The Wizard of Oz" and will even hide concert tickets throughout the maze.
There's a live broadcast on October 3rd with 925 NASH Icon's heritage morning show "Hatfield & McCoy", where ticket winners will compete for all the fabulous free prizes. The station will also host a Country Concert at the Pumpkin Ranch. The Pumpkin Ranch is going into its sixth year of business and was featured in Time magazine (October 8, 2012) as one of the nation's five mazes with a message. Jonathan Monk, Program Director for 925 NASH ICON/KJJY in Des Moines said: "Some radio stations use billboards for outdoor advertising. Well, this is how we roll in Des Moines, Iowa!"
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Kim Cattrall Takes Over BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2015 –– Kim Cattrall Will Take Over BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour UK - Woman’s Hour Takeover week returns on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 14 – Friday 18 September as once again five remarkable women take over the programme. Kim Cattrall, Nimco Ali, Bishop Rachel Treweek, Michelle Mone and Dame Jacqueline Wilson will all guest edit an edition of Woman’s Hour and work closely with the production team to provide their own insights into a range of issues and topics. Kim Cattrall’s edition of the programme (Monday 14 September) will focus on choosing a life without children, as well as explore the themes of ageing, being single later in life and loss.
Justin Bieber will be doing an exclusive concert for KIIS106.5 listeners at the end of this month in Sydney. KIIS are giving listeners the chance to win tickets to a special iHeartRadio LIVE performance on Wednesday September 30. The Canadian pop superstar will be heading to Australia, visiting Melbourne and Sydney from September 27 to September 30. In Melbourne, Bieber will perform for SCA's Hit Network on the Fox FM World Famous Rooftop.
Full Lineup For Global’s Radio X Confirmed - Global Radio, the owners XFM have confirmed that the station will rebrand as Radio X as reported here last week. The new station will launch with Chris Moyles at breakfast, Vernon Kay on mornings, Dan O’Connell in the afternoon and Johnny Vaughan on afternoon drive. Ricky Wilson is also on board with a weekend show, on the station targeting 25-44 year old males playing ‘the best fresh rock and guitar-based music’. Vernon, Ricky and Johnny are new to the station, while current drive presenter Dan O’Connell gets afternoons and Phil Clifton stays with the station for the evening show. Current breakfast presenter Jon Holmes also stays on the schedule (for weekend breakfast), along with Lliana Bird, Jo Good and John Kennedy.
Radio X is going national too, on DAB, joining Digital One. It’ll also be on FM in London and Manchester, replacing XFM. All programmes in Manchester will be networked with London. XFM Scotland will close.
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Hosts Suspended After Suggesting Journalists Slayings Were A Hoax
Online Donation Page For Alison & Adam Memorial Fund Set By NAB
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2015 –– The manager of three Missouri stations issued an on-air apology last week and has suspended a pair of Sunday morning talk hosts, after they suggested the on-camera shooting deaths of two Virginia journalists was a hoax. According to nydn.com, the comments came during a Sunday morning call-in show, “Cracker Barrel,” which airs on KTTS FM, KSGF FM and KSGF AM. This followed shortly after the tragic deaths of WDBJ7/Roanoke TV reporters Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward (shown) were shot by a former co-worker on live television.
Stations manager Rex Hansen issued an on-air apology saying the “hoax” comments made on Aug. 30 were “not factual, disrespectful and downright wrong.” He added "Well, unfortunately two people died. The camera man and his anchor partner. That was a fact," Hansen said. PHOTO/WDBJ-TV
Online contributions are now being accepted for a memorial fund supporting the families of two broadcast journalists slain last month during the Roanoke TV shooting. Those wishing to contribute to the ‘Alison & Adam Memorial Fund’ can do so at http://www.nab.org/donate. Those wishing to make an offline contribution to the Alison & Adam Memorial Fund can still do so by sending a check made out to: NAB Alison and Adam Memorial Fund C/O NAB 1771 N Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20036 1
CMA 2015 Broadcast Awards Finalists Announced
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2015 –– CMA and Kelsea Ballerini joined forces with ABC Radio to announce the 2015 CMA Broadcast Awards finalists for Radio Personality and Station of the Year today during a media tour in New York City. The finalists were surprised by the two-time CMA Awards finalist when she called under the pretense of talking about the nominations and then turned the tables.
“Radio has played such an important part in this amazing year that I jumped at the opportunity to call the stations to tell them they were nominated for a CMA Broadcast Award,” said Ballerini. “It has been an amazing day and I was really happy to share it with people who have contributed so much to my career.” The CMA Broadcast Award winners will be notified in mid-October and will be acknowledged at “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” to be held Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and broadcast live by the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for the eighth time. “Country radio stations and personalities reinforce what makes our format so powerful,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE LIST OF FINALISTS
[WATCH] Mike Francesa Parting Ways With Fox Sports Network This Friday
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2015 –– One of the first radio host to simulcast his daily show on TV announced on his show yesterday that he's parting ways with Fox Sports Network as of this Friday.
In what he called an “amicable” split with no hard feelings. Francesa said that he has reached an agreement to terminate the Fox Sports television simulcast of his long-running and ratings-leading afternoon sports talk radio show on New York City’s WFAN, which is heard on both AM and FM from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. He acknowledged that negotiations are underway with another unnamed cable outlet, but added that his show could be radio-only for several months in the meantime before a new simulcast deal is struck.
According to inquisitr.com, The radio show has been on Fox Sports for almost two years, after simulcasting on the YES Network (the New York Yankees cable outlet) for 12 years. YES currently simulcasts the Michael Kay Show from ESPN radio in Francesa’s former time slot. In announcing his departure from Fox Sports this afternoon, Francesa said, “First, let me say that the blame is mine. I tried to do something that was a little different. I knew I was trying to put a square peg in a round hole when I did this…" READ MORE HERE
MOTION: S. Cory Willis Named Production Director For Cumulus Florida Cluster
Cumulus Media announces that S. Cory Willis has been named Production Director for the five-station Cumulus Pensacola cluster. An 18-year radio veteran, Willis’ radio career has included stops in: Wilmington, NC; St. Thomas-Virgin Islands; the Grand Cayman Island; and Charleston, WV. Gary Nolan, Operations Director for Cumulus Pensacola said: “We are excited that the very creative S. Cory Willis has joined Cumulus Pensacola and will further enhance the production branding of our cluster as we continue growing our Gulf Coast team. We’re looking forward to getting to know and work with him.” Willis said: “After my latest stint in the Caribbean, I knew that the United States was where I wanted to be for good. The opportunity to come to Pensacola and join the Cumulus team has been a dream come true. I have a great crew, great facilities and the chance to crank out some amazing production.”
Lara Logan To Headline During Radio Show Luncheon
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2015 –– Award-winning CBS news correspondent Lara Logan will be the featured speaker at the Radio Luncheon, held September 30 during the Radio Show and sponsored by NextRadio.
Logan began contributing to CBS News’ “60 Minutes” in 2005. She was named CBS News chief foreign correspondent in February 2006 and chief foreign affairs correspondent in 2008. Logan was named a full-time "60 Minutes" correspondent in May 2012.
The 2015 Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), is held September 30 – October 2 in Atlanta.
SYNDICATION: V100.7 Milwaukee Adds The Breakfast Club
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2015 –– V100.7 WKKV welcomes The Breakfast Club to Milwaukee this Friday, September 11. DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God, will broadcast live from Port of Call Bistro (106 W Wells St., Milwaukee) from 5-9 a.m. The broadcast is free and open to the public.
Launched in December 2010, The Breakfast Club was named the #1 radio program in the nation by “The Source” magazine. “WKKV was the first station in the country to broadcast The Breakfast Club as a syndicated morning show, and we’re proud to welcome them back to Milwaukee,” said WKKV Program Director Bailey Coleman. “Since their debut on WKKV in August of 2013, the ‘BC’ has changed the landscape of morning radio. With consistent, top ratings, they have infused a new excitement into the Milwaukee Racine market and, of course, with WKKV listeners!”
NETWORKS: United Stations Introduces Total Sports Prep; Westwood One Announces 2015 NFL Broadcast Season Package
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2015 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. (USRN), announced that the company will begin producing and distributing a radio “Prep Service” covering the world of Sports.. The service will be known as TOTAL SPORTS PREP, and is intended for use by air personalities in Sports/Talk Radio as well as by any radio show that regularly uses Sports topics among its content. TOTAL SPORTS PREP will contain an extensive aggregation of news and information about the leading stories in Sports and the service will also provide a useful and extensive audio feed accompanying the text portion of the service. This service will be gathered and produced by a team of radio professionals led by David Brody and Dustin Rhoades. FOR MORE INFO, Contact Contact: Andy Denemark, firstname.lastname@example.org - (212) 536-3603
Westwood One, the exclusive network radio partner for the National Football League, is proud to announce its 2015 NFL broadcast season package featuring 100 games. The 2015 NFL regular season schedule kicks off on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm ET when the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The season concludes with historic Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, home of the San Francisco 49ers, on Sunday, February 7, 2016.
Westwood One’s NFL broadcasts can be heard on nearly 500 radio stations nationwide, as well as on SiriusXM radio and through NFL Game Pass (NFL.com/gamepass), which is available on NFL.com and the NFL Mobile from Verizon app. the complete schedule of games, visit www.westwoodonesports.com.
HOT 89.9 Ottawa Offers $40k Towards Gender Reassignment
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2015 –– From the same folks who brought you Win A Baby and numerous other world attention grabbing promotions, now comes The New Normal where one "lucky person" can win $40.000 (slightly more than $30k, US) towards gender reassignment - (Huffpo has already grabbed the story)
HOT 89.9 says on their contest page: Everyone should be able to live the life they want to live, and with possibly thousands of transgender people in our community, we want to help someone do just that. We at The New HOT 89.9 want to give this "one percent" a voice. One person will be given $40,000 so they can better live the life they want to live - If you are wanting to transition or are in the process of it and would like to share your story with us, please click here!
They announced the competition during yesterday's "Morning Hot Tub" featuring Mauler, Rush, Jenni & Josie (LISTEN HERE, OR CLICK ON ABOVE GRAPHIC). Entrants have until September 30th to submit their application. They're asked to expalin in 100 words how they would use the money to make their transition process easier, and how it would impact their life. READ MORE HERE
SHOCKER: Jerry To Exit Jeff & Jer Show Next Month
Jeff, Tommy And Other Cast Members Extend Deal With KYXY San Diego As Showgram Continues
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2015 –– One of San Diego's most beloved shows, The Jeff & Jer' Showgram, will be minus one special member beginning October 15th. In an emotional announcement on this morning's show on CBS' KYXY-FM, Jerry Cesak (top center) explained to listeners why he was leaving, "The reason I’m leaving radio really can be told in 2 simple words. “It’s time.” I think life comes in chapters, and in my life, the radio chapter is over. And that’s it. It’s just time. But do not worry – The Showgram will continue (Jeff Detrow and Tommy Sablan shown below inking new deal with interim GM Tina Rifkin). You can still spend every morning listening to the Showgram. Of course, it’s going to awfully lame without me – but The Showgram will still be on. More about that later,. I am genuinely excited about what’s next in my life. At the same time, I gotta tell you this is very weird. I’ve been on the radio for 45 years. It’s all I’ve ever done. And to stop – just quit – seems strange and it seems scary. But it’s good scary so that’s OK.
The show which first aired in San Diego in May of 1988, will likely end outdoors. Jerry said "Our last show together, October 14, we’re going to do outside the studio somewhere so we and you can be together. .. Tomorrow Jerry will reportedly, he and his wife Pam plan to focus on their love for animals and build a pet hospital in San Diego.
Executive Producer Tommy Sablan tells Jockline: "Jerry probably has one of the most successful morning radio careers in the history of radio. It should serve as inspiration to a young up and coming talent to know that they can last long, like we did, AND that their show can make a huge difference to their listeners. Now, it's time to end the Beatles and start WINGS.
Cumulus To Bring New Classic Hip Hop Station To SLC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces it moved its Alternative station in Salt Lake City, formerly known as Alt 94.9/KHTB, to 101.9 on the FM dial and will rebrand the station as Alt 101.9. In its place, Cumulus today launched the all-new Classic Hip Hop station, 94.9 The Vibe on KHTB.
Concurrently, the two stations launched new websites at www.949thevibe.com and at www.alt1019.com. 94.9 Westwood One, the leading provider of 24-hour radio formats, syndicates the Classic Hip Hop programming for 94.9 The Vibe. Rick Vaughn, Program Director for Cumulus Salt Lake City said: “94.9 The Vibe is the beat of the Salt Lake Valley. There is so much great Hip Hop and Rhythmic music that just wasn’t getting played here. The Vibe is mass appeal and FUN! Look out!”
REAL 92.3 L.A.'s Big Boy Announces First Major Concert Event 'The Real Show'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2015 –– Big Boy, morning host at the all new REAL 92.3, LA’s Hip Hop and R&B, announced the station’s very first major concert event, “THE REAL SHOW” at The Forum in Inglewood on Sunday, November 8TH.
"The Real Show" will feature performances by the biggest Hip Hop and R&B stars of the day: Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd, Jeremih, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign and Jidenna. “THE REAL SHOW” will be hosted by Big Boy, and the entire Real 92.3 on air team.
MOTION: Jessica Poxson Takes Middays On NASH-FM 93.1 Detroit; KLBJ Austin Adjust Lineup; Ryan & Rico Expand On Sports 105.1 Detroit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Detroit announces that Jessica Poxson will host the "Jess Show" weekdays on NASH FM 93.1 Detroit, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The new show debuted today, in the time slot previously held by Lauren Crocker, who moves to the cast of The Blaine Fowler Morning Show on sister station, Hot AC 96.3 WDVD.
Previously, Poxson was heard locally as a part of America's Morning Show with Blair Garner. She has also been on-air at WJR and WDVD in Detroit.
NewsRadio KLBJ Austin is adjusting its lineup on 590 AM and 99.7 FM. According to an Austin blog, The biggest change involves Todd Jeffries and Don Pryor are taking over morning drive. Mark Caesar join Ed Clements from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. alongside Charlie Hodge. Hodge was previously on sister station 93.7 KLBJ-FM. Clements, meanwhile, will team up with longtime NewsRadio KLBJ aafternoon host Jeff Ward from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. A new show from 93.7 KLBJ-FM’s Dale Dudley is being added weekdays at 2 p.m., while another newcomer, the nationally syndicated “Dana Show” featuring conservative talker Dana Loesch, will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dudley will continue to co-host the 93.7 KLBJ-FM morning show, as well.
Greater Media's Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC-FM) is proud to announce the expansion of the Ryan & Rico show from weekdays 10am - 12pm to 8am-12pm in the Motor City. Beginning on Thursday September 10th, the show will be expanded by two additional hours. In addition, ESPN’s Mike & Mike will continue to air from 6am-8am on the station. WMGC-FM is owned by Greater Media Detroit, a subsidiary of Greater Media, Inc.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Hubbard Appoints Rick Freitag GM Over Minnesota Cluster
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2015 –– Hubbard Broadcasting VP/Regional Manager of Minnesota Dan Seeman announced that Rick Freitag was named General Manager for the HBI Radio stations in Wadena, MN. Hubbard Broadcasting operates three radio stations in Wadena, MN: KWAD-AM, KNSP- AM and KKWS-FM. Hubbard Broadcasting recently acquired 16 radio stations in northern Minnesota from Omni Broadcasting.
In addition to owning and operating radio stations, Rick has owned small businesses in Wadena and surrounding communities.” Freitag comes to Hubbard from Paradise Broadcasting in Alexandria, MN where he was a sales representative. Additional media experience includes Pioneer Public TV and ownership of two radio stations in Sauk Centre, MN. Rick will begin his new position on September 23. 2015. CORRECTION: In yesterday's above headline, we inadvertantly printed Minneapolis instead of Minnesota. Our apologies for the the oversight.
BLOG: Trump Pushes The Art Of Being A Shock Jock To A New Level
Great talent Is Bigger Than Ideas (Or A Format)
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2015 –– In the latest blog from Paragon Media titled Talent Trumps All, they write in explaining Donald Trump's unexpected rise in popularity, 'He pushs the art of being a shock jock to new heights. Politics aside, Trump has turned political logic upside down and has taught old politicians that everything they thought was true is no longer true. It’s not because of what he stands for. It’s what he says and how he says it.
How does he do it? He talks about his own popularity. He attacks his opponents. He says what others think, but don’t say. He’s a dirty, scrappy, competitive winner who wants you to know how much money he makes. He speaks plain English. He’s against the man, against the system, even though he’s a huge part of it all. It’s you and me against the world, baby. In our (radio) business, we can relate to the lessons Trump is showing the political world.
Great talent is bigger than ideas (or a format). Better talent beats lesser talent. Entire organizations can be built and succeed around one great talent. In our business, we haven’t seen this display of talent since Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern wrote the book on shock jocks. It’s probably wishful thinking, but maybe Trump is reminding radio owners that an investment in great talent will always pay them back. Because of his unpredictability and button-popping bravado, the cameras can’t stop filming and the people can’t stop watching. This guy is showing what happens when talent trumps everything else.
NETWORKS: Billy Madison Now Heard In Corpus Christi; Envision Follows Record Month With 20 More Affiliates
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2015 –– Starting this week, the syndicated Billy Madison Show will be heard in morning drive on recently flipped KKBA-FM (Rock 92-7) in Corpus Christi, TX. The Billy Madison Show is syndicated mornings Monday through Friday on Rock stations by Nineball Radio Networks. For more information about the show reach out to Stefan Jones at 651-793-8400 or email@example.com
As a follow up to Envision Networks record of 42 new radio station affiliations last month, the radio network announced 20 new affiliates for the month of August including KKMG-FM/Colorado Springs, CO (Imaging Chop Shop) KRLA-AM/Los Angeles; KNTH-AM/Houston, TX; KLFE-AM/Seattle, WA; KCBQ-AM/San Diego, CA; KTKZ-AM/Sacramento, CA; WGTK-FM/Greenville, SC and WLSS-AM/Sarasota, FL (The John & Leah Show) among others. For more information visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
[LISTEN] Things Get Heated As Tom Brady's Dad Rings Up KGO's Chip Franklin Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2015 –– During last Friday's Chip Franklin Show on KGO 810 in San Francisco, things got heated as New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady's father rang up the show to talk Deflategate.
Brady Sr., who lives in the Bay Area and was listening to the show, said, among other things, that Franklin was 'full of crap' for saying his son instructed ballboys to put pins in the balls. He later added that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was "A Flaming Liar. Brady's father claimed the scandal started with ESPN and NFL “propaganda” and added the NFL commissioner was a 'habitual liar.' LISTEN HERE
Today's Rhythm & Best Of Old School Comes To Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2015 –– CBS RADIO's KXNT-FM announced they have launched The All New Q100.5 playing Today’s Rhythm and All The Best Old School. The new station kicked off last Friday morning with Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” Previously, 100.5 broadcast a simulcast of Las Vegas’ News and Talk leader, 840am KXNT. The AM station will continue to broadcast a mix of live local news and personalities.
“100.5 is a powerhouse signal, and we’re excited to feature its own unique sound and music brand. Plus 840 is the premiere frequency on the Las Vegas AM band and is the ideal home as we continue our enduring commitment to providing the region with the best in news and opinion,” said Tony Perlongo, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Las Vegas.
Your Country K107-7 Comes To Delmarva
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2015 –– Adams Radio Group of Delmarva has signed on “Your Country K107-7 FM. Phil LoCascio (R), Market Manager for Adams Radio Group of Delmarva, said , “We’ve quadrupled the power on WKHI-FM, blanketing the entire regionn with signal coverage as good or better than the older country competitor. We’re improving our commitment to play the most country music by kicking off The All New “Your Country K10 7-7 ” with an incredible 50,000 country songs in a row ! ”
A local on-air staff will be hired, to follow America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner. K107 - 7 will also be Delmarva ’ s official home of “ Nash Nights Live ” weekday nights, “ Kickin’ it With Kix Brooks ” overnights, and “Red Cup Country ” Saturday nights. The All New “ Your Country K10 -7 ” is being consulted by Keith Clark of the Vallie/Richards/Donovan Consulting Group.
Springfield Welcomes US 92.7 Along With Familiar Names In Morning Drive
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2015 –– Springfield, IL woke up to an new station this morning, US 92.7, along with a couple of popular morning hosts, Brian Pierce and Kellie Michaels, best known for their "Brian and Kellie" morning show on WNNS-FM. According to WAND TV, after 17 years in the market, they moved in 2007 to KFDI-FM in Wichita, Kansas.
Mark Birch, General Manager at Midwest Family Broadcasting told WAND, "We are pleased to welcome home two of the best morning show hosts in the country to launch our new station." There had been a lot of speculation in recent weeks as Midwest made some big changes to their list of radio stations. In August, rock station WQLZ moved out of the 92.7-FM location on the dial, and is now broadcast on 97.7-FM.
MOTION: Mike Kennedy Comes Off The Air At KBEQ/KC; Continues As PD; Shay Moore Joins Hot 103 Jamz KC As Morning Co-Host
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 32015 –– Longtime Operations Mgr./morning host Mike Kennedy (L) has taken himself off-air at KBEQ 104.3 FM and will continue his programming duties.
Kennedy posted on FaceBook , "After almost 14 years of being a part of the morning drive on Q104 and on the air for nearly 38 years, I have decided to hang up the headphones. I might fill in every now and then, but the 4 am wakeup call needed to come to an end." He'll turn over the reins over to Zeke and Jillian with the addition of TJ.
KPRS-FM/Hot 103 Jamz Kansas City has named veteran air personality Shay Moore (R), as the new morning co–host for the "AM Mayhem Morning Show" with John Blaze. Moore's past stints included WPEG-FM/Power 98 and WBAV-FM V101.9/Charlotte, KRNB-FM/Dallas. KSJM-FM/Wichita and WBLK-FM/Buffalo. "We're excited about Shay Moore joining our team at CBG. She has a great personality on and off the air. Her experience in various markets along with John Blaze's energy and enthusiasm are a great combination for a winning morning show.
Bob Pittman To Keynote At DASH Conference Detroit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 201–5 – Bob Pittman, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at this year's DASH Conference, which will be held on November 4-5 in Detroit, MI. "When we first launched DASH three years ago, our mission was to bring together leaders from broadcasting and automotive at the highest levels," Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs comments. "Bob is truly the most powerful person in radio, and his appearance at DASH underscores the importance of radio across every platform, from AM/FM broadcast radio in the dash to the 'connected car' -- as well as this conference."
The DASH Conference takes place November 4-5 at the Westin Hotel in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Information about registration and the conference agenda can be found at www.dashconference.com.
Doug Harris and Pat Fant Reconnect Onn Third Rock Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTYEMBER 8TH, 2015 –– When a movie stinks, you’ll smell it on Third Rock Radio says the announcement. Third Rock Radio, the digital rock station created for NASA by Houston-based RFC Media, has become the newest outlet for movie reviews by Jr. Mintz, written and voiced by broadcast industry veteran Doug Harris.
Harris, the award-winning promotions director turned marketing consultant, first used the Jr. Mintz moniker in 1983 at legendary AOR KLOL-FM at the suggestion of then GM and fellow Texas Radio Hall of Famer, Patrick Fant (now C.O.O of RFC Media.) Since that time, Jr. Mintz reviews have aired on The Buzz, The Arrow, The New 93Q, The Eagle, and News 92 FM in Houston as well as a multi-year run on the Connecticut Radio Network. Fant, who formed RFC Media with veteran programmer Cruze in 2009, recently suggested the new collaboration, which the men launched with uncharacteristic restraint over Labor Day weekend. “Junior’s going global,” notes Fant, “and Third Rock listeners should fasten their seatbelts.’ Follow Doug @JrMintzMovies. Hear Third Rock Radio at www.ThirdRockRadio.com.
Former 'Bachelorette' Star Ali Fedotowsky Says 'YES!' To 104.3 MY FM's Kevin Manno
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2015 –– 104.3/LA's Valentine in The Morning show member, Kevin Manno, made the most of holiday weekend by getting engaged to Former 'Bachelorette' Star Ali Fedotowsky. According to US Magazine, the reality star-turned-correspondent shared the news on Instagram and on her blog, along with a photo of her Neil Lane diamond engagement ring. B
Ali posted: "So excited to share that Kevin asked me to be his wife and I said YES!!! No actually, I screamed yes. Ha! He proposed yesterday and we had the most beautiful, magical day with our closest friends and can't wait to celebrate with family back home. Love, the future Mrs. Manno," wrote Fedotowsky. She and Kevin have been dating since 2013 and now says she and her fiance are already looking forward to start a family.
"[I have] no idea when we will get married," Fedotowsky told Us Weekly. "We want to start growing our little family soon, so it will either be soon or we'll have a happy, long engagement." Fedotowsky first competed for Jake Pavelka on The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love but left the show so she would not lose her job. She then returned as the star of The Bachelorette season 6, where she got engaged to Roberto Martinez in the finale in 2010. However, the couple ended their engagement the following year.
Manno began his career with Q101 in Chicago before moving to New York City to host The Seven on MTV. As of 2015, Manno joined the syndicated Valentine In The Morning which emanate from 104.3 MyFM LA.
[LISTEN] Host Riles Trump With Foreign Affairs Questions
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2015 –– Real estate magnate and GOP Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has accused Hugh Hewitt of asking him unfair questions about foreign affairs during an interview yesterday on Hewitt's radio show. According to The Hill, Hewitt said he wanted to focus on "commander-in-chief questions" and asked Trump if he was familiar with General Qasem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, as well as other prominent military figures in the Middle East. Trump brought up the “Kurds,” apparently confused by the word “Quds." When Hewitt corrected him, Trump responded, “Well that is a ‘gotcha’ question, though, you know, when you’re asking me whose running this, this, this."
”Hewitt disagreed saying he was not trying to ask “gotcha” questions. “Well it sounds like ‘gotcha,’ you’re asking me names – I think it’s somewhat ridiculous, but that’s OK, go ahead.” As expected, according to politico.com, Trump now calsl Hewitt a third rate announcer - Hewitt is set to co-moderate the second GOP primary debate with "The Lead" host Jake Tapper on CNN Sept. 16. PHOTO/YouTube - LISTEN HERE
SPORTS: Stars Turnout For Launch Of FSR's 'The Herd', Kristine Leahy Joins Cast; Dan Le Batard To Move Into Cowherd's Former ESPN Slot
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2015 –– Colin Cowherd’s new show 'The Herd' on Fox Sports Radio (simulcast on Fox Sports 1) kicks off next Tuesday with a succession of high-profile guests, including Troy Aikman, veteran FOX NFL analyst Howie Long, Rob Lowe and Jimmy Kimmel. THE HERD today also announces the newest member of the cast - Kristine Leahy. The current co-host on NBC's American Ninja Warrior. Leahy resume includes stints at WEEI/Boston, The Boston Celtics, FOX25 in Boston, CBS and Turner Sports. She has also filled in as a host on the CBS Sports
Network show Lead Off. She even made a bit of history, becoming the first woman to ever call a horse race in California.
As Jockline first tipped (8/21), ESPN Radio announced that Le Batard will indeed be moving into Cowherd’s old slot on the sports outlet. The Dan Le Batard Show, currently heard from 4 to 7 pm ET, will move into the 10 am -1 pm slot beginning next Tuesday. Le Batard will be joined by co-host and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, who will remain based in Miami. Le Batard will continue to host of ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” at 4 p.m. weekdays.
REPORT: Longtime Host David Kaplan Leaving WGN-AM For Rival WMVP-AM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2015 –– The Chicago Tribune reports sources saying that longtime host, David Kaplan will be leaving the talk outlet for rival WMVP later this month. Citing changes to his duties following the loss of Cubs games and the demise of The Game, WGN's short foray into FM sports talk radio, they report his new show, "Kap and Co.," will air noon to 2 p.m. beginning Sept. 16 on ESPN 1000.
Kaplan said, "I'm leaving a historic radio station where I spent almost 21 years of my life. I'm getting an opportunity to go to the four greatest letters in sports, E-S-P-N, in my hometown of Chicago. I consider myself the luckiest person in the world."
AD On The Radio Begins Syndication; Capone Returns To Chicago Airwaves
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2015 –– AD on the Radio" heard daily on iHeartRadio's America's Talk, has begun syndication (8/31) on WTKS-FM Real Radio 104.1 Orlando.
A.D. is one of the most listened to rock/alternative personalities in America as afternoon host at KTBZ Houston. He can also be heard weekends on KPRC Houston. "The first time I heard AD I thought he could be something special. He just needed a platform to work on his craft and with the iHeartRadio platform he has grown into a terrific young spoken word host!" said Bill May, Senior Vice President of Programming at Premiere Networks.
Former WLUP-FM/97.9 Chicago host, Patrick Capone (bottom), will be making his return to the Chicago airwaves next week when he joins WFXF-FM/103.9 The Fox as its new afternoon personality. According to crm.com, After six years serving as Operations Manager, Program Director, and on-air host for Classic Rock WFXF-FM/103.9 The Fox and Hot AC WZSR-FM/Star 105.5, Ryan Wild will soon be leaving the suburban Chicago radio stations and heading to a new opportunity in Omaha, NE where he will become Operations Manager for three FM stations owned by NRG Media. Starting next week (exact date still to be determined), Capone will take over WFXF-FM's 3:00pm-7:00pm shift.
[WATCH] Piolin Comes To Aid Of 22 Yr-Old Cuban Ball Player Who Slept Outside Of Dodger Stadium For 21 Days
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2015 –– For the second time in a week, L. A.-based syndicated host Piolin has made national news. Yesterday, he welcomed 22-year-old Cuban baseball player Loah Linares on his show to tell listeners his fascinating personal story about his dreams to become a major league baseball player. Linares, who has played baseball since he was 8, has been sleeping outside of Dodgers Stadium for 21 days, waiting and dreaming about one thing: baseball-- and hoping for a tryout with the L.A. Dodgers. Piolin's show yesterday ended when a listener called in and offered to pay for Linares' flight to Miami to meet with her son's baseball trainer.
Earlier this week (JL 9/2), Piolin made the headlines after flying in the good Samaritans to L.A. who came to the aid of a woman being brutally beaten by her husband in a parking lot in Oklahoma. El Show de Piolin airs weekdays mornings in 45 markets across the U.S. and is syndicated by Alliance Radio Networks. WATCH VIDEO and SEE ARTICLE in USA HERE
SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh Plans Fifth Annual Kickoff Party To Benefit Charity
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2015 –– SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan Pittsburh's fifth annual football kickoff party will take place on Sept. 10. with funds being raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Society will also raise funds through live and silent auctions featuring sports memorabilia, experiences and other items. This year The Fan Morning Show Colin Dunlap, Josh Miller, and Jim Colony will host the Kickoff Party.
"We’re honored to once again support and raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with some incredible auction items and raffles," said Miller. NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Morning co-host Larry Richert will host the live auction. St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 in the Strip District.
REPORT: Bob Sirott And Marianne Murciano To End Show On WGN Chicago
'Right Now We Need To Invest In One Less Show' Says VP/Content And Programming
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2015 –– Citing a need to invest in one less show, WGN announced that The husband-and-wife team of Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano will come to an end this Friday. According to chicaotribune.com, the slot will be filled by expanding existing airshifts such as Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder who will start pulling double shifts. "Right now we need to invest in one less show," said Todd Manley, vice president of content and programming at Tribune Media's WGN Radio. "It's just a matter of resources."
In a memo to staffers Wednesday, Manley lauded the show's accomplishments as he discounted the ratings as a reason for its cancellation. "They've brought us unique Chicago stories, a tenacious pursuit of breaking news events and many smiles during this chapter of their illustrious careers," Manley said. "I know they have a host of special projects in the works and you'll want to stay tuned for their next adventure. Sirott has had an extensive career in Chicago in both radio and TV including part of the iconic WLS-AM 890.
Beginning next Tuesday, the station's new lineup will feature 5-10 am -The Steve Cochran Show, 10 am-noon - Bill Leff & Wendy Snyder, Noon-1 pm - The Wintrust Business Lunch with Steve Bertrand, 1-3 pm - Bill Leff & Wendy Snyder, 3-7 pm - The Roe Conn Show 7-11 pm - The Download with Justin Kaufmann, 11 pm.-2 am - Patti Vasquez - 2-5 am Nick Digilio.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Peter Schwartz Returns to CBS San Diego; Cox Media Group Names Michelle Harper VP/Sales Atlanta
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2015 –– Peter Schwartz was named Senior Vice President, Market Manager and Director of Sales, CBS RADIO San Diego, it was announced yesterday by Scott Herman, COO, CBS RADIO. Schwartz previously worked for CBS RADIO San Diego as General Sales Manager and then later Market Manager, spending 10+ years with the cluster. In this role, Schwartz will manage all operations and sales for KEGY-FM (Top 40) and KYXY-FM (Adult Contemporary).
Schwartz returns to CBS RADIO from Pandora where he was Regional Sales Manager and Senior Account Executive for select automotive sales accounts. Prior to Pandora, Schwartz was Regional Manager for MOGL, a start-up in the rewards loyalty space in San Francisco. Schwartz began his radio career in sales in Las Vegas at KMZQ, now known as KXNT-FM which is part of the CBS RADIO cluster of stations.
Cox Media Group (CMG) has named media veteran Michelle Harper (R) as its new VP of Sales, effective Sept. 21. She succeeds Paul Curran, who was named VP and General Manager for Orlando’s WFTV earlier this summer. vHarper joined CMG as the GSM for WAXN - TV in Charlotte on March 21, 2011. She began her media career at WTVD-TV in news, at the ABC owned and operated affiliate in the Raleigh - Durham market in 1985. “It is such an exciting time in our industry as collaboration becomes more vital to driving results for our customers ,” said Harper . “ I feel so fortunate to be with a company and in a role that will allow me to continue to help develop strategies a nd provide innovative solutions.”
PIERRE BOUVARD: Radio Is America's #1 Mobile Achiever
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2015 –– (In yesterday's posting of this story, an editing error rendered an inaccurate statement which has been revised below in italics. Our apologies for the oversight) In Pierre Bouvard's latest blog: '10 Slides Every Advertiser Should See,' he continues his review of of Edison Research “Share Of Ear” Q2 2015, Nielsen Total Audience Report, pointing out in Q1 2015, 64% Advertisers and agencies underestimate the reach and share of listening to AM/FM radio. Perceptually, advertisers see a 64% AM/FM weekly reach, but in reality its 93%, making radio America’s #1 mobile mass reach medium.
Bouvard says another misconception is that people spend almost equal time with AM/FM and streaming. AM/FM’s share is 9x larger than Pandora and 17x larger than Spotify. "As a marketer, I've always found radio to be a medium that effectively and efficiently delivers reach over an extended period of time, but radio needs to be more aggressively marketing their story as the leading mass reach media.“ SEE COMPLETE BLOG HERE
Salem And CNN Partner For 2nd GOP Presidential Debate
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 20125 –– Salem Media Group announced its Network’s package for radio coverage of the next presidential debate in its partnership with CNN. The debate, September 16th, 2015 will feature the candidates for the GOP nomination, and is proving to be the most talked about political event so far in this election season. Salem Radio Network will provide exclusive radio coverage while CNN will provide exclusive TV coverage. All 31 of Salem Media Group's News Talk stations will carry the debate, as well as pre and post-debate coverage hosted by SRN's Hugh Hewitt (inset) and Guy Benson of Townhall.com. SRN is making the debate available in non-Salem markets. The debate will be moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash and Hewitt as panelists. SRN coverage will begin at 5pm ET, with the pre-debate special and end at Midnight ET with its post-debate special.
Stations interested in coverage of the debate including the pre and post coverage should contact Tom Tradup at Salem Radio Networks, at (972) 707-6885. Follow us on Twitter @SalemMediaGrp. ABOUT SALEM MEDIA GROUP
IMAGING: ReelWorld Re-Imagines Hot AC Jingles For Fresh 102.7 NYC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2015 –– After the debut of new, short-form jingle packages for CHR (B96/Chicago) and Country (94.9 The Bull/Atlanta), ReelWorld now redefines Hot AC jingles with a custom-built package for Fresh 102.7 in New York.
Erik Huber, Creative Director at ReelWorld, worked closely with the team at Fresh to create a package which reflects both the flavor of Hot AC and the unique sound of the station: “Our focus right now is on creating the next generation of ID jingle packages. Jingles that are as raw, real and authentic as the songs on your playlist." Jim Ryan, PD at Fresh 102.7 and SVP/Programming at CBS Radio added, ““I’m a ReelWorld guy. Always have been, always will be. Our new jingles sound exactly like the songs we play on Fresh 102.7 without being sound-a-like.”
The Fresh 102.7 package is available now and the demo can be heard in it’s entirety HERE
[WATCH] St. Louis Host Draws Cameo Role In Poker Film
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2015 –– KTRS St. Louis host and poker buff, Paul Harris (L), has earned a cameo role in the star studded "Mississippi Grind" which opens Oct. 2, and stars Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn. They play travelling gamblers on a road trip. Harris told stltoday.com, he met with the pair in 2011, when he was doing a poker show on radio with Dennis Phillips. "I told them a bunch of stories about playing poker, and playing in house games, and they said a couple of those ideas would probably be in the movie.
Filming began in early 2014 in New Orleans where Harris ended up being cast as a featured extra who goes head-to-head with Mendelsohn. "I don't have a line," Harris said, "because if you say a line, they have to pay you more." WATCH TRAILER HERE
WCSX-FM To Hold Charity Auction For State Trooper's Family
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2015 –– Greater Media Detroit's 94.7 WCSX-FM is hosting an online charity auction now until September 4th to benefit the family of Michigan State Trooper Chad Wolf, who tragically died while on duty. Listeners can visit WCSX.com to bid on exclusive items, including a guitar personalized by Detroit rock legend Bob Seger. Additional items up for auction are guitars autographed by Eddie Money, Credence Clearwater and Burton Cummings of the Guess Who, signed Detroit Pistons merchandise from Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Jennings and more. All proceeds raised by the auction will be donated to the Wolf family's GoFundMe account to assist them during this difficult time.
Trooper Chad Wolf was patrolling on his state police motorcycle in northern Oakland County the morning of Friday, August 28 when he was struck by another vehicle. He leaves behind a wife and four children. "We are always grateful for the men and women of law enforcement who protect us every day," said WCSX Program Director Jerry Tarrants.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Chris Moyles Takes Aim At BBC 1's Nick Grimshaw
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2015 –– London’s Xfm will soon be rebranded and expand nationally with a host of big names including Chris Moyles who will go head-to-head with his BBC Radio 1 replacement Nick Grimshaw with a new breakfast show. The station is on FM in London, Manchester and in Scotland. Global Radio, the parent company of Xfm, has registered radiox.co.uk and x.co.uk. Earlier this month the name and brand Radio X were registered with the Intellectual Property Office.
Kyle Sandilands Claims Ruby Rose Wanted To Bed His Girlfriend Imogen - Kyle Sandilands on Sydney’s KIIS 106.5 radio show said that actress Ruby Rose once wanted to bed his girlfriend Imogen Anthony. He told co-host Jackie 'O' Henderson and guest Kelly Osbourne he had a 'run in' with the Orange Is The New Black star when she eyed up his 24-year-old other half. Kyle met the model-turned-actress at a swim show which featured a bikini-clad Imogen during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014.
Did radio host urge listeners to "beat up" striking workers? Ofcom (our FCC) is looking into the claims made by Steve Allen on national talk show LBC. PA. Allen apparently told his early morning audience they should “beat up”tube workers taking industrial action. The investigation was sparked after a listener complained the comment was “likely to encourage violent and criminal behaviour”.
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Lauren Crocker Joins Cast Of Detroit's Blaine Fowler Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2015 –– Cumulus Detroit announces that on-air host Lauren Crocker has been promoted to cast member on 96.3 WDVD’s The Blaine Fowler Morning Show. Crocker debuts on the popular Detroit weekday morning show today September 2 from 5:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. et.
Crocker shifts from midday host for WDRQ/NASH FM 93.1 in Detroit. Past stops include producer of Cubby Bryant’s show on WKTU-FM, on-air at B98.5 in New Jersey, AM drive at WFAS/Hudson Valley, and Music Director/PM Drive host at Fun 107 in New Jersey before coming to WDRQ in 2014 to host the midday show in 2014.
Crocker said: “Somebody pinch me! Morning drive in a major market has been a dream and goal of mine since the start of my radio career. I am thrilled to join The Blaine Fowler Morning Show and become part of the WDVD family! I cannot thank Robby Bridges, Jan Jeffries, Mike McVay and John Dickey enough for having faith in me and offering me an amazing opportunity here in Detroit over a year ago at NASH FM-- a move that changed the course of my career!"
PROPS: Sid Hartman Celebrates 60 Years With WCCO Minneapolis
At 95, He Is One Of CBS’s Oldest Employees
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2015 –– Sid Hartman was already a well-known newspaper columnist when he joined the staff of WCCO Radio in 1955. Since then, he has become one of the station’s most popular personalities. Yesterday (September 1), he celebrated an unprecedented 60 years with the CBS RADIO station. At the age of 95, Hartman is one of CBS’s oldest employees.
In 2011, Hartman was honored by both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers before a game for his contributions to both organizations, when he served as the acting general manager of Minneapolis Lakers. In addition, the Minnesota Twins honored him with “Sid Hartman Day” at Target Field in 2014, and as a part of the MLB All-Star game festivities that year, a youth baseball field in Hartman’s boyhood N. Minneapolis neighborhood was named “Sid Hartman Field.” With this milestone, Hartman continues to bring his listeners and readers the scoops and insights that only he can.
[WATCH] El Show de Piolin Host Flies Good Samaritans To L.A.
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2015 –– On nationally syndicated morning show El Show de Piolin yesterday, Radio Hall of Famer and popular Hispanic Radio personality Piolin shined the light on two men passing through Oklahoma City on their way to El Paso, who intervened in the brutal beating of a woman by her husband in a parking lot. Though the husband yelled at the men to stay out of it and tried to flee the scene-- and later tried to run the men down in his truck-- the men responded by punching the husband and breaking the truck window. The husband fled again and was later apprehended by police. The altercation, which was caught on a cell phone video, is shown by clicking on above graphic - WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
After hearing the story, Piolin found the two Samaritans who intervened in the brutal violence and interviewed them on El Show de Piolin, then flew them to L.A. last night and they appeared on El Show de Piolin this morning at 7:00 a.m. Among the comments on Piolin's show yesterday, Samaritan Juan De Dios explained that he heard a plea for help from a woman and "I helped the lady to get off the truck." He also commented, "When the man in the truck drove toward us, I thought we were going to get run over." And after the husband drove off, "The lady told us 'thank you' and we gave her a hug so she could feel calm." WATCH HERE OR CLICK N ABOVE GRAPHIC - WARNING CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT
Alpha Media Adds Thirty-Six Stations With Purchase Of Morris
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2015 –– Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced today they have closed the purchase of radio stations from Morris Communications . The Morris purchase includes thirty-six radio stations located within the following markets; Topeka, KS; Salina, KS; Amarillo, TX; Palm Springs, CA; Anchorage, AK; Wasilla, AK; Grays Harbor - Hoquiam, WA and Wenatchee - Columbia River, WA.
Chairman of Alpha Media, Larry Wilson said I have enjoyed getting to know Mr. Morris and am thrilled to be adding stations that have been in the hands of such a successful and influential team." Upon the successful completion of all pending transactions, Alpha Media, headquartered in Portland, Oregon will own 252 radio stations within 54 markets across the United States covering all formats including Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Spanish, Urban, News Talk, Sports, Rock, Country and more.
Futuri Named To Inc. 5000 FastestGrowing Private Companies List For 2nd Consecutive Year
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2015 –– For the second year in a row, Futuri Media was recognized with the distinction of being named to the Inc. 500|5000 lists as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America and the only media technology company on the prestigious Inc. list.
Now, over 525 stations, networks and broadcast groups use Futuri’s technology across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The company’s revenue growth of 185% placed Futuri among the upper tier on the list, ranking No. 59 nationally and No. 23 in percentage-growth in Ohio in revenue among firms its size. Among the 336 software firms on the list, Futuri ranked No. 1 in Cleveland in revenue growth and No. 14 in the metro overall.
“The three key drivers in Futuri’s growth this year have been our TopicPulse social media intel system, mobile apps for TV and radio broadcasters, and our LDR (Listener Driven Radio) interactive programming systems,” said Daniel Anstandig (shown), CEO, Futuri Media.
IMAGING: Benztown To Release 2nd Annual Ranking Of Top 50 VO Artist
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2015 –– Benztown announces that it will release the second annual Benztown 50, the radio industry’s exclusive ranking of the top 50 voice-over artists in the U.S. and Canada. The Benztown 50 ranking will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market. Benztown has partnered with P1 Research to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction. The list is currently in development and will be released to the industry this fall. Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 at www.benztown.com/50.
Bobby Bones To Host B92.5 Sacramento's 'Girls With Guitars' Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2015 –– B92.5 announced Girls With Guitars are coming on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Ace of Spades Nightclub. a showcase of four outstanding female voices in Country Music on one stage and hosted by Premiere syndicated Bobby Bones from iHeartMedia’s “The Bobby Bones Show.”
Girls With Guitars will feature live performances by Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope, Raelynn and Mickey Guyton. A portion of proceeds from the concert will benefit the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation. Bones is flying into Sacramento to host the evening event.
Model/Former Playmate Jessa Hinton Launches New Show 'Anything Goes' On PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2015 –– Model, television personality and former playmate Jessa Hinton hosts a new podcast, Anything Goes, on PodcastOne. The podcast combines Hinton’s point of view as a down-to-earth girl with the ability to tap into a guy’s perspective, as she welcomes guests for candid conversations about some of life’s biggest questions, including (s)ex, relationships, video games, and more.
In 2010, Hinton became the face of the Palms Hotel & Casinos and has since appeared on billboards, magazines, posters, and multiple forms of electronic media. Recently, she expanded to TV personality roles, interviewing celebrities and more. Jessa continues to model and is undertaking designing endeavors. PHOTO/ Facebook - For more information, please visit www.PodcastOne.com.
Man Pleads Guilty To Stalking 89.3 Current Minnesota Host
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2015 –– A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Monday to stalking 89.3 The Current/Minnesota host Mary Lucia (L). According to startribune.com, Patrick H. Kelly (below), pleaded guilty in court to both felony stalking and terroristic threats charges. He’ll be sentenced Oct. 13.
Kelly said in court, “I want to take full responsibility,” report County prosecutors. He admitted visiting Lucia’s Minneapolis home to leave notes, flowers, candles and a bottle of wine, in spite of a court order telling him to stay away. Lucia said the incidents began early last year after Kelly emailed her work address to tell her his dog had died. Lucia, a self-professed animal lover, responded sympathetically. “The floodgates opened after that,” she said.
At one point, Lucia watched through a window as Kelly rang her doorbell for five minutes holding a bouquet of flowers, according to court documents. A warrant for Kelly’s arrest was issued two days later. Kelly will be held without bail until sentencing. Lucia is currently taking a leave of absence.
National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees
Steering Committee Votes To Induct Dan Mason & Scott Muni Individuals For Their Contribution To The Industry
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 1ST, 2015 –– Voting results from the industry participant panel and nationwide listeners are in. The 2015 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees are: Ronn Owens, KGO Radio News Talk 810 San Francisco Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years Big Boy (Kurt Alexander) (R), Real 92.3 KRRL-FM Los Angeles; previously Power 106 FM KPWR Los Angeles Active Local/Regional, 10+ years Dave Ramsey, The Dave Ramsey Show Network/Syndication, 10+ years Bob Kevoian & Tom Griswold, The Bob & Tom Show Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years Elvis Duran (R), Z100 WHTZ-FM New York, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show Music Format On-Air Personality Clark Howard, Atlanta’s News 95-5 and AM 750 WSB-AM, The Clark Howard Show; produced by Cox Media Group Spoken Word On-Air Personality.
Additionally, the National Radio Hall of Fame steering committee voted to induct the following two individuals for their contribution to the industry: Dan Mason, longtime CBS Radio President/CEO Scott Muni, the late legendary air personality of WABC-AM and WNEW-FM.
The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, November 5 at 6pm at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago. Tickets go on sale September 21 and can be purchased at www.radiohof.org.
WELJ-FM New London Rebrands As 104.7 NASH Icon
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2015 –– Westwood One announces the launch of 104.7 NASH Icon (WELJ-FM) in New London, CT. Jessica Vargas (shown), Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus New London said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the NASH Icon brand to the New London market. I'd like to thank Cumulus Media's John Dickey, Mike McVay and Gary Pizzati, as well as Eddie Esserman and Joule Broadcasting for the tremendous partnership that has allowed this exciting station to come to our market."
NASH and NASH Icon are based at the NASH Campus in Nashville, the nation's only multi-media facility devoted solely to producing and distributing content based on the Country music lifestyle. Featuring three studios designed for a combination of TV and radio programming, indoor and outdoor event space, a print newsroom and extensive office space Cumulus created the NASH entertainment brand based on the Country music lifestyle in 2013 starting with flagship radio station NASH FM 94.7 in New York City. For more information and to get NASH Icon content in your market, contact Donny Walker at: firstname.lastname@example.org and or at 615.727.6987.
MOTION: Glenn Ordway Returns to WEEI Boston For Middays; Jordan Kent To Host "Quack Attack" For 750 The Game;
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2015 –– After hosting his own Internet-based sports show, Glenn Ordway has returned to WEEI/Boston. He'll return to his former home of nearly two decades along with former Boston Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni and ex-New England Patriot Christian Fauria weekdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Ordway had formerly hosted the "Big Show With The Big O" on WEEI and was also the radio voice for the Boston Celtics. He also handled radio for the Boston Bruins, NBA Radio and ESPN Radio among others. "Who says you can never go back home," said Ordway. "I'm elated to return to WEEI and look forward to reconnecting with the most passionate fans in the greatest sports city in America."
750 The Game (KXTG-AM/FM) announced that Jordan Kent will host the Oregon Ducks “ Quack Attack ” pre - game show approximately six hours before kick-off each game day. Kent is a former three sport athlete from the University of Oregon where he would go on to be drafted in 2007 by the Seattle Seahawks and later move to the LA Rams.
ABC's Muir Scoops One Hour Interview With Pope Francis
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2015 –– On Monday, August 31, Pope Francis held the first-ever televised virtual audience with Americans, a historic event moderated by "World News Tonight" Anchor David Muir from the Vatican. In the first-of-its-kind global gathering, "Pope Francis and the People," a one-hour primetime special edition of "20/20," airs on the ABC Television Network on Friday, September 4 at 10 p.m., ET.
During the interactive virtual audience, the Pope spoke with students at the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, individuals from homeless shelters near Skid Row in Los Angeles, and immigrants at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen. ABC News' broadcast will air 18 days before Pope Francis' first visit to the U.S. ABC News "World News Tonight" Weekend Anchors Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas and Fusion Anchor Mariana Atencio will report on the ground in each city. All ABC News programs will report on the special event this week. ABC News Digital will air the original taping with the Pope in English and Spanish after the special airs on Friday, September 4.
NETWORKS: The Donnie McClurkin Show Shoots To #1 In New York & Philly; Envision Debuts The Stories That Made The Music Hosted By Nick Michaels
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2015 –– How often does a faith-based, inspirational radio show knock out the competition? Never, UNTIL NOW. The Donnie McClurkin Show, hosted by award-winning singer, minister, and producer Donnie McClurkin, outperformed all other formats in two of the nation’s top markets—New York City and Philadelphia. According to the July 2015 Nielsen PPM ratings for adults 25-54, The Donnie McClurkin Show scored a 12.5 share on New York City’s Emmis-owned WBLS-FM 5a-6am, beating out the popular all-news station WINS by more than a full share point. The New York City steamroll continued in August, with The Donnie McClurkin Show grabbing an 11.6 share. For both months, these double-digit shares were the highest on that station in any hour from 5am -12 midnight Monday-Friday.
Envision Networks has announced the debut of The Stories That Made The Music created and hosted by Nick Michaels. This one-minute vignette invites listeners into the stories behind their favorite country stars and the music they create.
“I am delighted to be working with Envision Networks® to bring this powerful and compelling feature to country music radio. When it comes to engaging an audience, there is nothing better than telling a good story, especially one that helps the audience get closer to the music and artists they love. The entire team at Envision has been very supportive of the creative process that a feature like this requires,” Nick Michaels said. The Stories That Made The Music connects listeners to the music they love.
Stations interested in adding the feature to their programming should contact Amber Wade at email@example.com or 216-831-3761. About Nick Michaels:
Steven Tyler To Be Featured In Radio Show's 'Mimosas' Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2015 –– The 2015 Radio Show will feature Steven Tyler, the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the best-selling American rock band Aerosmith, in a one-on-one interview with Premiere Networks country music radio hosts Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase. It will take place during the previously announced “Music and Mimosas” send-off event on Friday, October 2 at 9:00 a.m.
Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, and he has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and an Emmy Award. In addition to having nine number one hits, Aerosmith has received 25 gold, 18 platinum and 12 multi-platinum album certifications. Tyler recently released his debut Country single “Love Is Your Name,” which garnered nearly 5 million video views in its first week.
Crook and Chase were inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in February 2013.
[WATCH] 10-Yr. Old Cancer Patient Finds Out She's Meeting Taylor Swift While On The Air With 107.5's Jared & Katie
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2015 –– Olivia (shown above) is a special 10 year old girl from the Greensboro, NC area who's battling cancer. Last week while a guest on Jared & Katie in the Morning Show on 1075 KZL she found out she's going to meet her favorite singer Taylor Swift, who, as Jason Goodman tells her, 'Really wants to meet her.' She and her family will meet Swift at her upcoming concert.
Props to J&K for working this out and, as always, thanks to Swift for proving yet again why she's one of the world's most beloved and successful stars. Follow Olivia's Facebook page, prayersforoliviadunn, and, if you can, donate to her GoFundMe account.
Taylor Swift Wins Big At 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2015 –– Outside of Kanye West's usual rant and announcing his run for the presidency in 2020, mega pop star Taylor Swift, as usual, stole the show as she walked away with a handful of the night's top awards at MTV Annual 2015 VMA's. The first, for Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, "Bank Space" and her top honor for Video of the Year: Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood". Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé led all nominees going into the evening, but other winners included Best Male Video: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk" Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" - see complete list of winners down below in today's Popline.
Scooter Braun Joins NASH Next Country Talent Competition As Judge
Credited With Discovering Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Cody Simpson And Others
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2015 –– Cumulus announced that Scooter Braun, one of entertainment's most influential music executives, Scooter Braun, will serve as a guest judge during the NASH Next Challenge, which will discover and release music from the most promising Country musicians.
Braun, the founder of the diversified entertainment and media company SB Projects, has broken more new music acts than any other music executive in the past decade. Braun has discovered some of today’s biggest stars, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Cody Simpson, each of whom he continues to manage. The three full-time NASH judges are legendary music producer James Stroud, award-winning Country music artist and radio personality Kix Brooks and Cumulus Executive Vice President of Content and Programming John Dickey. “We are thrilled to welcome Scooter as a guest judge for this exciting phase of the competition,” said Dickey, Cumulus Executive Vice President of Content and Programming. “Scooter’s creative expertise, which spans music, film, technology, culture and social good, brings a unique perspective to our panel of NASH Next judges.”
Broadcasters Launch Fund To Support Journalists Slain In Roanoke
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2015 –– Broadcast trade organizations joined forces to launch the “Alison & Adam Memorial Fund” to support families of the victims of the Roanoke TV shooting. The National Association of Broadcasters, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that they will contribute to and accept donations from broadcasters on behalf of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Commitments of $40,000 have already been offered by broadcaster interests, according to NAB.
Parker and Ward were tragically killed by a former employee in a Wednesday shooting on WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, a CBS affiliate owned by Schurz Communications. A portion of the contributions will be distributed to family members of Parker and Ward by the NAB. An additional contribution will go to Vicki Gardner, Executive Director, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Any remaining funds will be directed to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based organization dedicated to press freedom and protecting the rights of reporters to work without fear of reprisal.
The Virginia Tech football team also announced it will wear special decals on its helmets honoring WDBJ7's Alison Parker and Adam Ward during its game against Ohio State on Labor Day.
Contributions to the Alison & Adam Memorial Fund can be made by sending checks made out to: NAB Alison and Adam Memorial Fund C/O NAB 1771 N Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20036
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brad Hardin, Jon Zellner & Maynard On The Rise At iHeart Media
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2015 –– iHeartMedia has named Brad Hardin as its Executive Vice President and General Manager, Jon Zellner (L) as its Executive Vice President of Programming Operations and Maynard (R) as its Executive Vice President of Programming Strategy.
In their new positions, Hardin, Zellner and Maynard will work closely with Poleman to oversee all aspects of National Programming Platforms which includes collaborating with local programmers at iHeartMedia's more than 850 stations to develop content to drive ratings. 15-year iHM vet Hardin will focus on the support for the local stations' programming efforts, overseeing iHeartMedia's regional Senior and Executive Vice Presidents of Programming and leveraging groups like the company's Brand Management in-house format team.
Zellner will manage the division's operations, ensuring that iHeartMedia's 858 local radio stations in over 150 markets are able to best utilize the company's national resources. He is a 25-year media veteran who joined iHeartMedia in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Programming and most recently served as Executive Vice President of Programming
Maynard has been elevated to Executive Vice President of Programming Strategy. In this role, Maynard will work with iHeartMedia's programmers to regularly review and fine-tune stations' on air products and oversee the company's team of on air creative directors led by Vice President of Imaging - Kelly Doherty.
96.5 AMP Philadelphia Adds Mike Adam & Jill "Jilly" Osterman To Lineup
'Exciting News On Morning Drive Lineup Coming Soon' Promises PD Bobby Smith
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2015 –– After going jockless for five month, 96.5 Amp Radio Philadelphia has announced the addition of Mike Adam and Jill "Jilly" Osterman to its lineup. According to bizjournal.com, Adam will take over afternoon drive from 3-7pm. He was previously a host at 92.3 Amp Radio in New York, and worked as the nighttime host on WIOQ in Philadelphia will host middays 10am-3pm. She was most recently the afternoon drive host at CBS sister station HOT 95-7 (KKHH-FM) in Houston. A
In other moves, The station’s music director, Bennett, will take nights 6 to 10 p.m. Bex, will serve as a morning drive host but PD Bobby Smith said the station anticipates “sharing some exciting news on our morning drive lineup sometime soon.”
MOTION: Kayla Joins Chet Buchanan's Morning Zoo Las Vegas; Mark 'Shark' Ediss Takes Afternoons At Y100 Savannah
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2015 –– CBS Radio's 98.5 KLUC has announced that Kayla Walker will join Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo as its newest member starting Tuesday September 8, 2015. Kayla comes to KLUC from WHPT in Tampa, FL where she was most recently the Associate Producer for Drew Garabo Live.
Following a nationwide search, Kayla, spent a few days on-air with Chet, Spence and Davey “The Showkiller”, which cemented her position as the newest member of the show. "I can't believe I am getting this opportunity,” says Kayla. “To work alongside such amazing people like Chet, Spence, Davey and the entire KLUC team, this is a dream come true. I can't wait to hit the ground running."
Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo spearhead one of the largest single location toy drives in the country , 98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive, which kicks off for the 17th year in row on December 3rd.
Mark “SHARK” Ediss (L) has been named Afternoon Drive Host of CHR WXYY Savannah. He's been heard on WRWD/Philadelphia, WMYX/ Milwaukee and WSTW/ Wilmington , DE. “Shark” will be heard weekdays from 2pm - 7pm on All t he Hits. Ediss said, "I’m excited to join this dynamic group in Savannah! Thank you so much Alpha Media's Rob Walker , VP/MM Gigi South, and VP/PROG. Phil Becker for allowing me this awesome opportunity!
88Nine Radio Milwaukee Promotes Ken Sumka And Justin Barney; Dave Russell Named PD/PMD Host At WARM/York PA
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2015 –– 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM) has promoted radio veteran Ken Sumka (shown below) to assistant program director and Justin Barney (R) to music director at the Milwaukee non-comm station.
Sumka replaces Jordan Lee, who recently was named station PD. In addition to APD duties, he will continue his shift as weekday afternoon drive-time host. The station also announced two other promotions: • DJ Marcus Doucette has become the station’s Imaging Manager and DJ Dori Zori has been named to the new position of Community Outreach Manager
Cumulus Media announces that 21-year radio programming vet Dave Russell (L)has been named Program Director and Afternoon Personality of WARM 103.3 FM in York-Lancaster, PA. Russell will take the PD and on-air reins at WARM on September 8, 2015. This marks a homecoming for Russell, who programmed the station from 2007 through 2009. Russell returns to WARM from his most recent role as Program Director and Promotions Director for WOGG and WPKL in suburban Pittsburgh. Previously, Russell programmed and was on-air talent for WSBA and programmed both WCTO and WLEV in Allentown, PA.
Lana Zak Becomes Multi-Platform Reporter For ABC News
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2015 –– DC Bureau Chief and Executive Producer of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Jonathan Greenberger announced that Lana Zak has become a Multi-Platform Reporter for ABC News. DC Team –
Lana began her career with ABC News as an anchor producer for Diane Sawyer at "Good Morning America.” Most recently, she has served as a coordinating producer for ABC’s Specialized Units. Lana has been integral to ABC’s coverage of many of the most important stories of the last several years, including the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Jaycee Dugard, the cholera crisis in Haiti, and the shooting and subsequent recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. As a correspondent, Lana has reported from Korea, Hong Kong, South Africa and throughout the United States. Recently she reported live for NewsOne and its affiliates on the Philadelphia train derailment, American Pharaoh’s Triple Crown win, and the Ebola outbreak.
Longtime San Diego Host Sue Delany (Leighton) Passes Away
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2015 –– Sue Delany-Leighton, longtime host on KGB-FM San Diego, has passed away. According to nbcsandiego.com, one of San Diego's most recognizable voices in the 80's & 90's, also co-hosted a morning show with Jeff Prescott. Delany worked as an intern with KCST-TV which would later become NBC 7. She went on to work as a traffic reporter for radio stations. Her husband, Doug Leighton, updated friends on Delany’s passing through a Facebook post. The woman he called “my love, my world for 12 years” had been living with a number of health issues, he said. “Finally her body could not sustain any longer." PHOTO/KGB
Cumulus Brings Underground Alternative To NOLA
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces yesterday that it has turned New Orleans’ newest radio station, 106.1 the underground alternative (WMTI-FM), today. The all-new 106.1 the underground alternative will feature 106 minutes of New Rock for New Orleans every day, and signs on with wall-to-wall music beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
Troy Hanson, Corporate Programming/Rock Formats for Cumulus said: “We are incredibly excited to debut New Orleans’ 106.1 the underground alternative. With key artists like Walk The Moon, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Muse, Mumford & Sons and more.
Much thanks go out to Jim Kurdziel, Dan Stone and Ray Mariner as we bring 106.1 the underground alternative to NOLA.” Jeff Brown, Senior Vice President for Cumulus said: “Underground 106.1 fills a significant format gap in New Orleans.
REPORT: Key Apple Executive Behind Beats 1 Radio Resigns
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2015 –– Ian Rogers, the executive credited for crafting Beats 1 radio has resigned just two months after the service launched worldwide.
According to The Financial Times. Ian Rogers was formerly the CEO of Beats Music and joined Apple along with fellow Beats executives Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine when the iPhone-maker bought the company in May last year. The Times says that Rogers' decision to leave Apple is unexpected, with the long-time music executive said to be moving to work in an unrelated industry for a company based in Europe. He was also credited with Beats 1 hiring DJ Zane Lowe to front the station and shaping its varied shows and playlists.
According to theverge.com, reports earlier this month showed the service had more than 11 million trial members (compared to 75 million non-paying Spotify users), although a third-party survey later claimed that 48 percent of people who sign up later stop using Apple Music. Apple has denied these figures, claiming their retention rate is 79 percent. Most analysts are waiting until October (when the service's three-month free trial will run out for most people), to properly judge its success.
NETWORKS: Premiere Offers Commercial-Free Hollywood Hamilton & Casey Kasem Classic Top 40 Countdown Shows Over Labor Day Weekend; B96.5 Louisville Adds Rickey Smiley Show To Mornings
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2015 –– Premiere Networks announced it will offer Hollywood Hamilton’s Remix Top 30 Countdown and Casey Kasem’s classic American Top 40 – The ‘70s and American Top 40 – The ‘80s in a commercial-free format for stations to air this Labor Day weekend. In addition, Remix Top 30 will feature singer/songwriter Tove Lo as a special guest, along with giveaways for TomorrowWorld, the popular electronic music festival that returns to Atlanta, Ga., September 25-27, 2015. Interested stations should contact Premiere Networks at 818-377-5300 or visit www.PremiereNetworks.com for more information.
Alpha Media Louisville, KY : WGZB - FM , B96.5 becomes the new home of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Phillip David March, Program D irector for WGZB - FM says “We just picked up the funniest morning show available; it’s a terrific additi on to our talented lineup."
WXRT Chicago's Norm Winer To Become First Broadcaster Honored With Prestigious 'Art' Award
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2015 –– Having crossed the 36-yr mark as Program Director of WXRT/Chicago, Norm Winer (shown center with Bono adn Larry Mullen Jr.) will be honored next month by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events with its Fifth Star Award. He’ll be the first broadcaster to receive the citation, founded in 2014 to honor outstanding Chicago arts and cultural institutions.
He tells blogger Robert Feder “I’m totally overwhelmed by this honor. In doing radio for a living — being a so-called ‘professional broadcaster’ — we can’t verbalize our aspirations of having our jobs viewed as art. And for a person in the media who happens to love their job as much as I do, to have my professional efforts be viewed as contributing to the amazing legacy of the arts of the city, is absolutely, quite literally, humbling.”
Honored along with Winer September 16th will be The Joffrey Ballet, architect Stanley Tigerman, author Sandra Cisneros, musician Ella Jenkins and aspiring graphic artist Abdullah Quick. The event, featuring tribute videos and live performances, is free and open to the public.
[WATCH] Elvis Duran Details Weight-Loss On National TV
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2015 –– In case you haven't noticed, longtime Z100/NY host Elvis Duran lost an incredible 105 pounds. Tonight on "Nightline" (12:35 a.m. ET) he reveals the thing he was deeply insecure about for years was his weight – until now. Last December he set off on a dramatic weight-loss journey that led him to lose 105 pounds in eight months, going from 265 to 160 pounds.
“I feel awesome! I’ve got all this energy,” Duran told “Nightline,” he said in an interview. “It’s still kind of a shock. I don’t even know who I am. I look at old pictures of me … and I don’t feel like I’m that guy anymore but then I look at pictures of me now and I’m not quite sure I’m this guy. So I don’t know, It’s kind of confusing. I’m an alien living in someone else’s body. It’s kind of strange.” SEE FULL STORY HERE
[WATCH] Trump Responds To LA Host's Nickname During Rally
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2015 –– During a campaign speech in South Carolina yesterday, Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, once again had to confirm that he doesn't wear a toupee. “It’s my hair, I swear,” he said responding to a El Mandril, a radio host who criticized his hair. During the stump, he held up a New York Newspaper which mentions El Mandril.
Reportedly, Mandril refers to Trump as “the man of the toupee.” “I don’t wear a toupee. It’s my hair, I swear,” said Trump before asking an audience member up to the stage to confirm his hair is the real deal. After tugging on it, the woman said: “I believe it is.” He also had the woman confirm they had never met before - WATCH HERE
MOTION: Charlie Tuna Exits K-EARTH
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2015 –– LA radio institution Charlie Tuna says he's leaving his weekend slot on CBS's K-EARTH in order to focus on his CharlieTunaSyndication.com company. "In the wake of the continuing massive changes to small, medium market, and even major market stations around the country, we will be focusing on 24/7 formats for stations that have lost the content, top talent, music scheduling and customer service," said Tuna in a release.
Tuna's background includes the iconic 93 KHJ. KROQ AM, KTNQ, KHTZ (later KBZT), KRLA, KODJ and more. Interested stations and talent should call Steve Wall now at 206-661-5551."Interested stations and talent should call Steve Wall now at 206-661-5551."
Tuna's exit comes the same it was announced that Shotgun Tom would be vacated his afternoon slot to new 'Ambassador' post. In his new role, Shotgun will be showcased in on-air features, personal appearances, client partnerships, charitable events and special projects.
Cumulus Announces Soaring Fan Engagement For NASH Next Country Talent Competition
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announces soaring fan engagement for the social media-driven NASH Next Challenge talent competition, which will discover and release music from the most promising Country musicians. The first-of-its-kind competition, which kicked off in June 2015, has seen groundbreaking fan engagement on social media, the NASH Next website and the NASH Next app.
Key fan engagement statistics include: • Over 40,000 registered fans during the first three weeks of enrollment • 142 million total impressions in the past two months on social media – excluding impressions from privacy-protected Facebook, which generates 90% of social media-driven site traffic • 12.6 million people reached by NASH Next on Twitter and Instagram alone • More than 1.2 million NASHNextCountry.com visitors per month • 63% of the NASH Next website traffic driven by social media • Over 68% of total NASH Next traffic has been on mobile devices
The NASH Next nationwide talent search is promoted on more than 200 Country stations powered by the NASH brand – making it the largest online talent search ever undertaken and the only artist development competition to use social media activity to help select winners.
[WATCH] Another Tragedy In Virginia
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Yesterday, for the second time in a decade, Virginia was home to yet another vicious tragedy. This one involved the cold blooded murder of WDBJ TV's Roanoke reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on live TV. Vester Lee Flanagan, the lone gunman who committed the murders, later died from a self-inflicted wound. Adding to the horror, Flanagan, who was said to be a disgruntled ex-employee of the station, had filmed the shooting, then posted on social media. This tragedy followed The Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007 in which Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks. Cho, like Flanagan, took his own life. That attack became the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history.
Jockline reached out to Danny Myers, co-host of the popular Mornin' Thang with fellow hosts Monica Brookes and Zach Jackson. He told us following the Virginia Tech Massacre, this latest tragedy was especially troubling. "We went with the story non-stop all morning...staying on the air until noon, around the time the shooter was apprehended. It's not a big market so we are very close with the folks at WDBJ 7 so it was hard to cover at times. Plus it was an active shooter situation, so we had the additional role of keeping listeners safe as the police pursued the suspect. As of right now, there are no new restrictions on outside appearances. I haven't heard anything about the TV stations and their live coverage. 1
WDBJ produced a video featuring the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward - WATCH HERE
96.5 The Buzz Uses Kickstarter To Counter 'Homophobic' Billboard'
To Finance Billboard That Says “Be Kind”
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Kansas City's 96.5 The Buzz has employed a Kickstarter campaign to counter what's being called a 'homophobic' billboard off I-70. With a set goal of $7,000, they'll use the money to finance a billboard that simply says “Be kind.”
According to KSHB TV, The group behind the billboard in question wrote in a statement on its websites: “We… simply want to communicate what the Bible says. We do not judge anyone for what they choose to do. On the other hand, God has made clear in the Bible what is right and wrong and it is our desire to warn you if you have chosen sin.”
KSHB says It wasn't clear where the billboard(s) funded by the The Buzz’s #LoveLonger campaign would go up once the fundraising campaign ends.
MOTION: Fee & Ryan Join WARM 106.9 Seattle For Mornings ; Cort Johnson To Handle Mornings And APD Duties At 101.9 KINK Portland; KDWN Introduces “Live In Las Vegas with Dave and Chad!”
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Hubbard Radio has named Allen Fee and Ashley Ryan for mornings on WARM 106.9 FM Seattle starting September 14. For most of the last decade, Fee has hosted mornings on WQAL-FM Q104 Cleveland. Ryan began her career as a parttime promotions assistant at Sports KJR-AM then moved into an on-air role as a traffic reporter for iHeartMedia.
Cort Johnson has been named APD/Morning Co-Host on 101.9 KINK. He will join Sheila Hamilton weekday mornings. He's handled past stints at KENZ as well as KBER and KBEE in Salt Lake City. Cort said “I am honored to be working at such a heritage and legendary station in Portland, Oregon. Thank you to Scott Mahalick, Milt McConnell and Bob Proffitt for the opportunity to be part of the Live and Local Alpha Media Team.
Beasley Media Group's News Talk 720 KDWN has announced its new morning show, "Live in Las Vegas" with Dave and Chad. The show has been running less than one month, but co-hosts Dave Carney and Chad Forster already are calling their new 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. morning radio program “Talk radio, the way it’s supposed to be!” In 2005, Chad’s radio career took a new direction, when he became the Assistant Program Director, writer and station personality “Chad the Intern” of Jack FM. In August of 2010 , Jack FM was flipped to KXNT and Chad became the Operations Manager and morning sports anchor. Regarding his “Live in Las Vegas” opportunity, Chad remarked , “I’m so excited and honored to be a part of a morning show on such a heritage station, and looking forward to bringing Las Vegas a funny, and interesting look into the news.”
PIERRE BOUVARD: Is Radio The Engine Of E-Commerce?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Last month was a busy one for e-commerce. First, Amazon broke records with their first-ever Amazon Prime Day sale on July 15, 2015. Amazon's ad campaign created big awareness and sales. Six days later, Jet.com, a new e-commerce entrant, launched with a blast of PR. The New York Times said Jet.com represents "a frontal assault on Amazon.
Pierre Bouvard, CMO, Cumulus Media/Westwood One, says, 'While these two events were very different - Amazon Prime Day was heavily advertised and Jet.com launched just with PR - there was one surprising common aspect: radio listeners. Jet.com: Radio listeners showed up fastest to the game Two weeks after Jet.com's July 21, 2015, launch, market researcher Ipsos surveyed Americans to get an early look at awareness and usage of the new shopping site. Ipsos compared awareness of Jet.com among heavy/medium media users. The findings? Radio listeners were most aware of the new website! Twenty-one percent of radio listeners were aware of Jet.com followed by TV viewers (14%) and Online users (13%). What about Jet.com site visitation? CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT
REPORT: Internet Radio Set To Make A Comeback
“You look at the reach of radio, the number of people listening to the radio, it’s absolutely held its own for a long period of time” Mark Mulligan
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Wired's Brian Barrett writes: "Based purely on the headlines and the hype, the music world would seemingly belong to on-demand streamers. That’s news to TuneIn," he says, bundler of over 100,000 free, live, streaming radio station broadcasts. 'It doesn’t just believe in the power of radio; it’s got a plan to convince you to pay for it.'
He points out that TuneIn, much like radio, been exclusively free. But now for $8 a month, TuneIn Premium gives users access to 600 commercial-free music stations, over 40,000 audiobooks, and more. He calls it a 'direct assault' on the money pouring into streaming
“They’ve managed to end up with quite a niche proposition,” says Mark Mulligan (L), co-founder of MIDiA Consulting. “In some ways that’s good; it can be easier to monetize that than a mass market… But this could absolutely go either way. In the meantime, many of those on-demand services have begun investing in the power of radio. He adds, Despite the recent—and not so recent—proliferation of alternatives, rumors of radio’s decline have been greatly exaggerated. “It’s managed to hold its own,” says Mulligan. “You look at the reach of radio, the number of people listening to the radio, it’s absolutely held its own for a long period of time.” - READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Sam Smith Plays Gig For BBC Radio; Programmer Admits It Was A Mistake Letting Kyle And Jackie O Go
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Sam Smith has announced a special gig for BBC Radio 2 next week. The Grammy Award-winning singer will perform at the BBC Radio Theatre for Jo Whiley's show at 8pm on Thursday, September 3 - and fans also have the chance to apply for tickets. Smith will also be joining Ken Bruce on the day of the concert from 11.05am to perform two exclusive tracks. The gig itself will also be available to watch live online as well as catch-up services.
Content boss Craig Bruce admits letting Kyle & Jackie O go was ‘a mistake’ as he exits SCA. Craig Bruce, one of the best known radio programmers in Australia Craig Bruce has parted ways with Southern Cross Austereo after 27 years. His exit comes as SCA looks to rebuild its Hit Network radio stations after two lackluster years in audience surveys, particularly in Sydney where it has struggled since the defection of Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson to rivals KIIS-FM from 2DayFM in 2014. In an interview with industry site RadioInfo, Bruce admitted one of his regrets on departure was that “I would like to have left 2Day in a better position than it is right now” and admitted letting Kyle and Jackie leave was “a mistake”.
Sam & Amy Show On GEM 106 Now Simulcast On TV - Notts TV in the East Midlands is now broadcasting Sam & Amy’s Breakfast Show on Gem 106. Amy and Sam scooped the Sony Radio Academy Gold Award for Best Breakfast show, and then in 2014 the duo won the coveted UK Music Radio Personality of the Year Award at the Radio Academy Awards, fending off stiff competition from huge BBC names Chris Evans and Graham Norton.
Great to meet so many radio pros at MSBC in Chicago? Look forward to seeing you again next year! Check out my interview from this year's event HERE Feel free to contact me at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: $10,000 Now Raised For 9-Year Old Boy Battling Brain Cancer
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– As Jockline reported yesterday, 104.1 WMRQ in Connecticut rebranded its station for a day as Anthony FM in honor of a 9-year-old boy named Anthony who's battling brain cancer.
David Fisch, host of Fish in the Morning, came up with the idea to rename station after he received a call from Anthony's mom. "I'm a dad myself and I couldn't imagine going through this with one of my children or one of my sons," Fish said.
Now comes word from nbcconnecticut.com, that over $10,000 has now been received. "From the bottom of my heart, and from everyone here at Radio 104.1, THANK YOU. YOU helped us raise $10,000 for Anthony and the Longley family. ANTHONY FM could not have happened without YOU!," a post the radio station shared with NBC Connecticut says. Anthony has been fighting anaplastic ependymoma, a type of brain cancer, for the past six years, according to a GoFundMe page raising money for his family. He has had five major brain surgeries since 2009 on top of other medical procedures. WATCH: 6-Month-Old Twin Girls Hear for The First Time DJ .
Anthony's mother Kim Longley said 'He's had five surgeries and dozens of therapy sessions, but said the cancer he has is incurable. It's been a battle for him and will be that for quite some time.'
Anthony is going through his second round of radiation treatment through the month, according to the GoFundMe page. As of yesterday, $3,440 of the $10,000 goal has been raised.
WMMR-FM's Preston & Steve Creates Pope Bot
Hopes To Improve Image Following Hitchbot
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– In an effort to improve Philadelphia’s image after the destruction of Hitchbot, the Canadian hitchhiking robot, WMMR’s Preston & Steve have created Pope Bot. In advance of the Papal visit to Philadelphia in September, Pope Bot has been created to show the Pope and the world, that Philadelphians are kind and our city can serve ably as proper host for Pope Francis.
People are encouraged to pick up Pope Bot, spend about two hours with him and post status updates and photos to Twitter using #PopeBotPhilly including drop off location- so the next person can keep the journey going. Pope Bot has its own Twitter account as well - @PopeBotPhilly – so residents can keep track of his adventures.
MOTION: Milwaukee's 94.5 KTI Country Names Dayton Kane Program Mgr./Afternoon Host - Jillene Khan/Nights; Frank Ski Leaving WHUR/Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– Scripps Milwaukee has named Dayton Kane (R) as Program Mgr. and afternoon host and Jillene Khan as its evening host. With the moves, they become the first full-time hosts to join the recently launched country outlet. Kane arrives from KISS-FM (WKSZ-FM Appleton/Oskosh, WI) where he handled programming and mornings.
"Our search has centered greatly on people with local connections, hit music experience and a love of country music. Hiring, Dayton Kane, a Milwaukee native, who's ready to come home and has been working just up the road, is a huge win for KTI Country" said WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM VP/GM Tom Langmyer.
Joining for nights is Jillene Khan (L) who arrives from WLLR-FM/Quad Cities. She began her career in Minneapolis area. Kane and Khan will make their KTI Country debut on September 8.
Frank Ski (L) announced his departure from DC station WHUR-FM after two years as its afternoon host. In a release, he said his final on-air broadcast will be this Friday. According to The AJC's Rodney Ho,
Ski left Atlanta after 14 years on V-103 as morning host in late 2012. At the time, he said he wanted to go national and V-103’s parent company CBS was unable to help him do that. Since joining WHUR, he has commuted between Atlanta and D.C. But over those two years, he was unable to get syndication deals in other markets, including a way back on air in Atlanta. Ski still runs a Buckhead restaurant in Atlanta but changed its named from Frank Ski’s to Klass with Kevin Edwards at the helm.
FORMATICS: WZTI Milwaukee Flips 'The Party' To 'True Oldies'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– Milwaukee's WZTI-AM (1290) and its sister station at 100.3 FM went "True Oldies" as of noon Tuesday. According to jsonline.com, the station is now focusing its playlist on songs from the late 1950s through the late '70s.
"The Party," "wasn't gaining any traction," WZTI promotions director John Schroeder tells jsonline.com. The current No. 1 station in the market is oldies station WRIT-FM (95.7), which had a 10.2 share of the overall radio audience in the July ratings period. Classic rock WKLH-FM (96.5), recently branded as "Hometown Rock," ranked fourth with a 6.4 share. WZTI-AM, by comparison, had a 0.6 share.
Peoria Host Saved By CPR After Suffering Massive Heart Attack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– Markley (R), one half of The Robbins & Markley Show which airs on FM News 101 KXL Weekdays 2p-6p CST 1470 and 100.3 WMBD Peoria, IL, Robbins and Markey Show, posted on Facebook: 'As many times as we've joked on the show about Robbins worst fear of having "a grabber", please know this is no joke or prank or some sort of radio bit. (I wish it were) Scott suffered a massive heart attack early (Tuesday) morning. He went into cardiac arrest and was saved by CPR and needed 3 different shocks to bring him back. He was stabilized in the hospital and was coherent. I (along with his family) was able to talk with him several times throughout the day. An entire team of pros were working on him and brought him back. The staff here said it was pretty much a miracle he made it through last night.
In a morning update, Markley posted: 'After a scan today, the doctors were able to find where Scott's internal bleeding was originating from. They then performed a procedure (they had no choice) to stop the bleeding and the procedure was successful. (If Scott wants to share all of the particulars of that info I'll let him do that later.... Now we're waiting for his condition to steadily improve to go into open heart surgery. I gotta admit, this has been a very scary day. Thanks so much for your prayers and the comments - I can't wait to share all of this with him!
REPORT: 94.7 Fresh FM's Tommy McFly, The Future of Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– We reported last week that the Washingtonian (extremely popular magazine in DC) featured CBS 94.7 Fresh FM's Tommy McFly in an article titled 'Tommy McFly' The Future of Radio.' Well, upon finding out at press time we had been given an advance peek and the article still wasn't live, Jockline was left with only a tease. Well, the piece is out, so check it out. Along with show members (and regular Morning Show Boot Camp attendees) Jen Richer (right center) and Kelly Collis (bottom right), writer Andrew Beaujon says "The Tommy Show crew wins its listeners one at a time. If that means deejays giving out their cell numbers to pretty much anyone who wants to connect, that’s fine. McFly’s retail approach seems to be working. The Tommy Show accounts for about a third of the station’s listeners, and more than 320,000 tune in each week.
“There’s no normal anymore,” McFly says about radio in the second decade of the 21st century. “There’s no punching the clock.” At work by 4:30 am, McFly—who lives with his partner, Chrysovalantis Kefalas, a candidate for US Senate in Maryland—is out most nights at “family” events. .. Collis is at Jiffy Lube Live, celebrating her wedding the previous day to Patrick Bauer, a government contractor. The festivities take place on the venue’s party decks, at the rear of the amphitheater. McFly moderated this year's "Branding In A Fractured Marketplace' at MSBC 27 Sponsored by ReelWorld - READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/Dakota Fine
Johnjay & Rich Help Outfit 200 Foster Kids In Phoenix Area
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 20125 –– Last week, Johnjay and Rich - hosts of the Premiere Networks syndicated Johnjay & Rich Show – continued the #LoveUp movement by partnering with Cox Communications to help Phoenix-area foster care children get ready for the new school year.
As part of the special Johnjay & Rich Care for Kids Foundation event, more than 200 children were invited to Lucky Strike for an afternoon of bowling, food and fun, and everyone left with a brand new backpack stuffed with school supplies. In addition to helping hand out the backpacks, Cox Communications also presented the Foundation with a donation of $5,000. Pictured in the attached photo: The JohnJay and Rich Show’s executive producer Bill Ryan, Johnjay, and co-host Kyle, as well as Cox mascot “Digeez,” pose with a group of Phoenix-area foster children at The Johnjay & Rich Care for Kids Foundation #LoveUp event at Lucky Strike. About The Johnjay & Rich Show
EXECUTIVE ACTION: PodcastOne Expand National Sales Team; Sharon Kitroser Joins Gen Media Partners As VP/Integrated Sales; Alpha Media Names Wes Teska Director Interactive Design
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– Following Hubbard Broadcasting’s Recent Investment, PodcastOne announced the company welcomes Lori Spencer and Linda McHugh in Los Angeles, Keith Goldstein in New York, Matt Boretti in Chicago and Joe Laffey in Dallas. Concurrently, Dana Senit has been promoted to West Coast General Sales Manager. Senit joined the PodcastOne sales team in February.
Gen Media Partners has hired radio sales and advertising strategist Sharon Kitroser (L) as Vice President, Integrated Sales, Gen Media Connect, originally Gen Media Complete. Kitroser’s background includes over 25 years of local and national radio and advertising agency experience. She has been Director of Sales for ABC/Disney (Interep), CBS, and Clear Channel, as well as Director of Strategic Alliances for the analytically driven agency, Daniels and Roberts. Most recently, she was Regional Director, Corporate Partnerships, The American Red Cross.
Alpha Media announced that Wes Teska (above right) has been named Director, Interactive Design where he will manage design and the brand presence for all Alpha Media web, mobile, social destinations and live event venues. In 2001, at just 13 years - of - age, Wes began h is radio career at Oasis Radio Group in Fort Wayne, IN. Under his brand guidance the cluster produced several nationally recognized promotions and won the Indiana Broadcasting Association “Best Use of New Media” award in 2008 and 2009. After several years in programming, in 2010, he transitioned to Digital Marketing Director.
NETWORKS: A-List Comedy's Jimmy Failla Tapes First TV Special; Eagle 97.7 New Jersey Inks The Rooster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– A-List Comedy's head writer, Jimmy Failla, taped his first one-hour television comedy special to a sold out crowd at New York's Gotham Comedy Club on August 20th.
Failla, who also makes weekly appearances on The Kennedy Show and Redeye on Fox News, can also be seen on TVLand's The Jim Gaffigan Show. In addition to his current TV projects and writing prep, Failla is a sought-after comedic guest on radio programs around the country, and he will begin to deliver customized call-ins for affiliates this fall. Stations interested in learning more about A-List Comedy service can contact Stacy Horton, email@example.com, 917-261-2641.
Envision Networks welcomes Delmarva Broadcasting’s WAFL-FM/Salisbury-Ocean City, MD as the latest affiliate of The Rooster, a new multi-tasking content resource for morning shows available 24/7 at GotRooster.com. With Eagle 97.7 now using The Rooster every day, they join over 250 affiliates on the Envision Morning Network. For more information contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com.
SPECIAL REPORT: Remembering Katrina 10-Years Later; Living At Station, Broadcasting From Under A Cabana
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For the occasion, Jockline will be sharing stories of how radio responded to one of our country's, most deadly and destructive storms. Among the many unforgettable memories comes from Wayne Watkins Program Director WQBB-FM/BOB 105.9 Alpha Media. Like many others along the gulf coast, he lost his home and began living at his station (The 105.9 WXRG control room, yes we were on the air!) where he broadcast under a tarp (above right)
Watkins tells Jockline, "New Orleans got a levee break, the Mississippi Gulf Coast got Katrina.' After losing his home (upper left photo of neighborhood) he eventually got a ride to the radio station to let everyone know he was fine, but said 'the only thing I owned was the soiled clothes on my back, full of diesel fuel and seaweed. I decided to live in the radio station lobby for a while, we needed security, the place had lost it’s roof and was totally water-logged. We got one studio live, and simulcasted post-Katrina from under a plastic homemade cabana!. READ FULL STORY HERE
Mojo In The Morning Renews With Channel 95.5 Detroit
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– Channel 95.5 announced that “Mojo In The Morning” has renewed with the station. Mojo, who marks 15 years with Channel 95.5 this year, along with co-hosts Spike, Shannon (shown above with Mojo) and Producer Rachel, will continue to air each morning from 5-10 a.m. ET.
“Mojo is incredible, and we’re thrilled to extend the partnership on Channel 95.5 for many years,” said Tony Travatto, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit. “I have not met a more driven show – one that refuses to settle for anything less than the best – than Mojo In The Morning.”
“I love the show and I love Detroit,” said Mojo. “Our families love it, and there’s no better place than Detroit to raise our kids. We’re happy to call Channel 95.5 our radio home for many more years."
Shotgun Tom Kelly, K-Earth 101's New Ambassador
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– Shotgun Tom Kelly has been named K-Earth’s Ambassador for the classic hits station following a legendary 22-year run hosting the afternoon drive show. In his new role, Shotgun will be showcased in on-air features, personal appearances, client partnerships, charitable events and special projects.
As one of the most beloved and respected personalities in America, Shotgun has racked up numerous radio awards and TV Emmys throughout his illustrious broadcasting career. In 2013 he was awarded his star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame (L).
“We are grateful to Shotgun as he concludes an incredible career as afternoon host,” said Dan Kearney, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Los Angeles. "...He is the greatest ambassador a station could ever hope for and he’ll be perfect for this new role.”
Shotgun Tom said “I’m so fortunate to not only be able to interact more with K-Earth’s listeners in person, but to explore opportunities being offered to me in television and new media.”
PROGRAMMING: Leslie Scott Adds Programming Duties At The End Seattle
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– Entercom's 107. 7 The End (KNDD) Seattle has named Leslie Scott as Program Director, adding to her current Digital PD role for the group's cluster. Scott came to Seattle in 2011 as APD for sister station KMTT-FM, after successful stints at KBXR and KBBM in Columbia, MO. Prior stints also included WFXH-FM/Savannah and WMAD-FM/Madison. She was also awarded the Edison Research "30 Under 30" award in 2011.
"I obsessed over the ALT stations of my youth - it's the format that brought me to radio," said Scott. "It's been a privilege to work with The End as Digital Program Director, and leading The End into the future as the Program Director is an incredible honor. Thanks to Pat Paxton, Jack Hutchison and Dave Richards for the opportunity. We have a great team in place at The End; I'm excited to do awesome things together." Dave Richards, VP Programming / Operations, added, "This is a new day for The End. I'm excited to hand the leadership of this great radio station to Leslie and watch her take us into our 25th anniversary in Seattle."
Beasley Announces Winners Of Its Annual Operating Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– Beasley Media Group, Inc., held its annual management meeting last week in Naples, FL. Each year during this annual event, the Company’s Operating Awards are bestowed to deserving candidates in several categories, including two new classifications this year in the digital category. The 2015 honorees include: · WIKS-FM – Radio Station of the Year / Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC · Brad Beasley – General Manager of the Year / Fort Myers-Naples, FL · John Candelaria – Program Director of the Year / Las Vegas, NV · Richard Banks – Engineer of the Year / Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC · Lisa Lewis – Business Manager of the Year / Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC · AJ Lurie – Sales Manager of the Year / Fort Myers-Naples, FL · Carolyn Cope - Digital Sales Professional of the Year / Boston, MA · Diana Beasley – Digital Content Professional of the Year / Fort Myers-Naples, FL · Denyse Mesnik
(Left to right, back row): DOS AJ Lurie (SW Florida); VP Market Manager Brad Beasley (SW Florida); EVP Operations Brian Beasley; VP Market Manager Bruce Simel (Eastern NC); President and COO Bruce Beasley; VP Finance Marie Tedesco; VP Market Manager Tom Humm (Las Vegas); VP Digital Product Development Kimberly Sonneborn; VP Engineering and CTO Mike Cooney, VP Programming Justin Chase. (Left to right, front row): EVP and CFO Caroline Beasley; Chairman and CEO George G. Beasley; Digital Content Manager Diana Beasley (SW Florida); Chief Revenue Officer Heather Monahan; VP Corporate Communications Denyse Mesnik.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Joins First Ever 'Beasley Superstar Storytelling Session'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– As mentioned in our previous story, this past week, Beasley Media Group held its annual Corporate Meetings in Naples, FL. Beasley's Justin Chase (shown above in previous story) tells Jockline, 'On Thursday night, George G. Beasley (Founder/CEO) invited all of us to his new home for dinner. After dinner, those in attendance were entertained by WQYK Tampa’s APD/Afternoon personality Cadillac Jack and a couple amazing artists.'
Chase said It all started with an amazing acoustic performance by Striking Matches. Then the evening ending with the first ever “Beasley Superstar Storytelling Session” with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, hosted Cadillac Jack (shown above). Steven told us stories from the road with Aerosmith and he explained why he decided to make a Country album with DOT Records.
Between stories, it appears Tyler decided to give Beasley's new staircase handrail a ride.
The Taz Show: Body Slams & Beyond To Debut On Play.It
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– CBS RADIO announced a new original program, THE TAZ SHOW: BODYSLAMS & BEYOND, a live two-hour daily show featuring pro-wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Taz. Available exclusively for audio and video streaming on the Play.it® podcast network, THE TAZ SHOW launches on Monday, Sept. 14 and will be broadcast live Monday through Friday from 7:00-9:00AM, ET, from CBS RADIO’s New York headquarters.
The live program comes as the result of the success of Taz’s podcast and replaces the weekly show which launched earlier this year on Play.it and was honored with a Communicator Award of Excellence. Seth Neiman serves as co-host and producer/
“The world of sports entertainment is well-known for its colorful characters and no doubt Taz is one of the most opinionated and passionate of all time,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO. “His unique personality along with his fanatical fan base make Taz the perfect personality to help build this new content platform.”
SPECIAL REPORT: Remembering Katrina 10-Years Later; The Forming Of United Radio Of New Orleans (URNO)
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For this occasion, Jockline will be sharing stories of how radio responded to one of our country's, most deadly and destructive storms. No stranger to natural disasters, Katrina dealt radio a particularly unusual wallop. Among the many ways it responded included the formation of URNO (United Radio of New Orleans), the creation of Hobbs Media's Gabe Hobbs, then VP/new, talk/sports for Clear Channel, and Ken Beck, then VP Tech Ops/Entercom Communications.
Hobbs tells Jockline, 'Beck and I decided to join forces so Entercom and Clear Channel could offer continuous coverage that was simulcast on all Entercom and CC stations that were on the air. We offered the feed to anyone that wanted it and at one time we believe we had north of 20 stations carrying the feed we created from our Baton Rouge studios. (Although we had no way to verify as anyone could grab it with an FM tuner as minimal requirement. We had a lot of little stations out in the boondocks running it as well.)"
Hobbs continues, 'We actually housed Entercom's WWL crew in (Clear Channel's) Baton Rouge studios. As a matter of fact, we used a rented helicopter to get their employees and ours out of downtown New Orleans. The last trip out was very scary as we were landing on a pad at the Superdome. The crowd figured out what was going on after a few trips and tried to rush the helicopter. After that we had to find roads to get the remaining employees (Entercom and CC) out of downtown. The whole thing was just one crazy moment after another,' says Hobbs. But we made history by doing something that was never done before and, as far as I know, it has never been done again!! Hell, even the AP, law enforcement and many other agencies were listening to our feed to find out what was going on as they had almost no communications between them. We were treated like first responders!!'
Also, what was then called the RTNDA (Radio Television News Directors Association,) gave Clear Channel & Entercom recognition and a First Amendment Award at their annual RTNDF banquet (Radio Television News Directors Foundation.) (Hobbs shown above lower right with Cokie Roberts at the event)
TOMORROW: The host who lost his home, began living at his station where he broadcast under a tarp.
WMAL's Larry O'Connor & Meredith Dake Exchange 'I Do's'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– Congratulations are in order for WMAL’s morning co-host Larry O’Connor and his new lovely bride Meredith Dake. This follows their recent exchange of wedding vows in Oklahoma. And with an added radio touch, WPHT’s Chris Stigall (above right) served as best man - Shown above are The Weiss Agency's Heather Cohen, Larry, Meredith & Chris Stigall
Audio Version Of Joe Martelle's 'Radio Pro' Now Available For Pre-Orders
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– The 'audio' version of Joe Martelle's best-selling book, Radio Pro-How to be a real air personality; a top-seller in the information section of books at Amazon.com, is now available for pre-orders. The actual release date was Sept. 22nd.
The author and long-time popular air personality recorded the intro and afterword for the book, but his voice wasn't strong enough to endure reading all 600 pages. His long-time pal, and one-time Boston radio competitor, Jordan Rich stepped up to the plate to help out, and does and outstanding job narrating the bulk of Radio Pro.
Entercom Launches 104.3 The Shark In Miami; iHM Brings Alternative 104.5 To The Quad Cities
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2105 –– Last Monday morning in Miami, Entercom launched alternative, 104.3 The Shark, South Florida, leaving it's The Ticket solo on 790 AM. “As the exclusive alternative station in South Florida, 104.3 The Shark will target an audience in the heaviest acquisition years of their lives and our station will be incredibly active in the South Florida community,” said Doug Abernethy, Vice President/Market Manager at Entercom South Florida.
Abernethy also announced that John O’Connell will program 104.3 The Shark. “With a deep history in the South Florida radio and music scene, John brings a wealth of experience and expertise that will enable us to effectively launch and grow 104.3 The Shark,” Abernethy said. “We conducted extensive local research in South Florida and listeners want an active and modern alternative radio station in South Florida,” said O’Connell.
In other format news, , last Friday (8.21) iHM was set to debut ALT 104.5 at 1:04 p.m. According to kwqc.com, SVP Programming, Jim O’Hara says ALT 104.5 will debut with 100% music and no personalities. “We wanted to create a new radio station totally unlike anything else in the Quad Cities, and ALT 104.5 certainly will be, say O'Hara.
Chicago Icon Mike North Joins The Drive For Bears Post Game
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– WDRV-FM “The Drive” & Hubbard Radio Senior Vice President of Programming Greg Solk announced that Chicago legendary sports broadcasting personality Mike North will be joining the station for a Bears post game show tentatively titled The Mike North Sunday Drive. The addition of Mike North to The Drive follows the highly successful launch of the Pete McMurray & Dan McNeil Show on the Morning Drive in March.
North commented on the announcement by saying, “It’s gonna be great to be back on the air in Chicago once again talking Bears! I’m psyched to be back with the listeners and on 97.1 FM The Drive. .. Chicago, get ready for the truth about the Bears!”
[WATCH] Host Comes Clean About Ashley Madison Account; Says He Signed Up As Part Of Radio Bit
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– HOT 93.5/Susquehanna Township, PA's Puff of its 'Morning Madhouse, decided to come clean with his past history with the recently well-publicized cheating website 'Ashley Madison. According to abc27.com, he told his listeners “I got into a little hot water with the fiancé,” he said. “But it wasn’t my fault.” He said, "Yeah, I kinda got caught up in that, but explained that he signed up six years ago as part of a radio bit. “Just to see what it was about, just to see some of the people that were on,” he said. Puff further explained, 'I wasn’t even in a relationship at the time.”
Today is a different story for Puff as he's now engaged. He said when the Ashley Madison story broke, he remembered that he too had an account. Puff admitted letting his fiance know was a bit awkward. “I sat her down and said there’s something I have to tell you…don’t get angry,” he said. “It was for my job. And, [she] was OK after that.” Puff quipped that he understands some may think it’s a lame excuse to blame his job. But, he said because his audience is comprised of mainly ages 18 to 35 in the dating realm, he signs up for most dating websites. “I’m actually on the dating site, Farmers Only,” Puff said. “You can find me there as Pistol Puff.” Puff decided to share his news as a caution to his listeners.
SYNDICATION: Bob & Tom Invade Fredericksburg
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– Beginning today, classic rock WWUZ-FM/ Fredericksburg, Virginia will wake up with the syndicated Bob & Tom Show. PD Jeff Beck says, “It’s a perfect fit with our classic rock format. Additionally with Bob & Tom’s affiliation with the armed forces network and their national footprint, there are thousands of people here in the Fredericksburg market that already know and love Bob & Tom. We are excited to bring them to 96.9 The Rock and make them part of the local Fredericksburg community.” Upon the successful completion of all pending transactions, Alpha Media, headquartered in Portland, Oregon will own 251 radio stations within 54 markets across the United States covering all formats including Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Spanish, Urban, News Talk, Sports, Rock, Country and more.
This Week Marks 5th Anniversary Of KCBQ Monument
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– This Friday, August 28th, will mark the 5th anniversary of the unveiling ceremony of the KCBQ monument. It's located along the north side of Mission Gorge Road in the San Diego suburb of Santee.
The monument features the names of all of the air talents who worked at the station from the 1958 through 1978. The project was spearheaded by several past employees who wanted the former transmitter and studio site of this legendary radio station commemorated. KCBQ blasted out with 50,000 watts on 1170 AM. Pictured is "Shotgun Tom" Kelly along with 97 year old Jack Vincent, former all night air personality (1955-1968) and the oldest living DJ of the top 40 era! The official KCBQ unveiling video (posted by Bobby Ocean) is on YouTube at THIS LINK
SPECIAL REPORT: Radio Remembers Katrina 10 Years Later
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– This Saturday, August 29th, marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest, most destructive storms in our history. All this week, we'll be sharing stories from radio personnel, who lived through the chaos, many whom were off the air for days and weeks; how stations merged their efforts to somehow keep their broadcasts going and how the radio community there has since rebounded.
According to time.com, The southeastern U.S. is still recovering 10 years later. The population of New Orleans dropped drastically after Hurricane Katrina, from 483,633 residents before the storm, down to around 200,000 in 2006. Relief organizations eventually made it possible for the New Orleans population to increase to approximately 378,315 residents.
OUR SPECIAL REPORT BEGINS TOMORROW. Those wishing to contribute their own story, EMAIL US HERE
MONDAY PICS: Listeners Turn Out Huge For WMAL/DC'S Mark Levin Book Signing; Daliah Wachs Joins For Tools For Teacher's Day; ABC Radio's Andrea Dresdale Rocks With '5 Seconds Of Summer
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– Lots of cool photos in this morning's email mailbox. On top is a shot from the WMAL-sponsored book signing for Mark Levin's "Plunder & Deceit" - Below left, is our favorite radio doctor, Dr. Daliah Wachs, who joined for this weekend's Tools4Teacher's Day, a summer-long school supply drive. It was a hit and the Clark County School District teachers were truly appreciative since many come out of pocket to buy supplies for their classrooms. Broc (dressed in black next to me) help spearhead this campaign. Wachs, an MD Board Certified Family Medicine Radio, also host GCN Network iHeart Radio
Meanwhile, below right is ABC Radio’s Andrea Dresdale who pauses during an interview for a photo with Aussie pop/rockers 5 Seconds of Summer about their new single “She’s Kind of Hot” and current summer tour.
Z100 New York Moves MoBounce To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– iHeartMedia New York announced that MoBounce has been named the new Afternoon Host for Z100, New York - he'll host weekday afternoons from 2-6:00 p.m. ET.
MoBounce debuted on Z100 in September 2009 hosting the station's night show. MoBounce was born and raised in Brooklyn and has a deep and passionate connection with the tri-state area. In addition to his on-air duties at Z100, his show is also heard weekly in Washington, D.C., Portland and nationwide on XM Radio Channel 12 as well as iHeartRadio.
"MoBounce is one of the premiere on air talents in the country," said Mark Medina, Program Director, Z100. "His contributions over the past several years have helped solidify Z100 as a world class brand and we¹re thrilled to have him driving home New York City."
MOTION: Stephanie McMaster To Co-Host Mornings At KLAQ/El Paso; Pat Deluca Exits Mix 94.1 Canton
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– Townsquare Media has announced that Stephanie McMaster (L) will join The Buzz Adams Morning Show as co-host on KLAQ/El Paso, TX. Se follows Lisa Sanchez who moved to afternoons earlier this year. McMaster arrives from Townsquare's Corporate Digital office in New York City.
In other news, Pat DeLuca, morning host on Mix 94.1 Canton, OH is reportedly leaving after a two-year stint. According to cantonrep.com, he was offered a six-month continuance that he chose not to accept, DeLuca said Thursday. DeLuca, an Akron native, DeLuca was hired as a part-timer at Q92 in Alliance in 2002, when he was 20. A year later, he was given the 7 p.m. to midnight show on Q92, which he did until 2006, when he was promoted to hosting the station’s morning show. In 2012, DeLuca left Q92, then launched an online radio station, DSN (DeLuca Show Network). It continued through August 2013, when he was hired at Mix 94.1. 1
REPORT: Dan Le Batard On Verge Of Moving Into Cowherd Slo
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– While no official word from ESPN yet, Dan Le Batard’s is reportedly set to move his radio show from late afternoon to Colin Cowherd’s old slot at 10am-1pm et, say multiple sources. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, who first broke the story, adds that Le Batard and co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner will likely move around mid-September
The Herald's Greg Cote blogs: 'Barring an unexpected last-minute snag, the show will air 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ESPN Radio in the space vacated by departing Colin Cowherd, still with a possibility of adding a local hour from 9 to 10. Currently the show airs 4-7 p.m, with a local-only hour from 3-4. Cote says LeBatard will continue to air locally as well on The Ticket Miami. His local afternoon slot may be filled by Izzy Gutierrez and Ethan Skolnick, although that is not yet official.
Cumulus Renews As Broadcast Partner For U of O Sports
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has signed a new multi-year agreement with the University of Oregon and IMG, the university’s multimedia rights partner, to be the exclusive radio broadcast partner for University of Oregon Sports in the Eugene/Springfield market. University of Oregon Sports will be broadcast on several Cumulus Eugene stations including: 590 KUGN-AM, KUJZ 95.3 THE SCORE, and 96.1 KZEL.
Bruce Gilbert, Senior Vice President, Sports for Cumulus and Westwood One said: “We’re very proud to continue this valued partnership with the University of Oregon athletics. This is one of the many elite programs we have the privilege of working with on our Cumulus stations and Westwood One Sports.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Rob Keegan Rises To GSM AT Greater Media's WMGK/Philadelphia; Jessica Aquilar Joins Alpha's San Antonio Cluster As Marketing Director
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– Greater Media announced that Rob Keegan has been promoted to General Sales Manager of WMGK-FM in Philadelphia. Keegan, who joined the station four and a half years ago, most recently served as the local sales manager. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Beasley Broadcast Group, where he led the non-traditional revenue department for the company. “The culture of Greater Media Philadelphia is second to none and I am excited to further enhance our position in this marketplace,” said Keegan.
In other executive action, Alpha Media San Antonio, TX announced that Jessica Aguilar has joined the cluster as Marketing Director . Jessica will oversee the promotions and marketing efforts of News Talk 550 KTSA and FM 1071, 1250 ESPN San Antonio and 945FM , ESPN Deportes, Top 40 KTFM, Adult Hits 1027 JACK - FM, and Regional Mexican stations KLEY and KSAH. Most recently Jessica ser ved as Marketing Supervisor at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
2015 Radio Show Charts Radio's Economic Future
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– At the upcoming NAB/RAB Radio Show in Atlanta, leading executives from the radio business and investment communities will take a forward-looking view at radio from the financial perspective, and provide insight on how the industry is raising capital to finance acquisitions and operations.
During a session entitled “Pillsbury’s Financing the Future of Radio, panelists will include Beasley Broadcast Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Caroline Beasley (L), Entercom Chief Executive Officer David Field and Connoisseur Chief Executive Officer Jeff Warshaw speaking for the radio business, with the investment and finance community represented by Anish Aswani, senior vice president, Moelis & Company; and U.S. Bank’s Senior Vice President, Media and Communications Division, Garret Komjathy. PHOTO/NAB
WWO'S Jonathon Brandmeier Host Sunset Cruise On First Lady
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– Looks like Westwood One's Jonathon Brandmeier has been promoted to Captain just in time before setting sail on a 3-hour tour with staffers and clients. This past Wednesday, Westwood One and Chicago’s WLS-AM hosted an exclusive sunset cruise on Chicago’s First Lady featuring (the Captain) Jonathon Brandmeier of The Jonathon Brandmeier Show.
Following Nine Sell-Out Shows For Toby Keith, Bone's Raging Idiots To Open For Brad Paisley
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– Fresh off 9 sell out shows in a row. and opening for Toby Keith is DC recently. The Raging Idiots (Bobby Bones and Eddie from The Bobby Bones Show) have been added to open for Brad Paisley on his COUNTRY NATION COLLEGE TOUR
Bones tells Jockline, "We continue to get lucky and asked to play shows with great artists. We just assume everyone else has the flu"
NIELSEN: Small, Medium Markets Bigger Than Ever
Country, N/T, CHR Top Format List
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– Nielsen has released its latest 'State of the Media: Audio Today' Report with a special Focus on Medium and Small Markets which reviewed 215 Nielsen diary markets.
While bigger cities grab most of the headlines, a big and qualified audience uses radio every day in medium and small markets. It reports that more than 86% of consumers (age 12 or older) tune in during the week spending more than 15 hours of their media time with radio, the original mass medium
With regard to age, more than 60% are between the ages of 18 and 54. Radio also reaches across the generations: 86.8% of Boomers (aged 50-74) and a whopping 86.5% of Millennials (12-34) and 89.9% of Gen Xers (35-49) are reached by radio in these markets each week.
Top formats in these markets are Country, 15.9% - News/Talk, 11.1% - CHR, 8.6% - AC, 7.2% - Classic Rock, 5.4% - Classic Hits, 5.4% - Christian CHR, 4.2% - Hot AC, 3.9% - Urban AC, 3.9% - Rhythmic CHR, 3.7% - Urban, 3.7% - Sports, 2.9% - Active Rock, 2.6% - Regional Mexican, 2.1% - Religious, 2.1% - Classical, 1.7% - Adult Hits + 80's Hits, 1.6% - Classic Country, - 1.3% Oldies, 1.2% SEE COMPLETE REPORT HERE
MOTION: Deanna Regalado To Co-Host Mornings With JJ Kincaid On Denver's 95.7 The Party; Jake West Takes Afternoons At 97.1 WASH
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced that Deanna Regalado will join The JJ Kincaid Morning Show on 95.7 The Party as co- host. Regalado arrives from iHeartMedia’s KVUU-FM MY 99.9 in Colorado Springs. Regalado's previous experience also includes 98.5 KYGO and KFMD-FM KISS 95.7 in Denver.
97.1 WASH-FM, Wash. DC announced that Jake West has been named Afternoon Host. West has most recently been on-air across several of iHeartMedia’s DC/Baltimore stations including handling afternoons on WASH. He also spent time producing the syndicated The Bobby Bones Show on WMZQ. Prior to joining iHeartMedia he held Program Director duties in Grand Rapids, MI, and Muncie, IN.
Kim Guthrie Named Recipient Of 7th Annual MIW 'Frances Preston Trailblazer Award'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group has announced that Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Executive Vice President of National Ad Platforms and President of Cox Reps Kim Guthrie will receive the 7th annual MIW Radio Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award on Friday, October 2nd during the “Music & Mimosas” send-off event at the 2015 Radio Show in Atlanta.
The MIW Radio Group Trailblazer Award is presented annually to a woman who, through her leadership and success in the industry, creates opportunities for other women in radio. In 2012, it was renamed the “Frances Preston Trailblazer Award” in honor of Frances Preston, longtime president and CEO of BMI and MIW Group member. Kim Guthrie is a 32-year broadcast veteran with experience and accomplishments in both television and radio. Prior to her June 2015 promotion to Executive Vice President of National Ad Platforms and President of Cox Reps, she served as Executive Vice President of Radio, responsible for all programming, operations and sales for CMG’s 59 radio stations in 11 markets.
Kim Guthrie comments, “I’m truly humbled and touched to receive this incredible honor. What a compliment to be in the same company as the beloved Frances Preston, who truly was one of the first real female trailblazers in music and media — known not just for being a woman but for being a great leader in the industry and an even better human being. May we all uphold those same standards as we continue to pave the way for future generations of women in media."
NASH 94.7 New York's Jesse Addy To Host 3rd Annual 'NASH' Salutes The Troops Concert
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– NASH FM 94.7 will host its Third Annual “NASH Salutes the Troops” Concert at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, next Tuesday, August 24. NASH FM 94.7’s Jesse Addy (below) will host the evening celebrating the members of the U.S. Military with a show by Country duo Dan + Shay (left)
The live concert! Park admission is free that day with Military ID. The NASH Team will be set up outside the Arena starting at 5:00pm with games, prizes, music, and more. Visit www.nashfm947.com for all the details.
Top Wash. Mag Asks 'Is Tommy McFly The Future Of Radio?'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– WHOAAAAAA! check out the upper middle headline on the shown Washingtonian Magazine Cover (read by just about everyone in the city). They asks if Tommy McFly, host of The Tommy Show which also features Kelly (R) and Jen (L) from WIAD Fresh FM's morning show in DC. They garnered a nice two-page spread that details Tommy fast connections with the who's who in Washington (not to mention once being invited by President Obama to a special lunch) among many attributes. He also gets ample praise from VP/Programming - CBS Wash., Steve Davis. We would gladly provide a link, but we're told it's not live yet. We'll update asap at our website. Stay tuned.
[WATCH] The Bert Show's Wake Up Calls To Kids' Goes Viral
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– The Bert Show's wake up calls to kids has apparently attracted the attention of more that just its national audience. Try The Today Show, Good Morning America, Huffington Post Parenting, Fox and Friends, Inside Edition and The Daily Mail - to name a few - even an Australian TV station.
With kids headed back to school, The Bert Show took it upon themselves to help parents get their children back in the swing of things. Parents have been encouraged to call the nationally syndicated morning radio show to help them wake up their kids in extremely unique ways, to guarantee that they’ll have no problems getting out of bed. The show first surprised 10-year-old Sophie of Atlanta (shown), who was said to be impossible to get up in the mornings. Her mom rang up The Bert Show which facilitated a five-piece jazz band to help with the wake-ups.
Since Sophie’s special wake-up call, The Bert Show also surprised Katie with a theater cast singing The Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’ while using her pet guinea pig, Oreo, as Simba. WATCH HERE.
NETWORKS Pitbull And Awolnation's Aaron Bruno To Host WWO Labor Day Specials
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– WWO is presenting two four-hour Labor Day specials--hosted by Pitbull and AWOLNATION Aaron Bruno. Westwood One’s “Endless Summer Fun" and “Summer of Rock,” will look back at the songs and the summer of 2015.
Pitbull's career sales have exceeded 6 million albums and 70 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has scored #1 hits in more than 15 countries, his videos have over 7 billion views, and his social media reach matches audiences of some television networks. After hosting the American Music Awards for the second time, Pitbull released his eighth studio album, Globalization, which includes “Time of Our Lives.”
AWOLNATION released their new album RUN on March 17, 2015. Written, performed and produced by musical architect Aaron Bruno, the album features #1 hit “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” and current Top 10 single “I Am.”
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Aussie Show Outs Woman's Husband On Air As Member Of Ashley Madison Following Hack
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– With the world buzzing over disgraced reality star Josh Duggar's name allegedly among the reported 32 million member leaked among names revealed in the Ashley Madison Hack (see Popline), an Australian radio station tells a woman live on air that her husband has an account on infidelity site - The host on NOVA Radio later admitted regretting the public humiliation, telling listeners 'I don't know if we should have done that.' READ MORE IN THE INDEPENDENT
Fallout Continues Following Polly and Grant Announcing Split - The popular couple host the Polly and Grant breakfast show on New Zealand radio network “The Hits”. Polly and Grant told the New Zealand Herald, "We're happy, loving and the best of friends. We absolutely love working together - even after getting up at 3am for so many years (and there will be many more!) We are still so committed to our family and our listening family." And while they will remain on air together, their real-life split has rocked listeners who have taken to social media to have their say.
Alex Dyke Returns To BBC Radio Solent After Suspension - Alex Dyke is returning to his mid-morning show on BBC Radio Solent. He was suspended last Thursday afternoon following “unacceptable comments” made on-air on. He was discussing breastfeeding in public and said it was unnatural and must be stopped.
Dancing With The Radio Stars BBC Radio 3 afternoon presenter, Katie Derham is the latest celebrity to be added to this year’s Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing With The Stars) line-up. Katie started in television and was the youngest national newsreader on British TV when she joined ITV in 1998 at 27.
Great to meet so many radio pros at MSBC in Chicago? Look forward to seeing you next year! I hope you can listen to my report WPLJ's Todd Pettengill, BJ Shea from KISW, Gene & Julie from WRAL, Jonathon Brandmeier and Tracy Johnson. Listen HERE. Need an international broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDY: Despite Advertiser Perceptions, AM/FM Radio Easily Tops Streaming - Reaches 93% Of Millennials; Tops TV
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– New studies by Nielsen, Edison Research and Advertiser Perceptions reveal the audience for AM/FM radio greatly exceeds listening to streaming services, in stark contrast to advertiser estimates. The study was commissioned by leading radio broadcasters including Cumulus, Westwood One, iHeartMedia, Alpha Media, Beasley Media Group, CBS Radio, Cox Media Group, Emmis Communications, Entercom, Greater Media, Hubbard Radio, Radio Advertising Bureau, Radio One, Townsquare Media and Univision Radio, Inc., to compare advertisers’ perceptions of American audio consumption versus actual usage.
Key findings show: - Advertisers estimate that 64% of Americans are reached by AM/FM but the actual Nielsen weekly reach is 93%. - Advertisers and agencies perceive the audience share of Pandora and Spotify to be nearly the same as AM/FM. In reality, AM/FM’s audience share is 9X Pandora and 17X that of Spotify. - Nielsen data also shows that radio reaches 93% of Millennials – 22% more Millennials than TV. TV misses one in four Millennials.
“Advertisers and agencies drastically underestimate the reach of AM/FM radio,” said Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus and Westwood One. “This study is the first conclusive evidence of the major gap in actual and imagined performance of AM/FM and streaming outlets.” SEE REPORT HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Dave Scopinich Named VP/Director Of Sales For CBS Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– Dave Scopinich has been named VP And Director of Sales For CBS Radio Philadelphia - he'll also serve as GSM for KYW Newsradio 1060. Serve As General Sales Manager Of KYW Newsradio
Scopinich had previously been with CBS Radio for more than 10 years, most recently serving as General Sales Manager of 98.1 WOGL and Talk Radio 1210 WPHT. In March 2014, Scopinich was named General Sales Manager at Greater Media’s 102.9 WMGK.
“Dave was a key hire of David’s in 2003 who excelled at every opportunity, and proved to be an innovative and forward-thinking executive,” said Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS RADIO. “He will be a key figure in our future as the team executes David’s vision for CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s sales organization.” 1
MOTION: Josh Marconi Takes Nights At WKQX/101.1 Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that Josh Marconi (known on-air as Marconi) will join 101WKQX in Chicago as on-air personality for Nights. Marconi’s first show will air on Tuesday September 8th from 7pm-12am. Marconi joins Cumulus from his previous on-air post as co-host of Mornings on KINK in Portland, OR. Prior to that, he was on-air at Westwood One’s 24/7 Rock 2.0, following on-air stints in Portland at KNRK and KUFO-FM.
Troy Hanson, Corporate Programming/Rock Formats for Cumulus said: “Marconi’s on-air vibe and social presence hit the mark on exactly what 101WKQX is about. He will compliment an already stellar line-up of personalities and artist experiential moments we strive to put forth every day for our valued audience.” Marconi said: “This station is everything I've ever wanted. WKQX is my home now. No, seriously I'm bringing my sleeping bag.”
More Legal Action Taken Over Pre-1972 Music
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– As expected, another group has filed suit over pre-1972 music royalties. This time it's ABS Entertainment filing suit in a U.S. District Court against Cumulus Media, iHeartMedia and CBS Corp. Using the Turtles case as precedent, they are seeking class action status for "injunctive relief and monetary damages sustained by Plaintiff and the Class because the Defendants have delivered music content through broadcast radio channels, HD radio channels, the Internet and mobile devices without consent of or licenses from the Plaintiff and the Class. As a result of their pernicious, improper and illegal conduct, Defendants have reaped hundreds of millions of dollars that rightfully belong to Plaintiff and the Class."
ABS Entertainment Inc., which owns recordings such Hi Records catalog featuring artists Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Ann Peebles and others, allege the three largest group owners are infringing on ownership rights, misappropriation of ownership and property rights, and conversion, calling the conduct "despicable"; the plaintiffs are seeking over $5 million compensatory damages on each of three counts and "restitution and disgorgement" of unlawful proceeds and revenues, including gross profits, plus punitive and exemplary damages and an injunction against using pre-1972 music.
[WATCH] Bobby Bones Wants $100 Grand For Trump Slogan
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– As Jockline first told you last week, Premiere Networks syndicated Bobby Bones, of the The Bobby Bones Show, recently purchased a trademark for Donald Trump’s campaign mantra, 'Make America Great Again." According to WKRN TV, Bones filed for and received the trademark for the slogan after discovering it was not trademarked for clothing, accessories and swimwear.
Trump owns the trademark for other uses of the slogan, but after receiving the trademark, Bones tweeted to Donald Trump that he would give him the trademark in exchange for a $100,000 donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In one tweet dated Aug. 7, Bones wrote, “Hey @realDonaldTrump, if you donate 100k to @stjude, I will give you your clothing trademark back. thanks! – Bobby” Another tweet from the same day said, “Hey @realDonaldTrump. I don’t even want this trademark. Let’s get this thing done. I want no money. Just for @StJude.” News 2 reached out to the Trump campaign for comment but has not heard if he will make the donation. WATCH HERE
Help 97.1 The Drive's Scott Miller Win National Beard Contest
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– For those who've noticed 97.1 The Drive Chicago's Scott Miller, producer of Pete McMurray's morning show, amazing mustache stylings over the last few years at MSBC/Chicago, here's the back story: He tells Jockline, "3 years ago I started growing this crazy mustache and it has taken me amazing places"....having first made the top 30, now comes word he placed top 10 - CLICK HERE AND HELP HIM TAKE TOP HONORS
Radio One Charlotte Stunts Its Way To 92.7 The Block
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– After stunting as 92.7 Drake FM, playing the Canadian Star Drake's music non-stop, Radio One Charlotte announced late yesterday that 92.7 will now be home to 92.7 The Block, Charlotte’s Non-Stop Hip Hop and R&B station. Along with the move, WPZS (Praise 100.9), will now broadcast exclusively at 100.9, while The Block will takeover 92.7 and keep its calls, WQNC.
Mary K, PD for Radio One Charlotte (shown) commented, "This stunt gave us the opportunity to honor an amazing artist with an equally outstanding body of work, while drawing a lot of attention to the station.. The Block is here and I'm thrilled about our future plans. You haven't seen anything yet!"
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mary Menna Rises To VP/Market Manager For Greater Media Boston
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– Greater Media has promoted Mary Menna to Vice President and Market Manager of Greater Media’s Boston-based properties, including WMJX-FM, WBOS-FM, WROR-FM, WKLB-FM and HOT 96.9 in Boston.
The Boston radio veteran joined Greater Media as General Manager at WMJX-FM in May of 2014. Prior to that, she worked as the Market President of CCM+E Boston, where she spent 25 years serving in a variety of capacities, including Director of Sales, General Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and Account Executive. While in that capacity, she also managed Clear Channel’s Providence market for four years. Menna began her radio career straight out of Boston College at WBCN-FM.
She follows Rob Williams, whose last day will be Friday, August 21, 2015. Williams, who has been commuting from Connecticut to Boston since he joined the company in 2012, has accepted another opportunity closer to his home (see next story).
Townsquare Announces Key Hires In Operations/Sales Posts
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– Townsquare Media announced the appointment of Rob Williams (L) as Senior Vice President, Operations. Williams arrives from Greater Media, where he most recently served as Vice President and Market Manager overseeing its Boston operations. The Company also announced that Todd Lawley (C) has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations. Mr. Lawley has served as a Townsquare Regional Vice President since July 2014. Williams will be based in Greenwich while Mr. Lawley will continue to be based in Dallas.
The Company also announced that Darrin Klayman (R) has joined Townsquare as Vice President, National Client Partnerships. Darrin joins Townsquare from Westwood One, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Network Sales. In addition, Matt Kiger, Vice President of Sales and Training, Todd Moskowitz, Vice President of Sales and Kelly Quinn, Vice President of Sales have been promoted to more senior roles in sales leadership and will work in close coordination with Erik Hellum, Rob Williams and Todd Lawley and the Company’s Regional Vice Presidents. “Rob and Darrin are both great additions to the Townsquare team. I am excited to work with such accomplished professionals that can help us grow our Company and drive revenue,” said Townsquare Executive Vice President Erik Hellum. “
Beats 1 Zane Lowe Radio Show Motivated By Jimmy Iovine Advice
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Apple's new Beats 1 host, Zane Lowe, explains the philosophy behind the station, and shares two motivational quotes he keeps on the wall of his office at Apple. The first quote is something that Lowe came up with himself: "Quality and consistency creates the addiction."
Lowe says that a key part of Beats 1 is convincing people to return and listen again "because it has awakened something in them and they want to hear more." There's another quote that Lowe lives by, and it's a saying from his colleague, record producer and Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine: "Don't be boring." According to businessinsider.com, "Lowe's energetic presenting style is anything but boring. He's known for shouting, singing and using sound effects during his shows." READ INTERVIEW HERE
ED. NOTE: With due respect to Iovine, veteran media executive, Walter Sabo, of Sabo Media may have well first popularized the phrase. Several years ago he was a featured panelist at a Radio & Record's Talk Radio Seminar which offered advice on what it takes to be a successful host. Following others who offered their thoughts and opinions on the topic, when the mic was passed to Sabo he quickly grabbed it and said "Don't be boring." Then, just as quickly, passed the mic to the next panelist. To this day, perhaps the shortest , but most sage advice ever offered at a conference)
Developer Plans 330 Homes On WMAL Towers Site
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– The developer that won the rights to 75 acres of prime Bethesda real estate, NOW HOME TO WMAL/Wash. DC Towers, plans to build up to 330 homes on the property. According to bethesdamagazine.com, John Harris, vice president with Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers, said the company plans a mix of town homes and single-family detached homes.
When the property was put on the market earlier this year, the move raised concerns among nearby residents and government officials that more housing could pose more issues for an already overcrowded public school system and congested local roads. “We share those concerns. They’re real concerns,” Harris said. “Our future residents will be faced with the same issues.” Brokers selling the site said it could go for as much as $75 million. Toll Brothers won’t close its purchase of the site until it has made progress in the county’s approval process. The purchase price of the land, which is owned by broadcasting company Cumulus Media, is confidential until that point.
Cumulus and its broker narrowed down the choices to four leading bids before choosing Toll Brothers, Patterson said. Patterson said Mardirossian offered to donate about half of the site for a new school and a new park, with the rest reserved for a senior housing development. PHOTO/Bethesda Magazine
Radio Garage Door Contest Fuels Neighborhood Squabble
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– If you're planning a garage-door-decorating contest for your station anytime soon, check this out. According to Indy's Star Press, high school student Hannah Brewer, with her mother’s permission, painted the garage door of their residence in an attempt to prove she is the biggest fan of the band 5 Seconds of Summer, aka 5SOS, thus, winning ticket and a backstage visit with the group. Brewer and other followed the station's directive: “Get creative and prove you’re the biggest 5SOS fan on your garage door so the whole neighborhood can see it! ... Just make sure we can see RadioNOW 100.9 somewhere” on the door.
Brewer and a friend painted images and messages for the band members, only to get an anonymous letter titled “A NOTE FROM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD” left in Brewer’s front doo. It said, “At first we all thought you had been a victim of vandalism on your garage, seeing how NOTHING like that has ever happened around here before … In case you haven’t noticed this isn’t LA or Chicago or Mexico and it certainly isn’t south Muncie. “There is discussion of getting up a petition, calling the newspaper and retaining a lawyer in case you don’t do the right thing over the ghetto painting … We are all sorry we have had to do this but nobody has ever treated this neighborhood in a trashy manner!”
Brewer’s mother, Carrie Mote Craig, a Catholic school teacher, called the police, who told her the painting did not violate any city ordinances. An officer agreed to pose for a photograph at the door with a thumbs-up sign. The Star Press emailed Chuck Williams, general manager of Radio One-Indianapolis, a photo of the painted door and asked whether he would find it objectionable if someone had done that in his neighborhood. He called the contest “a chance for fans to show their passion and said “we do not provide solicited commentary on contest submissions until the contest has ended. I am absolutely going to show no bias toward anybody’s entries until the contest is over.”
NETWORKS: The Stars Party with Red Eye Radio At Great American Trucking Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– Red Eye Radio network is turning up the heat for this month's Great American Trucking Show in Dallas with live musical performances from Country artists John Anderson, Waterloo Revival, LOCASH, and Tony Justice and visits by A&E stars Marc Springer from Shipping Wars and Big Smo from Big Smo. The Great American Trucking Show, a trucking convention with over 500,000 feet of exhibit space, will take place August 27-29, 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
Eric Harley and Gary McNamara (shown), hosts of Red Eye Radio, will be on site to introduce attendees to the lineup. Stations interested in Red Eye Radio can contact Stuart Greenblatt at email@example.com or (212) 419-2946.
Q101.9 San Antonio Hosts 'Margaritas With Mario Lopez
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– On with Mario Lopez iHeartMedia affiliate Q101.9/KQXT-FM in San Antonio, Texas, hosted a “Margaritas with Mario Lopez” event at Viola’s Ventanas restaurant this past weekend.
The Premiere Networks personality participated in a live Q&A with Q101.9 Program Director Chase Murphy, as well as a meet and greet with listeners and fans.
Pictured left to right: J.C. Carpenter, KQXT-FM Account Executive; Rosie Perez, KQXT-FM Vice President of Sales; Mario Lopez; Raven Riojas, KQXT-FM Promotions Director; Chase Murphy, KQXT-FM Program Director; Brittany Spain, KQXT-FM Account Executive; and Robbie Cantu, KQXT-FM Promotions Director. About On with Mario Lopez
98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich To Simulcast On Comcast
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– Comcast SportsNet and CBS RADIO’s 98.5 The Sports Hub announced an agreement to broadcast a live simulcast of the radio station’s popular “Toucher & Rich” morning show on Comcast SportsNet beginning today, Aug. 17. The show will be added to Comcast SportsNet’s line-up of daily programming, which already includes a simulcast of the CBS radio's afternoon “Felger & Mazz” program which has aired on Comcast SportsNet daily from 2PM-6PM since Fall 2011.
Hosted by Fred Toucher and Rich Shertlenlieb, 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show is the No. 1-rated morning drive program in Boston among its target audience demographic. Comcast SportsNet’s simulcast of the Toucher & Rich show will be presented by UNO Pizzeria & Grill.
“Being on TV will hopefully shame me into shaving, taking showers, and figuring out what to do with my hands,” said Shertenlieb. “Although I'm borderline positive that won't happen.” “Being on Comcast SportsNet every morning will be a nice complement to our radio show,” added Toucher.
99.1 The Mix/Milwaukee Rebrands Mornings To Mike & Elizabeth In The Morning As Kidd O'Shea Departs For Wash. DC; Amber Stone Debuts As Fort Wayne's First Female Led Show On Soft Rock 103.9; Dave Coombs Returns To The Air In Mid-State New York
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– After more than 10 years as co-host of the The Morning Mix on WMYX/99.1 The Mix/Milwaukee, Kidd O'Shea bid farewell on last Friday's show as he now heads to Washington, DC as its social media anchor For WJLA-TV. With the move, afternoon host Mike Mason moves into mornings where he'll join with Elizabeth Kay on the all new "Mike & Elizabeth in the morning.
WWFW, “SOFT ROCK 103.9” has announced Amber Stone as the new morning program host. With the move, Adams Radio Group' Rob MacKenzie says she becomes the first female-led morning show in Fort Wayne.
SOFT ROCK 103.9 Brand Manager Rob Mackenzie says, “Morning radio in Fort Wayne has been typically led by a male host, with a female co-host .... I can’t wait for (Amber) to get started (today)!” Amber added, “Having my own morning show has been a huge dream of mine! Thank you so much Rob Mackenzie, Jim Richards, and Chris Monk, for allowing me to wake up Fort Wayne! I'm thrilled to get out in the community, and make an impact on my listeners."
Longtime New York host Dave Coombs is returning to the airwaves today (8.17) in Utica joining "The Talk of the Town" morning show on 100.7 WUTQ FM, his first time back on the air in six months. According to syracuse.com, The Roser Communications-owned station teased the announcement last week on Facebook, and an accompanying TV spot featured local figures saying "He's back." At 7 a.m. He'll co-host the program with Jason Aiello and Samantha LaMarca.
FORMATICS: Minny Has A New Vibe; iHeart Hartford Debuts News Radio 1410 WPOP
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that simulcast radio station WGVX-FM/WRXP-FM/WGVZ-FM in Minneapolis is now the Twin Cities’ all-new Classic Hip Hop station, The Vibe 105. The station, formerly programmed as Sports Talk 105 The Ticket, turned on the Classic Hip Hop format today at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Westwood One will syndicate the Classic Hip Hop programming for The Vibe 105.
Scott Jameson (R), Operations Manager for Cumulus Minneapolis said: "Vibe 105 is a fresh and fun radio station for the Twin Cities. Our music mix appeals to a wide variety of Hip Hop fans and crosses over to consumers of other formats as well.
iHeartMedia Hartford announced today the debut of News Radio 1410 WPOP-AM. The new station's lineup will include: The Vinnie Penn Project 6-10 a.m. The Financial Exchange 10 a.m-12 p.m. Bloomberg 12:00p.m.-3 p.m. Howie Carr 3-6 p.m. Mark Levin 6-9 p.m. America Now 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
“It’s been almost 18-years since the all-news format was heard on WPOP 1410AM," said Steve Honeycomb, Regional Market President, iHeartMedia Connecticut. "We’re excited to bring back News Radio 1410 WPOP, an iconic brand and station focused on News, Traffic and Weather to serve the Hartford community in the iHeartMedia line-up.”
Colin Cowherd To Debut Official 'Blunt & Bitter' Beer In Portland
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– 1080 The FAN (KFXX) Portland, OR. will host a live-audience show and beer tasting, in conjunction with Rogue Ales and Spirits, with national sports radio icon Colin Cowherd. Cowherd, a former FAN host, will return for an exclusive event on Friday, August 28th, at Castaway in Portland’s Pearl District, featuring the launch of Rogue’s “Blunt and Bitter,” the official beer of The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“Portland has given me so much opportunity through the years. I’m thrilled to debut this product that I love in a city that I love,” said Cowherd. “With my move back to the west coast, this will be the first of many trips to Portland.” As the special guest of 1080 The FAN’s afternoon-drive staple Primetime with Isaac and Suke, Cowherd will discuss local and national sports topics, sports media, his move back to the west coast, and more. An audience Q&A will follow. “All of us here at Rogue are thrilled to be working with a fellow rogue and revolutionary in Colin Cowherd,” commented Rogue Beer president Brett Joyce. “We both come from small coastal towns in the Pacific Northwest and, most importantly, share a kindred spirit as we both continue to ‘Dare, Risk, Dream’, and fight the status quo.” “We’re excited to welcome Colin back to Portland for this one-of-a-kind event,” added FAN program director Jeff Austin. “
92.7 Charlotte Airs Non-Stop Drake; Big Announcement Today
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– Over the weekend, WQNC/Charlotte - 92.7FM suddenly flipped to all Drake All The Time. According to thefader.com, WPZS, the gospel station that formerly occupied 92.7, is now broadcasting from 100.9. They also point out, despite rumors, that Drake could not have bought the station, as he is a Canadian citizen.
There's still no news on whether this is stunt, but between songs they encouraged listeners to tune in (this) afternoon for "a special announcement." Mdanwhile, there's an Instagram page and phone number you can call with requests and questions - stay tuned.
National Radio Talent System Graduates Takes Three Of Ten Awards In 'Rising Stars' Competition
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– The National Radio Talent System pointed out that 3 of the 10 “ Rising Stars in Radio ” in the recent ReelWorld competition are former students of the National Radio Talent System. Reel World, in conjunction with Talentmasters Morning Show Boot Camp, accepted nominees from across America to find radio’s rising stars , with ten recipients of the Rising Star Awards being announced on August 7th in Chicago.
There were numerous entries considered and reviewed by a select group of judges. Dan Vallie, President of National Radio Talent System , commented , “To have 30% of the Rising Stars, we couldn’t be more proud. Christian, Brittani and Brendan (shown) are a good representation of the young talent produced through the Radio Talent Institutes of the National Radio Talent System and of the young people who love being in radio today. Compliments to Morning Show Boot Camp and Reel World for bringing attention to the rising stars in radio. ”Christian Morgan, Brittani Fish and Brendan Croghan joined other Rising Stars, Dominique , 103 Jamz/Norfolk ; Miguel Fuller, Hot 101, Tampa; Brian Joyce, WGOW/Chattanooga; Brian Moote, KIRO/Seattle; Pavlina Osta, Genesis Comm./iHeart 360; Shelley Rome, Z100/New Yor; Joanna Ryan , KORN/Franklin, ID.
The ReelWorld Risin g Stars Awards were done in conjunction with Morning Show Boot Camp 27. The National Radio Talent System includes: Kellar Radio Talent Institute, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, Confer Radio Talent Institute, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and GAB Radio Talent Institute, University of Georgia and the KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute, Western Kentucky University. For more info, contact Dan Vallie at 828 - 262 - 1502 or DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com
BBC Host Remains Off Air After 'Librarian-Type Moustached Women' Breastfeeding Remarks
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– BBC Radio Solent host Alex Dyke remains off-air after he said that "librarian-type moustached" women should not breastfeed in public. This led to more than 12,000 people signing a petition calling for him to be taken off the air after he said that it was "unnatural" and a throwback to the Stone Age during his show last Wednesday. A BBC spokeswoman said: "Following unacceptable comments made on air yesterday, Alex Dyke has been suspended pending an investigation, so he will not be on air tomorrow."
Meanwhile, according to The Mirror, a petition to get Dyke back on air has failed to ignite, with just 124 people signing it. Supporters of the petition called Dyke a "legend" who had the right to "express his opinion". Suzanne Barret from Southampton wrote: "Alex is a wind up merchant and male, but I think women's lib has gone the way of health and safety. "It's getting a bit ridiculous. "I don't want to see moments that should be private gems turned into a spectator sport."
One woman posted on Twitter: "Another moron with misogynistic views about breastfeeding on the radio. Get rid of this idiot!" The show is currently unavailable on the BBC iPlayer radio website. READ MORE HERE
[WATCH] Cam Newton Goes Falsetto For Radio's Maney Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– Here's yet another example of how to take your show national with the swoop of video. KISS 95.1 Charlotte morning host, Maney, along with Roy & Ren, had Carolina Panthers QB, Cam Newton drop by for a visit where he was coyly prompted by the the show to offer a rendition of The Weekend's "Earned It." In a matter of viral seconds, the piece was picked up by The Bleacher Report, among many, which pointed out Newton's enthusiasm in pointing at the camera. Brace your ears and WATCH HERE
RADIO SNAPS: WWO's Charlie Rymer & Earl Forcey At Whistling Straits; Paul Shaffer Interviews Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page; ABC's Andrea Dresdale Hangin' With The Band Perry
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– Westwood One Sports analyst and new PGA member Charlie Rymer (left) had a little fun over the weekend with veteran broadcaster Earl Forcey at the PGA Championship from Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin. The shown photo is the view is from Westwood One’s tower at the 18th hole.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page joined Paul Shaffer for an exclusive interview on Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock. The interview will be available at paulshaffersdayinrock.com today, Aug. 17. In the interview, Page discussed reissues from Led Zeppelin, what went into recording the original albums and what musical direction the band might have gone in if they hadn’t broken up. Visit paulshaffersdayinrock.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com for more information.
Shown left is ABC Radio’s Andrea Dresdale catching up with country superstars The Band Perry after their appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series to debut their new single “Live Forever.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Taps Joe Russo As PD For Kansas City Combo; Gary Nolan Shifts To Pensacola & Jerry King Returns To Corporate Programming Post
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 15-year radio programming professional Joe Russo as Program Director for KCJK/105.1 JACK-FM and 94.9 KCMO-FM in Kansas City. He replaces Gary Nolan who moves to Cumulus Pensacola as Operations Manager and Program Director for WJTQ. Concurrently, Pensacola Operations Manager/Program Director Jerry King joins the Cumulus corporate programming team. Current KCJK PD Jon Anthony will remain with the company in Kansas City as APD and on-air at KCMO-FM and as Program Director for NASH Icon.
Russo was previously a consultant with SparkNet Communications (syndicators of the JACK format), following nearly a decade in Buffalo. He served as Program Director and Brand Manager for 92.9 JACK-FM/WBUF and later, as Adult Hits Brand Leader for TownSquare Media. Jerry King returns to a corporate role and will work directly with John Dickey and Mike McVay as they develop new projects. Russo said: "I have unbelievable respect for Mike McVay’s work as a consultant, and his vision with Cumulus Media. He’s always been a mentor to me, and influenced me as a consultant." 1
MOTION: Rick & Carly Take Mornings On WOW 104.3/Boise
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– WOW 104.3 Boise has announced that “Rick and Carly,” who previously worked at K-Bull 93 FM in the Salt Lake City, will take over its morning drive slot recently vacated by Randy and Alana. Their first show will debut on Monday, Aug. 17th.
They posted on their Facebook page, 'Getting ready to kick off our 1st show Monday morning. Be-a-u-tiful day in Idaho!”
NETWORKS: Ryen Russillo Inks Multiyear Deal With ESPN, Danny Kanell To Co-Host
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– Ryen Russillo (L), who has spent the last 10 years with ESPN Radio, has signed a multiyear extension with the sports outlet as host of Russillo & Kanell Show, co-hosted by ESPN football analyst Danny Kanell (R). The new three-hour show will debut Monday, Aug. 31, from 1 - 4 p.m. ET. and will be televised on ESPNEWS starting at 1 p.m.
Russillo was named co-host of ESPN Radio's Scott Van Pelt Show in May 2009. Since June 2015, he has hosted The Russillo Show with a group of alternating co-hosts, including Kanell. Previously, Russillo hosted ESPN Radio's College GameDay (noon-7 p.m. Saturdays throughout the football season). Russillo joined ESPN Radio in February 2006, and hosted NBA Sunday, The Baseball Show and the NFL Draft. Prior to joining ESPN, Russillo was a sports voice in Boston, Mass. where he was a CSN studio host and NBA analyst, and a Sporting News Radio host.
Prior to joining ESPN, Kanell was an NFL and college football analyst for WQAM Miami and CBS4 Miami. After playing quarterback at Florida State for four years, Kanell was drafted by the New York Giants in 1996. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos until 2004.
[WATCH] Florida Host Targeted By Car Burglar
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– "It was so eerie I felt sick to my stomach. I was like ‘oh my God ... This guy is breaking into our car..." said Lea Maresca (shown), co-host with Real Radio’s Love Doctors on 94.3 WZZR West Palm Beach, FL. as she watched a surveillance video of someone breaking into her family's car.
According to CBS12 News, there were multiple car burglaries that night last week. Lea's truck was hit around 2:41 A.M. in the morning Friday. "He stole credit cards, a bag of change. He definitely used the credit cards at a couple of gas stations around our house," said Lea.
Lea's was the only home with high-definition cameras and night vision and she wasn' t shy about sharing the story with her on-air partners, Rich Glen and Dano. "He had no idea who he had messed with," Lea laughed. But now she wants the suspect captured by police.. "I’m hoping someone sees this guy and recognizes him!" Lea said. WATCH HERE
[WATCH] WCSX Detroit Rev's Up Charity With Corvette Raffle
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– There are lots of creative ways radio drives money to charity, but this one brings a whole new meaning to the ride. 94.7 WCSX/Detroit's Big Jim O'Brien (inset), with the help of a generous woman in upstate Michigan, was able to reassemble a rare 1971 Corvette Stingray that they'll be raffling off for charity. After sitting in storage for 12 years, O'Brien tells WXYZ TV, a lady donated the car, but it needed a new chassis and engine. Well, being in the motor city it didn't take too long for a number of volunteers to reassemble the auto, complete with a super high-powered Maclaren engine.
For the ninth year in a row, they'll be raffling off the car as part of its Stone Soup project. The project is based on the old fable where everyone throws something into a pot to make a great meal, according to the radio station. This year, proceeds from the raffle will go to Holy Cross Children's Services, which helps children and families in Michigan who are abused, neglected, abandoned or suffer from substance abuse. WATCH HERE
Friends & Family Gather At Memorial Service For Orlando's Scott McKensie
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– Following this week's news of longtime Orlando host Scott McKenzie's passing, he was remembered yesterday (8.13) during a memorial at Congregation Ohev Shalom synagogue in Maitland, FL. McKenzie died Tuesday at age 59 after a seven-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It was just last Friday, McKenzie announced he was going into hospice
According to mynews13, McKenzie is survived by his wife, Fran, and daughter, Lauren. The family has asked people to consider donating to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Children's Miracle Network, and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.
Among those remembering McKenzie this week is his former on-air partner Big Jim O'Brien (also shown above), now with WXYZ/Detroit. He told Jockline: 'Scott McKenzie was (I hate saying "was" next to his name) the best person I've ever known in radio. My four years with Scott & Erica were pure joy, we laughed every morning - treated each other with respect and did it the right way. Scott didn't mind giving someone else the spotlight (even if he had a better punchline...which he always did). Scott McKenzie was my friend, my mentor and an example of how radio should be done. I loved him. We all did. The world got a little darker on Tuesday..."
Collin Cowherd Headed To Fox Sports And Premiere Networks
Will Host 3-Hour 'The Herd' Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8 Airing Simultaneously on FOX Sports 1 And FSRN
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– Surprise!!!, Colin Cowherd is joining FOX Sports and Premiere Networks in September as a television, radio and digital personality. The announcement was made today by Jamie Horowitz, President, FOX Sports National Networks and Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Networks.
Cowherd is set to host a three-hour sports talk program titled THE HERD beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8 airing simultaneously on FOX Sports 1 and the FOX Sports Radio Network. FOX Sports Radio is produced and distributed under a long-term agreement between FOX Sports and Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia.
“Colin is the first person I hired for my first daily studio show at ESPN, so it’s fitting that he’s the first one I’m hiring at FS1,” said Horowitz, who chose Cowherd as the original co-host of SportsNation in July 2009.
Cowherd was host of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, airing nationally on weekdays and simulcast on ESPNU. He also hosted Colin’s New Football Show on ESPN2 in 2013 and 2014, in addition to a variety of programs on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Classic. He was the original co-host of SportsNation on ESPN2. Cowherd joined ESPN Radio in 2004. Prior to ESPN Radio, Cowherd hosted a popular three-hour morning drive program, The Herd at KFXX 910-AM in Portland, Ore. In 2013, Cowherd’s first book, You HERD Me! was a New York Times bestseller, (caption above) spending five weeks on the list in hardcover.
Ryan Seacrest Named Late Night Host For NBC Rio Olympics
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– With just under a year to go until the Opening Ceremony, NBC Olympics announced that Ryan Seacrest will serve as host for NBC’s late night coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Seacrest served as a correspondent for NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Games, which was the most-watched television event in U.S. history with more than 217 million viewers.
“Joining the NBC Olympics team at the 2012 London Games was an exhilarating experience,” said Seacrest. "I can’t wait to reunite with the team of broadcasters and producers for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and I look forward to hosting the live late night show.” In addition to his daily morning show on KIIS-FM, nationally-syndicated “On Air with Ryan Seacrest and host of 'American Idol, Seacrest also has an agreement with NBCUniversal that includes on-air broadcasting and producing duties across the NBC and E! Networks, including serving as host and producer of the E! Live from the Red Carpet awards programs. Seacrest also serves as Chairman of The Ryan Seacrest Foundation and Honorary Chair of the Grammy Foundation. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation will have 10 broadcast media centers – Seacrest Studios – in pediatric hospitals in cities across the country by the end of 2015. The Olympics Begin August 5th, 2016 on NBC - PHOTO/(l-r) Ryan Seacrest, Bob Costas, Al Michaels
MOTION: Robbins And Markley Ink Multi-Year Extension With Alpha Peoria/Portland
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– Talk legends, Robbins and Markley have signed a multi-year renewal with WMBD in Peoria, Illinois and KXL in Portland, Oregon for weekdays."Robbins and Markley have made a tremendous showing in Portland and we are thrilled to have them for years to come, ” said Alpha Media Portland SVP/Market Manager, Milt McConnell.
“We are both so pleased to be a part of the Alpha team. We couldn't be happier,” remarked Scott Robbins. "Sometimes I think of radio like the classic reality show "Survivor," said Jamie Markley. “ So this contract means Robbins and I have immunity necklaces and we get to stay on the island for a while, right? Awesome!"
BUSINESS: Benztown And SBG On Inc's Fastest Growing List Again; Laura Gonzo Joins Tom Kent Radio Network; Win Win Week For Alpha Media Columbia, SC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, announced today that Inc. magazine has named the company one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the third consecutive year. Benztown increased sales 305% since the start of 2011, placing it at number 1364 on this year’s list of 5,000 companies. Benztown is ranked as the 23rd Fastest-Growing Private Company in America out of the 59 Inc. 5000 companies in the Media sector.
For the second year in a row Inc. Magazine announced that Sun Broadcast Group has been named one of the fastest growing companies in America. Sun also received recognition as the fastest growing company in the broadcast radio industry and the 11th fastest growing company in all of media. Sun Broadcast Group CEO, Jason Bailey said “Making the list for a second year and being in the top 20% among some of the most incredibly innovative companies in this country is absolutely mind blowing." See complete list here - www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2015.
The Tom Kent Radio Network has placed industry vet Laura Gonzo over its affiliate relations department. Gonzo's resume includes stops at Premiere Radio Networks, DBC Radio Group and Senior Director of Affiliate Marketing for the Bob & Tom Show and most recently Dick Broadcasting's 'Two Guys Named Chris.'
Gonzo said, "In my long career in affiliate marketing, I have been fortunate to work with radio personalities who are talented, who are hard-working, and who are all-around great people. Tom Kent is all of these things and I'm thrilled to be part of his team." Kent added, "After very little debate, Ed Douglas punched me in the face and said "we must hire Gonzo". It's the one time I've actually thanked someone for punching me in the face. Laura Gonzo is the real deal, incredibly talented and fierce."
Nice week for Columbia’s Q93. First they take home three Star Awards at The South Carolina Broadcasters Association and Brendan Croghan flew to Chicago for Morning Show Boot Camp where he grabbed a Rising Star of the Year Award from ReelWorld. Q93. 5 PD Greg Pitt said, “We are so proud of all that Croghan has accomplished, and thrilled that he has been recognized for his talent, work ethic and character. He is the consummate team player and we couldn’t be happier for him.”
'Put Social First' On Reaching Millennials Says Zach Sang
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– According to Nielsen, radio is THE number one mass reach medium for Millennials, reaching 93% of adults 18- to- 34. For strategies on how to reach this coveted demographic, Westwood One turned to its own Millennial rock star, Zach Sang, the 22-year old host of the nationally-syndicated Zach Sang & The Gang. The energetic, social-savvy Sang, whose show airs weeknights on more than 55 stations nationwide.
While broadcasting his FM show, the Gang is pushing out content on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, and via an online stream. According to Sang, in order to effectively reach Millennials, put “social first” and they will follow. In this week’s Westwood One blog, “guest blogger” Sang offers five insightful tips about reaching Millennials through radio. Read more HERE:
Sang will be appearing next at the Radio Show in Atlanta on October 1, as part of the panel “Five Things Programmers and Talent Need to Stop or Start Doing Immediately. For more info on Zach Sang & The Gang can contact Pamela Joaquin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 735-1743.
[LISTEN] 92.3 AMP NYC's Shoboy Plays Full Disclosure With Lawrence Brothers
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– EDM's Disclosure (brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence) sat down with 92.3 AMP Radio morning show hosts Shoboy and Nina of ‘Shoboy Show’ yesterday in New York to talk about working with Sam Smith again on their new single, “Omen,” and hitting the road.
The duo also played a game of “Full Disclosure,” where Howard and Guy were asked a question and had to answer straight up and honestly. Watch the full interview here. CAPTION: Howard Lawrence (far left) and Guy Lawrence (far right) of Disclosure - LISTEN HERE - PHOTO CREDIT: CBS RADIO
Radio's Bill Michaels Goes Full Pyramid With Ski Show Team
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– Bill Michaels, half of 97X Davenport's highly popular “Dwyer and Michaels” show apparently takes his water skiing seriously. Check out the above photo as he and family members, Donna Michaels and their 3 kids – Megan, Mallory and Zachary, perform with the Backwater Gamblers. letsmoveqc.com reports that Bill (shown inset on lower level position - see nifty arrow) and his family are avid water skiers with the QC’s Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show Team, as well as advocates for education regarding scoliosis, a spinal condition that has affected his family.
Michaels told the paper he's had fun watching his kids embrace the sport full-pyramid and surpass him (by a LOT). 'All three of my kids (Mallory, 16; Megan, 15; and Zachary, 11) can barefoot. The girls are currently working on swivel skiing and “around the boat” in addition to conventionals, trios and the ballet line (Jockline's staff are currently looking up all those terms) - Read complete article HERE
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
BBC's Jeremy Vine Will Be 'Dancing With The Stars'
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– BBC Radio 2 lunchtime presenter Jeremy Vine is the first celebrity contestant to be confirmed for the brand new series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing (the UK version of Dancing With The Stars). He’s not the first radio presenter to be on the TV series – last year Scott Mills from Radio 1 was on the show along with Heart FM presenter Mark Wright. Previously, Jason Donovan and 5 Live football phone-in host Robbie Savage, and Denise Van Outen have been on the show.
Woman Denies Performing (S)ex Act On Boyfriend At BBC Radio 2 Concert - Court Doesn't Agree - A woman has denied performing a (s)ex act on her boyfriend during a BBC Radio 2 concert in London’s Hyde Park. She says she was tugging at his shorts to wake him. 47 year old Lisanne Beck from Swansea, is accused of becoming intimate with 48 year old Simon Murphy in front of shocked music fans, including children, while singer Paloma Faith entertained the London crowd. In spite of her denial, this week they were found guilty and ordered to pay fines and legal costs, but escaped jail time, according to The Daily Mail
Paul O'Grady Breaks Down During BBC Radio 2 Tribute To Friend Cilla Black - Paul seemed overcome with emotion after playing the star's 1966 hit Alfie and was forced to pause, before managing to say "that always does me in that one - completely finishes me off". The last hour of his Sunday night BBC Radio 2 show was dedicated to Cila, his close friend, who died of a stroke after falling and hitting her head at her Spanish villa. O'Grady said an emotional farewell at the end of the hour-long show with the words: "I'd just like to say Cilla, you'll be missed, not just by me but by all of the legions of your fans as well."
Great to meet so many radio pros at MSBC in Chicago? See you next year! I hope you can listen to my report. Hear from WPLJ's Todd Pettengill, BJ Shea from KISW, Gene & Julie from WRAL, Jonathon Brandmeier, Don Anthony and Tracy Johnson. Listen HERE; Connect with Graham at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
Orlando's Beloved Scott McKenzie Succumbs To Cancer
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– After a seven year battle with Lymphoma Cancer, Orlando's beloved Scott McKenzie, 24-year morning host of Mix 105.1, has died at the age of 59. His death was announced on his Facebook page. McKenzie began in 1991 at Mix 105.1 along with Erica Lee who left in 2010 and was and followed by Dana Taylor and Jay Edwards. According to The Orlando Sentinel, in recent years, he had told listeners about his three battles against non-Hodgkin lymphoma and last Friday revealed he was talking with hospice and planning his goodbyes. McKenzie wrote on last Friday's website, "Your constant love and support has gotten us through so much during this cancer battle. Knowing you've been by our side has been sincerely appreciated by my family on a daily basis. Most of all, thank you for the privilege of waking you up all these years."
Brian Thomas, Corporate PD/Cumulus Media, was the PD who hired Scott from Boston after they switched BJ105 to Mix 105.1. He told Jockline "You know it’s a good hire when he rules the airwaves for over 20 years. Scott and Erica used to call me Dad and it was always a good morning show meeting when they get me laughing so hard I'm spitting up my Diet Pepsi. I am so proud of Scott on and off the air - he's a great man, and probably learned more from him about prep than any other morning show. And last year had the pleasure of playing golf with him' - The teams were Scott McKenzie and Scott Shannon and Dave Robbins and Brian Thomas.
Scott Shannon told Jockline: Scott was one of the finest human beings I've have ever known. He was smart, talented and so humble. He lived his life with class, dignity and passion. His true loves were radio, music and most of all, his wife Fran, and his daughter, Lauren.
Cumulus Launches NASH TV Films With New Documentary On Sugarland's Kristian Bush
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announces the launch of NASH TV Films, a new addition to the NASH Country music and lifestyle brand that will produce and distribute original feature-length films.
The original one-hour documentary film will air over the first two weekends of September across more than 80 markets, reaching 53% of the country through the established platforms of Sinclair Broadcast Group. Walk Tall chronicles the life and career of Country superstar Kristian Bush of the Grammy award winning act Sugarland. The Executive Producers of Walk Tall are Cumulus executives John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming, and Stokes Nielson, Director of Video Content, Strategy & Production. Nielson is also the director of the film. "
Walk Tall represents NASH's expansion of original content into long-form films and documentaries, giving our audience incredible one-of-a-kind access into the lives and legacies of their favorite artists,” said Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus. To view the trailer and see a specific list of airdates and times for Walk Tall, visit: www.nashtv.com. PHOTO/pinterest
Listeners Can Now Vote For National Radio Hall Of Fame
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– For the first time in five years, listeners nationwide get to vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Nov. 5, 2015. The nominees for Music Format On-Air Personality are: Delilah, Elvis Duran, Steve Harvey, and Ryan Seacrest. For Spoken Word On-Air Personality, the nominees are Sean Hannity, Clark Howard, Jim Rome, and Dr. Laura Schlessinger.
Starting today through Aug. 26, fans can text 36500 with their one vote for each Hall of Fame category accordingly: Message and data rates may apply. Music Format On-Air Personality For Delilah, text “DELILAH” to 36500 For Elvis Duran, text “ELVIS” to 36500 For Steve Harvey, text “STEVE” to 36500 For Ryan Seacrest, text “RYAN” to 36500 Spoken Word On-Air Personality For Sean Hannity, text “HANNITY” to 36500 For Clark Howard, text “CLARK” to 36500 For Jim Rome, text “ROME” to 36500 For Dr. Laura Schlessinger, text “DR. LAURA” to 36500.
Chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “These eight personalities are beloved by their listeners. Giving the audience an opportunity to participate in the process of acknowledging their favorite hosts for their contributions over the years just makes sense.” Winners chosen by listeners as Inductees will be announced Aug. 31. Listeners needing more information can visit the host’s Twitter feed, Facebook page, or website, or the National Radio Hall of Fame website: www.radiohof.org. In addition to the two listener-voting categories, there are four categories being voted on by a panel comprised of 400 industry professionals.
REALLY? Greensboro Morning Show Off The Air Following Altercation Says Report
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– At first glance, this story has all the makings of great stuntage, however, WXII12 Greensboro, NC is reporting that two popular morning show members were off the air today (8.12) after being suspended for a "physical altercation."
107.5 WKZL posted on its Facebook page that Jared and Jason Goodman of "Jared and Katie in the Morning" were suspended indefinitely, along with the show's content. "The other morning an unfortunate event occurred between Jared and Jason Goodman," the Facebook post wrote, "where during a segment tempers flared up and a physical altercation took place between the two of them." The statement was written by Dick Harlow, the station's vice president.
Jockline reached out to station for comment. So far, no word. Stay tuned.
MOTION: Jason McCollim Named SVP/Prog. iHM Colorado Springs
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jason McCollim has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for its Colorado Springs and Pueblo markets, effective immediately. McCollim previously worked at iHeartMedia Spokane as Program Director for 98.9 KKZX and NewsRadio 590 KQNT. "I am very excited about working with the fantastic iHeartMedia team in both Colorado Springs and Pueblo," said McCollim. "Thank you to Tony Coles, Dave Ashcraft and Darci Ewell for the opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful parts of our country."
"I am extremely pleased to welcome Jason to the iHeartMedia Colorado Springs-Pueblo family," said Tony Coles, Senior Vice President of Programming – Regional Markets, iHeartMedia. "McCollim is one of our rising stars. He has done an incredible job for us in Spokane – his leadership skills and passion for programming will allow him to ramp up quickly and build immediate relationships with the programming and sales teams."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Paul Kaye Rises To National Director Of Talent Development; Steve Parsons To National Director Of Programming For Newcap
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– Just back from moderating this year's highly lauded 'Radio Roundtable' at MSBC 27/Chicago, Paul Kaye has been appointed National Director of Talent Development for Newcap, the first radio company in Canada to create a position of this scope. Paul will conduct regular monitors and coaching sessions with key on-air talent, coordinate group coaching seminars, develop company-wide strategies and best practices, and maintain the Newcap talent bank to recruit future stars in our company.
Newcap also announced that Steve Parsons will rise to National Director of Programming. Both Steve and Paul will continue to oversee programming in their respective markets. Our Format Captains (Josie Fenech, Dan Youngs, John Roberts) will remain in their current roles. "Congratulations to these very talented programmers! I am excited to welcome their contribution to our product,' says Steve Jones VP/Programming Newcap Radio.
SYNDICATION: Big D & Bubba Now Airing In Four More Markets
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– You can add 92.3 Thunder Country (Savannah GA), Froggy 92.7 102.7 103.7 (Clarksburg WV), Dixie Country 106.7 (Douglas GA), and Now Country 93.5 (Longview WA) to the Compass Media syndicated Big D & Bubba show.
"Big thanks to Lou Cerra, Jim Squires, Nick Gallo and Bruce Pollock! It’s gonna be a fun ride.” says Bubba. To find out more details contact Compass Media Networks at 310-242-8742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. About The Big D & Bubba Show: The Big D & Bubba Show is a nationally syndicated, morning-drive, radio show, airing daily on over 60 FM country stations in the United States and around the world via Armed Forces Radio. The Big D and Bubba Show is based in Nashville. For more info, contact Compass Media Networks at www.compassmedianetworks.com
Rdio Launches Broadcast Radio On Nearly 500 Stations
The new live radio feature also includes profiles of local stations and jocks
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– Rdio introduces live broadcast radio beginning with nearly 500 stations throughout the United States.
In addition to the new live broadcast stations, all Rdio listeners have access to endless algorithmic stations based on artist, song or genre; expert-curated stations to suit any mood or activity; and You FM™, their own personalized station. “We are committed to providing Rdio customers around the world with easy access to the audio content they want to hear through innovative features that enhance listening,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.
The new live radio feature also includes profiles of local stations and DJs that recommend specific playlists and suggest emerging artists. Popular stations that will be featured include Indianapolis’s 93.9 The Beat, LA’s 95.5 KLOS, Nashville’s 95-5 NASH Icon, New York’s NASH FM 94.7, San Francisco’s KFOG and more. Additional radio stations will launch later this year in the U.S. and in a number of international markets served by Rdio.
Major Record Labels Get 20-Minute Timeslot To Present At Radio Show
WASHINGTON, D.C./NEW YORK -- Representatives from major record labels, including Big Machine Label Group, Columbia Records, Disney Music Group, Epic, Republic and Warner Bros. Entertainment will present their forthcoming records, artists and business initiatives during a special event entitled “Music and Mimosas,” held Friday, October 2 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. during the 2015 Radio Show. The Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), takes place September 30 – October 2 in Atlanta. “We’re thrilled to welcome these top music groups to the Radio Show,” said Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “Not only will attendees get an exclusive first-listen to music that will soon be climbing the charts, but they will also gain perspective on the trends and topics affecting music programming.” Each participating label will have a twenty-minute timeslot to introduce the latest additions to their lineup of performers and music, in addition to sharing with attendees their thoughts on the current state of the radio industry and how to best plan for the future.
WOWO Seeks Interviews With Former Employees For Radio Doc
WOWO LOOKING TO INTERVIEW FORMER BROADCASTERS WOWO Radio in Fort Wayne, Indiana is in the process of gathering interviews from former employees for a radio documentary. If you have a great WOWO memory or were part of the station at some point, we want to hear from you. This year the station is celebrating 90 years in the community. The upcoming radio documentary currently in production will cover 90 years of broadcasting in Fort Wayne, as well as the impact and reach of WOWO during that time. Legendary broadcasters such as Bob Sievers, Jack Underwood, Jay Gould and Bob Chase all made their mark on the industry while working at WOWO, with each telling a story that will be included in this special. The production of a 90 minute special will air on Thursday, November 19th and will include memories from the past 90 years, as well as audio samples of historic and comical moments. If you have a WOWO memory you would like to share and contribute, please e-mail program director Ryan Wrecker at email@example.com to schedule an interview. If you have any WOWO memorabilia that can be displayed during this celebration, we would also request that you send us a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org Anyone that contributes will be sent a special “preview” edition of the special to thank you for the contribution to the project. Feel free to reach Ryan Wrecker with any questions.
Alphabet It? Google To Reorganize Under Company Alphabet
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Google, first formed in 1998, announced it is being re-organized as part of a larger, new company called Alphabet. The announcement was made yesterday by Google chief executive Larry Page who now becomes the head of Alphabet.
"Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren't very related," Page wrote in a blog. "Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. "In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business. We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well. Page added: "We'll also make sure we have a great CEO for each business, and we'll determine their compensation." Page said "We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity's most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! "We also like that it means alpha-bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for! I should add that we are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products - the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands." SOURCE - Digital Spy
[LISTEN] Former Co-Host Calls Into McKenzie Show For Salute
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– MIX 105.1 co-host Jay Edwards said on yesterday's show it was a difficult morning, our first time on the air after Scott’s announcement on Friday that he had begun discussions with hospice care. 'There isn’t a playbook or a plan when something like this happens. But what we wanted to accomplish was to let Scott, Fran and Lauren know we love them and that the community loves them and boy did you ever prove it!' he said.
Dropping regular programming yesterday and opening up the phone lines to longtime fans, among those calling in was none other than Erica Lee, Scott's co-host for nearly twenty years. Last Friday Mckenzie posted at the station's website that final healthcare arrangements have been made, and now he's focusing on his comfort 'as I say my goodbyes.' Lee and McKenzie were a team for 20 years before she lost her job in 2010. According to The Orlando Sentinel, Lee said "It was tough to hold it together .. I told a couple of stories and quoted a little bit of audio from Wolfgang Puck -- 'There's a familiar voice' -- that Scott had extracted from an interview with Puck and replayed over the years. I echoed the sentiments of everyone who was on before me (including former producer Big Jim & Bob Frier) about how much Scott means to me and Central Florida. I'm grateful I was allowed to be on." LISTEN HERE
[LISTEN] Call-In To Tampa Show Leads To Help For Couple Dealing With Domestic Violence And Drug Abuse
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Tampa/102.5 The Bone's afternoon host, Drew Garabo was talking to "Nicole," a woman who called in to discuss a topic. However, according to Fox 13/Tampa, the call turned serious when she mentioned a broken hand. "Can we talk about how you fell and what you fell on, 'cause that more intrigues me than the atheism versus gay thing," he said.
After some nudging, she finally admitted it was caused by her boyfriend. "What happened was I grabbed my boyfriend's phone because he text people he shouldn't be texting, and he grabbed my hand and snapped it," she said. Garabo managed to convince Nicole and her boyfriend to meet at a church, where the boyfriend admitted to drug problems and said he needed help.
"It was one of those things where you're immersed in it, and you really can't get a gauge on what's really happening," Garabo told Fox 13 on Monday. "I just did what I thought was the right thing to do by keeping them on the line, directing them to a place where a Pasco County Sheriff's Deputy could meet them, and both of them could get the help that they needed." "It's really made me reconsider just how we talk to people, and how we get involved in people's lives," he said. LISTEN HERE
MOTION: Longtime Baltimore Host Steve Rouse Returning To Radio On 104.7 The Point; Channing Crowder Tapped For Afternoons On WQAM/Miami
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Longtime Baltimore host Steve Rouse will be returning to radio on Havre de Grace-based 104.7 FM "The Point;" simulcasting on 1330 WHGM AM. According to The Baltimore Sun, The Rouse & Company morning show, whose 17-year run on Baltimore's WQSR ended in 2005 following a format change, will debut his new. The new morning show on Oct. 12. Since leaving radio, he has been busy with his own Rousedale Farm. Rouse expects the new show to be pretty similar to the original Rouse & Company, which aired from 1988 until May 2005 on WQSR 105.7 FM, known today as The Fan (WJZ-FM).
CBS RADIO’s 560 WQAM announced former Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder will join Marc Hochman and Zach Krantz on the station’s weekday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. afternoon show, effective Tuesday, August 11. The new program will be entitled Hochman, Crowder and Krantz. Crowder was most recently co-host of the station’s weekday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. midday program. Crowder started at WQAM as a contributor in 2009, while still a player for the Dolphins. The former All-SEC linebacker at the University of Florida made 74 starts for the Dolphins before embarking on a career in sports broadcasting. “I’m excited to get back behind the mic at WQAM and for the opportunity to work with Hoch and Zach,” said Crowder. “We’re going to bring listeners a different kind of show they won’t be able to find anywhere else.”
NETWORKS: Mike Rogers WWO Show Tops 150 Affiliates Mark; The Fitz Show And More On A Roll At Sun Broadcast Group
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced "Something to Think About with Mike Rogers," featuring former Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, has hit a major radio milestone by affiliating 156 stations just seven months after its debut. The show, which airs in eight of the top 10 markets, boasts a robust station lineup which includes WABC/New York, WLS/Chicago, WIOD/Miami, KDKA, Pittsburgh, KSFO/San Francisco, and many more. Chairman Rogers spent more than a decade at the intersection of the topics and events that shape Americans’ lives, where he's been privy to perspectives available only to a select few in senior levels of government and national security. For more info on “Something to Think About” contact Stuart Greenblatt at email@example.com or (212) 419-2946.
Speaking of growth, our friends at Sun Broadcast Group tells Jockline that The Fitz Show has now added KTZA-FM Albuquerque, NM KRBX-FM Corpus Christi, TX WRJC-AM Madison, WI and its The Hit List with Fitz has picked up KQCS-FM Davenport, IA WPKQ-FM Portland-Auburn, ME KWOZ-FM Little Rock, AR WYOT-FM Rockford, IL KBYB-FM Shreveport, LA KGTW-FM Juneau, AK KTKU-FM Juneau, AK WINQ-FM Boston, MA WRJC-AM Madison, WI Nashville Minute with Fitz WYOT-FM Rockford, IL KXLW-FM Anchorage, AK WPKQ-FM Portland-Auburn, ME WRJC-AM Madison, WI. Meanwhile, The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver is now on at WPGB-FM Pittsburgh, PA and WDKN-AM Nashville - The Marilu Henner Show picks up CKLW-AM Detroit, MI KOHI-AM Portland, OR Yahoo Deportes KLMA-FM Albuquerque, NM WVXX-AM and Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA. Plus, its Accuweather en Espanol adds KLJR-FM Los Angeles, CA KXLM-FM Los Angeles, CA KOXR-AM Los Angeles, CA among others. For more info, contact Ron Rivlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Generations Of WLS Programmers Meet For Rare Pose At MSBC 27
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Among the many photos taken this past weekend at MSBC/Chicago was this rather special grouping of three generations of PD's from WLS. Shown from left to right, radio's iconic programmer, John Gehron (now COO with AccuRadio), Cumulus' Jan Jeffries (center) who, in addition to his SVP/Corporate Programming duties, just relocated to Washington, where he'll oversee WRQX/107.3. Shown right is Brian Thomas, who just transferred to WLS-FM and will remain as Corporate PD of Cumulus Country and Classic Hits.
Transgender Host To Broadcast Live From Pride Parade
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Transgender BBC radio host Stephanie Hirst (right) will broadcast live from Manchester during its upcoming Pride parade. She'll broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester on August 29th. Chief Executive of Manchester Pride, Mark Fletcher tells gaytimes.co.uk, "It’s quite a coup to have Stephanie joining us for the parade and to have such a key figure in the transgender community involved in this huge part of the Festival."
Kate Squire, managing editor of BBC Radio Manchester, added: "Stephanie is the perfect DJ to broadcast live from the Manchester Pride Parade. She will be fabulous and we’re going to play some brilliant music." This year’s Manchester Pride theme is devotion. The charity are urging parade attendees to celebrate who and what they are devoted to.
In October 2014, then Simon Hirst announced during an interview BBC Radio 5Live that she was changing her name from Simon to Stephanie and was in the process of gender transitioning
ReelWorld/MSBC 'Rising Star Awards' Class Of 2015 Revealed
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– Recipients of ReelWorld's inaugural "Rising Stars Awards' for 2015 were revealed during Friday afternoon's 'Branding' session, sponsored by Reelworld - Being selected from numerous nominees throughout the U.S., from from various markets and formats were Brendan Croghan - WARQ/Columbia, SC (top row, right center) - Dominique 103 Jamz/Norfolk (bottom left) - Brittani Fish WPLW-FM/Raleigh (middle row, left center) - Miguel Fuller Hot 101 Tampa, FL (top row, right center)- Brian Joyce WGOW/Chattanooga - Brian Moote KIRO/Seattle - Christian Morgan Dick Broadcasting/Greensboro (bottom row, center) - Pavlina Osta Genesis Comm./iHeart 360 (top row, left) - Shelley Rome Z100/New York (top right)- Joanna Ryan KORN/Franklin, ID (not shown) - The ReelWorld Risin Stars Awards were done in conjunction with MSBC 27.
[LISTEN] Jonathon Brandmeier Wows 'Em At MSBC 27 Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– We would be hard pressed to find another MSBC with a more exuberant ending than this year's one-on-one between Cumulus Media's Mike McVay and Westwood One's Jonathon Brandmeier. Seated before a spectacular stage setup, courtesy of The Mix Group, McVay began with a line of questions only to have an energetic Brandmeier pop up from his seat and go into a lengthy and thoroughly entertaining speech on his life and times as a radio host. Eventually, he returned to his chair only to pop up again later and head to the audience to engage with a ecstatic crowd. We should soon have video from unforgettable segment in the near future.
In a separate interview with our own international columnist, Graham Mack, Brandmeier spoke frankly about his true secret to success - go to about the 10 min. mark and LISTEN HERE
Meanwhile, Wise Brother Media, sponsor of Brandmeier's MSBC session, have made available a variety of photos (like the one above) from this year's event - Go here to https://wisebro.smugmug.com/Morning-Show-Boot-Camp-2015/
Radio's Scott McKenzie Opens Up On Long Hospital Stay
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– MIX 105.1/Orlando's Scott McKenzie told his listeners: 'As you may have noticed, I’ve been off the air for over a month lately, while attempting to be accepted into a clinical trial in Philadelphia. The process has been the ultimate roller coaster as one day my blood cells have cooperated, and the next day, they haven’t. It’s literally been day to day, with my last stay extending 30 days during which I became quite sick.
What I haven’t told anybody until this moment, is that the reason I was in the hospital for so long is that this was our final viable attempt. With my body so beaten up by cancer and chemo, it had to work, or we had to face a hard reality.
We returned from Philly on Wednesday, August 5th. Upon our return, my first call was to my doctor, and after a lot of thinking, my 2nd call was to hospice. That evening they were at our door talking about their wonderful services. I just couldn’t believe they were talking to me. Final healthcare arrangements have been made, and now we begin the focus on my comfort as I say my goodbyes. ... "
Scott thanked his listeners for their 20+ years of support: 'Most of all, thank you for the privilege of waking you up all these years. I am so grateful to call you my Orlando family. I’m currently hooked up to an oxygen tank to help me take full breaths, but it’s my dream to be able to make it back in the studio with the other corny goofballs for a brief goodbye, and to hold down that microphone “on” switch one more time. READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
PROGRAMMING: John Laurenti And Matt Leonard Join iHeartMedia New Hampshire
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia New Hampshire announced that John Laurenti has been named Program Director for WHEB-FM and WGIR-FM, effective August 17. Matt Leonard has been named Production Director and Afternoon Host on WHEB-FM, effective September 2015. Laurenti is a veteran New England Broadcaster who most recently was heard on WZLX in Boston. He also held previous roles with CBS at WODS in Boston and WHJY in Providence.
Leonard joins iHeartMedia New Hampshire from Entercom in Boston and has also been an instructor at the Connecticut teaching audio production. He is also a noted expert on the band Pink Floyd, producing a podcast called floydpodcast.com. “We are thrilled to have John Laurenti join the team. Our search lasted awhile and we had pretty strict criteria on what type of personality would be a great fit. John has the format knowledge we were looking for—and we feel he will be a dynamic leader in our cluster,” said Tim Moore, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia New Hampshire.
Alpha Media Becomes 4th Largest Broadcast Company
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media headquartered in Portland, Oregon announces with the acquisition of Digity, LLC, they have become the 4 th largest broadcast company in the country in terms of station count and the 3rd largest in terms of markets count.” When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to 251 in 54 markets across the United States.
Commenting on the acquisition, Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media said, “We are extremely pleased to acquire fr from exceptional operators and management who truly understand radio. Dean and his team have done a tremendous job with these stations. They will be a great addition to our live and local vision across the country.”
Dean Goodman, Chief Executive Officer of Digity Companies, LLC said, “Larry Wilson and I have a shared vision for the radio renaissance in progress now. Radio is live, local media enhanced by digital delivery and community focused events. Our success is the result of an employee environment of collaboration, transparency and innovation. I am honored to have worked with the great broadcasters at Digity and the dynamic growth they've created. Digity and Alpha are a perfect match.”This transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice.
[LISTEN] Philly Host Picked For Special Papal Choir
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– As Philadelphia prepares for Pope Francis arrival next month, according to CBS/Philly, The papal mass in Philadelphia will be celebrated with no fewer than four choirs, including one specially selected just for the occasion.
Among the 250 voices in the special Papal Choir will be a CBS Radio host, WXTU's Brian McKay. “I really didn’t know if I was going to make it and I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know if it was for me,” McKay said, “because we’re hearing all these stories about what it’s going to be like when the Pope does come, rumors of a wall being built around Philadelphia.” Fortunately, he got the nod, but he says he may have been helped with a sometimes fatal birth defect. His esophagus was connected to his windpipe instead of his stomach. As an infant, he had surgery on the very pipes that now will fill out the papal choir. And the doctor who saved his life? Former surgeon general C. Everett Koop, then (in 1965) a surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. LISTEN HERE
[LISTEN] Bobby Bones Trademarks Donald Trump Campaign Mantra; Will Sell It Back To Him For Charity
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– How did Donald Trump let his now popular campaign mantra “Make America Great Again” get by without trademarking it? Jumping in was Premiere syndicated host Bobby Bones of The Bobby Bones Show who's now in the process of using the name on his clothing line with hopes that 'The Donald' will try getting it back, along with a nice donation to St. Jude. Listen HERE to his interview with fellow iHeart host, Joe Pags.
[WATCH] KGO's Ronn Owens Recovering Following Brain Surgery
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2015 –– KGO/San Francisco's Radio's Ronn Owens is recovering after having brain surgery Thursday at UCSF in San Francisco to ease symptoms of Parkinson's disease. According to ABC7 News, when asked what he was having done, Owens replied: "Just the normal thing, go in and have a couple of holes drilled into your head and have some wires put in," he said. Owens has been coping with Parkinson's disease for 13 years and went public with it in 2014.
ABC7 says he didn't want the surgery then, but needs it now. "This last year, it's gotten worse," he said. "This year, I'm bumping into things," says Owens, "falling, a little harder to get up from a restaurant table, things like that and this is the time to do it," he said. Owens hopes, "If it works, I'll get back five to seven years. In other words it takes me back to five to seven years ago when I had Parkinson's and nobody had it, could see it then and I wasn't really shaking," he said. WATCH HERE
[WATCH] The Bert Show Grants Wish For Two Girls To Meet Taylor Swift Following Untimely Death Of Their Mother
THE MOUTH, AUTGUST 7TH, 2015 –– The Atlanta community banded together on Wednesday afternoon, taking to social media to solicit the help of many including nationally syndicated The Bert Show to grant a very special wish for the two young daughters of Stefanie Ballard, who recently passed away due to a mysterious illness. Daughters Riley, 6, and Reese, 4, have always idolized Taylor Swift and before Ballard’s passing, she had hoped to take her daughters to the Taylor Swift concert as a way to celebrate Riley’s upcoming 7th birthday. With Taylor Swift’s tour coming to Atlanta in late October, Ballard’s dear friend Stephanie Houghton took to social media to rally the community to help her make the young girls’ dreams come true by not only attending the concert but also the opportunity to meet Taylor Swift.
Enter The Bert Show who wasted no time in making this dream Stefanie had for her daughters a reality and announced on the morning of Thursday, August 6th, that they have teamed up with the singer-songwriter superstar to provide a meet-and-greet for the family on Saturday, October 24 during her concert in Atlanta. The radio show also revealed that the girls will receive a day of pampering before the show, featuring a shopping spree to help pick out the perfect outfits for their night out, blowouts courtesy of DryBar, dinner before the show and limo service to and from the concert. WATCH HERE
MOTION: Chuck Edwards Moves To Mornings At WYCD Detroit; Cliff Bennett Takes Nights At WBBQ Augusta
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2015 ––Chuck Edwards will be waking up earlier starting Monday, Aug. 17. That’s when he’ll be taking over his new role as host of the 99.5 WYCD morning show. There he'll join Rachel Hunter and Steve Grunwald, veterans of the WYCD morning team for the past 10 years, as well as Jason the 200 lb. cowboy.
Edwards has been with WYCD for 16 years as co-host of the station’s afternoon drive program “Edwards and Lee” with Linda Lee. He came to WYCD in 1999. Prior to Detroit, he was with KSCS in Dallas for 15 years. “What’s not to be excited about?!” asked Edwards. “A premier morning show foundation is in place - I'm ready to build on that with Rachel, Grunwald and Jason and looking forward to this opportunity to evolve my career. However, gotta admit, I will miss those enticing late night infomercials!”
iHeartMedia Augusta announced today that longtime talent Cliff Bennett (R) has been named evening drive host for Mainstream AC 104.3 WBBQ-FM, effective August 10. Bennett, who was recently promoted to Program Director of WBBQ-FM, also programs the classic rocker WEKL-FM. He serves as Digital Content Director for the Augusta, GA market and will take over evening drive duties on WBBQ. Bennett’s 22 years in radio began in 1993, with a brief exit in 2002, he returned to iHeartMedia as APD/Midday host of WEKL-FM in 2007.
MOTION: Logan Adds N/T PD Stripes For Cumulus Ft. Walton Beach; Billy Garland Named Promo Dir. For Alpha Louisville Cluster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Fort Walton/Destin announces that Logan, WNCV/COAST 93.3 Program Director and Morning personality, has been named Program Director of News Talk 1260 WFTW-AM. Logan retains his programming responsibilities for AC-formatted WNCV/COAST 93.3.
Logan joined Cumulus last year as Program Director for COAST 93.3, after 14 years with IHEARTMEDIA where, for eight years, he was Morning Host/Assistant Program Director and Music Director for WISX/Mix106.1 in Philadelphia. Logan’s previous tours of duty include: Z100 in New York City, Q102 in Philadelphia, KDMX in Dallas, and The Beat in Chicago.
Billy Garland has joins Alpha Media Louisville, KY as Promotions Director for Top 40, 99-7 DJX and Hot A/C, 102.3 The Max. Originally from Georgia, Billy Garland attended and graduated from the University of Louisville in 2011 with a BA in communications. Since then Billy has had the opportunity to work as a Sales and Marketing professional for two of the most well - known brands in the Hospitality Industry; Planet Hollywood and Hard Rock International. Billy remarked, "I am so excited for this opportunity, to not only begin my career within the radio industry which I am extremely passionate about, but to begin this journey with Alpha Media
106.1 KISS/Seattle Becomes Swift FM In Honor Of Sellout
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2015 ––106.1 KISS FM, Seattle’s #1 Hit Music Station, announced today that in honor of Taylor Swift’s sold out concert at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, August 8th, 2015, it will become 106.1 Swift FM. Launching at 10:00am/PST on Saturday, August 8th, 2015, the radio station will play all Taylor Swift music, all day, until the early hours of Sunday, August 9th, 2015 to ensure concertgoers and listeners celebrate this huge concert all day and all night.
In addition to the music programming, all station imaging, the website, jingles and DJ's will showcase 106.1 Swift FM all day. “There is no bigger artist in the world for radio in 2015 than Taylor Swift and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate her sold out show in Seattle than by changing the name of our station and showcasing her amazing music all day,” said Rich Davis, 106.1 Swift FM, Program Director and Seattle Senior Vice President of Programming.
Radio Disney Comes To iHeartRadio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2015 –– Starting now, you can now catch all the hottest Disney kids’ music, DJs and shows wherever you go, thanks to Radio Disney’s new partnership with iHeartRadio. From Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift to Shawn Mendes and Austin Mahone, Radio Disney is playing today’s most popular young artists, and its new integration into the iHeartRadio app means you can now listen in more ways than ever before.
Radio Disney programming will now be accessible on more than 60+ device platforms, streaming to the millions of iHeartRadio listeners across the U.S. From wearables and mobile devices to cars and gaming consoles, iHeartRadio is on a mission to bring listeners the very best content in as many ways as possible. Now, Radio Disney shows such as “Insider,” “Take Over,” “Top 30,” “Saturday Night Party,” “The Alli Simpson Show” and more will all be available through iHeartRadio. Radio Disney is joining Nick Radio and other existing partners on iHeartRadio, as part of our commitment to expanding our programming for fans of all ages. So grab the family and prepare to get Disney-fied with Radio Disney on iHeartRadio.
National Radio HOF Announces 2015 Nominees
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2015 –– Chicago's Eric & Kathy /WTMX/101.9, KQRS-FM/Minneapolis' Tom Barnard and KQRC-FM/Kansas City's Johnny Dare are among those up for Chicago's National Radio Hall of Fame. National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Nominees Induction Ceremony to be Held in Chicago on Thursday, November 5.
The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization’s steering committee. Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of 400 industry professionals. For the first time in five years, NRHOF Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin has re-instituted national public engagement through social media balloting for eight nominations in two categories – Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. Kitchin comments, “This impressive list of nominees represents the best examples of talent with commendable audience relationships past and present. Each individual and show was selected after extensive deliberation by the steering committee. We’re all looking forward to seeing the results as determined by our industry peers and listeners nationwide.” Inductees will be announced August 31. The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, November 5 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago. CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE
Rod Phillips To Lead iHeart Media Country
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2015 ––iHeartMedia announced today that Rod Phillips will lead its Nashville-based iHeartCountry team. iHeartCountry has more than 140 Country broadcast radio stations across the U.S. reaching more than 97 million Country music listeners per month, making it the largest Country broadcast radio group in America.
It's s important that iHeartCountry has a leader like Rod who knows both the people behind the music and the nuances of the format,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms, iHeartMedia. “Given his programming experience with more than 40 Country stations, Rod is the right person to lead the iHeartCountry team and continue to build our Country platform for the benefit of our listeners, advertisers and the Country music community." In 2011 Phillips helped develop The Bobby Bones Show, the top-rated nationally-syndicated Country music morning show, working closely with Bobby to expand the show’s original format and moving The Bobby Bones Show from Austin to Nashville for its successful transition into Country radio in February 2013.
[WATCH] Kerri Kasem Breaks Silence On Her Father's Death
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2015 –– Kerri Kasem, daughter of radio's legendary Casem now say's "even though it was too late to save his life. "The doctor said, quote, 'what was done to this man was inhumane'." According to KOMO Seattle, Kerri is breaking her silence about the death of her famous father following a very public national drama played out nationally for over a year. In her first full interview, Kerri Kasem accuses her step-mother, Casey's second wife Jean Kasem of isolating her father in his ailing years, eventually taking him to a small house in Washington. "He was so, so sick. And to be stuck in a house - he was sweating when I saw him. He had a fan above him. He had - I mean, this isn't a place for a man that had enough money for the best medical care possible."
The doctor and judge immediately ordered Casey Kasem to the hospital. Kerri Kasem said her father was ill with rampant infections, bedsores, fluid in his lungs, twisted legs and much more. Watch HERE
Bloomquist Media Tapped To Launch New Money Talk Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2015 –– Wela, an Atlanta-based digital financial advisory firm, has retained Bloomquist Media to assist with development and management of a weekly radio program that provides listeners with unbiased guidance on all aspects of money management – earning, investing and spending wisely. The Money Revolution by Wela is hosted by Wela CEO Matt Reiner and COO Eddie Goepp. The one-hour show currently airs on six radio stations across the Southeast, including 640 WGST in Atlanta. Bloomquist Media (BQM) assists with every facet of The Money Revolution’s content from concept development, to topic selection to coaching the hosts. BQM also manages the show’s business relationships with affiliate radio stations.
“Bloomquist Media taught us how to produce an engaging and content-rich show,” said Matt Reiner. “The strategies they helped us implement have made us more effective in delivering our marketing message by providing insightful content to our listeners.” Said BQM President Randall Bloomquist: Bloomquist Media is a content creation and marketing communications firm with a unique specialty in helping clients harness the power of radio and audio to exceed their goals.
Westwood One Signs Multiyear, Multiplatform Deal With PGA Network
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2015 –– For the first time in a decade, Westwood One returns live hole-by-hole coverage of the PGA Championship via a multiyear deal that will engage golf fans and listeners for years to come. Westwood One will also provide shortform updates and a nightly recap show, The PGA Championship Tonight. In collaboration with SiriusXM Radio, live broadcast coverage from the 2015 PGA Championship begins on Thursday, August 13, 2015, and will run through Sunday, August 16, 2015. This year’s Championship will be played at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Coverage can be heard on Westwood One Sports affiliates, WestwoodOneSports.com, and SiriusXM Radio. “Westwood One is proud to present the 2015 PGA Championship,” said Bruce Gilbert, SVP, Sports for Westwood One and Cumulus. “It’s a very exciting time in professional golf with so many terrific stories this year. Our team is prepared and excited to describe the remarkable performance of the world’s best players live from the PGA Championship for the next few years.” Veteran broadcaster Earl Forcey will anchor the joint coverage from the 18th Tower. For more information, to listen live, or to find a radio station airing Westwood One’s broadcast of the PGA Championship, visit WestwoodOneSports.com.
Caitlyn Jennifer Billboard Spoof Pulled In Toledo
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2015 –– After catching the attention of news outlets worldwide, a billboard advertising Star 105.5/Toledo's Denny Schaffer's parodying Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover, has now been flipped to a blank billboard. With the words: “Transition to Star 105” and “Don’t call me Caitlyn,” drew the ire of Equality Toledo who asked the board be taken down and fr Schaffer to apologize. Meanwhile, a separate petition at change.org to have Schaffer fired garnered nearly 750 signatures, as of this yesterday, compared to the 450 signatures for a “Don’t Fire Denny Schaffer” counter petition.
“Moving forward,” Schaffer said, “I would say we won’t go down the road in such a controversial manner.” Nick Komives, executive director of Equality Toledo, considers the ad’s removal a significant victory. Schaffer maintained that Equality Toledo is welcome to discuss the controversy on his show and is ready to make amends. “For the people that were really offended, I truly apologize,” he said. “My intent was never to offend, only to entertain and I misjudged parody in Toledo, Ohio.” When asked about the billboard serving its purpose in marketing and promoting his show, Schaffer replied: “Oh yeah, I got some attention.” But if it’s the right kind of attention, the veteran radio host isn’t sure. “Time will tell.”
Alpha Media Nearly Doubles In Size With Acquisition Of Digity
Purchase Will Bring Total Number Of Stations To 251
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase radio stations from Digity, LLC . Digity owns or operates 116 stations in 26 markets, Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media will add the Digity markets to the one hundred thirty-five stations currently in the Alpha Media portfolio. When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to 251.
Commenting on the acquisition, Wilson said, “We are extremely pleased to be acquiring from exceptional operators and management who truly understand radio. Dean and his team have done a tremendous job with these stations. They will be a great addition to our live and local vision across the country.” Dean Goodman, Chief Executive Officer of Digity Companies, LLC said, “Larry Wilson and I have a shared vision for the radio renaissance in progress now. Radio is live, local media enhanced by digital delivery and community focused events. Our success is the result of an employee environment of collaboration, transparency and innovation."
This transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice. George Reed of Media Services Group is the broker for Alpha Media.
NIELSEN: Spanish/Black Audiences Now Account For Nearly A Third Of National Audience
THE MOUTH, AUUST 5TH, 2015 –– In yesterday's Nielsen Audio Today report it focused on 'Radio’s Reach with Black and Hispanic Consumers Media and Entertainment'. It's finding showed that in each of the past two years, the national weekly radio audience has reached all-time highs. In the second quarter of 2015, they found that 245 million Americans aged 12 and older are tuning to radio during an average week across more than 250 local markets large and small.
This growth trend is also evident when examining Black and Hispanic audiences—the weekly reach of radio among Blacks and Hispanics has been growing steadily over the past five years. Since 2011, the weekly national Black radio audience has grown 5% (from 29.8 million to 31.3 million) while the Hispanic audience has grown 11% (from 36.5 million to 40.4 million). Combined, these groups account for almost a third (29.3%) of the national audience, representing 71.7 million audio consumers.
When looking at the markets and states with the highest penetration of listening to urban or Spanish language formats, geography plays into listening, as well. CHECK OUT FULL REPORT HERE
STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Where Was Radio At Podcast Conference?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2015 –– Hubbard buying into Podcast One is receiving a great deal of attention, notes former longtime Saga programming head, Steve Goldsten. Now heading up his newest venture Amplifi, he shares in his latest blog a recent trip to Texas where he, along 1,000 others joined at Podcast Movement, a two year-old conference that focuses on the growing platform.
Keynotes included Sarah Koenig of Serial (downloaded more than 68 million times) Roman Mars of 99% Invisible (over 40 million downloads), Comedian Aisha Tyler and her “Girl on Guy” podcast (6 million downloads) and Marc Maron of WTF (shown above) who told the entertaining story of having President Obama come to his garage/studio for his podcast (2.4 million for that one episode).
Steve laments that commercial broadcasting was all but MIA at the event. I was one of only a handful of people from the radio industry at the conference. I counted 8. Steve adds that 'One could not help but think that while radio’s commiserates over its "talent puddle" and no longer using overnights and weekends to develop talent, that the next generation of audio people have migrated and found a new place to "work it out." "Did I mention, there were only 8 people from the radio business there?," jabs Goldstein. - Amplifi is sponsoring this year's '50 SHADES OF GREAT during this year's MSBC which kicks off tomorrow in Chicago. Goldstein will join with moderator John Gehron - and fellow panelists Tim Clarke, Jeff Dauler, Mike O'Malley and Harv Blain.
MOTION: Carson & Cane Take Mornings; Trey & Ghia Afternoons At Fresh 102.7 New York; Lance Tidwell On The Rise At iHeart Media
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2015 –– Beginning this week, CBS' Fresh FM has announced that Carson & Cane, Karen Carson and Cane Peterson, will now move into mornings and Trey and Ghia will slide into afternoon drive. Carson shifts from middays and teams up with Cane. Over in afternoon, Ghia, a former midday host at iHeartMedia ALT 98-7/LA, had recently handled swing at WPLJ/NY.
Meanwhile, iHeartMedia/Tucson OM Lance Tidwell is headed to the company's San Antonio cluster as SVP/Programming and PD for Country KAJA. He succeeds Don Gosselin, who exited in May. Tidwell has been in in Tucson since April of 2013, when he transferred from his PD post at iHeartMedia WWYZ/Hartford. Prior to landing in Hartford, Tidwell briefly served as COO of Southern Star Broadcasting in Memphis.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Crystalyn Portwood Tapped As iHM/Denver's Dir. Of Sports Sales
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced that Crystalyn Portwood has been named Director of Sports Sales for the Denver market, effective August 8th, 2015. iHeartMedia Denver’s 850 KOA and 103.5 The Fox are the AM and FM flagship stations for The Denver Broncos NFL franchise and 850 KOA is the flagship station for The Colorado Rockies and The University of Colorado Buffalos football and basketball teams.
Portwood previously served as Local Sales Manager at KMOX in St. Louis, Missouri for CBS Radio under then GSM Tim Hager and assumed the role of GSM when Hager departed for the role of Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Denver. “I am excited to be a part of the innovative, client-facing team at iHeartMedia Denver. It is an honor to work with iconic brands like 850 KOA, 103.5 The Fox, The Broncos and Rockies Radio Networks at iHeartRadio,” said Portwood.
NETWORKS: Sun Broadcast Group Signs Hubbard Radio to Shazam For Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2015 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced today that Hubbard Radio has signed on to the Shazam For Radio platform. Shazam For Radio is being deployed on 19 stations in all seven Hubbard markets including Chicago, Washington D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle, Phoenix, St Louis and Cincinnati. “All of us here at Hubbard Radio are thrilled to be partnering with the great team at Sun Broadcast Group and Shazam for Radio. As we continue to look to the future and new ways of connecting our great brands and the advertisers we serve with millions of our loyal listeners, we believe Shazam for Radio is a game changer. Thanks to Sun CEO Jay Bailey and his incredible team for this exciting exclusive partnership in our seven markets,” said Drew Horowitz, President/COO Hubbard Radio.
“We are so pleased to be working with Hubbard Radio in bringing another level of interactivity to their great radio properties,” said Julio Aponte, Sun Broadcast Group COO. “Shazam For Radio will allow them to engage directly with their audience by giving them real-time access to all their content, personalities, promotions and advertisers.” For more information on Shazam For Radio contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
The Loop 97.9 Chicago Selects April Rose As Its Loop Rock Girl
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Chicago’s WLUP The Loop 97.9 announces that it has selected actress, television host, comedian and model April Rose as its Loop Rock Girl. The Loop has a long tradition of Loop Rock Girls that serve as brand ambassador for Chicago’s Classic Rock station, making appearances to meet listeners at station events and concerts. The Loop Rock Girl is also featured on the famous Loop Rock Girl Calendar.
Rose, who hails from Chicago, was an original cast member on MTV2’s highest-rated show, “Guy Code” and its successful spinoff, “Girl Code”. She hosted MTV's infamous Spring Break Cancun 2014, and is an on-air contributor for VH1 music countdown shows. Rose, frequently featured as a model in Maxim Magazine, and was named to Maxim's annual definitive list of the world's most beautiful women for two years in a row.
Rose made her movie debut in 2013 co-starring in Sony Pictures’ “Grown Ups 2”, and appeared on the Fox hit drama series “Empire”. She was recently cast as the female lead in the upcoming sequel to the Clint Eastwood film, “Any Which Way You Can”, which is currently in production.
LA County Proclaims 'Art Laboe Day' In Tribute To Radio Legend's 90th Birthday
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2015 –– It was an extra special day yesterday for radio icon, Art Laboe, as LA County declared it Art Laboe Day in advance of his 90th Birthday on Friday. According to ocweekly.com, the KDAY 93.5FM "Oldies But Goodies" host tboasts an epic 72-year career on the air.
Laboe he got his start in radio in 1943 at San Francisco's KSAN station. "I had an hour to play music at the end of the day," he recalls." Laboe spun songs by Glen Miller and other big bands. "I'm writing a book and I write in my preface that I was a deejay before they were called deejays." After returning from a three year stint in the military, he got a job on KRKD. He finally got his big break years later in Los Angeles when he did The Art Laboe Show live during afternoons from Scrivner's Drive-In spots, where his signature phrase "Oldies But Goodies" was first coined. "
Laboe says retiring from radio never enters the conversation. "I have boundless ambition but physical limitation," he says. "There's only so much you can do." In addition to The Art Laboe Sunday Special on KDAY, he hosts The Art Laboe Connection on various stations at night during the work week. His autobiography, a labor of love for 20 years, is being readied for release next year.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
BBC Radio 2 Will Air Johnnie Walker Cilla Black Interview
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2015 –– BBC Radio 2 will broadcast a two hour archive interview between the late Cilla Black and Johnnie Walker following the death of the television presenter and singer over the weekend. First aired in December 2013 on BBC Radio 2, ‘Johnnie Walker Meets… Cilla Black’ replaced ‘Sounds of the 50s with Leo Green’. The interview was given during her 50th anniversary year in show business, and first aired on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday 26th December 2013. But the station has been criticised for broadcasting a pre-recorded programme by Paul O’Grady on Sunday afternoon, just hours after news of Cilla’s death was announced. Listeners and radio folk alike pointed out on social media that Paul made no mention of his close friends death, highlighting its pre-recorded nature. The programme did however contain regular announcements that it was pre-recorded after the top of hour news bulletins.
Radio Station in Deep Water On Australia’s Sunshine Coast - 92.7 Mix FM's Caroline Hutchinson was challenged to get her scuba diving licence, all good so far. Then Friday for the 10th Anniversary of the sinking of the HMAS Brisbane off the coast, Caroline was going to take a dive to the ship’s deck. Only one hitch they discovered, Caroline gets sea sick. With Caroline on dry land and Mark Darin on hols, Justin Vievers stepped in along with a local politician three nautical miles off Mooloolaba they went down to the deck of the HMAS Brisbane. Listen here; http://www.radiotoday.com.au/news/whats-new/7391-92-7-mix-fm-in-deep-water.html
Nick Grimshaw Uses hemorrhoid Preparation On His Face! The BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host raised more than a few eyebrows with his advice on how to stay looking young on ITV Television’s X Factor. Fans have already questioned how Nick, 30, will fare being a mentor to the TV talent show acts as he is not a singer like judges Rita Ora, 24, and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, 32, or a pop manager like Simon Cowell, 55. And this latest incident will add to those concerns. During auditions in London, one 35-year-old female singer took to the stage to perform for the panel. Grimshaw then asked her: “Do you moisturise? What do you use?” Then he said, “Have you tried piles cream? It tightens the face and stops wrinkles!”.
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Donnie Simpson Returning To DC Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2015 –– After a five-year hiatus, DC radio legend Donnie Simpson is coming out of retirement for multi-year radio and television deal with WMMJ MAJIC 102.3 and as the newest talent on the cable network TV One. According to myfoxdc, Simpson’s radio show will be on the air from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting on August 17.
“Donnie is iconic. The D.C. market woke up to his voice for 30 years and we are thrilled to bring him out of retirement and behind a microphone again,” said Jeff Wilson, senior regional vice president and general manager of Radio One-DC, in a statement. “MAJIC 102.3, The Real Sound of the DMV, will certainly be impacted by Donnie being reunited with his loyal listeners. His passion for music, industry relationships, interview style and charisma are a winning combination and we are glad to have him as a member of the Radio One family.” Simpson hosted “The Donnie Simpson Morning Show” on WPGC-FM for 17 years before retiring in 2010.
“So here I am and I'm bubbling over with excitement to get back on radio after five years and thrilled that I'll be back on TV after more than 15,” said Simpson. “It's been a great vacation, but it's time to go back to work and have some fun.” PHOTO/Radio One
MIX 96.5 Houston Welcomes The Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 29015 –– Mix 96.5 has announced a new morning show that will debut on Monday, Sept. 14 (6:00-10:00AM) as the station celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show joins the station from CBS RADIO’s KXTE-FM in Las Vegas. “The Dave, Mahoney and DK Show is best described as a progressive, fast-paced program that connects with a young adult audience in an authentic, fun and relatable way,” said Charese Fruge, Vice President of Programming/Operations Manager, CBS RADIO Houston.
“We want to thank CBS Radio for trusting us with this huge opportunity on Mix 96.5. To work in a major market with the programmer that has helped us build The Dave, Mahoney, and DK Morning Show into what it is today, is the perfect opportunity. We're primed for a win with CBS Radio Houston and we're going to hit the ground running on September 14th” said Dave, Mahoney & DK.'
Tampa Bay's Orlando Davis Inks Longterm Extension With WILD-94.1
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2015 –– WiLD 94.1 WLLD announced that morning host and PD Orlando Davis has signed a five-year extension to his contractual agreement with Beasley Media Group Inc. “It feels incredible to continue to be involved with Beasley Media Group! I am thankful to Market Manager Kent Dunn, along with Operations Manager Tee Gentry, VP of Programming Justin Chase, and EVP of Operations Brian Beasley ... All in all, we’re still just radio kids, constantly in awe of what comes out of our speakers!” says Orlando who has led the Rhythmic Top 40 WiLD 94.1, since its launch, in 1998.
Orlando’s commitment to his Tampa Bay community is evident every year by his participation in “Orlando's Toy Drive” event, where he is housed outdoors for 5 days, high up on a 40ft scaffold . Orlando has been relentless in his effort to raise bikes, toys and gift cards for The Children's Home , and Tampa Bay area's orphanage program. As it enters its 4th year , this Drive has raised over $30,000, 700 bikes and truckloads of toys . Congratulate Orlando at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: WWO Names Tasha Blasi Pannuzzo SVP/Sales & Marketing Post
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that it has hired sales executive Tasha Blasi Pannuzzo as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales, NASH. It is a homecoming for Blasi, who previously worked at Westwood One from 2005-2011. During her earlier tenure with the company she was one of the top sellers before moving up to manage the Business Radio Network. More recently, Blasi was a Sales Director at TargetSpot.
“Our NASH assets are attracting great advertiser interest and we needed a seasoned professional to build on that buzz and cater to those clients,” said Westwood One President Steve Shaw. “Tasha totally fits the bill. She’s got powerful sales savvy, she knows the Country demographic, and she’s a proven revenue generator. She will be a great addition to our senior management team.” Blasi added, “Creating a strong sales vertical for the NASH brand will be like running my own small business within a business—a space I know really well. I’m looking forward to designing unique, customized sponsorship packages that offer clients turnkey solutions that exceed their expectations.”
FEATURES/NETWORKS: Benztown & Sports USA Team For Fantasy Sports Feature; Envision Sets Record With 42 New Affiliates In July; The Chad Benson Show Continues To Grow
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2015 –– Benztown and Sports USA Media have partnered to offer radio stations the Daily Roto radio feature, a free 30-second daily (Monday-Friday) fantasy sports update showcasing fantasy sports tips, picks and analysis across multiple sports from the inside experts at DailyRoto.com. DailyRoto.com is a subscription-based fantasy sports intelligence resource, providing data, articles, news and insights from sports experts. Benztown will produce the Daily Roto feature for radio, while Sports USA Media will distribute the feature to stations for free—no cash, no commercial inventory.
To get the Daily Roto free daily fantasy sports feature for your station, contact Lyle Gordon at Sports USA Media at: email@example.com. For more information visit: www.benztown.com/daily-roto.
During the month of July, Envision Networks® set a new company record for most affiliations in a broadcast month by welcoming 42 new affiliates. Among them included: WMYK-FM/Indianapolis, IN (Imaging Chop Shop), WVRX-FM/Knoxville, TN and KMJO-FM/Fargo, ND (DUKE FM®), WNYM-AM/New York, NY; WNTP-AM/Philadelphia; WRGA-AM/Atlanta, GA; WHAS-AM/Louisville and WPGP-AM/Pittsburgh, PA (The John and Leah Show) WEMJ-AM in Boston, MA, KXXO-FM/Seattle and WKZL-FM in Greensboro, NC (influence FM), KKGN-FM/San Antonio, TX (AmeriCountry) WTCX-FM/Green Bay-Appleton, WI (Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock) and KFNS-FM/St. Louis, MO (Guest Services) Stations interested in more information on any of Envision Networks® offerings can visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chad Benson Show is excited to announce the addition of the following stations: KQTH-FM, Tucson; KFQD-AM, Anchorage; WIBW-AM Topeka; KRMG-AM/FM, Tulsa; and KGNC-AM, Amarillo. These markets join a growing list of affiliates that includes WIBC-FM, Indianapolis and KUFO-AM, Portland. Chad's sense of showmanship and entertainment, developed from years in music radio, has had a huge influence on him as a talk host. He offers a refreshing sound that delivers hard news and opinion in a thoughtful and entertaining way. For more information please contact Radio America Affiliate Marketing at email@example.com or 800-807-4703, Ext. 250.
WILD 94.1 Tampa & Hard Rock Cafe Announce Talent Search With Performance By Tori Kelly
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2015 –– WiLD 94.1 announced the #TBTSearch today, local effort to find the next talented artist that displays a combination of both singer and songwriter qualities. The selected winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize along with national exposure through various publicity opportunities. Local artists are encouraged to visit the WiLD 94.1 website to enter the talent search. The contest is open to all Tampa Bay solo artists who are at least 15 years-old. A launch party for the contest will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa and will feature a live performance by Capitol recording artist, Tori Kelly. In addition to her performance, Tori Kelly will host a Q&A session
The only way fans are able to get in, is to win. They must tune in to WiLD 94.1 and listen for their chance to win tickets. Program Director, Orlando Davis explains, "With our help, numerous hip hop artists have gotten their start, but we've now come up with a way to help a local singer/songwriter on their way to be the next Tori Kelly or Bruno Mars.” Tori Kelly gained early fame through her videos posted on YouTube. When she was 16, she auditioned for American Idol. After being eliminated, she began writing and releasing her first album independently in 2012.
Cumulus New York Teams For 5th Annual Bark In The Park
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media’s 77 WABC, 95.5 WPLJ, NASH FM 94.7, and the new Radio 103.9 teamed up for the 5th Annual “Bark in the Park” on Saturday at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. The North Shore Animal League America, Bergen County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center, and several other rescue groups were on-site with many dogs up for adoption. The mission of the day was to find a loving home for as many dogs as possible – and it was a great success. Over 30 dogs were adopted on-site! Thousands of dog lovers joined the radio stations for a day filled with great vendors, services, food, demonstrations, and activities for families and pup parents.
The most popular event of the day, as always, was the “My Dog Looks Like Me” contest. Attendees voted on-site for their favorite canine-owner pair. There were doggy pools for the pups to cool down in, plus agility courses, relay races, and much more. PHOTO/NASH FM’s Kelly Ford with her dogs - inset - along with families and dogs enjoying a day at the park.
Hubbard Buys 30% Stake In PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2015 –– PodcastOne and Hubbard Radio have reached an equity agreement in which Hubbard Radio acquires 30% of the on-demand digital-audio leader, PodcastOne. The agreement maintains PodcastOne and parent company Courtside Entertainment Group ’s independent control of all operations.
The network features many of America’s most popular podcasts, including Adam Carolla, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Austin, Dan Patrick, Chris Jericho, Penn Jillette, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Shawn and Larry King, Laura Ingraham, Dr. Drew, TheCHIVE, the newly launched Mark Schlereth podcast, plus WNYC’s Radiolab, Freakonomics and many more.
“We could not be more pleased and excited to have the chance to collaborate with Norm Pattiz and Kit Gray,” said Ginny Morris. “These great audio mavericks have a vision that we believe in, and are honored to be a part of. Great content always wins, and to make great content available at the convenience of the consumer is a natural evolution and one that our industry is beginning to embrace. Pattiz echoed these sentiments:
One third of the population has listened to a podcast, and 32 million people listen to podcasts on a weekly basis, as noted in the recent Edison Research and Triton Digital Infinite Dial 2015 study. The study also confirms advertiser appeal, noting that podcast listeners are 17% more likely than the average population to follow brands, and these consumers have a higher education level and income than the general U.S . population.
KYW Philly Launches Special HD Channel For Arrival Of Pope
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2015 –– With Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Philadelphia this fall, he becomes the fourth reigning Pontiff to visit the United States. Pope Francis is set to arrive Philly on Saturday, September 26th, but in the meantime, CBS Radio's KYW-AM Philly has launched a special HD channel devoted to the Pope's visit. The 'PopeCast' will also air AMP 96.5's HD channel.
CBS Philadelphia's Director of news and programming, Steve Butler, says KYW had been planning the PopeCast for months, adding there are a lot of angles to this story .. a lot happening. The PopeCast channel has already drawn an impressive list of sponsors as well.
MOTION: Pittsburgh's Jimmy Roach Ponders Next Move Following Exit From WDSY/Y-108
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2015 –– Legendary Pittsburgh host, Jimmy Roach who recently exited Y-108/WDSY, tells triblive.com, “I've been fired quite a few times, five or six probably. You get used to it .... I was considering retiring soon anyway. I just hadn't figured out the date.”
In 1973 Roach joined rocker WDVE-FM where he eventually moved to mornings and joined with Steve Hansen; thus, becoming the highly popular Jimmy & Steve Show. In 1987 they moved to classic-rock Magic 97 (now BOB-FM, WRRK), and remained until 1991. Roach shifted to country WDSY from 1991-98, then to Froggy in 2000 and returned to WDSY in 2012.
Roach says tells triblive.com he won't rule out a return to radio if the call comes, but the ability to finally stay up to watch the end of a Pirates game has quashed any desire for another morning shift. “I've been getting up at 3 a.m. for a hundred years,” he said. “It's weird to see how the other side lives.”
Hundreds Of Onlookers Shocked As Jet Crashes During Carfest Event Hosted By BBC 2's Chris Evans
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2015 –– A display jet crashed in front of hundreds of shocked onlookers at a car festival in Cheshire England over the weekend, hosted by BBC Radio 2 host, Chris Evans. According to liverpoolecho.co.uk, the radio and tv star posted on Twitter just moments after the crash: “I am very sad to announce there has been a serious air incident at Carfest North off site. The emergency services are in attendance.” A Twitter user posted: “Feel sick. I just witnessed a plane crash at Carfest. Literally flew over my head and blew up on a ball of flames in a field.” Another Twitter claimed to see a parachute eject from the plane.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHM Wichita Names Jeff McCausland Market President
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jeff McCausland has been named Market President of its Wichita market, effective immediately. "Jeff McCausland is a well-respected media leader in the Wichita community," said Beth Davis, Regional Market President, iHeartMedia. "His knowledge of the media landscape and relationships with clients and businesses in Wichita will add to the market's current track record of success." McCausland joins iHeartMedia Wichita with more than 25 years of broadcasting experience. He began his career at iHeartMedia Wichita's KRBB-FM in 1990 as part of the sales team and was quickly promoted. He went on to join KSAS-TV as a local Sales Manager and then took on roles as National Sales Manager, General Sales Manager and Director of Sales. McCausland most recently served as the General Manager of KSASTV and KMTW-TV for Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Art Vuolo Shares Secrets On How To Save Big On Parking And Travel During MSBC 27 Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2015 –– One more reason why Art Vuolo is known as "Radio's Best Friend" is because he finds ways to save money for those coming to the 27th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp. He says If you're driving to Chicago, parking overnight at the hotel can be quite expensive but an on-line service known as 'Park Whiz' buys bulk parking spaces in structures throughout major cities. You can access the Chicago-based company at www.parkwhiz.com.
Last year Art parked about four blocks from the hotel from 1 pm Wednesday though 1 pm Saturday for a total of $63! They have an app for smart phones too. Book it.
If you are flying in, Art says 'DO NOT take a cab.' It, too, can be expensive and even more costly depending on traffic. Instead, he recommends use of the "L" short for the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) elevated train. From O'Hare it's known as the BLUE line. From Midway it's the ORANGE line. You exit either at State & Lake right next to the hotel, or if your bag is light , you can walk down steps.
If you need an elevator or escalator, exit at Clark & Lake and you're 2 1/2 blocks from the hotel. Here's the best part, a one-way ticket is just $2.25, the biggest bargain in The Windy City! And here's the kicker says a beaming Art, "with the money you save you'll be able to buy one of Art's Boot Camp TV DVD's - hint, hint.
Tennessee Dad Gets Tattoo For Indy Contest, Then Finds Out He Doesn't Qualify
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2015 –– You have to feel bad for the dad who tried winning One Direction tickets for his daughter, only to find out after getting a large tattoo that out of state entries were accepted.
According to CBS4/Indy, Roger Fraser and his two daughters are from Tennessee, and they entered a WZPL-FM contest to dress Fraser up as a big OD fan so he could win tickets. Slight problem, however, was that the contest rules require that you have to be a permanent resident of Indiana. OUCH!
"My great idea was to get a 1D tattoo and later on, we’re talking and I mentioned to her, ‘I hope this isn’t one of those contests where you have to be a resident of the state to win the contest.’ She pulls the rules up and sure enough, you have to be a permanent resident of Indiana and we live in Nashville, Tennessee.” Despite the loss, he says he’s keeping the tattoo as a funny memory. “I’m keeping it forever. It’s a good memory for me and my daughters. I did it for them.
One of Fraser’s daughters tweeted out their plight, which got thousands of retweets. The three still made it to Friday’s One Direction concert in Indy. They got tickets from someone else they knew in town.
Jim Bohannon Keynotes For 90th Anniversary of 930 WTAD Quincy
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2015 –– Last Saturday, July 25, Westwood One’s syndicated talker Jim Bohannon was the keynote speaker for the 90th Anniversary celebration of AM 930 WTAD in Quincy, Illinois. WTAD, one of the oldest radio stations in the Midwest, kicked off the day-long festivities with an on-air retrospective, followed by an evening affair with a crowd of more than 200 former station staffers, clients, friends, family, and listeners.
Bohannon and comedian Tim Slagle regaled the guests at Quincy’s State Room. During the day prior to the party, Bohannon and his lovely wife Annabelle took some time to visit with and cheer up Kevin Payne, WTAD’s weekend news anchor, who is recovering from a severe auto accident that happened several months ago. WTAD’s VP/GM Mike Moyers said “Jim and Annabelle were two of the most delightful people I’ve had the pleasure to meet of late. And their being here to help WTAD celebrate 90 years was very special to us.”
Orlando's Johnny's House Becomes First U.S. Morning Show To Broadcast From Cuba
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– XL106.7 FM, Orlando’s Johnny’s House morning show has become the first-ever U.S. FM morning team to host a show in Cuba. Morning show hosts Johnny Magic, Laura Diaz and Brian Grimes traveled to Havana to explore Cuban culture first-hand and shared their experiences with Orlando residents on Friday morning, July 31, from 6-10 am.
“Now that the doors to Cuba are opening for the first time in over 50 years, it’s radio’s obligation to be a part of history and the education process,” said Johnny Magic. “By using all our assets -- our broadcast, digital and social platforms -- we are able to share our experiences with all our listeners so they can learn as much about Cuban culture as possible.” Photos and blogs from the morning show hosts’ visit are available on the Johnny’s House blog on xl1067.com. PHOTO/Facebook
REPORT: Jack Diamond Leaving WLS-FM
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– Insiders tell crm.com that Jack Diamond's morning show stint on WLS-FM has come to an end. Reportedly, his final show was last Friday before returning home to Washington, D.C. for vacation. Diamond, who spent 24 years handling mornings at Cumulus' sister station WRQX-FM Wash. DC, arrived in Chicago to co-host mornings with Brant Miller on WLS-FM on November 3, 2014. In late December, Diamond returned home to Washington, D.C. for a two-week Christmas break but didn't return in January as planned. Rather, Diamond decided over the break to have surgery to help repair a diverticulitis issue which was causing severe pain. Following surgery on January 20th, Diamond took the rest of the winter off to recover and didn't return to WLS-FM until April 6th.
This latest reported move follows the recent announcement of John Records Landecker announcing he would be voluntarily signing off his night slot with the station.
Kanye West, Kenny Chesney Among iHeart's Fifth Annual Music Festival Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– iHeartRadio Music Festival returns to Las Vegas September 18 & 19 for its 5th Annual 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival. They'll take over Sin City's MGM Grand Garden Arena for two nights with scheduled guests Kanye West, Sam Smith The Who, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, David Guetta, Kenny Chesney, The Weekend, Tove Lo, Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure Hozier, Jason Derulo, Duran Duran, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, Janet Jackson and Macy's Rising Star Christina Grimmie.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises and Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival. Artists and/or event are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Wise Brother Media Releases First-Ever Social Media Study
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 ––Wise Brother Media has released to the public its first-ever social media study, which they formerly conducted as a service for members of its Studio Think Tank. The study analyzed the fan reach and engagement of over 13,000 Facebook posts published on 40 radio station and morning show pages over a three-month period. "The results were fascinating, and in many ways unexpected," said Wise Brother Media's Vice President of Marketing, Natasha Crain, who led the research. "There's a lot of conventional wisdom tossed around about what works and doesn't work on a Facebook page. Much of what we found flies in the face of that, however.
Among the many take-aways, Crain tells Jockline, "There were many surprising results in the findings. As one example, we found that the difference in fan growth between pages had little to do with how well the pages were reaching and engaging fans. The pages growing most quickly were realizing that growth due to their efforts through other channels (e.g., on-air promotion of their Facebook page). To give you one other example, most page owners believe that they need to post frequently throughout the day to maximize reach in the news feed of their fans. We found that posting more than four times per day does nothing to increase reach and can actually have a strong negative impact on engagement (likes, shares, and comments).
As for mistakes stations often make with their Facebook pages right now, Crain says "I could point to a lot of things, but I'd say the top three are these. First, page managers think it's a big win when they have "viral" posts that are shared with tens of thousands of people. Our study showed those posts do very, very little to actually grow a page. Second, most pages are posting way too frequently and are actually hurting their engagement because of it. Third, page managers are relying too heavily on certain types of posts (e.g., photos). Diversity is key.
Through August 31, 2015, Wise Brother Media is offering the complete report for free to stations that sign up for a Studio Think Tank trial membership. A free trial can be requested at www.StudioThinkTank.com. To schedule an interview with Natasha Crain about the findings, contact Studio Think Tank Manager Danny Vigil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABC Radio Announces Special Programming For Labor Day Weekend
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– ABC Radio will offer three one-hour specials for use over the 2015 Labor Day Holiday weekend. The programs include “The Election Show: 16 Things to Know Before 2016,” “Back to School Survival Guide” and “Streamline and Simplify Your Life.”
With more than a year away from the 2016 Presidential Election, “The Election Show: 16 Things to Know Before 2016” will fill listeners in on everything to know before the race really gets going. Hosted by ABC News Correspondent Cheri Preston and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein.
ABC Radio’s “Back to School Survival Guide," will be hosted by ABC’s Michelle Franzen (shown), and finally, “Streamline and Simplify Your Life,” Hosted by ABC’s Scott Goldberg. This one-hour special will provide tips on how to clear out the clutter in life and start planning for the future.
REPORT: ESPN To Fill Colin Cowherd's Slot With Three Teams
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– Looks like ESPN Radio isn't wasting any time filling a slightly ahead of schedule exit of Colin Cowherd’s former slot. Leaving a week ahead of his planned departure today, July 31st, awfulannouncing.com reports that ESPN Radio intends to fill the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET for the next month with three different teams (Steve Mason and John Ireland from ESPN LA 710 have been subbing in Cowherd’s former spot this week.)
During the first week of August (beginning Aug. 3), Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley (R) will follow Mike & Mike for the late-morning/early-afternoon part of the ESPN Radio day. They currently host an afternoon show in LA on ESPN 710.
For the next two weeks (beginning Aug. 10 and 17), Michelle Beadle (L) will co-host from Los Angeles with Ben Lyons of ESPN LA. Closing out August in the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET slot will be Tom Waddle and Mark Silverman, who host Waddle & Silvy on ESPN 1000 in Chicago from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT.
“ESPN Radio has an extensive pool of talent from our national network, local stations and ESPN television,” said David Roberts, ESPN vice president, network audio content in an official release. “We’re excited to take advantage of this opportunity to give national radio exposure to our local hosts.”
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
OOPS: NOVA 96.9 Gives Away $100,000 After Only 4 Days
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– Sydney’s $100,000 Secret Sound on Nova 96.9 has been won! Yvonne Kriss won a life-changing $100,000 ($US73,000) when she correctly guessed the secret sound as a Rubik’s Cube!! AFTER JUST FOUR DAYS!
BBC Radio 2 To Host A Beatles And Elvis Weekend - Britain’s most listened to music station, Radio 2, will devote three days of programming to The Beatles and Elvis over the Holiday weekend at the end of August. The date marks the 50th anniversary of a meeting between Elvis Presley and The Beatles, and programmes will include a drama, a series of documentaries, special features and their music. The weekend culminates in a drama, starring Tom Hughes as John Lennon, which is inspired by a secret meeting that took place in Elvis’s Bel Air mansion on August 27th 1965. No cameras, no recording equipment – and only those who were there really know what happened. ‘When Elvis Met The Beatles’ (Monday 31st August, 7pm) recreates that evening, bringing alive the story when they met exactly 50 years ago, inviting listeners to be a fly on the wall. Other programmes across the weekend include: Johnnie Walker Meets Priscilla Presley (Thursday 27th August, 6pm), an in-depth personal conversation in which Priscilla talks about meeting Elvis, his extraordinary music and film career, the ‘68 Comeback Special, the profound effect he had on her life, plus a brand new project involving Elvis recordings backed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Elvis’s Suitcase of 78s (Wednesday 26th August, 10pm), tells the story of Elvis Presley’s personal collection of 78rpm records.
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Scott Shannon Inks Multi-Year Extension With WCBS-FM
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– WCBS-FM 101.1 today announced it has signed acclaimed broadcaster Scott Shannon to a new multi-year contract, extending the popular host’s run as the anchor of morning drive. Launched March 2014, “Scott Shannon in the Morning” is broadcast weekdays from 6:00-10:00AM, ET. “Scott has been more than just a great addition to WCBS-FM’s morning line-up – he has had a tremendous impact in elevating the station to its premier position in New York,” said Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS RADIO.
“This is the perfect place for me and the perfect time to be at WCBS-FM,” said Shannon. “I love my morning show team and you couldn’t find better people to work with and for than Scott Herman and Jim Ryan [Program Director].” Shannon’s Hall of Fame radio career has spanned in excess of four decades with nearly 30 of those spent doing mornings in New York. He is credited with developing the Morning Zoo format, which he brought to WHTZ-FM in the early 80’s, and helped make the station No. 1. His next stop in New York was WPLJ-FM where he co-hosted the Scott and Todd in the Morning program FOR 22 years.
Ross Brittain Signing Off At WOGL-FM Philadelphia
Original Member Of Z100 New York's Legendary 'Morning Zoo'
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– Chalk up yet another radio legend who announced this week that he would be leaving his morning post at the highly successful WOGL-GM Philadelphia this Friday. Like John Records Landecker who announced his departure from WLS-FM earlier this week, Ross Brittain echoes Landecker sentiment in saying that the word "retirement" is being tossed around, but after more than 10 years and 40-plus years of doing morning radio --he prefers to think of it as "moving on to other projects."
I began at WOGL the same week as General Manager Jim Loftus,' says Brittain, 'and it appears we are ending our time at this radio station together as well. XI have been blessed with the opportunity to work with the talented air staff at WOGL, which is --if you haven't heard-- the number one-rated CBS radio station in Philadelphia. It's people like Jim and program director Anne Gress at the helm who made the station what it is today. WOGL is the rare radio station without tremendous egos and over-blown personalities -- one composed of people who are kind, thoughtful and you would want to be your friends even if they weren't your co-workers. My wife, the lovely Rasa Kaye, will be continuing at KYW and WPHT here in town and my daughter Aleksandra will be continuing as a "street teamer" before she heads back to her junior year at Rutgers /New Brunswick this fall. Ross will continue producing The Ross Brittain Report. Among Brittain's other numerous accolades, he was part of the original Z100 Morning Zoo along with Scott Shannon, JR Nelson, Claire Stevens and Kevin Smith with Dr Dave Kolin (shown left with Scott Shannon and a very young Cher)
Ross Brittain will be one of the featured guest at this year's 27th annual Morning Show Boot Camp
Speaking of John Landecker, if you missed his announcement this week on WLS-FM - CHECK OUT AUDIO HERE
Thousands Of Dollars Pour In For Injured Spokane Morning Host
As of Wednesday, More Than $35,000 Raised From 700 Donors
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– Following this week's heartbreaking news of KZZU/Spokane's Ken Hopkin's bike accident which left him partially paralyzed, comes word that the community has now raised thousands of dollars for him since Monday. Hopkins is a co-host on KZZU's highly popular "Ken, Dave and Molly" morning show. As of Wednesday evening, krem.com reports the account had raised more than $35,000 from 700 different donors.
"I consider myself very lucky to be surrounded by positive people with support from my family, my radio family and my friends inside and outside of the Spokane area," said Hopkins. As Jockline reported, Hopkins was partially paralyzed in a bicycle accident on July 13 and wrote "As of now, I am left without the use of my legs and I have no feeling from my mid chest down," said Hopkins. He said he hopes to regain some functions once the swelling goes down and damages heal. He also said a return to KZZU is one of his highest priorities.
The money raised is being used to make needed changes to Hopkins' home and for his recovery treatments. KZZU representatives said they are intent on re-configuring the studio for Hopkins' return. To donate you can access Hopkins' GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/3b8zccyrc
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Keith Hotchkiss Named Market President For iHM Charlotte
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced that Keith Hotchkiss has been named Market President of its Charlotte market, effective immediately. The cluster includes flagship stations for The John Boy & Billy Show, The Ace & TJ Show, Woody and Wilcox syndicated shows as well as ACM award winning, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Paul Schadt and Meg in the Mornings.
"This is an exciting time to be in the radio industry and I couldn't be more proud to represent one of the world's most enterprising media companies in one of the nation's greatest cities," said Hotchkiss. Most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Sales, he also previously served as General Sales Manager in Cleveland/Akron, Ohio.
Christopher Johansing On The Rise At Benztown
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– Benztown announced that it has promoted Christopher “Jack” Johansing to Marketing Director, a newly created position. In his new role, Johansing will manage all branding, marketing and web operations for Benztown.
Johansing joined Benztown in 2010 as its first employee and has served the company as Coordinator, Web, Marketing & Affiliate Relations for the past five years. Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes said: “Chris was our first official Benztown employee. When we hired him we didn’t even know if we could afford to pay him. Five years later, it's amazing to look back and see how much he has grown both personally and professionally." Johansing said: “It’s absolutely my honor to be running its most fun department. Thanks to my whole team, and Chachi the President, Andy the CEO, Masa the VP and of course, #GaryTheMascot.”
'Celebrity Wife Swap' Star Wakes-Up For Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– On ABC's 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' Catherine 'Giudici' Lowe was shocked that Jason Mesnick's wife gets up at 4 a.m. every day while juggling a baby and a job. Apparently she didn't know that Molly (Mesnick) does radio for KBKS-106.1 KISS-FM Seattle - one half of the Bender and Molly Show.
According to the pressexaminer.com, You may have caught Bender & Molly on last night's CWS. When it was time for the swap, Molly moved to Dallas and Catherine headed to Seattle where she experienced waking up at 4:00 and joined Bender on his morning show. Catherine also took Jason to a waxing salon in Seattle - OUCH!
Back on July 16th, Molly posted on Facebook: It's officially official....I become Lola & Ellie's mommy and @catherinegiudici becomes Riley's mommy on Celebrity Wife Swap July 29th on #abc! Get a look into our "crazy" lives and find out if we all still like each other after the wild ride'
Celebrity Wife Swap” with Molly aired last night on ABC.
Live 95.5's Brooke & Jubal Donate 500 Concert Tickets For Boys & Girls Club
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media Portland announced that Live 95.5’s Brooke & Jubal have given 500 tickets to tomorrow’s Flo @ The Fair concert to Portland area Boys & Girls Club. The Flo @ The Fair show takes place tomorrow, Thursday, July 30 th at 7pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Artists include; Flo Rida, Tori Kelly, Dillon Francis, Kalin & Myles and Katy Tiz.
Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the donation, “ One of our core values at Live 95.5 is that there are times where making a difference is more important than making a buck. I’m proud of Brooke & Jubal’s donation to an organization for which our station has a great deal of admiration. ”
NETWORKS: Montgomery Gentry And Cody Alan Kick Off 1st-Ever Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour; Envision Introduces Sunrise Sunday; Matt Jones and Kentucky Sports Radio Renew With iHeartMedia Louisville
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– Members of the military and their families in Oak Grove, KY. were treated to a special, complimentary, live performance by award-winning Country music duo Montgomery Gentry Tuesday night, thanks to the Super 8® hotel chain and Premiere Networks. Held at Valor Hall near the Fort Campbell U.S. Army Base, the event was hosted by CMT After MidNite personality Cody Alan and marked the first stop of the newly launched “Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour.” A second tour stop with another Country artist is expected to be announced later this fall. Current and retired service men and women, as well as their spouses, can receive an exclusive 15 percent discount when they stay with Super 8 by booking with the rate code “SML.” To learn more, visit www.super8.com/military.
Envision Networks® welcomes Sunrise Sunday to its extensive programming line-up. Sunrise Sunday is a three-hour weekly show that features mass-appeal, 100 percent Hall of Fame Classic Rock ‘n Roll. It features comedy flashbacks from legends like George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield and Steven Wright, along with a myriad of pop-culture flashbacks. It’s hosted and produced by Joe Kelly with special guests Kate West and Engineer Bill. “Repackaging Classic Rock songs is critical to keeping the format sounding energized,” said President and CEO of Envision Networks® Danno Wolkoff. For more information on Sunrise Sunday contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
iHeartMedia Louisville announced today that Matt Jones, the voice of Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR), has renewed with his network of stations. Jones, now in his 5th year with the show, will continue to host Kentucky Sports Radio every weekday from 10a.m. – 12 noon ET on TalkRadio 1080 WKJK in Louisville, NewsRadio 630 WLAP in Lexington, and affiliates around the state served by the Kentucky News Network. To see all available platforms and to download the app, visit iHeartRadio.com/apps.
Come Swing With KRBE/Houston
JOB OPPORTUNITY 104.1 KRBE On-Air Personality 104.1 KRBE Houston seeks On-Air Personality for Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station. This position is for a full-time utility personality and Public Affairs Director. Candidates must have at least 3 years of on-air commercial radio experience (preferably CHR format) and have the skills to host shows in ANY daypart.
Versatility is key. You must also have a strong ability to connect with listeners via content, phones, social media and at appearances. It’s necessary that applicants have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and holidays. If you entertain through more than just liner cards, we want to talk to you! Send your resume and Mp3 to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Swing Shift On-Air Houston/KRBE
AT&T To Activate FM Chips In Android Phones
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– Beginning next year, AT&T will include FM chip activation in its smartphone devices. According to washingtonpost.com, the activation is expected for all new Android smartphones released in 2016, with the possibility some phones may be ready by year-end.
The NAB was quick to praise the announcement with NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith saying: today marks a new beginning in mobile technology in the agreement by a global iconic brand, AT&T, to light up the FM receiver chips in all of its future Android smartphones. With this decision, AT&T's customers become the biggest beneficiaries, giving them access to local radio news, entertainment, weather, and failsafe emergency alert connectivity. With access to apps like NextRadio, AT&T's listeners will also enjoy song tagging and interactivity features that have become increasingly popular with younger listeners. "America's broadcasters salute AT&T's decision to serve its customers through collaboration with America's local radio stations. Bravo!" AT&T's announcement today follows a 2013 announcement from Sprint to activate FM chips on select Android and Windows smartphones.
MOTION: Shredd & Ragan Renew At 103.3 The Edge Buffalo
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces it has re-signed long-running Buffalo morning team Ted Shredd and Tom Ragan to 103.3 The Edge/WEDG-FM. The Shredd and Ragan Show is based in Buffalo, NY broadcasting to Western New York and Southern Ontario, heard on 103.3 The Edge weekday mornings.
Shredd said: “It's not just a great time to be in Buffalo. It's a great time to be a part of Buffalo! Over the last 20 years The Edge has evolved into a big part of Western New York life. To be a part of that for the entire time, and into the future, is a great honor.” Ragan said: “We’re fired up to be able to continue to call the Edge home."
NETWORKS: WWO Boosts Sales Team With Two New Hires
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that it has added two veteran sales executive to its burgeoning roster. Angela Codella (shown) has joined the New York office as Director, National Partnerships AND Roman Gwin has joined the LA office, also as Director, National Partnerships.
Before joining Westwood One, Codella was an Account Director for SiriusXM. Prior to that, she was a senior account executive for CBS RADIO/New York’s WWFS Fresh 102.7, WXRK 92.3 K-Rock, and KRock2.com. Before heading to CBS, Codella spent several years as a senior account executive at Greater Media’s WRAT 95.9 in Belmar, NJ.
Gwin, a seasoned radio sales veteran with 17 years under his belt, joined Westwood One from the Los Angeles office of iHeart Media’s Total Traffic and Weather Networks, where he was the National Account Director. He served for many years as a sales manager and account executive at iHeart’s LA stations KOST-FM 103.5, KBIG-FM 104.3, and KIIS-FM 102.7. Gwin also worked as an account executive with CBS RADIO’s K-EARTH 101 in Los Angeles.
The Bert Show's Jeff Dauler Hits The Road On Multi-City Comedy Tour
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– Jeff Dauler, radio host on the nationally syndicated The Bert Show, is taking his stand-up comedy show on the road this fall. Jeff Dauler & Friends 1973 Tour kicks off in Dallas, TX, on Thursday, Sept. 17 followed by stops in Atlanta, Nashville, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Joining Dauler for the very funny tour will be comedians Jamie Bendall, Stephen Donovan (L), Jarrod Harris, Lace Larrabee, Dan Mengini, Last Comic Standing’s Mia Jackson. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now. For more information and tickets go to www.jeffdauler.com/1973tour.
On Friday, July 24, Dauler announced the tour to his mailing list subscribers to give them an early opportunity to purchase tickets. During that presale, both Atlanta shows sold out within 5 hours. Of note, Stephen Donovan is Co-host of The Heather & Steve Show on LiteRock 105.1 in Providence, and the first morning radio partner Jeff ever had ... at Syracuse University's Z89.
FORBES: Radio, The All But Forgotten Medium With The Biggest Reach
'It’s quite clear that we should all be paying more attention to radio'
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– You wouldn’t know it from all the media coverage focused on streaming video and streaming music, but recent Nielsen data shows radio actually has the most reach among American media consumers, writes Forbes' Doug Schoen. 93% of adults listen to the radio each week compared to 87% who watch TV, which Schoen calls a 'substantive difference.' In terms of the American population, this means that 243 million people over the age of 12 are listening to old-fashioned broadcast AM/FM radio every week.
Schoen concludes that with over 35 years of experience, he found this data nothing short of fascinating. "It’s quite clear that we should all be paying more attention to radio, its reach and potential to help our businesses. It’s doing the job with expert efficiency. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
LARRY JOHNSON BLOG: Nielsen Flunks 'Let's Make A Deal'
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– Paragon Media Strategies' Larry Johnson blogs that Nielsen’s webinar on July 21st addressing the Voltair issue was very well done. The lab experiments Nielsen presented establish the ground rules for validly measuring a radio station’s encoded signals in the Portable People Meter (PPM) system. Yet, in the end, Nielsen is playing “Let’s Make a Deal” with radio receiving booby prizes behind all three doors. Behind Door #1: Nielsen said, in essence, “Voltair doesn’t help ratings,” yet “we’re going to provide our own version soon.” It took Voltair to push Nielsen to change its encoding system of the PPM to accurately attribute what can be heard in environments with quite a bit of noise. Indeed, Nielsen’s excellent lab tests define what is audible and what is unintelligible. Behind Door #2, Johnson says Nielsen is allowing radio operators’ continued or new use of Voltair. Nielsen’s “non-position position” looks the other way as some operator may unfairly benefit from Voltair even as Nielsen rolls out its own PPM encoding enhancements in the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2016. And finally, behind Door #3, Johnson adds, Nielsen is openly accepting that ratings distortion is taking place on its watch. Nielsen is sanctioning operators using Voltair to gain listening credit for signals that are truly unintelligible (according to Nielsen). These are signals that Nielsen says should not be credited; i.e., this is how Voltair distorts the process.
Johnson closes by adding, 'The good news for Nielsen is nobody is talking about their anemic sampling anymore. Those issues still exist, by the way, behind Door #4. READ FULL BLOG HERE
[LISTEN] Trump Tells Geraldo That Divorce Allegations Are 'Totally False'
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– GOP candidate Donald Trump spoke to WABC Radio’s Geraldo Rivera on Tuesday morning’s previous divorce allegations and his reaction to Ivana Trump’s statement. Geraldo said to Trump, 'Now they’re drudging up your 1990 divorce with Ivana, they’re talking about the relationship they used the word rape etc. How do you deal with that, what do you say to that?
Donald Trump: First of all it’s totally false. I was really happy to see to this because I heard about it and it never happened, it was total nonsense. They know that. Maybe it was a lawyer tactic or something. I don’t know where the hell it came from, but it certainly didn’t happen. You would’ve heard about that many years ago - Ivana just issued a statement I’ve recently read some comments attributed to me from nearly thirty years ago at a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald. The story is totally without merit. This is from Ivana. ‘Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised three children that we love and we are very proud of. I have nothing but fondness for Donald and wish him the best of luck in his campaign. LISTEN HERE
Radio Talent Institute Wraps Up 4th Event Today At WKU
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– The National Radio Talent Institute wraps up it 4th summer event today in Bowling Green. This is the ten-day program where college students gather to learn the ins and outs of radio as instructed by numerous, top-level radio executives from throughout the U.S..
Now, some 70 students later, students will begin looking to begin their career in radio. The summer began with the GAB Radio Talent Institute at University of Georgia, followed by the Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University in NC, and earlier this month the Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
The National Radio Talent System was begun by Dan Vallie to create the radio talent farm system for the industry. If you would like be in involved contact Dan at DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com Among the key speakers this year included RAB CEO/President Erica Farber (shown center) posing with some of the students (note: the top shading in the photo was caused by the projector's lighting)
John Landecker Stepping Down, Brian Thomas To Take Programming Reins At WLS-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– One of radio's most revered personalities, John Records (Yes, Records truly is his middle name) Landecker has announced he is leaving WLS-FM at the end of this week. In a separate announcement, NASH-FM New York's PD, Brian Thomas is set to take over the PD reins at WLS-FM.
According to crm.com, Landecker surprised listeners on-air by saying he would be stepping down from his role as evening personality and exiting WLS-FM. His final day at the station will be Friday. He chose not wish to use the word "retirement," however, he said he is moving on to other projects, most likely not in radio.
Landecker says that the decision to leave the station is his own and that he is not being forced out, nor had anything to do with the recent exit of Program Director Jan Jeffries, who was moved to Cumulus sister station WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C.
Meanwhile, Cumulus is set to announce that Brian Thomas will be moving from New York to Chicago to take over as WLS-FM Program Director. Thomas comes from WNSH-FM/94.7 NASH-FM in New York City. Although leaving WNSH-FM, he will continue in his role as one of Cumulus' Corporate Program Directors. Thomas joined Cumulus in April 2014, coming from CBS Radio where he served as that company's National Vice President of Classic Hits programming (2006-2014), as well as being the Program Director for a Country and Classic Hits station in Tampa.
Bike Accident Leaves Spokane Host In Life-Altering Condition
As of now, left without use of his legs and no feeling from mid-chest down; station begins fund drive
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– Our thoughts and best wishes go out to our longtime friend and Morning Show Boot Camp regular, Ken Hopkins, co-host of the wildly popular Dave, Ken & Molly Show on 92.9 ZZU/Spokane. Two weeks ago, Ken was involved in a bicycle accident that resulted in a life-altering moment.
In Ken's words: "Monday evening on July 13th I went out for a beautiful bike ride in Spokane. I can remember every minute of the ride, with the exception of the last ten seconds. Unfortunately, those last ten seconds resulted in a life-altering moment. As of now, I am left without the use of my legs and have no feeling from my mid-chest down. I do have full use of my arms, hands, and neck muscles. I am hopeful for the return of other functions once the damages heal and the swelling returns to normal. The last two weeks have been filled with every range of emotion, including lots of laughter and tears. I have never before found myself in a position where recovery status is not measured in days and weeks, but by months," said Hopkins. Ken adds that one of his highest priorities is returning to the morning show and the radio station that he's been a part of for the last 30 years.
Brian Paul, VP of Radio Morgan Murphy: "Plans are already in place to reconfigure the studio, so when the time is right, Ken will be in studio with us again for the team and for the listeners ... Ken is the ultimate team player. He has always done whatever the team has needed to succeed." Meanwhile, Brian Paul, VP of Radio Morgan Murphy says the the station is raising money for Ken's transition to being independent and have set up a 'Go Fund Me' site - http://www.gofundme.com/3b8zccyrc
[WATCH] Houston Station Hacked Causing Racial Slurs On Radio Display
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– Radio One's 97.9 The Box/Houston says it was hacked, and the result sent thousands of racial slurs to Houston area radios. It happened Sunday night between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. where a text message was displayed on newer radios that post song titles and artist.
When KPRC TV inquired about the hacking incident, Radio One's Vice President of Communications, Yashima Azilove, wrote the following statement: "On Sunday, July 26th at approximately 9:20 p.m. Radio One identified that our Radio Data System (RDS) was hacked. This violation caused radio car displays to read obscenities on the 97.9 FM The Box frequency. This matter was addressed promptly by our engineers. We thank all of our listeners for sounding off on social media to ensure we knew about this issue. The #NoPlaceForHate hashtag was immediately created as a response to this unfortunate incident. Our mission to inform, inspire and entertain our listeners will not be compromised by haters." WATCH HERE
Cumulus Eyeing 'Idol' Style On-Air Country Music Competition
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– Titled 'Cumulus goes hog wild with country music,' New York Post writer Claire Atkinson reports Cumulus' CEO Lew Dickey is looking to raise a fresh crop of country stars by launching an “American Idol” style music competition, called NASH Next, and signing the winners to his newest record label.
This is the latest of several Cumulus initiatives with a deeper footstep into country music. Cumulus owns 38 NASH formatted stations and another 28 NASH Icon stations. Cumulus also owns Country Weekly magazine and has TV partnerships with Music Choice and concert streamer Qello. “Everybody is getting into everybody’s else’s business,” he tells Atkinson. “You have to create multiple touch points.”
Dickey is also close to reaching a merchandise deal for a new Americana-themed lifestyle brand. His latest country initiative is the launch of a second record label, NASH Next. Atkinson opines that one reason for the plunge into country is that the genre is less affected by the dynamics hitting the rest of the music business. 'While streaming’s growth is eating away at traditional revenue pots including CDs and downloads, the country music market is holding up better. Country music album sales rose 11.8 percent last year, while overall album sales fell more than 11 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan. READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Walsh Rises To Pres., Hornaday To CFO At Emmis
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– Emmis Communications announced the promotion of Patrick Walsh (right) to President/COO, while Ryan Hornaday is named Executive VP/Chief Financial Officer. Emmis founder Jeff Smulyan remains Chairman/CEO. Walsh joined Emmis in 2006 as CFO and most recently served as Executive VP, CFO and COO. Hornaday joined Emmis in 1999 and most recently served as Senior VP/Finance and Treasurer.
Before joining Emmis, Walsh was CFO at iBiquity Digital, the developer and licenser of HD Radio and served as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, plus a variety of finance roles at General Motors and Deloitte LLP. Prior to joining Emmis in 1999, Hornaday spent three years with Arthur Andersen in Indianapolis.
CBS Radio's Mike Francesa Tells Fellow Radio Peeps 'To Bring It On' Following 'Initials' Tiff
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– Mike Francesa is in the news again. This time it involves a couple of his own colleagues, Damon Amendolara and John Kinkaid (inset). According to The New York Post, the tiff began last Friday when Francesa, The Sport's Pope, ripped Amendolara for signing off with his initials 'DA' instead of his name. Fellow host John Kincade then followed by poking fun at the diss by urging all the Sports 'Minuters' to go by their initials.
A caller quickly brought this to Francesa’s attention on Monday, and Mike responded by saying “Bring it on!” he dared. “Here’s what they should do: They should worry about trying to figure out how to get the network going in the right way. When they have a little success, they can talk. Until then, just be quiet." The caller also said that Mike's fellow host, Boomer Esiason, was also joining in to which Francesa joked: “Boomer against me? I’m shocked, boy, oh boy. I’m shocked. I’m really worry about all of them. Bring it all on, I’m ready. Keep using your initials … like somebody knows who they are.” OUCH! WATCH AND LISTEN HERE
Comedy Central Launching First Live Radio Show On SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder' debuted this week on SiriusXM and Mondays and Wednesday; thus, becoming its first-ever live weekly radio show.
The Bonfire will invite listeners and friends to come and hang out by the radio bonfire as the blunt and candid duo talk about everything from comedy and entertainment to sports, states a release. According to variety.com, Oakerson and Soder will each film an original lone-hour original standup special on the Viacom-owned cable network. Oakerson has appeared on IFC, BET, HBO and various Comedy Central programs. Soder has made appearances on TBS’ “Conan” and Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” among other programs.This follows news that SiriusXM'ss Key and Peele show would end in September at the end of its current season. The network will also say goodbye to longtime Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Aug. 5.
[WATCH] Driver Crashes Into One Of Nation's Oldest Stations
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– A speeding driver lost control and crashed into the KFKA studios Sunday night in Greeley, CO., according to ABC/Denver. Witnesses said the car caught on fire and they had to pull the driver out who was then brought to hospital with life-threatening injuries. It took more than a dozen firefighters to treat the driver and stabilize the building.
KFKA is Colorado’s first commercially licensed radio station and is recognized as the second oldest radio station west of the Mississippi and fifth oldest radio station in the nation, according to its website. KFKA signed on the air in May of 1921. Amazingly, the station returned to the air this morning at 6:00am. WATCH VIDEO HERE
Colin Cowherd Takes Early Exit From ESPN Following Dominican Remarks
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– ESPN announced late Friday that the highly popular Colin Cowherd will no longer be heard on teh network following remarks he made on his show Thursday that appeared to disparage Dominicans. Cowherd's final show was set to end this coming Friday (7/31). According to Newsday, he is reportedly headed to Fox Sports, which plans to give him a show on its cable television network, Fox Sports 1.
The controversy began last Thursday, when Cowherd said, "It's baseball. You don't think a general manager can manage? Like it's impossible? The game is too complex? I've never bought into that, 'Baseball's just too complex.' Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic." He added the country "had not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities."
On Friday, Cowherd said many had unfairly used a truncated version of his comments in criticizing him, and then he played his remarks in full. ESPN.com then posted a transcript of what Cowherd said Friday: "I could've made the point without using one country, and there's all sorts of smart people from the Dominican Republic. I could've said a third of baseball's talent is being furnished from countries with economic hardships, therefore educational hurdles. For the record, I used the Dominican Republic because they've furnished baseball with so many great players. I understand that when you mention a specific country, they get offended. I get it. I do. And for that, I feel bad. I do. ... I get it. Sometimes my tone stink," said Cowerd.
Weighing in with the best line of the weekend comes from Baseball Hall of Fame bound, Pedro Martinez, who commented on Cowherd’s remarks saying: “I’m sorry. He needs to get to my level to answer him,” Pedro said. “I’m in the Hall of Fame.”
Dominic 'Zakk' Zaccagnini Takes Afternoons And APD Posts At Bay Area's 107.7 The Bone; Tampa's Bone Adds Roger & JP To Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Dominic “Zakk” Zaccagnini to Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive personality for KSAN 107.7 The Bone in San Francisco. Zaccagnini moves to KSAN from Cumulus Classic Rocker WLUP in Chicago, where he was an on-air personality and Music Director.
This marks a return to the Bay Area for Zaccagnini, as he was Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive personality at KSJO San Jose in the early 2000’s. He also held various on-air and programming duties at WZGC in Atlanta and at WTPT in Greenville-Spartanburg, in addition to hosting the nationally syndicated “Zakk & Jack Show” on Fox Sports Radio and pre-game/post-game shows for the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears.
Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa is adding talk show Roger & JP to 102.5 The Bone, REAL.RAW.RADIO WHPT-FM. The show will air on The Bone weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. "We've wanted to work in Tampa and at THE BONE for a long time,” said Roger and JP. Prior to joining the Bone lineup, Roger (Luce) and John “JP” Parise have entertained listeners in the morning on WBAB with male-driven, aggressive hot-talk. "We've wanted to work in Tampa and at THE BONE for a long time,”
Cubby's Now A Hubby - Couple Weds In Hot Air Balloon
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– Leave it to a radio guy to take his wedding to Koko Kawaguchi to a new high. WKTU New York Paul “Cubby” Bryant and his wife Koko Kawaguchi tied the knot while floating in a hot air balloon Saturday, according to The Patch.
It took place during this weekend's 33rd Annual Festival in New Jersey. He and his new bride, Koko Kawaguchi, tied the knot while floating in a hot air balloon Saturday. Pilot Michael Blum of Balloons Over Westchester piloted the wedding in the sky; a photographer and two close friends joined them, NJ.com reported. Cubby tells Jockline: "I'm hitched....and couldn't be happier"
2012 Radio Interview Leads To Hulk Hogan's Exit From WWE
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern writes that reports online initially claimed that the reason behind the scrubbing of Hulk Hogan is an audio clip from an interview that's surfaced online. The radio interview occurred back in October 2012, and featured Hogan on DJ Whoo Kid's radio show Whoolywood Shuffle, which aired on Eminem's [SiriusXM] hip-hop channel Shade 45.
During the interview, host DJ Whoo Kid brought up how Hulk Hogan has a history of calling everyone 'brother,' and the conversation then segued into the infamous moment when [wrestler] Booker T called Hulkster a 'n-word' on live TV. ." Hogan is quoted as saying he and black wrestlers used the N-word in talking with each other." He added, 'And everybody down there — Lil Wayne, Birdman — they're all calling me 'n***a,' and then I started sayin' it. And I always said it, but now all of a sudden I get heat when I say it..."
Other sources claim that the controversial racist audio that got Hogan scrubbed is in addition to the radio interview, and comes from a legal deposition in the ongoing Gawker case. The WWE has not yet responded to requests for comment, and has yet to officially confirm the reason for erasing Hogan from their websites. " READ FULL STORY HERE
Keith Urban Joins Bobby Bone's Artist To Artist Campaign For St. Jude
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– Bobby Bones recently launched an #ArtistToArtist campaign benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The campaign started as a joke when Bones decided to auction off a self-portrait he painted, but after raising $3,400 for St. Jude, he decided to invite his Country music friends to paint their self-portraits to benefit the children’s hospital.
Four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban is the first to join the #ArtistToArtist effort. He recently called the show to accept the invitation. Bidding will close next Thursday, July 30, and all proceeds will benefit St. Jude. Urban praised the work of St. Jude.
The Bobby Bones Show raised over $1.5 million dollars for St. Jude last year through on-air fundraisers, radiothons and charity concerts. In addition, Bones’ comedy band The Raging Idiots has performed and visited with patients at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
iHeart's Johnjay Van Es Among 'Top 15 Arizonans On Instagram'
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– The Arizona Republic named Johnjay Van Es of the Premiere Networks-syndicated JohnJay and Rich Show to their list of “Top 15 Arizonans on Instagram.” At #10 on the list, he’s in good company with Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter and actress Jordin Sparks (#4), Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald (#5), and WWE Divas The Bella Twins (#1 and #2).
From sharing behind-the-scenes content from the radio show, to giving fans a glimpse into his personal life, Johnjay constantly engages his fans and listeners via social media. Earlier this year, he turned an auto-correct texting mishap into social media vehicle for helping people and spreading happiness - #LoveUp is a social media campaign encouraging others to pay it forward and spread the love. Fans can also purchase T-shirts here, with all proceeds benefiting The JohnJay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation, which creates uplifting experiences for children and families facing difficult life challenges. To date, approximately 9,000 shirts have been sold, raising $80,000 for the worthy cause. CHECK OUT FULL LIST HERE
NETWORKS: Zac Brown Celebrates Labor Day With Westwood One Special
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– GRAMMY, ACM, and CMA award-winning artist Zac Brown becomes the latest music superstar to front one of Westwood One’s acclaimed holiday music specials.
Brown, leader of Zac Brown Band, will gather some of his A-list Country friends to salute America’s workers in “Workin’ Hard Country,” a four-hour Labor Day special airing on Westwood One. He invites several of his A-list friends--such as Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and more--to join him and share stories about their pre-fame jobs and their current jobs as artists, musicians, and performers.
For more information, contact Donny Walker: email@example.com (615) 727-6987.
Atlanta Morning Show Presents Lesbian Wedding Live - On Air
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– The Rock 100.5 Morning Show/Atlanta held a lesbian wedding contest after they got the green light to get married legally in every state. Followin weeks or drama, online voting, twists, angry ladies, angry family members, tons of sponsors and some really interesting radio, Jennifer and Robyn won and were married at The Rock-n-Taco in Buckhead, GA last Friday. The ceremony was done live on the air, streamed on the station's website as the show interviewed family members and friends throughout the morning.
The ladies were given wedding rings, a honeymoon on the Monsters of Rock cruise, free pictures and video, teeth whitening and a wedding that they'll never forget. Rock 105 morning show featuress Jason Bailey, Southside Steve, Tim Andrews, Brandi Britain and Nate Hanson
REPORT: Nielsen Would Have Liked To Have Done More Real World Testing Of Voltair
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– Carl Bialik, head writer for fivethirtyeight.com, says after radio executives finally heard from Nielsen this week on Voltair, he reached out to Matt O’Grady, a Nielsen executive vice president and managing director who hosted the client presentation. O'Grady told Bialik, Nielsen would have liked to do more real-world testing of Voltair.
“The industry is clamoring for more information on this, but very few people cooperated on real-world tests,” O'Malley said (referring to radio executives who didn’t supply data). Bialik asked why Nielsen didn’t release all the test data to the public. “You have got to start with the clients,” O’Grady said. “They deserve to know. They’re paying the bills.”
O'Malley told Bialik that after Nielsen introduces its own new technology later this year, Voltair “will be redundant.” READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
Meanwhile, over at Harker Research, Managing partner Glenda Shrader Bos weighed in on this week's Nielsen call. After hearing what was said, Bos commented, '..We are not lawyers, but it sure sounded like there are problems with the current system. Every station who has a Voltair box knows there are problems with PPM - not a surprise. But the admission is interesting. So the "first" story from Nielsen is that Voltair extends codes and gain – making them audible, but Nielsen is now going to increase the codes and gain, but keep the code inaudible. We need to "trust" that this will happen. We applaud Nielsen for telling us more than the old Arbitron Webinars; however according to our clients who watched the webinar, they saw a presentation that left them with more questions than answers." READ BLOG HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: More Market Moves At CBS Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– Following this week's announcement that Marc Rayfield will be taking over as Senior Vice President/Market Manager for our New York, Scott Herman issued more market changes yesterday in an internal memo.
Among the announcements came word that David Yadgaroff has been appointed its new Senior Vice President/Market Manager in Philadelphia. He previously served as Vice President/General Manager of KYW-AM, WPHT-AM and the former WYSP-FM. David will take on his new role effective Monday, August 3. o
Herman added that 'Regrettably, after 45 years with CBS RADIO, Hartford Senior Vice President/Market Manager Suzanne McDonald has informed us she will be retiring later this summer. Boston Senior Vice President/Market Manager, Mark Hannon has agreed to take on the additional responsibility of overseeing our stations in Hartford following Suzanne’s departure.
Other moves included: Steve Carver headed back to CBS RADIO as Senior Vice President/Market Manger of our Miami and Orlando clusters. Also, Tony Perlongo has been promoted to Senior Vice President/Market Manager and Director of Sales of CBS RADIO Las Vegas.
Riverside Vice President/Director of Sales Mike Valenzuela has been appointed Senior Vice President/Market Manager and Director of Sales for our five station cluster effective immediately.
As part of these changes, Joe Bell (Miami), Dave Robbins (Orlando), and Jerry McKenna (Las Vegas) will be leaving the Division. 1
Radio Exec's, Programmers & Morning Hosts Among Billboard's First-Ever Top 50 Nashville Power Players
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– Billboard has released its first-ever top 50 Nashville power players. Not surprisingly, Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group and man behind discovery of mega pop star Taylor Swift, tops the list at number 1.
Among those following Borchetta, included an impressive number of radio executives, programmers and morning talent.
Coming in at number 5, John Dickey, EVP/Content and Prog. at Cumulus Media. Number. Others included Brian Philips & Leslie Fram/President & Senior VP Music Strategy at CMT; John Marks, Senior Director of Country Programming at SiriusXM; Jeff Kapugi, VP/Country Prog. CBS Radio and PD US99/Chicago; Bobby Bones iHeartMedia and Blair Garner, Host NASH-FM's America's Morning Show. SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE
PHOTO/Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Coran Capshaw, Mike Dungan, Kerri Edwards and Shane McAnally photographed on June 24, 2015 at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm. Austin Hargrave
Johnson & Johnson Headed Back To K-Bull/Salt Lake City
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2105 –– Cumulus Media announces that long-running Salt Lake City morning team Johnson & Johnson is back at Utah’s Country Leader, KBULL 93 (KUBL-FM) with a new morning show that debuts on Monday, July 27. Tommy Johnson and Joe Johnson— known on-air as Johnson & Johnson-- originally came to Salt Lake City in 1997 and spent the following 14 years on KBULL 93 and making Utah their adopted home. During that time, the duo received an ACM nomination for 'Large Market Morning Show Of The Year’, gave away free weddings to hundreds of couples who exchanged vows at McDonald's drive-thru's, haunted houses and on the floor at half-time during a Jazz Game—some of whom are still married! Most recently, Johnson & Johnson headlined the morning show at CBS Radio’s KMPS in Seattle for the last four years.
Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming for Cumulus said: "Johnson & Johnson are amazing talent. Johnson & Johnson said: "We are so excited and thrilled to be going back home to play with all of our Utah family again! We want to thank Cumulus EVP John Dickey and SVP Mike McVay, and in Salt Lake, Market Manager Pat Reedy, Operations Manager Dain Craig and Program Director Shawn Stevens."
MOTION: Colin Cowherd Says Goodbye At ESPN; Gives Shout Out To Then ABC's John McConnell; Doug Steckler Exits Tim Conway Jr. Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 – On his way out the door at ESPN Radio, Colin Cowherd gave major props to the network he’s called home for the past ten years and also gave a shout-out to former ABC Radio Network exec John McConnell during the Wednesday edition of The Herd. Cowherd (right), who replaced Tony Kornheiser on ESPN Radio a decade ago, said he still marvels that out of all the big league hosts in Sports radio the network could have picked for the job, “They chose me — a guy from a small market — nobody had heard of me. A guy flew into Portland, we got a rare snowstorm, and he was stuck there for four days. John McConnell listened to me and he recommended me. And it’s been the best 10 years of my life.” Cowherd is reportedly headed to FOX Sports.
Doug Steckler said in a statement: "I am leaving The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI where I enjoyed sharing Friday evenings with the funniest, nicest guy in radio. We had more fun than should be legal. All good things must come to their finish and it's always better (if still difficult) to get out while you can still hear the laughter. Doug Steckler is a two-time Emmy Award winner and accomplished writer for television and film. He co-hosted the critically acclaimed and highly-rated Conway and Steckler show on KLSX from 1996-2005. Since 2011, Doug has co-hosted Friday evenings on the Tim Conway, Jr. program from 7-10PM on KFI radio in Los Angeles. Doug Steckler can be reached through Jason Insalaco, at Jason@KeltonAgency.com.
HOT 97's Lisa Evers Teams With Brooklyn Borough Head With Push For Peace
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– HOT 97's "STREET SOLDIERS with Lisa Evers" is teaming up with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams to bring a Push 4 Peace Town Hall Show & Community Event. Hip Hop artists, youth groups, local leaders and the community are coming together to focus on "GANGS, GUNS & BROKEN LIVES: Getting Beyond the Violence" and highlight positive solutions.
The pre-show event starts at 1pm and features music by HOT 97's DJ Martian, MC'd by International Battle Rap Champion Murda Mook, celebrity appearances from numerous hip hop stars and more. The Town Hall will be convened by Borough President Eric L. Adams, for the second year in a row. The event is yet another sign of his commitment to improving life in our communities, and offering young people positive alternatives to violence. Members and youth leaders from more than 20 organizations will be on hand to represent their successful programs and offer outreach connections right on the spot.
NAB Radio Show To Tackle Programmatic Buying
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– The 2015 Radio Show will feature a General Session on programmatic advertising on Wednesday, September 30 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. entitled “Unlocking Programmatic’s Potential.” The session will include a three-part discussion, presented by Prohaska Consulting CEO Matt Prohaska, on how radio sellers, buyers and technology companies can best leverage programmatic advertising strategies in today’s marketplace.
Prohaska has been contributing to the growth of online advertising since its commercial inception in the early 1990s. He created the online media practice at BBDO in 1994 and later opened CNET’s New York sales office. Prohaska has managed six regional and national sales teams, consulted for more than 60 companies and founded four others. In April 2013, Prohaska became the first programmatic advertising director for “The New York Times.” Panelists include Carl Fremont, global chief digital officer, MEC, a GroupM Company; Mark Gray, president, Katz Radio Group; Katie Reid, senior director of Revenue, Cox Media Group; and Tiffany Kirk, senior vice president and managing director - West Coast Investments, Horizon Media, Brian Burdick, executive vice president, Digital and Programmatic, Wide Orbit; Mike Dougherty, co-founder and CEO, Jelli; Jeff Haley, president and CEO, Marketron; and Matt O’Grady, executive vice president and managing director, Local Client Service, U.S. Media, Nielsen.
99.7 'DJX Louisville's Ben & Kelly Air Live From Talent Event
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– On day 5 of this year's National Radio Talent System's KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University, Ben Davis and Kelly, of 99.7 'DJX's Ben And Kelly Show, aired their show directly from the WKU classroom where numerous students from this year's program gathered in the pre-dawn hours for a a close-up look. Among today's featured speakers will be RAB Pres/CEO, Erica Farber.
MOTION: Frankie & Ashlee Team For Mornings At Boston's Jam'n 94.5; Keith Conrad Joins WLS' Big John Howell Show As Executive Producer
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced the debut of "The Jam’n Morning Show with Frankie & Ashlee," beginning Monday, July 27 on Jam'n 94.5. Frankie Vinci will join Ashlee Feldman for "The Jam’n Morning Show with Frankie & Ashlee"
Frankie joins the Jam'n morning show from within iHeartMedia Channel 93.3 in San Diego where he's co-hosted with Geena The Latina since 2010. This marks a homecoming for Frankie who was born in Boston, raised in Framingham, Mass. Ashlee shifts from afternoons to mornings.
But wait you ask, who will Geena now co-host with in San Diego? Well, for the time being, Frankie will continue to handle co-host duties in both San Diego and Boston until a new co-host for Genoa is found. Meet Genoa, Frankie and Ash lee in a couple of weeks at Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago.
Speaking of Chicago, WLS-AM has hired Keith Conrad as executive producer for Big John Howell's morning show. According to crm.com, It is a reunion with Howell, as the two previously worked well together at WIND-AM from July 2009 through March 2014. Most recently, Conrad had served as a producer at crosstown WGN-AM.
Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class
Stan & Sis Kaplan, Charles Ural Among Honorees
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– The Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame will induct its inaugural class on August 21, at noon, during a special luncheon celebration at the Charlotte City Club. Honorees and attendees will gather dcuring the event to hear keynote speaker Bill Whicker (R), correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS, and former reporter for WBTV from 1982 to 1985. The Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame was conceptualized in 2010 by a group of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) staff and community volunteers to honor the many individuals who have played a major role in the region’s distinguished radio and television broadcasting history.
The 2015 class will include radio greats such as Grady Cole (WBT), Stan & Sis Kaplan (shown), owners of the legendary Big Ways, Charles Ural (WBT/CBS): Ural worked both as a writer for the Charlotte News and an announcer for WBT Radio and later serving as first anchor of “CBS News Sunday Morning, Larry Sprinkle (WROQ/WCNC) - the popular TV Weatherman, gained early notoriety as the “sidekick,” impressionist and comedic writer for WROQ’s popular “Murphy in the Morning” show in the 1980s. Today, Charlotte ranks as the nation’s 24th-largest media market. PHOTO/Kaplan's - Courtesy Charlotte Observer
Man Charged In Stealing Thousands Of Dollars Of Event Tickets From Texas Station
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 - A San Antonio man has come up on the losing end after stealing thousands of dollars worth of stolen tickets to various events from a San Antonio radio station.
According to foxsanantonio.com, surveillance cameras at Alpha Media's KTFM and Jack-FM - captured video of a man going into an office after hours where he apparently stole $19,000 worth of tickets have led to an arrest. Court papers identify the suspect as 26-year-old Joseph Villanueva (L). An arrest affidavit goes on to say when he interviewed by investigators, Villanueva confessed to stealing the tickets and then selling them for profit. He is now charged with burglary of a building with intent to steal.
PROGRAMMING: Jordan Lee Named PD At 88Nine Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– Assistant Program Director and morning drive-time host Jordan Lee has been named program director of non-comm 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS 88.9FM). Lee most recently hosted the station’s weekday morning show and since 2009 has also served as assistant program director. He will no longer host a daily show.
Lee said. “I think I can help bring even more listeners to the station, which will help us make an even greater impact in Milwaukee.” Lee began at Radio Milwaukee as morning drive-time host in December 2008.
Radio Milwaukee is an award-winning, nonprofit community-supported public radio station (88.9 WYMS-FM and www.radiomilwaukee.org). Radio Milwaukee champions Milwaukee’s music, arts, culture, neighborhoods and community organizations; celebrates diversity; and encourages community engagement.
NETWORKS: BizTalkRadio Adds BizTalkNews; DUKE FM Debuts In Fargo
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– BizTV and BizTalkRadio announced the addition of a new top of the hour news product that airs daily from 9:00 am to 5:05 pm EST. “We felt there was a void in the marketplace for business news,” said Scott Miller, EVP of BizTV and BizTalkRadio (L). “There are several great resources for news, but our TV and Radio affiliates wanted a news product that follows the stock market and provides business centered news stories,” Miller added. Stations interested in airing BizTalkNews can contact Jamie Rasnick at Jamie@biztal
Envision Networks® and Kroeger Media Inc. have announced that Midwest Communications’ KMJO-FM/Fargo, ND will debut DUKE FM. With KMJO’s recent launch as 104.7 DUKE FM®, the station joins over 200 affiliates on the Envision Country Network.
In addition to the license to use the DUKE name and logo, affiliates have access to a constantly updated music library, creative on-air copy and cutting-edge station imaging including voice, sweeper, promos and jingles. DUKE also offers off-air support with promotional ideas, daily music logs and programming guidance. Stations interested in more information on DUKE FM® can visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com.
First Light's Dirk Van To Retire
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that after 35 years, longtime First Light host and Westwood One News anchor Dirk Van will retire from the network on Thursday, July 30. Van leaves with a legacy of accomplishments and awards, including 26 years as the original and only host of the long-running early weekday morning First Light program. He also hosts The Week in Review news program and has anchored morning drive newscasts throughout his successful career.
Van said, “Radio is all about people, and I’ve had the great fortune to work with the best in the business, following in the footsteps of my father, Lyle Van---a radio legend at NBC and WOR—and others greats like Lou Adler, Nick Verbitsky, Tom O’Brien, Ron Nessen, and Bart Tessler." Van added, "And to think—we started way back when talk radio was ‘new.’
“When you draw up the blueprint for broadcasting excellence, talent, and accomplishment, you get Dirk Van,” said Bart Tessler, Westwood One’s EVP, News & Talk. “In his long tenure at Westwood One, Dirk launched ‘First Light,’ won prestigious awards, and anchored NBC Radio News, Mutual News, Fox News, and Westwood One News morning drive newscasts. How do you top that? By being a great friend and colleague. We thank Dirk for all his contributions and wish him the best as he sails into his next adventure.”
Radio Drive Most Awareness On Amazon Prime Day
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– A new IPSOS study commissioned by Cumulus Media/Westwood One has revealed advertising drove significant awareness for the July 15 Amazon Prime Day sales event.
The online study surveyed 1,005 Americans July 17 to July 20, 2015, via the IPSOS U.S. eNation service. Among those exposed to TV, online, and radio ads, radio did the best job converting awareness into Prime Day purchases.
Key survey findings include: 74% of Americans were aware of Amazon Prime Day. 81% of Americans aware of Amazon Prime said they were exposed to some form of advertising for the event. 1 out of 5 Americans reported making a purchase during Amazon Prime Day because of advertising. Radio advertising was the most effective at converting awareness into Prime Day purchases when compared to TV and online. Of those exposed to radio ads, 52% made a purchase versus TV (39%) and online (48%). 18- to 34-Year Olds Were the Engine of Amazon Prime Day.
Those who purchased at the highest rate during Amazon Prime Day were Millennials, households with children, and the full-time employed. For more detail, CLICK HERE
BREAKING NEWS: [WATCH] Selena Gomez Confirms She's Single And Not A Great Singer
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– In yet another case of radio serving as the official confessional for top celebrities, Selena Gomez stopped by Westwood One’s nationally-syndicated Zach Sang and The Gang radio show and CONFIRMED THAT SHE'S SINGLE AND NOT A GREAT SINGER. While this may be a big deal for many, just sit back now and watch the world's media zoom in on this radio scoopage. She also opened up about not being a great singer, how she picks her singles (Taylor Swift is her go-to set of ears), and empowering other women.
Only two days before Selena's visit, Zach Sang & The Gang had the original Disney Channel Queen Hilary Duff in the studio to talk about new music. While hanging The Gang, Hilary talked about how she paved the way for artists like Selena, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus. When The Gang asked Selena to comment, she said it was her dream to be Hilary Duff and confirmed that without Hilary Duff her career would be very different. LISTEN HERE
Nielsen Addresses Voltair; Plans To Update PPM
Stations Using Voltair Are Free To Continue
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– In Nielsen's much anticipated webinar and conference call yesterday where they addressed the growing controversy surrounding Telos' Voltair, perhaps the biggest take-aways was that Nielsen won't support the product and plans to update its own Portable People Meter. According to mediapost.com, which described yesterday's news as anti-climatic, Erik Sass writes: 'After several months of research and testing with a Voltair unit, Nielsen still isn’t taking a position on this, beyond conceding that Voltair may help in certain cases of extreme audio interference. It has added that in these cases, it isn’t clear whether the exposure represents legitimate listening."
Nielsen also repeated its “non-support” for the device. On the other hand, the ratings firm also isn’t telling radio stations to stop using Voltair, although it did reveal that its own experiments with Voltair showed it can produce audible “artifacts” that disrupt the listening experience,' says Sass. Nielsen did reveal new plans to improve PPM measurement through a number of updates, including an enhanced encoding system that should make it easier for PPM to detect the audio watermarks, due in the fourth quarter of the year. Radio stations that have installed Voltair are free to continue using it. 1
PARAGON: Big Questions Remain For Nielsen
Lab Tests Are Good. Real World Tests Are Better
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Following yesterday's Nielsen announcement, Paragon blogger Larry Johnson wrote: Although this webinar brought us much closer to the promise of reliable measurement with the Portable People Meter (PPM), there are lingering questions that need to be addressed. Through its lab tests, Nielsen acknowledged that there is some listening that Voltair picks up that the current PPM encoding system does not. This “listening” is to low decibel (db) level signals “heard” in environments where the background noise is equal to or louder than the signal.
By extending and amplifying the PPM watermark by which stations are identified, Nielsen contends that–in certain cases–Voltair may be crossing the line in picking up listening that isn’t really listening. Also Nielsen also contends that by picking up such “listening,” the ratings are subject to undue volatility/variability. So Nielsen adamantly does not endorse Voltair; however, the new Nielsen PPM CBET coding enhancement acknowledges and incorporates some of the valid listening that the Voltair systems enhanced and amplified.
Johnson adds, ultimately, only a quantifiable study of known stations with Voltair in use will prove or disprove its validity. Lab tests are good. Real world tests are better. While today was a decent start, Paragon encourages Nielsen to provide amnesty to all stations who are willing to pull back the sheets and allow for a verifiable study of Voltair’s impact. Anything less will keep the guessing game in play, and undermine the reliability of radio ratings..READ BLG HERE
PROGRAMMING: Cumulus Promotes Hayden Green To OM At Florida Cluster
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Cumulus announces that it has promoted radio veteran Hayden Green to Operations Manager for Cumulus Media – Fort Walton Beach/Destin, a newly created position. Green continues as Program Director for Z96/WZNS, a position he has held for the past 15 years..
Green said: “Fort Walton Beach/Destin is my home and it’s a privilege to do what I love in this community. I look forward to working directly with RVP, Pete DeSimone and with Cumulus’ corporate programmers to uphold standards of excellence across all of the brands in our market...”
RESEARCH: Women Make Gains In Newsrooms; Minority Numbers Slide
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– In its ninth in a series of reports developed from RTDNA's annual survey of radio and tv newsrooms across the United States, Bob Papper, Professor Emeritus at Hofstra University, revealed that virtually every number in the radio table (shown) is down from last year: news staffs with minorities, minority news directors, minority percentage of workforce and actual number of minorities. The bigger the market, the more diverse, but all the numbers fell from last year.
In radio, women rose in two of the three categories: News staffs with women rose by more than 5 points, and women as a percentage of the workforce went up by 8.1 to its highest level ever at 39.2%. Women were, again, much less likely to be news directors in the South. SEE FULL REPORT HERE
Beats 1 Misses Beat With VMA Nominees
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Not turning out to be a good week so for Apple. Stock prices aside, Beats 1 Radio and other Apple services were down for its highly anticipated Apple and MTV partnership to announce nominations for MTV's Video Music Awards on Beats 1.
According to cultofmac.com, listeners got a rude awakening as Apple servers crashed right before the artists were to be revealed. Errors such as the one shown popped up on numerous devices. Fortunately, operation was soon restored.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Schumer Tells Dan & Maz She Went All The Way With R2-D2
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Amy Schumer and Bill Hader were on with Dan and Maz on 2DayFM in Sydney Australia said she wished she'd thought up the idea of posing in flagrante delicto with droids R2-D2 and C-3PO in GQ. "I would do it again, right now. And I really did have s** with them," Schumer joked. "Star Wars" fans caused a clamor on social media last week over Schumer's appearance on the cover of the mag's August issue, which depicted her wearing Princess Leia's iconic slave costume from "Return of the Jedi" and sucking on humanoid C-3PO's finger.
Jay-Jay Springs To Dom’s Defense In 'Crotch-Gate' Runner up on New Zealand’s Dancing With The Stars, Chrystal Chenery wants (MSBC regular) Dominic Harvey disciplined. His wife and fellow DWTS contestant, and co-host on The Morning Show on The Edge in New Zealand, Jay-Jay Harvey, is defending him as a "sensitive, caring" man. Dom has been at the centre of a growing spat with Chrystal. She has called for Harvey to be "held accountable" for posting an inappropriate screenshot from Sunday night's live final on social media. The image, which showed Chenery in the midst of performing a split, was posted to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Dom has since deleted the offending post. In a long message in defence of her husband posted on Facebook, Jay-Jay wrote that his "main aim in life is to make people laugh".
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T-Mobile Teams With Piolin Show To Reach Hispanic Americans
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Alliance Radio Networks today announced that T-Mobile has chosen nationally syndicated morning show, El Show de Piolin, as a national partner in reaching and engaging Hispanic Americans through a multi-platform sponsorship across radio, events and social media initiatives. Hosted by one of the most widely recognized Hispanic radio personalities in the U.S., Radio Hall of Famer and author Eddie Sotelo-- known to millions as "Piolin"-- El Show de Piolin currently airs on 44 Alliance Radio Networks station affiliates.
The sponsorship includes T-Mobile on-air endorsements and advertising during Piolin's hour-long morning show each weekday. T-Mobile will also sponsor El Show de Piolin's Listener Call-In Hotline, as well as integrated social posts within Piolin'ssocial media presence which reaches more than 2.2 Million Latinos.
Boston Host Dishes On Rival Show's Changes
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Here's one you don't hear often. 103.3 Amp/Boston's morning host, AJ Taormina decided to weigh-in on the recent exit of long-time producer Kendra Petrone from crosstown's legendary Matt Siegel Show.
Referencing an article in the Boston Herald, TJ sympathized with Petrone who was informed that her position was being eliminated. Then, while driving home she gets an email announcing their new morning show producer. TJ says, reportedly, they hadn’t taken Kendra off the company email list and she got the notice.
As Jockline reported last week, Kendra’s replacement is Medha Gandhi, who arrives from WNCI in Columbus, Ohio, where she was executive producer of the Dave & Jimmy show and their syndication network for eight years. LISTEN HERE
'We Are Now One Company' Says Mike McVay About WWO Downsizing
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2015 –– Following recent news of Westwood downsizing, Cumulus EVP/Corporate Programming and Content, Mike McVay, said "We are now one company. It has taken awhile to fully integrate all of our great assets that we have acquired over the last 4 years but we are now there. That means we can now take advantage of the complete talent pool in our company," said McVay. He added "This will improve the quality of the 24/7 products by tapping into market leading talent across our company." He listed three ways this will be accomplished:
More Details Of CBS Radio Leadership Structure Revealed
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2015 –– Following yesterday's news of Scott Herman's promotion to Chief Operating Officer at CBS Radio, further details of it organizational structure for the senior leadership team were released in an inner-office memo from CBS Radio President, Andre Fernandez (R).
Reporting to Scott Herman in his new role, Bob Philips, Market Mgr. of its Baltimore cluster; will assume responsibility as Senior Vice President/Director of Sales. The New York Market Manager position will be filled by Marc Rayfield, who will be leaving his post as Senior Vice President and Market Manager in Philadelphia. A new leader in Philadelphia will be announced in the near future.
Ezra Kucharz, President of Local Digital Media, will now report to Fernandez and Peter Dunn, who runs the CBS Television Stations Group. Ezra will take on the additional responsibility of managing all digital sales across the two local businesses.
Chris Oliviero (far left) retains his primary role as Executive Vice President, Programming and will add oversight of our Research activities to his responsibilities.
Rich Lobel (left)will continue to lead Altitude, our cross-platform sales solutions unit, as the group’s Executive Vice President and CMO. The team’s focus will remain on developing national sales opportunities for clients using CBS’s local media assets. Rich will now report to me. - Stacey Benson will oversee the division’s financial operations in her current role as Senior Vice President, Finance.
Jo Ann Haller, Karen Mateo, and Mark Zulli will continue to lead our efforts in Legal, Communications, and Human Resources, respectively.
Indy Lands 3rd Country Station With Debut Of BIG 98.3
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST 2015 –– iHeartMedia Indianapolis announced the debut of BIG 98.3, Indy’s NEW Hit Country. BIG 98.3 will feature The Bobby Bones Show in mornings beginning August 16th. "Launching BIG 98.3 is the result of the tremendous popularity of country music in Central Indiana. Country fans are looking for an entertaining morning show and a station that better fits their lifestyle. They want a station they can identify with and call their own," said Rick Green, Market President, iHeartMedia Indianapolis.
Garrison Keillor Says He's Retiring, And This Time 'He Means It'
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2015 –– Garrison Keillor, creator and host of "A Prairie Home Companion," said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that he plans to step down after next season. Following four decades of folksy comedy sketches about Lake Wobegon, his mythical Minnesota hometown, he leaving his show heard by 4 million listeners on nearly 700 public radio stations.
Beginning next week, Keillor will take summer bus tours for live shows for a 30-city "America the Beautiful" cross-country tour, billed as his farewell tour. "I have a lot of other things that I want to do. I mean, nobody retires anymore. Writers never retire. But this is my last season. This tour this summer is the farewell tour." Keillor said he tapped musician Chris Thile of the bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek to succeed him full-time as host in September 2016, following guest-hosting spots.
Keillor said he plans to stay on as executive producer, but only "an admirer" and "a gray eminence" of the on-air show, which he said will keep its Midwestern focus. "I'm perfectly willing to do whatever needs to be done. I can certainly come on the show as a guest, you know, I can do the warm-up. I can stand in the wings and wind up microphone cord," Keillor said. He also he would like to make another movie. A movie version of "A Prairie Home Companion" hit theaters in 2006.