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Monday, March 1, 2021
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New All Access Audio Summit Session Alert: The Changing Dynamics Of Programming Local Radio - Evaluating What Still Works, What Doesn't Anymore
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Nicki Farag, Louie Diaz, Mark Adams, Michael Martin
Thank you radio, music and podcasting communities! We have received great reaction to our initial sessions for the ALL ACCESS AUDIO SUMMIT, APRIL 21 & 22 and we are set to announce another session as we build toward completing our full agenda, very soon with topics and speakers that are addressing in-the-moment subjects. You can email us your suggestions ... just click here, or take our online survey. You can register, here!
Is Local Programming Becoming A Thing Of The Past?
Recent changes in staffing and local resources at many of the larger radio companies, along with the COVID-19 pandemic, have carved deep channels of change in the day-to-day operating methods of many markets and stations with many companies putting more emphasis than ever on hub and spoke programming. more »
RUSS MARTIN, the longtime DALLAS-FORT WORTH radio personality, was found dead at his home in FRISCO, TX early SATURDAY (2/27). He was 60 years old. Police have not disclosed the cause of death, but said no foul play was suspected.
MARTIN, most recently the afternoon host at iHEARTMEDIA Active Rock KEGL (97.1 THE EAGLE)/DALLAS, began his career at KGVL-A/GREENVILLE, TX and KTLR/TERRELL, TX before moving up to DALLAS radio at KAAM-A. After a stint at SATELLITE RADIO NETWORK and the syndicated Z-ROCK format, MARTIN joined KEGL in 1987 and moved into mornings in 1997. He left THE EAGLE for crosstown Talk KYNG (later KLLI) (LIVE 105.3), returning to THE EAGLE in 2010. more »
The RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA) is reporting UNITED STATES recorded music revenues grew 9.2% in 2020 to $12.2 billion at estimated retail value.
This is the fifth consecutive year of growth for the industry, as paid subscription services continued to be the primary driver of revenue increases, and reached a record number of subscriptions. COVID-19 affected the industry significantly through tour cancellations, retail store closures, and other disruptions. Revenues from recorded music measured at wholesale value grew 8.9% to $8.0 billion.
Encompassing a wide range of services, streaming music revenues grew 13.4% to $10.1 billion in 2020. This category includes paid subscription services like SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC and AMAZON MUSIC UNLIMITED, ad-supported on-demand services such as VEVO, YOUTUBE and the free version of SPOTIFY, and digital and customized digital radio like PANDORA, SIRIUSXM, and other Internet radio services. The streaming category for the first time includes music license revenues from FACEBOOK and streaming fitness services (included for 2019 data as well). Streaming’s share of revenues has continued to grow, reaching 83% in 2020.
To see the full report, click here.
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NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP Pres./Broadcasting TIMOTHY C. BUSCH will retire on JUNE 1st, the company has announced. BUSCH joined the company as GM at CBS affiliate WROC-TV/ROCHESTER, NY in 2000.
Chairman/CEO PERRY SOOK said, "TIM and I have worked collaboratively for over 20 years and I’m grateful for his leadership, expertise and friendship. TIM has been instrumental in building the foundation for what NEXSTAR has become and the values that we have established in terms of our commitment to our team members and the local communities where we operate. On behalf of TOM CARTER, ELIZABETH RYDER, our Board, shareholders and the entire NEXSTAR team, we thank him for his many contributions to our long-term success. TIM leaves us well positioned to continue our growth as we have a deep bench of experienced broadcast and digital executives and we are immediately commencing a search for TIM’s successor. We will miss TIM and wish him all the best as he enters the next phase of his life." more »
January '21 Ratings Tomorrow
NIELSEN AUDIO JANUARY '21 results arrive beginning TOMORROW for NEW ORLEANS; PUERTO RICO; OKLAHOMA CITY; LOUISVILLE; and BATON ROUGE. Find the 12+ ratings for the subscribing stations in the ALLACCESS.COM NIELSEN AUDIO section on MONDAY after 2p (PT).
THE NATIONAL BLACK RADIO HALL OF FAME in ST. LOUIS held their 2020-2021 awards celebration last night (2/27) and revealed the names of thirty-five inductees recognized for their exceptional careers.
Some of the inductees for the virtual event included LYLES MEDIA Pres. HARRY LYLES, the late CHICAGO air personality YVONNE DANIELS, Talk show host JOE MADISON, radio veteran MITCH FAULKNER, music industry executive ARLINDA GARRETT, and ENTERCOM Urban WVEE (V103)/ATLANTA air personality GREG STREET.
THE NATIONAL BLACK RADIO HALL OF FAME is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable non-profit organization established in 2010 to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of African American radio air personalities and music industry pioneers. more »
The Offspring Will Join WRFF/Philadelphia's ALT 104.5 Brewery Tour For Virtual Meet & Greet And Concert
Come Out & Play IPA On March 11th
iHEARTMEDIA Alternative WRFF (ALT 104.5)/PHILADELPHIA will be joined virtually by THE OFFSPRING at the "ALT 104.5 BREWERY TOUR" stop on THURSDAY, MARCH 11th at EVIL GENIUS BEER COMPANY from 7-9p. ALT 104.5 winners will be chosen to sample the custom "COME ALT & PLAY IPA" during a live broadcast with night host JAMMIN’ JESSIE featuring THE OFFSPRING and EVIL GENIUS’ HEAD BREWER. The VIPs will enjoy a virtual meet and greet with THE OFFSPRING and exclusive virtual concert featuring songs from band's forthcoming album, LET THE BAND TIMES ROLL, due out APRIL 16th.
ALT 104.5 listeners will get their chance to win all this week on THE WOODY SHOW. In addition, the first 20 people at the event will receive a custom ALT 104.5 pint glass. Listeners can enjoy a socially distanced pint at EVIL GENIUS BEER COMPANY’s tasting room or grab a brew to go. The ALT 104.5 BREWERY TOUR spotlights breweries in the PHILADELPHIA area that have experienced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic.
With the success of VIRTUAL SUMMITFEST – THE SERIES Episodes 1 and 2 now in the rearview mirror, JACK BARTON ENTERTAINMENT (JBE) has announced Episode 3 taking place on THURSDAY, MARCH 25th. The lineup will be KALEO, STRUNG LIKE A HORSE and BENDIGO FLETCHER.
BARTON said, “VIRTUAL SUMMITFEST – THE SERIES started as a result of the COVID cancellation of last summer’s BOULDER SUMMITFEST and will continue on a monthly basis at least until we can gather in person again.”
The participation in the first two episodes has been great. Register for Episode 3 here.
ALL ACCESS is the official to Media Sponsor for VIRTUALSUMMITFEST.
The Drive Helps 'Give A Vet A Pet'
HUBBARD RADIO Classic Rock WDRV (97.1 THE DRIVE)/CHICAGOS's morning guys SHERMAN & TINGLE's fourth annual "Give A Vet A Pet" campaign in partnership with the American Veterans Service Dog Academy charitable organization, raised a total of over $90,000.00 in one week (FEBRUARY 22nd – 26th). That was enough to pair six separate service dogs with veterans who are in need of the positive effects, emotional support and loving companionship these dogs provide.
SHERMAN & TINGLE said, “We approached this year’s event with optimism, despite the many challenges associated with the pandemic. We are gratified to know that, in the face of adversity, THE DRIVE’s loyal fans found a way to help our veterans in need. We know that we have a unique responsibility to the CHICAGO area community. Any part we can play in providing better lives for CHICAGO-area veterans is always an honor.”
Pictured Left to Right: SHERMAN & TINGLE Show Exec. Producer JILL EGAN, BRIAN SHERMAN, American Veterans Service Dog Academy Director ERIC CARLSON, STEVE TINGLE, and SHERMAN & TINGLE Show Assoc. Producer RACHEL KELSO.
THE NEW MUSIC FOOD TRUCK will pay tribute to female artists in honor of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY MARCH 8th on this week's show, debuting TOMORROW (3/2) with special guest, ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME inductee NANCY WILSON of HEART.
The menu for THE NEW MUSIC FOOD TRUCK for the week on MARCH 2nd through MARCH 8th will celebrate and shine a light on the achievements of women and how far they have come in the fight for their rights within the political, cultural, and social spheres. The show features new music from ARLO PARKS, CLOE WILDER, THE STAVES, THE BLOSSOM, JPOLAND, DESSA, FLOCK OF DIMES, ELLA K SOL, SUZI QUATRO, DEAP VALLEY, ORA THE MOLECULE, and SOPHIA MCGLEW. more »
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TORONTO BLUE JAYS game broadcasts on ROGERS Sports CJCL-A (SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN)/TORONTO and the SPORTSNET RADIO NETWORK will be simulcasts of SPORTSNET television coverage this season. Radio broadcasts will use the audio from the TV coverage, with BUCK MARTINEZ, DAN SCHULMAN, and PAT TABLER heard on both; Radio voice BEN WAGNER will move from radio to the combined crew, which will also include JAMIE CAMPBELL, JOE SIDDALL, HAZEL MAE, and ARASH MADANI. The move is being attributed to a desire to minimize travel in the pandemic.
The JAYS will be opening the season with home games at their Spring Training base in DUNEDIN, FL, with the rest of the schedule up in the air due to travel restrictions between CANADA and the U.S. The team played last season's home games at SAHLEN FIELD in BUFFALO and is expected to play home games in the early part of the season there as well, with the Triple-A BUFFALO BISONS temporarily relocating to accomodate the parent club.
Bluewerks Vol. 1
A pair of iconic labels -- ASTRALWERKS and BLUE NOTE RECORDS -- both now under the CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP/UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP umbrella, have teamed up to create BLUEWERKS, a new series of Lo-Fi compilations where downtempo electronica meets jazz-infused sounds across a variety of themes and moods.
The first collection, "BLUEWERKS, Vol. 1: Up Down Left Right," came out on FRIDAY, an eight-track EP introduced by BBC RADIO 1’s PETE TONG that features up-and-coming Lo-Fi creators including ZMEYEV, SEBASTIAN KAMAE, IYSU, SAIB, G MILLS, HIYASU and PHLOCALYST. BLUEWERKS draws its essence from the musical legacies of these two influential labels, each of which represent excellence in their genre. Watch the full EP continuous visualizer below. more »
YOUTUBE MUSIC tapped up-and-coming singer/songwriter MUSTAFA as its latest ARTIST ON THE RISE, making him one of the first additions to the platform's emerging artist program in 2021. After gaining notoriety as a spoken word poet and writer, MUSTAFA has built a loyal streaming following for his music on YOUTUBE, garnering over 1.5 million views on his OFFICIAL ARTIST CHANNEL over the past year thanks to debut singles like “Stay Alive, ” and his latest FRANK DUKES- and JAMIE XX-co-produced track, “Air Forces.”
LEGEND RECORDINGS, the Rock label started by CHRIS BIANCH in early 2017, has announced the acquisition of an extensive catalog of rock and metal recordings from L.A.-based indie label WE ARE TRIUMPHANT, founded by CEO GREG LONG.
Tucked away in a small community between Cleveland and Akron, LEGEND RECORDINGS was founded by BIANCHI, a former touring musician turned entrepreneur with "a few dollars and a dream to support the art that he believed in.”
LEGEND RECORDINGS is distributed by INGROOVES MUSIC GROUP, with a roster than includes PARALANDRA, THE CONVALESCENCE, HUNT THE DINOSAUR, SEPTEMBER MOURNING, ALEX EMBLER, WOOP DOGG, ERADIUS, S/CK, GOD OF NOTHING, DEFYING DECAY and KARMA KIDS. more »
Clisby (Photo: Purdue Athletics)
Longtime PURDUE UNIVERSITY men's basketball radio play-by-play announcer LARRY CLISBY died SATURDAY morning (2/27) at his home in MELBOURNE, FL after a battle with lung cancer that had spread to his brain. CLISBY was 73.
CLISBY called BOILERMAKERS men's basketball, most recently on STAR CITY BROADCASTING Country WYCM/LAFAYETTE through rightsholder LEARFIELD IMG COLLEGE, from 1982 through 2018, when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and metastatic brain cancer in JUNE 2018; he continued but officially retired before the current season, having called 1,189 games.
ALL ACCESS sends congratulations to CURB RECORDS Coord./Promotion MADDI BAYER and her husband, TIM, who welcomed son ELLIOTT MARTIN BAYER into the world on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27th.
"Our famly feels whole," BAYER shared on FACEBOOK.
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Justin Bieber Is 27 (Photo: DFree / Shutterstock.com)
ALL ACCESS Happy Birthday wishes on MONDAY (3/1) to ADAMS RADIO CEO RON STONE, iHEARTMEDIA/SAN DIEGO Dir./Rock Programming SHAUNA MORAN, former WABC-A/NEW YORK PD CRAIG SCHWALB, ENTERCOM/DALLAS Alternative Regional Brand Mgr. BAILEY, KPRR/EL PASO PD PATTI DIAZ, THE ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC RESEARCH LETTER Pres. ERIC NORBERG, WWKI/FT. WAYNE's JJ DAVIS, MASTER TRAXS PRODUCTIONS Pres. PAUL HAIZLIP, BEASLEY/BOSTON's STELLA MARS, INO RECORDS' DAN MICHAELS, BRIDGE RATINGS MEDIA RESEARCH Pres. DAVE VAN DYKE, former MAVERICK rep MINDY BELL, KIIS/LOS ANGELES' CHUEY MARTINEZ, ALPHA MEDIA/MANKATO, MN Market Mgr. BOB ROSE and to RENDA/FT. MYERS PD STEVE GRANATO. more »
Friday, February 26, 2021
Last update: 5:52 PM (PT)
ENTERCOM has rolled out a new programming leadership structure for its central programming team, "positioning the company for further growth and increased capacity for multi-platform premium content development," according to a company release.
“This enhanced leadership team will supplement our premium content offering throughout our portfolio and ensure we have the premier collection of personalities engaging deeply with our audiences nationwide,” said Chief Programming Officer PAT PAXTON. “It will also allow us to best integrate the innovation of new products and content so we are continuously growing the impact and reach of our offering and super serving our 170 million listeners each month.” more »
All Access Audio Summit: Steven Goldstein, Callie & Jeff Join Perry Michael Simon For A Very Unique Podcasting Session
Podcasting Reality 101
More registrations and suggestions about what you are looking to watch and hear at the ALL ACCESS AUDIO SUMMIT continue to come in. This is a labor of love to listen to your feedback on the phone, rand your emails and field your answers in our survey to learn about the ideas, about the content and speakers that will resonate with you for the upcoming ALL ACCESS AUDIO SUMMIT, a virtual event, set for APRIL 21 & 22. You can participate on up two devices of your choice to live-stream the event, or watch on-demand. Click here to register!
The ALL ACCESS AUDIO SUMMIT is digging in for fresh ideas like the session to be moderated by ALL ACCESS News/Talk/Sports & Podcasting Editor PERRY MICHAEL SIMON called "Podcasting As A Parachute?" PERRY is joined by AMPLIFI MEDIA Founder/CEO STEVEN GOLDSTEIN and highly successful married stars of THE UPSIDE WITH CALLIE & JEFF podcast. more »
Nominations for “The 56th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS” were revealed this morning (2/26), bringing good news for MAREN MORRIS and CHRIS STAPLETON, who dominated the categories with six nominations apiece. MIRANDA LAMBERT was close behind with five nominations, followed by ASHLEY McBRYDE, THOMAS RHETT and producer JAY JOYCE with four each.
Also noteworthy: For the first time in ACM AWARDS history, four Black artists are nominated for awards in the same year: JIMMIE ALLEN, KANE BROWN, MICKEY GUYTON and JOHN LEGEND. And all five of the Single of the Year nominations feature a female artist, although no women were nominated in the Entertainer of the Year category. more »
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NIELSEN HOLDINGS PLC fourth quarter 2020 revenues fell 1.1% year-to-year to $1.7 billion, with NIELSEN GLOBAL MEDIA revenues off 1.9% to $872 million and NIELSEN GLOBAL CONNECT revenues off 0.2% to $800 million. Net income increased from a net loss of $109 million to a gain of $35 million (-31 to +10 cents/diluted share).
CEO DAVID KENNY said, "Our solid results in 2020 reflect strong execution and the resiliency of NIELSEN's business model. We acted swiftly to keep our people safe and healthy, and to mitigate the impact of the global pandemic on our operations. In parallel, we accelerated progress on our transformation, rationalizing our product portfolio including the planned sale of GLOBAL CONNECT, and aligning our product roadmap around two unique platforms for ads and for content. In DECEMBER, we announced our plans to launch NIELSEN One, a transformative cross-media solution to drive more comparable and comprehensive metrics across platforms. I am extremely proud of all that our teams accomplished during such unprecedented times.
"We have now reached an inflection point and we are focused on driving new growth from new solutions and new customers," he added. "Our 2021 guidance issued today is consistent with the detailed plan we laid out for the new NIELSEN at our Investor Day in DECEMBER, and we are executing as we committed."
ALL ACCESS has confirmed that iHEARTMEDIA/MINNEAPOLIS Market President and iHEARTMEDIA-PLAINS/NORTWEST Regional Division President JEFF TYLER has announced his departure. He'd been in that post since 2015 (NET NEWS 1/7/2015).
TYLER will remain with iHEARTMEDIA and transfer to his hometown of MADISON, WI. His new role is that of Area President for the MADISON and MILWAUKEE markets.
No word on who is replacing TYLER and is covering his duties in MINNEAPOLIS.
After joining BEASLEY/LAS VEGAS as OM and PD at Urban AC KOAS (JAMMIN 105.7) last NOVEMBER, (NET NEWS 11/16/20), CAT THOMAS has resigned, effective MARCH 9th, to pursue a lucrative opportunity outside of the radio industry. THOMAS will, however, continue to help consult KOAS.
THOMAS told ALL ACCESS, "This was a very difficult decision because this is absolutely my favorite radio job in the last 15 years. COO BRIAN BEASLEY, Chief Content Officer JUSTIN CHASE and VP/Market Manager PETER BURTON are real radio people and are allowing all of us to do exciting local radio. I thought this was where I'd finish up my career but now someone else gets the opportunity of a lifetime. This is scary as hell to make this move but this opportunity is the only one that could have lured me away from radio." more »
Ed Stolz Appeals Case To Ninth Circuit While District Court Mulls Allegations He Continues To Interfere With Receiver's Station Sale
ROYCE BROACASTING owner ED STOLZ has appealed his case to the NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS while receiver LARRY PATRICK contends that STOLZ is continuing to try and interfere with the sale of his three stations, Top 40 KREV-F (92.7 REV THE REVOLUTION)/ALAMEDA-SAN FRANCISCO, Top 40 KRCK/MECCA-PALM SPRINGS, CA, and Top 40 KFRH (104.3 NOW FM)/NORTH LAS VEGAS, to VCY AMERICA for $6 million, and a hearing looms that could send STOLZ back into jail for contempt of court.
In a document styled "Update on STOLZ's Efforts to Interfere With The Sale and Frustrate The Receivership" filed with U.S. District Court on THURSDAY (2/25), PATRICK's attorneys charge that STOLZ's attorney sent a letter to VCY AMERICA threatening them that STOLZ is "committing to pursuing an unwinding of the transaction" if VCY closes on its court-approved purchase of the station and asks Judge JESUS BERNAL to demand an explanation from STOLZ and his attorney during a hearing TODAY (2/26).
STOLZ, whose failure to pay music royalties led to a court judgment that placed the three stations in receivership, surrendered to U.S. Marshals on FEBRUARY 18th after being a fugitive from a contempt order for two weeks, and was released the next day after a hearing; he has been ordered at FRIDAY's hearing to provide all the information required by the court to enable the turnover of the stations to PATRICK or face imprisonment again.
NIELSEN AUDIO PPM JANUARY '21 Monthly results arrive TODAY for AUSTIN; MILWAUKEE; INDIANAPOLIS; PROVIDENCE; RALEIGH-DURHAM; NORFOLK; NASHVILLE; GREENSBORO-WINSTON SALEM-HIGH POINT; JACKSONVILLE; WEST PALM BEACH; MEMPHIS; and HARTFORD. Find the ratings for the subscribing stations in the ALLACCESS.COM NIELSEN AUDIO section after 2p (PT).
Coming TUESDAY, MARCH 2nd: JANUARY '21 Ratings for NEW ORLEANS; PUERTO RICO; OKLAHOMA CITY; LOUISVILLE; and BATON ROUGE.
FCC Proposes Fine On Georgia Translator Licensee For Late License Renewal Application, Two More Political File Violation Consent Decrees
Fine And Consent Decrees
Another day, another proposed fine for a late license renewal application and another pair of Consent Decrees over online political public file violations at the FCC.
This time, the Commission proposed a $1.500 fine against LLF HOLDINGS, LLC for a late license renewal application for W27CC/MACON, GA. The application was due by DECEMBER 2, 2019 but was filed on MARCH 17, 2020 with no explanation for the delay offered.
And QUEENB RADIO WISCONSIN, INC. (Classic Hits KIYX(SUPER HITS 106)/SAGEVILLE, IA) and BRAGG BROADCASTING CORPORATION (News-Talk KSAR/THAYER, MO) entered Consent Decrees resolving failure to upload political advertising documents to their online public files, agreeing to create and adhere to compliance plans.
PACIFIC TELESTATIONS, LLC is donating Silent KUAM-A/AGANA, GUAM to GOOD NEWS BROADCASTING CORPORATION (JOY FM).
In other filings with the FCC, LINCOLN UNIVERSITY has applied for an STA to operate WLNX/LINCOLN, IL with reduced power.
And applying for Silent STAs were TRINITY MEDIA, LTD. (WLNL-A/HORSEHEADS, NY, financial difficulties); and THE CENTER FOR EDUCATION NONPROFIT CORP. (KWTR and KOPE/ELDORADO, TX) and TENN-VOL CORP. (KLDE and KPEP/ELDORADO, TX) (tower collapse in storm).
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Scotty Tavlin To Host Middays, Produce Wakeups On WPOI (Hot 101.5)/Tampa; Host Nights On WWKA (K92.3)/Orlando
SCOTT “SCOTTY THE BODY” TAVLIN has been upped to full-time Morning Show Producer and Middayer on COX MEDIA GROUP (CMG) Top 40 WPOI (HOT 101.5)/TAMPA. He replaces longtime HOT 101.5 personality CHASE PULIDO, who was recently promoted to a National Digital Content role within CMG. TAVLIN will also handle nights on Country sister WWKA (K92.3)/ORLANDO.
“SCOTT is a star and is such a natural at rocking a crowd and creating relatable connections with our staff, audience, partners and clients,” said Dir./Branding and Programming WILL CALDER. “SCOTT’s story is the perfect example of how talent, hustle and a great attitude can turn dreams into reality!” more »
EVANS BROADCAST COMPANY has upped LSM HENRY EVANS to Market Mgr. for the company's RENO cluster, Alternative KRAT (ALT 92.1), News-Talk KKFT-KSVL (99.1 FM TALK), AC KRFN (FUN 100.9), Country KCMY-A-K273AF (FM 102.5 COWBOY COUNTRY), and Country KRFN-KD2-K236CN (95.1 THE WOLF). EVANS joined the family company in 2017 after serving in the IRAQ war and attending college on the G.I. Bill.
EVANS said, “Our vets see a challenge as an opportunity, and 2020 was just that. Despite the shutdown of many of our advertisers, we simply worked harder, smarter, and outperformed the huge conglomerates in this industry. Net sales increased by 5% over 2019.”
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Now On WCBS-F-HD3
SCOTT SHANNON’s syndicated “TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL” is now airing on ENTERCOM's WCBS-F-HD3/NEW YORK. SHANNON hosts mornings on the main channel, Classic Hits WCBS-F. The multicast channel's previous occupant, CBS SPORTS RADIO, has moved to sister WNSH-HD3.
“For years, SCOTT SHANNON has spotlighted thousands of classic hits from some of the most recognizable names in rock music,” said ENTERCOM NEW YORK SVP/Market Mgr. CHRIS OLIVIERO. “We’re excited to introduce this homage to the rock music industry to a new audience on our HD3 channel, and continue celebrating the format’s rich history with SCOTT." more »
The PITTSBURGH PIRATES and ENTERCOM Sports KDKA-F (93.7 THE FAN)/PITTSBURGH have reached a deal on a multiyear contract extension that will move weekday afternoon games to sister News-Talk KDKA-A-W261AX and simulcast select games on both stations. The PIRATES have aired on THE FAN since 2012 and aired on KDKA-A before that.
“The PIRATES and KDKA are part of the fabric of our city. We are thrilled to be able to carry on that tradition while ushering in a new era of expanded reach of PIRATES programming,” said ENTERCOM PITTSBURGH SVP/Market Mgr. MICHAEL SPACCIAPOLLI. “This expanded partnership allows us to leverage the PIRATES brand and great package of game programming on KDKA NEWS RADIO 100.1 FM and 1020 AM to raise further awareness of the new KDKA simulcast.” more »
SIRIUSXM will air a limited-run channel celebrating the 63rd annual GRAMMY AWARDS in conjunction with the RECORDING ACADEMY.
THE GRAMMY CHANNEL will air MARCH 2nd at noon (ET) through MARCH 14th on Channel 104. The channel will offer music from GRAMMY nominees and honorees plus exclusiive interviews and behind-the-scenes material.
ABC AUDIO’s Power Portal service for radio station websites is offering affiliates a four-part video series on prominent women in history for WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH.
"WOMEN'S HISTORY IN A MINUTE" will launch on MARCH 1st and will post new episodes on MONDAYS, available as white label content ready for station logos and ads. The episodes will feature VIOLA DAVIS; MADONNA; track legend FLORENCE GRIFFITH-JOYNER; tennis star NAOMI OSAKA; physicist SHIRLEY ANN JACKSON; astronaut SALLY RIDE; Vice President KAMALA HARRIS; and Justice SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR.
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DAN WAITE has been promoted to President of BETTER NOISE MUSIC by CEO ALLEN KOVAC. Previously Managing Director, U.K. and EUROPE, the U.K.-based executive will oversee all artist relations, and music and film content releases across the company’s global offices in N.Y., L.A., NASHVILLE, TORONTO, LONDON, BERLIN, SYDNEY and newly opened offices in SOUTH AMERICA and SOUTHEAST ASIA, reporting to KOVAC.
Prior to joining BETTER NOISE in 2017, WAITE held positions at MTV VIACOM INTERNATIONAL, UNIVERSAL RECORDS, VIRGIN RECORDS, NME, O2 ARENA and BBC STUDIOS, and he is an active member of AIM (ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC), FAC (FEATURED ARTISTS COALITION) and MMF (MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM). He also sits as a current IMPALA Board member, where he’s recently been heavily involved in the organization’s diversity efforts to level the playing field across all hirings and freelancers. more »
CAPITOL/CMG artist TOBYMAC hits the road this Spring with his popular drive-in series. TOBYMAC'S band DIVERSE CITY and COCHREN & CO. hit the road in APRIL with the first stop in LEEDS, AL.
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Joe Galante Establishes $500,000 Endowment
Former SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE Chairman JOE GALANTE, one of the 12 founders of the NASHVILLE-based LEADERSHIP MUSIC program, has established an endowment for the organization. The first such bequest for the non-profit in its 32-year history, it will be known as the JOE GALANTE Leadership Music Preservation Fund, and will ensure financial stability for the organization for years to come.
GALANTE’s initial gift of $500,000 has the potential to be a $1 million endowment for the organization as a result of his offer to match dollar-for-dollar contributions up to $250,000. UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NASHVILLE CEO MIKE DUNGAN and Christian/Pop music star AMY GRANT, both alumni of LEADERSHIP MUSIC, will serve as co-chairs of the campaign. more »
Comedian and actor LESLIE JORDAN and Country music songwriter TRAVIS HOWARD will launch "Hunker Down Radio" on APPLE MUSIC COUNTRY on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th at 1p (CT). Each weekly, one-hour episode will give a glimpse into JORDAN's life as well as play a mix of Country, Gospel and Blues. In the debut episode, JORDAN discusses how he and HOWARD met, the closest he’s gotten to meeting ELTON JOHN, and why ROSANNE CASH might be coming for him after she hears this episode. JORDAN also reveals how he got BRANDI CARLILE to sing on "Angel Band," from his forthcoming hymns album, "Company’s Coming," due out on FRIDAY, APRIL 2nd.
Listen live for free or on-demand here.
ENTERCOM Country WYCD/DETROIT's “JOSH, RACHEL And GRUNWALD in the Morning” raised awareness and money for the downtown DETROIT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE this week by sacrificing one of their own. The show's STEVE GRUNWALD lived outside on the garden patio, covered in ice, at the organization until the show reached its goal of raising $50,000 for the cause.
The show "celebrated" GRUNWALD's completion of the challenge by allowing local hockey players to take shots at a dunk tank (donating $100 per shot) attempting to submerge GRUNWALD in the tank full of water topped with a coating of ice from the cold weather. The grand total raised for the downtown DETROIT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE by “JOSH, RACHEL And GRUNWALD in the Morning's” efforts this topped $88,000.
After nearly five years on the air there, iHEARTMEDIA Country KTEX/McALLEN, TX midday host AMANDA MEY has resigned, effective TODAY (2/26). She started with the station in overnights before rising to middays.
She announced her departure in a FACEBOOK Live video this morning, before later sharing it on air. “It’s time for me to start a new chapter in my life,” she said before revealing that she is pregnant with a baby boy and due in APRIL. “I’m going on permanent maternity leave,” she said through tears. Watch her announcement here.
KYLE DUE, the PD/afternoon driver at sister station KAJA (KJ97)/SAN ANTONIO, will now track middays at KTEX MONDAY through SATURDAY.
ALPHA MEDIA Country KGNC/AMARILLO, TX has added KELSEY SCHULER as MD/Content Director and night host. SCHULER and station OM SCOTT GAINES previously worked together at CUMULUS MEDIA WKHX (then KICKS 101.5)/ATLANTA.
"I am extremely excited to have KELSEY here, and we are only going to grow more and continue delivering the best radio in the panhandle," said GAINES.
BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP Country WKXC (KICKS 99)/AUGUSTA, GA is looking for a new member to join its live and local morning show. Applicants should not expect a "four and out the door" job, as numerous personal appearances are part of the gig. Applicants must have a great work ethic, be willing to live their life on the air, be authentic to the audience, know how to communicate with the Country life group, work well in a team environment, understand and effectively use social media, and create curiosity about the show.
Send materials to station OM and BEASLEY VP/Brand Strategies TEE GENTRY at 4051 Jimmie Dyess Pkwy, AUGUSTA, GA 30909. Reach GENTRY by email here. No phone calls.
Following his departure this week from SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE, where he was Dir./SOUTH and SOUTHWEST Promotion for the ARISTA NASHVILLE imprint, RUSTY SHERRILL is available for his next opportunity. Reach out to him here, or by phone at (615) 744-9615.
SHERRILL joined SONY as ARISTA's Coord./National Promotion in 2010, was promoted to Promotion Representative for SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE in 2012 and then re-joined ARISTA as NORTHEAST regional in 2014.
Deal With FreeWheel
EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS' SOUND THAT BRANDS branded-content podcast production company has reached an agreement with COMCAST's FREEWHEEL to offer podcast production services to agencies using FREEWHEEL's Strata platform. Clients will also be able to get measurement of the podcasts' effectiveness using proprietary Brand Uplift surveys.
"Creating audio content for brands is all we do," said SOUND THAT BRANDS CEO DAVE BEASING. "As this category has grown, the availability of brand audio specialists has not been able to keep pace. Our alliance with FREEWHEEL assures that their agency clients have easy access to experienced producers of custom podcasts." more »
Having made his mark in the music, television, and film industries, MATHEW KNOWLES is now hosting a new podcast on iHEARTRADIO. "MATHEW KNOWLES IMPACT" debuted MONDAY (2/22) with Rev. AL SHARPTON as the debut guest, to be followed next MONDAY by conservative Rev. JESSE LEE PETERSON. Future guests will include QUESTLOVE and former OVERSTOCK.COM Pres.. STORMY SIMON.
The show will tackle the topics of racism, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and the music business, with KNOWLES, father of BEYONCÉ and SOLANGE KNOWLES, saying, "These four topics consume the American zeitgeist today. At the root of them all is money and power. We aim to separate truth from lies and discuss the facts without sensationalism .... The ultimate goal of the radio show is to build bridges and tear down walls."
iHEARTMEDIA/SOUTH FLORIDA has let go three members of their engineering staff.
SCOTT SOLKO, a broadcast engineer with 28 years experience, former iHEARTMEDIA/SOUTH FLORIDA Regional Engineering Lead, and previously Dir./Engineering for the RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW is seeking new opportunities. Contact SCOTT at (561) 713-6065 and/or email@example.com.
Fellow engineer MICK RAPEER, with 40 years of radio engineering and on-air experience, and former Regional Engineer IHEARTMEDIA/SOUTH FLORIDA is available. Contact RAPEER at 610) 635-9107 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also leaving iHEARTMEDIA is DAVID WAGGENER. WAGGENER had been a Regional engineer for iHEARTMEDIA/SOUTH FLORIDA. WAGGENER worked in engineering for 28 years, previously with COX and PAXSON. Reach out to WAGGENER at (954) 806-4526 and/or email@example.com.
Heads To Minnesota
247 MEDIA MINISTRIES has reached an agreement with TWIN PORTS RADIO LLC of DULUTH, MN to begin airing 247 MEDIA MINISTRIES CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP 24/7 on W265DO (100.9)/DULUTH, MN fed by SPORTS TALK KJOK-A (AM 1350). This will make the third signal for WORSHIP 24/7. DAVID HARMS, PRESIDENT of 247 MEDIA MINISTRIES said, "We were able to get very creative with DAN HATFIELD of TWIN PORTS RADIO to bring WORSHIP 24/7 to DULUTH and surrounding communities. It's clearly a win/win for everyone." The format flip will happen on or about MONDAY, MARCH 8th.
New Deal With Michaels
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP (UMPG) has signed GRAMMY-nominated artist and songwriter JULIA MICHAELS to an exclusive, global publishing agreement.
MICHAELS has written for some of music's biggest artists across genres including SELENA GOMEZ, JUSTIN BIEBER, JANELLE MONÁE, FIFTH HARMONY, ED SHEERAN, JOHN LEGEND, DEMI LOVATO, DUA LIPA, THE CHICKS, BRITNEY SPEARS, KEITH URBAN, NIALL HORAN, SHAWN MENDES, ZEDD and P!NK, among others. To date, MICHAELS has co-written 25 titles that have charted on the BILLBOARD HOT 100 including two number one songs, BIEBER's "Sorry" and GOMEZ's "Lose You To Love Me". more »
Tom Morello (Photo: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock.com)
ALL ACCESS has learned that legendary Rock guitarist TOM MORELLO will be the Executive Music Producer for the upcoming NETFLIX movie "Metal Lords," set to be released later this year. The film, written by D.B. WEISS (co-creator of HBO's "Game Of Thrones") and produced by WEISS and GREG SHAPIRO, is a coming-of-age story of two kids who want to start a Heavy Metal band in a high school where exactly two kids care about Heavy Metal.
The film, directed by PETER SOLLETT, stars JAEDEN MARTELL, ISIS HAINSWORTH and ADRIAN GREENSMITH, and DAVID BENIOFF (co-creator of HBO's "Game Of Thrones") is one of the film's Executive Producers.
"Metal Lords" is the first film to come out of NETFLIX’s partnership with BENIOFF and WEISS, who have made NETFLIX their creative home to write, produce and direct new series and films.
Producer and HALL OF FAME songwriter LINDA PERRY is set to curate and perform at the upcoming two-day ROCK N' RELIEF livestream series. Founded by SEAN PENN and ANN LEE, CORE (COMMUNITY ORGANIZED RELIEF EFFORT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to crisis response.
This two-day livestream will benefit CORE’s life-saving programs. In addition, the concert will also benefit CORE's work supporting the LOS ANGELES' mobile vaccination program. By providing direct access within the community and offering on-site registration, CORE is helping to eliminate the disparities in health equity as it relates to vaccine distribution and COVID-19 testing.
Polish Club Approved
It’s been said a million times at this point, but POLISH CLUB are known to do things fast and loud. The inclusion of the humble acoustic guitar as the hero of this song marks the first time the band have done so in a single. Listen up to POLISH CLUB's new one today on PASSPORT APPROVED.
Jason Aldean Is 44 Sunday (Photo: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)
ALL ACCESS Happy Birthday wishes FRIDAY (2/26) to REPUBLIC RECORDS' KATHY MARCHETTI, former WRRV/POUGHKEEPSIE, NY Brand Manager BILL DUNN, former WLRQ/MELBOURNE, FL PD MIKE LOWE, WLTE/MINNEAPOLIS Chief Engineer STEVE BROWN, WMJK/SANDUSKY's JOHN GLENN, consultant BUDDY SCOTT, BIG LATIN ENTERTAINMENT’s ANDY HERRERA, WESTWOOD ONE’s BRIAN CURRY and to WTTS/INDIANAPOLIS MD AMBER HOBACK.
Doing the Birthday boogie on SATURDAY (2/27), SUMMITMEDIA Top 40, Hot AC and AC BCL and WWST/KNOXVILLE PD RICK THOMAS, CUMULUS/ALBUQUERQUE OM KRIS ABRAMS, industry vet BILL CARROLL, consultant J.J. JORDAN, WTOP/WASHINGTON D.C.'s IRA MELLMAN, former WRIT/MILWAUKEE APD DAVE MURPHY, TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Reg. OM DONOVAN SHORT, SHOW DOG/UNIVERSAL MUSIC-NASHVILLE's P.J. OLSEN, METRO/SAN FRANCISCO News Dir. JOE MCCONNELL, former KMAG-KKBD/ FORT SMITH, AR. PD STEVE KNOLL, RODEOWAVES ENT.'s ERIC BEGGS, ASPEN AUDIO IMAGING's JIM WALTON, TROY RESEARCH's KAREN YOUNG, WYAY/ATLANTA's MICHAEL GRAHAM, WQMX/AKRON APD SARAH KAY and WNGC/ATHENS, GA’s MACIE BANKS. more »
ANDREA GANIS, DANNY COOPER, KO-FUNG SHIH, PAT PAXTON, JOE HAZE, RICH DAVIS, MIKE KAPLAN, SCOTT BURTON, IAN CAMFIELD, TRACY BROWN, ANGELO SCROBE, ROSS MAHONEY, JEFF TYLER, KELSEY SCHULER, MAREN MORRIS, CHRIS STAPLETON, MIRANDA LAMBERT, AMANDA MEY, CAT THOMAS, SCOTTY TAVLIN, LESLIE JORDAN, WILLIE NELSON, HENRY EVANS, STEVE GRUNWALD, JOE GALANTE, DAN WAITE, NICK NORMAN, CHRIS WILLIAMS, KRIS ROLLINS, CHRIS EDGE, RON SORENSON, CHARLES CHAVEZ, BETHANY KENT, DJ EVER, MERCEDES HOWARD, SAM HERNANDEZ, TONY TECATE, CATHY HUGHES, JAY ALAN, TONY GRAY, ANGELA WATSON, RICHARD NASH, CHAZ SAUNDERS, ELLIOTT MURPHY, SPARKY, SARA PARKER, KIRBY RAY, MARK GORLICK.