At The News DeskPete Jones
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Last update: Nov 23 at 3:39 AM (PT)
Is The iHeartMedia RIF Slowing? Not So Sure As More Names Come In, Taking The List North Of 120 People
Please Check In With Those Who Are Now Without A Job
A lot less names early YESTERDAY (11/16) ... but more names surfaced later in the day, now topping 120 people -- and it is still anyone's guess as to how long the iHEARTMEDIA RIF will continue to roll. It's an epic change in the way iHEARTMEDIA will function going forward as it rearranges the team and their duties as the realities of doing business in a compressed economy with more abilities than ever to work remotely becomes the way of the world.
With many people in all walks of life sidelined in business due to COVID-19's economic effect while the pandemic surges has had a trickle down effect on radio at large. Most radio companies are finally seeing a lift in ratings and financials, but for iHEARTMEDIA this is mostly about the changing needs of the company for staffing radio with mostly a WFH staff, to the iHEARTRADIO platform, to its expanding podcasting initiatives, to reimagining formerly live events into a virtual presentation. more »
Live event streaming company and PODCASTONE and SLACKER RADIO parent LIVEXLIVE MEDIA has named SCIENTIFIC GAMES EVP/CFO MICHAEL QUARTIERI as its new CFO. QUARTIERI replaces interim CFO JERRY GOLD, who continues as Chief Strategy Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors.
QUARTIERI said, "After an extensive review of LIVEXLIVE, its product offerings and current positioning within the livestream, on-demand audio, video and podcast sectors, I believe the critical pieces are in place to build the Company into a significant enterprise. I am particularly excited about working with the Company's highly accomplished and experienced management team." more »
ATLANTIC RECORDS, ARTIST PARTNER GROUP and ADA enter a new phase of their partnership originally formed in 2012. Artists signed under the original agreement will now be brought fully into the ATLANTIC fold. ARTIST PARTNER adds ADA, WMG’s independent artist and label services arm, as an additional channel partner for future signings.
APG CEO MIKE CAREN said, “This is an exciting new chapter for ARTIST PARTNER GROUP and the amazing roster of artists we have worked with over the last 8 years. I am thankful to the entire APG and ATLANTIC teams and all of the incredible talent that continually inspire us. I look forward to the ongoing growth and success of all of our partners and to continuing to build Artist Partner as a home to artists in the evolving market landscape.”
ATLANTIC Chairman/CEO CRAIG KALLMAN and Chairman/COO JULIE GREENWALD added, “We’re super proud of what we’ve achieved together with MIKE and the APG team, and we couldn’t be happier to support and nurture the careers of these extraordinary, visionary artists."
To Air On ABC Sunday
The 48th annual AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS are set to take place this SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 22nd) carried live by ABC at 7p (ET)/4p (PT) from the MICROSOFT THEATER in LOS ANGELES. Among those scheduled to perform are BAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ, BELL BIV DEVOE, BILLIE EILISH, BTS, DAN + SHAY, DUA LIPA, JENNIFER LOPEZ & MALUMA, JUSTIN BIEBER, KATY PERRY, LIL BABY, MEGAN THEE STALLION, NELLY, SHAWN MENDES and THE WEEKND with KENNY G.
Nominees were officially made public live on OCTOBER 26th, on "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" by DUA LIPA. RODDY RICCH and THE WEEKND. The latter two the most nominated artists with eight, followed by MEGAN THEE STALLION with five. BAD BUNNY, DABABY, DOJA CAT, BIEBER, LADY GAGA and TAYLOR SWIFT are all tied for four nominations apiece. TARAJI P. HENSON is set to host the ceremony.
BIEBER, POST MALONE,RICCH, SWIFT and THE WEEKND are up for ARTIST OF THE YEAR, while DOJA CAT, DABABY, LIL BABY, LEWIS CAPALDI, RICCH and MEGAN THEE STALLION are up for NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR.
Check with ALL ACCESS on the night of the show for live ongoing coverage.
For a complete list of nominees, go here.
Changing From Active Rock On November 19
ALL ACCESS has learned that BELL MEDIA Active Rock CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT is flipping format as announced by a tease on the station website.
The tease states:
"From the Cutting Edge to NEW ROCK 89X, it’s been one hell of a ride over the past thirty years. If you’ve ever listened, called the X-Lines for a request, won a contest, or partied with us at a Birthday Bash – THANK YOU. 89X was a unique station and we have some great memories. Thirty years is a long time though and it’s time for a change. Soon there will be a very new and VERY different sound on 88.7FM and to be honest if you're a New Rock fan you're probably not going to like it. When you're looking for your New Rock fix you can always check out Rock Nation on the iHEARTRADIO CANADA app, and if you want to find out what’s next for 88.7FM, listen THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th at 12p (ET)."
COLONIAL RADIO GROUP OF MARYLAND LLC is selling Oldies WHGM-A (WHGM GOLD)/HAVRE DE GRACE, MD, W263CQ/CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD, and W298CG/BEL AIR, MD to STEVE CLENDENIN's MARYLAND MEDIA ONE for $350,000 ($50,000 cash, $300,000 in a promissory note). COLONIAL just closed on its purchase of the stations from IMPERIAL BROADCASTING COMPANY, LLC for $10; CLENDENIN's company has been programming the stations since MAY 2019.
In other filings with the FCC, JAMES SU's MOUNTAIN VIEW BROADCAST, LLC is selling Chinese KDYL-A/SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT to ERIC PALACIOS' RADIO ACTIVO 3 LLC for $50,000.
Executor DWILYNDA HUTH, widow of station owner TOM HUTH, is selling News-Talk KMYC-A-K282BS/MARYSVILLE, CA to E. E. FRIESEN for $50,000 plus a time brokerage agreement before closing. more »
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With THANKSGIVING just a little over a week away, Radio is stepping up to bring Holiday cheer to the masses sooner rather than later. 2020 has been a challenging year to say the least. Listeners are looking for comfort and relief from Pandemic. The number of stations flipping from their original formats to All-Christmas before the Thanksgiving Holiday continues to grow.
If your stations is flipping that All Santa Switch, send us the details, here.
Here's a look at stations already playing all-CHRISTMAS music so far:
- KBBK/HD1 (B107.3)/LINCOLN, NE Dons The Santa Hat (NET NEWS 11/13)
- KDGE (STAR 102.1)/DALLAS Gets In A Festive Mood (NET NEWS 11/5)
- KKCW (K103)/PORTLAND Flips The Switch To Christmas (NET NEWS 11/6)
- KMIY (My 92.9)/TUSCON Makes Festive Flip To Christmas (NET NEWS 11/10)
- KOSI (KOSI 101.1)/DENVER To Light The Yule Log For The 19th Year (NET NEWS 11/6)
- KPOI (105.9 THE WAVE)/HONOLULU Lights Yule Log (NET NEWS 11/10)
- KQXT (Q101.9)/SAN ANTONIO Now Rocking Around The Christmas Tree (NET NEWS 11/9)
- KRWM (WARM 106.9)/SEATTLE Kicks Into Its 20th Year Of The Sounds Of The Season (NET NEWS 11/4)
- KSSK/Honolulu Gets Holly Jolly (NET NEWS 11/17)
- WALK/LONG ISLAND, NY, Flips To Holiday Music On Friday (NET NEWS 11/11)
- WBEB (B101.1)/PHILADELPHIA Is Making Spirits Bright (NET NEWS 11/12)
- TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Classic Hits WDEA-A/ELLSWORTH, ME has flipped to all CHRISTMAS as of TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th.
- WDZH (98.7 THE BREEZE)/DETROIT Flips To All Christmas (NET NEWS 11/2)
- WFUZ (ALT 92.1)/WILKES BARRE-SCRANTON Switches From Alternative To CHRISTMAS 92.1 (NET NEWS 11/5)
- WJBR (Mix 99.5)/WILMINGTON, DE Flips On The Christmas Lights (NET NEWS 11/3)
- WJKK (MIX 98-7)/JACKSON, MS Unwraps Christmas Music (NET NEWS 11/10)
- WJPT (SUNNY 106.3)/FT. MYERS Now Ringing Jingle Bells (NET NEWS 11/12)
- WJSR/RICHMOND Flips From JACK To SANTA 100.9 (NET NEWS 10/14)
- WLIT (93.9 LITE FM)/CHICAGO Teases Christmas Music (NET NEWS 10/12)
- WLTW (106.7 LITE FM)/NEW YORK Flips On The Christmas Lights (NET NEWS 11/12)
- WMTX (MIX 100.7)/TAMPA BAY Flips The Switch to Holiday Music (NET NEWS 11/9)
- WOGT (107.9 NASH ICON)/CHATTANOOGA Goes All-Christmas (NET NEWS 11/6)
- WPGF-LP/MEMPHIS Flips To 87.7@SANTA Christmas Music (NET NEWS 10/21)
- WPLW (STAR 92.9)/RALEIGH, NC, Flips To Holiday Music (NET NEWS 11/2)
- WROZ (FUN 101.3)/LANCASTER Punches The All Christmas Format Button (NET NEW 11/2)
- WTOJ (Magic 103.1)/WATERTOWN, NY Feeling Christmas Magic (NET NEWS 11/11)
- WTVR (Mix 98.1)/RICHMOND, VA Plugs In Christmas Music (NET NEWS 11/13)
- WWLY (WILD WILLIE 100.1)/PANAMA CITY, FL Flips To Country Christmas (NET NEWS 11/5).
Into Broadcast Syndication
WESTWOOD ONE is adding another of THE DAILY WIRE's conservative podcasters to its broadcast radio offerings, launching "THE MICHAEL KNOWLES SHOW" into syndication for weekdays 5-6p (ET) beginning JANUARY 4th.
KNOWLES, who has filled in for another DAILY WIRE WESTWOOD ONE host, BEN SHAPIRO, hosts his eponymous podcast along with co-hosting "VERDICT WITH TED CRUZ."
NEXSTAR News-Talk WGN-A/CHICAGO has picked up PREMIERE NETWORKS' syndicated "SUNDAY NIGHTS WITH BILL CUNNINGHAM" for 9p-midnight (CT) SUNDAY nights, according to ROBERTFEDER.COM.
CUNNINGHAM, based at iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk WLW-A-W233BG/CINCINNATI, turned down an offer to move to WGN and join another former WLW host, MIKE MCCONNELL, at the station in 2010, signing a long-term renewal with WLW.
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO men's basketball will once again air on CUMULUS Sports KTCT-A (KNBR 1050)/SAN FRANCISCO for a second season after the parties renegotiated their existing multiyear agreement. PAT OLSON continues as the DONS' play-by-play voice and weekly "HILLTOP HOOPS HOUR" host.
“We are thrilled to expand on our partnership with KNBR,” said USF Director of Athletics JOAN MCDERMOTT. “I want to thank the entire team at CUMULUS SAN FRANCISCO and USF Board of Trustee member and alumnus JACK BOLAND from BAKER STREET ADVERTISING for their help in getting us back on the air! Despite the challenges this season has already faced, we are all eagerly counting down the days to hear PAT calling the first DONS’ game in less than three weeks.”
“The KNBR team couldn’t be more excited to extend this partnership with USF Athletics,” said PD JEREMIAH CROWE. “We look forward to bringing expanded coverage of DONS basketball back to the local airwaves and our loyal listeners in a few short weeks.”
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY BILLIKENS men's and women's basketball will move from longtime radio flagship HUBBARD Sports WXOS (101 ESPN)/ST. LOUIS to crosstown ENTERCOM News-Talk KMOX-A this season under a new multi-year deal between the station and rightsholder LEARFIELD IMG COLLEGE's BILLIKENS SPORTS PROPERTIES. The deal includes a weekly coach's show with men's coach TRAVIS FORD, play-by-play of all men's games, and play-by-play of select women's games. Men's games conflicting with ST. LOUIS CARDINALS broadcasts will be bumped to sister News-Talk KFTK (97.1 FM TALK).
"KMOX is a legendary voice in our community, and we are thrilled to engage in this partnership that will directly benefit our men's and women's basketball programs," said SLU Director of Athletics CHRIS MAY. "There is a deep connection to the BILLIKENS and KMOX with the likes of JACK BUCK, HARRY CARAY, JOE GARAGIOLA and BOB COSTAS calling SLU games. I am confident that the new 'Voice of the BILLIKENS' will provide first-class coverage for our fans and sponsors alike." more »
ROGERS SPORTS & MEDIA national cutbacks have led to layoffs at the company's VANCOUVER cluster.
BROADCAST DIALOGUE reports that News CKWX (NEWS 1130) Senior Managing Editor BRUCE CLAGGETT, afternoon anchor JIM BENNIE, meteorologist RUSS LACATE, weekend anchor/producer TOBY KERR, and reporter/web editor MIKE HALL have exited along with the "JCP ON JACK" morning show at sister Adult Hits CJAX (JACK 96.9), JEFF BROWN, CHARIS HOFF, and PAUL BROWN. The company also cancelled the local "BREAKFAST TELEVISION" editions on CITYTV in VANCOUVER and CALGARY, with a national edition coming for those markers plus TORONTO, EDMONTON, WINNIPEG, and MONTREAL early next year, and cutbacks in HALIFAX have led to the departure of News CJNI (NEWS 95.7) morning editor STEVE MACARTHUR.
Kerrigan (Photo: KSRO)
AMATURO SONOMA MEDIA GROUP News-Talk KSRO-A-K233CM-K287CD/SANTA ROSA News Director and Morning Host PAT KERRIGAN has exited the station.
KERRIGAN has hosted radio shows in SONOMA COUNTY at several stations since 1980; her latest stint at KSRO began in 2016 after she took a break to care for her parents. She took time out in OCTOBER and again in DECEMBER, the latter to attend alcohol rehab, later going on the air in JANUARY to speak about her experience. Among her honors are being part of the KSRO teams responsible for two MARCONI AWARDS and the station's acclaimed coverage of the 2017 wildfires.
A search is now underway for KERRIGAN's successor.
Flips To Holiday Music
HORIZON BROADCASTING AC WHLG (COAST 101.3)/PORT ST. LUCIE, FL, has flipped to CHRISTMAS music two weeks ago WEDNESDAY (11/4) at 6a (ET), according to PD/morning host LARRY McKAY.
"Sorry we didn't let you know sooner," he told ALL ACCESS. "More great news coming."
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Pennsylvania Station Owner Accused Of Trying To Arrange Woman's Rape Gets Probation After Guilty Plea
Oldies WQZS-A/MEYERSDALE, PA owner ROGER WAHL has been sentenced to three years' restricted probation and wearing an electronic monitor for the first four months after pleading guilty to setting up a fake online dating profile to solicit men to rape a woman (NET NEWS 9/9/19).
The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reports that WAHL was sentenced by SOMERSET COUNTY, PA Court of Common Pleas Judge D. GREGORY GEARY after entering a guilty plea to a felony count of criminal use of communication facility and four misdemeanor counts; the judge allowed WAHL to withdraw a guilty plea to an invasion of privacy plea and substitute a plea to an identity theft charge after finding out that the original plea would require sex offender registration.
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Co-Location For 2021
Another convention is co-locating with the NAB SHOW in 2021 with the announcement that the AUDIO ENGINEERING SOCIETY (AES) will join the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS' annual convention in its delayed FALL edition OCTOBER 11-13, 2021. The AES show, which has co-located with the NAB SHOW NEW YORK for the last two years, will be held at the WESTGATE HOTEL adjacent to the NAB SHOW's home, the LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER, where the 2021 NAB SHOW will be held OCTOBER 9-13. Previously, the NAB and RAB's RADIO SHOW and the NAB's SALES AND MANAGEMENT TELEVISION EXCHANGE were co-located to coincide with the NAB SHOW, which is usually held in APRIL but was held virtually this year and moved to OCTOBER for next year. more »
This Week In All Access' 'Women To Watch,' Charese Fruge Talks Records And Radio With Def Jam Recordings Exec. VP/Promotion Nicki Farag
Charese Fruge, Nicki Farag
In this week's ALL ACCESS "WOMEN TO WATCH" column, MC MEDIA Principal CHARESE FRUGE goes deep with with DEF JAM RECORDINGS Exec. VP/Promotion NICKI FARAG. FARAG began her industry career as an intern at Z100/NEW YORK, and made it happen from there.
Discussing her ascent through the ranks and crashing a glass ceiling, FARAG says, “By far my biggest challenge was not being a part of the 'boys club.'” “I struggled because I was incredible at my job but didn’t reap the benefits like my other male counterparts. And I’ll tell you what—I’m SO HAPPY I didn’t. I took that frustration and just did my job, and like I said, I was really good at it. I kept my head up and worked my ass off. I felt unstoppable. That’s when the doors started opening for me. I never swayed away from who I was just to fit in. In fact, I doubled down on me and now I’m on top!”
Every week in ALL ACCESS, CHARESE FRUGE spotlights the career path of one of our businesses most successful women. Read her latest with NICKI FARAG here.
iHEARTMEDIA has inked SIM SARNA's CLOUD10 MEDIA podcast production company to a two-year production and distribution deal. The arrangement includes all existing and upcoming CLOUD10 podcasts including “BUSY PHILIPPS IS DOING HER BEST,” “DADDY ISSUES WITH JOE BUCK AND OLIVER HUDSON,” and “WORK IN PROGRESS WITH SOPHIA BUSH,” and others.
SARNA said, “I’m honored to be partnering with such a prodigious leader in the podcast landscape and thrilled to have the opportunity to share our exciting slate of content with a widespread and diverse audience thanks to iHEARTMEDIA’s massive reach and distribution platform. more »
NBCUNIVERSAL NEWS GROUP has reached a new long-term agreement with SIRIUSXM that will continue to feature MSNBC and CNBC simulcast channels and TODAY SHOW RADIO on the satellite and streaming service. The new deal also makes SIRIUSXM the exclusive advertising representative and ad tech platform (AdsWIZZ) for NBC NEWS, MSNBC and CNBC podcasts.
“We’re exceedingly proud to continue our relationship with the NBCUNIVERSAL NEWS GROUP, whose shows and hosts are among the best in the industry,” said SIRIUSXM Pres./Chief Content Officer SCOTT GREENSTEIN. “Over the years we’ve seen that relationship grow, with TODAY hosts creating their own SIRIUSXM programs and providing additional content exclusively for our listeners. And beyond TODAY, with breaking news on MSNBC and financial updates on CNBC, SIRIUSXM subscribers can take the trusted programming of NBCUNIVERSAL wherever they go.” more »
Available To IBA Members
Analytics and attribution platform ANALYTICOWL tools will be available to members of the INDEPENDENT BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION (IBA) under a new partnership.
ANALYTICOWL Founder DAVID BALLINGER said, “We are pleased to announce this partnership and thrilled that all IBA members can now access our Industry and advertiser-specific radio analytics. We’ve long been advocates of radio advertising and are excited to help IBA members prove that radio advertising works. Our platform and response metrics are proven to prospect, sell, upsell and win back business.:
ADAMS MEDIA GROUP CEO and IBA Founder RON STONE said, “Revenue generation is of core importance for IBA members, and ANALYTICOWL has an exceptional track record for turning radio analytics and attribution into station revenue and advertiser retention. These are tools that most independents could not access in the past simply due to the required investment. ANALYTICOWL has made their product available at substantial discounts to the members. The addition of ANALYTICOWL as an IBA partner is welcomed and enables IBA member stations of any size in any market to use ANALYTICOWL data to close new business and retain existing business.”
ONErpm Partners With Young Musicians Unite To Bring Recording Opportunities To Miami Dade Public Schools
YMU Student Ceci Leon
ONERPM, one of today’s fastest-growing global music companies, announced TODAY (11/18) a new partnership with YOUNG MUSICIANS UNITE (YMU) to support its mission to provide a vibrant music education for students throughout the MIAMI GARDENS & MIAMI DADE COUNTY Public School communities. The combined effort financed the building of a new studio where students are able to write, record and collaborate.
EMMANUEL ZUNZ, Founder/CEO of ONERPM, said "ONERPM is committed to giving back to underserved communities through the power of music. When kids have the opportunity to channel their creativity and talents early, we all benefit. ONERPM is looking forward to all the great music that will be unleashed from our partnership with YMU." more »
AMAZING RADIO has partnered with TUNECORE to launch a radio series called “Inside Track,” to provide artists with advice on how to succeed. The radio series is the first on-air partnership for AMAZING RADIO and TUNECORE’s first foray into regular radio programming.
"Inside Track" features independent artists and music industry executives sharing music, stories, and insider tips for success. Each hour-long show includes artists who distribute their music through TUNECORE, accessing the company’s global network of 150+ digital stores and streaming services. Tracks played on the show will also be available for purchase from AMAZING RADIO, where, like TUNECORE, 100% of the download revenue goes to the artists.
THE GUARDIAN reports the, "UK music industry is set to halve in size this year as issues including an effective shutdown of concerts, gigs and festivals strip £3bn from its contribution to the economy."
The report notes, "UK Music, the umbrella organization representing the commercial music industry from artists and record labels to the live music sector, has revealed that the industry grew by 11% last year to be worth £5.8bn to the UK economy."
Read the full report here.
HOLD FOR 11/25-Monowhales Approved
MONOWHALES released a brand new single titled “All or Nothing”, produced by JUNO Award nominated producer RYAN WORSLEY (DEAR ROUGE, BRAVE SHORES) and mixed by JUNO Award winning mix engineer JASON DUFOUR (JULY TALK, TOKYO POLICE CLUB). Don't miss today's discovery of MONOWHALES on PASSPORT APPROVED.
WATERLOO MEDIA Hot AC KGSR (933 AUSTIN REAL MUSIC VARIETY)/AUSTIN has recently filled the lane of a "traditional Hot AC" PD JAY MICHAELS tells ALL ACCESS.
MICHAELS explains that "this is a format that we're all comfortable with here."
Core artists include ED SHEERAN, MAROON 5, TAYLOR SWIFT, PANIC! AT THE DISCO and DUA LIPA, plus the best of the best from the 2000's and 90's.
ENTERCOM Hot AC WPTE (94.9 THE POINT)/NORFOLK raised over $200,000 to benefit CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF THE KING’S DAUGHTERS (CHKD) during the 19th annual “CHKD Radiothon.”
“CHKD is a big part of the ENTERCOM/NORFOLK family and has been for over a decade,” said SVP/Market Mgr. BENNETT ZIER. “The children, their families and the health care workers are part of the daily fabric of our community efforts. MIKE and WOO, with their passion and commitment, are a key ingredient to help connect our listeners during this heartfelt annual event.”
ALPHA MEDIA Hot AC WHBC (MIX 94.1)CANTON welcomes KASPER for weeknights effective immediately. The OHIO-native will be custom voicetracking the show via SUN BGI's "Personality On Demand" service that he's part of.
Content Director GABE CARRILLO said, “It’s not often you get the opportunity to bring in a talent with whom the audience is intimately familiar. When (OM) BO MATTHEWS and I had the chance to sign-on KASPER to the team it was a no-brainer.” “Finding someone with an instant connection to the market is very rare to find. We sound LOCAL and on the pulse of what is going on in our community. His experience in both CLEVELAND (WAKS) and YOUNGSTOWN (WHOT) give our station a true NE OHIO feel.” more »
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As it celebrates its five-year anniversary, NASHVILLE-based independent label SILVERADO RECORDS has shifted its strategy to a business to consumer model, focusing specifically on compilation albums. After clearing its roster of signed acts, the label plans to now release only compilations, which afford the opportunity to invite more artists to participate via licensing deals, CEO SCOTT THOMAS told ALL ACCESS.
The Country label has previously released several compilations, including the “Summer On Repeat” series, “The SILVERADO Cover Sessions” and, most recently, the “Country Discovery Series.” Volume 2 of the latter series, which focuses on independent artist from across the country, is currently being compiled for a tentative JANUARY 2021 release. more »
NASHVILLE-based FUSION TOURING has added Country artist KOLT BARBER to its roster. The company will represent BARBER and all mutual endeavors in the live entertainment, booking and sponsorship sectors, including "The KOLT BARBER American Cowboy Showdown" and his "Saddle To The Stage" television show, debuting in 2021. BARBER owns BARBED WIRE ENTERTAINMENT and the agriculture, farm and ranch consulting company MAVERICK MANAGEMENT.
“KOLT is a talented entertainer who is true to his heritage,” said FUSION TOURING Co-VP MIKE MEADE. “He is a visionary with business savvy and a plan, and with our mutual history of success in his market and our combined areas of expertise, I am confident we can cultivate a long-lasting, reputable all-American event for years to come.”
Dasher (Photo: Andrew Morton)
SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE has signed HANNAH DASHER to its roster and released her song, “Girls Call The Shots” TODAY (11/18). DASHER has built a fan base via her TIKTOK channel, particularly her “Stand By Your Pan” cooking show, and is approaching 500,000 followers on the platform.
The SAVANNAH, GA native, who moved to NASHVILLE after graduating from the UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, has not yet been assigned to a SONY promotion imprint. Her first cut as a songwriter was the BRAD PAISLEY album track “Go To Bed Early.”
PEARL RECORDS' GARTH BROOKS is celebrating the release of his new "Triple Live Deluxe" album by offering a free "Backstage And Behind The Scenes" radio special, hosted by the Country superstar. The one-hour, produced program features personal insights and reflections from BROOKS, as well as well-known hits listeners love.
The "Backstage And Behind The Scenes" special is available for download now to be broadcast beginning THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, ahead of the 30-song project’s release on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th. Stations interested in airing the special should reach out to their PEARL RECORDS rep, or producer MAURICE MINER here.
Current CUMULS MEDIA KSCS (NEW COUNTRY 96.3)/DALLAS midday personality MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ will join the station's "HAWKEYE in the Morning show" alongside current host MARK "HAWKEYE" LOUIS beginning MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th. RODRIGUEZ moves to mornings after seven years as the station's midday host, and 16 years doing radio in the market. She succeeds KATELYN MAIDA, who recently departed the morning show.
“MICHELLE has been a shining star on the station for 10 years, and pairing her with HAWKEYE just made sense," said KSCS PD MIKE PRESTON. "I can't wait to see the new heights that together they'll take us to!” more »
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS RADIO GROUP, INC. is the latest radio licensee to agree to a Consent Decree with the FCC to resolve violations of the rules requiring uploading of political advertising files to online station public inspection files.
The agreement, which requires adherence to a compliance plan but does not assess a fine, covers violations at Country WHCO-A (REAL COUNTRY 97.3 & 1230/SPARTA, IL.
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HAWKS TALON GAMING CLUB, the official NBA 2K affiliate of the ATLANTA HAWKS, will launch TALON TAKEOVER, featuring celebrities, entertainers and influencers playing the popular video game NBA 2K21 online with the team’s head coach WESLEY ACUFF. For the first stream in the series which will take place at 8:30p (ET) on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, the team manager and head coach ACUFF will be joined by hit recording artist 24kGOLDN.
The series, which launches later this week, will be available for viewing for free on the team’s official TWITCH channel. As part of the series, ACUFF will be joined by hip-hop artist LIL EAZZYY and comedian/hip-hop artist RON SUNO. more »
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STITCHER and MIDROLL MEDIA CFO DAVID MURRAY has joined ART19 as CFO.
MURRAY, who came to MIDROLL from former parent SCRIPPS, where he led finance for the digital division, began his career at GREAT AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANIES GROUP before joining SCRIPPS.
AUDIOBOOM and MAIN EVENT MEDIA are debuting a new podcast, “CRIME WEEKLY,” offering a look at current and past crime stories. The show, presented by DISCOVERY CHANNEL's INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY (ID) and hosted by private eye DERRICK LEVASSEUR and STEPHANIE HARLOWE, will post its first of 24 episodes on DECEMBER 4th.
“True crime exploration and discovery is more than just a hobby for me -- it is my everyday passion and profession,” said LEVASSEUR. “Partnering with STEPHANIE to explore cases from a fresh perspective each week has been both illuminating and sobering, and we can’t wait for listeners to join us on our search for more information.”
“After years of researching past cases on my YOUTUBE channel, it has become abundantly clear that too often we focus on the perpetrator of crimes, and not enough on the victims,” said HARLOWE. “Through our podcast, DERRICK and I hope to bring their stories to the forefront and raise awareness for cases long gone cold or explore different aspects of well-known cases along the way.”
“The addition of CRIME WEEKLY to our growing roster of podcasts is extremely exciting for all of us true crime buffs,” said MAIN EVENT MEDIA Pres. JIMMY FOX. “The passion, determination, and level of detail DERRICK and STEPHANIE bring to each and every case reeled me in. Our ambition is to create an interactive series that will serve as a call to action for our listeners."
OSIRIS MEDIA's latest artist spotlight podcast is from singer-songwriter MAGGIE ROSE, whose "SALUTE THE SONGBIRD WITH MAGGIE ROSE," a series of candid interviews with female artists songwriters, producers and music industry executives, will debut in JANUARY. Among the initial guests will be RUBY AMANFU, MICKEY GUYTON, NICKI BLUHM, HEART's NANCY WILSON, JENNIFER HARTSWICK and MARTINA MCBRIDE.
“Working on this podcast has been a gift to me with the absence of touring this year because it has been a fantastic way to connect with the musicians I so admire who I might otherwise run into while on the road, providing me a way to maintain and make new connections that I moved to NASHVILLE to create," said ROSE. "Most importantly I get to pay tribute to my inspirations and shine a light on artists whom I feel the world should know. As a musician myself, I am sympathetic to the fact that every one of my guests has worked so hard to forge their path, but I also learn something new and valuable with each conversation.”
“We’re thrilled to have MAGGIE included in our artist spotlight podcasts," said OSIRIS MEDIA CEO RJ BEE. "I know she’ll be shining a light on many of her heroes. We want to highlight the voices of women in music, and there’s nobody better to do this than MAGGIE. She has relationships across genres, influences and generations, and we can’t wait to see where these conversations go.”
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SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT-backed TULLY, a music creation and collaboration solution for artists, announced the launch of TULLY PLATFORM– offering entrepreneur creators and their teams a more organized way to manage their music development process and take creative careers to the next level.
The company, founded by GRAMMY-nominated recording artist JOYNER LUCAS and manager/entrepreneur DHRUV JOSHI, is offering new service tiers that streamline the creative process of preparing content for distribution.
TULLY PLATFORM now provides users at any level of their career journey unmatched levels of organization and management over the entire workflow of developing new content. more »
Featuring Full Album Performance Of Latest LP 'Hunter Gatherer'
eONE Rockers AVATAR have announced a series of concert streams called "AVATAR Ages - An Impossible Concert Experience" set for four dates in JANUARY 2021. The 4-part concert film experience will launch on JANUARY 9th featuring songs from AVATAR’s catalog and starting with a performance of their new LP "Hunter Gatherer."
The schedule for "AVATAR Ages - An Impossible Concert Experience" includes:
- SATURDAY, JANUARY 9th- Age of Dreams ("Hunter Gatherer" LP from start to finish plus the band's biggest songs)
- SATURDAY, JANUARY 16th – Age of Illusions (Songs from "Feathers & Flesh" and "Avatar Country" LPs from fan voted set list)
- SATURDAY, JANUARY 23th – Age of Madness (Songs from "Black Waltz" and "Hail the Apocalypse" LPs from fan voted set list)
- SATURDAY, JANUARY 30th – Age of Memories (Songs from "Thoughts of No Tomorrow," "Schlacht" and "Avatar" LPs from fan voted set list)
AVATAR front man JOHANNES ECKERSTROM said “Nothing can top the feeling of standing eye to eye with the roaring beast that is a metal crowd, hungry for blood. Instead, what we are setting out to do is a series of shows we could never do on a normal stage. You will see AVATAR as you've never seen us before. More music, more madness. We enter this with a game plan like no other, but ultimately the power is yours. This is something we'll create together. We have missed you.”
Fans will be able to select their date and time period in advance, and after their personal Meet & Greet, they’ll receive a video file of their conversation, and an opportunity to take pictures during the experience.
For details and ticket purchases, visit www.AvatarAges.com.
Longtime RUBBER CITY RADIO Rock WONE/AKRON, OH personality T.K. O'GRADY has passed away at 66, the station has announced.
Most recently a weekend host at the station, O'GRADY joined the station in 1998, serving as afternoon host and APD for most of his tenure. He previously worked at WYBB (98 ROCK)/CHARLESTON, SC and KWTO-F/KKHT (99 HIT FM)/SPRINGFIELD, MO.
Owen Wilson Is 52 (Photo: Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com)
ALL ACCESS Happy Birthday wishes on WEDNESDAY (11/18) to DISNEY CHANNELS WORLDWIDE VP/Music Strategy and RADIO DISNEY NETWORKS GM PHIL GUERINI, iHEARTMEDIA/OMAHA REGION Regional SVVP and KKDM-KPTL/DES MOINES PD GREG CHANCE, PITCH CONTROL’s SERGIO GONCALVES, WESTWOOD ONE's PHIL BARRY, aboveandbiond President JOHN BIONDOLILLO, former WBQT/BOSTON's BALTAZAR, URBAN ONE CEO/Radio DAVID KANTOR, former WBHT/WILKES-BARRE PD MARK MCKAY, CUMULUS/BATON ROUGE GM REBECCA BREEDING, WKAA/VALDOSTA's CHARLIE WALKER, KTIE-A/RIVERSIDE PD CRAIG EDWARDS, KNX-A/LOS ANGELES’ HEATHER JORDAN, KQQL/MINNEAPOLIS' JEFF OLSEN, KZBI/ELKO, NV Pres. KEN SUTHERLAND, KNRJ/PHOENIX’s RASCAL, KLUC/LAS VEGAS' KAYLA WALKER, WEQX/MANCHESTER, VT MD LUKE GELHEISER, KXQQ/LAS VEGAS APD/MD HECTOR MINJAREZ, WESTWOOD ONE Country PD NICK FOX and to former KSHE/ST. LOUIS PD RICK BALIS. more »
STEVE GREENBERG, LORI ANDERSON, LEE LEIPSNER, LOUIE DIAZ, TREVOR MORINI, GARY SPEARS, ALEX TEAR, PAT ST. JOHN, JIM FOX, BUDDY DEAL, LISA SONKIN, MIKE JAKUBOW, MARK MCKENZIE, WILL ALTHOFF, GARY MCDONALD, BRI AAB, MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, MAGGIE ROSE, HANNAH DASHER, KOLT BARBER, RYAN HURD, TIM MONTANA, KYLE KING, KASPER, CHRIS MICHAELS, KOBI KEARNEY, BRAD HUNT, MARSHALL CORDLE, BRIAN DAVIS, DAVE MAZUR, MIKE KLEIN, MARK MCCRAY, FRANCO IEMMELLO, MYRON FEARS, LARITA SHELBY, T-STORM, REZA SARRAFIEH, ARLINDA GARRETT, COLBY COLB, E CURTIS JOHNSON, SPARKY, LANCE HALE, LORRAINE CARUSO.