At The News DeskPete Jones
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Last update: Nov 23 at 3:39 AM (PT)
When Will This RIF End?
Things continued to evolve as more changes across iHEARTMEDIA became evident this week during this current RIF, now more than halfway through its third week.
A very tough 2020 for so many due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the contraction of the economy has scarred millions of people on lots of levels. And the changes to work environments and industries like radio, restaurants, travel, gyms, travel, live entertainment, retail commerce and commercial real estate to name but a few, are becoming societal in nature.
Radio is ever-flexible, and has risen to the challenge of being able to WFH, which has caused companies like iHEARTMEDIA to revisit costs and staffing needs for radio, podcasting, the iHEARTRADIO platform, research initiatives as well as marketing/promotion, many live events that have rippled across content creation as well as management and sales efforts during this current RIF. more »
Techsurvey 2021 Is Coming
JACOBS MEDIA has opened registration for commercial radio stations to participate in TECHSURVEY 2021, in partnership with ALL ACCESS..
TECHSURVEY 2021, perhaps the most important survey in the annual series that started in 2005, will examine the pandemic’s impact on everything – radio listening, acquisition of gadgets like smart speakers, and overall changes in lifestyle, locations and habits. The information gleaned from this study of core radio listeners will help guide programmers and managers as they focus their efforts and resources on what is truly important to their listeners as COVID continues to impact all of our lives. more »
LIL BABY wins top award, global Artist of the Year at the second annual APPLE MUSIC® AWARDS. MEGAN THEE STALLION won Breakthrough Artist of the Year. TAYLOR SWIFT won Songwriter of the Year. Top Album of the Year went to "Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial," by RODDY RICCH. Top Song of the Year awarded to RODDY RICCH for “The Box". A week-long APPLE MUSIC AWARDS celebration begins MONDAY, DECEMBER 14th with performances, fan events, interviews, streamed worldwide on APPLE MUSIC, APPLE MUSIC TV, and the APPLE TV® app.
The winners for global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year are selected by APPLE MUSIC’s global editorial team and tastemakers, and the awards for Top Song of the Year and Top Album of the Year are based on streaming data of APPLE MUSIC subscribers. more »
Alternative Returns To The Motor City
ENTERCOM AC WDZH (98.7 THE BREEZE)/DETROIT flips to Alternative as ALT 98.7, DETROIT’S NEW ALTERNATIVE.
“This is a huge opportunity to add alternative to our portfolio, and we’re thrilled to further expand our content offering for DETROITERS,” said ENTERCOM/DETROIT SVP/Market Manager DEBBIE KENYON. "ALT 98.7 will serve as a home for some of today’s top hits from premier artists in the industry, while capturing the distinctive style and flair of the MOTOR CITY.”
ALT 98.7 launches with 10,000 songs commercial free. On-air programming details will be announced in the coming weeks.
The station had switched to 100% CHRISTMAS music at the beginning of the month (NET NEWS 11/2).
CIMX (89X)/Windsor-Detroit Goes 'Pure Country,' CIDR (93.9 The River) To Top 40 As '93.9 Virgin Radio'
BELL MEDIA has flipped two WINDSOR, ON/DETROIT stations TODAY (11/19), with Active Rock CIMX (89X) going Country as PURE COUNTRY 89 and Triple A CIDR (93.9 THE RIVER) flipping to Top 40 as 93.9 VIRGIN RADIO. Both flips occurred at noon (ET). The stations are adopting branding that BELL MEDIA uses in numerous other Canadian markets, and are streaming via iHEARTRADIO CANADA. THE RIVER flipped with KEANE's 2004 hit "Somewhere Only We Know" signing off the Triple A format, leading into DUA LIPA's "Don't' Start Now" kicking off the Top 40 format.
PURE COUNTRY 89 is launching with a 10,000-songs-in-a-row stunt and a $10,000 giveaway, while VIRGIN RADIO's debut includes back-to-back, 93-minute music sets and a $10,000 "More Fun in '21" contest starting MONDAY (11/23). more »
Adds The Weeknd
iHEARTMEDIA has added THE WEEKND to the lineup for the annual iHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE.
Although fans are unable to attend the 2020 national JINGLE BALL in person, given the limitations on live events during the pandemic, this year’s virtual event will invite music fans into the homes of today’s top artists to share their personal holiday traditions and perform their biggest hits along with never-before-heard covers of iconic holiday songs.
This year’s event will feature already announced performances from BILLIE EILISH, DOJA CAT, DUA LIPA, HARRY STYLES, LEWIS CAPALDI, SAM SMITH, SHAWN MENDES and more.
CUMULUS MEDIA has launched a cross-platform initiative calling for volunteerism in AMERICA. "PROJECT SHINE" is a partnership with VOLUNTEERMATCH, and will be promoted on CUMULUS' 422 radio stations and websites in 87 markets and on WESTWOOD ONE using a re-recorded version of COLLECTIVE SOUL's "Shine." CUMULUS produced the campaign with support from BENZTOWN and MCVAY MEDIA.
EVP/Audience & Content BRIAN PHILIPS said, "PROJECT SHINE serves as a conduit for human connection. We make it easy for good people to connect with great causes through VOLUNTEERMATCH. In every town, in every corner of AMERICA, some darkness subsides, and a new ray of light appears. Through service, we help ourselves and the whole world is better for it. more »
Media Staffing Network, Independent Broadcasters Association Team To Offer Help To Radio Job Seekers
Helping Laid Off Radio People
MEDIA STAFFING NETWORK and the INDEPENDENT BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION (IBA) are teaming to help those laid off from their radio industry jobs, with MSN offering job-seeking tools and webinars as part of the IBA Rapid Response Opportunity.
“With many broadcasters needing to downsize because of the impact COVID has had on the economy, there are many radio professionals looking for work,” said IBA Pres./Exec. Dir. RON STONE. "MEDIA STAFFING NETWORK’s expertise in the media business, especially radio, will be an asset to those seeking employment, as well as to those looking to hire. We’re very pleased that they are sharing their insights and knowledge as we work together to keep radio strong and help radio talent get through a very difficult situation.” more »
Former CUMULUS MEDIA CFO JOSEPH P. "J.P." HANNAN has been named EVP/CFO at COX MEDIA GROUP. HANNAN, most recently EVP/CFO at AUTOWEB, is a former CFO at LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA and SOCIAL REALITY.
“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished financial leader like J.P. joining our CMG leadership team,” said CMG Pres./CEO DAN YORK. “J.P. is a seasoned executive with decades of highly diverse, very hands-on operational experience in media as a Chief Financial Officer with companies ranging from start-up and turnaround environments to large scale, publicly traded enterprises. His proven and unmatched expertise will serve us well, as we lead CMG in the next phase of our growth.” more »
Hahr (Photo: Cody Heckber)
JOJAMIE HAHR has been promoted from VP/Marketing to SVP of NASHVILLE-based BBR MUSIC GROUP. In her new role, HAHR will supervise and coordinate all day to day, non-finance and legal operations of the label group and its roster of more than 20 artists, and imprints BROKEN BOW RECORDS, STONEY CREEK RECORDS and WHEELHOUSE RECORDS. She will continue reporting to parent BMG NASHVILLE Pres. JON LOBA, who was quietly promoted to that role from Executive VP earlier this year.
HAHR started her career in Country radio with roles at WWKA (K92)/ORLANDO and WSIX/NASHVILLE. She moved to the record side at MCA NASHVILLE, where she served as Coord./Promo. and then Dir. of Secondary Promotion for parent UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NASHVILLE before joining BBR as Southeast Dir./Radio Promotion. She moved on to work in promotion at THE VALORY MUSIC CO., rising to National Dir./Field Promotion before rejoining BBR MUSIC GROUP and BBR MANAGEMENT as VP/Radio Promotion before transitioning to VP/Marketing. more »
JACOB FAIN has joined ELEKTRA MUSIC GROUP as SVP/A&R and Head of Research & Analytics. FAIN – who was most recently SVP/A&R and Research/Analytics at SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING – will bring a rare combination of A&R, publishing, and data analytics experience to this newly created role at the company. Based in LOS ANGELES, he will report to Co-Pres. GREGG NADEL.
“Discovering and breaking new talent has always been a combination of gut instinct, reading fan reaction, and helping artists bring out their best as performers and songwriters. With the convergence of creative expertise and analytics being more critical than ever to this process, we’re thrilled to welcome Jacob to the team to help us connect the dots,” said NADEL and CoPres. MIKE EASTERLIN. “JACOB has a wealth of knowledge, incredible instincts, and amazing taste, all of which will be key as we continue to sign original artists and build the most innovative approach to artist discovery and development.”
Said FAIN, “I am delighted to be joining GREGG, MIKE, and the whole team at ELEKTRA MUSIC GROUP. "This is a fantastic time for music and coming on board to a company with such a rich history in breaking influential and culture-moving artists couldn’t be more exciting. It’s an honor to be part of the next chapter of this storied label."
MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING LICENSEE, LLC is selling Spanish Religion KBLA-A (RADIO ESPERANZA 1580 AM)/SANTA MONICA-LOS ANGELES to TAVIS SMILEY's SMILEY RADIO PROPERTIES, INC. for $7.15 million plus an eight-year noncompete agreement. SMILEY, the longtime radio and TV host and commentator, has a basic website for the station promising "unapologetically progressive" talk radio.
In other filings with the FCC, applying for STAs were HMONG RADIO BROADCAST, LLC (K294AM/WEST ST.PAUL, MN, temporary operations to resume broadcasting while the permanent antenna awaits reinstallation on a water tower) and NJ BROADCASTING, LLC (WWRL-A/NEW YORK, nondirectional operation at reduced power after one tower damaged in storm). more »
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ENTERCOM's LOS ANGELES cluster is partnering with the LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT for “RADIO.COM’s Give a Gift,” a charity drive to get gifts, food and clothes to those in need during the holidays. The event will include a text-ro-donate fundraiser running from NOVEMBER 23rd through DECEMBER 13th on Adult Hits KCBS-F (93.1 JACK FM), Rhythmic AC KTWV (94.7 THE WAVE), Top 40 KAMP (97.1 AMP RADIO), Classic Hits KRTH (K-EARTH 101), News KNX-A, and Alternative KROQ.
“Many families throughout SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA have been financially impacted by the pandemic, and we’re honored to be able to support them through this heartwarming initiative with the LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT,” said Regional Pres. JEFF FEDERMAN. “Our community proves time and time again their willingness to support others in need, and we look forward to collaborating with them and the LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT to make this holiday season a little brighter.”
“The promise of a great education is something we owe to every child. It’s the best path out of poverty for many children and the foundation of opportunity for all,” said LAUSD Superintendent AUSTIN BEUTNER. “In times like this, we need to do all we can to support students and families most in need. I’m grateful for all who are part of this effort as we are truly in this together.”
ENTERCOM News-Talk WCCO-A/MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL raised over $330,000 for the UNION GOSPEL MISSION TWIN CITIES in its 18th annual radiothon for the organization on WEDNESDAY (11/17). The “UNION GOSPEL MISSION HUNGER RADIOTHON” has raised over $3.3 million since 2003.
“ENTERCOM MINNEAPOLIS and 830 WCCO are proud to support the UNION GOSPEL MISSION TWIN CITIES and its local efforts to fight hunger, homelessness and addiction in MINNESOTA,” said SVP/Market Manager SHANNON KNOEPKE. “During this pandemic, I’m incredibly proud of the selflessness and generosity of our listeners who stepped up to help us deliver another successful radiothon.”
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY News-Talk WAMU/WASHINGTON host and National Correspondent SASHA-ANN SIMONS has been named the new host of midday talk show "RESET" at CHICAGO PUBLIC MEDIA News-Talk WBEZ/CHICAGO, starting DECEMBER 14th. She replaces JENN WHITE, who left in JULY to join WAMU and NPR as host of the syndicated "1A."
“SASHA-ANN is a tremendously talented host with a knack for getting to the heart of the story in her interviews, and we’re thrilled she’s joining the team,” said Exec. Producer DAN TUCKER. “Her skill behind the mic and the wealth of knowledge she brings from her reporting on race, identity and economic mobility will help RESET grow and thrive as it enters its next chapter.” more »
Starts In January
iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk WRKO-A/BOSTON is adding "THE GRACE CURLEY SHOW" for 12:15-3p (ET), starting JANUARY 4th. CURLEY is Exec. Producer of WRKO's afternoon "HOWIE CARR SHOW" and a columnist for the BOSTON HERALD; she replaces DOUG "VB" GOUDIE, another former HOWIE CARR producer, who exited in the recent iHEART layoffs, with VINNIE PENN filling in since then. CURLEY will continue producing CARR's show and writing her HERALD column.
“GRACE CURLEY is a great talent and just the sort of host Talk radio needs to take the industry to the next level,” said CARR. “GRACE is a young, articulate, conservative woman who already has years of experience in drive- time programming, state-of-the-art podcasts and daily print journalism.” more »
Jenn & Bus
NEW SOUTH RADIO Top 40 WYOY (Y101.7)/JACKSON, MS' brand new morning show, JENN & BUS have contracted COVID-19 a month after kicking off their new show. After being on hold as they continue their recuperation, JENN & BUS returned to the air on WEDNESDAY (11/18).
Because of their illness, the pair was unable to move into their new apartment so they re-launched from their hotel room.
NEW SOUTH RADIO/JACKSON GM/Market Mgr. BOB LAWRENCE commented, "Our Chief Engineer put together all the necessary equipment, computers, mics, etc. and then I dropped it off at their hotel door and ran. They then talked through the setup on the phone and launched this morning (WEDNESDAY) with no problems."
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Non-Stop Jingle Bells
That yearly occurrence has joyfully occurred at BEASLEY AC WKQC (K104.7)/CHARLOTTE as it has flipped to All Christmas Music, All The Time as of 8:30a (ET).
Here's the first 30 minutes:
- ANDY WILLIAMS/It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
- MARIAH CAREY/All I Want For Christmas—
- BARRY MANILOW/No Place Like Home For The Holidays—
- JIMMY DURANTE/Frosty The Snowman—
- AARON NEVILLE/Let It Snow, Let It Snow—
- JOHN LENNON & THE PLASTIC ONO BAND/Happy Christmas
- WHIRLING DERVISHES/You'Re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
- ELTON JOHN/Step Into Christmas
- KARLA BONOFF/The First Noel
THANKSGIVING is just around the corner and Radio is stepping up to bring Holiday cheer to the masses sooner rather than later. 2020 has been a challenging year with lots of anxiety over the Pandemic and Economy. Listeners are looking for comfort and relief now. The number of stations flipping from their original formats to All-Christmas before the Thanksgiving Holiday continues to grow.
If your stations are 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)
- WKQC (K104.7)/CHARLOTTE (NET NEWS 11/19)
- 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)
- WXKC (Classy 100)/Erie, PA Has Yule Log Burning (NET NEWS 11/19)
CUMULUS AC WXKC (CLASSY 100)/ERIE, PA has jumped into the CHRISTMAS spirit. The station flipped to CHRISTMAS music on MONDAY (11/16)
On Dash Radio
DASH RADIO has a morning radio show hosted by radio veteran MARK MOSELEY with his adult children MATT and MANDY for "The First Family Of Radio" on its POP FAMILY station, focused on "fun, positivity, wholesome comedy, happy news and pop music."
MOSELEY says, “2020 has brought families closer together-literally and figuratively. We created a radio station, and a show, that young parents and their kids can agree on and enjoy together. The cynical world of 2020 needs more positive vibes-we’re here to bring that.”
Adds MANDY, “there’s plenty of places to go to hear bad news-we like GOOD news.” more »
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PUBLIC MEDIA COMPANY Pres. ERIN MORAN has been named the public media consultancy's CEO. MORAN joined the company in 2002 as principal advisor on financial matters, moving up to CFO for 17 years and named President in OCTOBER 2019.
In addition, the company named Sr. Manager/Accounting KEVIN GOOD to lead its Virtual Accounting Services department, and named attorney FRED MARIENTHAL to succeed TERESA BAZEMORE as Board Chair, with CARTAGRAPH CEO JOSH MALLAMUD as Vice Chair and attorney JOHN CRIGLER as Treasurer/Secretary.
“PUBLIC MEDIA COMPANY’s services are in demand during this crucial time for local media,” said Board Chair TERESA BAZEMORE. “ERIN’s leadership in the past year as President has been exemplary -- we are excited to have her at the helm of PUBLIC MEDIA COMPANY and commend the entire PUBLIC MEDIA COMPANY team for their dedication and service.”
LIVEXLIVE MEDIA, owner of PODCASTONE, SLACKER RADIO and REACT PRESENTS, is launching LIVEXLIVE MUSIC PUBLISHING. DAVID SCHULHOF has been tapped to head up the division as President. The move expands LIVEXLIVE platform that already includes live events, audio, livestreaming, pay-per-view, podcasts and merchandising.
SCHULHOF came aboard at LIVEXLIVE in 2019 as Chief Development Officer. He previously was CEO of EVERGREEN COPYRIGHT ACQUISITIONS, as well as being the company's co-founder.
LIVEXLIVE CEO/Chairman ROBERT ELLIN commented, "LIVEXLIVE MUSIC PUBLISHING is a natural extension of our brand and our artists first company ethos. Our platform is perfectly designed to maximize and monetize music publishing assets and generate incremental synch and performance revenue for writers, artists, and producers. As we launch linear channels, build original programming and continue to livestream music content around the world, this is a win for global songwriters. DAVID is a perfect fit for our vision for growth." more »
SESSIONS has invested $75,000,000 in its virtual concert platform SESSIONSLIVE.COM to drive audience growth and earnings for thousands of artists around the world. The platform utilizes techniques of advanced virtual gaming to create a venue where artists are building real audiences and earning income.
Artists from across the over 200 countries where SESSIONS is live are cultivating audiences and earning money, such as ICONA POP, APPLY BROOKE, JAKE MILLER, MATTHEW GOODE, LEE BRICE, JAMES LEE and ERIC NAME. With established artists, HANK WILLIAMS, JR., BARENAKED LADIES, ENVOGUE, XZIBIT and SCOTTY MCCREERY.
SESSIONS was co-founded by PANDORA founder TIM WESTERGREN and virtual game entrepreneur GORDON SU. more »
Long Island Radio Broadcasting
Former LONG ISLAND BROADCASTING VP/GM STEPHANIE McNAMARA BITIS, pleaded guilty to felony access device fraud in federal court proceedings on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16th. BITIS' crime carries a maximum sentence of 15 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and forfeiture of any proceeds from her crime.
BITIS served as VP/GM of LIRB from 2015-2017, originally hired in SEPTEMBER, 2015 (NET NEWS, 9/25/2015). She had previously worked at CBS CORP. and was a member of the SAG HARBOR SCHOOL BOARD. Following years of lackluster financial results, she was terminated. A suspicious wire transfer caused owner LAUREN STONE to review the company’s AMERICAN EXPRESS statements for the preceding six months. After noticing several charges that appeared fraudulent, STONE hired an outside law firm to conduct an investigation into the radio station’s financials. That investigation revealed BITIS had purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars of personal charges on LIRB’s corporate AMEX card. Among other things, she charged a family vacation to ARUBA, personal visits to the orthodontist, boat maintenance and fuel and even tax services for delinquent personal income tax payments. She concealed her fraud by submitting falsified documents to LIRB’s accountant. She went so far as to create her own bogus AMEX statements, removing vendors such as her orthodontist to hide the personal charges. more »
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The BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA has launched its annual year-end giving campaign to help broadcasters in need. Tax-deductible personal donations to the organization's Guardian Fund and corporate contributions to the Angel Initiative will help broadcasters and their families dealing with illness, accident, or catastrophe.
“Our only goal at the BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION is to provide aid to those in our industry who need it most,” said Chairman SCOTT HERMAN. “Our grant recipients are hard-working broadcasters from across the country, who have been hit by challenging, often life-altering circumstances. Together, we can help them get through the toughest times.” more »
UNITED STATIONS and SoCAST have signed an extension and expansion of their partnership. The two firms have agreed to a multi-year renewal of their partnership, which already includes exclusive advertising sales representation for SoCAST’s barter inventory, affiliate marketing of SoCAST’s “DIGITAL PLAYBOOK” and the provision of web content by UNITED STATIONS for some of SoCAST’s clients.
SoCAST Founder/CEO ELLIOT HURST commented, “When we started this journey, most broadcasters were on the fence when it came to growing digital revenue, Now they not only want it, they want it now. That’s what the DIGITAL PLAYBOOK does, it gets you there faster.”
Added UNITED STATIONS MEDIA NETWORKS' STEFAN JONES, "Our friends at SoCAST mastered the content management side of the web for our broadcast partners with solutions for websites, apps, streaming, smart speakers and more. Now they’ve added the super-smart strategy of giving radio stations the power to become true hybrid players on the supply side of advertising, and we’re thrilled to take their platform to the marketplace now and for years to come.”
SoCAST's ELLIOTT HURST added, “We’ve always been strong at helping radio drive growth in digital and now with our expanded deal, we can combine our efforts to provide hyper growth to UNITED STATIONS’ thousands of affiliates and beyond. We’ve been working hard at SoCAST to help radio stations win the battle for local audiences no matter what the platform, and now with our AD EXTENSION platform, we complete the picture by providing the SUPPLY SIDE platform. We’re also thankful to our partners at UNITED STATIONS for their multi-level support."
RADIODAYS ASIA will be held virtually in 2021, with the dates remaining MARCH 24-26, 2021. The event, sponsored by TRITON DIGITAL and RCS, will offer three days of sessions, meet-ups, and training, with the theme "What’s next for radio and podcasting in ASIA?" The schedule will run according to the KUALA LUMPUR time zone.
Registration opens on DECEMBER 1st, with Super Early Bird rates through JANUARY 15th.
Crystal Tides Approved
CRYSTAL TIDES are an Indie Alternative Pop band based on the South Coast of ENGLAND, who take influence from classic noughties guitar riffs and modern feel-good pop melodies. Check out CRYSTAL TIDES in today's PASSPORT APPROVED.
CUMULUS MEDIA Top 40 WZPL (99.5 ZPL)/INDIAINAPOLIS will hold their annual JINGLE JAM in partnership with local NBC-TV affiliate, WTHR. This year’s televised lineup includes ONE REPUBLIC, LEWIS CAPALDI, AJR, AVA MAX, 24KGOLDN, GABBY BARETT, JULIA MICHAELS and WHY DON'T WE, among others.:
JINGLE JAM 2020 will be simulcast SATURDAY night, DECEMBER 12th at 8p (CT) on WTHR-TV, WZPL and online at WTHR.com and WZPL.com
Commented CUMULUS INDIANAPOLIS OM JR AMMONS, “The ZPL JINGLE JAM has become a DECEMBER tradition here in INDY and we just couldn’t allow a world-wide pandemic put a stop to it. I also have to say a gigantic thank you to our friends at so many terrific labels that stepped up and helped put together an awesome line-up this year.”
The ZPL JINGLE JAM 2020 will benefit MAKE-A-WISH, an organization that helps kids with life-threatening illnesses in central INDIANA.
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Class Of 2020
The NASHVILLE chapter of the ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC PUBLISHERS (AIMP) has revealed its Songwriter Series Class of 2020 for its sixth annual songwriter series. This year's honorees are: RYAN BEAVER, DILLON CARMICHAEL, IAN CHRISTIAN, COLIN ELMORE, JEFF GARRISON, LJ and TIERA. They will perform together in a live songwriters' round in 2021.
“At AIMP NASHVILLE, we pride ourselves on identifying talent before anyone else,” said AIMP NASHVILLE Chapter Pres. JOHN OZIER. “As independent publishers, we are able to see, identify, and work with songwriters and artists before the rest of the industry. If you look at the success our previous classes of writers have gone on to have, it’s remarkable. The Class of 2020 is, yet again, going to be the future of Country music, and we’re proud to give them the recognition they deserve before anyone else.” more »
SONY/ATV NASHVILLE has acquired RIVER HOUSE ARTISTS' catalog of chart-topping Country songs, including LUKE COMBS #1s "Forever After All," "Beautiful Crazy," "When It Rains It Pours" and "Lovin' On You." Additionally, SONY/ATV signed a joint venture with RIVER HOUSE ARTISTS to provide creative services to its talent.
RIVER HOUSE ARTISTS launched in 2016 by veteran industry executive LYNN OLIVER-CLINE (NET NEWS 8/1/16). The company's roster includes songwriters DREW PARKER, DRIVER WILLIAMS, NICOLETTE HAYFORD, JORDAN ROWE and RAY FULCHER.
“LYNN’s intuition for identifying singer-songwriters who speak right to the heart of Country music is second to none, and she knows how to turn their dreams into reality," said SONY/ATV NASHVILLE CEO RUSTY GASTON. "We’re proud to partner with LYNN and the RIVER HOUSE team as we build a long and successful future together.” more »
NASHVILLE-based PERKINS PUBLICITY has signed singer-songwriter BRADY LEE to an exclusive artist development and publicity deal. LEE, who has a background in Worship music, released his debut Country single, "I Can Do This All Day," in SEPTEMBER.
"We're incredibly excited to welcome BRADY LEE to our roster," said PERKINS PUBLICITY creator TREVOR PERKINS. "With BRADY's Pop Country brand, he's created a splash into the music scene since the release of his debut single 'I Can Do This All Day.' BRADY's energy and passion for his musical career doesn't go unnoticed."
"At this point in my career, I need people I can trust around me," said LEE. "I want people who I know are working for my best interests and care about the nuances of my brand and my artistry. It was clear from the beginning that they [PERKINS PUBLICITY] had much more to offer than just publicity, and after watching them design and build a campaign that was 100% unique and tailored to me, I believed we could do anything together."
Wilhite And Wall Added To Sun Broadcast Group Roster
SUN BROADCAST GROUP announced TODAY (11/19) the latest addition to their roster, on-air personalities WILHITE AND WALL. DARREN WILHITE and TIM WALL are two-time CMA Personalities of the Year and host a four-hour show available for all dayparts.
The WILHITE AND WALL show was previously syndicated by ROCKCASTLE MEDIA NETWORKS since 2017 (NET NEWS 7/21/17). Prior to syndication, the duo was heard on WYCD/DETROIT, WDAF/KANSAS CITY and WTNR/GRAND RAPIDS.
SUN BROADCAST GROUP Chief Development Officer RICH O’BRIEN said, “We are excited to add high profile personalities WILHITE AND WALL to our content lineup. In these challenging times, it is important for stations to have flexibility in how and when they integrate programming into their local line up. WILHITE AND WALL provides multiple format options and dayparts for barter.” more »
Noel, Michael and Baby Remington
ALL ACCESS congratulates AUSTIN MICHAEL STEVENS of BMG/SEA GAYLE trio LEAVING AUSTIN and his wife, NOEL, on the birth of their first child together, daughter REMINGTON JO. She arrived FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13th at 5:44 a (CT) weighing 7lbs 1oz, and measured 20 inches long.
"NOEL and I are feeling so excited and blessed to be this little girl’s parents," said STEVENS. "We are so in love already and we can’t take our eyes off her! We can’t wait to watch her grow up and be there with her every step of the way. She’s perfect!"
SIRIUSXM, which recently acquired STITCHER and SIMPLECAST, has formally launched its podcast initiative with a slate of new exclusive podcasts and a curated selection of existing podcasts from several major producers now available through the SIRIUSXM app or its online streaming site.
The new exclusives include three from MARVEL, "MARVEL/METHOD" with METHOD MAN interviewing celebrities about their MARVEL fandom and more, including talks with KILLER MIKE, DMC, and JEMELE HILL, premiering TODAY; "MARVEL'S DECLASSIFIED," the history of MARVEL, premiering DECEMBER 8th; and "MARVEL'S WASTELANDERS," an original scripted fiction podcast coming in 2021. Existing MARVEL podcasts will premiere first on SIRIUSXM's app. more »
Radio veteran CANDY O'TERRY and PLATINUM CIRCLE MEDIA Founder JACY DAWN VALERAS are hosting a new podcast interviewing Country artists and music industry professionals. "COUNTRY MUSIC SUCCESS STORIES" has debuted with an interview with NAOMI JUDD. Future guests include KELLY LANG, JEANNIE SEELY, KAREN STALEY, and CRYSTAL GAYLE.
“COUNTRY MUSIC SUCCESS STORIES bring(s) our talents together around the music, and what it takes to make your dreams come true,” said VALERAS. “The goal of this podcast is to welcome listeners into the conversation and give them a seat at a table with a view that points toward success.” more »
CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING has signed a worldwide agreement with producer and songwriter ANDRE "BIZNESS BOI" ROBERTSON. He has worked with artists, 6LACK, J.COLE, TEYANA TAYLOR, CHRIS BROWN, JESSIE REYEZ, and PARTYNEXTDOOR. He produced multiple singles from PARTY's 2016 album P3 and the 2020 album PARTYMOBILE, including Gold-certified single "Believe It" featuring RIHANNA.
BIZNESS states, "It feels great to have signed with CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING. DAN [BEARMAN] and JEREMY [YOHAI] are two straightforward and genuine guys that I'm excited to work closer with. I believe I'll have a lot of success with the Concord team for many years to come." more »
RED BULL has announced details on its 2020 RED BULL ESTADOS UNIDOS DE BASS. This year's event will be a virtual event and expands to a three-week celebration of Latinx music across the U.S. The livestream series will showcase Latinx artists and producers across five key cities: AUSTIN, LOS ANGELES, MIAMI, NEW YORK, and SAN FRANCISCO. The series grew from a 2019 RED BULL PRESENTS event which showcased the bicultural sounds of Latin-inspired AMERICAN bass music in MIAMI.
2020 RED BULL ESTADOS UNIDOS DE BASS will run over three consecutive weekends in DECEMBER featuring multiple days of livestreams from over 30 artists across five U.S. cities, with artists from two cities represented each day. The first weekend will be 12/4 to 12/5, followed by 12/10 to 12/12 before wrapping up the weekend of 12/18 to 12/19. A full schedule breakdown will be announced in advance of each weekend’s action. The audio from all sets from 2020 RED BULL ESTADOS UNIDOS DE BASS’ three-week run will be available to access on-demand via RED BULL RADIO on MIXCLOUD.
Eleven of ATLANTA’s Black radio stations and the URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER ATLANTA teamed up in JULY (NET NEWS 7/13) for BLACK RADIO UNITED FOR THE VOTE. It was a collaborative effort with the common goals of voter registration, voter education, and voter mobilization in advance of the NOVEMBER 3rd General Election.
It was a result of ATLANTA making national news regarding voter suppression during the primary election. It caused several Black Radio Program Directors to get together and discuss the issue. From there it led to the creation of BLACK RADIO UNITED FOR THE VOTE.
The participating radio stations created BLACKRADIOUNITED.com and dedicated five full days of on-air programming to educate, inform and encourage ATLANTA’s Black community to register to vote, check their current registration status, vote, and participate in the 2020 CENSUS. more »
Tory Lanez (Photo: Michael A Walker Jr / Shutterstock.com)
Singer TORY LANEZ plead not guilty to felony assault charges in the case of the JULY 12th shooting of MEGAN THEE STALLION. MEGAN THE STALLION was shot in LOS ANGELES outside of an SUV that she and TORY LANEZ had been driving in.
LANEZ was charged in OCTOBER with assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. LANEZ faces a maximum of 23 years in prison if convicted.
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New Music Coming!BIG HIT/COLUMBIA RECORDS global superstars BTS have unveiled two brand-new music video teasers for their upcoming single, "Life Goes On." The new song will be the lead single of their upcoming album "BE (Deluxe Edition)."Directed by BTS member JUNGKOOK, the music video will be released with the song NOVEMBER 20th at MIDNIGHT (EST). The group is set to perform the song for the first time at the 2020 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS on NOVEMBER 22nd.
Universal Music Publishing Launches
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal with ELECTRIC FEEL ENTERTAINMENT to launch ELECTRIC FEEL PUBLISHING EUROPE. Led by LUCAS TEUCHNER and ALEX STREHL, the agreement will amplify the company's expansion into the EURO marketplace.
Founded in 2013 by AUSTIN ROSEN, ELECTRIC FEEL is a world-renowned entertainment company across music, brands and culture. As an early-stage talent incubator, the company has discovered and developed some of the world’s most influential artists, producers and songwriters including POST MALONE, RICH THE KID, TRAVIS SCOTT, LOUIS BELL, FRANK DUKES, NICK MIRA, ANDREW WATT, BILLY WALSH, BRIAN LEE, 24KGOLDN, IANN DIOR, OMER FEDI, BALKE SLATKIN and more. more »
Longtime DAYTON, OH radio talk show host MIKE SCINTO has passed away, according to SALEM RADIO NETWORK host MIKE GALLAGHER, who reported the news on his show THURSDAY morning (11/19). No other details were immediately available.
SCINTO hosted at WHIO-A, WDAO-A, WAVI-A, WBLY-A, and WING-A/DAYTON and WCOL-A/COLUMBUS, OH after starting his career at WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY's WWSU/FAIRBORN, OH in 1976. He was also a frequent guest host on GALLAGHER's syndicated show, having been friends with GALLAGHER since the two began their professional careers at WAVI.
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Adam Driver Is 37 (Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com)
ALL ACCESS Happy Birthday wishes on THURSDAY (11/19) to radio legend LARRY KING, former KBKS/SEATTLE APD/MD ZACH “MAYHEM” WELLSANDT, WIHT/WASHINGTON D.C. PD ROB KRUZ, SUMMITMEDIA/SPRINGFIELD, MO Market Pres. JANELLE MOFFETT, former KAWO/BOISE PD RICH SUMMERS, KRSP/SALT LAKE CITY ‘s JON SMITH, NORTHWESTERN MEDIA's REID HOLSEN, WLYF & WMXJ/MIAMI PD ANDY HOLT, veteran personality CHRISTOPHER LANCE, KLDR/GRANT’S PASS PD KERRY RYAN, WTHG/SAVANNAH, GA OM JOEL WIDDOWS, WSCC/CHARLESTON, SC's KELLY GOLDEN, WWBN/FLINT's CHAD BARRON, former WAKS/CLEVELAND’s ASHLEY Z., PARTNERED PROGRAMMING GROUP’s KENNY WALL, ALPHA MEDIA/SAVANNAH-HILTON HEAD OM GABE REYNOLDS, THE ACE & TJ SHOW VP/Affiliate Relations ROB MILLER and to MIDWEST/LANSING OM TERRY STEVENS. more »
ANDREA GANIS, GREG MARELLA, JOSH REICH, TERI THOMAS, JON ZELLNER, RICH DAVIS, MIKE KAPLAN, TROY HANSON, MILES ANZALDO, JOE GUZIK, MARK MCKENZIE, BRUCE RAVE, JOJAMIE HAHR, JON LOBA, J.P. HANNAN, WILHITE AND WALL, BRADY LEE, AUSTIN MICHAEL STEVENS, GARTH BROOKS, AMY MALONE, BILL LEWIS, JOHN FARNEDA, RITA HOUSTON, OMAR JANNOUN, RYAN KRAMER, CJ MILLER, BROOKE MORRISON, SCOTT MANESS, DON BLACK, RENE MILLER, ROBERT RHODES, NICOLE RENEE, JAY DIXON, MIKE CHASE, SAM PARKER, PHIL KASO, JIMBO WOOD, GABBY CANELLA, TWISTED TODD HOLCOMBE.
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