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Monday, January 25, 2021
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Elroy Smith Exits 102.9 KBLX
ALL ACCESS has learned that ELROY SMITH has exited as Program Director of BONNEVILLE's R&B KBLX (102.9)/SAN FRANCISCO.
SMITH said in a message, "After an extraordinary run at BONNEVILLE INT’L, SF, today was my last day as program director of the legendary 102.9 KBLX. The WEST COAST was never on my radar, but thanks to PAT PAXTON, ENTERCOM, the company that previously owned KBLX, and STEVE DINARDO, who was the market manager, both gave me the opportunity to oversee this iconic radio station for close to five years.
"I want to also thank, the CEO of BONNEVILLE, DARRELL BROWN, the previous and current market managers, CARL GARDNER & VAL MAKI, respectively; thanks to BRIAN FIGULA, Director of programming operations for BONNEVILLE, SF. I cannot forget my programming team and all of my co-workers for embracing me since the day I became the program director. more »
Restructuring In Progress
ALPHA MEDIA, operating in 44 local markets, has announced that it has entered into a restructuring agreement under CHAPTER 11 with certain of its lenders to reduce its debt. The agreement will also raise incremental capital to allow ALPHA MEDIA to successfully navigate current market conditions and pursue growth opportunities.
ALPHA MEDIA expects no disruption to its broadcast operations, customers or employees. Management will remain in place and continue to maintain ALPHA MEDIA's day-to-day operations.
ALPHA MEDIA has filed a pre-arranged plan of re-organization, disclosure statement and voluntary petition for relief under CHAPTER 11 of the UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY CODE in the UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT in the EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA. Some of the company’s existing lenders have agreed to provide new capital in the form of committed debtor-in-possession and exit financing. more »
Top 40 Monday Morning Intel And Its Cutting Edge Metrics Are Available For Free On All Access, Beginning Now
Last year (NET NEWS 11/02/20) music data history was made with the debut of COUNTRY MONDAY MORNING INTEL for free on ALL ACCESS, and history is about to repeat itself, again!
ALL ACCESS is very proud and equally excited to once again team with MEDIABASE co-creator RICH MEYER, partnering with him on the rollout and weekly updates of his newest exciting product, TOP 40 MONDAY MORNING INTEL. It can be found on the site in the ALL ACCESS TOP 40 section under 'Charts' or on the MONDAY MORNING INTEL site.
MONDAY MORNING INTEL CEO/Founder RICH MEYER noted, "Clearly, the technology revolution has naturally given us many more data points to consider as programmers. Airplay is still critical without any doubt. That said, an overnight spin in market 150 does not equal a morning drive spin in NEW YORK CITY. MONDAY MORNING INTEL has addressed that, as you will see below. Here are the five elements that make up MMI. All five components are provided by our data partners, who we thank very much." more »
King (Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com)
In case you missed this breaking NET NEWS (1/23) on SATURDAY, the industry mourns the passing of longtime radio and television host LARRY KING. He died early SATURDAY morning (1/23) at CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER in LOS ANGELES. He was 87 and had been battling COVID-19. His death was announced on his TWITTER account by ORA TV.
KING, a BROOKLYN native born LAWRENCE ZEIGER, began his career at WAHR-A/MIAMI in 1957, moved to WKAT in 1958, back to WAHR (renamed WAME) in 1961, and joined WIOD-A in 1963. He also worked in television at WPST-TV/WLBW-TV and WTVJ (TV), and as color commentator for MIAMI DOLPHINS football in 1970-71. In 1978, KING went national as host of the overnight slot on MUTUAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM, becoming well-known for his interviews and "Open Phone AMERICA" segments. After moving to afternoons for a year, the show ended in 1994. more »
Repurchases 10 Million Shares
TOWNSQUARE MEDIA has entered into an agreement to repurchase a minimum of 10 million of the 12.5 million shares of Class A common stock, shares of Class B common stock and warrants held by funds managed by OAKTREE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT for $6.40 per security, which reflects a 19% discount from the closing price of the Class A common stock on FRIDAY, JANUARY 22nd.
The aggregate purchase price is expected to be at least $64 million, subject to the company’s ability to elect to purchase additional securities at closing of the repurchase.
“We appreciate the opportunity to facilitate this significant transaction with OAKTREE and are excited about this repurchase, which secures the exit of a very long-term private equity majority shareholder that current and potential shareholders have described to me consistently as being an obstacle to investing more, or establishing a position, in Townsquare given the significant overhang OAKTREE’s holding represented,” said TOWNSQUARE CEO BILL WILSON. “This repurchase is immediately accretive to shareholders and we thank our Board of Directors for their vote of confidence in our medium and long-term business plan to grow revenue and profits.”
Sports Gambling Network
From ENTERCOM's recent acquisition of the sports data and IGAMING affiliate platform QL GAMING GROUP, it has launched “BETQL AUDIO NETWORK.” The network will feature sports gambling programming heard across ENTERCOM’s portfolio of sports stations, which combined reach over seven million listeners per week, as well as the RADIO.COM app and digital platform.
Two daily shows will headline the network – “YOU BETTER YOU BET” with NICK KOSTOS and KEN BARKLEY, which received an average of over 670,000 monthly downloads since the start of the 2020 NFL season, and “BETQL DAILY” with JOE OSTROWSKI and ROSS TUCKER, which was launched in SEPTEMBER 2020 and formerly known as “BETSWEATS.” Network programming will also initially include “BETQL COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF,” which has run throughout the NFL playoffs, with future programming expansion announced at a later date.
As part of the network launch, KEZW-AM/DENVER will relaunch as THE BET 1430AM, serving as a broadcast distribution channel for “BETQL AUDIO NETWORK” content. The network will subsequently launch on 93.1 HD3 (THE BET)/LOS ANGELES. All programming will continue to be available in live and on-demand audio and video formats via RADIO.COM.
“With our acquisition of QL GAMING GROUP in NOVEMBER, we committed to leveraging our national scale to amplify the rapidly growing sports gambling landscape and deliver smart, data-supported sports-betting content to our listeners,” said ENTERCOM SPORTS President MIKE DEE. “By combining the BETQL brand and our deep collection of expert talent, this new network complements our industry-leading local sports broadcast portfolio and will further enhance our position as a leader for sports betting programming.”
“BETQL AUDIO NETWORK” will be cross-promoted across ENTERCOM’s portfolio of 39 all-sports stations across the U.S., which includes WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM (WFAN-FM/AM)/NEW YORK, SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (WIP-FM)/PHILADELPHIA and 670 THE SCORE (WSCR-AM)/CHICAGO.
Industry insiders receive ALL ACCESS' exclusive MEDIABASE chart recap analysis in their e-mail box every MONDAY morning. How about you? This week's data from ANTHONY ACAMPORA, Partner MUSICRUNCH/RADIOCRUNCH and MEDIABASE Charts Consultant:
Top 40: Ariana 'positions' #1 For 6th Week; Bieber/Blanco +1236; Ariana '34+35' +1869; Ritt Momney +1085; Rodrigo Top 20, +3956
* ARIANA GRANDE holds the top spot with "positions," for a 6th straight week
* JUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO move 5*-4* with "Lonely," and are +1236 spins - giving BIEBER two of the top 4 songs
* ARIANA GRANDE has two in top eight as "34+35" jumps 8*-7*, is up +1869 spins and nearly 4000 the last two weeks
* RITT MOMNEY goes 15*-14* with "Put Your Records On," and is up 1085 spins
* OLIVIA RODRIGO surges inside the top 20, soaring 30*-19* with "drivers license," and is up nearly 4000 spins, rising 3956
* POP SMOKE's "What You Know Bout Love" is at 22* but has the largest gain on the second half of the chart at +850 spins
* SAWEETIE and DOJA CAT go 40*-34* with "Best Friend," up 739 spins
* Debuts this week from LOONA and ZARA LARSSON (featuring YOUNG THUG) more »
The Bet 93.1 HD3
ENTERCOM's KCBS-HD3/LOS ANGELES relaunched as THE BET 93.1 on HD3 as part of the new BETQL AUDIO NETWORK, and CBS SPORTS RADIO affiliate and featuring national sports talk and sports gambling programming from ENTERCOM’s sports stations, as well as the RADIO.COM SPORTS DIGITAL NETWORK. Programming will include “BETQL DAILY” with JOE OSTROWSKI and ROSS TUCKER and “YOU BETTER YOU BET” with NICK KOSTOS and KEN BARKLEY, as well as CBS SPORTS RADIO NETWORK programming including “THE JIM ROME SHOW”, “TIKI AND TIERNEY” and “THE DA SHOW.”
“As we hopefully inch closer to the legalization of sports gambling in the state of CALIFORNIA, we’re excited to start teeing up our programming on the phenomenon by bringing informative and entertaining content to our LOS ANGELES audience,” said ENTERCOM Regional President JEFF FEDERMAN. “This slate of weekday shows will provide our listeners with a wide range of perspectives to help make bettors better.”
THE BET 93.1 HD3 weekday programming lineup:
3–7a (PT) “THE DA SHOW” with DAMON AMENDOLARA
7–10a (PT) “BETQL DAILY” with JOE OSTROWSKI and ROSS TUCKER
10a–12p (PT) “THE JIM ROME SHOW”
12–1p (PT) “TIKI AND TIERNEY”
1–5p (PT) “YOU BETTER YOU BET” NICK KOSTOS and KEN BARKLEY
5–7p (PT) “THE ZACH GELB SHOW”
7–11p (PT) “JRSPORTBRIEF”
11p–3a (PT) “AFTER HOURS WITH AMY LAWRENCE”
More Ratings Today!
NIELSEN AUDIO FALL '20 Books are out TODAY for AMARILLO, TX; BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, TX; CAPE COD, MA; COLUMBUS, GA; FREDERICK, MD; LUBBOCK, TX, ODESSA-MIDLAND, TX; REDDING, CA; SHEBOYGAN, WI; TERRE HAUTE, IN; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; and WACO, TX. Find the ratings for the subscribing stations in the ALLACCESS.COM NIELSEN AUDIO section after 2p (PT).
Coming TUESDAY, JANUARY 26th HOLIDAY '20 MONTHLY PPMs rollout for NEW YORK; LOS ANGELES; CHICAGO; SAN FRANCISCO; DALLAS; HOUSTON; ATLANTA; PHILADELPHIA; NASSAU-SUFFOLK; RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO; SAN JOSE; and MIDDLESEX-SOMERSET-UNION. Plus, FALL '20 Books for CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; CHICO, CA; DULUTH-SUPERIOR, MN; FARGO-MOREHEAD, ND; FLORENCE, SC; GRAND FORKS, ND-MN; LAREDO, TX; ST. CLOUD, MN; WATERLOO-CEDAR FALLS, IA; and WINCHESTER, VA.
ENTERCOM News-Talk WCCO-A/MINNEAPOLIS PD JOHN HANSON has exited the station, reports the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE.
The paper obtained a memo to staff from ENTERCOM SVP/Market Manager SHANNON KNOEPKE saying that HANSON "is no longer with the company."
HANSON joined WCCO in DECEMBER 2018 from sister Sports KCSP-A (610 SPORTS RADIO) and KWOD-A (1660 THE SCORE)/KANSAS CITY and previously worked in the TWIN CITIES co-hosting HUBBARD ABC affiliate KSTP-TV's "TWIN CITIES LIVE" (for which he won an open audition) after programming LOTUS Sports KBAD-A and KENO-A/LAS VEGAS.
ENTERCOM'S KEZW-A (EZ 1430 TIMELESS MUSIC)/DENVER is now sports talk THE BET 1430AM a part of the BETQL AUDIO NETWORK and CBS SPORTS RADIO affiliate. Programming will include “BETQL DAILY” with JOE OSTROWSKI and ROSS TUCKER and “YOU BETTER YOU BET” with NICK KOSTOS and KEN BARKLEY, as well as CBS SPORTS RADIO NETWORK programming including “TIKI AND TIERNEY”, “THE DA SHOW” and “REITER THAN YOU.”
“With COLORADO a legal sports betting state, we have a unique opportunity to play a role in this rapidly growing arena with the launch of THE BET 1430AM,” said ENTERCOM/DENVER SVP/MM CHUCK SULLIVAN, “RADIO.COM Sports favorites like ‘BETQL DAILY’ and ‘YOU BETTER YOU BET’ are extremely successful podcasts and now is the time to bring those brands to life along with the strength of our established CBS SPORTS RADIO NETWORK and talent to our broadcast audience in DENVER.”
THE BET 1430AM Weekday programming lineup:
4–8a (MT) “THE DA SHOW” with DAMON AMENDOLARA
8–11a (MT) “BETQL DAILY” with JOE OSTROWSKI and ROSS TUCKER
11a–1p (MT) “REITER THAN YOU"
1–2p (MT) “TIKI AND TIERNEY”
2-6p (MT) “YOU BETTER YOU BET” NICK KOSTOS and KEN BARKLEY
6–8p (MT) “THE ZACH GELB SHOW”
8p–12a (MT) “JRSPORTBRIEF”
12–4a (MT) “AFTER HOURS WITH AMY LAWRENCE”
More Programming Changes At KYXY 96.5
ALL ACCESS has learned that in addition to last week's programming changes at ENTERCOM's AC KYXY (96.5) and Classic Hits KXSN (SUNNY 98.1)/SAN DIEGO (NET NEWS 1/19), GENE KNIGHT’s PM Drive position was also eliminated on FRIDAY (1/22). It's reported SHERRY KNIGHT has moved into the PM Drive slot for now.
GENE KNIGHT first joined KYXY in 1999 where he hosted afternoons and then nights until 2012. After a stint as Music Director at LM SAN DIEGO Rhythmic Oldies XHRM (MAGIC 92.5), he joined KXSN in 2016 before moving back to afternoons at KYXY in 2019. He also served as Music Director for both KYXY and KXSN. more »
Tom Brokaw (Photo: s_bukley / shutterstock.com)
NBC News anchor TOM BROKAW announced his retirement FRIDAY (1/22) after 55 years with NBC. BROKAW, 80, is the only anchor to have led all three of NBC's primary news shows: NIGHTLY NEWS, TODAY and MEET THE PRESS.
BROKAW said in a statement, "During one of the most complex and consequential eras in AMERICAN history, a new generation of NBC NEWS journalists, producers and technicians is providing AMERICA with timely, insightful and critically important information, 24/7. I could not be more proud of them."
BROKAW has numerous, prestigious journalism awards, including PEABODYS, DUPONTS, EMMYS and THE EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting. more »
BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE CLEM's lawsuit against COX MEDIA GROUP, Talk WHPT (102.5 THE BONE)/TAMPA morning host MIKE CALTA, and former BUBBA producer MATT "SPICEBOY" LOYD for "malicious and deceitful destruction of his business relationships and career" (NET NEWS 3/13/19) has been dismissed with prejudice. CLEM's attorneys filed a notice of voluntary dismissal in PINELLAS COUNTY, FL court on JANUARY 20th, with the parties agreeing to pay their own attorneys' fees and costs.
BUBBA filed suit on MARCH 3, 2019 repeating his allegations from his suit against NIELSEN that that when he left WHPT for crosstown BEASLEY station WBRN in 2014, CALTA made on-air allegations of ratings tampering and leaked the infamous HULK HOGAN tapes to GAWKER, and that COX pressured NIELSEN into a "sting operation" that led to WBRN's OCTOBER 2015 delisting and, ultimately, termination of his deal with BEASLEY. The suit alleged tortious interference with contractual relationships, tortious interference with advantageous business relationships, and violation of FLORIDA's Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Dismissal with prejudice means the case cannot be relitigated in state court. The most recent activity in the case consisted of non-party NIELSEN AUDIO's motion in OCTOBER to quash or modify subpoenas in order to prevent disclosure of settlement agreements between itself and BUBBA.
WHTZ (Z100) And WLTW (106.7 Lite FM)/New York To Gift One Couple Romantic Wedding At The Empire State Building
iHEARTMEDIA's Top 40 WHTZ (Z100)/NEW YORK and AC WLTW (106.7 LITE FM)/NEW YORK TODAY (1/25) announced it's launch, in partnership with THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING (ESB), of a national contest to award one couple with the socially distanced wedding of their dreams on VALENTINE's DAY Weekend. The ceremony will take place at the building's 86th Floor Observatory, and will include everything from the flowers to wedding rings to the bridal gown and more.
From JANUARY 25th through FEBRUARY 5th, couples whose 2020 wedding dreams were postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic can share their story online at Z100.com or LiteFM.com for the chance to win a jaw-dropping ceremony on FEBRUARY 13th. The Wedding package will also include wedding bands from AMERICAN luxury jewelry designer DAVID YURMAN. The bride will have her choice of a gown from upscale bridal boutique KLEINFELD BRIDAL with a bouquet in hand from URBAN STEMS. That evening, the newlyweds will spend their wedding night with a complimentary stay at THE LANGHAM, NEW YORK, FIFTH AVENUE, where they will toast with a welcome bottle of Champagne and enjoy a romantic rose petal turn-down service. more »
Foo Fighters Radio Airs Feb. 3-April 4
SIRIUSXM announces the launch of "FOO FIGHTERS RADIO" as a limited-engagement channel from FEBRUARY 3rd at noon (ET) through APRIL 4th. FOO FIGHTERS RADIO will be hand-crafted by the band on channel 105 featuring new, exclusive live concert performance and special commentary from DAVE GROHL, TAYLOR HAWKINS, NATE MENDEL, CHRIS SHIFLETT, PAT SMEAR, and RAMI JAFFEE.
To coincide with the release of the band’s 10th studio album, MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT, FOO FIGHTERS RADIO will debut an exclusive performance from the band on FEBRUARY 5th, FOO FIGHTERS LIVE from the SIRIUSXM GARAGE in LOS ANGELES. The event will be attended by a live virtual audience of SIRIUSXM subscribers and hosted by SIRIUSXM’ KAT CORBETT. Additionally, as soon as the new album, MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT, drops at the stroke of midnight, the channel will broadcast the album in its entirety, as a part of a track-by-track album special, hosted by the band. more »
RIVER RADIO MINISTRIES Christian AC WCVO(104.9 THE RIVER)/COLUMBUS, OH brings aboard CHAD BRADLEY for middays and to handle all things content creation. BRADLEY starts at WCVO on FEB. 8 and debuts on-air FEB. 15.
WCVO Chief Content Officer and PD JOSH HOOPER commented, "In filling this position we wanted to bring in a talent who could help us accelerate our goals and growth in the areas of content creation and distribution, podcasting, marketing and more, as well as on-air, and CHAD certainly checks those boxes. He has a passion for CCM and the CMB, a joy for fundraising and partnering with the local community, and creativity to spare. We are so looking forward to utilizing CHAD’s unique skillset and experience to help share JESUS with more people, more ways, in 2021 and beyond as he joins our already hard-working and dedicated team." more »
B963 Hit. Music. Now!
Last FRIDAY (1/22), FLINN BROADCASTING kicked off its brand-new Top 40 station B96.3 HIT. MUSIC. NOW!
It can be heard on W242CF/WHBQ (Q107.5)-HD2/MEMPHIS and B96memphis.com. The "ZACH SANG SHOW" which was last heard on Q107.5, will move to the new station starting next week. The rest of the day parts will run jockless for now. JOE MACK is PD, while CHRIS TAYLOR is OM.
iHEARTMEDIA K265CA/KZRR-HD2 (100.9 THE BREEZE)/ALBUQUERQUE makes a move to Hip Hop And R&B as POWER 100.9, ALBUQUERQUE's Hip Hop and R&B.
The station had been an Urban prior to its run as 100.9 THE BREEZE. From 2015 to its DECEMBER 2018 flip to AC, the station was 100.9 THE BEAT.
SUN BROADCAST GROUP has hired TAYLOR WOOD as Dir./Inventory Sales. WOOD most recently held the position of Sr. Partner and Associate Dir./National Radio Investment at GROUPM. His new role will focus on "building lineups that serve advertisers’ needs and reach their audiences in the most efficient way possible, strategizing with agencies and clients to develop proposals that bring value to SUN BROADCAST GROUP’s partners."
“Anyone who has ever bought or sold network radio knows TAYLOR WOOD,” said SUN BROADCAST GROUP Pres. WARREN FRIEDLAND. “His passion for radio runs deep and his understanding of national radio buys is unparalleled in our industry. TAYLOR is the perfect addition for SUN and complements the phenomenal sales team we have built.” more »
Chao (Photo: Twitter @keluchao)
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports, "The BIDEN administration on SUNDAY installed new heads of three federally funded international broadcasters after abruptly firing DONALD TRUMP-appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media."
Acting CEO KELU CHAO taps DAISY SINDELAR as acting head of RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, replacing TED LIPIEN until a permanent president is named. BAY FANG will return to her post as RADIO FREE ASIA President, replacing STEPHEN YATES. KELLEY SULLIVAN will become acting MIDDLE EAST BROADCASTING NETWORKS President, replacing VICTORIA COATES.
“I have great faith in these leaders in ensuring the highest standards of independent, objective, and professional journalism,” CHAO told the AP.
What is the "We Cycle" and how can it help you better understand how to successfully market your station in today's uncertain world?
Lifelong radio broadcaster and Certified Digital Marketing Consultant (CDMC), Diamond Certified Radio Marketing Consultant (CRMC) DICK TAYLOR pens a weekly mentorship blog and he says that the first step is to realize we are currently not in a "Me Cycle" anymore.
TAYLOR notes, "Today, we live in a world where everyone is concerned about the rapid changes being brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic. But our world is changing in ways that go beyond the impact of a novel coronavirus, it’s also a societal time of change in AMERICA, change that will continue even after a vaccine has been discovered that will quell this out-of-control virus." more »
MEDIACO/NEW YORK Top 40/Rhythmic WQHT (HOT 97) & R&B WBLS (107.5) will celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH in FEBRUARY with the "CELEBRATION OF FUTURE BLACK LEADERS" speaker series. The featured programming will be available on all platforms for both stations.
Some of the featured influencers for the month will include BUSTA RHYMES, DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, JEMELE HILL, ROTIMI, DR. MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, and QUEEN NAIJA. Various issues facing the Black community will be addressed. The stations will also explore the evolution of Black music. In addition, virtual panel’s will highlight how future Black leaders are making a difference across politics, sports and entertainment, and business. more »
iHEARTMEDIA SVP/Programming TOMMY CHUCK shares with ALL ACCESS, "In honor of the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS making history as the first team ever to play a SUPER BOWL in their home stadium, 93.3 FLZ has officially renamed itself '93-3 BUC'! Over the next two weeks, listen for lots of fun games, prizes, socially distant event opportunities, custom pre-game tailgate party mixes and more from THEjoeSHOW, KATIE SOMMERS, NICK WIZE, EJ and BRIAN FINK!"
Kobe Bryant (Photo: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of KOBE BRYANT’s tragic death, all SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION member radio stations will air a 24-second moment of silence on TUESDAY, JANUARY 26th at 9:45a (PT) – coinciding with the time the helicopter carrying BRYANT, his daughter GIANNA and seven others crashed in AGOURA HILLS, CA one year ago.
Following the moment of silence, which represents BRYANT's LAKERS jersey number, participating stations will play the attached audio montage tribute, which highlights some of the raw emotion from news reporters, NBA coaches, players and friends following his death.
Commented SCBA President MILES SEXTON, “A year ago, this tragic event shocked us as a community and each of us felt grief over the loss of KOBE and the others in our own private way. The member radio stations of the SCBA want to help our community remember those lost and pay loving tribute to KOBE BRYANT. This simultaneous radio broadcast of an audio tribute and memorial is not only a way to honor the memory of KOBE and the others, but an opportunity to bring our community together at a time we desperately need unity."
ALPHA MEDIA Alternative WGHL (ALT 105.1)/LOUISVILLE is set to make it a "SUPER GROHL SUNDAY" with the FOO FIGHTERS in a mock concert experience on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7th. The one-hour set from the FOO FIGHTERS will air before the big game from noon-1p with an encore performance from 5-6p.
ALT 105.1 PD PHIL "PK" KUKAWINSKI said, "We’re always looking for ways we can enjoy the big game, and with so many of our typical outlets disrupted from the pandemic, we decided to look for ways to have a good time on the air this year, so why not celebrate with one of the biggest rock bands in the world, especially around the release of their new album! SUPER GROHL SUNDAY is just an exciting play on words and something different to give our listeners before they get engulfed in the game that night!”
CUMULUS News/Talk WJBC-A (1230 WJBC)/BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, IL has added the syndicated program, THE MICHAEL KOOLIDGE SHOW. The show airs weekdays from noon - 2p.
CUMULUS/BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, IL OM DAN WESTHOFF commented, "We are very excited to be adding THE MICHAEL KOOLIDGE SHOW to our lineup. MICHAEL’s been very successful throughout ILLINOIS and the MIDWEST and we can’t wait to have him on WJBC."
KOOLIDGE added, "We couldn’t be more excited to join WJBC. I’ve been trying to break into the BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL market for years and I’m thrilled that CUMULUS’ WJBC decided to pick up the show!"
Eight New Affiliates
The DOUG STEPHAN SHOWS NETWORK's syndicated DJV SHOW has picked up eight new affiliates; Talk WPMO-A/PASCAGOULA, MS, Talk KFOW/ROCHESTER, MN. Talk KOMY/MONTEREY-SANTA CRUZ, CA, Adult Standards KHOB/HOBBS, NM, Talk WTGB/BROWNSVILLE, TN, Talk WDOC-A/PIKEVILLE, KY, News/Talk KBST-A/BIG SPRINGS, TX and News/Talk KMAX-A/COLFAX, WA.
STEPHAN commented, "I’d like to thank all of these new affiliates to the show. Our goal is to make our listeners lives better. We want them to be informed without having to sift through the vitriol."
MCVAY MEDIA CONSULTING Pres. MIKE MCVAY added, "hat I like most about the DJV SHOW is that it's a talk show that is truly balanced in their opinions. It’s informative and fun. They’re a great first place to find what’s trending every day."
The DJV SHOW, featuring DOUG STEPHAN, JEN HORN and VICTORIA KEELAN is a part of the DOUG STEPHEN SHOWS NETWORK. For more information, contact Bobthek@comcast.net or MIKE MCVAY at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STONEY CREEK RECORDS’ JIMMIE ALLEN will guest host the midday show on MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS Country KKGO (GO COUNTRY 105)/LOS ANGELES throughout the month of FEBRUARY. Beginning on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1st and continuing through FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26th, ALLEN can be heard sharing personal stories and the latest in Country music weekdays from 10a-2p (PT).
“We are thrilled to partner with such an amazing talent for the month of FEBRUARY," said GO COUNTRY 105 Station Mgr. MICHAEL LEVINE. "JIMMIE is a natural entertainer and has a huge following in the SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA community.”
Fans can listen to the show on www.GoCountry105.com, via the GO COUNTRY 105 mobile app, as well as over the air locally.
Brown (l) and Abdelnour (r)
NASHVILLE-based artist development firm QUINTON DIGITAL has promoted KELSEY BROWN to Sr. Dir./ Digital & Creative Strategy, and MARIA ABDELNOUR to Sr. Account Dir. The company's staff also includes founder/Pres. AMANDA QUINTON, and 2019 hires Marketing Dir. ASHLEY WHITE and Account Mgr. AYLA EUBANKS.
QUINTON DIGITAL's roster includes ZAC BROWN BAND, TIM McGRAW, RAELYNN, CLAY WALKER, MATT STELL, SMITHFIELD, RACHEL WAMMACK, DREW GREEN, ROBERT COUNTS, CHRIS BANDI and more.
The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) announced TODAY (1/25) continued efforts through its Music Industry COVID Support (MICS) initiative, with additional funding for five nonprofit partners: MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE, MUSICALLY FED, NOTES FOR NOTES, PORTER’S CALL and THE STORE. Those, along with previous nonprofit investments supporting music industry professionals, are supported through CMA’s $3 million long-term COVID-19 commitment that began in early 2020.
MICS was established as a portal for key resources in the categories of food supply, health and wellness, and career services, and helps connect industry professionals with nonprofit partners offering critical support. An estimated 50,000-plus music jobs have been impacted by the pandemic in TENNESSEE alone, and that number is estimated to be hundreds of thousands nationwide. At the onset of the pandemic, CMA donated $1 million to THE RECORDING ACADEMY’s MUSICARES COVID-19 Relief Fund, in addition to a $100,000 donation to MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE. Since then, CMA has continued to monitor the specific needs of music professionals to determine the most vital resources and services to help fund. more »
Next Women Of Country
CMT revealed its "NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY" class of 2021 via social media and during a three-hour special on “CMT Hot 20 Countdown" on SATURDAY (1/23). The "NEXT WOMEN" program recognizes and supports Country music’s most promising female artists, as determined by CMT executives. The 10 new female artists the network will be giving special support to this year are: TENILLE ARTS, PRISCILLA BLOCK, ASHLAND CRAFT, the trio CHAPEL HART, HANNAH DASHER, HARPER GRAE, MACKENZIE PORTER, REYNA ROBERTS, BRITTNEY SPENCER and SACHA VISAGIE. As per CMT's tradition, the 2021 group is a mix of signed and unsigned acts. more »
SPROCKETS MUSIC PUBLISHERS has signed MARK IRWIN to a worldwide publishing agreement. IRWIN is known for his credits on #1 singles, including ALAN JACKSON's “Here In The Real World,” BLAKE SHELTON's “Neon Light,” TIM McGRAW's “Highway Don’t Care feat. KEITH URBAN and TAYLOR SWIFT” and TYLER FARR's “Redneck Crazy.” His songs have also been cut by RANDY TRAVIS, TIM McGRAW, CHRIS JANSON and more.
“MARK’s track record shows what an amazing talent he is," said SPROCKETS MUSIC PUBLISHERS Publishing Dir. ELIZABETH BRAHAN. "He is one of the most loved and respected writers in town, not only because of his amazing career, but also because his work ethic is second to none. He has an extraordinary ability to connect with new artists. We’re honored that he wants to make SPROCKETS MUSIC PUBLISHERS his home, and we look forward to a long and productive relationship.”
“I am excited to have a champion like ELIZABETH in my corner and a company like SPROCKETS to help us achieve the success we’re shooting for,” said IRWIN. “At this point in my career, being part of this awesome team has re-lit my fire!”
Luke Combs (Photo: David Bergman)
Congratulations to RIVER HOUSE/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE's LUKE COMBS, who earned the #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart this week with his current hit, "Better Together."
Kudos to SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE (SMN) EVP/Promotion & Artist Development STEVE HODGES; COLUMBIA NASHVILLE SVP/Promotion SHANE ALLEN; SMN VP/National Promotion LAUREN THOMAS and Dir./Artist Development BO MARTINOVICH; COLUMBIA Dir./WEST COAST Promotion PAIGE ELLIOTT, Mgr./SOUTHWEST Promotion MARK JANESE, Dir./MIDWEST Promotion LAUREN LONGBINE, Dir./NORTHEAST Promotion LYNDSAY CHURCH, Dir./SOUTHEAST Promotion MARK GRAY, Promotion Specialist CHRISTY GARBINSKI and COLUMBIA Specialist PAUL GROSSER. more »
GIVEN ENTERTAINMENT has announced the signing of Country artist MATT WYNN to a publishing and management deal in 2020.
"There is this remarkable authenticity in everything about MATT, as a songwriter, as an artist and most importantly, as a person,” said GIVEN ENTERTAINMENT Founding Partner CINDY OWEN. "He is one of the best vocalists I have ever heard, with a soulful vocal style uniquely his own. It will stop a room. We can’t wait for everyone to get to know this incredibly special guy and his music."
“One of the biggest things writers and artists look for is a team and a place to call home. I’m blessed and proud to say that I have found that in GIVEN,” said WYNN. “They opened their doors to me well before I officially signed with them. I believe in this company and more importantly I believe in the people there.”
The upcoming musical feature film MAY WE ALL (NET NEWS 11/20/20), is a joint venture between LIVELY McCABE ENTERTAINMENT and CUZBRO PRODUCTIONS, founded by FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE's BRIAN KELLEY with partners STEPHEN SNEDDEN and JUSTIN HALLIWELL. The feature will be directed by filmmaker ANDY FICKMAN, whose credits include the films PLAYING WITH FIRE, PARENTAL GUIDANCE, SHE'S THE MAN and PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2.
Also scheduled to be a stage musical, “MAY WE ALL” tells the story of JENNA COATES, a small-town Country music singer who returns home after trying to make it in NASHVILLE.
“Growing up in TEXAS, loving Country music, and being a massive FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE fan, it is a dream come true to be joining the ‘May We All’ creative team,” said FICKMAN. “The script uses powerful, heartwarming songs from some of Country music's most celebrated artists to examine the complexities of how our hometowns shape and mold our hopes and aspirations. I can't wait for the world to join us on this uplifting, musical journey.” more »
New President and Additonal Members
The NASHVILLE-based WOMEN'S MUSIC BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (WMBA) welcomes KORTNEY TONEY as the organization's first Black President in its 20-year history. TONEY is Corporate Partnerships Mgr. at the NASHVILLE SYMPHONY and a music marketing consultant. Additionally, the group welcomes SPOTIFY Artist & Label Marketing team member MARY CATHERINE KINNEY to its board of directors, along with 40 new members of the organization. View the full list of new members here.
The WMBA Executive Board is led by MOOTV, MOO CREATIVE and THE STEEL MILL's BRANDI SIMMS (the WMBA Board Chair), DEATON FLANIGEN PRODUCTIONS' LINDSEY CLARK, ABOVE BOARD CONSULTING's AMERY FRIDENSTINE, MTHEORY NASHVILLE's CAMEO CARLSON, KINNEY and legal counsel, SHACKLEFORD, BOWEN, McKINLEY & NORTON LLP's LAUREN SPAHN.
SHELTERED MUSIC PUBLISHING, the NASHVILLE branch of LANCE FREED’s ALL CLEAR MUSIC, has signed MELISSA PEIRCE to a publishing deal in partnership with PATRICK JOSEPH MUSIC. Over her career, PEIRCE has written three top 10 hits, including TYLER FARR's #1, "A Guy Walks Into A Bar." Her songs have been recorded by CARRIE UNDERWOOD, GARTH BROOKS, REBA McENTIRE, LADY A, ELI YOUNG BAND, DAVID NAIL and JOHN PAUL WHITE (THE CIVIL WARS), among others.
“MELISSA was the first writer I signed back in the early 2000s, and she was the first writer I spoke to about the new company," said SHELTERED MUSIC PUBLISHING SVP DARRELL FRANKLIN. "Her work ethic, passion, and respect for her art has always stood out to me. She brings everything to the table every time she enters a writer room. I feel honored to be able to work with her again in this new partnership with PAT HIGDON.”
“MELISSA PEIRCE is a gifted and talented songwriter,” said PATRICK JOSEPH MUISIC's HIGDON. "She brings great ideas and a ray of sunshine into every write. I’m so excited to continue working with her in partnership with a wonderful SHELTERED MUSIC team."
AUSTIN RADIO NETWORK KOKE/AUSTIN will hold its two-day music festival, KOKEFEST 2021, on FRIDAY, AUGUST 6th and SATURDAY, AUGUST 7th at HUTTO PARK at BRUSHY CREEK. The complete lineup and on-sale date will be announced this Spring. Past KOKEFEST headliners include CODY JOHNSON, PARKER McCOLLUM, AARON WATSON, KOE WETZEL, TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS, ROBERT EARL KEEN and MARK CHESNUTT.
"We're ready to get KOKEFEST rolling again," said station OM ERIC RAINES. "The musicians have been waiting to take the stage and fans want their live music back. KOKEFEST 2021 is a combination of the hottest new TEXAS/Red Dirt musicians and the enduring acts that have inspired them ... It will be a great weekend of live music."
BIG LOUD RECORDS, BACK BLOCKS MUSIC and REPUBLIC RECORDS have signed Country artist LILY ROSE to a joint venture deal. The ATLANTA native released her debut single, "Villain," on social media in DECEMBER 2020. The single immediately rocketed to the top of the iTUNES all-genre chart, where it held at #1 for several days, and has remained in the iTUNES Top 30 for five consecutive weeks.
“The Country music business is on fire right now, and artists are breaking independently faster than ever before," said BIG LOUD partners SETH ENGLAND, JOEY MOI and CRAIG WISEMAN in a joint statement. "BIG LOUD couldn’t be more excited to work with LILY ROSE, who’s emerging from this pack of newcomers. Her voice becomes familiar after just one listen, and to pair that with her catalog of amazing unreleased songs, we believe she’s an artist who will be around for years to come. LILY is a voice that Country music has needed for some time, and 'Villain' is just the reactive hit to get her started.” more »
Larry King's Conclave Speech
THE CONCLAVE presented a long-lost recording of LARRY KING's 1986 keynote speech at CONCLAVE X, while BENZTOWN released an audio tribute to the late broadcasting icon who died last week. T
THE CONCLAVE presents KING’s keynote speech at the RADISSON INN in PLYMOUTH, MN, in 1985. Shortly after signing his deal with TED TURNER to create a new talk show on CNN, KING embarked on a nationwide tour of his existing radio affiliates to assure them he was not leaving radio anytime soon. Good to his word, he did both the television and radio shows from WASHINGTON, DC, until 1994, when he did his final radio program. On JUNE 21st, 1985, just three weeks after the airing of his first show on CNN, KING delivered a collection of stories from his career to that point to CONCLAVE X attendees. more »
Benztown Hank Aaron Tribute
Listen to the BENZTOWN audio tribute to major league baseball great HANK AARON, who passed away on FRIDAY (1/22) in ATLANTA here.
In his 22-year MLB career, mostly with the MILWAUKEE and then ATLANTA BRAVES, AARON set records in almost every category in baseball, but is best known for breaking MLB's all-time home run record on APRIL 8th, 1974, overcoming death threats as he was trying to break the record. His 755 home runs in MLB passed BABE RUTH's long-standing home run record, and now ranks second behind BARRY BONDS.
The BENZTOWN audio tribute to HANK AARON was written by BILL ROYAL, voiced by SEAN ANDRE, and produced by TOM BAKER.
New Podcast Series
iHEARTMEDIA and news media company, MCCLATCHY are teaming to develop an anthology of podcasts that sit at the intersection of pop culture, sports and social change. The first will be RETURN MAN that investigates the mysterious death of former former pro-football player JIM DUNCAN.
DUNCAN was an NFL kickoff return man and defensive back for the then-BALTIMORE COLTS. He led NFL in kickoff return yards in 1970, and that same season helped the COLTS win the SUPER BOWL Two years later, authorities say, DUNCAN died by suicide inside the police station of his small hometown of LANCASTER, S.C. RETURN MAN is based on the reporting of BRET MCCORMICK, former sports editor for MCCLATCHY's ROCK HILL, S.C. paper, THE HERALD. more »
Demi Lovato (Photo: Tinseltown / Shutterstock 707292616)
This year's 28th annual SXSW FILM FESTIVAL will host the opening night world premiere of "DEMI LOVATO: Dancing With The Devil," directed by MICHAEL D. RATNER. This year's SXSW will be virtual from MARCH 16th through 20th.
Said the FESTIVAL's Director Of Film JANET PIERSON, “It’s impressive and rare to see a pop superstar tell their story so authentically and without pretense. We’re privileged to present this intimate journey told with such vulnerability. DEMI LOVATO’s profound interest in mental health awareness is helping change the landscape of a crucial issue in this year of national and international trauma and loss. more »
Soulja Boy (Photo: Hurricane Hank / Shutterstock.com)
A woman who says she was employed by SOULJA BOY as his personal assistant has accused the rapper in a lawsuit filed in LOS ANGLES of multiple instances of assault and sexual battery, holding her against her will and refusing to pay her.
The woman, who filed as "JANE DOE," claims SOULJA BOY (DeANDRE CORTEZ WAY), hired her in DECEMBER 2018 and agreed to pay her $500 a week while she lived and worked at his homes in MALIBU and BELL CANYON. including cleaning, cooking and chauffeuring.
She claims, after less than a month, her boss began sending unsolicited photos of his penis.
“A brief consensual relationship developed, but it soon devolved into violence,” according to a press release from DOE’s lawyer, NEAMA RAHMANI. more »
GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum alt-rock band SYSTEM OF A DOWN is hosting a Livestream Fundraising Event on SATURDAY, JANUARY 30th, to benefit the soldiers of their ancestral homeland of ARMENIA. The live broadcast will begin at 9a (PT)/12p (ET) exclusively on the band’s official YouTube Channel. At 11a (PT)/2p (ET), the band will premiere the music video of their 2nd single “Genocidal Humanoidz.”
The veterans of the DEFENSE ARMY OF ARTSAKH AND ARMENIA are in need of prosthetics, advanced treatment, and medical care. SYSTEM OF A DOWN is hosting the Livestream in order to raise money to rehabilitate and outfit soldiers who have lost arms and legs with life-changing prosthetic limbs. Additionally, funding will benefit the introduction of groundbreaking laser therapy for the treatment of chemical burns from banned white phosphorous weapons. All proceeds from the Livestream will be donated to this cause. more »
Dave's Got The Beat
INDIANAPOLIS STAR entertainment reporter DAVE LINDQUIST debuts “THE BEAT” specialty show on SARKES TARZIAN Triple A WTTS/INDIANAPOLIS on FEBRUARY 1st. "THE BEAT with DAVE LINDQUIST" will air MONDAY NIGHTS at 7p. The show’s playlist will include music from local bands as well as independent and underground artists. The show will also feature new artists and deep tracks by familiar names.
“I’ve documented and survived the eras of boy bands, ‘nu metal’ and country pop, so I can help our listeners bypass inferior tunes and focus on real World Class Rock,” LINDQUIST said. “What you’ll hear on THE BEAT are acts that are crafting a bright future for music. I'm eager to share music I'm truly excited about.”
Reports are that the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL is ready to cancel this year's event, but are awaiting the city of MIAMI officials to approve their permit request for the following year before making the announcement.
This will mark the second consecutive year ULTRA has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers hope to host the event MARCH 25th-27th, 2022 at BAYFRONT AMPHITHEATRE in MIAMI.
The letter from ULTRA attorney SANDY YORK to MIAMI city manager ARTHUR NORIEGA cited the same conditions that led to last year's cancellation are posing a threat in 2021.
Calling the 2020 cancellation a "postponement," ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL notified 2020 ticket holders in MARCH that their tickets would be good for the 2021 event and that they they would not be issuing refunds. This move resulted in a class action lawsuit on behalf of ticket holders looking for a refund. This case went into arbitration in NOVEMBER 2020.
The event, which hosts international shows via license deals, did host ULTRA TAIWAN in NOVEMBER 2020 with a lineup featuring ALESSO, STANDER and KAYZO.
The 2021 NEW YORK FESTIVALS RADIO AWARDS are accepting entries now. Every year, NEW YORK FESTIVALS RADIO AWARDS evaluates and updates the category roster to reflect the innovative content produced in today.
NEW YORK FESTIVALS RADIO AWARDS VP & Exec. Dir. ROSE ANDERSON commented, "In a year marked by disruption of every kind, NEW YORK FESTIVALS is implementing additional categories for social justice across all genres. These categories spotlight storytellers who are using all of their creativity to engage with their listeners on this critical topic."
New categories for 2021 include: Best Social Justice Report, Social Justice Reporting, Social Justice Documentary, Best Regularly Scheduled Social Justice Program, Best Social Justice Special, Social Justice Promo, Best Digital Social Justice Program, Social Justice Podcast, and Social Justice Student Content. See a complete list of the 2021 Radio Awards Categories here.
2021 Radio and TV & Film Award Winners Will Celebrate at NEW YORK FESTIVALS’s STORYTELLERS GALA at NAB OCTOBER 2021.
ALL ACCESS Happy Birthday wishes on MONDAY (1/25) to REVIVER RECORDS’ RICK HUGHES, ENTERCOM/DALLAS SVP/Market Mgr. BRIAN PURDY, PANDORA Dir./Pop Programming MELONY TORRES, KQOB/OKLAHOMA CITY PD JEFF COUCH, former WMXJ/MIAMI PD BILL STEDMAN, CUMULUS/BLOOMINGTON, IL OM DAN WESTHOFF, CUMULUS/LITTLE ROCK Engineer BRIAN BUTLER, ENTERCOM/CINCINNATI Engineer WALLY HUGHES, SIRIUSXM's BJ STONE, CKZZ/VANCOUVER APD/MD BIG DADDY, WAKR-WONE-WQMX/AKRON Prod. Dir. CHUCK MATTHEWS, NIELSEN COMPANY's BRUCE SUPOVITZ, EPICMEDIA CONSULTING CEO BRAD SAMUEL, WPRO-A/PROVIDENCE's MATT ALLEN, ENTRAVISION/LOS ANGELES' JESSICA DE LA ROSA, IN2UNE MUSIC's CHRISTINA PALMESE, WESTWOOD ONE SVP/Operations TIM SEYMOUR, former WWWZ-WMGL/CHARLESTON, SC PD TERRY BASE and to WKQX/CHICAGO morning host BRIAN “SLUDGE” HADDAD. more »
GREG THOMPSON, NICOLE NOLLETTI, TRISH BOCK, DYLAN SPRAGUE, BRIAN MACK, TIM RICHARDS, JAVA JOEL MURPHY, RICK SACKHEIM, JAKE DILL, HOWARD PETRUZIELLO, CHERYL BROZ, NIK RIVERS, ANGELO SCROBE, LUKE COMBS, LILY ROSE, TENILLE ARTS, PRISCILLA BLOCK, ASHLAND CRAFT, CHAPEL HART, HANNAH DASHER, HARPER GRAE, MACKENZIE PORTER, REYNA ROBERTS, BRITTNEY SPENCER, SACHA VISAGIE, JIMMIE ALLEN, KELSEY BROWN, MARIA ABDELNOUR, KORTNEY TONEY, MELISSA PEIRCE, MATT WYNN, MARK IRWIN, LUCAS HOGE, ANDY FICKMAN, BRETT YOUNG, KRISTEN KURTIS, MIKE WOLFE, JOHN HARPER, MICHAEL SEGUIN, RICK THOMAS, D-WAYNE CHAVEZ, TAY WESTBERRY, DJ CHONZ, LIZETTE LOVE, MICHAEL BUHRMAN, ELROY SMITH, MICHAEL JOHNSON, YA GIRL NIKKI, TAMARA DRAKE, JONATHAN COOL OUT, MIKE EDWARDS, KEVIN YOUNG, RAZOR REY DE CARLO, VINCE USURIELLO, JEREMI SCHLADER.