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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced
The ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME FOUNDATION has announced the nominees for induction into the ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME in 2023. The nominees are KATE BUSH, SHERYL CROW, MISSY ELLIOTT, IRON MAIDEN, JOY DIVISION/NEW ORDER, CYNDI LAUPER, GEORGE MICHAEL, WILLIE NELSON, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SOUNDGARDEN, THE SPINNERS, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, THE WHITE STRIPES, and WARREN ZEVON.
The list includes eight first-timers (CROW, ELLIOTT, JOY DIVISION/NEW ORDER, LAUPER, MICHAEL, NELSON, THE WHITE STRIPES, ZEVON); ELLIOTT and THE WHITE STRIPES made it to nominations in their first year of eligibility.
“This remarkable list of nominees reflects the diverse artists and music that the ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME honors and celebrates,” said Chairman JOHN SYKES. “These artists have created their own sounds that have impacted generations and influenced countless others that have followed in their footsteps.”
Fans can vote through APRIL 28th at vote.rockhall.com or in person at the CLEVELAND museum. Inductees will be announced in MAY, and the induction ceremony will take place in the FALL.
Mary DelGrande Promoted To CEO of vCreative
vCREATIVE has promoted MARY DELGRANDE to CEO, joining the company in 2019 as SVP/Sales (NET NEWS 11/19/2019). She will replace SUSIE HEDRICK, who joined vCREATIVE four years ago and is leaving for a leadership position at WIDEORBIT as Pres./Managing Director, Local Broadcast.
HEDRICK said, “I am proud of the vCREATIVE team and what we have accomplished. We continue to drive the values that have made vCREATIVE an industry leader, advancing our products and keeping our customers and industry at the center of everything that we do. MARY is the perfect person to continue to deliver exceptional results and I am confident she is the right leader to continue vCREATIVE legacy of innovation”
DELGRANDE said, “I am honored to lead such a great team and humbled by the faith SUSIE and JINNY (LADERER) have placed in me. I am energized by the opportunities ahead for vCREATIVE and I look forward to working with our team and partners to build on the tremendous growth and success we have achieved so far.”
All Access Audio Summit 2023: A Fireside Chat With Cumulus Pres./Operations Dave Milner And Joel Denver
All Access Audio Summit 2023 – Affordable Learning At Just $200 For 18 Sessions
Here are the details of the third of our four new sessions being announced this week for ALL ACCESS AUDIO SUMMIT 2023. It happens on FRIDAY, APRIL 28th at 9a (PT) and features the experienced and innovative management style of CUMULUS MEDIA Pres./OPERATIONS DAVE MILNER sitting down with ALL ACCESS Pres./Publisher JOEL DENVER.
You can’t have great radio without great leadership and one of the best in our business is DAVE MILNER. In his role as CUMULUS’ Pres./Operations DAVE is the right hand to CUMULUS Pres./CEO MARY BERNER. He calls on his long tenure at the company and past experience with iHEARTMEDIA/CLEAR CHANNEL and ENTERCOM, running the ... more »
Anne Marie 'Annie' Leamy Joins WCBS-F/New York As Morning Co-Host
iHEARTMEDIA AC WRNQ (Q92)/POUGHKEEPSIE, NY host ANNE MARIE "ANNIE" LEAMY is joining JOHN FOXX as co-host of "FOXX & ANNIE IN THE MORNING" at AUDACY Classic Hits WCBS-F/NEW YORK, starting FEBRUARY 13th. LEAMY is a former co-host at the old WPLJ/NEW YORKand has also worked at WSPK and WPKF (96.1 KISS FM)/POUGHKEEPSIE.
“ANNIE is no stranger to NYC radio, and I'm excited to welcome her back through the iconic WCBS-FM brand,” said FOXX, who is also serving as WCBS-F's Brand Manager. “ANNIE has the ability to relate and build a community of loyal fans instantly. She will bring a lot of energy, a deep skill set, and a ‘whatever it takes attitude’ that really sets her up for success in this role.”
“I’m not sure I have the right words to express my sincere excitement and joy about teaming up with JOHN FOXX to rock the airwaves at WCBS-FM,” said LEAMY. “JOHN is someone I respect tremendously and is the biggest reason I took this leap. What a thrill to be on a station my late father adored. I’m incredibly grateful to all those who supported my roller coaster journey to this point. Huge thank you to JOHN, (SVP/Programming) JIM RYAN and (Market Mgr.) CHRIS OLIVIERO for this incredible opportunity.”
First Lady Jill Biden, Cardi B, Shania Twain Head List Of Presenters For Grammys
The RECORDING ACADEMY has unveiled a diverse lineup of presenters for SUNDAY's 65th GRAMMY AWARDS, including First Lady JILL BIDEN. Also named as presenters were CARDI B, JAMES CORDEN, BILLY CRYSTAL, VIOLA DAVIS, DWAYNE JOHNSON, OLIVIA RODRIGO, and SHANIA TWAIN.
Previously announced as performers for the awards event include BAD BUNNY, MARY J. BLIGE, BRANDI CARLILE, LUKE COMBS, STEVE LACY, LIZZO, KIM PETRAS, SAM SMITH, and HARRY STYLES.
The GRAMMY AWARDS are set for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5th at CRYPTO.COM ARENA in LOS ANGELES, with TREVOR NOAH hosting. The show will be broadcast live at 8pm (ET) on CBS and streamed live and on demand on PARAMOUNT+.
Skyview Networks Issues Statement About Outages
Working On Fixing The Problem
As of last night, SKYVIEW NETWORKS was still experiencing outages that affect CBS NEWS RADIO and ABC NEWS RADIO affiliates as well as affiliates for some of the company's other syndicated shows.
The issue, which prevented affiliates from accessing live audio and spots via XDS, arose on MONDAY morning, when affiliates were told of the outages and advised to obtain newscasts via alternate means, indicated its system was hacked.
The company released the following statement late yesterday afternoon:
"SKYVIEW NETWORKS experienced unauthorized access to its IT environment, resulting in interrupted technical services. Immediately upon learning of the ... more »
Ozzy Osbourne Retires From Touring
OZZY OSBOURNE has cancelled scheduled shows and has announced his retirement from touring. The 74-year-old former front man for BLACK SABBATH pointed to his failing health for the announcement.
OSBOURNE, a GRAMMY winner as a solo artist and with BLACK SABBATH, was to begin a farewell tour in EUROPE and the U.K. in MAY 2023.
OSBOURNE posted this statement: “This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine. My one and only purpose during this time was to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after ... more »
Beyoncé Sets 'Renaissance World Tour'
Beyonce (Photo: Instagram)
BEYONCÉ has announced plans for her RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR, kicking off MAY 10th in STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN and swinging to NORTH AMERICA with a stop at ROGERS CENTRE in TORONTO on JULY 8th. The tour will hit the U.S. on JULY 12 at LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD in PHILADELPHIA and concludes in NEW ORLEANS at the CAESARS SUPERDOME on SEPTEMBER 27.
This is BEYONCÉ's first world tour since 2018's ON THE RUN II tour with husband JAY-Z.
Get more on BEYONCÉ's RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR here.
Radio Hall Of Fame Accepting Nominations For Class Of 2023 Through March 31st
Nominations Accepted Now
The RADIO HALL OF FAME is now accepting nominations for its 2023 induction class. Nominations can be submitted to the RADIO HALL OF FAME Nominating Committee through MARCH 31st at radiohalloffame.com/nominate; 24 names will be selected as nominees, with voting and induction taking place later this year.
Co-Chairman DENNIS GREEN said, "It is an honor to oversee the process of selecting the legendary men and women that have made radio the great medium it is today. Radio is special to millions of listeners from coast to coast and the RADIO HALL OF FAME looks forward to receiving the suggestions of names to consider for the ultimate honor our industry has to bestow.”
Co-Chairman KRAIG T. KITCHIN added, “The ideas and suggestions from both industry members and listeners has provided for excellent conversations and deliberations amongst our Nominating Committee members, each of them also bringing their own suggestions to the difficult decision making that goes on. When we hear from as many interested people as we do with suggestions, it only reinforces the value the value of a nomination, let alone an induction.”
This Week In All Access' Consultant Tips, The Third And Final Part Of Programmer Guy Zapoleon’s 2023 Music Cycles Article With Recommendations And Observations
This week, exclusively in ALL ACCESS, the conclusion of a three-part series, as iconic programmer/consultant GUY ZAPOLEON has updated his MUSIC CYCLES column for 2023.
GUY goes deep, discussing the decline of consensus hits, the fact that streaming numbers are down and exhorting radio to “play the f---ing hits, and keep powering them.” He also lays out a 5-point plan for record labels to help protect their most valuable investments – their artists.
How long will the Doldrums last? ZAPOLEON and colleague MATT BAILEY both share their thoughts on the matter. Read Part 3 here.
Strategic Solutions Research Presents Fall '22 Ratings Today
NIELSEN AUDIO FALL '22 Ratings out TODAY for ABILENE, TX, COLUMBIA, MO, EAU CLAIRE, WI, GRAND ISLAND-KEARNEY-HASTINGS, NE, JOPLIN, MO, LA CROSSE, WI, MONROE, LA, PANAMA CITY, FL, PARKERSBURG-MARIETTA, WV-OH, ROCHESTER, MN, and WHEELING. Find ratings for subscribing stations in the ALLACCESS.COM NIELSEN AUDIO section after 2p (PT).
Coming THURSDAY 2/2, FALL '22 Ratings for BISMARCK, ND, JACKSON, TN, RAPID CITY-SPEARFISH, SD, SAN ANGELO, TX, SIOUX CITY, IA, SIOUX FALLS, SD, and WICHITA FALLS, TX.
The Annual Jerry Boulding Black History Month 'Urbanizing' Series
ALL ACCESS is again honoring the memory of our late colleague and friend, “THE DOCTOR,” JERRY BOULDING. During BLACK HISTORY MONTH, BOULDING's URBANIZING columns will be featured in a four-part series with his take on the status of race and American culture.
ALL ACCESS Editor-Urban/R&B Promotion-Columnist SAM WEAVER said, "Years before JERRY was the ALL ACCESS Urban Editor, he wrote to truth on issues that African Americans and people of color are still dealing with TODAY. Every time Boulding wrote something it was Black history. Through his journalistic abilities, we can literally see YESTERDAY as it relates to TODAY on so many ... more »
The Syndicate Names Industry Vet Rob Gross SVP/Label Services
Gross (Photo Credit: Mindy Tucker)
THE SYNDICATE has hired music industry veteran ROB GROSS as SVP Label Services, where he will offer full-scale project management for album releases and sales for all of the company’s services in radio, marketing and PR.
In his 30-year-plus career, GROSS has worked at UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, FONTANA, INGROOVES, DINE ALONE RECORDS, INTERSCOPE RECORDS, BMG and, most recently as a partner at the L.A.-based SHARK ATTACK.
Noted THE SYNDICATE partner/CEO JON LANDMAN, “We are so excited to add ROB GROSS to bolster our amazing team. His passion for music and working with artists is infectious, and his expertise will help take our offerings to the next ... more »
BMI Promotes Eight On Creative Team
BMI has promoted several of the members of its creative team. The promotions include Asst. VP/Business Affairs and Creative RAFAEL MARTINEZ being named VP/Strategy and Business Affairs, Creative, based in NEW YORK and reporting to EVP/Creative and Licensing MIKE STEINBERG; Asst. VP/Legal JOHN ELLWOOD upped to Asst. VP/Strategy and Business Affairs, Creative and reporting to MARTINEZ; and Sr. Dir./Creative REEMA IQBAL promoted to Exec. Dir./Creative, Film, TV & Visual Media, based in LOS ANGELES and reporting to VP/Creative, Film, TV & Visual Media TRACY McKNIGHT.
Also, LUANN DAVIDSON has been upped to Exec. Dir./Creative Administration, based ... more »
Andy Anderson Promoted to Chief Revenue Officer At American Urban Radio Networks
AMERICAN URBAN RADIO NETWORKS has promoted Pres./Sales ANDY ANDERSON to Chief Revenue Officer. ANDERSON has been Pres./Sales for four years and previously servced as Dir./Urban/Canadian Advertising at BILLBOARD.
AURN CEO CHESLEY MADDOX-DORSEY said, “ANDY’s success in developing a vision and providing strong leadership for growing company-wide activities and strategies focused on generating, maintaining and increasing revenue is unparalleled. This is a well earned promotion.”
WNOE/New Orleans PD/PM Driver Casey Carter Is Featured In This Week's 'Women To Watch'
Charese Fruge, Casey Carter
In this week's ALL ACCESS "WOMEN TO WATCH” column, MC MEDIA Principal CHARESE FRUGE talks with CASEY CARTER, PD/afternoons at iHEARTMEDIA Country WNOE/NEW ORLEANS. CARTER handles multiple roles for the company’s Custom division, and can also be heard on a number of its high profile stations.
How does she see things in 2023? CARTER related, “Each woman is blazing a path for women coming up behind them and we’re just getting stronger and more of a force to be reckoned with! It’s nice to be in an era where gender is not nearly as important as whether or not you can do the job, because it hasn’t always been that way, in my experience. So, the advice … take every opportunity and learn all you can. We’re finally getting to a time where the right person is more important than the gender!”
Every week, ALL ACCESS’ CHARESE FRUGE puts the focus on one of the many women making it happen in one of our many related businesses. This week, find out about CASEY CARTER. Read her story here.
Luke Bryan To Headline WXTU/Philadelphia Anniversary Show
Lineup Announced for 2023 Anniversary Show
BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP Country WXTU/PHILADELPHIA has announced the lineup for its 2023 anniversary show. LUKE BRYAN will headline the show, set for FRIDAY, JUNE 23rd at the FREEDOM MORTGAGE PAVILION in CAMDEN, NJ as part of his "Country On Tour."
Special guests will include CHAYCE BECKHAN, ALANA SPRINGSTEEN, TYLER BRADEN and DJ Rock, and others to be announced. Tickets will go on sale FRIDAY (2/3) at 10a (ET). TOMORROW (2/2) from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (ET), there will be a special pre-sale with the password "XTU." Tickets are available here.
Music Health Alliance Celebrates 10 Years As Industry’s Non-Profit Healthcare Resource
Bentley and MHA's Allsep
MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE (MHA) is celebrating 10 years of helping to "heal the music" as the music industry's critical non-profit healthcare resource. The NASHVILLE-based organization provides free healthcare advocacy and resources to music industry professionals.
During a celebratory event held at NASHVILLE’s GIBSON GARAGE on TUESDAY (1/31), CAPITOL NASHVILLE artist DIERKS BENTLEY, a longtime supporter and client of MHA, joined the celebration as celebrity ambassador.
BENTLEY said, “Healthcare is the ultimate thing you can offer your team out there on the road. Having 30 people on my team, it is tough to navigate insurance and healthcare, Having ... more »
Sony Music Publishing And Droptine Sign Two To Publishing Deals
SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING NASHVILLE, in partnership with DROPTINE MUSIC PUBLISHING, have signed Country artists RUSSELL SUTTON and TOMMY KARLAS to global publishing deals.
SUTTON, formerly one-half of the duo GRASSROOTS REVIVAL, has achieved songwriting success with ELVIE SHANE's #1 "My Boy," NATE SMITH's current #1, "Whiskey On You," and others.
KARLAS released his debut album, "Put It In Drive," last year, and has written songs cut by BLAKE SHELTON, WARREN ZEIDERS, OLD DOMINION, RANDY TRAVIS and MONTGOMERY GENTRY.
DROPTINE FOUNDER JIM CATINO said, "I’m so excited to be working with TOMMY and RUSSELL. Both are seasoned songwriters who know their craft well. It’s an honor to work their songs, and I know they will both continue their great success."
SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING NASHVILLE CEO RUSTY GASTON said, "We couldn’t be happier to expand our relationship with JIM CATINO and his DROPTINE PUBLISHING team. RUSSELL and TOMMY are true NASHVILLE craftsmen with the ability to make big things happen."
To date, DROPTINE and SONY PUBLISHING NASHVILLE have partnered to support songwriters including DALTON DOVER, KARLAS, ALEX MAXWELL and SUTTON.
Endurance Music Group Promotes Courtney Kruckeberg To Creative Dir. And Adds Farrell Gothers As Royalty Analyst
Kruckeberg and Gothers
ENDURANCE MUSIC GROUP (EMG) has promoted COURTNEY KRUCKEBERG from Creative Mgr. to Creative Dir. and added FARRELL GOTHERS to the administrative team as Royalty Analyst, a newly-created role.
KRUCKEBERG joined EMG in 2020, and is responsible for managing the day-to-day needs of the company’s roster of hit songwriters, including ASH BOWERS, CLINT LAGERBERG and PAUL SIKES, as well as producer SETH ALLEY, indie pop artist NATALIE MADIGAN, and emerging Country artist-writer JOHNNY DAILEY. She is also responsible for pitching songs from EMG’s current and back catalog, along with arranging sync co-writes and managing the company’s relationships ... more »
CMA Announces Recipients For 13th Triple Play Awards; Jody Williams Also Honored
CMA Recipients For 13th 'Triple Play Awards' Announced
The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA), has announced the 16 songwriters who will be celebrated at its 13th CMA TRIPLE PLAY AWARDS, which honor the writers behind some of the format’s most notable #1 hits who have penned three chart-toppers within a 12-month period. The event will be hosted by songwriter and CMA Board member JIM BEAVERS on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st at SAINT ELLE in NASHVILLE.
In addition to celebrating 16 CMA TRIPLE PLAY AWARD recipients this year, music publisher JODY WILLIAMS, founder of JODY WILLIAMS SONGS, will receive the CMA Songwriter Advocate Award, which recognizes an individual who has dedicated their life to supporting and ... more »
ginmarc Publishing Launches With Addy Prado As Its First Signing
GINMARC PUBLISHING, a new, independent publishing company, has opened its doors in NASHVILLE and signed singer-songwriter ADDY PRADO as its first writer. GINMARC is the partnership of JENNIFER RAI and her industry-veteran husband, MARK BRIGHT.
RAI has served as Creative Dir. for MARK BRIGHT PRODUCTIONS and, most recently, for ADAIR PUBLISHING. Along with his involvement in recording and publishing, BRIGHT has produced records for CARRIE UNDERWOOD and RASCAL FLATTS, among many others.
PRADO, an ORLANDO native, is a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, oboe, and other instruments. She moved to NASHVILLE in 2019, where she met RAI and ... more »
Nashville's Dream 3 Publishing Signs Writer Ben Caver
Newly formed NASHVILLE boutique publishing company DREAM 3 has signed songwriter BEN CAVER as its flagship writer. CAVER, whose previous work includes a two-week #1 with BRETT YOUNG's "Here Tonight," has also had cuts with RASCAL FLATTS, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KANE BROWN, JAKE OWEN, TIM McGRAW and FAITH HILL.
CAVER, who became an EMT during the pandemic, wrote independently during that time while also recording background vocals for artists including YOUNG, THOMAS RHETT, COLE SWINDELL, KANE BROWN and DUSTIN LYNCH.
CAVER said, "In our first meeting, the vision [DREAM 3 owners] GREG [HILL], LAUREL [KITTLESON-COBB], and EMILY [OLSON] laid out was ... more »
Society Of Leaders In Development Welcomes 2023 Board Of Directors
2023 Board Of Directors Announced (Photo: Chrissy Yoder)
The NASHVILLE-based industry group SOCIETY OF LEADERS IN DEVELOPMENT (SOLID) has announced its elected board for 2023. New members include Pres. ERIN PETTIT (WILES + TAYLOR), VP RIO VAN RISSEGHEM (THE ORCHARD), Secretary JENNA SMITH (SESAC) and Treasurer RYAN CUNNINGHAM (ONERPM).
The full team of SOLID Board Members for 2023 includes:
Communications Chairs: MARK LOGSDON (PLA MEDIA) & JESSICA KORVER (MISSING PIECE GROUP)
Education Chairs: SARAH BETH PERRY, (WITH THE BAND) & SARAH SHOLAR (Q PRIME)
Community Outreach Chairs: LEAH HUDSON BINKERD (BANNER MUSIC) & GUY EVANS (LEADERSHIP MUSIC)
Social Chairs: JENN DICHIARA (WELLER MEDIA AGENCY) & ZACH ... more »
Geoff Warburton Inks Deal With Big Machine Music & Range
Warburton (Photo: Courtesy of Big Machine Music)
GEOFF WARBURTON has signed an exclusive songwriting and joint publishing deal with BIG MACHINE MUSIC and RANGE MEDIA PARTNERS. WARBURTON's multi-genre songwriting credits include songs cut by SHAWN MENDES, MACHINE GUN KELLY, KEITH URBAN and JAKE OWEN.
"I’m very excited to partner with RANGE and BIG MACHINE MUSIC for this next step in my career," said WARBURTON. "I respect their song-first mentality and real ability to connect with writers on both a creative and human level. I can’t wait to see all that this special partnership will bring."
BMM GM MIKE MOLINAR said, "GEOFF is an elite songwriting talent, and the perfect complement to our well-established team in NASHVILLE and what we have been building within our L.A. office this past year. We are so grateful to work with him alongside [RANGE VP/A&R/Publishing] SAM DRAKE and our friends at RANGE."
DRAKE added, "Working with GEOFF over the last five years has been one of the greatest privileges of my career thus far. His talent and dedication is so inspiring to myself and everyone at RANGE, and we couldn't be more excited to partner with BIG MACHINE MUSIC on what will be an amazing new chapter."
The Gathering Announces Move To Las Vegas For 2023
THE GATHERING 2023 is moving to downtown LAS VEGAS on APRIL 26-28. After the first four years in LOUISVILLE and last year in CLEVELAND, the sixth annual Alternative event is relocating to the SIN CITY this spring.
On the move, TRACY BROWN said, "With the successful launch of G2: an Active Rock Gathering in LAS VEGAS last SEPTEMBER, we felt that we needed to consolidate our vendor relationships into one market and VEGAS, being closer to LOS ANGELES where there is a huge label and band footprint was an obvious choice. We are excited to host the sixth annual conference and bring together the Alternative community for 3 days of compelling live music and networking with the largest gathering of Alternative radio programmers, music supervisors anywhere in the US.”
K.FLAY is slated to headline THE GATHERING 2023 on FRIDAY (4/28) at the HARD ROCK LIVE on the LAS VEGAS strip. More band announcements are forthcoming along with historic locations for THE GATHERING 2023.
Find out more about THE GATHERING 2023 here.
Tanisha M. Chestnut Named VP/Human Resources At The WNET Group
Former BLACKROCK VP/Diversity Programs and MORGAN STANLEY and DELOITTE human resources executive TAMISHA M. CHESTNUT has joined THE WNET GROUP, parent of PBS affiliates WNET-TV/NEW YORK and WLIW-TV/GARDEN CITY, NY and News-Talk WLIW-F/SOUTHAMPTON, NY, as VP/Human Resources. CHESTNUT replaces the retiring CHARLENE SHAPIRO.
"TAMISHA has worked across various industries and diverse cultures in global HR and in academic settings to align strategic business initiatives and has a broad functional background that is invaluable," said Pres./CEO NEAL SHAPIRO, to whom CHESTNUT will report. "We welcome her experience in leading organizational transformations and her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as a key member of the leadership team."
CHESTNUT, who most recently served as Dir./Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at THE URSULINE SCHOOL in NEW ROCHELLE, NY, said, "I am honored to join THE WNET GROUP, an organization I've long admired for its rich history of programming and educational content. I look forward to supporting my new colleagues, advancing innovative human capital planning, and promoting an inclusive workplace culture."
Rachel Pitts Named Digital PD At Beasley Media Group/Philadelphia
BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP/TAMPA Digital PD RACHEL PITTS is moving to BEASLEY's PHILADELPHIA cluster in the same capacity. PITTS, who joined BEASLEY in 2018 and previously worked at the iHEARTMEDIA TAMPA cluster for 15 years, will report to VP/Market Mgr. JOE BELL.
“I am excited to continue to help expand the digital footprint of BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP,” said PITTS. “To have the opportunity to work with the legendary talent and brands of the company’s PHILADELPHIA stations has been a big career goal.”
“One of BEASLEY’s goals for 2023 is growing our digital audience, and RACHEL has been one of the company’s top digital content leaders,” said BEASLEY ... more »
Ramona De Breaux Exits Middays At Urban WVEE (V-103)/Atlanta
ALL ACCESS has learned that AUDACY Urban WVEE (V-103)/ATLANTA midday host RAMONA DE BREAUX has left the company.
DE BREAUX posted on INSTAGRAM; “Parting is such sweet sorrow. The time has come that when to continue on my journey I must change course. For that reason, I have decided that it’s time for me to leave V-103. As many of you know it’s been my home for many years, and I’ve been blessed to spend a great deal of time with the people of ATLANTA who have become my family. While I’m not a native I’ve been here since my teen years and Atlanta has become my home like it has for so many of us.
“I’ll continue to do my part to uplift this city ... more »
WCFB (Star 94.5)/Orlando APD Jay Hicks Adds APD Duties For WJGL-HD2 (Power 106.1)/Jacksonville
COX MEDIA GROUP R&B WCFB (STAR 94.5)/ORLANDO APD JAY HICKS is adding APD duties for sister Urban WJGL-HD2-W291CI (POWER 106.1)/JACKSONVILLE. HICKS will continue his STAR 94.5 duties and will remain based at that station.
HICKS said, “It’s such a pleasure to join the COX MEDIA GROUP team in JACKSONVILLE. I’m very excited to create world-class on-air and digital content, as well as events that serve our JACKSONVILLE listeners.”
CMG Dir./Urban Content ELROY SMITH added, “JAY has been an integral member of the programming team at STAR 94.5. He is a strategic thinker and has a thirst to win any and every challenge that he is given. His knowledge of the Urban format is superior. I think that JAY HICKS working closely with the Music Director/On-Air Personality, ANGIE TEJADA, of POWER 106 1 represents an incomparable duo. Excited to see the results of DUVAL’S TRU HIP-HOP evolve."
This Week’s Merge: Five Facts To Guide A Greater Vision For Social Media
“META just released another study on the thoughts and behaviors of users on their platforms like FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, MESSENGER, etc,.” reports LORI LEWIS MEDIA President and MERGE author LORI LEWIS.
“And below are five key areas that stood out to help guide a greater mission for leveraging social media in order to have a more relatable feel to your presence.
META’s Insights align with everything I have always believed social media stood for:
- Interacting with the audience (while still so sorely overlooked) is a differentiator.
- A positive experience with a brand can often matter more than brand quality itself.
- People want to learn and know about ... more »
SXM Media/Edison Research/Mindshare Black Podcast Listener Report Shows Continued Growth
SXM MEDIA, EDISON RESEARCH, and MINDSHARE's second annual Black Podcast Listener Report shows increasing Black podcast listenership and strong brand loyalty towards podcast advertisers.
The study notes, among many other highlights, that 43% of Black Americans listened to a podcast in the last month, up from 36% in 2021 (and 55% are women, although men are 52% of weekly listeners, indicating that they may listen more often); 78% said they would purchase a product advertised on a podcast; and 43% listened to Self-Care podcasts while 41% listened to podcasts about social/racial injustice cases, with podcasts on Personal Development and ... more »
SoundCloud Renews Ad Sales Deal With SXM Media
SOUNDCLOUD has renewed its advertising sales agreement with SIRIUSXM's SXM MEDIA. The deal runs through 2014; SOUNDCLOUD has been represented by SXM since 2019.
“We are excited to extend our SXM MEDIA relationship and continue bringing innovative and creative music-first brand offerings to advertisers,” said SOUNDCLOUD VP/Revenue Partnerships & Operations VANESSA BARIA. “By tapping into SOUNDCLOUD’s multicultural and Gen Z artist and fan communities, brands can be at the forefront of music and artist discovery while being a major part of an artist’s journey from the first upload and beyond.”
“We’re thrilled to continue our successful relationship with SOUNDCLOUD and help advertisers of all sizes reach SOUNDCLOUD’s audience of young, influential listeners and creators,” said SXM MEDIA VP/Revenue Partnerships PHIL WIERZBINSKI. “Our work with SOUNDCLOUD gives brands access to the largest advertising marketplace in digital audio with the innovative tech and creative solutions to back it up. In fact, since 2019, we’ve seen the number of brands on SOUNDCLOUD increase by 20x.”
Warner Chappell, King Pen Sign Global Publishing Deal With Robyn Dell'Unto
WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC and KING PEN MUSIC have signed a global publishing deal with singer/songwriter/producer ROBYN DELL'UNTO.
DELL'UNTO's recent credits include the indie-pop hit, “e-z,” for chart-topping new artist GAYLE, which also features UPSAHL and BLU DeTIGER, and she also co-wrote GAYLE’s 2020 hit “z.” Additionally, she lent her songwriting abilities to WILD RIVERS’ CANADIAN gold record, “Thinking 'Bout Love,” as well as the reimagined “Thinking 'Bout Love” feat. WRABEL, which combined have amassed over 70 million SPOTIFY streams.
Said KING PEN MUSIC President KELLY KING, “ROBYN’s versatility caught my ear from the first listen. She ... more »
Matt Pincus' MUSIC Makes 'A Significant Investment' In Atlanta-Based LVRN
The MATT PINCUS-helmed MUSIC has made what it calls "a significant minority investment" in ATLANTA-based music company LVRN (LOVE RENAISSANCE), which BLOOMBERG sets at "more than $25 million."
The investment – which values the company at over $100 million, giving them a 25% share, according to MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE – will provide growth capital for LVRN to build capacity in its existing businesses as well as “unlock strategic expansion opportunities”.
PINCUS will join the company's board, chaired by LVRN President TUNDE BALOGUN.
Founded by BALOGUN along with JUNIA ABAIDOO, JUSTICE BAIDEN, SEAN FAMOSO McNICHOL and CARLON RAMONG in 2012, LVRN ... more »
'Life With Lindsay' Moves To VirtualJock.com
LINDSAY COCHRANE's "LIFE WITH LINDSAY" voice-tracked syndicated show has moved from UNITED STATIONS to NEW GENERATION RADIO's VIRTUALJOCK.COM.
NEW GENERATION Pres./CEO JASON KIDD said, “LINDSAY brings an even greater depth to our already strong talent roster, offering an established brand with listeners in over 11 different markets nationwide on multiple formats. We are excited to have her with us as we continue to offer the top talent both in radio and podcasting.”
COCHRANE added, “I'm so excited to be on this new journey with my show, LIFE WITH LINDSAY, with JASON KIDD and VIRTUALJOCK.COM. I think JASON's energy and love for radio will grow the show, along with my unique and relatable content we will make great radio and expand into your market.”
The show and VIRTUALJOCK.COM are represented by KEY NETWORKS' DENNIS GREEN.
Three Execs Join SoundStack
New C-Suite Additions
Audio platform operator SOUNDSTACK, parent of LIVE365, has appointed three new executives. Former VERITONIC SVP/Marketing SCOTT KLASS joined SOUNDSTACK five months ago as Chief Marketing Officer; former AdsWIZZ VP/Finance BILL FEICHTMANN came aboard in JANUARY as VP/Finance; and LIBSYN Sr. Product Mgr. ANTONIO (TONY) LICON also joined SOUNDSTACK in JANUARY as Head of Product.
"Providing the technology foundation that so many count on for their audio businesses to thrive -- from a 24/7 streaming radio station, to a podcast network ensuring its shows earn solid revenue -- is a serious responsibility," said CEO JON STEPHENSON. "As we continue to scale SOUNDSTACK to fulfill that promise, putting the right, experienced people into place is always step number one. SCOTT, BILL, and TONY have amazing track records in helping to create some of the most transformative audio-focused tech businesses."
Fred Jacobs Examines The Relationship Between Radio And Digital
In the latest JACOBS MEDIA blog post, "Radio And Digital: What Goes Around Comes Around", JACOBS MEDIA Pres. FRED JACOBS looks at the relationship between traditional radio and digital media.
JACOBS looks back at the early days of JACOBS' TECHSURVEY and how, despite the changes in the landscape and available technology, a few simple statements ring true. "Content is king" and "Meet the audience where they are".
See the latest JACOBS MEDIA STRATEGY blog here.
Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension With WBZ-F (98.5 The Sports Hub)/Boston
BEASLEY Sports WBZ-F (98.5 THE SPORTS HUB)/BOSTON midday "ZOLAK & BERTRAND" co-host MARC BERTRAND has signed a multiyear contract extension.
“We are very pleased to have MARC continue on with THE SPORTS HUB for the coming years,” said PD RICK RADZIK. “MARC, ZO & (sidekick) HARDY (RON POOLE) have been entertaining BOSTON sports fans since 2015. To have that relationship continue for the coming years is a win for everyone.”
“I’m thrilled to be continuing at 98.5 THE SPORTS HUB. I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” said BERTRAND (a/k/a "BEETLE"). “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on ZOLAK & BERTRAND and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support & engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”
WVSP (ESPN 94.1)/Norfolk Sells Naming Rights, Rebrands As 'Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1'
MAX MEDIA has sold naming rights for Sports WVSP-F (ESPN 94.1)/NORFOLK-VIRGINIA BEACH to PRIORITY AUTOMOTIVE, rebranding the station as PRIORITY AUTO SPORTS RADIO 94.1. The station's programming will be unchanged, including ESPN RADIO national shows and the local "TIM DONNELLY SHOW."
“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and PRIORITY AUTOMOTIVE is a natural evolution for both companies. From the many youth organizations to college teams, PRIORITY AUTOMOTIVE has been dedicated to sports in HAMPTON ROADS for decades. MAX MEDIA is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.” said Pres./Market Mgr. KEITH BARTON.
PRIORITY AUTOMOTIVE COO MATT ELMER said, “This is an important partnership for us. At PRIORITY AUTOMOTIVE we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in HAMPTON ROADS, ESPN 94.1.”
Red Apple Audio Networks Reaches 150-Affiliate Mark
RED APPLE AUDIO NETWORKS has hit the 150-affiliate mark, the milestone coming as the syndicator, based at RED APPLE MEDIA News-Talk WABC-A/NEW YORK and featuring shows from that station, celebrates its first anniversary.
17 new affiliates have recently picked up RED APPLE programming, including the previously-announced addition of CUMULUS MEDIA News-Talk WLS-A/CHICAGO for the weekend "LARRY KUDLOW SHOW."
KUDLOW has also been added at CRC Business KFNN-A-K287BX (MONEY RADIO)/PHOENIX; STARNES MEDIA GROUP News-Talk KWAM-A (THE MIGHTY 990)/MEMPHIS; PACIFIC EMPIRE RADIO CORP. News-Talk KLBM-A-KBKR-A/LA GRANDE-BAKER, OR; TOWNSQUARE MEDIA News-Talk ... more »
Two More Affiliates For 'America Tonight With Kate Delaney'
"AMERICA TONIGHT WITH KATE DELANEY" has added a pair of new affiliates.
The show is now airing live 11p-midnight (CT) on ALPHA MEDIA News-Talk WJNT-A-W245AH/JACKSON, MS and on delay 5-5:30a (CT) on INGSTAD BROS. News-Talk KNUJ-A-K247CU/NEW ULM-MANKATO, MN.
Find out more at katedelaneyradio.com.
Both Super Bowl Teams Air On Flagships Owned By Audacy
AUDACY is promoting the fact that its stations are the flagships for both teams in SUPER BOWL LVII.
The NFC champion PHILADELPHIA EAGLES are heard on AUDACY Sports WIP/PHILADELPHIA, with MERRILL REESE, the play-by-play announcer since 1977, and former EAGLES wide receiver MIKE QUICK as the longtime voices of the BIRDS and HOWARD ESKIN on the sideline. The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, the AFC champions, are heard on AUDACY Country WDAF-F (106.5 THE WOLF)/KANSAS CITY, with longtime play-by-play voice MITCH HOLTHUS and former CHIEFS wide receiver DANAN HUGHES on the call, and JOSH KLINGLER on the sideline.
Several AUDACY Sports stations will be carrying WESTWOOD ONE's coverage of the game on FEBRUARY 12th, while WIP and THE WOLF will be airing the local crews' coverage.
Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Re-ReleaseTo Streaming
30th Anniversary Re-Release
GRAMMY and EMMY winning artist/DR. DRE is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his album, "The Chronic" by re-releasing it to streaming services through INTERSCOPE RECORDS, who originally released the album with DEATH ROW RECORDS in DECEMBER 1992. The album has not been available digitally.
DR. DRE commented, "I am thrilled to bring "The Chronic" home to its original distribution partner, INTERSCOPE RECORDS. Working alongside my longtime colleagues, STEVE BERMAN and JOHN JANICK, to re-release the album and make it available to fans all over the world is a full circle moment for me."
INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M Vice Chairman STEVE BERMAN added, "DR. ... more »
WNWC (Life 102.5)/Madison, WI Afternoon Host Summer Shepherd Nominated For Award
NORTHWESTERN MEDIA Contemporary Christian WNWC (LIFE 102.5)/MADISON, WI Afternoon host SUMMER SHEPHERD has been nominated as a 2023 ARMED FORCES INSURANCE Military Spouse of the Year.
SHEPHERD shared on her INSTAGRAM, "So I’ve been teasing an announcement for awhile, and I think the reason I kept putting it off is because I couldn’t accept it at first. I’ve been nominated for Military Spouse of the Year and my first reaction was to laugh. 'Me?! I’m barely a military spouse. We’re just a reservist family.' Yes, ADRIAN (my husband) is deployed, but it’s been such a hard and disconnected journey. My realization that I wasn’t the only one struggling as I was led me to talk more openly on air and through podcasting. It led me to reach out intentionally to others in my situation and partner with organizations making a difference. But I still felt like a fraud. There were people making major waves for the military community, and I couldn’t see myself as one of them. It was my feeling of being an outsider that led me to accept the nomination and fight for those who feel the same."
You can read more or even vote for her here.
Former KCRW/Santa Monica-Los Angeles PD Gary Robert Scott Launches New Project
New Project Out
Former SANTA MONICA COLLEGE Non-Commercial KCRW/SANTA MONICA-LOS ANGELES PD GARY ROBERT SCOTT has launched a new project with bassist JERRY FLANAGAN. The new group SAVAGE ANIMALS released their debut single, “Playthings,” on FRIDAY (1/27).
SCOTT currently runs a successful podcast production company and, at the request of FLANAGAN, got serious about writing music while in the confines of the pandemic.
"Writing for me was a way to stay in touch with the outside world. My first album was all outburst - I had all this stuff stored up inside and had to give it a voice. But I was unsure of the proper format to put it in,” SCOTT said. “SAVAGE ANIMALS is me finding my form. Form lets the listener know how to let the melody and lyrics inside so they make the song their own.”
SCOTT and FLANAGAN will release their self-titled album, SAVAGE ANIMALS, later this year. Songs on the deal with second chances, self sabotage, and the death of SCOTT’s childhood friend.
'Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast' To Debut Via Audible March 7th
BARACK and MICHELLE OBAMA's HIGHER GROUND production company's first-look deal with AUDIBLE will kick off with "MICHELLE OBAMA: THE LIGHT PODCAST," an eight-episode interview series debuting MARCH 7th. The show will feature recordings of conversations with celebrities, including ELLEN DEGENERES, TYLER PERRY, CONAN O’BRIEN, OPRAH WINFREY, GAYLE KING, HODA KOTB, and DAVID LETTERMAN, that were held as part of her book tour promoting "THE LIGHT WE CARRY: OVERCOMING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES."
MICHELLE OBAMA said, “Like so many people around the world, I felt isolated, disconnected, and discouraged during the pandemic. Writing THE LIGHT WE CARRY was a ... more »
Podbean Offers Webinar On Podcasts For Teachers
Lessons For Teachers
PODBEAN is offering a webinar on FEBRUARY 7th at 6:30p (ET) for teachers with instructions on how to launch educational podcasts for student success. “Podcasting for Teachers: Live Master Class” will be presented by PODBEAN staff and CREATIVE DIGITAL LEARNING founder MATT RICHARDS.
“Podcasting is a natural medium for educators as students learn in different ways,” said CEO DAVID XU. “The content is easily created, accessible from anywhere, and is truly a participatory medium. Enabling educators to have the tools, skills, and to understand the application of podcasting in their classrooms empowers one of our hardest-working populations.”
Urban One Podcast Network Debuts
Network's New Name
As indicated in this week's announcement of the rebranding of URBAN ONE's INTERACTIVE ONE to iONE DIGITAL (NET NEWS 1/31), the company's podcasting activities are being branded as the URBAN ONE PODCAST NETWORK. The network, headed by Sr. Dir./Podcast Operations SIERRA REED, has signed up with KATZ DIGITAL for advertising sales and is being supported by PUBLICIS MEDIA's APX CONTENT VENTURES' Inclusion Investment Fund.
REED said, "Having the freedom to share and express is a beautiful thing, and what you learn and feel within that conversation and storytelling experience is invaluable. We want people of color to get into podcasting. We want the ... more »
CFIQ/Toronto Launching New 'Today In TO' Podcast
CORUS News-Talk CFIQ-A (640 TORONTO)/TORONTO will debut its first original podcast, "TODAY IN TO," hosted by evening host DANI STOVER and distributed through CORUS' CURIOUSCAST podcast network, on FEBRUARY 22nd.
“TODAY IN TO will not be like any other news podcast in the city,” said Dir./Talk & Talent AMANDA CUPIDO. “I’m excited to be championing a strategic use of podcasts in connection with a talk radio station in CANADA. This podcast is a first of its kind and will deepen our relationship with the community and listeners who prefer podcasts. It will be supported by CURIOUSCAST and produced by an all-star audio team who are on the pulse of ... more »
Libsyn's Julep Expands To Spain
LIBSYN's JULEP, the GERMANY-based podcasting ad sales and hosting platform, has expanded into SPAIN. The expansion is being accompanied by a pair of new appointments and new roles for two JULEP executives, with LBK. IMMERSIVE AUDIO PRODUCTIONS, S.L. Production Dir. MADELÓN LÁNCHEZ hired to head Partner Management, based in MADRID, while former TIKTOK Head of Global Business Solutions JAVIER HUERTAS will serve as Country Director/SPAIN, based in BARCELONA. JULEP CEO STEFFEN HOPF is adding duties as Head of International at LIBSYN and JULEP VP/Sales MAIK LENZA is adding the title of Country Director/GERMANY, AUSTRIA, and SWITZERLAND.
HOPF said, “By entering the Spanish market, we are continuing to scale our growth internationally with the active support of our parent company, LIBSYN. I am pleased to welcome MADELÓN LÁNCHEZ and JAVIER HUERTAS, two proven sales and audio experts in SPAIN, to our world-class team. I am also delighted that the operational development of our business in the DACH region will be led by MAIK LENZE. I wish everyone great success in their new roles.”
New Podcast To Probe High-Profile Crimes, Beginning With Jamal Khashoggi's Murder
Investigating The Khashoggi Murder
A new true crime podcast from EXILE CONTENT STUDIO and PRX will investigate high-profile crime stories, starting with the murder of WASHINGTON POST contributor JAMAL KHASHOGGI and the role of NSO GROUP's Pegasus surveillance software in tracking KHASHOGGI's inner circle prior to his death. “SHOOT THE MESSENGER,” posting bi-weekly and produced in a partnership with the COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS, is hosted by ROSE REID and NANDO VILA and debuted its first 10-episode season, subtitled “ESPIONAGE, MURDER AND PEGASUS SOFTWARE,” on JANUARY 24th.
EXILE CEO ISAAC LEE said, “We’re thrilled to partner with PRX on this podcast series, which ... more »
'Crime Analyst' Podcast Joins AdLarge Lineup
Now With AdLarge
True crime podcast "CRIME ANALYST" has joined ADLARGE's roster for advertising sales representation. The show is hosted by former NEW SCOTLAND YARD criminal behavioral analyst LAURA RICHARDS.
RICHARDS said, “I'm excited to join ADLARGE's podcast portfolio and get CRIME ANALYST into as many ears as possible. Podcasts are such an intimate experience and I love sharing my knowledge and insight about cases and creating real change with my listeners. As well as forensically deconstructing cases and ensuring victims are not just footnotes in their own murders, I share preventative advice that might just save a life.”
“LAURA RICHARDS’ extensive career as a criminal behavior analyst places the listener deeper inside the cases than ever before," commented ADLARGE CEO CATHY CSUKAS. “Her depth of knowledge and experience makes the CRIME ANALYST podcast acutely focused, smart and informative. Its exceptional exploration and study of true crime is like nothing else out there and we’re eager to bring this highly engaging expert and leading female voice to the marketplace.”
KSL/Salt Lake City Adds JJ Surma For Voiceover
BONNEVILLE News-Talk KSL-A-F/SALT LAKE CITY has brought aboard voiceover and station imaging talent JJ SURMA for voiceover/branding duties.
KSL PD KEVIN LARUE commented, "JJ SURMA is exceptionally dedicated to getting KSL's sound just right. This included his pre-interviews, planned live recording sessions and others we’ve done on the fly. Not only does JJ want his audio to be perfect, he’s dedicated to flipping our copy FAST. Every time. He articulates as well as anyone on my staff, is friendly and encourages feedback. A total pro."
JJ SURMA is repped by ATLAS TALENT AGENCY-NYC/LA. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 730-4500. SURMA is managed by JACK "HOSS" HOSSENLOPP and HOSS MANAGEMENT GROUP at email@example.com or (646) 300-0037.
Hear SURMA's work on KSL here.
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