Tuesday, October 17, 2017

iHeartMedia Creates A Celebration of Alternative Rock

iHeartMedia announced today the first-ever iHeartRadio ALTer EGO. The biggest names in Alternative Rock will come together at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on January 19, 2018 to celebrate everything Alternative Rock.

The music of iHeartRadio’s popular Alternative Rock stations and the iHeartRadio App will come to life with an extraordinary lineup including Mumford & Sons, Cage The Elephant, Beck, Spoon, WALK THE MOON, The National and Dashboard Confessional, with more to be announced.

“We’re extremely excited to add iHeartRadio ALTer EGO to our amazing lineup of world-class iHeartRadio events,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “We’ve seen the incredible response from fans every time our alternative rock performers hit the stage at our legendary iHeartRadio Music Festival and know that listeners across the country have waited for an event like this for some time now. It’s going to be an incredible night.”

“Alternative rock is experiencing an incredible renaissance,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “Young bands in their 20’s are making music with the same energy and power of the bands like U2, Depeche Mode and REM, that helped to create the format.”

Beginning December 26, iHeartRadio will launch a nationwide promotion to give Alt-Rock fans across the country the opportunity to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend iHeartRadio ALTer EGO. The promotion will run across more than 75 Alternative and Rock iHeartRadio stations. The event will broadcast live across over 60 Alternative and Rock iHeartRadio stations.

Listeners will have access to a limited number of tickets to iHeartRadio ALTer EGO through a Alt 98-7’s The LIST Pre-Sale beginning Wednesday, October 18 at 10 a.m. PT through October 20 at 10 a.m. PT or while supplies last. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 20 at 1 p.m. PT via www.iHeartRadio.com/alterego.

iHeartRadio ALTer EGO is an iHeartMedia Production. For more information, visit iHeartRadio.com/alterego.

Steven Price OUT As Townsquare Media CEO

Townsquare Media, Inc. announced Monday the promotion of Bill Wilson and Dhruv Prasad as Co-Chief Executive Officers, reporting to the Board of Directors, effective today.

Steven Price, Townsquare’s founder and current Chief Executive Officer, will transition to a new role of Executive Chairman of the Board. In addition, Erik Hellum has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Local Media.

“Appointing two of our long-time senior executives as Co-Chief Executive Officers will allow Townsquare to strengthen and solidify its management team while preserving continuity and stability,” said David Quick, a Townsquare Board Member since inception and Managing Director at Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. Townsquare’s principal shareholder. “Our Board is pleased that Steven will continue to focus on the Company’s overall strategic direction and we are appreciative that Townsquare will continue to benefit from Steven’s counsel through his continued leadership of the Board.”

“I want to congratulate both Bill and Dhruv on this well-deserved appointment. I am confident that this team, along with the rest of our senior executives, will lead our organization superbly as we further strengthen our position in the marketplace,” said Steven Price. “I am eager to begin my new role as Executive Chairman and look forward to working with Bill and Dhruv to execute upon the Company’s strategy.”

“I am excited to lead Townsquare in reaching new heights and continue as the premier local advertising and marketing solutions Company in the heartland of America,” said Bill Wilson. “And we are pleased that Erik Hellum will take on added responsibilities as COO, Local Media.”

Dhruv Prasad added, “I am very grateful to Steven and the Board for this opportunity, and I am excited to get to work with Bill, Erik, Stu and the rest of Townsquare’s management and employees to continue to grow our business and deliver value to our stakeholders.”

Steve Price
According to a press release, Mr. Price founded Townsquare in May 2010 and previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Prior to founding Townsquare in 2010, Mr. Price was Senior Managing Director at Centerbridge Partners, a private equity firm, where he led the firm’s investment efforts in telecom, technology and media. Before that, he held a similar position at Spectrum Equity Investors. From 2001-2004, Mr. Price served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Spectrum, Space and Communications), for which he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Mr. Price was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of LiveWire Ventures, a software and services company he founded in 1998, and the President and Chief Executive Officer of PriCellular Corporation, a publicly traded cellular telephone operator. Earlier in his career, Mr. Price worked as an attorney at Davis, Polk & Wardwell and as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Price graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He is co-owner and Alternative Governor of the Atlanta Hawks and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Columbia Business School.

Bill Wilson
Mr. Wilson joined Townsquare in September 2010 and most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Content & Digital Officer of the Company. Previously, Mr. Wilson was President of AOL Media from 2006 to May 2010 where he had overall responsibility for the Company’s global content strategy. In his nine years at AOL, he also served in a number of roles including President, AOL Programming & Studios and Executive Vice President, AOL Programming. Under his leadership, AOL’s content sites grew to reach more than 75 million monthly unique visitors domestically and over 150 million worldwide. Prior to joining AOL in 2001, Mr. Wilson served as Senior Vice President for Worldwide Marketing at Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), which he joined in 1992, and was responsible for worldwide marketing including artist, digital and non-traditional marketing across more than 50 countries for the world’s biggest artists including Dave Matthews Band, Outkast, Whitney Houston and Santana. Mr. Wilson graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in business management and earned a M.B.A. with honors in finance and marketing from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Management.

Dhruv Prasad
Mr. Prasad co-founded Townsquare in 2010 and most recently served as Executive Vice President, Live Events of the Company, where he led all aspects of the Company’s Live Events division. Prior to co-founding Townsquare, Mr. Prasad spent nearly a decade in private equity investing and corporate finance, completing transactions in media, communications, financial services, real estate, and technology. He previously worked at Thomas H. Lee Partners and Spectrum Equity Investors, and began his career in the Investment Banking Division of Salomon Smith Barney, where he worked in New York and Hong Kong. He received an A.B. cum laude from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Leadership Music in Nashville, TN.

Sinclair Jettisons Longtime WJLA Anchor Maureen Bunyon

Maureen Bunyon 2004
After more than 40 years of anchoring newscasts on Washington TV stations, Maureen Bunyan got some startling news of her own last week: Her employer, Sinclair Broadcast Group, told her that next month would be her last at WJLA (Channel 7), Bunyan’s TV home since 1999.

The Washington Post reports the station’s management decided it no longer needed Bunyan, 71, a pioneering figure who was among the first African American women in the nation to anchor a local evening newscast in the late 1970s. And just that quickly, Bunyan met the fate that has befallen other members of her once-familiar news team at WJLA since Sinclair bought the station in mid-2014.

According to WaPo, first it was Arch Campbell, WJLA’s entertainment reporter and a 40-year veteran of local news. Then it was veteran sportscaster Tim Brant, then anchor Leon Harris. Anchor Gordon Peterson — one of the deans of Washington TV news — retired in 2014 rather than work for Sinclair.

Sinclair, based outside Baltimore, has grown rapidly over the past dozen or so years by buying TV station chains across the country. It now stands as the largest operator in the nation, with 173 outlets spread over 81 markets. Its $985 million purchase of WJLA, and seven other stations owned by Allbritton Communications, of Arlington, was one of the largest of its many deals.

But all that acquisition, fueled largely with borrowed money, has saddled Sinclair with some $4.93 billion in liabilities, necessitating a sharp eye on overhead at its many stations. Sinclair denied any connection between its personnel decisions and its financial condition.

“When we acquired WJLA two years ago, we studied the market carefully and set a course to make WJLA a top-tier station in D.C.,” said Dan Mellon, the station’s general manager. “That plan required realigning our priorities and resources to reach our audiences where they are and with content that matters to them.”

Combined with sister cable station NewsChannel 8, WJLA — known as ABC7 — maintains the largest TV news operation in the region, he said. Sinclair has invested about $2.6 million in studios, weather-and-traffic systems, cameras, editing equipment and digital assets, Mellon said.

He added: “Decisions on on-air talent at WJLA have been made because of our desire to boost ratings.”

Two More Years Will Be The Last For Tom Joyner

Tom Joyner
Reach Media today announced a two-year agreement that extends the Tom Joyner Morning Show in radio syndication through December 31, 2019.  The final two years will culminate Joyner's radio career.

Joyner is preparing to mark his 25th year in syndication and to commemorate the anniversary, Joyner plans to launch a two-year-long celebration campaign, sharing events and experiences with his listeners highlighting the past, present and future of the Tom Joyner brand.

In making the announcement, Tom Joyner stated in his blog, “We’ve touched a lot of lives and we love and appreciate the millions of people who are part of the TJMS family.   So much has happened since we went on the air in 1994…good and bad…and we all went through it together. Well, the Party with a Purpose isn’t over.   The celebration will be epic as we remember the guests, the laughs, the tears, the bits, the unforgettable moments we’ve shared together…and, of course we’ll be making new memories along the way. When we go off the air each morning, I never say goodbye…and I’m not saying it now! Here’s to much more good radio.”

Urban One’s CEO of Reach Media and Radio One Stations, David Kantor, complimented Joyner saying, “Tom has not only advanced radio and established new mediums to inspire people, but he’s brought change to our communities on an individual level. When he says ‘I’ve got an idea,’ he pursues it with a passion and everyone is better for it. He is the best business partner and friend I could ever have.”

Pandora Guide Indicates Radio Listening Drops In Newer Cars

Pandora has given RAIN News a first look at its 2018 Definitive Guide to Audio, a report on the state of the industry with some statistics on terrestrial radio, streaming music, and podcasts.

It’s a collection of data points and research that creates a narrative showing streaming audio in a positive light. But it also does present some of the pain points facing broadcast in particular as audio consumption changes.

The key points Pandora laid out for AM/FM radio are decreased time spent listening to broadcast and an aging audience. The report says that daily time spent listening to AM/FM has dropped by 34% between 2007 and 2017. That’s a comparison between 2007 data from Arbitron Radio Today and the Q1 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report. Edison’s Q2 2017 Share of Ear research also provides the basis for claims that radio is dominated by an aging audience, showing that half of AM/FM’s time spent listening done by people aged 52 and up.

The most compelling data points center around radio’s popularity in cars. Based on data from Edison’s Share of Ear, radio is seeing a decreasing share of daily time spent with audio in newer makes. For model years 2000-2004, AM/FM has 83% of the listening, but that share drops to 54% in model years 2015-2017. The report cited the presence of satellite radio and streaming options in the latest makes as possible reasons for the declining share.

CBS Earnings To Disappoint Due To Weak NFL Ratings

Declining NFL television ratings will lower CBS earnings, according to Credit Suisse.

CNBC reports the firm cut its third-quarter EPS estimates by 5 percent, citing CBS' softer Sunday NFL ratings. The media company reports on Nov. 2.

"We expect third-quarter network advertising to decline 3 percent (previously +1 percent), driven by soft ratings for both the summer schedule and for the start of the NFL season," wrote Credit Suisse analyst Omar Sheikh. "With only one of the three content licensing deals we expected for the second half announced in third quarter, we also expect content licensing revenue growth to be skewed to the fourth quarter."

Sheikh maintained his outperform rating and price target on CBS shares, which remains at $75, or 32 percent upside from Friday's close. He cut his third-quarter EPS estimate to $1.08, below Street consensus estimate of $1.12 from FactSet.

The analyst said CBS' Sunday NFL ratings are down 17 percent year over year during the first several weeks of the football season, according to the report. Sheikh released a similar report last week on Twenty-First Century Fox's earnings, which he also expects to disappoint thanks to weaker ratings by the NFL.

Report: Trump Absent From Talk Radio

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President Trump has invited The New York Times into the Oval Office. He's granted behind-the-scenes White House access to Time magazine. And he's sat for interviews with the network news. But there's one medium the president has conspicuously ignored: conservative talk radio.

According to CNN, if there were ever a medium built for Trump -- besides Twitter -- talk radio would be it. But in his first eight months as president, Trump did not do a single interview on talk radio.

Most of talk radio's high-profile stars -- Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham -- are strongly supportive of the president's agenda and unlikely to be combative or hostile in an interview.

"Radio is the most efficient way to reach the base," Charlie Sykes, a former WTMJ Milwaukee talk radio host, told CNN. "He could sit down and in two hours do eight interviews in major conservative talk radio markets without having to leave his bedroom. It's so easy to do."

Yet, since being inaugurated as president, Trump has shied away from appearing on radio programs. After this week, he will have made two forays onto talk radio -- and both of them came almost immediately after CNN contacted the White House to ask why he hadn't been speaking on the platform.

Trump's first and only appearance on talk radio as president thus far came in late September -- days after CNN repeatedly asked the White House for comment on why the president was ignoring the medium -- when he called into the Alabama radio show "Rick & Bubba" to offer support for the candidate he had backed in the U.S. Senate race there.

Last week CNN asked the White House if the president planned on appearing on talk radio. On Monday, a White House official told CNN the president has carved time out of his schedule to participate in a talk radio event at the White House on Tuesday. Trump will participate in at least half-a-dozen interviews with regional and national hosts, the official said, though the person declined to say which hosts the President would be providing interviews to.

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Threats Force Radio Talker Dana Loesch To Move Family

Syndicated radio host and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch said she's had to pack up her belongings in garbage bags and leave her home over threats from gun control advocates and other opponents.

Loesch said she and her family, including her young children, have received threats over her role in the National Rifle Association in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

She told Martha MacCallum it's been difficult to sell her home "conventionally" through open houses and a realtor when she's received such vile threats.

But, she praised the FBI and local law enforcement for their help during the situation.

She said she doesn't hate her opponents and knows that not all gun control advocates are guilty of such threatening acts.

"I just want someone to have that choice [to carry a weapon]," Loesch said, adding that she was unnerved when people posted photos of her house and threatened her children.

"I'll never stand down," she said..

According to The Hill, The 39-year-old mother of two made waves recently after warning that any new gun control measures in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting massacre could result in an eventual total ban on guns.

“They are going to ban every single part of a rifle — period — your regular hunting rifle, until the whole thing is banned. It was made perfectly clear last week and it was made perfectly clear the week before that — no bans, no bills, period. None,” she said.

Tucker Carlson Rips NBC News, Lisa Bloom

Tucker Carlson criticized high-profile feminist attorney Lisa Bloom for temporarily defending disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Bloom, the daughter of Gloria Allred, initially defended Weinstein in the early moments of his sexual assault scandal, Carlson said.

"In the case of Harvey Weinstein, Lisa Bloom look the side of the predator over the prey, likely because the price was right," Carlson said.

However, as Carlson described, Bloom ditched Weinstein after the deluge of accusations began to pile up against the Hollywood heavyweight.

He called her the "Al Sharpton of the feminist movement," noting that she has taken the side of the accusers in several high-profile cases.

"Celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom sells herself as the fiery champion of the oppressed," Carlson said.

He added that Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan said Bloom offered her a secret payout to recant her statements and indemnify Weinstein.

Netflix Adds More Subscribers Than Expected

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Netflix Inc added more subscribers than expected around the world in the third quarter and projected growth in line with Wall Street forecasts, saying it had a head start on rivals as internet television explodes globally.

According to Reuters, shares of the world’s leading online video streaming service touched a record high on Monday and rose a further 1.2 percent after hours to $205.07. They are up about 64 percent this year.

For the third quarter, Netflix added 5.3 million subscribers in all its markets, compared with Wall Street’s target of 4.5 million, according to FactSet. Netflix forecast 6.3 million additions for the current quarter, just above analysts’ average estimate of 6.25 million, which would bring its global customer base to nearly 115.6 million.

The company known for original TV shows such as “House of Cards” is spending heavily to produce and acquire content as it races to dominate streaming television in international markets, which now account for the majority of its subscriber growth.

Investors have been bullish on Netflix’s ability to keep signing up customers around the world despite new rivals. Netflix recently traded at 101 times expected earnings for the next 12 months, versus Amazon.com Inc at 144 times earnings and Time Warner Inc at 16 times earnings, according to Thomson Reuters data.

The company faces increasing competition from streaming services such as Amazon.com’s Prime Video, plus moves by traditional media companies. Walt Disney Co decided to yank its first-run movies from Netflix in the United States starting in 2019, and to launch its own online offering.

Atlanta Radio: Von Haessler Doctrine Goes On Remote

Eric Von Haessler, host of The Von Haessler Doctrine on Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta's News WSB 95.5 and AM 750, will broadcast live from MadLife Stage & Studios in Woodstock on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The program will include his 2-hour radio show starting at 9 a.m. followed by the 11 a.m. podcast hour. The event is free and open to all ages, and listeners who attend will have a chance to win $500.

Kerrie Levi, MadLife's Director of Artist Booking & Special Events, said, "We are huge WSB Radio fans at MadLife, and we are thrilled to be hosting the live broadcast of The Von Haessler Doctrine on Oct. 13. Really honored that Cox Media Group is bringing this event to our venue!"

Pete Spriggs, WSB Radio's Director of Branding and Programming, said, "Woodstock's Towne Lake is a thriving area filled with great schools, welcome neighborhoods, and so many outstanding local business owners. And, Towne Lake and Woodstock have always made WSB their #1 choice for News, Talk, Weather and Traffic." He added, "To have WSB's 9am host Eric Von Haessler in Downtown Woodstock is like being at home, honestly. Our team loves the people in that area. And we know that MadLife is THE place for live entertainment in Cherokee and North Cobb."

The Von Haessler Doctrine debuted in its new time on Monday, Oct. 2 and airs weekdays from 9-11 a.m. on News 95.5 and AM750 WSB, which is owned and operated by Cox Media Group.

St. Louis Radio: Salem Launching Urban Gospel Format

Salem Media Group announced today that it will launch a contemporary urban gospel radio station on Monday, October 23. The station will be branded as Praise 95.1, “The St. Louis Gospel Experience” and will be heard on WSDZ 1260 AM and translator K236CS 95.1 FM.

The station will be programmed by St. Louis program director Darrel Eason who formerly programmed Majic 104.9 and Hallelujah 1600.

WSDZ 1260 AM (20 Kw-D, 5 Kw-D DA2)
The new urban gospel format is the first to be placed on an FM signal in St. Louis by a major broadcast group. The format will feature urban gospel contemporary hits throughout the day with artists such as Travis Greene, Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, and Tasha Cobbs. Praise 95.1 will also carry a select group of local and national Christian teaching programs after 7pm.
K236CS 95.1 FM (99 watts)
“We believe this is a continuation of Salem’s mission to serve the Christian community through uplifting music and teaching from local churches,” says Greg Lhamon, Vice President and General Manager. “Based on conversations with many in the St. Louis area, the community has been waiting to enjoy gospel on the FM dial.”

The wait is over. The new Praise 95.1 officially launches at Midnight, October 23, 2017.

Puerto Rico Relief Song Tops Billboard Chart

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s star-studded charity song to fund relief efforts in Puerto Rico topped the Billboard digital singles chart on Monday, while Christian music rapper NF topped the Billboard 200 album chart.

Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying” debuted at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales, with 111,000 copies sold, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Reuters reports all proceeds from sales and streaming of the single, which includes vocals from Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan, will go toward relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria killed at least 43 people last month and left most of the island without power or access to clean running water.

On the Billboard 200 chart, “Perception,” the latest album from NF, sold 55,000 album units comprising album and song sales and streaming activity.

The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

Rocker Tom Petty’s “Greatest Hits” album with his band The Heartbreakers held steady at No. 2 with 47,000 copies sold two weeks after the “American Girl” singer died at age 66.

Other new entries on the Billboard 200 chart this week include rapper Lil Pump’s self-titled album at No. 3 and rocker Marilyn Manson’s “Heaven Upside Down” at No. 8.

Redstone’s Ex-Companion Sues His Daughter, Grandson

Manuela Herzer, Sumner Redstone
Sumner Redstone’s former companion has sued his daughter and grandson for more than $100 million, alleging they effectively ran a criminal enterprise to illegally spy on her and oust her from the media mogul’s life.

The Wall Street Journal reports the complaint was filed in federal court in California on Monday, claiming violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act—a law created to prosecute the mafia.

In the suit, Manuela Herzer claims that Shari Redstone and her son, Tyler Korff, conspired with Mr. Redstone’s nurses and staff members to eavesdrop on Ms. Herzer and Mr. Redstone’s communications with his attorneys, to break into her computer to plant documents and gather information, and to spy on her with security cameras in Mr. Redstone’s mansion, among other actions.

Shari Redstone
Ms. Redstone, along with the help of family and staff, is accused of forcing Ms. Herzer from Mr. Redstone’s life “as a direct means of gaining control of his estate plan and his media companies”—National Amusements, CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc., according to the complaint.

Mr. Redstone, 94, is the controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS through his National Amusements holding company. Viacom and CBS declined to comment.

“Having gotten nowhere in her previous three lawsuits against Sumner, his family, and his nurses and household staff, Ms. Herzer has concocted a work of pure fiction designed for media spectacle,” Robert Klieger, an attorney for Ms. Redstone who works at Hueston Hennigan, said in a statement. “Shari unequivocally rejects the fantastical allegations dreamt up by the latest in Ms. Herzer’s revolving door of lawyers.”

Herzer, a onetime girlfriend of Mr. Redstone’s, lived with him in his Beverly Park mansion from 2013 until 2015, when both she and another former girlfriend, Sydney Holland, were forced out of the mansion. In her complaint Monday, Ms. Herzer accuses Ms. Redstone of conspiring to kick them out of her father’s house so that she could then begin to “puppet his wishes” and maneuver to take over his media empire.

Report: NBC Fired Leaker of O'Dell Meltdown Video

Screenshot of O'Dell's meltdown
NBC has tracked down and fired the staffer who leaked the infamous — and wildly entertaining — tape of Lawrence O’Donnell’s meltdown during which he swore at his crew because of “insanity in my earpiece.”

The NYPost reports multiple sources said that a male “Today” show editor was found to be the culprit who compiled and leaked the eight-minute video of O’Donnell raging at staff during breaks in an Aug. 29 live broadcast of his show “The Last Word.”

In the clip, a furious O’Donnell slams his fist on his desk and rants about “insanity in the control room” and “stop the hammering!” and what he calls “f—king out-of-control s—t.”

One source said, “The video of Lawrence O’Donnell was leaked on Sept. 20. The leaker was identified, confronted and fired on Sept. 26. It turned out to be a ‘Today’ show editor who said he did it because he thought it was funny. But it wasn’t exactly the perfect crime — he left a very clear trail.”

Las Vegas Radio: Kelly Clarkson To Headline Mix94.1 Holiday Show

KMXB Mix94.1 has announced Mercedes in the Morning’s Not So Silent Night will feature Kelly Clarkson and special guest All Time Low with more to be announced soon. The annual concert returns to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Sunday, December 3. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 20 at 10:00 AM.

Tickets start at $35.80 (plus applicable service fees) and are available beginning this Friday at the Hard Rock Hotel box office by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX or online at www.axs.com. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sale will be donated to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.

Atlantic recording artist Kelly Clarkson has unveiled full details of her hugely anticipated label debut album. “MEANING OF LIFE” arrives everywhere on Friday, October 27th.

For more information on Not So Silent Night, log on to www.mix941.fm.

October 17 Radio History

➦In 1919...Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was created.

The incorporation of the assets of Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America (including David Sarnoff, the Pan-American Telegraph Company, and those already controlled by the United States Navy led to a new publicly held company formed by General Electric (which owned a controlling interest) on October 17, 1919. The following cooperation among RCA, General Electric, the United Fruit Company, the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) brought about innovations in high-power radio technology, and also the founding of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in the US.

The Army and the Navy granted RCA the former American Marconi radio terminals that had been confiscated during the War. Admiral Bullard received a seat on the Board of Directors of RCA for his efforts in establishing RCA. The result was Federally-created monopolies in radio for GE and the Westinghouse Corporation and in telephone systems for the American Telephone & Telegraph Company.

The argument by the Department of War and the Department of the Navy that the usable radio frequencies were limited, and hence needed to be appropriated for use before other countries, such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Canada monopolized them, collapsed in the mid-1920s following the discovery of the practicality of the use of the shortwave radio band (3.0 MHz through 30.0 MHz) for very long-range radio communications.

David Sarnoff 1922
The first chief executive officer of RCA was Owen D. Young; David Sarnoff became its general manager. RCA's incorporation papers required that a majority of its stock be held by American citizens. RCA agreed to market the radio equipment manufactured by GE and Westinghouse, and in follow-on agreements, RCA also acquired the radio patents that had been held by Westinghouse and the United Fruit Company. As the years went on, RCA either took over, or produced for itself, a large number of patents, including that of the superheterodyne receiver invented by Edwin Armstrong.

By 1926 the market for commercial radio had expanded, and RCA purchased the WEAF and WCAP radio stations and networks from AT&T, merged them with its WJZ (the predecessor of WABC) New York to WRC (presently WTEM) Washington chain, and formed the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).

➦In 1934..."The Aldrich Family" premiered on radio.

Ezra Stone, Jackie Kelk 1947
The Aldrich Family, a popular radio teenage situation comedy (1939-1953), was also presented in films, television and comic books. In the radio series' well-remembered weekly opening exchange, awkward teen Henry's mother called, "Hen-reeeeeeeeeeeee! Hen-ree Al-drich!", and he responded with a breaking adolescent voice, "Com-ing, Mother!"

The creation of playwright Clifford Goldsmith, Henry Aldrich began on Broadway as a minor character in Goldsmith's play What a Life. Produced and directed by George Abbott, What a Life ran for 538 performances.

When Rudy Vallee saw the play, he asked Goldsmith to adapt it into some sketches for his radio program, and this was followed in 1938 by a 39-week run of a sketch comedy series on The Kate Smith Hour with Stone continuing in the role of Henry. Kate Smith's director, Bob Welsh, is credited with the creation of the "Hen-reeeeeeeeeeeee! Hen-ree Al-drich!" opening, which eventually became one of the most famous signature sounds in radio.

After finding an audience with Kate Smith's listeners, The Aldrich Family was launched in its own series as a summer replacement program for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O, which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. The Aldriches ran in that slot from October 10, 1939 until May 28, 1940, moving to Thursdays, from July 4, 1940 until July 20, 1944. After a brief hiatus, the show moved to CBS, running on Fridays from September 1, 1944 until August 30, 1946 with sponsors Grape Nuts and Jell-O before moving back to NBC from September 5, 1946 to June 28, 1951 on Thursdays and, then, as a Sustaining program in its final run of September 21, 1952 to April 19, 1953 on Sundays.

The main characters (created by Clifford Goldsmith) never age. Henry Aldrich (portrayed by Ezra Stone, Vic Jones and Bobby Ellis) is one of those types of teenagers everyone has met at sometime during life, as is his best buddy, Homer Brown (Jackie Kelk, Jack Grimes, Johnny Fieldler). More characters: Mary (Henrys sister).

The show was a top-ten ratings hit within two years of its birth (in 1941, the show carried a 33.4 Crossley rating, landing it solidly alongside Jack Benny and Bob Hope). Earning $3000 a week, Goldsmith was the highest paid writer in radio, and his show became a prototype for the teen-oriented situation comedies that followed on radio and television.

➦In 1938...a big day in the Hollywood radio community. NBC moved its studios to the corner of Sunset and Vine, the “Crossroads of the World”.

The new Hollywood Radio City drew thousands of visitors ready to fill studio-audience seats for NBC’s popular programs.

➦In 1939...the radio adventure serial Captain Midnight premiered from the studios of WGN Chicago.   Within the year it was appointment listening for kids coast-to-coast, nightly on Mutual

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➦In 1966...Jack Sterling does last show at WCBS 880 AM. Appreciation site: Click Here.

Jack Sterling was born in Baltimore on June 24, 1915, the son of Jack Sexton and Edna Cable. The names of Sexton and Cable were of considerable note in show business, a profession to which Jack's parents devoted forty years....It was natural then that Jack was destined to make his debut as an actor at an early age. He did, at age 2 when he appeared as Little Willie in 'East Lynne.' By the time he was 7 Jack Sterling had worked up a routine as a minstrel and played the same bill as his parents in their coast-to-coast tours. At 15 Sterling was a leading player in the John D. Winninger stock company which toured midwestern cities.

He rounded out his experience....and in 1939 settled down in Peoria, Illinois, where he joined WMBD as an announcer and producer.

One year later he moved to WTAD in Quincy, Ill., as program director and from there to CBS Radio's KMOX, St. Louis.

In 1947, after two years at KMOX, he was promoted to program manager of CBS Radio's WBBM, Chicago.

While in that post, CBS Radio sent out a call to its affiliates requesting audition records of its top local talent. Arthur Godfrey's heavy network broadcasting schedule was forcing him to give up his local WCBS Radio morning show and a replacement was needed. Sterling became active in the midwestern search for a candidate but overlooked the person who was to get the job: himself.

"I never considered myself as a candidate because I decided to devote my time to the executive phase of radio," Jack recalls.

"However, WCBS Radio asked for my audition record."

Jack's modesty was underlined by the fact that he would only make the audution record on the condition that WCBS Radio would pay the cost. The station did, and on November 5, 1948, Sterling made his debut on WCBS Radio in the early morning time formerly occupied by Godfrey.

STERLING AIRCHECK: 10th Anniversary Show 1958, (courtesy of Jack Sterling Appreciation website).

Sterling died of lung cancer in 1990 at age 75.

➦In 1970...The Hot 100..The Jackson 5 first hit #1 with "I'll Be There", knocking Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" out of the top spot.  Sugarloaf was up from 8 to 3 with "Green-Eyed Lady" and Free edged up with "All Right Now".  The Carpenters were up nicely (9-5) with "We've Only Just Begun".

The rest of the Top 10:  "Candida" from Dawn, the former #1 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" from Diana Ross, the double-sided CCR hit "Lookin' Out My Back Door"/"Long As I Can See The Light" at #8, "Julie, Do Ya Love Me" from Bobby Sherman and James Taylor's first hit "Fire And Rain" moved from 17 to #10.

➦In 1970...The Album Charts..Cosmo's Factory by CCR continued to hold on to the #1 album spot for the ninth week.  Abraxas by Santana was generating excitement and moved from 8-2.  Mad Dogs & Englishmen from Joe Cocker was #3 followed by A Question of Balance from the Moody Blues.  The rest of the Top 10:  Third Album from the Jackson 5, the Soundtrack to "Woodstock", James Taylor moved to #7 with Sweet Baby James, After the Gold Rush from Neil Young edged up to #8, Chicago II was still going after 36 weeks and Get Yer (sic) Ya-Ya's Out! by the Rolling Stones debuted at #10.

➦In 1981...The Hot 100.."Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" by Christopher Cross took over at #1 after a nine-week reign by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie's "Endless Love".  The Rolling Stones saw an opening and got to 3 with "Start Me Up".  Sheena Easton had "For Your Eyes Only" while Eddie Rabbitt hopped up "Step By Step".  The rest of the Top 10:  Hall & Oates with "Private Eyes", Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers had song #7--"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", Journey were on their way down with "Who's Crying Now", Dan Fogelberg had a big hit with "Hard To Say" and the Little River Band notched their 10th hit and fifth Top 10 with "The Night Owls".

➦In 1987...The Album Charts..Bad, which had debuted at #1 on the Album chart for Michael Jackson, continued to set the pace for the fourth week.  Whitesnake was #2 with Whitney from Whitney Houston trailing.  Hysteria by Def Leppard climbed up to #4 and Pink Floyd reached the #5 position with A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

The rest of the Top 10:  The "Dirty Dancing" Soundtrack, La Bamba from Los Lobos #7, John Cougar Mellencamp with The Lonesome Jubilee, U2's The Joshua Tree was #9 and Heart's Bad Animals closed out the list.

➦In 1991...News anchor Bree Walker Lampley filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against Los Angeles radio station KFI 640 AM saying it personally attacked her by talking about her having a disformed baby.

➦In 2006...Newsman Christopher Glenn, WNEW 1130 AM, WCBS 880 AM, CBS RADIO, died.

Christopher Glenn
Glenn worked at various radio stations in New York, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. before joining CBS in 1971. While at CBS, Glenn worked in a variety of capacities in its news organization. He was a narrator for In the News, a long-running Emmy award-winning TV news program geared toward children and young people, which aired between the network's Saturday-morning children's shows. Glenn also appeared on camera as an anchor for the short-lived "30 Minutes", a young people's version of "60 Minutes".

He served as an anchor for two of the CBS Radio Network's signature news roundups carried by affiliates in the United States - The World Tonight (now the CBS World News Roundup Late Edition) from 1988 to 1999, and the morning CBS World News Roundup from 1999 until his retirement. Glenn's final morning broadcast occurred on February 23, 2006.

From 1982 to 1984, Glenn served as a television news anchor, on CBS News Nightwatch, which aired from 2-6 a.m. weekdays.

Glenn made his best-known report on January 28, 1986, when he anchored CBS Radio's live coverage of the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Glenn had just signed off—after what was thought to have been a normal launch—when the shuttle disintegrated, killing the seven astronauts on board. "I had to get back on the air real fast to describe that, and had a very difficult time doing that," he recalled. Glenn and correspondent Frank Mottek (now a reporter at CBS Radio Station KNX) covered the Challenger disaster from that point as a CBS NetAlert bulletin.

Glenn was among the first CBS News correspondents to use a personal computer (an Apple II). Glenn continued to play sound clips in his newscasts from carts long after most of the industry had switched to computer-based playback systems.

Glenn, who suffered from liver cancer, died suddenly on October 17, 2006 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Glenn was posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago on November 4.

➦In 2010...WRMR, WDOK, WQAL, WHK, WGAR) "Tall Ted" Hallaman died at the age of 83. Hallaman used humour and musical standards to attract Ohio audiences over a 50 year career.  He had been pulling regular air shifts until a few weeks before his death.

Monday, October 16, 2017

San Jose Radio: KEZR Now Importing Brooke & Jubal

Alpha Media, San Jose signs Brooke & Jubal to mornings on KEZR Mix106.5 starting today.

Alpha Media VP of Content, Ronnie Stanton commented on the announcement, “It’s been a joy to watch the success story of Brooke & Jubal grow in multiple U.S. markets over the past couple of years, and it’s a genuine thrill to bring this world class show to the Bay area.”

“I’m excited to give both our listeners and our advertisers the amazing Brooke & Jubal show,” added Lori Heeren, Alpha Media, San Jose Market Manager.

Jubal Flagg is a standup comedian, radio host, television personality and comedy writer. Known for his quick wit and keen and often strange observations, Jubal has been entertaining audiences on-stage and on the radio for over 10 years. In addition to hosting Brooke & Jubal, Jubal also writes and produces comedy bits and daily topical jokes that are used by radio stations nationwide. In other words; he loves the craft of comedy so much that he even writes jokes for his “competition.” Jubal is also passionate about giving back to his community by supporting various charitable organizations, including the Youth Suicide Prevention Program and Susan G. Komen. The son of two ministers, Jubal attributes his quirky sense of humor to, well, growing up with the name Jubal.

KEZR 106.5 FM (42 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Brooke has worked in morning radio for over 13 years and previously hosted Top 40 radio’s first all-female morning drive show. She partnered with Jubal Flagg for the launch of Brooke & Jubal in 2011. Brooke and the crew were featured on FOX TV’s “Dish Nation”, a nationally syndicated entertainment news program, for three seasons. In addition, she is humbled to serve as a spokesperson for the Komen Foundation and the American Heart Association.

Report: Entercom Transfers Susan Larkin To S-F Cluster

Susan Larkin
With Entercom inching closer to closing its merger with CBS Radio, the company is changing market managers in San Francisco.

According to InsideRadio, Susan Larkin, most recently a regional VP for Entercom in Florida, has replaced Steve DiNardo as VP/market manager of the company’s San Francisco cluster. DiNardo had been with Entercom since 2012 and was named to his most recent position in 2014. His last day with the group was Tues. Oct. 10.

Before joining Entercom in July, Larkin was a regional VP at Cox Media Group, overseeing the company’s portfolio of 14 radio stations and digital properties in Orlando and Jacksonville. Before that the 25-year radio vet was a vice president and general manager at Cox in Orlando for 9 years. Larkin earlier worked as a general sales manager for ABC-Disney Radio in Minneapolis and as a national sales manager and account manager in Columbus, Tampa, and Syracuse, among others.

Larkin’s arrival comes as Entercom has announced the stations it plans to divest to complete its acquisition of CBS Radio. Post-merger, Larkin will manage a six-station cluster that includes four heritage CBS stations and two Entercom properties. The new-look San Francisco cluster will include the news simulcast of KCBS 740 AM and KFRC 106.9 FM, HotAC KLLC 97.3 FM, and modern rock “Live 105” KITS 105.3 FM -- all from CBS. Entercom’s sports KGMZ 95.7 FM The Game and rhythmic AC KRBQ Q102.1 FM will round out the group.

Entercom plans to divest its urban AC “R&B 102.9” KBLX-FM and AC KOIT (96.5) in San Francisco, classic rock “98.5 K-Fox” KUFX San Jose and CBS Radio’s CHR “99.7 Now” KMVQ.

John Fitzgerald Returns to ESPN Audio as VP/Ad Sales

John Fitzgerald
John Fitzgerald has returned to the ESPN Audio team as vice president, ESPN Audio ad sales. Fitzgerald, who has spent his entire 21-year career with The Walt Disney Company, will oversee all aspects of ESPN Radio national network ad sales, including talk programming, event play-by-play and Audio on Demand, which includes podcasts.  He will report to Traug Keller, senior vice president, ESPN Audio.

"Audio is in an exciting place for both ESPN and our advertising partners,” said Fitzgerald. “With its ability to deliver efficient national reach and engage listeners close to the point of purchase with compelling programming, ESPN Audio is a very valuable component of the ESPN platform. I learned so much from so many people working on our multicultural initiatives and am thrilled to learn more and work with the ESPN Audio team."

Keller added, “We are extremely fortunate that John is returning to the ESPN Audio team. His passion for audio and his knowledge of the business will allow us to serve our current advertisers extremely well as we continue to grow our offerings and platforms."

Fitzgerald began his career with ABC Radio sales in 1996.  He transitioned to ESPN Audio ad sales in 1998 and served as vice president of the group from 2005 – 2009. He became vice president, multimedia multicultural ad sales, in 2009. In that role, he was responsible for ESPN Deportes television, digital and audio networks, as well as The Undefeated and Hispanic, African-American and Asian-American targeting capabilities across media.

Smart Speakers Expected To Be Hot Holiday Seller

The recent flurry of smart speaker unveilings from Amazon, Sonos and Google significantly expands the options available to consumers but will also lead to increased scrutiny by buyers of their own particular needs and preferences.

According to Strategy Analytics, rather than leading to indecisiveness and possibly no purchase at all, increased choice can help drive significant growth among first-time buyers as well as stimulate wider multiple smart speaker ownership.

Key findings from Strategy Analytics latest smart speaker reports include:
  • As a result of wider product choice and country availability, fourth quarter 2017 sales of smart speakers are expected to reach nearly twelve million units globally, bringing the full year total to twenty four million units.
  • An estimated sixty eight percent of all smart speakers sold this year will run on Amazon’s Alexa platform while Google’s Assistant will account for just over twenty percent of sales.
  • Manufacturers of first-party speakers such as Amazon, Google and Baidu will account for the overwhelming majority of smart speaker sales in 2017 but their collective share will fall to less than seventy percent by 2020 as they begin to increasingly leave hardware development to third-party manufacturers in order to concentrate on optimizing their virtual personal assistants.

David Watkins, Director within the Intelligent Home Group at Strategy Analytics commented that “Consumers who are looking to buy a smart speaker this coming holiday season will have a wide range of form factors, prices and feature sets to choose from. Segmentation will inevitably occur along traditional brand loyalty lines and those looking for the best possible audio experience. However, manufacturers and retailers will do well to demonstrate the key use cases and suitability of the different available options so as not to alienate less tech savvy first time buyers.”

Joe Branca, Senior Analyst, added, “Manufacturers are clearly very much still in experimentation mode with regards to finding out which combination of feature set, size and price will trigger mass market adoption of smart speakers. Of course, there is unlikely to ever be a one size fits all solution given the wide variation in consumer budget, audio quality expectation and virtual assistant ecosystem preference. Rather, consumers will choose to put smart speakers into specific rooms in their homes based on the combination of features being right for its use in that space.”