Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nielsen: April 2018 PPMs A Hit For Sports Radio

Nielsen reports people still tune in for baseball.

Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) radio ratings for April confirm a seasonal increase in listening to sports radio stations when the major league season gets underway. Each year, the All Sports format’s audience share peaks in the fall when football kicks off and the World Series takes place, remains strong through the end of the NFL playoffs and then spikes again in the spring around opening day.

All Sports Radio Trend for April 2018 - Persons 25-54
This year, Major League Baseball’s opening day—March 29th—was the earliest opening day ever and marked the first day of the April PPM survey (March 29-April 25). As a result, sports radio had its strongest April book since PPM measurement began in full in the beginning of 2011. This month’s 4.6% share among the total audience (ages 6 and older) is the highest April result for the format ever.

The return of baseball is not the only factor that coincides with a seasonal shift in audience on the radio. The summer season is just around the corner, and each year as habits and lifestyles change, so to do radio listening trends. For the Classic Hits and Classic Rock formats, the summer has turned into the most important time of year. Over the past four summers, these two formats have seen their audience grow more than any other and claimed the title of ‘format of the summer’ as a result. Classic Hits saw the most audience growth during the summers of 2014 and 2015, followed by Classic Rock in 2016 and 2017.



This year, Classic Hits is positioning itself strongly in the months leading up to summer; the format had its best April book on record while Classic Rock declined slightly compared to past trends. Particularly among Millennials (listeners aged 18-34), Classic Hits is on the upswing in 2018, following the strongest first-quarter results that we have seen for the format.

Chicago Radio: Dick Biondi OUT At Classic Hits WLS-FM

Dick Biondi
Radio Hall of Famer and broadcasting treasure Dick Biondi is no longer part of the line-up at Cumulus Media's Classic Hits WLS 94.7 FM.

Biondi had been hosting Saturday and Sunday mornings until April 2017,  when the 85-year-old was hospitalized for what was described as a leg ailment. Several weeks later, he released a statement that said: “My doctor has assured me they doing all they can to get me back into fighting shape and I look forward to getting back on the air as soon as they say I’m ready! I want nothing more than to get back to entertaining the greatest radio audience in the greatest city in the world!”

It’s not clear exactly when Biondi’s status as an “inactive employee” changed to “former employee,” reports Chicago Media Watcher Robert Feder.

When Dick Biondi turned 85 last September 13, WLS 94.7-FM honored the legendary radio personality with a daylong celebration that included an outpouring of on-air salutes and social media messages along with a “Happy Birthday, Dick Biondi” web page.

No one knew it at the time, but those tributes turned out to be Biondi’s farewell from the Cumulus Media classic hits station, writes Feder.

Marv Nyren, vice president and market manager of Cumulus Chicago, confirmed Wednesday that Biondi’s employment ended months ago. He’s no longer on the WLS website, and he’s not expected to return as weekend morning host.


In any case, the move signals the end of an era in Chicago radio — and an association between Biondi and WLS that dates back six decades. At night on Top 40 powerhouse WLS 890 AM from 1960 to 1963, “The Wild I-Tralian” commanded a 60 percent share of all listeners, attracting millions of adoring teens in 38 states and Canada. After numerous stops along the way, he was reunited with the iconic call letters at WLS 94.7-FM in 2006.

Calling himself The Wild I-tralian. Biondi was one of the original "screamers," known for his screaming delivery as well as his wild antics on the air and off. In a 1988 interview, Biondi related he had been fired 23 times; both fits of temper and jokes gone wrong were part of the tally. Over many years and many frequencies, Dick's close-of-the-program line was, "God bless, bye, bye, Duke. Thanks a million for dialing our way."

Biondi gained national attention in the 1950s and 1960s as a disc jockey on leading AM radio stations in Buffalo, New York; Chicago, Illinois; and Los Angeles, California. Biondi is credited as the first U.S. disc jockey to play the Beatles, on Chicago's WLS 890 AM in February 1963, with the song "Please Please Me".

Since 1984, Biondi has been a mainstay on Oldies stations in the city where he first earned his reputation, Chicago. On 2 May 2010, Dick Biondi celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first Chicago broadcast.  WLS-AM and WLS-FM presented a 5-hour simulcast special from 7 PM to midnight, featuring memorable moments in his career and special celebrity guests, with Biondi as its host.

Biondi is an inductee of the National Radio Hall of Fame.


Pittsburgh Radio: Entercom Boots Michael Young

Michael Young
Entercom has confirmed that Michael Young, former senior vice president and market manager for Pittsburgh’s four CBS Local radio entities, is no longer with the company. It would not comment further, according to The Post-Gazette.

Young oversaw flagship station N/T KDKA as well as Sports 93.7 The Fan, Country Y108 (WDSY) and Top40 100.7 Star (WBZZ). In more recent months, Entercom had become the guiding presence in the Pittsburgh market.

“It was an honor and a privilege to work and serve with such a talented staff at these stations, and I thank Entercom and CBS Radio for that opportunity,” Mr. Young said.

Philadelphia-based Entercom Communications Corp. merged with CBS Radio in a tax-free merger last year, and eventually all properties will operate under the Entecom banner. Adding and subtracting stations in various markets, Entercom is in the process of becoming the country’s second-largest radio presence.

Michael Spacciapolli is serving as interim senior vice president and market manager while a nationwide search is conducted.

Report: Fidelity Investments Taking Hit Over Entercom

Fidelity Investments is feeling indigestion over its holdings in Entercom Communications Corp.

According to philly.com, Fidelity, based in Boston, has taken an 10.9 percent stake in the Bala Cynwyd-based radio station group whose shares are now trading around a five-year low after a first-quarter earnings miss.

Wall Street has punished the stock, knocking 25 percent off its value from early May, as Entercom CEO David Field has said he does not expect a recovery until later this year. Entercom stock was down $. 05, or .64 percent, to close Monday at $7.75.

Fidelity Investment now owns 15 million Entercom shares, or more than the 9.4 million shares held by the founding Field family, according to a recent regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Because of a super-voting class of stock, the Field family, father, Joseph, and son, David, control 28.4 percent of the shareholder vote in the radio giant.

Fidelity spokesman Stephen Austin said the investment company does not comment on “companies or specific holdings.”

Other big holders in Entercom are Scopia Capital Management (9.4 percent), Vanguard (6.7 percent), BlackRock Inc. (6.1 percent) and Barclays PLC (5.3 percent), according to regulatory filings.

Comcast Goes Public on Plan for Fox Bid


Comcast Corp. is escalating its threat to disrupt Walt Disney Co.’s megadeal to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox Inc.’s assets, a potential move that could reshape the power structure in the entertainment industry, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Comcast said on Wednesday it is in advanced stages of preparing a cash offer that would top Disney’s all-stock, $52.4 billion deal for Fox’s entertainment businesses. One major Fox shareholder is also urging the company to engage with Comcast, adding pressure as the cable giant gets ready to appeal directly to Fox shareholders.

Fox’s board last year rejected Comcast’s original bid, even though it exceeded Disney’s offer, because directors believed it was more risky with regulators and would require the sale of too many valuable assets to win approval.

Since then, Comcast has been laying the groundwork to make a case for why it should be the one to acquire Fox’s assets, setting the stage for a potential bidding war that would pit Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts against Disney CEO Robert Iger for businesses long controlled by media titan Rupert Murdoch.

Iger, Murdoch, Roberts
The Fox assets—which range from international pay-TV distribution to cable networks and a stake in streaming giant Hulu—are some of the most-prized entertainment properties likely to come on the market for some time, and the Murdoch family’s willingness to sell these assets has come as a surprise to many in the media industry.

The rare acquisition opportunity, combined with the need to significantly expand overseas and acquire new distribution and content, is adding a dimension of urgency for both Comcast and Disney.

Comcast is dealing with a saturated pay-TV market at home and could find new growth with Fox’s international assets in countries where the penetration of cable services is lower.

For Disney, a Fox tie-up would immediately give it an advantage in its fight with Netflix Inc. by bolstering the movies and shows available for its planned streaming service and giving it majority ownership in Hulu.

According to philly.com, Comcast disclosed its game plan Wednesday because it believed that the Rupert Murdoch-controlled 21st Century Fox was rushing to hold a special shareholders meeting to seek approval for the Disney offer. Disney has offered to buy the Fox assets for Disney stock and Comcast has been telling investors that its cash deal would be “superior” for Fox shareholders — or a sure thing with hard cash vs. Disney stock that could sink in value.

Comcast and Disney could face harsh scrutiny from Justice Department antitrust lawyers because they already own substantial entertainment assets. Comcast owns the NBCUniversal entertainment conglomerate, two movie studios, the NBC television network, and cable channels. Disney owns ESPN sports-media juggernaut, movie studios, a huge film library, and the ABC broadcast-TV network. Disney also owns the rights to the Star Wars movie franchise after buying Lucasfilm in October 2012.

Netflix Surpasses Comcast In Market Value

Netflix surpassed Comcast in market value on Wednesday in a possible sign of consumers’ growing preference for video streaming services over traditional television subscriptions, according to The Hill.

On Wednesday, Netflix ended the trading day with a market capitalization of about $152.8 billion, overtaking Comcast’s market value of $147 billion, as first reported by Bloomberg News. The streaming giant is very close to reaching Disney, which had a market value of $153.36 billion on Wednesday.

Netflix, the S&P Index’s best-performing stock this year, went up 3.95 percent on Wednesday while Comcast fell 1.94 percent.

Wednesday’s events mark the second time that Netflix has overtaken Comcast in valuation but, according to Bloomberg, it's likely the change will be more lasting this time.

Shares for Netflix were up 5 percent this week, a trend that began after former President Barack and Michelle Obama announced a multiyear production deal with the company on Monday.

Meanwhile, streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu continue to attrack more customers by offering original content in addition to their libraries of programming.

ABC To Add Third Hour For G-M-A Franchise


ABC News’ Emmy Award-winning morning show, “Good Morning America,” will expand to three hours. The new third hour of the program will air at 1 p.m. EDT, noon CDT/PDT.

After seven seasons, 1454 episodes, multiple Emmy nominations and two Emmy Awards, “The Chew” will cease production at the end of this season but will continue to air as planned until September with all-new episodes airing in June.

“Over the past six years ‘Good Morning America’ has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney|ABC Television. “We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.”

Ben Sherwood
He continued, “While this is the right decision for our business, it is also bittersweet. For seven years ‘The Chew’ has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere. We applaud and thank Gordon Elliott, Aimee Householder, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and the entire cast and crew for their great work and amazing run. And we wish them the very best.”

In telling his staff, executive producer and “The Chew” show creator Elliott saluted ABC’s bold move into a brand-new genre seven years ago. “Before ‘The Chew,’ no one had attempted a talk/food hybrid. Our hosts Clinton, Carla and Michael and the staff created television history executing the show as well as they did for all these years. I know I speak for all of the people who work on the show when I say it was the best television we have ever had the privilege to produce.”

Additional details about the program, including the title and anchors, will be announced in the coming months.

Emmy Award-winning “GMA,” featuring the anchor team of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan and chief meteorologist Ginger Zee, airs live Monday–Friday (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT) on ABC. Michael Corn is the senior executive producer.

Houston Radio: Sports KILT Revamps Line-Up


Sports radio KILT 610 AM has announced its most significant lineup shuffle in at least four years Wednesday, moving nighttime host Paul Gallant to mornings and rehiring former host Fred Davis while parting ways with midday host Cody Stoots.

Gallant, who has worked the evening shift for KILT since 2014, will now work morning drive (6-10 a.m.) alongside incumbents Mike Meltser and Seth Payne.

Paul Gallant
With Stoots’ departure from the midday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) show with John Lopez, Lopez will be paired with Landry Locker, the current morning show producer, and Fred Davis, who returns to KILT after working for the station from 2012 until January 2014.

Sean Pendergast, Rich Lord and Ted Johnson will continue to host from 2-6 p.m., and the Houston Texans hour will continue from 6 to 7 p.m. The station did not announce programming plans for the 7-10 p.m. time slot now hosted by Gallant.

The lineup changes are effective Tuesday, said Sarah Frazier, market manager for Entercom’s Houston radio stations.

“Part of remaining on top is continuing to evolve with the needs of the Houston audience,” Frazier said in a statement. “I'm excited about the energy that Paul will bring to mornings and Fred and Landry will bring to middays.”

KILT 610 AM (5 Kw, DA2)
According to the Houston Chronicle, KILT has steadily lost ground in the men 25-54 demographic in recent months. None of its three 6 a.m.-6 p.m. shows led its time slot in the most recent Nielsen Audio ratings book.

Cox Media Group To Shutter Sports Websites

Cox Media Group, which launched 'SEC Country' to focus on college sports in the south back in 2015, 'Land of 10' to zero in on the Big Ten in 2016, and a national site dedicated to the sport in 2017, is closing all three, according to writers for the publications.

Many tweeted the news on Wednesday, roughly 100 days from the start of a new NCAA football season, with details noting that all three will discontinue serving readers by or on June 30.

Employees were shocked as they learned of the news Wednesday.  No reason has been given, but questions have been asked.

"Read into this what you will, but we showed incredible revenue growth, audience growth and future potential. None of this was a reaction to a lack of success," tweeted Christopher Smith, who oversees strategy for SEC Country, Land of 10, Diehards and DawgNation.

"The Cox Media Group sports verticals grew traffic 36.9 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. We were rocking it. Even our Facebook traffic was up."



Business verticals, for the most part, are narrow markets whose specific needs make them especially likely to want your offerings.

Lawmakers Say FCC's Ajit Pai Is Being 'Evasive'

Ajit Pai
Thirteen members of Congress have written to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai  criticizing his “repeated evasive responses to our inquiries” and “outright refusal to respond to some of the members of this Committee.”

According to TechCrunch, they are unsatisfied with the answers or evasions he has offered to date, they reiterate questions related to net neutrality and other issues that they’ve sent over the past months.

“While we appreciate your continued willingness to testify before our Committee, we are concerned that you have been unable to give complete responses to verbal questions, questions for the record, or oversight letters from our members,” reads the letter from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Democrats.

“We take our oversight responsibilities very seriously, and we expect witnesses before the Committee and recipients of our letters to treat their responses the same way,” they wrote.

These Representatives, led by Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-CO), have sent multiple letters of inquiry to Pai over run-up to and aftermath of the net neutrality vote.

In June, they questioned the nature of and response to the cyberattack on FCC systems during the net neutrality comment period. Pai responded saying that much of what they asked he could not answer because the threat was “ongoing” and revealing the measures they took would “undermine” them.

Follow The Money: NFL Orders Players To Stand


The National Football League will fine teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem, the league said on Wednesday in a victory for U.S. President Donald Trump, who loudly demanded an end to such protests last year.

Reuters reports some NFL players knelt during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy as Trump criticized the players for being unpatriotic.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Wednesday a new policy that will fine teams if players on the field fail to stand during the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Players who choose not to stand may remain in the locker room until after the anthem is finished.

The NFL Players Association criticized the new policy, saying it was not consulted and it may issue a challenge should it violate the collective bargaining agreement.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long said the owners’ decision was made out of concern for the NFL’s bottom line and fears that Trump would turn his political base against the league, America’s most popular professional sports organization.



The kneeling controversy rattled a $14 billion industry, and the new policy attempts to resolve a distraction for the owners, said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert at Baker Street Advertising.

“For advertisers, football’s still a great buy, reaching a market - young males mostly. Ratings have dipped a little bit,” Dorfman said, adding the NFL was “still one of the strongest live events you can buy in television.”

The NFL's new policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem is similar to the one the NBA has been following for decades.

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Elon Musk Rips Media After Tesla Bad Press


Billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went on a Twitter rant blasting the media yesterday after a recent string of bad headlines about his companies, and ended by suggesting he'd start a site to rank media credibility that he'd call Pravda, the Russian word for "truth" that was the name of the official newspaper of the former Soviet Union's Communist Party.

Musk's outburst came after media stories that included Consumer Reports saying there were, quote, "flaws -- big flaws," with Tesla's Model 3 electric car, and the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal website charging that Tesla factory management deliberately failed to report injuries in order to make its numbers look good.

Musk accused journalists yesterday of being sanctimonious and hypocritical, and blamed the negative Tesla headlines on big oil and gas companies spending money on media advertising.

He declared: "The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them." When some of his Twitter followers accused him of trolling the media like President Trump, he shot back, "Anytime anyone criticizes the media, the media shrieks, 'You're just like Trump!' Why do you think he got elected in the first place? Because no one believes you any more. You lost your credibility a long time ago."

Musk says he is going to create a website where users can track and rate the credibility of journalists, editors, and publications.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Musk vowed to start the website touting his "faith" in people and their quest for truth.

Warren Lada, Saga's COO Sets Retirement

Warren Lada
Saga Communications, Inc. Wednesday announced that its Chief Operating Officer, Warren Lada, will retire at the end of June, 2018. 

Ed Christian, Saga's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Warren has been an integral part of Saga for the past 27 years and we will deeply miss his contributions to Saga and its radio stations across the US." 

Prior to his current position as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Lada served as President and General Manager for Saga radio station WAQY, Rock 102, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Lada's career encompasses 42 years, exclusively in the radio industry.

S-F Radio: KCBS To Observe 50th Anniversary Doing News

Sunday May 27 marks the 50th anniversary of KCBS going all news. Well, almost all news. When the station switched from a variety format to news, it still carried the all-night show, “Music ’Til Dawn,” with Ken Ackerman, and “Arthur Godfrey Time, ” according to Ben Fong-Torres at The SF Chronicle.

But it was mostly news, and morning co-anchor Stan Bunger produced a celebratory piece featuring vintage jingles, along with stories from station alumni (available at KCBSRadio.com/50th). Afternoon host Mike Cleary recalled the change.


“The great switch was Dave McElhatton,” he told Bunger. “One morning, Dave was a radio personality with a piano player and a foil, Al Hart. And the next day, he’s a newsman.”

Others on KCBS circa ’68 were Frank Knight, Harry Geist, Al Helmso, Don Mosley, Bob Melrose, Fred Wilcox, Don Klein and Clancy Cassell, who dated back to the station’s last years as KQW.

KQW was a pioneering station, founded in 1909 in San Jose. CBS purchased it in 1949, renamed it KCBS and moved it to San Francisco, where it debuted in 1951. As historian John F. Schneider recalls, it branded its variety format Foreground Radio.

In the late 1960s, when most stations were playing music, KCBS went with one of its strengths dating back to KQW and World War II: covering the news.

“Music ’Til Dawn” stayed on until 1970, when Ackerman would become a reporter and anchor. In the late ’70s, KCBS offered weekend talk shows and coverage of Stanford and NFL football games, but it remained focused on news.

And for decades, until 2009, it stayed behind KGO in the ratings. That didn’t bother longtime City Hall bureau chief Barbara Taylor. “I always saw KGO as the lowbrow station and KCBS as the highbrow station that attracted people who are more educated and more interested in what is going on … not people who are just popping off. … KCBS was the respected news authority and that meant a lot more than ratings.”

While KGO has gone through several programming overhauls, KCBS has stuck with the news. Said Bunger, whose first stint began in 1992: “What was being done here in ’92 was very much what was being done in ’68. There have been so many changes in the media culture that what we are now, we hope, is a representation of how people use the all-news format today.”

R.I.P.: Radio, Recording Engineer, Inventor Glenn Snoddy

Glenn Snoddy
Engineer Glenn Snoddy, who opened Nashville's Woodland Sound Studios and who revolutionized electric guitar sound with the distorted "fuzz-tone" heard on Marty Robbins' "Don't Worry" and, later, the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," died Monday evening at his Murfreesboro home.

He was 96 years old, according to The Tennessean.

Snoddy learned about radio and recording while in the Army, and after leaving the military, “I went to work at the Brown Brothers Transcription Company at Fourth and Union…we used to do a lot of radio shows out of there,” he told The Tennessean in 1987. “Some of us were also moonlighting at Castle Studio in the old Tulane Hotel. I was the backup engineer on the last Hank Williams recording session there. That’s a memory that doesn’t leave you.”

After Brown Brothers closed in the mid-1950s, Snoddy started working at WSM 650 AM as a engineer and did sound for the Grand Ole Opry every weekend. He also began working with producer Owen Bradley at the Quonset Hut. He became chief engineer in 1960 and stayed on after the Quonset Hut was sold to Columbia.

“I did so many records (there) I can’t remember them,” he said in 1987. One of those records was Johnny Cash’s 1963 chart-topper “Ring of Fire.”

While working on a session with country artist Marty Robbins, a technical malfunction in the mixing console ("I'm pretty sure what happened was the primary transformer opened up," Snoddy told The Tennessean in 2013) turned session musician Grady Martin's guitar sound on Robbins' "Don't Worry" into something fuzzy, distorted and irresistible.

May 24 Radio History




➦In 1844...Samuel F.B. Morse gave the first public demonstration of his telegraph by sending a message from the Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot" (now the B&O Railroad Museum) in Baltimore. The famous message was, "What hath God wrought?"

➦In 1932...the Canadian Parliament passed a bill establishing a national broadcasting system – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

➦In 1935...the 9-month old Mutual Broadcasting System aired its first live event–the first-ever night baseball game featuring the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies. Mutual would be the radio home of the World Series for the next 21 years.

➦In 1958…The United Press and International News Service merged to form United Press International.



➦In 1963...The Beatles recorded the first program of their own BBC radio series, “Pop Go the Beatles”. The theme song was a version of “Pop Goes the Weasel”.

➦In 1981...actor/comedian/radio-TV host & frequent guest George Jessel, who often performed with the nickname “America’s toastmaster general,” died after a heart attack at age 83.

➦In 2008...comedian Dick Martin, a co-star with Dan Rowan on NBC TV’s iconic “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”, died of respiratory problems at age 86.  Early in his career he’d written for radio’s “Duffy’s Tavern.”

➦In 2011…Veteran broadcaster (WJJD-AM and WAIT-AM in Chicago, WXYZ-AM and WWJ-TV in Detroit) Hugh Copland died at the age of 79.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NYC Radio: Big Apple Stations Are Beach Bound

If it’s the Friday of Memorial Day weekend at the Jersey Shore, that means New York City radio stations are coming to town.

This year there’s a new wrinkle to Memorial Day Weekend Radio Friday — WCBS 101.1 FM’s Shannon in the Morning Summer Blast-Off is leaving Seaside Heights for Coney Island, but the country-themed NASH-FM is taking its place.

The WCBS Big Show Summer Blast-Off

WCBS-FM's Scott, Patty, John & Brad will air live from the Boardwalk in Coney Island – Friday Morning, May 25th and kick off your Memorial Day Weekend with the Shannon in the Morning 'Big Show' featuring performances by Smash Mouth, Taylor Dayne, and Cause & The Effects!

The trend of radio stations setting up shop at the Shore for MDW Friday started with the WNEW-FM beach concerts on Asbury Park in the '80s. In 1997, WPLJ’s “Scott and Todd Morning Show” aired from Jenk’s in Point Pleasant Beach. The WPLJ show is now called “Todd and Jayde in the Morning” and it’s still at Jenk’s.

Here’s a look at the big three this Friday, May 25, courtesy of the Asbury NJ Park Press — they’re all free to attend.



WPLJ Summer Kick-Off

This is the one that started it all for New York radio MDW remotes at the Jersey Shore.

Back in 1997 WPLJ’s 95.5-FM “Scott and Todd Morning Show,” featuring DJs Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill, came for a visit to Point Pleasant Beach and KT Tunstall was the headliner. Now, it’s “Todd and Jayde in the Morning,” thanks to the addition of Jayde Donovan, and Jason Mraz, Echosmith, Max and John Splithoff will be performing live starting 6 a.m. Friday, May 25 at  Jenk’s on the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk,

Todd and Jayde Summer Kick-Off, 6 a.m. Friday, May 25, Jenk’s, Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach.



NASH Country in the Seaside Heights, NJ

WCBS-FM’s Shannon in the Morning Summer Blast-Off is leaving Seaside Heights for Coney Island, but a nice dose of country music, courtesy of WNSH NASH 94.7-FM, is taking its place.

Plus you can sleep a little later, too. Granger Smith, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce and Michael Tyler will play for free in the NASH Summer Shindig on the Seaside Heights beach, 3 to 7 p.m., on Friday, May 25 as the station broadcasts live. Smith’s hits include “Backroad Song,” “If the Boot Fits,” and “Happens Like That.”



Boomer and Gio at the Headliner 

It’s going to be a different look at the Headliner in Neptune this Memorial Day Weekend Friday.

The Boomer and Carton show is now Boomer and Gio as former co-host Craig Carton, who used to be one of the Jersey Guys on New Jersey 101.5 FM. was arrested in September after being accused of running a fake discount ticket scam. Gio is Gregg Giannotti, who’s known for his  impersonations of WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Mike Francesa.

Boomer, aka former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason, and Gio will broadcast live 6 ot 10 a.m. from the Headliner. Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot will provide live music, which should include plenty of Billy Joel classics. DelGuidice is a member of Joel’s live band.