Friday, October 4, 2013

Leno: Shutdown So Bad, Obama Down To One Teleprompter!

Boston Radio: The TJ Show Lands Britney Interview

Britney Spears has a 50 show residency at Planet Hollywood in Vegasstarting December 27, a new album dropping in December, and is intricately balancing her life between world-class pop star and mom to Sean and Jayden. She took a few minutes out of her whirlwind life on Thursday morning to talk with TJ and Loren on The TJ Show on WODS 103.3 FM The AMP. 

While her upcoming performance schedule in Las Vegas doesn’t officially kick off until late December, Britney is keeping herself pretty busy with her eighth studio album set to arrive at the beginning of that month. She’s also collaborating on a track with Miley Cyrus called SMS (BANGERZ) which will appear on Miley’s Bangerz album due out next week.

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The video for Britney’s latest single, “Work Bitch,” just officially dropped on October 1st. Much anticipated, the music video is described as steamy, adult, and sexy. TJ asked Britney if she’s less comfortable showing that much skin in a video given that she is a mom now.

“Oh my god, we showed way more skin and did way more stuff for the video then what is actually there. Like, I cut out half the video because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it’s just hard to play sexy mom while you’re being a pop star as well,” said Britney. “I just have to be true to myself and you know, feel it out when I do stuff.”

Britney Spears’ yet-untitled eighth studio album will be released on December 3rd.

Boston Radio: The Sports Hub’s T&R Do Really Short Interview

Rick Petino
Toucher & Rich at WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub have had some short interviews in the past; but, Rick Pitino may have set a new record on Thursday morning.

The current Louisville coach is in the midst of a long and successful college career, but here in Boston, his disastrous tenure as Celtics head coach will always be thought of before any of Pitino’s success.

At Fred Toucher’s urging, Jon Wallach was geared up and ready to go with some pointed questions for Pitino, who’s doing publicity for his new book.

Yet Fred took care of it all in one short sentence.

Here’s how the whole interview played out, according to the station's website: 
Fred: We are joined by Rick Pitino, former coach of the Celtics, current coach of the Louisville Cardinals who won the national championship. Rick Pitino, hello! 
Pitino: Morning, guys. 
Fred: You stink. You ruined the Celtics. 
Fred then hung up and began “The Stack” segment, and the interview was over.

Agent Says Casey Kasem 'Of Sound Mind'

Casey Kasem's children are still being prevented from visiting their ailing father, his daughter Kerri told CNN.

Casey Kasem, known for his years hosting the countdown shows "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," is suffering from Parkinson's disease.

He's 81 and retired from his radio hosting in 2009.

According to Kerri Kasem, about three months ago, her stepmother, Jean Kasem, suddenly barred her sister, her uncle and some of Kasem's friends from seeing him. She's perplexed by the decision.

"I don't get it, I don't understand it," Kerri Kasem, who co-hosts the radio show "Sixx Sense" with Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, told CNN. "He has Parkinson's and all the research we've done indicates socialization would help him."

"He can't really speak, but he knows we're there," she told the station. "And last time we saw him, he could shuffle a little bit. He had a hard, very hard, time walking. He was just deteriorating due to Parkinson's disease."

Don Pitts, Kasem's agent of more than 35 years, said he did not want to take sides in the argument, but he did say Casey is still of sound mind at age 81.

"He has Parkinson's, has it very bad. It took his speech, and for somebody who made millions of dollars using his voice -- for him to lose that gift, that beautiful instrument -- it must be frustrating. But he's handling it very well," Pitts said.

"His mind is very sharp, his brain works well. You can tell in his eyes he understands everything you're saying. He just has trouble translating it from the brain to his vocal cords."

Besides the famed countdown shows, Casey Kasem was also the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon "Scooby Doo" and an announcer for NBC. He was a popular DJ and occasional actor before "American Top 40" began in 1970.

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Casey’s Kids Take Cause To ‘Today’

Family and friends of Casey Kasem, whose wife has blocked contact with the ailing radio icon for at least 2 1/2 months, took their cause to NBC's "Today" Thursday morning.

"I don't want any of his money. I don't want his estate. I don't want anything," Julie Kasem, one of Kasem's three children with first wife, Linda Myers, said in a video segment shot in a room with her radio-host siblings Mike and Kerri and others. "I simply want to see my father on a regular basis, give him a hug, hold his hand, give him a massage, put a smile on his face. It's that simple."

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Twitter Unwraps IPO Details

Twitter revealed its filing for a proposed initial public offering on Thursday afternoon, setting in motion a debut that could be the most significant tech IPO since Facebook Inc. went public last year, according to Marketwatch.

The filing signals the start of a roughly one-month period in which would-be investors will finally be able to have access Twitter’s TWTR 0.00%   financial details before the social network finally goes public. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Twitter said it plans to list under the ticker symbol “TWTR.”

No share count or proposed price range was given in the offering, beyond a maximum total of $1 billion. Twitter also did not list which exchange it plans to list its shares on. Goldman Sachs was listed as the lead underwriter for the offering. Morgan Stanley, which led the Facebook FB +0.91%    IPO last year, was listed in the second slot for Twitter’s offering.

According to the SEC filing, Twitter had a revenue of $316.9 million in 2012, up nearly three-fold from $106.3 million in 2011. In the first six months of 2013, Twitter recorded revenue of $253.6 million, more than double the sales it posted in the year-earlier period.

But the company has been mostly in the red, reporting a net loss of $79.4 million in 2012, although that was smaller than the $128.3 million loss it reported in 2011. For the first six months of 2013, Twitter reported a loss of $69.3 million, up from $49.1 million the year-earlier period.

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Rdio Switches On “Stations”

Just 12 business days after announcing a partnership with Cumulus Radio, Rdio introduces a major service change by releasing a free, unlimited version of its Internet radio capability to Android and iOS mobile devices, and rebranding it “Stations,” according to Kurt Hanson's RAIN newsletter.

As with similar offerings in Spotify (Rdio’s most direct competitor), Pandora and iTunes Radio, the Stations experience is ad-supported, or will be. At launch, mobile listeners will get an ad-free experience; desktop customers will see and/or hear commercials.

The announcement signifies quick progression of the quasi-acquisitional BizDev arrangement between Rdio and Cumulus, which includes handing over Rdio’s ad inventory to the Cumulus sales force. With Cumulus resources, Rdio adds an advertising component to its revenue model.

Pre-Cumulus, Rdio offered Internet-radio style listening as part of its paid subscription package in the mobile app -- new mobile users were granted a 14-day free trial. If the user canceled, the free version of Rdio’s mobile app became useless and Rdio lost a mobile customer. Desktop users got a better deal, with six months of test driving the subscription package, followed by a reversion to radio-style listening via a computer.

Rolling out uncapped listening in mobile brings Rdio to parity with its competitors. That’s an arguably overdue piece of positioning, and reflects back on the importance of the Cumulus partnership. Rdio is now a full-bore freemium service, with a feature set that traces a standard outline found in Spotify and iTunes Radio. Rdio’s business will continue to have a subscription side -- users may opt to dish out for accessing interactive features like on-demand listening and downloading.

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16-Year-old Is Youngest to Top Billboard In 26-Years

Three months ago nobody had ever heard of Lorde — today, the 16-year-old is top of the pops.

The NY Post reports the New Zealand singer, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, became the youngest performer in 26 years to take the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Buoyed by huge Internet buzz, Lorde came out of nowhere with the hit “Royals.”

The tune uses little more than her soulful voice and a bass track to describe growing up in poverty and skewer the kind of vapid pop stars she is now beating on the charts.

 “Royals” went viral when its video was posted on YouTube over the summer. Now, Lorde has bumped off “Roar” singer Katy Perry and “Wrecking Ball” wreck Miley Cyrus to reach No. 1.

According to Billboard magazine, Lorde is the youngest singer to take its Hot 100 top spot since 1987, when 16-year-old Tiffany did so with her remake of “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Stevie Wonder remains the youngest to hit No. 1, at just 13, for 1963’s “Fingertips — Part 2.”

Facebook Reveals New TV Shows Generating the Most Buzz

The most-watched new TV shows launching this fall are also making a splash on Facebook, according to data the social-network giant released exclusively to Variety on Thursday.
The biggest launches at each of the four broadcast networks comprise the top four series that generated the most chatter on Facebook, which measured the conversations through new tracking tools introduced last month.

ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” led the field among new fall TV series launched prior to October, generating 1.13 million “interactions,” which is the total number of comments, posts and Facebook “likes” about a show, during a 48-hour period beginning with the series’ premiere date. There were 717,690 Facebook users talking about the premiere episode, which opened to an impressive 12.1 million viewers on Sept. 24.

Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” was a close second with over 932,000 interactions from over 582,000 users. The drama series has been the most successful new launch for Fox, which ordered a second season Thursday.

While CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones” (254,310/211,552) and NBC’s “The Blacklist” (216,678/168,940) finished third and fourth, respectively, there was a steep fall-off in social chatter after “Hollow,” which drew more than three times the interactions that “Crazy” did. “Crazy” and “Blacklist” have been the biggest series premieres this fall from CBS and NBC, respectively.

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Norfolk Radio: Eric Worden To Mornings On The Tide

Eric Worden
Local Voice Media has announced its hire of longtime Hampton Roads radio personality Eric Worden, who will return to his musical roots on Adult Alternative WXTG 102.1FM The Tide.

Local Voice acquired WXTG 102.1FM and 1490AM in July from Red Zebra Broadcasting, which counts Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder as a principal investor. The company flipped the format on its FM station to Triple A, which relies on a playlist that delves deeper than the top 40 hits and prides itself on being first to bring new artists onto the airwaves. Worden will host the morning show on 102.1FM The Tide.

“This is a win-win-win for the listeners, the Tide and Eric.  The music of the Tide is Eric's passion, as anyone who listened to him back when he hosted The Coast knows,” Davis said.  “Eric is also the consummate community man, as emcee and host, benefactor of the arts and charitable organizations, and probably the best-known ambassador for Hampton Roads. We are thrilled this incredibly creative person has joined our team.”

Worden, 52, worked his last shift at WNOB-FM 93.7 FM Wednesday.Worden is making preparations to be on the air with 102.1FM The Tide within the next two weeks.

Local Voice Media began in Williamsburg and now includes a Triple A station, 92.3FM The Tide, a classical station, 107.9 BACHfm, an online-only daily newspaper Williamsburg Yorktown Daily (known by the shorthand and the Save30 Store for discounted gift certificates to local businesses. 

R.I.P.: Former CBS, NPR Journalist Lee Thornton

Lee Thornton
Lee Thornton, a radio and television journalist who covered the White House for CBS News during the Carter administration, became a host of “All Things Considered” on NPR and produced “Both Sides With Jesse Jackson” for CNN, died on Sept. 25 at her home in Bethesda, Md.

She was 71, according to the NYTimes.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, said Bernadette Gormally, coordinator at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where Ms. Thornton taught.

Ms. Thornton became the first black woman to report from the White House for CBS News in 1977, three years after she joined the network.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

LA Radio: Report..Pending KDAY Sale is Off

The pending sale of KDAY 93.5 FM is reportedly not going to happen.

LA Weekly quotes sources who work for the station, the sale is not taking place, and KDAY will continue broadcasting under its current format.

Speculation had been rife for weeks that the $19.5 million deal was in jeopardy. It required FCC approval, and a number of petitioners sought to spike the deal, questioning the buyers' connection to the Chinese government, among other issues. However, an FCC spokeswoman, reached before the government shutdown, told L.A. Weekly that the sale's approval was pending.

One of LA Weekly’s sources says the deal fell through because the prospective buyer -- RBC Communications -- has pulled out. Chinese-American investor Anthony Yuen has a majority stake in RBC, with a 20 percent share owned by Phoenix Satellite Television, which operates a half-dozen Chinese TV stations and is based in the British Virgin Islands.

Elvis King Of Digital Streams

Even in the world of digitally streaming music, Elvis Presley is still the King.

According to SoundExchange, a performance rights organization that collects royalties from more than 2,000 digital music services, Presley ranks as the most frequently streamed artist of the past decade, followed by Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.

According to USAToday, satellite radio appears to have a particularly heavy influence on the SoundExchange rankings. The top three acts — Presley, Springsteen and Pearl Jam – all have dedicated channels on Sirius XM, as does the Grateful Dead.

SoundExchange, founded in 2003, collects royalty payments for artists and rights holders from the digital music services, which include satellite radio and streaming television services like Music Choice. Internet radio stations such as Pandora and iHeartRadio, as well as Internet music sites like, comprise the majority of the services the organization licenses. The organization's payments are calculated based on how many times the organization receives reports that a user actually listened to a particular track.

Here's the list of SoundExchange's top 10 digitally streamed artists, for 2003 to 2013.
  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Bruce Springsteen
  3. Pearl Jam
  4. Rihanna
  5. Drake
  6. Usher
  7. Lil Wayne
  8. The Beatles
  9. Taylor Swift
  10. Grateful Dead

CCM+E To Inaugurate iHeartRadio Theater

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment today announced its new music and events venue -- iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles -- which will launch on October 22 with a live Album Release Party featuring superstar recording artist Katy Perry.

Located at The Burbank Studios in Burbank, CA, the 20,000 square foot performance space will bring fans intimate performances from top recording artists as well as unique events like exclusive iHeartRadio Album Release Parties, to provide artists, labels and partners with a variety of innovative promotional opportunities.

The iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles will kick off with the Katy Perry iHeartRadio Album Release Party which will celebrate the release of her new studio album, PRISM, set to be released that day. The event will feature a live performance and Q&A with Katy Perry discussing the behind-the-making of her upcoming album, hosted by on-air talent and TV personality Mario Lopez. The Theater's grand opening is sponsored by Sony Electronics and has been equipped with Sony 4K professional cameras and other production equipment, as well as Sony TVs.

The event will air in its entirety live on 175 Clear Channel Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), Adult Contemporary (AC) and Hot AC stations around the country on October 22, at 6 p.m. PT. In addition, the party will be recorded and televised on The CW Network on October 25 at 9 p.m. ET.

Boston Radio: Jen Brien OUT At WBZ-AM

Jen Brien
UPDATED 10/07/2013: So what finally happened that caused WBZ-AM to part company with Brien?  Apparently, it’s as simple as her not showing up for some shifts or not starting on-time. There also reports that management is going to keep to 12M to 5A local and not go for syndication.

Earlier posting...

After just three months, Jen Brien has left the WBZ 1030 AM building.  A statement from management was aired at shotly after midnight this.   Brien had been hosting 12m to 5am since June.  However, listeners have been commenting on her frequents days-off recently.


Brien previously hosted a weekday show on WRKO 680 AM, was a fill-in host on WBZ and in June was named replacement for the retiring Steve Leveville.

Cleveland Radio: WMMS’ Rover Indicted On 13 Charges

Rover (July2013)
WMMS 100.7 FM Morning radio personality Shane French, aka Rover, has been indicted on 13 charges for an incident that happened over the July 4th holiday weekend on Cleveland's Whiskey Island. (See original posting, Click Here)

According to  ActionNews19, French has been indicted for inducing panic, assault, resisting arrest, vandalism, criminal damaging, a fireworks charge and more.

Cleveland police say Rover and Toomey, a sidekick from Rover's Morning Glory, were "highly intoxicated." At that time, the men started shooting fireworks at the officer, "nearly hitting him."

The police report goes on to say that Rover got rowdy, grabbed the officer's shirt, pushed him with both hands in his back and said, " I don't believe you're a police officer," even after the officer flashed his badge.

Rover was then told he was under arrest, but ran away with his partner in crime.

Rover talks about being brutally assaulted by off-duty police officer Steven Kinas, and how his promise that he would file a complaint about it prompted the current charges against him as retaliation.

He is due to appear in court on October 16.

Jury: AEG Live Not Guilty In MJ Wrongful Death Trial

A Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday that AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray, but also concluded that the concert promoter was not liable for Michael Jackson's drug overdose death, according to CNN.

The jury decided that Murray was competent, so even though AEG Live hired him, it was not liable for Jackson's death and didn't owe the Jackson family millions of dollars in compensation.

"I counted Michael Jackson a creative partner and a friend," the company's CEO Randy Phillips said. "We lost one of the world's greatest musical geniuses, but I am relieved and deeply grateful that the jury recognized that neither I, nor anyone else at AEG Live, played any part in Michael's tragic death."

The verdict brings the five-month-long trial to a close.

"We have said from the beginning that this case was a search for the truth. We found the truth. AEG hired Dr. Conrad Murray, the man who is in jail for killing Michael Jackson," according to a statement from family matriarch Katherine Jackson and her lawyers. "All options regarding the balance of the jury verdict are being considered."

Children Say Casey Kasem Being Held Prisoner

Julia Kasem
The eldest children of legendary TV and radio broadcaster Casey Kasem says his current wife is holding their ailing 81-year-old father prisoner inside his Holmby Hills estate.

Kasem has Parkinson’s.

He had three children with his first wife. They divorced in 1970.

The youngest of those three children, Julia, told KCAL9 the family, Kasem’s longtime agent and his brother are so frustrated about not being about to see Kasem they protested in front of the estate Tuesday demanding they get to visit him.

Julia said she hasn’t seen her father since August.

“This is our last straw,” she said, “This is our last straw. We couldn’t take it any more.”

She added, “We know how many people love dad. How special he is to a lot of people. We figured, you know what? Let’s let everybody know we care so much, we want him to know — we’re not abandoning you.”

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Kasem married “Cheers” actress Jean Thompson in 1980. The couple has one daughter.

KCAL9 reached out to Jean Kasem for a comment. She chose not to respond to the family’s charges.

According to the family, every Sunday, like clockwork, Kasem would be driven from his estate to daughter Julia’s house for a visit and that stopped in August.

They quote Jean as saying, ‘Dad is no longer available.’

Kasem founded the nationally syndicated American Top 40 countdown show, which he hosted from 1970 to 1988, and then again from 1998 to 2004. He also was the voice actor for the character Shaggy in Scooby-Doo, a Saturday morning cartoon that began in 1969.

2014 Country Radio HOF Inductees Named

Larry Wilson
The CRS Board of Directors has announced the 2014 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees in both the Radio and On-Air categories.

The radio inductees are Larry Wilson, Alpha and L&L Broadcasting, and Mike Brophey, WKLB in Boston, Mass. The inductees in the On-Air category are Paul Schadt, WKKT in Charlotte, N.C., and Jim Denny, WFMS in Indianappolis, Ind.

The class of 2014 will be officially inducted at a dinner ceremony on Tuesday, February 18 at 6 p.m. at the Nashville Convention Center. The ceremony unofficially kicks off Country Radio Seminar week each year. CRS 2014 will be held February 19-21.

Mike Brophy
The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.

“The recognition of these deserving and worthy Hall of Fame inductees represents four unique careers filled with accomplishments, contributions and excellence in advancing Country radio,” said CRS Hall of Fame Chairman RJ Curtis. 

“And each of our honorees for 2014 are still active and passionately involved with listeners, artists and the music that helps maintain Country radio’s dominance.”

Paul Schadt
The Inductees:

Larry Wilson: The founder of Citadel Communications, Larry Wilson eventually grew the company to include 205 stations in 42 states before selling it. 

He returned to radio in 2009, forming Alpha Broadcasting. In 2012, he founded L&L Broadcasting, a company that owns 30 stations across the U.S.

About Mike Brophey: Mike Brophey’s radio career began in 1973. In 1996 he started programming ‘KLB. The station recently achieved its first-ever #1 ranking in Boston, Mass. in August.

Jim Denny
About Paul Schadt: Since 1981, Paul Schadt has been on the air in Charlotte, N.C. He started out doing mornings at CBS Radio Country, WSOC. After 16 years there, Schadt switched to Clear Channel WKKT for wakeups. He is the longest consecutive on-air personality in Charlotte, N.C. radio history.

About Jim Denny: Jim Denny has been with the WFMS morning show since 1990. During his time there, The WFMS morning show won CMA Personality of the Year in 2007 and 2009 and ACM Personality of the Year in 2006.

Baseball HOF Names Frick Awards Finalists

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday announced the 10 finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award, which is given to baseball broadcasters of long and meritorious service.

According to, a broadcaster cannot be considered for the Frick Award unless he's called big league games for at least 10 years, and nine of the 10 finalists have worked for two decades in the same market. Last year's winner, the late Tom Cheek, called 27 consecutive seasons for the Blue Jays.

The 10 finalists are: Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Bill King, Duane Kuiper, Eric Nadel, Eduardo Ortega, Mike Shannon, Dewayne Staats and Pete van Wieren. The winner will be announced at the Winter Meetings and then be feted as part of the Hall of Fame's induction weekend.

This year's pool of candidates featured 160 qualified broadcasters from the "High Tide" era, which consists of men who called games from the mid-1980s to the present day. The finalists were culled from online balloting at the Hall of Fame's Facebook site during the month of September.

More than 20,000 votes were cast, and three men -- Doucet, King and Kuiper -- separated themselves from the pack in balloting. The other seven finalists were chosen by a Hall of Fame research committee. Eight of the 10 finalists -- except for King and van Wieren -- are still active.

All these men, giants in their field, will be vying for an honor named after one of the legends of the game. Ford C. Frick, a Hall-of-Fame executive, worked as a sportswriter and broadcaster before later impacting the game as MLB Commissioner and president of the National League.

MLB, Broadcasting Treasure Vin Scully Hints At Retirement

Vin Scully
Vin Scully recently announced he will return next year for a 65th season announcing baseball. He now says 2014 may be his last.

“Right now, I’m pretty well sure – and I don’t want to go back and forth with it – but I’m looking to next year and thinking that should be about it,” Scully told KPCC in a recent interview.

He has been on one-year contracts for the last few years and turns 86 next month. His workload has slowed considerably: he only travels with the team on regular season road trips that are in California and nearby states.

For the playoffs that start today, Scully will only be heard on the radio.

Baltimore’s Stanstock Fest Is Musical Family Reunion

Stanstock 2013, billed as "The Ultimate Maryland Musical Family Reunion," will play out over two stages at McAvoy's on Putty Hill Avenue in Baltimore this weekend.

The music fest offers more than 35 hours of live music for just $10 a day.

"We're going to have great bands on the outside stage and great bands on the inside stage," festival social media director Russ Clarke told Parkville Patch. "We've got something for everyone—metal, classic rock, easy listening, Journey, Fleetwood Mac; if there's nothing you like, well ..."

The concert is for all ages and is family-oriented, according to Clarke.

"Undeniably, it was everyone's choice to have Stanstock benefit cancer—everyone either had lost someone to cancer or knows someone who is battling it," Clarke said. "We thought we'd use this event to celebrate victories together and mourn our losses as a family—cancer touches everyone."

Every element of Stanstock is donated, including the musicians' performances, the time of volunteer administrators, the venue and items for raffles and a silent auction, Clarke said.

Thirty-eight bands with more than 100 members will play over the course of Stanstock. Music presented will be that of the era of the 1970's, 80’s and 90’s, with some bands playing as they performed during that time and others creating tribute bands for this event.

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R.I.P: Minnesota Broadcaster Bill Linder

Bill Linder
Willmar, MN Broadcaster Bill Linder has died.  He was 92, according to

Harris Willard Linder Jr., named after his father and known to most as Bill, could trace his involvement in radio back to 1940, when his parents, Harris Sr. and Irene Linder, moved to Willmar to establish KWLM Radio.

Bill, then a student at the University of Minnesota, was pressed into service as an announcer for the fledgling radio station. Bill’s father sold advertising and his mother ran the office, Steve Linder said. “My dad did everything else out of necessity.”

After a stint in the U.S. Navy as a radio and radar instructor, Linder rejoined the family business which also included his brother, Don Linder. Over the next couple of decades the Linder family established KMHL Radio in Marshall, KDMA in Montevideo, KWLM-FM (now KQIC) in Willmar and KMHL-FM in Marshall.

The Linders also started the franchising agreement that brought Muzak to west central Minnesota through a KWLM subcarrier.

Bill Linder’s contributions to Minnesota broadcasting were recognized within the industry. He was on the board of directors of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association and became a charter inductee in the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2001.

Community giving and service were important parts of Bill's life, serving and giving to many charitable organizations in the Willmar area. The Willmar Area Community Foundation awarded him and his family it's Award in Philathropy in 2010. We will miss Bill. His funeral will be 3:00 pm, Sunday, October 6th at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-6 pm Saturday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

R.I.P. MN Radio Personality Steven Schug

Family, friends and former co-workers are mourning the passing of  Minnesota radio personality Steve Schug.

He was just 44-years-ol.d

Schug most recently was working for CCM+E’s Total Traffic Network in Minneaspolis. His previous experience included KQIC 102.5 FM in Willmar, MN and KCLD 104.7 FM in St. Cloud, MN.

Services will be held Friday in Norwood.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

AT40’s Casey Kasem Reported To Be In ‘Dire’ Condition

Casey Kasem in 1989
Sad news to report on iconic personality Casey Kasem, he reportedly has Parkinson’s Disease and according to numerous reportts, there’s a nasty family feud, according to TMZ.

The co-founder and longtime host of American Top 40 is in “dire condition” and he’s apparently being isolated by his children by his wife, Jean Kasem.  TMZ reports the 81-year-old Kasem hasn’t been heard form in month.

Seems a recent attempt by some family members to see Kasem prompted Jean Kasem to call police.

Casey's brother, who was on the scene, told TMZ Jean has had a strained relationship with Casey's kids for years.  The brother says he hasn't spoken with Jean since Casey married her -- 33 years.  Kerri, Casey's oldest daughter, tells us Jean has aggressively blocked the kids from the house.

Kerri tells us it's not about money.  The kids have all been excluded from Casey's will and they've known that for a long time.  She says they just want to see their dad, and they can't.

Chuck Olsen, Casey's friend for 63 years, says no one has been in touch with his dear friend since April.

"He and I went to school together. We were actors on 'The Lone Ranger' on the radio together," Olsen told ABC7 News.

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Pandora Reports Surge In Listener Hours

Pandora announced today new metrics that were reached in the month of September 2013.
  • Listener hours for Pandora during the month of September 2013 were 1.36 billion, an increase of 18% from 1.15 billion during the same period last year.
  • Share of total U.S. radio listening for Pandora in September 2013 was 7.77%, an increase from 6.53% at the same time last year.
  • Active listeners were 72.7 million at the end of September 2013, an increase of 25% from 58.3 million during the same time period last year.
Pandora is releasing key audience metrics on a monthly basis to provide the most current information regarding Pandora's users and usage across platforms.

Shares of Internet radio company Pandora have jumped 4% in pre-market trading after revealing new details on its monthly listeners.

Boston Radio..WXKSf Returns To #1 6+, The Hub #1 Men 25-54

There’s been a lot of changes in the radio landscape in Boston this year.  The market has heard many format changes, personality changes and recently a change at the Top of the Mountain.  For two months a Country station has been #1 6+.  However, this month Greater Media’s WKLB 102.5 FM ends up #2 moving 7.8—7.1.  Back on top is the usual suspect CCM+E’s Top40 WXKS Kiss 108.  WXKS returned to the top despite losing share 7.6—7.2

CBS Radio Classic Rock WZLX 100.7 FM bounced back from a down month 6.1—6.6 for #3.  Greater Media’s Classic Hits WROR 105.7 FM ticked-up again 5.5—5.6 to move into the #4 slot, tied with sister-station AC WMJX Magic 106.7 FM which was down a notch 5.7—5.6.

CBS’ WBZ-FM 98.5 FM Sports Hub claimed the top spot among all stations in the men 25-54 demo with an 8.0 share. WEEI 93.7 FM was tied for fifth overall.




Cume:  WXKS 1,433,200…WMJX 1,213,000..WROR  1,050,000

Nielsen Audio Tuesday also released September PPMs for the following markets: Washington DC, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood FL, Detroit, Seattle-Tacoma, Phoenix, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Denver-Boulder, Baltimore and St. Louis.

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Shutdown Doesn’t Cancel FCC Mandate

Like many government agencies impacted by the government shutdown, the FCC has stated that they'll be operating with a skeleton crew moving forward, with some 1,700 full-time employees sent home until the shutdown ends.

According to Karl Bode at, FCC commissioners and three inspectors general will be working.

Another sixteen employees will be on staff to handle things like interference detection and disaster response, national security issues and IT support, although the FCC website is down. Consumer protection will be one of the things put on hiatus.

"Consumer complaint and inquiry phone lines cannot be answered; consumer protection and local competition enforcement must cease; licensing services, including broadcast, wireless, and wireline, must cease; management of radio spectrum and the creation of new opportunities for competitive technologies and services for the American public must be suspended; and equipment authorizations, including those bringing new electronic devices to American consumers, cannot be provided," said the FCC.

And with the FCC shutdown, it doesn’t mean TV viewers will see nudity and it doesn’t mean listeners will hear f-bombs on the radio.

Eventually, the bureaucrats at the FCC will return to work.  And that’s when they’ll begin fielding complaints again. A funding-related door-shuttering doesn't overturn federal law or cancel the FCC's mandate. It also doesn't mean that the FCC can't revoke the license of any broadcaster who flouts its rules.

CCM+E’s Parks Says FCC AM Plan ‘A Joke’

Darryl Parks
Calls Radio Show A ‘Circle Jerk’

UPDATE: Park's blog has been scrubbed from the WLW website.

Earlier Posting...

The Director of AM Operations for Clear Channel, Darryl Parks has posted a scathing blog about the FCC’s plans to ‘revitalize’ the AM radio band.

Parks blog is what he calls “A Serious Message To The Broadcasting Industry” and is posted n the WLW 700 AM website.  Besides his coporate role, Parks hosts a Saturday show on WLW and sometimes fills-in at other times.

Parks piece criticizes the 6-part plan proposed by Acting FCC Chair Mignon Clyburn to fix the AM band and calls last week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Orlando "the yearly circle jerk gathering of broadcasters."

Parks also takes the media press to task copying press releases about the plan. He writes:
Today, besides interference from other stations, the AM band is also being interfered with by computers, cell phones, even those new energy savings light bulbs.  This is why it may be more difficult for you to receive a good signal from an AM station these days. 
Just last week at the yearly “circle jerk” gathering of broadcasters called the NAB/RAB Radio Show, FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn announced a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” with 6…count ‘em…6 ideas to rid station owners of horrible burdens.  What do these 6 ideas do?  Increase interference!  And no one.  Not one freaking person in the industry press will talk about this.  Obviously, they're too busy copying press releases for their publications and pretending to be Kevin Bacon's ROTC character.
According to Parks, the answer to less interference on the AM band is to turn-off off non-viable stations.   He also reminds station owners they “have one thing that is worth a ton of money. The land their towers sit on."

Read Park’s entire blog, Click Here.

Arbitron CEO Creamer, CFO Delman OUT At Nielsen

Sean Creamer
Nielsen Audio yesterday parted company with Arbitron’s two highest ranking executives.  CEO Sean Creamer and CFO Debra Delman have left the building.

Both can be consoled by their golden parachutes which could be worth $6.8M for Creamer.  The termination deal consists of $3M in cash + $3.7M in equity and $89K in perks.  The 48-year-old Creamer also has $6.6M in stock options. Pretty good deal for a guy who has been in his position only since last December. (See Original Posting, Click Here.)

Delman’s separation deal is reported to be worth $1.95M.

There are reports that others have also departed the building in Columbia, MD.  However, Nielsen has not commented.  Nielsen Audio also have yet to announce exectuvie roles at the company.

Bezos Closes On the Washington Post founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos formally took over as the owner of The Washington Post on Tuesday, officially ending 80 years of local control of the newspaper by the Graham family.

According to the Washington Post, Bezos’s $250 million purchase was completed as expected with the signing of sale documents.

The signing transfers the newspaper and other assets from The Washington Post Co. to Nash Holdings, Bezos’s private investment company.

Bezos, who founded the online shopping company in 1994 and became a billionaire in the process, has vowed to continue the newspaper’s long history of independent journalism. His technical and marketing savvy, long-term outlook and lack of an apparent ideological agenda made him an attractive steward for the paper, Post Co. chief executive Donald E. Graham said in August, when an agreement in principle was first disclosed.

At the same time, Bezos, 49, has the deep pockets to sustain an enterprise that has been buffeted for years by declining readership and advertising, especially in the printed Post.

The Post’s new owner hasn’t disclosed specific plans or changes he intends to make for the money-losing paper.

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Sotelo Readies New Show For SiriusXM

Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo, Spanish-language radio's top personality is no stranger to controversy -- with the cancellation of his nationally syndicated morning radio program, “Piolin por la Mañana,” and sexual harassment allegations from his former Univision co-workers, many feathers have been ruffled along the way.

Mexican-born Sotelo was recently featured by People enEspañol, "where he offered an in-depth conversation about his family and the damage the accusations have had on his personal life," The Latin Post reported.

“I never mistreated or harassed any of my colleagues,” he said. “And if these were misinterpreted jokes, they never came from me.”

Sotelo, who will launch a new entertainment channel exclusively on SiriusXM Latino, anchored by his own daily, morning-drive show, "El Show de Piolin," is getting amped up for the show's arrival soon.

On Sept. 27, Sotelo posted a picture of his new studio at SiriusXM Latino on his Facebook page, where the center of operations for @Sirius XM Latino will take place, reiterating that fans can listen to him at home, in the car, cell phone, I-pad, computer, work, wherever you go, 24 hours a day, all week.

iHeartRadio Adds Turner Content

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Tuesday announced a deal with Turner Broadcasting, to offer select audio content including news from CNN, entertainment clips from TBS's CONAN and sports programming from Bleacher Report, in its new iHeartRadio Talk feature.

The iHeartRadio all-in-one digital radio service will offer users both broad access to Turner programming and content including monologue clips from CONAN, news segments from CNN such as Anderson Cooper 360, New Day, Piers Morgan Live, and The Lead with Jake Tapper, and sports clips from Bleacher Report. Full episodes of Anderson Cooper 360, Fareed Zakaria GPS, State of the Union, and Erin Burnett Out Front will also be accessible via iHeartRadio Talk.

"This marks yet another significant milestone for iHeartRadio Talk," said Brian Lakamp, President of Digital for Clear Channel. "We are continuing to identify and add quality partners to iHeartRadioTalk to continue to deliver our listeners even more content that is relevant and entertaining anywhere they are."

Launched in July, iHeartRadioTalk is the first audio platform offering on-demand, listener-created talk content alongside popular news, celebrity and entertainment audiosodes.

iHeartRadio recently unveiled new mobile app features for its Talk feature, making it easier for the on-the-go consumer to find, listen and save Talk programs.

First-Ever YouTube Music Awards To Be Presented

On Sunday, November 3, YouTube will host the first-ever YouTube Music Awards, a live-streamed event honoring the artists and songs that you have turned into hits over the past year.

Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Arcade Fire will join other top artists and some of YouTube’s biggest stars including Lindsey Stirling and CDZA in performances and musical collaborations from Seoul, Moscow, London and Rio, culminating in a live event in New York City.

Music-video visionary Spike Jonze will be the creative director and acclaimed actor Jason Schwartzman will host with VICE and Sunset Lane Entertainment acting as executive producers.

The program will unfold live at Pier 36 in New York and details will be shared later this month on how fans can apply for tickets.

MTV Airs Miley Cyrus 'The Movement' Doc Tonight

This may come as a shock, but it isn’t until a good quarter of the way through her new MTV documentary that Miley Cyrus sticks her tongue out. And twerking? Barely a passing mention.

According to The NYPost, someone at MTV deserves a serious raise for foreseeing the distant gold in the reinvention of Miley Cyrus, the “Hannah Montana” tween star who shocked the pearl-clutching world last month with a foam finger, a slew of teddy bears and a heaping portion of sex in an instantly infamous performance at the Video Music Awards.

For its surprisingly kinetic one-hour documentary, “Miley: The Movement” — premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m. — MTV followed Cyrus for four months, from the early summer debut of Miley 2.0 with her urban single “We Can’t Stop” through her naked-but-for-the-boots music video for the chart-topping “Wrecking Ball.”

The titular “movement” is what Miley calls her transformation from wholesome Disney entertainer to a 20-year-old doing whatever-the-hell she wants.

“People always want to call it a transition . . . It’s not a transition,” she says forcefully in the doc. “It’s a movement. It’s a growth. It’s a change.”

Minions Carry Justin Bieber On Great Wall of China

Just when you thought you might enjoy a week without any news of Justin Bieber annoying the world, along comes evidence that the most beloved/disliked self-involved 19-year-old on the planet has broken one of the most sacred unspoken rules of travel -- don't use your bodyguards to carry you up the Great Wall of China, according to CNNInternational.

Photos of the seemingly able-bodied Canadian pop star hoisted on the shoulders of his minions at the iconic site were posted on the Twitter page of BelieveTourUpdates, which has been following the singer on his current world tour.

Jon Stewart Hosts Bill O’Reilly For Testy Interview

Jon Stewart had Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on the Daily Show Monday night to talk about O'Reilly's new book, "Killing Jesus."

Stewart showed no mercy to O'Reilly accusing him of not writing his own books and only doing it for the money.

Ed Schultz Refers To Glenn Beck Disciples As "Dumbass"

Houston Radio: Kandi Discloses Breast Cancer

Kandi (Al Torres photo)
Radio One Inc., KMJQ Majic 102.1 FM’s Kandi “The Sweet Talker” Eastman announced today that she has breast cancer.

Kandi, who has shared the workday with Houston radio listeners for over 19 years, unveils the life-changing news on the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The announcement came with a studio filled with family, friends, and well-wishers.

“Only Kandi Eastman would be strong enough to share her personal health issue. The sharing of her cancer diagnosis will prayerfully inspire others to realize the importance of early detection and screening. The Radio One family has huddled around her, and we look forward to her radio family joining us in prayers for her and her family,” says General Manager and Vice President Doug Abernethy.

“Kandi is the “First Lady” of Majic 102.1 and over the past 19 years has been a shining star of strength for our staff and community. It is our time to give back to Kandi and be strong for her as she recovers. Kandi is a fighter, and we will fight with her,” says Operations Manager, Terri Thomas.

Eastman closed her announcement by saying: “I want to thank my husband, my sons, my mother, my family, my extended family and friends, let’s remain powerful in our prayers, as we support our cancer survivors by wearing pink. I will win this battle.”

The Eastman family requests privacy as Kandi takes a leave to begin treatment.

Supporters are encouraged to send cards, flowers, and greetings to the KMJQ studios at 24 Greenway Plaza Suite 900 Houston, Texas, 77046.

NOLA Radio: Host Faces False Police Report Charges

Jennifer Gaubert
Authorities say a former radio talk host who in August accused a taxi driver of shooting lewd video footage of her in an extortion scheme made up the story, and charges against the cabbie have been dropped.

32-year-old Jennifer Gaubert, a New Orleans lawyer who at one point hosted her own radio show on WGSO 990 AM, has been charged by the Orleans Parish district attorney's office with filing false statements concerning denial of constitutional rights, stemming from her complaint to police that she was filmed without her permission while in a cab in April 2012.

In an August interview with, Gaubert said she was intoxicated when she was in the cab. She said she had openly discussed her local notoriety with the cabdriver, which she said made her a target.

Gaubert said in the interview she had flirted with Farrell, 38, and kissed him, but told police she never gave him permission to film.She told police that Farrell shot video of underneath her skirt, exposing her underwear and genitals to the camera.

Gaubert told police, saying Farrell sent a message threatening to release the video unless she gave him $1,000. Bowman wouldn't comment on Gaubert's charge, citing the pending case.

Arraignment is set for next week.

R.I.P.: PA Radio Personality Rebecca Towne

Rebecca Towne
WDDH-FM 97.5 FM The Hound in Ridgeway, PA.  reports the passing of personality Rebecca Towne from severe injuries she sustained in the crash last weekend.

She was 48.

Towne, her husband and two of her children, along with the other driver, were all trapped inside their vehicles and were pulled out by witnesses.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Boston Radio: Entercom Names Zachary Market Manager

Phil Zachary
Entercom Boston Tuesday announced that they have hired Phil Zachary as their new Vice President and Market Manager. The Entercom cluster in Boston includes WEEI-FM, ESPN on WEEI-AM, WAAF, WRKO and The Boston Red Sox Radio Network.

This represents a homecoming of sorts for Zachary, whose first paid radio job was as a part-time, on-air announcer at WAAF.

Zachary, a 41-year radio veteran, is a Connecticut native and graduate of Holy Cross. He began his radio career in Worcester followed by stints in Providence and Boston. While in Boston, Zachary served as Operations Manager at the old WITS 1510.  There his role included direct oversight of both Red Sox and Bruins play-by-play.

Zachary comes to Entercom from Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, N.C. There, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s entire slate of radio stations, networks, digital and interactive divisions and print publications. Prior to joining Curtis Media in 2002, he was VP/Market Manager for CBS Radio in Washington, D.C.  Zachary has held similar senior executive positions for HMW Communications and Voyager Communications in Raleigh and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in New Orleans.

Entercom Station Group President Weezie Kramer said, “Phil is the right person at the right time for Entercom Boston. He is a leader and a listener. He understands the challenges we face but he also sees the tremendous opportunity we have. Phil believes in the strength of our brands, the dynamic nature of our content and the true potential of our team.”

“The only reason to leave a great job in radio is for one of the absolute best jobs in radio,” said new Entercom VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary. “Make no mistake—WAAF, WEEI and WRKO are not only some of the greatest call letters in Boston radio history, but some of the best brands in our industry. This amazing opportunity brings me back to my New England roots and the place I started my radio career. There are great challenges ahead, not to mention best of-class competition, but I look forward to it and can’t wait to get started.”

Zachary will begin at Entercom Boston on October 21st.