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iHeartMedia, Diet Coke & Taylor Swift Join Forces
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 10:08am CT

iHeartMedia and Diet Coke to Launch New Taylor Swift Album Three giants in their respective industries are teaming up for an unprecedented radio cross promotion. iHeartMedia, Diet Coke and Taylor Swift are joining forces to celebrate the release of Swift's highly anticipated, fifth studio album, 1989, on October 27. Together, Swift and Diet Coke will take over every Premiere Networks-syndicated CHR show and its digital platforms during the week of Taylor's album launch.

Swift will kick-off the week by guest-hosting American Top 40 on October 25 and 26 and being featured on Direct From Hollywood with Ryan Seacrest on October 27. She will also appear as a special guest during On with Mario Lopez on October 29. On October 30, Diet Coke will present Swift co-hosting On Air with Ryan Seacrest for the show's entire four-hour broadcast live from New York City, sharing exclusive details about 1989. This will be the first time an artist co-hosts the entire radio program, as well as the first time the full show is presented by a single brand. To bring fans closer to the experience, Diet Coke is hosting the Ultimate 1989 Fan Party LIVE from iHeartRadio's NYC studios during the broadcast.

"In our new 'Get A Taste' campaign, Diet Coke is showing fans how the delicious taste of Diet Coke can make their worlds a bit brighter. Now, we're bringing that idea to life for Taylor fans by offering them a taste of her new album in this first-of-its-kind iHeartMedia radio takeover," said Rafael Acevedo, Group Director, Coca-Cola Trademark, Coca-Cola North America. "We hope Diet Coke and Taylor fans will enjoy celebrating the launch of 1989 and getting a taste of Taylor's new music with us."

Swift will appear as a special in-studio guest on Elvis Duran and The Morning Show, be featured on The Kane Show and appear as a special guest on The Johnjay & Rich Show on October 31. Then to round out the week, Swift will guest-host iHeartRadio Countdown with Romeo and be a featured guest on iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez and Weekend Top 30 with Hollywood Hamilton on November 1 and 2. In addition, Swift will appear as a special guest on Saturday Night Online Live with Romeo on November 1 and appear as a special guest on Club Kane on November 2.

"We are huge supporters of Taylor Swift and we are thrilled to be a cornerstone in launching her new album 1989. iHeartMedia has the natural ability to connect with fans in meaningful ways through our robust assets and powerful franchise of station brands and on-air personalities," said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks. "We are excited to join forces with Diet Coke to produce a Taylor Swift takeover event on the top Premiere-syndicated CHR programs heard across the country and on iHeartRadio, reaching millions of music fans to celebrate the incredible talent of Taylor."

In addition to the radio takeover with iHeartMedia, Taylor Swift and Diet Coke are giving four lucky listeners and their guests the chance to see one of Taylor's upcoming performances through a sweepstakes running on-air, online and via iHeartRadio. Beginning October 24, fans can visit iHeartRadio.com/DietCoke to register for the chance to win, courtesy of Diet Coke.

During the Ultimate 1989 Fan Party LIVE on October 30, audience members will have the chance to win exclusive Swift and Diet Coke merchandise enjoy the 1989 album launch via a live feed to Clear Channel Outdoor's billboard in Times Square, which will be taken over by Swift and Diet Coke branding between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. ET. A photo booth in Times Square will allow Swift fans to join in the excitement and project their photos on the massive digital screen.


NAB Ups Curtis Legeyt to Senior VP/Public Policy
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 2:55pm CT

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) ups Curtis LeGeyt to the newly created position of Senior VP/Public Policy. In that role, LeGeyt will serve as NAB's principal liaison to the White House and executive departments. He will also maintain his current responsibilities for Congressional advocacy and political strategy in the NAB Government Relations department.

"Curtis's consensus building style and strong political acumen have served NAB membership well," said NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith. "In a relatively short time, Curtis has demonstrated a tenacious advocacy for free and local broadcasting and substantive command of difficult public policy issues that make him well suited for this expanded role."

LeGeyt joined NAB in 2011 after serving as Senior Counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and as a member of the 2008 Obama For America legal team. His areas of expertise include Intellectual Property, Antitrust and First Amendment issues.


iHeartRadio Now Available for Use in Apple's CarPlay
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 2:29pm CT

iHeartRadio is now live in Apple's CarPlay and available for consumer use in select vehicles and aftermarket headunits. The CarPlay integration, originally announced in March, is another big step for iHeartRadio's auto offerings and places its popular iPhone app right in the car's dashboard. iHeartRadio's CarPlay integration ensures a seamless, easy-to-access and consistent user experience for its listeners across all connected platforms.

Users of the Carplay integration can access their favorite live radio, custom stations and talk show content, and browse additional content recommended based on listening preferences. Several new automotive OEMs and aftermarket manufacturers will be adding CarPlay support over the next several months.

The integration also speaks to the larger growth of automotive infotainment and how developers moving forward must look beyond just smartphone screens and to the dashboard as well.


Sports Talk Florida Debuts Local Midday Program
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 2:15pm CT

Genesis Communications debuts "The Front Office," hosted by Tom Veit (aka The GM), weekdays from noon-3pm beginning October 27 on WHBO-AM (Sports Talk 1040 The Team) in Tampa and WHOO-AM (Sports Talk 1080 The Team) in Orlando. The show will be Central Florida's only local originating midday sports radio talk program. Veit is a seasoned sports executive with over 25 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry.

"With 10 major professional sports teams and seven all sport Division I collegiate programs in Florida, there needs to be a place during the midday to talk local sports," said Veit. "Every day there will be passionate debates on the hot topics. After spending so many years working in the Central Florida sports scene, the one thing I know is that there is passion from every point of view."

Veit is also the former President and General Manager of the MLS Philadelphia Union. He worked side-by-side with Vince McMahon as Senior VP of Global Live Events for the WWE.

"Sports programming is in demand every hour of the day for the Central Florida sports listener. Our company provides a fun and entertaining venue with in-depth stories for fans across Central Florida with all of our radio, mobile and web publications. Tom's unique background will certainly give Floridians a behind-the-scenes look and insight to professional and college sports," said Genesis President/CEO Bruce Maduri.


NBC Sports Radio to Launch 2 Robbies Football Show
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 3:09pm CT

NBCSportsRadio.com debuts its first-ever digital-only show, "The 2 Robbies 'Football' Show," a Premier League-focused program starring NBC Sports Group analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe on Saturday, October 25 at 5pm. ET. The weekly one-hour Saturday show follows NBC Sports Group's live Premier League match coverage, and will stream live from NBC Sports Group's International Broadcast Center in Stamford, CT.

The 2 Robbies 'Football' Show will focus on the Premier League and international soccer, featuring commentary and analysis from Earle and Mustoe, who will take calls and answer questions from listeners. The show will also feature interviews with top names in the sport, including current and former players, managers and analysts.

Each Saturday at 5pm ET during Premier League season, The 2 Robbies 'Football' Show will stream on NBCSportsRadio.com and the NBC Sports Radio mobile app, with replays on-demand on both platforms. The NBC Sports Radio mobile app is available at the App Store for iOS devices, and on select devices within Google Play.

Since NBC Sports Group kicked off its Premier League coverage in August, 2013, Earle and Mustoe have worked alongside host Rebecca Lowe and fellow analyst Kyle Martino on Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows, Goal Zone, Match of the Day, and Match of the Day II, which provide in-depth analysis, post-match interviews, reactions from the day's matches and highlights with match commentators.

"As the game continues to grow here in the U.S., I think it's important we give the American soccer fan a voice too," said Earle. "There will be no scripts or prompting, on this program Robbie Mustoe and I will discuss only topics that the fans want to debate."


McCarthy's New SiriusXM Show to Launch October 27
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 3:31pm CT

SiriusXM announced Thursday that Jenny McCarthy's "Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy," a new daily live morning show, will launch on Monday, October 27, airing weekdays from 10am-noon ET. The new program will feature McCarthy talking about everything from dating, parenting, sex, relationships, pop culture and current events. McCarthy will be joined by celebrity friends, comedians and other special guests. The show will also feature McCarthy interacting with her fans with live calls, tweets and social media.

The launch of the live daily show comes after McCarthy's successful limited-run weekly show aired on SiriusXM Stars this summer.

On Wednesday, October 29, Jenny McCarthy will host a Halloween costume party in the SiriusXM studios. The special Halloween edition of "Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy," which will feature music, chats with special guests and more, will air on Halloween, Friday, October 31, at 10am ET.


Veteran Talent Coach Reynolds Adds WIL/St. Louis
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 3:22pm CT

The Reynolds Group is announces the signings of WIL-FM/St. Louis, KOSP-FM (92.9 The Beat)/Springfield, MO and Radio Veronica in the Netherlands for talent coaching. In addition, the Sonoma Media Group in Santa Rosa, WGFB-FM (B103)/Rockford, IL and KSON-FM/San Diego have re-upped their contracts with the Reynolds Group.

President Steve Reynolds commented, "Every single thing radio competes with doesn't have, as its significant point of differentiation, the one attribute that makes radio real, human, special, and unique: compelling, fun talent. With the connected car coming, we're turning a corner in radio where more companies are investing in the growth of their talent. Nothing could be more exciting for the health of our industry."

The Reynolds Group coaches premiere radio talent across the country in all formats and all market sizes. Reynolds a trusted talent coach for high profile programs, works with eight shows in the top ten markets.


Cap City Radio/State College Names Burton as VP/P
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 3:52pm CT

Cap City Radio appoints JC Burton as VP/Programming for its clusters in State College and Lewistown, PA. He'll now oversee the programming of AC WZWW-FM, CHR WBHV-FM, Rock WEMR-FM, Classic Hits WOWY-FM, AC WLAK-FM, AC WMRF-FM and News/Talk WIEZ-AM. Burton will continue similar duties at the company's local group in Frankfort, KY, including AC WSTV-FM, Country WFKY-FM, Country WVKY-FM and Oldies WKYW-FM.

Previously, Burton served as Program Director and morning personality at WLKT-FM/Lexington, KY.


Univision/New York Launches 92.7 FM Nueva York
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 9:28am CT

Univision Local Media New York has announced the launch of a new format for 92.7 WQBU-FM. Formerly known as Univision America New York, the new "92.7 FM Nueva York" will feature a music-intensive lineup with a focus on Regional Mexican hits. The station will air two of Univision's most acclaimed radio shows "El Show de Raul Brindis" from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and "El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo" (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

The change comes on the heels of extensive research in the NY-DMA, where the Mexican population has increased by 62% since 2000, and listeners have expressed a strong interest in the Regional Mexican format.

"Our mission is to give audiences what they want and we heard them loud and clear," said Jose Valle, president of Univision Radio. "We are now bringing the best Regional Mexican music along with our top two morning shows from across the country to our audience in New York."

"92.7 FM Nueva York" will target Adults 18-49, complementing Univision Radio's other two New York stations, X96.3 and WADO 1280AM. Listeners can engage with the station via the Uforia app and through social media platforms.


Digity Names Schatz as Director of Rev Development
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 2:57pm CT

Digity appoints Jeffrey A. Schatz as Director of Revenue Development. Most recently, he was President of Total Marketing Solutions from 2009-2014. Previously, Schatz was VP/Sales for GAPWEST Broadcasting from 2007-09 and a Broadcast Marketing Consultant for Advantage Systems Inc. from 2003-07. Prior to that he served as VP/Market Manager of New Wave Broadcasting in Honolulu and Director of Sales for Tribune Broadcasting in Denver.


AudioHQ Inks Digital Audio Deal With TeshMedia
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 2:37pm CT

AudioHQ, a digital audio ad sales company, inks a distribution and sales partnership with Intelligence For Your Life which will bring John Tesh, Connie Sellecca and Gib Gerard's lifestyle-themed content to digital platforms. The content will include on-demand audio, podcasts, short-form features and 24/7 streaming channels.

"AudioHQ is focused on aligning advertisers with premium content. There are no better content creators in the lifestyle and entertainment marketplace than John and the rest of the team at TeshMedia Group. We are excited about the customized marketing opportunities that this will bring to our advertising partners " said AudioHQ's CRO Jeff McCarthy.

John Tesh added, "I've known Jeff McCarthy for a long time, and Jeff and Matt Cutair are experts at integrating brand partners with lifestyle content. We are looking forward to taking our 8 million loyal listeners to new platforms and growing our audience with them."


Westwood One to Air Sunday NFL Quadrupleheader
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 2:21pm CT

Westwood One will air four consecutive NFL games this Sunday, October 26. The special day of back-to-back NFL broadcasts kicks off at 9am ET with the NFL's International Series game, between the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons, live from Wembley Stadium in London, England. Westwood One is the only network partner to be able to deliver all four windows of NFL games to the fans.

Westwood One will broadcast the following four NFL games this Sunday complete with play-by-play/analyst assignments:

  • 9am ET -- Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons vs. Wembley Stadium, London (Dave Sims and Mark Malone)
  • 12:30pm ET -- Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans (Kevin Lee and Ross Tucker)
  • 3:30pm ET -- Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals (Tom McCarthy and Rod Woodson)
  • 7:30 pm ET -- Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints (Kevin Kugler, James Lofton and Chris Doering)
Westwood One's primetime NFL broadcasts can be heard on more than 500 radio stations, as well as on SiriusXM satellite radio, NFL.com/Audiopass and NFL Mobile from Verizon.


YSR Analysts, Sports Flash Anchors to Air on KFWB
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 10:42pm CT

Yahoo! Sports Radio has announced an expanded presence in Los Angeles as network analysts and Sports Flash anchors sign on to appear on KFWB-AM (The Beast 980). The network will provide custom Los Angeles-centric Sports Flash news updates daily, in addition to Yahoo! Sports NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports MLB Analyst Jeff Passan and Yahoo! Sports Radio Host and NFL Analyst Sean Salisbury appearing regularly on the station.

Wojnarowski joins former NBA All Star, UCLA national champion and LA Clipper Marques Johnson and co-host Jeanne Zelasko every Thursday at 6:30am PT to talk NBA on the Clippers flagship station, beginning October 23. Passan appears Mondays at 2pm PT with George Wrighster and Brett Winterble, and Salisbury appears Mondays and Fridays at 11am PT with Fred Roggin, effective immediately.

"We are excited to join forces with the new Beast 980 in Los Angeles," said Yahoo! Sports Radio CEO David Gow. "Wojnarowski, Passan and Salisbury all provide exceptional experience and talent in their respective areas, and we look forward to expanding our connection with the passionate L.A. sports audience."


Report: Dick Morris to Exit WPHT/Philadelphia
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 10:31pm CT

Conservative talk host Dick Morris announced Wednesday afternoon that he's leaving WPHT-AM (Talk Radio 1210)/Philadelphia in order to campaign for 2016 Republican candidates, reports philly.com's PhillyGossip. Morris joined the CBS Radio Talk outlet in March, 2013, replacing former Inquirer and Daily News columnist Buzz Bissinger. Morris does plan to stay through the upcoming election.

Station Operations Manager Andy Bloom said he did not have any plans to replace Morris as of yet and could not comment on whether the station would go in a different direction.

Senior VP/Market Manager Marc Rayfield told PhillyGossip, "He has done a great job for WPHT and we knew his busy schedule might one day make doing a daily radio show difficult. When Morris began the show, he told me he would split his time between Philadelphia and his home in Florida."


Stannard/Leesville LA Stations Hacked by CryptoWall
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 3:22pm CT

Stannard Broadcasting/Leesville, LA, found themselves at the mercy of hackers last Thursday (October 16) when the computers for Country KVVP-FM (Today's Country 105.7), Rock KROK-FM and AC KUMX-FM were victims of what appears to be the "CryptoWall Virus." A key word to unlock the virus was offered by the hackers in exchange for $500 in the Internet currency bitcoin. The stations were still running Windows XP allowing hackers easy access. Stannard's owner is advising anyone still running XP to upgrade.

"Stannard Broadcasting Inc. is working to correct problems associated with a virus that affected its data server," the company said in a statement. "A Trojan virus had been executed on a computer in the station's network on October 16 that encrypted the station's database audio files in the server."

News Director Elona Weston told Radio World, "the station's small staff worked through the weekend dealing with the consequences of this attack." "It was mayhem for a little bit," she said, "with a substantial amount of audio data missing or inaccessible. Complicating things, one of the stations has been in the process of installing a new transmitter."

GM Doug Stannard also to Radio World in an e-mail, "Two stations have had their music library compromised in that there is still missing audio and all the data strings are not complete. Each day there are more elements compromised. Each day there are additional files tapped by the hackers. So, each day is a new set of problems."


Radio Training Network Acquires KWFC/Springfield
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 2:12pm CT

Radio Training Network has agreed to acquire 100kw Southern Gospel KWFC-FM (89.1)/Springfield, MO, from Baptist Bible College for $1.3 million. Radio Training, headed by President James Campbell, also owns KWND-FM in Springfield as well as 24 other stations in 14 markets. Baptist Bible College is headed by President Mark Milioni. Greg Guy & Jason James of Patrick Communications brokered the transaction.


SBS Appoints Eric Garcia as Radio Revenue Chief
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 4:56pm CT

Spanish Broadcasting System appoints Eric Garcia as Revenue Chief of its radio division and General Manager of its New York cluster. He'll be responsible for the management and oversight of Local and National Radio Divisions and Event Sponsorships areas as well as the overall impact of Station Operating Income. Garcia has been with SBS since 2004. Previously, he was VP/Sales for WSKQ-FM (Mega 97.9) and WPAT-FM (Amor 93.1)/New York.

"My appointment of Eric Garcia to a senior leadership role in SBS, represents complete confidence that he will do an excellent job," stated COO Albert Rodriguez. "Eric Garcia has demonstrated a capacity for leadership and management skills in improving New York's station performance. We are asking him to extend those abilities to our other Radio markets, please join me in welcoming Eric to his new position."

Garcia began his radio career at radio sales at McGavren Guild Media before joining Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) in 2004. He's a graduate of Long Island University with a Degree in Marketing & Management and a Queens, New York, native.

"I am extremely excited for this opportunity. I will be able to work alongside the best operators in the business across our SBS markets, and together, grow the dynamics of the overall SBS portfolio. As with any close family, I look forward to working together with each market, and use our current relentless drive to grow SBS shares in every market," added Garcia.

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