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2019 Radio Show to Explore The Podcast Revolution

Radio Show
Radio Show

Leaders from the growing podcast industry will participate in "The Podcast Revolution," a Radio Show session scheduled for Wednesday, September 25. Panelists include iHeartMedia President of Digital Revenue Strategy Carter Brokaw, National Public Radio General Manager of Podcasts Neal Carruth and United Talent Agency emerging platforms and podcasting agent Oren Rosenbaum. They'll discuss podcasting trends and strategies with moderator iHeartPodcast Network President Conal Byrne.

"The business of podcasting is still so nascent with broadcasters experimenting and producing podcast networks that are leading the way," said Radio Advertising Bureau President and CEO Erica Farber. "This session will help any size broadcaster, audio specialist, and advertiser understand what's working and what you can do to produce quality and revenue-generating podcast content in your local market."

The session will highlight and examine everything from the creative process to successful branding for broadcasters and advertisers, along with monetization and distribution opportunities.

In his role as president of iHeartMedia's digital revenue strategy, Brokaw oversees and develops iHeartMedia's overall digital revenue strategies for more than 850 streaming radio stations and websites. iHeartMedia has 130 million registered users on iHeartRadio, over two billion app downloads and more than 145 million social media users across its network.

Byrne is the president of the iHeartPodcast Network. iHeartRadio carries more than 250,000 podcasts, from its own to other major podcast publishers, and Byrne oversees the iHeartPodcast Network of more than 750 original shows that amass more than 164 million downloads a month.

As the general manager of podcasts at National Public Radio (NPR), Neal Carruth fosters programming innovation and the development of new content for NPR's most popular podcasts. He is also responsible for facilitating connections between NPR's podcast portfolio, NPR's newsroom, and NPR member stations.

Oren Rosenbaum is a digital media agent at United Talent Agency (UTA), where he leads the agency's emerging platforms division, focusing on podcasts and other interactive entertainment platforms. Rosenbaum represents a variety of podcast networks, creators and early stage companies, including Wondery, Wattpad, Tenderfoot, iHeartMedia/HowStuffWorks, The Boston Globe, Guy Raz of TED Radio Hour and How I Built This, Marc Smerling of Crimetown and The Jinx, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of My Favorite Murder, and DJ Khaled.

The Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 24-26 in Dallas, Texas.

KMG, Minnick Announce Wide-Ranging Audio Partnership

Fred Minnick
Fred Minnick

Krantz Media Group (KMG) Networks inks a new partnership with Bourbon expert Fred Minnick (pictured), best-selling author, editor-in-chief of Bourbon+ Magazine, personality on the Spirits Network and the curator for the annual Bourbon & Beyond music festival held in Louisville, KY. Minnick is frequently interviewed by the international media including the BBC, The Atlantic, CBS News, CBS This Morning, NPR, New York Times, NBC, FOX News and others. The partnership will bring a wide array of audio programming to listeners worldwide as well as live programming onsite as current and planned events.

"I couldn't be more honored and thrilled to work with such a dynamic radio executive and company like KMG to build an audio platform," remarked Minnick, "This partnership will help accomplish my goal of having a hand in every media for spirits."

Minnick met KMG CEO Gary Krantz while sitting across from each other at a dinner at the annual X Live Convention in Las Vegas last year. As Minnick recalled, "I started picking his brain about all these radio personalities I used to and still listen to. As it turned out, he worked with most of them. Gary also picked my brain about bourbon. Little did I know he was feeling me out for a potential partnership. People love a good drink, and I love educating folks about the good stuff."

"Fred Minnick of the most compelling media personalities have ever met," added Krantz. "After serving in Iraq, he began a career in bourbon and has created huge success and a massive following in television, books, magazines, and as a regular guest on radio stations around the world. KMG is very excited to build success with several projects in the works for all forms of radio and podcasts."

WTMJ, Milwaukee Brewers Ink Multi-Year Contract Extension

Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers

WTMJ-AM (Newsradio 620) and the Milwaukee Brewers have inked a multi-year contract extension. The Good Karma Brand News/Talk outlet has served as the radio flagship of the Brewers since the team moved to Milwaukee in 1970 -- for all buttwo seasons. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Bob Uecker will be joined in the broadcast booth by Jeff Levering, Lane Grindle and engineer Kent Sommerfeld.

"The Brewers and WTMJ have one of the longest partnerships in Major League Baseball and we are mutually committed to delivering exceptional programming and content," said Brewers President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger in a statement. "We value our partnership with Good Karma Brands and are excited to continue a great tradition of bringing Brewers baseball to our entire fan base."

"We are proud of our long partnership with the Brewers and look forward to delivering 'the soundtrack of summer' to fans across the state for years to come," added VP/Market Manager Steve Wexler.


Entercom's WBT Extends Broadcast Partnership with Panthers

Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers

Entercom and the Carolina Panthers have announced a new multi-year broadcast partnership extension. As part of the agreement, News/Talk WBT-AM/Charlotte will continue to serve as the flagship home of the Carolina Panthers. Sister station WFNZ-AM will provide promotional support. As part of the deal, Panthers legends Steve Smith Sr., Damione Lewis and Muhsin Muhammad will contribute to WFNZ segments. WBT will continue to carry all Panthers game broadcasts with Mick Mixon and Jim Szoke providing play-by-play coverage.

"We are thrilled and excited to continue this valued partnership with the Carolina Panthers," said Senior Vice President and Market Manager Matthew Hanlon. "Since the team's inception, fans have needed a place to turn to for exceptional coverage of the Panthers and I'm proud WBT is given the opportunity to be that voice."

"Since 2005, WBT has been our flagship radio station and we look forward to continuing this long-standing partnership," added Carolina Panthers Tom Glick. "WBT and WFNZ play important roles on game days and throughout the football season, ensuring that Panthers fans have access to local radio coverage of our team's impact both on the field and in the community."

In addition, the agreement includes the continuation of pregame and postgame shows, including "The Coaches Show" on Monday evenings from 6-7pm ET.

Rush Limbaugh Donates $2 Million to 9/11 Organization

Betsy Ross T-shirt
Betsy Ross T-shirt

Syndicated talk host Rush Limbaugh has donated $2 million from the sales of his official Betsy Ross t-shirt to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the amount is still rising. The Foundation, named after a New York City Firefighter who lost his life on 9/11, announced that, with this gift, it has paid off the mortgages on the family homes of six slain American heroes affecting six widows and 23 children.

"Thanks to the generosity of Rush and Kathryn, and the listeners of The Rush Limbaugh Show, six families who have lost their husbands and fathers, killed while they were protecting us at home and abroad, can rest a little easier knowing they own their homes free and clear," said Tunnel to Towers CEO and Chairman Frank Siller.

"It's the greatest thing. It's one of the most uplifting things that I have been involved in because this is the American people... generating enough revenue to be able to send $2 million to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation," said Limbaugh. There is still more work to be done. Our first responders and our men and women in uniform continue to put their lives at risk every single day."

By donating just $11 per month, you can make sure the Tunnel to Towers Foundation is able to help the next family who suffers the sudden and tragic death of a loved one in the line of duty. Go to Tunnel2Towers.org.

2019 NFL Training Camp Tour on SiriusXM Begins July 25


The 2019 SiriusXM NFL Radio Training Camp Tour is scheduled to begin July 25 and will feature live shows from training camps of all 32 NFL teams to prepare fans for the 2019 NFL season. SiriusXM NFL Radio hosts will broadcast live on location from each training camp site, giving listeners around the country an in-depth look at their favorite teams and players as they prepare for the coming season.

The series will present one-on-one interviews with players, coaches and franchise executives, expert breakdowns of every roster and reports on rookies and veterans. A schedule detailing show times, hosts and locations appears below and at siriusxm.com/nflonsxm.

Hosts on the SiriusXM NFL Radio Training Camp Tour include former NFL team executives and coaches Mark Dominik, Pat Kirwan, Bill Polian and Charlie Weis, former players Erik Coleman, Charles Davis, David Diehl, Bruce Gradkowski, Torry Holt, Brad Hopkins, James Lofton, Ed McCaffrey, Jim Miller and Solomon Wilcots, plus Jeff Joniak, Mike Keith, Bill Lekas, Alex Marvez, Bruce Murray, Bob Papa, Jeff Rickard and Cole Wright.

Newly elected Hall of Fame executive Gil Brandt, who in his three decades as an executive with the Dallas Cowboys pioneered innovative pro personnel systems used by many teams today, will host the Cowboys training camp show on July 29 and multiple other shows. Brandt is a longtime SiriusXM NFL Radio host, and can be heard weekdays on Late Hits (7:00 - 11:00 pm ET).

On Saturday, August 3, SiriusXM NFL Radio will broadcast the induction of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 in Canton, OH. Listeners will hear coverage as eight more of football's finest are enshrined, including Gil Brandt, Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson.

On Friday, August 2, SiriusXM will present a special Town Hall with Gil Brandt in Canton. Hosted by former Cowboys great Drew Pearson, the Gil Brandt Town Hall will celebrate Brandt's career and achievements in the game. The Gil Brandt Town Hall will debut on August 2 at 6pm ET on SiriusXM NFL Radio and be available to subscribers On Demand on the SiriusXM app.

Tommy Mattern Appoints Hubbard Radio/St. Louis Ops Mgr.

Tommy Mattern
Tommy Mattern

Veteran radio programmer Tommy Mattern is appointed Operations Manager for Hubbard Radio's five-station cluster in St. Louis. He joined Hubbard in March, 2018, when the company acquired several stations from Emmis. Mattern joined Emmis in 1996 as Assistant Program Director and Music Director of Q-104. He was named PD of WALC (Alice) then WXTM (104.1) two years later. Mattern then switched to 105.7 The Point as its Program Director.

Under Mattern's leadership, KPNT became one of the most highly rated Alternative radio stations in the country. He was nominated for R&R Program Director of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

WMGK/Philadelpha Flips to 102.9MCK-All Stones All the Time


Beasley's WMGK-FM (Classic Rock 102.9)/Philadelphia will officially flip to exclusively play Rolling Stones songs, dubbing itself, "102.9MCK - All Stones All the Time" in honor of Mick Jagger and The World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band's upcoming concert on Tuesday, July 23rd at Lincoln Financial Field. Trading in its usual wide array of Classic Rock hits, 102.9MCK will focus on a variety of tracks from the 49 live and studio albums released by the band throughout their career.

In addition, the station's regular features will also change John DeBella's and Andre' Gardner's "Breakfast with the Beatles" features will be transformed into "Scones with The Stones." Debbi Calton's "Noon Time Nuggets" will become "Lunch Time Licks" and Tony Harris' evening feature entitled "Get The Led Out" will become "Get Your Ya-Ya's Out", while his "Jones for The Stones" segment will remain unchanged.

102.9MCK will also provide complete concert coverage beginning at 2pm (day of the show) with afternoon host Andre Gardner broadcasting live from the venue.


Report: Cumulus Refused to Let Garner Air Buttigieg Interview

Blair Garner
Blair Garner

Cumulus has created quite an uproar when it refused to let syndicated and National and Country Radio Hall of Fame air personality Blair Garner air a pre-recorded interview with 2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg last week. According To CNN, the idea for it came from the Buttigieg campaign, and Garner welcomed the outreach. If you want to hear the interview, it's only available on Garner's personal SoundCloud page.

"Since Country music tends to lean in a conservative direction, I was surprised" to get the opportunity, Garner wrote afterward. "The only candidate who asked to be on my show. My employer decided I couldn't air it - but I did get permission to post it on my personal Soundcloud account," he said in a Twitter post.

In an op-ed for USA Today, Kurt Bardella, the publisher of the daily country music email newsletter "The Morning Hangover," said, "I hope the executives at Cumulus take the time to actually listen to the whole conversation, reconsider their directive, and give Blair the go-ahead to air his talk with Mayor Pete."

Cumulus said it wouldn't allow the interview because of federal rules that require stations to provide equal time to political candidates.

"Cumulus Nashville's programming managers made the decision not to air Blair Garner's pre-recorded interview with Mayor Pete Buttigieg because of the large number of political candidates currently in this race," the company told CNN. "The decision was made by local programming management based solely on concerns related to the application of the FCC's Equal Time Rule. The effects of the FCC's Equal Time Rule are widely understood and considered whenever these types of issues arise."

According to experts who have studied the equal time rules, a news interview does not apply in this case. Media researcher and communications professor Dylan McLemore wrote in a Twitter post, "The equal time rule is indeed 'widely understood' ... to NOT include 'bonafide news interviews,' even by entertainment hosts like Garner. Cumulus knows this. So what's the real reason?" He also cited late-night talk show interviews as an example in which the equal time rule does not apply.

Josh Wolff Named PD for B104 & 95.1 ZZO/Allentown

Josh Wolff
Josh Wolff

iHeartMedia announced today that Josh Wolff has been named Program Director for B104, The Valley's #1 Hit Music Station, and 95.1 ZZO, The Valley's Rock Station, effective immediately. Wolff succeeds Derrick Cole, who has accepted a role with National Programming Group as Contemporary Hit Radio Program Director.

"I am thrilled to have Josh join our iHeartMedia Allentown team," said Stevens. "His extensive background and proven track record combined with his innovative ideas and vision make him an excellent fit for our stations in this market."

Wolff joins the Allentown market from iHeartMedia Phoenix, where he most recently served as the Marketing Director/Assistant Program Director for 99.9 KEZ and 95.5 The Mountain. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Salisbury-Ocean City; Assistant Program Director for 105.9 KGBX and Alice 95.5 as well as Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia Springfield. Throughout his career he has also held positions in Atlanta; Greenville, S.C.; Pittsburgh; and Binghamton, NY. He is a Syracuse University graduate.

"The past four years at iHeartMedia have been nothing short of fantastic," said Wolff. " I cannot thank iHeart enough for its leadership, support, guidance, and mentorship. Now with this new chapter, I am incredibly honored to join and work with the iHeart Allentown team at these monster radio stations."

Walter Flakus Names 107.7 The End/Seattle APD/Afternoons

Walter Flakus
Walter Flakus

Entercom names Walter Flakus as Assistant Program Director and afternoon drive host for Alternative KNDD-FM (107.7 The End)/Seattle. He'll also be on air weekdays from 3-7pm PT, effective August 6. Prior to joining Entercom, Flakus held various roles at WKQX-FM/Chicago including Assistant Program Director, Music Director and air personality. He's served as Music Director for WLUP-FM/Chicago, SiriusXM and WGY-FM (then WHRL-FM)/Albany, NY.

"We're thrilled to welcome such a talented programmer to the 107.7 The End team," said Entercom Seattle Senior Vice President and Market Manager Jack Hutchison. "Walter brings extensive experience and leadership both on and off the air which will benefit listeners and partners."

"I'm so excited to be a part of the history of such a legendary station like 107.7 The End. It's been on my to-do list for many years," added Flakus. "I'd like to extend many thanks to Leslie Scott [Program Director, 107.7 The End] and Dave Richards [Senior Vice President, Programming and Operations, Entercom Seattle] for making this happen. I guess now it's time to invest in a rain jacket."

CMG/Atlanta Appoints Chris Centore APD and B98.5 Afternoons

Chris Centor
Chris Centor

Cox Media Group/Atlanta names Chris Centore as Assistant Program Director for WALR, WSB-FM and WSRV, effective immediately. Centore will also host afternoons on WSB-FM (B98.5), weekdays from 2-7pm. The 20-year broadcast vet has worked with several major market outlets including stations in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. He started his career at WHOB in New Hampshire before being recruited to Richmond, VI, to help launch the market's first-ever Alternative station, WDYL. He's also worked with WFNX and WBQB before joining the WSB team in April.

"We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the CMGA team," said Senior Director of Operations Chris Eagan. "His years of diverse experience in programming plus his all-in, can-do attitude make him the perfect fit for this role."

"I am excited for this new opportunity with B98.5 and to work alongside Chris Eagan and the CMGA team," added Centore. "I look forward to being part of our listeners' afternoon commute and to help our radio stations continue to deliver the best, most compelling on-air content in Atlanta."


Mike McVay Joins Benztown as Senior Consultant

Mike McVay
Mike McVay

Benztown has announced that Mike McVay, President/CEO of McVay Media, will provide strategic audio programming and business development services as a senior consultant to the fast-growing audio services and programming company. Benztown was founded in 2008 by L.A. radio producer and program director Dave "Chachi" Denes, Andreas Sannemann, a leading international audio imaging specialist and composer based in Stuttgart, Germany, and Oliver Klenk, audio production wunderkind and composer, also from Stuttgart. McVay has worked with Benztown for the past eight years as a client partner in his previous role as EVP, Content and Programming for Cumulus Media and Westwood One.

In 2011, Cumulus and Benztown signed an exclusive agreement that continues today, creating one of the radio industry's largest and highest quality collections of production and imaging libraries, with Benztown providing radio imaging, production, voiceover, programming and jingles to Westwood One and to Cumulus' owned and operated stations.

"Mike has been an incredible mentor, friend and partner to me throughout the years," said Denes. "I'm both humbled and privileged to now be able to work with him directly as a consultant to Benztown."

Sannemann added, "We are more than excited to continue working with Mike and for me personally it is an absolute honor to learn more from one of the icons in our industry."

"The product line from Benztown is nothing short of spectacular," said McVay. "I am excited to consult Andy and Chachi and interface with the worldwide team that is Benztown. My personal experiences using these products give me an advantage and insight into what Benztown offers."

Dori Zori Named Assistant PD at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Dori Zori
Dori Zori

Non-commercial radio vet Dori Zori is named Assistant Program Director of WYMS-FM (88Nine Radio) in Milwaukee. She'll also continue to host the station's morning show weekdays from 6-10am, a post she's helmed since 2012. Zori joined 88Nine in August, 2012, when she began co-hosting and eventually hosting the morning show. Before coming to Radio Milwaukee, Zori was an air talent on WMSE-FM (91.7) from 1990 to 2012 and the station's underwriting director from 2008 to 2012.

"Dori's 20-plus years in non-commercial radio makes her the perfect fit for the role," said Program Director Jordan Lee. "Dori will also lead some new and exciting programming plans that are in the works at Radio Milwaukee."

"Being part of a community-powered radio station has been my passion for as long as I can remember," added Zori. "From my early days at WMSE to my work now at 88Nine, I've been able to give back to my city by working hard to highlight the local bands, businesses and organizations that make Milwaukee a dynamic place to live. I'm so excited to become a stronger voice at 88Nine to help shape not only the future of the station but our next generation of broadcasters."

Entercom Extends Partnership with Pitt Athletics

Entercom and University of Pittsburgh Athletics today announced a new multi-year broadcast partnership extension. As part of the agreement, 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM), the flagship home of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, will continue to serve as the flagship station for Pitt football and men's basketball. Sister stations News Radio 1020 KDKA (KDKA-AM), 100.7 Star (WBZZ-FM) and Y108 (WDSY-FM) will provide coverage and promotional support.

"With Heather Lyke's [Director of Athletics, University of Pittsburgh] vision, the future of the Pitt Athletic Department is extremely exciting and we are thrilled to be able to bring every moment of it to alumni and fans," said Michael Spacciapolli, SVP/MM, Entercom Pittsburgh. "Through the growth of our partnership, Panther fans will get coverage and insight year-round that they have never had before."

"Entercom Pittsburgh has been an outstanding partner for Pitt Athletics and our new agreement reflects the exciting collaborations we will be launching this fall," said Lyke. "In addition to football and basketball game broadcasts, we are especially enthusiastic about new supplementary programing that will put a spotlight on the entire Pitt sports scene. The Panthers will receive unprecedented coverage on 93.7 The Fan as well as on Entercom's three additional Pittsburgh stations. This partnership is a huge win for Pitt fans who will enjoy comprehensive coverage 12 months a year."

"We are thrilled to continue the long-standing relationship between Pitt Athletics and Entercom," said Laila Brock, Vice President, Sponsorship Sales & Operations, Pitt Sports Marketing. "Our collective goal is to continue to enhance the strong Pitt Athletics brand and the Entercom partnership is an integral component to our success."

93.7 The Fan has provided play-by-play coverage for both teams since the 2010-11 season. For the first time in the decade-long partnership, game broadcasts, which include pregame, halftime and postgame shows, will be entirely produced locally by 93.7 The Fan. 93.7 The Fan will air a two-hour football pregame show and a one-hour "Panther Reaction" postgame call-in show. The station will also feature one hour of pregame basketball programing, including a 30-minute "Poni and Page Show," featuring 93.7 The Fan afternoon show co-host Andrew Fillipponi and former Panthers basketball star Julius Page.

In addition to game broadcasts, the new agreement will include the launch of two new Pitt-centric shows beginning this fall: "The Panther Insider Show," a weekly program that will air on 93.7 The Fan, and "The Heather Lyke Show," a weekly show on News Radio 1020 KDKA featuring the school's director of athletics. The agreement also includes the continuation of weekly in-season shows featuring football coach Pat Narduzzi and men's basketball coach Jeff Capel III.

The partnership between Entercom and the University of Pittsburgh was facilitated through Pitt's official corporate partnership and multimedia rights partner, JMI Sports, operating locally as Pitt Sports Marketing. JMI Sports works to maximize the value of Pitt's varied multimedia assets, including radio and television broadcasts.

Premiere/iHM Launch Crook & Chase: Nashville Chats Podcast

Crook and Chase
Crook and Chase

Premiere Networks and Country Radio Hall of Famers Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase announced today the launch of a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast, Crook & Chase: Nashville Chats, available now on the iHeartRadio Podcast Network.

One of the longest-running broadcast duos in the business, Crook and Chase have been a go-to source for Country music news and entertainment for more than 30 years. This new weekly podcast will feature exclusive, in-depth interviews with the biggest stars in Country music, as well as archived conversations from throughout their award-winning broadcast careers. The first two episodes feature wide-ranging interviews with award-winning Country music stars Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Future episodes will be available Tuesdays.

"We love getting up close and nosy with our guests - it's going to be a lot of fun!" said Charlie Chase. Adds Lorianne Crook, "Our candid conversations with the stars surprise even us! We have never-before-heard stories behind the music, as well as archived interviews that go back to the very beginning of the stars' careers, plus amazing in-studio performances." Chase explains, "It all adds up to a fun and entertaining look at the personal and professional moments that propel these Country artists to stardom."

"Lorianne and Charlie are two of the best interviewers in the business," said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. "Country music fans are going to love this new podcast featuring more of their unique and entertaining conversations with the biggest stars in the format."

In addition to hosting the podcast, Crook and Chase will continue hosting their weekly, nationally-syndicated program The Crook and Chase Countdown.

Cumulus Makes $50 Million Voluntary Debt Prepayment

Cumulus Media has made a $50 million voluntary debt prepayment, continuing its commitment to reducing leverage. The company has reduced its total debt by close to $250 million since emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 4, 2018, bringing the Company's total debt to approximately $1.05 billion.

The debt prepayment was funded by the net proceeds from the previously announced sale of KLOS-FM to Meruelo Media, which closed on July 17, 2019, as well as cash on hand generated from operations.


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