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iHM/San Diego Names Taylor Jukes as SVP/Programming


Taylor Jukes
Taylor Jukes

iHeartMedia names Taylor Jukes as Senior Vice President of Programming for San Diego, effective immediately. Jukes joins from iHeartMedia/Miami, where she served as the Program Director of WHYI (Y100). She continues her role on the iHeart CHR Brand Team. Previously, Taylor was Program Director of Virgin Radio's CKFM and National Content Director for iHeartRadio Canada.

"We are so excited to welcome Taylor into our San Diego cluster. Her knowledge of the audio business and track record speak for themselves. We are eager for Taylor to bring her skill set and big ideas from Miami to an already incredible cluster of stations," said iHeartMedia San Diego Market President Noreen Ippolito. .

"I'm thrilled to be heading back to the West Coast to join the team in beautiful San Diego, where they have strong heritage brands and an amazing roster of talent. Thanks to Noreen Ippolito and Gene Romano for this incredible programming leadership opportunity," added Jukes.

Brooks O'Brian Named WFMS-FM/Indianapolis PD/Afternoons


Brooks O'Brian
Brooks O'Brian

Cumulus appoints Brooks O'Brian as Program Director for Country WFMS-FM in Indianapolis. She'll also be heard in afternoon drive, airing weekdays from 3-7pm. O'Brian was previously PD for KXSN-FM and KYXY in (Sunny 98.1)/San Diego. Before that, she was PD for Country KWNR-FM (99.5 The Bull) in Las Vegas. O'Brian won the ACM Award for Best Morning Show while at KSON-FM in San Diego, where she was Assistant PD, MD and midday host. Most recently, O'Brian was Brand Manager for WWJO-FM (98.1 Minnesota's New Country) in St. Cloud, MN.

Cumulus Indianapolis Operations Manager Mike Killabrew said, "The entire WFMS team and I are thrilled to have Brooks in Indianapolis. Her passion, vision and collaborative mind-set will take WFMS to the next level."

O'Brian commented, "I'm excited to join the incredible team at WFMS and Cumulus Indianapolis! It is a privilege to be associated with these heritage call letters in such a vibrant city. I can't wait to help grow the brand and embrace the community."

Study Finds Urban, Suburban & Rural Listening Differences


Edison Research
Edison Research

Edison Research's Share of Ear study finds that listeners from urban, suburban and rural areas (as defined by the U.S. Census) exhibit distinctively different behaviors when it comes to AM/FM radio listening, and podcast listening. As seen in the graphic below, those who live in rural areas spend a much higher portion of their audio listening time with AM/FM radio, as compared with those living in suburban or urban areas.

Rural listeners spend 43% of their daily audio listening time with AM/FM radio and radio streams, compared with urban listeners who spend 34% of their time with AM/FM radio and radio streams.

Meanwhile, Urban listeners spend over twice as much of their daily audio time with podcasts as rural listeners. Urban listeners spend 13% of their daily audio time with podcasts compared with rural listeners who spend 6% of their daily time with podcasts. For both data points, those who live in the suburbs fall in between.

When viewing the graphic more closely and adding the numbers for each location together -- these numbers are essentially the same -- between 47% and 49%. It appears that the 'time budget' for radio and podcasting combined is consistent across locations; it is just the apportionment of that time that varies.

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First-of-its-Kind NAB Show Welcome Session Announced


NAB Show
NAB Show

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has revealed the lineup for the NAB Show Welcome Session, taking place on the Main Stage at NAB Show, April 15 at 9:30am PT. NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt will lead off the event with a state of the industry fireside chat hosted by Emmy award-winning journalist Adrienne Bankert. Bankert serves as a special projects anchor for Nexstar Media Group's NewsNation. She previously was a co-anchor of NewsNation's "Morning in America" and a correspondent for ABC News.

Following the fireside chat, Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig will be joined on stage by Ameca, an autonomously AI-powered humanoid robot, to deliver a study on audience perspectives on AI's use in broadcast media. This keynote event will feature collaboration between Anstandig and Ameca as they deliver study findings pivotal to the industry's future.

"This year's NAB Show Welcome will be an unparalleled and exciting experience for the NAB Show community," said LeGeyt. "I look forward to talking with Adrienne Bankert, a first-class broadcaster with extensive industry insights, about the most pressing issues impacting media and broadcasting right now. My conversation with Daniel and Ameca, the AI robot, is part of an extensive lineup of AI-focused educational sessions, interactive exhibits, Show floor tours, training and workshops as well as the AI Creative Summit at NAB Show."

"There's a reason why I chose a humanoid to join me in presenting this coveted NAB Keynote," said Anstandig. "We're not just presenting data, we're showcasing the future of AI and human interaction." Anstandig plans to reveal a clear and compelling picture of audience perceptions on AI and the delicate balance of innovation and user expectations.

The program will also feature award presentations for the Library of American Broadcasting Impact Award and the NAB Distinguished Service Award.

Premiere Promotes Tammy Ragusa to Executive Producer/CPS


Tammy Ragusa
Tammy Ragusa

Premiere Networks promotes Tammy Ragusa to Executive Producer of Premiere Prep's Country radio services, effective immediately. Based in Nashville, Ragusa will oversee the company's Country Today and True Country prep services, as well as country music-focused remote broadcasts and live event coverage. Ragusa, who previously served as Producer, will continue to report to Premiere News and Prep Editor in Chief Andrew Richter.

"Tammy is one of the most knowledgeable and determined people I've ever had the privilege to work with," said Richter. "I know that under her leadership, Country Today and True Country will continue to be the best country prep services in the industry, and she'll deliver an amazing product to our affiliates."

"I'm so excited to step into a new role at Premiere and continue my tenure with the Premiere Prep team," added Ragusa. "The standard of service we have established, and my colleagues' encouragement inspire me to elevate our Country Today and True Country services, and to better serve our affiliates and our music industry partners."

Ragusa is a 30-year veteran of Nashville's country music community. She launched her career in marketing and publicity at Arista/Nashville, before transitioning into artist development. She continued her label tenure at RCA and then Capitol Records, before shifting into journalism where she worked as a senior staff writer and podcast host for Country Weekly.

She continued her editorial work at country music digital outlet Rare Country where she added social media community management to her resume. Ragusa returned to Premiere in 2019 after having previously worked with the company from 2006 to 2012.

iHM, New York Jets Inks Radio and Streaming Partnership


WAXQ (Q104.3) and New York Jets
WAXQ (Q104.3) and New York Jets

The New York Jets and iHeartMedia New York have agreed to a multi-year radio and streaming partnership that establishes Classic Rock WAXQ (Q104.3)/New York as the official broadcast radio home of the New York Jets, connecting the company's listeners across multiple platforms to New York Jets partnerships, events and personnel.

In addition to broadcasting Jets pre-game, in-game and post-game on Q104.3, listeners can also hear all the action on both the iHeartRadio and New York Jets apps (local market only). The multiplatform partnership will utilize iHeartMedia's array of New York City broadcast radio, streaming and digital platforms to promote the New York Jets brand and allows talent from both companies to appear as guests on shows.

"We are very excited about our new partnership with iHeartMedia, one of the largest media companies in the country," said New York Jets President Hymie Elhai. "We look forward to welcoming the iconic Q104.3 as our new flagship home for gamedays while simultaneously unlocking the unique power and exposure iHeartMedia's platforms can provide."

"We are thrilled to partner with the New York Jets and their incredibly loyal and passionate fans," added iHeartSports President Kevin LeGrett. "The collaboration between our two organizations has already begun and we are excited to partner with them to bring their games, players and programming to our millions of listeners across iHeart's broadcast, podcast and digital platforms."

"Being a lifelong New York Jets fan, I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome the New York Jets programming to our station," said Q104.3 Program Director Eric Wellman. "We're honored to be the home of such an iconic team, and we're committed to delivering top-notch coverage to Jets fans across the Tri-State area. This partnership represents an exciting chapter for both the station and the community, and we look forward to bringing the passion and excitement of Jets football to our listeners week after week."

SiriusXM Announces Coverage of 2024 NTT Indycar Series


SiriusXM
SiriusXM

SiriusXM has announced its plans for season-long coverage of the 2024 NTT Indycar Series season. Starting with the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding, running Sunday, March 10 (coverage starting at 11:30am ET), SiriusXM subscribers will have access to the live call of every one of the 18 events on the Indycar calendar.

SiriusXM's schedule includes the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the new $1 Million Challenge exhibition race at The Thermal Club outside Palm Springs, the return of the Milwaukee Mile event at Wisconsin State Fair Park, plus coverage of NTT Indycar Series qualifying and practice sessions.

Indycar broadcasts are available to listeners nationwide on the SiriusXM Indycar Nation channel in their cars (channel 218) and on the SiriusXM app.

Cumulus Media Q4 Net Revs Down 11.9% to $221.3 Million


Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media

Cumulus Media reported fourth quarter net revenues fell 11.9% to $221.3 million from $251.2 million in 2023. Adjusted EBITDA was down 46.6% to $22.79 million from $42.7 million. Total broadcast radio revenue declined 18.2% to $153.5 million from $187.6 million, while digital revenues grew 5% to $39.5 million from $37.7 million. The company posted a net loss of $98.06 million ($5.94 per diluted share) as compared to a loss of $0.1 million (81 cents) in the year-ago period.

Cumulus Media President/CEO Mary G. Berner said, "While 2023 was a tough year across the media landscape, we were able to offset some of the effects of the weak national advertising climate through strong execution in our key focus areas. Specifically, we grew our digital businesses, meaningfully reduced fixed costs, and improved our balance sheet. Looking ahead, though national advertisers are expressing interest in increasing their radio buys, as of yet, ad demand remains choppy, reducing our visibility into the rest of 2024. That said, our industry-leading performance during similarly weak macro environments gives us significant confidence in our ability to navigate through this one and rebound strongly when the advertising market improves."

The company is separately announcing an exchange offer for Cumulus Media New Holdings Inc.'s outstanding 6.750% Senior Secured First-Lien Notes due 2026 for new 8.750% Senior Secured First Lien Notes due 2029 to be issued by the Issuer. Concurrently, the Issuer is also offering lenders under the Issuer's senior secured term loans borrowed under its credit agreement, dated as of September 26, 2019, the opportunity to exchange their Old Term Loans for new senior secured term loans issued under a new credit agreement.

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Nio Fernandez Renews Multiyear Deal with Beasley Media


Nio Fernandez
Nio Fernandez

Beasley Media inks Nio Fernandez to a multiyear renewal to continue serving as Director of Latin formats. In his role, the veteran programmer will continue to be responsible for overseeing all Latino brands for the company while continuing his programming duties at WYUU-FM (92.5 Maxima) in Tampa.

"The most important part of building the only Multi Cultural cluster in Tampa is finding and keeping the best people," said Vice President and Market Manager Ron deCastro. "Nio is an important figure in the Hispanic and overall Tampa community. He understands this area like no one else. I am glad that we can keep Nio at Maxima, Playa and Beasley into the future."

"2024 marks my 15th year with WYUU in Tampa and working closely with Beasley Media Group on the expansion of their Hispanic footprint has been one of the great honors of my life," added Fernandez. "The commitment the organization has made to serve Spanish Language audiences is an important one and I am proud to contribute and work alongside the Beasley's in every way possible."

Auddia Signs Purchase Agreement to Acquire Radio FM


Auddia
Auddia

Auddia Inc., an AI platform for audio identification and classification, signs a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Radio FM (RFM), an AM/FM streaming app. Closing the acquisition remains subject to financing the acquisition cost. In early January, 2024, Google selected the Radio FM streaming app as an Editor's Choice app in the Play Store, making it only the third app in the Radio category to get an Editor's Choice badge alongside iHeart and Pandora.

Auddia CEO Michael Lawless said, "We are seeing strong subscription conversion numbers off the faidr free tier which is solidifying our confidence that a large number of AM/FM streaming listeners are willing to pay a subscription to avoid commercials while listening to their favorite stations. The challenge now becomes how to grow the free tier user base in the most cost-efficient manner possible to increase our pool of potential subscribers."

He added, "The Radio FM acquisition allows us to acquire 4.6 million retained users at a customer acquisition cost (CAC) that is approximately 70% lower than the cost to acquire a free tier user through our direct marketing methods. This is obviously a far more economical and faster way to build revenue, reduce burn, drive subscriptions, and achieve sustainability. We look forward to engaging with investors to secure the financing needed to close the transaction."

The Radio FM asset consists of $2.3 million in 2023 revenue with $1.4 million in related operating cash flow and represents 4.6 million monthly active users on the free tier. The acquisition is priced at $13 million cash at closing with an additional $2 million in cash paid six months after closing assuming certain performance milestones are maintained.

Auddia continues to advance discussions with the other two previously disclosed acquisition targets under LOI and will provide an update on their status in the coming days.

''Hannah B'' Joins TM Studios for Affiliate Relations


Hannah Brummer
Hannah Brummer

TM Studios taps Hannah Brummer to join Senior Affiliate Relations Director Steve Kaufman to form the TM Affiliate Relations "Dream Team." In her new role at TM, Brummer will work alongside Kaufman, as they represent TM's range of products including Jingles, Production Music and new tools for radio to come in 2024. Brummer will continue to be heard on WXLC (Star 102.3), WSSR (Star 96.7) and WZSR (Star 105.5) in Chicago from 3-7pm on "Eddie Volkman In The Afternoon With Hannah B."

TM Studios Co-Owner/CEO Greg Clancy said, "We've been so fortunate to have Steve leading our sales efforts. His knowledge of our business is unparalleled. Now, as TM continues to grow and build new tools for radio and content creators, Hannah's infectious positive energy, personality, and her passion for radio will give our clients fresh perspective and insight as we look to create useful products for the new generation of radio creators."

Brumer added, "I am so excited to be joining TM Studios. I was truly honored and humbled when they reached out asking if I would be interested in joining their team. Last August, I connected with TM Studios at Morning Show Bootcamp and immediately fell in love with all the incredible jingles they created for Eddie and me. Thank you to the entire TM crew for this amazing opportunity."

Kaufman remains based in Los Angeles, and Brummer joins from her base in the Chicago area.

Star 94.5/Orlando Creates Line Dance for ''Texas Hold 'Em''


Beyonce's ''Texas Hold 'Em'' line dance
Beyonce's ''Texas Hold 'Em'' line dance

WCFB (Star 94.5) in Orlando has announced the creation of a line dance for Beyonce's hit song, "Texas Hold 'Em." The dance was crafted to capture the rhythm and energy of the song, allowing listeners to groove to the music in a fun and engaging way. "Texas Hold 'Em" has made Beyonce the first Black woman to lead the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song has reached over 16 million airplay impressions on the radio.

The inspiration for the Beyonce "Texas Hold 'Em" Line Dance came from WCFB (Star 94.5) air personality Jojo, who expressed her desire to engage with listeners and create a dance. JoJo is heard on three of Cox Media stations, including WHJX (Hot 106.5) in Jacksonville and WBTV (The Vibe 105.1) in Tampa Bay.

JoJo's enthusiasm sparked a creative collaboration between Star 94.5 and Orlando's dance instructor Vinetta G to bring the dance to life. This professional instructor carefully choreographed the dance to highlight the song's infectious beats and empower everyone to unleash their inner dancer.

"What caught my attention with this song was watching African Americans doing this dance on YouTube," said Star 94.5 Director of Branding & Programming Elroy Smith. "We wanted to do an urban twist to this dance. We asked our listeners to join us and they responded in their cowboy attire and quickly learned our version of 'Texas Hold Em.' They were engaged, excited, and appreciative to be a part of this line-dance craze."

To see the video, click here.

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AdLarge Debuts the fwd. network, Partners with Consumable


the fwd. network
the fwd. network

AdLarge is unveiling of its new female podcast network called the fwd. network. Poised to bring advertisers and female creators together, this network will provide access to female-centric digital content and audiences. The fwd. network plans to deliver content dedicated to championing the stories, perspectives and voices that have long been underrepresented in the world of audio and boasts a diverse range of shows curated with intention across a multitude of topics.

Complementing the launch, AdLarge announces a collaboration with Consumable, the an emerging audio technology platform, to expand the reach of audio advertising to female consumers through a top-tier audio supply, at scale. AdLarge and Consumable recognize the buying power and influence of women in marketing and together will provide advertisers the opportunity to engage with the largest female-led and female-targeted content and audience in the marketplace.

Through this emerging audio supply, advertisers will have access to female audiences in uncluttered environments and the ability to reach them quickly. AdLarge says this isn't just a partnership, this is the collaborative and innovative future of the industry, offering advertisers the keys to unlocking unparalleled success in the ever-evolving world of podcast advertising.

AdLarge CEO Cathy Csukas said, "We are elated to announce our fwd. Network and our Consumable partnership today! Our focus has been and continues to be to serve female podcasters and their listeners by helping them build sustainable businesses while amplifying their voices and communities. This collaborative venture promises an optimal experience brimming with innovation and opportunities, providing advertisers with unprecedented reach and the means to connect seamlessly with a broad audience of female consumers at scale."

"Our exclusive partnership with AdLarge marks a milestone in the evolution of audio advertising. We are confident in delivering a groundbreaking advertising solution to both brands and audiences. We are particularly excited about our initial focus on curating female-focused audiences and strengthening equality through expanded media inclusion that aligns with our commitment to diversity and empowerment," added Consumable CEO Mark Levin.

Stephen A. Smith's Show Joins iHeartPodcast Network


''Stephan A. Smith Show''
''Stephan A. Smith Show''

iHeartPodcasts and multiplatform media personality Stephen A. Smith have announced that "The Stephen A. Smith Show" will join the iHeartPodcast network, effective immediately. New episodes of the program will be available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard, in addition to the show's dedicated YouTube Channel.

Launched in September, 2022 "The Stephen A. Smith Show" features the host's point of view as he breaks barriers beyond the world of sports and tackles pertinent issues across entertainment, pop culture, society, business and politics. Airing three times a week, the program features Smith's live, unfiltered opinions on the day's biggest headlines as well as straight-shooting interviews with celebrities, game-changers and thought leaders across the societal arena.

"When you connect with anything or anyone at the top of their field, the excitement can't be tamed," said Smith. "As the noted top distributor of podcasts anywhere, I'm honored to have their commitment and faith, and I can't wait for their collaboration with 'The Stephen A. Smith Show' to begin -- knowing even more success is coming down the road."

"'The Stephen A. Smith Show' features an extraordinary talent with a powerful host in Smith who provides honest, unfiltered and passionate commentary on the platform," said iHeartPodcasts President Will Pearson. "We couldn't be happier to welcome 'The Stephen A. Smith Show' to iHeartPodcasts and continue expanding its loyal following."

Morning Duo Tuttle & Kline Return for Official Podcast


Tim Tuttle and Kevin Kline
Tim Tuttle and Kevin Kline

Tim Tuttle and Kevin Kline, the morning show duo that entertained audiences for over 25 years, have announced their reunion. After a career that began on Thunder 94 in Nashville then took them to Tallahassee, FL on WXSR (X101.5) and onto WRAX (107.7 The X) in Birmingham and concluded at KKBQ (93Q) in Houston, Tuttle and Klineare ready to take on a new medium with the official Tuttle & Kline Podcast.

What started as a friendly catch-up when Tuttle appeared as a guest on Kline's The Fuzzy Mic podcast quickly turned into a collaboration. After three years apart, Tuttle and Kline launched their official podcast on Wednesday, February 21. Listeners can expect to hear familiar voices, stories, and insights that made their morning show so special.

"This podcast is an exciting new chapter for both of us," said Kline. "We've always loved connecting with our audience, and now we have a platform to do that in a whole new way."

Tuttle added, "We're back, and we're ready to make you laugh, think, and maybe even shed a tear or two. It's a wild ride, but we wouldn't have it any other way."

The Tuttle & Kline Podcast is available now on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube.

David Duchovny Enters Podcasting to Launch ''Fail Better''


Lemonada Media
Lemonada Media

Lemonada Media has announced that actor, writer, director, best selling author and singer/songwriter David Duchovny ("The X-Files") will join the network's lineup of shows with a new podcast, "Fail Better." The seasonal weekly series, premiering this spring, will have Duchovny in his first-ever role as host, exploring the topic of failure in all its forms, from the professional to the personal, and the ways in which failure, shame and falling short shaped his and all our lives.

Each week, David and a guest interrogate the painful, shameful stings of life, including David's own journey. Confirmed guests include Ben Stiller, Bette Midler, Gabor Mate, Sarah Silverman, and "Freakonomics" author Stephen J. Dubner, among others.

"I've been a connoisseur of failure for a long time, obsessed with the mistakes we make or the fear of making. I like thinking about how those mistakes, coupled with the futility of trying to avoid them, shapes our lives. If failure is something we all do so often, why are we so afraid of it? Working with Lemonada to explore this part of human nature is a gift in itself, and a meta-exercise for me in doing something new - hosting a podcast - which frankly fills me with my own fear of failure," said Duchovny.

"So much has been explored about failure in the self-help and business sectors. David's soulful and earnest look at the subject is a 180-degree exploration of a topic we often love to pretend to embrace," added Lemonada co-founder and CEO Jessica Cordova Kramer. "David brings an intellectual depth and honest curiosity, coupled with delightful threads of humor and humility, to the way in which failing, shame and ego shape our trajectories."

Wondery Announces Sci-Fi Limited Series ''The Last City''


''The Last City''
''The Last City''

Wondery is launching a new two-part limited series, The Last City, an immersive "cli-fi" (climate fiction) narrative drama about a futuristic utopia, the ravaged wasteland just beyond its walls, and the people fighting to salvage the planet. The fictional scripted series, starring Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul), Maury Sterling (Homeland), Jeannie Tirado (Fairy Tail Zero), Skye Lourie (The Pillars of the Earth), and Celia Rose Gooding (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds), debuts on Wondery+ on March 4.

In the climate-ravaged year of 2072, Pura stands as a miraculous green haven, a geoengineered paradise that protects lucky residents from the global catastrophes of heat domes, fires, floods and droughts. Demetria Lopez is Pura's PR fixer, tirelessly promoting the city's idyllic image. But when she stumbles upon a dark secret that underpins Pura's existence, she must decide who and what she is willing to protect.

Weaving together elements of the climate crisis, its subsequent mental health consequences, and complicated feelings about our shared future, The Last City grabs listeners with dramatic themes, powerhouse performances, and nail-biting scenes, while ultimately sharing an inspiring message about the power of humanity to create positive change.

Good Energy, a nonprofit story consultancy for the age of climate change, was a consultant on the series. The head writer on the Wondery series is Carmiel Banasky, a short-story writer, novelist and TV writer who recently wrote for the Prime Video series, Undone.

The Last City is a Wondery production and will be available on Amazon Music and everywhere you get your podcasts starting April 22.

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