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WPOW (Power 96) Relaunches as Miami's Home For Throwbacks


WPOW (Power 96)/Miami
WPOW (Power 96)/Miami

Audacy relaunches WPOW-FM (Power 96) as Miami's New Home for Throwbacks. Effective immediately, the station, which had previously played Rhythmic CHR hits, will now feature a collection of Throwback favorites from artists like 2Pac, Pitbull, Notorious B.I.G., Usher and Jay-Z. Power 96's weekday lineup will continue with "Wake Up Miami with DJ Zog & Ivy Unleashed" (6-10am) Johanna Gomez (10am-2pm) and Mijo (2-7pm).

"Our listeners have been asking for it, and we're excited to announce the next chapter of Power 96 as Miami's new home for throwbacks," said Power 96 Brand Manager Will Calder. "This music is the heartbeat of Miami's vibrant culture, shaping our city's identity and bringing back the best memories and feel-good vibes that make South Florida so unique."

iHM/Pittsburgh Extends Steelers Broadcast Agreement


Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers

iHeartMedia Pittsburgh inks an extension of its audio agreement with the Pittsburgh Steelers which will have iHeartMedia powering the newly created "Steelers Audio Network" through the 2028 season. The network will feature game day broadcasts, ancillary programs, digital audio (Steelers Nation Radio), podcasts and social media content. The network and its programming is available year-round across a variety of platforms, including WBGG (Fox Sports Pittsburgh).

In addition, 102.5 WDVE will continue to be the home of Pittsburgh Steelers game broadcasts. Steelers games have been broadcast on the station since 1999.

"We are excited to announce the continuation of our long-standing partnership with iHeartMedia and our flagship station, 102.5 WDVE," said Steelers Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Huzjak. "We teamed up with iHeart to build a new platform that allows Steelers Nation to connect with the team - where they want and on their terms."

The new agreement features year-round programming across the "Steelers Audio Network," including over 1,000 hours of live and on-demand Steelers programming each season. Live Steelers programming will now be featured weekdays, up to 8 hours per day, throughout the season on Fox Sports Pittsburgh, iHeartMedia's local over-the-air sports station.

"We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with the Pittsburgh Steelers," said iHeartSports President Kevin LeGrett. "Our renewed agreement, now known as 'Steelers Audio Network' encompasses a comprehensive range of audio offerings, delivering an exceptional listening experience for Steelers fans. Additionally, we're excited to provide promotional support and further brand awareness across all six iHeartMedia Pittsburgh stations and digital sites. Our longstanding partnership continues to thrive, and we look forward to celebrating many more victories together."

"iHeartMedia Pittsburgh and the Steelers have had a longstanding partnership," added iHeartMedia Pittsburgh Market President Tim McAleer. "We are thrilled to continue to give Steelers fans access to Steelers audio broadcasts and unique Steelers programing content for years to come."

Audacy Turns Up Austin's ''95.9 Texas Country''


K240EL (95.9 Texas Country)/Austin
K240EL (95.9 Texas Country)/Austin

Audacy flips Hip Hop K240EL and KKMJ-HD3 (The New Hot 95.9) to Country with the launch of Austin's "95.9 Texas Country," effective May 24 at 12pm CT. The station will now play a blend of Classic Country and contemporary artists from the Texas music scene, including George Strait, Willie Nelson, Waylon & the Boys, Aaron Watson, Cody Johnson, Kacey Musgraves and Cody Jinks. On-air staff and programming updates will be made in the coming weeks.

"We're delighted to launch Austin's 95.9 Texas Country and continue delivering this wildly popular format to listeners on the FM dial," said Audacy Regional President Doug Abernethy. "This station will offer the perfect blend of genre classics and the music shaping the Country music industry today."

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iHM Announces ''More Better with Stephanie and Melissa''


''More Better with Stephanie and Melissa''
''More Better with Stephanie and Melissa''

iHeartMedia announces "More Better with Stephanie and Melissa" a new weekly podcast hosted by "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" stars Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero. "More Better" is the latest series from actor, producer, entrepreneur and activist Wilmer Valderrama's slate with iHeartMedia's My Cultura Podcast Network, a network dedicated to elevating Latinx voices and stories and of which Valderrama is a stakeholder. The weekly podcast will join previously released podcasts from this partnership, "Essential Voices with Wilmer Valderrama" and "Date My Abuelita, First!"

Launching May 30, actresses and real-life friends, Beatriz (Encanto, In The Heights) and Fumero (Digman!, Velma), will take listeners along on a personal ride through all aspects of life and share the juiciest cheat codes for adulting, while throwing in some hilarious anecdotes and probably a few embarrassing stories. Beatriz and Fumero will keep it real - and real fun - on their journey to be a little "more better."

"It's been a dream being able to collaborate with my dear friends Melissa and Stephanie," said Valderrama for My Cultura. "'More Better' is the next chapter in elevating and expanding the Latino reach in mainstream media. I am beyond grateful for the partnership WV Sound has built with iHeartMedia's My Cultura Network and that we are continuing to deliver content that uplifts the voices of my community."

"I am so excited to partner with Wilmer, the whole My Cultura team, and the good folks at iHeart on this new venture of podcasting with one of my favorite people in the whole world Stephanie Beatriz. I hope each week we can make you smile, laugh, feel seen, and maybe add a little joy to your day," said Fumero.

U.S. House Committee Markups AM Radio Legislation


U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce markups legislation to preserve access to AM in automobiles. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Innovation, Data and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) made the announcement regarding the markup of the bill known as H.R. 8449 or "Preserving Americans' Access to AM Radio" act on Wednesday.

Chairs Rodgers and Bilirakis said that they looked forward to advancing critical policies to ensure people continue to have access to AM radio. "The Energy and Commerce Committee has a rich history of advancing important legislation in a bipartisan way, and we look forward to building on that legacy this week."

NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt said, "NAB applauds today's markup and passage of the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act. This critical legislation ensures that the 82 million Americans who rely on AM radio each month will continue to have access to diverse programming, local news and essential emergency information. AM radio is the backbone of our Emergency Alert System, providing timely alerts and information during disasters and emergencies, ensuring that critical communication remains available even when cell and broadband services fail.

"America's broadcasters are grateful to Reps. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Frank Pallone (NJ-6), Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5), Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) and the bipartisan champions of this legislative effort for their leadership and commitment to preserving the indispensable role of AM radio in local communities across the country."

Legislation to require AM radio as a safety feature in all vehicles currently has 61 cosponsors in the Senate and 254 cosponsors in the House of Representatives. 

Adam Copeland Steps Down as KNBR/San Francisco PD


Adam Copeland
Adam Copeland

Adam Copeland has reportedly stepped down as Program Director of Sports outlets KNBR, KGO and KTCT in San Francisco. He'll continue to host the afternoon show "Tolbert and Copes" with Tom Tolbert. Copeland joined KNBR in 2009 as an intern in the promotions department at KNBR and was later hired at KNBR as a part-time board operator. In 2017, he was promoted to fulltime producer of "KNBR Tonight," was named host of "The Leadoff Spot" from 5am-6am and served as producer/board operator of the "Murph and Mac Show."

In 2018 he began co-hosting the San Francisco Giants pre-game show on KNBR and then joined KNBR's coverage of 49ers pre- and post-game shows. Copeland added afternoons in 2022 and was elevated to Program Director in November, 2023.

Aiir Inc. Launches New Streaming Platform for Radio


Aiir Inc.
Aiir Inc.

New York-based Aiir Inc, a provider of digital solutions for radio stations, has announced the launch of its new streaming platform. The new platform is based on Zeno Media's proprietary streaming technology and will offer its clients programmatic advertising as part of the service. The company provides multi-station streaming and on-demand/listen-again recording facilities to help broadcaster share their content.

Aiir CEO Ricki Lee, "We're delighted to be partnering with Morris and the team at Zeno Media. This collaboration allows us to offer an industry-leading streaming platform, with a beautiful and simple interface. The addition of monetization via Zeno's programmatic platform offers our clients an amazing way to generate revenue from their streams."

Zeno Media CEO Morris Berger, "Working together with a high-quality partner as Aiir is something we cannot be more thrilled with. Ricki and the Aiir team have the right attitude and have proven to be the gold standard in the radio space."

Aiir Streaming is available now at Aiir.com.

BPM, KMG Add New Feature to WYPR-WTMD in Baltimore


Baltimore Public Media
Baltimore Public Media

Baltimore Public Media (BPM) and KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group (KMG), announce a new feature on WYPR-FM and WTMD-FM in Baltimore entitled "The Good News" with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., who hosts a weekly TV show on PBS. The feature will debut on Monday, June 3 airing on both stations, streaming and on-demand. "The Good News" is a daily radio commentary and headline news review.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Chavis, Jr., born in Oxford, NC is an African American civil rights leader and icon, United Church of Christ (UCC) ordained minister, author, journalist, organic chemist, environmentalist, global entrepreneur and, currently, president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) based in Washington, DC since 2014. He's the executive producer and host of "The Chavis Chronicles," broadcast weekly on PBS.

"We intend to amplify those impactful good news stories that help to inspire and motivate positive social transformation, equality and equity," said Dr. Chavis.

"'The Good News' brings forward a unique perspective on the headlines by celebrating the good in all of us. It's uplifting content that highlights the positive in our communities and our lives, reminding us of the power of hope and the impact of kindness," added Baltimore Public Media President And General Manager Craig N. Swager.

"We're thrilled to bring 'The Good News' with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. to WYPR and WTMD," said KMG CEO Gary Krantz. "Dr. Chavis will present the facts and related stories objectively, yet with a multicultural nuance affirming the 'oneness of humanity,' providing listeners with a fresh, positive perspective on headline news."

The one-minute version of "The Good News" will air Monday through Friday between 4:20 and 4:30pm on WTMD. The four-minute episode will air every Tuesday at 4:44 pm on WYPR.

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SiriusXM Signs New Podcast Deal with Dirty Mo Media


SiriusXM and Dirty Mo Media
SiriusXM and Dirty Mo Media

SiriusXM inks a new podcast agreement with Dirty Mo Media, the multimedia content platform of NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. The deal brings both advertising and distribution rights to Dirty Mo's slate of programming to the SiriusXM Podcast Network, as well as unique opportunities for SiriusXM crossover events between Dirty Mo and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Earnhardt Jr.'s own podcast, "Dale Jr. Download," will begin airing twice a week on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel starting in early June.

"This is a great day for our company," said Earnhardt Jr. "This agreement allows us to continue producing the shows we want to produce and telling the stories we want to tell to an audience that values our brand of originality, passion and candor.

"This also brings my relationship with SiriusXM full circle. I first started hosting my own show nearly two decades ago on XM Satellite Radio. We did it for a couple years. Since then, nothing has changed other than I'm now a married father of two, I don't race as much, XM is called SiriusXM, and I am bringing an entire media company back with me," added Earnhardt Jr.

Founded in 2013 by Earnhardt and executive producer Mike Davis, Dirty Mo Media is a influential platform in motorsports. In addition to building the podcast network, the company created and produced the TV/streaming series "Lost Speedways" in which Earnhardt visited and explored abandoned race tracks across America. Dirty Mo Media is now involved in the newly announced documentary series on Dale Earnhardt Sr. by Prime Video and Imagine Documentaries.

"One of our main areas of emphasis over the past year has been increasing our collaborations and expanding relationships," said Davis. "A lot of that is simply knowing who we are, what we are trying to be and where we can be most affective. For Dirty Mo Media, we are a relatable, personality-driven brand of content creators and documentarians. Combine that with the reach, resources and credibility of SiriusXM, this relationship will produce fruit and serve our fans well."

SiriusXM Media, the company's advertising division, gains exclusive global ad sales rights to Dirty Mo Media's slate of sports podcasts, including "Dale Jr. Download," "Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin," "Door Bumper Clear," and more.

Paperclip Ltd. to Launch Podcast Network Audio 99


Audio 99
Audio 99

Production and development company Paperclip Ltd founders Yeardley Smith and Ben Cornwell announce the launch of a new podcast network called Audio 99. From the makers of the podcasts "Small Town Dicks" and "The Briefing Room," the Audio 99 network will remain independent with projects that share the first-hand experiences of ordinary people who are having an impact on their communities.

Audio 99 is in the process of developing and releasing a slate of new shows. First, a historical true crime series called "Beyond Recognition: The Ruxton Murders" set to debut July 19. Based on the forensic science bestseller, "Ruxton: The First Modern Murder" by Scottish detective Tom Wood, the series delves into the 1935 disappearance of a glamorous young mother and her maid, whose deaths resulted in one of the most important investigations the world had ever seen at that time. The case led to forensic techniques that would forever change how violent crimes are solved. Paperclip Ltd. optioned the rights to Wood's book in 2022.

Audio 99 is also in production on season one of the talk series, "Can't Yeardley Wait!" The show, hosted by Smith in her own living room, has her sitting down for inviting, funny, honest conversations with guests Smith is passionate about getting to know. With guests including actors, writers, athletes; people at the top of their game across a wide variety of professions, "Can't Yeardley Wait!" invites guests to share their favorite personal stories as the gateway to a lively conversation listeners haven't heard before.

With the launch of the new network comes the renewal of the true crime podcast "Small Town Dicks" for seasons 15 and 16, which has now exceeded 50 million downloads, and "The Briefing Room" for season three -- all under the Audio 99 banner. Both series take listeners behind closed doors to hear the real-life experiences of law enforcement as they investigate their most memorable cases and dig into the complex relationship between officers and the communities they're sworn to serve.

"Audio 99 is about true stories told by the people who lived them," said co-founder Yeardley Smith. "With Audio 99 our mission is to continue to bring our listeners the kind of podcasts they want to stay in the car and keep listening to, well after they've arrived at their destination because they're totally hooked."

"Building on the success of shows like 'Small Town Dicks' and 'The Briefing Room,' Audio 99 projects will continue to be driven by storytellers. We're drawn to the first-hand accounts of people who have had a wide variety of life experiences," said Ben Cornwell. "We look forward to building out Audio 99 with new shows rooted in these core pillars. We are open for business and ready to take pitches!/

Paperclip Ltd co-founders Yeardley Smith and Ben Cornwell will run the Audio 99 podcast network together, alongside Head of Podcasts Gary Scott, former Program Director at NPR-flagship KCRW and founder of Inside Voices Media, as well as Head of Audience Monika Scott, a veteran social media expert who also worked at KCRW. Chapter, a leading media and podcast consultancy, is providing strategic assistance.

Study: Christian AC Listeners Have Money to Spend


FMR Associates
FMR Associates

A new study from Tucson-based media research specialists FMR Associates reveals listeners of Christian AC radio have money to spend and are fans of radio. These listeners overwhelmingly choose radio as their primary audio medium over internet streams, podcasts and other varied media. They spend 33% more time with radio when compared to other music formats.

Among the findings there were several key benefits of Christian AC Radio:

  • Christian AC listeners index higher in both 100K plus and 75K plus household income when compared to other radio formats.

  • Christian AC listeners are spenders. They over-index in the biggest Consumer Behavior categories including buying cars and trucks in the next six months, eating out, buying phones, electronics, use of medical and health services and many more key buying categories.

  • Christian AC listeners are more likely to vote than the general population as well.

  • Christian AC listeners are also 29% more likely to be married and 32% more likely have children when compared to other radio formats.

  • The 2023 FMR National Listening Survey revealed that 86% of the overall U.S. population (25-64) listen to radio every week. For comparison, streaming audio is at 63% weekly and podcasting at 24%. Christian AC fans Time Spent Listening is 33% greater when compared to other radio formats.

The statistically projectable national survey of 1500 25- to 64-year-old adults was demographically balanced and geographically representative.

Rosenworcel Proposes AI Disclosure for Political Ads


Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is proposing in a draft shared with the other four Commissioners whether the agency should require disclosure when there is AI-generated content in political ads on radio and TV. With the circulation of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the support of her colleagues, the FCC would initiate a proceeding that recognizes consumers' rights to know when AI tools are being used in the political ads they view.

If adopted, this proposal aims to increase transparency by:

  • Seeking comment on whether to require an on-air disclosure and written disclosure in broadcasters' political files when there is AI-generated content in political ads

  • Proposing to apply the disclosure rules to both candidate and issue advertisements

  • Requesting comment on a specific definition of AI-generated content

  • Proposing to apply the disclosure requirements to broadcasters and entities that engage in origination programming, including radio

The proposed FCC proceeding does not propose any prohibition of such content, only the disclosure of any AI-generated content within political ads.

"As artificial intelligence tools become more accessible, the Commission wants to make sure consumers are fully informed when the technology is used," said Chairwoman Rosenworcel. "I've shared with my colleagues a proposal that makes clear consumers have a right to know when AI tools are being used in the political ads they see, and I hope they swiftly act on this issue."

The use of AI is expected to play a substantial role in the creation of political ads in 2024 and beyond, but the use of AI-generated content in political ads also creates a potential for providing deceptive information to voters, in particular, the potential use of "deep fakes" - altered images, videos, or audio recordings that depict people doing or saying things that did not actually do or say, or events that did not actually occur.

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act would provide the Commission with authority regarding political advertising. She noted there is also a clear public interest obligation for Commission licensees, regulatees, and permittees to protect the public from false, misleading, or deceptive programming and to promote an informed public - and the proposed rules seek to achieve that goal.

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Edison Research Issues Top Podcast Genres in the U.S.


Edison Research
Edison Research

Edison Research has announced the Top Podcast Genres in the U.S. by reach for Q1 2024 among weekly podcast listeners age 13 . Nineteen genres have been identified as having at least one percent reach among weekly podcast listeners aged 13 and older in Q1 2024. Edison defines a podcast's genre using its primary genre in Apple Podcasts.

While there have been changes to the top podcast genre rankings since Q1 2023, Comedy continues to capture the largest U.S. weekly 13 podcast listening audience. Society & Culture and News also remain in the top three, but Society & Culture has now surpassed News for the #2 spot this quarter. The genres with the most movement compared to Q1 2023 are Music and Fiction, both moving up two spots on the list. Education and Religion & Spirituality also had growth on the ranker, moving up one spot from their Q1 2023 placement.

WBEE's Billy Kidd Celebrates 40 Years in Rochester Radio


Billy Kidd
Billy Kidd

WBEE-FM afternoon host Billy Kidd is celebrating 40 years in Rochester radio, and the station is commemorating this milestone with a special morning show celebration on Friday, May 24 from 5:30-10am ET. During the show, Kidd will tell stories and experiences from his 40-year career and tenure at WBEE. Former station veteran Terry Clifford will make her return for the day and join the program.

"Billy is not only the beloved familiar voice that our listeners hear every day on the radio, but he's also a major part of the heart and soul of our staff," said Audacy Rochester Senior Vice President and Market Manager Sue Munn. "He is a huge team builder at our company, and over the years has helped launch many careers of the superstars you hear today on WBEE. We're honored to be alongside him to celebrate his 40th year in radio and look forward to the next 40."

"My radio career started at Burger Middle School when I convinced the principal to let us play records in the cafeteria during lunch class," said Kidd. "I'm still playing records these days, just to a much bigger audience. I've never had any interest in moving from city to city chasing a radio career, and frankly, I've never had to because it all happened here at home in Rochester. I'm surrounded by people I love, playing the music I love and hopefully putting a smile on people's faces, even if it's just for a few minutes on their ride home from work. I couldn't imagine doing anything else for a living. I am so blessed."

Kidd launched his career in 1984 as an intern with long-time Bee Morning Coffee Club co-host Terry Clifford. Additional roles have included board operator, morning show producer on then-WBBF, evening host on 92.5 WBEE, Music Director and currently, Assistant Brand Manager of 92.5 WBEE. Kidd helped the station earn Radio Station of the Year at the 2024 ACM Awards.

In 2019, Kidd was recognized as Embrace Your Sisters Volunteer of the Year. Embrace Your Sisters offers financial support to people being treated for breast cancer.

Shaw Media Closes on Buy of Four Stations in Illinois


Shaw Media
Shaw Media

NRG Media has closed on its previously announced sale of four stations in Illinois to Shaw Local Radio Co. Included in the deal were 1kW WIXN-AM (1460), 6kW WRCV-FM (101.7) and 0.25kW W236DM (95.1) in Dixon, IL and 3.2kW WSEY-FM (95.7) in Oregon, IL. Shaw Media, is an Illinois-based company headed by John Rung. It also owns stations in Streator, Oglesby, Peru, Mendota and Spring Valley, IL. NRG Media also owns stations in Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Kalil & Co. Inc. brokered the transaction.

Jim Frey Retires from WALL in Middleton & Poughkeepsie


Jim Frey
Jim Frey

Neversink Media's WALL-AM/Middleton and WPDH-HD2 (WALL Radio)/Poughkeepsie have announced the retirement of afternoon drive host Jim Frey, effective Friday May 24. Chase Daniels assumes PM drive on May 27. With his radio career spanning back to 1969, Frey manned the mic at ten stations across the Hudson Valley and the Southern U.S. Having spent 12 years on WALL Radio from 1972-84, Frey returned back to WALL in January, 2016 hosting afternoons.

"In the beginning, I asked Neversink Media Group owner Bud Williamson what he wanted me to do, and he said, 'just be Frey.' So, what I did was all my own, and I hope our listeners enjoyed it as much as I did. It's been such a huge privilege," said Frey.

Frey says he'll still be available to cover vacation time for the current WALL air staff.

Media Monitors Granted Continued MRC Accreditation


Media Monitors
Media Monitors

Media Monitors, recognized by the Media Rating Council (MRC) for its U.S. Radio spot data since 2008 and U.S. TV spot data since 2017, has announced the continuation of accreditation for both its Radio and TV spot services reporting pre-recorded advertising spots of at least 15 seconds in length. The company monitors millions of radio and TV commercials, providing near real-time data. Clients utilize this information to enhance profitability and accountability.

"Receiving continued MRC accreditation is a testament to our unwavering dedication to maintaining high standards of product and service excellence," said Media Monitors President and CEO Philippe Generali. "This recognition underscores the importance of quality within the radio and television advertising markets, ensuring our clients receive reliable and impactful data."

"We congratulate Media Monitors on this achievement and applaud their commitment to measurement quality," remarked MRC Executive Director and CEO George W. Ivie. "Maintaining MRC accreditation speaks volumes about Media Monitors' leadership and innovation in delivering reliable advertising data. We look forward to our continued collaboration with them."

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