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Radio Milwaukee Reveals New Branding Ahead of 15th Birthday


Radio Milwaukee
Radio Milwaukee

Non-commercial WYMS-FM/Milwaukee has revealed new branding for Radio Milwaukee, as well as for its original 88Nine broadcast channel, ahead of its 15th birthday celebration taking place Saturday, October 1. Milwaukee Mayor Johnson will also proclaim Radio Milwaukee Day at 4:30pm in celebration marking the station's 15th anniversary.

"The extension of our Radio Milwaukee brand as the umbrella for our three channels represents the next evolution of this media organization," said Executive Director Maxie Jackson. "By elevating the Radio Milwaukee brand to encompass our three channels -- 88Nine, HYFIN and 414Music.FM -- we set each up to grow audience and impact, all with the support of an organization that has 15 years of industry-changing experience behind it."

"In reimagining the Radio Milwaukee brand, we wanted to achieve something that was as adaptable as the organization," added Director of Marketing & Communications Sarah Lahr. "Throughout our 15-year history, we've shaped our programming and content around the needs of our audience, and we needed our new logo system to allow for that flexibility."

The station also revealed new branding and social media accounts for its original 88Nine broadcast channel. Branding will not change for the broadcast, online and HD2 channel HYFIN, which launched earlier this year, and for the online, HD3 channel 414Music.FM, which launched in 2017 during the station's 10th anniversary.

Radio Milwaukee unveiled the new branding ahead of its 15th birthday celebration taking place on October 1, at its Walker's Point studios, located at 220 E Pittsburgh Ave. The free, public celebration runs from 4-8pm. The celebration will feature performances from dark-pop duo You Win!!! at 5pm, hip-hop artist Kia Rap Princess at 6pm and reggaeton brothers Gego y Nony at 7pm.

"We were intentional with the booking of this lineup," said Lahr. "The Milwaukee artists performing reflect the programming on each of our three channels and by booking them on a single lineup are a physical manifestation of Radio Milwaukee's mission and our charge moving forward as a media organization."

FOX Sports Radio Kicks Off 2022 Weekend Football Lineup


FOX Sports Radio
FOX Sports Radio

FOX Sports Radio has announced its weekend lineup for the 2022 football season. FSR's weekend roster features an ensemble of sports entertainment personalities, former players and analysts dedicated to providing around-the-clock coverage, including live game-day reaction, analysis and interviews.

With the transition of Covino & Rich from weekends to FSR's weekday 5-7pm ET timeslot, FSR welcomes back veteran sports talk personality Mark Willard to lead the network's Sunday 8-11pm ET timeslot, beginning October 2. Joined by long-time FSR weekend host and former NFC Champion Ephraim Salaam, the pair will keep listeners updated on the day in games through Sunday night football, featuring the latest post-game interviews and analysis.

Additionally, FSR has launched two new three-hour programs taking football fans right up to game time entitled "FOX Sports Radio's Countdown to Kickoff." The Saturday show airs in the 9am-12pm timeslot as a lead-in to the weekend in college football. The program is led by FSR personality Brian Noe, who is joined by former All-American Penn State Left Guard Rich Ohrnberger and Pickswise Lead Betting Analyst Jared Smith.

The Sunday show, which airs from 10am-1pm, is also led by Noe, and features eight-year NFL veteran Geoff Schwartz, along with sports better from KrackWins.com, Bill "Krack" Krackomberger.

Additionally, radio/podcast personalities Martin Weiss and Veejay Huskey, who have made regular appearances on FSR's weekday program "The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker," have partnered to host a Saturday evening program on FSR. Launching October 1 from 7-10pm, the duo will provide a tour of key games and in-depth analysis.

"As a complement to the best weekday lineup in sports talk, we couldn't be more excited to serve fans with the most entertaining live sports talk 24/7," FOX Sports Radio Vice President of Sports Programming Scott Shapiro. "Whether it's before the games, during them, or directly after, FOX Sports Radio is always live and delivering the content that sports fans crave."

Cumulus Media Introduces All-New ''Hello Ross'' Podcast


''Hello Ross''
''Hello Ross''

Cumulus Media launches "Hello Ross," an all-new, original podcast on the Cumulus Podcast Network. For more than two decades, Mathews has interviewed the world's biggest celebrities on television and red carpets, and now he's bringing those skills to his new podcast. The inaugural episode features an in-depth interview with Chelsea Handler. Upcoming episodes will feature conversations with fascinating people including Guy Fieri, Todrick Hall, Kathy Griffin, Bowen Yang and Martyn Bullard.

A new episode of Hello Ross will drop each Thursday. The Cumulus Podcast Network produces, distributes, markets, and monetizes Hello Ross.

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Benztown Releases Audio Tribute to Rapper Coolio


Benztown Audio Tribute to Coolio
Benztown Audio Tribute to Coolio

Benztown has released an audio tribute to Grammy-winning "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper Coolio. Born Artis Leon Ivey, Jr., he died Wednesday, September 28th, in Los Angeles at age 59. Coolio was raised in Compton, CA. His rap career began in the '80s, and he gained fame in the underground scene. "Fantastic Voyage" was his first hit, but his biggest hit, was "Gangsta's Paradise," from the soundtrack to the film "Dangerous Minds," made him a big star. He won a Grammy in 1996 for the song. Coolio sold more than 17 million records during his career.

Listen to the Benztown Audio Tribute to Coolio here.

The audio tribute was written by Thomas Green, voiced by Mike Santos, and produced by Royce Stevenson.

Jim Diamond to Host Afternoons on KXLY-FM in Spokane


Jim Diamond
Jim Diamond

Morgan Murphy Media hires Jim Diamond to host afternoon drive on KXLY-FM (The Big 99.9 Coyote Country) in Spokane, WA. He previously spent 23 years at Stephens Media Group's crosstown Country KDRK-FM before retiring in 2018. Diamond started his radio career at CHR station in Billings, MT while attending broadcasting school.

"Jim is a true radio entertainer, professional personality and has always wanted to work at The Big 99.9 Coyote Country. I'm looking forward to watching Jim connect with the listening audience of Coyote Country," said VP of Radio Tery Garras.

During his radio career he has been nominated for four Country Music Association Broadcast Personality Awards for Medium Market and two Country Radio Broadcasters Nominations.

ARG Acquired by Adams Radio Acquisition Co. LLC


Adams Radio Group
Adams Radio Group

Adams Radio Group is being acquired by Adams Radio Acquisition Co. LLC. The new entity is controlled by shareholders that were investors in Adams Radio Group when the group was originally formed in 2013. The company will continue operating under the Adams banner. Sharon Bordwell has been retained as the new company's CFO. President and CEO Ron Stone will continue to manage the group until closing.

Stone said, "I am grateful to Steve Adams for the opportunity to build a second Adams Radio Group. I served as Steve's CFO in the original Adams Radio Corporation and had my first opportunity as a GM at KEZK St Louis. The opportunity to work with Steve a second time and build a new group was a dream come true for me. We formed Adams in 2013 and it has been an incredible experience and I have been surrounded by some of the brightest people in the business. I look forward to seeing the company continue to grow and our most dedicated staff prosper under the new ownership and leadership."

The acquisition is expected to be completed by December 31. Adams Radio owns and operates 18 stations in four markets. According to sources close to the new shareholders, plans are to continue to build upon the past ten years and add new markets as opportunities present themselves.

Stone says he expects to be busy for a few months post close wrapping up old company business and plans to take some time to assess new opportunities that will enable him to continue to make contributions to the radio industry, including continuing as President and Executive Director of the Independent Broadcasters Association.

Kalil & Co Inc. was the broker on this transaction representing Adams Radio Group.

Audacy Rebrands KOOL-FM in Phoenix as ''Big 94.5''


KOOL-FM/Phoenix
KOOL-FM/Phoenix

Audacy rebrands KOOL-FM (94.5 KOOL FM) in Phoenix to "Big 94.5." The Classic Hits outlet will continue to deliver favorites from Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Michael Jackson, Billy Idol, Depeche Mode and more. The station will also launch with a new weekday lineup beginning October 10.

"Since KOOL's first broadcast over half a century ago, the station has provided "The Valley" with the very best the classic hits format has to offer and we're thrilled to usher in this next chapter with Big 94.5," said Audacy Phoenix Senior Vice President and Market Manager Dave Pugh. "Big 94.5 will exceed the expectations of our current audience by bringing a more up-tempo delivery and playing the "Big Hits" from the 70s, 80s and the 90s."

The new lineup beginning October 10 includes Lara Scott (10am-2pm PT), Niko (2-7pm) and Kaden (7pm-12am).

Radio Returns to the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show


Jacobs Media
Jacobs Media

Jacobs Media is returning to the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, and is once again hosting custom tours for broadcasters. The tours provide a curated experience, enabling guests to engage with companies that have an impact on radio today, and in the future. Guests also have the ability to "jump" the lines and talk directly with leaders from companies like Google, Amazon Alexa, automakers and mobile manufacturers.

"We began bringing broadcasters to CES because we believed it was essential to understand how radio fits into the world of technology," remarked Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. "This year marks our 14th CES and each year brings new ideas and vision for how radio can continue its transformation into multimedia companies that are relevant and successful."

"CES is about resilience, innovation, and trend-spotting. Our first curated tour in 2017 was geared to CEOs, but now we want everyone in the business to have the chance at this unique experience," added Jacobs Media VP/GM Paul Jacobs. "CES is an amazing way to start the new year, with a fresh perspective on where radio is moving, and the technologies that will help us get there."

This year's Jacobs/CES experience is open to all broadcasters. It includes the following:

  • A 90-minute curated tour of companies relevant to radio, guided by a CTA specialist. At each display, attendees talk to leaders from that company to learn more about their technology and plans for the future.

  • Free registration and credentials for CES that includes access to all of the major exhibits and most presentations.

  • A private dinner featuring a guest speaker from the Consumer Technology Association, and a chance to compare notes with other broadcasters in attendance.

  • Points of interest from Jacobs Media on what else to see at CES, advice on how to navigate the event, and more.

  • Discount hotel rooms blocks are available but subject to availability.

Information and registration information is available here.

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SummitMedia Greenville Names Cornish Promotions Director


Anastasia Cornish
Anastasia Cornish

SummitMedia taps Anastasia Cornish to lead the promotions department for its Greenville, SC cluster. Cornish, a Greenville native, comes to SummitMedia from Anderson Mall, where she has served as marketing director since 2020. She has also been a marketing consultant, as well as handled promotions at Entercom. Additionally, she oversaw human resources at Walmart in the Upstate.

"We are excited to welcome Anastasia to the team," said Summit VP of Events and Promotions Justin Ragland. "Her marketing experience will serve us well and her many relationships and passion for the People of the Upstate is unparalleled."

"I grew up with stations like 107.3 JAMZ and Hot 98.1. and am very blessed to have the opportunity to return this industry," added Cornish. "I look forward to being a part of this company's legacy and creating new and exciting opportunities for our stations and community."

KXLY/Spokane Promotes Sean Widmer to Music Director


Sean Widmer
Sean Widmer

Morgan Murphy Media promotes Sean Widmer to Music Director of KXLY-FM (The Big 99.9 Coyote Country) in Spokane, WA. He'll continue his role as a morning producer and air personality for the station. Widmer began his career in sports radio in 2005 in Spokane after growing up in Venezuela, making a change to Country music at Coyote Country in 2009.

"With Sean's passion for radio, listeners and our community, I have no doubt that he will take The Big 99.9 Coyote Country to the next level for music fans in the Inland Northwest," said Morgan Murphy Media VP of Radio Tery Garras.

Widmer added, "I'm thrilled to get to work hand in hand with the friends I've made in the country music industry over the past decade as we continue to keep The Big 99.9 Coyote Country the top station for country music in Eastern Washington and North Idaho."

Skyview to Produce Rays Broadcast in Wake of Hurricane Ian


Skyview Networks
Skyview Networks

Skyview Networks will remotely produce the Tampa Bay Rays in-game broadcast from their Technical Operations Center in Scottsdale, AZ due to Florida office closures as Hurricane Ian approaches. With the storm scheduled to make landfall on September 28, the Skyview Networks operations and engineering teams will manage the play-by-play broadcasts for the Rays' upcoming series at the Cleveland Guardians.

For over ten years, the Tampa Bay Rays have utilized Skyview Networks' AdView software for play-by-play inventory management, allowing them the flexibility to shift the studio location of their broadcast quickly. Using Skyview's studio and technical facility, the Rays broadcasts will be seamlessly produced in Scottsdale and distributed to Rays affiliates across Florida.

"Skyview Networks is a proud, longtime partner of the Tampa Bay Rays and we are glad to step in for their production team so they can focus on Hurricane Ian," said Skyview Networks SVP Business Development and Communication Andrew Kalb. "Our operations team is diligently working to ensure that the Rays play-by-play remains uninterrupted this week and we are proud to have the technical support and software that allows us to step in wherever necessary."

''Afford Anything'' Joins the Cumulus Podcast Network


Afford Anything
Afford Anything

Cumulus Media announces that the podcast "Afford Anything" has joined the Cumulus Podcast Network. Creator and host Paula Pant helps listeners make smarter decisions about money, time and life to align daily behaviors and habits with lifestyle goals. In the podcast, Pant also talks with guests about investing, travel, lifestyle design, financial independence, real estate, entrepreneurship, productivity, personal development and the philosophy of money.

A new episode of "Afford Anything" drops each Wednesday with a bonus episode the first Friday of each month. Cumulus Podcast Network will distribute, market, and monetize all past and future episodes of "Afford Anything."

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Red Apple Audio Networks Reaches Over 100 Affiliates


Red Apple Media
Red Apple Media

Red Apple Audio Networks, the syndication arm of John Catsimatidis's Red Apple Media, owners of WABC-AM/New York, has announced that the Red Apple Audio Network, launched in February, 2022, has surpassed 100 affiliates across the country. It syndicates several programs from its flagship studios at WABC-AM.

The talent and programs currently offered include "The Cats Roundtable with John Catsimatidis," "The Larry Kudlow Show," "The Larry Kudlow "Riff"," "The Rita Cosby Show," "The Judge Jeanine Pirro Show" and daily feature, "The Greg Kelly Show," "The Rudy Giuliani Show" and "The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano." New programming will be announced in the coming months.

"Red Apple's 'common sense' talk network is in high demand. Based on our success in New York, stations all over the country immediately showed interest in carrying our programming. We are very pleased that our ‘common sense' approach presented by some of the most recognizable and talented hosts in the country is achieving success in the affiliates' markets," said Red Apple Founder & CEO John Catsimatidis.

The Red Apple Audio Networks' programming is available to all stations on a barter basis and distributed live by satellite via Starguide XDS, as well as dedicated FTP.

Producer Corny Koehl Launches Podcast to Save Democracy


Thorn In The USA
Thorn In The USA

Radio veteran Corny Koehl is launching a political satire, "Thorn in the USA." The weekly, short-form podcast centers on fictional host Margaret Penelop Taylor, aka Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's #1 fan girl/unofficial MTG whisperer. A self-described "Christian Nationalist" and "Pro-Putin Pawn," Penelop pours fuel on the culture wars and casts aspersions on her "libtard" opponents. At the end of each episode is a "real" call-to-action, followed by the host's vivid sexual fantasies with her obsession, FOX News' Tucker Carlson.

Creator/Writer Koehl stated, "Political comedy from the likes of Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert has elevated discourse by exposing the MAGA hypocrisy and lies. Thorn in the USA is our effort to enlighten, inform and entertain people, encouraging them to vote in November."

No MAGA-endorsed public figure is safe, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, whom Koehl worked with during her time at Harpo Radio. He's featured in the "Lizard of Oz" episode to illuminate his hypocrisy. With episode titles like "January 6th 2021 Never Happened," "Peach Tree Dishes and Mexicans" and "The Scourge of Christian Nationalism," Thorn in the USA deftly hammers on controversial subject matter with comedic flair.

Hubbard Ups Steve Goldstein to President of 2060 Digital


Steve Goldstein
Steve Goldstein

Hubbard Radio names Steve Goldstein as President of 2060 Digital. He was most recently Senior Vice President Sales Strategy and General Manager of 2060 Digital. In his new role, Goldstein will increase his focus on growing 2060 Digital's brand and revenue footprint in the expanding digital marketing and advertising sector across the U.S.

Since its inception in 2015, 2060 Digital has become a revenue growth strategy for Hubbard Radio, providing a platform of digital agency services that help local, regional and national brands drive measurable business outcomes across an array of digital marketing channels. 2060 Digital operates offices in ten Hubbard owned and operated radio markets, as well as 2060 Digital's Shift division in Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Detroit and Nashville.

"I am thrilled to focus my full attention on our already thriving 2060 Digital business," said Goldstein. "Our talented ops team lead by VP/Ops Andy Shepherd, as well as our sellers and Hubbard Radio's market leaders are making a meaningful difference for our clients. I couldn't do this without the continued support of Ginny Morris and Dave Bestler, both of whom are committed to innovating and growing 2060 Digital. As we lean into new innovations, I am excited about the increased value 2060 Digital will provide to brands and the overall company."

EVP/Chief Financial Officer Dave Bestler commented, "Since 2019, Steve has done a great job leading our growing business at 2060 Digital as well as leading our overall sales strategy at Hubbard Radio. Given the explosive growth of our 2060 Digital business, promoting Steve to President of 2060 Digital and focusing his amazing talents exclusively here is both needed and exciting."

WBAL Ups Jeff Wade to Dir./Programming and News Director


Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

WBAL (NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5) elevates Jeff Wade to Director of Programming and News Director for both Baltimore-based radio brands. Wade joined WBAL in 2017 as the station's News Director. In his new role, he'll oversee WBAL's roster of talk personalities while continuing to lead its news staff. He held similar roles at WGAN-AM in Portland, ME from 2005-2014 and Binnie Media's NH1 News in New Hampshire from 2014-2017.

During his tenure WBAL's news team, Wade earned a National Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage along with numerous Regional Murrow Awards, including a Regional Murrow for Overall Excellence in 2022.

Wade is replacing long-time WBAL-AM Programmer Scott Masteller who is transitioning to a part time role with the station, helping to coordinate the station's sports broadcasting schedule which includes the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens and Navy Football.

"With Scott transitioning to the next phase of his career at WBAL NewsRadio and Jeff having already tackled a similar opportunity earlier in his career, I am wildly confident that our listeners will continue to enjoy the best in local news, talk and sports on WBAL NewsRadio," said Hearst Television Baltimore television and radio properties President and General Manager Dan Joerres.

"It's the honor of a lifetime to be given the opportunity to lead this outstanding team of broadcasters and build on the foundation Scott has laid," added Wade. "I'm excited to get to work and continue to make WBAL NewsRadio Baltimore's go-to destination for insightful information and smart, thoughtful commentary."

Report: Seven New Findings About The Podcast Audience


Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media

While AM/FM radio dominates the audio landscape with mass reach and significant time spent, podcasts and smart speakers are fast growing platforms representing engaging environments for brands. The recently released Cumulus Media 2022 Audioscape examines the latest podcast consumer and smart speaker trends from Edison Research's "Share of Ear" Report from Q2 2022 and Nielsen Scarborough's Podcast Buying Power report. This week's Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group blog outlines seven key findings on the podcast audience.

  • Nearly half of all U.S. 25-54 time spent with talk/personality content now occurs via podcast, up 2X in five years.

  • Podcast listeners are super audio fans spending six hours a day with audio, +43% more time than the average American.

  • The median age of the podcast audience holds at 34 despite massive audience growth. The podcast audience is twelve years younger than the median age of AM/FM radio listeners and 26 years younger than linear television where audiences have a median age of 60.

  • The podcast audience profile is employed, upscale, and educated, according to Nielsen Scarborough.

  • Most podcast listening occurs at home throughout the day. While podcast audiences have soared, the vast majority of listening still occurs at home (67%).

  • Podcasts have opportunities for growth in markets 51+ where they are underrepresented. Nielsen Scarborough's Podcast Recontact Study finds podcast listeners are overrepresented in the top ten markets (+18%) and underrepresented in DMAs 51+ (-23%).

  • Over the last year, Spotify surpassed Apple as the top podcast listening platform. YouTube and Apple tie for second.

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WJBR-FM/Wilmington: WJBR-FM's 12th annual Nemours Children's Hospital Help Our Kids Radiothon raised a total of $332,648 to benefit the hospital's Child Life Programs. The two-day radiothon took place on September 22-23 from 6am to 6pm on the grounds at the hospital. (L-R): WJBR's Mike Rossi (middays), Deanna Marie (mornings), Justin Franiak (mornings) and Brett Radler (part-time on air).

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