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Kelly Clarkson Attacks iHeartMedia Over Airplay; Was It Warranted?

After iHeartRadio sent out a tweet promoting Kelly Clarkson as a performer at this weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival, Clarkson went on the offense taking aim at the company for the lack of airplay the company gave her most recent album. The shots appeared to be taken after the failure of “Meaning of Life” to produce any single with noticeable airplay. The lead single “Love So Soft” peaked on the Billboard charts at #21 with 12 weeks on the chart. Is that iHeart’s fault or the lack of the record label to promote the album knowing it didn’t have a song that would succeed at radio? Clarkson is one of those artists that has transcended the need for radio airplay. The album was on many critic’s best of 2017 lists. Her judging role on The Voice ...[Read More]

Westwood One Takes Over Ad Sales For AP News Network

Cumulus Media’s Westwood One has announced that it has taken over as advertising sales representative for The Associated Press’ shortform news network. Westwood One will handle representation for the AP’s bartered breaking news wire service, photos, video, web content, sports scores, datasets, and audio bites. The company is also planning to expand its barter services next year including the Presidential Campaign Kit. Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., has formed a collaboration with The Associated Press’ (AP) shortform news network for ad sales representation of their bartered breaking news wire service, photos, video, web content, sports scores, datasets, audio bites, and more. AP, already on some of the biggest stations in the country, offers audio ne...[Read More]

Los Angeles Kings Set iHeartRadio App As New Home For Radio Broadcasts

The NHL’s Los Angeles Kings are moving their game broadcasts to the new “LA Kings Audio Network” on the iHeartRadio app. Kings games had been heard on Cumulus Talk 790 KABC the past four years. Some games including the first two preseason games this week will also air on iHeart Conservative Talk “1150 The Patriot” KEIB. The LA Kings Audio Network will also include a 30 minute long pregame show, the postgame Kings Talk, additional online Kings content and game replays. Longtime Kings announcers Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans will continue to call the games. The Los Angeles Kings and iHeartMedia Los Angeles announced today that as part of a new and innovative digital partnership, all Kings games – including preseason, regular season and postseason contests – will ...[Read More]

Envision Takes Over Distribution For easy fm

Envision Networks has announced that it will take over distribution of the “easy fm” Soft AC format. The format was launched in 2014 and is programmed by Radio Consulting Services’ Jon Holiday and Rick Brady. It will feature music from the 70s through 2000s as well as the option for 24/7 Christmas Music during the holiday season. Envision Networks® wants to help radio stations beat the Christmas rush with a “Soft & Relaxing” format, easy fmTM. Our latest format option offers a stress-free listening experience for in the car, work, or home, playing top testing songs from the Seventies through the 2000’s from superstars such as Elton John, Billy Joel, The Eagles and Chicago, plus many favorites rarely heard these days on mainstream AC. And, affiliates have access to 24...[Read More]

Gadsden State Community College To Sell WSGN

Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees has approved a motion for Gadsden State Community College to sell 91.5 WSGN Gadsden AL to an undisclosed buyer. WSGN, which has simulcasted University of Alabama at Birmingham Public News/Talk/Classical 90.3 WBHM Birmingham since 1992, will sign-off on September 30 until the closing of a sale. In a letter to listeners WBHM General Manager Chuck Holmes stated “WBHM was offered the chance to bid on the WSGN license. Unfortunately, WBHM does not have the resources to match the sales price.” Holmes told listeners looking for WBHM’s programming that cannot receive their primary signal to utilize digital options or 104.5 W283CM in nearby Fort Payne.

New York Mets To Move To 880 WCBS In 2019

After being rumored for nearly a year, the New York Mets announced today that Entercom News 880 WCBS New York will become their flagship radio station for the 2019 MLB season. The new contact will run through 2025 and brings the franchise back to the former CBS Radio cluster where they had been heard on WFAN from its launch in 1987 until the end of the 2012 season. The team’s broadcasts are currently heard on iHeartMedia Talk 710 WOR. Entercom will also take over the Spanish-language broadcast rights which are currently heard on ESPN’s “ESPN Deportes 1050” WEPN with no station announced. WCBS previously served as flagship station for the New York Yankees from 2002-2013 before they moved to WFAN. Entercom, the unrivaled leader in sports radio, and the New York Mets h...[Read More]

iHeartMedia Acquires Stuff Media For $55 Million

iHeartMedia has announced the acquisition of podcast publisher Stuff Media for $55 million. Stuff Media is the parent company of the HowStuffWorks podcast business mostly focusing on history and science shows including Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed in History Class, TechStuff and BrainStuff. The company recently debuted the top ranked true crime podcast produced in partnership with Tenderfoot TV: Atlanta Monster. As part of the deal, Stuff Media CEO Conal Byrne will join iHeartMedia as head of its podcast division with Stuff Media becoming an Atlanta based studio under the iHeart umbrella. Byrne will report to iHeartMedia Networks Group and iHeartRadio President Darren Davis. Current EVP/Podcasting Chris Peterson continuing to oversee the iHeartRadio Original podcasts and affilia...[Read More]

Scripps Rebrands Podcast Operations Under Stitcher Brand

EW Scripps is restructuring its podcast operations to make Stitcher its primary brand. Stitcher will serve as the parent brand to podcast advertising service Midroll Media, comedy podcast network Earwolf, and additional networks in the process of being launched. Scripps purchased Midroll Media, which in turn had been founded in 2010 as Earwolf, in 2015. They they added the Stitcher app platform in 2016 for $4.5 million and rebuilt it adding a subscription tier. Stitcher, a leader in podcast content creation, distribution and advertising, today unveiled a new logo and brand identity, reinforcing its place as a leading player across the podcast ecosystem as it becomes the primary brand for The E.W. Scripps Company’s podcast operations. Stitcher’s new branding comes as the podcast...[Read More]

Sinclair To Resume Operating 96.7 KNOB Santa Rosa

As first reported in yesterday’s FCC Report, JYH Broadcasting’s 96.7 KNOB Healdsburg/Santa Rosa CA will soon return to Sinclair Communications’ Wine Country Radio group. Sinclair operated KNOB from its launch in 2002 until April 2017 when its LMA came to an end without agreeing on new terms. The station has been mostly Silent since then. Its Alternative format would return a few months later on Sinclair’s 100.9 KSXY as “The 101“. As part of a new Time Brokerage Agreement filed with the FCC as part of a modification application to move KNOB to KSXY’s tower, Sinclair subsidiary Commonwealth Broadcasting will pay $5000 per month for a five year period. At the end of the five year period Sinclair will forgive JYH $200,000 in debt owed. The TBA took effect on Septe...[Read More]

Radio.com Launches Notre Dame Sports Channel

Entercom’s Radio.com has partnered with Legends and JMI Sports to launch a channel dedicated to sports play-by-play for the University of Notre Dame. The channel is Radio.com’s first exclusive play-by-play channel and will feature all of the University’s game coverage. The deal follows Notre Dame’s 12 year agreement with the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys’ Legends and JMI Sports to handle Notre Dame’s sales, marketing, hospitality, media rights and branding services on a local and national level. Entercom, the unrivaled leader in sports radio, announced a multi-platform partnership with the University of Notre Dame. As part of the agreement, Radio.com, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across the company’s robust portfolio of 235 r...[Read More]

Gen Media Partners Acquires Syndicator Sun Broadcast Group

Gen Media Partners has announced the acquisition today of radio syndicator Sun Broadcast Group. Sun President Jason Bailey and COO Julio Aponte Jr. will retain minority ownership stakes in the company and continue to handle day-to-day operations. Sun handles ad sales representation and manages syndication for programming and services including The Fitz Show, Woody & Wilcox, Shazam For Radio, and Rejoice: Musical Soul Food. It joins a Gen Media Partners group built from rep firms McGavren Guild Media and Local Focus Radio that has since expanded into national sales for other advertising platforms and distribution methods. Gen Media Partners (GMP) announced today that it has acquired Sun Broadcast Group, Inc., a national radio network reaching over 205 million listeners. With this lates...[Read More]

iHeartMedia To Debut Women of iHeartCountry This Weekend

Announced last month as part of an expanded contract with Bobby Bones, iHeartMedia will debut “Women of iHeartCountry” this weekend. The hour-long show, hosted by Bones and Amy Brown, will air on 125 of iHeartMedia’s Country stations. It will feature music from established female artists and “promising up-and-comers”, with weekly guest spots by other iHeartMedia female on-air personalities. Country artists Danielle Bradbery will appear on the inaugral program. This Labor Day weekend, iHeartMedia and Bobby Bones will launch “Women of iHeartCountry,” an hour-long, weekend program devoted exclusively to female artists. Executive produced and hosted by Bones, along with co-host Amy Brown, the show will feature music from both established female artists and p...[Read More]