SiriusXM’s Opie and Jim Norton returned from vacation for their first show following the firing of co-host Anthony Cumia from the “Opie & Anthony” show. Opie commented that he thought that the entire show was gone the moment he saw Cumia’s tweets. I read Ant’s tweets. And I said to myself I swear to you I said, Oh my God, we’re fired. That needs to be said. There was just something different about it. I’m like oh my God, we’re fired. Cause I think it was just the amount of tweets that he did and they were harsh. I mean they were absolutely were harsh and I understand why cause he was really mad at what had happened. But I knew in my gut that this is not going to go well. We work for a company for as much as we bitch they give us a lot of...[Read More]
Update 11/26: Clear Channel and CMT have announced the deal in which Cody Alan will become host of After Midnite as part of a wider agreement between the companies. Alan will continue hosting CMT Radio Live in the 7pm-12am timeslot as well, which will be distributed by Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks. The pact between Clear Channel and CMT will also see the pair develop additional programming and events across radio, television and digital platforms and cross-promotion between CMT, Clear Channel’s Country stations, and iHeartRadio. The full release follows: CMT, the leading television and digital authority on Country music and entertainment, and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (CCM+E), the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any ...[Read More]
“Go Country 105” KKGO-FM Los Angeles morning host Sean Parr is departing the station to host a new nationally syndicated night show. “NASH Nights Live” will debut on Monday, January 6 on Cumulus’ Country stations including “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH New York. The Nashville based program will air from 7pm-12am daily and will also be made available to other stations via Cumulus Media Networks. Parr has been with KKGO since its flip to Country in 2007 and previously worked at Country predecessor 93.9 KZLA. No word yet on what this means for “CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan“, which is currently distributed by Cumulus Media Networks and airs on many of the stations that will be picking up this new program. The press release from Cumulus follows: Cumu...[Read More]
Just a few weeks after returning to radio via SiriusXM, Art Bell is departing his show. Bell discussed on his last show that he was unhappy with Sirius’ mobile streaming and wanted permission to stream his show on his site for free. That goes against SiriusXM’s business model and had no chance of being accepted. In response, Bell posted on Facebook today, Sometimes when you are “all in” you win, sometimes lose. By mutual agreement, Dark Matter will no longer air as of tonight. That Facebook page has since been deleted as well. Statement from Art Bell via e-mail: pic.twitter.com/N10tDz5buD — Art Bell Sirius XM (@ArtBellXM) November 5, 2013 Bell began airing on SiriusXM’s “Indie 104” channel on September 16.
During yesterday’s quarterly earnings conference calls, Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey revealed some of the company’s next round of initiatives for the Nash brand expansion. Once the Westwood One purchase by the company closes, Cumulus plans on transitioning all of its Country network programming to the Nash brand. Dickey stated “there’ll be a dedicated product offering to the broadcast community for NASH, everything from licensing the IP to getting on the promotions and the events and the digital aspects of it, and even the merchandising.” That will enable other broadcasters to license the Nash brand from Cumulus to allow them to expand into markets where the company doesn’t operate stations. Nash Magazine, which debuted in the Atlanta market earlier this year ...[Read More]