Premiere Networks will continue producing and distributing Fox Sports Radio Network programming to roughly 400 affiliates as part of a new long-term contract extension. The renewed deal calls for the two networks to continue working together across multiple platforms and to synchronize the audio, digital, online and television assets of Fox Sports, FoxSports.com and Fox Sports Radio.
Premiere Networks syndicated radio host Ryan Seacrest is ready to conquer one of the few areas his empire has yet to touch…the fashion world. Seacrest and company recently announced plans to launch a new menswear line called Ryan Seacrest Distinction. Seacrest’s new line will feature a color by the numbers matching system, designed to help the fashion challenged easily mix-and-match shirts, pants, jackets and ties. According to the Ryan Seacrest Distinction website, “The foundation of every man’s wardrobe comes from four color groups: 1) Black, 2) Grey, 3) Blue and 4) Brown. Shirts and ties are designed to match with two or more of the color groups, generating many tasteful options. Jackets, pants, shirts, and ties are labeled with the number of the color group they match, creating a perfectly coordinated look. Simply match by number, grab and go and you’ll always look great.”
Seacrest admits he wasn’t always a fashion plate and had the idea for a menswear line as far back as his audition to host American Idol, “I had in mind the first time I walked into the Fox offices to audition. I didn’t have an expensive suit but I wanted to look the part.”
The Ryan Seacrest Distinction line will hit Macy’s stores this fall.
There is more realignment and swapping of programming chairs at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment and Premiere Networks this morning beginning with the elevation of longtime programmer Clay Hunnicutt to EVP/GM of National Programming Platforms. Hunnicutt will be based in New York City and report to Pres./National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman. Hunnicutt most recently served as EVP/Programming for Clear Channel’s large markets.
Hunnicutt and Poleman will oversee all aspects of the National Programming Platforms team, which develops and manages CC’s national programming — all on-air and digital content across the company’s radio stations and websites. He’ll also continue as the company-wide Brand Manager for Clear Channel’s Country stations.
“Clay has an unmatched connection with our local markets and knows how to link our national capabilities to our local assets,” said Poleman. “He has a great understanding of the day-to-day programming of our local radio stations and what it takes to drive ratings and revenue. His expertise will ensure our national platforms are of benefit to all of our radio stations nationwide, which gives us a huge competitive advantage.”
In other moves, Bill Cahill joins Premiere Networks as Vice President of Programming. Cahill has been Program Director at WASH and WBIG in Washington since 2008 and is also a Clear Channel Brand Manager and Premium Choice expert. He’ll retain his Premium Choice and Brand Manager roles with Clear Channel and will report to Premiere Networks EVP of Programming Jennifer Leimgruber.
More CCM&E moves include: Thea Mitchem, has been promoted to SVP/Programming for the New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC/Baltimore markets. Andrew Jeffries has been promoted to SVP/Programming for the LA, SF and San Diego. West Major marke Brad Hardin, has been named EVP/Programming and adds Houston and Dallas to his responsibilities and EVP/Programming Gene Romano, has added Chicago his market responsibilities.
Bobby Bones has some ‘plainin’ to do. Even though he says it’s not a stunt, nationally syndicated radio morning drive personality Bobby Bones has tweeted that he’s been offered a job outside of radio and he’s considering leaving the medium. He’s tweeting it now to let listeners know the truth and that he’ll be signing off of Twitter over the weekend while he considers his future and has discussions with Clear Channel’s Jay Shannon, Michael Bryan and Rod Phillips. He’ll announce his intentions on home station WSIX, Nashville at 12:00 today a few hours after his morning show ends.
Clear Channel recently switched Bones from CHR mornings where he was competing with Ryan Seacrest and Elvis Duran, to Country, making him their number one syndicated talent in the Country format. Clear Channel and Premiere Networks have spent a lot of time and money developing Bones and his crew into a national country morning show, he’s now on over 60 stations and Clear Channel has him set to host its first iHeartRadio Country music Festival in Austin. Come on…really?
Bones says, in part, “I never wanted money to come into play in these decisions. But sometimes it does have actual influence, and I have the chance to do something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.”
Bone’s has gotten a lot of publicity with the announcement and he insists this is not a stunt, but if there is any truth to this there will not be a drop of rain in London for the rest of 2014.
Clear Channel Media + Entertainment in a corporate re-alignment move creates the new Clear Channel Networks Group, a new unified networks group to take full advantage of its “power, reach and scale to deliver more compelling content opportunities to its partners, affiliates, advertisers and consumers, as well as providing a unique platform to its content partners and talent.” Darren Davis, most recently EVP and GM for the national programming platforms, will lead the effort as president. In his new role Davis will oversee and ensure the success and close integration of the Clear Channel networks; Premiere Networks, Total Traffic and Weather Network, the 24/7 News Network and the iHeartRadio Network.
Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman stated, “This new unified Networks group will enable us to better capitalize on our powerful relationships, creative talent and unparalleled capabilities across all platforms and maximize our infrastructure in an entirely new way to take these networks to a higher level, as well as develop new ones. Darren is an innovative and effective leader of teams and has been a success at every role he has played at this company from the beginning as a programmer through his role as EVP and GM for the National Programming Platforms (NPP) group with Tom Poleman. His extensive and diverse experience makes him the perfect candidate for this important new leadership role.”
Ricardo “El Mandril” Sanchez returned to Los Angeles radio today with his sights set on a new syndicated radio deal. A new agreement with Mexican radio giant Grupo Radio Centro has put him on L.A.’s KXOS, which flipped from Spanish contemporary to regional Mexican as “Radio Centro 93.9. The Spanish-language morning man made headlines last year by shooting to the top of the L.A. ratings, until he was pulled off the air by Spanish Broadcasting System. The new “El Show del Mandril” will continue through self-syndication on the 39 affiliates that were already carrying it in markets like San Diego, Bakersfield, Fresno, Denver and Dallas. Sanchez’s manager, Fernando Schiantarelli, says he expects to expand “El Madril’s reach to 100 stations, including as many as 40 stations south of the border. Schiantarelli says he is in negotiations “with a couple of big syndicators” about a U.S. network deal.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
TRN’s Mark Masters cited his company’s dispute with Dial Global/WestwoodOne and its “failure to pay their part, for a long period of time, on the joint venture agreement we had with them for the Mancow Show,” for the end of TRN’s deal with Mancow, who he called “a brilliant talent, and a good friend – a true class act.”
In a release from TRN, Mancow is quoted as saying, “I have enjoyed my time with Mark, TRN-FM and the TRN-FM team immensely. I now move on to exciting projects on TV and radio. I deeply appreciate everyone that has helped me to get to where I am today.”
The Sun City Cafe Radio Network has announced the launch of three new syndicated radio weekend shows available in February. “Sun City Cafe,” hosted by SCCRN CEO/Creative Director Joe Kelly, is a 3-hour weekly show that features hall of fame Classic Rock ‘n Roll, flashbacks from comedy legends George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield and Steven Wright as well as a myriad of pop-culture flashbacks.
“Sun City Cafe Saturday Night” is a 3-hour show with Joe Kelly, Kate West and Engineer Bill, featuring 70s, 80s and early 90s hard rock and hair metal. “Notorious90s” is a 2-hour weekly show that features Progressive Rock, hosted by KLBJ PD and syndicated radio host LA Lloyd and imaged by Joe Kelly.
The new weekend shows are all are produced by Joe Kelly and will be available February 8.
WYM Media Management announced that the syndicated Zach Sang and the Gang show is now available as a four-hour weekend show. The new weekend version of the show is music and social media-intensive, features celebrity interviews and will highlight a round up of the biggest music and pop culture stories of the week. Zach Sang and the Gang is represented for ad sales by WestwoodOne.