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Kerri Kasem Breaks News About Exit from Nikki Sixx Shows

Premiere Networks has announced that Kerri Kasem is stepping down as co-host of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx. Kerri and Sixx broke the news to their listeners last Friday night, explaining that her decision to leave the shows stemmed from the time commitment necessary to join Sixx on the road for Mötley Crüe’s final tour. “This was not an easy decision,” Kasem said. “I’ve had so much fun with Sixx Sense and The Side Show Countdown over the past four years. It was an amazing experience to work with Nikki and the Premiere team on both of these programs, and I’m so proud of their continued growth and success. I wish everyone the best of luck!”

“It’s been great having Kerri as a co-host for the past four years,” added Sixx. “I’m so proud of the work Sixx Sense has done to provide two top-level Rock radio programs to millions of listeners worldwide. Although she will be missed, I fully support her new endeavors.”

Details about a new co-host for the shows will be announced Wednesday, April 2. Kasem fans can stay connected with her via Facebook, on Twitter @KerriKasem and through her website, KerriKasem.com.

WestwoodOne Likes Good Time Oldies

WestwoodOne has announced that it will add “Good Times Oldies” a new syndicated radio 24-hour Oldies format to its line-up of program services. “Good Times Oldies” will debut on Monday, April 28 and feature music from the golden era of pop, rock and soul-centering on hit music from the 60s and 70s -and positioned slightly older than traditional Adult Hits-formatted stations. This is the first new format since WestwoodOne and Cumulus Media Networks merged. Continue reading

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WestwoodOne Drops Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel” So…

WestwoodOne has informed roughly 100 affiliates that Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel” 24-hour syndicated radio service will be cancelled at the end of June.  Shannon, who recently relocated to mornings at CBS Radio’s classic hits WCBS-FM New York (101.1) from Cumulus owned WPLJ, and owns the True Oldies Channel brand is exploring new options.

Shannon says, “I love music and I love radio, and with the True Oldies Channel I get the two together.”

WestwoodOne has a replacement planned and says that current True Oldies Channel stations will get first right of refusal on the new “Good Time Oldies” format. More on that next…

Sun and Envision Strike Deal for Spanish Programming Ad Sales

Sun Broadcast Group, Inc. and Envision Networks have struck an exclusive ad sales agreement for Sun to rep Envision’s Spanish-language programming that includes CNN en Español, Fox Deportes and AccuWeather en Español.

Envision president and CEO Danno Wolkoff states, “Jason Bailey and his team at Sun Broadcast will increase our presence in the Spanish advertising arena.  They will represent our programming, services and online audio product lineups to Hispanic advertisers and maximize the scope of our network’s reach and frequency and the amount of impressions it delivers for clients.”

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Carrie Underwood First Up for “CMT All Access with Cody Alan”

Six-time Grammy Award winning Country artist Carrie Underwood will be the featured guest as the Premiere Networks syndicated radio program “CMT All Access with Cody Alan” kicks off this weekend on more than 100 affiliates nationwide. The one-hour, Country music and entertainment program features the latest news, information and interviews with artists, along with the best in Country music, and will originate from the CMT Radio studio in Nashville.

Some of the stations debuting “CMT All Access with Cody Alan” this weekend are WSIX-FM Nashville, WMZQ-FM Washington DC, WUBL-FM Atlanta, KNIX-FM Phoenix, KEEY-FM Minneapolis and WFUS-FM Tampa.

TuneIn and WestwoodOne Partner for NCAA Coverage

WestwoodOne and TuneIn have announced an expanded partnership under the terms of which TuneIn will carry WestwoodOne’s live broadcast coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. WestwoodOne will provide TuneIn with full play-by-play for all 67 games from the first round through the Final Four.

Coverage will continue through the NCAA Men’s Final Four in April. In addition to all 67 games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, TuneIn will also offer Westwood One’s coverage of other NCAA championship events, including the Division I Women’s Final Four, the Men’s Frozen Four, the Men’s and Women’s College World Series and the Division I Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals and Championship.

“We are excited to be extending our relationship with WestwoodOne, a company that is known for delivering superior programming for the biggest sporting events in the world,” says Kevin Straley, VP Programming at TuneIn. “This year’s presentation of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on TuneIn will allow sports fans to listen to their favorite teams from the excitement of the opening rounds until the ending, where one champion cuts down the nets.”

“We are pumped and ready to bring the excitement of the NCAA Tournament to TuneIn’s large listener base,” says Matt Cutair, WestwoodOne’s VP, Digital Operations and Sales. “This extended partnership ensures that college hoops fans can access the games and that our advertising partners receive true multi-platform distribution of their messaging.”

 

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Rush Tops Talkers “Heavy Hundred” Again

Talkers Magazine has released it annual list of talk radio’s “Heavy Hundred.” This years list is topped once again by Premiere Networks syndicated talkers Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity followed by Dave Ramsey and Westwood One’s Michael Savage. Howard Stern, Ed Schultz and WYD Media talker Thom Hartmann also crack the top ten of the annual list. Here’s the entire rundown of Talkers “Heavy Hundred”.

TRN Settles Dispute with Westwood One

Cumulus Media and Talk Radio Network have reached a settlement of TRN’s lawsuit over claims of unpaid advertising revenues and unfair competition filed against Dial Global, the previous owner of the now Cumulus owned Westwood One.  The settlement’s terms are undisclosed.

Cumulus Pres./CEO Lew Dickey said, “While Cumulus Media had no role in the lawsuits filed by TRN Companies, we are pleased to resolve these claims and move forward together. We remain supportive of each other and are optimistic for the future.”

TRN CEO Mark Masters said, “We are pleased to ‘turn the page’ with the new owners of Westwood One and have put past issues behind us.  As we build bridges together, we look forward to a mutually beneficial future working with our affiliated stations, customers, Lew and John Dickey and Cumulus Media.”

Premiere Renews FOX Sports Radio Deal

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.

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Envision Networks Adds Mojo In The Morning for National Syndication

Envision Networks has announced a syndicated radio deal to distribute Clear Channel Detroit morning show, Mojo in the Morning. The show, hosted by Mojo and co-hosts Spike and Shannon and producer Rachel is based at Top 40 WKQI Detroit and is now available for national radio syndication. Envision Networks will handle affiliate relations and ad sales for the new Mojo Morning Show Network.

Danno Wolkoff,  CEO/President of Envision Networks said of the new alliance, “Mojo in the Morning consists of real people who are really funny. Their compelling life stories every morning keep you coming back for more as Mojo, Spike and Shannon wake you up and make you laugh. Your new morning show starts now!”

Mojo added,”For years I’ve been told by programmers that our show would sound great in their market, well, now it can be! We are excited to offer our show nationally.”

Mojo in the Morning is available on a barter basis. For more details,  contact Hannah Rosenthal at 216-831-3761 or hannahr@envisionradio.com.