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.
Congratulations go out to Syndicated Solutions’ The Rick & Bubba Show, (Rick Burgess and Bill ‘Bubba’ Bussey) as they mark their 20th year on the air together today (1/8).
Paul Caine is stepping down as head of WestwoodOne. Caine who made the move to radio 10 months ago after more than two decades at Time Inc., was brought on board to lead the then Dial Global into new digital and mobile initiatives. He exits following last month’s $260 million acquisition of WestwoodOne by Cumulus Media, which says it has now fully integrated the property into its own network operation.
Chevrolet announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show that the NPR News app will be one of the initial offerings in the in-car AppShop, available this summer in select Chevrolet vehicles with MyLink technology. Continue reading
SFX Entertainment, the producer of live events and digital entertainment content focused of the fast-growing Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre, has formed a marketing and content partnership with Clear Channel. The alliance revolves around three initiatives: a national DJ/producer contest in partnership with on-line dance music destination Beatport; a weekly Beatport Countdown show; and an original live event series. Continue reading
FOX Sports Radio adds Black Crowes drummer and sports radio personality Steve Gorman as its new afternoon host. As a founding member of The Black Crowes, Gorman has worked with Bob Dylan, Jimmy Page and Warren Zevon, among others. An avid sports fan, Gorman launched Steve Gorman Sports as a podcast in 2010, and has hosted several local shows on sports stations over the past couple of years. Steve Gorman Sports will air live weekdays from 3-6pm, and feature sports commentary and what’s happening in sports, music and pop-culture.
“Steve Gorman Sports is the perfect combination of sports, passion, pop culture, music and entertainment,” stated Clear Channel Senior VP/Sports Operations Bruce Gilbert. “At FOX Sports Radio we are committed to serving sports fans with unique and entertaining insight, stories and opinions surrounding the natural drama of sports. Steve Gorman is an excellent addition to our leading, multi-platform, sports entertainment lineup.”
“I’m thrilled that Steve Gorman Sports has a home in the Fox Sports Radio family,” expressed Gorman. “It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to work with the one network I always felt was a perfect fit for my show. I know listeners will love hearing athletes and musicians alike talking, laughing, and arguing about our shared passions: sports and music.”
Steve Gorman Sports will debut on stations beginning January 27 with a week-long broadcast leading up to the Super Bowl, live from New York.
Clear Channel has announced that Premiere Networks syndicated radio morning program, “The Breakfast Club” starring Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy, will be televised live weekday mornings on REVOLT TV headed by Sean “P Diddy” Combs. The radio show based out of CC’s WWPR (Hot 105) New York, the television simulcast will begin on March 3.
The morning team is no stranger to television, Charlamagne currently hosts MTV2′s “Guy Code,” “Girl Code” “Guy Court” and “Charlamagne and Friends,” Yee is the former morning show host on shade 45 at SiriusXM and cast member from VH1′s “The Gossip Game” and DJ Envy is the host of MTV2′s “Sucker Free” and “Week in Jams.”
“Starting our day with “The Breakfast Club” brings three more hours of live daily programming to REVOLT’s already expansive real time coverage of music, music news and culture each day,” said REVOLT’s Andy Schuon.
“Taking this award-winning Power 105 morning show and extending its reach to television reinforces Clear Channel position as a preeminent multi-platform entertainment company,” said CCME President/Entertainment Enterprises John Sykes. “We are a company that creates incredible, original content every day and we are excited to partner on this with a true visionary like Sean Combs.”
“Conexion Thalia” hosted by Spanish singer, actress and talk show host Thalia, and most recently syndicated by Cumulus Media Networks is moving to Spanish Broadcasting System’s new AIRE Radio Networks. Tom Taylor in his NOW daily newsletter is reporting that last month, Thalia and Cumulus mutually agreed to part ways.
AIR Radio Networks Senior VP Elisa Torres says, “Thalia is a phenomenal artist who has proven herself across a variety of platforms. She will be a vital component to our success in delivering compelling and entertaining programming to Spanish-language radio stations nationwide. Building on Thalia’s exceptional performance on radio during the last seven years, we look forward to expanding her brand of entertainment to even more listeners.”
Thalia said, “I am very excited to work with the renowned team at AIRE Radio Networks and Spanish Broadcasting Systems to expand the distribution of my show across the nation. I will now have the opportunity of reaching significantly more fans and leveraging my show across multiple platforms. This is a very exciting time for Latino media and my association with AIRE allows me to fully tap into the industry’s best network and digital assets to maximize my brand and market reach.”
Nielsen Audio has released data reflecting format preferences of radio listeners in the U.S. In 2013. Some of the highlights include Country radio’s growth among younger listeners and all-time highs in audience shares across the 48 Nielsen portable people meter (PPM) markets. Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (Pop CHR) matured by increasing its audience share in the 25-54 demographic; Spoken Word (News/Talk and Sports) made a big rebound during the fall; and both Urban Contemporary and Hot Adult Contemporary had huge years.
The breakdown by rank.
- News Talk Information
- Pop Contemporary Hit Radio
- Adult Contemporary
- Hot Adult Contemporary
- Classic Hits
- Urban Adult Contemporary
- All Sports
- Classic Rock
- Mexican Regional
Cumulus Media has completed the acquisition of WestwoodOne, formerly known as Dial Global, for $260 million in cash, consisting of $45 million attributable to the equity of WWO and the retirement of $215 million of WWO debt. Cumulus used cash on hand, including $238 million in cash proceeds from the company’s previously completed sale of 53 stations in November to Townsquare Media.
Cumulus says the acquisition of WestwoodOne will add sports, news, talk, music and programming services content, enabling it to provide a wider variety of options to some 10,000 U.S. stations, other media platforms and international platforms. New content acquired includes NFL, NCAA, NASCAR, Olympics, AP Radio News, NBC News, the GRAMMY Awards and other popular programming.