Friday, May 29, 2015

Consultant Keith Hill Receiving Death Threats

Keith Hill
Country consultant Keith Hill sparked a controversy on Music Row this week with his advice that radio stations not play female songs back-to-back has resulted in death threats and name-calling via social media.

Earlier this week, the industry publication Country Aircheck ran an interview with Hill, who said, "If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out. The reason is mainstream country radio generates more quarter hours from female listeners at the rate of 70 to 75 percent, and women like male artists.


"The expectation is we're principally a male format with a smaller female component. I've got about 40 music databases in front of me and the percentage of females in the one with the most is 19 percent. Trust me, I play great female records and we've got some right now; they're just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females."

On Thursday, he said in an interview with The Tennessean, "I am a marketer. I am not a social engineer."

"What has happened is that this social media thing is driven by emotion, not logic, and I understand that. I am for equality of all things. I am not trying to solve racial issues, geopolitical issues or certainly not the issues between genders.

Country radio stations' libraries typically are composed of 15 percent to 20 percent of female songs. "Even if women were 50 percent of a country music database, I wouldn't play them back to back. I would play them every other record. If they were 25 percent of the database, I would play them every fourth record," he said.

"You can argue all you want. I don't like it. I personally like ballads or females or males or Americana, but it is tossing the salad."

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Austin Radio: KASE Sets Flood Relief Concert

iHM's Country KASE 100.7 FM KASE 101/Austin has announced "The Raging Idiots Flood Relief Concert," a fundraising event featuring syndicated iHeartMedia Country talent Bobby Bones, host of "The Bobby Bones Show" and his Raging Idiots band to help raise money for the Central Texas Chapter of the Red Cross.

The benefit concert will take place at The Parish on June 3, and proceeds from the event will help the victims of the recent Central Texas flooding.

"I have strong roots in Austin, and as soon as I heard about the flooding in Texas I knew we had to help," said Bones. "Organizing 'The Raging Idiots Flood Relief Concert' with the Red Cross is a perfect way to get the Austin community involved and to make sure the money we raise goes straight to the locals who need it most."

"Bobby's heart has always been in Austin, where The Bobby Bones Show got its start. He wants to do anything and everything possible to help his friends and family here in the area rebuild their lives," said KASE Program Director JT Bosch.

Listeners can purchase tickets to "The Raging Idiots Flood Relief Concert" online beginning May 29 at and at the door. Country fans can also bid on auction items up such as autographed guitars from George Strait, Luke Bryan, Eli Young Band and Blake Shelton, plus chances to meet Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley.  the auction is being supported by other iHM stations in the Austin cluster. 100% of ticket sales and auction proceeds will benefit the Central Texas Chapter of the Red Cross.

Boston Radio: Talk WMEX To Import Afternoon Show

Bill Keeler
WIBX 950 AM Utica morning-show host Bill Keeler will soon be hosting an afternoon show on WMEX 1510 AM in Boston.  His new show starts Tuesday but he'll continue with his morning drive-time show in Utica.

Boston WMEX operations manager and morning host John Pica told the Utica Observer-Dispatch  he thought of Keeler for the opening because they’d co-hosted a show on a Providence, Rhode Island, station in the mid-1990s, and Keeler proved able to adapt to local audiences.

Townsquare Media Utica executive Karen Carey notified WIBX staff of Keeler’s move to a top-10 market Thursday. There’s no relationship between the stations. “We’re really excited for him.” Carey said.

Keeler said he’s staying in Utica because of family. “This is my home and that’s why I’m doing it this way.”

NYC Radio: NFL's Odell Beckham Jr. To Join ESPN

Odell Beckham Jr.
This NFL season, Odell Beckham Jr. – the New York Giants’ star second-year receiver – will appear weekly on WEPN 98.7 FM ESPN's The Michael Kay Show.  Beginning September 3, Beckham will join Kay and co-host Don LaGreca,every Thursday to discuss the Giants and the NFL, continuing through the regular season and as long as the Giants are playing.

“It’s a privilege to add one of the NFL’s most exciting young talents to New York’s most entertaining afternoon show with Michael Kay and Don LaGreca,” said Tim McCarthy, general manager, ESPN New York 98.7FM.  “Adding Odell to ESPN NY’s 98.7FM football content will give all NY fans more of what they want, the biggest and best this fall.”

Beckham added, “I'm excited that I will have a weekly platform to talk Giants football, and give the fans some perspective from inside the locker room.”

Beckham was a rookie sensation in 2014, appearing in the Pro Bowl and being named Offensive Rookie of the Year.  A first-round pick out of LSU, Beckham caught 91 passes for 1,307 with 12 touchdowns – all in just 12 games due to injury.  In a nationally televised game in November against Dallas, he made what many consider one of the best – if not the best – catches of all time, reaching up and snaring the ball with one hand while falling backwards.

NYC Radio: WNYM 970 AM Adds John & Leah Show

Envision Networks has announced that Salem Media Group’s WNYM 970 AM is the newest affiliate of The John and Leah Show, a live Sunday night talk show offering a look at the week’s news focusing on media, politics, sports and pop culture.

With AM 970, The Answer now airing The John and Leah Show every Sunday night at 10 p.m., the station joins over 150 affiliates on the Envision Talk Network.

“AM 970, The Answer in New York is excited to air The John and Leah talk show live each Sunday night from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.,” said Jerry Crowley, Vice President/General Manager of Salem Media Group New York, “John Ziegler and Leah Brandon provide our listeners with up-to-date news and opinion and New Yorkers have a chance to call-in and let them know how they feel about it.”

Ziegler's career began in Steubenville, Ohio as a sportscaster and reporter with an NBC affiliate. He made the switch to talk radio as an evening host at WWTN-FM Nashville and went on to work at a number of other outlets. Eventually he wound up at KFI-AM Los Angeles, where he and Brandon first worked together.   After four years at the station, Ziegler opted to leave talk radio to produce documentary films and only recently returned to host his nationally syndicated show.

Brandon started out as a DJ in Roanoke, Va., and then came to Los Angeles where she began her radio voiceover imaging career. She currently resides in Birmingham, Al.

For more on The John and Leah Show, contact Amber Wade at or 216-831-3761.

iHM 2015 Vegas Pool Party Features Nick Jonas

iHeartMedia has announced that Nick Jonas will host the 2015 iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party which for the first time ever will be at Caesars Palace Las Vegas on Saturday, May 30.

This year's incredible lineup will feature live performances by Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Shaggy, Echosmith and David Guetta as well as special guest appearances by Adam Lambert, Bebe Rexha, Katharine McPhee, Holly Madison, Tyson Beckford, Robert Graham, Zack Kalter, Becca Tilley and iHeartRadio's own Mario Lopez, Angela Yee, DJ Envy, Big Boy, Romeo, JV, Brotha Fred, Angi Taylor, Ramiro, Letty B, Prostyle, Paul Costabile and DJ Suss One.

The iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party will video stream live exclusively on Yahoo Live at 8 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 30. In addition fans nationwide can listen to the special broadcast on iHeartMedia Mainstream Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio (RCHR), HOT-AC and Electronic Dance Music (EDM) stations nationwide at 8 p.m. PT. For the third consecutive year, the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party will air as an exclusive television broadcast nationally on The CW Network on Thursday, June 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

To promote the event, iHeartMedia ran a national on-air and online promotion across its mainstream and rhythmic CHR, HOT-AC and EDM stations as well as on iHeartRadio, the company's all-in-one digital streaming platform. Hundreds of lucky winners will receive iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party packages, which include round-trip airfare, two-night luxury hotel accommodations at Caesars Palace for two and access to all the weekend's events.  Plus the Grand Prize Winner, Jennifer Paqueo from Kent, Washington, will receive a fantasy all-access experience which will include being flown to Las Vegas on a private luxury jet, a suite at Caesars Palace, spa treatments at Qua Baths & Spa, a VIP dinner at Nobu Restaurant & Lounge, a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, exclusive once-in-a-lifetime artist experiences and more.

FCC Looks To Subsidize Internet Access for Poor

The federal government’s program that made telephone service affordable to low-income households, could soon be extended to broadband service.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating Thursday a set of proposals to modify the 30-year Lifeline program, which provides phone subsidies to households.

According to, Wheeler’s plan would extend those subsidies to Internet service at a time when broadband is becoming as essential as the telephone once was for everyday life.

Only 48 percent of households with an income of $25,000 or less, have access to the Internet, putting those households at a disadvantage for a number of education, government, and information services, the FCC said.

Under the proposal, households would be able to choose whether the subsidy ($9.25) be applied to voice or broadband.

May 29 Radio History

In 1939…The radio serial "When a Girl Marries" began its 18-year run, first on CBS, then on NBC starting in 1941, and switching to ABC in 1951.

In 1942…Bing Crosby, backed by the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, recorded Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," which became the biggest-selling single of all time until Elton John surpassed it with "Candle In The Wind (Princess Diana Tribute)" in 1997. Crosby re-recorded "White Christmas" in 1947 and the re-recording is the version heard most often on the radio at Christmastime.

In 1961...Jack Spector began working as a disk jockey in New York in 1961 at radio station WMCA 570 AM, where he was a member of a group of broadcasting personalities called the Good Guys. He labeled himself Your Main Man Jake and usually closed his shows saying, "Look out street, here I come!"

He switched to WHN 1050 AM in 1972, then for nine years was the host of the "Saturday Night Sock Hop" on WCBS 101.1 FM. He also worked for a brief period as the host of a sports talk show for WNBC 660 AM.

Mr. Spector broke into broadcasting in Martinsburg, W.Va., in 1955, then worked for stations in Albany, Providence, R.I., and Chicago before returning to New York. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he attended Brooklyn College and had a brief tryout as a minor-league baseball player with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. He served in the United States Army in Korea.

In 1963…Del Shannon's cover of the Beatles' "From Me to You" became the first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to appear on the American record charts.

In 1977...the NBC News & Information Service, which was a 24-hour-a-day news service, came to an end.

NBC launched the NBC News and Information Service (NIS) in 1975.  According to Faded Signals, it allowed local radio stations to launch all-news formats, providing affiliates with up to 55 minutes of news per hour.

NBC aired the service on its Washington station, WRC.  It also added the all-news format on its network-owned FM stations in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.

Many stations signed on with the service, but by 1976, NBC was not sure if its network would ever become profitable.

In 1979..."The Source", considered Radio's first rock news network, debuted.

In 2012…Radio actor Dick Beals, for many years the voice of "Speedy" in Alka-Seltzer TV commercials, died at the age of 85.

In January 1949, as a senior at MSU, Beals got a call to do a radio commercial for WXYZ, Detroit. After the show, the director asked him to be on call for all the children's voices as well as those of small, talking animals on all three network radio shows produced by WXYZ - The Lone Ranger, Green Hornet and Challenge of the Yukon.

In 1952, after performing in an episode of The Green Hornet, WXYZ station manager Jack McCarthy referred Beals to Forrest Owen of Wade Advertising. Owen showed Beals a rendering of a proposed product spokesman for their client, Alka-Seltzer and had him record a voice audition. Four months later, Beals was notified that he had been selected as the voice for Speedy Alka-Seltzer as well as the voice of Sticky, the Vaseline mascot.

Standing just 4'7" tall due to a glandular problem that also gave him his youthful voice, Beals provided the voices of 10-year-old boys well into his 70s.

In 2014…Former WNEW 102.7 FM NYC personality Dave Herman died of an aneurysm at 78 while in federal custody awaiting trial on charges of attempting to transport a 7-year-old girl from New Jersey to the Virgin Islands for a sexual liaison.

In 2014…Longtime KOMO-TV, KOMO-AM Seattle news reporter/commentator Ken Schram died of kidney, liver, and heart failures while fighting an infection at age 66.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Boston Radio: Talk WMEX Passes On Rush Limbaugh

The incoming owners of Talk WMEX 1510 AM said they will pass on Rush Limbaugh and go instead with a new programming lineup meant to bring more humor and local coverage to conservative talk radio in Boston.

The Boston Globe calls it a surprise move by a station that radio industry analysts pegged as the presumptive landing spot for Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated show after his distributor, Premiere Networks, and WRKO 680 AM said last week that it had failed to reach an extension.

“He’s been offered to us four times, and we’ve said no,” said Mary Catherine Remmer, co-owner of Daly XXL Communications, which has been operating WMEX under a lease management agreement since March and plans to close on a purchase from Blackstrap Broadcasting later this summer.

Meanwhile the new WMEX lineup debuts June 2. The morning drive slot, from 6-10 a.m., will be anchored by Joe Ligotti, the YouTube sensation better known as “The Guy From Boston.” Ligotti built an online following by posting video rants on topics such as illegal immigration and gay marriage — often with an American flag in the background and a cigar in his mouth, and always in a heavy Boston accent.

Bill Keeler, currently a morning show host at WIBX 950 AM in Utica, N.Y., will take the noon to 3 p.m. shift that otherwise might have been Limbaugh’s. Michele McPhee, a former Boston Herald columnist, will anchor the afternoon drive from 3-6 p.m.

Providence Radio: Cumulus Names John Sutherland VP/MM

John Sutherland
Cumulus Media announces that longtime broadcasting and marketing professional John Sutherland has been promoted to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus’ five-station cluster in Providence, RI.

Sutherland previously served the company as Vice President, Sales for Cumulus in Worcester, MA, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to that, he was Chief Visual Officer for Sutherland Marketing Group. He was also Vice President for Clear Channel Radio (iHeart Media). A dedicated community servant, Sutherland served on the Board of Directors for the ALS Therapy Development Institute for many years. He holds a B.S. degree in Communications from Ithaca College.

Gary Pizzati, Senior Vice President for Cumulus said: “Placing John at the helm of Cumulus Providence is a perfect fit for that dynamic group of stations and will maximize our position in the market. John has many years of broadcast history in the northeast and his tremendous track record speaks for itself. This is another example of the opportunities for advancement and growth Cumulus offers to our employees. We congratulate John and are pleased to present him with this well-deserved battlefield promotion.”

Sutherland said: “Working with Gary Pizzati and Lew Dickey and leading one of the best radio clusters in America for Cumulus is an incredibly exciting opportunity. There is an extraordinarily talented team of people in Providence who are ready to grow to new heights at a time of accelerating change in our industry. I’m thrilled to begin this next chapter of my career at home in New England.”

He succeeds Barbara Haynes, who departed last week. Click Here for posting.

Judge Allows Class Action Suit Against SiriusXM

A U.S. judge in California allowed a class action lawsuit to proceed on Wednesday against satellite-radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc over the payment of royalties for songs produced before 1972, in a case that is being closely watched for its implications for digital media.

Reuters reports the ruling by U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez marks another win for members of the 1960s band the Turtles, known for the hit "Happy Together," and means the company could face claims from a broader group of artists.

"Sirius XM treats every single owner of a pre-1972 song the same, namely it doesn't pay them, so it was appropriate for this court to grant class certification," said Henry Gradstein, attorney for Flo & Eddie Inc, a company controlled by founding Turtles members Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman.

Gutierrez ruled last September that, under California state law, New York-based Sirius XM was liable for copyright infringement by airing the band's pre-1972 songs without paying royalties.

Flo & Eddie also sought to certify a class action against the company to bring in other artists in a similar situation. Sirius XM argued against certification because it said damages would be difficult to calculate accurately for different members of the class.

Gutierrez rejected that argument on Wednesday.

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Hitch Radio Aims To Turn-Up The Dial

A new start-up aims to turn the dial on the radio industry.

Hitch Radio founder Ayinde O. Alakoye said, "Radio's heard by 94 percent of the U.S., but its live nature makes it really hard to share, so we've created Hitch Radio, the world's first instant messaging app for live broadcast radio."

Alakoye's goal is to capitalize on what he calls radio's flawed distribution model. And he says he has the chops to pull it off. He's a former radio ad sales executive and one of the original creators of the iHeartRadio.

In his latest venture, Hitch Radio, listeners get access to 20,000 stations around the world via their smartphones. Users can search by song, artist or genre. But unlike other music apps, Hitch Radio users can instant-message their friends about what they're listening to. If the message goes unopened within 3 minutes, which happens to be the average length of a song, the message disappears.

Hitch Radio is available on both iOS and Android and is free to use.

Alakoye told CNBC he expects to nab more users by giving them access to celebrity playlists. His plan is to pair "the sexiness of the stars, with the sexiness of the music." He would not disclose any artists' names.

Jessica Peltz, a venture capitalist with KBS Ventures, said the music industry's notorious legal challenges could pose a threat to the start-up.

But the founder said he's not concerned. "Our business model is that we pay radio stations 75 percent of our revenue and they actually pay 100 percent of the royalties to the artist for every song that's played, so there's no royalty challenge for us," Alakoye told CNBC.

According to Alakoye, since launching in March, the Hitch Radio app has hit over 15,000 downloads. "We anticipate being profitable within the next 12 months," Alakoye said.

ASRP: AM Radio Is Done Sez Colin Cowherd

Colin Cowherd the  guest on the latest About Sports Radio podcast with Zach McCrite this week.

During the podcast, Cowherd is bearish on the prospects of terrestrial radio. “In the next five to ten years, I don’t even think they will have radios in cars,” he said.  “You’ll have your television set in your car.  So I think podcasts and digital (and) Sirius is the future. I think terrestrial (radio), AM especially, is done in five years.”

 Inside the episode:
  • Colin talks about how he got the bug for doing sports talk, via play-by-play and television. [2:55]
  • Colin remembers the first time he thought sports radio might be a viable career. [4:21]
  • Was Colin always confident in his ability or did it develop over time? [6:31]
  • Colin gives some great advice to aspiring sports talk hosts. [7:55]
  • “Don’t worry about being perfect.” [9:17]
  • Colin goes through his show prep process. [10:23]
  • The dynamic of topic development between Colin and his staff before air. [12:30]
  • How often does management talk to Colin about his content? [14:17]
  • Does Colin get paralyzed by market-specific ratings? [15:38]
  • Where will sports radio be in five to ten years? [18:10]
  • The biggest differences between Colin’s show when he began at ESPN Radio in 2003 and now. [21:19]
  • How does Colin conform to the new “bite-size” world of topic delivery and consumption? [22:31]
  • The sports radio version of nails on a chalkboard to Colin. [24:23]
  • “There’s no money in being right.  A lot of guys are more right than me and they’re doing overnights.” [25:45]
  • The thing that Colin does that annoys the people around him the most. [28:58]

Moonves Douses Speculation on CBS Purchase, Merger

Les Moonves
“I would like to buy CBS. I’m not going to,” media mogul says onstage at ReCode Code Conference.

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves once again downplayed rumors that he would buy the company he runs, during a conversation at ReCode’s Code Conference on Wednesday.

“The board of directors will decide the fate of this company,” he said on stage, according to The Wrap. “I would like to buy CBS. I’m not going to.”

Moonves also reiterated that there are no plans for CBS to merge with Viacom, despite continued rumors.

The exec also said talks are ongoing for CBS to be included in an unnamed Apple TV service, though he doesn’t know when it will happen, and money is the main negotiation sticking point.

“Apple TV is trying to change the universe, as did Sling, as is Sony,” he said of the tech giant planning to offer smaller bundles of channels over the web.

“I think the age of the 200 channel universe is slowly dying,” he continued. “The good news for us, is any one of those groups will need CBS. We have the NFL, which is must have television. Any of those bundles we will be a part of that and we should get a better proportion of the share of that universe than we currently do on cable.”

CT Radio: Zac Davis New iHM PD At WKSS, WKCI

Zac Davis
iHeartMedia/Connecticut has named Zac Davis Program Director for Top40s WKSS KISS 95.7 FM Hartford and WKCI KC101 FM New Haven.

"We heard from some of the best CHR programmers in the country, and Zac's successes in the format, coaching top-tier personalities and his highly strategic thinking separated him from the pack," said Dave Symonds, SVP/ Programming, iHeartMedia Hartford.

"We are thrilled and eager for him to start."

Davis most recently served as iHeartMedia Myrtle Beach's SVP/Programming.  Other stops along his career have included Program Director of WDCG G105 in Raleigh; Operations Manager of Max Media's KDHT & KJHM in Denver; with stops at WRDU in Raleigh; WABB in Mobile; WGBT in Greensboro; KOSO Modesto and WBVD Melbourne.

WKSS 95.7 FM (16.5 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
"I'd like to thank Rod Phillips, LJ Smith, Jimmy Feuger and WGTR morning co-host Adam Dellinger for everything they've done for me in Myrtle Beach. I've loved working with the whole team keeping our Myrtle Beach brands on their winning records," said Davis.

"Now I'll get to continue my path in CHR, and work for Dave Symonda, someone I've respected for years. I'm excited to join such a talented group of people – these are stellar brands and I look forward to continued success."

WKCI 101.3 FM (12 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area

Martina McBride Stands Up for Female Artists

Martina McBride
Martina McBride isn't taking Country un-consultant Keith Hill's talk of lettuce and tomatoes with a grain of salt.

"Trust me, I play great female records and we've got some right now; they're just not the lettuce in our salad," said radio consultant Hill in an interview with Country Aircheck.

"The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females."

Keith Hill
The answer to how to get more listeners? "If you want to make ratings in Country radio, take females out," Hill advised.

According to,  that didn't sit too well with McBride, who's sold more than 14 million albums in the U.S.

McBride took to Facebook to address Hill's comments:

Wow.....just wow. Just read this from a major country radio publication. How do you feel about this statement? I...
Posted by Martina McBride on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

And she wasn't afraid to pass on what Hill was claiming, including the following excerpt from the Country Aircheck interview in her post:
"If you want to make ratings in Country radio, take females out," Hill was quoted as saying. "The reason is mainstream Country radio generates more quarter hours from female listeners at the rate of 70 to 75%, and women like male artists. I'm basing that not only on music tests from over the years, but more than 300 client radio stations. The expectation is we're principally a male format with a smaller female component. I've got about 40 music databases in front of me and the percentage of females in the one with the most is 19%."

As you might imagine, the dust-up is causing some women on Music Row to give voice to their anger, according to The Tennessean.

For many, this is proof that female artists are being discriminated against in country radio. Only 20 percent — 10 of the Top 50 hits — are sung by female leads (whether solo or groups). Of the Top 50 songs that are 18 months or older, only 12 are sung by women — and nine of the 12 songs are by only three women.

Radio consultant Jaye Albright posted on Facebook, "…He is simply wrong. You could make a case that males sometimes don't relate to specific songs put out by women and that does cause more releases by men to do better on average what the typical female hit does but I have never seen any evidence that women do not like songs by females!"

CMT senior vice president Leslie Fram says, "I can tell you that working and programming radio for over 20 years, this is simply not true. Top 40 is primarily a female format and the majority of artists on their chart are women. This posting is taking us 20 steps backwards. It's an insult to every female artist in the format."

Chicago Radio: Ramonski Luv OUT At WSRB

Ramonski Luv
Crawford Broadcasting's Urban WSRB 106.3 FM and nightime personality Ramonski Luv have parted company.  It's the second time in a year that he's been dismissed.

The 52-year-old Luv, whose real name is Raymond Wade, joined WSRB last December are being let go by iHM's WVAZ 102.7 FM V103 in July 2014.

Luv was fired by WVAZ one day after ratings for “The Real Show” he hosted with Joe Soto had returned to No. 1 in the market.

CRM sources insiders as saying WSRB dismissed Luv over missed station appearances and managerial frustration over broken company rules (off-air).

A Chicago native and 30-year veteran of urban radio, he created and hosted Chicago's first all-rap show "Rap Down" in the '80s.

NBC Sports Radio Adds Kate Delaney To Lineup

Kate Delaney
NBC Sports Radio makes it official!  The 24/7 sports network has added seasoned sports talker Kate Delaney to its weekend lineup.  The Kate Delaney Show airs Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon-3 pm ET, replacing The Anita Marks Show.

The Kate Delaney Show features Delaney with players, coaches, experts and analysts.  From the locker room to the playing fields and beyond, Delaney serves up the real scoop on what’s happening in the world of sports.

Delaney, a regular fill-in on NBC Sports Radio, is an Emmy award-winning broadcaster who has interviewed more than 12,000 people in her 20-year radio and television career.  She is one of the first women to ever host a solo sports radio talk show on WFAN in New York City and KRLD in Dallas. She’s covered 15 Super Bowls, 10 U.S. Opens, and 15 Final Fours.  She has also been to the Kentucky Derby 10 times along with the other two Triple Crown races, the Preakness and the Belmont.

Delaney’s not just a face on the tube or a voice on the radio. As a businesswoman she ran The Golden Broadcasters radio network as Chief Operating Officer. She negotiated contracts for millions of dollars with show hosts, advertisers, and network personnel and helped to negotiate the rights for the Texas Rangers for CBS. Delaney has worked with the Las Vegas Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Radio Shack, McDonald’s, Southern Methodist University, and many more organizations. Her book, Level the Playing Field, Balls, Brats & Other B.S., is a best seller on Amazon.

 “It’s a major coup for us to have Kate with us on the weekends,” said Jack Silver, NBC Sports Radio’s Program Director.  “She connects really well with sports fans.  She’s smart, funny, and she knows her way around the world of sports. Kate brings great energy, insight, and opinion to our weekend lineup.”

Delaney adds, “I've always had a great passion for sports and its many personalities, and it has allowed me to work in markets across the country.  I feel so fortunate to now bring my experience to NBC Sports Radio, where I join an incredibly talented and dedicated team of professionals.”

FCC To Clamp Down Even Further On Robo Calls

There is nothing consumers hate more than robocalls, spam text messages and unwanted telemarketing calls. But even though more than 200 million people are on the federal government’s Do Not Call list, robocalls still manage to get through to cell phones.

Hoping to plug the regulatory loopholes, the Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing new rules that will allow carriers to offer consumers call-blocking technologies and give consumers more control over who gets to call their phone numbers, reports

The proposal, which the FCC will vote on in its June 18 monthly meeting, is intended to clarify some of the provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a 1991 law managed by the FCC.

Over the last couple of years, the FCC has faced increasing pressure from consumer groups, lawmakers and 39 State Attorneys General to do something to plug the loopholes in the law. It’s the top complaint at the FCC, which last year alone, received more than 215,000 TCPA complaints. The proposal is intended to resolve more than 20 pending petitions at the agency.

“At the FCC, we see consumer protection as one of our most fundamental missions,” Wheeler said in a blog post Wednesday explaining his proposal.