Thursday, May 23, 2019

San Diego Radio: The Ben & Woods Show To Air On KFWN

One of the shows at the late-Mighty 1090 sports-talk station has found a home.

“The Ben & Woods Show,” which aired on 1090-AM for 13 months before the station was shut down last month, will resurface at Entercom's KWFN 97.3 The Fan beginning June 10, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Ben Higgins, longtime sports director at KGTV Channel 10, and Steven Woods, a veteran radio host, will take over the 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. slot on 97.3-FM. That spot was held until last month by Dan Sileo, the same person Higgins and Woods replaced last year at 1090.

Bob Bolinger, senior vice president and market manager for Entercom San Diego, which owns 97.3-FM, declined comment on the hiring or whether there would be any other moves at the station. The only other regular local show on 97.3-FM features Tony Gwynn and Chris Ello from 3-7 p.m. Syndicated programming airs the rest of the time.

Higgins and Woods worked mornings at 1090. Darren Smith, who hosted a show in the early afternoon, and late-afternoon hosts Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith, have not announced any future plans. Kaplan and Smith are still doing an online show from Callaway Golf headquarters in Carlsbad that’s available on YouTube.

The Mighty 1090, the highest-rated sports talk station in San Diego and a fixture in the market since 2003, went off the air April 10 after failing to make lease payments since January, according to the owner of the company that operated the signal.

The station continued to stream programming online and via mobile app for about three weeks before its parent company ceased operations April 29.

Boston Radio: Kirk Minihane EXITS Entercom

Kirk Minihane
Kirk Minihane, who brought big ratings and frequent controversy to the morning show at WEEI 93.7

FM before leaving in November, announced Tuesday he is no longer an employee of parent company Entercom, reports

Minihane had been in limbo since departing the “Kirk and Callahan” program, where he was a co-host since 2013.

He was supposed to host his own show on the Entercom-owned app, and was still producing his popular podcast, “Enough About Me.”

But the role was slow to materialize, and last week Minihane gave the company an ultimatum with a Periscope video in which he said he wanted his own channel on and did not want to be involved with their sports-only programming.

“We have mutually agreed to part ways with Kirk and allow him to pursue other opportunities,’’ Entercom said in a statement. “Over the years, Kirk has been a valuable member of the WEEI team, and a host of the ‘Enough About Me’ podcast.

“We wish him all the best on his future endeavors.”

Minihane predicted on his Periscope, which aired live while he was walking the aisles of a CVS in Lexington, that Entercom would wish him well in those future endeavors. The sentiment was not mutual.

Minihane was front and center in WEEI’s morning show’s rise to a stretch of No. 1 finishes in the Nielsen Audio ratings, including the spring of 2017. “Mut and Callahan” was second in the winter ratings period released in April, but finished a significant distance behind rival station 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich” program (12.2 to 7.7).

Minihane, who has been candid about his battles with depression and has said in the past that the stress of his work situation was a factor, said on his video that he has no intention of trying to find a similar role in this market.

Boston Radio: WBOS Adds Adam 12 for Middays

Adam 12
Beasley Media Group has announced Boston radio veteran Adam 12 has been named as the new Midday On-Air Personality at WBOS  Rock92.9 FM in Boston. His new show will air live Monday – Friday 11am-4pm beginning Monday June 3, 2019.

Mr. Adam12 most recently served as an on-air personality, imaging director and social media director at on-line station Indie617. He is best known for his on-air work at WFNX-FM and WBCN-FM in Boston.

“Adam 12 defines “The Next Generation of Classic Rock,” said Rock92.9 Program Director Ken West. “He’s a smart and witty local talent who’ll keep Rock92.9 listeners entertained with the right balance of music geekery and infotainment throughout the workday!”

“Rock92.9 captures so many of the sounds I grew up listening to and playing on the air in Boston,” said Adam 12. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the FM dial and helping Ken West and the team at Beasley make some noise on the airwaves with Rock92.9!”

“Adam 12 is a Boston Rock institution and we are so happy to be able to bring him back to the airwaves on a powerful FM station for all to hear,” said Beasley Boston Vice President and Market Manager, Mary Menna.

“As we assemble our air staff on the New Rock92.9, Adam 12 is a perfect fit,” said Director of Programming, Cadillac Jack. “Having been a fan of his for many years, I look forward to many more with us working and building a great brand together.”

Sacramento Radio: Joey Tack To Program Country KNCI

Joey Tack
Joey Tack has departed  SummMedia in Knoxville after 15 years to go to Bonneville's New Country  KNCI 105.1 FM in Sacramento.  He will be PD and host for middays starting July 1.

In Knoxville, Tack has been programming Top 40/Rhythmic WKHT Hot 104.5 FM.

"I am  both humbled and thrilled to be entrusted with the opportunity to take the experience I have gained and lead KNCI,” said Tack. “This is a heritage station with an incredible team of professionals, and I am excited to work with everyone at Bonneville International.” 
“We’ve spent a long time searching for the next programming leader of KNCI, but adding Joey to our team here in Sacramento makes the wait worth it” said Rufer. “His creativity and passion for creating remarkable radio is simply unmatched.”

MI Radio: Scotty Gunther Joins WCDY For PM Drive

Up North Radio’s Adult Hits WCDY 107.9 FM in Cadillac, MI has teamed up with Comedian, Author, and Speaker Scotty Gunther to create a very different PM Drive show on 1079 CDY. Gunther, simply known as “Scotty” will host the show weekdays from 3-6 PM.

Scotty Gunther
“We are experimenting to find a completely different style of radio content,” says Up North Radio owner Dom Theodore, “I’ve been very vocal about the need for radio to recapture its experimental roots, and Scotty and I have talked for years about the opportunity to completely change how radio content is done. Think of this as a laboratory for personality radio.”

“It was worth it for me to come out of the woods and upend the notion that radio personalities can’t be true performers,” said Scotty, “This industry needs a dose of actual entertainment, and this is the best place to do it without rules.”

Scotty’s previous work includes hosting the #1 rated PM Drive show on WKST in Pittsburgh, and Morning Host on WIOG and WTCF in Saginaw, MI, as well as many other stations across the country.

L-A Radio: Meruelo Media To Acquire KXOS-FM

Meruelo Media, a division of the Meruelo Group, announced Wednesday that it entered into agreement with 93.9 Holdings, Inc. and Grupo Radio Centro Los Angeles to purchase FM radio station KXOS 93.9 FM in Los Angeles. 

KXOS-FM will join the company’s existing cluster of KPWR, KDAY, KDEY-FM, KWHY-TV, and KBEH. The acquisition of KXOS follows Meruelo Media’s recent acquisition of station KLOS, Los Angeles which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019. After customary government approvals, KXOS will be the seventh station in Meruelo’s Los Angeles broadcast station cluster.

“The acquisition of 93.9 FM KXOS is a key piece in our media division expansion strategy,” stated Alex Meruelo, Chairman and CEO. “Our group has done an amazing job curating some of the most recognizable local media brands into one extremely powerful portfolio.”

Otto Padron, President and COO of Meruelo Media added: “What an amazing few weeks these have been! Adding these spectacular call-letters to our full-market FM radio station SOCAL cluster authenticates our hyper-local media strategy to super-serve clients, partners and our community. We are also looking forward to a productive multimedia content relationship with our friends of Grupo Radio Centro Mexico.”

KXOS 93.9 FM (18.5 Kw) Courtesy of

Padron stated that Meruelo Media will also launch with Grupo Radio Centro an all-news Spanish language format using one of 93.9 KXOS’s HD Radio channels. In addition, they will work with the Mexican broadcaster to develop other multimedia content for Meruelo’s KWHY 22-TV. Meruelo Media expects the transaction to be completed in the third quarter of 2019, after customary regulatory approvals are obtained.

Reading Radio: Deep Cuts Anticipated At The Reading Eagle

Yesterday, we learned that the potential new owner plans to shutdown WEEU 830 AM upon closing.  Unless a buyer is found. Today, we're learning extensive personnel cuts are anticipated at The Reading Eagle in Reading, PA.

MediaNews, also known as Digital First Media, is acquiring the Reading Eagle Co. as an asset purchase and does not have to retain employees or match their compensation and benefits. Digital First will hire new employees and those not rehired won’t receive severance, according to

Even before Digital First Media became the lone qualified bidder last week, Reading Eagle Co. -- it includes WEEU radio, a weekly and an events division, in addition to the Eagle -- warned of the possibility of massive layoffs in a WARN notice filed with the state Department of Labor and Industry.

“They haven’t told us anything,” said an Eagle newsroom staffer who spoke of Digital First Media’s plans. “They are keeping everyone in the dark. People are pissed.” The staffer was not authorized to speak and asked to remain anonymous.

MediaNews was the only qualified bidder for the Reading Eagle, which has lost $2 million through March 31. Other newspapers that MediaNews has acquired out of bankruptcy include the Boston Herald and the Orange County Register in California.

Peter Barbey, the Reading Eagle’s chief executive officer and one of the richest men in America, had subsidized the newspaper with $250,000 a month to keep it operating but threw in the towel in March. His family is worth billions of dollars through clothing manufacturer and marketer VF Corp.

The Eagle was founded by Jesse G. Hawley and William S. Ritter in 1868 and has been owned by Hawley’s descendants since then. In the 1950s, author John Updike worked several summers as a copy boy at the Eagle and also wrote several feature articles.

ESPN Radio Reports More Growth For Stephen A Smith

According to ESPN The Stephen A. Smith Show, 1-3 p.m. ET every weekday on ESPN Radio and simulcast on ESPNEWS since August, has added a fourth consecutive month to its trend of year-over-year growth. The show was up 6 percent in audience (M25-54, AQH) for PPM terrestrial radio markets during the month of April over 2018, according to Nielsen.

The Stephen A. Smith Show in the Los Angeles and New York markets also saw significant, double-digit, year-over-year audience increases in April of 41 percent and 30 percent, respectively.

In April, time spent listening for the Stephen A. Smith Show was up 15 percent over 2018 – also marking the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year growth in that category.

Hartford Radio: Mike Crispino Renews With iHM's WUCS

iHeartMedia/Hartford has reached a new agreement with Mike Crispino  as UConn Football & Basketball play-by-play announcer on Sports WUCS 97.9 ESPN.

Mike Crispino
He's a member of the UConn Radio Broadcast Team and covers play-by-play for UConn Football, UConn Men's Basketball and UConn Baseball. Crispino is also known for his work on the MSG Network as the radio voice for the NBA's New York Knicks as well as the NHL's New York Rangers, the NFL's New York Giants and Rutgers Football.

"I'm thrilled to extend my agreement with iHeartMedia and UConn for the next several years," said Crispino. "It's been a pleasure and a privilege to work with sports broadcast pros like Wayne Norman this past year as well as insightful and charismatic coaches and administrators like Randy Edsall, Dan Hurley, Jim Penders and David Benedict. I truly look forward to contributing to the expansion of the UConn brand and fan base across the region."

"We're thrilled that Mike Crispino will continue to make 97.9 ESPN and the UConn Radio Network his home for many years to come," said added iHeartMedia Hartford Region President Steve Honeycomb. "His passion for the team, our listeners and the UConn community is remarkable."

Howard Stern: Trump One Of Best Guests Ever

Donald Trump was one of Howard Stern‘s “best top five guests of all time,” the shock jock said in a new interview, revealing that the would-be president once asked him to speak at the Republican National Convention.

The NY Post reports Stern plugged his third book, “Howard Stern Comes Again,” on Stephen Colbert‘s “Late Show” Tuesday night, saying he mentions Trump nearly a dozen times in it.

“He was maybe one of the best top five guests of all time and why? He was wild,” Stern said. “I thought I was wild.”

The brash-talking longtime radio host said Trump was a “great guest because he would say anything that came into his mind.”

He also recalled Trump seeking his endorsement in the run-up to the 2016 election, even though Stern’s loyalty lay elsewhere.

“Donald said, ‘Would you please come to the Republican convention and speak on my behalf?’ And I went, ‘Oh my God,'” he told Colbert. “You know, it’s a weird thing because here a guy is asking — who asks me to do a thing like that? — and it was very nice, but I had to find a way and say, ‘Look, I can’t do this.’ He knows I’m a Hillary Clinton supporter.”

The former Fartman said he was convinced Trump didn’t actually want to run for president — and only did so to boost ratings for “The Apprentice.”

“What did he say? ‘I’ll run for president, I’ll get a lot of press,’ and I really believe that Donald — this was a gimmick to get NBC to raise up his salary and to keep ‘The Apprentice’ on,” Stern said. “And I would bet the farm on that.”

SiriusXM Radio: Lady Gaga To Perform Exclusive Concert

SiriusXM announced Wednesday that 9-time Grammy Award winner and Academy Award winner Lady Gaga will perform at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners on Monday, June 24.

The special performance will celebrate SiriusXM and Pandora coming together as one company. Howard Stern made the announcement during The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM.

The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Lady Gaga will perform at the iconic venue and her first concert in New York City in almost two years. Fresh off the latest run of her Las Vegas residency, Enigma, at the Park Theater, Park MGM, Lady Gaga's concert at the Apollo will feature Lady Gaga performing her worldwide hits.

The special performance will air in its entirety on SiriusXM Hits 1, Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel, as well as Pandora NOW, the SiriusXM channel that harnesses the power of Pandora's extensive listener data and SiriusXM's curatorial expertise. Select highlights from the concert will also be available to Pandora listeners via user-generated playlists and curated stations.

"Performing at The Apollo has always been a dream of mine. Thank you to SiriusXM and Pandora for inviting me. I'm excited for my fans to see a special show at this iconic venue" said Lady Gaga.

Subscribers will have the opportunity to win tickets to this private SiriusXM performance through an invitation sent by e-mail to qualified subscribers who have consented to e-mail marketing from SiriusXM and who have registered their music interests with us at Additionally, subscribers since May 5, 2019 will be able to enter for the chance to win a trip for two to New York, NY including airfare, hotel stay, and a pair of tickets to SiriusXM Presents Lady Gaga at The Apollo Theater. See Official Rules for complete details at

Entercom, Candance13 Partner For Podcast Series

Entercom and Cadence13, a leading premium podcast company, have announced the launch of “To War and Back,” a RADIO.COM Original podcast series exploring the lives of three combat veterans and their journeys on the battlefield and on their return home. The full six-episode series will launch exclusively on RADIO.COM, the fastest-growing digital audio app in the U.S, on June 10.

“To War and Back”—a collaboration between Entercom and Cadence13 —features journalist and Navy veteran Phil Briggs, host of “Connecting Vets” podcast, traveling cross country to meet three combat veterans—US Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis (Ret.), US Marine Corps Major Scott Huesing (Ret.) and US Army veteran Sgt. Boone Cutler—to document their incredible experiences, to war and back.

From cheating death in Iraq and Afghanistan to surviving and fighting the battles they faced when they got home, the lives of these American heroes are inspiring and unforgettable. Briggs also speaks with the three veterans’ friends and family members on “To War and Back,” bringing their firsthand perspective of what it’s like for a loved one to serve to the conversation.

“To War and Back” will launch on June 10, 2019, with all six episodes exclusively available at launch on RADIO.COM. In addition, a new episode will be released weekly everywhere podcasts are available. Listen to the trailer and subscribe to the series here:

“From the moment I first heard about Kirstie, Scott and Boone, I knew I wanted to tell their story. As a vet myself, I didn’t want to commercialize their combat, or glorify their scars, but I wanted the world to hear that you can find inspiration, even in desperation,” said Phil Briggs, “Their stories show what being a combat vet can be like, and it's so much more than what we see in movies and on TV."

“We’re proud to collaborate with our talented partners at Cadence13 on this original series,” said J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer, Entercom. “‘To War and Back’ is a perfect example of the power of audio storytelling to make a difference in the lives of listeners. Original series like this are also a key part of the growth path of RADIO.COM.”

“‘To War and Back’ is an intimate portrait of the human spirit and a tribute to the bravery and perseverance of Boone Cutler, Kirstie Ennis, Scott Huesing and veterans everywhere,” said Spencer Brown, CEO, Cadence13. “We are thrilled to partner with Entercom on the first of what we expect to be a number of RADIO.COM originals.”

Radio Show Launching New Tech-Focused Program

The 2019 Radio Show will debut a new day-long, technology-intensive program on Tuesday, September 24. “Tech Tuesday” will feature educational sessions, hands-on workshops, networking events and exclusive vendor access. The Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 24-27 in Dallas, Texas.

Tech Tuesday is designed for engineers, technology professionals and managers involved in all facets of radio station operations. A keynote speaker, hands-on demos, case studies, panel discussions and workshops will explore technology trends that are vital to station efficiency and performance. Topics include audio-over-IP, RF transmission, visual radio, streaming audio, remote backhaul, audio production and processing, data acquisition and protection, and hybrid radio applications.

Additionally, Tech Tuesday registrants will have the opportunity to attend networking events, such as coffee breaks and an end-of-day reception. Tech Tuesday registration also provides access to the Radio Show Exhibit Hall on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We are excited to introduce a full day of programming specifically curated to meet the needs of today’s do-everything tech teams,” said NAB Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny. “Technology is a vital and integral part of every station’s operations, and we’re confident Tech Tuesday will provide valuable takeaways for all who attend.”

Tech Tuesday is free for NAB and RAB members. Registration for members and non-members is available here and may be additive or separate from full Radio Show registration.

Census: Americans On the Move

The southern and western regions of the United States continued to have the nation's fastest-growing cities between 2017 and 2018, according to new population estimates for cities and towns released Thursday.

New York still leads all American cities with 8.4 million residents.

According to NPR, cities in Arizona, Texas, Washington and North Carolina top the list of rapidly growing municipalities.

"Arizona's capital city saw the biggest jump in population last year with more than 25,000 new residents. They brought the population of Phoenix to close to 1.7 million. Other cities rounding out the top 5 cities with the largest increases last year include San Antonio (20,824) and Fort Worth (19,552), plus Seattle (15,354) and Charlotte (13,151)."

The data released by the U.S. Census Bureau lists the other fastest growing cities by region.

The fastest growing cities in the West were San Diego, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Henderson, Nev.; and Las Vegas, Nev.

The only Midwestern city on the top 15 list was Columbus, Ohio.

"Phoenix is a good example of a city that is growing from a combination of immigration from abroad, domestic migration of seniors and old people from the north, and the spread of migrants from increasingly pricey coastal California," Brookings Institution demographer William Frey told NPR.

Still, Frey says many large cities in all parts of the country have been growing more slowly as the U.S. population disperses to smaller cities in the suburbs and beyond.

"Among the 13 top gaining cities in the country are Frisco and McKinney, Texas, in suburban Dallas and Henderson, Nev., in suburban Las Vegas. Each of these suburbs gained more people than Houston, Atlanta or Miami in the past year," Frey said.

May 23 Radio History

➦In 1910...bandleader and clarinetist Artie Shaw, whose real name is Arthur Arshawsky, was born in New York City.

Shaw formed his first orchestra in 1936, and two years later had a double-sided million-seller with ”Begin the Beguine” and ”Indian Love Call.” Shaw is estimated to have sold more than 43- million copies of such records as ”Frenesi,” ”Summit Ridge Drive” and ”Dancing in the Dark.” Artie Shaw was married eight times — two of his wives were Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. Shaw later became an author and a theatrical producer, and again fronted a big band in 1980’s.

Shaw died December 30th, 2004 of natural causes, at age 94.

➦In 1922..the first debate to be heard on US radio was broadcast on WJH in Washington, DC. The two debaters argued about the topic of Daylight Saving Time with the audience acting as the judge.

➦In 1922...Seattle radio station KOL first signed on. The station is now known as KKOL 1330 AM, having surrendered the heritage 3-letter call sign in 1975 when it briefly became KMPS.  Today, the station airs ethnic programming.

➦In 1926...Christian broadcaster, Wilbur Nelson, was born. Best known as host of "The Morning Chapel Hour".  He was  pioneer religious broadcaster, who founded the nationally syndicated daily radio ministry, The Morning Chapel Hour, in March of 1944, was an evangelical renaissance man who excelled as a pastor, preacher, broadcaster, author, tenor soloist, song writer, choral conductor, and trombonist.

Nelson died August 23, 2003 at the age of 92.

➦In 1928..1940-50’s pop singer Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky. While still in high school, she and her younger sister Betty began performing on Cincinnati radio station WLW. Bandleader Tony Pastor heard them, and soon the sisters were singing, in person and on record, with the Pastor orchestra. After Betty tired of the road, Rosemary began a solo career. She signed with Columbia Records, and in 1951 had her first number-one hit, “Come On-A My House.”  Her other hits included “Hey There,” “Tenderly” and “This Ole House.”

She died of lung cancer at the age of 74 on June 29th, 2002.

➦In 2005...Baltimore newsman Bob Lopez died of Lung Cancer. He had been part of the WIYY-FM (98 Rock) morning show for 27 years.

Joining the station in 1978, Lopez participated in 13 morning radio shows during his 27 years at the station. He was known for his humor, thoughtful opinions, and dogged liberal views.

 For the last part of his career, he was part of the "Kirk, Mark & Lopez" or "KML" morning show, along with Kirk McEwen and Mark Ondayko, with whom he worked for seven years. He also hosted the Sunday Lopez, a Sunday morning talk show where he discussed politics and listeners called in to express their views.

Lopez was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2004, having been a smoker for several decades, starting at age 12.  He died at the age of 52.

➦In 2012...Harold Baron Jackson died at age 96 of natural causes (Born - November 3, 1915). He  was a personality and radio executive who broke a number of color barriers in American broadcasting.

Hal Jackson
Jackson began his career as a sportswriter, covering local and national black sporting events for the Washington DC Afro-American. In the 1940s, he became one of the first African American radio sports announcers, broadcasting Howard’s home baseball games and the Homestead Grays Negro league baseball games.

In 1939, he became the first African American host at WINX in Washington with The Bronze Review, a nightly interview program. He later hosted The House That Jack Built, a program of jazz and blues on three Washington-Baltimore radio stations (WINX, WANN, and WOOK),  and later in the 1940s, broadcast on WOOK-TV.

Hal Jackson
Jackson first moved to New York City in November 1949, when he was hired by station WLIB, which wanted to expand the amount of black programming it offered. By 1954, he became the first radio personality to broadcast three daily shows on three different New York stations. Four million listeners tuned in nightly to hear Jackson’s mix of music and conversations with jazz and show business celebrities. In 1971, Jackson and Percy Sutton, a former Manhattan borough president, co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation (ICBC), which acquired WLIB — becoming the first African-American owned-and-operated station in New York. The following year, ICBC acquired WLIB-FM, changing its call letters to WBLS ("the total BLack experience in Sound").

ICBC operated stations in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Columbia, South Carolina, and Jackson, Mississippi.  The flagship station was hampered by its frequency, sharing it with WOWO of Fort Wayne, Indiana. After being turned down by the FCC to change frequencies, Inner City Broadcasting, in an industry unprecedented move, purchased WOWO solely to reduce its output and upped the power of the NYC transmitters to 50,000 watts daytime/30,000 watts night, and subsequently be heard full-time across the entire New York market.

In 1990, Hal Jackson was the first minority inducted into the National Association of Broadcaster's Hall of Fame. In 1995, he became the first African-American inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.  In 2001 the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame inducted Jackson.  For over 11 years he hosted a radio program on 107.5 WBLS in New York. In October 2010 he was named a "Giant in Broadcasting" by the Library of American Broadcasting. Jackson was also inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as being the oldest broadcaster, with a record 73-year career.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Reading Radio: MediaNews Group Plans To Silence WEEU Radio

MediaNews Group offered the minimum bid to purchase the assets of the bankrupt Reading Eagle Company and plans to shut off radio station WEEU 830 AM when the deal is finalized, according to The Reading Eagle citing court documents filed Tuesday.

An asset purchase agreement filed in federal bankruptcy court, which is expected to be discussed at a hearing this morning, shows that MediaNews Group will pay $5 million for the assets of the company, which filed for bankruptcy protection in March. The documents say a closing date will be set no earlier than 30 days after the agreement is approved by the court and no later than July 31.

At least five days before the closing date, MediaNews Group will notify employees who will be retained and conditions of their employment.

Employees not retained by MediaNews Group will not receive a severance package, the documents state.

As of the closing date, the documents say, WEEU will go off the air.

The documents say Reading Eagle Company will attempt to sell the radio station's FCC license. If it is purchased, the buyer will be able to use WEEU's tower, antenna and transmitter for up to five years or until MediaNews Group sells them, whichever comes first.

WEEU 830 AM (20 Kw-D, 6 Kw-N) Daytime 2 mV/m contour
Reading Eagle Company includes the Reading Eagle, WEEU 830 AM, the weekly South Schuylkill News, Pretzel City Productions and its commercial printing subsidiary REP.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection March 20, citing an untenable financial situation. The company was put up for sale, and MediaNews Group was the only group to submit a qualified bid by the May 15 bid deadline.

Philly Radio: Brandon Satterfield To Program WIOQ

Brandon Satterfield
iHeartMedia/Philadelphia announced today that Brandon “Buster” Satterfield has been named Program Director for top40 WIOQ Q102, effective June 17, 2019.

As Program Director, Satterfield will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the station’s music, programming, imaging and branding. He will report to Brian Check Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia.

“Brandon brings a unique combination of Top 40 radio experience on and off the air, as well as knowledge of the market and passion for everything Philly,” said Brian Check, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “His dedication to the brand and keen eye for programming and the latest music make him the perfect fit.”

Satterfield joins the Philadelphia market from iHeartMedia’s 93.3 FLZ in Tampa, Florida where he most recently served as the Assistant Program Director. He also served as Program Director for WNOW-FM in Indianapolis, Indiana and WRDW-FM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began his career at WKQI FM Detroit.

“I’m thrilled to come back to the 215,” said Satterfield. “Q102 has a history of market-leading programming and I’m passionate about the Top 40 format and honored to join the iHeartMedia Philadelphia team. Thank you, iHeartMedia, for handing me the keys to this sweet ride!”

Nashville Radio: Adrian Kulp New EP For The Ty Bentli Show

Adrian Kulp
Cumulus Media has  announced that Westwood One’s internationally syndicated The Ty Bentli Show has added Adrian Kulp to the team as Senior Executive Producer.

In his new role, Kulp will oversee digital, programming, and production of The Ty Bentli Show, which can be heard in markets across the U.S. and UK from its flagship Nashville radio station WKDF-FM NASH FM 103.3.

Kulp brings a wealth of creative experience across multiple entertainment mediums to The Ty Bentli Show, including almost 10 years as a television executive with positions including: Vice President of TV Development at Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions (The Goldbergs, Rules of Engagement); Vice President of TV Development at Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing; and a stint at CBS’s The Late Late Show. He is also an internationally recognized, best-selling author and has contributed as a writer for The Huffington Post and Parents Magazine. He is also the creator of the online parenting destination “Dad or Alive”.

John Shomby, Director of Programming, NASH Network, Cumulus Media, said: “Ty Bentli continues to build a team that is focused on maximizing creativity! Adrian brings a different perspective to the table that will help the show build a unique vision and bring that to our listeners each morning!”

Bentli added: “As this show has grown in reach, the primary goal has been to continue to deliver the most creative and unexpected content, while showcasing the REAL people that we are, both in and outside of the studio. Adrian’s history with entertainment, family and online branding is going to help us design the new blueprint!”

As he readies himself for an adventure that will include a 3 a.m. alarm clock, Kulp asked: “Haven’t any of you guys considered the fact that radio might be more fun at, like, 10 or 11am?”

Kulp fills the slot vacated recently by Glenn Johnson, who departed to become Operations Manager at Cumulus Media/Pensacola.

Field Memo: Entercom Spells Out Goals

Eighteen months after Entercom rolled up CBS Radio, David Field reflects on what the company has accomplished following its “transformational merger” – and what it aims to do next.

David Field
In a nutshell, InsideRadio reports the CEO plans to make “significant investments” in Entercom’s audio brands, make “one of the country’s leading digital audio apps,” step up attribution efforts for advertisers and add more “talented leaders and specialists.”

In a Tuesday memo to employees, Field revisits themes heard on recent earnings calls: Entercom now has the scale and capabilities to successfully compete with other media companies for a larger share of ad dollars. Other memo talking points include the broadcaster’s news and sports prowess, new local brands launched like New York’s “Alt 92.3” and Chicago’s “104.3 Jams” and the rollout of the Entercom Audio Network. Putting a number on it, Entercom has invested nearly $100 million “in new content, products, technology, capabilities, systems, brands and a large number of new jobs to accelerate our growth and make us a stronger, more competitive organization,” Field writes.

Never one to shy from a sports analogy, Field says results are “starting to show up on the scoreboard.” Fourth quarter revenues grew 4%, Q1 was up 3% and Q2 is pacing up 4% with the rest of 2019 “looking very good.”

In his memo, Field spelled out specifics of the company’s focus over the next 18 months:
  • “We will continue to make significant investments in our products and brands to enhance the quality of how we serve the 170 million listeners who touch our brands each month.
  • “We will continue to build and improve aggressively toward our goal of making it one of the country’s leading digital audio apps.
  • “We will work to enhance and grow our news brands and deepen their audience engagement.
  • “We will elevate our community service work, focusing on our five areas of key focus: the environment; the military community; suicide prevention and related medical health issues and bullying; pediatric cancer care, and civics education.
  • “We will roll out new and enhanced data, analytics and attribution capabilities to better demonstrate our outstanding value to our customers.
  • “We will continue to step up our share shift efforts with medium and large local and national advertisers by enhancing our toolkit with products like Nielsen’s Local and National NMI. NMI uses actual Nielsen audience data to powerfully demonstrate why advertisers should shift large portions of their media budget into radio, just as a number of companies, most notably P&G, have done.
  • “We will build on our powerful sports platform and further develop our podcasting business
  • “We will continue to add more outstanding and talented leaders and specialists to our team.”

Just Released: The Infinite Dial 2019 Canada Report

Over one-quarter of Canadians 18+ now own a smart speaker, and 36% of Canadians 18+ are now weekly podcast listeners, according to The Infinite Dial® 2019 Canada report, a comprehensive study of digital media behavior in Canada which debuted at the Canadian Music Week Radio Summit in Toronto on May 9, 2019.

Findings of the study were presented by Tom Webster, Senior Vice President from Edison Research, the leading provider of high-quality survey research about audio in the U.S. and worldwide, and Stephanie Donovan, SVP, Publisher Development North America at Triton Digital®, the global technology and services provider to the digital audio and podcast industry.

Webster and Donovan presented the latest information on media device ownership, radio, smart speakers, online audio, in-car audio, and podcasting among Canadians.  Awareness of smart speakers overall (such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa) grew to 65% of the Canadian population age 18+, and the number of smart speaker owners who have two smart speakers in their home almost tripled, from 15% of owners last year to 43% in 2019. Podcasting also saw tremendous growth year-over-year, with 36% of the 18+ population having listened to a podcast in the last month, up from 28% in the 2018 survey.

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This marks the second annual release of the study in Canada, and the continued expansion of the Infinite Dial, the longest-running survey of digital media consumer behavior in the U.S.  The survey is a representative telephone survey of all Canadians age 18 and over, designed to be projectable to the nation’s population. 

TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Finale Is A Winner

In its last blast, “The Big Bang Theory” topped the TV ratings by a light-year.

The back-to-back, two-episode finale of the nerdy CBS comedy’s 12-season run drew 18.5 million live viewers Thursday night to easily win the week, according to The Associated Press citing the Nielsen data.

Sunday night’s much-ballyhooed finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was a distant second with 13.61 million live viewers.

“Game of Thrones,” however, had a comparable 18.4 million viewers when HBO’s same-night reruns and streaming services are included, making it the most-watched episode of any kind in the history of the cable channel.

Thursday night’s hour-long finale saw the show’s group of geeky misfits take one last trip together to support married couple Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) after they won the Nobel Prize in physics.

Data: Axios research; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

That two-hour “Big Bang” block helped give CBS six of the top 10 shows and an easy win of the week in primetime with an average of 6.5 million viewers. NBC averaged 4.5 million, ABC 3.8 million, Fox 1.9 million, Univision with 1.25 million, ION Television with 1.2 million, Telemundo 1.1 million and the CW 790,000.

ESPN rode the NBA playoffs to the top spot among cable networks. ESPN averaged 2.7 million nightly viewers.  Fox News Channel was second with an average of 2.3 million viewers, TNT was third with 2.1 million, MSNBC averaged 1.4 million and HGTV averaged 1.1 million.

Cable TV Top 10 Prime Time:
  1. ESPN (2,720,000)
  2. Fox News Channel (2,333,000)
  3. TNT (2,123,000)
  4. MSNBC (1,487,000)
  5. HGTV (1,160,000)
  6. NBC Sports Network (1,133,000)
  7. USA (1,076,000)
  8. TBS (934,000)
  9. Hallmark Channel (893,000)
  10. History (893,000)

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 7.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” averaged 5.4 million viewers.

⏩ The Top 20....Primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 13-19,

1. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 18.5 million.
2. “Game of Thrones,” HBO, 13.61 million.
3. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 13.6 million.
4. “NCIS,” CBS, 11.7 million.
5. “Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell,” CBS, 11.6 million.
6. “American Idol” (Sunday), ABC, 8.7 million.
7. “FBI,” CBS, 8.6 million.
8. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.4 million.
9. NBA Playoffs-Conference Finals, Portland at Golden State (Thursday), ESPN, 8 million.
10. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.98 million.

11. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.96 million.
12. “The Voice,” NBC, 7.7 million.
13. NBA Playoffs-Conference Finals, Portland at Golden State (Tuesday), ESPN, 7.5 million.
14. NBA Playoffs-Conference Finals, Portland at Golden State (Saturday), ESPN, 7.24 million.
15. “Survivor,” CBS, 7.21 million.
16. “Bull,” CBS, 7.2 million.
17. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 6.9 million.
18. “Chicago PD,” 6.7 million.
19. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 6.6 million.
20. “9-1-1,” Fox, 6.4 million.

⏩  Syndication, TV NewsCheck reports Judge Judy regained first place in syndication in the session ending May 12 as ratings for Jeopardy without superstar contestant James Holzhauer declined 27% from its prior week’s 14-year high 8.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen to a 6.1. That dropped Jeopardy into a second-place tie with Family Feud.

Judy, which had been syndication’s No. 1 show overall for a modern record 40 straight weeks until Jeopardy began airing Holzhauer-fueled episode, clocked a 7.0 with more than 9.7 million daily viewers, easily outperforming  Jeopardy, Feud and everything else.

Holzhauer, who has won the second-most games in Jeopardy history, was off the show May 6 until May 17 due to a two-week tournament and did not reappear until May 20 when he waltzed to win game number 23.  His absence also slowed down Jeopardy’s sister show Wheel of Fortune, which declined 8% to a 5.9.

The top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:
  1. Dr. Phil (1.1, -8% from the week before)
  2. Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.9, unchanged)
  3. Wendy Williams (0.8, +14%), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, unchanged) and Maury (0.8, unchanged)

Season Ratings: NBC Most-Watched In Demo, CBS Wins Total Viewers

With the 2018-19 TV season about to close, NBC is on track to come out on top for the fifth time in six years, averaging a 1.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo (per “most current”/DVR-inclusive numbers), according to TVLine.

NBC’s average rating is down 27 percent from last year, when it benefited from 1) hosting Super Bowl LII, 2) Winter Olympics coverage and 3) sharing Thursday Night Football in the fall; none of those boons came into play this time around.

CBS and Fox tied for second this TV season, each averaging a 1.5 demo rating (matching their numbers from last year). ABC followed with a 1.2 (down 20 percent), while The CW (0.4) slipped 33 percent.

Among the Peacock’s feathers this season, it boasted broadcast’s No. 1-rated drama (in This Is Us), the No. 1 primetime series (Sunday Night Football), and the top two scripted freshmen (Manifest and New Amsterdam).

When it comes to total viewers, Super Bowl LIII host CBS was “America’s Most Watched Network” for the 11th year in a row (and 16th out of the last 17) with an average audience of 8.9 million (on par with last year). Leading the charge for CBS were TV’s first- and second-most watched comedies (The Big Bang Theory‘s farewell run and Young Sheldon) and the No. 1 and 4 dramas in total viewers (NCIS and Blue Bloods).

NBC placed second in total audience with an average of 7.2 million (down 19 percent with no Super Bowl or Olympics), followed by ABC (5.6 mil, down 8 percent), Fox (5.4 mil, up 10 percent) and The CW (1.3 mil, down 23 percent).

Atlanta Radio: Monie Love Joins WALR for Afternoons

Monie Love
WALR KISS 104.1 FM Atlanta has announced two-time Grammy nominee and radio personality Monie Love has been added to the weekday afternoon lineup.

Terri Avery, director of branding and programming, says, “We are so excited to have Monie Love join the KISS 104.1 team. Her love of hip-hop, entertaining personality and star power make her a great addition to our afternoons here in Atlanta.”

Since her start in British hip-hop in the late 1980s, Love quickly elevated her position in the industry and brought her talents and musical influence to the United States years later. She is well-known for her status as a protégé to Queen Latifah and association with Native Tongues in the late 1980s, early 1990s.

Love received Grammy nominations for “Monie in the Middle” and “It’s a Shame (My Sister),” and was featured on the remix of Whitney Houston’s R&B hit “My Name Is Not Susan.” She co-hosted the syndicated Ed Lover Morning Show and has been featured in a number of TV shows here in Atlanta, including “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta”, “Dish Nation” and “Rickey Smiley’s For Real TV”; and is currently on Season 5 of “Little Women of Atlanta.”

“I’m excited to be joining the KISS 104.1 family in afternoon drive. Get ready for a good time!” says Love.

Twin Cities Radio: KQRS' Michele Tafoya Awarded Third Sports Emmy

Michele Tafoya, co-host of "The Tom Barnard Show" on Cumulus Minneapolis-St. Paul's KQRS and long-time sideline reporter for NFL games, has been named Outstanding Sports Personality -- Reporter at Monday's 40th Annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York City.

Tafoya previously won in the same category in 2012 and 2014. She has been nominated seven times.

Scott Jameson, Vice President, Classic Rock, Cumulus Media, and Operations Manager, Cumulus Minneapolis-St. Paul, said: “All of us at Cumulus Minneapolis are very proud of Michele winning this prestigious Emmy award. We’re quite fortunate having her on our legendary morning show hosted by National Hall of Fame inductee Tom Barnard and the rest of the morning team."

Boston Radio: Adam Ralston Named VP/Marketing For iHM

Adam Ralston
iHeartMedia/Boston has named 17-year radio marketing veteran Adam Ralston as Vice President of Marketing.

A majority of his career has been spent in Boston, overseeing a variety of stations including WAAF, WRKO, WKAF and the WEEI Sports Radio Network. Ralston has also contributed his event experience toward the successes of Boston's Bourbon and Bacon Fest and WOOFstock.

In addition, community involvement has always been an integral part of Ralston's efforts through his ongoing support of philanthropy-focused organizations such as the Jimmy Fund, Greater Boston Food Bank, Disabled American Veterans and many others.

"Adam's leadership, programming and sales strategy, event experience, knowledge of the market and long history of success coupled with his strong local relationships stood out and I know he is the perfect fit," said iHeartMedia Boston VP/Programming Dylan Sprague. "I'm thrilled to have him lead our best-in-class marketing team and contribute to our brands' ongoing success."

"It's an honor to join this incredible team of media and marketing professionals here at iHeartMedia Boston," added Ralston. "I look forward to immersing myself in the fantastic culture, creating top of the line marketing strategies and contributing to these iconic brands and franchises."