Saturday, February 4, 2023

February 5 Radio History

➦In 1916...Pioneering radio, TV engineer Ernst Alexanderson successfully tested the multiple tuned antenna.  He was a pioneer in radio and television development. Alexanderson designed the Alexanderson alternator, an early longwave radio transmitter, one of the first devices which could transmit modulated audio (sound) over radio waves.  Alexanderson also created the amplidyne, a direct current amplifier used during the Second World War for controlling anti-aircraft guns. During some 45-years working for General Electric,  he was responsible for 322 patents.

➦In 1924...the BBC time signal was first transmitted at 9.30pm, introduced by Sir Frank Dyson, the Astronomer Royal. Ever since that date, equipment at the Greenwich Observatory generates six short “pips” starting at five seconds to the hour and ending exactly on the hour. The pips have been generated by the BBC since 1990 to mark the precise start of each hour.

➦In 1931... Eddie Cantor‘s long radio career got underway as he made his first appearance on Rudy Vallee’s “The Fleischmann Hour” on NBC. By September of 1931 he would be headlining his own variety hour for Chase & Sanborn. The show established Cantor as a leading comedian.

➦In 1940... one of the many Frank and Anne Hummert radio soap operas, ‘Amanda of Honeymoon Hill‘ began it six-year run, the first half on NBC Blue, and then on CBS. It was a 15-minute daily radio soap opera.

➦In 1940...WTIC-FM was one of the two pre-World War II FM stations in Connecticut, signing on the air originally as W1XSO and using a frequency of 43.5 MHz. In December 1941, it became a commercial operation using the call letters W53H. In 1943, the call letters were changed for the last time to WTIC-FM. On April 17, 1948, the station moved to 96.5 MHz where it has remained, and switched to a classical music format. It switched from classical to CHR/Top 40 on May 12, 1977; the first song played as a Top 40 station was "Feels Like The First Time" by Foreigner.

The station's classical music library was donated to the University of Hartford radio station WWUH a few months later.

WTIC 96.5 FM (20 Kw) Red=60dBu Coverage Area

The station switched to its current Hot AC format on June 15, 1994. This was done in order to remove controversial rap music from its playlist.

After the switch, the station's sound has become decidedly softer in subsequent years compared to its past, though this has changed in recent years, as the Hot AC format as a whole has embraced more upbeat music. Since 1977, the station has referred to itself on the air variously as "Hot Hits 96 Tics","96TIC-FM", and "The New 965 TIC-FM".

The original WTIC-FM Top 40 format in the late 1970s consisted of only current hit songs (no oldies) in a high-energy, jingle-heavy presentation designed by consultant Mike Joseph, and it was an instant success. Joseph would later term this formatic approach "Hot Hits" and put it into use at other stations around the United States, most notably WBBM-FM in Chicago.

The station is now owned by Audacy Communications.

➦In 1941...WNYC FM signed on as W39NY and was located at 43.9mc in the early FM band. On September 21, 1943, it became WNYC and in 1946 it moved over to 98.1 on the current FM band. By 1948, it settled on its current position of 93.9 FM.

Most Support Increased Tech Industry Regulation

According to a recent YouGov survey, Americans are only somewhat aware of these job losses, with most seeing the tech industry's job market as comparable to the U.S. job market overall. 

At the same time, about half of Americans believe that the tech industry is currently in a "bubble," with companies being overvalued, and many believe that the bubble is already bursting or will burst within the next year. Support for increased government regulation of the tech industry exists among majorities of Americans belonging to each of a wide range of groups.

Most people also want the government to play a larger role in the functioning of the U.S. tech sector. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the tech industry should be more strictly regulated, including 29% who say it should be much more regulated and 35% who say it should be somewhat more regulated. Just 10% support less regulation and 8% want no change. Majority support for at least some increase in regulation of the tech industry is found within all political parties, age groups, and education levels examined.

Jax Radio: Dex and Barbie T Get Wake-Up Duty At WAPE-FM

Cox Media Group has announced 95.1 WAPE is launching “The Dex and Barbie T Morning Show,” starting February 6 at 6 a.m.

Hosted by Dex Mitchell and Barbie T Whitmire will bring their unique brand of humor and entertainment to Jacksonville. 

“Dex and Barbie T are a fantastic addition to the Jacksonville market,” said Director of Branding and Programming, Jud Heussler. “I know our listeners will love the energy and chemistry that these two bring to will bring to WAPE every morning!”

Mitchell and Whitmire have been hosting mornings together since July 2017, where they started at Hot 98.1 WHZT in Williamston, South Carolina. By 2019, the show was syndicated to Knoxville. In this time, Whitmire hosted middays at WHZT, while Mitchell also tracked afternoons at SummitMedia Hot AC “Mix 97.3” WPYA Birmingham and previous co-hosted a second morning show at “Power 104.3” KPHW Honolulu with Candace Kay from 2020 through January 2022.

Prior to joining WHZT, Dex had previous stops at Saga Hot AC “Mix 96.5” WOXL Asheville, Galaxy Communications Rock “K-Rock” WKRL/WKLL/WKRH Syracuse/Utica NY as well as Audacy Rock “Planet Radio 93.3” WTPT Greenville. Whitmore dedicated her entire ten-year radio career to WHZT, previously hosting mornings with Tone Hollywood and Mike Klein prior to Mitchell’s arrival.

“An outstanding morning team is built on creativity, drive, and connection—and that is exactly what Dex and Barbie T deliver,” said CMG Jacksonville Operations Manager, Jules Riley. “That is why we’re thrilled to have them join the legendary WAPE and CMG Jacksonville team.”

“We’re extremely excited to fall in love with Jacksonville and explore all of the wonderful things this city has to offer,” said Whitmire.

Mitchell added, “It’s truly a blessing to be part of a station as iconic as WAPE and we are ready to work with such an amazing team.”

đź“»Listeners can hear “The Dex and Barbie T Morning Show” weekday mornings on 95.1 WAPE from 5 am to 10am!

Disney May Sell More Content to Rivals

Walt Disney Co. is exploring the sale of more of its films and television series to rival media outlets as pressure grows to curb the losses in its streaming TV business, reports Bloomberg.

The Burbank, California-based entertainment giant is seeking to earn more cash from its content library, according to people familiar with the discussions who asked not to be identified as the talks are private. The move would represent a shift in strategy, as Disney has in recent years tried to keep much of its original programming exclusively on its Disney+ and Hulu streaming services.

Disney is under pressure to improve its financial performance and change its streaming strategy. Last year, the company turned in its worst stock market results in decades. After Disney reported a $1.5 billion loss for its online video business in the third quarter, the board fired Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek, replacing him with Bob Iger, who had previously held that job for 15 years. Among his many challenges, Iger must also cope with a proxy fight by activist Nelson Peltz, who’s seeking a seat on Disney’s board and pushing for better performance.

Iger, 71, will share more of his plans when the company reports financial results on Feb. 8, but he has has already taken steps to reverse decisions made by his predecessor. He offered free photos and more lower-price tickets to theme-park guests irked by rising fees.

John Malone, Charter Directors Settle Time Warner Deal Lawsuit

Liberty Media's John Malone and his former colleagues on Charter Communications Inc.’s board have settled claims the billionaire unfairly benefited from the $79 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable that he helped finance, according to a securities filing, reports Bloomberg.

Charter told the US Securities and Exchange Commission last week that it had reached a “tentative agreement,” pending court approval, that will result in a net payment to Charter to resolve a shareholder lawsuit against directors of the cable company over their handling of the 2016 deal.

A trial was set to start in Delaware Chancery Court on Feb. 6 but has now been taken off the docket, court officials said.

Money Goes to Company

Charter shareholder Matthew Sciabacucci accused the cable provider’s directors of allowing Malone, then on the board, to reap unfair tax benefits from stock he got in the merger through a side deal. Malone has been called the “cable cowboy” because of his extensive holdings in the industry.

In such derivative lawsuits, as they’re called, shareholders sue company directors, and any money awarded in a trial or settlement goes back to the company rather than to the investors who filed the suit. It is often paid by insurance covering board members.

Malone’s Liberty Broadband owned 26% of Charter, making it the cable company’s largest shareholder at the time of the acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Besides Malone, Liberty had the right to appoint three more directors to Charter’s board.

The acquisition was financed partly with $4.3 billion from Liberty, while a related $10 billion deal for Bright House Networks LLC was paid for partly with another $700 million from Liberty.

Ralph Tresvant To Host Long-Running 'Love and R&B' Show

Urban One Inc’s Reach Media and Radio One announced that Ralph Tresvant, lead singer of famed supergroup New Edition, is now the new host of the network’s long-running syndicated show “Love and R&B,” heard nightly on all affiliate stations, effective February 13.

David Kantor, CEO of Urban One’s Reach Media and Radio One audio divisions, says, “Ralph Tresvant brings us a timeless brand filled with style, charisma, and star power. He’s a great communicator with vast musical knowledge who will be creating real and riveting radio. Ralph gives us the complete brand who can quickly build a large, loyal following with must listen-to moments each and every night.”

Ralph Tresvant
Not coincidentally, the “Love and R&B with Ralph Tresvant” show debuts right before Valentine’s Day, building on the show’s legacy of playing classic slow jams and love songs by artists that are keeping traditional R&B music alive and well.

“I’m excited to show a side of me that I’ve never shared before through the embodiment of true R&B music,” says Tresvant. “I love the medium of radio and as a kid growing up in Boston, I was inspired by the great radio hosts I heard. I’ve learned how important it is to be on both sides of the mic. Growing up in this business, I’ve learned to be vulnerable and relatable but will also bring that New Edition excitement to the airwaves! I’m ready to connect with my fans and communities all around the US like never before! Everyone says real R&B is gone… I’m thrilled to have a radio show that will change the musical landscape.”

Boston Radio: The Sports Hub Extends Marc Bertrand

Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub has announced that Marc Bertrand, co-host of the popular Zolak & Bertrand show, has signed a multiyear contract extension.

Marc Bertrand
Bertrand, or “Beetle” as he’s affectionately known, became a co-host of the highly rated program in February 2015. The Zolak & Bertrand show, along with Rob “Hardy” Poole, have consistently maintained their #1 midday ranking in the market.

“We are very pleased to have Marc continue on with the Sports Hub for the coming years,” said Program Director Rick Radzik. “Marc, Zo & Hardy have been entertaining Boston sports fans since 2015. To have that relationship continue for the coming years is a win for everyone.”

“I’m thrilled to be continuing at 98.5 The Sports Hub. I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” said Bertrand. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support & engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

“The chemistry between Beetle, Zo and Hardy is off the charts,” said VP and Market Manager, Mary Menna. “It is no wonder that the show is such a fan favorite and that they dominate the market in middays and were voted the #1 Midday Sports Show in the country by Barrett Sports Media last year.”

FOX Sports Radio Ready For Super Week Coverage

FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network providing 24/7 live programming, has announced plans for its 23rd annual Super Week coverage beginning Monday, February 6. Featuring interviews with NFL players, newsmakers and celebrities, FSR will deliver comprehensive coverage before, during and after the Big Game in Arizona to listeners 24/7 via more than 600 local stations, and iHeartRadio.

Bringing all the excitement from Arizona to millions of listeners across the country, FSR will feature remote broadcasts from its industry-leading weekday lineup, including signature programs The Dan Patrick Show (9am-12pm ET/6am-9am PT), originating from Scottsdale Stadium from February 6 – 10, and The Herd with Colin Cowherd (12pm-3pm ET/9am-12pm PT), live from State Farm Stadium on February 9 and 10. Plus, Two Pros and a Cup of Joe with LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn & Jonas Knox (6am-9am ET/3am-6am PT), The Doug Gottlieb Show (3pm-5pm ET/12pm-2pm PT), Covino & Rich (5pm-7pm ET/2pm-4pm PT), and The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker (7pm-10pm ET/4pm-7pm PT) will feature week-long broadcasts from Radio Row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

In addition to coverage from Arizona, The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon (10pm-2am ET/7pm-11pm PT) will broadcast live from the Wynn Las Vegas Resort on February 9 and 10, providing unique insight for both sports bettors and sports fans, including breaking news and the best prop odds, picks, lines and point spreads prior to the biggest sports betting event of the year.

Visit for more information, and follow the network on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube for updates and highlights.

Audacy Stations To Air Super Bowl

Audacy has a little extra to be excited for this Super Bowl, as it just so happens that they’re the home of both teams in this year’s big game. Sports Radio 94WIP in Philadelphia serves as the official radio partner of the Eagles, while 106.5 The Wolf WDAF-FM in Kansas City is the home of Chiefs Kingdom all year long.

And while millions of Americans will catch the action on television, many fans may be on-the-go this year. Thanks to Westwood One, listeners can tune in to the Big Game for free on the Audacy app across the country and on the dial in 20 markets nationwide.

What: Super Bowl LVII
Who: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs
When: Sunday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. ET

đź“»How to listen to local broadcasts: Available nationwide via Audacy app, 106.5 The Wolf (WDAF-FM) in Kansas City and Sports Radio 94WIP (WIP-FM) in Philadelphia.

BetQL Network to Broadcast Live at New BetMGM Sportsbook

Through its partnership with BetMGM, Audacy’s BetQL Network – the company’s network of sports betting content heard across its broadcast portfolio and digital platforms – will broadcast 51 hours of live audio and video programming exclusively from the new BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale, AZ, on February 6-10. The sportsbook is located next to State Farm Stadium, where Kansas City and Philadelphia will battle in the professional football championship on February 12.

“We’re proud to leverage our partnership with our friends at BetMGM to bring sports bettors and our listeners over 50 hours of live, premier audio content – more than any other sports betting network – to get them ready for the biggest game in American sports,” said Mike Dee, President of Sports, Audacy. “When we launched BetQL Network a few short years ago, we were bullish on giving sports bettors of all experience levels a home for informed and entertaining sports betting content, and this on-site, front-row access to the pinnacle of football embodies that commitment.”

Twin Cities Radio: WCCO Raises $44k+ for Second Harvest

Jason DeRusha and Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch at Second Harvest Heartland's Distribution Center

Audacy raised over $447,000 to benefit Second Harvest Heartland during WCCO 830 AM “Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon,” presented by Lindus Construction, Land 'O Lakes and Compeer Financial. The amount raised during the 14th annual radiothon held on February 2 brought the overall fundraising total to over $3.5 million since 2009.

“Year after year, our fans open up their hearts to those in need,” said Jeff Gonsales, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Minneapolis. “Lives are being impacted in significant ways, and we are incredibly grateful. WCCO’s long-standing partnership with Second Harvest Heartland means so much to us and to so many people who are helped by this community effort.”

“This community is great at showing up for one another, and today’s 14th annual ‘Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon’ was no exception," said Allison O'Toole, Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Heartland. “It takes all of us to keep our neighbors fed and we’re so grateful to WCCO listeners, radiothon callers and our sponsors from Compeer Financial, Land O’ Lakes and Lindus Construction for going above and beyond to end hunger. What a day!”

The radiothon was conducted onsite at Second Harvest facility in Brooklyn Park, MN, live on 830 WCCO on February 2 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT. Station hosts spoke with members and clients of Second Harvest Heartland, current board members and other leaders in the community fighting against hunger. Interviews for the day included: restaurateur, chef and television personality Andrew Zimmern, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch, Minnesota hockey legend Lou Nanne, former NBC Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, Minnesota Twins radio voice Cory Provus, and former Vikings and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kyle Rudolph. Listeners were encouraged to donate via phone banks.

Chicago Radio: WTMX Listeners Treated To Acoustic Performance

Fitz and the Tantrums took a break from their current U.S. Tour to hang with Chicago’s #1 morning show: 101.9 The Mix’s Morning Mix. Fitz performed a special acoustic performance at 167 Green Street for a select group of MIX listeners as part of a benefit for the American Cancer Society – North Central Region.

Photo (L to R): Jeremy Ruzumna, Noelle Scaggs (Tantrums), Nikki Chuminatto (MIX Mornings – Co Host), Fitz, Chris Petlak (MIX Mornings – Host), Violeta Podrumedic (MIX Mornings – Traffic), Joe Karnes (another Tantrum), Whip (MIX Mornings – News)

February 4 Radio History

➦In 1927...KGA-AM, Spokane, Washington signed-on.

For many years, KGA was a successful country music outlet. In 1994 it switched to a news/talk format. It now airs a sports format and simulcasts on a translator at 103.5 FM. KGA was a 50,000 watt clear-channel Class A station for most of its life, and could be heard after sunset around the Pacific Northwest, plus part of Western Canada.

On July 15, 2008, KGA reduced its nighttime power from 50,000 watts to 15,000 watts, surrendered its status as a Class A to Class B, and changed its directional antenna system. Class A stations have the widest coverage areas and best protection from interference from other stations. All of this was done so that its sister station, KSFN in Piedmont, California, could increase its nighttime power from 230 watts to 2,400 watts. The justification for this change was gaining several hundred thousand potential listeners in the San Francisco Bay Area while sacrificing KGA's smaller potential audience in the Pacific Northwest.

KGA 1510 AM (50Kw-D, 15Kw-N) Red=Local Coverage

➦In 1935...the CBS Radio Network first aired “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch”, one of the many soap operas written by Frank & Anne Hummert. It moved to NBC that September but was cancelled 27 months later.  The plot:  Mrs. Wiggs, facing eviction, scrabbles for survival with her number of children and hopes for the return of her husband, who left many years before, looking for gold in the Klondike.

➦In 1940...'Amanda of Honeymoon Hill' was a 15-minute daily radio soap opera produced by Frank and Anne Hummert. Broadway actress Joy Hathaway had the title role, sometimes described as "the beauty of flaming red hair." The series was broadcast from February 5, 1940, until April 26, 1946, initially on the Blue Network at 3:15 p.m. until August 1942. It then moved to CBS, airing at 10:30 a.m. until 1943 when it was heard at 11 a.m.

➦In 1977…, Fleetwood Mac‘s 11th album “Rumours” was released. The LP became their second to top Billboard’s album chart, staying #1 for 31 weeks. More than 17 million copies have been sold in the U.S.

➦In 1983...singer Karen Carpenter died at her parent’s home in Los Angeles of heart failure caused by chronic anorexia nervosa. Her death, at the age of 32, brought about more public awareness of the disease, characterized by a loss of appetite brought on by mental illness.

➦In 1983…radio announcer & actor Jim Ameche succumbed to lung cancer at age 68.  He was radio’s first “Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy,” and announcer for many network programs out of Chicago. The younger brother of Don Ameche later was director for the filmed TV series Julia.