Saturday, March 7, 2015

March 8 In Radio History

In 1925...John B. Gambling started at WOR.

John B. Gambling
John Bradley Gambling (April 9, 1897 – November 21, 1974) was the first of the Gambling family, 3 generations to host mornings on WOR. John B., John A. and John R. - were hosts of WOR Radio's 'Rambling with Gambling' over the course of over 80 years (1925–2000 and 2008–2013).

John B. was the host from 1925 to 1959, when he retired in favor of his son, John A. Gambling. With his Musical Clock, his all-in-fun setting-up exercises, cheerio music, wheezy gags, weather information and news scraps, John B. Gambling was a WOR fixture.

In 1945...The Monkees' singer and actor Mickey Dolenz was born

In 1949...WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, began broadcasting. Today the station is Sports KTCK-FM.

In 1971...Jimi Hendrix's rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" was broadcast by Radio Hanoi.

In 1979...Audio Compact Disc prototype is first demonstrated.

In 1994...NYC Personality Jack Spector - WMCA, WHN, WCBS FM (at 4:40), WNBC, WPIX FM, WQCD - Died.  He was 65.

Jack Spector
Spector began his career in 1955 and in 1961 became one of the original WMCA Good Guys.  In late December 1963, WMCA, with Spector, earned the distinction of being the first New York City radio station to play the Beatles' Capitol Records' single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand." (Outside New York, the single's broadcast debut is widely accepted to have occurred earlier at WWDC in Washington, D.C.)

After WMCA moved to a talk format, Spector went to WHN, then a vocal-based easy listening station. He remained for a while after WHN became a Country music station in 1973. In 1974, Spector left WHN to go to WCBS-FM where he hosted a 1955-1964 based Oldies show called "The Saturday Night Sock Hop" and another regular weekend shift. He was also a full-time swing host there, filling in for various airstaffers over the years. In 1983, Cousin Brucie began doing every third Saturday night of the month. Spector remained at WCBS-FM until the Spring of 1985.

In 1985, Spector was at WNBC as the original host of "Sports Night". He went then to WPIX-FM, which was playing an adult contemporary format. Upon their change to NAC and soon after to smooth jazz, he became one of the first air personalities on CD 101.9. Spector also worked as an optician when he was not on the air.

Late in 1988, Spector left WQCD and joined the staff of WHLI on Long Island, NY playing an Adult Standards format. That station began mixing in more rock and roll oldies by the early '90s. After a few Radio Greats Weekends at WCBS-FM, Jack Spector returned as a part-time swing announcer there in 1993 while working full-time at WHLI.

On March 8, 1994, shortly after starting a recording of Louis Prima's "I'm In The Mood For Love", he suffered an apparent fatal heart attack and collapsed.

Set Clocks AHEAD One Hour Saturday Night

Daylight Savings Time in the United States is the practice of setting the clock forward by one hour during the warmer part of the year, so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Most areas of the United States currently observe daylight saving time (DST), the exceptions being Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation, which does observe daylight saving time),  Hawaii, and the overseas territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands.

From 1970 until 2006, most of Indiana in the Eastern Time Zone did not observe daylight saving time, but the entire state started to do so in April 2006 after eight counties in western Indiana were shifted from the Eastern Time Zone to the Central Time Zone.

Daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November, with the time changes taking place at 2:00 a.m. local time. With a mnemonic word play referring to seasons, clocks "spring forward and fall back"—that is, in spring (technically late winter) the clocks are moved forward from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., and in fall they are moved back from 2:00 am to 1:00 am.

Proponents of Daylight Saving Time argue that most people prefer a greater increase in daylight hours after the typical "nine-to-five" workday.   Supporters have also argued that DST decreases energy consumption by reducing the need for lighting and heating, but the actual effect on overall energy use is heavily disputed.

Daylight saving has caused controversy since it began. Winston Churchill argued that it enlarges "the opportunities for the pursuit of health and happiness among the millions of people who live in this country" and pundits have dubbed it "Daylight Slaving Time". Historically, retailing, sports, and tourism interests have favored daylight saving, while agricultural and evening entertainment interests have opposed it, and its initial adoption had been prompted by energy crisis and war.

Proponents of DST generally argue that it saves energy, promotes outdoor leisure activity in the evening (in summer), and is therefore good for physical and psychological health, reduces traffic accidents, reduces crime, or is good for business. Groups that tend to support DST are urban workers, retail businesses, outdoor sports enthusiasts and businesses, tourism operators, and others who benefit from increased light during the evening in summer.

Opponents argue that actual energy savings are inconclusive, that DST increases health risks such as heart attack, that DST can disrupt morning activities, and that the act of changing clocks twice a year is economically and socially disruptive and cancels out any benefit. Farmers have tended to oppose DST.

NBC Makes It Official: Lack Is Back

Andrew Lack has been named chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. The announcement came via a staff memo sent out on Friday morning from NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lack will replace Pat Fili-Krushel, who will move into a corporate role on Burke's executive team.

Throughout the negotiations, Lack has had important advocates inside NBC News, where he was president from 1993-2001, and has maintained friendships with the network's top talent including Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer, say sources. Lack also has a close relationship with exiled Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. And many at NBC News expect Lack to make rehabilitating Williams a top priority, though it's unclear what that would look like.

Deborah Turness, who was recruited in 2013 by Fili-Krushel, remains president of NBC News. Lack will have oversight of NBC News and MSNBC, not CNBC. NBC News and MSNBC, which has suffered sinking ratings that already have resulted in the cancellation of multiple shows, will get Lack's immediate attention.

The arrival of Mr. Lack, who was president of NBC News from 1993 until 2001, represents the largest step in a broad restructuring of the news operation.

Mark Feldstein, a journalism professor at the University of Maryland, told The NY Times that the management changes at NBC followed the typical playbook for media organizations engulfed in scandals.

“You bring in a seasoned veteran to stabilize the ship, and that is what Andy Lack is,” Mr. Feldstein said. “They realize that the problem was deeper than just one anchor monster.”

“I wouldn’t expect revolutionary change from Lack,” Mr. Feldstein added. Noting that Mr. Lack was 67, he said, “This is probably a short-term fix.”

NBC-Couric Rumors Could Be Contract Ploy

Katy Couric
The announcement that Andy Lack has returned to head-up NBCNews has set off speculation that Couric, who’s good friends with Lack, could unseat Brian Williams at “NBC Nightly News” or Savannah Guthrie at “Today.”

Multiple news outlets reported Lack and Couric, who’s currently a "global anchor" at Yahoo, have had a preliminary discussion about her possible return to NBC.

But an NBC News insider told PageSix at the NY Post: “On Friday morning, Andrew Lack told executives at NBC News that he and Katie have had no discussions.”

The insider added, “And the truth is she isn’t welcome back at ‘Today.’ There’s still a lot of people at the show who worked with her back in the day, and she wasn’t very nice to work with, especially toward the end.”

Other reports buzzed that Couric could take over “NBC Nightly News” from beleaguered Williams. But we’re told Lack is also close to Williams, and it’s highly likely that the returning exec would hope to reinstate the suspended anchor.

Couric is now in contract talks with Yahoo and insiders speculate that the NBC rumors only benefit Couric and her contract talks.

Couric is currently vacationing in Asia with her husband.

L-A Radio: DJ A-OH Named KRRL-FM APD

DJ A-Oh Hashem
iHeartMedia Urban KRRL 92.3 FM  Real 92-3) jas names Abdul "DJ A-OH" Hashem Assistant Program Director and on-air personality.

As Assistant Program Director, DJ A-OH will assist with all aspects of programming Real 92.3, which launched last month. He will join the station from Urban WMIB 103.5 FM The Beat in Miami, where he has served as Program Director and On-Air Personality since October 2013. In addition, he has also serves as an iHeartMedia Urban Brand Coordinator. Prior to that, DJ A-OH was also APD for WGCI 107.5 FM in Chicago.

"I am thrilled to join the Los Angeles team at REAL 92.3," said DJ A-OH. "My experience with Lonny Anger, Alex Tear & the Miami team has been extremely rewarding and I'm thankful for the opportunity to further my career within the company under the leadership of Doc Wynter, Andrew Jeffries and Greg Ashlock. LA radio just got REAL!"

KRRL 92.3 FM (42 Kw) Red=60dBu Local Coverage Area
"A-OH is a first round pick," said Doc Wynter, Senior Vice President of Urban Programming, iHeartMedia. "We are excited to bring his talents to Los Angeles for Real 92.3."

At the end of 2013, he was promoted to be the first Program Director at the then-new Miami Urban station, WMIB-FM. DJ A-Oh has worked his entire 5+ year radio career with iHeartMedia.

D/FW Radio: Charlie Wilkinson New M-P For iHM Cluster

Charlie Wilkinson
iHeartMedia Dallas has announced  Charlie Wilkinson has been named Market President.

As Market President, Wilkinson will oversee all aspects of the Dallas market's six stations' operations, including all station activities and events to help drive sales and achieve revenue targets. He will leverage the market's brands and audience to generate new revenue while providing quality programming. Wilkinson is a 16-year radio veteran, having spent the last five years as Regional Market President for iHeartMedia, overseeing the Charlotte and Raleigh markets. Along the way he spent 11 years in Houston as a General Sales Manager, Station Manager and General Manager.

"I look forward to joining the incredibly talented team in Dallas, serving our community, listeners and marketers," said Wilkinson. "My family considers Texas home, so this really is the perfect opportunity."

"Charlie has exceeded expectations and consistently raises the bar. He has proven his ability to create and lead winning teams," said Kelly Kibler, Executive Vice President of Operations -- Texas Majors, iHeartMedia. "I¹m confident he will continue to deliver consistent integrated revenue growth for the Dallas cluster."

Former Market President, Deidre Richter, will join iHeartMedia's National Sales team and will report to Jeff Howard, President of National Sales. Richter will lead the South Central Connections Team.

"Deidre's strong marketing background and incredibly deep relationships with regional fortune 100 companies make her a natural choice to lead and grow the region for iHeartMedia," said Howard.

Biloxi Radio: DeeJay Brady Joins The WXYK-FM Monkey Team

Alpha Media/Biloxi, MS has announced  Brady has joined WXYK 107.1 FM The Monkey for nights. Brady is now heard 6pm-10pm every weeknight. Born and raised in Detroit, Brady got started at WYCD as a Board Op/Producer. He then landed the Executive Producer gig for The Coop Show at 98.7 AMP Radio in Detroit. From there he went to do APD/MD/Nights at WAZY in Lafayette, Indiana.

Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker said, "Brady is an air talent that I have been impressed by for some time. I'm glad that we were able to find a place for him with the nation's fastest growing media company. I'm confident that he will be a key part of the Monkey's continued dominance."

"We are so excited to have Brady to not only join our team but also the Alpha Media Family. All good night jocks come from Michigan (He is our 3rd)," said Lucas, 107.1 The Monkey's Program Director.

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"I am beyond excited to be joining 107.1 The Monkey and Alpha Media, which is an AMAZING company in every way... Really want to thank Phil Becker, Scott Mahalick, Kenny Vest and Lucas for this incredible opportunity! And top it off; I get to live right next to the beach. Life is good!" said Brady.

ME Radio: WHTP Adds Mijo For Evenings, Moves Grey To AM

WHTP 104.7 FM HotFM in Kennebunkport, ME has announced Miquel "Mijo" Irizarry as Music Director and on evening air personality.

A New England native, Mijo is returning to his roots from his most recent position as the night personality at CBS Radio's WRDW 96.5 FM Wired 96-5 in Philadelphia.

Mijo will work directly with Program Director Ryan Deelon who said, "Miguel is a major market talent and has a work ethic that is known throughout the industry. I'm excited to work with someone with his skill set who can be a strong talent on air, mix live and also bring his knowledge of new music to programming. This is an exciting step for our new station."

The hiring of Mijo for the night show means current night host Patrick Grey will move to mornings.

WHTP 104.7 FM (6 Kw) Red=60dBu Local Coverage Area
Mijo, who's first day is Monday March 9th said, "Excited is an understatement. To join a team that impacts a community by being tangible to its listeners on all platforms is a special thing. Thank you to Ryan & the rest of the staff at Mainestream Media for believing in my sound. Lets eat some lobster & make great radio!"

Albany NY Radio: Have Yourself A Merry Christmas Forever!

WQSH 104.9 FM, once known as PopCrush 105.7, switched over to the new, festive format on this past Wednesday at midnight.

They rebranded the station as "Santa 105.7-FM." You can listen to the station live: Click Here

The station is licensed to nearby Malta and owners at Townsquare Media, said market research revealed a strong demand for holiday hits all year long. The company said the holiday music is not a stunt and promises "everything from Sting to Bing."

"This might strike some as being risky in this environment of new media, but I've looked at the numbers and they don't lie," said Townsquare Media's local market president, Jake Demmin, in a statement. "There's literally a clamoring for Christmas music 24/7/365/52."

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March 7 In Radio History

In 1876...Alexander Graham Bell received U.S. patent for telephone

In 1933...the CBS Radio Network premiered the first daytime radio serial, "Marie The Little French Princess." It was a 15-minute show which aired until April 1934. Hilman Brown was producer and director of the serial and was one of respected people in radio. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.

In 1962...The Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio in England.

In 1985...The song "We Are the World" was broadcast on radio for the first time.

In 2001…The Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Judy Garland's "Over The Rainbow" had been selected as their "song of the century." Rounding out their Top Ten were (#2) "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby, followed by "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie, "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, "American Pie" by Don McLean, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrews Sisters, "West Side Story" (album) by the original cast, "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" by Billy Murray, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers, and (#10) "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin.

In 2014…Newsman Bill McLaughlin, a foreign correspondent and bureau chief during a 25-year career with CBS News, and for two years the United Nations correspondent for NBC News, died of cardiac arrest at 76.

In 2014…Radio personality/programming executive/blogger Jack Roberts died at age 62.

Jack Roberts
Roberts,  who served as producer for Dick Cavett's and Oliver North's national radio shows and executive producer for L.A.-based Cable Radio Network (CRN),  also created and wrote the popular broadcast and music news blog "Hollywood Hills Group", which had an estimated 10,000 daily readers since its inception in 2011. His blog was very popular with radio/TV execs from L.A. to N.Y. and numerous record label presidents, personal managers, film and TV celebrities, recording artists and many, many others.

For more than 35 years, Roberts worked with some of the top celebrity broadcasters and air talent in major markets ranging from Los Angeles to New York and Boston.  Roberts’ experience ranged from working as a Top 40 format on-air personality in the northeast at a string of stations, including Boston’s WRKO, WMEX in Edgartown, MA; WXKS in Newton, MA; Providence, RI’s WPRO; WGUY in Veazie, ME; and WDRC in Bloomfield, CT, where he also became the station’s general manager and program director.

He eventually became general manager and program director at WWRC in Washington, DC, WMRE in Charles Town, WV; WBET in Sturgis, MI; and WHIL in Mobile, AL.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Beasley Reports 4Q Earnings Rose 23.5 Percent

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. today announced operating results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2014.

On December 1, 2014 the Company completed an Asset Exchange with CBS Radio Stations Inc. (CBS Radio) whereby Beasley exchanged a total of five radio stations in the Philadelphia and Miami-Fort Lauderdale markets for a total of fourteen CBS Radio stations in the Tampa-St. Petersburg, Charlotte and Philadelphia markets. As a result of the transaction, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Company is required to report the five stations that CBS Radio received under “discontinued operations” for the 2014 fourth quarter and full year, despite having operated them through November.

Commenting on the results, George G. Beasley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “On a reported basis, fourth quarter net revenue from continuing operations rose 23.5% and SOI increased 14.6%, while operating income of $1.8 million was impacted by $1.7 million of transaction and termination expenses related to the Asset Exchange and otherwise would have compared favorably with the $2.8 million in the comparable year ago period.

George G. Beasley
“However, given the required accounting treatment for discontinued operations, the results include only one month of operations from the stations we received in the asset exchange, while excluding the results of the stations we gave up in the transaction. As a result, we believe a pro forma presentation, which assumes the asset exchange occurred on January 1, 2013, better reflects the operating results. On a pro forma basis, fourth quarter net revenue decreased 4.3% to $28.9 million while SOI declined 8.0% to $9.2 million.

Importantly, while the fourth quarter pro forma presentation allows for a comparison of the same stations during both periods, it does not reflect our recently initiated and planned format and personnel changes in Tampa as well as expense reductions in Tampa and Charlotte, the benefits of which we expect will be reflected in our results as we move through 2015 and into 2016.

“With respect to the new markets we now operate in, Tampa-St. Petersburg is the nation’s 18th largest radio market when ranked by revenue while Charlotte is the nation’s 24th largest radio revenue market. The six station cluster we now operate in Tampa-St. Petersburg is already competitive on a revenue share basis, and we have initiated several strategies to capitalize on the significant upside in this cluster.

“The seven station cluster we acquired in Charlotte is a market revenue share leader, so our strategies in this market to drive SOI growth are focused on extending successes and driving efficiencies in operations and processes. Overall, our post-closing integration, costefficiency and operating plans in both markets, combined with our legacy focus on targeted localism and delivering quality programming, effective online marketing solutions and dedicated service to the listeners and advertisers in these markets are proceeding on schedule.

SLC Radio: KBEE Returns To AC Format

Dain Craig
Cumulus announces that KBEE 98.7 FM B98.7 in Salt Lake City moves today to an AC format from its previous Hot AC format, playing music from the ‘80’s to today.

Program Director Dain Craig and new Co-Host, Mandi Hildt will kick off B98.7’s weekday programming with the Morning show. Also new to the on-air line-up is Bobbi Maxwell, Middays, and The John Tesh Show at night.

Craig said: "It’s really a homecoming for KBEE to return to its AC roots, and we think listeners will love the new sound and feel of the station. I am excited to work directly with Mike McVay and Emily Boldon on this project."

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Study: Local News Interest High In Digital Age

A new study released by Pew Research Center indicates a interest in local news content in each of three metro areas studied—Denver, Macon and Sioux City.

The surveys probed residents about their news habits, civic engagement and attitudes about the city and the media that serve it. Because each city received its own customized survey, the data are kept separate rather than being combined, and comparisons are made from one metro area to the next.

According to Pew, there is one overarching finding to emerge from the three surveys.  the study indicates a pervasive interest in local news across these metro areas. In all three cities, nearly nine-in-ten residents follow news about their local area very or somewhat closely, and roughly half follow it very closely, with Macon showing the highest rates of the three. There is more differentiation when it comes to news at the neighborhood level, as about four-in-ten (41%) Denver residents follow neighborhood news very closely, compared with 58% of Macon residents and 49% of residents in Sioux City.

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In the ways that residents keep up with and engage in local news, Denver shows some clear signs of greater digital connection. But many news habits are strikingly similar from city to city. Traditional news outlets still dominate, even in Denver, though certain niche or government entities make a mark in each city. Across the three cities, residents comment on news websites or blogs, call into news programs and share news in social media at roughly the same rates. Local government and politics as well as the local economy are discussed often by about half of the residents in each city. And the most civically engaged consistently show a greater connection to local news.

Tribune Media Earnings More Than Double

Tribune Media Company, parent of WGN 720 AM Chicago, today reported its results for the three months and year ended December 28, 2014 and announced a special dividend of $650 million as well as the adoption of a quarterly dividend policy.

On March 5, Tribune's Board of Directors authorized and declared a special cash dividend of $6.73 per share on the Company's Class A common stock and Class B common stock. In addition, holders of warrants will receive a cash payment equal to the amount of the dividend paid per common share for each share of common stock such warrants are exercisable into. The dividend is payable on April 9, 2015 to stockholders and warrant holders of record at the close of business on March 25, 2015. The aggregate payment the Company will make to its security holders in connection with this special dividend is approximately $650 million.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights
  • Consolidated operating revenues grew 85% to $553.4 million as compared to $299.5 million in Q4'13.
  • Consolidated operating profit grew 276% to $163.4 million as compared to $43.4 million in Q4'13.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA grew 121% to $211.0 million as compared to $95.3 million in Q4'13.
Full Year 2014 Financial Highlights
  • Consolidated operating revenues grew 70% to $1,949.3 million as compared to $1,147.2 million in 2013.
  • Consolidated operating profit grew 51% to $301.1 million as compared to $199.0 million in 2013.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes cash distributions from equity investments, grew 74% to $607.8 million as compared to $348.9 million in 2013.
2014 Strategic Highlights
  • Successfully converted 50% of WGN America subscriber base from superstation to cable.
  • Successfully launched two original series on WGN America, Salem and Manhattan.
  • Completed four strategic acquisitions within our Digital and Data segment – Gracenote, What's-ON, Baseline and HWW.
  • Completed the spin-off of the Company's publishing operations into an independent publicly-traded company.
Peter Liguori, Tribune Media's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our strong financial and operational results in the fourth quarter and full-year 2014 demonstrate the strength of our strategy to develop Tribune Media into a diverse modern media company."

Peter Liguori
"For 2015, we are well-positioned to increase revenue by building our station group market share and growing substantially our retransmission consent and carriage fees. Importantly, we are accomplishing this in an off-cycle political year."

"In terms of WGN America, we are taking a measured approach to investments in programming, which we believe will increase distribution, advertising revenue, carriage fees and brand value.  We are particularly excited about the fourth quarter of 2015, when audiences will get a first-hand look at WGN America's future, as we will premiere a full slate of exclusive syndicated and original series, which we anticipate will drive significant revenue, EBITDA, and margin growth for years to come."

"Combined, we are confident that the strength of our broadcast business, the growth trajectory of WGNA and our Digital and Data segments, our robust and valuable real estate portfolio, and our commitment to return capital to shareholders will drive significant shareholder value in 2015 and the years ahead."

Nielsen: PM Drive Is Tops With Millennials

According to a new Nielsen Audio Today report, Millennials hold the majority when it comes to the number of weekly radio listeners by generation in the U.S.

Of the 243 million Americans (aged 12 or older) using radio each week, 66.6 million of them are Millennials. This far outpaces the size of the weekly Generation X and Boomer radio audiences, with 57.9 million weekly listeners each.

The younger generation also listens to a lot. Millennials spend more than 11 hours a week with radio, and nearly three quarters (73%) of their listening occurs while outside the home and close to making purchasing decisions. Afternoon drive (3-7pm weekdays) is the most listened-to time of day. Meanwhile, the Country format is top for Gen Y audiences throughout the week.

L-A Radio: Big Boy Talks About New Show On KRRL

Big Boy is making his debut on iHM's KRRL 92.3 FM Real 92-3 on Monday morning March 9th and told KTLA-TV5 what his fans can expect from his new radio show.

This segment aired on the KTLA Morning News Thursday morning.

Houston Radio: KILT-FM The Bull Launching New Morning Show

CBS RADIO’s KILT-FM 100.3 FM The Bull has announced a new morning show will debut on the station beginning on Monday, March 16.

The Morning Bull with George, Mo and Cowboy Dave will be broadcast weekdays 5:00-10:00AM, CT on-air, online at or by downloading the app for mobile devices.

George Lindsey
George Lindsey joins The Bull from WXMA-FM  in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was operations manager and morning host.  Monica Lunsford was previously heard in morning drive on KUPL in Portland, Oregon, and ACM and CMA Award-winning stations. Cowboy Dave has been with The Bull since 2010 hosting the station’s night show.

“We are beyond happy to welcome George and Mo to The Bull family,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President & Market Manager, CBS RADIO Houston.  “They round-out and compliment CBS RADIO’s strong lineup of live and local talent on all our brands in the market.”

Monica Lunsford
“George, Mo and Cowboy Dave each bring a tremendous amount of talent along with their own unique skills to the table,” said Bruce Logan, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Houston.  “This is an exciting day for our team as we get ready to launch a show that will instantly connect with the audience.”

“Even after all my years in Louisville, I jumped at the chance to join the team at 100.3 The Bull,” said Lindsey.  “I have spent a fair amount of time in Houston visiting family, and it already feels like home.”

Cowboy Dave
Lunsford added, “I feel blessed to be presented with this opportunity to join the passionate team at CBS RADIO Houston.”

Cowboy Dave takes his popular personality to morning after hosting nights since April 2014. The Houston native said, “I’m excited to introduce George and Mo to my hometown, and I hear they love tacos, so you know I’ll be taking ‘em to all my favorite places…hurry up y’all, I’m hungry!”

Nick Russo will take over nights on The Bull, hosting from 7:00PM-12:00Midnight, CT.

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SA Radio: Claudia Garafalo Departs Mornings On KCYY-FM

Claudia Garofalo
Popular San Antonio country station KCYY 100.3 FM Y100, has lost its feminine morning voice.

Claudia Garofalo recently left her gig as sidekick to main man Jeff Miles on “Miles in the Morning” to focus on her TV job, according to

Since early last year, Garofalo has served as co-host of WOAI-TV’s lifestyle show “San Antonio Living” three days a week (Tuesday through Thursday).

“I resigned at Y100 about two weeks ago,” Garofalo wrote in a message, after I mentioned listeners were asking where she’d gone. “The time just felt right and I wanted to focus more on TV.”

She added she’s “looking forward to being more present on ‘S.A. Living’.”

Garofalo, who’s married to another station staple, Michael Garofalo, Leslie Bohl’s co-anchor on “News 4 WOAI Today."

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Meanwhile, now-solo morning man Miles continues on Y100.

S-F Radio: KITS-FM Unveils Big F'n Day Line-Up

The Bay Area's Alternative KITS 105.3 FM LIVE105 has announced the line-up for LIVE 105’s BFD 2015, at the Shoreline Amphitheater on Saturday, June 6th.

After a huge sold out show last year, LIVE105 has assembled a line-up of some of the most acclaimed artists in Alternative as well as new up-and-coming bands. LIVE 105 BFD has become widely known to be the Bay Area’s summer kick off music festival.

LIVE 105’s BFD 2015 features over 35 bands on four separate stages. The main stage will be lead by full sets from indie rock kings Modest Mouse, Icelandic indie-folk super stars Of Monsters And Men, and indie-pop Panic! At The Disco. The main stage will also feature the indie rock of Cold War Kids, and Australian alt-rockers Atlas Genius.

As always the Festival Stage will be feature the current rosters of alternative acts with non-stop music from Twentyone Pilots, Death From Above 1979, Best Coast, The Kooks, Yelawolf, Misterwives, The Orwells, Cathedrals, Meg Meyers, Waters, and In The Valley Below.

The Subsonic Tent is always place to check out some of the best names in electronic and EDM music. Featured in the tent will be Martin Solveig, GTA, and Robert Delong along with performances by Vicetone, K.Flay, Mystery Skulls, The Limousines, The tent will also play host to local DJs, Aaron Axelsen, Slaptop, Dyloot, and Mykill.

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LIVE105’s BFD 2015 will also feature nine of the hottest bands from all over the Bay Area with Beta State, Family Crest, Picture Atlantic, Panic is Perfect and many more.

Kids Fighting With Wife Over Glen Campbell's Care

Glen, Kim Campbell
This sounds familiar.

A fight over control of Glen Campbell's affairs appears to be brewing in Tennessee between two of the singer-songwriter's eight children and his wife of more than three decades, according to The LA Times.

Debby Campbell-Cloyd and Travis Campbell, their father's oldest daughter and son, filed a petition in January alleging that Kim Campbell, Glen Campbell's fourth wife, is keeping the 78-year-old "secluded from the rest of the family" and prohibiting the family "from participating in his care and/or treatment," the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

They are reportedly asking the court to appoint conservators and a guardian to manage their father's medical and financial interests.

The country star is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease and since June 2014 has been living in a long-term care facility where he receives round-the-clock care.

Campbell-Cloyd questioned Kim Campbell's decision when her father was placed in the facility, the AP said, and told a magazine at the time that she and the older Campbell kids learned of the decision through news reports. Campbell-Cloyd referred questions to her attorney on Wednesday.

"It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer's, but indulging those feelings does not help him," Kim Campbell told the AP at the time. "I am his wife, and no one wants him home more than me, but I must do what is in his best interest."

The current petition, which is sealed but was reviewed by the AP, alleges that Kim Campbell is not providing her husband with needed toiletries and clothing, not visiting him regularly and possibly mishandling his finances. Several of his children are not on a list of approved visitors, the petition says.

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Report: Ex-Glenn Beck Execs To Start New Digital Venture

Chris Balfe
Glenn Beck's top two lieutenants have left Beck's Internet and television channel, TheBlaze, and are starting a new venture together, according to CNN Money.

The departing executives are Chris Balfe, who was Beck's CEO, and Joel Cheatwood, who was president and chief content officer.

According to people familiar with their plans, the two men are building a digital media startup that will reflect some of the lessons learned while at TheBlaze. The startup is currently in stealth mode while the two men talk with potential partners.

Joel Cheatwood
TheBlaze was a big risk when Beck, Balfe and Cheatwood launched it in 2011, months after Beck and Cheatwood left Fox News. It's now credited with being one of the first direct-to-subscriber streaming video businesses, a category that other media companies and A-list celebrities are now pursuing with vigor.

Balfe departed Mercury Radio Arts, the parent firm of TheBlaze, in December. He had been Beck's right-hand man for more than a decade -- before, during and after the host's tumultuous tenure at Fox -- so his exit raised some eyebrows at the time.

Cheatwood left more recently -- sometime last month -- and declined to comment on Thursday, but indicated that the departures were amicable. In fact, he referred questions to a spokesman for Beck, who relayed Beck's praise for both executives.

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BBC1 Personality Zane Lowe Does Final Show

Zane Lowe
After over a decade as a DJ, Zane Lowe is leaving BBC Radio 1 to join Apple. Today, his final radio show aired.

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According to, Lowe and his co-workers spent the program swapping stories and playing the records that moved them most from the past 12 years, such as Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor", Arcade Fire's "Keep the Car Running", and Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe". Lowe sang along to the songs, too. (We feel you on "Mr. Brightside", Zane!)

Lowe himself only picked the final song: Queens of the Stone Age's "A Song for the Dead", calling the band a "constant" of his time on the radio.

Lowe joined the BBC in 2002, and is credited with breaking many artists that would go on to have huge careers, in addition to interviewing some of music's biggest names. Last week, he conducted an exhaustive interview with Kanye West. His role at Apple has yet to be clarified.

Denver Radio: The Fan Observes 20-Years In Sports Radio

Sports KKFN 104.3 FM The Fan in  Denver will be observing its 20th anniversary on Monday, March 9.

The Fan will mark the occasion with special broadcasts featuring several former personalities and athletes who have been part of the two decade history. KKFN-FM launched in 1995 as KKFN-AM on 950 AM. The original weekday lineup included the Fabulous Sports Babe (Nanci Donnellan), Woody Paige & Todd Mansfield, Doug Moe & Tom Green and Jeff Reckard.

On Monday, March 9, "The Fan" will welcome back former Fan personalities Woody Paige, Tom Green, Dan Issel, Charles Johnson, Irv Brown and Joe Williams. They will be joined by Rockies radio announcer Jerry Schemmel.

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The Fan will also hold an anniversary party on Thursday, March 26, at the Sports Column in downtown Denver. Listeners will get the chance to celebrate with members of The Fan on-air staff and celebrities. Additional details will be announced on 104.3 FM as the date approaches.