Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reba Becomes Inaugural Signing on NASH Icon Label

NASH ICON Music proudly bestows another title to the reigning “Queen of Country,” announcing Reba as the inaugural signing on the innovative new joint venture label between Big Machine and Cumulus. This morning (10/21), she joined America’s Morning Show host Blair Garner to share the news about her first new music in over five years. Leading up to the announcement, a Reba song was played every half hour to highlight her career and gear up for the new chapter. Co-host Terri Clarke performed “Fancy” for Reba-oke, as part of co-host Chuck Wicks' “5 Seconds” trivia game before a Reba cake was presented in front of the live audience:


Reba said: “I am so excited to be the first artist to sign up with this new joint venture. We’ve been in the studio having a blast recording new songs and I can’t wait for my fans to hear them. Thanks to Scott Borchetta, John Dickey and everyone at Cumulus for letting me be a part of these new and exciting times.”

Pictured (L-R): Jim Weatherson (Nash Icon Music GM), Chuck Wicks (America’s Morning Show host), Terri Clark (America’s Morning Show host), Reba, Scott Borchetta (BMLG President & CEO), John Dickey (Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus) and Blair Garner (America’s Morning Show Host)

The Oklahoma native is back in the studio with long-time producer Tony Brown and is collaborating for the first time with James Stroud, blending their unique approaches and multi-platinum career success.

“As Reba and I get to enter into another phase of our business relationship that dates back to 1991, I am again reminded of the power of all things Reba. Her presence, her vocal prowess, her song selection, her passion… it’s unequaled in her multi-decade career and we will again blaze new trails together,” said Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta. “I can’t think of a more important artist or voice to crown as our first Icon artist as there are none truer to the definition.”

"By the numbers Reba defines what it is to be an Icon — 56 million albums sold, 35 #1 singles, #1 female country touring artist of all time and room full of CMA, ACM and Grammy awards. Reba is Nashville. Nash Icon is thrilled to have Reba as our first artist on this exciting new label,” added Jogn Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus.

In May, Big Machine and Cumulus rolled out a joint venture under the Nash Icon brand with the creation of a record label, Nash Icon Music. Nash Icon will produce new music and live events from Nashville’s most prolific artists over the last 25 years. General Manager Jim Weatherson will spearhead the strategic partnership between the two music, entertainment and media powerhouses. Separate from this joint venture between Cumulus and Big Machine for the Nash Icon Music record label and live events business, Cumulus independently operates 16 (soon to be more) Nash Icon radio stations and will soon distribute Nash Icon content to stations nationwide through its wholly owned distribution service Westwood One.

As a multi-media entertainment mogul, Reba has become a household name with a successful career that spans music, television, theater and retail industries. She has achieved a rare pinnacle with 35 #1 singles, over 56 million albums sold worldwide and a total of over 9 million tickets in touring to become one of the most successful female recording artists in history. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductee has won 15 American Music Awards, 13 ACM Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards, seven CMA Awards, two Grammy Awards and an ACM Career Achievement Honor. Additionally, Reba has the distinction of being one of only four entertainers in history to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress.

Sun Broadcast, Fitz Ink Multi-Year Deal

Fitz
Sun Broadcast Group announced today that it has entered into a multi-year syndication and sales partnership with Entercom morning man and nationally syndicated personality, Fitz.

The deal will encompass all Fitz branded on-air offerings including the “Powered by Country” weekend countdown, which will be renamed “The Hit List” when it moves from United Stations Radio Networks to Sun in 2015.

“I am thrilled to be working with Sun Broadcast Group”’ said Fitz. “I have been blown away by the vision, passion, and energy that Jason Bailey and his team have shown me. I have never had more support in my life. These guys just get it!! PERIOD!! They do radio the way it was meant to be done and have definitely changed the way the game is played in our industry. Look out :)”

In addition to the weekend countdown show, Fitz will assume hosting duties of “Nashville Minute”, a daily news and entertainment feature developed and produced by Gen3 Entertainment, now heard on over 80 affiliates. Nashville Minute will be expanded to two daily reports with Fitz’s first broadcast airing on Monday, October 27th.

Sun also announced that it would be syndicating Fitz’s current #1 morning show from KKWF 100.7 FM “The Wolf” in Seattle. “The Fitz Show” will be offered daily from coast to coast as a modular show for airing in multiple dayparts to Country, CHR and Hot AC affiliates.

“Sun Broadcast Group prides itself in working with world class talent and Fitz is in a class of his own,” said Ron Rivlin, SVP of Programing at Sun Broadcast Group. “We are looking forward to taking the Fitz brand to new heights! Buckle up radio. You’re in for a wild ride!”

News Events Impact OnLine Listening

Triton Digital has released its monthly digital audio Top 20 Ranker for August 2014.


Looking at the top 20 markets, Phoenix showed the largest listening gain with a 27.8% increase in AAS (M-F 6A-8P), followed by St. Louis, Tampa, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington.

The gain in Phoenix could be attributed to the two storms that hit Phoenix on August 12th and August  19th causing flash flooding and power outages across the valley. Motorists were stranded on the  highways and mandatory evacuations were issued to certain areas.

The gain in St. Louis could be attributed to the shooting of Michael Brown. On August 9th, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old teenager in Ferguson, MO, a suburbof St. Louis, sparking anarchy in the region. Protests turned violent during the ensuing week. On August 16th, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew from midnight  to five a.m. in Ferguson.

By format, the Adult Contemporary format showed the largest listening gains with a 23.8% increase in AAS  (M-F 6A-8P), followed by Top 40 (CHR), Hot AC, Classic Rock, News/Talk, Country, and Classic Hits.

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Syracuse Radio: Joe Galuski Discloses Cancer Fight

Joe Galuski
For more than a month, veteran broadcaster Joe Galuski's voice has been missing from the morning show at N/T WSYR 570 AM.

This morning, during a guest interview on his own show, Galsuki explained his absence: He's battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to syracuse.com.

"Five weeks ago I was diagnosed with cancer," Galuski said matter-of-factly on the air just after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Galuski spoke with Mark Wainwright, who, along with George Kilpatrick, has been filling in on the morning show. Galuski said there has been much speculation that he had a stroke or was in rehab. Prior to leaving the airwaves his voice had suffered a noticeable change.

"I was listening to the wild theories about what was wrong with me based on how I sounded five weeks ago," he said. "I owed it to the loyal listeners to be honest."


This is Galuski's second battle with lymphoma, he said in the interview. He dealt with a "smaller form" in 1992. He said the current cancer is a stronger form, but he's confident he will be able to "knock it out."

Galuski began chemotherapy a few weeks ago and will continue treatment for four or five months, he said. He expects to return to the air at some point.

Galuski has been on the air at WSYR for more than 25 years, having joined the station in 1988.

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FEMA Director: FM Radio Chips Are Smart

Craig Fugate
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate is touting the benefits of having cellphone carriers enable FM radio on smartphones.

Hediscussed the value of radio-enabled Smartphones during times of emergency in an interview released Monday. In the video, Fugate highlights the importance of having access to local broadcasters' emergency information when other communications networks fail or become congested.

Fugate said broadcast radio is, at times, the only way to receive emergency information during a disaster, when other services are jammed with overuse. He pointed to the 2011 earthquake near Washington, D.C., and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

"A lot of our tendency to use streaming devices to be dependent upon broadband capabilities are vulnerable in a disaster," he said, adding that during natural disasters, a phone without service is no more useful than a "brick."

"He added: "So when you get things where you can start combining functions, like putting FM chips into cellphones, and you start getting radio … it moves us beyond just streaming."

The broadcast association has long pushed for the change, and Fugate has previously touted the benefits of broadcast radio during natural disasters.

"His comments send a strong message to wireless providers regarding the indispensable value of radio as a lifeline when disaster strikes," NAB chief executive Gordon Smith said in a statement.


Digital Ad Revenues Hit Landmark High

Internet ad revenues climbed to an historic first half-year high of $23.1 billion, according to the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report released Monday by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

This marks a 15 percent rise over 2013’s first-half ad revenues of $20.1 billion.

Maintaining the positive trajectory, second quarter 2014 internet ad revenues rose to $11.7 billion, representing a 14 percent year-over-year increase, up from $10.3 billion in Q2 2013.

Highlights of the report include:
  • Mobile revenues increased 76 percent to 5.3 billion at HY 2014, from the $3.0 billion (15% of total) reported at HY 2013, with the 2014 six month total consisting of $2.7 billion mobile search, $2.5 billion mobile display, and $103 million in other mobile formats
  • Digital video, a component of display-related advertising, reached $1.5 billion, a 13 percent increase in revenue over the first half of 2013 at $1.3 billion
  • Search revenues in the first half of 2014 hit $9.1 billion, up 4 percent from $8.7 billion in the first six months of 2013
  • Display-related advertising revenues in the first half of 2014 totaled $6.5 billion, a 6 percent uptick from $6.1 billion in the first half of 2013, and accounted for 28 percent of digital advertising revenue overall
  • Social media revenues, which includes advertising delivered on social platforms, including social networking and social gaming websites and apps, reached $2.9 billion in HY 2014, a double-digital hike of 58 percent over the same period in 2013, at $1.9 billion
  • The top three advertising verticals continue to account for nearly half of advertising revenue (46%), including Retail at 21 percent, Financial Services at 13 percent and Automotive at 12 percent
“This report confirms the fact that brands are deepening their commitment to interactive advertising, and that mobile is seen as a crucial part of the marketing mix,” said Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO, IAB. “Moreover, with second half revenues traditionally surpassing those in the first half of the year, this milestone achievement is potentially a harbinger of even stronger digital ad revenues to come.”

“Consumers living online is no longer the exception—It is the rule,” said Sherrill Mane, Senior Vice President, Research, Analytics and Measurement, IAB. “Digital screens have become vital tools at every juncture of the day. It is no surprise that brand dollars have followed this growing movement at a steady clip.”

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Media Habits of The Politically Polarized

When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust. And whether discussing politics online or with friends, they are more likely than others to interact with like-minded individuals, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

The project looks at the ways people get information about government and politics in three different settings: the news media, social media and the way people talk about politics with friends and family.

In all three areas, the study finds that those with the most consistent ideological views on the left and right have information streams that are distinct from those of individuals with more mixed political views – and very distinct from each other.

The study also suggests most Americans rely on an array of outlets – with varying audience profiles – for political news.

Yet, those at both the left and right ends of the spectrum, who together comprise about 20% of the public overall, have a greater impact on the political process than do those with more mixed ideological views. They are the most likely to vote, donate to campaigns and participate directly in politics. That those who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions have different ways of informing themselves about politics and government is not surprising.

Overall, the study finds that consistent conservatives:
  • Are tightly clustered around a single news source, far more than any other group in the survey, with 47% citing Fox News as their main source for news about government and politics.
  • Express greater distrust than trust of 24 of the 36 news sources measured in the survey. At the same time, fully 88% of consistent conservatives trust Fox News.
By contrast, those with consistently liberal views:
  • Are less unified in their media loyalty; they rely on a greater range of news outlets, including some – like NPR and the New York Times– that others use far less.
  • Express more trust than distrust of 28 of the 36 news outlets in the survey. NPR, PBS and the BBC are the most trusted news sources for consistent liberals.
  • Are more likely than those in other ideological groups to block or “defriend” someone on a social network – as well as to end a personal friendship – because of politics.

News Sources: Liberals Trust Many, Conservatives Trust Few

At least as important as where people turn for news is whose news they trust. And according to a new Pew Research Study, the ideological differences are especially stark.

Respondents were asked whether they had heard of  each of the 36 outlets listed in the accompanying graphic. For those they had heard of, they were asked about their trust – or distrust – in each source.

Liberals, overall, trust a much larger mix of news outlets than others do. Of the 36 different outlets considered, 28 are more trusted than distrusted by consistent liberals. Just eight earn higher shares of distrust than trust. Still, among those eight, the levels of distrust can be high: fully 81% of consistent liberals distrust Fox News, and 75% distrust the Rush Limbaugh Show.

Among consistent conservatives, by contrast, there are 24 sources that draw more distrust than trust. The same is true for 15 sources among those with mostly conservative views. And, of the eight outlets more trusted than distrusted by consistent conservatives, all but one, on balance, are distrusted by consistent liberals.

Premiere Promotes Claudine Cazian To VP

Claudine Cazian
Premiere Networks has announced the promotion of Claudine Cazian to Vice President of Programming and Branded Entertainment.

Claudine will work closely to develop and oversee entertainment programming and content, while identifying and developing opportunities to strengthen our brands, and support our partners.

As Executive in Charge of Production for On Air with Ryan Seacrest, American Top 40 and Direct from Hollywood, Claudine was charged with overseeing the daily execution, branding, marketing and growth of these extremely successful properties. She continues to manage a team of more than 20 writers, producers, and editors, while creating synergies between the radio, TV and web divisions of Ryan Seacrest Productions.

She also collaborates with our local and national sales and promotions teams, identifying and creating innovative campaigns, content integrations and sponsorship opportunities for some of our most important brands and advertisers.

Jennifer Leimgruber, EVP of Programming for Premiere Networks, who commented, "Claudine is a skilled creative executive with a tremendous track record for success, and we’re confident she’ll continue to soar."

LA Radio: Station Automation Hacked

The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters reports one of it member radio stations was “hijacked” this past Friday, October 17, 2014.

The owner of the un-identified station says it’s going to cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace computers and software in his facilities. He is suggesting that anyone running Windows XP should evaluate and upgrade to a newer version supported by Microsoft.

He has three stations but, only one was “hijacked.” They use Windows XP, which is no longer supported by Microsoft. He thought he was okay because he had a firewall through his server. He was running OMT iMediaTouch Radio Automation System.

According to the LAB, an employee went to the station at 5:00am on Friday to get everything up and running. At 5:45, the employee called the owner and said that they could not get any audio over the air…the owner went to the station and after five hours they were able to ascertain that the system had been taken over. Then, they began to receive ransom e-mails asking for payment to get the station back on the air. The station was off for about seven hours. It appears that hackers may have come in through Windows XP and took over the OMT iMediaTouch Radio Automation System and brought it down.

LAB President Polly Johnson emphasizes that details have not been confirmed, but LAB wanted its sibling state associations to be aware.

RadioWorld reports, the station reportedly was off the air for some hours. According to OMT Technologies, which took a call from the worried broadcaster, the station apparently had been attacked by a virus called CryptoWall that corrupted a server that supports several station systems.

The virus encrypts data and demands a payment from the victim.

OMT President/CEO Bill Baines said that although the problem was not related to OMT software, his staff assisted the station in its efforts to disconnect its automation and focus on the problematic server.

Baines did not comment about specifics of the station’s IT setup but, speaking generally, he advised stations to be aware of OS updates and to keep antivirus software current. But he said firewalls can’t always protect stations from IT intrusions because viruses can come in via otherwise legitimate carriers. For this reason, many larger broadcasters, he said, physically separate all broadcast assets from the outside world.

NBC Doc May Have Damaged Her Career

Dr. Nancy Snyderman
If she continues to not have any symptoms, NBC News' chief medical officer Dr. Nancy Snyderman should be cleared to return to work this week when her quarantine for possible Ebola exposure ends, but there's a good chance the network may not want her going back to reporting on the disease, or potentially even reporting for them at all anymore, after she violated the quarantine nearly two weeks ago.

 After returning to the U.S. from covering the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Snyderman and her crew voluntarily agreed to quarantine themselves for 21 days after working briefly with cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who caught the disease and is now being treated in Nebraska.

But New Jersey health officials made the quarantine mandatory after Snyderman and her crew were seen getting takeout food from a restaurant.

After that, more than 1,000 people angrily commented on her Facebook page, with some viewers saying they wouldn't trust her again. Snyderman offered a weak apology, saying that she knew they didn't present a risk because they didn't have any symptoms, and NBC has to decide how damaged they believe Snyderman's credibility is. Poynter Institute journalism ethics expert Kelly McBride told AP that Snyderman should perhaps take a leave of absence, but definitely not report on Ebola anymore.

However, Bill Wheatley, a longtime NBC executive who now teaches journalism, told AP he think Snyderman should explain to viewers exactly what happened, saying, "If she and the network are more forthcoming about the whole matter, I believe that her credibility can be preserved."

Panic Over "Orwellian" Twitter Study

Ajit Pai
Commissioner Ajit Pai, one of two Republicans on the five-member FCC, warned in a WaPo op-ed Saturday about a National Science Foundation study of people's communications on Twitter, which he said amounted to govt monitoring of speech, "seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel."

"In the U.S., the govt has no business entering the marketplace of ideas to establish an arbiter of what is false, misleading or a political smear," he wrote. "The federal govt has no business spending your hard-earned money on a project to monitor political speech on Twitter."

The "Truthy" study, funded by the National Science Foundation, is being developed by Indiana University researchers to study how popular ideas and jokes spread throughout popular culture. One focus is the spread of "political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution," researchers said.

"While the vast majority of memes arise in a perfectly organic manner, driven by the complex mechanisms of life on the web, some are engineered by the shady machinery of high-profile congressional campaigns," the university explained.

To Pai, the project sounds a lot like the FCC's controversial plan to study the editorial practices of newsrooms, which many said could be a violation of the constitutional rights of freedom of the press. Pai was a major critic and his alarms helped to have it scrapped.

Monica Lewinsky Tells of Humiliation

Monica Lewinsky
Points Finger At Drudge Report

Monica Lewinsky has broken a decade-long silence to announce her campaign to end cyberbullying and today's toxic culture of internet shaming. In her first ever public address, the former mistress of President Bill Clinton revealed her plan to launch a "cultural revolution" against the sort of online harassment she experienced firsthand in the late 1990s.

"I was Patient Zero," said Lewinsky, now 41, to an auditorium full of 1,000-plus high-achieving millennials at Forbes' inaugural 30 Under-30 summit in PA. "The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the internet."

Lewinsky became emotional telling of the miserable months after then-unknown gossip website the Drudge Report broke the news of her relationship with Clinton - a public humiliation exacerbated by the release of the Starr Report online later that year, offering intimate details of their trysts.

"Staring at the computer screen, I spent the day shouting: 'oh my god!' and 'I can't believe they put that in' or 'That's so out of context,'" she said. "And those were the only thoughts that interrupted a relentless mantra in my head: 'I want to die.'"

Lewisnky noted the story of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who killed himself in 2010 after intimate photos of him were posted online. Lewinsky called the tragedy "one of the principal reasons I'm standing here today." She met with Clementi's parents. She intends to share her story with victims of cyberbullying and online harassment.

Tom's Take: Sorry honey..you have yourself to blame for making a wrong decision.

For Sale: The Imus Ranch

Radio personality Don Imus is selling his 2,400-acre ranch east of Santa Fe that he developed into a cattle ranch for children afflicted by cancer.

Imus said Monday he is selling the property because he and his family believe they can support more charitable foundations with funds generated by the sale. He also said he hopes to sell the ranch to a group interested in continuing the goal of the nonprofit Imus Ranch.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, a real estate listing shows the asking price is $32 million. Realtor Craig Huitfeldt said he publicly listed the property for sale within the past week. The Imus Ranch is near the small community of Ribera, NM, about 45 miles east of Santa Fe via Interstate 25.

Imus said he and his wife founded the ranch in 1998, and according to the nonprofit’s website, it has served more than 2,000 children since then. The cowboy hat-wearing radio personality said he started the nonprofit because he fondly remembered growing up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. He added that children with cancer are often defined by their disease, but by having them work with him and his family at the ranch, he hoped to show that they “could do anything any other kid could do.”


According to the listing, the ranch has 28 bedrooms and 34 bathrooms in 11 buildings. It also boasts numerous barns, garages, greenhouses and sheds. The listing also claims the ranch is “environmentally pure,” in that no pesticides or synthetic chemicals were used to maintain the property.

Radio Pioneer Honored In Pittsburgh

Broadcasters and radio buffs gathered in Wilkinsburg, PA last Friday afternoon where Rick Harris, of the National Museum of Broadcasting, continued the fight to rebuild Dr. Frank Conrad’s garage as a museum, reports CBS Local.

The Wilkinsburg building where the Westinghouse engineer first conducted broadcasts leading to America’s first radio station, KDKA, was dismantled 13 years ago.

Conrad began what are considered the first regular radio broadcasts from his garage in 1916, and is responsible for the founding of the first licensed broadcast station in the world: KDKA.

Conrad first became interested in radio in 1912 when, in order to settle a bet on the accuracy of a watch, Conrad built a radio in order to hear time signals from the Arlington, Virginia Naval Observatory. He then constructed, in his garage, a new transmitter, licensed in 1916 as 8XK, whose signal could be heard throughout the Pittsburgh area. In response to popular demand, Conrad began broadcasting for two hours each Wednesday and Saturday night. When all civilian amateur radio operations ceased in 1917, Conrad began using his radio for military purposes during World War I.


Frank Conrad 1921
Conrad resumed his amateur radio broadcasts in October 1919. Most of the content of these early broadcasts was music: Conrad's sons and niece were talented musicians and Conrad played numerous songs from his record collection. He soon ran out of records, however, and struck a deal with a local music store: if the store would supply him with records, he would give the store on-air promotions. This exchange is arguably the first broadcast commercial in airwave history. He has also been called the first DJ in history.

There are also reports of football scores reported, as well as some talk programming. The vice-president of Westinghouse soon saw a newspaper advert for radio sets that could receive Conrad's broadcasts. He saw the potential for mass communication that radio offered, and Westinghouse began manufacturing radio receivers.

Westinghouse applied for a callsign in mid-October 1920. The callsign arrived just in time for the November 2, 1920, election, and the radio station KDKA was born.

The original station was a shack on top of a Westinghouse building in East Pittsburgh. Conrad was not there to witness the historical broadcast, however; worried that the station might go down, he was sitting in his Wilkinsburg garage with his own transmitter as a backup.

NJ Radio: Another Person Jumps From WWZY Tower

Location of WWZY FM Tower in Long Branch, NJ

A person jumped from a 400-foot radio tower in the city’s downtown, marking the second person to leap from the structure this year, police said.

The WWZY 107.1 FM radio tower is located off of Memorial Parkway between Broadway and Belmont Avenue, near downtown Long Branch, NJ.

An eyewitness said he saw a man climb midway up the red and white radio tower without a harness and jump off.

"I saw him sitting up there and then I saw him just take a step off the side of the tower," he said. "And then he just tumbled."

Another witness said the man jumped at around 3 p.m. and was not on the tower for very long.

“He didn’t waste any time,” said the second witness, who said the man hit one of the vacant buildings below after he jumped. "Sadly, it didn't look it was an accident."

A third witness said it appeared to him that the man fell when he tried to climb higher up the tower on a diagonal beam.

In April, a 60-year-old Elizabeth resident jumped to his death from the top of the tower and fell through the roof of a vacant commercial building on his way down, landing inside of the building.

Knoxville Radio: WWST's Kim Hansard On Cancer Diagnosis

Kim Hansard
It's been a year since one of Knoxville's most beloved radio personalities was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Kim Hansard of Top40 WWST 102.1 FM Star 's "Marc and Kim in the Morning" show shared the news last October and opened up to her fans throughout her journey through social media.

When you get Marc Anthony and Kim Hansard together, no matter the subject, you're likely to listen and laugh right along with them.

In the first days after diagnosis, the laughter didn't come as easily nor as often.

"Quite frankly a year ago, I wouldn't have ever believed I could have talked about this whole year without tearing up," Hansard told WATE-TV5.

"I wanted to see my son grow up. I wanted to spend many more happy years with my husband. I want to be on Star 102.1 for years with Marc. I want us to grow old and retire together."

Hansard is doing well after a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. She's thankful she didn't require chemotherapy.

To watch Video Interview: Click Here.

Chattanooga Radio: Luther Remembered As A 'Nice Guy'

When asked by former WDEF-TV General Manager Ben Cagle how he'd like to be remembered, Luther said “Remember me fondly… I was a finder of lost dogs and cats and things… tried to help people out on the air when they were burned out. Radio and TV can be so helpful to people. Just remember me as a nice guy.”

Local radio and television legend Luther Masingill passed away after a brief illness on Monday morning. He was 92.


October 21 In Radio History




In 1908...The first two-sided vinyl record (!) was offered for sale by the Columbia label in an ad running in this week's Saturday Evening Post.


In 1915...First transmission of speech across the Atlantic by radiotelephone, Arlington, Va., to Paris


In 1948...the first Facsimile (FAX), was demonstrated through high-speed radio transmission. It was demonstrated in Washington D.C.


In 1969...Roby Yonge does the infamous “Paul is Dead” show at 77WABC.



Originally hired for the 1 - 3 PM shift, Yonge was moved into the overnight shift in August 1969 when Charlie Greer left the station. He was told by program director Rick Sklar in the early fall, that his contract would not be renewed. He subsequently went on the air with the Paul McCartney "death" rumor on October 21, 1969, having heard the rumor from WKNR-FM (Detroit) radio personality Chris Randall.

Stating that he had already been fired and that at 12:39 AM, he would not be "cut" because there was nobody around, Yonge began to speculate on rumors circulating about the possible death of McCartney. He enumerated various "clues" in album cover art which he said had been catalogued by thirty Indiana University Bloomington students. Callers lit up the station switchboard. It was an hour and a half before program director Rick Sklar got Les Marshak in to relieve Yonge. Marshak continued to do Yonge's show until a replacement was hired.

Yonge was hired by WCBS-FM, where he helped introduce their "Oldies" format in the early'70s. After a few years, he returned to his nativeFlorida, where he served as general manager of Mother WMUM, an early FM rock station in Palm Beach. After the demise of Mother in 1972, Yonge became a morning personality on Y100 WHYI in Fort Lauderdale/Miami. He was fired after the first day on the air, August 3, 1973.  He moved to the competitor WMYQ-FM, where he spoke as a commentator with a morning show. In 1987, Yonge did a morning show at WKAT in Miami, then returned in 1993 to do a music/talk show on 790 WMRZ.

Roby Yonge died on July 18, 1997 of an apparent heart attack at age 54.


In 2000...Frankie Crocker, Personality at WMCA, WBLS died from pancreatic cancer.

Crocker began his career in Buffalo at the AM Soul powerhouse WUFO (also the home to future greats Eddie O'Jay, Herb Hamlett, Gary Byrd and Chucky T) before moving to Manhattan, where he first worked for Soul station WWRL and later top-40 WMCA in 1969.

He then worked for WBLS-FM as program director, taking that station to the top of the ratings during the late 1970s and pioneering the radio format now known as urban contemporary.

Frankie Crocker was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2000, and the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2005



In 2003...John Dennis and Gerry Callahan returned to their morning on WEEI-FM, Boston, after a 2 week suspension for allegedly racist remarks.