Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Donald Trump To Make Fox News Sunday Appearance

“Fox News Sunday” will this weekend present a sit-down interview with Donald Trump, the first time the Republican Presidential candidate has appeared on the public-affairs program since announcing his candidacy this past June.

Variety reports the interview will air on October 18. The program runs on various TV stations, and air times tend to vary. A repeat of the broadcast typically airs later Sunday on Fox News Channel.

The interview is also the first Trump has had with the show’s host, Chris Wallace, since Fox News Channel televised the Republican Presidential debate in August.

TuneIn Partners With NFL

TuneIn has  announced a multiyear partnership with the National Football League (NFL) that will bring live play-by-play coverage of all NFL games to TuneIn Premium subscribers. The partnership gives TuneIn Premium subscribers access to audio feeds for every single game - from the preseason throughout the entire regular season and postseason, including the Super Bowl.

TuneIn Premium subscribers worldwide will have access to play-by-play feeds for all 32 NFL teams, including both the home and away feeds, national radio broadcasts, and Spanish language broadcasts (where available).

In addition to live play-by-play audio, other NFL programming on TuneIn will include:

  • NFL on TuneIn Channel –  All TuneIn users will have access to an NFL channel featuring audio from select NFL Media programming, including popular NFL Network shows such as NFL Total Access, Around the NFL, and NFL HQ, as well as official NFL Media podcasts including Move the Sticks and the Dave Dameshek Football Program
  • Live Look-in Show - Starting in November, TuneIn Premium subscribers will have access to a seven-hour-long Sunday broadcast that will feature live analysis, stats, and drop-ins of local radio coverage for all Sunday games airing in-progress. The live look-in show will be live Sundays from 1pm ET – 8pm ET.

John Donham
“TuneIn’s mission is to bring our global listeners the best content in the world,” said John Donham, Chief Executive Officer for TuneIn. “We couldn’t be more excited to be adding the #1 domestic sports league to our offering, and we are thrilled that the NFL has chosen us to be their global audio distribution platform.”

“Partnering with TuneIn offers us the ability to reach our fans on a fast-growing digital platform and provide them the NFL audio content they crave,” said Hans Schroeder, Senior Vice President, Media Strategy, Business Development & Sales for the NFL. “Whether you live overseas, across the country or just a few states away, our fans can get NFL audio, whether it’s games or additional programming, across their digital devices.”

In addition to the NFL, TuneIn Premium users will also have access to other top sports leagues, unlimited access to over 40,000 audiobooks, and access to 600+ commercial-free music stations. TuneIn Premium is available in the US ($7.99 USD/month), Canada ($8.99 CAD/month) and the UK (£5.99/month), with future plans to roll out to additional countries. TuneIn users will be able to access TuneIn Premium within the existing TuneIn Radio app, which will remain free and continues to offer over 100,000 streaming radio stations and 5.7 million on-demand programs and podcasts.

Billboard: Milestone Achieved By Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson scored her seventh No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, Billboard said.

Reuters reports Jackson is only the third musician to achieve a chart-topping record in each of the past four decades, Billboard said.

"Unbreakable," Jackson's eleventh studio album and the first after the 2009 death of her pop star brother Michael Jackson, sold 109,000 albums, 44,000 songs and was streamed nearly 4 million times in the week ending Oct. 8, totaling 116,000 units according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

The only other artists to score a chart-topping record in each of the past four decades are Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen.

Streisand and Madonna are the only other female artists to have more No. 1 albums than Jackson, the former with 10 under her belt and the latter with eight, Billboard said.

The Billboard 200 chart tallies album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

'Playboy' To Drop Nudes

Now readers of Playboy, the glossy men's magazine known for its nude fold-outs, can honestly say they are buying the magazine for its articles.

Playboy will no longer publish nude photographs of women, the New York Times reported on Monday in an article quoting Scott Flanders, the company's chief executive.

Founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner, 89, who in his trademark silk pajamas has embodied the Playboy lifestyle, agreed last month with a suggestion by top editor Cory Jones to stop publishing images of naked women, the Times said.

At a time when every teenage boy has an Internet connected phone and the web is rife with pornography, the magazine has opted to continue featuring women in provocative poses, just not completely nude, the Times said.

"You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free," Flanders was quoted as saying in the Times. "And so it's just passe at this juncture."

Reuters reports the magazine that featured Marilyn Monroe on its debut cover in 1953 is making the changes after circulation dropped from 5.6 million in 1975 to about 800,000 now, the Times said.

After its initial success, the magazine was attacked from the political right because of the nudity and from the left by feminists who said it reduced women to sex objects.

Some changes are still under debate, including whether there will continue to be a centerfold. Playboy magazine's sex columnist will be a woman, who writes enthusiastically about sex, Jones told the Times.

The magazine has always had intellectual appeal with top writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates, Vladimir Nabokov, James Baldwin and Alex Haley for men who liked to say they did not buy the magazine just for the pictures.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Mr. Jones said of the decision to eliminate nude pictures, “12-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But it’s the right thing to do.”

Report: ESPN Ends Ban On Fantasy Content

ESPN’s ban on segments sponsored by beleaguered daily fantasy sports sites is over, according to TV Newser.

Last Tuesday, as the two major betting platforms DraftKings and FanDuel beat back bad press over an insider-trading type scandal, ESPN’s Bob Ley announced the network was removing sponsored segments. Both sites have massive advertising campaigns, and in-network sponsorships, but it seemed ESPN was willing to forgo ad dollars while the controversy played out.

They did, for about three days.

The sponsorships resumed Friday with a full complement by Sunday. ESPN’s NFL Countdown featured the “FanDuel Inactives” and “Draft Kings’ The Perfect Lineup,” which literally shows ESPN analysts Adam Schefter and Matthews Berry building teams on the DraftKings app.

October 13 Radio History

Cousin Brucie
In 1935...Bruce Morrow (born Bruce Meyerowitz) known to many listeners as Cousin Brucie was born.

Morrow's first stint in radio was in Bermuda at ZBM-AM, where he was known as "The Hammer."

Morrow began his stateside career at New York Top 40 station WINS in 1959. In 1960, he moved to Miami for a brief stint before returning to the New York airwaves the following year on powerhouse 77WABC. Morrow's returned to New York City came at the precise moment that rock and roll music was exploding across the Baby Boom demographic and Morrow found himself on the most powerful radio station on the East Coast at the onset of the British Invasion.

"Cousin Brucie" quickly became a success on WABC's teen-oriented evening shift in the 6:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. slot. Morrow became a commercial radio powerhouse and household name through his ability to maintain a rapport with his listeners while smoothly mixing the diverse musical genres of the time (Motown soul, pop, hard rock, surf music, novelty records), and then seamlessly segueing into commercials for youth-oriented sponsors like Thom McAn shoes, local clothing outlets in the New York and New Jersey areas, and events such as concerts and drag-strip races.

He served at WABC for 13 years and 4,014 broadcasts until August 1974, when he jumped to rival station WNBC 660 AM; after three years there, he left the airwaves to team with entrepreneur Robert F.X. Sillerman to become the owner of the Sillerman Morrow group of stations, which included WALL; WKGL, now WRRV, in Middletown, New York; WJJB, later WCZX, in Poughkeepsie, New York; WHMP in Northampton, Massachusetts; WOCB in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts; WRAN (now dark) New Jersey 1510 in Randolph, New Jersey; and television station WATL Atlanta. The group later purchased WPLR in New Haven, Connecticut.

In 1982, Morrow returned to the DJ role with New York's WCBS 101.1 FM. Initially, he filled in for Jack Spector every third Saturday evening for the Saturday Night Sock Hop program. Following Spector's resignation in 1985, Morrow took over the show and renamed it the Saturday Night Dance Party. The station also added his nationally syndicated show Cruisin' America. In 1986, he took on the Wednesday evening slot, where he hosted The Top 15 Yesterday and Today Countdown. In 1991, the Wednesday show became The Yearbook, focusing on music from a year between 1955 and 1979. Cousin Brucie was also the "breakfast presenter" on Atlantic 252 from 1992 to 1996.

When Cruisin' America ended its run in December 1992, Morrow continued hosting a WCBS show called Cruising with the Cuz Monday evenings until the end of 1993. After that show ended, he hosted the Saturday night and Wednesday night shows there until the station's change to the adult hits format called Jack FM on June 3, 2005. Shortly thereafter, he signed a multi-year deal to host oldies programming and a weekly talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

In 1963...the term Beatlemania was coined, as The Beatles made their first major TV appearance from the London Palladium. The BBC had an audience of 15 million tuned in. Thousands of delirious fans jammed the streets outside the theatre to voice their support of the Fab Four. A few months later, Beatlemania would sweep the U.S. as well.

In 1965…The Who recorded "My Generation." In a later interview, Roger Daltrey said he stuttered the lyrics in an effort to fit them to the music. The BBC initially refused to allow radio airplay of the song because it did not want to offend people who stutter, but eventually reversed the decision. "My Generation" was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 1967...CBS radio canceled "House Party". Art Linkletter discusses his years in radio.

Sponsored by General Electric, the 25-minute House Party premiered on CBS Radio on January 15, 1945, and ran weekdays at 4 p.m., three days a week, through January 10, 1947. Following a break, it then ran weekdays at 3:30 p.m. from December 1, 1947 to December 31, 1948. It continued to be sponsored by General Electric even as it switched to ABC Radio, where it ran for 30 minutes in the same timeslot from January 3 to July 1, 1949. ABC then aired it as a 25-minute sustained-advertising program weekdays at noon from September 19 to December 30, 1949.

The show returned to CBS Radio only days later, making its longest continued run from January 2, 1950 to October 13, 1967 as a 30-minute show running weekdays at various times. Sponsors included Pillsbury from 1950 to 1952, and Lever Brothers from 1952 to 1956. During its first season, the soundtrack from the TV show was run immediately on radio following the telecast.

In 1971...Don McLean's 'American Pie' was released to radio.

In 1974...Ed Sullivan, television host of the popular show which bore his name, died from esophagal cancer at the age of 73 in New York City.  The show ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971 on CBS every Sunday night.

He introduced numerous acts to audiences and the show featuring the Beatles on February 9, 1964 is one of the milestones in popular culture, viewed by 73 million people.

In 1978...President Jimmy Carter answered caller questions on National Public Radio.

In 1979...The Hot 100..Michael Jackson had his first #1 in seven years and the second of his career with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".  Herb Alpert was a solid #2 with "Rise" while Robert John fell with "Sad Eyes" after just one week at the top.  The Commodores had a winner with "Sail On" and the former #1 smash "My Sharona" from the Knack was at #5.

The Rest of the Top 10:  Dionne Warwick's 42nd career hit was her first Top 10 in five years--"I'll Never Love This Way Again", M and "Pop Muzik" was #7, Donna Summer was up with "Dim All the Lights", Little River Band had song #9--"Lonesome Loser" and Earth, Wind & Fire closed out the list with "After the Love Has Gone".

In 1990...Because of the popularity of the movie Ghost which features the song, the Righteous Brothers went all the way to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Unchained Melody", 25 years after it first was a hit.

In 1990...radio newsman & first CBS TV anchor Douglas Edwards died of cancer at the age of 73.

In 1992...former CBS Morning News anchor Hughes Rudd, died of an aneurysm at age 71.

In 2010…Popular New York deejay from the pre-rock era, Jerry Marshall, who spent upwards of 30 years at WNEW, WMGM, WINS, WCBS and WNBC, died at age 91.   In 1948 he was the first radio host to play Nat King Cole’s soon-to-be #1 hit  ”Nature Boy.

In 2012…Radio talk show host (WOL, WRC) Bernie McCain, a Washington, DC broadcaster for all or part of six decades (1966-2011), died of renal failure at 75.

In 2013…Veteran radio host (WBBM and WCFL in Chicago, WMCA-New York, WISN-Milwaukee) Bob Sanders, half of the husband-and-wife broadcast duo Bob & Betty Sanders, died at the age of 89.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Detroit Radio: WXYT-FM Lands Extended Wings, Tigers Deal

CBS RADIO’s WXYT 97.1 FM The Ticket in association with Olympia Entertainment, announced today a long-term sports and entertainment alliance with the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.

The comprehensive multi-year agreement is an extension of a partnership that first began in 2001, and includes play-by-play rights to both teams, as well as marketing and promotional activities across the company’s portfolio of local stations in Detroit.  CBS RADIO owns and operates Talk WWJ 950 AM, Sports WXYT 1270 AM, top40 WDZH 98.7 FM, Classic Hits WOMC 104.3 FM, and Country WYCD 99.5 FM, offering the most 24/7 live and local sports, news and music programming in the market.

Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Detroit said, “97.1 The Ticket and all of CBS RADIO are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment.  We truly believe the Tigers and Red Wings are the best partners in sports.  It’s an exciting time for Detroit, largely because of the Ilitch family and the work their organizations are doing to bring new life to downtown.”

Highlights of the agreement include:
  • Play-by-play announcer, Dan Dickerson, will continue to host the Detroit Tigers pre- and post-game shows, as well as “Hot Stove,” an off season show airing weekly to keep listeners up to date on the Detroit Tigers.
  • Detroit Red Wings announcer Ken Kal will host “Inside Hockeytown” weekly throughout the hockey season.
  • WWJ-AM will add three new one hour shows including “Inside The Arena,” to keep fans up-to-date on the development of the new Detroit Red Wings hockey stadium; “Inside The Ballpark,” which will include the latest news and information about the Detroit Tigers upcoming season, and “Inside District Detroit” focusing on all things related to the expansion of “The District.”
WXYT 97.1 FM (15 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Additionally, the new partnership includes CBS RADIO’s Detroit stations assisting Olympia Entertainment in the production and marketing of select concert and entertainment events.  WYCD-FM’s “Downtown Hoedown” is currently produced in partnership with Olympia Entertainment and the “Opening Day Block Party” at Grand Circus Park in Detroit, is produced by WXYT-FM with the assistance of the Detroit Tigers.  Both the Downtown Hoedown and the Opening Day Block Party have successfully drawn more than 100,000 people to the city of Detroit annually.

Mobile Radio: Sid Kelly New PD At WABD-FM

Sid Kelly
Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Sid Kelly as Program Director for Top40 WABD 97.5 FM in Mobile, AL.

Kelly hosted morning shows at stations including WBHT, Wilkes-Barre, PA; WRVQ, Richmond, VA; WVKS, Toledo, OH; and most recently, at WAJI in Fort Wayne, IN. He has also served as night jock at WXLK in Roanoke, VA and at KSLZ in St. Louis, MO.

Jan Jeffries, Senior Vice President, Corporate Programming for Cumulus said: "After an extended search, we are thrilled to announce that Sid Kelly joins us as PD of WABD. Sid has all the skills coupled with the intensity that this legendary station merits. Sid will also handle PM Drive.

A special thank you to Hayden Green, Operations Manager at Cumulus Ft. Walton, who has been Acting PD during the search. We look forward to Sid joining us on Monday, October 19.”

Angel Taylor, Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus Mobile said: “I am excited to welcome Sid to Cumulus Mobile. I am confident he will be an asset to our amazing WABD team. His leadership and skill set is welcomed as we continue to drive the success of WABD.”

Hayden Green, Operations Manager for Cumulus Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL said: "It has been a privilege working with Jan Jeffries, Angel Brown, and the WABD team. I'm excited about handing over the reins to such a capable young programmer as Sid Kelly. Mobile is a homecoming for Sid. He knows the market, he's buttoned-up and he's ready to lead this legendary brand. Sid Kelly will be a incredible asset to the Cumulus Gulf Coast region."

WABD 97.5 (100 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Kelly said: “I couldn't be happier returning to Gulf Coast after nine years away.
I'm really excited to bring my 19-plus years of experience back to WABD in Mobile. My established relationships in the market will allow me to hit the ground running. I look forward to working alongside our morning show, "John and Johnna" to help them grow their brand and continue their success, and I am thrilled to work alongside Jan Jeffries and Mike McVay. When you add that, the weather, the seafood and the unbelievably amazing people in the Gulf Coast...this is my dream job. I can’t wait to get started!”

Columbia SC Radio: Alpha Stations Raise $700K For Flood Relief

Alpha Media/Columbia partnered with WIS-TV10 and the American Red Cross on a two day
Radiothon/Telethon to raise funds that were in such critical need after floods of historic proportion decimated most of central South Carolina.

Alpha Stations in Columbia include:  Top40 WARQ 93.5 FM, Urban WWDM 101.3 FM, Rock WMFX 102.3 FM, HipHop WHXT 103.9 FM and Sports/ESPN WOIC 1230 AM.

Alpha Media Columbia Market Manager, Mike Hartel commented on the announcement, “You have to personally walk the streets of Columbia to fully understand the devastation that these floods caused to our community. Once you see it firsthand, you know it will take a monumental effort to rebuild andthat’s why it was so important to us to partner with the American Red Cross and WIS-TV. The team at WIS-TV represents the same live and local mission that we do at Alpha Media, so I knew the partnership would do great things together. By uniting these three great organizations, I think it had a unifying effect on our community.”

Vice President and General Manager of WIS-TV Lyle Schulze added, “Our hearts were warmed by the generosity and professionalism of Alpha Media in Columbia in the immediate aftermath of the epic flooding last weekend. We appreciate their team of professionals and the work they did to help us provide funding for the American Red Cross. Together we raised well over $700,000, all of which will remain right here in the local community.”

Report: Sports WJZ-FM Finding Male-Dominated Target

Jeremy Conn, Scott Garceau at WJZ-FM (Baltimore Sun photo)
Almost entirely devoid of female voices, sports radio call-in shows are scoring — locally and nationally — in the coveted Nielsen ratings demographic of men between the ages of 25 and 54.

"That's the sweet spot," said Rick Scott, an Arizona-based sports radio consultant. "The successful stations are usually in the top five in that demographic."

Aided by being the Orioles' flagship station, CBS Radio WJZ 105.7 FM The Fan often found itself in the top five among men 25 to 54 this past summer — and was sometimes No. 1.

While sports talk shows can be unabashedly lowbrow and occasionally repetitive, analysts say their audiences tend to linger, sometimes as an extension of their allegiance to local teams, acocridng to a lengthy article by Jeff Barker in The Baltimore Sun.

In overall Nielsen ratings, CBS-owned WLIF-FM (adult contemporary), WERQ-FM (urban contemporary) and WPOC-FM (country) rank at the top for Baltimore listeners 6 and older, according to data released Sept. 30.

But in sports, 105.7 is "the Big Kahuna in Baltimore," said Dave Hughes, founder of DCRTV.com, a website devoted to Washington and Baltimore media. "It's a very Baltimore-sounding station and they get great ratings."

The station ranks near the top of the Baltimore market in advertising revenue, Robert Philips, senior vice president and director of sales for CBS Radio nationally and its market manager for Baltimore, said in an email. The ranking could not be independently confirmed because the figures are private.

"I would say they are one of the top billers in the market, considering their ratings and their dominance in the male market," Hughes said.

Sports radio has grown in recent years as sports have become increasingly immersed in society. It is a medium with a wellspring of ready-made topics.

WJZ 105.7 FM (50 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
"Talk radio allows for quick drama," Daniel T. Durbin, director of the University of Southern California's Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society, said in an email.

The best sports shows often "talk about a lot other than sports. They will talk popular culture," DCRTV's Hughes said.

Haynie will reference movies, TV shows or songs to engage the audience or illustrate points. On Washington's ESPN 980, host Tony Kornheiser invites media experts to talk politics for long stretches or review films.

"When you go beyond just sports and into culture — talk about movies, a great restaurant you were at, a concert — you are further cementing a connection you have with people," Keller said. "It's just fun talk."

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MD Radio: Rouse & Co. Morning Show Returns

Steve Rouse, the once-popular Baltimore radio personality and Harford resident, is launching the new Rouse & Company morning show today on WHGM 1330 AM / W284BE 104.7 FM in Havre  de Grace, Harford County.

Unofficially, Rouse and his former co-hosts, Annie "Annie B" Beccio and Maynard Edwards, did a dry run of the show during a recent late-night time slot.

The original morning show was pulled off the air in 2005, after 17 years on Baltimore's then-WQSR 105.7 FM, where the show aired from 1988-2005.

The sudden cancellation sent Rouse out of the radio business and back to his Rousedale Farm, in Fallston, although he sometimes filled in at WBAL 98 Rock and WLIF 101.9 Lite FM.

W284BE 104.7 FM (250 watts)
But, reports The Baltimore Sun, earlier this year, Rouse said he was encouraged by the non-corporate culture of 104.7 FM, also broadcasting as 1330 WHGM AM, which recently began playing "upbeat music from the 1960s to today" and is working to expand its FM signal.

General manager Jeff Davis called Rouse & Company's informal debut Wednesday night "fun" because the group was outdoors and passersby seemed excited by the broadcast.

"The amount of people, the amount of advertisers that have been knocking on our door has been phenomenal," Davis said about the new show, adding he is very pleased with the comeback of Harford's oldest radio station.

DC Radio: WMAL Unveils New AM Tower Site Plans

Current WMAL AM Transmitter Site
Cumulus Media/Washington has announced plans for a new AM Transmitter tower site.

Cumulus in August choose a developer who plans to convert 75 acres of prime Bethesda real estate into sites for 330 homes on the property that’s now home to four large radio towers used by Cumulus' Talk station WMAL 630 AM.

John Harris, vice president with Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers, said the company plans a mix of town homes and single-family detached homes. The site’s zoning allows up to 50 percent of the new homes to be town homes, though Harris said the developer hasn’t decided on the final mix and many other important details.

Meanwhile, Cumulus has now applied for a CP to move the tramsitter site also used by WSPZ 570 AM, owned by Red Zebra Broadcasting.

Approximate New Site For WMAL 630 AM Transmitter Site
The new site would allow WMAL to retain its current 10 Kw-Day power output; however, evening output would be cut almost in half, from 5 Kw to 2.7 Kw.  The nightime pattern would be pointed ti the southest to retain its city-grade coverage of the District.

NASH Nights Live Passes the 100 Station Mark

NASH Nights Live, nationally syndicated by Westwood One, has hit a major milestone by surpassing the 100 station mark with a total of 108 stations.

The show, which airs in 5 of the top 10 markets, features a station lineup including WNSH-FM/New York; KSJO-FM/San Francisco; KSCS-FM/Dallas; KJJJ-FM/Las Vegas; WBTU-FM/Ft. Wayne; KTOP-FM/Topeka; WNNF-FM/Cincinnati; and many more. In fact, several stations carrying NASH Nights Live have shown tremendous upward growth in share among core demos 18-34 and 25-54, like WIVK-FM/Knoxville, TN; WSJR-FM/Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, PA; WTNR-FM/Grand Rapids, MI; and KIIM-FM/Tucson, AZ.   (Nielsen Audio, Summer 2015)

NASH Nights Live, a Country music and lifestyle show featuring award-winning host Shawn Parr and co-host Elaina Doré Smith, is the biggest party on Country radio and the only live, nationally-syndicated nighttime show emanating from Nashville. The show features 12 to 13 songs per hour, A-list artist interviews, and caller and fan interaction, in addition to exclusive live events which takes the show on the road across America. The show originates from the NASH Campus in Nashville, TN, with frequent broadcasts from NASH studios throughout the country.

Elaina, Shawn Parr
Host Shawn Parr is no stranger to Country radio. Before joining NASH, he was the voice of KKGO after spending years at the Los Angeles powerhouse KZLA. He has also been the voice of Dick Clark Productions for the past two decades, including announcing the Academy of Country Music Awards. Elaina joined Shawn on NASH Nights Live after co-hosting the Timmy & Elaina Show with Timmy Vee on Florida’s 107.1 WA1A.

Parr said, “I really want to thank our Westwood One Affiliate Sales team for working so hard to get us on over 100 stations. My co-host Elaina and I are so thankful and we are having a blast! It is so exciting being here in Nashville bringing Country's biggest stars to our listeners.”

“NASH Nights Live has surpassed all expectations and has reaped genuine market growth,” added Donny Walker, Senior Director, Affiliate Sales. “The show sets the standard for live nightly shows. Shawn and Elaina deliver the goods and listeners and advertisers are taking notice.”

For more information on NASH Nights Live, contact Walker at (615) 727-6987.

SLC Radio: Two iHM Stations Change Frequency

For years, weekday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Salt Lake City radio listeners could hear KNRS program director and talk show host Rod Arquette's political views. But as of last Thursday at 5 p.m. they couldn't do so by tuning into the long established 105.7. The station has moved to 105.9.

"It's very challenging," Arquette says.

So why make the move? iHeartMedia SVP/Programming Jeff Cochran says the answer is simple.

"The FCC said we had to move."

The move will make room on the dial for an additional radio station (KDWY 105.5 FM in Oakley, UT),  not owned by iHeartMedia. Cochran says that given their druthers they would not have moved KNRS nor would they have moved iHM's Rock KAAZ from 106.5 to 106.7. That move was also ordered by the FCC.

And it's not just the two iHM stations that will need to tweak signals. Nearly two dozen stations spanning four states have shifted or will have to shift to make room for the new station, according to KUTV2.

KNRS 105.9 (25 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area 
The challenge of switching frequencies goes beyond getting listeners to switch. Cochran says he didn't realize how many places are branded with a station's logo and frequency until that branding becomes obsolete.

"It's on things like letterhead and other trinkets and things like [stress balls] and vans and banners. It's on everything," he said.

Arquette says he believes the move will not hurt ratings because of the massive efforts they have undergone to get the word out. And in fact, KNRS being a conservative talk station, and the order to move coming from the feds, Arquette says it all combined nicely to give him a little fodder for his show.

KNRS frequency switch promo...

"We are having a little fun and of course we blame everything on Obama so we blame this on Obama, too," Arquette joked. "We have such a great loyal audience we just had some fun with it and that's what you have to do."

KAAZ 106.7 FM (25 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Salt Lake City is one of the most saturated radio markets in the country. There are currently 51 radio stations and these moves will make room for a 52nd. Many larger cities have half as many stations.

Atlanta GA Radio: Trump Rallies With WSB's Herman Cain

Donald Trump Rally in Norcross, GA (WSB Photo)
Donald Trump met Saturday with Atlanta-based radio talk personality Herman Cain -- whom he called "Mr. 9-9-9".

Donald Trump (WSB Photo)
After Cain addressed the crowd in Norcross, Georgia, Trump praised the former presidential candidate's "9-9-9" tax proposal from the 2012 campaign.

"When he said 9-9-9, I said, 'What the hell is that?' But he had a good thing," Trump told those in attendance, referring to Cain as "Mr. 9-9-9."

The 9-9-9 plan would have replaced almost all current taxes and with a 9% income tax, a 9% corporate tax and a 9% national sales tax.

Cain told CNN that he's advising Trump to focus on issues during the campaign.

"The thing that I'd emphasize to him -- and I've done it before -- is to stick to substance," Cain said. "Substance, substance, substance. And he's got plenty of substance."

He added, "I think he's doing great. But you have a lot of people waiting for him to go into free fall."

Cain, who hosts a syndicated talk show originating on WSB 750 AM / 95.5 FM radio show, said he's not making any endorsement at this time.

"I have six candidates that I'm pulling for. Politics is too fickle to pick any one person for a radio host," he said. "He's one of the six that I'm pulling for."

Steven Tyler To The Donald: Stop Dreamin'

Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler is threatening to sue Trump if he keeps using Aerosmith's song "Dream On" during campaign rallies.

According to Tyler's angry cease and desist letter ... this is actually the 2nd time Trump has been warned about using Aerosmith's classic ballad. Tyler's attorneys say they sent an initial letter back in August, but noticed Trump has pressed on using the song, according to TMZ.

Most recently, Trump's campaign played "Dream On" during a stop in Georgia on Saturday. Tyler says the repeated use of the song insinuates the Aerosmith frontman endorses Trump for president. He's giving Trump 24 hours to drop the song from is playlist ... or present some evidence he has license to use it.

Tyler's defense of his song seems like it's purely a business move -- since he's been tight with Trump.

Tyler and Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer attended the Republican debate in Cleveland as Trump's guests, Donald has been to their concerts, and Tyler is a registered Republican.

Tyler's attorney Dina LaPolt confirms it's not about politics. She tells TMZ, Tyler's "position has always been consistent regarding copyright and intellectual property. Simply, one must get permission from the music creators. Steven wrote 100% of 'Dream On,' and this is about the un-authorized use of his property."

Donald Trump Punches Media Back

Republican Presidential Candidate Dond Trump Sunday told Media Buzz on the Fox New Channel that the doens't "want to cover me accurately. I see such dishonesty," that some of the pundits are "brutal."

Talking with host Howard Kurtz, Trump weighed in on Politico, the New York Times and Washington Post, his Republican rivals, government spending and Iraq.

Reporter: NBC Gave Hillary "Big Fat Sloppy Wet Kiss"

Former NBC News correspondent Fred Francis ripped his former employer Sunday during Media Buzz on the Fox News Channel.

Francis told host Howard Kurtz Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton got a "big wet sloppy kiss" when she appeared on the Today Show last week.

Francis also brought up another favorable appearance Clinton made on an NBC show. “With that and Saturday Night Live, she actually had a pretty good week considering, you know, there’s still incoming with the e-mail server situation,” he said.

“There were a lot of softball questions from the audience,” agreed host Howard Kurtz. “Nobody else has gotten a town hall from NBC, although now the Today show says it will do Donald Trump next.”