Friday, August 22, 2014

Philly Radio: Iconic Personality Don Cannon Has Died

Don Cannon
A Philadelphia radio legend, Don Cannon, has passed away.

He was 74.

He died at 3am Friday, August 22nd. He had been in Lankenau Hospital for almost a month. According to friends at WOGL, Cannon died from an abscess in his tooth that spread to his brain.

Cannon, who was born Dominic Canzano in Yonkers, N.Y., had been doing morning radio in Philadelphia since 1969, and was the morning man on WOGL 98.1 FM from 1990 until his retirement in 2004.   He began his career with Top40 WIBG and has also been heard on WIP, WFIL, WIFI, and WSNI.

In the eighties, Cannon was program director of WSNI and WPGR.

In the original Rocky movie, when the morning alarm clock goes off for Rocky's run, it was Cannon's voice on the radio.

In a statement, WOGL said:
Don Cannon's voice was a top rated morning radio fixture in Philadelphia spanning five decades starting in 1969 with WIBG through his retirement in 2004 from 98.1 WOGL-FM. "Cannon in The Morning" entertained millions of people each day for thirty five years as the handsome and entertaining radio star on WIP, WFIL, WIFI, and WSNI and Oldies 98.1 WOGL.  
Don also spent time on the management side of the industry as Program Director of WSNI and WPGR. From 1990 until his retirement in 2004 WOGL FM 98.1 was home to the legendary "Cannon in the Morning" show. 
Cannon's signature voice with a smile was part of a pivotal scene from the original "Rocky" motion picture. As Sylvester Stallone readied for his run throughout the city it was Don Cannon's energetic voice on then WIBG that was Rocky's soundtrack to Rocky drinking his signature raw egg drink.  
Don often joked that people missed his cameo because they were so grossed out by the drinking of the eggs that they were yelling during the scene and missed some of his announcing! 
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell called Cannon "an incredible citizen" who volunteered to emcee events benefiting the city when Rendell was mayor.

"He was a dynamic personality. His voice was incredible, and he would light up a room," Rendell said.

"Don was a legend among legends," Gerry Wilkinson of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia wrote on the group's website. "When you thought of morning drive, you had to think of Don Cannon. He was one of the good people in this industry. I can't remember a time when someone asked Don to do something and he couldn't or didn't do it."

Cannon received a lifetime achievement award from the March of Dimes.

The WOGL Breakfast Club will remember Don Cannon on Monday, August 25.  Click Here to Listen.

New Report Cites Digital Ad Opps

Most local TV, radio and newspaper outlets are leaving money on the table by not focusing on digital media when selling advertising to local businesses. That’s one of the finding in a new joint research study conducted by MFM – the Media Financial Management Association and Borrell Associates.

The just-released study, “Benchmarking Local Media’s Digital Revenues” was designed to provide members of MFM an analysis of current digital ad sales efforts that is coupled with Borrell’s latest advertising estimates for local markets. Copies of the report have been distributed to the association’s members. New MFM members will be receiving a copy of the report as part of their membership packet.

The MFM-Borrell report focused on the 36% of all advertising that is placed in local markets across the U.S. In 2013, according to Borrell’s research, the amount spent by local businesses in their markets amounted to $97.3 billion of a total $268.7 billion. Of that amount, $24.7 billion went to digital media, representing one-fourth of all local advertising expenditures. Borrell says the market is on track to increase local digital ad spending by 42%, to $35.2 billion this year. The research firm is projecting additional growth rates of 44% in 2015 and 37% in 2016, which would mean nearly half of all local ad dollars will be spent on digital platforms within the next two years.

Numbering among the challenges for so-called “legacy” media, such as local newspapers and radio and television stations, is Borrell’s finding that in excess of 50% of current local digital media spending is going to “pure-play” Internet media enterprises. The Borrell-MFM benchmarking report validated this analysis, finding that digital media sales as a percentage of total ad revenue currently stands at 12% for print media and 6% for local broadcasters.

Significantly, the benchmarking survey indicates that slightly more than one-fourth (27.5%) of a local newspaper’s or broadcaster’s existing customers are also buying digital products as part of their ad spend with the media outlet. This finding highlights the huge opportunity for selling digital media services to the three-in-four existing customers that aren’t currently buying digital media.

To help MFM members and others in the industry get the most out of the report findings, Gordon Borrell has agreed to discuss them in a webinar. This special MFM Distance Learning Seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16 at 2:00 Eastern.  For more information: Click Here.

Study: MSNBC Devoted More Time To Ferguson Story

The shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, quickly became a national news story on mainstream and social media last week. A new Pew Research Center analysis of media coverage of the event and subsequent protests finds that the story emerged on Twitter before cable, but the trajectory of attention quickly rose in tandem, peaking on both mediums the day after two journalists were arrested and protests turned more violent.

Pew's analysis also finds differences in how much of their prime-time news coverage the three major cable news outlets devoted to the racially charged story centered around the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. MSNBC devoted far more time to the story than its top competitors Fox News and CNN. Fox News gave a total of about half the airtime that MSNBC did to events in Ferguson over the course of the first six days of the story, with CNN’s coverage in the middle.  According to Pew,  previous analysis of the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, another news story with strong racial undertones involving the shooting death of a black teen in Florida, found similar treatment by the three cable channels.

Twitter conversation about Ferguson started soon after Brown’s death, unlike the Trayvon Martin story, in which Twitter conversation erupted several weeks later. There was also a higher volume of Ferguson tweets than tweets about Martin. On its peak day so far, Thursday, August 14, there were more than 3.6 million tweets about the events in Ferguson, compared with a daily high of 692,000 tweets about Martin two years ago.

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CBS Radio Adds To Sports Leadersip Team

Mike Thomas
CBS RADIO announced Thursday it was expanding its senior leadership team in charge of programming with the promotion of Mike Thomas to Vice President, Sports Programming.  The announcement was made by Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO.

Thomas will continue to serve as CBS RADIO’s head of programming in Boston while also guiding the on-air presentation and strategic planning for WBZ-FM 98.5 FM The Sports Hub and Classic Rock WZLX 1007. FM.

The appointment is effective immediately.

In this new role, Thomas joins Mark Chernoff in overseeing CBS RADIO’s nearly 30 sports formatted stations, as well as CBS Sports Radio, with more than 300 affiliates nationwide.

“Mike’s creativity and expertise in the format is evident by The Sports Hub’s quick ascent in one of the most competitive and passionate sports towns in America,” said Oliviero. “These skills will serve CBS RADIO well as Mike joins Mark in guiding our continually growing, industry leading portfolio of both local and national sports brands which combined produces nearly 300 hours a day of original content.”

Thomas has served as Program Director for CBS RADIO Boston’s WZLX-FM since 2006 and 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) since 2009.  He has nearly 20 years of top management experience as a radio program director.  Prior to joining CBS RADIO, Thomas was Program Director as well as midday on-air personality at KGB in San Diego, Calif.  He also programmed WFBQ in Indianapolis, Ind., WTUE and WXEG in Dayton, Ohio and WYMG in Springfield, Ill.

98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) was named Sports Station of the Year at the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards, and consistently captures the largest share of listening among Men 18-49 and 25-54 in Boston.

CBS Sports Radio To Launch Gottlieb TV Simulcast

CBS Sports Network debuts its television simulcast of The Doug Gottlieb Show, CBS Sports Radio’s popular afternoon show, on Monday, Aug. 25 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET) with a new set located at the CBS Sports Radio studios in New York City.

The three-hour program is hosted by Doug Gottlieb features national sports talk, news headlines, and interviews with current and former sports icons, as well as newsmakers from the sports world and listener phone calls. The show challenges and engages sports audiences nationwide.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to

Phlash Phelps Observes 14-Years On SiriusXM

60s on 6 Personality Phlash Phelps
Art Vuolo
Phlash Phelps, the SiriusXM “60s on 6” morning host, was entertaining well-wishers on the air Thursday morning to celebrate his 14th year on the satellite broadcaster when who should call in but “Radio’s Best Friend,” Art Vuolo.

“Art is the one who got me my job here!” Phelps exclaimed.

Well, sort of — Vuolo has videos of innumerable radio stars at, and he often touts new talent to programmers, according to The Detroit News.

Ph­elps recounted how in 2000 Vuolo sent a 10-year-old videotape of the jock to Dave Logan and Lee Abrams when they were launching what was then XM Radio. “They hired me in 2000, on the basis of a 10-year-old video,” Phelps laughed. “I didn’t even know what satellite radio was.” He quickly found out and gave kudos to Vuolo for the hire. How about a commission?

D/FW Radio: WBAP Morning Team Takes The Challenge

Hal Jay's son challenged the WBAP 820 AM Morning News team to take the ALS Challenge...and they accepted!  Outside the WBAP Studios at Victory Park, Steve Lamb (with flag), Brian Estridge, Hal Jay, Marlee McCormick and Brad Barton braved the ice water dump Thursday morning!

WBAP Morning News Team - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Cumulus Radio Dallas on Vimeo.

Radio Show To Honor NRSC

A breakfast reception to recognize the 35th anniversary of the formation of the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) will take place on Thursday, September 11 at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis, IN. The Radio Show is produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

The NRSC was formed by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) - through its precursor organization the Electronic Industries Association (EIA) – and held its first meeting in New York City in October, 1979.

Since then, the NRSC has become a focal point for the U.S. radio industry’s development of technical standards and the advancement of broadcast radio technology. NRSC Standards have been incorporated into the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and have guided the manufacture of radio receivers and broadcast transmission equipment. More recently, NRSC Guidelines documents have helped the broadcast industry manage the transition to digital radio and support new data broadcasting features.

The breakfast reception recognizing this important milestone will begin at 8 a.m. in room 110 of the Indianapolis Convention Center, and is open to all Radio Show attendees. A brief ceremony will be held during which the current NRSC chairman, Milford Smith, VP of Radio Engineering with Greater Media, and others will offer remarks on the history, and the future, of the NRSC.

Coach Calipari Calls Sports Host Mike Francesa To Complain

Sports WFAN 660 AM / 101.9 FM radio host Mike Francesa on Thursday criticized Kentucky coach John Calipari, calling him a "master recruiter" and "master motivator" but not a great x's-and-o's coach.

It's a common criticism for Calipari -- although his coaching is underrated.

But still, Calipari was not amused.

He called in to the radio show as "John from Kentucky" and let Francesa hear it.

R.I.P.: Montana Broadcaster Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder
Dan Snyder, a pioneer of broadcasting in Montana, passed away at Peace Hospice in Kalispell on Wednesday at the age of 87, according to

Snyder became well-known to television audiences across Montana as a long-time co-host with Norma Ashby of the Children's Miracle Network on MTN.

Snyder began his broadcast career in 1948 as an announcer for KGVO radio while he was still a student at the University of Montana.

In 1955 he founded KBGF, and in 1958 created KRTV, both in Great Falls.

In 2006, Snyder was inducted into the Montana Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.

A memorial service is tentatively planned for Sept. 7 in Kalispell.

According to the Montana Broadcasters Association, following the sale of KRTV, Snyder retired briefly before starting new careers in banking and commercial real estate development.

Broadcasting lured him back and in 1980 Snyder became the General Manager of KCAP AM-FM in Helena. He later served as GM for KGHL AM-FM in Billings before again "retiring" and going to work part-time for Anderson Broadcasting.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Phoenix Radio: Lightning Strikes Home Of KNIX's Matt McAllister

Tuesday's storm devastated the home of popular KNIX 102.5 FM  personality Matt McAllister. Lightning struck the north Scottsdale house around 12:30 p.m., creating a 10-foot hole in the roof and forcing the disc jockey and his family to find temporary lodging, according to

"Our day yesterday was crying and then laughing," said McAllister, half of the Ben and Matt morning duo. "First you're trying to get your head around what's just happened to your home and the fact that you can't live there anymore. Then you're laughing, like, is this really happening to us?"

McAllister and fiancee Vanessa Gibbs moved into the Pinnacle Peak-area home three months ago with her two children.

Gibbs was home alone when lightning struck the 4,000-square-foot home. The bedroom and electrical system were essentially destroyed. There are cracks throughout the house, and the surge of electricity blew metal nails from the drywall.

McAllister has yet to tally the damage. Some furniture and all the electronics were damaged: "Basically, anything that was plugged in is now toast," he says.

There were no injuries.

Norway Consults Lawyers Over Kasem Burial Request

Legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem might not be buried in Oslo, Norway, after all, according to NBC News.

After receiving a letter from Kasem's children asking for the Norwegian government to deny their stepmother's request to bury their father in Oslo, officials are consulting with legal advisers on their next course of action, a Norwegian government official told NBC News on Wednesday.

Jean Kasem, his wife of nearly 34 years, asked the Norway government on Aug. 7 to allow the burial in a letter in which she claimed she would be moving to Norway soon. She also said her husband "always said that Norway symbolizes peace and looks like heaven and I would like to respectfully fulfill his wishes."

But in light of letters the government received from Casey Kasem's children and friends, officials have decided to consult with attorneys and reconsider whether Casey Kasem's final resting place will be in Oslo, said the city's Managing Director of Funeral Service Wenche Elizabeth Madsen Eriksson. In the letters to the Norwegian government, Kasem's relatives and friends — including his daughter, Kerri Kasem, and former Lieutenant Governor of California Mike Curb — stated the late DJ "always wanted to be buried in California," where he lived for 53 years.

Casey Kasem's children from his first marriage say Jean Kasem kept them from visiting or speaking to their father for nearly a year before his death. They also say their father always wanted to be buried in Forest Lawn in Glendale.

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NYC Radio: Scott Shannon Morning Show Returns To #1

Joe Nolan, Mr. G, Scott Shannon, Patti Steele, Brad Blanks
After 26 years, Scott Shannon has returned to No. 1. According to David Hinckley at The NY Daily News, Scott Shannon morning show at WCBS 101.1 FM was tied for No. 1 with sister station WCBS 880 AM during the week of Aug. 2. (No demo was cited, but it must be 6+)

“The last time my show was No. 1 was in 1988 at Z100,” Shannon muses. “This is a strange business, isn’t it?”

Shannon’s been around all these years, of course, mostly cohosting a successful morning show on WPLJ with Todd Pettengill.

But Shannon left there early this year and surfaced on WCBS-FM, which had already been riding a resurgence.

The morning show hitting No. 1 for a week doesn’t lock down the spot. Still, it’s No. 1, and Shannon says the formula is no secret.

With Patti Steele, Joe Nolan and Mr. G, he says, “We play the music and have conversations. There’s no forced humor, no gags. It’s just people talking. It’s very relaxed.”

Shannon also says the station has done the right thing by moving its music forward into the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

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Study: Broadcast Radio Beats Pandora For Music Satisfaction

NuVoodoo Media Services has announced additional findings from its fourth and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study. The company interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets to update NuVoodoo’s insights on the relationship between broadcast radio and the leading digital music provider, Pandora. The findings indicate that 62% of Pandora users listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. Per the graph below, as Pandora experience increases, so does the percentage that listen to it at least 30 minutes. But the percentage spending at least that much time with broadcast radio did not decrease.

Leigh Jacobs, Vice President, Research for NuVoodoo said: “What we wanted to learn was whether Pandora’s algorithms do a better job creating an enjoyable playlist for consumers than the researched and carefully curated playlists that Broadcast programmers sweat over day in, day out. It’s Pandora’s technology against radio’s research and decades of experience.”

“Our data show that Broadcast beats Pandora for music satisfaction – big among those who align themselves with rock-leaning formats,” continues Jacobs. “While the customization possibilities are endless with Pandora and other digital pure plays, we know that few take advantage of all those possibilities. What it sets up is a massive number of swing voters – consumers whose time we could pull back from Pandora with the right promotional tactics or lower commercial loads.

Carolyn Gilbert, NuVoodoo President said: “Radio’s on a bigger stage than it’s been since the advent of TV, but it does a great job making great music programming easy for consumers. We’ve known for years that most people don’t want to program their own music or design their own cars, for that matter. They want to pick something that works for them and enjoy it.”

Leigh Jacobs, Vice President, Research for NuVoodoo Media Services said: “We know that many Pandora listeners are also heavy users of broadcast radio, but we’re interested in whether those using Pandora begin to pull away from broadcast radio over time. These latest results validate our hypothesis that longer experience with Pandora doesn’t equate to less listening to broadcast radio. While those who’ve spent more time with Pandora tend to increase their daily TSL from the service, they claim not to reduce their TSL with broadcast radio.”

Mike O’Connor, Executive Vice President, Marketing for NuVoodoo Media Services said: “This new information represents a huge opportunity for radio. Our marketing clients benefit directly from the intelligence we glean from our Ratings Prospect Studies and other proprietary indicators, as we develop well-crafted station promotions and marketing targeting those people who use Pandora, and those most likely to carry meters. This research validates so many parts of our unique product formula, and we’re eager to rack up more successes for our clients this fall based on these and other proprietary results.”

NuVoodoo will be releasing more of the study’s key findings over the coming weeks, including which social media platforms are getting user traction and which ones are seeing user declines.

Past NuVoodoo studies have been fielded late in the year for release after the holidays; however, the rapid rate of change in media consumer behaviors necessitated that an update was fielded going into fall ratings season. Complete findings of the latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study are available exclusively to all NuVoodoo clients for their use in developing their marketing and promotion plans for the coming year.

For more information about NuVoodoo Media Services, contact Carolyn Gilbert at 888.9VOODOO (888.986.6366) and at

Charleston Radio: WMXZ Brings Back '2 Girls and A Guy"

Brooke, Mike and Tanya
Charleston’s Apex Broadcasting has announced the return of the popular “2 Girls & A Guy” Morning Show featuring Tanya Brown, Brooke Ryan and Mike “The Guy” to Charleston airwaves beginning Monday, Sept. 15 on their Hot AC format WMXZ 95.9 FM Mix 96.

Apex Broadcasting’s Vice President & General Manager David Abel says, “The Charleston market has an affinity for local content and it is a part of the fabric that makes Charleston such a unique city. The “2 Girls and a Guy” morning show dominated mornings for 12 years. We are proud to be able to bring Tanya, Brooke, and Mike back to Charleston. They are very excited to come home to the Low Country and we look forward to adding their talents to our programming staff.”

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Tanya Brown returns to Charleston as “the mom” of 2 Girls & A Guy. She’s a single mother of four who likes to call herself “the voice of reason” on the show. As a four time winner of the Charleston Animal Society Celebrity Chili Cook Off, she loves to cook in addition to her passionate interest of local news, events, and hot topics. Tanya has been a morning radio mainstay for 12+ years before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2013.

Brooke Ryan was known as “Charleston’s Party Girl” from her years on 2 Girls & A Guy before accepting a transfer to Washington D.C. where she was co-host of the city’s popular “Jack Diamond Show”. Brooke is currently busy planning her wedding to the love of her life, Jimmy, and both are excited to start their new life together in the city she’s always loved and missed. Brooke also looks forward to continuing her work in helping raise awareness for the local and national chapters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and doing everything in her power to become BFF’s with Bill Murray.

Mike “The Guy” Edwards was the program director of 95SX for over 13 years and part of 2 Girls & A Guy since 2007 before leaving to do a morning show in Portland, Oregon with Tanya Brown. Mike will also program Mix 96’s music format and can’t wait to get started. Mike says, “Mix 96 is going to be a fun station with an upbeat music mix and a concentration on capturing Charleston’s unique local vibe and personality! Charleston’s hometown morning show is now on Charleston’s new hometown radio station”.

Benztown Named To Fastest-Growing Private Co. List

Benztown, the radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles company, announced today that Inc. magazine has named the company one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the second consecutive year. Benztown increased sales 796% since the start of 2010, placing it at number 596 on this year’s list of 5,000 companies. Benztown is ranked as 8th Fastest-Growing Private Company in America out of the 60 Inc. 5000 companies in the Media sector. Last year, the company debuted on the Inc. 5000 as number 983.

The Inc. 5000 is an exclusive annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, ranked according to percentage revenue growth rate over a three-year period. Companies must have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2010 and at least $2 million in 2013 to qualify for the listing. They must also be U.S. based, privately held, independent and for-profit. Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, Under Armour, Timberland, Jamba Juice, Zipcar, Clif Bar, Vizio, Oracle and many other well-known companies gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

 Andreas Sannemann
Andreas Sannemann, Benztown Chief Executive Officer said: “I am super excited we made the list two times in a row and improved our rank compared to last year. This is a pure team success and a milestone for the company. I am proud to work amongst and with the most talented people in the business.”

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President said: “Twofer, back to back, double the pleasure… no matter how you say it, the Benztown team gave 200% to make
this prestigious list for the second time in a row and I’m incredibly grateful to them and to our clients across broadcast radio and digital. They’re twice the man I’ll ever be and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for their hard work, dedication and belief in Benztown!”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 can be found at