An April Fools Day has come and gone, and no stations really reported in with too many hijinx… maybe that’s a good thing!
A former PD rises to an owner’s chair for six stations right smack in the middle of the entire United States of America.
The Stones call a timeout on the north American leg of their tour, and I’ll tell you why.
Plus the usual industry moves and Ryan Kramer has the Tuesday version of his Music Meeting for you.
This is the RadioDaily… for April 2, 2019.
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A quick rundown of today’s headlines looks like this …
Yesterday was April Fools day. Nothing significant happened. We had a GREAT podcast with huge breaking news… glad we all made it through the day! Elsewhere in Philadelphia, Beasley adult hits 95.7 BEN FM flipped formats for the day… Playing any “THEME” we want… meaning, all TV theme songs.
Moving over to Wichita Kansas, where an ownership torch has been passed. Allied Media Partners has come to terms to purchase six Wichita area stations from Rocking M Media. The new company is comprised of two Wichita natices – CEO Matt Baty and COO Tommy Castor. Baty’s experience is on the business side and Castor is the programmer and radio guy. He’s been a GM for Rocking M since last year and previously spent a decade programming iHeartMedia CHR Channel 96-3.
Hubbard Country B-105 in Cincinnati celebrated the station’s FIFTIETH birthday yesterday! On April 1, 1969 they signed on and started playing country music… now, thru several ownerships, fifty years later they’re still doing what they do. To celebrate, Jason Aldean announced a show this summer along with Kane Brown Dee Jay Silber and Carly Pearce will be the official 50th birthday bash for the station.
Fallen former sports radio host from The Fan in NY… Craig Carton is due to face sentencing for convictions on all counts in a securities fraud Ponzi scheme, in which the host raised millions of dollars from a hedge fund for a ticket resale scheme, but then used all the cash to repay his gambling debts. Friends are rallying to the cause offering support for Carton and asking the judge to go easy on him – including Boomer Esiason, former NJ Governor Chris Christie and actor Joe Poscopo, among others.
The Rolling Stones have announced they’re postponing the North American leg of the No Filter tour, which was to fire up in Miami April 20. The announcement goes on to explain that Mick Jagger requires some medical treatment, but doesn’t go into detail for what. A source close to the band says it’s nothing serious.
For anyone thinking about launching a new podcast, the metrics company called Podtrac has release a list of the top national formats, ranked by unique monthly audience. The top categories, not surprisingly, are Comedy, News & politics, society and culture and business. Comedy, for example, shows an 82% bump in audience Year over Year, but also had a 50% bump in the number of shows it tracked year over year. Find the results of the whole survey at Podtrac.com.
Next, we take a stroll across the radio and records landscape to see who’s moving where, who’s doing what, and who’s bragging about all of it. Industry Moves are next via our friends at The Mouth and Jockline … in the Radio Daily.
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This is Jockline … it’s powered by the Mouth. Broadcast media’s daily mix of Top News and Information. Up in August… it’s Morning Show Boot Camp 31, August 8 and 9, back in Chicago. And just announced at MSBC 31, it’s a podcast master class. You definitely want to attend .. for details and to register go to morningshowbootcamp.com.
Westwood One syndicated the Ty Bentli Show has officially crossed the pond with a deal in place to anchor the brand new Country Hits Radio, the first ever nationwide country music radio station in the UK, owned by Bauer Media UK. The show will debut on April 5th.
Lotus active rock 105.1 The Blaze in Fresno has parted ways with its PD, Jon Ballard, after six years there. He’s previously spent time at DC101, Big 100.3, also in DC, KISW in Seattle and KZZP in Phoenix.
Cumulus country Nash FM in Lafayette Louisiana has named Danita Maldonado its PM drive personality and manager of web and social media. She previously was on the air in Odessa and Corpus Christi Texas.
Alt 92-9 in Huntsville Alabama has added the Premiere Networks syndicated Woody Show to their lineup, and just this week also added market vet Clay Freak Daddy Coleman to the PM drive slot.
Warner/Chappell Music has announced new leadership at the label effective yesterday. Guy Moot is co-chair and CEO with Carianne Marshall, who is the other co-chair and COO. Moot comes from President of Worldwide Creative at Sony and replaces Jon Platt.
Monticello Media’s WCYK Charlottesville, Virginia has parted ways with PD Paul McDaniel. He had been PD and done afternoons since 2013.
Mancow Muller is getting an extra half hour on WLS-AM in Chicago each day. Robert Feder reports he’ll now be starting at 5:30 AM Central and will continue to 9a each weekday.
Bonneville Denver has announced that James Merilatt is their new digital sports director at sportradio 104-3 The Fan. He segues from the Director of Business Operations post at the Kroenke Sports owned Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team.
If you or someone you know is on the move, please let us know who, when and where online at theRadioDaily.com. Ryan Kramer’s up and ready, for the Tuesday version of a RadioDaily Music meeting… next.
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Meantime … This full podcast has been a presentation of the Radio Daily, copyright 2019. The main title VO for this episode was Lisa Keys, and the main feature contributor was Ryan kramer. You too can record those main titles and/or submit a feature for inclusion in an upcoming episode of the podcast. Find the details at TheRadioDaily.com. Lisa Keys, for Ryan Kramer and for me, Chris Kelly… Thanks for listening, see you tomorrow for another episode of the RadioDaily.