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iHeartMedia Names Clyde Bass Area President for TX-AR

Clyde Bass
Clyde Bass

iHeartMedia names Clyde Bass as Area President for the newly formed Texas-Arkansas Area, effective immediately. He'll be responsible for ten markets, including Beaumont, Waco, Bryan, McAllen and Corpus Christi, TX and Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Little Rock, AR along with Wichita, KS and Springfield, MO. Bass joins the Texas-Arkansas Area from the Arkansas Area, where he most recently served as the Area President.

"I am so excited to add Clyde's leadership to an already strong cluster of markets in Texas. Clyde's passion for our industry, his knowledge of our products and the success he has shown through many roles with iHeartMedia make him the perfect fit to lead this newly formed Area. I look forward to seeing these Areas continue to succeed as one," said iHeartMedia Division President Nick Gnau.

"It's been my honor to be involved for the last ten years with some of the legendary stations that I grew up listening to here in Arkansas, and now to be reunited as Area President with the team in Texas makes me even more energized over what iHeartMedia provides to advertisers and listeners," added Bass.

New Edition's Ralph Tresvant to Host ''Love and R&B''

Ralph Tresvant
Ralph Tresvant

Reach Media and Radio One announced that Ralph Tresvant, lead singer of New Edition, is now the new host of the network's long-running syndicated show "Love and R&B," heard nightly on all affiliate stations, effective February 13. The show debuts right before Valentine's Day, building on the program's legacy of playing classic slow jams and love songs by artists that are keeping traditional R&B music alive and well.

Urban One's Reach Media and Radio One audio divisions CEO David Kantor said, "Ralph Tresvant brings us a timeless brand filled with style, charisma, and star power. He's a great communicator with vast musical knowledge who will be creating real and riveting radio. Ralph gives us the complete brand who can quickly build a large, loyal following with must listen-to moments each and every night."

"I'm excited to show a side of me that I've never shared before through the embodiment of true R&B music," commented Tresvant. "I love the medium of radio and as a kid growing up in Boston, I was inspired by the great radio hosts I heard. I've learned how important it is to be on both sides of the mic. Growing up in this business, I've learned to be vulnerable and relatable but will also bring that New Edition excitement to the airwaves. I'm ready to connect with my fans and communities all around the U.S. like never before."

Tresvant continued, "Indeed, I'm thankful for this opportunity and my team Jodi Gomes, LaShawn Thomas and my agent, Gary Bernstein, who brokered the deal. I'm grateful to be a part of the Urban One family and thank my longtime supporters Cathy Hughes, Alfred Liggins, David Kantor, Kashon Powell, Gary Bond, Colby Colb and Derek Harper."

Ralph Tresvant has been the front man of New Edition, a solo artist, entertainer, writer and producer. Now, this entertainer turned radio star will be broadcasting in markets including Dallas, Washington DC, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Richmond VA, with additional markets to be announced.

Radio One VP of Programming Kashon Powell said, "I'm excited to welcome Ralph to our Urban One family. He's the ultimate entertainer so I'm confident that he will make an immediate connection with radio listeners across the country."

BetQL Network to Air Live from New BetMGM Sportsbook

BetQL Network
BetQL Network

Through its partnership with BetMGM, Audacy's BetQL Network -- the company's network of sports betting content heard across its broadcast portfolio and digital platforms -- will air 51 hours of live audio and video programming from the new BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale, AZ, on February 6-10. The sportsbook is located next to State Farm Stadium, where Kansas City and Philadelphia will battle in the Super Bowl on February 12.

"We're proud to leverage our partnership with our friends at BetMGM to bring sports bettors and our listeners over 50 hours of live, premier audio content -- more than any other sports betting network -- to get them ready for the biggest game in American sports," said Audacy President of Sports Mike Dee. "When we launched BetQL Network a few short years ago, we were bullish on giving sports bettors of all experience levels a home for informed and entertaining sports betting content, and this on-site, front-row access to the pinnacle of football embodies that commitment."

Additionally, BetQL Network will collaborate with other Audacy sports stations for live hits throughout the week.

To get listeners ready for the big game, "You Better You Bet" podcast hosts Nick Kostos and Ken Barkley will host "BetQL's Countdown to Kickoff" on February 12 from 11am-1pm ET. The championship game special will offer a blend of analysis and entertainment, with the duo welcoming a rotation of special guests to add expert opinions leading up to the game.


NPR's Special Coverage for 2023 State of the Union

National Public Radio (NPR)
National Public Radio (NPR)

This year for the first time NPR will offer bilingual coverage of President Biden's upcoming State of the Union with many public radio stations across the country offering multi-platform simultaneous coverage including (for the first time ever) two parallel broadcasts for both English speakers and bilingual Spanish speakers.

The English version will be hosted by "All Things Considered"'s Ari Shapiro and the bilingual version will be hosted by "Morning Edition"'s A Martínez. Coverage will air from 9-11:30pm ET on many NPR Member stations across the country, and live stream at NPR.org, which will also feature video, live blog commentary and fact checking from NPR reporters (end time of broadcast is subject to change).

NPR.org will also offer video streaming of the speech, live blog commentary and real-time fact checking. Participating NPR Member stations will have live broadcast (radio) coverage of the speech, and many stations will also carry bilingual coverage.

Mike & Carla Host ''We Do Redo'' Event for Valentine's Day

''We Do Redo''
''We Do Redo''

KKLZ-FM/Las Vegas will welcome 48 couples (or 96 people) to renew their vows together in the spirit of Valentine's Day. Morning personalities Mike & Carla's "We Do Redo" will take place on Monday, February 13, at Legacy Club Rooftop Cocktails in downtown Las Vegas. The first 48 couples to register online will win automatic entry into the venue, which offers a view of the Las Vegas lights. Couples will enjoy a live DJ, drinks, chances to win prizes, and most importantly, another wedding cake. Carla Rea will officiate the group ceremony.

One grand prize winner will be selected to win a two-night stay package at the Circa Resort & Casino, including breakfast and dinner for two, accommodations at Stadium Swim, a couple's massage from Spa at Lakeside 2.0, and a $1000 gift certificate for new wedding bands from TeNo Outlet store.

"A lot of people think that those who get married in Las Vegas end up in divorce," said O'Brian. "So, to have all these couples wanting to renew their vows is great... especially doing it at a premier location like the Legacy Club atop the Circa Resort/Casino overlooking the lights of our amazing city."

Radio Workflow Introduces AI-Powered Tools for Stations

Radio Workflow
Radio Workflow

Radio Workflow launches Write My Ad and Fix My Ad, tools specifically designed for radio stations to streamline their ad creation process. Utilizing the latest advancements in AI technology, these tools help stations create and edit ad copy with increased efficiency and precision, allowing them to focus on other important aspects of their business.

With Write My Ad and Fix My Ad, Radio Workflow says stations can now produce high-quality, compelling ad copy in seconds without the hassle of writer's block. By using AI-powered tools, radio outlets can quickly and easily create ads that are sure to make an impact. Plus, stations can save time and resources, allowing them to focus on other important aspects of their business.

"We are excited to offer these revolutionary tools to radio stations," said Radio Workflow CEO Fletcher Ford. "With Write My Ad and Fix My Ad, radio stations can now create high-quality ad copy with increased efficiency and precision in seconds. We believe these tools will make a significant impact on the industry."

For more information, please visit radioworkflow.com.

St. Valentine's Day Mass Wedding Returns to WGH-FM/Norfolk


After an extended hiatus, WGH-FM (97.3 The Eagle)/Norfolk is bringing back the largest wedding celebration in Hampton Roads -- The St Valentine's Day Mass Wedding. On Tuesday, February 14, at the Eagle's Nest Rockin' Country Bar in Chesapeake, VA, over 80 couples will be simultaneously tying the knot in matrimony along with family, friends and the 97.3 The Eagle staff.

President and Market Manager Keith Barton remarked, "I remember the first 97.3 Eagle Mass Wedding, I was involved with back in 1999. I had no idea what to expect. I saw more than 70 couples tie the knot at the Chesapeake Square Mall on Valentine's Day. Jimmy Ray said he wanted to revive the event, and the response has been overwhelming."

After exchanging the vows, the Mass Wedding newlyweds will be treated to a very special first dance performance by Stone Country Records National recording artist Easton Corbin.

"I'm really excited to be able to bring back a Hampton Roads Valentine's Day tradition. What could be more wonderful than a room full of happy people committing themselves to each other in love for life?," said WGH-FM Program Director and afternoon air personality Jimmy Ray Dunn.

Audacy Raises Over $447,000 for Second Harvest Heartland


Audacy raised over $447,000 to benefit Second Harvest Heartland during "Let's Kick Hunger Day Radiothon" on WCCO-AM/Minneapolis. The amount raised during the 14th annual radiothon held on February 2 brought the overall fundraising total to over $3.5 million since 2009. The radiothon was conducted onsite at Second Harvest facility in Brooklyn Park, MN, live on February 2 from 6am-6pm CT. Station hosts spoke with members and clients of Second Harvest Heartland, current board members and other leaders in the community fighting against hunger.

"Year after year, our fans open up their hearts to those in need," said Audacy Minneapolis Senior Vice President and Market Manager Jeff Gonsales. "Lives are being impacted in significant ways, and we are incredibly grateful. WCCO's long-standing partnership with Second Harvest Heartland means so much to us and to so many people who are helped by this community effort."

"This community is great at showing up for one another, and today's 14th annual 'Let's Kick Hunger Day Radiothon' was no exception," added Second Harvest Heartland CEO Allison O'Toole. "It takes all of us to keep our neighbors fed and we're so grateful to WCCO listeners, radiothon callers and our sponsors from Compeer Financial, Land O' Lakes and Lindus Construction for going above and beyond to end hunger."

Second Harvest Heartland was created on October 1, 2001, when Second Harvest Great Minneapolis and Second Harvest St. Paul joined forces to bring together more than 44 years of combined history and experience to the fight against hunger. Second Harvest Heartland is among the nation's largest, most effective hunger-relief organizations.


American Music Fairness Act Re-Introduced in Congress

U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress

The American Music Fairness Act, legislation that would impose a new performance fee on broadcast radio outlets, has been re-introduced in Congress. If passed, the Act would mandate a fee on over-the-air music airplay on free, local radio that many, including the NAB, say would jeopardize local jobs, prevent new artists from breaking into the recording business and harm the hundreds of millions of Americans who rely on local radio by forcing additional fees.

NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt said in a statement, "Local radio stations and performers have built a strong, mutually beneficial partnership that has endured for over a century. This partnership provides enormous value for new and established performers, local broadcast stations and the tens of millions of radio listeners that rely on our uniquely free service. Unfortunately, AMFA would destroy that relationship with a new government-imposed performance fee that is simply untenable for local radio. We urge the record labels to join us at the negotiating table to discuss a win-win solution to this issue that would benefit both performers and local broadcasters. But this one-sided legislation is not the answer."

Introduced in the Senate by Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and in the House by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the AMFA would require creators to pay royalties for AM/FM radio plays, dismantling the current system that provides promotional value for new and existing artists in exchange for airplay.

"Music creators have been forced to give away their work for far too long. It is time for Congress to demonstrate that they stand behind the hard-working Americans that provide the music we all love by finally passing the American Music Fairness Act," said SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe. "This bill has the broad support of artists, labels, small broadcasters, unions, and others because it strikes a fair balance by respecting creators for their work and protecting truly local broadcasters."

iHeartMedia New York Names Victor Giacomelli as VP/Sales

Victor Giacomelli
Victor Giacomelli

iHeartMedia/New York appoints Victor Giacomelli as Vice President of Sales for Urban WWPR (Power 105.1) and WWRL-AM (Black Information Network), effective immediately. Giacomellie joins from Audacy/Denver, where he was the Director of Sales. He previously served as the Director of Sales at MediaCo Holding Inc., formerly known as Emmis/New York.

Also Travia Charmont joins the iHeartMedia/New York team as Sales Manager for the duo from Audacy/Atlanta where she was a Senior Account Executive. Previously, she served in various manager roles at MediaCo Holding Inc. Both will report to iHeartMedia New York Senior Vice President of Sales Steve DeLusant.

"Victor and Travia are the perfect combination to lead our sales efforts for Power 105.1 and the WWRL 1600 AM Black Information Network," said DeLusant. "Both Victor and Travia have strong experience and knowledge working in the multicultural space. I am excited to have them join our team and watch them take our brands to the next level. Their additions will position our team for long-term success at iHeartMedia New York."

"I am thrilled to be joining iHeart and heading back to New York," added Giacomelli. "To lead sales at Power 105.1 and BIN in the country's largest market with the industry leader is truly a privilege."

"I am beyond overjoyed to return to the New York City market with the opportunity to join the iHeartMedia New York leadership team," said Charmont. "It is a blessing and an honor to be a part of these iconic brands and to serve our communities and partners in the number one market with the number one audio company."

CMG Orlando Ups Ashley Williams to Director of Sales

Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams

Cox Media Group/Orlando elevates Ashley Williams to Director of Sales. She's been with CMG for 15 years, crossing divisions from Radio, Corporate Digital and Television. Williams started her career with CMG in 2007 as a Television Sales Assistant and grew to a Digital Sales Specialist. In 2015, she joined the Corporate Digital Team in a pilot role as the first Local Solutions Specialist and was later promoted to Sales Marketing Manager. Williams joined the Orlando Radio Sales team in 2019 as a Local Sales Manager and was promoted to Integrated Sales Manager in 2020.

"I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead the Orlando Radio sales team," said Williams. "We have an incredibly talented group, and I look forward to taking our team to the next level."

CMG Orlando Radio VP/Market Manager JC Campese stated, "I am extremely excited for our sales team and our wonderful clients to have Ashley Williams as CMG Orlando's new Director of Sales. Her diverse background with CMG and the trust she has built, both internally and externally, makes her the perfect choice to lead CMG Orlando sales into the future."

Women In Radio to Host 7th Annual Conference in Atlanta

Women In Radio
Women In Radio

Women In Radio announces its 7th Annual "Cocktails, Cupcakes and Conversations" conference, taking place on March 11 from 12-3pm in Atlanta. This event is sponsored by Korbel, Originals by Africa's Best, Maple Street Biscuit Company, Foto Beauty Bar and Liquid I.V. The conference will focus on empowering women to take on leadership roles and will feature a diverse group of panelists representing different areas of the industry, including:

  • Terri Thomas, Operations Manager at Radio One Houston
  • Emily Ward, General Sales Manager at Audacy Atlanta
  • Rachel Carr, National Commercial Production Center Manager at iHeartRadio
  • Brii Renee', Radio Host at Streetz 94.5 FM and TV Host at Revolt TV
  • Leah Bekele, Vice President, Radio Operations & Lifestyle at EMPIRE
  • Meg Dowdy, Regional Content Director and Director of National Contesting, Townsquare Media

This year, Women In Radio has added another panel about the importance of building your brand and will feature experts in the social media, podcasting, and content creation industries, such as:

  • Morgan Richard, Social Media Specialist at SiriusXM/Pandora
  • Samia Burton, Founder, SE Media Group
  • Daniel Ware, Co-Founder, Breakr
  • Jasmine Snead, Marketing Manager, Witherite Law Group

"We are thrilled to be hosting our 7th Annual Conference in Atlanta and are looking forward to bringing together a community of women who are passionate about radio," said Women In Radio Founder Meaghan Taylor. "Our conference is designed to provide women with the tools, resources, and people they need to succeed in this industry."

The conference is open to anyone in the radio and podcasting industry. For more information and to register, visit the Women In Radio website at womeninradio.org.


FSR Provides 23rd Annual Super Week Coverage from Arizona

FOX Sports Radio (FSR)
FOX Sports Radio (FSR)

FOX Sports Radio (FSR) has announced plans for its 23rd annual Super Week coverage beginning Monday, February 6. Featuring interviews with NFL players, newsmakers and celebrities, FSR will deliver coverage before, during and after the Big Game in Arizona to listeners 24/7 via more than 600 local stations, FOXSportsRadio.com and iHeartRadio. FSR will feature remote broadcasts from its weekday lineup, including its signature programs.

In addition to coverage from Arizona, The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon (10pm-2am ET/7-11pm PT) will broadcast live from the Wynn Las Vegas Resort on February 9 and 10, providing insight for both sports bettors and sports fans, including breaking news and the best prop odds, picks, lines and point spreads prior to the biggest sports betting event of the year.

Throughout the week, FSR will feature guest appearances, including Christian McCaffery, Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith, Tim Brown, Brian Urlacher, Justin Fields, Brian Dawkins, Steve Smith Sr., Victor Cruz, Champ Bailey, Tony Dorsett, Earl Campbell, Ronde Barber, Shaun Alexander, Andrew Whitworth, Steve Largent, DeMarcus Ware, Malcolm Butler, David Tyree and more.

NAB Establishes ''Broadcast District'' at NAB Show

NAB Show
NAB Show

The West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center will be home to NAB Show's new Broadcast District, a destination for radio and television broadcasters offering premium educational sessions, networking and special events, April 15-19. The show floor features a marketplace showcasing next generation technologies, services and solutions that are meant to propel the broadcast industry into the future.

"We are excited to enhance the experience for broadcasters with a centralized location that emphasizes community building and makes it easy to navigate the Show," said NAB Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs April Carty-Sipp. "TV and Radio broadcasters will receive tangible takeaways to help them generate revenue, streamline expenses and innovate while getting insights into what's next for their business through a tailored experience designed to meet their needs."

Featured exhibitors located in West Hall include AJA, Amagi, AWS, Harmonic, Intelstat, LTN Global, MediaKind, Microsoft, Nautel, Planar, Signiant, Telestream, Vislink, Verimatrix, Veritone, Vislink and Vizrt.

The Broadcast District includes:

  • NAB Show Conference sessions focused on radio and television
  • NAB Small and Medium Market Radio Forum
  • NAB Diversity Symposium
  • NAB Leadership Foundation's Focus on Leadership Speaker Series
  • Broadcast Engineering and IT Conference

Also located within the Broadcast District is the TV and Radio HQ, a networking destination for broadcasters. Open Sunday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 18, from 9am-6pm, the Radio andTV HQ will feature:

  • NAB Member Lounge - For NAB members to host impromptu meetings, relax, connect with fellow broadcasters and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

  • NAB Sip-and-Speak Series - A daily series of quick, intimate Q-and-A discussions with the most influential leaders in broadcasting; complimentary beverages included.

  • Discussion Den - A forum for deep-dive discussions and workshops on topics of interest to broadcasters.

  • Resource Row - Includes NAB Affinity Program Partners offering exclusive services and cost-saving solutions for NAB members.

  • Happy Hour Events - Social gatherings for television and radio broadcasters, featuring entertainment and networking.

Storyglass, iHeartPodcasts Launch ''False Profits: Hillsong''

''False Profits: Hillsong''
''False Profits: Hillsong''

iHeartPodcasts and Storyglass launch a new eight-part podcast series "False Profits: Hillsong," a journey that dives into the Hillsong experience, from Christian rock music to celebrity pastors and famous fans, to global status, enormous wealth and shocking scandals. This series will trace the rise and fall of Hillsong's founder and peel back the layers of a culture of submission, exploitation and discrimination.

"We are part of a group who are committed to great storytelling and giving under-represented voices a chance to be heard," said Storyglass Managing Director Steve Carsey. "We are delighted to be working with iHeartPodcasts on this powerful, immersive and important series. Like us, they realised it was a story that had to be told. There have been many attempts to truly understand the inner workings of the Hillsong church, but this first-person account really brings listeners much closer than ever before."

VSin, DraftKings to Make First Appearance at Radio Row


VSiN and DraftKings will make their first appearance at Radio Row with a studio desk and live production complement, bringing its deep roster of football talent and sports betting experts to cover Super Bowl LVII. The team of emerging content creators, sports journalists and media stalwarts will be at the center of the action leading up to what has historically been the most bet game of the year for DraftKings.

Beginning on Monday, February 6, audio-visual programs such as Golic and Smetty, The Ross Tucker Football Podcast, GoJo, The Lombardi Line, The Sweat, Follow the Money, VSiN Final Countdown, VSiN Primetime and The GM Shuffle will anchor DraftKings' coverage at the Phoenix Convention Center as part of the NFL's annual Radio Row activities.

"We're excited to bring together this team of talented individuals to cover what has historically been the most bet game of the year at our company," said DraftKings Vice President of Content Stacie McCollum. "The on-site opportunity will allow DraftKings and VSiN talent to deliver real-time insights and enhanced content featuring celebrities and athletes as the media, entertainment and sports worlds collide in Phoenix for the big game."

"VSiN has distinguished itself as a leading voice in the sports betting space, in part, by staying at the center of the sports betting action," added VSiN founder and CEO Brian Musburger. "Super Bowl LVII is the first to be played in a legal sports betting state and we're thrilled to drop some of the industry's leading sports betting experts right into the action to help new and experienced bettors alike prepare for one of the biggest days on the sports betting calendar."

Special big game coverage will continue throughout the weekend on VSiN.com and across all of the network's audio, video and digital channels. Sunday's coverage will include 13 live linear hours featuring sports betting's team of experts, including NFL veterans like executive Michael Lombardi, former quarterback Shaun King and sportscaster Brent Musburger. Expanded coverage will include input from across the VSiN line up with additional insights from pro bettors and those setting the lines.

Urban One Launches The Urban One Podcast Network

Urban One Podcast Network
Urban One Podcast Network

Urban One launches the new Urban One Podcast Network, effective February 1, the beginning of Black History Month. This effort expands the company's audio entertainment options for BIPOC audiences, as well as for advertisers who want to connect with the Black community. The network launches with more than 10 original shows plus partnerships with other Black-owned podcasts and networks. Powered by Black stories, the UOPN is a curated slate of premium content across diverse genres.

The lineup includes The Undressing Room Podcast presented by Macy's, Small Doses with Amanda Seales, The Amanda Seales Show, Fatal Attraction, Black Health 365, Rickey Smiley Morning Show Podcast, I Hate the Homies, Mind Body and Business with Maria More, Mompreneurs, Adult'Hood, Dead End Media, SZN Opener, Back Story with Colby Colb and more. The network, which boasts an average of more than 1.5 million downloads per month at launch, will continuously adding new original shows and partnerships.

"Given Urban One's history and legacy in creating premium audio content for Black audiences and the growing level of Black podcast listeners, this was a natural step to continue exemplifying our mission of "Representing Black Culture," said Urban One Chief Revenue Officer, Audio Division Josh Rahmani. "The network provides a natural partnership destination for BIPOC creators and presents advertisers the opportunity to connect with a niche audience that over-indexes for their response to brands that show up in podcasts, particularly podcasts with Black creators and hosts."

The Urban One Podcast Network has teamed up with Katz Digital as its third-party sales partner. "Katz Digital is both proud and excited to expand upon our exclusive partnership with Urban One, now adding their premium, culturally relevant podcast content to our current industry leading podcast offerings," said Katz Digital President Scott Porretti. Additionally, the new network is supported by a partnership with Publicis Media's APX Content Ventures and funding via its Inclusion Investment Fund.

Spearheading the network and its launch is Sierra Reed, Senior Director of Podcast Operations for the Urban One Podcast Network. Reed is a media veteran with over 14 years of experience as a content creator, published writer, journalist and senior business strategist. Through the launch of her own podcast almost 10 years ago and her own experience for storytelling, Reed understands the opportunity to service the multifaceted community that the network supports.

Reed said, "having the freedom to share and express is a beautiful thing, and what you learn and feel within that conversation and storytelling experience is invaluable. We want people of color to get into podcasting. We want the community to learn, grow, and be entertained in a way that is organic and not programmed."


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