He's been dead for three years (6/15/14) yet the family feud over radio icon Casey Kasem rages on. The latest twist is a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Kasem's widow against his three children. Jean Kasem is accusing Kerri, Mike, and Julie Kasem (from a prior relationship) of participating in a “homicidal guardianship scam” that directly led to his death.
Last night we reached out to Kerri Kasem to get her reaction to the lawsuit file by Jean. Kerri told Radio Ink, This frivolous lawsuit was filed because Jean Kasem thinks that this will delay her own wrongful death suit and confuse people about what really happened to my dad. She never served anyone that she names in the suit and she could not get a lawyer to take the case."
That's according to Nielsen's latest Audio Today Report which provides a snapshot of the listening landscape viewed through many different lenses - reach and audience growth, network radio, podcasting, localism and top formats and songs. The report says an average podcast listener is young, educated and affluent.
The answer is yes, according to recode. And the company is already having discussions with the labels about its own music service, which would be bundled with its cars, which already come equipped with a high-tech dashboard and internet connectivity.
(By Georgia Beasley) I began writing this column after engaging in a debate over what is considered an acceptable dress code for the workplace by our traditional industry standards. Per usual, I was the only Millennial, so my opinion was not exactly the fan favorite, but since that day I've continued to ask myself: Does success have a dress code?
(By Barry Cohen) It may sound like posturing, but unless you are selling in Death Valley, or a town with a population of only 40, you are in charge of who has access to your assets. Your audience is your product -- not your signal, not your talent, not your programming.
(By Dick Kalt) While the new hot term UX, for “User Experience,” is mostly associated with online engagement on commercial websites, it has just as much relevance to radio — but nobody really thinks about that. Now more than ever, broadcasters must realize that user experience involves far more than just playing the music they think people want to hear.
Blue Alerts can be used to warn the public with actionable information related to a law enforcement officer who's missing, injured, or killed in the line of duty, or when there's an imminent credible threat to an officer. The Blue Alert option would be used by authorities to notify the public through radio and TV of threats to law enforcement and to help apprehend dangerous suspects.
Thursday was a big day for our friends up north. CKLW fans were out in force, pushing Buffalo's WKBW into the second spot. WING in Dayton rejoined the list and B100 in San Diego makes its first appearance. Cast your vote in the "20 Greatest Top 40 Stations of All Time" poll. Your top 10 choices will appear in the July 24 issue of Radio Ink, right next to the top picks from Lee Abrams and Randy Michaels. Here is the leader board as of 7 p.m. Thursday.
WCBS Newsradio 880AM will present “Celebrating 50 Years of News: A Night of New York Stories” on Tuesday, August 8 at the PlayStation Theater in NYC’s Times Square. The famed station is bringing in some of NYC’s most notable celebrities in news, sports, politics, and entertainment to help celebrate. Tickets go on sale June 23.
Steve Jones is the host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on Cumulus' KLOS in Los Angeles. He is the sole honoree in the Radio category for the Walk of Fame Class of 2018. Jones and other honorees were chosen at a meeting held in June and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors. Jones was also the guitarist for the Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop.
Salem's conservative talker is joining the left-leaning network's Saturday morning lineup. Hewitt's half-hour show will air on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m starting June 24. Salem Radio Network syndicates Hewitt, who is heard nationally in more than 120 cities across the United States every weekday afternoon. Salem has been syndicating Hewitt since 2000.
Country station Kicks 101.5 (WKHX-FM) debuted its new morning show, Caddy, CJ and Ali, Thursday. The hosts are Cadillac Jack, CJ, and Ali Mac. Mac formerly hosted middays on Kicks 101.5, while CJ moves to mornings from his previous Kicks 101.5 PM Drive show (3-7 p.m.).
His signature tag line was “This is Neil Chayet – Looking at the Law.” This month will mark the retirement of Neil Chayet’s popular “Looking at the Law” radio feature after a nearly 42-year broadcast career on radio stations all across the country. WBZ NewsRadio in Boston and Chayet created more than 10,000 episodes of the daily radio feature.
The ceremony was held by the Country Radio Broadcasters, Tuesday, at the Marriott Nashville. This year’s Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees in radio are Tim Closson, Charlie Ochs, and Mel Owens, and in the on-air category Joe Wade Formicola (posthumously), Linda Lee (posthumously), Jim Mantel, and The Good Morning Guys (Todd Harding, Susan Moore, Brian Gary).
Podcast outfit Midroll Media has brought in Amy Fitzgibbons as Vice President of Marketing; Laura Mayer joins as Executive Producer for Midroll; and David Murray becomes Vice President of Finance and Strategy. Fitzgibbons comes to Midroll from PhotoShelter; Mayer joins the company from Panoply; and, Murray joins from The E.W. Scripps Company.
The celebrity podcast is called iHeartRadio’s Label Defiers with ZICO Coconut Water, and it launched with a bang, Wednesday, featuring Miley Cyrus as the debut guest. Hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran, the bi-weekly podcast features stars discussing how they perceive their own labels, challenges they’ve faced, and their idiosyncrasies.
88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s 414Music.fm launched its new HD2 broadcast radio channel, and mobile and online stream, Tuesday. The station plays at least one Milwaukee artist every hour and supports Milwaukee bands via its weekly on-air 414 Live interview and performance show, and its annual Milwaukee Music Awards.