96.9 The Kat, Charlotte, announced Wednesday that "Kat Country Jam" raised more than $20,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The benefit concert was held on April 13 at the Fillmore at the NC Music Factory. Country artists Kip Moore, Dan + Shay, Brandy Clark, and High Valley performed live to raise awareness and funds for the hospital.
We interview John Tesh and Connie Sellecca about how they've built a media empire out of an idea they drew up one late night in their home. We also highlight many Fantastic Facilities from around the country. Many of you spent time and treasure to construct these outstanding new studios and we are proud to show them off for you. Randy Michaels reminisces about the Telecom Act of 20 years ago. "It was either eat or be eaten." And wait until you read this salute to Bob Fuller. Did you know Doc has been in radio for 60 years? And he's still going strong. Want a digital copy of this issue - and an entire year delivered to your device - for only $49 - pull out your plastic and CLICK HERE.
Digital media and broadcast veteran Glenn Kleiman has been named executive director of non-comm 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (88.9 WYMS-FM and www.radiomilwaukee.org), the station announced Wednesday.
CEO Tim Westergren and his new team get a very long profile piece by John Titlow in Fast Company as Westergren dives into his new role as CEO replacing Brian McAndrews. The article, entitled "Inside Pandora's Plan To Reinvent Itself—And Beat Back Apple And Spotify," details why Westergren has his work cut out for him.
KCAA Riverside, CA, CEO Fred Lundgren tells Radio Ink comedian Dave Shelton is sueing the station and morning host Gary Garver (pctured) because he claims he was supposed to be paid for being a recurring guest. Garver and Lundgren said no promise was ever made, that his appearances were in exchange for free publicity
The sell-off of radio stations by Jeff Wilks is complete. Reno broadcaster Jerry Evans is purchasing two Wilks stations in Reno, KWFP-FM 92.1 and KURK-FM 100.9, for $750,000. In another deal, which has not been filed yet, Wilks will spin-off adult alternative KTHX-FM to Lotus Broadcasting.
The Friends of KPLU have submitted a Letter of Intent to Pacific Lutheran University to purchase the radio station. The Friends of KPLU have been raising money to purchase the station and have accumulated 13,000 donations and $4.4 million so far. They have a deadline of June 30 to raise the total amount needed.
There are still radio stations out there creating compelling, important, award-winning, original local news content. KCBS in San Francisco is certainly one of them, and behind the hard work of reporter Doug Sovern (pictured here), the station recently uncovered a big story in San Francisco and, in reporting it to its listeners, put radio's specialty, theatre-of-the-mind, on display.
The Board of Directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association has announced that Yankees broadcasters John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, and WDOE sports director and morning show host Dan Palmer will be going into their Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at a luncheon, Friday, June 10, at the Conrad Hotel in New York City. Here are more details on the three radio inductees.
The Detroit News is reporting that former state Rep. Todd Courser is getting a one-hour show on Superstation 910AM WFDF. Courser, who starts his show this Saturday, is attempting a political comeback. He had to resign from the Michigan House of Representatives after the Detroit News exposed his failed attempt to cover up an extramarital affair with former Rep. Cindy Gamrat. He's facing felony charges for the alleged cover-up. (Picture courtesy Detroit News)