Tuesday, July 25, 2017

AdLarge Media Launching Syndicated Evening Music Show

AdLarge Media introduces The Serene & Pearl Show, an upbeat, personality-driven program for music-formatted radio stations.

The 5-hour, 7pm-12midnight program airs Monday through Friday and is hosted by dynamic sisters, Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett. Along with co-host Danny Valdes, their genuine style resonates with audiences in the 25-54 demographic.

“Radio listeners want current personalities with whom they can identify,” stated Cathy Csukas, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of AdLarge Media. “Listeners connect with Serene & Pearl and relate to their day-to-day experiences. The Serene & Pearl Show is the perfect solution for music stations that want to grow their evening audience.”

“When I first heard Serene and Pearl, I recognized that rare, engaging star-quality that the best radio hosts possess,” said Randy Lane, President of the Randy Lane Company. “Serene and Pearl have big, authentic personalities and a lively chemistry that listeners embrace.”

Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Serene & Pearl have a remarkable story. With 18 children between them, they are wildly successful entrepreneurs and influencers who are considered experts in healthy living, family, parenting, work/life balance, and much more. They have two best-selling books with a third coming out this fall, a weekly podcast, and a huge following of fans, including across social media.

“Serene & Pearl deliver to radio a multimedia juggernaut that is homespun and ready to become part of the fabric of radio stations across the country,” said Jessica Sherman, Vice President of Affiliate Marketing for AdLarge Media. “There’s always lots of laughter on The Serene & Pearl Show, and the encouragement that continually lets listeners know that ‘we’re all in this together’.”

To hear a demo of the Serene & Pearl Show, please visit the website at www.sereneandpearl.com. Stations interested in learning more about The Serene & Pearl Show may contact Jessica Sherman at 646-759-8431 or jessica@adlarge.com.

RMLC-GMR Lawsuit: Azoff "Gouging" Pennsylvania Radio Stations

Although the date hasn't received much attention, Sept. 30, 2017 could become a consequential one in the music industry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That's when Pennsylvania-based radio stations are set to lose a license to publicly perform song compositions controlled by Global Music Rights, LLC, an upstart Irving Azoff outfit. Without a license, these stations may be forced to stop playing songs written or performed by stars like Adele, Aerosmith, The Beatles, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Madonna and others.

The Radio Music License Committee, which represents some 10,000 radio stations throughout the nation, is attempting to do something in advance of the license expiration. On Friday, RMLC brought an emergency motion requesting that a Pennsylvania federal judge issue a preliminary injunction ordering GMR to continue doing business with these stations until litigation is resolved.

Irving Azoff
Why Pennsylvania?

According to RMLC, GMR is "retaliating" against stations there because of assistance provided to establish jurisdiction in this lawsuit.

"GMR has been clear that it does not want to litigate this case in front of this Court; it would prefer to litigate in its home court in Los Angeles," states RMLC's court papers. "GMR’s public intimidation tactics not only are designed to frustrate this litigation but also reach beyond the boundaries of Pennsylvania. If GMR is permitted to inflict this abuse on Pennsylvania-based stations, other stations across the U.S. will fear that, if they assist RMLC in this lawsuit in any way, they too could end up in GMR’s crosshairs."

The plaintiff says that GMR has lured songwriters away from ASCAP and BMI with a promise to pay them at least 30 percent more than what those two PROs can pay.

"To fund this promise, GMR intends to price gouge radio stations and force them to pay exorbitant rates for licenses to perform those songwriters’ works," states the motion.

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Sinclair Pursuing TV Deals With Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity

Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity
Rumors that Fox News former “king of primetime” Bill O’Reilly could team up with longtime Fox News host Sean Hannity to launch a new conservative news media empire are lighting up social media, World Net Daily reports.

New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman claimed Sunday that the media heavyweights are considering joining forces with Sinclair Broadcast Group to lead the premier conservative-leaning news media platform in the post-Roger Ailes world.

O’Reilly, the Sinclair Broadcast Group and Sherman hadn’t returned WND’s requests for comment by the time of this report.

Sherman, an MSNBC contributor whom the Blaze reports is one of the most connected journalists covering Fox News, provided details about O’Reilly’s possible new endeavor on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show.



For Fox News, losing Hannity would be another in a long series of staff exits. In addition to O’Reilly, the news network has seen the losses of other major stars including Megyn Kelly and executives including founder Roger Ailes, who died earlier this year after his resignation from Fox News.

For Sinclair, luring in O’Reilly and Hannity would give the broadcaster even more programming to distribute among its stations. Existing Sinclair shows include "Full Measure," a weekly new program hosted by Sharyl Attkisson. "Full Measure" is broadcast to 43 million households in 79 markets on 162 Sinclair Broadcast Group stations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, MyTV, Univision and Telemundo affiliates.

TWH Hosting Radio Talkers

Mike Gallagher
It’s an efficient way to bypass the hostile mainstream media: The White House will host a hefty number of syndicated talk radio hosts on Tuesday, all of them hailing from the vast Salem Media Group stable — where conservative and Christian content rules. It is a herculean effort. Every one of them will man their microphones for a mass broadcasting effort that will stretch across 10 hours and be heard by a huge audience. Things get underway at dawn, and some high-profile guests will be much in evidence, a source tells Inside the Beltway.

“On the train for D.C. — White House bound. Big broadcast tomorrow, major guests from the administration,” host Mike Gallagher tweeted on Monday.

The Washington Times reports Gallagher — along with Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Larry Elder, Eric Metaxas and 13 local hosts from around the country — will broadcast live to the respective audiences directly from the White House. They will have their say until 9 p.m. — their programming unapologetically pro-America, greatness included.

“Donald Trump ran an unconventional campaign that reflected a broad public discontent with the status quo,” says Edward Atsinger, CEO of Salem Media, which broadcasts to an astonishing 2,700 affiliates nationwide.

“There is an unprecedented level of public interest in what is happening in Washington, and we are honored to participate,” Mr. Atsinger continued. “The president’s selection of a remarkable group of advisers and Cabinet members illustrates his serious commitment to fulfill his campaign promise to make America great again.”

GropeGate: Judge Rules Against Swift Expert


A federal judge has prohibited Taylor Swift’s sexual assault expert from testifying about the possible motivations of Swift’s alleged groper, former Denver radio DJ David Mueller, saying the testimony focused more on the “why” than the “what.”

U.S. District Judge William Martinez prohibited Swift’s expert from talking about the possible motivation behind the incident, according to Courthouse News.

Swift complained to KYGO 98.5 FM that Mueller had groped her butt under her dress during a photo op before her 2013 performance at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Mueller then sued Swift, saying her false claim cost him his job.

Jury selection is set for Aug. 7 for the trial in which Swift will defend herself from Mueller’s claims and pursue her counterclaims for sexual assault and battery.

Swift asked Lorraine Bayard de Volo, Ph.D., chairwoman and associate professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to submit testimony on sexual assault relevant to the pop star’s allegations.

“Sexual harassment and assault are fundamentally motivated by the perpetrator’s perceived need to assert power and to protect the perpetrator’s status,” Bayard de Volo said in her testimony.

Mueller’s attorney Gabriel McFarland filed a motion to exclude Bayard de Volo’s testimony in June.

“Ms. Bayard de Volo’s opinions that men who are worried about their jobs or receive threats to their masculinity are prone to committing sexual harassment or assault will not assist the trier of fact,” the motion states. “Thus, those opinions should be stricken.”

Opening statements are expected on Aug. 8.

CableTV News: MSNBC Scores Weekday Win Over Fox News

Maintaining a streak of ratings momentum and general good news, MSNBC logged a new first last week: It ranked as the most-watched prime-time network in all of cable, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That status, held Monday (July 17) through Friday (July 21) and not for the entire seven-day week, saw the cable news network averaging 2.33 million viewers between 8 and 11 p.m. MSNBC had previous topped the other cable news outlets for the five-day week, once in May and once before in 2012, but this is the first time it also outranked cable's entertainment networks. The network finished the week ahead of Fox News Channel, Disney, USA and HGTV.

Good news for MSNBC was also good news for Rachel Maddow. Her show ranked No. 2 in all of basic cable, trailing only WWE Entertainment.

Through the five nights, MSNBC also ranked as the No. 1 network in cable among adults 25-54. With an average 542,000 viewers in the key demo, it out-rated Fox News (430,000) by 26 percent. (Across all of cable, MSNBC trailed only USA and TBS.)

While The Rachel Maddow Show has often been unbeatable for much of this year, and MSNBC has scored key victories over Fox News and CNN on several occasions, FNC has maintained its overall lead. It recently wrapped the second quarter with wins among total viewers and the key demo, as all three cable news networks see continued year-over-year ratings growth.

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San Diego Radio: The Mikey Show Returns To KFM-BFM

100.7 KFMB-FM has announced the addition of "The Mikey Show" with Mikey Esparza to its programming line-up in afternoon drive from 3:00 PM-7:30 PM beginning Thursday, July 27th.

Esparza began his radio career 30 years ago at KFOX/Tucson and has cracked the mic in several other markets like Monterey, San Jose, Dallas and San Diego. He was last on the air in San Diego doing mornings at KBZT, which followed his run at KIOZ. After leaving KBZT he hosted a nationally syndicated show called "Rock All Night."

Program Director, Mike V. Vasquez, says "Mikey's passion for creating compelling content and his love of rock and roll make him the ideal choice to entertain San Diego during the afternoon commute. With The DSC entertaining our fans in the morning, the legendary Robin Roth rockin' the workday and The Mikey Show on the drive home, KFM-BFM is committed to delivering quality programming."

KFMB 100.7 FM (30 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Esparza commented, "I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I'm blessed to be a part of such a great station with such a cool staff! I can't wait to rock people on their drive home."

Lastly, with The Mikey Show taking over the afternoon slot, Mike V. will move to nights from 7:30 PM-12:00 AM.

100.7 KFM-BFM's "variety rock" format has already become the top ranked rock station in San Diego and includes San Diego's #1 morning show Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw.

Alphabet Adds To Cash Pile Despite Higher Costs

Alphabet Inc reported a 21 percent jump in quarterly revenue on Monday, maintaining a growth rate that is rarely seen among companies its size and suggesting the big sales gains enjoyed recently by the other Internet firms are not done yet.

Reuters reports Alphabet, the owner of Google and YouTube, said it made $3.5 billion in net income on sales of $26 billion. The profit would have been much larger but for a record $2.7 billion European Union antitrust fine.

Still, the company noted that costs were rising faster than sales and warned that expenses would remain high as more searches shift to mobile devices.

Alphabet's cost of revenue, a measure of how much money the company must spend to keep its platforms running before added costs such as research, rose 28 percent, well above the growth in revenue itself.

Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat, asked about margins during a conference call with analysts, said the company was focused on getting bigger.

"As we've often said, we're focused on revenue and operating income dollar growth and not on operating margins," she said.

Increasing costs, Porat added, are a result of more money going into high-growth products that she said would create value for shareholders.

With its latest profits, Alphabet reported $15.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents, and another $79 billion in marketable securities.

Alphabet and social media rival Facebook Inc, which together dominate the online ad market, compete for advertising dollars.

This year, Google is expected to have $73.75 billion in net digital ad revenue worldwide while Facebook is expected to take in $36.29 billion, according to research firm eMarketer. Together they will have about 49 percent of the market, eMarketer said.

Facebook is due to report earnings on Wednesday.

Dan McCarroll EXITS Warner Brothers Label

Dan MCCarroll
Dan McCarroll, president and head of A&R for Warner Bros. Records, is leaving the label after a little more than two-and-a-half years, according to an internal memo reviewed by Billboard.

In a note to staff announcing his last day, WBR's chief Cameron Strang noted that McCarroll "has been integral in evolving our A&R activity, and helping us grow our partnerships with some of the world's biggest stars, all the while attracting a new generation of talent to the label."

His exit coincided with a recent visit to Los Angeles by Max Lousada, Warner Music Group's incoming CEO of recorded music - a job he starts in October.

Ten WBR artists have had top-ten albums in the last 12 months, including Michael Buble, Fleet Foxes, Gorillaz, Green Day, Head & the Heart, Linkin Park, Mac Miller, Mastodon, Prince and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Two of those have reached number one: Green Day’s Revolution Radio and Linkin Park’s One More Light.

Spotify ThisClose To Licensing Deal With Warner Music

Music streaming company Spotify is close to agreeing to a new licensing pact with Warner Music, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing, four sources familiar with the situation said.

According to Reuters, the parties are positive a deal could be signed by September as major issues such as granting loss-making Spotify a more favorable revenue split in return for making some new albums accessible only to its paying subscribers for a defined period have already been agreed to, the sources said.

However, the precise revenue split and the size of a potential guaranteed upfront payment to the label, home to artists including Ed Sheeran and Muse, have yet to be agreed upon, said two of the sources.

"The negotiations are at a crossroads," said one of the sources, asking not to be named because the talks are private, adding discussions were taking place daily. "There are still a number of key points that remain to be agreed. If we manage to come to terms on these points, then it could lead to a very quick transaction. If not, any deal would remain at bay."

Others saw a deal being done by late summer.

"Given the way talks are progressing, I would be surprised if we don't have a deal in September," said another source on the other side of the table.

Sweden's Spotify has grown in less than a decade into the world's most popular streaming music service, but its financial sustainability hinges on its ability to strike music licensing contracts at less onerous royalty rates.

Basic features of Spotify are free and supported by advertising while paying subscribers enjoy unlimited listening and other premium features.

It faces mounting competition from far bigger internet players such as Apple and Amazon, which can afford to subsidize their push into music by drawing on money they make in other businesses.

The streaming firm, which was recently valued at $13 billion, is pushing for a 50-50 revenue split but Warner Music is demanding it retains at least 52 percent of the royalties, in line with the other labels, according to the sources.

Under the terms of their current agreement, Spotify pays 55 percent of royalties to Warner.

Warner is also pushing to receive a guaranteed upfront payment regardless of subscription growth, said one of the sources. The label, owned by billionaire investor Len Blavatnik's Access Industries, is also asking for protection against the potential rise of unsigned artists who could over time reduce its revenue share.

This follows recent press reports that Spotify was filling its playlists with anonymous or little known artists to reduce the influence of the majors, said one of the sources. Warner would be ready to reduce its royalties rate from 55 percent to 52 percent provided these issues were resolved, said the same person. Spotify declined to comment.

Earlier this year, the Swedish company struck a licensing deal with Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) to pay the world's largest label a lower royalty rate. This was recently followed by a similar agreement with Sony Music.

Dems Campaign Against AT&T, Time Warner Deal

Democrats singled out the AT&T-Time Warner merger in their new messaging campaign on Monday, signaling a tougher stance on policing corporate consolidation, according to The Hill.

In a set of documents posted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the Democrats laid out their "Better Deal" vision of cracking down on "extensive concentration of power" in a number of industries, including the cable and telecom fields.

"Consolidation in the telecommunications is not just between cable or phone providers; increasingly, large firms are trying to buy up content providers," the document reads. "Currently, AT&T is trying to buy Time Warner. If AT&T succeeds in this deal, it will have more power to restrict the content access of its 135 million wireless and 25.5 million pay-TV subscribers.

"This will only enable the resulting behemoths to promote their own programming, unfairly discriminate against other distributers [sic] and their ability to offer highly desired content, and further restrict small businesses from successfully competing in the market."

Democrats have been speaking out against the $85 billion deal since it was announced last October. Though it is widely expected to be approved by the Justice Department in the coming months, the merger has had to navigate a number of political obstacles, including early opposition on the campaign trail from President Trump.


At a rally in Berryville, Va., Warren explained why pushing for stronger antitrust rules will be a pillar of the Democrats’ new “Better Deal” initiative ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. She said consolidation leads to companies that “put the squeeze on wages” while profits rise, making it easier for businesses to claim lobbying victories in Washington.

“This kind of concentration matters,” Warren said. “It matters because giant corporations crush competition. They shut out young rivals and they kill startups.”

According to the Morning Consult, Warren — who has railed against the size and corporate behavior of financial institutions like JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. throughout her political career — also criticized the airline, food and health insurance industries.

“Corporate influence over our government has gotten worse under the Trump administration,” Warren said. “President Trump has stacked his administration with a who’s who of big-time lobbyists, Wall Street bankers and corporate executives.”

Deliberations Begins in Quincy Jones-MJ Estate Royalties Dispute

Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones sued MJJ Productions in 2013, claiming that after the King of Pop's death Jones was shorted tens of millions in royalties and wrongfully denied the opportunity to remix works he created with the artist. The estate says some run of the mill accounting errors did cause Jones to be shorted, but he's owed about $392,000 — not the $30 million he's asking for.

According to Billboard, Jones attorney Scott Cole led off closings by telling the jury the case was about two men and "the landmark music they created." He described MJJ's defense as nothing more than "word games and loopholes" and emphasized that this is the first time in a seven-decade career that Jones has ever filed a lawsuit.

Because the dispute centers on two contracts, the 1978 and 1985 producer agreements between Jones and Jackson, the precise definitions of words are key. Under the deals, Jones is entitled to a share of record royalties from Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad. The parties dispute whether Jones should share in the profits from Jackson's 1991 joint venture with Sony, and whether he should share in net profits from movies instead of licensing fees from the songs used in them.

Jones argues that the This is It documentary counts as a "videoshow" under his contract, and he's entitled to a share of net receipts. Meanwhile, MJJ says the term is used for things like music videos and isn't relevant here.

The jury will also have to decide what it means to "remix" a song. Jones says his contract gives him right of first refusal to remix any of the works he produced for Jackson, while MJJ says that right was limited to remixes ordered by Sony (then Epic) at the time the albums were being produced.

Host John Hockenberry EXITS 'The Takeaway'

WNYC has announced that host John Hockenberry is leaving The Takeaway.

“Ultimately, in every challenging career, there comes a time when it is important to know when to move on,” Hockenberry told client stations in the announcement.

The news show, a co-production of the New York station and Public Radio International, premiered in 2008 as a conversational and interactive alternative to NPR’s Morning Edition. Initially helmed by Hockenberry and co-hosts, including Celeste Headlee, the program was pared back and revamped into a midday show.

“I have put more of myself and more than 30 years of accumulated wisdom about broadcast radio storytelling into The Takeaway,” Hockenberry said. “It is a more personal statement about what I believe radio, and particularly public radio, should be than anything I have ever done.”

The Takeaway’s Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich will host as WNYC searches for Hockenberry’s replacement. Hockenberry’s final broadcasts will air the week of Aug. 7.

Hockenberry spent 12 years as an NPR correspondent starting in 1980. He also reported for NBC News and ABC News before joining WNYC in 2007.

WNYC said The Takeaway “is at a high point in its evolution,” with 2.7 million weekly listeners and carriage on more than 270 stations.

'Mooch' Vows To Fire WH Media Leakers

Anthony Scaramucci
Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump newly hired White House communications director, is exercising a broad mandate from the president and intends to follow through on threats to purge aides he believes are disloyal to Trump and leaking to the press, officials with knowledge of the fast-moving effort said Monday.

The Washington Post reports just four days into the job, Scaramucci has moved into Trump’s inner sanctum and is now described by some colleagues as almost family to the president.

In consultation with confidants inside and outside the administration, Scaramucci has begun undertaking an audit of the White House’s dozens of press and communications staffers. He is meeting one-on-one with aides in an effort to understand each person’s contributions and weed out those he determines are not working hard enough to defend the president through the crises besieging the White House, according to several of the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal issues.

Scaramucci also has vowed to root out unauthorized leaks to journalists from White House officials — an issue that has consumed and enraged the president. Over the weekend, Scaramucci delivered an unusual public warning to the staff he is inheriting: If you are leaking, prepare to be fired.

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Fox News: Clarification, But No Apology To NTYimes


The New York Times asked the executive producer of Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends for an “on-air apology and tweet” over a segment that aired Saturday morning concerning a 2015 Times story about U.S. efforts to capture ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The program briefly addressed the report Monday morning during the 6 a.m. hour.

According to TVNewser, Co-host Steve Doocy said, “On Sunday, the [New York] Times sent Fox News a lengthy statement saying the Times described its 2015 reporting to the Pentagon before publication, and they had no objections and no senior American officials have ever complained publicly until now. If you want to read the entire statement, it is posted on FoxNews.com.”

Fox News Channel and The New York Times Monday began another round of Competitive Insult Trading.

Deadline.com reports Fox took Monday's first swing:
“Neither Fox News’ report nor the subsequent on-air coverage was inaccurate. We find it beyond disappointing that the New York Times…decided to blame Fox News for comments made publicly by General Tony Thomas during a widely viewed panel at the Aspen Security Forum. It might behoove the Times to actually check in with their reporter Eric Schmitt to see whether Gen. Thomas’ comments have merit and whether Schmitt’s reporting in 2015 revealed intelligence that allowed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to slip away.”
The battle between these two media titans erupted Saturday over a report on Fox & Friends about a 2015 New York Times report. As with so many media storms that include the words Fox & Friends, this kerfuffle broke out when a Saturday morning President Donald Trump Twittergasm included a blast against the Times for scuttling a plan to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Their mutual outrage stemmed from a crack made by Gen. Tony Thomas, the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, at the Aspen Security Forum, in which he blamed the ISIS leader’s escape on a media report that appeared to be a reference to NYT article dated June 8, 2015.

The New York Times demanded Fox & Friends apologize for what a rep called the “malicious and inaccurate segment” in which Fox & Friends, with its usual flair, called NYT “failing” –  and “unpatriotic.”



Fox & Friends that morning reported “al-Baghdadi was able to sneak away under the cover of darkness after a New York Times story” and that the U.S. government “would have had al-Baghdadi based on the intelligence that we had except someone leaked information to the failing New York Times.”

Trump Rips 'The Amazon Washington Post'

"The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad....." President Trump tweeted Monday night.

Then came two more tweets:
  • "So many stories about me in the @washingtonpost are Fake News. They are as bad as ratings challenged @CNN. Lobbyist for Amazon and taxes?"
  • "Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?"
According to CNS News, Trump was reacting to a July 19 Washington Post report saying that he has decided to end the CIA's covert program to arm and train "moderate Syrian rebels" battling the Syrian government -- "a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials."

Fox News's Tucker Carlson discussed the end of the CIA program -- and the Washington Post report -- on his program Monday night, shortly before Trump started tweeting.

Carlson praised Trump's "coherent decision" to end the covert CIA program to arm the rebels, and he noted the the Washington Post made it look like Trump was ending the program because Russia wanted him to.

Carlson also interviewed Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who said the CIA program was directly arming militants who are working under the command of Al Qaeda, all in an attempt to overthrow the Syrian government.


This is not the first time Trump has bashed the "Amazon Washington Post," the newspaper purchased by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2013.

CBS Extends COO Ianniello's Contract

Joseph Ianniello
CBS said it signed a new employment agreement with chief operating officer Joseph Ianniello that will keep him with the company through 2022, according to Broadcasting&Cable.

In addition to his operating responsibilities, Ianniello will oversee the company’s financial operations until another individual is assigned those duties, according to an SEC filing.

After two years, Ianniello’s salary will be increased to $2.75 million. His target bonus will be increased to 450% of base salary in 2017 and 2018, and 500% of annual base salary the years following.

He will also receive financial award under the company’s long-term incentive plan. He is targeted to get $12.25 million a year beginning in 2018. That rises to $13.5 million in 2020. He also will be granted CBS shares.

CBS also signed a new agreement with Lawrence Tu, senior executive VP and chief legal officer.

S-F Radio: Cal Athletics Renews With KGO

Cal Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Learfield's Cal Bears Sports Properties, have renewed their agreement to air Golden Bear football and men's basketball games on KGO 810 AM through the 2019-20 athletic seasons, extending one of the longest broadcast partnerships in sports.

Cal football fans have been able to follow the Golden Bears on KGO Radio since 1974 – making this coming fall the 44th consecutive season together – while Cal men's basketball will be aired on AM 810 for the fifth straight year.

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Joe Starkey will return for his 43rd season calling football play-by-play, and he will continue to be joined by Cal Hall of Famer Mike Pawlawski, who will serve as analyst, and Todd McKim on the sidelines. Each football game will begin with an hour-long pregame show followed by a 60-minute postgame program, hosted by longtime Bay Area voices Hal Ramey and Lee Grosscup.

A 50,000-watt station based in San Francisco, KGO, operated by Cumulus Media, can be heard from as far north as Redding, south to Fresno and to the coast in San Luis Obispo during the day. The signal also reaches into Canada, Colorado and Mexico at night. In addition, others stations on the statewide Cal football network for this season are KESP Radio (970 AM, Modesto), KAHI Radio (950 AM, Sacramento) and KLAA Radio (830 AM, Los Angeles).

"Most of our fans only know KGO as the radio home of the Golden Bears," Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. "We are excited to extend our partnership and keep a familiar place on the radio for our listeners. As our flagship, KGO provides an extensive signal that encompasses much of our state, and we look forward to moving well into our fifth decade together as broadcast partners."

"Cal Football is the longest-running partnership on KGO 810-AM. We are thrilled to once again extend both Football and Men's Basketball to fans throughout Northern California," said Justin Wittmayer, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-San Francisco.

Artist Miranda Lambert Visits NASH Nights

NASH Director of Programming, John Shomby, NASH Nights Live's Elaina Smith, Miranda Lambert, Shawn Parr
Country's Miranda Lambert stopped by NASH Nights Live Monday and chatted about everything from "Tin Man" and vulnerability to her favorite summer activity with her friends and family, "boobs and tubes". Lots of fun and laughs today with Miranda at the NASH Campus in Nashville!

July 25 Radio History


➦In 1908...radio star Harold (Hal) Peary was born in San Leandro Calif.

Hal Peary
The character for which he is remembered, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, was born in Chicago on the Fibber McGee and Molly show.  He was enough of a hit as a supporting player that in the summer of 1941 he was given his own starring vehicle, NBC’s The Great Gildersleeve, the first known spinoff in American broadcasting history. Peary left the role in 1950, but never found anything as successful with the listening or viewing public.

He died March 30 1985 at age 76.


➦In 1922...AT&T began broadcasting on radio station WBAY New York City, the predecessor of WEAF, WNBC, WRCA and the current WFAN.  AT&T broadcast assets within a few years were early NBC properties.


➦In 1925...2XAG in Schenectady, NY became the first radio station in the U.S. to broadcast with a 50,000-watt transmitter.  The station, soon to be known as WGY Radio, could broadcast with 50,000 watts, since it was owned by the General Electric Company.  Today, WGY still broadcasts with its original call letters and is still using 50,000 watts of power.



➦In 1947...Michael Scott Shannon was born.  Presently hosting the morning show for WCBS 101.1 FM in New York City.and host America's Greatest Hits syndicated nationally with United Starions and CBS . He has also worked for WHTZ, WPLJ, The True Oldies Channel, and he is the voice for the syndicated Sean Hannity Show.

He began his radio career during an Army stint at WFBS 1450 AM in Spring Lake, North Carolina (later WFBX). From there he moved to WCLS 1580 AM in Columbus, Georgia. After leaving the army, Shannon worked full-time in radio at WABB in Mobile, Alabama, where he acquired the name Super Shan.  After a brief stint at WMPS in Memphis he moved to Nashville, where he was the evening disc jockey at WMAK 1300 AM, later becoming that station's program director.

Shannon left Nashville to take a job as a record promoter with Casablanca Records.  Scott returned to radio in Washington, D.C. as program director of WPGC 95.5 FMFM, taking that station to the #1 spot in the Arbitron ratings. From there he moved to WQXI 790 AM in Atlanta. Then, in Tampa, Florida, Scott, along with partner Cleveland Wheeler, developed the morning zoo radio format while at WRBQ 104.7 FM Q105. Again making his station one of the most listened to in the United States.



Shannon is particularly known within the radio broadcasting industry for his work on WHTZ 100.3 FM Z100 in New York City in the mid to late 1980's. Along with former disc jockey Ross Brittain of WABC's "Ross & Wilson Show", he founded the "Z Morning Zoo." He was the driving force in helping Z100 become the top-rated FM station in New York City within a mere 74 days of signing on the air.

In 1989, Shannon left Z100 for Los Angeles to start up Pirate Radio, KQLZ. Pirate Radio employed a similar Top 40 concept. As the 1990s began, Top 40 radio experienced a decline, and eventually Pirate Radio struggled as well, leading to Shannon's departure.

In 1991 he returned to New York and resurfaced on Z100's biggest rival, WPLJ 95.5 FM. This station had also been struggling since its glory days of the mid 1980s, and Shannon became program director and morning drive co-host. Shannon created a Top 40 format that was geared more toward the adult contemporary audience, brought in co-host Todd Pettengill to form "The Big Show," and the WPLJ call letters were re-emphasized. On February 7, 2014, he announced he was exiting WPLJ effective immediately.

On February 25, 2014, WCBS FM announced that Scott Shannon would be hosting a brand new Morning Show entitled Scott Shannon in the Morning in New York starting on March 3.



Shannon is one of several disc jockeys honored in an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.  In 2003, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C., and in 2006 he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois.

In September 2010, Shannon was named Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Radio Awards.


➦In 1999....veteran broadcast journalist Martin Agronsky, who joined NBC Radio as a foreign correspondent in 1940, and went on to a distinguished career with all three US TV networks, died of congestive heart failure at age 84.