General Music Radio Industry News
New Sales Managers Named at Entercom Boston. Moving over from her sales manager position at Entercom’s news/talk WRKO to the same post at rock WAAF is Alison Harris. Assuming the open sales manager post at WRKO is Denise DiLuca, who returns to Entercom from her most recent gig with iHeartMedia as VP of sales in Providence. DiLuca worked in the business development department at Entercom Boston before joining iHeartMedia in 2012. Entercom New England VP/market manager Phil Zachary says both Harris and DiLuca embody the cluster’s inexorable work ethic. “Alison and Denise are natural sales leaders. Both are highly regarded in the marketplace for their uncompromising integrity, outstanding training skills, intensity of focus and ability to recruit the very best local sellers. I have no doubt our Boston cluster will continue to outperform the market with these proven professionals in key roles.”
Michael Saunders to Program ’93.7 The Beat’ in Houston. Urban programming pro Michael Saunders – most recently PD at Cox Media Group’s urban AC WCFB, Orlando – joins iHeartMedia in Houston to program urban contemporary KQBT and to serve as urban brand coordinator for the company’s national programming group. This isn’t his first go-round with iHeartMedia; he was previously VP of programming for its Detroit stations and programmed WWPR, New York “Power 105.1.” Marc Sherman, region senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Houston, says, “Michael is a proven leader who will bring incredible results to iHeartMedia. We are excited to bring a programmer of his caliber to Houston and are eager to make history as we transition to this exciting new chapter of THE BEAT.”
Cumulus Ups Hach to VP, Digital for San Francisco. After serving as digital and integrated sales manager for Cumulus Media’s San Francisco and Minneapolis clusters, Justin Hach is promoted to vice president, digital for the company’s San Francisco station group that includes sports talk KNBR, triple A KFOG, classic rock KSAN, news/talk KGO, news/talk KSFO and Asian KSJO. Hach’s charge will be to lead a team that is responsible for all digital and social strategies, development, content and revenue. Vice president and market manager Justin Wittmayer says, “I’m really proud of the team that Justin has built and the way that they’re connecting our brands and fans. His content strategy is driving database growth, engagement, revenue and, most important, a better user/client experience.”
Jess Hanson to Head Up Horizon Broadcasting’s Central Oregon Station Group. Most recently with Townsquare Media’s Abilene, Texas operations, Jess Hanson heads north to join Horizon Broadcasting Group’s Central Oregon media properties as market manager/general sales manager. He’ll oversee the company’s five radio stations – classic hits KQAK-FM, hot AC KWPK “The PEAK 104.1,” AC KLTW “95.7 MY FM,” news/talk simulcast KBNW-AM/FM, and classic country KRCO – as well as the company’s digital assets and event productions. Horizon president and CEO Keith Shipman states, “I am pleased to hand over the day-to-day operations of our Central Oregon assets to an experienced and successful leader. Jess has demonstrated his passion for the radio industry over the past three decades and has built successful sales and programming teams throughout his career. He has a proven track record in broadcast, digital and event sales – all of which are key to our clients’ marketing plans.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Afternoon drive personality Tim Virgin signs a contract extension to remain with Cumulus Media’s classic rock WLUP-FM, Chicago “97.9 The Loop.” He posted this message to listeners, “Well Chicago…You’re stuck with me for a couple more years! So happy, honored and excited to extend my time at the greatest rock station in the land 97.9 The Loop!”…..In San Diego, Greg Raneiri is named music director at country KSON, adding that responsibility to his night jock duties. Entercom also gives hot AC KXSN afternoon personality Gene Knight music director duties for his station…..Afternoon drive personality Zakk exits Cumulus Media’s rhythmic AC WRWM, Indianapolis “93.9 The Beat” for a new, yet-to-be announced gig.
It’s Official: FCC Releases 2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review. For some time we’ve known what this review was going to say, but the FCC has now officially released the Quadrennial Regulatory Review with the subtitle “Review of the Commission’s Broadcast Ownership Rules And Other Rules Adopted Pursuant to Section 202 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.” Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly sums up his feelings thusly, “…rarely have I seen a proceeding take so long and a document say so much in order to accomplish nothing of value. I dissent.” Ouch! And referring to the release of the 2010 Quadrennial Review in 2016, Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai states, “What took us so long? Based on the ‘substance’ of this Order, I have no idea, for the agency essentially does nothing but stick its head in the sand.” Both commissioners chide their agency for sticking with the ban on Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-ownership, citing arguments with which readers of this trade publication are already very familiar. Pai also laments the commission’s unwillingness to update the Local Radio Ownership Rule, the Radio-Television Cross-Ownership Rule, and the Dual Network Rule. He accuses the agency of defying the courts with regard to diversity. Five years ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the FCC’s definition of “eligible entity.” Pai comments, “Earlier this year, the Third Circuit said ‘enough is enough’ and demanded that the FCC take prompt action on its ‘stalled efforts to promote diversity in the broadcast industry.’ So what does the Commission do here in response to the court? Precisely one thing: It re-adopts the exact same ‘eligible entity’ definition that the Third Circuit rejected in 2011!” Pai goes on to express disappointment with partisanship and procedure that hampers the agency’s ability to serve the industry. “Today’s result is all the more unfortunate because compromise was well within reach. For example, a bipartisan majority of commissioners was willing to repeal the outdated Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule. But for some reason, we were told that this rule would not be repealed unless all commissioners agreed. And sadly, one chose to exercise that veto. As someone who has been on the losing end of more 3-2 votes than I care to remember, I am baffled by this new requirement for unanimity. We’ve been told for years by the FCC’s leadership that 3-2 votes are what democracy is all about. Except, I guess, when it isn’t.” You can read the FCC’s entire report as well as full commentary by O’Rielly, Pai and Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn here.
Cumulus Media Names Jess Poxson Assistant Program Director. Midday air personality Jess Poxson adds assistant program director duties to her role at Cumulus Media’s Detroit country outlet WDRQ “NASH FM 93.1.” She’ll work with Detroit director of FM programming Robby Bridges and Cumulus Media Detroit operations manager Mike Wheeler. Bridges states, “In the longstanding Cumulus tradition of promoting from within, it is a pleasure to enhance Jessica’s role here in Detroit as we build DRQ’s brand and profile in the community and continue providing the best country music content to Detroit’s passionate country fans. I am thrilled she’ll be working closely with me and our team.”
Petrosso Rises to SVP of Sales at iHeartMedia Charlotte. General sales manager Ryan Petrosso is promoted to senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia’s Charlotte station group that includes: country WKKT “96.9 The Kat,” CHR WHQC “Channel 96.1,” classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox,” classic hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake” and alternative WEND “106.5 The End.” Charlotte also serves as the flagship market for the syndicated John Boy & Billy Radio Network, the “Ace & TJ Show” and the “Woody & Wilcox Show.” Petrosso started in the radio business at iHeartMedia’s Providence cluster in 2004, eventually rising to GSM there. He joined the company’s Charlotte cluster in 2015.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Using the election motif to promote their morning drive program, WMYX, Milwaukee “99.1 The Mix” duo Wes McKane and Elizabeth Kay are pictured here (from l-r, happy listener, Kay, McKane) with their “campaign” poster promoting their vow to “make mornings great again” for Milwaukee radio listeners. Listeners are able to drop by the station to pick up their free signs. Wes and Elizabeth are also planning a whistle-stop tour throughout the Milwaukee market to distribute the signs to listeners…..Kathryn Boxill (below) shows off her award commemorating her 20 years of service to employer Research Director, Inc. Boxill is radio sales research manager and Research Director, Inc. partner Marc Greenspan states, “It’s unusual in today’s work environment for employees to stay so long with one company and this is a significant milestone. At Research Director, Inc., we have a lot of pride about the client-centered approach to our business. Kathryn plays a key role in this process. We wish her continued success.”…..CBS RADIO Las Vegas announces the launch of “98.5 Da Shaka,” the market’s Island and Reggae Station on 98.5 KLUC’s HD-2 frequency. The company notes that in addition to listening to “Da Shaka” locally through the HD-2 frequency, listeners can also stream the station through Radio.com or the Radio.com app for mobile devices…..Alpha Media country outlet KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull” announces Interscope recording artists The Band Perry will headline the station’s Santa Jam Concert on December 4 at the Theater of the Clouds at the Moda Center. KUPL PD and afternoon personality MoJoe Roberts says, “We’re thrilled to serve up our holiday gift to country music fans in Portland! The Band Perry will share the stage with several rising stars at Santa Jam. We’ll begin to unveil them in the coming weeks, once Santa confirms them on his ‘nice list.’”
Cool Office Position Opportunity. WDST, Woodstock, New York “Radio Woodstock” is looking for an outgoing, friendly, and highly motivated receptionist/assistant office manager/promotions assistant. Candidates will need to be able to multi-task and assist various departments, including the sales team and promotions manager. Promotions includes assisting with the station website, social media, e-blast, live performance coordination and basic graphics duties. Looking for team player who loves what Radio Woodstock is all about. No phone calls. Mail cover letter and resume to: Cynthia V. Huggins, WDST-FM, PO Box 367, Woodstock, NY 12498 or email email@example.com. EOE.
Amber Bouchard Named APD and Midday Jock at Alternative WRFF, Philly. The new midday personality and assistant program director at iHeartMedia’s alternative WRFF, Philadelphia “Radio 104.5” is Amber Bouchard, a.k.a. Amber Miller. She takes over for Wendy Rollins who recently exited the station to relocate to Atlanta. Station program director John Allers says, “We were very fortunate to have some exceptional candidates raise their hand for this position. Amber stood out as the perfect match for Radio 104.5’s assistant program director position with her broad background in radio and records combined with a strong understanding of our target audience and the music they love.” Bouchard previously served as national director of promotion for Caroline Records. Her radio resume includes stops at WEQX, Albany; WDVD, Detroit; WDCG, Raleigh; and WQSM-FM/Fayetteville.
CMG Promotes Dawn Campbell to Director of Branding and Programming for WCFB, Orlando. After five years with Cox Media Group Orlando, most recently as music director for urban adult contemporary and WCFB and hip hop WPYO and promotions manager for WCFB, Dawn Campbell is named director of branding and programming for WCFB “STAR 94.5.” Cluster operations director Stevie DeMann says, “I’ve had a front row seat to see Dawn grow through her entire career. Her passion, dedication and knowledge of the brands she’s been able to touch are unmatched. I’m so excited for her personally and have all of the confidence in the world that she will be a great leader for the ‘Star 94.5’ brand and the staff.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The reason is not quite clear but Joe Volk of the long-running “Joe and the Poorboy” show on Cumulus Media’s rock WKQZ, Midland, Michigan has exited the station. Program co-host Adam Shilling announced Volk’s departure earlier this week…..With the departure of Dave Hovel to iHeartMedia’s Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland cluster, West Virginia Radio Corp. promotes PM drive personality Jason Taylor to program director and morning host at its country WICL, Williamsport, Maryland and simultaneously ups midday host Rona Mensah to afternoons.
Cumulus Media to Use Twitter’s ‘Moments’ to Curate Station Happenings. The company says it is “among the first radio media companies to use Twitter’s ‘Moments’ and to curate the very best stories from moments around its 452 radio stations and Westwood One’s syndicated programs.” As you may already know, “Moments” are collections of Tweets that share the stories happening on Twitter, curated by Twitter and select partners. Companies granted access to make Moments can use the creative format to tell stories using related, real-time content. Moments unfold across multiple Tweets and involve various points of view, and can be Tweeted or shared via link. Suzanne Grimes, EVP, corporate marketing for Cumulus and president of Westwood One, says, “We are beyond thrilled to be part of this innovative feature from Twitter. It’s the perfect marketing tool for the network and our stations, who pour their hearts and souls into their shows and their events. It allows them to connect with and extend real-time relationships with our listeners, our communities, and our advertising partners.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. At this year’s Radio Show in Nashville, FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Ajit Pai will be speaking. Commissioner Pai addresses attendees on Thursday at “Keeping Up with the Changing Radio Regulatory Landscape,” and immediately following, will be the session “A Conversation with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.”…..Alpha Media’s rock WMFX, Columbia, South Carolina “Fox 102.3” is airing Carolina Panthers play-by-play broadcasts this season. The station will air full coverage of all games, plus pre-game and post-game shows, “Panther’s Talk” each Monday night at 7:00 pm and daily Panther updates…..Entercom partners with Clip Interactive to use the latter’s interactive radio platform for its 129 stations. Using Clip-built mobile apps, Entercom stations can deliver interactive broadcast and stream content feeds to listeners. The Clip platform enables interactivity with all audio content delivered by Entercom stations via broadcast and stream…..Westwood One is offering Labor Day Weekend pop and rock specials. Each is a four-hour program – one for CHR and hot AC stations hosted by Troye Sivan and one for rock-oriented stations hosted by Fitz and the Tantrums. Each show shares “highlights of the summer of 2016, along with all the music that’s a must for every end-of-summer playlist.”
Big D to Host Afternoons at KWNR, Las Vegas. Air personality Big D is named the new afternoon drive jock at iHeartMedia’s country KWNR, Las Vegas “95.5 The Bull.” He is taking over the daypart from the company’s regional SVP of programming JoJo Turnbeaugh, who says, “Big D was a big part of ‘The Bull’ when he handled nights a couple of years ago. It’s great to have him back home where I know he will take afternoons to a whole new level here in Las Vegas.” Big D also worked in the Vegas market at iHeartMedia’s CHR KPLV “93.1 The Party” as APD/MD and afternoon host. He says, “Country radio is something I’ve grown to love over the last five years. I’ve been lucky enough to learn the format from amazing programmers like Travis Moon, Bree Wagner, Gregg Swedberg, and JoJo Turnbeaugh. I’m excited to step into my first full-time gig in country radio with a stacked air staff on a massive station. I’m blessed for this opportunity and cannot wait to see where it brings me next. Horns Up!”
WIL, St. Louis Names Danny Montana Midday Jock. St. Louis country outlet WIL fills its midday slot with current assistant program director Danny Montana (pictured here with Taylor Swift several years back). He’s been with the Hubbard Radio station since 1995, first as the overnight personality, then serving as a daytime on-air talent, as well as music director for the station. In 2003 he was named APD with responsibilities including management of the country artist meet & greet opportunities and producing all of the WIL country music concerts. He will continue in that role. WIL program director Scott Roddy says, “Danny worked VERY hard to earn this position – and the competition was tough! Danny’s commitment to the WIL brand, new country, and our passionate followers make me proud to name him WIL’s new midday personality.”
iHeartMedia Brings Tom Sheridan Aboard. Sales pro Tom Sheridan – formerly a GSM and director of sales for E.W. Scripps’ crosstown operations – joins the iHeartMedia’s Milwaukee station group to serve as a senior account executive. Sheridan brings his quarter century of sales experience in the market to iHeartMedia’s cluster that includes: country WMIL, urban contemporary WKKV, classic hits WRIT, news/talk WISN, CHR WRNW, and sports talk WOKY.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At CBS RADIO’s Boston CHR WODS “103.3 AMP Radio,” there are a number of moves to report. Vanessa Hale is named afternoon drive personality. Corinne Kimball removes the “interim” from her midday host title. Matt Bosso is now the APD and music director, and mix show coordinator Tone Terra is named assistant music director…..iHeartMedia country outlet WMZQ, Washington adds Sun Broadcast Group’s “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver” for the evening daypart…..Bay Area radio personality Renel Brooks-Moon joins Entercom’s urban adult contemporary KBLX, San Francisco to serve as host of the Sunday evening “Soul School Sundays” program…..Three female voices are added to the program schedule at Entercom’s classic rock KUFX, San Jose “98.5 KFOX.” Nancy Newcomer is the new host of the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm show. Celeste Perry takes over the evening program, and sister station KOIT midday host Teri King will pull weekend shifts at KUFX.
Nielsen Pulls 35 Households from Los Angeles PPM Panel. Citing “irregular compliance patterns,” Nielsen Audio has made it known that it has dismissed 35 households from the Los Angeles PPM panel. Nielsen is not going into much detail other than to say that its review team discovered that its quality standards were not adhered to. Nielsen says the irregularities were noticed among households in question in the first two weeks of the Los Angeles August 2016 survey and that those households were removed for weeks three and four of the survey. As a result, Nielsen is reviewing the data for the Los Angeles surveys to determine if any previous months had been affected. The company is also looking at other PPM markets to see if similar irregularities occurred. Meanwhile, Nielsen says its control system did its job is discovering the problems but will continue to review ways to prevent recurrence of these irregularities. It’s not believed that any media households were involved. It was two years ago that a KSCA, Los Angeles staffer was fired after it had been determined the station had made contact with a panelist and ratings had to be reissued.
Midwest Communications Buys Eight Signals from Red Rock Radio. You can add eight more signals to the portfolio of Midwest Communications after the company acquires them from Minnesota-based Red Rock Radio. The deal includes five FM stations and three translators. They are: KQDS-FM Duluth, WEVE-FM Eveleth, KGPZ-FM Coleraine, WXXZ-FM Grand Marais, KAODFM Babbitt, and translators W252AN Hibbing, W288AI Ely, and W221AU Virginia. Red Rock Radio is operated by Kathy Lau and Shawn Skramstad. They own 24 radio stations in Minnesota. Midwest Communications owns 73 stations in Tennessee, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Among the broadcasters doing what they can to assist those affected by the floods in Louisiana are the folks at Alpha Media’s Biloxi operations. They partnered with the City of Gulfport to collect relief supplies. Their goal was to fill one semi-truck, but that goal was far exceeded when three 18-wheelers were loaded with necessities. The Biloxi team delivered the items to the Louisiana Flood victims on Wednesday, August 17th. WXYK “107.1 The Monkey” evening host James Steele comments on the efforts saying, “It was touching. It was beautiful. With all of the bad news and bad things going on in the world, this makes you realize that the world isn’t all bad; the world is full of really great people.”…..Beasley Media Group is acquiring FM translator K268CS, Las Vegas from Southern Nevada Educational Broadcasters for $700,000. Bob Heymann of the Chicago office of Media Services Group served as the exclusive broker representating the buyer in this transaction. Robert Branch represented the seller.
Dave Hovel Named SVP of Programming for iHM Salisbury-Ocean City. Programming and on-air pro Dave Hovel is the new SVP of programming for iHeartMedia’s Salisbury, Maryland station group that includes country WWFG “Froggy 99.9,” adult contemporary WQHQ “Q-105,” CHR WKZP “Kiss 95.9,” urban contemporary WSBY “Magic 98.9,” news/talk WJDY “Newsradio 1470AM,” and sports talk WTGM “Fox Sports 960AM.” During his career, Hovel has served with West Virginia Radio Corp’s country WICL, Williamsport, Maryland; CBS RADIO Baltimore; and Delmarva’s country WXCY, Wilmington. iHeartMedia markets group area president Chris Walus comments, “Dave has an extraordinary record of success in leading media operations, developing formats and coaching top-level personalities. This, coupled with his remarkable skill for driving breakthrough revenue growth set Dave apart from the pack. The Salisbury team is excited and eager for Dave to start.”
Eric Lauer Named WKTI, Milwaukee GSM. Milwaukee native Eric Lauer returns to Brew Town to serve as general sales manager for country WKTI. In addition to that role, Lauer will also serve as national sales manager for WKTI, news/talk WTMJ and the company’s sports properties. Lauer comes to the E.W. Scripps stations from his current role with Cox Media Group as general sales manager for the company’s six Jacksonville stations and CODAN Internet Marketing. Vice president and general manager Tom Langmyer says, “The growth of WKTI has taken us to the next level – creating a need for its own sales leadership. The restructuring of management roles at Milwaukee’s radio operations will provide stronger focus on each of our properties, which includes Jason Bjorson’s assumption of full sales leadership in his role as GSM of WTMJ and sports sales.” Lauer begins in Milwaukee on September 26.
Who the Heck Is Marvin Robert Klopfenstein? He’s one of the most seasoned and storied radio professionals in the business – better known throughout the industry as Bob K – and he’s this week’s guest on the PodcastOne award-winning hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” Today, the former (self-described) “nerd” from Chino, California – who took accordion lessons, owned a ventriloquist dummy, had a pet duck and pushed around an AV cart in high school – maintains a relatively modest profile as the owner/operator of the Boston-based production company, Bob K Sound & Recording. But back in the day, he programmed and/or managed some of the most important music and talk stations in the nation (KABC, KOA, KFWB, WIND, KING, KOB, KMPC, WBZ and more) and coached some of the biggest-name talent (Jerry Williams, Larry Glick, Tom Leykis, Doug Stephan and the legendary Alan Berg to name a handful). The conversation between Harrison and Klopfenstein is a radio geek’s delight! They talk about Bob K’s experience serving as the radio consultant on the successful, multi-Emmy Award-winning “Frasier” television sitcom back in the 1990s – and is still playing to huge audiences on Netflix. It starred Kelsey Grammer as the pompous Seattle radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane. One of the many assets that made “Frasier” one of the best TV shows of all time was its atypically accurate depiction of the radio station, studio and employees – due in large part to then-KABC program manager Bob K’s expertise and participation in designing the set and coaching the actors. Fans of the classic TV series will love this podcast. Harrison and Klopfenstein also talk about the late Alan Berg (whom Bob K hired at KOA), the liberal/Jewish personality murdered in cold blood by anti-Semitic, white supremacists in 1984, who inspired the Eric Bogosian/Oliver Stone play and film, “Talk Radio.” To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Broadcasters Foundation of America Assists Broadcasters Affected by Louisiana Floods and California Wildfires. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is moving swiftly to provide emergency grants to broadcasters whose lives and property have been severely damaged by the floods in Louisiana and the wildfires in California. The Emergency and Disaster Grant Program features an abbreviated vetting process that gets emergency funds to victims within a week. To be eligible, applicants must have worked in radio or television broadcasting and be facing extreme financial hardship due to a natural or environmental disaster. BFoA chairman Dan Mason says, “It’s imperative that we get these emergency funds into the hands of broadcasters within days. The Broadcasters Foundation has a track record of moving quickly and nimbly in emergencies, while thoroughly screening the abridged applications for need.” In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation acted speedily to award $250,000 in one-time emergency grants of $1,000 each to 250 broadcasters. The Foundation also moved quickly following the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Hurricane Sandy in the New York area. The Broadcasters Foundation contacted the Louisiana and California Broadcasters Associations last week to distribute emergency grant application information among its members. Emergency grants already have been awarded to broadcasters in Louisiana from Cumulus Media, Guaranty Broadcasting, Nexstar Broadcasting, Raycom Media, Townsquare Media, and others. Requests for aid from Louisiana flood victims are coming in almost hourly, and the Foundation is reviewing completed applications immediately to rapidly deliver emergency grants to those who are approved. For more information and to make a donation to the BFoA, visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, or call 212-373-8250.
Beth Neuhoff to Receive 2016 MIW Trailblazer Award. The recipient of this year’s 2016 MIW Trailblazer honor from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio group is Neuhoff Communications president and chief executive officer Beth Neuhoff. She will receive the 8th annual MIW Radio Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award on Wednesday, September 21 during the 2016 Radio Show Wednesday Headliner: ‘Cutting Edge Trends in Marketing, featuring Dave Ramsey and John Rich.’ MIW Radio Group spokesperson Kay Olin states, “Beth Neuhoff is an accomplished broadcaster who blazes new trails and heights in everything she touches. Beth has been a passionate and enthusiastic ambassador for Radio and especially women throughout her career. She sets a tremendous example for all women in broadcasting through her bold decision-making and inspiring leadership. Beth is intelligent, caring, approachable and the natural choice to be honored as our 2016 MIW Trailblazer.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. A donation of $85,000 is being made to the American Red Cross flood relief effort in Louisiana, thanks to the generosity of the loyal audience of iHeartMedia’s Bobby Bones. Last week, the country morning radio show announced that all proceeds from #PimpinJoy merchandise on www.BobbyBones.com, including limited-edition baseball T-shirts, would be collected for the American Red Cross to help those affected by the devastating flood. Listeners and fans raised the $85,000 in just a few days…..The KZZP, Phoenix-based Johnjay & Rich show’s #LoveUp movement is continuing to grow and the demand for t-shirts has become so overwhelming that the apparel designer had to rent a warehouse, which also serves at the first #LoveUp retail store. The #LoveUp movement was started by Johnjay Van Es and proceeds from the charitable venture go to the Johnjay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation serving the needs of foster children. Since June 2015, approximately 9,000 shirts have been sold, which has raised $100,000 for the Foundation. Pictured here is Blake Van Es, Johnjay’s wife, speaking to a TV3 reporter about the opening of the storefront…..Alpha Media Topeka stations news/talk WIBW-AM, country WIBW-FM, and country KTPK-FM hosted their 4th annual Kick Off Party for National Night Out on Friday, August 5. This year’s event had a record breaking turnout of 600 people. The event celebrates the local initiative in partnership with National Night Out. The public was invited to the station’s parking lot to enjoy food and social time with neighbors and community partners. Community organizations, law enforcement agencies, the local library, animal shelters, and more participated. Children enjoyed hands-on experiences with fire trucks and police cars, had their faces painted, listened to great music, and won prizes.