News Bites for July 18...
...Backstreet Boys are the latest addition to the lineup for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sept. 20 and 21. The annual event, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, Def Leppard, French Montana, Halsey, Heart, HER, Hootie & The Blowfish, Marshmello, Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons and Steve Aoki with special guests Darren Criss and Monsta X, Tim McGraw and Zac Brown Band. Each night’s performances will broadcast live on iHeart radio stations across 150+ markets. The CW Network will broadcast a two-night television special Wednesday, Oct. 2 and Thursday, Oct. 3.
...Appearing on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM program, Kim Goldman, the sister of Ronald Goldman, who was murdered with Nicole Brown, said O.J. Simpson’s Twitter account is “hard for the family to stomach,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Simpson was charged, but ultimately acquitted, of the murders. After serving time for a separate conviction, Simpson joined Twitter and frequently posts about his golf outings. “When someone kills your brother and they’re on the golf course and they’re sitting out there in their golf cart, living the life that most people don't get to live, it's got to be maddening,” Stern said during the segment. He then floated the idea that the former NFL star and actor should be banned on Twitter. “I say yes,” Stern voted. “Just to save you the grief of seeing him out there.”
...Compass Media Networks announces a full slate of NFL coverage, which includes a double-header every Sunday (1pm/4pm) for all 17 weeks of the NFL season. Coverage begins with preseason action that includes Rams vs. Cowboys in Honolulu and Packers vs. Raiders in Winnipeg, Canada. NFL opening weekend action on Compass Media Networks will feature Titans vs. Browns and Giants vs. Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 8 and Monday Night Football action featuring Broncos vs. Raiders on Sept. 9. “NFL Gameday presented by Compass Media Networks has become a destination listen across the country,” Michelle Salvatore, General Manager of Sports for Compass Media Networks said in a release. “Our long history with the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and numerous other clubs across the country has enabled us to once again offer a full spectrum of NFL coverage, called by some of the greatest voices to grace the air.”
...After a vocal fan base complained that their favorite channel was not easily accessible, SiriusXM returns the “Jam On” channel to the satellite radio service. The channel was replaced by “Phish Radio,” with “Jam On” available only online and via the SiriusXM app. Fans expressed their disappointment, even putting together an online petition, JamBands.com reports. The “Jam On” channel is available on channel 309. A similar scenario earlier played out with SiriusXM returning “The 40s Channel” to the radio service after listeners complained.
...The KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute opens Monday, July 21, presented by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Students from five universities will be welcomed by KBA President Chris Winkle. “We can’t stand on the sidelines wondering where the next generation of broadcasters will come from,” Winkle said in a release. “We have to be proactive and intentional in our efforts to assist students on their journey into broadcasting, culminating with job placement.” Chris Lytle of Instant Sales Training will host the opening session, followed by a group of radio pros from around the state and region who will take part in sessions over the 10-day Radio Talent Institute.
...iHeartMedia “NewsRadio 850” KOA Denver launches “Broncos Country Tonight,” which will air 4-10pm weeknights. The program, which debuts July 19, features Broncos play-by-play man Dave Logan and color analyst Rick Lewis along with sports personalities Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright. “Broncos Country Tonight solidifies the strong partnership between the Denver Broncos, iHeartMedia’s KOA NewsRadio and top sports on-air personalities such as Dave Logan and Rick Lewis,” Region President Tim Hager said in a release. “From the Denver Broncos Training Camp to behind the scenes preseason coverage, this show will attract a huge following and we’re excited to welcome it to our heritage station.”