News Bites for May 7...
...Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley was among the featured panelists during the “Tuning into Radio/Radio Super Session” at Music Biz 2019 on Monday, May 6, at the JW Marriott in Nashville. The panel also included Cox Media Group Houston Director of Operations Johnny Chiang and Kristen Williams, Senior VP of Radio & Streaming at Warner Brothers Nashville.
...iHeartRadio will participate in developing an Android Automotive OS experience as an early access partner. Beginning in 2020, iHeartRadio will be available in vehicles that are equipped with infotainment systems powered by Android built by Google. “Through a driver-optimized experience, you will be able to browse through iHeartRadio’s library, access your saved stations, search for and play live radio, artist radio, playlists and podcasts. It will be faster and easier than ever before to locate and play content,” a posting on the iHeartRadio blog reads.
...Kathy Romano from the “Preston & Steve Show” on Beasley Media Group rock WMMR Philadelphia (93.3), hosted the 12th annual “Kathy’s Cuts” to benefit Wigs for Kids on Friday, May 3. The event produced 124 donations to benefit Wigs for Kids. “Over a decade ago, I wanted to cut my hair short, but didn’t want my long locks to just fall to the floor, get swept up and thrown in the trash, so I decided to donate them,” Romano said. “I contacted my friend Joe, the owner of Gravity Hair Salon. He helped me come up with the idea of asking others to cut their hair. Now, we've created this amazing event for over 10 years where men, women and children come out to cut their beautiful hair and donate it to children in need of real hair wigs.”
...Foothill Community College variety KFJC San Francisco (89.7) will air a special program, “Planet Bass,” Monday, May 20 as part of its “Month of Mayhem.” Twelve accomplished bassists coming from different musical disciplines get together to play compositions and improvisations live on-air from 2-6pm. “An ensemble like this doesn’t come along every day,” KFJC host Max Level said in a release. “There have been many bass ensembles, but a dozen bassists playing together is a rarity to say the least.”