News Bites for May 26...
...The Country Music Association announces ballot schedules for the 2020 CMA Broadcast Awards and “The 54th Annual CMA Awards.” Eligible CMA members may now submit applications for the 2020 CMA Broadcast Awards for Broadcast Personality, Station and National Broadcast Personality of the Year online at broadcast.CMAawards.com. CMA Broadcast Awards are presented for Personality and Station of the Year in four categories that are determined by market size (Major, Large, Medium and Small), as well as CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year. Entry submissions will be accepted until June 17 at 5pm (CT). CMA Broadcast Awards winners will be notified in early October and recognized at “The 54th Annual CMA Awards,” which will be held in November in Nashville.
...Entercom AC KYXY San Diego (96.5) adds the syndicated John Tesh to nights, while Sherry Knight moves to middays. “Throughout his career, John Tesh has built a strong following through his work as a television and radio broadcaster, and we’re excited to welcome his show to KYXY.” Senior VP/Market Manager Karyn Cerulli said in a release. “We’re excited for our listeners to enjoy Tesh’s expertise and advice as they wind down their days.”
...CBS News Radio will cover the launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on Wednesday, May 27 as U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley become the first to be launched into orbit from American soil in nearly a decade. Peter Kind will anchor the launch coverage and also hosts programming segments leading up to historic launch of a private space vehicle with American astronauts.
...Drake Hall, longtime morning man at Cumulus Media classic rock “98.1 The Max” WXMX Memphis who exited in April, has launched a new website DrakeHallMemphis.com. The site offers “Drake’s Diary,” which so far includes a book pick of Val Kilmer’s “I’m You’re Huckleberry,” subscription options for a newsletter and video posts, photos and merchandise.
...The video feed of “The Paul Finebaum Show” has returned to the ESPN’s SEC Network. The video feed was temporarily displaced due to Finebaum broadcasting remotely during the health-crisis; an ESPN Radio audio feed of the program was carried in its place. His home studio has now been outfitted with video cameras to continue the audio-video simulcast.
...Seehafer Broadcasting adds translator simulcasts for AC WOMT Manitowoc, WI (1240) and classic country WCUB Two Rivers, WI (980). WOMT can now also be heard on the Manitowoc-licensed translator W300EE at 107.9, while WCUB is simulcast on the Two Rivers translator W246DY at 97.1.