News Bites for October 8...
...Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) is now accepting applications for the Rusty Walker Scholarship program, which will provide travel, accommodations and comped registration to attend Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2020, Feb. 19-21, 2020 in Nashville. Individuals interested in applying must do so by Oct. 31. “Education is central to the mission of CRS and was such an important thing for the scholarship’s namesake,” CRB/CRS Board President Kurt Johnson said in a release. “Every year these scholarships help aspiring industry professionals advance their future, and that’s good for all of us.”
...The Premiere Networks-syndicated “John Boy & Billy Big Show” gets a shout-out from country artist Cole Swindell on Hardy’s “Boy From The South” single. Swindell sings the first verse of the song, which goes “Little Royal Pine Tree on the dashboard / Little John Boy and Billy on the FM /Might win a hundred dollars if he's the fifth caller / And names the bass player from Zeppelin.” “We are honored to be included in Hardy’s song,” John Boy and Billy said in a release. “This is truly a first. In the past, music artists have created custom versions of their songs that included us, but this song is legit. It’s a true cultural reference, and it just doesn’t get any better than that.”
...Fox Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Networks, reports audience growth across several digital platforms, including podcasts, streaming and FoxSportsRadio.com, for September and August. FSR set a new record for total monthly podcast listens in September, reaching more than 11 million monthly listens. It’s the third record-breaking month in a row, with total podcast listens growing nearly 60% since January, according to Megaphone (September 2019). The start of football season helped The Herd Podcast Network’s football-themed “3 and Out with John Middlekauff” reach a milestone of one million monthly podcast listens in September, and the sports betting-focused “Straight Outta Vegas with RJ Bell” podcast doubled its audience since July. September also marked the launch of a new iHeartRadio original podcast, “The Fifth Hour with Ben Maller,” a twice-weekly program focused on football and betting.
...Steven Van Zandt, E Street Band guitarist, solo artist, producer, songwriter, actor and host of the syndicated “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” will be honored for his longstanding commitment to supporting arts education, teachers and students everywhere at the First Annual Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Gala on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation was founded by Van Zandt along with founding board members Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese, Bono and Bruce Springsteen. The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Gala will be hosted by actor and comedian Drew Carey with a musical performance by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will present Van Zandt with an award for his dedication and groundbreaking contribution to arts education. “Music will forever be humanity's most effective and consistent source of inspiration and motivation and we have learned, music turns out to be our most solid common ground for establishing communication between teachers and students, which is where education begins,” Van Zandt said in a release.
...iHeartMedia flips hot AC WBCG Murdock, FL to contemporary Christian as “Up! 98.9.” A website posting reads, “Up! 98.9 is your new home for uplifting and positive hits.” The station is using programming from the Christian FM Network, which includes Brant Hanson (mornings), Doug Hannah (middays), and Lisa Barry (afternoons). WBCG flipped from AC to hot AC in May 2014 as “98.9 My FM.”