News Bites for June 5...
...Chicago radio veteran and National Radio Hall of Fame member Garry Meier will guest host for Mancow on Cumulus Media news/talk WLS (890) the week of June 24. Chicago media reporter Robert Feder says Meier will be a guest on the morning show Friday, June 21 and then anchor the program the following week. Meier worked with another Windy City radio giant, Steve Dahl, throughout the 80s at WLS and then co-hosted afternoons with Roe Conn until 2004. He ended a five-year run at Tribune Media’s news/talk WGN (720) in 2014 and currently hosts a subscription-based podcast.
...Univision’s Uforia Music Series “Uforia Mix Live!” hits Miami June 8 at American Airlines Arena. The musical event will feature performances from Latin pop and reggaeton stars, including Ozuna, Karol G, Anuel AA, Natti Natasha, Zion y Lennox, Darell, Brytiago, Rauw Alejandro and Chacal.
...Joey Reynolds, who started his radio career at the former WHLW-AM Lakewood, NJ before rising to fame as a Top 40 personality at WKBW Buffalo (1520), WFIL Philadelphia (560) and afternoons at the former WNBC New York (660), received the “Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting” award from the New Jersey Senate and the New Jersey Assembly. Reynolds’ career in the tri-state are also includes a lengthy stint at WOR New York (710).
...“Change is in the Air,” a new book documenting the launch and subsequent success of WZAK Cleveland (93.1), will be available June 11. In the book, station owner Lee Zapis recounts the station’s origins and how it helped launch the careers of Mary J. Blige, Usher and MC Hammer. “The early 1980s brought a lot of changes to American culture,” an excerpt reads. “In 1981, MTV launched, IBM introduced the personal computer and a year later the compact disc came along. 1981 was also the year that my tiny, family-owned radio station in Cleveland called WZAK changed formats to urban contemporary.” The urban AC-formatted WZAK is currently owned by Radio One.
...“Humble” Harve Miller, best known for his nighttime show on “Boss Radio” KHJ Los Angeles, has died at age 85. Miller began his radio career in 1958 at WAAT Trenton, NJ and made the move to LA in 1965. In 1971, Miller was found guilty of manslaughter for the murder of his wife, who was allegedly having an affair. After serving jail time, he resumed his career at the former KKDJ Los Angeles and in 1985 landed at WIBG Philadelphia before heading to KVI Seattle a year later. He was last on-air at KHTS Los Angeles.