News Bites for September 15...
...Bonneville sports “710 ESPN Seattle” KIRO-AM and the Seattle Mariners have signed a multi-year extension of their ongoing broadcast agreement. The 2022 MLB season will be the 32nd year that KIRO has served as the flagship radio station of the franchise. “Continuing our long-standing broadcast partnership with the Seattle Mariners is phenomenal” Senior VP/Market Manager Cathy Cangiano said in a release. “At Bonneville, we are committed to delivering high-quality, innovative and entertaining local content to our audiences and this extension aligns with our vision and goals. We appreciate the Mariners confidence and have already begun working together to expand our weekly coverage of this exciting team.”
...Nina Hajian, morning co-host at Audacy rhythmic CHR “B96” WBBM-FM Chicago, has been missing from the show for nearly three weeks, with no explanation to her whereabouts given on-air. “We have given Nina an extended period of time off to spend time with family and friends,” PD Todd Cavanah told Chicago media reporter Robert Feder. “I’d like to respect everyone’s privacy on this matter at this time.”
...Sept. 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month and both Univision and NPR will offer special programming features to mark the occasion. Uforia, Univision’s audio network, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with 20 special playlists of music from all the Hispanic countries in Latin America available exclusively on the Uforia App. Additionally, the company is hosting various community events and airing special coverage across the country throughout September and October. NPR Music will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a “Tiny Desk” concert takeover, including “El Tiny” performances by J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Prince Royce and Sech. The special series will feature 10 Tiny Desk (home) concerts, curated by NPR Music's Alt.Latino team, as well as several Instagram Live interviews with Latinx musicians and celebrities, and some exclusive “El Tiny” merchandise.
...The New York Mets are naming their Spanish-language radio booth in honor of Juan Alicea, the team’s longtime play-by-play announcer. Alicea joined the organization in 1969 and served in a number of positions, including scouting and community relations, before landing in the radio booth for Spanish-language broadcasts in 1982. “I’m incredibly humbled and honored,” Alicea said in a release. “The Mets have been my family for over 50 years. It’s very special to be remembered forever.” Spanish-language Mets’ radio broadcasts are carried on Univision’s “Que Buena 92.7” WQBU, licensed to Garden City, NY.
...Townsquare Media CEO Erik Hellum provides a review of “The Quest for Excellence: The Chase for Self-Mastery and Leadership Distinction Kindle Edition,” written by industry veteran Bob McCurdy, who passed away in July 2020. “Bob was an incredible coach and mentor. The lessons he taught me have guided my life, both personally and professionally,” Hellum writes. “There is no better way to describe Bob than ‘coach,’ and like the great basketball coaches from his favorite sport, Bob instilled a daily commitment to excellence. If you were fortunate enough to work for Bob, you worked hard, you practiced and refined your craft, competed to win, and took better care of your clients than anyone else. Those lessons learned early on, not only served me well in each step of my career, but I hope made me a better husband, father, son and friend. In the Quest for Excellence, Bob shares this game plan for success in business and life. There are countless people Bob mentored over the years that have gone on to become incredibly successful.”
...“Weird Al” Yankovic is named as the official 2021 Ambassador for the 11th Annual World College Radio Day, which takes on Friday, Oct. 1. “It feels great to be back in college radio,” Yankovic said in a release. “I loved my college radio days. That’s where I first got my start, that's where I first took the name ‘Weird Al’ professionally, so I have very, very fun memories.” Yankovic has recorded an exclusive, wide-ranging interview especially for the World College Radio Day event, which will be simulcast on the more than 600 participating college radio stations. Yankovic is an alumnus of California Polytechnic State College adult alternative KCPR San Luis Obispo, CA (91.3).