News Bites for September 14...
...Tom Griswold, host of “The Bob & Tom Show,” returned to his nationally syndicated morning show Tuesday, following successful heart valve replacement surgery in mid-August. Griswold, who has been part of the Westwood One-syndicated show since its inception at “Q95” WFBQ Indianapolis more than 38 years ago, initially checked into the hospital for a repair heart valve procedure. But doctors determined that a valve replacement would provide a better long term outcome. After recovering at home in Indianapolis, Griswold “was back in the studio in fine form this morning, entertaining the show's loyal fans across the U.S.,” according to a spokesperson.
...Cumulus Media CHR “Q99.7” WWWQ will pass out 5,000 station-branded facemasks at the upcoming 2021 Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. The festival is Saturday, Sept. 18 through Sunday Sept. 19, with Maroon 5 set to take the stage at 9:30pm on Saturday night. “Stop by the Q99.7 tent on ‘Radio Row’ at Music Midtown and pick up your complimentary Q99.7 face mask. Look great and help Q99.7 stop the spread,” a release read.
...Futuri and SmithGeiger will share findings from the study, “The Future of Audience and Revenue,” on Tuesday, Sept. 21 7pm (ET) on the Clubhouse app in “The Encouragers” group. “We all know that consumers are changing and the pandemic shifted a lot of habits,” Erin Callaghan, Futuri Media Director Enterprise Partnerships, said in a release. “We also know it pays to stay up to date with consumers. This study uncovered what listeners are looking for and what they are not looking for now. We will share directly from listeners and you’ll get a much clearer picture of what is likely happening with your listeners today.”
...With the building that houses iHeartMedia rock WHEB Portsmouth, NH (100.3) placed on the market, Greg Kretschmar, morning host of “Greg and the Morning Buzz,” reflects on his home for 37 years, ahead of relocating to the company’s Manchester location. “I don’t think about it, I don’t think about the end,” Kretschmar tells SeacoastOnline. “Look, you get to do something you love. Right? And in order to do something that you love, sometimes things are going to change and you’ve got to adapt,” he continued. “They’re giving us all new stuff, all new equipment with a lot of new opportunities. What’s not to like?” The “Greg and the Morning Buzz” program is simulcast on “Rock 101” WGIR Manchester.
...The next RAB Radio Works presentation, entitled “Radio Works for Wellness,” will feature Ben Bailey, Integrated Media Specialist, Alpha Media; Cindy Fox, Senior Account Manager, Connoisseur Media; and Vera Kurdian, CEO, Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 1pm (ET). Registration information can be viewed, HERE.
...The DeDe McGuire Foundation joins with the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans and 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge to help relief, recovery and restoration efforts after the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida. McGuire’s show is heard in more than 50 markets nationally, including Cumulus Media hip-hop/R&B “Max 94.1” WEMX Baton Rouge and adult R&B sister KMEZ New Orleans (102.9). “The 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans and The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge thank the DeDe McGuire Foundation for a generous donation to the Restoration Fund. 100% of the donations will go to the relief, recovery and restoration of families and communities in South Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Ida,” James Logan, President and Chairman of the Board, 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans said in a release. “We have a long road towards restoration but donations like these greatly help us towards our goal.”
...Bloomberg Radio and TV implement a new sonic and musical brand identity, created by RealWorld and sister company Reel2Media. The comprehensive package consists of more than 50 unique musical themes – anchored to a memorable two-note sonic logo – that unify the Bloomberg Television, Radio and Digital platforms under a single sonic identity, according to press materials. “This is a monumental achievement and a proud moment for our company,” ReelWorld CEO/Reel2Media Chairman Mike Thomas said in a release. “Our work for Bloomberg marks the dawn of a new era of content creation for us and I’m excited to grow our media branding portfolio.”