News Bites for January 23...
...Maurice Jovan, better known as “A Cat Named Moe” on the “Soul Brother Kevin Show” on Cox/Apollo talk “102.5 The Bone” WHPT Tampa, is directing a movie about zombies. “W.D.E.D. Dead in the Morning” is the story of a failing morning show that takes advantage of a zombie outbreak to boost ratings, Tampa Patch reports. The film features Kevin Caswell, namesake of the “Soul Brother Kevin Show” and Bone morning man Mike Calta. The project, which will debut at the Florida Film Festival in the spring, is being filmed in part at the Cox/Apollo Tampa studios. View the trailer to the film HERE.
...The Missouri Broadcasters Association has named the Hall of Fame Class of 2020, which includes Lebanon, MO native Jim Bohannon, host of the Westwood One-syndicated “Jim Bohannon Show.” Bohannon will be inducted at a ceremony held on Saturday, June 6. He will be joined in the Class of 2020 by Don Hicks, President/CEO of the MBA from 1994-2012 and President Emeritus in 2013, and Betsey Bruce, the first female TV journalist reporting hard news in St. Louis, who worked at the former KMOX-TV, KTVI-TV and KPLR-TV.
...SiriusXM will provide coverage of Super Bowl LIV, offering multiple live broadcasts of the game and will also launch a week long pop-up channel “Super Bowl LIV Radio,” beginning Monday, Jan. 27. SiriusXM will provide nine broadcast options to listen to the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Feb 3, including the official radio broadcast from Westwood One and local broadcasts from the Chiefs and 49ers radio networks. The game will also be broadcast in six different languages, all of which will be carried by the satellite broadcaster. SiriusXM shows “Straight from the Hart,” “Andy Cohen Live,” “The Jenny McCarthy Show” and “Sway in the Morning” will broadcast live from Miami Friday, Jan. 31. SiriusXM's “Mad Dog Sports Radio” will broadcast live from Radio Row throughout the week.
...StreamGuys’ streaming and podcast technology is heading down under. The California-based company has inked a deal with Agile Broadcast to become the exclusive distributor of its products to broadcasters and podcasters in Australia and New Zealand. StreamGuys EVP Jason Osburn says Agile Broadcast has “very strong” relationships with radio operators in the two countries that it sees as a key target for growth. “Broadcasters in the region can now have in-depth discussions about streaming with the same people they talk to about encoders, consoles and playout systems, making it easy for them to unify their traditional and forward-looking operations,” Osburn said.
...Home Town Media hot AC WKTN Kenton, OH (95.3) partners with the United Way of Hardin County for “Radio Day For United Way,” Saturday March 28. “This partnership is a great way to highlight the benefits United Way has for Hardin County and to help raise funds for so many agencies that they support,” Station Manager Chad Spencer said in a release. “The staff of Home Town Media/WKTN is proud to assist the United Way in raising funds for the United Way of Hardin County.”