News Bites for February 14...
...What starts with Tom Petty’s “A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me)” and ends with “Your Love is Driving Me Crazy” by Sammy Hagar? It’s “The Fox” in Cincinnati playing an A to Z of songs with “Love” in the title. Cumulus Media’s WOFX-FM is celebrating Valentine’s Day as only it could by “Playing every damn song with Love in the title… Alphabetically.” Coming out a set of music, PD/midday personality Marty Bender said, “Not necessarily love songs, but songs with love in the title… we played some D back there.” Bender then “copped some feels” with the airing of “Feel Like Making Love” (Bad Company) and “Feel Your Love Tonight” (Van Halen).
...Galaxy Media celebrates its 30th anniversary this week. Formed by former WAQX Syracuse PD Ed Levine and his wife Pam on Feb. 12, 1990, Galaxy had humble beginnings – its first studios were in the back of a diner in Frankfort, NY. Galaxy’s first station, WKLL was created with call letters honoring their daughter Lauren, who was 18-months old at the time. The company now owns 13 radio stations in Syracuse and Utica. “We are proud to celebrate 30 years of service to the Central New York Community,” Ed Levine, who serves as President and CEO of the company said in a release. “Pam and I intend to continue to serve the Syracuse and Utica markets for many years to come.”
...The documentary “WBCN and the American Revolution” will be screened at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre in Vermont on Friday, Feb. 28. “It just seemed like a story that needed to be told,” film creator Bill Lichtenstein told Valley News. “A lot of things have changed, but a lot of things haven’t changed.” The film has been playing film festivals across the country. The documentary recounts the legendary Boston station, which was at the forefront of the progressive FM scene in the late 60s and early 70s.
...Crain’s Business Chicago finds a new radio outlet after Nexstar talk WGN cut ties with the publication following a published story claiming the station was preparing to be spun off. Crain’s cover story will be featured each week on “Reset with Jenn White” on Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ (91.5). “Crain’s is thrilled to partner with WBEZ and ‘Reset’ host Jenn White to go beyond the headlines to talk about the most important business stories impacting Chicagoans every week,” Jim Kirk, Publisher and Executive Editor told Chicago media reporter Robert Feder. “Together, we can bring new, important analysis and discussion around some of the biggest issues across multiple platforms. We’re excited to get started.”
...According to San Francisco Gate, the most stolen book from the San Francisco Public Library is “Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder” by syndicated conservative talk show host Michael Savage. “The one author our head of collections has to check regularly and purchase new copies of are books by Michael Savage,” library spokesperson Kate Patterson told the publication. “We check once a year to see if all the copies are gone and reorder. We have moved to e-book for most of them, so we can ensure copies are around.” Apparently, members of “Savage Nation” don’t understand the concept of a “free” library.
...The Reach Media-syndicated “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” is added to the lineup at Radio One urban AC WRNB Philadelphia (100.3). “I’m excited to have this extremely funny and gifted talent in Philly” PD Jay Dixon said in a release. “I know Rickey and his crew will bring the kind of morning show that’ll get this city going.”