News Bites for January 13...
...Entercom sports “560 The Joe” WQAM Miami will continue to serve as the Florida Panthers flagship radio station, broadcasting all 56 games of the team’s 2021 NHL season schedule, as well as all playoff contests. Play-by-play announcer Doug Plagens and color analyst Bill Lindsay will return this season, with games also streamed on Radio.com and the team’s website. Additionally, the “Insider Show,” hosted by Plagens will air every Saturday from 9-10am on WQAM, debuting Saturday, Jan. 16. The station will host a special “Panthers Season Preview Show” Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 8-10pm, with the Panthers first game-day broadcast set for Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7pm vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.
...Cumulus Media news/talk KMJ Fresno (620) raised nearly $30,000 to help fight human trafficking on Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Monday, Jan. 11. The money will help victims of human trafficking through the non-profit Breaking The Chains organization. “Our loyal listeners always amaze me how they generously step up for great causes, especially one like human trafficking which has brought so much heartbreak and violence into our community,” General Manager Patty Hixson said in a release.
...oWOW, the internet radio station founded by former WMMS Cleveland Program Director John Gorman is signing-off after a brief reprieve that kept the station active through the end of year. The station originally announced it would end operations at the end of October, due to financial strains brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Using proceeds from the release of a local compilation album and income from remaining advertisers, oWOW was able to continue streaming jockless but will now cease operations on Jan. 17, Cleveland.com reports.
...“The Kojo Nnamdi Show,” 12-1pm weekdays on American University news/talk WAMU (88.5), will end April 1, after a 23-year run. Nnamdi will continue to host “The Politics Hour” on Fridays and will host a series of live events for the station. Nnamdi’s slot on the WAMU schedule will be filled by “The Takeaway” from WNYC Studios, Monday through Thursday, while “The Politics Hour” will air Fridays. Nnamdi will also continue to host “Kojo In Your Community” events — soon to be rebranded as “Kojo In Our Community” — in which he hosts panel discussions outside of the station.
...Brands, including Progressive, Ikea, and Permanente along with agencies, such as GroupM, Omnicon and Wavemaker that use the global ad platform Adform now have access to audio inventory from major publishers globally and AdsWizz’s AdWave platform via a direct integration between the two platforms. “We pride ourselves on reacting swiftly to our customers’ needs, so partnering with AdsWizz is a logical choice that will provide advertisers with the scale they need to make the most of audio platforms,” Adform CEO Troels Philip Jensen said in a release. “We look forward to evolving our partnership as this exciting channel develops.”
...QBS Broadcasting talk WBQO Brunswick, GA (93.7) adds the iHeartMedia-syndicated “Armstrong & Getty Show.” The show will air 12-3pm on weekdays. WBQO joins Alpha Media news/talk KFQD Anchorage (750) as recent affiliates of the program, which is based at iHeartMedia talk KSTE Sacramento (650) and heard in more than 50 markets.