Once again Forbes magazine has released its annual Celebrity 100, a list ranking the world’s top paid entertainers. Among the celebs from radio who made this year’s list are two Premiere Networks syndicated Talk radio hosts — Rush Limbaugh (left) and Sean Hannity (right). Other radio connected celebs who made the annual ranking from Forbes include iHeartMedia’s Ryan Seacrest and SiriusXM’s Howard Stern. The magazine has released its Celeb 100 list every year since 1999, but this year’s methodology revised its previous U.S.-centric focus to create a list that ranks the world’s highest paid superstars, regardless of nationality. In fact, 32 celebs who made the 2015 list come from outside of the United States. See all of this year’s Forbes Celebrity 100 HERE.
More than a dozen celebrity comedians are set to support the men, women and families of the U.S. military tomorrow (7/1) when CBS Radio all-newser KNX/Los Angeles and sister Oldies station K-Earth 101 hold their 2nd annual Radiothon and Comedy Festival for America’s Troops at L.A.’s legendary Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard. Hosted by K-Earth’s Gary Bryan, the fundraiser will air live from 6-10am on K-Earth, with cut-ins all morning long airing on KNX. Many of the comedians who have supported L.A.’s Bob Hope USO over the years, including Paul Rodriguez, Dom Irrera, Tom Arnold, Kevin Nealon, Gabriel Iglesias, Richard Lewis and Tom Dreesen, will receive awards to honor their support. In addition, the Laugh Factory will also hold a benefit comedy show tomorrow night to support the Bob Hope USO. Meanwhile, in other KNX news: Congrats to the station’s entire crew on receiving three trophies for editorial excellence by the Los Angeles Press Club at its 57th Southern California Journalism Awards dinner held last weekend in SoCal.
In a post to his Facebook page, longtime Sports/Talk programmer Jason Dixon (right), most recently PD at Greater Media-owned Detroit Sports 105.1, reports he’s joining SiriusXM as Director for the satcaster’s Washington, DC-based Sports programming. Dixon’s Sports radio resume also includes programming stints at Capitol Broadcasting/Raleigh-Durham Sports trio 99.5 The Fan, 620AM The Buzz and 1550 ESPN Deportes, and WDAE/Tampa … Former Washington Huskies and NFL Seattle Seahawks quarterback and current 710 ESPN/Seattle personality Brock Huard, will host his 5th annual free football camp for area youth on July 23rd. Over 200 future footballers, ages 8-18, are expected to participate in the event that will be held at Husky Stadium … Veteran Sports radio executive Jason Wolfe — best known from his more than two-decade run at WEEI/Boston — has been tapped to help the MLB San Diego Padres produce the team’s first-ever radio/telethon to support Pedal the Cause — a two-day cycling event in ‘America’s Finest City’ to raise money for four renowned cancer centers that call San Diego home. The event will take place September 18th-20th, featuring courses suited for any riding ability, from 10 miles up to a two-day ride. Learn more HERE.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has named former CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason (left) Co-Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the group’s Board of Directors. A longtime supporter of the Foudation, Mason is taking on the additional executive duties to help advance
the group’s mission of helping broadcasters in acute need … Glen Tacinelli is named General Sales Manager for WABC/New York. For the past seven years Tacinelli has managed Eastman Radio’s New York office. His radio sales background also includes positions with crosstown WCBS-FM and Arbitron (now Nielsen). Tacinelli (right) begin his new gig at Cumulus Media’s ‘Big Apple’ News/Talker on July 13th … iHeartRadio has joined forces with Virgin America to bring new music options to the airline’s passengers, curated by iHeartMedia’s digital radio service and Virgin Produced (Virgin Group’s entertainment arm). The partnership will integrate iHeartRadio-branded music stations into Virgin America’s award-winning Red in-flight entertainment system, available at every seatback.
KXL/Portland host and Compass Media Networks syndicated talker Lars Larson prepped for the upcoming 4th of July Weekend with a live broadcast from “the world’s largest fireworks tent” — TNT Fireworks located in Clark County, Washington (where the sale of fireworks is legal). Larson reports operators have applied to Guinness to confirm official world record status for the 13,000 square foot facility, where all the fireworks are being sold for charity.
For the second time, Greater Media/Charlotte syndicated morning personalities Bob & Sheri traveled west over the weekend to serve as hosts of the Sonoma-Marin County Fair’s annual ‘Ugliest Dog Contest.’ Held in Petaluma, CA, for the past 25 years the internationally observed event has celebrated “homely hounds and the humans who love them.” This year’s grand prize winner was 8-year old mixed breed ‘Quasi Modo,’ who took home $1,500 on his second try at the yearly event. Adopted from a local shelter, Quasi’s owner says the dog suffers from multiple birth defects to his spine, making his back too short for the rest of his body. “We were so excited to be asked back to the festival to host the contest again!” said Bob & Sheri Show co-host Sheri Lynch. “We love this event!” That’s the morning radio duo pictured above grabbing a digital souvenir with the winner.
The Lisa Wexler Show joins the lineup at Forte Family Broadcasting-owned WGCH (AM 1490)/Stamford-Norwalk, CT, where it will air weekdays from 4-6pm beginning July 6th. Hosted by Lisa Wexler (pictured) the talk show (previously heard on WFAS/White Plains, NY) has been the recipient of the Best of Gold Coast award three times, and honored with a Best of Westchester and the Connecticut Press Club Award … Veteran Talk radio host Ed Tyll is now also the CEO at Starcom Radio Network, which currently provides programming to a reported 26 low power AM & FM stations, from Oregon to New York state. The network streams its programming on the Starcom website, TuneIn, and Stitcher. Tyll reports he is currently seeking potential new hosts and affiliates to join the new network venture … NextRadio — the free smartphone app that allows users to listen to FM radio on their mobile phone — can now be downloaded through the Amazon App Store. NextRadio is currently available on 40 smartphones from Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, and on HTC and Motorola’s Moto G and E phones with all major wireless carriers.
WSCR (670 The Score)/Chicago is kicking off a two-month promotion to award one lucky listener a $20,000 gift card, good towards tickets to any events nationwide via VividSeats.com. In Willy Wonka-like fashion, 60 finalists will attend a live grand finale broadcast in August, where each will be given a candy bar-on-site with just one containing the winning ‘Golden Ticket.’ The contest is being held in conjunction with participating Chicagoland Shelby’s & Stella’s Place locations … FOX Sports reports that former NFL wide receiver (Bears, Chargers, Jets 49ers) Curtis Conway (pictured) will replace the recently axed Hank Bauer as the color commentator for San Diego Chargers broadcasts on iHeartMedia-owned Sports/Talker KLSD (XTRA 1360)/San Diego. Conway is currently a Los Angeles-based TV analyst for the NFL Network and Pac-12 Network.
Jason Courtemanche signs on as Vice President of Sales for Cumulus Media/Los Angeles, where he’ll oversee sales for News/Talker KABC and the station’ s NHL Los Angeles Kings broadcasts, and Rock clustermate KLOS. Courtemanche (left) was most recently VP Sales for iHeartMedia/Chicago. Prior to that, his radio resume included stints as Sales Manager for CBS Radio’s Windy City all-newser WBBM-AM and General Sales Manager at iHeartMedia/in San Diego … Jeff Schmidt (right) will join the Radio Advertising Bureau as Senior Vice President of Professional Development effective July 6th. Reporting to RAB President/CEO Erica Farber, Schmidt will oversee the professional development group across all of RAB’s training services and also lead the RAB’s efforts on recruiting millennials into radio. Schmidt’s 26-year radio career includes sales and management roles with Cumulus Media, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, and Hearst Corporation … Dave Lougee, President of TEGNA Media, has been elected NAB Joint Board Chairman by the NAB Joint Board of Directors. Lougee takes over from Charles Warfield, Senior Advisor for YMF Media, whose term expired. Additionally the NAB Radio Board elected Unvision exec José Valle as Radio Board Chair, NRG Media CEO Mary Quass as Radio Board First Vice Chairman, and Lincoln Financial Media President/CEO Don Benson as Radio Board Second Vice Chairman. Meanwhile, Emmis COO Pat Walsh has been elected to the Radio Board’s major group representative’s seat.
Westwood One Chief Marketing Officer Pierre Bouvard moderated a panel at the recent Nielsen Consumer 360 Conference in Washington, DC. The annual conference “brings together the media research community, advertisers, brand marketers, and thought leaders to discuss navigating big data to unlock better insights and anticipate future trends.” Pictured at the session are (L-R): Bouvard; Katz Media Group EVP Stacey Schulman; syndicated radio personality Zack Sang; and Tom Griswold, co-host of Westwood One’s syndicated Bob & Tom Show.