September 16, 2014

Clear Channel is now iHeartMedia

Clear Channel Radio which became known corporately as Clear Channel Media + Entertainment has become iHeartMedia, Inc. A new corporate stock symbol will hit the markets on Wednesday. Clear Channel Outdoor billboard advertising corporate name will not change.

From WSJ - The name-change is “a reflection of fact that company has changed radically over last several years,” said Clear Channel Chief Executive Robert Pittman, who came out of retirement to take the helm in 2011. In addition to adding the digital radio service and creating a host of live, televised events during his tenure, the company has amassed a “huge social presence” using the iHeartRadio moniker on social media channels, he added.

But Mr. Pittman said he realized about a month ago that the company needed a name that made more sense.

“When I say I work at Clear Channel people say, ‘Huh? What’s that?’ ” said Mr. Pittman. The term “clear channel” refers to a category of AM radio stations with high protection from interference from other stations, and such a reference now seems “way out of place,” he said.

September 15, 2014

The Death of FM Radio According to One Musician

"Even downloading MP3’s will soon be a thing of the past, as none of us need 50,000 MP3 files hogging up HD space on our laptops. Therefore, streaming will be the go-to source for all music listening habits, both new and old."

The Homicide Called FM Radio By Matt G @MGMuzik

A few months ago Google bought the popular streaming music service Songza for a reported $39 Million. Recent studies show that Pandora is actually the most popular radio music service in 14 of 15 of the top FM radio markets in the entire country. Spotify continues to make business headlines with their remarkable deals and growing 10 million plus paid subscriber base. With the near future of the YouTube music service and the the emergence of Beats Music, as well as other transitions in the industry to add more diversity to the online streaming music world its obvious the way we listen to and will be listening to music will continuously change over the course of the next decade. Its no secret that times and trends have changed, thus birthing a completely new music consumer.

September 12, 2014

The Notorious B.I.G and 'Ready To Die' 20 Years Later

From NPR-- Saturday marks two decades since Bad Boy Records released Ready to Die, the album that introduced the charismatic, exceptionally talented, gone too soon rapper Biggie Smalls to the world, and made him a star.

In the early '90s, dream hampton was a student at NYU and a writer. Christopher Wallace was shopping a demo tape that he'd made under the name The Notorious B.I.G. (his first choice for nom de plume — Biggie Smalls — had already been taken by another rapper, but his friends and fans continue to call him Biggie). Their paths crossed shortly after hampton voted for the rapper to be included in The Source magazine's Unsigned Hype column, then the launching pad for some of hip-hop's greatest musicians. They became friends, him reading her work and sometimes going to class with her.

The Fly Jock, Tom Joyner, #TJMSTour Takes to the Road

THE TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW ON TOUR – Meeting Every Listener!

The Tom Joyner Morning Show just completed the first week of a 5 week tour clocking over 700 miles on the road driving to each market. In each city Tom Joyner, Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown broadcasted live from the city's local radio station affiliate, hosted a meet and greet with listeners and sponsors, bought lunch for listeners and generally had a great time meeting thousands of people and grabbing headlines in the market. This tour is not only exciting listeners but also creating station marketing opportunities for sponsors. See more [PHOTOS] below

September 8, 2014

POWER 99 POWERHOUSE 2014 TO FEATURE T.I., JEEZY and J. COLE

MuthaKnows, Tamar Braxton, Mina SayWhat
Power 99 and Philadelphia Futures To Award Five Increase the Peace Scholarships

Power 99, Philadelphia’s heritage home for Hip-Hop and R&B, announced today on the "T-Roy Show" that T.I., Jeezy, J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Kid Ink, Migos and K. Camp will perform live at POWERHOUSE 2014 (#POWERHOUSE2014) on Friday, October 31, at the Wells Fargo Center.

POWERHOUSE 2014 (#POWERHOUSE2014) will be hosted by the Power 99 on-air team and reality show superstar Tamar Braxton of "Braxton Family Values," "The Real" and "Vince & Tamar," who will also take the stage for a live performance.   Power 99’s POWERHOUSE 2014 is presented by Coors Light and powered by PGW, FAMJUICE and Bee Your Hair.

September 5, 2014

Over 50,000 Attend Tom Joyner's Labor Day Family Event Weekend

Tom Joyner’s Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion Celebrated Family with Epic Concerts, Inspiration, and Empowerment

Over 50,000 were in attendance with Tom Joyner and his celebrity friends at his annual event celebrating family Labor Day weekend

Over 50,000 were in attendance with  Tom Joyner and his crew for the 12th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion.  The Gaylord Palms Resort and Hotel in Orlando, FL was overflowing with Joyner’s celebrity friends, fans, and families experiencing concerts, inspiration, games, a huge family expo and more Labor Day weekend. 

The Jacksons honored their brother and celebrated his birthday during the live radio broadcast of the Tom Joyner Sky Show®. Watch the full interview here on BlackAmericaWeb.com.

September 4, 2014

Pam Oliver Talks About Her New Role with Fox Sports

Pam Oliver the NFL sideline reporter talks to Essence Magazine and breaks her silence on her career shakeup at Fox Sports. With all controversy surrounding this move announced in July, many thought Fox Sports had fired her. That however is not the case.  You will no longer see Oliver on Fox's number one NFL broadcast team with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. But she will return to the sidelines for a 20th season for regional NFL games. Which will be her last.

From Essence Magazine- For Pam Oliver, watching Sunday afternoon football as a kid was as much a family tradition as going to church. As an adult, she found her way to the gridiron, becoming one of the most well-regarded sports broadcasters in the industry. But this July, in a development that shocked the sports world, SI.com revealed that Fox Sports was pulling the plug on 53-year-old Oliver’s sideline gig, replacing her with Erin Andrews, 36, a former ESPN reporter and Dancing With the Stars host. The backlash was swift and loud. Fox execs were charged with ageism and racism and accused of valuing perkiness over experience. Despite scores of media requests in the wake of the revelation, Oliver remained mum. Now the veteran journalist gives her side of the story.

September 2, 2014

Chuck D teams up with Mavis Staples for “Give WE the Pride”

Chuck D has teamed up with legendary soul singer Mavis Staples on a song that direct attacks today’s rap music and its lyrical content that does anything but instills pride in the black community. The song called “Give WE the Pride” is a track from Chuck D's recently released album The Black In Man

Chuck D earlier this year, justifiably so, attacked Hot 97's Summer Jam Concert and urban radio in general for the deterioration of the hip hop culture. When referring to urban radio he said "get it right or be gone." At the time of his criticism, Chuck D vowed to change urban radio within a year.

MUSIC - Urban Adult Contemporary Mix

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