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1210 WPHT Raises $92K For Travis Manion Foundation With Radiothon

“Our Philadelphia brands are long supporters of the Travis Manion Foundation and their great work for veterans and families of the fallen in our local community.”

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Audacy partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation during the sixth annual “Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Travis Manion Foundation Radiothon” to raise more than $92,000 in support of veterans. According to Radio Online, The Travis Manion Foundation is a nationwide veteran service organization that brings together communities to reinforce America’s national identity by enabling veterans and families of fallen heroes to guide and inspire future generations.

David Yadgaroff, Audacy Philadelphia’s Senior VP and Market Manager, expressed gratitude for the enthusiastic and charitable nature of WPHT listeners. He also highlighted the longstanding support of Audacy Philadelphia brands for the Travis Manion Foundation. 

“Our WPHT listeners are extremely passionate and generous, and it’s so gratifying when our friends, neighbors, and advertisers rally together for a great cause,” said Yadgaroff. “Our Philadelphia brands are long supporters of the Travis Manion Foundation and their great work for veterans and families of the fallen in our local community. We’re pleased to join them again to support their mission.”

Broadcasting live from the Audacy corporate headquarters in Philadelphia on March 24th, the radiothon was spearheaded by station personalities such as Rich Zeoli, Nick Kayal, Dom Giordano, and Dawn Stensland. In addition, the Travis Manion Foundation team, including Ryan Manion, the organization’s president, and a Gold Star Sister, participated in the event as special guests.

The Travis Manion Foundation offers exceptional personal development and training programs to veterans and families of fallen heroes, enabling them to lead their communities and serve in collaboration with one another. To learn more about the foundation and its initiatives, please visit its website at travismanion.org.

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Jemele Hill: Reports I’m Leaving Spotify Aren’t True

“My podcast hasn’t been canceled. I never asked Spotify for $100M. This shit is truly comical.”

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Jemele Hill recently took to Twitter to address the misconceptions surrounding her podcast, expressing that many reports circulating is simply untrue. She clarified that her podcast had not been canceled, and contrary to rumors, she never made a $100 million request to Spotify. Hill said she found the situation rather amusing and described it as comical.

According to a recent TMZ report, Hill is currently negotiating a separation from Spotify, where she has been exclusively hosting her thought-provoking podcast “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” since 2019. Multiple sources have indicated that she is now actively searching for a new platform to continue her show. The ‘Unbothered’ podcast network, which showcases other talented Black podcasters, is reportedly ending. Speculations suggest that Spotify may either release her from her contract ahead of schedule or allow it to expire.

“People: A lot of what’s been reported just isn’t true. My podcast hasn’t been canceled. I never asked Spotify for $100M. This shit is truly comical,” she tweeted.

Jemele Hill further addressed the issue through a Twitter exchange with someone who brought up the quote, responding by emphasizing the need for better comprehension and suggesting a thorough reading of the original article. She stated, “I never told Spotify or the NYT that I deserved $100M. My deal at Spotify is fair. This was about advocating for investment and growth, specifically for prominent Black podcasters.”

It is evident that her intention was to highlight the importance of supporting and investing in diverse voices within the podcasting industry.

Jemele Hill’s podcast does not rank among the top-performing shows on the platform.

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Bob Pittman: iHeartMedia Won’t Be Shutting Down Broadcast Stations

“90% of Americans listen to iHeart broadcast radio stations every month. To put that in context, the biggest TV network reaches less than 40% of Americans and the big streaming music services reach less than 30%.”

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Very few large broadcasting corporations adopted digital platforms as quickly as iHeartMedia did. iHeartRadio is one of the most popular platforms for streaming content from a variety off stations. Bob Pittman says that does not mean the company does not see plenty of value in traditional broadcast radio.

Lydia Moynihan of The New York Post spoke with the iHeartMedia CEO Friday morning. She asked Pittman if he could foresee a day when the company would be done with terrestrial radio and focus solely on digital products.

“To the contrary – the strength and foundation of our company is our broadcast radio stations,” Pittman responded. “90% of Americans listen to iHeart broadcast radio stations every month. To put that in context, the biggest TV network reaches less than 40% of Americans and the big streaming music services reach less than 30%.”

He added that any success that the company has seen with podcasting or streaming is clearly linked to the success of the its radio stations. He said that is true for its live events too.

“We use that massive and unique reach of our broadcast radio to build complementary products like the iHeartRadio digital service and our major events like the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, and it’s why we’re the #1 podcast publisher by a lot.  It all starts with using the trusted voices on our broadcast radio stations and creating demand – and with our unparalleled reach we have quite an advantage over the other audio players, regardless of their cash war chests.”

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Buffalo, Chicago, Milwaukee Top Markets for AM Radio

“The study shows thirteen markets that have at least 40% of listeners using AM radio. Ten of them are in the Midwest.”

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Nielsen has looked at information from the 2022 fall book to determine where AM radio is the most popular. The company released a list Thursday of 141 markets where at least 20% of radio listeners tune to AM radio in a given month. Cities in the Great Lakes region are all at the top of the list.

In Buffalo, 56% of radio listeners use the AM band in a month. The market’s most-listened to stations are both AM stations owned by Audacy – news/talk WBEN and sports talker WGR. Neither has an FM simulcast.

There is a tie for second place. 48% of listeners in Chicago utilize AM. Popular news stations WGN and WLS are both only available on AM as is the market’s heritage sports talk brand, 670 The Score. Milwaukee is the other market with 48% of listeners using AM radio.

AM radio remains very popular in the Midwest. The study shows thirteen markets that have at least 40% of listeners using AM radio. Ten of them are in the Midwest.

Last month, Nielsen used numbers from the 2022 Fall book to show that across the country, more than 82 million people rely on AM radio during a month. That is a third of all terrestrial radio listeners.

A hearing on Sen. Ed Markey’s AM For Every Vehicle Act is scheduled for Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

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