Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Philadelphia’s Power 99 FM, WDAS FM and Smooth Jazz 1480 AM announced that they are teaming up with the Penn Relays, the historic track and field competition, on April 24-26, 2014. WDAS FM will be on site and Power 99 FM’s weekday host, Cappuchino, will broadcast live from Franklin Field (235 South 33rd Street Philadelphia PA 19104) on Saturday April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The 120th Penn Relays will be held at Franklin Field (33rd and South Street). Saturday’s activities will include the USA vs. the World events, the annual competitions between the best track athletes in the United States against athletes from around the world. Power 99 FM’s sports reporter, Eddie F, will present awards to the winners of the Saturday races.
“We are proud to sponsor such a historic event that brings the best talent in track and field to Philadelphia from all over the world,” said Derrick Corbett, Director of Urban Programming, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Philadelphia.
The Penn Relays began in April 1895 and have become the oldest and largest attended track and field competition in the United States, and one of the most attended track events in the world. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Philadelphia has been the Penn Relays media sponsor since 2005. In addition to the track and field events, there will be vendors and other festivities to provide entertainment for the athletes as well as the fans. Since 1996, Penn Relays has averaged more 100,000 attendees. For more information visit www.thepennrelays.com.
Fans can listen to Power 99 FM and WDAS FM on the stations websites, www.power99.com and www.wdasfm.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel’s all-in-one free digital listening service. iHeartRadio delivers everything listeners want in one free, fully-integrated service: instant access to more than 1,500 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created custom stations inspired by favorite artists and songs. iHeartRadio also offers listeners a new “Perfect For” feature which allows users to choose from thousands of curated stations based on a range of moods and activities.
Emmis was on Wall Street at the closing bell yesterday. And congrats to Skip Dillard who did what he does best, promote a picture of himself on the big screen in Time Square. Skip, great job and you look good! Speaking of Emmis, is it true they can’t find a new PD for Hot97? This is a heavy weight choice with few names to select from.
Jeff Smulyan and Emmis Communications Corporation, a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting, will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Jeff will ring the Closing Bell today at 4pm.
Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create “Rock of Ages,” has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday he’s hoping to repeat his success by turning “Soul Train” into a show that attracts both die-hard Broadway fans and those who usually avoid Times Square reports AP.
“I’m nervous and I’m humbled and I’m excited,” said Weaver, who heads the production company MediaWeaver Entertainment. “I do think we’re the right people to do it because I think it’s got to have that spirit of ‘Rock of Ages,’ which is part old-fashioned musical but also part party.”
“Soul Train,” with its trademark animated train opening, provided a national, weekly showcase for R&B artists, black culture and fashion, and gave advertisers an entree to the black consumer market. It later had to compete with video shows on BET that broadcast black artists, and eventually MTV and VH-1.
The TV show, a sort of black version of “American Bandstand,” featured such acts as James Brown, Al Green, Ike and Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Prince, Run D.M.C. and Destiny’s Child during its 35-year run. Moves that “Soul Train” dancers developed spread nationwide.
Don Cornelius started the music and dance show in 1970 in Chicago and served as its host until 1993. It aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006 and spun off an awards show that is still aired. Cornelius killed himself in 2012.
Weaver recalled growing up in New York and making sure to watch “Soul Train” every Saturday morning, mesmerized by the dance, fashion and music. He plans to next hire a writer and get music rights. His only timeframe for the stage is “when the story’s right.”
“‘Rock of Ages’ is an awesome show, but it’s not just because we have ‘Sister Christian’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believin” and serve liquor in the aisles that that show is still running five years later. It’s still running because we have a great story and great characters,” said Weaver.
“To me, that’s the heart of ‘Soul Train’ — a great story and great characters. The music will be great, the fashion will be great, the ambiance, the vibe. But if you don’t have a good story, none of that means anything.”
Weaver, who produced such films as “We’re the Millers” and “The Heartbreak Kid,” has grown “Rock of Ages” into an international brand, with a film version, three national tours and productions of the show in Las Vegas, London, Australia, Toronto, Japan and South Korea.
With 35 years of music on “Soul Train,” Weaver has plenty of song possibilities, depending on what the final story is. But he’s hopeful he can build a powerful score. “We had a lot of luck on ‘Rock,’ so hopefully we have the same karma here,” he said.
The list of last week’s most popular TV shows, according to the latest Nielsen ratings.
1. NCAA Basketball Championship: Kentucky vs. UConn, CBS, 21.20 million.
2. “NCIS,” CBS, 17.39 million.
3. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 16.29 million.
4. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 14.56 million.
5. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 14.47 million.
6. NCAA Basketball Championship: Pregame, CBS, 12.02 million.
7. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.97 million.
8. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.09 million.
9. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 11.05 million.
10. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.99 million.
11. “The Millers,” CBS, 10.07 million.
12. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 9.85 million.
13. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 9.83 million.
14. “Survivor,” CBS, 9.62 million.
15. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.55 million.
16. “Scandal,” ABC, 9.23 million.
17. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 9.17 million.
18. “CSI,” CBS, 9.11 million.
19. “The Mentalist,” CBS, 9.02 million.
20. “Castle,” ABC, 8.99 million.
The Maze concert featuring Frankie Beverly and Mikki Howard. Pictured: WMGU: APD midday talent Alysse Stewart with the man Frankie Beverly.
Watch Pharrell with Oprah.
Cumulus Media announces that Ernie Fears has been named General Sales Manager of WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C. Fears is a radio veteran with 25 years experience in the Washington, D.C. market. He was previously Director of Agency Sales for CBS Radio in Washington, D.C., and has held General Sales Manager positions with CBS Radio in Washington, D.C., and with 630 WMAL, also in D.C. Prior to that, Fears was Local Sales Manager of WMAL. He holds a B.S. degree from Hampton Institute and an MBA from Howard University.
Gary Lewis, Cumulus Senior Vice President, said: “It’s exciting when the perfect combination of experience, reputation and ability comes together in a single candidate, as it does with Ernie Fears. We are thrilled to welcome Ernie to the team.”
Fears said: “It is truly my honor to work with some of the smartest and most talented people in our industry. WRQX is a heritage station in the Washington, D.C. market. Cumulus realizes this fact and will do what it takes to keep this property vibrant, pertinent and relevant in the community. For me, it’s coming home again to a cluster of stations that I sold and managed. I ran up and down these hallways as a youngster when my father was GM of WRQX. I am proud to be back!”
A sincere goodbye from Brooke Taylor to Ft. Wayne as she heads to Los Angeles and a new opportunity.
Watch Drake On Jimmy Kimmel out in the street.
It is a sad day at Cox Radio and TV. Long time in the air traffic Capt. Herb Emory has passed away. The AJC has the story.
A Los Angeles music and television executive, Debra Hughes has gone missing. Ms. Hughes has worked with the likes of Tyler Perry, Stevie Wonder and SnoopDogg and has worked for Lionsgate Films/Television and Twentieth Century Fox.
Ms. Hughes lived in Orange County, CA and had recently told friends she was moving to the Central California city of Lancaster. Ms. Hughes, sources say, had recently experience a fight with Cancer and a relationship break up and was seeking a new start. She told friends she was moving to Lancaster, CA and had actually already started working on projects in that area via her Los Angeles based company, CB Music Group, Inc.
It seems the last known communication with Ms. Hughes was around January 18th, even though there have been other unconfirmed reports of friends being in contact with her as late as February 10th. Family members have been hard to find and those with which contact has been made are distant relatives and cannot confirm contact with Ms. Hughes in the recent months. Ms. Hughes social media sites, company website, cell phone, office line and emails are all either disconnected at this point or have given no response to repeated attempts by friends to contact her.
At this point there are hundreds of Ms. Hughes friends across the country and even some in the UK, Germany, and Japan, seeking her whereabouts. Close friend and confidant, Adrienne Lawson says, “I have known Debra for 6 years and she has always remained consistent with her business and a full time friend. No matter what was going on in her life, good or bad Debra is a talker and is never one that likes to be alone. This is the major point in the puzzling disappearance of Debra and why I and the hundreds of other friends will not stop looking for her until she is found.”
A Facebook page has been set up to collect leads and information on the disappearance of Ms. Hughes (www.facebook.com/whereisdebrahughes). Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed the filing of a Missing Persons Report and Detectives are now working the case.
If anyone has any information please call Detective Carnes, LASD at 323.890.5500
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