Emmis Communications Corporation has entered into a joint venture with Flexco, owned by popular Emmis personality Funkmaster Flex, to build a network of owned and operated digital platforms for Emmis’ biggest personalities.
One of radio’s most visible personalities, Flex has built a large online and mobile audience with InFlexWeTrust.com and the DJ Funk Flex Mobile app. Flex will be working with other personalities in New York and in other Emmis markets to develop similar digital footprints. Emmis plans to develop a network of sites, apps and social networks with the unique entertainment and news content young audiences and advertisers desire. Flex has already launched AngieReview.com for Angie Martinez, Afternoon Drive Personality on Hot97, ThatsEnuff.com for DJ Enuff on Hot 97 and is working on a digital project for Hot97’s morning show personality Ebro Darden.
“We’re thrilled to invest in Flex’s digital assets and work closely with him to continue to innovate in the digital space,” said Patrick Walsh, CFO, COO and Emmis Radio Division President. ”Flex has built a successful mobile and online platform that reaches more than 5 million people monthly and he already has started work with other talented Emmis personalities at Hot 97 to expand their digital presence. We expect this partnership to enable us to rapidly expand our digital content offering for our passionate fans and advertisers.”
“Today’s digital world has changed how personalities and DJs interact with listeners and music fans,” Flex said. “We must reinvent ourselves to stay relevant and grow. I jumped in feet first to learn what it takes to create an audience online. The partnership with Emmis provides the foundation we need to turn our brands and personalities into a real digital business. The opportunity to share what I have learned is exciting, and our future lives in doing digital with our biggest brands and best personalities.”
While financial terms were not disclosed, the investment will give Emmis a 40% ownership in Flexco.
Television prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 14-20. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.
1. “NCIS,” CBS, 17.12 million.
2. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 14.78 million.
3. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 14.69 million.
4. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.85 million.
5. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.82 million.
6. “The Big Bang Theory” (Thursday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 10.91 million.
7. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 10.74 million.
8. “Scandal,” ABC, 10.57 million.
9. “The Big Bang Theory” (Thursday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 9.69 million.
10. “Survivor,” CBS, 9.35 million.
11. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 9.15 million.
12. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.88 million.
13. “The Mentalist,” CBS, 8.65 million.
14. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 8.54 million.
15. “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 8.53 million.
16. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 8.45 million.
17. “20/20,” ABC, 8.43 million.
18. “Castle,” ABC, 8.14 million.
19. “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 7.97 million.
20. “The Amazing Race,” CBS, 7.65 million.
The biggest names in music are taking over the city of Los Angeles on May 1 for an all new awards franchise, the “iHeartRadio Music Awards” presented by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. The inaugural music special airs live on NBC (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) from the Shrine Auditorium.
Watch the Funk Flex of Hot 97 interview on ESPN.
texclusively sent a statement to Tom Joyner to apologize after his “bizarre” interview last week on the Tom Joyner Morning Show went awry including his use of the “n” word.
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The milestone 25th Annual Ms. Full-Figured USA Pageant was held recently at Newark, New Jersey’s Robert Treat Hotel, to a standing-room-only crowd. The 26 contestants dazzled and delighted the audience and esteemed panel of judges, which included Naughty By Nature’s Vinnie Brown. Pageant Founder/CEO Theresa Randolph of JT Pageant Productions, whose motto is “size has no barrier on beauty,” crowned the three gorgeous new queens: Nijah Jihad, Ms. Full-Figured USA 2014 (sizes 12-16); Shelly King, Ms. Full-Figured USA Plus 2014 (sizes 18-26) and Annette Satterwhite-Cruz, Ms. Exquisite Full-Figured USA 2014 (ages 40 and over). Each lady won cash, a glittering crown and a plethora of other prizes. Over its past 25 successful years, this annual pageant has grown in leaps and bounds, and it’s no wonder, since the average American woman wears a size 14 (which is considered plus size by the fashion industry)! Shown in photo: Seated–Ms. Theresa Randolph, Pageant Founder/CEO and standing, left to right–Annette Satterwhite-Cruz, Nijah Jihad and Shelly King. Photo credit: A. Syncere Zakee
PPM 6+ Greensboro, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Norfolk, Raleigh-Durham, West Palm BeachMonday, April 21st, 2014
SiriusXM and NBC News will launch TODAY Show Radio on June 26, making the NBC morning program available to radio listeners for the first time ever. The announcement was made this morning on TODAY. The new channel will give SiriusXM listeners across the country access to live audio feeds of TODAY from both coasts, including replays. SiriusXM will be the exclusive audio home of TODAY.
Every weekday Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Carson Daly, Willie Geist and Tamron Hall will bring SiriusXM listeners the latest and most relevant news and weather information, as heard each day on TODAY. The channel will carry TODAY’s staple of newsmaker interviews, as well as the uplifting stories that have become the hallmark of the broadcast, and will also give listeners the most important information they need to start their days. In addition, popular recurring series, including the live summer concerts from Rockefeller Plaza, will be featured on the SiriusXM channel. The fourth hour of TODAY with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will also broadcast on TODAY Show Radio. Known for their chemistry and wit, Gifford and Kotb will bring SiriusXM listeners their fresh take on the hot headlines of the day, as well as the water-cooler topics that get people talking.
“Listeners will for the first time be able to take the TODAY show with them on their busy morning routine and throughout the day during their daily drive,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “TODAY’s unparalleled and timely content is another great example of working with an iconic brand to provide great programming to our millions of subscribers. SiriusXM is excited to continue its relationship with the NBCUniversal News Group by bringing the TODAY brand into vehicles nationwide.”
“We are incredibly proud and excited to bring TODAY to the SiriusXM audience,” said Deborah Turness, President of NBC News. “In recent months increasing numbers of TODAY viewers have been more engaged with the show than ever, watching for longer periods of time. Now we are giving them an opportunity to stay connected even longer when they get into their cars, so they don’t miss a thing!”
NBCUniversal News Group and SiriusXM already broadcast dedicated channels, including CNBC, the global leader in financial news on channel 112, and MSNBC, where listeners can find in-depth analysis of daily headlines and informed perspectives on the political news of the day on channel 117.
TODAY Show Radio will launch on SiriusXM on Thursday, June 26, 2014, on channel 108. SiriusXM listeners will have access to TODAY’s live east coast feed from 7:00 am - 10:00 am ET and the west coast feed from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET. Starting at 1:00 pm ET, SiriusXM will broadcast the fourth hour of TODAY with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. TODAY will replay from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET.
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Alpha Broadcasting & L & L Broadcasting announced that they have entered into an agreement to merge the companies and upon consummation of the merger, will become Alpha Media. The current corporate team for Alpha Broadcasting and L & L Broadcasting will remain and operate the company from the corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
Alpha Broadcasting is headquartered in Portland, Oregon where it operates six stations. L&L Broadcasting is also headquartered in Portland, Oregon and operates 43 stations in seven markets. L&L has been overseeing the operation of the Portland stations for the last year pursuant to a management agreement with Alpha.
Larry Wilson, Chairman and an investor in each company, said that “the merger will be the culmination of a long term plan to ultimately combine the two companies and will allow us to streamline our oversight of all 49 stations to take advantage of the many synergies.”
“We are proud to have partnered with Alpha Broadcasting over the past five years in the Portland market. This merger is the result of the Alpha team executing on its original disciplined growth plan, and we are excited to be a part of the new Alpha Media going forward,” said Mark Dorman, Managing Director of Endeavour Capital.
L & L Broadcasting also announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 19 radio stations from Main Line Broadcasting for $57 million. Main Line Broadcasting is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and operates 19 stations in four markets including Louisville, KY; Richmond- Petersburg, VA; Dayton, OH and Hagerstown, MD-Chambersburg, PA.
L & L Broadcasting President and CEO, Bob Proffitt remarked, “We’ve worked hard to maintain strong community involvement and an intimate connection with our listeners and advertisers in all of our markets, I’m confident that we’ll be able to implement our mission of live and local radio in the Main Line markets.”
“I am extremely proud of all of Main Line Broadcasting’s employees who have done a phenomenal job over the years. I am pleased to have these great broadcasters now under the leadership and vision of Larry Wilson and Bob Proffitt. There’s not a better company than L&L Broadcasting to ensure this continued success,” noted Main Line Broadcasting CEO, Marc Guralnick.
Media Venture Partners represented Main Line Broadcasting.
Upon the successful completion of these transactions, the new Alpha Media, headquartered in Portland, Oregon will own and operate 68 radio stations in 12 markets across the United States.
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