Grand Ole Opry Officially Welcomes Country Music Hall Of Famer Bobby Bare

Photo Courtesy Grand Ole Opry, LLC. Chris Hollo, Photographer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 7, 2018) – The Grand Ole Opry welcomed home Bobby Bare as an official Opry member tonight, on this, the Country Music Hall of Famer’s 83rd birthday. Bare had been a member of the Opry cast in the 1960s and 70s, after which his official Opry membership lapsed. The evening was documented in The Tennessean.

Bare began his Opry set with a collaboration with Mary Gauthier, on “I Drink,” a song she penned and which appears on Bare’s most recent album, Things Change.  Bare’s son, Bobby Bare, Jr., then joined his father on the 1970 hit “Come Sundown.” It was the pair’s first Opry collaboration in more than 40 years.

Opry segment host Jeannie Seely then made note of Bare’s birthday and surprised the Opry audience by welcoming Opry member Garth Brooks to the stage. Brooks began, “I gotta tell you, this might be one of the coolest honors I have ever had bestowed on me. I don’t know if you know, but it was less than a month ago I was standing right here when I inducted the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, a kid named Chris Janson. Sweet guy. He sat in this circle of wood and he cried like a baby. And you know why he cried; because he gets it. He gets what it’s like to be a member of the family of the Grand Ole Opry.”

“You get it,” Brooks continued. “…The Grand Ole Opry is family. Family is forever. So Mr. Bare, young man–as my dad would say– it is my honor, it is the Grand Ole Opry’s honor, to officially welcome you back, the great Bobby Bare, to the Grand Ole Opry.”

“I’ve got to tell you that this is quite a surprise. I was a member of the Opry for 10 years, but then I just drifted away. …,” Bare said. “Thank you to everybody on the Grand Ole Opry.”

After a rousing performance of his No. 1 hit “Marie Laveau, Bare headed backstage to celebrate both his birthday and Opry membership with a crowd of friends and family.

“Our members are the heart of the Grand Ole Opry,” said Opry General Manager Sally Williams. “We rely on the commitment of these tremendous artists who play a wide variety of country music and are in different stages of their careers to ensure the Opry will be vibrant and entertaining for future generations of fans. Bobby Bare enjoys an incredible relationship with all of the Opry artists as well as the Opry staff. He has supported the Opry with visits often over the past few years, and he’s always a crowd favorite. We are so excited to officially welcome him back to Opry membership.”

About Bobby Bare:
Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Bobby Bare is one of the most iconic country artists of our time, with chart-topping songs like “Detroit City,” “500 Miles,” “Shame On Me” and many more. Artists from Little Jimmy Dickens and Hank Williams to big band acts like Phil Harris and the Dominoes all influenced his unique style leading to nearly five dozen top 40 hits from 1962 to 1983. The often referred to “Bruce Springsteen of Country” went on to earn multiple Grammy nominations and wins along with induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 among many other awards and accolades. In 2017, Rolling Stone named him one of the 50 Greatest Country Artists of All Time. In 2018 he was welcomed back as a member of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry. He is celebrating his 60th Anniversary in the music business this year, as well, following the release of his studio album, Things Change along with two new music videos. The Outlaw Country legend continues to play select dates throughout the United States and internationally. For more information, visit

About the Grand Ole Opry:
The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows continuing through December.

To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit the Opry presents the best in country music live every week form Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at and, opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit

2018 Radio Disney Music Awards coming to The Dolby Theatre Friday June 22nd

The 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards Moves to Hollywood With Music’s Biggest Event For Families Set to Take Place at The Dolby Theatre on Friday, June 22, 2018

— Voting Begins and Tickets Go on Sale on Friday, April 27 —

The 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music’s biggest event for families, will take place on FRIDAY, JUNE 22, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, California. A special telecast of the sixth annual show, “2018 Radio Disney Music Awards,” will be presented on SATURDAY, JUNE 23 on Disney Channel, as well as multiple Disney-branded platforms including Radio Disney, the Radio Disney app, the DisneyNOW app and The telecast will also air internationally, including in Canada, Spain, India and select countries in Latin America.

Through its commitment to music talent across pop and country genres, Radio Disney has become known as a platform that presents unique opportunities for both rising young artists and big-name stars seeking to reach new audiences and gain new fans.  Through the annual RDMA show — programmed multiple times on linear and digital platforms — artists can further reach and build new audiences.

Fans around the world will be invited to vote beginning Friday, April 27 to determine which artists will win the Radio Disney “ARDY” statuette. Tickets to attend the performance-filled awards show go on sale on Friday, April 27 at

New and returning clients from the automotive, toy, food and entertainment categories are set to sponsor the 2018 RDMA. The uniquely positioned event, with a wide reach across multiple media channels, will be sponsored by Aquabeads®, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Goldfish® crackers, KRAFT® Macaroni and Cheese Shapes, Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze video game on the Nintendo Switch, and The Walt Disney Studios.

Den of Thieves, the production company that has delivered some of the biggest moments in live event television, returns for the fourth consecutive year to produce the 2018 RDMA, with Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager returning as the show’s executive producers. Den of Thieves’ credits include multiple awards shows and specials including “MTV Video Music Awards,” “iHeartRadio Music Awards,” “MTV Movie Awards,” ABC’s “The Gong Show” revival, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,”  “CMT Music Awards” and the multi-network broadcast of “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief.”

The 2017 RDMA featured memorable musical performances and appearances including a surprise tribute performance for Britney Spears, the recipient of the first-ever RDMA Icon Award, by her sister Jamie Lynn Spears, Hailee Steinfeld, Kelsea Ballerini and Sofia Carson. Other standout moments included performances by Alessia Cara, who has since won the Grammy® Award for Best New Artist; Kelsea Ballerini, who went on to receive a CMA Award nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year; Julia Michaels, marking her first awards show performance of her chart-topping single “Issues” and since then was nominated for two Grammy Awards (Song of the Year and Best New Artist); and other fan-favorites including Sabrina Carpenter, Hailee Steinfeld and Grace VanderWaal; a “Moana” musical collaboration by Jordan Fisher, Alessia Cara, Auli’i Cravalho and Tally; and Nick Jonas receiving the RDMA Hero Award for his philanthropic work with Beyond Type 1.

In 2017, Justin Bieber, Kelsea Ballerini and Alessia Cara were among the top RDMA winners.

Kelsea Ballerini RDMA winner (Photo Just Jared Jr)



Over 283 million votes from around the world were tallied last year, its highest numbers yet across six polling platforms: the Radio Disney app, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google One Box and Social engagement was robust leading up to the show, amassing billions of impressions across prominent platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, the Radio Disney app and

Audionamix’s Audio Source Separation Solutions On Display at Musikmesse 2018


XTRAX STEMS Software Now Compatible with Native Instruments’ Stems File Format

Audionamix, the global leader in audio source separation, will showcase its new XTRAX STEMS fully-automatic stem creation solution and its other acclaimed products aimed at speech and melodic separation at Musikmesse 2018. Fueled by its advanced, patented ADX Technology, Audionamix products address the workflow needs of music producers, artists and post-production studios with intuitive interface design and powerful cloud-based processing.  Audionamix will be located in stand 4.1, F11 on behalf of its exclusive German distributor, Hyperactive Audiotechnik.

“We’re looking forward to showcasing Audionamix’s software to the global music community of DJs and producers at Musikmesse,” says Michael von Garnier, managing director of Hyperactive Audiotechnik. “Our customers appreciate the workflow solutions provided by Audionamix’s products, which are developed to ensure artists can unlock further innovative ways to redefine their creative process for studio and stage.”

XTRAX STEMS, the world’s first fully-automatic stem creation solution, now provides compatibility with Native Instruments’ revolutionary Stems file format, allowing DJs, remix artists and producers to more easily integrate stem components into Native Instruments’ TRAKTOR line of digital DJ software and controllers. To ensure a simple, intuitive workflow, XTRAX STEMS allows users to import any song, automatically separate it into its vocals, drums and remaining music components, then export the separated content as a Stem file.

“If you are a remixing or sampling artist, and you dreamed about having access to any vocal, even when there is no acapella available, then Audionamix’s XTRAX STEMS is the perfect solution for you,” says Anthony “Dutchflower” Tolsma, an award-winning producer, mixer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Audionamix will also showcase its award-winning audio solutions from its product portfolio, including ADX TRAX and ADX TRAX Pro for lead vocal and melodic content isolation from mono or stereo music recordings, as well as ADX TRAX SP and ADX TRAX Pro SP for advanced, automatic speech detection and separation. The Pro versions include integrated spectral editors to perfect the separations.

The ADX Vocal Volume Control (VVC) and ADX Speech Volume Control (SVC) plug-ins will also be on display throughout the show. VVC offers a unique solution for controlling volume level and pan position of automatically extracted lead vocals and melodies from a final mix, all without requiring the original multitrack stems. To address post-production needs, SVC provides independent volume control for separated speech and background elements within mono or stereo files, all within users’ favorite DAW environment.

About Audionamix

Since 2003, Audionamix has established itself as the global leader in audio source separation. Based on years of audio signal processing research, the company developed the revolutionary, patented ADX Technology, and continues to pioneer audio solutions for the film, broadcast and music industries. Audionamix has demonstrated technical expertise in isolating and separating elements from master recordings to empower producers, engineers and artists to create exciting new productions, and unlock television and movie assets for worldwide distribution. For more information, please visit

Useful links
ADX Vocal Volume Control (VVC):
ADX Speech Volume Control (SVC):

Native Instruments, TRAKTOR and Native Instruments Stems are trademarks of Native Instruments GmbH.

Defending the First Amendment: The RTDN Awards

Robin Roberts and Martha Raddatz

By Kate Kight

Washington DC (The Hollywood Times) 3/11/18 – From sexual assault to the unprecedented attacks on the media from the current administration, the Radio Television Digital News Association Awards tackled today’s toughest topics with grit and determination of the journalist we had gathered to honor. Continue reading “Defending the First Amendment: The RTDN Awards”

She Rocks Awards 2018

Alyeska on the Red Carpet

By Liza Carbe

Anaheim, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/20/18 – The 6th annual She Rocks Awards had a focus and intensity this year that was undeniable. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have gone global, and have thus empowered women to stand up and demand to be acknowledged for their current and past accomplishments.  Additionally, these cultural movements are shining a light on injustices and making perpetrators accountable for their actions.  It was in this rich environment that the event took place.

Laura B. Whitmore, one of the evening’s hosts and founder of WIMN, opened the evening by speaking about the mission and the message of the organization. She said, “I feel like we are finally being heard. We must continue to build on the progress that we have made as we advocate, educate and inspire women in the music industry”. Continue reading “She Rocks Awards 2018”

An Evening With David Lynch, KCRW Broadcast

David Lynch (Photo: THT)

By Audrey Rock

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/16/17 – In mid-September at dusk, outside a mountaintop estate in Beverly Hills, David Lynch emerged from his vehicle, flanked by a modest entourage, and strode toward a few waiting guests at the front of the private residence he would be gracing for the evening.  Wearing his classic black suit, his hair swept dramatically into a wave as though it were one of his foreboding thoughts developing into a scene in front of of their very eyes, he was the incarnation of a living legend.  Electric, and, strangely low-key.  Continue reading “An Evening With David Lynch, KCRW Broadcast”

Upcoming Performances on MBE

(All Morning Becomes Eclectic sessions stream live on @ 11:15am PT, unless noted below)

Wednesday, September 6 — Reggae historian and archivist Roger Steffens is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Bob Marley and former host of KCRW’s hugely popular show “The Reggae Beat”. He sat down with Rhythm Planet host Tom Schnabel for “So Much Things to Say”: A Bob Marley Special, airing at *11:05am*.

Tuesday, September 12, Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir has an otherworldly voice and music with a distinctively melancholic touch. It’s pensive yet bold, and very beautiful. We’re excited to welcome this special artist to our studio for a live session.

Thursday, September 21 — Grammy award winning artist/producer/remixer RAC(aka André Allen Anjos) returns to our studio to share a batch of poppy songs from his latest album of original material. He’ll be joined by a handful of guest vocalists for what is sure to be a lively set.

Recap for Old Dominion at the iHeartRadio Theater in LA

WHAT:                 Tune in for the video stream and radio broadcast of the iHeartCountry Album Release Party with Old Dominion.

WHEN:                 Friday, August 25 at 7:00pm local time

WHERE:               Video Stream:

                                Radio Broadcast: iHeartRadio’s Local FM Mainstream Country Stations



On August 14, Old Dominion performed at the iHeartCountry Album Release Party with Old Dominion, which included a Q&A with Cody Alan (CMT and iHeartRadio host). The band celebrated their new album, Happy Endings, which has been released today. During the live event they performed new songs such as “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” “Be With Me,” and “Still Writing Songs About You,” as well as fan favorites from their first album Meat and Candy, such as “Break Up With Him” and “Song For Another Time.” Below please find highlights from the show.

Q&A Highlights:

·         When asked why “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” was the perfect lead off single for Happy Endings, lead singer Matthew Ramsey said that they wanted to show that they had a bigger message to send than “Hey girl, what’s up?” They wanted to create their classic party song, but with a hidden message within.

·         The mission of Happy Endings was to show how much Old Dominion has grown. They’ve been on the road for years, and since Meat and Candy came out they’ve written a lot of songs, done a lot of shows, and truly grown as writers and musicians.

·         The band wrote “Not Everything’s About You” with Andrew Dorff, a good friend who passed away in December 2016. Ramsey has great memories of sitting in a shack in Texas in the pouring rain, smoking cigars and writing together.

·         Host Cody Alan spoke with Old Dominion about their collaboration with Little Big Town on “Stars in the City.” Ramsey joked while that it was tight in the studio with all nine band members playing together, they were so cool and are an amazing band to work with.

·         Ramsey spoke about touring with Kenny Chesney, who has taught them so much, from how he engages his fans to how he runs his organization. He’s become a good friend. They also toured with Miranda Lambert, whose tour had a very different vibe. It was great to meet a whole new group of fans who maybe hadn’t had as much exposure to their music.

·         Old Dominion is promoting Happy Endings with a dive bar tour. They chose to introduce it that way so they can go back to their roots and be face-to-face with their fans who have worked hard to get into those shows to see them, and who are hungry for their music.

·         Old Dominion has written songs for artists such as Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, and more. When asked how they decide what songs to keep and what songs to give away, guitarist Brad Tursi joked that it’s a miracle when anyone wants them in the first place, so if somebody wants one, they usually just let them have it. The band would love to have Keith Urban or George Strait perform a song written by them. 

Set List:

1.       “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart”

2.       “Not Everything’s About You”

3.       “Break Up With Him”

4.       “Written in the Sand”

5.       “Song For Another Time”

6.       “Snapback”

7.       “Hotel Key”

8.       “Nowhere Fast”

9.       “Still Writing Songs About You”

10.   “Be With Me”

11.   “Crazy Beautiful Sexy”

12.   “Wrong Turns”

RTDNA Announces 2017 Paul White Award Winner

WASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the winner of the 2017 Paul White Award, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of electronic journalism: Lester Holt.

“At a time when journalism has faced unprecedented challenges, Lester Holt remains a trusted and steady voice,” said Vincent Duffy, Chairman of RTDNA. “We’re proud to recognize his work, his decades of dedication to our profession and his commitment to seeking and speaking the truth.”

The award will be presented on Friday, September 8 at 4:30pm PT at Excellence in Journalism 2017, at the Anaheim Marriott. The ceremony will be followed by a reception.

About Lester Holt
Lester Holt is an award-winning journalist and anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” the network’s flagship broadcast and America’s most-watched evening newscast. Holt was named to the role in June 2015 after eight years as anchor of “NBC Nightly News” weekend editions and 12 years as co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY.” In addition, Holt has served as principal anchor of “Dateline NBC” since September 2011.

Holt joined NBC News in 2000 and is known for his outstanding work in the field, reporting and anchoring from breaking news events across the world. In May 2017, he anchored “Nightly News” from Jerusalem during President Trump’s first international trip and reported from Manchester following the terrorist attack at a concert. In April 2017, he interviewed a senior North Korean defector and had rare access to U.S. military operations in South Korea. He has reported from Brussels and Paris on the terrorist attacks that took place across Europe in 2015 and 2016. Previously, Holt anchored from South Africa during the Nelson Mandela memorial service; reported from the streets of Cairo on the latest political and civil unrest in Egypt during the Arab Spring; covered the earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan; and reported on the immediate aftermath and response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Before becoming co-anchor of “Weekend Today,” Holt anchored “Lester Holt Live,” a daily news show on MSNBC in which he covered breaking news and provided news updates and analysis. Holt has also served as the lead anchor for daytime news and breaking news coverage on MSNBC. The award-winning broadcast journalist came to MSNBC from WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he spent 14 years. He has earned the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Daytime Emmy Award and received the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation in 2014.

About the Paul White Award
RTDNA established the Paul White Award in 1956 to honor the broadcast news pioneer who served as the first news director at CBS. The award recognizes an individual’s lifetime contribution to electronic journalism. Past Paul White recipients include Chris Wallace, Linda Ellerbee, Steve Kroft, Christiane Amanpour, Charles Gibson, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Bob Schieffer, Ted Koppel, Pauline Frederick and Edward R. Murrow.

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA works to protect the rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, promotes ethical standards in the industry, provides members with training and education and honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards.

RTDNA Announces 2017 Student Murrow Awards

6 June 2017


WASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Student Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards, presented in five categories, recognize outstanding work by student journalists.

“As a new generation prepares to enter the workforce of electronic journalists, we’re proud to recognize some of the very best,” said RTDNA Chairman Vincent Duffy. “They’re doing the kind of high-quality work that will serve their audiences well in the years to come.”

The winners are:

Excellence in Audio Newscast: Carolina Connection – November 5, 2016
University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism Team
The judges said the Election Day half-hour newscast had nice packages and was relevant with good editing and writing in and out of audio. They called it well-produced, delivered with strong co-anchor performance, including nice transitions in and out of dual anchor, packages, news and sports.

Excellence in Audio Reporting: Putting Columbia’s Payphone Mystery to Rest
Emerald O’Brien, University of Missouri
The judges said the story grabbed their attention from the start and kept it until the end. They called it a fascinating human interest story, well-told and produced, adding it must have taken a lot of work, and that it felt like an episode of This American Life. They said the reporter had a very conversational approach that kept the story moving and was entertaining.

Excellence in Digital Reporting: Voting Wars
Lily Altavena, Arizona State University
The judges called the digital reporting winner an extremely on-point project with good stories, and creative and strategic use of multimedia throughout. The entry included thoughtful video storytelling style that felt authentic and used creative maps. The judges said the entry’s interactive game was a nice touch.

Excellence in Video Newscast: Cronkite News – February 17, 2016
Windsor Smith and Madison Romine, Arizona State University
The judges said the winning newscast had nice headlines, written in active voice. They appreciated the use of a locator map when pitching to a story, and praised team coverage that was not redundant. They complemented the use of natural sound in the packages, strong soundbites, good live coverage, and praised how viewers were taken to the scene of the story.

Excellence in Video Reporting: The Kenton Lead Blob*
Zach Putnam, Richard Percy and David MacKay, University of Oregon
The judges said the winning entry had impact, was comprehensive and used tools to tell the story, not get lost in the story. They called it a complete package and described it as, “Great reporting, period.”

The winners will be recognized at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 9. Click here to learn more about this signature event. The winners of this year’s national Edward R. Murrow Awards for professionals will be announced later this month.

To see the winning entries, visit the Student Murrow Awards winners page at

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA works to protect the rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, promotes ethical standards in the industry, provides members with training and education and honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards.

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Actor Larry Manetti and Nancy Manetti Return to National Radio.

LOS ANGELES – CRN Digital Talk Radio announced today that the “Magnum, P.I.” star and his wife will host “The Lounge with Larry and Nancy Manetti.”

The one-hour talk show premieres on Tuesday, June 6 on the network’s CRN 1 channel.

“The Lounge with Larry and Nancy Manetti” will also be available for download and air on the Genesis Communications Network (GCN). Listeners are encouraged to check local listings or visit for show dates and times. Continue reading “Actor Larry Manetti and Nancy Manetti Return to National Radio.”

Steve Jones signs “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” at Barnes & Noble Books- The Grove Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM – 9 PM

The Lord of La Cienega aka King Steve Of BlaBlaBla doesn’t mince his words nor his music selections at 12 bells weekdays on KLOS 95.5 FM. His book Lonely Boy is a deep alley journey into the back streets of the mind of a solitude Sex Pistol guitar slinger in men’s suits, platform boots and a bit of rouge. This rogue is a cheeky Chelsea fan and main man in the punk rock n roll history of the music business. Definitely never mind the bollocks!

The Lord of La Cienega aka King Steve Of BlaBlaBla doesn’t mince his words nor his music selections at 12 bells weekdays on KLOS 95.5 FM. His book Lonely Boy is a deep alley journey into the back streets of the mind of a solitude Sex Pistol guitar slinger in men’s suits, platform boots and a bit of rouge. This rogue is a cheeky Chelsea fan and main man in the punk rock n roll history of the music business. Definitely never mind the bollocks!

Steve Jones signs “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” at Barnes & Noble Books- The Grove Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Recognized as one of the key inventors of punk and celebrated as a living legend, guitarist and songwriter Steve Jones revisits his unruly, and often tragic, past in his autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.

Its release will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s platinum debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks, which set the world on fire in 1977.In Lonely Boy, Jones recounts the nihilistic songs, amphetamine-fueled music, and influential anarchical fashion that turned a street urchin into a founding member of a genre-defining band.

From his days of petty crime and havoc-wreaking in England, to his first impression of Sid Vicious and famously blowing off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Johnny Rotten, Lonely Boy offers a portrait of a punk pioneer—a demigod to a generation of frustrated youth who identified with the band’s political and social condemnations of life for the working class.

In January 2016 Steve Jones returned to the daytime airwaves of Southern California FM radio at ’12 bells’ from noon to 2pm. The first month was bittersweet with the deaths of music legends Lemmy, Bowie and Prince. The two hours show was not initially a daily weekday show but the demand for more Jonesy quickly evolved.

What is the charm of this ageless lovable grumpy at times punk ?? Could it be his on air random belches on the mic? His banter with a variety of guests from book authors to music legends?  Yes, yes, yes!  He is the extraordinary one of a kind rock n roll everyman. He grumbles about the traffic and rushing to the radio station. He forgets things on air yet he picks up quick on the cues of his producer Mr Shovel, his on air wingman and radio host of the local indie hour Sound Check at 8pm on Sunday.

Steve complains about his weight yet works on improving it. He got his teeth fixed. His fans tune in from across the southland from a variety of fans like Don in Costa Mesa who listens from his longtime college job, a caregiver in Rosemead making lunch for an aging half deaf Irish granny, Jeff in a metal company in Huntington Beach, as well as countless car radios of drivers, construction workers and school teachers on lunchbreaks.
An ample supply of glam 80s rock, early heavy metal, British rock and punk is played plus random gems by Thin Lizzy, Iggy Pop, The Tubes and new indie tunes by newcomers like The Regrettes.

In his deep sexy gruff but playful voice Steve recites his playlist to the listeners. It is like a two hour visit to your favourite record store where you overhear the counter talk of the clerks and customers while the staff picks are played. Before the listener knows it the two hours recess is done and the station change of djs. Weeknights at KLOS is a rebroadcast of the daily show. When Steve is on vacation or away for a book signing then Mr. Shovel takes the helm to air a Vintage Past show. During the show there are Caller contests plus listeners can text requests. Steve is a shameless and proud self promoter with his adventurous instagram performances and his other social media connections.

Join Steve Jones for this Special Event!
This is a wristbanded event.

A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase Lonely Boy from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning February 16th at 9am• Limit 1 wristband per book
• Books can be personalized
• Photos from the line and front of table.No posed photos
• Steve Jones will only be signing Lonely Boy
• No memorabilia please


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ATLANTA, GA (Thursday, December 15, 2016) – – Recording artist Jekalyn Carr has launched a support movement for Richmond, Virginia based nationally syndicated radio personality Sheila Belle as she battles the winning fight against cancer. Carr was inspired to spearhead this support movement after attending Belle’s event last weekend in Richmond called “The Gift” – an event for cancer survivors. She was moved by hearing the winning stories from the survivors as well as Sheila Belle. Watch Jekalyn’s support movement video here:

Carr is calling a call to action to her fellow recording artists, radio announcers/PDs, executives, media partners and well-wishers in joining her to financially support Ms. Belle. All financial support will be used for all Belle’s medical expenses. Those wishing to support Ms. Belle can send money to Sheila Belle’s paypal account ( or mail to P.O. Box 14618, Richmond, VA 23221.

Sheilah Belle “The Belle” has worked in the field of broadcast news, journalism and with the press for over 25 years. In addition to producing The Belle Report, Monday through Friday, The Belle currently produces and anchors the syndicated radio news show, The Belle Report Entertainment News Update, now airing in 57 markets across the country. The Belle is also the Mid-Day host for one of the most powerful Gospel Stations in the country with 100,000 watts of power, Monday through Friday at Radio One’s Praise 104.7 FM in Richmond, VA.

Before being hired by Radio One, The Belle worked at Clear Channel Radio (I Heart Radio), where her talent kept her behind the mic as News and Community Affairs Director and Talk Show Hostess for five 50,000 watts FM radio stations in Virginia, including the top Urban Radio Stations in Richmond and Norfolk, for more than 12 years. Among her many honors, Ms. Belle was been inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005, has been honored by the Gospel Music Workshop of America Gospel Announcers Guild, with the Print Media Award for 2007, the Crystal Mic Award, Rhythm of Gospel Awards for Print Media of the Year, several Community Service Awards and received two appointments by then Virginia Governor Douglas L. Wilder.

She has worked as a News Reporter for BET, WWL TV 4 in New Orleans, WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, The Light and the Sheraton Broadcasting Network, Health Producer, for the ABC Richmond, VA TV affiliate, and Talk Show Hostess from New Orleans to New York for television and radio. She owns East Coast Gospel Music Summer Fest, The Belle Report Entertainment News Update, Ma & Popop Productions, Inc., The Gospel Times Newspaper, The Belle Report,, LaBelle & Associates (a PR, Promotions and Marketing company), and is the Producer of one of the largest outdoor Gospel Concerts on the East Coast Gospel Music Fest with The Belle, now entering its 7th year with crowds as large as 12,000.

Most recently The Belle, created Digital Social Media Connect with The Belle to help people navigate through Social Media with a growing response and a long list of host cities. Ms. Belle also works as a Media Consultant and Publicist. She is now recognized as one of the most respected Multi Media Journalist in the country has become a highly requested Inspirational speaker as she continues to grow her ministry to inspire and uplift others. As a result, she is NOW doing more speaking engagements in Churches, Music Workshops, Conferences, and Non-Profit Organizations with topics ranging from Ministry to Social Media.


RTDNF Announces Permanent Endowment Fund

1 September 2016

WASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) is pleased announce the inauguration of its first Permanent Endowment Fund. The new fund will help assure the future of the Foundation and its efforts on behalf of the electronic journalism industry in professional development, scholarship support and First Amendment protection.

As the Foundation approaches its 50th anniversary, the Permanent Endowment Fund will enable all who support the organization’s important work to make unrestricted, tax-deductible current or legacy donations, aimed at insuring the RTDNF continues to have the financial capabilities required to carry out its mission.

“The new Endowment Fund is a great step forward for RTDNF,” said Amy Tardif, RTDNF Chair. “Through the generosity of our donors, the endowment will insure the Foundation will continue to provide training and support to electronic news professionals and students alike.”

Since its inception in 1967, the RTDNF has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to aspiring and early-career journalists. It also provides training and leadership instruction to news managers, supports international journalist exchange programs, conducts important industry research and promotes discussion of ethics and integrity in news coverage. Donations may be made using the Foundation’s website Donors who wish to discuss planned giving or an estate gift should contact Executive Director Mike Cavender at
RTDNF, a 501(c) 3 educational foundation, was created to help RTDNA members embody and uphold the standards of ethical journalism and promote leadership in the newsroom. RTDNF offers the electronic news community professional development opportunities, an open forum for the discussion of ethics, assistance with the development of leadership skills, support of First Amendment issues and the exchange of ideas and perspectives from electronic journalists worldwide. The Foundation also provides scholarships and fellowships to aspiring and early-career electronic journalists.

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This evening… tunein® for the Hysterical, Wendy Liebman


Please join me and the brilliantly funny, Wendy Liebman this week as we map her steps which led her to The Larry Sanders Show, The Tonight Show, Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, her own Showtime special, Taller on TV, and America’s Got Talent. And, we’re sure to laugh. A LOT. I adore her. Who doesn’t?!? 

Vicki Abelson’s BROADcast: The Road Taken, Tues, Aug 23rd, 6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET, 

Replay Thurs 8/25 9 am PT / Noon ET and Sun at 1 pm PT / 4pm PT and on the CRN tunein app

Past BROADcasts with Mike Nesmith, Michael Imperioli, Anson Williams, Rob Morrow, and Jim Beaver, Robert Wuhl, available on SoundCloud
Vicki Abelson’s
Tuesday, Sept 2711am 
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RTDNA and NEFE Announce Winners of the 2016 Personal Finance Reporting Awards

WASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) proudly announce the winners of the 2016 RTDNA/NEFE Award for Personal Finance Reporting. As part of the two organizations’ ongoing efforts to encourage radio, television and online news outlets to report on personal finance issues, three winners have been chosen for their outstanding work. They are:

Online: Jillian Berman, MarketWatch
Student Debt

Jillian Berman covers higher education with a focus on the nation’s $1.3 trillion in student debt and its effects on students, their families, and the economy and society broadly. MarketWatch is one of only a few financial news organizations with a reporter dedicated to the subject, which Jillian has covered since March 2015.

Radio: Tina Martin, WGBH-FM Boston
Debt Collectors

Tina Martin is an award winning television and radio anchor, host and reporter with PBS/NPR affiliate WGBH, as well as a contributor to NPR, PBS Newshour and the Huffington Post. Her winning entry explains how debt collectors are subject to laws and regulations they must follow while doing their jobs. Martin is a past RTDNF Jacque Minnotte Fellowship winner.

Television: Chris Vanderveen, KUSA-TV Denver
Buyer Beware

Chris Vanderveen is an award-winning (including a national Edward R. Murrow Award) reporter with Denver’s KUSA-TV. The 9News team noticed a trend of freestanding emergency rooms popping up around Colorado. The businesses are not tied to hospitals, and their bills can be expensive. 9News asked viewers to send in their bills and tell their stories.

Each winning entrant receives a $1000 cash prize and will co-present a training seminar entitled Money Matters: Excellence in Financial Reporting at Excellence in Journalism 2016, the national convention of RTDNA, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association, September 18-20 in New Orleans. The winners will break down their award-winning submissions and share the key reporting tools and best practices they used to add depth to their reporting. Audience members will walk away from the session with several ways to creatively approach their reporting and make comprehensive topics more digestible to viewers and listeners.

About NEFE
The National Endowment for Financial Education provides financial education and practical information to people at all financial stages. NEFE believes that regardless of background or income level more financially informed individuals are better able to take control of their circumstances, improve their quality of life, and ensure a more stable future for themselves and their families.

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA works to protect the rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, promotes ethical standards in the industry, provides members with training and education and honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards.

In a few… tunein® for the funnyboy


Robert Wuhl from Hollywood Knights, Good Morning, Vietnam, Tim Burton’s Batman, Field of Dreams, to his own genius, pioneering HBO series, Arli$$, to his current Ipso Facto Podcast… winning two Emmys for writing the Academy Awards... the Billy Crystal ones. I know. He’s been dishing the smart & funny since writing for Dangerfield back in the day and killing the late-night talk show circuit himself. Tonight he graces mine me… us… tunein on the aptly named app or, hit the green button on this here website. 

Vicki Abelson’s BROADcast: The Road Taken,


Aug 16th 6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET

Replays: Thurs 9 am Pt / Noon Et and Sun at 1 pm PT / 4 pm ET
Past BROADcasts with Mike Nesmith, Michael Imperioli, Anson Williams, Rob Morrow, and Jim Beaver available on SoundCloud
Next Tuesday, Aug 23rd at 1 pm/LA
Borrowing from the Moth… anyone interested in reading three to five minutes of their work, or singing a song… throw your name in the jar… just before we begin, we draw a name… and they’ll (you?) kick off the days’ festivities

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Celebrity Homes: Jackie Gleason’s Final Party Home Is For Sale

theres-a-huge-living-room-with-space-for-two-sectional-couches.0Jackie Gleason’s golf and party home in Florida is for sale and featured this week at

Top 10 home features are available to media outlets for publication at:

“Jackie Gleason’s Final Florida Home”

One of the most innovative and popular television entertainers of the 1950s and ’60s,  Jackie Gleason, lovingly referred to as Mr. Saturday Night, was born 100 years ago in 1916. His final Florida home, almost unchanged since he died in 1987, is for sale. Continue reading “Celebrity Homes: Jackie Gleason’s Final Party Home Is For Sale”

Twelve Electronic Journalists Selected for RTDNF German Fellowship

rtdnfWASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) has selected 12 producers, reporters and online editors from across the country to become fellows in Europe this June as part of our ongoing partnership with the RIAS Berlin Kommission. 2016 represents the 23rd year in the partnership between the RTDNF and RIAS, which has brought more than 635 electronic journalists to Germany. Continue reading “Twelve Electronic Journalists Selected for RTDNF German Fellowship”