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Brigitte Green Promoted to Senior Vice President Film & TV Creative Licensing at Interscope Geffen A&M Records

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Interscope Geffen A&M Records has promoted Brigitte Green to the position of Senior Vice President Film & TV Licensing at the label. In her expanded role Green will continue to oversee the placement of music from the label’s artists in film, television, trailers and promos.

Green joined Interscope in 2018 as Vice President of Creative Licensing. Over the last five years, she and her team have been responsible for hundreds of needle-moving synch placements in top movies and television shows, creating opportunities for the label’s artists and helping to advance their careers in the process. Prior to joining Interscope, Green was Vice President of licensing at Beggars Group. She began her career working at WH Entertainment.

More recently at Interscope, during the pandemic, Green and her team hosted a hugely popular weekly virtual meetup for the film and television music community called “Hippy Dippy Hang,” at which artists interact with the top music supervisors from the studios, networks, trailer houses and independent music supervision community. At each weekly “Hippy Dippy Hang,” artists such as FINNEAS6LACKMoneybagg YoTierra WhackKacey MusgravesImagine DragonsRole Model and many others interfaced with the film and television community. The series has now returned to regular meetings in real life.

“Brigitte and her team’s work representing our artists’ music to the film and television creative community has provided important exposure and visibility to our artists, helping them expand their fan bases and grow their careers,” said Steve Berman, Vice Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M. “During the pandemic her weekly meetups became an important way for our company and our artists to be woven into the fabric of the creative community. I’m thrilled that she will continue to contribute in this new expanded role.”

“Working at IGA alongside a group of incredibly talented executives and being fortunate enough to partner with our exceptional artists and their teams, all while working closely with the film and television community has been a dream come true,” said Green. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate with the creative community to bring our amazing music to new audiences.”

Sony Music Publishing Wins Publisher of the Year at SESAC’s 2022 Latin Music Awards

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SESAC revealed its 2022 Latin Music Award winners yesterday at its in-person ceremony in Los Angeles, California, and Sony Music Publishing Latin was named Publisher of the Year. The achievement marks the seventh consecutive year that SMP has won Publisher of the Year.

Sony Music Publishing songwriters took home awards for popular hits such as “La Curiosidad” by Jay Wheeler, DJ Nelson, and Myke Towers; “Pareja Del Año” by Sebastian Yatra and Myke Towers; “Fan De Tus Fotos” by Nicky Jam; “+Linda (Remix)” by Dalex, Arcángel, Manuel Turizo, De La Ghetto, and Beéle; and “SEJODIOTO” by Karol G. In addition, SMP songwriter Nicky Jam was awarded Songwriter of the Year.

Upon accepting the award, Jorge Mejia, Sony Music Publishing President & CEO, Latin America and U.S. Latin stated, “I am tremendously grateful to SESAC for this recognition and to our Sony Music Publishing Latin team, who have made it possible. I also couldn’t be more grateful to our songwriters, who year after year entrust us with their songs and their dreams. We are humbled by what you do day after day and are so happy to be able to be your publishing company of choice – thank you.”

Sony Music Publishing honorees include Nicky Jam, Manuel Turizo, Julian Turizo, Lenny Tavarez, and many more.

Tenderfoot TV and iHeartRadio Debut First Joint Weekly Talk-Format Podcast Series “Facing Evil”

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When sisters Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile revealed the true story of their dark family history in the hit podcast “Root of Evil” in 2019, the world became invested in their journey for truth. In that series, the sisters traced their family lineage to George Hodel, the prime suspect in the infamous Black Dahlia murder case.

Three years later, Pecoraro and Gentile are back with “Facing Evil,” a new, weekly true-crime show that focuses on different, but equally resonant stories. Each week, the duo will delve into cases and apply the lessons of healing they’ve learned in their quest to overcome generational trauma in order to focus on the victims and individuals at the heart of the cases.

Beyond your typical true-crime chat show, the series looks at crime from different perspectives; societal impacts, prevention, survival – and most importantly, healing. Pecoraro and Gentile will be fulfilling their mother’s purpose to impact the world by using personal struggle as a platform to help others, which first began with “Root of Evil,” It’s their shared experience and perseverance that are the heart of the show. Each brings personal journeys and lived experiences to every episode.

From Tenderfoot TV, the creators of “Atlanta Monster” and “Up and Vanished,” the new series “Facing Evil” is the first weekly talk-format podcast collaboration with iHeartRadio.

“Facing Evil” is produced by Tenderfoot TV and iHeartMedia, and distributed by The iHeartPodcast Network.

The weekly series is hosted by sisters Rasha Pecoraro (“Root of Evil” Co-Host“The Biggest Loser,” LGBTQ+ Activist) and Yvette Gentile (“Root of Evil” Co-HostActor, Model), the co-hosts of the wildly popular podcast “Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia.”

“Facing Evil” premieres on Thursday, July 14, 2022, with the first two episodes readily available. Following episodes will be released each Thursday, and available on iHeartRadio and wherever you listen to podcasts.

One week before premiere, on July 7, a special bonus, titled “Episode 0,” that details the sisters’ origin story will be released to give listeners background information from “Root of Evil” before the launch of “Facing Evil.”

iHeartMedia Charlotte’s HITS 96.1 Announces Partnership with Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital

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iHeartMedia Charlotte’s HITS 96.1 announced today a multi-year partnership with Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital. The largest children’s hospital between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., Levine Children’s Hospital has been named a best children’s hospital by US News & World Report for 15 consecutive years.

Morning show hosts Miguel and Holly will lead the partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital by hosting an annual Radiothon, set for its inaugural event in December.  In addition to hosting this fundraiser, HITS 96.1 will also partner on other community driven awareness and fundraising events to benefit children in the community.

“Radio serves as a lifeline for local communities and brings them together for great causes like this,” said A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Charlotte. “The Charlotte community always comes together, and this will be no exception. On behalf of Miguel and Holly, HITS 96.1 and everyone at iHeartMedia Charlotte, we are excited to partner with Children’s Hospital later this year. We will be honored to leverage our platform to unite our listeners with this selfless organization to raise money for local kids and make a difference in our community.”

“At Levine Children’s Hospital, we are dedicated to supporting ‘happily ever after’ for all our children,” said Kellie McGregor, Assistant Vice President of Atrium Health Foundation. “We are excited to share their stories of hope through our new partnership with HITS 96.1 and iHeartMedia Charlotte, as we inspire others to give from the heart.”

HITS 96.1 is the leading media outlet in the Charlotte market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 160 million registered users.

Minneapolis Morning Personality Tom Barnard Announces Retirement From KQRS After 36 Years On-Air

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Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that KQRS Minneapolis morning show personality and Radio Hall of Famer Tom Barnard shared the news on-air this morning that he will retire from KQRS, his longtime radio home. Barnard ends his run at KQRS with his final morning broadcast on Friday, December 23, 2022. Barnard has been a fixture on KQRS since 1986.

Barnard, a Minneapolis native, is one of the most popular morning show hosts in America, known for his wry humor and disarming candor. He was recognized for broadcasting excellence in 2006 with a Marconi Award for Large Market Personality of the Year. Barnard began his radio career in 1971 and has also enjoyed a successful voiceover career. In 2017, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and in 2018 entered the Pavek Museum, honoring Minnesota Broadcasters.

Brian Philips, Chief Content Officer, CUMULUS MEDIA, said: “Hometown hero Tom Barnard has defined morning radio stardom for the better part of many Minnesotans’ lifetimes. He is the mastermind behind tens of thousands of hours of laughter, irreverence and thought-provoking conversation. We thank Tom for the glory he has brought KQRS during his remarkable run.”

Shelly Malecha Wilkes, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Minneapolis, commented: “This is the end of an era. Tom dominated morning radio in the Twin Cities for decades. We are very appreciative of his innumerable contributions and wish him all the best in his next chapter.”

iHeartMedia Miami Elevates “DJ Bulletproof” to Assistant Program Director 103.5 The Beat

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iHeartMedia Miami’s 103.5 The Beat announced today that Keith “DJ Bulletproof” Springer has been named Assistant Program Director and Night Show Personality, effective July 1, 2022. DJ Bulletproof will host “Bulletproof Radio” and broadcast weekday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight, beginning July 5.  

“Bulletproof Radio” will feature the latest hip-hop music and live, local, and relevant conversations about the black entertainment industry. Additionally, as the Assistant Program Director for 103.5 The Beat, Springer will assist in day-to-day programming operations. He will report to Abdul ‘DJ A-OH’ Hashem, Vice President Hip Hop and R&B Programming Strategy & 103.5 The Beat Miami Program Director,. 

“I’m excited for my brother, DJ Bulletproof, as he takes on his new and well-deserved roles at 103.5 The Beat,” said Hashem. “Bulletproof joined me almost 10 years ago when we relaunched 103.5 The Beat and has truly worked his way up through the ranks. Bulletproof is 103.5 The Beat!” 

“I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to help ‘DJ A-OH’ grow our Miami hip-hop brand,” said Springer. “I thank him for bringing me into the fold and being an outstanding team leader. I also want to thank the leadership team at iHeartMedia for believing in my talents and allowing me to bring my local show and energy to nights on 103.5 The Beat.”   

“DJ Bulletproof’s promotion is long overdue and much deserved,” said Shari Gonzalez, iHeartMedia Miami Market President. “His connections and deep roots within the South Florida community and entertainment industry makes him an invaluable member of our team. We are very fortunate to have DJ Bulletproof as APD for us in addition to hosting, what I’m sure will be, the best hip hop night show in South Florida.” 

103.5 The Beat is a leading media outlet in the Miami market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 160 million registered users. 

DJ Cocoa Chanelle Debut New Radio Show on 94.7 The Block

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Former Emmis Communications, WQHT HOT 97 NEW YORK veteran DJ/on-air radio personality, DJ Cocoa Chanelle, is returning to the New York  airwaves. She joins Nick Cannon and former co worker Ed Lover at Audacy’s new Hip Hop and  R&B station WXBX 94.7 The Block, in New York.  

“I’m so excited to be a part of The Audacy family.” Say’s Cocoa, who actor/comedian  Chris Rock called “Radio Royalty” at his movie premiere in New York City. I want to give a  special thank you to Skip Dillard for reaching out to me for the position.” She continues.  

“Cocoa lives at the top of her craft!” Says Audacy’s Brand Manager Skip Dillard.  “She’s an influencer, musicologist and all around great person! So excited to have her  with us on the Block!” He adds.  

The Brooklyn born DJ/Producer is a Black Girls Rock recipient, award-winning Deejay  and radio veteran with over two decades of experience on New York City radio. She’s best  known for her iconic run on HOT 97 that lasted over 15 years, and her show on 98.7 Kiss  fm that reached #1 ratings in her time slot. 

Cocoa spent 7 years as the on-air DJ for BET Networks for their popular talk show Teen  Summit, making Cocoa the first DJ in history hired to work for the network.   

She is recognized as a music producer and Lyricist having produced and recorded vocally  with several Legendary Hip Hop artists including writing, recording, and scratching the  hook for Hip Hop legend Rakim for his single “Euphoria. Additionally, she produced the  first single for LOX member Sheek Louch,  Styles P, and one of her remixes featuring Da  Brat & Lil Mo landed in Tyler Perry’s Oscar award-winning film Precious. In 2019,  Cocoa Deejayed on the New Kids On The Block 53 city Live Nation tour. She is the  current tour DJ for Hip Hop Legends Salt N Pepa, and has toured with Ghostface of Wu 

Tang Clan.  Vibe Magazine listed Cocoa Chanelle as one of the TOP 17 DJ’s in the country. She  was honored by BET Networks for Black History Month for her many accomplishments in  the music industry over the years. She continues to open doors and breakdown barriers.  

Scott Williams Named President of CD Baby and Soundrop

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Scott Williams

Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown℠), the world’s leading music services provider, announced today the appointment of Scott Williams to the position of President of CD Baby and Soundrop. Mr. Williams previously served as Chief Technology Officer of CD Baby.

“During his tenure at CD Baby, Scott has spearheaded the ongoing evolution of the company’s technology platform that has made it a favorite of independent artists all over the world,” said Andrew Bergman, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings. “As President of CD Baby and Soundrop, Scott will bring the same passion for innovation he’s brought to tech to the company’s overall operations as we continue to expand our offerings to artists.”

Mr. Williams joined CD Baby in 2013 as Vice President of Technology and was promoted to CTO in 2019. He was central to the launch of Soundrop, a low-cost music distribution service with transparent pricing, collaborator splits and no annual fees.

He leads the team behind CD Baby’s best in class reporting to its artist clients, who have received consistent payments every week for more than two decades. Prior to his role at CD Baby, Williams led technology at EdTech companies Avant Assessment and Learning.com. Williams started his career as a Nintendo Game Counselor, a professional video game player tasked with providing advice on the game tip hotline.

“Leading the skilled and dedicated technology teams at CD Baby and Soundrop for the last decade has been a great honor. We’ve been laser focused on serving the more than 1 million artists that rely on us to get their music out into the universe to be discovered and to generate income,” said Mr. Williams. “I am so fortunate to be able to grow at the company I love so much to continue my mission of helping the independent artist community.”

CD Baby now distributes more than 10 million tracks for 1.2 million artists around the world.

Williams holds a BA in Economics from the University of Washington. He is a recipient of the 2019 Rapid Growth Award from 7CTOs, an organization devoted to the growth of tech leaders, and is a member of the DDEX Board of Directors since 2020, representing Downtown Music Holdings.

AUDACY REVEALS WEEKDAY LINEUP FOR BIG 98.1 IN PHILADELPHIA

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Trey Morgan

Audacy today revealed the full weekday lineup for newly launched BIG 98.1 (WOGL-FM) in Philadelphia, effective July 1. Radio and television personality Trey Morgan will join the station as afternoon drive host and be heard from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

The station’s on-air lineup will also feature Sybil Summers in its midday time slot from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET and Renee Taylor from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET. “The Coop Show” featuring Sean “Coop” Tabler will continue to air in morning drive.

“We’re pleased to introduce BIG 98.1’s inaugural full weekday lineup to our fans and round out the programming slate for this new local favorite,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Philadelphia. “Trey’s big-market experience will anchor our listeners’ afternoons, while the addition of Sybil and Renee’s shows will complement our live and local programming.”

“I’m thrilled to join BIG 98.1 and the Audacy Philadelphia team,” said Morgan. “Merging my passion for all genres of music with my experience in CHR, alternative, rock, rhythm, hot AC and even country, BIG 98.1 is the next natural step. I can’t thank David Yadgaroff and Tim Herbster enough for this incredible opportunity to connect and engage with listeners in an exciting and dynamic market like Philly.”

Morgan is a major market radio and television personality with experience in five of America’s ten biggest markets: New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, and Washington DC. Morgan found his calling in Florida, where he started interning at 95.1 The Beat. While working in Florida, he gained experience as both a producer and programmer before emerging as on-air talent. Over the next few years, Morgan worked at several highly respected radio stations around the country, including Kiss 108 in Boston, DC101 in Washington D.C., 98.9 Kiss-FM in Louisville, and KC101 in Connecticut. Those experiences helped him sharpen his skills and hone his craft before moving to New York City. After many years at Z100 as assistant music director and on-air talent, Morgan moved to Los Angeles, serving as the assistant program director, music director, and daytime host of ALT 98-7. He later returned to New York as the afternoon drive host for Fresh 102.7 (now Audacy’s New 102.7 FM). Following that, Morgan took on mornings as the host of 99.5 The Wolf in Dallas, where he helped elevate the “Wake Up with The Wolf” show’s ratings from No. 11 to No. 4 in the market while also contributing to the station’s “Major Market Station of the Year” Marconi Award.

iHeartMedia Announces First Slate of iHeartPodcasts from Its NextUp Initiative

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iHeartMedia, the No.1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, today announced the first slate of podcasts from its NextUp Initiative presented by the first-ever Toyota Corolla Cross. NextUp aims to empower participants of all backgrounds by giving them the tools to succeed in the podcast industry: from developing and marketing a podcast to using industry-leading software.

The NextUp fellows have learned from some of iHeartRadio’s top creators and have developed shows centered around their unique voices. The first podcast in the slate, “Beauty Translated,” debuts today. Hosted by Carmen Laurent, the show focuses on the transgender community in the South and touches on their experiences with coming out, launching careers, and family life. Listeners can tune into the first episode now on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are available. 

Laurent, a professional skin therapist, life-long podcast fan and trans woman, creates a safe and open space for her guests to share experiences about their lives being trans in the South––bringing awareness and visibility to an area that is not often represented in popular media the way trans people in larger cities like New York City and Los Angeles are.

“As a transgender woman, it’s very important to me that my community’s stories are shared,” says Laurent. “The NextUp Initiative has given me the tools and platform to do just that, and it’s been so inspiring to learn from industry-leading experts in the podcasting world to create a show that really amplifies our voices.”

Over the next six months, iHeartMedia will launch the full upcoming slate of shows from all eight of its NextUp fellows, covering a range of important topics from the working class to Native American identity.

“We’re thrilled to see the results of the hard work and passion that each and every creator put into their podcast,” said Anna Hossnieh, Co-Founder of NextUp and Managing Executive Producer for iHeartPodcasts. “Each show tells a different story around an incredibly important, but often overlooked issue, and the creativity we’ve seen here is just astounding. This is really just the beginning of what these creators will do.”

Full NextUp Initiative Slate of 2022 Podcasts:

–       “Beauty Translated” (Premiering Today): Hosted by Carmen Laurent, trans woman and professional skin therapist, “Beauty Translated” is a podcast made by trans people for trans people. Carmen sheds light on the trans experience in the Southeast United States––an area that has little trans visibility––and covers topics around gender transition to educate listeners. Additionally, listeners will hear featured guests open up about their lives and share personal stories around their journey with gender transition, providing support to those going through their own experiences.

–       BFF: Black, Fat Femme (Premiering July 12): Featuring the voices of two of the leading queer, fat, and Black changemakers, the BFF podcast examines what it means to love oneself unapologetically in a world where loving oneself often feels impossible. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins, an educator, national speaker, journalist, thought leader and media critic, and Jordan Daniels, a queer Afro-Jew writer and photographer, who bring their combined passion of identity and race to discuss important topics around belonging and self-love.

–       Tongue Unbroken (Premiering August 1): Tongue Unbroken (Tlél Wudakʼóodzi Ḵaa Lʼóotʼ) is a podcast that explores the Native American revitalization and decolonization through the eyes and mind of a multilingual Indigenous person who is Lingít, Haida, Yupʼik and Sami. Listeners will learn all about the complex concepts around identity, resilience, erasure and genocide of Indigenous languages. Hosted by X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell, PhD and Associate Professor of Alaska Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast, Tongue Unbroken will feature guests leading the language revitalization and decolonial efforts across the United States, Alaska, Canada, and New Zealand.

–       Partition (Premiering August 15): Inspired by her first trip back home to Pakistan in 2017, Pakistani-American writer Neha Aziz explores the 1947 Partition of India and the formation of Pakistan in this historical podcast. When Britain decided they could no longer afford to control India, they granted the country independence and announced that a new country would also be formed––Pakistan. This severed the country in such a way that friends and neighbors became enemies and murderers. With this year marking the 75th anniversary, Neha brings this important story to the masses––combining robust reporting with anecdotes and commentary from her research around the Partition.

–       On Call with Kay-B (Premiering September 2022): On Call with Kay-B will immerse listeners in an audial journey around the medical TV shows that have been a staple in the entertainment industry for decades. These shows have drawn in audiences with not only their steamy romances and on-screen friendships, but the most over-the-top medical cases known to man. Kay B, both a veteran entertainment journalist and podcaster, as well as a trained scientist, uses her unique experience to give listeners a cultural and scientific experience. A wide variety of guests––from talent, creatives and medical consultants behind the shows to real-life scientists and medical professionals working in the field––will be featured on the show.

–       When You’re Invisible (Premiering October 2022): When You’re Invisible is a love letter to the working class and people who have largely been excluded in society. The podcast spotlights the different experiences of these “invisible” people––many of whom are being interviewed for the first time in their life. Actor and creator Maria Fernanda Diez draws from her experience as a first generation American born to Mexican parents, who went from living off food stamps to rising to the middle-middle class and achieving the “American dream,” to welcome and reflect on each guests’ life experiences. Listeners will hear (at times) unbelievable, yet true stories from working-class folks, nannies, immigrants, houseless folks, healthcare workers and more.

–       Survivors Heal with Oya L. Sherrills (Premiering November 2022): At a time when there’s a quiet movement of survivors raging right beneath the surface of the nation’s social and political floor, Survivors Heal is a podcast that explores the healing side of true crime. Host Oya L. Sherrills, an advocate, organizer, and activist of social justice, has been on the ground floor in high crime communities and has seen the reality of the staggering statistic that 1 in 4 Americans have been reported as victims of crime. The Survivors Heal podcast employs both narrative and interviews to create a niche guidebook to the grassroots conversations that have fueled a movement that touches every corner of the political landscape––policy reform, racial justice, social justice, criminal justice reform, resource allocations, and urban culture.

–       We, The Product (Premiering December 2022): Hosted by Priyanka Das, community organizer and activist with holistic experience in corporate America, tech start-ups, NGOs, and solidarity economy networks, We, The Product gives listeners a peek behind the curtain into the ways that surveillance capitalism has embedded itself into every facet of our society. Listeners will hear Priyanka engage with community organizers to better understand how surveillance technologies have evolved into an omnipresent force that is being weaponized as a tool to control communities. Supplemented by academic research and artistic literature, and with a critical lens to the digital market, this podcast will also highlight the ways that communities are building resiliency and fighting to make technology a tool for peoples’ empowerment.

The entire slate of NextUp shows will be distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network. Toyota Corolla Cross is the proud sponsor of the NextUp initiative.

WCLK Debuts Programs on SiriusXM HBCU Channel 142

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Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Atlanta’s Jazz Station, debuts popular syndicated programming on the leading satellite and streaming audio platform, SiriusXM. WCLK’s The Local Take with Kiplyn Primus and UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry will premiere on SiriusXM HBCU Channel 142.

The Local Take airs on Mondays beginning June 27 at 6:00 p.m. and re-airs on Thursdays and Fridays at 6:00 p.m. UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry airs on Tuesdays beginning June 28 at 6:30 p.m. with encore episodes airing on Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

“Jazz 91.9 WCLK has come a long way, with these two programs now on the Sirius XM HBCU  platform,” says Wendy Williams, general manager, Jazz 91.9 WCLK. “It is a major step forward  in our efforts to deliver top-notch programming and the WCLK brand whether it be music or  information to audiences, globally.” 

The Local Take With Kiplyn Primus features discussions about critical issues facing society and profiles of organizations doing important work in the community. The mission of The Local  Take is to engage with and spotlight individuals and matters that are not always covered by mainstream media outlets.

The Local Take has been broadcasting every week for 11 years on  91.9 WCLK in Atlanta, Georgia. Host, Kiplyn Primus, interviews guests on the program from various fields who have made an impact on the community, business, and public affairs. The radio show is a source for critical information that addresses community concerns.  

Kiplyn Primus is a graduate of Howard University and Clark Atlanta University and has a long career in public and commercial media. She is a veteran facilitator for StoryCorps’ Atlanta studio and has written extensively on global and local initiatives for a number of publications. 

UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry takes an in-depth look at Atlanta’s arts and entertainment scene including television, film, theater, music, fashion, and more. Host, Ray  Cornelius engages in intimate conversations with some of the most prominent figures and behind-the-scenes players in the industry. Past UPFRONT guests have included: Issa Rae, Billy  Porter, Patti LaBelle, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Taraji P. Henson, and Tracee Ellis Ross.  

Ray Cornelius is a multi-hyphenated media personality with nearly thirty years of experience in news, radio, and television. He has served as a “pop culture expert” for Fox TV’s “Central  Avenue” and ASPIRE TV’s “In the Loop.” Cornelius has covered the American Black Film  Festival (ABFF), BET Hip-Hop Awards, ESSENCE Festival, and BronzeLens Film Festival (BLFF).

He is an active member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and an Atlanta Ailey Circle Member for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Local Take airs on its parent station, 91.9 in Atlanta on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. Followed by  UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. The programs can also be heard online and on OnDemand at WCLK.com.  

SOUNDEXCHANGE FILES SUIT AGAINST SLACKER, INC. FOR FAILURE TO PAY CREATORS

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SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, today filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Slacker, Inc. and its parent company LiveOne, Inc. to recover unpaid royalties owed to performers and rights owners.

“By refusing to pay royalties for the use of protected sound recordings, Slacker and LiveOne have directly harmed creators over the years,” stated Michael Huppe, president and CEO of SoundExchange. “Today, SoundExchange is taking a stand through necessary legal action to protect the value of music and ensure creators are compensated fairly for their work. We hope Slacker and LiveOne will promptly reverse course and pay what they owe for the use of recordings that drive the value of their service.”

Background

Slacker is a digital media company that uses the statutory license for the use of sound recordings on digital radio. In 2017, Slacker stopped paying statutory royalties to creators whose recordings it was using. SoundExchange has been in negotiations with Slacker since that time to resolve their outstanding balance, but Slacker has failed to meet the terms to which the parties agreed. SoundExchange is now filing a complaint for breach of contract and underpayment of statutory royalties.

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