Doc Medek to Mornings at Froggy 101 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. On March 30, RadioInfo reported that Doc Medek was exiting CBS RADIO's country WXTU, Philadelphia where he'd been co-hosting the morning drive show with Andie Summers for the past six years. Medek had been commuting to the station from Scranton where his wife works. Now we learn that Medek is the new morning host on Entercom's country WGGY, Scranton. Medek is co-hosting "The Doc Show with Jessie" – referring to partner Jessie Roberts. They take over for the departed Eric Peterson and Selena Robertson. This is a return to WGGY for Medek who hosted mornings at the station from 1999 through 2010.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Affiliate stations of USRN's "Pulse of Radio" show prep will be treated to more behind-the-scenes coverage of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction than ever before, according to the company. This year, stations will be able to download exclusive backstage images captured by a United Stations photographer. Plus, producer Howie Edelson will be gathering event audio and backstage interviews. This year's inductees are: Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A., and Steve Miller…..Compass Media Network-syndicated "Original Country Gold" with Rowdy Yates is making a special one-hour tribute show honoring Merle Haggard available to stations with no network spots, commercial obligations or market exclusivity. Stations interested simply email Adam Wilbur at Compass at: firstname.lastname@example.org…..SiriusXM is honoring Merle Haggard this weekend turning the Willie's Roadhouse channel into "Merle's Roadhouse." After news of Haggard's death broke, Willie Nelson himself called in during his daughter Paula Nelson's show and said, "It's not a happy day for any of us out there, and we all are with Merle's family and friends and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them." "Merle's Roadhouse" weekend programming will also include an encore broadcast of the Django & Jimmie album special hosted by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, which was recorded when the album was released in 2015; a two-hour special dubbed "Feeling Haggard" hosted by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel; and a one-hour 2003 conversation between Haggard and Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson from his "Bill Anderson Visits with the Legends" show…..Country artists the Rachel Allyn Band stopped by the WNSH, New York "NASH FM 94.7" studios on April 7 to chat with afternoon personality Jesse Addy. The band's new EP, Next Year's Girl, comes out today via iTunes. Allyn told Addy that a mix of Elvis Costello's "This Year's Girl" and the hope that she will be "next year's girl" gave the band the name for their EP. Pictured above, the band performs the single from the EP along with their other songs, "No Second Chances" and "Perfect."
Michael Harrison and Richard Neer Discuss Broadcasting, Narrowcasting and Podcasting in Sweeping Conversation About Changes in Commercial Media and Pop Icons over the Decades. In a strikingly organic conversation that covers a wide variety of topics from old-time television to the changing morality of superheroes in entertainment to the differences between quantitative and qualitative marketing – WFAN, New York personality, author and pop culture "renaissance man" Richard Neer joins his old friend Michael Harrison as this week's guest on the PodcastOneinternational hit, "Up Close and Far Out." Harrison and Neer have been engaging in "What if?" and "To be Continued" conversations like this on radio, TV, at industry seminars (and even privately for their own entertainment) on a regular basis for almost 50 years. This podcast marks what Harrison loosely calculates as the 2550th time these talkers have met in this manner since October of 1967. To listen to this "media freak's verbal salad" in its entirety, please click here or click on the "Up Close and Far Out" player box located in the right-hand column on every page of www.Talkers.com and www.RadioInfo.com.
Fourth Music Industry Reunion in Los Angeles Less Than Two Weeks Away. The fourth "Music Industry Reunion," set to take place in Los Angeles, is less than two weeks away. It's happening at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California on Wednesday evening April 20, between 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm and reports are that some 300 music industry people from the past and present are planning to attend. The informal event is open to all members of the music and music-related industries free of charge. The reunion is again being organized by veteran record executives Jon Scott, Greg Lee, and a committee of music industry professionals. These events have become tremendously successful, with each of the first three drawing a larger crowd of colorful legends on both coasts than its organizers originally anticipated. And now, according to Scott, "The demand for a fourth necessitates that we do it again. Not only do past attendees want to come back, but also we are hearing great interest from folks around the country who missed the previous events and are planning to fly to Los Angeles. Last October's Big Apple installment of the Music Industry Reunion drew more than 250 people, including luminaries such as Ron Alexenburg, Johnny Barbis, Danny Buch, Harvey Leeds, Jim DelBalzo, Paul Rappaport, Judy Libow, Roxy Myzall, Tony Berardini, Patty Martin and so many more. Scott explains, "I really thought the first Los Angeles Music Industry Reunion would just be a one-time event, but it was such a smash and the follow-up in New York was even bigger. Now even more people keep asking, 'When is the next one?' I am thrilled that old music friends attend these events and have a wonderful, rare opportunity to connect with colleagues they haven't seen in years." The party is free with no host food and bar – but because of space limitations, it is important to make reservations. For those attending from outside the Los Angeles area, a special room rate has been arranged at the nearby Sheraton Agoura Hills ($139). To make a reservation with the host hotel please click: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1602101975&key=2AA0D0FF or call toll free 800-325-3535 and mention Music Industry Reunion. Members of the LA Music Industry Reunion organizing committee include: Jon Scott, Greg Lee, Joel Denver, Michael Harrison, Fred and Kirbie Croshal, Tommy and Luanne Nast, Cary Baker, Ted Cohen, Kenny Ryback, Peter Gidion, Joel Newman, Richard Chemel, Robert and Sue Emmer, and Rick Frio. Organizer Jon Scott sums it up: "Keep in mind, this is not an 'official' convention or seminar being put on by an industry trade association or publication. As a matter of fact, we have two leading trade publishers from separate publications on the organizing committee – Joel Denver of AllAccess and Michael Harrison of RadioInfo – and each of their publications are providing grants to help fund the expenses that the event incurs and keep it free for attendees. There is no charge, no fee, no agenda, except for seeing each other!" Scott continues, "Lots of laughs, stories, and the amazingly positive synergy of just hanging with each other!" According to Michael Harrison, publisher/editor of RadioInfo.com, "This bi-coastal annual event is the closest thing we have today to experiencing the magical sense of 'community' that made working in this industry so joyous and memorable during its golden era. RadioInfo and I are honored and humbled to be partnering with the great Joel Denver and AllAccess in providing grants to help make it a wonderful free happening." AllAccess.com president/publisher Joel Denver adds, "Getting members of the music community together at the Music Industry Reunion to celebrate what we do, spreading the joy of music to radio in its many forms — who then share it with the public to keep the creative process going — is something that I so look forward to. My staff at AllAccess.com and I are thrilled to support this event, and to work hand in hand with our good friend Michael Harrison and RadioInfo to help defray the costs of the Music Industry Reunion. We look forward to seeing you!" For more information about the forthcoming fourth Music Industry Reunion coming to Los Angeles, call Jon Scott at 818-981-9876 or via email at: email@example.com. To register click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-industry-reunion-los-angeles-42016-tickets-21316522292. To follow and join the Music Industry Reunion LA Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MusicBusinessReunion/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/musicbizreunion Instagram: http://instagram.com/musicbizreunion