Paul Douglas and Jordana Green have been named the new afternoon drive hosts on WCCO-AM, CBS Radio Minneapolis. The Paul & Jordana Show will premiere on August 1 from 3:00-6:00 PM, ET.
“We've been friends and colleagues for a long time. We plan to learn a lot and laugh even more, and hope our listeners will do the same,” said Paul and Jordana.
“We’re establishing a new take on afternoon drive with this show,” said Shannon Knoepke, SVP/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Minneapolis. “You’ll learn and laugh with Paul and Jordana, exactly what Minnesotans need to end their day!”
“Our goal is to have a show that speaks to our community and brings listeners relevant and entertaining topics each day,” said WCCO Operations Manager/Program Director, Lindsey Peterson. “Paul and Jordana are passionate about speaking to our community and we are excited to have them as part of the station.”
Paul and Jordana previously teamed up when Jordana was Vice President of Programming for WeatherNation TV before moving to WCCO.
Paul Douglas is a nationally respected broadcaster and meteorologist, with 34 years of broadcast television and 36 years of radio experience. Paul is well known to Minnesota residents as the head meteorologist for KARE-TV and WCCO-TV. He also launched the national weather channel, WeatherNation TV in 2011. Paul provides daily weather for the Star Tribune, the St. Cloud Times, Conservation Minnesota and WeatherNation, and is an author and regular contributor to TPT’s “Almanac.” Paul has launched five weather technology companies during his career, including his current ventures, AerisWeather and Praedictix, based in Eden Prairie. A graduate of Penn State, Paul and his wife Laurie live in Excelsior and have two sons.
"I'm thrilled to be joining Jordana and the rest of the WCCO Radio Team,” said Paul. “I got my start on radio in high school and college, and this feels like coming home. Jordana and I will fine-tune a show that's fast-paced, informative and a little irreverent. We want to highlight interesting people and great storytelling, exposing listeners to new voices and the solutions that will make their lives better. We all live in our news bubbles, but radio unites us like no other medium. We need that more than ever. And if that doesn't work we'll quickly transition to an all-Doppler format."
Jordana Green has been with WCCO Radio since 2012, hosting her 9:00-11:00 PM show and co-hosting afternoon drive with John Williams. She started her career as a field producer at FOX-5 in New York, then as the medical reporter at WBRE-TV, Wilkes-Barre, PA. She moved to the Midwest to anchor the morning show at FOX-59 TV in Indianapolis. Then Minnesota called, and Jordana answered by anchoring FOX-29 TV’s primary newscast while earning an Emmy for on-camera excellence. Before coming to WCCO, Jordana helped launch WeatherNation TV. She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Jordana and her husband Marc Grossfield live in St. Louis Park with her three children.
“I am so excited to be co-hosting with Paul during drive-time,” added Jordana. “He understands a lot more about the world than just weather and is one of the kindest and wittiest people I know. We are going to have a blast working together!”
PodcastOne, the nation's largest advertiser-supported podcast network, with more than 200 programs, presenting over 340 hours of new programming weekly, which are downloaded 1.5 billion times annually, today announced the launch of its new platform and mobile app. In addition to the standard feature set, this first-in-industry podcast app offers unique video and social capabilities designed to enhance the listening experience and offer new and exciting ways for fans to engage with their favorite shows and hosts. The free-to-download app is now available at PodcastOne.com, on the App Store and via Google Play.
The new PodcastOne mobile app offers fans a collaborative destination where they can participate in conversation around shows, access exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, message one another, read trending articles and take polls. In addition, a new loyalty program rewards users with virtual currency, which can be redeemed for access to special events in virtual reality (VR), premium content and merchandise discounts.
PodcastOne Founder and Executive Chairman Norman Pattiz said, "The launch of our new PodcastOne mobile app is a milestone for our company, as we are providing a host of features for our listeners to choose from to enhance their listening experience that no other network provides. Now, with our partners at MANDT VR, we can offer a truly immersive experience that allows the listener to sit in the recording studio, right across the table from the host."
To bring audiences closer to the shows they love, PodcastOne partnered with MANDT VR, the leading producer of marquee serialized 360-degree and VR content. MANDT VR equipped the PodcastOne studios in Beverly Hills, Burbank and New York with cutting-edge video technology to record podcasts in new, immersive formats. In addition, mobile units are deployed across the country to record podcasts produced in remote locations. To date, the team has produced more than 1000 pieces of short-form 360-degree and VR video content, representing the largest collection of its kind. The full library, debuting with The Adam Carolla Show, You're Welcome with Chael Sonnen, Koy Pond with Jo Koy, Dr. Drew, Jay Mohr's Mohr Stories, Reasonable Doubt, Adam & Drew, Art of Charm, Geffen Playhouse Unscripted, Laila Ali Lifestyle, Forbes Under 30 and more, is available now; new video experiences will be added weekly.
"Norm is a pioneer in the media space who is not afraid to embrace new technologies to advance an industry; a mindset that's propelled PodcastOne to unparalleled success," said Neil Mandt, co-founder and CEO of MANDT VR. "The drive to innovate through new mediums, combined with the flexible nature of podcast consumption and presence of a highly-engaged audience, creates the perfect environment for introducing the world to the next wave of audio-visual storytelling."
In addition to regular studio recordings, MANDT VR's technology will enable the delivery of live events and recordings, spearheaded by Guinness Book of World Records Holder for Most Downloaded Podcast and PodcastOne host Adam Carolla, to audiences globally.
Charlotte, NC (July 5th, 2017): Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI), announces Kelly Mac will return to the Carolinas as the new Midday Host and Music Director at WBAV/V101.9-FM. She will begin her new position on July 10, 2017.
Mac most recently served as the program director and PM drive talent in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that, she was the midday talent at WJMZ-FM in Greenville, South Carolina.
“It’s a blessing to be able to team up with a strong, creative, competitive, and supportive leader like Uzi who believes in live, local, personality driven radio,” said Mac. “Charlotte has been a market I’ve been watching and wanting to work in over a decade. So I am thrilled to have the chance to join forces with Uzi and the WBAV team!”
“I am excited to bring in a talent who is so passionate about radio and has the drive, enthusiasm, and talent to continue to grow our awesome WBAV brand,” noted Operations Manager Jeff Uzi D Anderson. “Kelly’s incredible attitude and magnetic connection that she has with her listeners both on and off the air will be a game changer in the market. I look forward to the positive impact she will bring, which is right in line with the culture that we continue to build here at Beasley Media Charlotte.”
Westwood One, America's largest radio network, announces its agreement with TagStation, LLC owner of the NextRadio app, to roll out the first, and largest, interactive audience measurement tool of over-the-air FM radio. This alliance enables Westwood One to deliver consumer insights and intelligence that optimize campaigns and prove ROI to national advertisers.
Through the NextRadio mobile app, consumers can listen to live local radio on their smartphone and experience synced interactive ads and content. Listener interactions with a call-to-action, like store directions or promotions, are tracked via the Dial Report® – the first attribution dashboard to measure the impact of FM advertising campaigns. This rich data is translated into actionable insights on campaign demographics, brand exposure, listening engagement, in-store traffic, proximity and more.
Westwood One has been testing this ground-breaking advertiser offering. In May 2017, the network ran a NextRadio campaign for a major retailer on 250 of its radio stations that proved radio drove listeners to retail. One-third of people who heard the ad also viewed the companion ad within the app. Of those listeners exposed to the campaign, an impressive 10% visited the retailer.
"Imagine interacting with broadcast radio and brand content on your smartphone. What an inspiration for getting consumers to take immediate action. This capability is now a reality for a quarter of a billion Westwood One listeners who get more control over their experience, while advertisers get massive and actionable insights and results," said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. "In addition, NextRadio's collaboration with industry partners, including Nielsen, further validates this alliance as transformative for our business."
"The ability to quantify and prove ad exposure and retail visitation provides hard evidence of radio's impact, and is an undeniable competitive advantage for Westwood One," said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio. "We are thrilled to add their scale to our technology. Through this alliance, our rich consumer data is now available for a mass audience reach, allowing us to connect with larger brands and drive new business opportunities through Westwood One's innovative advertiser solutions."
Advertisers who desire to utilize broadcast radio, America's number one mass reach media, with the addition of NextRadio interactive audience engagement and measurement should contact Westwood One Executive Vice President, Sales Jim Daunais at [email protected] or (404) 260-6607.