Sunday, July 15, 2018

Episode #75:

Holland Cooke

Holland Cooke has advised radio and TV stations in the USA, Canada, and New Zealand. Previously, he survived a variety of on-air and management positions, including 7 storied years as Operations Manager of WTOP/Washington, during which time the station scored its highest ratings to-date in the all-news format. When he’s not busy writing columns and reports for leading trade publications, his tireless work includes programming and marketing strategies for radio stations, career counseling for radio talent and podcasters, and Internet development for entrepreneurs, companies, and radio personalities. An avid trend-spotter, wait’ll you hear where he sees radio headed NEXT!

Bonus Content:

A sample of Holland's wit, wisdom and insightful observations!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Episode #074:

Whitney Allen | The Big Show

As a kid the Gracie Award-winning WHITNEY ALLEN wanted it all. To be a rock star, astronaut, explorer and radio host. Amazingly, she’s done ‘em all (almost!)─ and more! 

She started her radio journey in Eureka California at KATA, before moving to San Diego and shots at CHR, nostalgia, AC and her first taste of Country radio. Then came a call from Scott Shannon’s PIRATE RADIO in LA, before moving to market leader KIIS-FM. There, she met BLAIR GARNER, who was just launching his national country sensation “AFTER MIDNIGHT”, so she joined him and for 8 years hosted “After Midnight Weekends with Whitney Allen” on over 200 country stations. 

Now, she hosts her very own network show The Big Time with Whitney Allen weeknights, and The Big Time Saturday Night.


Here's a great example of an on-air stunt which acknowledged a 'national' day, then turned into a fun video, strong social media content, and even media exposure!  Smart affiliates even got LOCAL media attention!

In this video (recorded OFF-AIR), Whitney's castmates take center stage in unique content with country artist Devin Dawson!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fourth of July BONUS

As the Brandwidth team takes a moment to celebrate America, we invite you to sample these previous episodes from 2018.

If you missed them, you're likely to gain some helpful insights.  If you heard them, they might just give you a 15-minute recharge.

Here are "Four for the Fourth".  Just click the banner to play the episodes.


And this "EXTRA"...a look inside the mind of one of radio's best Voice Over artists and samples of his genius at work:

Possible phone topic for July 5th?

Coming up:

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Episode # 073

Vince Benedetto | President & CEO. Bold Gold Media

Since this episode was released, congrats to BOLD GOLD MEDIA and Vince Benedetto who have now closed on station #13, with more on the way! We'll stay tuned!

Vince Benedetto is the president and CEO of the Bold Gold Media Group, which owns nine full-power stations and six FM Pennsylvania’s Catskill Mountains, Pocono Lake Region, and Wilkes Barre-Scranton. 

Before radio, Vince was appointed to the Air Force Academy and earned his “Jump Wings” for completing Air Force jump school. He did five freefalls and was commissioned as an officer. Realizing the importance of media dominance beyond radio, Vince is noted as a leader in understanding the power, beyond brand-building, of online platforms, help station brands carve out a larger share of digital ad revenue. 

He has also spearheaded the The Bold Gold Broadcast and Media Foundation ─ a not-for-profit, organization with a mission of supporting the education and training of tomorrow’s broadcast and media leaders.

Visit BOLD GOLD MEDIA and see their properties



See how BOLD GOLD MEDIA incorporates video to promote their station brands, help community events, and through the BOLD GOLD MEDIA FOUNDATION, support young media professionals.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Episode #072

50 Shades of Kay | Elizabeth Kay - WMYX, Milwaukee

WMYX (99.1 the Mix) morning star Elizabeth Kay is living proof that a hometown girl can do well! Growing up as one of four girls in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, her Dad raised her to love sports. She's a Packer shareholder and tries to make as many Packer games as possible. Her love of sports doesn't end there; she lives an active lifestyle, frequents the gym and enjoys any outdoor activities. After graduating from UW-Milwaukee, and a four-year stint doing mornings in Green Bay radio, Elizabeth returned home to co-host mornings on 99.1 The Mix. Now, whether Milwaukeeans are commuting, shuffling the kids off to school or hitting the snooze button for the 17th time, Elizabeth & Radar are the perfect way to share a smile and get your day off to a great start, and today, Elizabeth shares some of her insights with us.

Quick Links:

BONUS Content

WMYX morning host ELIZABETH KAY demonstrates how to implement VIDEO to advance HER brand, while becoming a leading spokesperson in her market.  Smart. VERY smart!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Episode #071

From ONE Big League to Another | JT the Brick, FOX Sports Radio

You won’t find a more fast-paced, high-energy sports talk show than J .T. “The Brick".
     A former stockbroker, J.T. got his start in sports radio after becoming a frequent caller to The Jim Rome Show. After winning the inaugural "Smack-Off" in 1995, he was offered a job hosting a late-night Sunday show at KMAX-Los Angeles
     From there, J.T. moved his show to KFMB- San Diego, where he only spent a few weeks before being offered a show on the now-defunct Las Vegas-based Sports Fan Radio Network.  
     During this time, he also hosted an afternoon show on San Francisco-based based radio station KNBR. In June 2001, he landed at the upstart FOX Sports Radio, hosting a variety of shows. 

J.T. interviews NFL Hall of Famer
Emmitt Smith
With his outspoken, big, booming voice, J.T. hosts one of radio’s most interactive shows as he fields calls from listeners across the country. Joined each evening by co-host Tomm Looney (the voice of The Best Damn Sports Show Period, their outspoken dialogue is second to none as they bring a new attitude to nighttime sports talk radio on the FOX Sports Network

Click to sample JT's Podcast


Hear J.T. share a sample of his powerful book, "The Handoff".

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Episode 070

Memorial Day weekend brought news of the passing of another kind of veteran.  A veteran of the radio wars.  A guiding inspiration who helped many of us win -- and win BIG.

Celebrated voice talent and imaging conceptualist NICK MICHAELS passed away unexpectedly due to a massive heart attack.

Nick was a passionate media thought leader and innovator, who saw where much of the radio industry has headed, without ever losing his ever-evolving vision for what the audio experience could be.

This episode features Nick sharing his insights and observations for the state of radio, and where it CAN be, along with examples of some of his finest audio work.

There are many very good posts and tributes to Nick’s work which can be found on the internet.   Perhaps one of the most salient was a blog post by fellow Brandwidth On Demand guest Fred Jacobs.  The following is reprinted by permission of Jacobs Media.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

#69 - Brandwidth goes INTERNATIONAL!

This time, Brandwidth On Demand goes INTERNATIONAL, with European coaches Nails Mahoney & Tracey Lee. Each has 30 years experience as Radio Presenters and Content Creators in Ireland, the UK, Malta, Canada and Asia. 

Nails has hosted all day parts in major markets such as Dublin, Toronto and Vancouver. His audio has also aired regularly on the BBC

Tracey is an award-winning Producer and Presenter hosting top-rated National radio shows including Today FM in Ireland as well as XFM in Malta. She is a multi-award winning Producer for her work with Ireland’s South East Radio and is a regular lecturer at BCFE College in Dublin. 

Since 2007 over 2,000 broadcasters and radio professionals worldwide have used the services of On Air Coach through Live Workshops, Mentoring & Air-Checking and Radio Station engagements. Many have gone on to become award winners, market leaders and high earners, adding value to their career as well as to their Radio Stations.

Follow @OnAirCoach on Twitter

Nails Mahoney on Facebook

Tracey Lee on Facebook

Visit the OnAir Coach website

Click HERE for their podcast!


Here are some extra goodies from Nails, Tracy and some of their clients.  Enjoy!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Episode - 068

Jeff Davis is one of the heritage voices of WLS with a career there spanning over 40 years. After moving to LA, to focus on launching his successful career as a national voiceover talent, he also served as the afternoon personality on Star 98.7 in Los Angeles, still maintaining work with WLS AM as the station's voice. 

Jeff crafts the imaging for Radio and Television stations in all size markets. He also is a well-known narrator and voice for commercials. Jeff also hosted several network radio projects distributed by Westwood One including the Grammy Awards "On The Radio" and the "American Dance Traxx." Currently he writes, produces and performs a daily radio feature called ‘Just a Thought’.

As an actor, he has appeared in six feature films. He's done voice work for network television on CBS and VH-1, among others.

While on the air in Chicago, Jeff heard a song by a local band on a jukebox. He asked the WLS music director if he could play it. He was allowed to play it twice and on the strength of continued WLS airplay, the band was able to secure a new recording contract. The band: Styx.

Bonus Content:

A variety of top-rated stations where Jeff has provided imaging services, 
including two of the stations programmed by Kipper (WDBO/Orlando, WLS/Chicago)

See Jeff and other WLS "Musicradio" era hosts (Larry Lujack, Tommy Edwards, Fred Winston, 
Chuck Knapp, John Records Landkecker and more during the "Big 89 Rewind".. (Video courtesy of Art Vuolo.)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Episode #067:

When it comes to radio today, few define ‘local’ success more than Jim O’Hara!  He’s currently the SVP/Programming of I-Heart’s cluster in Davenport IA, and the award-winning PD and midday host for Country legend WLLR.  

But that’s just scratching the surface. After 5 years programming the market’s ORIGINAL Top 40 and AOR combo, KSTT and 97X, he moved to crosstown WOC-AM, and KIIK104.5, where he served in numerous capacities for various owners, including General Manager, prior to I-Heart’s taking over and creating the seven-station Quad Cities Radio Group

Of the many, many awards he has earned, Jim has been named Billboard PD of the Year, one of Radio Ink’s Best 100 Programmers, and his WLLR was named Station of the Year by the Country Music Association.  

In his ‘spare time’, he also does voiceover work, and in this episode, you’ll hear why!  

Bonus Content:

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Episode #066:

A radio career can mean some ups and downs, some twists and turns. Nobody knows that better than the radio veteran known as DreX, who is back in Chicago as morning host at the iconic B96.

Previously DreX hosted mornings at I-Heart’s Top 40 KISS-FM 103.5 before heading to San Francisco’s KGO. He’s also guested on numerous other radio shows including the Opie and Anthony show on Sirius/XM. Now he’s back in Chicago, the market whose legendary talent lured him into radio originally…and, along with co-host Nina Hajian, Gabe Ramirez and the team, proving that when it comes to morning radio “DreX Marks the Spot.