WQHT (HOT 97)/New York jumpstarts the summer! Two stages, 55,000 screaming fans and Hip Hop’s biggest names will gather for the Hip Hop event of the year, HOT 97 Summer Jam 2014 on Sunday, June 1, MetLife Stadium. The all star line-up includes 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj featuring Young Money & Lil Wayne, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, DJ Mustard featuring YG & Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Ink, Sevyn Streeter, Bunji Garlin, Action Bronson, and Troy Ave, plus the hottest surprise guests in music. HOT 97 will also celebrate 20 years of The Roots, who made history this year as the first Hip Hop house band The Tonight Show ever had! The HOT 97’s Festival Stage, located outside of MetLife Stadium, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m will feature performances by Childish Gambino, Jhene Aiko, Mack Wilds, August Alsina, Iggy Azalea, Chinx, and Nipsey Hussle. Entry to festival stage is only available with a HOT 97 Summer Jam 2014 ticket. HOT 97 Summer Jam 2014 tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 12 p.m. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Albany announces that “Doctor” John Cooper will be inducted into the New York State Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The induction ceremony will take place at a special luncheon during the summer conference at the Waldorf Astoria on Friday, June 13. "I'm honored to be recognized by the New York State Broadcasters Association for my work in the industry over the years," said Cooper. "I have a passion for this industry and look forward to my continued contributions." Doctor John has been broadcasting in New York State continuously for more than 40 years and can still be heard middays Monday-Friday on WPYX and weekends on WTRY. He has been with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Albany since 2000, and is currently Regional Programming Manager for stations in Albany, Poughkeepsie, and Sussex, N.J. In addition, for almost 20 years he has lent his voice to WTEN-TV in Albany, voicing promos and commercials. Doctor John has also focused his career to give back to the local community – he enjoys playing the role of Santa Claus during WGY’s Christmas Wish fund raising events; being part of the local Honor Flight organizations who fly World War II Vets for free to Washington, D.C. to visit their Memorial; attending various ceremonies for area Veterans as a Patriot Guard Rider; helping organize Stars for Our Troops “Star Parties” at the station; and taking part in fund raisers for the Alzheimer’s Association and Toys for Tots. Coast Radio Group flips Gulfport/Biloxi/Pascagoula Classic Rocker WZNF to CHR as 95.3 Gorilla. The station is debuting with 10,000 songs in a row commercial-free. Gorilla is programmed by Darren Stephens, who previously was PD at Rhythmic/CHR WKHT/Knoxville.
As Kirtland moves away from releasing new music to focus on events and management, Head of Promotion Frank Higginbotham exits the company. He’s looking for his next opportunity and can be reached at (818) 317-0354 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vevo has launched on Amazon’s newly announced Fire TV. The launch adds another TV app to Vevo’s living room offerings (Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-Ray players, Roku, Xbox and Google Chromecast), giving viewers even more choice. Vevo on Fire TV delivers a vast library of over 100,000 HD music videos, exclusive original programming and live concert performances as well as linear genre-based channels on Vevo TV.
Travis Carter joins Warner/Chappell Music as A&R Manager.
Corey Brewer is named Sr. Director of Publicty for Alternative Distribution Alliance.