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The NAMM TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Awards committee is pleased to announce highly-respected recording engineer Dave Pensado and record industry veteran Herb Trawick, the creative duo behind the weekly web series, Pensado’s Place, as recipients of the 2020 TEC Hall of Fame award. The pair will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame at the 35th Annual NAMM TEC Awards, Saturday, January 18, in Anaheim, California.

DavePensado’s Place was launched by Pensado and his manager in 2010 and is co-hosted and executive produced by Trawick. The show features expert audio guests who have worked with a mix of artists such as Coldplay, Kanye West, Keith Urban, Tool, Bruno Mars and Post Malone. Each week, audio professionals join Pensado and Trawick to discuss technical tips, the dissection of popular music, and viewers’ questions.

“It’s wonderful to see Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick being inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame,” stated Maureen Droney, Sr. Managing Director for the Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®. “This talented and deserving duo have combined their unique talents—Dave’s artistry as a Platinum and GRAMMY®-winning mixer and Herb’s as a manager and impresario— with their joint passion for education. The result is their beloved Pensado’s Place web-series, a program that has brought the importance of audio to a worldwide audience. All of us working in the audio world owe them a debt of gratitude, and I’m personally thrilled to see them achieve this recognition.”

Dave Pensado’s long list of engineering credits has made him one of the recording industries preeminent mixing engineers. With multiple GRAMMY wins and nominations under his belt, Pensado’s diverse list of artist projects is a who’s-who of music that have included Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Will I Am, Frank Ocean, Kelly Clarkson, Afro Jack and Beyoncé.  Pensado has also authored two books, regularly speaks as an educator at schools and conferences globally, and just launched his first product, the Pensado EQ.

“The TEC awards represent excellence in audio, and to be included with all the greats that came before us is humbling,” says Pensado. “I never dreamed the show would become this big. Thanks to each and every one who contributed to our success.”

Herb cutAs a manager, Herb Trawick helped launch Brian McKnight into an R&B superstar with 20 million albums sold, global tours, and more than 30 GRAMMY, American Music, Billboard, Emmy and Image Awards nominations. Trawick was also a partner with Maurice White, the legendary creator of Earth, Wind & Fire, and as a producer, took the EWF catalog to Broadway for the play Hot Feet.

Says Trawick, “Wow!  We are amazed at this prestigious honor.  To have the show be worthy of this level of recognition is truly gratifying.  So many to thank who made it possible.”

Trawick’s long career has also included consultancies with top imprints like Interscope, RCA, Mercury, Capitol, Motown, Island and Def Jam, while creative shops like the 1500 Sound Academy, The Blackbird Academy, and Musicians Institute have also tapped Trawick for his expertise.

Together, along with the team, Pensado and Trawick have built Pensado’s Place into a global powerhouse of pro audio education with 6 million viewers annually and as a resource curriculum at over 100 colleges and universities.

Upon presentation of the award, Pensado and Trawick will join previous TEC Hall of Fame inductees including Leslie Ann Jones, Jack Douglas, Skunk Baxter, Geoff Emerick, Ed Cherney, Hal Blaine, Nathan East, among other accomplished producers and audio technicians.

The NAMM TEC Awards, held during the global gathering of music, sound and entertainment technology at The NAMM Show, are bestowed annually in honor of the many individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television, and video games. Nominees were announced earlier this year. Purchase tickets on-site or in advance here FOR $65 (General Admission) or $195 (VIP). The show begins with a VIP-only reception at 6PM, followed by the awards ceremony at 7PM, held in the Hilton Anaheim Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom. Portlandia co-creator, Saturday Night Live alumnus and drummer, Fred Armisen will host the event.

The TEC Awards supporters include The Les Paul Foundation, D’Angelico Guitars, Amazon Musical Instruments, Shure Incorporated, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Neumann, Solid State Logic, Softube, Harman, , Music Marketing, Inc.,  Avid, Roland, BOSS, Powersoft Audio,  WSDG (Walters-Storyk Design Group) Universal Audio, AVN Systems, Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, Hal Leonard, Broadjam, Inc., Pioneer DJ, PreSonus Audio Electronics, d&b audiotechnik, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc., United States Postal Service, L-Acoustics, Cable Wrangler, Slick Audio, Genelec, The Recording Academy: Producers & Engineers Wing, Izotope, Inc., Leapwing Audio, Adam Hall Group, Oktava Design & Marketing, Musilla, Inc., NTi Audio, Inc., IMSTA (International Music Software Trade Association), Gearslutz.com United, CITT/ITS (Canadian Institute of Theater and Technology), Sonic Scoop, Wonder Wonder Sound and AMS Consultants, among many others.

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Interscope’s talented up-and-coming hip-hop star Juice WRLD, who just turned 21 last Monday, died early Sunday morning after suffering a seizure in Chicago’s Midway airport.

The news was first broken by TMZ which reports that Juice, a Chicago native whose real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, had just landed at Midway from California and was reportedly felled by a severe seizure while walking through the airport. Law enforcement sources say he was bleeding from the mouth when paramedics got on scene. Reports say Juice was still conscious when he was rushed to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, but was pronounced dead a short time later. The cause of death is unclear at this time, and no other information is available yet.

According to Variety, Juice was signed to Interscope Records in early 2018 and released his debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, almost immediately after, which was certified platinum before the end of the year, and launched the single, “All Girls Are the Same,” followed by “Lucid Dreams,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

He later released a memoriam EP dedicated to late fellow SoundCloud rappers XXXTentacion and Lil Peep; a collaborative album with Future, Wrld on Drugs, which reached No. 2 in October; and an original song on the soundtrack for the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In the spring of 2019 Juice released his second album, Death Race for Love, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He also toured Europe this year with Nicki Minaj on a co-headlining bill.


Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a documentary on sexual assault in the music industry for Apple TV , reports the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

The documentary, produced by Winfrey with Impact Partners and Jane Doe Films, will follow a former music executive deciding to take public her story of assault and abuse by “a notable figure in the industry.”

Although the release from Apple did not identify either party, the Times, citing information from the Sundance Film Festival, where the film will debut, identified the former music executive as Drew Dixon, who was one of three women who alleged rape by Russell Simmons in a 2017 New York Times interview. Documentarians Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (“The Invisible War,” “The Hunting Ground,” “The Bleeding Edge”) are directing and co-producing the film.


Fans no longer need a TIDAL subscription to listen to Jay-Z’s back catalog online. In honor of his 50th birthday, the rapper has released his entire discography on Spotify, much of which he pulled from the streaming site back in April of 2017.

The release includes his most recent album 4:44, as well as Watch the Throne, The Black Album, American Gangster and more. Jay-Z originally took most of his catalog off the site in 2017 ahead of the release of 4:44, presumably to encourage fans to sign up for his service TIDAL. The announcement of the catalog’s return was made on Twitter by Spotify, and Jay-Z has yet to comment or make an announcement himself. Read more in Rolling Stone.


Entertainer Nick Cannon, Skyview Networks and Meruelo Media announced an agreement to develop two new syndicated projects — Nick Cannon Radio for afternoon syndication starting January 27, 2020 and Nick Cannon Weekends debuting February 2020. Both shows are brand extensions of Cannon’s morning show on Meruelo Media Rhythmic KPWR (Power 106)/Los Angeles.

“Nick Cannon is one of the most accomplished, creative and versatile entertainers in America and we are proud to be working with him and the team at Meruelo Media to launch Nick’s new syndicated shows,” said Steve Jones, President & COO of Skyview Networks. “Nick is an influencer, whose connection with audiences makes him extremely attractive to advertisers and radio programmers alike.”

Cannon commented, “I love connecting with Los Angeles every morning on Power 106. The response and support has been amazing and very special; the natural thing is to take it to the next level with a new nationally syndicated daily drivetime and weekend show. The show will feature original comedy and conversations with the people driving pop culture. I’m looking forward to working with Skyview Networks and my Meruelo Media family to now reach all of the U.S.”
Otto Padron, President & CEO of Meruelo Media, remarked, “Our partnership with Nick Cannon on Power 106 is proof positive that we are committed to invest in the very best and most compelling entertainment in the world. This content strategy, coupled with our carefully curated portfolio of heritage audio brands and popular personalities in the key market of Los Angeles, gives Meruelo Media very exciting syndication opportunities. Having a like-minded syndication partner like Skyview Networks is the perfect storm!”

Nick Cannon Radio will be available to stations in afternoon drive Monday through Friday, and Nick Cannon Weekends will air Saturday and Sunday on Urban, Rhythmic and Hip-Hop formats. Skyview Networks will handle production, affiliation and advertising sales.


WGCI logoiHeartMedia announced that Derrick Brown has been promoted to Vice President of Urban Programming for the Chicago region. In his newly enhanced role, Brown will be responsible for overseeing all Urban programming and digital operations for Urban AC WVAZ (V103), Urban WGCI and Gospel WGRB-AM (Inspiration 1390).
v103wvaz (1)Brown was most recently Director of Urban Programming for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region and PD of V103 — a position he will maintain, reporting to James Howard, Senior Vice President of Programming for the iHeartMedia Chicago Region. “Derrick’s exemplary record of success with our Urban brands puts this promotion into the no-brainer bucket of decisions,” said Howard. “We are beyond fortunate to have him at the helm of the Chicago Region’s phenomenal urban brands.” Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region, commented, “Derrick is a consummate professional, a trailblazer and one of the best programming minds in the business. This promotion is a natural evolution based on his stellar track record and history of success.”
Brown remarked, “Being part of the iHeartMedia Chicago team has been the most rewarding part of my career. I look forward to continuing to lead our Urban music brands and extend an unparalleled track record of success into the next decade.”
Brown previously served as APD and midday host for WLIT (93.9 Lite FM)/Chicago and he also programmed WKYS/Washington, DCKDJM/Denver and WHQT/Miami


99 JamzCox Media Group Miami, has formally announced that national hip hop recording artists and TV celebrities Trick Daddy and Trina are taking over mornings on CMG Urban WEDR (99 JAMZ), beginning January 6, 2020. The duo broke the news on Facebook.

“Trick and Trina are legends in hip hop culture, and a staple in Miami,” said Jill Strada, Director of Operations, CMG Miami. “I’m excited to kick off the new decade with these two superstars taking their raw talent to the radio.” Ralph Renzi, VP/GM of CMG Miami, added, “We are excited to bring such incredibly talented and well-known Miami superstars to be live and local on 99 JAMZ!”

As natives of Miami’s Liberty City, Trick and Trina have been legends in the hip-hop world for the past two decades. “We can’t wait to take over mornings on the radio station we grew up listening to!” says Trina. “Tune in,” Trick adds, “because mornings in Miami will never be the same!”
But wait! There’s more! It was simultaneously announced that WEDR’s No. 1 rated night show duo Radio Big Mack and DJ Nasty 305 are being promoted to morning drive as co-hosts and producers of the Trick & Trina Morning Show. Radio Big Mack is a stand-up comedian who is also featured on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, and Nasty 305 is a fixture in many South Florida nightclubs and has toured with several national recording artists as their concert DJ. “It’s such a pleasure to promote Radio Big Mack and DJ Nasty 305 to this new prime time position,” said Strada, adding, “They definitely earned their stripes as premiere on-air talent and will be a huge part of the new morning show’s success!”

The Trick & Trina Morning Show starts Monday, January 6, 2020 and will air weekdays from 6-10am ET on 99 Jamz. Perfectly timed to their radio debut, both artists will also featured on Season 3 of VH1’s realty TV show Love & Hip Hop Miami, which airs in January.

Big MackIt was simultaneously announced that WEDR’s No. 1 rated night show duo Radio Big Mack and DJ Nasty 305 are being promoted to morning drive as co-hosts and producers of the Trick & Trina Morning Show.
Radio Big Mack (left) is a stand-up comedian who is also featured on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, and Nasty 305 (right) is a fixture in many South Florida nightclubs and has toured with several national recording artists as their concert DJ. “It’s such a pleasure to promote Radio Big Mack and DJ Nasty 305 to this new prime time position,” said Strada, adding, “They definitely earned their stripes as premiere on-air talent and will be a huge part of the new morning show’s success!”
The Trick & Trina Morning Show starts Monday, January 6, 2020 and will air weekdays from 6-10am ET on 99 JAMZ. Perfectly timed to their radio debut, both artists will also featured on Season 3 of VH1’s realty TV show Love & Hip Hop Miami, which airs in January.


Kid Rock has given the public a bit of insight into his recent tirade against Oprah Winfrey, claiming a potential appearance on her former talk show soured his view of the media mogul.

“My people tried to get me to do The Oprah Winfrey show years ago and her people wanted me to write down 5 reasons why I loved her and her show,” Rock, 48, tweeted. “I said f—k that and her. End of story.”

Rock was escorted off stage in Nashville after going on a lewd rant against Winfrey, 68, at his own Honky Tonk Bar.

“Oprah Winfrey is like, ‘Hey, I just want women to believe in this s–t,’” he said in the video. “F–k her, she can suck d–k sideways.”

The “All Summer Long” musician went on to say that he knows many will label him “racist” for attacking Winfrey, to which he claims he would respond, “OK fine, f–k off!”


Radio One Urban WKYS/Washington is combining two of its talented high profile personalities into one powerful new on-air combination, as the station announced midday talent Dominique Da Diva will be moving up to afternoon drive, joining Quicksilva to form the all-new The Quicksilva Show With Dominique Da Diva, starting Monday, Dec. 2, and simulcast on Urban sister WERQ (92Q)/Baltimore.
WKYS PD Michael Powell remarked, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with both Dominique Da Diva and Quicksilva. Their passion for radio and their craft is infectious. Combining these two powerhouse personalities will certainly be a treat for the listeners.” Dominique commented, “Afternoon drive is such a special time slot occupied by legendary talent. I am humbled and excited to be joining The Quicksilva Show.”
VP of Programming Kashon Powell added, “Our goal at Radio One is to be the most trusted source in the community for information, entertainment and inspiration. Merging the brands of Quicksilva and Dominique Da Diva will give us a dynamic duo that will continue to advance our mission and the culture. Their energy, talent and commitment are unparalleled.”
Dominique joined WKYS in August 2017, returning to the east coast from Los Angeles, where she hosted Diva Unfiltered on Dash Radio. Dominique began her career at WBTJ (106.5 The Beat) in her hometown of Richmond, VA and later did middays on WOWI (103 Jamz)/Norfolk, VA.
• WKYS is currently looking for an experienced on air talent/Music Director to fill the midday slot. The position is posted on the Radio One Careers site.


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