Archive for July, 2011
By Michael Harrison
NEW YORK –– This issue marks the 21st anniversary of TALKERS. What debuted on July 20, 1990 as a 12 page tabloid –– self-described as “The Information Radio Newspaper” –– has evolved into a multi-platform, full-service trade organization consisting of a monthly print magazine, an expanding website, a daily headlines news service, an extensive industry database and a dynamic planner of special events such as the New Media Seminar, Talk Radio Day at the United Nations, It’s Time to Talk About Domestic Violence Day, the Heritage Forums, Info-Sessions at the NAB Radio Show and numerous radio rows.
TALKERS has paralleled, reflected and stimulated the growth of talk radio during its modern era and subsequently brought these services to the expanding communications arena we presciently dubbed “talk media” years ago.
I believe this is just the beginning. As Sean Hannity proclaimed during his memorable speeches at the New Media Seminar, “The best is yet to come.”
Yes, this is a period of daunting change and challenges…technologically, socially, and economically –– but the opportunities being spawned by this unsettling transition are virtually endless.
Beginning with this issue, all content slated for publication in the print editions of TALKERS magazine will be simultaneously posted at Talkers.com in addition to the ongoing rollout of exciting new features. This information will be presented to our readers at no extra charge. TALKERS serves the interests of the talk media industry on a day-to-day, hour-to-hour, even minute-to-minute level. We believe in practicing what we preach. The expansion of Talkers.com into a fully functional “media station” is underway. Dedicated practitioners live this business 24/7 and so does TALKERS.
By Matthew B. Harrison
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –– When choosing to use non-original materials as a portion of programming, it is important to make sure that such usage falls squarely within the accepted affirmative defense of fair use.
A New Jersey federal appeals court recently reinstated a copyright and defamation lawsuit against New Jersey talk radio station, New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM) and its former PM drive team “Carton & Rossi.” Craig Carton currently co-hosts the WFAN, New York morning drive show “Boomer & Carton.” Ray Rossi hosts an evening show on New Jersey 101.5.
The case was simple. New Jersey Monthly (NJM) hired a photographer to take a photo of Carton & Rossi to accompany an article to be published. An unknown employee of WKXW-FM then scanned in the image from NJM and posted it to the WKXW-FM website, among others. The image, as scanned and posted, cut off reference to NJM’s story title, and eliminated the gutter credit identifying the photographer. The station invited visitors to alter the image and submit resulting versions. In all, the station posted 26 of these submissions. At no time did the station or the hosts ask the photographer for permission, and as a result –– the photographer sued.
It was described by moderator Michael Harrison as, “What used to be called in the old days a ‘head session.’” The concluding session that wrapped up New Media Seminar 2011 on late Saturday afternoon June 11 is now on TALKERS TV. Titled, “The Last Word: Thoughtful Final Conclusions, Suggestions and Predictions,” the panel discussion is a thought-provoking conversation between an eclectic group of colorful industry personalities and thinkers including (in alphabetical order): Lee Abrams, former chief innovation officer, Tribune Company/former chief programming officer, XM Satellite Radio; Dr. Evan Cornog, dean, School of Communication, Hofstra University; Steve Goldstein, executive vice president, Saga Communications; Tom Leykis, president, The New Normal; Patt Morrison, host, Southern California Public Radio/columnist Los Angeles Times; and Allen Shaw, president/CEO, Centennial Broadcasting. The not-to-be-missed presentation was introduced by legendary talk show host Barry Farber of CRN Digital Talk Radio.
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One of the highlight panels of the recent New Media Seminar 2011 is now posted on TALKERS TV for public viewing. “The State of News/Talk Radio” is moderated by noted programmer and consultant Gabe Hobbs, president, Gabe Hobbs Media. It features an eclectic array of leading broadcasters including (in alphabetical order) Mike Bendixon, program director, Newstalk 1010 CFRB, Toronto; Laurie Cantillo, program director, 77WABC, New York; Alan Colmes, talk show host, Fox News Radio/commentator Fox News Channel; Dave Elswick, program director/talk show host, KARN-AM/FM, Little Rock; Bill Hess, associate program director, WMAL, Washington, DC; Steve Jones, vice president/general manager, ABC News Radio; and Tom Langmyer, vice president/general manager, WGN Radio 720, Chicago. The panel covered a variety of hot topics including exploring new ways to do news/talk in the new era of the genre’s expansion to the FM dial.
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In response to reader demand, TALKERS has posted the keynote address delivered by Genesis Communications Networks syndicated talk host and internet maverick Alex Jones this past Saturday, June 11 at New Media Seminar 2011 on Talkers.com. In a powerful speech that ran slightly over half an hour, Jones passionately covered a variety of topics including some of the fascinating history of his phenomenal rise to prominence as talk media’s leading internet and cross-platform practitioner. Although he did include the basic tenets of his ongoing warning against what he terms global social engineers’ conspiracy to gain control over the population’s (and talk radio’s) freedom via the internet and how he effectively taps into the public’s growing backlash against this, he also predicted a rapid acceleration of the technological and social changes impacting our society and discussed talk radio’s unique and powerful position as both an old and new medium in the coming era. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison observes, “Alex Jones gave the industry a sample of his passion for what he sees as the truth and a brief glimpse of his powerful and fiery delivery. It was a riveting presentation with a message that could be taken on a number of levels. I think in his case as a NMS presenter, the medium itself was the message – and that is, it isn’t just the position of the host that gathers loyalty and attention, but the delivery, credibility and charisma that the personality brings to the microphone. It could work in just about any genre beyond politics. It was about the power of truth as an attraction unto itself – whatever that truth might be.”
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