Monday, November 28, 2016

| November 28, 2016

Herman Cain to End Radio Syndication in 2017; Remains on WSB-AM, Atlanta and Four CMG News/Talkers.  WSB-AM, Atlanta-based talk show host Herman Cain – currently heard on some 100 additional affiliate stations – will end his national syndication in the New Year and will focus on his work at Cox Mediacainherman Group’s WSB-AM and four other O&O news/talk outlets (WDBO, Orlando; KRMG-AM/FM, Tulsa; WHIO-AM/FM, Dayton; and WOKV-AM/FM, Jacksonville).  WSB-AM program director Pete Spriggs tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Rodney Ho, “Syndication isn’t as lucrative as it used to be…Herman is one of the most amazing talents I have ever worked with.  It’s not easy to let go of national syndication.  Everyone has an ego.  But, he understands the business reasons.  He immediately started thinking about how this can help his digital assets including hermancain.com.”  TALKERS magazine publisher and editor Michael Harrison comments, “In this day and age of podcasts and radio apps, you don’t need to be on 100-some-odd stations to have a national footprint in media.  You can be nationally famous on one station because of the way online broadcasting works.  People are way more sophisticated in their listening habits than they used to be.”  Read the AJC story here.

KCMO, Kansas City Drops Local Rob Carson Morning Show.  Talk show host Rob Carson notified his listeners via a Facebook post that his gig with Cumulus Media at Kansas City news/talker KCMO-AM is over as the carsonrobfair16result of budget cuts at the station.  Carson joined the station in January of 2015.  Carson says his ratings were excellent and that he’s thankful to management at KCMO for the opportunity.  “I’m quite proud of what I did at KCMO.  I know this was purely budgetary.  I feel bad that I won’t be able to share the message of my local charities including friendsinserviceofheroes.com, CMN, Tamale Kitchen, City Union Mission and others.  My mantra: Entertain, inform and motivate people to do good. I won’t be out long.”  In April of this year, the station laid off talk host Greg Knapp, also for budgetary reasons.  Both Knapp and Carson climbed aboard KCMO in 2015.

Former New York Giant Chris Canty Joins WEPN, New York’s ‘Hahn & Humpty’ Show.  The earlycantychris afternoon “Hahn & Humpty” program – featuring Alan Hahn and Rick DiPietro – is adding former New York Giants star Chris Canty as a personality.  The ESPN O&O says that Canty will continue to serve as a host for the Sunday morning “NY’s Game Day” program.  Canty says “I couldn’t be more excited to join the ‘98.7 ESPN’ team.  After spending my ‘first career’ on the field, I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and perspectives with New York sports fans.”

nielsen-logoNielsen Audio Releases Round Three of November 2016 PPM Data.  The third of four rounds of November 2016 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  The November 2016 survey period covered October 6 to November 2.  You can find the complete 6+ ratings numbers from subscribing stations here.  Additionally, TALKERS/RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Twelve Takeaways” from this group on the main page of our sister publication here.

The Death of Fidel Castro, Stein Recount/Trump Voter Fraud Claim, Trump Transition, the Thanksgiving Holiday, Standing Rock Protests, College Football Playoff Scenarios, and NFL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend.  The death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro at age 90; the move by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to challenge the presidential election results in several states with the goal to turn the election victory over to Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump’s claims that voter fraud cost him the popular vote; the transition of the Trump Administration; the Thanksgiving holiday; the protests over the gas pipeline at Standing Rock; the weekend’s college football games and the possible playoff scenarios; and the weekend’s NFL Action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend.

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PodcastOne and Southern Cross Austereo to Form PodcastOne Australia.  This venture between Southern Cross Austereo and PodcastOne will create new platform called PodcastOne Australia.  Under the terms of the deal, SCA will operate PodcastOne Australia as the exclusive partner in Australia and New Zealand with select SCA podcasts made available in the U.S. on the PodcastOne platform.  In a press release, it’s noted that SCA “reaches 95% of the country with assets in television, radio and digital.  PodcastOne is the largest advertiser-supported podcast network in the United States, delivering more than 200 programs, with over 350 hours of original weekly episodes, which were downloaded 1.5 billion times last year.”  It’s expected that PodcastOne Australia will be up and running early in 2017.  SCA CEO Grant Blackley says, “I am thrilled that SCA has this opportunity to be partnering with PodcastOne.  This partnership gives us the ability to tap into the expertise, experience and success of the leading commercial podcast company in the U.S. market, where the podcasting industry is a number of years ahead of audio, on-demand in Australia.  We recognize the enormous growth potential of podcasting, both internationally and domestically, and look forward to further building this vast platform with the best international and unique Australian content.  SCA is striving to be at the forefront of developing the Australian podcasting industry and its talent.”  The companies say “a dedicated, stand-alone PodcastOne Australia team of executives is being structured within the company to nurture new talent, commission new content, adapt existing content, develop existing talent, undertake technical production and monetize the podcasts.”  Grant Tothill, currently head of strategic partnerships at SCA, is being appointed to the newly created position of SCA head of podcasting to run the new business.  Pictured above are (from l-r): John Kelly, COO, SCA; Jim Berk, CEO, PodcastOne; Grant Blackley; Norm Pattiz, founder and executive chairman, PodcastOne; and Grant Tothill.

Odds & Sods.  WIP-FM, Philadelphia will continue to serve as the flagship radio station for Philadelphia Phillies baseball after the club and CBS RADIO agreed to an extension of their broadcast partnership deal.  The Phillies and CBS have been partners since 2004.  CBS RADIO SVP and market manager David Yadgaroff states, “We’re thrilled that SportsRadio 94WIP is continuing the partnership as the radio home of Phillies baseball.  The Phillies have become part of the fabric of WIP and we’re excited for the 2017 season to begin.”…..KFI, Los Angeles, in conjunction with the charitable organization Caterina’s Club, is holding the sixth annual KFI PastaThon.  The event is an on-air fundraiser to help feed local children in need.   It’ll take place Thursday (12/1) at Bruno Serato’s White House Restaurant in Anaheim with monies raised helping to provide a nightly, balanced meal to more than 1,800 low-income children in over 15 cities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  KFI personalities Bill Handel, Aron Bender, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffman, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. will be on site encouraging listeners to donate packaged pasta, jars of pasta sauce and money to help feed underprivileged children that live in motels without access to a kitchen to cook healthy meals.

WOWO, Fort Wayne Legend Bob Chase Dead at 90.  Fort Wayne market radio legend Bob Chase died on Thanksgiving (11/24) at the age of 90 – one year after retiring from WOWO.  According to the obit on WOWO’s chasebobwebsite, Chase joined the station in 1953 and worked there until he retired from his role calling Fort Wayne Komets hockey last season.  He served the station as sports director until 2009.  The station notes that, during his career at WOWO, Chase “would also interview many artists as part of the original ‘Fabulous Four,’ including a young Elvis Presley.  With Westinghouse using WOWO as a test market, Bob became one of the earliest ‘disc jockeys’ in the country as the station broke away from satellite programming in favor of playing their own music.”

Longtime WGNU, St. Louis Personality Richard ‘Onion’ Horton Dead at 80.  Former St. Louis radio personality Richard “Onion” Horton died on November 24 at age 80 after a battle with Alzheimer ’s disease.  According to an obituary from St. Louis Public Radio, Horton was a polarizing figure in the community who was very popular with his mostly black audience.  In the obit, Gloria Ross writes that Horton was not afraid to talk about race.  In fact, the battle against racial disparity was one of his most ardent causes.  “Mr. Horton railed against ‘the white man’ and ‘the system,’ but he reserved his most scathing critiques for fellow blacks.  When low black voter turnout sank a public school bond issue in 1987, he told the Post-Dispatch it was ‘the most sickening thing I have ever seen from the black community.’”  Read the story here.

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