TALKERS Conference – New York City – New Media Seminar – 2012
The first of two installments of TALKERS magazine’s innovative and economical one-day model for the New Media Seminar seems to have struck the right chord – at least for the approximately 400 industry professionals who recently packed the Concierge Conference Center on Manhattan’s East Side on Thursday June 7. Photo, videos and letters of praise clearly indicate that the first half of the talk media industry’s longest running and most important national convention was a home run that soared, as the saying goes, out of the park. Now as the editors of TALKERS magazine begin to post pictures, videos and comments from the Big Apple “happening,” the industry begins to anticipate part-two of the exciting event scheduled for Thursday October 11 in Los Angeles.
A sampling of excerpts from letters received from industry leaders show strong and resounding approval of the new NMS format and its results in New York City:
“Where did that overflow crowd come from?”
- Barry Farber, Host, TRN/CRN
“Michael Harrison and the staff at TALKERS hit it out of the park...again! The turnout was especially impressive. Thank you for recognizing WTOP's Jim Farley with the Freedom of Speech Award. We are all so proud of him.”
- Laurie Cantillo, PD, WTOP, Washington, DC
“It is a true pleasure for me to attend and be part of the TALKERS New Media Seminar. It reminded me of the annual reunion of a large, diverse, and fun family. And like all of them, I met new 'family' members, and learned much.”
- Jim Horn, PD WSBA, York, PA
“Marvelous event! Thank you for getting us all together.”
- Lisa Wexler, Host, WFAS, Westchester, NY
“This year’s NMS was a well-received and well-attended event. The Talk Rumble was a hoot!”
- Thom Hartmann, host, WYD Media
“What a great, streamlined New Media Seminar. Thank you for letting me be a small part!”
- Jim Bohannon, host, Dial Global Radio Networks
“It was a great event!”
- Scott Lakefield, PD, WOR, New York
“Boomer’s speech was both touching and funny.”
- Mark Chernoff, VP Sports Programming, CBS Radio
“Thank you so much for including me and involving me this year. I loved it!”
- Mike McVay, VP Programming, Cumulus Media
“I saw more people networking than ever before and all of the panels were informative and compelling.”
- Jeff McKay, APD, FM News 101.9, New York
“Another one for the books! As always, a good day.”
- Steve Goldstein, EVP, Saga Communications
“It was a delight to have once again attended TALKERS New Media Seminar in New York. I had the pleasure of being at the regional conference in LA in the fall and it was great to see this one become a successful one-day event as well. Well done! See you in LA in October!”
- Jeff Schechtman, GM, KVON/KVYN, Napa, CA
“Again, I don’t know how to say this, but you out did yourself. I was skeptical about the one-day format. NO MORE! Every session was power packed with unbelievable information and entertainment. I learned something and in some sessions I learned a lot. For my West Coast brothers and sisters, you better plan on attending the TALKERS NMS this fall!”
- Peter Thiele, PD, WNYM/WMCA, New York
“In my opinion this was the best Talkers yet. Everyone had a wonderful time. I had several clients that attended their first ever seminar and they were blown away! I am going to try to make the LA event, if at all possible.”
- Heather Cohen, EVP, The Weiss Agency
“You did it again. Just amazing! Congratulations!”
- George Hiltzik, agent, N.S. Bienstock
“Another wonderful event!”
- Peter Kosann, CEO, Compass Media Networks
“Great to have joined you for a wonderful New Media Conference. It was an outstanding event.”
- Cary Pahigian, Market Manager, Saga Communications, Portland, ME
“The event was off the charts...I came away with renewed vigor for my work, new ideas and new contacts. It was a veritable love fest!”
- Laura Smith, Host, WABC, New York
“I want to thank everyone at TALKERS for having me on my first panel. The real thrill was to find that there was someone in the audience tweeting about my responses! Wow! I'm glad that the gathering thought it was useful and I'm looking forward to next year. GREAT JOB!”
- Joe Thomas, PD, WCHV/WKAV, Charlottesville, VA
“Thanks for a great event in which there was a lot of good stuff in the one day form. The awards luncheon truly showed the diversity and continuing appeal of talk radio.”
- Dom Giordano, Host, WPHT, Philadelphia
“The NYC event was really terrific and the consensus is that the one-day format was a resounding success.”
- Rich Rapiti, Senior Director of Affiliate Relations, Courtside Entertainment Group
“I had a great time and it was a pleasure to be there.”
- Terry Foxx, PD, KDKA-FM, Pittsburgh
“I really enjoyed the event in NYC. Thank you very much for including me on the panel discussion and I look forward to future events.”
- Todd Schnitt, Host, Compass, Media Networks
Stay tuned to Talkers.com for registration, sponsorship and agenda details in the coming days for part-two of this year’s TALKERS New Media Seminar in Los Angeles to be presented in association with the Los Angeles Press Club on Thursday October 11. For immediate information call 413-565-5413.
Photos from the New York installment of the 2012 TALKERS New Media Seminar.
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Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel star Sean Hannity hugs “Lifetime Achievement Award” recipient and TRN and CRN Digital Talk host Barry Farber.
MSNBC and nationally syndicated radio personality Ed Schultz delivers the “Annual State of the First Amendment Address.”
Talk Radio Network CEO Mark Masters addresses the attendees at the “Freedom of Speech Luncheon.”
Panelists on the “Spoken Word Radio, the Big Picture” panel (from l-r): Tom Langmyer, WGN, Chicago; Phil Boyce, Salem Communications; Nancy Abramson, The Wall Street Journal Radio Network; Chris Oliviero, CBS Radio; Steve Goldstein, Saga Communications; Mark Masters, Talk Radio Network; Mike McVay, Cumulus Media; and Kraig Kitchin, Sound Mind LLC.
WTOP vice president of news and programming Jim Farley (l) accepts the 2012 Freedom of Speech Award from CBS Radio News vice president Harvey Nagler (r).
WFAN, New York morning drive co-host Boomer Esiason accepts the 2012 Sharon L. Harrison Memorial Award for Community Service by a Radio Talk Show Host.
Cumulus Media Networks/Fox News Channel personality Mike Huckabee addresses the conference.
Some of the “Programming News, Talk and Sports Radio” panelists (from r-l): Joe Thomas, WCHV, Charlottesville, VA; Jim Horn, WSBA, York, PA; Bill Hess, WMAL, Washington; and Terry Foxx, KDKA-FM, Pittsburgh.
Gabe Hobbs Media president Gabe Hobbs (r) moderates the “Programming News, Talk and Sports” panel. Seated are two of the six panelists taking part, Peter Thiele, WNYM, New York (l); and Laurie Cantillo, WTOP, Washington (r).
Sabo Media president Walter Sabo speaks during his presentation.
TALKERS magazine publisher Michael Harrison welcomes the attendees to the 2012 New Media Seminar.
Former New York Governor and WOR, New York talk host David Paterson speaks at the “Freedom of Speech Luncheon.”
Three of the “Talk Rumble” participants – Dom Giordano, WPHT, Philadelphia (l); Alan Colmes, Fox News Radio (c); and Rusty Humphries, Talk Radio Network and WGST, Atlanta (r).
Two of the “Talk Rumble” participants – Todd Schnitt, Compass Media Networks (l) and Thom Hartmann, WYD Media (r).
The several of the “Talk Rumble” participants (from l-r): Ian Freeman, “Free Talk Live”; Larry Young, WOLB, Baltimore; Andy Dean, Premiere Networks; and Mark Riley, WWRL, New York.
WWRL, New York program director Rennie Bishop introduces MSNBC’s Ed Schultz who delivered the “Annual State of the First Amendment Address.”
Harrison Strategies senior partner Matthew B. Harrison introduces the “Managing a Talk Show Hosting Career” panel.
Consultant Holland Cooke gestures at the screen during his solo presentation.
“Digital Workshop” panelists (from l-r) Tom Leykis, The New Normal; Dan Patterson, KoPoint; Ellen Ratner, Talk Radio News Service; and Lionel, LionelMedia.com.
“How to Make Money Doing Talk” panelists (from l-r): Mike Gallagher, Salem Radio Networks; Laura Smith, WABC, New York; Bob Moore, Courtside Entertainment Group; Ron Hartenbaum, WYD Media Management; and moderator Kevin Casey, VP/managing editor of TALKERS magazine.
Talk Media Inc. CEO Carole Marks delivering the opening address at the “Freedom of Speech Luncheon.”
Actress and television personality Jo Ann Pflug, known for her memorable role as U.S. Army nurse Lt. Maria “Dish” Schneider in the original motion picture version of “M.A.S.H.”, poses for the TALKERS camera with Sean Hannity.
Two of the “Managing a Talk Show Host Career” panelists – Dr. Joy Browne, WOR Radio (l); and Chris Stigall, WPHT, Philadelphia (r).
More panelists on the “Managing a Talk Show Host Career” (from l-r): Dan Yorke, WPRO, Providence; Mike Baxendale, Rock 102, Springfield, Mass.; Heather Cohen, The Weiss Agency; Michael Castner, The Wall Street Journal Radio Network; and Doug Stephan, Stephan MultiMedia.
Dial Global talk host Jim Bohannon moderates the “Talk Rumble.”
Disney Pearl recording artist Nathan Pacheco performs “Nessun Dorma” for the appreciative crowd.
Bernstein Media president David Bernstein introduces the “Programming News, Talk and Sports” panel.