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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

| September 2, 2015

ibiquityHD Radio Developer iBiquity Digital Bought for $172 Million.  The firm doing the acquiring is Calabasas, California-based audio technology company DTS, Inc.  Radio industry watchers are probably aware that iBiquity Digital’s HD radio technology is currently available in about 35% of new cars sold in America and DTS is counting on that number to continue rising.  DTS chairman Jon Kirchner says, “DTS has long been at the forefront of the highest quality audio technology, and we saw a similar spirit at iBiquity, which identified an opportunity to revolutionize traditional AM/FM broadcasting and is now strongly positioned to capitalize on broadcast radio’s ongoing digital upgrade.  This transaction extends our dtslisten logostrategy of delivering a personalized, immersive and compelling experience across the network-connected entertainment value chain, and complements our existing suite of technology and content delivery solutions while enabling us to strengthen our position in the large automotive OEM market.  Consumers have come to expect a higher quality sound experience in their car, and we believe there is a tremendous opportunity for DTS to capitalize on the upgrade to HD Radio technology as cars are increasingly equipped with screens and advanced entertainment systems.  We are thrilled to welcome the talented iBiquity team to the DTS family.”  iBiquity president and CEO Bob Struble will remain with the new firm to lead the HD Radio division.  He adds, “Today’s announcement is an exciting step forward for our employees and customers, who will benefit from the additional scale and enhanced resources of a larger collective company.”

hartmansid60 Years on WCCO for Minneapolis Sports Legend Sid Hartman.  It’s hard to fathom that someone can work at the same station for 60 years, but that’s the accomplishment Minneapolis broadcaster and journalist Sid Hartman celebrated yesterday (9/1).  The market native joined CBS RADIO’s WCCO in 1955 and, according to the company, has been one of the station’s most popularwcco logo personalities.  The 95-year-old Hartman still hosts the Sunday morning “Sports Huddle” program with Chuck Lilligren and Dave Mona – something he’s done for the past 26 years.  Of course, he’s been involved in broadcasts of all of the market’s major teams over the decades – the Twins, Vikings, North Stars and Gophers – and in 2011, he was honored by both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers before a game for his contributions to both organizations, when he served as the acting general manager of Minneapolis Lakers.  In addition, the Minnesota Twins honored him with “Sid Hartman Day” at Target Field in 2014, and as a part of the MLB All-Star game festivities that year, a youth baseball field in Hartman’s boyhood N. Minneapolis neighborhood was named “Sid Hartman Field.”

srnlogoSalem Partners with CNN for September 16 GOP Debate.  The next GOP presidential debate – to be held at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16 – will be delivered to radio exclusively by Salem Radio Network in a partnership with CNN.  All 31 of Salem Media Group‘s news/talk outlets will carry the debate live with pre- and post-debate coverage also provided by SRN personality Hugh Hewitt and Guy Benson of Townhall.com.  SRN will make the debate – moderated CNN’s Jake Tapper with CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash and Hewitt as panelists – available to stations in other markets.  Outlining its plans for future debates and election coverage SRN reports it will offer coverage of the CNN debates on December 15 from Las Vegas and March 10, 2016 from Florida.  Salem will also offer extended election night coverage for the caucuses and primaries coming up: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, March 1 Super Tuesday and March 15 Super Tuesday.

ppmunitNielsen Audio Releases Second Round of August 2015 PPM Data.  The second of four rounds of August 2015 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The August 2015 survey period covered July 16 through August 12.  You can find the complete ratings from subscribing stations here.  Additionally, TALKERS and RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group on the main page of our sister publication here.

harpermichelleCox Promotes Harper to VP of Sales.  This corporate role transitions Michelle Harper from her GSM post at WSOC-TV, Charlotte to a vice president position that will put her in charge of a team that works with all CMG newspaper, radio and TV brands to develop and execute strategic sales programs and training.  She’s worked in TV sales since 1989 and replaces Paul Curran, who is now with CMG O&O WFTV-TV, Orlando.  Harper says, “It is such an exciting time in our industry as collaboration becomes more vital to driving results for our customers.  I feel so fortunate to be with a company and in a role that will allow me to continue to help develop strategies and provide innovative solutions.”

nolanlibbyNolan Assumes GSM Role at KFTK-FM, St. Louis.  This is a new role with Emmis for Libby Nolan.  She’s been with the company for the past five years, most recently as director of the social impact marketing division, Incite, in St. Louis.  She’s also been an AE with news/talk KFTK-FM.  Emmis VP and director of sales Dave Keiser says, “Libby Nolan is uniquely qualified to meet the demands of this position and to take the sales efforts of KFTK to new heights.  Her mix of experience and talent in sales, marketing, public relations and in the community outreach space made her the perfect candidate for this position.”

hintonjessaModel Jessa Hinton Launches Show on PodcastOne.  The name of the new podcast is “Anything Goes” and model, television personality and former playmate Jessa Hinton is the host of the PodcastOne program.  A press statement indicates Hinton brings a social media following of some 2 million with her to the new venture.  The show launched on September 1 and a new edition is available each Tuesday.  PodcastOne says, “The podcast combines Hinton’s unique point of view as a down-to-earth girl with the ability to tap into a guy’s perspective, as she welcomes guests for candid conversations about some of life’s biggest questions, including sex, relationships, video games, and more.”

cbssportsradiologoCBS Sports Radio Debuts Weekend Football Season Programming.  With the official start of the college and pro football seasons right around the corner, CBS Sports Radio announces some new weekend programming additions.  They include: “Eye on College Football” hosted by anchor Rich Ackerman airing from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm ET Saturdays beginning 9/5; “Eye on Fantasy Football” co-hosted by CBSSports.com senior fantasy football writers Adam Aizer, Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg airing from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight ET on Saturdays; “Sunday Morning Football” featuring Damon Amendolara airing from 9:00 am to 11:00 am ET on Sundays beginning 9/13; “Fantasy Football Today” with host Ryan Bass airing from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon ET on Sundays beginning 9/13; and “Eye on Football” with Rich Ackerman airing from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm ET Sundays beginning 9/13.

alphamedia logoAlpha Closes on Morris Stations.  The previously announced acquisition of 36 stations in eight markets by Alpha Media closes.  Alpha bought the stations from Morris Communications for just over $38 million.  Those stations are in the following markets: Topeka and Salina, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; Palm Springs, California; Anchorage and Wasilla, Alaska; and Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, Wenatchee-Columbia River, Washington.

Odds & Sods.  Changes take place at Great Plains Media’s WRPW, Bloomington-Normal, Illinois “Cities 92.9” as T.J. Hart, a.k.a. Tom Davis, is the new program director and morning host, replacing Ian Bayne.  Hart was most recently program director and late morning host at Mid-West Family-owned news/talker WMAY, Springfield, Illinois…..Former WUCS, Hartford “97.9 ESPN” and Maxim Radio personality Michael Bower is subbing for Andy Slater on iHeartMedia’s sports talk WINZ this Thursday (9/3) and Friday (9/4)….. Sports USArosehowie adds the “Who’s Next with Bill Goldberg” podcast to its slate of weekly offerings.  Goldberg is a former wrestling Heavyweight Champion, MMA fighter and NFL player…..WOR, New York is presenting a video production on its website titled, “Put It In The Books: WOR’s Legendary Mets Announcer Howie Rose.”  In the video, Rose talks about his job as voice of the New York Mets and how it feels with the red-hot Mets heading into a pennant race.  Check it out here.

abcnewsjonesCheneys15Cheney Book Tour Visits ABC News Radio.  Former United States Vice President Dick Cheney (center) and daughter Liz Cheney (left) pose for a photo with ABC Radio VP/GM Steve Jones (right) as the two spent Tuesday (9/1) speaking with approximately 15 ABC News Radio affiliates on the release date of their new book, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.

2016 Presidential Candidates, Illegal Immigration Policy, Hillary Clinton Emails Investigation, Hunt for Illinois Cop Killers/Texas Officers Slain, Steinle Family to Sue San Francisco, Climate Change/Obama Alaska Trip, and Concussion Film Controversy Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (9/1).  The activities of the candidates for president in 2016, the ongoing debate over America’s immigration policy; the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for State Department business; the recent murders of police officers and the hunt for the killers of a suburban Chicago police lieutenant; the intent of the family of Kate Steinle to sue San Francisco over its sanctuary city policy; the debate over climate change and President Obama’s trip to visit Alaska’s glaciers; and the controversy over the football film Concussion and whether it was toned down to please the NFL were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

| June 26, 2012

WFAN, New York Announces On-Air Schedule for 25th Anniversary.  CBS Radio’s pioneering sports talk station WFAN, New York prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary as a sports talk station this Sunday, July 1 with a lineup of many of the personalities who have graced the station’s airwaves over the past quarter-century.  Prior to that evening’s Mets-Dodgers game, the station begins its celebration at 9:00 am ET.  Here’s the schedule: 9:00 am to 11:00 am — Ed Randall (an original WFAN personality) hosting ‘Talking Baseball’ which will include a look back at 25 years of Mets and Yankees.  Mets have been on WFAN since day one, July 1, 1987; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm — The Schmoozer and the Sweater:  Steve Somers and Russ Salzberg; 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm — Dave Sims (live from Seattle) with a special guest appearance from his former partner and current Mets beat reporter and Mets pre-game host Ed Coleman; 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm — Chris Carlin with special guest Kim Jones (they co-hosted a 5:00 am to 6:00 am show for a year and Chris also did solo shows plus did sports reports on ‘Imus in the Morning’ and ‘Boomer and Carton’ programs at WFAN); 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm — Len Berman long-time WNBC-TV sports anchor and a former midday host at WFAN; 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm — Spencer Ross (also a former WFAN midday host) currently does weekend sports on CBS Radio sister station 1010WINS.  Spencer is well known for calling play-by-play of many New York teams including the Jets, Yankees, Knicks, Rangers and the original New Jersey Americans (later to become the Nets); 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm — Richard Neer, current WFAN host (and TALKERS magazine sports editor) who has been with the station since 1988.  Richard has hosted a Saturday morning 6:00 am to 10:00 am show continuously since 1992 and also hosts a variety of other shifts on the station; 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm — Howie Rose and Ed Coleman.  Howie hosted nights on The Fan from 1987-1995 then went off to do Mets baseball on TV.  He returned to WFAN as the radio play-by-play man for the Mets.  Howie called Rangers games on The Fan for a number of seasons and has been doing Islanders play-by-play on TV for the past 17 years; and finally, from 7:00 pm to 7:25 pm — A countdown, in order of the ‘Top New York Sports Moments of the Past 25 Years’ as voted by listeners this past March.

Wisconsin Man Cited for Threat Against Talk Host Vicki McKenna.  It’s not unusual for radio talk show hosts to get threats at some point in their careers but this one has an interesting legal twist as the Milwaukee County Sheriff disagrees with the Milwaukee County District Attorney on the charge.  According to WTMJ.com, Timothy Demeuse admits to writing about WIBA, Madison-based talk host Vicki McKenna (also heard on Clear Channel’s WISN, Milwaukee) via Facebook the following:  “Here’s your real ‘expletive’ death threat ‘expletive.’  Come get me.  I don’t even own a gun.  I can make as many threats as I want.  I hope someone kills you.  I am going to shoot you in the face and rape your dead corpse.”  District Attorney John Chisholm cited him with disorderly conduct for the threat but Sheriff David Clarke believes the level of the threat requires more than a “parking ticket.”  But D.A. Chisholm states, “With Facebook — the difference between posting and sending is significant — it’s legally significant.”  He suggests the state legislature needs to change the law for Demeuse’s words to be a greater crime.

Tom Joyner’s Reach Media, Inner City Broadcasting and NABOB Among Groups Promoting Advertising to Blacks.  Radio legend Tom Joyner and his Reach Media organization, the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and Inner City Broadcasting are three of a number of businesses and organizations comprising a black media and marketing consortium involved in launching the #INTHEBLACK campaign to encourage increased investment in the African American consumer marketplace.  The consortium states, “African Americans represent over 42 million strong consumers, product talkers and brand influencers with a buying power of nearly $1 trillion annually.  By 2015, African American buying power is estimated to gain a whopping 35%, hitting $ 1.2 trillion, up from $913 billion in 2008.”  Nielsen reports in its 2011 State of the African American Consumer study, “Between 2000-2009, African American homes have experienced significant growth among households earning $75,000+ (up 63.9%) and households earning $100,000+ (up 88.7%).”  The consortium ran a full-page ad in The New York Times on June 25.

Odds ‘n’ Sods.  WOAI, San Antonio morning drive host Charlie Parker re-signs with the Clear Channel Media and Entertainment station.  Parker has hosted the “San Antonio’s First News” show since 2007…..WPHT, Philadelphia morning personality Chris Stigall hosts former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell in a live event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.  The two will discuss Rendell’s new book A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great (Wiley 2012)…..Doug Stephan has a new co-host/producer for his nationally syndicated “Good Day” program.  Former WILD, Boston producer Heather Bachman joins Stephan MultiMedia immediately…..Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announces Ryan Clune is named director of sales for the Tucson cluster.  He comes from the company’s Denver operations where he served as local sales manager…..Independently syndicated talk show host Leslie Marshall is named one of the ‘Top 30 Hottest Political Women of 2012’ by the WashingtonTimes.com.  Editor Eric Golub’s feature is in its fifth year and he writes of Marshall, “She may be the hottest liberal radio host, but with competition from Ed Schultz and Alan Colmes that is not too tough.  She is a fierce debater.  Her verbal combat skills are matched only by her pleasant nature and warm smile.”….. WPHT, Philadelphia talk host Dom Giordano takes the station’s Charlie Manuel show on the road to The Shops at Liberty Place in Philadelphia today from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm ET.  The Philadelphia Phillies manager’s regular appearance on flagship WPHT will also include former Phillies pitcher Ricky Bottalico…..WOR, New York afternoon drive host and former Governor David Paterson hosted two of the three candidates in today’s Republican Senatorial primary election on his show yesterday afternoon.  Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Congressman Bob Turner appeared on the program.  The victor in today’s primary hopes to unseat Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November.

Holiday Shows Available from Fisher House Foundation.  The Fisher House Foundation has two programs available for the Fourth of July holiday season.  First, “A Grateful Nation,” the organization’s Memorial Day program has been retrofitted with a Fourth of July theme and is ready for air.  The one-hour program features interviews with Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry among others.  Second, there’s a Fourth of July edition of the Fisher House’s 30-minute weekend public affairs show as well.  For information, contact Randall Bloomquist at randall@bloomquistmedia.com.

Supreme Court Immigration Ruling, Euro Zone Debt Crisis/Financial Markets Activity, 2012 Presidential Race and Syria-Turkey Clash Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (6/25).  The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s illegal immigration law; the Euro Zone debt crisis and its effect on global financial markets; the 2012 presidential race; and Syria’s downing of a Turkish warplane were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.

Outstanding Station.  WMVP, Chicago – ESPN 1000 – program director Adam Delevitt (r) is pictured here with Illinois Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 5 James Gaddis (l) at the recent Illinois Broadcasters Association awards ceremony.  The ESPN O&O was named the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Major Market National Guard Station of the Year for outstanding service to the National Guard and the Illinois community.