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Friday, April 5, 2013

| April 5, 2013

reathmichaelDelmarva Ups Michael Reath to Vice President.  Since 2006 Michael Reath has been serving as general manager of Delmarva’s news/talk WDEL and CHR WSTW in Wilmington, Delaware.  Now, he’s promoted to vice president and is next in line to head the company.  Delmarva Broadcasting Company president and CEO Pete Booker announces that Reath becomes his immediate successor – a position formerly held by now-retired senior vice president Cynthia Morgan.  Booker comments, “Mike has comprehensive knowledge of our industry, and considerable success and experience with our company.  His balance of creativity and business judgment make him the right choice for this important position.”

mancowMancow to Be Seen in Summer Reality TV Show.  The suburban Chicago Daily Herald does a nice write up on Erich “Mancow” Muller that jumps off from news of his coming appearance in a summer TV reality show.  Mancow tells the paper that, due to his contract, he’s not allowed to say much about it but it will air on a major network.  What’s been gleaned is that it’ll center around Mancow as he goes through his daily life of getting up at 2:30 in the morning to do his daily radio and TV program.  Some shooting of Mancow going about his daily family life has also already been done, according to the story.

mccormacktjT.J. McCormack Hosts AM Drive Show at WVOX, Westchester, New York.  Whitney Radio’s WVOX, Westchester, New York brings T.J. McCormack aboard to host the morning drive program, “Good Morning Westchester.”  McCormack has worked for the past 25 years as a comedian and has also served as a conservative commentator on Fox News Channel, CNN Headline News and others.  He says of this new position, “Throughout my 26-year career as a comedian and political commentator, I have always loved radio.  To find myself at the historic WVOX, and working for a legendary broadcaster like Bill O’Shaughnessy is marvelous.  There’s nothing better than to be live and local every morning on a true community radio station.”

veshialiOdds & Sods.  Longtime CNN personality Ali Veshi exits the cable news/talk channel as it continues to make moves.  CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is putting his touch on the channel to bring it out of the ratings doldrums and chief business correspondent Veshi is the latest to leave.  But it appears Veshi chose to leave for another gig as The New York Times‘ Media Decoder reports Veshi has signed with Al Jazeera for its new U.S. cable channel.  Al Jazeera is buying Current TV, though when that deal will be consummated and the change takes place is not known…..MSNBC is also making a number of personality moves and the latest is the addition of contributor and The Nation correspondent Ari Melber to its 3:00 pm ET “The Cycle” roundtable program…..Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder is reporting that former WGN, Chicago talk host Jim Laski (a former Chicago public official who did time for taking bribes) is brokering a weekend program on Newsweb’s talk trimulcast WCPT, WCPY and WCPQ.

Greater Boston Radio Employment Opportunity at Langer Broadcasting Group.  Part-time traffic/music scheduling person for successful and growing ethnic radio group based in Boston’s MetroWest area.  Work with the latest station automation/scheduling software.  Could lead to full-time position. WSRO 650 AM is the center of the Brazilian-American community and was voted as the leading Brazilian station in the USA for the last 2 consecutive years.  Recently upgraded to be regional, WSRO reaches 5 states and serves greater Boston, Worcester and Lowell.  Duties include traffic, music scheduling, generating logs and maintaining daily automation playlists.  Familiarity with Brazilian Portuguese and production a plus but not required. Call 508-820-0001 x 105 or email resume to

mohrmattinglyOpening Day at Dodger Stadium.  Pictured here is Fox Sports Radio Network midday host Jay Mohr interviewing Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on Opening Day.  During the three-hour live remote, Mohr previewed the game, welcomed special guests that included (in addition to Mattingly) Dodgers president and co-owner Stan Kasten, Dodgers player Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Dodgers play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner.

bernierdesantisMarc Benier Hosts Congressman DeSantis at Embry-Riddle.   WNDB, Daytona Beach talk host Marc Bernier is pictured here interviewing Republican Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University during a live Town Hall.  The two discussed the current situation with North Korea, DeSantis’ views on the ongoing gun control debate, the economy, homeland security, use of drone technology, and energy independence.  The event, broadcast live, included questions from the audience.  (Photo: Arthur J Byrnes)

North Korea Threats Tops Talkers TenTM for Week of April 1-5.  The nuclear threats against the United States and South Korea by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was the most-talked-about story of the week on news/talk radio.  Following at #2 was gun legislation.  At #3 was the gay marriage issue and at #4 was the effects of ObamaCare.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio across America according to ongoing research from TALKERS. It is published every Friday at  View this week’s entire chart here.

ratiganwtopDylan Ratigan Visits WTOP, Washington.  Former MSNBC host and New York Times best-selling author Dylan Ratigan dropped by Hubbard Radio’s WTOP, Washington on April 4 to talk with WTOP morning anchors Mike Moss and Bruce Alan about his work as a hydroponic entrepreneur and he brought along some of his partners from Archi’s Acres and VSAT Veterans.  He’s pictured here (at far right) in the WTOP studios. Also pictured (from l-r) are: Maj. Gen. Mel Spiese, an Archi’s Acres supporter; Eric Boyd, Purple Heart recipient, organic farmer and VSAT graduate; Colin Archipley of Archi’s Acres and VSAT co-founder; Karen Archipley of Archi’s Acres and VSAT co-founder; and Mike Hanes of Forager Mike’s SuperFoods and DANG Hot Sauce, also a VSAT Graduate.  (Photo: WTOP/Kristi King)

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