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Friday, September 4, 2015

| September 4, 2015

WRKO, Boston Names Czarnecki OM/APD.

Filling the position left vacant with this summer’s departure of Bill Cooksey, Entercom announces Michael Czarnecki is the new operations manager and assistant program director at news/talk WRKO, Boston.  Czarnecki comes to Entercom from iHeartMedia in Springfield, Massachusetts where he’s been program director at country WRNX and APD at hot AC WHYN-FM and news/talk WHYN-AM.  Entercom Boston VP/market manager Phil Zachary comments, “If our applicant pool is any indication, the future of the news and talk format is in very good hands.  I was particularly impressed with the creativity and enthusiasm across a wide spectrum of prospects, but in the end Michael was the complete package of experience, vision and local knowledge.  He will be a terrific addition to the WRKO team.”  Czarnecki adds, “I am so thrilled at this incredible opportunity.  WRKO is a legendary Boston station with such a rich history.  I see nothing but great things for the future and I am so honored and excited to help lead its astonishingly talented team into it.”

Bonneville’s ‘Arizona Sports’ Adds Local Journo Craig Morgan to the Staff.

Longtime Valley sportswriter Craig Morgan is joining Bonneville Phoenix’s “Arizona Sports” brand to contribute online, on radio, and via social media.  Morgan has recently worked for and covering college and pro sports in Arizona.  Bonneville Phoenix VP of content and operations Ryan Hatch says, “It’s very exciting to add one of the top sportswriters in the southwest to our content arsenal.  Our commitment is to provide the local sports market unparalleled coverage on radio, online and on social media, and Craig is going to help take to the next level.”  Morgan starts on September 14.

Chicago Sports Media Pro David Kaplan Joins ‘ESPN1000’ in Chicago.

Longtime WGN personality David Kaplan is starting a new radio program in Chicago, this time with ESPN O&O WMVP, Chicago “ESPN1000.”  The “Kap & Co” program will debut on September 16, airing from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm.  The addition of Kaplan to the staff means some minor changes to the rest of the schedule, most notably the move of the midday “Carmen & Jurko” show with John “Jurko” Jurkovic and Carmen DeFalco from its current 10:00 am to 2:00 pm slot to the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon daypart.  WMVP program director Adam Delevitt comments, “Adding Kap to ‘ESPN1000,’ the number one sports station in town, shows our audience the dedication we have to serving Chicago sports fans anywhere, anytime.  Kap is by far one of the most recognizable voices in Chicago and few in the city have the breadth of knowledge and passion for sports and relationships with the people here that he has.”  Kaplan also hosts “Sports Talk Live” on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

WDNC, Raleigh Tweaks Morning Show – Brownlow and Ravanos Join Mike Maniscalo.

Monday will see a new morning drive show on Capitol Broadcasting’s sports talk WDNC, Raleigh “The Buzz.”  Operations manager and PD Dennis Glasgow announces that morning host Mike Maniscalo (left) remains with the station and will be joined by new co-hosts Lauren Brownlow (center) and Demetri Ravanos (right) for “The Morning Show with Mike, Lauren & Demetri.”  “Buzz Sports Radio” is heard on WDNC-FM at 99.3, WDNC-AM, translator W243DK at 96.5 and WCMC-HD2.  Brownlow and Ravanos have been in the Raleigh-Durham market for several years, working in radio, digital, print and podcasting.  The show will be sports-centric with a daily splash of entertainment, pop culture and lots of social media interaction.  The station is moving CBS Sports Radio’s Jim Rome to the afternoon drive slot and is airing FOX Sports Radio’s Colin Cowherd in the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daypart.  Glasgow adds, “I am very excited for our ‘Buzz Sports Radio’ listeners with this new show that stars Mike, Lauren and Demetri.  I think that the Triangle is going to get a very entertaining and hyper-local sports show, that brings three dynamic and diverse people into the same room for four hours a day.”

Nielsen Audio Releases Fourth Round of August 2015 PPM Data.

The fourth of four rounds of August 2015 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford.  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.

Odds & Sods.

Joining FOX Sports Radio’s Colin Cowherd show for its Tuesday debut is sports reporter Kristine Leahy.  She’ll be part of the cast for the FSRN/FS1 simulcast.  Leahy – currently co-host of NBC-TV’s “American Ninja Warrior” – has worked at numerous sports media outlets including WEEI-FM, Boston; WFXT-TV, Boston; CBS Sports Network; KCAL-TV, Los Angeles and others…..San Antonio-based talk radio pro Adam McManus tells TALKERS magazine he’s sitting in for a couple of days this week for AM drive personality Darla Jaye on Entercom’s KMBZ-AM, Kansas City.  McManus says today’s guests will include film producer Stephen Kendrick discussing the movie War Room, and Mat Staver, attorney for the Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who’s been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses for gay couples…..News pro Pete Combs announces he’s leaving Atlanta to sign on with Sinclair-owned all-news KOMO-AM/FM, Seattle as morning news reporter.  Combs has worked for Westwood One and Cox Media Group in the Atlanta market…..Tom Brady’s victory over the NFL in the “Deflategate” case is good news for WEEI-FM, Boston as his return allows him to speak with the station’s morning show as part of its “Patriots Monday” programming.  After months of silence, Brady will return to the air on Tuesday, September 8 to speak with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane…..The Tea Party News Network is acquired by Liftable Media Inc.  The announcement from Liftable CEO Patrick Brown states the firm also owns numerous digital media properties and social news websites, including and  Liftable also brings Scottie Nell Hughes aboard.  Brown states, “Scottie offers Liftable something we have never had, a celebrity spokesperson for our brand. With her nearly constant presence on cable and talk radio news, Scottie can take our message of positive cultural change to a large audience of people that are not regular consumers of social media news. She is the perfect person to explain our ideas to a skeptical mainstream media, which is perplexed by our growing success.”

Donald Trump Campaign Tops Talkers TenTM for Week of Aug. 31- Sept. 4.

The poll-leading GOP campaign of Donald Trump was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio during the week, landing in the top spot on the Talkers TenTM chart. At #2 was the issue of America’s immigration policy. Following at #3 was the related matter of Europe’s growing migrant problems and at #4 was the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private emailer server for State Department business. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS. It is published every Friday at View this week’s entire chart here.

Legendary Talk Radio Executive George Green Discusses Life after KABC and New Book in Inspirational Chat with Michael Harrison.

He was one of the kings of Los Angeles media, having served as president and general manager of KABC for 17 consecutive years during the station’s heyday as one of the brightest pioneering lights of talk radio.  He had been there for 21 years prior to that, working his way up from sales rep to GSM to the top spot – a total of 38 years with the heritage outlet!  Then, it suddenly came crashing down in 1996, when he was informed by the then-new owners of the station, The Walt Disney Company, that he was being replaced in three days by another station head.  On the new installment of the international hit podcast “Up Close and Far Out” posted today (9/1), George Green discusses with Michael Harrison how it felt to suddenly and unexpectedly be shown his way out the door and to the parking lot; how it impacted his life and then inspired him to move forward by starting a new independent media management/advertising agency and by writing a series of uplifting books covering love and aging as well five inspirational storybooks for young children.  He even dabbled in acting landing roles in a Hollywood movie, a weekly TV series and five Honda TV commercials.  Now, he has written and published a brand new book – years in the writing – titled, Out of the Spotlight: Over Forty Interviews with Famous, Successful People Who Enjoy Their Lives as They Move from One Spotlight into Another (George Green, 2015).  It is inspired by George Green’s own experience moving on with life after suffering the pain of being fired from a job that defined his identity.  He widens that umbrella of despair to include people who enjoyed great fame only to have to come to grips with time moving on and their spotlight dimming.  It happens to people in all walks of life from superstars to everyday folks.  According to Michael Harrison, “George Green is one of the most important managers to ever serve in this industry during the modern era.  At 84, he remains robust, clear-thinking, articulate and tremendously active in business, sports, the arts and just plain living.  I am delighted to be presenting this podcast to the radio industry as well as the world. It is a story worth telling and being heard… especially in this age of cutbacks in the radio business.”  To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column on every page of For stations interested in interviewing George Green, he can be emailed at

Cool Job Opportunity.

Wanted: Part-Time WBT Tailgate Girls.  “News Talk 1110” WBT, Charlotte is seeking part-time WBT Tailgate Girls who are interested in learning more about event marketing, promotions and broadcasting.  As part of the WBT Tailgate Girls, you will work to gain exposure for the radio stations at station-produced and/or sponsored events, area concerts, sporting and cultural events and other on-site opportunities relevant to the station’s marketing and sales effort.  Candidates must be detail oriented, creative and outgoing.  They must have strong communications and organizational skills and must be able to represent the station(s) in a positive manner at events.  Candidates should have strong people skills, web/internet knowledge, and must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines.  All candidates should possess a desire to learn more about promotional/marketing strategies for radio.  In order to be considered for the position, candidates must have a valid driver’s licenses.  Hourly pay: $12.00.  If you think you have the talent and qualifications to be a (part-time) News Talk 1110 WBT Tailgate Girls with Greater Media Charlotte, please e-mail resume and photo to  If you would like to mail a package, send to: Greater Media Charlotte, Attn: Promotions, One Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC 28208 NO TELEPHONE CALL PLEASE!

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