Hugh Hewitt: Trump ‘the Best Interview in America.’
Nationally syndicated Salem Radio Network talk show host Hugh Hewitt is joining Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly in the highly illuminated circle of talk personalities and journalists who’ve been criticized by real estate magnate and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Hewitt is still basking in the national spotlight after posing tough, policy-based questions to Trump during a phone interview on his radio program. Hewitt will also be one of the journalists quizzing the GOP contenders during the September 16 CNN and SRN simulcast debate. In response to the buzz the issue is getting, Hewitt has stated that he doesn’t believe in “gotcha questions” and that candidates must be prepared to talk about all the relevant issues. Most of the analyses of Hewitt’s interview have been supportive of Hewitt, implying that in-depth foreign policy queries are fair game for a presidential candidate. Regardless, talk hosts and programmers know that whatever his chances for becoming the next president, right now, Donald Trump commands a ton of attention and that should translate into ratings. That’s why he recently told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, “I love Donald Trump, he’s the best interview in America.”
Hillsdale College Students Focus of GOP Debate-Related Programming.
Nationally syndicated Salem Radio Network personality Mike Gallagher will broadcast two programs from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan surrounding the September 16 CNN Republican Presidential Debate. Gallagher will broadcast his 9:00 am to 12:00 noon ET show from the school on September 15, 16 and 17. In addition he’ll moderate a focus group of Hillsdale undergraduate and graduate students after the debate. SRN is the exclusive national radio distribution source for the CNN debate, which features SRN’s Hugh Hewitt on the panel alongside moderator Jake Tapper and co-panelist Dana Bash. At select times during SRN’s pre-debate coverage, as well as following the debate itself, Gallagher will offer remote cut-ins with reaction to the debate from Hillsdale students. Additionally, he will feature selected members from the Hillsdale focus group on his program September 17. Hillsdale College president Dr. Larry P. Arnn states, “We’re proud to host Mike Gallagher and the Salem Radio Network on campus, and we’re happy that some of our students will have the opportunity to participate on Mike’s show. At Hillsdale, American history and the Constitution are important parts of our large and rigorous core curriculum, so these students will bring a useful perspective to the post-debate commentary.”
Michael Harrison and Alan Colmes Discuss the Media Circus/Reality Show of Early Going in the 2016 Presidential Race.
Talk personality Alan Colmes of Fox News Radio and Fox News Channel joins TALKERS founder Michael Harrison on the new installment of the PodcastOne hit “Up Close and Far Out” posted today (9/8). The two engage in a candid, non-partisan discussion about the fascinating twists and turns of the current presidential cycle and the intriguing personalities running for the nation’s highest office. Harrison states, “This early part of presidential primary season reminds me of the opening weeks of ‘American Idol.’ The arduous process, that ultimately produces a major star with outstanding talent, begins as a pageant of characters, egotists, oddballs and delusional narcissists from which the bona fide stars eventually emerge in an increasingly rigorous competition between heavyweights.” Harrison continues, “No doubt, with Labor Day behind us and we head into the ‘new season,’ it is safe to characterize these past few oddball months in the political arena as the ‘Summer of Trump.’ It is the ultimate reality show — even more compelling than the saga of Tom Brady versus Roger Goodell — and featuring one of the greatest, most-accomplished, savvy and skilled reality media stars of all time, Donald Trump, in the starring role. Can Trump, who was at one point dismissed as the joker in this deck, the jester in this court of public opinion, go on to win the Republican nomination for President of the United States? If he pulls that off, can he actually then go all the way? At this point, most experts say probably not. Not definitely not, just probably not.” Harrison concludes, “Regardless of the outcome, this presidential cycle is providing a remarkable academic showcase for the intrinsic, complex connections of cause and effect between the media – particularly talk media — and the electoral process in early-21st century America. Those of us in this industry have much to learn from what’s happening – if we keep our eyes, ears and minds – beyond just our mouths – open.” To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
KTTH, Seattle Brings Levin Aboard for Evenings.
Beginning Thursday (9/10), Westwood One-syndicated talk personality Mark Levin airs in the 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight PT slot on Bonneville’s conservative news/talk KTTH, Seattle. Program director Jason Antebi states, “KTTH is Seattle’s most prominent conservative media voice, so picking up the Mark Levin show was an easy choice. Levin offers razor-sharp analysis, and now our listeners are even better positioned to be incredibly informed throughout the 2016 election cycle.” Levin’s show replaces “Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis.” Levin comments, “I couldn’t be more pleased about joining AM 770 KTTH, the leading conservative voice in the Pacific Northwest. As we head into one of the most important elections of our lifetime, it’s critical for conservative voices and ideas to be heard – especially in places like Western Washington.”
Community Broadcasters to Buy 12 South Carolina Radio Signals from Miller Communications.
This deal – in addition to the 12 AM and FM signals – also includes seven translators and three television construction permits. Community Broadcasters principals Jim Leven and Bruce Mittman will double the size of their station group when the deal is closed. Community currently owns 16 signals in Elmira/Corning, Olean, Ogdensburg and Watertown, New York. Effective immediately, Community Broadcasters begins operating the Miller Communications stations under a Time Brokerage Agreement. The stations are located in the Florence, Sumter and Orangeburg, South Carolina markets. Leven states, “We’re expanding our radio holdings into three fast-growing markets throughout South Carolina. The Miller Communications’ purchase doubles the size of Community Broadcasters and furthers our strategic vision to grow a small-market radio group throughout the U.S.” Mittman comments, “We established Community Broadcasters in 2006 with the vision to become the voice for the community, focusing on local news, sports and area events, not just syndicated programming. Both Jim and I feel strongly about giving back to the communities we serve through public service and charitable contributions.” The stations are: classic rock WWBD, news/talk WDXY, rhythmic oldies WWHM in Sumter; adult hits WIBZ, Wedgefield; country WWKT and sports WDKD in Kingstree; news/talk WHYM in Lake City; country WGFG, Quinby; rhythmic oldies WQKI, Orangeburg; hot AC WSIM, Lamar; sports WOLH, Florence; and news/talk WFRK, Quinby.
Odds & Sods.
Filling in on CBS RADIO’s KXNT, Las Vegas this week (Tuesday through Friday) for afternoon drive host Jim Villanucci is longtime Sin City talk personality Alan Stock, most recently with crosstown KDWN…..Heritage Peoria station WMBD will continue to be the flagship for Bradley University men’s basketball play-by-play through the 2018-2019 season after the school and the Alpha Media station agreed to an extension. This relationship is reportedly the longest continuous such deal stretching back 75 years. Bradley women’s hoops will air on sister station WIRL…..Sports talk radio pro Jason Barrett hangs his shingle announcing his new consulting firm Barrett Sports Media. Barrett was most recently program director at Entercom’s KGMZ, San Francisco “95.7 The Game.” His firm offers consulting services to stations, talent, and networks.
Talk Radio Power Couple Gets Hitched.
Over the weekend at The Shrine of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington, DC, WBAL, Baltimore midday talk personality Derek Hunter (right) wed his lovely bride Heather Smith (left), executive producer for WMAL, Washington’s “Mornings on the Mall” and “Drive at Five with Larry O’Connor.” This was certainly a who’s who of news and talk media! Movers and shakers seen at the nuptials include: WBAL hosts Bryan Nehman and Clarence Mitchell IV “C4”; WMAL personalities Brian Wilson, Larry O’Connor and Chris Plante; Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson; former Rand Paul staffer Brian Darling; former Sen. Jim Talent staffer and contestant on the show “Shark Tank,” Heath Hall; Daily Caller’s Neil Patel and Kerry Picket; Breitbart’s Mike Flynn; Heritage Foundation’s Todd Thurman and Lori McNicoll; and CEI’s Christine Hall.
Jailed Kentucky Clerk Case, 2016 Presidential Candidates, Hillary Clinton Email Server Case, U.S. Immigration Policy/European Refugee Problem, Brady vs NFL Aftermath, Labor Day Holiday, and ‘Dear Fat People’ Video Controversy Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (9/7).
The case of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis who’s gone to jail after refusing to grant same-sex marriage licenses; the activities of the candidates for president in 2016; the ongoing controversy over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for State Department business; the debate over U.S. immigration policy and the refugee influx affecting European nations; the aftermath of a judge’s decision rescinding Tom Brady’s four-game suspension; the Labor Day holiday and the flap over the viral “Dear fat people” video were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.