A Dozen Congressional Black Caucus Members Announce Support for Exclusive FM Translator Window.
Calling a policy that creates a window for application for FM translators only for current AM signal owners “essential to providing meaningful relief for AM radio,” 12 members of the Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler requesting such a window. Saying this window would greatly assist minority owners, the caucus writes that “translators are a scarce commodity in many areas, blocking many AM broadcasters from obtaining a translator, or forcing them to participate in bidding wars that favor more powerful, well-funded stations. Too many minority-owned broadcasters lack the financial resources to purchase a translator, which means that listeners to these stations often receive lower quality service and programming than other audiences.” This letter comes on the heels of a similar letter from 50 CEOs of minority-owned AM radio licensees sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week.
Talk Lineup at KLBJ, Austin Changes; Todd & Don to AM Drive.
The lineup changes at Emmis-owned news/talk outlet KLBJ-AM, Austin began with the recent retirement of morning drive personality Sgt. Sam Cox. Now, Ed Clements and Mark Caesar vacate the morning drive slot and the Todd & Don show moves from its twice-daily slot 10:00 am to 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, to the morning drive daypart. Program director Mark Caesar moves to the 9:00 am to 11:00 am slot with new personality Charlie Hodge. Caesar will also handle news duties for Todd & Don. Clements joins PM drive host Jeff Ward as co-host. Dale Dudley – part of the morning show at sister classic rock KLBJ-FM – hosts a one-hour afternoon show starting at 2:00.
Van Harden to Relinquish PD Duties at WHO, Des Moines.
After 28 years in the program director post at WHO, Des Moines, programming pro Van Harden is stepping down from his PD position at the iHeartMedia news/talk station to work solely on the morning show with co-host Bonnie Lucas. Harden notified his staff about the change and said he is working with market manager Joel McCrea to find his replacement.
DGital Media Creates Partnerships to Enter Fantasy Sports Market.
Saying that it is “strategically” entering the fantasy sports market, DGital Media announces deals to “create, distribute, and monetize spoken word audio products” with: Rick Wolf and Fantasy Alarm, Kay Adams, RotoGrinders, FNTSY Sports Network, Swish Analytics, Erik Kuselias and others. DGital chief content officer Chris Corcoran says, “The fantasy sports space continues to show massive and consistent growth, especially as daily leagues have taken it to another level. Audio is a key driver in communicating fantasy advice and entertainment and we’re proud to partner with some of the leading brands and talent to deliver a tremendous experience for brands and consumers.” DGital cites data from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association that indicates 20% — or 51.6 million people age 12 and over are playing fantasy sports in the United States — up from 14% in 2014. Fantasy Alarm president Rick Wolf comments, “The fantasy sports industry has a rich history in the creation and delivery of on-demand audio. Combining forces with the strong team at DGital Media creates new revenue streams complete with production, sales and distribution for the entire industry.”
Hubbard’s WFED, Washington Re-Aligns Programming.
The station that serves the enormous federal worker population in the Washington area – WFED “Federal News Radio 1500 AM” – announces a programming realignment “to help deliver more precise content to audiences online and on the radio.” Program director Lisa Wolfe reports that “In Depth with Francis Rose” is now be heard weekdays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, directly following “The Federal Drive with Tom Temin,” which now airs from 6:00 am to 8:00 am. Both shows are also heard in the afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 (Federal Drive) and 5:00 to 7:00 (In Depth). She adds, “Realigning our resources allows us to reach the most people with the most news they need every day to do their jobs – at the times when they can best consume our radio product. It also gives our journalists more time to contribute to our website – which offers news and analysis 24/7.” The station is airing federal news headlines every 15 minutes throughout the morning and afternoon, and has added two reporters – a new digital writer, and a new radio producer to further enhance the station’s coverage of the federal marketplace and to continue to provide the top breaking federal news.
Texas Talker Host Lynn Woolley to Launch ‘Texas Insider’ Show on KJCE, Austin.
This new, weekly talk program is a joint effort between Texas talk personality Lynn Woolley and Texas Insider publisher Jim Cardle. Beginning Saturday, October 3, “The Texas Insider with Lynn Woolley” presents its inaugural episode on Entercom-owned news/talk KJCE, Austin “Talk 1370.” A press statement says, “Texas Insider’s Jim Cardle will join Lynn Woolley each Saturday to present a unique view of current events in the City of Austin, the State Capitol, and inside the Washington Beltway…[the show] is intended to cut through the clutter and to become a powerful voice in the Austin radio market. The goal is to start with an hour of great content each week, and eventually to grow and expand the show.” Lynn Woolley hosts his eponymous daily talk show heard on five stations across Texas.
Greater Media Expands ‘Ryan & Rico’ Show on ‘Detroit Sports 105.1.’
The local sports talk show “Ryan & Rico,” featuring Ryan Ermanni and Rico Beard, adds two hours to its broadcast, now airing from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on Greater Media’s WMGC “Detroit Sports 105.1.” WMGC is an ESPN affiliate and will air the morning drive “Mike & Mike” from 6:00 am to 8:00 am, effective on September 10. Greater Media Detroit VP/market manager Steve Chessare comments, “Ryan and Rico have done an outstanding job for us at ‘Detroit Sports 105.1’ since we launched the radio station two years ago. We look forward to them continuing to engage Detroit sports fans on their drive to work.
Odds & Sods.
As reported by Politico, just-ousted Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner learned of his exit from the paper not from Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin but from a report on CBS RADIO O&O KNX, Los Angeles. Beutner learned of his fate while listening to KNX while driving to work…..It’s official as ESPN O&O WEPN, New York “ESPN New York 98.7” moves “Hahn & Humpty” – Alan Hahn and Rick DiPietro to the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daypart as numerous New York media outlets had predicted. The change was spurred by the exit of New York Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica from the midday show…..Digital maven Matt Nystrom is upped from his director of interactive to vice president of digital media for Saga Communications.
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 Podcast One 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.
‘Into Tomorrow’ Broadcasts from IFA Show in Berlin.
Nationally syndicated consumer tech guru Dave Graveline is pictured here broadcasting his program “Into Tomorrow” live from the IFA Consume Electronics show in Berlin, Germany. Graveline tells TALKERS this is the 13th year his program has emanated from the world’s largest consumer electronics and home appliances show. He notes that one of the first keynote speakers at this show, which dates back to 1924, was Albert Einstein.
Trump Candidacy, 2016 Presidential Candidates, Hillary Clinton Emails Investigation, Iran Nukes Deal, European Migrant Crisis, Pope’s Divorce Changes, Kentucky Clerk Case, Freddie Gray Settlement, and Brady vs the NFL Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (9/8).
The candidacy of top-polling Republican Donald Trump; the activities of the candidates for president in 2016; the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for State Department business; the status of the nuclear deal with Iran; the immigration crisis affecting European nations; the change in divorce policy by Pope Francis; gay marriage and the case of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis; the family of Freddie Gray settles with Baltimore for $6.4 million; and the aftermath of Tom Brady’s suit against the NFL were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.