Presidential Race, Middle East Military Escalation, North and South Korea Tensions, Scalia Replacement Debate/Death Theories, Apple iPhone Hack Refusal, LA Hospital Records Hack Case Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/17). The activities of the candidates for president, including the South Carolina GOP Town Halls; Turkish clashes with Kurds in Iraq and the ongoing Syrian conflict; military tensions between North Korea and South Korea; debate over the proper process for replacing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and theories about his cause of death; Apple’s refusal to create backdoor software to open the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists; and a Los Angeles hospital’s paying off hackers in bitcoin to receive the return of its medical records were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.
Bill Carroll Lands at CFRA, Ottawa in AM Drive. Less than two months after exiting his midday talk show at iHeartMedia’s KFI, Los Angeles and then announcing his departure from his afternoon gig at Corus’ CFMJ, Toronto, Bill Carroll is brought aboard at Bell Media’s CFRA, Ottawa to host “The Morning Rush with Bill Carroll.” Joining him as co-host on the new show will be Tricia Owens. Carroll arrives as Bell Media lets AM personality Mark Sutcliffe and evening hosts Ron Corbett, John Counsell, and Nick Vandergragt go. The station also announces it’s bringing Brian Lilley on to host the evening program. Both shows will launch on March 7. Carroll comments, “My family had decided late last year that it was time to come home – what great timing that a legendary station like CFRA is making some changes. I can’t wait to join the team in Ottawa and get started. And I hope the people of Ottawa will forgive my years of cheering the Kings and Leafs. I will adapt, slowly.”
Round Two of January PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of January 2016 PPM 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 survey period was December 31 – January 27. TALKERS magazine’s sister publication RadioInfo has all of the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. In addition, managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Top Takeaways” from this batch of ratings on the main page at RadioInfo.com here.
Odds & Sods. A new interactive radio app has just been released for Salem Radio Network personality Eric Metaxas. Salem says the app – powered by Clip Interactive technology – is part of its mobile radio strategy. Salem notes that the app enables fans to listen and interact with the show and its content. Fans can directly connect with Eric in the studio using the app’s “call the studio” feature. Additionally, the show is now able to quickly gather listener insights and opinions with the app’s real time polling and “talk back” features…..Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW, Trenton “New Jersey 101.5” announces the addition of award-winning State House reporter Michael Symons to its staff as State House bureau chief. Symons comes to New Jersey 101.5 from Gannett New Jersey, where he was a State House reporter. New Jersey 101.5 VP and head of news and digital operations Eric Scott says, “Mike Symons is a tough, but fair reporter and investigator. He will be a valuable asset for our news operation.” Scott says Symons is one of the longest-tenured reporters currently covering New Jersey politics from the State House in Trenton. He’s won awards for his work from the New Jersey Press Association and in 2004 he was a member of the Gannett New Jersey team that was awarded the prestigious Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting…..Tonight’s second-of-two GOP Town Hall Meetings in South Carolina will be produced by CNN with the radio feed being distributed by Westwood One. CNN’s Anderson Cooper is moderating…..The Radio America-syndicated Chad Benson show is added to the lineup at CBS RADIO’s Las Vegas news/talker KXNT. In addition to his regularly scheduled program, Benson has been offering extended live coverage of the Republican and Democratic debates as well as coverage of the caucuses and primaries. Those special editions of the program are available to all current affiliates, as well as interested stations in markets where the show is not currently cleared.
Talking National Security. WNDB, Daytona Beach talk show host Marc Bernier (right) talks national security with former United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (left) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University on Tuesday (2/16). The Town Hall event was part of the ERAU Speaker Series.
Cool Job Opportunity. Top 25 Market Seeks News Anchor. Number one news team in a top-25 market has a rare opening in the afternoon. We need someone who can ad-lib effortlessly, tell a great story, and ask the toughest questions of the biggest guests. We also need someone who lives on social media, is super curious and can generate stories, ideas, and fresh ways at looking at recurring things. Responsibilities include: News gathering and writing; Good understanding of national issues, quick learner on local issues; Follow social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc) for story leads and breaking news; Post stories on our own Website and Facebook sites; Generate unique news stories for the station; Plan stories for the next day and days in advance; Strong understanding of the English language and use of proper grammar; A willingness to quickly learn our news computer system and board operation. Candidate should have 2 or more years’ experience in broadcast media. Send materials to: Top25NewsAnchor@gmail.com.