Mark Levin TV Show Gets Seven-Year Extension. Conservative media personality Mark Levin’s recently launched digital video program is off to such a good start that production firm CRTV (parent company of Conservative Review) is extending its deal with LevinTV through 2022. CRTV chief content officer Chris Crane states, “From day one, we were confident that America was looking for a show like LevinTV. LevinTV has hit it out of the park, and we’re convinced that his audience will only continue to grow.” The 40-minute, nightly program is available on a subscription basis ($7.99 per month). The HD-quality video is produced at CRTV’s “bunker” themed state-of-the-art 3,000 square foot studio. CRTV describes the program that launched back in February, calling it “a commercial-free explosion of Mark Levin’s engaging personality, unique intellect and passionate commentary about history, economics, philosophy and the latest political and current events. With more than 40 minutes of original content every weeknight, the show also features exclusive, long-form interviews with compelling guests from all walks of life, as well as questions and comments from fans via social media.” Levin adds, “This seven-year deal is positive proof that America has long wanted a show where people can have their principles, beliefs and values reinforced rather than attacked. We knew that an unabashedly pro-American TV show would resonate throughout America.”
Nielsen Audio Releases Second Round of March 2016 PPM Data. The second of four rounds of March 2016 PPM ratings 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 March 2016 survey period covered February 25 – March 23. You can find the complete ratings from subscribing stations here. Additionally, TALKERS/RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Twelve Takeaways” from this group on the main page of our sister publication here.
Cumulus LA Names Wendy Ellis to New Marketing Post. The full title of Wendy Ellis’ new position with Cumulus Media in Los Angeles is director of marketing, strategic and creative partnerships. This is a return to radio for Ellis who started her career in music as marketing director for iHeartMedia’s rock KXXR, Minneapolis “93X.” In 2006 she joined music management and production company The Firm as tour director. In 2009, she was named marketing director at Goldenvoice, and has worked the last two years in Goldenvoice’s festival division. Now she’ll be working with classic rock KLOS and news/talk KABC. Cumulus Los Angeles VP/market manager Dawn Girocco says, “We are very excited to have Wendy on our team. Her unique experience will help us grow both of these incredible brands and her understanding of talent, events and marketing partnerships will be invaluable to us and to our listeners, customers and partners.”
The Presidential Race, Brexit Threats, Increased Afghanistan al Qaeda Activity, 9/11 Documents Declassification, and Hawking-Led Search for Alien Life Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (4/12). The activities of the candidates for president; the potential exit of Great Britain from the European Union; the increased activity of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and the U.S.’ plans for military intervention; President Obama’s plans to review the possibility of releasing classified 9/11 documents that some say show Saudi Arabia’s role in the attack; and Stephen Hawking’s plan to search for alien life with backing from Mark Zuckerberg and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
TRN Files Anti-Trust Suit Against Multiple Parties. The 44-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon is long and a bit complex but a summary is as follows: the several Talk Radio Network companies are suing eight defendants – Cumulus Media, Westwood One, Compass Media Networks, Compass Media Marketing, WYD Media Management, WYM Media Management, Lew Dickey, and Charles Steinhauer – alleging conspiracy to monopolize, and actual monopolization of, the independent national syndication ad rep market. There are 15 causes of action listed in the complaint. They address certain defendants in groups or individually but basically allege that in addition to the conspiracy to create a monopoly noted above, they’ve committed restraint of trade; tortious interference with contractual relations; breach of fiduciary duty; breach of contract; and more. TRN alleges it was not paid properly for the ads sold by Westwood One as its ad rep. It claims all defendants conspired to create the illusion of competition and alleges Westwood One, Cumulus and Steinhauer converted funds that were rightfully TRN’s to their personal uses. TRN is seeking injunctive relief, triple damages, interest from monies owed and attorneys’ fees.
Odds & Sods. The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin today (4/13) and CBS RADIO’s sports talk WFAN and all-news WCBS in New York will be airing the New York Islanders’ playoff games when their first series begins on Thursday against the Florida Panthers…..New York sports talk hosts Alan Hahn (MSG Knick’s analyst) and Rick DiPietro (former Islanders goalie) will be featured in video format this summer as MSG Networks will air a one-hour highlight program from the duo’s midday “Hahn & Humpty” show heard on ESPN O&O WEPN, New York “ESPN 98.7.” Starting May 23 and running through September 8, the show will air at 7:00 pm…..Marketing pro Thomas Mancusi joins AudioBoom in the newly created position of vice president, sales and development role where he’ll lead the launch of its premium ad sales unit. Mancusi is charged with developing personalized campaigns that maximize listener engagement opportunities from the biggest podcasts and radio brands in the AudioBoom network. Mancusi will work with AudioBoom’s podcast content creators and advertisers on bespoke sponsorships, live reads, endorsements, and more. The company already delivers pre- and post-roll advertising options on its network, which includes on-demand audio from NBC Sports Radio, Associated Press, The BBC, Russell Brand Podcast, and Undisclosed…..Alpha Media’s Topeka news/talk WIBW recently worked with the Kansas Ag Network and Kansas Farm Bureau to assist ranchers affected by the devastating wildfire in Kansas. The fire that spread over more than 500 square miles injured or killed many cattle, separating calves from their mothers. So, 1,110 pounds of calf milk replacer were purchased and delivered via the WIBW station van (pictured here) to the relief center four hours away.