Turnover at ‘Detroit Sports 105.1’ as PD Dave Shore Exits. According to a report in the Detroit News, program director and air personality Dave Shore has exited Greater Media sports talk station WMGC “Detroit Sports 105.1” after 15 months on the job. The paper reports that Shore, who joined the station in February of 2015 as PD and became part of the station’s afternoon drive show with former Detroit Piston star Lindsey Hunter two months ago, was let go. Now, it’s reported that Hunter will remain in afternoons joined by Rob Pascoe and Jake Chapman and the station will be seeking a new programming chief. See the Detroit News piece here.
Corporate Realignment at Hubbard Forces SVP of Programming Greg Solk Out. Programmer Greg Solk was based at Hubbard Radio’s Chicago offices and held the title senior vice president of programming. Now, he’s out and, according to Chicagoland Radio and Media, the company is not issuing a public statement about his departure. The site reports that Greg Strassell, who also holds the SVP of programming title and joined the company last June, remains with Hubbard in that capacity. It also says Hubbard president and COO Drew Horowitz confirmed Solk’s departure saying it was “a senior management decision to initiate a corporate restructure that was the driver of the change.” Read the CRM report here.
The Presidential Race, Iran Negotiations Controversy, Facebook Anti-Conservative Content Allegations, Plight of Syrian Christians, Islamic State Baghdad Bombing, and NBA-NHL Playoffs Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/10). The activities of the candidates for president and yesterday’s West Virginia primary election; the allegation of press manipulation by the White House during nuclear negotiations with Iran; charges against Facebook that its news editors altered trends against conservative-oriented stories; concerns over Syria’s attacks on Christians during the civil conflict; Islamic State takes credit for a massive bombing in Baghdad; and the NBA and NHL playoffs were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Nielsen Audio Releases Second Round of April 2016 PPM Data. The second of four rounds of April 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 April 2016 survey period covered March 24 to April 20. You can find the complete 6+ ratings numbers 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.
Compass Media Networks and Mike Lupica to Produce Podcast. The collaboration is between Compass Media Networks and Hiltzik Creative (the content production arm of Hiltzik Strategies) and will result in a weekly, one-hour podcast featuring New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica. It debuts on Tuesday (5/17) with “Seinfeld” creator Larry David as the first guest. Lupica comments, “A podcast is a perfect way for me to talk to people I want to talk to from the world of sports and entertainment and politics in a free-flowing format. And I’m grateful to Larry David, one of the smartest and funniest people I know — and an extremely opinionated sports fan — to be my first guest. The essence of sports is conversation. We’re about to begin a great one.”
Westwood One Releases ‘Political Radio Format Planner.’ Designed to entice political advertisers to spend money on radio, Westwood One’s Insights team releases a report based on Nielsen’s Voters Ratings research. The slide presentation indicates where various subcategories of Democrats, Republican and Independents can be reached via radio formats. The report presents that information in what it calls the “political radio format planner.” See the slide show here.
Gallagher Scores Trump Interview. Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump spent some time on the air with Salem Radio Network personality Mike Gallagher “on the eve of Thursday’s ‘summit meeting’ between Trump and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. Gallagher and Trump discussed Ryan’s comments about not – so far – being ready to support Trump; Trump’s reaction to Jeb Bush breaking a signed pledge to support the party’s eventual nominee; and the coal industry and Trump’s opposition to Hillary Clinton’s energy policies. Gallagher comments, “In the wake of his latest primary victories in West Virginia and Nebraska, Mr. Trump is understandably in great demand so I am very grateful he took time today to share his views with my listeners.”
Former WREC, Memphis Talk Host Mike Fleming Dead at 74. Memphis talk radio personality Mike Fleming died on May 8 after a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Fleming, who began his career covering sports for the Memphis publication The Commercial Appeal, eventually moved into talk radio while also working in television production at WMC-TV, Memphis. He hosted a talk show on WREC for many years, leaving the business in 2009 after his show was cancelled. Read his obit in the Appeal here.
Michael Harrison Talks with British Morning Host Graham Mack About UK Radio. The PodcastOne international hit “Up Close and Far Out” focuses on British radio this week as host Michael Harrison engages in an extensive chat with Graham Mack, the personable “breakfast show” host and program director of independent music and talk station BOB-FM located in the affluent “Home Counties” adjacent to London. The conversation covers the changing business model of radio in the UK, the relationship between the BBC and independent commercial outlets, government regulation of broadcast speech, the culture of soccer and the growth of the NFL in England… plus Mack’s story of his personal odyssey of going from blue color maintenance worker to award-winning broadcaster in a journey that took him from Liverpool to New Zealand to Australia and then back to Great Britain. The conversation is sure to delight media freaks interested in the global perspective of mass communications and popular culture. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.