PodcastOne Teams with AdsWizz for Advertiser Solutions. Podcast network PodcastOne is working with digital ad solutions firm AdsWizz to “offer its advertisers dynamic audio advertising with unique one-to-one targeting abilities.” In a press release, PodcastOne says that its more than 400 million monthly impressions combined with AdsWizz’s suite of audio-centric technology products (including Audio Ad Insertion Software for on-demand content, AudioServe for campaign management, and PodWave, the largest marketplace for podcast audio inventory) will increase monetization of inventory at scale. The expanded global dynamic insertion capabilities will also be utilized for the new PodcastOne Australia platform, launching soon. PodcastOne founder and executive chairman Norm Pattiz states, “Working with AdsWizz is yet another example of our ability and commitment to use the best third-party solutions available in the industry. From the very beginning, we concluded that it was best to provide advertisers with the latest technology and choices to not only measure audience, but be at the leading edge of emerging technology. This allows us to focus on producing and providing audio consumers with the best programming choices in the marketplace. AdsWizz has been a leader and provider of reliable advertiser solutions for years, and is constantly developing new ways to maintain their leadership position. We’re a perfect fit.”
WGN, Chicago Ramps Up Business Talk. The WGN, Chicago programming department announces an expansion of its business and innovation content – now airing 12 hours each week with the addition of a new hour-long show, “The Startup Showcase,” that will broadcast Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The station says that host Scott Kitun, CEO of Technori, will lead conversations with Chicago’s innovation superstars. “Kitun will study the momentum of surrounding technology and meet the cast of characters behind great ideas.” WGN VP of programming and content Todd Manley states, “There are a million great ideas and ‘The Startup Showcase’ will reveal the stories of how a great idea lives, thrives and becomes a business.” In addition to the new show, WGN’s business programming lineup includes: “The Opening Bell” hosted by Steve Grzanich (M-F, 5:00 am to 6:00 am), “The Wintrust Business Lunch” hosted by Steve Bertrand (M-F, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm), and “The Wintrust Business Lunch” hosted by Amy Guth, (Sat., 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm).
Mark Gray to Lead Katz Media Group. This is a promotion for Mark Gray, who rises from his most recent role as president of Katz Radio Group to CEO of Katz Media Group, in which he’ll lead both Katz’s radio and television companies. Gray takes over for Mark Rosenthal, who is stepping down from the CEO post after four years. Gray comments, “Katz is a longtime leader in the media industry, known for its exceptional sales team and their unparalleled ability to provide innovative expertise in audio and television solutions. I’m both honored and excited to take on this role, and I look forward to continuing to help drive revenue and advocacy for our broadcast partners.”
Plan to Replace ObamaCare, Obama Wiretapping Accusations, WikiLeaks’ CIA Dumps, U.S.-North Korea Tensions, Reduced Border Crossings, Marine Nude Pics Scandal, ‘Day without a Woman’ Protests, and NBA/NHL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/8). The Trump Administration’s and the GOP’s plans to replace the Affordable Care Act; the accusations against the Obama Administration of wiretapping the Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign; WikiLeak’s most recent document dump of CIA espionage tactics; military tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over the latter’s nuclear missile program; a reported 40% decrease in illegal border crossings in the U.S. Southwest over the past month; the Marines scandal involving the posting/sharing of images of nude female Marines; yesterday’s “A Day without a Woman” protests; and NBA and NHL action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
TALKERS News Notes. At public radio news/talk outlet WBUR, Boston, the station announces the appointment of Allison Pohle to the position of associate producer for the talk show “On Point with Tom Ashbrook.” Pohle joins WBUR after two years as a staff reporter for the Boston Globe’s Boston.com, where she developed coverage for breaking news and long-form features…..SiriusXM is presenting new series about a prison program that is changing lives through technology. “The Last Mile Radio” begins a six-week run on the SiriusXM Insight channel starting March 11. SiriusXM’s Sway Calloway will host the audio documentary…..The Kevin McCullough-hosted Saturday Night SuperCast (simulcast on radio and broadcast television) “RadioNightLIVE” announces new affiliate stations. New TV affiliates are: WMDE-TV, Dover, Delaware; KBCI-TV, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and KBXS-TV, Shreveport, Louisiana. Radio station KMET, Banning, California (Riverside market). The weekend broadcast is jointly distributed by GCN Communications, Salem Media Group, and BizTV…..A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” and “Growing the Dynasty” stars Jep and Jessica Robertson are launching a new show on PodcastOne titled “The Jep & Jess Show.” PodcastOne says the couple will “connect with fans weekly, year-round, and unedited through the new show, which will feature candid conversation about marriage, family and faith, along with some fan-favorite family members and friends.”
New York Festivals Announces Grand Jury for 2017 International Radio Program Awards. The 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards competition announces the 2017 Grand Jury. The New York Festivals says that to date, this year’s Grand Jury of prominent international radio industry executives represents 20 countries on 6 continents. The 40-plus women on the jury are directors, producers, journalists, writers, and sound artists who are passionate about excellence and innovation. World-wide since 1982, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards honors the World’s Best Radio Programs, receiving entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from over 30 countries around the globe. Grand Jury members view and score entries based on industry-accepted standards of excellence using a scale of 1 to 10 for the following set of criteria: Production values, creativity, content presentation, direction, writing, achievement of purpose and audience suitability. Based on the medal-round scores from the Grand Jury, winners receive one of the following: Gold Trophy, Silver Trophy, Bronze Trophy, or Finalist Certificate. The highest scoring entries receive the Grand Trophy honoring “Best in Show”. Special industry awards include: Broadcaster of the Year, and Production Company of the Year. The deadline to enter the 2017 World’s Best Radio Programs competition is March 17, 2017. For entry information, click here.
BFoA Announces 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards Recipients. The recipients of this year’s 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards, and the Chairman’s Award, will be presented at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s annual breakfast on Wednesday, April 26 in Las Vegas during the National Association of Broadcasters Show. The 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards recipients are: Harry Jessell, editor and co-publisher, TVNewscheck and NetNewscheck; David Lougee, president, TEGNA Media; Diane Sutter, president & CEO, Shooting Star Broadcasting; John David, EVP of Radio, National Association of Broadcasters; Scott Knight & the Knight Family, president & CEO, Knight Media Group; and Larry Patrick, managing partner, Patrick Communications. The Leadership Awards are given annually by the Broadcasters Foundation in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large, and are named in honor of iconic broadcaster Ward L. Quaal. In addition, William Duhamel, president, Duhamel Broadcasting Enterprises, will be honored with the 2017 Broadcasters Foundation of America Chairman’s Award for his numerous contributions to the broadcast industry and his community. The breakfast is complimentary to all, although pre-registration is required.
Keefer Returns to KBCO, Denver After Five Year Hiatus. Denver radio personality Keefer left iHeartMedia’s KBCO in 2012 after 13 years of success hosting the afternoon drive program on the legendary rock station. Now, Keefer returns to “97.3 KBCO, Denver’s World Class Rock,” effective March 20 to host the 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm program. Keefer will also host artists live in KBCO Studio C (the station’s live performance studio). Keefer states, “Being on air at 97.3 KBCO – one of the most respected radio stations in the country – setting up Studio C recordings for some of the most prolific musicians in the industry, and working alongside some of the most creative, professional, and hard-working people I have ever encountered, I was truly living my dream. I’m excited about coming home to 97.3 KBCO.”
More Music Radio News and Career Moves. Former WBLI, Long Island morning duo Dana DiDonato and Jayson Prim are the morning hosts at Entercom’s alternative KBZT, San Diego, taking over for the recently departed “Cantore + Woods” show. “Dana and Jayson” exited Cox Media Group’s CHR WBLI last June after three years together there. DiDonato had been there in mornings for 11 years in total…..Evening personality Kristie McIntyre exits Cumulus Media’s hot AC WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3” after a year on the air there. During her career she’s also worked in Baltimore at hip hop WERQ, adult hits WQSR, and news/talk WBAL-AM, and in NYC at WPLJ…..Get well wishes go out to CBS RADIO’s country WYCD, Detroit afternoon personality Linda Lee who posted an update on her health situation on Facebook. Lee, who’s been battling lung cancer, wrote: “You may have already heard the bad news that my small cell cancer spread during chemo and was impeding my breathing big time. But.. keep the faith and prayers coming, because GOD is great and I am having life-saving surgery this morning to open up airway in my lung! More good news: I will be starting a new cutting-edge treatment called ‘immune-therapy’ right away.”
Reba McEntire Sits for Interview on ‘Super 8 Salutes’ Tour. Pictured above are CMT personality Cody Alan (left) interviewing country star Reba McEntire at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as part of the latest stop on the “Super 8 Salutes” tour. In addition to the special Q&A with McEntire, all 125 military members and their families in attendance from Nellis Air Force Base were invited to the “Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas” residency show. The “Super 8 Salutes” Tour is a multi-city effort created by Super 8 and Premiere Networks to celebrate service members and their families by providing access to one-of-a-kind events and concert experiences with top name country music stars. Photo by Cashman Photo.