2017 NAB Show: So WHAT IS ‘The M.E.T. Effect?’ Media consultant Holland Cooke files this report from Las Vegas where he’s covering the 2017 NAB Show for TALKERS magazine. The M.E.T. effect comes from the merger of “media,” “entertainment,” and “technology,” and Cooke writes up his notes from sessions that focused on that coming together as it applies to radio professionals. Read his piece here to see what experts are saying about putting content online, the use of smartphone video, and more.
Sean Hannity’s ‘Renaissance’ Detailed in Bloomberg Feature Piece. Cable news and talk radio superstar Sean Hannity is the subject of a feature story by Felix Gillette, published by Bloomberg, that paints a picture of the Fox News Channel and Premiere Networks personality as a man who’s “experiencing a renaissance.” That quote comes from University of Pennsylvania media historian Brian Rosenwald. He says of Hannity at Fox, “It’s his network now.” The comments come in the context of the recent departures of Roger Ailes, Megyn Kelly, Greta Van Susteren, and Bill O’Reilly from Fox. While the story provides a history of Hannity’s rise from an unpaid talk show gig on college station KCSB-FM, Santa Barbara, in the present, it portrays him as a media talent at the top of his game in terms of opportunity at the “new” Fox News Channel. TALKERS magazine publisher Michael Harrison is also quoted in the piece saying, “Hannity is more important than he’s ever been in his career. He’s neck and neck with Rush Limbaugh at the top of the talk radio mountain.” Read the Bloomberg story here.
WMAY, Springfield Welcomes Ray Lytle Back to the Airwaves. Longtime Springfield, Illinois radio personality Ray Lytle returns to Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s news/talk WMAY, Springfield, Illinois to host the morning drive show. In the past, Lytle hosted a midday program on WMAY. He also served as morning host on the company’s sister rock station WQLZ for many years. About his new gig, Lytle comments, “I am really excited to return to mornings in Springfield. It’s going to be great to re-connect with my old friends and making a whole bunch of new ones. While we’ve all grown up some since the last time I was on morning radio, my show is still going to be a lot of fun while we reflect what the people of Springfield will be talking about as they face the new day.”
PPM Analysis: All-News. TALKERS managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of all-news formatted stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s March 2017 PPM survey. WWJ, Detroit leads the pack of stations that saw an increase (6+) from February to March. Kinosian notes that “roughly four of 10 stations on the news panel are up February 2017 – March 2017 (41%); just over one in three (35%) are down and the remaining 24% remain flat (6+).” Comparing performances to the same period in 2016, “Approximately six of 10 stations on our eligible sample improves year-to-year (59%, 6+) while 41% show a decrease.” In the March 2017 survey, just one all-news station ranked #1 in its market – CBS RADIO’s WWJ, Detroit – but seven others ranked in the top five in their respective markets. See the entire report here.
Trump’s First 100 Days, Trump Tax Cuts Proposal, North Korea Military Threats, Trump vs NAFTA, Sanctuary Cities Controversy, Ivanka in Berlin, Ann Coulter Berkeley Case, and MLB, NBA, and NHL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (4/26). The review of the Trump Administration’s first 100 days in office; President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cuts for large and small businesses; ongoing concern over North Korea’s military threats; President Trump’s tariff on Canadian lumber and his desire to renegotiate NAFTA; the recent judicial block of Trump’s sanctuary cities order; Ivanka Trump appears in Berlin to jeers in first official White House role; Ann Coulter’s on-again-off-again speaking engagement at UC Berkeley; and MLB, NBA and NHL action were some of the stories discussed on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
ESPN Layoffs Affect Radio Personalities. The official word about the parting of ways by sports media giant ESPN with some 100 of its personalities, reporters and play-by-play announcers came yesterday and slowly the names of those affected began to trickle out. The “Rusillo and Kanell” show on ESPN Radio ends with the departure of former NFL quarterback Danny Kanell. The Hollywood Reporter says that Ryen Rusillo will remain with ESPN Radio in a diminished capacity. Robin Lundberg, who’d been co-hosting the early morning “First and Last” program on ESPN Radio, also tweeted that he’s exited the network.
TALKERS News Notes. There’s another winner of a regional Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association to announce. Cumulus Media reports that its Dallas news/talk radio station, WBAP News/Talk 820 AM, has been awarded a 2017 regional Murrow award for Breaking News, Large Market Radio, for its coverage of the July 7, 2016, Police Ambush in Dallas…..The Society of Broadcast Engineers announces it has elevated three members to the membership rank of Fellow, including Frank Giardina, director of engineering/IT, Cumulus Media Birmingham. The SBE board of directors elected Frank Giardina, CPBE; Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB; and Robert Hoffman, CPBE; at its meeting on Sunday, April 23, in Las Vegas. The Fellow honor is the highest membership level in the SBE.
Covering Trump’s First 100 Days. Pictured above is ABC News correspondent Karen Travers (left) interviewing Kellyanne Conway (right), Counselor to the President, about the president’s first 100 days in office.
KFI, Los Angeles Morning Host Bill Handel Interviewed by Michael Harrison. Longtime KFI, Los Angeles morning drive host Bill Handel guests this week on PodcastOne’s award-winning program, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” The two engage in a fast-paced conversation about political correctness, satire, news/talk radio, ego, social media, surrogate parenting and even Broadway musicals. According to Harrison, “Bill Handel is one of the quirkiest, original thinkers on the air in American radio today – a true, one-of-a-kind performer. His humor is so nuanced and subtle that it takes a keen ear to know when he is kidding and when he is serious – the two tracks run simultaneously. He often offends the people and the groups that he is actually defending. It’s amazing!” To listen to the podcast in its entirety, 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.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. “Z100” New York-based personality Elvis Duran is staying with iHeartMedia for the foreseeable future after the company and Duran agreed to a five-year contract extension. Duran will continue his current role as host of the “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” on WHTZ, which is also syndicated nationally by Premiere Networks and is available on the iHeartRadio digital platform. iHeartMedia says that in addition to hosting the show, Duran will collaborate with iHeartMedia on a variety of joint ventures and events which includes hosting the events such as the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in New York City, as well as continue to work with iHeartMedia’s talent and programming divisions, serve as a spokesperson for the company, and also consult on new creative ideas and projects……Cumulus Media announces it signs Bobby Novosad to a contract extension that keeps him in his brand manager/morning show host positions at CHR KSMB, Lafayette, Louisiana. Novosad joined 94.5 KSMB in November 1984 and has served the station and community for more than 32 years. Cumulus Media Lafayette VP and market manager Scott Chiasson states, “I am very excited that we are able to retain Bobby for the long term. I’ve listened to KSMB for decades. The station and Bobby have been a generational staple in the Lafayette metro area and will be for years to come. This is great for Bobby, Cumulus, our loyal listeners and the community we serve.”…..iHeartMedia Fresno is presenting the third annual Central Valley Taco Festival on Saturday June 4. Appearing at the event will be KBOS “B95” personality Carmen, KFSO “La Preciosa 92.9” hosts Velia and Pepe, and KFBT “103.7 The Beat” jock J. Cortez. They will also judge the “Central Valley’s Best Taco” contest. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Arte Americas: Casa De La Cultura, an organization dedicated to making Central California a flourishing place for Latino arts.