iHeartMedia Names JoJo Turnbeaugh and Kelly Ransford to Posts at Colorado Operations. Moving from the regional SVP of programming post at iHeartMedia’s Nevada/Central California region to the same position at the company’s Denver market is JoJo Turnbeaugh. He’ll work with personalities and programmers at the company’s 26 stations in Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins markets. iHeartMedia Denver region president Tim Hager says, “As a Denver native, JoJo has a great understanding of the legendary brands that encompass the Denver region and our greatest asset: the people who operate them. A job of this scope comes with great responsibility and I know JoJo is the leader we need for this vital role.” At the same time, the company officially welcomes Kelly Ransford to the Denver cluster as director of event marketing. She’ll be responsible for spearheading the cluster’s multiple events throughout the year and will work closely with SVP of sales Ryan Clune on sponsorships and revenue opportunities. She will also work with the stations’ programming departments to promote the market’s events on air and online. She was most recently with CBS RADIO’s triple A WXRT, Chicago as music director. Her previous experience in marketing and planning includes time at KMTT-FM and KNDD-FM in Seattle and KFOG-FM, San Francisco, California. She began her career in Denver at iHeartMedia’s news/talk KOA-AM/FM and rock KBCO-FM.
TALKERS Magazine’s 2017 Heavy Hundred to Be Published on May 23. This year’s edition of the “100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” – also known as the Heavy Hundred – will be published by TALKERS magazine on Monday, May 23. This 23rd edition of the Heavy Hundred is compiled by the editors of TALKERS and inclusion is based upon a combination of hard factors such as ratings, revenue and longevity, plus soft factors including effort, impact, recognition, service, talent and uniqueness. Executive editor Kevin Casey says, “As we put the finishing touches on this year’s Heavy Hundred, we’re reminded how difficult it is – not only to select the 100 most important talk show hosts – but also of the challenge in ranking these fine radio talk show hosts. A small number of these hosts have been on the list since its debut, but there are also a number of fresh faces that reflect the changing flavor of the talk radio industry.”
Joe Pags Show Hits 95 Affiliate Mark with KRLD-AM, Dallas Addition. WOAI, San Antonio-based Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo is now heard in Dallas as CBS RADIO adds “The Joe Pags Show” for the evening daypart on KRLD-AM. The addition to Joe Pags’ affiliate roster puts his program on in virtually every market in his home state of Texas and extends his list of affiliates to 95. Pags states, “It is an absolute privilege to be a part of a station with so much heritage and a track record for being an industry leader in news and talk. I’m thrilled to be on KRLD!” Pagliarulo’s program is syndicated by Compass Media Networks.
McKay: Norway’s DAB Troubles. TALKERS magazine special features correspondent Jeff McKay visited Oslo, Norway this spring and witnessed first-hand how radio listening is being affected by that country’s mandated switch from AM/FM to DAB radio. The problem, McKay reports, is the cost. The Norse were told the country would adopt the DAB platform for radio in 2015 and it would be each citizen’s responsibility to acquire DAB radios for their homes and cars. The trouble is that people tend to procrastinate and don’t like to spend several hundred dollars to replace the radios in their cars that work just fine. Except that soon, they won’t work just fine. Read McKay’s report here.
TALKERS News Notes. It its latest State of the Market Report for the first quarter of 2017, the New York Market Radio – NYMRAD – notes that “radio listenership in New York is up 1.45% from December 2016 to January 2017 (this according to Triton Digital).” The report also points out recent growth in the professional services and pharmaceuticals industries, suggesting they are prime candidates to benefit from radio campaigns, in part because “radio listeners trust the news that they hear on the radio. Sixty-eight percent consider radio trustworthy, whereas only 25% of those who get their news on social media deem it to be trustworthy. The majority, 88% of Republicans and 89%% of Democrats, believe it not likely that they will encounter fake news on local radio. The trust in local radio benefits advertisers, as listeners will transfer that trust in their local radio station’s news reporting to their advertising.” Read it here…..iHeartRadio and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global are launching the first episode of the “Thrive Global Podcast With iHeartRadio” all about health and well-being. On the podcast, Arianna hosts one-on-one interviews with notable celebrities, athletes and influencers to discuss how they thrive and how listeners can enhance their own lives. The premiere episode features a conversation with Jennifer Aniston. Upcoming guests include Golden State Warriors star Andre Iguodala, business mogul Mark Cuban, and best-selling author Glennon Doyle Melton.
Trump Fires James Comey, Trump-Russia Connection Investigation, GOP Health Care Plan, More Troops to Afghanistan, North Korea Nuclear Program/Threats Against U.S., L.A. Declares Schools Sanctuaries, and MLB, NBA and NHL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/9). President Donald Trump fires FBI director James Comey; the investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian agents; the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act with its own health care plan; the Trump Administration’s intent to increase U.S. troops in Afghanistan by as much as 5,000; ongoing speculation about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and threats against the U.S. by Kim Jong Un; the Los Angeles public schools declare the schools sanctuaries; and MLB, NBA and NHL action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Talk Host Dr. Asa to Co-Host New TV Show for Discovery Life. Improving the lifestyles of people with diabetes is the goal of the new show co-hosted by nationally syndicated radio and TV personality Dr. Asa Andrew and celebrity chef Charles Mattocks. The two have partnered to launch WellTent Media Group LLC, a joint venture designed to create health-based content that inspires true lifestyle transformations. The two have both appeared frequently on various shows on FOX, NBC, ABC, and CNN with their insights toward improving lifestyle choices for people struggling with diabetes and chronic disease. Their first project is titled, “Reversed,” that will air in July on the Discovery Life Channel. The show is designed as reality TV intended to present the powerful effects of unmanaged diabetes and the hope of reversal. It will showcase the struggles and the triumphs of five individuals living with diabetes as they work to radically transform their lifestyle choices. The show will have an evidence-based team of nutritionists, trainers, doctors, therapists, and celebrity guests focused on the common goal of improving the health and well-being of each person living with diabetes. Dr. Asa says, “Better health begins with better choices. ‘Reversed’ is about transforming the behavior of those fighting diabetes. I am thrilled to partner with Charles Mattocks in WellTent Media, we share a common mission and this is just the beginning. In my years of coaching and clinical experience, our shows may just be the most powerful version of an inspirational office visit to those watching for empowering your health.”
Michael Harrison Interviews Legendary Stray Cats Drummer, Slim Jim Phantom on “Up Close and Far Out” Podcast. Back in the 1980s, a rock ‘n’ roll group comprised of three kids from Massapequa, Long Island called the Stray Cats set the international music world on fire with a sound that came to be known as “neo-rockabilly.” Their music and appearance was based on the authentic style of such 1950s artists as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran with a distinctly modern flare. The Stray Cats were comprised of lead guitarist Brian Setzer, bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom (aka James McDonnell). They released multi-platinum albums and were embraced and befriended by classic rock acts like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, as well as original punk heroes such as the Sex Pistols, the Damned, and the Clash… and even rock ‘n’ roll originators Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Now at 55, well-spoken Slim Jim Phantom, lives in Los Angeles, still plays drums, dabbles in radio, plays senior league softball, is a dad and has compiled his fascinating rock ‘n’ roll stories into a book titled A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2016). He joins TALKERS founder Michael Harrison (an old rocker himself) as the guest on this week’s informative and fun installment of the award-winning PodcastOne series “Up Close and Far Out.” 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. At Detroit country outlet WYCD, CBS RADIO promotes afternoon drive co-host Holly Hutton, adding music director to her day-to-day responsibilities. Hutton moved to WYCD from sister station classic hits WOMC in August of last year, taking over for the late Linda Lee on the afternoon show. CBS RADIO VP of country Tim Roberts states, “Holly’s in-depth experience dealing with the music industry, as well as her understanding of programming has been evident from the beginning. She lives, eats and breathes the country lifestyle. Holly will be a great asset to the music and programming efforts of WYCD.”…..Cumulus Media agrees to a multi-year extension for KRBE, Houston evening host Tyler Frye. He joined the station in April of 2015. KRBE program director Leslie Whittle says, “Tyler made an immediate impact when we launched ‘H-Town Live with Tyler Frye on KRBE’ two years ago. He understands there’s more to being a great personality than just doing an amazing show. He has a unique ability to personally connect with our listeners through fantastic digital content and focuses on what’s happening today in Houston. I look forward to another incredible two years of working with Tyler!”…..Air personality and programmer Shawn Williams exits the Cumulus New Orleans station group where she was morning host on alternative WZRH “106.1 The Underground” and afternoon jock on country WRKN “NASH FM 92.3,” as well as serving as assistant program director…..At the corporate level at Cox Media Group, Ashley Peterson is named the new senior director of human resources.