Crabtree: Hannity’s Battle Is Our Battle. Atlanta conservative media figure and talk show host Bryan Crabtree writes today, in a piece for TALKERS magazine, that talk show hosts of all stripes should be concerned about the targeting of Fox News Channel star Sean Hannity’s advertisers by activist organization Media Matters. “For the sake of our first amendment rights, we cannot sit idly while fellow hosts are destroyed because of their success and influence. Moreover, the talk radio industry needs to do a better job of conveying what advertising actually is. It is not an endorsement of a program, station, channel or host. Advertising is simply reaching a specific number of people of certain demographics likely to buy an advertisers’ product or service.” Read Crabtree’s entire piece here.
WVON, Chicago News Anchor Steps Away. Morning drive news anchor Dometi Pongo is exiting his daily role with Midway Broadcasting Corporation-operated progressive talk station WVON, Chicago “to devote more time to freelance projects and digital media via dometipongo.com.” Pongo’s last day will be Friday (6/2). Annette Flournoy will fill the AM drive news role until a permanent replacement is found. The station notes that Pongo joined the WVON news team in November 2013, following his internship at the station and that he became a popular fixture as a member of WVON’s morning team, offering a Millennial voice to the news and various topics of the day.
Another Reminder for AMC-8 Users. The folks at Westwood One remind you that after June 30, you will no longer receive service from satellite AMC-8 and you must re-aim your satellite from AMC-8 to the new AMC-18 at 105 degrees West Longitude. The five major commercial radio networks – Learfield, Orbital Media Networks (OMNi), Premiere Networks, Skyview Networks and Westwood One – now have their full complements of satellite-delivered programming available on their new frequencies on AMC-18. This also includes programming from syndicators who lease their satellite time from these five companies.
Sound Advice and Encouragement from a Talk Media-Friendly Shrink. These are exciting but extremely challenging times for news/talk media hosts dealing with the figurative mine field of political correctness and the ominous specter of advertiser boycotts hanging over their heads. Noted forensic psychiatrist and prolific talk show guest, Dr. Renee Kohanski, writes an insightful article posted today (5/31) in TALKERS to encourage talk talent to weather the storm and not give up. To read the piece, please click here.
TALKERS News Notes. WFAN, New York sports talk star Mike Francesa is being credited by a Yonkers man for saving his life. In a story in the New York Post, “Mike from Yonkers” called in to Francesa’s afternoon drive show to relate how a previous call to the program when he was suicidal saved him. The caller explained he was in the throes of opioid addiction when his call to Francesa helped take his mind off a suicidal urge. Francesa downplayed his role, telling the man he didn’t owe him any thanks…..Today (5/31), Edison Research unveils its “Share of Ear: Canada,” that provides the “same comprehensive look at the total audio space as has been available since Edison first conducted ‘Share of Ear’ research in the U.S. study in 2014.” “Share of Ear: Canada” was commissioned by Radio Connects, which promotes and markets radio to Canadian advertisers and agencies. The presentation will be unveiled today in Toronto as part of an event for the advertising community sponsored by Numeris, Canada’s broadcast ratings cooperative. Highlights will be available after noon from Radio Connects and at EdisonResearch.com.
Trump/Kushner-Russia Investigation, Trump-Merkel Relationship, WH Communications Director Resigns, North Korean Missile Program, Kathy Griffin Trump Photo, Tiger Woods DUI, and MLB Action and NBA and NHL Finals Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/30). The investigations into possible Russian connections between Trump campaign operatives and Jared Kushner; President Donald Trump’s relationship with Germany’s Angela Merkel; White House Communications Director Mike Dubke resigns post; North Korea’s expanding missile program and the U.S.’s missile defense tests; comic Kathy Griffin takes heat for photo with Trump ‘severed head’; golf great Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest; and MLB action and the NBA and NHL finals were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. The new, permanent morning drive show at Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver “KS1075” is made up of afternoon personality Tony V, plus DJ Chonz and Mercedes “Cedes” Howard. They take over after the March departure of longtime morning duo Larry Ulibarri and Kathie J…..Alpha Media announces that JD Garfield is the new program director and afternoon host at CHR WDJX, Louisville “99.7 DJX.” The 20-year radio pro was most recently with Impact Radio Group’s hip hop KWYD in Boise, Idaho. Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker comments, “I’ve been a fan of JD’s brands for some time. I’ve enjoyed watching him in some very competitive radio battles and I look forward to fighting alongside him.”…..At Pamal Broadcasting’s country WKLI, Albany “100.9 The Cat,” Kevin Richards moves from middays to mornings to partner with Dana Race. Sliding into the midday slot is Pete Kelly…..The national launch of “The Men’s Room,” featuring show hosts Miles Montgomery, Steve “The Thrill” Hill and Thee Ted Smith (along with producers Robin Foxx and Mike Hawk) takes place on June 5. Westwood One is syndicating the program in cooperation with Entercom and flagship station KISW, Seattle and reports it will debut on WAAF, Boston; KUFX, San Jose; KRXQ, Sacramento; KGON, Portland; KQRC, Kansas City, and more…..Alternative KKDO, Sacramento “RADIO 94.7” breaks the news that the lineup at its “City of Trees 2017” concert on September 24 will include: New Politics, The Greeting Committee, Bishop Briggs, Dreamcar, and Blink 182.
Brophey to Retire as WKLB, Boston PD; David Corey Named as Replacement. Two WKLB, Boston programmers are leaving the Beasley Media Group station. The company announces Mike Brophey has decided to retire as program director of WKLB “Country 102.5,” and his wife, longtime assistant program director/music director Ginny Rogers has also decided to step down and enjoy the summer with her family. Beasley Boston VP and market manager Mary Menna says, “They both have been instrumental to the evolution of the station over the years. We are very grateful to Mike and Ginny for everything they have done and wish them the very best in the next chapter of their lives.” With Brophy’s retirement, the company brings David Corey aboard to serve as program director. Corey most recently served as vice president of radio programming at Toronto-based Bell Media. He comments, “I am excited to have the opportunity to return home to Boston to work at WKLB-FM. It’s an amazing station with an incredible history in country radio. I look forward to working with Justin Chase, Mary Menna, Cadillac Jack and the entire team at the station!”
PPM Analysis: Urban AC. Managing editor Mike Kinosian wraps this month’s analyses of station performances based on data from Nielsen Audio’s April PPM survey with a look at the urban AC format. In analyzing 6+ data from subscribing stations, Kinosian reports that, month-to-month, “One of every two stations (50%) on this urban AC sample improves between March 2017 and April 2017 (6+); 31% are down; and the remaining 19% are steady.” Leaders were Cumulus Media’s WQQL, Nashville (up 1.2 shares) and Howard University’s WHUR (up 1 share). Year-over-year, Urban One’s WFUN, St. Louis jumped 2.1 shares and jumped from its 2016 #11 rank to #4 in 2017. See all the data here.
Hubbard’s ‘New Country 92.3’ Helps with Flood Relief Fundraiser. Missouri country artist Trent Tomlinson and Illinois country artist Drew Baldridge helped out Hubbard Radio’s WIL, St. Louis “New Country 92.3” and the St. Louis Cardinals by performing before a recent Cards-Dodgers game. The effort raised more than $18,000 for Salvation Army Flood Relief to benefit Missourians still recovering from this year’s floods. Pictured above are (from l-r): station personalities and staffers Bud Ford, Danny Montana, Fredbird, Baldridge, Rachel Cook, DJ JT, Scott Roddy, and Jerry Broadway.