DC Communications Attorney Leases Virginia Translator to Russia’s Radio Sputnik. This story has been reported in industry trades – like DCRTV.com – and in political outlets. Reston, Virginia translator W288BS had been leased by owner John Garziglia to American University’s WAMU to air its bluegrass format. But that deal ended on June 30 and now the well-known communications attorney is leasing it to the Russian government-operated Sputnik Radio (via feeder station KYKS-HD3. The Hill reports that Sputnik editor-in-chief Mindia Gavasheli says, “We’re glad to finally be able to directly address our listeners in Washington. During the last few months Sputnik Radio has become the target of constant attacks in the U.S. corporate media. And often the people who wrote or spoke about us didn’t even bother to listen to our broadcasts first.”
WMEN, West Palm Beach Re-Brands as ‘The Hurricane.’ Florida sports talk outlet WMEN, West Palm Beach is rebranding from its “Fox Sports 640” moniker to “640 The Hurricane.” The Alpha Media-owned stations says it maintains its status as a Fox Sports Radio affiliate. The station is airing FSR’s Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, and Doug Gottlieb. It is the new radio home for the Miami Hurricanes in the market. The station’s play-by-play offerings also include the New York Yankees, Florida Panthers, and weekly NFL games. Alpha Media West palm Beach SVP/market manager Elizabeth Hamma states, “‘640 The Hurricane’ is like a CAT 5 storm that will whip up the South Florida market with relevant and entertaining content for men. It’s a station designed for the passionate sports fan.”
Gregg Henson Exits iHeartMedia. His role at iHeartMedia included serving as programming and sports content director at the company’s WBGG-AM, Pittsburgh and as an air talent on the company’s sports talker WDFN-AM, Detroit and WMAX-FM, Grand Rapids. Gregg Henson is a Michigan native who worked at WDFN when it first flipped to sports talk in 1994. He’d also served in the market at CBS RADIO WXYT-AM. On WDFN and WMAX, Henson co-hosted with fellow air personalities Drew McCarthy and Jim Costa, who continue as a duo. The Detroit Free Press reports that WDFN let local morning personality Matt Shepard go in May.
Beasley Media Debuts Bloomberg Radio on Boston Signals. For the next few months, Bloomberg Radio will continue to be heard on iHeartMedia’s WXKS-AM, Boston and the HD2 channel of WJMN, but Beasley Media Group is launching a business news station flipping Spanish WRCA-AM and translator W291CZ at 106.1FM (as well as the HD2 channel of WBOS) using Bloomberg Radio content. Beasley Media Boston VP and market manager Mary Menna comments, “We’re excited to partner with a global news and business leader of Bloomberg’s magnitude. This unique programming underscores the company’s commitment to providing our listeners with the very best content and complements our five existing music brands in Boston.”
NAB Files Commentary on FCC’s Proposed Elimination of Main Studio Rule. In a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the National Association of Broadcasters offered commentary in support of the Commission’s proposal to do away with the 80-year-old Main Studio Rule. The commentary includes some third-party testimony from broadcasters explaining why the outdated rules are cumbersome and how money saved can benefit their duty to public service. The NAB writes, “Another station reported that having the flexibility to co-locate studios would save approximately $50,000-$75,000 per year, which it could use to hire an additional person to staff its news team. Another broadcaster reports that he has owned and operated two stations in the past that ultimately went ‘dark’ because of the financial challenges of staffing the stations’ main studios. He observed that had there been regulatory relief at that time, the communities might still enjoy local radio service. Chickasaw Nation Enterprises reports that being able to co-locate studios creates efficiencies not only by giving stations greater flexibility, but by allowing stations to offer better, higher-paying jobs, which in turn translates to better service to the community. Broadcasters report that elimination of the main studio rule would have no negative impact on their ability to deliver local programming and services. Rather, it would allow them to allocate funds and staff to improve community engagement and coverage of local news and events.” See the full filing here.
Women in Media. Dynamic WAFS (Biz 1190), Atlanta personality Dana Barrett (r) is pictured interviewing CNN anchor/reporter Kyra Phillips (l) at the recent Judson Women’s Leadership Conference in Atlanta during a live remote from the event. The two broadcasters discussed the changing role of women in media, fertility, and ageism. The interview was simultaneously streamed on Facebook Live. To view it in its entirety, please click here.
TALKERS News Notes. The seven Dallas Cumulus Media stations are coming together this Friday (7/7) to remember the violent ambush on Dallas Police last year. The stations will take to the airwaves and encourage the Dallas/Fort Worth community to wear blue on Friday to show unity and “Back the Blue.” Cumulus has partnered with six participating Braum’s Ice Cream & Burger Restaurants in the area to offer a free small cup of coffee to first responders. It is also encouraging listeners to donate to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation…..The Major League Baseball All-Star Game takes place next Tuesday (7/11) and FOX Sports has the game for the 19th consecutive year. In addition to broadcasting the game and surrounding programming, Fox Sports Radio/FS1 will present live broadcasts of “THE HERD hosted by Colin Cowherd” with co-host Kristine Leahy live from Marlins Park on both Monday (7/10) and Tuesday at 12:00 noon ET……BizTalkRadio adds “Radio Night Live with Kevin McCullough” to its Saturday night schedule. The company says that it has enjoyed working with McCullough on its BizTV network and is excited to bring the program to the BizTalkRadio platform.
TALKERS 2017 Convention Videos Continue Posting Today (7/5) with Phil Boyce Research Presentation. The entire agenda of the recent Talkers 2017: A New Era national talk media convention has been video recorded and its sessions are being posted to Talkers.com – one event per day. Already posted are the “Welcoming Remarks” by WMAL, Washington, DC afternoon drive host Larry O’ Connor (including an introduction by TalkersRadio GM David Bernstein); the special presentation “You HAVE Options” by consultant Holland Cooke (including an introduction by Yappy Days author Bernadette Duncan); the “Fireside Chat” between TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison and Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity (with introduction by Westwood One host Jim Bohannon); and the “Fireside Chat” between TALKERS managing editor Mike Kinosian and WFAN, New York sports talk show host Mike Francesa (with introduction by Sabo Media CEO Walter Sabo). Joining them today is the special presentation “The Trump Effect: Latest Research of Interest to News/Talk Radio” by Salem Radio Network SVP Phil Boyce (with introduction by Pioneer Valley Radio GM/host Brad Shepard). Within the following days and weeks, every session will be posted and will remain on Talkers.com for the rest of the year. The Talkers 2017: A New Era video page is sponsored by Backbone Networks, Broadcasters General Store and Comrex Corp. To view the video page of Talkers 2017: A New Era, please click here.
Mark Levin Booksigning Draws Crowd. The throng of people you see in the photo above are lined up outside of a Ridgewood, New Jersey bookstore over the weekend where Westwood One-syndicated talk radio host Mark Levin was signing copies of his new book Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism (Threshold Editions 2017). Levin met his radio fans and signed books for five hours.
Trump-CNN Video, North Korea ICBM Claim, Voter Fraud Commission, Trump at G20, Christie Beach Outing, Fourth of July, Wimbledon Matches, and MLB Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Holiday Weekend. The controversy over President Donald Trump’s tweet of a video depicting him attacking a “CNN wrestler” and the related commentaries over the president’s social media habits; North Korea claims success launching an ICBM that could carry a nuclear payload; the refusal of numerous states to comply with the request by a federal voter fraud commission to supply voter information; President Trump’s appearance at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany this week; outgoing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “beach outing” PR event at a closed New Jersey shore beach; the Fourth of July holiday; the matches at this year’s Wimbledon tournament; and Major League Baseball action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. Moving from Urban One’s urban contemporary WTLC, Indianapolis to Beasley Media Group’s urban contemporary WBAV, Charlotte “V101.9” is Kelly Mac. She’d been programming WTLC and hosting PM drive. She will serve as music director and midday personality at “V101.9,” effective July 10. WBAV operations manager Jeff Uzi comments, “I am excited to bring in a talent who is so passionate about radio and has the drive, enthusiasm, and talent to continue to grow our awesome WBAV brand. Kelly’s incredible attitude and magnetic connection that she has with her listeners both on and off the air will be a game changer in the market. I look forward to the positive impact she will bring, which is right in line with the culture that we continue to build here at Beasley Media Charlotte.”…..In Detroit, Beasley Media Group adds local comic and media personality Foolish, a.k.a. F.raw, to the morning drive show on rhythmic oldies WMGC “105.1 The Bounce.” Station PD Al Payne states, “It’s our honor to add one of Detroit’s brightest stars to the lineup of ‘Bounce’ ambassadors and welcome Foolish into the studio every morning, alongside Bigg, Shay Shay and the rest of the cast of the all new “Bigg and Foolish in the Morning.”…..iHeartMedia’s CHR KXXM, San Antonio re-brands as “96.1 NOW.” The full, local programming lineup will continue with “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show,” Michelle Fay in middays, Russell Rush in PM drive, and EJ hosting 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight…..Twin Ports Radio, LLC – headed by Dan Hatfield – closes on its acquisition of sports talk WWAX-FM “92.1 The Fan” and classic rock KQDS in Duluth, Minnesota from Red Rock Radio Corporation…..The Art Vuolo-recorded video of the recent WRKO 50th Anniversary Reunion is being made available to radio fans who want to buy a copy. The event included the original 1967 air staff of Al Gates, Joel Cash, J. J. Jeffrey, Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg and Chuck Knapp. You can order it here, and $5.00 from each order will be donated to the Broadcasters Foundation of America.