TALKERS 2018: Full Speed Ahead! to Be Streamed on Live Video by Livestream. Most of the speaking events at the forthcoming 21stannual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important national convention, TALKERS 2018: Full Speed Ahead! will be video streamed in real time at Talkers.com by Livestream. The event takes place today, Friday, June 8. TALKERS 2018: Full Speed Ahead! will present a record-breaking 71 speakers in a non-stop, power-packed day of solo addresses, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, and networking/meal receptions. Speakers are encouraged to check the agenda posted on this website to find the exact time they will be appearing in the schedule and attendees should check it as well to help get the most out of what promises to be a historic day in the talk media industry. To see the up-to-the-minute-agenda, please click here. The live stream can be found in the TalkersTV box that will appear at the top of the right-hand column located on every page of Talkers.com.
FOX Sports Changes Add Joy Taylor to ‘The Herd.’ A couple of changes at FOX Sports put current staffers in new roles. Joy Taylor is leaving her role as moderator on FOX Sports 1’s “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” and will take on the role of news anchor for “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” (Taylor is pictured here with Cowherd.) Taking Taylor’s place on “Undisputed” is Jenny Taft. FOX Sports VP of studio production/executive producer for FS1 Whit Albohm says, “We’re thrilled to announce new roles for Joy and Jenny on ‘The Herd’ and ‘Undisputed.’ Both have been consummate professionals – Joy having been a major part of Undisputed’s rise and Jenny’s extensive resume, including her upcoming World Cup duties in Russia. We’re proud of what they’ve accomplished so far and excited to see what’s next.”
Jamie Allman Asks FCC to Reconsider Entercom’s Acquisition of Emmis Stations. As you already are aware, former KFTK-FM, St. Louis morning drive talk host Jamie Allman is suing both Emmis and Entercom for breach of contract relative to his April 10 dismissal from news/talk KFTK in the aftermath of his “hot poker” Tweet about Parkland, Florida teen David Hogg. Now, we learn that Allman has filed with the FCC a Petition for Reconsideration of the assignment of the stations from Emmis to Entercom. Allman’s argument is that Emmis and Entercom breached the Programming Agreement when it fired him and that they also violated the terms of the FCC’s multiple ownership rule. Further, Allman says such violations authorize revocation of any station license.
WOR, New York to Air New Men’s Health Show. The weekly Saturday program features Dr. David Samadi – head chairman of urology and chief of robotic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City – discussing the latest in men’s health issues. The 30-minute show airs live at 7:00 am and includes listener call-ins and expert guests. Dr. Samadi says, “Men have a tendency to be less aware of their own health and the issues that may affect them. Topics like prostate health, sexual potency, and cancer can be hard to talk about, especially for men. We believe ‘Men’s Heath with Dr. Samadi’ will be a valuable resource for men. My goal is to educate and improve the quality of people’s lives by driving awareness among men to be preventative, not reactive about their health.”
Hosting Geraldo in Philly. Pictured above is WPHT, Philadelphia afternoon drive talk host Rich Zeoli (left) with FOX News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera (right) chatting before a sold-out audience at the most recent Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Speaker Series event. Rivera is currently promoting his new book, The Geraldo Show: A Memoir (2018 BenBella Books). Zeoli tells TALKERS Rivera shared his thoughts on everything from President Trump to race relations to his strong friendship with Sean Hannity.
TALKERS News Notes. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be back on Entercom’s KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” this football season during the midday “Cook and Poni” show talking about Steelers football. Entercom Pittsburgh interim market manager Michael Spacciapolli says, “We’re excited to welcome Ben back to ‘The Fan’ for another stimulating season of football talk. With Ben’s keen insight and candid approach, ‘The Ben Roethlisberger Show’ with Cook and Poni is a must listen every Tuesday during the season.”…..WTOP, Washington national security correspondent J.J. Green is being honored with the 31st Annual Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. The $5,000 award recognizes journalists whose high standards for accuracy and substance help foster a better public understanding of national defense. Green is being honored for his exclusive, multi-media series, “Anatomy of a Russian Attack,” which engaged a wide range of national experts and leaders as they explored Russia’s cyber interference in the United States during the 2016 presidential election. The judges said Green’s series “addressed one of the most critical national security issues of the year and for the future: Russia’s cyber-attacks against America’s election infrastructure. At a time in which the debate over this existential threat to the country often devolves into partisan wrangling, Green stayed rigorously apolitical. Each segment contained examples that made the risks relatable.”…..WBUR, Boston announces that Bill Littlefield, longtime host of the NPR sports program “Only A Game,” is retiring on July 28. Littlefield launched “Only A Game” in July of 1993 and it remains the only national NPR sports program. It is carried on 250 stations nationwide. WBUR says that “over the years, Bill transformed the program from being focused largely on sports news to a narrative based program featuring unique people and stories within the industry. He has made it a point to cover sports for all genders and ages, and all corners of the sports world, from trampoline dodgeball to lobster boat drag racing.” NPR is searching for Littlefield’s replacement.
Trump-Russia Investigation Top News/Talk Story for Week of June 4-8. The investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio during the week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the anticipated report from the inspector general on the FBI and CIA investigation into the Hillary Clinton email case. Coming in at #3 was the summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, followed by the Bill Clinton NBC interview in which he got testy addressing the Monica Lewinsky affair at #4. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. View this week’s entire chart here.
Morning Show Producer Gig. In the Denver market, iHeartMedia’s KOA “NewsRadio” has an immediate, full-time opening for a morning show producer. IN this position, you’ll be part of a large team dedicated to the production of “Colorado’s Morning News,” a five-hour, all-news morning show. Duties include writing, booking guests, and enterprising segment ideas. See all of the requirements and to apply right here.
Opportunity for KNX Full Time Writer/Producer
Entercom’s all-news KNX, Los Angeles looking for a fearless, aggressive, energetic, enthusiastic, and creative team player. The right candidate is a real show producer and not just a guest booker. Must have a strong rolodex, good news judgment and the ability to write quick, clear, compelling and concise scripts without the usual cliché’s or news speak. Must work and play well in a fast, high-pressure all-news environment. Intimate knowledge of socializing content in all platforms is a MUST. Prior major-market producing and news writing experience required. Strong multi-tasking and computer skills required. Familiarity with Southern California including politics, pop culture, lifestyle, etc. preferred. Must be available to work all hours, overnights, and weekends. Required to join the Writers Guild of America. For more information, please click here.
Morning News Opportunity
News Radio KFBK, Sacramento, an iHeartRadio station, is looking for a highly skilled, experienced executive news producer to lead and manage its top-rated “KFBK Morning News” – a four-hour, fast-paced, market-leading live newscast. Candidates need large-market, long-form newscast producing experience, immaculate writing and editing skills, along with strong problem-solving and leadership abilities to excel in this key position within the news management team. Strong digital and social media skills are essential. Some on-air reporting/anchoring required. For more info and to apply, click here.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. Radio management pro Chris Walus joins Adams Radio Group to serve as director of sales for the Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland station group that includes classic rock WGBG, country WKHI, rock WZBH, rhythmic CHR WOCQ, and oldies WOCQ-HD2. Walus was most recently associate publisher of the Delaware Business Times. Prior to that he served with iHeartMedia in the Wilmington and Salisbury-Ocean City markets…..The Premiere Networks nationally syndicated Mario Lopez show is being added to the program schedule at Sinclair Broadcast Group’s hot AC KPLZ, Seattle “Star 101.5.”…..Bert Weiss, host of the syndicated “The Bert Show,” is being nominated for the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in the Career Achievement category.