New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards Names ‘World’s Best Radio Programs’ – Westwood One and CBS News Radio Win Gold Medals. Last night at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse, the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards honoring the World’s Best Radio Programs were announced. The NYF’s Grand Jury awarded global networks and content creators from 31 countries, celebrating trophy-winning digital content, podcasts and audiobooks, live events, dramas and documentaries, breaking news coverage, multi-genre music specials, sound art, and promos from around the globe. New York Festivals VP and executive director Rose Anderson says, “As the radio landscape evolves to accommodate the shift in the way individuals consume audio, New York Festivals Radio Awards is at the forefront celebrating all popular forms of audio content available today.” In the News and Talk/Interview category, gold medal winners included: CBS News Radio for “CBS World News Roundup,” Westwood One for “Pain & Pride: Remembering Vietnam – 50 Years Later,” and National Press Club for “The Kalb Report.” See the entire list of winners in all categories here.
Former Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk to Join WMVP, Chicago’s ‘Kap & Company.’ Former Chicago Blackhawk center Eddie Olczyk will join WMVP’s David Kaplan two days per week (generally Mondays and Fridays) during the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon “Kap & Company” program. “ESPN 1000” VP and general manager Jim Pastor states, “What fans may not realize is that Eddie is not only a legendary hockey and horse racing broadcaster, but having grown up here, he’s also a huge fan of all Chicago sports teams. Pairing him twice a week with his good friend David Kaplan will give him a chance to put those passions on display for ESPN listeners.”
WMAL, Washington Legend Frank Harden Dies at 95. One half of the team that ruled the morning drive airwaves on WMAL-AM, Washington has died at age 95. Frank Harden, described as the straight man to Jackson Weaver on the long-running Harden and Weaver morning program died on Friday (6/15) at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The show ran from 1960 to 1992 when Weaver died. Harden continued on the air with Tim Brant and Andy Parks as co-hosts until 1998. Read the Washington Post obit here.
Bo Brown to Lead Cumulus Beaumont, Texas. Radio management pro Bo Brown is joining Cumulus Media as the new VP and market manager for the Beaumont, Texas cluster that includes sports talk simulcast KIKR-AM/KBED-AM “Sports Radio 1450AM/1510AM,” as well as three sister music outlets. He was most recently with Rhino Marketing in Houston. Brown says, “I’m excited about getting back to my roots and coming home to where I started my radio career. I want to thank Mary Berner, Bob Walker, and Mark Sullivan for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to being a part of an already very talented team and helping them to become even more successful.”
TALKERS News Notes. WHP, Harrisburg afternoon drive talk show host Ken Matthews is a busy man. Over the next 10 days he’s pulling a lot of double duty. In addition to his regular show on WHP, he’s filling in for late morning host Dom Giordano on WPHT, Philadelphia a couple of days this week. Then on Friday (6/22), he’s sitting in for Premiere Networks’ Rush Limbaugh. The following week he’s back on WPHT filling in for morning drive host Chris Stigall June 27-30…..WCBM, Baltimore staffer Nino Mangione’s campaign for state delegate is the subject of an investigation by the Maryland state prosecutor’s office. According to a report in the Baltimore Sun, Mangione’s work as the webmaster at his family’s radio station and the website’s reporting on Mangione’s campaign could be interpreted as an in-kind donation to his campaign, says a complaint filed with the state. The state prosecutor’s office doesn’t comment on the status of investigations and only reveals details if charges are filed. Mangione had hosted a weekly, Friday night radio program but ended that show in April after filing for the campaign…..Hubbard Radio’s WTOP, Washington is honored by the Institute for Excellence in Sales with its “Innovation in Sales” award. WTOP director of national and federal sales Jeffrey Wolinsky says, “With a desirable audience, WTOP’s sales staff continues to grow its value to local, regional, and national clients through custom marketing solutions that begin with the clients’ needs and end with continual renewals as 91% of the companies that invest at the super key account level renew each year!”…..Pictured below is nationally syndicated GCN host and TALKERS Heavy Hundred member Dr. Daliah Wachs (right) celebrating her 47th birthday with a party at her Las Vegas home on Sunday (6/17). Pictured celebrating the event are KMZQ, Las Vegas personality Heidi Harris (left) and KDWN, Las Vegas news/program director John Shaffer (center). Word from Las Vegas is that Harris and Wachs have been bringing down the houses at a number of local events with their dynamic singing act! Wach’s show is carried locally on KDWN.
Illegal Immigration Enforcement, Trump vs Merkel, Trump-Russia Investigation/Roger Stone Allegation, Inspector General’s FBI-Clinton Probe Report, Trump Trade Wars/Additional China Tariffs, Audi Emissions Scandal, and MLB Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (6/18). The Trump administration’s illegal immigration enforcement policies and the controversy over separating children from parents; President Trump’s criticism of Germany’s immigration policy and his relationship with Angela Merkel; the investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents and the related allegations against former Trump adviser Roger Stone, the inspector general’s report on the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email server probe; Trump’s placing of tariffs on foreign goods, the fear of a trade war, and addition tariffs added to Chinese goods; Audi’s CEO accused in new emissions scandal; and Major League Baseball action among top news/talk stories yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. A partnership between Sun Broadcast Group and Alpha Media brings the weekend countdown program, “The Hit List with Fitz,” to more than 20 of Alpha’s country stations. This addition means the program is heard on more than 100 affiliate stations each week. Fitz says, “We are ecstatic about our new partnership with Alpha Media across their whole country platform. Scott Mahalick has been an important creative partner and mentor of mine for over a decade and when Mahalick and I collaborate, crazy stuff happens! Together we aren’t afraid to take risks. It’s about to get fun again!”…..Envision Networks announces the panelists participating in its June 27 webinar on programming underperforming station for success using 24/7 formats. Taking part will be Howard Kroeger of Kroeger Media, creator of the HANK FM and BOB FM formats; Brian Burns, creator of the brand new innovative No Borders Radio bilingual CHR format; Mike Marino, legendary producer and creator of Jammin’ Radio and MOOD FM formats; George Gimarc, the creator of Today’s Comedy Network and Stand Up Rock; and Neal Sabin of MeTV-FM fame. The panel will share the processes behind formatting, imaging, and marketing a 24/7 format. The webinar begins at 2:00 pm ET…..CMT personality Cody Alan recently hosted the latest “Story Behind The Songs” event in the Bahamas featuring Broken Bow Records’ award-winning artist Jason Aldean and rising country star Dustin Lynch. The four-day getaway at the Sandals Royal Bahamian was held from June 13-16 and included live performances on the beach from the artists, as well as personal stories from the road, which were also broadcast live from paradise on “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan”…..The fourth annual country music talent search conducted by Cumulus Media is getting underway. The “NASH Next 2018” contest began in more than 54 markets across the United States including: Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Nashville. The winner of the four-month-long national competition will receive a record deal under the Big Machine Label Group. The “NASH Next 2017” winner, Radio Romance, released their debut single, “Weekend,” in April 2018 and cracked the top 50 country charts their first week on the radio. They also appeared at CMA Fest this June and will start their Summer/Fall tour this August.