Rush Limbaugh Celebrates 30 Years in National Syndication. On Wednesday (8/1), Premiere Networks nationally syndicated talk radio superstar Rush Limbaugh marked the 30thanniversary of the national syndication of his radio program. Premiere says that “in addition to discussing the latest news and events of the day, Limbaugh spent some time during this three-hour show reflecting on the special milestone and his journey to becoming the most-listened-to national radio talk show host in America. The five-time Marconi Award winner featured calls from listeners and fans, as well as highlights from throughout his radio career, including audio of his first radio job as a disc jockey at WIXZ in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1971. Limbaugh was also surprised with a call from President Donald Trump.” The president told Limbaugh, “You’re a very special man, Rush, and you have people that love you. I’m one of them. But you’re a very, very special guy. What you do for this country, people have no idea how important your voice is. So, I just wanted to personally make this one and I said, ‘I’ll even dial the number myself if I have to’…But I just want to congratulate you. Thirty years in that tough business is incredible — and you’re stronger now than ever before.” In 1988, Limbaugh and his partners founded EIB, the Excellence In Broadcasting network, launching his show into national syndication on August 1, 1988, debuting with 56 radio stations. In just a few months, an additional 100 affiliates were added, paving the way for the expansion of the talk radio format.
Prescription Drug Cocktail Contributed to Art Bell’s Death. The Clark County, Nevada coroner’s report on the April 13, 2018 death of talk radio pioneer Art Bell indicates that a prescription drug cocktail of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam (Valium), and the muscle relaxant carisoprodol were found in Bell’s system. The report concludes he died of an accidental overdose, although it also says chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertension contributed to his death. According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, all of the medications were legally prescribed to Bell.
New York State Broadcasters Association Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The board of directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association announces its Hall of Fame Class of 2018. This year’s inductees are: New York Yankees radio voice and WEPN talk host Michael Kay, J. David (Dave) Davis of WABC-TV and ABC News, WHAM-TV news team Doug Emblidge and Ginny Ryan, and legendary New York City disc jockey Dan Ingram. The class of 2018 will be inducted at the New York Leadership and Hall of Fame Luncheon during the NAB Show NY at 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 18 at the Jacob Javits Center. NYSBA president David Donovan says, “The Class of 2018 represents the best in our profession. We are honored to induct these highly successful broadcasters into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame. They represent the best in radio and television.
iHeartMedia Second Quarter Financial Data Released. Filing its 10Q report with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals that iHeartMedia’s revenue for the second quarter of 2018 was basically flat – up 0.7% — at $1.6 billion, compared to $1.59 billion in the same period in 2017. Operating income was down 7.7%, dipping from $308 million a year ago to $285 million this year. iHeartMedia is not holding quarterly conference calls while the company is in Chapter 11 reorganization.
Middle Tennessee Radio Pro David Tower Dead. Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame member David Tower, a.k.a. David Milstead died on July 28 at age 78. He’d been inducted into the hall this past May. Tower was born in Orange, Texas in 1940 and came to Nashville in 1970 as a news reader for WMAK-AM. He rose to news director and began a career that would lead him to other Nashville radio stops including WYHY-FM “Y-107” and WLAC. In his later years, Tower worked as a real estate agent and lived in East Nashville.
Trump-Russia Investigation/Trump Calls to End Probe, Paul Manafort Trial, U.S. Immigration Policy, New China Tariffs, Economic Growth/Housing Starts Down, Midterm Races, California Wildfire, European Heatwave, and MLB Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (7/31). The Robert Mueller-led investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russia agents tied with President Trump’s demand Attorney General Jeff Sessions shut it down; the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort; the U.S.’s immigration and deportation policies; Trump threatens more tariffs on Chinese goods; the positive second quarter economic growth stats coupled with concerns about the decline in new housing starts; this fall’s midterm elections; the deadly California wildfire; the heatwave affecting Western Europe; and Major League Baseball action 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. Air personality Mel, a.k.a., Melissa Sorrentino is now music director and midday personality at Entercom’s alternative WQMP, Orlando “ALT 101.9.” She’s most recently been serving the company as programming assistant at alternative WSFS, Miami “104.3 The Shark.”…..Premiere Networks is celebrating the 25thanniversary of the rock prep service “Today’s Rock Facts.” The service was conceived by then-head of programming Bill Wise at MJI Broadcasting in 1993 with current Premiere senior director of rock programming and specials Sal Cirrincione and West Coast prep producer Dave Schulps. Premiere says highlights over the last 25 years include hundreds of interviews with every top act from AC/DC to ZZ Top; countless exclusive stories; and on-the-scene coverage of such memorable events as Led Zeppelin’s reunion show in 2007, Woodstock ’94 and ’99, Live Eight, and every Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and major awards show since the early ’90s…..SiriusXM is broadcasting performances and backstage interviews from Lollapalooza in Chicago on its Alt Nation channel. The broadcast will include interviews and live performances by Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Lil Uzi Vert, Post Malone, Portugal. The Man, CHVRCHES, The National, ODESZA, Walk The Moon, Manchester Orchestra, Khalid, Brockhampton, The Wombats, Jungle, Parquet Courts, lovelytheband, Sir Sly, and many more…..There are opportunities for air personalities at Service Broadcasting’s KRNB, Dallas “Smooth R&B 105.7.” The company says if you are a “multi-dimensional” and “multi-platform” talent ready to elevate your brand, career and creativity; if your passion for people, music, culture and community is unmatched; if you live, love, and breathe the “Smooth R&B” lifestyle, they want to talk to you. “Smooth Crew” candidates must possess a unique point of view and know how to connect with listeners, clients, partners, and team members to positively impact and enhance ratings, revenues and relationships. Send your audio, resume, references and social media success stories to: SBG HR manager Debbie Henry at jobs@KRNB.com. No phone calls please.