PPM Analysis: Public Radio News/Talk. Managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a review of the performances of radio stations based on data from the August 2018 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio, today focusing on public radio news/talk. This survey period was good to public radio news/talk as some 59% of stations went up (6+, weekly AQH share), with just 28% seeing some decline (the rest were flat). Year-over-year, about half the sample stations were up compared to last August and about half were down. Four public radio news/talk stations ranked #1 in their respective markets during the August 2018 PPM survey: KQED, San Francisco; KPBS, San Diego; KOPB, Portland; and WUNC, Raleigh. See Kinosian’s entire report here.
WGOW-FM, Chattanooga Midday Talker Brian Joyce Moves to AM Show. Pictured above is Cumulus Media talk show host Brian Joyce (center) with his new co-hosts Jim Reynolds (left) and PD/news director Kevin West (right). Joyce is now part of “The Morning Press” after serving as midday personality for the past several years. He’ll continue to host both shows while “Talk Radio 102.3 FM” searches for a replacement for the midday show. Longtime WGOW morning personality Jeff Styles exited the station recently after an altercation with another motorist led to his arrest on assault charges for which he’s currently awaiting trial.
Westwood One Podcast Network Home to New Jim Rome Podcast. This new podcast starring sports talker Jim Rome is called RPO – for Rome Pryce Opinion (a play on run pass option) – and also features former NFL star Trevor Pryce. Rome’s daily sports talk radio show is heard on the CBS Sports Radio Network but this podcast is being produced by Westwood One. The program will “feature Rome and Pryce’s takes on the events and activities of the 2018 NFL season and will offer insight on how an NFL player may be experiencing the season as it unfolds.” New episodes of this 20-week series will drop every Monday during the NFL season through Super Bowl LIII. The episodes will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Radio.com, CBS Sports Radio’s website, and the Westwood One Podcast Network website and app. Rome says, “I have always worked alone but when the opportunity to work with a two-time Super Bowl winner and a presence like Trevor Pryce presented itself, I jumped. He’s hungry, fearless and has takes for days. This one is a no-brainer and I know it’s going to deliver.”
TALKERS News Notes. A new podcast from PodcastOne will launch on September 17 called “Divorce Sucks!” hosted by family law attorney, author and founder of divorce platform It’s Over Easy, Laura Wasser. New shows will be released weekly. Wasser is well-known as an advocate for settlements and co-parenting and she provides relatable challenges, advice, inspiration, and solutions. She’s known for her high-profile and celebrity clientele and her first guest on the September 17 debut is Kris Jenner…..In El Paso, Grupo Radio Centro is flipping KQBU from regional Mexican to sports talk as “Lone Star Sports 920 AM.” The station is using programming from CBS Sports Radio and is airing play-by-play for Houston Texans and Houston Astros games.
Hurricane Florence and Trump Puerto Rico Statement Tie for Top News/Talk Story for Week of September 10-14. The anticipation of Hurricane Florence and President Trump’s dispute of the death count in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria were the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the new Bob Woodward book, Fear: Trump in the White House, tied with the controversial NYT op-ed piece. Coming in at #3 was the Robert Mueller-led investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents, followed by the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination at #4. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio this week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It’s published every Friday at Talkers.com. View the entire chart here.
Veteran Radio News Exec Harvey Nagler Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. Recently retired, longtime CBS News Radio vice president Harvey Nagler is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Harrison and Nagler discuss this week’s hot news regarding journalism, politics and media, including the anonymous op-ed piece in The New York Times, the new Bob Woodward book Fear, and the #MeToo resignation of CBS CEO Les Moonves. This fascinating dissection of the state of the news business in the era of Donald Trump is another must-listen in this highly acclaimed series. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com.
Fantastic News Anchor Opportunity at WPTF, Raleigh. This is a morning news anchor position at Curtis Media Group’s heritage news/talk WPTF, Raleigh. The station says, “‘The Triangle’s Morning News’ anchor will have a demonstrated record of excellent news judgment, strong writing skills that bring life to our news stories, and a keen appreciation for connection to our listeners! The ‘star’ of our morning show is breaking news, extended weather, and the most frequent and in-depth traffic reports to service our growing Raleigh area, but we also need great presence to keep this high-paced show on track with a real touch of likeable personality to guide the busy mornings of our region. Our candidate will have a strong work ethic with the ability to plan shows in advance as well as conduct and prepare interviews for air at any time. To be clear, the morning anchor is responsible for the generation and preparation of content on the ‘TMN.’ The anchor will have a strong commitment to quality execution of the product being delivered to the listener.” Interested broadcasters should submit their air checks and resumes to: Rick Martinez at: firstname.lastname@example.org and Liza Weidle at: email@example.com.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. A number of changes take place at Entercom’s Milwaukee operations. First, Molly Cruz – currently midday personality and APD/MD at hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” – adds APD and music director responsibilities for sister CHR WXSS “103.7 KISS-FM.” Weekend personality JMatt moves up to midday host on WXSS. He’ll also serve as digital program director for the entire cluster – including sports talk WSSP-AM/W289CB “105.7 The Fan.” Finally, Aaron Carreno is named the afternoon drive host for WMYX, handling the 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift. Entercom Milwaukee SVP and market manager Chuck Sullivan states, “Big things are happening in the Milwaukee cluster. Molly is ready to dominate her expanded role as assistant program director and music director. Aaron is a top-notch personality whose experience will bring improvement to The Mix’s afternoon drive. And JMatt is going to take our cluster to new heights from a digital perspective.”…..CMT personality Cody Alan is pictured below with Carrie Underwood during her visit to his Nashville studio to promote the release of her new album, Cry Pretty.