NOW POSTED: New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” The vibrant one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC (10/18). The new episode titled “Quid Pro Schmo!,” looks back at this past week of October 14-18, 2019 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS magazine; Harry Hurley, talk show host WPG, Atlantic City, NJ; Michael Zwerling, talk show host/owner, KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; Richard Neer, talk show host, WFAN, New York; and Marianne Williamson, author/presidential candidate. This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs on WONK-FM on Friday afternoons between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm as well as other stations around the country including KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; and KBKW, Aberdeen, WA as a special week-in-review and during the weekend on the Virginia Talk Radio Network as well as Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA and the iHeartRadio App. To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here. To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.
Entercom Expands Distribution Footprint for RADIO.COM. As explained by Entercom VP corporate business development David Rosenbloom, the company’s goal for RADIO.COM is to get it on as many platforms as possible. He says, “We are committed to our position as a premiere destination for live and on-demand audio news, entertainment, music, and sports content in the U.S. The partnerships with Autonomic Controls, DTS Play-Fi, and BluOS mark yet another expansion to the distribution footprint for RADIO.COM, ensuring that we are delivering the audio content our listeners want wherever and however they want it.” These deals mean Autonomic Controls and BluOS will fully integrate RADIO.COM and their audio content throughout the entire home via Autonomic’s Tune Bridge application and any speakers or amplifiers from NAD Electronics, Bluesound, and DALI Loudspeakers that contain the BluOS platform. DTS Play-Fi users will have access to RADIO.COM on more than 200 products across 30 brands in the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem, including Onkyo, Pioneer, Klipsch, and Dish TV, among others. Entercom says these platforms “join a roster of home and auto-connected devices that carry RADIO.COM, including Amazon Echo, Amazon FireTV, Sonos, Roku, Google Home, Google Chromecast, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and many more.”
Beasley Names Todd Handy Chief Digital Officer. This is a newly created position at Beasley Media Group that Todd Handy will assume on November 1. Beasley says Handy has “been at the forefront of the digital media space for more than a decade, having spent six years in local media responsible for sales, advertising strategy and products, ad operations and analytics, programmatic sales and native advertising. Most recently he was vice president of digital media & ad tech at MarketStar. Handy currently is a member of the Dream Local Digital board of directors. Handy says, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to join Beasley Media Group in this role. I’ve been impressed by the alignment and focus of the executive team and know of Caroline’s commitment to diversifying revenue and growing the company overall. I look forward to bringing my prior experience together with Beasley’s people, culture, and properties to develop solutions that will benefit our listeners, advertisers, and employees. I can’t wait to get started!”
Salem Radio Network Covers Texas Trump Rally. Pictured above is Salem Radio Network White House correspondent Greg Clugson reporting from the American Airlines Center in Dallas where President Trump held a “Keep America Great” rally on Thursday night (1017). Clugson filed stories for Salem Radio Network News and TOWNHALL News.
Impeachment Inquiry/Ukraine Scandal Top News/Talk Story for Week of October 14-18. The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump and the related Ukraine scandal involving Hunter and Joe Biden and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria. Coming in at #3 was the 2020 presidential race and the related Democratic debate, followed by health care reform and climate change 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. See this week’s entire chart here.
TALKERS News Notes. Reality TV star Paul Teutul Sr. is launching a new podcast titled, “Behind the Scenes at OCC” that features the crew at Orange County Choppers. The show digs into decades of behind-the-scenes stories as the crew reminisces through experiences, encounters, builds, and shop drama to give listeners the OCC lore that made the TV show famous. It also promises to tell the stories of the numerous celebrities who’ve had bikes built for them, including Adam Carolla and Steven Tyler. The program is managed by Steve Lapa and Lapcom Communications and is produced and distributed by DAX/Global in partnership with The Podglomerate…..ESPN Radio is broadcasting the World Series presented by YouTube TV. Dan Shulman calls the action for the ninth consecutive season. He’s being joined by analyst Chris Singleton and reporter Buster Olney. Commentators Marc Kestecher, Kevin Winter, and Tim Kurkjian host the hour-long pregame shows prior to each game.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. In the Fayetteville market, Beasley Media Group promotes Gregory “G Moniy” Johnson to afternoon drive at hip hop WZFX, Whiteville “Foxy 99.” Johnson has been with the company since 2006, most recently as a part-time air personality. Beasley Media Group Fayetteville VP and market manager Kent Dunn says, “It’s great to see talent grow from within. G has demonstrated with his on-air talent that he is the right candidate for the new role. We all look forward in seeing G grow!”…..Curtis Media Group names Brandon Fanney general sales manager for CHR duo WWPL-FM and WPLW-FM, Raleigh “96.9 & 102.5 Pulse FM” and hot AC WPLW-AM/W225DF “92.9 Star FM.” Fanney was most recently VP/sales at Voice Media. Curtis Media Group president/COO Trip Savery comments, “We are very pleased to welcome Brandon to Curtis Media Group. His experiences working on successful campaigns with local businesses in markets across the region will serve him well as he begins this new role in the Triangle.”.….Pictured below is Premiere Networks personality Amy Brown (right) with Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth (left) on the “4 Things with Amy Brown.” Chenoweth discussed her new hit album, “For The Girls” (Concord Records) – a heart felt tribute to some of the great female singers who have influenced her, including: Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, and Judy Garland.