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| November 18, 2022

WPHT, Philadelphia Midday Star Dom Giordano is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. The “Dean of Philadelphia Talk Radio,” Dom Giordano is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Giordano is a former public school teacher considered one of the media’s leading advocates for education and activists for education reform. He has also been an outspoken voice of reason in the conversation about Philadelphia’s alarming crime, drug and homelessness problems. Harrison and moderate conservative Giordano take a deep-dive into these topics in addition to discussing fascinating post-midterms Pennsylvania politics as well as the strong possibility that the GOP and news/talk radio are approaching a major fork in the road regarding their support of baggage-laden Donald Trump versus rising new Republican stars such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Don’t miss this eye-opening conversation! To listen to the podcast in its entirety please click here.

Salem to Produce New Podcast Starring Suzanne Newman. A new podcast titled, “Answers for Elders,” hosted by Seattle-based radio personality Suzanne Newman is launching on Salem Media Group’s Salem says Newman is “an advertising executive turned family caregiver, whose mission is to provide education, help, and support to those who are experiencing their own unique journeys within the complicated world of Eldercare. Each week, Suzanne is joined by vetted professionals in over 65 categories including health and wellness, life changes, living options, money, law, and more.” Newman comments, “I made deeply personal decisions on behalf of my mother and I know how confusing this journey can be. Now, the passion that drives me every day is to empower families and seniors who are navigating similar circumstances. We are truly grateful for Answers for Elders’ partnership with the Senior Resource Podcast Network and Salem Media. It’s a relationship that we hope will serve as a powerful catalyst in bringing inspiration, education, and applicable solutions to millions of families.”

Harry Hurley Named to Insider NJ’s 2022 Insider 100 Power Publication. WPGG-AM, Atlantic City morning drive host Harry Hurley has once again been named to the Insider 100 Power Publication by Insider NJ. This year, Hurley is ranked #58 on the list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey politics. His entry reads: “No other radio host show in New Jersey covers politics as hyperactively as Hurley, who has earned the trust of key players in both parties while amplifying the concerns and troubles of regular voters. An asset to the state.” Congratulations to the hard-working “mayor” of Atlantic City.

RAB’s National Radio Talent System Announces Hubbard/MBA Talent Incubator at Lindenwood University. The Radio Advertising Bureau’s National Radio Talent System announces a relaunch of the original Missouri Broadcasters Association talent institute at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. Hubbard Radio and MBA are the underwriters for the institute that will take place in person July 17 – 26, 2023. The talent incubator spans ten days and is led by broadcast professionals that bring their real-world industry knowledge from around the state and country to educate students. RAB president and CEO Erica Farber says, “We are delighted to have the Missouri Broadcasters Association back as a partner along with Hubbard Radio. Collaborating with Mark Gordon at the MBA and a world-class broadcasting company like Hubbard Radio enables us to relaunch the program to further help develop the next generation of broadcasters.” Hubbard Radio St. Louis VP and market manager John Kijowski adds, “At Hubbard Radio St. Louis our mission is to make talent acquisition a priority. We develop leaders to build dominant brands that connect our audience, community and business partners. We are so pleased to partner with the MBA to sponsor the Radio Talent Institute.” As previously announced, Confer Radio Talent Institute, GAB Radio Talent Institute and Kellar Radio Talent Institute will also be returning in 2023 along with the inaugural IBA Radio Talent Institute.

Audacy Hartford Forms Severe Weather Alliance with FOX61. The Hartford radio stations owned by Audacy – including news/talk WTIC-AM – are collaborating with Tegna’s WTIC-TV “FOX61” in an effort to keep the public informed when severe weather hits the area. FOX61 says that the new FOX61 Audacy Hartford Severe Weather Network will combine the reach of FOX61 News and its digital platforms, including FOX61+ and the FOX61 News app, with four Audacy Hartford radio stations. FOX61 chief meteorologist Rachel Frank and the FOX61 Weather Watch team will be heard on the Audacy Connecticut stations, in addition to their extensive severe weather reporting on FOX61 and its platforms. The partnership will also feature on-the-scene reporting for radio listeners from members of the FOX61 News team. The launch of the FOX61 Audacy Hartford Severe Weather Network is planned for December 1. Audacy Hartford SVP and market manager Stephanie Perl says the partnership “exemplifies our dedication to serve our local community and underscores audio’s unique ability to serve as a lifelike for listeners in time of need.”

Colorful Radio Station Owner Michael Zwerling Announces That He Is Offering Heritage Talker KSCO, Santa Cruz for Sale. According to an extensive article published by the Times Publishing Group, Inc. of California’s Central Coast (and an advertising campaign in TALKERS) legendary broadcasting industry owner and personality Michael “MZ” Zwerling is offering KSCO and associated properties for sale after a 31-year stint at the operation’s helm. The article states, Michael Zwerling has been in love with KSCO since he was a high school kid broadcasting Santa Cruz High On The Air in the mid-1960s. As the station owner since 1991, he’s created a radio station that’s a voice for pretty much everyone. But now, at 71 — his birthday was Nov. 9 — he has a new love in his life, Amy Hao, co-host of the “China Watch” show on KSCO and a veteran traveler, and he wants to spend his time traveling with her. The couple, who met in 2019, are “totally into free speech,” Zwerling said. They recently returned from a two-week safari in Africa. “Amy’s not happy unless she’s traveling, and she wants to take me to all these places,” Zwerling said. That’s why he’s looking for a buyer for KSCO 1080 AM and its FM translators, along with sister station KOMY 1340, and the one-acre of flat land at 2300 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, overlooking Corcoran Lagoon. The asking price is $1.5 million cash for the two radio stations and the broadcasting business. The asking price is $6 million cash for the property, which includes the Art Deco studio building, garage, parking lot, concrete event patio, plus the three broadcast towers in the lagoon, which give the 10-kilowatt station the power of a 50-kilowatt station on dry land, according to Zwerling. To read the entire story, please click here. Photo: KSCO GM Michael Olson standing in front of KSCO’s historic Art Deco studios along Silicon Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Times Publishing Group.

The Midterm Results and the Congressional Leadership Combined as Top News/Talk Story for Week of November 14-18. The results of the midterm elections that saw the Democrats keep control of the Senate and Republicans take control of the House, combined with the maneuvering for the GOP Senate leadership role and new House Speaker were the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was former President Donald Trump’s announcement he’s running for president in 2024, followed by the state of the U.S. economy and the FTX Crash at #3. 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 See this week’s complete chart here.

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