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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

| November 30, 2022

MAJOR NEWS/TALK RADIO MILESTONE: “The Sean Hannity Show” Cracks 700 Affiliate Level.  History has been made today in the news/talk radio realm as Premiere Networks syndicated talk media superstar Sean Hannity reaches the 700th affiliate milestone. His program, “The Sean Hannity Show,” which celebrated its 20th anniversary in syndication last year, continues to be a leader in the talk radio format, attracting tens of millions of listeners and driving top ranks for stations nationwide. According to TALKERS data, Hannity is the most-listened-to talk radio host in the U.S. (TALKERS Estimetrix) as well as the most influential (TALKERS Heavy Hundred). For his work on the program, he has been honored with two NAB Marconi Awards for “Nationally Syndicated Personality of the Year” and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2017. “We couldn’t be happier to celebrate another impressive milestone with Sean,” says Julie Talbott, president of Premiere Networks. “There are very few people who have the talent to command an audience of this size for over two decades, while continuing to grow and set new benchmarks. Sean is one of the best in the business and this achievement is a credit to his passion and commitment to talk radio.” TALKERS founder Michael Harrison adds, “What’s so special about Sean Hannity is that he is not only the modern-day news/talk radio champion year after year, but he also holds that same distinction in the realm of cable news television as one of the pioneers and pillars of FOX News Channel. On top of that, he is a prolific best-selling author. This kind of multi-platform success is rare requiring an enormous amount of media skill and ability to engage on significantly separate levels of human wiring. Whether or not people in the talk media industries agree with his controversial political positions, we all owe Sean a debt of gratitude for raising the impact, prestige and influence of the American talk show business to both measurable and perceptual levels never before achieved by an individual performer and for his personal dedication to supporting the professional interests of each and every one of its players.”  For more information visit www.Hannity.com.

 

Cumulus Media and Signal Hill Insights Release Fall 2022 Podcast Report. The ninth edition of the Podcast Download Report from Cumulus Media, in partnership with Signal Hill Insights, is released. Cumulus says the ninth edition of the study examines weekly podcast listeners and is part of its commitment to share insights and research findings with the podcast community. A key finding of the Fall 2022 report is that podcast listeners have no problem listening to podcasts with language or content that might be considered objectionable on other media. Cumulus EVP, marketing and Westwood One president Suzanne Grimes says, “Our new Podcast Download Report reveals that podcast listeners are comfortable with the content they choose. Since listeners make a more active decision when choosing their podcasts, brand safety may be less of a concern with podcast advertising than with other forms of media.” Other highlights from the report include: 1) Watchable podcasts have grown in popularity. Driven by podcast newcomers, more listeners prefer podcasts with video they can actively watch or minimize, to listen in the background; 2) Podcast video is strong but not necessary for all podcasts. 43% of weekly podcast listeners still prefer audio-only podcasts. Some podcast genres, like True Crime, do better with listeners who prefer audio only; and 3) Weekly podcast listeners co-listen with their children. Half of weekly podcast listeners with children in their household say they have ever listened to podcasts with their children. 20% of weekly podcast listeners with children say they listen to podcasts with their children frequently. You can download the full report here.

 

Audacy Names Aaron Roberts Operations Manager for Sacramento Market. Radio programming pro Aaron Roberts is promoted to operations manager for Audacy’s Sacramento cluster that includes sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN 1320,” plus five music brands. In this role, Roberts will oversee content strategy, talent, operations and branding for the stations. He joined the cluster in August of this year as brand manager for “98 Rock” and “96.9 The Eagle,” and he will continue in those roles. Audacy Northern California RVP Stacey Kauffman says, “When we welcomed Aaron to our team in August, we were confident in his ability to position ‘98 Rock’ and ‘96.9 The Eagle’ for success. His experience and leadership style have done just that and we’re excited to have his oversight on our full suite of stations moving forward.”

 

Talkers Books Releases New Title by Dr. Murray Sabrin. The boutique book publishing arm of TALKERS magazine, Talkers Books, announces the release of From Immigrant to Public Intellectual: An American Story by prolific writer and popular news/talk radio guest, Dr. Murray Sabrin (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BMZ9WP1F). The new autobiographical book with a foreword by Michael Harrison is described as a truly American story about an immigrant child’s rise from humble beginnings in a family of Jewish Holocaust survivors from post-WWII Germany to forge a stellar career as an educator, author, political candidate, and influential “public intellectual.” Murray Sabrin explains libertarianism in plain language using his own life story set against a half-century backdrop of changing times. In 1997, Dr. Sabrin made New Jersey political history as the nominee of the Libertarian Party in the state’s gubernatorial election by being the first third-party candidate to gather enough support to meet the requirements for receiving matching funds and a place on the stage at all three debates with the two major party standard bearers. Murray Sabrin, Ph.D. is emeritus professor of finance, Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is considered a “public intellectual” for writing essays about the economy in scholarly and popular publications in addition to his numerous appearances during the past three decades as a talk media guest commenting on political and social issues. He is the author of Tax Free 2000Why the Federal Reserve Sucks; Universal Medical Care: From Conception to End-of-Life; Navigating the Boom/Bust Cycle; and most recently, The Finance of Health Care: Wellness and Innovative Approaches to Employee Medical Insurance. His commentaries can be followed at murraysabrin.substack.com. To arrange an interview with Dr. Murray Sabrin to discuss anything from his days as a student growing up in the Bronx during the JFK/LBJ era to his groundbreaking gubernatorial campaign to his present-day status as one of the leading libertarian thinkers and spokespersons in America with insights into inflation, crime, health care and U.S. involvement in foreign affairs – contact Victoria Jones at DC Radio Company.  917-865-3991 or victoria@dcradiocompany.com.

SiriusXM Commissions Two New Satellites. Satellite broadcaster SiriusXM announces that it has commissioned Maxar Technologies to build and deliver two new geostationary communications satellites for SiriusXM. The SXM-11 and -12 satellite orders increase the total number of space craft in development for SiriusXM by Maxar to four, following the 2021 agreement for the construction of SXM-9 and -10. SiriusXM SVP of satellite and terrestrial engineering and operations Bridget Neville says, “This investment reaffirms our commitment to satellite content delivery systems and cutting-edge technology. SXM-11 and -12, along with SXM-9 and -10, will allow us to innovate and improve our service offerings for subscribers and will extend the continuous and reliable delivery of our audio entertainment content.”

 

Trump in ’24/Legal Battles, Oath Keeper Conviction, Respect for Marriage Act, Congressional Leadership Maneuvering/Georgia Runoff, China Protests, Russia-Ukraine War, The Economy/Rail Strike, and World Cup Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/29). Former President Donald Trump’s announced run for the White House in 2024, his dinner meeting with Ye and White Nationalist Nick Fuentes, and his numerous legal battles; Oath Keepers Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs are convicted of seditious conspiracy in connection with January 6; the U.S. Senate passes the Respect for Marriage Act; the political maneuvering for leadership of the U.S. House in January and December’s runoff between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker; the protests against China’s zero-COVID strategies; Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and the political fight over U.S. aid to Ukraine; inflation, fears of a recession, the crypto plunge, and the deal to avert a nationwide rail strike; and the World Cup were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

 

The Radio Sales Arena is Changing and We Are On the Leading Edge. The key to sales growth in radio going forward is multi-platform digital marketing. In the coming decade, “radio” will simply be the engine driving an increasingly complex and sophisticated array of digitally powered platforms creating endless packages and options for the advertiser. The keys to success will be in branding that cuts through the noise and surgical targeting that delivers optimum efficiency for agencies that know exactly what they want. The Salem Media Group is leading the way and the opportunities for our sales team are endless. But, right now, we need that special individual who has the tools, the vision and the ambition to get it done. That one special person who truly “gets it.” Jerry Crowley, the longest-running GM in the nation’s largest market, says, “We want one outstanding seller who can take it to the moon! Compensation will reflect potential and performance – salary will range from 50k- 85k plus substantial bonuses and generous commissions.” Candidates should send cover letter and resume to Jerry Crowley, VP/GM, Salem Media Group, NY (WMCA 570am The Mission/WNYM 970am The Answer) at Jcrowley@nycradio.com.

Salem Media New York Seeks Production Director. News/talk “AM 970 The Answer” WNYM and Christian Teach & Talk “AM 570 & 102.3 FM The Mission” WMCA is seeking its next full-time production director. Candidates must be experienced and willing to work in our studios in Lower Manhattan, NYC. Interested candidates can apply directly on our corporate website here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

| November 29, 2022

RTDNA/Syracuse University Local News Diversity Study Finds Minority Workforce Up 2%. The latest RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Survey is complete and concludes that “minority journalists represent a growing number of employees in TV and radio newsrooms.” It finds that “the minority workforce in radio rose two points from last year to 17.8%. That’s the highest it’s been in the 28 years we’ve conducted the survey … and surpasses the previous high in 1998, when it hit 16%.” The study report – written by Bob Papper, adjunct professor of broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University, and Keren Henderson, associate professor of broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University – goes on to say, “Of course, the big, long-term picture for minorities in local radio news shows an industry well behind an ever-increasing minority population in the U.S. In radio news, historically, men have outnumbered women by about 50%. That trend has continued, with 60.5% men this year, compared to 39.5% women. That’s identical to last year. The difference is almost entirely among Whites, where the percentage is 63% men versus 37% women. That’s just a point closer than a year ago. With Hispanics, it’s 57% men and 43% women; African American women outnumber men, 51.8% to 48.2%; Asian American women way outnumber the men, 65.1% to 34.9%; and Native American men and women are exactly even at 50% each. The percentage of news staffs with minorities rose five points in the last year with every market size going up. As a percentage of the workforce, minorities rose two points from a year ago with all markets except major ones moving up at least a little. But while the percentage of minorities at non-commercial stations rose by almost three points, the percentage at commercial stations fell by 0.4. The bottom line here is that if it weren’t for non-commercial stations, American radio news would still look blindingly White.” You can see the study results here.

Google and iHeartMedia Settle Over Pixel 4 Testimonials. According to a report in BestMediaInfo, the Federal Trade Commission and several states announce settlements with Google and iHeartMedia over allegations of misleading radio spots for Google’s Pixel 4 cell phone. These settlements come after complaints that iHeartMedia radio personalities were paid to endorse the Pixel 4 phone even though the phone was not available and many of the personalities had never used it. To settle the matter, Google is paying $9 million dollars and iHeartMedia is paying $400,000. California Attorney General Rob Bonta is quoted saying, “Google tried to take shortcuts in advertising its products, and now it’s paying the price. Asking jockeys to share personal experiences about a product they had not used is misleading and a violation of state consumer protection laws.” One report notes that radio personalities read from a script that “included first-person language about using the phone’s camera to take photos at night for events like football games and meteor showers, as well as using the phone’s voice activation system,” even though they had never actually done so. Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Texas are the states that are part of the settlements.

KNX-AM/FM, Los Angeles to Present Live Town Hall on Fentanyl Crisis. Southern California all-news outlet KNX-AM/FM, Los Angeles is presenting a live town hall today (11/29) titled, “Deadly High: Teens and Fentanyl,” in response to the unprecedented crisis of teen overdoses. The one-hour program will take place in the Audacy SoundSpace on Los Angeles’s Miracle Mile and will be broadcast live on KNX News 97.1 FM, the Audacy app, and on video at KNXNews.com starting at 5:00 pm. KNX says that, fueled by social media distribution networks, fentanyl killed more than 1,600 people in Los Angeles County alone in the last year, sparking urgent warnings from local and federal officials. “Vicky Moore and Mike Simpson, hosts of “LA’s Morning News” on KNX, will be joined by Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent Alberto Carvalho along with survivors, experts, and dozens of local students to separate fact from misinformation for parents and teens desperate for answers.” Audacy Southern California regional president Jeff Federman adds, “There is no issue more pressing for the communities we serve. Fentanyl is killing our kids, and we want to use our agenda-setting KNX News platform to make sure teens and parents are aware of the dangers.”

Katz Media Group Raises More Than $47,000 for Broadcasters Foundation of America. The Broadcasters Foundation of America announces that Katz Media Group has raised more than $47,000 for the Foundation during Katz’s 12th annual companywide membership drive, bringing the total amount raised by Katz to nearly $450,000 since the drive’s inception. The Broadcasters Foundation provides aid ranging from medical care to financial assistance, whether it be monthly assistance from life-altering circumstances or a one-time emergency grant to help victims of natural disasters. This year, the Foundation says it will give away more than $1.8 million in monthly and emergency grants, including $85,000 to hurricane victims this fall. All money raised during Katz’s annual two-week campaign goes toward the Stu Olds Memorial Fund that commemorates Katz’s former CEO and directly helps a broadcasting colleague in need. Olds, as well as Katz’s current CEO, Mark Gray, and Leo MacCourtney, president of Katz Television Group, have served on the Foundation’s board of directors. Gray says, “As a longstanding board member, I have seen first-hand how the money raised helps broadcasters facing challenging times.  I’m incredibly proud of the enormous generosity of the Katz team and their continued support to honor Stu’s legacy and give back to those in our industry who need it most.”

TALKERS News Notes. Digital audio marketing pro Josh Yamuder joins Triton Digital as director of partnerships, programmatic marketplace. The company says this appointment “amplifies Triton Digital’s continued commitment to driving audience and revenue growth through digital audio.” Yamuder most recently served with Targetspot, where he was programmatic manager, North America…..WNYC Studios’ “Death, Sex & Money” presents a new three-episode series on “Estrangement,” spotlighting “personal stories of estrangement from friendships, family, and religion, and what comes after our closest relationships become the most distant.” Host Anna Sale “shares listeners’ stories of breaking apart, some by choice, others involuntarily and still desperately wishing for contact. Whether it’s cutting family ties, ending friendships, or leaving a religion, this three-part series explores the moments that led to estrangement, and explores what comes after – a search within, building new traditions or finding a chosen family.”…..AdLarge announces that the “Murder with My Husband” podcast joins its podcast sales network portfolio. “Murder with My Husband” is hosted by Payton and Garrett Moreland, with each story told by Payton, coupled with input and reactions from Garrett. The Morelands say, “We are very excited to be working together with the team of experts at AdLarge to elevate our podcast to the next level. This allows us to focus on our goals of honoring the victims in our stories and continuing to create and deliver exceptional content to all of our listeners.”

Midterm Election Aftermath/Warnock-Walker Race, Trump in ’24, China Protests, Respect for Marriage Act, Musk vs Apple, The Economy-Holiday Shopping, Extreme Weather for U.S. South, and World Cup Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/28). The maneuvering for U.S. House leadership, the lack of certification of November’s results in Arizona and Pennsylvania counties, and the runoff election between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker; Donald Trump’s bid for the White House in 2024 and his controversial dinner with Ye and White Nationalist Nick Fuentes; the protests taking place in China over its zero-COVID policy; the Respect for Marriage Act that would protect same-sex marriages; Elon Musk berates Apple for pulling most of its advertising from Twitter; inflation & concerns about a recession combined with the start to the holiday shopping season; the severe weather & tornadoes threatening the U.S. South; and the World Cup were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Monday, November 28, 2022

| November 28, 2022

Pending Business: Are You Truly Thankful? Radio sales pro Steve Lapa writes in today’s column that too many radio sellers and managers don’t make an effort to show clients that they are thankful for their business. He says, “The goal of keeping a business relationship alive and healthy is a lost skill in the online world of ‘send and delete.’ Trust me here, maintaining your business relationships is an always-on skill that needs constant feeding, especially this time of year.” Read his column here.

 

Monday Memo: Wait…What? Whatever you’re saying has lots of competition, especially this time of year, when everyone is so busy mentally. Consultant Holland Cooke cautions that “Whether you’re hosting a music or talk show or doing a newscast or podcast or writing commercial or promo copy, getting-heard has never been more challenging.” How-to? In this week’s column, HC says, “Clues are everywhere.” Read his column here.

 

iHeartMedia Connecticut Raises Funds and Collects Food for Connecticut Foodshare. Pictured above is WUCS-FM, Hartford “97-9 ESPN” talk host and former MLB star pitcher Rob Dibble (left) with friends at one of iHeartMedia Connecticut’s food drives that helped collect nearly 5,000 frozen turkeys, over 8,000 pounds of non-perishable food items and raised over $189,000 in monetary donations to benefit Connecticut Foodshare.

WSB’s Triple Team Traffic Food Drive Benefits Atlanta Community Food Bank. The photo above shows the WSB Triple Team Traffic crew out on the street helping to raise what would become a grand total of 11,356 pounds of food and thousands of dollars in monetary donations to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The donations gathered add up to 26,627 meals for the food insecure individuals in Georgia. WSB was one of four Cox Media Group Atlanta stations that held food drives to benefit the charity. CMG Atlanta VP and market manager Jaleigh Long comments, “This year’s partnership with Atlanta Community Food Bank and CMG is stronger than ever with nearly three times as many donations. We are thankful for our generous volunteers and listeners who served to make an impact for Atlantans facing hunger.”

Monsters in the Morning Unveil New Promo Photo. In the image above, WTKS-FM, Orlando’s Monsters in the Morning talk show – led by ringmaster Russ Rollins (center) – present their new publicity photo that’s a riff on the motif of the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Sports Talk Host Gerry Vaillancourt Dead at 72. The Charlotte Observer reports that longtime Charlotte sports media personality Gerry Vaillancourt, a.k.a., Gerry V, passed away on Sunday (11/27) at the age of 72. His daughter, Kelly Vaillancourt, said his death was the result of a heart condition that he’d been diagnosed with 25 years ago. She says, “We never thought he’d get 25 more years after that diagnosis. But he never did anything by the book. You never knew what you were in for each day with him, but you knew it was always going to be a good time.” Vaillancourt was part of the TV and radio team for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets from 1990 through 2002. He also hosted sports talk programming on WBT-AM/FM.

Trump in ’24-Ye & Fuentes Mar-a-Lago Dinner, New Congress/Warnock-Walker Runoff, The Economy, China COVID Protests, Russia-Ukraine War, Thanksgiving Holiday/Black Friday, and World Cup Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. Gauging how Republicans feel about former President Donald Trump’s bid for the White House in 2024 and the controversy over Trump’s dinner with Ye and White Nationalist Nick Fuentes; the jockeying for power ahead of the next Congress and the runoff election between Georgia U.S. Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker; inflation, supply chain issues and fears of a recession; the large-scale protests in China over the highly restrictive COVID lockdowns; Russia’s continued shelling in Ukraine; the Thanksgiving holiday and the beginning of the holiday shopping season; and the World Cup tournament were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

| November 23, 2022

Digital Marketing Expert Michael Ostrofsky Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. The fact that the mighty Walt Disney Company turned this week to its former CEO Bob Iger to set the company on a more productive path in generating revenue for its video streaming service Disney+ underscores the challenges even the largest and resource-rich companies face monetizing their digital platforms. Michael Ostrofsky, founder and CEO of Atlanta-based digital marketing firm, Lyke Media (LykeMedia.com), is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Ostrofsky is a four-decade veteran of Silicon Valley where he accrued an impressive track record for digital marketing innovation in a variety of diverse industries including Beringer Wine Estates, investment bank Hambrecht & Quist, and NCR Corporation, among others. Harrison and Ostrofsky talk about the challenges facing Disney, Twitter, and Facebook – relating their same issues to radio, television and newspapers, large and small. You don’t want to miss this! To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here.

Trespassing Charge Against Rhode Island Talk Host John DePetro Dropped. According to a report by WLNE-TV, Providence, the charge of trespassing against WNRI, Woonsocket talk host John DePetro has been dropped. The charge was the result of an incident in August of this year in which DePetro was producing a Facebook Live video outside the residence of Mark Perkins in the town of Warwick. The residence had been of interest to police who had previously searched the property as they investigated the disappearance of a woman named Charlotte Lester. On that day, DePetro approached Perkins to ask about Lester, the police were called and DePetro was charged with unlawfully going onto the property. The following day, DePetro returned to Perkins’ home but remained on the street as he videoed. This time, Perkins started a push lawn mower and attempted to run into DePetro with it. He was subsequently charged with simple assault, a charge that is still pending. Regarding the trespassing charge being dropped, DePetro says, “I respect our justice system and respect law enforcement, specifically the Warwick Police Department. The search for Charlotte Lester continues as I resume my efforts searching for answers into her disappearance.”

WOKV-FM, Jacksonville-Based Talk Host Mark Kaye to Present ‘Thanks-Gaffe-ing Countdown.’ Midday talk radio personality Mark Kaye is producing a holiday-themed countdown of the top 40 political gaffes of the year. Kaye – whose show is based at Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM, Jacksonville and is syndicated to CMG sister talkers WHIO-FM, Dayton; WDBO-FM, Orlando; KRMG-FM, Tulsa; and WGAU-AM, Athens, Georgia – says, “Back when I was hosting Top 40 morning shows we always ended the year with a music countdown special. People love those. I love them too! But we don’t play music, we mostly just play gaffes. So, I decided to create a Thanksgiving special where we countdown the top 40 gaffes of the past year. It was pretty easy to put together.” Kaye says the special show will feature “gaffes” from a variety of political figures over the past year. Not just Joe Biden, but others. He adds, “Joe Biden is clearly the ‘Gaffe-master,’ but we were blessed this year with the emergence of John Fetterman, the continued ridiculousness of Kamala Harris, and even the First Lady who has a couple of entries in this year’s countdown.” The special airs today (11/23) from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm ET.

KFI, Los Angeles’ 12th Annual Pastathon to Air on ‘Giving Tuesday.’ Next Tuesday (11/29), iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI, Los Angeles will host the 12th annual KFI PastaThon event benefitting Caterina’s Club. The KFI PastaThon is an annual event that encourages listeners to donate money, pasta, and sauce to benefit Caterina’s Club, a local charity that provides more than 25,000 nutritious meals every week to children in need in Southern California. The charity also helps families get back into stable home environments and teaches teens the skills they need to work in the hospitality industry. On ‘Giving Tuesday,’ KFI’s Tim Conway Jr will broadcast live from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Anaheim White House restaurant to bring the community together to collect funds, pasta, and sauce to help children in our local communities. KFI hosts including Bill Handel, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffmann, Shannon Farren, Mo Kelly, Dean Sharp, Neil Saavedra, and Wendy Walsh will promote the event on-air all week to drive donations. The 2021 event raised a record-breaking $1 million dollars and 115,000 pounds of pasta and sauce. Since 2010, this yearly event has raised over $4.6 million and 700,000 pounds of pasta and sauce for children in need in the community. KFI program director Robin Bertolucci says, “As we embark upon our 12th annual KFI PastaThon we know the need is bigger than ever but so are the hearts of our listeners and partners. Because of the incredible generosity of our listeners and partners like Barilla, Smart & Final and Wendy’s, Chef Bruno is feeding over 25,000 kids every week, and not only that, but he is also helping to break the cycle of poverty. Our goal this year is to once again raise over a million dollars to help Chef Bruno continue his mission.”

TALKERS News Notes. The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) announces that former WSBT-TV, South Bend, Indiana general manager Sally Brown was elected to the LABF board of directors during a recent board meeting. The highly respected broadcasting executive most recently served as the development officer on behalf of the organization. Brown has an extensive history in radio and television broadcasting. She began her career as an announcer at a South Bend, Indiana radio station while still in high school and went on to spend the next 30-plus years in the radio industry, holding positions in sales, sales management, and station management. The LABF also announced the following board members were elected to serve new three-year terms: April Carty-Sipp, John Dille, Jack Goodman (co-chair), Jim Morley, Patricia Smullin and Jeff Smulyan…..iHeartMedia announces that chairman & CEO Bob Pittman and COO & CFO Rich Bressler will participate in a question and answer session during the Wells Fargo TMT Summit on Wednesday, November 30 at 4:10 pm ET. A live webcast of the session will be available to the general public at the start of the session through a link on the Investors homepage of iHeartMedia’s website. A replay of the webcast will be available in the Events & Presentation section of iHeartMedia’s Investors homepage.

Midterm Aftermath, Trump in ‘24/Legal Issues, Virginia Walmart Slayings, Rail Strike Threat, Twitter, Iger Returns to Disney, and World Cup Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/22). The results of the midterm elections, the leadership of both parties, and lame duck politics; former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential ambitions and his numerous legal issues; at least six slain in Virginia Walmart shooting; the nationwide rail strike threat and the state of the economy; Elon Musk’s operation of Twitter; Disney brings Bob Iger back as CEO; and the World Cup in Qatar were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

| November 22, 2022

Lineup Tweaks at KMOX, St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting on the tweaks to the on-air lineup at Audacy’s news/talk KMOX, St. Louis in the wake of station legend Charlie Brennan’s retirement from KMOX last spring. The station is moving Kevin Wheeler from the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm show to Dave Glover’s afternoon drive program. Amy Marxkors and Chris Rongey will continue to host the midday show. Wheeler joins Glover and co-host Rachel Zimmerman in PM drive as Trish Gazall – who hosts on sister AC KEZK – reduces her appearances on Glover’s program to twice per week. Additionally, the station will do a crossover with Marxkors and Rongey staying on to join Glover and Wheeler for the 1:00 pm hour. Glover’s show ends at 5:00 pm when the station transitions to more news and interviews. KMOX program director Steve Moore says, “Stability is important, so we want to change as little as possible.” Moore tells the Post-Dispatch that the “Total Information” morning show continues with Debbie Monterrey, Tom Ackerman, and Megan Lynch hosting.

Jack Abernethy to Receive 2023 Golden Mike Award from Broadcasters Foundation of America. The 2023 Golden Mike Award will be presented to FOX Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy by the Broadcasters Foundation of America at its black-tie fundraiser on March 6, 2023, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Abernethy states, “I would like to thank Scott Herman, Tim McCarthy, and the Broadcasters Foundation board of directors for this prestigious Golden Mike Award and for their tremendous commitment to helping and supporting broadcasters in need across the country. Now, more than ever, we must help those in our industry who are facing challenging times so we can continue to encourage and foster the entrepreneurial spirit and journalistic dedication of local newsrooms, which are making an immeasurable impact in their respective communities.” The Broadcasters Foundation Golden Mike Award is presented annually to an individual for their excellence in and commitment to broadcasting, and their ongoing service to the community at large. The award ceremony and dinner attract a who’s who of broadcast media executives and celebrities. Previous recipients include entrepreneur and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg; chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., Bob Pittman; former Senator from Oregon and president of the National Association of Broadcasters, Gordon Smith; chairman and CEO of Nexstar Media Group, Inc., Perry Sook; chairman and co-CEO at Gray Television Inc., Hilton Howell, Jr., among others. This year’s host, presenters, and performer will be announced shortly.

TALKERS News Notes. Twin Cities news/talk WCCO-AM raised more than $333,000 to provide meals and care for those in need through its 20th annual “Hunger Mission Radiothon.” The amount raised during this year’s event, which benefits Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, brought the overall fundraising total to over $4.1 million since 2003. Audacy Minneapolis SVP and market manager Jeff Gonsales says, “This is yet another great example of how live and local radio can truly help change lives. We’re so proud of our team in helping share these inspiring stories, as well as our amazing fans for their incredible generosity in giving.”…..The WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta-based “Erick Erickson Show” recently helped raise $152,300 for the charity Hungry For A Day that provides Thanksgiving meals to families nationwide. The non-profit provides turkeys and sides for families in need and stocks local food pantries around the nation. Erickson tells TALKERS magazine, “We did it all in three hours of radio and an email push to listeners. I was floored. We raised $50,000 in just the first two hours of the show!”…..Stephanie Miller is making the video of her recent “Sexy Liberal Save Democracy Tour” appearance at Los Angeles’ Saban Theater available for fans to watch through January 1, 2023 for a fee of $20. Pictured at right is the cast of the show – including Miller, John Fugelsang, Hal Sparks and Frangela – along with special guests attorney & legal commentator Glenn Kirschner and director Rob Reiner.

Dr. Daliah Wachs Sponsors Scene in Charity’s Magical Forest. Pictured above is GCN-syndicated talk show host Dr. Daliah Wachs at the scene she is sponsoring at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest in Las Vegas. Dr. Wachs says that this event runs from Thanksgiving through the New Year to benefit Opportunity Village, which helps people with with intellectual disabilities and their families through enrichment, empowerment, and employment programs and services.

Trump in ‘24/Legal Issues, Midterms Aftermath, Colorado Shooting, The Economy/Rail Strike Threat, Twitter, Oath Keepers Trial, Russia-Ukraine War, Iger Returns to Disney, and World Cup Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/21). The announced run for president in 2024 by former President Donald Trump and his legal issues, including the appointment of special counsel Jack Smith; the results of the midterm elections that leave the Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate and the Republicans in control of the U.S. House as well as the December runoff election between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker; the deadly shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs; inflation, concerns about a recession and the threat of a U.S. rail strike; the state of Twitter in Elon Musk’s first month of ownership, including his giving Donald Trump and Ye permission to return; the trial of several Oath Keepers for seditious conspiracy in connection with January 6; Russia’s intensifying attacks on Ukraine; former CEO Bob Iger returns to lead Disney; and the World Cup in Qatar were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Monday, November 21, 2022

| November 21, 2022

Pending Business: Yellow Lights Ahead. Radio sales pro Steve Lapa writes in today’s column that predictions for this year’s holiday season are that consumers will be cautious and not spend as much as in recent seasons due to economic uncertainty. At the same time, retailers are less focused on creative marketing and are targeting consumers shopping based solely on the best price. With that in mind, Lapa offers some suggestions for radio sellers in this “yellow-light” economy. Read it here.

 

Monday Memo: Yes, Oldies. With many FMs already in all-Christmas mode, consultant Holland Cooke frets that “you’d think the Beach Boys only had one hit.” In this week’s column, HC notes how TV commercials and movies “continue to demonstrate the appeal of 60s and 70s music that AM/FM radio has relinquished to satellite radio and streams.” Read more here.

 

 

iHeartMedia Names Manny Munoz Midday Co-Host on News/Talk WIOD. Station personality Manny Munoz is named as co-host of the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon show on iHeartMedia’s WIOD-AM, “NewsRadio 610 AM,” effective January 9, 2023. In this role, Munoz will be responsible for producing and hosting WIOD’s new program. iHeartMedia says, “The show will focus on day-to-day life in South Florida and discuss the biggest news stories of the day, politics, current events and pop culture in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. A nationwide search is underway for a part-time midday co-host for Munoz.” Munoz takes over for Brian Mudd, who will continue as morning host and program director at WJNO-AM, in West Palm Beach “NewsRadio 1290.” Munoz has been with “NewsRadio 610 WIOD” for over two decades. He has served as executive producer, fill-in host, sports reporter, and side kick for “South Florida’s First News with Jimmy Cefalo” for the past 14 years. Munoz also contributes to programming on WINZ-AM “FOX Sports 940.” iHeartMedia Miami vice president of news and AM programming Grace Blazer says, “I’m excited for Manny to excel with this new midday opportunity. The search is on for the perfect partner who will complement Manny and provide great live and local content with a digital finesse for our South Florida audience.” Munoz says, “Born in Hialeah, raised in Kendall and living in Southwest Broward for the last 27 years, I’m excited for the opportunity to have a show focused on the issues that affect South Floridians on a daily basis. I can’t wait to meet my new partner so we can inform, entertain, and bring a smile to WIOD’s loyal listeners and invite new ears to join the show, too.”

Leo Laporte to Retire from The Tech Guy Program; Rich DeMuro to Transition as New Program Host. The host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated show “The Tech Guy” – Leo Laporte – announced to his audience on Saturday (11/19), that he is retiring from radio at the end of the year. His last show will be January 1, 2023. As part of his announcement, Laporte introduced his replacement: Emmy Award-winning television personality and podcaster Rich DeMuro, host of the popular “Rich On Tech” segment on KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles and the weekly podcast of the same name. DeMuro, who has guest hosted for Laporte on numerous occasions, will be integrated into “The Tech Guy” through the end of the year, which will lead into the launch of “Rich On Tech,” a new three-hour weekend radio program debuting Saturday, January 7, 2023. Laporte says, “After 46 years in radio, 19 of them as ‘The Tech Guy,’ I thought it would be nice to see what Sunday brunch is like. Fortunately, I won’t be leaving our audience in the lurch. Rich is the perfect guy to help people get the most out of technology. I’ll raise a mimosa in your honor, Rich.” Premiere Networks president Julie Talbott says, “Leo has been a trusted source of tech news and information for listeners across the country, and we’ve enjoyed a successful partnership with him for more than 15 years. We wish him all the best!  We also look forward to this new and exciting chapter with Rich DeMuro, who has built a loyal following across TV, audio and social media. We’re confident audiences will enjoy his smart and fresh take on the world of technology.”

FOX News Digital Tops Competition in Multiplatform Minutes and Views for October. Based on data from Comscore’s October ratings, FOX News Digital finished the month as the top-performing news organization in the competitive set in both multiplatform minutes and multiplatform views. FOX News Digital says that this marks 20 straight months as the number one news brand with multiplatform minutes. Looking at its performance versus CNN.com and NYTimes.com, FOX News Digital achieved more than 2.5 billion total multiplatform minutes compared to CNN.com’s 2.27 billion multiplatform minutes and NYTimes.com’s 1.3 billion multiplatform minutes. Looking at multiplatform views, FOX News Digital earned 1.5 billion compared to CNN.com’s 1.3 billion and NYTimes.com’s 1.28 billion. However, when it comes to multiplatform unique visitors (digital’s version of cume), CNN.com was the leader by a long shot with 111.8 million compared to NYTimes.com’s 80.8 million and FOX News Digital’s 80.1 million.

TALKERS News Notes. Columbus sports talk outlet WBNS-AM/FM recently celebrated its 100th year of service to the market. The stations – which are the flagship for Ohio State Buckeyes sports – are owned by Tegna. WBNS-AM was put on the air by the Wolfe family in 1922 and the calls stand for “Wolfe Banks News and Shoes” to promote the family’s various businesses. The Columbus Dispatch has a big piece on the anniversary and the stations’ history here…..FOX News Audio debuts season three of its FOX News Rewind series beginning today (11/21) with a six-part series focused on the financial crisis of 2008. Titled, “FOX News Rewind: Financial Crisis ‘08,” the podcast features financial experts who worked through the crisis, looking back on what transpired including Lehman Brothers bankruptcy examiner Anton Valukas, former governor of the Federal Reserve Randall Krozner, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Sheila Bair, among others. FOX Business Network host Charles Payne will front the podcast, while FOX News Media personalities including chief political anchor Bret Baier, SVP, anchor and managing editor of business news Neil Cavuto, “The Claman Countdown” anchor Liz Claman, “America Reports” co-anchor Sandra Smith and senior Congressional correspondent Chad Pergram will detail the ways the financial collapse was handled…..Boston public media firm GBH announces that Susan Goldberg is being named the next president and CEO of GBH. She is the first woman to hold this role since GBH was founded in 1951. From 2014 to 2022, Goldberg was editor-in-chief at National Geographic, taking on the additional role of editorial director in 2015. GBH board of trustees chair Ann Fudge says, “At a time when the media industry is changing at a rapid pace, Susan is a direct, focused, empathetic, and visionary leader who has the operational and editorial savvy to understand what resonates with our audiences, along with deep experience in executing a multi-platform transformation. She shares the core values of our organization – passionate about trusted journalism and its role in a free society, committed to building a diverse, people-driven organization, and an understanding of GBH’s role in the community. We are thrilled to welcome Susan to GBH.”

Trump in ’24, Special Counsel Appointed, Twitter, Midterms Aftermath, Deadly Colorado Shooting, Russia-Ukraine War, and the World Cup Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. Former President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s running for president in 2024; Attorney General Merrick Garland appoints Jack Smith special counsel to handle investigation of Donald Trump; Elon Musk opens the way for Trump to return to Twitter combined with the social media platform’s rapidly changing structure under Musk’s ownership; the politics surrounding the results of the midterm elections; the shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs that left four dead and many more wounded; Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine; and the World Cup begins in Qatar were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.