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British Podcast Captures Flavor of Talkers 2017: A New Era. The 20th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important national convention held this past Friday (6/2) in New York City is now another colorful page in American radio history. Those who were not able to attend Talkers 2017: A New Era will have the opportunity to experience its sessions shortly when the videos are posted on Talkers.com within the next two weeks. Meantime, noted British talk show host Graham Mack of BOB-FM in the London metropolitan area (and host of “London Calling” on TalkersRadio) attended the convention and has produced a very interesting and informative podcast overview of its flavor and American talk radio in general. In the 43:18 podcast, Mack interviews attendees Michael Harrison of TALKERS; Phil Boyce of Salem Radio Network; Chris Stigall of WPHT, Philadelphia; Harry Hurley of WPGG, Atlantic City; Thom Hartmann of WYD Media; Tom Leykis of The New Normal; Norm Pattiz of PodcastOne; Mike Francesa of WFAN, New York; and emerging new talk star, Beth Liebling (“Love and Laughter with Beth”) of ESPN, Houston. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here. For more coverage of Talkers 2017: A New Era please scroll down to stories published earlier this week. Immediately below: new photos from the event.
Vince Benedetto of Bold Gold Media Group (l) and Ron Hartenbaum of DGital Media (r) discussing talk radio’s multi-platform reach. Photo by Don Hurley.
Ethan Bearman of KGO San Francisco (l) and Craig Schwalb of WABC, New York (r) discussing radio branding beyond the AM/FM dial. Photo by Don Hurley.
Former U.S. Congressman turned syndicated talk show host on Salem Radio Network, Joe Walsh addressing convention. Photo by Don Hurley.
JERSEY BOYS: Paul Rotella, president of the New Jersey Broadcasters Association (l); Harry Hurley, morning host, WPGG, Atlantic City (c); and Chris Coleman, brand manager/production director/host, Townsquare Media, Atlantic City. Photo by Don Hurley.
Steve Jones (l), Julie Talbott (c) and Mike McVay discussing the challenges and opportunities facing today’s talk radio. Photo by Matthew B. Harrison.
Bill Tucker of Newsmax TV addressing closing cocktail reception. Photo by Matthew B. Harrison.
Renee Cassis (l) and Peter Doyle (r) of the Broadcasters Foundation of America schmoozing at the “Breakfast with Hannity” morning social. Photo by Matthew B. Harrison.
SVP/programming, Hubbard Radio, Greg Strassell addressing the convention. Photo by Don Hurley.
Doug Stephan (r) broadcasting the Talk Radio Countdown Show live from the Comrex display. Also pictured, Comrex VP Chris Crump (l). Photo by Matthew B. Harrison.
Everyone loved the new venue – especially the convention speakers whose headshots wound up gracing the 24 portholes in the street level doors to the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. Photo by Matthew B. Harrison.
RTDNA: Local News by the Numbers. The latest data from the RTDNA’s Newsroom Research Project by Hofstra University professor emeritus Bob Papper is published. It looks at the amount of local news being aired on television and radio stations and compares it to past levels of news content as well as plans by stations to increase or decrease news content in the future. Regarding radio, Papper reports that the overall percentage of stations airing news is up just over a percentage point compared to last year. Papper writes, “The difficulty in tracking the amount of local news is the variance that some all news stations can bring to the data. Looks like we have one or two fewer major market all news or news/talk stations this year. Still, overall, the numbers are fairly similar to the last few years. The weekday average rose by 8 minutes; the median went up by 7. Numbers plunged on the weekend, which is where we really see the loss of those all news and news/talk stations.” When it comes to adding news content over the past year, the report indicates “commercial stations were almost twice as likely as non-commercial stations to have added a newscast in the past year. Generally, the smaller the market but the bigger the local group, the more likely to have added a newscast. All market sizes were about the same except major markets, which were noticeably less likely to have added a newscast. Geography made no difference. The percentage of stations cutting a newscast fell 1.2 from a year ago. Commercial stations were almost twice as likely as non-commercial ones to cut a newscast. Generally, the smaller the market, the more likely that a station cut a newscast. Stations in the West were much more likely to have cut a newscast. Note that more than two-thirds of stations neither added nor cut a newscast. The number rose to around 80% for major markets and non-commercial stations. Local groups of three or more stations were more likely to have added and/or cut than standalone stations or combos.” See the entire report here.
Radio Ad Study Quantifies Recall and Effectiveness. In a Westwood One blog, Local Ad Recall CEO Tom Meyer reports the conclusions from his company’s recent work studying the impact of radio advertising. A number of the conclusions that Meyer comes to are not surprising to radio pros; they’ve been promoted as the foundation of radio advertising effectiveness for years. They include (in no particular order) that: radio advertising helps build brand awareness – more than five times as effectively as those not using radio; radio ads work better when building brand awareness rather than focusing on price or item-specific messaging; using “real people” to tell the story is most effective; and radio personality endorsements help build trust. See the blog post here.
PwC Releases Latest Forecast of Advertising and Consumer Spending. The 18th annual edition of this study is called, Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017-2021, and it contains “in-depth analysis and historical and forecast data for advertising and consumer/end-user spending in 17 major industry segments across 54 countries.” The company’s look at the U.S. radio market forecasts that over-the-air advertising on commercial radio will increase by $349 million from 2016 through 2021 – hitting the $16.63 billion mark in 2021. Terrestrial radio’s online advertising – sitting at $1.35 billion in 2016 – is expected to rise to $2.04 billion by 2021. See more here.
WXYT-FM, Detroit Partners ‘Bogey’ with ‘Wojo.’ Detroit sports talker WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” names staff air talent Kyle Bogenschutz to the evening show with current host Bob Wojnowski for the “Wojo and Bogey Show.” The station says that Bogenschutz will also host the “Pistons Weekly” program beginning Thursday (6/8) 8:00 pm. WXYT-FM program director Jimmy Powers states, “Kyle has emerged as a hard-working, talented sports personality in Detroit and we are excited to have him join Wojo each weeknight. If Kyle didn’t go into broadcasting, he wanted to be a basketball coach, so his passion for the game makes him the perfect fit for the ‘Pistons Weekly’ show.” Bogenschutz began his career in 2010 as a sports talk host at WTKA-AM. Ann Arbor. He joined ‘The Ticket’ in 2014 as a sports update reporter. In 2016 he was promoted to nights and weekends as a show host.
Thursday’s Testimony from James Comey, Middle East Diplomatic Crisis-Russian Hacking Allegations, Paris Climate Accord Exit, London Terror Attacks Aftermath, Trump-Sessions Relationship, Haley’s U.N. Security Council Demands, Mischa Barton Revenge Porn Victory, MLB Action, and NBA-NHL Finals Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (6/6). Tomorrow’s testimony before a senate subcommittee by former FBI Director James Comey; the diplomatic crisis in the Middle East and allegations that fake news planted by Russian hackers suggests Qatar is in league with ISIS; the U.S.’s exit from the Paris Climate Accord; the political fallout from the London terror attacks and questions about anti-terrorism effectiveness; speculation about President Donald Trump’s relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions; UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s criticism of the UN Security Council’s anti-Israel stance; actress Mischa Barton wins revenge porn court case against former boyfriend; MLB action; and the NBA and NHL finals 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. In Knoxville, the morning duo of Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer are going to step away from radio after a 20-year run as the morning show team on Cumulus Media’s country WIVK. The company says that Andy & Alison will stay on the air until a replacement morning show is named. The duo has garnered a combined 10 CMA and ACM morning show awards…..Broadway Media’s country KEGA, Salt Lake City “101.5 The Eagle” announces its new lineup. The station is airing Sun Broadcast Group’s “The Fitz Show” for mornings, Monroe moves to the midday show and Shotgun Jackson moves from middays to afternoon drive…..Rumors of staff cuts at the Philadelphia cluster of CBS RADIO appear to be true as classic hits afternoon personality Cadillac Jack exits the station. Other staffers have also been let go, including two promotions directors, but those have yet to be confirmed.