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Beasley WMJX-WBZ-FM Exchange Is Complete. The asset exchange between Beasley Broadcast Group and Entercom Communications, in which Beasley gave hot AC WMJX, Boston and $12 million cash to Entercom in exchange for sports talk WBZ-FM, Boston “98.5 The Sports Hub,” is complete. Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley comments, “The addition of WBZ-FM to our broadcast portfolio highlights Beasley’s focus on premium local programming and content and is complementary to our five other radio stations and digital operations in the Boston market. Throughout Beasley Broadcast Group’s 56-year history, we have actively managed our station portfolio with the goal of serving the communities where we operate with the best local programming and brands, diversifying our operations, managing risk and improving financial results. The addition of WBZ-FM to our portfolio addresses all of these strategic objectives as it strengthens our company’s presence and commitment to locally originated content in the Boston market.”
WABC, New York’s Curtis Sliwa Says Goal Is to Be on the Radio for Christmas. The WABC, New York radio personality recently underwent an eight-hour surgical procedure for Crohn’s disease that resulted in the removal of half of his small intestines and half of his large intestines. Curtis Sliwa tells TALKERS magazine, “I am now taking fentanyl for the pain relief – which is 10 times more powerful than morphine. The goal – as I continue to receive blood transfusions and get fed through an IV – is to be home for Christmas. The surgeons all said that they would be home for Christmas with their families and they agreed that the goal for me should be likewise. Many of our listeners on Christmas have only their terrestrial radio as their friends. Many are older, single, or are shut-ins. Without radio they would be super-depressed. It is for some their only friend. This Christmas will mark 27 years in talk radio for me. I will do a live program with my family on air and in the WABC studios. I’m lucky to be alive and I want to share my Christmas with all those who have no one to share their Christmas with.”
CBS Sports Radio Network to Launch New ‘Taz and the Moose’ Morning Show. The new “Taz and the Moose” show will replace the current “Gio and Jones” program in the 6:00 am to 9:00 am daypart on the network. CBS SPORTS RADIO says the new block of “entertaining, energetic, and engaging sports talk” will be anchored by professional wrestling world heavyweight champion and popular podcast host Taz, a.k.a. Pete Senerchia, and CBS SPORTS RADIO talent and TV host Marc “The Moose” Malusis. Gregg Giannotti of “Gio and Jones” is joining Boomer Esiason for mornings on WFAN, New York, effective in January. CBS SPORTS RADIO director of programming Eric Spitz states, “We’re extremely excited for the debut of ‘Taz and the Moose.’ As the host of an extremely successful podcast, Taz has done an amazing job of transitioning from a successful career as a professional wrestler into sports broadcasting. Moose has hosted two popular weekend shows on CBS SPORTS RADIO since our launch five years ago. I know he is ready for this opportunity.”
Michael Harrison Says “Radio Is Now a State of Mind” in TechRepublic Video. According to TALKERS founder Michael Harrison, the culturally iconic paradigm of “radio” being a closed system consisting of a production company that produces and broadcasts a linear procession of scheduled programs in standardized parcels of time from a local building via a transmitter and tower to a specialized appliance with the capacity of AM/FM reception on a specific frequency licensed by the government is a limited and archaic definition of the term as it applies to the process of popular news, sports and entertainment audio broadcasting in the modern era. In an exclusive video interview conducted by CBS Interactive senior reporter Dan Patterson for Tech Republic posted yesterday (12/19), Harrison says the aforementioned system still has some life in it in terms of audience and revenue but it is increasingly fading on both counts with each passing year in the digital era. It is being replaced by the digital extensions of the original concept that include podcasting, on demand programming and a multi-channel array of branded programs that enjoy the non-standardized and unlimited manipulation of space and time. Harrison says the traditional concept of “radio” that most of its practitioners and fans grew up with is now basically “a state of mind” that simply influences the spirit and flavor of a far more diverse set of products and listening methods. The challenge facing the radio business at this time is dealing with stifling debt accrued during the waning years of the analogue era while comfortably transitioning into a digital revenue model. “The digital age has made it difficult for all media that sells advertising to evolve into the new business model,” Harrison says. “It’s much more difficult to sell advertising for the same amount of money.” He adds, “We haven’t really come up with a way yet to comfortably embed advertising into the digital space. It’s very obtrusive. It’s annoying.” Harrison suggests, “For radio shows to be successful in today’s digital age, they must target an audience that is underserved and passionate about a particular topic and then gain credibility with them. All of the content must be pertinent, good, and credible for people to believe in it.” Harrison sums it up, “The good news for people looking to get into the radio business is that it’s easier than ever to get your foot in the door with the technology that is available today. However, the bad news is that it’s much more difficult to fight through the noise to make your voice heard and brand gain traction. For just engaging an audience, the bar has never been higher.” To view the interview in its entirety, please click here.
GOP Tax Reform Plan, Amtrak Crash, North Korea Nukes/WannaCry, Trump Approval Rating/Hillary Favorable Rating, Jerusalem Capital Recognition, Sexual Misconduct Cases, California Wildfires, and NFL and NBA Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/19). The Senate passes the Republican tax reform plan; the investigation into the deadly Amtrak crash in Washington state; North Korea’s nuclear threats and the U.S. government’s blaming the hermit kingdom for the WannaCry computer virus; President Trump’s approval rating sinks to 35% and Hillary Clinton’s favorability rating dips to 36%; U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley warns nations U.S. is “taking names” of those voting for resolution against U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; the ongoing discussion about sexual misconduct; the status of the Southern California wildfires; and NFL and NBA action 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. Programming changes take place at Radio One’s Philadelphia operation as urban contemporary WRNB adds new drive time shows. Beginning January 4, “The Quincy Harris Morning Show with K Foxx” and “The DL Hughley Show” join the roster for mornings and afternoons, respectively. Radio One says Quincy Harris is returning to radio after 15 years. He’s been serving with WTXF-TV, Philadelphia “FOX 29” on the “Good Day Philadelphia” show. Now, after two seasons on that program, Harris is hosting his own “FOX 29” show “The Q” weekdays at 12:00 noon. A statement from the company says, “For the past two years, WRNB programming has ranked 13th to 16th in the 25-54 demo. Although we share in our listeners’ admiration for our impacted talent, as this change wasn’t easy for us either, it is critical that we take calculated risks to re-imagine and reposition this station for long-term success. Radio One’s commitment to the Black community is unwavering. In fact, it is the impetus for our changes and the passion that drives our work daily.”…..At Riviera Broadcasting’s adult contemporary KOAI, Sun City West/K235CB, Chandler “Oasis 95.1 & 94.9” (Phoenix market), Monica Nelson returns to the station to host the 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm show. Director of operations Marc Young comments, “We are excited to welcome Monica back to our company after a brief hiatus. Monica is beloved for her sincere connection to the community and her fans. Her wit, humor, and real-life experiences will once again be enriching the Phoenix radio airwaves.”…..WAY-FM, Louisville adds Ben Smith as community impact director/operations coordinator. Smith has most recently served with Thy Word Radio Network in Evansville, Indiana…..iHeartMedia names Pedro Javier González has been SVP of programming for iHeartLatino. González reports to Enrique Santos, chairman and chief creative officer for iHeartLatino and Brad Hardin, EVP and general manager for iHeartMedia’s national programming group.
Craig Carton to Launch Podcast. While battling federal fraud charges in connection with allegedly operating a Ponzi scheme, former WFAN, New York morning personality Craig Carton will keep his talk skills sharp via a new podcast he’s calling, “Hello, My Name is Craig.” As reported by the Bergen Record, Carton announced the new venture via his website and says he’ll post a new episode on Monday, December 4. He made the following statement: “I’m so thankful for all my family, friends and fans that have stuck with me and reached out, as well as to the podcast’s sponsor Adorama, as we start on this new journey. It feels great to be able to broadcast again and bring listeners stories of some amazing people who will talk about their journeys of determination, decisiveness, recovery, success and failure. I’ve missed doing it and am looking forward to bringing my perspective to the website everyday with some fresh content and the weekly podcast.”
TALKERS News Notes. Talk radio star Glenn Beck announces a new CEO for his charity The Nazarene Fund, that raises funds to rescue and provide aid to persecuted Christians. Tim Ballard, who is founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, will serve as CEO for The Nazarene Fund. Operation Underground Railroad “supports law enforcement agencies around the world in the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been kidnapped, trafficked and otherwise exploited.” TheBlaze reports that Beck has “set a goal to raise $25 million in the next 12 months to help stop the persecution of Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities throughout the world.”…..The Radio Television Digital News Association announces the recipients of its annual scholarship awards for college students intent on entering the news field. Eleven students received awards this fall. See the list of winners and their profiles here.
GOP Tax Reform Plan, Mueller Investigation/Flynn Cooperation, Roy Moore Case/DC Sexual Impropriety Allegations, CFPB Controversy, Trump ‘Pocahontas’ Comment, Black Friday/Cyber Monday, Prince Harry-Meghan Markle Engagement, College Football Playoffs Scenarios, NFL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/27). The Republican-authored tax reform plan; the Robert Mueller investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents and the possibility of former national security adviser Michael Flynn cooperating with Mueller; the allegations of sexual predation against Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and the sexual impropriety accusations against Senator Al Franken and Congressman John Conyers; the fate of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; President Trump’s Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ joke during a ceremony honoring Navajo ‘code talkers’; the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping events; Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle announce engagement; the possible scenarios for the four-team College Football Playoff tournament; and the weekend’s NFL action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
‘Holiday Magic Coast Style’ Returns to Benefit Veterans Hospitals. The holiday album “Holiday Magic Coast Style” – charity album made available by “Coast to Coast AM” – is available again this year. The record features traditional holiday songs and its sale benefits various veterans hospitals across the U.S. Artists on the recording are fan-favorite guests of the Premiere Networks nationally syndicated radio program, including: best-selling author Whitley Strieber, author and paranormal expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley, paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren, UFO Phil, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, actor/singer Pat Boone and others. “Coast to Coast AM” host George Noory also performs a special rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
Music Radio News and Career Moves. Washington, DC CHR WIHT “HOT 99.5” has a new program director as Rob Kruz moves from iHeartMedia’s CHR WFLZ, Tampa to the Nation’s Capital, effective December 18. This is a return to Washington for Kruz who previously was evening personality on WIHT and later served as program director and afternoon personality at the company’s WZFT, Baltimore “Z104.3.”…..In Huntsville, Alabama, iHeartMedia SVP of programming Erich West is taking on the program director duties for country WDRM. iHM market president Carmelita Palmer says, “After an extensive search, we determined that there was no one better suited for this opportunity than Erich himself. He has a deep understanding of WDRM, a passion for the music and station, and solid relationships within the industry. With Erich at the helm, I’m confident that WDRM will continue to be the country powerhouse in the Huntsville metro.”…..The twin sister duo Lulu and Lala are named evening personalities at iHeartMedia’s hot AC WMIA, Miami “93.9 MIA.” The two were most recently hosting the evening show at the company’s New York CHR WKTU. They had previously hosted the afternoon show on Cox Media Group’s CHR WFLC, Miami. WMIA program director Joey Brooks states, “We’re excited to welcome Lulu and Lala back to South Florida. Their amazing chemistry, fun personalities, and ability to interact with the MIA audience makes them the perfect choice for evenings on MIA.”…..Bonneville International names Mary Lea Wagner general sales manager for adult contemporary KOIT and CHR KMVQ in San Francisco. Wagner was most recently general sale manager for KSWD, Los Angeles. Bonneville San Francisco director of sales Steve DiNardo says, “Mary Lea is a Bay Area native and her return to Bonneville comes at an ideal time for our new organization.”…..New to the iHeartRadio platform is the new, original podcast, “Good Company with Jake Owen.” It launches today (11/28) along with the official start of Bobby Bones’ Nashville Podcast Network. The debut podcast shows fans a more relaxed, intimate side of the country superstar. In this episode, he chats with his twin brother and tennis pro Mardy Fish.
Garth Brooks Visits ‘NASH Nights Live.’ Pictured above (center), Garth Brooks poses for a photo with “NASH Nights Live” co-hosts Shawn Parr (right) and Elaina Smith (left) during a visit to the NASH Campus in Nashville to chat about his recent honor as the 2017 CMA Entertainer of the Year and to promote his new book, The Anthology: Part 1.