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Thursday, December 1, 2022

| December 1, 2022

Round One of November PPMs Released. The first of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s November 2022 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen’s November 2022 sweep covered October 12 – November 8. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In New York City, Red Apple Media’s news/talk WABC-AM/WLIR-FM rises three-tenths for a 3.3 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) finish that puts it in the #11 spot, while iHeartMedia’s crosstown news/talk WOR-AM is up two-tenths for a 1.7 share finish good for the #18 rank. News/talk KFI, Los Angeles stays ranked #4 in the market after losing one-tenth for a 4.6 share finish, while Audacy’s crosstown all-news KNX-AM/FM is steady with a 3.2 share but rises to the #7 rank. In Dallas, Cumulus Media’s news/talk WBAP-AM sheds three-tenths for a 4.5 share finish that pushes it down to the #5 rank as Audacy’s crosstown all-news KRLD-AM tacks on two-tenths for a 2.9 share good for the #16 rank. Cox Media Group’s news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta rebounds with a 1.1 share increase to wrap the survey with a 7.0 share that lifts it to the #3 rank. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.


Good Karma Brands’ ‘98.7 ESPN FM’ in New York Announces Programming Changes. The Big Apple sports talk station owned and operated by Good Karma Brands is making changes to its programming schedule that will take effect on January 3, 2023. WEPN-FM “ESPN New York” will jettison the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio program “Keyshawn, JWill and Max” that currently airs from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and is moving current early morning show “DiPietro & Rothenberg” (hosted by Rick DiPietro and Dave Rothenberg) from the 5:00 am to 8:00 am slot to 6:00 am to 10:00 am. At the same time, the current “Bart & Hahn” show (Bart Scott and Alan Hahn) that airs from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm will become a New York-only show. WEPN market manager Vinny DiMarco says, “Our fans will have the opportunity to listen to local coverage on ‘98.7 ESPN FM’ all throughout the day. Both ‘DiPietro & Rothenberg’ as well as ‘Bart & Hahn’ will give fans valuable insight, expertise, and live reaction about all things New York sports. The change also provides more opportunities for our partners to align with the station and achieve their marketing goals and objectives.” GKB says the rest of the existing ESPN New York lineup that includes “Greeny,” “The Michael Kay Show,” “Dan Graca” and “Hardesty & Damer” (Larry Hardesty and Gordon Damer) will remain unchanged. The company’s WEPN-AM will continue to air “Keyshawn, JWill, and Max” and the rest of the national ESPN Radio shows on weekdays.


New Podcast Hosted by Julie Hartman Launches on Salem Podcast Network. One of the recent additions to Salem Media Group’s Salem Podcast Network is launching a new program. “Timeless with Julie Hartman” debuts this week airing live Tuesdays through Fridays at 4:00 pm ET on YouTube before being made available as a podcast. Hartman says, “Many Americans, especially my age, have regrettably lost the understanding that we’ve been passed the treasure of civilization – that it’s our obligation to guard and burnish it for the next generation. I intend to reawaken this responsibility in my audience. I also hope to reignite the spark that there is so much more in life to consider than just the politics that we rehash all day.” The 2022 Harvard University grad has been co-hosting a show with Dennis Prager titled, “Dennis and Julie,” that airs Mondays at 4:00 pm ET on YouTube and is available in podcast form. Hartman also serves as a regular guest host for Salem Radio Network talk shows.

Triton Digital Releases Streaming Ranker for October 2022. The latest ranker for streaming networks in the United States for October (Mon-Sun 6AM-12AM) has been released by Triton Digital. The company ranks streamers based on Average Active Sessions (which represents the average number of sessions at any point in time in the reported time period, with invalid sessions omitted. AAS can be calculated by dividing Total Listening Hours by the number of hours within the reported time period). iHeartRadio is again ranked #1 for this period with 299,533 AAS. NPR Member stations is #2 (68,545 AAS), Audacy is #3 (63,987 AAS), Cumulus Streaming Network is #4 (42,642 AAS), and Beasley Broadcasting Corporate ranks #5 (19,517 AAS). You can see the rest of the top 25 streamers for the October period here.


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 2000, Why 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.

MIW Launches ‘Speak Up!’ Partnership in Memory of Laurie Kahn. Charitable organization Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc announces its newest national mentoring program, “Speak Up!” It was created in partnership with Media Staffing Network founder and CEO Laurie Kahn (left), who passed away on October 27 of this year. MIW says it had the privilege of building this program with Kahn prior to her passing. It says, “‘Speak Up!’ encapsulates so much of what Laurie brought to our industry and what she was so passionate about paying forward: a mentorship that encourages and empowers women to develop confidence, sharpen communication skills, and hone the ability to effectively speak up in order to further attain career and personal goals. Her intention was to specifically reach women in small to medium radio markets.” Media Staffing Network VP and general manager Patty Kincaid comments, “As we continue to build upon the strong foundation that is Media Staffing Network, we are proud to be working with MIW to honor and develop Laurie’s legacy. The ‘Speak Up!’ program is the heart of who Laurie Kahn was and exemplifies the very essence of her spirit.” Applications for the Speak Up! Mentorship will open in first quarter of 2023 and details will soon be available on the MIW website.

Trump in ‘24/Tax Returns, Congressional Leadership, January 6 Investigation, Student Loan Ruling, The Economy/FTX Collapse, China Protests, Macron Visits U.S., Twitter, Russia-Ukraine War, World Cup, and Christine McVie Dies Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/30). Former President Donald Trump’s bid for the White House in 2024, his meeting with Ye and White Nationalist Nick Fuentes, and congress receives his tax returns; Hakeem Jeffries is named leader of House Democrats and Kevin McCarthy battles to lead House Republicans; Kevin McCarthy warns January 6 Committee to keep all records as Republicans will investigate the committee’s work; U.S. Appeals Court rejects the Biden administration’s request to reinstate the student loan forgiveness program; inflation and the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX; the protests in China over the strict zero-COVID policy; French President Emanuel Macron visits the U.S.; Elon Musk’s relaxing of Twitter rules; Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine; the World Cup; and the death of Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie 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.

November 2022 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| December 1, 2022

November 2022 PPM Data – Information for the November 2022 ratings period has been released for New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario; San Jose; and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey).

Nielsen Audio’s November 2022 sweep covered October 12 – November 8.

TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty.

Cited as well are each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are October 2022 – November 2022 (6+).

The NBA season began October 18; NBA; NHL; and NFL flagships are noted where applicable.


News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 3.0 – 3.3, +.3, #12 to #11

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, #19 to #18

News: Audacy’s WINS-FM “1010 WINS All News 92.3 FM” 3.0 – 3.5, +.5, #12 to #10 and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 3.2 – 2.1, -1.1, #11 to #17

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Brooklyn Nets and NY Giants) 3.7 – 3.8, +.1, repeats in eighth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s 3.6 – 3.3, -.3, #9 to #11

Number One 6+: Mediaco Holding-owned/Emmis operated urban AC WBLS, third month in a row, 6.9 – 7.0, +.1

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase (Tie): news WINS-FM and business news WBBR (+.5)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: news WCBS-AM (-1.1)

Note: Alternative WNYL became all-news WINS-FM (10-27-2022)


News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 4.7 – 4.6, -.1, remains in fourth-place

News: Audacy-owned KNX-FM “News 97.1” steady at 3.2, ninth to seventh

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Pasadena Area Community College’s KPCC 2.7 – 2.3, -.4, #12 to #18

Number One 6+ (Three-way Tie): iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST, fourth month in a row, 5.7 – 5.1, -.6; co-owned hot AC KBIG, first month, flat at 5.1; and Audacy classic hits-oldies KRTH, first month, 5.2 – 5.1, -.1

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase (Tie): regional Mexican KBUE and rhythmic CHR KPWR (+.3)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary KOST (-.6)


News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” (Blackhawks) 2.9 – 3.0, +.1, repeats in tenth-place

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) 5.3 – 4.8, -.5, remains in fourth-place

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WSCR “670 The Score” (Bulls) 2.6 – 2.4, -.2, stays at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ flat at 4.0, continues in seventh-place  

Number One 6+ (Tie): Hubbard Radio classic rock WDRV, seventh month in a row, 6.1 – 6.0, -.1 and iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT, first month, 5.7 – 6.0, +.3

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: adult contemporary WLIT (+.3)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: classical WFMT (-.6)


News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “Talk Radio 560” 1.5 – 2.0, +.5, #21 to #17

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 7.0 – 7.5, +.5, first to second

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) 3.3 – 3.6, +.3, repeats in eighth-place

Audacy’s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) 1.5 – 1.4, -.1, #21 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.-owned KQED 6.6 – 7.6, +1.0, third to first

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, first month, 6.6 – 7.6, +1.0

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: public radio news/talk KQED (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: sports betting KGO (-1.3)

Note: KGO transitioned from news/talk to sports betting (10/10/2022)


News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 4.8 – 4.5, -.3, third to fifth

News – Talk: Audacy’s KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” (Cowboys) 2.7 – 2.9, +.2, repeats at #16

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” (Stars) 4.4 – 4.2, -.2, fourth to eighth

Audacy’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) 2.8 – 3.0, +.2, continues at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA 3.0 – 3.2, +.2, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic rock KZPS, first month, 5.0 – 6.5, +1.5

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: classic rock KZPS (+1.5)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease (Tie): regional Mexican KMVK and news/talk KEGL (-.5)


News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” 3.7 – 4.6, +.9, #14 to #8

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KBME “Sports Talk 790 AM” (Rockets) 1.1 – 1.9, +.8, #23 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston’s KUHF 2.0 – 2.1, +.1, steady at #18

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, twentieth consecutive month, 9.8 – 8.7, -1.1

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: news/talk KTRH (+.9)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary KODA (-1.1)

Note: KBME is the flagship of the Rockets and the 2022 World Series champion Astros


News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 5.9 – 7.0, +1.1, sixth to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Hawks and Falcons) 2.4 – 2.7, +.3, #16 to #14

Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “The Fan” 3.6 – 2.3, -1.3, #9 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools-owned WABE 7.2 – 6.4, -.8, second to sixth

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV, eleventh successive month, 8.4 – 8.2, -.2

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: contemporary Christian WFSH (+1.6)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: sports talk WCNN (-1.3)


News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: Audacy-owned KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.2 – 5.9, +.7, seventh to fifth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Eagles) 6.5 – 9.3, +2.8, third to first and WIP’s internet stream, 2.2 – 2.4, +.2, #14 to #13

Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers and Flyers) 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, #20 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY-owned WHYY 4.8 – 4.6, -.2, eighth to seventh

Number One 6+: sports talk WIP, first month, 6.5 – 9.3, +2.8

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: sports talk WIP (+2.8)*

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WOGL (-1.0)

*Represents the largest October 2022 – November 2022  increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

Note: WIP is the flagship of the Eagles and the 2022 NL champion Phillies


News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” flat at 2.1, repeats at #16

Red Apple Media-owned WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 1.9 – 1.6, -.3, #17 to #19

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” steady at 4.0, remains in seventh-place and cluster-mate WINS-FM “1010 WINS All News 92.3 FM” 2.2 – 2.7, +.5, #14 to #12

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Brooklyn Nets and NY Giants) 4.7 – 5.2, +.5, fifth to third and WFAN’s internet stream 1.3 – 1.7, +.4, #23 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ, first month, 5.2 – 6.9, +1.7

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: CHR WHTZ (+1.7)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: classic rock WBAB (-1.1)

Note: Alternative WNYL became all-news WINS-FM (10-27-2022)


News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: San Bernardino Community College District’s KVCR, unchanged at .4, locked at #19

Number One 6+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, eleventh consecutive month, flat at 9.2

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: rhythmic CHR KGGI (+.7)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: Spanish contemporary KLVE (-.8)


News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “Talk Radio 560” 2.0 – 2.6, +.6, #15 to #12

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.6 – 7.1, +.5, first to second

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers ) 3.9 – 3.0, -.9, sixth to tenth

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KOIT-FM, fifth straight month 6.6 – 7.2, +.6

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase: urban contemporary KMEL (+1.1)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: sports betting KGO (-1.7)

Note: KGO transitioned from news/talk to sports betting (10/10/2022)


News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 6.5 – 7.5, +1.0, third to first

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 1.2 – 1.0, -.2, #19 to #20

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 2.5 – 1.6, -.9, #13 to #16 and co-owned WINS-FM “1010 WINS All News 92.3 FM” 1.2 – 1.4, +.2, #19 to #18

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Brooklyn Nets and NY Giants) 3.4 – 3.9, +.5, eighth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: news/talk WKXW, first month, 6.5 – 7.5, +1.0

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Increase (Tie): news/talk WKXW and adult contemporary WMGQ (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2022 – November 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-1.8)**

**Represents the largest October 2022 – November 2022  decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

Note: Alternative WNYL became all-news WINS-FM (10-27-2022)

Up next: November 2022 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

| November 17, 2022

Saga Communications Names Chris Forgy President and CEO; Wayne Leland Rises to SVP of Operations. The company announces that it is promoting Christopher Forgy to the leadership position president and CEO effective December 7, 2022. Forgy has been serving Saga Communications as SVP of operations since 2018. He assumes the role after the passing of longtime chief Ed Christian, who passed away on August 19. Forgy states, “I am honored, humbled, excited and ready to begin my new role as only the second president and CEO Saga has ever known. We have an elite group of leaders and staff. I have often said you don’t have to be on all the time, only when it’s time. The time is right now for all of us to step up and shine for our customers, our listeners, our employees and our shareholders. As we embark on this ongoing adventure that is Saga, I would like to thank Warren Lada and the Saga board of directors for this opportunity.” The company also announces the promotion of Wayne Leland from president and general manager of its radio stations in Norfolk, Virginia to SVP/operations, effective January 3, 2023. Leland comments, “To become the new senior vice president/operations for Saga is a dream come true. I look forward to working with Chris, our corporate staff, our market managers and all of Saga’s staff to continue Saga’s journey into the future.” Lada has been serving as interim president and CEO since Christian’s death. He adds, “Chris Forgy stood out from all the others considered for the president and CEO role. His leadership will provide an opportunity to bring new ideas and change to Saga. Saga’s core values, performance standards and culture will remain as the foundation to our success. Also, promoting Saga veteran Wayne Leland provides a smooth transition and an opportunity to explore and implement strategic operational changes to enhance Saga’s ongoing performance.”

McVay Media Brings Ryan Kershner Aboard. Consulting firm and content creating company McVay Media announces that “Nights with Elaina” executive producer Ryan Kershner joins to work with McVay Media clients in enhancing the consultancy’s services to audio platforms. His focus will be on producing podcasts, branded audio for the music industry, artists and product-oriented projects, branded content, audio specials and longform programming for radio and streaming platforms. McVay Media president Mike McVay says, “Ryan and I have worked together on multiple projects before he joined Westwood One and I worked with him during our mutual time there. McVay Media has grown our business to where we’re engaged with multiple premium companies that are seeing meteoric growth. They can benefit from having another pair of ears and a skilled set of hands on their audio projects.” Kershner comments, “I’ve loved my time working at Westwood One and working with Elaina Smith, first on “Nash Nights Live” and then “Nights with Elaina.” I’m proud of what we’ve built and will always applaud her success. I want to thank Brian Philips, Susan Stephens, Charlie Cook and truly everyone I worked with for the opportunity to grow and learn. After much consideration, the opportunity to be surrounded by family, work with my longtime mentor and to continue my career growth, was too hard to pass up.” Kershner leaves Westwood One after 10 years with the network. He departs at the end of the year.

Triton Digital Releases Podcast Ranker for October. The latest Top Podcasts report from Triton Digital for the U.S. in the month of October has been released. Based on Average Weekly Downloads and including participating networks, NPR’s “NPR News Now” remains in the #1 spot and audiochuck’s “Crime Junkie” keeps its #2 position. Moving into the #3 rank is NBCUniversal News Group’s “Dateline NBC,” followed by Wondery’s “Morbid” at #4. NPR’s “Up First” rises to #5; Cumulus Media Network’s “The Ben Shapiro Show” is at #6, followed by Cumulus’ “The Dan Bongino Show” at #7. You can check out the Top 100 Podcasts from Triton Digital’s October 2022 ranker here.

New York Festivals 2023 Radio Awards Adds New Categories. The New York Festivals Radio Awards for 2023 is open for entries through January 31, 2023. The winners will be announced at the 2023 Storytellers Gala that will take place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 18, 2023. In 2022, the New York Festivals Radio Awards added 12 Social Justice categories to the competition. For 2023, two new categories are added: Best Nonfiction Documentary Series and Best Investigative Journalism Documentary. You can find more information and enter the competition here.

TALKERS News Notes. A new book from David Stockman, who served as director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Reagan administration, is being published by Newsmax‘s Humanix Books. It’s titled, The Great Money Bubble: Protect Yourself From the Coming Inflation Storm, and in it Stockman writes, “Inflation showers windfalls on the rich, while it penalizes workers, savers, retirees, small businesses, and most of Main Street economic life.” He offers strategies to not only protect one’s hard-earned savings and investments, but how to grow them during this time of inflation and economic crisis. Stockman is available as a guest on talk radio. Reach out to A.J. Rice at: aj@publiuspr.com…..The American Advertising Federation, the “unifying voice for advertising,” announces the launch of a new podcast series, “Future Legends of Advertising,” co-produced by iHeartMedia and Known. The AAF says the podcast is being launched on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement and will pair advertising luminaries with this year’s AHOA inductees in an eight-part series that will explore issues of interest to the industry. Among the topics to be explored: branded content, data science, DEI and social impact, the war for talent, public service, the future of the CMO and more. iHeartMedia chief marketing officer Gayle Troberman says, “Who better to talk about the issues affecting our industry today and tomorrow than those advertising luminaries who have been there, and those who are plotting the course of our future. Marketing geniuses like these deserve the biggest stage in podcasting. That’s why we’re excited to help them drop their advertising wisdom on the #1 iHeartPodcast Network.”…..Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios formally recognized the Writers Guild of America, East as the collective bargaining representatives of the staff’s writers, producers, editors, engineers, and other storytellers. A card-check conducted by an independent third-party confirmed that a majority of the 42-member bargaining unit signed union cards in favor of the union. The Pineapple Street Union says, “We are so proud to have won voluntary recognition from management at Pineapple and Audacy. This victory is a direct result of months of hard work and dedication to building solidarity across our organization. We’re excited to carry this momentum forward into a collaborative bargaining phase, focused on pay and protections, accountability, consistency and unity at the company. We’re very pleased that Pineapple and Audacy have moved quickly and respectfully in this voluntary recognition process. We hope that this not only sets the tone for our upcoming bargaining process, but also sets an example for leaders across our industry – that working with employees to achieve more equitable workplaces can and should be a collaborative and straightforward experience on both sides of the table. We stand in solidarity with other producers, editors, writers, engineers, and staff across the industry in the continued effort to make audio a more fair and equitable field.”

Midterm Aftermath, Trump in ’24/Legal Issues, Pence Town Hall, The Economy/FTX Meltdown, Russia-Ukraine War, U.S. China Relations, N. Korea Sabre Rattling, UVA & U. Idaho Slayings Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/16). The Republicans take control of the U.S. House in January while the Democrats hold on to the Senate; former President Donald Trump’s announced bid for the White House in ’24 combined with the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson before a Georgia grand jury looking into Trump’s actions after the ’20 election; former Vice President Mike Pence speaks on CNN Town Hall; inflation and fears of a recession combined with the crash of crypto exchange FTX; Russia’s intensified shelling of Ukraine and the question of the origin of the missile that hit Poland; the relations between the U.S. and China after Biden’s meeting with Xi Jinping; North Korea’s missile launches and threats against the U.S.;  and the slayings of students at the University of Virginia and the University of Idaho were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.