‘Brock & Salk’ to Leave KIRO-AM, Seattle Airwaves for Podcast. Due to expanding duties in their other roles, KIRO-AM, Seattle “710 ESPN” personalities Brock Huard and Mike Salk are ending their daily 7:00 am to 10:00 am talk show and will instead do a podcast. The two have been together on the air for more than a decade. Salk was recently promoted to director of programming, increasing his programming responsibilities at Bonneville Seattle, and Huard – a college football analyst – joined FOX Sports earlier this year. The “Brock & Salk” show will wrap on September 27 and the podcast will launch on October 2. The station has not said how it plans to fill the programming vacancy.
KGMZ-FM, San Francisco Officially Debuts ‘Damon, Ratto & Kolsky’ Show. Although former San Francisco Chronicle and NBC Sports Bay Area columnist Ray Ratto and San Francisco Examiner columnist Matt Kolsky have been on the KGMZ-FM, San Francisco air with Damon Bruce for a couple of months now, the Entercom station announces that the two have officially joined the show and it’s now the “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky” program. “95.7 The Game” says that Ratto recently agreed to a multi-year deal with the station. The program airs from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Salem Reduces Board Members to Cut Expenses. Four of the Salem Media Group, Inc. board members – James Keet Lewis, Jonathan Venverloh, Stuart W. Epperson Jr., and Edward C. Atsinger – have resigned from the company’s board of directors. Salem CEO Edward G. Atsinger III says in a statement, “The board members’ decisions to resign were not the result of any disagreement with the company on any matter relating to the company’s operations, policies, or practices. During the last few years, Salem has faced several unique financial headwinds and we are looking for ways to cut costs while not impacting revenue. These resigning board members agreed that a reduction in board fees and travel costs would help improve the bottom line. I am grateful for the service of Messrs. Lewis, Venverloh, Epperson Jr. and Atsinger. Their years of service on the board contributed significantly to the impact Salem is making.” The Salem board now consists of: Edward G. Atsinger III, Stuart Epperson, Eric Halvorson, Rich Riddle, and Heather Grizzle.
TALKERS News Notes. Central New Jersey news/talk WCTC-AM “News Talk Radio 1450” is adding Compass Media Networks syndicated “This Morning – America’s First News with Gordon Deal” in the 5:00 am to 9:00 am daypart, effective September 23. The Beasley Media Group station makes the move two months after former morning personality Bert Baron left the station to take the public information officer position with New Brunswick’s mayor’s office. Alan David Stein has been hosting the program in the interim. The station says Jennifer Kushinka, the current morning drive news anchor, will provide the latest breaking national headlines during the show and WCTC news anchor Racquel Williams will provide local updates at the top and bottom of the hour “for a seamless blend of local and national news, along with sports traffic and weather.”…..Bay Area radio personality Victor Zaragoza – most recently afternoon host at Entercom’s rhythmic oldies KRBQ “Q102.1” – is now serving with the company as a sports anchor and traffic reporter for all-news KCBS-AM/KFRC-FM, San Francisco…..Pictured here is FOX News contributor Tomi Lahren (left) with relationship expert Jennifer Styers (right) after recording Styers’ “LoveAbility” podcast. The two talked not politics, but “boundaries, putting up walls, confidence, and looking for love.” Lahren also gives her own raw and real relationship advice for women. Styers says, “The ‘LoveAbility’ podcast is all about having the conversations around dating, relationships and love. Tomi’s love story is a sweet one AND it is also full of the same challenges that each one of us face every day in our own personal relationships.”…..Public media company KQED held a groundbreaking for the renovation of its San Francisco headquarters. KQED says the $91 million project “will transform KQED’s headquarters to accommodate the station’s significant staff growth over the past decade and the expansive nature of the services it provides audiences today. It will also create brand new onsite spaces for in-person events, programs. and convening.” Over the past 25 years, KQED has grown from 200 to nearly 500 employees.
Westwood One Uses LeadsRx for Attribution Measurement. Syndication and sales company Westwood One is using LeadsRx for its attribution measurement. LeadsRx’s attribution software provides a comprehensive, quantitative analysis of how audio advertising drives advertiser search and site traffic. LeadsRx’s platform also depicts business outcomes such as sales of products, form completions, in-bound phone calls, and more. Cumulus Media EVP of corporate marketing and Westwood One president Suzanne Grimes says, “The LeadsRx platform gives Westwood One industry-leading marketing measurement capabilities that greatly benefit advertisers with comprehensive, digital-like attribution analytics.”
2020 Presidential Race, Lewandowski Testimony, Saudi Oil Attack, NYTimes Kavanaugh Story, Israeli Elections, GM Strike, Cokie Roberts Passes, and Imelda Threatens Houston Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (9/17). The Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee; the attack on a Saudi oil installation and allegations Iran is responsible; the controversy over the New York Times Brett Kavanaugh story; the Israeli elections and the fate of Benjamin Netanyahu; the UAW’s strike against General Motors; journalist Cokie Roberts dies after a battle with breast cancer; and Tropical Storm Imelda threatens Houston with severe flooding 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. Air personality and programming pro Alex Mac moves from iHeartMedia’s “ALT 106.3” in Des Moines where he was afternoon jock and APD to Raleigh to serve as APD and afternoon drive host at CHR WDCG, Raleigh “G105,” effective October 1. iHeartMedia Virginia-Carolina Region SVP of programming AJ says, “Alex’s passion for music and entertainment is like no other. I look forward to him joining the team and I am thrilled about what he will bring to the Raleigh community as we build the next chapter of ‘G105.’”…..Public radio triple A WXPN, Philadelphia announces that it has named Raina Douris host of the nationally syndicated “World Café” program. Douris was most recently host and writer for the daily, national morning program “Mornings” from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Douris has also served as guest host and interviewer for various CBC Music and CBC Radio programs. She succeeds Talia Schlanger who announced earlier this year she is leaving the program to pursue new creative endeavors…..iHeartMedia names Brent Johnson general sales manager for four of its music-formatted stations in the Louisville cluster: country WAMZ, hot AC WLGX “100.5 KISS FM,” hip hop WTFX “Real 93.1,” and CHR WNRW “98.9 Radio Now.” iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana SVP of sales Kristy Beebe says, “We are proud to have Brent on our iHeartMedia Louisville team. Our team is highly impressed by Brent’s previous digital experience. His familiarity of the Louisville market will contribute greatly to the success of this team.”…..Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley (left) is pictured below with Big Machine Label Group founder, president and CEO Scott Borchetta (right). Borchetta joined Beasley for her podcast, “Beyond the Business.” On it, the two discussed the transformation taking place at BMLG, as well as Borchetta’s thoughts on how the music industry is evolving to meet the needs of today’s consumers.
Craig Carton Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison. Former WFAN, New York morning personality Craig Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in federal prison plus three years probation today (4/5) after being found guilty of fraud charges in connection with a bogus concert tickets resale scheme involving $5.6 million. Prosecutors had sought six to seven years. After today’s sentencing, Carton is releasing a short film he produced called, “The Reckoning,” that reveals his gambling addiction and what it did to his life. Carton opens up about the astonishing amounts of cash he was wagering while proclaiming on his radio show that he was a “blackjack savant” – until the morning of September 6, 2017 when the FBI arrested him on fraud charges. The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick writes about it here.
Remembering Bruce Reese. Former longtime Bonneville International and Hubbard Radio president and CEO Bruce Reese passed away earlier this week at age 70 after a long illness. He retired from full-time duties with Hubbard in 2014. During his career he also chaired the NAB’s Joint Radio and Television Boards as well as the NAB Education Foundation. For a number of years, he served as a board member of the Radio Advertising Bureau. Years ago, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian wrote a feature piece about Reese. You can read that here.
KWMU, St. Louis Host Resigns After Manager Questions Guest Greeting. St. Louis Public Radio host Don Marsh resigned from his role with the pubcaster after management told him his greeting a guest by telling her she “looked great” was “on the line” of acceptable. Eighty-year-old Marsh made the comment to 75-year-old Karen Foss (a longtime television personality in the market) who did not complain and even posted a social media comment saying she was not offended, calling his words a “common way for those of us who are aged to greet each other.” The complaint came from a producer who witnessed the exchange. Marsh told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he hadn’t wanted to retire from the station and called the incident “very much a generational thing.”
Joyce Littel Named PD at WAOK, Atlanta. As reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Rodney Ho, urban news/talk WAOK, Atlanta names acting PD Joyce Littel program director for the station. Littel also serves as the evening personality on urban contemporary WVEE “V-103.” She has been handling programming responsibilities at the station since the retirement of Jean Ross last fall. Littel is quoted from a press release saying, “I’d like to get back to WAOK’s roots. My goal is to further expand the station’s heritage by pushing boundaries to reach new heights in our communities with education, entertainment, and financial literacy.”
Gorka Draws Sell-Out Crowd in Dallas. Pictured above are Salem Radio Network host Dr. Sebastian Gorka (left) and KSKY, Dallas “660 The Answer” morning host Mark Davis (right) along with the crowd from last night’s sold-out “An Evening with Sebastian Gorka” event at the Palace Arts Center in historic downtown Grapevine, Texas. Gorka fielded questions from the audience for two hours, discussing breaking news and 2020 presidential politics.
TALKERS News Notes. Michigan’s Hillsdale College is launching a new, nationally syndicated radio program produced by the school called, “The Radio Free Hillsdale Hour.” So far, the program is airing on nine stations in three states. WRFH “Radio Free Hillsdale 101.7 FM” general manager Scot Bertram – who hosts the show with production assistance from students – says, “The ideas and arguments discussed here at Hillsdale College are relevant to all citizens and this new radio program is one way to share them with people across the country. Talk radio listeners already know Hillsdale by reputation. Now they’ll have the opportunity to hear from the school’s faculty, staff, alumni, and others directly.” The program addresses public affairs and news through the lens of classical liberal arts education…..Westwood One is presenting exclusive hole-by-hole coverage from the 83rd Masters Tournament beginning Thursday, April 11 and running through Sunday, April 14. Mike Tirico is joining the network to anchor the coverage from the 18th green at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. This year marks the 64th consecutive year that Westwood One has provided Masters radio coverage, the longest continuous sports broadcast partnership in network radio history.
Mueller Report Aftermath Top News/Talk Story for Week of April 1-5, 2019. The aftermath of the Mueller Report completion was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio during the week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the Trump tax returns issue. Coming in at #3 was President Trump and the Mexican border, followed by Joe Biden’s #MeToo problem at #4. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. See this week’s entire chart here.
Westwood One: TV and AM/FM Beat Google/Facebook for Site Traffic Lift. This study is the subject of Westwood One’s blog post this week. Westwood One and LeadsRx say the report on media attribution and awareness of the direct-to-consumer (DTC) retail category indicates, among other things, that “combined TV and AM/FM radio ads generate twice the site traffic lift of Google/Facebook ads.” Further, WWO says LeadsRx found that “TV and AM/FM radio drove a combined 40% site traffic lift, compared to 17% for Google/Facebook.” Cumulus Media EVP of marketing and Westwood One president Suzanne Grimes says, “Two-thirds of podcast advertisers today are DTC brands and they report stunning sales effect and spectacular ROI with podcasts. With this report, we now have hard evidence that AM/FM radio generates significant impact for DTC brands too.”
Harrison Podcast Focuses This Week on Health Care Issues. Nationally syndicated radio talk show host and noted physician Dr. Daliah Wachs is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Wachs, a Las Vegas-based physician, teacher, author, public speaker and radio talk show host, is a member of the TALKERS Heavy Hundred as one of America’s leading radio MDs and is a past recipient of the TALKERS “Humanitarian of the Year” award for her significant charity work over the years. These accomplishments were highlighted by her direct initiative in 2014 to replenish hospital blood supplies, in which she worked with United Blood Services and the American Red Cross to create a state Blood Donation Day in Nevada. In 2016, this effort was taken nationally to create state Blood Donation Days in the majority of states as well as National Blood Donation Week. No longer operating a private family practice, Wachs has developed an extraordinary footprint in media hosting a nationally syndicated talk show on the Genesis Communications Network. She is heard on iHeartRadio and multiple affiliates worldwide. She also makes multiple television appearances commenting on medicine and health-related issues. Harrison and Wachs take a deep, non-partisan dive into President Trump’s relaunched campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as well as the vaccination controversy that is currently being debated in the national conversation. Harrison states, “Dr. Daliah Wachs is a broadcast industry treasure. She can always be counted on to bring a sense of intellectual clarity, honesty and first-hand experience to touchy health care topics that transcends the partisan bickering so common in this arena.” To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column of the TALKERS email newsletter and on every page on Talkers.com.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. Air personality Tamara G. and Entercom agree to a contract extension for her to continue co-hosting the morning show on adult contemporary WLYF, Miami “101.5 Lite FM” with co-host Julie Guy. Entercom South Florida SVP and market manager Keriann Worley states, “Tamara G. is the yin to Julie’s yang and we are thrilled to have her remain on the ‘101.5 LITE FM’ team. Their morning show is so uniquely catered to South Florida listeners and features two of the market’s most loved personalities.”…..As reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, iHeartMedia makes a morning show change at classic hits WRIT, letting Meg McKenzie and Dave Murphy go after 11 years at the station. Station PD Brett Andrews takes over the morning show. The duo wrote in a Facebook post that programming change was a “business-related” decision by the company and they understand that…..Programming pro Jay Dixon is named program director for Radio One’s Philadelphia stations rhythmic oldies WRNB and WPPZ. Radio One corporate vice president of programming Colby Tyner says, “I’m excited to be working with Jay. He’s a seasoned pro who understands the urban format and has a strong track record of success. We’re glad to have him on the Philly team.”…..JVC Media announces two on-air changes at its Gainesville-Ocala market stations. Fifteen-year market pro Leroy joins Jenn Ryan to co-host the morning show on CHR WFMQ “Q92.9.” Leroy comes from the company’s country WXUS “US 102.3” where he was hosting mornings. Taking over for him on WXUS is Barry Michaels. The changes take effect on Monday (4/8).