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PPM Analysis: News/Talk. Managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of the performances of news/talk stations based on data from the February 2017 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. Is the “Trump effect” cooling off for commercial news/talk outlets? Kinosian writes, “Just over half our commercial talk sample (54%) is down January 2017 – February 2017; 30% of the stations are up; and the remaining 16% of the panel is unchanged (6+).” Nielsen data indicates that talk-oriented public radio appears to be benefitting from the news cycle surrounding the Trump Administration more than commercial news/talk, but comparing February 2016 to February 2017, the news is still good for the format. “More or less flip-flopping the above-sited month-to-month numbers, 60% of stations on this commercial talk panel improve year-to-year while 34% decline; the remaining 6% are steady.” Also, there are 15 news/talk stations that rank in the top 5 (6+) in their respective markets. See the entire report here.
TALKERS News Notes. Indianapolis sports talker WFNI-AM “The Fan” began airing on translator W298BB at 107.5 FM last night. The station is also heard on 1070 AM and translator W228CX at 93.5 FM. Emmis Communications is operating 93.5 FM at reduced power as it works with the FCC to reduce potential interference issues…..Futuri Media names digital sales pro and broadcast media executive Kim Johnson national account manager for the Cleveland-based firm. Johnson’s experience includes time spent with Tribune, iHeartMedia, Entercom, and Citadel. Most recently, she was co-founder and owner of Solidify Ventures, a SaaS sales representation firm…..Society of Broadcast Engineers president Jerry Massey appoints Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO, to an open position on the SBE board of directors. Ornellas is director of engineering at CBS RADIO in Sacramento…..BLESSED EVENT: Super radio talent agent Heather Cohen of The Weiss Agency and her husband Michael are the proud parents of a 6 lb. 1 oz. baby girl, the couple’s first, born on Tuesday (3/28). Both mom and baby are reportedly doing great.
Mark Weber Hosts Liz Rodbell at Stage 17. “Always in Fashion” host Mark Weber (left) poses for a photo with Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay Company president Liz Rodbell (right) at Cumulus Media’s Stage 17 in New York City. 77 WABC Radio welcomed Rodbell to its new live event space for an exclusive interview with Weber for the program that airs on the news/talk outlet Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 5:00 pm.
Yappy Tour Rolls Through Florida. The recently published book, Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (Talkers Books, 2016), by veteran talk radio producer Bernadette Duncan, continues to burn up the airwaves as well as local media gatherings. The coast-to-coast book tour rolled across Florida throughout March as the author visited with radio and media folks on both coasts of the Sunshine State. Highlights of her speaking engagements included addressing the elite audience at the monthly luncheon of Sarasota’s historic All Media Roundtable whose membership includes some of the top broadcast and print executives in America, both active and retired. Duncan (l) is pictured here with local legend, Myrna Goldberger (r), an 85-year-old actress/educator, after a performance at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter. Goldberger is featured in Duncan’s book for her two-hour, one-woman show titled “The Many Wives of Larry King” in which she transforms herself into the seven wives (eight marriages) of the talk icon. Yappy Days recounts Duncan’s 26-year career as a producer of radio talk shows working with such big-name talents as King, including Sally Jessy Raphael, Lou Dobbs, Tom Snyder, Gil Gross, Charles Osgood and many more during modern talk radio’s pre- and post-9/11 “golden era.” Plus, she tells stories about behind-the-scenes encounters with hundreds of guests from the worlds of show business, politics, media, business and literature. Due to the strong response by hosts across the nation to the subject and Duncan’s lively air presence, the national “Yappy Tour” will continue to roll on through the summer of 2017. Duncan has already appeared on more than 75 local and syndicated programs. Hosts and shows interested in booking Bernadette Duncan can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.
Trump Campaign-Russia Investigation, Trump Travel Ban Ruling, Sanctuary Cities Issue/Immigration Policy, Britain Begins EU Exit, Ivanka Trump White House Role, Gorsuch SCOTUS Nomination, and NBA Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/29). The ongoing controversy over the investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian agents; the Hawaii judge’s ruling against the Trump travel ban; the sanctuary cities issue and the Trump Administration’s immigration and deportation policies; the beginning of the process to remove Great Britain from the European Union; Ivanka Trump moves into the White House with official role as assistant to the president; the status of Neil Gorsuch’s nomination as Supreme Court justice; 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. Seattle hot AC WBKS “106.1 KISS FM” renews and extends its agreement with “Bender & Molly in the Morning” co-host Bender, who recently celebrated his 16th anniversary with the iHeartMedia station. WBKS program director Justin Riley comments, “I am ecstatic that Bender has decided to make ‘106.1 KISS FM’ his home for years to come! His passion for the brand is unwavering and his dedication to our listeners and the community is what really sets him apart from other personalities. Bender’s passion for drumming up local support for Seattle Children’s Hospital is just astounding.”…..Air personality Aly Tanner moves from mornings to middays at CBS RADIO’s WQAL “Q104,” effective today (3/30). The daypart opened up when Average Joe relocated to Milwaukee for family reasons. CBS RADIO Cleveland VP of programming Dave Popovich states, “Aly is back at home doing middays. She loves music and hosting her own shift and this will be fun for her.”…..KTPK, Topeka “Country Legends 106.9 FM” midday personality Marlena Adkison is retiring from the station after a remarkable 41 years on the air at the Alpha Media country outlet. Adkison tells sister station news/talk WIBW that she’s ready to do some traveling. “I have already planned a Mediterranean cruise…I’ve been tied to my job for 41 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve given it all I’ve got for 41 years and I’m OK with leaving.”
D.L. Hughley Visits WCMG, Florence, South Carolina. Pictured above is Reach Media syndicated personality D.L. Hughley taking a selfie with WCMG, Florence, South Carolina “Magic 94.3” listeners. Hughley’s national comedy tour passed through town and the host spent some time with the affiliate station’s listeners during an exclusive meet-and-greet at the Florence Civic Center.