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Talk Host Michael Berry and KTRH, Houston Extend Their Relationship. KTRH, Houston-based talk radio personality Michael Berry and iHeartMedia sign a four-year contract extension. The new deal keeps Berry hosting his daily shows – from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – on news/talk KTRH AM 740. Berry’s program is syndicated to two dozen iHeartMedia stations across the country in markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Portland, Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Birmingham, and Baton Rouge. iHeartMedia region president Eddie Martiny comments, “I’m excited to extend our partnership with Michael because he is one of the hardest-working radio personalities in America and offers a unique brand of humor and information. I know his listeners will ‘pop a top’ knowing Michael Berry will continue taking them to and from work!” Berry adds, “I love what I do, I love who I do it with, and I love that I do it here with iHeartMedia. Talk radio is about engaging people with ideas, and some will agree, some won’t, but it’s entertaining and rewarding to engage. That’s what I get to do every single day and now I can do it for years more to come.” Michael Berry will be one of 67 industry speakers participating in a power-packed agenda at the sold out 22nd annual TALKERS convention – Talkers 2019: Telling the Story – next Friday, June 7 in New York City. For details, please click here.
New York Festivals Radio Awards Announces Finalists. The New York Festivals announces the finalists in its 2019 Radio Awards. The awards grand jury evaluated entries submitted from 35 countries around the globe and selected 346 finalists based on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity and use of the medium. Entries achieving finalist status move on to an additional round of judging to determine trophy-winners. VP/executive director of New York Festivals Radio Awards Rose Anderson says, “Once again, the NYF grand jury selected finalists whose work embodies the full spectrum of radio content today and as audiences’ appetites for radio and audio continue to fuel robust industry growth, the level of creativity continues to rise as well.” New categories this year include: Narrative/Documentary Podcast and Serialized Podcast and both saw a robust number of entries achieve finalist status. Compelling documentaries from such companies as Sirius XM Radio, NPR, Alabama Public Radio, WNYC Studios, and Radiolab, advanced to the final round. So did breaking news, feature and investigative reports from: Westwood One, Compass Media Networks, Bloomberg, and CBS News Radio. See all the finalists here.
TALKERS News Notes. A new sports wagering show is being offered to radio stations from Sports Garten Network and Envision Networks. The show is called, “Wanna Bet?!,” and is hosted by Tom Barton. Envision says it offers listeners entertaining sports talk with an inside look at the analysis and news they need to gain an edge on wagering intelligence. Barton says, “Sports talk is ripe for a transition from arguing hosts and home team bias to important decision-making information and guests whose opinions are not only entertaining but informative. This is a game changer.”…..In the public radio news/talk sphere, Boston University announces that it is agreeing to share control of radio station WBUR-FM, Boston with the station board. That board has served in the past as advisory in nature only. Now, it will have decision-making power. Under the agreement, a new executive committee would have the authority to hire and fire the station’s general manager and oversee its finances. That committee would still report to the Boston University president as the school owns the station’s broadcast license. School president Robert Brown says, “WBUR deserves to have an oversight structure that’s really engaging with the community that it serves and that is really invested wholeheartedly in the mission of ‘BUR. That’s not to say BU is not. But it’s not something that our board of trustees can ever spend much time on in this big $2.6 billion research university.”…..Radio legend Joey Reynolds was recently honored by the state of New Jersey with an official proclamation commending him on his lengthy career in radio. During his career, Reynolds worked at some 40 radio stations and hosted the overnight show on WOR, New York for 15 years…..This evening (5/30), talk radio host Walter Sterling – host of the Westwood One nationally syndicated “Sterling on Sunday” program – will sit in for Ryan Wrecker on his late night show on Entercom’s KMOX, St. Louis. KMOX is one of the almost 100 stations that carry his weekly program.
Craig Mish to Host Daily Show on FNTSY Radio. The Elvis Duran Group and SportsGrid announce that fantasy sports expert Craig Mish is launching a new, daily show on their FNTSY Radio platform. The 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm ET show is called “Fantasy Sports Today” and debuts on June 3. Mish was previously host of a fantasy baseball show on SiriusXM. EDG partner/CEO and FNTSY Radio partner David Katz comments, “Craig is the only person in sports who inherently presents any news and information through a fantasy sports perspective. He never forgets his audience and I for one have greatly benefitted from his insight with my own fantasy teams over the years. All of us are extremely proud to have him join FNTSY Radio.” “Fantasy Sports Today” is live and on-demand on FNTSY Radio, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
PodcastOne Unveils New Spring Lineup. Four new shows are joining the PodcastOne platform this spring. They include: “The GG Podcast with Rick Fox, Jace Hall and Todd Roy” – a podcast all about the culture, athletes, and inner-workings of the gaming industry; “Enough About Me with Shep Rose” – host of Bravo’s “Southern Charm” show; “Sports Like a Boss with Holly McPeak and Anne Marie Anderson” – a show that helps people use the sports they love and the sports their kids play to create the life they want; and “Say It Forward with Rebecca Rothstein and Lee Ann Daly” – in which the hosts go inside the real life stories of fascinating people at the vanguard of art, music, business, pop culture, TV, film, fashion, and more.
Dahm Appointed Chief Privacy Officer for iHeartMedia. This is an addition of responsibilities for iHeartMedia’s Andrew L. Dahm, whose new role as chief privacy officer comes in addition to his work as senior corporate counsel. His new duties will include shaping, regulating, and administering iHeartMedia’s privacy policies and strategies to ensure they continue to meet global regulatory requirements and address the company’s specific needs. He will also work closely with Steve Mills, iHeartMedia’s global chief information officer, and David Neuman, iHeartMedia’s global chief information security officer, to oversee company-wide data security and protection plans. iHM president, COO, and CFO Rich Bressler says, “Protecting our company data and personal information has always been a priority for iHeartMedia. Andrew is uniquely suited for this important new role at our company and has been at the center of the legal aspects of all of our digital operations for several years, including the development of our privacy policies for consumers and employees and our third-party vendor relationships relating to privacy matters.”
Muller Report/Dems Impeachment Talk, 2020 Presidential Race, U.S.-China Trade War/Rare Earth Threat, USS John McCain Controversy, Severe Weather, and Anti-Abortion Laws Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/29). The re-ignition of controversy over the conclusions drawn in the Mueller Report and the Democrats’ continued debate over impeachment proceedings against President Trump; the Democrats vying to challenge Trump in 2020 and the rift between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders; the tariffs the U.S. and China are placing on each other’s exports and China’s threat to limit sales of rare earth to U.S. companies; the report that the White House wanted to move the USS John S. McCain out of sight during Trump’s visit to Yokosuka Naval Base; the tornadoes and flooding affecting the Midwest; and the anti-abortion laws being passed in several states 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. The new Elton John bio-pic Rocketman is about to be released from Paramount Pictures and the studio and iHeartMedia have partnered to promote it across iHM’s platforms. Today (5/30) at 5:00 pm ET, an hour-long radio special featuring Elton John will air across more than 120 iHeartRadio AC, hot AC, classic rock, and oldies stations nationwide and digitally. iHeartMedia stations nationwide will also build anticipation to the film’s Friday release with an official countdown across its stations…..iHeartMedia announces that its Roanoke CHR WJJS-FM moves to the 93.5 frequency and will continue to simulcast on 102.7 in Lynchburg. Sister adult hits station WSTV, Roanoke “STEVE-FM” moves to the 104.9 frequency.
iHeartMedia’s New WONK-FM in DC to Deliver ‘Inside-the-Beltway’ News and Talk. The new station will air on WWDC-HD2 (101.1) and W284CQ at 104.7 FM and is branded “WONK-FM, Smart People. News.” iHeartMedia says the launch of the new station comes after its recent on-air and online celebration of “National WONK Day” – a day created for listeners that have a keen interest in inside-the-Beltway news – and WONK-FM will be “a news and talk station serving thought leaders, influencers, and stakeholders inside the Washington, DC beltway.” The press release states, “The new station will broadcast renowned anchors Stacy Lyn and Alexandra Lane weekdays from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm and will feature the latest breaking news and headlines from Washington, DC. In addition, WONK-FM will air instant reactions from opinion leaders and on-air talk personalities originating from iHeartMedia’s 130-plus news and talk stations throughout the United States.” iHeartMedia region president Michael Preacher comments, “WONKs are the behind-the-scenes people in DC who are innovators, experts, and are passionate about their work. DC’s WONKs are the unsung heroes who solve the world’s most difficult problems and they deserve to have a dedicated platform.” Programming the new station is current WRKO, Boston programmer Michael Czarnecki, who will work in Washington. He adds, “With the accelerated pace of today’s news cycle, we look forward to providing a contemporary approach to delivering a ‘wonk-centric’ and uniquely DC view of the news. I’m thrilled to be joining the iHeartMedia team in Washington DC as part of Washington’s WONK-FM.” You can see a video the company made to promote the station and their targeting of “wonks” here.
PPM Analysis: Sports Talk. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s December 2018 PPM survey, today focusing on sports talk. The drop off in cume from end of the 2018 baseball season affected some sports talk outlets negatively as 61% of those stations in PPM markets saw their weekly, 6+ AQH share diminish from the November to the December surveys. However, year-over-year, 62% of sports talk stations realized improved 6+ numbers. In the market rank category, RadiOhio’s WBNS-FM, Columbus takes the blue ribbon, ranking #3 in the market with a 7.3 share. Entercom’s WIP-FM, Philadelphia ranked #4 in December with a 6.3 share; and three stations – Beasley’s WBZ-FM, Boston; Entercom’s WFAN-AM/FM (Long Island); and Entercom’s KDKA-FM, Pittsburgh – all ranked #5 in their respective markets. See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.
Emmis Communications Releases Fiscal Q3 Numbers; Pro Forma Revenue Up 5%. The third fiscal quarter for Emmis Communications Corporation ended November 30, 2018. The company notes that, due to the recent sale of five stations (KPWR, Los Angeles in August 2017 and four radio stations in St. Louis on April 30, 2018), its reported results are not comparable year over year. Emmis’ radio net revenue for fiscal Q3 was $28.7 million, down from $34 million in the prior year. However, pro forma for all radio station sales, revenue “was up 5% in markets that were up 2%.” Emmis chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan comments, “With this quarter’s strong performance, Emmis is now outperforming its markets through the first nine months of this fiscal year – quite an achievement. Political revenues certainly helped, but we also saw growth in our core advertising categories, all of which contributed to Emmis having its strongest quarter in four years. New York and Indianapolis both outperformed their markets and continue to produce strong ratings, which should help sustain Emmis’ revenue growth. That certainly appears to be the case in January and February, where both months are pacing up mid-to-high single digits.”
#250 Working on Ways to Overcome Obstacles in Maximizing Direct Response Spot Success. It is no secret that a significant percentage of talk radio advertising consists of direct response advertising and the results are tallied by the sponsors – making it even more imperative that the spots get measurable action. Considering the fact that much of the listening is done while driving, it makes it even more of a challenge to get people to make the leap from hearing an 800 phone number and actually placing the call while the thought is top of mind. The firm #250 – America’s Mobile Speed Dial has been making progress in simplifying this process for talk shows, stations and networks across the nation by creating simple word prompted codes and phrases designed to simplify the act of calling while behind the wheel. Now they have taken it one step further addressing another problem. #250 chief marketing officer Dave Robinett tells TALKERS, “Accomplishing the task of making your advertiser’s phone ring is tough enough. But there are many points of ‘breakage’ after that. Phone reps can be poorly trained or rude. Client phone systems or call centers might have technical issues. Long hold times might encourage abandonment. The #250 platform recently solved a major-yet-unrealized problem for a Premiere Networks advertiser. A timeshare exit company’s ad was working well – so well that when the spot ran and calls came pouring in, they exceeded the 15 available call center agents. The ‘overflow’ callers then got a busy signal. Since these callers came in via dialing #250, for the first time ever, this advertiser has visibility to how many calls they were blocking. It was also revealed that only one in 15 of these blocked callers bothered to attempt to call the advertiser later that day or next day. This was clearly significant lost revenue – that the advertiser never knew they were missing – since they never before had visibility to calls they never received!” Robinett continues, “But #250 was able to implement a call saver feature to detect the busy signal, take back the call, and prompt the caller to leave their name and number for a callback. This voice message was set up to be emailed immediately to a designated sales manager back at the advertiser. The advertiser was extremely pleased with the proactive discovery of a way to increase revenue by the Premiere sales executive, John Buckley. Loyalty established. Media spend secured.” Dave Robinett will be one of 55 industry leaders speaking at the forthcoming convention Talkers 2019: Telling the Story in NYC on Friday, June 7. He can be reached at 816-559-0620.
2019 New York Festivals Radio Awards Issues Call for Entries. The 37th New York Festivals Radio Awards is open for entries. Established in 1982, New York Festivals Radio Awards is an international audio awards competition in which entries are judged on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity, and use of the medium. New York Festivals enlists jurists from around the world to become members of their world-class Radio Awards Grand Jury. Jurors include some of the world’s most recognizable voices and captivating content producers in the radio industry. Building on last year’s category reorganization, the competition once again added new categories with respect to today’s robust radio industry. New categories for 2019 include: Best Audio Book – Children’s, Best Digital Esports, and Human Rights Documentary. NYF expanded its Podcast categories to include Serialized Podcast, Companion Podcast, and Narrative/ Documentary Podcast. NYF Radio Awards VP and executive director Rose Anderson states, “Listeners everywhere are embracing the expanded audio universe and they are clamoring for authentic storytelling experiences from direct-to-digital podcasts and documentaries, to audiobooks and esports coverage. Our advisory board and industry leaders have been a great help as we continue to recognize innovation and excellence.” The deadline to enter the 2019 Radio Awards competition is March 15, 2019 and you can do that here. Winners will be honored at the annual gala in New York taking place on June 24.
TALKERS News Notes. On Tuesday (1/8), iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman appeared on Bloomberg TV’s “Bloomberg Markets” program with Vonnie Quinn and addressed a number of radio business topics, including: iHeart’s exit from Chapter 11, the company being open to partnerships with other media companies, iHeart being ‘under-monetized’ compared to its reach, TSL and return on investment, and more. Watch the segment here…..CRN Digital Talk Radio adds “The Dr. Mitch Show” to its network roster. Dr. Mitchell Ghen hosts an interactive health talk show relying on his 38 years of experience in anti-aging, holistic, and integrative medicine to answer listeners’ health-related questions…..“Amazing Race” winner, “Big Brother” contestant, and reality star Jessica Graf launches a new podcast called, “Now What?” via PodcastOne. Graf says, “Having a podcast for me is like having a very public diary! And I’m really excited about that! Up until now, I’ve really focused on staying active on Instagram, but there’s so much that goes on in life that I feel like Instagram doesn’t always provide the opportunity to share. So now I have this brand-new podcast platform to be brutally honest on!”…..Reality TV stars Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Dallas” are jumping into the podcast world via YEA Networks. The program, “Weekly Dose of B.S.,” is an “anything-goes, unedited, uncensored weekly podcast.”…..Cadence13 partners with “Comments by Celebs” founders Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer to produce a podcast of the same name. The friends and recent Syracuse University grads took advantage of Instagram’s 2017 algorithm changes that make it easier to see comments by verified accounts across the platform to create the @CommentsbyCelebs account that captures the “cheeky and witty comments” celebrities post on one another’s posts. Since its inception, @CommentsbyCelebs has amassed a following of almost one million people and worldwide recognition, with media and celebrity followers including: Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Couric, John Mayer, Kelly Ripa, and Chrissy Teigen.…..WBUR, Boston announces the public media stations selected to participate in BizLab’s initiative to design and conduct revenue experiments for public radio in the digital age. The project is funded with $750,000 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and $250,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Each participating station will work with WBUR’s BizLab for six months, “using lean, user-centered design methodologies to identify and test new sources of revenue for that station. By engaging audiences and quickly testing concepts in-market, each station will generate quantitative results to inform their near-term strategic investments. Collaborating stations will share results and best practices with each other and the broader public radio system.” The selected stations are: WAMU, Washington D.C.; Louisville Public Media (WFPL, WFPK, WUOL); Capital Public Radio, Sacramento; WLRN-FM, Miami; Vermont Public Radio; and WDET-FM, Detroit…..Yesterday (1/9), Genesis Communications Network-syndicated talk show host Dr. Daliah Wachs celebrated her 10th anniversary as a talk radio show host…..Appearing on Lou Simon’s “The Diner” program on SiriusXM’s “Volume” channel (talk programming dedicated to music and the music business) recently were legendary radio personalities John Records Landecker, Shotgun Tom Kelly, and Joey Reynolds, as well as “Radio’s Best Friend” Art Vuolo. The three jocks were together for the Radio Dream Lunch in Los Angeles and, according to Vuolo, the show was so much fun that Simon is adding guests to his program. He’s already interviewed Paul Peterson of “Donna Reed Show” fame and singer/songwriter Jackie DeShannon. You can see video of the show here. Pictured below are Landecker (left) and Kelly (right) in the studio.
Trump’s Border Wall Address, Government Shutdown, Trump-Russia Investigation, 2020 Presidential Race, Ed Buck Case, Bezos Divorce, Showtime’s Roger Ailes Series, and NFL Playoffs Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (1/9). Tuesday night’s presidential address on the U.S.-Mexico border wall issue and President Trump’s battle against Democrats on the matter; the ongoing government shutdown; the investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents; possible 2020 presidential candidates including Elizabeth Warren, Michelle Obama, and Kamala Harris; the case of Democratic donor Ed Buck and the recent deaths of men at his California home; Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and wife divorce amidst speculation about infidelity; the legal battles surrounding the Showtime series about late FOX News Channel chief Roger Ailes; and the NFL playoffs 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. The nominees for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards presented by iHeartMedia and Fox Broadcasting Company on Thursday, March 14 live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles have been announced. This is the sixth year of the iHeartRadio Music Awards and the 2019 telecast will feature live performances from today’s star performers, artist collaborations, celebrity guest appearances, and live award presentations in multiple categories. iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes says, “It’s no secret why this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards nominees are a Who’s Who of music. These are the artists and the songs iHeartRadio listeners couldn’t get enough of this past year. It’s going to be an unforgettable show.” See the whole list here…..San Diego radio personality Chris Cantore is officially named morning drive host on Tegna Inc’s adult hits KFMB-FM “100.7 San Diego.” Cantore – who’s served with KPRI, KBZT, and XTRA-FM in the market – has been filling in hosting the morning show for several months. KFMB-FM program director Mike V. Vasquez says, “Cantore has that cool, laid-back vibe that is so easy to connect with. He’s not only entertaining, but he’s an authentic guy who cares about our community. He epitomizes all things San Diego and is an ideal ambassador for our station. I’m thrilled to have him joining our ‘100.7 San Diego’ family!”…..iHeartMedia Sacramento announces that Paul Robins is the new afternoon drive host on KBEB “92.5 The Breeze, Sacramento’s #1 For Relaxing Favorites at Work,” effective Friday, February 1. Robins also heads up William Jessup University’s Digital Communication and Design Bachelor of Arts degree program. He’ll host his show from the university’s studio while giving his students the opportunity to earn hands-on training with broadcast and digital content for the station. During his career, Robins has worked in Detroit, Dallas and Sacramento, including for 20 years as half of “The Paul and Phil Show” on KGBY “Y92.”…..Cumulus Media’s urban contemporary WLXC, Columbia, South Carolina “KISS 10-3.1” adds the Westwood One-syndicated “Rick and Sasha” program for morning drive. WWO just the launched the program starring Rick Party and Sasha the Diva into national syndication…..TALKERS magazine sends condolences to the family and friends of programmer pro Harve Alan, who passed away on January 6. During his career he’s served with CBS RADIO, iHeartMedia, ABC Radio Networks, NextMedia, and Metro Networks. He also operated his own consulting firm.
New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards Names ‘World’s Best Radio Programs’ – Westwood One and CBS News Radio Win Gold Medals. Last night at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse, the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards honoring the World’s Best Radio Programs were announced. The NYF’s Grand Jury awarded global networks and content creators from 31 countries, celebrating trophy-winning digital content, podcasts and audiobooks, live events, dramas and documentaries, breaking news coverage, multi-genre music specials, sound art, and promos from around the globe. New York Festivals VP and executive director Rose Anderson says, “As the radio landscape evolves to accommodate the shift in the way individuals consume audio, New York Festivals Radio Awards is at the forefront celebrating all popular forms of audio content available today.” In the News and Talk/Interview category, gold medal winners included: CBS News Radio for “CBS World News Roundup,” Westwood One for “Pain & Pride: Remembering Vietnam – 50 Years Later,” and National Press Club for “The Kalb Report.” See the entire list of winners in all categories here.
Former Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk to Join WMVP, Chicago’s ‘Kap & Company.’ Former Chicago Blackhawk center Eddie Olczyk will join WMVP’s David Kaplan two days per week (generally Mondays and Fridays) during the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon “Kap & Company” program. “ESPN 1000” VP and general manager Jim Pastor states, “What fans may not realize is that Eddie is not only a legendary hockey and horse racing broadcaster, but having grown up here, he’s also a huge fan of all Chicago sports teams. Pairing him twice a week with his good friend David Kaplan will give him a chance to put those passions on display for ESPN listeners.”
WMAL, Washington Legend Frank Harden Dies at 95. One half of the team that ruled the morning drive airwaves on WMAL-AM, Washington has died at age 95. Frank Harden, described as the straight man to Jackson Weaver on the long-running Harden and Weaver morning program died on Friday (6/15) at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The show ran from 1960 to 1992 when Weaver died. Harden continued on the air with Tim Brant and Andy Parks as co-hosts until 1998. Read the Washington Post obit here.
Bo Brown to Lead Cumulus Beaumont, Texas. Radio management pro Bo Brown is joining Cumulus Media as the new VP and market manager for the Beaumont, Texas cluster that includes sports talk simulcast KIKR-AM/KBED-AM “Sports Radio 1450AM/1510AM,” as well as three sister music outlets. He was most recently with Rhino Marketing in Houston. Brown says, “I’m excited about getting back to my roots and coming home to where I started my radio career. I want to thank Mary Berner, Bob Walker, and Mark Sullivan for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to being a part of an already very talented team and helping them to become even more successful.”
TALKERS News Notes. WHP, Harrisburg afternoon drive talk show host Ken Matthews is a busy man. Over the next 10 days he’s pulling a lot of double duty. In addition to his regular show on WHP, he’s filling in for late morning host Dom Giordano on WPHT, Philadelphia a couple of days this week. Then on Friday (6/22), he’s sitting in for Premiere Networks’ Rush Limbaugh. The following week he’s back on WPHT filling in for morning drive host Chris Stigall June 27-30…..WCBM, Baltimore staffer Nino Mangione’s campaign for state delegate is the subject of an investigation by the Maryland state prosecutor’s office. According to a report in the Baltimore Sun, Mangione’s work as the webmaster at his family’s radio station and the website’s reporting on Mangione’s campaign could be interpreted as an in-kind donation to his campaign, says a complaint filed with the state. The state prosecutor’s office doesn’t comment on the status of investigations and only reveals details if charges are filed. Mangione had hosted a weekly, Friday night radio program but ended that show in April after filing for the campaign…..Hubbard Radio’s WTOP, Washington is honored by the Institute for Excellence in Sales with its “Innovation in Sales” award. WTOP director of national and federal sales Jeffrey Wolinsky says, “With a desirable audience, WTOP’s sales staff continues to grow its value to local, regional, and national clients through custom marketing solutions that begin with the clients’ needs and end with continual renewals as 91% of the companies that invest at the super key account level renew each year!”…..Pictured below is nationally syndicated GCN host and TALKERS Heavy Hundred member Dr. Daliah Wachs (right) celebrating her 47th birthday with a party at her Las Vegas home on Sunday (6/17). Pictured celebrating the event are KMZQ, Las Vegas personality Heidi Harris (left) and KDWN, Las Vegas news/program director John Shaffer (center). Word from Las Vegas is that Harris and Wachs have been bringing down the houses at a number of local events with their dynamic singing act! Wach’s show is carried locally on KDWN.
Illegal Immigration Enforcement, Trump vs Merkel, Trump-Russia Investigation/Roger Stone Allegation, Inspector General’s FBI-Clinton Probe Report, Trump Trade Wars/Additional China Tariffs, Audi Emissions Scandal, and MLB Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (6/18). The Trump administration’s illegal immigration enforcement policies and the controversy over separating children from parents; President Trump’s criticism of Germany’s immigration policy and his relationship with Angela Merkel; the investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents and the related allegations against former Trump adviser Roger Stone, the inspector general’s report on the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email server probe; Trump’s placing of tariffs on foreign goods, the fear of a trade war, and addition tariffs added to Chinese goods; Audi’s CEO accused in new emissions scandal; and Major League Baseball action among top news/talk stories yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. A partnership between Sun Broadcast Group and Alpha Media brings the weekend countdown program, “The Hit List with Fitz,” to more than 20 of Alpha’s country stations. This addition means the program is heard on more than 100 affiliate stations each week. Fitz says, “We are ecstatic about our new partnership with Alpha Media across their whole country platform. Scott Mahalick has been an important creative partner and mentor of mine for over a decade and when Mahalick and I collaborate, crazy stuff happens! Together we aren’t afraid to take risks. It’s about to get fun again!”…..Envision Networks announces the panelists participating in its June 27 webinar on programming underperforming station for success using 24/7 formats. Taking part will be Howard Kroeger of Kroeger Media, creator of the HANK FM and BOB FM formats; Brian Burns, creator of the brand new innovative No Borders Radio bilingual CHR format; Mike Marino, legendary producer and creator of Jammin’ Radio and MOOD FM formats; George Gimarc, the creator of Today’s Comedy Network and Stand Up Rock; and Neal Sabin of MeTV-FM fame. The panel will share the processes behind formatting, imaging, and marketing a 24/7 format. The webinar begins at 2:00 pm ET…..CMT personality Cody Alan recently hosted the latest “Story Behind The Songs” event in the Bahamas featuring Broken Bow Records’ award-winning artist Jason Aldean and rising country star Dustin Lynch. The four-day getaway at the Sandals Royal Bahamian was held from June 13-16 and included live performances on the beach from the artists, as well as personal stories from the road, which were also broadcast live from paradise on “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan”…..The fourth annual country music talent search conducted by Cumulus Media is getting underway. The “NASH Next 2018” contest began in more than 54 markets across the United States including: Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Nashville. The winner of the four-month-long national competition will receive a record deal under the Big Machine Label Group. The “NASH Next 2017” winner, Radio Romance, released their debut single, “Weekend,” in April 2018 and cracked the top 50 country charts their first week on the radio. They also appeared at CMA Fest this June and will start their Summer/Fall tour this August.
Ron Kuby Exits WABC, New York. So far, there’s no explanation from Cumulus Media about the sudden departure of Ron Kuby from the Curtis & Kuby midday show on news/talk WABC, New York. The WABC website indicates Curtis Sliwa is staying on to host the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm show solo and it appears likely that Kuby’s departure is the result of budget cuts. Sliwa and Kuby returned to WABC after a six-year absence back in 2014. The liberal Kuby and conservative Sliwa had worked together successfully at WABC from 2000 until 2008 when their show was canceled. Sliwa hosted a solo show at Salem’s crosstown WNYM “AM 970 The Answer” for a number of years between 2008 and 2014.
Clark Howard Suffers Near-Fatal Medical Episode. Nationally syndicated consumer issues talk host Clark Howard tells WSB-TV, Atlanta that his doctors have a working theory that the antibiotic ciprofloxacin combined with his cholesterol medication may have been responsible for the life-threatening illness he recently suffered. Howard was prescribed the antibiotic as a precautionary measure to ward off infection after a routine biopsy to monitor his prostate cancer. However, days later he was admitted to the hospital and ultimately diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis – and affliction that he says results in your muscles basically eating themselves. Doctors flushed his system with IVs and he’s recuperated.
Three Fox News Staffers File Discrimination Suits. Responding to the suits filed in District Court in New York, Fox News says, “We believe these latest claims are without legal basis and look forward to proving that Fox News at all times has acted appropriately, and lawfully, in connection with these matters.” The suits were filed by the New York employment law firm Wigdor LLP on behalf of claimants Kathleen Lee, currently a shift editor at Fox News Radio, former accounts payable coordinator Naima Farrow, and former accounts receivables specialist Vidya Mann. Lee claims that she suffered retaliation after reporting sexual harassment. Farrow alleges she was fired after notifying her supervisor that she was pregnant. And Mann – who was not a full-time staffer – says she was let go after having her baby. You can see the Bloomberg account here.
Joe Madison Re-Ups with SiriusXM. Talk radio pro Joe Madison is staying on with SiriusXM after signing a new, multi-year contract to continue hosting the 6:00 am to 10:00 am ET program on the satcaster’s Urban View channel. SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein comments, “Joe is the foundation of our Urban View channel, a tireless campaigner for social change and one of the best interviewers working in radio today. We are thrilled to have him exclusively on SiriusXM and look forward to many more years of great radio with Joe.”
Alpha Media Closes on Purchase of WFTL and WMEN in West Palm Beach. The company had been operating news/talk WFTL and sports talk WMEN in the West Palm Beach market under an LMA from ACM JCE IV B LLC for almost two years. Earlier this year, Alpha Media agreed to purchase the stations for $2 million. The stations were acquired by ACM JCE IV B LLC from the bankruptcy restructuring of James Crystal Enterprises in 2013. Alpha Media chairman Larry Wilson states, “We are delighted to add WFTL and WMEN to our dynamic group of stations in South Florida. Elizabeth Hamma and her outstanding team are the best in the business and this acquisition represents our confidence in their ability to continue to dominate the Palm Beach market.” Alpha also operates hot AC WRMF, AC WEAT “Sunny 107.9,” country WIRK, urban contemporary WMBX “X102.3,” and hip hop W242CI “Beatz 96.3.”
TALKERS News Notes. It’s a milestone for Compass Media Networks’ “Mike Lupica Podcast” as it passes the one million download mark. The longtime New York sports writer and media figure was recently nominated for a 2017 Webby Award for Best Sports Podcast. Lupica comments, “Doing this podcast has been even more fun than I thought it would be. We’re a year in and already we’ve had really insightful conversations with some of the biggest names in sports, media and politics.”…..Edison Research announces it appoints Dr. Nino Japaridze to the new role of vice president for public affairs research. Japaridze will be based in Washington to lead Edison’s public affairs and international research practice. She more than 20 years of experience in the fields of public affairs and international research, most recently as vice president of public affairs at Ipsos North America where she led global media research and political risk practice areas and was responsible for partnering with technology-based companies to extend research capabilities across digital platforms…..WSGW, Saginaw, Michigan news director Ann Williams is named president of Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. Williams was installed at the APME banquet in Lansing last month. At the same event, the Alpha Media station was honored with three first place awards by the organization for Best Sportscast, Best Digital Presence, and Best Use of Photography. WSGW program director Dave Maurer comments, “We are so proud of Ann. She has done an outstanding job with her great attention to detail and her mentoring skills in our news department and now she will share her talents on a statewide basis in this top leadership position.”…..Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM, Raleigh “99.9 The Fan” is hosting its 3rd Annual Sports Radio Open golf tournament on June 20 to benefit the Helene Foundation, which provides immediate support for mothers fighting cancer to positively impact their families.
New York Festivals Announces Finalists for International Radio Program Awards. The finalists have been announced for The New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards for 2017. The Grand Jury selected 336 finalists from entries submitted from 32 countries across the globe. Entries were judged on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity and use of the medium. All entries achieving finalist status proceed to the medal round. Entries from the U.S. moving on to the medal round come from companies including: ABC Radio Network, CBS RADIO Boston, ESPN, iHeartMedia, SiriusXM, Westwood One, and more. The World’s Best Radio Programs will be announced at the 2017 awards ceremony on Monday June 19 Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. See all the finalists here.
Trump in the Middle East, Trump Budget Proposal, British Concert Bombing, Trump-Russia Investigation, Ford CEO Fired, NC Redistricting Ruling, Confederate Monuments Removal, and MLB, NBA and NHL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/22). President Donald Trump’s visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian territory; President Trump’s budget proposal and GOP leaders’ reactions; the deadly terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England; the investigation into possible links between Trump campaign operatives and Russia; Ford fires CEO Mark Fields and installs Jim Hackett; SCOTUS throws out North Carolina redistricting ruling it was based on racial gerrymandering; the tensions in the South over the removal of Confederate monuments; and MLB, NBA and NHL action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Beasley Media Group Announces New Format Captains. Four Beasley Media Group programmers are adding format captain to their business cards. The company is promoting WMMR-FM and WMGK-FM, Philadelphia program director Bill Weston to format captain for rock; Boston OM and WMJX-FM and WBQT-FM PD Cadillac Jack to format captain for CHR and AC; Las Vegas OM and KOAS-FM and KVGS-FM PD John Candelaria to format captain for urban; and WSOC-FM and WBCN-FM, Charlotte OM and PD DJ Stout to format captain for country. Beasley EVP of programming Justin Chase, “Not only will these programmers offer additional insight and assistance for our other PDs, they will also create more synergy and leverage in order to better compete in the markets we serve. We feel this team, with its unique strengths, will provide incredible support when situations arise.”
More Music Radio News and Career Moves. WLNK, Charlotte afternoon duo Matt Harris and Ramona Holloway sign a new, multi-year contract to remain with Entercom Charlotte’s hot AC station. Entercom Charlotte VP and market manager Matt Hanlon states, “Matt and Ramona’s commitment to our listeners and the community set them apart from any other afternoon entertainment in Charlotte. That is precisely why they continue to be the dominant ratings leader for WLNK-FM. Their commitment to community, brilliant entertainment and passion for our listeners make them an ideal program for the culture we foster at Entercom Communications.”…..iHeartMedia Nashville is bringing market legend Gerry House back to the station to serve as its official voice talent for classic country W252CM “The BIG Legend at 98.3,” effective May 26. House says, “The truth is, the good times, the spirit and the hits we played back when the House Foundation morning show was on the air will be on The BIG Legend at 98.3.” House was heard on WSIX-FM, Nashville from 1983 to 2010…..Radio pro Jay Philpott is making a move within Cumulus Media to move from rock WNNX, Atlanta “Rock 100.5” to his hometown of Minneapolis to join rock KQRS “Q92” to host the evening show. Philpott says he’ll exit WNNX on June 2 and start at KQRS on June 12. He will continue to host his national show on the Westwood One network.….Myra Ellison announces she’s leaving her director of promotions, marketing & web gig at Entercom’s Madison cluster due to health issues…..Westwood One is kicking off the summer season with two exclusive Memorial Day Weekend music specials. One is called “Get Out and Play” and is hosted by Ed Sheeran. It celebrates the beginning of summer with four hours of music, information on this summer’s hottest tours, plus talk about the beach, summer vacation spots and new box office releases. “Memorial Day Mania” is hosted by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and “ignites the summer season with tour and summer music festival talk, new music coming out this summer, road trips, and more.”
By Mike Kinosian
NEW YORK — Whether through the recently-concluded World Baseball Classic won by Team USA in an 8-0 shutout over Puerto Rico or the Olympic Games, our planet famously comes together through athletic competition.
There is a vaguely similar, highly estimable radio counterpart, although it doesn’t require a four-year wait like the WBC or Olympics, and participants won’t require season- or career-ending Tommy John surgery.
Entrants of New York Festivals’ “World’s Best Radio Programs” are evaluated on what they do best and it has been that way ever since these particular honors were established in 1982.
At one point, those currently possessing privately-owned New York Festivals retained the Clio awards as well.
This particular competition spotlights the medium’s most innovative work from a worldwide base of radio station and network staffers, as well as independent producers.