Pending Business: Future Sales. Sales pro Steve Lapa, president of Lapcom Communications Corp, writes in today’s column about the numerous types of content that today’s account executives are being asked to sell – traditional on-air, streaming, podcasts, live events, and more. He says, “As you present multiple distribution platforms to your advertisers, the goal is to show the impact your talent makes with the audience. Sometimes you are positioned to sell the total distribution and sometimes specialists step in. Maybe you also sell podcasts that are re-purposed radio shows or maybe you sell original content podcasts (now commanding high audio CPM). No matter what your sales role, stay focused on what makes your value proposition different and better than your competitor.” Read his column here.
Megyn Kelly to Host Live Midday Talk Show on SiriusXM. The new 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm talk show starring former FOX News Channel and NBC News journalist Megyn Kelly will debut on SiriusXM on September 7. Kelly and the satellite radio company signed an exclusive agreement for her show to air on its Triumph channel. After exiting NBC News in 2018, Kelly launched her own podcast via her Devil May Care Media company. SiriusXM says, “Megyn Kelly is one of the most respected, accomplished journalists in the news industry. A world-class broadcaster with millions of dedicated fans, her current successful podcast has a large and passionate audience in the U.S. as well as internationally, where Kelly is one of the world’s most recognized news stars. Fans will now be able to listen to Kelly on SiriusXM – the only place to hear her live and engage with her directly. Her singular voice joins an array of talent that bolsters SiriusXM’s commitment to offering the broadest range of political and news programming in all of audio.” Beginning August 16, SiriusXM’s Triumph channel will air best-of shows from Kelly before the program’s live premiere on September 7. Kelly comments, “I’m thrilled to be taking our program to the next level by broadcasting it live for SiriusXM’s massive audience. My team and I have been grateful to see our show, in less than a year, become one of the most successful podcasts in America – proving that there is a thirst for open, honest and more meaningful conversations about current events. I can’t think of a better partner to help us expand that reach even further than a blue-chip brand like SiriusXM, which has always been a leader in predicting market trends and is perfectly positioned for the evolving manner in which Americans consume their news.” As part of the multi-platform agreement, SiriusXM subscribers will gain access to video of the show, which will be available on the SXM App and social platforms. In addition, following its premiere on the Triumph channel, “The Megyn Kelly Show” will be made available as a podcast to Kelly’s listeners on the SXM App, Pandora, Stitcher, and all other major podcast platforms. Red Seat Ventures, which previously handled production and distribution of “The Megyn Kelly Show” podcast, will continue to produce Kelly’s new SiriusXM program.
TALKERS 2021 Conference Video Posted – “Luncheon Addresses.” The fifth video, under the direction of Art Vuolo, from the TALKERS 2021 Conference that took place at Hofstra University on June 11, is posted. This relatively brief installment features welcoming remarks from Mark Lukasiewicz, dean of Hofstra’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and a special address by Lawrence Jones, enterprise reporter, “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Channel. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison provides the introductions. TALKERS will be posting a new video from TALKERS 2021 each business day until all 10 are archived and available for on-demand viewing.
TALKERS News Notes. Today (7/6), Atlanta morning personality Frank Ski led a town hall discussion about the increase in crime in the region. Ski hosts the morning drive show on Cox Media Group’s urban contemporary WALR-FM “KISS 104.1.” The program featured panelists including: Atlanta police chief Rodney Bryant, Gwinnett County sheriff Keybo Taylor, Fulton County sheriff Pat Labat, and DeKalb County sheriff Melody Maddox to get answers to questions such as What are the police doing to stop crime? And What are city officials doing to support police? Ski and panelists also took phone calls from listeners…..The USA Radio Networks nationally syndicated “Dan Sileo Show” is being added to the program lineup at JVC Media’s “Florida Man Radio” heard on WDYZ-AM/W288CJ in Orlando and WZLB-FM, Fort Walton Beach…..The “U.S. Phenomenon” program hosted by Mario Magana is being added to the program schedule at news/talk KVI, Seattle airing at 10:00 pm. Station program director Rick Van Cise says, “We are excited to welcome Mario and U.S. Phenomenon to KVI’s weekend lineup! It is a natural segue from Arts Bell’s popular “Somewhere in Time,” now giving KVI’s Saturday night listeners five hours of entertaining exploration into all things weird and unexplained.”
First Half of 2021 in Review. Media consultant and TALKERS columnist Holland Cooke devoted the Independence Day weekend installment of his RT America TV program, “The Big Picture” to looking back at the most-talked-about stories of the first half of 2021 in addition to looking ahead at what might be in store for the nation going forward. He was joined by TALKERS founder Michael Harrison who took an optimistic position in his prognostication. To see the show, please click here.
COVID-19, Fourth of July Holiday, Spike in U.S. Gun Violence, U.S. Exits Afghanistan, The Economy/Inflation, Trump Org Legal Battle, Florida Condo Demolition, and Threat of Tropical Storm Elsa Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The rate of COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S. and concerns about the spread of the Delta variant; observation of the Fourth of July holiday; the spike in gun-related violence in America’s big cities and the more than 150 people killed over the holiday weekend; analysis of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after almost 20 years; the economy’s recovery from the pandemic and the inflation being felt by consumers; the Manhattan DA’s prosecution of the Trump Organization; the demolition of the remainder of the Surfside Condo in Florida; and the threat of Tropical Storm Elsa turning into a hurricane were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Monday Memo: About Pottymouth. Yes, the rules are different for podcasters than for what’s acceptable on-air lingo. But consultant Holland Cooke warns podcasters, “Pick your lane and stay with it.” Read his column here.
Unemployment Benefits Ending/New Stimulus Deal, Back to School Debate, COVID-19 Statistics & Projections, BLM Protests, Presidential Race, U.S.-China Tensions, MLB Season Begins, and the Deaths of Regis Philbin, Olivia de Havilland, and Peter Green Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. Americans are bracing for the end of unemployment benefits that run out this week as the GOP and the White House work on a new stimulus package; the debate over if and how to send kids back to school in the fall; the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in numerous states and projections for future cases; the Black Lives Matter protests in several cities and the Trump administration’s use of federal forces; the November presidential election and current Trump approval polls; the diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and China and allegations China is trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine data; Major League Baseball begins its shortened 2020 season; and the deaths of Regis Philbin, Olivia de Havilland, and Peter Green were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Pending Business: Location, Location, Location. Sales and marketing consultant Steve Lapa, president of Lapcom Communications, writes in today’s column that the coronavirus pandemic has changed where people take part in certain activities and where they consume certain products. Similarly, radio salespeople must accept that in-car listening habits have changed and they must pitch accordingly. Read it here.
Two Stations Add Salem Radio Network Lineup. Two radio stations are adding the Salem Radio Network lineup of conservative talk shows to their program schedules. Idaho Wireless Corporation’s KSEI, Pocatello, Idaho flips from oldies to news/talk and Wilkins Radio Network changes KXKS-AM, Albuquerque from a religious format to news/talk, both airing the lineup of Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Larry Elder, and Dan Proft. Both stations are also airing Townhall News at the top of the hour. Salem SVP of spoken word Phil Boyce comments, “We have seen tremendous interest in the news/talk format, with this major breaking news cycle we are living through. These stations see this tremendous interest in breaking news and what to make of it, and they understand only one network is capable of giving them an entire lineup.”
iHeartMedia Los Angeles Partners with FanVestor for Charitable Sweepstakes. Through a partnership with fan engagement app FanVestor, iHeartMedia Los Angeles is raising money for local charities providing access to healthy meals for children and others affected by COVID-19 school closures and financial hardship. FanVestor is hosting a series of virtual in-app sweepstakes in which fans who download the free app and create an account become automatically entered to win a daily $1,000 cash prize and can also enter to win one virtual fan experience sweepstakes of their choice for free. Those virtual fan experiences include: A Private Virtual Q&A with professional baseball players Justin Turner or Max Muncy hosted by KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” personalities Petros and Money. The winner will also receive a team gift bag and jersey from one of the players and two of the original seats from Dodger Stadium; A Private Virtual Hang with The Jonas Brothers hosted by 104.3 MYFM’s on-air personality Valentine; A Private Virtual Hang with DJ Khaled, hosted by Big Boy from KRRL “REAL 92.3”; Co-Host for The Day on 102.7 KIIS FM’s “Top 9 at 9 Countdown” alongside on-air personality EJ, plus a private virtual hang and interview with artist, singer and dancer Jackson Wang; Private Virtual Brunch with Ryan Seacrest and the cast of 102.7 KIIS FM’s “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” show; and more. iHeartMedia division president Kevin LeGrett says, “iHeartMedia Los Angeles is excited to partner with the new FanVestor fan engagement app at a time when our listeners, the fans, are craving interaction with their favorite artists and trusted iHeartMedia personalities.”
‘10,000 Voices’ Campaign Underway at iHeartMedia Philadelphia. In collaboration with non-profit voter registration organization HeadCount, iHeartMedia Philadelphia launches the “10,000 Voices” campaign to encourage voter registration in Philadelpha, New Jersey, and Delaware. iHeartMedia Philadelphia says it will “combine its tremendous reach on air and digitally with HeadCount’s voter engagement tools along with support from the Philadelphia Commissioners Office in the 100 days leading up to voter registration deadlines in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. “10,000 Voices” will provide three paths for voter engagement: voter registration; a Me+3 Pledge, an initiative which will encourage listeners to bring three friends or family members to vote; and voting by mail. iHeartMedia Philadelphia director of news and community affairs Loraine Ballard Morrill says, “Increasing the number of people that vote in each election means better representation of everyone’s voice and a great way to actively participate in our democracy. This is our chance to vote on the issues important to us.”
TALKERS News Notes. Talk radio pro Simon Conway (left) is filling in for Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo (right) on his Compass Media Networks-syndicated talk show today through Wednesday. That’s in addition to Conway doing his regular WHO, Des Moines-based morning show that’s also heard on iHeartMedia’s WMT, Cedar Rapids and WOC, Quad Cities. The Joe Pags Show will also air on WMT and WOC…..Magnum Communications closes on the acquisition of WFAW-AM and WSJY-FM, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and WKCH-FM, Whitewater, Wisconsin from NRG Media. KALIL & CO., INC. was the exclusive broker for this transaction…..The NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers announce they have a new Spanish-language radio broadcast team for the 2020 season. Francisco Pinto will provide color commentary and Adrian Garcia Marquez will serve as the play-by-play announcer on Estrella Radio’s simulcast of regional Mexican KBUE-FM/KEBN-FM “Que Buena 105.5/94.3.” Chargers president of business operations A.G. Spanos says, “We are excited to reunite two of LA’s most recognizable and respected voices on our Spanish-language radio broadcast. Francisco and Adrian have great on-air chemistry, as witnessed by their multiple Emmy Awards calling Los Angeles Lakers games for Spectrum SportsNet Deportes. Both are consummate professionals with extensive sports broadcast experience not just in LA, but on the national and international stages as well. We cannot wait for their call to hit the airwaves this season and bring Chargers fans the action in a way that only Francisco and Adrian can.”…..Nationally syndicated talk host Dave Graveline announced via social media that he’s tested positive for COVID-19. He writes: “I am COVID positive and I ‘have a bad case of pneumonia.’ They are sending for the respiratory therapist STAT. And they will do everything they can before they need to consider… ventilator. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Not feeling well at all.”
Music Radio News and Career Moves. Broadcaster Urban One, Inc’s executive team expressed thanks on Friday to the Washington, D.C. City Council for the amendment that effectively eliminates a proposed advertising tax from the Fiscal 2021 budget. The proposed 3% sales tax would have been added to TV, radio, print, and digital advertising purchases. Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins III says, “We have been partners with the residents of the District for over 40 years and consider ourselves part of the fiber of the city and the DMV. This pandemic has devastated and disrupted all of our lives, and the advertising tax would have been like adding salt in the wound.”…..iHeartMedia announces it has signed Jubal Fresh to a deal to host “The Jubal Show” on CHR KBKS, Seattle “106.1 KISS FM” Previously paired with Brooke Fox for the syndicated “Brooke and Jubal” show based at Hubbard Radio’s KQMV, Seattle, Jubal exited the show earlier this year. He will be joined at KBKS by his wife, Alex Fresh, and additional hosts to be named at a later date. iHeartMedia Seattle market president Robert Dove says, “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Jubal on his next endeavor and welcome him to iHeartMedia Seattle. Jubal’s ability to cultivate a diverse fan base across America, but most importantly, right here in Seattle, was just something we could not miss. I’m excited to welcome him and Alex to the team!”