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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.

NEW YORK

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)

LOS ANGELES

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)

CHICAGO

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)

SAN FRANCISCO

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)

DALLAS

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)

HOUSTON

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

ATLANTA

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)

PHILADELPHIA

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

LONG ISLAND

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)

RIVERSIDE

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)

SAN JOSE

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)

MIDDLESEX

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.

Monday, November 14, 2022

| November 14, 2022

Industry Mourns Jim Bohannon.  Veteran talk radio host Jim Bohannon has died at age 78, at the Prisma Health Cottingham Hospice House in South Carolina after losing a hard fought battle with esophageal cancer. He was born January 7, 1944 in Corvallis, OR, where his father was stationed in the U.S. Army during WWII. After the war, the family moved back to their home town to Lebanon, MO, where Jim grew up and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1962. He attended Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, before joining the military. His service in the U.S. Army Security Agency with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade included a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1967-68. Jim’s radio career began in high school working at KLWT, and in college at KICK, and KWTO.  After his return stateside, Jim was stationed at Vint Hill Farms Station, VA, and worked at radio stations WGAY, WTOP, and WRC in the Washington, DC market. He joined the Mutual Network in 1983, which later became Westwood One Radio. He began anchoring America in the Morning news magazine, hosting the Saturday night Jim Bohannon Show, and filling in on the Larry King Show. In 1993, Larry King moved to CNN, and the radio show became the Jim Bohannon Show, which Jim hosted until shortly before his death. His distinctive voice, wit and wisdom was aired on some 500 radio stations nationwide. Jim has been honored to be the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his talent and contributions to the radio industry. This includes his induction into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Association of Broadcasters, the Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, the Radio Hall of Fame of the Museum of Broadcast Communication, and the Society of Professional Journalists, DC Chapter Hall of Fame. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from TALKERS magazine, and the First Amendment Award from the Radio and Television Digital News Foundation. He was especially pleased to receive the Gold Award from the International Radio Festival of New York for his documentary, “Pain and Pride- Remembering Vietnam,” and to be a 2003 inductee to the Wall of Honor in his hometown of Lebanon, MO. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Vietnam Veterans of America. Jim is survived by his wife, Annabelle Bohannon, of Westminster, SC, and daughter, Elizabeth Smith of Janesville, WI.  Per Jim’s wishes no formal services will be held at this time. The family is at their respective homes.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory are suggested to any organization of your choice that serves to support the needs of veterans.  A message of condolence may be written to the family by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.comTALKERS publisher Michael Harrison states: “Jim Bohannon was one of the greatest radio broadcasters of all time, plain and simple.  His talent was only surpassed by the personal esteem in which his fellow broadcasters held him.  He was the very definition of a ‘good guy’ through and through.”  Harrison recently recorded the last official interview with Jim Bohannon that is posted on PodcastOne click here.

Remembering Overnight Sensation Jim Bohannon. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Bohannon a number of times over the years for personality profile pieces in the radio trade press. He says, “‘Class act’ epitomized peerless communicator Bohannon, who – while enjoying the luxury of a national Westwood One platform – possessed a palpably authentic on-air style that enamored him to a huge, loyal following. Always remarkably accessible, ‘Jimbo’ was unfailing in offering his vast expertise to the industry as a whole and to aspiring broadcasters. Moreover, he exuded a truly unique warmth that will be missed beyond measure.” Read Mike Kinosian’s piece here.

Monday Memo: Your Podcast “Bones,” Part Deux. In last week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke recommended to podcasters that shorter-is-better. This week, HC recommends a format for longer-form episodes. Read his column here.

 

Pending Business: When the Crystal Ball Is Foggy. Radio sales pro Steve Lapa writes in today’s column that “the current economic cycle is being driven by a sweeping round of cutbacks and strategic business re-focus.” He says that as a result, “the clock is ticking on the adjustments you should consider to jump-start 2023.” He offers a quick checklist to consider as you deal with a changing economic climate. Read it here.

 

Urban One’s Sports Talk WFNZ, Charlotte Names New Midday Shows. Today (11/14) marks the launch of new midday programming on Urban One’s Charlotte sports talk WFNZ-AM/FM “Sports Radio 92.7.” The station introduces the new 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm show “Wes & Walker” starring Wes Bryant (left) and Walker Mehl (right). Bryant is a host, producer, editor and voice-over artist for the ACC Digital Network in Charlotte.  He’s hosted ACC Digital Network’s “Kickoff Live,” a college football pregame show and “Wes Got Range,” a lifestyle show joining food and local area athletes together. Most recently he was the 2021-2022 season pre- and post-game host for the Charlotte Hornets broadcasts on Bally Sports South. Mehl hosts the “Locked on Hornets” podcast and has served as a guest host on WFNZ. Station PD Jeff Rickard says, “I’m excited to hear from two talented young men who are not only entertaining and engaging, but true native sons of the Queen City. I’m looking forward to hearing their hometown takes on all things Charlotte sports. I can’t wait for our listeners to learn more about them and enjoy the upcoming ride.” Rickard is also debuting his new late morning show titled, “Charlotte Sports Today,” that airs from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The “Mac Bone” show continues is morning drive and Kyle Bailey remains the PM drive personality.

Audacy Names Seema Kumar SVP of Advertising Platforms. Advertising pro Seema Kumar joins Audacy as SVP of advertising platforms for the company. In this role, she’ll lead the team members responsible for the technology platforms for Audacy’s revenue organization, “ensuring that roadmaps and requirements are prioritized for vendors and IT ad tech engineers, aligned with ad product strategy and revenue goals, and optimized to meet business operational needs.” Kumar comes to Audacy from her most recent position as VP of advertising technology for WarnerMedia. Audacy EVP of advertising technology, products and platforms Terri Gunnell states, “We’re thrilled to welcome Seema to the team as we elevate our strategy and focus on the interoperability of our ad platforms to support growing our revenue in partnership with sales and creating efficiencies for sales operations. Her deep ad tech platform experience and forward-thinking business acumen will ensure we improve service to our internal and external clients and partners as well as enhance our ability to innovate in 2023 and beyond.”

WRKO, Boston’s Radiothon Raises $86,000 for Disabled Veterans. On Thursday and Friday of last week (11/10 & 11) iHeartMedia news/tak outlet WRKO, Boston produced its seventh annual DAV Radiothon to benefit the Disabled American Veterans Department of Massachusetts and raised $86,000. Over the two days, WRKO on-air personalities Jeff Kuhner, Chuck Zodda and Mike Armstrong encouraged listeners to donate and raise funds for the DAV of Massachusetts’ homeless shelter and transportation programs. iHeartMedia Boston VP of news, talk, sports Rob Sanchez says, “Every year the WRKO listeners amaze me with their generosity. Once again, they have helped to raise $86,883 for the DAV of Massachusetts. We’re proud to be able to support the DAV of Massachusetts and show that WRKO, our listeners and our sponsors are always willing to help the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our great country.” Since 2016, DAV Radiothon has raised more than $886,000 to benefit veterans in the community.

Midterm Results, Trump in ’24, Biden Meets Xi, G-20 Summit, The Economy/Crypto Meltdown, Deadly Virginia and Idaho Shootings, Russia-Ukraine War, and Social Media Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The aftermath of last week’s midterm elections including the Democrats’ hold on the U.S. Senate and the still-unknown status of the U.S. House; former President Donald Trump’s expected run for president in 2024; President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping over tense issues including Taiwan; the meeting of G-20 leaders in Bali; U.S. inflation, job reports and concerns about a recession, combined with the freefall of crypto-currency; the fatal shooting of three at the University of Virginia and the deaths of four University of Idaho students; Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and its exit from Kherson; and the troubles at Elon Musk’s Twitter, Meta’s Facebook, and the future of social media were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

| October 27, 2022

Mark Davis is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. Today is the 40th anniversary of Dallas radio legend Mark Davis’ career as a professional broadcaster. What better way to celebrate it than being a guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview?” Davis is one of the most successful and respected local news/talk radio hosts in America. For the past decade, this self-described libertarian-conservative has hosted the 7:00 am – 10:00 am CT morning show on Salem’s AM 660, The Answer – KSKY-AM – in the vibrant Dallas/Fort Worth market. Prior to that, he did a long stint at WBAP – also in the Dallas Metroplex. Along the way, he’s served as a regular fill-in for the late Rush Limbaugh and other national hosts in addition to having written two well-received books about politics published by Regnery. Harrison and Davis engage in a lively chat about the radio veteran’s career including changes over the past four decades in journalism, broadcasting technology, radio localism, the military (Davis grew up in a U.S. Air Force family) and partisanship in the national conversation. Don’t miss this! To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here.

WIP-FM, Philadelphia Names Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie New Morning Hosts. The Audacy sports talk station reveals that it will move the current midday team of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie to morning drive early next year when Angelo Cataldi retires from his historic run as SportsRadio 94WIP’s morning drive host. The new show will continue to feature longtime WIP morning anchor Rhea Hughes and producer James Seltzer. Audacy says it will name a new midday show in the coming months. WIP-FM brand manager Rod Lakin says, “We are very excited to announce Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie will be leading the WIP morning show. For the last three decades Angelo Cataldi set the standard for morning drive in Philadelphia and helped define the sports narrative of this great city. Joe and Jon, along with Rhea Hughes and the other talented members of the WIP morning show, will adhere to the standard that Angelo created and develop a connection with the Philadelphia sports audience for years to come.” DeCamara comments, “I am ecstatic for the opportunity to host mornings on WIP. There is a remarkable tradition of success long established by the legend, Angelo, and the entire current morning team, and my aim is to continue to uphold that level of excellence. I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude to WIP and Audacy management, to Angelo, and to WIP listeners and callers whose intense passion drives the heartbeat of Philly sports. We look forward to assembling the full team that will comprise our show as we move to mornings. And I look forward to multiple parades down Broad Street over the next four months!” Ritchie adds, “I’m grateful and honored that Joe and I have the opportunity to follow in Angelo Cataldi’s footsteps on WIP’s morning show. We’ll work hard to uphold the station’s tradition of emotional connection with the greatest sports fans in the world.”

Radio Observers Reminisce and Analyze as Rock Gives Way to All-News on 92.3 FM in New York. Today’s move by Audacy that begins the simulcast of all-news WINS-AM on WNYL-FM (soon to become WINS-FM) was preceded by coverage of the change in the New York media that included reminiscing about the old “K-Rock” – for 20 years the flagship station of Howard Stern’s program – as well as the rock music and talk shows that also occupied the frequency over the years. In Verne Gay’s story on the change in Newsday, Audacy New York president Chris Oliviero is quoted saying, “Why now? That question has been bandied about for many years, but one of the major issues is that we’re still governed by FCC cap rules. Any time we wanted to add something to FM, we had to take something away. We had to make a choice [and] news and sports is what we do really well.” This change also comes at the same time as Audacy finalizes the newsroom merger of WINS and WCBS-AM. Audacy New York VP of news Ben Mevorach is quoted in the Newsday piece saying that “both stations will retain their separate identities, but that the merger ‘removes the redundancy of coverage’ and frees reporters up at each station to cover different stories. Mevorach added that there will be no layoffs but ‘actually the opposite: This is an all-out assault on becoming the dominant [radio] news leader here.’” Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine publisher Michael Harrison was asked about the changes and replied, “As natives of the 20th century, you and I still think there’s a difference between AM and FM but to natives of the 21st century, these are irrelevant facts. The flip doesn’t mean anything other than Audacy is doing the best it can to keep up with the times.” Regarding the end of rock music on 92.3 FM, Harrison adds, “It’s sad to see it go on a certain level, but radio gave up ownership of music years ago. It’s been a slow fade and this is another one of the lights going out. It doesn’t indicate anything beyond that.”

Alpha Media Names Tim Spence Director of Sports Operations in San Antonio. Radio programming pro Tim Spence joins Alpha Media San Antonio as the new director of sports operations for KTFM-FM/KZDC-AM, San Antonio “Sports Star, 94.1 FM, 1250 AM.” Spence comes to Alpha from iHeartMedia Denver where he most recently served as program director for KHOW and KCOL and as APD for KOA. He was also affiliate relations manager for the 140-station radio network for the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies. Spence says, “I’d like to thank Lance Hawkins, Dax Davis and Greg Martin along with the entire Alpha Media family for this opportunity in San Antonio. This is a tremendous group of stations with a great staff, and I’m ready to get to work.”

WABC, New York Names Studios in Honor or Bernard McGuirk. Yesterday (10/26), Red Apple Media Group’s news/talk WABC, New York dedicated its main studio to the late Bernard McGuirk, who died earlier this month after a battle with prostate cancer. Yesterday would have been McGuirk’s 65th birthday. Pictured above are (from l-r): Sid Rosenberg, on-air morning show co-host of “Bernie & Sid in The Morning”; Margo and John Catsimatidis, owners of Red Apple Media and 77 WABC; Carol McGuirk, Bernie’s wife; and their two children, Brendan and Melanie.

KFBK, Sacramento Celebrates 100 Years on the Air. News/talk KFBK-AM/FM, Sacramento recently celebrated 100 years since its first on-air broadcast on September 17, 1922 with a Centennial Celebration. Hosted by sister iHeartMedia station Talk 650 KSTE morning show and former KFBK staff “Armstrong and Getty,” KFBK’s Centennial Celebration featured appearances by many former staff along with current personalities Cristina Mendonsa and Sam Shane of the “KFBK Morning News,” nationally syndicated and 12:00 noon-3:00 pm host Tom Sullivan, John McGinness and Kitty O’Neal of the “KFBK Afternoon News” and night host Pat Walsh. KFBK program director Bill White says, “The founding principle of KFBK News Radio remains the same today as it did in 1922, to provide relevant local news and information. Through the generations, KFBK’s team of talented news anchors, reporters, and talk hosts continues to proudly uphold that mission, to serve the listeners of Sacramento and Northern California.” Pictured above at the celebration are: Back row (l-r): Gregg Fishman (former anchor, now at City of Sacramento and SMUD Board), Rick Eytcheson (former GM), Dave Williams (former PD and anchor, now anchor at KLIF, Dallas), Beth Duncan (former anchor, now singer), Andy Friedman (former reporter, now CMO at Specifi), John Butler (former ND, now digital PD at Salem Media Group), David G. Hall (former reporter, now media specialist/consultant). Front row (l-r):  Roger Hamlyn (former editor, now retired), Steve Telliano (former reporter/anchor, now with UC Davis Health), Don Andrews (former reporter/anchor, now with CA State Assembly), Vicky Moore (now with KNX-FM, Los Angeles), Mike Sicilia (former reporter, now deputy press secretary, CA Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation).

FOX News Audio to Launch Bret Baier’s ‘Common Ground’ Podcast. This new podcast from FOX News Audio titled, “Common Ground,” – hosted by Bret Baier, FOX News Channel chief political anchor and executive editor and anchor of “Special Report” – will feature Baier speaking with lawmakers, business leaders and public figures from different perspectives coming together to discuss issues of the day and how Americans can find common ground in a polarized world. FOX News Audio says the new podcast will drop two episodes weekly.

SRN’s Tom Tradup Honored by Christian Relief Agency. The Christian non-profit international relief agency Food for the Poor this week honored Salem Radio Network VP/news & talk programming Tom Tradup for “10 years of dedicated passion and partnership through radio fundraising” which the agency says has resulted in 67-million meals for families in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as SRN’s October campaign raising funds for survivors of Hurricane Ian in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Pictured above are (from l-r): KSKY, Dallas morning host Mark Davis, Tradup, Diana Corrales and Paul Jacobs of Food for the Poor.

Debates/Midterm Elections, Russia-Ukraine War, The Economy, Immigration-Border Security, January 6/Trump Legal Issues, Iran Protests, British Politics, Musk-Twitter Deal, and Ye Controversies Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/26). The numerous debates ahead of the November midterm elections and speculation about which party will control the House and Senate beginning in January; Vladimir Putin’s attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure as winter looms; the battle against inflation and the up-and-down financial markets; the migrant and illegal drug issues plaguing the U.S.-Mexico border; the subpoenas issued to former President Donald Trump’s attorneys relative to the January 6 investigation and Trump’s other legal battles; the ongoing protests in Iran; Britain’s newest Prime Minister Rishi Sunak assumes his role; the fate of Twitter and Elon Musk’s bid for the social media giant; and the crumbling business empire of Ye in the aftermath of his anti-Semitic rants were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Monday, October 24, 2022

| October 24, 2022

Monday Memo: #NABShowNY. Consultant Holland Cooke reports “many long-time-no-see hugs among 9,500 of us at the Javits Center” as the National Association of Broadcasters rebooted the October event interrupted, “like much of life” by COVID. In this week’s column, HC offers “numbers for radio broadcasters fretting that listeners have wandered-off.” And about podcasting: Winners’ tips, and well-intended mistakes to avoid. Read it here.

 

Pending Business: The ‘Who Cares?’ Test. Radio sales pro Steve Lapa says it’s always a good idea to review your sales proposal strategies to make sure they are as effective as they can be. How you pitch your talent’s host read spots is important because the host read spot is so important to news/talk stations. He says, “Radio advertising is still a real-time, single-digit growth business and competitive change is an important daily dynamic that’s out of your control. In plain English, if you are to grow your income through ad sales it will come to you through one of two obvious sources: new business or your competition.” He offers a four-point checklist for assessing your basic pitch features here.

WDAE, Tampa Announces New Program Schedule. Tampa sports talk outlet WDAE-AM/W237CW is beginning this week with a new program lineup. The iHeartMedia station says the “Pat and Aaron Show” – starring Pat Donovan and Aaron Jacobson – is the new morning drive program. They are followed by Premiere Networks’ “The Dan Patrick Show” in the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon slot. The early afternoon program is the new “Jay And Z Show” featuring Jay Recher and Zac Blobner, followed by the “Ronnie & TKras Show” with Ronnie Lane and Tom Krasniqi now in the afternoon drive daypart. FOX Sports Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” airs from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm with ESPN Radio airing overnight.

Radio America Unveils New Sara Carter Podcast ‘Darkwars: The Border.’ Tomorrow (10/25), Radio America releases its new podcast, “Dark Wars: The Border,” hosted by award-winning investigative journalist Sara Carter as she “shares her perilous journey to expose how the porous U.S.-Mexico border has facilitated a deadly trail from China to your home town, with cartels, slavery, and death in between.” Carter is an investigative reporter, host of “The Sara Carter Show” on Radio America and a FOX News contributor. She says, “I am excited to release this podcast, which is a culmination of my on-the-ground investigative reporting of our border crisis. I embedded with border patrol agents via foot, horseback, car and helicopter – talking to coyotes and migrants alike – to reveal chilling stories about the opioid crisis and human trafficking that you haven’t read about in the news. I traveled to the native countries of these migrants to understand how cartels use social media to recruit migrants under the guise of easy passage and a better life. But in reality, they encounter abuse, rape, and death. ’m telling the stories of those being ignored by the media.” Radio America says, “The premiere episode features a wide range of perspectives, from U.S. Senators such as Rand Paul and Marsha Blackburn to Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei to coyotes that work for the cartel among others, all to reveal a border crisis that is more serious and disturbing than what is reported in media. It’s a shocking portrayal of money and power that connects the Chinese government and Mexican cartels to the neighborhoods of everyday Americans.”

WGN, Chicago Schedules ‘Spook-tacular’ on Halloween. On Halloween, Nexstar Media’s WGN Radio in Chicago will air the “WGN Radio Theatre Spook-tacular with Carl Amari” from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am. The six-hour special will feature classic Halloween shows including “My Favorite Husband” starring Lucille Ball, “The Whistler,” “Our Miss Brooks,” starring Eve Arden, “Suspense,” starring Ronald Colman and more. WGN says that host Carl Amari has spent decades licensing and preserving original radio broadcasts and is the curator of the Classic Radio Club and board member of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.

Midterm Elections, Trump Legal Issues, Russia-Ukraine War, British Politics, U.S. Math Scores, RSV/COVID-19, and World Series Matchup Set Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The November midterm elections, speculation about control of Congress, and voter fraud issues; the several legal battles facing former President Donald Trump; Vladimir Putin’s continuing invasion of Ukraine and the attacks on its infrastructure; Rishi Sunak emerges as the next prime minister of the United Kingdom; the report indicating that math scores for U.S. students plummeted after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic; the soaring rate of respiratory syncytial virus cases among young children in the U.S. and concerns about new COVID-19 variants; and the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros win their league championships to face off in the World Series were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Friday, October 21, 2022

| October 21, 2022

NOW POSTED: This Weekend’s Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” The latest installment of the one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS, is now posted. This new episode titled, “Inflation Inflammation,” looks back at this past week of 10/17-10/21. The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS; Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio CompanyJack Heath, talk show host, the Pulse of NHDom Giordano, talk show host, WPHT, Philadelphia; Jerry Reynolds, talk show host, CarPro Radio Network/WBAP, Dallas; and Matthew B. Harrison, Esq., associate publisher, TALKERS.  The show airs weekends (Friday evenings to Sunday nights) on 100-plus broadcast signals and networks across the U.S. and U.K as well as having developed a significant international following as a podcast. To listen to this week’s episode, please click here. To view the latest TALKERS topic research, please click here.

Wisconsin Talk Hosts Avoid Prosecution for Entering Locked State House. According to coverage from Madison.com, charges against Michael Crute (left) and Dominic Salvia (right) – hosts of the progressive talk program, “The Devil’s Advocates Radio Show,” for entering the Wisconsin Capitol illegally on December 22 of 2020 are being dropped. Crute and Salvia’s program is heard in Milwaukee on Good Karma Brands’ WAUK-AM/W266DR, on WTTN-AM/W224EG in Madison and other Wisconsin signals. The duo, along with producer Bryan Kelly, accessed the locked Capitol during the pandemic lockdown to “put up a Christmas tree that included ornaments lampooning Republican lawmakers after Republican state Reps. Paul Tittl and Shae Sortwell and others put up their own tree in the Capitol rotunda and held other activities without a permit because Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had decided not to put up a tree during the pandemic.” Crute, Salvia and Kelly’s lawyer told the program’s listeners that his defensive strategy “was going to be the defense of selective prosecution” on the part of the district attorney. In the end it didn’t matter because ultimately the prosecution “did not feel at this time in the interest of justice jury trials in these matters was warranted.”

Salem Announces Midterm Election Coverage. The company says that its coverage of the November midterm elections will begin on Tuesday (11/8) at 7:00 pm ET and run through 2:00 am the next morning. Salem Media Group says that the Salem Radio Network will join forces with the new Salem News Channel platform to provide marathon “DECISION 22” Midterm Election coverage focusing on the battle over which political party will gain control of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives for the next two years. “DECISION 22” will also track election results in hotly contested races for governor from coast-to-coast. SRN VP/news & talk programming Tom Tradup states, “This promises to be quite very possibly the most historic Midterm election and it will offer our audiences the first ever live broadcast partnership between our ground-breaking Salem News Channel and the Salem Radio Network nationwide.” For the first five hours starting at 7:00 pm ET, SNC’s Andrew Wilkow and SRN’s nationally syndicated talk hosts Hugh Hewitt and Dr. Sebastian Gorka will anchor the live coverage that will include perspective and analysis from invited guests including SRN hosts Mike Gallagher and Brandon Tatum live from midterm “watch parties.” Correspondents updating key races will include Chris Stigall of “AM990 The Answer” in Philadelphia covering the pivotal Pennsylvania U.S. Senate contest. SRN News White House correspondent Greg Clugston will provide breaking news throughout the evening from the Decision Desk in the Washington bureau. At 12:00 midnight ET coverage switches to the Los Angeles studios of Salem’s “870AM The ANSWER” for continuing coverage anchored by Jennifer Horn (host of The Morning Answer of KRLA and KTIE) and KRLA news anchor Larry Marino.

Mike Miller Named VP of Programming for iHeartMedia Central PA. Radio programming pro Mike Miller is named vice president of programming for iHeartMedia’s Central PA stations that include news/talk WHP-AM and sports talk WTKT-AM “FOX Sports 1460” in Harrisburg, as well as five music brands. iHeartMedia national programming group EVP Jeff Hurley comments, “Mike brings an unparalleled understanding of our business and operations. His track record of innovation speaks for itself. He has created and grown unique brands from the ground up for over 20 years in Central PA. We’re excited to welcome Mike back to our programming team, where he got his first start on ‘FM97’ in Lancaster at age 16.”

Broadcasters Foundation of America Lauded for Hurricane Assistance. After hurricanes swept through Puerto Rico and Southwest Florida, those working in the broadcasting business in the those areas have had to deal with personal and family issues in addition to having to keep up their  professional duties to keep the public informed and apprised of everything that is happening in clean-up efforts. At best, it has been difficult for those in the broadcast community to continue working while also dealing with damage to their property or automobiles. At worst, they may be dealing with something such as injury to a family member or pet. While there is certainly no way to replace something as precious as life, the Broadcasters Foundation of America has stepped in to provide some financial security to those colleagues who are suffering from these natural disasters. Dozens of employees from various radio and television companies in those areas have reached out for help and the BFOA has either already delivered or is in the process of providing financial support. Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley says, “Hurricane Ian was one of the worst natural disasters to hit Southwest Florida in over a century. A near category 5 hurricane, the storm devastated communities that Beasley serves. Our employees worked around the clock, serving as a lifeline to listeners when radio was the only source of communication available to them with the outside world. Throughout the storm, Tim McCarthy and the Broadcasters Foundation of America team were front and center, checking in and offering assistance to our employees who were directly impacted by the hurricane. It’s that type of true commitment and dedication to broadcasters on the front lines every day that makes the BFOA so incredibly important and vital as they take care of those who selflessly take care of others every day. That is what the Broadcasters Foundation of America is all about!”

TALKERS News Notes. A new deal between SiriusXM and New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hollis gives SXM the exclusive rights to distribute and sell advertising for “The Rachel Hollis Podcast.” Additionally, the agreement calls for Stitcher to distribute the show across all podcast platforms. Hollis says, “Teaming up with SiriusXM allows us to further elevate the show, bringing it into an exciting new chapter. I believe we learn the most by listening to other people’s stories and sharing in conversation. My hope is to keep seeking out wisdom from our guests that spark curiosity and openness with an ever-evolving audience.”…..Salem Media Group is presenting at the Annual LD Micro Main Event XV investor conference at 5:00 pm ET on October 26. The presentation will be available on the investor relations portion of Salem’s website prior to the company’s presentation…..Dr. Daliah WachsGCN-syndicated talk radio program adds a new affiliate as Fairview Broadcasting’s news/talk KWBG-AM, Boone, Iowa adds the show to its program schedule in the 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm daypart.

Politics and the Midterm Elections Top News/Talk Story for Week of October 17-21. The politics and the debates leading up to the November midterm elections combined as the most-talked-about-stories on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Takers TenTM. At #2 this week was the economy – including inflation, the up-and-down financial markets, and fears of a recession – followed by the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine tied with other foreign affairs stories at #3. 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 complete chart here.