Beasley Media Group (BMG) announced today (10/5) that following an investigation into Nielsen’s allegations of attempted ratings distortion activity it has determined that Todd Clem — aka ‘Bubba The Love Sponge’ — who provides syndicated programming as an independent contractor to BMG/Tampa Bay’s WBRN-FM — was contacted directly by a PPM holder and subsequently attempted to influence the listening habits of that PPM holder. BMG reports that Nielsen Audio confirms that Clem’s conduct had no impact on the Tampa Bay radio market ratings because “the improper activity was discovered in a timely manner and Nielsen moved quickly to remove the PPM holder’s results from the survey.” However, due to Bubba’s attempt to influence the PPM panelist, WBRN will not be included in the September 2015 Nielsen ratings report. “We were completely unaware of Mr. Clem’s actions and moved quickly to cooperate fully with Nielsen once they brought the allegations to our attention,” said Beasley Media Group President Bruce Beasley in a statement released by the company. “Beasley strongly condemns the actions of Mr. Clem, who has provided syndicated programming to radio broadcasters for many years and is not a company employee. We are taking appropriate steps to ensure that such conduct does not occur in the future. These steps include, but are not limited to, compliance training for Mr. Clem and his employees and the distribution of guidelines reiterating the importance of avoiding conduct that could cause ratings distortion, to all Beasley employees.”
KXNT/Las Vegas today launched two new drive time shows, and both of them will have a familiar sound and feel to listeners of the CBS Radio-owned News/Talker. Longtime Vegas Talk radio hosts Heidi Harris (left) and Alan Stock (right) have both returned to AM 840 KXNT — with Harris now hosting morning drive (6-9am) and Stock anchoring PM drive (3-6pm) weekdays. Stock replaces previous afternoon host, veteran talker Jim Villanucci, who has reportedly exited. The addition of Harris and Stock to the lineup marks a reunion of sorts for the duo, who previously co-hosted wake-ups at KXNT together, and also co-hosted mornings at crosstown KDWN, before they both headed off to pursue solo careers. Both new drive time shows debut today (10/5).
Veteran New York newsman Frank Cipolla (left) recently dropped in for a visit with WCTC/New Brunswick, NJ afternoon host ‘Tommy G.’ Cipolla was there to chat-up his recently released book, It Shocked Even Us!, a collection of stories from of his 30 years in the radio and TV news biz.
Last night’s NAB Marconi Awards dinner and show at the 2015 NAB/RAB Radio Show in Atlanta, saw a number of News/Talk stations and personalities win the coveted award given annually to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. Among this year’s Marconi Award winners of note from News/Talk/Sports radio:
•KYW/Philadelphia, Legendary Station
•WSB/Atlanta, News/Talk Station of the Year
•WFAN/New York, Sports Station of the Year
•WTOP/Washington, DC Major Market Station of the Year
•KRMG/Tulsa, Medium Market Station ofthe Year
•Dan Potter, KRMG/Tulsa, Medium Market Personality of the Year
•Brian Byers, WSOY/Decatur, IL, Small Market Personality of the Year
Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm. See all of this year’s winners HERE.
Organizers of the annual NAB/RAB Radio Show are packing up the boxes in Atlanta this afternoon, as attendees head home for the weekend with a head and briefcase full of ideas, insights and potential solutions into some of our industry’s greatest challenges. Among one of the standout moments at this year’s Radio Show was a keynote address by CBS News correspondent Lara Logan (pictured at left with CBS Radio News VP Harvey Nagler and RAB President/CEO Erica Farber). Logan received a standing ovation from broadcasters following her speech at Wednesday’s (9/30) Radio Show Luncheon, which honored Beasley Broadcast Group founder, CEO and Chairman George Beasley with this year’s National Radio Award … Meanwhile, along with all the learning sessions and speeches, the Radio Show’s hospitality events are always appreciated as a way to unwind from the day’s events and catch up with old friends. Pictured enjoying a Wednesday evening reception hosted by Westwood One are (L-R) Bart Tessler, WW One EVP/News & Talk; Dennis Green, SVP/Affiliate Sales; Becky Bennett, Affiliate Operations Manager; Dr. Sanjay Gupta — whose feature, A Better Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is syndicated by the network; and Stuart Greenblatt, Senior Director/Affiliate Sales. See more pictures and wrap-up info from the 2015 Radio Show HERE.
Jared Max has joined FOX News Headlines 24/7, the recently announced satellite radio news channel produced by FOX News for SiriusXM. Max (left) will serve as a sports reporter for the new channel that debuts on Monday (10/5) … ESPN Radio’s Russillo & Kanell, co-hosted by Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell, gets a television simulcast on ESPNEWS beginning Monday, Oct. 5th. Launched this past August, Russillo & Kanell airs Monday-Friday, from 1-4pm (ET) … Westwood One Sports will air its exclusive network radio coverage of four consecutive NFL games this Sunday, beginning at 9am (ET) with the league’s annual outreach to American football fans in England, as the Miami Dolphins take on the New York Jets at Wembly Stadium in London … WTMJ/Milwaukee and the NBA Milwaukee Bucks ink a multi-year extension, keeping the Scripps-owned News/Talker the radio home for Bucks’ basketball and as the flagship station of the Bucks Radio Network. Ted Davis will return to the radio booth for his 19th season as the ‘Voice of the Bucks,’ alongside color analyst Dennis Krause.
Part-Time News Anchors: No Makeup Required! If you’re a newswoman who loves anchoring mornings, and the thought of commuting down the hall rather than to a ‘radio station’ appeals to you, let us know about you! Virtual News Center is experiencing increased demand for local remote morning news services. That means immediate opportunities for the right women anchors. P/T to start. Email your MP3 news sample, resume and at least three (3) references (no links, please) to Kipper McGee HERE. Let’s make headlines, together! (EOE)
• WBAL/Baltimore is looking for a full-time Digital Content Producer and Web Editor to help produce digital content which includes: (but is not limited to) audio clips, videos, photos and graphics. The Digital Content Producer and Web Editor will use the station’s website, social media accounts, and other digital tools to distribute station content. The Digital Content Assistant may also be asked to help with radio board operations and video production. Get additional info on the job and experience requirements, along with details on how to apply HERE. (EOE)
News/Talker WBT/Charlotte and sister station 107.9 The Link (WLNK) are looking for a fun, outgoing, hands on and dedicated individual with entry level event planning experience for a full-time position in our Marketing and Promotions Department. This position works to ensure the timely and successful execution of promotions, contests and events through teamwork and coordination with other departments and staff. Email your cover letter and resume HERE. No phone calls please. (EOE)
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It was 20 years ago tomorrow (10/3) that OJ Simpson was declared “not guilty” by a Los Angeles jury on charges of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. In what was then an unprecedented programming move, KNX/Los Angeles provided live coverage of the year-long trial that made household names out of the likes of Judge Lance Ito, Johnnie Cochran, Robert Kardashian, Robert Shapiro, Mark Fuhrman, Gil Garcetti, Marcia Clark, Christopher Darden and ‘America’s Most Famous House Guest,’ Brian “Kato” Kaelin. That’s Kato (left) pictured above with KNX Program Director Ken Charles, during a recent visit to the CBS Radio all-newser, where Kaelin contributed to the station’s special anniversary programming recalling the events of the trial.
|FOX Sports Radio Turns 15
From An Idea To 400+ Stations
iHeart’s Big League Commitment
FOX Sports Radio Turns 15 — A decade and a half ago a meeting at Premiere Networks to brainstorm an affiliate relations challenge resulted in the launch of FOX Sports Radio.
From An Idea To 400+ Stations — Considered a success by any measurement, today’s FOX Sports Radio team has no plans to rest on past success as the network aggressively ramps up for the future.
iHeart’s Big League Commitment — FOX Sports Radio’s programming duo says it’s iHeartMedia’s serious commitment to Sports radio that attracted both of them to their current posts.
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A recent collaboration between the Associated Press, NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute that investigated the news consumption habits of Millennials, finds there are “some clear differences from previous generations in how Millennials — the first group of Americans to grow up with digital technology — consume news and information.” Challenging the common view that Millennials believe everything on the web should be free, the study found that overall 87% of Millennials personally pay for some type of subscription or other paid service, including news or entertainment services, with 40% reporting they personally paid for news products or services out of their own pockets. The study found that older Millennials are more likely than younger Millennials to pay out of their own pocket for news (45% over age 21. vs. 23% of those 18-21), and that Millennials who pay for news are much more likely to follow sports (56% vs. 44%) and current events such as national politics (51% vs. 38%), than those who do not pay for news. Read more details and insights from this most interesting study HERE.