Happy Thanksgiving!
November 27, 2014

NTS MediaOnline Today is “offline” for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Your next regular update from ‘The Daily Digest of Talk Media” will come your way on Monday, December 1st.

Beasley Staffs Up For Tampa-St Pete Move-In
November 26, 2014

Beasley Broadcast puts a few of its execs in motion, transferring two company managers from Augusta, GA to it’s newly acquired Tampa cluster, which includes FM Sports/Talker 98.7 The Fan (WHFS) and CBS Sports Radio 1010 (WHFS-AM). Kent Dunn — most recently VP/Market Manager in Augusta — will take on the same role for Beasley in Tampa, while Augusta Ops Manager Tee Gentry will also take his title with him as he heads south to join Dunn in the Sunshine State. Both moves are aligned with Beasley’s pending transition into the Tampa-St. Petersburg market and will become effective upon the closing of a previously announced asset exchange agreement between Beasley and CBS Radio. In that deal, Beasley exchanged five radio stations in Philadelphia and Miami for fourteen CBS Radio stations in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Charlotte, NC and an AM in Philadelphia. Both Dunn (pictured) and Gentry will report to Brian Beasley, who will oversee the Tampa market. Concurrently, back in Augusta, WKXC Assistant PD Chris O’Kelley has been upped to OM for the Georgia cluster, where he’ll report to VP/Market Manager Mark Haddon.

Talk Media News Notes
November 26, 2014

Jian Ghomeshi, the popular national radio host fired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation last month following allegations of sexual assault by several women, has dropped the $55 million lawsuit he filed the day after he was pink-slipped, charging the CBC with breach of confidence and defamation. The CBC – whose management also reportedly reviewed photos, videos and other evidence provided them before dismissing Ghomeshi — has launched a third-party investigation into the assault charges made against the host. Ghomeshi has previously publicly characterized his behavior with the alleged victims as “consensual, rough sex.” The Globe & Mail has more on the ongoing evolution of this prett sordid story HEREBRAGGIN’ RIGHTS: CBS Radio/Dallas VP, News/Talk/Sports Gavin Spittle just couldn’t keep himself from proudly pointing us toward a post by Dallas Morning News sports columnist Barry Horn, touting the just released PPM ratings success of FM Sports/Talker 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM). The station finished atop the crowded DFW Sports radio pile for the first time since its launch in 2008. Read more HERE … iHeartMedia Sports/Talker AM570 KLAC/Los Angeles joined forces with the EJ Jackson Foundation for the 32nd annual “Feed L.A. Day,” serving over 12,000 turkey dinners to needy residents of L.A. Pictured (right) with one of those famous “big checks” that never seem to  fit in the ATM machine are KLAC L.A. Today hosts Bill Reiter and Leeann Tweeden, along with legendary SoCal sportscaster Vic “The Brick” and a crowd of volunteers.

BookMarc This Photo
November 26, 2014

For a 10th straight year WNDB/Daytona Beach afternoon talker Marc Bernier recently broadcast his show from the nation’s largest book fair — Miami BookFair International. Pictured (L-r) are: Canadian children’s author Emily Madill, former Nixon White House counsel John Dean, author of The Nixon Defense, and Bernier.
NTS MediaOnline Today “Gig Alerts”
November 26, 2014

Bonneville News/Talker KIRO-FM/Seattle is on the hunt for a News Reporter to join the station’s award-winning newsroom. Your objective will be to “create outstanding original and breaking news reporting to help our audience be better informed, entertained and connected to the Puget Sound area.” A four year degree in communications/journalism is preferred, or commensurate work experience. You’ll need to bring excellent digital and audio editing skills, an ability to enterprise news stories daily and “an assertive attitude with a strong desire to advance in the broadcast media business” to be considered for this gig. Find out more details and apply online HERE. (EOE)

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News Doesn’t Take Time Out For Holidays
November 26, 2014

As is usual during this short Thanksgiving week, turkey dinners, family gatherings and an extended four-day weekend full of football and just ‘chillaxing’ are on the minds and menus for most Americans. But for many, including news reporters, looming over all of the holiday celebrations this week will be the continuing tensions playing out in Ferguson, MO, where a grand jury verdict has resulted in violent protests and riots in the streets of the embattled city. ABC News Radio correspondent Jim Ryan (pictured) was in Ferguson back in August when the shooting of a young African-American man by a white police officer first sparked racial tensions and protests, thrusting Ferguson into the national spotlight. Ryan returned to the Missouri city this week, where he has been covering the ongoing protests for the network’s affiliates.

Geraldo Gets “Trump’d”
November 25, 2014

WABC/New York mid-morning talk host and FOX News Channel personality Geraldo Rivera has been tapped by Donald Trump to be part of the cast of competitors on the next season of Trump’s hit television show, Celebrity Apprentice. Asked by FOX News.com reporter Diana Falzone why he accepted the challenge, knowing that he could end up being subjected to those infamous words, ‘You’re Fired!’ from The Donald on national television, Geraldo said, “You try to do a bit of everything in life, and on my bucket list was a reality show at some point. So, this is part reality show and part real, harsh competition, and there were some formidable names being mentioned so I said, ‘Let me give it a whirl.’ Read more HERE.

Digital Media News Notes
November 25, 2014

PodcastOne has issued a demand to Stitcher (recently acquired by Deezer) to cease distribution of programming that PodcastOne produces or has the exclusive sales rights to. Norm Pattiz (pictured), PodcastOne Chairman/CEO, commented on the dispute saying, “In some cases, Stitcher has absolutely no rights to carry our programs, and in others, no rights to sell or monetize our exclusively represented content in any way. This has been an ongoing problem, and enough is enough. You can’t just steal content without permission.” … TechCrunch East Coast Editor John Biggs and Jordan Crook, TechCrunch writer and reporter, will host TechCrunch Radio as an exclusive weekly series for SiriusXM subscribers. The weekly show will be available each Tuesday at 6pm (ET) starting today (11/25) … Also effective today, TuneIn launches as the newest app now supported for the Google Chromecast device. The integration will allow Chromecast users to easily stream TuneIn radio content on their television screen.

‘Flight 957′ Set To Touch Down In San Francisco
November 25, 2014

Former KXTG/Portland, OR afternoon host Chad Doing has pointed his U-Haul south toward the Bay Area, where he’ll be taking up residence with Joe Fortenbaugh and Lorenzo Neal as morning co-host on KGMZ, 95.7 The Game/San Francisco. Launching December 8th, PD Jason Barrett says the new “Flight 957″ morning show will “deliver a fresh, irreverent and energetic spin to Sports/Talk”. Commenting on his new on-air team mates — former NFL All Pro fullback Neal and National Football Post.com co-founder Fortenbaugh — Doing said, “I’m thrilled to work with such dynamic personalities like Joe and and Lorenzo. We have already developed a fantastic working relationship that I believe will showcase our passion for sports.” Upon the debut of the new program, current morning host Chris Townsend will move to nights, co-hosting a show with ‘Zakariah’ from 7-11pm weeknights. He’ll also handle The Game’s seasonal Oakland A’s pre and post-game show hosting duties.

Talk Media News Notes
November 25, 2014

Beginning in January, KFTK/St. Louis morning host Jamie Allman will add hosting duties for a new, non-traditional TV news show, The Allman Report, at 5 and 10pm nightly on Gateway City television station KNDL (Channel 30) … As usual, nationally syndicated talk host Doug Stephan will do his regular show live on Thanksgiving Day, armed with a bin full of turkeys to give away to listeners from coast-to-coast throughout the morning … The Boston Herald reports that Entercom Sports/Talker WEEI is wrestling over the decision on whether or not to retain Boston Red Sox play-by-play that the newspaper reports comes at a hefty rights fee of some $17 million a season. Read more HERE … It might be football season, but that didn’t stop Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve from dropping by the studios of Yahoo! Sports Radio’s Prime Cut with Sean Salisbury and John Granato, to chat baseball with the duo. That’s Jose (right), flanked by Salisbury and Granato … DEPARTMENT OF DOH! In our 11/24 story about today’s CBS/Chicago Day Of Giving fundraiser, we inadvertently reported incorrect call letters for CBS Radio Sports/Talker 670 The Score, which we now correctly note are WSCR.