NTS MediaOnline Monthly (March)
March 5, 2015

WTMJ Brews Success In Milwaukee

Why News/Talk Startups Fail

3 Things That Will Help You Succeed

WTMJ Brews Success In Milwaukee — We chat with Tom Langmyer, veteran broadcaster and VP/GM for Journal’s Milwaukee operations, about the growing ratings story and content evolution going on at News/Talker WTMJ since he first arrived at the legendary AM last year.

Why News/Talk Starts Ups Fail — In the past couple of years, several high-profile News and Talk stations were launched with great fanfare, but were flipped to other programming formats within a year or two. Langmyer gives us his take on what he believes it really takes to build and maintain a successful News and/or Talk radio station today.

3 Things That Will Help You Succeed – Ever wish you had that presidential ‘executive order’ power, even just for a day? We asked Langmyer if today was that day for him, what would the three things he’d most like to “order” broadcasters to do.

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John Dickey Squashes WLS/Rush Rumors
March 5, 2015

“Rush Limbaugh will be on WLS/Chicago until Rush tells us he doesn’t want to be on WLS!”

That was the instant and emphatic response that NTS MediaOnline Today got when we called Cumulus Media EVP/Content and Programming John Dickey to ask about a widely reported story (posted this morning by Chicago media reporter Robert Feder) saying  the company’s Windy City News/Talker would be dropping Limbaugh’s Premiere Networks syndicated show later this month. “It’s a manufactured story,” said Dickey, who again emphasized he was on the record and wished to be quoted. “It’s worse than a rumor, it is purely manufactured. There is not a shred of truth to it. There is not any sort of a misunderstanding that led to what somebody thought might be a fact, and therefore a story. It is manufactured and malicious. Period. Rush is an extremely important cornerstone of 89 WLS and he will continue to be so until he tells us he doesn’t want to be.” Limbaugh’s daily talk show has been part of the WLS lineup for the past 25 years.

Is Instagram On Your Social Media Radar?
March 5, 2015

If your station or show isn’t yet using Instagram as one of your social media platforms, you might want to re-think that decision. A new report from eMarketer says the social media photo site has already overtaken Twitter as the second largest social network in America, with a reported monthly U.S. user base of some 64.2 million people. The digital research firm says that by 2018, Instagram’s U.S. user base will top 100 million — reaching 106.2 million that year. “Teens and millennials dominate Instagram’s user base, and through 2019, a majority of the network’s users will be between the ages of 12 and 34,” says eMarketer. “In 2015, 20.3 million U.S. Instagram users, or 26.2% of the total, will fall within the 25-to-34 age group, and that group will maintain the largest portion of the Instagram audience throughout our forecast.” Read the full report HERE.

“Get Well, Charlie!
March 5, 2015

NTS MediaOnline Today sends a big old “get well soon” shout-out to legendary retired San Diego radio personality Jack Woods — a.k.a. ‘Charlie Brown’ of the long-running radio team Charlie & Harrigan (right) — who recently suffered a stroke at his suburban San Diego home. As a result, Jack is experiencing Aphasia, a condition that impairs the abiliity to communicate. Woods, who celebrated his 80th birthday shortly after he and his radio partner Paul ‘Irv Harrigan’ Menard were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame last November, is currently recuperating and undergoing therapy at a San Diego medical facility, but is expected to be able to return home soon, where he will continue his recovery with the help of his wife Marilyn, his family and his many friends. Fans and former colleagues can send their best wishes to Jack via the “Charlie & Harrigan” Facebook page HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
March 5, 2015

Former HLN host, broadcast journalist and bestselling author Jane Velez-Mitchell (left) is launching a new show via Andy Dean’s ConnectPal.com, featuring original, behind the scenes video content from her new venture JaneUnchained.com, which is dedicated to “spread the word about what’s really happening to the planet and the people and animals on it.” … Dr. David Samadi, Chief of Robotic Surgery at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, is named Chief Medical Correspondent for Salem Media Group’s NYC stations, AM 970 The Answer (WNYM) and AM570 The Mission (WMCA) … iHeartMedia has sold it’s former San Antonio headquarters building and will lease back reduced space in the building that was the longtime home of the original Clear Channel Radio under the ownership of pioneering broadcaster Lowry Mays … Along with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s previously announced address to broadcasters at the upcoming NAB Show, the four remaining Commissioners will also be on the bill, with Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Michael O’Rielly, Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel headlining four separate sessions within the Broadcast Management Conference, April 12th-15th, during the annual confab held in Las Vegas.

Sabo Heads Back To School
March 5, 2015

Sabo Media namesake Walter Sabo is going back to school this spring, teaching The Art of the Pitch, a graduate class in TV, radio and film at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. That’s Walter (center, back row) grabbing a group selfie with his merry band of future media moguls.

Mitch Henck Returns To Madison Radio
March 4, 2015

Former longtime WIBA/Madison talk host Mitch Henck, who left the iHeartMedia News/Talker in June of last year, is returning to daily on-air duty in the Wisconsin capitol city later this month. Having hosted a podcast since last October, Mitch reports he is now moving into syndication, with ‘The All New Mitch Henck Show’ set to air on iHeart/Madison progressive talker 92.1 The Mic (WXXM-FM), on iHeartRadio and at Henck’s website. He’ll also continue doing his daily Two Minutes With Mitch video commentaries at Madison.com, and penning a bi-weekly column for the Sunday Wisconsin State Journal. Commenting on the addition of Henck’s show to the WXXM lineup, iHeartMedia/Madison SVP of Programming Tim Scott said, “As we looked to expand our local programming, the chance to work with Mitch again was just too good to pass up.” Henck will air weekdays from 8-11am (CT) beginning March 23rd.

The Word On The Street In Tehran
March 4, 2015

While Talk radio and pretty much all of the news media was focused on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress in Washington, DC yesterday (3/3), Westwood One News (powered by CNN), reports that CNN Senior International Correspondent Frederik Pleitgen (pictured) — one of a limited number of western journalists reporting regularly from Iran — filed numerous reports for the network and affiliate stations, offering reaction from people on the street in Tehran to Netanyahu’s speech, President Obama’s subsequent comments and the deal talks going on in Geneva. Hear audio from one of Pleitgen’s live post-speech reports HERE.

New Podcast For And About Sports Radio Pros
March 4, 2015

The Podcast About Sports Radio is a new podcast focused on the Sports radio industry that’s now available via  iTunes  and Stitcher. Hosted by Zach McCrite, host at Sports/Talker 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City, the podcast focuses primarily on interviews with recognizable and informative voices in the Sports radio industry, including hosts, producers, program directors, play-by-play announcers and other industry leaders. ““I feel like there’s a podcast out there for just about every industry, except I couldn’t find any involving the industry that I work in,” said McCrite (pictured) about the new digital venture. “Selfishly, this was my way of getting in front of the people I look up to in this industry and picking their brain about Sports radio, life and the crazy stories that got them to where they are. I figured others in our industry, along with many listeners, would enjoy the ’shop talk.'” Check out the first two editions of the podcast HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
March 4, 2015

Beasley Media Group has promoted Georgia Beasley (pictured) as General Sales Manager of the company’s WKXC-FM and WDRR-FM/Augusta, GA and Digital Sales Manager for all seven stations in the cluster. The 2006 UNC graduate has previously held sales management positions in Miami and Wilmington, DE … Consultant Valerie Geller will host a “Creating Powerful Radio” workshop this Friday (3/6) as part of the IBS Conference in New York City. Geller also notes she has a couple of comp passes available for the Friday event and invites anyone who might be in the NYC area interested in attending to email her here HERE … During last week’s ninth annual Stevie Awards held in Las Vegas, iHeartMedia was honored with five awards, which are given to recognize “companies that set the industry’s highest standards of excellence for sales, business development, contact centers and customer service.”