Larry Gifford Media namesake Larry Gifford (left) paid a recent visit to new Los Angeles Sports/Talker The Beast 980, where he caught up with longtime SoCal sports personality Fred Roggin (center) and ‘Beast’ Program Director Owen Murphy. Roggin was featured on a recent edition of Gifford’s Radio Stuff podcast.
iHeartMedia/San Francisco has named legendary Bay Area Talk radio personality Ed Baxter to fill Talk 910 KKSF-AM’s 10am-1pm slot, effective immediately. Baxter (pictured) replaces Frosty Stillwell, who recently exited the station to return to Los Angeles. A Bay Area Hall of Fame inductee, Baxter spent more than 30-years at crosstown KGO Radio, where he was heard in both afternoons and mornings during his long tenure. He is also the winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for best newscast in the country, as well as over 50 regional and local awards in all facets of news. “We are thrilled to add Ed Baxter to the Talk 910 line up,” said Don Parker, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s SFO cluster. “Ed has a tremendous audience base from his many years on the air in the Bay Area, as well as a fantastic track record of success for advertisers. Our commitment to live and local talk throughout prime time programming is unparalleled in the Bay, making Talk 910 San Francisco’s Talk Station.”
NTS MediaOnline Today is sending out “get well quick” wishes to our old pal Rusty Humphries. The longtime Talk radio personality is recovering from recent surgery for what has been diagnosed as Necrotizing Lymphadenitis, a “very rare” disease that Rusty’s surgeon said he’s “only seen twice in 30 years.” Rusty (pictured) shares details of his medical ordeal, that has been playing out for the past several months, in a Washington Times article he penned entitled, So, I Almost Died Last Week. Read it HERE … Philadelphia Daily News writer Molly Eichel reports that hometown WPHT host Dom Giordano — who just inked a long-term extension of his deal with CBS Radio’s Philly News/Talker — is soon to get his very own private label candy bar — The Dom Bar – from Gertrude Hawk Chocolates to mark the occasion. Read more HERE … Congrats to Las Vegas Talk radio veteran Heidi Harris on being named as one of 2014′s Distinguished Women of Nevada. Heard nightly on Sin City’s KBET, Harris has also recently taken on Market Manager responsibilities for new digital TV venture, BlabTVLasVegas.com.
Current Salem/Sacramento GM Dale Hendry heads south to San Diego, where the 32-year broadcast industry veteran assumes the same role at the company’s stations in America’s Finest City. Concurrently, Mark Durkin is upped from Director of Sales to General Manager, replacing Hendry in Sacramento … Meanwhile, Salem Radio Network VP/Operations Charles Mefferd has left the company after after a 23-year run at Salem, the past 14 of those at SRN. Mefferd (pictured) is joining Christian media agency Ambassador Advertising as VP/Sales and Marketing, where he’ll work from offices in both Dallas and Irvine, CA … Mary Giesen has been hired as Vice-President, Sales Planning at Westwood One. Most recently VP Sales Planning and Operations for Compass Media Networks, the move marks a homecoming for Giesen, who previously worked at the network in several sales planning capacities.
ABC News Radio correspondent Scott Goldberg (left) grabbed a photo moment while reporting from last night’s final World Series game at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. We’re going to assume this smiling shot of the KC native and longtime Royals fan was taken before the 9th inning of last night’s game in which the San Francisco Giants won a hard-fought 3-2 “squeaker” to win the 2014 MLB title. Interestingly, it’s the second time Scott has been to a World Series Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium. As a kid he attended the 1985 World Series with his dad when the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals … Meanwhile, as Giants fans celebrate for a few more days, baseball fans around the country once again confront a big hole in their life as we now must wait ’til Spring 2015 to once again hear the crack of the bat and the cry of ‘play ball.’ As a service to those who, like your editor, are mourning the loss of having a baseball game to settle into nightly, we give you the familiar voice of ESPN’s Dan Shulman (right) calling the final out of last night’s game in Kansas City.
Journal Broadcast Group/Tucson News/Talker KQTH-FM turned over 12 hours of its programming to raise money to build a Fisher House at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care Center. When all was said and done, the daylong effort produced $121,178 in donations. All smiles after the successful local fundraiser are (L-R): KQTH producer Shane Dunn, PD and morning host Bill White, afternoon host James T. Harris and Arizona Fisher House vice chair Rick Grinnell. Other KQTH talents who participated include Jon Justice, Ben Buehler Garcia and news anchor John Harper. (PS: Want to find out how your station can support the good efforts of Fisher House? Contact Marshall Adams HERE).
For the first time in the 25-year history of the National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony, this year’s event is headed to Los Angeles where it will be held on Sunday, November 9th. The black-tie optional dinner and live national broadcast begins at 4pm (PT) at the intimate dinner club Cicada in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to live performances by singers Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson, a special tribute honoring Casey Kasem will also take place. “This is an event that brings us all together to honor and celebrate the best in our business,” says National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchin (pictured). “We have an opportunity to show our support and ensure the vitality of this institution by attending. And if that’s not possible, please consider making a donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which provides a showcase for the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago year round.” Class of 2014 inductees include Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Stanley E. Hubbard, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead and Dick Orkin. Premiere Networks personality Delilah will host the event, with Westwood One host Jim Bohannon serving as the broadcast’s announcer. Be sure to purchase your ticket to one of the industry’s best annual events by November 5th HERE.
Westwood One has announced that CBS Radio stations WINS/New York, WBZ-AM/Boston, KYW/Philadelphia and WNEW-FM/Washington, DC have all signed on as new affiliates of the network’s soon-to-launch Westwood One News service, powered by CNN. Speaking on behalf of CBS Radio, EVP/Operations Scott Herman said the company is looking forward to the debut of WW One News later this year. “The ability to get in on the ground floor and help establish what our all-news stations needs are was very enticing for us,” he said. “Our stations have a huge appetite for news material and Westwood One News gives us the flexibility to get what we need when we want it.” Meanwhile, WW One SVP/Affiliate Sales Dennis Green also spoke enthusiastically about having the four major market CBS owned-and-operated outlets on board for the new news venture saying, “These stations are among the most innovative and trusted brands in radio news. To have major news brands become early adopters of this service speaks volumes to broadcasters looking for superb content by which to build their local news brands.”
YO, TAXI! That’s Sun Broadcast Group syndicated Talk radio host, Marilu Henner planting a big one on her old pal Tony Danza at SBG’s 2015 Preview event held recently in New York City. In their early acting career days Danza and Henner co-stared together on the hit TV sitcom Taxi … In an interview with Kurt Hanson’s Radio And Internet newsletter, Borrell & Associates namesake Gordon Borell makes a controversial and bold prediction, saying the growth of options on the digital automobile dashboard will result in diminished broadcast radio listening and the disappearance of about half of today’s AM and FM terrestrial radio stations within the next decade. Read more HERE … In the wake of the imminent departure of Dick Morris at WPHT/Philadelphia, the CBS Radio News/Talker ups current evening host Rich Zeoli to replace Morris in PM drive (3-6pm) beginning November 5th. Zeoli joined the station in 2010 and was promoted to full-time evening host in 2012 … FOR THE RECORD: As an addition to yesterday’s story on new officers and directors at the Radio Advertising Bureau, we note for the record that Emmis Communications COO/CFO Pat Walsh has also joined the RAB’s roster of newly elected directors.
Yahoo! Sports Radio, in partnership with 24/7 cable, satellite and digital TV network The Basketball Channel, will launch Ballin’ Live, a new NBA and college-focused weekly radio show giving listeners an insider look at the game. Hosted by talent scout and Basketball Channel executive and broadcaster Van Coleman, former NBA player and former Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association Jerome Williams, and sports analyst and Basketball Channel broadcaster Brett Grant, the nationwide program debuts November 11th, live from Yahoo! Sports Radio’s studios in Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas … That’s Chicago-based FOX News Radio reporter Jeff Monosso (pictured above center) grabbing a ‘selfie’ with a couple of happy Kansas City Royals fans during last night’s game where the Royals tied the 2014 series 3-3. Monosso will be on hand again tonight, reporting on the final and deciding Game 7 between the Royals and the San Francisco Giants.