Late Wednesday afternoon, Premiere Networks announced that Andy Dean (pictured), charter host of the network’s syndicated America Now, is stepping down from the show early next month to assume full-time management duties for his growing technology venture, ConnectPal.com. Premiere says details regarding a new host for the nightly program will be announced after the Labor Day holiday. Meanwhile, Joe Pags, host of Premiere’s syndicated The Weekend, as well as The Joe Pags Show on WOAI-AM/San Antonio, KPRC-AM/Houston, KHOW-AM/Denver and KEX-AM/Portland, will serve as guest-host of America Now beginning Monday, August 11th. “Andy is a tremendous talent and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the past three years with America Now,” said Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott. “We wish him all the best as he starts this new chapter of his career.” Friends and colleagues can reach Andy directly at ConnectPal HERE.
That’s a question posed and at least partially answered in a recent eMarketer report, How Boomers Still Matter: A Disruptive Life Stage Puts Their Consumer Behavior in Play. Among the findings is that, despite conventional wisdom that boomers are set in their consumer purchasing ways, they are actually “heading into a period of great disruption in their lives and it’s putting a good deal of their consumer activity in play.” The report also notes that, unlike their Millennial generation offspring, online shopping isn’t overtaking traditional brick and mortar store purchasing among Talk radio’s large and affluent baby boomer demographics, even though they are increasingly becoming more digitally savvy about their shopping efforts. In fact, eMarketer reports that in a January 2014 poll by Deloitte, just 18% of 60 to 70 year-olds (vs. 45% of 21 to 29 year-olds) agreed with the statement, “Online purchases are displacing purchases I used to make at my preferred brick-and-mortar retailer for stock-up purchases.” Get more news-you-can-use details from the study HERE.
WABC/New York welcomes veteran radio and TV broadcaster Larry Mendte to the Cumulus Media News/Talker’s Sunday evening lineup. Most recently a commentator for crosstown WPIX-TV, Mendte (left) previously hosted mornings at now defunct Merlin Media FM talker WWIQ/Philadelphia, and was the longtime 6 and 11pm multi-Emmy Award winning news anchor for CBS/Philly’s KYW-TV. Mendte also hosts a news and public affairs show for Me TV in Philadelphia that will soon also air on the channel’s New York outlet … The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia will honor its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees on November 21st with a gala to be held at the Hilton Philadelphia Hotel. Among those who will be inducted are long running WPHT/Philadelphia talk host Dom Giordano (right), along with this year’s Person of The Year, Pat Delsi. Delsi, who began his Delaware Valley broadcast career in 1953, has worked at virtually every radio station in the Philly market at one time or another over his 60+ years in the business. See the full list of 2014 honorees HERE.
NTS MediaOnline Today sends out “Happy Birthday” wishes to the legendary Don Imus (pictured) who turns 74 today. The WABC/New York-based Imus In The Morning show is syndicated nationally by Westwood One and simulcast daily on cable television’s FOX Business Network … Eric “Mancow” Muller has filed a lawsuit charging Maverick Radio Partners with defrauding him out of $50,000 that was designated toward purchasing radio stations that never took place. The Chicago-Tribune has more HERE … Beginning today (7/23), media executive and New York Times best-selling author Randi Zuckerberg debuts as the host of Dot Complicated with Randi Zuckerberg, a new weekly one-hour show available to SiriusXM subscribers on the satcaster’s Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School channel … Jake McCann has been appointed VP/Sales for Cumulus Media News/Talker WMAL/Washington, DC and sister station WRQX. McCann was most recently Director of Sales for Greater Media/Detroit’s three station cluster. Prior to that he spent 7 years as GSM for Greater Media’s Philadelphia Sports/Talker 97.5 The Fanatic.
WTMJ/Milwaukee will pair former and current Green Bay Packers players Mark Tauscher and John Kuhn to co-host the new, limited run Tauscher & Kuhn, airing on eight selected Tuesdays from noon-1pm, beginning in September. Tom Langmyer, VP/General Manager of Journal Broadcasting’s Milwaukee Radio Operations, calls the pairing the latest demonstration of WTMJ’s commitment to developing original, live, local programming and talent for listeners … ESPN Audio’s nationally syndicated Mike & Mike, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and SVP & Russillo shows are all hitting the road once again for the network’s 3rd annual Fall Football Tour. The coast-to-coast, nine-stop tour will kick off on August 29th and roll through Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Baton Rouge, Philadelphia, and Chicago … Locally-owned Knoxville Sports/Talker AM 1180 Tennessee Sports Radio has announced it will flip to Oldies next month. WATE-TV has more HERE … CBS Radio/Chicago Sports/Talker 670 The Score (WSCR) and Windy City TV station NBC 5 will once again pair up as the official media broadcast partners of the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The Score will air four hours of live race coverage from this year’s 37th annual event — scheduled to be held on October 12th — along with other special Marathon-related programming.
While that headline might indicate the announcement of a new law firm, it’s really just a listing of the names of the trio pictured above including (l-r); ABC News Radio’s DC-based correspondent Steven Portnoy, former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz, and KXL/Portland host and Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated talker Lars Larson. The office wall souvenir was snapped during a recent event held at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
Former Kentucky and New York Giants Quarterback Jared “Hefty Lefty” Lorenzen (left) joined Jay Mohr Sports yesterday (7/21) to gloat about winning a highly-anticipated game of wiffle ball against FOX Sports Radio host Jay Mohr (right) in Bellevue, KY earlier this month. Lorenzen beat Mohr by a score of 9 to 8 in front of 100+ fans and ‘Mohrriors’ who brought non-perishable food items for Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank. The duo also raised nearly $3,000 leading up to and during the game, which will help provide approximately 9,000 meals for children and families in need in 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Lorenzen told Mohr that after beating him in wiffle ball, he can now move on to his second goal in life – posing for next year’s “The Body Issue” of ESPN The Magazine. (Vincent Rush, Cincinnati Sports Photography)
Cox Media Group/Atlanta has named Christa Dibiase to the newly created position of General Manager for Clark Howard Brands. Currently serving as Executive Producer of Howard’s daily nationally syndicated Talk radio show, in her new role Dibiase will be responsible for continuing to oversee Howard’s radio show, as well as the consumer crusader’s television products and all digital products, including ClarkHoward.com and consumer apps. In addition, she’ll continue to oversee the operation of The Consumer Action Center, a national service outreach that advises the public on money, financial and consumer questions via phone and internet. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to work with Clark and showcase what CMG is all about — collaborating with TV, radio, digital, and newspaper to create and distribute excellent content for our audience,” said Dibiase (pictured). “In addition, the assistance provided by the Consumer Action Center is right in line with Clark’s and CMG’s commitment to serving others in our communities. I’m amazed every day by the 80-plus volunteers who give their time and energy to help others with their consumer dilemmas.” The Clark Howard Show is based at CMG News/Talker WSB/Atlanta and is syndicated by Westwood One to a reported 200+ stations nationwide.
Ad guru Bob Hoffman will keynote the upcoming NAB/RAB Radio Show, September 10-12, in Indianapolis. Hoffman’s address on September 10th will follow opening remarks from RAB President/CEO Erica Farber and NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith … Colin’s Football Show, hosted by ESPN Radio Sports/Talker Colin Cowherd, will preview the upcoming college and NFL seasons this Friday night (7/25) at 7:30pm (ET) on ESPN television … Congrats to Extreme Genes host Scott Fisher as his weekly family history radio show (now syndicated by Talk Shows USA) marks it’s first anniversary. The program debuted last July on its flagship outlet KNRS/Salt Lake City.
AdsWizz, an advertising technology provider for the digital radio and audio industries, and Clear Channel’s digital radio platform iHeart Radio have formed a partnership to develop a new delivery insertion method for targeted ads in live broadcast radio streams. AdsWizz’ ad serving technology will enable Clear Channel to “deliver a tailored advertising experience based on individual listeners’ specific characteristics,” including user profiles and preferences, location and devices used for more than 840 CC radio stations nationwide … Media business software solutions and services provider Marketron debuts a new location-based advertising solution that will enable targeted advertising to consumers based on their exact location. The new solution means broadcasters can now offer mobile targeting to their advertisers. It will also provide full transparency to reporting and campaign overview for both stations and their advertisers as well as support all ad units including rich media, video, and native ads … AdLarge Media inks an exclusive national advertising sales representation agreement with its newest partner, Commotion, a “breakthrough listener-engagement platform” for radio stations that enables real-time communication.