Award Winning News Team
October 22, 2014

NH1 Radio, the statewide New Hampshire news network that launched some eight months ago, was honored at the recently held New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters annual Granite Mike Awards. Proudly displaying the news team’s first ever award are (L-R): NH1 Radio News Director Jeff Wade and Morning Anchors Laura Montenegro and Nick Carpinelli.

Do The Politics Of News Listeners Matter?
October 21, 2014

A feature in today’s Washington Post — which prominently features a long outdated photo of Rush Limbaugh alongside the provocative headline, ‘The GOP Hates The Lamestream Media’ — details a recent Pew Research study focused on where people got their news in the past week. Not surprisingly, those respondents who identified as “mostly” or “consistently” conservative preferred FOX News by a wide margin, while those who call themselves “consistently” or “mostly” liberal prefer CNN over all other cable and broadcast network news rivals. One item that stands out from the study is that those who consider themselves to be conservatives also cite Talk radio personalities, including Premiere Networks syndicated hosts Rush Limbaugh (pictured above in a far more recent photo), Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck – as well as Beck’s digital venture The Blaze – as favorite and most-used sources for news. Meanwhile, left leaning news consumers don’t name any particular radio personalities as a source for news, but they do cite public radio NPR as a favorite source. Read the Times’ analysis and opinion on the Pew study HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
October 21, 2014

You’ve likely read about last weekend’s Pumpkin Fest riots in Keene, NH, a town that also happens to be the home of Free Talk Live host Ian Freeman. Ian (pictured) was on the ground and witnessed crowds of drunken college students destroying property, as well as what he terms, “an unnecessarily aggressive police response” to the situation. Station newsrooms, hosts and producers who would like to get Freeman’s up-close-and-personal views on the chaotic weekend scene in the small New Hampshire town can reach him HEREWYD Media Ad Sales has inked a deal with Spreaker to rep ad sales for the digital talk media and audio content distribution platform. Additionally WYD will assist Spreaker with overall brand management and creation of alternative and customized opportunities for the advertising community … Carlos Lamadrid has been appointed Vice President of National Sales and Strategic Partnerships for Entercom. Lamadrid, most recently SVP at TC Media, will report to Entercom Station Group President Weezie Kramer.

The Beast And Rome To Host Clippers’ Tip-Off
October 21, 2014

The Beast 980, Los Angeles’ recently launched Sports/Talker and the radio home of the NBA Clippers, will ring in the 2014-15 season with a special live broadcast featuring CBS Sports Radio syndicated host Jim Rome and local Beast 980 host Fred Roggin. The duo will broadcast  outside LA’s Staples Center this Thursday (10/30) from noon-7pm prior to the Clippers’ home opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Among the special guests scheduled to be on the broadcast is former Clipper and UCLA star, and (KFWB) 980 The Beast morning co-host Marques Johnson. Johnson (pictured) raised some eyebrows around Tinsletown today when he told his co-host Jeanne Zelasko that, given the chance, he would not want to play for the Clippers’ crosstown rivals the LA Lakers with Kobe Bryant. “Just the way things have kind of disintegrated over the last year or so, with Paul Gasol leaving and then Dwight Howard a couple of years ago, it just doesn’t seem like this thing is headed in a positive direction,” said Johnson. Listen to the audio HERE.

Who’s In With Mike & Mike?
October 21, 2014

ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike – Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic (pictured) — have launched the Who’s In with Mike & Mike at the College Football Playoff contest, encouraging listeners around the country to tune in for a daily winning word or phrase prompting them to enter to win exclusive prizes — including an all-expenses paid trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship in Dallas. Beginning Monday (10/27), through Friday, November 21st, listeners will be able to battle it out by calling, texting or registering online. Each Grand Prize winner and a guest will receive a personality-driven experience to the College Football Playoff National Championship including: airfare, accommodations, a VIP broadcast experience and pre-game tailgate and, of course, tickets to the championship game. The experience will be documented across ESPN Radio and television, ESPNRadio.com and the via the network’s social media and partner platforms.

“Be Aware, Prepared And Informed”
October 21, 2014

Pictured at yesterday’s live Town Hall event on Ebola, hosted by WTOP/Washington at DC’s Newseum are (L-R): Doctors Joshua Sharfstein, Jesse Goodman and Anthony Fauci. The trio of medical professionals took questions about the Ebola outbreak, advising that Americans should be “aware, prepared and informed, but not panicked” about the virus in the U.S.  (Photo: WTOP/Laurie Cantillo)

Presenting The 12 Types Of Millenials
October 20, 2014

In a recent NTS MediaOnline Today story, we introduced you to a new NPR social media project that allowed Millennials to self-identify about how they really see themselves beyond the typical census-type labels in order to learn more about that generation. Today we share news about the 12 Types of Millennials in our quest to help you to learn more about this coveted demo that is indeed the key to the future of not just Talk radio, but every audio format. A few of the categories identified by the digital advertising network Exponential include Boss Babes (assertive, professionally focused women); Brogrammers (fist-bumping, hard-partying male tech professionals); and Exuberants (Constant social media creators largely defined by the image they project). Exponential VP Bryan Melmed presented the findings at the recent Advertising Week event held in New York City, and Adweek.com summarizes his presentation HERE.

ESPN Radio Is All Set To “Play Ball!”
October 20, 2014

Tomorrow’s opening game of the 2014 MLB World Series, between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, will air nationwide exclusively on ESPN Radio, with Dan Shulman (right) calling the action alongside analyst Aaron Boone. Meanwhile, Jon Sciambi, analyst Chris Singleton and ESPN MLB Insider Peter Pascarelli will lead on-site pregame and postgame coverage for ESPN Radio’s 17th consecutive year of MLB post-season coverage, with help from in-studio host Marc Kestecher. In addition, ESPN Deportes Radio – now in its tenth consecutive season broadcasting the World Series — will broadcast every game with Eduardo Ortega, the Spanish voice of the San Diego Padres, anchoring the coverage. Ortega will be joined by Renato Bermudez, Armando Talavera and Jose Francisco Rivera. The first pitch of this year’s Fall Classic happens at 8pm (ET) tomorrow night (10/21).

Never Discount Radio’s “Trust” Factor
October 20, 2014

When the mother of a North Dakota college student decided to publicly dispute official conclusions that her son’s recent death was a suicide, she chose to speak only to KFGO/Fargo’s News & Views host Joel Heitkamp. Tammy Sadek, whose 20-year old son’s body was found in the Red River in Breckenridge, MN, says she chose to speak exclusively to the Fargo radio veteran and former state senator because she felt that she could “trust” him. Sadek told Heitkamp that her son was wearing clothes she didn’t recognize when found and also did not have his cell phone with him. During her live appearance on KFGO, Sadek charged that agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension won’t look beyond their initial findings of suicide, saying she believes her son was murdered after being forced into becoming a confidential drug informer for the Southeast-Multi-County Drug Task Force after being caught with marijuana. Read more HERE.

RIP: Luther Massingil
October 20, 2014

From our Not Exactly Talk Media News department: Sad news out of WDEF/Chattanooga this morning as the station announced that Luther Masingill‘The Voice of Chattanooga’ — died last night (10/19) at the age of 92, following a brief illness. Known to local fans and listeners throughout the region for more than seven decades as simply, “Luther,” Masingill began his career at WDEF radio on New Year’s Day in 1941, then went on to log more than 74 years behind the mic at the same radio station — a record not likely to be broken. An inductee into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Broadcasters Hall of Fame, as well as a winner of an NAB Marconi Award, Luther’s WDEF bio notes that he was “the only radio personality in history to have reported both the Pearl Harbor and 9/11 attacks on the United States.” Watch video from a CBS News feature that aired for Luther’s 90th birthday HERE, and learn more about the storied career of one of the pioneering greats of radio and TV HERE.