Tom Lee Ready To Ride L.A.’s “Beast”
March 27, 2015

Sports radio veteran Tom Lee will take the programming reins at SoCal Sports/Talker The Beast 980 (KFWB/Los Angeles). It’s a return to L.A. for Lee, who led programming efforts for Premiere Networks’ syndicated FOX Sports Radio when it launched back in 2000. His Sports radio programming resume also includes stints at ESPN Radio/Dallas, WIP/Philadelphia and KJR/Seattle. Lee’s background and involvement with several pro team franchises over the years, including the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers, and the Seattle Supersonics, will also come into play in his new job, as The Beast is the radio home of the Los Angeles Clippers and L.A. Galaxy. “Los Angeles sports fans are the greatest and perhaps the most underrated in America,” said Lee. “I’m very excited to get back to L.A. with the opportunity to program the only radio station uniquely built for home town fans.” Lee — who assumes the programming chair most recently occupied by Owen Murphy – starts his new job at KFWB on Monday (3/30).

WGN Names 10 To ‘Walk of Fame’
March 27, 2015

WGN/Chicago announced its 2015 Walk of Fame class during the this morning’s (3/27) Steve Cochran Show. On May 29th, ten WGN broadcasting legends will be honored with a public ceremony and live broadcast at the Tribune Tower. Honorees include Steve Bertrand, Lyle Dean, Dave Eanet, Steve King, Franklyn MacCormack, Lou Manfredini, Johnnie Putman, Ward Quaal, Ron Santo and Eddie Schwartz. They’ll all be commemorated with bronze plaques placed outside WGN Radio’s Allstate Showcase Studio. “This year’s Walk of Fame class pays tribute to a group of truly unique voices,” said Todd Manley, VP Programming & Content for the Tribune-owned News/Talker. “Each one of them invented or discovered new ways to tell memorable stories.”

Talk Media News Notes
March 27, 2015

Steve Goldstein (left) is stepping down from his 28-year post as EVP and Group Programming chief at Saga Communications. Concurrently, Steve announces the formation of Amplifi Media, a new venture that will specialize in the development of digital audio-on-demand/podcast content. Steve will continue to serve as a consultant to Saga’s stations … WSCR/Chicago hosts Matt Spiegel and Dan Bernstein managed to ‘tweet’ their way into a Windy City media storm this week, when the duo posted a back-and-forth about the physical attributes of Comcast SportsNet Chicago sportscaster Aiyana Cristal. The Chicago Tribune’s Ed Sherman has an update HEREWABC/New York debuts Above and Beyond with Laura Smith, a new weekend show described by Smith as “conversations with the some of the a world’s most popular thought leaders, and then the biggest celebrity psychics, mediums and astrologers giving free readings live on the air.” The program airs Sundays at 7pm (ET) … Triton Digital and Major League Baseball ink a deal that gives Triton exclusive rights to sell and deliver streaming audio ads for every MLB game, beginning this season.

Network/Syndication News
March 27, 2015

WHBO-AM Tampa and WHBC/Canton, OH add DirecTV/Premiere Networks syndicated Rich Eisen ShowWDRC/Hartford, WLFJ/Greenville, WHBY/Appleton-Green Bay and WBRP/Baton Rouge are among a number of new affiliates of Compass Media Networks’ daily syndicated Lars Larson Show … Doug Stephan’s Good Day Weekend becomes part of the revised lineup for Envision Networks’ America Weekend, a 15-hour flexible block of talk shows hosted by Stephan (right), as well as Rolland Smith, Carl Sabatino, Ed Kalegi, Mike Bennett, Valerie Smaldone and Leslie Gold. Meanwhile, WQXL/Columbia, SC, KFTL/Gilbert, AZ, WPBQ/Jackson, MS and WFEA/Nashua, NH are among a dozen new affiliates picking up Doug’s long-running weekday syndicated Good Day show.

NTS MediaOnline Today “Gig Alerts”
March 27, 2015

iHeartMedia/Denver has an opening for an experienced, hands-on Program Director for TalkRadio 630 KHOW and Real Talk 760 KKZN. You’ll manage all day-to-day programming operations of the two spoken-word radio stations, and also serve as a coach and trusted mentor to local talent and producers. Previous spoken-word Program Director experience, with a track record of success in working with high-profile talent, is required for this Mile High City gig, along with the ability to perform as an on-air talent. Learn more details about this full-time position and how to apply online HERE. (EOE)

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Developing Sports Radio’s Next Generation
March 26, 2015

Yahoo Sports Radio is partnering with Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) to launch of STAA University, a unique and interactive online university to develop and discover the next generation of top sportscasting talent. The partnership marks a joint mobilization to “create and educate the future of the business” from an inside perspective, led by veteran broadcasters and established executives, through a long-form academy program. “I have always dreamt of building upon my history in broadcasting by creating a place to develop our successors and, not only present them an industry-rooted education, but share the creativity and excitement of broadcasting to keep our tradition alive,” said Yahoo Sports Radio EVP Corporate Strategy Jeffrey Schwartz. “STAA University with Yahoo Sports Radio is that place, and we are proud to partner with [STAA CEO] Jon Chelesnik in this venture.” Learn more HERE.

WDEL To Add FM Simulcast
March 26, 2015

Delmarva Broadcasting News/Talker WDEL/Wilmington, DE will soon be available on FM, with a planned flip of soon-to-be-acquired WJKS (Kiss 101.7)/Canton, NJ to a simulcast of WDEL. Delmarva previously agreed to purchase WJKS from QC Communications and has been operating the station under an LMA since January. The sale is reportedly set to become final on March 31st. WDEL Director of News and Programming Chris Carl told NTS MediaOnline Today, “It will be a 100% simulcast with WDEL-AM and at some point after the deal closes, if we haven’t already, we’ll apply to the FCC to change the call letters to WDEL-FM.” Carl confirmed the last day for WJKS’ current format will be March 31st, with the official format flip to WDEL’s News/Talk programming at midnight on April 2nd — after a bit of April Fool’s Day stunting.

Talk And Media News Notes
March 26, 2015

Kevin Wall is returning to Las Vegas Talk radio, with a new show on KBET. Wall — most recently heard on crosstown KXNT — will slide into the noon-3pm slot that has been occupied by Westwood One’s syndicated Dennis Miller Show. Miller recently announced he was stepping away from his daily radio program, with new WLS/Chicago mid-morning host Jonathan Brandmeier set to takeover Miller’s network timeslot … Syndicated talker Dave Ramsey recently took  his Smart Money event to Phoenix for a sold-out show held in conjunction with Dave Ramsey Show affiliate News 92.3 KTAR. That’s Dave (right) with KTAR VP/Market Manager Scott Sutherland and Ryan Hatch, VP/Content & Operations … WTMJ/Milwaukee host Charlie Sykes will host his annual live “Insights” broadcast on April 2nd, featuring an interview with Wisconsin Governor (and potential GOP presidential candidate) Scott Walker and other guests, before an already sold-out, live audience at the Harris Theater in suburban Brookfield, WI.

Sports/Talk News Notes
March 26, 2015

Nominations for the 37th annual Sports Emmy’s were released this week, with DirecTV/MLB Network host Rich Eisen (left) — who also hosts a daily national radio show syndicated by Premiere Networks/FOX Sports Radio — receiving a nomination in the ‘Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Host’ category. See all the nominees HEREWEEI/Boston will host what’s being billed as a “momentous event” this Sunday (3/29) at Cathedral Station Sports Bar & Pub — a place where most any night of the week you’ll find locals watching the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics or Bruins while shooting pool, hoisting beers or just hanging out. What distinguishes the crowd of young and old, blue-and-white-collar fans from most other Boston sports pubs, is that Cathedral Station’s clientele is primarily Gay. ““When you look at just how far we’ve come as a society at large, it makes sense to openly embrace sports fans from every segment of our richly diverse community,” said Entercom/Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary. “Sunday’s event is WEEI’s official and public declaration of welcoming Boston’s LGBT sports fans to our extended radio family.” WEEI will co-host the event with Boston Spirit Magazine, the Premier LGBT publication in the Massachusetts and New England area.

Deb Carson Hosts Million Dollar Night In Dallas
March 26, 2015

FOX Sports Radio National Anchor and Baylor University alumna, Deb Carson, recently emceed the school’s 4th annual Going For The Gold Gala to help raise scholarship funds for nursing students. Carson was joined by fellow alumni, NFL Quarterback, 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and member of BU’s Class of 2010 Robert Griffin III (left), who served as keynote speaker for the evening, and special guest NFL coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary (BU ’81). The event raised a record $1.5 million in scholarship money for students of Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing.