As broadcasters continually seek to find new ways to build a bridge between traditional broadcast radio and the apparent mistrust of all things traditional by Millennials, a recent feature by Entrepreneur staff writer Kate Taylor reinforces that gaining the trust of ‘Gen Y’ is not something that’s going to be easy. “The rejection of traditional media as inauthentic comes part-and-parcel with the trend of Millennials discarding other norms accepted by previous generations,” writes Taylor. “Gen Y is apparently suspicious of tradition, they are over conventional advertising, home ownership and the promise of Social Security. They’re used to not trusting CEO’s, politicians and just corporations in general.” So, if they don’t trust traditional media, what sources for news do Millennials trust most. Find out by reading the full feature HERE.
Effective March 2nd, Dean Blundell will join Toronto’s Sportsnet 590 The Fan to co-host a new 5:30-9am morning show, Dean Blundell & Company, alongside Andrew Walker. Additionally, current morning co-host Greg Brady will move to afternoons at the end of March, as popular PM drive hosts Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro take their act to Sportsnet TV, where they’ll host a new 5-7pm show beginning July 1st … ESPN Radio revamps its weekend lineup, adding eight new shows including the new two-hour espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio, co-hosted by espnW and ESPN Radio 1000/Chicago’s Sarah Spain and ESPN anchor and analyst Prim Siripipat. View the rest of the network’s new weekend roster HERE … That’s Yahoo! Sports Radio CEO David Gow (pictured) getting some ball handling tips from Harlem Globetrotters ‘Stretch’ and ‘Bucket’ following the duo’s recent visit to the Houston-based sports network’s Prime Cut with Sean Salisbury and John Granato show.
iHeartMedia News/Talker KFBK/Sacramento is on the hunt for a Morning News Anchor/Writer. “The ideal candidate will have strong news broadcasting experience and be able to multi-task and take direction well. You will work alongside Amy Lewis, long-term KFBK co-anchor, in a fast-paced, challenging and friendly environment. Must be an aggressive self-starter who can hit the ground running, cut up sound on the fly, report live from the street or in-house, love big breaking news, write conversationally, and stay on top of social media – all while creating and contributing daily content to the web and Facebook. You will need to be able to write short, tight copy, adlib well, anchor short-form newscasts or long-form event coverage when necessary, and understand news coverage in the digital/social media age. Conversational and credible on air news delivery, creative broadcast news writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively are prerequisites for this position. You must be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, have a strong knowledge of current events and work positively as part of a team. A solid background in journalism and radio, including news judgment, grammar, spelling and critical thinking, and a minimum 3 years experience in radio as a drive time news anchor including hosting live breaking news required.” Learn more about the full-time position and apply online HERE. (EOE)
• Salem Communications/Omaha is seeking a full-time Account Manager for the company’s three-station Nebraska cluster, including 100.7 The Fish KGBI, Christian Talk KCRO and El Pez 1420 KOTK. Past sales experience and a Bachelor’s Degree is preferred, along with excellent oral and written communication skills. Email your resume and cover letter to General Sales Manager Sue Garrett HERE. (EOE)
Sabo Media CEO Walter Sabo emails NTS MediaOnline Today to alert readers to an opportunity to enhance your income by using your skills and knowledge to teach and mentor a new generation of radio broadcasters. “For the past few months I have worked with Radio Connection, a licensed school that connects people who really want to be in radio with a local mentor,” said Sabo. “The mentor gets to share his or her knowledge of radio through the curriculum. The school has been around for about 15 years and they vet potential students rigorously.” Learn more about the school and the opportunity to become a local mentor to a student HERE.
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Sad news to report from our friends at KKOB-AM/Albuquerque today, as Operations Manager Pat Frisch alerts NTS MediaOnline Today that popular station weekend host Terrie Q. Sayre has died suddenly. She was just 54. A former Mrs. Nevada and also a former show girl at Harrah’s and Caesars Lake Tahoe, Sayre previously hosted weekends at Cumulus Media sister News/Talker KKOH/Reno for a number of years before moving to The Land of Enchantment, where she has spent the past seven years hosting weekends at KKOB. She’d recently completed a new book, More Pet Friends, a second volume of pictures featuring local people and their pets — including many with the KKOB staff — with all proceeds benefitting local animal charities. “It is with deep sadness that I tell you we lost a true friend and a bright light in the 770 KKOB family,” wrote Frisch in a memo to staffers announcing Sayre’s untimely passing. “She was a wonderful woman who did so much for the community and this community is shocked.” No word yet on funeral services or plans for any public memorial for Sayre.
Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke at an event in Salt Lake City this week, hosted by Diversify, Inc. and Talkradio 105.7/570 AM KNRS. Nearly 3,000 people packed SLC’s Abravanel Hall, where Romney discussed national and international issues, but offered no comment on speculation that he’s considering another run for the White House. Pictured (L-R) are: KNRS account execs Sally Lowder, and Tom Spangler, Romney, KNRS Program Director and talk show host Rod Arquette and KNRS Sales Manager Joyce Wirthlin.
In an interview airing on Genesis Communication’ Sunshine State trimulcast, News/Talk Florida, former CBS Evening News anchor and veteran White House correspondent Dan Rather offered his take on the state of news in today’s new media environment. Asked by the stations’ Florida Live host Dan Maduri if he thinks the news media will ever reverse today’s trend toward sensational and lifestyle entertainment news, Rather replied, “Well, for the foreseeable future I think the ‘let’s keep up with the Kardashians,’ or some version of that, is likely to continue to prevail. But I’m optimistic that somehow, some way, the pendulum may swing just a little bit back to what I call ‘quality news of integrity.’ But the biggest thing that’s happened to journalism in the last 10 to 15 years is that entertainment values have completely overwhelmed news values, and with few exceptions most news programs — or what are called news programs — are in fact entertainment programs masquerading as news, I’m sorry to say.” Hear more of what Rather had to say about today’s news business and how the world has become a far more dangerous place for journalists to do their jobs HERE.
NTS MediaOnline Today sends a shout-out to the whole crew at the Dave Ramsey Show, as Dave begins the New Year with news that the independently syndicated talk show is now heard on over 550 affiliates nationwide. Ramsey Media VP Brian Mayfield reports the show — launched in 1992 — is now the third largest Talk radio show in the nation, as well as the largest independently owned-and-operated syndicated talk show in the country, reaching a reported 8.5 million-plus listeners weekly. Hosted by New York Times best-selling author, Dave Ramsey (pictured), the daily talk show focuses on life and how much of it just happens to revolve around money. Along with the program’s broadcast affiliates, Ramsey’s show is also available via a 24-hour streaming online video channel HERE and via the show’s smartphone App. You can also access it through Ramsey’s 24/7 iHeartRadio channel, or via Dave’s Podcast, which boasts an audience of more than 125,000 daily downloads.
On Jan. 18th, 1965, I Dream of Jeannie was on TV; The Sound of Music was in theaters, and the Beatles’ I Feel Fine topped the charts. It was also the day that Dave McConnell started reporting for what was then 1500 AM WTOP/Washington. Today, some 50 years later, Dave is still with WTOP (now airing on 103.5 FM), where he’s still going strong and says he has absolutely no plans to retire anytime soon. The Hubbard all-newser pays tribute to the veteran reporter — who holds the distinction of being the lone Capitol Hill correspondent for any local radio station in America — in a post today at the WTOP website, where Senior News Director Mike McMearty reveals just how long McConnell has coveted the DC radio job he’s held for a half century: “It’s part of WTOP lore that, while other kids were skipping school to catch a baseball game and see the Washington Senators play at Griffith Stadium, Dave was sneaking into the Capitol to hear the real senators debate!” Read more about McConnell’s storied radio career HERE.
KCMO (Talk Radio 710 AM and 103.7 FM)/Kansas City will debut a new line-up on February 2nd, when Rob Carson signs on as the station’s new morning host (5-9am), followed by veteran D.C. correspondent and Edward R. Murrow Award winner, Chris Plante from 9am-noon. Concurrent with the new staff arrivals, current wake-up host Greg Knapp moves to afternoon drive (4-7pm) … AM 970 The Answer (WNYM/New York) Executive Producer and talk show host Frank Morano has scored the first radio interview with John A. “Junior” Gotti, son of ‘The Teflon Don’ John J. Gotti, to talk about his new book Shadow of My Father. The book recounts his life growing up as the son of arguably the most famous gangster in America, and his time inside and outside the world of organized crime. Morano will conduct the interview as he fills-in for regular WNYM midday host John Gambling tomorrow (1/23) from 11am-1pm … Westwood One syndicated talker Dennis Miller and talk host, TV personality and longtime podcaster Emily Morse (both pictured above) will host the 10th annual Podcasting Awards on April 14th during the upcoming NMX Conference. Co-located with the NAB Show, NMX will take place April 13-16 in Las Vegas. Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s awards HERE.
2014 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Barry Farber — who was honored at official ceremonies held in Los Angeles last November — received a second salute this week, as friends and colleagues from New York radio, media and politics gathered in Manhattan to pay tribute to the Talk radio pioneer’s NRHOF induction. Grabbing a digital souvenir with the man-of-the-hour are (L-R): FOX News anchor and senior correspondent Eric Shawn; CBS 2/New York anchor/reporter Dick Brennan; New York Post ‘Page Six’ columnist Richard Johnson; Farber; former U.S. Congressman John LeBoutllier (R-NY); and Curtis Ellis, a colleague from Farber’s days at DayNet and WMCA/New York.