CRN International, a 40-year old, full-service marketing company that uses radio “differently” to solve marketing challenges for major brands, has released its answer to the question, “If the radio industry had its own Mount Rushmore, who would be on it?” The process began as a question posed on various social media discussion groups, and CRN International says the topic drew “many nominations and much heated discussion.” The company then used the nominations for guidance in selecting what it felt was a representative “Final Four” including (l-r): Guglielmo Marconi (known as “the inventor of radio”); former CBS CEO William S. Paley (who “recognized the business potential of radio and acted upon it”); Paul Harvey (who “championed rugged individualism, love of God and country, and the fundamental decency of ordinary people”); and Howard Stern (“the controversial ‘shock jock’ who helped steer our communications system to a greater open-mindedness by pushing the boundaries of freedom of speech”). Commenting on the exercise CRN International founder and President Barry Berman said, “We thought the topic would be fun and thought provoking, and being part of the industry for so long, we felt we had earned the right to offer our opinion on the subject. We specifically set no formal criteria, but considered contribution, influence, impact, stature and popularity.” Read the full story HERE.
What do YOU Think? Narrowing the radio industry’s “Mount Rushmore” down to just four individuals is obviously no small task. Do you agree with CRN International’s choices? Who would you choose to memorialize in stone? Email your replies HERE.
You may recall that back in January, NTS MediaOnline Today reported on how Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres had issued an “open call” for a new public address announcer for the team’s home games at Petco Park. We’re proud to report that we can now claim just two degrees of separation from the winner, Alex Miniak, who beat out more than 800 other hopefuls who participated in the elimination-style competition. So, just how did Alex come to hear about the competition for what he called his “dream gig?” We’ll let Clear Channel/Dallas Online Content Manager Matthew Scafidi pick up the story from here. “A few months ago, you posted that the Padres were holding open auditions for their new PA announcer. I thought of an ex-fellow radio guy who was doing the PA for a Double-A team in New Hampshire and sent him a link to the NTS MediaOnline Today story. He ended up getting the gig, so your newsletter helped make a dream come true!” That’s Alex pictured above in his new summer ‘office.’
Rush Limbaugh Update: Sources inside Limbaugh’s camp tell NTS MediaOnline Today that the cochlear implant surgery the Talk radio host had last week was “very successful,” but a nagging spring cold has delayed Rush’s return to his Premiere Networks-syndicated program so far this week. TheBlaze Radio Network host Buck Sexton guest-hosted again today, as Rush is reportedly now hoping for a Thursday return to the “Golden EIB microphone” … Speaking of TheBlaze, Premiere Networks has announced it will offer an exclusive three-hour Memorial Day radio special produced by Glenn Beck’s digital radio venture. Freedom: Love It Or Lose It will feature hosts, writers and editors from TheBlaze, including the aforementioned Sexton, along with Jay Severin, Doc Thompson and others. All will pay tribute to those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, and to the loved ones who support them … Talk Radio On TV: Look for WYM Media Management syndicated talker Leslie Marshall tonight (4/23) when she guests on FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor @ 8 and 11pm (ET).
From our “Goin’ Out In Style” Department: Condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Florida broadcast veteran David Wagenvoord, who died Monday (4/21) at the age of 82. Wagenvoord (pictured) was President of Wagenvoord Advertising Group, owner of the Tan Talk Radio Network and author of the best-selling book on bartering, No Cash, No Problem. A tribute to Wagenvoord currently posted on the WTAN/Clearwater website notes, “True to his legend, Dave bartered his own funeral!” … As NTS MediaOnline Today told you last week, Cumulus Media officially debuted the new lineup at the newly re-branded KWQW/Des Moines today, as the former WOW-FM becomes 98.3 The Torch – ”Common Sense Radio.” The FM News/Talker is now programmed by Robert Rees, who also hosts wake-ups … Edison Research recently released a study for the In Store Audio Network – you know, that “radio station” you hear while shopping at the grocery store and many other retail outlets — shows the service reaches some 39 million shoppers a day! Those who’d like to review an executive summary of the Edison Research survey can reach out to In Store Audio President of Sales, Kevin Connolly, HERE.
As NTS MediaOnline Today tipped you yesterday (4/22), Greater Media Sports/Talker Detroit Sports 105.1 has inked a broadcast rights deal to become the new home of the NBA Detroit Pistons. Today we learn more details of the pact that also includes Greater Media/Detroit sister stations WRIF-FM and WCSX-FM. The multi-platform partnership takes effect “immediately” and will generate what PD Jason Dixon characterized as “an unprecedented amount of team-related coverage” across the cluster’s on-air and digital media outlets adding, “The structure of this deal allows for creativity and innovation that we intend to take advantage of. I truly believe it could become a model for future professional sports rights agreements.” Pictured (L-R): Pistons’ mascot ‘Hooper,’ Jason Dixon, Palace Sports and Entertainment President/CEO Dennis Mannion and Greater Media’s Motor City Market Manager Steve Chessare.
Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has named Adam Maisano as Vice President and Market Manager for the company’s five-station Greensboro, NC cluster, including FM News/Talker WPTI. The move marks a return to Clear Channel for Maisano, who spent the past 12 years with the Curtis Media Group in Raleigh. CC Vice President and Regional Manager for the Greensboro, Greenville and Asheville markets Bill McMartin said, “Adam brings tremendous experience, passion and enthusiasm to our team in Greensboro. The response from staff and clients to the news of Adam’s return to the market has been tremendous.” Meanwhile, an obviously enthused Maisano (pictured) said, “Returning to Clear Channel in the Triad is essentially coming full circle in my career. To manage these heritage brands in the same market where I first cut my teeth in local sales is something I couldn’t have envisioned 20 years ago. It’s great to be home!”
That’s according to the annual RTDNA survey of radio and television News Directors, conducted and compiled by Bob Papper, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Hofstra University. Papper (pictured) found that while the average radio News Director has been in that role somewhere or another for 11.7 years, almost two-thirds (63.4%) are currently News Director at the one-and-only station where they have ever held that title. That fact is especially true for non-commercial radio station News Directors, where the percentage exceeded three-quarters (77.3%). The survey notes that there was no significant difference in those findings based on geography or ownership, but the percentage was actually highest in the very largest markets. The RTDNA/Hofstra University Survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013 among all 1,659 operating, non-satellite television stations and a random sample of 3,263 radio stations. Valid responses came from 1,300 television stations (78.4%) and 249 radio News Directors and General Managers representing 649 radio stations. Read more HERE.
The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced the 2014 small and large market regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards. This year, RTDNA awarded 661 regional Murrow’s to radio and TV stations in 14 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, and Website. Among the News/Talkers who will now advance to the 2014 national Murrow Awards competition (which will presented in New York City next fall) are: KIRO and KOMO in Seattle; KGO and KCBS in San Francisco; KTAR-FM/Phoenix; KOA/Denver; KSL/Salt Lake City; WTOP/Washington; WBAL/Baltimore; and many other deserving stations. See the full list of this year’s regional Murrow winners HERE … SiriusXM will launch OurTime with Matthew Segal, a new six-week series produced by and for Millennial listeners on the satcaster’s P.O.T.U.S. channel. Each episode will be dedicated to a non-partisan discussion that offers “a fresh, in-depth dialogue of issues faced by the nation today, including health care, the budget, education, LGBT equality, and voting rights.” … Clear Channel Media and Entertainment debuts the iHeart Radio Networks, offering advertisers’ access to CC’s 840 live radio stations, digital channels, local websites, nationally-syndicated programs and satellite radio channels. Darren Davis, President of Clear Channel Networks characterized the new initiative as “the best way for a brand to reach American consumers in a much more affordable way than television networks, and with greater ROI.”
Greater Media Sports/Talker Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC-FM) will become the new radio flagship of the Detroit Pistons beginning immediately. The NBA team’s broadcasts have aired for the past five years on CBS Radio’s crosstown market leading Sports station 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM), which is also home to three other Motor City major league franchises — the NFL Lions, MLB Tigers and NHL Redwings. Commenting on opting to not renew the Pistons’ radio rights deal, CBS Radio Motor City Market Manager Deb Kenyon told Crain’s Detroit reporter Bill Shea, “After really looking at what they wanted and what we wanted, it didn’t make sense for our cluster.” … ESPN Radio has launched a contest offering an all-expenses paid trip to an NBA Finals game with Mike & Mike co-hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. Beginning today (4/22), listeners around the country can tune in for a daily ‘winning word or phrase’ and then call, text, or visit espnradio.com to register for the contest using the winning word. The promotion runs through Friday, May 16th … FOX Sports Radio host and comedian Jay Mohr (pictured) recently performed for a sold-out crowd at Southern California’s Morongo Casino Resort and Spa. The evening event was held in conjunction with AM570 FOX Sports/Los Angeles (KLAC), the flagship station for Premiere Networks’ syndicated FOX Sports Radio Network. (Photo by Varon P.)
Coast to Coast AM host and part-time St. Louis resident George Noory (right) and his son Jonathan attended the recently held (4/18) annual Hitting For Heroes event at The Gateway City’s Busch Stadium. Benefitting Little Patriots Embraced, a charity focused on enhancing the lives of military families in need, the event gives baseball fans a chance to hit one out the park by going up to bat against the warm-up pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals. So how did George – who served nine years in the U.S. Naval Reserve — do at the plate? 0 for 9. Yep. Missed every single pitch. “I’m not giving up my night job,” quipped the Premiere Networks late night talker.