After stumbling while answering questions on foreign policy during an interview yesterday (9/3) with Salem Radio Network host Hugh Hewitt, GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump today characterized Hewitt (left) as a “third rate radio announcer.” After Trump struggled to answer a question about the names of various terrorist group leaders and another about Iran’s elite Quds Force, he accused the conservative SRN host (who will be among the panel of questioners for the upcoming GOP candidates debate later this month) of trying to trip him up with “gotcha questions.” This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Trump sought to clarify his answers to Hewitt’s questions, then attacked the veteran Talk radio host saying, “And by the way, when you say Quds vs. Kurds, I thought he said Kurds, this third-rate radio announcer that I did the show [for]. It was like ‘gotcha, gotcha.’ Every question was, do I know this one and that one. You know, he worked hard on that. I thought he said Kurds.” Speaking to Politico’s Nick Gass about the dust-up from Trump, the ever-the-gentleman Hewitt offered praise for Trump as “the best interview in America,” but said he makes no apologies for his questions and disagrees with Trump about what qualifies as a ‘gotcha’ question. “I won’t change my debate prep or question set because of his or others’ critiques or praise. I ask questions that I think many GOP primary voters are interested in, whether of Donald Trump or all the other GOPers,” said Hewitt. Read the full story HERE.
Next Tuesday (9/8) will see the debut of a new morning show and a revised weekday lineup at WDNZ (The Buzz)/Raleigh. The Morning Show with Mike, Lauren & Demetri will retain previous wake-up co-host Mike Maniscalco, with local sports personalities Lauren Brownlow and Demetri Ravanos rounding out to the new team (pictured). The DirecTV produced and FOX Sports Radio syndicated Dan Patrick Show remains in its current 10am-noon slot, followed by FSR’s newly launched The Herd with Colin Cowherd. CBS Sports Radio’s Jim Rome Show moves to PM drive (3-6pm). “I’m very excited for our Buzz Sports Radio listeners with this new show that stars Mike, Lauren and Demetri,” said Dennis Glascow, OM/PD for Capitol Broadcasting’s North Carolina Sports radio trio The Buzz Sports Radio, 99.9 The Fan/ESPN Radio and 1550 ESPN Deportes. “The Triangle is going to get a very entertaining and hyper-local sports show, that brings three dynamic and diverse people into the same room for four hours a day.”
Colin Cowherd (left) is tanned, rested and ready to launch The Herd next Tuesday (9/8), on FOX Sports Radio and FOX Sports 1. Cowherd will also welcome new cast member Kristine Leahy to the program, along with a slew of A-List guests who’ve been booked for opening week including Troy Aikman, Howie Long, Rob Lowe, and Jimmy Kimmel … CBS Sports Radio will debut a new weekend schedule tomorrow (9/5) in anticipation of the upcoming pro and college football seasons. See details HERE … Veteran Phoenix sportswriter Craig Morgan joins Bonneville Sports/Talker ArizonaSports 98.7 (KMVP-FM) as a contributor on-air, online and on social media … ESPN 1000/Chicago (WMVP) inks award-winning Windy City sportscaster David Kaplan, to host a new show, Kap & Company, that will air from noon-2pm (CT) beginning September 16th. Kaplan was most recently at crosstown WGN Radio … Texas State Athletics, Learfield Sports and iHeartMedia/Austin announce that AM 1300 The Zone (KVET/Austin) will be the flagship radio outlet for Texas State football and men’s basketball games for the next two seasons.
• THIS NEWS JUST IN: After months of silence during the NFL’s inquiry of ‘Deflategate,’ New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will return to the Boston radio airwaves on Tuesday (9/8). In what is expected to be his first one-on-one interview since winning Super Bowl XLIX, Brady will join John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane on 93.7 WEEI-FM and on the regional WEEI Sports Radio Network. The show airs weekday mornings from 6-9am (ET).
NBC Sports Radio in Los Angeles (Culver City) is accepting resumes for producers and board operators. Full and part time work is available at the Westwood One-distributed 24/7 Sports/Talk Network. Email your resume to Program Director Jack Silver HERE. (EOE)
The Kim Komando Show/Weststar Multimedia Entertainment is hiring for a number of currently available opportunities. The independent network is seeking candidates to fill openings for a Multimedia Journalist, Content Creator/Strategist, National Sales Executive and more. Get more information and details on how to apply for all openings HERE. (EOE)
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Former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb Show, where he chatted with Doug about this year’s college football season and paused for this way cool and oh-so-retro black-and-white photo souvenir.
The Farley File
What Makes Jim Cringe?
Beasley’s Smooth Operators
The Farley File — It’s been close to two years since former WTOP/Washington news and programming chief Jim Farley closed the book on his 47 years in the radio news biz. We recently caught up with the respected news pro to get his take on the business from his new perspective as a “semi-retired guy.”
What Makes Jim Cringe? — Now that he’s just another average listener, Farley unloads on what it is that makes him cringe when he listens to today’s News and Talk radio stations.
Beasley’s Smooth Operators — Beasley Media Group recently handed out this years Operations Awards at company meetings in Florida. Check out our Featured Photo of the Month on page two.
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Michael Czarnecki has been named Operations Manager and Assistant Program Director at WRKO/Boston. Czarnecki joins the Entercom News/Talker from his current position as PD for iHeartMedia’s WRNX-FM/Amherst, MA, and APD for iHeartMedia co-owned stations WHYN-AM &FM/Springfield, MA. His radio resume also includes on-air and production stints in Boston, Hartford and Manchester, NH. Entercom/Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary says Czarnecki stood out in a strong field of candidates. “If our applicant pool is any indication, the future of the News/Talk format is in very good hands,” he said. “I was particularly impressed with the creativity and enthusiasm across a wide spectrum of prospects, but in the end Michael was the complete package of experience, vision and local knowledge. He’ll be a terrific addition to the WRKO team.” Czarnecki takes over programming chores previously handled by Bill Cooksey, who exited the station in July.
Following the recent defection of longtime ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd to FOX Sports and FOX Sports Radio, speculation has been strong the network would move The Dan Le Batard Show to fill the hole. Today, ESPN made it official and announced that Dan Le Batard and co-host Jon ‘Stugotz’ Weiner will indeed move to a new 10am-1pm (ET) slot beginning Tuesday, September 8th, following the Labor Day weekend holiday. “Dan and Stugotz have cultivated a passionate following who expect cutting-edge and entertaining Sports/Talk radio,” said Traug Keller, ESPN Senior VP/Production Business Divisions. “They will not be disappointed with the time change and a new audience will now have the opportunity to experience this unique blend of make-you-think commentary and humor.” Meanwhile at Le Batard’s Miami flagship station 790 The Ticket (WAXY), PD Len Weiner tells NTS MediaOnline Today that Dan will now be heard five hours daily on the Entercom Sports/Talker — 9am-1pm and 3-4pm (ET), with the 9-10am and 3-4pm hours airing locally only on The Ticket. Concurrently, the station’s Zaslow & Joy morning show will now begin at 5:30am, ending at 9am.
The Chicago Tribune reports that husband-and-wife team Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano will host their last show on WGN/Chicago tomorrow (9/4) after a two-year run. The newspaper reports Todd Manley, Vice President/Content and Programming for the Tribune News/Talker, said the move was “just a matter of resources” … Veteran St. Louis Talk radio host Paul Harris (heard these days on the Gateway City’s KTRS) reports his longtime passion for poker has finally paid off — not with a life-changing jackpot win, but with a cameo role in the upcoming Hollywood film Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as two gamblers on a road trip. St. Louis Today’s Joe Holleman has the story on how Harris got connected to the film HERE … The Charlotte Observer’s Mark Washburn tips a pending format flip from Sports to Talk next week at Beasley Media Group’s recently acquired WBCN-AM/Charlotte. Read more details HERE … ABC News Radio correspondent Alex Stone (he’s the one on the right in the photo above) got to spend some quality time with an Ewok at this week’s kickoff of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing Event. Along with the upcoming premiere of the new Star Wars film, fans worldwide have been eagerly anticipating the reveal of a slew of new toys connected with the blockbuster movie franchise. ABC News has more details and a ton of pictures of the latest Star Wars toys you might be adding to your collection HERE.
Veteran Gateway City marketing and advertising pro Libby Nolan (left) has been named General Sales Manager at Emmis Communications’ FM talker KFTK (97.1)/St. Louis. Most recently Nolan has served as Director of INCITE, which is “a department within Emmis Radio that partners community focused corporations and nonprofit organizations to form mutually beneficial relationships in support of a common mission.” Nolan will takeover for former GSM Karen Kelly, who recently left the station to join crosstown CBS Radio News/Talker KMOX in a similar capacity … James Harrington has been appointed as General Manager for Salem Media Group’s three-station Colorado Springs cluster, including company-branded News/Talker 1460 The Answer (KZNT). Harrington joins Salem from his most recent management position as SVP/Sales for iHeartMedia/Bryan-College Station, TX.