As rumored yesterday, longtime KOGO/San Diego programming boss Cliff Albert has left the building after a nearly two-decade run at the Clear Channel News/Talker and Sports/Talk clustermate KLSD/FOX Sports Radio. An internal memo to staffers confirmed the San Diego radio veteran is leaving to “pursue new opportunities.” His voice will remain on the air at KOGO as Albert will continue hosting his long-running Cliff Notes On The News feature and be part of other unnamed special projects. Albert’s a familiar voice on the airwaves of America’s Finest City, having spent 15-years as News Director at crosstown News/Talk competitor KFMB prior to joining KOGO back in 1996. Albert’s departure comes just a few months after a shake-up of the station’s mostly live and local lineup that saw Chip Franklin exit after six years in wake-ups, replaced by afternoon host Chris Merrill. No word yet on who might replace or assume Albert’s duties at KOGO and KLSD.
Effective January 1st, Clear Channel will move The Rush Limbaugh Show in 3 major markets. As already expected, Limbaugh’s Premiere Networks syndicated daily show will move from WABC/New York to CC’s crosstown WOR. Additionally, Limbaugh will move from his current home at KKSF/San Francisco to Clear Channel clustermate KNEW which will rebrand as an all-conservative Talk outlet. But the big news is that Rush will be moving from his longtime Los Angeles affiliate KFI, to co-owned KTLK, which will flip from it’s current progressive Talk lineup and rebrand as new all-conservative talker ‘The Patriot.’ CC says the moves in SoCal and the Bay Area are being made to utilize the audience draw of Limbaugh’s show to build underdeveloped stations in both clusters, with the goal of giving the company two strong Talk stations in each market. Clear Channel has previously made similar moves with Limbaugh’s program in a number of other markets including Houston, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and others. Brian Glicklich, acting as a spokesperson for the Limbaugh camp, commented on the pending moves telling NTS MediaOnline Today, “Rush Limbaugh has built the ratings and revenue of hundreds of America’s most successful radio stations, and is looking forward to doing the same at these new Clear Channel homes.”
In a memo to staffers at WTOP/Washington, VP News and Programming Jim Farley announced that 20-year station veteran Bob Madigan has decided to retire at year’s end, after a 50-year career in the broadcasting biz. “Bob has been a drivetime anchor, a reporter and for a long time, WTOP’s Man About Town,” said Farley (who is himself retiring at the end of this month). “In that role he was a one-person good news department, covering everything from charity galas to scholarship awards and chili cook-offs for a good cause. Bob covered so many events, that in less than a year on the beat, he was emcee, announcer or celebrity judge at many of them. He became a one-main marketing machine for WTOP, getting our name out there in a positive way that was priceless! He was chosen to announce the Inaugural Parade along Pennsylvania Avenue for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Bob has a long, long list of awards and honors including an Edward R. Murrow Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, The Freedom Foundation Award and an Armstrong Award. In the radio industry, it is rare for somebody to last 20 years at the same place. It is rarer still when they can leave on their own terms when the time comes. But then, Bob is a rare bird indeed! He’s been a great colleague and a great friend and we will all miss him.”
From the San Diego radio rumor mill, NTS MediaOnline Today hears that longtime KOGO/San Diego Program Director Cliff Albert is exiting the Clear Channel News/Talker. No official word yet out of CC’s San Diego complex, but we’ll keep you posted … Colorful Toronto mayor Rob Ford was a guest today on DC Sports/Talker 106.7 The Fan’s The Sports Junkies. Asked about his future, the embattled politician told the Junkies, “I’m getting re-elected on October 27th, 2014 and I’m going to be mayor for another four years. You can hear the full interview HERE … Las Vegas-based syndicated talk host Dr. Daliah Wachs (pictured here with Clark County, NV Museum administrator Mark Hall-Hatton) appears on tonight’s edition of the History Channel’s hit show, Pawn Stars. It’s the 4th time the radio Doc has appeared on the Sin City-based TV show, with tonight’s episode showing her seeking to sell her Civil War era metacarpal bone saw. Will she cash in big? Check your local listings, then tune-in tonight to find out!
The media was a abuzz last night over a report by the New York Daily News that disgraced politician and serial ‘sexter’ Anthony Weiner — who recently lost his bid to resurrect his political career and become mayor of New York – has been talking to several Talk radio outlets in Gotham City about hosting a new local radio show. While the newspaper cited both Cumulus Media-owned WABC and Clear Channel News/Talker WOR as potential ‘Weiner-wanters,’ a Cumulus source emphatically told Politico.com’s Dylan Byers that there is absolutely no truth to the rumors. “Our comment is best summed up by Taylor Swift’s hit song, we are never, ever getting back together — and in this case we were never together to begin with, as this is something Cumulus has never contemplated.” No official word out of WOR on their take on all the Weiner talk, but all signs point to a lot of sizzle, but no steak when it comes to a future for the ex-pol on local NYC Talk radio.
Legendary newsman Ron Burgundy — a.k.a. comedian Will Ferrell — dropped by for a visit with the crew of DirecTV Entertainment’s syndicated Dan Patrick Show earlier today. Ferrell is on the road promoting the upcoming release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the sequel to original classic comedy that made his alter-ego Ron Burgundy a worldwide star. While in studio, Dan and the boys challenged Ron to a game of ‘Flinch-Ball.’ Watch the hilarious results via YouTube HERE.
Talk titan Rush Limbaugh released details yesterday of his latest Two If By Tea Sweepstakes, with the grand prize winner receiving a “golden ticket” good for a trip for four to The Rush Limbaugh Show’s ‘Southern Command Center’ in Florida to hang out with El Rushbo and the program’s crew during a live broadcast. “Grand prize winners each receive a three-day, two-night trip to Florida for two people, round trip airfare, luxury hotel accommodations and, of course, fine meals,” said Rush on his Premiere Networks syndicated show. “Now, you will be blindfolded from the moment you leave the hotel en route to the Southern Command so that you cannot tell anybody where it is. And then when you arrive, the blindfolds will be removed. You will not know where you are, but you will be at the EIB Network. We’re gonna sit you behind the ‘Golden EIB Microphone’ and snap pictures to prove that you were there, because nobody will believe you were there.” All sales of Limbaugh’s signature Two If By Tea beverage benefit the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, a non-profit group that provides scholarships, financial aid and support to the children of U.S. Marines who are killed in action. Get more details about the contest HERE.
Sun Broadcast Group has committed to deploy Jelli Inc.’s cloud-based ad platform across its entire programming roster. Jelli is a patented audio serving platform designed to automate over-the-air radio advertising for advertisers and network operators. SBG’s Spanish-language programs (in partnership with Stardome Media) will be first to make the transition to Jelli, with Sun’s general market programs — including the recently launched Marilu Henner Show — converting in early 2014. ”I have been asking leaders large and small to stand with me and implement true change in how we conduct business across our industry,” said Sun Broadcast Group CEO Jason Bailey. “Radio has been living in the dark ages when it comes to accountability. We’re being eaten alive by the real time metrics of digital audio competitors and our best answer, RADAR, still requires busy planners and buyers to go back months after a campaign to see what should have run. Today we stand proud to put our entire sales and programming schedules on the line and make a real change for this great industry.”
Animal Radio recently hosted a live broadcast and pet adoption day at Los Angeles’ famed Griffith Park. Over 300 shelter animals found homes at the event. Pictured at the broadcast are (l-r) show host Hal Abrams, actress and pet-lover Jane Lynch (Glee) and Judy Francis, Excutive Producer of the weekly pet talk show syndicated by Envision Radio Networks … CBS Radio taps Bruce Logan as VP/Programming and Operations Manager for it’s six-station Houston cluster, including Sports/Talker KILT-AM. Logan joins CBS after some 17 years with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment … Edison Research has announced that the company’s annual Infinite Dial report will return in March 2014, under a new partnership with Triton Digital. Now in its 16th year, the popular study that tracks Americans’ use of audio, was previously fielded by Edison in partnership with Arbitron (now Nielsen Audio) … GIG ALERT: Christian broadcaster Moody Radio is seeking candidates for a new morning show being developed for WMBI/Chicago. With a planned debut in January, Moody is seeking candidates to host a show that will “focus on reaching a multi-cultural audience and feature co-hosts, news and information delivered in a conversational manner, caller and guest interaction, social media integration and much more.” Learn more and get details on how to apply HERE.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America — the non-profit group that provides financial aid to broadcasters who find themselves in acute need — has launched the 2013 Holiday Giving Campaign. The Foundation reaches out across the country to identify and provide an anonymous safety net for members of the radio and TV broadcast industry in cases of critical illness, advanced age, death of a spouse, accident, and other serious misfortune. Often a last refuge, BFA has helped broadcasters and their families remain in their homes and also made it possible for retirees to afford life-sustaining medications. “The goal of the Foundation’s Board of Directors is that no broadcaster’s cry for help should ever go unanswered,” said BFA Chairman Phil Lombardo. “Requests for aid have more than doubled over the past few years and more come in every day. Next year, we will disburse over $900,000 in financial assistance — a 100% increase from five years ago.” NTS MediaOnline Today readers who would like to support the Foundation’s fundraising efforts can do so HERE.