Welcome to the NTS MediaOnline website, an archive of news and events from the world of modern-day News/Talk/Sports radio. NTS MediaOnline, which was retired in December 2016, featured a daily email news update, and weekly and monthly feature articles and interviews with a who’s-who of the Talk media business. All content on this site was compiled and written by longtime industry journalist Al Peterson, who also spent 10 years as the News/Talk/Sports radio editor for the iconic industry publication Radio & Records, prior to the launch of NTS MediaOnline. Publishers may feel free to use any of the content found on this website, provided it includes appropriate attribution to NTS MediaOnline and this website as the original source.
Editor’s Note: Over the past 20 years, I estimate I’ve written nearly 1,000 weekly and monthly feature columns about YOU. So I trust for this final issue of NTS MediaOnline Monthly you will indulge me — just this one time — as I offer some thoughts on the road ahead for Talk radio from the perspective of this reporter, who has loved every minute of covering the Talk radio beat for the past two decades.
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Multi-media mogul Sean Hannity is apparently interested in expanding to the Hollywood film biz. The Hollywood Reporter says Hannity (left) is partnering with actor Kevin Sorbo to produce Let There Be Light, a film about a “world renowned atheist whose beliefs are dramatically challenged.” Read the full story HERE … Chicago media reporter Robert Feder and other media reports say WLS-AM has dropped Westood One’s syndicated Michael Savage from the Cumulus Media News/Talker’s lineup. Sister Cumulus News/Talk station WMAL/Washington also recently dropped its affiliation with The Savage Nation … Beasley Media Group adds stripes to Nick Pinto’s title, upping him to Vice President of Information Technology for the expanding company … Now ex-FOX News contributor, author and Talk radio host, Monica Crowley (right), has been tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as Deputy National Security Advisor in his new administration. Crowley served as a foreign policy assistant to former President Richard Nixon prior to her media career.
Cox Media Group/Jacksonville, FL has named Nick Figueredo Director of Branding and Programming for News 104.5 WOKV, effective immediately. Figueredo (left) has worked for CMG/Orlando for the past seven years, where he most recently served as Assistant Director of Branding and Programming for News 96.5 WDBO. “I’m very excited and thankful for the amazing opportunity at WOKV,” said Figueredo. “From the day I was hired at WDBO, I knew my future was with CMG, and now I’m taking the next step in my career. I owe a great deal of credit to [WDBO Director of Programming and CMG News/Talk Format Coordinator] Drew Anderssen for his leadership and mentoring during my time at WDBO, as well as CMG Executive VP of Radio Bill Hendrich, Regional VP of Jacksonville and Orlando Radio, Susan Larkin, CMG’s VP of Radio Programming Steve Smith, WOKV’s News Director Rich Jones, and CMG/Jacksonville Director of Operations Todd Shannon, for believing in me and giving me this chance to prove myself!”
The Filter with Nomiki Konst has an immediate opening for a full-time Producer. The three hour/five nights a week show is heard on SiriusXM’s Progress channel. You’ll need strong guest-booking and organizational skills to produce the primarily politically focused show, that features a strong millennial point of view. Previous producing experience is a must. Interested candidates should rush your cover letter and resume to Amplifi Media CEO Steven Goldstein HERE. (EOE)
Facebook is seeking an experienced News Executive to lead Global News Partnerships, serving as the company’s leading representative with news organizations worldwide. The goal of the News Partnerships team is to help publishers and journalists understand how to reach and engage their audiences, and to innovate with new technologies. The day-to-day responsibilities of the News Partnerships team include: manage relationships with news organizations; develop strategies and programs that foster greater collaboration and alignment between Facebook and news organizations; solicit and incorporate feedback from news organizations on product development and prioritization, and; clearly communicate and foster transparent dialogue with news organizations globally. Learn more about this position and how to apply HERE. (EOE)
For the past ten years, NTS MediaOnline Today’s ‘Gig Alerts’ have offered free job listings, designed to assist those with job opportunities to connect with News, Talk and Sports radio professionals who are seeking their next opportunity — always at no charge as a service to the Talk radio industry.
Answering the oft-asked, ‘will he stay, or will he go?’ question, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced today in an open meeting of the agency that he will step down at the end of President Obama’s term next month. Wheeler’s tenure as Chairman of the FCC has not been without turmoil, and his relations with Republicans on the Commission have often been strained. The 3-2 Democratic majority while he’s chaired the agency have frequently passed measures along party lines, including Wheeler’s controversial ‘Net Neutrality’ rules and regulations that are likely to get a review under a Republican majority ahead. Pending future appointments by President-elect Donald Trump, Wheeler’s departure will temporarily leave the Commission with two Republicans — Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly — and one Democrat — Mignon Clyburn, whose term expires in mid-2017. Commenting on Wheeler’s departure announcement, NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith released a prepared statement saying, “Chairman Wheeler has been a tenacious fighter on telecommunications issues during a period of remarkable change in the media landscape. We wish him well in whatever the future may hold.”
AM 560 The Answer (WIND/Chicago) and morning show host Dan Proft announce a multi-year contract extension that will keep Proft as co-host of Chicago’s Morning Answer, alongside Amy Jacobson. Prior to his career in Talk radio, Proft served in a number of local and Illinois political campaigns, and mounted his own unsuccessful campaign for Governor in 2010. He joined WIND in 2015 after a run at crosstown Cumulus Media News/Talker WLS-AM. “It’s an exciting time to be in Talk radio, and AM 560 and Salem Media are at the epicenter of that excitement,” said Proft. “I’m thankful to be able to carry on as a part of Chicago’s Morning Answer. Our show has been the beneficiary of tremendously loyal listeners and a supportive management team. We’ll work diligently to continue to earn that backing each day, by providing uniquely informative and entertaining content.”
ABC News Radio reports the network will offer a roster of long and short form year-end programs in the coming days. Among the special shows available are: Playback 2016 — a one hour special, anchored by ABCNR’s Cheri Preston (left) and Aaron Katersky (right) — featuring a review of the biggest stories of the year and the newsmakers behind them; and Donald Trump: The Making of a President, anchored by ABC World News Tonight Sunday anchor Tom Llamas, who spent over 500 days on the campaign trail covering the now President-elect … ESPN Radio’s coverage of the 2016 college football season will culminate with a 27-game postseason bowl schedule, including all matchups from the College Football Playoff, capped by the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 9th. ESPN Monday Night Football voice Sean McDonough will call the final game, alongside analyst Todd Blackledge and reporters Holly Rowe and Ian Fitzsimmons … 99.1 FM Talk Radio KKFT/Reno-Carson City, NV adds America Outdoors Radio, the weekly regionally syndicated show produced and hosted by John Kruse … American Family Farmer marks a milestone, as the weekly syndicated program — hosted by veteran talk host and lifelong farmer Doug Stephan — now airs on a reported 150 affiliates nationwide.
As we wrap up another year, NTS MediaOnline Today pauses to remember our industry friends and colleagues who ‘hung up their headphones’ for the final time in 2016:
Former WPRO/Providence talk host and controversial two-time mayor of the city, Buddy Cianci … Rochester, NY radio legend Nick Nickson … Motor Racing Network anchor Barney Hall … Former Dallas and Los Angeles talk host Benjamin Dover … Comedy and radio legend Bob Elliott … Longtime Portland, OR Talk radio personality Dave Anderson … Retired network veteran Ron Werth … Longtime KFGO/Fargo broadcaster Scott Miller … Former broadcast radio and music industry exec Ric Lippincott … Industry veteran and sales trainer Jim ‘Taz’ Taszareck … Former WOAI/San Antonio news anchor Bob Guthrie … Legendary Top 40 radio DJ Charlie Tuna … Respected radio industry veteran John Rook … Legendary radio programmer Ron ‘Whodaguy’ Jacobs.
Longtime San Diego radio broadcaster Ernie Myers … Legendary Philadelphia radio and TV host Harry Gross … Major League Baseball legend turned popular sports broadcaster Joe Garagiola … Longtime Denver radio personality Paul “Mr. Fix-it” MacGregor … WBBM-AM/Chicago traffic reporter and longtime Windy City broadcaster David Mitchell … Pioneering Talk radio host Dr. Toni Grant … Longtime urban radio personality Doug Banks.
KPCC/Los Angeles Morning Edition host Steve Julian … Legendary WOOD/Grand Rapids personality Bruce Grant … Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Famer and publishing executive Bill Phalen … Longtime CBS News reporter and 60 Minutes anchor Morley Safer … KARN-FM/Little Rock morning news anchor Gary DiGiuseppe … KARN/Little Rock anchor/reporter Donna Kelley … Rochester, NY radio marketing and promotion pro Orest Hrywnak … Syndicated Talk radio host, actor and EpicTimes.com founder Jerry Doyle … WGOW/Chattanooga sports reporter and talk host Gary ‘Dr. Basketball’ Haskew.
Longtime WCBM/Baltimore host Tom Marr … E.W. Scripps/Tucson morning news and traffic reporter Bruce Daniels … Legendary WISM/Madison, WI newsman Bill Short … Los Angeles marketing and promotions pro Karen Tobin … RBR founder and publisher Jim Carnagie … Pioneering KXIC/Iowa City host Dottie Ray … Former WJBO/Baton Rouge morning co-host Kevin Meeks … Longtime nationally syndicated personality Dr. Joy Browne … KTKK/Salt Lake City host Jim Kirkwood … Former KKOB/Albuquerque broadcaster and 41-year voice of University of New Mexico football and basketball Mike Roberts … San Antonio radio and television icon Ricci Ware … Chicago radio legend Herb Kent … Former WOAI/San Antonio PD and host Pat Rodgers … Former WOWO/Ft. Wayne personality and 63-year voice of Ft. Wayne Komets hockey Bob Chase … Controversial St. Louis talk host and community activist Richard ‘Onion’ Horton … Music industry executive and founder of the T.J. Martell Foundation Tony Martell … KRDO/Colorado Springs morning co-anchor Paul Richards … Former WNEW-AM/New York personality and recording artist Jim Lowe … Longtime WBAL/Baltimore host Allan Prell.
What a difference a few years makes. Back in 2013, then Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey openly feuded in the mainstream and industry press with Rush Limbaugh (left) during renewal talks between the company and Limbaugh’s syndicator Premiere Networks. This time around things are sounding much friendlier, as Premiere and Cumulus announce a three-year renewal of their affiliation agreement that will keep The Rush Limbaugh Show on 33 Cumulus Media radio stations through 2019. Coming on the heels of Limbaugh’s recent 28th anniversary in national syndication, Premiere says the multi-million dollar deal “represents Limbaugh’s increased power and audience appeal as the most-listened-to national radio talk show host in America.” The iHeartMedia-owned network supports that accolade, citing year-to-year Nielsen Audio results for Rush: “Nationwide, The Rush Limbaugh Show has experienced significant year-over-year audience growth during 2016 with Persons 12+ (+21%); Adults 25-54 (+13%); Adults 18-34 (+12%); and Women 25-54 (+17%). Commenting on the deal renewal, Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott said, “Rush continues to be a dominant force in Talk radio. From continued ad sales growth and increased audience levels, to unparalleled audience connection, having an iconic talent like Rush in a station’s lineup drives valuable opportunities for advertisers and strategic partners. We’re delighted to continue our partnership with Cumulus.”