Yesterday (8/25) NTS MediaOnline Today reported on the bizarre Philadelphia Sports radio scandal involving a fake caller to 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM), and the comments and controversial tweet by crosstown 94 WIP afternoon host Josh Innes in the wake of that incident that apparently cost him his job. Today we learn from Philly.com reporter Rob Tornoe that 97.5 The Fanatic owner Greater Media has also taken action, suspending three staffers over the fake phone caller incident, in which a white producer did a stereotypical impression of a black man who identified himself as ‘Dwayne from Swedesboro.’ A regular caller to the station’s Mike Missanelli Show, the character was apparently known to be bogus by a number of people at the station, however Missanelli was kept in the dark about the joke. Suspended for their roles in the incident that’s resulted in charges of racism and some not-so-great local press for the station are 97.5 The Fanatic Producer and the voice of ‘Dwayne from Swedesboro’ Pat Egan, Jason Myrtetus, a producer and contributor to Missanelli’s show, and the FM Sports/Talker’s Program Director Matt Nahigian. Read the full story HERE.
WHO/Des Moines afternoon host Simon Conway (left with Joe ‘Pags’) hits another trifecta today, as he once again hosts three — count ’em, three (!) — shows in a single day. Following his WMT/Cedar Rapids, IA morning show and his PM drive show on WHO, Simon will fill-in tonight for Joe Pagliarulo on the Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated Joe Pags Show … A Florida Supreme Court judge has ruled that two attorney’s who were representing Todd ‘Bubba The Love Sponge’ Clem in a defamation suit brought against him by then crosstown WFLA/Tampa personality Todd Schnitt, should be permanently disbarred. The attorney’s — Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut — were involved in a plot to set-up one of Schnitt’s lawyers that resulted in an after hours DUI arrest of the attorney, Phillip Campbell.
News/Talk 99.5 WRNO/New Orleans is on the hunt for an experienced Producer for the iHeartMedia News/Talker’s Gerry V Show (which also airs on sister stations WJBO/Baton Rouge and WBUV/Moss Point, (Biloxi) MS. You’ll need a four-year college degree, preferably in radio or media production, and at least 3+ years’ experience as Radio Producer and/or Assistant in a smaller market, or college station to be considered. Get full details on this Big Easy gig, along with details on how to apply for it online HERE. (EOE)
Hearst Radio/Baltimore — home of News/Talk WBAL and Rock clustermate WIYY — is looking for a Client Services Specialist. You’ll work closely with the sales team to ensure effective day to day function of sales activity. Specifically, you’ll work with the sales force on processing advertising contracts, obtaining creative materials, generating support materials for sales team, gathering and organizing research data, developing broadcast and digital advertising proposals, and coordinating the scheduling and launch of advertising campaigns. This career opportunity is a great way to get your foot in the door at a highly-respected radio group and begin a career with Hearst Stations, Inc., an industry-leading radio and digital media group. A college degree is preferred, with prior experience in an administrative and/or advertising sales environment or equivalent is required. Learn more details and apply online for this position HERE (EOE).
Greater Media/Charlotte — home to NewsTalk WBT 1110 AM and 99.3 FM, and 107.9 The Link WLNK — is looking for talented Account Executives. You can expect high commissions, a great work environment, and an incredible product to sell if you can show a history of demonstrated success in radio/media sales or other industry, a love and passion for winning, a desire to succeed, and expectations to move up quickly. If you think you are ready for the next step in your career and think you have the talent to make it happen, we want you on our team! Email your resume and a cover letter HERE. (EOE)
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iHeartMedia/Charlotte promotes Ryan Petrosso to Senior Vice President of Sales for the North Carolina cluster. Petrosso (left) began his radio career in 2004 at iHM’s Providence, RI cluster, where he rose from Account Executive to General Sales Manager. In 2015, he was named to his most recent position as General Sales Manager for iHM’s Charlotte stations … The Telos Alliance has announced it’s now shipping the Omnia.7AM audio processor, billed as a “feature-rich AM sibling to the popular Omnia.7FM processor.” The company reports the Omnia.7AM uses current, up-to-date technology that addresses specific problems that AM broadcasters face today, with a number of special features including one called Dry Voice Detector, which applies processing for “clearer voices on Talk content” — something that should be of considerable interest to operators of AM News/Talk and Sports/Talk radio stations.
Entercom/Miami Sports/Talker 790 The Ticket recently held the station’s second annual Fantasy Football Camp, featuring ESPN’s “Professor” John Clayton and CBS Fantasy Guru, Jamey Eisenberg. Several hundred people showed up at Frankey’s Sports Bar at South Florida’s Gulfstream Park for the yearly event. That’s Clayton (in blue shirt) and Eisenberg (in red shirt) above, grabbing a photo souvenir with several ‘Ticket’ listeners.
Two Philadelphia Sports/Talk radio stations, 94 WIP and 97.5 The Fanatic, have been all over local media in recent days. Earlier this week, Crossing Broad’s Kyle Scott broke the story that a regular caller to Fanatic (WPEN-FM/Philadelphia) afternoon host Mike Missanelli, who called himself Dwayne From Swedesboro, turned out to be a ‘Fanatic’ producer who has reportedly been fake-calling Missanelli and other hosts for about a year. Adding to the controversy the producer, Pat Egan, is white and the character he portrays is black. While a number of station staffers were reportedly in on the ‘joke,’ Missanelli has strongly denied he was one of them. But that denial didn’t stop his nemesis, crosstown 94 WIP host Josh Innes (pictured), from weighing-in on the story and calling-out Missanelli over the incident. He also posted a tweet featuring an old photo of a minstrel performer wearing blackface with the caption, “Caller to the Mike Miss Show.” Innes — no stranger to controversy himself after making news last January by calling a Philadelphia Eagles lineman a “house negro” — apparently pushed his CBS Radio employers too far this time around, and late yesterday Crossing Broad’s Scott once again broke local sports radio news, reporting Innes has been fired. Read more HERE.
Braggin’ Rights: The Kansas Association of Broadcasters has named Entercom News/Talker KNSS/Wichita as a winner of its 2016 ‘Large Market Radio’ awards. KNSS also collected the top prize for ‘Best Complete Newscast’, with Steve McIntosh, Ted Woodward and Jad Chambers earning the 1st Place trophy for their work on the day after the Hesston, KS mass shooting. 2016 marks the fourth time McIntosh and Woodward have won the award … FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Ajit Pai have been added to the agenda for the upcoming 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville. Commissioner Pai will provide opening remarks for Thursday’s (9/22) Keeping Up with the Changing Radio Regulatory Landscape session. Immediately after, Commissioner Clyburn will participate in a Q&A titled — appropriately — A Conversation with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Both commissioners will also present awards at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show on Thursday evening … NTS MediaOnline Today has learned that a date has been set — September 17th — for a celebration of the life of the late Jerry Doyle. The Las Vegas-based syndicated talker, who was found dead at his home last month, will be remembered by friends and colleagues at Sin City’s No Regrets Bar. A Facebook page has been set up to offer more details on the upcoming event HERE.
The NBA Golden State Warriors and Entercom Bay Area Sports/Talker 95.7 The Game (KGMZ/San Francisco) have entered into a multi-year agreement that will make the station the team’s new radio flagship. It’s a major move for the NBA franchise that has called Cumulus Media’s crosstown Sports/Talker KNBR-AM its radio home for that last 32 seasons, and 40 seasons overall since the Warriors moved to the west coast in 1962. Tim Roye will return for his 22nd season calling all the action, and will also appear regularly on 95.7 The Game’s Warriors-related programs throughout the week … The NFL Carolina Panthers sign a radio rights deal that will make Alpha Media rocker Fox 102.3 (WMFX) the team’s new radio home in Columbia, SC. WMFX will air all games, plus pre-game and post-game shows, and a weekly Monday night Panther’s Talk show.
Cumulus Media has announced it is among the first radio companies to use Twitter’s Moments — collections of Tweets that share the stories happening on Twitter, curated by the social media platform and select partners — and to curate the best stories from Moments across some 452 radio stations nationwide and Cumulus-owned Westwood One’s syndicated programs. You can experience Cumulus Media Twitter Moments at @CumulusMedia on Twitter and from select Cumulus radio stations including News/Talker WLS-AM/Chicago and Sports/Talk KNBR/San Francisco. “We are beyond thrilled to be part of this innovative feature from Twitter,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus and President of WW One. “It’s the perfect marketing tool for the network and our stations, who pour their hearts and souls into their shows and their events. It allows them to connect with and extend real-time relationships with our listeners, our communities, and our advertising partners.”
Alpha Media/Canton, OH News/Talker WHBC-AM 1480 and clustermate Mix 94.1 WHBC-FM recently raised over $158,000 during their 9th Annual AultCare Wish-A-Thon to benefit Wishes Can Happen, a local charity that raises funds for children with life threatening illnesses. In the 10th hour of the 36-hour event, a late summer midwest storm ripped through the region, leveling the Wish-A-Thon tent (pictured). But, as the old saying goes, ‘the show must go on,’ and it did — with station personalities, phone operators and the Wishes Can Happen families all moving inside to the WHBC studios, where they continued the broadcast and the fundraising.