• News Radio 1200 WOAI/San Antonio inks a new contract deal with personality Joe ‘Pags’ Pagliarulo. Pags — who airs weekdays from 5-8pm (CT) – will celebrate his 10th year with iHeartMedia’s Alamo City News/Talker in 2015. He’s also heard nationally as the host of Premiere Networks The Weekend.
• Hollywood and entertainment news website TheWrap.com has released its list of the “Top Five Media Winners of 2014″ and syndicated radio and television personality Glenn Beck grabs the #2 slot. Commenting on Beck’s inclusion on this year’s list the website notes: “With his presence on TV news and the speaking circuit in demand more than ever, and his digital TV enterprise TheBlaze continuing to grow, the new, more humble Beck won big in 2014 by simply making most forget the Beck of 2009-2011. And his final victory lap: Forbes magazine lists him making a cool $90 million in 2014.”
• Jim Ryan has been named Senior Vice President, Programming at CBS Radio. Reporting to EVP/Programming Chris Oliviero, in his new gig Ryan will serve as a source of programming expertise and develop key initiatives and strategies for all of CBS’ music radio stations across the country. He’ll also retains his title as Program Director for New York stations WCBS-FM and WWFS-FM
• AdLarge Media expands its digital audio platform, adding exclusive national advertising sales representation of The Anthony Cumia Show webcast and on-demand stream. Cumia’s uncensored talk show airs Monday-Thursday, 4-6pm (ET) at AnthonyCumia.com.
(This is a special holiday week headline edition of NTS MediaOnline Today. Your regular afternoon news update from ‘The Daily Digest of Talk Media’ will return on Monday, January 5th)
Cumulus Media announced today that Dr. Drew Pinsky and Mike Catherwood — who anchor KROQ/Los Angeles’ long-running Loveline show — will join the lineup at crosstown TalkRadio 790 KABC where they’ll host a new local talk show, Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood. The duo will also continue to host Loveline which, as of January 1st, will be syndicated by Cumulus-owned Westwood One. No time slot for the new show was included in the KABC release, which said only that Dr. Drew (pictured) will be “part of KABC’s new, re-energized lineup that will make its debut in early January.” KABC’s current midday hours feature The Bryan Suits Show (9am-noon) and Midday LA with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips. “Dr. Drew’s passion for helping others has resonated with radio listeners for 30 years,” said Cumulus Media EVP Content and Programming John Dickey. “He and Mike Catherwood — one of radio’s youngest and brightest personalities — have become two of Westwood One’s most valued hosts and we are pleased to expand our relationship with them through the expansion of Loveline and the introduction of Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood on KABC.” KABC’s afternoon drive hours also remain open after the station recently turfed longtime afternoon driver Larry Elder.
Alpha Media Sports/Talker 750 The Game (KXTG/Portland) rings in the upcoming New Year with a brand new FM simulcast at 102.7 (via translator K274AR leased by Alpha from EMF). Featuring a weekday lineup that includes DirecTV’s Dan Patrick, CBS Sports Radio’s Jim Rome, and local shows The Bald Face Truth with John Canzano and In The Huddle with Ragz, The Game is also the radio play-by-play home of the Oregon Ducks, Portland Timbers, Portland Thunder and the Seattle Seahawks. Commenting on the addition of an FM simulcast for KXTG, Alpha Media/Portland Senior VP/Market Manager Milt McConnell said, “The Game being available on the 102.9 frequency means we have effectively increased the density of our coverage area that more than doubles the available audience to over 1.5 million metro Portland listeners.”
With Dow Jones exiting the broadcast radio business at the end of the year, the MarketWatch Radio Network crew held a farewell party today, featuring a special appearance by network founder Frank Barnako. “15 years … 20 awards … 100s of great affiliates … Priceless friendships,” said John Wordock, Executive Director of the network as he reminisced on the network’s success. Pictured (L-R) are: Tracy Johnke, Andrew O’Day, Alisa Parenti, Joan Doniger, Steve Potisk, Adrienne Mitchell, Ann Cates and (kneeling) Barnako and Wordock.
Our email box has been overflowing with promotions and events staged by stations to help bring some holiday cheer to those less fortunate all across the country. Here are just a few of them: Along with a generous donation from the Norma F. Pfriem Foundation and donations to the WICC-WEBE/Bridgeport, CT Holiday Toy Fund For Children, the team from Cumulus/Bridgeport was able to provide more than 2,000 toys for kids in the region this holiday season … NRG Media News/Talker KOIL/Omaha’s recently held 17th annual Radiothon to benefit the Child Saving Institute raised over $73,000 during the 12-hour fundraiser … Cox Enterprises donated more than $1.7 million to the Movember Foundation in support of men’s health initiatives. The ‘Cox Movember Network’ — which includes more than 1,600 employees, vendors, partners and friends — raised $885,000 which was matched by the James M. Cox Foundation … Newsradio 950 WWJ/Detroit and the Detroit Police Department partnered this year for Sergeant Santa, a first-year initiative task force to collect and distribute thousands of toys to kids in need throughout the Detroit area.
The KOGO/San Diego morning crew broadcast San Diego’s Morning News live this week from a local Target department store, where they spearheaded a toy drive to help make the holidays a whole lot merrier for kids in need. Pictured (L-R) are: News Director Cliff Albert, morning co-hosts LaDona Harvey and Ted Garcia and the voice of San Diego traffic, Cal Walker.
If you think that local radio doesn’t have the power to move entire towns to action, then you’ve probably never been to Des Moines, Iowa. That’s where legendary News/Talker WHO and the station’s long-running Van & Bonnie In The Morning show team have been doing promotions and events that attract crowds stations in major cities can only dream about. Yesterday (12/17), from 5-9am, WHO morning hosts Van Harden and Bonnie Lucas, along with a platoon of volunteers, gave away 5,000 packaged pork loins especially for those in need this holiday season. The drive-through giveaway, held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, attracted thousands, including many needy families and others who came to pick up meat for needy families they know. With no advertising or promotion anywhere else but on WHO Radio, the waiting line of cars was miles long (watch the incredible video proof HERE). The last of the 5,000 loins were given out right at 9am, just as program ended. Now that’s a program filled with ‘pork’ that people on both sides of the aisle can get behind!
In what has become an annual Christmas tradition, during yesterday’s (12/17) White House Press Corps holiday gathering (held, as always in the dark basement workplace designated for reporters covering the White House), Salem Radio Network News White House correspondent Greg Clugston (pictured) delivered his annual Christmas poem to colleagues, highlighting “the presidential high’s and low’s” of the past year. No less than Time magazine saw fit to reprint this year’s poem — Clugston’s 16th creation — that includes such classic lines as, “The stockings were hung in the East Room with care, surely an intruder couldn’t make it all the way there!” and “Candy and sugar plums filled the girls’ dreams, but for Mrs. Obama it was all leafy greens!” Read Clugston’s full poem HERE.
FOX News Radio (FNR) taps Jon Decker to be the network’s new White House correspondent, and also hires Gurnal Scott, as a National Correspondent. Decker (pictured) comes to FNR from his most recent post as a correspondent for SiriusXM’s White House Insider program, while Scott most recently served as Assistant News Director at Public Radio station WUNC-FM/Chapel Hill, NC. Additionally, FNR’s Jessica Golloher will transition from her current role as a New York-based national reporter to a new position as a Jerusalem-based Middle East correspondent for the network.
Meanwhile in other FOX news, effective December 29th WYD Media Ad Sales will takeover national ad sales representation for FOX News/Talk’s long-form radio shows, including weekday morning show Kilmeade & Friends, the weekly Fox News Sunday and daily talk shows hosted by John Gibson, Alan Colmes and Tom Sullivan. ”This is a great way to kick off the New Year,” said WYD Media Ad Sales President John Murphy. “Fox News Radio is a powerful brand, particularly within the spoken-word format. Their on-air personalities are proven brand influencers who provide a loyal audience to the advertising marketplace.” Fox News/Talk is currently represented by Westwood One.