CRN International, a 40-year old, full-service marketing company that uses radio “differently” to solve marketing challenges for major brands, has released its answer to the question, “If the radio industry had its own Mount Rushmore, who would be on it?” The process began as a question posed on various social media discussion groups, and CRN International says the topic drew “many nominations and much heated discussion.” The company then used the nominations for guidance in selecting what it felt was a representative “Final Four” including (l-r): Guglielmo Marconi, known as “the inventor of radio”; former CBS CEO William S. Paley, who “recognized the business potential of radio and acted upon it”; Paul Harvey, who “championed rugged individualism, love of God and country, and the fundamental decency of ordinary people”; and Howard Stern, “the controversial shock jock who helped steer our communications system to a greater open-mindedness by pushing the boundaries of freedom of speech.” Commenting on the exercise CRN International founder and President Barry Berman said, “We thought the topic would be fun and thought provoking, and being part of the industry for so long, we felt we had earned the right to offer our opinion on the subject. We specifically set no formal criteria but considered contribution, influence, impact, stature and popularity.” Read the full story on those who were named to “Radio’s Mount Rushmore” (pictured) HERE.
Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has named Adam Maisano as Vice President and Market Manager for the company’s five-station Greensboro, NC cluster, including FM News/Talker WPTI. The move marks a return to Clear Channel for Maisano, who spent the past 12 years with the Curtis Media Group in Raleigh. CC Vice President and Regional Manager for the Greensboro, Greenville and Asheville markets Bill McMartin said, “Adam brings tremendous experience, passion and enthusiasm to our team in Greensboro. The response from staff and clients to the news of Adam’s return to the market has been tremendous.” Meanwhile, an obviously enthused Maisano (pictured) said, “Returning to Clear Channel in the Triad is essentially coming full circle in my career. To manage these heritage brands in the same market where I first cut my teeth in local sales is something I couldn’t have envisioned 20 years ago. It’s great to be home!”
That’s according to the annual RTDNA survey of radio and television News Directors, conducted and compiled by Bob Papper, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Hofstra University. Papper (pictured) found that while the average radio News Director has been in that role somewhere or another for 11.7 years, almost two-thirds (63.4%) are currently News Director at the one-and-only station where they have ever held that title. That fact is especially true for non-commercial radio station News Directors, where the percentage exceeded three-quarters (77.3%). The survey notes that there was no significant difference in those findings based on geography or ownership, but the percentage was actually highest in the very largest markets. The RTDNA/Hofstra University Survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013 among all 1,659 operating, non-satellite television stations and a random sample of 3,263 radio stations. Valid responses came from 1,300 television stations (78.4%) and 249 radio News Directors and General Managers representing 649 radio stations. Read more HERE.
The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced the 2014 small and large market regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards. This year, RTDNA awarded 661 regional Murrow’s to radio and TV stations in 14 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, and Website. Among the News/Talkers who will now advance to the 2014 national Murrow Awards competition (which will presented in New York City next fall) are: KIRO and KOMO in Seattle; KGO and KCBS in San Francisco; KTAR-FM/Phoenix; KOA/Denver; KSL/Salt Lake City; WTOP/Washington; WBAL/Baltimore; and many other deserving stations. See the full list of this year’s regional Murrow winners HERE … SiriusXM will launch OurTime with Matthew Segal, a new six-week series produced by and for Millennial listeners on the satcaster’s P.O.T.U.S. channel. Each episode will be dedicated to a non-partisan discussion that offers “a fresh, in-depth dialogue of issues faced by the nation today, including health care, the budget, education, LGBT equality, and voting rights.” … Clear Channel Media and Entertainment debuts the iHeart Radio Networks, offering advertisers’ access to CC’s 840 live radio stations, digital channels, local websites, nationally-syndicated programs and satellite radio channels. Darren Davis, President of Clear Channel Networks characterized the new initiative as “the best way for a brand to reach American consumers in a much more affordable way than television networks, and with greater ROI.”
Greater Media Sports/Talker Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC-FM) will become the new radio flagship of the Detroit Pistons in 2015. The NBA team’s broadcasts have aired for the past five years on CBS Radio’s crosstown market leading Sports station 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM), which is also home to three other Motor City major league franchises — the NFL Lions, MLB Tigers and NHL Redwings. Commenting on opting to not renew the Pistons’ radio rights deal, CBS Radio Motor City Market Manager Deb Kenyon told Crain’s Detroit reporter Bill Shea, “After really looking at what they wanted and what we wanted, it didn’t make sense for our cluster.” … ESPN Radio has launched a contest offering an all-expenses paid trip to an NBA Finals game with Mike & Mike co-hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. Beginning today (4/22), listeners around the country can tune in for a daily ‘winning word or phrase’ and then call, text, or visit espnradio.com to register for the contest using the winning word. The promotion runs through Friday, May 16th … FOX Sports Radio host and comedian Jay Mohr (pictured) recently performed for a sold-out crowd at Southern California’s Morongo Casino Resort and Spa. The evening event was held in conjunction with AM570 FOX Sports/Los Angeles (KLAC), the flagship station for Premiere Networks’ syndicated FOX Sports Radio Network. (Photo by Varon P.)
Coast to Coast AM host and part-time St. Louis resident George Noory (right) and his son Jonathan attended the recently held (4/18) annual Hitting For Heroes event at The Gateway City’s Busch Stadium. Benefitting Little Patriots Embraced, a charity focused on enhancing the lives of military families in need, the event gives baseball fans a chance to hit one out the park by going up to bat against the warm-up pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals. So how did George – who served nine years in the U.S. Naval Reserve — do at the plate? 0 for 9. Yep. Missed every single pitch. “I’m not giving up my night job,” quipped the Premiere Networks late night talker.
Clear Channel Sports/Talker KBME/Houston will move to an all live and local primetime programming lineup (6am-6pm), beginning Monday, April 28th. The Proper Gentlemen with Lance Zierlein and Adam Clanton continues in its current 6-9am slot, while In the Trenches with Greg Koch and N.D. Kalu also retains its current slot, from 9-11am. Meanwhile, Matt Thomas moves to new 11am-2pm hours, followed by The Drive Home with Charlie Pallilo, which shifts to 2-6pm. FOX Sports Radio’s syndicated Sports/Talker Jay Mohr will move to a new 6-9pm nightly slot as a result of the lineup adjustment. Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for CC/Houston said, “Listeners told us they wanted more of their favorite Sportstalk 790 hosts and that is why we are pleased to announce our new lineup, featuring live and local Sports/Talk all day, along with the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets and one of the funniest sports radio talents, Jay Mohr, at night.”
Best wishes to nationally syndicated Talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh as he recovers from previously announced surgery to receive a second cochlear implant. Limbaugh had one of the high-tech devices implanted in his left ear after suffering sudden hearing loss in both ears back in 2001. At the time, Limbaugh said doctors advised him to hold off on having the implant surgery on his right ear, in hopes that medical science might come up with a cure for his hearing loss within a decade or so. Having lived for now some 13-years with implant-assisted hearing in his left ear only, Limbaugh publicly announced on his April 7th program that he had opted to undergo surgery for a second device in his right ear. Frequent Limbaugh show guest-host Mark Steyn and TheBlaze Radio Network’s Buck Sexton held down the fort for the Premiere Networks-syndicated host last week, while Mark Belling was behind the microphone for today’s broadcast. Belling kicked off the show by telling fans, “Rush is doing fine, he’s feeling well and he’s scheduled to be back on the program on Wednesday (4/23).”
WHO/Des Moines afternoon host Simon Conway broadcast his show from ‘Jethro’s BBQ ‘n Pork Chop Grill’ last Friday (4/18), to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Conway (pictured) reports the local restaurant kicked in a percentage of their take for the day to help the cause and even named a drink – The Simon Shandy — for him, contributing $2 for each one sold … The Washington Business Journal reports that CBS Radio/Washington, DC will soon move to new digs at The District’s Capitol Riverfront. More HERE … SiriusXM subscribers will be able to hear an exclusive audio simulcast of NBC TV’s Today show, beginning June 26th. NBC’s morning crew made the announcement on today’s program, joking they’re planning to steal some of Howard Stern’s satellite radio audience. Watch HERE.
Envision Networks syndicated America Weekend — hosted by Paul Harris, Turi Ryder, and Rob Carson – welcomes News/Talk WRJN/Racine (Milwaukee) to the weekly program’s growing affiliate list. Meanwhile Envision’s VirtualNWS Weather Reports, anchored by meteorologist Big John Wetherbee, adds new affiliate KZMT/Helena, MT … Congrats to Marketwatch.com Radio and the Wall Street Journal Radio Network on receiving two Excellence in Financial Journalism awards from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. MarketWatch’s Alisa Parenti and producer Tracy Johnke were recognized in the “Radio Segment Running 10 Minutes Or Less” category, while longtime WSJ This Morning anchor Gordon Deal took honors in the “Radio Segment Running More Than 10 Minutes” competition … Armed American Radio with Mark Walters adds new affiliates KVOC/Casper, WY, WRGA/Rome, GA and KBIM/Roswell NM. Additionally, Alan Gottlieb – founder of the Second Amendment Foundation — joins the weekly show as a regular contributor … KVAS/Astoria, OR helps Northwestern Outdoors Radio mark a milestone, becoming the 55th affiliate of the regionally syndicated weekend program that’s hosted by John Kruse.