Voting results for the National Radio Hall of Fame from the industry participant panel and nationwide listeners are in. The NRHOF Class of 2015 inductees from the world of Talk radio include Dave Ramsey (The Dave Ramsey Show); Ronn Owens (KGO/San Francisco); and Clark Howard (WSB/Atlanta). Music radio personalities who will be inducted in November include Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander (now KRRL and previously KPWR/Los Angeles); Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold (The Bob & Tom Show); and Elvis Duran (WHTZ/New York). Additionally, the National Radio Hall of Fame steering committee voted to induct Dan Mason (former CBS Radio President/CEO) and the late Scott Muni (legendary New York City radio personality). “This highly esteemed 2015 class of inductees represents the hard work, drive and unique talent that makes radio great,” said NRHOF Chairman Kraig Kitchin. “On behalf of the National Radio Hall of Fame, I want to thank all those who took the time to thoughtfully cast their votes.” This year’s induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 5th, at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago. Tickets will go on sale September 21st at the NRHOF website.
Champaign, Illinois’ News-Gazette reports that the University of Illinois will offer Chinese language broadcasts of Illini football games this season. Thought to be the first coverage of its kind in the country, the broadcasts will be co-anchored by Chinese-born UI junior Bruce Lu and sophomore David He, and will be available free through the fightingillini.com website as well as via a new mobile app. Lu told the newspaper the new Chinese language play-by-play will differ from what English-language listeners are used to, with the broadcast team calling all the action, but also offering additional explanation of the game and its strategy to an audience that has not grown up knowing much about football. The newspaper reports that UI has undertaken the venture as a way to reach out to some 4.500 undergraduate and graduate students from China enrolled at the school, making them the largest group of international students on campus. Read the full story HERE.
That’s ABC News Radio Entertainment Correspondent Jason Nathanson (left), reporting live from last weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards Show. NTS MediaOnline Today is very happy to report that Nathan suffered absolutely no wardrobe malfunctions while covering the always outrageous event … iHeartMedia’s National Programming Platforms Group has promoted Brad Hardin to Executive Vice President and General Manager; Jon Zellner to Executive Vice President of Programming Operations; and ‘Maynard’ to Executive Vice President of Programming Strategy. All will be based in New York City and report directly to Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms … Kudos to researcher and media watcher Mark Ramsey, as LiveStream reports nearly 16,000 viewers streamed Ramsey’s 2015 Hivio event, held this past June in Los Angeles. Ramsey reports that number puts Hivio in “the top 20% of most-viewed events on Livestream.”
750 and 102.9 The Game (KXTG-AM&FM/Portland) adds popular former University of Oregon three-sport athlete Jordon Kent as host of the Alpha Media Sports/Talker’s Quack Attack pre-game show, which airs approximately six hours before kick-off every football game day … Longtime Los Angeles Sports radio personality “Big” Joe McDonnell (pictured), who died earlier this year as the result of various illnesses and physical issues, will be a 2016 posthumous inductee into the Southern California Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Joe’s widow, Elizabeth, posted news of the pending honor on her Facebook page … FOX Sports 910/Phoenix (KGME) will welcome newly minted FOX Sports Radio and FOX Sports 1 host Colin Cowherd to the station’s lineup, beginning September 8th. With Cowherd moving into the iHeartMedia Sports/Talker’s noon-3 weekday slot, The Freaks with Kenny & Crash will move to a new time (7-9pm), creating what is being billed as “the only evening live and local sports talk show in the Valley.”
NTS MediaOnline Today sends our congratulations to longtime WCCO/Minneapolis sportscaster Sid Hartman, who today (9/1) marks an unprecedented 60 years with CBS Radio’s Twin Cities News/Talker. Already a well-known newspaper columnist when he joined WCCO Radio back in 1955, since then the now 95-year old Hartman (pictured) has interviewed nearly everyone in the sports world, become an integral part of the station’s Minnesota Twins, Vikings, North Stars, and Gophers broadcasts, hosted features like Hartman’s Corner and Today’s Sports Hero, and reported daily on what’s happening in the world of sports. Hartmann’s Sunday morning Sports Huddle program — which he’s hosted for 26 years with Chuck Lilligren and Dave Mona — remains a favorite for sports fans throughout the market.
Russillo & Kanell, ESPN Radio’s new 1-4pm (ET) weekday program hosted by Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell, made its radio and TV simulcast (on ESPNEWS) debut yesterday (8/31). Both personalities recently signed new multiyear deals with ESPN.
Pope Francis held the first-ever televised virtual audience with Americans earlier today, in what ABC News called an “historic event” moderated by ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir. In the first-of-its-kind global gathering, Pope Francis heard the stories of the people while delivering his message to hundreds in Chicago, Los Angeles, and McAllen, Texas simultaneously from the Vatican via satellite. During the interactive virtual audience, the Pope spoke with students at the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, individuals from homeless shelters near Skid Row in Los Angeles, and immigrants at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church near the United States-Mexico border in McAllen. The event provided an opportunity for the Pope to connect with people in places he wanted to visit, but is unable to during his upcoming trip to the United States. ABC News Radio is offering excerpts from Muir’s papal interview beginning today, as well as access to a one-hour ABC News special from the event that will air this weekend.
After weeks of rumors, WEEI/Boston has confirmed that local Sports radio legend Glenn Ordway will soon be returning to the Entercom-owned Sports/Talker. In his new role, Ordway (right) — who previously spent some 27 years at WEEI prior to being ousted in 2013 — will join former Boston Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni and ex-New England Patriot Christian Fauria weekdays, from 10am-noon (ET), beginning September 8th. Entercom/Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary said the time is right for Ordway’s return to WEEI. “There is no one in Boston media who better understands the passion, pride and peculiarities of New England sports fans than Glenn Ordway. In an era where copycats are far too often the norm, Glenn is a true and timeless original with legions of followers eager to hear his views every day.”
Lana Zak (left) joins Karen Travers, Mary Bruce, Bazi Kanani, Kenneth Moton and Stephanie Ramos as the newest member of ABC News Radio’s Multi-Platform Reporter team. The award-winning reporter began her career with ABC News as an anchor/producer for Diane Sawyer at Good Morning America … Congrats to KGO/San Francisco mid-morning host Ronn Owens, who sounded right on top of his game as he returned to his show today following recent surgery to treat his Parkinson’s symptoms … Longtime KOGO/San Diego host Bob ‘Sully’ Sullivan steps down as co-host of the iHeartMedia News/Talker’s DeMaio-Sullivan Report, amid rumors of tension over the direction of the show since Sully was paired with former SD City Councilman Carl DeMaio last April. Sullivan will reportedly remain with KOGO as a business editor and fill-in host, while DeMaio is now hosting the mid-afternoon program solo … In news of another departure, news veteran Joe Gillespie has left the building at KXNT/Las Vegas, after “five adventurous years” with the CBS Radio News/Talker. No word yet on where he’s headed next, but friends and colleagues can reach Joe HERE.
Over the weekend, legendary 88-year old Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully (right) announced that he plans to return next year for his 67th season with the team. Dodgers’ flagship KLAC/Los Angeles has video of Scully’s announcement to the press HERE … Former San Diego Chargers broadcast analyst and player Hank Bauer, who was let go after last year’s NFL season, has joined San Diego Sports/Talker ‘Mighty 1090’ as the station’s NFL and Chargers’ analyst. As previously announced, Bauer will also work as an analyst for Sports USA’s pro-football broadcasts … KKFN-FM/Denver Program Director and morning show co-host Nate Lundy steps away from daily on-air duties to focus on his PD chores at 104.3 The Fan. The station was recently acquired by Bonneville International … Former Philadelphia Eagles star Brian Westbrook will join Anthony Gargano in the Morning on 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN/Philadelphia) every Monday after an Eagles’ game, from 9-10am (ET). Westbrook is a familiar voice to fans of the station, having previously co-hosted a show with Harry Mayes during the 2014 season, and his own show during his playing days in the 2008 season.
Glenn Beck was joined by Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece Alveda King, actor Chuck Norris, historian David Barton, Bishop Jim Lowe, Rafael Cruz (father of Sen. Ted Cruz), and crowds of supporters for his Unity March throughout the streets of Birmingham, Alabama this past Saturday morning. That’s the Premiere Networks syndicated Talk radio host and TheBlaze television personality (center in black jacket) pictured, leading the march with Lowe, Cruz, Ms. King and others.