It’s a pretty safe bet that anyone who’s ever listened to Salem Radio Network syndicated talker Dennis Prager would likely characterize him as being conservative in his views. But it’s also fair to say the veteran talk host is well-known among colleagues and listeners as a gentleman and genuine nice guy — certainly not the kind of person who would say or post things that would get him censored. But according to the Wall Street Journal, that’s exactly what happened to the SRN host (pictured), reporting that more than 15 of his Prager University educational videos and lectures have been tagged as “restricted” by YouTube. WSJ reports that a spokesperson for the video website told the newspaper the tag means a number of ‘Prager U’ videos won’t show up for those users who have turned on optional filtering, adding that the tag is ‘based on algorithms that look at a number of factors, including community flagging of videos.’ Among the 21 titles listed as “restricted” are: Are The Police Racist?; Is America Racist?; What is the University Diversity Scam? and more. A petition to get the videos “unrestricted” that’s posted on the ‘Prager U’ website, currently shows close to 70,000 signatures from people protesting YouTube’s move.
In this presidential election year, many News/Talkers across the country have tried to “think outside the box” in how they’ve approached their coverage of the contentious race and the recent debates between the candidates. During this week’s final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, WBAL/Baltimore tried a new angle, inviting a group of listeners to be part of a live studio audience to participate in WBAL’s pre-debate and post-debate programming. Program Director Scott Masteller tells NTS MediaOnline Today, “We recruited the listeners from our two midday talk-shows via WBAL.com. The guests participated in the conversation on-air with hosts ‘C4’ and Derek Hunter. Overall I’d say the reaction was very positive, and we think it’s an idea that could offer an interesting approach for similar future programming events.” WBAL Digital Content Manager John Laur has put together some photos and audio from the station’s debate-night experiment HERE.
iHeartMedia News/Talker KNRS/Salt Lake City is on the hunt for a News Reporter. You’ll need a four-year college degree, preferably in Broadcast Journalism or Communications, plus at least 3+ years experience at a smaller market or college station. You should also be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms, with excellent writing, production and communications skills, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment. Email your audio and resume to KNRS Program Director Rod Arquette HERE. (EOE)
Salem Media Group/Omaha is seeking a full-time Sales Consultant to market the company’s News/Talk KOTK-AM, Christian Talk KCRO-AM and Christian Contemporary KGBI-FM. Prior sales experience preferred, with a demonstrated ability to produce revenue goals and develop new business. Bachelor’s degree preferred, along with excellent oral and written communications skills. Email your cover letter and resume to General Sales Manager Sue Garrett HERE. (EOE)
Midwest Communications/Sioux Falls has a current opening for part-time News and Sports Anchor/Reporter for the six-station cluster that includes News/Talk KELO and Sports/Talk KWSN. Prior radio and or news experience is always a plus but we are more than willing to train the right individual who has a great attitude, gets along with others, is totally reliable and is willing do anything to learn and grow. Email your resume and audio to OM Tom Gjerdrum HERE. (EOE)
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, behind a Motor Racing Network microphone. “Junior” will join ‘The Voice of NASCAR‘ during the first half of Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 broadcast – teaming up with MRN anchors Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle in the newly christened Barney Hall MRN Booth … SiriusXM will offer subscribers access to play-by-play of every game of the 2016-17 NBA season, beginning October 25th, via the satcaster’s SiriusXM NBA Radio channel … Talk Shows USA adds a slew of new affiliates for it’s roster of shows including KNNT/Battle Mountain, NV, KBZZ/Reno-Sparks, and WSOY/Decatur (The Money Pit Home Improvement Show); KKLE/Winfield, KS, KELE/Mountain Grove, MI and WNTW/Chester, VA (Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk); and KEND/Roswell, NM (The Cigar Dave Show). WSOY also adds Cigar Dave, while KNNT also picks up Talk Shows USA’s weekly Extreme Genes; Family History Radio.
Independently syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey took his Smart Money and EntreLeadership events to Kansas City this week, in conjunction with Dave Ramsey Show affiliate KCMO. Pictured are: Cumulus Media Midwest Regional VP Donna Baker, Ramsey and Lance Tidwell, Cumulus/KC Operations Manager.
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SportsRadio 94 WIP/Philadelphia names Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie as the CBS Radio Sports/Talker’s new midday team. DeCamara and Ritchie will air Monday through Friday, from 10am-2pm, beginning Monday (10/24). A 16-year Philly Sports radio veteran, DeCamara (left) most recently hosted evenings at crosstown 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM), while former NFL player-turned-broadcaster Ritchie (right) — who played two seasons for the hometown Eagles — is currently a commentator for DirecTV’s Fantasy Zone Channel, part of their NFL Sunday Ticket. “We’re thrilled to add this new show featuring Joe and Jon,” said David Yadgaroff, SVP/Market Manager for CBS Radio’s Philadelphia cluster. “As a player, Jon Ritchie embodied the hard-working nature of our fine city. As a host, he will connect with the fans and share their passion for our local teams. And Joe has proven himself to be a strong voice for the Philadelphia fans. We’re excited to have them.” Still to come from WIP in the next few weeks: An expected announcement regarding a new afternoon show that will reportedly include station veteran and former midday co-host Ike Reese.
In a follow-up to a recent story here in NTS MediaOnline Today, in which Paragon Media Strategies CEO Mike Henry cautioned local NPR station management to keep up with the network’s commitment when it comes to covering local and regional news, recent ratings for NPR’s national News and Talk programming would seem to support Mike’s premise that the network is giving local stations an increasingly credible and successful platform to build upon. In a network press release, NPR President/CEO Jarl Mohn (left) expressed why he believes the non-commercial radio network’s listenership is showing solid growth in recent months. “These increases confirm that there is a real appetite for factual reporting, and people are turning to NPR as their source for credible news,” said Mohn, himself a former commercial radio broadcaster. “NPR’s increased ratings and digital engagement can be attributed to first-rate journalism, riveting storytelling, revamped newsmagazines, live reporting, and better user platforms.” Read more HERE.
Industry veteran Bob Bruno, known for his years at the helm of then Buckley Broadcasting-owned News/Talker WOR/New York, debuts a new two-hour radio show this weekend (10/22), The Best Of Everything, hosted by….Bob Bruno! An extension of the 24/7 ‘Best of Everything’ format he developed a few years ago, Bob says the new weekly show blends twelve different genres of easy listening favorites “from Sinatra to Springsteen.” An alternative to News/Talk radio’s all too typical weekend fare of re-runs talking about outdated news alongside colon cleanser info-mercials, Bob says he thinks The Best of Everything offers a great demographic fit for News/Talk stations that can also open up new weekend advertising revenue opportunities. “We’ve been working on the show for well over a year,” Bruno told NTS MediaOnline Today. “It’s scripted, pre-recorded and highly produced. Everyone who’s heard it, loves it.” The new weekly show is being produced by Bruno’s Dark Horse Media in a joint venture with Tom Ray Productions and Dave Kaufman Media.
Earlier this week, as longtime Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, she gave a nice shout-out to SiriusXM VP/Talk Programming and broadcast radio veteran Maurice Tunick. Recounting the dark days following her high profile ouster from NBC’s Today show in 1991, Norville told the story of an out-of-the-blue phone call she received from Tunick, then an exec with ABC Radio, asking if she’d ever considered hosting a national Talk radio show. “I would not be standing here today, 25 years later being inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame, without Maurice’s call, which saved my sanity and my career and also left me with a love of radio, which is still in my dreams.” That’s Deborah and Maurice pictured (left) at the black tie gala held at NYC’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel … Salem Media Group seeks to convert it’s LMA of talker KTRB/San Francisco to ownership, with an offer to purchase AM 860 from its court-appointed receiver Susan Uecker for a reported $5.1 million … Happy to report that this year’s recently held annual Broadcasters Foundation of America Celebrity Golf Fundraiser garnered more than $200,000 in donations for the Foundation’s Grant Fund … The Wall Street Journal takes a look at radio’s increasing interest in live video streaming of shows, including the latest experiment by WABC/New York, which has recently been testing live broadcasts of three of the Cumulus Media News/Talker’s shows, including Curtis & Kuby, Bernie & Sid and The Drive At Five. Read more HERE.
ABC News Radio reporters Brad Mielke and Alex Stone were among the media hoard covering last night’s third and final debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas. Next up: It’s the once-every-four-years ‘big game’ for news operations everywhere, as all get set to cover Election Day 2016 on Tuesday, November 8th.