(UPDATED NEW INFO AND VIDEO): As NTS MediaOnline Today readers first learned in our ‘Breaking News’ email earlier today, nationally syndicated Talk radio host and TheBlaze founder and television personality Glenn Beck has confirmed that his doctors have diagnosed him with severe vocal cord strain caused by overuse. In a pre-recorded announcement, Beck’s voice was clearly strained and scratchy as he told listeners and viewers that doctors have ordered him to refrain from speaking for any prolonged time for the next few weeks — meaning he’ll be away from his daily Premiere Networks radio microphone and his nightly TV show for about a month while undergoing voice recovery therapy under strict medical supervision. Expectations are that Glenn will return to his radio and television programs on Monday, August 3rd, as a full recovery is anticipated. Meanwhile, show regulars Pat and Stu — along with a variety of special guests — will fill-in for Beck on both his radio and TV shows while he’s gone. Plans for Beck’s already announced speaking and listener event in Birmingham, AL on August 28th and a subsequent tour are continuing.
Watch video of Glenn Beck’s announcement HERE.
Westwood One syndicated Talk radio host Mark Levin has penned a new book just in time for the upcoming political debate season and the 2016 presidential election. In Levin’s sixth book, Plunder and Deceit (due to be released August 4th) the firebrand talk host continues his mission to warn of the coming consequences for America’s next generation from current big government policies, while also striving to enlist readers — especially young people — to rally around some proposed solutions that he believes will help solve these issues and promote individualism and conservatism. Often referred to by fans and his broadcast peers as ‘The Great One,’ previous politically-themed New York Times bestsellers authored by Levin include Liberty & Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, The Liberty Amendments, Ameritopia, and Men In Black. Stephen Bannon posts some additional insights into Levin’s forthcoming book at Breitbart.com HERE.
For the fourth consecutive year, WBT/Charlotte host John Hancock, along with local Harris Teeter stores and Jif, have teamed up for Peanut Butter ‘N’ July to help benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina this summer. High on protein, peanut butter is one of the most valuable commodities for a food bank and is one of the most requested items for those who benefit from their services. All throughout July donation bins will be available at Mecklenburg County Harris Teeter Stores, where Hancock (pictured) is encouraging listeners to a stop by and donate a jar of fresh unopened peanut butter. Each Saturday during this month, John and other WBT hosts will be on hand at one of the participating stores to collect donated peanut butter and to help “spread the word” about the Greater Media-owned News/Talker’s good cause.
Virtual News Center (VNC) debuts Agencia Virtual De Noticias, a move the company boasts will make VNC “the first and only remote news service to provide content in both English and Spanish languages on-air and online.” Headed by SVP/Content Jen Austin and veteran news anchor Perla Berazza, the new service is designed to target the growing Latino radio audience nationwide. “The demand for Spanish language news has added a challenge for many station operators,” said SVP/Affiliate Relations Joel Dearing. “Our goal is to provide a cost effective way for radio stations with formats in English, and now in Spanish, to better serve their audiences on-air and online.” Charter affiliates of VNC’s new Spanish-language remote news service include KSLO/Opelousas-Lafayette, LA and KPZE/Carlsbad-Roswell, NM.
WIBC-FM/Indianapolis moves up Radio America’s syndicated The Dana Show to a new live clearance on Emmis Communications’ hometown News/Talker. Host Dana Loesch will now air from 1-4pm (ET), assuming the majority of hours previously occupied by Premiere Networks syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show which — as previously announced — segued to iHeartMedia’s crosstown 97.5/1260 WNDE today … That’s ABC News Radio correspondent Alex Stone (right) grabbing a historic ‘selfie’ as he spent the holiday weekend covering the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, where the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team defeated Japan (5-2) to win the coveted Cup for the first time since 1999 … Salem Media Group has acquired the website DividendInvestor.com to add to the company’s Eagle Financial Publications portfolio of investment newsletters … In an update to our Friday (7/3) story about Westwood One syndicated talker Michael Savage awarding five college scholarships to winners of his What Does It Mean To Be An American? essay contest, we now know who the winners are and can read their winning entries HERE … Department of “DOH!”: A story in the Friday (7/3) edition of NTS MediaOnline Today incorrectly identified the ownership of WPTF (680AM and 850AM)/Raleigh. We note for the record the News/Talker is proudly owned-and-operated by Raleigh-based Curtis Media Group.
R.I.P. Dave Barber: Our sincere condolences to the family and many friends and colleagues of longtime Michigan and Rhode Island Talk radio host Dave Barber (left) who died on July 4th, following what his brother Larry termed a “catastrophic health event” that landed the host in the hospital in coma. Currently host of the Rhode Island General Assembly’s TV show, Straight From The Gavel, the former WPRO/Providence host died while on a visit to his home state of Michigan, where he first made his Talk radio career bones at Flint stations WTRX, WTAC and WFDF before moving to Rhode Island in 2006. Barber reportedly choked while eating at the rehearsal dinner of a friend whose wedding he’d traveled to Michigan to attend. The 60-year old reportedly suffered other medical issues as a result of the incident and never emerged from a coma. Memorial services are being planned in Michigan and Rhode Island. ‘Radio’s Best Friend’ Art Vuolo, dug into his archives and was kind enough to share a video interview he did with Barber back in 1980 that you can see HERE.
KOGO/San Diego Morning News co-hosts LaDona Harvey and Ted Garcia (seated) and staffer Matt Skraby used their respective Facebook pages to prove they had prime seats for the city’s annual July 4th ‘Big Bay Boom,’ as the wake-up duo broadcast live from the flight deck of the USS Midway. The fabled aircraft carrier — now a floating-museum and popular tourist attraction docked permanently in America’s Finest City — provided the trio with front row seats to one of the largest annual fireworks displays on the west coast.
On the Thursday edition of his Westwood One syndicated Talk radio show (7/2), Michael Savage (left) announced the five exceptional college students who have been selected to receive scholarships for their responses to his recent essay contest entitled, What Does It Mean to Be An American? Each of the five winners will receive $20,000 over a two-year period as their share of the contest’s $100,000 scholarship fund. The winners were selected from a reported 1,700 entries received since Savage debuted the contest earlier this year. “I hope to continue this scholarship program next year,” said Savage. “There are so many deserving patriotic students who have been silenced by anti-American rhetoric at U.S. colleges. Hopefully these scholarships will encourage others to stand up for America.” The Savage Nation airs live nationwide from 3-6pm (ET). See details on the five scholarship winners HERE.
With Terminator Genisys set to take on all comers at the box office on this 4th of July weekend, Brian Kilmeade welcomed Arnold Schwarzenegger to FOX News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends studios, where the two two talked about the former California governor’s role in the newest edition of the Terminator film franchise. Schwarzenneger also talked-up ‘After-School All Stars,’ a program that encourages children to participate in after-school activities, with the goal of helping to keep kids off the streets and away from poor life decisions. When Kilmeade asked Arnold about posing nude and a recent photo shoot in which ‘The Guv-a-nator’s’ body was fully exposed, Schwarzenegger replied simply he had “nothing to hide.” Meanwhile, FNR reports that KFTK/St. Louis has added Kilmeade and Friends to the Emmis-owned News/Talker’s lineup, where it airs weekdays 9am-noon.
NBC Sports Radio overnight host Jason Page (left) will suit up at the request of the Boston Red Sox to fill a slot on their roster for next week’s ‘Heroes For Heroes Legends Game’ against the New York Yankees. The July 9th old-timers alumni game will be played at the home of the Bridgeport Bluefish, The Ballpark at Harbor Yard and will benefit ABRI/Homes for the Brave, a non-profit based in Bridgeport dedicated to improving the lives of homeless individuals, especially veterans. … CBS Small Business Pulse, a cross-divisional effort being spearheaded by CBS Local Digital Media and featuring content from CBS News, CBS Radio, CBS Local, CBS Interactive and more, is available now online and on the mobile web HERE … KKFT-FM/Reno and WMEL-AM/Coco Beach, FL add Envision Networks’ Sunday night John and Leah Show … Radio veteran Kevin Stern joins Darrell Wayne and Mark Alyn on Late Night Health Radio as Associate Producer and Engineer for the weekly health and medical news program … Cumulus Media and Audioboom Group announce a strategic partnership in which Audioboom’s SaaS platform will provide on-demand creative, hosting, broadcasting and advertising tools for Cumulus and Westwood One. In addition, Audioboom has named Westwood One as its exclusive sales representation agent for the monetization of its digital content … Christian radio network Moody Radio has purchased the broadcast license for 97.1 FM in Ashtabula, OH. With a sign-on date expected to be announced later this month, the new WVMU will be Moody Radio’s 37th owned and operated network radio station … ESPN Radio will move to a new home in Atlanta, segueing from Lincoln Financial Media’s (soon to be Entercom) WQXI-AM to Dickey Broadcasting’s crosstown WFOM — where the full ESPN Radio lineup will replace Westwood One’s syndicated CBS Sports Radio.
Longtime KFYI/Phoenix personality Barry Young (right) has been named as an inductee to the Arizona Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame. Barry, who recently retired from regular duty at KFYI, will join Bill Buckmaster, Tom Dillon and Maurie Helle in the Class of 2015, with all to be honored at the ABA’s 26th annual Hall of Fame luncheon scheduled for next October at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale … David Lewis has been tapped to be the General Manager for Curtis Media Group* News/Talker WPTF/Raleigh-Durham. Lewis most recently served as manager of Cumulus Media’s Myrtle Beach cluster … In other Raleigh radio news, 99.9 The Fan (WCMC-FM) holds its third ‘Fan Town Hall’ tonight (7/2), featuring a one-hour Q&A with Mike Krzyzewski, the 36-year head coach of the 2015 NCAA Men’s College Basketball champion Duke Blue Devils. Airing from 7-8pm (ET) on co-owned WRAL-TV, the event will be hosted by The Fan’s Joe Ovies and WRAL’s Jeff Gravely.
(*) A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the ownership of WPTF. The information here has been updated and corrected to note Curtis Media Group as the station’s owner).
United States Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) dropped by the studios of Little Rock News/Talker 96.5FM The Answer this week for a chat with longtime Arkansas Talk radio personality Dave Elswick (left). With the conversation focused on international affairs, Cotton offered constituents in The Natural State his perspective and observations on Iran, Iraq, the Islamic State, Russia and China.