When it comes to hosting a Talk radio show — where talents are encouraged by managers to push the envelope, cause buzz and get ratings — where is “the line” and how do you know when you’ve crossed it? WEEI/Boston Dennis & Callahan Show sidekick Kirk Minihane has apparently learned just where that elusive “line” is located at the Entercom Sports/Talker, as he’s now on a reported one-week unpaid vacation mandated by senior management. The action came after Minihane aired not one, but two on-air smack downs of FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews, first calling her a “gutless b#$%h,” followed by a public apology and a pre-planned vacation that allowed the controversy to cool down. But just one week later, Minihani returned to the topic and fanned the flames again by saying that, in his opinion, FOX only hired Andrews (pictured) for her good looks and added, “If she was 15 pounds heavier she’d be a waitress at Perkins.” That was apparently the final straw for Entercom senior management, which was also no doubt motivated to issue the reprimand to Minihane after receiving notice that FOX is pulling any and all advertising from all Entercom stations nationwide over the incident. Ironically, FOX itself has been the target of literally dozens of advertiser boycotts, mostly targeting the company’s News and opinion-Talk cable network, FOX News Channel.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! What, if anything, is an appropriate reprimand for a host who utters nothing on-air that the FCC defines as illegal or obscene, but still crosses a line that station management deems to be too far? And how far should management go in backing up its talents who are threatened with advertiser boycotts for expressing controversial and sometimes offensive opinions? Email your thoughts to NTS MediaOnline Today HERE.
Westwood One nationally syndicated Talk radio host and dog lover Mark Levin (pictured) will host Cumulus Media/New York’s 4th annual Bark In The Park this coming Saturday (8/2), from 11am-3pm at Overpeck Park in nearby Ridgefield, NJ. The North Shore Animal League America & Bergen County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center will be on-site with many dogs available for adoption. The day will also feature a wide array of vendors, services, food, demonstrations, and activities for families and dog lovers alike. Among the most popular events of the day is the “My Dog Looks Like Me” contest. Attendees will be encouraged to vote on-site for their favorites at the stations’ yearly gathering to celebrate man’s best friend.
Sun Broadcast Group unveils the company’s new logo (pictured). Commenting on the development of the new look, SBG Chief Executive Officer Jason Bailey said, “As the company prepares to take on exciting new initiatives that, I believe, will transform the industry, this new logo will connect all those elements together while still representing the strong, forward thinking company that we’ve become.” … Tom Kraeutler returns to his roots as Townsquare Media-owned New Jersey stations WADB and WOBM add Talk Shows USA’s weekly syndicated The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. WADB was where Tom first aspired to become a radio host, while The Money Pit was born out of a program that originated on WOBM — Help Yourself — with Krauetler’s then co-host Mary Barretta … From Our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Longtime Seattle radio personality Bob Rivers told listeners today that he’s retiring from his daily morning show after a 33-year run. Best known nationwide for his “Twisted Christmas” song collection, Rivers will officially hang up his headphones on Friday, August 8th.
Worst Kept Secret In L.A. Radio: Insiders tell NTS MediaOnline Today to expect KFWB/Los Angeles to flip to sports before Labor Day. Current News/Talk staffers were reportedly told at a meeting held last Friday (7/25) to anticipate losing their jobs in about five weeks when the station will flip formats. Rumors are that KFWB will become the L.A. affiliate of CBS Sports Radio, which is syndicated nationally via Cumulus Media-owned Westwood One. We reiterate, the reports are all rumors with no official confirmation from management, but plenty of talk from soon-to-be former employees of the station that is now operated by the KFWB Asset Trust … FOX Sports Radio announces the return of BTN Live for the upcoming college football season. The daily football show, hosted by Big Ten Network personalities Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo, along with Big Ten Network analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith, will kick off it’s second season on August 4th, airing Monday-Friday, from 6-7pm (ET) … 670 The Score (WSCR/Chicago) will host the 2nd annual LAP Chicago All-Star Softball Challenge for charity. The September 6th game will feature both Chicago Northside and Southside baseball legends, including Scott Podsednik, Jermaine Dye, Ozzie Guillen, Gary Matthews, Jr., and Carlos Zambrano — all coming together on one baseball diamond to benefit the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs charities, as well as other local Windy City area children’s charities. Learn more HERE.
KFI/Los Angeles evening weekend host Mo’Kelly recently welcomed the one and only ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic to the studios of Clear Channel’s Tinsletown News/Talker. The comedian/singer dropped by to chat about his latest album, Mandatory Fun — the 14th studio album recorded by the prince of pop music parody. Check out audio from their conversation HERE.
So says the Southern California Broadcasters Association in it’s latest SCBA White Paper Research Report, Consumer Response to Broadcast Radio Commercials vs. Digital and Social Media. The just published report is focused on new SCBA-commissioned research that compares the strong recall and attention by consumers to radio commercials and then compares that data to digital platforms. Commenting on the report, SCBA President Thom Callahan (pictured) said, ”The consumer clearly recalls and pays attention to radio commercials much more than to any digital, search engine, or social media ads. This new research survey showcases radio’s favorable commercial environment and effectiveness in a way that will surprise and delight both advertisers and the radio industry.” To read the full study click HERE.
During a recent visit to New York City, KSKY/Dallas morning host Mark Davis (left) dropped in for a chat with veteran talk host Steve Malzberg at his Newsmax TV studios. Davis has been on the road in support of his new book, Lonestar America: How Texas Can Save Our Country, featuring a foreward by Premiere Networks syndicated talker and FOX News Channel personality Sean Hannity … The NAB has produced and distributed Election 2014, a publication containing “a variety of ideas to help broadcasters increase voter registration and education, public service announcement (PSA) scripts and social media strategies that will help stations spread the word about the importance of electoral participation. By integrating election issues and candidate forums into broadcasters’ programming and online presence, stations are giving listeners and viewers the political knowledge they need to cast an informed vote.”
Bloomberg will soon launch a new station in San Francisco focused on content for and from the Bay Area’s tech and business community. We are searching for a Local Sales Manager “player/coach” to spearhead this exciting initiative. The successful candidate will have existing media ad sales management experience or aspire to sales management, and have strong client relationships in the Bay area and west coast. In addition, the Sales Manager must be well versed in the local agency landscape, as well as the powerful audience of tech and finance decision-makers. You’ll need 5+ years of recent and relevant media sales experience, ideally with a radio background, to qualify for this Bay Area gig. Learn more about the job’s details and how to apply online HERE (EOE).
KSRO 1350 & 103.5 FM/Santa Rosa, located in the heart of the magnificent Sonoma County Wine Country, has an immediate opening for a Producer for Sonoma County’s Morning News with Melanie Morgan. You’ll be responsible for organizing news content, booking interviews, editing sound for the show, contributing to social media platforms and much more. Email your resume and salary requirements to Ops Manager Jim Murphy HERE (EOE).
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KBYR/Anchorage, WLWI/Montgomery, AL and WCHV/Charlottesville, VA are all new affiliates of FreeTalk Live. Other recent affiliates of the nightly Talk Shows USA-syndicated program include WAMT/Orlando, KMET/Banning, CA, WGRV/Greeneville, TN, WNNG/Unadilla, GA, and WFPA/Ft. Payne, AL… KCAA/Loma Linda, CA and WOMI/Ownesboro, KY add the daily one-minute feature Car Care For The Clueless with Pam Oakes … 1280 AM & 99.3FM KIT/Yakima adds the weekly regionally syndicated Northwestern Outdoors Radio show … ESPN Radio will feature reports from all 32 NFL training camps in 12 hours tomorrow (7/26). All 32 of ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters will appear throughout the day, beginning at 8:30am with David Newton sharing updates from the Carolina Panthers’ camp.
ABC News Radio entertainment producer Joi-Marie McKenzie sat down with Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet to talk about his new partnership with Swiffer to encourage men to get clean. He also spoke about his hit ABC-TV show possibly winning another Emmy Award next month. If the show does take home the honor in the comedy category, it will tie Frasier’s all-time record of five awards.