AM/FM “Overwhelmingly” Preferred In-Car
March 3, 2015

In a bit of good news for broadcast radio operators, a new study conducted by research firm Ipsos for iHeartMedia concludes that AM/FM radio remains the overwhelmingly preferred audio entertainment option in the car. While consumers use new streaming services, virtually all consumers (99%) are comfortable with the current AM/FM in-car radio operation. And 91% of consumers say they prefer physical AM/FM radio buttons and controls built into the car dashboard, rather than AM/FM being an app that appears in the car’s electronic interface, with only 9% saying they would want it changed into a dashboard app.. An additional finding — one that many may find surprising — was that while AM/FM radio remains paramount in the car, consumers use their in-car CD player three and a half times as much as they use any digital music service. “Overall, this study makes it clear that in spite of consumers’ love of apps and new digital products, they have a great attachment to their AM/FM radio and an overwhelming desire to keep its operation and function as it is,” said Thomas Spinelli, Vice President of Ipsos MediaCT. “This study shows that the consumer isn’t replacing existing services and products with new ones; instead, they want them all — with a number of choices at any given time.” Conducted in January 2015, the study was based on a nationally representative sample of 1,036 adults 18-plus.

710 ESPN Seattle Revises Weekday Lineup
March 3, 2015

710 ESPN/Seattle (KIRO-AM) has announced a revamping of its weekday lineup to include 14 hours of local programming on the Seattle Sports Radio Network. The station’s Nightwatch host, Justin Myers, will team with Gee Scott to form the new Justin & Gee Show, that will air weekdays at 10am. Scott will also continue to host The Barbershop with former Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant and ex-Husky running back Terry Hollimon in its new time slot at at 7pm. Meanwhile, producer Tom Wassell also moves up from nights, joining Bob Stelton and Dave “The Groz” Grosby in middays for the new Bob, Groz & Tom Show. “I’m thrilled to add Justin, Gee and Tom to our midday lineup,” said PD and station host Mike Salk. “These changes only strengthen 710 ESPN Seattle as the destination for Seattle sports radio.” 710 ESPN Seattle can be heard on 1510-AM KGA in Spokane, 1340-AM ESPN Radio Tri Cities, and 1390-AM The Fan in Yakima.

Talk Media News Notes
March 3, 2015

Sun Broadcast Group syndicated Talk radio host Marilu Henner (pictured) will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Hivio 2015. Hosted by media researcher Mark Ramsey, the “un-convention” will be held June 4th and 5th in Los Angeles … Happy Anniversary to The Storm Report, which just celebrated it’s 10th year  of providing customized local weather reports and updates to radio stations across the U.S. Co-founded by meteorologist and broadcaster Dan Holiday, The Storm Report is produced by Dan Holiday Productions and syndicated to a reported 166 affiliates by Benztown Radio NetworksFrom The Business Desk: On a conference call this week Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey told investors that the previously announced search for a new EVP/Radio for the company has been halted, saying internal changes have eliminated the need for such a position. Dickey will continue to personally oversee operations and planning for all of the company’s radio stations nationwide.

THIS JUST IN: Chris McGorrill, Operations Manager for Saga Communications’ Portland (Maine) Radio Group for the past 25 years, has resigned to pursue a new, but unannounced opportunity that is believed to be outside of the radio industry. Market Manager Bob Adams is now on the hunt for a new Brand Manager/News Director to lead heritage News/Talker WGAN and it’s sister brands in the market. Email your resume and supporting material to Bob asap HERE. (EOE)

Sports/Talk Media News Notes
March 3, 2015

Major League Soccer’s L.A. Galaxy inks a deal with The Beast 980 (KFWB/Los Angeles) to carry all 2015 games of the reigning MLS champions. In addition to streaming every game on The Beast 980’s mobile app, a minimum of 20 games will be broadcast on the station beginning this Friday (3/6) when the Galaxy open their season against the Chicago Fire … Cumulus Media/Dallas Sports/Talker 1310 AM and 96.7 FM The Ticket will debut a weekly music-only show on March 22nd. The Local Ticket will be hosted by former KDGE (The Edge)/Dallas personality Mark Schectman and will air Sunday nights from 8-10pm … The NASL Jacksonville Armada and Genesis Communications-owned SportsTalkFlorida sign an agreement to share content and live play-by-play audio streaming. The deal includes audio, video, social media and written articles produced by content teams from both companies … Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics and flagship radio station 95.7 FM The Game (KGMZ/San Francisco) have extended their broadcast rights partnership to keep A’s baseball on the Entercom Sports/Talker though at least 2018 … Former San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl Center Nick Hardwick recently joined FOX Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr Sports, broadcasting live from XTRA 1360 FOX Sports/San Diego. Pictured )right) are Jay Mohr and Nick on the air, discussing the Chargers’ stadium situation, possible draftees, his decision to retire, and life after the NFL.

Another “Will He, Or Won’t He?” Moment
March 3, 2015

Radio America syndicated host Dana Loesch was on hand at last week’s CPAC meetings in Washington, DC, where she broadcast The Dana Show live and spoke with numerous luminaries in attendance, including presumed GOP presidential hopeful, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Schnitt And Shatner Face-Off On Twitter
March 2, 2015

As fans and critics debated the choice of William “Captain Kirk” Shatner to miss the Los Angeles funeral of his co-star Leonard “Mr. Spock” Nimoy over the weekend due to his commitment to a charity event in Florida, new WOR/New York morning show co-host Todd Schnitt weighed-in on the topic via Twitter, tweeting, “Do Red Cross event and then private jet to LA.” Schnitt (pictured), who now co-hosts wake-ups on iHeartMedia’s NYC News/Talker with Len Berman, says he was surprised when Shatner replied by tweeting back, “I must have missed your email about underwriting the arrangement and payment for this.” New York’s Newsday reports the actor later added to his response with another tweet aimed at Schnitt saying, “If @WOR710 think they have a new [Howard] Stern or [Bill] O’Reilly with Schnitt then good luck. He’s no Stern.” Schnitt is scheduled to be interviewed tonight on nationally syndicated show biz news program Inside Edition about the controversy and his Twitter face-off with Shatner. Newsday has more HERE.

ESPN/L.A. Debuts New Local Morning Show
March 2, 2015

710 AM ESPN Radio/Los Angeles (KSPN) has launched the ESPNLA Morning Show, a new local morning drive program hosted by Kelvin Washington and Travis Rodgers. The new show will air from 5-7am on 710AM, followed by two more digital-only hours (7-9am) on ESPNLA.com and via the ESPNRadio app. ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd will air on 710AM from 7-10am, followed by ESPNLA Now (10am-noon), Mason & Ireland (noon-3pm), Max & Marcellus (3-7pm) and ESPNLA Rewind (7-9pm). In a related item, ESPN Radio’s syndicated Mike & Mike can now be heard on suburban Los Angeles Sports/Talker KLAA/Orange, CA, weekdays from 5-9am. “ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans, anytime and anywhere, and we at ESPNLA are thrilled to continue advancing that mission in Southern California,” said VP/GM Scott McCarthy. “With the new morning show, we will bring even more great local sports audio content to the radios, computers, and mobile devices of LA-area sports fans.”

Talk Media News Notes
March 2, 2015

Citing listener feedback, after only a couple of airings, CBS Radio/Washington’s 99.1 WNEW has already dropped Westwood One’s syndicated Overnight America with Jon Grayson and returned to an all-news and information format overnights. WNEW Program Director Robert Sanchez told NTS MediaOnline Today, “We heard from many, many early risers who rely on the service we provide, particularly in the 3am and 4am hours, and we’d be foolish to not respond to that demand.” Sanchez noted that another recently added long form talk show, The Dave Ramsey Show — which now airs weeknights from 7-10pm — “has been very well received and we are pleased to continue with that program in the evenings.” … Citing television and travel commitments, WABC/New York afternooner Rita Cosby is stepping down from her full time weekday hosting role, but will continue to host a new weekend show that debuts March 8th on the Cumulus Media News/Talker. Meanwhile, Doug McIntyre, morning host at sister station KABC/Los Angeles, will reportedly go bi-coastal, hosting a second daily talk show from 5-6pm (ET) on WABC to fill the lineup hole in the wake of Cosby’s departure  … Online news site The Daily Caller reports that former Talk radio host and MSNBC personality Ed Schultz is being sued by Michael Queen, an NBC producer and broadcast engineer, for “not giving him a piece of the financial pie for helping him land his TV show.” Read more HERE

Executive Orders
March 2, 2015

Cumulus Media has promoted Chicago VP/Market Manager Donna Baker to Midwest Regional Vice President. In her new role Baker will be based in Kansas City and oversee Cumulus’ station operations in that market, along with Minneapolis, and Des Moines. Concurrently, 20-year Windy City radio veteran Peter Bowen has been named to replace Baker as VP/Market Manager in Chicago. He most recently served as Senior Vice President/Director of Sales for CBS Radio’s six station Los Angeles cluster … Meanwhile, in New York City Cumulus appoints Chad Lopez to Vice President/Market Manager for it’s Big Apple stations, including News/Talk WABC. Lopez (pictured) joins from CBS Radio’s crosstown cluster, where during a 14 year career he served as General Sales Manager and DOS for WINS and WCBS-AM iHeartMedia names Colleen Valkoun Market President for the company’s Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin clusters, She most recently has served as interim Market President for both cities, having previously served as VP/Sales for iHeart’s 12 Milwaukee and Madison stations.

Will He, Or Won’t He?
March 2, 2015

AM590 The Answer (KTIE/Riverside, CA) recently hosted The Unite Inland Empire Conservative Conference with over 1,000 reported attendees. Keynote speakers included long time southern California talk host Larry Elder, business executive Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Texas Governor (and potential GOP presidential hopeful) Rick Perry — pictured here with AM590’s Jennifer Horn and Brian Whitman, co-host of The Morning Answer, heard on AM870 The Answer (KRLA/Los Angeles) and KTIE.