For the second time, Greater Media/Charlotte syndicated morning personalities Bob & Sheri traveled west over the weekend to serve as hosts of the Sonoma-Marin County Fair’s annual ‘Ugliest Dog Contest.’ Held in Petaluma, CA, for the past 25 years the internationally observed event has celebrated “homely hounds and the humans who love them.” This year’s grand prize winner was 8-year old mixed breed ‘Quasi Modo,’ who took home $1,500 on his second try at the yearly event. Adopted from a local shelter, Quasi’s owner says the dog suffers from multiple birth defects to his spine, making his back too short for the rest of his body. “We were so excited to be asked back to the festival to host the contest again!” said Bob & Sheri Show co-host Sheri Lynch. “We love this event!” That’s the morning radio duo pictured above grabbing a digital souvenir with the winner.
The Lisa Wexler Show joins the lineup at Forte Family Broadcasting-owned WGCH (AM 1490)/Stamford-Norwalk, CT, where it will air weekdays from 4-6pm beginning July 6th. Hosted by Lisa Wexler (pictured) the talk show (previously heard on WFAS/White Plains, NY) has been the recipient of the Best of Gold Coast award three times, and honored with a Best of Westchester and the Connecticut Press Club Award … Veteran Talk radio host Ed Tyll is now also the CEO at Starcom Radio Network, which currently provides programming to a reported 26 low power AM & FM stations, from Oregon to New York state. The network streams its programming on the Starcom website, TuneIn, and Stitcher. Tyll reports he is currently seeking potential new hosts and affiliates to join the new network venture … NextRadio — the free smartphone app that allows users to listen to FM radio on their mobile phone — can now be downloaded through the Amazon App Store. NextRadio is currently available on 40 smartphones from Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, and on HTC and Motorola’s Moto G and E phones with all major wireless carriers.
WSCR (670 The Score)/Chicago is kicking off a two-month promotion to award one lucky listener a $20,000 gift card, good towards tickets to any events nationwide via VividSeats.com. In Willy Wonka-like fashion, 60 finalists will attend a live grand finale broadcast in August, where each will be given a candy bar-on-site with just one containing the winning ‘Golden Ticket.’ The contest is being held in conjunction with participating Chicagoland Shelby’s & Stella’s Place locations … FOX Sports reports that former NFL wide receiver (Bears, Chargers, Jets 49ers) Curtis Conway (pictured) will replace the recently axed Hank Bauer as the color commentator for San Diego Chargers broadcasts on iHeartMedia-owned Sports/Talker KLSD (XTRA 1360)/San Diego. Conway is currently a Los Angeles-based TV analyst for the NFL Network and Pac-12 Network.
Jason Courtemanche signs on as Vice President of Sales for Cumulus Media/Los Angeles, where he’ll oversee sales for News/Talker KABC and the station’ s NHL Los Angeles Kings broadcasts, and Rock clustermate KLOS. Courtemanche (left) was most recently VP Sales for iHeartMedia/Chicago. Prior to that, his radio resume included stints as Sales Manager for CBS Radio’s Windy City all-newser WBBM-AM and General Sales Manager at iHeartMedia/in San Diego … Jeff Schmidt (right) will join the Radio Advertising Bureau as Senior Vice President of Professional Development effective July 6th. Reporting to RAB President/CEO Erica Farber, Schmidt will oversee the professional development group across all of RAB’s training services and also lead the RAB’s efforts on recruiting millennials into radio. Schmidt’s 26-year radio career includes sales and management roles with Cumulus Media, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, and Hearst Corporation … Dave Lougee, President of TEGNA Media, has been elected NAB Joint Board Chairman by the NAB Joint Board of Directors. Lougee takes over from Charles Warfield, Senior Advisor for YMF Media, whose term expired. Additionally the NAB Radio Board elected Unvision exec José Valle as Radio Board Chair, NRG Media CEO Mary Quass as Radio Board First Vice Chairman, and Lincoln Financial Media President/CEO Don Benson as Radio Board Second Vice Chairman. Meanwhile, Emmis COO Pat Walsh has been elected to the Radio Board’s major group representative’s seat.
Westwood One Chief Marketing Officer Pierre Bouvard moderated a panel at the recent Nielsen Consumer 360 Conference in Washington, DC. The annual conference “brings together the media research community, advertisers, brand marketers, and thought leaders to discuss navigating big data to unlock better insights and anticipate future trends.” Pictured at the session are (L-R): Bouvard; Katz Media Group EVP Stacey Schulman; syndicated radio personality Zack Sang; and Tom Griswold, co-host of Westwood One’s syndicated Bob & Tom Show.
After today’s Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling came down, coverage of the story on CBS Radio’s 11am (ET) network newscast included what could be a ‘first’ in broadcasting history. CBS Radio News anchor Barry Bagnato opened the top-of-the-hour newscast from the Supreme Court in DC, then called on correspondent Steven Futterman for reaction to the ruling in San Francisco. Steve then threw it to (OK, keep up with us here) Steven Portnoy reporting from Capitol Hill, who then tossed to Steve Dorsey for a report on those those who disliked the ruling, followed by a last turnover to Steve (!) Kathan, who anchored the remainder of the newscast. “I think that one goes down in the record books,” said Harvey Nagler (right), longtime CBS News VP/Radio. “I got a big laugh hearing the newscast live. I emailed them after and told them two of them had to change their name!”
In the wake of the current media frenzy to ban display of the Confederate ‘Stars & Bars’ flag, moves by major retailers to stop sales of any merchandise including its image, and calls to ban or re-name just about anything connected to the history of the Confederacy, Salem Radio Network host Mike Gallagher was particularly taken by a suggestion to ban the 1939 Academy Award winning Gone With The Wind — a film widely acclaimed as a Hollywood classic by critics and filmgoers. In response, Gallagher is asking listeners to “support freedom of speech” and stand-up to what he called “the book-burners” by purchasing a DVD of Gone With The Wind on his website. As of this posting, Gallagher reports that several hundred copies of ‘GWTW’ DVD’s have already been purchased since he first mentioned the idea on his program earlier today, with more orders coming in. Proceeds will will fund Mike’s appearances across the nation on behalf of organizations that support free speech in America
WBAP-KLIF/Dallas News Director Rick Hadley is leaving the stations after a 10-year run in that position to take a new job as Executive Director of Communications for Texas’ Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District. A search for Hadley’s replacement is already underway (see ‘Gig Alerts’ below) … Sports/Talker KESN (ESPN 103.3)/Dallas and Texas A&M Sports Properties, the exclusive multimedia rights holder for Texas A&M Athletics, have signed a three year agreement that will make KESN the new radio broadcast home for Aggie football beginning in August … CBS Sportsradio 560 WQAM/Miami held their ‘Whiskey, Stars and Cigars’ party last night (6/25), hosted by three-time NBA Champion and ESPN Analyst Bruce Bowen. Hundreds of listeners and clients packed Stache 1920’s Drinking Den in Ft. Lauderdale to watch the NBA Draft and mingle with Bowen and WQAM hosts. That’s WQAM PD Ryan Maguire (pictured) hanging out with Bowen on the ‘Red Carpet’ as they entered the event.
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Pictured at the recently held annual New York Festivals Awards ceremonies are (L-R): SiriusXM’s Paul Backman (an award winner this year for kids talk programming); broadcast trainer/consultant Valerie Geller and SiriusXM VP Frank Raphael.