That’s KIDO/Boise morning host Kevin Miller (pictured) alongside the Boise Rescue Mission’s Reverend Bill Roscoe, after Kevin’s listeners donated over 1400 turkeys to feed Idaho families this Thanksgiving. Miller, who spent the past week living at a local Walmart to collect the turkeys for the Mission, reports his 2nd annual turkey drive more than doubled last year’s total donations of 538 turkeys … The Mix Group and ReelWorld have announced the two companies will team up next year to produce and present “a world-class industry experience and a first-of-its-kind imaging event in the Fall of 2016.” Additional details will be released early next year HERE … FOX Sports Radio’s syndicated The Herd With Colin Cowherd joins the lineup at FOX Sports 1340 KCBL/Fresno. Beginning Monday (11/30) Cowherd will air weekdays at 3pm on the iHeartMedia-owned Sports/Talker … Matthew Sambolin rejoins Salem Media Group/New York to serve as Operations Manager, Promotions Director and Social Media Manager for News/Talk AM 970 The Answer (WNYM) and Christian Talk AM 570 The Mission (WMCA). Sambolin assumes duties previously handled by Mark DeBoer, who segues to a new role as Traffic Manager for the stations.
Bob Davis, the play-by-play voice of Kansas University football and men’s basketball for 32 seasons, has announced he’ll retire at the end of the 2015-2016 college hoops season. KUSports.com reports that since Davis started with the Jayhawk Radio Network in 1984, he has broadcast eight of the team’s 14 NCAA Final Four appearances, including KU’s 1988 and 2008 national championships; and half of KU’s 12 football bowl games, including the Jayhawk’s victory in the 2008 Orange Bowl. In addition to his work with KU broadcasts, Davis spent 16 years as part of the Kansas City Royals broadcast team, a post he retired from in 2013. His broadcast radio resume includes 16 years at KAYS/Hays, KS — where he began his career in the 1960s — and 20 years as the morning sportscaster on KC News/Talker KMBZ.
A “brigade” of volunteers from radio imaging firm Benztown participated in the recent 33rd annual E.J. Jackson Foundation Turkey Giveaway held in Los Angeles. It’s the 4th year in a row that company employees and their families have participated in the Foundation’s mission to feed as many hungry families, senior citizens, and veterans as they can for Thanksgiving and throughout the year. Benztown also donated $1,000 to help offset costs associated with the food giveaway. The screen capture at right, from a report on SoCal television station KDOC, shows Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes and his wife (and the company’s Business Manager) Bonnie working in the kitchen at this year’s event … WSOY-AM/Decatur, IL collected some 1.3 million pounds of food during the Neuhoff Communications News/Talker’s recently held 14th annual Community Food Drive, benefitting Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Inn, Northeast Community Fund, the Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project and Reasonable Services.
Bloomberg Radio is seeking a highly motivated, hard working Producer to join its New York City-based 24/7 network. Successful candidates will demonstrate a creative approach to tasks and topic selection, a proactive work ethic, detail orientation, and ability to be flexible about working hours. Strong multitasking skills are a must. Expected initial hours are approximately 3am-noon. You will need at least five-plus years of mid- to major-market experience, with prior experience in business and financial news preferred. Get full details on the position and apply online HERE. (EOE)
Greater Media/Charlotte is on the hunt for a full-time Continuity and Traffic Assistant. You will be responsible for all elements involving continuity, and create daily broadcast logs for both News/Talk WBT and AC sister WLNK (The Link 107.9), coordinate continuity for the Bob and Sheri Network, Tar Heel Network, AP Network, Network Connect accounts and more. Knowledge of broadcast inventory management and traffic software is a plus. To apply, email your resume and cover letter (no phone calls please) HERE. (EOE)
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An enthusiastic SRO crowd of fans stopped by to catch CBS Sports Radio host Jim Rome during a meet-and-greet hosted by Cumulus Media Sports/Talker KNML (610 The Sports Animal)/Albuquerque. That’s Jim pictured above with James Lindenmuth, a local UFC ring announcer who introduced ‘Romey’ at the recently held station event.
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In the hours and days following the recent terrorist attacks on Paris, as is too often the case in such breaking news situations rumors vied for facts when it came to reporting on the unfolding story. Sadly, as is often also the case in these times of one-click forwarding of information, a lot of reports ultimately were found to contain incorrect or even downright false information. Once again, such errors offer a teaching moment for both newscasters and Talk radio hosts who talk about current news — get the story, but first confirm the facts and get it right. In a feature at Poynter.org, Alexios Mantzarlis offers six tips for reporters, producers and hosts on how to debunk fake news stories by yourself before running with them. Among the tips Mantzarlis advocates for is, “First, do no harm. Before you even start debunking, make sure you are not sharing false rumors yourself. Avoid becoming one of the thousands who give credence to a false tweet by retweeting it.” Learn more HERE.
In what has become a long-standing Coast to Coast AM tradition, listeners to the Premiere Networks nightly syndicated talk show will not be hearing re-runs this holiday season. Instead, fans will be treated to live, holiday-themed programming — including music, special guest appearances, open lines and surprises — on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Commenting on the tradition to broadcast the show live for the holidays, Coast To Coast AM host George Noory (right) said, “Many people don’t have friends and family to spend the holidays with, so radio is a very special connection for them. Years ago, I made the decision to host live programming during this time of year, and I’ve keep that promise all my career, so no one has to be alone.” Coast To Coast AM airs Monday-Sunday from 1-5am (ET) on a reported 570+ stations nationwide.
CBS Radio News Correspondent Peter King was recently honored with the 2015 Harry Kolcum News and Communications Award from the National Space Club Florida Committee, for his more than 20 years of space coverage from the Kennedy Space Center. That’s Peter (left) cradling his trophy alongside longtime CBS News Space Consultant Bill Harwood, who was also a Kolcum Award recipient back in 2003 … The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is now accepting entries for the 2016 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners will be honored at a gala to be held on June 21st, 2016, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Get more details on submitting entries HERE … Elisabeth Hasselbeck told FOX & Friends viewers that she’s stepping down as co-host of the FOX News Channel morning show. Hasselbeck said she’s opting to take a hiatus from her television career to focus on being a mom to her three children, who are all under 10 years old … Watter’s World, a regular feature hosted by Jesse Watters on FOX News Channel’s nightly The O’Reilly Factor, gets it’s own monthly spinoff show that will reportedly run on the cable News/Talk network at least through the 2016 presidential election.
According to a report by Deadline.com’s Erik Pederson, NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger is joining former ESPN and Grantland personality Bill Simmons as President of the newly formed Bill Simmons Media Group. The report says Weinberger will also be involved in the production of Simmons’ HBO show. Read the full report HERE … The Boston Herald’s Gayle Fee has the lowdown on negotiations over radio broadcast rights between the MLB Boston Red Sox and it’s local flagship, Entercom Sports/Talker WEEI/Boston. Read more HERE … Phil Mackey (pictured), co-host of Hubbard-owned Sports/Talker ESPN 1500 KSTP-AM/Minneapolis‘ Mackey & Judd show, debuts How To Live A Cool Life, a new podcast that you can check out HERE … Congrats to Greater Media/Detroit — home of FM Sports/Talker Detroit Sports 105.1 — on being awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by the Detroit Free Press. The list is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by an independent research firm, which measured several aspects of workplace culture.
Enjoying last weekend’s 17th annual Duquesne Light Santa Spectacular (presented in cooperation with CBS Radio/Pittsburgh) are (L-R): Jim Graci, Program Director NewsRadio 1020 KDKA-AM and 93.7 the Fan (KDKA-FM); Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto; Rich Riazzi, President and CEO of Duquesne Light; Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald; Bishop David Zubik, Diocese of Pittsburgh; and Michael Young, SVP/Market Manager for CBS Radio’s Pittsburgh cluster.