Why All The Fuss About Voltair?
April 24, 2015

In our continuing coverage of the ongoing debate over the no-longer-a-secret Voltair box and whether or not it can help stations’ achieve better PPM ratings results, researcher Mark Ramsey posts some food for thought on the topic. “I’ve read stories that stress how this tool may allow more ‘accurate’ measurement,” writes Ramsey (right). “Sure, but more accurate measurement of what? This gadget in your engineering department will not influence the degree to which listeners care about your content, nor will it measure it.” So despite his observations on what Voltair can and can’t do, does Ramseystill  think buying one is a good idea? And does he see it, as some have suggested, as an ‘unfair’ advantage for stations that have one vs. those who don’t in the radio ratings game? Find out HERE.

Jack Swanson Returns To Active Duty @ KCBS
April 24, 2015

As we first reported to you late yesterday (4/23) in a ‘Breaking News’ email, former longtime KGO-KSFO/San Francisco Program Director Jack Swanson — who left those stations in 2011 after more than 17 years as PD — has been appointed Director of News and Programming for CBS Radio’s Bay Area all-newser 740AM and 106.9FM KCBS/San Francisco. Beginning Monday, Swanson (left) takes the helm from Ed Cavagnaro, who previously announced his retirement after nearly four decades at KCBS. Commenting on his new programming and news chief, CBS Radio/San Francisco VP/Market Manager Doug Harvill said, “Jack has a distinguished track record of leading iconic radio stations. He’s a terrific leader with a deep understanding of how a market leading station such as KCBS can be a trusted and active member of its community.” Harvill’s  announcement that the station had hired Swanson — widely acclaimed as one of the smartest and most influential News and Talk programmers of the past couple of decades, with a wall full of trophies and honors to support that sentiment — came as somewhat of a surprise to industry watchers, as the News and Talk media veteran seemed pretty content in his self-chosen semi-retirement. “This is definitely the only job in radio and the only company in radio that could lure me off the beach,” Swanson told NTS MediaOnline Today. “Being asked to lead one of the best news teams in the country is one of those rare situations that do not present themselves often. I am a very fortunate guy.” Email your congrats to Jack on his return to radio HERE.

Talk And Media News Notes
April 24, 2015

Good to hear Salem Radio Network host Michael Medved (left) back on the air this week, after taking a couple months hiatus to undergo treatment for throat cancer. Although he is still expected to miss a day here and there for medical reasons, Medved is continuing to transition quickly back to full-time hosting of his syndicated Talk radio program  … Cat Thomas has been named Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio’s five-station Las Vegas cluster. Thomas will continue to serve as the day-to-day programmer for NewsRadio 100.5 FM and 840AM (KXNT), CBS Sports Radio 1140AM and X107.5. Thomas assumes duties previously held by Charese Fruge, who has been elevated to VP/OM for CBS Radio’s Houston cluster, including SportsRadio 610 KILT and CBS Sports Radio KIKK-AM … With this week’s release of the new Apple Watch, iHeartMedia announces that the company’s digital radio platform, iHeartRadio, is available via Apple’s new wrist-worn device.

NTS MediaOnline Today “Gig Alerts”
April 24, 2015

Red Zebra Broadcasting is seeking a Program Director for the company’s Washington, DC Sports/Talk trimulcast, ESPN 980 (WTEM-WWXT-WWXX). The flagship radio station of the Washington Redskins, EPSN 980 is also home to sports personalities Tony Kornheiser, Steve Czaban, Kevin Sheehan, Thom Loverro, Andy Pollin, Doc Walker, Brian Mitchel and Chris Cooley. Ten years related experience required and a college degree is preferred. Get full details on this major market opening and how to apply online HERE. (EOE)

Salem Media Group/Omaha is seeking an Account Manager. We are looking for a person with excellent communication and presentation skills, who is a well organized team player with a positive attitude who is passionate about selling advertising time for our Christian Teaching and Talk, Contemporary Christian Music and Spanish Christian Stations based in Omaha, NE to local businesses and advertising agencies. Prior sales experience preferred. Email your resume to General Sales Manager Sue Garrett HERE. (EOE)

Got a gig open? Seeking your next opportunity? Email details and contact information to us HERE and NTS MediaOnline Today will publish your information free-of-charge as a service to all Talk media industry professionals.

Backing The Boy Scouts
April 24, 2015

NBA champion and Mile High City native Chauncey ‘Mr. Big Shot’  Billups dropped by for a chat with 104.3 The Fan/Denver morning show co-hosts Nate Lundy (right) and Mike Evans (left) during a live broadcast at this year’s 39th Annual Sports Breakfast benefiting the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts. For the past decade The Fan has sponsored the yearly event that benefits  more than 55,000 youths who are participating in scouting programs across the area.

ABC News Names New Multi-Platform Reporters
April 23, 2015

ABC News has named three new multi-platform reporters: Karen Travers, Mary Bruce and Stephanie Ramos. The trio will cover both national and international news for all ABC News platforms with an emphasis on NewsOne, ABC News Radio and ABC News Digital. Travers (top left), who joined ABC News in 2000 as an intern, has honed her skills in the past 15 years covering Washington and national politics. She’s also traveled across the country and to some 50 foreign nations covering both the Obama and Bush administrations. Meanwhile, current ABC News staffer Bruce (right) has reported on President Obama’s re-election campaign and traveled around the world with the President, covering stories including the Secret Service scandal in Colombia and his trips to Myanmar and Panama. Finally, Ramos joins the ABC News team from KMBC-TV/Kansas City, where she has anchored and reported since 2012. In 2008, Ramos served as a 1st Lieutenant in Iraq and was awarded multiple medals for her exceptional service. Ramos (bottom left) will join ABC News in June following her completion of the Adjutant Generals Captain Career Course. In a memo to staffers, ABC News DC Bureau Chief and Executive Producer of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Jonathan Greenberger said, “These exceptional journalists have experience shooting, writing, editing, producing and reporting for a live broadcast and will use their skills to break news and report stories on air and for radio, mobile, digital and social media.” Greenberger also said more additions to the ABC News team will be announced “in the coming weeks.”

Regional Murrow Winners Announced
April 23, 2015

The RTDNA has announced the 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners. Regional winners automatically advance to the national Murrow competition, which will be judged next month. National awards, including those for network news organizations, will be presented at the RTDNA’s Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala on October 12th in New York City. Among the News/Talkers picking up regional Murrow nods this year are: KIRO-FM and KOMO/Seattle; KCBS/San Francisco; KFBK/Sacramento; KOA/Denver; WCCO/Minneapolis; WTMJ/Milwaukee; KMOX/St. Louis; WBAP and KRLD/Dallas; WBBM-AM/Chicago; WJR/Detroit; WBT/Charlotte; WHAS/Louisville; WBZ/Boston; WCBS-AM and WINS/New York; WTOP, WAMU and WNEW-FM/Washington, DC; WRVA/Richmond; WDEL/Wilmington, DE; WOKV/Jacksonville, FL; and WSB-AM/Atlanta. See a list of all 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winners HERE.

Sports/Talk News Notes
April 23, 2015

ESPN Radio joins in on this week’s parade of announcements about network coverage of the upcoming NFL Draft that begins at 7pm (ET) on April 30th, hosted by Dari Nowkhah, NFL analyst Louis Riddick and NFL Insider John Clayton. ESPN’s Freddie Coleman will host post-draft coverage with Adam Kaplan. Additionally, ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike will broadcast their nationally syndicated morning show live from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place on April 30th and May 1st as part of the network’s NFL Draft coverage … SiriusXM will also be all over next week’s NFL Draft, with the satcaster’s NFL Radio channel offering subscribers live coverage from the opening round on April 30th through the final round on May 2nd … FOX Sports Radio hosts JT ‘The Brick’ and Tomm Looney will broadcast their April 29th through May 1st shows live from radio row at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas — home to the ‘Fight of the Century’ between 11-time, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, on May 2nd.  Additionally, on April 30th, JT and Looney will also join FSR’s Nashville-based Steve Gorman SPORTS! for a special show previewing the first round of this year’s draft, as well as the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

iHeart Rolls Out New Original Podcast Programs
April 23, 2015

At the company’s first-ever ‘Soundfront’ event this week, iHeartMedia unveiled a new series of original audio programs, designed to “allow marketers to collaborate with a host of celebrities and talent through customized and creative storytelling.” iHeart has teamed up with a variety of creative talent to produce “innovative audio programming and storytelling” that will air as long-form segments on iHeartRadio and short-form segments across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide. “In the age of visual distraction and shorter attention spans, audio has the ability to break through and get heard better than any other advertising,” said Gayle Troberman (right), iHeart Media CMO/EVP. “We are seeing increased engagement in audio programming, both on air and via podcast, and original audio forces us to get back to the basics of telling stories simply and honestly, which consumers love. We believe most marketers are massively under invested in the power of sound and the iHeartMedia Soundfront is our opportunity to challenge the industry to explore the creative potential of sound to tell and sell better.” See the list of new audio programming ventures announced by the company HERE.

“The Force Is Strong In This Booth”
April 23, 2015

That’s Darth Vader paying a visit to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s broadcast booth, where Angels’ Spanish-language play-by-play voice Amaury Pi-Gonzalez and a couple of his broadcast crew members were caught a bit off guard by the sudden sound of heavy breathing. Darth and his storm troopers were at the baseball game as part of a special ‘Star Wars Night’ at Southern California’s Big A.