In a story published earlier this week at Politico.com, Weekly Standard Associate Editor Ethan Epstein asserted that nationally syndicated radio talker Rush Limbaugh and the entire business of Talk radio are both currently on “shaky ground.” Today, in an uncharacteristic move, Limbaugh — whose demise has been predicted almost since he debuted in the late 1980s — responded to the charges. In a feature written by Jeff Poor for Breitbart.com, Rush called Epstein’s speculation an attempt to interfere with his business model at a time when he is presumably in renewal negotiations with iHeartMedia. “The Politico story is a long and worn out laundry list of lies about my business timed to the end of my iHeart deal,” Limbaugh told Breitbart News. And while the Politico piece reports Limbaugh’s daily Premiere Networks syndicated talk show has been losing audience, Poor writes current ratings results simply don’t back up that charge. “According to ratings provided by Nielsen Audio, the Rush Limbaugh Show’s average quarter hour (AQH) audience in every demographic has increased by at least 30%, including overall AQH by 37% percent, over the previous year.” Read the full Breitbart News article HERE.
This Saturday (5/28) President Barack Obama will travel to Hiroshima, Japan, where he’ll make an historic visit to the city on which the United States dropped an atomic bomb some seven decades ago to help bring an end to World War II. Interest in the visit is running high among Japanese citizens, so much so, that Japanese television actually cornered CBS Radio News correspondent Pam Coulter to interview her about the President’s decision to make the visit to Hiroshima, and talk about his continuing efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons across the globe. CBS News reports Coulter (pictured above in the yellow dress) is the only U.S. radio network reporter who was sent to Japan to cover this weekend’s presidential visit.
Travis Hill (left) has been upped to Director of Marketing and Promotions, and Callie Hoch is promoted to Regional Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia’s Central Texas Region, including Austin and San Antonio. Hoch will oversee the digital strategy for the region’s 15 brands, including their websites, social media, mobile and online presence for on-air personalities, while Hill will now work closely with partners to create and deliver effective opportunities to reach consumers through iHeartMedia’s assets, including on-air, online, social media promotions, personality endorsements and live event integrations. “Callie and Travis are rockstars in their respective positions and we are thrilled to have them focus on their areas of expertise,” said Breeanna Malik, Region President for iHeartMedia/Central Texas. “Together they have over 45 years of experience, and we are looking forward to them leading us to new heights.” In their newly expanded roles both Hoch and Hill will split their time between the two cities.
On Thursday, June 2nd, Mark Ramsey will kick off Hivio 2016 — his annual “unconvention” — in Los Angeles. If you didn’t manage to score a ticket to this year’s two-day event, Ramsey reports it will all be streamed live via ‘LiveStream.’ See the full Hivio agenda and bookmark the streaming site HERE.… This Sunday (5/29) SiriusXM — the ‘Official Satellite Radio Partner of INDYCAR’ — will offer subscribers live coverage of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Raceday coverage begins at 8am (ET), with extensive pre-race programming hosted by Pete Pistone … In other news from SiriusXM, the satcaster will commemorate the Memorial Day observance of our nation’s fallen military men and women by broadcasting Taps across all its music, sports, talk, and entertainment channels. The one-minute observance will take place at approximately Noon (ET) on Monday, May 30th.
Nationally syndicated talk host and best-selling author Dave Ramsey recently hosted the EntreLeadership Summit in Dallas. At the three-day conference, Ramsey, along with special guest former President George W. Bush (pictured above) and speakers Seth Godin, Jim Collins, Pat Lencioni, Dr. Henry Cloud, Chris Hogan and Christy Wright, provided attendees with insights on leadership, building your company’s culture, communication, work and life balance and organizational health.
Veteran ABC News Radio correspondent Ann Compton — who retired from full-time reporting duties in 2014 — is returning to semi-active duty, teaming up with ABCRN correspondent Aaron Katersky as a political contributor to the network’s 2016 presidential election campaign coverage. “Ann’s 41-years covering the White House and her enormous list of accomplishments are well documented,” said ABC Radio VP/GM Steve Jones in a memo to staffers. “Few people have witnessed as much history first-hand as Ann Compton. Her blend of experience and wisdom gained from decades covering politics make Ann uniquely suited to put today’s political developments in perspective and to offer context that will best inform our listeners and distinguish our coverage in Cleveland and Philadelphia.”
During Vin Scully’s recent visit to SoCal’s Anaheim Stadium to call the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. L.A. Angels game, Angels’ Spanish-language voice Amaury Pi-Gonzales (foreground) grabbed a souvenir photo of the legendary voice of the Dodgers working his final game at ‘The Big A’ in the visitor’s broadcast booth. The photo was taken by Amaury’s broadcast partner Jose Mota … Sports USA announces the first five weeks of the company’s upcoming 2016 NFL broadcast schedule. Sports USA reports the remainder of the schedule will be released on a weekly basis to insure the best match-ups for the network’s affiliates of a reported 400 radio stations in the US and Canada. Kicking off on September 11th, this will be Sports USA’s 15th consecutive season of broadcasting NFL football nationwide … Motor Radio Network’s Winged Nation will help Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) celebrate its annual Fan Day with a special remote broadcast from the team’s Mooresville, NC-based headquarters tomorrow (5/26) from 11am-noon (ET). Winged Nation airs regularly every Tueday at noon (ET).
iHeartMedia/Toledo ups WSPD Program Director and afternoon talk host, Scott Sands, to Senior VP Programming for the Ohio cluster. Sands (left) joined the News/Talker as Program Director in 2013 … Now settled in his new gig as Senior PD at News/Talker CKNW/Vancouver, BC, Larry Gifford checks in to alert friends and colleagues he has a new email address. Congratulate Larry on his new gig HERE … Dayne Damme is named Marketing Director for Entercom’s Austin, Texas station cluster, including News/Talk KJCE. Damme joins the stations from his most recent position at CBS Radio/Sacramento … Westwood One Chief Insights Officer Pierre Bouvard offers his take on the TV industry’s recently held annual ‘Upfront’ event and what it means for radio. Read his ‘insights’ HERE.
BizTalk Radio adds new affiliate AM 1540 KGBC/Galveston, TX (Houston). Daily shows airing on the network include Experience Pros, The Ray Lucia Show, Business Rockstars, The Big Biz Show, The Big Pitch Radio Show, Investor’s Edge and The Frankie Boyer Show … Motley Fool Money picks up new affiliate Share Radio, an all business news station in London, England. It’s the first American radio show ever to be added to the station’s lineup … CRN Digital Talk Radio adds Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade & Friends and The Alan Colmes Show to CRN 2’s Bulls and Bears channel weekday lineup. Kilmeade airs live from 9am-noon (ET) while Colmes airs nightly from 6-9pm (ET).
AM 670 The Score (WSCR/Chicago) hosts Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein welcomed three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and Dancing with The Stars champ Helio Castroneves to the CBS Radio Sports/Talker today. That’s Boers and Bernstein flanking the champion driver/dancer above.