WBAP/Dallas reporter/anchor and longtime regular ABC News Radio contributor Jim Ryan is moving to the network full time. Ryan has spent his entire career at WBAP, which has had a succession of owners during his tenure including ABC Radio, Citadel Broadcasting and current owners Cumulus Media. In a memo issued to staffers earlier today, ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones confirmed the two-time Edward R. Murrow Award winner will soon work be working exclusively for the network, reporting from Dallas where he’ll cover events across the southwest and also continue to travel for breaking news assignments. “Jim is a tremendously talented reporter with significant experience covering every imaginable type of story,” said Jones. Ryan will begin his new full-time assignment for ABC News effective November 1st.
Veteran radio sales and marketing executive Allison Warren has been appointed Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus/Nashville’s six station cluster, which includes SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, Sports/Talk 105.5 The Zone and Tennessee Titans Radio.com. In her new gig, Warren (pictured) will report to Cumulus Media SVP Jeff Brown with whom she previously worked in Denver. Warren’s radio sales and management resume includes stints as Director of Sales for Entercom in Austin, TX and Madison, WI, Director of Strategic Sales and Marketing for Entercom/Milwaukee, and Marketing Director for both Entercom and CBS Radio in Denver. ” I am honored to be chosen to lead the Cumulus/Nashville team,” said Warren. “It’s a great time for radio and Cumulus/Nashville hosts six strong brands, delivering local, personal and engaging content. With our ability to deliver innovative solutions, we are poised for success.”
Longtime broadcast veteran Jon Quick is expanding his Indiana-based marketing, public relations and advertising firm, and has unveiled a rebranding of the company as Qpr&Marketing. Learn more and reach Jon HERE … Raleigh-based Cross Platform Media has acquired the Memphis-based IRN/USA Radio Network. Founded by Christian broadcaster Marlin Maddoux in 1985, the IRN/USA Radio Network syndicates Maddoux’s long-running Point of View, along with Daybreak USA, IRN/USA Radio Network News and other programming … Veteran Talk and morning music radio personality Denny Schaffer returns to Toledo, where he’ll host mornings on that city’s new Star 105 (WWWM). Schaffer (pictured) previously hosted shows on crosstown News/Talker WSPD and at CHR WVKS … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of Howard Stern Show regular Eric ‘The Actor’ Lynch, who died over the weekend after being rushed to a hospital with heart problems. He was 39. Variety.com’s Alex Stedman has the full story HERE.
Kudos to Bicoastal Media’s Medford, OR cluster — including News/Talk AM 1440/FM 106.7 KMED — for filling three trailer trucks full of food and other donated supplies for the victims of fire-ravaged Weed, CA. In addition to shipping some 30 tons of donated items, Bicoastal listeners also responded to the stations’ “Feed Weed” campaign with cash. Nearly $7,500 was collected to purchase additional food and cleaning supplies to help those uprooted by The Boles Fire, which has destroyed more than 150 homes and businesses in it’s path. Pictured are volunteers packing up supplies at the event, held in cooperation with the local Sherm’s Food-4-Less and WCP Solutions, which provided the trucks … The National Association of Broadcasters has donated $10,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in honor of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were abducted and murdered by terrorists while covering the Syrian Civil War. Founded in 1981, CPJ is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting freedom of the press worldwide and protecting the rights of journalists to report news without fear of reprisal. Learn more HERE.
The Money Pit Home Improvement Show co-hosts Tom Kraeutler (left) and Leslie Segrete grab a photo moment with the cast and crew from This Old House on a recent visit to the long-running TV show’s Charleston, MA set. Tom and Leslie hosted a two-hour special edition of their weekly Talk Shows USA syndicated program celebrating This Old House’s 35th anniversary season.
If you noticed your stock in Mylanta making an incredible jump in value today, it’s probably due to the fact that this morning marked the 31st annual KDKA/Pittsburgh Spaghetti Breakfast held at the city’s Heinz Hall Garden Plaza. The once a year, only-in-Pittsburgh event benefits The Little Sisters of the Poor, a charity that was long supported by the event’s founder, retired KDKA talk host John Cigna, who passed away in 2011 at age 75. Shown smiling and steeling their stomachs for an early morning plate full of of penne pasta, sausage, bread and all the fixings are (L-R): KDKA morning co-host Larry Richert; David Peart, Pittsburgh Penguins’ SVP/ Sales and Service; morning co-host John Shumway; and CBS Radio/Pittsburgh SVP and Market Manager Michael Young.
It was just one week ago today when this year’s Marconi Award honorees awakened for the first time knowing that their name will be enshrined alongside a 25-year roster of the best-of-the best in radio. With that in mind, NTS MediaOnline Today offers this photo shout-out to two more of this year’s deserving winners from News/Talk radio. That’s WOWO/Ft. Wayne Program Director Ryan Reker (left), as he accepts the Medium Market Station of the Year award from syndicated morning team Bob & Tom and even managed to grab an impromptu ‘selfie’ as the trio exited the stage … Meanwhile, if you look up the phrase “Community Service” there’s a good chance you’ll find a picture of KIDO/Boise morning host Kevin Miller (right). Miller channels his inner ‘Fonzie’ with a big thumbs-up on being named the 2014 Medium Market Personality of the Year. Once again, our congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and winners who truly represent the best of our industry.
Alpha Media-owned KTSA/San Antonio is looking for a talented, professional Broadcast Reporter with a great attitude and a ridiculously high work ethic to work evenings. We are not looking for an employee or a warm body. We want a team member who takes direction well from leadership, works very well with others, will not bring drama into our building and is capable of wearing any hat in the newsroom — from primary responsibility of reporter, to news or traffic anchor, and even a digital content creator. You must not be afraid of getting in front of people and asking tough questions. You must be able to work a rotating on-call weekend schedule, in addition to your regularly assigned hours of 2-10pm Sunday-Thursday. Is that you? If so, we need to see and hear your work. Email resume, references, audio and writing samples (no phone calls please) to Operations Director Greg Martin HERE. (EOE)
Midwest Communications News/Talker KFGO/Fargo — the 2014 NAB Marconi Award winner for Small Market Station of the Year – is seeking an Agriculture Director. We need someone who is a triple-threat: strong on-air skills, a good reporter, and a good writer. KFGO is the leading agriculture information station in the Upper Midwest. We do in-depth agriculture reporting that goes beyond just sharing the markets, interviews and some investigative work. If you have a passion for Ag-News and an understanding of the farm and ranch lifestyle, we want to talk with you. Audio editing skills are necessary for your success. A strong on-air delivery is essential. Knowledge of video editing, Facebook and Twitter are a plus. In addition to weekdays, you must be available to work occasional weekends and holidays. We offer a competitive salary and a full benefits package. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required. Email your resume and MP3 to KFGO Operations Manager, Joel Heitkamp HERE. (EOE)
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Among those lined up in the wee small hours of the morning to buy the new iPhone today was Salem Radio Network host Mike Gallagher, who joined other fanatics in a pre-dawn line of about 500 people outside an Apple store Greenville, SC. FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace — who is a regular on Mike’s radio show each Friday — called the SRN host as “an idiot” and “a laughingstock” for “waiting in the cold and dark” just to buy a new iPhone. Check out Wallace’s good-natured ribbing of Gallagher HERE … It sort of goes without saying that it’s been pretty tough to find much good to say about the NFL in recent days. But during last night’s Thursday Night Football game, Atlanta Falcons’ return specialist Devin Hester broke an NFL record, passing Deion Sanders as he recorded his 20th career return touchdown. Check out Westwood One Sports play-by-play voice Ian Eagle as he makes the national network radio call of the record-breaking event HERE … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of longtime DC broadcaster Jerry Phillips who died August 29th at age 75 as the result of multiple myeloma. Over the course of some four decades on the air in the nation’s capitol, the Washington, DC Hall of Fame broadcaster aired on WHUR, WBIG and WTEM. The Washington Post has more on Phillips’ career HERE.
While in Germany covering IFA, the huge annual consumer electronics and home appliances show, tech talk host Dave Graveline and his Into Tomorrow crew took time out from broadcasting to do a bit of sightseeing. They’re seen here grabbing a photo memory in front of the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.