A number of recent stories alleging bias by conservative Talk radio and television hosts in their coverage of GOP presidential hopefuls, illustrate just how many media reporters still remain unclear on the difference between a “news” show and a “talk and opinion” show. One radio and TV host who unapologetically answers the charge he’s been too soft on Donald Trump and other Republicans is Sean Hannity. “I’m biased. I want the Republican nominee to win, and conservatives and Republicans to unite,” tweeted the Premiere Networks syndicated radio talker and FOX News Channel host in recent days. “I am a talk show host, not a journalist. I want the R to win, I say it everyday.” In a feature penned by Dylan Byers for CNNMoney, Hannity addressed critics who say he’s favored Trump over Ted Cruz and other GOP candidates. “To be perfectly blunt, I’m looking forward to when we have a candidate and can unite and rally around that candidate,” he said. “The person is either going to be Ted Cruz or Donald Trump. My advice to you is to go fight hard for the person you believe in. Fight for your principles. Fight for what you believe in.” Read the full story HERE.
Heading in to today’s much-hyped Primary Election Day in Indiana, the folks at Media Monitors have released their latest update on the number of radio spots run by both parties in 82 major markets across America, from April 22nd to May 1st. Democrat Bernie Sanders has continued to be the most prolific spender on radio, topping the latest monitor once again with a total of 1,953 radio spots purchased. Leap-frogging into second place on this week’s analysis, is GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, with 970 radio ads purchased by his campaign. Republican Ted Cruz logged 867 ads over the 10 day monitoring period, while Democrat Hillary Clinton dropped to fourth on the list of radio spenders this time around, airing a total of just 498 ads. As in most past periods monitored, all negative/against ads that aired in the monitored markets targeted Trump, with the Our Principles PAC airing 125 anti-Trump radio ads.
Adam Wiener has been upped from Senior Vice President, Content, Community and Operations for CBS Local Digital Media, to Executive Vice President and General Manager for the division. Reporting to both CBS Television Stations president Peter Dunn and CBS Radio president Andre Fernandez, Wiener succeeds Ezra Kucharz, who left the position last week to take on a new role as Special Advisor to CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves, effective May 9th. Commenting on Wiener’s promotion, Fernandez praised the newly minted executive’s experience and background saying, “Our digital effort is well on its way to realizing our vision of a powerful and compelling destination for viewers and listeners in our local markets. Adam’s proven track record within the digital industry will be vital to the ongoing expansion of our assets and distribution strategy moving forward, and we are thrilled to have him assume this leadership role.”
Entercom/San Diego Alternative Rocker KBZT-FM will be the new radio flagship of the San Diego Padres for at least the next five years, beginning with the 2017 season. The Pads’ radio broadcast team of Ted Leitner and Jesse Agler will also make the move to FM, joined by Don Orsillo for select games. Padres games will move to KBZT from their current home, Broadcast Company of the Americas south-of-the-border Sports/Talker ‘Mighty 1090’ (XEPRS-AM/Rosarito, BN, Mexico) … NBC Sports Radio will serve as the exclusive national broadcast radio partner for the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final. Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti will serve as NBC Sports Radio’s broadcast team for the final contest of the NHL season … This Saturday (5/7) SiriusXM will offer subscribers nationwide comprehensive coverage of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby live from Churchill Downs. More than 11 hours of coverage from the satcaster of the first jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown begins at 8am (ET) … CBS Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb (pictured above center) recently welcomed boxers Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter to his show in advance of the duo’s fight on June 25th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. It will be the first prime-time fight to air on on CBS since Muhammad Ali beat Leon Spinks way back on February 15th, 1978.
WABC/New York’s Bernie & Sid Show co-hosts Sid Rosenberg (left) and Bernard McGuirk (right) fight over whose studio chair the world famous ‘Naked Cowboy’ will get to sit in, as the Times Square regular paid a visit to their mid-morning show this week.
KCMO/Kansas City has tapped veteran midwest Talk personality Tom Becka to host a new weekday show on the Cumulus Media talk station. Most recently heard on Omaha stations KFAB and KOIL, Becka (left) is no stranger to KC listeners, having previously served a stint at crosstown Entercom News/Talker KMBZ. Becka joins a newly revised lineup at KCMO, where he debuted today in the 10am-noon slot. Concurrently,Mike Ferguson moves to a new noon-1pm slot, followed by the independently syndicated Dave Ramsey Show, airing live from 1-4pm. Westwood One’s syndicated Michael Savage slides into the station’s 4-6pm slot (most recently occupied by Greg Knapp,who exited the station last week), followed by WW One’s syndicated Mark Levin. “KCMO Talk Radio takes an exciting step forward today,” said Donna Baker, Cumulus Midwest Regional VP and Kansas City Market Manager. “Welcoming Tom Becka back to KC, Mike Ferguson continuing local community conversations over the lunch hour, and Dave Ramsey returning to three hours in the afternoon are powerful additions to our talented line-up.” KCMO airs on both 710AM and 103.7FM.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has opened the window for 2016 NAB Marconi Radio Awards nominations. Stations and on-air personalities may nominate themselves for the coveted trophies in the categories of Station of the Year by Market Size; Station of the Year by Format; Noncommercial Station of the Year; Personality of the Year by Market Size; and Legendary Station. Syndicators and affiliates may also submit nominations for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year. Finalists will be announced in July, with this year’s winners announced and honored, as always, at the Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show during the upcoming NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville (September 21st-23rd). Marconi nominations must be submitted online only by no later than May 31st. Get full details HERE.
Meanwhile, the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) will present the ninth annual Rising Through the Ranks Seminar, August 24th-25th at BMI’s Nashville office. As usual, BMI will offer 20 scholarships to help cover the cost of the professional development course that’s designed to foster and educate current and emerging female radio managers within broadcast radio. Rising Through The Ranks scholarship applications and registrations will be accepted through June 8th at 5pm (CT), with recipients notified of their selection by June 29th. Learn more HERE.
Major props going out to Alpha Media/Mason City, IA as News/Talker KGLO and clustermate KRIB recently won eleven (!) trophies in the ‘Small Market Division’ at the 2015 Iowa Broadcast News Association Awards. Pictured celebrating their stations’ big win are News Director Bob Fisher, Sportscaster Tim Fleming and Farm Director Jesse Stewart … HLN morning anchor Robin Meade will will be the host of the 41st annual Gracie Awards Luncheon, on June 21st in New York City. As previously announced, veteran New York City radio personality and current WABC/New York weekender, Joan Hamburg, will be honored with the Gracies Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s luncheon … News/Talk radio veteran Will Sterrett (CNN Radio, KRLD/Dallas, KRTH/Houston, WLW/Cincinnati and KMBZ/Kansas City) has just launched Think Fast, a new, daily two-minute trivia feature that “engages your listeners with questions about news, sports, entertainment history and more.” The new barter feature is produced and distributed by RockCastle Media Group.
Paul Kelley has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Arizona Region, effective immediately. Kelley will continue as Program Director for KESZ and KYOT/Phoenix, while now also overseeing programming strategy and talent development for iHM’s stations in both Phoenix and Tucson … CBS Radio names Kenetta Bailey (right) Senior Vice President/Marketing. The marketing veteran will be responsible for the marketing and brand positioning of the company and its portfolio of 117 broadcast radio stations, as well as its its suite of digital products. Additionally, she will provide B2B marketing support and work with the division’s station management to develop and coordinate strategy for their local marketing efforts … JoAnn Johnson is named Business Manager for Beasley Media Group/Las Vegas cluster. Johnson has over two decades of business and financial management experience in the market, including professional accounting positions in the radio industry.
That’s Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC Radio, grabbing a digital souvenir with actress Connie Britton at the ABC Radio/Skyview Networks reception, held prior to last Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner. Britton was ABC Radio’s guest for the annual media event held in Washington, DC, that’s been nicknamed the ‘Nerd Prom.’