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Rockin’ Sports Radio — We go one-on-one with new FOX Sports Radio afternoon drive host Steve Gorman in the first industry interview with the veteran rock ‘n roll drummer and Sports radio host. Our feature begins on page one.
Who’s Jeffrey? — Steve Gorman SPORTS! features another player on the show, and he’s someone who probably knows Gorman better than most anyone else. Find out ‘who’s Jeffrey?’ on page three of our exclusive conversation.
Helping Kids In Need — Our page two “Featured Picture Of The Month” salutes a Seattle radio show crew that not only talks-the-talk, they also walk-the-walk as they’ve raised millions to help kids in need in faraway places around the world.
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The 2014 edition of The Infinite Dial, the 22nd study in the long-running series of research reports on consumer adoption of digital media from Edison Research and Triton Digital, covers a wide variety of topics, with new research findings on online radio, smartphones, podcasting, social media and more. Among some of the findings: A “vast majority” of respondents to both AM/FM radio and Internet Radio report that commercials are “a fair price to pay for free audio content.” However, among listeners to both AM/FM and Internet Radio, researchers found that commercials on broadcast radio are perceived as “more plentiful and intrusive,” but also more “relevant” than online spots.” When asked if an FM tuner in cell phones could lead to increased listening among AM/FM radio listeners, 64% of respondents replied the option would have “no effect” on their listening habits, with just 17% saying it would make them listen “a lot more than you listen now,” and 16% reporting the option could make them listen “a little more than you do now.” This year’s Infinite Dial also found that AM/FM radio continues to be the dominant in-car listening platform, with 86% of respondents reporting listening to broadcast radio while driving, compared to just 17% for satellite radio and 14% for online radio. See more details from the latest project HERE.
Another new study, commissioned by Salem Communications and conducted by Nielsen in conjunction with Edison Research, reveals that half the listeners to Christian Teaching and Talk (CTT) stations are under the age of 55. The data, which contradicts a common notion that CTT listeners tend to be older and less active, found that 14% of the listeners were 18 to 34, 18% were 35-49 and 18% were 50 to 54. And on average those listeners 55 and younger spend about 6.1 hours per week with CTT stations, compared to 6.4 hours weekly for those 55 and older. ”At a time when we see younger listeners leaving traditional radio and going more to their iPads, smartphones, and computers, this format is growing a younger audience base that is seeking the kind of content we produce,” said Salem VP/Director of Spoken Word Formats Phil Boyce (pictured). “Of all the age groups Salem researched, the growth in the younger demo was the most dramatic, by far.” The study included listeners to Christian Talk stations owned by Salem and other companies to determine “who they are, why they listen, and how they listen.”
Noreen Ippolito has been named VP/Sales for Clear Channel Media & Entertainment/San Diego, where she’ll oversee sales for the company’s seven radio stations in America’s Finest City including heritage News/Talker KOGO and Sports/Talk KLSD. She succeeds Sean Johnson who recently left the cluster to produce The Home Pro Show, a brokered weekend talk show that airs on KOGO … Mark Rosenthal, who has been overseeing the Katz Radio Group since last summer, is upped to CEO of Clear Channel-owned Katz Media Group, adding oversight responsibilities for the Katz Television Group. In his expanded role, Rosenthal will report to CC President/CFO Rich Bressler … Former Goldman Sachs executive Art Reimers has announced he will step down from the Board of Cumulus Media at the end of his current term … Condolences: To the family and friends of legendary radio and TV personality Geoff Edwards, who has died at the age of 83 following complications from pneumonia. While a well-known voice on the west coast from his stints at L.A. radio stations KFI and KMPC, Edwards (pictured) is best know across the country as the host of a number of popular 1970s and 80s TV game shows including Jackpot! and Treasure Hunt. More on Edwards’ colorful media career from People magazine HERE.
In the March edition of NTS MediaOnline Monthly we talk with new FOX Sports Radio afternoon drive host Steve Gorman about his move from playing behind the band as the longtime drummer for the Black Crowes, to being the front man of his own national Sports/Talk radio show. In our exclusive one-on-one conversation, Gorman reveals that his first career choice was actually broadcasting, before he headed down the road to rock ‘n roll stardom. He also talks about the synergy he sees between Rock and Sports, and shares with us the one question he always asks when he first meets someone that he says gives him instant insight into who and what that individual is all about. It’s all in the latest issue of NTS MediaOnline Monthly, arriving to your inbox first thing tomorrow morning.
In honor of Women’s History Month, current U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined SiriusXM host and veteran White House correspondent Julie Mason as part of Leading Ladies, featuring ”candid conversations with influential and inspiring women who have forged their own paths to leadership and success.” The first woman in U.S. history to be Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pelosi fielded questions from Mason, as well as from a live audience made up of SiriusXM listeners, female students from DC universities and Newseum members. SiriusXM subscribers can catch the Town Hall-style event at several times throughout the upcoming weekend on the P.O.T.U.S. channel.
Premiere Networks and FOX Sports have inked a long-term extension of their agreement that will have Premiere continuing to produce and distribute the FOX Sports Radio Network to nearly 400 stations across North America and Canada. Premiere Networks and FOX Sports will continue working together across multiple platforms to synchronize the audio, digital, online and television assets of FOX Sports, FOXSports.com and FOX Sports Radio, further extending the reach, visibility and engagement of these brands with millions of consumers. Additionally, with the recently-launched 24-hour television network FOX Sports 1, the radio and television divisions will work closely to increase cross-promotional opportunities. “This renewed partnership affirms our commitment to sports fans, our affiliates and partners to provide the ultimate, multi-platform destination for sports entertainment,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “With our lineup of leading sports personalities and expanded opportunities through new platforms and extensive resources, we have one of the most powerful brands in sports entertainment.” FOX Sports Radio’s weekday lineup includes FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman and Mike North (6-9am); The Dan Patrick Show (9am-noon); Jay Mohr Sports (noon-3pm); Steve Gorman SPORTS! (3-6pm); J.T. “The Brick” with Tomm Looney (6-10pm); The Jason Smith Show (10pm-2am); and The Ben Maller Show (2-6am).
In a memo to employees, Buckley Broadcasting President/CEO Joe Bilotta confirmed today that the company is selling its Connecticut radio stations to Westport, CT-based Connoisseur Media. The deal includes heritage News/Talk WDRC-AM/Hartford and its Classic Hits sister WDRC-FM, along with News/Talkers WMMW/Meriden, WWCO/Waterbury and WSNG/Torrington. “After much reflection and discussion, the Board of Trustees has decided that the reality of the evolving competitive landscape are cause for a change in the ownership of our Connecticut properties.” Billotta (pictured) wrote in the statement to the stations’ staffers. “With this acquisition, Connoisseur will be the leading radio broadcaster in the State of Connecticut and they are very excited to have the Buckley stations as part of their growing company.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed. With the sale of the Connecticut stations, along with the previous sale of WOR/New York to Clear Channel, Buckley’s remaining owned and operated radio stations — including News/Talk KNZR-AM&FM/Bakersfield and Sports/Talk KIDD/Monterey – are all located in California.
ABC News Radio welcomes WBT-AM & FM/Charlotte as the network’s latest affiliate. ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones told staffers in a memo that bringing the Greater Media News/Talker “back into the ABC News family is the result of the terrific journalism we create and the outstanding affiliate service we provide 24/7.” The news comes on the heels of the signing of another legendary News/Talker, KOA/Denver, to the network’s affiliate roster. ABC News Radio is syndicated via Cumulus Media-owned WestwoodOne … Talk Radio On TV: Look for WYD Media Management syndicated talk host Leslie Marshall when she joins Megyn Kelly (pictured) tomorrow night on FOX News Channel’s The Kelly File at 9pm (ET) … Adam Symson, SVP and Chief Digital Officer for The E.W. Scripps Co., was honored last night with the 2014 Borrell Award of Merit during Borrell’s annual Local Online Advertising Conference in New York City. The honor, also known as the Innovator’s Award, is bestowed on “an executive who has taken an innovative and measurably successful path to help his or her local media company in its digital transformation.”
More than $200,000 was raised at the recently held Broadcasters Foundation of America 2014 Golden Mike Award Dinner, honoring Del Bryant, President of Broadcast Music, Inc.(BMI). The Golden Mike Award was presented to Bryant at a black-tie fundraiser to benefit the Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need. More than 200 radio, television and music industry executives and celebrities were in attendance at the event held at NYC’s Plaza Hotel. Pictured (l-r) are BFA’s Jim Thompson, CBS News Face The Nation anchor Bob Schieffer, who hosted the evening’s festivities, Bryant and BFA’s Phil Lombardo. To learn how you can support the Broadcasters Foundation, or how to apply for a grant from the organization if you are a member of the broadcast community in acute need, click HERE.