In a long and winding saga that stretches back to the days following the horrific movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO, the New York State Court of Appeals today ruled in favor of FOX News reporter Jana Winter in a case that could have ended with Winter in jail, or in a Colorado courtroom. Winter (pictured) has steadfastly refused to reveal her confidential sources for a July 2012 story in which she reported on the existence of a “chilling” notebook that accused Aurora shooter James Holmes reportedly sent to his psychiatrist prior to the massacre. A previous lower court ruling said Winter would have to appear before a Colorado judge next month to either reveal her sources or face jail time — something the reporter has said she was prepared to do. Citing the state’s strong media shield laws, the NY Appeals Court overturned that decision, with the majority stating that forcing a reporter to reveal sources who had been promised confidentiality “would offend our strong public policy.” Winter’s attorney called the ruling a victory for all reporters and for the public “which has the right to receive news from confidential sources.” Read the full court ruling HERE.
In a radio story that comes from Main Street vs. Wall Street, the Matoon, IL Journal Gazette & Times-Courier reports that WRJM-AM & FM/Charleston, IL will cease operations come January. Owner Miller Media Group cited “financial viability” behind the decision to shutter the stations, which feature a mix of of News, Sports, Talk and local Agriculture news programming. WRJM’s 96.1 FM repeater will be sold to Bud Walters’ Cromwell Group upon the shutdown of 1270 AM, which has served the community for some 60 years … The Radio Advertising Bureau has issued a call-for-entries for the 2014 Radio Mercury Awards. Competition is open to “commericals, PSA’s, campaigns, integrated campaigns and innovative radio work.” Find out more and get official entry information HERE … Humphries Goes Hollywood: Veteran radio talker Rusty Humphries was recently in Bucharest, Romania where he was filming his role in the upcoming romantic comedy Love By Design. Humphries traveled to Paris and Bucharest for seven days, calling the whole experience “a blast” and adding, “I love the fact that I’m having the opportunity to live out my dreams — radio, TV and film. This is my third major motion picture and it’s always an honor to be involved with a project as special as this.” That’s Rusty pictured above on-set with the film’s Director Michael Damian.
Al Gardner is returning to the Charlotte, NC airwaves, where he’ll pull up a chair alongside Lanny Ford to co-host Sports/Talker WZVG’s (730 ESPN Radio) Bottom Line show. Gardner (pictured) left Charlotte a couple of years back after spending 14 years in mornings at crosstown WBT-AM&FM to join Merlin Media’s fledgling FM News/Talker WWIQ/Philadelphia. That station was recently acquired by EMF Media which flipped it to the company’s Christian music K-Love network. The Charlotte Observer’s Mark Washburn has more details HERE … WSB-AM/Atlanta has promoted Beth Bowers from Local Sales Manager to GSM for the Cox Media Group’s flagship News/Talker. Bowers takes a step up the company ladder following the recent promotion of Walt Phillips to DOS for CMG’s Atlanta station cluster … Longtime KOGO/San Diego Program Director Cliff Albert — who was bounced last week after nearly two decades of service to the Clear Channel-owned News/Talker — checks in to tell NTS MediaOnline Today that he’s definitely “not ready or interested in retiring” and report that he is “looking forward to the next chapter.” Friends and colleagues can reach the San Diego broadcast veteran HERE.
Premiere Networks syndicated national radio personality, television host and best-selling author, Steve Harvey, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the ASCAP-sponsored Radio Luncheon at the annual NAB Show, on Tuesday, April 8th in Las Vegas. Syndicated to radio by Premiere since 2005, The Steve Harvey Morning Show currently airs on a reported 70 affiliates and reaches some 6 million weekly listeners. The daily wake-up show is also available on Clear Channel’s all-digital iHeartRadio platform. Harvey will join previous NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees from radio that include last year’s honoree, Dave Ramsey, along with Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus, Larry King, Paul Harvey, Charles Osgood and more. ”Steve Harvey entertains people of all ages with his unique and humorous perspective on life,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “Mr. Harvey’s dedication and talent have earned him great success, and we are thrilled to induct him into NAB’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame.” Billed as “the world’s largest electronic media show,” the yearly NAB Show will be held April 5-10, 2014. Get details HERE.
While KOIL/Omaha talk host Tom Becka has long been known around town for his strong opinions and tough grilling of local and national politicians, we can now officially call him a “Nutcracker.” Tom (pictured above right) was a recently a featured performer in the 2013 edition of the beloved holiday ballet and play at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
The New Year will see some of the biggest changes in the lineup in decades at now Clear Channel-owned WOR/New York. Along with the previously announced additions of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to the station’s lineup (both hosts’ daily Premiere Networks syndicated talk shows will move to WOR on January 1st from their longtime home at crosstown Cumulus Media News/Talker WABC), beginning January 13th, current WWDC 101/Washington morning host Elliott Segal will re-locate to New York City to take over wake-up duties from John Gambling, who recently announced his retirement after a 40-year career in broadcasting. Elliott In The Morning will also continue to air on DC 101, as well as current Richmond, VA affiliate WRXL. Meanwhile, legendary WOR midday host Joan Hamburg — a fixture on the station since the 1970s – will cut back to weekends only come the first of the year, hosting her long-running show on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-noon. ”This is an incredibly exciting time for WOR,” said Joe Puglise, President and Market Manager for Clear Channel/New York City. “Bringing America’s top two talk show hosts to our lineup, the entertaining Elliot Segal and his team to the mornings, and becoming the flagship station for the New York Mets, will allow us to create unprecedented marketing opportunities for our partners and unbeatable programming for our listeners.”
Mark Adams will trade his boots and spurs for flannel shirts and Birkenstocks as he’s named VP/Programming for Clear Channel/Portland, OR. Most recently VP/Music Programming for CBS Radio/Houston, Adams will handle programming and operations oversight for Clear Channel’s 8-station Rose City cluster that includes News/Talker KEX and Sports/Talk KPOJ. Adams previously worked in the market from 2000-2008, when he served as Program Director of KXJM and as Operations Manager for then Rose City Radio-owned News/Talk KXL-AM. His resume also lists prior stints in San Francisco, Milwaukee and Fresno. ”I would like to thank Clear Channel/Portland for this opportunity,” said Adams. “I’m looking forward to working with all of the incredible brands and teams in the market and contributing to their future success. Portland is one of my favorite cities in the country and it’s exciting to have the chance to return to the Pacific Northwest and do some great radio.”
The Oprah Interview: Nelson Mandela will be available to SiriusXM subscribers tonight on Oprah Radio at 7pm, as well as tomorrow (12/10) at 8am, 12 noon and 5pm, and again on December 14th at 9am and 6pm (all times ET). In the archived interview, Oprah talks with the late world leader about his family, his fight against oppression, his 27 years as a political prisoner in apartheid South Africa and how he came to forgive his jailers and liberate a nation … Congratulations to the crew at KIRO-FM/Seattle as the Bonneville News/Talker’s 25th annual Holiday Magic Radiothon raised some $490,000 in donations for Treehouse, a local non-profit that provides foster kids in the region with holiday gifts, as well as year round programs and services dedicated to their educational and enrichment needs … Meanwhile, KFMB/San Diego was also in fund-raising mode last Friday (12/6), hosting the station’s annual radiothon to benefit AM 760′s Warrior Foundation. The daylong event netted a reported $250,000 in donations in a city where the military is a major member of the community. Since 2004 KFMB has raised more than $9 million to help with the needs of local injured military men and women and to help send injured and disabled military warriors home for the holidays.
The one-and-only, original WIP/Philadelphia Wing Bowl will take place on January 31st, 2014, at Philly’s Wells Fargo Center. This year, the CBS Radio Sports/Talker is doubling the stakes for its 22nd annual wing-eating extravaganza, with a $22,000 cash prize from local jeweler Steven Singer for the winner and a first-time ever college division contest, in which the winner will take home a new car. Get more details (and tickets if you can snag ‘em before they sell-out as always) HERE … Galaxy Communications inks a radio rights deal to air all 162 regular season New York Yankees games on the company’s WRKW-WTKV/Syracuse beginning with the 2014 Major League Baseball season … Dan Sileo will spend the upcoming holidays in sunny San Diego, where the controversial Sports/Talker — most recently heard on WMEN and WQAM in South Florida — will guest host for Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton on Broadcast Company of the Americas’ south-of-the-border Sports radio outlet “The Mighty 1090″ from December 23-31.
WMAL/Washington’s 10th annual radiothon to raise funds and awareness for the Fisher House Foundation closed out the weekend with a grand total of $330,630, topping last year’s numbers by some $40,000 and 2011′s tally by $75K. The two-day radiothon was anchored by morning hosts Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor (pictured above), along with midday host Chris Plante and weekender Rick Fowler.