NTS MediaOnline ‘Radio Show’ Week Headlines
September 23, 2016

•The 2016 NAB Marconi Award winners were announced last night at the NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville. News/Talk/Sports stations taking home honors this year include: Brent Carl Fleshman, WHUB-FM/Cookesville, TN (Small Market Personality of the Year); WTOP/Washington (News/Talk Station of the Year); WXYT-FM/Detroit (Sports Station of the Year); Toucher & Rich, WBZ-FM/Boston (Major Market Personality of the Year); WBAL/Baltimore (Large Market Station of the Year); and WINS/New York (Legendary Station of the Year). See all of this year’s Marconi winners HERE.

•The NAB and RAB report that attendance at this year’s Radio Show in Nashville reached just over 2,270 attendees. That compares to 2,170 attendees at the 2015 confab in Atlanta and also represents the largest attendance figure since the RAB and NAB partnered to produce the event in 2010. The 2017 Radio Show will be held September 6th-8th in Austin.

•Cumulus Media/Huntsville, AL announces that Ray Nelson has been named Vice President/Market Manager for the six-station cluster. Nelson (left) was previously VP/GM and Cluster Director of Sales for Cox Radio/Birmingham, AL. Prior to that, his resume includes stints as VP/Market Manager for iHeartMedia/Ann Arbor, and General Manager/General Sales Manager/National Sales Manager for Fritz Broadcasting in Saginaw, MI.

• Talk and Media News NotesSiriusXM talk personality Joe Madison will host his September 24th show from the historic dedication of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Madison, a.k.a. The Black Eagle, has been a major fundraiser for the museum, raising more than $250,000 during a 52-hour marathon show he hosted in support of the project last year … Bloomberg Media has selected Triton Digital to manage, measure, and monetize its digital audio content. Bloomberg will use Triton’s streaming technology to deliver financial information and news content to their reported  1.3 million audio listeners across the U.S. … FOX News Radio will feature special coverage of the presidential debate this coming Monday evening (9/26) from 8pm-midnight (ET), anchored by Jared Halpern and political analyst Tony Sayegh.

WSCR 670 The Score/Chicago will kick-off a three month promotion to award one lucky fan the opportunity to live out their sports dreams. The Score’s Golden Ticket Giveaway will include on-air, on-site, and digital contesting opportunities to ultimately award a $20,000 Classic Tickets gift card, which the winner can use to purchase tickets to events of their choice. This marks the third year that The Score has held the popular contest.


Editor’s Note: This is a special Radio Show Week Headline News edition of NTS MediaOnline Today. The ‘Daily Digest of Talk Media’ will return to our regular publishing format on Monday, September 26th.

NTS MediaOnline ‘Radio Show’ Week Headlines
September 22, 2016

NTS MediaOnline Today congratulates former Lincoln Financial Media President/CEO and longtime radio broadcaster Don Benson (pictured) who was honored at this week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville with the annual National Radio Award. Benson has devoted more than 40 years of his professional career to he radio biz.

• Panels and sessions that will be streamed today (9/22) for those not able to be at the Radio Show include one entitled Perception vs. Reality: The True Power of Radio (11:15am), Radio: The Local Media Company of the Future, and more. This evening’s big event is the annual NAB Marconi Awards dinner and show, where we’ll learn which of the five News/Talkers nominated (KRLD-AM/Dallas; WBAL/Baltimore;WBT/Charlotte; WDBO/Orlando; WINS/New York) will be named Legendary Station of the Year. WCBS-FM/New York personality Scott Shannon will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the gala. See all this year’s Marconi finalists HERE.

• Lots of chatter at the Radio Show about activating those FM chips in smartphones. Working with the NAB, data compiled by research and consulting firm ABI Research shows the extent of FM chip penetration in the top-selling smartphones for Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. Unfortunately many of those chips remain deactivated on mobile phones, with Apple’s iPhone still the big catch not yet on board. On the topic NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith (pictured) commented, “NAB strongly supports the voluntary activation of radio chips in smartphones. Local radio plays an invaluable role as ‘first informers’ during times of emergency, providing communities with lifesaving information even when wireless networks go down. Allowing access to this lifeline information on mobile devices should be a crucial pillar of our nation’s emergency alerting system in order to keep all Americans safe when disaster strikes.”

• ABC Radio announces a new slate of content with a focus on female listeners. The new radio shows include GMA After Hours, featuring Lynda Lopez along with Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer, Amy Robach, and Ginger Zee; and Recovery Room with Dr. Jen, featuring ABC News Chief Women’s Health Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. Additionally, ABC News’ Chief Business, Economics and Technology Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis launches a new podcast, where she’ll chat with with women in Hollywood, business, tech, fashion, comedy, food, sports, and startups about how they built their empire and found their way to success.


Editor’s Note: This is a special Radio Show Week Headline News edition of NTS MediaOnline Today. The ‘Daily Digest of Talk Media’ will return to our regular publishing format on Monday, September 26th.

NTS MediaOnline ‘Radio Show’ Week Headlines
September 21, 2016

The 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show is underway in Nashville, with a full agenda of sessions and events for attendees that began this morning with the annual Pillsbury Broadcast Finance Conference and 2016 Leadership Breakfast. Can’t be in Nashville for the Radio Show? The NAB and RAB have announced that a number of “select sessions” will be streamed live and then archived online, including today’s keynote from Dave Ramsey at 4:15 (ET). Watch it live, or access this session and nearly a dozen more from the next couple of days that will be posted on the Radio Show website HERE.

Findings from more than a dozen Nielsen Global Survey reports from 2013-2016, which polled the attitudes of more than 30,000 online consumers in more than 60 countries, revealed that Millennials are a social, community-driven generation that values the voice of the individual. And many of their core values and characteristics are not like those of their Baby Boomer elders who have dominated culture and advertising for decades. Read more HERE.

• CBS Radio and Westwood One announce a multi-year renewal of their existing multi-platform content and distribution agreement, marking an extension of a longstanding relationship between the partners that spans over 20 years. Under terms of the new pact WW One will continue to distribute CBS Radio News, CBS Sports Radio and The Daly Download with Carson Daly.

• Ten journalists have been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Three are new board members, six were re-elected and one will serve a year as chair-elect of the organization. Scott Libin, University of Minnesota, is the new Chair-Elect of RTDNA, while Vincent Duffy, Michigan Radio/Ann Arbor, becomes the 69th Chair of RTDNA. Meanwhile, KOA/Denver News Director Kathy Walker becomes Chair of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF). View all current member of RTDNA’s Board of Directors HERE.


(Editor’s Note: This is a special Radio Show Week Headline News edition of NTS MediaOnline Today. The ‘Daily Digest of Talk Media’ will return to our regular publishing format on Monday, September 26th).

NTS MediaOnline ‘Radio Show’ Week Headlines
September 20, 2016

• Cumulus Media/Dallas-Ft. Worth staffers learned in a memo today that longtime WBAP Program Director Tyler Cox (left) will retire on December 1st, after more than four and half decades in the radio biz — with nearly two of those spent at WBAP. Cox told NTS MediaOnline Today it’s a decision he’s come to completely on his own, saying he could not be happier in his current role but, “It’s simply the right time in my life for this move.” After a month of holiday celebrating and travel with family in December, Cox will hang out his shingle and offer his considerable industry experience to interested consulting clients. Congratulate the veteran News/Talk programmer on his broadcast career and turning the page to the next chapter in his life HERE.

• Nielsen reports the election season is paying big summer ratings dividends for News/Talk radio stations across the country. The format’s share of audience in August 2016 PPM ratings was the highest seen in that month since the start of full PPM measurement began back in 2011. Read more details on summer ratings for News/Talk and other formats HERE.

• SoundMind, LLC Co-President Kraig Kitchin (right) has signed on to consult The Mix Group. Kitchin will work with Mix Group President Jason Garte on new initiatives to optimize revenue performance and expand the imaging firm’s reach domestically and worldwide.

• Bridge Ratings has released Podcasting’s Potential, a new study taking a look at the ongoing growth and development of the on-demand audio programming. “Podcasting still faces a headwind as a mass-reach medium the implications of which are yet to be determined,” said Bridge Ratings President/CEO Dave Van Dyke about the new report. “However, its ability to finely target consumers in an on-demand world will continue to be one of its strongest benefits.” Read more HERE.

• ABC Radio and Rock’n Robin Productions team up to launch Robin Roberts: Everybody’s Got Something, a new podcast based on Roberts’ best-selling book. In each 45-minute episode, listeners will hear guests share their real life challenges with Roberts (left) that will inspire them to face their own unexpected setbacks and believe in the power of resilience. The first three episodes are being released today (9/20) on iTunes, Google Play Music, the ABC News mobile apps, RobinPodcast.com, and ABCNewsPodcasts.com.

The 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show holds a Career Networking event today ((1:30-4pm) in Nashville, followed by this evening’s Radio Show Kick-Off Party at 8pm. The annual confab gets underway in earnest tomorrow (9/21), with a full roster of learning sessions and special guest speakers all day Wednesday and Thursday. See the full Radio Show schedule of events for the entire week HERE.


(Editor’s Note: This is a special Radio Show Week Headline News edition of NTS MediaOnline Today. The ‘Daily Digest of Talk Media’ will return to our regular daily publishing format on Monday, September 26th).

The Brick’s Back In The Bay
September 19, 2016

Entercom/San Francisco is bringing a familiar voice back to Bay Area Sports radio, as J.T. ‘The Brick’ joins 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM) to host a new weekday show (10am-noon/PT) that kicks off today (9/19). J.T.’s Bay Area connections include six years hosting Oakland Raiders’ local pre and post-game radio shows, and as host for Silver and Black Productions’ Behind the Shield and the Raiders Report on Comcast SportsNet Bay. “I’m beyond excited to connect locally each day with Bay Area sports fans on The GAME,” said J.T., who will also continue to host his nightly FOX Sports Radio syndicated show, heard on a reported 260 affiliates nationwide. “I am excited to welcome J.T. back to the local market and to the 95.7 The GAME family,” said Program Director, Don Kollins. “He’s an accomplished radio and television personality with high energy, strong Bay Area ties and stronger opinions. I think he brings appointment listening back to the 10am-noon time slot.”

RTDNA Honors Three At ‘EIJ 2016’
September 19, 2016

NTS MediaOnline Today sends our congratulations to longtime CBS Radio News VP Harvey Nagler on being honored by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s with its Barney Oldfield Award during this year’s annual RTDNA Excellence in Journalism conference. The award, named for the Foundation’s founder, was one of three plaques handed out at this year’s event to honor individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions to the success of the Association and its Foundation.. Also taking home honors were Sheryl Worsley, News Director at KSL/Salt Lake City, who received the Bob Priddy Award, while Rainer Hasters, Executive Director of the RIAS Berlin Kommission and a fixture with the RIAS German/American exchange program for the past couple of decades, took home the Rob Downey Citation. That’s Nagler pictured with RTDNF Chair Amy Tardif and his most recent industry honor (photo by: Ed Esposito)

John Gambling Announces Retirement
September 19, 2016

On his Friday (9/16) show veteran New York City radio personality John Gambling surprised listeners by announcing at the top of the program that he was retiring from his midday show on Salem Media Group News/Talker AM970 The Answer (WNYM) effective immediately. Gambling joined the Salem News/Talker in March 2014 after a stint at crosstown WABC and a long run at crosstown WOR — where he was the third generation of Gambling’s to host mornings on the now iHeartMedia-owned station, preceded by his father and grandfather on the long-running Rambling With Gambling show. WNYM General Manager Jerry Crowley called Gambling “irreplaceable” and added, “I truly believe in my heart that what you and your family have done for broadcasting is amazing. Upon joining us, John single-handedly helped to brand AM970 The Answer on New York radio — that’s the power of the Gambling name.” Hear John’s live retirement announcement and his on-air conversation with Crowley (including some ‘secrets’ of John’s career not previously revealed) HERE.

Network/Syndication News
September 19, 2016

Cox Media Group News/Talker KRMG-AM&FM/Tulsa and News/Talk 710 KURV/McAllen-Brownsville are the latest affiliates to sign up with Radio America’s syndicated Chad Benson ShowUnited Stations Radio Networks has acquired the assets of Universal Comedy Network (UCN). USRN, which has been acting as UCN’s marketing partner since 2013, will now oversee production and distribution efforts for UCN’s programming. Concurrently, Joel Graham, who headed up UCN, will be absorbed into USRN’s staff as Director of Comedy Programming … AdLarge Media pacts with Media Management Group (MMG) for exclusive ad sales representation of The Tackling Life Podcast, hosted by Super Bowl MVP and NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis and emotional management expert Dr. Christian Conte. Launching later this fall, Lewis and Conte (pictured) will take lessons learned in sports to help listeners set goals, overcome obstacles, and achieve happier, more successful lives … Westwood One News announces the network will offer affiliates live, anchored coverage of all three presidential debates and the vice presidential debate coming up in September and October. Coverage of each 90-minute debate will be anchored by Chas Henry, with on-scene reporting by correspondents Bob Costantini, Steve Kastenbaum, Jim Roope, and Karin Caifa … A new report from content intelligence service NuVoodoo indicates that most listeners surveyed don’t trust radio contests. In fact, among the pool of likely PPM participants, roughly half believe radio station contests are rigged (that number jumps to more than half among 18-44’s). Read more details HERE.

Apparently It Was White Shirt Day
September 19, 2016

Former Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (right), paid a recent visit to CBS Radio Sports/Talker WQAM/Miami, where he guest co-hosted the station’s Joe Rose Show. Showing a definite South Florida disregard for rules about wearing white after Labor Day, Program Director Ryan Maquire managed to grab this office wall souvenir with the Pro Bowl wide receiver during his visit.

NTS MediaOnline Monthly (September)
September 16, 2016

Our 2016 Radio Show Edition   

Nashville Is Dave’s Kind Of Town  

Fun, Music And Good Eats 

Our 2016 Radio Show Edition: As the annual NAB/RAB Radio Show rolls into Nashville this month, NTS MediaOnline Monthly welcomes nationally syndicated radio talk host Dave Ramsey as our ‘guest host’ for this special edition of our monthly feature publication.

Nashville Is Dave’s Kind Of Town: Dave Ramsey has long called Nashville his home. He started his radio career there, hosting a local show that’s grown into a big time nationally syndicated success story, with over 575 affiliates nationwide. Since we always like to check in with a true local whenever we’re planning to visit a city, we figured who better than Dave to give us some ideas for making the most of any limited stay in Music City.

Fun, Music And Good Eats: Hey, Nashville is still ‘Music City’ at it’s heart, but its been quietly attracting some great chefs from around the world who have opened restaurants all over town. Along with great food, there’s also great sights and, of course, great live music all over town. Check out our ‘virtual’ tour of this year’s Radio Show host city, courtesy of Dave and his team, beginning on page one.

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