104.3 The Fan KKFN-FM/Denver Program Director Nate Lundy snagged this office wall souvenir with legendary rocker Steven Tyler. The longtime Aerosmith front man was visiting The Fan’s sister station KYGO, where he was promoting his new solo Country album project.
The latest data from Radio Television Digital News Association’s annual newsroom survey reports that while television news staffs are growing — with some 300 new positions added in TV newsrooms this past year — radio news staffs have remained mostly unchanged year-to-year. The survey found that the typical radio news operation has a full-time news staff of just one, with the typical radio News Director overseeing the news on an average of 2.4 stations. Nearly 80% of multi-station local groups use a centralized newsroom, and almost 30% of stations say their News Director is not a full-time employee. When it comes to web staffers, once again television newsroom positions have increased, while overall web staffing in radio newsrooms is down. To see more, check out the RTDNA’s latest analysis from its annual newsroom survey HERE.
From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Chicago radio legend (and current WLS-FM host), John “Records” Landecker will retire at the end of the month, after more than 40 years in radio. His final WLS show will air this coming Friday night (7/31) from 8-11pm (CT). Fans outside the Windy City can stream it HERE (that’s Landecker pictured, in his original publicity shot from his first run at then Top 40 powerhouse WLS-AM) … Doug Schoen pens some positive ink for radio in Forbes. Read Radio: The All But Forgotten Medium With The Biggest Reach HERE … Tim Benz leaves WEEI/Boston for a ‘TBA’ new gig in Pittsburgh … Broadcast Company of the Americas’ San Diego Sports/Talker The Mighty 1090 (XEPRS) and the new San Diego Gulls minor league hockey franchise have signed a multi-year radio rights deal that will have Gulls’ games airing on either ‘Mighty 1090′ or sister Sports outlet ESPN 1700 … Sports writer Bernie Miklasz leaves the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to re-join Hubbard FM Sports/Talker 101 ESPN (WXOS) to host weekdays 7-10am starting in late August. Miklasz previously had a four year run in middays on the station … Angela Hill exits middays at WWL/New Orleans. Market veteran and current 8-midnight host ‘Scoot’ has moved up to fill Hill’s 1-4pm hours, while Kristian Garic and T-Bob Hebert move over from sister station 3WL to take Scoot’s previous nighttime hours.
We have a couple of new books from Talk radio pros for you to consider adding to your summer reading list. First up, as previously reported here in NTS MediaOnline Today, Westwood One syndicated host Mark Levin’s new book Plunder & Deceit hits bookstores and online retailers next week. In it, Levin “challenges the rising generation of younger Americans to awaken to the cause of their own salvation asking, ‘Will you acquiesce to a government that overwhelmingly acts without constitutional foundation—or will you stand in your own defense so that yours’ and future generations can live in freedom?'” Author and former Reagan White House political director Jeffrey Lord offers an in-depth review of Levin’s latest book HERE.
Our second summer reading list suggestion poses the premise that rapidly evolving technologies will naturally produce winners and losers in the near future — the real question is, who will they be? In his new book BrandWIDTH: How Big Broadcasting Is Missing The MEDIAmorphosis, veteran broadcaster and new media pioneer Kipper McGee explores why he believes the top broadcast players are facing “financial Armegeddon” and suggests just what unencumbered brands — whether broadcast groups, stations, talents or any business — can learn from that to avoid making the same mistakes. The paperback edition is available HERE, or you can download the e-book version at Amazon.
Emmis Communications has elevated Patrick Walsh to President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, while Ryan Hornaday has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Walsh joined Emmis in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer and most recently served as Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer. He also serves on the Emmis Board of Directors. Hornaday, who joined Emmis in 1999, most recently served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. Jeff Smulyan, founder of the company, remains Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer … Westwood One has added two veteran sales executive to the company’s roster. Angela Codella, most recently an Account Director with SiriusXM, has joined WW One’s New York office as Director/National Partnerships, reporting to Ron Russo, EVP/Northeast Sales; and Roman Gwin, most recently National Account Director at the L.A. office of iHeart Media’s Total Traffic & Weather, joins WW One’s Los Angeles office, also as Director/National Partnerships, reporting to Kim Bryant, EVP/West Coast Sales … Bob McCuin, most recently SVP/Sales for Townsquare Media, has been named President of Sales for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia. It’s a second tour of duty at iHeart Media for McCuin, who previously served as VP/Sales for the company’s six-station Big Apple radio cluster.
With the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO fast approaching, KMOX/St. Louis marked the occasion by organizing a ‘street team’ of volunteers to do a massive clean-up of Ferguson’s West Florissant Street — an area that suffered damage during the protests that followed the racially-charged incident. Spearheaded by KMOX mid-morning host Charlie Brennan, over 400 volunteers joined the talk host for a live broadcast on Monday morning (7/27), braving some pretty extreme heat while clipping hedges, pulling weeds, picking up trash and cleaning up graffiti. See more photos from the event — including some great before and after the clean up shots — HERE.
Following the recent announcement of Colin Cowherd’s pending departure from ESPN to reportedly join rival FOX Sports, both the network and Cowherd seem to go out of their respective ways to present a mutual admiration society, with kind words all around in what appeared to be a fairly amicable separation. But all that changed on Friday (7/24) when ESPN announced Cowherd will not air again on the network after making controversial comments about the education level of MLB players from the Dominican Republic on his radio show. A terse statement from the network read: “Colin Cowherd’s comments do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees. Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.” Cowherd tweeted an apology for his remarks saying, “I did not intend to offend anyone with my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry.” Officials from Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association also condemned Cowherd’s comments, with both saying he owes an apology to Dominican players. Meanwhile, just inducted Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and proud Dominican-American Pedro Martinez (right) and fellow Hall of Fame member Juan Marichal held up a Dominican Republic flag during this past weekend’s ceremonies held in Cooperstown. When asked by reporters about Cowherd’s comments, the former eight-time MLB All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winning pitcher served-up this ‘mic-drop’ moment: “I’m sorry. He needs to get to my level to answer him. I’m in the Hall of Fame.”
Cox Media Group/Tampa adds Roger & JP to the lineup at FM talker 102.5 The Bone (WHPT-FM). Roger Luce and John “JP” Parise join the station from their most recent gig at Long Island rocker WBAB, where they hosted mornings. The duo get to sleep in a little later with their move to The Sunshine State, where they now air on The Bone weekdays from 11am-2pm — sandwiched between Tampa Bay radio favorites Mike Calta in mornings and Drew Garabo in PM drive. “Roger & JP are a great fit for The Bone and the Tampa Market,” said Director of Branding and Programming John Brennan. “The team is excited to have them, and we’re looking forward to a fresh sound in Tampa Bay.” Commenting on their move to The Bone, Roger and JP released a joint quote saying, “Our goal is to become Tampa radio fixtures for many years to come. And by the way, we both canceled trips to Hawaii for this gig, so it better be awesome!”
Legendary sports announcer Dick Enberg, who was honored over the weekend with Major League Baseball’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence, had some special words of admiration for all for those voices — past and present — who call baseball games over America’s radio airwaves. “Radio’s had the best announcers,” Enberg (right) told the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Nick Canepa in a weekend interview from Cooperstown with his hometown newspaper. “Call baseball well and you can call anything. You have to fill in the voids. On radio, you are required to paint the whole picture. Radio is an art form.” Enberg, now the TV play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres, began his full-time broadcasting career in 1965 in Los Angeles as the radio and television voice of the California Angels, UCLA basketball and the Los Angeles Rams. His face and voice are also familiar to millions around the world from his decades of covering many of the biggest sporting events in history for both NBC Sports and CBS Sports.
Kudos to FOX Sports Radio host Jay Mohr (left) as his daily Premiere Networks syndicated show Jay Mohr Sports has picked up five new believers in the past week including, KVET/Austin; KHKA/Honolulu; WOLF/Syracuse; KQWB/Fargo; and WKGN/Knoxville (effective 9/7) … AdLarge Media inks to rep national ad sales for the The Associated Press’ digital on-demand news service, via the AudioBoom podcast platform … Department of ‘Doh!’: In last Friday’s NTS MediaOnline Today Gig Alerts, there was an error in the link to reach talk-host-for-hire Adam McManus. Reach Adam by email HERE.
(Editor’s Note) THE PPM/VOLTAIR DEBATE: As reader comments and anecdotal evidence from both Voltair believers and non-believers continue to hit our inbox, we’re opting to move discussion of this hot topic to our Facebook page, where the conversation can continue indefinitely and also include more comments than space allows here in NTS MediaOnline Today. Naturally, we’ll report on any substantial news developments from Nielsen or others on this story, as warranted, right here in your ‘Daily Digest of Talk Media.’