NAB Marconi Award Finalists Announced
July 26, 2016

The National Association of Broadcasters announces finalists for the 2016 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. News/Talkers dominate this year’s ‘Legendary Station’ category, with KRLD-AM/Dallas, WBAL/Baltimore, WBT/Charlotte, WDBO/Orlando and WINS/New York occupying all five finalist slots. Meanwhile, DirecTV/FOX Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick and FOX Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr made the cut in the this year’s competition for ‘Network/Syndicated Personality,’ while numerous other News/Talk/Sports hosts are finalists in other ‘Personality’ categories, including Tim Conway Jr. (KFI/Los Angeles); Mike Francesa (WFAN/New York); Toucher & Rich (WBZ-FM/Boston); Jason Matheson (KTMY/Minneapolis); Charlie Sykes (WTMJ/Milwaukee); Brent Carl Fleshman (WHUB/Cookeville, TN); and Amanda Mangan (WKLP/Keyser, WV). This year’s nominees for ‘News/Talk Station of the Year’ include KKOB/Albuquerque; KRMG/Tulsa; WBZ-AM/Boston; WLW/Cincinnati; and WTOP/Washington; while KNBR/San Francisco; KRLD-FM/Dallas; WCMC-FM/Raleigh; WSCR/Chicago; and WXYT-FM/Detroit are all finalists in the ‘Sports Station of the Year’ category. Winners will be announced on September 22nd at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show during the 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville. View the full list of 2016 Marconi Award finalists in all 21 categories HERE.

BMG Ups Brian Beasley To COO
July 26, 2016

Beasley Media Group has promoted Brian Beasley to Chief Operating Officer of the Beasley Broadcast Group subsidiary. Brian has been with the company since 1977, working his way up through the ranks to his most recent role as Executive Vice President of Operations. “Brian has dedicated nearly four decades of his professional life to the radio industry and has made countless contributions to the success of our company,” said Caroline Beasley, interim CEO. “He has always performed exceptionally as one of our company’s directors and I’m proud to announce his promotion to COO of Beasley Media Group.” Calling his new step up the company ladder a “great honor,” the newly minted COO (pictured) adds, “I’ve benefitted greatly from my hands-on experience at all levels of this business and I’ll be continuing to contribute to the successful operations of our stations for many years to come.”

Entercom To Roll Out ‘Beyond Reality Radio’
July 26, 2016

Beginning August 1st, Entercom will roll-out Beyond Reality Radio, a new nightly show focused on the paranormal that will debut on Entercom-owned News/Talk outlets KJCE/Austin, WRKO/Boston, WBEN/Buffalo, WSKY/Gainesville, FL, WYRD/Greenville, SC, KMBZ/Kansas City, WWL/New Orleans, KNSS/Wichita, WILK/Wilkes-Barre, PA and Oldies KEZW/Denver. Co-hosted by Ghost Hunters star Jason Hawes and TAPS ParaMagazine editor/publisher JV Johnson, the new show will air live, Monday-Thursday, from midnight-2am (ET). “This is our innovative take on a classic paranormal show that is targeted to reach a younger and broader audience,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom President of Programming. “Jason Hawes and JV Johnson bring a level of sophistication to the conversation and expertise that appeal to a wide range of people, from those who are deeply involved in the paranormal and maybe have had their own experiences, to those who are simply curious about the unexplained.”

Executive Orders
July 26, 2016

The Radio Advertising Bureau promotes VP/Business Development Annette Malave to Senior Vice President/Insights. effective August 1st. In her new role Malave (left) will lead the group, representing it across the various research entities RAB works with on a regular basis. Concurrently, RAB President/CEO Erica Farber announces that RAB Senior VP/Research Andy Rainey will retire on July 29th, after 23 years in that role. “We have been extremely fortunate to have Andy’s research acumen at the RAB, where she’s advocated for radio and made us all a lot smarter,” said Farber. “We’re thankful to her for her many years of service and perhaps the early bird we know may just sleep in a bit longer.” … Alpha Media names Mike Fell as Market Manager for the company’s Clinton, MO station cluster. The 20-year industry sales and management veteran most recently served as General Manager for Badlands Broadcasting in Rapid City, SD.

You Never Know Who You Might Bump Into
July 26, 2016

While covering the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, Joe Kelley — News Director and wake up host for Cox Media Group/Orlando News/Talker News 96.5 (WDBO) — grabbed this Facebook-worthy selfie with legendary former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, now managing editor and anchor of Dan Rather Reports for cable’s AXS-TV.

Ian Beckles Joins Tampa Bay’s ‘102.5 The Bone’
July 25, 2016

FM talker 102.5 The Bone (WHPT/Tampa) welcomes long time Tampa Bay talk personality Ian Beckles (right) to the station’s lineup. Beginning Sunday, August 7th, Beckles will bring sports commentary and his blend of pop-culture talk to the Cox Media Group-owned station. Beckles, who previously served as co-host of the Ron & Ian Show (along with Ron Diaz at crosstown iHeartMedia Sports/Talker WDAE) is also well-known in the market from his seven seasons playing for the NFL Tampa Bay Bucs. “At The Bone we have the luxury to cover every possible topic throughout the week, from politics and news, to pop-culture, entertainment, and sports,” said John Brennan, CMG/Tampa’s Director of Branding and Programming. “Ian Beckles is one of the best sports talkers out there. He brings with him credible sports analysis, with the talent to cover all the other topics. He’s a perfect fit and I’m very excited to work with him.” The Ian Beckles Show will air Sunday’s beginning at 11am (ET) leading into weekly NFL Football.

Rose Named 2016 ‘Paul White Award’ Honoree
July 25, 2016

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced that veteran journalist Charlie Rose is the winner of the 2016 Paul White Award, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of electronic journalism. Co-host of CBS This Morning — along with with Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King — Rose (left) is also a contributing correspondent to CBS’ weekly news magazine 60 Minutes. He also continues to serve as executive editor and host of Charlie Rose, a nightly interview program that airs nightly on PBS and Bloomberg Television. “Charlie Rose is a consummate interviewer, a gifted storyteller and an exemplary broadcast journalist,” said Kathy Walker, Chair of RTDNA. “Always well-prepared, he asks the hard questions and gets substantive answers.” The award will be presented to Rose on Monday, September 19th during RTDNA’s annual Excellence in Journalism confab in New Orleans.

Executive Orders
July 25, 2016

Cumulus Media/Youngstown, OH has tapped 30-year broadcast veteran John Crenshaw (right) as Operations Manager for the cluster that includes News/Talk WPIC, Talk WSOM and Sports/Talker WBBW. A native of Ohio, Crenshaw was most recently Regional Operations Manager for ten Cumulus stations in Grand Rapids and northern Michigan … Meanwhile, Cumulus Media/Buffalo has appointed veteran media sales executives Chris Saglian and Ryan McCrohan as co-General Sales Managers for the western New York cluster that includes Sports/Talk WHLD. Saglian joins from Entercom/Rochester, NY, where he was Local Sales Manager, while McCrohan is promoted to his new position from his current role as LSM for the company’s Buffalo stations … Entercom promotes Kim Reis from Director of Digital Audience Engagement, adding a couple of stripes to her new title, VP/Digital Audience Engagement. Reis joined Entercom in 2013 … Three decade radio veteran Clint Marsh has joined Futuri Media in the new role of Partner Integration Specialist, working directly with the company’s clients on implementing Futuri’s systems worldwide. In his new gig Marsh will report to SVP/Operations Todd Thomas.

Talk And Media News Notes
July 25, 2016

Please Update Your Contacts: Effective August 2nd, our friends at the RAB/Dallas will relocate to new offices at 400 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Suite 350 Irving, TX 75039. The RAB’s main office phone numbers in Dallas and all staff phone numbers and email addresses will remain that same after the move … AdLarge Media adds to its growing roster of podcasts, signing an exclusive national ad sales agreement to represent the Completely Unnecessary Podcast, hosted by writer and gamer, Pat Contri and fellow gaming expert, Ian Ferguson … Want to follow the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics without jet lag, the threat of Zika and time shifted TV coverage? There’s and app for that — in fact, there are several. The New York TimesKit Eaton takes a look at your options HERECONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and industry colleagues of veteran Los Angeles marketing and promotions pro Karen Tobin who died Friday (7/22) following a lengthy battle with cancer. Perhaps best known for her years at legendary CHR KIIS/Los Angeles, Tobin also served as Director of Marketing and Promotions for CBS Radio’s crosstown KRTH (K-Earth 101) and L.A.’s KNBC-TV.

Rubbing Shoulders With Celebs On The Links
July 25, 2016

Over the weekend, NBC Sports Radio broadcast live from the 27th American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe South in Lake Tahoe, NV. Athletes and celebrities competed all weekend for big money prizes. Pictured at this year’s star-studded event are (L-R) NBC Sports Radio hosts Dan Schwartzman, Chis Mannix, and Amani Toomer.