From Our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Here’s a story that will curl your hair. Kim Komando, host of the weekly Kim Komado Show, fills us in on the news that a reported 200 million IDs have been compromised in a massive credit bureau scam. The ‘goddess’ of all things digital tells fans in her latest blog post that a stolen identity marketplace run by a Vietnamese scammer, “Hijacked and distributed as many as 30 million IDs and had access to many more.” None other than the well-known credit bureau Experian is now under scrutiny for the breach according to Brian Krebs‘ website KrebsOnSecurity. Krebs was also the investigator that uncovered the recent security breaches at retailers Target, Neiman Marcus and others. Commenting on the latest massive security breach that has landed one of America’s three big credit bureaus and hundreds of millions of consumers in hot water Komando (pictured) says, “This one is bad — really bad.” She also believes that as these security breaches grow more and more common, the only real defense for individual consumers is contracting with one of the identity theft protection services that are available. File this one under “forewarned is forearmed” — and read the rest of Komando’s post HERE.
The Nielsen RADAR March 2014 quarterly report is out and it has some encouraging new findings for radio. RADAR is the standard currency for network radio ratings, and measures more than 40 individual networks in the U.S., in addition to projecting national radio listening across the country. This is the first RADAR under Nielsen in which the findings are based on a Monday-Sunday 12m-12m day part, as opposed to past releases that used a 6am-midnight day part. The latest RADAR 120 shows that broadcast radio continues to be a compelling draw for consumers, with the medium increasing its national reach by more than 1.2 million listeners, year-over-year. Some 244 million Americans (aged 12+) use radio nationally during the Mon-Sun 12m-12m daypart, averaging approximately 2 hours and 41 minutes of listening to it each day. Hispanic radio audiences also grew year-to-year, with radio reaching 93.6% of the Hispanic audience (12+) in an average week, while 91.7% of African Americans — more than 31 million — are also reached weekly by broadcast radio. Read additional information HERE.
Dan Sileo – currently hosting mornings at Broadcast Company of the Americas-owned San Diego Sports/Talker The Mighty 1090 – is the only local radio host included among a slew of national heavyweights on a list of the Top 16 Sports hosts in America in USA Today’s TheBigLead’s “March Media Madness Brackets.” Sileo (pictured) is rep’d by Gabe Hobbs Media. Check out the full list HERE … Greater Media News/Talker WBT/Charlotte has inked a deal to air ten Saturday evening Charlotte Knights home baseball games this season. WBT Sports Director Jim Szoke will call the games for Saturday Knight Baseball, joined in the booth by other WBT personalities. The station will also air two additional Knights games — Opening Day on April 11th and July 4th, a game in which WBT and the team have partnered since 2007 for the annual 4th of July Skyshow fireworks display … Talk host Don Geronimo — who recently re-joined, then pretty quickly left the lineup at CBS Radio DC Sports/Talker WJFK, has been tweeting hints that some sort of plan is in the works for his imminent return with a new show. Obviously waiting out some contract issues with CBS, Geronimo is staying mum on just where he’ll land next until next month.
Compass Media Networks will offer exclusive broadcast national coverage of all rounds of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament beginning this Thursday (3/13) through Sunday. Compass’ broadcasts of all games will be available to SiriusXM subscribers via the College Sports Nation channel, and all will air on Tribune’s upstart FM Sports/Talker The Game 87.7 (WGWG/Chicago). Select rounds will air on other radio affiliates including WFAN/New York, WTEM (The Team)/Washington, KFNC/Houston, WZGC (92.9 The Game)/Atlanta, KKFN (104.3 The Fan)/Denver, WCAR (NBC Sports Radio)/Detroit, WGVX (105 The Ticket)/Minneapolis, WBGG (Sports Hub 970)/Pittsburgh and WHB/Kansas City. Compass is sending a platoon to Indianapolis to man the broadcast booth at this year’s games, including Matt “Money” Smith, Rick Mahorn, Drew Bontadelli and Mike Wozniak. FOX Sports Radio/Los Angeles (KLAC) producer and host Tim Cates will handle in-studio hosting duties from Compass’ L.A. broadcast facility.
After taking home a ton of trophies at last weekend’s annual Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards dinner, this crew from Clear Channel/Denver didn’t need any of the Rocky Mountain State’s newly legal product to produce the ear-to-ear grins pictured here. Shown (l-r) are: KHOW afternoon driver Michael Brown, who was named Best News/Talk Host; KHOW morning host Mandy Connell, who was honored for her promotional campaigns; CC/Denver VP/Programming and KOA Program Director Greg Foster; and KOA Morning News co-anchor April Zesbaugh, who took home the prize for Best Newscast. Additionally, KOA won overall top honors as Station of the Year.
In a memo to Emmis Communications staffers today, 598 employees qualified under the company’s two-year Employee Retention Plan & Trust learned that their net worth has just increased. The memo delivered jointly by company founder/CEO Jeff Smulyan and and EVP/CFO/COO Pat Welsh stated: “We hope you are pleased with this long-awaited award. Emmis prides itself on valuing its employees’ dedication and commitment, and our stellar performance over the past few years shows the difference that extraordinarily talented and dedicated employees can make. This is a token of our appreciation and reward for your efforts over the last several years.” Created during some economic rough seas two years ago, the memo also acknowledges, “It is no secret that the Plan helped Emmis to address issues with the preferred stock. You’ve probably read about that in the industry trades. However, our Board also created the Plan to recognize your contributions and sacrifices since the recession, and to reward those of you who continued to stay with the company as the economy got better.” Examples show eligible employees making a $30k annual salary will get 1,105 share of Emmis Communications common stock, or just over $3,600 at current market value. Those making $40K will see 1,480 shares, valued at just over $4,900, and those making $50k-plus will receive 1,841 shares, worth just around $6,100. The plan, which will distribute on April 2nd, excluded executive officers and and capped the level of salary credit at $50k. The values noted are estimates subject to market fluctuations and taxes. Among the company’s owned and operated stations is Emmis’ hometown heritage News/Talker WIBC/Indianapolis.
Independent radio talk host Dave Ramsey has posted a recent four-part series on his website with tons of helpful hints and strategies on how to help you stand out in a tough job market — a must read if you’re searching for your next opportunity in the radio and media biz. One part of the series features a primer on how to better your chances when applying for a job, specifically with Dave’s company, but the advice is right on the money no matter where or what job you might be applying for. Among Dave’s tips: “Be Purposeful. Don’t use the ‘shotgun’ approach, simply applying for every job that sounds fun. When we see someone who’s applied for 10 different jobs with us at one time, it seems desperate. We want passionate people, not desperate people.” Another tip: “Research Beforehand. More than likely, we have a lot more going on here at Dave’s company than you realize. With 350 team members and 16 business units throughout the company, we are reaching out to different audiences with our message of hope. Use that knowledge and, in the interview, surprise us with what you know!” Read the rest of Dave’s advice on how to be a stand-out job applicant in today’s job market, along with his entire series designed to “make 2014 the year you find your dream job.” That’s Dave pictured on stage at another of his recent sold-out Legacy Journey Live events, this one held in conjunction with Dave Ramsey Show affiliate KTSA/San Antonio.
Mark Ramsey, namesake of Mark Ramsey Media asks, ”Wouldn’t it be great if radio had its own version of SXSW? A place for the cool kids in and around the audio space to meet and play together?” Ramsey reports that his 2nd annual Hivio — billed as ”the audio future festival”– will be just that. Taking place on June 4th in San Diego, once again Hivio will be free and held in “a funky warehouse in downtown San Diego.” The event will be streamed free and will feature an anything-but-the-usual-suspects lineup of intimate one-on-one conversations with a diverse group of guests including: Tim Sabean, SVP/Entertainment and Comedy at SiriusXM; Emma Coats, filmmaker and former Pixar story artist; Andrea Russett, YouTube phenomenon and radio talent and her General Manager Phil Becker; Doug Sterne, VP of Audio Sales for Pandora; Craig Bruce, Head of Content for Southern Cross Austereo; Mark Middo, “Growth Hacker” and author of the book 5 Minute Business; Robert Rose, Chief Strategist of the Content Marketing Institute; Ric Militi, CEO of ‘anti-agency’ InnoVision LLC; J.D. Heilpren, founder of the disruptive mobile audio platform AGOGO; Rob Greenlee, CTO of PodcastOne; and an exclusive opening video from social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk. Ramsey reminds you that the only way to get a seat at Hivio is to put your name in the hat to get on the list — keeping in mind that about eight times as many people wanted to attend last year’s Hivio as there were seats! Register early for your chance to take part in a fresh look at the media biz and enjoy a great day in America’s Finest City HERE.
Compass Media Networks teams with Connoisseur Media to syndicate a new nightly caller-driven relationship program hosted by Dr. Laura Berman (pictured). Uncovered with Dr. Laura Berman will air from 9pm-midnight (ET), Monday-Friday … From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: All of us here at NTS MediaOnline Today send our very best wishes for a speedy recovery to the one-and-only Shotgun Tom Kelly, who recently underwent successful quadruple heart bypass surgery. ‘The Gunner’ is expected to be back at the helm of his long-running afternoon drive show at K-Earth 101 in Los Angeles soon … New York Public Radio has received a $10 million grant from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. The gift is reported to be the largest single gift ever made to a public radio station. New York Public Radio operates WNYC, WQXR and New Jersey Public Radio and is one of the largest producers of nationally distributed public radio programming … The New York Mets and Clear Channel Media & Entertainment have confirmed that Seth Everett will join the radio broadcast team for Mets games broadcasts on WOR/New York, the team’s new radio home. Everett, most recently with FOX Sports Radio and crosstown WINS, will host a 30-minute pre- and post-game show before and after every Mets regular season game. As previously announced, Howie Rose and Josh Lewin are teaming up for their third season together as the play-by-play announcers for Mets games … Condolences: To the family, friends and colleagues of longtime radio executive and air personality Jack Roberts, who died Friday (3/7) after a lengthy illness. He was 62. During his extensive career in broadcasting, Roberts worked as an on-air personality, producer, program director, and general manager. Most recently serving as Executive Producer of CRN Digital Talk Radio programming and host of the CRN morning program, What’s Cooking Today?, Roberts’ radio career resume included stints at WRKO/Boston, WPRO/Providence, WDRC/Hartford and WWRC/Washington. Funeral arrangements are pending.
KXL/Portland host and Compass Media Networks syndicated personality Lars Larson (left) got a little face-time with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. Paul — son of former U.S. Congressman and political maverick Ron Paul (R-TX) — was the winner of this year’s CPAC presidential preference straw poll.