When WHO/Des Moines afternoon drive host Simon Conway met Kerri Kasem (the daughter of the late radio legend Casey Kasem) at Don Anthony’s Talk Show Boot Camp earlier this year, he was so moved by Kerri’s well-documented story about how she and her siblings had been kept from visiting their dying dad at the end of his life that he vowed to join her state-by-state fight to get laws on the books so others won’t suffer as Kerri and her family did. Fast forward to last Friday (4/24) when Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law the Adult Visitation Bill — making Iowa the first state in the nation to have such a statute. The bill was passed with an overwhelming bi-partisan vote in both Houses of the State legislature. “Radio can get things done and a 50,000 watt blowtorch like WHO can perhaps get more things done,” said Simon. “Now we’ve helped change the law. I’m so proud to have played a role in getting this on the books in Iowa.” That’s Kerri pictured with Simon as they celebrated the victory at WHO’s iHeartMedia/Des Moines studios following the landmark vote.
Jacobs Media has released it’s 11th annual TechSurvey, collecting data from over 41 thousand respondents across four generations. Among some of the highlights of note for News/Talk/Sports radio managers and programmers is the finding on just how important a story the car still plays in daily radio listening. “A majority of the audience spends the lion’s share of their listening in a moving vehicle,” writes Jacobs Media principles Fred and Paul Jacobs in their executive analysis of this year’s study. “Among those who are in the market for a new vehicle in 2015, nearly nine in ten (89%) say an AM/FM radio is very important. And the vast majority (74%) say they rarely or never change their car radio pushbuttons or media settings.” Meanwhile, although just 18% of respondents reported having a ‘connected’ car, fully 75% of those who have one said they “love” or “like” their in-car media system, foreshadowing the “changing media landscape” in cars of the future. Read more HERE.
Veteran Steel City radio personality Jim Quinn returns to local radio via suburban Pittsburgh’s AM 1480 WCNS/Latrobe, where he’ll host Quinn in the Morning, weekdays from 6-9am, beginning May 4th. Quinn (left) will also continue to simulcast his daily wake-up show on suburban Rochester, New York’s AM 1040 and FM 92.1 WYSL/Avon, NY … Longtime Talk and music radio programmer Jay Clark has been named Chief Content Officer for social mobile and web streaming music application CÜR Music. Clark brings a lengthy resume of experience to his new role including stints at SiriusXM, ABC Radio, Greater Media, CBS Radio and Entercom … Kudos to the crew at WTMJ/Milwaukee as the now Scripps-owned News/Talker recently raised some $50,000 to help a local school build a playground that is universally accessible to kids with special needs. The funding comes as the result of the station’s ongoing WTMJ Cares project, a program that VP/GM Tom Langmyer says supports WTMJ’s mission of “doing well by doing good.”
After razzing Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez on-air about his notorious lack of speed on the bases, AM 570 L.A. Sports (KLAC/Los Angeles) personality David Vassegh found himself on the receiving end of a ‘mano a mano’ challenge from Gonzalez to a 40-yard dash up the first base line. Let’s just say Vassegh’s definition of ‘slow’ may now need a little adjusting. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE … Following the recent campaign fraud conviction and prison sentence handed down to former Connecticut governor and WTIC/Hartford afternoon host, John Rowland, the CBS Radio News/Talker tacks toward Sports/Talk in PM Drive starting today, with a new show hosted by sportscaster and UConn play-by-play voice Joe D’Ambrosio and former WBZ-FM(98.5 The Sports Hub)/Boston personality Andy Gresh … Pictured above is Chicago Bears CEO George McCaskey (center), as he dropped by for a chat on AM 670 The Score’s (WSCR/Chicago) Mully and Hanley Show today, wearing #55, in tribute to former Bears’ great and 20-year ‘Score’ personality Doug Buffone. Buffone died last week at age 70.
Former ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton was celebrated at Saturday night’s (4/25) annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner, along with other recently retired journalists who covered the White House. Pictured at last weekend’s event are (L-R) ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones, Compton, Dr. Bill Hughes (Ann’s husband), and Andrew Kalb, ABC News Radio Executive Director Programming/News Coverage.
In our continuing coverage of the ongoing debate over the no-longer-a-secret Voltair box and whether or not it can help stations’ achieve better PPM ratings results, researcher Mark Ramsey posts some food for thought on the topic. “I’ve read stories that stress how this tool may allow more ‘accurate’ measurement,” writes Ramsey (right). “Sure, but more accurate measurement of what? This gadget in your engineering department will not influence the degree to which listeners care about your content, nor will it measure it.” So despite his observations on what Voltair can and can’t do, does Ramseystill think buying one is a good idea? And does he see it, as some have suggested, as an ‘unfair’ advantage for stations that have one vs. those who don’t in the radio ratings game? Find out HERE.
As we first reported to you late yesterday (4/23) in a ‘Breaking News’ email, former longtime KGO-KSFO/San Francisco Program Director Jack Swanson — who left those stations in 2011 after more than 17 years as PD — has been appointed Director of News and Programming for CBS Radio’s Bay Area all-newser 740AM and 106.9FM KCBS/San Francisco. Beginning Monday, Swanson (left) takes the helm from Ed Cavagnaro, who previously announced his retirement after nearly four decades at KCBS. Commenting on his new programming and news chief, CBS Radio/San Francisco VP/Market Manager Doug Harvill said, “Jack has a distinguished track record of leading iconic radio stations. He’s a terrific leader with a deep understanding of how a market leading station such as KCBS can be a trusted and active member of its community.” Harvill’s announcement that the station had hired Swanson — widely acclaimed as one of the smartest and most influential News and Talk programmers of the past couple of decades, with a wall full of trophies and honors to support that sentiment — came as somewhat of a surprise to industry watchers, as the News and Talk media veteran seemed pretty content in his self-chosen semi-retirement. “This is definitely the only job in radio and the only company in radio that could lure me off the beach,” Swanson told NTS MediaOnline Today. “Being asked to lead one of the best news teams in the country is one of those rare situations that do not present themselves often. I am a very fortunate guy.” Email your congrats to Jack on his return to radio HERE.
Good to hear Salem Radio Network host Michael Medved (left) back on the air this week, after taking a couple months hiatus to undergo treatment for throat cancer. Although he is still expected to miss a day here and there for medical reasons, Medved is continuing to transition quickly back to full-time hosting of his syndicated Talk radio program … Cat Thomas has been named Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio’s five-station Las Vegas cluster. Thomas will continue to serve as the day-to-day programmer for NewsRadio 100.5 FM and 840AM (KXNT), CBS Sports Radio 1140AM and X107.5. Thomas assumes duties previously held by Charese Fruge, who has been elevated to VP/OM for CBS Radio’s Houston cluster, including SportsRadio 610 KILT and CBS Sports Radio KIKK-AM … With this week’s release of the new Apple Watch, iHeartMedia announces that the company’s digital radio platform, iHeartRadio, is available via Apple’s new wrist-worn device.
Red Zebra Broadcasting is seeking a Program Director for the company’s Washington, DC Sports/Talk trimulcast, ESPN 980 (WTEM-WWXT-WWXX). The flagship radio station of the Washington Redskins, EPSN 980 is also home to sports personalities Tony Kornheiser, Steve Czaban, Kevin Sheehan, Thom Loverro, Andy Pollin, Doc Walker, Brian Mitchel and Chris Cooley. Ten years related experience required and a college degree is preferred. Get full details on this major market opening and how to apply online HERE. (EOE)
Salem Media Group/Omaha is seeking an Account Manager. We are looking for a person with excellent communication and presentation skills, who is a well organized team player with a positive attitude who is passionate about selling advertising time for our Christian Teaching and Talk, Contemporary Christian Music and Spanish Christian Stations based in Omaha, NE to local businesses and advertising agencies. Prior sales experience preferred. Email your resume to General Sales Manager Sue Garrett HERE. (EOE)
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NBA champion and Mile High City native Chauncey ‘Mr. Big Shot’ Billups dropped by for a chat with 104.3 The Fan/Denver morning show co-hosts Nate Lundy (right) and Mike Evans (left) during a live broadcast at this year’s 39th Annual Sports Breakfast benefiting the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts. For the past decade The Fan has sponsored the yearly event that benefits more than 55,000 youths who are participating in scouting programs across the area.