(Editor’s Note: NTS MediaOnline Today will return on Tuesday, September 2nd, following the Labor Day weekend holiday)
Cox Media Group/Tampa’s FM talker 102.5 The Bone (WHPT) is redesigning the station’s daily programming lineup and, as a result, the Bubba The Love Sponge Show is no longer on the roster. While The Bone will no longer carry Bubba, CMG/Tampa will continue to be the “technical head” for the Bubba Radio Network, with his show continuing to air on affiliates in Florida, Nevada and South Carolina. “We appreciate everything Bubba’s show has done for us over the past six years,” said CMG/Tampa Bay Market Manager Keith Lawless. “We now are taking the station in a different direction. CMG periodically changes direction, talent and format of its various media programs in order to provide our audiences with fresh perspectives and compelling content. The Bone has proven to be one of America’s most outspoken radio stations. Tampa Bay can expect The Bone to continue to deliver ‘Real, Raw, Radio’ every day.” Effective September 2nd the station’s new lineup includes The Mike Calta Show (6-10am); The Billy Madison Show (10am-noon); The Shannon Burke Show (noon-3pm); In Your Face with Drew Garabo (3-7pm); and The Bone Daily Rewind Show (7-10pm).
Brad Krantz and Britt Whitmire (pictured) — late of News/Talker WBT/Charlotte – join that city’s WJZY-TV to offer weekend commentaries on the station’s Good Morning Carolinas. The duo will also continue to host their recently launched daily podcast … CBS Radio/New York sales veteran Sean Argaman is tapped to succeed Stephanie McNamara as GSM at Big Apple Sports/Talker WFAN. Sean most recently led sales efforts for WFAN’s New York Yankees Radio Network … The NAB has filed official comments with the FCC on a potential rule-making that would require radio broadcasters to post public and political files to the FCC’s online database. While TV broadcasters are already required to make such filings, the NAB points out that the sheer overall number of radio stations vs. television stations nationwide could overwhelm the Commission’s existing database, and notes that local station staffing levels needed to implement such a rule making vary widely from city-to-city. See the NAB’s full comments to the FCC HERE.
Morris Communications in Topeka is on the hunt for a News Reporter for News/Talker WIBW-AM&FM, the Kansas Information Network, the Kansas Agriculture Network and the WIBWNewsNow website. Must write in present tense, or Mervin Block Method (shorter, sharper, stronger). A Bachelor’s degree in Media, Journalism or Communications and at least three years experience in a working newsroom required. No ‘rogues’ allowed. Must be a team player. This is not a beginner’s position. Must be a “news hound” inside and on-the-street, with savvy social media skills. Females and minorities encouraged to apply. Email your resume and audio to News Director John Summers HERE. (EOE)
• Are you a radio software pro looking for your next challenge? RCS and Media Monitors have a variety of openings at both their White Plains, NY office and the company’s Ogallala, Nebraska facility. To find out more, check out the RCS website for details on opportunities including Software Developer, .NET developer, Software Support Technician and more HERE. (EOE)
• Westwood One is searching for “digital savvy” full-time and part-time Network News staffers for its Washington, DC-based operations. Interested candidates should reach out to WW One’s Kevin Delany HERE. (EOE)
• Bloomberg Radio is seeking an experienced sales Account Executive. You’ll need 5+ years of recent and relevant media sales experience, ideally with a radio background, a strong track record for new business development, strong computer skills and the flexibility to travel in the domestic U.S. Interested candidates can get more information and apply online for this New York City-based opportunity HERE. (EOE)
Veteran talk host and podcaster Gary Alan is available for both long-term and short notice fill-in work via iPDTL.com. The 30-year broadcaster has been heard on numerous South Florida radio outlets during his career, including the legendary WAXY. Alan says his unique style allows him to “navigate through politics, sports, entertainment and today’s social issues with wit and a sense of humor.” You can contact Gary directly by email HERE.
Clear Channel taps Bill Lynch as Market Manager for the company’s Monterey, CA cluster, including ‘PowerTalk’ KION AM & FM. The longtime broadcaster’s radio management resume includes prior stints with CBS Radio, Entercom, Susquehanna Broadcasting, Buckley Broadcasting and, most recently, Momentum Broadcasting … SportsRadio 94WIP/Philadelphia afternoon host Anthony Gargano and Philadelphia Eagles play-by-play voice Merrill Reese will once again team with Eagles GM Howie Roseman (all pictured above) for The Howie Roseman Show, airing every Monday during the 2014 Eagles season. The weekly show will air live from 5-6 PM from South Philly’s famous Chickie’s and Pete’s … Yahoo! Sports Radio debuts its fall football weekend schedule, kicking off tomorrow at noon with Rivals Saturday, hosted by Jonathan Peterlin and Will Palaszczuk. View the network’s updated fall weekend schedule HERE.
Westwood One president Steve Shaw and other staffers at the network took the infamous ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ yesterday (8/28) on the streets of New York City. Along with the joy that comes from icing execs on the sidewalk, WW One reports it will also make a donation to the ALS Association. The network has posted video of the ‘charity shower hour’ on their Facebook page HERE.
We know that many readers will be stretching the upcoming three-day Labor Day weekend into a skip-out-early-on-Friday-four-day-last-bash-of-summer. But in today’s world, it’s tough to feel like you’re on vacation when you are also electronically connected to your job and co-workers 24/7. In a feature posted at FastCompany.com entitled How To Disconnect From Work Without Everyone Freaking Out, author Lindsay Lavine offers tips on how to unplug from work to give your brain a chance to recharge — something that easy to say, but hard to do. Among the suggestions: Be consistent. If you set rules but don’t stick to them, co-workers and your boss won’t respect them either. If your practice is to reply to non-urgent emails or texts after hours, then stick to your plan, while also having a system in place for real emergency communications that need your attention right now. Get more tips on how you can unplug and do a bit of ‘chillaxing’ this coming holiday weekend HERE.
NuVoodoo Media Services has released additional findings from the company’s latest Ratings Prospect Study, which interviewed some 1,100 14-54 year olds in all PPM markets to update NuVoodoo’s insights on emerging social media platforms. “Facebook remains the dominant social media platform among these 14-54 year olds and, despite all the hype surrounding them, both Snapchat and Vine are comparatively small players overall,” said Leigh Jacobs, VP/Research for NuVoodoo. “While other players get more coverage, Instagram has the deepest penetration among our sample of Teens 14-17 after YouTube and Facebook – and is getting traction among Adults 18-34.”
The Philadelphia Eagles and CBS Radio’s Philly Sports/Talker 94WIP have announced that the annual Eagles Radiothon will kickoff at 6am next Tuesday (9/2) and continue through Thursday, Sept. 4th at 6pm. Fans will be able to bid on exclusive sports and entertainment prizes, with many involving their favorite Eagles players and SportsRadio 94WIP personalities. All proceeds from the yearly event benefit the Eagles Youth Partnership’s vital health and education programs that serve over 50,000 low income children in the community every year … SiriusXM will launch Bleacher Report Radio on September 2nd, featuring content and voices from the Turner Broadcasting-owned digital destination for real-time event coverage and team-specific content … ESPN releases a new update to its SportsCenter app featuring new and enhanced features just in time for the upcoming NFL season. The just upgraded app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Mike Bennett, co-host of Adult Contemporary WHUD/Peekskill, NY’s Mike & Kacey morning show, has joined the lineup at Envision Networks’ syndicated America Weekend. Bennett will take over as host of the weekend Talk block’s Saturday morning hours on August 30th. He’ll join America Weekend’s revised programming lineup that already includes Ed Kalegi, Smith and Sabatino, Animal Radio, and Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline … Benztown and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation recently welcomed more than 300 celebrities, voice-over stars, poker players and party guests to Santa Monica, California’s Museum of Flying for SAGF’s 4th Annual Poker Classic and Party, benefiting the SAGF’s Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab — a state-of-the-art voice over facility that offers free workshops, seminars and demonstrations led by industry experts for voice-over artists. The fully-equipped studio also allows voice-over artists to perfect their craft by making demo reels and recording auditions, all at no cost. Pictured above is the Benztown gang, along with other ‘DLFVOL’ supporters enjoying the fun evening.