Two Philadelphia Sports/Talk radio stations, 94 WIP and 97.5 The Fanatic, have been all over local media in recent days. Earlier this week, Crossing Broad’s Kyle Scott broke the story that a regular caller to Fanatic (WPEN-FM/Philadelphia) afternoon host Mike Missanelli, who called himself Dwayne From Swedesboro, turned out to be a ‘Fanatic’ producer who has reportedly been fake-calling Missanelli and other hosts for about a year. Adding to the controversy the producer, Pat Egan, is white and the character he portrays is black. While a number of station staffers were reportedly in on the ‘joke,’ Missanelli has strongly denied he was one of them. But that denial didn’t stop his nemesis, crosstown 94 WIP host Josh Innes (pictured), from weighing-in on the story and calling-out Missanelli over the incident. He also posted a tweet featuring an old photo of a minstrel performer wearing blackface with the caption, “Caller to the Mike Miss Show.” Innes — no stranger to controversy himself after making news last January by calling a Philadelphia Eagles lineman a “house negro” — apparently pushed his CBS Radio employers too far this time around, and late yesterday Crossing Broad’s Scott once again broke local sports radio news, reporting Innes has been fired. Read more HERE.
Braggin’ Rights: The Kansas Association of Broadcasters has named Entercom News/Talker KNSS/Wichita as a winner of its 2016 ‘Large Market Radio’ awards. KNSS also collected the top prize for ‘Best Complete Newscast’, with Steve McIntosh, Ted Woodward and Jad Chambers earning the 1st Place trophy for their work on the day after the Hesston, KS mass shooting. 2016 marks the fourth time McIntosh and Woodward have won the award … FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Ajit Pai have been added to the agenda for the upcoming 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville. Commissioner Pai will provide opening remarks for Thursday’s (9/22) Keeping Up with the Changing Radio Regulatory Landscape session. Immediately after, Commissioner Clyburn will participate in a Q&A titled — appropriately — A Conversation with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Both commissioners will also present awards at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show on Thursday evening … NTS MediaOnline Today has learned that a date has been set — September 17th — for a celebration of the life of the late Jerry Doyle. The Las Vegas-based syndicated talker, who was found dead at his home last month, will be remembered by friends and colleagues at Sin City’s No Regrets Bar. A Facebook page has been set up to offer more details on the upcoming event HERE.
The NBA Golden State Warriors and Entercom Bay Area Sports/Talker 95.7 The Game (KGMZ/San Francisco) have entered into a multi-year agreement that will make the station the team’s new radio flagship. It’s a major move for the NBA franchise that has called Cumulus Media’s crosstown Sports/Talker KNBR-AM its radio home for that last 32 seasons, and 40 seasons overall since the Warriors moved to the west coast in 1962. Tim Roye will return for his 22nd season calling all the action, and will also appear regularly on 95.7 The Game’s Warriors-related programs throughout the week … The NFL Carolina Panthers sign a radio rights deal that will make Alpha Media rocker Fox 102.3 (WMFX) the team’s new radio home in Columbia, SC. WMFX will air all games, plus pre-game and post-game shows, and a weekly Monday night Panther’s Talk show.
Cumulus Media has announced it is among the first radio companies to use Twitter’s Moments — collections of Tweets that share the stories happening on Twitter, curated by the social media platform and select partners — and to curate the best stories from Moments across some 452 radio stations nationwide and Cumulus-owned Westwood One’s syndicated programs. You can experience Cumulus Media Twitter Moments at @CumulusMedia on Twitter and from select Cumulus radio stations including News/Talker WLS-AM/Chicago and Sports/Talk KNBR/San Francisco. “We are beyond thrilled to be part of this innovative feature from Twitter,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus and President of WW One. “It’s the perfect marketing tool for the network and our stations, who pour their hearts and souls into their shows and their events. It allows them to connect with and extend real-time relationships with our listeners, our communities, and our advertising partners.”
Alpha Media/Canton, OH News/Talker WHBC-AM 1480 and clustermate Mix 94.1 WHBC-FM recently raised over $158,000 during their 9th Annual AultCare Wish-A-Thon to benefit Wishes Can Happen, a local charity that raises funds for children with life threatening illnesses. In the 10th hour of the 36-hour event, a late summer midwest storm ripped through the region, leveling the Wish-A-Thon tent (pictured). But, as the old saying goes, ‘the show must go on,’ and it did — with station personalities, phone operators and the Wishes Can Happen families all moving inside to the WHBC studios, where they continued the broadcast and the fundraising.
Bonneville/Phoenix’ recently held its 16th annual Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH), collecting more than $1.57 million (!) in donations during the 19-hour radio simulcast on KTAR News 92.3 FM and sister Sports/Talker Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Funds raised during the Give-A-Thon benefit the hospital’s Hope Fund, which helps fund research, new clinical programs, technology upgrades, child and family-friendly services and more. “It never ceases to amaze us how our audiences respond to Give-A-Thon, but this year is made even more special by becoming the top children’s hospital radiothon fundraiser in the country,” said Scott Sutherland, VP/Market Manager for Bonneville’s stations in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. “And we’re so grateful for the support of our amazing Give-A-Thon sponsors, all of whom embrace the PCH mission and inspire their employees, customers and business partners to also contribute to the campaign.” (photo: KTAR/Martha Maurer)
Several reports here in NTS MediaOnline Today this week have noted the nationwide efforts of radio to help people in flood ravaged southern Louisiana. But many animals have also been displaced by the floods, and The Pet Show with Warren Eckstein. is helping to make sure they get needed relief, too. To that end, the KRLA/Los Angeles and Radio America syndicated show’s nonprofit Hugs & Kisses Animal Fund sent grants this week to the Tangi Humane Society and the Denham Springs Animal Shelter to help out with relief efforts in the region … BRAGGIN’ RIGHTS: Kudos to Alpha Media/Topeka on winning thirteen Kansas Association of Broadcasters Awards, with News/Talker WIBW taking home the bulk of those trophies … Meanwhile, Alpha Media-owned News/Talker KFOR/Lincoln, NB was honored with five Excellence in Broadcasting Awards during the recently held Nebraska Broadcasters Association Convention. Among the award winners were KFOR’s Jeff Motz and Chris Goforth (pictured), who won the ‘Gold Award for Spot News’ for their 2015 severe weather coverage.
Tom Sheridan has joined iHeartMedia/Milwaukee as a Senior Account Executive. iHM’s six-station ‘Brewtown’ cluster includes News/Talk 1130 WISN-AM and Big 920 Sports WOKY-AM. Sheridan (left) previously served as General Sales Manager and Director of Sales for crosstown E.W. Scripps, where he spent over 25 years … Meanwhile, at that same E.W. Scripps cluster in Milwaukee, Eric Lauer has been hired to serve as National Sales Manager for News/Talk WTMJ and Country clustermate WKTI, for which Lauer will also serve as General Sales Manager. Lauer — a Milwaukee native — was most recently General Sales Manager for Cox Media Group/Jacksonville, FL.
Beginning Monday, September 12th, ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike will welcome an all-star team of analysts for the upcoming fall football season. Each weekday, no fewer than three high profile analysts will join Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic to discuss and analyze the 2016 NFL and college football seasons. Mike & Mike’s weekday 6-10am show is also simulcast on ESPN2 … CRN Digital Talk Radio personality and NFL legend Fred Dryer (right) — who hosts The Sports Show with Fred Dryer and Michael Horn every Wednesday at 7pm (ET) on CRN 1 — recently appeared on the KCBS-TV/Los Angeles show, Los Angeles Rams Legends, where the NFL Pro Bowl-er discussed his football and acting careers. Watch a clip of the interview with the former Rams’ defensive end and star of the hit television series Hunter HERE … Get well wishes to 97.1 The Ticket’s (WXYT-FM/Detroit) Valenti & Foster Show co-host Terry Foster (left), who is recovering from what was described as a “minor stroke. The Detroit News reports Foster plans to return to daily duty by October 3rd. Read more HERE.
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the month of August means it’s Minnesota State Fair time and — as always — News/Talker WCCO/Minneapolis is a part of the annual tradition. WCCO personalities are broadcasting live from the patio outside the CBS Radio station’s broadcast facility at The Great Minnesota Get-Together, where — as the picture above shows — they always draw a crowd.