WEEI’s John Dennis Taking A Rehab Leave
April 17, 2015

WEEI/Boston morning show co-host John Dennis (right) is taking a leave of absence from the Entercom Sports/Talker to enter inpatient rehab to deal with his addiction to alcohol. In a statement he released that was published by the Boston Herald, Dennis said (in part), “I’ve made the decision to take serious steps to eliminate the role alcohol plays in my life before it impacts my health. To that end, I’ve decided to take some time away from WEEI, tackle this head-on, and set a smart & informed course for a long and healthy life.” Entercom/Boston Market Manager Phil Zachary told the newspaper that Dennis’ decision to enter rehab did not take him by surprise and emphasized that the morning show co-star’s job will be waiting for him upon his return. “WEEI has been built on the Dennis & Callahan Show and we don’t see a future without John Dennis,” he said. Read more on the story, along with the full statement released by Dennis, HERE.

Talk And Media News Notes
April 17, 2015

Following yesterday’s news that (now former) Entercom/Sacramento Market Manager Sean Shannon is headed east to replace the retiring Jon Pinch in the same role at Cumulus Media/Atlanta, today we get the other piece of the puzzle as Entercom promotes current Sacramento VP/Sales Lance Richard (left) to VP/Market Manager for the northern California cluster. Prior to joining Entercom in 2009, the 28-year media veteran’s resume included management stints at Emmis Communications, Monster.com and IP2M … Salem Radio Network hires Chris Himes as producer of the soon to launch Eric Metaxas Show. Prior to joining SRN, Himes served as Supervising Digital Producer at NBC, working 7 seasons at Saturday Night Live … AudioHQ has entered into an exclusive ad sales partnership with TuneIn. AudioHQ will act as the TuneIn representative for premium spoken-word content channels, as well as live play-by-play sports broadcasts.

NTS MediaOnline Today “Gig Alerts”
April 17, 2015

Newsradio 102.9 KARN/Little Rock is looking for a fulltime Producer/Anchor. You’ll be responsible for producing one of our live and local talk shows, as well as write and anchor newscasts for Newsradio 102.9 and the Arkansas Radio Network. Ideal candidates will have a little bit of everything in their resume, including radio news and talk show producing experience. You’ll help us cover the big local stories, including breaking news, weather and traffic events. We’re all about the synergy between our news and talk programming, so this is a great position for radio pros who like to do a little bit of everything. You’ll work closely with one of our live talk show hosts and assist with booking their guests and running a live board. When not working on the talk show, you’ll write news stories, conduct interviews, anchor newscasts and more! Email resume, news writing samples and airchecks to Program Director Adam Thomas HERE. (EOE)

Midwest Communications/Wausau, WI has an immediate opening for an Assistant Brand Manager/Announcer. This person must be highly motivated, outgoing and ready to step into a fast paced position. They must be organized and willing to go that extra mile. No time for egos or people who don’t want to be a team player. We offer a competitive salary and a full benefits package. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required for this position. Send your aircheck and resume to Operations Manager Derek Moran HERE. (EOE)

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Network/Syndication News Notes
April 17, 2015

NBC Sports Radio is now available to SiriusXM subscribers. The satcaster will air the 24/7 Sports network’s full line-up on Sirius channel 213 and XM channel 202. NBC Sports Radio’s programming airs on a reported 437 broadcast affiliates nationwide … ESPN Radio will begin its 20th season of live, national coverage of the NBA Playoffs with two games this weekend, when Golden State hosts New Orleans on Saturday at 3:30pm (ET), and Boston visits Cleveland on Sunday at 3pm … WYM Media Management’s syndicated Stephanie Miller Show and Doug Stephan’s Good Day both debuted this week on suburban Houston News/Talker AM 1560 KJOZ/Conroe, TX … And finally today, that’s Tom Kraeutler, host of Talk Shows USA’s weekly syndicated The Money Pit home improvement show, pictured with WRKO/Boston Director of Sales Melissa Capuanno during a recent visit to the Entercom News/Talker and show affiliate.

In Washington, Rank Equals A View
April 17, 2015

While in DC  this week to broadcast from FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” event, KXL/Portland host Lars Larson (right) and show producer Tony King grabbed a photo souvenir standing on the balcony outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) overlooking the U.S. Capitol grounds. Some 45 Talk radio hosts broadcast live from FAIR’s ‘Radio Row’ during the two-day annual event that focuses on U.S. immigration policy.

Ryan Maguire Named PD @ WQAM/Miami
April 16, 2015

Ryan Maguire has been named Program Director for Sports Radio 560 WQAM/Miami. Maguire (left) joins the now CBS Radio-owned South Florida Sports/Talker from his current post as PD for the company’s Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan (KDKA-FM/Pittsburgh), a position he’s held since 2012.  “Ryan is passionate about radio, competitive, a terrific strategic thinker and possesses great leadership skills,” said CBS Radio/Miami VP Programming Rob Morris. “We very much look forward to Ryan joining WQAM and our CBS Radio/Miami team.” As he gets packed up and ready to trade those balmy Pittsburgh winters for the sunny shores of Miami Beach on May 4th, Maguire commented, “I’m thrilled at the opportunity given to me by CBS Radio to take this leadership role at one of the greatest heritage sports stations in America. I can’t wait to get working with our diverse and dynamic team in South Florida as we shape and build on a leading sports brand.”

In Related News: With the pending departure of Maguire, News/Talk KDKA-AM PD Jim Graci (right) will assume programming duties for ‘The Fan.’ In addition, KDKA-AM News Director and Executive Director P.J. Kumanchik will now also serve as EP for Sports Radio 93.7. “Jim and PJ are a strong and very competent managerial team,” said CBS Radio/Pittsburgh SVP and Market Manager Michael Young. “They have performed very well in developing and executing the programming vision of KDKA-AM. With much synergy already existing between KDKA-AM & KDKA-FM, I believe their expanding programming roles are a natural progression and will benefit our various audiences.”

Talk Radio Personality News Round-Up
April 16, 2015

KHOW/Denver morning host Mandy Connell — who hosted middays for three years at sister iHeartMedia News/Talker WHAS/Louisville prior to her move to the Mile High City in 2013 — will be heard once again in ‘Kentuckiana,’ hosting a new 6-8pm weeknight show on WHAS, beginning May 18th. Connell (left) will be pulling daily double-duty, as she’ll also continue to host wake-ups at KHOW … KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh evening host Robert Mangino will team with CBS Radio/Pittsburgh personality Shelley Duffy to host the KDKA Afternoon News, starting on April 27th. The duo will join veteran newscaster Rose Ryan-Douglas, field reporter Joe DeStio and sports director Jeff Hathhorn in KDKA’s weekday 3-7pm slot … In a sign that Mike Huckabee may be moving closer to declaring a bid for the White House in 2016, the former Arkansas Governor has pulled the plug on his daily WYM Media Management-syndicated commentary, The Huckabee Report. Beginning Monday, May 4th, WYM will replace ‘Huck’ with Gallagher Online, a thrice-daily commentary hosted by Salem Radio Network host Mike Gallagher (right).

Welcome To Radio’s “Steroid Era”
April 16, 2015

While the annual spring NAB Show in Las Vegas is not generally known for being a hotbed of major radio news, this year’s edition has featured a lot of lively conversation from radio attendees over the reliability of Nielsen’s PPM, and the first public roll-out of a black box processor called Voltair that reportedly helps stations boost PPM-credited listening and, in turn, ratings and revenues. Paragon Senior Research Consultant Larry Johnson (left) weighs in on the controversy in a post to the company’s blog entitled, The Steroids Era in Radio is Here. “The history of radio ratings is littered with bogus methods to goose stations’ ratings,” writes Johnson. “Until there are scientific tests to either debunk or substantiate the effectiveness of the Voltair black box processor, we can’t be certain of its effectiveness.” Noting he’s previously asked Nielsen for their thoughts on the Voltair unit and received a flat “no comment” from the company, Johnson goes on to suggest, “Nielsen needs to step in for the sake of radio in general. With the decades-long, slow-but-steady decrease in radio Time Spent Listening and Persons Using Radio, any improvement in measuring true radio listening levels should be embraced rather than ignored. If a PPM booster is good for the goose, then it’s good for the gander.” Read the full post HERE.

Talk And Media News Notes
April 16, 2015

FM talker New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW/Trenton, NJ) assisted local authorities in shutting down a pirate radio station that was broadcasting at 101.3 and interfering with the Townsquare Media-owned station’s broadcast signal. The illegal “pirate” was broadcasting Haitian music and Talk programming from a private home located in Linden, NJ, and was easily identified by a large (and apparently non-city code compliant) roof-top broadcast antenna (pictured). Reporter Katie Lannan at NJ.com has more on this story HERE … Sara Morris has joined iHeartMedia’s Washington, DC-based Government Affairs team as Senior Director/Government Affairs, reporting to Jessica Marventano, SVP/Government Affairs. Morris will also work alongside Dan Dukes, who was recently promoted to Senior Director/Government Affairs for iHeartMedia, Inc … A special NTS MediaOnline Today shout-out to CBS Radio News, which picked up four National Headliner Awards this year — all 1st Place finishes — in the categories of ‘Broadcast Radio Networks and Syndicators Breaking News or Continuing Coverage‘; ‘Broadcast Radio Networks and Syndicators Newscast’; ‘Broadcast Radio Networks and Syndicators Feature and Human Interest Story’; and ‘Broadcast Radio Networks and Syndicators News Series.’ See a list of ALL of this year’s ‘Headliner’ trophy winners HERE.

This Just In: Former Cumulus Media COO Jon Pinch — who retired and then quickly un-retired last fall to serve as Market Manager at the company’s Atlanta cluster, a role he’s held for the past six months — has announced that he is retiring again and saying, “This time for real.” In a memo sent to staffers Pinch (left), who has logged a 45+ career in broadcasting, reports he will be succeeded by Entercom/Sacramento Market Manager and 26-year broadcast veteran, Sean Shannon, who will takeover as Market Manager for the Atlanta station cluster beginning next week.

She’s Got Pens, And She Knows How To Use ‘Em
April 16, 2015

Geller Media International namesake and longtime Talk media pro, Valerie Geller, spent some time wielding her pen at the NAB Show this week, as she hosted a signing event for her book Beyond Powerful Radio. Valerie tells NTS MediaOnline Today that her latest book will also be available in an audio version as of May 1st.