A story by Chris Quintana in the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that WABC/New York morning host and Westwood One syndicated personality Don Imus is putting his 24,000 acre New Mexico ranch on the market for $32 million. Founded by Imus and his wife Deirdra in 1998, the ranch was developed into a non-profit operation that, over the years, has hosted more than 2,000 kids with cancer for summer ranch experiences. Imus told the newspaper he’s selling the property because he believes he and his family can support more charities with the proceeds from a sale. He also noted that he hopes to sell to a group interested in continuing the goals of the non-profit Imus Ranch. The newspaper reports the facility — located just outside Santa Fe — includes 28 bedrooms and 34 bathrooms, located in 11 buildings. Read more HERE.
Talk media mogul Glenn Beck’s new book, Dreamers and Deceivers, hits bookstores nationwide next week (10/28). Beck’s latest book is a non-fiction work designed to “introduce you to the heroes and villains whose real stories have been edited from our schoolbooks.” Known primarily for his Talk radio and television shows, Beck has previously penned #1 books that have topped the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s books bestseller lists. Read a sample from his latest tome HERE … Congrats to Hubbard Radio Chair and CEO Ginny Morris (pictured), who will be honored at next month’s 39th Conclave Learning Conference in Minnepolis with the group’s annual Rockwell Award … From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Arguably the most significant newspaper editor of the 20th century, Ben Bradlee, died yesterday at age 93. The Washington Post remembers the legendary journalist who directed the coverage of Watergate and dozens of other history-making events during his tenure with the newspaper HERE.
NTS MediaOnline Today always likes to salute stations for doing good deeds — something that radio does often and well. Today we send props out to Alpha Media/San Antonio, where News/Talker KTSA and its five Alamo City clustermates recently raised over $128,000 in donations during the stations’ Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner Radiothon. Now in its 7th year, the Radiothon supports a San Antonio tradition – ’A Feast of the Heart’ – that started some 35 years ago when a local restaurant owner, the late Raul Jimenez, offered free Thanksgiving dinners to a couple of hundred people in need. Raul’s daughter, Patricia, remains the driving force behind the event that, this year, will serve meals to more than 25,000 needy and elderly people in the region. “We associate our stations with so many wonderful organizations, but this one is one of the most genuine,” said Ops Manager Greg Martin about the annual fundraiser. “It’s family run and family executed, with the help of the community of San Antonio. There’s no worry about high salaries and big overhead — you know exactly where your money is going.”
WestStar MultiMedia Entertainment is once again offering Mannheim Steamroller’s An American Christmas for the holidays. Hosted by Mannheim Steamroller founder Chip Davis (pictured), the 12-hour special is already booked at KOA-KHOW/Denver; KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh, WHAS-WKJK/Louisville, KLBJ-AM&FM/Austin, and KNRS-AM&FM/Salt Lake City … Sun Broadcast Group’s syndicated Marilu Henner Show adds new believers WZGM/Asheville, NC, WFLN/Arcadia, FL and KATE/Albert Lea, MN … Stock up on food and beverages as Westwood One Sports has a special NFL ‘back-to-back-to-back-to-back’ line up planned for the weekend, featuring play-by-play coverage of four consecutive games. The action kicks-off at 9am (ET) with Detroit vs. Atlanta in the NFL’s International Series game, live from Wembley Stadium in London. That will be followed by Houston @ Tennessee (12:30p), Philly @ Arizona (3:30pm) and the New Orleans Saints hosting the Green Bay Packers at 7:30pm … Meanwhile, WW One has signed a multi-year extension with vCreative, a web-based/cloud-based continuity management system that allows continuity, traffic, and production departments to work together.
NH1 Radio, the statewide New Hampshire news network that launched some eight months ago, was honored at the recently held New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters annual Granite Mike Awards. Proudly displaying the news team’s first ever award are (L-R): NH1 Radio News Director Jeff Wade and Morning Anchors Laura Montenegro and Nick Carpinelli.
A feature in today’s Washington Post — which prominently features a long outdated photo of Rush Limbaugh alongside the provocative headline, ‘The GOP Hates The Lamestream Media’ — details a recent Pew Research study focused on where people got their news in the past week. Not surprisingly, those respondents who identified as “mostly” or “consistently” conservative preferred FOX News by a wide margin, while those who call themselves “consistently” or “mostly” liberal prefer CNN over all other cable and broadcast network news rivals. One item that stands out from the study is that those who consider themselves to be conservatives also cite Talk radio personalities, including Premiere Networks syndicated hosts Rush Limbaugh (pictured above in a far more recent photo), Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck – as well as Beck’s digital venture The Blaze – as favorite and most-used sources for news. Meanwhile, left leaning news consumers don’t name any particular radio personalities as a source for news, but they do cite public radio NPR as a favorite source. Read the Times’ analysis and opinion on the Pew study HERE.
You’ve likely read about last weekend’s Pumpkin Fest riots in Keene, NH, a town that also happens to be the home of Free Talk Live host Ian Freeman. Ian (pictured) was on the ground and witnessed crowds of drunken college students destroying property, as well as what he terms, “an unnecessarily aggressive police response” to the situation. Station newsrooms, hosts and producers who would like to get Freeman’s up-close-and-personal views on the chaotic weekend scene in the small New Hampshire town can reach him HERE … WYD Media Ad Sales has inked a deal with Spreaker to rep ad sales for the digital talk media and audio content distribution platform. Additionally WYD will assist Spreaker with overall brand management and creation of alternative and customized opportunities for the advertising community … Carlos Lamadrid has been appointed Vice President of National Sales and Strategic Partnerships for Entercom. Lamadrid, most recently SVP at TC Media, will report to Entercom Station Group President Weezie Kramer.
The Beast 980, Los Angeles’ recently launched Sports/Talker and the radio home of the NBA Clippers, will ring in the 2014-15 season with a special live broadcast featuring CBS Sports Radio syndicated host Jim Rome and local Beast 980 host Fred Roggin. The duo will broadcast outside LA’s Staples Center this Thursday (10/30) from noon-7pm prior to the Clippers’ home opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Among the special guests scheduled to be on the broadcast is former Clipper and UCLA star, and (KFWB) 980 The Beast morning co-host Marques Johnson. Johnson (pictured) raised some eyebrows around Tinsletown today when he told his co-host Jeanne Zelasko that, given the chance, he would not want to play for the Clippers’ crosstown rivals the LA Lakers with Kobe Bryant. “Just the way things have kind of disintegrated over the last year or so, with Paul Gasol leaving and then Dwight Howard a couple of years ago, it just doesn’t seem like this thing is headed in a positive direction,” said Johnson. Listen to the audio HERE.
ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike – Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic (pictured) — have launched the Who’s In with Mike & Mike at the College Football Playoff contest, encouraging listeners around the country to tune in for a daily winning word or phrase prompting them to enter to win exclusive prizes — including an all-expenses paid trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship in Dallas. Beginning Monday (10/27), through Friday, November 21st, listeners will be able to battle it out by calling, texting or registering online. Each Grand Prize winner and a guest will receive a personality-driven experience to the College Football Playoff National Championship including: airfare, accommodations, a VIP broadcast experience and pre-game tailgate and, of course, tickets to the championship game. The experience will be documented across ESPN Radio and television, ESPNRadio.com and the via the network’s social media and partner platforms.
Pictured at yesterday’s live Town Hall event on Ebola, hosted by WTOP/Washington at DC’s Newseum are (L-R): Doctors Joshua Sharfstein, Jesse Goodman and Anthony Fauci. The trio of medical professionals took questions about the Ebola outbreak, advising that Americans should be “aware, prepared and informed, but not panicked” about the virus in the U.S. (Photo: WTOP/Laurie Cantillo)