Schnitt And Shatner Face-Off On Twitter
March 2, 2015

As fans and critics debated the choice of William “Captain Kirk” Shatner to miss the Los Angeles funeral of his co-star Leonard “Mr. Spock” Nimoy over the weekend due to his commitment to a charity event in Florida, new WOR/New York morning show co-host Todd Schnitt weighed-in on the topic via Twitter, tweeting, “Do Red Cross event and then private jet to LA.” Schnitt (pictured), who now co-hosts wake-ups on iHeartMedia’s NYC News/Talker with Len Berman, says he was surprised when Shatner replied by tweeting back, “I must have missed your email about underwriting the arrangement and payment for this.” New York’s Newsday reports the actor later added to his response with another tweet aimed at Schnitt saying, “If @WOR710 think they have a new [Howard] Stern or [Bill] O’Reilly with Schnitt then good luck. He’s no Stern.” Schnitt is scheduled to be interviewed tonight on nationally syndicated show biz news program Inside Edition about the controversy and his Twitter face-off with Shatner. Newsday has more HERE.

ESPN/L.A. Debuts New Local Morning Show
March 2, 2015

710 AM ESPN Radio/Los Angeles (KSPN) has launched the ESPNLA Morning Show, a new local morning drive program hosted by Kelvin Washington and Travis Rodgers. The new show will air from 5-7am on 710AM, followed by two more digital-only hours (7-9am) on ESPNLA.com and via the ESPNRadio app. ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd will air on 710AM from 7-10am, followed by ESPNLA Now (10am-noon), Mason & Ireland (noon-3pm), Max & Marcellus (3-7pm) and ESPNLA Rewind (7-9pm). In a related item, ESPN Radio’s syndicated Mike & Mike can now be heard on suburban Los Angeles Sports/Talker KLAA/Orange, CA, weekdays from 5-9am. “ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans, anytime and anywhere, and we at ESPNLA are thrilled to continue advancing that mission in Southern California,” said VP/GM Scott McCarthy. “With the new morning show, we will bring even more great local sports audio content to the radios, computers, and mobile devices of LA-area sports fans.”

Talk Media News Notes
March 2, 2015

Citing listener feedback, after only a couple of airings, CBS Radio/Washington’s 99.1 WNEW has already dropped Westwood One’s syndicated Overnight America with Jon Grayson and returned to an all-news and information format overnights. WNEW Program Director Robert Sanchez told NTS MediaOnline Today, “We heard from many, many early risers who rely on the service we provide, particularly in the 3am and 4am hours, and we’d be foolish to not respond to that demand.” Sanchez noted that another recently added long form talk show, The Dave Ramsey Show — which now airs weeknights from 7-10pm — “has been very well received and we are pleased to continue with that program in the evenings.” … Citing television and travel commitments, WABC/New York afternooner Rita Cosby is stepping down from her full time weekday hosting role, but will continue to host a new weekend show that debuts March 8th on the Cumulus Media News/Talker. Meanwhile, Doug McIntyre, morning host at sister station KABC/Los Angeles, will reportedly go bi-coastal, hosting a second daily talk show from 5-6pm (ET) on WABC to fill the lineup hole in the wake of Cosby’s departure  … Online news site The Daily Caller reports that former Talk radio host and MSNBC personality Ed Schultz is being sued by Michael Queen, an NBC producer and broadcast engineer, for “not giving him a piece of the financial pie for helping him land his TV show.” Read more HERE

Executive Orders
March 2, 2015

Cumulus Media has promoted Chicago VP/Market Manager Donna Baker to Midwest Regional Vice President. In her new role Baker will be based in Kansas City and oversee Cumulus’ station operations in that market, along with Minneapolis, and Des Moines. Concurrently, 20-year Windy City radio veteran Peter Bowen has been named to replace Baker as VP/Market Manager in Chicago. He most recently served as Senior Vice President/Director of Sales for CBS Radio’s six station Los Angeles cluster … Meanwhile, in New York City Cumulus appoints Chad Lopez to Vice President/Market Manager for it’s Big Apple stations, including News/Talk WABC. Lopez (pictured) joins from CBS Radio’s crosstown cluster, where during a 14 year career he served as General Sales Manager and DOS for WINS and WCBS-AM iHeartMedia names Colleen Valkoun Market President for the company’s Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin clusters, She most recently has served as interim Market President for both cities, having previously served as VP/Sales for iHeart’s 12 Milwaukee and Madison stations.

Will He, Or Won’t He?
March 2, 2015

AM590 The Answer (KTIE/Riverside, CA) recently hosted The Unite Inland Empire Conservative Conference with over 1,000 reported attendees. Keynote speakers included long time southern California talk host Larry Elder, business executive Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Texas Governor (and potential GOP presidential hopeful) Rick Perry — pictured here with AM590’s Jennifer Horn and Brian Whitman, co-host of The Morning Answer, heard on AM870 The Answer (KRLA/Los Angeles) and KTIE.

McCoy Returns To Wake-Ups In ATL
February 27, 2015

Longtime Atlanta radio personality and two-time NAB Marconi Award nominee Steve McCoy is returning to daily duty at Cumulus Media-owned News Radio 106.7 (WYAY), where he’ll host mornings beginning on Monday (3/2). McCoy’s 25-year career on Atlanta radio began at Z-93, where he ultimately became the longest-running morning personality in that station’s history. He’s also hosted successful shows on Atlanta stations Power 99, Star 94 and WSB-FM. “After months of fishing, and finding myself grabbing the mic at the supermarket checkout and doing a morning show for those in the meat department, I figured it was time to get back on the air,” said McCoy. “I’m thrilled to be back on Atlanta radio and reunited with all those I grew up with. What makes this even more special is joining the team at News Radio 106.7, Atlanta’s home for local News and Talk.”

Johnny B Goes Nationwide With WW One
February 27, 2015

Westwood One inks a partnership and syndication deal with popular Chicago radio personality Jonathon “Johnny B” Brandmeier (left) that will put him back on the air in Chicago and nationwide next month. The Jonathon Brandmeier Show will air live weekdays from 10am-1pm (ET) on stations around the country, including WLS-AM/Chicago, KABC-AM/Los Angeles, KLIF-AM/Dallas, KKAT-AM/ Salt Lake City, WPRV-AM/Providence, KTBL-AM Albuquerque, and others TBA. The new show will air in the WW One slot now occupied by Dennis Miller who said he is “stepping aside” from radio — at least for now. “It’s been a great run and I’ve had a phenomenal time interacting with my guests and audience,” he said. “But with so many other commitments right now, it’s hard to maintain a daily talk show. It’s time to pass the torch as I move on to explore other opportunities. I wish Johnny B lots of luck.”

Talk Media News Notes
February 27, 2015

Entercom promotes veteran radio executive and popular radio personality Lee Rogers (left) to News Director for it’s six station Greenville, SC cluster, including News/Talker 106.3 WORD-FM Rachel Williamson is named Director of Digital Revenue Development for Cox Media Group, where she’ll be charged with focusing on CMG’s 59 radio brands across the country to drive digital revenue growth and integrated sales. Williamson was most recently Director of National Sales at Cumulus Media, where she managed national local spot business for more than 480 radio stations in over 95 markets … … Among the U.S. radio industry pros scheduled to speak at the upcoming Radiodays Europe gathering (March 15-17, in Milan, Italy) are longtime Talk programmer and media strategist David G. Hall, programming and talent consultant Larry Gifford, Edison Research exec Larry Rosin, iHeartMedia VP/Talent Development Dennis Clark, Z100/New York morning host and Premiere Networks syndicated personality Elvis Duran and Coleman Insights President/COO Warren Kurtzman. Find out more about Radiodays Europe HERE … ABC Entertainment and PodcastOne launch a new, original podcast series that will take an in-depth look at ABC’s new television drama American Crime, which premieres March 5th. Hosted by film critic and radio personality Elvis Mitchell, the new podcast will be available via the PodcastOne website and app, and on iTunesCONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and former colleagues of retired WCCO/Minneapolis newsman Dick Chapman, who has died following a long illness. Retired since the early 1990s, Chapman spent nearly 40 years with the Twin Cities’ “Good Neighbor” station. WCCO has more on Chapman’s career HERE.

NTS MediaOnline Today “Gig Alerts”
February 27, 2015

WTOP/Washington is growing our management team by hiring an additional News Director to keep pace with our growth and success. The ideal candidate is a visionary leader and passionate news junkie who understands that news isn’t a 9-to-5 job. Must be a ‘black belt’ on all platforms (broadcast, web, social), who is able to successfully lead in a fast-paced multimedia environment with an eye to the future. Required: degree in Journalism, Communications or related field and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in network or Top 20 market news. Applications will be kept confidential. Get more details and apply online HERE.

The Dave Ramsey Show is seeking a “rock star” to handle Media Advertising & Sponsorship Sales. You’ll need a proven track record of closing million dollar deals, personal integrity that allows your to rise above your competition, an aptitude to hear the word ‘no’ as an opportunity, and a strong working knowledge of what we do and why it works so well every time. If you have what it takes, then it’s your assignment to get our attention. When we find this person we will commit to providing an incredible work environment, unparalleled resources with a brand that delivers results, and the ability to control your own earning potential with no corporate imposed ceiling. This opportunity is available now and won’t stay open for long. Warning: If you are just looking for a job or a paycheck you will not make the cut. Get full details and apply online HERE. (EOE)

Journal Broadcast Group’s News/Talk/Sports AM 620 WTMJ/Milwaukee has several outstanding career opportunities. WTMJ is building its own 24-hour on-air/digital traffic center, resulting in opportunities for Traffic Reporters. The station also has a rare opportunity for a Sports Anchor/Sports Talk Host. Additionally, WTMJ is searching for an experienced Digital Content Producer/Morning Show Producer. Meanwhile, in sports marketing, WTMJ is adding another Sports Account Manager position to sell Green Bay Packers football and Milwaukee Brewers baseball. See these and other great opportunities at Journal Broadcast Group’s Milwaukee Operations HERE. (EOE)

Cincinnati-based Simply Money Media is seeking a Financial Show Host/Multmedia Specialist. We’re looking for an individual with a financial background who can share compelling and meaningful ‘money’ stories with consumers. You’ll know how to be memorable, be a strong advocate for our target consumer and know how to “make money simple” and easy to understand. The successful candidate will be featured on television, radio, online videos, audio podcasts and in print. A Bachelor’s degree in the fields of finance, business and/or media with 3-5 years relevant experience is preferred. Interested candidates should forward your resume and demo to Simply Money Media SVP Darryl Parks HERE. (EOE)

CBS Radio/Miami Sports/Talker 560 WQAM-AM is looking for an experienced Program Director with a clear and unique vision to strategically propel it to new ratings and revenue levels. We are looking for a PD that lives and breathes sports, while being informative, relevant and entertaining. A minimum of 5 years experience in radio programming management is required, with a Bachelor’s degree preferred. Get full details and job requirements, along with a link to apply online HERE. (EOE)

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We’re Guessing A Weekend Nap Is In Order
February 27, 2015

SiriusXM host Joe Madison logged an incredible 52 consecutive hours behind his Urban View channel microphone this week, a fete currently under review as a new world record by the Guinness World Record Organization. Madison cracked the mic at 6am (ET) this past Wednesday morning and continued his program around the clock until 10am this morning. Along with setting a potential world record, ‘The Black Eagle’ raised more than $150,000 for the construction of the Smithsonian’s proposed National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC. “I am exhausted but, when you do something for the right reasons and have the support of others, you really can do anything,” said Madison following the show. (Photo: Larry French/Getty Images courtesy of SiriusXM)