On the Thursday edition of his Westwood One syndicated Talk radio show (7/2), Michael Savage (left) announced the five exceptional college students who have been selected to receive scholarships for their responses to his recent essay contest entitled, What Does It Mean to Be An American? Each of the five winners will receive $20,000 over a two-year period as their share of the contest’s $100,000 scholarship fund. The winners were selected from a reported 1,700 entries received since Savage debuted the contest earlier this year. “I hope to continue this scholarship program next year,” said Savage. “There are so many deserving patriotic students who have been silenced by anti-American rhetoric at U.S. colleges. Hopefully these scholarships will encourage others to stand up for America.” The Savage Nation airs live nationwide from 3-6pm (ET). See details on the five scholarship winners HERE.
With Terminator Genisys set to take on all comers at the box office on this 4th of July weekend, Brian Kilmeade welcomed Arnold Schwarzenegger to FOX News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends studios, where the two two talked about the former California governor’s role in the newest edition of the Terminator film franchise. Schwarzenneger also talked-up ‘After-School All Stars,’ a program that encourages children to participate in after-school activities, with the goal of helping to keep kids off the streets and away from poor life decisions. When Kilmeade asked Arnold about posing nude and a recent photo shoot in which ‘The Guv-a-nator’s’ body was fully exposed, Schwarzenegger replied simply he had “nothing to hide.” Meanwhile, FNR reports that KFTK/St. Louis has added Kilmeade and Friends to the Emmis-owned News/Talker’s lineup, where it airs weekdays 9am-noon.
NBC Sports Radio overnight host Jason Page (left) will suit up at the request of the Boston Red Sox to fill a slot on their roster for next week’s ‘Heroes For Heroes Legends Game’ against the New York Yankees. The July 9th old-timers alumni game will be played at the home of the Bridgeport Bluefish, The Ballpark at Harbor Yard and will benefit ABRI/Homes for the Brave, a non-profit based in Bridgeport dedicated to improving the lives of homeless individuals, especially veterans. … CBS Small Business Pulse, a cross-divisional effort being spearheaded by CBS Local Digital Media and featuring content from CBS News, CBS Radio, CBS Local, CBS Interactive and more, is available now online and on the mobile web HERE … KKFT-FM/Reno and WMEL-AM/Coco Beach, FL add Envision Networks’ Sunday night John and Leah Show … Radio veteran Kevin Stern joins Darrell Wayne and Mark Alyn on Late Night Health Radio as Associate Producer and Engineer for the weekly health and medical news program … Cumulus Media and Audioboom Group announce a strategic partnership in which Audioboom’s SaaS platform will provide on-demand creative, hosting, broadcasting and advertising tools for Cumulus and Westwood One. In addition, Audioboom has named Westwood One as its exclusive sales representation agent for the monetization of its digital content … Christian radio network Moody Radio has purchased the broadcast license for 97.1 FM in Ashtabula, OH. With a sign-on date expected to be announced later this month, the new WVMU will be Moody Radio’s 37th owned and operated network radio station … ESPN Radio will move to a new home in Atlanta, segueing from Lincoln Financial Media’s (soon to be Entercom) WQXI-AM to Dickey Broadcasting’s crosstown WFOM — where the full ESPN Radio lineup will replace Westwood One’s syndicated CBS Sports Radio.
Longtime KFYI/Phoenix personality Barry Young (right) has been named as an inductee to the Arizona Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame. Barry, who recently retired from regular duty at KFYI, will join Bill Buckmaster, Tom Dillon and Maurie Helle in the Class of 2015, with all to be honored at the ABA’s 26th annual Hall of Fame luncheon scheduled for next October at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale … David Lewis has been tapped to be the General Manager for Curtis Media Group* News/Talker WPTF/Raleigh-Durham. Lewis most recently served as manager of Cumulus Media’s Myrtle Beach cluster … In other Raleigh radio news, 99.9 The Fan (WCMC-FM) holds its third ‘Fan Town Hall’ tonight (7/2), featuring a one-hour Q&A with Mike Krzyzewski, the 36-year head coach of the 2015 NCAA Men’s College Basketball champion Duke Blue Devils. Airing from 7-8pm (ET) on co-owned WRAL-TV, the event will be hosted by The Fan’s Joe Ovies and WRAL’s Jeff Gravely.
(*) A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the ownership of WPTF. The information here has been updated and corrected to note Curtis Media Group as the station’s owner).
United States Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) dropped by the studios of Little Rock News/Talker 96.5FM The Answer this week for a chat with longtime Arkansas Talk radio personality Dave Elswick (left). With the conversation focused on international affairs, Cotton offered constituents in The Natural State his perspective and observations on Iran, Iraq, the Islamic State, Russia and China.
Newsmax.com has just released the website’s picks for its 2015 Most Influential Local Talk Radio Shows in America. While some names may not be as familiar to listeners nationwide as those of nationally syndicated personalities like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dave Ramsey, Glenn Beck or Mark Levin, Newsmax says that all the local hosts who made the list of the 50 most influential local shows “have put into action in their own communities an American spirit not unlike that of the Founding Fathers when faced with their era’s threats to liberty.” Topping the list is longtime KFI/Los Angeles duo John & Ken (pictured), with WABC/New York midday hosts Curtis & Kuby, WRKO/Boston afternoon driver Howie Carr, WGN/Chicago morning man Steve Cochran and KFI midday host Bill Carroll rounding out the Top Five, respectively. See who else ranked on the Newsmax list — including local Talk radio stars from cities big and small all across the nation — HERE.
Ian Freeman, host of the daily syndicated talk show Free Talk Live (left), was featured this morning on NBC’s Today show, where reporter Jeff Rossen profiled how the talk host and his ‘band of merry men’ are being sued by the City of Keene, NH for being so-called ‘Robin Hoods.’ As NTS MediaOnline Today first reported back in 2013, Freeman and other volunteers have been regularly taking to the streets of Keene for the past few years, where they’ve been on a mission to save people from parking tickets by feeding coins into expired and soon-to-expire parking meters. The ‘Robin Hoods’ say they’re simply doing a charitable good deed to help their fellow citizens, but the Mayor of the City of Keene says the group is “harassing” parking enforcement officers and has been on a counter-mission to stop the parking do-gooders. Watch the Today report HERE.
In the ongoing debate over the alleged inaccuracies of Nielsen’s PPM — the electronic audience measurement system for radio the company inherited when it acquired Arbitron — a new post at Carl Bialik’s FiveThirtyEight.com blog cites an email from a former Arbitron engineer indicating that questions about attempting to balance sound fidelity with the potential for PPM meters to not be able to pick up the code existed right from the beginning. “We had concern about various types of formats,” wrote the former Arbitron engineer cited by Bialik. “It was thought that Classical and some Talk formats would be challenging to encode and possibly decode reliably.” The news is yet another in a series of disconcerting revelations about possible inefficiencies in PPM’s ability to accurately measure all radio formats. The post also adds fuel to the need for Nielsen to address those issues and the debate over the use of 25 Seven Systems’ Voltair unit, a processor that is said to help stations boost encoding potential — something the ratings company says it is still studying after months of inquiries from across the radio industry. Read more HERE.
Legendary KGO/San Francisco host Ronn Owens (left) — who previously revealed he’s been dealing with Parkinson’s disease for more than a decade — will undergo surgery called ‘Deep Brain Stimulation’ next month, a procedure doctors believe could potentially help with some of the effects the progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system causes in its victims. KGO-TV has more details and talks to Ronn about the upcoming operation HERE … Longtime KTSA/San Antonio personalities Trey Ware and Johnny Shannon will be inducted into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame on August 22nd. Ware has also been nominated this year for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, where — if chosen — he’ll join his dad and former KTSA personality Ricci Ware … Veteran WOKV/Jacksonville, FL Director of Branding and Programming Mike Dorwart has been “restructured” out of his gig after more than a quarter-century at the Cox Media Group News/Talker. The Florida Times-Union has more details HERE.
Twenty two-year sales and sales management veteran Brandi Young has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia/Phoenix, where she’ll oversee sales operations for the cluster that includes News/Talk KFYI and FOX Sports 910 AM. Young was most recently VP/Corporate Sales for Townsquare Media … Congratulations to consultant Holland Cooke and Lori Pollack (right) as the couple announces they officially tied the knot last weekend. No details on their honeymoon plans, but we’re betting somehow Holland will manage to work-in a stopover at some industry convention along the way. Email your best wishes to the happy couple HERE.
WBEX/Chillicothe, OH morning host and Program Director Dan Ramey is pretty hard to miss in this photo with KISS tribute band ‘Mr. Speed,’ who performed as part of a summer concert series sponsored by Litter, a local propane supplier. The annual concerts also raise awareness for Operation Whiskers, a campaign in which Litter donates $1 for every gallon of propane sold to benefit local humane societies in the region. Ramey reports last year’s efforts resulted in $63,000 donated to local shelters.