Is A Podcasting “Renaissance” Happening?
October 31, 2014

In a recent post, New York magazine technology columnist Kevin Roose writes that after a few years of waning interest, today’s world of podcasting is experiencing a “renaissance” in growth and argues that the medium is, “More alive than ever.” In support of that claim, Roose cites the most recent Infinite Dial study from Edison Research and Triton Digital, which reported that some 39 million respondents had listened to a podcast in the 30 days prior to the study being taken — the highest number on record. So what’s behind the resurging interest in a technology that was first introduced in the early 2000′s? Three key things: Improved quality/content, compelling economics and connected cars. “Connected cars are a boon for the entire streaming audio industry, but they’re especially exciting for podcast makers, whose shows are perfectly suited to in-car listening,” writes Roose. “Just as TV watchers can now choose Netflix or Amazon streams over surfing channels, radio listeners will soon have a bevy of on-demand options at their disposal.” Read the full article HERE.

DC And San Antonio Listeners Get “The Answer”
October 31, 2014

Southern California-based Salem Communications continues the roll out it’s “Answer” brand with two more of the company’s News/Talkers – WRC/Washington and KLUP/San Antonio — assuming the new new handle at 6am on Election Day, Tuesday (11/4). ”Since Tuesday is decision day in America, we felt the perfect time to make the brand name switch was Election Day and both markets are ready to go,” said Salem VP Director of Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce. “Salem has already used ‘The Answer’ branding at News/Talk stations in 11 of it’s markets and it has resonated with our listeners who have come to rely on our stations for lots of everyday answers, both big and small. How to get control of the country again is a big question for many of our listeners, and our Salem radio stations do seem to have The Answer.” Salem already uses ‘The Answer’ brand at its News/Talk stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Cleveland, SacramentoHonolulu, Orlando, Riverside, CA and Columbus, Ohio.

Talk Media News Notes
October 31, 2014

KNX 1070 NewsRadio/Los Angeles will assemble a panel of diverse experts on the front lines of the worldwide Ebola crisis to answer the public’s questions in a special ‘Town Hall’ broadcast entitled Ebola Uncovered that will air next Thursday (11/6) from 3-4pm. Guests will include an infectious disease specialist from UCLA, a sociologist from UC Irvine and a local doctor who recently treated Ebola patients in Liberia. Those outside of SoCal can listen to the special broadcast HERECompass Media Networks has unveiled its 2015 College Basketball schedule, tipping off with Notre Dame vs. North Carolina on Monday, January 5th at 6:45pm (ET). See the full list of upcoming college hoops that Compass is offering to radio HERE … Just hours after covering this year’s MLB World Series in Kansas City, CBS Radio News correspondent Steve Futterman (pictured) barely had time for a nap before quickly heading cross-state to cover a plane crash at the Wichita Airport that killed four people. NTS MediaOnline Today notes that Steve has a propensity for covering one event as another major story breaks. Recently, he was covering the British Open in England when a plane went down in the Ukraine, prompting the intrepid CBS News reporter to book a quick flight to the Netherlands where the bodies from that crash were returned.

NTS MediaOnline Today “Gig Alerts”
October 31, 2014

Hearst-owned News/Talker WBAL/Baltimore is on the hunt for a Sales And Marketing Account Executive. Responsibilities include selling advertising on WBAL Radio and wbal.com, plus Orioles and Ravens sponsorships to new and existing advertisers; heavy cold calling and prospecting of new accounts; and participation in sales meetings and sales presentations. A minimum of one to two years of relevant sales experience is preferred, as is a Bachelor’s Degree. Reliable transportation and solid computer skills are a must. Email your cover letter and resume to WBAL/WIYY General Sales Manager Hugues Jean HERE. (EOE)

Got a gig open? Seeking your next opportunity? Email details and your contact information to us HERE and NTS MediaOnline Today will publish your information free-of-charge here in our weekly “Gig Alerts” as a service to all Talk media professionals.

Three Good Sports
October 31, 2014

Larry Gifford Media namesake Larry Gifford (left) paid a recent visit to new Los Angeles Sports/Talker The Beast 980, where he caught up with longtime SoCal sports personality Fred Roggin (center) and ‘Beast’ Program Director Owen Murphy. Roggin was featured on a recent edition of Gifford’s Radio Stuff podcast.

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A TIMELY REMINDER! It’s that fun fall weekend when an extra hour of sleep comes your way (unless you live in Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands), followed by a week or two of interruption in pretty much everyone’s sleep rhythms, along with lots of increased grumbling from having to wake-up when it’s still dark outside. Yep, good old ‘Daylight Savings Time’ comes to an end for another year at precisely 2am (local time) this Sunday (11/2), so be sure to “FALL BACK” by setting your clocks back one-hour before you hit the sheets on Saturday night.

Baxter’s Back On Bay Area Airwaves
October 30, 2014

iHeartMedia/San Francisco has named legendary Bay Area Talk radio personality Ed Baxter to fill Talk 910 KKSF-AM’s 10am-1pm slot, effective immediately. Baxter (pictured) replaces Frosty Stillwell, who recently exited the station to return to Los Angeles. A Bay Area Hall of Fame inductee, Baxter spent more than 30-years at crosstown KGO Radio, where he was heard in both afternoons and mornings during his long tenure. He is also the winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for best newscast in the country, as well as over 50 regional and local awards in all facets of news. “We are thrilled to add Ed Baxter to the Talk 910 line up,” said Don Parker, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s SFO cluster. “Ed has a tremendous audience base from his many years on the air in the Bay Area, as well as a fantastic track record of success for advertisers. Our commitment to live and local talk throughout prime time programming is unparalleled in the Bay, making Talk 910 San Francisco’s Talk Station.”

Talk Media News Notes
October 30, 2014

NTS MediaOnline Today is sending out “get well quick” wishes to our old pal Rusty Humphries. The longtime Talk radio personality is recovering from recent surgery for what has been diagnosed as Necrotizing Lymphadenitis, a “very rare” disease that Rusty’s surgeon said he’s “only seen twice in 30 years.” Rusty (pictured) shares details of his medical ordeal, that has been playing out for the past several months, in a Washington Times article he penned entitled, So, I Almost Died Last Week. Read it HEREPhiladelphia Daily News writer Molly Eichel reports that hometown WPHT host Dom Giordano — who just inked a long-term extension of his deal with CBS Radio’s Philly News/Talker — is soon to get his very own private label candy bar — The Dom Bar – from Gertrude Hawk Chocolates to mark the occasion. Read more HERE … Congrats to Las Vegas Talk radio veteran Heidi Harris on being named as one of 2014′s Distinguished Women of Nevada. Heard nightly on Sin City’s KBET, Harris has also recently taken on Market Manager responsibilities for new digital TV venture, BlabTVLasVegas.com.

Executive Orders
October 30, 2014

Current Salem/Sacramento GM Dale Hendry heads south to San Diego, where the 32-year broadcast industry veteran assumes the same role at the company’s stations in America’s Finest City. Concurrently, Mark Durkin is upped from Director of Sales to General Manager, replacing Hendry in Sacramento … Meanwhile, Salem Radio Network VP/Operations Charles Mefferd has left the company after after a 23-year run at Salem, the past 14 of those at SRN. Mefferd (pictured) is joining Christian media agency Ambassador Advertising as VP/Sales and Marketing, where he’ll work from offices in both Dallas and Irvine, CA … Mary Giesen has been hired as Vice-President, Sales Planning at Westwood One. Most recently VP Sales Planning and Operations for Compass Media Networks, the move marks a homecoming for Giesen, who previously worked at the network in several sales planning capacities.

Final ‘World Series’ Memories
October 30, 2014

ABC News Radio correspondent Scott Goldberg (left) grabbed a photo moment while reporting from last night’s final World Series game at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. We’re going to assume this smiling shot of the KC native and longtime Royals fan was taken before the 9th inning of last night’s game in which the San Francisco Giants won a hard-fought 3-2 “squeaker” to win the 2014 MLB title. Interestingly, it’s the second time Scott has been to a World Series Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium. As a kid he attended the 1985 World Series with his dad when the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals … Meanwhile, as Giants fans celebrate for a few more days, baseball fans around the country once again confront a big hole in their life as we now must wait ’til Spring 2015 to once again hear the crack of the bat and the cry of ‘play ball.’ As a service to those who, like your editor, are mourning the loss of having a baseball game to settle into nightly, we give you the familiar voice of ESPN’s Dan Shulman (right) calling the final out of last night’s game in Kansas City.

KQTH Raises Big Bucks For Fisher House
October 30, 2014

Journal Broadcast Group/Tucson News/Talker KQTH-FM turned over 12 hours of its programming to raise money to build a Fisher House at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care Center. When all was said and done, the daylong effort produced $121,178  in donations. All smiles after the successful local fundraiser are  (L-R): KQTH producer Shane Dunn, PD and morning host Bill White, afternoon host James T. Harris and Arizona Fisher House vice chair Rick Grinnell. Other KQTH talents who participated include Jon Justice, Ben Buehler Garcia and news anchor John Harper. (PS: Want to find out how your station can support the good efforts of Fisher House? Contact Marshall Adams HERE).