Pope Francis held the first-ever televised virtual audience with Americans earlier today, in what ABC News called an “historic event” moderated by ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir. In the first-of-its-kind global gathering, Pope Francis heard the stories of the people while delivering his message to hundreds in Chicago, Los Angeles, and McAllen, Texas simultaneously from the Vatican via satellite. During the interactive virtual audience, the Pope spoke with students at the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, individuals from homeless shelters near Skid Row in Los Angeles, and immigrants at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church near the United States-Mexico border in McAllen. The event provided an opportunity for the Pope to connect with people in places he wanted to visit, but is unable to during his upcoming trip to the United States. ABC News Radio is offering excerpts from Muir’s papal interview beginning today, as well as access to a one-hour ABC News special from the event that will air this weekend.
After weeks of rumors, WEEI/Boston has confirmed that local Sports radio legend Glenn Ordway will soon be returning to the Entercom-owned Sports/Talker. In his new role, Ordway (right) — who previously spent some 27 years at WEEI prior to being ousted in 2013 — will join former Boston Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni and ex-New England Patriot Christian Fauria weekdays, from 10am-noon (ET), beginning September 8th. Entercom/Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary said the time is right for Ordway’s return to WEEI. “There is no one in Boston media who better understands the passion, pride and peculiarities of New England sports fans than Glenn Ordway. In an era where copycats are far too often the norm, Glenn is a true and timeless original with legions of followers eager to hear his views every day.”
Lana Zak (left) joins Karen Travers, Mary Bruce, Bazi Kanani, Kenneth Moton and Stephanie Ramos as the newest member of ABC News Radio’s Multi-Platform Reporter team. The award-winning reporter began her career with ABC News as an anchor/producer for Diane Sawyer at Good Morning America … Congrats to KGO/San Francisco mid-morning host Ronn Owens, who sounded right on top of his game as he returned to his show today following recent surgery to treat his Parkinson’s symptoms … Longtime KOGO/San Diego host Bob ‘Sully’ Sullivan steps down as co-host of the iHeartMedia News/Talker’s DeMaio-Sullivan Report, amid rumors of tension over the direction of the show since Sully was paired with former SD City Councilman Carl DeMaio last April. Sullivan will reportedly remain with KOGO as a business editor and fill-in host, while DeMaio is now hosting the mid-afternoon program solo … In news of another departure, news veteran Joe Gillespie has left the building at KXNT/Las Vegas, after “five adventurous years” with the CBS Radio News/Talker. No word yet on where he’s headed next, but friends and colleagues can reach Joe HERE.
Over the weekend, legendary 88-year old Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully (right) announced that he plans to return next year for his 67th season with the team. Dodgers’ flagship KLAC/Los Angeles has video of Scully’s announcement to the press HERE … Former San Diego Chargers broadcast analyst and player Hank Bauer, who was let go after last year’s NFL season, has joined San Diego Sports/Talker ‘Mighty 1090’ as the station’s NFL and Chargers’ analyst. As previously announced, Bauer will also work as an analyst for Sports USA’s pro-football broadcasts … KKFN-FM/Denver Program Director and morning show co-host Nate Lundy steps away from daily on-air duties to focus on his PD chores at 104.3 The Fan. The station was recently acquired by Bonneville International … Former Philadelphia Eagles star Brian Westbrook will join Anthony Gargano in the Morning on 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN/Philadelphia) every Monday after an Eagles’ game, from 9-10am (ET). Westbrook is a familiar voice to fans of the station, having previously co-hosted a show with Harry Mayes during the 2014 season, and his own show during his playing days in the 2008 season.
Glenn Beck was joined by Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece Alveda King, actor Chuck Norris, historian David Barton, Bishop Jim Lowe, Rafael Cruz (father of Sen. Ted Cruz), and crowds of supporters for his Unity March throughout the streets of Birmingham, Alabama this past Saturday morning. That’s the Premiere Networks syndicated Talk radio host and TheBlaze television personality (center in black jacket) pictured, leading the march with Lowe, Cruz, Ms. King and others.
Broadcast industry organizations have joined forces to launch the Alison & Adam Memorial Fund to support families of the two Roanoke television news journalists who were murdered by a former co-worker on live TV this week. The National Association of Broadcasters, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will contribute to and accept donations from broadcasters on behalf of the victims, reporter Alison Parker and camera man Adam Ward. The NAB reports commitments of $40,000 have already been offered by broadcaster interests. A portion of the contributions will be distributed to family members of both Parker and Ward, with an additional contribution going to Vicki Gardner, the Executive Director, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce who was also shot, but survived the incident and is recovering. The NAB says an online option to donate to the fund will be available soon, but until then you can donate the old-fashioned way by sending your check made out to: NAB Alison and Adam Memorial Fund, c/o NAB, 1771 N Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Salem Media Group announced today that it is re-naming its top-of-hour news product in a joint partnership with Townhall.com — the Salem-owned website that reaches a reported 3 million unique visitors every month. Salem will continue delivering its long-running SRN News feed at :55 past each hour, primarily for Christian stations. The new top-of-the-hour broadcast will be designed for News/Talk stations and will carry the ‘Townhall.com’ branding. “We will continue to offer the outstanding reporting that is a hallmark of SRN News with great anchors and respected correspondents like Greg Clugston at the White House, Linda Kenyon at the Senate and Wally Hindes at the House,” said Salem Radio Network Senior VP Phil Boyce. “The new brand extension will allow us to better market the product for News and Talk stations, and we can’t think of a better partner to have than the respected and well-known Townhall.com.” Sirius XM’s Patriot channel will be among the news service’s charter affiliates when it debuts on August 31st, with additional affiliates, including KSEV/Houston, also already on board.
WOR/New York morning co-hosts Len Berman and Todd Schnitt (left) showed up unexpectedly on last night’s edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live, when their show’s latest TV commercial show up as part of a recurring bit Kimmel does called “Unnecessary Censorship.” Watch HERE … Beginning August 31st, Texas Radio Hall of Famer and long-time Sportsradio 1310 & 96.7 TheTicket (KTCK/Dallas) host Norm Hitzges will team-up with fellow veteran Ticket personality Donovan Lewis to co-host a new weekday show, airing from 10am-noon on the Cumulus Media-owned Sports/Talker. Hitzges and Lewis have teamed to host The Ticket’s Dallas Cowboys’ post-game show for the past seven seasons and will continue doing so during the upcoming NFL season … South Florida radio is on full alert going into the weekend, after the state’s governor issued a “state of emergency” with Tropical Storm Erika bearing down on the Sunshine State. Forecasters expect Erika’s track will become clearer in the next 48 hours, after passing over the Dominican Republic and then tracking toward the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas. WIOD/Miami has activated the News/Talker’s usual ‘StormWatch’ alert and information system, which offers more details and updates HERE.
Greater Media News/Talker WBT/Charlotte is seeking part time WBT Tailgate Girls who are interested in learning more about event marketing, promotions and broadcasting. As part of the group, you’ll work to gain exposure for the radio stations at station-produced and/or sponsored events, area concerts, sporting and cultural events and other on-site opportunities relevant to the station’s marketing and sales effort. Candidates must be detail oriented, creative and outgoing. They must have strong communications and organizational skills and must be able to represent the station(s) in a positive manner at events. Candidates should have strong people skills, web/internet knowledge, and must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines. All candidates should possess a desire to learn more about promotional/marketing strategies for radio. In order to be considered for the position, candidates must have a valid driver’s licenses. If you think you have the talent and qualifications to be a (part-time) WBT Tailgate Girl, e-mail your resume and photo HERE. (EOE)
After six great years as online producer and contributor for the syndicated America Tonight with Kate Delaney show, Jack Alexander is looking to break out on his own with a very different style of conservative Talk radio that will get the phones ringing in any day part. Jack is insightful, funny, even a little controversial without coming across like a shock jock or conspiracy loon. Jack loves getting out into the community for public events, personal appearances and if you have a country station in your cluster you can double down as Jack loves his country music and small town living and will eagerly pull double duty. Plus his ‘Aussie’ accent will just melt the hearts of your female listeners. If you’re looking for a syndication-worthy, multimedia talk show that will build strong numbers, hosted with energy by someone who lives and breaths radio, email Jack HERE to request a demo.
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The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction with BMI and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), has just wrapped up the eighth annual Rising Through the Ranks, Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program held in Nashville. As the ladies gathered for their graduation photo above, Ibiquity SVP/Marketing and Broadcast Business Joe D’Angelo (far right) experiences his very own real life ‘Where’s Waldo?’ moment.