Yahoo Sports Radio is partnering with Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) to launch of STAA University, a unique and interactive online university to develop and discover the next generation of top sportscasting talent. The partnership marks a joint mobilization to “create and educate the future of the business” from an inside perspective, led by veteran broadcasters and established executives, through a long-form academy program. “I have always dreamt of building upon my history in broadcasting by creating a place to develop our successors and, not only present them an industry-rooted education, but share the creativity and excitement of broadcasting to keep our tradition alive,” said Yahoo Sports Radio EVP Corporate Strategy Jeffrey Schwartz. “STAA University with Yahoo Sports Radio is that place, and we are proud to partner with [STAA CEO] Jon Chelesnik in this venture.” Learn more HERE.
Delmarva Broadcasting News/Talker WDEL/Wilmington, DE will soon be available on FM, with a planned flip of soon-to-be-acquired WJKS (Kiss 101.7)/Canton, NJ to a simulcast of WDEL. Delmarva previously agreed to purchase WJKS from QC Communications and has been operating the station under an LMA since January. The sale is reportedly set to become final on March 31st. WDEL Director of News and Programming Chris Carl told NTS MediaOnline Today, “It will be a 100% simulcast with WDEL-AM and at some point after the deal closes, if we haven’t already, we’ll apply to the FCC to change the call letters to WDEL-FM.” Carl confirmed the last day for WJKS’ current format will be March 31st, with the official format flip to WDEL’s News/Talk programming at midnight on April 2nd — after a bit of April Fool’s Day stunting.
Kevin Wall is returning to Las Vegas Talk radio, with a new show on KBET. Wall — most recently heard on crosstown KXNT — will slide into the noon-3pm slot that has been occupied by Westwood One’s syndicated Dennis Miller Show. Miller recently announced he was stepping away from his daily radio program, with new WLS/Chicago mid-morning host Jonathan Brandmeier set to takeover Miller’s network timeslot … Syndicated talker Dave Ramsey recently took his Smart Money event to Phoenix for a sold-out show held in conjunction with Dave Ramsey Show affiliate News 92.3 KTAR. That’s Dave (right) with KTAR VP/Market Manager Scott Sutherland and Ryan Hatch, VP/Content & Operations … WTMJ/Milwaukee host Charlie Sykes will host his annual live “Insights” broadcast on April 2nd, featuring an interview with Wisconsin Governor (and potential GOP presidential candidate) Scott Walker and other guests, before an already sold-out, live audience at the Harris Theater in suburban Brookfield, WI.
Nominations for the 37th annual Sports Emmy’s were released this week, with DirecTV/MLB Network host Rich Eisen (left) — who also hosts a daily national radio show syndicated by Premiere Networks/FOX Sports Radio — receiving a nomination in the ‘Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Host’ category. See all the nominees HERE … WEEI/Boston will host what’s being billed as a “momentous event” this Sunday (3/29) at Cathedral Station Sports Bar & Pub — a place where most any night of the week you’ll find locals watching the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics or Bruins while shooting pool, hoisting beers or just hanging out. What distinguishes the crowd of young and old, blue-and-white-collar fans from most other Boston sports pubs, is that Cathedral Station’s clientele is primarily Gay. ““When you look at just how far we’ve come as a society at large, it makes sense to openly embrace sports fans from every segment of our richly diverse community,” said Entercom/Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary. “Sunday’s event is WEEI’s official and public declaration of welcoming Boston’s LGBT sports fans to our extended radio family.” WEEI will co-host the event with Boston Spirit Magazine, the Premier LGBT publication in the Massachusetts and New England area.
FOX Sports Radio National Anchor and Baylor University alumna, Deb Carson, recently emceed the school’s 4th annual Going For The Gold Gala to help raise scholarship funds for nursing students. Carson was joined by fellow alumni, NFL Quarterback, 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and member of BU’s Class of 2010 Robert Griffin III (left), who served as keynote speaker for the evening, and special guest NFL coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary (BU ’81). The event raised a record $1.5 million in scholarship money for students of Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing.
It was 36 years ago this month that now WABC/New York talk host Curtis Sliwa and the all-volunteer Guardian Angels street patrol took its first subway ride to help protect citizens from increasing street crime and gang violence in the Big Apple. In honor of that anniversary — and the birthday of its founder, Curtis Sliwa — the Attic Rooftop & Lounge in NYC will be the site for tomorrow night’s (3/26) Party For A Purpose, a fundraiser to benefit the Guardian Angels charity. Attendees are encouraged to donate $36 in honor of the Angels’ anniversary, or $61 in celebration of Curtis’ birthday. However, organizers also note, “Every donation, no matter how big or small, will go a long way to supporting one of the most important public service charities!” That’s Curtis pictured above in his pre-Talk radio days, when he first donned that now ever-present Angels’ red beret more than three and a half decade ago.
Mel Karmazin, the former head of SiriusXM, CBS and Viacom, will share his insights on the current and future state of media in a conversation with Wall Street Journal media and entertainment reporter Joe Flint on Tuesday, April 14th, from 5:30 – 6:30pm, at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The general session, billed as Mel Karmazin Totally Unplugged: Cocktails and Conversation, is open to all NAB Show attendees and will feature complementary beverages (including beer and wine). “Mel Karmazin is a legend in the media business who helped build multiple media empires throughout his extraordinary career,” said NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith. “We are thrilled to have him speak at our show and look forward to this uniquely candid conversation with one of the industry’s greatest entrepreneurs and business strategists.”
Steve Wynn, Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, is joining Salem Radio Network’s syndicated Bill Bennett’s Morning In America as a regular contributor. Wynn (pictured left with Bennett) will appear on the program twice a month, beginning tomorrow (3/26), commenting on issues relating to American business culture, developing customer-focused employees, and how employers and employees can team-up to generate higher profits and better job security in 2015 … Multi-media personality Adam Carolla tweeted today that his recently launched PO’d podcast with Dennis Miller (distributed by PodcastOne), is “on hiatus” for now, and adds that “nothing changes” with the Adam Carolla Show … Congrats to Greater Media/Philadelphia — home to Sports/Talker 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM) — on being named to Philly.com’s annual list of Top Workplaces in the City of Brotherly Love. It’s the fourth consecutive year the cluster has earned the honor.
Late yesterday (3/24) the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi and Will Hobson updated the continuing strange and rumor-filled saga of the on-and-off debut of a new morning show at Red Zebra’s DC Sports/Talker ESPN 980 (WTEM/Washington). Abruptly pulled just as it was set to debut two weeks ago, the newspaper says The Man Cave, co-hosted by former Post columnist Jason Reid and veteran radio and TV personality Chris Paul, will definitely, probably, most likely, kick-off next Monday (3/30). Read more HERE … ESPN Radio will debut an “enhanced weekday evening lineup” on March 30th, leading off with The [Jorge] Sedano Show at 7pm, followed by The Right Time with Bomani Jones at 9pm and The Freddie Coleman Show at 11pm. All programs will be available nationwide on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, the ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker and TuneIn.
KFI/Los Angeles is now equipping the iHeartMedia News/Talker’s field reporters with news drones fitted with on-board HD cameras. KFI lays claim to being “the first and only Southern California radio news outlet to utilize the drone technology to gather unique news content,” that the station will use on its website and social media platforms. Reporters are required to complete both classroom and field training with an instructor. “There is no doubt in my mind that this is the future of news gathering,” said Robin Bertolucci, KFI Program Director. “The news drones will be a great addition to our content capturing technology. Our listeners demand dynamic content on our website and social media. Not to mention, they’re just really, really cool.” Pictured checking out the new addition to the KFI newsroom’s arsenal of tools are reporters (l-r) Eric Leonard, Jo Kwon and Steve Gregory.