News/Talk Listeners Plan To Vote
July 27, 2016

Although a recent in-app survey conducted by NextRadio found that one-in-three users said they don’t plan to vote in the upcoming 2016 Presidential election, News/Talk listeners seriously bucked that overall trend, with nearly three-out-of-four (74%) respondents saying they will vote in November. Despite that encouraging figure, the survey also found that approximately 20% of News/Talk listeners said they plan to sit-out this election. Across other formats, CHR listeners were the least enthusiastic about voting, with nearly 70% stating “No” or “Undecided” on their voting plans, while Country and Spanish music listeners also offered high “No” and “Undecided” responses (66% and 63%, respectively). To conduct the survey, NextRadio listeners were presented a visual voting option on the “Now Playing” screen as a display card below the main screen of the station’s album art, promotional image or station logo. Over 40,000 unique NextRadio app users in all 50 states viewed the poll during the campaign conducted June 19th to July 6th, with 10% responding. Slightly more than 3,700 app users answered the poll, resulting in 9.3% participation rate. NextRadio reports that California radio listeners proved to be the most engaged, comprising 21% of responses, followed by New York listeners at 14%.

Real Life Meets Fiction In Noory’s New Book
July 27, 2016

George Noory, host of Premiere Networks’ late-night syndicated Talk radio stalwart Coast To Coast AM, has just released a new book, Night Talk — his first foray into penning a work of fiction. Barnes & Noble describes Noory’s current book (his fourth) as “a tense, paranoia-fueled conspiracy thriller” and describes it as a story in which, “a late-night talk-show host fascinated by the paranormal becomes entangled in a deadly conspiracy.” Meanwhile, William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Letter sums up the merging of fiction with real life in Night Talk saying, “Talkmaster George Noory delivers a pulse-pounding thriller about a scary world in which everyone is watched, nothing is private, and no one is safe. Spoiler alert: it’s the world we live in! So, turn off the computer, don’t answer the phone, draw the drapes, and read. When you’re done, you may not want to leave the house. But this one is a knockout.” You can check out more details on the late night talk host’s new book HERE.

Sports/Talk News Notes
July 27, 2016

NBC Sports Group has made the entire Westwood One-syndicated NBC Sports Radio portfolio of programming available on-demand via podcast, along with a brand new lifestyle podcast hosted by Tara Lipinski and Johnny WeirTara and Johnny debuts today (7/27), just ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Weir and Lipinski will also serve as correspondents for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2016 summer games …. Entercom/Portland, OR Sports/Talkers 910 ESPN Portland (KMTT) and 1080 The FAN (KFXX) ink a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Washington StateIMG Sports Network. Beginning with the 2016 college football season, 910 ESPN Portland will serve as the Portland affiliate for Cougar game-day broadcasts, with select games also airing on 1080 The FAN …. In advance of Mike Piazza’s upcoming induction into the MLB Hall of Fame, iHeartMedia-owned WOR/New York will air a repeat broadcast of the former Mets’ catcher’s iconic home run on September 21st, 2001 — the first home run for a New York team after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Listeners will have the opportunity to hear the game just as they did that evening in 2001,  when Piazza’s dramatic home run provided a big lift in spirits to a nervous crowd at Shea Stadium still reeling from the attack that killed more than 3,000 people. The game will be preceded by a special retrospective program focusing on Piazza’s storied career, hosted by WOR’s Pete McCarthy. The repeat broadcast will begin at 6pm (ET) tomorrow night.

Talk And Media News Notes
July 27, 2016

Yesterday, we told you the radio stations and personalities named as finalists for the 2016 NAB Marconi Radio Awards. Today we learn that legendary radio personality Scott Shannon (left) will host this year’s annual Marconi Awards dinner and show on September 22nd, during the upcoming NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville. Currently hosting mornings at WCBS-FM/New York, Shannon’s radio career has spanned more than four decades. Prior to his move to WCBS, Shannon helped develop groundbreaking CHR WHTZ-FM (Z-100), then co-hosted the morning show at WPLJ-FM for some 22 years. He’s also the creator of the True Oldies channel that’s now distributed by United Stations Radio Networks iHeartMedia/St. Louis taps the single-monikered ‘A.J.’ as Senior Vice President of Programming for the Gateway City cluster, effective August 15th. Since joining iHM in 2012 A.J. has served as SVP/Programming for the company’s Richmond-Norfolk, VA stations and managed programming for iHM stations in Syracuse, Rochester, Albany and Binghamton, NY … Twenty-year Christian radio veteran Matt McNeilly has been named Station Manager of Moody Radio’s 90.1 WMBI-FM/Chicago. McNeilly replaces former station manager, Roy Patterson, who recently moved to a new role as a special assistant for community relations to Moody president, Dr. Paul Nyquist …. Condolences: To the family, friends and industry colleagues of Jim Carnegie. The founder and former publisher of the industry trade publication RBRRadio Business Report — died earlier this week, apparently of natural causes. Jim’s niece posted a message on his Facebook page saying a joint memorial service for Jim and his late wife Cathy is being planned for next month in Tampa.

Live, From ‘Press Row’ In Philly ….
July 27, 2016

Hard at work from their perch overlooking the podium at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, that’s (l-r) Salem Radio Network White House correspondent Greg Clugston, chief engineer Jeff Matzka and SRN U.S. Senate correspondent Linda Kenyon anchoring the network’s nightly gavel-to-gavel coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention all this week.

NAB Marconi Award Finalists Announced
July 26, 2016

The National Association of Broadcasters announces finalists for the 2016 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. News/Talkers dominate this year’s ‘Legendary Station’ category, with KRLD-AM/Dallas, WBAL/Baltimore, WBT/Charlotte, WDBO/Orlando and WINS/New York occupying all five finalist slots. Meanwhile, DirecTV/FOX Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick and FOX Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr made the cut in the this year’s competition for ‘Network/Syndicated Personality,’ while numerous other News/Talk/Sports hosts are finalists in other ‘Personality’ categories, including Tim Conway Jr. (KFI/Los Angeles); Mike Francesa (WFAN/New York); Toucher & Rich (WBZ-FM/Boston); Jason Matheson (KTMY/Minneapolis); Charlie Sykes (WTMJ/Milwaukee); Brent Carl Fleshman (WHUB/Cookeville, TN); and Amanda Mangan (WKLP/Keyser, WV). This year’s nominees for ‘News/Talk Station of the Year’ include KKOB/Albuquerque; KRMG/Tulsa; WBZ-AM/Boston; WLW/Cincinnati; and WTOP/Washington; while KNBR/San Francisco; KRLD-FM/Dallas; WCMC-FM/Raleigh; WSCR/Chicago; and WXYT-FM/Detroit are all finalists in the ‘Sports Station of the Year’ category. Winners will be announced on September 22nd at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show during the 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville. View the full list of 2016 Marconi Award finalists in all 21 categories HERE.

BMG Ups Brian Beasley To COO
July 26, 2016

Beasley Media Group has promoted Brian Beasley to Chief Operating Officer of the Beasley Broadcast Group subsidiary. Brian has been with the company since 1977, working his way up through the ranks to his most recent role as Executive Vice President of Operations. “Brian has dedicated nearly four decades of his professional life to the radio industry and has made countless contributions to the success of our company,” said Caroline Beasley, interim CEO. “He has always performed exceptionally as one of our company’s directors and I’m proud to announce his promotion to COO of Beasley Media Group.” Calling his new step up the company ladder a “great honor,” the newly minted COO (pictured) adds, “I’ve benefitted greatly from my hands-on experience at all levels of this business and I’ll be continuing to contribute to the successful operations of our stations for many years to come.”

Entercom To Roll Out ‘Beyond Reality Radio’
July 26, 2016

Beginning August 1st, Entercom will roll-out Beyond Reality Radio, a new nightly show focused on the paranormal that will debut on Entercom-owned News/Talk outlets KJCE/Austin, WRKO/Boston, WBEN/Buffalo, WSKY/Gainesville, FL, WYRD/Greenville, SC, KMBZ/Kansas City, WWL/New Orleans, KNSS/Wichita, WILK/Wilkes-Barre, PA and Oldies KEZW/Denver. Co-hosted by Ghost Hunters star Jason Hawes and TAPS ParaMagazine editor/publisher JV Johnson, the new show will air live, Monday-Thursday, from midnight-2am (ET). “This is our innovative take on a classic paranormal show that is targeted to reach a younger and broader audience,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom President of Programming. “Jason Hawes and JV Johnson bring a level of sophistication to the conversation and expertise that appeal to a wide range of people, from those who are deeply involved in the paranormal and maybe have had their own experiences, to those who are simply curious about the unexplained.”

Executive Orders
July 26, 2016

The Radio Advertising Bureau promotes VP/Business Development Annette Malave to Senior Vice President/Insights. effective August 1st. In her new role Malave (left) will lead the group, representing it across the various research entities RAB works with on a regular basis. Concurrently, RAB President/CEO Erica Farber announces that RAB Senior VP/Research Andy Rainey will retire on July 29th, after 23 years in that role. “We have been extremely fortunate to have Andy’s research acumen at the RAB, where she’s advocated for radio and made us all a lot smarter,” said Farber. “We’re thankful to her for her many years of service and perhaps the early bird we know may just sleep in a bit longer.” … Alpha Media names Mike Fell as Market Manager for the company’s Clinton, MO station cluster. The 20-year industry sales and management veteran most recently served as General Manager for Badlands Broadcasting in Rapid City, SD.

You Never Know Who You Might Bump Into
July 26, 2016

While covering the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, Joe Kelley — News Director and wake up host for Cox Media Group/Orlando News/Talker News 96.5 (WDBO) — grabbed this Facebook-worthy selfie with legendary former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, now managing editor and anchor of Dan Rather Reports for cable’s AXS-TV.