Nielsen Flunks “Let’s Make A Deal”
July 29, 2015

That’s what Paragon strategist Larry Johnson says in a post to his company’s blog about Nielsen’s recent response to the PPM/Voltair controversy. Johnson suggests Nielsen’s recent webinar to explain the company’s position on the issue was similar to broadcasters being a contestant on Let’s Make A Deal. “Nielsen’s webinar on July 21st addressing the Voltair issue was very well done,” he writes. “The lab experiments Nielsen presented establish the ground rules for validly measuring a radio station’s encoded signals in the Portable People Meter (PPM) system. Yet, in the end, Nielsen is playing Let’s Make a Deal, with radio receiving booby prizes behind all three doors.” Detailing just why he believes that to be the case, Johnson says that instead of addressing the issue with clear answers for broadcasters, Nielsen officials instead chose to leave the debate “unresolved and open-ended.” However, he does note there could be at least one piece of good news for Nielsen in all the debate over Voltair. “The good news for Nielsen is nobody is talking about their anemic sampling anymore. Those issues still exist, by the way … behind Door #4.” Read more HERE.

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SRN Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis In Haiti
July 29, 2015

Salem Radio Network VP/News and Talk Tom Tradup, recently spent time in Haiti spearheading the network’s coverage of a major humanitarian crisis that is unfolding in that poor and troubled island nation. Tradup (pictured here with some young refugees in Jimani, Haiti) worked with the charity Food For The Poor to focus attention on the crisis. “The mainstream media spends its time hyping the Confederate flag and Donald Trump, while 90-minutes from Florida, men, women and children face starvation and death,” he said. Salem Radio Network hosts Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt and others also helped in raising awareness of the refugee situation happening in Haiti, incorporating live reports from the scene into their programs, as did Salem local talkers Joe Piscopo (WNYM/New York), and Mark Davis and Jon-David Wells (KSKY/Dallas).

Sports/Talk Radio News
July 29, 2015

iHeartMedia/Louisville and Matt Jones, the voice of Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR), have renewed their vows. Jones (left), now in his 5th year with the show, will continue to host Kentucky Sports Radio every weekday from 10am-noon (ET) on WKJK/Louisville, NewsRadio 630 WLAP/Lexington and other radio affiliates across the state served by the Kentucky News Network … The NHL Florida Panthers announce the team’s 2015-16 regular and post-season games will once again air on Sports Radio 560 WQAM/Miami, the team’s flagship radio partner. Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster “Red Deer” Randy Moller will be back in the broadcast booth to call all the action … The Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul have announced the team’s 2015 playoff games will air on 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM/Philadelphia). Joe DeCamara, host of The Fanatic’s nightly 6-10pm slot, will provide play-by-play, with Soul General Manager Tom Goodhines providing color commentary … SiriusXM’s NFL Radio Training Camp Tour, kicks off on July 31st, with live shows planned from all 32 NFL teams’ training camps to prepare fans for the upcoming 2015 season. Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan will open this year’s tour with a 7-10pm (ET) broadcast on Friday night from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ camp in Latrobe, PA.

Talk And Media News Notes
July 29, 2015

Champagne corks were heard popping across the industry yesterday (7/28) as AT&T announced it will start activating FM chips in their smartphones beginning in 2016. While the NextRadio app folks are plenty pleased with this latest development, they’re calling on the radio industry to continue airing the group’s spots to educate consumers about how they can get free radio on their smartphones. Stations can download the latest NextRadio spot campaign HERE iHeartMedia names Keith Hotchkiss Market President of its Charlotte, NC group. Most recently Senior Vice President of Sales for the six-station cluster, Hotchkiss’ 17+ year broadcast career also includes a previous stint as General Sales Manager in Cleveland/AkronAlpha Media/Portland, OR and Feedback Media will offer Brian Bushlach’s weekly one-hour Business Briefing on News/Talker KVI/Seattle. Now in it’s 10th year on the air at flagship KXL-FM/Portland (and offered in syndication via the Radio Northwest Network), Bushlach’s show will be heard on KVI every Saturday at 8am … Condolences: To the family, friends and former colleagues of  former WWL/New Orleans talk host and WWL-TV anchor Andre Trevigne (pictured) who died July 27th at age 66. Read more HERE.

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Sports
July 29, 2015

104.3 The Fan KKFN-FM/Denver Program Director Nate Lundy snagged this office wall souvenir with legendary rocker Steven Tyler. The longtime Aerosmith front man was in the building to visit The Fan’s sister station KYGO, where he was promoting his new solo Country album project.

Radio Newsroom Staff Levels Fall
July 28, 2015

The latest data from Radio Television Digital News Association’s annual newsroom survey reports that while television news staffs are growing — with some 300 new positions added in TV newsrooms this past year — radio news staffs have remained mostly unchanged year-to-year. The survey found that the typical radio news operation has a full-time news staff of just one, with the typical radio News Director overseeing the news on an average of 2.4 stations. Nearly 80% of multi-station local groups use a centralized newsroom, and almost 30% of stations say their News Director is not a full-time employee. When it comes to web staffers, once again television newsroom positions have increased, while overall web staffing in radio newsrooms is down. To see more, check out the RTDNA’s latest analysis from its annual newsroom survey HERE.

Talk And Media News Notes
July 28, 2015

From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” DepartmentChicago radio legend (and current WLS-FM host), John “Records” Landecker will retire at the end of the month, after more than 40 years in radio. His final WLS show will air this coming Friday night (7/31) from 8-11pm (CT). Fans outside the Windy City can stream it HERE (that’s Landecker pictured, in his original publicity shot from his first run at then Top 40 powerhouse WLS-AM) … Doug Schoen pens some positive ink for radio in Forbes. Read Radio: The All But Forgotten Medium With The Biggest Reach HERETim Benz leaves WEEI/Boston for a ‘TBA’ new gig in PittsburghBroadcast Company of the Americas’ San Diego Sports/Talker The Mighty 1090 (XEPRS) and the new San Diego Gulls minor league hockey franchise have signed a multi-year radio rights deal that will have Gulls’ games airing on either ‘Mighty 1090′ or sister Sports outlet ESPN 1700 … Sports writer Bernie Miklasz leaves the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to re-join Hubbard FM Sports/Talker 101 ESPN (WXOS) to host weekdays 7-10am starting in late August. Miklasz previously had a four year run in middays on the station … Angela Hill exits middays at WWL/New Orleans. Market veteran and current 8-midnight host ‘Scoot’ has moved up to fill Hill’s 1-4pm hours, while Kristian Garic and T-Bob Hebert move over from sister station 3WL to take Scoot’s previous nighttime hours.

Additions To Your Summer Reading List
July 28, 2015

We have a couple of new books from Talk radio pros for you to consider adding to your summer reading list. First up, as previously reported here in NTS MediaOnline TodayWestwood One syndicated host Mark Levin’s new book Plunder & Deceit hits bookstores and online retailers next week. In it, Levin “challenges the rising generation of younger Americans to awaken to the cause of their own salvation asking, ‘Will you acquiesce to a government that overwhelmingly acts without constitutional foundation—or will you stand in your own defense so that yours’ and future generations can live in freedom?'” Author and former Reagan White House political director Jeffrey Lord offers an in-depth review of Levin’s latest book HERE.

Our second summer reading list suggestion poses the premise that rapidly evolving technologies will naturally produce winners and losers in the near future — the real question is, who will they be? In his new book BrandWIDTH: How Big Broadcasting Is Missing The MEDIAmorphosis, veteran broadcaster and new media pioneer Kipper McGee explores why he believes the top broadcast players are facing “financial Armegeddon” and suggests just what unencumbered brands — whether broadcast groups, stations, talents or any business — can learn from that to avoid making the same mistakes. The paperback edition is available HERE, or you can download the e-book version at Amazon.

Executive Orders
July 28, 2015

Emmis Communications has elevated Patrick Walsh to President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, while Ryan Hornaday has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Walsh joined Emmis in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer and most recently served as Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer. He also serves on the Emmis Board of Directors. Hornaday, who joined Emmis in 1999, most recently served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. Jeff Smulyan, founder of the company, remains Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer … Westwood One has added two veteran sales executive to the company’s roster. Angela Codella, most recently an Account Director with SiriusXM, has joined WW One’s New York office as Director/National Partnerships, reporting to Ron Russo, EVP/Northeast Sales; and Roman Gwin, most recently National Account Director at the L.A. office of iHeart Media’s Total Traffic & Weather, joins  WW One’s Los Angeles office, also as Director/National Partnerships, reporting to Kim Bryant, EVP/West Coast Sales … Bob McCuin, most recently SVP/Sales for Townsquare Media, has been named President of Sales for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia. It’s a second tour of duty at iHeart Media for McCuin, who previously served as  VP/Sales for the company’s six-station Big Apple radio cluster.

KMOX Clean Team Covers Ferguson
July 28, 2015

With the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO fast approaching, KMOX/St. Louis marked the occasion by organizing a ‘street team’ of volunteers to do a massive clean-up of Ferguson’s West Florissant Street — an area that suffered damage during the protests that followed the racially-charged incident. Spearheaded by KMOX mid-morning host Charlie Brennan, over 400 volunteers joined the talk host for a live broadcast on Monday morning (7/27), braving some pretty extreme heat while clipping hedges, pulling weeds, picking up trash and cleaning up graffiti. See more photos from the event — including some great before and after the clean up shots — HERE.