Don Imus hosted the final FOX Business Network television simulcast of his daily WABC/New York-Westwood One morning radio show today, opening the program by declaring, “Ordinarily when I leave these jobs it’s by police escort.” While his radio show will continue (Imus confirmed he’s just inked a new contract with Cumulus Media), that didn’t stop many of his FOX colleagues from offering some tongue-in-cheek “tributes” to the I-Man via a special audio/video prepared for today’s show. “What a sad day,” said FOX News Channel personality and Premiere Networks syndicated Talk radio host Sean Hannity. “The FOX Business Network is going to lose the cranky, contentious, Imus In The Morning. Don, you are an icon, a legend, and if people knew the Imus that I know, you’d be fired again!” FOX Business anchor and self-proclaimed “Imus groupie” Neil Cavuto lamented Imus’ departure from FBN, but rejoiced that he will still be able to hear him on radio everyday saying, “I take great comfort, as I have for decades, in knowing that Don Imus is not dead — he just looks like he is.” Hear a podcast of the show posted on the WABC website HERE.
FOX News Radio is getting set to blow out the candles and cut the cake on Monday (6/1), as staffers celebrate the network’s 10th anniversary. Launched June 1st, 2005 on just 24 radio stations, FNR reports it is now heard on nearly 600 affiliates nationwide … Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant sits down with ESPN’s His & Hers co-host, Jemele Hill for an unfiltered, no-holds-barred conversation about his professional and personal journey, at the 2015 Genius Talks series, hosted by BET, June 25th-28th in Los Angeles …. Another era in broadcasting history comes to an end this weekend, as veteran CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer hosts his final edition of Face The Nation on Sunday morning and heads off to enjoy his previously announced retirement. Schieffer (pictured) will welcome former two-term Florida Governor and potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush to his final broadcast for CBS News, where he has spent most of the past five decades. John Dickerson, CBS News Political Director, will take over as host of Face The Nation on June 7th.
Alpha Media — a company quickly closing in on owning more than 135 radio stations nationwide — has named digital media executive Stefan Brock as Corporate Vice President of Interactive for the Portland, OR-based company. In his new role Brock (left) will oversee digital strategies and initiatives for the company, as well as leading Alpha Media’s current corporate digital team. Brock’s background includes stints with Disney Interactive, Disney’s ABC Television Group and his most recent gig as Executive Director of Product and Operations for Super Mackerel. “After a long search we are very lucky and excited to have Stefan relocate to Portland to join our team,” said Alpha Media CEO/President CEO Bob Proffitt. “His experience, intelligence and customer focus was a perfect fit with our live and local strategy, and for leading the continued evolution of our interactive choices for listeners and customers.”
KFMB-AM (Talk Radio 760)/San Diego is seeking an On-Air Personality for a rare opportunity at San Diego’s premiere Talk outlet. We are looking for candidates who consider themselves to be an interesting communicator who can inform and entertain. Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they can capture the moment, create a community and be a companion to the audience. In addition to on-air performance, the successful candidate must be skilled at promoting their show through traditional media and social media. Prior talk show experience is preferred but is not required. This position is open to all media content creators. Please include references and samples of work (via DVD or a link to an online portfolio) when applying. Get additional details and instructions on how to apply for this prime gig in America’s Finest City HERE. (EOE)
WTOP/Washington continues its nationwide search for the Hubbard Radio all-newser’s next Program Director. You’ll need at least ten years experience leading and managing a large, short-form and headline oriented newsgathering organization in a major market, with a proven, quantifiable track record of success. A journalism degree is preferred, along with a background that includes experience as a writer, reporter or anchor. Get full details on this major market opportunity and instructions on how to apply online HERE. (EOE)
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Actor Ray Liota recently dropped in for a visit with Sports/Talker Rich Eisen, where the pair talked sports, movies and more, and paused for this awesome office wall souvenir. The Rich Eisen Show is produced by DIRECTV and airs nationwide weekdays, noon-3pm (ET), on Fox Sports Radio.
For months now, NTS MediaOnline Today has been following the ongoing controversy over the accuracy of Nielsen Audio’s PPM ratings system, and a box called Voltair that reportedly helps overcome alleged deficiencies in PPM. Today, Harker Research founder Richard Harker — who has been a leader in the charge to get the radio industry to examine issues regarding PPM — says he has had insider access to stations using Voltair and is sharing what he found with the industry. “This is the first verified pre and post-Voltair data, and what we found was just as amazing as all the rumors,” says Harker (pictured). “We were able to track ratings as Voltair was installed. We were able to establish a pre-Voltair baseline of ratings, and then we were able to see what happened with the ratings after the launch.” One of the anonymous stations analyzed by Harker that features a “talky morning show” saw what can only be characterized as eye-popping pre and post-Voltair ratings increases that suggest potentially huge implications for all spoken-word radio in PPM markets. Read more HERE.
Editor’s Note: Harker Research is inviting additional Voltair users to confidentially share their experiences to expand this study. Interested stations can email Richard Harker in confidence HERE.
Cumulus Media has promoted current Worcester, MA VP/Sales John Sutherland to VP/Market Manager for the company’s Providence, RI cluster, including News/Talker WPRO. Sutherland will assume the chair that’s been occupied for the past dozen years by Barbara Haynes, who exited the stations just prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. “Placing John at the helm of Cumulus Providence is a perfect fit for that dynamic group of stations and will maximize our position in the market,” said Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati. “John has many years of broadcast history in the northeast and his tremendous track record speaks for itself. This is another example of the opportunities for advancement and growth Cumulus offers to our employees. We congratulate John and are pleased to present him with this well-deserved battlefield promotion.”
Tomorrow afternoon (5/29), WGN/Chicago will formally induct the Tribune radio station’s 2015 ‘Walk of Fame’ honorees. Among this year’s honorees are legendary WGN overnighters Franklyn MacCormack (1959-1971), and husband and wife due Steve King and Johnnie Putman, who spent more than 25 years sharing the wee small hours with Chicagoans. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be open to the public. More HERE … New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. will join the lineup at ESPN New York 98.7 for the upcoming NFL season. Beginning September 3rd, Beckham (pictured) will join afternooner Michael Kay and co-host Don LaGreca every Thursday to discuss the Giants and the NFL … Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and regular FOX News contributor Charles Krauthammer will be among the guests joining Salem Radio Network hosts Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher and Michael Medved at a special VIP Preview Dinner to kick-off next month’s 2015 conservative Road To Majority conference in Washington, DC.
Effective June 1st, KJRB/Spokane will re-launch as FOX Sports 790AM, featuring the full programming lineup from the 24/7 Sports radio network that’s syndicated by Premiere Networks …The Money Pit Home Improvement Show, syndicated by Talk Shows USA and hosted by Tom Krautler and Leslie Segrete, adds new affiliates KEEL/Shreveport, WMXI/Laurel-Hattiesburg, WROK/Rockford, KMLB/Monroe, LA and KBLU/Yuma … The long running Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline has inked a deal with Michigan-based Talk Media Network to handle nationwide affiliations for the weekly tech-talk show … KMZQ/Las Vegas signs on as the latest affiliate of Yahoo Sports Radio … Salem Media Group News/Talker AM 970 The Answer (WNYM/New York) adds Envision Network’s syndicated John and Leah Show — hosted by John Ziegler and Leah Brandon — to the station’s weekend lineup. The weekly talk show airs Sunday nights at 10pm (ET).
CBS Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb (left) welcomed actor David Proval to a recent edition of his daily show, where they talked about Proval’s time working on The Sopranos (he played ‘Richie Aprile’ in the HBO series), his experience acting in the film The Shawshank Redemption and his current role in the play Queen For a Day, running through July 26th at New York City’s Theater at St. Clement’s.