Independently syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey took his Smart Money and EntreLeadership events to Kansas City this week, in conjunction with Dave Ramsey Show affiliate KCMO. Pictured are: Cumulus Media Midwest Regional VP Donna Baker, Ramsey and Lance Tidwell, Cumulus/KC Operations Manager.
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SportsRadio 94 WIP/Philadelphia names Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie as the CBS Radio Sports/Talker’s new midday team. DeCamara and Ritchie will air Monday through Friday, from 10am-2pm, beginning Monday (10/24). A 16-year Philly Sports radio veteran, DeCamara (left) most recently hosted evenings at crosstown 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM), while former NFL player-turned-broadcaster Ritchie (right) — who played two seasons for the hometown Eagles — is currently a commentator for DirecTV’s Fantasy Zone Channel, part of their NFL Sunday Ticket. “We’re thrilled to add this new show featuring Joe and Jon,” said David Yadgaroff, SVP/Market Manager for CBS Radio’s Philadelphia cluster. “As a player, Jon Ritchie embodied the hard-working nature of our fine city. As a host, he will connect with the fans and share their passion for our local teams. And Joe has proven himself to be a strong voice for the Philadelphia fans. We’re excited to have them.” Still to come from WIP in the next few weeks: An expected announcement regarding a new afternoon show that will reportedly include station veteran and former midday co-host Ike Reese.
In a follow-up to a recent story here in NTS MediaOnline Today, in which Paragon Media Strategies CEO Mike Henry cautioned local NPR station management to keep up with the network’s commitment when it comes to covering local and regional news, recent ratings for NPR’s national News and Talk programming would seem to support Mike’s premise that the network is giving local stations an increasingly credible and successful platform to build upon. In a network press release, NPR President/CEO Jarl Mohn (left) expressed why he believes the non-commercial radio network’s listenership is showing solid growth in recent months. “These increases confirm that there is a real appetite for factual reporting, and people are turning to NPR as their source for credible news,” said Mohn, himself a former commercial radio broadcaster. “NPR’s increased ratings and digital engagement can be attributed to first-rate journalism, riveting storytelling, revamped newsmagazines, live reporting, and better user platforms.” Read more HERE.
Industry veteran Bob Bruno, known for his years at the helm of then Buckley Broadcasting-owned News/Talker WOR/New York, debuts a new two-hour radio show this weekend (10/22), The Best Of Everything, hosted by….Bob Bruno! An extension of the 24/7 ‘Best of Everything’ format he developed a few years ago, Bob says the new weekly show blends twelve different genres of easy listening favorites “from Sinatra to Springsteen.” An alternative to News/Talk radio’s all too typical weekend fare of re-runs talking about outdated news alongside colon cleanser info-mercials, Bob says he thinks The Best of Everything offers a great demographic fit for News/Talk stations that can also open up new weekend advertising revenue opportunities. “We’ve been working on the show for well over a year,” Bruno told NTS MediaOnline Today. “It’s scripted, pre-recorded and highly produced. Everyone who’s heard it, loves it.” The new weekly show is being produced by Bruno’s Dark Horse Media in a joint venture with Tom Ray Productions and Dave Kaufman Media.
Earlier this week, as longtime Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, she gave a nice shout-out to SiriusXM VP/Talk Programming and broadcast radio veteran Maurice Tunick. Recounting the dark days following her high profile ouster from NBC’s Today show in 1991, Norville told the story of an out-of-the-blue phone call she received from Tunick, then an exec with ABC Radio, asking if she’d ever considered hosting a national Talk radio show. “I would not be standing here today, 25 years later being inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame, without Maurice’s call, which saved my sanity and my career and also left me with a love of radio, which is still in my dreams.” That’s Deborah and Maurice pictured (left) at the black tie gala held at NYC’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel … Salem Media Group seeks to convert it’s LMA of talker KTRB/San Francisco to ownership, with an offer to purchase AM 860 from its court-appointed receiver Susan Uecker for a reported $5.1 million … Happy to report that this year’s recently held annual Broadcasters Foundation of America Celebrity Golf Fundraiser garnered more than $200,000 in donations for the Foundation’s Grant Fund … The Wall Street Journal takes a look at radio’s increasing interest in live video streaming of shows, including the latest experiment by WABC/New York, which has recently been testing live broadcasts of three of the Cumulus Media News/Talker’s shows, including Curtis & Kuby, Bernie & Sid and The Drive At Five. Read more HERE.
ABC News Radio reporters Brad Mielke and Alex Stone were among the media hoard covering last night’s third and final debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas. Next up: It’s the once-every-four-years ‘big game’ for news operations everywhere, as all get set to cover Election Day 2016 on Tuesday, November 8th.
With just a few weeks until Election Day 2016, Nielsen reports that although most of the political buzz is focused on the presidential candidates, voters in Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania could not only be a major part of deciding who wins the White House, but they could also potentially change the balance of power in Congress. To analyze the opportunity radio offers to those running in local and state races, Nielsen matched voter registration data with data from its Portable People Meter (PPM) panel in major markets across the three battleground states. “Radio has the ability to reach more than 16 million voters across the major metropolitan areas of Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania,” notes Nielsen in a just released report. “The upside for candidates and campaigns looking to focus their efforts in the home stretch is radio — a powerful medium that reaches all voters, regardless of their political affiliations.
George Noory, host of Premiere Networks’ Coast To Coast AM and ringmaster of the nightly nationwide discussion of all things unexplained and stuff that makes you go, ‘hmmmmm’ — was a featured guest and panelist at the recently held Lee Harvey Oswald Conference in New Orleans. At the group’s 3rd annual Conference (which is dedicated to conspiracy theories about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy) Noory (left) spoke about how the current race for the White House and the overall political climate is offering increasing support for many of the charges he and fans of the late-night radio talk show have been discussing for years. “What we’ve been talking about [on Coast to Coast AM] for 14-plus years — about conspiracies, about the unknown — it’s proven us to be right,” he told New York Times reporter Campbell Robinson in a feature about the Conference. “These things are real, and they are happening.”
Speaking of the Presidential race (because who isn’t talking about it these days), as Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton get set to face-off tonight in Las Vegas for their final scheduled debate before Election Day, the latest campaign ad-tracking by Media Monitors shows Trump has pretty much faded from radio’s airwaves when it comes to campaign advertising. During the monitoring period from October 7th-16th, Media Monitors reports the Trump campaign and other groups supporting his presidential bid aired a total of just 208 radio ads. That contrasts with 15,498 radio ads that aired for Clinton and 84 ads that aired for Libertarian Gary Johnson. On the negative side of politics, during the monitoring period there were 3,483 radio ads aired by groups opposing Trump and 180 ads that aired against Clinton. Meanwhile, Media Monitors showed that both campaigns were very active television advertisers during the latest monitoring period.
Congrats to talk host Stephanie Miller whose book, Sexy Liberal: Of Me I Sing, won the 2016 Wild Card Book Award at the recent Northern California Book Festival. The WYD Media syndicated talk host is also prepping for the last date on this leg of her Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour that will take place on November 5th at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles. That show will be filmed and broadcast on Election Eve — November 7th — at AMC movie theaters across the country. Find out more HERE … Recently hired WABC/New York Sunday night personality Joey Reynolds got unexpectedly delayed on his way to do his show last weekend. Seems Reynolds got stuck in the elevator at NYC’s Penn Plaza on his way up to the studios, with just 15 minutes to go before airtime. Ironically, Joey had the very same experience several years ago, when he got stuck in an elevator at 1440 Broadway while on his way to do his then nightly show at crosstown WOR. But in these high tech days, this time around Joey took to his iPhone and captured his “ordeal” on video to share. See it HERE. Reynolds’ WABC-based weekend show is scheduled to begin airing next week on sister News/Talker KABC/Los Angeles.