Lundy Moves To The Other Side Of The Mic
April 28, 2016

Former KKFN-FM (The 104.3 The Fan)/Denver Program Director Nate Lundy is moving to the other side of the Sports/Talk microphone, posting news on his Facebook page that he’ll host a new daily national show, via Yahoo Sports Radio, beginning Monday (5/2). “This project has been in the works for a long time and I’m thrilled to see it come together,” writes Lundy. “I’ll be annoying America five days a week, from 8-10am (MT). So many people to thank, but a huge thank you to Christopher M. Morales, my friend and colleague in the business who helped make this a reality. There’s a lot more to this project that I can’t quite announce yet, but stay tuned, the fun is just beginning. Onward and upward.” It’s not Lundy’s first run behind a Sports radio mic, having previously had a six-year run hosting a nationally syndicated weekend show for FOX Sports Radio. His 25-year broadcast resume also includes over a decade of News/Talk/Sports programming stints with Clear Channel/iHeartMedia stations in Charleston, SC, Memphis and San Antonio.

Not The Best Time To Catch Up On Some Zzzzz’s
April 28, 2016

While doing a phone interview on Salem Radio Network’s Hugh Hewitt Show today, the Washington Post’s national political correspondent Dave Weigel didn’t immediately respond to a question from guest host Mark Davis because Weigel apparently fell asleep! Pausing to hear the answer to his question about something the newspaper reporter had tweeted last night, Davis was greeted with dead silence, except for the very distinctive sound of contented snoring. Startled awake by Davis asking if he’d heard the question, the reporter tried to fake his way through, saying he was someplace where he couldn’t hear very well. Weigel later apologized, saying he was on the west coast and blamed the pre-dawn timing of the interview for the lapse of consciousness. Mediaite’s Alex Griswold has posted the embarrassing audio that’s sure to make Weigel an Internet sensation HERE.

Sports/Talk News Notes
April 28, 2016

The opening of the 2016 NFL Draft today in Chicago prompts Westwood One to release a timely new report, compiled in conjunction with Nielsen. The NFL Listening Report features what a network release calls “never-before-seen insights” for marketers about the power of attaching their brand to NFL football programming. Get an executive review of highlights from the study, along with a link to the full report HERE …  iHeartMedia, the University of Louisville and Learfield’s Louisville Sports Properties have extended their radio broadcast rights deal through 2022. The deal includes extended coverage of all University of Louisville football games, men’s and women’s basketball games, and the Rick Pitino and Bobby Petrino coaches shows … BRAGGIN’ RIGHTS: NBC Sports Radio reports the network’s new Sunday night show, The Leisuremen: Pabst & Perloff, grabbed the #3 podcast slot on iTunes after only one broadcast. Hosted by Dan Patrick Show regulars Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloff, the just-launched Sports/Talk show airs Sunday nights at 9pm (ET).

Talk And Media News Notes
April 28, 2016

For the third consecutive year, the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association has awarded Cumulus Media News/Talker WLS-AM/Chicago ‘Best Newscast /Large Market’ honors. Pictured (left) are WLS News Director John Dempsey; Anchor/Reporter Jennifer Keiper; and Anchor/Reporter Nick Gale basking in the glow of the station’s latest win … The New York Market Radio Association (NYMRAD) has released the First Quarter, 2016 State of the New York Market Report, in which it reports that luxury retailers need only to look to radio to reach the Tri-State area’s high income listeners. “New York Market Radio reaches 91% of high-income households ($250,000+), plus over 90% of those who own a second home, plan on buying a luxury car, dined in upscale restaurants, purchased fine jewelry in excess of $500, and vacations in excess of $10,000.” notes the report … NewsRadio 1020 KDKA/Pittsburgh will host the Allegheny Health Network Senior Life Today event this weekend (4/30), geared towards serving the rapidly growing number of senior adults and caregivers of seniors. KDKA personalities will be onsite throughout the day and the station will broadcast live from the daylong event.

Forecast For Chicago: Drafty Conditions
April 28, 2016

The 2016 NFL Draft opens today in Chicago, where NFL Network host and former Chicago Bears first-round draft pick Curtis Conway (center) joined 670 The Score (WSCR) Mully & Hanley morning show co-hosts Brian Hanley and Mike Mulligan to chat about the annual pro-football event that begins tonight at 8pm (ET) and continues through Saturday @ noon.

Rose Rises To PD @ KFAB
April 27, 2016

iHeartMedia/Omaha has named Jim Rose (left) Program Director for NewsRadio 1110 KFAB, effective May 1st. Rose takes over programming duties previously handled by long-time KFAB on-air host Gary Sadlemyer, who recently announced plans to step down as PD, but will continue as host of Gary Sadlemyer and the Good Morning Show. Rose, who has served as co-host of the morning show with Gary since 2001, will also retain his on-air role after taking over as PD. “When Gary made the decision to step down as Program Director for KFAB, we knew we had big shoes to fill,” said Erik Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia/Omaha. “Jim’s tremendous background in radio news, and his intimate knowledge of both Omaha and KFAB, make him the perfect candidate to take over for Gary, who will remain an important and integral part of KFAB.”

“It’s Tempting To Craft Conspiracy Theories”
April 27, 2016

In a story reported here yesterday (4/26), syndicated talker John Ziegler blamed ratings chasing by conservative media for fueling the rise of GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump saying, “Conservative media is willing to sell its soul to the highest bidder if it’s in its own self-interest to do so.” That comment prompted veteran Dallas Talk radio host Mark Davis — who anchors mornings at Salem Media Group’s DFW talker 660 AM The Answer (KSKY) — to fire back with a comment or two of his own: “It is tempting to craft conspiracy theories of ‘conservative media’ as some monolithic entity with a desire for Trump vs. Hillary purely for ratings,” said Davis (right). “But that collectively insults many conservatives in radio, TV and print who are sharing their honest thoughts every day in this crazy year. Of course it’s a business more than a cause, and properly so. But our business is to share our views candidly, and right now voices can be found who are pro- and anti-Trump, and pro- and anti-Ted Cruz. Some even pine for Jeb Bush. Agree or disagree with any of the voices in our industry, but do not disparage them with the fiction that they are offering up concocted views to fuel some hidden agenda.”

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Talk And Media News Notes
April 27, 2016

NTS MediaOnline Today congratulates KCBS/San Francisco and staff reporter Doug Sovern (left), along with then-Director of News and Programming Ed Cavagnaro, on being honored by the National Society of Professional Journalists with a Sigma Delta Chi Award for the CBS Radio all newser’s investigative report Unholy Water. The five-part series exposed the San Francisco Archdiocese’s installation of an illegal plumbing system at St. Mary’s Cathedral designed to pour water on homeless people and keep them from sleeping in the cathedral doorways during the worst drought in California history … Digital media and broadcast veteran Glenn Kleiman has been named Executive Director of non-comm Radio Milwaukee (88.9 WYMS-FM) and RadioMilwaukee.org … FOX News will launch a new centralized long-form specials unit to be headed by network veteran Michael Clemente, who will assume the new title of Executive Vice President of News Specials. Concurrently, Jay Wallace is named Executive Vice President of News and Editorial. Both Clemente and Wallace will report directly to FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in their new roles.

Digital Media News Notes
April 27, 2016

Premiere Networks will provide exclusive domestic and international distribution for the content management platform AiirFor over 10 years, Aiir has provided stations around the world with the tools to manage and create websites, mobile applications, social networking and direct marketing all in one place …  SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel will transform into ‘Convention Radio’ during the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland. SiriusXM will take subscribers live to the convention floor for full coverage beginning Monday, July 18th … National Defense Week, the weekly WMAL/Washington-based talk show focused on national defense, national security, and military issues hosted by Francis Rose, is now also available as a podcast via iTunes and Stitcher  Pandora adds distribution of This American Life to its roster of available programming. The streaming service also distributes the popular Serial podcast. National Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster Ira Glass is Executive Producer for both programs.

Lending Blood Drive A Hand … And An Arm!
April 27, 2016

The famously publicity-shy Dr. Daliah Wachs (far right) once again spearheaded efforts for this week’s 2nd annual Nevada Blood Donation Day, where the GCN Network syndicated talker joined the local KSNV-TV News3 team to promote the statewide event, which also received an official proclamation from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.