DCCC Launches Attack On Limbaugh
September 18, 2014

A fundraising email sent out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) this week is urging recipients to sign a petition demanding that companies pull all advertising support from Rush Limbaugh’s program. The DCCC email reported that, during a discussion on rape and domestic violence, Limbaugh said, “‘No’ means ‘yes’ — if you know how to spot it.” Limbaugh’s camp wasted no time in firing back at the latest attack on the talk host by his critics, with spokesperson Brian Glicklich stating, “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) email about Rush Limbaugh is an intentional lie, using 10 words carefully selected from his full comments to imply the opposite of what he actually said. It is a disturbing and cynical attempt to fundraise from the serious problem of sexual abuse. Even for the partisan DCCC, this reprehensible behavior reaches a new low. They should apologize to women everywhere, and donate the funds they raised by this fiction to the real victims of sexual violence. We are waiting for their explanation.” At last check the online petition had attracted some 250,000 responses.

TRANSCRIPT OF LIMBAUGH’S ON-AIR COMMENTS:

“Consent must be freely given, can be withdrawn at any time, and the absence of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes.’” How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that ”no” means “yes” if you know how to spot it? Let me tell you something. In this modern world, that is simply not tolerated. People aren’t even gonna try to understand that one. I mean, it used to be said it was a cliche. It used to be part of the advice young boys were given. See, that’s what we gotta change. We have got to reprogram the way we raise men.”

You can also watch video of Limbaugh’s comments, recorded live during his Premiere Networks syndicated radio show HERE.

L.A.’s New “Beast” Officially Debuts Next Week
September 18, 2014

Although there’s already been lots of news released about the transition of longtime Los Angeles all-newser KFWB to Sports/Talk, the station now known as The Beast 980 has set it’s “official” debut for Monday, September 22nd. PD Owen Murphy has announced the new Sports/Talker’s now fully fleshed-out lineup that will feature “the only local morning sports show in L.A.,” hosted by former Los Angeles Clippers and UCLA star Marques Johnson and market veteran Jeanne Zelasko (5:30-9am). They’ll be followed CBS Sports Radio’s syndicated Jim Rome Show (9am-noon); Fred Roggin (noon-3pm); George Wrighster and Brent Winterble (3-7pm); and L.A. Sports Today (7-9pm). Late nights and overnights will feature additional CBS Sports Radio shows hosted by Doug Gottlieb, Damon Amendolara and the trio of Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson.

Meanwhile, KFWB has also added 20-year L.A. Sports radio sales and management veteran Bob Koontz to the roster at ‘The Beast,’ where he assumes the new title of Sports Sales Manager. From 2006-08, Koontz was Station Manager at crosstown ESPN 710 (KSPN), where he also previously served as that station’s first Sales Manager for six years. Koontz’ radio resume also includes sales management stints at a handful of Tinseltown radio stations, including KABC, KLOS, KSCA, KMPC and K-LITE. His background also includes working directly with a number of local SoCal pro and college sports franchises, including the Clippers, Trojans, Angels, Rams and Bruins. “I’m thrilled to be part of the launch of L.A.’s new sports station,” said Koontz (pictured). “I look forward to working with our great talent to help build strategic partnerships and unique opportunities for our clients and listeners.”

Talk Media News Notes
September 18, 2014

KXL/Portland mid-morning host Jim Villanucci has resigned from the Alpha Media News/Talker, citing “personal reasons.” That means KXL’s head programming honcho Scott Mahalick is now on the hunt for Villanucci’s replacement. Email your resume and audio with “KXL Opening” in the subject line HERE … CBS Radio/Las Vegas expands duties for Charese Fruge, upping her to the newly created role of VP/Programming for the six-station cluster. Cat Thomas continues as PD for the cluster’s spoken-word outlets, News/Talker KXNT-AM&FM and Sports/Talk KXST … Last March we told you that KFYI/Phoenix host Barry Young will retire on November 7th, capping a nearly three decade career at the iHeart Media-owned News/Talker. Now we learn who will succeed Barry in morning drive, as PD Neil Larrimore reports  current afternooner Mike Broomhead (pictured above with Barry) will set an alarm for a considerably earlier wake-up call beginning November 10th. Meanwhile, Larrimore tells NTS MediaOnline Today that the search for a new PM drive personality is already underway.

Network/Syndication News
September 18, 2014

After a 12-year run Jeff Weber is leaving Biz TalkRadio and Lifestyle TalkRadio Network, where he’s served as EVP, acting CEO and, most recently, president under new owners Center Post Holdings. Weber (pictured) is joining Synchronicity in a consulting role, where he’ll assist with the digital media company’s day-to-day operations. He’s also signed on to consult Connecticut-based Forte Family Broadcasting. Reach Jeff HEREABC News Radio inks a new affiliation deal with Hearst News/Talker WBAL/Baltimore and sister rocker WIYY (98 Rock) … Westwood One has extended its partnership with Harpo Studios and Dr. Mehmet Oz to continue syndication of the one-minute feature, Daily Dose with Dr. OzThe Weather Channel Radio Network adds new affiliates WBT/Charlotte, WIHN-WBBE-WWHX/Bloomington, IL and WXKQ/Key WestTalk Shows USA’s weekly syndicated Life As You Own It show adds KGFY/Stillwater, OK, KMAS/Shelton, WA and KYUL/Scott City, KS.

Holy Cow, Isn’t That … Laura?
September 18, 2014

Envision Networks COO Laura Orkin grabbed this classic office wall souvenir with the one and only Oprah while attending the legendary daytime TV talker’s recent The Life You Want tour stop in Auburn Hills, MI.

WTOP Listeners Weigh-In On NFL Controversy
September 17, 2014

With listeners across the country talking about the multiple NFL player controversies that have been playing out in the media in recent weeks, WTOP/Washington teamed with Heart and Mind Strategies to conduct a “Beltway Poll” of more than 600 residents of the DC region to ask what they think about the league’s handling of the unfolding situation and, more specifically, about whether or not Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice should be given another chance to play pro-football. Here are just a few of the specific findings from the Hubbard-owned all-newser’s polling:

• 28% of residents think the NFL’s treatment of Ray Rice was too light, 41% just right and 31% too harsh.

• 62% think the NFL’s treatment of players who commit criminal acts is too light.

• 71% do not believe the NFL when it says it had not viewed the inside the elevator video.

• 60% believe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should not lose his job.

• 68% think Ray Rice will play in the NFL again.

• 81% say the Ravens’ handling of this situation will not cause them to stop watching their games or buying team merchandise.

See more results from the WTOP poll — including how race divides the opinion of DC area listeners on the matter — HERE.

Joan Hamburg Returns To NYC Radio
September 17, 2014

New York City’s ‘First Lady of Radio’ Joan Hamburg is returning to the Big Apple’s airwaves to host a new weekly program on WABC/New York. A fixture for decades at iHeart Media’s crosstown WOR, Hamburg will be heard on Cumulus Media’s WABC on Saturdays, from 1-3pm, beginning this weekend (9/20). Commenting on her return to the air after a three-month hiatus since she left WOR Hamburg said, “How excited I am to join legendary WABC radio and work with [Market Manager] Kim Bryant, [Program Director] Craig Schwalb and the rest of the Cumulus family. And what a treat to join their roster of the best talk talent in the country. New York get ready. The conversation is about to begin.” Hamburg, who was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2012 and has been named New Yorker of the Year by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, joins a lineup at WABC that also includes Geraldo Rivera, Pat Kiernan, Rita Cosby, Curtis Sliwa & Ron Kuby and Larry Mendte.

Sports/Talk News Notes
September 17, 2014

The New York Post’s Zach Braziller writes about a reported rift between CBS Radio and it’s WFAN/New York franchise player Mike Francesa (pictured). The NYC sports radio legend says CBS sent him a letter threatening legal action unless he stopped complaining on-air about problems with his new FOX Sports television simulcast (Francesa was previously simulcast on New York’s YES Network). However, a spokesperson for CBS disputes the report, telling the newspaper there’s been “no discussion of any kind in regards to a lawsuit.” Read the full story HERE … The Big West Conference and Learfield Sports ink an exclusive five-year agreement in which Learfield will serve as the BWC’s dedicated sponsorship sales partner. The collegiate multimedia rights holder already is aligned with the Big West through exclusive rights agreements with five of its nine member institutions – Cal Poly, CSUN, Long Beach State, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara. In addition to the Big West, other league-level relationships for Learfield include the Big Ten Conference, Missouri Valley Conference, Mountain West Conference, and Patriot League. The company also manages athletic multimedia rights for more than 90 universities nationwide.

Talk Media News Notes
September 17, 2014

24-year Pittsburgh radio personality and comedian Jim Krenn hooks up with KDKA, where he’ll co-host the station’s morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway every Friday, from 8-9am. Krenn will kick-off his new radio stint this Friday (9/13), broadcasting live during the CBS Radio News/Talker’s annual Spaghetti Breakfast in downtown Pittsburgh … Alpha Media News/Talker WHIS/Bluefield, WV adds a new local show, The Bottom Line with Mike McClanahan. Airing Thursdays from 8-9am, the new program is aimed at helping people improve their performance and experience in their day-to-day work lives … Chicago media reporter Robert Feder notes that longtime Windy City talk host and newsman Cisco Cotto is joining CBS Radio/Chicago’s all-newser WBBM. Read more HERE … Pictured above at the recent Survivor In The City event held in Chicago to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation are (L-R): WGN/Chicago’s Andrea Darlas, Sutherland Media namesake and event organizer Janet Sutherland, WLS Radio’s Jennifer Keiper (a brain aneurysm survivor) and legendary sports media personality Chet Coppock. Chet has donated a portion of proceeds from the sale of his new book, Laying It On The Line, to the charity.

Getting The Band Back Together
September 17, 2014

Pictured at the recently held KFI/Los Angeles reunion — which we’re told attracted a wide cross section of both current and former KFI staffers — are (L-R): Geller Media International namesake Valerie Geller, Wimmer Research founder Roger Wimmer, former KFI Program Director David G. Hall and longtime KFI News Director Chris Little.