A study released this week from the Pew Research Center reports that interest in the 2016 Presidential election is definitely ratcheting up, and that’s good news for Talk radio. According to a summary of the study, “About nine-in-ten U.S. adults (91%) learned about the election in the past week from at least one of 11 types of media sources, ranging from television, to digital, to radio, to print.” Pew reports awareness and interest is also high among young adults, with 83% of 18-29 year olds saying they have learned about the election from at least one media source in the past week. While cable news channels finished number one as the source for news and info on the election, after cable five source types are named as most helpful by between 10% and 14% of those who got news about the election: Local TV and social networking sites (14%), news websites and apps (13%), News/Talk radio (11%) and national nightly network television news (10%). Radio also fared well when respondents were asked what media sources they found “most helpful” when it comes to learning about the election. The broadcast medium finished Top 5 in the category across all demos, from 18 to 65+. Read the full report HERE.
Former CBS Radio President/CEO and veteran radio programmer Dan Mason (left) opines on the ‘The Art of Programming’ in a recent post to LinkedIn’s Pulse. “Programming in the media, whether radio or television, the best and most brilliant programmers are the ones that have this instinct ability to take something large and bring it into something small,” writes Mason. Read the full post HERE … Longtime media consultant Walter Sabo pens a guest column for virtual local news provider Remote News Service, outlining how his experiences have taught him to recognize Five Signs Of Trouble In A Media Company. Among the actions Sabo cautions management about is looking elsewhere to confirm what will make your operation a success. “For local media, it is a serious mistake to look to other markets for answers. The answers must be right for one city. Management that asks, ‘Where else is it being done?’ has made a commitment to the past rather than to the future.” Read more HERE … MSNBC personality and former Air America Radio talk host Rachel Maddow (right) gets an extended interview in the current edition of Playboy — the magazine’s first non-nude issue. Asked if she believes “emotions and opinions have overtaken analysis and facts” in the media, the unabashed liberal told interviewer David Hochman, “I don’t have any animus toward the old news model, but I do think it’s facile and reductive to claim news was once unbiased and is now biased. Every time you choose which stories are important that day, you’re using news judgment and your subjective perspective on things.” Read the full interview HERE … Back in 2005 the New Yorker called Salem Radio Network host Hugh Hewitt “the most famous conservative journalist liberals have never heard of.” Fast forward to the presidential election of 2016, where a USA Today feature by Roger Yu now characterizes the SRN talker as, “A wanted man as the go-to GOP pundit in this election year.” The feature reports that Hewitt (left) “is seemingly ubiquitous on TV, radio, online and social media.” Read the full feature HERE.
All this week, local and national Sports/Talk radio personalities from across the country have been broadcasting shows live from ‘Radio Row’ in San Francisco, in advance of this Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. While there will be more than a few star players on the field at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Westwood One Sports reporter Jim Gray nabbed the two biggest stars of this weekend’s face-off — Panthers’ QB Cam Newton (above) and legendary Bronco’s quarterback Peyton Manning (below) for one-on-one interviews.
Entercom/South Florida has appointed Katerina Perez General Sales Manager of Miami Sports/Talker AM 790 The Ticket (WAXY/Miami) and Alt-Rock clustermate 104.3 The Shark (WSFS-FM). The move marks a return to South Florida for Perez (pictured), who held previous radio sales management positions in Ft. Pierce and Melbourne-Key West … JoJo Turnbeaugh has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia/Las Vegas, effective immediately. Turnbeaugh who joined the cluster in 2012, will continue to serve as PD and afternoon host for Country KWNR, along with his newly expanded duties … Earlier this week we learned that CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves has succeeded Sumner Redstone as Chairman of that company. Today we learn that Viacom’s Board of Directors have appointed Philippe P. Dauman to succeed the 92-year old Redstone as Executive Chairman of that company. The New York Times’ Emily Steel details the internal power struggle for control of Redstone’s media empire HERE … The Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation (AWM/F) have announced their 2016 National Board of Directors. Kristen Welch, SVP/Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications will continue the role of Chair for both organizations while Sarah Foss, VP/Product Management and Media at Imagine Communications, will continue as Chair-Elect of AWM/F. See the full list of new Directors for the group HERE.
CBS Radio News correspondent Peter King was on hand at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week, as a key piece of NASA’s deep space Orion spacecraft — the pressurized hull that will protect astronauts in deep space — was on display at the Center’s Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building. King reports NASA and Lockheed Martin will now build the rest of the spacecraft inside and around the hull for an unmanned test flight currently planned for 2018.
Whether you are on the west coast, or the east coast, there’s a ‘Bowl’ happening near you this weekend. In advance of Super Bowl 50, New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees (left) showed Sports/Talker Rich Eisen how to throw a touchdown pass during a visit to Eisen’s DIRECTV/FOX Sports Radio’s syndicated show. Eisen, like pretty most of the sports world, is in the Bay Area all this week where his show is airing live from facilities at San Francisco’s Presidio … Meanwhile, taking a virtual cross country trip to the east coast, we note that another big ‘bowl’ is all set to go, as the weigh-ins are done and everything is in place for WIP/Phildelphia’s Wing Bowl 24. The fun kicks off bright and early tomorrow morning at Philly’s sold-out Wells Fargo Center, featuring just-announced special guest, former NBA star Dennis Rodman who ‘tweeted’: “Women, insanity and SportsRadio WIP. That’s my kind of place!” For the third straight year Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos (right) will serve as ‘Commissioner’ of the one-of-a-kind event. The competition to beat this year includes Molly Schuyler, who downed a record 323 wings to win Wing Bowl 22, only to be unseated one year later by Patrick Bertoletti, who shattered Molly’s record by inhaling a whopping 444 wings to secure his Wing Bowl 23 win and his place in Wing Bowl history!
From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Programming veteran Buzz Knight has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Program Development at Greater Media. In his newly expanded role, Knight (left), who joined Greater Media in 2002, will oversee programming development for all of the company’s 21 radio properties and also collaborate with individual stations to build content, digital and brand management strategies … Talk host Christopher Gabriel has exited at iHeartMedia/Fresno News/Talker PowerTalk 96.7 and AM 1400. Gabriel joined the station in January of 2015 following a five-year run in wake-ups at WDAY/Fargo … Cumulus Media talker WFAS-AM/White Plains, NY has flipped to Sports, utilizing the full roster of network programming from CBS Sports Radio … Condolences: To the family, friends and colleagues of former Dallas (KLIF, KRLD) and Los Angeles (KFI) talk host Benjamin Dover. The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports Dover died on January 1st of complications from pneumonia. He was 57.
FOX News Radio is offering affiliates a 30-part series of one-minute tax tips in advance of April 15th. Veteran FOX Business Network correspondents Gerri Willis (left), Adam Shapiro, and Lori Rothman will provide the tips, including interviews with experts to help listeners save money and avoid costly mistakes … Radio America’s syndicated Chad Benson Show adds new affiliates KTSA/San Antonio; KTMS/Santa Barbara; KBUR/Burlington, IA; WJEH/Gallipolis, OH and WRKQ/Madisonville, TN … Talk Shows USA’s weekly syndicated Cigar Dave Show adds WRVA/Richmond, VA; WJHC/Jasper, FL; and WBQO/St. Simons Island, GA … Sun Broadcast Group’s Hispanic division, Sun Latino, partners with Radio Express to handle ad sales and affiliate relations for several of RE’s programs and features including La Piedra, La Mex-Cla, Mobile Apps from jacapps Groovetools and Trynity HDFX.
Only a couple of weeks ago radio was once again called upon to provide help and much needed information in an emergency, as millions across the mid-Atlantic felt the impact of one of the largest blizzards in recent memory to hit the region. And in just the past few days there have undoubtedly been staffers camping out at many radio stations across the midwest, as more winter weather wreaks havoc. With spring flooding and tornado season just around the corner, it’s a good time to remember that when things are at their worst, your listeners expect your radio station to be at its best. With that in mind, our February issue of NTS MediaOnline Monthly offers a concise review of timely tips on building and maintaining a well-considered emergency plan. Read You Can’t Be Too Prepared in the latest edition of our monthly feature publication, arriving to your inbox first thing Friday morning!
Yesterday (2/3) the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in partnership with Katz Radio Group and Nielsen Audio, hosted Radio. It’s On for Political — a one-day event held in Washington, DC described as “a thought leadership, content infused networking seminar focusing on the 2016 election year with executives from the political advertising, media and marketing industry.” Among the event’s highlights was a special one-on-one interview between CBS Radio News Congressional Correspondent Steven Portnoy and the network’s Election Director Anthony Salvanto. Pictured above are (L-R): RAB President/CEO Erica Farber, Salvanto, Portnoy, CBS Radio News VP Harvey Nagler and Nielsen VP/Audio Rich Tunkel.