While a Washington Post article, penned by American Enterprise Institute Fellow and author Steven Hayward in yesterday’s (10/4) edition, isn’t entirely complimentary toward conservative Talk radio, the article — Is Conservatism Brain Dead? — actually has a few good things to say about the medium. Of Talk radio and television host Glenn Beck, Hayward (pictured) says, “If more conservative talkers took up the theme of challenging liberalism’s bedrock assumptions the way Beck does from time to time, liberals would have to defend their problematic premises more often. He just might be helping to restore the equilibrium between the elite and populist sides of conservatism.” The author also characterizes Salem Radio Network hosts Hugh Hewitt, William Bennett and Michael Medved as “brainiacs” who prove that, “It is perfectly possible to conduct Talk radio at a high level of seriousness.” Read the full article HERE.
The video simulcast of Don Imus’ daily Citadel Media syndicated radio show debuted on its new home this morning on the FOX Business cable channel. Among his guests this morning was Premiere Radio Networks host and FOX News Channel personality Glenn Beck, who clarified his recent comments in an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric in which he said Senator John McCain might’ve been worse for America had he been elected instead of Barack Obama. The I-Man and Beck also discussed their respective past drinking days, Beck’s massive media exposure in recent months, and and how his increasing visibility has made him a frequent target of the political left. See more of Imus’ chat with Beck HERE.
A suspect has been arrested in the case of that nude video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews that was surreptitiously taken by a man who is now accused of interstate stalking. See our report posted to the NTS MediaOnline Today website over the weekend HERE … WCBS-AM/New York GSM Chad Lopez adds similar duties for clustermate WCBS-FM, while LSM Cathy Murphy is upped to Sales Manager at all-news WCBS-AM … San Diego Sports radio legend Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton returns to the airwaves of America’s Finest City today to host afternoons at Broadcast Company of the Americas south-of-the-border Sports/Talker XEPRS-AM 1090 (Double X Sports Radio) … Greater Media FM Talker WTKK/Boston re-aligns the weekday lineup with a move of Jim Braude & Margery Eagan (pictured) to a new 7-10am slot following Citadel Media’s syndicated Imus In The Morning (5-7am). Michael Graham airs from 10am-2pm, followed by Jay Severin (2-6pm) and Michele McPhee (6-10pm) … KABC/Los Angeles becomes the new home of former crosstown KLSX midday trio Frosty, Heidi and Frank. “The Triplets” now air on the Citadel News/Talker from 9am-noon, directly following new morning host Peter Tilden.
The Wall Street Journal This Morning, anchored by Gordon Deal (pictured), adds a fifth hour to the program’s daily broadcast. The newly added hour, from 9-10am, allows the show to provide breaking financial and general news updates for affiliates after the markets open on the East coast, a feature particularly valuable to stations in the Mountain and Pacific Time zones. “With more stations airing The Wall Street Journal This Morning throughout morning drive, adding a 9am hour with live market updates when the U.S. markets are open, allows us to expand upon what we do best,” said WSJ Radio Network Executive Director Nancy Abramson. The nationally syndicated morning show currently airs on a reported 150 stations nationwide.
Edison Research VP/Strategy and Marketing Tom Webster will present the latest in a series of free webinars for broadcasters hosted by the non-profit Conclave. Entitled, “A Small, Good Thing,” Webster (pictured) promises to offer “six small, good things that any broadcaster can perform every day with no approval, no budget and in less than an hour that will positively impact your station and career.” Webster adds that the session will also be “a practical, hands-on look at some of the strategies and tactics that allow for professional and personal growth during these increasingly difficult times.” The October 14th webinar is free but pre-registration is required HERE.