Longtime broadcasting exec and current Tribune COO Randy Michaels has been named Chief Executive Officer of the media conglomerate. Michaels succeeds financier Sam Zell who will remain as Chairman of the Windy City based media company that has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy for most of the past year. Along with his appointment to the CEO’s job, Michaels will now also join the Tribune Co. board. In a statement published earlier today in the company’s flagship newspaper The Chicago Tribune Michaels said, “There is a lot of work to do, but we have tremendously talented people and world-class brands in print, on-air and online. The entire management team is focused on the long-term and keeping Tribune at the cutting edge of creativity and innovation, which will translate into success on the bottom line.” Read the newspaper’s full account of Michaels’ promotion HERE.
Since his days as Captain Kirk on the Starship Enterprise, William Shatner has had more show biz lives than a cat. His latest endeavor is Shatner’s Raw Nerve, a weekly series of off-beat and edgy one-on-one interviews, with a wide range of celebrities, that airs on cable TV’s Biography channel. Premiere Radio Networks Talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh will be Shatner’s guest to kick off season two of the show this Sunday night (12/6) at 10pm (ET) and talks health care, politics, how he knows what he knows, and more with the host. Check out a preview of the show — and Limbaugh’s trendy South Florida “no socks” look — HERE.
Responding to yesterday’s NTS MediaOnline Today story in which veteran broadcaster and consultant Doug Erickson bemoaned radio’s generally poor ad production, New York-based Arnold Aerial Advertising Director of Marketing and Advertising Zim Barstein writes, “In working at and with numerous radio stations over the years, I am pretty sure most of them do not have a copy writer. Advertising icon David Ogilvy once said, ‘A copy writer who knows his facts, i.e. the trigger which makes people aware of advertisements, can reach many more people than a copy writer who doesn’t.’ There’s a veritable fortune lying out there, but it’s going to stay there because so many radio stations don’t pay attention to Ogilvy’s premise: ‘Message before medium.'”
Brian Taylor, who most recently has served as PD for Classic Hits WRVA-FM (The River)/Rocky Mount, NC, has been tapped as the new PD for CC’s soon-to-launch North Carolina FM News/Talker “Rush Radio 106.1” (WRDU). The former Country outlet is currently cranking out the Christmas hits pending a flip to Talk on January 1st … Radio America VP/Programming and longtime Talk radio programmer Michael Packer is the latest victim of those proverbial budget cuts at the DC-based network. Packer, who continues to maintain his Michigan-based consulting practice, is seeking his next opportunity and can be reached HERE.
KFBK/Sacramento afternoon news host Kitty O’Neal chats on the Red Carpet with legendary actress/comedian Carol Burnett prior to the California Hall of Fame induction ceremonies held last night in the Golden State’s capitol city. California First Lady Maria “Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger” Shriver founded the annual gala several years ago to honor Californians who have made significant contributions to the state’s culture. See a gallery of pics from the event at the KFBK website HERE.