|Haiti Reporters’ Diary
New Face At KOMO
Big Opening At WHAS
Haiti Reporters’ Diary — ABC News Radio reporters Aaron Katersky and Matt Gutman share notes from their personal diaries, recorded while on assignment in Haiti this past week. Our exclusive feature starts on page one.
New Face At KOMO — Fisher’s Seattle News/Talker remodels middays and adds a new co-anchor for wakeup duties. Details in “Person-To-Person” on page two.
Big Opening At WHAS — Clear Channel’s Louisville News/Talker has some big shoes to fill. Get details in “Gig Alerts” on page two.
Read it all here in NTS MediaOnline Weekly.
In a statement released to staffers today AAR chief Charlie Kireker said, “It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon,and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.” Airing on a reported 100+ affiliates nationwide, AAR will provide a window of transition for those stations, featuring “best of” programming through 9pm (ET) on January 25th. Since it’s launch in 2004 AAR has experienced ongoing financial turmoil, as well as a number of changes in executive management. Kireker said full timers with more than six months of service will be offered a severance package. You can read Kireker’s complete statement posted on the company’s website HERE.
Westwood One and the MTV Radio Networks will offer non-exclusive broadcast radio access to tomorrow night’s Help For Haiti Now, a worldwide benefit for the earthquake shattered island nation. A star-studded lineup will perform on the 8pm (ET) broadcast, anchored by actor George Clooney in Los Angeles, singer and Haitian native Wyclef Jean in New York and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in Haiti. Facebook and MySpace are the event’s social media partners, with audio also available on Sirius XM Radio and streamed online globally. Get info on carrying the radio broadcast from Neal Bird at Westwood One HERE. (photo courtesy of Salem Radio Network/Food For The Poor).
Responding to yesterday’s NTS MediaOnline Today story on recent comments by Dial-Global syndicated talker Ed Schultz, KKOH/Reno PD Dan Mason emails, “By his own words he is advocating voter fraud and that is completely irresponsible. I wish I could say he’s the only one, but both the right and the left have their share of hosts who have become so lost in their ideology they’ve forgotten what their job really is. Please, at least entertain us while you beat us over the head with ‘the truth.'” Meanwhile, WBAP/Dallas conservative talker Mark Davis cuts his liberal Talk radio colleague a break saying, “Lord knows I have no reason to, but I’m going to give Ed some benefit of the doubt here for venting in a colorful way. He hates Scott Brown’s guts and this was his hyperbolic way of saying it. Suggesting that this somehow incites people to actually commit voter fraud is absurd. In a creative medium like ours, everybody needs to tap the brakes and stop taking things so literally.”
Late night TV talker Conan O’Brien has reportedly signed a final exit deal with NBC that will give him a $32 million parachute for his troubles, along with $12 million to distribute to show staffers. MarketWatch has details HERE … University of Florida sports network coordinator and Gators’ radio pre-game show host, Steve Babik, pleaded “not guilty” in a federal court this week to charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. USF’s hometown newspaper The Gainesville Sun has the predictably unpleasant details HERE …RTDNA presents the latest in its series of workshops on communicating in a crisis, January 28th, in St. Louis. Get details and registration info HERE … Congrats to Katz Direct Marketing President Chickie Bucco who will receive American Women in Radio and Television’s 2009 Achievement Award at AWRT’s annual Women’s Media Forum, March 5-6, in DC … WEEI/Boston afternoon sports anchor Pete Sheppard exits the Entercom Sports/Talker.
No, not that “Shrek” — Michael Schreck — who served in the sports ad sales division of Dial-Global for the past nine months, has joined Westwood One as Director/Sports Sales. It’s a return to the network for Schreck who first joined WW One as an AE in 2006, moving up to National Sports Manager in 2008. In his new job he’ll oversee and manage sports sales for the network’s sports radio properties, including the NFL and NCAA football and basketball. Schreck reports to VP/Director Sports Sales and Marketing Steve Harrison who said, “Michael was instrumental in fortifying and growing our sports sales division during his tenure here. I look forward to working with him and the rest of our sports sales team to increase our sports presence and drive value for our advertising partners.”
That’s Dave Ramsey Show Senior Producer Blake Thompson (r) with former U.S. Senator Dr. William Frist on the ground in Haiti working with Safe Water Nexus. Thompson and other volunteers are helping the group deliver food and much needed medical supplies to areas outside of Port-Au-Prince. The Nashville-based Thompson texted friends and family following his first earthquake experience, this week’s 6.1 aftershock that rattled the island. “Just woke up to a swaying bed and had to run out of the house we are in. House moved for about four or five seconds. Guessing that’s what a tremor feels like. Not a big fan!”