NTS MediaOnline Weekly Edition
April 22, 2010

VP Of Insight

R.I.P. Ralph Snodsmith

Job Includes iPhone

VP Of Insight — Veteran radio programmer and media consultant Doug Erickson says big media companies should expand their executive ranks. Find out why you need a Vice President of Insight on page one.

R.I.P. Ralph Snodsmith — Another of radio’s longtime voices is silenced. Get details in Person-To-Person on page two.

Job Includes iPhone –– A New Hampshire News/Talker has a full-time opening that even includes an iPhone. Learn more in “Gig Alerts” on page two.

Read it all HERE in NTS MediaOnline Weekly.

Facebook Wants To Socialize The Entire Web
April 22, 2010

In our continuing effort to keep our Talk media industry readers up to date on trends that will impact how you do business in the months and years ahead, we note that, during a conference held yesterday (4/21) in San Francisco, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new suite of tools that will allow any web publisher to bring Facebook’s social experience to their website. The new products, called Social Plugins, make it easy for publishers to drop them into a website using a simple line of code that allows that website’s visitors to “Like” stories, photos and other content posted there. The new plug-ins, which essentially allow any web page to become a Facebook page, are all part of the company’s new initiative called the Open Graph, which seeks to make every website on the Internet sharable across Facebook’s network. The “Like” button isn’t the only new tool announced by Zuckerberg, and Wired reporter Michael Calore has more details you need to know HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
April 22, 2010

Veteran Talk radio host Mark Williams, now the “traveling voice” of the Tea Party Express bus tours, is profiled by Boston Globe reporter Peter Schworm who says Williams has, “thrust himself onto the national stage with fiery, polarizing rhetoric that has won him both adoration and scorn, even in his own party. Read more HERE … Longtime network radio pro Gary Krantz launches Krantz Media Group, a consultancy specializing in new business development, management/syndication services, and media investment. Talk radio hosts Nicole Sandler and Karel, as well as online Talk broadcaster BlogTalkRadio, are among KMG’s charter clients … The KFBK/Sacramento Morning News crew is broadcasting live from Washington, DC this week, where Assistant Ops Manager Mike Murray took time out to put together a really cool 4-minute video tour of the U.S. Capitol Building — from its exclusive underground railroad, to the top of the magnificent Capitol Dome. Take Murray’s virtual tour of the iconic building by clicking on the “Video” link HERE.

Duncan Joins WSJ Radio
April 22, 2010

Dave Duncan has been named Broadcast Operations Coordinator for the Wall Street Journal Radio Network’s flagship programs, the daily WSJ This Morning with Gordon Deal and The Wall Street Journal This Weekend. Duncan was most recently with Millennimum Radio Group-owned FM News/Talker WKXW (New Jersey 101.5)/Trenton where he produced that station’s New Jersey’s First News and The Morning Show with Jim Gearhart. With a healthy passion for sports, too, Duncan also anchored sportscasts for NJ 101.5, and served a stint as the public address announcer for the Trenton Devils minor league hockey team. “We’re fortunate to have someone with Dave’s consummate technical and production skills and considerable enthusiasm join the WSJ team,” said Nancy Abramson, EVP of the WSJ Radio Network. “This is an exciting time for Dave to join the program as more stations pick up multiple hours of the show for morning drive.”

Sports Radio’s All Over “Prime Time” NFL Draft
April 22, 2010

It’s that time of year when football fans can put baseball and basketball season on hold for a few days to take in the annual NFL Draft. Naturally, it’s a big event for Sports/Talk radio which will be all over this weekend’s Draft with live broadcasts and special programming. FOX Sports Radio host Tony Bruno (pictured) kicks off the network’s coverage tonight with a special broadcast of Into Tonight beginning at 7pm (ET). He’ll be joined by co-host Jay Glazer live from NFL Draft Headquarters at Radio City Music Hall in New York CityESPN Radio will also offer special programming for network affiliates live from this year’s Draft, as will most local Sports stations nationwide. Gotham City Sports/Talkers WFAN and WEPN — both at the epicenter of the Draft — are planning special programs and events surrounding tonight’s first round picks, with continuing coverage of rounds two and three on Friday (4/23) at 6pm (ET), followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday (4/24). Just click on any of the links for up-to-the-minute NFL Draft programming plans.

I’m Walkin’, Yes Indeed
April 22, 2010

KDKA/Pittsburgh promotion assistants Kathleen Coyne and Katie O’Toole flank Pitt Panther’s head coach Dave Wannstedt during the recently held Walk MS event to benefit the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Over 3000 walkers turned out in Pittsburgh’s Point State Park to support the cause.