Among the interesting tidbits on tapes that are being played as evidence during the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevitch — currently underway in the Land of Lincoln — is that one of the people “Blago” suggested could fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama was WVON/Chicago President Melody Spann-Cooper (pictured). The Midway Broadcasting Chairman heads up the Urban Talk outlet that is also the Windy City’s only African-American owned and operated radio station. Meanwhile, those “Blago” trial tapes also revealed that the well-coiffed Guv thought the idea of appointing TV talker Oprah Winfrey to the seat would be “huge” adding, “She’s a kingmaker, she made Obama!” While suggesting that the idea of appointing Oprah to the U.S. Senate was “not far-fetched,” Blago also conceded that, “The odds of her f–king taking it are slim to none.” Chicago’s NBC 5 has more details HERE.
Former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich has stepped down as co-host of his weekly Saturday show on WBAL/Baltimore to make a run for the State House against current Governor Martin O’Malley. Ehrlich’s wife, Kendel, will continue to host the program pending the outcome of the November election … Bonneville-owned WFED (Federal News Radio)/Washington picks up radio broadcast rights for the Baltimore Ravens for the upcoming 2010 NFL season. The station is already home to Washington Nationals baseball and the NHL Washington Capitals … Legendary race car driver Bobby Unser (pictured) — a three-time winner of the the Indy 500 — recently dropped in for a visit with JJ Buck of KNML/Albuquerque’s Opening Drive morning show. The Unser clan, including four-time Indy winner Al Unser and two-time winner Al Jr., call New Mexico’s Duke City home.
Carolyn Polke has been promoted to the newly created position of VP/Digital for Glenn Beck’s production company, Mercury Radio Arts. In her newly expanded role Polke, who was previously Director/E-Commerce for the company, will oversee Mercury’s online initiatives including advertising, digital subscriptions and merchandise on GlennBeck.com, and the talk host’s daily newsletter. Polke was instrumental in the recent launch of GlennBeck.com’s Insider Extreme, a subscription service that offers Beck fans access to, among other features, a live, six-camera online videocast of his daily Premiere Radio Networks radio show. “Carolyn has been critical to building GlennBeck.com into the robust online business that it is today,” said Mercury President/COO Christopher Balfe. “Considering some of the digital initiatives we have planned, her continued leadership in delivering engaging online experiences will be more important than ever.”
As already widely reported, former KLSX/Los Angeles and CBS Radio morning host Adam Carolla has amassed a pretty significant audience since leaving radio last year, with millions of fans regularly downloading The Adam Carolla Podcast. Now, Jim Hopkinson reports at Wired.com that Carolla “is getting the band back together” — reassembling most of the staff of his former radio show — with the goal of creating a morning drive podcast that will make fans want to listen “live” everyday. Asked if he’s yet making money from his new online venture, Carolla said he’s beginning to see the cumulative impact from having multiple sources of revenue. “Add them all together and, in the end, you’re still broke,” he told Hopkinson. “But eventually you have enough to afford one of those portable washing machines.” Read the full feature HERE.
That’s the motto of former Sacramento Talk radio host Mark Williams, one of the founders and most active members of the national Tea Party Movement, as he recently announced that he’s running for the Sacramento City Council seat currently occupied by councilman Steve Cohn. Williams is among those who are behind a recently announced effort to recall the entire Sacramento City Council after their recent vote to boycott Arizona over that state’s tough new illegal immigration law. The recall is spearheaded by congressional candidate Paul Smith — who is also running to replace Sacramento councilwoman Doris Matsui — and KTKZ/Sacramento talk host Eric Hogue. Pictured above at last week’s rally announcing Williams’ candidacy are Hogue (l) and Williams.