Austin Hill, currently doing double-duty as afternoon host at Peak Broadcasting News/Talker KIDO/Boise and mid-mornings on sister News/Talk KMJ/Fresno — reports that an 8-year old Fresno girl was abducted from her front yard on Monday night, triggering a statewide Amber Alert. Twenty minutes before signing on his show at KMJ on Tuesday morning, Hill learned that the young girl had been found and her abductor arrested. The talk host says he used the occasion to discuss some listener emails he’d received, complaining that the station was “scaring people” and saying “all this Amber Alert stuff is excessive.” But the big story really came today, as Hill tells NTS MediaOnline Today that the good Samaritan who identified the suspected abductor told authorities he’d been “following the story” and because of all the Amber Alert info he was able to identify the suspect’s car. “So it was radio and the Amber Alert system that helped rescue this little girl.” said Hill. A happy ending to the story and a solid reminder to never underestimate the power of your radio station to inform and move listeners to action.
Michael Savage says his new book, Trickle Up Poverty: Stopping Obama’s Attack On Our Borders, Economy and Security, is a “manifesto for saving America” in 37 points. Savage’s latest tome, from publisher HarperCollins, calls for “running the country like a business, not an empire” and advocates ideas including closing America’s borders, instituting a flat tax, OK’ing profiling to help prevent terror attacks, a ban on abortion with limited exception, and mandatory contraceptives for all women on welfare. In an interview with WorldNetDaily.com Savage makes no apologies for the book being “quite radical” saying, “I don’t claim to be middle-of-the-road, nor do I claim to be Mr. Milquetoast.” You can read WND’s full conversation with Savage is HERE.
Tribune head honcho and veteran broadcaster Randy Michaels and investor Sam Zell both get taken to the wood shed in a New York Times feature by David Carr that reads more like a “hit piece,” citing stories and rumors provided by “unnamed sources” and even characterizing Michaels — who hasn’t been on the air in decades — as “a former shock jock.” Read and judge for yourself HERE … Lots of rumors rumbling out there in radio-land about a possible pending format change coming to a major Northwest Talk outlet. Stay tuned … Clear Channel names Kevin Waltman as Market Manager for the company’s Tallahassee cluster. Waltman most recently served as Director of Sales at CC/Little Rock. He assumes the chair recently vacated when Lisa Rice moved to become GSM of Clear Channel’s Tampa FM’s.
Veteran Talk radio host Tom Leykis — who has been sitting on the sidelines under contract to CBS Radio ever since the company flipped formats at KLSX/Los Angeles (now CHR KAMP) in 2009 — guested on the Gary & Dino Show, an online program that “airs” on Leykis’ “New Normal” website venture. Answering the oft-asked “Are you coming back to radio soon?” question Leykis replied, “Nobody will pay me more than what I am making today to not come into work.” Noting that he remains under contract to CBS through March of 2012, Leykis added, “It’s very simple. Nobody in today’s radio business is going to pay me as much to come to work as I am making to not come to work. So I’ve mostly been living on my 20-acre ranch near Santa Barbara, where I came up with the idea for, and run the company that produces this show. I had been on the air with very few breaks for over 16 years, so it’s the first time since 1992 that I’ve had any serious time off to decompress.” You can hear more of what Leykis had to say about his future HERE.
Conservative pundit and bestselling author Ann Coulter recently dropped in for a chat with KXL/Portland host and Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated talker Lars Larson. The pair entertained a live studio audience who gathered in Alpha Broadcasting’s newly opened Bing Lounge, a street-level performance studio at the Rose City’s Pac West Center, that is available for live broadcasts by all six of Alpha’s Portland radio stations, including News/Talk outlets KXL and KXFD, and Sports/Talker KXTG.