|He Did It His Way
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He Did It His Way — We check in with Dave Ramsey to see what’s new at his independently syndicated radio show, and get an inside peek at the TMC/TSBC 2010 luncheon he’ll host with special guest, renowned economist Arthur Laffer.
Holy Mutt-rimony — CBS Radio’s Los Angeles cluster will go to the dogs next weekend. Details in “Person-To-Person” on page three.
DC Sports/Traffic Gigs — WTOP/Washington is staffing up its previously announced in-house traffic and sports service. Get details in “Gig Alerts” on page three.
Read it all HERE in NTS MediaOnline Weekly.
United Stations Radio Networks syndicated talker Lou Dobbs is the subject of a scathing article by Isabel Macdonald in The Nation that charges Dobbs with knowingly hiring undocumented workers at his home and on a Vermont farm that houses the talk host’s stable of horses. Dobbs, who has been a vocal critic of illegal immigration on both his radio show and his former CNN television program, responded to the charges today by actually inviting the article’s author to join him live on his radio show. After repeatedly asking Macdonald, “Have I or any of my companies ever hired an illegal immigrant worker?” Macdonald — who kept dodging the answer to that question — finally admitted the answer was “no.” As Macdonald repeatedly dodged Dobbs’ very direct questions, instead reverting back to ‘talking points’ she wanted to make during the discussion, Dobbs continued to bring the discussion back to the charges made in her article. “Let’s try focusing on truth and reality,” said Dobbs as he gave out The Nation’s website address and urged his listeners to read what he described as a “hit piece” and “a smear” that is short on facts and long on innuendo and the author’s opinions. “This was an attack piece and it’s a shame that the national media played right along with it,” said Dobbs.
Riccardo D’Anconia has been named Market Manager for Genesis Communications’ Orlando-Melbourne, FL stations. Most recently Managing Director of Behrens Rhineheart Communications Group, which handles marketing for International Motor Speedway Corporation, Daytona International Speedway and the Al Volante con Grand-AM TV show at Orlando’s Universal Studios, will oversee “ESPN 1080″ WHBO, “ESPN Deportes 1190″ WAMT, and “News/Talk 1060″ WIXC. D’Anconia’s resume also includes a stint as GSM for New York City-based ImpreMedia. “We are very pleased to have Riccardo lead our team in Orlando-Melbourne,” said Genesis president Bruce Maduri. “His very successful background in leading marketing companies will be a great benefit to Genesis and its ESPN brands in Central Florida.”
In yesterday’s NTS MediaOnline Today we told you about the New York Times’ story featuring some nasty attacks on Tribune CEO Randy Michaels. Michaels fired back in a memo to Tribune staffers urging them to “ignore the noise” and noting that much of the content of the Times’ piece was drawn from “events, distortions and rumors more than two years old,” and that an outside investigating firm has previously found the allegations to be “without substance.” Chicago Tribune media writer Phil Rosenthal has more HERE … Citadel Media syndicated host Michael Baisden welcomed President Barack Obama to his radio program yesterday (10/6) where the Prez urged Baisden’s audience to get out and vote next month. “That means everybody listening to your show, everybody in the barber shops and in the beauty shops and at work, everybody’s got to understand. This is a huge election!” … WPHT/Philadelphia renews their radio rights deal with Major League Baseball’s Phillies on the same day that the National League East champs won their first post-season playoff game 4-0, in a history-making no-hitter pitched by ace Roy Halladay … KTRS/St. Louis welcomes market veteran J.C. Corcoran (pictured) to the Talk station’s lineup, where he’ll host 10am-1pm beginning October 25th.
Compass Media Networks announces its 2010-2011 college basketball schedule that opens with Kentucky vs. North Carolina on December 4th. The network will offer a schedule of 25 college games including exclusive national coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. CMN CEO Peter Kosann tells NTS MediaOnline Today, “We continue to make the investments necessary to win. Sports radio stations love play-by-play sports and we love delivering the best games available in the country.” … Meanwhile, ESPN reports that December 17th’s NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, will be broadcast on ESPN’s 3-D Network, making it the first NBA game broadcast in 3-D. The New York Times’ Joshua Brustein reports that six additional regular season games will also air on ESPN’s 3-D network including contests from Phoenix, Denver, Orlando, Miami and Atlanta. The 3-D channel is available to subscribers to DirecTV, Comcast and AT&T, and is scheduled to be added to the lineup of Time Warner Cable soon.
Making a rare radio appearance, the indefatigable Liza Minnelli dropped by ABC News Radio’s New York City studios this week to chat with reporter David Blaustein about her newly released album Confessions. The legendary singer/actress — and daughter of Judy Garland — is celebrating her 60th year in show-biz! Check out the YouTube video for her new CD HERE.