For the 22nd consecutive year, WABC/New York morning man and Citadel Media syndicated talker, Don Imus, will hold his annual Radiothon to benefit the Imus Ranch for Kids With Cancer, the Tomorrows Children’s Fund and the CJ Foundation For SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The annual fundraiser will air tomorrow (5/5) and Friday (5/6) on WABC and Imus In The Morning affiliates nationwide, as well as on the FOX Business Network’s video simulcast of the I-Man’s daily morning show. More details HERE.
In Other News From WABC: Following the Imus Radiothon, mid-morning host Joe Crummey will broadcast live from Ground Zero tomorrow, from 10am-noon, as NYC welcomes President Obama for a wreath-laying ceremony and visit with families of 9/11 victims. WABC’s Noam Laden and Scott Salotto will join Joe for the broadcast, providing news updates from the site.
Coast to Coast AM host George Noory has been inviting his listeners to visit the show’s website for the past couple of nights to participate in an Insta-Poll asking the question, “Should Osama bin Laden’s body have been buried at sea?” More than 17,000 fans of the show have cast their votes so far, producing the following results: “The body wasn’t Osama Bin Laden and the burial at sea is part of a cover-up (43.06%); “No, his body should have been shown to the public before any kind of burial (28.52%); and “Yes, officials didn’t want a burial place on land turned into a terrorist shrine, and Islamic tradition dictates that a body must be buried within 24 hours (28.42%).” The results clearly reflect the audience for Noory’s late night show which frequently explores “conspiracy theories and all things curious and unexplained.” The poll continues HERE.
As the debate over whether or not to release photos of the body of Osama Bin Laden continues, should any photo or video ultimately be released, will your News/Talk station post it to your website? RTDNA Digital Media Editor Ryan Murphy offers “20 Ethics Questions To Consider Before Using Osama Bin Laden Death Photos” including: What would be the journalistic purpose behind broadcasting or publishing the Osama bin Laden photos?; Do the pictures clarify and help the audience understand the story better?; Is it a news organization’s job to provide ‘closure’ and debunk potential political conspiracies? As of this post, it appears that President Obama has decided against releasing any photos for now, but in a media world where secrets are hard to keep (think WikiLeaks), the chance of them leaking out will remain a threat for some time to come. So, what questions will YOU ask before using them? RTDNA has more suggested queries to consider HERE.
A big congrats to KGO-KSFO/San Francisco President/GM Deidra Lieberman, as she’s named one of the Bay Area’s “Most Influential Women” by the San Francisco Business Times. Lieberman (pictured) is a 20-year broadcast veteran who first joined the Citadel-owned News/Talkers as GSM in 2003, rising to her current role last year … While the issue of tracking users of Smartphones by Apple and Google continues to be debated, Into Tomorrow host Dave Graveline reports he’s got the real answers and is offering himself as an “expert guest” on the topic to clear up confusion. FYI, talk hosts and/or producers looking to chat with Dave can track him down — without even needing to use a smartphone — HERE … And this item from our Not Exactly Talk Media News Department: Here at NTS MediaOnline Today, may we be the first to wish you a happy Star Wars Day. Yes, today really is designated as the day to celebrate all things Star Wars. Why today, May 4th? The reason will become crystal clear as Star Wars obsessed fans greet each other with the phrase heard ’round the world today: “May the 4th be with you!”
That’s ESPN Radio Mike & Mike In The Morning co-host Mike Greenberg suited up as pop-tart Justin Bieber – complete with purple high tops – after losing this year’s NCAA Bracket bet to on-air partner Mike Golic. Had Golic lost, he would’ve had to dress as Lady Gaga. Instead, Golic’s wife and daughter have spent the past several weeks sizing and selecting Greenberg’s wardrobe. Inspired by his outfit, Greenberg broke into a Bieber song, something that an e-mailer to the program reported “caused my dog to start howling, and I haven’t seen him since!”