NTS MediaOnline Weekly
May 12, 2011

Have You Heard The News?

Remembering Barbara Voight

Shuffle Off To Buffalo

Have You Heard The News? — This week marked the rollout of daypart number three for America’s Radio News Network, the syndicated all-news venture launched by Talk Radio Network last January. Veteran news journalist and ARNN Executive VP News Programming John McCaslin offers insights on the philosophy behind the all-news service and why he’s bullish about its future. Our feature begins on page one.

Remembering Barbara Voight — KXL/Portland staffers pay tribute to the popular northwest news anchor who lost her struggle with cancer this week. More in “Person-To-Person” on page two.

Shuffle Off To Buffalo — Or charge down to Charlotte. Either way, we’ve got details on opportunities in both of those cities posted in “Gig Alerts” on page two.

Read it all HERE in NTS MediaOnline Weekly.

KXNT Bets On Paul; WBAP’s Allen To Boise
May 12, 2011

Andrew Paul has been named Program Director at KXNT-AM & FM/Las Vegas. Paul (pictured) — who segues to Sin City from the PD’s chair at KBOI-KTIK/Boise — takes over a position most recently held by Bob Agnew who exited the CBS Radio News/Talker last month. “Andrew’s winning track record in News, Talk, and Sports programming, coupled with his crystal clear vision for spoken-word programming on FM, make Andrew the ideal person to continue the extension of the heritage KXNT brand to the FM band and an entirely new audience,” said SVP/Market Manager Jerry McKenna. “We are thrilled to have him join the CBS Radio team.” Prior to his most recent gig in Boise, Paul served a stint in Albuquerque where he programmed Sports/Talker KNML “The Sports Animal” and hosted a talk show on News/Talker KKOB. PSSSST!

UPDATE: Eleven-year WBAP/Dallas Assistant Program Director David Allen is headed north to takeover as PD at KBOI/Boise. Upon his arrival on May 23rd, Allen will report directly to Citadel/Boise Market Manager Don Morin.

Ed Schultz Responds To Lawsuit
May 12, 2011

Syndicated radio and TV talker Ed Schultz took to the airwaves of the midwest city that launched his broadcasting career this morning to comment on a lawsuit that was filed against him by a former NBC News employee who claims he helped Schultz secure his TV gig at MSNBC. Speaking exclusively to AM 1100 “The Flag” (WZFG/Fargo) morning man and VP/Programming Bruce Kelly (pictured) today Schultz said, “This was an independent project we worked on that had nothing to do with The Ed Show on MSNBC and nothing to do with my [Dial Global syndicated] radio show. The project was to develop a syndicated show to be based in Washington, DC that, because the economy fell out, never came together. It was later that I was contacted by MSNBC. It had nothing to do with The Ed Show.” Schultz, who appeared on the BK & Company morning show along with his attorney, told Kelly that his appearance on today’s program would be his only radio, TV or print interview on the subject. Hear Kelly’s full interview with “Big Eddie” HERE.

San Diego To Get 24/7 FM News And Info
May 12, 2011

San Diego State University-owned KPBS-FM, which currently offers a roster of local and network news and talk programming during the day and classical music nights and overnights, will send Bach and Beethoven to the web on May 23rd when the pubcaster expands to a new 24/7 lineup of local and network news, talk and information programming. Concurrently KPBS.org will launch a new 24/7 classical music web stream to go along with KPBS’ 24-hour HD2 classical station that’s already on the air. Tom Karlo, General Manager of the public broadcasting outlet, calls the move to round-the-clock news and information programming “a positive move forward” adding, “KPBS is committed to serving our community with news and information all day, every day. Recent world and national events have demonstrated that locals rely on KPBS – on all our platforms – for the latest news and updates. Now they will have access to that public service on KPBS-FM 24-7.” With the station’s nightly classical music programming still in place, March 2011 Arbitron PPM rankings show KPBS-FM garnering a 4.2 share (6+, Mon-Sun/6am-midnight), just behind Clear Channel AM News/Talk KOGO (4.8) and ahead of Midwest Television-owned heritage News/Talker KFMB-AM (2.2).

Talk Media News Notes
May 12, 2011

KDKA/Pittsburgh dedicated the station’s newsroom in memory of the late Fred Honsberger during ceremonies held at the CBS Radio News/Talker this week. Honsberger, who joined KDKA in 1979, served first as a reporter and later as News Director for the station before becoming a talk host in 1989. Following a long illness, Fred died in 2009 after spending more than three decades on the air in the Steel City. That’s Fred’s wife Chris pictured at this week’s dedication ceremonies … The Washington Post reports that long time PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer, 76,  will step down from full time duties on June 6th, after 36 years on the broadcast — the longest run of a national news anchor. Lehrer is not yet retiring and will continue to contribute to the show on a regular basis. More details HERE … During the upcoming season of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, FM talker New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW/Trenton) will be prominently featured as the reality series follows “Housewife” Caroline Manzo’s experiences hosting a series of monthly specials on the Garden State radio station. Episodes will feature her job interview at the station, show prep and coaching meetings, and segments from Caroline Rules. PD Eric Johnson called the project “exciting” and adds that he is “looking forward to expanding the New Jersey 101.5 brand to a national viewing audience.” The series kicks off its new season May 16th.

Uh, Just What Is The “Service” He Performs?
May 12, 2011

KIRO-FM/Seattle talker Dori Monson gets up-close-and-personal with “Red Rock” during a chat with the snake’s owner who believes his little reptile buddy should be allowed to be categorized as a “service animal.” Pictured (l-r) are: snake owner Daniel Greene, Monson, midday news anchor and in-studio Monson Show contributor Jessica Gottesman and executive producer Jake Skorheim.