Rumors Of Conservative Talk’s Death Exaggerated
May 17, 2011

So says Citadel Media syndicated conservative talker Mark Levin (pictured) in response to our story yesterday on the idea that Talk radio’s future success just might mean a move to the middle, versus today’s mostly politically right or left shows. “They’ve been saying this for years,” an obviously unconvinced Levin said in an email to NTS MediaOnline Today. A similar sentiment comes from a post at Riehl World View (a link that was pointed out to us by a number of our conservative readers), which disputes some of the facts put forth by Daily Beast writer John Avlon in his recent postThe Right Wing Flame Out. Meanwhile, longtime Central New Jersey broadcast legend Jack Ellery, an unabashed liberal morning host on WCTC/New Brunswick says, “In today’s world, with the right wing so far to the right they can’t even see the middle, being a regular conservative is being liberal. As for true liberals such as myself, I don’t seem to see or hear them. Where are they hiding?” Nice to see that a discussion about Talk radio’s best bet for the future provokes a conversation that most industry experts agree is well worth having, as more and more opportunities for spoken-word programming continue to evolve in the modern media world. Your comments on this, or any story you read here in NTS MediaOnline Today, are always welcome HERE.

Sirius XM Adds Three Local Sports Radio Shows
May 17, 2011

SiriusXM expands it’s Sports/Talk programming lineup with the addition of three popular local radio shows. Just added to the satcaster’s roster of Sports radio shows are WEPN (1050 ESPN)/New York’s Michael Kay Show and Mike Lupica Show, along with WMVP (ESPN 1000)/Chicago’s Waddle & Silvy, hosted by former Chicago Bear Tom Waddle and Mark “Silvy” Silverman. “New York and Chicago are two of America’s greatest sports hubs and fans of these cities’ teams reside all over the country,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM SVP/Sports Programming. “Whether it’s the Bulls’ run through the playoffs, Yankees and Mets baseball, or another local team making headlines, there is a constant sports buzz in these two cities. That makes for excellent Sports/ Talk, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer these great shows to all of our subscribers, allowing them to follow the local story lines all year long.”

Talk Media News Notes
May 17, 2011

NTS MediaOnline Today sends out get well wishes to WOAI/San Antonio and KPRC/Houston talker Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo who told his fans that he will be undergoing immediate treatment for testicular cancer. The hard-working “Pags” (pictured) also serves as one of the rotating hosts of Premiere Radio Networks weekly syndicated program The Weekend. Email your best wishes to “Pags” HERE Condolences: To the family and friends of longtime broadcasting exec Ron Nickell who died May 15th of complications following several strokes. He was 69. Radio Colorado Network, where Nickell recently served as GM, has more details on the veteran broadcaster’s lifelong love affair with radio HERE.

Braggin’ Rights
May 17, 2011

April Arbitron PPM results are rolling out and the crew at KFI/Los Angeles is feeling pretty good about ‘em. The Clear Channel News/Talker reports the station finished #2 overall (6+/Mon-Sun, 6am-midnight), while morning talker Bill Handel ranked #1 (6+) among English language stations in L.A. Other highlights from KFI Director of Marketing Neil Saavedra: “John and Ken are #2 (25-54 Persons) in afternoons, while evening guy and ‘ladies man’ Tim Conway Jr. hit #1 with women 25-54!” … Staffers at WGN/Chicago are also popping some corks on North Michigan Avenue this week. Following a number of recent changes in the station’s lineup — not to mention several tumultuous months at the Tribune-owned News/Talker over that whole “who’s running this place?” thing — WGN finishes #1 (12+/Mon-Sun, 6am-midnight) with a 5.6 share. Got ratings or other news from your station or company you’d like to brag about? Email us the details HERE.

Let The Parade Of Hopefuls Begin!
May 17, 2011

For decades, probably no radio station in America has seen more presidential hopefuls walk through the studio doors than WHO/Des Moines. As proof that the 2012 presidential race is already well underway in Iowa, that’s former Minnesota Governor and Republican hopeful Tim Pawlenty (left) trading hands with WHO host Simon Conway, in the first of what will likely be many similar photos that the afternoon drive talker will collect between now and this time next year.