Although there’s not a spec of orange visible among the lot of ’em, this group of former and current Syracuse radio alumni paused for a digital memory at the recently held NAB Radio Show in Chicago. Standing (l-r) are: Nephtaly Rivera (Class of 2012); Phil LoCascio (Class of 1984); Tony Renda, Jr. (Class of 1995); Danno Wolkoff (Class of 1986); Rocco Macri (Class of 1986); and Craig Hoffman (Class of 2012).
Rumors turn to reality as NTS MediaOnline Today confirms that DirecTV Sports will launch a new daily nationally syndicated radio show co-hosted by former Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange and comedian Nick DiPaolo. The new sports and entertainment show will debut on Monday, October 3rd and will air from 10pm-1am (ET) weeknights. Numerous media sources report that Lange and DiPaolo have inked a three-year, multi-million dollar deal to host the talk show that will also be taped for later broadcast on DirecTV. Word is the program will kick-off in a number of major markets, with additional affiliates set to come on board in the coming weeks. The duo first paired-up substituting for Tony Bruno who recently stepped away from his syndicated radio show to return to Philadelphia as a local host on Greater Media Sports/Talker “97.5 The Fanatic.”
While the game of golf is not necessarily known for its blazing speed, WGN/Chicago midday host John Williams (pictured) and a band of listeners will attempt to break the Guinness world record for the fastest round of golf on Saturday, October 1st, at the Carriage Greens Country Club in suburban Darien, IL. Dubbing the event “King John & His Royal Court’s Speed Golf World Record Challenge,” Williams has assembled a team of some 100 listeners to make the attempt, which will play out in a speed-golf relay format. Golfers will be assigned locations along the course based upon their best club and will hit the ball to each other in progression. The current world record stands at 7 minutes and 56 seconds. “It’s not just a world record we’re going after,” said Williams. “It’s a stupid world record, so it’s a natural for us. I think of this more as an excuse to have a beer by 9:00am.”
Washington, DC legal firm Jones Day reports that Clear Channel Communications has received approval from the U.S. Department of Justice on the company’s previously announced acquisition of Westwood One’s Metro Traffic division. The DOJ had opened an investigation into the deal a month after it closed to determine whether the combo of Metro and CC’s Total Traffic Network would lead to “a substantial lessening of competition” in the providing of traffic reports to local radio stations, by reducing the number of services from three to two. Jones Day argued that stations have the tools and incentive to produce their own traffic reports and that numerous alternatives would remain available to stations from other national and regional providers. The DOJ ultimately accepted those arguments and, according to the law firm, has closed its investigation of the sale. Read the full statement from Jones Day HERE.
Longtime DC broadcaster and commentator Fred Fiske hung up his headphones for the final time yesterday (9/27) after an incredible run of 64 years on the air in the nation’s capitol. Debuting on then Mutual Broadcasting System-owned WOL (which later became WWDC) in September of 1947, Fiske (pictured) spent three decades at the station, where he transitioned from DJ to talk host while also serving as the announcer for NBC’s Meet The Press and as Mutual’s presidential announcer during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations. In 1977 he moved to crosstown WAMU where he hosted a three-hour nightly program, as well as a Saturday morning show, until moving to the role of commentator in 1991. “It was hard work, but I loved every minute of it,” writes Fiske in his farewell blog. Fiske heads into the sunset with a firm claim on having had the longest radio career in Washington history. Learn more HERE. (Photo courtesy of WAMU 88.5).
From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” department: A trio of Clear Channel heavyweights paused for this office wall souvenir during last weekend’s big iHeart Radio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pictured (l-r) are: CC Radio personality, American Idol host and worldwide media mogul Ryan Seacrest, Clear Channel Chairman of Media and Entertainment Platforms Bob Pittman, and CC Radio President/CEO John Hogan.
We’re just one month away from the 2011 Talk Media Conference & Talk Show Boot Camp, October 27-29, at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre. Special guests who will be joining us at TMC/TSBC 2011 include:
Randy Michaels and Walter Sabo — In their first industry appearance together, the CEO and COO of Merlin Media will talk about their new venture, and tell you why they believe the industry needs to learn better how to embrace change and infuse greater creativity into our business if radio wants to survive and thrive in the years ahead.
Robert Wuhl — The Westwood One syndicated talker and comedian brings his unique perspective on the world and an insider’s take on the future of the media industry in this special TMC/TSBC 2011 appearance.
Dave Ramsey — Back by popular demand at TMC/TSBC 2011, the independently syndicated talker will bring along a special guest to help him introduce you to the principles behind EntreLeadership and other practical business wisdom to better prepare you for the road ahead.
Tim Sanders — The new media guru and entrepreneur will draw from his own experience to offer you an insightful game plan to help grow your business and your career, especially in times like these when economic uncertainty meets rapidly changing technology.
Add in our second annual exclusive “Arbitron News/Talk/Sports Fly-In” and the usual stellar roster of format-focused learning sessions, and you’ll see why we say: “TMC/TSBC 2011 .. You’ve Gotta Be There!”
REGISTER NOW, book your hotel, and see the full TMC/TSBC 2011 agenda HERE.
WHAS/Louisville host Mandy Connell has taken to You Tube with a novel request for billionaire Warren Buffet. Reacting to the “Oracle of Omaha’s” recent declaration that wealthy folks like him have been “coddled” long enough and should pay more in federal taxes, Connell (pictured) says she wants to “cut out the middle man” when it comes to funding a long-needed $3 billion bridge rebuilding project in Louisville. “Today, Mr. Buffet, I’m here to ask for a favor,” says the Kentucky talker. “Just give the money to me and I’ll make sure this major infrastructure project that will benefit the whole region gets built. We both know the government doesn’t spend money very efficiently, so let’s just knock them right out of the loop.” No word on whether or not Buffet has responded yet to Connell’s You Tube plea, but you can check it out for yourself HERE.
That’s the question posed by McKay Coppins in an online feature about the syndicated radio and TV talker for Newsweek/TheDailyBeast.com, in which Beck admits he’s flattered by any comparison to the queen of daytime TV talk. “Oprah is wildly successful, and she’s a brilliant businesswoman,” Beck told Coppins. “She’s also somebody who’s overcome a ton of demons in her own life, and that’s really what shaped her. I think the same could be said for me.” Coppins goes on to talk about Beck’s “Winfrey-esque empire building” that includes not only his new GBTV venture, but also numerous branded products, like a clothing line, a Groupon-like service and a new publishing division — all things that might seem to be out of character for a Talk host. “Beck has his eye on a different perch,” suggests Coppins. “Lifestyle guru for heartland conservatives.” Check out the full story HERE.
During the first week of Dave Ramsey’s nationwide tour to promote his new book, EntreLeadership, the independently syndicated talker has attracted thousands of fans to events in cities from South Bend and Fresno, to Phoenix and Los Angeles. Upcoming tour dates include stops in Raleigh, Knoxville, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Midland and Dallas, where Dave (pictured) will also host an exclusive luncheon event as part of our 2011 Talk Media Conference & Talk Show Boot Camp. Get more details HERE … Arbitron reports that 2011 RADAR cume data shows that radio added an additional 1.7 million listeners in an average week, versus data gathered a year ago. More HERE (PS: Don’t miss our annual Arbitron News/Talk/Sports “Fly-In” at TMC/TSBC 2011 next month in Dallas) … Clear Channel inks a deal with Univision to add Spanish language programming — including the company’s News/Talk and Sports formats — to CC’s digital radio service, iHeartRadio.