Even as flooding caused by Hurricane Irene begins to recede up and down the east coast, residents of southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are battening down the hatches for this weekend’s arrival of Tropical Storm Lee. Residents of New Orleans face a potential test of the city’s levee system once again, as forecasters predict the region could experience rainfall of some 15-20 inches over a period of just 48 hours. Entercom News/Talker WWL-AM & FM’s Hurricane Central is keeping residents up to date on-air and online, warning Big Easy residents to expect “a ton” of rain. Meanwhile, crosstown Clear Channel FM News/Talk WRNO (Rush Radio 99.5) has also activated its Stormwatch center to help residents prepare for Lee’s imminent arrival and potential flooding of 2-4 feet. After coming ashore, Lee will spread heavy rains elsewhere across the southeast next week, causing additional damage throughout the region and launching News/Talkers there into emergency coverage mode. In short, it sure doesn’t look like there’s much chance for a relaxing last-weekend-of-summer holiday weekend for a lot of folks along the Gulf Coast.
CBS Radio Sports/Talker 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM/Dallas) will open The Fan Sports Lounge this fall, an 8,000 square foot sports-themed restaurant for all ages that will serve food, drink and all-things-sports, seven days a week. Owned and operated by local restaurant and club operator Bill Teague, The Fan Sports Lounge will be located within Dallas’ Victory Park, directly across from the American Airlines Center. In addition to a state-of-the-art broadcast studio, the “Lounge” will be outfitted with a slew of HD televisions, theater-size projection screens, a high-tech game room, private dining rooms and more. “When it comes to brand extension we could think of nothing better than a place to gather where you can interact with the station while enjoying watching your favorite teams play,” said CBS Radio/Dallas VP of News, Talk and Sports Programming Bruce Gilbert. “This is a great way for us to grow The Fan franchise and welcome our friends and listeners into our world, while providing North Texas sports fans with an affordable, fun, and comfortable experience.”
After only about 90 days, KPAM/Portland is dropping its afternoon news block in favor of a new talk show hosted by market veteran Terry Boyd. Terry Boyd’s World will debut in the Pamplin Broadcasting-owned News/Talker’s 3-6pm time slot on Tuesday, September 6th. “Terry is a great addition to Portland’s only live and local Talk station,” said KPAM VP/GM Dave Saxe. “He’ll host the most entertaining local afternoon show in Portland radio and will round out our AM 860 live and local Talk lineup, from 5am-9pm.” Most recently heard co-hosting mornings on crosstown Hot AC 105.1 The Buzz, Boyd will be joined on his new show by Matt Wilcox who will serve as Executive Producer.
UPDATE: The previously announced FM simulcast of WIP/Philadelphia launches ahead of schedule as the CBS Radio Sports/Talker’s programming began airing this afternoon (9/2) at both 610AM and 94.1FM, the former home of longtime Philly Rocker WYSP … The Alliance for Women In Media (AWM) has set May 22, 2012 as the date for the group’s annual Gracie Awards gala that will be held in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel … Congrats to Redding News Review host Rob Redding as he celebrates a year in syndication via the Minnesota-based Genesis Communications Network. Check out more “Network/Syndication Notes” in today’s edition of NTS MediaOnline Weekly, delivered to your inbox earlier today … From our Not Exactly Talk Media News Department: If your hitting the road this Labor Day weekend and your plans include a visit to the suburban Detroit city of Livonia, MI (just north of Detroit Metro Airport), you’ll be wanting to keep a light foot on that accelerator pedal. According to the National Motorists Association, Livonia tops a list of U.S. and Canadian cities with the most number of speed traps in the past two years. Orlando, Las Vegas and Denver are also among the Top 5 cities where you’re most likely to get a speeding ticket. See if your city ranked among the Top 25 HERE.
Salem Radio Network VP/News and Programming Tom Tradup (left) recently visited the Texas set of the new movie Seven Days In Utopia, where he grabbed this office wall souvenir with Academy Award winner Robert Duvall. The legendary actor has been making the rounds at Talk radio to promote the new family film that opens across the country this weekend.