Edison Research’s 2011 “30 Under 30” — a list of working radio professionals under the age of 30 who represent some of the industry’s next generation of talent and leaders — included a number of up and coming individuals from News/Talk/Sports radio. Making the cut are Caitlin Kenny, Producer of NPR’s Planet Money; Evan Roberts, midday co-host WFAN/New York; Jason Furst, Program Director WSYR-WHHT/Syracuse and Jeff Sottolano, PD at WIP/Philadelphia and Director of Online Content for CBS’ Philly station cluster. Commenting on this year’s list, Edison President Larry Rosin said, “We were surprised and thrilled with both the quality and the quantity of the 2011 ’30 Under 30′ nominees. It was not easy to narrow the group down to 30 honorees; it easily could have been ’60 Under 30′. We hope this announcement of 30 great young radio talents provides some positive news for the radio industry as well as encouragement to the next generation of broadcasters.” Check out the full list of this year’s honorees HERE.
Sports/Talker KJR/Seattle debuted a new FM simulcast today on 102.9, previously home to Country clustermate KNBQ … Salem Radio Network syndicated host Janet Mefferd — who airs on a reported 180-plus Christian Talk outlets nationwide — gets a major profile by CBS 11 News/Dallas, in which she weighs in about her audience’s thoughts on the current crop of GOP hopefuls. Watch the interview HERE … In the wake of Cox Media Group’s recently announced sale of it’s Fairfield County, Connecticut AM’s WSTC-WNLK to Sacred Heart University, local talker Lisa Wexler blogs about her final sign-off this afternoon on the stations where she began her second career in 2006 … Premiere Networks’ new Los Angeles-based talker Andy Dean (pictured) — who shook a lot of hands at last week’s Talk Media Conference & Talk Show Boot Camp in Dallas — joins the lineup at Jacksonville, Florida News/Talk simulcast WOKV-AM & FM, where his nightly America Now program is airing from 6-9pm. Launched in August, Dean’s syndicated talk show is currently heard on a reported 40+ affiliates nationwide.
Bob Madigan (pictured at left), WTOP/Washington’s longtime “Man About Town,” will be needing a bit more sunscreen and a warm winter hat after he joined 46 women in shaving their heads at a DC event to honor kids diagnosed with cancer. Madigan says he hadn’t planned to join the moms, but was inspired on-the-spot by one woman who said having her hair sheared made her feel closer to her late son, who died in August just shy of his first birthday. “If I walk into a black tie affair and people say ‘What happened?’ I’ll be able to tell them and help spread awareness,” said Madigan who has spent most of his 18-year career at the Hubbard Broadcasting-owned all-newser reporting on the good/positive news that’s happening around Washington. More HERE.
If you’re the owners of L.A.’s world famous (and reportedly haunted) Magic Castle, it ain’t Ghostbusters that’s first on your speed dial, it’s the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters who responded to a blaze at the 104-year old Hollywood landmark on Halloween (really … we don’t make this stuff up) were able to quickly douse the flames, saving a lot of memorabilia and antique furniture. Among those who have performed slight-of-hand at the venue are Johnny Carson, Cary Grant and Steve Martin. That’s KFI/Los Angeles reporter Steve Gregory (pictured) on the scene, where L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge told him, “With a fire on Halloween, the devil was not able to take the Castle. It was the angels in the LAFD that saved it.”
The Compass Media Networks crew is set and ready for tomorrow’s national radio broadcast of the “Tussle in Tuscaloosa,” as the #1 LSU Tigers meet the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide in an 8pm (ET) prime time contest. Pictured (l-r) are: spotter Chelsea Carr, engineer Albert Dale, producer Doug Westerman, CMN play-by-play voice Greg Daniels and game analyst and former NFL player Curtis Conway.
DON’T FORGET TO FALL BACK! Enjoy that extra hour of sack time this weekend as Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00am Sunday, November 6th. Be sure to set your clocks and timers around the house back by one hour when you head off to bed Saturday night, or else you’ll surprise a whole lot of folks with your early-bird attitude on Sunday morning!