A Holiday Remodel For Denver Sports/Talkers
December 7, 2011

Lincoln Financial Media-owned Sports/Talk duo KKFN-FM and KEPN-AM/Denver will undergo a bit of remodeling over the holidays, then kick off the New Year with new lineups on both stations. 104.3 The Fan (KKFN) will add new local morning and middays shows, featuring Mile High City Sports radio personalities Drew Goodman and Joel Klatt. Goodman — the play-by-play voice of the Colorado Rockies, will team with former NBA star Scott Hastings for a new noon-3pm weekday show, while former Colorado University quarterback Klatt — now a football color analyst for FOX Sports — will team with 13-year ‘Fan’ veteran Mike Evans in morning drive. The new shows join what will be an all-local prime time lineup that already includes Alfred “Big Al” Williams and Darren “D-Mac” McKee (3-7pm) and Sandy Clough (6-10pm).

Meanwhile down the hall, KEPN-AM will rebrand as “Sports Radio 1600 The Zone” with a new lineup featuring DirecTV Entertainment/Premiere Networks syndicated Dan Patrick (pictured) (7-10am); Premiere’s Jim Rome (10am-1pm); FOX Sports Radio’s Loose Cannons, Pat O’Brien, Steve Hartman and Vic Jacobs (1-5pm); and a mix of FOX Sports Radio, Yahoo! Sports Radio and local programming to round out evenings and weekends.

Cumulus Merges Overnight Talk Shows
December 7, 2011

As first reported to our Facebook friends and Twitter followers late yesterday, effective January 3rd, Gary McNamara and Eric Harley (pictured) will take over as the new hosts of Cumulus Media Networks’ syndicated Red Eye Radio. McNamara and Harley — who currently host the network’s Midnight Radio Network (MRN) — will take over for Doug McIntyre (who is rumored to be making a return to local radio). Talk veteran Mark Germaine will guest host Red Eye Radio for two weeks beginning Monday (12/19), with “Best of” shows airing the week of 12/26 prior to McNamara and Harley’s arrival after the New Year’s holiday. While MRN’s programming focus has traditionally been on appealing to those in the over-the-road trucking community, a Cumulus spokesperson told NTS MediaOnline Today that, as the new hosts of Red Eye Radio, Harley and McNamara will retain that show’s focus on current events and lifestyle topics, while also bringing their own blend of “regular guy” perspectives on issues to the nightly program.

Here Ye, Here Ye … Merlin Moves Into Philly
December 7, 2011

William Penn took to the roof top of Philly’s City Hall to announce that Merlin Media has agreed to acquire WKDN-FM/Camden, NJ from Family Stations, Inc. The 38,000 watt FM’s signal covers the Philadelphia metro and surrounding suburbs — including southern New Jersey and south to Wilmington, DE —  No official word as to whether or not Merlin will flip the now Christian Talk WKDN to an All-News format, as was the case with recent acquisitions in New York and Chicago, but a tongue-in-cheek release from Merlin states that they are currently looking for staff who “can pronounce Schuykill, Wissahickon, Manayunk, Tredffrin, Gwynedd, Pennsauken, Bala Cynwyd and Bryn Mawr.” The transfer of WKDN to Merlin is, as usual, pending regulatory approval.

Talk Media News Notes
December 7, 2011

A new study by Coleman Insights, Arbitron and Media Monitors reports that radio delivers more than 93% of its lead-in audience during the average commercial break. The study, unveiled today at the Arbitron Client Conference in Baltimore, was based on “18 million commercial breaks, 16 million commercials and 866 radio stations across 48 markets.” What Happens When The Spots Come On is available for free download HERE … The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has selected Mike Cavender to serve as the organization’s Executive Director. The 25-year broadcast veteran will also oversee the Radio Television News FoundationTalk Radio Network syndicated personality Phil Hendrie will guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC-TV’s hit sitcom Modern Family. That’s Hendrie pictured on the set, grabbing an office wall souvenir with cast member Ed O’Neill, Director Michael Spiller and cast member Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Remembering “The Greatest Generation”
December 7, 2011

KOA/Denver host Steffan Tubbs accompanied a group of World War II veterans who traveled to Honolulu today to mark the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor in 1941. That’s Steffan pictured above with 96-year old Pearl Harbor survivor Archie Gregory of Huntington Beach, CA. “He was on the deck of the USS Arizona when the attack began,” reports Steffan. “He was blown into the water. A really amazing man.” On this “day that will live in infamy,” NTS MediaOnline Today urges you to take a moment to honor and remember all of the men and women who so valiantly fought for the freedoms that we all enjoy today as a result of their sacrifices.