Beginning Monday, March 5th Mel Robbins swaps places with Dial Global’s syndicated Clark Howard Show on Cox Media Group’s O-Town News/Talker. Robbins (pictured) will move up to a new early afternoon slot (1-3pm), Monday through Friday, while Howard slides into Mel’s previous evening hours (10pm-1am). With a pre-media career that includes five years as a public defender in Manhattan, Robbins currently also has her own TV show, Monster In Law, on the A&E cable channel. Along with hosting her daily radio show and filming her TV series, the married mother of three is also a popular life skills coach who travels the country speaking to Fortune 500 companies. Robbins also currently hosts a weekend show on Greater Media FM talker WTKK/Boston.
OK, we’re not saying that opportunities like these only come around once every four years, but we will say that both of these are “primo” jobs that you definitely don’t see everyday. Be sure to look for more “Gig Alerts” — as always — on page two of our regular Friday feature publication NTS MediaOnline Today!
Cumulus Media Networks is looking for an Executive Producer for the soon-to-launch, nationally syndicated Mike Huckabee Show. Reach out to Cumulus SVP/Programming Mike McVay on behalf of your own talents (or to clue him in about somebody who you know that might be right for the job) HERE. Then send along your resume HERE. Hurry, ’cause we’re betting that this Dallas-based gig won’t stay unfilled for very long! (EOE)
News/Talker KMBZ-AM & FM/Kansas City is on the hunt for full time host who “can tell a story and be compelling all of the time.” Here are some additional details: “Do you understand the inner-workings of PPM? Do you understand that Talk radio is about entertaining an audience and not just politics? This is a full time position and we’re not looking for the typical talk host.” To throw your hat in the ring for this one, just log on to the Entercom website HERE, then click on “Careers” and search “Kansas City” for more details and to apply online. (EOE)
Cumulus Media moves its Myrtle Beach Sports/Talker WJXY from 93.9 FM to a new home, with a better signal and a new moniker — ESPN Radio 100.3. Concurrently, the company gives AM clustermate WHSC a separate identity, branding the station as FOX Sports Radio 1050, where DIRECTV Entertaiment’s Dan Patrick Show will slide into a new 9am-noon slot, followed by Premiere Networks’ Jim Rome Show from noon-3pm … Entercom/Kansas City plans to flip Classical Music KXTR-AM 1660 to Business/Talk under the umbrella of sister News/Talker KMBZ-AM & FM. The new station will reportedly be branded as The KMBZ Business Channel On 1660 with an official launch date of March 5th … The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters will honor Edwin Nall for pioneering The Sooner State’s first FM broadcast station, KYFM, which signed on in 1958. NewsOK.com has more on the posthumous Hall of Fame honor HERE.
XtreMedia — the production company behind Stephen Baldwin’s and Kevin McCullough’s syndicated Saturday night talk show, Baldwin McCullough Live — is rolling out a new syndicated radio project, The Dani Johnson Show. A bestselling author and frequent TV guest, Johnson’s life story — from homeless at 21 to millionaire at 23 — has been well documented ever since she appeared as the very first Secret Millionaire on the hit ABC Television show back in 2010. XtreMedia CEO and veteran talk host McCullough calls Johnson (pictured) a “truly fresh voice — not left or right.” Meanwhile, McCullough also tells NTS MediaOnline Today that Genesis Communications Networks has picked up affiliation rights to both Baldwin/McCullough Live — now airing on a reported 323 affiliates — and Kevin’s Monday-Friday solo talk show.
Independently syndicated talker Dave Ramsey hosted his national radio show from New York City on Monday (2/27) to kick off his new 2-4pm “live” time slot, on WOR/New York. Ramsey got there just in time to cut the cake with fellow members of the WOR family, as the Buckley Broadcasting News/Talker celebrates its 90th year of broadcasting this month. Pictured (l-r) are: WOR personalities Joe Bartlett and Dr. Joy Browne, Ramsey, WOR midday mainstay Joan Hamburg and news anchor Dave Spencer.
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In the wake of yesterday’s tragic shooting at an Ohio high school, Salem Radio Network syndicated talker Mike Gallagher hit the road to originate his national radio show from affiliate WHK/Cleveland today. In comments that are sure to spark blowback, the talk host wasted no time calling out those seeking to blame the victims vs. the shooter. “It’s ridiculous, in my view, to go down this path of suggestion that bullying is somehow to blame,” said Gallagher (pictured) who is the father of four boys. “It might be part of the story, it might be part of the narrative. It might be factual. This kid’s some freak, who’s a ‘goth’ who acts weird and is anti-social and he’s gonna get picked on. Well, welcome to the real world. Please don’t pretend that the kids who can’t handle it, who say they’re bullied and therefore have to go get a gun and blow kids brains out, somehow aren’t evil. That is evil … e-v-i-l. They are evil monsters who frankly ought to be executed for what they’ve done. This kid ought to face the death penalty for his cold-blooded acts of violence.” Since this morning’s broadcast by Gallagher, news reports confirm that a third student has died from wounds received in the shooting at Chardon High School.
As we first told our Facebook friends and Twitter followers late yesterday afternoon, KFI/Los Angeles afternoon hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou were back on the air on Monday (2/27) after sitting out a week’s suspension for well-documented comments made following the death of singer Whitney Houston. Obviously looking to put the incident behind them, Kobylt opened the show by saying, “We’re not going to talk about it. What I said on the air and what I said in the press release still stands. It was sincere. We have a lot to do here and a lot of things to get to. We appreciate all the support and energy from our fans and it’s time to turn all that energy on the bad guys now.” Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that the repercussions from the incident have not quite yet faded, as a “coalition of black activists and community leaders” met with KFI management on Monday to demand that the Clear Channel News/Talker hire more minorities for on-air positions and the newsroom. Read more HERE.
Becoming China’s Bitch: And Nine More Catastrophes We Must Avoid, a new book by former Goldman Sachs partner and philanthropist Peter Kiernan (profiled in the latest edition of NTS MediaOnline Weekly), has hit #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list. We note that the new book’s publishing deal was brokered by veteran media exec and McConnell Media namesake John McConnell … News/Talk/Sports stations looking to brush up on the rules for political advertising might want to check out a free Conclave-hosted webinar tomorrow (2/29) at 3pm (ET) featuring Greg Skall, an expert on the topic from the law firm of Womble-Carlyle-Sandridge & Ryce. Pre-registration is required HERE … The RAB will present five revenue-oriented sales and marketing sessions at the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas, including one that says “ROR” — Return On Relationship — is the new measure of success in a world where social media is allowing radio to enhance and leverage listener relationships. Find out more HERE.
In case you’re wondering whether or not radio newsrooms still have the kind of clout that results in change, look no further than the newsroom at KNX/Los Angeles, where a series of investigative reports by correspondent Charles Feldman (pictured) has led to the introduction of new legislation by a California State lawmaker. State Senator Ted Lieu says he first became aware of the crushing financial burden that consumers face from increasingly unexpected expenses billed to them following medical care, by listening to Feldman’s in-depth reports on the CBS Radio-owned all-newser. Way to go, radio!
SoCal-based Sports/Talkers Petros & Money recently welcomed two-time Olympic gold medalist and Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards, and NHL Hall of Famer and Kings’ president Luc Robitaille, for a visit “Inside The Locker Room” with the FOX Sports Radio personalities. Pictured (-l-r) are: Petros Papadakis, Richards, Matt “Money” Smith and Robitaille.
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