“The Astros Won’t Be The Same Without Milo”
February 15, 2012

So says Houston sports reporter David Barron in a post to the Houston Chronicle’s “Ultimate Astros” blog saying that the team’s longtime voice Milo Hamilton will announce his retirement today at a news conference. Hamilton (pictured), who joined the team in 1985, has spent 57 years calling Major League Baseball games — 28 of those with the Houston Astros. The 84-year old announcer is expected to remain with the team for promotional activities and other duties, but will reportedly hang up his headphones for the final time at the end of the Astros’ 2012 season. Before moving to H-Town, Hamilton’s announcing career included stints with the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, the Atlanta Braves (where he made the now iconic call of Hank Aaron’s then record breaking 715th career home run) and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Hall of Fame broadcaster has battled a number of health issues in recent years and, since 2006, has primarily worked only the team’s home games. Read more HERE. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago-based National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum)

Traditional Organizations Don’t “Own” News
February 15, 2012

Longtime industry veteran Barry O’Brien takes issue with comments on the topic of Twitter’s value as a breaking news source made by Dial Global syndicated talker Jim Bohannon in yesterday’s edition (2/14) of NTS MediaOnline Today. “Here’s where Jim is wrong,” writes O’Brien. “The conventional wisdom is that the traditional news gathering organizations ‘own’ the news and that its dissemination is under their control, but that is no longer the case. They’d like us to believe that, but now anyone can tweet what’s happening. Jim misses the point that the folks who tweeted about Whitney Houston’s death will probably never break news ever again, but who cares? Next time it will be millions of others doing it — one at a time. The old line news organizations will be the ones who verify whether it’s true or not, but they will no longer always be first.”

The Most Powerful Phrase In Journalism Today
February 15, 2012

NTS MediaOnline Today readers continue to comment on our report earlier this week about whether or not Twitter is the “future” of breaking news. RCS VP/Marketing Dwight Douglas cites two little words that he believes mean pretty much everything when it comes to reporting the news. “One of the most powerful phrases in Journalism today is ‘has confirmed,” writes Douglas. “Without that guarantee, we’re doomed.” Meanwhile, WTOP/Washington VP/News and Programming Jim Farley (pictured) sees the service as yet another tool in your arsenal for covering the news. ”I keep Tweetdeck up all day and follow reliable news organizations and reporters,” says the longtime News radio veteran. “As for Tweets by people you don’t know, I compare that to the police and fire scanners in most newsrooms — they don’t give you firm information, they just tell you who to call.”

Talk Media News Notes
February 15, 2012

30-year broadcast veteran Drew Dawson has joined the staff of Virtual News Center, the Envision Radio Networks‘-syndicated outsource news service. Dawson (pictured) joins a team of some 25 anchors who provide daily newscasts to over 160 stations nationwide … CBS Radio debuts Audio Roadshow, a new app that brings Talk radio fans “one step closer to the studio.” Using longtime WFAN/New York Sports/Talker Mike Francesa’s show for the initial rollout, the new app features live streaming, flash polls and 10 Seconds To Glory, a feature that gives listeners the ability to record a 10-second audio clip from their iPhone that the host can use on the air. Check it out HERE … From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: While Premiere Networks syndicated Delilah talks a lot on her nightly show, she’s generally not considered a ‘Talk radio’ personality. But we always love to share any good press about the radio biz and the woman who’s often called ‘the Oprah of Radio’ got some this week from CNN. Watch the video HERE.

Oh, Baby!
February 15, 2012

Congrats to Sabo Media and Hitviews head honcho Walter Sabo and his wife Katie on the Valentine’s Day birth of Samantha Gloria, who became New York City’s latest solid citizen just before 6pm (ET) on Tuesday (2/14). As for those all-important official baby ‘stats’ NTS MediaOnline Today can report that the newest member of “The Sabo Sorority” weighed in at a healthy 8 pounds, 7 ounces and a demure 21 inches tall. Mom is reported to be “fantastic.” In case you are keeping count, that is daughter number THREE for the longtime media consultant. Send Walter and Katie your best wishes HERE.