NTS MediaOnline Weekly
March 1, 2012

Stuff You Should Know

Red Eye Radio Grows

KC Gets Down To Biz

Stuff You Should Know — Our occasional recurring feature is back with insights into Pinterest, why you need a social media policy, why Facebook may be your new resume and more. It’s news you can use — and it starts on page one.

Red Eye Radio Grows — It’s been a good first quarter for Cumulus Media Networks’ newly revamped overnight franchise. Details on page two.

KC Gets Down To Biz — Entercom’s new Business/Talker in Kansas City means a big opportunity for a producer with the right skills. Check out “Gig Alerts” on page two.

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Bomb Threat At Limbaugh’s Home
March 1, 2012

Alarm bells went off at media outlets everywhere on Thursday afternoon as TMZ and other TV, radio stations and newspapers reported that the bomb squad had been called out to the Palm Beach, FL home of Premiere Networks syndicated talker Rush Limbaugh to investigate a “suspicious package.” Soon after the reports surfaced, NTS MediaOnline Today reached out to insiders in the Rush camp and learned that everything is fine and that the “all clear” has been sounded at the Limbaugh Southern Command Center. We’ll update with any additional needed details if and when they become available. (photo of Limbaugh’s home from HauteLiving.com)

Update: The Palm Beach Daily News reports that the suspicious package mailed to Limbaugh contained no dangerous materials and that Rush and his wife Kathryn — who were home during the incident —  will have no public comment tonight (3/1). More details HERE.

Big Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes At CNN Radio News
March 1, 2012

NTS MediaOnline Today has learned that Dial Global will no longer distribute CNN Radio News. As a result, the Atlanta-based network will cease providing top and bottom of the hour domestic radio newscasts at the end of this month. An official statement from CNN Radio reads: “Beginning April 1, 2012, CNN Radio will no longer be distributed by Dial Global and will not be produced for U.S. radio distribution. CNN Radio will continue to create original audio news content for distribution channels including CNN Newsource, the CNN Wire, and CNN.com, as well as established and emerging web and mobile applications.”

Dial Global Teams Up With NBC News
March 1, 2012

In news closely related to our story above, NBC News and Dial Global have announced a partnership for a new 24/7 top and bottom of the hour news operation — NBC News Radio. The network will be distributed to radio nationwide by Dial Global and will give affiliates access to the global resources of NBC News including: live simulcasts of breaking news from NBC and MSNBC, and reports from top NBC News correspondents including NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski,  Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, Chief Justice Department Correspondent Pete Williams and  Senior Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers. NBC News Radio will also feature Brian Williams (pictured), anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News and David Gregory, host of Meet the Press. “This alliance presents NBC News an opportunity to deliver our high-quality journalism to even more news consumers across the country through the expansive Dial Global network,” said NBC News President Steve Capus. “NBC News is already America’s number-one news network — now, through this new 24-hour radio news channel we can further expand our unparalleled reach and audience.” Dial Global expects that many former CNN Radio News affiliates will pick-up the new top and bottom of the hour newscasts from NBC News Radio. The changes may also provide potential new opportunities, where available, for the venerable CBS Radio News, which is also distributed via Dial Global.

R.I.P. Andrew Brietbart
March 1, 2012

As our Facebook friends and Twitter followers first learned early this morning, cyber-journalist Andrew Brietbart died overnight in Los Angeles at age 43. In a message posted by colleagues to his websites, Breitbart’ untimely death was said to have been from “natural causes.” Before striking out on his own, Brietbart was a behind-the-scenes player at The Drudge Report, and fellow cyber-journalist Matt Drudge eulogized his friend today saying, “In the first decade of The Drudge Report, Andrew was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what’s happening. I don’t think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind’s eye in Venice Beach on the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid-20’s. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today.” Meanwhile, Salem Radio Network VP/News and Programming Tom Tradup called Breitbart “the kind of new media lightning rod that literally made the call-in lines ring so hard they were levitating” and added, “We enjoyed having him on every SRN program and at our recent company manager’s meeting, where his dynamic personality and sparkling humor were always on display. He was a one-of-a-kind American original.”

Talk Media News Notes
March 1, 2012

Talk Radio Network’s syndicated Watchdog On Wall Street with Chris Markowski joins the weekend lineup at KIVA/Albuquerque … The CBS Radio Altitude Group — a division that hooks advertisers up with the company’s digital channels across 130 major market stations — has named Marilou McFarlane VP/Strategic Partnerships for the west coast region. McFarlane’s marketing background includes executive stints with American Airlines, Bank of America and GlaxoSmithKline. Her radio resume includes a stretch at the company’s Bay Area all-newser KCBS/San Francisco and at Clear Channel RadioPresident Barack Obama talked sports and pop culture yesterday (2/29) with Grantland.com’s Editor-In-Chief Bill Simmons via Simmons’ podcast The BS Report, available through ESPN.com and on iTunes. Topics covered included Jeremy Lin, the Chicago Bulls, throwing out the first pitch at baseball games and who the President’s favorite character is on the hit TV series The Wire. That’s Simmons with ‘The Prez’ pictured above. Check out the full podcast HERE.

Schnitt Hits The Primary Road
March 1, 2012

Compass Media Networks’ syndicated talker Todd Schnitt was on the road again this week, covering Michigan’s GOP primary and broadcasting live from affiliate WXYT/Detroit. The Motor City was just one of the stops along the way as Schnitt continues to travel the country to cover the primaries that will all end when the GOP’s National Convention is held in Tampa, which just also happens to be the home of Schnitt’s flagship radio station, WFLA/Tampa.