NTS MediaOnline Weekly
March 29, 2012

Got A Damage Control Plan?

Management In Motion

Great Gulf Coast News Opening

Got A Damage Control Plan? — Your station probably has a disaster plan in place, but do you also have a well considered damage control plan in place for when the you-know-what hits the fan? Our feature begins on page one.

Management In Motion — Executive moves this week in Portland, OR, Memphis and Anchorage. Details in “Person-To-Person” on page two.

Great Gulf Coast News Opening — A heritage News/Talker in the land of palm trees and warm Gulf waters has an opening for a news anchor/reporter with all the right stuff. Find out more in “Gig Alerts” on page two.

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Finding The Funny In Controversy
March 29, 2012

Amidst all the threatened ad boycotts, calls for government intervention, and he said/she said charges over who is the latest host to step over the line, Talk radio has gotten a lot of attention — good and bad — in recent weeks. But one host who feels he’s not received enough attention from Talk radio’s most ardent critics is newly arrived KOGO/San Diego afternooner Chris Merrill. “As someone who just changed gigs and is trying to get the word out to build an audience, I sure would appreciate any help Media Matters could give me in alerting everyone listening to the competing station that I’m here,” said Merrill (pictured) in an email to NTS MediaOnline Today, in which he also offered the following potential script for the ad’s message:

Solemn voiced male: Dear People of San Diego. FM News and Talk 95.7 and AM 600 KOGO has made a terrible mistake in putting The Voice of Merrill on the air.

Super serious but HOT sounding sultry woman: The Voice of Merrill is obnoxious, offensive and an utter insult to San Diegans.

Man: For the interest of your children and all things holy and dear, do NOT listen to The Voice of Merrill on KOGO from 3-7pm every weekday afternoon on your drive home.

Woman: Instead, listen to anything but The Voice of Merrill, set to annoy San Diego for four hours everyday from 3-7pm on KOGO.

Man: For the future of America, don’t listen to Merrill.

Woman: … For the Children.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi declares that “the dark clouds hanging over Rush Limbaugh appear to be lifting.” Farhi further noted in a post to the newspaper’s website yesterday (3/28) that “stations are standing by him, advertisers are trickling back to his program and the news media have moved on.” Read the full story HERE.

Talk Radio Should Embrace Web Distribution
March 29, 2012

That’s what tech entrepreneur and DAR.fm founder Michael Robertson told CNET media and digital entertainment reporter Greg Sandoval in a post to the CNET website. “It’s going to be fascinating to see what happens in the radio business over the next three to five years,” says Robinson, who heads the DAR.fm service that’s sometimes called TiVo for radio. “This is a car accident waiting to happen. You have traditional broadcast radio, Sirius XM, and the Internet start-ups such as Pandora — they are all approaching the audio business with different assets, different royalty structures, and they’re going to realize that they’re all in the same business. They think of themselves as separate right now but everything is going IP.” Read the full feature HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
March 29, 2012

Katie Couric Back On Morning TV: OK, so it’s only for a one week fill-in, but the former Today show co-host, who most recently anchored the CBS Evening News, will once again set her alarm clock for ‘O-Dark-Thirty’ next week. Katie (pictured) will fill-in for the vacationing Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America, the show that was her main rival back in her Today show years. Couric is also set to debut her new daytime TV talk show, Katie, in the fall … Longtime SoCal media scribe Gary Lycan scores a chat with Tom Leykis in today’s Orange County Register, on the eve of the debut of his new daily show (4/2) that will be available online and on-the-go via mobile apps. Read why Leykis says what he does can’t just be called “radio” HERETalk Radio On TV: Neal Asbury, entrepreneur, author, commentator and host of Radio America’s Made In America, appears tonight on FOX News Channel’s Hannity. Ashby joins Sean Hannity for a discussion analyzing the economy at 6pm (ET).

In Tomorrow’s NTS MediaOnline Weekly
March 29, 2012

Yet another radio personality, Carson Daly, found himself forced to make a public apology this week for a joke he made on his L.A. morning radio show that offended the gay community. By last night, Carson “tweeted” an apology for the remarks saying, “This morning (3/28) on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself and offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize.” So will the apology end the controversy, or will it play out over days, weeks, or even months as some incidents do? Either way, it offers yet another prime example of just why every Talk radio station needs not just a disaster preparedness plan, but also a “damage control” plan in place before the proverbial you-know-what hits the fan. Our feature, along with our regular weekly wrap-up of Talk media news notes and newsmakers as well as our famous ‘Gig Alerts,’ are all part of this Friday’s edition of NTS MediaOnline Weekly. Look for it in your inbox first thing tomorrow morning.

Well, That Oughta “Cheer” Him Up!
March 29, 2012

Sometimes being a controversial Talk radio host can really get you down. Luckily, 96.9 Boston Talks (WTKK) talk host Michael Graham found a good way to “cheer up” after a hard day at work, posing for this digital souvenir with a couple of Boston’s famous ‘Celtic Girls’ during a recent event.

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