Syndicated Talk radio hosts Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough (pictured), and Dani Johnson, host of ABC-TV’s Secret Millionaire, are all teaming up to form “2,012 In 2012,” an effort to raise awareness and rescue more than 2,000 starving orphans worldwide before the end of this year. Under the auspices of McCullough’s XtreMedia, the effort has also been joined by two major charities, the Colorado Springs-based Food For Orphans and the Texas-based King’s Ransom Foundation. McCullough reports that other media partners — including Talk radio hosts — are encouraged to join them in the drive. “If you are a radio, TV, or new media personality who has a passion to help hungry kids, we would love for you to join us in this amazing quest,” he said. “We will link arm-in-arm with anyone and everyone who is moved to do this, to be part of it, and to see orphans fed.” Find out more about the project HERE.
The National Association of Broadcasters anounced today that it will begin accepting nominations for the 2012 NAB Marconi Radio Awards tomorrow (5/1) through May 31st.To be considered for a 2012 trophy, general managers may nominate their station in the categories of “Station of the Year by Market Size,” “Station of the Year by Format,” “Personality of the Year by Market Size,” “Spanish Format Personality of the Year” and “Legendary Station.” Stations may also submit nominations for the category of “Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year.” Finalists will be announced in July, with the 2012 winners honored at the NAB and RAB-produced “Radio Show” in Dallas in September. The NAB has issued new guidelines for this year’s award nominations HERE.
Cumulus Media will sell 55 of the company’s radio stations in 11 “non-strategic markets” to Townsquare Media in exchange for the acquisition of 10 radio stations in Bloomington and Peoria, IL plus $116 million in cash. Cumulus “non strategic” markets involved in the deal include Augusta, Presque Isle and Bangor, ME; Binghamton, NY; Bismarck, ND; Grand Junction, CO; Killeen-Temple, TX; New Bedford, MA; Odessa-Midland, TX; Sioux Falls, SD and Tuscaloosa, AL … Compass Media Networks debuts the network’s new short-form radio feature, At Home With Bob Vila (pictured), today in a reported 60 markets nationwide, including charter affiliates KVON/Napa, CA, WTKK/Boston, KFNN/Phoenix, WWBA/Tampa, KOGO/San Diego and KMJ/Fresno … The Radio Advertising Bureau will once again combine with the Mentoring and Inspiring Women In Radio Group and BMI to present the 5th annual Rising Through The Ranks Seminar, August 29-30 in Nashville. BMI will offer 25 scholarships for the yearly program that is designed to foster and educate emerging female radio sellers and managers in the broadcast industry. Get more details HERE.
Drew Findling, a leading criminal defense attorney and a regular commentator on FOX News Channel, CNN and HLN, has signed up with Bloomquist Media to help manage his growing media career and develop a new weekend Talk show. During his 25-year career as a defense attorney, Findling (pictured) has represented both everyday people and celebs, including Grammy nominee Faith Evans and NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal and Dennis Rodman. He’s also become a familiar face to television news viewers as FOX News anchor Shepard Smith’s “go-to legal analyst” for blockbuster trials and other legal stories. Learn more about the Atlanta-based Findling HERE.
The annual White House Correspondents Dinner was held over the weekend, with ABC-TV late night talker Jimmy Kimmel sharing the dais and some jokes with President Obama. Kimmel hit on a number of topical issues including jokes at the expense of the Secret Service, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s weight and the size of President Obama’s ears. Meanwhile, for the second year in a row ‘P.O.T.U.S.’ took shots at Donald Trump, joked about his likely GOP rival, Mitt Romney, getting “drunk texts” from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and rather uncomfortable joke about eating dog meat. As usual, the yearly gathering — which features a bizarre mix of media reporters, celebrities and politicians in a gathering somewhat reminiscent of the Star Wars bar scene — got mixed reviews from the DC press. You can read a review of some of the evenings “best jokes” HERE, while the WHCA has photos from the gala (including the one above) and video of both Kimmel and Obama at the podium HERE.
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As NTS MediaOnline Today first told you via a Breaking News email earlier today, weeks of rumors become reality this morning, as Cumulus Media finally confirmed one of the Peachtree City’s worst kept media secrets by announcing the company will flip WYAY-FM to All-News. Cumulus co-COO John Dickey told Atlanta Business Chronicle reporter Dave Williams, “Having this format on FM is really the future. “We think this is going to be a very successful radio station.” Former KDKA/Pittsburgh PD Marshall Adams has been tapped to lead programming efforts for the new yet to be named all-newser that is already staffing up with hires from the ranks of local Atlanta news pros — including a number of former CNN Radio staffers who were let go when the network downsized its operations earlier this month. Get more details HERE.
United Stations Radio Networks re-up with Bloomberg Radio, inking a new multi-year deal that will see USRN continue to handle affiliate relations, ad sales, marketing and distribution of the business and financial news network that claims some 525 program affiliations nationwide … KVI/Seattle adds Michael Smerconish (pictured) to the Fisher-owned Talk outlet’s lineup, where his daily three hour show — syndicated via Dial Global — will air from 1-3pm and 9-10pm weekdays … Greater Media’s Philly FM Sports/Talker “97.5 The Fanatic” signs a multi-year deal to become the new radio home of the NBA Philadelphia 76ers. Tom McGinnis remains the voice of the Sixers as part of the new radio rights package … J.C. Corcoran “checks out” at KTRS/St. Louis, replaced in the noon-3pm slot by Gateway City TV sports anchor Martin Kilcoyne. More from St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Deb Peterson HERE … And a sad note from our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: As our Facebook friends and Twitter followers first learned late yesterday, our condolences go out to the family friends and many fans of legendary New York City Rock radio personality (WNEW-FM, K-Rock) Pete Fornatale who has died at age 66 following a stroke. More HERE.
Howard Stern and his longtime agent Don Buchwald are appealing a recent ruling by a New York State judge that tossed the pair’s lawsuit against SiriusXM over some $300 million in disputed stock awards they say the satcaster owes them. Bloomberg Radio reports that lawyers for Stern and Buchwald argue that the court “misinterpreted the parties contract and granted summary judgment before there was any discovery taken in the action.” The barristers further argue that “reversal is warranted because, among other things, the parties’ contract is clear on its face that plaintiffs are entitled to the relief they seek or is, at a minimum, ambiguous.”
Townsquare Media EVP/Radio Erik Hellum has been elected to serve a two-year term on the NAB Radio Board, representing District 20 comprised of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Five current members were re-appointed to their designated seats by Radio Board Chair Caroline Beasley including Ed Atsinger, CEO of Salem Communications; Don Benson, President and CEO of Lincoln Financial Media; Alfred Liggins III, President and CEO of Radio One; Jessica Marventano, SVP of Gov’t Affairs for Clear Channel Media & Entertainment; and Dan Mason, President and CEO of CBS Radio. Two year terms for all noted above will begin effective with the NAB’s annual Board Meeting in June.
Nice job if you can get it, eh? That’s DirecTV Entertainment’s syndicated nightly talk team Artie Lange (left) and Nick DiPaolo hanging out at this week’s NFL Draft at New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. The nightly Nick & Artie Show is syndicated via Premiere Networks.