But for just one little number, the staff at New Jersey 101.5 could have been millionaires today. Like many offices across the country did last week, the staffers at NJ 101.5 pooled their money to buy $130 worth of Mega Millions lottery tickets on Friday (3/30) afternoon at a local business, Deli Delight, in Ewing Township. PD Eric Johnson tells NTS MediaOnline Today that had the number 11 been a 2 staffers at the Garden State FM talker would have won millions, and as one member of the station’s sales team quipped, “Today would’ve been a very different day.” Turns out the gang won’t go home totally empty-handed, as their ticket paid out $10,000 for the winning numbers that did match. After taxes and a 26-way split, those staffers who participated in the lottery purchase will get about $250 each — not a bad return on their collective investment in a lottery-fueled fantasy future.
WGUN/Atlanta flips from Urban contemporary to a new progressive Talk lineup today (4/2) on the locally-owned AM. Although as of this post the station’s website had not yet been updated to reflect the format change, the new “Atlanta’s 1010 AM” now features a lineup of nationally syndicated liberal talkers including Warren Ballentine, Ed Schultz, Randi Rhodes, Thom Hartmann and Mike Malloy, along with the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s syndicated Keep Hope Alive weekend show. “Atlanta’s 1010 is excited to be able to offer this incredible lineup to our rapidly growing audience,” said Rivers Radio EVP/GM Kevin Hemmings. “For the first time in a very long while, the listeners of Atlanta now have a diverse choice of viewpoints and opinions.”
Former Senator Arlen Specter — who took an opportunity to switch from the Republican to Democratic Party during his final months in the U.S. Senate — has been making the rounds of Talk radio this past week to chat up Life Among The Cannibals, his recently released tell-all book about his 30+ years in the the political arena. But the longtime Senator from Pennsylvania has not exactly been getting a warm welcome at Talk radio, with conflicts and outbursts happening during interviews with a number of hosts including KTRH/Houston talker Michael Berry (who dismissed Specter as “arrogant” when they spoke); Talk Radio Network syndicated host and WGST/Atlanta personality Rusty Humphries (who openly mocked the ex-pol by introducing him as infamous Rock producer Phil Spector); and Genesis Communications Networks host Jason Lewis (who The Daily Caller reports called Specter “intolerant” after a rather testy exchange).
Meanwhile, a similar story comes out of WFAN/New York where Hank Haney — former coach to golfing legend Tiger Woods — took a barrage of hits from the station’s Boomer & Carton during a recent interview over his new tell-all book about Woods. At one point Craig Carton calls Haney “a horrible human being” and pegs him as “scum” for trading his insider stories and Woods’ trust for a book deal. Check out Carton’s rant HERE.
New York Times reporter Brian Stelter offers a lengthy feature on the looming “battle” between Cumulus Media and Clear Channel, as Atlanta-based Cumulus gets set to launch Mike Huckabee’s new show directly up against CC-owned Premiere Networks’ Rush Limbaugh Show. Cumulus Chairman/CEO Lew Dickey (pictured) tells the newspaper that new shows like those hosted by ‘Huck’ and Geraldo Rivera are the wave of the future for Cumulus, saying that he wants “big name talent that we think will be good partners for us.” And in what would appear to be a peek at possible future plans for programming on his company’s Talk stations Dickey added, “Our goal is to ultimately fill the day.” Read the full story HERE … When CNN Radio News aired its final top-of-the-hour newscast at 11pm (ET) this past Saturday night (3/31), NTS MediaOnline Today’s moles in Atlanta tip us that the familiar voice anchoring that newscast was none other than now-retired former CNN Radio newsman and Operations Manager Harley Hotchkiss. Hotchkiss, who managed the network from its earliest days and hired many of it’s anchors and reporters, said that slipping into the anchor chair for the first time since 1989 was “an honor” as the veteran newsman came full-circle at the network that he helped to build.
FOX News Radio host Tom Sullivan recently welcomed former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to his talk show’s New York City studios. Next up for Palin is tomorrow’s (4/3) appearance on NBC-TV’s Today show where she’ll do some co-hosting chores on the morning news program alongside show regulars Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Ann Curry.