Salem Media Group has named Gregg Stiansen as the new General Manager for its Philadelphia stations, News/Talk WNTP and Christian Talk WFIL. Stiansen (left) brings over 34 years of broadcast radio experience to his new gig, having previously held management roles with Nassau Media, Nassau Broadcasting, Connoisseur Media, and Keystone Broadcasting. Stiansen succeeds Russ Whitnah, who previously announced plans to retire at the end if this month, after 23 years in the corner office at Salem’s radio outlets in the City of Brotherly Love … Joe Bell is returning to Beasley Media Group as the newly named Market Manager for the company’s Philadelphia station cluster. The move marks a return to the company for Bell who, from 1998 to 2014, managed stations for Beasley in both Ft. Myers and Miami, Florida. “Joe made us proud as he served at the helm of our Miami cluster, including heritage Sports/Talker WQAM, Power 96 and Kiss Country,” said company President Bruce Beasley. “As our company has grown, we have benefitted tremendously from Joe’s successful team management skills. Joe will hit the ground running in Philly!”
Talk radio veteran, consultant and author, Valerie Geller, was a recent guest on Brandwidth, “The 15-minute podcast about making great radio,” hosted by self-described recovering broadcast programmer and Brandwidth founder, Kipper McGee. In this edition, Geller gives her three building blocks for creating ‘Powerful Radio,’ and offers actionable examples to help you gain advantage over the competition starting today. Listen on-demand HERE … KABC/Los Angeles personality Doug McIntyre inks a two-year contract extension to continue hosting McIntrye In The Morning on the Cumulus Media News/Talker … Mark Gross, founder and Creative Director at Highdive Advertising has been tapped as Chief Judge for 2017’s 26th annual Radio Mercury Awards competition, produced by the RAB. Gross is a previous three-time ‘Best of Show’ recipient of the prestigious annual award.
Westwood One forms a new partnership with The Pollsters podcast, featuring Democratic pollster, consultant and EVP/Public Affairs for PSB Research, Margie Omero, and Republican pollster, author and co-founder of research and analytics firm Echelon Insights, Kristen Soltis Anderson. WW One will provide exclusive ad sales representation for The Pollsters, available on audioBoom, iTunes, Google, Spotify, and other platforms … In Your Dreams, a new podcast hosted by comedian Chris Gethard, looks to help listeners unravel the mysteries of their dreams. The eight episode series is available via Earwolf, the podcast network operated by Midroll, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the E.W. Scripps Company … In other news from Midroll: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach and head coach of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, John Calipari (right), will host Cal Cast — a new weekly podcast featuring ‘Cal’ discussing a variety of topics with high-profile guests from the world of sports, leadership, business and entertainment … Collisions, a division of CRN International, has debuted Just The Right Book Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady, described as the “go-to person for opinions on books” and owner of Madison, CT independent book store R.J. Julia Booksellers. The new podcast is available now via iTunes.
Veteran News/Talk programmer Bob Shomper has left the building at WCCO/Minneapolis. During Shomper’s six-year tenure with CBS Radio’s heritage Twin Cities News/Talker, WCCO has been honored with a boat load of awards, including the NAB’s Marconi Award and Crystal Award, as well as several Edward R. Murrow Awards and the coveted Service to America Award. Before joining WCCO in 2011, Shomper (left) served as News Director at KTAR-FM/Phoenix. Prior to that, he’d programmed both WLS and WGN/Chicago, and WBAP/Dallas. NTS MediaOnline Today reached out to CBS Radio/Minneapolis management for comment on Shomper’s quiet departure from the station, but there was no reply as of the time of this post. Also, no word yet on Bob’s next move, however friends and colleagues can reach out to him via email HERE.
Cox Media Group/Atlanta has announced several programming changes that are coming to Atlanta’s News 95.5 and AM750 WSB. The Mark Arum Show will move to an earlier weeknight 7pm time slot, while Eric Von Haessler — who hosts The Von Haessler Doctrine Sundays at noon — will move to weekdays, where he’ll host a new one-hour show from 11am-noon (ET). Herman Cain, who recently ended his nationally syndicated program, will continue to host his number one-rated local talk show on WSB, weekdays from 9-11am. “We are pleased to add even more local content by adding Eric to our weekday lineup,” said Donna Hall, CMG/Atlanta Radio VP and General Manager. “It’s also been exciting to watch Mark’s success in the late evenings, and by moving him up to 7pm, we’re giving even more listeners an opportunity to get to know him through his show. Mark and Eric are both true radio professionals, and we are fortunate to have them as part of our team.” WSB’s lineup revisions will take effect on January 9th.
Chicago media watcher Robert Feder first reported on yesterday’s (12/12) announcement by Westwood One syndicated host Jonathon Brandmeier (left) that the program airing was the last’ live’ show he’d be hosting for the network. Earlier this year, Johnny B. told fans he’d been informed that WW One would end syndication of his WLS/Chicago-based program in February 2017, two years following it’s launch. Feder also notes Brandmeier had some pointed words for management at the Cumulus Media-owned network and the decision to end his daily show. Read more HERE … In other Chicago radio news, heritage News/Talker WGN has signed legendary Windy City news anchor Bill Kurtis to be the station’s new signature voice. Kurtis, who has voiced numerous documentaries and other projects — including the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman — will be heard voicing WGN’s promos and ID’s beginning with the New Year … Kudos to WSB/Atlanta’s consumer crusader Clark Howard, as his 26th annual Christmas Kids Project reached this year’s goal of providing gifts to nearly 8,400 children living in foster care in the region. Howard was joined in the effort by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, St. Vincent de Paul Georgia and Walmart for this year’s project.
CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and former colleagues of legendary New York City radio personality Jim Lowe — best known for his lengthy stint at then-Adult Standards WNEW-AM — who died yesterday at his home on Long Island. He was 93. Along with his on-air career Jim also had a #1 hit record, Green Door, which topped the charts in 1956 … WBAL/Baltimore reports the death of long time talk host Allan Prell, who died over the past weekend. He was 79. WBAL reports Prell had undergone surgery several months ago, however he remained active on Facebook — most recently during the recent presidential election.
Prior to last night’s NFL Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, veteran Westwood One Sports announcer Jim Gray (right) cornered Patriots’ QB Tom Brady to ask for comment on the recent dispute over game ball inflation between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants that’s being called ‘Deflate-gate Two.’ Saying he’d put all that behind him, Brady deftly deflected a second question on what advice he might want to give to the league added, “I’ll leave that to all the patriots fans, I’m sure they have pretty strong opinions too.” Hear Jim’s full interview with Brady HERE … Tickets went on sale today (12/13) for CBS Radio Sports/Talker 94 WIP/Philadelphia’s Wing Bowl — an annual event that attracts thousands of fans and competitive eaters from around the world. Wing Bowl 25, featuring guest appearances by professional wrestler Ric Flair and Grammy Award winning artist Coolio, will take place on February 3, 2017, at Philly’s Wells Fargo Center, with partial proceeds benefitting the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Survivor’s Fund. Get tickets and more info on the world-famous annual radio station event HERE.
Chris Kampmeier, SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia’s Orlando stations and RVP/Programming for iHM’s North Florida region, has announced his retirement after over four and a half decades in radio — the past two of those at iHM’s O-Town cluster that includes pioneering FM talker Real Radio 104.1. Kampmeier’s radio resume also includes programming gigs at WYNY/New York, WDAE/Tampa, WPLR/New Haven, KESZ/Phoenix and KMGR/Salt Lake City, along with a stint as Vice President of Programming for the Unistar/Westwood One/Dial Global Radio Networks in Los Angeles. “iHeartMedia’s North Florida station brands are recognized as industry leaders in ratings, digital, revenue, profit and innovation,” said Kampmeier. “Going out on my own terms and on top is a good thing! My partnership with our amazing executive team has been deeply satisfying and I am grateful for their support over the years. My biggest honor has been to serve alongside the programmers and air talent, and the wondrous creativity they bring every day. I am proud to have been a radio man for the last 47 years and am excited for the long term future of our industry.” Kampmeier’s final day will be December 31st.
(Email Chris and wish him ‘Happy Trails’ HERE)
In the wake of Chris Kampmeier’s pending retirement (see story above), at iHeartMedia/Orlando, 19-year cluster veteran Rick Everett has been named to succeed Chris as both Orlando’s new programming boss, and as the new Region Vice President of Programming, overseeing 41 radio station brands across eight markets in iHM’s North Florida region. Everett most recently served as Program Director for Orlando’s WJRR and Sports/Talker 96.9 The Game. Concurrently he also served as Director of Marketing and Promotions for iHM’s O-Town stations. “With change comes opportunity,” said Linda Byrd, President, iHeartMedia/North Florida Region. “Rick has been in training for this job a long time. He is a natural, having worked side by side with me and the Orlando team for over 19 years. He is trusted and respected by everyone in our building. I’m lucky to have him on the bench and can’t wait to see how he embraces this new position.”
KRDO/Colorado Springs reports that morning co-anchor Paul Richards was found dead at his home on Sunday morning (12/11). He was 55. A veteran of the Colorado Springs radio market, where he worked at various music and Talk stations going back to the 1980s, Richards joined News/Talker KRDO in 2013, where he was paired in wake-ups with Mike Lewis. “All of us here at KRDO are saddened by Paul’s passing” said KRDO General Manager Tim Larson. “He was always upbeat and a true professional. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children. He will be greatly missed.” As of this post there was no additional information on the cause of death, nor about plans for a memorial service for Richards, who is survived by his wife and five children. KRDO has more on the Colorado radio veteran’s career HERE.