Will He, Or Won’t He?
March 2, 2015

AM590 The Answer (KTIE/Riverside, CA) recently hosted The Unite Inland Empire Conservative Conference with over 1,000 reported attendees. Keynote speakers included long time southern California talk host Larry Elder, business executive Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Texas Governor (and potential GOP presidential hopeful) Rick Perry — pictured here with AM590’s Jennifer Horn and Brian Whitman, co-host of The Morning Answer, heard on AM870 The Answer (KRLA/Los Angeles) and KTIE.

McCoy Returns To Wake-Ups In ATL
February 27, 2015

Longtime Atlanta radio personality and two-time NAB Marconi Award nominee Steve McCoy is returning to daily duty at Cumulus Media-owned News Radio 106.7 (WYAY), where he’ll host mornings beginning on Monday (3/2). McCoy’s 25-year career on Atlanta radio began at Z-93, where he ultimately became the longest-running morning personality in that station’s history. He’s also hosted successful shows on Atlanta stations Power 99, Star 94 and WSB-FM. “After months of fishing, and finding myself grabbing the mic at the supermarket checkout and doing a morning show for those in the meat department, I figured it was time to get back on the air,” said McCoy. “I’m thrilled to be back on Atlanta radio and reunited with all those I grew up with. What makes this even more special is joining the team at News Radio 106.7, Atlanta’s home for local News and Talk.”

Johnny B Goes Nationwide With WW One
February 27, 2015

Westwood One inks a partnership and syndication deal with popular Chicago radio personality Jonathon “Johnny B” Brandmeier (left) that will put him back on the air in Chicago and nationwide next month. The Jonathon Brandmeier Show will air live weekdays from 10am-1pm (ET) on stations around the country, including WLS-AM/Chicago, KABC-AM/Los Angeles, KLIF-AM/Dallas, KKAT-AM/ Salt Lake City, WPRV-AM/Providence, KTBL-AM Albuquerque, and others TBA. The new show will air in the WW One slot now occupied by Dennis Miller who said he is “stepping aside” from radio — at least for now. “It’s been a great run and I’ve had a phenomenal time interacting with my guests and audience,” he said. “But with so many other commitments right now, it’s hard to maintain a daily talk show. It’s time to pass the torch as I move on to explore other opportunities. I wish Johnny B lots of luck.”

Talk Media News Notes
February 27, 2015

Entercom promotes veteran radio executive and popular radio personality Lee Rogers (left) to News Director for it’s six station Greenville, SC cluster, including News/Talker 106.3 WORD-FM Rachel Williamson is named Director of Digital Revenue Development for Cox Media Group, where she’ll be charged with focusing on CMG’s 59 radio brands across the country to drive digital revenue growth and integrated sales. Williamson was most recently Director of National Sales at Cumulus Media, where she managed national local spot business for more than 480 radio stations in over 95 markets … … Among the U.S. radio industry pros scheduled to speak at the upcoming Radiodays Europe gathering (March 15-17, in Milan, Italy) are longtime Talk programmer and media strategist David G. Hall, programming and talent consultant Larry Gifford, Edison Research exec Larry Rosin, iHeartMedia VP/Talent Development Dennis Clark, Z100/New York morning host and Premiere Networks syndicated personality Elvis Duran and Coleman Insights President/COO Warren Kurtzman. Find out more about Radiodays Europe HERE … ABC Entertainment and PodcastOne launch a new, original podcast series that will take an in-depth look at ABC’s new television drama American Crime, which premieres March 5th. Hosted by film critic and radio personality Elvis Mitchell, the new podcast will be available via the PodcastOne website and app, and on iTunesCONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and former colleagues of retired WCCO/Minneapolis newsman Dick Chapman, who has died following a long illness. Retired since the early 1990s, Chapman spent nearly 40 years with the Twin Cities’ “Good Neighbor” station. WCCO has more on Chapman’s career HERE.

NTS MediaOnline Today “Gig Alerts”
February 27, 2015

WTOP/Washington is growing our management team by hiring an additional News Director to keep pace with our growth and success. The ideal candidate is a visionary leader and passionate news junkie who understands that news isn’t a 9-to-5 job. Must be a ‘black belt’ on all platforms (broadcast, web, social), who is able to successfully lead in a fast-paced multimedia environment with an eye to the future. Required: degree in Journalism, Communications or related field and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in network or Top 20 market news. Applications will be kept confidential. Get more details and apply online HERE.

The Dave Ramsey Show is seeking a “rock star” to handle Media Advertising & Sponsorship Sales. You’ll need a proven track record of closing million dollar deals, personal integrity that allows your to rise above your competition, an aptitude to hear the word ‘no’ as an opportunity, and a strong working knowledge of what we do and why it works so well every time. If you have what it takes, then it’s your assignment to get our attention. When we find this person we will commit to providing an incredible work environment, unparalleled resources with a brand that delivers results, and the ability to control your own earning potential with no corporate imposed ceiling. This opportunity is available now and won’t stay open for long. Warning: If you are just looking for a job or a paycheck you will not make the cut. Get full details and apply online HERE. (EOE)

Journal Broadcast Group’s News/Talk/Sports AM 620 WTMJ/Milwaukee has several outstanding career opportunities. WTMJ is building its own 24-hour on-air/digital traffic center, resulting in opportunities for Traffic Reporters. The station also has a rare opportunity for a Sports Anchor/Sports Talk Host. Additionally, WTMJ is searching for an experienced Digital Content Producer/Morning Show Producer. Meanwhile, in sports marketing, WTMJ is adding another Sports Account Manager position to sell Green Bay Packers football and Milwaukee Brewers baseball. See these and other great opportunities at Journal Broadcast Group’s Milwaukee Operations HERE. (EOE)

Cincinnati-based Simply Money Media is seeking a Financial Show Host/Multmedia Specialist. We’re looking for an individual with a financial background who can share compelling and meaningful ‘money’ stories with consumers. You’ll know how to be memorable, be a strong advocate for our target consumer and know how to “make money simple” and easy to understand. The successful candidate will be featured on television, radio, online videos, audio podcasts and in print. A Bachelor’s degree in the fields of finance, business and/or media with 3-5 years relevant experience is preferred. Interested candidates should forward your resume and demo to Simply Money Media SVP Darryl Parks HERE. (EOE)

CBS Radio/Miami Sports/Talker 560 WQAM-AM is looking for an experienced Program Director with a clear and unique vision to strategically propel it to new ratings and revenue levels. We are looking for a PD that lives and breathes sports, while being informative, relevant and entertaining. A minimum of 5 years experience in radio programming management is required, with a Bachelor’s degree preferred. Get full details and job requirements, along with a link to apply online HERE. (EOE)

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We’re Guessing A Weekend Nap Is In Order
February 27, 2015

SiriusXM host Joe Madison logged an incredible 52 consecutive hours behind his Urban View channel microphone this week, a fete currently under review as a new world record by the Guinness World Record Organization. Madison cracked the mic at 6am (ET) this past Wednesday morning and continued his program around the clock until 10am this morning. Along with setting a potential world record, ‘The Black Eagle’ raised more than $150,000 for the construction of the Smithsonian’s proposed National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC. “I am exhausted but, when you do something for the right reasons and have the support of others, you really can do anything,” said Madison following the show. (Photo: Larry French/Getty Images courtesy of SiriusXM)

FCC Passes Major New Internet Regulations
February 26, 2015

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission has passed major new regulations on the Internet that will impact just about any and every American who uses the Internet. On a strictly party-line vote, Democratic commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel sided with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to pass the new rules, while Republican appointed commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Reilly strongly opposed the move. The outspoken Pai pulled no punches, calling it “sad” to witness the Commission replacing Internet freedom with government control, adding that the agency only voted on the new rules due to intrusion in the FCC process by President Obama. O’Reilly was no less blunt, calling the move a “monumental and unlawful power grab.” Meanwhile, Chairman Wheeler scoffed at the criticism saying, “This plan is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech.” Legal challenges are expected to delay implementation of the newly approved regulations anytime soon. You can view video of the meeting (held earlier today) on CSPAN HERE.

Shore Heads To Detroit Sports 105.1
February 26, 2015

Greater Media/Detroit names Sports radio veteran Dave Shore as the new Program Director for Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC-FM). Shore (pictured) — most recently OM at ESPN Radio’s KSPN/Los Angeles, where he also hosted Los Angeles Lakers pre and post-game shows has also held programming and on-air stints at ESPN Radio/Dallas and at Capitol Broadcasting/Raleigh, where he helped in the launch of 99.9 FM/The Fan, and managed sister North Carolina Sports outlets 620 The Buzz and 1550 ESPN Desportes. “Dave’s experience in overseeing sports radio in major markets like L.A., along with his relationship with the Lakers, made him the perfect choice to lead the Detroit Sports 105.1 team,” said VP/Market Manager Steve Chessare. “We are absolutely thrilled to have him help us take the station to the next level.” Shore will be in-the-house starting March 23rd.

Karmazin To Receive BFA Award
February 26, 2015

Industry veteran Mel Karmazin will be honored with the 2015 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award during the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s annual breakfast at the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas. Recognized as an industry leader and innovator, Karmazin (pictured) was the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of SiriusXM when he retired in 2013. Before moving to the then fledgling satellite radio business, Karmazin was President/COO of Viacom. Previously, he served as President/CEO of CBS Corp., after having first joined CBS in January 1997 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Radio, following the merger of Westinghouse, CBS and Infinity Broadcasting, where he’d been President/CEO. His early career years were spent in sales and management at Metromedia. The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award is bestowed annually on an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Mays Family Foundation.

Talk Media News Notes
February 26, 2015

tOn the heels of the recent announcement that the Dave Ramsey Show has joined the lineup at CBS Radio/Washington’s All News 99.1 (WNEW-FM) comes news of another major affiliate for the independently syndicated talk show, as Greater Media News/Talker WBT/Charlotte adds Dave to their lineup, where he’ll air nightly from 7-10pm starting March 2nd … Meanwhile back in DC, Westwood One’s syndicated Overnight America with Jon Grayson is the second long form talk show added to the WNEW-FM lineup, where it now airs from 2-5am … Alpha Media News/Talker 550 KTSA/San Antonio expands its footprint in South Texas with the addition of a new FM simulcast (via translator) at 107.1.