Red Zebra Answers License Renewal Objections
October 17, 2014

Red Zebra Broadcasting has responded to objections filed against renewal of the license of WWXX-FM/Buckland, VA. The station is part of a multi-station simulcast of DC Sports/Talker 980 ESPN (WTEM), operated by Washington Redskins owner and Red Zebra Broadcasting founder Dan Snyder. Groups including three Native Americans have petitioned the FCC to deny WWXX’s renewal, saying that frequent use of the term ‘Redskins’ on the station should be considered a “racial slur.” Red Zebra CEO Rick Carmean responded to those objections today with the company’s own filing stating: Our response makes clear that under the Communications Act and the First Amendment the FCC should not be in the business of censoring the content of radio stations. Any debate about the Washington Redskins’ name and its meaning should be had in the free marketplace of ideas, not in the halls of the FCC or any other governmental agency. Meanwhile, Andrew G. McBride, counsel for Red Zebra said of the filing, “We hope that the FCC will swiftly reject this transparent attempt to use the license renewal process to intimidate broadcasters across the country with the baseless threat that accurately reporting on the Washington Redskins football franchise by using the team’s full name violates any law or FCC regulation.”

Salem Stations Rally To Get Out The Vote
October 17, 2014

Three Salem Communications stations are gearing up for the upcoming November midterm elections with listener rallies in Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago. The first event will be hosted by Dallas News/Talker 660AM The Answer (KSKY) tomorrow night (10/18). The sold-out event will feature potential GOP presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz, along with Premiere Networks nationally syndicated host Sean Hannity and local hosts Mark Davis and Jon David Wells. Sunday night (10/19) will see L.A.’s AM 870 The Answer (KRLA) host Townhall 2014, featuring morning hosts Brian WhitmanBen Shapiro and Elisha Krauss, along with Salem Radio Network hosts Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt. Next weekend, AM 560 The Answer (WIND) will host a two-day event (10/24-25) in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, IL, featuring former Congressman Joe Walsh, local Windy City morning team John Howell and Amy Jacobson, Premiere’s Sean Hannity, Radio America syndicated host Dana Loesch, and potential presidential candidate, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Talk Media News Notes
October 17, 2014

Nationally syndicated Talk radio host and New York Times best-selling author, Dave Ramsey, presented his Legacy Journey LIVE! tour in Seattle yesterday (10/16) in conjunction with affiliate KTTH. Dave (shown taking the stage) and his daughter Rachel Cruze packed the Emerald City’s Benaroya Hall for the live event … Former WABC-WPLJ/New York President and General Manager Steve Borneman has been named GM for Times-Shamrock Communications’ four station Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA cluster. The move reunites Steve with his former ABC Radio colleague Mitch Dolan, now COO of Times-Shamrock … Congrats to KQTH/Tucson host Jon Justice (pictured right) on winning as ‘Best Talk Radio Host’ in the 2014 edition of Tucson Weekly’s annual Best of Tucson poll. It’s the 6th time that Justice (pictured) has topped the newspaper’s list … CBS Radio/Chicago promotes Ashley Fields to Director of Marketing for All-News combo WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM, and Sports/Talker WSCR. Fields, who previously served in the same capacity solely for ‘The Score,‘ first joined CBS Radio’s Windy City cluster as an AE.

NTS MediaOnline Today “Gig Alerts”
October 17, 2014

Entercom News/Talker WORD 106.3/Greenville, SC has a rare and immediate opening for an exceptional Talk Show Personality. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator able to connect with the conservative values of our on air and social media audiences and will have the skills and desire to become a trusted talent that WORD 106.3 listeners can depend on for local, state and national topics. You will have a team of like-minded professionals, with on-air skills.  You will work in a fast-paced, challenging and environment and you will have unbridled desire to dominate your time slot and make your brand iconic in the 59th largest market. Get more details and instructions on how to apply HERE. (EOE)

Midwest Communications’ Sioux Falls cluster, including News/Talker KELO 1320 & 107.9, is currently seeking applicants for an outside Advertising Sales Representative. This individual will be representing several of our on-air and online radio stations and working with a variety of existing and potential clients. Your day-to-day mission is to initiate conversation, develop relationships, identify opportunities, and provide profitable solutions utilizing our media platform. We provide extensive training, a good salary to get started, and a competitive compensation plan with full benefits. The majority of our sales force has been with us over four years and earn well beyond average income. Email cover letter and resume HERE. (EOE)

Got a gig open? Seeking your next opportunity? Email details and your contact information to us HERE and NTS MediaOnline Today will publish your information free-of-charge as a service to all professionals in the Talk media industry.

Now Officially A “Giant”
October 17, 2014

Greater Media Chairman/CEO Peter Smyth (left) accepts a 2014 Giants of Broadcasting award from Don West, Chairman of the Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts. Smyth was among the honorees at the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon yesterday (10/16) in New York City.

“Ebola Comes To America. What Now?”
October 16, 2014

That’s the hot topic that will be discussed and dissected in our nation’s capitol next Monday (10/20) when WTOP/Washington hosts a special one-hour live town hall broadcast on the growing Ebola threat, from 10-11am at DC’s Newseum. WTOP midday anchors Bruce Alan and Debra Feinstein will host the forum, with two special guests on the front lines of the Ebola crisis: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Jesse Goodman, Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center and active infectious diseases clinician at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center and Walter Reed Medical Center. WTOP has also extended an invitation to the Centers for Disease Control to join the panel. “WTOP is pleased to facilitate an in-depth discussion on this important subject,” said Laurie Cantillo, PD for the Hubbard-owned all-newser. “The town hall format gives everyone a chance to ask questions directly of two preeminent physicians on the forefront of the battle against this deadly disease.” Admission is free but seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. Those living outside the Washington, DC region can hear the program streamed live via the WTOP website HERE.

Chris Merrill To Afternoons @ KFYI
October 16, 2014

Talk host Chris Merrill, who was just announced this week as moving from mornings to evenings at KOGO/San Diego, has apparently opted to trade the sun and sand of America’s Finest City for the sun and sand of Arizona, where he’ll slide into afternoons at iHeartMedia sister News/Talker KFYI/Phoenix. Beginning November 10th, Merrill will assume the PM Drive hours now occupied by Mike Broomhead, who is headed to morning drive where he’ll takeover for the retiring Barry Young. NTS MediaOnline Today has also confirmed that Merrill will be relocating to the Valley of The Sun, hosting his 4-7pm afternoon show on-site at KFYI, while also continuing to host a nightly 7-9pm weekday show for KOGO from Phoenix. “We are beyond thrilled to bring Chris into town,” said KFYI Program Director Neil Larrimore. “He is an up-and-coming superstar who understands the evolution of Talk radio. With Chris joining the team, KFYI is perfectly positioned for much success in 2015 and beyond.”

Is Too Much Information Wearing Us Out?
October 16, 2014

Bridge Ratings, which has been trending News/Talk radio preferences since 1999, has released a new report that was recently posted at LinkedIn by company President/CEO Dave Van Dyke. So what is the study’s top line finding? Information overload is causing fatigue for some News/Talk listeners. “Over-saturation, ever-shortening of news cycles and repetition of hard news with too-little updated information, is wearing thin on consumers who are seeking alternative sources for information that is fresh, entertaining and positive,” writes Van Dyke (pictured). “Radio has become one of many pieces in the media landscape puzzle. This role has become uncomfortable for broadcasters but should be seen as an opportunity to reinvent, develop and serve their communities during a time of rich information flow and a vast funnel of information to consume.” Bridge’s latest study is based on interviews with some  3,200 News/Talk radio listeners who consume at least 3 hours of News/Talk radio weekly. Respondents were compiled through random digital dial, internet self-administered questionnaires and in-person interviews, with a margin of error of +/- 1.7%.

Network/Syndication News Notes
October 16, 2014

Farm Journal Radio is set to debut My Farm Radio, a new 24/7 digital mobile radio channel focused on news, weather and markets, as well as entertaining and informative conversation, for America’s farmers and ranchers. The My Farm Radio app, which launches November 3rd, will offer both a live stream experience and programs on-demand for users … Envision Networks  launches VirtualVoiceBank, a new comprehensive resource for radio commercial production. Available on a barter basis, VirtualVoiceBank offers unlimited access to spot voiceovers for radio commercials in English or SpanishLearn more HERE … Chris Hill (pictured), host of the syndicated Motley Fool Money radio show, checks in to report that Atlanta’s Biz 1190 (WASF) has signed on as the newest affiliate of the long-runnning weekly money and business talk show. 

The Days Of Wine And …. Radio!
October 16, 2014

That’s David Wilson, host of the syndicated weekend talk show Grape Encounters Radio, conducting a blind wine-tasting with the help of Sara Schneider, Wine Editor of Sunset Magazine, and the winners of David’s ‘Why I Want To Guest Co-Host Grape Encounters Radio’ contest. All of the tasting and toasting took place during a recording of the show at the recent ‘Savor the California Central Coast’ wine and food event.