Independently-owned Delmarva Broadcasting Company (DBC) has entered into an agreement to acquire WFAI-AM and WJKS-FM/Wilmington, DE from QC Communications. Delmarva will add the pair to it’s current Wilmington cluster that already includes WDEL-AM, WSTW-FM and WXCY-FM. Delmarva will begin managing the stations on January 1st, via a Local Marketing Agreement with QC that will continue through all customary regulatory approval and final closing. “We’re thrilled to bring these stations into the Delmarva family,” said DBC VP/GM Michael Reath. “Wilmington is a terrific market for local radio and this transaction further strengthens our ability to to deliver original content to even more audiences and thus provide more value to our advertisers.” DBC, which has owned and operated radio stations in Delaware since 1927, currently owns 11 stations in The First State and eastern Maryland.
As of January 5th, The Huckabee Report will be distributed by WYM Media Management and represented nationally for advertising sales by WYD Media Ad Sales. Syndicated nationally for the past half-dozen years, the daily radio feature is hosted by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and airs on more than 500 radio stations. Upon its move to WYM from current syndicator Westwood One, the feature will retain its current format, with morning, midday and afternoon delivery of three unique modular reports allowing stations to carry 1-3 minutes of content per report. “We’ve had tremendous success over the last six years with The Huckabee Report thanks to the great partnerships with hundreds of radio stations,” said Huckabee, who also hosts the weekend TV show, Huckabee, on the FOX News Channel. “I’m excited about my new partnership and this is a great way to kick off 2015!” Meanwhile, WYM Media Management President Debbie Greenbaum praised the feature’s broad appeal, noting it airs on Talk, Country and even Classic Rock stations. “The Governor’s good nature, broadcast experience and accessibility truly sets him apart from all others.”
CBS Radio Sports/Talker 94 WIP/Philadelphia announced today that the station has re-signed morning host Angelo Cataldi to a new long-term deal. Cataldi (pictured), who has been waking up Philly sports fans since 1990, has spent his entire radio career — nearly 30 years — at WIP. Concurrently, the station also inks new contracts with morning show team members Al Morganti and Keith Jones … CBS Sports Radio will broadcast the CBS Sports Classic, a new showcase featuring four of the nation’s most prestigious college basketball teams. Tipping off at 1pm (ET) this Saturday (12/20), from Chicago’s United Center, the doubleheader features North Carolina vs. Ohio State, followed by UCLA vs. Kentucky … Westwood One’s coverage of ‘Big East’ basketball will feature a New Year’s Eve doubleheader, with Creighton taking on Providence at 7:15 pm (ET), followed at 9:45pm by Georgetown at Xavier … ESPN Radio’s season-long coverage of the 2014 college football campaign will culminate with a 30-game postseason bowl schedule, including all match-ups from the inaugural College Football Playoff, capped by the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12th at 8:30pm (ET).
iHeartMedia expands the duties of current San Francisco VP/Programming, Don Parker, to include Sacramento, effective immediately. In addition to overseeing programming for iHeart’s San Francisco radio stations, Parker will bring his 25 years of experience to the company’s five stations in Sacramento. Parker joined iHeartMedia in 2009 as the Operations Manager for the San Francisco cluster. His radio resume includes prior stints at crosstown KNGY (Energy 92.7), Vice President of Programming for Next Media, and PD stints in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Las Vegas and Fresno.
CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of Richard C. Hottelet, the last living member of CBS News’ famed “Murrow’s Boys,” who died earlier today at age 97. The CBS News website has more on the colorful and courageous career of Hottelet — who retired from the network in 1985 – HERE. (Photo: CBS News Archives)
Newly re-upped KABC/Los Angeles morning talk host Doug McIntyre pens a column for The Daily Beast, offering his take on the big controversy surrounding the Sony Pictures cyber-attack and the Seth Rogen/James Franco film, The Interview. Read it HERE … The U.S. Senate has confirmed current FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to a full five-year term … Fox News Radio will present Todd Starnes’ All-American Christmas, airing Christmas Eve (12/24) at 7pm (ET) and Christmas Day at 7am and 7pm. Hosted by FOX News Channel contributor Todd Starnes, the two-hour Christmas special will feature tons of special guests and promises to include, “The World’s Largest Christmas Carol Sing-Along.” … WHO/Des Moines afternooner Simon Conway debuts a new podcast page via iHeartRadio. Check it out HERE … RadioActive Broadcasting founder Barbara Beach is added to the production team for Public Television’s American Health Journal.
News/Talker WDEL/Wilmington, DE spearheaded a recent Feed a Friend Food Drive, which raised almost $12,000 in donations in just over six hours. Thanks to WDEL fans, volunteers from five Delaware shelters and soup kitchens were able to go on a major shopping spree at a local Costco, where they loaded up on food and supplies to help those in need during this holiday season and all year round.
Compass Media Networks (CMN) continues to grow it’s business and financial news coverage, with an announcement today that they will deliver twice-hourly business and financial news reports, beginning January 5th. A memo to stations circulating this afternoon says the reports will air weekdays from 6am-7pm (ET) at :20 and :50, and fed to affiliates via the Westwood One MAX receiver that’s already used by current WSJ Radio Network affiliates. Anchors for the new reports will include Jennifer Kushinka (6am-noon), who for the past nine years has served as morning drive news anchor for Wall Street Journal Reports; Ray Hoffman (noon-3pm), who for most of the past decade has anchored CEO Radio and short-form reports for WCBS-AM/New York; and Frank Miller (3-7pm), who for the past six years has worked with CMN to provide custom reports to a select group of All-News and News/Talk stations. The memo also notes that senior CNBC contributor and CMN show host Ron Insana is also available to deliver money news and commentary for affiliates. Today’s news comes on the heels of CMN’s recent announcement that, following the shut-down of the Wall Street Journal Radio Network at the end of the month, Compass will continue to distribute the WSJ’s long-running morning show hosted by Gordon Deal. Renamed This Morning: America’s First News with Gordon Deal, the show will continue to air weekdays, from 5-9am (ET).
Longtime KFI/Los Angeles ’eye-in-the-sky’ traffic reporter Mike Nolan (pictured) has announced he’s giving up his wings and hanging up his headphones after nearly three decades of helping commuters navigate L.A.’s infuriating morning and afternoon drive traffic. … USA Radio Networks inks a deal to handle affiliations for midwest-based syndicated talker Steve Deace, whose show is currently distributed via GCN from 9pm-midnight. Beginning January 20th, Deace will broadcast live from 3-6pm (ET), Monday-Friday, on both the XDS Pro4 and Unity 4000 platforms … Beasley Broadcast Group ups Rafe D’Amico to the new position of VP/ Strategic Partnerships, reporting to Beasley EVP/Sales Heather Monahan. D’Amico will also retain his duties as National Sales Manager for Beasley’s Las Vegas and Wilmington, DE markets, and add NSM duties for Charlotte, NC.
WGN/Chicago Ops Manager Alex Quigley exits as that post is eliminated at the Tribune News/Talker. Todd Manley, VP/Content and Programming, and Programming Coordinator Stephanie Mendez will expand their roles to cover Quigley’s former duties … AdLarge Media has partnered with AudioBoom for exclusive national advertising sales representation of the social audio platform. Content on AudioBoom ranges from sports talk to news to celebrity interviews, and includes highly recognizable publishers, such as Time, BBC, Fox Sports, and more … For the 4th consecutive year, Texas syndicated talk host (KTRH-KPRC/Houston, KFXR/Dallas) Matt Patrick (pictured) will sit in for Bill Cunningham on Sunday 12/28, guest-hosting the ‘Year End Review’ edition of Premiere Networks syndicated Live On Sunday Night, It’s Bill Cunningham show, from 10pm-1am (ET).
Yahoo Sports Radio and All Sports United, a platform for athletes, sports personalities, businesses and individuals to engage in philanthropic endeavors, ink a media partnership to engage the sports fan community in the mission. YSR will be the title media partner in the effort to increase participation and to encourage fans to join their favorite athletes and celebrities in the effort. The partnership includes promotional support and listener engagement to raise funds during the inaugural Gaming to Give charity tournament, which kicks-off online during the first week of January and culminates with a star-studded event on January 29th at Scottsdale, Arizona’s Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, leading into the 2015 Super Bowl … The legendary WARM/Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA has re-launched as the all-new SPORTS RADIO 590. The just debuted Sports/Talker also signs up as the newest affiliate of CBS Sports Radio, the 24/7 sports network syndicated via Westwood One. WARM returned to the air yesterday (12/15) following the completion of a three-month technical rehab of the station by owner Cumulus Media.
KNX 1070 Newsradio/Los Angeles recently brought its sixth annual “CHiPs For Kids” holiday toy drive and the CBS Radio all-newser’s award-winning series, KNX On Your Corner, to suburban Cerritos, California. Listeners were invited to a live broadcast at local restaurant Mimi’s Café, where they generously dropped off a few hundred toys for KNX’s effort, held in conjunction with sister TV stations, CBS 2 and KCAL 9. The toys will be distributed locally to kids in need by the California Highway Patrol. Pictured above are KNX anchors Frank Mottek, Jim Thornton and Diane Thompson with CHP Officer Jeremy Tolen.