Multi-talented talk host Chip Franklin is headed to KGO/San Francisco, where he’ll host a new daily noon-3pm show beginning December 8th. Franklin, whose recent on air stints included a seven year run at WBAL/Baltimore followed by six years in wake-ups at KOGO/San Diego, is also a comedian, musician, filmmaker and Murrow Award-winning radio and TV writer. He’s written for and/or appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien, The Situation Room, Larry King, The CBS Morning Show, CNN, HBO and Showtime. In his spare time he writes position pieces and prep for guests on Real Time with Bill Maher, Good Morning America and Face The Nation, while also touring and performing stand-up regularly at comedy clubs across the country. Commenting on his new Bay Area home, the self-described political independent said, “The current narrative is that San Francisco is all liberals, progressives and Democrats, mixed in with the occasional 4.9. Maybe, but I see it more as a city that simply embraces freedom and — more to the point — the free expression of ideas regardless of ideology. Whether it’s politics, art, music or comedy, it all starts with a passion for discovery of life here in the Bay Area, the wider world, and our inner lives.”
On the heels of today’s announcement by Cumulus Media EVP Content and Programming John Dickey that Chip Franklin will join the the lineup at KGO/San Francisco next month (see story above), we also note that the heritage News/Talker is once again on the hunt for a News Director, as well as a new Program Director — a position that sadly became available following the recent untimely death of Kevin Metheny. In this special pre-Friday “Gig Alert” NTS MediaOnline Today has the all the particulars on both openings:
Program Director: KGO informs and entertains with a mix of relevant news and compelling talk designed to reflect and celebrate life in the Bay Area. The KGO PD is responsible for all aspects of programming including; station strategy, development and execution of promotions, website content and revenue generation. The PD oversees numerous KGO talk shows hosted by big personalities and one of the largest radio news departments in the country. This position also oversees all aspects of programming on KSFO/San Francisco. Candidates should have broad radio programming experience, strong management skills and a vision for the next generation of radio news and talk. The ideal candidate will be a leader, strategist, coach and KGO evangelist. Salary is commensurate with experience and ratings history. Resumes, ratings history, references and mp3 should be sent in confidence HERE with the subject “KGO PD.” (EOE)
News Director: You will oversee creation of a next-generation news product. The KGO News Director oversees one of the larger radio news staffs in the country. That team is responsible for generating several all-news hours per day, newscasts during our talk shows and extensive web content. Our goal is to deliver information that truly affects and resonates with our target audience. The ideal candidate will be an experienced radio newsperson — a passionate, leader and coach with a vision of radio news that goes beyond shootings and fires. Knowledge of the sprawling, complex San Francisco Bay area is a plus. Salary is commensurate with experience. Resumes, references and mp3 should be sent in confidence HERE with subject “KGO News Director.” (EOE)
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DC-based Judical Watch reports it has has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FCC seeking “any and all records” related to the FCC’s controversial and now cancelled Critical Information Needs study in which the government sought to learn how news media makes editorial decisions about the stories they cover. The study caused a firestorm of feedback — especially on Talk radio and in media newsrooms nationwide — and from the NAB, which termed the study “constitutionally questionable.” Even FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai charged that continuation of the study would “thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country.” As a result of the blowback, the FCC announced back in February that it was suspending the project, but the conservative political watchdog group is seeking more details on it from the FCC via the FOIA lawsuit. Read more HERE … In the wake of this month’s election of a Republican governor to the Massachusetts State House for the first time in eight years, WBZ-TV News political analyst Jon Keller pens a feature on what impact conservative-leaning Talk radio personalities may have had on the election of new Governor-elect Charlie Baker, as well as the repeal of an unpopular gas tax hike. Read more HERE.
RadioWorld’s Leslie Stimson reports that iHeartMedia will stop providing satellite distribution services via its Clear Channel Satellite Services division to clients outside the company, in a move said to be a strategic business decision. Read more HERE … Kudos to Kevin Sheehan and Thom Lovero, co-hosts of WTEM (ESPN 980)/Washington’s daily noon-2pm program, The Sports Fix, as the duo marks their milestone five-year anniversary with the Red Zebra Broadcasting-owned Sports/Talker … NTS MediaOnline Today also sends out best wishes to Sun Broadcast Group as the independent radio network and syndicator marks it’s sixth anniversary. CEO Jason Bailey reports that with a number or recently announced programming additions, in 2015 the New York City and Boca Raton, Florida-based company will serve a reported 142 million listeners via some 5,500 general market affiliates. Meanwhile, Sun Latino is also celebrating, reporting major audience growth to more than 35 million listeners for programming syndicated through SBG’s Hispanic division.
This group of enthusiastic young international journalists recently dropped in for a visit with talk host John Batchelor during his WABC/New York-based nightly show, syndicated nationally by Westwood One. The group, representing media outlets from China, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia — are all participants in the U.S. State Department’s 2014 Edward R. Murrow Fellows Program for Journalists.
There’s no denying that a good size portion of the U.S. is currently experiencing an early winter season ‘big chill,’ however plunging temperatures could not compete with some warm-hearted News/Talkers determined to do good deeds despite the cold. This year’s NAB Marconi Award winner for ‘Medium Market Personality of the Year,’ KIDO/Boise morning host Kevin Miller, is living in the sub-zero Idaho cold outside a local Wal Mart all this week to highlight the plight of the homeless and collect turkeys for the Boise Rescue Mission. That’s Miller (pictured) with the Mission’s Reverend Bill Roscoe, showing his commitment to the cause by going full-on turkey for the fundraising effort. Says Miller, “It’s better to give a turkey than to be one, and that’s why we’re here.”
Meanwhile, in a part of the country where warm is generally defined as pretty much anything above 32 degrees, KFGO/Fargo recently served up free boxed lunches for highway workers hurrying to complete road construction projects in the region before winter settles in for its annual long run in North Dakota. Some 200 employees from various local companies and the Fargo NDDOT turned out to take a warm-up break and grab an on-the-house lunch at the Midwest Communications-owned News/Talker’s studios in South Fargo. That’s staff meteorologist Terry Spike (right) making his own unique construction fashion statement, wearing an orange safety vest and a pink hard hat to welcome the bundled-up workers in from the cold.
Mitch Rosen, longtime PD at CBS Radio’s Windy City Sports/Talker WSCR (AM 670, The Score), takes on additional duties as he’s upped to Operations Manager for both WSCR and sister station WXRT. While Rosen (pictured) will handle the marketing, non-traditional revenue efforts and other administrative duties for the programming departments of both stations, Norm Winer — long the heart and soul of WXRT — continues as Program Director of the legendary Adult Alternative outlet and will remain responsible for the station’s on-air content. Commenting on Rosen’s promotion, CBS Radio/Chicago SVP/Market Manager Rod Zimmerman told staffers in a memo, “Mitch’s organizational skills, management style and sales and NTR focus will help grow the great brand that is ‘XRT.”
Cumulus/Youngstown Market Manager Rick Parrish says he’s headed for retirement after more than four decades in radio ownership and corporate management. Quarterback for the Youngstown cluster (including News/Talkers WPIC and WSOM, and Sports/Talkers WLLF-FM and WBBW-AM) since 2010, Parrish (pictured) says he believes the best is still to come for a guy who has “loved radio since the age of 15 when my mother drove me to KMAD in Madill, Oklahoma for my first day of on-air work!” … Former award winning ESPN podcast producer Jay Soderberg is named Head of Content for BlogTalkRadio, where he’ll focus on cultivating and expanding the online radio platform’s community of podcasters, and also take a leading role in shaping the company’s future content portfolio … Jonathan Ghazal has been named Sales Manager for Greater Media-owned Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC). Ghazal joined the company’s Motor City cluster as an Account Executive in October of 2012 … Alex Ferrer, best known for his nine year run on FOX TV’s syndicated Judge Alex Show, will debut a new legal-focused radio show via Andy Dean’s new ConnectPal digital venture. A frequent guest commentator on Fox News, CNN, and HLN, ‘Judge Alex’ is also highly active on social media, with a Facebook following closing in on a quarter-million fans.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati has named Gary Sullivan — host of the weekly Premiere Networks syndicated At Home with Gary Sullivan show – as their 2014 honoree for Ohio Volunteer of the Year. The award is given each year to honor an individual for outstanding achievements and contributions to the local Habitat For Humanity affiliate and to the organization’s overall mission. Active with Habitat for more than two decades, Sullivan (pictured) also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and is a member of Executive and Development Committees. He’s also taught the home maintenance course to Habitat partner families in Cincinnati for the past 15 years. Quick to credit those around him upon receiving the honor, Sullivan told attendees at Habitat’s recently held annual Ohio conference, “I am embarrassed and humbled by this award, but also proud to accept it on behalf of all the hard working Habitat for Humanity volunteers.”
Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal (pictured) dropped by the NYC studios of CBS Sports Radio earlier today, where the 7′ 1″retired basketball pro talked hoops and more with the network’s TBD In The AM co-hosts Brandon Tierney (left) and Tiki Barber.