ABC News Radio entertainment correspondent David Blaustein recently chatted with actress Katie Holmes about her new movie All We Had. The film that marks Holmes’ directorial debut.
The Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation (RTDNA/F) has announced that Executive Director Mike Cavender will retire at the end of next year. An Edward R. Murrow and Emmy award-winning, major market news veteran, Cavender (pictured) was named executive director of RTDNA/F in 2011, after serving more than 20 years in virtually every board capacity of the two organizations, including as their Chairman. “I’m proud to be a part of these and so many other efforts that are at the very core of the RTDNA/F mission,” said Cavender. “For 70 years, RTDNA has been an unwavering advocate for our industry and I look forward to continuing to be part of those important efforts, especially with the advent of a new political administration.” The RTDNA/F Board of Directors has appointed a search committee to locate a successor to Cavender, who will remain in his role through the group’s annual Excellence in Journalism conference in September, 2017.
20-year broadcast industry veteran Ronnie Stanton has been named Vice President of Programming for Alpha Media, which owns and/or operates 246 radio stations across the country. Along with his corporate duties, Stanton (pictured) will also be responsible for the day-to-day programming of the company’s KBAY and KEZR in San Jose. Stanton joins Alpha from his most recent position with Canada’s Corus Entertainment, where he also carried the title of VP/Programming. Bringing a track record of experience and success in multiple formats to his new role, Alpha Media EVP/Programming Scott Mahalick welcomed Stanton to the company saying, “We are thrilled to have an additional visionary programmer join our team. Ronnie brings an international perspective, winning track record, great passion for the art of the product and stellar leadership traits.”
WBZ-AM/Boston afternoon co-anchor Diane Stern announces her retirement after 33-years with the CBS Radio News/Talker. A Massachusetts native, Stern (pictured) joined WBZ back in 1983 following previous stints at crosstown WEEI, WITS and WMEX … KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh afternoon co-host Shelley Duffy has exited the CBS Radio News/Talker after a year and a half in the chair alongside Robert Mangino on the KDKA Afternoon News … Five-time NBA All-Star and TNT basketball analyst Chris Webber will host Fearless or Insane with Chris Webber, a new weekly show from PodcastOne in which Webber and his guests will discuss “sports and athletes, and their impact on culture, politics, society, and the life issues that affect everyone.” New episodes of the podcast, which debuted yesterday, will be available every Tuesday on the PodcastOne website and app, and via iTunes … Braggin’ Rights: Nationally syndicated BizTalk Radio reports that during the past year, under new owners CenterPost Ltd., the business and financial news network is now heard in five of the country’s top 10 markets, and 17 of the top 25. BizTalk Radio has recently added new affiliates in Dallas, Houston, Tampa, St. Louis and Ft. Myers.
103.1 The Team WNMQ/Columbus, MS debuts The Drive with Steve & The Professor, a new afternoon talk show co-hosted by veteran journalist Steve Rogers and sports and trivia buff Glenn ‘The Professor’ Lautzenhiser (pictured). The show kicked-off this week on the Cumulus Media-owned Sports/Talker … Veritone, which bills itself as “a leading provider of cloud-based artificial intelligence media analytics and cognitive solutions,” has signed agreements with Cumulus Media to license Veritone’s “first-of-its-kind” Cognitive Media Platform to “provide near real-time audio capture, indexing and analytics for select Cumulus Media broadcast radio stations” that will allow companies to analyze the effectiveness of their advertising. Read more HERE … Bob Neumann joins iHeartMedia as SVP/Programming for the company’s Savannah-Hilton Head cluster. Neumann’s past experience includes prior stints in Houston, Tampa and West Palm Beach … Radio One names Mark Charnock as the company’s new Chief Digital Officer. Charnock spent the past 13 years at Monster, where he served as SVP/Media and Sales.
Following a year of ongoing health issues, Terry Boers — the longtime co-host of AM 670 The Score’s afternoon show Boers & Bernstein and a member of the original ‘Score’ lineup — has announced he’ll retire just after the New Year, ending a 25-year run on the CBS Radio/Chicago Sports/Talker. “I’m 66 years old and I’m going to retire, leaving behind one of the greatest jobs you can have — talking sports, movies, TV and life for five hours a day on a station I couldn’t be prouder of,” said Boers in a ‘good-bye’ noted posted at the WSCR website. “This has been the time of my life. Thanks for the ride.” Read Boer’s full statement HERE.
Bill Hoffman, President of Cox Media Group (CMG), has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America. In his current role Hoffman (left) – who joined the company in 1979 — leads the integrated broadcasting, publishing, and digital media subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., which consist of 14 television stations, more than 60 radio stations, six daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, over 100 digital services and CoxReps. “Bill is a respected leader in broadcasting, and we are proud to recognize his accomplishments at Cox and his contributions to our industry,” said Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “As a member of our Board for several years, Bill has helped us advance our mission of helping every broadcaster who qualifies for help.” Hoffman will be honored during the Foundation’s annual Golden Mike Award fundraising dinner on February 27th, 2017 in New York City.
After five years of being on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, last Wednesday (11/23) WBEN/Buffalo traffic and news reporter Alan Harris got the call he’d been waiting for just before going on the air. “Apparently they’ve got a kidney for me”, said Harris (right) as he wrapped up a traffic report on WBEN cluster-mate Star 102.5. Emotions were immediately sent sky-high around Entercom’s Buffalo radio station cluster, as Harris set off to get his new kidney in what staffers were calling a ‘Thanksgiving miracle.’ Alas, WBEN PD Tim Wenger reports that after spending all of the rest of that day in a hospital bed awaiting the planned surgery, later that evening doctors informed Harris the kidney they’d hoped to give him was not suitable and called off the transplant. In a comment posted to his Facebook page a philosophical-sounding Harris wrote, “They apparently received two kidneys from the same donor. They operated on someone else and were not happy with the results. They decided not to take a chance and I thank them for that. At least I know I am at the top of the list now.” Harris will be back on the air next Monday (12/5) following a week of vacation.
In a feature for Forbes magazine, contributing writer Michael Patrick Shiels pens a piece about the recent induction of the Class of 2016 into the national National Radio Hall of Fame — a place Shiels describes as, “Where radio and its greatest personalities living or dead are most visibly, and audibly, on display.” Read the feature HERE … Speaking of the NRHOF, on this ‘#GivingTuesday’ just a quick reminder from NTS MediaOnline Today that the non-profit Museum of Broadcast Communications — home to the National Radio Hall of Fame — continues to seek the ongoing support of broadcasters and other donors to help continue its mission of not only preserving the precious broadcasting history of America, but to also provide services to students, scholars, and the general public who seek information and analysis about the role of radio and television in society, through access to MBC’s archives of more than 85,000 radio and television programs. Learn more about how you can support the MBC’s and NRHOF’s efforts HERE.
A number of published sources are reporting that FOX News contributor, author, political commentator and Talk radio host Monica Crowley is being considered for a position in the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Various reports suggest Crowley (right) is under consideration for a role in the White House communications office and/or possibly as White House Press Secretary. Crowley told the New York Post she would be “honored” if asked to serve in Trump’s administration. Recent reports also suggested nationally syndicated Talk radio host Laura Ingraham may also be in consideration for a White House post … SB Nation Radio will launch a new weekly basketball show, In The Post, this weekend, featuring NBA Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes and co-host Joe George. The new show debuts this Saturday (12/3) at midnight (ET) … From our ‘Not Exactly Talk Media News’ Department: The American Forces Network (AFN), which serves U.S. military forces around the globe, has added Premiere Networks nightly Delilah show, effective immediately.