So says a new national survey from Vox Populi Polling commissioned by Katz Media Group (KMG). Vox Populi, which designs and fields surveys to uncover what’s happening within the political and public policy landscape, reports that radio is “an extremely effective way to reach swing voters.” By a 56-35 margin, the sample of some 1,059 active voters told researchers that radio ads are “more credible” than political ads on the Internet. Additionally, 61% of swing voters said that “radio is a good way” for political candidates to reach them. “This research illustrates that radio is both a habitual and influential medium for reaching voters who can make the difference on Election Day,” said Stacey Lynn Schulman, EVP/Strategy, Analytics & Research at KMG. “In the race for credibility, radio outshines online advertising by a wide margin in the minds of still impressionable voters.” Learn more about the results and the methodology behind the just-published survey HERE.
Over the weekend our Facebook friends and Twitter followers learned about a good old fashioned radio war of words between Windy City radio legend turned podcaster Steve Dahl and WGN/Chicago morning host Steve Cochran. Local Chicago media reporter Robert Feder has all the details on Dahl’s attack on just about everybody at WGN Radio, and the quick reply it prompted from Cochran (pictured). Read more HERE … From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: A cautionary tale to all who spend many hours a week doing live, unscripted radio for a living. A jury has awarded $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed against Entercom/Kansas City by a woman who was incorrectly identified on-air as a porn star by the hosts of 96.5 The Buzz/Kansas City’s Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Show. Local TV affiliate KSHB has the full story and the surprising outcome for the show’s hosts who cost the company a million bucks HERE.
26-year WINS/New York news anchor Judy DeAngelis will hang up her headphones and take a sledgehammer to her alarm clock following tomorrow morning’s (9/30) wake-up duties. The veteran NYC radio personality (pictured) told the Daily News’ David Hinckley that she decided to retire from the CBS Radio all-newser on September 30th because, “October 1st is my birthday and I wanted my birthday off.” More HERE … Radio news and programming pro Andy Ludlum — who recently left CBS Radio/Los Angeles – is looking to chat with interested parties about his next career challenge. Friends and colleagues can email Andy HERE … Cody Welling has been promoted to Director of Sales for Cumulus Toledo/Monroe, where he has served as General Sales Manager since July. It’s a return home for Welling who was previously General Sales Manager for Great Plains Media in Bloomington, IL, and prior to that, an Account Executive and Local Sales Manager for Cumulus Toledo/Monroe.
The DC-based syndicator has added Financial Myth Busting with Dawn Bennett to it’s roster of available Talk radio shows. Designed to “help Americans separate financial facts from fallacies,” Bennett (pictured) says the program’s message of being true to what is really happening in the financial world as it relates to geopolitical events “has struck a chord with listeners.” As part of the program, Bennett regularly welcomes an array of guests to the show — from politicians and business execs, to bestselling authors and even the occasional celebrity. Commenting on the nationwide launch of Financial Myth Busting, Radio America COO Mike Paradiso said, “Dawn has a way of cutting through the noise and providing clarity in the cluttered world of financial and economic opinion.”
KXL/Portland host and Compass Media Networks syndicated personality Lars Larson broadcast his daily shows last week from the Hoover Institution at Standford University, a public policy think-tank where show producer Tony King says Lars was “given access to some of the brightest minds in the world, covering all the subjects that matter to our listeners.” That’s Lars (left) chatting with former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz.
Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Pete Spriggs (left), who is currently Director of Branding and Programming for News 95-5 FM and AM 750 WSB/Atlanta, as its new News/Talk/Sports Radio Format Leader. In addition, Drew Anderssen (right), Director of Branding and Programming for WDBO/Orlando, is named News/Talk/Sports Format Coordinator. Spriggs and Anderssen will continue their current roles in Atlanta and Orlando, respectively, while also working closely with Steve Smith, CMG’s VP/Radio Programming, and CMG’s News/Talk/Sports radio program directors in Athens, GA, Dayton, OH, Jacksonville, FL, San Antonio and Tulsa. ”Pete and Drew are two of our most talented directors of branding and programming and we’re thrilled they will share their skills with the rest of our team,” said CMG Executive VP of Radio Kim Guthrie. “Their natural instincts will help all of our Cox Media Group News/Talk/Sports stations across the country continue to grow and flourish.”
ESPN Radio/New York 98.7FM (WEPN) will debut a revamped lineup on Monday (9/29), highlighted by Lupica, a new two-hour show hosted by Mike Lupica from 1-3pm (ET), Monday through Friday. He’ll be preceded by 98.7FM hosts Ryan Ruocco and Dave Rothenberg from noon-1pm. Ruocco will also become a contributor to The Michael Kay Show, which remains in its familiar 3-7pm afternoon drive slot, while Alan Hahn and former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro are named as permanent hosts of the station’s weeknight 7-10pm slot. Additionally, New York sports veteran Bill Daughtry’s role will expand to include delivering weekday SportsCenter updates from noon-3pm. “These changes strengthen an already powerful personality driven lineup on 98.7FM,” said PD Justin Craig. “Two hours of Mike Lupica’s passion and opinions, additional opportunities for Bill Daughtry, Ryan Ruocco and Dave Rothenberg, and the new team of Alan Hahn and Rick DiPietro, whose chemistry was evident from day one, reinforce our commitment to serve sport fans.”
National Talk radio host Mark Levin, whose nightly show is syndicated by Westwood One, is the recipient of the Media Research Council’s 2014 William F. Buckley Excellence in Media Award. Watch Mark (pictured) accept the accolade during ceremonies held last night (9/25) HERE … Longtime New York City radio personalities Leslie Gold (WNEW, Q104.3, WFNY) and Valerie Smaldone (WLTW, WOR) will team to co-host a new national weekly show together as part of the new lineup for Envision Networks syndicated America Weekend … As Major League Baseball’s regular season wraps up this weekend, it’s the end of an era for Chicago Cubs games on Tribune News/Talker WGN. With the games moving to CBS Radio’s crosstown all-newser WBBM-AM, WGN General Manager Jimmy de Castro tells the Chicago Tribune his station will “put more emphasis and energy on news, particularly when they’re doing baseball.” Read the full story HERE … Kudos to Bonneville/Phoenix News/Talker KTAR-FM and sister Sports/Talker “Arizona Sports” KTAR-AM, as the stations’ annual Give-A-Thon benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) raised more than $1 million over the past two days. 100% of the donations will be given to PCH, one of the largest and most respected children’s hospitals in the country.
The Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang reports on the improving fortunes for podcasts. The newspaper notes that RawVoice, which tracks some 20,000 podcast shows, reports that the number of unique monthly podcast listeners has tripled to 75 million from 25 million just five years ago. Read the full feature HERE … Apple has added CBS Radio News to the menu of dashboard offerings from Apple Car Play. Described as, “A smarter and safer way to use your iPhone in the car,” CBS Radio News will join a host of other apps available including iHeart Radio, MLB At Bat, Stitcher and more, when Apple’s new ‘infotainment’ system debuts in select vehicles later this year … A big old NTS MediaOnline Today ‘thanks’ to former WGN/Chicago, WBT/Charlotte and WIBC/Indianapolis Program Director Mary June Rose (now a Charlotte-based consultant and talent coach) for sharing a link to The Skimm, a new current news and issues website started by two one-time NBC News Producers that promises to “do the reading for you — across subject and party lines — and break it down with fresh editorial content.” Show producers, hosts and newspeople can check out the new site HERE.
ESPN Radio welcomed more than 50 Program Directors and Brand Managers to ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, CT this week for the network’s 2014 Affiliate Programming Conference. Pictured at this year’s event are (L-R): ESPN Audio SVP Morris Davenport, Mike & Mike producer Ray Necci and the show’s co-host Mike Golic, and ESPN Radio Network Program Director Amanda Gifford. (Photo: Rich Arden/ESPN)