Cumulus Media has named veteran voice talent and creative audio production professional Christopher Libertini as Staff Announcer and Production Director for heritage News/Talker WABC/New York. Libertini (right) steps into the considerably large shoes and role formerly held by radio icon Johnny Donovan, who retired this past May after a 43-year run at WABC, dating all the way back to it’s legendary Top 40 radio days. Libertini’s impressive resume shows he has worked for some of the biggest brands in media and entertainment over the past 15 years, creating signature sounds for the likes of Howard Stern, NFL Radio, SiriusXM, ESPN, MLB, and CBS Radio. Currently, Libertini’s voice can be heard on the Cartoon Network, the Biography Channel, ads for the New York Lottery and on various documentaries.
Sports/Talker Dan Patrick welcomed rocker John Fogerty to his DirecTV/FOX Sports Radio syndicated show today, where the Creedence Clearwater Revival founder (pictured, 3rd from left) posed for a studio wall souvenir with Dan and the show’s crew … 25-year San Diego Sports radio personality ‘Coach’ John Kentera has announced he’s retiring from Sports/Talker Mighty 1090 (XPRS), his local radio home for the past 12 years. While management searches for a successor, Chris Ello will cover Kentera’s former weeknight evening hours … 92.9 The Game/Atlanta afternoon co-host Mike Bell has been suspended by CBS Radio for a vulgar ‘Tweet’ (since deleted) targeting ESPN baseball analyst and Olympic gold and silver medalist Jessica Mendoza (right) during this week’s MLB American League Wild Card playoff game. Bell has since issued an on-air apology for the tweet (which referenced a line from the film Anchorman). According to Atlanta media maven Rodney Ho, Bell will be back on the air next Monday (10/12) … The St. Louis Blues and CBS Radio/St. Louis have reached a multi-year broadcast rights agreement, expanding the existing partnership between the Blues and CBS Radio’s Gateway City cluster. The 2015-16 NHL Season marks the 41st year that News/Talker KMOX has served as the Blues’ radio flagship.
iHeartMedia ups Bill Cahill to SVP/Programming for iHeartRadio and iHM-owned Premiere Networks. Cahill will report to Chris Williams, iHM’s Chief Product Officer … Edith Chapin is given the nod as as NPR’s new Executive Editor. Most recently Supervisor of the public radio network’s International Desk, Chapin succeeds Madhulika Sikka, who left NPR earlier this year … Steven Meyers has been promoted from Director of Digital Strategies to Director of Digital Operations at Greater Media. Prior to joining Greater Media’s Philadelphia cluster as its Digital Manager in 2012, Meyers spent five years as VP/Products and Development at Slamm, a West Chester, PA-based digital agency in which he was a founding member … Marie Ossenfort (pictured) adds some stripes to her business wardrobe, as Forum Communications promotes her from Director of Broadcasting to Vice President of Broadcasting. Ossenfort joined Forum in 2013 to oversee the company’s television stations in North Dakota, adding duties as General Manager at News/Talk WDAY/Fargo earlier this year.
Nationally syndicated talker Kim Komando has the low-down on that new proposed Facebook “Dislike” button and shows us a selection of “Reaction Emojis” being tested by FB users in Spain and Ireland that could be the model for a so-called ‘Dislike’ button for users in the U.S. and elsewhere. Check out the full story HERE … Apple News and Facebook’s Instant Articles are just a couple of the kind of new technologies that tech giants are using to attract more users with faster mobile news apps. Read more on why mobile news apps are growing rapidly HERE … Meanwhile, a recent report from Experian Marketing Services says, while Millennials are practically hard-wired to their mobile phones, Baby Boomers are considerably less attached to them, especially when it comes to the subject of mobile ads. Overall, just 5.2% of Boomers surveyed were interested in receiving ads on their mobile phone at all. Read more HERE.
Nationally and regionally syndicated KXL/Portland host Lars Larson joined the crew from northwest affiliate KVI/Seattle for the recent Base 2 Space fundraiser for the Fred Hutch Cancer Center — a climb up the 832 steps to the top of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle! Pictured wearing their victory smiles are (L-R): Larson; KVI morning show producer Brittney Perreault; KVI morning host John Carlson; and KVI producers Phil Vandervort and Kevin Dodrill.
(PS: Larson will be back in The Emerald City this Saturday night where he’ll serve as host for this year’s USO Northwest 5 Star Gala).
Broadcast Company of the Americas-operated San Diego Sports/Talker Mighty 1090 (XPRS-AM) and morning host Dan Sileo renew their vows with a deal extension that keeps Sileo (left) on the station through at least December 2017. “Dan has done a masterful job of tapping into his contacts and connections across the country to bring a wide array of prominent guests and insightful interviews to the San Diego sports fan,” said Mike Glickenhaus, BCA President/Market Manager. “His entertaining and fast paced style has really energized and engaged our multi platform audience.” Sileo, who joined Mighty 1090 in 2014 following a long run in Tampa and Miami, says he’s grateful and enthusiastic about re-upping with BCA. “I am so thankful for the great folks in San Diego and Southern California for embracing me and my family here. It’s a great honor to be part of the best Sports/Talk lineup in the country for years to come!”
(Editor’s Note: Read a recent interview with Dan Sileo in NTS MediaOnline Monthly, HERE)
Ah, to be in New Mexico this week for the annual Ballon Fiesta, happening now through October 11th. Interestingly, the Fiesta was actually born as a radio station promotion designed to celebrate 770 KKOB/Albuquerque’s 50th anniversary back in 1972. Today, the now Cumulus Media-owned News/Talker remains a major part of New Mexico’s largest annual event, with the station’s balloon (pictured) taking part in the one-of-a-kind yearly celebration … Steve Mills is hired as Chief Information Officer at iHeartMedia. Mills, who most recently held the same position at Motorola Mobility, will report directly to iHeartMedia President/COO/CFO Richard Bressler … Sam Rogers has been named VP/National Sales and Corporate Partnerships for CBS Radio, reporting to SVP/Director of Sales Bob Philips. Rogers most recently held a similar position at Radio One … Cumulus Media douses the flame at the company’s now former FM talker 98.3 The Torch (KWQW), flipping the station to classic hip-hop as The Vibe.
The Weather Channel and Sun Broadcast Group partner in a deal described in a release from SBG as “a groundbreaking move that will change how listeners consume and interact with The Weather Channel team’s national radio products.” In addition to representing The Weather Channel’s national ad inventory, the deal includes SBG’s Shazam for Radio allowing the app’s users to launch a fully interactive forecast on their mobile phone, tablet or desktop. “As Sun continues our rapid growth we are constantly on the lookout for best-in-brand providers that understand, as we do, the changing radio landscape,” said SBG CEO Jason Bailey. “Not only is it an honor and privilege to represent The Weather Channel brand’s extensive national radio network to our partners, clients and advertisers, but the commitment from both our companies to deliver the nation’s first ever, fully interactive, broadcast radio weather reports is incredibly exciting. I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with The Weather Channel team to totally transform how radio listeners connect with the product they crave most from local broadcast radio — the weather!”
Envision Networks weekly syndicated John & Leah Show — hosted by John Ziegler and Leah Brandon (left) — joins the Sunday evening lineup at iHeartMedia/Alabama News/Talkers WERC-AM&FM/Birmingham, AL, WAAX/Gadsden, AL and WRTR-FM/Brookwood-Tuscaloosa, along with WDAK/Columbus, GA … Talk Radio On TV: Look for WYM Media Management syndicated talker and regular Huffington Post columnist Leslie Marshal on FOX News Channel’s nightly Sean Hannity show tonight through Friday (10/9) evening … AdLarge Media has renewed its deal with Yahoo! Sports Radio and its U.S. radio distributor, Gow Broadcasting. AdLarge provides national ad sales representation for the Yahoo! Sports Radio network, plus related podcasts, streaming, mobile, and social extensions.
Among the NAB Marconi Award winners at last week’s Radio Show was Cox Media Group News/Talker KRMG/Tulsa, which took home ‘Medium Market Station of the Year’ honors. Pictured above are FOX News Radio’s Manager of Affiliate Sales Jillian Schalk and KRMG PD Levi May, celebrating the FOX News Radio affiliate’s Marconi Award win.