In advance of next month’s inaugural Pedal The Cause Radio-Telethon to benefit local San Diego cancer research organizations, a trio of personalities from BCA Sports/Talker Mighty 1090 dropped by to visit with kids at the cancer treatment center at Rady Childrens’ Hospital. Grabbing a ‘selfie’ with a couple of new friends they met during their tour of the hospital are (l-r): Scott & B.R. Show co-hosts Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith and ‘Mighty 1090′ morning host Dan Sileo.
Bonneville conservative talk outlet KTTH/Seattle has named Todd Herman as the station’s new afternoon host. Described as “a lifetime Washingtonian who co-founded the first Internet radio network, theDial, helped start the MSN Video business unit at Microsoft and entered politics as chief digital strategist for the Republican National Committee,” Herman (left) has also developed a number of digital properties, including BuzzPo.com. “Talk radio was my first love in media and joining KTTH is literally something of which I’ve dreamed,” said Herman about his new gig. “To work with [fellow KTTH hosts] David Boze and Michael Medved on Seattle’s conservative Talk radio station is an honor matched only by the kind words I have received from KTTH listeners.” Herman takes over a slot most recently occupied by Ben Shapiro, who last week announced he was relinquishing those hours to help care for his infant daughter who is recovering from open heart surgery. Shapiro, who has been doing double duty as both afternoon host at KTTH and morning co-host at KRLA/Los Angeles, continues his wake-up duties at AM 870 The Answer.
Longtime Denver Sports radio programmer Tim Spence (right) is headed east and inbound to iHeartMedia, where he’ll oversee oversee programming for the company’s ESPN Radio affiliates WUCS/Hartford and WAVZ-AM/New Haven, and News/Talkers WPOP-AM/Hartford and WELI-AM/New Haven. The 30-year Talk radio programming veteran assumes the chair most recently occupied by Dave Zaslowski, who moved to take a new job in his hometown of Chicago.
• Bob Agnew has left the building at SoCal Sports/Talker KLAA (SportsRadio 830)/Orange-Los Angeles. Agnew joined the Los Angeles Angels’ flagship radio station in 2013, following stints at then Susquehanna-owned KNBR/San Francisco, KNEW-KKGN/San Francisco, KXNT/Las Vegas, and as an exec with the syndicated On The House with the Carey Brothers program.
• Mike Lupica and WEPN (ESPN 98.7)/New York have parted ways. No word yet on who might fill the station’s 1-3pm slot, that pits its occupant up against the opening hours of the formidable Mike Francesa on crosstown WFAN. Lupica will reportedly continue to maintain his role as part of ESPN television’s The Sports Reporters.
WDBO/Orlando reporter/anchor Monica Rix (left) joins FOX News Radio as a reporter for the New York City-based network. Prior to her move to Orlando, Rix’s radio and TV broadcast news resume also includes stints in Wilmington, NC and Huntsville, AL … Mary Shedden is named News Director for Public Radio station WUSF/Tampa. A 20-year veteran journalist, Shedden moves to her new gig at the University of South Florida-licensed pubcaster from her most recent post as a senior reporter for the Tampa Tribune … From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Legendary radio personality ‘Shotgun’ Tom Kelly is stepping down from his afternoon drive slot at Los Angeles Oldies outlet K-Earth 101 after a 22-year run. Kelly (right) will “transition” to a new off-air post as a Brand Ambassador for the CBS Radio station, where he’ll reportedly be showcased in on-air features, appearances, client partnerships, charitable events, and special projects.
Wes Teska is named Director of Interactive Design for Alpha Media. Most recently Creative Director for New Point Digital in Charleston, SC, in his new gig Teska (left) will be charged with design and management of all Alpha Media web products, social destinations and live event venues … Mobile audio service TuneIn launches TuneIn Premium, a new $7.99 a month subscriber service that includes a multi-year partnership with MLB, giving users access to every home, away, and Spanish feed for every game, along with 600+ commercial-free music stations and unlimited access to 40,000 audiobooks. TuneIn Premium debuts today in the U.S., the UK, and Canada.
NTS MediaOnline Today sends congratulations to WMAL/Washington’s Mornings On The Mall co-host Larry O’Connor on his marriage to Meredith Dake, Multimedia Editor at CQ Roll Call. The couple were wed this past weekend in Oklahoma City, where WPHT/Philadelphia morning host Chris Stigall served as best man.
While most of the country is enjoying or hoping for relief from the heat of August, most broadcasters are hoping that even when temperatures eventually cool down, consumers will be turning up the heat to bring retailers (and radio advertisers) a happy holiday season. A report from eMarketer.com forecasts the jingling of cash registers will grow this upcoming holiday season, with predicted retail sales growth of 5.7% — the biggest jump since 2011. According to eMarketer analyst Monica Peart, “Retail sales in November and December 2015 are expected to show a healthy increase over what was experienced during the same period in 2014. Increases in real income from wages, further decreases in unemployment and an increased willingness to spend in traditional retail categories that missed out on the windfall in gas prices earlier on in the year should also drive growth.” Read more HERE.
Former CU head football coach Gary Barnett (left) will join the KOA/Denver Colorado Buffaloes’ football broadcast team on a limited basis this fall, and in 2016, he’ll replace the legendary Larry Zimmer as the full-time analyst for CU games. Barnett, who has been working as an analyst for Sports USA Radio, says he’ll continue to work occasional games for the network as time allows … Veteran Chicago Sports radio personality Mike North will host a three-hour Chicago Bears post-game show this NFL season on Hubbard Radio’s Windy City classic rocker WDRV (The Drive). The new show will debut September 13th following the Bears’ season opener against the Green Bay Packers. Crosstown CBS Radio-owned WBBM-AM is the team’s play-by-play flagship radio outlet.
Beginning September 14th, CBS Radio will debut The Taz Show: Bodyslam & Beyond, a new show featuring pro-wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Taz (right) that will be available exclusively for audio and video streaming on CBS’ Play.it podcast network. Co-hosted and produced by Seth Neiman, The Taz Show will be live from 7-9am (ET), Monday-Friday, and available on-demand daily beginning at 10am. “The world of sports entertainment is well-known for its colorful characters and no doubt Taz is one of the most opinionated and passionate of all time,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming, CBS Radio. “His unique personality along with his fanatical fan base make Taz the perfect personality to help build this new content platform.”
A huge crowd turned out in Virginia over the weekend for a WMAL/Washington-hosted book signing featuring Westwood One talk host Mark Levin. That’s Levin (pictured) grabbing a photo souvenir with a wounded veteran of the Afghanistan war, who came by to get his copy of Plunder & Deceit autographed … Envision Networks syndicated John & Leah Show adds seven new affiliates, as Salem Media Group-owned KRLA/Los Angeles; KNTH/Houston; KLFE/Seattle; KCBQ/San Diego; KTKZ/Sacramento; WGTK-FM/Greenville, SC and WLSS/Sarasota all add the weekly Sunday night program co-hosted by Talk radio veteran John Ziegler and Leah Brandon … Christian broadcaster Moody Radio names Brian Dahlen as morning host for the company’s northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania stations, alongside coordinating producer, Kathleen Ferrini. Beginning August 31st Brian and Kathleen Mornings will air weekdays (6-9am) on Moody/Ohio FM’s 103.3 FM (Cleveland), 89.5 FM (Sandusky), 91.7 FM (Ashtabula), and 90.5 FM (Millersburg), and in western Pennsylvania on 90.1 FM (New Castle) and 91.9 FM (Meadville).