Talk Media News Notes
August 28, 2014

Mike Bennett, co-host of Adult Contemporary WHUD/Peekskill, NY’s Mike & Kacey morning show, has joined the lineup at Envision Networks’ syndicated America Weekend. Bennett will take over as host of the weekend Talk block’s Saturday morning hours on August 30th. He’ll join America Weekend’s revised programming lineup that already includes Ed Kalegi, Smith and SabatinoAnimal Radio, and Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline … Benztown and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation recently welcomed more than 300 celebrities, voice-over stars, poker players and party guests to Santa Monica, California’s Museum of Flying for SAGF’s 4th Annual Poker Classic and Party, benefiting the SAGF’s Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab — a state-of-the-art voice over facility that offers free workshops, seminars and demonstrations led by industry experts for voice-over artists. The fully-equipped studio also allows voice-over artists to perfect their craft by making demo reels and recording auditions, all at no cost. Pictured above is the Benztown gang, along with other ‘DLFVOL’ supporters enjoying the fun evening.

Tractors, Guns And …. Pink Shirts?
August 28, 2014

Last year KXL/Portland host and Compass Media Networks syndicated personality Lars Larson helped the Salem, OR  girls softball team raise needed funds by hooking them up with local gun shop NW Armory to raffle off chances to win and shoot a whole lotta gun — a Barrett .50. Response was so huge that the team raised over $38,000 to put toward field improvements, dugouts, uniforms, two field AED’s for heart issues and a really cool new orange tractor — lovingly named “Larson” — to handle regular field prep and maintenance. That’s Lars in the driver’s seat, surrounded by the team’s very happy parent board group.

WSCR/Chicago Scores A New Midday Duo
August 27, 2014

With the new NFL season just about to kick-off, CBS Radio’s Windy City Sports/Talker 670 The Score is kicking off a new season of its own, with the addition of longtime Chicago Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly to the station’s roster. Mannelly, who just retired from pro-football in June, will team up with current WSCR host Matt Spiegel for the new Spiegel & Mannelly show beginning September 2nd. “For Mannelly to join our team just a couple of months removed from playing for the Bears and the NFL is what makes this move work so well,” said WSCR Program Director Mitch Rosen. “His insight, opinions and energy will make this a terrific Chicago sports radio show. Spiegel & Mannelly will bring a great mix of intelligent sports content and insider knowledge to The Score.” While Mannelly is known for his playing days with the Bears, his background and knowledge expands across the entire spectrum of Chicago sports. “I can’t wait to talk about all Chicago sports with our Score fans,” he said. Spiegel & Mannelly (pictured above) will air weekdays from 9am-1pm.

Bauer Benched For Anti-Semitic Joke
August 27, 2014

Clear Channel/San Diego has suspended sportscaster Hank Bauer after the veteran color commentator made an on-air anti-semitic joke directed at Josh Lewin, his broadcast partner in the San Diego Chargers broadcast booth. The Chargers front office said that Clear Channel — the radio broadcast partner of the team in America’s Finest City  – made the call to boot Bauer (pictured) for one game, banning him from the broadcast booth for this Thursday night’s pre-season game. Bauer — who played his entire NFL career for the Chargers and is a longtime sport media figure in the market — offered apologies via Twitter saying: “I made a hurtful insinuation that I regret and I would like to express how sorry I am. My poor choice of words were unfortunately open for negative interpretation, please know it was never my intention to offend any of my listeners. I hope you accept my apology.” The joke that triggered the suspension came in the final minutes of the recent Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers pre-season contest, when Bauer directed a stereotypical jibe at Lewin about Jews pinching pennies. Apparently realizing his inappropriateness, Bauer immediately added, “I say that respectfully and endearingly my fellow partner.”

Talk Media News Notes
August 27, 2014

Congressman and former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan fills in for Sean Hannity on his Premiere Networks syndicated radio show tomorrow (8/28). Ryan will weigh in on a slew of topics including ISIS, the Ferguson shooting, slain American journalist James Foley, and why Burger King should move to Canada. The Sean Hannity Show airs weekdays from 3-6pm (ET) … Former WEEI and WRKO/Boston VP/Programming and Operations Jason Wolfe is joining the Financial Exchange Radio Network as Chief Media and Marketing Strategist. Along with his new role Wolfe (pictured) will also continue to serve as Chief Content Officer for SportsTalkBoston.com, where long time Beantown Sports/Talker Glenn Ordway now hosts his daily show … KXTG/Portland host Chad Doing jumps on the I-5 South to join 95.7 The Game/San Francisco. Doing is expected to be on board at Entercom’s Bay Area FM Sports/Talker in early September … Meredith Local Media Group president Paul Karpowicz has been named a trustee of NABPAC, the political action committee of the National Association of Broadcasters. Karpowicz currently sits on NAB’s Executive Committee and also serves on the BMI Board.

Lineup Adjustments At Federal News Radio
August 27, 2014

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned Federal News Radio is shuffling the lineup at the online and on-air outlet targeting DC’s federal government workers and those who provide services to the federal bureaucracy. Federal Drive co-host Emily Kopp will move from anchoring the morning program with Tom Temin to a new position as a full-time reporter for both the digital and radio operations. Kopp will continue to contribute to the Federal Drive morning show and will also be featured on In-Depth with Francis Rose. Current morning digital writer/editor Shefali Kapadia also moves to a new producing role to support Temin, with the station planning to hire a new digital writer to replace her. “By making these shifts, we are able to optimize the incredible talents of our people and bring more depth to our presentation,” said Program Director Lisa Wolfe. “The end result will be more news stories told in a variety of ways for air and online. Tom Temin’s broadcasting abilities are so polished he will shine as the solo anchor of the Federal Drive.” The changes take effect on September 2nd.

Partying With FOX On The Streets Of NYC
August 27, 2014

That’s Randy Mills, ‘Party Marty’ Mitchell, and Matty Howard from FOX News Radio affiliate, WRWD/Highland, NY (Poughkeepsie) during a recent visit to FOX News Channel’s FOX & Friends’ “All-American Concert Series.” The trio brought along a bus full of lucky listeners to hear country singer Tyler Farr perform some of his hit songs, including Whiskey in My Water and Guy Walks Into A Bar.

“We’re Going To Have To Do Less, With Less”
August 26, 2014

That’s the edict given to CNN employees by Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide, in a news call with staffers that was reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. CNN employees have been walking on eggshells over the past few weeks, following a recent memo from Turner Broadcasting chief John Martin that said “a more streamlined company” was being pursued by senior management, and that employees should expect to hear more “soon.” Apparently “soon” has come, as Turner has just announced voluntary buyouts to employees 55 and older, who have been with the company for at least 10 years. CNN Money reports that those who volunteer will receive nine weeks of salary, in addition to four weeks of salary for each year of employment. But the package is available to a group of employees that represent only about 6% of Turner’s total U.S. employees. By all accounts a much larger set of layoffs and cost-cutting measures are being considered and are expected to take place between now and the end of the year. Read more details HERE.

Ronn Owens Reveals He Has Parkinson’s
August 26, 2014

As our NTS MediaOnline Today Facebook friends and Twitter followers first learned late yesterday, longtime KGO/San Francisco mid-morning host Ronn Owens revealed to listeners on his Monday (8/25) show that he has Parkinson’s, a progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system for which there is no known cure. In a conversation with the San Francisco Chronicle’s David Weigand, Owens says he’s had the condition for more than a decade but never talked about it beyond family and a few close friends up until now. “I could not stand the thought of people feeling sorry for me,” he said. “I don’t want to be defined by Parkinson’s.” The Bay Area Talk radio veteran also told the newspaper he was was inspired to go public with the news after learning that the late Robin Williams had also suffered from the disease. “I felt it was important to tell people that you can have it like I have for over 12 years and not be severely impacted [Owens is on medication to help control the disease's symptoms]. It’s possible — and it’s not a death sentence.” Read the full article posted at sfgate.com HERE. Meanwhile, friends and colleagues wishing to reach out to Ronn can email him directly HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
August 26, 2014

CBS Radio and Townsquare Media have partnered to create the Michigan News Network, (MNN) a statewide service that will provide affiliated stations across The Great Lakes State with news, sports and other local content produced by CBS Radio/Detroit’s Newsradio 950 (WWJ-AM) and Sports/Talk 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM). MNN will debut on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, on a reported 20 stations throughout the state, including affiliates in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor … Politico.com’s Dylan Byers reports that SiriusXM is “pulling the plug” on The Bob Edwards Show. Edwards, who previously had a lengthy run hosting NPR’s Morning Edition, joined the satcaster after an acrimonious breakup with NPR in 2004. Now it appears cost-cutting at SiriusXM has again claimed Edwards, with his last show scheduled to air September 26th … Even though WJR/Detroit morning host Paul W. Smith was on vacation with his family in Paris, France this past week, he still couldn’t escape the nationwide ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ phenomenon, with his call-out coming directly from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “I offered my splash and cash along the Seine River,” said Smith (pictured). “I in turn have now challenged my soon to be fellow syndicated Talk radio host, Congressman Mike Rogers!”