KXL/Portland host and Compass Media Networks syndicated personality Lars Larson (right) hangs with the inimitable Ted Nugent (left) and “America’s most famous knife designer” Bill Harsey at the recent SHOT event, the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoors Trade Show, held in Las Vegas.
In a world where freedom and security continually jockey for position, events like Super Bowl XLIX offer a glimpse into both the bright and dark side of staging major events today. On the bright side, Jim Gray (left), Westwood One Sports‘ Monday Night Football pre-game and halftime host, and a veteran of more than a dozen Super Bowl games with the network, chats with New England Patriots QB Tom Brady at Super Bowl ‘Media Day’ this week in Phoenix. Meanwhile, as athletes, the media and football fans from across the country descend on Arizona for this weekend’s contest between the Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, few are probably thinking much about the massive security efforts that are taking place all around them at the many pre-game parties and events being held leading up to Sunday’s big game. To get an insider’s perspective on that darker side of all the Super Bowl festivities, ABC News Radio reporter Alex Stone stopped for a chat with two ATF officers as they and their bomb-sniffing dogs patrolled the streets outside the NFL Experience in downtown Phoenix.
In the second release from a new study of radio industry thought-leaders by Mark Ramsey Media, managers say their radio brands can make more money by monetizing streams separately with their own spot inventory than by simulcasting those spots with the over-the-air brands. The study was conducted by telephone in November/December, 2014 among more than 100 Top-50 market radio General Managers, Sales Managers, Digital Executives, and Program Directors. According to Ramsey 56% of respondents said a separate monetization strategy for streams with their own spot inventory will likely make more money than simulcasting those streaming spots with over-the-air content (26%). That’s a ratio of more than two to one. Commenting on the findings Ramsey said, “Despite the temptation to simulcast streams for a remote chance of overall ratings impact, most managers acknowledge that more money can likely be made by separating streaming from over the air inventory.” To read more click HERE.
Yesterday we learned that Sean Hannity was moving to KDWN/Las Vegas next month, from his current Sin City radio home at KXNT. As a result, independently syndicated Dave Ramsey will replace Hannity in KXNT’s noon-3pm slot, moving up to early afternoon from his current delayed-broadcast evening hours … Meanwhile, Ramsey’s daily show at KEIB (Patriot 1150)/Los Angeles has been expanded, with Dave now covering the entire 3-6pm weekday afternoon drive slot on the iHeartMedia SoCal talker … USC and 710 AM ESPN/Los Angeles sign a four-year contract extension, keeping Trojan football on the ESPN Radio O&O through the 2018-19 season … Never-shy and always outspoken talk show host Tom Leykis says his three-year old Internet radio venture, The New Normal, LLC, turned a profit in 2014. Comparing his company’s digital success to that of some of broadcasting’s biggest players, Tom takes some shots at the ‘big boys’ of broadcasting HERE.
Cumulus Media VP/Brand Solutions Paul O’Malley (left) has been named to the newly created role of SVP/ Strategic Sales Partnerships for Cumulus-owned Westwood One. Based in Atlanta the 25-year industry veteran will report directly to WW One President Steve Shaw … Meanwhile, in other news from Westwood One, the network will soon vacate its Dallas facilities on Montfort Drive upon expiration of the lease on the complex that once served as the Texas radio home of ABC Radio Networks. WW One plans to build out broadcast facilities at its Dallas-based TM Studios location and will move programming, production and affiliate sales there later this year. Back-office functions will be relocated to an existing Cumulus Media facility in nearby Arlington, TX.
DirecTV’s Dan Patrick Show is — where else — in Arizona this week, where veteran NBC Sports play-by-play announcer Al Michaels dropped by for a pre-Super Bowl visit with Dan and the infamous ‘Dannettes.’ Patrick and his crew are spending their pre-Super Bowl week broadcasting from their especially-for-the-game studio that has been constructed on an ‘Old West’ set, where visitors to the show are welcome to join the boys at Dan Patrick’s Saloon.
For the second consecutive year, Westwood One presents the Super Bowl Sound Awards, a consumer-driven index that celebrates brand advertisers and audio creative. Last year’s winner, Motel 6, earned the top spot with a clever parody on using AutoCorrect. The other top four vote-getters, in consecutive order, included Tilted Kilt, Subway, Exergen, and Taco Bell. “We created the Sound Awards to connect with and to encourage marketers, creatives, and brands to join forces and showcase the power of sound,” said Brandon Berman, Westwood One SVP/Sports Sales & Marketing. “Following the crowning of a Super Bowl Champion, we look forward to crowning an advertising champion.” Listen to clips from this year’s eligible ads HERE.
(Editor’s Note: With all the media attention that gets showered annually on Super Bowl television ads, NTS MediaOnline Today salutes WW One for championing the power of sound and rewarding the creators of the best national RADIO commercials that air during the biggest sporting event of the year!)
In what he labels “shameless but necessary self-promotion,” retired former CBS Radio News executive Larry McCoy tells NTS MediaOnline Today that Everyone Needs an Editor (Some of Us More Than Others) is the title of his recently published memoirs. Published by Sunstone Press, the book recounts the high and low points of Larry’s forty-five years in journalism, along with the fun and frustrations along the way. McCoy (pictured), whose broadcast news resume also includes stints at UPI, ABC and Radio Free Europe, wrote or edited copy for some of the biggest names in broadcasting — Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Ed Bradley, Charles Osgood, Dallas Townsend, Douglas Edwards, Christopher Glenn and Ted Koppel — and says he has “a story or two about all of them!” Find out more HERE.
KDWN/Las Vegas adds nationally syndicated talk host Sean Hannity (pictured) to the Beasley Media Group News/Talker’s lineup. Premiere Networks Sean Hannity Show will air live from noon-3pm weekdays on the station, beginning February 2nd … Talk Shows USA announces a slew of new affiliates for shows distributed by the independent syndicator including KZBI/Elko, NV and KELY/Ely, NV (Life As You Own It); KWSW/Eureka, CA and The Blaze Radio Network (Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk); WTKI/Huntsville, AL and KZBI/Elko (Extreme Genes): and WBZW/Apopka, FL & WGKA-WFAS/Atlanta (The Money Pit) … KTSA/San Antonio adds the weekly wine-centric Grape Encounters Radio program … WGMD/Rehoboth Beach, DE re-adds Free Talk Live to its weekend lineup … WXXM (92.1 The Mic)/Madison, WI adds The National Marijuana News Show … BizTV and BizTalkRadio have reunited with money talker Ray Lucia (pictured). Biz TV and BizTalkRadio (formerly Business Talk Radio Network) now produce and distribute Lucia’s weekday show, which has also been expanded to two hours daily, airing from noon-2pm (ET) … 1973 British Open and 1995 U.S. Senior Open Champion Tom Weiskopf has joined the roster of hosts on SiriusXM’s PGA Tour Radio channel, where he’ll host The Swing on Things with Tom Weiskopf, a new monthly show that debuts Wednesday (1/28) at 1pm (ET).
Dr. Daliah Wachs (heard on iHeartRadio and syndicated via GCN) made a recent ‘house call’ to the Brad Garrett Comedy Club at the MGM Grand in her hometown of Las Vegas, where she reportedly made the club’s namesake blush. When Garrett asked the always-quick-with-a-line Doctor Daliah Show host if she’d ever consider a career in standup, the good Doc replied, “Only if while standing up my hemorrhoid pillow stayed put!” Cue sound of mic being dropped to the floor … The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will be held February 25th-28th in Washington, DC. BlueSkin Solutions’ Dave Mohel checks in to remind readers that free broadcast opportunities are available at CPAC to interested talk shows. To learn more email Dave directly HERE … Condolences: To the family, friends and colleagues of Dallas-based Christian radio host and internationally recognized psychiatrist, Dr. Frank Minirth, who died last Saturday (1/24) at age 68.