Westwood One has announced the addition of several key staffers for it’s soon-to-debut Westwood One News, the network’s previously announced white label news service “powered by CNN.” Former CNN Radio Correspondent Steve Kastenbaum (pictured) is named Senior Correspondent and New York Bureau Chief, while Bob Costantini of the soon-to-be-defunct NBC News Radio will become the network’s Washington correspondent, covering the White House and Capitol Hill. Veteran CNN broadcast journalist Jim Roope joins as the network’s west coast correspondent based in Los Angeles, and Dallas-based reporter Alan Scaia will cover events across the midwest. “Westwood One News will launch with national coverage from some of the most experienced and honored news correspondents in our business,” said Bart Tessler, Westwood One EVP/News and Talk. “They will be on the scene covering breaking news, filing for the network, and providing live two-ways with affiliates. We are proud to have them on our team.”
Talk Radio 1210 WPHT/Philadelphia announced today that longtime station host Dom Giordano’s contract has been extended, keeping the popular Philly talker in his familiar 9am-noon slot for the foreseeable future. “Dom has been a staple of Philadelphia Talk Radio for over 25 years and is a cornerstone of WPHT,” said Marc Rayfield, SVP of CBS Radio/Philadelphia about Giordano’s deal extension. “We are pleased that Dom will be with us for years to come.” For his part, the South Philadelphia born-and-raised Giordano says he’s “loved every minute I’ve spent on the air at WPHT in the past 15 years” and added, “It’s a privilege to be with a station in my hometown that’s so committed to live and local broadcasting and to serving this community.”
From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” department: A segment airing last week on nationally syndicated Country radio morning personality Bobby Bones’ WSIX/Nashville-based show, reportedly included the use of several of those obnoxious EAS activator tones that — surprise (!) — actually activated an EAS Alert to television stations across four states. Thousands of AT&T U-verse customers were reportedly affected by the incident in which they received a message that their local programming had been interrupted at the request of the White House and told to stand by for additional information. You can only imagine how that message lit up more than a few switchboards from Nashville to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in DC. All is well now, but the incident provides us with an excellent opportunity to offer our NTS MediaOnline Today readers this cautionary and timely reminder: Be sure that all on-air personnel, all show producers and all production talent at your station know that EAS tones are definitely never to be aired for any reason other than a scheduled test, or for an actual emergency … period. That advice may be especially good for managers at Talk stations, where on-air talents — especially weekenders — often come from other industries or backgrounds, and have not necessarily been ‘schooled’ in the many rules of radio beyond “don’t say any four letter words.” Broadcast law specialist David Oxenford notes on his website that the FCC has “staked out a policy that the any use of EAS tones, or tones that sound like those alerts, outside of a real emergency, will lead to big fines.”
DailyCaller.com political reporter Parick Howley reported this weekend (10/26) that MSNBC host Krystal Ball was secretly participating in the ongoing Stop Rush! campaign that has long targeted advertisers of Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. The D-C says Ball was involved in the Media Matters-organized efforts against Limbaugh “months after she joined MSNBC as a contributor and shortly before she debuted as co-host of the network’s daily talk show The Cycle.” Read Howley’s full post HERE … Congrats to Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, co-hosts of The Money Pit, as the weekend home improvement program marks its 15th year in national syndication. The weekly talk show and The Money Pit Home Improvement Minute daily companion feature are syndicated via Skip Joeckel’s Talk Show’s USA … Reported to be the first-ever industry ranking of the Top 50 voiceover artists, Benztown has partnered with SparkNet Research and Consulting to compile just such a list. Find out who made the charter Top 50 HERE … Television and radio personalities John Layfield and Michael Coley are joining syndicated talker Jerry Doyle’s website, EpicTimes, as contributors. Best know for their work on WWE Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown. a press release says Layfield and Coley both also have “extensive experience covering news, business and sports.”
Actor Neil Patrick Harris joined Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean for a recent edition of SiriusXM’s Town Hall series. Harris talked with Bean about his multi-faceted career that has included Broadway, television and films, including his latest movie, Gone Girl – in a performance we guarantee will make you forget that cute little kid who played Doogie Houser on TV.
Another fall weekend is just about to kick-off, and for many listeners that means one thing — football! eMarketer reports on a recent new poll taken by RadiumOne that says NFL fans are adding mobile devices to their game-day routines in big numbers. The poll found that some 71% of U.S. football fans (ages 18-74) engage with the mobile devices on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, with more than half of respondents reporting that they do so five or more times on those days. So just what are football fans doing with that second screen? 54% said they used their mobile device to text during games, while 41% said they log on to social media. Meanwhile, over nine-in-ten respondents (91%) said they have from one to three football apps on their smartphone, with 8% reporting they had four or more. Read more HERE.
KMBZ/Kansas City has an immediate opening for a Morning Show Executive News Producer. This is a unique opportunity for someone with great writing skills, an appetite for everything news, and the desire to create exclusive content each and everyday. Candidates need to have a news background and a good understanding of news-wheel operations. Reporting experience is a plus. Kansas City’s Morning News and KMBZ are committed to finding the right person to fill this position. If you have what it takes, send a resume, along with anything else that will make you shine HERE. (EOE)
Hubbard Radio all-newser WTOP/Washington is on the hunt for a full-time news writer. A four-year degree in Journalism, Communications, or related field is preferred, plus you will need 3-5 years of reporting, writing, and editing experience to qualify. You’ll also need to be a level-headed team player who is able to work well in a fast-paced environment under constant deadline pressure. Get application details and more info about this prime opening at one of America’s most admired radio stations HERE. (EOE).
Cumulus Media/Little Rock — home of News/Talker KARN and the Arkansas Radio Network — is looking for its next great News Anchor/Producer to join Arkansas’ largest radio newsroom! You’ll need to be a great news writer and multi-tasker, anchoring newscasts on Newsradio 102.9 KARN and on the statewide Arkansas Radio Network. You’ll also contribute to KARN’s live morning and/or afternoon drive talk shows. Nights and weekends required. Email your resume, broadcast writing samples and air checks, with “Little Rock News” in the subject line, HERE. (EOE).
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Paris, France-based worldwide digital streaming music service Deezer announced today that it will acquire Stitcher, the San Francisco-based personalized Internet Talk radio and mobile audio provider. Stitcher currently carries 8 of the top 10 broadcast radio talk shows, content from more than 12,000 providers and is enabled for the connected dashboard in more than 50 automobile models from BMW, Ford, GM, Jaguar and Mazda. It’s also available via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto … Former WIBA/Madison host Mitch Henck (pictured) — who got ‘RIF’d’ at the iHeartMedia-owned News/Talker this past June after a 12-year run — will launch a new daily online talk show on Monday (10/27). The Mitch Henck Show will stream from 8-11am (CT) weekdays at MitchHenck.com … iHeartRadio joins the lineup of Apple’s new CarPlay, placing the popular smartphone app directly into the automobile dashboard … The previously announced debut of Jenny McCarthy’s new daily SiriusXM show – Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy — happens Monday on the satellite radio service’s Stars channel, from 10am-noon (ET).
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (r) co-hosted ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike earlier this week, joining Mike Greenberg (l) and Mike Golic in the studio. The trio discussed a variety of topics including the ongoing 2014 World Series, Major League Baseball’s pace of play, Pete Rose, PEDs, locker room dynamics, and more … NBCSportsRadio.com will launch its first-ever digital-only show offering, The 2 Robbies ‘Football’ Show, this weekend. The weekly one-hour Premier League-focused program, hosted by NBC Sports Group analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, debuts tomorrow (10/25) at 5pm (ET). It will stream live from the NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, CT … KVAS/Portland, OR adds Where Are They Now with Ahmad Rashad. The daily 60-second feature is syndicated by Envision Networks on a reported 100+ affiliates nationwide.
KTTH/Seattle recently hosted an evening of conversation and commentary on the subject of gun rights at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium. Pictured on stage at the sold out event are (L-R): Dave Ross, host at Bonneville/Seattle sister News/Talker KIRO-FM; Washington CeaseFire! President Ralph Fascitelli; KTTH host Ben Shapiro; and Seattle-based Salem Radio Network host Michael Medved.