CBS Radio News correspondent Peter King was on hand at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week, as a key piece of NASA’s deep space Orion spacecraft — the pressurized hull that will protect astronauts in deep space — was on display at the Center’s Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building. King reports NASA and Lockheed Martin will now build the rest of the spacecraft inside and around the hull for an unmanned test flight currently planned for 2018.
Whether you are on the west coast, or the east coast, there’s a ‘Bowl’ happening near you this weekend. In advance of Super Bowl 50, New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees (left) showed Sports/Talker Rich Eisen how to throw a touchdown pass during a visit to Eisen’s DIRECTV/FOX Sports Radio’s syndicated show. Eisen, like pretty most of the sports world, is in the Bay Area all this week where his show is airing live from facilities at San Francisco’s Presidio … Meanwhile, taking a virtual cross country trip to the east coast, we note that another big ‘bowl’ is all set to go, as the weigh-ins are done and everything is in place for WIP/Phildelphia’s Wing Bowl 24. The fun kicks off bright and early tomorrow morning at Philly’s sold-out Wells Fargo Center, featuring just-announced special guest, former NBA star Dennis Rodman who ‘tweeted’: “Women, insanity and SportsRadio WIP. That’s my kind of place!” For the third straight year Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos (right) will serve as ‘Commissioner’ of the one-of-a-kind event. The competition to beat this year includes Molly Schuyler, who downed a record 323 wings to win Wing Bowl 22, only to be unseated one year later by Patrick Bertoletti, who shattered Molly’s record by inhaling a whopping 444 wings to secure his Wing Bowl 23 win and his place in Wing Bowl history!
From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Programming veteran Buzz Knight has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Program Development at Greater Media. In his newly expanded role, Knight (left), who joined Greater Media in 2002, will oversee programming development for all of the company’s 21 radio properties and also collaborate with individual stations to build content, digital and brand management strategies … Talk host Christopher Gabriel has exited at iHeartMedia/Fresno News/Talker PowerTalk 96.7 and AM 1400. Gabriel joined the station in January of 2015 following a five-year run in wake-ups at WDAY/Fargo … Cumulus Media talker WFAS-AM/White Plains, NY has flipped to Sports, utilizing the full roster of network programming from CBS Sports Radio … Condolences: To the family, friends and colleagues of former Dallas (KLIF, KRLD) and Los Angeles (KFI) talk host Benjamin Dover. The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports Dover died on January 1st of complications from pneumonia. He was 57.
FOX News Radio is offering affiliates a 30-part series of one-minute tax tips in advance of April 15th. Veteran FOX Business Network correspondents Gerri Willis (left), Adam Shapiro, and Lori Rothman will provide the tips, including interviews with experts to help listeners save money and avoid costly mistakes … Radio America’s syndicated Chad Benson Show adds new affiliates KTSA/San Antonio; KTMS/Santa Barbara; KBUR/Burlington, IA; WJEH/Gallipolis, OH and WRKQ/Madisonville, TN … Talk Shows USA’s weekly syndicated Cigar Dave Show adds WRVA/Richmond, VA; WJHC/Jasper, FL; and WBQO/St. Simons Island, GA … Sun Broadcast Group’s Hispanic division, Sun Latino, partners with Radio Express to handle ad sales and affiliate relations for several of RE’s programs and features including La Piedra, La Mex-Cla, Mobile Apps from jacapps Groovetools and Trynity HDFX.
Only a couple of weeks ago radio was once again called upon to provide help and much needed information in an emergency, as millions across the mid-Atlantic felt the impact of one of the largest blizzards in recent memory to hit the region. And in just the past few days there have undoubtedly been staffers camping out at many radio stations across the midwest, as more winter weather wreaks havoc. With spring flooding and tornado season just around the corner, it’s a good time to remember that when things are at their worst, your listeners expect your radio station to be at its best. With that in mind, our February issue of NTS MediaOnline Monthly offers a concise review of timely tips on building and maintaining a well-considered emergency plan. Read You Can’t Be Too Prepared in the latest edition of our monthly feature publication, arriving to your inbox first thing Friday morning!
Yesterday (2/3) the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in partnership with Katz Radio Group and Nielsen Audio, hosted Radio. It’s On for Political — a one-day event held in Washington, DC described as “a thought leadership, content infused networking seminar focusing on the 2016 election year with executives from the political advertising, media and marketing industry.” Among the event’s highlights was a special one-on-one interview between CBS Radio News Congressional Correspondent Steven Portnoy and the network’s Election Director Anthony Salvanto. Pictured above are (L-R): RAB President/CEO Erica Farber, Salvanto, Portnoy, CBS Radio News VP Harvey Nagler and Nielsen VP/Audio Rich Tunkel.
Comedian and radio pioneer Bob Elliott (pictured at left with his comedy partner Ray Goulding), one half of the long running comedy team ‘Bob & Ray,’ has died at his home in Maine. He was 92. Together Bob and Ray first entertained radio audiences in the 1940s at WHDH/Boston, where they first met and honed their act when both worked for the station. Their success would lead them to being hired to do both radio and TV by NBC in New York. Over the years, the comedic duo’s Bob & Ray Show would also go on to be heard nationally on CBS and Mutual, as well as on local NYC radio stations WINS, WHN and WOR. With a soft style and a wicked sense of humor, as the New York Times noted today, “Together Bob and Ray specialized in debunking gasbags, political airheads, no-talent entrepreneurs and Madison Avenue hypemasters. Their weapon was not caustic satire but wry understatement.” Their final performances on the radio together aired on NPR from 1982-1987, prior to Goulding’s death in 1990 at age 68. Bob Elliott is the father of comedian Chris Elliot.
Westwood One News will have tonight’s broadcast radio simulcast of CNN’s Democratic Town Hall, live from New Hampshire. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will moderate as Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders square off in a two hour match-up that airs from 9-11pm (ET) … Jeff Hickcox has returned to Beasley Media Group’s Southwest Florida cluster. He’ll serve as Director of Promotions and Special Events for the six-station group that includes Sports/Talkers ESPN 99.3 (WWCN) and AM 770 ESPN Deportes … Yahoo! Sports Radio is broadcasting live from Radio Row at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center this week, as network hosts Sean Salisbury (pictured), Steve Bunin, John Granato and more report on all the action in advance of this weekend’s NFL Super Bowl 50 … BRAGGIN’ RIGHTS: Kudos to the crew at Cumulus Media/Dallas — including News/Talkers WBAP and KLIF-AM and Sports/Talker’s AM 1310 & 96.7 The Ticket (KTCK) and ESPN Radio 103.3 (KESN) — as the cluster reports its local and national charity and fundraising efforts for the year 2015 surpassed $1.2 million!
Voting opens today (2/3) in Westwood One’s 3rd annual Super Bowl Sound Awards for Excellence in Audio Creativity. The consumer-driven contest celebrates brand advertisers and audio creative, featuring radio spots that will air the network’s affiliates during WW One Sports’ broadcast of the Big Game. “As we celebrate the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl, we also look forward to celebrating excellence in audio creative,“ said Brandon Berman, SVP Sports Sales & Marketing for WW One. “Last year, more than 28 million fans engaged via on-air, digital, and social platforms and we can’t wait to hear what our partners have in store this year.” Last year’s winner, Poo-Pourri, earned the top spot with a clever football themed play-by-play spot. The audio award’s first winner was Motel 6.
Mark Ramsey Media namesake and veteran media researcher Mark Ramsey has announced details and dates for his upcoming 4th annual Hivio, billed as “the first and only audio future festival.” The 2016 edition of Ramsey’s rather ‘unconventional’ convention will take place June 2nd and 3rd in Los Angeles at the Andaz West Hollywood Hotel. “Hivio gathers together people from radio, online radio, podcasting, talent, agencies, social media, platforms, and more,” says Ramsey. “All in one place to talk about where audio is headed, what the future is, and how brands are building business models to make that future a reality. This is the benchmark trans-audio event for a world where the consumer — the listener — is firmly in charge.” Just a few of the confirmed speakers for this year’s event are: Virgin Radio CEO Ian Grace, Peter Kafka, Media Editor for Re/code, Andy Bowers, Chief Content Officer at Panoply Media, Chris Balfe, partner at Red Seat Ventures, Valerie Geller, president of Geller Media International and Lizzie Widhelm, SVP Ad Product Sales and Strategy at Pandora. See the full lineup of speakers and get hotel and registration information for the annual limited seating conference HERE.