Capitol Broadcasting Sports/Talker 99.5 The Fan (WCMC-FM/Raleigh, NC) continues the station’s Fan Town Hall series, where a panel will tackle the question: “Do today’s African-American Athletes bear any responsibility to commenting on today’s social issues?” Airing tomorrow night (8/30) at 7pm (ET), the conversation on race and sports will be live on 99.9 The Fan, WRAL-TV, WRALsportsfan.com and the WRALsportsfan App. Moderated by WRAL-TV anchor/reporter Gerald Owens, the panel will include UNC-Chapel Hill Sport Business Professor Dr. Deborah Stroman; Former ECU Head Football Coach Steve Logan; Former UNC and NBA Player George Lynch; Former NC State and NFL Player Brandan Bishop; 99.9 The Fan afternoon drive host Adam Gold; and Erroll Reese and Kevin McClendon, morning hosts at Capitol’s co-owned Buzz Sports Radio. The social media desk and interaction with Twitter will be managed by Fan afternoon co-host Joe Ovies. “This discussion is long overdue, and we have a diverse and opinionated panel to tackle this polarizing topic,” said Dennis Glasgow, OM/PD for Capitol Broadcasting Sports Radio and Executive Producer of the Fan’s Town Hall series. “I’m also excited that our viewers and listeners will be able to participate with feedback and commentary in real-time via Twitter.”
Colin Cowherd, host of The Herd on FOX Sports Radio and FS1, debuts a new sports website, TheHerdNow.com. The site — a joint partnership between Cowherd, Premiere Networks and Red Seat Ventures, which specializes in building and monetizing digital businesses for talent and brands — will serve as the digital home for content created and curated by Cowherd. The new site also serves as a portal for fans to find stories covering the best moments and interviews from Cowherd’s daily national radio show, as well as the daily podcast and streaming audio of The Herd. “I’ve chosen to work with the best people in the industry and the support I’ve received has been like nothing I’ve ever experienced,” said Cowherd. “I feel incredibly lucky to launch this venture for fans to connect with my best content whenever and wherever they happen to be.”
WTMJ/Milwaukee host Charlie Sykes (left) announced today that former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson and philanthropist and prominent state Republican Mary Kohler will be recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards at the upcoming 2016 Right Wisconsin Awards gala, to be held on September 30th at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel. Kohler will be presented the Margaret Thatcher Award, while Thompson will be the honored with the Ronald Reagan Award — the top honors given out by the conservative group … The NAB has filed a stinging response to the FCC with regard to the broadcasters’ group’s Freedom of Information Act request seeking materials the Commission relied on to draft its latest media ownership order. The NAB has made no secret of its dissatisfaction with the new orders pushed through by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, calling the evidence used by the agency to justify maintaining and even tightening broadcast ownership restrictions, “underwhelming” and “devoid of useful data.” Read the NAB’s full response to the FCC HERE.
Cumulus Media promotes Justin Hach to Vice President/Digital, for its San Francisco station cluster that includes News/Talker KGO, conservative Talk KSFO and Sports/Talker KNBR. For the past two years Hach (right) has served in a dual role as Digital and Integrated Sales Manager for Cumulus Media/San Francisco and for the company’s Minneapolis stations, where he spent five years prior to assuming his most recent position … Entercom Communications announces a promotion and an addition to the ranks of its Boston sales leadership. Current News/Talk WRKO Sales Manager Alison Harris has been named to the same position at sister Rock station WAAF, while Denise DiLuca, VP of Sales for iHeartMedia/Providence, will join Entercom/Boston to succeed Harris at ‘RKO.
Over the weekend venerable CBS News anchor/commentator Charles Osgood addressed rumors of his pending retirement as host of the network’s Sunday Morning television program. “After nearly 50 years at CBS — the last 22 of those here at Sunday Morning — the time has come and the date is set.” said Osgood, who is now approaching his 84th birthday. “September 25th will be my final broadcast on Sunday Morning. Ater that, I’ll still see you on the radio — The Osgood File continues.” Bart Tessler, EVP News and Talk for Westwood One — syndicator of Osgood’s long running daily radio commentary — said, “We congratulate Charlie on his amazing career at CBS News and Sunday Morning, and we couldn’t be more honored that he’ll continue The Osgood File on Westwood One. Now all his fans will continue to ‘see him’ on the radio.” (photo: John Paul Filo/CBS)
Yesterday (8/25) NTS MediaOnline Today reported on the bizarre Philadelphia Sports radio scandal involving a fake caller to 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM), and the comments and controversial tweet by crosstown 94 WIP afternoon host Josh Innes in the wake of that incident that apparently cost him his job. Today we learn from Philly.com reporter Rob Tornoe that 97.5 The Fanatic owner Greater Media has also taken action, suspending three staffers over the fake phone caller incident, in which a white producer did a stereotypical impression of a black man who identified himself as ‘Dwayne from Swedesboro.’ A regular caller to the station’s Mike Missanelli Show, the character was apparently known to be bogus by a number of people at the station, however Missanelli was kept in the dark about the joke. Suspended for their roles in the incident that’s resulted in charges of racism and some not-so-great local press for the station are 97.5 The Fanatic Producer and the voice of ‘Dwayne from Swedesboro’ Pat Egan, Jason Myrtetus, a producer and contributor to Missanelli’s show, and the FM Sports/Talker’s Program Director Matt Nahigian. Read the full story HERE.
WHO/Des Moines afternoon host Simon Conway (left with Joe ‘Pags’) hits another trifecta today, as he once again hosts three — count ’em, three (!) — shows in a single day. Following his WMT/Cedar Rapids, IA morning show and his PM drive show on WHO, Simon will fill-in tonight for Joe Pagliarulo on the Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated Joe Pags Show … A Florida Supreme Court judge has ruled that two attorney’s who were representing Todd ‘Bubba The Love Sponge’ Clem in a defamation suit brought against him by then crosstown WFLA/Tampa personality Todd Schnitt, should be permanently disbarred. The attorney’s — Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut — were involved in a plot to set-up one of Schnitt’s lawyers that resulted in an after hours DUI arrest of the attorney, Phillip Campbell.
News/Talk 99.5 WRNO/New Orleans is on the hunt for an experienced Producer for the iHeartMedia News/Talker’s Gerry V Show (which also airs on sister stations WJBO/Baton Rouge and WBUV/Moss Point, (Biloxi) MS. You’ll need a four-year college degree, preferably in radio or media production, and at least 3+ years’ experience as Radio Producer and/or Assistant in a smaller market, or college station to be considered. Get full details on this Big Easy gig, along with details on how to apply for it online HERE. (EOE)
Hearst Radio/Baltimore — home of News/Talk WBAL and Rock clustermate WIYY — is looking for a Client Services Specialist. You’ll work closely with the sales team to ensure effective day to day function of sales activity. Specifically, you’ll work with the sales force on processing advertising contracts, obtaining creative materials, generating support materials for sales team, gathering and organizing research data, developing broadcast and digital advertising proposals, and coordinating the scheduling and launch of advertising campaigns. This career opportunity is a great way to get your foot in the door at a highly-respected radio group and begin a career with Hearst Stations, Inc., an industry-leading radio and digital media group. A college degree is preferred, with prior experience in an administrative and/or advertising sales environment or equivalent is required. Learn more details and apply online for this position HERE (EOE).
Greater Media/Charlotte — home to NewsTalk WBT 1110 AM and 99.3 FM, and 107.9 The Link WLNK — is looking for talented Account Executives. You can expect high commissions, a great work environment, and an incredible product to sell if you can show a history of demonstrated success in radio/media sales or other industry, a love and passion for winning, a desire to succeed, and expectations to move up quickly. If you think you are ready for the next step in your career and think you have the talent to make it happen, we want you on our team! Email your resume and a cover letter HERE. (EOE)
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iHeartMedia/Charlotte promotes Ryan Petrosso to Senior Vice President of Sales for the North Carolina cluster. Petrosso (left) began his radio career in 2004 at iHM’s Providence, RI cluster, where he rose from Account Executive to General Sales Manager. In 2015, he was named to his most recent position as General Sales Manager for iHM’s Charlotte stations … The Telos Alliance has announced it’s now shipping the Omnia.7AM audio processor, billed as a “feature-rich AM sibling to the popular Omnia.7FM processor.” The company reports the Omnia.7AM uses current, up-to-date technology that addresses specific problems that AM broadcasters face today, with a number of special features including one called Dry Voice Detector, which applies processing for “clearer voices on Talk content” — something that should be of considerable interest to operators of AM News/Talk and Sports/Talk radio stations.
Entercom/Miami Sports/Talker 790 The Ticket recently held the station’s second annual Fantasy Football Camp, featuring ESPN’s “Professor” John Clayton and CBS Fantasy Guru, Jamey Eisenberg. Several hundred people showed up at Frankey’s Sports Bar at South Florida’s Gulfstream Park for the yearly event. That’s Clayton (in blue shirt) and Eisenberg (in red shirt) above, grabbing a photo souvenir with several ‘Ticket’ listeners.