Pioneering Internet radio entrepreneur and veteran talk host Tom Leykis recently posted a second billboard along on a prominent street in Los Angeles to promote his daily online talk show. He then staged a contest, offering a prize to the first fan to spot the new ‘board and email him a photo. Leykis says he was “blown away” upon receiving the winning photo above when he saw who it was from. “Actor Kent McCord of Adam-12 fame sent us the photo,” says Tom. “He told us he was strolling down the Sunset Strip when he saw the billboard on the south side of Sunset Boulevard and took this shot.” McCord got a free year’s subscription to Leykis’ on-demand library for his efforts.
Nationally syndicated Talk radio host and multi-media mogul Dave Ramsey will keynote the 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show, September 21st-23rd in Nashville. Ramsey — whose daily show focused on real life and money reaches an estimated 11 million listeners each week via a reported 550+ broadcast radio affiliates — will welcome attendees to his hometown with a keynote address that will also feature a special one-on-one conversation with Country music star and successful businessman John Rich. “We’re delighted and honored to have Dave Ramsey and John Rich join us at this year’s conference,” said RAB President/CEO Erica Farber. “These two incredible innovators will share some great ideas and Radio Show attendees will walk away with tremendous takeaways they can put to use immediately.” Commenting on being invited to address radio attendees at the industry’s largest annual gathering, Ramsey Media VP Brian Mayfield told NTS MediaOnline Today, “Dave is honored to be a part of the Radio Show in Nashville this year. It’s no secret that radio is the cornerstone of our company’s success.” Get more information and registration details for the annual fall confab HERE.
The latest Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) survey of newsrooms finds an uptick in radio stations reporting a profit on their on-air news operations, however budgets for those news operations have remained flat. The number of newsroom budgets that increased over last year rose almost three points, but newsrooms reporting decreased budgets rose by two points, resulting in basically flat budgets across the industry. News websites that reported making a profit slipped, however the number of sites reporting they are at least breaking even has risen. While web profitability overall has been up and down since the survey first started tracking web numbers in 1999, RTDNA reports it is currently near a record high in the ongoing survey. Check out more details on The Business of Radio News HERE.
In a post that should be of special interest to News/Talk broadcasters who depend on those loyal upper demo listeners, longtime radio management veteran Dick Taylor offers his take on all the recent hoopla over the announcement that Millennials have overtaken Baby Boomers as the country’s largest demo group. “Here’s why radio and advertisers shouldn’t be freaking out over the headline that Millennials now out-number Baby Boomers,” writes Taylor, who also serves as an assistant professor of broadcasting at the School of Journalism & Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University. “There may be more of them, but when it comes to discretionary income – the money that buys stuff – Boomers are still your ‘bank.’ Don’t take your eye off the ball.” Read Taylor’s full post that includes lots more reasons why those upper-demo Boomers still carry the wallets that advertisers covet HERE … Pictured at last weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner held in Washington, DC, are SRN News U.S. Senate Correspondent Linda Kenyon and SRN News DC Bureau Chief Ken Lormand, surrounding Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum for an office all souvenir with the star of numerous blockbusters including Jurassic Park, Independence Day and The Fly.
Envision Networks debuts Today’s Comedy Network, a 24/7/365 turnkey comedy format for radio that a company release calls “the first new version of Talk radio introduced in decades” … Broadcast veteran Mark Feather joins Univocity Media as Director of Affiliate Relations. Feather jumps aboard the year-old start up as it seeks to expand beyond its flagship production of The Chad Benson Show (nationally syndicated via Radio America) with a slate of new radio, video and multi-media products to be distributed under the banner of Univocity Radio … After recently ending his long-running syndicated Loveline show, Dr. Drew Pinsky and his longtime partner Adam Carolla are expanding their current twice-weekly Adam & Drew podcast to five days a week — available now at PodcastOne.com and via iTunes.
Westwood One News correspondent Bob Costantini was among the media horde camped out in Indiana this week to cover yesterday’s presidential primary election. That’s Bob reporting from an election day rally for Bernie Sanders, who won the state’s Democratic contest, while Donald Trump won the Hoosier State’s GOP race.
A number of recent stories alleging bias by conservative Talk radio and television hosts in their coverage of GOP presidential hopefuls, illustrate just how many media reporters still remain unclear on the difference between a “news” show and a “talk and opinion” show. One radio and TV host who unapologetically answers the charge he’s been too soft on Donald Trump and other Republicans is Sean Hannity. “I’m biased. I want the Republican nominee to win, and conservatives and Republicans to unite,” tweeted the Premiere Networks syndicated radio talker and FOX News Channel host in recent days. “I am a talk show host, not a journalist. I want the R to win, I say it everyday.” In a feature penned by Dylan Byers for CNNMoney, Hannity addressed critics who say he’s favored Trump over Ted Cruz and other GOP candidates. “To be perfectly blunt, I’m looking forward to when we have a candidate and can unite and rally around that candidate,” he said. “The person is either going to be Ted Cruz or Donald Trump. My advice to you is to go fight hard for the person you believe in. Fight for your principles. Fight for what you believe in.” Read the full story HERE.
Heading in to today’s much-hyped Primary Election Day in Indiana, the folks at Media Monitors have released their latest update on the number of radio spots run by both parties in 82 major markets across America, from April 22nd to May 1st. Democrat Bernie Sanders has continued to be the most prolific spender on radio, topping the latest monitor once again with a total of 1,953 radio spots purchased. Leap-frogging into second place on this week’s analysis, is GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, with 970 radio ads purchased by his campaign. Republican Ted Cruz logged 867 ads over the 10 day monitoring period, while Democrat Hillary Clinton dropped to fourth on the list of radio spenders this time around, airing a total of just 498 ads. As in most past periods monitored, all negative/against ads that aired in the monitored markets targeted Trump, with the Our Principles PAC airing 125 anti-Trump radio ads.
Adam Wiener has been upped from Senior Vice President, Content, Community and Operations for CBS Local Digital Media, to Executive Vice President and General Manager for the division. Reporting to both CBS Television Stations president Peter Dunn and CBS Radio president Andre Fernandez, Wiener succeeds Ezra Kucharz, who left the position last week to take on a new role as Special Advisor to CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves, effective May 9th. Commenting on Wiener’s promotion, Fernandez praised the newly minted executive’s experience and background saying, “Our digital effort is well on its way to realizing our vision of a powerful and compelling destination for viewers and listeners in our local markets. Adam’s proven track record within the digital industry will be vital to the ongoing expansion of our assets and distribution strategy moving forward, and we are thrilled to have him assume this leadership role.”
Entercom/San Diego Alternative Rocker KBZT-FM will be the new radio flagship of the San Diego Padres for at least the next five years, beginning with the 2017 season. The Pads’ radio broadcast team of Ted Leitner and Jesse Agler will also make the move to FM, joined by Don Orsillo for select games. Padres games will move to KBZT from their current home, Broadcast Company of the Americas south-of-the-border Sports/Talker ‘Mighty 1090’ (XEPRS-AM/Rosarito, BN, Mexico) … NBC Sports Radio will serve as the exclusive national broadcast radio partner for the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final. Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti will serve as NBC Sports Radio’s broadcast team for the final contest of the NHL season … This Saturday (5/7) SiriusXM will offer subscribers nationwide comprehensive coverage of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby live from Churchill Downs. More than 11 hours of coverage from the satcaster of the first jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown begins at 8am (ET) … CBS Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb (pictured above center) recently welcomed boxers Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter to his show in advance of the duo’s fight on June 25th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. It will be the first prime-time fight to air on on CBS since Muhammad Ali beat Leon Spinks way back on February 15th, 1978.