Industry veteran Bob Shannon has unexpectedly resigned as Executive Director of The Conclave due to a recent health scare. In a release issued by the Minneapolis-based non-profit Shannon (pictured) stated: “Upon my return from the NAB Show last Thursday (4/11) evening, I experienced a medical episode that brought paramedics to my home in the middle of the night. Fortunately, the problem wasn’t as life threatening as was originally thought, but it has prompted some soul searching on my part. After consulting with my physician and my family, I have decided to curtail all business activities for the foreseeable future and will be resigning all of my obligations over the next few weeks. Sadly, that includes The Conclave.” Shannon, well known in the industry from his tenure as EVP at TM Century, joined The Conclave in 2012. He’s only the second individual to hold the Executive Director’s role at The Conclave, succeeding Tom Kay who stepped down that same year after 37 years with the organization. No official word yet from Conclave Chairman Mark Bolke on who might be tapped to replace Shannon. SEND BOB YOUR GET WELL WISHES HERE.
ABC News Radio correspondent Cheri Preston (left) sat down with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg for a recent interview at the network’s NYC studios. Sandberg dropped by to chat-up her new book, Lean In For Graduates.
Ed Kiernan, Vice President and General Manager, since 1991, of WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM, the Hearst Television Inc. radio stations serving Baltimore, will retire this summer, capping over four decades in radio. Under Kiernan’s leadership, WBAL-AM 1090 has been the radio home of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore’s Orioles, the NFL Baltimore Ravens and Navy football, and has been Baltimore’s longtime radio News/Talk leader. A regional radio powerhouse, WBAL-AM has won multiple “Best News Operation” honors from the AP, Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, an NABEF Service to Children Radio Award and National Headliner Awards from the Press Club of Atlantic City. Prior to joining WBAL, Kiernan (pictured) spent 17 years at CBS Radio, where he was Vice President and General Manager of All-News WCBS-AM/New York, as well as VP/GM of CBS Radio Reps. He also held a variety of sales and management positions within CBS Radio. Hearst is expected to name who will fill Kiernan’s considerable shoes in Baltimore in the weeks ahead. Email your best wishes to Ed on his pending retirement HERE.
Legendary New York City radio personality and bonafide ‘radio royalty’ John Gambling returned to Gotham City’s airwaves today at his new home, AM 970 The Answer (WNYM/New York). Gambling (pictured) joked that “apparently there is a limit to how much golf one man can play” as he comfortably slid into his new weekday 11am-1pm slot on Salem Communications’ NYC News/Talk flagship less than four months after announcing his retirement from crosstown Clear Channel News/Talker WOR at the end of last year … Cumulus Media/New York, including News/Talk WABC, will be part of a combined cluster event, “The Best of The Tri-State,” on April 22nd. The evening event will showcase the best of everything across the region as voted by listeners to WABC, WPLJ and Nash FM 94.7 … The Southern California Broadcasters Association has announced a new outreach program, designed to reach the next generation of broadcasters through a series of speaking engagements by SCBA President Thom Callahan. The appearances will take place at broadcast and communications classes at colleges and universities throughout Southern California and, via Skype, in London, England. Asked about the goals of the speaking series Callahan said, “Ultimately, the SCBA wants to attract the best and the brightest to our robust and growing radio industry, so we are making our case directly to students before they choose their career path.”
Rumor out of Des Moines is that changes are up at 98.3 WOW-FM (KWQW). Word is that a name and branding change is imminent at the Cumulus Media FM talker, along with several lineup revisions that are planned by incoming PD Robert Rees, who – according to his Facebook page — will also host a daily show on the station starting April 21st. No official comment from Cumulus folks on the report of the changes that were published over the weekend by RadioInsight’s Lance Venta … Talk radio veteran Tom Leykis, who has been a pretty vocal critic of broadcast radio and has been heard only online and on-demand for the past couple of years, is slated to make a return — albeit briefly — to over-the-air radio this Friday (4/18) when he fills-in for Gil Gross on Clear Channel’s Bay Area talker KKSF/San Francisco from 3-7pm (PT). Leykis tells NTS MediaOnline Today the show will be both “the show I do and the show Gil does” and notes that it will air simultaneously on-air and online at Tom’s website … Speaking of podcasting, the topic gives us as good an excuse as any we could come up with to run the above photo of Robin Antin, the dancer, choreographer and actress most famous for her modern burlesque troupe The Pussycat Dolls. Antin is set to launch her very own podcast tomorrow via Norm Pattiz’ PodcastOne. Along with her brother and “noted stylist” Jonathan Antin, Robin will be joined on her debut podcast by the one and only Kim Kardashian.
Herb Emory, who has guided drivers on the roadways and Interstate highways of Atlanta for over 40 years, died unexpectedly over the weekend of an apparent heart attack. According to a report posted at Cox Media News/Talker WSB’s website — Emory’s radio home since 1991 — the veteran traffic reporter had stopped to help at a car accident when he suddenly felt ill. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. WSB’s tribute to Emory (pictured) called the untimely death of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster “the loss of a great friend and colleague,” and added, “For the first time in 20 years there will be no ‘Good morning and good driving to ya!’ from one of the most beloved figures in all of the metro Atlanta area.” Emory earned his honorary title of “Captain” when he was told to introduce himself as Colonel Herb Emory by management prior to airing his first report on WSB more than 20 years ago. Apparently it was quickly decided that the combination of Colonel with his name was too hard to say, so Herb’s rank was changed to ‘Captain’ — a nickname that stuck with him for the rest of his radio and TV traffic reporting career. WSB reports Emory’s funeral will be private, but says there will be a Celebration of Life and Memorial Service for him, which will be open to the public. Details on that event are forthcoming HERE.
University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari stopped by Sports/Talker Dan Patrick’s New York ‘Man Cave’ today (4/14) to teach Dan and the boys some defense moves. Pictured (L-R) are: Producer Seton O’Conner, Patrick, Calipari, show booker Todd Fritz, show blogger McLovin, and Producer Paul Pabst. The Dan Patrick Show is produced by DirecTV Entertainment and syndicated nationally to radio by Premiere Networks.
Chris Cichon, a “behind-the-scenes” staffer at Hubbard Broadcasting all-newser WTOP/Washington, joined a crowd of hopefuls at last night’s casting call for the ABC-TV hit The Bachelor that was held at Maryland Live! Casino. Cichon (pronounced Chee-on) says friends challenged him to try out and reports that getting ready for the audition has been a great motivator. “I’ve been working out a lot,” the 26-year old, 6’4″ Bachelor wannabe told fellow WTOP staffer Kristi King in a feature posted on the station’s website. Saying his ideal first date is “an intimate dinner and long walk,” Cichon says he doesn’t have a “type” of woman that he prefers but would like to pair up with someone who shares his interest in being aware of what’s happening in the world “Someone who cares what’s going on around them and not just about what their job is everyday and then going home and cooking dinner,” he told King. WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo says Cichon (pictured) has been getting tons of advice from his female co-workers as he prepped for his audition in recent weeks, along with some expected ribbing from the guys around the station.
Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh gave listeners 500,000 reasons to join him in supporting today’s 24th annual Cure-A-Thon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “I never do these radio Cure-A-Thons without first doing what I’m asking you to do,” Limbaugh told listeners to his radio program. “So I always make a donation to lead it off. Some years I announce what it is, other years I don’t. I’m always nervous about expressing how much — my parents always said, ‘Don’t do that, people are going to think you’re bragging,’ while others say they want to know, so I’ll just tell you that this year Kathryn and I are going to kick this off with a cool half a million. I’m just gonna start with that and then throw it open to you.” The Premiere Networks nationally syndicated Talk radio host is also offering a variety of Rush Limbaugh Show ‘swag’ items for varying levels of donations. Over the past quarter century Rush’s yearly fundraiser has been a huge success, raising millions to fund research and progress toward finding cures for blood cancers. Rush fans wishing to donate to this year’s fundraising effort can do so HERE.
Sports USA has added former NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback Jake “The Snake” Plummer to the network’s expanding list of Sports Superstar Shows. Snake’s Takes With Jake Plummer is the handle for the weekly podcast that can be downloaded on the SportsUSA website, via PodcastOne, and on the iTunes and TuneIn app on smartphones … WABC/New York host John Batchelor — also syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media-owned WestwoodOne — is launching a new ‘Author Series,’ featuring long-form interviews with some of today’s “most intriguing authors.” Among the authors booked to join Batchelor (pictured) on the new series so far are Thomas Cahill (Heretics and Heroes); Robert Klara (FDR’s Funeral Train); Eri Hotta (Japan 1941: Countdown To Infamy); and George H. Nash (The Crusade Years 1933-1955). The series can be accessed on the WABC Radio website … Our radio friends north-of-the-border are digesting the recent news that some 650+ staffers of the CBC are to be laid off over the next 24 months due to funding shortfalls and budget cuts. The move has reignited the discussion among Canadians over whether or not the subsidized CBC should continue to exist. Read more on the story from Canada’s National Post HERE.