ABC News Names New Multi-Platform Reporters
April 23, 2015

ABC News has named three new multi-platform reporters: Karen Travers, Mary Bruce and Stephanie Ramos. The trio will cover both national and international news for all ABC News platforms with an emphasis on NewsOne, ABC News Radio and ABC News Digital. Travers (top left), who joined ABC News in 2000 as an intern, has honed her skills in the past 15 years covering Washington and national politics. She’s also traveled across the country and to some 50 foreign nations covering both the Obama and Bush administrations. Meanwhile, current ABC News staffer Bruce (right) has reported on President Obama’s re-election campaign and traveled around the world with the President, covering stories including the Secret Service scandal in Colombia and his trips to Myanmar and Panama. Finally, Ramos joins the ABC News team from KMBC-TV/Kansas City, where she has anchored and reported since 2012. In 2008, Ramos served as a 1st Lieutenant in Iraq and was awarded multiple medals for her exceptional service. Ramos (bottom left) will join ABC News in June following her completion of the Adjutant Generals Captain Career Course. In a memo to staffers, ABC News DC Bureau Chief and Executive Producer of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Jonathan Greenberger said, “These exceptional journalists have experience shooting, writing, editing, producing and reporting for a live broadcast and will use their skills to break news and report stories on air and for radio, mobile, digital and social media.” Greenberger also said more additions to the ABC News team will be announced “in the coming weeks.”

Regional Murrow Winners Announced
April 23, 2015

The RTDNA has announced the 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners. Regional winners automatically advance to the national Murrow competition, which will be judged next month. National awards, including those for network news organizations, will be presented at the RTDNA’s Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala on October 12th in New York City. Among the News/Talkers picking up regional Murrow nods this year are: KIRO-FM and KOMO/Seattle; KCBS/San Francisco; KFBK/Sacramento; KOA/Denver; WCCO/Minneapolis; WTMJ/Milwaukee; KMOX/St. Louis; WBAP and KRLD/Dallas; WBBM-AM/Chicago; WJR/Detroit; WBT/Charlotte; WHAS/Louisville; WBZ/Boston; WCBS-AM and WINS/New York; WTOP, WAMU and WNEW-FM/Washington, DC; WRVA/Richmond; WDEL/Wilmington, DE; WOKV/Jacksonville, FL; and WSB-AM/Atlanta. See a list of all 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winners HERE.

Sports/Talk News Notes
April 23, 2015

ESPN Radio joins in on this week’s parade of announcements about network coverage of the upcoming NFL Draft that begins at 7pm (ET) on April 30th, hosted by Dari Nowkhah, NFL analyst Louis Riddick and NFL Insider John Clayton. ESPN’s Freddie Coleman will host post-draft coverage with Adam Kaplan. Additionally, ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike will broadcast their nationally syndicated morning show live from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place on April 30th and May 1st as part of the network’s NFL Draft coverage … SiriusXM will also be all over next week’s NFL Draft, with the satcaster’s NFL Radio channel offering subscribers live coverage from the opening round on April 30th through the final round on May 2nd … FOX Sports Radio hosts JT ‘The Brick’ and Tomm Looney will broadcast their April 29th through May 1st shows live from radio row at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas — home to the ‘Fight of the Century’ between 11-time, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, on May 2nd.  Additionally, on April 30th, JT and Looney will also join FSR’s Nashville-based Steve Gorman SPORTS! for a special show previewing the first round of this year’s draft, as well as the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

iHeart Rolls Out New Original Podcast Programs
April 23, 2015

At the company’s first-ever ‘Soundfront’ event this week, iHeartMedia unveiled a new series of original audio programs, designed to “allow marketers to collaborate with a host of celebrities and talent through customized and creative storytelling.” iHeart has teamed up with a variety of creative talent to produce “innovative audio programming and storytelling” that will air as long-form segments on iHeartRadio and short-form segments across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide. “In the age of visual distraction and shorter attention spans, audio has the ability to break through and get heard better than any other advertising,” said Gayle Troberman (right), iHeart Media CMO/EVP. “We are seeing increased engagement in audio programming, both on air and via podcast, and original audio forces us to get back to the basics of telling stories simply and honestly, which consumers love. We believe most marketers are massively under invested in the power of sound and the iHeartMedia Soundfront is our opportunity to challenge the industry to explore the creative potential of sound to tell and sell better.” See the list of new audio programming ventures announced by the company HERE.

“The Force Is Strong In This Booth”
April 23, 2015

That’s Darth Vader paying a visit to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s broadcast booth, where Angels’ Spanish-language play-by-play voice Amaury Pi-Gonzalez and a couple of his broadcast crew members were caught a bit off guard by the sudden sound of heavy breathing. Darth and his storm troopers were at the baseball game as part of a special ‘Star Wars Night’ at Southern California’s Big A.

How Nielsen Could End The Voltair/PPM Debate
April 22, 2015

For months researcher Richard Harker (left) has been sending up flares to the radio industry about the alleged shortcomings of Nielsen’s PPM audience measurement system and, more recently, a device called Voltair that claims to fill in the audio lapses that cause PPM to miss capturing listening credit. The debate built-up a considerable head of steam at last week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, where the Voltair unit was officially unveiled to broadcasters (although numerous stations have reportedly already been quietly testing the device, including at least one unnamed major market corporate broadcaster). While Nielsen has been pretty much mum on the topic, Harker says a simple one-paragraph press release from the company could clear everything up about Voltair and whether or not it helps, or is just a lot of hype as some claim. “Spot radio is a $14 billion business where cost-per-point matters,” said Harker in his most recent post on the subject at his Radio InSights blog. “If actual radio listening is higher than Nielsen reports, then radio may be losing billions in potential revenue.” Read the PR Harker says he’d like to see from Nielsen that “would pretty much end Voltair” HERE.

Talk And Media News Notes
April 22, 2015

ABC News Radio will offer users “radio on your wrist” as part of the new Apple Watch. Listeners can stream right from the ABC News app to their phone, while controlling the stream from Apple’s ‘new school’ wrist watch … Sun Broadcast Group taps former Shazam VP/Strategic Initiatives David De Busk as Digital Development Advisor. De Busk will work with Sun’s expanding digital department on the company’s Shazam for Radio project … KNX/Los Angeles will host Achieving Small Business Success, a May 8th breakfast and networking session designed to bring together prominent local business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. Frank Mottek, KNX business reporter and host of the CBS Radio all-newser’s daily Business Hour, will moderate the discussion that will touch on small business trends, the impact of a rising minimum wage, crowdfunding, employee benefits, insurance, regulations and marketing.

Network/Syndicator News Notes
April 22, 2015

Yahoo Sports Radio has announced it will air a five-hour broadcast special on the first night of the NFL Draft (4/30), featuring breaking news, updates, analysis and commentary from Emmy-nominated sportscaster Steve Bunin and Yahoo Sports Radio host Jonathan Peterlin. ‘Insider’ analysis will come from long-time Carolina Panthers General Manager and YSR Host Marty Hurney and former NFL Quarterback and Yahoo Sports contributor Shaun King, who will be live from the draft in ChicagoRadio America will syndicate Dr. Chambers On Call, a new daily 60-second health and medical feature hosted by Dr. Joseph Chambers, who was most recently heard on KFWB/Los Angeles (prior to that station’s flip to Sports/Talk). Beginning May 4th, the new daily feature will also run daily during the nationally syndicated Doug Stephan’s Good Day morning show, where Chambers has been a regular contributor for the past several months.

“Serial” Makes History With Peabody Award
April 22, 2015

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), NPR, and WNYC/New York have all been honored in the News/Radio/Podcast category of the 74th annual Peabody Awards. Breakthrough podcast Serial became the first program of its kind to pick up a Peabody Award, while the online VICE News took home honors for that series’ reporting on ISIS and a high school for troubled teens. Bestowed annually by the Peabody Awards program at the University of Georgia, this year’s winners will be honored on May 31st at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. View the full list of this year’s News, radio and podcast Peabody Award winners HERE.

Look Mom, We’re On TV!
April 22, 2015

A trio of FOX Sports personalities recently paid a visit to the Los Angeles TV studios of FOX Sports 1, where they talked sports and more with sportscaster Charissa Thompson (left). Pictured on-set with Thompson are (L-R): AM 570 LA Sports (KLAC/Los Angeles) midday co-host Bill Reiter, FOX Sports Radio nationally syndicated host JT ‘The Brick’ and AM 570 afternoon co-host Petros Papadakis.