In honor of Women’s History Month, current U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined SiriusXM host and veteran White House correspondent Julie Mason as part of Leading Ladies, featuring ”candid conversations with influential and inspiring women who have forged their own paths to leadership and success.” The first woman in U.S. history to be Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pelosi fielded questions from Mason, as well as from a live audience made up of SiriusXM listeners, female students from DC universities and Newseum members. SiriusXM subscribers can catch the Town Hall-style event at several times throughout the upcoming weekend on the P.O.T.U.S. channel.
Premiere Networks and FOX Sports have inked a long-term extension of their agreement that will have Premiere continuing to produce and distribute the FOX Sports Radio Network to nearly 400 stations across North America and Canada. Premiere Networks and FOX Sports will continue working together across multiple platforms to synchronize the audio, digital, online and television assets of FOX Sports, FOXSports.com and FOX Sports Radio, further extending the reach, visibility and engagement of these brands with millions of consumers. Additionally, with the recently-launched 24-hour television network FOX Sports 1, the radio and television divisions will work closely to increase cross-promotional opportunities. “This renewed partnership affirms our commitment to sports fans, our affiliates and partners to provide the ultimate, multi-platform destination for sports entertainment,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “With our lineup of leading sports personalities and expanded opportunities through new platforms and extensive resources, we have one of the most powerful brands in sports entertainment.” FOX Sports Radio’s weekday lineup includes FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman and Mike North (6-9am); The Dan Patrick Show (9am-noon); Jay Mohr Sports (noon-3pm); Steve Gorman SPORTS! (3-6pm); J.T. “The Brick” with Tomm Looney (6-10pm); The Jason Smith Show (10pm-2am); and The Ben Maller Show (2-6am).
In a memo to employees, Buckley Broadcasting President/CEO Joe Bilotta confirmed today that the company is selling its Connecticut radio stations to Westport, CT-based Connoisseur Media. The deal includes heritage News/Talk WDRC-AM/Hartford and its Classic Hits sister WDRC-FM, along with News/Talkers WMMW/Meriden, WWCO/Waterbury and WSNG/Torrington. “After much reflection and discussion, the Board of Trustees has decided that the reality of the evolving competitive landscape are cause for a change in the ownership of our Connecticut properties.” Billotta (pictured) wrote in the statement to the stations’ staffers. “With this acquisition, Connoisseur will be the leading radio broadcaster in the State of Connecticut and they are very excited to have the Buckley stations as part of their growing company.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed. With the sale of the Connecticut stations, along with the previous sale of WOR/New York to Clear Channel, Buckley’s remaining owned and operated radio stations — including News/Talk KNZR-AM&FM/Bakersfield and Sports/Talk KIDD/Monterey – are all located in California.
ABC News Radio welcomes WBT-AM & FM/Charlotte as the network’s latest affiliate. ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones told staffers in a memo that bringing the Greater Media News/Talker “back into the ABC News family is the result of the terrific journalism we create and the outstanding affiliate service we provide 24/7.” The news comes on the heels of the signing of another legendary News/Talker, KOA/Denver, to the network’s affiliate roster. ABC News Radio is syndicated via Cumulus Media-owned WestwoodOne … Talk Radio On TV: Look for WYD Media Management syndicated talk host Leslie Marshall when she joins Megyn Kelly (pictured) tomorrow night on FOX News Channel’s The Kelly File at 9pm (ET) … Adam Symson, SVP and Chief Digital Officer for The E.W. Scripps Co., was honored last night with the 2014 Borrell Award of Merit during Borrell’s annual Local Online Advertising Conference in New York City. The honor, also known as the Innovator’s Award, is bestowed on “an executive who has taken an innovative and measurably successful path to help his or her local media company in its digital transformation.”
More than $200,000 was raised at the recently held Broadcasters Foundation of America 2014 Golden Mike Award Dinner, honoring Del Bryant, President of Broadcast Music, Inc.(BMI). The Golden Mike Award was presented to Bryant at a black-tie fundraiser to benefit the Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need. More than 200 radio, television and music industry executives and celebrities were in attendance at the event held at NYC’s Plaza Hotel. Pictured (l-r) are BFA’s Jim Thompson, CBS News Face The Nation anchor Bob Schieffer, who hosted the evening’s festivities, Bryant and BFA’s Phil Lombardo. To learn how you can support the Broadcasters Foundation, or how to apply for a grant from the organization if you are a member of the broadcast community in acute need, click HERE.
Envision Networks syndicated tech talker Dave Graveline is celebrating his birthday in Barcelona, Spain today, where he and his broadcast crew are attending the Mobile World Congress (MWC). It’s the 7th consecutive year that the weekly Into Tomorrow show has broadcast from the huge mobile device event. That’s Dave (above) getting set to share some birthday cake with ‘Baby Android’ at the MWC. Send Dave your best wishes for a Happy Birthday HERE.
In the March edition of TOWNHALL magazine, Salem Radio Network VP News/Talk Programming Tom Tradup pens a feature that focuses on the good deeds and public service of a number of key Talk radio hosts, as well as the generosity of the format’s well-heeled audience. National talk hosts noted for their efforts in the article include Rush Limbaugh, Mike Gallagher, Don Imus, Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt and others — all of whom give back in a big way, year-after-year, on behalf of numerous and varied civic and charitable causes. “My goal was to shine a spotlight on the great work that nationally-syndicated talk hosts — often maligned by the format’s critics as ‘negative’ — do to introduce their audiences to worthy charities and encourage listeners to lend a hand,” Tradup told NTS MediaOnline Today. “They are all spearheading a growing trend of Americans helping Amercans via the private sector, rather than through unwieldy and often ineffective government bureaucracies.” Tradup not only talks the talk, he also walks the walk, personally pitching in on mission trips and fundraisers for organizations such as Food For The Poor. That’s Tom pictured on a recent trip with FFTP to deliver needed essentials to Haiti. The magazine and Tom’s feature hits newsstands this week and can usually be found in Barnes & Noble and other major bookstores that carry political/opinion publications. You can see the full article HERE.
Kevin Calabro has signed a multi-year extension to remain the lead play-by-play voice of the NBA on ESPN Radio, calling regular-season, All-Star and playoff action, alongside Jon Barry, PJ Carlesimo and Stan Van Gundy. Calabro, who was previously a host at 710 ESPN/Seattle and the voice of the Seattle Sonics, moved to the ESPN Radio network in 2006 … National Talk radio host Leslie Marshall (pictured) will pull double-duty this week, hosting her own daily show and also guest-hosting The Thom Hartmann Show on Thursday (3/6). Both programs are syndicated by WYM Media Management … Syndicated talker Steve Deace has released a new book, Rules For Patriots, billed as the conservative answer to progressive community and political organizer Saul Alinski’s tome Rules For Radicals. With a forward by David Limbaugh, Deace’s recently released book is available in both print and digital editions. Find out more HERE … Condolences: To the family, friends and former colleagues of Nebraska broadcasting pioneer John C. Mitchell, who died February 28th at the age of 89. Starting his broadcasting career as a newsman and sportscaster for KGFW/Kearney, John went on to form the Mitchell Broadcasting Company, which ultimately owned more than a dozen radio stations across the Cornhusker State. Mitchell was inducted into the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 1996. Read more HERE.
As part of yesterday’s (3/3) National Education Association’s Read Across America program — which encourages every child to read a book in recognition of the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss — The Rick & Bubba Show created the world’s largest classroom as the morning duo read the iconic Green Eggs and Ham to over 50,000 students in classrooms and auditoriums in some 800 schools across America. The event has become an annual tradition for hosts Rick Burgess and Bill ‘Bubba’ Bussey, who offered an animated reading of the popular childrens’ book in front of a live in-studio audience from a local elementary school and fans of the show watching on TNN-TV/Heartland and UStreamTV. The daily morning show, syndicated nationally by Syndicated Solutions, Inc., is heard on a reported 60+ radio stations and via TuneIn and iHeart Radio. Watch a video of the annual reading HERE.
Free interview guest request service RadioGuestList.com has marked a milestone, booking its 3,000th guest request since the service’s launch in 2008. The venture, founded by online entrepreneur and bestselling author Scott Fox, allows talk show producers to request exactly the types of guests they’re looking to interview and the topics they want those experts to discuss on the air. Radio Guest List then publicizes the interview guest request for free on its website and in daily emails sent to thousands of subscribers, including experts, authors, celebrities, publicists, and PR firms worldwide. ”With ever faster news cycles it can be a real challenge to find good interview guests, especially quickly and for free,” said Fox (pictured). “We’ve been proud to help thousands of radio show producers and podcasters to find thousands of great guests for their shows to entertain and inform millions of their listeners. We’re very happy about all the time, effort, and money we’ve saved our friends in the radio, TV, and podcasting talk show businesses.” To submit a free Guest Request to tell the website’s audience what experts you’d like to interview and the topics you’d like to discuss on the air, click HERE. You can also find out more about the service by emailing Scott HERE.