Envision Networks COO Laura Orkin grabbed this classic office wall souvenir with the one and only Oprah while attending the legendary daytime TV talker’s recent The Life You Want tour stop in Auburn Hills, MI.
With listeners across the country talking about the multiple NFL player controversies that have been playing out in the media in recent weeks, WTOP/Washington teamed with Heart and Mind Strategies to conduct a “Beltway Poll” of more than 600 residents of the DC region to ask what they think about the league’s handling of the unfolding situation and, more specifically, about whether or not Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice should be given another chance to play pro-football. Here are just a few of the specific findings from the Hubbard-owned all-newser’s polling:
• 28% of residents think the NFL’s treatment of Ray Rice was too light, 41% just right and 31% too harsh.
• 62% think the NFL’s treatment of players who commit criminal acts is too light.
• 71% do not believe the NFL when it says it had not viewed the inside the elevator video.
• 60% believe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should not lose his job.
• 68% think Ray Rice will play in the NFL again.
• 81% say the Ravens’ handling of this situation will not cause them to stop watching their games or buying team merchandise.
See more results from the WTOP poll — including how race divides the opinion of DC area listeners on the matter — HERE.
New York City’s ‘First Lady of Radio’ Joan Hamburg is returning to the Big Apple’s airwaves to host a new weekly program on WABC/New York. A fixture for decades at iHeart Media’s crosstown WOR, Hamburg will be heard on Cumulus Media’s WABC on Saturdays, from 1-3pm, beginning this weekend (9/20). Commenting on her return to the air after a three-month hiatus since she left WOR Hamburg said, “How excited I am to join legendary WABC radio and work with [Market Manager] Kim Bryant, [Program Director] Craig Schwalb and the rest of the Cumulus family. And what a treat to join their roster of the best talk talent in the country. New York get ready. The conversation is about to begin.” Hamburg, who was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2012 and has been named New Yorker of the Year by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, joins a lineup at WABC that also includes Geraldo Rivera, Pat Kiernan, Rita Cosby, Curtis Sliwa & Ron Kuby and Larry Mendte.
The New York Post’s Zach Braziller writes about a reported rift between CBS Radio and it’s WFAN/New York franchise player Mike Francesa (pictured). The NYC sports radio legend says CBS sent him a letter threatening legal action unless he stopped complaining on-air about problems with his new FOX Sports television simulcast (Francesa was previously simulcast on New York’s YES Network). However, a spokesperson for CBS disputes the report, telling the newspaper there’s been “no discussion of any kind in regards to a lawsuit.” Read the full story HERE … The Big West Conference and Learfield Sports ink an exclusive five-year agreement in which Learfield will serve as the BWC’s dedicated sponsorship sales partner. The collegiate multimedia rights holder already is aligned with the Big West through exclusive rights agreements with five of its nine member institutions – Cal Poly, CSUN, Long Beach State, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara. In addition to the Big West, other league-level relationships for Learfield include the Big Ten Conference, Missouri Valley Conference, Mountain West Conference, and Patriot League. The company also manages athletic multimedia rights for more than 90 universities nationwide.
24-year Pittsburgh radio personality and comedian Jim Krenn hooks up with KDKA, where he’ll co-host the station’s morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway every Friday, from 8-9am. Krenn will kick-off his new radio stint this Friday (9/13), broadcasting live during the CBS Radio News/Talker’s annual Spaghetti Breakfast in downtown Pittsburgh … Alpha Media News/Talker WHIS/Bluefield, WV adds a new local show, The Bottom Line with Mike McClanahan. Airing Thursdays from 8-9am, the new program is aimed at helping people improve their performance and experience in their day-to-day work lives … Chicago media reporter Robert Feder notes that longtime Windy City talk host and newsman Cisco Cotto is joining CBS Radio/Chicago’s all-newser WBBM. Read more HERE … Pictured above at the recent Survivor In The City event held in Chicago to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation are (L-R): WGN/Chicago’s Andrea Darlas, Sutherland Media namesake and event organizer Janet Sutherland, WLS Radio’s Jennifer Keiper (a brain aneurysm survivor) and legendary sports media personality Chet Coppock. Chet has donated a portion of proceeds from the sale of his new book, Laying It On The Line, to the charity.
Pictured at the recently held KFI/Los Angeles reunion — which we’re told attracted a wide cross section of both current and former KFI staffers — are (L-R): Geller Media International namesake Valerie Geller, Wimmer Research founder Roger Wimmer, former KFI Program Director David G. Hall and longtime KFI News Director Chris Little.
In recent years, what was once known as Clear Channel Radio — a company with its roots in Texas, the home of CC founder Lowry Mays — changed its name to Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, a moniker that, at the time, was said to better reflect the totality of the company’s operations. Today, CCM&E announced that it will jettison Clear Channel from its corporate name altogether to become iHeart Media – a name that Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman once again says better reflects the company that Clear Channel has become. “iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices,” said Pittman. To those wondering if the name change signals a reduction in commitment to the company’s 859 broadcast radio stations across some 150 markets Pittman added,” iHeartMedia was created by the strongest broadcast radio stations in the country, and we will continue to build this company the same way — on the country’s strongest radio stations. We are especially excited because our digital platform extends the reach and impact for our wildly popular on-air personalities and it’s a platform that only iHeartMedia provides.” Get more details on the newly dubbed iHeart Media HERE.
Two well-respected broadcast radio and media researchers have gone on record with some fairly sharp criticisms about last week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show held in Indianapolis. In a post to his company’s blog entitled 2014 Radio Show: Going Through The Motions, Harker Research namesake Richard Harker (pictured) writes, “The 2014 NAB Radio Show will be remembered as one of the most glitch-free Radio Shows in memory. No major on-stage gaffes, everything was on-time, and there were some great moments. However, those great moments can’t disguise the fact that it felt like the NAB was simply going through the motions. In that regard, radio’s trade representative was all too representative of the state of radio.” Read more of Harker’s analysis of radio’s long running national convention and what he believes it needs to do to better serve and prepare broadcasters for the future HERE.
Meanwhile, longtime media guru and Mark Ramsey Media namesake, Mark Ramsey (pictured), has a beef with one of the NAB/RAB Radio Show’s most talked about keynoters, Bob Hoffman. The noted advertising executive called online advertising “a fraud” when he spoke to attendees at last week’s confab in Indy. In a post entitled, Is Bob Hoffman’s Argument Full of Crap? Ramsey writes, “Tongues are wagging about NAB keynoter and self-styled ‘ad contrarian’ Bob Hoffman’s profanity-laced critique of online advertising — wagging for all the wrong reasons. Bob conveniently chose convenient facts and then conveniently wrapped those facts with absurd conclusions.” Read Mark’s point-by-point takedown of Hoffman’s assertions about online advertising, social media, brand building and more HERE.
30-year radio broadcasting professional Tim Lewis has been named Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for Cumulus Media-owned News/Talker WJBC-AM 1230/Bloomington — The Voice of Central Illinois. Lewis (pictured) joins the station from Riverbend Communications News/Talk KBLY/Idaho Falls, where he was Program Director and morning drive host. His radio resume also includes prior news stints at KSL/Salt Lake City, KOA/Denver, WLW/Cincinnati, and KLO/Ogden, UT. Lewis is a two-time Murrow Award recipient for his work at KOA, and was recently named Personality of the Year by the Idaho State Broadcasters Association for his KBLY morning show. “I’m incredibly humbled at the opportunity to come to Cumulus Media and help direct the operations at such a heritage station like WJBC,” said Lewis. “So much history in the building, and close to 90-years of quality radio. I am eager to hit the ground running and continue to bring the listeners in Central Illinois great talk and the best sports coverage. I welcome the challenge of maintaining the quality of the past, and pressing forward boldly.”
FOX Sports Radio launches on WODT/New Orleans. The iHeart Media-owned Big Easy Sports/Talker will air the Premiere Networks syndicated Sports radio service’s full line up, including Jay Mohr Sports, Steve Gorman Sports!, FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman and Mike North, and The JT ‘The Brick’ Show … The Philadelphia Phillies and CBS Radio/Philadelphia have reportedly inked a one-year extension that will keep the MLB team on the company’s News/Talk WPHT and SportsRadio 94 WIP … espnW presents The State of the NFL, airing on ESPN Radio and ESPNRadio.com tonight from 9-11pm (ET). Co-hosted by Jemele Hill and Cari Champion and featuring espnW voices Jane McManus, Kate Fagan and Sarah Spain, the group will discuss how the NFL is handling players involved in recent violent crimes … Legendary South Florida football coach Howard Schnellenberger (Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes and Florida Atlantic University Owls) — who serves as the booming voice of WQAM/Miami’s afternoon program The Marc Hochman Show with Zach Krantz — has been honored with the renaming of Florida Atlantic University’s football facility to Howard Schnellenberger Field. The ‘coach’ (pictured above with Hochman and Krantz) said he was “truly humbled” by the gesture and pleased that the FAU Owls will forevermore play their games on the field that now bears his name.