Un-comfirmed reports say that veteran talk host Bryan Suits, most recently a weekender at KFI/Los Angeles, will fill the soon-to-be-open 9am-noon (PT) slot at KABC/Los Angeles. Those hours are currently filled by Geraldo Rivera’s Cumulus Media Networks syndicated daily show that will cease production next month, as Geraldo! transitions to a local-only show that will air exclusively on WABC/New York … Radio.com, CBS Radio’s online and mobile platform for music, Sports, Talk and News programming, has been recognized with a 2013 MobileWebAwards for ‘Best Radio Mobile Application.’ The international competition from the Web Marketing Association, now in its second year, recognizes excellence in mobile websites and applications … Load ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out! Kudos to Sports/Talker WSCR (The Score)/Chicago, on collecting and unloading two trucks full of much-needed supplies in Coal City, IL, a town hit particularly hard by the recent swarm of tornados that caused death and destruction across a wide swath of the midwest. The station’s promotion team (pictured) delivered the goods as part of The Score’s annual Sporting The Spirit promotion.
If this Thanksgiving holiday week finds you seeking your next broadcast industry challenge, you’ll definitely be interested in these words from Midwest Communications VP/Programming Jeff McCarthy who emailed NTS MediaOnline Today to say: “There are several current openings within Midwest Communications and I would love to hear from you. Our philosophy is to hire great people, give them clear direction, the tools to win and then get out of their way. We pride ourselves on happy employees.” If you’re interested in potentially becoming one if MWC’s happy employees, e-mail your resume, cover letter and audio sample to Jeff HERE. Or via snail-mail to Midwest Communications (c/o Jeff McCarthy, VP Programming), 1420 Bellevue Street, Green Bay, WI 54403. Midwest Communications, a collective of 62 radio stations in seven states, is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Enjoying the festivities at last weekend’s annual CBS Radio/Pittsburgh-Duquesne Light Santa Spectacular are (l-r): NewsRadio 1020 KDKA/Pittsburgh Program Director Jim Graci, afternoon host Bill Rehkopf, CBS Radio/Pittsburgh VP and Market Manager Michael Young, Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor-elect Bill Peduto.
Beginning January 1, 2014, award winning journalist Geraldo Rivera will cease production of his current Cumulus Media Networks nationally syndicated show and will air exclusively on his hometown radio station, WABC/New York. Geraldo will air weekdays from 10a-12p (ET) and will focus on the most talked about topics involving the nation’s largest city — everything from social issues to politics. Rivera will also continue his fight against unemployment by broadcasting live from upcoming Put Americans Back to Work job expos and events hosted by Cumulus Media. “For the last four decades, in war and peace I’ve been chasing the news around the world,” said Geraldo. “But there’s a universe of stories right here in my hometown. Energized and excited by this opportunity, I’m taking our show to the four corners of the five boroughs. I’ll be on the streets and in the face of lawbreakers and newsmakers, ready with a hot mike and a helping hand.” Born and raised in New York City, Rivera started his broadcast career on WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News in 1970.
Minnesota native and veteran Talk radio host Al Malmberg — who previously worked at WCCO/Minneapolis in a variety of roles from 1996-2008 — is returning to the CBS Radio News/Talker as of December 16th. Best known for hosting overnights on the station for a decade, Malmberg will return to late nights as host of a new daily 11pm-2am talk show. “We are thrilled for Al’s return to late nights on WCCO,” said PD Bob Shomper. “He is one of our most popular hosts with a huge and loyal following.” Expressing his excitement about returning to the Twin Cities following a run at KCOL in Ft. Collins, Colorado Malmberg said, ”I am so glad to be back on WCCO. I’ve really missed talking to all of my friends across the upper Midwest on the big 50,000 watt blowtorch!”
As a special feature for this short Thanksgiving holiday work-week, over the next three days NTS MediaOnline Today will present ‘What’s Up With…?’ – an update on several News/Talk radio pros and what they’re up to these days. Today we check in on former WOR/New York boss Bob Bruno. Since his departure from the then Buckley Broadcasting-owned station, the NY State Radio Hall of Famer has formed Dark Horse Productions and created The Best of Everything, a radio format that Bruno describes as, “A master blend of music showcasing a mix of familiar songs and artists from the past and present.” Targeting the well-heeled mature listener and the advertisers who want to reach them, The Best of Everything spotlights seven decades of pop music and artists from a wide genre of musical styles. “Where else can you hear a reassuringly familiar showcase of stars like Diana Krall, The Five Satins, Carrie Underwood, Tony Bennett, Linda Ronstadt, Chuck Berry, The Eagles and the fantastic music of Andrew Lloyd Webber all in one place?” asks Bruno (pictured). “There’s an instinctive need for variety in our lives, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear, to the music we listen to. Just a quick glance at most people’s private music collections tells the story best. Are they a bit eclectic? Yes indeed. People love variety.” You can sample The Best of Everything HERE. And you can reach out to Bob directly HERE.
Nielsen announced today that it plans to purchase Harris Interactive, a global research firm best know for The Harris Poll … Recently NTS MediaOnline Today reported that Tod Castleberry had exited the program director’s post at 790 The Ticket (WAXY/Miami). Now the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson says that morning host Marc Hochman will also soon exit the Lincoln Financial Media Sports/Talker to join crosstown Sports competitor WQAM next year, after sitting out a non-compete. Read the full story HERE … AARP has renewed its radio representation agreement with Media Management Group for 2014. As a result, MMG will continue to handle ad sales, distribution and business development for AARP’s Baby Boomer-targeted feature programming … Jon Zimney (pictured), news and programming guru for Federated Media outlets 95.3 MNC (Michiana News Channel)/South Bend and WOWO AM-FM/Fort Wayne, gets crowned by Miss Indiana USA 2014 Mekayla Diehl during a recent visit by the beauty queen to the company’s Indiana headquarters.
That’s Cumulus Media Networks SVP/Affiliate Sales Dennis Green pictured front and center with the network’s American Music Awards team covering last night’s AMA ceremonies in Los Angeles.
The End Is Near
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Full Time Biz News Producer Sought
The End Is Near — Hard to believe but 2014 is just weeks away. It’s the time of year when most of us make, then break, well-meaning resolutions. So how can you do better at keeping those annual promises? Check out our feature story on page one.
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WTOP/Washington reporter Kate Ryan was only three-years old when President John F. Kennedy was shot on this day in Dallas in 1963. And while many of the memories and details of the assassination and the tumultuous days that followed come from her conversations with her parents and older siblings, Ryan (pictured) also recalls some very unique and personal memories of those dark days in American history. “The television coverage of the events of what became known as ‘the Kennedy weekend’ was a big part of what would become the nation’s collective memory,” said Ryan in a report she filed for the Hubbard Broadcasting all-newser. “But for us, there was a difference. Because one of the men delivering the stunning news to the nation on that day was our father.” Learn more about Kate’s fascinating story and her poignant memories of her dad, and also hear the audio that earned Ryan a rare standing ovation from her colleagues in the WTOP newsroom today HERE.