In a recent post to Paragon Media’s ongoing blog, company owner and CEO Mike Henry sounds a wake-up call to NPR affiliates about how Low Power FM outlets are rapidly filling a hole in local radio news programming that he says NPR stations (and commercial radio) have left wide open. “Local NPR News stations must replicate what NPR News does for national and international news on a local basis,” writes Henry (pictured), who spent five years consulting what was then called National Public Radio. “That means local breaking news, local in-depth news, local investigative reporting, local stories behind the news, and in essence, everything that NPR News does better than any media in the nation, but at a local level to seal the deal.” Noting that he hears too many local NPR stations simply acting as a repeater for NPR’s national programming Henry adds, “Shame on them for operating no better or differently than the cost-cutting commercial radio groups they rail against.” Read more HERE.
Salem Radio Network VP/News and Talk Programming Tom Tradup pens an op-ed for conservative news and opinion website TownHall.com, in which he expresses his concerns about some comments made recently by President Obama, in which the President said Americans need “some sort of curating function that people agree to,” to scrutinize the news and information they get. Tradup reports during a speech last week in Pittsburgh the president suggested Americans should have “some way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic ‘truthiness’ tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world.” Tradup (pictured), a longtime radio news veteran, worries about the impact such an action could have on the future for a free press, and also wonders who would have the final say on which news stories make the ‘truthiness’ cut and which don’t, should such a theory ever become a reality. Read Tom’s opinion HERE.
The presidential debate media circus train is rolling into Las Vegas this week, where the third and final debate between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton will take place on Wednesday. KXNT/Las Vegas morning host Heidi Harris (right) reports that PBS is already staking out the network’s turf in Sin City, with a crew from the PBS News Hour dropping by to film her in-studio during this morning’s show and interviewing her for a feature scheduled to air on tomorrow (10/17) night’s broadcast … Alpha Media names 35-year broadcaster Bob Rose as Market Manager for the company’s three Mankato, MN stations. The sales and management veteran most recently managed stations in Sioux Falls and St. Cloud.
After thrice extending the deadline to accept his purchase offer, Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan (left) has again ended his bid to take the Indianapolis-based company private. It was Smulyan’s third attempt to take the company private over the past decade …Upstate New York-based Galaxy Communications, owned by longtime broadcaster Ed Levine, has agreed to acquire Gamma Broadcasting-owned Berkshires Media Group’s six-station western Massachusetts cluster, that includes News/Talker WBEC-AM/Pittsfield … Alpha Media sells five stations in three Kansas markets to Rocking M Media, including News/Talk KSAL/Salina … In preparation for a planned spin-off of it’s radio stations, CBS reports it will break-out its CBS Radio division revenues separately, beginning with next month’s Q3 results. Previously the company’s radio revenue had been reported along with CBS’s local TV revenue.
Academy Award winning actor and political activist Jon Voight (right) — who is currently co-starring in the hit Showtime series Ray Donovan — recently dropped by the CRN Digital Talk Radio studios in Los Angeles, where he paused for this Facebook-worthy photo with CRN founder and CEO Michael Horn and VP/Sales and Marketing Jennifer Horn.
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Radio Myths Debunked: Cumulus Media and Westwood One examine some frequently heard beliefs about consumer media habits, turning to researchers Nielsen, Edison Research, and the Advertising Research Foundation for some interesting insights. Just one of more than a half-dozen stops on our ‘Blog-tober’ tour!
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Tom Birch, veteran radio broadcaster, small market station owner, and founder of The Birch Report — once a ratings methodology competitor to Arbitron (prior to its purchase by Nielsen) — says it’s high time for Nielsen to dump using diaries to measure radio listening across all measured markets, replacing the current 7-day diary, “with a less intrusive, higher-response, more cost-efficient and reliable mix of methodologies.” Birch (pictured), who is the owner and President of Lakes Media, LLC, writes in a recent blog post, “As a small market broadcaster relying on antiquated diary measurement and wholly inadequate sample sizes provided in the County Coverage Report, and as a member of the NAB COLRAM committee, I have offered a proposal for discussion at the upcoming COLRAM meeting in November.” Find out what Tom’s proposal is all about, and offer him your input and/or support for his proposals HERE.
After 5+ years as the Executive Producer of talk host Lars Larson’s daily KXL/Portland and Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated shows, Tony King told staffers this week that he’s decided to “move on” to new opportunities, effective November 4th. Lars Larson Show Associate Producer Carl Sundberg is promoted to EP, as a result … Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg (right) will join 670 The Score (WSCR/Chicago) for the remainder of the MLB playoffs and will co-host the CBS Radio Sports/Talker’s post-game show with Mark Grote. “Ryno is a fan favorite and will add great insight to the games,” said Ops Director Mitch Rosen. 670 The Score is the radio flagship for Cubs baseball … SiriusXM’s Comedy Greats channel will pay tribute to the upcoming 2016 presidential election with a special week of programming. The channel will be rebranded as ‘F* Politics’ starting Monday (10/17), offering subscribers a full week of “comedic programming to help ease the nation’s tensions.”
The annual National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony is just a month away, when the Class of 2016 will be saluted and enshrined for all time for their lifetime contributions to the broadcast industry. This year’s inductees from Talk radio include the legendary late South Florida host, Neil Rogers, and WW One syndicated talker Michael Savage. They’ll be joined by eight additional honorees at this year’s ceremonies, hosted by WCBS-FM/New York morning host and 2006 NRHOF inductee Scott Shannon. Tickets are on sale now for the the annual black-tie optional show that will be held at 6pm on November 17th, at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago — the permanent home of the National Radio Hall of Fame. Make a plan to take a few minutes this weekend to reserve your seat (or a table or two) to attend one of radio’s most anticipated yearly gatherings HERE.
News Talk 1110 and 99.3 WBT/Charlotte has two immediate openings. First, WBT is seeking a full-time On-Air Talent that can lead a conversation while being entertaining, be serious when needed and embrace the Carolina lifestyle. Someone who is not angry at the world. If you want to talk politics for 3 hours a day please don’t waste your time applying for this role. If you have to lean on guests to get through 3 hours a day we don’t want you. If you get your show prep from Drudge you won’t fit in. This is the perfect opportunity for you if you’re stuck on a cookie-cutter Talk station, or if you’re a music personality looking to extend your career. Show us what you got. Email (no phone calls please) your resume and a short air check HERE. (EOE)
What do you get when you mix part writer, editor, news and political junky, student of social media and add a dash of video creator? The making of WBT’s newest Digital Content Editor. Our new team member will be a self-starter that creates, aggregates and maintains content, including text, video, photos and graphics, driving traffic and conversations to our News/Talk radio station’s website, social and mobile efforts, and builds communities. Writing and editing succinct, fact-filled content in a compelling and active tone for wbt.com are at the core of this position’s duties. You’ll need a four-year degree, along with advanced writing or journalism skills. Radio/media experience is a plus. Email your cover letter and resume HERE. (EOE)
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