It’s that time of year again, as CBS Radio’s Twin Cities News/Talker WCCO is smack dab in the middle of twelve days of wall-to-wall broadcasting from ‘The Great Minnesota Get Together’ — more formally known as the Minnesota State Fair. The NewsRadio 830 crew will be on hand each day, right on through the event’s closing on Labor Day (9/1), broadcasting live from the “front porch” of The Good Neighbor Station’s permanent broadcast facilities at the fairgrounds.
For the third consecutive year, Cumulus Media-owned News/Talker WLS/Chicago went on the hunt for the station’s next Talk radio star, with John Chase Gregoles of Lake Geneva, WI emerging from the competition as the 2014 winner. A day-trader with a background on the professional wrestling circuit, Gregoles stated that his goal is to “broaden the audience of Talk radio.” WLS Program Director Peter Bolger notes that the last two winners of the annual station contest are still on the air hosting a weekend shows and doing occasional fill-ins, and he hopes Gregoles will follow a similar path. For his efforts Gregoles will get to host a two-hour show on WLS, including a limo ride to and from the studio, a trip for two to Riveria Maya, Mexico and — of course – the coveted WLS ‘Talk Star Trophy ‘which Gregoles is seen gleefully hoisting in the photo above.
Lee ‘Hacksaw’ Hamilton – who pioneered Sports/Talk radio on the west coast on south-of-the-border flamethrower XTRA 690 and in more recent years at Broadcast Company of the Americas’ Baja-based “Mighty 1090″ (XEPRS) — is using his current free-agent status as an opportunity to offer his experienced hosting services to stations nationwide. Lee describes Hacksaw & Company as Sports/Talk radio designed for your market when you need a pinch-hitter. “I know everything about everything involving your teams,” says Hamilton. “Wouldn’t you like to have .440 pinch-hitter on your roster?” Hamilton, who has been a Sports radio fixture in Southern California for over a quarter century, says he’s available to fill-in for a single show, a weekend, a week, or more, broadcasting from studio facilities in San Diego. “Fill-in to fulltime and everything in between — all customized to talk about your teams and topics with your fans,” he says. You can check out Lee’s new website HERE, or email him directly for more info HERE.
KTAR/Phoenix drops its ‘News/Talk 92.3′ handle and rebrands as ‘KTAR News…on 92.3FM and KTAR.com.’ Concurrently, the station has debuted a new website and has expanded midday and evening news content as part of the rebranding, which is designed to emphasize the Bonneville-owned outlet’s commitment to local news … Eric Jewell is named Director of Sales for Clear Channel’s seven-station Memphis cluster. Jewell joins CC from Entercom, where he served as DOS for that company’s Gainesville, FL stations … Greater Media names Mike Juliano as the new Director of Sales for the company’s Detroit stations, including Detroit Sports 105.1, WRIF, and WCSX. Juliano most recently served as the DOS for Entercom/Boston … From our ‘Not Exactly Talk Media News’ Department: Sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of legendary Philly radio personality Don Cannon, who died Friday (8/22) at age 74. Prior to his retirement in 2004 after a decade and a half run at WOGL, Cannon (pictured) had already become one of the City of Brotherly Love’s most enduring radio personalities, serving on-air stints at WIBG, WFIL, WIFI, WSNI and WIP. The WOGL website pays tribute to the station’s former longtime morning host HERE.
WFAN/New York held the station’s annual ‘Summer Beach Party’ at Bar A in Lake Como, NJ on Friday (8/22). Along with the usual fun and games, this year’s event also featured station host Mike Francesa gamely taking one for the ALS team. Funds were raised via donations from attendees at the party vying for a chance to douse the iconic Big Apple Sports/Talk radio host and CBS Sports Radio personality … Yahoo! Sports Radio partners with Stadiums USA to extend the brand’s unique all-in-one collection of stadium information to radio. The weekly program, hosted by Bill Hazen, is currently available online and will debut on-air August 30th at 8am (ET) … This Thursday (8/28) marks the kickoff of Westwood One Sports’ coverage of the NCAA College Football season, as Texas A&M takes on South Carolina at 5:30pm (ET). John Sadak will be the network’s lead play-by-play voice for NCAA Football, with former Florida All-American wide receiver Chris Doering handling game analysis. Former Minnesota tight end Derek Rackley and Jason Benetti will also call play-by-play for select games this season, with Jason Horowitz returning to host the pregame and halftime shows.
ABC News Radio correspondent Alex Stone was among the media that descended on Napa, CA following the early Sunday morning earthquake centered in the California Wine Country town north of San Francisco. The temblor – which struck just after 3am — registered a 6.0 on the Richter Scale and was felt throughout much of the Bay Area. Stone (pictured outside a badly damaged building in downtown Napa) anchored some 3 hours of live coverage from the scene for ABC News Radio affiliates.
OK, so you know all about Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and Millenials. But marketers and product developers who get paid to look ahead at such things are already analyzing Generation Z – those people born since 1995 — the first of which are now entering their college years. Mashable.com’s Sylvan Lane reports that Gen Z-ers make up more than a quarter of the U.S. population today, contribute some $44 million to the American economy and “differ from their predecessors in a few key ways.” The biggest difference is that Gen Z is the first generation to grow up totally immersed in social media. But don’t look to Facebook to reach them, they favor outlets such as Snapchat, Whisper and Secret — “ephemeral and visually engaging platforms that cater to youngsters’ 8 second attention span.” Other stats show that three quarters of high school age Gen Z-ers say they want to own their own businesses, with some 76% saying they hope they can “turn their hobbies into full-time jobs.” Read more fascinating insights into “marketing’s next big audience” HERE.
With the previously announced pending format flip to Sports/Talk at KFWB/Los Angeles, current afternoon news co-anchor Maggie McKay decided to cheer-up current news staffers at the heritage station with a farewell feast, featuring hot dogs and a special ‘mustard message’ from the legendary Pink’s – a landmark Hollywood eatery since 1939. A number of social media posts by outgoing staff indicate that today will mark KFWB’s final weekday as an all-newser. (Photo by KFWB Producer Carolyn Branson)
If you’re one of those who likes to dive deep into the Fantasy Football pool every season, you might want to note that 670 The Score (WSCR/Chicago) is holding open auditions in a search for the CBS Radio Sports/Talker’s next Bud Light Fantasy Football Expert. Beginning next Tuesday (8/26) The Score will hold a series of live auditions at local Windy City venues to find a point person who will host a weekly, one-hour online show to offer insights and info for strategizing Fantasy teams throughout the upcoming 2014 season. The final candidates will compete at a live event on September 12th, where they’ll face a “panel of expert judges” to win it all. “Giving someone the chance to host a Fantasy Football show on our digital platform is something new and exciting,” said PD Mitch Rosen about the promotion. “The Fantasy Football industry continues to be of high interest to our listeners and I look forward to finding the right candidate to fill this role with the station.” Find out more about the search HERE.
Tree Media, a production company focused on “inspiring positive social action,” with the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and in collaboration with WYM Media Management syndicated progressive talker Thom Hartmann, has released CARBON, a film narrated by DiCaprio “aimed at exploring crucial issues related to the climate crisis.” The film is the first of a three part Green World Rising film series that will be released in advance of next month’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York City. “We need serious action to address the most pressing issue of our time,” said Hartmann (pictured). “Communities across the world have taken action in the most direct and effective way possible by taxing and trading carbon. For us to beat this crisis, many more need to join.” The film can be viewed online HERE.
CBS Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb gets a TV simulcast of his show via the company’s CBS Sports Network television channel, beginning Monday (8/25). The three-hour show will air weekdays from 3-6pm (ET), originating from a new camera friendly set located at CBS Sports Radio’s NYC studios. Check out a preview HERE … WestStar Multimedia’s syndicated Kim Komando Show adds a trio of new weekly believers including KOIL/Omaha, WSPC/Albemarle, NC and WOBM/Toms River, NJ.