Sports/Talk radio veteran Owen Murphy has been named Program Director for KFWB/Los Angeles and will head up the longtime All-News station’s transition to a new 24/7 Sports programming lineup that is scheduled to launch next month. Murphy (pictured) previously programmed 710 ESPN/Seattle (KIRO-AM) from 2009-2010. Prior to that he worked at ESPN Radio’s Bristol, CT campus as a producer for the Mike and Mike Show and as the Executive Producer of The Dan Patrick Show. Most recently, Murphy has been working as a talent coach and Sports radio consultant. “I cannot adequately express how excited I am to be part of a team that is going to serve the Los Angeles sports radio audience in a manner never before heard,” said Murphy about his new gig. “Having Jim Rome as a centerpiece of the station’s new lineup is a thrilling base to build upon for the passionate sports fans of Southern California.”
Las Vegas-based nationally syndicated radio and local TV personality Dr. Daliah Wachs has announced the formation of The Doctor Daliah Foundation For Kids, with an initial goal of raising funds to build a pediatric wing for Vegas’ Community Outreach Medical Center to serve thousands of underserved and uninsured kids in the region. A tireless fundraiser for numerous causes in her community over the years, the ‘Doc’ (pictured) is turning her considerable fundraising energies toward an effort that she says is long overdue. “We currently do not have a weekday medical clinic for children — there is one other in town that is only open a few days a month — so this clinic, located in the center of town and near low income communities, is much needed,” she told NTS MediaOnline Today. “This will hopefully become a citywide effort that gives the underserved medical community the attention and funds they deserve.”
Steve Townsend joins Westwood One as Senior Account Manager for its network sales division. Townsend’s resume includes stints as Sales Manager for Clear Channel/New York, as well as then Citadel Broadcasting-owned WPLJ (now owned by Cumulus) and CBS Radio’s WXRK and WCBS-FM … National Association of Broadcasters President/CEO Gordon Smith has been tapped as one of the keynoters for the upcoming 39th annual Conclave Learning Conference. Smith (pictured) joins Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan on the roster of special guest speakers announced so far for the yearly gathering that takes place November 14th and 15th in Minneapolis … Condolences: To Salem Radio Network talk host Dennis Prager and his family on the death of Dennis’ dad, Max, over the weekend. He was 96. The elder Prager was a regular guest on his son’s radio show, contributing conversation and commentary that SRN VP Tom Tradup described in a memo to staffers as, “Common sense perspective on a variety of issues.”
Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk adds new affiliates KARN/Little Rock, WBRN/Big Rapids, MI, WNDA/New Albany, IN and simulcast partner WLRS/Eminence, KY, and WINT/Willoughby, OH … WPTK/Raleigh, NC adds Free Talk Live (FTL) to the station’s weeknight lineup. Both FTL and Gresham’s week show are syndicated by Talk Shows USA … Don Bischoff is named Chief Communications Manager and Tony Cutillo as Executive Creative Director at Tampa-based Eclectic Media PR. Both will report to company president and founder Shannon Rose … Out Of The Friend Zone, hosted by Heidi Selexa (pictured) debuts on CRN Digital Talk Radio. The one-hour show is billed as, “An open platform to expose and explain misunderstood signals, signs and messages between the sexes.”
Pictured above is KMOX/St. Louis staffer Debbie Monterrey, just one of a number of volunteers from the CBS Radio News/Talker who recently took the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ at the Biergarten at the Gateway City’s famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Although we’ve seen and heard some grumbling that the social media phenomenon is little more than just a feel-good fad, NBC News reports that all those ‘challenges’ you’re probably getting tired of reading about on your Facebook page have collectively raised some $15.6 million for ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease) since the end of July. The ALS Association reports that number compares to just $1.8 million in donations received during the same period of time in 2013.
Ann Compton, who has covered seven U.S. Presidents during her years at ABC News, will retire next month after a 41-year run with the network on both television and radio. Just weeks after the resignation of Richard Nixon, Compton (pictured) became the first woman ever to cover the White House full-time for a television network. She went on to cover the administrations of every succeeding President, including George W. Bush, with whom she spent the day on 9/11 as the only broadcast reporter aboard Air Force One when Bush was unable to return to DC following the terrorist attacks. The Emmy and Peabody-winning journalist is also a 2005 inductee of the Museum of Broadcasting’s National Radio Hall of Fame. (photo: ABC News/Steve Fenn)
That’s the word from ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones as he told staffers in a memo this afternoon about the pending retirement of the network’s veteran White House Correspondent Ann Compton. “Last winter Ann raised a subject she’s hinted at before and that I’d previously managed to avoid: her retirement. She told me how amazing it was being a new grandmother and suggested that, after 40-years at ABC News, perhaps it was time to transition to the next phase of her life. I listened, smiled and told her we’d chat again, hoping she’d change her mind. But, by the spring, it was clear to me that Ann was ready to leave the job she has loved so that she can spend more time with the people she loves: her wonderful family.” Not wanting to put the proverbial cart in front of the horse Jones added, “We have a date set in late September for us to celebrate Ann’s career in a setting that will let her friends and co-workers offer tributes and recollections about one of the most amazing women in journalism and one of the greatest friends and colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with. For now, though, Ann has asked that she be allowed to continue reporting from the White House without distraction. We’ll have plenty of time next month to celebrate her career and express our admiration, appreciation and love.”
Speaking of White House correspondents, that’s CBS Radio News veteran Peter Maer (pictured) standing by for an update from President Obama during a press conference called yesterday (8/14), in which Obama addressed the ongoing protests and racial unrest in Ferguson, MO. It’s one of a number of public statements the President has made during his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard this week, and CBS News proudly notes Maer is “the only network radio news reporter” traveling with the President … WTAG/Worcester morning host Paul Westcott signed off for the final time today, announcing he is leaving for a non-broadcast position in Washington, DC. Westcott notes he will continue to “post and podcast” on former Premiere Networks host Andy Dean’s developing digital platform ConnectPal.com. Paul also notes that the Clear Channel News/Talker is actively on the hunt for his replacement in wake-ups. Interested Talk radio pros should reach out to Kevin Johnson HERE … NBC News has confirmed that the network’s political director Chuck Todd will take over as host of Meet The Press, replacing the exiting David Gregory on the long-running Sunday morning news program.
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ESPN Radio hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic and their wives accepted the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ — a red hot fad that’s sweeping the nation to raise awareness of ALS. Pictured at that bone-chilling moment just after pouring buckets of ice water over their heads, all four then challenged Mike & Mike Show listeners to join them in raising awareness for the affliction, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.