While most of the country is enjoying or hoping for relief from the heat of August, most broadcasters are hoping that even when temperatures eventually cool down, consumers will be turning up the heat to bring retailers (and radio advertisers) a happy holiday season. A report from eMarketer.com forecasts the jingling of cash registers will grow this upcoming holiday season, with predicted retail sales growth of 5.7% — the biggest jump since 2011. According to eMarketer analyst Monica Peart, “Retail sales in November and December 2015 are expected to show a healthy increase over what was experienced during the same period in 2014. Increases in real income from wages, further decreases in unemployment and an increased willingness to spend in traditional retail categories that missed out on the windfall in gas prices earlier on in the year should also drive growth.” Read more HERE.
Former CU head football coach Gary Barnett (left) will join the KOA/Denver Colorado Buffaloes’ football broadcast team on a limited basis this fall, and in 2016, he’ll replace the legendary Larry Zimmer as the full-time analyst for CU games. Barnett, who has been working as an analyst for Sports USA Radio, says he’ll continue to work occasional games for the network as time allows … Veteran Chicago Sports radio personality Mike North will host a three-hour Chicago Bears post-game show this NFL season on Hubbard Radio’s Windy City classic rocker WDRV (The Drive). The new show will debut September 13th following the Bears’ season opener against the Green Bay Packers. Crosstown CBS Radio-owned WBBM-AM is the team’s play-by-play flagship radio outlet.
Beginning September 14th, CBS Radio will debut The Taz Show: Bodyslam & Beyond, a new show featuring pro-wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Taz (right) that will be available exclusively for audio and video streaming on CBS’ Play.it podcast network. Co-hosted and produced by Seth Neiman, The Taz Show will be live from 7-9am (ET), Monday-Friday, and available on-demand daily beginning at 10am. “The world of sports entertainment is well-known for its colorful characters and no doubt Taz is one of the most opinionated and passionate of all time,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming, CBS Radio. “His unique personality along with his fanatical fan base make Taz the perfect personality to help build this new content platform.”
A huge crowd turned out in Virginia over the weekend for a WMAL/Washington-hosted book signing featuring Westwood One talk host Mark Levin. That’s Levin (pictured) grabbing a photo souvenir with a wounded veteran of the Afghanistan war, who came by to get his copy of Plunder & Deceit autographed … Envision Networks syndicated John & Leah Show adds seven new affiliates, as Salem Media Group-owned KRLA/Los Angeles; KNTH/Houston; KLFE/Seattle; KCBQ/San Diego; KTKZ/Sacramento; WGTK-FM/Greenville, SC and WLSS/Sarasota all add the weekly Sunday night program co-hosted by Talk radio veteran John Ziegler and Leah Brandon … Christian broadcaster Moody Radio names Brian Dahlen as morning host for the company’s northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania stations, alongside coordinating producer, Kathleen Ferrini. Beginning August 31st Brian and Kathleen Mornings will air weekdays (6-9am) on Moody/Ohio FM’s 103.3 FM (Cleveland), 89.5 FM (Sandusky), 91.7 FM (Ashtabula), and 90.5 FM (Millersburg), and in western Pennsylvania on 90.1 FM (New Castle) and 91.9 FM (Meadville).
Westwood One syndicated talker and WLS-AM/Chicago personality Jonathon Brandmeier recently hosted a sunset cruise along the city’s famous river. ‘Captain Johnny’ entertained the intimate group that included staffers and clients.
After leaving WREC/Memphis some five and a half years ago, Ben Ferguson has found that the only cure for those ‘Beale Street Blues’ is to return to iHeartMedia’s Mid-South News/Talker, where he’s taking up residence in his old familiar afternoon drive time slot — 4-7pm weekdays. Ferguson, who left WBAP/Dallas earlier this year after a three-plus year run with the Cumulus Media News/Talker, tells NTS MediaOnline Today he’s also just inked a new two year extension with CNN to continue serving as an on-camera political analyst for the cable news network. Along with his new local WREC show, Ben will continue hosting his long-running weekly nationally syndicated talk show that currently airs on a reported 100 affiliates every Sunday (7-10pm/ET), via the ICON Radio Network.
NTS MediaOnline Today sends our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of KOMO/Seattle news anchor Jane Shannon, who died suddenly this week. Before joining KOMO in 2010, Shannon (left) worked at crosstown stations KING-AM and KIRO, where she anchored that station’s morning drive news from 1993-2009. The KOMO website has more HERE … Alpha Media/San Antonio names Jessica Aguilar as Marketing Director for the cluster, including News/Talker KTSA. Aquilar was most recently Marketing Supervisor at Six Flags Fiesta Texas … Congrats to the crew at Bonneville/Phoenix, where their 15th annual Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital set a new fundraising record this week, with more than $1.47 million in donations collected during the 19-hour radio broadcast simulcast on both News/Talk KTAR 92.3 FM and Arizona Sports 98.7 FM … A benefit motorcycle ride named in honor of the late KFGO/Fargo meteorologist Terry Spies will be held next month. The inaugural Terry Spies Veterans Memorial Ride will take place on Saturday, September 5th to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Multiple media sources are reporting that current ESPN Radio late afternoon host Dan Le Batard and co-host ‘Stugotz’ will takeover Colin Cowherd’s former 10am-1pm (ET) slot on the network. No official word from the network on the reports … Entercom drops its FM simulcast of Miami Sports/Talker AM 790 The Ticket in favor of newly launched Alternative rocker 104.3 The Shark. Commenting on the move to air the Sports/Talker’s lineup exclusively on AM, Entercom/South Florida VP/Market Manager Doug Abernethy said, “790 The Ticket is the flagship station for South Florida sports and is the home of the Miami Heat. We deliver the best in local content, personalities and events, and we are making a huge investment in more content featuring the biggest names in sports in South Florida.” … Chicago natives Fall Out Boy will headline the 2015 Chicago Bears Miller Lite Kickoff Concert on Friday, September 11th at Chicago’s Park West. Emceed by Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer from Bears’ radio flagship WBBM-AM & FM, the ticketed event is part of ‘Back To Football Week’ in the Windy City … Cumulus Media signs a new multi-year agreement with the University of Oregon and sports rights holder IMG to be the exclusive radio broadcast partner for U of O Sports in the Eugene/Springfield market. The university’s sports broadcasts will air on several stations in the cluster, including News/Talker KUGN and Sports/Talker 95.3 The Score.
Cherry Creek Radio is expanding in Washington state and is seeking a Regional News Director. This individual will lead the news department staff at both of our Washington state heritage signals, News Radio 560 KPQ/Wenatchee and News Radio 610 KONA/Tri-Cities. You will be responsible for directing all news gathering, writing, and on-air reporting, attending pressers and events, recording and editing audio for newscasts and digital postings, story assignments, conducting interviews and presenting recorded and real time newscasts, posting stories and related news content online with associated graphics. You must monitor police, fire and other emergency agency scanners, as well as posting pertinent information to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and such. Other duties involve enterprising stories and promoting listener/viewer interaction. You answer directly to the Regional Program Director. A Batchelor’s degree in Media, Communications, or Journalism required, along with at least three years newsroom experience as a News Director. This is not a position for beginners. Most importantly, you must write in either Mervin Block Method or present tense form, and should be able to guide the news team in the same writing style. We expect excellent communications skills, proficiency in digital editing and social media, understanding of journalistic ethics and standards and a positive, team-player attitude. No ‘rogue journalists’ need apply. We must have all applicant materials in no later than Monday, August 31st. You must include the following in your package: at least one newscast, three references, five story samples, and a resume. Rush your application package (no phone calls) to Regional PD John Summers HERE. (EOE)
Cherry Creek Radio/Washington is also seeking News Anchors and Reporters to support the news departments at both News Radio 560 KPQ/Wenatchee and News Radio 610 KONA/Tri-Cities (positions are in both locations). You will be responsible for news gathering, writing, and on-air reporting, attending pressers and events, recording and editing audio for newscasts and digital postings, conducting interviews and presenting recorded and real time newscasts, posting stories and related news content online with associated graphics. You must monitor police, fire and other emergency agency scanners, as well as posting pertinent information to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and such. Other duties involve enterprising stories and promoting listener/viewer interaction. All news employees are required to attend promotional events as needed or required by the Regional Program Director, News Director or General Manager. A minimum Associates Degree in Media, Communications, or Journalism required, and at least 2-years newsroom experience. No rip and readers, as this is not a position for beginners. Most importantly, you must write in either Mervin Block Method or present tense form. We expect excellent communications skills, proficiency in digital editing and social media, understanding of journalistic ethics and standards and a positive, team-player attitude. No ‘rogue journalists’ need apply. We must have all applicant materials in no later than Monday, August 31st. You must have the following in your package: at least one newscast, three references, five story samples, and a resume. Rush your application package (no phone calls) to Regional PD John Summers HERE. (EOE)
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The 11th annual ESPN/New York 98.7FM Tee it Up Golf Classic was held at Knollwood Country Club in Westchester earlier this week, an event that raised more than $15,000 for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Since its inception, the annual event has raised more than $130,000 for the Foundation. Among the participants in the event were (l-r): ESPN/New York 98.7FM personalities Michael Kay, Ryan Ruocco, Robin Lundberg and Dave Rothenberg.