Pictured at yesterday’s live Town Hall event on Ebola, hosted by WTOP/Washington at DC’s Newseum are (L-R): Doctors Joshua Sharfstein, Jesse Goodman and Anthony Fauci. The trio of medical professionals took questions about the Ebola outbreak, advising that Americans should be “aware, prepared and informed, but not panicked” about the virus in the U.S. (Photo: WTOP/Laurie Cantillo)
In a recent NTS MediaOnline Today story, we introduced you to a new NPR social media project that allowed Millennials to self-identify about how they really see themselves beyond the typical census-type labels in order to learn more about that generation. Today we share news about the 12 Types of Millennials in our quest to help you to learn more about this coveted demo that is indeed the key to the future of not just Talk radio, but every audio format. A few of the categories identified by the digital advertising network Exponential include Boss Babes (assertive, professionally focused women); Brogrammers (fist-bumping, hard-partying male tech professionals); and Exuberants (Constant social media creators largely defined by the image they project). Exponential VP Bryan Melmed presented the findings at the recent Advertising Week event held in New York City, and Adweek.com summarizes his presentation HERE.
Tomorrow’s opening game of the 2014 MLB World Series, between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, will air nationwide exclusively on ESPN Radio, with Dan Shulman (right) calling the action alongside analyst Aaron Boone. Meanwhile, Jon Sciambi, analyst Chris Singleton and ESPN MLB Insider Peter Pascarelli will lead on-site pregame and postgame coverage for ESPN Radio’s 17th consecutive year of MLB post-season coverage, with help from in-studio host Marc Kestecher. In addition, ESPN Deportes Radio – now in its tenth consecutive season broadcasting the World Series — will broadcast every game with Eduardo Ortega, the Spanish voice of the San Diego Padres, anchoring the coverage. Ortega will be joined by Renato Bermudez, Armando Talavera and Jose Francisco Rivera. The first pitch of this year’s Fall Classic happens at 8pm (ET) tomorrow night (10/21).
When the mother of a North Dakota college student decided to publicly dispute official conclusions that her son’s recent death was a suicide, she chose to speak only to KFGO/Fargo’s News & Views host Joel Heitkamp. Tammy Sadek, whose 20-year old son’s body was found in the Red River in Breckenridge, MN, says she chose to speak exclusively to the Fargo radio veteran and former state senator because she felt that she could “trust” him. Sadek told Heitkamp that her son was wearing clothes she didn’t recognize when found and also did not have his cell phone with him. During her live appearance on KFGO, Sadek charged that agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension won’t look beyond their initial findings of suicide, saying she believes her son was murdered after being forced into becoming a confidential drug informer for the Southeast-Multi-County Drug Task Force after being caught with marijuana. Read more HERE.
From our Not Exactly Talk Media News department: Sad news out of WDEF/Chattanooga this morning as the station announced that Luther Masingill — ‘The Voice of Chattanooga’ — died last night (10/19) at the age of 92, following a brief illness. Known to local fans and listeners throughout the region for more than seven decades as simply, “Luther,” Masingill began his career at WDEF radio on New Year’s Day in 1941, then went on to log more than 74 years behind the mic at the same radio station — a record not likely to be broken. An inductee into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Broadcasters Hall of Fame, as well as a winner of an NAB Marconi Award, Luther’s WDEF bio notes that he was “the only radio personality in history to have reported both the Pearl Harbor and 9/11 attacks on the United States.” Watch video from a CBS News feature that aired for Luther’s 90th birthday HERE, and learn more about the storied career of one of the pioneering greats of radio and TV HERE.
Those scattered feathers are all that’s left of a bird that struck a plane carrying Sean Hannity, as the Premiere Networks syndicated talker was landing in Dallas for a sold-out event hosted by Salem News/Talker 660 The Answer (KSKY). Premiere’s Eric Stanger, who was traveling with Hannity on the weekend trip to Texas, reports the bird actually pierced a hole right through the plane’s nose and sent along the digital evidence above as proof.
Red Zebra Broadcasting has responded to objections filed against renewal of the license of WWXX-FM/Buckland, VA. The station is part of a multi-station simulcast of DC Sports/Talker 980 ESPN (WTEM), operated by Washington Redskins owner and Red Zebra Broadcasting founder Dan Snyder. Groups including three Native Americans have petitioned the FCC to deny WWXX’s renewal, saying that frequent use of the term ‘Redskins’ on the station should be considered a “racial slur.” Red Zebra CEO Rick Carmean responded to those objections today with the company’s own filing stating: Our response makes clear that under the Communications Act and the First Amendment the FCC should not be in the business of censoring the content of radio stations. Any debate about the Washington Redskins’ name and its meaning should be had in the free marketplace of ideas, not in the halls of the FCC or any other governmental agency. Meanwhile, Andrew G. McBride, counsel for Red Zebra said of the filing, “We hope that the FCC will swiftly reject this transparent attempt to use the license renewal process to intimidate broadcasters across the country with the baseless threat that accurately reporting on the Washington Redskins football franchise by using the team’s full name violates any law or FCC regulation.”
Three Salem Communications stations are gearing up for the upcoming November midterm elections with listener rallies in Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago. The first event will be hosted by Dallas News/Talker 660AM The Answer (KSKY) tomorrow night (10/18). The sold-out event will feature potential GOP presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz, along with Premiere Networks nationally syndicated host Sean Hannity and local hosts Mark Davis and Jon David Wells. Sunday night (10/19) will see L.A.’s AM 870 The Answer (KRLA) host Townhall 2014, featuring morning hosts Brian Whitman, Ben Shapiro and Elisha Krauss, along with Salem Radio Network hosts Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt. Next weekend, AM 560 The Answer (WIND) will host a two-day event (10/24-25) in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, IL, featuring former Congressman Joe Walsh, local Windy City morning team John Howell and Amy Jacobson, Premiere’s Sean Hannity, Radio America syndicated host Dana Loesch, and potential presidential candidate, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Nationally syndicated Talk radio host and New York Times best-selling author, Dave Ramsey, presented his Legacy Journey LIVE! tour in Seattle yesterday (10/16) in conjunction with affiliate KTTH. Dave (shown taking the stage) and his daughter Rachel Cruze packed the Emerald City’s Benaroya Hall for the live event … Former WABC-WPLJ/New York President and General Manager Steve Borneman has been named GM for Times-Shamrock Communications’ four station Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA cluster. The move reunites Steve with his former ABC Radio colleague Mitch Dolan, now COO of Times-Shamrock … Congrats to KQTH/Tucson host Jon Justice (pictured right) on winning as ‘Best Talk Radio Host’ in the 2014 edition of Tucson Weekly’s annual Best of Tucson poll. It’s the 6th time that Justice (pictured) has topped the newspaper’s list … CBS Radio/Chicago promotes Ashley Fields to Director of Marketing for All-News combo WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM, and Sports/Talker WSCR. Fields, who previously served in the same capacity solely for ‘The Score,‘ first joined CBS Radio’s Windy City cluster as an AE.
Entercom News/Talker WORD 106.3/Greenville, SC has a rare and immediate opening for an exceptional Talk Show Personality. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator able to connect with the conservative values of our on air and social media audiences and will have the skills and desire to become a trusted talent that WORD 106.3 listeners can depend on for local, state and national topics. You will have a team of like-minded professionals, with on-air skills. You will work in a fast-paced, challenging and environment and you will have unbridled desire to dominate your time slot and make your brand iconic in the 59th largest market. Get more details and instructions on how to apply HERE. (EOE)
Midwest Communications’ Sioux Falls cluster, including News/Talker KELO 1320 & 107.9, is currently seeking applicants for an outside Advertising Sales Representative. This individual will be representing several of our on-air and online radio stations and working with a variety of existing and potential clients. Your day-to-day mission is to initiate conversation, develop relationships, identify opportunities, and provide profitable solutions utilizing our media platform. We provide extensive training, a good salary to get started, and a competitive compensation plan with full benefits. The majority of our sales force has been with us over four years and earn well beyond average income. Email cover letter and resume HERE. (EOE)
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