While 96.5 The Answer (KHTE/Little Rock) afternoon drive host Dave Elswick extended his Thanksgiving weekend holiday into Monday of this week, he managed to talk Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin into filling-in for him on the Salem Media Group-operated News/Talker.
Those are the strong and understandably bitter words of FOX Sports West Spanish-language Major League Baseball broadcaster (and Cuban Sports Hall of Fame inductee) Amaury Pi-Gonzalez upon learning of the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro over the holiday weekend. Pi-Gonzalez (left), whose parents sent him and his brother to the United States in the early 1960s — and later joined them in America to escape the Castro dictatorship — shared his thoughts with NTS MediaOnline Today saying, “The news was bittersweet to me. My family never envisioned living in the United States. My father was a very hard working plumber who built his own small to medium size company in Havana, just to have it taken away by Fidel Castro’s communist dictatorship who forever changed our way of life. It makes me think of the many things Fidel Castro did to Cubans, like separating families, and killing and murdering many of the opposition. Fidel Castro did not have to come to the USA and ask for political asylum like my family. He is now burning in Hell — and that is a good thing.” Meanwhile, a flood of U.S. media headed to Cuba over the weekend upon news of the death of Castro, including ABC News Radio correspondent Jim Ryan (right) who was dispatched to Havana to report on the event for the network.
WYM Media Management has confirmed that Herman Cain will end his nationally syndicated talk show (which airs on a reported 120 affiliates nationwide) at the end of December. Cain (right), who is based at Cox Media Group News/Talker WSB/Atlanta, will continue to air on his hometown flagship, as well as on co-owned CMG News/Talkers WDBO/Orlando, KRMG/Tulsa, WHIO/Dayton and WOKV/Jacksonville, FL … Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and PodcastOne have signed a long-term partnership to create PodcastOne Australia, a brand and platform that will “bring the best in podcasting directly to listeners.” SCA will operate PodcastOne Australia as the exclusive partner in that country and in New Zealand, with select SCA podcasts made available in the U.S. on the PodcastOne platform. PodcastOne Australia will be available early in 2017 via mobile app and online … The GCN syndicated Dr. Daliah Show has been added to the lineup at new affiliate KZWY-FM/Sheridan, WY … Skip LaCombe, co-host of TheBlaze Radio Network’s Morning Blaze (alongside Doc Thompson) has announced he will not be returning to the show. LaCombe, who has been on sabbatical from the program for awhile, tweeted he was not fired and praised both network founder Glenn Beck and his show partner Thompson for their support.
KFI/Los Angeles and SoCal charity Caterina’s Club will hold their 6th annual KFI PastaThon this Thursday (12/1), from 6am-10pm at Bruno Serato’s White House Restaurant. The 17-hour broadcast will benefit the charity (founded by Serato in 2005), which provides meals every night to more than 1,800 low-income children in more than 15 cities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. KFI personalities including Bill Handel, Aron Bender, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffman, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. will all be on site, encouraging listeners to donate packaged pasta, sauce and money to help feed the region’s underprivileged ’motel kids.’ KFI Program Director Robin Bertolucci reports the yearly event has raised over $1 million and more than 151,0000 pounds of food since it’s inception and adds, “This year we aim to raise $325,000 in one day!” … It’s been a few weeks since iHeartMedia/Madison, WI pulled the plug on progressive talker The Mic 92.1 (WXXM) and plugged in all-Christmas music — radio’s all-purpose, place-holding tool prior to a format flip. But Talk from either side of the aisle won’t be returning to the 92.1 frequency, as iHM has already jettisoned the temporary ‘ho, ho, ho’ playlist and relaunched the station as Classic Hits Rewind 92.1.
CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of former WOWO/Ft. Wayne broadcaster and 63-season voice of Ft. Wayne Komets hockey, Bob Chase, who died on Thanksgiving Day (11/24) at age 90. WOWO Program Director Ryan Reker has posted a tribute to the legendary Indiana broadcaster HERE … Legendary St. Louis talk personality and controversial community activist Richard ‘Onion’ Horton, has died following complications of Alzheimers Disease. He was 80 … Longtime music industry executive philanthropist and founder of the T.J. Martell Foundation, Tony Martell, died Sunday (11/27) at his home in New Jersey. He was 90. Radio has long supported and been involved in fundraising efforts for the foundation that Tony started in 1975 to honor his son, T.J., who died at the age of 19 following a battle with leukemia. The foundation’s website has posted a tribute to Martell HERE.
Super Bowl champion and former New York Giants defensive end Chris Canty has joined ESPN New York 98.7FM’s (WEPN) Alan Hahn and Rick DiPietro as the newest member of the station’s weekday Hahn & Humpty show (noon-3pm). Canty (left) — who has been a contributor to the station since ending his playing career last year — will also continue to serve as a host of the weekend NY’s Game Day block, that airs Sunday mornings on the ESPN owned and operated flagship … Sports Radio 94 WIP/Philadelphia and Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies have extended their broadcast partnership, with a new deal that will keep the team’s play-by-play radio broadcasts on the CBS Radio-owned Sports/Talker for the foreseeable future. Since 2004, Phillies’ games have aired on CBS Radio/Philadelphia stations — the last five of those seasons on WIP. Phillies hometown announcers Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Jim Jackson will all be back in the radio broadcast booth as part of the newly inked deal that kicks-off with the broadcast of the team’s first Spring Training game next February 24th.
How does at least one Talk radio host take a break from the daily storm of controversy and craziness in this presidential election year? By busting out a few moves and singing with Elvis, of course! That’s KXNT/Las Vegas morning host, part-time singer and ‘Sin City’ native Heidi Harris pictured above, as she recently guest-hosted Legends In Concert — the longest-running show in her hometown’s history.
Nielsen reports that November was another high-performing month for Sports/Talk radio, corresponding with the annual fall upswing for the format, which Nielsen tracks each year. According to an analysis of November PPM ratings, the ratings service reports, “Sports stations across the U.S. stayed hot this month with Millennial listeners, those aged 18-34, by matching October’s record high 4.2% share — the best we’ve seen in PPM measurement.” Sports/Talk also showed strong ratings overall (6+) and with listeners 25-54, maintaining a solid 5.4 and 6.2 share level respectively — the same shares the format achieved in both of those demos in November 2015 PPM ratings. Get more details and analysis from the Nielsen Insights page HERE.
A whole brigade of folks from radio imaging and voiceover firm Benztown (left) volunteered their time in Los Angeles this week to help with the annual E.J. Jackson Foundation’s Turkey Giveaway, which feeds over 10,000 hungry Angelenos in need every year at Thanksgiving. Benztown’s L.A. employees and their friends and families have volunteered their help for the community service effort for the past five years … Meanwhile, although this holiday week is all about turkey, KIRO-FM/Seattle podcaster Rachel Belle is asking celebrity guests, “What would you choose for your last meal?” Check out Rachel’s Your Last Meal podcast on iTunes and online HERE … iHeartMedia promotes Derrick “DC”Cole to SVP/Programming for the company’s Wilmington-Dover, DE station cluster that includes News/Talkers WILM and WDOV, and Sports/Talk WWTX. Along with his newly expanded regional duties, Cole will also continue in his current role as PD for CHR WLAN-FM and Rumba 1390 WLAN-AM/Lancaster, PA … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of former WOAI/San Antonio Program Director and talk host Pat Rodgers, who has died following complications from a recent heart attack. He was 67. The WOAI website pays tribute to Rodgers, calling him “the driving force behind the creation of the modern WOAI.”
Rob Carson has exited KCMO/Kansas City after almost two years. Carson, who also hosts America Weekend for syndicator Envision Networks joined KCMO in 2015. “This was a budgetary decision and not a reflection of my performance as my show was leading all day parts,” said Carson. “I had a wonderful experience working for Cumulus Media/KC. Donna Baker and Lance Tidwell are a terrific pair of managers, and I greatly appreciate all they did for me.” … The latest Radio Impact Reports blog post from the RAB examines the recent mass broadcast of a Town Hall meeting with the mayor of Chicago, and how it reflects just how important and unique the connection is between radio and its local listeners, and why radio remains the medium that’s “always there” when you need it. Read more HERE … From our ‘Not Exactly Talk Media News’ Department: WMMR/Philadelphia midday host Pierre Robert marks a nearly unheard of 35 years on the air at the same radio station this month. A well-known personality around the Delaware Valley for his many years of involvement with local communities and causes, Robert joined the pioneering rock station back in 1981 … After 35 years of co-hosting The Loren & Wally Morning Show, Wally Brine has decided to ditch his alarm clock and retire, effective Friday, December 16th. The duo have been heard on the air together over the past three and a half decades on three different Boston stations: WVBF, WCLB and most recently WROR.
WMAL-AM&FM/Washington, DC is searching for a new morning co-host to join Brian Wilson on the Cumulus Media-owned News/Talker’s weekday Mornings On The Mall show. The opening comes as the result of yesterday’s announcement that current morning co-host Larry O’Connor will be moving to afternoon drive with the start of the New Year. Experienced pros interested in this prime-time gig in our nation’s capitol should email your resume and audio asap to Program Director Bill Hess HERE. (EOE)
Beasley Media Group is seeking an Executive VP/Digital, described as “a senior digital leader with a track record of setting a strategy that others rally behind, hands-on experience in driving the execution of a business plan that delivers results, and a proven ability to conceive, launch and monetize market-leading digital products.” This full-time corporate level position reports directly to the CEO and requires a minimum 10-years digital media or marketing experience, including at least three in a senior digital leadership role. See the full list of job requirements and details on how to apply HERE. (EOE)
Entercom/Charlotte, NC has a rare opening for a Director of Sales for News/Talker WBT-AM&FM and 107.9 The Link WLNK-FM. The right candidate must possess a strong desire to win and lead by example, with a track record of revenue success. The DOS must have a strong background in running successful stations, must be an exceptional sales trainer, a creative thinker and be able to recruit and hire the best in the business. You’ll need three to five years experience in radio sales management, preferably in a cluster or multi-station group, with a four-year college degree preferred. Interested candidates should email your cover letter and resume HERE. (EOE)
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