For the fourth time in five years KNX/Los Angeles has been honored by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association with the group’s 2014 Radio Anchor Staff Award. Flashing award-winning smiles at SCSB’s 23rd annual luncheon event are (L-R): KNX Sports anchors Geoff Witcher, Joe Cala (who apparently carries a microphone with him wherever he goes), Steve Grad, Randy Kerdoon and Chris Madsen.
While it’s the voice of the talent behind the mic at Talk radio that gets all of the attention and accolades, everyone who has been in the business for more than a cup-of-coffee knows that, behind the scenes, there are many talented people who contribute mightily to the success of even the best of talk show hosts. On his Premiere Networks-syndicated radio show today, Rush Limbaugh paid emotional tribute to one such individual, announcing that his program’s Chief of Staff, Christopher “Kit” Carson, died early this morning following a 4-year fight with brain cancer. He was 58. The show’s longest-running employee, Kit began his relationship with Rush over 27 years ago, screening calls and answering mail for the show when it first went national from New York. “Everybody here is … even though we’ve known this was coming for a few weeks, still … it leaves a huge void in everybody’s heart,” said Limbaugh in the opening minutes of his show today. “Kit was in all ways, every way I can of think of, a special human being and person. Because whenever he was on the other end of something you knew there was going to be a laugh, or a joke, or a smile. You knew you were talking to somebody who actively loved being alive. He loved his job, he loved the country, and he loved his kids and his wife Teresa, so much.” Read the full transcript of Rush’s poignant on-air tribute to his longtime friend, and find out just how an unknown guy with a cowboy’s name grew to become the “aide-de-camp” to America’s biggest Talk radio host HERE.
KFI/Los Angeles reporter Steven Gregory (pictured) proudly cradles the seven trophies that he and the KFI news department took home over the weekend at the 65th annual Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) Golden Mike Awards gala. Included among the trophies Steve is holding is one for ‘Best Radio News Special’ for a three-hour special, Breaking Down The Border Crisis, produced in conjunction with Univision reporter Oswaldo Borraez … Meanwhile, crosstown CBS Radio all-newser KNX also took home seven Golden Mike Awards at this year’s ceremonies, including one for “Best News Public Affairs Show” for the station’s monthly Ask The Mayor program. The live, one-hour Q&A broadcast, featuring L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti , is anchored by KNX’s Charles Feldman and Tom Haule. See a list of all this year’s SoCal RTNA radio and TV award winners HERE.
30-year Windy City traffic reporter Leslie Keiling has called commutes for a who’s-who of Chicago radio luminaries during her years on the radio, including Larry Lujack, Steve Dahl (who famously gave her the pseudonym ‘Lane Closure’), John Landecker, Jonathon Brandmeier, Garry Meier and many others. Officially an employee of WGN Radio’s traffic service provider Radiate Media, Keiling (pictured) learned over the weekend that she was being released from her duties at the Tribune News/Talker after a ten-year run. Chicagoland Radio and Media has more details HERE … Alpha Media continues its rapid expansion, with an agreement to acquire four stations in Virginia from Free Lance Star Radio, including WFLS and WNTX/Fredericksburg, WVBX/Spotsylvania and WWUZ/Bowling Green … Eric Von Haessler — who along with Larry Wachs was part of the popular Atlanta radio team ‘The Regular Guys’ — lands a new two-hour weekly solo show on Cox Media Group’s ATL News/Talker WSB.
Suffice it to say that pretty much all eyes and ears in the sports media world are on Arizona this week, with every major Sports Radio network and a ton of national and local radio shows broadcasting live from the Grand Canyon State, with many hosting special on and off-air events all week leading up to next Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the AFC Patriots and NFC Seahawks. iHeartMedia Sports/Talker KJR/Seattle’s Mitch In The Morning team (pictured) is already in Phoenix, sporting their home team pride and ’12th Man’ spirit as they broadcast live all week in support of what they hope will be a second consecutive Super Bowl win for the Seahawks … Broadcast Company of the Americas’ south-of-the-border SoCal Sports/Talker, The Mighty 1090 (XEPRS), re-ups as the radio flagship for Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres. The team’s games have aired on the station since 2004.
Pictured in the radio broadcast booth at yesterday’s (1/25) sold-out NFL Pro-Bowl Game in Arizona are (L-R): producer Aaron Cummins, announcer Scott Graham (the voice of NFL Films), Executive Producer Howard Deneroff and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson. Next up, WW One Sports — the “official network radio partner of the NFL” — will air next Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks across a reported 700 radio stations nationwide and worldwide via the American Forces Radio Network. Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason will call all the action from the game that is scheduled to kick-off at 5pm (ET) on February 1st.
As broadcasters continually seek to find new ways to build a bridge between traditional broadcast radio and the apparent mistrust of all things traditional by Millennials, a recent feature by Entrepreneur staff writer Kate Taylor reinforces that gaining the trust of ‘Gen Y’ is not something that’s going to be easy. “The rejection of traditional media as inauthentic comes part-and-parcel with the trend of Millennials discarding other norms accepted by previous generations,” writes Taylor. “Gen Y is apparently suspicious of tradition, they are over conventional advertising, home ownership and the promise of Social Security. They’re used to not trusting CEO’s, politicians and just corporations in general.” So, if they don’t trust traditional media, what sources for news do Millennials trust most. Find out by reading the full feature HERE.
Effective March 2nd, Dean Blundell will join Toronto’s Sportsnet 590 The Fan to co-host a new 5:30-9am morning show, Dean Blundell & Company, alongside Andrew Walker. Additionally, current morning co-host Greg Brady will move to afternoons at the end of March, as popular PM drive hosts Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro take their act to Sportsnet TV, where they’ll host a new 5-7pm show beginning July 1st … ESPN Radio revamps its weekend lineup, adding eight new shows including the new two-hour espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio, co-hosted by espnW and ESPN Radio 1000/Chicago’s Sarah Spain and ESPN anchor and analyst Prim Siripipat. View the rest of the network’s new weekend roster HERE … That’s Yahoo! Sports Radio CEO David Gow (pictured) getting some ball handling tips from Harlem Globetrotters ‘Stretch’ and ‘Bucket’ following the duo’s recent visit to the Houston-based sports network’s Prime Cut with Sean Salisbury and John Granato show.
iHeartMedia News/Talker KFBK/Sacramento is on the hunt for a Morning News Anchor/Writer. “The ideal candidate will have strong news broadcasting experience and be able to multi-task and take direction well. You will work alongside Amy Lewis, long-term KFBK co-anchor, in a fast-paced, challenging and friendly environment. Must be an aggressive self-starter who can hit the ground running, cut up sound on the fly, report live from the street or in-house, love big breaking news, write conversationally, and stay on top of social media – all while creating and contributing daily content to the web and Facebook. You will need to be able to write short, tight copy, adlib well, anchor short-form newscasts or long-form event coverage when necessary, and understand news coverage in the digital/social media age. Conversational and credible on air news delivery, creative broadcast news writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively are prerequisites for this position. You must be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, have a strong knowledge of current events and work positively as part of a team. A solid background in journalism and radio, including news judgment, grammar, spelling and critical thinking, and a minimum 3 years experience in radio as a drive time news anchor including hosting live breaking news required.” Learn more about the full-time position and apply online HERE. (EOE)
• Salem Communications/Omaha is seeking a full-time Account Manager for the company’s three-station Nebraska cluster, including 100.7 The Fish KGBI, Christian Talk KCRO and El Pez 1420 KOTK. Past sales experience and a Bachelor’s Degree is preferred, along with excellent oral and written communication skills. Email your resume and cover letter to General Sales Manager Sue Garrett HERE. (EOE)
Sabo Media CEO Walter Sabo emails NTS MediaOnline Today to alert readers to an opportunity to enhance your income by using your skills and knowledge to teach and mentor a new generation of radio broadcasters. “For the past few months I have worked with Radio Connection, a licensed school that connects people who really want to be in radio with a local mentor,” said Sabo. “The mentor gets to share his or her knowledge of radio through the curriculum. The school has been around for about 15 years and they vet potential students rigorously.” Learn more about the school and the opportunity to become a local mentor to a student HERE.
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Sad news to report from our friends at KKOB-AM/Albuquerque today, as Operations Manager Pat Frisch alerts NTS MediaOnline Today that popular station weekend host Terrie Q. Sayre has died suddenly. She was just 54. A former Mrs. Nevada and also a former show girl at Harrah’s and Caesars Lake Tahoe, Sayre previously hosted weekends at Cumulus Media sister News/Talker KKOH/Reno for a number of years before moving to The Land of Enchantment, where she has spent the past seven years hosting weekends at KKOB. She’d recently completed a new book, More Pet Friends, a second volume of pictures featuring local people and their pets — including many with the KKOB staff — with all proceeds benefitting local animal charities. “It is with deep sadness that I tell you we lost a true friend and a bright light in the 770 KKOB family,” wrote Frisch in a memo to staffers announcing Sayre’s untimely passing. “She was a wonderful woman who did so much for the community and this community is shocked.” No word yet on funeral services or plans for any public memorial for Sayre.