NTS MediaOnline Today sends out congrats to Westwood One syndicated talker Michael Savage, who will celebrate 21 years in radio tomorrow (3/24), marking the occasion with a special 3-6pm (ET) broadcast taking a look back on his more than two decades on the air. Along with playing back some rare archival show segments from over the years, Savage will also air his original Talk radio demo tape, as well as a collection of clips from the earliest years of The Savage Nation, a show he first developed in 1994. “I am elated to celebrate this momentous occasion with the millions of listeners who have supported me over the past 21 years,” said Savage of tomorrow’s milestone broadcast. “Taking The Savage Nation across the country with Cumulus Media to more than 200 stations has been a tremendous honor and I look forward to many more years on the air.”
ESPN Radio’s 18th Major League Baseball season, featuring a slate of more than 66 games, will begin on Opening Night (4/5), when the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Chicago Cubs at 8pm (ET). That will be followed by this year’s Opening Day (4/6) broadcast of the Washington Nationals hosting the New York Mets at 4pm (ET). Play-by-play commentator Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton will return to call all of the upcoming season’s action, that will also include coverage of Major League Baseball’s annual Home Run Derby and All Star Game (July 13-14), as well as postseason coverage of any potential tie-breaker games, Wild Card games, the National and American League Division Series and Championship Series, and the 2015 World Series. Audio of all games will be available on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com and the ESPN Radio mobile app.
Cox Media Group has promoted Bob DeBlois (left), GSM at News/Talker WOKV/Jacksonville, FL, to Director of Sales for CMG’s entire six-station north Florida cluster … In a feature entitled Jeb’s Talk Radio Problem, Politico.com Senior Staff Writer Michael Kruse analyzes the impact that Talk radio — and most specifically Rush Limbaugh – is having on the field of GOP presidential hopefuls as the 2016 race for the White House shapes up. Read more HERE … Following several years pursuing both a local and national Talk radio career, Erich ‘Mancow’ Muller is returning to music radio to host mornings at Cumulus Media-owned WLUP (The Loop)/Chicago. He’ll reunite with original show cast members, Al Roker, Jr., Luv Cheeze and Cathy Vlahogiannis beginning March 3oth … Condolences: To the family, friends and many industry colleagues of veteran broadcaster, consultant and Shane Media Services founder Ed Shane, who died over the weekend as the result of colon cancer. Friends are posting tributes to Ed on his Facebook page HERE.
Chicago-based Syndication Networks adds Those Weekend Golf Guys to it’s show roster, and gains KQV/Pittsburgh as a new affiliate of the weekly show hosted by John Ashton, Jeff Smith and Tara Bassett … Late Night Health host Mark Alyn visits Washington, DC for Natural Products Day tomorrow (3/24), where he’ll visit with Congressional leaders on a variety of subjects, including GMO labeling and other health issues on behalf of the independently syndicated talk show … Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, will executive produce a new SiriusXM channel, featuring exclusive entertainment personally curated and presented by Cohen (pictured), who will also host a weekly radio show on the channel that’s scheduled to debut later this year … Meanwhile, the satcaster has launched another new talk show, The Briefing Powered by Dartmouth College. The biweekly program, hosted by Michael Mastanduno, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government at Dartmouth, offers subscribers “a lively hour that dissects the history, facts, and perspectives shaping the week’s news.”
More than $250,000 was raised at the recent Broadcasters Foundation of America’s annual Golden Mike Award dinner, honoring 2015 recipient and NAB President/CEO, Gordon Smith. The event also honored legendary radio and TV broadcaster Dick Clark, whose wife Kari accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband. Pictured above are (l-r): BFA President Jim Thompson, Chairman Phil Lombardo, Smith, and CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who served as host of the fundraiser to benefit the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to assist broadcasters in need. (photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)
Indefatigable Larry King — the former longtime Westwood One Talk radio host and current host of AARP features airing on Cumulus Media stations nationwide — was honored earlier this week at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The Newseum is setting up a special Larry King exhibit that will include his radio microphone, part of his CNN television studio set, those ever-present suspenders and other items from Larry’s long and storied career in radio and TV. Pictured celebrating with Larry (right) at the Newseum are Bart Tessler (left), Westwood One EVP/News and Talk, and Pat Piper (center), Assignment Manager for Westwood One News. ‘Back in the day’ as they say, Pat was the Producer and Bart was the Executive-in-Charge of King’s groundbreaking Talk radio show.
Veteran news journalist Michael Oreskes has been tapped as Senior Vice President/News and Editorial Director for NPR. Currently VP/Senior Managing editor at the Associated Press, Oreskes takes a chair that has been open since former SVP/News Margaret Low Smith departed the network last year shortly after the arrival of new NPR CEO Jarl Mohn. Former All Things Considered Executive Producer Christopher Turpin, who has been leading the newsroom on an interim basis, has accepted a newly created role as VP/News, reporting to Oreskes. In an interview with NPR’s David Folkenflick, Oreskes — who is also a former New York Times editor — said, “We’re living through just this remarkable moment, where so much is being turned on its head. As journalists, I think we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to help guide the really best journalistic institutions through this disruption.” Read more HERE.
News/Talk WBAL and sister Rocker WIYY, the Hearst-owned radio stations in Baltimore, are seeking a Digital Sales Manager to provide energized leadership for our Digital Sales Initiatives. The ideal candidate possesses a passion for new media and enjoys staying up-to-date with its evolution, understands digital marketing strategy and thrives in a customer-focused team environment. Required strengths include the ability to strategically plan, communicate effectively, build and maintain internal and external customer relationships and training. Learn more about the position and how to apply HERE. (EOE)
Newsradio 830 WCCO/Minneapolis has an immediate full-time opening for a creative and fearless Talk Show Producer. You’ll need more than a Rolodex and superior organizational skills to be considered for this full-time staff position at CBS Radio’s legendary Twin Cities News/Talker. You will play a critical role in the development and execution of live, local radio talk shows. Not only do you have to identify key topics for the audience, you will be responsible for mapping out a detailed game plan for your hosts, which includes sound, guests and reference material. We need masters of Google, dynamic writers of show content for WCCO.com and scavengers of sound and stories from the worlds of news and pop culture. Applicants must have a minimum of five (5) years experience operating broadcast equipment and conceptualizing topics in a broadcast setting. Editing and production experience is preferred. Union membership required. Interested applicants can find more details and apply HERE. (EOE)
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While NBC Sports Radio Under Center hosts Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone take some vacation days next week, NBC Sports Radio weekend host Brian Webber (left) will fill one chair, with a bevy of NFL pros joining him as co-hosts, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (3/23); two-time NFL Pro Bowler Brian Westbrook (3/24); three-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Brown (3/25); two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis (3/26); and two-time Super Bowl Champion Rodney Harrison … iHeartMedia/Augusta promotes Jay Cruze to Senior VP Programming for the six-station Georgia cluster … CBC Radio One, the English-language news and information radio network of the publicly owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and mobile tech platform AudioNow ink a partnership that extends the reach of the network and allows U.S. audiences to hear live and recorded daily programs from the north-of-the-border news service on any mobile device.
Grabbing a quick photo during a recent special edition of KNX/Los Angeles’ award-winning public affairs show, Ask The Mayor, are (l-r): CBS Radio/Los Angeles SVP/Market Manager Dan Kearney, KNX chief investigative reporter Charles Feldman, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Police Chief Charlie Beck and KNX anchor Tom Haule.