Dodgers Radio AM570 KLAC/Los Angeles welcomed Dan Patrick and his crew to the station this morning, where they broadcast their DirecTV Entertainment-produced national radio and television show live from the studios of the Clear Channel Sports/Talker. Posing for a digital souvenir are (L-R): Dan Patrick Show regulars Fritzy, Seaton, and MCLOVIN, KLAC SVP/Programming Don Martin, Patrick, and DP Show crew regular Paulie.
Ron Rivlin has joined Sun Broadcast Group as SVP of Programming and Affiliate Relations. In his new gig, Rivlin (pictured) will oversee the affiliate sales department and focus on SBG’s current products, including The Marilu Henner Show, Nashville Music Minute and AccuWeather en Espanol, as well as developing and attracting new shows and services to the company. “Lately I’ve had the honor of welcoming some of the greatest men and women in radio to our team, and today I get that pleasure yet again.” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “As we begin to finalize our 2015 lineup we needed the best of the best to lead the charge and anyone who knows Ron can tell you, he’s exactly that. I am honored that he chose to join our family and I’m excited for the amazing news he’ll have to share with all of you real soon!” Most recently VP/Affiliate Sales for Westwood One, Rivlin’s resume also includes stints at Triton Digital Media, where he served as VP/Interactive Solutions, and at ABC Radio Networks where he served as Senior Director. Email Ron to congratulate him on his new gig HERE!
The first phase of a two-part study completed by media research firm Coleman Insights and its knowDigital division reveals that NextRadio, the app that allows consumers to listen to local radio stations using the FM chips already installed in their smartphones, offers solid potential to address the portability needs of radio listeners. The research was funded by the NAB and completed in cooperation with Emmis Communications, which developed NextRadio and has spearheaded the radio industry’s support for its rollout. Among other findings, the study found that many smartphone owners perceive that their ability to consume broadcast radio outside of their car or at home is restricted by their lack of access to devices that can receive broadcast signals. When participants were introduced to NextRadio and given an opportunity to use it during the interviews, they expressed the belief that the app would make FM a truly mobile medium, allowing them to listen to radio while engaging in other activities — something many respondents believe is currently unavailable. “To anyone over 40-years old who grew up with transistor radios and Walkmans, the idea that radio isn’t mobile is striking,” commented Coleman Insights President/COO Warren Kurtzman, who conducted the interviews along with knowDigital president Sam Milkman. “That is, however, the perception among many consumers in their 20s and 30s and it appears that NextRadio has a great opportunity to address that challenge.” Watch a streaming video presentation of the study’s findings HERE.
From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: While on a family vacation in Israel, longtime KIIS/Los Angeles morning co-host Ellen K (pictured), her husband Roy Laughlin and their son Calvin, found themselves caught up in the conflict that recently broke out there. The family learned what it’s like when the sirens suddenly go off and citizens are forced to run for the closet bomb shelter. Our friend Don Anthony over at Jockline Daily has more details HERE … The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation recently partnered with Cumulus Media’s 70 News/Talk stations nationwide to help spread the word about Police Week and the work of the Foundation. The goal of the media campaign was to spread the word about the mission of the Badge of Honor Foundation, which assists the survivors of officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and also to educate the public about the yearly Police Week event held in Washington, DC.
CBS Sports Radio has launched a live online video simulcast of its national 6-9am (ET) morning show hosted by Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney, and Dana Jacobson (pictured). View the show’s video simulcast anytime HERE … 99.9 The Fan (WCMC-FM/Raleigh) is conducting its first-ever ‘Fan Town Hall,’ featuring four of the most influential people in Triangle college sports. Moderated by 99.9 The Fan afternoon host Adam Gold and WRAL-TV Sports Anchor Jeff Gravely, the dais will include Duke Athletic Director Dr. Kevin White; North Carolina Central Athletic Director Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree; NC State Athletic Director Debbie Yow and North Carolina Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham. The event will be open to the public and broadcast live on The Fan and online at WRALsportsfan.com … NBC Sports Radio will broadcast live from the 25th annual America Century Golf Championship tomorrow (7/17). The star-studded celebrity golf event will include more than 80 participating celebs, including NBC Sports Radio host Rodney Harrison and contributor Terrell Davis, along with Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, Ray Romano, John Elway, Jerome Bettis, Jerry Rice, Bill Engvall, Kevin Nealon, Dan Jansen, Mike Eruzione, John O’Hurley and more.
Cumulus Media-owned Westwood One has announced an agreement with NextRadio that will enable all U.S. radio stations to use advertising inventory to fund the industry’s payments to Sprint. Over the past year, broadcasters have been asked to commit dollars and/or inventory to fund the Sprint NextRadio Initiative, which plans to sell at least 30 million FM receiver-enabled smartphones in the next three years. Broadcasters can now meet their commitment by providing two minutes per station per day (Mon-Sun/ 6am-midnight) that Westwood One will sell on NextRadio’s behalf to pay the proceeds to Sprint. “We are confident that NextRadio is a game-changer for the radio industry and will reignite growth,” said Jeff Smulyan, Chairman and CEO of Emmis Communications – and the driving force behind NextRadio. “The addition of Westwood One to focus on the sales effort will allow companies to use ROS inventory to fulfill their pledges instead of writing checks. This gives every company an option.”
Fox News Radio (FNR) has signed veteran news reporter Jessica Golloher as a New York-based correspondent for the network. Starting August 4th, Golloher (pictured) joins FNR from her most recent post in Moscow, where she’s spent the past six years as a freelance reporter providing live coverage of such major recent events as Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the crisis in Ukraine, and the Winter Olympics in Sochi. An award-winning journalist, Golloher previously worked at radio stations in Washington DC, Boston, Tulsa, and Los Angeles. In her new role she’ll report on breaking news and provide daily live reports, while covering stories in the Northeast and across the country for FOX News Radio.
HEARD ON THE RADIO: Salem Radio Network host Bill Bennett is a big fan of Phil Steele’s College Football Preview and admits to buying multiple copies of the publication every year. So when Bennett heard Steele guesting on SiriusXM’s On Campus With Bill King, the SRN host and college football fan just had to call-in to the show. After the call from “Bill in Washington” host Bill King said, “We’ve had some very famous names call us in the past — Dale Berra, Yogi’s son called — we’ve had some good ones. But that one ranks right up there.” Hearing about King’s comment later, the former U.S. Secretary of Education, National Drug Czar, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the only Talk radio host in America to ever be confirmed three times by the U.S. Senate quipped, “Well, at least I’m almost as famous a Yogi Berra’s son!” … Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman and CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason will headline a 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show ”Super Session” titled, From The Control Room To The Board Room. The 9:15am session will take place on September 11th in Indianapolis, where NAB EVP Radio John David will moderate a candid conversation with the two group heads who both started out their now long and successful broadcast careers as music radio DJ’s. Get more Radio Show details and registration info HERE.
Most of Sports radio is focused on the Twin Cities today, as Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game takes center stage at Target Field. FOX Sports Radio fans can tune in all day to hear interviews with players, managers, Hall of Famers, baseball insiders and experts leading into and surrounding the game. Meanwhile, for the 17th consecutive year, ESPN Radio will serve as the exclusive, national radio home for the game tonight at 8pm (ET), with Sunday Night Baseball’s Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton calling the action. And SiriusXM subscribers can also hear full play-by-play coverage of baseball’s 85th mid-summer classic on the satcaster’s MLB Network Radio channel … When Miami sports fans got their hearts broken last week by NBA star LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland and play for the Cavaliers next season, 560 WQAM/Miami’s Marc Hochman Show with Zach Krantz just happened to be broadcasting live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where they bumped into sportscaster Jim Gray who joined them on the broadcast. You may recall that Gray anchored the 2010 ESPN special, The Decision, during which LeBron announced he was leaving Cleveland to play for the Miami Heat. Pictured above at the Miami Sports/Talker’s live broadcast from Vegas are (L-R): Exec Producer Vic Bermudez, Gray, and WQAM hosts Marc Hochman and Zach Krantz … Genesis Communications and Sports Talk Florida have launched The Power Hour, a weekly blend of pop culture, sports, and everything in between, hosted by Matt Sardo and airing Monday nights from 6-7pm on 1040 The Team in Tampa and 1080 The Team in Orlando.