With wall-to-wall coverage of last night’s Iowa Caucus and the upcoming New Hampshire Primary, one could be forgiven for forgetting there is actually other news happening elsewhere in the world. Pictured reporting on a story that doesn’t contain the names Trump, Cruz, Clinton or Sanders, is CBS Radio News reporter Cami McCormick. The veteran war reporter is on the ground in Ukraine covering the U.S. training of Ukrainian soldiers, as the standoff with separatists in that country continues.
Stewart Padveen (left) has been chosen to lead Glenn Beck’s muti-media venture The Blaze. The digital start-up entrepreneur will succeed Kraig Kitchin, who has been filling the chief executive role at Beck’s company on an interim basis since Betsy Morgan left that post last year. A not so flattering portrayal of the executive changes at The Blaze by TheDailyBeast’s Lloyd Grove that made the rounds on social media over the weekend, suggested Kitchin’s departure was a sign of deeper problems at the company — something Kitchin sought to clarify in an extensive comment to NTS MediaOnline Today. “Since 2008, I’ve been working with a select group of on-air and production company clients at my management firm, Sound Mind,” said Kitchin (right). “It’s a thriving business that allows me to do what I do best – nurture and grow the businesses of some very talented individuals. Given my longstanding, ongoing relationship with Glenn Beck, from launching his radio show into national syndication in 2001 to working with him as a client since 2008, and consulting The Blaze since 2011, I was in a position to help him with the business of The Blaze last year when it needed attention.”
Addressing any suggestions his stepping down as interim CEO is anything other than planned and voluntary Kitchin continued, “Last June, I assumed the role of interim CEO for The Blaze while also running Sound Mind. Over the last several months we moved the New York City headquarters to Dallas, the TV division doubled their household cable TV distribution reach, and appointed a new Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director, Head of Content and a Managing Editor. 2015 was The Blaze’s most profitable year to date. Last week, Stewart Padveen was appointed president of The Blaze. He’s a digital media wiz with great leadership skills and the previous head of product for The Blaze. Despite the company’s growing pains with first generation employee turnover these past 12 months, the new management team, under Stewart’s leadership, and the talented folks that Glenn employs have a robust business to manage.”
It’s certainly no surprise that in recent weeks, WHO/Des Moines afternoon host Simon Conway (left) has spoken to just about every 2016 Presidential hopeful numerous times. But one conversation sparked the idea behind the talk host’s latest promo. “Some candidate was talking about their spine and I thought, hey, wait a minute — I have an actual titanium spine,” said Conway. And boom, a timely, politically-themed promo was born, just in time to throw his own hat in the ring for today’s Iowa Caucus. Watch it HERE … Veteran talk show host and multimedia journalist Michelle Jerson (right) and Salem Media Group News/Talker AM 970 The Answer (WNYM/New York) team up to present Michelle Jerson’s Passport: Taste, Travel and Live Well, a new weekend show focused on travel, wellness, dining and the arts. The new talk show debuts this Saturday (2/7) at 2pm (ET) … SiriusXM subscribers will not only have access to special programming all this week in advance of next Sunday’s 50th annual NFL Super Bowl, on the day of the Big Game the satcaster will offer live play-by-play coverage from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA in eight different languages including: English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Cantonese, Hungarian, German and Portuguese.
Veteran programmer John Shomby (left) has been tapped by Cumulus Media SVP/Content & Programming Mike McVay as Director of Programming for the company’s Nashville-based NASH Network. Director of Programming for Max Media’s cluster in Norfolk-Virginia Beach for the past 13 years, Shomby’s long radio programming career has included stints in just about every format — from CHR, Rock and Country, to News/Talk and Sports. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Country Radio Broadcasters and the ESPN Radio PD Advisory Board … Greater Media promotes Edward R. Nolan, Jr. to Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The 26-year company veteran also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Radio Music Licensing Committee … iHeartMedia has named Alissa Pollack (right) to the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Global Music Marketing. Most recently Executive Vice President of Music Partner Integrations for iHeartMedia-owned Premiere Networks, a company release says in her new role Pollack will “focus on leveraging iHeartMedia¹s extensive pool of listener data and deep music and consumer insights to benefit advertising partners, brands and artists and deliver even more value on air, online, on mobile, social and through live events.”
To the family friends and colleagues of longtime Motor City newsman Bob Schuman, who died Saturday (1/30) at his suburban Detroit home. He was 65. ‘Radio’s Best Friend’ Art Vuolo reports Schuman died in his sleep of congestive heart failure. Along with Bob’s more than a quarter century on the air in Detroit, his broadcast news career also included stops in New Orleans, Cincinatti, Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville and Boston. Watch a heartfelt video tribute to Schuman that Art compiled HERE … Sincere sympathies also going out to the family, colleagues and millions of fans of longtime Motor Racing Network anchor Barney Hall, who died last week of complications following surgery. The voice of NASCAR on the radio for more than five decades was 83. Beginning his radio career at WIFM in his hometown of Elkin, NC after a four year stint in the Navy, the NASCAR Hall of Fame broadcaster would go on to become a major cornerstone of MRN, joining the network when it was founded back in 1970. MRN pays tribute to Hall (right) HERE.
CBS Radio News/Talker WCCO/Minneapolis-St.Paul recently held its 7th annual Let’s Kick Hunger Day — an all day Radiothon to benefit the Second Harvest Heartland food bank, which serves 59 counties across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Held in conjunction with Taste of the NFL, this year’s fundraiser added over $260,000 to the event’s seven year tally of more than $1.4 million raised to fight hunger.
Yesterday (1/28), the Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that will require broadcast radio, satellite radio, cable operators and satellite television (DBS) providers to post their public and political files to the FCC’s online public inspection file database. The FCC already adopted similar online public file rules for broadcast TV in 2012. An FCC release giving an executive summary of the details of the rule making says the new online regulations will initially be imposed only on commercial broadcast radio stations in the Top 50 Nielsen Audio markets that have five or more full-time employees. Mandatory implementation for all other broadcast radio stations will be delayed for a period of two years to allow for a smooth transition. Learn more about the FCC’s latest rule-making that will directly affect all radio broadcasters HERE.
In his ongoing exploration of Nielsen’s PPM audience research system, researcher Richard Harker has recently posted new insights and food-for-thought when it comes to making programming decisions based on PPM’s minute-by-minute data. “The unfortunate truth is that minute-by-minute is astrology for programmers,” says Harker. “Minute-by-minute provides just enough seemingly accurate information to assure radio people who want to believe that it works.” Harker continues, saying that programmers should understand when you are looking at data at the minute level, “the noise and randomness overwhelms what little useful information might be there, yet radio programmers want to believe it is accurate at the minute level. They want to believe that there is something useful there.” Read Harker’s full post HERE.
Salem Radio Network’s syndicated Hugh Hewitt (left) gets a major profile this Sunday (1/31) in the New York Times Magazine, where he talks about his experiences as a debate panelist, his analysis of the rise of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, and the ‘sophistication’ of the American voter. Can’t wait ’til Sunday? Check out a sneak-peak at the feature interview by Ana Marie Cox HERE … On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Bruce DuMont (right) will originate his long-running weekly political chat show, Beyond The Beltway, from Burlington, Iowa this Sunday night at 7pm (ET). Longtime Burlington BTB affiliate KBUR will host the on-air broadcast, that will also be available to subscribers of SiriusXM via the satcaster’s POTUS channel … Hubbard Broadcasting Business/Talker KVBR-AM/Brainerd, MN adds The Motley Fool Money radio show … Syndicated Solutions’ weekly travel show Rudy Maxa’s World with The Carey’s celebrates its 12th year in syndication with the debut of a new, updated and expanded website … Westwood One reports that a week into its launch, the new Bob & Tom Show mobile app has been downloaded over 100,000 times …Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) extends its current deal with Univision to remain the exclusive traffic data provider for the Spanish-language radio group’s 67 stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) will host the NAB Show Career Fair at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino from 10am-3pm on Wednesday, April 20th. The annual event will connect more than 1,000 entry and executive-level industry professionals with top broadcast and media companies. Co-produced with the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), the event features resume review and exclusive seminars on topics such as optimizing the job search process and marketing of professional skills. The career fair is part of NABEF’s commitment to promoting diversity in the broadcast workplace. Registration is available to NAB Show attendees and non-attendees and is free. Find out more and register HERE.
Midwest Communications/Green Bay, home of News/Talk WTAQ, and Sports/Talk WNFL, has an opening for a Sales and Marketing Consultant. We are looking for someone highly motivated with exemplary people skills and a ‘can-do’ attitude. This is a full-time sales position with primary responsibilities to develop client relationships, provide marketing solutions and generate income for yourself and for our stations. We offer continuous training, a competitive base/commission compensation package, a bonus structure, as well as a full benefits package with unlimited opportunity. A valid driver’s license as well as a good driving record and a reliable vehicle are required. If you feel limited in your current situation, take charge of your career and email your cover letter and resume today to General Sales Manager Bob Seering HERE. (EOE)