A new study from Nielsen and Scarborough Research says podcast consumption is not only on the rise among adults 18+, listening to on-demand digital audio has actually doubled in the past five years. In the just released report, If You Create It, Will They Come, Nielsen-Scarborough examined the lifestyles and behaviors of podcast listeners to identify the types of content that engages them and keeps them returning for more. The study found that podcast listeners are equally male and female, with the majority (70%) being between the ages of 18-44. They are 39% more likely to be single, 44% more likely to be a college graduate and 33% more likely to be employed in a white collar occupation. With an average household income of $83,700, podcast listeners exceed the national average by about $12,000. An executive summary from the report states, “As media consumption continues to shift more to on-demand and advertisers wanting to reach consumers must go beyond age and gender, knowing lifestyle and interests are critical to reach the right listener. So ‘yes,’ they will come, but only if you fill your podcast with the right content.” Read more HERE.
The National Radio Hall of Fame has released the names of this year’s nominations for the NRHOF’s Class of 2016. News/Talk/Sports radio personalities included among this year’s nominees are: WWL/New Orleans host Garland Robinette; The Fabulous Sports Babe, Nancy Donnellan; CBS Sports Radio host Jim Rome; nationally syndicated ‘Digital Goddess’ Kim Komando; NPR host Diane Rehm, WFAN/New York Sports/Talker Mike Francesa and his former on-air partner Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo (now with SiriusXM); Westwood One syndicated talker Michael Savage; and Premiere Networks syndicated talk host (and FOX News Channel personality) Sean Hannity. Industry voting by a panel made up of 400 industry professionals begins today, while public voting on the eight nominations for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality commences June 20th. Inductees will be announced July 11th, with this year’s induction ceremony taking place November 17th at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago — home to the National Radio Hall of Fame. “The sheer depth of talent in our industry never seizes to amaze me,” said NRHOF Chairman Kraig Kitchin in announcing this year’s nominees. “After much discussion and deliberation, our nominating committee is very proud of this year’s class of nominees. We’re all looking forward to seeing the voter outcome from our industry peers and listeners nationwide.”
iHeartMedia names Brian Donovan Director of Digital for the company’s Tampa Bay area stations, including heritage News/Talker WFLA and Sports/Talk WDAE. Donovan (left) has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, most recently serving in the same role for iHeartMedia/Hartford … Actress and humanitarian Sharon Stone will receive the 2016 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) for her ongoing commitment to raising awareness and support of AIDS research, prevention and treatment. Stone will receive the honor at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Awards event on June 21st … GET WELL SOON WISHES: To longtime Little Rock talk host Dave Elswick who is now back at home recovering after recent surgery. Friends and colleagues are offering get well wishes to Dave — Program Director and afternoon drive host on Little Rock FM talker 96.5FM The Answer — on his Facebook page HERE … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and many former colleagues of Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Famer and publishing executive Bill Phalen, who has died at age 73. Bill, along with his brother Rick, founded the highly successful Western Cities Broadcasting that operated stations in Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Jose and Sacramento. The Phoenix Business Journal has more on Phalen’s career HERE.
In a prelude to the upcoming Memorial Day weekend salute of this year’s 30th anniversary of the New York Mets 1986 championship season, Mets’ radio flagship WOR/New York will replay Game 6 of the ’86 World Series this Thursday at 7pm (ET). A special one-hour pre-game show will precede the historic game’s re-broadcast, hosted by WOR’s Sports Zone host Pete McCarthy, featuring interviews with 1986 “Dream Team” members Mookie Wilson, Ray Knight, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling. After a special introduction from current Mets’ broadcaster, Howie Rose, listeners will be treated to every call from the late Mets’ broadcaster Bob Murphy and his then partner Gary Thorne, just as they were heard almost 30 years ago. “We all know how the game turned out, and we’ve all heard Bob Murphy’s epic call countless times; but to get the full flavor of one of the greatest moments in Mets history you really need to listen from start to finish,” said Rose. “Allow yourself to escape to a moment in time when every pitch and every play would define the Mets season, providing proper context to a comeback that somehow seems even harder to believe today than it did thirty years ago.”
News/Talk AM 970 The Answer (WNYM/New York) local personalities John Gambling and Joe Piscopo are pretty hard to miss on this bus side billboard seen cruising the streets of Manhattan this past weekend.
In the latest edition of his company’s newsletter, Red Seat Ventures founding partner (and former Mercury Radio Arts CEO) Christopher Balfe offers his take on the recent scandal over whether or not Facebook has been skewing its ‘Trending Stories’ by censoring conservative-leaning posts. “The scandal is overblown,” writes Balfe (pictured). “And I say this as the former CEO of one of the companies that was allegedly impacted. First of all, the trending stories section on Facebook doesn’t deliver very much traffic. Even if you are the top news outlet selected, the fact is that it takes people multiple clicks to get to your story. And by the time they would get there, Facebook has already summarized the story well enough that most people don’t bother clicking through. Secondly, I think it’s fairly obvious that human editors have their own biases. Wish it weren’t so, but it is. And I’ve always found that if something really broke through to the mainstream, it would trend on Facebook, conservative or not. I don’t want to downplay the importance entirely. If News Feed was being impacted by biased editors, that would be a bigger deal. But for now I don’t feel there’s much of an issue here.”
Meanwhile, in a related news item, Glenn Beck – founder and CEO of TheBlaze and long running Premiere Networks nationally syndicated talk radio host — was among some two dozen or so members of conservative media who were invited to Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters this week to discuss the aforementioned charges alleging bias against conservative news and stories by the social media giant. As it turns out, Beck’s takeaway from the sit-down would seem to bolster the idea that the whole thing is a bit of a ‘tempest in a teapot’ as the old saying goes. “Yesterday, I had an opportunity to meet with some of the senior staff at Facebook, including the CEO and COO,” Beck wrote on his website. “I found the meeting deeply disturbing — but not for the reasons you might think.” Although Beck says he left the meeting “convinced that Facebook is behaving appropriately and trying to do the right thing,” in the end it wasn’t necessarily the representatives from Facebook who were attending the meeting that made him feel a bit uncomfortable as he listened. Read more HERE.
Following this week’s death of Phoenix police officer David Glasser, who was killed in the line of duty, Arizona Sports 98.7’s (KMVP-FM/Phoenix) Bickley & Marotta Show paid tribute to the hometown born and raised husband and father of two, who was also a major Arizona Cardinals fan. Hear the powerful tribute to the slain officer by the midday duo, who were joined by Cardinals’ coach Bruce Arians, HERE … SiriusXM is set to debut Cheddar, a daily millennial-focused business and culture program produced by the video media company of the same name. Co-hosted by Cheddar founder and CEO Jon Steinberg and anchor Kristen Scholer, subscribers can hear the new show on the satcaster’s Insights channel beginning May 23rd … BizTalk Radio’s Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams marks a milestone this weekend, as Abrams (pictured) logs her 3,000th hour of hosting the weekly program during this weekend’s edition of the nationally syndicated travel talk show.
Delaware 105.9 (WXDE/Lewes) is seeking our next Afternoon Drive Talk Show Host. This is a full-time position that will require you to have actual on-air experience as a working talk show host. We are looking for energetic hosts who have mastered the ability to engage callers on a wide variety of topics, not just politics. Social media skills, blogging, remote broadcast experience and production are also a major part of the job. You will work from Delmarva Broadcasting Company’s Milford, Delaware studio location where we strive to be great every day. We’re looking for someone who can: deliver exemplary customer and listener experiences; expand our audience while serving our community; provide solutions for our business partners; and grow revenue and operating income by hosting a great radio show! To apply, submit your cover letter, resume and audio sample HERE. (EOE)
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Salem Radio Network host Mike Gallagher took a group selfie as he and fellow SRN host Hugh Hewitt headlined Salem Media Group News/Talker WNTP/Philadelphia’s recently held evening of comment and conversation focused on ‘The Future of America.’ The event was held at the city’s historic Union League.