Rapid Fire Conversation
October 24, 2014

KTTH/Seattle recently hosted an evening of conversation and commentary on the subject of gun rights at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium. Pictured on stage at the sold out event are (L-R): Dave Ross, host at Bonneville/Seattle sister News/Talker KIRO-FM; Washington CeaseFire! President Ralph Fascitelli; KTTH host Ben Shapiro; and Seattle-based Salem Radio Network host Michael Medved.

 

Zap! You’re Sterile
October 23, 2014

When KFI/Los Angeles evening host Tim Conway, Jr. heard that there was an Ebola-zapping robot prowling the halls at a nearby Orange County, CA hospital, he decided to invite “Neil” (named after astronaut Neil Armstrong) and the germ-killing robot’s pal, Dr. Ray Casiari, to the KFI studios for a visit and a germ sweep. The robot, which was developed by San Antonio-based Xenex, looks a bit like a droid straight out of a Star Wars casting call. Using Xenon, the robot emits ultraviolet C-light, which, as Casiari explained to Conway, kills viruses, bacteria and even spores. When the time came for “Neil” to clean KFI’s Burbank broadcast studios, Conway and fellow KFI host Mark Thompson were required to vacate the premises, because the bright disinfecting light can damage the human eye. Local L.A. FOX Television affiliate KTTV has video of the rare public appearance by the germ-killing robot at the iHeartMedia News/Talker’s studios HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
October 23, 2014

Independently syndicated talk host Dave Ramsey (pictured) and his daughter Rachel Cruze are teaming with Fathom Events to bring their ongoing Legacy Journey Live! event tour to some 600 movie screens across the country on November 19th, at 7pm local time. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online HERE … The National Association of Broadcasters has promoted Curtis Legeyt to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Public Policy. In his expanded role, LeGeyt will serve as the NAB’s principal liaison to the White House and executive departments, while also maintaining his current responsibilities for Congressional advocacy and political strategy in the NAB’s Government Relations department … DEPARTMENT OF “DOH!” In a story appearing in yesterday’s NTS MediaOnline Today (10/22) our finger went a little heavy on the zero key, resulting in a report that said the Imus Ranch in New Mexico is 24,000 acres. OK, so the I-Man’s cowboy digs in the Land of Enchantment aren’t quite that big, but his non-profit ranch (that was just put on the market for sale) is still a pretty darn substantial spread at 2,400 acres. We regret any confusion from our error.

Dick Morris Plans To Check-Out At WPHT
October 23, 2014

Former Bill Clinton campaign operative, turned conservative political pundit and Talk radio host, Dick Morris told his WPHT/Philadelphia listeners yesterday (10/22) that he will leave the show and the station following Election Day next month. Morris reportedly said he’s leaving because he wants to devote more of his future time campaigning for Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential election. CBS Radio/Philadelphia President/Market Manager Marc Rayfield told the Philadelphia Daily News’ ”Philly Gossip” column that Morris has done “a great job” for the News/Talker and that an announcement about the future of the station’s 3-6pm slot is pending. Meanwhile, the Daily News also reported that Sabo Media CEO Walter Sabo had been seen around the halls at WPHT recently, fueling speculation the longtime Talk consultant might be getting involved with the station. Rayfield said he was “unaware” of Sabo having been in the building. Read more HERE.

Sports/Talk News Notes
October 23, 2014

Genesis Communications’ Sunshine State Sports simulcast, SportsTalk Florida, is set to launch The Front Office, a new daily noon-3pm (ET) show hosted by Tom ‘The GM’ Veit. The show debuts Monday (10/27) on WHBO/Tampa and WHOO/OrlandoYahoo! Sports Radio network analysts and Sports Flash anchors are now airing on new Los Angeles Sports/Talker 980 The Beast. The network will provide custom Los Angeles-centric Sports Flash news updates daily, in addition to regular appearances on the station from NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, MLB Analyst Jeff Passan and Yahoo! Sports Radio host and NFL Analyst Sean Salisbury … Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke University Blue Devils and the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, will debut the 10th season of his weekly SiriusXM show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, tonight at 6pm (ET) on the satcaster’s College Sports Nation channel.

Oval Office Briefing
October 23, 2014

Salem Radio Network was front-and-center in the Oval Office this week as President Obama met with reporters along with his newly appointed Ebola czar Ron Klain (seated on couch). What was initially to be a press opportunity with Klain for reporters turned into a breaking news interview, as SRN News White House correspondent Greg Clugston (standing/center behind Klain) and others in attendance got the President’s first reaction to yesterday’s terrorist shooting in Ottawa.  (Photo used with permission: Jabin Botsford/New York Times)

Imus Hangs Out A “For Sale” Sign @ The Ranch
October 22, 2014

A story by Chris Quintana in the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that WABC/New York morning host and Westwood One syndicated personality Don Imus is putting his 2,400 acre New Mexico ranch on the market for $32 million. Founded by Imus and his wife Deirdra in 1998, the ranch was developed into a non-profit operation that, over the years, has hosted more than 2,000 kids with cancer for summer ranch experiences. Imus told the newspaper he’s selling the property because he believes he and his family can support more charities with the proceeds from a sale. He also noted that he hopes to sell to a group interested in continuing the goals of the non-profit Imus Ranch. The newspaper reports the facility — located just outside Santa Fe — includes 28 bedrooms and 34 bathrooms, located in 11 buildings. Read more HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
October 22, 2014

Talk media mogul Glenn Beck’s new book, Dreamers and Deceivers, hits bookstores nationwide next week (10/28). Beck’s latest book is a non-fiction work designed to “introduce you to the heroes and villains whose real stories have been edited from our schoolbooks.” Known primarily for his Talk radio and television shows, Beck has previously penned #1 books that have topped the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s books bestseller lists. Read a sample from his latest tome HERE … Congrats to Hubbard Radio Chair and CEO Ginny Morris (pictured), who will be honored at next month’s 39th Conclave Learning Conference in Minnepolis with the group’s annual Rockwell Award … From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Arguably the most significant newspaper editor of the 20th century, Ben Bradlee, died yesterday at age 93. The Washington Post remembers the legendary journalist who directed the coverage of Watergate and dozens of other history-making events during his tenure with the newspaper HERE.

Good Radio, Good Deeds
October 22, 2014

NTS MediaOnline Today always likes to salute stations for doing good deeds — something that radio does often and well. Today we send props out to Alpha Media/San Antonio, where News/Talker KTSA and its five Alamo City clustermates recently raised over $128,000 in donations during the stations’ Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner Radiothon. Now in its 7th year, the Radiothon supports a San Antonio tradition – ’A Feast of the Heart’ – that started some 35 years ago when a local restaurant owner, the late Raul Jimenez, offered free Thanksgiving dinners to a couple of hundred people in need. Raul’s daughter, Patricia, remains the driving force behind the event that, this year, will serve meals to more than 25,000 needy and elderly people in the region. “We associate our stations with so many wonderful organizations, but this one is one of the most genuine,” said Ops Manager Greg Martin about the annual fundraiser. “It’s family run and family executed, with the help of the community of San Antonio. There’s no worry about high salaries and big overhead — you know exactly where your money is going.”

Network/Syndication News Notes
October 22, 2014

WestStar MultiMedia Entertainment is once again offering Mannheim Steamroller’s An American Christmas for the holidays. Hosted by Mannheim Steamroller founder Chip Davis (pictured), the 12-hour special is already booked at KOA-KHOW/DenverKDKA-AM/Pittsburgh, WHAS-WKJK/Louisville, KLBJ-AM&FM/Austin, and KNRS-AM&FM/Salt Lake CitySun Broadcast Group’s syndicated Marilu Henner Show adds new believers WZGM/Asheville, NC, WFLN/Arcadia, FL and KATE/Albert Lea, MN … Stock up on food and beverages as Westwood One Sports has a special NFL ‘back-to-back-to-back-to-back’ line up planned for the weekend, featuring play-by-play coverage of four consecutive games. The action kicks-off at 9am (ET) with Detroit vs. Atlanta in the NFL’s International Series game, live from Wembley Stadium in London. That will be followed by Houston @ Tennessee (12:30p), Philly @ Arizona (3:30pm) and the New Orleans Saints hosting the Green Bay Packers at 7:30pm … Meanwhile, WW One has signed a multi-year extension with vCreative, a web-based/cloud-based continuity management system that allows continuity, traffic, and production departments to work together.