Cumulus Media/New York has promoted Noam Laden to News Director for its Gotham City News/Talker WABC. Born and raised on the other side of the Hudson River in Trenton, NJ, Laden held stints in South Carolina and at crosstown WOR before joining WABC, where he’s hosted the station’s popular early morning News Hour, weekdays at 5am, for the past decade. “Noam Laden is a highly respected and seasoned news professional who will give our news coverage even greater dimension and focus in this critical election year and beyond,” said Chad Lopez, VP/Market Manager for Cumulus’ NYC cluster. Expanding on that theme PD Craig Schwalb added, “Having Noam leading our news operations as News Director will raise our game substantially. He’ll work to help us drive heightened excellence in our news coverage, with expanded digital news functions, weekend news enhancements, special in-depth reports, and more. This is a fantastic step for our team and great news for our listeners.”
Cumulus Media/San Francisco has re-upped KNBR afternoon driver Tom Tolbert to a multi-year contract extension. The ex-NBA player turned Sports radio talker joined the station in 1996, where he’s held court weekdays from 3-7pm for the past two decades. A second round draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets, Tolbert’s pre-radio, pro-basketball career also included stints with the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Along with his daily radio show, Tolbert also serves as the color commentator for all Warriors’ home games. “I’m excited to announce that with this new deal, Tom will continue to entertain Bay Area sports fans for many years to come,” said Operations Manager Lee Hammer. “As a former NBA player, Tom is a member of a small club of former athletes who have enjoyed tremendous success as a Sports radio talk show host.”
Beasley Media Group ups Mark Sturcken (right) from National Sales Manager to Director of Sales for the company’s Las Vegas cluster. A 24-year veteran of the Vegas radio market, Strucken joined Beasley’s Sin City cluster as NSM in 2010 … CBS Radio SVP/Communications Karen Mateo will leave that post early next month after over two decades with the CBS Communications department. Company president Andre Fernandez told staffers of Mateo’s pending May 6th departure in a memo, saying in light of the proposed split-off of the radio division, the veteran communications pro “felt it was a natural time to make this change.” Fernandez and EVP/Communications Dana McClintock will now begin the search to fill Mateo’s shoes @ CBS Radio …. Jeremy Sinon, who has been doing double duty at Hubbard Radio as the local Twin Cities and corporate Director of Digital Strategy, will now get to devote full attention to his company-wide role, as Hubbard begins the search for a successor to assume Jeremy’s local duties for its hometown Minneapolis-St. Paul cluster … Just a heads up that there are only 72 hours left to submit your entry for the upcoming 2016 Mercury Radio Awards. With up to $90,000 in cash prizes — including the $50K ‘Best of Show’ — up for grabs, it’s well worth checking out how to submit your station’s entry HERE.
ESPN Radio hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic tipped off their Mike & Mike @ The Finals sweepstakes earlier today, in which four grand prize winners and their guests will win a dream experience for any basketball fan, including tickets to an NBA Finals game — along with airfare and accommodations — custom ‘swag’, a welcome reception where they can hang with a number of ESPN Radio and ESPN NBA commentators, VIP seating at the game-day broadcast of the Mike & Mike show and more … Oakland A’s Spanish-language radio voice and longtime NTS MediaOnline Today reader Amaury Pi-Gonzalez checks in to let his fellow-broadcasters know about a project and cause near and dear to his heart — The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame. “I am the Vice President of the non-profit group that was founded in San Francisco in 1998,” says the Cuban-born sports broadcaster. “We have been traveling the museum to over 15 different Major League cities, with exhibits of players, uniforms, memorabilia and the history of the many great Hispanic-American baseball players.” Learn more about supporting the museum and its mission to recognize the many big league contributions of Hispanic players to the game of baseball HERE.
Fresh off her keynote speech last week at the Radio Luncheon at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Kim Komando, host of the weekly syndicated Kim Komando Show, recently appeared on Inside Edition, where she talked about the five personal details you should never post on Facebook: Your phone number, your home address, work related photos, your relationship status and your birthday!
In yet another well-worth-sharing example of a local broadcast station stepping up to the plate when the community needs it most, Alpha Media News/Talker AM 580 WIBW/Topeka recently turned nursemaid to a whole bunch of calves in the region following early spring wildfires that brought devastation to cattle herds in northwest Oklahoma and Kansas. Pushed by 40+ mph winds, the fires spread across over 500 square miles of grazing land, injuring and killing cattle and orphaning many calves that were in urgent need of milk replacer to survive. 580 WIBW led the charge to help, teaming up with the Kansas Ag Network and Kansas Farm Bureau to purchase 1,100 pounds of milk replacer, then hitched the station’s van to a trailer full of the life-saving product and headed out for the relief center some four hours away. “Your heart goes out to every rancher, their families and all the volunteer firefighters who did what they needed to do to limit property damage and loss of life,” said WIBW/Kansas Agriculture Network Farm Broadcaster Greg Akagi. “The 1,100 pounds of calf milk replacer, that we delivered was a small drop in helping those ranchers affected by the fires. The overwhelming amount of donations has been wonderful and really shows that agriculture takes care of agriculture.”
NBC Sports Radio adds a new program to its Sunday evening lineup, with the debut this Sunday night (4/24) of The Leisuremen: Pabst & Perloff. Hosted by popular Dan Patrick Show personalities/producers Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloff, the new show will air weekly from 6-9pm (ET). Pabst has worked on Patrick’s show (which is produced by DirecTV and syndicated by FOX Sports Radio) for 12 years. Prior to that he held stints at CBS Sports, CBS Radio News, ESPN and SiriusXM. Perloff was a writer, editor, and producer for Sports Illustrated, FOXSports.com, MLB.com, and the YES Network, before joining Patrick in 2007. “We are really excited to bring Pabst & Perloff to our lineup and into our family,” said NBC Sports Radio Program Director Jack Silver. “They are well-known and well-loved by sports fans who appreciate their brand of humor and follow them on-the-air and all over social media. The Leisuremen will bring a real element of fun to Sunday nights!” NBC Sports Radio is syndicated by Westwood One on a reported 400 affiliates nationwide.
Midwest Communications is currently seeking applicants for an Advertsing Sales/Marketing Consultant for our four-station Sheboygan, WI cluster, including heritage News/Talker WHBL-AM&FM, along with WBFM, WHBZ and WXER. Duties include working with current and potential clients to grow their business through marketing on our radio stations and our extensive array of digital media advertising products. Media sales experience is preferred and previous outside sales experience is an asset (This is not an entry level position). We provide extensive training and a competitive compensation plan with full benefits. To apply email your cover letter and resume to Market Manager/General Sales Manager Steve Schouten HERE. (EOE)
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QNS.com reports that Curtis Sliwa — co-host of WABC/New York’s Curtis & Kuby show — spoke to a civic group in Queens, NY last night (4/21), telling them he plans to run as a Republican against current Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in 2017. Sliwa (right) and Katz previously shared a personal relationship and he is the father of her two children. Read the full story HERE … WHO/Des Moines host Simon Conway pulls of another triple play day today, hosting his daily morning show on WMT/Cedar Rapids, followed by his regular WHO afternoon show, then a fill-in gig for Joe Pagliarulo tonight on Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated Joe Pags Show … WPRO/Providence early-afternoon host Dan Yorke has been named to succeed the late Buddy Cianci in PM drive (3-6pm) on the Cumulus Media News/Talker. Tara Granahan, who has been temporarily filling afternoons since Cianci’s death last January, will move to evenings (6-9pm), where she’ll take over for Matt Allen, who moves into Yorke’s noon-3pm slot. WPRO’s revamped lineup schedule debuts May 2nd.
NAB Show attendees from Benztown, Vipology and Enco gathered for a final-night dinner and this digital proof that nobody lost their shirt after an entire week in Las Vegas! Pictured outside the Wynn Hotel are (l-r): David ‘Chachi’ Denes, Bonnie Nordling Denes, Brian Parsons, Chris Peaslee, Masa Patterson, Aaron Johnson, Ken Frommert, Michael Kay, Wes Meisnitzer, Julia Maerz and Kevin Horton.