That’s Into the Wild’s Jack Hanna (left) with Gun Talk host Tom Gresham enjoying some time together at the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s recently held annual conference in Montana. Hanna was a speaker at the event, where he talked about the role of hunting in conservation efforts, and why hunters are the “original conservationists.” Gun Talk with Tom Gresham airs on a reported 200+ stations nationwide and is syndicated by Talk Shows USA.
Tribune announces the company has extended the contract of WGN/Chicago VP/Content & Programming Todd Manley, in a deal that will keep him in his current role at the heritage News/Talker through at least 2019. Prior to joining WGN in 2013 (he’d previously spent 10 years there as Creative Director from 1998-2008), Manley served as Director of Creative Content at crosstown WXRT. His resume includes previous stints at Windy City marketing services firm Tukaiz, WCKG/Chicago and KTRS/St. Louis. “I’m in awe of the effort our personalities and producers put forth each day,” said Manley in a release. “They’re each driven to make sure WGN listeners never ever miss a story. I’m grateful to [WGN President/GM] Jimmy De Castro and [Tribune Broadcast Media President] Larry Wert for the commitment to continue building this great team.”
Newsy — self-described as “an over-the-top news network that provides ‘news with the why'” — is now available via TuneIn to the audio streaming app’s reported 60 million-plus active users. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the E.W. Scripps Company, Newsy will offer two weekly podcasts — Newsy Politics and Givin’ Takes — along with three daily podcasts focused on U.S. and world news, tech, science and health, and current events. “Newsy joins an elite roster of the world’s most innovative content creators on TuneIn, creating audio for a mobile audience,” said Kevin Straley, TuneIn’s Chief Content Officer. “We’re excited to add Newsy to our premium offering of news properties. Their unique ability to deliver news in a way that resonates with a younger audience is a perfect fit for our diverse news platform we’re establishing to cover the topics we’re all talking about, from the 2016 presidential election to social inequality.” Newsy entered the digital audio space in 2015 with the release of the free Newsy Radio app for iOS. Today its distribution platforms also include Sling TV, Roku, Watchable from Comcast and Apple TV.
NTS MediaOnline Today sends our congrats to long time Bay Area journalist and Talk radio host Melanie Morgan — currently anchoring Sonoma County’s Morning News at KSRO/Santa Rosa, CA — and everyone involved in yesterday’s (6/23) successful 2106 ‘Troop-A-Thon’. The annual live online event raised more than $300,000 this year — with donations still pouring in — to help send Care Packages to U.S. military troops overseas. Back in 2004 Morgan (right) co-founded Move America Forward, a military charity dedicated to supporting America’s Armed Forces. Since its inception, MAF reports the charity has delivered more than 315 tons of those always welcomed Care Packages to our U.S. military men and women serving far from home. Although the 2016 Troop-A-Thon live webcast has now ended, those wishing to offer support can still contribute to this year’s fundraiser HERE.
Bonneville International’s hometown News/Talker KSL/Salt Lake City is seeking a full-time National News Anchor. You’ll anchor national newsdesk updates as scheduled. Additional responsibilities include writing, interviewing, local newscasts, and general newsroom support in mornings, afternoons, or evenings as available. Get full job requirements for this opening and information on how to apply online HERE.
The National Association of Broadcasters is seeking a Vice President of Research. Specific responsibilities include managing the operations of NAB’s Research division within the Communications department; serving as an expert resource with authoritative guidance in the selection, design, implementation and interpretation of research approaches and methods, and their application to policy-focused analyses and other research studies; serving as an expert resource on broadcast industry-specific research issues and trends, including audience research methods and practices; and representing broadcasters’ interests among industry research groups. Occasional travel is required. You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree and at least eight years relevant experience, or a combination of both, to qualify. Review the full job description and requirements, along with application instructions HERE.
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Dr. Sebastian Gorka, author of Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, recently joined AM 590 The Answer’s (KTIE/San Bernardino) Jen and Don Show for a discussion of the fallout following the Orlando terror attack. KTIE staffers shown here grabbing an office wall souvenir with Gorka after the show include (L-R): Don Dix, Earl Harris, Brad Anderson, Pamela Tyus, Sebastian Gorka, Gabriel Segura, Jennifer Horn, Alex Polyak and Scott Chesney.
Josh Everett (left) has been named Director of Spoken Word Programming for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana Region. Everett will also serve as Program Director for News/Talk WHAS/Louisville, effective July 12, 2016. In his new role, Everett will be based in Louisville and will work closely with the programming staff and on-air talent for the region’s eight Spoken Word stations. A Louisville native, Everett began his career as a board operator at WHAS-AM, later moving on to become Program Director of WLAP/Lexington, KY and Program and News Director for WGY-WOFX-AM/Albany, NY. He most recently served as Program Director for KHOW-KDSP/Denver. “Josh started his career at WHAS-AM and knows what this station means to the community,” said Michael Jordan, RVP/Programming for iHeartMedia. “His focus on providing fresh, quality content and developing new ways to reach listeners will ensure that we continue to grow our audience across our eight Spoken Word stations in the Kentucky-Indiana Region.” Everett will replace 18-year iHeartMedia veteran Kelly Carls, who recently announced plans to retire in August.
Raleigh, North Carolina Sports multi-cast Buzz Sports Radio (99.3FM/96.5FM/620AM/99.9HD2) will move The Sports Shop with Reese and Kmac — to mornings, a move that will make the talk duo the first African-American-hosted Sports/Talk morning show in the market. Billed as “urban Sports radio,” As of July 5th Reese and Kmac will move to wake-ups (6-9am) from their current 10am-noon slot on the station, replacing former morning show hosts Mike Maniscalco and Demetri Ravano who exit. Lauren Brownlow, who was also part of the previous Buzz morning show, will continue to make regular on-air appearances on both The Buzz and co-owned Sports outlet 99.9FMThe Fan/ESPN. In addition to her on-air appearances, Brownlow will also continue to contribute regularly to WRALSportsFan.com.
It’s day two of the 2016 ‘Hold Their Feet To The Fire’ event, hosted by FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) in Washington, DC. Among the Talk radio hosts who are on site broadcasting live from Radio Row at this year’s gathering is KXNT/Las Vegas morning host Heidi Harris (pictured)… WEEI/Boston and Mike Adams, host of the Entercom Sports/Talker’s Planet Mikey show, has left the building after a 10-year run. With Red Sox baseball pre-empting Adams’ show for the next few months, no announcement about who will assume his former hours is expected for awhile … Writing for local community news website — EastCountyStyle — Rick Griffin profiles KCBQ/San Diego morning host Mark Larson (right), as the longtime So Cal resident and radio veteran enters his 41st year on-the-air in America’s Finest City — making him the longest-running, continuous radio personality in the market. Read more HERE.
iHeartMedia/St. Louis has launched Pride Radio St. Louis, the company’s fourth radio station in the country that features programming devoted to the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community . Along with music, the station will also include an emphasis on community news coverage. “It’s Pride Week in St. Louis, and as the exclusive radio partner of the event, we can’t think of a better time to launch Pride Radio St. Louis,” said Tony Banks, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHM’s Gateway City cluster. “Our city has one of the most passionate LGBT communities in America and we look forward to an even greater bond with our local listeners as they engage with our on-air personalities and programming, customized for our city!” The new Pride Radio St. Louis, a broadcast extension of the digital Pride Radio channel on iHeartRadio, can now be heard via PrideRadioSTL.com, iHeartRadio.com, the iHeartRadio mobile app, and at 107.7-HD2 in St. Louis.