For America’s wounded warriors recovering at hospitals and medical facilities nationwide, having a ‘home’ where their family can live nearby during the holiday season (and all year round) is high on everyone’s wish list — and that’s where Fisher House comes in. The fifth largest U.S. military assistance organization, Fisher House is offering radio a three-hour, highly-produced public affairs show, Zachary’s Gift, designed to air between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The special program tells the inspiring story of Fisher House founder Zachary Fisher through heroes served by the foundation’s growing network of no-cost comfort homes, built on the grounds of VA and military base hospitals across the country. Hosted by recently retired WBAP-KLIF/Dallas news veteran Mark Watkins, the program offers an excellent solution to filling some of those holiday week vacation hours with a quality show vs. another stale re-run, while also supporting the efforts of Fisher House to help the men and women of our military and their families who are dealing with lives that have been forever changed by the horrors of war.
EDITOR’S NOTE: There’s still time to sign-up to air ‘Zachary’s Gift.’ As a longtime media supporter of Fisher House, NTS MediaOnline Today urges you to reach out today to Stuart Greenblatt at Westwood One (the network is handling affiliations pro-bono) to reserve this very special holiday show for your News/Talk station(s).
WBAP(NewsTalk 820AM)/Dallas just wrapped up a week-long fund raising drive to benefit the profoundly physically and mentally challenged adults at the Denton State Supported Living Center. Some of the Center’s residents have had no other place to live since the facility opened in 1960. 2014 marks the 36th year for the gift drive, and the first year it has been done in conjunction with Cumulus Media’s DFW News/Talker. Listeners donated over 1,000 gifts for residents of the center, who will receive them from Santa when he visits during a party to be held this week at the facility. Funds were also raised for needed medical equipment and supplies that aren’t provided by the state. Pictured above are some of the nearly 100 volunteers who staffed the fundraising phones at the WBAP studios.
WPHT/Philadelphia will salute one of the legends of broadcasting, Sid Mark, tonight at a sold out event honoring Mark’s 58th year in broadcasting. The evening will feature a special live broadcast of Sid’s long running Sounds of Sinatra program, with special guest Frank Sinatra Jr. Today also marks what would have been Sinatra’s 99th birthday. “I could’ve been anywhere for my father’s 99th birthday,” said Frank Jr. “But I chose to spend it with Sid on his 58th anniversary.” Sid launched the Sounds of Sinatra in Philly 57 years ago, when a listener called in during his show and suggested that he spin a full hour of Frank Sinatra songs. That tradition developed into “Friday with Frank”, as well as “Sunday with Sinatra” — which still airs on News/Talker WPHT Sunday nights at 9pm. Sid’s syndicated Sounds of Sinatra, which is heard on a reported 100+ radio stations nationwide, is the only radio program of its kind to have been personally authorized by “Ol’ Blue Eyes” himself.
BRAGGIN’ RIGHTS: Motley Fool Money radio host Chris Hill points proudly to the just-released Glassdoor annual rankings of the best companies to work for in America. “Nearly 400,000 companies across the country are considered,” Hill told NTS MediaOnline Today. “And I’m happy to share that, for the second year in a row, the #1-ranked company in the small/medium business category in America is The Motley Fool.” Read more HERE … Meanwhile, the crew at Bonneville/Seattle News/Talker KIRO Radio 97.3 has reason to bust their buttons just a bit. The station’s 26th annual Radiothon to benefit Treehouse, a nonprofit organization addressing the essential education and enrichment needs of kids in foster care, raised a whopping $505,000 during yesterday’s (12/11) 12-hour fundraiser. Donations will continue to be accepted online until December 31st HERE … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of FOX News reporter Dominic Di-Natale, who was found dead by authorities in Colorado who said the newsman, 43, took his own life. Di-Natale spent most of the past decade commuting between the U.S. and the Middle East on assignment for FOX News and also working on independent projects. Read more HERE.
Midwest Communications News/Talker KFGO/Fargo is continuing to search for an Agriculture Director. Do you know how that plate of food got to your dinner table? Read the grain markets lately? Have directions to the closest elevator? Can name that crop along the highway? If the answer is ‘yes,’ we want to talk to you. Audio editing skills are necessary for your success, and a strong on-air delivery is essential. Knowledge of video editing, Facebook and Twitter are a plus. In addition to weekdays, you must be available to work occasional weekends and holidays. We offer a competitive salary and a full benefits package. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required. Send your resume and MP3 to KFGO Operations Manager, Joel Heitkamp HERE. (EOE)
Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline will mark the show’s 20th year of live broadcasts from CES in Las Vegas next month. The mammoth consumer electronics show always makes world wide news, so Dave and his crew will offer stations free, 60-second, customized, market exclusive updates from the CES floor, January 5th-9th. Graveline says the features really are free, with no strings attached, as a 20th anniversary gift from Into Tomorrow — “No national spot or sponsor, you can can sell it locally and keep the money,” he says. Email Graveline to get additional details about the offer HERE … Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford adds two new Bayou State affiliates, as WJBO/Baton Rouge and WRNO/New Orleans both add the two-hour, weekly home improvement radio show that airs on a reported 100 affiliates nationwide … WBSM/New Bedford, MA adds veteran talk host Howie Carr’s Boston-based regionally syndicated show to fill the Townsquare Media-owned News/Talk station’s weekday afternoon drive hours (3-7pm).
Journal Broadcast Group CTO and VP/Engineering Andy Laird was saluted at a recent retirement dinner honoring his nearly five decade career in broadcast technology and audio — the last sixteen of those with Journal. Pictured (L-R) are: Joe Poss, VP/GM-Today’s TMJ4; Debbie Turner, EVP TV-Journal Broadcast Group; Steve Wexler, EVP Radio-Journal Broadcast Group; Andy Laird, VP/CTO-Journal Broadcast Group; Andre Fernandez, President-Journal Communications; Michael Gay, VP Interactive-Journal Broadcast Group; Tom Langmyer, VP/GM Milwaukee Radio & VP, News/Talk, Journal Broadcast Group; Alvin Pritchard, VP/Finance-Journal Broadcast Group and Brian McHale the company’s new VP/CTO.
Veteran sports announcer Dick Enberg, the television voice of the San Diego Padres, has been named the winner of the 2015 Ford C. Frick Award, honoring excellence in baseball broadcasting. Enberg will be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 25, 2015, during baseball’s annual Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown, NY. Along with his current role in the Padres’ broadcast booth, the soon-to-be 80-year old Enberg served a ten-year stint as the play-by-play voice of the then-California Angels, from 1968-78. His unmistakeable voice is also highly recognized by millions of sports fans nationwide as a result of his many years of covering a wide variety of sporting events for both NBC and CBS. His six-decade career has produced 14 Emmy Awards and won him wide recognition for his signature call of, “Oh,my!” — a phrase he says he picked up from his mother. The Ford C. Frick Award is named in memory of the sportswriter, radio broadcaster, National League president and third Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
According to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder, Windy City radio legend Steve Dahl — who recently returned to daily on-air duty at Cumulus Media News/Talker WLS-AM — says he’s finally going to pen the behind-the-scenes story of his infamous ‘Disco Demolition’ stunt at Comiskey Park in 1979. The book is slotted for a Spring 2016 release MyTalk 107.1/Minneapolis personality Margery Punnett hosts her final show tomorrow (12/12) after a ten-year run on Hubbard’s hometown FM talker. She’s relocating to Arizona to join her husband and former on-air partner Ian Punnett, who is there pursuing a graduate degree … Pittsburgh Radio Partners News/Talker WJAS/Pittsburgh affiliates with FOX News Radio, adding top and bottom of the hour newscasts and FOX Business reports to the station’s programming … AdLarge Media will rep national ad sales for the broadcast and online program, The National Marijuana News … 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel (WTRC-FM/Niles, MI) agrees to pay a $46,000 civil penalty for airing a commercial spot including EAS alert tones, following a heads-up to the FCC by the National Weather Service.
Thumbs-up to Brad Marshall who has been promoted to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media/Youngstown, Ohio. He assumes the chair currently occupied by Rick Parrish, who previously announced his retirement as of December 15th. Marshall rises from his previous role as Director of Sales for the cluster, a position he’s held for over five years. Prior to that, he spent 16 years as General Sales Manager for iHeartMedia’s crosstown Youngstown stations … CBS Altitude Group ups Michael Hermalyn to Vice President and Group Leader/Sales. A member of the Altitude Group since 2008, a company release calls Hermalyn a “key player” on the team that is tasked with building unique engagement programs for Fortune 500 brands using a combination of CBS’s local radio, television, digital, and live event platforms. In his new role, Hermalyn will work on development of new revenue streams “by creating exclusive experiential and content-based programs for advertisers.”