KFWB/Los Angeles recently teamed up with a local Mitsubishi dealer for a car giveaway, in which 124 listeners won a pair of tickets to an upcoming Los Angeles Clippers basketball game, along with a key that might start the 2014 Mitsubish Mirage pictured above (uh, you did notice there was a car in the photo, right?). That’s Clippers’ Spirit dancers Jacy and Brooke showing off the car that was ultimately awarded to lucky listener number 99, Anita Gowing of Whittier, CA. KFWB is the radio flagship of the NBA Clippers.
A couple of major changes in the news today coming out of CBS Radio’s Washington, DC cluster: First, veteran personality Don Geronimo, who signed off at CBS-owned Sports/Talker KHTK/Sacramento last fall, then resurfaced in evenings at sister station 106.7 WJFK-FM/Washington, is off the air and off the schedule at the DC Sports outlet. Geronimo, who spent the better part of two decades at WJFK before “retiring” from the station in 2008, tweeted (@dongeronimo) this comment to fans regarding his current status: “No one should be shocked I’m not in the plans for CBS/dc. I had opined recently on air how I didn’t understand the logic. Now 30 more days w/Pay from CBS, then off to brighter pastures. You know I have a lot to say on the entire matter, you’ll hear it all soon enuf, ever 4ward.”
Meanwhile, CBS Radio’s DC all news outlet WNEW-FM/Washington adjusts focus a bit to place a greater emphasis on serving Maryland listeners and commuters (the station is licensed to Bowie, MD). Effective today, WNEW has opened a Baltimore news center inside co-owned CBS Television station WJZ-TV, led by longtime Baltimore news anchor Sarah Jacobs, who has been named Bureau Chief and will oversee a team of local reporters. Additional bureaus are scheduled to open in Annapolis and Montgomery County, MD in the weeks and months ahead. WNEW will also expand its traffic reports to include “Beltway-To-Beltway” information, “From the Baltimore Beltway to the Washington Beltway and the major arteries that feed them.” Since it’s launch in January of 2012, ‘All News 99.1′ has struggled to gain traction against well-established Hubbard-owned all-newser WTOP, which regularly tops the DC radio ratings pile. Whether or not a greater focus on Baltimore (Market #21) along with DC (Market #7) will improve the station’s ratings fortunes remains to be seen. But, as one DC radio insider described the challenge to NTS MediaOnline Today, “Baltimore and Washington are two very different places. Nobody roots for the Redskins and the Ravens, or the Nationals and Orioles.” Longtime Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik offers his thoughts on WNEW’s plans for increased coverage of Baltimore and the city’s surrounding Maryland counties HERE.
Rusty Humphries has teamed with the Washington Times on a new venture that will have the veteran Talk radio host writing a weekly column for the newspaper, penning a regular blog and a hosting a daily video show, The Rusty Humphries Rebellion. The Times reports that Humphries’ appointment “is part of the Times’ aggressive expansion into the many platforms that comprise a modern media company.” The audio from Rusty’s new video show will also be streamed on the Kaliki-based, on-demand network that was recently established in partnership with the DC-based newspaper. “I’m excited to become part of the Washington Times family,” said Humphries (pictured) in a story that appeared in this past Saturday’s (3/1) edition of the newspaper. “I am proud to add my voice and my ideas to the excellent work that the Times has been producing for decades.” It’s a return to duty for Nevada Broadcasting Hall-of-Famer Humphries, who was previously heard on his eponymous long-runnning show syndicated by Talk Radio Network. However, in the wake of the well-publicized financial financial struggles at TRN, Rusty has not hosted the radio program since last October – despite the fact that the show still bears his name after months of guest hosts behind the mic. Reach out to congratulate Rusty on his new gig HERE.
In the wake of the recently announced deal that made Compass Media Networks (CMN) the exclusive representative of affiliate and ad sales for the Wall Street Radio Networks, CMN CEO Peter Kosann has announced that Susan O’Connell — Senior Director of Affiliate Sales for the Wall Street Journal Radio Network since 2006 — is joining his network as a consultant. In her new role O’Connell (pictured) will be charged with helping to manage and enhance affiliate relations and strategy for WSJ Radio affiliates, which includes some 650 radio stations nationwide that broadcast both short-form money and business news reports under the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and MarketWatch brands, and long form shows including The Wall Street Journal This Morning and The Wall Street Journal This Weekend. Both the weekday morning show and the one-hour weekend program are anchored by Gordon Deal.
In a story NTS MediaOnline Today has been following for you since last December, the FCC has cancelled a controversial project to determine how broadcast and newspaper newsrooms choose the news they cover that has raised the eyebrows of both broadcasters and Washington politicians. The agency released an official one-line statement saying, “The FCC will not move forward with the Critical Information Needs Study.” The Commission will reportedly now reassess the best way to identify any barriers to entry into the communications marketplace that is faced by entrepreneurs and other small businesses … TheBlaze Radio Network moves weekender Buck Sexton to a new weekday slot, where he’ll air from 2-4pm daily beginning March 13th. Sexton — a former CIA officer and NYPD Intelligence Analyst — joins a revised lineup that also includes Doc Thompson (6-9a); Glenn Beck (9am-noon); Jay Severin (2-5pm) and Pat & Stu (5-7pm) … Center Post Holdings, which purchased Business Talk Radio Network (BTRN) last year, is rebranding the network as BizTalkRadio. The rebranding comes with a new partnership with BizTalkRadio’s sister network, BizTV … At last night’s annual Oscar Award ceremonies in Los Angeles, ABC News Radio reporter David Blaustein caught up with this year’s Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o on the red carpet just before the show. That’s Nyong’o pictured above chatting with David, as actress Charlize Theron looks on (and looks fabulous!) in the background.
KXL/Portland host and Compass Media Networks syndicated personality Lars Larson was the keynoter at the recently held annual Oregon Logging Conference. Lars spoke to attendees about the environmental and political challenges the industry faces in the years ahead. Tony King, Exec Producer of The Lars Larson Show, reports that conference officials said his boss “drew one of the largest audiences the conference has ever had for a keynote speech.” That’s Lars pictured at the show above, standing in the “jaws” of some heavy duty timber processing equipment.
According to a recent major market pilot test by Nielsen, for the first time, a connection can be drawn between what consumers listen to on the radio and how they spend. The major market pilot test combined proprietary Nielsen data with ‘anonymized ‘panelist credit and debit card purchasing behavior covering more than 24 billion transactions and $2 trillion in annual sales primarily from the retail, travel, digital, restaurant, entertainment, financial services and telecom categories. By conducting the analysis at the local metro level, Nielsen identified unique radio ad spend opportunities specifically for the local market. For example, in Dallas – a major market where Nielsen reports there are more than 5.7 million weekly radio listeners and $344 million in radio ad spending per year — the study found that News/Talk listeners go to more movies and spend more money at the movies every year than any other listeners. On average, News/Talk radio fans spend roughly $25 more per buyer and watch 1.2 more movies annually. News/Talk listeners also spend more per trip. Read more from the Nielsen study HERE.
Tammy Trujillo (pictured) has been named News Director for the nationally syndicated Animal Radio. The longtime SoCal broadcaster and animal lover takes over a position previously held by 24/7 News Source anchor Stacey Cohen, who recently exited the weekly L.A.-based pet talk show following a relocation to the Phoenix area … Cumulus Media News/Talker WCOA-AM/Pensacola loses it’s FM simulcast as sister station WCOA-FM becomes Classic Hits The Jet 100.7, featuring the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show in wake-ups … KOMO-TV/Seattle News Director Holly Gauntt joins the RTDNA Board of Directors, representing Region 1, including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington … Condolences: To the family, friends and former colleagues of Jack Clements who died February 17th at age 85. The longtime broadcaster, who served as President of Westwood One/NBC Radio before retiring some twenty-plus years ago, is also known for his years as an executive at Mutual Broadcasting, as well as from his prior stint as General Manager at WCAU/Philadelphia, where he helped launch the career of legendary Talk radio host, the late Bernard Meltzer. Get additional details HERE.
Longtime Boston Sports/Talker Glenn Ordway (pictured) — who was ousted at WEEI last year after a 27-year run – is going digital with the launch of Big Show Unfiltered on March 17th. The new Internet radio show will be available at Ordway’s new website in his familiar 3-6pm (ET) timeslot … Envision Networks weekly syndicated America Weekend adds new affiliate KAST/Portland. Meanwhile, Envision’s VirtualNWS Weather Reports anchored by meteorologist ‘Big’ John Wetherbee are added at WOXL/Greenville, NC … Genesis Communications Networks syndicated host Dr. Daliah Wachs recently hosted her third annual FAST4Kids gala to raise funds for the educational needs of autistic children. Over $10K was raised at the Las Vegas event that included appearances from actress Pia Zadora and comedian Steve Rossi, along with a surprise performance by the legendary Rich Little … CRN Digital Talk Radio launches Wall to Wald Sports, billed as a “hybrid of sports and politics” hosted by Ronnie Wald and Fred Wallin. The weekly show airs Friday’s at 1pm (ET) on CRN 1 … Talk Shows USA’s syndicated Extreme Genes Family History Radio adds new affiliate WTKI-AM & FM/Huntsville, AL … ESPN Deportes Radio Nueva York 1050 signs a deal with New York Mets’ English and Spanish language radio rights partner, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, to continue as the Mets’ Spanish language flagship in the Big Apple through the 2016 season. As previously announced, Mets’ English language broadcasts will move this season to CC-owned News/Talker WOR/New York.
Broadcasters seeking a direct link to information about developments in the Ukraine can stay in touch 24/7 via AudioNow. The call-to-listen audio service has partnered with Espreso.tv and UkrStream.tv, based in Kiev, and Radio Svoboda, the Ukrainian-language broadcast of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, to offer around-the-clock news updates to mobile phone users across the U.S. and the United Kingdom … Actor Sean Penn presented the Media Social Visionary Award to John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for Clear Channel, at last night’s unite4:good and Variety’s unite4:humanity event in Los Angeles. That’s Sykes (left) and Penn (right) pictured above with fellow honorees Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Bright Future International/AP Images, courtesy of CCM&E)