CBSLocal/New York is reporting that AM 970 The Answer (WNYM/New York) host and Saturday Night Live alumnus Joe Piscopo (left) strongly hinted he just might run to succeed Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey in 2017, during a recent appearance for the NJ Boys & Girls Club — an organization for which he serves as a spokesperson. Read more HERE … OK, We’re Going To Say This Just ONE More Time: In yet another example of why, in today’s media world, the same rules always apply, whether you are on-air or online: ‘If you wouldn’t say it on the air, don’t post it on social media!’ Former Brady Bunch child star turned talk host, Susan Olsen, has apparently learned that one the hard way. Olsen (right) and online radio site LATalkRadio have parted ways after she reportedly unleashed a profanity-laden rant on a gay actor who had criticized her on Facebook following his appearance on her Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics online radio show. FOX News has more details HERE … From our ‘Not Exactly Talk Media’ News Department: Beasley Media Group released a statement today announcing the company will make a “format adjustment” at WBRN/Tampa-St. Petersburg resulting in the exit of Todd Clem — a.k.a. Bubba The Love Sponge (left) — from the rocker’s lineup. WBRN has temporarily re-branded as Santa 98.7 and is airing all-Christmas music pending the aforementioned format adjustment. BMG also notes Bubba’s show will continue to air on co-owned 96 Rock, WRXK/Ft. Myers, FL.
As 2016 winds down and the New Year looms just around the corner, many radio managers will move into a new season of that time honored ritual ordered by most corporate HR departments — the dreaded employee performance review. And while being on the receiving end of one of those meetings is often stressful, most employees would be surprised to learn just how many managers are also uncomfortable, especially when having to deal with issues of ‘non-performance.’ In a recent post by Breakthrough Management partner John Parikhal, the veteran media and business advisor cautions managers who let those little non-performance issues slide vs. nipping them in the bud risk “cascading consequences down the line, where the ‘little’ problem has now become a much bigger one, with a more serious negative impact on the people or the organization.” Parikhal (pictured) cites three important things managers can do to help neutralize discomfort on both sides of the desk when dealing with ‘non-performance’ issues, starting with reminding yourself, “It is not about you and the employee personally, it is only ever about the job.” Read more insights HERE.
The ‘good sports’ at Entercom/Portland, OR Sports/Talker 1080 The Fan raised more than $173,000 for Special Olympics/Oregon during this week’s 6th annual Radiothon to benefit the organization. The yearly event was anchored by the station’s Primetime with Isaac & Suke afternoon drive (3-7pm) hosts Isaac Ropp and Jason Scukanec (pictured) … CBS Sports Radio will be the exclusive national radio broadcaster of two holiday season college basketball doubleheaders this month. Tipping off the schedule tomorrow (12/10), it’s the Never Forget Tribute Classic, featuring Villanova vs. Notre Dame at New Jersey’s Prudential Center (11:45am/ET), followed by the CBS Sports Classic, with Pittsburgh taking on Penn State at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 17th. CBS Sports Radio is programmed and operated by CBS Radio and syndicated by Westwood One.
Word out of the Motor City is that WJR/Detroit host Mitch Albom’s annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon raised over a million bucks (and counting!) for the charity during this week’s 15-hour event that was broadcast live on the Cumulus Media News/Talker … Actress and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren (pictured) will guest-host the December 17th edition of nationally syndicated Animal Radio. Hedren — who will be forever linked to her role in the classic Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds — is a frequent guest on the weekly pet talk show that airs on a reported 133 affiliates nationwide … Psssssst! Wanna know the “secret formula” to creating great radio ads? Some of the industry’s best creative minds share their thoughts on radio’s continuing relevance as “a great storytelling” platform in the latest issue of Radio Impact Reports from the RAB. Read more HERE.
Entercom News/Talker 106.3 WORD/Greenville-Spartanburg, SC is seeking full-time Reporter/Anchor to add to its award-winning news staff. This is a rare opening for one of Greenville’s most respected news departments. Candidates must show efficient yet effective writing skills, creativity, and the ability to think on their feet in case of breaking news coverage. If you are passionate about reporting the next generation of news and think you have what it takes to succeed in this job, check-out additional requirements and get details on how to submit your resume, cover letter, and samples of your work HERE. (EOE)
• Broadcast media content and network radio pro Willis DaMalt, most recently an Affiliate Relations rep with United Stations Radio Networks, checks in to report he’s looking for his next challenge. Well known from his decade at the former WOR Radio Network, friends and colleagues can reach Willis HERE.
Midwest Communications News/Talk WTAQ/Green Bay is on the hunt for a News Reporter to join the station’s veteran news team. The right candidate will have news room experience, including gathering stories, producing packages and newscasts for both on-air and online delivery. More importantly, the right candidate will breed and foster news- maker contacts and will want to be ‘on the scene’ so that they can draw their listeners into the story/experience! We need a ‘news hound’ who ‘gets’ it. If this sounds like you, rush your resume, audio and news writing samples to News Director Robert Kennedy HERE. (EOE)
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Veteran radio news pro Steve Gregory (left), who currently serves as a special assignment reporter for KFI/Los Angeles (after taking an extended leave from the iHeartMedia News/Talker last May to care for his ailing mother), hangs with KFI evening host Tim Conway Jr., during a birthday bash for Tim held at SoCal’s Morongo Casino. During the listener event, Gregory was surprised with the presentation of a California State Assembly resolution — signed by both sides of the political aisle in Sacramento — for his contributions to journalism and the L.A. community.
Many News/Talk/Sports broadcasters — both those actively employed and others who find themselves ‘on the beach — have started hosting and producing podcasts in recent years. Few in radio would argue it’s a medium that seems tailor-made for spoken-word programming, but for those banking on the quick success of the platform, media strategist and researcher Mark Ramsey offers some cautions in light of several recent optimistic reports about podcasting’s growth. “I think folks in the audio space are missing the bigger story,” he says. “Only 21% of us have listened to even one podcast in the past month. Meanwhile, more than 85% of us watch TV and more than 90% listen to the radio – and not just to one show in 30 days!” Saying he isn’t citing those stats to diminish the importance and very real growth of podcasting in recent years, Ramsey adds, “I’m suggesting that the podcasting world should stop slapping itself on its back and ask the bigger question: Why are we still so small?” Answering his own question Ramsey says he doesn’t believe the problem is about choice or with easy access for listeners. “The problem is the absence of a hit,” he says. Read the full post HERE.
iHeartMedia/Indianapolis has tapped Brad Polston (left) as Market President for it’s four-station Hoosier State cluster, including FOX Sports Radio 97.5/1260. Polston brings more than 20 years experience in the media biz to his new post, most recently serving as General Manager for Comcast Spotlight in Indianapolis. His new gig marks a homecoming of sorts for Polston who commented, ““I am thrilled to join the iHeartMedia family and to lead our efforts in Indianapolis. Having grown up in Indy, Q95 (WFBQ) was a big part of my life, and to have the opportunity to work with the great talent at that station — as well as WNDE, WOLT and WZRL — is exciting. I’m ecstatic and eager to help build on our relationships with listeners, advertisers and the community.” Look for Polston to be on the j-o-b next Monday (12/12).
SiriusXM and Barstool Sports will team up to launch a new daily show hosted by Dave Portnoy, founder of the popular website that takes a humorous, irreverent and unfiltered approach to covering sports, men’s lifestyle issues, pop culture and more. Barstool Radio on SiriusXM makes its debut on January 3rd and will be available to subscribers from noon-2pm (ET) weekdays on the SiriusXM Rush channel … Folks in the Windy City might already feel like they’ve had enough snow this winter, but they just can’t seem to get enough of their 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs. So, in the spirit of the season the team’s radio flagship, AM 670 The Score (WSCR), is unwrapping a special audio gift for fans dubbed, The 12 Days of CubsMas — a replay of the Cubs’ dozen best games of the past MLB season, leading off on December 14th with pitcher Jake Arrieta’s 16-0 no hitter last April against division rivals the Cincinnati Reds, and ending on Christmas Day with the Cubs’ historic Game 7 win over the Cleveland Indians to clinch their first World Series title since 1908.
Jessica Lichtenfeld has joined media research firm Coleman Insights as an associate consultant, Most recently a senior strategist with Raleigh-based THREE Group, Lichtenfeld (left) has spent more than a decade in media and research, holding previous positions with E-Poll, Viacom and Feld Entertainment … Bonneville/Seattle News/Talker KIRO 97.3 FM, in partnership with Treehouse — a non-profit agency that ensures kids in foster care have access to the essential services required to help them make it to high school graduation and beyond — will host their 28th annual Foster Child Holiday Magic Fundraiser on December 14th 2016 from 7am-7pm. Over the past four years, listener and sponsor donations have totaled over $500,000 each year, so hopes are high that this year’s event will equal and maybe even exceed those totals … ON THIS DAY IN 1980, during the telecast of a Monday Night Football game on ABC-TV, legendary sports announcer Howard Cosell was the first voice who told many Americans that singer and songwriter John Lennon had been shot and killed by an assailant outside of his apartment in New York City. Hear Cosell deftly interrupt the action to make the shocking announcement HERE.