Just ‘Doing What Works’
September 11, 2014

Darrell and Maureen Anderson (left) from the Doing What Works show recently stopped by for a visit at the offices of Radio America, which syndicates the program. Joining them in the above photo are Radio America Operations Director (and Doug Stephan’s Good Day co-host) Rich McFadden and Mike Paradiso, COO of the Washington, DC-based syndicator.

Compton’s Most Memorable Career Moment
September 10, 2014

As ABC News Radio White House Correspondent Ann Compton nears her previously announced retirement after 41 years in the television and radio news biz, ABC’s Jonathan Karl reminisces with the pioneering reporter in a feature for ABC News/Yahoo News. Asked about being the first female ever assigned to cover the President for a major U.S. network, Compton (pictured) said, “To come in as the first woman wasn’t that intimidating. To come in as somebody who was 26 or 27 years old, alongside of colleagues who had been in the motorcade when John F. Kennedy was shot, or in Panmunjom when the armistice was signed in Korea, I was out of my league.” Compton also talks about what it was like being aboard Air Force One with President George W. Bush on 9/11 and reveals her “most memorable moment on the job.” Find out what it was HERE.

RAIN/Edison Media Announce “30 Under 30″
September 10, 2014

At yesterday’s (9/9) RAIN Summit, held in Indianapolis, the name of those included on the 2014 RAIN News and Edison Research list of Audio’s 30 Under 30 were unveiled, including a number of pre-30 recipients from News/Talk/Sports radio. WDEL/Wilminton, DE Assistant News Director Amy Cherry is among those named as up-and-comers in the radio and audio industry, along with Grant Paulsen, host and beat reporter for CBS Radio/Washington, DC Sports/Talker 106.7 The Fan, and Jordan Bernfield, sportscaster and host at WGN Radio and 87.7 The Game/Chicago. Edison Research President Larry Rosin commented, “The 2014 list of future leaders in the audio industry truly reflects the diversity of our world today. Knowing that such fantastic young talent is now in the world of audio should make us optimistic for the future.” See the full list of all 30 recipients HERE.

KFWB Scores A Safety
September 10, 2014

Veteran Sports broadcasting and communications executive Joe Safety joins new Sports/Talker KFWB/Los Angeles as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships. Prior to joining the station, Safety spent 20 years as Vice President of Communications for the NBA Los Angeles Clippers, who call KFWB their radio flagship. Before joining the Clippers in 1993, Safety (pictured) ran communications departments for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees. He also was executive producer of sports programming for the Financial News Network. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Joe and the depth of sports experience he brings to us,” said KFWB Trustee Diane Sutter. “His skill sets, relationships and incomparable knowledge of the L.A. market will help us deliver unique programming to our listeners.”

Talk Media News Notes
September 10, 2014

DC area media veteran Beth Cohen has been named Director of Sales for Cumulus Media/Washington, including News/Talk WMAL-AM & FM and WRQX. Cohen most recently served as GSM for Clear Channel’s crosstown cluster in the nation’s capitol … The 2014 Radio Show — produced by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau — officially kicks off today in Indianapolis. NTS MediaOnline Today will be in-the-house for this year’s event, covering news of interest and consequence to News/Talk/Sports radio broadcasters. Today’s major event is the annual late-afternoon ‘opening remarks’ from both NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith and RAB President/CEO Erica Farber. We’ll give you the relevant highlights from that session, along with additional news from the Indiana Convention Center in tomorrow’s (9/11) edition of our regular NTS email newsletter, as well as ongoing updates online at our website HERE.

“A-B-C-N-E-W-S-R-A-D-I-O”
September 10, 2014

That’s ABC News Radio Entertainent Correspondent Jason Nathanson apparently administering an impromptu on-the-street eye test to comedy legend Mel Brooks outside of Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theater. On hand to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his iconic film comedy, Young Frankenstein, Brooks was also there to join the ranks of Hollywood greats who have immortalized their hand prints and shoe prints in cement outside the famous landmark theater.

“A Remarkable Era Of Communication”
September 9, 2014

That’s what CBS Radio News Vice President, Harvey Nagler, called the current state of the news media in remarks delivered as he accepted the RTDNA’s 2014 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual’s contributions to journalism and freedom of the press. Here, in part, is some of the important message that Nagler had for the gathering of journalists and students at the RTNDA’s Excellence In Journalism event last weekend in Nashville: “It is a remarkable era of communication — an age in which everyone can be the media. Where anyone operating out of their kitchen, or even the street, can reach a huge number of people — perhaps the same number as our most respected news organizations. But as Thomas Friedman of the New York Times said, ‘Anyone with a cell phone today is a paparazzi, anyone with a Twitter account is a reporter, anyone with YouTube access is a filmmaker.’ But it is often hard to discern the big picture from individual snapshots of information that flood our devices, as well as the rumors, conjecture, speculation and opinions offered up each day. To place context on stories, many still seek out journalistic entities with traditional values. In the end, it proves we still need to be able to turn to journalists and news organizations we can trust. And the public’s appetite for news has never been greater. So, it is now our jobs – our responsibility and  mission — to maintain that trust, as we broaden our roles on new platforms, while continuing to serve our audiences on our traditional platforms. That’s our challenge — and it’s a big one.” That’s Harvey pictured above (left) accepting his award from 2014 RTDNA Chairman and WDEL/Wilmington Director of News and Programming Chris Carl. Watch video of the event, including Nagler’s complete remarks HERE.

(Congratulate Nagler on his well-deserved honor HERE

New Studios For Two Network Sports/Talkers
September 9, 2014

Yahoo! Sports Radio evening host Ken Thomson has moved his show into brand spanking new studios (left). Thomson is now broadcasting nightly from a glass enclosed, state-of-the-art facility located in Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas, where listeners can watch the nightly 10pm-1am (ET) live broadcast … Meanwhile, ESPN2′s weekday show Highly Questionable and ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show also moved into a new studio home (right) this week, located in Miami Beach’s Clevelander Hotel. As part of the arrangement, the Clevelander Hotel will display an ESPN Studios logo outside the building and there will be ESPN-themed signage in the hotel’s Game On sports bar. ESPN premium items will be available for purchase in the hotel and the two shows also will include on-air references to the hotel.

Talk Media News Notes
September 9, 2014

This week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Indianapolis will stream several select sessions for those unable to attend the annual Fall confab. Among the sessions to be streamed will be tomorrow (9/10) afternoon’s opening keynote, The Golden Age of BS, from advertising luminary Bob Hoffman. Learn more HERE … Meanwhile, the NAB and RAB have released the dates and locations for the next two Radio Show events, with the 2015 edition taking place September 30th through October 2nd at the Marriot Marquis in Atlanta, and the 2016 convention now also set for September 21st-23rd at the Omni Hotel in Nashville …The CBS Radio/Philadelphia cluster — including News/Talk WPHT, Sports/Talk WIP, all-newser KYW and Oldies WOGL — have partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation to promote the annual 9/11 Heroses Run 5K Race to remember the sacrifices of the heroes of the September 11th attacks. A portion of the proceeds from the 9/11 run will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, which offers veterans and families of the fallen unique opportunities to help them take the next step in their journeys and accomplish their personal and professional goals. The other portion of the proceeds will remain in the local community to support various police, fire, and first responder related charities.

Nat’l Radio Hall Of Fame Tickets Now Available
September 9, 2014

As previously announced, the National Radio Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 Induction Dinner and broadcast is moving to the left coast this year. Hosted by Premiere Networks syndicated personality Delilah — with Westwood One talk host Jim Bohannon (pictured) again handling announcing duties for the live broadcast — the November 9th gala is set to take place at Cicada in Los Angeles. 2014 inductees include Charlie & Harrigan (Jack Woods and Paul Menard); Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Stanley E. Hubbard, Jon Miller, Dick Orkin and Agnes Moorhead. Get more details and reserve your table for one of the industry’s most anticipated annual events HERE.