Now Here’s A “Festive” Trio
June 26, 2015

Pictured at the recently held annual New York Festivals Awards ceremonies are (L-R): SiriusXM’s Paul Backman (an award winner this year for kids talk programming); broadcast trainer/consultant Valerie Geller and SiriusXM VP Frank Raphael.

WRKO/Boston Updates Weekday Lineup
June 25, 2015

WRKO/Boston has officially announced how its daily lineup will look in the post-Rush Limbaugh era for the Entercom News/Talker. Beginning June 29th, WRKO’s current morning show, The Kuhner Report with Jeff Kuhner, will move to the noon to 3pm slot previously held by Limbaugh (who is moving to iHeartMedia/Boston’s new crosstown Talk 1430 WKOX). Taking over the 6-10am wake-up slot on WRKO will be The Boston.com Morning Show, a new venture in cooperation with the Boston Globe, hosted by local TV news anchor Kim Carrigan (pictured) live from the Boston.com newsroom. She’ll be joined by former WEEI/Boston morning personality and play-by-play talent Jon Meterparel and producer David Cullinane. Along with the lineup changes, WRKO will also unveil a new station logo and a new slogan, ‘The Voice of Boston,’ as part of a stated commitment to provide “live and local” programming during primetime weekday hours. Commenting on the soon to debut lineup (that keeps Barry Armstrong’s Financial Exchange in its current 10am-noon hours, and Howie Carr in his traditional 3-7pm afternoon drive slot) VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary said, “This new lineup, anchored by our alliance with New England’s second largest news website, squarely positions WRKO for the next decade.”

Talk And Media News Notes
June 25, 2015

Roger Ailes has signed a new multi-year contract to continue to serve as Chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Business Network, as well as Chairman of Fox Television Stations. Ailes will jointly report to 21st Century Fox co-Chairmen Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch … That’s Beyond The Beltway host Bruce Dumont (pictured) getting set to cut the cake at last night’s celebration of the weekly show’s 35th anniversary. More than 80 former BTB guests were on hand at the event held at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago … From our “Not Exactly Talk Radio News” Department: San Francisco radio legend Don Bleu will hang up his headphones for the final time tomorrow morning (6/26) after some three and half decades on Bay Area airwaves, including long runs at KIOI and KYUU, along with his past few years at KOSF … Department of DOH! In yesterday’s (6/24) NTS MediaOnline Today story announcing this year’s National Edward R. Murrow Award winners, we inadvertently misspelled the name of ABC News President James Goldston — which gives us the opportunity to make this correction and again congratulate the ABC News radio and TV teams on their 2015 Murrow wins.

Sports/Talk Radio News
June 25, 2015

Former KGO/San Francisco afternoon sports anchor Kevin ‘The Rat’ Radich (left) joins CBS Radio’s crosstown all-newser KCBS. It’s the second tour of duty at KCBS for Radich, who had a two-year run at the station prior to joining KGO the mid-2000’s. Born and raised in Oakland, the longtime Bay Area sports media personality’s resume also includes a lengthy stint as a sports reporter at Cumulus Media/San Franciso Sports/Talker KNBR92.1 The Ticket (KQSM/Fayetteville) will air ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Show beginning Monday, June 29th. The well-known Southeast Conference broadcaster will air weekdays from 2-6pm on Cumulus Media’s northwest Arkansas Sports/Talker … ESPN Sports Radio 1080 The FAN (KFXX/Portland, OR) and Entercom sister station 92.3 KGON sign up to become the Rose City radio homes of Seattle Seahawks’ game day broadcasts, beginning with the upcoming 2015 NFL season.

Digital Talk Media News
June 25, 2015

GeoTraffic Network teams with iNetRadio Network to provide users with on-demand road and traffic reports via  iNetRadio, a free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices … Comedian, actress and bestselling author Heather McDonald has debuted Juicy Scoops with Heather McDonald, a new podcast distributed by PodcastOne. McDonald (pictured) is a familiar face from her roundtable appearances with Chelsea Handler on E! television’s Chelsea Lately … Also newly added to PodcastOne’s roster this week is The Fraze & Bentley, a weekly podcast hosted by legendary SoCal radio personality, actor and comedian Frazer Smith, and actor, magician and comedian Jim Bentley … CBS Radio/CBS Local Digital Media adds new programs to the company’s Play.it podcast network, including Ken Rukowsky’s Business Rockstars: Everything Entrepreneur and the daily Business Rockstars Minute. 

Oh Yeah, We’re “Ballers!”
June 25, 2015

 

If it’s Tuesday night in NYC’s Central Park, it must be time for another co-ed softball game for Cumulus Media/New York’s nearly famous Dump Buttons. Pictured following a 10-9 loss to Bloomberg in this week’s season opener are this year’s Dump Buttons including (Bottom L-R): WPLJ’s Mary Jo Vetrano, WNBM’s midday host, La Loca, WPLJ morning show host, Jayde Donovan, Curtis and Kuby producer, Flipper, WABC midday host, Curtis Sliwa, (Top L-R): Imus In The Morning’s Lou Rufino, WPLJ’s Sheila Watko, Joan Hamburg Show producer, Matt Meany, WABC’s Jamie Roberts and Jose Torres, and Bryce Grafton (Jayde’s boyfriend).

2015 National Murrow Winners Announced
June 24, 2015

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the winners of the 2015 National Edward R. Murrow Awards. For the second year in a row, ABC News Radio won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence at the network level. ABC’s radio news team also won awards for Breaking News, Sports Reporting and Writing. CBS Radio News won three awards, picking up Murrows for Best Newscast and Best Continuing Coverage for the third straight year, as well as for Feature Reporting. NPR took home awards for Hard News, Use of Sound and Investigative Reporting. Pictured above celebrating the news of this year’s Murrow wins for ABC are (l-r): ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones and ABC News President James Goldston with Robin Roberts, David Muir and the ABC News Radio team. A complete list of winners with links to the winning entries for this year’s National Edward R. Murrow Awards can be found HERE.

Talk And Media News Notes
June 24, 2015

SiriusXM and FOX News have teamed up to launch FOX News Headlines 24/7, a new national headline news service and full-time satellite radio channel produced by a dedicated team of FOX News journalists and contributors. The new channel, part of a multi-year agreement, will launch in the fall of 2015 to all SiriusXM subscribers on channel 115 … The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected four distinguished broadcast industry leaders to join its Board of Directors. New Board members include Scott Herman, Executive Vice President/Operations, CBS Radio and Market Manager, CBS Radio/New YorkRay Cole, President and Chief Operating Officer, Citadel CommunicationsValari Staab, President, NBC-Universal Owned Television Stations; and Jeff Warshaw, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Connoisseur Media … Multimedia personality Kerri Kasem will be the featured speaker at the MIW Group session, The Importance of Finding Your Voice, during the upcoming NAB/RAB Radio Show in Atlanta. Kasem will speak to “the importance of finding your voice and further understanding the power that all of our voices have to advance careers and elevate change.” Find out more HERE.

Sports Radio News Notes
June 24, 2015

Hank Bauer, who spent 27 years as a player, coach, and broadcaster for the San Diego Chargers, is joining Sports USA as an NFL analyst for the 2015 season. He’ll work alongside Hall of Fame coach John Robinson, Chicago Bears great Doug Plank and longtime NFL quarterback Jake Plummer on the network’s weekly NFL double-header broadcasts … WABC/New York mid-morning host Geraldo Rivera (pictured) broadcasts live from his annual charity ‘Golf Classic’ to benefit Life’s WORC. The group provides support and services to help facilitate a full rich life for individuals with developmental disabilities. Learn more about Life’s WORC HERE.

Network And Syndication News
June 24, 2015

The Dana Show, syndicated by Radio America and hosted by Dana Loesch (left), adds new affiliates WOWO-AM-FM/Ft. Wayne; WNFZ/Knoxville; KKFT/Reno, KVOI/Tucson; WYAB/Jackson, MS; KIVA/Albuquerque; KQTY-KBJT/Fordyce, AR and WBCF/Florence, ALTom Gresham’s Gun Talk, syndicated by Talk Shows USA, adds new affiliates KRFD/Ft. Morgan, CO; KAXA/Kerrville, TX; KHJQ/Leaky, TX, KROF/Abbeville, LA; and KTOX/Needles, CA … Meanwhile, Extreme Genes: Family History Radio (also syndicated by Talk Shows USA) announces that David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and American Ancestors, will join show founder and host Scott Fisher to co-host the opening segment of the weekly talk show.