Alpha and L&L To Merge, Add Stations
April 18, 2014

Alpha Broadcasting and L & L Broadcasting have entered into an agreement to merge the companies and, upon finalization of the deal, will become Alpha Media. The current corporate team for Alpha Broadcasting and L & L Broadcasting will remain and operate the company from the corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Larry Wilson, Chairman and an investor in each company, said, “The merger will be the culmination of a long term plan to ultimately combine the two companies and will allow us to streamline our oversight of all 49 stations to take advantage of the many synergies.” Meanwhile, along with the news of the pending merger and new company name, L & L has also announced the company has entered into an agreement to acquire 19 radio stations from Main Line Broadcasting for $57 million. Main Line is headquartered in Philadelphia and operates 19 stations in four markets including Louisville; Richmond, VA; Dayton, OH and Hagerstown, MD/Chambersburg, PA. Upon successful completion of these transactions, the newly dubbed Alpha Media will own and operate 68 radio stations in 12 markets across the United States.

Talk Media News Notes
April 18, 2014

End of the Rhodes: Firebrand liberal Talk radio host Randi Rhodes (pictured) has opted to end her Premiere Networks nationally syndicated show. A brief statement from the network reads: “Randi Rhodes has decided to end her national radio program. We’ve had a successful partnership with Randi for several years, and we wish her all the best for the future. Premiere Networks will conclude syndication and production of The Randi Rhodes Show on May 16th.” TheBlaze Radio Network host Buck Sexton got to sit behind the “Golden EIB Microphone” today, as the former CIA officer and NYPD intelligence analyst turned talk host got to sit in for Rush Limbaugh on his Premiere Networks-syndicated show. Along with his daily Talk radio show, Sexton also co-hosts Real News on TheBlaze TVVariety Senior TV editor Brian Steinberg reports that FOX News Channel will launch a new noon-1pm (ET) show on April 28th entitled Outnumbered. The one-hour program will feature a rotating crew of four female hosts and one male examining the top news of the hour. Read the full story HERE.

NTS MediaOnline Today “Gig Alerts”
April 18, 2014

Envision Networks is seeking an Affiliate Sales Manager. The position is Cleveland-based, and company President/CEO Danno Wolkoff says those looking to telecommute from other parts of the country “need not apply.” You’ll need previous sales experience, a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience and knowledge and experience with CRM, Word, Excel, and Outlook. Spanish language skills are also a plus. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: Aggressively growing and maintaining the number of affiliated radio stations in your regional territory; Attend regional trade shows and entertain clients; Attend affiliate events and broadcast industry functions to learn, laugh and live the dream; Work closely with the Director of Affiliate Relations to develop and relay new sales/marketing programs, products and services; Provide innovative customer service and sales; and maintain and track territory sales initiatives. Envision offers profit sharing as well as a competitive benefits and compensation package, plus organization funded 401k retirement plan in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment. Please email cover letter, resume and salary requirements in MS Word or ASCII text to Laura Orkin, Chief Operations Officer, HERE. No phone calls please. (EOE)

Clear Channel Media & Entertainment News/Talker NewsRadio WOOD 1300 AM/106.9 FM/Grand Rapids is seeking a News Director. This positions requires a bold thinker and leader who thinks digital first and has excellent digital and social media skills.  If you’re a news junkie who thinks like Seth Godin and Gary Vaynerchuk and lives in the now, we want to speak with you. A four-year degree in journalism, or equivalent is preferred. Minimum three years full-time professional experience in a digital-first news setting, preferably in a multi-platform (broadcast + web) news environment. Ideal applicants will also have some digital and/or broadcast news management or experience. Strong leadership skills and the ability to create engaging content for our digital, social platforms, and broadcast platforms are critical. Solid news judgment skills; the ability to work and make vital decisions under pressure and knowledge of journalistic standards and libel laws are all necessary, along with the ability to anchor news on the air. Rush your resume, cover letter, links to audio demo and writing samples, plus screen shots of your best social media work to Director of Programming and Operations Phil Tower HERE. (EOE)

Cumulus Media is looking for a News Director for Newstalk FM 98.9 WKIM/Memphis.  The ND will anchor news, manage the afternoon anchor, oversee the news product created by outside sources, and create news content for the station’s digital platforms. Candidates must demonstrate excellent writing skills and an ability to go beyond the AP to build newscasts that will resonate with the station’s target audience. Email your resume and 2-3 minute audio demo HERE with “WKIM ND” in the subject line. No phone calls please. (EOE)

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Sports/Talk News Notes
April 18, 2014

Former NFL pro and ex-Michigan Wolverine Dan Dierdorf is coming out of retirement, inking a multi-year deal to be the radio analyst for his alma mater’s football broadcasts. The 64-year old Dierdorf (pictured) called his final NFL game for CBS last January, when he announced his retirement due to several medical issues he was dealing with and the rigors of air travel to some 20+ games a year. He’ll be back in a broadcast booth this fall alongside his former Wolverines teammate Jim Brandstatter, who is moving to the play-by-play chair after 34 years as the team’s color analyst … The 2014 NBA Playoffs will tip off on ESPN’s family of networks beginning this weekend with five Game 1 telecasts. Mike Breen, analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters will call two Game one broadcasts on ABC within in 24 hours, beginning with the Golden State Warriors at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at 3:30pm (ET). The crew will then fly across country to Miami for Sunday’s 3:30pm broadcast of the defending NBA Champion Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats. Both games will also be available on ESPN Radio and via the WatchABC app.

Marianne’s Milestone Moment
April 18, 2014

Happy trails to ABC News Radio Senior Editor Marianne Pryor, who clocked out for her final time this morning and officially retired after a 32-year career with the network. That’s Pryor with her ABC News colleague Jon Newman during a very early morning newsroom celebration to mark Marianne’s milestone moment.

Is Race Talk Radio’s “Third Rail?”
April 17, 2014

In the May issue of Salem Communications-owned Townhall Magazine (which hits newsstands May 1st), Salem Radio Network VP/News and Talk Programming Tom Tradup asks that provocative question, and also explores how conservative Talk radio might do a better job at growing its fan base by building long-term engagement with minority communities. Tradup notes that while “liberal persons of color abound in national Talk media, black conservatives are still a fairly rare commodity on Talk radio.” Among those contributing to the feature is SiriusXM Patriot channel host David Webb, who said he believes one thing Talk radio hosts could do in order to better attract minorities with a conservative lean is to focus on content, not race. “Talk about keeping a family structure, not just social values,” Webb (pictured) told Tradup. “And talk about blended families to counter the single parent crisis, education, reducing crime in inner cities, free enterprise, employment and bringing back companies to provide jobs.” Get an online preview of the feature now at Townhall.com.

 

Graham Trades Red Sox For Braves
April 17, 2014

Fifteen-year Talk radio veteran Michael Graham has been tapped to host a new daily talk show on Cumulus Media/Atlanta-owned All News 106.7 (WYAY-FM). Most recently heard via the New England Talk Network and Boston Herald Radio, Graham previously had a lengthy run on Greater Media/Boston’s now defunct FM talker WTKK. With a nod to his long-suffering campaign to get the Democratic governor of Massachusetts to come on his radio show, the conservative talker announced his departure with one final poke at the Guv saying, “Governor Patrick, it’s safe to turn your radio back on. After literally eight years of evading my every request for on-air conversation, you can finally relax. I’m leaving Boston radio for warmer climes. Cumulus Media has made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.” Recalling his years as a political conservative living in the famously liberal-leaning city and state, Graham added he leaves New England with no ill-will saying, “Massachusetts, despite your politics, you’re really good people.” Read Graham’s full announcement of his pending move to Atlanta HERE.

Sports/Talk News Notes
April 17, 2014

Tomorrow (4/18) is NBA Playoffs Preview day on SiriusXM. The satcaster’s 24/7 NBA Radio channel will offer subscribers a series of interviews with some of the game’s greatest postseason players, including Hall of Famers Jerry WestJohn HavlicekJames WorthyEarl MonroeLenny Wilkens and Bernard King. During the upcoming NBA playoffs, subscribers can access live play-by-play broadcasts of every postseason game, right through The Finals, on their satellite radios, through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com … Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM/Seattle debuts a new soccer fan-centered show, Seattle Soccer Talk, to air during the Seattle Sounders season. Seattle Soccer Talk, hosted by longtime Emerald City radio personality and author Mike Gastineau, will also be available on Clear Channel’s digital radio platform iHeartRadio … Actor Kevin Costner recently dropped by ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd to talk about his new movie Draft Day, how being a sports fan impacts his film work and more. That’s Costner and Colin chatting in the photo above. (photo by: Rich Arden/ESPN Images).

CCM&E “Flattens” Sales Teams Nationwide
April 17, 2014

Widespread layoffs of account execs and sales managers have been reported at Clear Channel Media & Entertainment-owned stations all around the country during the past 24-hours. While there has been no official confirmation on the number of sales pros released, nor what specific stations were involved, anecdotal evidence indicates the personnel cuts were significant and took place in markets of all sizes. A company release confirms the rumored layoffs, but offered little in the way of detail stating: “For the last several months we have been flattening our senior management organization to reduce overlap. Now we are aligning our sales organizations to this new structure and to give more resources, authority and accountability to the most productive members of our team so we can operate as effectively and efficiently as possible. Change is not always easy, and unfortunately in the process some people were negatively impacted.” NTS MediaOnline Today stands ready to help any individuals who have been caught up in this latest round of industry “restructuring.” Email us your contact info HERE and we’ll help get the word out on where friends and colleagues — and perhaps even your next employer — can reach you.

Iron Mike In The Steel City
April 17, 2014

The one and only Mike Tyson dropped by the studios of CBS Radio Sports/Talker 93-7 The Fan (KDKA-FM)/Pittsburgh yesterday (4/16), to promote a boxing event coming to town this Friday night. Pictured (l-r) are Program Director Ryan Maguire, Tyson, local fighter Samuel Vasquez Jr. (who is on Friday night’s fight card) and KDKA-FM afternoon host Chris Mueller.