ABC News Radio correspondent Alex Stone was camped out on the Red Carpet at L.A.’s Dolby Theater last night (2/22), where he and fellow network correspondent Jason Nathanson covered all the action from the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony for ABC Radio affiliates nationwide.
Red Zebra Broadcasting announces that long time morning drive personality Chris Paul and national sports columnist Jason Reid will team up to form a new morning drive program on ESPN 980 (WTEM). The Man Cave with Chris Paul and Jason Reid will air weekdays from 6-10am in a slot now occupied by ESPN Radio’s syndicated Mike & Mike, who will move to wake-ups at co-owned Red Zebra DC Sports/Talk 570 (KSPZ). Paul is a veteran of local broadcast radio, co-hosting the Donnie Simpson Show on crosstown WPGC-FM for 16 years, followed by 6 years on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. Meanwhile, Reid began his professional journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the L.A. Dodgers and Clippers. He moved to DC is 2010 to be the Washington Redskins beat writer for the Washington Post, moving up to become a sports columnist for the newspaper in 2011. Reid will also continue writing as a NFL columnist for ESPN.com. Commenting on WTEM’s new morning show — which debuts March 16th — VP/Programming Chuck Sapienza said, “The Man Cave with Chris Paul and Jason Reid will be a blend of sports, comedy and entertainment and we are thrilled to welcome these two talented men to ESPN 980.”
NextRadio is launching a national marketing campaign to promote the availability of FM radio on mobile devices on Monday (2/23) and NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith is urging broadcasters to get behind the effort that has been long led by Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan. Hear the variety of produced spots available for stations to utilize HERE … Shari Gonzalez has been named Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia’s Miami-Ft. Lauderdale cluster. She was most recently GSM at crosstown WPOW … To wrap up ‘Fashion Week’ in New York City, veteran radio personality Joan Hamburg will host a special entitled, The Business of Fashion Week on Cumulus Media News/Talker WABC. Featuring interviews with leading fashion industry insiders, Joan’s special airs Saturday (2/21) at 7pm (ET) … Paula Deen Ventures partners with Compass Media Networks to launch a new daily radio vignette, Get Cooking with Paula Deen, and a weekly long-form podcast, What’s Cooking with Paula Deen. Both shows debut on May 1st.
Looks like you’re gonna need to update your scorecards for Sports radio in Los Angeles where several big changes have taken place. After just over six months on the j-o-b, 980 The Beast (KFWB) Program Director Owen Murphy is leaving, saying he wants to focus on his sports radio consultancy. Murphy (pictured) joined KFWB in August 2014 when the former all-newser transitioned to 24/7 Sports/Talk … Meanwhile at crosstown 710 ESPN Radio L.A. (KSPN), NTS MediaOnline Today hears that three of the ESPN Radio owned and operated station’s veteran local sports anchors/reporters have left the building in what appears to be some internal restructuring … Alpha Media/Portland Sports/Talker 750 The Game and the Arena Football League’s Portland Thunder ink a deal that will keep the team’s broadcasts on The Game for the 2015 season … SiriusXM will offer subscribers all day coverage of this Sunday’s (2/22) 57th annual running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500. The satcaster’s NASCAR Radio channel offers live audio coverage of every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
Townsquare Media/Albany, NY Sports/Talker ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM) is looking for that next talented individual to join our staff as the Afternoon Drive Producer/Production Assistant/Back-up On-Air Talent. This is a great opportunity for the right person who is looking to grow in almost all aspects of the sports radio programming industry. The main concentration of this position will to be heavily involved in all aspects of the PM drive show, which include booking guests, screening phone calls and coming up with show ideas. This position is not limited to production, imaging and on-air opportunities. The ideal candidate has previous experience running a board, producing a show, screening phone calls and must have a drive to learn and grow. Those interested should send a resume and audio sample to Brand Manager Armen Williams HERE. (EOE)
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Nationally syndicated Talk radio host Dave Ramsey (now heard on a reported 550+ stations across the country) kicked off his ‘Smart Money’ tour in front of a sold-out crowd of KKZN/Denver fans last night (2/19) at the Mile High City’s Bellco Theatre. Pictured backstage at the event are (L-R): Ryan Clune, iHeartMedia/Denver Director of Integrated Media and Special Events; Jessica Farias, General Sales Manager; Ramsey; and Pat Connor, Market Manager for iHeart’s Denver station cluster.
Wayne Randazzo has been tapped to join the WOR/New York Mets radio broadcast team. A seasoned sports broadcaster with more than 10 years of experience, Randazzo will join play-by-play announcer Howie Rose and Josh Lewin in the WOR broadcast booth. Randazzo joins the Mets flagship radio station from his most recent post at CBS Radio/Chicago, where he served as a sports anchor and host for WSCR and WBBM-AM. “The Mets fan base is one of the most passionate in all of baseball,” said Randazzo about his new gig. “I look forward to working alongside Howie Rose and Josh Lewin, one of the best radio broadcast teams in baseball, to bring Mets fans great memories for many seasons to come. This is certainly an exciting time for the Mets and fans.”
The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) will posthumously honor the late CBS News reporter and 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon with RTDNF’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the group’s 25th annual First Amendment Awards ceremony, on March 11th, in Washington, DC. Simon (right), one of the most honored journalists at CBS News, was tragically killed in a recent auto accident in New York City … The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will speak to attendees at the upcoming 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, April 15th at 9am … WVBZ-FM/Greensboro will become the new exclusive radio flagship for North Carolina State University football and basketball games, beginning with the upcoming fall season.
WRKO/Boston adds long-running weekend home improvement show, The Money Pit, hosted by Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete (left) and syndicated by Talk Shows USA … ABC Radio will provide extensive coverage of this weekend’s (2/22) 87th annual Academy Awards, with correspondent Jason Nathanson kicking things off live from the red carpet, David Blaustein anchoring twice-hourly status reports from 8:20-12:20pm, and correspondents Alex Stone and Nathanson checking in from backstage at the awards ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles … Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC Today’s 4th hour, signs up with SiriusXM to host a solo satellite radio show, Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm (ET), beginning February 23rd on the satcaster’s Today Show Radio channel … Sun Broadcast Group’s syndicated Marilu Henner Show adds new affiliates WZON/Bangor, WSRQ/Sarasota and WLSC/Myrtle Beach … NBC Sports Group will provide live radio coverage of all three Triple Crown races for the first time via NBC Sports Radio, including live, exclusive coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. For each race, NBC Sports Radio will present two hours of live coverage, produced in partnership with Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) and distributed by Westwood One … As of February 28th, SWN Communications‘ The Inside Track radio show, hosted by long-time broadcasters Charlie Ricks and Bernie Halprin, will become part of the weekend lineup at Yahoo Sports Radio, where it will air Saturdays from 11am-1pm (ET) … Envision Networks rebrands its remote weather and news service as EnvisionVirtualServices “to better reflect the current virtual reports and future offerings of traffic and sports.”
The National Association of Broadcasters announced the 50 finalists for the 28th annual Crystal Radio Awards recognizing radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Among the News and Talk stations making this year’s final cut are WINS/New York, KSL/Salt Lake City, WIBC-FM/Indianapolis and WCCO/Minneapolis — where PD Bob Shomper proudly notes it’s the CBS Radio News/Talker’s 5th nomination in the past six years. Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists will be honored and winners announced on April 14th at the annual NAB Show’s Radio Luncheon, where television and film star, bestselling author and Sun Broadcast Group syndicated radio personality Marilu Henner (pictured) will be the keynoter. See all 50 of this year’s finalists HERE.