Yesterday we reported how radio broadcasters across the country are stepping up to help victims of the devastating floods in southern Louisiana. Today we learn that the Broadcasters Foundation of America “is moving swiftly” to provide emergency grants to broadcasters whose lives and property have been severely damaged by those floods in Louisiana, as well as to those impacted by the serious wildfires burning in California. The BFA’s Emergency and Disaster Grant Program features an abbreviated vetting process that gets emergency funds to victims within a week. The Foundation offered similar expedited programs for broadcasters in need following Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin, MO tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy in the New York/New Jersey region. “It’s imperative that we get these emergency funds into the hands of broadcasters within days,” said Dan Mason (pictured), Chairman of the Foundation. “The Broadcasters Foundation has a track record of moving quickly and nimbly in emergencies, while thoroughly screening the abridged applications for need.” To be considered for the Emergency and Disaster Emergency Grant Program, applicants must have worked in radio or television broadcasting and be facing extreme financial hardship due to a natural or environmental disaster. Find out more HERE.
Although the presidential campaign won’t get into full swing until after the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, Media Monitors notes there have been some increases in campaign spending on radio ads in the past 10 days, after a lull in spending following the party primary election battles. The Liberty Action Group PAC aired 406 radio spots in support of GOP nominee Donald Trump, while his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, aired just two radio ads in the same period. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson aired 162 spots on broadcast radio, while the upstart Willie Wilson For President campaign aired 4 radio ads. Meanwhile, on the negative side of the political ad spectrum, The Great America PAC — a political action committee supporting Donald Trump — aired 266 ‘against’ spots targeting Hillary Clinton. Media Monitors will continue logging the candidates’ spending on radio right on up until Election Day 2016 in November.
Two longtime broadcasters — veteran manager and second generation broadcaster David Martin and recovering radio programmer and manager Kipper McGee — have teamed up to offer Brandwidth On Demand, a new 15-minute weekly podcast based on McGee’s book, Brandwidth: How Big Broadcasting is Missing the Mediamorphosis. The duo’s new weekly podcast will explore “the skills and savvy required to succeed in the fast changing mediascape.” NTS MediaOnline Today readers can subscribe to the new podcast for free by texting “REBOOT” to 44222 … Late yesterday Nielsen told it’s Los Angeles audio ratings subscribers that some “irregular compliance patterns” had turned up in the current round of ratings data, and said an investigation resulted in the removal of 35 households from the L.A. PPM panel. It’s the second time in as many years that there’s been questions about PPM results in L.A. Nielsen says it is continuing to conduct an investigation to ascertain what, if any, additional actions it might take, however, the company has said the “irregular compliance pattern” was apparently a personnel issue and gave no indication that any media clients were involved.
The Mentoring and Inspiring Women In Radio (MIW) Group has named Neuhoff Communications President and Chief Executive Officer Beth Neuhoff the winner of the group’s 8th annual Frances Preston Trailblazer Award. Neuhoff (left) will be honored on September 21st during the 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show. The MIW award is presented annually to a woman who, through her leadership and success in the media industry, creates opportunities for other women in radio … iHeartMedia appoints Dave Hovel Senior Vice President of Programming for the company’s six-station Salisbury, MD cluster including Newsradio 1470 and FOX Sports 960AM. Hovel starts his new gig on August 29th … One time Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate, author and KBET/Las Vegas talk host Wayne Allyn Root releases his latest book today (8/23). Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon is Changing America is Root’s third book, having previously released The Murder of the Middle Class in 2014, and The Power Of Relentless in 2015.
Salem Radio Network VP/News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup is in Liberia this week — a week that marks the second anniversary of the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa. Tradup (seen above interviewing widows of Ebola victims) is embedded with the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse. The organization’s Dr. Kent Brantley was the first American to contract, and later survive, the deadly virus.
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WPHT/Philadelphia and morning drive personality, Chris Stigall extend their relationship, with the announcement today of a new multi-year deal that will keep The Chris Stigall Show in wake-ups on the News/Talker for the foreseeable future. Commenting on his deal extension, Stigall — who debuted in Philly in 2011 following a four-year run at KCMO/Kansas City — said, “In an ever evolving industry, I can’t express how grateful I am to CBS Radio/Philadelphia’s leadership for their unflinching support and unwavering commitment. I am proud to partner with passionate, professional and dedicated team members, including the executive team in New York and our management team in Philadelphia led by David Yadgaroff and Jared Hart. They have injected an energy and focus that’s made WPHT an incredibly exciting place to work. Most of all, I want to thank our loyal sponsors, friends, and listeners to WPHT. I have been richly blessed personally to have them with us on this journey – one we’re happy to announce will continue for years to come.”
Cumulus Media has added The Armstrong & Getty Show to wake-up listeners at four more of the company’s Talk radio stations — KKAT-AM/Salt Lake City; KTBL-AM/Albuquerque; KMJ-AM&FM/Fresno; and KVEN-AM/Ventura, CA. News/Talker KGO/San Francisco was the first Cumulus-owned Talk station to affiliate with the daily KSTE/Sacramento-based morning show hosted by Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty (left), which is regionally syndicated to about a dozen stations by iHeartMedia … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of former WJBO/Baton Rouge morning co-host Kevin Meeks, who was killed in a vehicle crash while riding his motorcycle last Friday night (8/19). The 60-year old reportedly died at the scene. Southern Louisiana’s The Advocate.com posts additional details from reporter Olivia McClure HERE.
As we’ve oft-noted over the years, when it comes to doing good deeds and making a difference in their communities, no media does it better than radio. The recent historic floods in southern Louisiana have brought out not only the best in those stations that are offering ongoing coverage of the emergency in their own backyards — stations like iHeartMedia News/Talker WJBO/Baton Rouge, Entercom Big Easy News/Talker WWL/New Orleans and Townsquare Media News/Talk KPEL/Lafayette — but also from broadcasters in other states across the country. A shining example is Alpha Media, which is using its stations nationwide to solicit listener donations to the American Red Cross relief efforts in The Bayou State. Officials estimate some 60,000 houses have been damaged by the severe flooding, plunging many families into sudden homelessness. Meanwhile, more rain and thunderstorms are predicted for the region this week. NTS MediaOnline Today readers wishing to help our Louisiana broadcast friends and others in need can make a donation by phone to 1-800-REDCROSS, or you may text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.
KXNT/Las Vegas adds two new talk shows to the CBS Radio News/Talker’s weekday lineup. Compass Media Networks syndicated The Schnitt Show slides into KXNT’s noon-3pm time slot, while Radio America’s syndicated Chad Benson Show is now heard nightly from 6-7pm. The syndicated Dave Ramsey Show moves to a new 7-10pm time slot, while local wake-up host Heidi Harris, local PM driver Alan Stock and Premiere Networks syndicated Rush Limbaugh all remain in their respective current hours … In 2003, the late ABC News Radio commentator Paul Harvey accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award and addressed the legendary R&R Talk Radio Seminar (a yearly event your editor was privileged to host for over 10 years prior to the shut-down of Radio & Records). For the very first time, videographer and ‘Radio’s Best Friend’ Art Vuolo has posted video he shot of the iconic broadcaster’s address to TRS attendees, in what turned out to be Harvey’s final appearance at an industry event. In words as fresh and relevant today as they were then, Harvey reminds us all of the power of spoken-word radio in Art’s YouTube video posted HERE.
WLS-AM/Chicago news anchor Jennifer Keiper recently headed to suburban Geneva, IL — home of the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league affiliate, the Kane County Cougars — where she threw out the honorary first pitch. Kieper took the mound to support increased awareness and funding for brain aneurysm research.