Digital Talk Media News Notes
September 8, 2014

Beginning today (9/8) Sirius XM will simulcast the audio of daytime TV talker Ellen Degeneres’ daily show on the satcaster’s Stars channel. Ellen (pictured) joins a lineup that already includes Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Jenny McCarthy, Martha Stewart and more …Tomorrow (9/9) TechCrunch and SiriusXM will launch TechCrunch Radio, a limited-run series that will premier at Disrupt San Francisco 2014 on the satcaster’s Indie channel. TechCrunch East Coast Editor John Biggs and writer and reporter Jordan Crook will host the premier episode of the series that will focus on giving satellite radio subscribers news on the latest technology from the world’s most innovative start-ups, as well as established companies launching their gadgets, products, and services … TuneIn and Learfield Sports ink an extended partnership in which TuneIn will carry every play-by-play broadcast and additional college football content from 19 Learfield Sports’ university partners including Alabama, Wisconsin, Louisville, Texas A&M, and Penn State. The new agreement will improve Learfield’s worldwide distribution of digital programming, and add to TuneIn’s extensive list of coverage for over 85 college teams … Talk Stream Live is putting out a call to any and all Talk radio stations or shows that are interested in listing with the online talk show and link directory founded by Bill Frees. Learn more HERE.

Radio America Adds ‘Business Rockstars’
September 3, 2014

Radio America adds Business Rockstars to the DC-based syndicator’s daily programming lineup. Hosted by Ken Rutkowski (pictured), the talk show targets the estimated 40 million ‘wantrepreneurs’ in America by introducing listeners to some of the biggest names in business. “Business Rockstars has done a great job of thinking outside the box, producing a show that is engaging entertaining and interesting to not only aspiring entrepreneurs, but also to anyone interested in what makes people tick,” said Radio America COO Mike Paradiso about the network’s latest pick-up. “I also love the aggressive social media and digital aspects of the show that engage younger listeners and provide affiliates with a great resource for integration into their digital media sales efforts.” Business Rockstars was founded and developed by Rutkowski and Steve Lehman, best known in radio circles as the Founder of Premiere Radio Networks where he served as Chairman/CEO (1986-1998).

Talk Media News Notes
September 3, 2014

Marketron CEO Jeff Haley will moderate a panel focusing on ‘programmatic trading’ in radio at next week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Indianapolis. Joining Haley (pictured) on the dais will be Jelli CEO Mike Dougherty, Clear Channel President of Technology and Digital Ventures Brian LaKamp, Triton Digital President/Market Development John Rosso and Natalie Swed Stone, U.S. Director/National Radio at OMD. The session is scheduled for Wednesday (9/10) at 1:15pm at the Indiana Convention CenterWTOP/Washington becomes the first U.S. radio station to ink a deal with the Waze Broadcast Program, a network of news media who use the Waze navigation service’s real-time information to supplement the Hubbard Radio all-newser’s traffic reporting. Waze is home to one of the world’s largest networks of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users … Radio One and Katz Radio Group sign a new multi-year partnership, giving KRG exclusive national sales rep rights for the urban-focused broadcast company.

Facebook: Still The Big Kahuna Of Social Media
August 28, 2014

NuVoodoo Media Services has released additional findings from the company’s latest Ratings Prospect Study, which interviewed some 1,100 14-54 year olds in all PPM markets to update NuVoodoo’s insights on emerging social media platforms. “Facebook remains the dominant social media platform among these 14-54 year olds and, despite all the hype surrounding them, both Snapchat and Vine are comparatively small players overall,” said Leigh Jacobs, VP/Research for NuVoodoo. “While other players get more coverage, Instagram has the deepest penetration among our sample of Teens 14-17 after YouTube and Facebook – and is getting traction among Adults 18-34.”

Lineup Adjustments At Federal News Radio
August 27, 2014

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned Federal News Radio is shuffling the lineup at the online and on-air outlet targeting DC’s federal government workers and those who provide services to the federal bureaucracy. Federal Drive co-host Emily Kopp will move from anchoring the morning program with Tom Temin to a new position as a full-time reporter for both the digital and radio operations. Kopp will continue to contribute to the Federal Drive morning show and will also be featured on In-Depth with Francis Rose. Current morning digital writer/editor Shefali Kapadia also moves to a new producing role to support Temin, with the station planning to hire a new digital writer to replace her. “By making these shifts, we are able to optimize the incredible talents of our people and bring more depth to our presentation,” said Program Director Lisa Wolfe. “The end result will be more news stories told in a variety of ways for air and online. Tom Temin’s broadcasting abilities are so polished he will shine as the solo anchor of the Federal Drive.” The changes take effect on September 2nd.

Talk Media News Notes
August 26, 2014

CBS Radio and Townsquare Media have partnered to create the Michigan News Network, (MNN) a statewide service that will provide affiliated stations across The Great Lakes State with news, sports and other local content produced by CBS Radio/Detroit’s Newsradio 950 (WWJ-AM) and Sports/Talk 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM). MNN will debut on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, on a reported 20 stations throughout the state, including affiliates in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor … Politico.com’s Dylan Byers reports that SiriusXM is “pulling the plug” on The Bob Edwards Show. Edwards, who previously had a lengthy run hosting NPR’s Morning Edition, joined the satcaster after an acrimonious breakup with NPR in 2004. Now it appears cost-cutting at SiriusXM has again claimed Edwards, with his last show scheduled to air September 26th … Even though WJR/Detroit morning host Paul W. Smith was on vacation with his family in Paris, France this past week, he still couldn’t escape the nationwide ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ phenomenon, with his call-out coming directly from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “I offered my splash and cash along the Seine River,” said Smith (pictured). “I in turn have now challenged my soon to be fellow syndicated Talk radio host, Congressman Mike Rogers!”

Sports/Talk News Notes
August 26, 2014

Independent college sports radio network IMG and mobile audio provider TuneIn have formed a broadcast partnership in which TuneIn will carry every play-by-play broadcast and additional college football content from more than 60 IMG College teams. The deal will offer hundreds of additional college football games to TuneIn’s reported 50 million-plus monthly active users worldwide … SiriusXM will air a total of 56 live games for the opening week of the 2014 college football season, August 28th through September 1st. The satcaster’s Week One schedule includes games featuring every team from the Associated Press Top 25 poll … Yahoo! Sports Radio  will debut the Sports Kings’ NFL Weekly Countdown on Saturday, August 30th, from 7-8am (ET). Co-hosted by ‘Mean Gene, The Sports Machine’ and Ronnie Brooks, the program will be distributed nationwide via yahoosportsradio.com and YSR’s network of broadcast radio affiliates, including KGOW-AM/Houston, WCAR-AM/DetroitWCLT-AM/Columbus, OH and more.

Is Your Life Just One Big ‘Football’ Fantasy?
August 22, 2014

If you’re one of those who likes to dive deep into the Fantasy Football pool every season, you might want to note that 670 The Score (WSCR/Chicago) is holding open auditions in a search for the CBS Radio Sports/Talker’s next Bud Light Fantasy Football Expert. Beginning next Tuesday (8/26) The Score will hold a series of live auditions at local Windy City venues to find a point person who will host a weekly, one-hour online show to offer insights and info for strategizing Fantasy teams throughout the upcoming 2014 season. The final candidates will compete at a live event on September 12th, where they’ll face a “panel of expert judges” to win it all. “Giving someone the chance to host a Fantasy Football show on our digital platform is something new and exciting,” said PD Mitch Rosen about the promotion. “The Fantasy Football industry continues to be of high interest to our listeners and I look forward to finding the right candidate to fill this role with the station.” Find out more about the search HERE.

Network/Syndication News Notes
August 18, 2014

Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk adds new affiliates KARN/Little Rock, WBRN/Big Rapids, MI, WNDA/New Albany, IN and simulcast partner WLRS/Eminence, KY, and WINT/Willoughby, OH  WPTK/Raleigh, NC adds Free Talk Live (FTL) to the station’s weeknight lineup. Both FTL and Gresham’s week show are syndicated by Talk Shows USADon Bischoff is named Chief Communications Manager and Tony Cutillo as Executive Creative Director at Tampa-based Eclectic Media PR. Both will report to company president and founder Shannon RoseOut Of The Friend Zone, hosted by Heidi Selexa (pictured) debuts on CRN Digital Talk Radio. The one-hour show is billed as, “An open platform to expose and explain misunderstood signals, signs and messages between the sexes.”

Finding Where They Are, And How They Vote
August 14, 2014

Back in June, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment debuted AuDIO — a proprietary radio targeting tool for political advertisers. Today the company announced that the Audience Delivery Optimizer now incorporates Nielsen radio audience measurement data, allowing AuDIO to further enhance its ability to identify key voter segments. The alliance marks the first time that Nielsen’s PPM currency data is being combined with specific public voter info to create what CCM&E dubs “a powerful new tool for political advertisers.” As to how it works, AuDIO matches key info on some 245 million listeners of Clear Channel’s 840 broadcast radio stations nationwide with leading political databases to make actionable predictions about which desired voter segments are listening to which stations at which times. Using the ten most common political segments, AuDiO can determine how many voters radio reaches in any political district around the country and identify the media preferences of any segment, giving advertisers key information about which media is best to reach which voters. CC says that AuDiO works at all levels of national, statewide and local elections, and will be available for the upcoming 2014 election cycle.