From Our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Here’s a story that will curl your hair. Kim Komando, host of the weekly Kim Komado Show, fills us in on the news that a reported 200 million IDs have been compromised in a massive credit bureau scam. The ‘goddess’ of all things digital tells fans in her latest blog post that a stolen identity marketplace run by a Vietnamese scammer, “Hijacked and distributed as many as 30 million IDs and had access to many more.” None other than the well-known credit bureau Experian is now under scrutiny for the breach according to Brian Krebs‘ website KrebsOnSecurity. Krebs was also the investigator that uncovered the recent security breaches at retailers Target, Neiman Marcus and others. Commenting on the latest massive security breach that has landed one of America’s three big credit bureaus and hundreds of millions of consumers in hot water Komando (pictured) says, “This one is bad — really bad.” She also believes that as these security breaches grow more and more common, the only real defense for individual consumers is contracting with one of the identity theft protection services that are available. File this one under “forewarned is forearmed” — and read the rest of Komando’s post HERE.
Mark Ramsey, namesake of Mark Ramsey Media asks, ”Wouldn’t it be great if radio had its own version of SXSW? A place for the cool kids in and around the audio space to meet and play together?” Ramsey reports that his 2nd annual Hivio — billed as ”the audio future festival”– will be just that. Taking place on June 4th in San Diego, once again Hivio will be free and held in “a funky warehouse in downtown San Diego.” The event will be streamed free and will feature an anything-but-the-usual-suspects lineup of intimate one-on-one conversations with a diverse group of guests including: Tim Sabean, SVP/Entertainment and Comedy at SiriusXM; Emma Coats, filmmaker and former Pixar story artist; Andrea Russett, YouTube phenomenon and radio talent and her General Manager Phil Becker; Doug Sterne, VP of Audio Sales for Pandora; Craig Bruce, Head of Content for Southern Cross Austereo; Mark Middo, “Growth Hacker” and author of the book 5 Minute Business; Robert Rose, Chief Strategist of the Content Marketing Institute; Ric Militi, CEO of ‘anti-agency’ InnoVision LLC; J.D. Heilpren, founder of the disruptive mobile audio platform AGOGO; Rob Greenlee, CTO of PodcastOne; and an exclusive opening video from social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk. Ramsey reminds you that the only way to get a seat at Hivio is to put your name in the hat to get on the list — keeping in mind that about eight times as many people wanted to attend last year’s Hivio as there were seats! Register early for your chance to take part in a fresh look at the media biz and enjoy a great day in America’s Finest City HERE.
The 2014 edition of The Infinite Dial, the 22nd study in the long-running series of research reports on consumer adoption of digital media from Edison Research and Triton Digital, covers a wide variety of topics, with new research findings on online radio, smartphones, podcasting, social media and more. Among some of the findings: A “vast majority” of respondents to both AM/FM radio and Internet Radio report that commercials are “a fair price to pay for free audio content.” However, among listeners to both AM/FM and Internet Radio, researchers found that commercials on broadcast radio are perceived as “more plentiful and intrusive,” but also more “relevant” than online spots.” When asked if an FM tuner in cell phones could lead to increased listening among AM/FM radio listeners, 64% of respondents replied the option would have “no effect” on their listening habits, with just 17% saying it would make them listen “a lot more than you listen now,” and 16% reporting the option could make them listen “a little more than you do now.” This year’s Infinite Dial also found that AM/FM radio continues to be the dominant in-car listening platform, with 86% of respondents reporting listening to broadcast radio while driving, compared to just 17% for satellite radio and 14% for online radio. See more details from the latest project HERE.
Free interview guest request service RadioGuestList.com has marked a milestone, booking its 3,000th guest request since the service’s launch in 2008. The venture, founded by online entrepreneur and bestselling author Scott Fox, allows talk show producers to request exactly the types of guests they’re looking to interview and the topics they want those experts to discuss on the air. Radio Guest List then publicizes the interview guest request for free on its website and in daily emails sent to thousands of subscribers, including experts, authors, celebrities, publicists, and PR firms worldwide. ”With ever faster news cycles it can be a real challenge to find good interview guests, especially quickly and for free,” said Fox (pictured). “We’ve been proud to help thousands of radio show producers and podcasters to find thousands of great guests for their shows to entertain and inform millions of their listeners. We’re very happy about all the time, effort, and money we’ve saved our friends in the radio, TV, and podcasting talk show businesses.” To submit a free Guest Request to tell the website’s audience what experts you’d like to interview and the topics you’d like to discuss on the air, click HERE. You can also find out more about the service by emailing Scott HERE.
Rusty Humphries has teamed with the Washington Times on a new venture that will have the veteran Talk radio host writing a weekly column for the newspaper, penning a regular blog and a hosting a daily video show, The Rusty Humphries Rebellion. The Times reports that Humphries’ appointment “is part of the Times’ aggressive expansion into the many platforms that comprise a modern media company.” The audio from Rusty’s new video show will also be streamed on the Kaliki-based, on-demand network that was recently established in partnership with the DC-based newspaper. “I’m excited to become part of the Washington Times family,” said Humphries (pictured) in a story that appeared in this past Saturday’s (3/1) edition of the newspaper. “I am proud to add my voice and my ideas to the excellent work that the Times has been producing for decades.” It’s a return to duty for Nevada Broadcasting Hall-of-Famer Humphries, who was previously heard on his eponymous long-runnning show syndicated by Talk Radio Network. However, in the wake of the well-publicized financial financial struggles at TRN, Rusty has not hosted the radio program since last October – despite the fact that the show still bears his name after months of guest hosts behind the mic. Reach out to congratulate Rusty on his new gig HERE.
In a story NTS MediaOnline Today has been following for you since last December, the FCC has cancelled a controversial project to determine how broadcast and newspaper newsrooms choose the news they cover that has raised the eyebrows of both broadcasters and Washington politicians. The agency released an official one-line statement saying, “The FCC will not move forward with the Critical Information Needs Study.” The Commission will reportedly now reassess the best way to identify any barriers to entry into the communications marketplace that is faced by entrepreneurs and other small businesses … TheBlaze Radio Network moves weekender Buck Sexton to a new weekday slot, where he’ll air from 2-4pm daily beginning March 13th. Sexton — a former CIA officer and NYPD Intelligence Analyst — joins a revised lineup that also includes Doc Thompson (6-9a); Glenn Beck (9am-noon); Jay Severin (2-5pm) and Pat & Stu (5-7pm) … Center Post Holdings, which purchased Business Talk Radio Network (BTRN) last year, is rebranding the network as BizTalkRadio. The rebranding comes with a new partnership with BizTalkRadio’s sister network, BizTV … At last night’s annual Oscar Award ceremonies in Los Angeles, ABC News Radio reporter David Blaustein caught up with this year’s Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o on the red carpet just before the show. That’s Nyong’o pictured above chatting with David, as actress Charlize Theron looks on (and looks fabulous!) in the background.
According to a new report issued by Borrell Associates on behalf of the Radio Advertising Bureau, following a digital revenue increase of 15% in 2013, radio is poised to grow 22% this year — surpassing the half-billion mark in digital advertising for the first time. Radio sellers closed $426.3 million in local online advertising last year according to Borrell, and they expect the number to hit $520 million this year, as many radio groups expand into selling fast-growing digital services. The full study is available to RAB members HERE, or contact the RAB at www.rab.com for more information … Greater Media has promoted Steve Meyers to the new role of Director of Digital Strategy for the company. Meyers (pictured), who joined the company in 2012 as Digital Manager for Greater Media’s Philadelphia stations, previously served as VP/Products and Development for Slamm, a Pennsylvania-based digital agency in which he was a founding member … Cox Media Group/Atlanta has named AJ Punjabi Digital Sales Manager for Atlanta Area Radio, which now includes the company’s stations in the Athens, GA market. Punjabi, who currently serves as CMG’s Atlanta Radio Digital Sales Manager, will now work alongside Athens Digital Sales Specialist Kate Pelon to deliver digital sales solutions for CMG’s clients in both markets.
As Jimmy Fallon enters his second week as the new host of NBC’s Tonight Show, fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus Seth Myers (pictured) moves into Fallon’s old slot as host of the network’s Late Night beginning tonight. Both TV talk shows also sport daily national radio features, with Last Night On Tonight with Jimmy Fallon and the new Last Night On Late Night with Seth Myers both syndicated via WestwoodOne … Jason Fornicola is named to the newly created position of Director of Custom Media at Hubbard-owned Federal News Radio – AM 1500 WFED/Washington and FederalNewsRadio.com. Most recently Communications Specialist for the American Federation of Government Employees and the producer of AFGE’s weekly Federal News Radio show, Inside Government, Fornicola will be charged with helping the on-air and online outlet “improve Federal News Radio’s ability to solve clients’ needs through a multi-platform approach that includes on-air, digital, video and social media” … Condolences: To Talks Show USA founder Skip Joeckel on the death of his dad Harvey over the weekend. NTS MediaOnline Today salutes the World War II U.S. Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor — who died less than a month shy of his 94th birthday — as he joins the ranks of so many of his fellow ‘Greatest Generation’ military veterans, who continue to pass away at the rate of some 550 per day.
KXL/Portland talk host Lars Larson — whose show is syndicated nationally via Compass Media Networks — adds another platform ‘arrow’ to his multi-media ‘quiver’ as his show joins the programming lineup at CRN Digital Talk Radio. Larson (pictured), who along with his daily radio duties is also seen on TV as a regular contributor on FOX News Channel’s The Kelly File, will be heard nightly at 7pm (ET) on the network’s CRN 2 channel. “Lars adds another unique, passionate voice to the CRN schedule,” said Michael Horn, President/CEO of the Los Angeles-based company. “He’s a newsman, a reporter and a talk host, who brings extra doses of preparation and personality to his show.” CRN, founded by Horn some 30 years ago, distributes News, Talk and Sports programming to satellite and cable television systems across the country, featuring its own in-house produced talk shows, along with a variety of nationally syndicated talk hosts including Doug Stephan, Thom Hartmann, Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Miller, Alan Nathan, Peter Schiff, Dr. Joy Browne, Roger Hedgecock, Dana Loesch and more. Check out CRN’s full lineup of shows HERE.
A recent viral video offers a chilling reminder to all who do live Talk radio of just how necessary it is to do your homework and have your wits about you before conducting any live interview. If you haven’t yet seen the embarrassing take-down of KTLA-TV/Los Angeles entertainment reporter Sam Rubin by actor Samuel L. Jackson, you can watch the cringe-inducing video from TMZ HERE. Rubin, an entertainment news veteran who is generally pretty well respected in Hollywood, made a rookie mistake and confused Jackson with actor Laurence Fishburn — an error Jackson was not about to let slip by and proceeded to eviscerate Rubin on live TV. The longtime Hollywood reporter, who is a bit of a celebrity himself from many years on L.A. television, could do little more than stammer and adopt a deer-in-the-headlights look on his face as Jackson (who was not in-studio) barked, “I’m not Laurence Fishburn, you moron! We don’t all look alike.” Rubin continued to visibly squirm as Jackson added, “You’re the entertainment reporter for this station? That must be a very short line for your job!” So … what’s the moral of this story? No matter how experienced you are, you can never just phone-it-in when you are conducting an interview — especially with an A–list star like Jackson. Like the Boy Scouts have told us all for years, “Be prepared!” And that advice that is more important than ever in a world where one little slip can become a viral sensation and damage a lifetime professional reputation in a matter of minutes.