Newsmax.com has just released the website’s picks for its 2015 Most Influential Local Talk Radio Shows in America. While some names may not be as familiar to listeners nationwide as those of nationally syndicated personalities like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dave Ramsey, Glenn Beck or Mark Levin, Newsmax says that all the local hosts who made the list of the 50 most influential local shows “have put into action in their own communities an American spirit not unlike that of the Founding Fathers when faced with their era’s threats to liberty.” Topping the list is longtime KFI/Los Angeles duo John & Ken (pictured), with WABC/New York midday hosts Curtis & Kuby, WRKO/Boston afternoon driver Howie Carr, WGN/Chicago morning man Steve Cochran and KFI midday host Bill Carroll rounding out the Top Five, respectively. See who else ranked on the Newsmax list — including local Talk radio stars from cities big and small all across the nation — HERE.
The Lisa Wexler Show joins the lineup at Forte Family Broadcasting-owned WGCH (AM 1490)/Stamford-Norwalk, CT, where it will air weekdays from 4-6pm beginning July 6th. Hosted by Lisa Wexler (pictured) the talk show (previously heard on WFAS/White Plains, NY) has been the recipient of the Best of Gold Coast award three times, and honored with a Best of Westchester and the Connecticut Press Club Award … Veteran Talk radio host Ed Tyll is now also the CEO at Starcom Radio Network, which currently provides programming to a reported 26 low power AM & FM stations, from Oregon to New York state. The network streams its programming on the Starcom website, TuneIn, and Stitcher. Tyll reports he is currently seeking potential new hosts and affiliates to join the new network venture … NextRadio — the free smartphone app that allows users to listen to FM radio on their mobile phone — can now be downloaded through the Amazon App Store. NextRadio is currently available on 40 smartphones from Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, and on HTC and Motorola’s Moto G and E phones with all major wireless carriers.
GeoTraffic Network teams with iNetRadio Network to provide users with on-demand road and traffic reports via iNetRadio, a free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices … Comedian, actress and bestselling author Heather McDonald has debuted Juicy Scoops with Heather McDonald, a new podcast distributed by PodcastOne. McDonald (pictured) is a familiar face from her roundtable appearances with Chelsea Handler on E! television’s Chelsea Lately … Also newly added to PodcastOne’s roster this week is The Fraze & Bentley, a weekly podcast hosted by legendary SoCal radio personality, actor and comedian Frazer Smith, and actor, magician and comedian Jim Bentley … CBS Radio/CBS Local Digital Media adds new programs to the company’s Play.it podcast network, including Ken Rukowsky’s Business Rockstars: Everything Entrepreneur and the daily Business Rockstars Minute.
While headlines across the industry trades today focused on pop power-player Taylor Swift’s victory in getting Apple to back down on a plan to not pay artist royalties during a three month trial of the company’s new streaming music service, another move by Apple that will deepen its involvement into the news biz has gotten considerably less industry press. Published reports would suggest that Apple News, an app that will come with the upcoming iOS 9 operating system, marks the leading edge of Apple’s bigger plan to become the dominant news source for iPhone and iPad users. And, unlike Facebook and other rival digital news sources that use algorithms to curate content, Apple is looking to hire a staff of experienced news journalists to gather, write and deliver news content for the app. A job posting on the Apple website states in part: “The Apple News team is looking for passionate, knowledgeable editors to help identify and deliver the best in breaking national, global, and local news. These editors will help News users find the best and most timely coverage of major news events, while also managing select categories based on their areas of professional expertise.” Find out more HERE.
An item in our June 10th edition of NTS MediaOnline Today highlighted a recent post by Cumulus Media/Westwood One Chief Marketing Officer Pierre Bouvard analyzing what he sees as the different impact that streaming is having on radio vs. television. This week, Kurt Hanson (left), founder and publisher of the industry’s long-running Radio And Internet Newsletter (RAIN) takes issue with some of Bouvard’s analysis, saying that it “doesn’t compare apples to apples.” He also challenges the implication that radio is under less immediate threat from streaming audio growth than TV is from streaming video . “In both the TV and radio worlds, the truth is that broadcast consumption is declining and streaming consumption is increasing — and at approximately the same rates,” writes Hanson. “It’s broadcast industry wishful thinking to imagine otherwise.” Read the full post HERE.
George Noory, host of Premiere Networks long running Coast To Coast AM — the nightly talk show devoted to all things unexplained — has partnered with longtime friend and colleague Mark Rollings to launch ParanormalDate.com. The new dating website is free to join, with optional paid upgrades available to members seeking to find a mate who shares their fascination with things that go bump in the night. So why did the late night Talk radio host decide a dating service for paranormal aficionados was a good idea for his latest off-air venture? “Millions of people use dating services worldwide, but few have a chance to meet people sharing their same interests in the paranormal,” said Noory (pictured). “I speak all over the country and people always come up to me and say. ‘I can’t find someone who understands.'” With the debut of the new website Noory says fans of his show and the paranormal will now have a place to find love or friendship among other like-minded people. See more HERE.
FOX News Radio is joining with FOX News Channel and the FOX Business Network in a Twitter-related initiative called #Proud American, offering 30-second liners featuring Americans — many of them well-known — talking about why they are proud to be American. Five new liners will be added each week through July 4th via the network’s affiliate’s website … Submissions for the 6th annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards are now being accepted. Webcasters and broadcasters in the online audio industry can enter the competition for awards in six categories, including one recognizing international excellence and — new this year — Best Podcast Series. Get details HERE … iHeartRadio rolls out this week as part of TiVo’s new software update. The digital radio service will be available on TiVo Roamio, TiVo Mini and the full lineup of TiVo Premiere devices.
DGital Media, the recently launched venture headed by former Dial Global execs Spencer Brown and David Landau, is acquiring Ron Hartenbaum’s WYD Media Ad Sales, which currently reps advertising sales for Fox News Radio and a roster of talk personalities including Thom Hartmann, Michael Smerconish, Ed Schultz and Stephanie Miller. As part of the deal Hartenbaum (pictured) will become Managing Director of DGital Media, with WYD’s John Murphy also coming aboard as President of the new company which bills itself as, “An audio engagement company, with a focus on spoken word audio, that creates, distributes and monetizes spoken-word audio on both digital and broadcast platforms.”
TheBlaze Radio Network announces a new podcast entitled David Clarke: The People’s Sheriff. The weekly, one-hour podcast, hosted by Sheriff of Milwaukee County, WI and “outspoken defender of individual liberties” David Clarke, debuts this weekend (6/6), with new editions available every Saturday thereafter. TheBlaze reports the new podcast will “focus on law enforcement issues, knowing your rights, commentary on current affairs, racial issues, 2nd Amendment matters, and the importance of empowering individuals rather than the state.”
PodcastOne has launched The BIG Podcast with Shaq, hosted by former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and Sports radio personality John Kincade. With new episodes available every Monday, a press release calls the new podcast “much larger than sports” and characterizing it as “a slightly irreverent weekly talk, news and entertainment show filled with all-star guests, controversy and the crazy life of Shaq himself.” Commenting on his latest media venture O’Neal said, “I’m looking forward to talking about everything that’s on my mind. And I have a great partner in John Kincade. I call him the Larry Bird of podcasting. He knows the game — and every big man needs an outside shooter to lean on.”
CRN Digital Talk Radio announced today that southern California Talk radio veteran Larry Elder (right) will broadcast his daily show on CRN, beginning tomorrow (6/2). The Larry Elder Show will air live on the CRN 1 channel from 3-6pm (ET) and also stream on CRN’s website and mobile app, as well as its channels on Nobex, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Aha Radio, TikiLive and other digital platforms. A Los Angeles native, Elder previously held down PM drive for KABC/Los Angeles, where he served two tours — the first from 1994-2008 and the second from 2010-2014. He was also syndicated nationally via the ABC Radio Networks from 2002-2007. Commenting on the addition of ‘The Sage from South Central’ to the lineup, CRN President/CEO Michael Horn said, “People around the country know Larry Elder and deserve to hear him every day. CRN is proud and thrilled to present listeners with that opportunity.”