Talk Media News Notes
September 30, 2014

Veteran Arkansas radio talker Dave Elswick — former PD and host at Little Rock stations KARN and, most recently, The Voice 96.5 — has hooked up with a new statewide digital television venture AR1.TV. Elswick says for now his show can be seen/heard exclusively on AR1.TV, but plans for radio distribution are in the works. Check out the new channel HERE … And another veteran talk host, Heidi Harris, has also hooked up with a new digital television venture. While continuing to host her nightly show on KBET/Las Vegas, Heidi will also take on duties as the new Sin City market manager for BlabTV/Las Vegas. Harris tells NTS MediaOnline Today that BlabTV has been around for some 30 years in Pensacola, FL, but is now expanding to additional markets, where she has snagged their new Las Vegas affiliate … Meanwhile, as the month of September draws to a close today, KDWN/Las Vegas nightly host and GCN syndicated personality Dr. Daliah Wachs (pictured) reminds women (and the guys who love ‘em) that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Board Certified Family Medicine practitioner and Talk radio host is urging all women to get a check-up and to schedule a mammogram if needed. “It’s not as much fun as other squeezing activities,” she says. “But this one saves lives!”

Digital Talk Media News Notes
September 26, 2014

The Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang reports on the improving fortunes for podcasts. The newspaper notes that RawVoice, which tracks some 20,000 podcast shows, reports that the number of unique monthly podcast listeners has tripled to 75 million from 25 million just five years ago. Read the full feature HEREApple has added CBS Radio News to the menu of dashboard offerings from Apple Car Play. Described as, “A smarter and safer way to use your iPhone in the car,” CBS Radio News will join a host of other apps available including iHeart Radio, MLB At Bat, Stitcher and more, when Apple’s new ‘infotainment’ system debuts in select vehicles later this year  … A big old NTS MediaOnline Today ‘thanks’ to former WGN/Chicago, WBT/Charlotte and WIBC/Indianapolis Program Director Mary June Rose (now a Charlotte-based consultant and talent coach) for sharing a link to The Skimm, a new current news and issues website started by two one-time NBC News Producers that promises to “do the reading for you — across subject and party lines — and break it down with fresh editorial content.” Show producers, hosts and newspeople can check out the new site HERE.

Hunting For News In The Din Of Twitter
September 24, 2014

The New York Times’ Leslie Kaufman reports on a new digital news-gathering tool, Dataminr For News, that “hunts for news in the din of Twitter.” Richard Griffiths, Senior editorial director at CNN — which has been among a number of news organizations that have been testing a beta version of Dataminr for sometime now — calls it one of the best technical tools the newsroom has in its arsenal. “Besides our local affiliates, it is probably our best source of story leads — and you live or die by your leads,” he told the Times. The new real-time information discovery software, which promises to deliver “the earliest warning for breaking news, real-world events, off-the-radar content and emerging trends,” is now commercially available to news organizations. Learn more about it HERE.

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.