Digital Talk Media News Notes
December 14, 2016

Westwood One forms a new partnership with The Pollsters podcast, featuring Democratic pollster, consultant and EVP/Public Affairs for PSB Research, Margie Omero, and Republican pollster, author and co-founder of research and analytics firm Echelon Insights, Kristen Soltis Anderson. WW One will provide exclusive ad sales representation for The Pollsters, available on audioBoom, iTunes, Google, Spotify, and other platforms … In Your Dreams, a new podcast hosted by comedian Chris Gethard, looks to help listeners unravel the mysteries of their dreams. The eight episode series is available via Earwolf, the podcast network operated by Midroll, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the E.W. Scripps Company … In other news from Midroll: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach and head coach of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, John Calipari (right), will host Cal Cast — a new weekly podcast featuring ‘Cal’ discussing a variety of topics with high-profile guests from the world of sports, leadership, business and entertainment … Collisions, a division of CRN International, has debuted Just The Right Book Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady, described as the “go-to person for opinions on books” and owner of Madison, CT independent book store R.J. Julia Booksellers. The new podcast is available now via iTunes.

Podcasting Needs A “Hit” To Kick-Start Growth
December 8, 2016

Many News/Talk/Sports broadcasters — both those actively employed and others who find themselves ‘on the beach — have started hosting and producing podcasts in recent years. Few in radio would argue it’s a medium that seems tailor-made for spoken-word programming, but for those banking on the quick success of the platform, media strategist and researcher Mark Ramsey offers some cautions in light of several recent optimistic reports about podcasting’s growth.  “I think folks in the audio space are missing the bigger story,” he says. “Only 21% of us have listened to even one podcast in the past month. Meanwhile, more than 85% of us watch TV and more than 90% listen to the radio – and not just to one show in 30 days!” Saying he isn’t citing those stats to diminish the importance and very real growth of podcasting in recent years, Ramsey adds, “I’m suggesting that the podcasting world should stop slapping itself on its back and ask the bigger question: Why are we still so small?” Answering his own question Ramsey says he doesn’t believe the problem is about choice or with easy access for listeners. “The problem is the absence of a hit,” he says. Read the full post HERE.

Talk And Media News Notes
November 30, 2016

WBZ-AM/Boston afternoon co-anchor Diane Stern announces her retirement after 33-years with the CBS Radio News/Talker. A Massachusetts native, Stern (pictured) joined WBZ back in 1983 following previous stints at crosstown WEEI, WITS and WMEX … KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh afternoon co-host Shelley Duffy has exited the CBS Radio News/Talker after a year and a half in the chair alongside Robert Mangino on the KDKA Afternoon News … Five-time NBA All-Star and TNT basketball analyst Chris Webber will host Fearless or Insane with Chris Webber, a new weekly show from PodcastOne in which Webber and his guests will discuss “sports and athletes, and their impact on culture, politics, society, and the life issues that affect everyone.” New episodes of the podcast, which debuted yesterday, will be available every Tuesday on the PodcastOne website and app, and via iTunes Braggin’ Rights: Nationally syndicated BizTalk Radio reports that during the past year, under new owners CenterPost Ltd., the business and financial news network is now heard in five of the country’s top 10 markets, and 17 of the top 25. BizTalk Radio has recently added new affiliates in Dallas, Houston, Tampa, St. Louis and Ft. Myers.

Talk And Media News Notes
November 28, 2016

WYM Media Management has confirmed that Herman Cain will end his nationally syndicated talk show (which airs on a reported 120 affiliates nationwide) at the end of December. Cain (right), who is based at Cox Media Group News/Talker WSB/Atlanta, will continue to air on his hometown flagship, as well as on co-owned CMG News/Talkers WDBO/OrlandoKRMG/Tulsa, WHIO/Dayton and WOKV/Jacksonville, FL … Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and PodcastOne have signed a long-term partnership to create PodcastOne Australia, a brand and platform that will “bring the best in podcasting directly to listeners.” SCA will operate PodcastOne Australia as the exclusive partner in that country and in New Zealand, with select SCA podcasts made available in the U.S. on the PodcastOne platform. PodcastOne Australia will be available early in 2017 via mobile app and online … The GCN syndicated Dr. Daliah Show has been added to the lineup at new affiliate KZWY-FM/Sheridan, WY …  Skip LaCombe, co-host of TheBlaze Radio Network’s Morning Blaze (alongside Doc Thompson) has announced he will not be returning to the show. LaCombe, who has been on sabbatical from the program for awhile, tweeted he was not fired and praised both network founder Glenn Beck and his show partner Thompson for their support.

NextRadio To Debut New ‘Newsfeed’ Feature
November 21, 2016

NextRadio, the mobile FM radio app, has launched Newsfeed, a new feature that serves up station-centric content, such as trending Tweets from the user’s favorite radio shows and more. NextRadio also partnered with Global Security Systems to provide ALERT FM emergency messages to users of Newsfeed via an available opt-in for emergency alerts that will show up in the user’s Newsfeed. NextRadio says it plans to utilize the new feature as a tool to continually explore unique types of content tied to radio stations and their listeners. “The app was built for avid local radio listeners,” said NextRadio VP/Product Development Ben Husmann. “We continually look for ways to help our broadcaster partners further integrate their programming into our mobile app. Newsfeed is a natural product evolution to create a more robust radio listening experience.”

Digital Talk Media News
November 16, 2016

MMG Radio Network, a division of Media Management Group (MMG), reports that Dr. Ronald Hoffman (left), host of the nationally syndicated Intelligent Medicine radio show, marked a milestone this month as his his identically-monikered podcast surpassed three million downloads … Meanwhile, MMG has debuted The Tackling Life, a new podcast hosted by Super Bowl MVP and NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis and emotional management expert Dr. Christian Conte. AdLarge Media is handling ad sales for the podcast that will be updated every Monday and is now available via iTunes, Google Play and online … Counter-terrorism expert and television commentator Allison Barrie and her weekly Tactical Talk with Allison Barrie podcast is added to the roster of on demand offerings from Westwood OneUnited Stations Radio Networks partners with publishing, consumer goods and media company, Chicken Soup for the Soul. The new deal calls for USRN to work closely with the firm to extend their many successful brands into the audio space via podcasts, short features and mobile applications … TuneIn announces that, through partnerships with Learfield, IMG, FOX Sports, OUTFRONT Media, Westwood One, ESPN Radio and Compass Media Networks, plus independent agreements with the University of Kentucky and Arizona State University, the mobile app will offer NCAA basketball play-by-play and team-specific programming for a total of 149 universities for the 2017 college hoops season.

Digital Talk Media News
November 10, 2016

Comedian and talk host Steven Crowder (right) is bringing his “unfiltered” Louder With Crowder show to CRTV, where he’ll join Mark Levin, Mark Steyn and Michelle Malkin as part of the programming lineup on the new subscription-based digital television venture set to debut next month … The Chick Show, a new, weekly ‘girl party’ podcast hosted by actresses Lisa Ann Walter and Rosa Blasi, debuts via PodcastOne. New episodes will be posted weekly on Wednesdays … The Tom Barnard Podcast, featuring the longtime KQRS/Minneapolis morning host and his guests touching on everything from pop culture to music, politics, sports, entertainment and more, is now available via Westwood One’s podcast and on-demand platform audioBoom DGital Media and Sports Illustrated team to launch The Seth Davis Podcast, a new offering featuring the veteran college basketball expert … UFC president Dana White sits down with CBS Sports Radio syndicated Sports/Talker Jim Rome today on SiriusXM for the satcaster’s next ‘Town Hall’ show. Subscribers can access the interview on the SiriusXM Rush channel.

CRTV Sets December Debut
October 25, 2016

CRTV — the parent company of Conservative Review — has announced the formation of a new digital television network that will bring together “top thought provoking personalities” including nationally syndicated radio talk host and bestselling author Mark Levin (right), author and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, and author and regular Rush Limbaugh Show fill-in host Mark Steyn. “We have partnered with the best thinkers and storytellers out there and given each the resources to design their own show, in their own voice, on their own custom set that is reflective of each of their personalities” said industry veteran Chris Crane, CRTV’s Chief Content Officer. “When CRTV officially launches in December, subscribers will be able to access new and original shows in development from Michelle and Mark, that will join Mark’s highly successful Levin TV.”

Digital Talk Media News
October 24, 2016

CBS Radio has named Brian McHale to the newly created position of Senior Vice President/Information Technology. McHale will be responsible for building and overseeing CBS Radio’s first dedicated information technology team, along with effective technological strategies and infrastructure to support the company’s 117 radio stations in 26 markets and its digital assets. He’ll also develop security solutions to protect the company’s multi-platform products and build a structure to support the IT needs of employees at both the enterprise and local market levels. McHale (right) — most recently SVP and Chief Information Officer of American Apparel, Inc. — is already on the job at CBS Radio’s New York City headquarters, reporting to company President, Andre Fernandez.

Last month, former Boston Red Sox pitching ace Curt Schilling announced he would begin hosting a weekend radio show on WFEA/Manchester, NH, syndicated via the Howie Carr Radio Network. Today it appears that Schilling is expanding on his media aspirations, signing on to host a daily talk show, Whatever It Takes, for conservative news website Breitbart.com. The show debuted today (10/24) and will stream weekdays from 9am-11am (ET) … ABC Radio debuts a new podcast, Popcorn with Peter Travers, featuring the famed Rolling Stone movie and TV critic. Recent episodes, including interviews with Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro, Margo Martindale and John Krasinski, are available for download at the ABC Radio website HERE … Pastor Rick Warren’s award-winning half-hour inspirational radio program, Daily Hope, has joined the roster at iHeartRadio. The digital radio platform’s Chief Product Officer Chris Williams called the new partnership with Warren, “a significant addition to the iHeartRadio podcast offering.”

NextRadio Survey Points To Voter Apathy
October 18, 2016

Recently, NextRadio, the smartphone app that provides free, portable FM radio listening, conducted an in-app survey that asked one simple question: “Election Day 11.8.2016: Do you plan to vote?” Some 40,000 users across all 50 states viewed the poll taken from June 19th to July 6th — before either party had officially nominated their candidate, prior to the weeks of non-stop mudslinging and prior to the official candidate debates. Yet even back then, 58% of respondents said they were “unenthusiastic” about voting in the 2016 presidential election, with 23% reporting they were ‘Undecided’ and a whopping 35% saying they don’t plan to vote at all. Not surprisingly, 74% of respondents who identified as News/Talk listeners said ‘Yes’ to the question of voting, with just 18% saying ‘No’ and only 8% saying they are ‘Undecided.’ Get more details on the NextRadio voter survey HERE.