“ESPN Perspectives” Debuts
April 16, 2014

ESPN Audio has debuted a new podcast series, ESPN Perspectivesdedicated to “in-depth storytelling and provocative conversations.” ESPN Perspectives will offer three original shows that provide listeners an inside perspective on a wide variety of issues in the sports world: Capital Games hosted by ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz and ABC News political director Rick KleinInside Out with ESPN commentator Prim Siripipat; and SportsBiz with ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell. “ESPN Perspectives will provide exclusive and thought-provoking content at the intersection where sports influences one’s perspective on topical psychological, business and social stories of consequence,” said Charita Johnson, VP/Production, Digital Audio. “Storytelling has always been a trademark of ESPN and the ESPN Perspectives hosts bring years of experience, knowledge, diverse backgrounds and unmatched passion that will translate into excellent storytelling.”

More Talk Media News Notes
April 14, 2014

Rumor out of Des Moines is that changes are up at 98.3 WOW-FM (KWQW). Word is that a name and branding change is imminent at the Cumulus Media FM talker, along with several lineup revisions that are planned by incoming PD Robert Rees, who – according to his Facebook page — will also host a daily show on the station starting April 21st. No official comment from Cumulus folks on the report of the changes that were published over the weekend by RadioInsight’s Lance Venta … Talk radio veteran Tom Leykis, who has been a pretty vocal critic of broadcast radio and has been heard only online and on-demand for the past couple of years, is slated to make a return — albeit briefly — to over-the-air radio this Friday (4/18) when he fills-in for Gil Gross on Clear Channel’s Bay Area talker KKSF/San Francisco from 3-7pm (PT). Leykis tells NTS MediaOnline Today the show will be both “the show I do and the show Gil does” and notes that it will air simultaneously on-air and online at Tom’s website … Speaking of podcasting, the topic gives us as good an excuse as any we could come up with to run the above photo of Robin Antin, the dancer, choreographer and actress most famous for her modern burlesque troupe The Pussycat Dolls. Antin is set to launch her very own podcast tomorrow via Norm Pattiz’ PodcastOne. Along with her brother and “noted stylist” Jonathan Antin, Robin will be joined on her debut podcast by the one and only Kim Kardashian.

Talk Media News Notes
April 10, 2014

In his latest blog post Thom Callahan, President of the Southern California Broadcasters Association — arguably the most automobile-centric region of the country – takes radio readers inside the mind of a large car dealer. Entitled If I Were A Car Dealer, Callahan says the post “was written from three sides of the desk” and adds, “I wanted to highlight Radio’s vast advantages over other media for the auto industry, enlighten our newer sellers on the auto business and how dealers think, and ultimately reach the dealers themselves with a message of value and immediate opportunity to sell more cars and trucks.” Take a mind trip with Callahan (pictured) HERESiriusXM will launch The Comedy Cellar Show, a comedy talk show hosted by Noam Dworman, owner of the renowned Comedy Cellar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, and comedian Dan Naturman. Debuting tonight (4/10) at 7pm (ET) on the satcaster’s Raw Dog comedy channel, the show will feature top comedians as guests, engaging in “uncensored roundtable discussions,” along with exclusive stand-up sets, performed by the comedians that same night at the historic venue.

BREAKING NEWS: CBS has announced that Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show after Dave makes good on his recently announced retirement sometime next year. Read more details from CBS News HERE.

Executive Action
April 9, 2014

Cumulus Media taps Ray Mariner as PD of the company’s New Orleans Sports/Talker 106.1 The Ticket and Country cluster mate NASH FM 92.3. Most recently a host on Atlanta Sports radio outlet 680 The Fan, Mariner also served stints as both morning and afternoon drive host at Atlanta’s Star 94. He’s held previous programming positions in Charlotte and Myrtle Beach. Mariner begins his new gig in the Big Easy on April 15th … Entercom/Boston promotes Carlson Mozdiez from Director of Digital Operations to the newly created position of Director/Integrated Media Strategies. First joining Entercom as a promotions coordinator for Sports/Talk WEEI and News/Talk WRKO in 2002, a company release says that Mozdiez (pictured) “has advanced through every facet of Entercom/Boston’s promotion, marketing and digital structure.” In his new role Mozdiez will be responsible for the development and execution of all customer-facing brand messaging including live events, contesting and promotions, external advertising, Web sites, video and social media … Chris Kirchner has been named Sales Manager at Sports/Talker 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM/Philadelphia). Kirchner has been with Greater Media’s Philly stations over the past 20 years. He previously served as the General Sales Manager at WMGK-FM, where he’s succeeded by Philly sales veteran Dave Scopinich, who rejoins the company after spending most of the past decade in a similar role at crosstown CBS Radio News/Talker WPHT and Oldies WOGL.

Talk Media News Notes
April 3, 2014

BRAGGIN’ RIGHTS: Congrats to the crew at CBS Radio News/Talk WBZ-AM/Boston and television sister WBZ-TV on being honored with a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award for overall excellence for the media outlets’ combined coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. See all of the winners of the 73rd Peabody Awards HERE … In other news from CBS Radio, the company’s digital division has launched a newly upgraded Radio.com website and streaming player. Along with online access to the full roster of CBS radio stations — including their News, Talk and Sports outlets from coast-to-coast — the newly redesigned site has improved discovery across audio, live and on-demand video and editorial content, and an enhanced directory making it easier to interact with favorite stations … TheBlaze, the 24/7 news, opinion and entertainment network founded by Glenn Beck, announced today that it has been added to Cable ONE, America’s 11th largest cable operator, giving the network distribution on 54 television providers nationwide … Dan Davis will provide coverage through all four rounds of the upcoming 2014 Masters Tournament for ESPN Radio. Davis’ in-play reports will run during SportsCenter updates twice an hour throughout the professional golf classic held in Augusta, GA.

Opie & Anthony Mark 20 Year Milestone
April 2, 2014

Controversial talk team Opie & Anthony will celebrate their 20th year together this month with a special edition of their Unmasked comedy series, live from the New York City comedy nightclub Caroline’sUnmasked will give fans and listeners an opportunity to see Greg ‘Opie’ Hughes and Anthony Cumia, along with comedian Jim Norton, as well as a special lineup of guest comedians, live and in person. The show will be available to the satcaster’s subscribers on Thursday, April 17th, at 4pm (ET) on SiriusXM’s Opie & Anthony Channel and its Raw Dog Comedy Hits channel. The duo moved to the uncensored world of satellite radio in 2004 following a tumultuous run in broadcast radio that included stints in Boston and New York – as well as in national syndication — that produced a number of indecency run-ins with the FCC. In 2006, CBS Radio brought O&A back to broadcast radio for a brief run, where they hosted an “FCC compliant” show from 6-9am followed by an uncensored satellite radio show from 9-11am. Today Opie & Anthony are heard exclusively on SiriusXM from 6:30-10:30am (ET) weekdays.  “We want to toast Opie & Anthony on reaching this milestone and for being one of the most outrageous and daring duos in all of Talk radio,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer. “We’ve been proud to give Opie & Anthony the freedom to give fans and listeners their intense, edgy talk and uncensored comedy and we are thrilled to have our listeners across the country celebrate their decades in radio with an evening that will be, without a doubt, an outrageous and unpredictable show.”

Digital Talk Media News Notes
April 2, 2014

On-demand audio provider Stitcher reports the company has been selected as one of the launch partners for Apple’s CarPlay initiative. VP of Product Todd Pringle notes that Stitcher is “the only third party Talk radio/podcast-focused app at this time,” adding that the service is “looking forward to enabling Stitcher listeners using iOS devices to easily use the service in CarPlay enabled vehicles this fall.” Concurrent with that news, Stitcher has launched a completely redesigned Stitcher For iOS app. Among the features is a new Front Page that offers a constantly updated personalized audio feed that delivers new episodes of shows you’ve favorited as they become available, recommendations based on your listening habits and location, as well as timely curated news headlines … Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other NPR shows are now available via a new NPR streaming station on iTunes Radio. Later this spring, the pubcaster plans to expand the station to include streams of member stations throughout the country … Marketron and Jelli, the first programmatic advertising platform for the $40 billion global radio market have announced the coming integration of the Jelli RadioSpot Ad Server with Marketron’s Mediascape open platform. The new strategic partnership will allow stations to manage the sale of inventory directly to programmatic buyers from within the Marketron solution’s interface. As part of the agreement, Marketron will license Jelli’s RadioSpot Supply API to enable Marketron’s Mediascape open platform to programmatically price, package and sell inventory through RadioSpot.

News/Talk/Sports Dominates In-Car Listening
April 1, 2014

That’s according to the Infinite Dial 2014 survey that was recently completed by Edison Research and Triton Digital. While 86% of respondents overall reported that they “ever listen” in-car on an AM/FM radio, a whopping 96% of News/Talk/Sports P-1′s said they listen to AM/FM while driving. Other findings that should be of particular interest to those in News/Talk/Sports radio include the fact that, when it comes to social media, almost half (46%) of the format’s P-1′s have a Facebook page, while some 33% maintain and use a LinkedIn account. Meanwhile, when it comes to listening to podcasts, News/Talk/Sports P-1′s slightly underperform the overall average of 15% of respondents who said they’d listened to a podcast in the past month. Just 13% of Talk format listeners reported listening to a podcast in that same period, despite the fact that some 63% said they were aware of the term and what ‘podcasting’ is. Finally, when it comes to listening to online radio, 36% of respondents overall reported doing so in the past week, while just 29% of News/Talk/Sports radio fans had done so. A total of 2,023 persons were interviewed in this latest edition of the Edison/Triton study which regularly tracks Americans’ use of digital platforms and new media. Get more details and stats from the Infinite Dial report HERE.

More Talk Media News Notes
April 1, 2014

Dan Mandis has been named noon-3pm host at Cumulus Media/Nashville FM talk outlet ‘SuperTalk 99.7 WTN.’ Mandis (pictured), most recently PD at Clear Channel-owned KHOW and KKZN/Denver and weekend host at sister News/Talker KOA, previously served as Director of AM Programming and Operations at Federated Media-owned WOWO/Ft. Wayne, Director of Programming, News and Operations at KVRO/Ft. Collins, CO and Executive Producer for The Dr. Laura Show. The addition of Mandis will give ‘WTN an all live-and-local lineup on weekdays from 5am-7pm … Brian McHale is named VP/Chief Technology Officer for Journal Broadcast Group. Most recently VP/Technology for Fisher Communications in Seattle, McHale will takeover the chair currently occupied by the retiring Andy Laird. The pair will work hand-in-hand to ensure a smooth transition of the department prior to Laird’s official retirement later this year. In his new gig McHale will report to Journal EVP/Radio Steve Wexler and Debbie Turner, EVP/Television.

We’re Talkin’ Some “Sirius” Business Here
March 24, 2014

SiriusXM has launched its previously announced Business Radio Powered by The Wharton School, a 24/7 channel created exclusively in collaboration with The Wharton School, airing on SiriusXM channel 111.  Originating from the historic Ivy League University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, as well as from facilities in California’s Silicon Valley, the new channel offers subscribers “a wide range of original shows hosted by one of the most cited and published faculties of all top-tier business schools.” Regular guests will include “world-renowned executives, captains of industry, thought leaders, and battle-tested experts.” Commenting on the debut of the new channel, Scott Greenstein, President/Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM said, ”We have launched a channel that connects America’s business owners, corporate executives, managers and entrepreneurs with some of the world’s greatest business minds. From leading a team to turning the next big idea into a business, Business Radio delivers real-world advice and information, with every minute of the day focused on helping listeners succeed in their working lives.”