Digital Talk Media News
September 29, 2016

AdLarge Media, the exclusive sales rep for the So Money podcast, proudly shares news that the Farnoosh Torabi-hosted on-demand show has won the prestigious 2016 Plutus Award for ‘Best Personal Finance Podcast’ … In other news from AdLarge Media, at last week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville, the company announced it has teamed with San Diego-based Shout to Me — described as, “An audience engagement platform for radio that supercharges traditional call-in lines and revolutionizes the way radio stations interact with their listeners” — to affiliate and rep the service founded by media veterans John Coulter, Jonathan Berke and Bill Greco. Learn more about how Shout to Me works HERE … iHeartMedia and Advertising Age team up to launch Tagline, a new twice-monthly podcast offering “an insider’s perspective on what the world that influences pop culture is really all about.” Featuring a rotating series of hosts, the program’s content and participants will evolve organically, as each episode concludes with this week’s Tagline host “tagging” the next guests, via an unprompted phone call. The first season of the new podcast debuts in November and will include 24 podcasts and special edition episodes corresponding with select industry events.

Digital Media News
September 15, 2016

Westwood One pacts with Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedian and actor Paul Mecurio to bring his 2 Chairs and a Microphone podcast to WW One’s podcast & on-demand platform via audioBoom. Westwood One will provide exclusive ad sales representation for the show, with advertisers getting access to endorsements, live reads, pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll advertisements … How I Got Here, a new podcast hosted by Tim Barnicle and Harry Hill, joins the roster at PodcastOne. The weekly show focuses on those who have “made it” in the entertainment business sharing stories of how they achieved their success. New episodes are posted every Tuesday at PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and iTunes … Meanwhile, PodcastOne jumps into the serialized series business with Telling Stories: The Podcast, featuring serialized daily episodes, with a new story beginning each Monday. Developed in partnership with Blackstone Audio, the series will include dramas, comedies, science fiction tales and more … And there is yet more news from PodcastOne, which is partnering with Mandt VR to become “the first podcast company to enter the virtual reality space” via their new PodcastOne 360 platform. Using Mandt VR’s immersive technology, PodcastOne listeners will be able to watch their favorite podcasts in 360-degrees, placing them in the studio with their favorite hosts. Pictured above checking out the new technology are (L-R): PodcastOne CEO Jim Berk, Mandt VR Founder and CEO Neil Mandt, PodcastOne Founder and Executive Chairman Norm Pattiz, and Mandt VR Chief Strategy Officer Chadwick Turner.

Digital Media News Notes
September 7, 2016

WABC/New York has debuted an exclusive web series, Back to the Books Radio with Rita Cosby, at wabcradio.com. Cosby (right) talks with some of the most important voices in New York City and U.S. education about the condition of our education system and the issues affecting our children as they head back to school for another year … Sun Broadcast Group and Shazam For Radio has partnered with Max Media to bring ‘Shazamable’ content to radio listeners throughout Virginia. SBG reports Shazam for Radio is now in use on more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide … United Stations Radio Networks and Phantom Producer announce the debut of The Phantom Producer Android app. The app joins the previously released Phantom Producer iOS app and gives full functionality of the  imaging service to any Android device through the Internet or mobile network … The New York Times partners with Art19 to migrate its entire catalogue to the podcast distribution network. The news comes on the heels of ART19’s recent deals with Midroll Media, Wondery and DGital.

Connecting Marketers With Fantasy Sports Fans
August 31, 2016

With pre-season football well underway and some 57 million  Fantasy Football fans currently drafting their teams, Nielsen-Scarborough recently examined just who is the Fantasy Sports podcast listener and what are some key opportunities for marketers who want to connect with this growing consumer segment. Nielsen-Scarborough reports 62% of Fantasy Sports podcast listeners are between 18-49 and have a household income close to $80,000 per year — that’s about 8% higher than the average U.S. household. Among the marketing messages that Fantasy Sports podcast listeners are highly interested in are those about Travel, where they are 62% more likely than the average podcast listener to have taken 10 or more domestic airplane trips in the past year; Automotive, where they’re 31% more likely than the average podcast listener to be planning a vehicle purchase; and Food and Beverage, where they are more likely to consume domestic, import and microbrew beers than the average podcast listener. In an executive summary of the report Nielsen states, “Podcasts are becoming more influential among consumers and can influence consumer spending, Whether you’re a travel company promoting winter getaways, a car dealership introducing the 2017 models, or a restaurant trying to bring in new guests during game day, podcasts can be a medium that delivers new and spend-ready audiences. Read more details from the recent study HERE.

Digital Media News Notes
August 31, 2016

Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) and global weather intelligence provider Baron have inked a multi-year, data-collaboration partnership. Together, the companies will work to create the next generation of integrated traffic and weather solutions, with the first integration — available immediately to TTWN automotive traffic and weather partners — designed to enhance the connected car driving experience by providing better road guidance, smoother commutes and increased safety … TuneIn and Skyview Networks announce an expansion of their multi-year partnership for digital media solutions. Skyview, which engineers the process of preparing audio for digital readiness for TuneIn, will now process additional streams for the mobile audio platform, including 45+ more collegiate streams, as well as 24/7 simulcasts of NBA TV, NFL Network, MSNBC, CNBC and more … The Motley Fool has partnered with Amazon to provide a stock market update for users of the Amazon Echo. The new 90-second reports can be accessed seven-days-a-week by Echo users, just by asking ‘Alexa.’

Forbes Partners With PodcastOne
August 30, 2016

Forbes and PodcastOne form a partnership to launch the Forbes On PodcastOne network. Overseen by Forbes, the new podcast network will feature “smart, timely programs that integrate Forbes content and are hosted by Forbes contributors or staff journalists.” For the launch, beginning the first week of October, the roster will be comprised of four programs, The Limit Does Not Exist, Mentoring Moments and Hiding in the Bathroom —  produced by Forbes for its Women@Forbes digital network — and The Premise, a tech podcast developed and launched by Forbes several months ago. “We’ve had a lot of ‘Oh, wow’ moments at PodcastOne,” said company founder and Executive Chairman Norm Pattiz. “But none bigger than this. An exclusive podcast partnership with Forbes is a very big deal for our network.” Forbes on PodcastOne programs will be available on Forbes.com, PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne App and iTunes.

Cumulus Media Is Having A “Moment”
August 25, 2016

Cumulus Media has announced it is among the first radio companies to use Twitter’s Moments — collections of Tweets that share the stories happening on Twitter, curated by the social media platform and select partners — and to curate the best stories from Moments across some 452 radio stations nationwide and Cumulus-owned Westwood One’s syndicated programs. You can experience Cumulus Media Twitter Moments at @CumulusMedia on Twitter and from select Cumulus radio stations including News/Talker WLS-AM/Chicago and Sports/Talk KNBR/San Francisco. “We are beyond thrilled to be part of this innovative feature from Twitter,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus and President of WW One. “It’s the perfect marketing tool for the network and our stations, who pour their hearts and souls into their shows and their events. It allows them to connect with and extend real-time relationships with our listeners, our communities, and our advertising partners.”

Digital Talk Media News Notes
August 16, 2016

WTMJ/Milwaukee’s Preps Live is returning for another season of high school football and basketball. Preps Live will offer live play-by-play of 26 regular season and post-season high school games at WTMJ.com and via the WTMJ Radio App … Audio imaging and production firm Benztown’s in-house composer Shane Drasin is the man behind the new intro theme music for Ora-TV’s signature series Larry King Now. Hear it HERE … AdLarge Media inks exclusive representation for The 5am Miracle with Jeff Sanders, a weekly podcast that’s attracted a reported 3 million-plus downloads since its launch in 2013 … Longtime Mile High City Sports/Talk programmer and personality Nate Lundy — most recently PD at KKFN/Denver — will host The Fantasy Football Hour on Denver’s Altitude TV. Co-starring Brad Evans and Lauren Gardner, the show will air weekly during the NFL season, beginning August 24th … SiriusXM and DGital Media partner to bring The Vertical Podcast Network to the satcaster’s subscribers nationwide … KBET/Las Vegas host Wayne Allyn Root gets the green light for a second season of Las Vegas Law, a reality TV series he produces for Investigation Discovery. Root also produces Ghost Adventures, now in its 11th season on The Travel Channel … ESPN Media reports corporate parent, The Walt Disney Company has acquired a minority stake in BAMTech, a technology services and streaming company formed by Major League Baseball. As part of the deal, BAMTech will collaborate with ESPN to launch and distribute a future ESPN-branded multi-sport subscription streaming service. Read more HERE 

Talk And Media News Notes
August 11, 2016

Cumulus Media appoints Chris Kellogg (left) as Operations Manager for its five-station cluster in Fort Walton Beach, FL, including News/Talker WFTW-AM, for which Kellogg will serve as Program Director. Most recently OM for Cumulus’ Columbia, MO stations, in his new gig Kellogg succeeds Hayden Green, who remains as PD and afternoon drive host for the cluster’s WZNS … New York Post columnist and author of Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway, Michael Riedel joins Salem Communications News/Talker AM970 The Answer (WNYM/New York) to host a new weekly lifestyle show. On the Town with Michael Riedel  airs Saturdays (9-10am) … Former Bernie Sanders surrogate, Democratic National Committee Platform Committee member and CBS News political contributor Nomiki (Nomi) Konst (right) has been tapped to host a new, three-hour nightly show for SiriusXM. Subscribers can check out The Filter when it debuts August 15th at 9pm (ET) on the satcaster’s Progress channel.

 

SiriusXM’s Fugelsang Takes A Deep Dive
August 8, 2016

SiriusXM’s Tell Me Everything host John Fugelsang will present Deep Dive Radio, a special one hour show, tomorrow (8/9), originating from a submersible craft hovering deep in the ocean off the coast of Bermuda. Fugelsang is hosting the program in an attempt to set the world record for the deepest underwater live radio show, and to bring attention to the need to protect our oceans. Fugelsang joins a research team launched by Nekton, a UK-based scientific research charity formed by scientists from a dozen marine research institutes, to help raise awareness of the health and resilience of the ocean’s ecosystem. “We are pleased to partner with Nekton for Deep Dive Radio and help raise awareness about our oceans in a fun and unique way,” said Dave Gorab, Vice President and General Manager of Talk Programming for the satcaster about the one-time special show. The program will be available to subscribers live at 2pm (ET) on the SiriusXM Insights channel, with several later re-broadcasts scheduled.