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.

Digital Talk Media News Notes
August 5, 2016

30-year Connecticut radio personality ‘Sebastian’ (left) is launching Sebastian Uncensored, a new 24/7 online venture in conjunction with the Radio Button Network (RBN). The 24/7 online station will be fully owned and operated by Sebastian and managed by The Radio Button Network. The new venture will debut next week (8/8) via the SebastianUncensored.com and the Sebastian Uncensored App. Broadcast veteran Adam Goodman is acting as both RBN operations director and manager of Sebastian UncensoredBlogTalkRadio, in conjunction with P.I. Media, is offering Heroes of Podcasting, a multi-part series on the Curious Minds podcast, featuring some of podcasting’s pioneers speaking about the medium’s development and future. Part one, featuring Professor Karlheinz Brandenburg, often called the ‘father’ of the MP3 and MPEG audio standards, is now available at BlogTalkRadio, iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher and Aha RadioWashington, DC broadcast veteran Francis Rose guest-hosts the latest edition of the Washington Examiner’s podcast Examining Poliitcs, filling in for David Drucker. Rose talks about the upcoming presidential debates with Byron York and Ryan Lovelace HERE … Actor Tom Arnold debuts Tom Arnold: 100% Honest, Pretty Much, a new weekly podcast, with new episodes available for download every Wednesday via PodcastOne, the PodcastOne App and iTunes.

Using Facebook Live? Ask These Questions First
August 4, 2016

In a post for Poynter.org, 30-year broadcast news pro, broadcast  journalism teacher and author Al Tomkins (left)) has some sage advice for news reporters jumping on the recently launched ‘Facebook Live’ trend. With so many examples of instant “broadcasts” now popping up on Facebook, Tomkins offers a sobering look at the perils of the new platform with Ten Questions Journalists Should Ask Themselves Before Going Live on Facebook. First and foremost, he says reporters and news producers should ask, “Beyond competitive factors, what are your motivations for going live? Why do your viewers need to know about this story before journalists have the opportunity to filter the information offline? What verification processes are you willing to give up in order to get information to viewers quickly? How would instantly available live information help the public to stay safe and minimize chaos and quell rumors?” That’s just one of the ten excellent questions Tomkins poses that provide  an excellent opportunity to open a discussion with your newsroom staffers and station hosts and producers about the pros and cons of Facebook Live. Review them all HERE.

Talk And Media News Notes
August 4, 2016

JVC Media-owned WYGC/Gainesville-Ocala, FL has flipped from Classic Hits to the new 104.9 The Talk of Gainesville. Along with a focus on local news, weather, traffic and sports, the newly launched Talk outlet will also feature Westwood One’s syndicated Imus In The Morning and FOX News Radio’s syndicated Kilmeade & Friends … Internet Talk radio pioneer Tom Leykis (right) reports that two of his shows’s recent efforts at generating non-traditional revenue are paying off. Sales of Tom’s exclusive 2014 Pedal To The Metal Santa Ynez Valley Syrah have already surpassed 1,000 bottles, with an anticipated sell out of all 120 cases of the limited edition wine by the end of this month. Leykis also notes a ticketed ‘meet and greet’ with fans at an upcoming Los Angeles Dodgers game (“we rented out the largest suite at Dodger Stadium!”) has already sold out, grossing some $21,000 in non-spot revenue for the show … Kudos to Hearst/Baltimore News/Talker WBAL and sister station 98 Rock as the stations, along with partners WBAL-TV and the Baltimore Ravens, raised close to $20,000 for victims of last weekend’s devastating flood in Ellicott City, MD during a live morning drive broadcast earlier this week. Listeners donated cash and purchased tee-shirts to benefit victims of the devastating flood that wiped out most of the small city’s downtown area. You can support the residents of Ellicott City by ordering the special edition shirt HERE.

Digital Talk Media News Notes
August 3, 2016

iESPN has launched Pin Kings, a 16-podcast series based on the true story of two high school wrestling teammates and how their lives intersected into adulthood through drug trafficking, law enforcement and — ultimately — sports. Television, print, digital and audio content all will tell the same story, but in formats that fit the specific audiences of each platform. Pin Kings first episode debuted on Monday (8/1). Get caught up on the daily podcast and learn more about ESPN’s ambitious multi-platform series HERE … Podcast technology company ART19 officially launched today (8/3), with Midroll Media, DGital Media and Wondery on board as charter believers in leveraging the new platform’s “advanced capabilities for dynamic ad insertion, audience targeting and listener measurement.” Founded by software entrepreneur Sean Carr and podcast producer Matt Belknap, ART19 is emerging from beta following eight months of extensive testing with more than 350 shows. Learn more about ART19 HERE … Source Audio’s Alpha Libraries For Radio service marks a milestone, with over one-million production library and SFX tracks now available for download to stations that subscribe to the Premiere Networks-distributed library of production music beds, sound effects and imaging elements.

Beck Files Lawsuit Against Former Company Exec
August 1, 2016

Nationally syndicated radio and TV talk host Glenn Beck confirmed an “exclusive” report posted at LawNewz.com saying his production and operating company, Mercury Radio Arts (MRA), has filed a lawsuit against former MRA COO and CEO of TheBlaze news network, Christopher Balfe. According to the report, the suit charges Balfe — who worked with Beck for more than a decade until leaving in 2014 to start his own company — Red Seat Ventures — with “breach of contract, general mismanagement, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud.” In a statement posted at his own website today Beck (pictured) said, “You have all heard me over the last couple of years describing how hard a time it has been. Between being sick, turning over my company, etc., It culminates in a lawsuit that we filed Friday in Dallas between MRA and the former President. I am embarrassed and saddened it has come to this. It is an ongoing legal matter so you will not hear me speak of this often but as always, I want you to hear it from me.” When contacted by NTS MediaOnline Today for comment on the story and lawsuit Balfe (left) replied, “I feel terrible for Glenn and I hope that he finds the help he needs.”

News/Talk Listeners Plan To Vote
July 27, 2016

Although a recent in-app survey conducted by NextRadio found that one-in-three users said they don’t plan to vote in the upcoming 2016 Presidential election, News/Talk listeners seriously bucked that overall trend, with nearly three-out-of-four (74%) respondents saying they will vote in November. Despite that encouraging figure, the survey also found that approximately 20% of News/Talk listeners said they plan to sit-out this election. Across other formats, CHR listeners were the least enthusiastic about voting, with nearly 70% stating “No” or “Undecided” on their voting plans, while Country and Spanish music listeners also offered high “No” and “Undecided” responses (66% and 63%, respectively). To conduct the survey, NextRadio listeners were presented a visual voting option on the “Now Playing” screen as a display card below the main screen of the station’s album art, promotional image or station logo. Over 40,000 unique NextRadio app users in all 50 states viewed the poll during the campaign conducted June 19th to July 6th, with 10% responding. Slightly more than 3,700 app users answered the poll, resulting in 9.3% participation rate. NextRadio reports that California radio listeners proved to be the most engaged, comprising 21% of responses, followed by New York listeners at 14%.