NTS MediaOnline ‘Radio Show’ Week Headlines
September 23, 2016

•The 2016 NAB Marconi Award winners were announced last night at the NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville. News/Talk/Sports stations taking home honors this year include: Brent Carl Fleshman, WHUB-FM/Cookesville, TN (Small Market Personality of the Year); WTOP/Washington (News/Talk Station of the Year); WXYT-FM/Detroit (Sports Station of the Year); Toucher & Rich, WBZ-FM/Boston (Major Market Personality of the Year); WBAL/Baltimore (Large Market Station of the Year); and WINS/New York (Legendary Station of the Year). See all of this year’s Marconi winners HERE.

•The NAB and RAB report that attendance at this year’s Radio Show in Nashville reached just over 2,270 attendees. That compares to 2,170 attendees at the 2015 confab in Atlanta and also represents the largest attendance figure since the RAB and NAB partnered to produce the event in 2010. The 2017 Radio Show will be held September 6th-8th in Austin.

•Cumulus Media/Huntsville, AL announces that Ray Nelson has been named Vice President/Market Manager for the six-station cluster. Nelson (left) was previously VP/GM and Cluster Director of Sales for Cox Radio/Birmingham, AL. Prior to that, his resume includes stints as VP/Market Manager for iHeartMedia/Ann Arbor, and General Manager/General Sales Manager/National Sales Manager for Fritz Broadcasting in Saginaw, MI.

• Talk and Media News NotesSiriusXM talk personality Joe Madison will host his September 24th show from the historic dedication of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Madison, a.k.a. The Black Eagle, has been a major fundraiser for the museum, raising more than $250,000 during a 52-hour marathon show he hosted in support of the project last year … Bloomberg Media has selected Triton Digital to manage, measure, and monetize its digital audio content. Bloomberg will use Triton’s streaming technology to deliver financial information and news content to their reported  1.3 million audio listeners across the U.S. … FOX News Radio will feature special coverage of the presidential debate this coming Monday evening (9/26) from 8pm-midnight (ET), anchored by Jared Halpern and political analyst Tony Sayegh.

WSCR 670 The Score/Chicago will kick-off a three month promotion to award one lucky fan the opportunity to live out their sports dreams. The Score’s Golden Ticket Giveaway will include on-air, on-site, and digital contesting opportunities to ultimately award a $20,000 Classic Tickets gift card, which the winner can use to purchase tickets to events of their choice. This marks the third year that The Score has held the popular contest.

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Editor’s Note: This is a special Radio Show Week Headline News edition of NTS MediaOnline Today. The ‘Daily Digest of Talk Media’ will return to our regular publishing format on Monday, September 26th.

NTS MediaOnline ‘Radio Show’ Week Headlines
September 22, 2016

NTS MediaOnline Today congratulates former Lincoln Financial Media President/CEO and longtime radio broadcaster Don Benson (pictured) who was honored at this week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville with the annual National Radio Award. Benson has devoted more than 40 years of his professional career to he radio biz.

• Panels and sessions that will be streamed today (9/22) for those not able to be at the Radio Show include one entitled Perception vs. Reality: The True Power of Radio (11:15am), Radio: The Local Media Company of the Future, and more. This evening’s big event is the annual NAB Marconi Awards dinner and show, where we’ll learn which of the five News/Talkers nominated (KRLD-AM/Dallas; WBAL/Baltimore;WBT/Charlotte; WDBO/Orlando; WINS/New York) will be named Legendary Station of the Year. WCBS-FM/New York personality Scott Shannon will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the gala. See all this year’s Marconi finalists HERE.

• Lots of chatter at the Radio Show about activating those FM chips in smartphones. Working with the NAB, data compiled by research and consulting firm ABI Research shows the extent of FM chip penetration in the top-selling smartphones for Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. Unfortunately many of those chips remain deactivated on mobile phones, with Apple’s iPhone still the big catch not yet on board. On the topic NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith (pictured) commented, “NAB strongly supports the voluntary activation of radio chips in smartphones. Local radio plays an invaluable role as ‘first informers’ during times of emergency, providing communities with lifesaving information even when wireless networks go down. Allowing access to this lifeline information on mobile devices should be a crucial pillar of our nation’s emergency alerting system in order to keep all Americans safe when disaster strikes.”

• ABC Radio announces a new slate of content with a focus on female listeners. The new radio shows include GMA After Hours, featuring Lynda Lopez along with Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer, Amy Robach, and Ginger Zee; and Recovery Room with Dr. Jen, featuring ABC News Chief Women’s Health Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. Additionally, ABC News’ Chief Business, Economics and Technology Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis launches a new podcast, where she’ll chat with with women in Hollywood, business, tech, fashion, comedy, food, sports, and startups about how they built their empire and found their way to success.

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Editor’s Note: This is a special Radio Show Week Headline News edition of NTS MediaOnline Today. The ‘Daily Digest of Talk Media’ will return to our regular publishing format on Monday, September 26th.

NTS MediaOnline ‘Radio Show’ Week Headlines
September 21, 2016

The 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show is underway in Nashville, with a full agenda of sessions and events for attendees that began this morning with the annual Pillsbury Broadcast Finance Conference and 2016 Leadership Breakfast. Can’t be in Nashville for the Radio Show? The NAB and RAB have announced that a number of “select sessions” will be streamed live and then archived online, including today’s keynote from Dave Ramsey at 4:15 (ET). Watch it live, or access this session and nearly a dozen more from the next couple of days that will be posted on the Radio Show website HERE.

Findings from more than a dozen Nielsen Global Survey reports from 2013-2016, which polled the attitudes of more than 30,000 online consumers in more than 60 countries, revealed that Millennials are a social, community-driven generation that values the voice of the individual. And many of their core values and characteristics are not like those of their Baby Boomer elders who have dominated culture and advertising for decades. Read more HERE.

• CBS Radio and Westwood One announce a multi-year renewal of their existing multi-platform content and distribution agreement, marking an extension of a longstanding relationship between the partners that spans over 20 years. Under terms of the new pact WW One will continue to distribute CBS Radio News, CBS Sports Radio and The Daly Download with Carson Daly.

• Ten journalists have been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Three are new board members, six were re-elected and one will serve a year as chair-elect of the organization. Scott Libin, University of Minnesota, is the new Chair-Elect of RTDNA, while Vincent Duffy, Michigan Radio/Ann Arbor, becomes the 69th Chair of RTDNA. Meanwhile, KOA/Denver News Director Kathy Walker becomes Chair of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF). View all current member of RTDNA’s Board of Directors HERE.

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(Editor’s Note: This is a special Radio Show Week Headline News edition of NTS MediaOnline Today. The ‘Daily Digest of Talk Media’ will return to our regular publishing format on Monday, September 26th).

NTS MediaOnline ‘Radio Show’ Week Headlines
September 20, 2016

• Cumulus Media/Dallas-Ft. Worth staffers learned in a memo today that longtime WBAP Program Director Tyler Cox (left) will retire on December 1st, after more than four and half decades in the radio biz — with nearly two of those spent at WBAP. Cox told NTS MediaOnline Today it’s a decision he’s come to completely on his own, saying he could not be happier in his current role but, “It’s simply the right time in my life for this move.” After a month of holiday celebrating and travel with family in December, Cox will hang out his shingle and offer his considerable industry experience to interested consulting clients. Congratulate the veteran News/Talk programmer on his broadcast career and turning the page to the next chapter in his life HERE.

• Nielsen reports the election season is paying big summer ratings dividends for News/Talk radio stations across the country. The format’s share of audience in August 2016 PPM ratings was the highest seen in that month since the start of full PPM measurement began back in 2011. Read more details on summer ratings for News/Talk and other formats HERE.

• SoundMind, LLC Co-President Kraig Kitchin (right) has signed on to consult The Mix Group. Kitchin will work with Mix Group President Jason Garte on new initiatives to optimize revenue performance and expand the imaging firm’s reach domestically and worldwide.

• Bridge Ratings has released Podcasting’s Potential, a new study taking a look at the ongoing growth and development of the on-demand audio programming. “Podcasting still faces a headwind as a mass-reach medium the implications of which are yet to be determined,” said Bridge Ratings President/CEO Dave Van Dyke about the new report. “However, its ability to finely target consumers in an on-demand world will continue to be one of its strongest benefits.” Read more HERE.

• ABC Radio and Rock’n Robin Productions team up to launch Robin Roberts: Everybody’s Got Something, a new podcast based on Roberts’ best-selling book. In each 45-minute episode, listeners will hear guests share their real life challenges with Roberts (left) that will inspire them to face their own unexpected setbacks and believe in the power of resilience. The first three episodes are being released today (9/20) on iTunes, Google Play Music, the ABC News mobile apps, RobinPodcast.com, and ABCNewsPodcasts.com.

The 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show holds a Career Networking event today ((1:30-4pm) in Nashville, followed by this evening’s Radio Show Kick-Off Party at 8pm. The annual confab gets underway in earnest tomorrow (9/21), with a full roster of learning sessions and special guest speakers all day Wednesday and Thursday. See the full Radio Show schedule of events for the entire week HERE.

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(Editor’s Note: This is a special Radio Show Week Headline News edition of NTS MediaOnline Today. The ‘Daily Digest of Talk Media’ will return to our regular daily publishing format on Monday, September 26th).

Talk And Media News Notes
September 16, 2016

WGN/Chicago late night host and stand-up comic Patti Vasquez, who does a recurring bit on the Tribune News/Talker in which she calls-up local celebs in the middle of the night, decided pranking Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at 2:00am would be a good idea. Windy City media reporter Robert Feder reports Vasquez (pictured) and her producer are getting an unscheduled night off to reconsider the wisdom of that decision. Read more HERENTS MediaOnline Today sends our congrats to Greater Media SVP Heidi Raphael on being named to the Women of Influence in Western New York‘s Class of 2016 by business publication Buffalo Business First. She’ll be honored during a luncheon in her hometown of Buffalo on September 22nd … The NAB Education Foundation has announced the winners of its 2016 Freedom Of Speech PSA contest winners, with Melvin Johnson III of the American Broadcasting School winning radio honors this year for his entry, More Than Words. Hear it HERE.

Going To The Radio Show Next Week?
September 16, 2016

While next week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville will understandably have a bit of country kick to it — after all we’re talking about the Country music capitol of the world, here — but News/Talk/Sports pros should find plenty of useful and relevant sessions and events on the 2016 agenda, including Wednesday (9/21) afternoon’s keynote from Dave Ramsey. Speaking of Dave, in advance of next week’s Radio Show, our September issue of NTS MediaOnline Monthly, features a home-towner’s list of places him and he team to help you find fun, music and good eats while you’re in town. Just in case you missed seeing the special Radio Show edition of our regular monthly feature publication (delivered to your inbox earlier today), you can access it HERE.

iHM Denver Names Two New Senior VP’s
September 15, 2016

iHeartMedia/Denver names Ryan Clune (left) Senior Vice President of Sales, and Michael Souza (right) Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the Mile High City cluster, including News/Talkers KOA and KHOW, and Sports/Talk KDSP. Clune is an 11-year radio veteran who previously served as the Regional Vice President of Sales and Director of Integrated Media for iHM/Denver, as well as the Director of Integrated Media for the market. Prior to that his resume includes stints as Director of Sales for the company’s Tucson stations, Local Sales Manager for iHM’s KRFX and KBPI in Denver, and as an Account Executive for CBS Radio in Atlanta. Souza brings over 20 years in the advertising industry to his new position, with a client portfolio that  includes HP, Saturn Automotive, Wellpoint Healthcare, Rent-A-Center and TGIFridays. “The vast experience, knowledge and leadership that Ryan Clune brings, combined with the unique perspective and skillset that Michael Souza contributes, gives iHeartMedia/Denver a significant advantage in the marketplace,” said Tim Hager, iHM Region President. “I look forward to seeing this leadership team in action, I am confident that their contributions will be immeasurable and bring great value to our partners.”

Paras To Lead Cumulus/Providence
September 14, 2016

Cumulus Media has promoted Holly Paras to Vice President/Market Manager for the company’s Providence, Rhode Island stations. Paras has spent the past decade as Director of Sales for the five-station cluster that includes News/Talker WPRO and Business/Talk WPRV. Prior to that she served as National Sales Manager for crosstown stations WHJY, WSNE and WWBB. Paras’ resume also includes a stint as an Account Executive for Katz Radio Group in New York City. “Holly’s fingerprints are on many of the successes that our cluster in Providence has enjoyed over the years,” said Jeff Brown, Senior Vice President/Cumulus Media. “She’s the first to tell you that those wins are due to our very talented, market-leading team. She’s the leader and the team is fired up to follow her. Off we go!” Paras will replace John Sutherland, who exited the stations in June just a year after replacing Barbara Haynes as VP/Market Manager. “I am excited and humbled to be asked to lead such a talented team of people and the tremendous radio brands at Cumulus/Providence,” said Paras about her latest step up the company ladder.

Talk And Media News Notes
September 14, 2016

The Voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Vin Scully (left), tells the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin that he will not, as he has done in previous years, call any Dodgers’ playoff games on radio this year — his 67th and final season as the team’s broadcaster. Scully will call the Dodgers’ final home game against the Colorado Rockies on September 25th, then make a farewell road trip to the Bay Area, where he’ll call the final three games of the regular MLB season as his beloved Dodgers take on longtime rivals the San Francisco Giants in a three game series, September 30th-October 2nd … Media Monitors’ ongoing tracking of presidential campaign spending shows Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson as the only candidate currently showing radio some love. In the most recent 10 day monitoring period (9/2-11), Johnson led all spenders, with 17,499 spots bought by his campaign. The next 1,279 radio spots were bought by pro-Donald Trump PACs Liberty Action Group (1,209 spots), The Great America PAC (67 ads) and Rebuilding America (2 spots). Meanwhile, the Trump campaign bought just one radio ad, while the Hillary Clinton campaign aired no radio ads during the survey period …  Syndicated radio and television talk host Glenn Beck has settled a defamation lawsuit filed by Abdulrahman Alharbi, a Saudi Arabian citizen, in conjunction with Beck’s reporting in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Terms of the settlement remain confidential, however the deal will protect confidential sources Beck had been ordered by the court to reveal. Lawnewz.com’s Rachel Stockman has the details HERE.

CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and former colleagues of legendary KKOB/Albuquerque broadcaster Mike Roberts (pictured) who died yesterday (9/13) following a battle with throat cancer. He was 88. Roberts was the University of New Mexico’s football and basketball play-by-play voice on KKOB for 41 years, from 1966-2007. For about 20-years in the 1980’s and 90’s, he also did play-by-play for the Albuquerque Dukes, who were at the time the Triple A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers. Funeral arrangements for Roberts (pictured) are pending.

Executive Orders
September 14, 2016

Entercom/Miami Sports/Talker 790 The Ticket (WAXY) promotes early afternoon co-host Brian “The Beast” London (left) to the new role of Programming Coordinator. “Over recent months, ‘Beast’ has added responsibilities that touch all facets of The Ticket — programming, working with promotions and sales, technical and logistics,” said Program Director Len Weiner in a memo to staffers. “His work and work ethic are impressive, and we’re pleased to give him this new title.” In addition to his new duties, London will continue to co-host weekdays from 1-3pm with Leroy Hoard … CBS Radio/Houston promotes Michael Pettiette from Regional Director/Digital Sales, to Vice President and Director of Sales for the six-station cluster that includes Sports/Talkers KIKK-AM and KILT-AM. Prior to joining CBS/Houston in 2011, Pettiette served in digital sales and sales management roles at the Houston Chronicle … Scripps Radio/Tulsa has named Lisa Guertin Local Sales Manager. A market veteran, with prior stints at crosstown KRAV, KJSR and KWEN, Guertin was most recently an Outside Sales Supervisor with Tulsa World.