Harker Explores PPM’s ‘Ten Minute’ Mystery
July 30, 2014

Media researcher Richard Harker posts some new food-for-thought at his Radio InSights blog about something he labels, PPM’s Mysterious Ten Minutes. ”How long does a News/Talk person listen to a station? Ten minutes,” says Harker, asking and answering his own question. “How long does a Rock person listen? Ten minutes. How about an Adult Contemporary listener? Ten minutes. Country? Ten minutes Urban? Ten minutes. See a pattern? No matter the format, PPM panelists listen exactly ten minutes. Well, now and then maybe nine minutes — but you get the idea. Does that make sense? Identical listening durations across formats is perhaps the most enigmatic aspect of what is arguably the most enigmatic radio listening measurement ever devised.” Harker has more to say — quite a bit more, in fact — including a pretty astounding percentage of times he says that Nielsen Audio’s PPM fails to correctly identify the right station. Read the full post HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
July 30, 2014

The Alliance For Women In Media welcomes industry veteran Valerie Blackburn as interim CEO of the more than 50-year old professional association. A long time supporter and past Chair of AWM, Blackburn will oversee day-to-day operations, as well as facilitate the Board’s strategic planning while the search for a new CEO is conducted … Congrats to Rita Rich and Debra Grobman, as the duo’s Patriot Made Audiocast marks “three years of telling stories about creating, and keeping jobs in America.” You can check out the show for yourself HERE … ESPN Radio’s Mike & MikeMike Greenberg and Mike Golic (pictured) — were on hand to throw out the first pitch at  at 100 year old Wrigley Field last night (7/29), where the Chicago Cubs outlasted the Colorado Rockies, winning 4-3 in a 16-inning marathon that went on for nearly six and a half hours, making it the longest game (time-wise) in franchise history.

Talk Media News Notes
July 28, 2014

Sun Broadcast Group unveils the company’s new logo (pictured). Commenting on the development of the new look, SBG Chief Executive Officer Jason Bailey said, “As the company prepares to take on exciting new initiatives that, I believe, will transform the industry, this new logo will connect all those elements together while still representing the strong, forward thinking company that we’ve become.” … Tom Kraeutler returns to his roots as Townsquare Media-owned New Jersey stations WADB and WOBM add Talk Shows USA’s weekly syndicated The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. WADB was where Tom first aspired to become a radio host, while The Money Pit was born out of a program that originated on WOBM — Help Yourself — with Krauetler’s then co-host Mary Barretta … From Our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Longtime Seattle radio personality Bob Rivers told listeners today that he’s retiring from his daily morning show after a 33-year run. Best known nationwide for his “Twisted Christmas” song collection, Rivers will officially hang up his headphones on Friday, August 8th.

Consumers Pay More Attention To Radio Ads
July 25, 2014

So says the Southern California Broadcasters Association in it’s latest SCBA White Paper Research ReportConsumer Response to Broadcast Radio Commercials vs. Digital and Social Media. The just published report is focused on new SCBA-commissioned research that compares the strong recall and attention by consumers to radio commercials and then compares that data to digital platforms. Commenting on the report, SCBA President Thom Callahan (pictured) said, ”The consumer clearly recalls and pays attention to radio commercials much more than to any digital, search engine, or social media ads. This new research survey showcases radio’s favorable commercial environment and effectiveness in a way that will surprise and delight both advertisers and the radio industry.” To read the full study click HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
July 25, 2014

During a recent visit to New York City, KSKY/Dallas morning host Mark Davis (left) dropped in for a chat with veteran talk host Steve Malzberg at his Newsmax TV studios. Davis has been on the road in support of his new book, Lonestar America: How Texas Can Save Our Country, featuring a foreward by Premiere Networks syndicated talker and FOX News Channel personality Sean Hannity … The NAB has produced and distributed Election 2014, a publication containing “a variety of ideas to help broadcasters increase voter registration and education, public service announcement (PSA) scripts and social media strategies that will help stations spread the word about the importance of electoral participation. By integrating election issues and candidate forums into broadcasters’ programming and online presence, stations are giving listeners and viewers the political knowledge they need to cast an informed vote.”

Talk Media News Notes
July 24, 2014

The Wall Street Journal & MarketWatch Radio Networks have rolled out two new mobile apps as the latest move in the network’s continuing efforts to “move our audio content into the digital age.” You can check out the apps HERECBS Radio Press Representative Allison Mandara is leaving her post at the end of the day tomorrow (7/25) after a seven year run with the company. Friends and colleagues can reach Allison HEREGreater Media/Philadelphia inks a multi-year deal with Temple University media rights holder Learfield Sports naming Sports/Talker 95.7 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM) as the official radio home of Temple Owls football, beginning with the upcoming 2014 college football season … Speaking of  ’The Fanatic,’ NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley (pictured) — who spent 8 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers — will co-host the station’s Mike Missanelli Show tomorrow (7/25) from 2-6pm (ET). Hear the show streamed live HERE …  CBS Local Media has entered into an agreement to acquire Eventful, Inc. a digital media company that “connects consumers with information on millions of concerts, movies listings and local events by using its proprietary algorithms to aggregate, and deliver an ever-growing volume of content from across the United States and around the world.”

More Talk Media News Notes
July 23, 2014

NTS MediaOnline Today sends out “Happy Birthday” wishes to the legendary Don Imus (pictured) who turns 74 today. The WABC/New York-based Imus In The Morning show is syndicated nationally by Westwood One and simulcast daily on cable television’s FOX Business Network … Eric “Mancow” Muller has filed a lawsuit charging Maverick Radio Partners with defrauding him out of $50,000 that was designated toward purchasing radio stations that never took place. The Chicago-Tribune has more HERE … Beginning today (7/23), media executive and New York Times best-selling author Randi Zuckerberg debuts as the host of Dot Complicated with Randi Zuckerberg, a new weekly one-hour show available to SiriusXM subscribers on the satcaster’s Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School channel … Jake McCann has been appointed VP/Sales for Cumulus Media News/Talker WMAL/Washington, DC and sister station WRQX. McCann was most recently Director of Sales for Greater Media/Detroit’s three station cluster. Prior to that he spent 7 years as GSM for Greater Media’s Philadelphia Sports/Talker 97.5 The Fanatic.

Talk Media News Notes
July 22, 2014

Ad guru Bob Hoffman will keynote the upcoming NAB/RAB Radio Show, September 10-12, in Indianapolis. Hoffman’s address on September 10th will follow opening remarks from RAB President/CEO Erica Farber and NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith … Colin’s Football Show, hosted by ESPN Radio Sports/Talker Colin Cowherd, will preview the upcoming college and NFL seasons this Friday night (7/25) at 7:30pm (ET) on ESPN television … Congrats to Extreme Genes host Scott Fisher as his weekly family history radio show (now syndicated by Talk Shows USA) marks it’s first anniversary. The program debuted last July on its flagship outlet KNRS/Salt Lake City.

Horowitz Upped To Hubbard President/COO
July 18, 2014

Hubbard Radio has promoted EVP/COO Drew Horowitz to the new role of President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Ginny Morris who will remain Chairman and CEO of the Minnesota-based broadcaster. Horowitz succeeds former company president Bruce Reese who announced earlier this month that he was stepping down from day-to-day involvement, but will remain available as a special consultant to the company. Before joining Hubbard Radio in 2011, Horowitz was EVP/COO of Bonneville International, where his tenure began in 1992. His prior experience also includes leadership positions with Lakeshore Communications, WFYR/Chicago and WUSN/Chicago. “I am honored to have this wonderful opportunity to work more closely with Ginny and to be part of this extraordinary family-owned company,” said Horowitz (pictured). “I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the rest of the leadership team to further Hubbard Radio’s success across our seven nationwide markets.”

Talk Media News Notes
July 18, 2014

By now you’ve likely seen the video or heard the audio of MSNBC anchor Krystal Ball (pictured) being tastelessly pranked by a Howard Stern fan who called in during the cable news channel’s coverage of the shooting down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine claiming to be a military expert. The more than a little embarrassing incident offers all hosts, show producers and call screeners some stark reminders: 1) Be sure all guests or callers are vetted as much as possible before putting them on the air; 2) Assign someone on the show to always be ready to hit the ‘dump’ button when needed; 3) And most of all — unlike this MSNBC anchor — ACTUALLY LISTEN to what your caller is saying, instead of focusing on what you plan to say next. Watch the whole unprofessional mess unfold HERE. … Fifteen-year Clear Channel/Ashville, SC Operations Manager Jeff Davis adds OM responsibilities for the company’s Greenville market  … Following up on our story in yesterday’s (7/17) NTS MediaOnline Today about WEEI/Boston Dennis & Callahan Show sidekick Kirk Minihane: Management at Entercom/Boston says Minihane’s absence from the morning show yesterday and today was due to already planned vacation time, and not as the result of any disciplinary action taken by the company in the wake of controversial comments he made on-air about FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews earlier this week. Minihane has since publicly apologized for those comments.