CBS Radio/Baltimore promotes Tracy Brandys from VP/DOS to Senior Vice President/Market Manager and Director of Sales for the Charm City cluster that includes Sports/Talkers 105.7 The Fan and CBS Sports Radio 1300 (WJZ-FM and AM). Reporting to company COO Scott Herman, Brandys — a long-timer at CBS Radio — takes over the corner office from former Baltimore market manager Bob Philips, who recently stepped up the company ladder to become Chief Revenue Officer. “Tracy’s years of sales and management experience coupled with her intimate knowledge of our Baltimore stations and the overall market made her the natural choice to take on this important role,” said Herman. “Throughout her tenure with CBS Radio Tracy has proven to be a powerhouse salesperson, who has led and grown our revenue and market share in Baltimore, and a trusted leader to our valued employees. We are delighted to reward her accomplishments with this well-deserved promotion.”
WISN/Milwaukee goes to their bench, naming Dan O’Donnell as host of a new 9-11am local weekday talk show that debuts January 3rd. A drive-time news anchor, reporter, and regular fill-in host on the iHeartMedia News/Talker since 2013, O’Donnell (right) is well-known for his extensive coverage of the 2007 Steven Avery murder trial in Manitowoc, WI, and the subsequent Rebutting A Murderer podcast following the 2015 Netflix special Making a Murderer … Meanwhile, just a bit farther north in the land of Cheeseheads, WHBY/Appleton-Oshkosh adds an FM translator at 103.5 to expand the footprint of the Woodward Radio Group-owned News/Talker … From our ‘Not Exactly Talk Media News’ Department: Fresh off her recent induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame last month, longtime Premiere Networks syndicated personality Delilah has been named the 2017 inductee into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The single-monikered nightly radio host will be honored during the annual Radio Luncheon at next April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas … Longtime Colorado Springs radio exec (KILO/KXRP) Lou Mellini has announced he’s retiring after a 35-year broadcasting career, with 11-year station sales and management veteran Virginia Swanson named to succeed him in the General Manager’s office. The Colorado Springs Gazzette’s Wayne Heilman has more details HERE.
‘GRACIES’ DEADLINE: The Alliance For Women In Media reminds you that the deadline for ‘Early Bird’ rates for entering the Gracie Awards is fast approaching. Your entries for outstanding programming by, for and about women, plus individual achievement, must be complete and paid in full by no later than 11:59pm (ET) this Thursday December 8th. Find out more and get details on entry requirements HERE.
SAN DIEGO, December 2, 2016 – Broadcast industry veteran Al Peterson will publish the final editions of NTS MediaOnline Today and NTS MediaOnline Monthly, on Friday, December 16, 2016. The founder and publisher of the respected News/Talk/Sports industry publications arrived at the final decision to end their 10-year run over the Thanksgiving holiday.
“After serving as the News/Talk/Sports editor for 10 years at the iconic industry newspaper Radio & Records, to then creating NTS MediaOnline and building it into a reliable and trusted hub for news, information and conversation about Talk Radio for the last decade, it just feels right to start a new chapter in my life – one where I’m not waking before sunrise to a blank page and a daily deadline. This was not a decision based on economics, health, or anything of the sort. This is truly a personal decision on my part to turn the page and seek out new ways contribute my knowledge and experience to the industry I’ve loved and worked in for more than four and a half decades.”
Commenting on his NTS MediaOnline partner (and current RAB SVP/Membership) Brooke Williams, Peterson says, “Through the majority of these past 20 years, I’ve had the great fortune of having my good friend and longtime sales and marketing partner Brooke working by my side. Her efforts and contributions made our success possible while first at R&R and then as we built and grew NTS MediaOnline Today together. She’s one in ’10’ million, and I cannot thank her enough for her friendship, her profound professionalism … and for helping me put my kids through college!”
(The NTSMediaOnline.com website and associated email addresses for both Peterson and Williams will remain active through the end of 2016).
About Al Peterson
Al Peterson is a 45-year broadcast industry professional. For the last 20 of those years, he reported on the business and personalities of News/Talk and Sports/Talk radio, first as the News/Talk/Sports radio editor for Radio & Records and the architect of its annual Talk Radio Seminar, and then as the founder and publisher of NTS MediaOnline.
Prior to that, Al served as VP/Programming at San Diego’s Par Broadcasting, where he oversaw the market’s first duopoly ownership group. He was instrumental in returning the legendary KOGO call letters to the market and re-launching AM 600 as a News/Talker in the mid 1990s.
From the early 1980s until the early 1990s, Peterson helped develop programming and management strategies for radio stations nationwide and internationally as founder of his own firm, Peterson Media Services. Prior to that, he served as EVP of the Los Angeles- based radio consulting firm Pollack Media Group. In 1992, he joined Unistar Radio Networks when the company relocated its long-form, satellite-delivered format service to Valencia, Calif., where he served as national affiliates consultant for 1,200 Hot AC, AC, AOR, Nostalgia and Country affiliates. His early radio career included programming and on-air positions in Northern New Jersey, Rochester, N.Y. and Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.
A born and raised ‘Jersey Boy,’ Peterson has happily called Southern California his home for nearly 35 years.
The Washington, DC-based News Media Alliance (NMA) — a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 news organizations and their multi-platform businesses in the United States and Canada — has sent a new ‘white paper’ to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team outlining policy positions on regulations and existing laws that NMA says deter investment and limit growth in the news media industry. “While news organizations are innovating and adapting to a vastly different media landscape, antiquated government regulations and imbalanced policies are unnecessarily hindering investment and growth at news media companies,” said David Chavern, President/CEO of the Alliance. “We encourage the new Administration to revisit these regulations and policies as it charts a new course for our nation’s economic growth.” Read the full contents of the NMA white paper report HERE.
iHeartRadio partners with Arianna Huffington’s new Thrive Global venture to offer The Thrive Global Podcast with iHeart Radio. The bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Huffington, will debut next month, featuring “interviews with notable leaders, celebrities, athletes and influencers who will discuss how they thrive by prioritizing their well-being.” … In other news from iHeartRadio, the digital radio platform is rolling out a a beta version of the previously announced iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio all access powered by Napster for the iHMRadio app. Read more HERE … Baseball fans can access on-the-go mobile coverage of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings via TuneIn, with live broadcasts from the meetings December 5th-8th. Former Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti will join Holden Kushner to anchor special editions of MLB on TuneIn LIVE from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Cumulus Media/New York ups Glen Tacinelli (pictured) from GSM at News/Talker WABC, to Vice President/Sales, where he’ll now oversee all sales for WABC and clustermates WPLJ, NASH FM 94.7, and Radio 103.9, as well as the cluster’s digital assets … NTS MediaOnline Today sends out ‘get well soon’ wishes to longtime 106.3 WORD/Greenville, SC afternoon host and Ops Manager Emeritus, Bob McClain, who is recovering from recent knee replacement surgery. Bob reports he should be back on his feet and back on the air sometime in the next 3-6 weeks, with an array of guest hosts filling in until his return … Genesis Communications’ SportsTalk 1049 The Team (WHBO/Tampa) has extended its radio rights agreement to carry New York Yankees play-by-play for the upcoming Major League Baseball season. WHBO has been the radio home of Yankees baseball in Tampa Bay since 2009.
The Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation (RTDNA/F) has announced that Executive Director Mike Cavender will retire at the end of next year. An Edward R. Murrow and Emmy award-winning, major market news veteran, Cavender (pictured) was named executive director of RTDNA/F in 2011, after serving more than 20 years in virtually every board capacity of the two organizations, including as their Chairman. “I’m proud to be a part of these and so many other efforts that are at the very core of the RTDNA/F mission,” said Cavender. “For 70 years, RTDNA has been an unwavering advocate for our industry and I look forward to continuing to be part of those important efforts, especially with the advent of a new political administration.” The RTDNA/F Board of Directors has appointed a search committee to locate a successor to Cavender, who will remain in his role through the group’s annual Excellence in Journalism conference in September, 2017.
20-year broadcast industry veteran Ronnie Stanton has been named Vice President of Programming for Alpha Media, which owns and/or operates 246 radio stations across the country. Along with his corporate duties, Stanton (pictured) will also be responsible for the day-to-day programming of the company’s KBAY and KEZR in San Jose. Stanton joins Alpha from his most recent position with Canada’s Corus Entertainment, where he also carried the title of VP/Programming. Bringing a track record of experience and success in multiple formats to his new role, Alpha Media EVP/Programming Scott Mahalick welcomed Stanton to the company saying, “We are thrilled to have an additional visionary programmer join our team. Ronnie brings an international perspective, winning track record, great passion for the art of the product and stellar leadership traits.”
103.1 The Team WNMQ/Columbus, MS debuts The Drive with Steve & The Professor, a new afternoon talk show co-hosted by veteran journalist Steve Rogers and sports and trivia buff Glenn ‘The Professor’ Lautzenhiser (pictured). The show kicked-off this week on the Cumulus Media-owned Sports/Talker … Veritone, which bills itself as “a leading provider of cloud-based artificial intelligence media analytics and cognitive solutions,” has signed agreements with Cumulus Media to license Veritone’s “first-of-its-kind” Cognitive Media Platform to “provide near real-time audio capture, indexing and analytics for select Cumulus Media broadcast radio stations” that will allow companies to analyze the effectiveness of their advertising. Read more HERE … Bob Neumann joins iHeartMedia as SVP/Programming for the company’s Savannah-Hilton Head cluster. Neumann’s past experience includes prior stints in Houston, Tampa and West Palm Beach … Radio One names Mark Charnock as the company’s new Chief Digital Officer. Charnock spent the past 13 years at Monster, where he served as SVP/Media and Sales.
Bill Hoffman, President of Cox Media Group (CMG), has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America. In his current role Hoffman (left) – who joined the company in 1979 — leads the integrated broadcasting, publishing, and digital media subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., which consist of 14 television stations, more than 60 radio stations, six daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, over 100 digital services and CoxReps. “Bill is a respected leader in broadcasting, and we are proud to recognize his accomplishments at Cox and his contributions to our industry,” said Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “As a member of our Board for several years, Bill has helped us advance our mission of helping every broadcaster who qualifies for help.” Hoffman will be honored during the Foundation’s annual Golden Mike Award fundraising dinner on February 27th, 2017 in New York City.