Current Salem/Sacramento GM Dale Hendry heads south to San Diego, where the 32-year broadcast industry veteran assumes the same role at the company’s stations in America’s Finest City. Concurrently, Mark Durkin is upped from Director of Sales to General Manager, replacing Hendry in Sacramento … Meanwhile, Salem Radio Network VP/Operations Charles Mefferd has left the company after after a 23-year run at Salem, the past 14 of those at SRN. Mefferd (pictured) is joining Christian media agency Ambassador Advertising as VP/Sales and Marketing, where he’ll work from offices in both Dallas and Irvine, CA … Mary Giesen has been hired as Vice-President, Sales Planning at Westwood One. Most recently VP Sales Planning and Operations for Compass Media Networks, the move marks a homecoming for Giesen, who previously worked at the network in several sales planning capacities.
For the first time in the 25-year history of the National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony, this year’s event is headed to Los Angeles where it will be held on Sunday, November 9th. The black-tie optional dinner and live national broadcast begins at 4pm (PT) at the intimate dinner club Cicada in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to live performances by singers Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson, a special tribute honoring Casey Kasem will also take place. “This is an event that brings us all together to honor and celebrate the best in our business,” says National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchin (pictured). “We have an opportunity to show our support and ensure the vitality of this institution by attending. And if that’s not possible, please consider making a donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which provides a showcase for the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago year round.” Class of 2014 inductees include Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Stanley E. Hubbard, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead and Dick Orkin. Premiere Networks personality Delilah will host the event, with Westwood One host Jim Bohannon serving as the broadcast’s announcer. Be sure to purchase your ticket to one of the industry’s best annual events by November 5th HERE.
YO, TAXI! That’s Sun Broadcast Group syndicated Talk radio host, Marilu Henner planting a big one on her old pal Tony Danza at SBG’s 2015 Preview event held recently in New York City. In their early acting career days Danza and Henner co-stared together on the hit TV sitcom Taxi … In an interview with Kurt Hanson’s Radio And Internet newsletter, Borrell & Associates namesake Gordon Borell makes a controversial and bold prediction, saying the growth of options on the digital automobile dashboard will result in diminished broadcast radio listening and the disappearance of about half of today’s AM and FM terrestrial radio stations within the next decade. Read more HERE … In the wake of the imminent departure of Dick Morris at WPHT/Philadelphia, the CBS Radio News/Talker ups current evening host Rich Zeoli to replace Morris in PM drive (3-6pm) beginning November 5th. Zeoli joined the station in 2010 and was promoted to full-time evening host in 2012 … FOR THE RECORD: As an addition to yesterday’s story on new officers and directors at the Radio Advertising Bureau, we note for the record that Emmis Communications COO/CFO Pat Walsh has also joined the RAB’s roster of newly elected directors.
iHeartMedia/San Francisco names John Leathers (left) as Vice President of Sales for the company’s Bay Area station cluster. Most recently Market Manager for Digity/Silicon Valley, Leathers’ 25-year broadcast sales and management resume also includes prior stints with NextMedia and Bonneville … Jian Ghomeshi, host of the popular CBC program Q (also heard here in the U.S. on a number of NPR outlets), has filed a wrongful termination suit after being fired by Canada’s pubcaster. Ghomeshi’s dismissal came yesterday in the wake of allegations by three women who accused the radio host of sexual harassment and violent behavior. The Toronto Star has the rather salacious details of the story HERE … NTS MediaOnline Today sends our “get well” wishes to News 96.5 WDBO/Orlando morning host Joe Kelly, who has spent the past 10 days in a local hospital’s isolation ward after being diagnosed with Entervirous D68. We’re happy to report that the now non-contagious Joe is back home with his family where he is continuing to recover from his ordeal. Now that he’s feeling better he also took time to blog about the experience. Find out why, despite testing positive for Entervirus D68, Joe was still classified as being“unofficially” the first person in Orange County, FL stricken with Enterovirus D68 HERE.
During the Radio Advertising Bureau’s recent Board of Director’s Meeting held in Baltimore, a new slate of officer’s were elected, along with new incoming directors. iHeart Radio EVP/Major Markets Hartley Adkins (pictured) was elected RAB Board Chair, while Hubbard Radio Chair and CEO Ginny Morris was named Vice-Chair. Cox Media Group EVP/Radio Kim Guthrie was named Finance Chair, Commonwealth Broadcasting President/CEO Steve Newberry will serve as Secretary, and Cromwell Group founder and president Bud Walters is now Immediate Past Chairman. New Directors include Drew Horowitz, Hubbard Radio president, Alpha Media EVP/Southern Region Bill McElveen, Emmis Communications COO/CFO Pat Walsh and Journal Broadcast Group EVP Steve Wexler. RAB President/CEO Erica Farber praised incoming Chair Adkins’ broadcasting executive experience that will “provide the RAB and the Board with a tremendous strategic advantage as we continue to serve and advocate for the radio industry.” She also thanked outgoing Chair Walters for his “guidance, leadership and service over the past two years.” See the full list of RAB Board Members HERE.
From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” department: A segment airing last week on nationally syndicated Country radio morning personality Bobby Bones’ WSIX/Nashville-based show, reportedly included the use of several of those obnoxious EAS activator tones that — surprise (!) — actually activated an EAS Alert to television stations across four states. Thousands of AT&T U-verse customers were reportedly affected by the incident in which they received a message that their local programming had been interrupted at the request of the White House and told to stand by for additional information. You can only imagine how that message lit up more than a few switchboards from Nashville to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in DC. All is well now, but the incident provides us with an excellent opportunity to offer our NTS MediaOnline Today readers this cautionary and timely reminder: Be sure that all on-air personnel, all show producers and all production talent at your station know that EAS tones are definitely never to be aired for any reason other than a scheduled test, or for an actual emergency … period. That advice may be especially good for managers at Talk stations, where on-air talents — especially weekenders — often come from other industries or backgrounds, and have not necessarily been ‘schooled’ in the many rules of radio beyond “don’t say any four letter words.” Broadcast law specialist David Oxenford notes on his website that the FCC has “staked out a policy that the any use of EAS tones, or tones that sound like those alerts, outside of a real emergency, will lead to big fines.”
DailyCaller.com political reporter Parick Howley reported this weekend (10/26) that MSNBC host Krystal Ball was secretly participating in the ongoing Stop Rush! campaign that has long targeted advertisers of Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. The D-C says Ball was involved in the Media Matters-organized efforts against Limbaugh “months after she joined MSNBC as a contributor and shortly before she debuted as co-host of the network’s daily talk show The Cycle.” Read Howley’s full post HERE … Congrats to Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, co-hosts of The Money Pit, as the weekend home improvement program marks its 15th year in national syndication. The weekly talk show and The Money Pit Home Improvement Minute daily companion feature are syndicated via Skip Joeckel’s Talk Show’s USA … Reported to be the first-ever industry ranking of the Top 50 voiceover artists, Benztown has partnered with SparkNet Research and Consulting to compile just such a list. Find out who made the charter Top 50 HERE … Television and radio personalities John Layfield and Michael Coley are joining syndicated talker Jerry Doyle’s website, EpicTimes, as contributors. Best know for their work on WWE Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown. a press release says Layfield and Coley both also have “extensive experience covering news, business and sports.”
Independently syndicated talk host Dave Ramsey (pictured) and his daughter Rachel Cruze are teaming with Fathom Events to bring their ongoing Legacy Journey Live! event tour to some 600 movie screens across the country on November 19th, at 7pm local time. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online HERE … The National Association of Broadcasters has promoted Curtis Legeyt to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Public Policy. In his expanded role, LeGeyt will serve as the NAB’s principal liaison to the White House and executive departments, while also maintaining his current responsibilities for Congressional advocacy and political strategy in the NAB’s Government Relations department … DEPARTMENT OF “DOH!” In a story appearing in yesterday’s NTS MediaOnline Today (10/22) our finger went a little heavy on the zero key, resulting in a report that said the Imus Ranch in New Mexico is 24,000 acres. OK, so the I-Man’s cowboy digs in the Land of Enchantment aren’t quite that big, but his non-profit ranch (that was just put on the market for sale) is still a pretty darn substantial spread at 2,400 acres. We regret any confusion from our error.
Talk media mogul Glenn Beck’s new book, Dreamers and Deceivers, hits bookstores nationwide next week (10/28). Beck’s latest book is a non-fiction work designed to “introduce you to the heroes and villains whose real stories have been edited from our schoolbooks.” Known primarily for his Talk radio and television shows, Beck has previously penned #1 books that have topped the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s books bestseller lists. Read a sample from his latest tome HERE … Congrats to Hubbard Radio Chair and CEO Ginny Morris (pictured), who will be honored at next month’s 39th Conclave Learning Conference in Minnepolis with the group’s annual Rockwell Award … From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Arguably the most significant newspaper editor of the 20th century, Ben Bradlee, died yesterday at age 93. The Washington Post remembers the legendary journalist who directed the coverage of Watergate and dozens of other history-making events during his tenure with the newspaper HERE.
You’ve likely read about last weekend’s Pumpkin Fest riots in Keene, NH, a town that also happens to be the home of Free Talk Live host Ian Freeman. Ian (pictured) was on the ground and witnessed crowds of drunken college students destroying property, as well as what he terms, “an unnecessarily aggressive police response” to the situation. Station newsrooms, hosts and producers who would like to get Freeman’s up-close-and-personal views on the chaotic weekend scene in the small New Hampshire town can reach him HERE … WYD Media Ad Sales has inked a deal with Spreaker to rep ad sales for the digital talk media and audio content distribution platform. Additionally WYD will assist Spreaker with overall brand management and creation of alternative and customized opportunities for the advertising community … Carlos Lamadrid has been appointed Vice President of National Sales and Strategic Partnerships for Entercom. Lamadrid, most recently SVP at TC Media, will report to Entercom Station Group President Weezie Kramer.