Independently-owned Delmarva Broadcasting Company (DBC) has entered into an agreement to acquire WFAI-AM and WJKS-FM/Wilmington, DE from QC Communications. Delmarva will add the pair to it’s current Wilmington cluster that already includes WDEL-AM, WSTW-FM and WXCY-FM. Delmarva will begin managing the stations on January 1st, via a Local Marketing Agreement with QC that will continue through all customary regulatory approval and final closing. “We’re thrilled to bring these stations into the Delmarva family,” said DBC VP/GM Michael Reath. “Wilmington is a terrific market for local radio and this transaction further strengthens our ability to to deliver original content to even more audiences and thus provide more value to our advertisers.” DBC, which has owned and operated radio stations in Delaware since 1927, currently owns 11 stations in The First State and eastern Maryland.
iHeartMedia expands the duties of current San Francisco VP/Programming, Don Parker, to include Sacramento, effective immediately. In addition to overseeing programming for iHeart’s San Francisco radio stations, Parker will bring his 25 years of experience to the company’s five stations in Sacramento. Parker joined iHeartMedia in 2009 as the Operations Manager for the San Francisco cluster. His radio resume includes prior stints at crosstown KNGY (Energy 92.7), Vice President of Programming for Next Media, and PD stints in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Las Vegas and Fresno.
CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of Richard C. Hottelet, the last living member of CBS News’ famed “Murrow’s Boys,” who died earlier today at age 97. The CBS News website has more on the colorful and courageous career of Hottelet — who retired from the network in 1985 – HERE. (Photo: CBS News Archives)
Newly re-upped KABC/Los Angeles morning talk host Doug McIntyre pens a column for The Daily Beast, offering his take on the big controversy surrounding the Sony Pictures cyber-attack and the Seth Rogen/James Franco film, The Interview. Read it HERE … The U.S. Senate has confirmed current FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to a full five-year term … Fox News Radio will present Todd Starnes’ All-American Christmas, airing Christmas Eve (12/24) at 7pm (ET) and Christmas Day at 7am and 7pm. Hosted by FOX News Channel contributor Todd Starnes, the two-hour Christmas special will feature tons of special guests and promises to include, “The World’s Largest Christmas Carol Sing-Along.” … WHO/Des Moines afternooner Simon Conway debuts a new podcast page via iHeartRadio. Check it out HERE … RadioActive Broadcasting founder Barbara Beach is added to the production team for Public Television’s American Health Journal.
Longtime KFI/Los Angeles ’eye-in-the-sky’ traffic reporter Mike Nolan (pictured) has announced he’s giving up his wings and hanging up his headphones after nearly three decades of helping commuters navigate L.A.’s infuriating morning and afternoon drive traffic. … USA Radio Networks inks a deal to handle affiliations for midwest-based syndicated talker Steve Deace, whose show is currently distributed via GCN from 9pm-midnight. Beginning January 20th, Deace will broadcast live from 3-6pm (ET), Monday-Friday, on both the XDS Pro4 and Unity 4000 platforms … Beasley Broadcast Group ups Rafe D’Amico to the new position of VP/ Strategic Partnerships, reporting to Beasley EVP/Sales Heather Monahan. D’Amico will also retain his duties as National Sales Manager for Beasley’s Las Vegas and Wilmington, DE markets, and add NSM duties for Charlotte, NC.
WGN/Chicago Ops Manager Alex Quigley exits as that post is eliminated at the Tribune News/Talker. Todd Manley, VP/Content and Programming, and Programming Coordinator Stephanie Mendez will expand their roles to cover Quigley’s former duties … AdLarge Media has partnered with AudioBoom for exclusive national advertising sales representation of the social audio platform. Content on AudioBoom ranges from sports talk to news to celebrity interviews, and includes highly recognizable publishers, such as Time, BBC, Fox Sports, and more … For the 4th consecutive year, Texas syndicated talk host (KTRH-KPRC/Houston, KFXR/Dallas) Matt Patrick (pictured) will sit in for Bill Cunningham on Sunday 12/28, guest-hosting the ‘Year End Review’ edition of Premiere Networks syndicated Live On Sunday Night, It’s Bill Cunningham show, from 10pm-1am (ET).
OK, first the good news. According to a new Top 10 Audio Formats report from Nielsen, despite the barrage of “Talk radio is dead” hits that News/Talk has taken in the media over the past year, in 2014 the format was once again the number one most listened to radio format by listeners 6+. Year-to-date, 8.8% of listeners (6+) were tuned to a News/Talk station during any 15-minute period of the day. Now for the bad news. Nielsen reports that although News/Talk ranked #1 (Persons 6+) on this year’s list, its lead over other formats has continued to shrink for the past few years, with News/Talk’s 8.8 share just edging out Pop Contemporary’s 8.3 and Country radio’s 8.2. And the format ranked only #5 in the coveted Persons 25-54 demo. Nielsen’s data was taken from the 48 PPM-measured markets for the period of January-November 2014 (Mon-Sun/6am-midnight). Read more details HERE.
WPHT/Philadelphia will salute one of the legends of broadcasting, Sid Mark, tonight at a sold out event honoring Mark’s 58th year in broadcasting. The evening will feature a special live broadcast of Sid’s long running Sounds of Sinatra program, with special guest Frank Sinatra Jr. Today also marks what would have been Sinatra’s 99th birthday. “I could’ve been anywhere for my father’s 99th birthday,” said Frank Jr. “But I chose to spend it with Sid on his 58th anniversary.” Sid launched the Sounds of Sinatra in Philly 57 years ago, when a listener called in during his show and suggested that he spin a full hour of Frank Sinatra songs. That tradition developed into “Friday with Frank”, as well as “Sunday with Sinatra” — which still airs on News/Talker WPHT Sunday nights at 9pm. Sid’s syndicated Sounds of Sinatra, which is heard on a reported 100+ radio stations nationwide, is the only radio program of its kind to have been personally authorized by “Ol’ Blue Eyes” himself.
BRAGGIN’ RIGHTS: Motley Fool Money radio host Chris Hill points proudly to the just-released Glassdoor annual rankings of the best companies to work for in America. “Nearly 400,000 companies across the country are considered,” Hill told NTS MediaOnline Today. “And I’m happy to share that, for the second year in a row, the #1-ranked company in the small/medium business category in America is The Motley Fool.” Read more HERE … Meanwhile, the crew at Bonneville/Seattle News/Talker KIRO Radio 97.3 has reason to bust their buttons just a bit. The station’s 26th annual Radiothon to benefit Treehouse, a nonprofit organization addressing the essential education and enrichment needs of kids in foster care, raised a whopping $505,000 during yesterday’s (12/11) 12-hour fundraiser. Donations will continue to be accepted online until December 31st HERE … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of FOX News reporter Dominic Di-Natale, who was found dead by authorities in Colorado who said the newsman, 43, took his own life. Di-Natale spent most of the past decade commuting between the U.S. and the Middle East on assignment for FOX News and also working on independent projects. Read more HERE.
Thumbs-up to Brad Marshall who has been promoted to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media/Youngstown, Ohio. He assumes the chair currently occupied by Rick Parrish, who previously announced his retirement as of December 15th. Marshall rises from his previous role as Director of Sales for the cluster, a position he’s held for over five years. Prior to that, he spent 16 years as General Sales Manager for iHeartMedia’s crosstown Youngstown stations … CBS Altitude Group ups Michael Hermalyn to Vice President and Group Leader/Sales. A member of the Altitude Group since 2008, a company release calls Hermalyn a “key player” on the team that is tasked with building unique engagement programs for Fortune 500 brands using a combination of CBS’s local radio, television, digital, and live event platforms. In his new role, Hermalyn will work on development of new revenue streams “by creating exclusive experiential and content-based programs for advertisers.”
Glenn Beck has promoted Betsy Morgan to CEO of TheBlaze, effective immediately. Most recently President and Chief Strategy Officer for Beck’s news, information and entertainment network, Morgan will succeed Chris Balfe, who is stepping down after a 12-year run. During his tenure, Balfe helped Beck transform a two-person operation into a multi-media operation that today employs some 300 people in Dallas and New York. In a statement released about the executive transition Beck said, “Chris Balfe has been my friend and the CEO of Mercury Radio Arts for 12 years, and he will be an incredibly hard act to follow. Under Chris’ watchful eye we have done things that no group of people our size have ever done — things that people thought were impossible. And I think that under the leadership of our new CEO, Betsy Morgan, we will continue to prove that there is another way and we’ll confound the skeptics yet again.” Morgan (pictured) joined TheBlaze from the Huffington Post. where she was CEO. Prior to that she served as SVP of CBS Interactive, as well as General Manager for CBSNews.com.
The Federal Communications Commission has issued a Citation and Order to progressive Talk radio host and comedian Stephanie Miller (pictured), charging production company, SM Productions, with “violation of agency rules by transmitting, or causing the transmission of, EAS alert tones” during her SiriusXM satellite radio show. The FCC found that SM Productions “willfully and repeatedly violated the Communications Act and FCC rules by transmitting or causing the transmission of the EAS codes or Attention Signal, or simulations thereof (EAS Tones), in the absence of an actual emergency or authorized test of the EAS.” As a result, the FCC has ordered SM Radio to take “immediate steps to comply with FCC rules and statutory requirements that prohibit such misuse of EAS Tones” and adds, “If SM Radio fails to comply with these laws, it may be liable for significant fines.” The prohibited tones aired as part of a promo announcement for Miller’s live Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour. Read the full FCC citation HERE.