24-year Pittsburgh radio personality and comedian Jim Krenn hooks up with KDKA, where he’ll co-host the station’s morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway every Friday, from 8-9am. Krenn will kick-off his new radio stint this Friday (9/13), broadcasting live during the CBS Radio News/Talker’s annual Spaghetti Breakfast in downtown Pittsburgh … Alpha Media News/Talker WHIS/Bluefield, WV adds a new local show, The Bottom Line with Mike McClanahan. Airing Thursdays from 8-9am, the new program is aimed at helping people improve their performance and experience in their day-to-day work lives … Chicago media reporter Robert Feder notes that longtime Windy City talk host and newsman Cisco Cotto is joining CBS Radio/Chicago’s all-newser WBBM. Read more HERE … Pictured above at the recent Survivor In The City event held in Chicago to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation are (L-R): WGN/Chicago’s Andrea Darlas, Sutherland Media namesake and event organizer Janet Sutherland, WLS Radio’s Jennifer Keiper (a brain aneurysm survivor) and legendary sports media personality Chet Coppock. Chet has donated a portion of proceeds from the sale of his new book, Laying It On The Line, to the charity.
In recent years, what was once known as Clear Channel Radio — a company with its roots in Texas, the home of CC founder Lowry Mays — changed its name to Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, a moniker that, at the time, was said to better reflect the totality of the company’s operations. Today, CCM&E announced that it will jettison Clear Channel from its corporate name altogether to become iHeart Media – a name that Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman once again says better reflects the company that Clear Channel has become. “iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices,” said Pittman. To those wondering if the name change signals a reduction in commitment to the company’s 859 broadcast radio stations across some 150 markets Pittman added,” iHeartMedia was created by the strongest broadcast radio stations in the country, and we will continue to build this company the same way — on the country’s strongest radio stations. We are especially excited because our digital platform extends the reach and impact for our wildly popular on-air personalities and it’s a platform that only iHeartMedia provides.” Get more details on the newly dubbed iHeart Media HERE.
Two well-respected broadcast radio and media researchers have gone on record with some fairly sharp criticisms about last week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show held in Indianapolis. In a post to his company’s blog entitled 2014 Radio Show: Going Through The Motions, Harker Research namesake Richard Harker (pictured) writes, “The 2014 NAB Radio Show will be remembered as one of the most glitch-free Radio Shows in memory. No major on-stage gaffes, everything was on-time, and there were some great moments. However, those great moments can’t disguise the fact that it felt like the NAB was simply going through the motions. In that regard, radio’s trade representative was all too representative of the state of radio.” Read more of Harker’s analysis of radio’s long running national convention and what he believes it needs to do to better serve and prepare broadcasters for the future HERE.
Meanwhile, longtime media guru and Mark Ramsey Media namesake, Mark Ramsey (pictured), has a beef with one of the NAB/RAB Radio Show’s most talked about keynoters, Bob Hoffman. The noted advertising executive called online advertising “a fraud” when he spoke to attendees at last week’s confab in Indy. In a post entitled, Is Bob Hoffman’s Argument Full of Crap? Ramsey writes, “Tongues are wagging about NAB keynoter and self-styled ‘ad contrarian’ Bob Hoffman’s profanity-laced critique of online advertising — wagging for all the wrong reasons. Bob conveniently chose convenient facts and then conveniently wrapped those facts with absurd conclusions.” Read Mark’s point-by-point takedown of Hoffman’s assertions about online advertising, social media, brand building and more HERE.
NTS MediaOnline Today sends props to our old friend and Westwood One host Jim Bohannon as he celebrates the 30th anniversary of both of his daily nationally syndicated shows, America In The Morning and the nightly Jim Bohannon Show. Commenting on the milestone, WW One EVP News and Talk Bart Tessler said, “Congratulations to our radio Hall of Famer, who consistently plays at the top of his game. Jim’s friends and colleagues salute him as we continue to enjoy listening to his wit and wisdom.” Email your personal congrats to ‘Jimbo’ (pictured) HERE … Jesse Kage joins co-host Kirk McEwen along with Roxanne Wilder and Special Ed on 98.7 The Fan/Tampa’s new Kirk & Kage morning show. Kage most recently hosted the Kage Kult afternoon show on crosstown WXTB/98 Rock. Prior to that, he spent 4 years at Tampa Bay’s WSUN … Grant Giessinger has been named General Sales Manager for Clear Channel’s stations in Minneapolis, including Sports/Talker KFAN. Grant most recently led sales at CBS Radio’s crosstown Twin Cities cluster … Longtime radio and TV talk host and commentator Lionel will take the stage at New York City’s The Cutting Room for a live show on Saturday, October 11th. Get details and ticket info HERE … Last week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show saw Clear Channel Media and Entertainment win the Ad Council’s Crystal Bell Award. The annual award is given to a radio outlet that demonstrates leadership and provides exceptional support in disseminating Ad Council public service messages.
At last night’s (9/11) 2014 NAB Marconi Awards held at The Radio Show in Indianapolis, talk host Rush Limbaugh (pictured) was once again named Nationally Syndicated Personality of the Year. His win marked the 5th Marconi Award for the Premiere Networks nationally syndicated personality (1992, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2014). Other News/Talk/Sports station winners included WFAN/New York (Legendary Station of the Year); WLW/Cincinnati (News/Talk Station of the Year); WBZ-FM/Boston (Sports Station of the Year); WTMJ/Milwaukee (Large Market Station of the Year); WOWO/Ft. Wayne (Medium Market Station of the Year); and KFGO/Fargo (Small Market Station of the Year). 91-year old pioneering radio personality Dottie Ray, who was heard on KXIC/Iowa City for more than half a century before her retirement this past May, was honored as Small Market Personality of the Year, while KIDO/Boise morning host Kevin Miller — maybe the hardest working talk host we know — was named Medium Market Personality of the Year. See a list of all the 2014 NAB Marconi Award Winners from all formats HERE.
That’s what former Ford CEO and current Google Board member Alan Mulally told ABC News’ Nightline and Good Morning America Weekend Edition co-anchor Dan Harris at the 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show, which wraps up today in Indianapolis. With numerous rumors to the contrary and the explosion of the so-called connected car, Harris (left) asked Mulally (right) directly if he believed the automobile industry still loved radio. “Absolutely,” Mulally replied to a big round of applause from the radio execs gathered for the ‘Super Session’ in Indy. “People want connectivity, but I think radio will continue to be at the center of the dashboard.” Noting the similarity between the radio and car businesses — two legacy industries that are facing massive technological changes — Mulally said he believed the future for broadcasters means “talking about what you are going to do to add value for the consumer.” He also said that to move forward, “You must have a compelling vision and the ability to get everyone on the same page.” He also urged attendees to “have an honest conversation with your team about how things really are, let them know the behaviors you expect, and don’t tolerate those who manage through fear and intimidation.”
At Wednesday (9/10) afternoon’s opening session of the 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show in Indianapolis, the leaders of both groups that produce the annual show addressed attendees. “New technologies spring up every day and they can reshape how consumers live and interact, but none of these technologies will ever have what radio has – signals that deliver the best, most reliable services and entertainment, free of charge, to every person — no matter where they are.,” said NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith. “As your advocate in Washington, we’re doing all we can to ensure a bright future for radio.” Next up, RAB President/CEO Erica Farber offered her observation on the future for radio revenue saying, “Right now digital radio is the best game in town. It’s our fastest growing revenue sector: $889 million dollars last year, and up 12% for the first half of this year. But while we all know that digital is radio’s new frontier, we have some work to do. Our trade association partners at the IAB just released a Digital Audio Ad Serving Template and it’s open for public comment. I encourage everyone to review this document, discuss it with your digital teams, understand the implications to your business and share your opinions.” Read the full remarks to Radio Show attendees from both Smith and Farber HERE.
At yesterday’s (9/9) RAIN Summit, held in Indianapolis, the name of those included on the 2014 RAIN News and Edison Research list of Audio’s 30 Under 30 were unveiled, including a number of pre-30 recipients from News/Talk/Sports radio. WDEL/Wilminton, DE Assistant News Director Amy Cherry is among those named as up-and-comers in the radio and audio industry, along with Grant Paulsen, host and beat reporter for CBS Radio/Washington, DC Sports/Talker 106.7 The Fan, and Jordan Bernfield, sportscaster and host at WGN Radio and 87.7 The Game/Chicago. Edison Research President Larry Rosin commented, “The 2014 list of future leaders in the audio industry truly reflects the diversity of our world today. Knowing that such fantastic young talent is now in the world of audio should make us optimistic for the future.” See the full list of all 30 recipients HERE.
DC area media veteran Beth Cohen has been named Director of Sales for Cumulus Media/Washington, including News/Talk WMAL-AM & FM and WRQX. Cohen most recently served as GSM for Clear Channel’s crosstown cluster in the nation’s capitol … The 2014 Radio Show — produced by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau — officially kicks off today in Indianapolis. NTS MediaOnline Today will be in-the-house for this year’s event, covering news of interest and consequence to News/Talk/Sports radio broadcasters. Today’s major event is the annual late-afternoon ‘opening remarks’ from both NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith and RAB President/CEO Erica Farber. We’ll give you the relevant highlights from that session, along with additional news from the Indiana Convention Center in tomorrow’s (9/11) edition of our regular NTS email newsletter, as well as ongoing updates online at our website HERE.
That’s what CBS Radio News Vice President, Harvey Nagler, called the current state of the news media in remarks delivered as he accepted the RTDNA’s 2014 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual’s contributions to journalism and freedom of the press. Here, in part, is some of the important message that Nagler had for the gathering of journalists and students at the RTNDA’s Excellence In Journalism event last weekend in Nashville: “It is a remarkable era of communication — an age in which everyone can be the media. Where anyone operating out of their kitchen, or even the street, can reach a huge number of people — perhaps the same number as our most respected news organizations. But as Thomas Friedman of the New York Times said, ‘Anyone with a cell phone today is a paparazzi, anyone with a Twitter account is a reporter, anyone with YouTube access is a filmmaker.’ But it is often hard to discern the big picture from individual snapshots of information that flood our devices, as well as the rumors, conjecture, speculation and opinions offered up each day. To place context on stories, many still seek out journalistic entities with traditional values. In the end, it proves we still need to be able to turn to journalists and news organizations we can trust. And the public’s appetite for news has never been greater. So, it is now our jobs – our responsibility and mission — to maintain that trust, as we broaden our roles on new platforms, while continuing to serve our audiences on our traditional platforms. That’s our challenge — and it’s a big one.” That’s Harvey pictured above (left) accepting his award from 2014 RTDNA Chairman and WDEL/Wilmington Director of News and Programming Chris Carl. Watch video of the event, including Nagler’s complete remarks HERE.
(Congratulate Nagler on his well-deserved honor HERE)