iHeartMedia announced today that five of its senior programming executives have been named to the newly created positions of Division Executive Vice Presidents of Programming for the company’s National Programming Group. Those moving up the corporate ladder include Andrew Jeffries, Steve Geofferies, Tony Coles, Thea Mitchem and Meg Stevens. All were formerly iHeartMedia Senior Vice Presidents of Programming and join previously appointed Division Executive Vice President of Programming Gene Romano. Each member of the newly created executive team will partner with a Division President and report to Brad Hardin, EVP and General Manager of iHM’s National Programming Group. “Great programming is the foundation of our stations, and we’re fortunate to have an amazing group of local program directors leading our brands.” said Tom Poleman, President of iHM’s National Programming Group. “The collaboration between local programming and the iHeartMedia National Programming Group unlocks the unparalleled scale and assets of iHeartMedia, providing us with unmatched resources which benefit each and every one of our stations.”
Westwood One reports that the top winners of this year’s Super Bowl Sound Awards for audio creativity include: Service King, for it’s Mission 2 Hire spot that highlights the company’s commitment to hiring 500 military veterans at Service King locations nationwide; Motel 6, where the Tom Bodett once again lends his distinctive voice to the nationwide innkeeper’s new Designer Dogs ad; and Wendy’s for its audio creative supporting the fast food chain’s current 4 For $4 campaign. “Audio builds brands and drives sales. Today we celebrate excellence in audio creative on the Golden Anniversary of the Super Bowl,” said Brandon Berman, SVP, Sports Sales & Marketing for Westwood One. “We congratulate Service King, Motel 6, and Wendy’s for their audio excellence.” Hear the winning sports that aired during Westwood One Sports’ coverage of last weekend’s NFL Super Bowl 50 HERE.
While we’re on the subject of the primary election in New Hampshire today, Media Monitors has been tracking the political radio spots airing in two markets — Boston and Portsmouth-Dover, NH — over the past week, finding that Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton aired the most number of spots, with a total of 2,710 (758 in Boston and 1,952 in Portsmouth-Dover). Her rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders was next with 2,362 spots (791 in Boston and 1,571 in Portsmouth-Dover). Media Monitors reports the next biggest campaign user of radio was Republican Carly Fiorina, followed by fellow GOP candidates Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush. The report also highlights how ads that Media Monitors registers as “against” advertising also blanketed the New Hampshire airwaves, with Marco Rubio’s supporting PAC Conservative Solutions against Chris Christie running 524 spots in Portsmouth-Dover. That same pro-Rubio PAC also ran 65 spots against Ted Cruz in Portsmouth-Dover. Other stones were thrown by Jeb Bush’s Super PAC, Right to Rise USA, that aired 72 spots against Rubio – 12 in Boston and 60 in Portsmouth-Dover.
Legendary radio and television news broadcaster Charles Osgood (left) will be honored with the Dick Clark Lifetime Achievement Award at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s annual Golden Mike Award dinner and fundraiser, on February 29th at New York City’s famed Plaza Hotel. Often referred to as CBS News‘ “poet-in-residence,” Osgood has been anchor of the two-time Emmy Award winning CBS Sunday Morning since 1994 and anchor and writer of The Osgood File, his long running daily CBS Radio News commentary. Prior to his now long tenure at CBS News, Osgood worked at ABC News. This is the second year the Broadcasters Foundation has bestowed the Dick Clark Lifetime Achievement Award during the gala event. Last year, it was presented posthumously to its namesake, Dick Clark, in whose memory the award is named.
Genesis Communications announces that former Cox Media executive Howard Tuuri has joined the company as Vice President and General Manager of Genesis’ four Florida radio stations — WWBA, WHBO and WMGG/Tampa-St. Petersburg, and WHOO/Orlando. Most recently serving as a consultant to Genesis, in his new job Tuuri (right) will also handle management responsibilities for two web publications and all related social media platforms, reporting to Genesis President and CEO Bruce Maduri. “Howard’s background and quality of experience are a tremendous fit for our organization,” said Maduri. “He has been a valuable member of our Leadership Team, and this appointment confirms our commitment to grow and realize the vision of a truly integrated media content company.”
iHeartMedia promotes nineteen year company veteran Sherri Griswold Holladay to Regional Vice President of Sales for its Mid-South Region. Most recently Regional Market President, overseeing the company’s Fort Myers/Naples, Sarasota, Bradenton, Panama City and Tallahassee stations, in her new role Holladay (pictured) will oversee all sales operations for iHM stations in New Orleans; Baton Rouge; Memphis; Mobile; Jackson, Biloxi, Tupelo and Laural, MS; and Pensacola, Tallahassee and Panama City, FL … Beasley Media Group/Las Vegas taps Steve Griesbach as Market Director of Engineering for the five-station cluster, including talker KDWN. The Wisconsin native brings some three decades of prior broadcast engineering experience with him to his new Sin City assignment.
A study released this week from the Pew Research Center reports that interest in the 2016 Presidential election is definitely ratcheting up, and that’s good news for Talk radio. According to a summary of the study, “About nine-in-ten U.S. adults (91%) learned about the election in the past week from at least one of 11 types of media sources, ranging from television, to digital, to radio, to print.” Pew reports awareness and interest is also high among young adults, with 83% of 18-29 year olds saying they have learned about the election from at least one media source in the past week. While cable news channels finished number one as the source for news and info on the election, after cable five source types are named as most helpful by between 10% and 14% of those who got news about the election: Local TV and social networking sites (14%), news websites and apps (13%), News/Talk radio (11%) and national nightly network television news (10%). Radio also fared well when respondents were asked what media sources they found “most helpful” when it comes to learning about the election. The broadcast medium finished Top 5 in the category across all demos, from 18 to 65+. Read the full report HERE.
Former CBS Radio President/CEO and veteran radio programmer Dan Mason (left) opines on the ‘The Art of Programming’ in a recent post to LinkedIn’s Pulse. “Programming in the media, whether radio or television, the best and most brilliant programmers are the ones that have this instinct ability to take something large and bring it into something small,” writes Mason. Read the full post HERE … Longtime media consultant Walter Sabo pens a guest column for virtual local news provider Remote News Service, outlining how his experiences have taught him to recognize Five Signs Of Trouble In A Media Company. Among the actions Sabo cautions management about is looking elsewhere to confirm what will make your operation a success. “For local media, it is a serious mistake to look to other markets for answers. The answers must be right for one city. Management that asks, ‘Where else is it being done?’ has made a commitment to the past rather than to the future.” Read more HERE … MSNBC personality and former Air America Radio talk host Rachel Maddow (right) gets an extended interview in the current edition of Playboy — the magazine’s first non-nude issue. Asked if she believes “emotions and opinions have overtaken analysis and facts” in the media, the unabashed liberal told interviewer David Hochman, “I don’t have any animus toward the old news model, but I do think it’s facile and reductive to claim news was once unbiased and is now biased. Every time you choose which stories are important that day, you’re using news judgment and your subjective perspective on things.” Read the full interview HERE … Back in 2005 the New Yorker called Salem Radio Network host Hugh Hewitt “the most famous conservative journalist liberals have never heard of.” Fast forward to the presidential election of 2016, where a USA Today feature by Roger Yu now characterizes the SRN talker as, “A wanted man as the go-to GOP pundit in this election year.” The feature reports that Hewitt (left) “is seemingly ubiquitous on TV, radio, online and social media.” Read the full feature HERE.
Entercom/South Florida has appointed Katerina Perez General Sales Manager of Miami Sports/Talker AM 790 The Ticket (WAXY/Miami) and Alt-Rock clustermate 104.3 The Shark (WSFS-FM). The move marks a return to South Florida for Perez (pictured), who held previous radio sales management positions in Ft. Pierce and Melbourne-Key West … JoJo Turnbeaugh has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia/Las Vegas, effective immediately. Turnbeaugh who joined the cluster in 2012, will continue to serve as PD and afternoon host for Country KWNR, along with his newly expanded duties … Earlier this week we learned that CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves has succeeded Sumner Redstone as Chairman of that company. Today we learn that Viacom’s Board of Directors have appointed Philippe P. Dauman to succeed the 92-year old Redstone as Executive Chairman of that company. The New York Times’ Emily Steel details the internal power struggle for control of Redstone’s media empire HERE … The Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation (AWM/F) have announced their 2016 National Board of Directors. Kristen Welch, SVP/Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications will continue the role of Chair for both organizations while Sarah Foss, VP/Product Management and Media at Imagine Communications, will continue as Chair-Elect of AWM/F. See the full list of new Directors for the group HERE.
From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Programming veteran Buzz Knight has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Program Development at Greater Media. In his newly expanded role, Knight (left), who joined Greater Media in 2002, will oversee programming development for all of the company’s 21 radio properties and also collaborate with individual stations to build content, digital and brand management strategies … Talk host Christopher Gabriel has exited at iHeartMedia/Fresno News/Talker PowerTalk 96.7 and AM 1400. Gabriel joined the station in January of 2015 following a five-year run in wake-ups at WDAY/Fargo … Cumulus Media talker WFAS-AM/White Plains, NY has flipped to Sports, utilizing the full roster of network programming from CBS Sports Radio … Condolences: To the family, friends and colleagues of former Dallas (KLIF, KRLD) and Los Angeles (KFI) talk host Benjamin Dover. The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports Dover died on January 1st of complications from pneumonia. He was 57.