Talk Media News Notes
October 23, 2014

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 News Notes
October 22, 2014

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.

Talk Media News Notes
October 21, 2014

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 HEREWYD 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.

Presenting The 12 Types Of Millenials
October 20, 2014

In a recent NTS MediaOnline Today story, we introduced you to a new NPR social media project that allowed Millennials to self-identify about how they really see themselves beyond the typical census-type labels in order to learn more about that generation. Today we share news about the 12 Types of Millennials in our quest to help you to learn more about this coveted demo that is indeed the key to the future of not just Talk radio, but every audio format. A few of the categories identified by the digital advertising network Exponential include Boss Babes (assertive, professionally focused women); Brogrammers (fist-bumping, hard-partying male tech professionals); and Exuberants (Constant social media creators largely defined by the image they project). Exponential VP Bryan Melmed presented the findings at the recent Advertising Week event held in New York City, and Adweek.com summarizes his presentation HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
October 17, 2014

Nationally syndicated Talk radio host and New York Times best-selling author, Dave Ramsey, presented his Legacy Journey LIVE! tour in Seattle yesterday (10/16) in conjunction with affiliate KTTH. Dave (shown taking the stage) and his daughter Rachel Cruze packed the Emerald City’s Benaroya Hall for the live event … Former WABC-WPLJ/New York President and General Manager Steve Borneman has been named GM for Times-Shamrock Communications’ four station Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA cluster. The move reunites Steve with his former ABC Radio colleague Mitch Dolan, now COO of Times-Shamrock … Congrats to KQTH/Tucson host Jon Justice (pictured right) on winning as ‘Best Talk Radio Host’ in the 2014 edition of Tucson Weekly’s annual Best of Tucson poll. It’s the 6th time that Justice (pictured) has topped the newspaper’s list … CBS Radio/Chicago promotes Ashley Fields to Director of Marketing for All-News combo WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM, and Sports/Talker WSCR. Fields, who previously served in the same capacity solely for ‘The Score,‘ first joined CBS Radio’s Windy City cluster as an AE.

Talk Media News Notes
October 15, 2014

While vacationing in Colorado last week, WBT/Charlotte, NC afternoon driver John Hancock decided to take a peek behind the door of one of the Rocky Mountain State’s recreational marijuana shops. Hancock (pictured) has posted a video in which he shares his experience of buying pot legally. View it HERE … New York City’s legendary Village Voice, has named WABC/New York host Geraldo Rivera as 2014′s ‘Best AM Radio Personality’ in the alternative newspaper’s annual ‘Best Of’ awards. Read more HERE … After more than 45 years on the air, Twin Falls, Idaho newsman Kelly Klaas has announced he’ll retire at the end of the year. Klaas’ final day on the air at KLIX will be New Year’s Eve, December 31st. The local Twin Falls Times-News has more details HERE.

Executive Orders
October 15, 2014

iHeartMedia/Sacramento names John Geary Market President for the Northern California cluster that includes News/Talkers KFBK and KSTE. Geary, who previously served as VP/GM for Entercom’s crosstown stations, replaces Dave Milner, who recently exited the company … Felix Perez is tapped as VP/GM for Salem/Miami. Most recently VP/GM for Univision/New York, Perez will bring some three decades of broadcast management experience, with particular expertise in Spanish-language programming, to Salem’s South Florida cluster … Gayle Troberman has joined the iHeart Media corporate staff in the newly created role of VP/Chief Marketing Officer. Most recently Chief Marketing and Ideas Officer for IPG Mediabrands and Chief Creative Officer at Microsoft, Troberman will be charged with developing strategies to connect iHeart’s multiple brands more closely to consumers.
Who Are Those Mythical Millennials?
October 14, 2014

Go to any gathering of radio people these days and you are likely to hear a lot of them — especially those in Talk radio — saying how the industry needs to do a better job at courting and serving Millennials if radio wants to remain part of the generation’s audio future. As part of its New Boom series, NPR (which in case you haven’t been paying attention gets some pretty darn good News and Talk shares and demos in markets around the country) asked millennials (18-34) to take a “selfie” that includes the actual U.S. Census categories for identity (race, ethnicity, sex, etc.), as well as the categories that they wish they could choose to describe themselves. If you think you know how Millennials think and view the world around them, some of the results from NPR’s social media outreach promotion just might surprise you. Learn more HERE.

Are You Ready For Political Season?
October 14, 2014

Chances are you’re already being inundated by radio and TV ads, as well as those annoying evening robo-calls, soliciting your vote in November. But for broadcasters, sailing the waters of political ad rules can be treacherous and expensive. Which is why our friends at the NAB offer their Political Broadcast Catechism. Including information on how political rules apply to specific situations and the myriad of issues presented during campaign season, the publication offers stations a valuable resource and provides broadcasters with an easier way to make informed decisions regarding political broadcasting. If you are an NAB member you can request a complimentary PDF at E-mail membership@nab.org. Printed publications are also available for purchase at NABStore.com.

Talk Media News Notes
October 14, 2014

Longtime WLQR-FM (The Ticket)/Toledo host Norm Wamer is out as a host at the Cumulus Media Sports/Talker, and as PD of sister News/Talker WLQR-AM. The Toledo Blade has additional details HEREFOX News Radio personality Todd Starnes drew quite a crowd (pictured) to his recent appearance at Liberty University, where some 13,000 students gave the FOX News & Commentary host a standing ovation following his speech … The NextRadio app reports reaching another milestone, hitting the 1 million mark for downloads and 1.4 million hours of listening to some 10,500 FM stations.