NTS MediaOnline Today sends out “Happy Birthday” wishes to the legendary Don Imus (pictured) who turns 74 today. The WABC/New York-based Imus In The Morning show is syndicated nationally by Westwood One and simulcast daily on cable television’s FOX Business Network … Eric “Mancow” Muller has filed a lawsuit charging Maverick Radio Partners with defrauding him out of $50,000 that was designated toward purchasing radio stations that never took place. The Chicago-Tribune has more HERE … Beginning today (7/23), media executive and New York Times best-selling author Randi Zuckerberg debuts as the host of Dot Complicated with Randi Zuckerberg, a new weekly one-hour show available to SiriusXM subscribers on the satcaster’s Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School channel … Jake McCann has been appointed VP/Sales for Cumulus Media News/Talker WMAL/Washington, DC and sister station WRQX. McCann was most recently Director of Sales for Greater Media/Detroit’s three station cluster. Prior to that he spent 7 years as GSM for Greater Media’s Philadelphia Sports/Talker 97.5 The Fanatic.
Ad guru Bob Hoffman will keynote the upcoming NAB/RAB Radio Show, September 10-12, in Indianapolis. Hoffman’s address on September 10th will follow opening remarks from RAB President/CEO Erica Farber and NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith … Colin’s Football Show, hosted by ESPN Radio Sports/Talker Colin Cowherd, will preview the upcoming college and NFL seasons this Friday night (7/25) at 7:30pm (ET) on ESPN television … Congrats to Extreme Genes host Scott Fisher as his weekly family history radio show (now syndicated by Talk Shows USA) marks it’s first anniversary. The program debuted last July on its flagship outlet KNRS/Salt Lake City.
Hubbard Radio has promoted EVP/COO Drew Horowitz to the new role of President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Ginny Morris who will remain Chairman and CEO of the Minnesota-based broadcaster. Horowitz succeeds former company president Bruce Reese who announced earlier this month that he was stepping down from day-to-day involvement, but will remain available as a special consultant to the company. Before joining Hubbard Radio in 2011, Horowitz was EVP/COO of Bonneville International, where his tenure began in 1992. His prior experience also includes leadership positions with Lakeshore Communications, WFYR/Chicago and WUSN/Chicago. “I am honored to have this wonderful opportunity to work more closely with Ginny and to be part of this extraordinary family-owned company,” said Horowitz (pictured). “I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the rest of the leadership team to further Hubbard Radio’s success across our seven nationwide markets.”
By now you’ve likely seen the video or heard the audio of MSNBC anchor Krystal Ball (pictured) being tastelessly pranked by a Howard Stern fan who called in during the cable news channel’s coverage of the shooting down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine claiming to be a military expert. The more than a little embarrassing incident offers all hosts, show producers and call screeners some stark reminders: 1) Be sure all guests or callers are vetted as much as possible before putting them on the air; 2) Assign someone on the show to always be ready to hit the ‘dump’ button when needed; 3) And most of all — unlike this MSNBC anchor — ACTUALLY LISTEN to what your caller is saying, instead of focusing on what you plan to say next. Watch the whole unprofessional mess unfold HERE. … Fifteen-year Clear Channel/Ashville, SC Operations Manager Jeff Davis adds OM responsibilities for the company’s Greenville market … Following up on our story in yesterday’s (7/17) NTS MediaOnline Today about WEEI/Boston Dennis & Callahan Show sidekick Kirk Minihane: Management at Entercom/Boston says Minihane’s absence from the morning show yesterday and today was due to already planned vacation time, and not as the result of any disciplinary action taken by the company in the wake of controversial comments he made on-air about FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews earlier this week. Minihane has since publicly apologized for those comments.
KSMD/Searcy, Arkansas is the charter affiliate of the recently re-launched Dave Elswick Show, which originates on 96.5FM The Voice in Little Rock and is currently building a network across the state. “This is exciting as I will now reach the North Central part of the state,” said the veteran Little Rock talk host. “My goal is to touch all Arkansans and keep them informed on what is happening in their state.” … Cumulus Media names Marvin Kopman VP/Market Manager of its seven-station cluster in Montgomery, AL. Kopman heads south from Dayton, OH, where he was most recently Director of Sales for Clear Channel’s eight-station cluster there. Prior to that, Kopman spent 10 years with CBS Radio/Tampa as Sales Manager … Jake Chapman has been named as the Executive Producer and air talent for The Detroit Pistons Radio Network. Most recently EP for the Orlando Magic Radio Network, in his new role Chapman (pictured) will be responsible for creating Pistons content for the network’s Motor City flagship, Detroit Sports 105.1 and its various digital platforms, as well as serving as the host for Pistons’ pre and post-game shows.
Ron Rivlin has joined Sun Broadcast Group as SVP of Programming and Affiliate Relations. In his new gig, Rivlin (pictured) will oversee the affiliate sales department and focus on SBG’s current products, including The Marilu Henner Show, Nashville Music Minute and AccuWeather en Espanol, as well as developing and attracting new shows and services to the company. “Lately I’ve had the honor of welcoming some of the greatest men and women in radio to our team, and today I get that pleasure yet again.” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “As we begin to finalize our 2015 lineup we needed the best of the best to lead the charge and anyone who knows Ron can tell you, he’s exactly that. I am honored that he chose to join our family and I’m excited for the amazing news he’ll have to share with all of you real soon!” Most recently VP/Affiliate Sales for Westwood One, Rivlin’s resume also includes stints at Triton Digital Media, where he served as VP/Interactive Solutions, and at ABC Radio Networks where he served as Senior Director. Email Ron to congratulate him on his new gig HERE!
The first phase of a two-part study completed by media research firm Coleman Insights and its knowDigital division reveals that NextRadio, the app that allows consumers to listen to local radio stations using the FM chips already installed in their smartphones, offers solid potential to address the portability needs of radio listeners. The research was funded by the NAB and completed in cooperation with Emmis Communications, which developed NextRadio and has spearheaded the radio industry’s support for its rollout. Among other findings, the study found that many smartphone owners perceive that their ability to consume broadcast radio outside of their car or at home is restricted by their lack of access to devices that can receive broadcast signals. When participants were introduced to NextRadio and given an opportunity to use it during the interviews, they expressed the belief that the app would make FM a truly mobile medium, allowing them to listen to radio while engaging in other activities — something many respondents believe is currently unavailable. “To anyone over 40-years old who grew up with transistor radios and Walkmans, the idea that radio isn’t mobile is striking,” commented Coleman Insights President/COO Warren Kurtzman, who conducted the interviews along with knowDigital president Sam Milkman. “That is, however, the perception among many consumers in their 20s and 30s and it appears that NextRadio has a great opportunity to address that challenge.” Watch a streaming video presentation of the study’s findings HERE.
From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: While on a family vacation in Israel, longtime KIIS/Los Angeles morning co-host Ellen K (pictured), her husband Roy Laughlin and their son Calvin, found themselves caught up in the conflict that recently broke out there. The family learned what it’s like when the sirens suddenly go off and citizens are forced to run for the closet bomb shelter. Our friend Don Anthony over at Jockline Daily has more details HERE … The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation recently partnered with Cumulus Media’s 70 News/Talk stations nationwide to help spread the word about Police Week and the work of the Foundation. The goal of the media campaign was to spread the word about the mission of the Badge of Honor Foundation, which assists the survivors of officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and also to educate the public about the yearly Police Week event held in Washington, DC.
Cumulus Media-owned Westwood One has announced an agreement with NextRadio that will enable all U.S. radio stations to use advertising inventory to fund the industry’s payments to Sprint. Over the past year, broadcasters have been asked to commit dollars and/or inventory to fund the Sprint NextRadio Initiative, which plans to sell at least 30 million FM receiver-enabled smartphones in the next three years. Broadcasters can now meet their commitment by providing two minutes per station per day (Mon-Sun/ 6am-midnight) that Westwood One will sell on NextRadio’s behalf to pay the proceeds to Sprint. “We are confident that NextRadio is a game-changer for the radio industry and will reignite growth,” said Jeff Smulyan, Chairman and CEO of Emmis Communications – and the driving force behind NextRadio. “The addition of Westwood One to focus on the sales effort will allow companies to use ROS inventory to fulfill their pledges instead of writing checks. This gives every company an option.”
HEARD ON THE RADIO: Salem Radio Network host Bill Bennett is a big fan of Phil Steele’s College Football Preview and admits to buying multiple copies of the publication every year. So when Bennett heard Steele guesting on SiriusXM’s On Campus With Bill King, the SRN host and college football fan just had to call-in to the show. After the call from “Bill in Washington” host Bill King said, “We’ve had some very famous names call us in the past — Dale Berra, Yogi’s son called — we’ve had some good ones. But that one ranks right up there.” Hearing about King’s comment later, the former U.S. Secretary of Education, National Drug Czar, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the only Talk radio host in America to ever be confirmed three times by the U.S. Senate quipped, “Well, at least I’m almost as famous a Yogi Berra’s son!” … Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman and CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason will headline a 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show ”Super Session” titled, From The Control Room To The Board Room. The 9:15am session will take place on September 11th in Indianapolis, where NAB EVP Radio John David will moderate a candid conversation with the two group heads who both started out their now long and successful broadcast careers as music radio DJ’s. Get more Radio Show details and registration info HERE.