Shannon Knoepke has been appointed to the dual roles of Senior Vice President/Market Manager and Director of Sales for CBS Radio’s trio of Minneapolis-St. Paul stations, including heritage News/Talker WCCO. Knoepke (right), who previously worked at CBS Radio’s Twin Cities operation as an Account Executive for WCCO, succeeds broadcast management veteran Mick Anselmo, who previously announced he would retire at the end of this year (Mick’s official last day at the stations will be December 18th). Most recently serving as Market President for Townsquare Media’s stations in Rochester/Faribault, MN, Knoepke’s resume also includes prior roles as Director of Sales for iHeartMedia/Cedar Rapid-Iowa City, and Sales Manager for Cumulus Media/Rochester, MN. Reporting to COO Scott Herman, Knoepke will assume her new job effective December 11th.
Entercom has named Liana Huth (left) to the newly created position of VP/Programming Innovation. Huth will be based in New York, reporting to Entercom President of Programming Pat Paxson, who said, “Liana is a creative trailblazer with a distinguished track record of content creation, innovative thinking and partnership building. I could not be more excited to add this pivotal new role to the company, and to bring in Liana to kick it off. No one is more ready for this challenge.” With a resume that includes senior roles in entertainment and media for Columbia Records, The Madison Square Garden Company, AEG Live, and others, in her new gig Huth will be responsible for creating and developing content opportunities and strategic partnerships to drive ratings and revenue across all Entercom platforms.
Milwaukee radio news veteran Jane Matenaer (right) has been named co-anchor for WTMJ/Milwaukee’s Wisconsin’s Morning News with Gene Mueller. Matenaer — who has been doing fill-in anchor work at the EJ Scripps News/Talker since last May — has been heard on the radio in Brew City since 1984, with prior on-air stints at crosstown stations WMYX and WLDB … That $1 million lawsuit recently filed by Nielsen charging Tampa Bay-based syndicated personality Todd ‘Bubba The Love Sponge’ Clem with ratings tampering is getting uglier. The Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Pam Huff reports Nielsen filed an amended complaint over the Thanksgiving weekend, reportedly containing new evidence of contact between Clem and five Nielsen PPM panelists. Read more on this ongoing cautionary tale for all on-air talents HERE … WFTL/West Palm Beach-Ft. Lauderdale host Rich Stevens reclaims the first hour of his weekday 9-11am show, as the station opts out of using the 9-10am hour to extend its morning news programming. The announcement of a return to local Talk in both hours caused Ft. Lauderdale’s mayor to proclaim Monday (11/30) as “Rich Stevens Show Day” in the Florida city.
FOX News Chairman/CEO Roger Ailes (right) gets a feature profile from AdWeek, in which he talks about the future impact of so-called cord-cutting by younger television viewers (“Anytime there’s an attack on the money, you have to look at it”) and whether or not he might consider combining his years of political and business experience to run for office like Donald Trump. Read Chris Ariens’ full interview with the FOX News boss HERE … Effective immediately, Jeff Shultz has been named SVP/Business Development for CBS Radio. Moving over to radio from the company’s CBS Interactive division, Shultz will be responsible for “identifying strategic areas of growth and innovative opportunities that capitalize on CBS Radio’s powerful over-the-air stations, local digital assets and live events.” … The always popular New York Market Radio Association’s (NYMRAD) annual holiday party will take place for it’s 32nd year this Friday afternoon (12/4) at the Rooftop Lounge of NYC’s Empire Hotel. As always, the Marine Corps will be on hand to collect for their Toys for Tots Foundation and all planning to attend are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate.
That’s KIDO/Boise morning host Kevin Miller (pictured) alongside the Boise Rescue Mission’s Reverend Bill Roscoe, after Kevin’s listeners donated over 1400 turkeys to feed Idaho families this Thanksgiving. Miller, who spent the past week living at a local Walmart to collect the turkeys for the Mission, reports his 2nd annual turkey drive more than doubled last year’s total donations of 538 turkeys … The Mix Group and ReelWorld have announced the two companies will team up next year to produce and present “a world-class industry experience and a first-of-its-kind imaging event in the Fall of 2016.” Additional details will be released early next year HERE … FOX Sports Radio’s syndicated The Herd With Colin Cowherd joins the lineup at FOX Sports 1340 KCBL/Fresno. Beginning Monday (11/30) Cowherd will air weekdays at 3pm on the iHeartMedia-owned Sports/Talker … Matthew Sambolin rejoins Salem Media Group/New York to serve as Operations Manager, Promotions Director and Social Media Manager for News/Talk AM 970 The Answer (WNYM) and Christian Talk AM 570 The Mission (WMCA). Sambolin assumes duties previously handled by Mark DeBoer, who segues to a new role as Traffic Manager for the stations.
A “brigade” of volunteers from radio imaging firm Benztown participated in the recent 33rd annual E.J. Jackson Foundation Turkey Giveaway held in Los Angeles. It’s the 4th year in a row that company employees and their families have participated in the Foundation’s mission to feed as many hungry families, senior citizens, and veterans as they can for Thanksgiving and throughout the year. Benztown also donated $1,000 to help offset costs associated with the food giveaway. The screen capture at right, from a report on SoCal television station KDOC, shows Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes and his wife (and the company’s Business Manager) Bonnie working in the kitchen at this year’s event … WSOY-AM/Decatur, IL collected some 1.3 million pounds of food during the Neuhoff Communications News/Talker’s recently held 14th annual Community Food Drive, benefitting Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Inn, Northeast Community Fund, the Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project and Reasonable Services.
CBS Radio News Correspondent Peter King was recently honored with the 2015 Harry Kolcum News and Communications Award from the National Space Club Florida Committee, for his more than 20 years of space coverage from the Kennedy Space Center. That’s Peter (left) cradling his trophy alongside longtime CBS News Space Consultant Bill Harwood, who was also a Kolcum Award recipient back in 2003 … The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is now accepting entries for the 2016 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners will be honored at a gala to be held on June 21st, 2016, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Get more details on submitting entries HERE … Elisabeth Hasselbeck told FOX & Friends viewers that she’s stepping down as co-host of the FOX News Channel morning show. Hasselbeck said she’s opting to take a hiatus from her television career to focus on being a mom to her three children, who are all under 10 years old … Watter’s World, a regular feature hosted by Jesse Watters on FOX News Channel’s nightly The O’Reilly Factor, gets it’s own monthly spinoff show that will reportedly run on the cable News/Talk network at least through the 2016 presidential election.
Cumulus Media has expanded the role of Corporate Program Director for News/Talk and WMAL/Washington, DC Program Director Bill Hess to include Operations Manager duties for the DC station cluster. Hess’ 38-year radio career has included on-air and News/Talk/Sports programming positions at crosstown WTEM/Washington, WHJJ/Providence and WHYN/Springfield, MA. He’s also served as Brand Manager for Clear Channel Radio/iHeartMedia, and as Senior Vice President/Programming for Air America Radio in New York City. In addition, Hess’s radio resume also includes music radio programming stints at WASH and WBIG/Washington and WSNE-WWBB/Providence. “Bill is an exceptional programmer and is deserving of this recognition,” said Mike McVay, SVP, Content and Programming for Cumulus “The growth that WMAL has experienced under his direction is nothing short of astounding. He has excelled as a Corporate PD and will continue in that role and as PD for WMAL, while now also expanding his involvement with our other DC stations.”
The radio industry has lost yet another legendary broadcast personality, as WCCO/Minneapolis reports retired morning show host Charlie Boone, who along with his radio partner Roger Erickson ruled wake-ups in the Twin Cities for nearly four decades, died Sunday (11/22) following a brief illness. He was 88. A story posted at the WCCO website reports, “Boone & Erickson arrived at WCCO the same year (1959) and hosted their own programs featuring music and information. Erickson’s afternoon show aired just before Boone’s and when the two began to chat and share jokes a legendary radio team was born. Erickson retired in 1998 while Boone (pictured) continued hosting a Saturday morning show until 2010.” WCCO reporter Susie Jones has more on Charlie Boone’s storied radio career, and also shares video and audio clips of the beloved local radio personality HERE.
WestStar MultiMedia Entertainment is once again offering An American Christmas, hosted by Mannheim Steamroller’s founder Chip Davis (left). The 12-hour holiday program tells the stories and legends surrounding the holiday, all keyed to Christmas music. Among the major market News/Talkers already signed up to carry this year’s show are KABC/Los Angeles, WSB/Atlanta, KOA-KHOW-KKZN/Denver, and WJR/Detroit … Bloomberg Radio will offer an original series of 30-second ‘Tax Tips’ for broadcast starting February 1, 2016 through Tax Day, April 15th. Written and anchored by Bloomberg correspondent Peggy Collins, the full series will be distributed through United Stations Radio Networks … Free Talk Live, which airs live seven days a week (including on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday) welcomes new affiliates KVSF/Santa Fe and WTMA/Charleston, while WVNJ/Oakland, NJ (New York) expands the program to weeknights from its current weekend-only slot.
In a post this week to his JacobsMediaBlog, Fred Jacobs (left), president of Jacobs Media, ponders if the industry may be beginning to see the end for one of radio’s most cherished and profitable audience service features — live traffic reports. “While car manufactures continue to glean profits from marketing their in-dash GPS features, consumers are rapidly learning that mobile apps like Google Maps and WAZE provide these same services, and with even more real-time traffic conditions,” writes Jacobs. “This has impact on what the car makers will ultimately offer, but it also gets right into radio’s grille. For decades, AM and FM stations have capitalized on traffic jams, jackknifed semis, orange barrels, and other daily commuting gnarliness to provide information that has always attracted mega- sponsorship dollars. But that’s about to change, just as radio’s school closing model – reading long alphabetical lists of area schools – is no longer effective in a world where this info is available online and via text messaging.” Read Fred’s full commentary on the topic HERE.