Talk Media News Notes
September 2, 2014

Now ex-CNN Radio Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins is among the staffers who have been given a ticket to board that old familiar “restructuring” train currently rolling through the network. And while Desjardins (pictured) had a smile on her face as she headed for the exit, she was not about to depart quietly. Watch her bittersweet departure video (posted at MediaBistro) HERE … Following a successful limited-run weekly show, actress, comedian and best-selling author Jenny McCarthy gets a daily rollout from SiriusXM, where her Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy show will air live on weekday mornings, from 10am-noon, beginning this fall … Brett Fennell joins Cox Media Group (CMG) as the company’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Fennell, who was previously VP/Financial Planning and Analysis at Manheim, will be based at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta … Following his recent departure from the Air1 radio network, Brant Hansen and his producer Sherri Johnson make a soft-landing with CURE International. In partnership with Christian FM, CURE will syndicate The Brant Hansen Show to broadcast radio nationwide beginning October 20th.

Talk Media News Notes
August 29, 2014

BradandBrittBrad Krantz and Britt Whitmire (pictured) — late of News/Talker WBT/Charlotte – join that city’s WJZY-TV to offer weekend commentaries on the station’s Good Morning Carolinas. The duo will also continue to host their recently launched daily podcast … CBS Radio/New York sales veteran Sean Argaman is tapped to succeed Stephanie McNamara as GSM at Big Apple Sports/Talker WFAN. Sean most recently led sales efforts for WFAN’s New York Yankees Radio Network … The NAB has filed official comments with the FCC on a potential rule-making that would require radio broadcasters to post public and political files to the FCC’s online database. While TV broadcasters are already required to make such filings, the NAB points out that the sheer overall number of radio stations vs. television stations nationwide could overwhelm the Commission’s existing database, and notes that local station staffing levels needed to implement such a rule making vary widely from city-to-city. See the NAB’s full comments to the FCC HERE.

More Talk Media Notes
August 29, 2014

Clear Channel taps Bill Lynch as Market Manager for the company’s Monterey, CA cluster, including ‘PowerTalk’ KION AM & FM. The longtime broadcaster’s radio management resume includes prior stints with CBS Radio, Entercom, Susquehanna Broadcasting, Buckley Broadcasting and, most recently, Momentum Broadcasting … SportsRadio 94WIP/Philadelphia afternoon host Anthony Gargano and Philadelphia Eagles play-by-play voice Merrill Reese will once again team with Eagles GM Howie Roseman (all pictured above) for The Howie Roseman Show, airing every Monday during the 2014 Eagles season. The weekly show will air live from 5-6 PM from South Philly’s famous Chickie’s and Pete’sYahoo! Sports Radio debuts its fall football weekend schedule, kicking off tomorrow at noon with Rivals Saturday, hosted by Jonathan Peterlin and Will Palaszczuk. View the network’s updated fall weekend schedule HERE.

Holiday Weekend Coming, Can You “Unplug?”
August 28, 2014

We know that many readers will be stretching the upcoming three-day Labor Day weekend into a skip-out-early-on-Friday-four-day-last-bash-of-summer. But in today’s world, it’s tough to feel like you’re on vacation when you are also electronically connected to your job and co-workers 24/7. In a feature posted at FastCompany.com entitled How To Disconnect From Work Without Everyone Freaking Out, author Lindsay Lavine offers tips on how to unplug from work to give your brain a chance to recharge — something that easy to say, but hard to do. Among the suggestions: Be consistent. If you set rules but don’t stick to them, co-workers and your boss won’t respect them either. If your practice is to reply to non-urgent emails or texts after hours, then stick to your plan, while also having a system in place for real emergency communications that need your attention right now. Get more tips on how you can unplug and do a bit of ‘chillaxing’ this coming holiday weekend HERE.

Facebook: Still The Big Kahuna Of Social Media
August 28, 2014

NuVoodoo Media Services has released additional findings from the company’s latest Ratings Prospect Study, which interviewed some 1,100 14-54 year olds in all PPM markets to update NuVoodoo’s insights on emerging social media platforms. “Facebook remains the dominant social media platform among these 14-54 year olds and, despite all the hype surrounding them, both Snapchat and Vine are comparatively small players overall,” said Leigh Jacobs, VP/Research for NuVoodoo. “While other players get more coverage, Instagram has the deepest penetration among our sample of Teens 14-17 after YouTube and Facebook – and is getting traction among Adults 18-34.”

Talk Media News Notes
August 28, 2014

Mike Bennett, co-host of Adult Contemporary WHUD/Peekskill, NY’s Mike & Kacey morning show, has joined the lineup at Envision Networks’ syndicated America Weekend. Bennett will take over as host of the weekend Talk block’s Saturday morning hours on August 30th. He’ll join America Weekend’s revised programming lineup that already includes Ed Kalegi, Smith and SabatinoAnimal Radio, and Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline … Benztown and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation recently welcomed more than 300 celebrities, voice-over stars, poker players and party guests to Santa Monica, California’s Museum of Flying for SAGF’s 4th Annual Poker Classic and Party, benefiting the SAGF’s Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab — a state-of-the-art voice over facility that offers free workshops, seminars and demonstrations led by industry experts for voice-over artists. The fully-equipped studio also allows voice-over artists to perfect their craft by making demo reels and recording auditions, all at no cost. Pictured above is the Benztown gang, along with other ‘DLFVOL’ supporters enjoying the fun evening.

Talk Media News Notes
August 27, 2014

Congressman and former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan fills in for Sean Hannity on his Premiere Networks syndicated radio show tomorrow (8/28). Ryan will weigh in on a slew of topics including ISIS, the Ferguson shooting, slain American journalist James Foley, and why Burger King should move to Canada. The Sean Hannity Show airs weekdays from 3-6pm (ET) … Former WEEI and WRKO/Boston VP/Programming and Operations Jason Wolfe is joining the Financial Exchange Radio Network as Chief Media and Marketing Strategist. Along with his new role Wolfe (pictured) will also continue to serve as Chief Content Officer for SportsTalkBoston.com, where long time Beantown Sports/Talker Glenn Ordway now hosts his daily show … KXTG/Portland host Chad Doing jumps on the I-5 South to join 95.7 The Game/San Francisco. Doing is expected to be on board at Entercom’s Bay Area FM Sports/Talker in early September … Meredith Local Media Group president Paul Karpowicz has been named a trustee of NABPAC, the political action committee of the National Association of Broadcasters. Karpowicz currently sits on NAB’s Executive Committee and also serves on the BMI Board.

“We’re Going To Have To Do Less, With Less”
August 26, 2014

That’s the edict given to CNN employees by Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide, in a news call with staffers that was reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. CNN employees have been walking on eggshells over the past few weeks, following a recent memo from Turner Broadcasting chief John Martin that said “a more streamlined company” was being pursued by senior management, and that employees should expect to hear more “soon.” Apparently “soon” has come, as Turner has just announced voluntary buyouts to employees 55 and older, who have been with the company for at least 10 years. CNN Money reports that those who volunteer will receive nine weeks of salary, in addition to four weeks of salary for each year of employment. But the package is available to a group of employees that represent only about 6% of Turner’s total U.S. employees. By all accounts a much larger set of layoffs and cost-cutting measures are being considered and are expected to take place between now and the end of the year. Read more details HERE.

Ronn Owens Reveals He Has Parkinson’s
August 26, 2014

As our NTS MediaOnline Today Facebook friends and Twitter followers first learned late yesterday, longtime KGO/San Francisco mid-morning host Ronn Owens revealed to listeners on his Monday (8/25) show that he has Parkinson’s, a progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system for which there is no known cure. In a conversation with the San Francisco Chronicle’s David Weigand, Owens says he’s had the condition for more than a decade but never talked about it beyond family and a few close friends up until now. “I could not stand the thought of people feeling sorry for me,” he said. “I don’t want to be defined by Parkinson’s.” The Bay Area Talk radio veteran also told the newspaper he was was inspired to go public with the news after learning that the late Robin Williams had also suffered from the disease. “I felt it was important to tell people that you can have it like I have for over 12 years and not be severely impacted [Owens is on medication to help control the disease's symptoms]. It’s possible — and it’s not a death sentence.” Read the full article posted at sfgate.com HERE. Meanwhile, friends and colleagues wishing to reach out to Ronn can email him directly HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
August 25, 2014

KTAR/Phoenix drops its ‘News/Talk 92.3′ handle and rebrands as ‘KTAR News…on 92.3FM and KTAR.com.’ Concurrently, the station has debuted a new website and has expanded midday and evening news content as part of the rebranding, which is designed to emphasize the Bonneville-owned outlet’s commitment to local news … Eric Jewell is named Director of Sales for Clear Channel’s seven-station Memphis cluster. Jewell joins CC from Entercom, where he served as DOS for that company’s Gainesville, FL stations  … Greater Media names Mike Juliano as the new Director of Sales for the company’s Detroit stations, including Detroit Sports 105.1WRIF, and WCSX. Juliano most recently served as the DOS for Entercom/Boston … From our ‘Not Exactly Talk Media News’ Department: Sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of legendary Philly radio personality Don Cannon, who died Friday (8/22) at age 74. Prior to his retirement in 2004 after a decade and a half run at WOGL, Cannon (pictured) had already become one of the City of Brotherly Love’s most enduring radio personalities, serving on-air stints at WIBG, WFIL, WIFI, WSNI and WIP. The WOGL website pays tribute to the station’s former longtime morning host HERE.