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 HERE … WYD 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed publications are also available for purchase at NABStore.com.
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 HERE … FOX 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.
We point your attention to a ‘flashback feature’ about legendary radio personality Paul Harvey that’s been making the rounds on Facebook today. Penned by Carlos Watson at Ozy.com — a website with a stated mission of “bringing you news and information in a completely different way” — the feature was originally published back in February and suggests that the late ABC News Radio commentator influenced many of today’s most popular conservative Talk radio hosts. “Say the words ‘conservative radio’ to most young people today and they’ll likely come up with a name like Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck,” writes Watson. “But those guys are the offspring of the industry’s grandfather — one who told stories more often than he raised his voice, and who narrated history and the present to a generation of young listeners. His name was Paul Harvey.” Read the full feature — which also includes a number of classic black & white photos showing Harvey at work — HERE.
Portland,OR-based Alpha Media has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase six California radio stations from Buckley Broadcasting, including four stations in Bakersfield (KKBB, KLLY, and KNZR-AM & FM) and two stations in Merced (KHTN and KUBB). Upon completion of the deal and regulatory approval, Alpha will add Buckley’s California clusters to some 70 stations already a part of the company’s portfolio. “In Alpha we will pass the mantle and stewardship of our broadcast properties in Bakersfield and Merced,” said Buckley Broadcasting President/CEO Joe Billota. “We have owned these wonderful stations for over 20 years and employees, audiences and advertising partners will benefit from the energy and considerable resources of this multi-dimensional media and entertainment company headed by [Alpha Chairman] Larry Wilson.” Commenting on his company’s latest acquisitions Wilson added, “The Buckley clusters in California will be a great addition to our company’s west coast footprint.”