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.”
Cumulus Media/New York, including News/Talker WABC, will host the cluster’s 2nd annual Fall Family Festival and Auto Expo tomorrow (10/11) from 11am to 3pm at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. The festival will offer a fall food court and a wide array of exhibits from local vendors, farms and pumpkin patches … Westwood One inks a multi-year extension with imaging firm Benztown, which provides imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles to WW One and Cumulus Media owned and affiliated stations … Rev. Will Marotti exits afternoons at WTIC/Hartford. Marotti, who was previously partnered with disgraced politician John Rowland, has been hosting the show solo since the former Connecticut governor left earlier this year after being charged (and recently convicted) with conspiracy and falsifying records in a federal investigation … One More Murrow Memory: That’s ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones (pictured) proudly cradling his network’s 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Overall Excellence’ during ceremonies held recently in New York City.
Salem Communications Corporation has announced that Salem Radio Network President Greg Anderson is retiring after a 44-year career in broadcast radio — the past 21 of those spent with Salem. Anderson will officially clock out for good on December 31st. Speaking about his long and successful radio career, and his tenure at Salem Communications, Anderson said, ”Looking back I have been incredibly blessed to work for great radio stations and great media companies including, for the past 21 years, Salem Communications. I am particularly indebted to [Salem Communications CEO] Ed Atsinger and [Chairman of the Board] Stu Epperson who have supported me along the way in the creation and growth of our national businesses. Most of all I am in awe of the Salem national team who stop at nothing to accomplish great things year after year. They are simply the best. It’s been my privilege and pleasure to have worked with them.” Following his year-end retirement, other Salem senior executives will assume Anderson’s current job responsibilities.
NTS MediaOnline Today sends out “Happy Birthday” wishes to the crew of FOX News Channel, as the cable television News/Talker blows out 18 candles this week. It was on October 7th, 1996, that the fledgling creation of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes became a reality, as Fox News went live in homes all across America. Since then, FNC has risen to become the number one rated cable news network. Read more HERE … Philadelphia Eagles Running Back LeSean McCoy has joined SportsRadio 94WIP/Philadelphia as an on-air contributor for the NFL season. McCoy will join hosts Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis on Fridays at 5pm and will also be featured on The Chickie’s and Pete’s Players’ Lounge with LeSean McCoy, hosted by Ike Reese and Gargano Monday nights at 6pm … ESPN Audio has reached a nine-year, multiplatform agreement with the National Basketball Association, beginning with the 2016-17 season, expanding ESPN Audio’s exclusivity and including additional rights and opportunities. While increasing its English-language distribution rights, ESPN Audio will become the exclusive Spanish-language national rights holder through ESPN Deportes Radio on broadcast radio, satellite and all forms of radio devices including digital and third party platforms … Broadcast software company RCS ups Mike Powell to SVP/International Operations and Chief Compliance Officer. Based at the company’s White Plains, NY headquarters, Powell has been overseeing RCS’ international operations for the past 12 years.
According to Paragon Senior Research Consultant Larry Johnson, ‘Canvas Measurement’ is actually “Nielsen’s next big challenge.” In a follow up to a recent post on how Nielsen is planning changes in the way the ratings company measures television, Johnson says that while those changes might have the added impact of giving a much needed boost to PPM’s sample size for radio, he’s skeptical about Nielsen succeeding at measuring who listens to radio on all platforms with its current business model. “Getting accurate audience measurement of how people consume all audio media is more and more essential with streaming, podcasts, mobile phones as a platform, and time-shifting,” says Johnson. “Yet, how can a measurement firm like Nielsen purport to measure all sorts of different audio mediums in real and shifted time when they can’t even provide reliable PPM radio ratings? Something seems amiss with a business model that can’t deliver reliable radio ratings product, yet purports to geometrically expand to rate content over all sorts of platforms.” Read Larry’s full post HERE.
iHeartMedia/San Francisco names Suzy Rufail (left) as General Sales Manager for the company’s Bay Area cluster, effective immediately. Most recently Market Manager for American General Media/Albuquerque’s seven station cluster, Rufail’s resume also includes prior executive sales positions with Cox Media, Univision and Ramar Communications … Meanwhile iHeartMedia/Washington, DC also gets a new GSM, tapping market veteran Todd Freundlich for the job, effective immediately. Freundlich was most recently GSM at Cumulus Media’s crosstown WMAL … Recently arrived NPR CEO Jarl Mohn — known back in his commercial radio and MTV days as ‘Lee Masters’ — does a bit of reorganizing, upping SVP/Strategy Loren Mayor to COO, while current Chief Content Officer Kinsey Wilson exits. Poynter.com also reports that Mohn and NPR are continuing to search for a SVP of News as part of the network’s new organizational structure.
As our NTS MediaOnline Today readers learned via a ‘Breaking News’ email over the weekend, veteran radio programmer Kevin Metheny died suddenly last Friday (10/3) after reportedly suffering a heart attack in his office at KGO-KSFO/San Francisco, where he was recently named Operations Manager. He was 60. Someone who inspired both high praise from his fans and harsh words from his critics — most notably Howard Stern, who forever tagged Metheny with the nickname ‘Pig Vomit’ — Metheny was unquestionably one of the industry’s most colorful and creative characters who wore his passion for the radio business on his sleeve. Tributes to Metheny on his Facebook page continued to grow over the weekend, with one of his two daughters, Eleanor, summing up the many posts nicely in her own comments: “I’ve always know that I had the best and most supportive Dad who would do anything for us. I have unlimited fond memories of our family from being a toddler up until the last time I spoke with him. But I am just now finding out the large realm of reach he had in his 44-year career. Reading all of these different articles, tweets and comments by people in the radio industry has been one of the few bright spots of this week for us.” That’s Kevin pictured above in his early days at ‘W-NNNNNN-BC‘ in New York City.
Townsquare Media-owned FM talker New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW/Trenton) welcomes industry veteran Fred Bennett (pictured) as GM/Market Manager. He succeeds Lorenzo Caldara who exits after some 25 years with NJ101.5. Most recently Chief of Business Development at Jelli, Bennett’s radio resume includes stints with Metro Networks, Shadow Traffic and Westwood One … Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sports columnist Rob Rossi will make regular weekly radio appearances exclusively on CBS Radio/Pittsburgh’s Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan (KDKA-FM) and News Talk 1020 (KDKA-AM) for the upcoming NHL season. Rossi will make regular weekly appearances on a number of The Fan’s shows, as well as a once a week drop-by to chat with KDKA Morning News co-hosts Larry Richert and John Shumway … David Honig is stepping down as head of the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council after a 28-year run. Kim Keenan, an attorney who serves as general counsel and secretary of the NAACP, will take over Honig’s duties as the newly named President/CEO of MMTC.
Cox Media Group (CMG) Radio has named new leaders for its station clusters in Atlanta, San Antonio and Tulsa, effective immediately. Donna Hall, previously Group VP with Cox Media, returns to CMG/Atlanta to lead the company’s five stations as VP/General Manager. Hall began her career with Cox in 1987 as an account executive with the Dayton Daily News and joined Cox Radio in Dayton in 1989, serving in various sales leadership positions until becoming VP/GM in 1997.
Meanwhile, Ben Reed, most recently VP/General Manager in Atlanta, returns to CMG/San Antonio, where he previously served in various leadership positions from 1987 until moving to Atlanta in 2012. During his CMG career, Reed has held various positions from Account Manager, Local Sales Manager, General Sales Manager, Market Manager, Regional VP and Group Vice President.
Finally, Dan Lawrie, who joined CMG in 1999 and previously served as VP/GM in San Antonio, now leads CMG/Tulsa’s four radio stations. Lawrie is no stranger to ‘”livin’ on Tulsa time,” as he previously spent seven years as VP/GM for the cluster from 2003 until 2010. He’ll help continue the stations’ cross-platform collaboration with CMG’s Tulsa television group, as well as a strong partnership between the stations and Cox Communications.