Current WIP-AM & FM/Philadelphia Program Director Jeff Sottolano has been upped to Director of Programming for CBS Radio, a new position from which he will offer support to the company’s 27 major market PD’s and help to drive overall growth for CBS’ 126 radio stations. “Jeff has consistently and successfully answered every challenge he’s faced during his career at CBS Radio,” said EVP/Programming Chris Oliviero in a release announcing Sottolano’s move up the corporate ladder. “With such diverse format experience and a respected reputation, both in and outside our company, I have no doubt he is ready to tackle this exciting and critical next chapter. Jeff will be a great complement to our corporate programming team.” Sottolano joined CBS Radio in 2001 at WZNE/Rochester, rising from intern to Program Director and on-air personality during his tenure with the station. In 2006 he moved to WYSP/Philadelphia, where he was promoted to PD in 2008 and also was instrumental in launching Danny Bonaduce’s morning show that same year. In 2011 he assumed programming oversight at WIP when the heritage AM Sports/Talker launched an FM simulcast on WYSP as ‘SportsRadio 94 WIP.’ Sottolano also created the lineup for Phillies 24/7, the WOGL-HD4 channel dedicated to all things Philadelphia Phillies. In his new New York City-based gig, Sottolano (pictured) will also be charged with “maintaining ongoing communication with external industry and charitable organizations,” as well as “working closely with the division’s digital media business to ensure a seamless cross-platform product and brand experience.”
In a new report entitled Key Digital Trends for 2014, eMarketer.com predicts that the New Year will be the year that “marketers master the art of engaging with media multi-taskers, often via social media.” Noting that “always on means always social,” eMarketer’s report says that increasingly fragmented, multiscreen consumption “has left marketers struggling to keep up or get a word in edgewise,” adding that social media “appears to be the glue that binds together the experience of multiple device usage.” The digital media researcher and trend watcher also says that 2014 will see social media increase its share of digital media ad spending to some 12% in the U.S. next year, and 9% worldwide — that up some 2% over last year. In a comment that should be of interest to all Talk radio programmers and on-air personalities eMarketer says, “The big shift is the water cooler conversation that once took place the next day at the office now takes place online, in real time.” Read an executive summary of the report and learn how you can get access the full study HERE.
News that’s been quietly buzzing in DC’s back hallways of power for the past few months, suddenly got a spotlight shown on it today as numerous media outlets picked up on a letter sent to new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in which 16 members of Congress — including House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) — voiced their concerns over a proposed ‘study’ by the Commission that some are calling Fairness Doctrine 2.0. Signees to the letter say the proposed FCC field study shows a “startling disregard” for freedom of the press, and labels the process as “wrong and unconstitutional.” Read the congressional reps’ letter to Wheeler HERE … With the previously announced retirement of longtime Clear Channel/Syracuse VP and Market Manager Joel Delmonico at the end of this year, the company has named 38-year market veteran Rick Yacobush to succeed Delmonico as of January 1st. Yacobush previously served CC’s Syracuse cluster for 26 of those 38 years in a variety of rolls, including Account Manager, General Sales Manager and Director of Sales … Premiere Networks’ 24/7 Comedy, the syndicated 24-hour all comedy format, celebrates the holidays with “The 12 Days Of Fluffy,” hosted by comedian Gabriel Iglesias. From December 14-27 (OK, so it’s really 13 days, but who’s counting?) listeners will get a “peek behind the stage persona of the internationally acclaimed comedian” along with select tracks from his new Comedy Central DVD special, Aloha Fluffy. That’s Iglesias pictured signing a Christmas ornament as part of 24/7 Comedy’s Blue Balls of Christmas contest, where listeners can enter to win a shiny blue holiday ornament signed by their favorite comedian to hang on their tree.
In a long and winding saga that stretches back to the days following the horrific movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO, the New York State Court of Appeals today ruled in favor of FOX News reporter Jana Winter in a case that could have ended with Winter in jail, or in a Colorado courtroom. Winter (pictured) has steadfastly refused to reveal her confidential sources for a July 2012 story in which she reported on the existence of a “chilling” notebook that accused Aurora shooter James Holmes reportedly sent to his psychiatrist prior to the massacre. A previous lower court ruling said Winter would have to appear before a Colorado judge next month to either reveal her sources or face jail time — something the reporter has said she was prepared to do. Citing the state’s strong media shield laws, the NY Appeals Court overturned that decision, with the majority stating that forcing a reporter to reveal sources who had been promised confidentiality “would offend our strong public policy.” Winter’s attorney called the ruling a victory for all reporters and for the public “which has the right to receive news from confidential sources.” Read the full court ruling HERE.
In a radio story that comes from Main Street vs. Wall Street, the Matoon, IL Journal Gazette & Times-Courier reports that WRJM-AM & FM/Charleston, IL will cease operations come January. Owner Miller Media Group cited “financial viability” behind the decision to shutter the stations, which feature a mix of of News, Sports, Talk and local Agriculture news programming. WRJM’s 96.1 FM repeater will be sold to Bud Walters’ Cromwell Group upon the shutdown of 1270 AM, which has served the community for some 60 years … The Radio Advertising Bureau has issued a call-for-entries for the 2014 Radio Mercury Awards. Competition is open to “commericals, PSA’s, campaigns, integrated campaigns and innovative radio work.” Find out more and get official entry information HERE … Humphries Goes Hollywood: Veteran radio talker Rusty Humphries was recently in Bucharest, Romania where he was filming his role in the upcoming romantic comedy Love By Design. Humphries traveled to Paris and Bucharest for seven days, calling the whole experience “a blast” and adding, “I love the fact that I’m having the opportunity to live out my dreams — radio, TV and film. This is my third major motion picture and it’s always an honor to be involved with a project as special as this.” That’s Rusty pictured above on-set with the film’s Director Michael Damian.
Premiere Networks syndicated national radio personality, television host and best-selling author, Steve Harvey, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the ASCAP-sponsored Radio Luncheon at the annual NAB Show, on Tuesday, April 8th in Las Vegas. Syndicated to radio by Premiere since 2005, The Steve Harvey Morning Show currently airs on a reported 70 affiliates and reaches some 6 million weekly listeners. The daily wake-up show is also available on Clear Channel’s all-digital iHeartRadio platform. Harvey will join previous NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees from radio that include last year’s honoree, Dave Ramsey, along with Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus, Larry King, Paul Harvey, Charles Osgood and more. ”Steve Harvey entertains people of all ages with his unique and humorous perspective on life,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “Mr. Harvey’s dedication and talent have earned him great success, and we are thrilled to induct him into NAB’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame.” Billed as “the world’s largest electronic media show,” the yearly NAB Show will be held April 5-10, 2014. Get details HERE.
Mark Adams will trade his boots and spurs for flannel shirts and Birkenstocks as he’s named VP/Programming for Clear Channel/Portland, OR. Most recently VP/Music Programming for CBS Radio/Houston, Adams will handle programming and operations oversight for Clear Channel’s 8-station Rose City cluster that includes News/Talker KEX and Sports/Talk KPOJ. Adams previously worked in the market from 2000-2008, when he served as Program Director of KXJM and as Operations Manager for then Rose City Radio-owned News/Talk KXL-AM. His resume also lists prior stints in San Francisco, Milwaukee and Fresno. ”I would like to thank Clear Channel/Portland for this opportunity,” said Adams. “I’m looking forward to working with all of the incredible brands and teams in the market and contributing to their future success. Portland is one of my favorite cities in the country and it’s exciting to have the chance to return to the Pacific Northwest and do some great radio.”
Longtime broadcaster and media entrepreneur Norm Pattiz gets the full-profile treatment from Bloomberg Business Week, where reporters Andy Fixmer and Rodney Yap proclaim that the founder of the original Westwood One is enjoying a “second act” as founder and CEO of Courtside Entertainment Group and PodcastOne. So what’s the secret to Norm’s success? Fixmer and Yap say its 30 years of owning court side seats at Los Angeles Lakers basketball games, where Pattiz (pictured) has built a gold-plated list of celebrity contacts and Hollywood pals who he’s been convincing to create podcasts for his latest venture, the PodcastOne digital radio platform. Read the full story HERE … Another year-end retirement as WCCO/Minneapolis veteran Steve Murphy reports he’ll hang-up his headphones after a 30-year career at the CBS Radio-owned News/Talker. Murphy made news just a month or so ago when he was beaten and robbed on his way to work in the wee small hours, but the morning anchor told the Pioneer Press’ Amy Carlson Gustafson that incident didn’t cause him make this decision. “It’s not getting mugged at 2:30 in the morning, it’s coming to work at 2:30 in the morning,” quipped Murphy. Read the full story HERE … Providence Journal reporter Philip Marcelo says that WPRO/Providence host John DePetro — who has been off the air for the past week — called-in to his own morning show today to apologize for recent on-air remarks he made disparaging union labor women who protested at a political fundraising event in September. ”The tone expressed was not consistent with the strong support I have shown women in our state and in my own life,” said the talk host. Read the full story HERE.
Sun Broadcast Group has committed to deploy Jelli Inc.’s cloud-based ad platform across its entire programming roster. Jelli is a patented audio serving platform designed to automate over-the-air radio advertising for advertisers and network operators. SBG’s Spanish-language programs (in partnership with Stardome Media) will be first to make the transition to Jelli, with Sun’s general market programs — including the recently launched Marilu Henner Show — converting in early 2014. ”I have been asking leaders large and small to stand with me and implement true change in how we conduct business across our industry,” said Sun Broadcast Group CEO Jason Bailey. “Radio has been living in the dark ages when it comes to accountability. We’re being eaten alive by the real time metrics of digital audio competitors and our best answer, RADAR, still requires busy planners and buyers to go back months after a campaign to see what should have run. Today we stand proud to put our entire sales and programming schedules on the line and make a real change for this great industry.”
Animal Radio recently hosted a live broadcast and pet adoption day at Los Angeles’ famed Griffith Park. Over 300 shelter animals found homes at the event. Pictured at the broadcast are (l-r) show host Hal Abrams, actress and pet-lover Jane Lynch (Glee) and Judy Francis, Excutive Producer of the weekly pet talk show syndicated by Envision Radio Networks … CBS Radio taps Bruce Logan as VP/Programming and Operations Manager for it’s six-station Houston cluster, including Sports/Talker KILT-AM. Logan joins CBS after some 17 years with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment … Edison Research has announced that the company’s annual Infinite Dial report will return in March 2014, under a new partnership with Triton Digital. Now in its 16th year, the popular study that tracks Americans’ use of audio, was previously fielded by Edison in partnership with Arbitron (now Nielsen Audio) … GIG ALERT: Christian broadcaster Moody Radio is seeking candidates for a new morning show being developed for WMBI/Chicago. With a planned debut in January, Moody is seeking candidates to host a show that will “focus on reaching a multi-cultural audience and feature co-hosts, news and information delivered in a conversational manner, caller and guest interaction, social media integration and much more.” Learn more and get details on how to apply HERE.