Talk Media News Notes
September 9, 2014

This week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Indianapolis will stream several select sessions for those unable to attend the annual Fall confab. Among the sessions to be streamed will be tomorrow (9/10) afternoon’s opening keynote, The Golden Age of BS, from advertising luminary Bob Hoffman. Learn more HERE … Meanwhile, the NAB and RAB have released the dates and locations for the next two Radio Show events, with the 2015 edition taking place September 30th through October 2nd at the Marriot Marquis in Atlanta, and the 2016 convention now also set for September 21st-23rd at the Omni Hotel in Nashville …The CBS Radio/Philadelphia cluster — including News/Talk WPHT, Sports/Talk WIP, all-newser KYW and Oldies WOGL — have partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation to promote the annual 9/11 Heroses Run 5K Race to remember the sacrifices of the heroes of the September 11th attacks. A portion of the proceeds from the 9/11 run will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, which offers veterans and families of the fallen unique opportunities to help them take the next step in their journeys and accomplish their personal and professional goals. The other portion of the proceeds will remain in the local community to support various police, fire, and first responder related charities.

Nat’l Radio Hall Of Fame Tickets Now Available
September 9, 2014

As previously announced, the National Radio Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 Induction Dinner and broadcast is moving to the left coast this year. Hosted by Premiere Networks syndicated personality Delilah — with Westwood One talk host Jim Bohannon (pictured) again handling announcing duties for the live broadcast — the November 9th gala is set to take place at Cicada in Los Angeles. 2014 inductees include Charlie & Harrigan (Jack Woods and Paul Menard); Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Stanley E. Hubbard, Jon Miller, Dick Orkin and Agnes Moorhead. Get more details and reserve your table for one of the industry’s most anticipated annual events HERE.

Likely PPM Participants Also Heavy Radio Users
September 8, 2014

NuVoodooLogo2014NuVoodoo Media Services has released additional findings from the media research and marketing company’s most recent Ratings Prospect Study that indicates radio remains “highly relevant” among those who say they would likely participate in the current radio ratings system. Among the nearly 1,100 respondents (ages 14-54) surveyed in all Nielsen PPM markets who say they would participate in a PPM-style ratings methodology, 89% report using radio daily. Commenting on the most recent findings, NuVoodoo VP of Research Leigh Jacobs said, “These human periscopes who are inclined to participate in the PPM ratings are beneficial in many ways. In our data, we’ve seen that they’re more highly attuned to paying attention to advertising messages and are more likely to enjoy the contests that radio stations use as part of their promotional arsenal.  It’s especially beneficial to radio, since fewer listen daily among those who predicted that they would not participate in a PPM-style methodology.” Meanwhile, NuVoodoo President Carolyn Gilbert says the data also shows that, despite gripes from broadcasters, “Even with the limitations, all in all, PPM ratings are good for radio — unless, of course, one of your important panelists goes on vacation — in which case it’s the worst system ever devised by anyone.”

Talk Media News Notes
September 8, 2014

Hey Chef, What’s Cookin’? That’s Las Vegas-based talk host Dr. Daliah Wachs (left) hanging out in ‘The Biggest Little City In The World’ with Chef Robert Hesse from the hit TV show Hell’s Kitchen. Hesse is currently working his culinary magic at Reno’s Eldorado Hotel and Resort, while Dr. Daliah was in town to emcee a meeting of the National Academy of Family Physicians … Congrats to Greater Media/Boston Vice President and Market Manager Rob Williams on being named to the University of Massachusetts Center for Collaborative Leadership Board of Advisors … Hail To The Chief: Washington area radio veteran Jeff Matzka is named Chief Engineer for the Salem Radio Network’s DC operations, which include SRN News and Bill Bennett’s daily syndicated Morning In America. Matzka replaces David Terry who exited SRN in July … Paul Johnson is named Market Manager for Alpha Media/Richmond, VA. The 32-year broadcaster was most recently GM at FreeLance Star Radio Group/Fredericksburg, VA … Kudos to SportsRadio 94 WIP/Philadelphia as the CBS Radio-owned Sports/Talker’s recently held Radiothon raised a record-setting $290,000-plus to benefit the NFL Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership and its various programs for low income kids in the Delaware Valley region.

Bennett Climbs Another Rung At Cumulus Media
September 4, 2014

Cumulus Media has promoted Dan Bennett to Regional Vice President, overseeing the company’s station operations in Dallas and Houston. The well-respected and well-liked broadcast executive has served as VP/Market Manager of Cumulus’ seven-station Dallas cluster since 2006, when the company acquired the assets of Susquehanna Radio. His role expanded in Dallas yet again when Cumulus acquired the former ABC Radio stations from Citadel Media. “Dan Bennett’s exemplary leadership in Dallas is laudable and this promotion is well deserved,” said Jon Pinch, Cumulus Media EVP and co-COO. “In his new role, Dan will build upon the strengths of our Houston and Dallas operations and will identify regional opportunities that exist between these two dynamic markets.” One of Bennett’s first duties will be to head-up recruitment efforts to find a day-to-day Market Manager for Cumulus’ Houston operations.

Talk Media News Notes
September 3, 2014

Marketron CEO Jeff Haley will moderate a panel focusing on ‘programmatic trading’ in radio at next week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Indianapolis. Joining Haley (pictured) on the dais will be Jelli CEO Mike Dougherty, Clear Channel President of Technology and Digital Ventures Brian LaKamp, Triton Digital President/Market Development John Rosso and Natalie Swed Stone, U.S. Director/National Radio at OMD. The session is scheduled for Wednesday (9/10) at 1:15pm at the Indiana Convention CenterWTOP/Washington becomes the first U.S. radio station to ink a deal with the Waze Broadcast Program, a network of news media who use the Waze navigation service’s real-time information to supplement the Hubbard Radio all-newser’s traffic reporting. Waze is home to one of the world’s largest networks of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users … Radio One and Katz Radio Group sign a new multi-year partnership, giving KRG exclusive national sales rep rights for the urban-focused broadcast company.

Executive Orders
September 3, 2014

Tim Spence (pictured) is promoted from OM/PD to Station Manager at 102.3 ESPN Radio/Denver (KDSP) and 105.5 ESPN/Ft. Collins (KJAC). Concurrently Promotions Director Garner Goin adds PD duties at the Front Range Sports Network-owned operations … John Vilade has been named Vice President/National Digital Sales for CBS Local Media. In his new gig Vilade — most recently EVP/National Ad Sales for News Distribution Network —  will lead sales development and strategy for CBS’s digital assets associated with its owned radio and television stations … Lindi Glascow is named Corporate VP/New Business Development for Portland, OR-based Alpha Media. She most recently served as Director of Sales for Entercom/San FranciscoCumulus Media Regional VP Chuck Bortnick is leaving the company at an as yet to be determined date, reporting that he will take a new job outside the radio industry with Transworld Business Advisors.

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.