Talk Media News Notes
November 14, 2014

When Formats Collide: Did WFAN/New York morning Sports/Talker Boomer Esiason ”snub” crosstown Z100 host Elvis Duran when the two had an unexpected pre-dawn encounter on the streets of New York City early this morning. Listen to Elvis, Esiason and Boomer & Carton (pictured) co-host Craig Carton discuss the Big Apple radio celebrity street collision HERE … The Minority Media & Telecom Council has announced it will hold its 6th annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit, January 21-22, 2015, at the Westin Georgetown Hotel in Washington, DC … Bill Conner, former CEO and President of Entrust, will host SiriusXM’s cybersecurity special, Hacked, available to subscribers on the satcaster’s Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School channel, tomorrow (11/15) at noon (ET).

Talk Media News Notes
November 13, 2014

NTS MediaOnline Today has learned that broadcast management veteran Tim McCarthy is returning to local New York City radio as GM of ESPN’s Big Apple flagship ESPN Radio 98.7. It’s the second stint in the GM’s chair at ESPN 98.7 for McCarthy, who is also well known in NYC radio circles for his years with News/Talker WABC. McCarthy (pictured) will also retain his current ESPN Audio corporate responsibilities as SVP Play-By-Play and Talent Planning … Greater Media/Detroit awards VP stripes to Steve Chessare and the new title of  VP/Market Manager for the company’s Motor City cluster that includes Detroit Sports 105.1. Prior to joining Greater Media, Chessare served as SVP Sales for Westwood One … Kudos to Cox Media Group/Atlanta, where the company’s greening efforts have resulted in CMG’s ATL headquarters meeting the city’s ‘Better Building Challenge’ six years ahead of schedule. The facility has reduced its energy and water consumption by more than 20% and is annually saving nearly 650,000 gallons of water and 1,400,000 kWh of electricity through its ongoing conservation projects.

Rush Limbaugh Threatens DCCC With Lawsuit
November 10, 2014

The Washington Post and other published sources are reporting that talk host Rush Limbaugh has threatened to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for sending out a series of fundraising emails that used out of context comments from the Premiere Networks syndicated personality to suggest that he advocated tolerance for sexual assault. While no suit has yet been filed, Limbaugh’s attorney has reportedly sent a letter to the DCCC demanding a retraction and a public apology. The Post’s Paul Farhi reports that if that apology is not forthcoming, Limbaugh is ready to file suit for defamation and interference with his business. “We love opinions, but this crossed a very bright line,” Limbaugh spokesman Brian Glicklich told Farhi. “They lied about his words. They quoted something specific and out of context, and it is a lie.” Read the full story HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
November 7, 2014

iHeart Media taps Dave Hill as Operations Manager for the company’s nine-station Portland, OR cluster, including News/Talk KEX and FOX Sports Radio 620 KPOJ. Hill most recently served in the same role for Hearst’s radio stations in Baltimore. He assumes the chair previously occupied by Mark Adams, who recently relocated to iHeartMedia/San FranciscoUnited Stations Radio Networks ups current Midwest Sales Manager Brian Pollina (pictured) to Manager Digital Assets and Midwest Sales. With his new title, Pollina will continue his USRN ad sales responsibilities, while adding oversight of the day-to-day management and coordination of all USRN digital assets … Andrew Katz has joined Lincoln Financial Media in the newly created position of Corporate Digital Director of Sales, where he’ll work with LFM’s Digital Sales Managers in Atlanta, Miami, Denver and San Diego … Variety.com reports that staffers at Cumulus Media Sports/Talker KNBR/San Francisco have voted to unionize, designating SAG-AFTRA as the bargaining unit for some 35+ media employees of the station. Read more HERE.

CBS News Debuts New Digital Network
November 6, 2014

CBS News and CBS Interactive have launched CBSN, the first digital streaming news network that will allow Internet-connected consumers to watch live, anchored news coverage on their connected TV and other devices. At launch, the network is available 24/7 and makes all of the resources of CBS News available directly on digital platforms with live, anchored coverage for 15 hours each weekday. The network features a 60-minute format delivering live, updated news content from 9am-midnight (ET) weekdays, along with additional content from a range of CBS sources including CBS News, CBS affiliate stations, CNET, CBSSports.com, Entertainment Tonight and more. “CBSN is an important example of how CBS is able to leverage the unique strengths, talent and competitive advantages of its businesses to create exciting, highly competitive new services that meet evolving audience preferences for content consumption,” said CBS President/CEO Leslie Moonves. “There’s a tremendous opportunity on these platforms for a true round-the-clock newscast. We’re confident this service will appeal to both traditional news consumers and a whole new set of viewers.”

Sales And Marketing News Notes
November 5, 2014

Borrell Research has released its annual Automotive Outlook report, with updated insights for sellers and marketers about the $35+ billion dollar advertising category. Borrell reports that by the end of this year, the automotive industry will spend more than half of that ad budget on digital media. The study also includes auto ad-spending projections across all media, including radio, TV, newspapers, directories, direct mail and online/digital. Read a free Executive Summary of this year’s study, along with details on how to purchase the full report HERE … CRN International recently released a poll of some 525 consumers in four specific product categories — personal care products, retail, restaurants and food and beverage products — to gain insights into the impact of traditional radio commercials, and to get a “better handle on what marketing tactics work best with the listening audience.” Read the full report with detailed findings HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
November 5, 2014

One of the winners in yesterday’s midterm election was Texas radio station owner (KSEV/Houston) and Talk radio host Dan Patrick, who was elected Lieutenant Governor of the Lone Star State. Patrick (pictured) currently serves as a Republican State Senator for Texas’ 7th District … Congrats to Envision Networks syndicated VirtualNWS Weather Reports meteorologist John Wetherbee on his recent induction into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. Along with his daily, nationwide syndicated radio weather reports, Wetherbee also serves as Chief Meteorologist for the CBS-TV affiliate in Atlanta, and airs on additional television outlets in Nashville, Chattanooga and Savannah … Kudos to AdLarge Media and the American Cancer Society for partnering with nationally syndicated morning host Doug Stephan to present Share in the Spirit – a multi-platform promotional campaign that drove pre-registration for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walking events held recently all across the country. In support of the cause and the promotional campaign, Stephan’s Good Day’s co-host Jennifer Horn also participated in the Los Angeles walk last month, providing live updates via the program’s social media sites.

Executive Orders
November 4, 2014

Westwood One has signed a multi-year renewal deal with COO Charles Steinhauer. Under the new agreement, Steinhauer (pictured) will continue to oversee the management of Westwood One’s day-to-day operations, including programming, technology, distribution, sports, marketing, affiliate services, research, compliance and strategy. He’ll report directly to Cumulus Media CEO Lew DickeySean Brennan returns to Lincoln Financial Media/Denver where he takes the reins as LSM for Sports/Talkers KKFN-FM (104.3 The Fan) and KEPN-AM (1620 The Zone). Most recently with crosstown competitor Front Range Sports, Brennan previously spent seven years as a marketing exec for KKFN/KEPN … Network radio veteran Willis Damalt has joined the Affiliate Relations department at United Stations Radio Networks. Perhaps best known for his decade-long tenure as Senior Director of the WOR Radio Network, Damalt will focus on USRN’s News/Talk and Sports programming products. Congratulate Willis on his new gig HERE.

iHeartMedia has tapped Huffington Post VP/Engineering Adam Denenberg as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer. In his new role, Denenberg will be responsible for the technology strategy and vision for iHeartRadio — including technical direction and research and development of new product – as well as overseeing the technology and infrastructure of the digital radio platform and it’s network of some 859+ local radio stations and talent specific sites … Meanwhile, iHeartMedia/Dallas has named Kelly Parker as VP/Sales for the six-station Texas cluster. Most recently Premiere Networks’ VP/Sales for the southwest region, Kelly previously spent 14 years in various roles for the company in Dallas, including Director of National Sales, General Sales Manager and Regional Executive for iHeart’s Brand Integration Group.

Executive Orders
October 30, 2014

Current Salem/Sacramento GM Dale Hendry heads south to San Diego, where the 32-year broadcast industry veteran assumes the same role at the company’s stations in America’s Finest City. Concurrently, Mark Durkin is upped from Director of Sales to General Manager, replacing Hendry in Sacramento … Meanwhile, Salem Radio Network VP/Operations Charles Mefferd has left the company after after a 23-year run at Salem, the past 14 of those at SRN. Mefferd (pictured) is joining Christian media agency Ambassador Advertising as VP/Sales and Marketing, where he’ll work from offices in both Dallas and Irvine, CA … Mary Giesen has been hired as Vice-President, Sales Planning at Westwood One. Most recently VP Sales Planning and Operations for Compass Media Networks, the move marks a homecoming for Giesen, who previously worked at the network in several sales planning capacities.

Etheridge, Michaelson To Sing At NRHOF Gala
October 29, 2014

For the first time in the 25-year history of the National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony, this year’s event is headed to Los Angeles where it will be held on Sunday, November 9th. The black-tie optional dinner and live national broadcast begins at 4pm (PT) at the intimate dinner club Cicada in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to live performances by singers  Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson, a special tribute honoring Casey Kasem will also take place. “This is an event that brings us all together to honor and celebrate the best in our business,” says National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchin (pictured). “We have an opportunity to show our support and ensure the vitality of this institution by attending. And if that’s not possible, please consider making a donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which provides a showcase for the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago year round.” Class of 2014 inductees include Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Stanley E. Hubbard, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead and Dick Orkin. Premiere Networks personality Delilah will host the event, with Westwood One host Jim Bohannon serving as the broadcast’s announcer. Be sure to purchase your ticket to one of the industry’s best annual events by November 5th HERE.