Are We Reporting The News, Or Making It?
April 9, 2015

As part of an ongoing series called What America Thinks, Rasmussen polled voters on the question, “Does the media make the news, or just report it.” The recent debate over Indiana’s so-called ‘Religious Freedom’ law is the latest media firestorm to grab the public’s attention, and 51% of respondents told Rasmussen they believe the media and activist groups make such laws seem more discriminatory than they really are. Still, 53% said that they do worry that such laws will or could lead to widespread discrimination against gays. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds told researchers the media “overhypes” incidents involving black citizens and white cops, saying they actually believe the media is making it more dangerous for police officers to do their jobs. 54% of voters think the news media has “too much power and influence over government decisions,” and just 60% consider the news reported by the media to be at least “somewhat trustworthy.” Read more results from the Rasmussen poll HERE.

iHeart Debuts Programmatic Ad Buying Solution
April 8, 2015

iHeartMedia announces the launch of a programmatic and automated ad buying solution for its broadcast radio stations, powered by cloud-based technology innovator Jelli. In addition, Katz Media Group will also launch a programmatic buying ad exchange for the industry called Expressway from Katz ­that will also be powered by Jelli. “Programmatic is already an important and expected method of ad buying in the digital space,” said Bob Pittman, iHeartMedia Chairman/CEO. “Now we can bring broadcast radio into that world at a scale no digital audio provider can offer. This new tool will give our sales groups the ability to more deeply partner with an advertiser and bring the best resources, unprecedented accountability and speed ­ allowing us to provide much better service and performance to every client.”

Talk And Media News Notes
April 8, 2015

Bay Area sales executive Melissa Galliani has been promoted to General Sales Manager for Cumulus Media/San Francisco News/Talkers KGO and KSFO. Galliani (left) rises from her previous role with the stations as Team Leader/Senior Account Manager, a position she’s held since 2012. Previously, she was Local Sales Manager for KSFO … Congrats to KFGO/Fargo on being honored with the North Dakota State Patrol and Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Media Award. The award is given to reporters or news organizations that have presented fair, balanced and informative reporting of transportation/traffic related issues … Just ten days after its launch, Gen Media Partners establishes Gen Media Complete, formed in partnership with niche marketing company Maisano and Associates. Led by Dave Demer, Gen Media Vice President/Operations and Strategy, and Beth Maisano, Maisano Associates Partner and President, Gen Media Complete will work “directly with advertisers to find untapped pools of revenue from sources such as promotion and marketing budgets.”

As our Facebook friends and Twitter followers first learned late yesterday (4/7), Stan Freberg — one of the greatest creative and comedic minds of our generation — has died at age 88. Freberg cranked out a massive volume of work over his career that spanned radio, television and records. But for those of us who have been in radio for just a bit longer than a cup of coffee, it was his work on behalf of the medium that will always be best remembered. With the help of a catchy jingle sung by jazz legend Sarah Vaughn, Freberg created a number of terrific ads for the industry’s memorable Who Listens To Radio? campaign that aired back in the early 1960s, with a message designed to blunt the buzz about the hot growing new picture medium of television. Listen as Stan creates an audio picture for radio listeners that you could never duplicate on television HERE.

“Can PPM Kill Formats?”
April 7, 2015

That’s the question posed in the latest post to Harker Research’s Radio Insights blog, where company namesake Richard Harker also asks if a format can have lots of listeners, but low ratings? “Ratings are no longer just a measure of how many people listen to a radio station,” he writes. “PPM’s technology creates winners and losers based also on the sound properties of the content, the level at which a format is listened, and the ambient noise surrounding the panelist. And research has shown that a radio station with dynamic programming that includes occasional periods of silence, or low level audio (think Classical or Talk radio), might miss some of the credit it deserves as the meter struggles to identify the station.” It’s another thought-provoking look at how PPM has changed the game for a number of formats, including Talk and other spoken-word programming.

NABEF ‘Service’ Winners Announced
April 7, 2015

Winners of this year’s NAB Education Foundation Service To America Awards from the radio industry include: iHeartMedia/San Antonio (President’s Award); KEX/Portland, OR (Service To Children); and WCCO/Minneapolis (Service To Community). The annual awards, which recognize outstanding community service by local broadcasters, will be handed out during ceremonies to be held on June 16th in Washington, DC … Meanwhile, in other news from the NAB: The broadcasters’ group has entered into an agreement with Washington-based developer Monument Realty and its investment partners, to purchase a new headquarters in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood of the nation’s capital. Upon closing in early 2018, it’s anticipated the NAB will help finance the new headquarters through the sale of its current building (pictured), an iconic structure erected in 1969 that’s located in the heart of DC’s Dupont Circle.

Network/Syndication News Notes
April 7, 2015

Sun Broadcast Group’s syndicated Marilu Henner Show adds KINX/Great Falls, MT, WLAD/Danbury, CT, WTHU/Thurmont, MD and WOMI/Owensboro, KY. (PS: Marilu (pictured) will also be a special guest speaker at Mark Ramsey’s upcoming Hivio 2015 event in Los Angeles) … FOX News Radio adds a slew of new affiliates including: WEBQ/Harrisburg, IL, WDEB/Jamestown, TN and KEND/Roswell, NM (5-Minute News Service); KIVA/Albuquerque and KEND (The Fox Business Report and FOX News & Commentary with Todd Starnes); KADI/Springfield, MO, WNRP/Pensacola and KIVA (Kilmeade & Friends); WFPA/Ft. Payne, AL (Gibson On Fox); KKSA/San Angelo, TX and KSRO/Santa Rosa, CA (The Tom Sullivan Show); and WLEA/Hornell, NY and KIVA (FOX News Sunday).

Gallagher, Wallace Apologize For “Fat” Jokes
April 6, 2015

Salem Radio Network host Mike Gallagher (left) made no excuses and ‘manned up’ over the weekend, apologizing for an off-the-cuff remark he made about singer Kelly Clarkson’s weight while chatting on his radio show with FOX News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace (right). The comment blew-up worldwide courtesy of social media, prompting Gallagher to issue himself a good old fashioned tongue lashing on-air and online and declaring, “Tubby Mike is the last person in the world who should bring up anyone’s weight. That tone is not what The Mike Gallagher Show is all about and you will not hear anything like that again in the future.” Wallace also issued his own separate apology for the indiscretion in front of a live microphone and Mediaite.com’s Evan McMurray has those details HERE.

Talk And Media News Notes
April 6, 2015

While spring-breaking in sunny San Diego last week, Vegas-based syndicated talker Dr. Daliah Wachs (left) ran into ‘Mighty 1090′ morning host Dan Sileo at the San Diego Padres annual ‘Fan Fest’ at Petco Park. (PS: If you missed our interview with Dan in the April edition of NTS MediaOnline Monthly you can read it HERE) … Former Florida radio owner and television industry mogul Lowell ‘Bud’ Paxson will be honored posthumously with the NAB Spirit of Broadcasting Award during next week’s NAB Show in Las VegasMarla Paxson will accept the award on behalf of her late husband during ceremonies on April 13th … Congrats to recently retired CBS Radio News White House correspondent Peter Maer who will be honored with the 2015 Elmo Ellis Spirit Award at the upcoming 9th annual Georgia Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on October 24th.

Talk And Media News Notes
April 3, 2015

Newly arrived WBAL/Baltimore PD Scott Masteller has quickly assembled his new team, promoting three longtime station veterans to new roles and new titles at the Hearst-owned News/Talker. Malarie Pinkardi is upped to News Director, responsible for all aspects of all operations and production from “the largest newsroom in Maryland”; Mike Wellbrock is promoted to Assistant Program Director; and Johnny Goldsmith rises to Executive Producer … KNBR-KTCT/San Francisco GSM Mike Fadelli is promoted to VP/Sales for the Cumulus Media-owned Sport radio duo’s FM music clustermates KFOG, KSAN and KSJOIlwira Marciszek is upped from Senior Manager to Director/Ad Operations, while Stephanie Vance rises from Manager of Business Operations to Director/Revenue Planning & Development at AdLarge Media …Early bird registration is now available for the RTDNA’s 2015 Excellence In Journalism conference, September 18-20, in Orlando. Learn more HERE.

New Boss Gives WTMJ Host A Shout-Out
April 2, 2015

Following this week’s final closing of the previously announced merger of the E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications, Milwaukee Business Journal Senior Reporter Rich Kirchen spoke with Scripps President/CEO Rich Boehne, who not only expressed his enthusiasm for the radio division of the new company, he gave a specific shout-out to veteran WTMJ/Milwaukee host Charlie Sykes (pictured). “You walk down the streets and you go into these markets and people know these radio personalities,” Boehne told Kirchen. “My favorite is a political talk show host up in Milwaukee named Charlie Sykes. I guess he’s conservative in a somewhat liberal state and everybody dislikes him so much that everybody listens to him. That’s fantastic.” Read more of what Boehne had to say about the company’s newly acquired radio stations and the political stance that Scripps takes as a media company HERE.