Longtime CBS News reporter and 60 Minutes anchor Morley Safer died earlier today at his home in New York. He was 84. Safer had been suffering from declining health when he announced his retirement last week, just ahead of a planned 60 Minutes retrospective on his career that aired this past Sunday night (5/15). A part of the 60 Minutes team for 46 years, Safer joined the long running television news magazine in 1970, replacing another legend, Harry Reasoner. The Canadian-born Safer, who began his career with the CBC, made his mark at CBS News with his early career reporting from Vietnam, where he did three tours from 1964-1966 and served as head of the network’s Saigon bureau. In a post to the CBS News website, CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves said, “Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever. He broke ground in war reporting and made a name that will forever be synonymous with 60 Minutes. He was also a gentleman, a scholar, a great raconteur – all of those things and much more to generations of colleagues, his legion of friends, and his family, to whom all of us at CBS offer our sincerest condolences over the loss of one of CBS’ and journalism’s greatest treasures.” Read more on Safer’s fascinating and colorful career HERE.
Gamut, the digital media services company owned by Cox Media Group, names Heather Boethin as Director of Sales/South, based in Dallas. In her new job Boethin (left) — most recently Manager of Cox Local Solutions for the company’s radio and TV outlets in Tulsa — will oversee all digital sales for CMG properties in Atlanta, Dallas, and their respective regions. “In her many years at Cox Media Group, not only has Heather proven herself to be a strong sales leader, but also a collaborative team player,” said Rachel Williamson, VP/General Manager of Gamut. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to promote proven talent from within, and we are thrilled to add her to the Gamut team. Her unique perspective, great work ethic, and diversified skillset will play a crucial role in transforming the way we do business.”
On this primary election Tuesday, as voters in Oregon and Washington head to the polls, Media Monitors has released the latest in its ongoing tracking of radio ad spending by the Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls. “One might find this rather unbelievable, but it just might be that we’ve reached such a media frenzy with this election that some might not think they have to advertise on radio or TV for now,” writes Media Monitors’ Dwight Douglas in this week’s analysis. “With the media saturation on the Republican presumptive nominee and constant updates on what the two Democratic candidates have said about each other, radio campaigns seem to have become an afterthought. In the last 10 days, Hillary Clinton’s campaign ran just 81 spots in the 82 markets monitored, while Bernie Sanders’ camp aired only 29 ads. Donald Trump ran just 2 spots.” For the first time in many months, this week’s report showed no ‘against’ ads were run by any groups targeting any of the still active candidates.
A recent episode of Daily Vice talks with WABC/New York talk host and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa (left) on the return of the ‘Angels’ to New York City’s subway system in the wake of a number of slashing attacks on commuters earlier this year. The unarmed safety patrol first rode the Big Apple’s subways back in the 1970s as a response to increasing street crime and gang violence. You can view the story HERE … WJLA-TV/Washington expands its Sunday morning news show, Government Matters, to five nights a week on co-owned cable NewsChannel 8. DC media veteran Francis Rose will host the program, while continuing to host his local Sunday morning radio show, National Defense Week, on crosstown Cumulus Media News/Talker WMAL … Delmarva Broadcasting promotes WXCY/Wilmington, DE Operations Manager Brad Austin to the newly created position of Corporate PD. Along with his current OM duties, Austin will now also oversee programming for all nine of the company’s stations across Delaware and Maryland.
WBAP/Dallas host Chris Krok was recently honored by his alma mater, Western Illinois University, as its 2016 ‘Radio Alumni of the Year’ for his contributions to the broadcasting industry and WIU’s Department of Broadcasting. Pictured at the recently held ceremony are (l-r) Krok, WIU Professor Dr. Roger Sadler, and Krok’s former college radio partner Will Buss, now on staff at WIU’s Journalism Department … Amy Lewis Schachter joins PodcastOne as Vice President/East Coast Sales. Schachter joins the company after 20 years with CBS Radio, where she was named Digital Sales Person of the Year in 2013. Concurrently, Dana Senit — who joined PodcastOne’s sales team last year — is promoted to Vice President/West Coast Sales … Veritone Media partners with Westwood One to provide the Cumulus Media-owned radio network with the ability to monitor and measure in-content audio advertising units for play-by-play sports programming, including NFL Football, NCAA March Madness, NCAA Football, The Masters, and the PGA Championship. Commenting on the newly inked partnership WW One COO Charles Steinhauer says Veritone Media’s platform will enable advertisers to monitor campaigns “in near-real-time, to ensure their messages are being delivered.”
Last year, the legendary WOWO/Ft. Wayne celebrated its 90th year on the air, marking the occasion by producing a two-and-a-half hour comprehensive documentary of the now Federated Media-owned station’s history. Program Director Ryan Reker reports the NAB Marconi Award-winning station will release the full documentary as a seven-part podcast series, with parts one and two already posted to the station’s website today (5/16). “We had an amazing amount of positive reaction to this special, and I think people in our industry would really enjoy hearing it,” said Reker. Here at NTS MediaOnline Today, we agree! Learn about WOWO’s contributions to the earliest years of radio broadcasting in America, it’s decades as one of the country’s most popular Top 40 stations, and its successful transition from music to becoming one of the most admired News/Talkers in the industry HERE.
ABC News Radio reporter/anchor Scott Goldberg (left) has been promoted to midday Information Network anchor. He’ll take the chair previously occupied by Cheri Preston, who moved to morning drive at the network following Doug Limerick’s retirement at the end of last year … ESPN has promoted Nate Ravitz to the new role of Vice President of Audience Development. Ravitz will oversee programming of digital content across ESPN.com and the ESPN App, in addition to his existing responsibilities leading ESPN-branded social media content, mobile push notifications and digital video. He’ll also manage the new ESPN Daily email newsletter. In his new gig, Ravitz continues to report to Ryan Spoon, Senior Vice President of Digital Product Management … Adam Goodman is named President/CEO of the Radio Button Network, the recently launched venture headed by syndicated radio personalities Ace & TJ as a “radio personality resource service run by talent for talent.”
A new report from the Westwood One Insights team examines how radio can help both national and local political advertisers reach the voters they want effectively and efficiently using targeted radio buys. Included in the report is the Political Radio Format Planner — an exclusive guide for media planners and buyers to reach voters based on radio programming formats. News/Talk ranks as the number one radio format to reach Republican voters, with Sports/Talk the second best format for reaching GOP-ers. News/Talk ranks a close second behind Oldies for reaching Independent/Swing voters, and also ranks high among the best formats to reach Democratic voters — ranking second just behind Urban formatted stations. View the full report HERE.
Chicago media scribe Robert Feder first reported yesterday’s departure of Hubbard Radio’s Chicago-based SVP/Programming and Operations Greg Solk (right) after a 20 year-run with Hubbard and its predecessor Bonneville International. Called a structural change decided upon by senior management, with Solk’s exit Greg Strassell will now solely hold the title of SVP/Programming and Ops at the company … Congrats to WJR/Detroit as the Cumulus Media News/Talker took home a truckload of awards, including Station of the Year honors, at the recently held Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards … A round of applause also goes out to WTMJ/Milwaukee, as the EJ Scripps News/Talker also took home a slew of trophies from the recently held Wisconsin Broadcasters Association annual awards gala, including News/Talk Station of the Year honors.
Armando Gutierrez is promoted from SVP/Business Operations to Chief Financial Officer at CBS Local Digital Media. Gutierrez will now report to newly named EVP/GM of the group, Adam Wiener, and COO Joseph Ianniello … The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) is hosting a series of ‘Murrow MeetUps’ across the country, to get together in person with Association members and friends. Hosted by the area’s RTDNA Regional Director, the casual events in May and June are designed to bring electronic journalists together to network in a casual atmosphere, and for winning stations to receive their regional Edward R. Murrow Award plaques. MeetUps are scheduled this month for Columbus, OH (5/15), Denver (5/19) and Lansing, MI (5/22). Check out all of the scheduled dates and cities HERE … Actress Lynda Carter — TV’s legendary ‘Wonder Woman’ — will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 41st annual Gracie Awards Gala on May 24th in Los Angeles. The annual awards honor outstanding individual achievement and programming by, for, and about women … Best wishes to KFI/Los Angeles ace reporter Steve Gregory (pictured above in the dark blue shirt alongside KFI News Director Chris Little) as he departs the iHeartMedia News/Talker to care for his ailing mother, who is currently in stage 5 kidney failure. “Steve has won more awards than any reporter I know,” said Little in a post on his Facebook page. “He’s a great reporter and a great friend. I will miss him.”