Mike Ragozino has been named PD and afternoon host at Alpha Media Sports/Talker 750 The Game (KXTG/Portland). “Ragz” (pictured) most recently programmed WAOR/South Bend, IN, where he also hosted morning drive … Syndicator Radio America and Cox Media Group have inked a deal to add The Dana Loesch Show to CMG’s roster of News/Talk stations, including: WSB/Atlanta, WGAU/Athens, GA, WOKV/Jacksonville, FL, WDBO/Orlando, KRMG/Tulsa and WHIO/Dayton, OH. The move marks a significant expansion of Loesch’s nationally syndicated talk show that airs weekdays from her Emmis Communications-owned flagship KFTK/St. Louis … Nationally syndicated talker and part-time dairy farmer Doug Stephan (pictured) put a new twist on the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ this week, serving up some ‘smooth moooo-ves’ while also milking a little publicity out of the red hot fad. Watch video of the live broadcast HERE.
Westwood One syndicated talk host Michael Savage is set to release a new book this fall. Stop The Coming Civil War, the latest tome from Savage, will be released in October. Meanwhile, the network reports that pre-sale demand has already pushed the book to the top of this week’s Barnes & Noble bestseller list … Dan Mason — the son of the man with the same name who is CBS Radio’s head honcho — has left that company’s Boston cluster to become OM for Cox Media Group/Tampa’s three station cluster, including FM talker 102.5 The Bone (WHPT) … Blake Seylhouwer, former host of WKRC/Cincinnati weekend “paid” program The Small Business Show (which is no longer on the station’s programming schedule) has been formally indicted on charges of domestic abuse and felonious assault in conjunction with a recent incident in which the local businessman shot his wife following a reported argument outside their home. Cincinnati.com has more details on this story HERE.
Those are the words of Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) founder Bruce DuMont as he paid tribute to an old friend and colleague, Don Pardo, who died this past weekend at age 96. “Don Pardo was a key factor in launching the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992,” DuMont (pictured) told NTS MediaOnline Today. “Along with our host that first year, Paul Harvey, Don helped give the event instant credibility.” Pardo would go on to also announce the 1993 and 1994 Hall of Fame ceremonies and attend numerous other events in support of the MBC over the years. “I’m truly saddened by the death of Don Pardo, who was a gentle and kind man,” DuMont continued. “He was the last of the booming network announcers — an iconic voice that touched several generations. And if you close your eyes, you can still hear him.”
Don Pardo, whose voice became familiar to millions of Baby Boomers and Millenials as the announcer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, died Monday (8/18) in Arizona. He was 96. Prior to becoming the voice of SNL, Pardo (pictured) — who began as a staff radio and TV announcer for NBC in 1944 — lent his unique and unmistakable announcing style to such popular network television shows as Jeopardy, The Price Is Right, The Colgate Comedy Hour and hundreds of network commercials. A part of SNL from its debut in 1975, Pardo went on to announce all but one season of the show — a total of 38 years behind the SNL microphone. Even after “retiring” and moving to Tucson in 2004, producers of the late night comedy program convinced Pardo to continue announcing just for Saturday Night Live, flying him from Arizona to New York City weekly, until recent years when he reduced his travel and recorded his portions of the show in Tucson. He was last heard on SNL’s final show of the 2014 season that aired in May. According to Pardo’s official bio, he and the legendary Bob Hope are the only two people to have ever been given a lifetime contract with NBC. Expect a tribute to the iconic broadcaster when SNL returns for it’s new season next month.
As part of the ‘Solidarity Israel’ trip organized by former Senator Rick Santorum, WHO/Des Moines afternoon host Simon Conway is broadcasting his afternoon drive show live from Jerusalem this week. Noting that he lived in Jerusalem for a year as a teenager, Conway (pictured) promises to send some “powerful radio” to his listeners back home in Iowa … Dr. Joy Browne is moving her talk show from current distributor, Radio America, to Genesis Communications Networks (GCN), which will distribute Browne’s daily noon-3pm (ET) show, along with a Saturday night ‘Best of” edition that airs from 1-4am (ET) weekly. Browne recently announced her return to the New York City radio airwaves via a new nightly time slot on Salem Communications News/Talker AM 970 The Answer (WNYM) … NTS MediaOnline Today sends our get well wishes to veteran air personality and voiceover pro Robin Marshall who posted on her website that she has been diagnosed with stage two uterine cancer. Currently Production Director at Sound Solutions, a division of Cumulus Media, Marshall also recently released her second book, Diary of A Sugar Mom. Email your best wishes to Robin for a full recovery HERE.
Steve Townsend joins Westwood One as Senior Account Manager for its network sales division. Townsend’s resume includes stints as Sales Manager for Clear Channel/New York, as well as then Citadel Broadcasting-owned WPLJ (now owned by Cumulus) and CBS Radio’s WXRK and WCBS-FM … National Association of Broadcasters President/CEO Gordon Smith has been tapped as one of the keynoters for the upcoming 39th annual Conclave Learning Conference. Smith (pictured) joins Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan on the roster of special guest speakers announced so far for the yearly gathering that takes place November 14th and 15th in Minneapolis … Condolences: To Salem Radio Network talk host Dennis Prager and his family on the death of Dennis’ dad, Max, over the weekend. He was 96. The elder Prager was a regular guest on his son’s radio show, contributing conversation and commentary that SRN VP Tom Tradup described in a memo to staffers as, “Common sense perspective on a variety of issues.”
Ann Compton, who has covered seven U.S. Presidents during her years at ABC News, will retire next month after a 41-year run with the network on both television and radio. Just weeks after the resignation of Richard Nixon, Compton (pictured) became the first woman ever to cover the White House full-time for a television network. She went on to cover the administrations of every succeeding President, including George W. Bush, with whom she spent the day on 9/11 as the only broadcast reporter aboard Air Force One when Bush was unable to return to DC following the terrorist attacks. The Emmy and Peabody-winning journalist is also a 2005 inductee of the Museum of Broadcasting’s National Radio Hall of Fame. (photo: ABC News/Steve Fenn)
In a letter to Thomas Jackson, Chief of Police for the embattled City of Ferguson, MO, Radio Television Digital News Association Executive Director Mike Cavender condemned actions by police authorities this week that resulted in the arrest and detainment of two news reporters — Wesley Lowry of the Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of the digital Huffington Post. Cavender (pictured) called the assault on and arrest of the reporters by cops “unconscionable” and called for such actions to be “stopped immediately.” Copying Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and the state’s Attorney General Chris Koster, as well as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on his letter to the Chief, Cavender made the RTDNA’s position on the issue crystal clear. “The journalistic community is demanding that you, other command officials and all law enforcement officers involved in this continuing situation, respect the rights of reporters and other journalists to provide news coverage in Ferguson so long as they operate legally — which these two reporters were doing. Harassment and abuse of anyone in a similar situation cannot be accepted and must not be tolerated by you and others charged with maintaining the peace and security in Ferguson.”
So says the Radio Advertising Bureau’s latest Finding Consumer Trends Report (F.C.T.) that found radio is ranked as the most effective medium — especially among 25-44 year olds — when it comes to which kind of advertising influences healthcare choices. And in a finding that should be of particular interest to News/Talk/Sports sellers, 77% of the report’s respondents said a testimonial/endorsement for a healthcare product by a radio personality makes them trust that product the same or more. ”Once again, with the cooperation of RAB member stations nationwide, we’ve captured lucrative insights on a key sales category,” said Ruth Presslaff, President, Presslaff Interactive Revenue, which partnered with RAB to developed the F.C.T. project. “In this instance, we’ve uncovered important healthcare needs and preferences that should play an important part in making radio a strong and healthy choice for a myriad of healthcare advertisers.” A webinar featuring the national results will be presented by the RAB and Presslaff on August 26th, at 10am and and 3pm (CT). Register HERE.
KFBK/Sacramento and The Honor Group — a community organization dedicated to educating, empowering and equipping our military veterans for success — have announced a broadcast partnership that will have the Clear Channel News/Talker air the Northern California Honor Bowl’s two marquee games on August 29th and 30th. Proceeds from ticket sales will help purchase aftermarket rehabilitation equipment benefiting disabled veterans throughout the country. KFBK sports anchor Bill Herenda and on-air personality Pat Walsh will host the live broadcasts and encourage listeners to support disabled veterans by donating to the Honor Group online … Katz Media Group launches a new rep division dedicated to servicing Cumulus Media owned-and-operated stations nationwide. The new Westwood One National Sales will be headed by current KRG VP/Director Sales Bryan Forbes, who assumes the new title of Vice President/General Manager for the newly formed Cumulus Media-focused sales group … NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith has penned a letter to BMW North America CEO Ludwig Willisch, asking the auto executive to reconsider the decision to leave AM radio out of the audio menu on the company’s new BMW i3 due to interference concerns with the vehicle’s all-electric motor. Read Smith’s argument for retaining broadcast AM radio in the dashboard of the i3 HERE.