Cumulus Media announced today that Dr. Drew Pinsky and Mike Catherwood — who anchor KROQ/Los Angeles’ long-running Loveline show — will join the lineup at crosstown TalkRadio 790 KABC where they’ll host a new local talk show, Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood. The duo will also continue to host Loveline which, as of January 1st, will be syndicated by Cumulus-owned Westwood One. No time slot for the new show was included in the KABC release, which said only that Dr. Drew (pictured) will be “part of KABC’s new, re-energized lineup that will make its debut in early January.” KABC’s current midday hours feature The Bryan Suits Show (9am-noon) and Midday LA with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips. “Dr. Drew’s passion for helping others has resonated with radio listeners for 30 years,” said Cumulus Media EVP Content and Programming John Dickey. “He and Mike Catherwood — one of radio’s youngest and brightest personalities — have become two of Westwood One’s most valued hosts and we are pleased to expand our relationship with them through the expansion of Loveline and the introduction of Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood on KABC.” KABC’s afternoon drive hours also remain open after the station recently turfed longtime afternoon driver Larry Elder.
If you think that local radio doesn’t have the power to move entire towns to action, then you’ve probably never been to Des Moines, Iowa. That’s where legendary News/Talker WHO and the station’s long-running Van & Bonnie In The Morning show team have been doing promotions and events that attract crowds stations in major cities can only dream about. Yesterday (12/17), from 5-9am, WHO morning hosts Van Harden and Bonnie Lucas, along with a platoon of volunteers, gave away 5,000 packaged pork loins especially for those in need this holiday season. The drive-through giveaway, held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, attracted thousands, including many needy families and others who came to pick up meat for needy families they know. With no advertising or promotion anywhere else but on WHO Radio, the waiting line of cars was miles long (watch the incredible video proof HERE). The last of the 5,000 loins were given out right at 9am, just as program ended. Now that’s a program filled with ‘pork’ that people on both sides of the aisle can get behind!
In what has become an annual Christmas tradition, during yesterday’s (12/17) White House Press Corps holiday gathering (held, as always in the dark basement workplace designated for reporters covering the White House), Salem Radio Network News White House correspondent Greg Clugston (pictured) delivered his annual Christmas poem to colleagues, highlighting “the presidential high’s and low’s” of the past year. No less than Time magazine saw fit to reprint this year’s poem — Clugston’s 16th creation — that includes such classic lines as, “The stockings were hung in the East Room with care, surely an intruder couldn’t make it all the way there!” and “Candy and sugar plums filled the girls’ dreams, but for Mrs. Obama it was all leafy greens!” Read Clugston’s full poem HERE.
As of January 5th, The Huckabee Report will be distributed by WYM Media Management and represented nationally for advertising sales by WYD Media Ad Sales. Syndicated nationally for the past half-dozen years, the daily radio feature is hosted by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and airs on more than 500 radio stations. Upon its move to WYM from current syndicator Westwood One, the feature will retain its current format, with morning, midday and afternoon delivery of three unique modular reports allowing stations to carry 1-3 minutes of content per report. “We’ve had tremendous success over the last six years with The Huckabee Report thanks to the great partnerships with hundreds of radio stations,” said Huckabee, who also hosts the weekend TV show, Huckabee, on the FOX News Channel. “I’m excited about my new partnership and this is a great way to kick off 2015!” Meanwhile, WYM Media Management President Debbie Greenbaum praised the feature’s broad appeal, noting it airs on Talk, Country and even Classic Rock stations. “The Governor’s good nature, broadcast experience and accessibility truly sets him apart from all others.”
Compass Media Networks (CMN) continues to grow it’s business and financial news coverage, with an announcement today that they will deliver twice-hourly business and financial news reports, beginning January 5th. A memo to stations circulating this afternoon says the reports will air weekdays from 6am-7pm (ET) at :20 and :50, and fed to affiliates via the Westwood One MAX receiver that’s already used by current WSJ Radio Network affiliates. Anchors for the new reports will include Jennifer Kushinka (6am-noon), who for the past nine years has served as morning drive news anchor for Wall Street Journal Reports; Ray Hoffman (noon-3pm), who for most of the past decade has anchored CEO Radio and short-form reports for WCBS-AM/New York; and Frank Miller (3-7pm), who for the past six years has worked with CMN to provide custom reports to a select group of All-News and News/Talk stations. The memo also notes that senior CNBC contributor and CMN show host Ron Insana is also available to deliver money news and commentary for affiliates. Today’s news comes on the heels of CMN’s recent announcement that, following the shut-down of the Wall Street Journal Radio Network at the end of the month, Compass will continue to distribute the WSJ’s long-running morning show hosted by Gordon Deal. Renamed This Morning: America’s First News with Gordon Deal, the show will continue to air weekdays, from 5-9am (ET).
OK, first the good news. According to a new Top 10 Audio Formats report from Nielsen, despite the barrage of “Talk radio is dead” hits that News/Talk has taken in the media over the past year, in 2014 the format was once again the number one most listened to radio format by listeners 6+. Year-to-date, 8.8% of listeners (6+) were tuned to a News/Talk station during any 15-minute period of the day. Now for the bad news. Nielsen reports that although News/Talk ranked #1 (Persons 6+) on this year’s list, its lead over other formats has continued to shrink for the past few years, with News/Talk’s 8.8 share just edging out Pop Contemporary’s 8.3 and Country radio’s 8.2. And the format ranked only #5 in the coveted Persons 25-54 demo. Nielsen’s data was taken from the 48 PPM-measured markets for the period of January-November 2014 (Mon-Sun/6am-midnight). Read more details HERE.
Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline will mark the show’s 20th year of live broadcasts from CES in Las Vegas next month. The mammoth consumer electronics show always makes world wide news, so Dave and his crew will offer stations free, 60-second, customized, market exclusive updates from the CES floor, January 5th-9th. Graveline says the features really are free, with no strings attached, as a 20th anniversary gift from Into Tomorrow — “No national spot or sponsor, you can can sell it locally and keep the money,” he says. Email Graveline to get additional details about the offer HERE … Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford adds two new Bayou State affiliates, as WJBO/Baton Rouge and WRNO/New Orleans both add the two-hour, weekly home improvement radio show that airs on a reported 100 affiliates nationwide … WBSM/New Bedford, MA adds veteran talk host Howie Carr’s Boston-based regionally syndicated show to fill the Townsquare Media-owned News/Talk station’s weekday afternoon drive hours (3-7pm).
According to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder, Windy City radio legend Steve Dahl — who recently returned to daily on-air duty at Cumulus Media News/Talker WLS-AM — says he’s finally going to pen the behind-the-scenes story of his infamous ‘Disco Demolition’ stunt at Comiskey Park in 1979. The book is slotted for a Spring 2016 release MyTalk 107.1/Minneapolis personality Margery Punnett hosts her final show tomorrow (12/12) after a ten-year run on Hubbard’s hometown FM talker. She’s relocating to Arizona to join her husband and former on-air partner Ian Punnett, who is there pursuing a graduate degree … Pittsburgh Radio Partners News/Talker WJAS/Pittsburgh affiliates with FOX News Radio, adding top and bottom of the hour newscasts and FOX Business reports to the station’s programming … AdLarge Media will rep national ad sales for the broadcast and online program, The National Marijuana News … 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel (WTRC-FM/Niles, MI) agrees to pay a $46,000 civil penalty for airing a commercial spot including EAS alert tones, following a heads-up to the FCC by the National Weather Service.
Grape Encounters Radio host David Wilson and his wife, Annie, are opening their own wine bar, Grape Encounters Em•pour•iim tomorrow (12/12). Located in California’s central coast wine country, the venue is a combination wine bar, wine accessory shop, and recording studio. Wilson (pictured at the wine bar/studio) says the new wine bar will be directly connected to his show’s state-of-the-art studio, allowing it to play a unique roll in the syndicated weekly show via bar-top microphones ready to record interviews with winemakers, listeners trying new vintages, or wine lovers spontaneous and spirited conversations about wine. “We care as much about what listeners and wine drinkers think as we do the experts,” says Wilson about the new venture. “I’m excited to get the candid, unrehearsed, objective opinions and thoughts on the things we are guiding wine drinkers to do.”