Independent radio talk host Dave Ramsey has posted a recent four-part series on his website with tons of helpful hints and strategies on how to help you stand out in a tough job market — a must read if you’re searching for your next opportunity in the radio and media biz. One part of the series features a primer on how to better your chances when applying for a job, specifically with Dave’s company, but the advice is right on the money no matter where or what job you might be applying for. Among Dave’s tips: “Be Purposeful. Don’t use the ‘shotgun’ approach, simply applying for every job that sounds fun. When we see someone who’s applied for 10 different jobs with us at one time, it seems desperate. We want passionate people, not desperate people.” Another tip: “Research Beforehand. More than likely, we have a lot more going on here at Dave’s company than you realize. With 350 team members and 16 business units throughout the company, we are reaching out to different audiences with our message of hope. Use that knowledge and, in the interview, surprise us with what you know!” Read the rest of Dave’s advice on how to be a stand-out job applicant in today’s job market, along with his entire series designed to “make 2014 the year you find your dream job.” That’s Dave pictured on stage at another of his recent sold-out Legacy Journey Live events, this one held in conjunction with Dave Ramsey Show affiliate KTSA/San Antonio.
Broadcast and network radio veteran Tony Garcia, most recently an executive with RegionalHelpWanted.com, is getting set to launch a new venture. Garcia, well-known to many in the Talk radio biz for his years as Director of Syndication for Greater Media/Charlotte’s Bob & Sheri and Matt & Ramona shows and other projects, tell NTS MediaOnline Today he plans to remain in Denver, the city he relocated to a back in 2010 to join onTargetJobs, the parent company that purchased RegionalHelpWanted from Eric Straus. Straus announced this week that he is buying back that company and moving it back to its original headquarters in New York State’s Hudson Valley region. Look for Garcia to formally announce soon that he’ll hang out his own shingle and offer his considerable consulting, marketing, distribution and affiliate relations skills to selected shows and personalities aspiring to be syndicated. Industry friends and those interested in seeking Tony’s professional advice can reach him HERE.
Boston Talk radio veteran Howie Carr took to Twitter to announce that he’s been elected to public office even though he didn’t campaign, or even know he’d won. The WRKO afternoon host was elected to represent Precinct F on the Wellesley Town Meeting courtesy of an unsolicited write-in vote. “I am now an elected official“ tweeted Carr, along with a picture showing the official notification showing the 40 write-in mandate that swept him into office … NTS MediaOnline Today congratulates WestwoodOne syndicated Talk radio host Mark Levin (pictured/center) on being honored with the first annual Citizens United Andrew Brietbart Defender of the First Amendment Award at the 2014 CPAC in Washington, DC. In accepting the award Levin praised the late Andrew Breitbart as a “happy warrior” and added, “But I’m a pissed off warrior, quite frankly, and I don’t make any bones about it.” Breitbart.com’s Joel Pollak has the full story from yesterday’s (3/6) event HERE … Mark LaNeve has joined Entercom’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. LaNeve has served since 2012 as COO of WPP’s Global Team Ford, an agency that serves as the marketing and advertising partner to Ford and Lincoln businesses globally.
Another new study, commissioned by Salem Communications and conducted by Nielsen in conjunction with Edison Research, reveals that half the listeners to Christian Teaching and Talk (CTT) stations are under the age of 55. The data, which contradicts a common notion that CTT listeners tend to be older and less active, found that 14% of the listeners were 18 to 34, 18% were 35-49 and 18% were 50 to 54. And on average those listeners 55 and younger spend about 6.1 hours per week with CTT stations, compared to 6.4 hours weekly for those 55 and older. ”At a time when we see younger listeners leaving traditional radio and going more to their iPads, smartphones, and computers, this format is growing a younger audience base that is seeking the kind of content we produce,” said Salem VP/Director of Spoken Word Formats Phil Boyce (pictured). “Of all the age groups Salem researched, the growth in the younger demo was the most dramatic, by far.” The study included listeners to Christian Talk stations owned by Salem and other companies to determine “who they are, why they listen, and how they listen.”
In the March edition of TOWNHALL magazine, Salem Radio Network VP News/Talk Programming Tom Tradup pens a feature that focuses on the good deeds and public service of a number of key Talk radio hosts, as well as the generosity of the format’s well-heeled audience. National talk hosts noted for their efforts in the article include Rush Limbaugh, Mike Gallagher, Don Imus, Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt and others — all of whom give back in a big way, year-after-year, on behalf of numerous and varied civic and charitable causes. “My goal was to shine a spotlight on the great work that nationally-syndicated talk hosts — often maligned by the format’s critics as ‘negative’ — do to introduce their audiences to worthy charities and encourage listeners to lend a hand,” Tradup told NTS MediaOnline Today. “They are all spearheading a growing trend of Americans helping Amercans via the private sector, rather than through unwieldy and often ineffective government bureaucracies.” Tradup not only talks the talk, he also walks the walk, personally pitching in on mission trips and fundraisers for organizations such as Food For The Poor. That’s Tom pictured on a recent trip with FFTP to deliver needed essentials to Haiti. The magazine and Tom’s feature hits newsstands this week and can usually be found in Barnes & Noble and other major bookstores that carry political/opinion publications. You can see the full article HERE.
Kevin Calabro has signed a multi-year extension to remain the lead play-by-play voice of the NBA on ESPN Radio, calling regular-season, All-Star and playoff action, alongside Jon Barry, PJ Carlesimo and Stan Van Gundy. Calabro, who was previously a host at 710 ESPN/Seattle and the voice of the Seattle Sonics, moved to the ESPN Radio network in 2006 … National Talk radio host Leslie Marshall (pictured) will pull double-duty this week, hosting her own daily show and also guest-hosting The Thom Hartmann Show on Thursday (3/6). Both programs are syndicated by WYM Media Management … Syndicated talker Steve Deace has released a new book, Rules For Patriots, billed as the conservative answer to progressive community and political organizer Saul Alinski’s tome Rules For Radicals. With a forward by David Limbaugh, Deace’s recently released book is available in both print and digital editions. Find out more HERE … Condolences: To the family, friends and former colleagues of Nebraska broadcasting pioneer John C. Mitchell, who died February 28th at the age of 89. Starting his broadcasting career as a newsman and sportscaster for KGFW/Kearney, John went on to form the Mitchell Broadcasting Company, which ultimately owned more than a dozen radio stations across the Cornhusker State. Mitchell was inducted into the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 1996. Read more HERE.
Free interview guest request service RadioGuestList.com has marked a milestone, booking its 3,000th guest request since the service’s launch in 2008. The venture, founded by online entrepreneur and bestselling author Scott Fox, allows talk show producers to request exactly the types of guests they’re looking to interview and the topics they want those experts to discuss on the air. Radio Guest List then publicizes the interview guest request for free on its website and in daily emails sent to thousands of subscribers, including experts, authors, celebrities, publicists, and PR firms worldwide. ”With ever faster news cycles it can be a real challenge to find good interview guests, especially quickly and for free,” said Fox (pictured). “We’ve been proud to help thousands of radio show producers and podcasters to find thousands of great guests for their shows to entertain and inform millions of their listeners. We’re very happy about all the time, effort, and money we’ve saved our friends in the radio, TV, and podcasting talk show businesses.” To submit a free Guest Request to tell the website’s audience what experts you’d like to interview and the topics you’d like to discuss on the air, click HERE. You can also find out more about the service by emailing Scott HERE.
A couple of major changes in the news today coming out of CBS Radio’s Washington, DC cluster: First, veteran personality Don Geronimo, who signed off at CBS-owned Sports/Talker KHTK/Sacramento last fall, then resurfaced in evenings at sister station 106.7 WJFK-FM/Washington, is off the air and off the schedule at the DC Sports outlet. Geronimo, who spent the better part of two decades at WJFK before “retiring” from the station in 2008, tweeted (@dongeronimo) this comment to fans regarding his current status: “No one should be shocked I’m not in the plans for CBS/dc. I had opined recently on air how I didn’t understand the logic. Now 30 more days w/Pay from CBS, then off to brighter pastures. You know I have a lot to say on the entire matter, you’ll hear it all soon enuf, ever 4ward.”
Meanwhile, CBS Radio’s DC all news outlet WNEW-FM/Washington adjusts focus a bit to place a greater emphasis on serving Maryland listeners and commuters (the station is licensed to Bowie, MD). Effective today, WNEW has opened a Baltimore news center inside co-owned CBS Television station WJZ-TV, led by longtime Baltimore news anchor Sarah Jacobs, who has been named Bureau Chief and will oversee a team of local reporters. Additional bureaus are scheduled to open in Annapolis and Montgomery County, MD in the weeks and months ahead. WNEW will also expand its traffic reports to include “Beltway-To-Beltway” information, “From the Baltimore Beltway to the Washington Beltway and the major arteries that feed them.” Since it’s launch in January of 2012, ‘All News 99.1′ has struggled to gain traction against well-established Hubbard-owned all-newser WTOP, which regularly tops the DC radio ratings pile. Whether or not a greater focus on Baltimore (Market #21) along with DC (Market #7) will improve the station’s ratings fortunes remains to be seen. But, as one DC radio insider described the challenge to NTS MediaOnline Today, “Baltimore and Washington are two very different places. Nobody roots for the Redskins and the Ravens, or the Nationals and Orioles.” Longtime Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik offers his thoughts on WNEW’s plans for increased coverage of Baltimore and the city’s surrounding Maryland counties HERE.
Rusty Humphries has teamed with the Washington Times on a new venture that will have the veteran Talk radio host writing a weekly column for the newspaper, penning a regular blog and a hosting a daily video show, The Rusty Humphries Rebellion. The Times reports that Humphries’ appointment “is part of the Times’ aggressive expansion into the many platforms that comprise a modern media company.” The audio from Rusty’s new video show will also be streamed on the Kaliki-based, on-demand network that was recently established in partnership with the DC-based newspaper. “I’m excited to become part of the Washington Times family,” said Humphries (pictured) in a story that appeared in this past Saturday’s (3/1) edition of the newspaper. “I am proud to add my voice and my ideas to the excellent work that the Times has been producing for decades.” It’s a return to duty for Nevada Broadcasting Hall-of-Famer Humphries, who was previously heard on his eponymous long-runnning show syndicated by Talk Radio Network. However, in the wake of the well-publicized financial financial struggles at TRN, Rusty has not hosted the radio program since last October – despite the fact that the show still bears his name after months of guest hosts behind the mic. Reach out to congratulate Rusty on his new gig HERE.
In the wake of the recently announced deal that made Compass Media Networks (CMN) the exclusive representative of affiliate and ad sales for the Wall Street Radio Networks, CMN CEO Peter Kosann has announced that Susan O’Connell — Senior Director of Affiliate Sales for the Wall Street Journal Radio Network since 2006 — is joining his network as a consultant. In her new role O’Connell (pictured) will be charged with helping to manage and enhance affiliate relations and strategy for WSJ Radio affiliates, which includes some 650 radio stations nationwide that broadcast both short-form money and business news reports under the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and MarketWatch brands, and long form shows including The Wall Street Journal This Morning and The Wall Street Journal This Weekend. Both the weekday morning show and the one-hour weekend program are anchored by Gordon Deal.