Bubba Bounced @ “Bone”
August 29, 2014

Cox Media Group/Tampa’s FM talker 102.5 The Bone (WHPT) is redesigning the station’s daily programming lineup and, as a result, the Bubba The Love Sponge Show is no longer on the roster. While The Bone will no longer carry Bubba, CMG/Tampa will continue to be the “technical head” for the Bubba Radio Network, with his show continuing to air on affiliates in Florida, Nevada and South Carolina. “We appreciate everything Bubba’s show has done for us over the past six years,” said CMG/Tampa Bay Market Manager Keith Lawless. “We now are taking the station in a different direction. CMG periodically changes direction, talent and format of its various media programs in order to provide our audiences with fresh perspectives and compelling content. The Bone has proven to be one of America’s most outspoken radio stations. Tampa Bay can expect The Bone to continue to deliver ‘Real, Raw, Radio’ every day.”  Effective September 2nd the station’s new lineup includes The Mike Calta Show (6-10am); The Billy Madison Show (10am-noon); The Shannon Burke Show (noon-3pm); In Your Face with Drew Garabo (3-7pm); and The Bone Daily Rewind Show (7-10pm).

Talk Media News Notes
August 29, 2014

BradandBrittBrad Krantz and Britt Whitmire (pictured) — late of News/Talker WBT/Charlotte – join that city’s WJZY-TV to offer weekend commentaries on the station’s Good Morning Carolinas. The duo will also continue to host their recently launched daily podcast … CBS Radio/New York sales veteran Sean Argaman is tapped to succeed Stephanie McNamara as GSM at Big Apple Sports/Talker WFAN. Sean most recently led sales efforts for WFAN’s New York Yankees Radio Network … The NAB has filed official comments with the FCC on a potential rule-making that would require radio broadcasters to post public and political files to the FCC’s online database. While TV broadcasters are already required to make such filings, the NAB points out that the sheer overall number of radio stations vs. television stations nationwide could overwhelm the Commission’s existing database, and notes that local station staffing levels needed to implement such a rule making vary widely from city-to-city. See the NAB’s full comments to the FCC HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
August 28, 2014

Mike Bennett, co-host of Adult Contemporary WHUD/Peekskill, NY’s Mike & Kacey morning show, has joined the lineup at Envision Networks’ syndicated America Weekend. Bennett will take over as host of the weekend Talk block’s Saturday morning hours on August 30th. He’ll join America Weekend’s revised programming lineup that already includes Ed Kalegi, Smith and SabatinoAnimal Radio, and Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline … Benztown and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation recently welcomed more than 300 celebrities, voice-over stars, poker players and party guests to Santa Monica, California’s Museum of Flying for SAGF’s 4th Annual Poker Classic and Party, benefiting the SAGF’s Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab — a state-of-the-art voice over facility that offers free workshops, seminars and demonstrations led by industry experts for voice-over artists. The fully-equipped studio also allows voice-over artists to perfect their craft by making demo reels and recording auditions, all at no cost. Pictured above is the Benztown gang, along with other ‘DLFVOL’ supporters enjoying the fun evening.

Lineup Adjustments At Federal News Radio
August 27, 2014

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned Federal News Radio is shuffling the lineup at the online and on-air outlet targeting DC’s federal government workers and those who provide services to the federal bureaucracy. Federal Drive co-host Emily Kopp will move from anchoring the morning program with Tom Temin to a new position as a full-time reporter for both the digital and radio operations. Kopp will continue to contribute to the Federal Drive morning show and will also be featured on In-Depth with Francis Rose. Current morning digital writer/editor Shefali Kapadia also moves to a new producing role to support Temin, with the station planning to hire a new digital writer to replace her. “By making these shifts, we are able to optimize the incredible talents of our people and bring more depth to our presentation,” said Program Director Lisa Wolfe. “The end result will be more news stories told in a variety of ways for air and online. Tom Temin’s broadcasting abilities are so polished he will shine as the solo anchor of the Federal Drive.” The changes take effect on September 2nd.

“We’re Going To Have To Do Less, With Less”
August 26, 2014

That’s the edict given to CNN employees by Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide, in a news call with staffers that was reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. CNN employees have been walking on eggshells over the past few weeks, following a recent memo from Turner Broadcasting chief John Martin that said “a more streamlined company” was being pursued by senior management, and that employees should expect to hear more “soon.” Apparently “soon” has come, as Turner has just announced voluntary buyouts to employees 55 and older, who have been with the company for at least 10 years. CNN Money reports that those who volunteer will receive nine weeks of salary, in addition to four weeks of salary for each year of employment. But the package is available to a group of employees that represent only about 6% of Turner’s total U.S. employees. By all accounts a much larger set of layoffs and cost-cutting measures are being considered and are expected to take place between now and the end of the year. Read more details HERE.

Ronn Owens Reveals He Has Parkinson’s
August 26, 2014

As our NTS MediaOnline Today Facebook friends and Twitter followers first learned late yesterday, longtime KGO/San Francisco mid-morning host Ronn Owens revealed to listeners on his Monday (8/25) show that he has Parkinson’s, a progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system for which there is no known cure. In a conversation with the San Francisco Chronicle’s David Weigand, Owens says he’s had the condition for more than a decade but never talked about it beyond family and a few close friends up until now. “I could not stand the thought of people feeling sorry for me,” he said. “I don’t want to be defined by Parkinson’s.” The Bay Area Talk radio veteran also told the newspaper he was was inspired to go public with the news after learning that the late Robin Williams had also suffered from the disease. “I felt it was important to tell people that you can have it like I have for over 12 years and not be severely impacted [Owens is on medication to help control the disease's symptoms]. It’s possible — and it’s not a death sentence.” Read the full article posted at sfgate.com HERE. Meanwhile, friends and colleagues wishing to reach out to Ronn can email him directly HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
August 26, 2014

CBS Radio and Townsquare Media have partnered to create the Michigan News Network, (MNN) a statewide service that will provide affiliated stations across The Great Lakes State with news, sports and other local content produced by CBS Radio/Detroit’s Newsradio 950 (WWJ-AM) and Sports/Talk 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM). MNN will debut on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, on a reported 20 stations throughout the state, including affiliates in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor … Politico.com’s Dylan Byers reports that SiriusXM is “pulling the plug” on The Bob Edwards Show. Edwards, who previously had a lengthy run hosting NPR’s Morning Edition, joined the satcaster after an acrimonious breakup with NPR in 2004. Now it appears cost-cutting at SiriusXM has again claimed Edwards, with his last show scheduled to air September 26th … Even though WJR/Detroit morning host Paul W. Smith was on vacation with his family in Paris, France this past week, he still couldn’t escape the nationwide ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ phenomenon, with his call-out coming directly from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “I offered my splash and cash along the Seine River,” said Smith (pictured). “I in turn have now challenged my soon to be fellow syndicated Talk radio host, Congressman Mike Rogers!”

WLS Radio Finds Its Next ‘Talk Star’
August 25, 2014

For the third consecutive year, Cumulus Media-owned News/Talker WLS/Chicago went on the hunt for the station’s next Talk radio star, with John Chase Gregoles of Lake Geneva, WI emerging from the competition as the 2014 winner. A day-trader with a background on the professional wrestling circuit, Gregoles stated that his goal is to “broaden the audience of Talk radio.” WLS Program Director Peter Bolger notes that the last two winners of the annual station contest are still on the air hosting a weekend shows and doing occasional fill-ins, and he hopes Gregoles will follow a similar path. For his efforts Gregoles will get to host a two-hour show on WLS, including a limo ride to and from the studio, a trip for two to Riveria Maya, Mexico and — of course – the coveted WLS ‘Talk Star Trophy ‘which Gregoles is seen gleefully hoisting in the photo above.

Talk Media News Notes
August 22, 2014

Tree Media, a production company focused on “inspiring positive social action,” with the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and in collaboration with WYM Media Management syndicated progressive talker Thom Hartmann, has released CARBON, a film narrated by DiCaprio “aimed at exploring crucial issues related to the climate crisis.” The film is the first of a three part Green World Rising film series that will be released in advance of next month’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York City. “We need serious action to address the most pressing issue of our time,” said Hartmann (pictured). “Communities across the world have taken action in the most direct and effective way possible by taxing and trading carbon. For us to beat this crisis, many more need to join.” The film can be viewed online HERE.

CBS Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb gets a TV simulcast of his show via the company’s CBS Sports Network television channel, beginning Monday (8/25). The three-hour show will air weekdays from 3-6pm (ET), originating from a new camera friendly set located at CBS Sports Radio’s NYC studios. Check out a preview HERE … WestStar Multimedia’s syndicated Kim Komando Show adds a trio of new weekly believers including KOIL/Omaha, WSPC/Albemarle, NC and WOBM/Toms River, NJ.

Talk Media News Notes
August 21, 2014

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.