Talk Radio Personality News Round-Up
April 16, 2015

KHOW/Denver morning host Mandy Connell — who hosted middays for three years at sister iHeartMedia News/Talker WHAS/Louisville prior to her move to the Mile High City in 2013 — will be heard once again in ‘Kentuckiana,’ hosting a new 6-8pm weeknight show on WHAS, beginning May 18th. Connell (left) will be pulling daily double-duty, as she’ll also continue to host wake-ups at KHOW … KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh evening host Robert Mangino will team with CBS Radio/Pittsburgh personality Shelley Duffy to host the KDKA Afternoon News, starting on April 27th. The duo will join veteran newscaster Rose Ryan-Douglas, field reporter Joe DeStio and sports director Jeff Hathhorn in KDKA’s weekday 3-7pm slot … In a sign that Mike Huckabee may be moving closer to declaring a bid for the White House in 2016, the former Arkansas Governor has pulled the plug on his daily WYM Media Management-syndicated commentary, The Huckabee Report. Beginning Monday, May 4th, WYM will replace ‘Huck’ with Gallagher Online, a thrice-daily commentary hosted by Salem Radio Network host Mike Gallagher (right).

Reid Vs. Rush On CNBC
April 15, 2015

No stranger to ruffling feathers of Washington, DC’s powerful politicians, Rush Limbaugh (right) triggered some harsh words from outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), for recent comments he made on his Premiere Networks radio show about Reid’s explanation for a recent accident he had. That accident left Reid badly bruised and battered and also caused him to lose vision in his right eye. “I don’t believe for a minute that whatever happened to Harry Reid has anything to do with an exercise machine unless somebody repeatedly threw him into it,” Limbaugh said on his March 27th program. “Harry Reid looks like, is acting like, and now with his announcement [that he will leave the Senate at the end of his current term], behaving like somebody who may have been beaten up.” Asked by CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood about the comments, Reid (left) replied, “It shows the credibility of Rush Limbaugh, he’s the guy that got all this started. Why in the world would I come up with a story that I got hurt in my own bathroom with my wife standing there? How could anyone say anything like that? I think a lot of people — as I read — kind of don’t like me as a person, and I think that’s unfortunate.” See the full CNBC interview with Reid HERE.

 

WTOP Takes Home Four ‘Headliners’
April 15, 2015

Along with receiving another NAB Crystal Radio Award (see story above) WTOP/Washington was also honored this week with four National Headliner Awards, including a 1st Place trophy for WTOP.com in the ‘Website’ category. Since 1934 the Press Club of Atlantic City has given the National Headliner Awards to recognize journalistic merit in the communications industry. The Hubbard Broadcasting all-newser also was recognized with Headliners in three other categories, including ‘Newscasts’; ‘Breaking News or Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event‘; and ‘Feature and Human Interest Story.’ “It’s always great to be recognized by the National Headliner Awards, one of the oldest and largest contests in the country,” said WTOP Senior Vice President and Market Manager Joel Oxley. “And winning yet another Crystal Award is a reflection of all the hard work and dedication of our entire staff.”

Limbaugh’s 2015 Cure-A-Thon Sets New Record
April 14, 2015

Rush Limbaugh hosted his 25th annual Cure-A-Thon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society last Friday (4/10), setting a new record for the yearly event that has raised more than $44 million for cancer research over the past quarter century. As of today, this year’s Cure-A-Thon had raised $3.3 million, with donations still coming in. Kicking off this year’s live broadcast with a $600,000 donation on behalf of himself and his wife Kathryn, Limbaugh poignantly recalled his longtime Chief-of-Staff, Christopher ‘Kit’ Carson, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year. “You are going to encounter at some point in your life, if you haven’t already, somebody who contracts this disease and it’s gonna take on a very deep and personal meaning to you,” he said. “It’s gonna change your perception of things. That is why I am more determined than ever to break records this year.” Meanwhile, in other Rush Limbaugh Show news: Premiere and Emmis/Indianapolis have announced that News/Talker WIBC will no longer carry the program upon expiration of their current deal in July. Both companies expressed good will regarding the pending change, with a Premiere spokesperson confirming to NTS MediaOnline Today, “Rush Limbaugh will continue to be heard in Indianapolis and we look forward to announcing his new affiliate soon.”

Dan Mason Retiring From CBS Radio
April 13, 2015

dan-mason-bioIn a memo to staffers this morning, CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason (left) announced he is retiring. “After an unforgettable eight years leading CBS Radio, I am announcing today my retirement at the end of April,” wrote Mason. “Witnessing all that we’ve accomplished and knowing the bright future ahead for our company has not made this an easy decision. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as President and CEO and I want to express my gratitude to all of you.” Mason went on to say that despite his well-known love and passion for the radio biz, it’s time for a “pivot” in his life to spend more time leisure traveling and doing other “retirement type” things. “Broadcasting will always be part of my life,” he continued. “I am happy to continue with CBS Radio on a consulting basis and I will also be doing more work for the Broadcaster’s Foundation, a cause that I believe so much in. Finally, this fall I will be doing play-by-play for select college basketball games, a passion I followed early in my career. I guess you never get rid of the disc jockey blood you’re born with!” Mason also thanked CBS Corp. President/CEO Leslie Moonves for his support over the years saying, “Most people are lucky enough to have one great run at the helm of an organization — I’ve had two. My thanks to Leslie Moonves who has been so supportive of every new road we traveled down since this extraordinary second time around began for me in 2007. His desire for great content has been an inspiration for all of us and will no doubt continue to be the foundation of the company.”

ABC News Radio’s Davies Launches New Venture
April 13, 2015

As of last Friday (4/10) ABC News Radio reporter Richard Davies wrapped up a distinguished three-decade career at the network to pursue a new podcast venture, How Do We Fix It? Davies (right) will be joined by fellow journalist and former Popular Mechanics Editor-In-Chief, Jim Meigs as the duo calls on experts and seeks out solutions and positive views on challenging and vital matters of interest to all. “Last year, Richard Davies let me know he was interested in pursuing new opportunities that would allow him to expand his interest in Talk programming,” said ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones. “After more than 30-years with ABC News he will be trying his hand at some new things. But, happily, Richard will not end his relationship with us and, in fact, we are going to work together on some of these new program concepts. Personally, I’ve worked with Richard for over two decades and have always enjoyed his intellectual curiosity and energetic approach to our craft.” An official launch date for Davies’ new podcast venture is pending.

Dana Loesch Graces ‘Guns & Ammo’ Cover
April 13, 2015

Talk show host Dana Loesch, who is seen on TheBlaze TV and also heard daily on Talk radio nationwide via Radio America, is the cover model for the June 2015 issue of Guns & Ammo magazine. It’s the first time since 1961 that he magazine has chosen a woman to be on its cover. Loesch, who is a strong and vocal supporter of the Second Amendment and author of the book, Hands Off My Guns, drew a huge crowd to a book signing event she held over the weekend during the NRA’s annual meeting in Nashville. That’s Dana (right) pictured with a happy fan who got to meet her during her appearance, one of hundreds who lined-up to get a moment and grab an autograph from the conservative talker. Watch video HERE.

Talk And Media News Notes
April 13, 2015

Veteran media sales executive Justus Lowenberg (left) has been named Vice President of Sales for Cumulus Media-owned Right Now Traffic Network/San Francisco. Lowenberg comes to Cumulus from his most recent post in network sponsorship sales for iHeart Media’s Total Traffic Network … Veteran WORD/Greenville, SC host Bob McLain will be among numerous Talk radio personalities broadcasting from ‘Radio Row’ at the Federation For American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) annual Hold Their Feet To The Fire event in Washington, DC this week … KFGO/Fargo adds more hardware to the Midwest Communications-owned News/Talker’s trophy case, picking up 15 awards over the weekend at the Midwest Journalism Conference held in Bloomington, MN. KFGO was recognized in several categories by the six-state Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association and the Minnesota Associated Press.

WABC/New York mid-morning host and FOX News personality Geraldo Rivera emceed a recent event hosted by the New York City Police Department’s ‘Sergeants Benevolent Association,’ to honor Salem Radio Network syndicated talker Mike Gallagher. Mike received the group’s 108th annual Heroism Award for his work on and off the air in support of the NYPD and police officers nationwide through his non-profit Gallagher’s Army Fallen Officer Fund. Pictured (l-r) are Gallagher, SBA President Ed Mullins and Geraldo.

Network/Syndication News Notes
April 10, 2015

Talk Shows USA’s syndicated Cigar Dave Show adds WRPW/Colfax, IL, WMXI/Laurel, MS and WYRD/Greenville-Spartanburg, SC as the latest affiliates of the long running weekly show that Dave (left) proudly declares is “devoted to the Alpha male lifestyle” … Doug Stephan — who already hosts a daily and weekend edition of his syndicated Good Day show, launches another new weekend program, American Family Farmer. The topic is near and dear to Doug’s heart as, along with being a Talk radio host, he’s also the head honcho of Eastleigh Farm in Framingham, MA … Mobile audio platform TuneIn is offering on-the-go access to Westwood One’s coverage of this weekend’s Masters Tournament in Augusta. Last year TuneIn reported over 95,000 listening hours and more than 177,000 “unique” listeners for the annual PGA classic … Sun Broadcast Group’s syndicated Marilu Henner Show adds new affiliates KHUC/Pine Bluff, AR; WGGH/Marion, IL; KTUI/Sullivan, MO; and WIMS/Michigan City, IN … Suburban Houston AM KJOZ/Conroe, TX adds Yahoo Sports Radio’s customized Sports Flash updates to its programming lineup.

Are We Reporting The News, Or Making It?
April 9, 2015

As part of an ongoing series called What America Thinks, Rasmussen polled voters on the question, “Does the media make the news, or just report it.” The recent debate over Indiana’s so-called ‘Religious Freedom’ law is the latest media firestorm to grab the public’s attention, and 51% of respondents told Rasmussen they believe the media and activist groups make such laws seem more discriminatory than they really are. Still, 53% said that they do worry that such laws will or could lead to widespread discrimination against gays. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds told researchers the media “overhypes” incidents involving black citizens and white cops, saying they actually believe the media is making it more dangerous for police officers to do their jobs. 54% of voters think the news media has “too much power and influence over government decisions,” and just 60% consider the news reported by the media to be at least “somewhat trustworthy.” Read more results from the Rasmussen poll HERE.