Longtime Atlanta radio personality and two-time NAB Marconi Award nominee Steve McCoy is returning to daily duty at Cumulus Media-owned News Radio 106.7 (WYAY), where he’ll host mornings beginning on Monday (3/1). McCoy’s 25-year career on Atlanta radio began at Z-93, where he ultimately became the longest-running morning personality in that station’s history. He’s also hosted successful shows on Atlanta stations Power 99, Star 94 and WSB-FM. “After months of fishing, and finding myself grabbing the mic at the supermarket checkout and doing a morning show for those in the meat department, I figured it was time to get back on the air,” said McCoy. “I’m thrilled to be back on Atlanta radio and reunited with all those I grew up with. What makes this even more special is joining the team at News Radio 106.7, Atlanta’s home for local News and Talk.”
On the heels of the recent announcement that the Dave Ramsey Show has joined the lineup at CBS Radio/Washington’s All News 99.1 (WNEW-FM) comes news of another major affiliate for the independently syndicated talk show, as Greater Media News/Talker WBT/Charlotte adds Dave to their lineup, where he’ll air nightly from 7-10pm starting March 2nd … Meanwhile back in DC, Westwood One’s syndicated Overnight America with Jon Grayson is the second long form talk show added to the WNEW-FM lineup, where it now airs from 2-5am … Alpha Media News/Talker 550 KTSA/San Antonio expands its footprint in South Texas with the addition of a new FM simulcast (via translator) at 107.1.
At the annual NRB gathering in Nashville, announcements of two new nationally syndicated talk shows made news this week. Salem Media Group has inked a deal with noted author, columnist, speaker and TV personality Eric Metaxas to host a new Salem Radio Network-distributed talk show, from 2-4pm (ET) weekdays, beginning April 20th. “We are extremely enthusiastic to have Eric join the Salem platform,” said SRN Senior VP Phil Boyce. “I have tried to get Eric to join us for two years and this opportunity seemed to be a perfect match. He’ll do a great show every day that will inspire listeners and help stations grow their audience.” Indicating the network’s confidence in the broad appeal of Metaxas, David Santrella, President of Salem Broadcast Media adds, “Our goal is to create a great talk program that Christian stations will feel proud to carry, but could also be a true cross-over to the News/Talk arena.”
Also announcing a return to national syndication this week at the NRB event was veteran Christian radio personality Dawson McAllister. Following his return to Christian radio earlier this month on WAY-FM, The HopeLine with Dawson McAllister is now offering clearance to the general Christian market focusing on Contemporary Christian radio stations. The weekly three-hour interactive call-in show, which airs Saturday nights from 9pm-midnight (ET), encourages young listeners in their teens and 20s to call and talk to Dawson about all the issues of their lives. Former show producer and Wingate Media Group namesake Ike Wingate is handling affiliations for McAllister’s new Saturday night program and can be reached HERE.
Bruce DuMont, longtime host and founder of the weekly syndicated political chat fest Beyond The Beltway, says that despite learning that last weekend’s show would be the final airing of the program in Chicago on WLS, his four decade on-air streak in the Windy City will remain unbroken, thanks to independently-owned AM 1590 WCGO/Evanston-Chicago which wasted no time signing up as the new Chicagoland broadcast radio home of BTB. Ironically, it’s not the first time Bruce has been heard on AM 1590, where he actually began his radio career in 1973 as a weekend quiz show host on then WLTD! DuMont says he has been heard on the air in Chicago every week since then, on one station or another. “I’m happy that my 42 consecutive years on-air streak is still alive and pleased that it will keep going, thanks to the current ownership of the station where I spoke into my first microphone,” said DuMont (pictured). WCGO is owned and operated by Kovas Communications, Inc.
Salem Media Group will team up with CNN as the exclusive radio outlet to broadcast three GOP presidential primary debates, sanctioned by the Republican National Committee. Salem will air the debates live with special pre and post-debate coverage on the Salem Radio Network, the company’s owned and operated News/Talk stations, and on conservative news and opinion websites. The first of the three debates will take place September 16th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in southern California. SRN nationally syndicated host Hugh Hewitt will join in the Q&A of that debate, with additional Salem national hosts to be announced as leading participants in future debate coverage. “I am delighted to be included with journalists posing questions as part of one of America’s finest political traditions — the presidential debate,” said Hewitt (pictured). “These debates come at a critical time and good questions will allow Republican primary voters the opportunity to see and hear their would-be nominees provide answers to issues that genuinely concern them. Any reporter who is also a political junkie welcomes the chance to be on such a panel, which of course I do.”
Veteran sports reporter Adam Kaufman has been promoted to Morning Sports Anchor (5-9am) at CBS Radio/Boston News/Talker WBZ NewsRadio 1030 effective immediately. Not content with having just one gig, Kaufman — an experienced multi-platform sports journalist for more than a decade — will also continue to be a show host on co-owned CBS Radio/Boston FM Sports/Talker 98.5 The Sports Hub and on the CBS Sports Radio network. Additionally, he’ll retain his duties as a sports columnist for Boston.com and as a regional television anchor for Comcast SportsNet/New England. The Syracuse University grad’s local New England sports media experience also includes two seasons as the lead play-by-play voice of Boston College men’s hockey and five years with the NHL Boston Bruins’ minor league affiliate in Providence.
Longtime San Diego-based Talk radio host Roger Hedgecock has announced he will end his Radio America nationally syndicated show next month. After an early career in law and politics — including serving as Mayor of San Diego — in 1986 Hedgecock (right) began his Talk radio career at KSDO/San Diego, later moving to crosstown KOGO, then to AM 760 KFMB, where he’s been heard since 2011. Hedgecock will continue to be heard locally on KFMB in a new role, offering twice daily commentaries on the heritage News/Talker, and also serving as a special election coverage correspondent for co-owned KFMB-TV. Concurrent with Hedgecock’s departure from full-time duty, KFMB-AM midday host Mike Slater will move up to the station’s 3-6pm afternoon drive slot, meaning there’s a prime on-air opportunity opening in America’s Finest City. If you believe you have the right stuff, email your resume and audio to PD Dave Sniff directly HERE.
Meanwhile, Radio America announces that Chad Benson will become the network’s newest nationally syndicated show host. Benson (pictured) will takeover Hedgecock’s nightly 6-9pm (ET) time slot on Monday, March 30th. A release from Radio America calls Benson “part of a New Generation of talk hosts” and characterizes him as, “conversational, informative, irreverent and very funny.” The 22-year radio veteran, who began his career in music radio, first honed his Talk radio skills across the pond at TalkRadioUK. Since his return to the U.S. he has hosted talk shows at ‘K-News’ in Palm Springs and KTSA/San Antonio.
Effective today, WHO/Des Moines afternoon host Simon Conway (left) is now pulling statewide double-duty, adding wake-up hosting chores at iHeartMedia sister News/Talker WMT/Cedar Rapids. Meanwhile, Conway (along with several other Iowa talk hosts) is singled out by Bloomberg as one of the Hawkeye State’s Talk radio “gatekeepers” for GOP presidential hopefuls, as the 2016 race for the nomination and the White House heats up. Read the feature HERE … audioBoom and AdLarge Media partner to launch a new podcast hosted by comedian/actor Russell Brand. The 45-minute show will be available via audioBoom every Wednesday and Sunday, beginning February 25th … In a related news item, an early release from the 2015 Infinite Dial study by Edison Research and Triton Digital reports that the monthly reach of podcasting is now up to 17% of Americans (12+), or approximately 46 million people. Read more about this finding HERE.
The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) will posthumously honor the late CBS News reporter and 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon with RTDNF’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the group’s 25th annual First Amendment Awards ceremony, on March 11th, in Washington, DC. Simon (right), one of the most honored journalists at CBS News, was tragically killed in a recent auto accident in New York City … The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will speak to attendees at the upcoming 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, April 15th at 9am … WVBZ-FM/Greensboro will become the new exclusive radio flagship for North Carolina State University football and basketball games, beginning with the upcoming fall season.
Beasley Media Group has debuted MoneyTalk 1010 AM, billed as “the Tampa Bay area’s only exclusively financial talk formatted radio station.” Along with timely financial information and news of economic and business trends, the new station will also offer “an assortment of health, lifestyle, and general information programs delivered by a wide variety of local and national broadcasters.” The newly re-branded station will be led by market veteran and former CBS Radio exec, Charlie Ochs (most recently a financial professional with Prudential Financial in Tampa), who has been named General Manager. “When I retired from the radio business in 2008 returning to it was not a remote thought, but it was never a question with Beasley Media Group’s acquisition of the stations and the opportunity to work with [Market Manager] Kent Dunn and Brian Beasley,” said Ochs (pictured). “Managing the only exclusively business Talk radio station in the Tampa Bay area is a great combination of my radio and financial background.”