Talk And Media News Notes
October 12, 2015

A caller to Salem Radio Network’s Dennis Prager Show last week asked the veteran talk host if he’d consider being Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (apparently, the U.S. Constitution does not require the House speaker to actually be a sitting member) and asked Prager (right) how his  listeners could make that happen. While Prager said he’d be “open” to the idea, he quipped, “But it’s like saying I’m open to the idea of winning the lottery. How do we make that happen? I have no idea.” … Meanwhile, the Huffington Post’s Arnold Steinberg also ponders which other conservative Talk radio hosts might be good contenders for the Speaker’s job in a post you can read HEREWestwood One News reports the network has signed up over 110 stations nationwide that will be carrying the network’s exclusive radio coverage of tomorrow night’s (10/13) Democratic Presidential Primary Debate. Major market stations already committed to carry the debate include: WABC and WBBR/New York; KFI/Los Angeles; WLS-AM/Chicago; KSFO, KKSF, and KGO/San Francisco; WMAL-AM-FM/Washington, DC; KTRH/Houston, KCMO/Kansas City; KTLK-AM/Minneapolis; WIOD/Miami; and WLAC/Nashville. Moderated by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, the debate will air live from Las Vegas beginning at 8:30pm (ET).

Water, Water Everywhere ….
October 9, 2015

Kudos to Greater Media’s Charlotte, NC stations NewsTalk 1110 WBT-AM&FM and 107.9 The Link (WLNK) for teaming up to collect more than 200,000 bottles of drinking water for victims of last week’s disastrous flooding in South Carolina. The bottled water drive was held earlier this week, with Two Men and a Truck and Harris Tweeter donating moving trucks to help deliver the much needed H2O that was scheduled to be delivered to Columbia, SC today. Bo Thompson from WBT’s Charlotte’s Morning News and Sheri Lynch from WLNK’s Bob & Sheri Show were both on hand to help distribute the donated water.

Libertini Replaces A Legend At WABC
October 8, 2015

Cumulus Media has named veteran voice talent and creative audio production professional Christopher Libertini as Staff Announcer and Production Director for heritage News/Talker WABC/New York. Libertini (right) steps into the considerably large shoes and role formerly held by radio icon Johnny Donovan, who retired this past May after a 43-year run at WABC, dating all the way back to it’s legendary Top 40 radio days. Libertini’s impressive resume shows he has worked for some of the biggest brands in media and entertainment over the past 15 years, creating signature sounds for the likes of Howard Stern, NFL Radio, SiriusXM, ESPN, MLB, and CBS Radio. Currently, Libertini’s voice can be heard on the Cartoon Network, the Biography Channel, ads for the New York Lottery and on various documentaries.

Talk And Media News Notes
October 6, 2015

Longtime New York Mets fan and comedian Jerry Seinfeld (left) joined WOR/New York’s Howie Rose and Wayne Randazzo in the radio broadcast booth at CitiField last weekend during the second game of a double header. Along with chatting and clowning around a bit, in the top of the sixth inning Seinfeld opted to give calling play-by-play of the game a shot. Check out how he did HERE … News/Talk KFMB-AM/San Diego owner Midwest Television joins forces with crosstown Local Media San Diego, LLC in a joint agreement that forms SD Local, a new entity that will maintain local ownership of both groups, while expanding their collective footprints in America’s Finest City. Along with AM 760 KFMB, the new venture includes co-owned sister station KFMB-FM and Local Media’s trio of south-of-the-border licensed FM’s, XTRA (91X), XHTZ (Z-90) and XHRM (Magic 92.5) … From our “Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall?” Department: That’s Curtis Sliwa (right), one-half of WABC/New York’s Curtis & Kuby show, having a chat with recently named Cumulus Media interim EVP/Programming and Content, Mike McVay, during a visit by the company exec to the studios of the legendary Gotham City station.

Talk And Media News Notes
October 5, 2015

Kudos to WHO/Des Moines host Simon Conway (left) on raising $6,000 in just two hours during a recently held event to benefit Simon’s ‘pet’ charity, The Puppy Jake Foundation. The Foundation acquires, raises and professionally trains service dogs to aid physically and mentally wounded Veterans … Ryan Kramer has been promoted to Program Director for Austin’s Sports/Talk AM 1300 The Zone (KVET-AM) and sister hip-hop outlet KPEZ-FMJim Watkins reports he is ‘retiring’ from his post as National Affiliate and Marketing Director for syndicator TRN, where he’s spent most of the past 16 years of his career. Watkins says he’ll focus on a new morning show he’s hosting at WWBA/Tampa and other special projects TBA.

Millennial News Consumers Not All The Same
October 1, 2015

A recent collaboration between the Associated Press, NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute that investigated the news consumption habits of Millennials, finds there are “some clear differences from previous generations in how Millennials — the first group of Americans to grow up with digital technology — consume news and information.” Challenging the common view that Millennials believe everything on the web should be free, the study found that overall 87% of Millennials personally pay for some type of subscription or other paid service, including news or entertainment services, with 40% reporting they personally paid for news products or services out of their own pockets. The study found that older Millennials are more likely than younger Millennials to pay out of their own pocket for news (45% over age 21. vs. 23% of those 18-21), and that Millennials who pay for news are much more likely to follow sports (56% vs. 44%) and current events such as national politics (51% vs. 38%), than those who do not pay for news. Read more details and insights from this most interesting study HERE.

Clinton Wins Big In Weekly Piolin Poll
October 1, 2015

Last week the Piolin Presidential Poll — a weekly survey of listeners to nationally syndicated Hispanic radio personality Eddie Sotelo, a.k.a. Piolin, on who they plan to vote for in the 2016 presidential election — showed former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with a hefty lead over his GOP rivals among respondents to the survey of listeners to El Show de Piolin. This week’s second edition of the non-scientific poll focused on the 2016 Democratic hopefuls, with former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Obama Administration Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (pictured) leading the pack by a huge margin. Nearly 68% of respondents said they plan to vote for Hillary in the 2016 elections, with Vice President Joe Biden (who is not officially running) pacing a distant second, with just 17% of respondents saying they planned to vote for the Veep. Behind Biden was Senator Bernie Sanders, with 11.3% of respondents favoring him for President, while 3.8% of respondents said that they planned to vote for Governor Martin O’Malley.

FOX News, SiriusXM Partner For New Channel
September 30, 2015

SiriusXM and FOX News partner to offer FOX News Headlines 24/7, a new channel that will launch on October 5th. Broadcast live from FOX News headquarters in midtown Manhattan, the new channel will provide SiriusXM subscribers with real-time headlines on breaking news, national stories, politics, business, entertainment, sports, social media trends, and more … Meanwhile, reports that for the first time in the 18-year history of the FOX News Channel, just-released Nielsen ratings show the cable News/Talker was the most-watched basic cable network in primetime for an entire quarter. FNC topped all of its basic cable rivals, including perennial winners ESPN, USA and TNT, averaging a reported 1,952,000 total viewers in prime time.

Rush Revere And His Talking Horse Ride Again
September 30, 2015

Rush Revere And The Star Spangled Banner is the latest release in a series of children’s books written by Premiere Networks syndicated talker Rush Limbaugh and his wife Kathryn. The fourth book in the award-winning series features the character Rush Revere and his talking horse Liberty, as the history-seeking duo travel back in time to meet Francis Scott Key and learn just what was really happening when he wrote some of the most iconic words in our country’s history — words that would ultimately become our National Anthem. In 2014, Rush was honored as ‘Author of the Year’ by the Children’s Book Council for another book in the series, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. Limbaugh’s newest children’s book will be published next month, however pre-orders are available now from Amazon HERE.

Well, We Know He’ll Answer That 3am Call!
September 29, 2015

UnknownIn an exclusive interview with, George Noory — host of Premiere Networks nationally syndicated Coast to Coast AM — told the news website he is willing to accept a draft to run for President of the United States in 2016. While Noory says he has no plans to do anything other than continue to host his nightly talk show, at least through his current deal that ends in 2020, he acknowledges that he’s heard a substantial number of appeals from listeners across the country, asking him to run for the White House. “There is a tremendous need in this country to bring government back to the people,” Noory told WND. “People are fed up. they have had enough.” Acknowledging he’s never run for political office, Noory said he believes that this year he could make an impact running for president as a Democrat, saying that he sees the party as being in “disarray.” Read the full story, including some of the platform of ideas Noory said he’d run on, HERE.