Penguins, And Pasta, And Pittsburgh … Oh My!
September 19, 2014

If you noticed your stock in Mylanta making an incredible jump in value today, it’s probably due to the fact that this morning marked the 31st annual KDKA/Pittsburgh Spaghetti Breakfast held at the city’s Heinz Hall Garden Plaza. The once a year, only-in-Pittsburgh event benefits The Little Sisters of the Poor, a charity that was long supported by the event’s founder, retired KDKA talk host John Cigna, who passed away in 2011 at age 75. Shown smiling and steeling their stomachs for an early morning plate full of of penne pasta, sausage, bread and all the fixings are (L-R): KDKA morning co-host Larry Richert; David Peart, Pittsburgh Penguins’ SVP/ Sales and Service; morning co-host John Shumway; and CBS Radio/Pittsburgh SVP and Market Manager Michael Young.

Marconi Memories
September 19, 2014

It was just one week ago today when this year’s Marconi Award honorees awakened for the first time knowing that their name will be enshrined alongside a 25-year roster of the best-of-the best in radio. With that in mind, NTS MediaOnline Today offers this photo shout-out to two more of this year’s deserving winners from News/Talk radio. That’s WOWO/Ft. Wayne Program Director Ryan Reker (left), as he accepts the Medium Market Station of the Year award from syndicated morning team Bob & Tom and even managed to grab an impromptu ‘selfie’ as the trio exited the stage … Meanwhile, if you look up the phrase “Community Service” there’s a good chance you’ll find a picture of KIDO/Boise morning host Kevin Miller (right). Miller channels his inner ‘Fonzie’ with a big thumbs-up on being named the 2014 Medium Market Personality of the Year. Once again, our congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and winners who truly represent the best of our industry.

Talk Media News Notes
September 19, 2014

Among those lined up in the wee small hours of the morning to buy the new iPhone today was Salem Radio Network host Mike Gallagher, who joined other fanatics in a pre-dawn line of about 500 people outside an Apple store Greenville, SC. FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace — who is a regular on Mike’s radio show each Friday — called the SRN host as “an idiot” and “a laughingstock” for “waiting in the cold and dark” just to buy a new iPhone. Check out Wallace’s good-natured ribbing of Gallagher HERE … It sort of goes without saying that it’s been pretty tough to find much good to say about the NFL in recent days. But during last night’s Thursday Night Football game, Atlanta Falcons’ return specialist Devin Hester broke an NFL record, passing Deion Sanders as he recorded his 20th career return touchdown. Check out Westwood One Sports play-by-play voice Ian Eagle as he makes the national network radio call of the record-breaking event HERE … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of longtime DC broadcaster Jerry Phillips who died August 29th at age 75 as the result of multiple myeloma. Over the course of some four decades on the air in the nation’s capitol, the Washington, DC Hall of Fame broadcaster aired on WHUR, WBIG and WTEM. The Washington Post has more on Phillips’ career HERE.

DCCC Launches Attack On Limbaugh
September 18, 2014

A fundraising email sent out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) this week is urging recipients to sign a petition demanding that companies pull all advertising support from Rush Limbaugh’s program. The DCCC email reported that, during a discussion on rape and domestic violence, Limbaugh said, “‘No’ means ‘yes’ — if you know how to spot it.” Limbaugh’s camp wasted no time in firing back at the latest attack on the talk host by his critics, with spokesperson Brian Glicklich stating, “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) email about Rush Limbaugh is an intentional lie, using 10 words carefully selected from his full comments to imply the opposite of what he actually said. It is a disturbing and cynical attempt to fundraise from the serious problem of sexual abuse. Even for the partisan DCCC, this reprehensible behavior reaches a new low. They should apologize to women everywhere, and donate the funds they raised by this fiction to the real victims of sexual violence. We are waiting for their explanation.” At last check the online petition had attracted some 250,000 responses.

TRANSCRIPT OF LIMBAUGH’S ON-AIR COMMENTS:

“Consent must be freely given, can be withdrawn at any time, and the absence of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes.’” How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that ”no” means “yes” if you know how to spot it? Let me tell you something. In this modern world, that is simply not tolerated. People aren’t even gonna try to understand that one. I mean, it used to be said it was a cliche. It used to be part of the advice young boys were given. See, that’s what we gotta change. We have got to reprogram the way we raise men.”

You can also watch video of Limbaugh’s comments, recorded live during his Premiere Networks syndicated radio show HERE.

Talk Media News Notes
September 18, 2014

KXL/Portland mid-morning host Jim Villanucci has resigned from the Alpha Media News/Talker, citing “personal reasons.” That means KXL’s head programming honcho Scott Mahalick is now on the hunt for Villanucci’s replacement. Email your resume and audio with “KXL Opening” in the subject line HERE … CBS Radio/Las Vegas expands duties for Charese Fruge, upping her to the newly created role of VP/Programming for the six-station cluster. Cat Thomas continues as PD for the cluster’s spoken-word outlets, News/Talker KXNT-AM&FM and Sports/Talk KXST … Last March we told you that KFYI/Phoenix host Barry Young will retire on November 7th, capping a nearly three decade career at the iHeart Media-owned News/Talker. Now we learn who will succeed Barry in morning drive, as PD Neil Larrimore reports  current afternooner Mike Broomhead (pictured above with Barry) will set an alarm for a considerably earlier wake-up call beginning November 10th. Meanwhile, Larrimore tells NTS MediaOnline Today that the search for a new PM drive personality is already underway.

Network/Syndication News
September 18, 2014

After a 12-year run Jeff Weber is leaving Biz TalkRadio and Lifestyle TalkRadio Network, where he’s served as EVP, acting CEO and, most recently, president under new owners Center Post Holdings. Weber (pictured) is joining Synchronicity in a consulting role, where he’ll assist with the digital media company’s day-to-day operations. He’s also signed on to consult Connecticut-based Forte Family Broadcasting. Reach Jeff HEREABC News Radio inks a new affiliation deal with Hearst News/Talker WBAL/Baltimore and sister rocker WIYY (98 Rock) … Westwood One has extended its partnership with Harpo Studios and Dr. Mehmet Oz to continue syndication of the one-minute feature, Daily Dose with Dr. OzThe Weather Channel Radio Network adds new affiliates WBT/Charlotte, WIHN-WBBE-WWHX/Bloomington, IL and WXKQ/Key WestTalk Shows USA’s weekly syndicated Life As You Own It show adds KGFY/Stillwater, OK, KMAS/Shelton, WA and KYUL/Scott City, KS.

Joan Hamburg Returns To NYC Radio
September 17, 2014

New York City’s ‘First Lady of Radio’ Joan Hamburg is returning to the Big Apple’s airwaves to host a new weekly program on WABC/New York. A fixture for decades at iHeart Media’s crosstown WOR, Hamburg will be heard on Cumulus Media’s WABC on Saturdays, from 1-3pm, beginning this weekend (9/20). Commenting on her return to the air after a three-month hiatus since she left WOR Hamburg said, “How excited I am to join legendary WABC radio and work with [Market Manager] Kim Bryant, [Program Director] Craig Schwalb and the rest of the Cumulus family. And what a treat to join their roster of the best talk talent in the country. New York get ready. The conversation is about to begin.” Hamburg, who was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2012 and has been named New Yorker of the Year by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, joins a lineup at WABC that also includes Geraldo Rivera, Pat Kiernan, Rita Cosby, Curtis Sliwa & Ron Kuby and Larry Mendte.

Talk Media News Notes
September 17, 2014

24-year Pittsburgh radio personality and comedian Jim Krenn hooks up with KDKA, where he’ll co-host the station’s morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway every Friday, from 8-9am. Krenn will kick-off his new radio stint this Friday (9/13), broadcasting live during the CBS Radio News/Talker’s annual Spaghetti Breakfast in downtown Pittsburgh … Alpha Media News/Talker WHIS/Bluefield, WV adds a new local show, The Bottom Line with Mike McClanahan. Airing Thursdays from 8-9am, the new program is aimed at helping people improve their performance and experience in their day-to-day work lives … Chicago media reporter Robert Feder notes that longtime Windy City talk host and newsman Cisco Cotto is joining CBS Radio/Chicago’s all-newser WBBM. Read more HERE … Pictured above at the recent Survivor In The City event held in Chicago to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation are (L-R): WGN/Chicago’s Andrea Darlas, Sutherland Media namesake and event organizer Janet Sutherland, WLS Radio’s Jennifer Keiper (a brain aneurysm survivor) and legendary sports media personality Chet Coppock. Chet has donated a portion of proceeds from the sale of his new book, Laying It On The Line, to the charity.

Tim Lewis Named PD At WJBC
September 16, 2014

30-year radio broadcasting professional Tim Lewis has been named Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for Cumulus Media-owned News/Talker WJBC-AM 1230/BloomingtonThe Voice of Central Illinois. Lewis (pictured) joins the station from Riverbend Communications News/Talk KBLY/Idaho Falls, where he was Program Director and morning drive host. His radio resume also includes prior news stints at KSL/Salt Lake City, KOA/Denver, WLW/Cincinnati, and KLO/Ogden, UT. Lewis is a two-time Murrow Award recipient for his work at KOA, and was recently named Personality of the Year by the Idaho State Broadcasters Association for his KBLY morning show. “I’m incredibly humbled at the opportunity to come to Cumulus Media and help direct the operations at such a heritage station like WJBC,” said Lewis. “So much history in the building, and close to 90-years of quality radio. I am eager to hit the ground running and continue to bring the listeners in Central Illinois great talk and the best sports coverage. I welcome the challenge of maintaining the quality of the past, and pressing forward boldly.”

Wittmayer To Head Up Cumulus/SFO
September 15, 2014

Justin Wittmayer has been appointed Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus Media/San Francisco. Most recently VP/Sales for Clear Channel/Miami, Wittmayer’s radio resume also includes prior stints as GSM for Clear Channel’s crosstown San Francisco cluster, as well as GSM and DOS for CC’s San Jose stations. He’ll now oversee Cumulus Media’s seven Bay Area radio stations, including News/Talkers KGO and KSFO, and Sports/Talk duo KNBR and KTCT. “I am overcome with excitement to be joining the Cumulus team in San Francisco,” said Wittmayer (pictured). “Cumulus has afforded me a prodigious and challenging opportunity to partner with a brilliant organization and legendary brands in my hometown. I can’t wait to get started.”