WHO/Des Moines afternoon host Simon Conway (left with Joe ‘Pags’) hits another trifecta today, as he once again hosts three — count ’em, three (!) — shows in a single day. Following his WMT/Cedar Rapids, IA morning show and his PM drive show on WHO, Simon will fill-in tonight for Joe Pagliarulo on the Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated Joe Pags Show … A Florida Supreme Court judge has ruled that two attorney’s who were representing Todd ‘Bubba The Love Sponge’ Clem in a defamation suit brought against him by then crosstown WFLA/Tampa personality Todd Schnitt, should be permanently disbarred. The attorney’s — Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut — were involved in a plot to set-up one of Schnitt’s lawyers that resulted in an after hours DUI arrest of the attorney, Phillip Campbell.
Bonneville/Phoenix’ recently held its 16th annual Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH), collecting more than $1.57 million (!) in donations during the 19-hour radio simulcast on KTAR News 92.3 FM and sister Sports/Talker Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Funds raised during the Give-A-Thon benefit the hospital’s Hope Fund, which helps fund research, new clinical programs, technology upgrades, child and family-friendly services and more. “It never ceases to amaze us how our audiences respond to Give-A-Thon, but this year is made even more special by becoming the top children’s hospital radiothon fundraiser in the country,” said Scott Sutherland, VP/Market Manager for Bonneville’s stations in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. “And we’re so grateful for the support of our amazing Give-A-Thon sponsors, all of whom embrace the PCH mission and inspire their employees, customers and business partners to also contribute to the campaign.” (photo: KTAR/Martha Maurer)
WPHT/Philadelphia and morning drive personality, Chris Stigall extend their relationship, with the announcement today of a new multi-year deal that will keep The Chris Stigall Show in wake-ups on the News/Talker for the foreseeable future. Commenting on his deal extension, Stigall — who debuted in Philly in 2011 following a four-year run at KCMO/Kansas City — said, “In an ever evolving industry, I can’t express how grateful I am to CBS Radio/Philadelphia’s leadership for their unflinching support and unwavering commitment. I am proud to partner with passionate, professional and dedicated team members, including the executive team in New York and our management team in Philadelphia led by David Yadgaroff and Jared Hart. They have injected an energy and focus that’s made WPHT an incredibly exciting place to work. Most of all, I want to thank our loyal sponsors, friends, and listeners to WPHT. I have been richly blessed personally to have them with us on this journey – one we’re happy to announce will continue for years to come.”
Cumulus Media has added The Armstrong & Getty Show to wake-up listeners at four more of the company’s Talk radio stations — KKAT-AM/Salt Lake City; KTBL-AM/Albuquerque; KMJ-AM&FM/Fresno; and KVEN-AM/Ventura, CA. News/Talker KGO/San Francisco was the first Cumulus-owned Talk station to affiliate with the daily KSTE/Sacramento-based morning show hosted by Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty (left), which is regionally syndicated to about a dozen stations by iHeartMedia … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of former WJBO/Baton Rouge morning co-host Kevin Meeks, who was killed in a vehicle crash while riding his motorcycle last Friday night (8/19). The 60-year old reportedly died at the scene. Southern Louisiana’s The Advocate.com posts additional details from reporter Olivia McClure HERE.
As we’ve oft-noted over the years, when it comes to doing good deeds and making a difference in their communities, no media does it better than radio. The recent historic floods in southern Louisiana have brought out not only the best in those stations that are offering ongoing coverage of the emergency in their own backyards — stations like iHeartMedia News/Talker WJBO/Baton Rouge, Entercom Big Easy News/Talker WWL/New Orleans and Townsquare Media News/Talk KPEL/Lafayette — but also from broadcasters in other states across the country. A shining example is Alpha Media, which is using its stations nationwide to solicit listener donations to the American Red Cross relief efforts in The Bayou State. Officials estimate some 60,000 houses have been damaged by the severe flooding, plunging many families into sudden homelessness. Meanwhile, more rain and thunderstorms are predicted for the region this week. NTS MediaOnline Today readers wishing to help our Louisiana broadcast friends and others in need can make a donation by phone to 1-800-REDCROSS, or you may text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.
KXNT/Las Vegas adds two new talk shows to the CBS Radio News/Talker’s weekday lineup. Compass Media Networks syndicated The Schnitt Show slides into KXNT’s noon-3pm time slot, while Radio America’s syndicated Chad Benson Show is now heard nightly from 6-7pm. The syndicated Dave Ramsey Show moves to a new 7-10pm time slot, while local wake-up host Heidi Harris, local PM driver Alan Stock and Premiere Networks syndicated Rush Limbaugh all remain in their respective current hours … In 2003, the late ABC News Radio commentator Paul Harvey accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award and addressed the legendary R&R Talk Radio Seminar (a yearly event your editor was privileged to host for over 10 years prior to the shut-down of Radio & Records). For the very first time, videographer and ‘Radio’s Best Friend’ Art Vuolo has posted video he shot of the iconic broadcaster’s address to TRS attendees, in what turned out to be Harvey’s final appearance at an industry event. In words as fresh and relevant today as they were then, Harvey reminds us all of the power of spoken-word radio in Art’s YouTube video posted HERE.
Customizing radio messages to local markets in key battleground states is the most impactful way to swing young Independent voters in the upcoming presidential election and in critical down ballot races. That’s according to the latest report of The Local Vote 2016, the ongoing study from Katz Media Group and Nielsen to take the pulse of voters in this presidential election year and measure how various media can reach and influence the electorate. The fifth wave of information that’s been released from the study focuses on the one-in-four voters in key battleground states who are Independents. Among some of the study’s key findings:
• Radio is the #1 reaching media platform among 94% of battleground Independents, followed by broadcast TV (88%), cable TV (85%) and the mobile Internet (62%).
• Radio is also the media platform used by the most Generation X Independents in battleground states (97%).
• News/Talk/Sports Radio is listened to on a weekly basis by more Independent voters (33%) than those who watch cable news channels — CNN (23%), Fox News (15%) and MSNBC (10%).
“Independents can have a huge influence on election outcomes, and the Local Vote insights show the dominance radio has in reaching persuadable voters in battleground states,” said Pat McGee, SVP of Political Strategies for Katz Radio Group. “By combining the power of radio — the number one reaching medium for battleground Independents — with Nielsen’s Voter Ratings solution, political advertisers can precisely match voter behavior with radio listening, enabling campaigns to target key voter segments in more granular detail across each state.” Read more details from the latest chapter of the KMG/Nielsen report HERE.
In recent weeks, millions of people around the world viewing the 2016 Rio Olympic Games have learned of a phenomenon called ‘Cupping’ — defined as an ancient Chinese practice where heated glass cups are applied to the skin creating suction and “stimulating the flow of energy.” After seeing all those dark circles on the body of Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps and other athletes, WHMP/Northhampton, MA morning host Bob Flaherty (left) wondered what the treatment that’s all the rage in Brazil is all about, so he volunteered to be ‘cupped’ live on-air. Watch the results of Bob’s first ‘Cupping’ experience via Facebook Live HERE … WTMJ/Milwaukee held a ‘Community Conversation’ last night (8/17) to discuss social unrest in Milwaukee in the wake of a recent police-involved shooting. The forum provided local residents, clergy, politicians and police an opportunity to gather in the same studio (pictured) to talk about life and solutions to issues in the most challenged areas of the city. Hear the conversation HERE … Meanwhile, KTSA/San Antonio host Trey Ware will host ‘Race Relations In San Antonio and Beyond,’ another special local show focusing on community relations and racial unrest, airing at 7pm (CT) tomorrow night (8/19) on the Alpha Media-owned News/Talker … Congrats to longtime WHO/Des Moines host Jan Mickelson as he makes a triumphant return to the air on the iHeartMedia News/Talker after suffering a stroke that’s kept the nearly three-decade WHO veteran sidelined since November 2015. Des Moines’ KCCI-TV has more HERE.
Effective August 29th, Dave Hooker will join TalkRadio 102.3 WGOW/Chattanooga as co-host of the Cumulus Media station’s long-running SportsTalk afternoon show. Hooker (left) will partner with SportTalk hosts Scott ‘Quake’ McMahen and Joe ‘Cowboy’ Varner on the popular sports show that has been part of Chattanooga area sports fans’ lives for nearly three decades. He fills a chair left open by the untimely death of former co-host Gary ‘Dr. Basketball’ Haskew last month. “It’s rare to find someone of Dave’s talent that perfectly meshes with the existing on-air chemistry of the show,” said WGOW Interim PD Bill Lockhart. “Dr. B was an icon. A character with character, Gary Haskew will never be replaced. Today, WGOW honors the incredible legacy of Gary Haskew while looking to the future of SportTalk. We believe that Dave Hooker will cement the long-term success of the show.”
NTS MediaOnline Today sends our congratulations to iconic KTSA/San Antonio personality Elizabeth Ruiz on her recent induction into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame. Ruiz, a part of the KTSA staff for over three decades, is also a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame, Edgewood Hall of Fame, Fiesta San Antonio’s Order of the Cascaron, and a recipient of the Governor’s ‘Yellow Rose of Texas’ award. “Liz has been a credible voice in San Antonio for more than 30 years,” said Greg Martin, Operations Manager for Alpha Media’s Alamo City News/Talker. “Beyond her news credibility, Liz is also known for her charitable work around San Antonio having emceed hundreds of community events throughout the years.”