BIA/Kelsey’s annual radio revenue report is out, with five stations from the world of spoken-word radio landing on the list of radio’s Top 10 billing stations, including: WTOP/Washington (#2); WCBS-AM/New York (#4); WINS & WFAN/New York (tied #7); and WBBM/Chicago (#10). iHeartMedia CHR KIIS/Los Angeles took the ranking’s top spot this year … Politico.com’s Dylan Byers reports that nationally syndicated Talk radio host and FOX News regular Laura Ingraham (right) is planning to launch a new conservative news and opinion site. Byers says former Daily Caller political reporter Neil Munro may also be involved in the rumored venture. Read the full story HERE.
A press release from Premiere Networks notes that Coast To Coast host George Noory will interview three special guests on his late night radio show tonight — Walter, Elvira and Bobo (left), who are reportedly the world’s only living three-headed human. Said to have been born in 1963, the trio will talk with Noory about how they were mysteriously conjoined and what life is like when three people share the same body. This exclusive interview will be available for one night and one night only — tonight, April 1st – and that’s no ‘fooling’!
With 2015 being the year that Millennials officially surpass Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation, NTS MediaOnline Today continues our ongoing reports on news about how the media habits of the growing Generation Y will impact the future of spoken-word radio in the decade ahead. eMarketer.com says Facebook is reportedly in talks with “several news publishers” about hosting their news content inside of the social media platform. Millennials would likely approve of such an alliance, as recent research finds the majority log on to Facebook at least daily — often multiple times — to check out the latest news stories and headlines. “According to February 2015 research by The Media Insight Project for the American Press Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago, 57% of US millennials checked Facebook at least once a day to get news and information, with 30% logging on several times a day and 14% doing so nearly constantly. No other social site came close in respondents for this frequency.” Read more HERE.
Radio and TV veteran Dan Mitchinson (right) has been tapped to co-host 93.1 and AM 1530 KFBK/Sacramento’s Morning News with long time wake-up host Amy Lewis. The Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike award-winning broadcaster will assume his new duties at the iHeartMedia News/Talker on April 6th. “Dan brings a unique combination of experience and success in the News/Talk format, along with a passion to evolve our appeal to the next generation of listeners,” said Don Parker, SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia/Sacramento. “He and Amy Lewis are a natural fit to continue KFBK’s dominance in morning drive.” Commenting on his pending move to California’s capitol city Mitchinson said, “KFBK is one of the most successful News/Talk stations in the country. As the format has evolved and grows on FM, listeners appreciate that it’s more than just reading headlines. It’s about telling stories that connect with our audience and developing that bond with listeners that gives them a reason to tune in every morning.”
Salem Radio Network talk host Mike Gallagher will ‘hit the boards’ once again, appearing as three different characters in an upcoming stage production of Ferguson: The Play, April 26th-29th in Los Angeles. The production is a staged reading of Grand Jury witness testimony from the controversial case involving the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer that resulted in riots in streets of the Missouri town, as well as protests nationwide. At the end of the production, the theatre audience will be asked to judge whether or not police officer Darren Wilson should have been indicted. Gallagher (right) is no stranger to performing on the stage, having appeared in numerous theater productions, including an appearance on Broadway in the musical Memphis. He’s also received a Tony Award as an investor in the 2014 Broadway revival of Pippin.
WGN/Chicago announced its 2015 Walk of Fame class during the this morning’s (3/27) Steve Cochran Show. On May 29th, ten WGN broadcasting legends will be honored with a public ceremony and live broadcast at the Tribune Tower. Honorees include Steve Bertrand, Lyle Dean, Dave Eanet, Steve King, Franklyn MacCormack, Lou Manfredini, Johnnie Putman, Ward Quaal, Ron Santo and Eddie Schwartz. They’ll all be commemorated with bronze plaques placed outside WGN Radio’s Allstate Showcase Studio. “This year’s Walk of Fame class pays tribute to a group of truly unique voices,” said Todd Manley, VP Programming & Content for the Tribune-owned News/Talker. “Each one of them invented or discovered new ways to tell memorable stories.”
Delmarva Broadcasting News/Talker WDEL/Wilmington, DE will soon be available on FM, with a planned flip of soon-to-be-acquired WJKS (Kiss 101.7)/Canton, NJ to a simulcast of WDEL. Delmarva previously agreed to purchase WJKS from QC Communications and has been operating the station under an LMA since January. The sale is reportedly set to become final on March 31st. WDEL Director of News and Programming Chris Carl told NTS MediaOnline Today, “It will be a 100% simulcast with WDEL-AM and at some point after the deal closes, if we haven’t already, we’ll apply to the FCC to change the call letters to WDEL-FM.” Carl confirmed the last day for WJKS’ current format will be March 31st, with the official format flip to WDEL’s News/Talk programming at midnight on April 2nd — after a bit of April Fool’s Day stunting.
Kevin Wall is returning to Las Vegas Talk radio, with a new show on KBET. Wall — most recently heard on crosstown KXNT — will slide into the noon-3pm slot that has been occupied by Westwood One’s syndicated Dennis Miller Show. Miller recently announced he was stepping away from his daily radio program, with new WLS/Chicago mid-morning host Jonathan Brandmeier set to takeover Miller’s network timeslot … Syndicated talker Dave Ramsey recently took his Smart Money event to Phoenix for a sold-out show held in conjunction with Dave Ramsey Show affiliate News 92.3 KTAR. That’s Dave (right) with KTAR VP/Market Manager Scott Sutherland and Ryan Hatch, VP/Content & Operations … WTMJ/Milwaukee host Charlie Sykes will host his annual live “Insights” broadcast on April 1st, featuring an interview with Wisconsin Governor (and potential GOP presidential candidate) Scott Walker and other guests, before an already sold-out, live audience at the Harris Theater in suburban Brookfield, WI.
Nominations for the 37th annual Sports Emmy’s were released this week, with DirecTV/MLB Network host Rich Eisen (left) — who also hosts a daily national radio show syndicated by Premiere Networks/FOX Sports Radio — receiving a nomination in the ‘Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Host’ category. See all the nominees HERE … WEEI/Boston will host what’s being billed as a “momentous event” this Sunday (3/29) at Cathedral Station Sports Bar & Pub — a place where most any night of the week you’ll find locals watching the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics or Bruins while shooting pool, hoisting beers or just hanging out. What distinguishes the crowd of young and old, blue-and-white-collar fans from most other Boston sports pubs, is that Cathedral Station’s clientele is primarily Gay. ““When you look at just how far we’ve come as a society at large, it makes sense to openly embrace sports fans from every segment of our richly diverse community,” said Entercom/Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary. “Sunday’s event is WEEI’s official and public declaration of welcoming Boston’s LGBT sports fans to our extended radio family.” WEEI will co-host the event with Boston Spirit Magazine, the Premier LGBT publication in the Massachusetts and New England area.
It was 36 years ago this month that now WABC/New York talk host Curtis Sliwa and the all-volunteer Guardian Angels street patrol took its first subway ride to help protect citizens from increasing street crime and gang violence in the Big Apple. In honor of that anniversary — and the birthday of its founder, Curtis Sliwa — the Attic Rooftop & Lounge in NYC will be the site for tomorrow night’s (3/26) Party For A Purpose, a fundraiser to benefit the Guardian Angels charity. Attendees are encouraged to donate $36 in honor of the Angels’ anniversary, or $61 in celebration of Curtis’ birthday. However, organizers also note, “Every donation, no matter how big or small, will go a long way to supporting one of the most important public service charities!” That’s Curtis pictured above in his pre-Talk radio days, when he first donned that now ever-present Angels’ red beret more than three and a half decade ago.
Industry veteran Steve Sutton (left) has been named Program Director for Cumulus Media News/Talker KCMO/Kansas City. Most recently, founder and managing partner of Atlanta-based media and political consulting firm The Sinton Group, Sutton’s radio programming career includes stints in Columbus,OH, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, and on-air hosting gigs in Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. He was also co-creator and VP/Programming & Operations for Air America Radio. “We’re very excited to have Steve join us in Kansas City,” said Cumulus SVP/Programming Mike McVay. “He’s a multi-formatted programmer with amazing life experiences. I can’t wait to hear how he sets News/Talk radio on its ear.”