NTS MediaOnline Today has confirmed KKSF/San Francisco has jettisoned its Talk lineup in favor of Spanish language sports. Dallas/Fort Worth-based Deportes Media, LLC announced today that it has signed multi-year Local Programming and Marketing Agreement (LMA) with the iHeartMedia-owned station. Effective today (7/22) KKSF’s Talk lineup has left the building as ESPN Deportes moves its affiliation up the dial from its previous home at 860AM KTRB (now Salem Media Group talker AM 860 The Answer). In an official company release Katie Wilcox, iHeartMedia President for the San Francisco Region said, “ESPN Deportes will enjoy the benefits of full market coverage on 910. We are pleased to have been able to find common ground that keeps Spanish language sports in the Bay Area while also allowing us to focus on our strong portfolio of music and entertainment offerings for our listeners.”
Early on during this 2016 presidential campaign season, 830AM WCCO/Minneapolis host John Williams bet his listeners that Donald Trump would never earn the Republican nomination for president, promising that if he did, the veteran talk host would wash their cars and campers for free. Fast forward to today — the day after Trump officially accepted the GOP nomination — where Williams is making good on his promise all afternoon (noon-6pm) at a local RV dealership. Realizing one guy can wash only so many cars and campers, Williams — a longtime supporter of the Salvation Army — called on the charity to supply some volunteers to help him out. In return, John’s asking the public for donations to help support The Salvation Army. A Salvation Army mobile kitchen was set up to serve free drinks and snacks to the volunteers, and the folks from Chick-Fil-A donated sandwiches to all who helped Williams make good on his promise. That’s John with a couple of volunteer helpers (along with a HUUUUGE special “guest”) as he broadcast his show live from this afternoon’s event.
While vacationing in Oregon this week, a Los Angeles firefighter and his wife were enjoying some family play time with their two little girls at a local Portland park when they discovered that their camper van — loaded with all of their clothing and belongings — had been stolen. Police were alerted and issued a bulletin describing the stolen van, but in the end it was a good Samaritan and FM News 101 KXL that came to the family’s rescue. The family’s mom — Nicole Craig — decided to call in to KXL’s Lars Larson Show to tell him their sad story. And sure enough a KXL listener who had heard her call thought he saw the camper parked at another nearby park and called in. “I was scared to get close to it, I was sitting about 150 feet away from it in my car,” listener Tom Holce told the radio station in a follow-up interview. “I said, OK I’m just going to casually leave the parking lot and drive by it, and I saw the license plate matched! I was so excited initially, and then after I found the license plate matched I was excited to be able to help somebody out.” Listen to audio of how it all went down during the Alpha Media News/Talker’s Portland’s Afternoon News HERE.
Politico.com’s Darren Samuelsohn takes a look back at the Talk radio days of Indiana Governor Mike Pence (left) in the 1990s, and how that experience helped shape the GOP’s 2016 Vice Presidential candidate. “Pence the radio host partnered his screeds against Bill Clinton with pot shots at Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott. The result was a political figure still as stolid as a small-town banker but with a surgeon’s feel for the anti-Washington feelings of the grass-roots midwest — a tea party conservative before there was a tea party,” writes Samuelsohn. Read the full story HERE … Venerable New York City News/Talker WOR 710 AM can now also be heard on FM HD at 104.3 HD2 (WAXQ). The FM simulcast includes all of the iHeartMedia station’s programming, including New York Mets baseball play-by-play … Cox Media Group/Tulsa promotes Mary Garcia to Digital Sales Manager. Garcia joined the stations last year as a Digital Sales Specialist, following a stint at ad agency Sq1. She began her digital advertising career in Dallas as a Senior Digital Analyst at ReachLocal.
Among the army of media spotted at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week was this trio of seasoned political convention pros including (L-R): ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones, retired former ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton — now serving as a special political contributor to the network’s 2016 presidential campaign coverage — and Chris Berry, SVP of NBC News Radio (formerly 24/7 News).
A recently released report from Pew Research seeks to identify “the defining traits of the modern news consumer” following years of being bombarded with digital innovation. In their summary of The Modern News Consumer, Pew’s Amy Mitchell, Jeffrey Gottfried, Michel Barthel and Elisa Shearer note that the two part survey — done in cooperation with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation — “reveals a public that is cautious as it moves into this more complex news environment and discerning in its evaluation of available news sources.” The study found that 70% of participants in the survey said they follow local and national news “somewhat or very closely,” with 65% following international events with the same regularity. “In this digital news environment, the role of friends and family is amplified, but Americans still reveal strong ties to news organizations,” report the study’s authors. “The data also reinforce how, despite the dramatic changes witnessed over the last decade, the digital news era is still very much in its adolescence.” See the full executive summary and links to more details from the study HERE.
NTS MediaOnline Today has confirmed that former WNEW/Washington anchor reporter Kris Ankarlo has been tapped to join the news team at iHeartMedia News/Talker KFI/Los Angeles. Ankarlo (left) served in a number of capacities durning his tenure at WNEW (2012-2015), including anchor, editor, transportation reporter and DC Bureau Chief for CBS Radio’s then all-newser. His resume also includes a stint as Morning News Anchor/News Director and Program Director at NewsRadio 970 WBLF/Bellefonte-State College, PA. Prior to embarking on his broadcast career, after graduating from Penn State University — where he earned his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism — Ankarlo spent several months inside the political world, serving as Assistant Director/Field Organizer for the Democratic National Committee during the 2004 election cycle. In that role he developed street-level and phone bank fundraising for the Philadelphia metro area, and lead voter identification and mobilization efforts for ten central Pennsylvania counties. Longtime KFI News Director Chris Little reports Ankarlo will start his new gig at KFI on Wednesday (7/20).
KXL/Portland host Lars Larson will dedicate both his northwest regionally syndicated show and his Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated show tomorrow (7/15) to raising funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The veteran talk host has also partnered with Vancouver, WA-based investment firm Leader Capital and prominent local Portland businessman Harry Merlo, who have pledged to match donations to the fundraiser up to a combined total of $20,000. “Everyday, almost a million men and women put on a uniform and put their lives and reputations on the line to keep us safe,” said Larson about why he’s hosting tomorrow’s fundraiser. “Law enforcement has come under attack lately, from politicians, activists and assassins. I think ‘Blue Lives’ matter, and they come in every color and gender. When law enforcement comes under attack, Americans who believe in the law should stand up and come to their defense.”
Talk 99.5’s (WAPI-AM-WZRR-FM/Birmingham) Matt & Aunie Show co-hosts Matt Murphy and Andrea ‘Aunie’ Lindenberg (pictured) are giving away a Bushmaster XM15 rifle — described as a “sister weapon” to the controversial AR15. Murphy told AL.com’s Ivana Hrynklw the duo wanted to promote the giveaway as “a way to break down some of the miscellaneous beliefs about this type of gun.” The prize will be awarded as a gift certificate to a local licensed gun dealer, where the winner will have to undergo all background checks and necessary requirements to be allowed to purchase a gun in Alabama. Read more HERE … Red Zebra Broadcasting Sports/Talker ESPN 980 (WTEM/Washington, DC) adds NFL Hall of Famer John Riggins to the official Washington Redskins Pregame Show. Riggins, Super Bowl XVII’s Most Valuable Player, will team with ESPN 980’s Kevin Sheehan in the lead-up to Redskins’ football games … iHeartMedia has inked an agreement with NPR that will allow its 260+ member stations to make their live News/Talk programming available via iHeartRadio, iHM’s digital radio and streaming platform. All NPR stations that join iHeartRadio will also have access to 50% of their individual iHeartRadio landing page’s digital banner inventory to encourage listeners to donate and directly support the station’s public programming … WYM Media Management reports that Herman Cain will be among those to broadcast his nationally syndicated WSB/Atlanta-based talk show, live from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland all next week … PodcastOne has launched The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast, co-hosted by blogger and digital influencer Lauryn Evarts and her husband Michael Bosstick. New episodes will be posted every Tuesday at PodcastOne.com and iTunes.
While recent research from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) shows a record number of minority and women TV News Directors, as well as a record number of women in television news, the report also says minority numbers in radio newsrooms have slipped year-to-year. Radio’s minority workforce fell by 0.4%, with African Americans and Native Americans dropping, Hispanics rising, and Asian Americans holding steady. Offering some good news for radio, RTDNA says the percentage of minority News Directors in radio rebounded from a drop last year (up almost two and a half points), with the percentage of women radio News Directors up by more than 4 points. Read more details and see infographics from the report HERE.