Unabashed conservative Texas Talk radio personality Mark Davis, morning host at Salem Communications News/Talk AM 660 The Answer (KSKY/Dallas), releases his new book today (8/15). Upside Down: How the Left Turned Right Into Wrong, Truth Into Lies and Good Into Bad, is Davis’ second book from Regnery Publishing, which also released the talk host’s Lone Star America: How Texas Can Save Our Country in 2014. Commenting on the story behind his latest book and its title, Davis said writing it was like bouncing through every topic on his show. “When you do talk shows for thirty-plus years — and especially lately — it seems to hosts and listeners alike that some things go beyond normal disagreement. From spending and social issues, to war and peace, there are things that used to be fundamental that are now under constant attack. A common feeling is that things just seem ‘upside down’ — where what was once good is now bad, and what was right is now wrong. So that’s where we got the title.” See more HERE.
No matter what side of the political aisle you happen to be sitting on in this wild ‘n crazy presidential election year, it’s safe to say this year’s campaigns have fueled hours and hours of serious and stress-inducing discussion on Talk radio. In a world where ‘election stress syndrome’ is actually becoming an acknowledged condition, NTS MediaOnline Today was happy to be driving around SoCal this week and hear that at least one person — Craig Taylor, Production Director for iHeartMedia News/Talker KFI/Los Angeles — isn’t taking everything about Election 2016 seriously. In an imager we heard airing on the station a voice intones: “So, Blink 182 has a new album … Clinton is running for President … and Pokemon is the biggest game out there … What year is it, anyway?! Props to Craig and KFI for remembering that, while News/Talk radio will always be a place where serious topics get discussed, fans like to have fun, too. Hear the fully produced liner HERE.
That’s what Nielsen predicts in a July ratings analysis released this week entitled Seasons (And Politics) Change The Radio Landscape. “By examining the full historical trends, it’s likely that the next few months bode well for News/Talk, just as they did in fall 2012,” says Nielsen in its review of listening trends. But, while News/Talk’s current 9.0 PPM share (6+) was good enough to land the format atop Nielsen’s Top Five Formats for July, that number is still off from July 2012’s 9.3 share — the last presidential election year — and well south of News/Talk’s high of an 11.1 share back in November 2012. And while historical trends do suggest News/Talk will do well in the months ahead of the election, the format’s current 9.0 (6+) share is down from its March 2016 10.0 share, recorded during the height of this year’s presidential primary election season. Read more from Nielsen HERE.
Westwood One signs a renewal with Michael Savage to continue syndicating the talk host’s daily radio show, The Savage Nation, now heard on a reported 235 stations nationwide. The new deal includes the addition of special subscriber-only content from Savage that will be rolled out in 2017. “My deal with Westwood One caps my winning the National Radio Hall of Fame nomination,” commented Savage. “My show is famous for my ‘news, views, and reviews’ and we will take it to new levels come January, 2017. We will be doing a three-dimensional show – on broadcast stations, as a live stream, and with special segments created only for subscribers.” Along with his daily talk show hosting duties, Savage is also the author of some 25 books, including six New York Times bestsellers. “We’re proud to extend our relationship with Dr. Savage.” said Suzanne Grimes, WW One President and EVP/Corporate Marketing for Cumulus Media. “He’s a top-notch, Hall of Fame talent with a unique voice in American radio and some of the most passionate fans. He’s a proven, consistent ratings generator and we look forward to many more years together.”
Alpha Media/San Antonio proudly announces that News/Talk 550/107.1 KTSA morning talk host, Trey Ware will be inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 29th. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Texas Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the Lone Star State’s excellent broadcasters, past and present. Previous TRHOF inductees from KTSA include Elizabeth Ruiz, the late Johnny Shannon, and Trey’s father, legendary South Texas broadcaster, Ricci Ware. “We are proud to see Trey bestowed this great honor,” said Alpha Media/San Antonio Program Director, Greg Martin. “It’s a testament to his commitment to our industry and his commitment to the community of San Antonio.” Reflecting on his pending induction Ware added, “It is such an honor, and I am humbled to be voted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame along with such outstanding broadcasters. Radio people truly are the best you will ever meet.”
In a post for Poynter.org, 30-year broadcast news pro, broadcast journalism teacher and author Al Tomkins (left)) has some sage advice for news reporters jumping on the recently launched ‘Facebook Live’ trend. With so many examples of instant “broadcasts” now popping up on Facebook, Tomkins offers a sobering look at the perils of the new platform with Ten Questions Journalists Should Ask Themselves Before Going Live on Facebook. First and foremost, he says reporters and news producers should ask, “Beyond competitive factors, what are your motivations for going live? Why do your viewers need to know about this story before journalists have the opportunity to filter the information offline? What verification processes are you willing to give up in order to get information to viewers quickly? How would instantly available live information help the public to stay safe and minimize chaos and quell rumors?” That’s just one of the ten excellent questions Tomkins poses that provide an excellent opportunity to open a discussion with your newsroom staffers and station hosts and producers about the pros and cons of Facebook Live. Review them all HERE.
JVC Media-owned WYGC/Gainesville-Ocala, FL has flipped from Classic Hits to the new 104.9 The Talk of Gainesville. Along with a focus on local news, weather, traffic and sports, the newly launched Talk outlet will also feature Westwood One’s syndicated Imus In The Morning and FOX News Radio’s syndicated Kilmeade & Friends … Internet Talk radio pioneer Tom Leykis (right) reports that two of his shows’s recent efforts at generating non-traditional revenue are paying off. Sales of Tom’s exclusive 2014 Pedal To The Metal Santa Ynez Valley Syrah have already surpassed 1,000 bottles, with an anticipated sell out of all 120 cases of the limited edition wine by the end of this month. Leykis also notes a ticketed ‘meet and greet’ with fans at an upcoming Los Angeles Dodgers game (“we rented out the largest suite at Dodger Stadium!”) has already sold out, grossing some $21,000 in non-spot revenue for the show … Kudos to Hearst/Baltimore News/Talker WBAL and sister station 98 Rock as the stations, along with partners WBAL-TV and the Baltimore Ravens, raised close to $20,000 for victims of last weekend’s devastating flood in Ellicott City, MD during a live morning drive broadcast earlier this week. Listeners donated cash and purchased tee-shirts to benefit victims of the devastating flood that wiped out most of the small city’s downtown area. You can support the residents of Ellicott City by ordering the special edition shirt HERE.
Cumulus Media/Chicago welcomes award-winning and well-known Windy City radio personality ‘Ramblin’ Ray Stevens (left) as morning co-host at News/Talker WLS-AM. The move will mark a reunion for Stevens and current WLS morning personality ‘Big’ John Howell, (right) as the duo previously worked on-air together for several years at crosstown Country outlet US99.5. Commenting on the station’s newly expanded morning team, Cumulus/Chicago VP/GM and Market Manager Peter Bowen said, “Big John and Ray are deeply rooted in Chicago and are well known to the community. We’re excited for our listeners, as Big John and Ray are a winning combination.” Along with spending some two decades on the local radio scene, Stevens is well-known around town for his dedication to a variety of charities, including leadership and fundraising roles for The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, The Illinois State Crime Commission, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and P.A.W.’s Chicago. In 2001, he was awarded the United States Marine’s Semper Fi Award for his work with military veterans — the highest Marine honor bestowed upon a civilian. ‘Ramblin Ray’ and ‘Big John’ will officially reunite at 5am (CT) next Monday morning, August 8th.
Rush Limbaugh has inked a four-year renewal with iHeartMedia/Premiere Networks to continue hosting his daily nationally syndicated talk show, weekdays, from noon-3pm (ET). Financial details of the deal were not announced, but a company release states the long-term, multi-platform agreement, “reflects The Rush Limbaugh Show‘s status as the top program in Premiere Networks’ industry-leading Talk lineup of nationally-syndicated properties.” Launching into the program’s 29th year this week, Limbaugh commented on his new deal saying, “After 28 fulfilling years, I seriously considered moving on to something else, but [iHM President/COO/CFO] Rich Bressler and [iHM Chairman/CEO] Bob Pittman were very persuasive. I’m thrilled to be continuing.” Indicating that in the next chapter of his career he’ll continue to enjoy tweaking the noses of his liberal critics, the longtime conservative talk host added, “And I really want to be on the air if the Russians find Hillary’s emails!” On his radio show today (8/2) Limbaugh addressed the “why” behind signing up for another four years behind the mic. Watch a video of his opening monologue discussing the subject HERE.
That’s what iHeartMedia Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman said about Rush Limbaugh in today’s announcement confirming the company’s new multi-year deal extension with the pioneering Talk radio personality. “As Rush celebrates his 28th anniversary in national syndication, his commitment to broadcasting excellence has never been more evident,” said Pittman. “The Rush Limbaugh Show is stronger than ever, experiencing continued ad sales growth [up by a reported 20% over last year] and its highest audience levels of the past decade.” It was August 1st, 1988 when Limbaugh and the EIB Network first hit the nation’s airwaves on just 56 stations. Within a few months, that figure would quickly grow to over 100 affiliates, with growth continuing at a record pace in the next few years. Today, some three decades later, Premiere Networks reports Rush’s daily show is heard on over 600 broadcast affiliates, reaching millions of fans across the country every week. “Rush continues to deliver impressive results for affiliates and a wide range of advertisers by providing an unmatched connection to millions of loyal fans, along with valuable and unique content,” said Rich Bressler, iHM President and COO/CFO. “We’re proud to continue our partnership with Rush, and look forward to sharing many more years of success.”