Longtime WHAS/Louisville afternoon personality Terry Meiners has renewed with the iHeartMedia News/Talker. Meiners, who marks 30 years with NewsRadio 840 this year, will continue to inform and entertain ‘Kentuckiana’ every weekday from 3-6pm. “We’re so happy Terry will continue doing what he does best,” said Kelly Carls, Senior Vice-President of Programming for iHeartMedia/Louisville. “Terry is a true gentleman on the air and off, and a tremendous asset to our community.” For his part, Meiners says he’s “delighted to continue with my iHeartMedia family” and added, “Thanks to Regional Market President Bill Gentry, SVPP Kelly Carls, and SVPO Kevin LeGrett for their incredible support.”
Bob Schieffer, the anchor of CBS News’ Face the Nation, has announced that he plans to retire this summer after more than 50 years in journalism. The 78-year old Schieffer (right), who is certainly best known from his TV work, has also been a longtime contributor to CBS Radio News. “Bob has been a huge supporter of radio,” CBS News VP/Radio Harvey Nagler told NTS MediaOnline Today. “Bob has contributed his valuable insights whenever major news occurred. From a personal perspective, I have been a huge fan of his weekly commentaries, which we send out to our affiliates each Sunday morning. Without taking a political stand Bob always came up with the common sense approach to the major topic of discussion. Through the years he has been an integral part of our award winning news coverage.” Prior to joining CBS News in 1969, Schieffer was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he was the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam.
Voiceover pro Randy Thomas (left) joins Mix Management Group, inking a long-term deal in which Mix will exclusively manage her radio imaging and branding career, providing her services via barter to stations nationwide. Next up, Randy handles announcing chores for 2015 Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Awards … Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) teams with Vizrt to launch of T3 – Total Traffic Television — a new advanced traffic system for TV news broadcasters. The system will debut at next week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas … CBS Sports Radio returns two “Eye On” shows to the lineup, with Eye On Baseball — hosted by Adam Gerstenhaber and CJ Nitkowski — beginning this Saturday (4/11), while Eye On Basketball — featuring Jody McDonald and Ken Berger — debuts April 25th.
THIS JUST IN: Salem Radio Network host Michael Medved, who has been off the air since late January while undergoing treatment for throat cancer, called into his own show today to update his fans on how things are going. Although his voice was obviously different sounding, Medved sounded upbeat, saying his treatment appears to be “entirely successful” and that his voice should return to normal. “I hope to be back with you soon — better, and stronger than ever,” he told listeners. Hear Medved deliver his health update on his program HERE.
A post at the WBZ-AM/Boston website reports that afternoon co-anchor Anthony Silva will retire after almost 36 years of service at the CBS Radio News and Talk station. Silva co-anchors WBZ’s afternoon newscasts with Diane Stern, and also serves as the station’s business editor. He plans to step down in June, coinciding with his 65th birthday. “Anthony has been a significant player in WBZ’s success and awards over the years,” said WBZ Director of News and Programming Peter Casey in a memo to staffers. “He deserves (and has) our admiration and thanks for a job well done. He sits comfortably with the other legendary voices/names we all think of when reminiscing about the people who greatly contributed to the well-earned reputation that WBZ has established in Boston broadcasting.” Read more about Silva’s career at WBZ HERE. (photo by Peter Casey, WBZ Radio)
That’s the question posed in the latest post to Harker Research’s Radio Insights blog, where company namesake Richard Harker also asks if a format can have lots of listeners, but low ratings? “Ratings are no longer just a measure of how many people listen to a radio station,” he writes. “PPM’s technology creates winners and losers based also on the sound properties of the content, the level at which a format is listened, and the ambient noise surrounding the panelist. And research has shown that a radio station with dynamic programming that includes occasional periods of silence, or low level audio (think Classical or Talk radio), might miss some of the credit it deserves as the meter struggles to identify the station.” It’s another thought-provoking look at how PPM has changed the game for a number of formats, including Talk and other spoken-word programming.
After the story broke last week about Memories Pizza, a small midwest family restaurant that was receiving death threats and negative media attention for their support of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Radio America syndicated Talk radio host and The Blaze TV personality Dana Loesch (left) and her producer created a ‘Go Fund Me’ account to help “relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors’ stand for faith.” After coverage on Dana’s television show, her Radio America program and an appearance on Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File, the donations grew quickly, resulting in over $840,000 to help the family restaurant. Watch Dana’s interview with the pizza shop’s owner HERE.
Meanwhile, on Good Friday (4/3) NBC Nightly News traveled to Salem Media Group’s Christian teaching and talker, AM 570 The Mission (WMCA/New York). to highlight NBC’s mini-series, A.D.: The Bible Continues. Salem SVP Spoken Word Programming Phil Boyce — who is also VP/Operations for the company’s New York region — reports that NBC interviewed Dr. A.R. Bernard (pictured), host of Faith in Practice, who was sharing his thoughts with his million-plus listeners on the mini-series and the continuing rise and commercial success of faith-based entertainment programming on television, in films and on the radio. Watch the full report HERE.
Salt Lake City Tribune reporter Michael McFall posted a story this week detailing how veteran local radio personality Scott Fisher (left) — who now hosts Extreme Genes, the weekly program syndicated by Talk Shows USA — helped police find the family of a 1983 murder victim whose skull had recently been found in the city’s Fruit Heights section. “They had a real difficult situation on their hands,” said Fisher. “It was very hard to find people because it had been so long and everybody had moved away. So basically I offered to help. Like Liam Neeson, I told them I have a ‘special’ set of skills.” Read the full story HERE.
Meanwhile, USA Today tells the story of FOX Sports Radio host and comedian Jay Mohr’s strange payoff on a 1999 bet he made with a friend, when St. John’s was making a run to college basketball’s Elite Eight in 1999. “The guy I was betting with — who was a jockey at Santa Anita — just kept going, ‘All right, well, double or nothing, double or nothing,’” Mohr told the newspaper. “He said, ‘Look, if that team goes one more round, I’ll give you the horse I’m sitting on.” So did Mohr get to ride that horse home? Read more HERE.
News Radio 600 KOGO/San Diego inks a deal with high profile local politician Carl DeMaio to join current mid-afternooner and local Talk radio veteran Bob “Sully” Sullivan as co-host of the new DeMaio-Sullivan Report. A release from the iHeartMedia News/Talker says the program will “focus on local news and issues and the stories behind the stories and how they affect San Diegans.” DeMaio, who served four years on the San Diego City Council and ran unsuccessfully for mayor of America’s Finest City in 2012, is an openly gay Republican who also ran for Congress in 2014, but was defeated by Democrat Scott Peters. “We are thrilled to welcome Carl DeMaio to our lineup,” said KOGO PD Brian Long. “I have no doubt that with his experience as a government watchdog and his inside knowledge of politics that this will be the most talked about show in San Diego.” The new show, which debuts today (4/2), airs weekdays from 1-4pm (PT).
Following this week’s final closing of the previously announced merger of the E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications, Milwaukee Business Journal Senior Reporter Rich Kirchen spoke with Scripps President/CEO Rich Boehne, who not only expressed his enthusiasm for the radio division of the new company, he gave a specific shout-out to veteran WTMJ/Milwaukee host Charlie Sykes (pictured). “You walk down the streets and you go into these markets and people know these radio personalities,” Boehne told Kirchen. “My favorite is a political talk show host up in Milwaukee named Charlie Sykes. I guess he’s conservative in a somewhat liberal state and everybody dislikes him so much that everybody listens to him. That’s fantastic.” Read more of what Boehne had to say about the company’s newly acquired radio stations and the political stance that Scripps takes as a media company HERE.
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’!