It’s certainly no surprise that in recent weeks, WHO/Des Moines afternoon host Simon Conway (left) has spoken to just about every 2016 Presidential hopeful numerous times. But one conversation sparked the idea behind the talk host’s latest promo. “Some candidate was talking about their spine and I thought, hey, wait a minute — I have an actual titanium spine,” said Conway. And boom, a timely, politically-themed promo was born, just in time to throw his own hat in the ring for today’s Iowa Caucus. Watch it HERE … Veteran talk show host and multimedia journalist Michelle Jerson (right) and Salem Media Group News/Talker AM 970 The Answer (WNYM/New York) team up to present Michelle Jerson’s Passport: Taste, Travel and Live Well, a new weekend show focused on travel, wellness, dining and the arts. The new talk show debuts this Saturday (2/7) at 2pm (ET) … SiriusXM subscribers will not only have access to special programming all this week in advance of next Sunday’s 50th annual NFL Super Bowl, on the day of the Big Game the satcaster will offer live play-by-play coverage from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA in eight different languages including: English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Cantonese, Hungarian, German and Portuguese.
So, just in case you haven’t yet gotten your full ration of Donald Trump news today, we note an interesting post about ‘The Donald’ from longtime media researcher Mark Ramsey, who thinks radio could definitely learn something important from his campaign, regardless of your politics. While Ramsey concedes most everyone already knows about Trump’s uncanny knack of commanding the media’s attention, and how his campaign focuses on super-serving his supporters, he believes that, aside from all the obvious lessons Trump seems to teach the media daily, there’s one surprising thing he does that’s a lesson most radio stations could absolutely learn from. “The Trump campaign has on file the name, phone number, address, and email of every one of the tens of thousands who flock to Trump events nationwide,” says Ramsey. “Can your brand say that? Every person who goes to every Trump rally willingly gives-up their contact information because they want to hear from Trump. They want to be part of his tribe. They are fans, and that’s how fans behave. So what do you know about your fans?” Read more HERE.
Just before he boarded a plane for Iowa yesterday (1/26) GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump spoke to Westwood One syndicated talker Michael Savage, who told the Republican front runner that he hoped Trump wouldn’t show up at tomorrow night’s FOX News Channel GOP Candidates Debate. Not long after his chat on The Savage Nation, Trump told the press he would not appear on the next debate dais, something Savage (left) seemed delighted to HEAR … Meanwhile, Savage’s fellow Westwood One syndicated talk host Mark Levin (right) had GOP presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz on his show last night, where the Texas conservative challenged ‘The Donald’ to a one-on-one debate, suggesting it be held on Talk radio. Cruz also said if Trump is afraid of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, or Megyn Kelly hosting such a debate, he’s willing to do an hourlong head-to-head debate with no moderator. Hear audio HERE … And one more item to add to this conversation: FOX News has released an official statement on Trump’s decision to take a pass on tomorrow night’s scheduled GOP debate that reads in part: “Trump is still welcome at Thursday night’s debate and will be treated fairly, just as he has been during his 132 appearances on FOX News and FOX Business, but he can’t dictate the moderators or the questions.” You can read the network’s full statement HERE.
In a memo to KMBZ/Kansas City staffers late yesterday, Program Director Jack Landreth announced he has resigned as PD of the Entercom News/Talker, citing personal and family reasons. Prior to arriving in KC four years ago, Landreth’s Talk radio programming resume included previous stints in Las Vegas, San Antonio, Tucson, and Nashville. In his classy departure note, that gave props and shout-outs by name to just about everyone in the building, Landreth said, “I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished over the last four years as a team. I am going to move forward now and focus on my family’s health, as that is now my priority.” Friends and colleagues can reach Jack (pictured) HERE.
Tomorrow (1/26) marks the 35th anniversary for longtime WBAP/Dallas morning host Hal Jay. Joining what was then Country-formatted WBAP back in 1981 (where at one point he pulled double duty, hosting both mornings and afternoon drive), Hal (left) successfully made the transition from playing those country hits in the 80’s and 90’s to talking about the ‘news hits’ of today as anchor of The WBAP Morning News alongside Brian Estridge. Hal has seen a lot of changes at the station over the years — a major format change, a couple of ownership changes and more — but through it all some things have remained constant: his great sense of humor and how much he still enjoys being the guy who gets the day started for so many Dallas-Ft. Worth listeners. NTS MediaOnline Today salutes Hal for making 35 years of great radio and entertaining and informing the now Cumulus Media-owned News/Talker’s audience with his own special and unique style. Email your congrats to Hal on his milestone anniversary HERE.
Over the weekend, the Radio-Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) held their 66th annual Golden Mikes award dinner at L.A.’s Universal City. That’s KFI/Los Angeles reporter Steve Gregory (left) showing off his three Golden Mike trophies, including one for his live coverage of the riots in Ferguson, MO, where the intrepid reporter dodged live gun fire, had his phone stolen and had to take shelter under a rental car! Meanwhile, crosstown CBS Radio all-newser KNX also carried home an armload of Golden Mikes from this year’s gala — five to be exact — including ‘Best Newscast Over Fifteen Minutes’ for the KNX Afternoon News. In addition, Mike Landa (who recently retired from KNX) was honored by RTNA with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Landa spent some 46 years at KNX, including three decades as the station’s Orange County Bureau Chief. That’s the KNX team (right) celebrating their wins including (Front row): Anchor Mike Simpson; Producer David Singer; Anchor Chris Sedens; Anchor Jim Thornton (Back row) Anchor/reporter Charles Feldman; Traffic reporter Jeff Baugh; Producer Laraine Herman; News Director Julie Chin; Reporter Pete Demetriou; Anchor Diane Thompson; Anchor Frank Mottek.
On the eve of the Iowa and New Hampshire presidential primaries, nationally syndicated talk host Stephanie Miller is set to launch the return of her Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour, with the first tour date scheduled to happen in Madison, WI on February 27th at the iconic Barrymore Theater. Along with Miller (pictured) the tour will also feature John Fugelsang and comedy duo Frangela. “America has spoken,” said Miller. “The 2016 Republican Presidential field has officially become so ridiculous that it has created a national comedy state of emergency that only America’s #1 comedy tour can answer. We hear your cry USA, and we’re on our way!” The Stephanie Miller Show is produced by WYD Media Management.
The Radio Television Digital News Association reports that despite hundreds of laws on the books at the local, state and federal level which require public records and information be made available to the public, legislatures currently in session in several states are considering bills that would undermine the public’s right to know. In New Jersey and Indiana, RTDNA reports lawmakers are attempting to circumvent public records laws in an attempt to conceal video captured on police body cameras or dashboard cameras, audio from 9-1-1 emergency calls and other public data. In Arizona, one proposed bill would prevent anyone from videotaping police actions while standing near the officers. In Missouri and Virginia, members of the press have been banned from the floor of their state legislatures this year, harming their ability to report on public debate. And in a stunning attempt to ignore the First Amendment, one South Carolina lawmaker has proposed a bill requiring journalists to be licensed and face fines or jail time if they write something of which the state does not approve. “Our elected leaders and the employees of government institutions work on the people’s behalf,” said Mike Cavender (pictured), RTDNA Executive Director. “It is only right that the people can observe the process of how their leaders make the laws, review the actions of public employees carrying out those laws, and rely on an independent press to write about public policies and their impact without fear or favor.” To combat the ongoing attacks on First Amendment rights, RTDNA monitors legislatures and courts across the country with the help of its members in all 50 states.
(Editors Note: Mike Cavender is available to for expert interviews about these proposed laws and their potential impact on the press and the American people. Talk show hosts and producers looking to book a conversation with Mike can reach him directly HERE.)
NTS MediaOnline Today congratulates independently syndicated Talk radio personality Dave Ramsey (left) — whose daily Dave Ramsey Show is heard on a reported 550+ affiliates nationwide — on being recognized by the venerable Time magazine for his program’s growth in the digital audio space. Reporting an average of more than 2 million downloads per week, Time recognized Ramsey’s show as one of the ‘Top 10 podcasts on iTunes in 2015.’ “We’re excited to see the development of a completely new audience in the digital space,” said Brian Mayfield, VP of Ramsey Media (right). “Our roots are embedded in radio where we began, and our audience continues to grow. This recent success on the digital side allows us to introduce our show to the next generation of listeners. Our goal is simple: We want to be there for our listener when, where, and how they want to listen. We offer a variety of solutions, including podcast, a dedicated channel on iHeartRadio, online audio streaming and an online video channel.” Ramsey Media reports the show’s digital efforts, combined with its existing broadcast radio audience, currently reaches a total audience of 11 million listeners every week.
NTS MediaOnline Today is happy to share this health update from KTRH-KPRC/Houston talker Matt Patrick, who announced last fall he had been diagnosed with cancer. Patrick (right), who took a brief hiatus at the end of last year to undergo surgery and chemotherapy, says he’s back to work full-time and reports his latest test results show “much of the cancer significantly eliminated, and in some areas completely resolved.” Email Matt your best wishes for his continued recovery HERE … Congrats to WGCH/Greenwich, CT’s What’s Up With Wendy — the station’s weekly “celebrity radio show” hosted by Wendy Lowy Sloane — on celebrating its 6th anniversary today … Character voiceover pros Rachel Butera and Scott Whyte have joined the talent stable at Benztown, where they will provide imaging, promos and celebrity impressions for the voiceover group’s clients … Scot Bertram — one half of 1440 WROK/Rockford’s Riley and Scot morning show (with Riley O’Neil), tells Rockford’s MyStateline.com that he’s leaving the Townsquare Media-owned News/Talker for a new job as General Manager of the new Hillsdale College radio station in Michigan. Read the full story HERE.