Cort Webber has been named Program Director of iHeartMedia News/Talker KEX/Portland, effective immediately. A 21-year market radio veteran, Webber (left) joined iHM in 2010 and was appointed Assistant PD for KEX a year later. He’s also is an on-air personality at sister station 105.9 The Brew, for which he also serves as APD. “Cort has worked extremely hard over the last six years to earn this opportunity,” said Robert Dove, President of iHeartMedia’s Pacific Northwest Region. “He has always stepped up and has been invested in making our operation better. I’m fortunate to have him on my team.”
Multimedia sports personality Clay Travis (right) is joining the team at FOX Sports Radio. Beginning September 6th, Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis will broadcast weekdays, 6-9am (ET) on 220 affiliates nationwide, and on FSR’s dedicated iHeartRadio channel. The FS1 college football analyst and founder of the website OutKickTheCoverage.com will also continue to host his popular Outkick The Show webcast, which attracted more than 2 million unique viewers in June, making it the most-watched daily sports show streamed live on Periscope and Facebook. “FOX Sports Radio’s Don Martin, Scott Shapiro and I couldn’t be more excited to add Clay Travis to this already strong lineup,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks which syndicates FOX Sports Radio nationwide. “Clay is bold, opinionated and entertaining, and we’re confident Outkick the Coverage will be home to some of the most thought provoking Sports/Talk programming each morning, while driving immediate reaction from his large and engaged national audience.”
LHTC Media has announced the debut of a new AM/FM News/Talk simulcast on suburban Pittsburgh’s AM 910 WAVL/Apollo and 98.7 (W230BO)/Latrobe. Under the new slogan ‘PA Talk 98.7 and AM 910’ the station’s weekday lineup will feature local Steel City radio veterans Jim Quinn and Hank Baughman (both also heard on LHTC’s 1480 WCNS/Latrobe), along with Courtside Media’s syndicated Laura Ingraham Show, Radio America’s The Dana Show, Westwood One’s Savage Nation and Compass Media Networks’ Joe Pags Show. Weekends will feature programming from Premiere Networks’ syndicated FOX Sports Radio, along with play-by-play broadcasts of Penn State football and basketball. WCNS General Manager Brandon Kail is also handling oversight of WAVL.
NTS MediaOnline Today is sad to report the death of longtime Talk radio host Dr. Joy Browne, who died suddenly on Saturday (8/27). She was 71. Most recently syndicated nationally by GCN, the advice and relationship host was best known for her many years at WOR/New York and across the country on the WOR Radio Network. A Facebook post by Dr. Joy’s sister, Alannah Sinclaire, reads in part: “My sister Joy, left her physical body on Saturday afternoon, August. 27th. She died suddenly, and seemingly without pain. I was actually on the phone with her chatting about movie reviews, recipes, and favorite memories from a recent birthday party for our 95-year-old mom, when the phone suddenly disconnected; her heart had stopped as well. No amount of tears or words of condolence will bring her back. I’m comforted by the thought that Joy is in a glorious and good feeling place right now.” No official word yet on any funeral or memorial service plans for the pioneering New York City-based Talk radio host.
New FAA rules regulating commercial drone aircraft have recently gone into effect, meaning that drone operators in the United States can now take off legally without first going through a complicated and time consuming process of receiving direct permission from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The new rules also specify that commercial drones can fly no faster than 100 mph, no higher than 400 feet, and must always be in visual sight of the operator. The rules are expected to have a significant impact on news gathering operations for all media, including radio, where KFI/Los Angeles is ready to deploy its state of the art drone. Reporter Kris Ankarlo recently took the iHeartMedia News/Talker’s nifty news drone out for a spin to demonstrate the operating conditions and regulations stations like KFI must now follow when deploying a drone to cover a news story. Check out some pretty cool video of Ankarlo’s visit to a local park to test out the abilities of KFI’s new ‘news eye-in-the-sky’ HERE.
30-year veteran Sports and Talk radio programmer Tim Spence (left) is headed to Denver, where iHeartMedia has named him Program Director for Talk Radio 630 KHOW and Denver Sports 760 KDSP. Most recently PD for the company’s 97.9 ESPN (WUCS) and News/Talk WPOP/Hartford, as well as sister News/Talker WELI and Sports/Talk WAVZ/New Haven, the move marks a return to the Mile High City for Spence, who previously served a lengthy run in the market where he programmed KKFN, KEPN, and 102.3 ESPN/Denver and 105.5 ESPN/Ft. Collins before moving to Hartford last year. He’ll take the chair at KHOW and KDSP that was previously held by Josh Everett, who was recently was named Director of Spoken Word Programming for iHM’s Kentucky and Indiana region, and Program Director for heritage News/Talker WHAS. Spence’s move to Denver means there is an immediate opening to succeed him in Connecticut, where Senior VP Programming Dave Symonds says he’s already begun an active search for candidates. Calling it “a great gig for the right person,” Symonds invites all interested parties to email him directly HERE. (EOE)
WHO/Des Moines afternoon host Simon Conway (left with Joe ‘Pags’) hits another trifecta today, as he once again hosts three — count ’em, three (!) — shows in a single day. Following his WMT/Cedar Rapids, IA morning show and his PM drive show on WHO, Simon will fill-in tonight for Joe Pagliarulo on the Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated Joe Pags Show … A Florida Supreme Court judge has ruled that two attorney’s who were representing Todd ‘Bubba The Love Sponge’ Clem in a defamation suit brought against him by then crosstown WFLA/Tampa personality Todd Schnitt, should be permanently disbarred. The attorney’s — Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut — were involved in a plot to set-up one of Schnitt’s lawyers that resulted in an after hours DUI arrest of the attorney, Phillip Campbell.
Bonneville/Phoenix’ recently held its 16th annual Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH), collecting more than $1.57 million (!) in donations during the 19-hour radio simulcast on KTAR News 92.3 FM and sister Sports/Talker Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Funds raised during the Give-A-Thon benefit the hospital’s Hope Fund, which helps fund research, new clinical programs, technology upgrades, child and family-friendly services and more. “It never ceases to amaze us how our audiences respond to Give-A-Thon, but this year is made even more special by becoming the top children’s hospital radiothon fundraiser in the country,” said Scott Sutherland, VP/Market Manager for Bonneville’s stations in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. “And we’re so grateful for the support of our amazing Give-A-Thon sponsors, all of whom embrace the PCH mission and inspire their employees, customers and business partners to also contribute to the campaign.” (photo: KTAR/Martha Maurer)
WPHT/Philadelphia and morning drive personality, Chris Stigall extend their relationship, with the announcement today of a new multi-year deal that will keep The Chris Stigall Show in wake-ups on the News/Talker for the foreseeable future. Commenting on his deal extension, Stigall — who debuted in Philly in 2011 following a four-year run at KCMO/Kansas City — said, “In an ever evolving industry, I can’t express how grateful I am to CBS Radio/Philadelphia’s leadership for their unflinching support and unwavering commitment. I am proud to partner with passionate, professional and dedicated team members, including the executive team in New York and our management team in Philadelphia led by David Yadgaroff and Jared Hart. They have injected an energy and focus that’s made WPHT an incredibly exciting place to work. Most of all, I want to thank our loyal sponsors, friends, and listeners to WPHT. I have been richly blessed personally to have them with us on this journey – one we’re happy to announce will continue for years to come.”
Cumulus Media has added The Armstrong & Getty Show to wake-up listeners at four more of the company’s Talk radio stations — KKAT-AM/Salt Lake City; KTBL-AM/Albuquerque; KMJ-AM&FM/Fresno; and KVEN-AM/Ventura, CA. News/Talker KGO/San Francisco was the first Cumulus-owned Talk station to affiliate with the daily KSTE/Sacramento-based morning show hosted by Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty (left), which is regionally syndicated to about a dozen stations by iHeartMedia … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of former WJBO/Baton Rouge morning co-host Kevin Meeks, who was killed in a vehicle crash while riding his motorcycle last Friday night (8/19). The 60-year old reportedly died at the scene. Southern Louisiana’s The Advocate.com posts additional details from reporter Olivia McClure HERE.
As we’ve oft-noted over the years, when it comes to doing good deeds and making a difference in their communities, no media does it better than radio. The recent historic floods in southern Louisiana have brought out not only the best in those stations that are offering ongoing coverage of the emergency in their own backyards — stations like iHeartMedia News/Talker WJBO/Baton Rouge, Entercom Big Easy News/Talker WWL/New Orleans and Townsquare Media News/Talk KPEL/Lafayette — but also from broadcasters in other states across the country. A shining example is Alpha Media, which is using its stations nationwide to solicit listener donations to the American Red Cross relief efforts in The Bayou State. Officials estimate some 60,000 houses have been damaged by the severe flooding, plunging many families into sudden homelessness. Meanwhile, more rain and thunderstorms are predicted for the region this week. NTS MediaOnline Today readers wishing to help our Louisiana broadcast friends and others in need can make a donation by phone to 1-800-REDCROSS, or you may text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.