WHYN/Springfield, MA will add The Jim Polito Show to its weekday lineup, 6-9am, beginning Monday (5/16). Broadcasting live from the studios of iHeartMedia sister News/Talker WTAG/Worcester, MA, the addition of Polito’s show to the Newsradio 560 lineup marks his return to the Pioneer Valley, where he received multiple Associated Press awards while Chief Investigative Reporter at local TV station WGGB, and served as a commentator for Boston’s FOX 25 TV. “This is a true homecoming for me,” said Polito (pictured) about joining WHYN’s lineup. “My years in Western Mass as an investigative reporter were some of the most rewarding in my professional career. Exposing organized crime and helping to put corrupt politicians behind bars are the foundation I plan to build on. I’m fortunate that people of the Pioneer Valley have always supported me. I look forward to informing, engaging and entertaining them every weekday morning. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”
While seemingly never at a loss for words, likely GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is getting increasingly chatty with Talk radio and television hosts around the country. Yesterday, FOX News Channel personality Megyn Kelly previewed her upcoming interview with Trump, as the two have apparently buried the hatchet following a very public feud during the early days of the presidential primary debates. Kelly’s interview is scheduled to air in a special on the network airing on May 17th. Early this morning, Trump appeared on WABC/New York’s Imus In The Morning show (syndicated nationally by Westwood One), where the I-Man took Trump to task over disparaging comments he made about Senator John McCain — a man Imus referred to as, “a friend of mine for years.” After walking back his remarks a bit, Imus pressed and asked the candidate if he regretted what he’d said about the former POW and one-time presidential candidate not being a hero. “You know I like not to regret anything,” replied Trump. “You say things and what I said, frankly, is what I said.” Meanwhile, in still another Talk radio interview today with Salem Radio Network host Mike Gallagher, Trump discussed his thoughts and expectations with regard to tomorrow’s scheduled sit-down with U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who ran on the GOP ticket with Mitt Romney in 2012 and has yet to voice his support for the Republican frontrunner.
Chicago media scribe Robert Feder first reported yesterday’s departure of Hubbard Radio’s Chicago-based SVP/Programming and Operations Greg Solk (right) after a 20 year-run with Hubbard and its predecessor Bonneville International. Called a structural change decided upon by senior management, with Solk’s exit Greg Strassell will now solely hold the title of SVP/Programming and Ops at the company … Congrats to WJR/Detroit as the Cumulus Media News/Talker took home a truckload of awards, including Station of the Year honors, at the recently held Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards … A round of applause also goes out to WTMJ/Milwaukee, as the EJ Scripps News/Talker also took home a slew of trophies from the recently held Wisconsin Broadcasters Association annual awards gala, including News/Talk Station of the Year honors.
FOX News Radio will offer the network’s 5-minute affiliates two separate hour-long specials for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend: FOX News Reporting: “Rising Threats, Shrinking Military, hosted by FNC anchor Bret Baier, and The Comeback: Jobs for Today’s Moms, anchored by FOX Business Network anchor Cheryl Casone … ABC Radio is also offering affiliates a roster of Memorial Day holiday programming specials including Tribute to the Troops 2016, hosted by Scott Goldberg; Summer Survival Guide 2016, hosted by Brad Mielke; and Return of the Summer Sequels, hosted by David Blaustein … CRN Digital Talk Radio has added The Red White Blue Network’s flagship talk show, The Ryno Report, to its daily lineup. Hosted by former law enforcement officer Ryan “Ryno” DeCicco, the program can be heard weekdays at 2pm (ET) on CRN 1.
Cox Media Group/Orlando has promoted Drew Anderssen (right) to Operations Manager for WDBO-FM News 96.5, ESPN Orlando 580 AM, and 98.9 WMMO-FM. Anderssen is currently the Format Coordinator for all of CMG’s News/Talk Stations nationwide, as well as Director of Branding & Programming for WDBO-FM and ESPN Orlando 580 AM. Concurrently, Stevie DeMann, (left) Operations Manager and Director of Branding and Programming for CMG/Orlando stations Power 95.3 FM, K92.3 FM, and 107.3 FM Solo Exitos, adds programming oversight for Star 94.5 WCFB-FM to his plate. Both Anderssen and DeMann will serve as co-Operations Managers for the central Florida station cluster, reporting to Susan Larkin, Regional Vice President and General Manager of CMG’s Orlando and Jacksonville, FL radio stations who said, “Together, Stevie and Drew will lead our brands and teams to continued success serving our listeners and community.” Both promotions are effective immediately.
Veteran News/Talk/Sports programmer Larry Gifford has been named Senior Program Director for News/Talk 980 CKNW and ‘All Traffic’ AM 730, in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the past several months Gifford has been working with the stations and serving as interim PD. Most recently a programming consultant, talent coach and podcaster, Gifford’s radio resume includes prior stints at KIRO-FM and KTTH/Seattle, and at the ESPN Radio Network. “We are very fortunate to have Larry join the already talented team at CKNW and AM 730,” said Kenton Boston, Corus Vice President of News and Information/West in a memo to staffers announcing Gifford’s hiring. “His leadership is a natural fit, not only for Vancouver but for our team across the country. His insight and expertise will be instrumental as we focus on our future as the leading multi-media company in Canada.” Gifford and his family are currently relocating from California’s central coast to BC. He reports that Larry Gifford Media, his blog and his RadioStuff podcast will continue following the move, however at “reduced levels.”
Nationally syndicated talk host Dave Ramsey, who was recently named to keynote the upcoming NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville, teamed up with Los Angeles affiliate KEIB 1150 The Patriot over the weekend to bring his traveling Smart Conference to SoCal. Some 6,000+ fans packed L.A.’s famed Shrine Auditorium to catch Dave (left) and a full program of speakers that also included Rachel Cruze, Chris Hogan, John O’Leary, Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. Les Parrott, Dr. Meg Meeker, and Michael Jr., providing attendees with insights and information on “how to win with money, strengthen their marriages, build parenting skills and excel in their careers.” L.A. was just the latest stop on Dave’s road tour that also included a recent visit to Raleigh, NC, where he and affiliate 106.1 WTKK welcomed a sold-out crowd to the Durham Performing Arts Center. Pictured backstage at the event are (L-R): Ramsey, WTKK General Sales Manager Jeff Rovinsky, PD Brian Taylor and Ramsey Solutions’ youth and money expert Anthony ONeal.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announces the appointment of four broadcasters to the NAB Radio Board of Directors for two-year terms effective June 2016. Appointees include Hartley Adkins, President, Northeast Division and Corporate Operations, iHeartMedia; Andre Fernandez, President, CBS Radio; Deon Levingston, Regional Vice President, Radio One; and Jose Valle, President of Political & Advocacy Sales, Univision Communications … Continuing his push for the title of ‘hardest working man in radio’, WHO/Des Moines PM driver Simon Conway is pulling triple duty again this week, filling as wake-up host today and tomorrow at WFLF-WFLA/Orlando, followed by his regular daily dish of double duty — hosting the morning show at WMT/Cedar Rapids and his afternoon show on WHO … Veteran talker Tom Donahue debuts a new nightly 6pm (ET) show on suburban Philadelphia talk station WFYL/King of Prussia, PA. Donahue reports he’s also returning to the lineup of Red State Talk Radio, a grassroots conservative online talk network that recently relocated to Philly, and will also stream his show via Talk Stream Live, for which he serves as Program Director.
Tomorrow morning (5/6) Midwest Communications-owned News/Talk stations WTAQ/Green Bay, WHBL/Sheboygan and WSAU/Wausau will team up for a show most would likely never think was needed in a bucolic place like Wisconsin. Heroin In Wisconsin: Save Our Families — a live, five-hour special designed to engage listeners in a conversation about the “devastating effects of opioids in Wisconsin” — will feature WTAQ morning hosts Mike Austin and Matt Z, WHBL Morning News host Kelly Myer, and Seth Mela from WSAU’s Morning News. They’ll all join MWC’s National Director of News/Talk Programming (and regionally syndicated talker) Jerry Bader and the stations’ combined news teams to provide in-depth coverage and insights into the growing problem of opioid addiction in The Dairy State. The 6-11am event will also partner with state and local law enforcement agencies to raise funds for heroin and opioid treatment facilities across Wisconsin. A great example of local radio using its resources and airwaves to address a major issue facing their listeners and communities.
After wearing an ‘interim tag’ for the past several months, Ethan Skolnick and Chris Wittyngham (right) are officially given the nod as the new PM drive team at Entercom/Miami Sports/Talker WAXY 790 The Ticket. Skolnick & Wittyngham take ownership of the prime time slot that was previously occupied by Dan Lebatard and Jon ‘Stugotz’ Weiner (now hosting mid-mornings nationally at ESPN Radio) for more than a decade … USA Radio’s syndicated Trending Today USA, hosted by Talk radio veteran Rusty Humphries, adds new believers WGST/Atlanta, WSRQ/Sarasota, FL, WSMN/Nashua, NH, and WHEP/Foley, AL … MediaDC, publisher of The Weekly Standard and Washington Examiner, launches two new podcasts — Examining Politics by the Washington Examiner, hosted by Senior Congressional Correspondent David Drucker; and The Weekly Standard Confab, hosted by Managing Editor Eric Felton. Both on-demand shows are available via PodcastOne.
The latest Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) survey of newsrooms finds an uptick in radio stations reporting a profit on their on-air news operations, however budgets for those news operations have remained flat. The number of newsroom budgets that increased over last year rose almost three points, but newsrooms reporting decreased budgets rose by two points, resulting in basically flat budgets across the industry. News websites that reported making a profit slipped, however the number of sites reporting they are at least breaking even has risen. While web profitability overall has been up and down since the survey first started tracking web numbers in 1999, RTDNA reports it is currently near a record high in the ongoing survey. Check out more details on The Business of Radio News HERE.