Cumulus Media/Knoxville has appointed broadcast management veteran Jeff Jarnigan as Operations Manager of the Tennessee cluster that includes NewsTalk 98 WOKI, AM 990 & FM 99.1 SportsRadio WNML and legendary Country station WIVK-FM. Jarnigan brings over 30 years of radio broadcasting experience in the Knoxville market and more than 20 years of background in programming management to his new job. “We’re thrilled to add someone of Jeff’s reputation and experience to lead our outstanding programming team,” said Ken Salyer, VP/Market Manager for Cumulus’ Knoxville operation. “His knowledge of our stations, market, and region are invaluable, as is his passion for our industry and community.” Commenting on his new gig Jarnigan (pictured) — who most recently served as Assistant GM for East Tennessee PBS and sports a radio resume that includes stints with Citadel Broadcasting, Journal Broadcasting and South Central Media — added, “These radio stations are each dominant in their respective formats and have defined success in East Tennessee radio for decades. I’m excited to partner with the station teams to continue that success and drive their future growth.”
iHeartMedia/Modesto-Stockton, CA has tapped Dan Conry as the new afternoon drive host at Power Talk 1360 & 1280 (KFIV-KWSX). Most recently with iHM sister station KFBK/Sacramento, Conry (pictured) is already on the job at ‘The Valley’s Talk Leader,’ holding down weekdays from 3-6pm. “Dan Conry was an easy choice,” said Louie Cruz, Operations Manager for iHM/Modesto-Stockton. “He’s an entertaining and passionate talk show host. We are looking forward to not only having Dan on the air, but also on the team and in the building. He brings a fresh new sound and show to Power Talk 1360/1280.“ Commenting on his new gig Conry — who along with hosting at KFBK has previously guest-hosted for GCN’s nationally syndicated talker Jason Lewis and WISN/Milwaukee afternooner Mark Belling — said, “I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity with iHeartMedia and I am excited to work with this team to take Power Talk 1360 & 1280 to the next level.”
iHeartMedia announces a collaboration with NBC News to provide its 24/7 News Network’s reported 1,000 affiliated radio stations and iHM’s 850+ owned and operated radio stations with access to the resources of NBC News, along with an hourly NBC News Radio newscast provided to affiliates around the clock. In addition, iHeartRadio, iHM’s digital radio and streaming platform, will also feature NBC News Radio as a source for national and international news content (users can listen HERE). “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with NBC News in providing our affiliates and listeners with award-winning news coverage along with the global reach of this powerful news organization,” said Chris Berry, Senior Vice President and General Manager of 24/7 News Network. “Plus, the addition of NBC News Radio on iHeartRadio showcases both our companies’ commitment to providing our consumers with the most credible news wherever they are, whenever they want it.” Former NBC Radio News syndicator Westwood One ended production and distribution of the legacy news brand’s network news service in 2014, replacing it with its own WW One News.
Once again, another unexpected breaking news event happened during ‘off hours’ — this one in Dallas — sending local media into immediate crisis mode to cover the unfolding chaos. WBAP host Chris Krok was on the air when shots were fired at what had been a peaceful protest march staged in the wake of two controversial police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. “We immediately shifted into continuous coverage and stayed in non-stop, commercial-free live and local coverage all night and continuing right on into our morning and midday shows,” WBAP/KLIF Program and Operations Manager Tyler Cox told NTS MediaOnline Today. “At nearly noon (CT), the staff that was out all night on the story was still on the story.” Asked about the value of the Cumulus Media News/Talker’s pre-planning for just such an event Cox said, “Several months ago, following the San Bernadino shooting, all seven stations in our cluster updated contingency plans on what to do should such a tragedy strike here. Planning pays off. While much of it comes naturally and un-scripted in a News/Talk environment, integrating content of this magnitude on music and sports stations isn’t always a natural fit, but all of our stations were on top of this.” Pictured in the WBAP/KLIF newsroom covering the tragedy are News Director Freda Ross (foreground) and reporters Chelsea Wade, Charles Swanigon and Doug Helton. Not pictured, but also on the job throughout the night were anchors Eric Bushman and Marlee McCormick, reporters on-the-scene Alan Scaia and Jay Howell, and news producer Mickey Briggs.
iHeartMedia promotes company veteran Craig Stevens to the newly created position of Format Captain for its spoken-word stations in the Allentown-Harrisburg, PA region. In his new role Stevens (right) will oversee the on-air programming and day-to-day operations of iHM’s News/Talk/Sports stations across the region including WAEB-AM and WSAN-AM/Allentown, WHP-AM and WTKT-AM/Harrisburg, WILM-AM and WWTX-AM/Wilmington, DE, WDOV-AM/Dover, DE, WRAK-AM/Williamsport, PA, and WTJM-AM and WJDY-AM/Salisbury, MD. In addition, Stevens will also continue to serve as the Senior Vice President of Programming for iHM’s Allentown station cluster. “Craig has been an exceptional member of the iHeartMedia team for 23 years,” said Jeff Hurley, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Allentown-Harrisburg Region. “He’s one of our most talented and driven programmers, and I’m excited for the energy he’ll bring to all the spoken-word brands within our region.”
Longtime KXL/Portland, OR talk host Lars Larson has re-upped his deal with Compass Media Networks to continue syndication of his daily national Talk radio show through at least 2023. Larson hosts two shows a day — his KXL northwest regional program from noon-4pm (PT) and his CMN national show airing 6-9pm (ET). Commenting on his new deal extension Larson told NTS MediaOnline Today, “[Compass Media Networks founder and CEO] Peter Kosann and I have been working together since our days at at Westwood One (2003-2009). When he was the head of that company, he brought me in to replace Laura Ingraham when she left the network. When Peter formed CMN back in 2009, he took over syndication of The Lars Larson Show,. Working with Peter for the past 13 years has been an absolute pleasure. You can find no one better in radio today — a straight shooter who supports spoken-word like no one else in the industry.”
The Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Endowment for Financial Education work together annually to honor the very best in personal finance reporting, with the NEFE Personal Finance Award. The award is given for outstanding financial reporting on radio, television and online. Recent past radio winners of the prestigious award include Courtney Collins, KERA-FM/Dallas (2015); Alisa Parenti, MarketWatch Radio (2014); Uri Berliner, NPR (2013) and Tess Vigeland, Marketplace (2012). Winners will receive a $1,000 prize, complimentary registration to Excellence in Journalism 2016 in New Orleans, along with round trip economy-class airfare and two nights hotel accommodations. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, July 20th at 11:59pm (PT). Get more details on the NEFE award and how you can apply HERE.
Cumulus Media has signed Shannon Burke to host a new talk show on NewsRadio 106.7 (WYAY-FM/Atlanta). The Shannon Burke Show debuts this week in the station’s 9am-noon time slot, after Burke was declared the “audience favorite” in NewsRadio 106.7’s recent ‘Casting Call’ — a promotion featuring three weeks of on-air auditions for Atlanta’s newest talk radio personality. Burke most recently hosted a solo show on Tampa Bay FM talker 102.5 The Bone (WHPT), where he’d also previously been a part of the Bubba The Love Sponge Show when that program aired on The Bone. Prior to that Burke served as a talk host on FM talker Real Radio 104.1 (WTKS/Orlando) and morning host at Orlando’s WFLF. The Dallas native began his broadcast career at KJFK/Austin. Commenting on the station’s newest lineup addition, WYAY PD Greg Tantum said, “Many of the best hosts in the business participated in our Casting Call. In the end, Shannon emerged as an overwhelming audience favorite. His show creatively combines intelligent talk with humor, entertainment and a connection with the Atlanta lifestyle.”
NTS MediaOnline Today sends out get well wishes to Talk radio legend Art Bell who has been hospitalized in Las Vegas where he’s being treated for pneumonia and additional symptoms of COPD. Art (pictured) is posting updates on his progress HERE … Get well soon wishes are also going out today to WCBM/Baltimore host Tom Marr who suffered a stroke over the holiday weekend. In a statement posted on the WCBM website, Marr’s family said the stroke was the result of recent back surgery undergone by the talk host. Marr — a part of Baltimore media since 1967 — will be on a medical hiatus from the station he’s called home for nearly three decades while he recovers … Condolences: To the family, friends and colleagues of WGOW/Chattanooga sports reporter and talk host Gary ‘Dr. Basketball’ Haskew, who died July 4th following a heart attack. He was 74. “Gary was an incredible talent, an excellent storyteller, a true original, and the largest of larger-than-life characters,” said WGOW Interim Program Director Bill Lockhart. “In a world of wanna-bes, posers, and imitators, Gary was the genuine article; a man’s man, an entertainer extraordinaire, with a love for people. We are all lucky to have had Gary in our lives.”
iHeartMedia has extended the company’s agreement with Joe Pags Show host Joe ‘Pags’ Pagliarulo to continue hosting his daily 5-8pm (CT) talk show on News/Talk WOAI/San Antonio and News/Talk sister station KPRC/Houston. “Pags’ ability to connect with listeners across San Antonio and beyond is unparalleled,” said Matt Martin, Central Division President for iHeartMedia. “He’s able to bring the community together with his unique take on the latest news, and we’re excited to extend our partnership with him.” Commenting on his deal extension, ‘Pags’ — who can also be heard nationwide on Premiere Networks syndicated The Weekend with Joe Pags — said, “I’m proud to have called iHeartMedia home for more than a dozen years, and knowing this fantastic relationship will continue for many more years to come is simply amazing.” (Editor’s Note: Along with airing on iHM’s WOAI and KPRC, Pags’ weekday talk show is also syndicated nationwide by Compass Media Networks.)