Longtime broadcaster and media entrepreneur Norm Pattiz gets the full-profile treatment from Bloomberg Business Week, where reporters Andy Fixmer and Rodney Yap proclaim that the founder of the original Westwood One is enjoying a “second act” as founder and CEO of Courtside Entertainment Group and PodcastOne. So what’s the secret to Norm’s success? Fixmer and Yap say its 30 years of owning court side seats at Los Angeles Lakers basketball games, where Pattiz (pictured) has built a gold-plated list of celebrity contacts and Hollywood pals who he’s been convincing to create podcasts for his latest venture, the PodcastOne digital radio platform. Read the full story HERE … Another year-end retirement as WCCO/Minneapolis veteran Steve Murphy reports he’ll hang-up his headphones after a 30-year career at the CBS Radio-owned News/Talker. Murphy made news just a month or so ago when he was beaten and robbed on his way to work in the wee small hours, but the morning anchor told the Pioneer Press’ Amy Carlson Gustafson that incident didn’t cause him make this decision. “It’s not getting mugged at 2:30 in the morning, it’s coming to work at 2:30 in the morning,” quipped Murphy. Read the full story HERE … Providence Journal reporter Philip Marcelo says that WPRO/Providence host John DePetro — who has been off the air for the past week — called-in to his own morning show today to apologize for recent on-air remarks he made disparaging union labor women who protested at a political fundraising event in September. ”The tone expressed was not consistent with the strong support I have shown women in our state and in my own life,” said the talk host. Read the full story HERE.
Effective January 1st, Clear Channel will move The Rush Limbaugh Show in 3 major markets. As already expected, Limbaugh’s Premiere Networks syndicated daily show will move from WABC/New York to CC’s crosstown WOR. Additionally, Limbaugh will move from his current home at KKSF/San Francisco to Clear Channel clustermate KNEW which will rebrand as an all-conservative Talk outlet. But the big news is that Rush will be moving from his longtime Los Angeles affiliate KFI, to co-owned KTLK, which will flip from it’s current progressive Talk lineup and rebrand as new all-conservative talker ‘The Patriot.’ CC says the moves in SoCal and the Bay Area are being made to utilize the audience draw of Limbaugh’s show to build underdeveloped stations in both clusters, with the goal of giving the company two strong Talk stations in each market. Clear Channel has previously made similar moves with Limbaugh’s program in a number of other markets including Houston, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and others. Brian Glicklich, acting as a spokesperson for the Limbaugh camp, commented on the pending moves telling NTS MediaOnline Today, “Rush Limbaugh has built the ratings and revenue of hundreds of America’s most successful radio stations, and is looking forward to doing the same at these new Clear Channel homes.”
In a memo to staffers at WTOP/Washington, VP News and Programming Jim Farley announced that 20-year station veteran Bob Madigan has decided to retire at year’s end, after a 50-year career in the broadcasting biz. “Bob has been a drivetime anchor, a reporter and for a long time, WTOP’s Man About Town,” said Farley (who is himself retiring at the end of this month). “In that role he was a one-person good news department, covering everything from charity galas to scholarship awards and chili cook-offs for a good cause. Bob covered so many events, that in less than a year on the beat, he was emcee, announcer or celebrity judge at many of them. He became a one-main marketing machine for WTOP, getting our name out there in a positive way that was priceless! He was chosen to announce the Inaugural Parade along Pennsylvania Avenue for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Bob has a long, long list of awards and honors including an Edward R. Murrow Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, The Freedom Foundation Award and an Armstrong Award. In the radio industry, it is rare for somebody to last 20 years at the same place. It is rarer still when they can leave on their own terms when the time comes. But then, Bob is a rare bird indeed! He’s been a great colleague and a great friend and we will all miss him.”
The media was a abuzz last night over a report by the New York Daily News that disgraced politician and serial ‘sexter’ Anthony Weiner — who recently lost his bid to resurrect his political career and become mayor of New York – has been talking to several Talk radio outlets in Gotham City about hosting a new local radio show. While the newspaper cited both Cumulus Media-owned WABC and Clear Channel News/Talker WOR as potential ‘Weiner-wanters,’ a Cumulus source emphatically told Politico.com’s Dylan Byers that there is absolutely no truth to the rumors. “Our comment is best summed up by Taylor Swift’s hit song, we are never, ever getting back together — and in this case we were never together to begin with, as this is something Cumulus has never contemplated.” No official word out of WOR on their take on all the Weiner talk, but all signs point to a lot of sizzle, but no steak when it comes to a future for the ex-pol on local NYC Talk radio.
Talk titan Rush Limbaugh released details yesterday of his latest Two If By Tea Sweepstakes, with the grand prize winner receiving a “golden ticket” good for a trip for four to The Rush Limbaugh Show’s ‘Southern Command Center’ in Florida to hang out with El Rushbo and the program’s crew during a live broadcast. “Grand prize winners each receive a three-day, two-night trip to Florida for two people, round trip airfare, luxury hotel accommodations and, of course, fine meals,” said Rush on his Premiere Networks syndicated show. “Now, you will be blindfolded from the moment you leave the hotel en route to the Southern Command so that you cannot tell anybody where it is. And then when you arrive, the blindfolds will be removed. You will not know where you are, but you will be at the EIB Network. We’re gonna sit you behind the ‘Golden EIB Microphone’ and snap pictures to prove that you were there, because nobody will believe you were there.” All sales of Limbaugh’s signature Two If By Tea beverage benefit the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, a non-profit group that provides scholarships, financial aid and support to the children of U.S. Marines who are killed in action. Get more details about the contest HERE.
Sun Broadcast Group has committed to deploy Jelli Inc.’s cloud-based ad platform across its entire programming roster. Jelli is a patented audio serving platform designed to automate over-the-air radio advertising for advertisers and network operators. SBG’s Spanish-language programs (in partnership with Stardome Media) will be first to make the transition to Jelli, with Sun’s general market programs — including the recently launched Marilu Henner Show — converting in early 2014. ”I have been asking leaders large and small to stand with me and implement true change in how we conduct business across our industry,” said Sun Broadcast Group CEO Jason Bailey. “Radio has been living in the dark ages when it comes to accountability. We’re being eaten alive by the real time metrics of digital audio competitors and our best answer, RADAR, still requires busy planners and buyers to go back months after a campaign to see what should have run. Today we stand proud to put our entire sales and programming schedules on the line and make a real change for this great industry.”
While other media is not always kind or even accurate when covering or writing about Talk radio, two recently published features are once again shining a spotlight on the format with dueling arguments over the future fate of liberal Talk vs. conservative Talk as we approach what is bound to be a contentious 2014 election year. In a recent piece for Politico, reporter MacKenzie Weinger outlines ’5 Ways To Rescue Liberal Talk Radio,’ with commentary from a number of Talk radio industry veterans, along with ideas as to what can be done to help resurrect left-leaning Talk at broadcast radio. Meanwhile, in reply to that feature, US News & World Report columnist Nicole Hemmer pens a piece entitled, ’5 Reasons Liberals Should Stop Seeking A Left Limbaugh and Quit Talk Radio.’ Saying that a more successful, progressive Democratic Party is what the dream of liberal Talk is really about, Hemmer notes, “Progressives will be more likely to achieve that when they realize their path to victory doesn’t run through a radio station.” Click on their respective links above to read both stories. Your comments are welcome HERE.
Home Wizards, a nationally syndicated weekend radio show hosted by Cindy Dole and Eric Stromer (pictured), is the latest addition to the programming roster at the New York City-based MMG Radio Network. Originating from flagship outlet KFWB/Los Angeles, the weekly home and life improvement show airs Saturdays from 11am-1pm (ET). ”Cindy and Eric are familiar to millions of Americans who enjoy home improvement and decorating,” says MMG President and CEO Jeff Schwartz.”They have a great on-air chemistry that resonates with both men and women, while creating an inviting environment for sponsors.” The recently launched MMG Radio Network is also home to The Pet Show with Warren Eckstein, AARP Radio and the weekly 12-step radio show, Steppin’ Out.
We’re hopeful that WTOP/Washington Program Director Laurie Cantillo will forgive us for ‘lifting’ this absolutely fabulous photo from her Facebook page, taken on the occasion of Laurie’s holiday weekend marriage to industry veteran Beau Phillips. The couple exchanged vows at a small family-only ceremony held on November 30th. Cantillo reports that date was chosen to honor both her mom and dad and Beau’s parents, with all three couples now sharing the same wedding anniversary date — November 30th. “Just one of the many coincidences that brought us together,” says Cantillo in her Facebook post. Friends and industry colleagues of both Laurie and Beau can congratulate the happy couple on their recent nuptials HERE.
Sports/Talker Mike Lindsley will return to WSKO (AM 1260 The Score)/Syracuse next week, where he’ll assume the 3-6pm afternoon drive slot currently occupied by CBS Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb Show. Lindsley spent over 10 years in Syracuse prior to a move to ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM/Albany, NY) earlier this year. That gig ended following Lindsley’s airing of an interview with a caller claiming to be former New York Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer, in which the imposter admitted to using PED’s and also took some pot shots at fellow team members including Derek Jeter … Soon-to-retire WTOP/Washington VP News and Programming, Jim Farley, will be honored tomorrow night (12/4) at a dinner to be held at DC’s Newseum. Earlier this year, the award-winning veteran news pro announced his plans to step away from day-to-day duties after a 17-year run at the now Hubbard-owned all-newser. However, Farley will remain a consultant to WTOP for at least the next couple of years … Condolences: To the family and friends of former KKOB/Albuquerque personality Art Ortega, Jr. (pictured), who died on Thanksgiving Day (11/28) as the result of a heart attack. He was 67. Funeral arrangements are available HERE, while friends and co-workers are posting tributes to the veteran broadcaster on his Facebook page HERE.