Monday, August 21, 2017

The Millennial Research Project Released

The Public Radio Program Directors Association (PRPD) released the findings of the Millennial Research Project (MRP) at this year’s PRPD Content Conference in Washington, DC. The PRPD conducted the project with Jacobs Media, the noted media, technology and consumer research firm.

Jody Evans, PRPD President, summed up the project’s mission and goals this way, “The world is not lacking in Millennial-focused research. As the professional service bureau for public radio’s content community, we did see a lack of research that addressed our members’ specific needs and interests. PRPD has a decades-long history of providing public radio content makers with original, actionable, forward-thinking research. Our partners at Jacobs have delivered another strong addition to public radio’s knowledge base. It’s important to note that this was a broadly-supported project and could not have happened without financial investment from over a dozen leading public radio stations.”

Fred Jacobs, President of Jacobs Media, noted the MRP is a unique ethnographic look at a key segment of the audience: “We immersed ourselves into the lives of a dozen Millennial public radio listeners. We spent a full day with each of them, from the time they woke up, through their workday, and back at home, observing their media and lifestyle activities. This project speaks volumes about media, journalism, politics, and the perceptions of Millennials. Public radio plays an important role, but it’s essential to understand how these listeners are similar and how they are different from the traditional audience.”

PRPD and Jacobs Media designed the MRP with three principal goals:
  1. Develop knowledge and insight into the attitudes, awareness, and expectations of the Millennial generation regarding public radio, the news media in general, and media and content distribution. 
  2. Provide public radio stations with the insights to help develop a system-wide Millennial strategy. 
  3. Build foundational knowledge about Millennials’ attitudes about public radio to be utilized in future phases of this project.
The project was built on a combination of one-on-one interviews and ethnographic encounters with an ethnically diverse cross section of the American public. The MRP was in the field from August 2016-February 2017. The research subjects were spread over ten different markets (St. Louis, Phoenix, Austin, New York City, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids, and Charlotte).

The key findings include:
  • There is no Millennial archetype – As with all groups, facile generalizations are dangerous and the study found that to be no less the case for this massive cohort. The study unveiled important views on technology, civic engagement, media expectations and consumption, and social coherence.
  • Public radio is loved, but expectations are high – MRP participants are consuming a great deal of public radio and value the current aesthetic, but are also looking for a more direct and incisive style of journalism. 
  • News access declines during the day and they’re OK with bite-sized packages – In the smartphone-dominated lives of these participants, the leading edge of news consumption shifts to social media as the day progresses and, with it, a willingness to track the key stories in smaller packages.
  • Podcasts are important and will grow in importance – Media choice, variety and control are central themes in these cohort’s lives so it is to be expected that podcasts are a highly attractive option. 
  • Public radio that is diverse and locally rooted is highly valued – MRP participants, and Millennials, in general, are an extremely diverse, locally engaged group and expect the same from their public radio station. 
The MRP unearthed many other key findings that add nuance and clarity to the interests, appetites, needs and expectations of the Millennial media consumer. PRPD released the findings during the 2017 PRPD Content Conference and will be working with its member stations to internalize, integrate and apply the findings.

The MRP was designed, funded and executed as a collaborative effort between PRPD and fifteen leading public radio stations. The list includes:
  • KJZZ/Phoenix
  • KNOW/Minneapolis
  • KPCC/Los Angeles
  • KNKX/Seattle
  • KUT/Austin
  • KWMU/St. Louis
  • Michigan Radio
  • New Hampshire Public Radio
  • Vermont Public Radio
  • WBEZ/Chicago
  • WBUR/Boston
  • WGBH/Boston
  • Wisconsin Public Radio
  • WLRN/Miami
  • WNYC/New York City

Podcast Movement To Explore Who's Really Listening

Steve Goldstein
NuVoodoo Media Services, a data-driven media marketing, programming and content intelligence provider, announces that it will join forces with Amplifi Media, which advises companies and podcasters on strategy and content development, to present the results of a recent study of 9,000 Millennial podcast listeners nationwide at Podcast Movement on Thursday, August 24th in Anaheim, CA.

Steve Goldstein, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amplifi Media, and Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Analysis, NuVoodoo Media Services, will present these new research findings, along with insights and video highlights of dozens of one-on-one interviews of Millennial podcast listeners at the Anaheim Marriott on Thursday, August 24, at 11:00 a.m.

Podcast Movement is the destination event for podcasters and companies in the podcasting business with over 2,000 attendees expected at this annual event.

Amplifi Media and NuVoodoo Media Services will show results from primary quantitative – and video from the qualitative – research and share insights including:
  • What podcasts they listen to
  • Which devices they use
  • Which apps they use
  • Whether they download and listen later or “stream” right away
  • Number of podcasts they listen to each week
  • Whether they listen all the way through podcasts
  • How they find new podcasts
  • What they think about the ads in podcasts
  • Where they listen to podcasts
Leigh Jacobs
Steve Goldstein, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amplifi Media, said: “Data on how people listen to podcasts has been virtually non-existent. We did a deep dive with millennial podcast listeners to examine how they choose podcasts, where and when they listen and what turns them off.”

Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Analysis, NuVoodoo Media Services said: “We began with nearly 9,000 nationwide respondents to find the epicenter of podcast users and their habits and perceptions. Not satisfied with charts and graphs to tell the story, we conducted dozens of one-on-one interviews with current podcast listeners to give our findings context and emotion. We wanted podcasters to have fresh feedback from podcast listeners to better understand what they like and how to make podcasts even better.”

To register for Podcast Movement, please visit:

NYC Radio: Chris Christie Not On WFAN's Short List

Chris Christie
There's one position Gov. Chris Christie can reportedly cross off the list of potential new jobs when he leaves office in January: taking over Mike Francesa's sports-talk radio show.

The NYDaily News reports sources saying Christie has been axed as a contender for  Francesa's time slot on the New York City sports-talk radio station WFAN 660-AM.

Jaime Saberito, a spokesperson for WFAN, told NJ Advance Media that the station "has not yet made a decision regarding a new afternoon host, so we cannot confirm the accuracy of the Daily News report."

Brian Murray, a spokesman for Christie's office did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The two-term New Jersey governor auditioned for Francesa's job over two days in July when the iconic host was on vacation. Francesa is sheduled to leave the station at the end of the year.

On his first day of auditions, Christie took heat from caller Michael Goldstein, a frequent FAN caller known as "Mike from Montclair," who bashed the brash governor for sitting on the beach at Island Beach State Park over the Fourth of July weekend when he had closed other state-owned facilities - including that park - to the public.

Christie called Goldstein a "communist" and a "bum."

The governor is a frequent guest host on the station's "Boomer & Carton" morning show.

Rush Limbaugh: U-S "On The Cusp Of Second Civil War"

Syndicated radio talker Rush Limbaugh suggested Friday that the U.S. may be "on the cusp of a second civil war" as the country contends with new racial tensions following the violence in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend.

"America is under attack from within," Limbaugh told his listeners, according to a transcript. He warned that now, more than ever in his life, is "our culture, our history, our founding" under assault.

"And I'm sure it's the same with you," he said. "We haven't seen anything like this. You might even get away with saying that we are on the cusp of a second civil war. Some of you might say that we are already into it, that it has already begun. However you characterize it, though, we are under attack from within. And it's being bought and paid for by people from outside America, in addition to inside."

According to The Washington Examiner, Limbaugh's comments come after last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Va., where counter-protesters made an appearance and clashed with white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. A car plowed into a group of counter-protesters leaving one dead and more than a dozen more injured.

President Trump has faced bipartisan criticism for his remarks regarding the violence in Charlottesville, as he initially failed to rebuke white supremacist groups and neo-Nazis. On Monday, he did condemn these groups by name, going further than his first statement Saturday, but on Tuesday he doubled back to say there is "blame on both sides."

Limbaugh blamed left-wing hedge fund billionaire George Soros and other "international financiers" who are working towards the "objective" of taking the U.S. "out and down as a superpower, to literally erase the United States as a powerful or super powerful nation."

Limbaugh also accused the left-wing protesters in Charlottesville, as well as "Antifa" activists demonstrating in other flash-point events in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., with an agenda to "distort, erase, and impugn our history."

Larry Elder: Fatherless Families Are No. 1 Problem

Syndicated Radio Talk-show host, attorney, and best-selling author Larry Elder said the breakdown of the family -- fatherless families -- is the number one problem in America, not racism or discrimination or bad cops.

According to, he added that when it comes to murder, nearly half of the homicides each year are black-on-black killings.

Commenting on The Rubin Report, Larry Elder said there is a liberal agenda at work and "the goal is to tell black people that we’re victims, that discrimination, racism remain major problems in America when, in fact, they don’t. And they want black people to vote for the Democratic Party."

"The Democratic Party gets 95% of the black vote, and the reason they get it is blacks are convinced that the number one issue facing the country is social justice, racist white cops, discrimination, systemic racism, micro-aggression – whatever new word they come up with – and it’s a bunch of nonsense," he said.

“The number one problem domestically facing this country is the breakdown of the family," said Elder.  "And President Obama said it, I didn’t. A kid raised without a dad is five times more likely to be poor and commit crimes; nine times more likely to drop out of school; and 20 times more likely to end up in jail."

"So, you’re far more likely to end up in jail without having a dad, than you are because of a white racist cop," said Elder.

Report: If The Results Don't Fit..You Must Omit

PBS and NPR are now in the polling business with Marist College, and like the other networks, their polls are often used to support putting heat on Republicans.

According to Newsbusters, last Wednesday they announced they had found a majority of Americans were disappointed with the president’s responsive to the violence in Charlottesville. PBS then ignored their own finding that 62 percent favored leaving Confederate statues in place, while only 27 percent want them removed. NPR reported it once, and then insisted that had nothing to do with Charlottesville.

Buried in the weeds: They also asked if Americans approve or disapprove of Black Lives Matter: 50 percent disapproved, and only 33 percent approved. They even asked about approval of Antifa, but few had heard of them yet: Five percent approved, 24 percent disapproved, 18 percent said they had no opinion either way, and 53 percent were unsure.

R.I.P.: Fargo-Moorhead Radio Legend Don Dresser

Longtime radio announcer and popular morning show host Don Dresser could have moved from the Fargo-Moorhead market to the national scene at anytime during his 32 years at WDAY 970 AM Radio, but Dresser said he loved the area too much to leave.

Minnesota-born Dresser died Friday, Aug. 18, at Lilac Assisted Living Facility in Dilworth. He was 84 years old, according to WDAY-TV6.

Donald S. Dresser was born in Bertha, Minn., on Sept. 7, 1932. He grew up in New York Mills, Minn., where he graduated from high school in 1950. He attended Moorhead State University for one year, but never returned to college. After working in farming and at a Minneapolis-based office, Dresser enrolled in the American Institute of the Air (now Brown Institute) and was hired at KTRF Radio in Thief River Falls, Minn. Dresser told The Forum he had been interested in radio since the 1930s after listening as a child and later listening to the news and live programs on WDAY about World War II. He was hired at WDAY in 1960 to cover the 4 p.m. shift. A few months later, WDAY-AM created the first two-person show in the area, with Dresser and Morrie Carlson producing a morning show.

Although Carlson moved on to larger markets, Dresser turned down offers to move to St. Louis, Kansas City and Phoenix, according to his family. Dresser's long running shows featured live interviews, music and news.

In the late 1970s, Larry Gauper, a former WDAY-AM Radio host, thought Dresser and the late Earl Williams would make a good pair in the early mornings.

"I thought those guys would be great together and the boss bought it," Gauper said. The Don and Earl show would run about a dozen years. "It was the most talked about morning show in Fargo-Moorhead, no question. It was the talk of the town."

Dresser also worked with the popular voices of Boyd Christenson and Orly Knutson. According to his family, Dresser especially enjoyed conducting remote broadcasts at the Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag and the Red River Valley and other county fairs because he loved meeting people and being with the responsive audiences.

"He had a great radio voice and he was one of the nicest guys you could ever talk to," Gauper said.

Dresser retired from WDAY-AM Radio in 1994. In 2002, Dresser was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

R.I.P.: Comedic Genius Jerry Lewis, Dead At 91

Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday at the age of 91, his family said.

Lewis died of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side on Sunday morning, his family said in statement.

He had been hospitalized for about five weeks beginning in early June for a urinary tract infection, keeping him from traveling to Toronto to appear in a film, his spokeswoman, Candi Cazau, told Reuters by telephone.

Lewis, who rose to fame as goofy foil to suave partner Dean Martin and was a comic icon in France.

He once summed up his career by saying "I've had great success being a total idiot" and said the key was maintaining a certain child-like quality.

"I look at the world through a child's eyes because I'm 9," he told Reuters in a November 2002 interview. "I stayed that way. I made a career out of it. It's a wonderful place to be."

Jim Carrey, an actor whose style owed a heavy debt to Jerry Lewis, paid tribute to the comedian soon after news of his death.

"That fool was no dummy," Carrey wrote. "Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was!"

The son of vaudeville entertainers, Lewis became a star in the early 1950s as Martin's comic sidekick in nightclubs, on television and in 16 movies. At their height, they set off the kind of fan hysteria that once surrounded Frank Sinatra and the Beatles.

The following is from 1946....

Their decade-long partnership ended with a bitter split and Lewis went on to star in his own film comedies.

Lewis became closely associated with his annual Labor Day telethon to benefit children with muscular dystrophy. He first started doing telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1952 before retiring from the job in 2011.

His publicist, Cazau, said that from their inception in 1966 his Labor Day telethons had raised $2.45 billion over some 45 years.

August 21 Radio History

Ken Carpenter
➦In 1900... the man who, for 27 years was the announcer for Bing Crosby, Ken Carpenter was born in Avon Illinois. He became a staff announcer at KFI Los Angeles, and called USC & UCLA football games in the early 1930′s, and the Rose Bowl game in 1935.  In 1936 he began his career-long association with Crosby.  He also announced for Al Jolson and Edgar Bergen, The Life of Riley, Great Gildersleeve,  The Halls of Ivy, from 1952-55 Lux Radio Theatre, followed by Lux Video Theatre (1953-57.)

He died following a brief illness Oct. 16 1984 at age 84.

➦In of early TV’s most prolific sportscasters Chris Schenkel was born in Biuppus Ind.  Although he did playbyplay for ABC TV on college football, Major League Baseball, NBA basketball, golf and tennis tournaments, boxing, auto racing, and the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, he is best remembered today as the voice of Professional Bowling for more than 35 years. He died of emphysema Sept. 11 2005 at age 82.

Jack Buck
➥In 1924...sportscaster Jack Buck was born in Holyoke Mass. His deep gravelly voice is best remembered for his baseball playbyplay of the St. Louis Cardinals over more than 40 years.  He also did NFL football on TV, plus World Series Baseball and (for 20 years) Monday Night Football for CBS radio. He died of lung cancer June 18 2002 at age 77.

➦In 1935...the Benny Goodman Orchestra played a concert that’s considered to be the beginning of the Swing Era. The band’s exhuberant performance was at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles, and was heard by millions coast-to-coast on radio.

➦In 2003...longtime voice of the Boston Red Sox Ken Coleman died of bacterial meningitis at age 78.  Early in his career in Cleveland he called every touchdown scored by football great Jim Brown.

➦In 2005...the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer, Robert Moog passed away at age 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.  Dr. Moog built his first electronic instrument, a theremin , at the age of 14 and made the MiniMoog, “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser” in 1970

Saturday, August 19, 2017

August 20 Radio History

Alan Reed
➦In Alan Reed was born Herbert Theodore Bergman in New York City.  He was a strong, burly presence on film and TV but he would be better remembered for his equally strong, distinctive voice.

His work involved featured roles on Abie’s Irish Rose; as the “Allen’s Alley” resident poet Falstaff Openshaw on Fred Allen‘s NBC Radio show, as Officer Clancey on the NBC Radio show Duffy’s Tavern; as Shrevey the driver on several years of The Shadow; as Chester Riley’s boss on NBC Radio’s The Life of Riley, and as Italian immigrant Pasquale in Life with Luigi on CBS Radio.

He is perhaps best remembered as the voice of Fred Flinstone in the ABC-TV cartoon series.

He sufered a fatal heart attack June 14 1977 at age 69.

Andre Baruch
➦In 1908...veteran golden-voiced announcer Andre Baruch was born in France. He tried to begin his career as a pianist for NBC Radio but got into the wrong line of applicants; he was in the announcers’ line and was hired on the spot.

Over an almost 60 year career he announced for such OTR programs as The American Album of Familiar Music, The Fred Waring Show, The Kate Smith Show, The Shadow, Your Hit Parade and The United States Steel Hour.

Fulfilling a 20-year dream, in 1954 he was named to the Brooklyn Dodgers broadcast team, for whom he worked for two years on WMGM radio and WOR-TV.

He died Sept. 15 1991 at age 83.

➦In 1920...In Michigan, the Detroit News founded radio station 8MK, operating at first using an amateur license until granted a limited commercial license in October 1921. In March 1922, the call-letters were changed to WWJ, which they have remained ever since.

➦In 1959...A Motorola 6 plus 2 transistor radio was advertised for $29.95. Six transistors and 2 diodes. "Hour after hour of top flight listening on a single inexpensive battery. Built-inantenna, Built-in easel for convenience. Slips into purse or pocket."

➦In 1960...19-year-old Marv Alpert, a journalism major at Syracuse University was working at WMGM 1050 AM radio in New York during the summer in the record library and news department.

➦In 1960...Mel Allen, often called the voice of the Yankees, will do the play-by-play of the New York Giants football team over CBS Radio.

➦In 1963...WCPO in Cincinnati goes “All Hootenanny” - all folk music ...

➦In 1963...It was announced that all-night talk show host Long John Nebel - heard on WOR 710 AM in New York would also be heard on WNAC 680 AM in Boston, also owned by RKO-General.

➦In 1963...NYC Deejay Stan Z. Burns at 1010 WINS, New York has the magic touch. After playing “That Sunday, That Summer” off of Nat King Cole’s latest album with tremendous response, Capitol Records announced it will release it as a single.

Rick Sklar
➦In 1963...Many in the industry are stunned by the promotion of Rick Sklar, director of community services at 77 WABC Radio in New York, to Program Director, replacing Sam Holman. The announcement was made by newly-appointed vice-president and general manager Walter Schwartz. “Sam Holman, who has done so much to bring WABC to its present enviable position in the market, willcontinue to be a front-line piece of talent for us (Holman is also a DJ).

With the responsibilities of running a major radio station in the nation’s first market, it is necessary that we have a man in charge of the program department who would not be faced with the dual responsibility of an air show. Sklar has an excellent track record (he was formerly with 1010 WINS and WMGM 1050 AM) and will be given complete authority on all matters involving programming.” Sklar says: “There will be changes and innovations forth coming in conjunction with our fall campaign.

➦In 1963...the CBS radio network established a new dimension in network broadcasting. Net Alert systems were just installed in more than 200 stations of the CBS radio network. This will now allow newsrooms in New York or Los Angles to notify local or other network programs of an important news story.

➦In 1967...With FM radio making some ratings noise in New York, it was announced that a new kind of transmitting antenna was available to improve FM reception. WABC 95.5 FM & WCBS 101.1 FM in New York, began transmitting in September with a circularly polarized antenna from the Empire State Building.

FM transmissions are either horizontal or vertical or both, which means your radio antenna must be positioned the same way. Circularly polarized transmitting antennas means you will be able to set your FM antenna anywayyou want and reception should be good on any plane.

➦In 1967....The New York Times published a report about a noise reduction technology for tape recording that had been developed by technicians R. and D.W. Dolby. Checkmate Records was the first label to use the new Dolby process in its recordings.

➦In 1976...Gordon Lightfoot released his soon-to-be hit single, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, from his album Summertime Dream, about an ore carrier which sank on Lake Superior. It would reach #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

➦In 1997...Talk show host Bob Grant sued his former radio station – Talkradio 77 WABC New York which he says, tried to blacklist him after he made controversial remarks about deceased commerce secretary Ron Brown.

➦In 2009...keyboard player and guitarist Larry Knechtel, who was a studio musician on such classic recordings as Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mother And Child Reunion, Swayin' To The Music, Rockin' Pneumonia-Boogie Woogie Flu, Mac Arthur Park, Stoned Soul Picnic, Good Vibrations, Up Up And Away, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Monday Monday, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Christmas-Baby Please Come Home, Eve Of Destruction, Summer Breeze, Dance With The Guitar Man, Taking The Long Way)/guitarist (Stoney End, The Guitar Man, Light My Fire, Mr. Tambourine Man, Surf City and who was a member of the 1970′s group Bread, suffered a fatal heart attack at age 69.

➦In  2015…Retired broadcast meteorologist Harry Volkman, who reported the weather on four different Chicago television stations over the course of four decades, died of a respiratory ailment at 89.

Philly Radio: Best Wishes For Cadillac Jack Seville

Veteran Philadelphia radio personality 'Cadillac Jack' Seville has disclosed that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer.

In June,  Seville lost his job at CBS Radio's Classic Hits WOGL 98.1 FM, due to budget contraints pending the upcoming merger with Entercom.

That ended a long run for the afternoon Philly jock dating back to 1991 on then WEGX 'Electric 106' (Click Here for audio).  Seville had been hosting PM on WOGL since 2008..

Now Seville posted the terrible news on Facebook:

Cadillac Jack had been with WOGL since 2004 and moved from weekends/swing to afternoons in September 2008 following the passing of Big Ron O’Brien.  He also had  had stints at KQLZ “Pirate Radio 100.3” in Los Angeles, and 105.1 WAVA in Washington. Other stations include WGGY Scranton.Wilkes-Barre, WIOV Lancaster, WIOQ Philadelphia and WLAN Lancaster.

Richmond/Houston Radio: WRVA's Jimmy Barrett Goes West

Newsradio 740 KTRH in Houston has announced that Jimmy Barrett will join Houston’s Morning News on Mon., Sept. 11, co-anchoring with Shara Fryer 5-8 a.m. weekdays.

Barrett comes to KTRH from Richmond, Va., where he served as the morning host for iHeartMedia’s News Radio 1140 WRVA for 16 years. He’ll replace former KTRH morning host Matt Patrick who passed away in early July after a lengthy battle with cancer.

“Jimmy has a big voice, a big heart and big shoes to fill,” said Bryan Erickson, director of AM Programming for iHeartMedia Houston. “It’s impossible for anyone to replace Matt Patrick, and we all know that. I think Matt’s audience will embrace Jimmy as we move forward from what has been a very difficult time.”

“It took an exciting city and great radio station to get me to leave my home for the last 16 years,” said Barrett. “I’m very proud to join the team at KTRH and look forward to becoming a part of the Houston community.”

KTRH 740 AM (50 Kw, DA2)
The Full NewsRadio 740 KTRH weekday lineup starting Sept. 11:
  • Houston’s Morning News with Jimmy Barrett and Shara Fryer 5-8 a.m.
  • The Michael Berry Show 8-11 a.m.
  • Rush Limbaugh 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sean Hannity 2-5 p.m.
  • The Michael Berry Show 5-7 p.m.

TWC, Twitter Team For Eclipse Livestream

On August 21, consumers will be able to experience a solar eclipse like never before. The Weather Channel digital properties and Twitter have teamed up for a live stream of this once-in-a lifetime celestial event, which will allow consumers to chase the total solar eclipse in real time as it moves from coast-to-coast.

“This eclipse is a once-in-a-hundred-year event, and we’re going to party like it’s New Year’s Eve,’” said Neil Katz, head of global content and editor-in-chief, The Weather Company, an IBM Business. “This eclipse is a celestial phenomenon and cultural moment that can’t be missed, and we couldn’t imagine a better partner than Twitter to celebrate this with.”

“Chasing Eclipse 2017” Live Stream

The interactive live coverage for “Chasing Eclipse 2017” kicks off at noon ET on August 21. The Weather Channel digital coverage will immerse viewers in totalities from 10 locations along the eclipse path - from the ground and from space - and join the fun celebrations taking place across the country. Live locations include: Stanley, ID; Carbondale, IL; St. Joseph, MO; Alliance, NE; Hopkinsville, KY; McMinnville, OR; Belton, SC; Nashville, TN; and Casper, WY.

Hosted in-studio by meteorologists Ari Sarsalari and Domenica Davis, “Chasing Eclipse 2017” will feature:
  • High-resolution and aerial drone footage from Weather’s network of storm trackers as the eclipse moves along the path of totality
  • User-generated content from Twitter
  • Live updates from eclipse viewing parties with field reporters
  • Special hyperlocal eclipse footage from TEGNA partner stations in Portland, OR; Boise, ID; Denver, CO; St. Louis, MO; Knoxville, TN; and Columbia, SC
  • Red Bull Cliff Diving event featuring athletes diving under the shadows of the eclipse. Surface mirrors will reflect stunning images of the divers and the eclipse.
  • Real-time eclipse footage from NASA
  • “Fact Off” game show featuring the hosts from “Part-Time Genius” podcast
  • Interactive social segments
  • Live coverage of an #Eclipse2017 joint wedding
  • IP-based broadcast production technology and support supplied by NewTek
“We are thrilled to partner with The Weather Channel and their award-winning digital editorial team for coverage of this momentous occasion,” Anthony Noto, COO, Twitter. “The ‘Chasing Eclipse 2017’ live stream allows people around the world to watch and join the #Eclipse2017 conversation as it unfolds live on Twitter.”

“Chasing Eclipse 2017” will be available via The Weather Channel app,, and Twitter. The live stream will be available for free to logged-in and logged-out users on Twitter as well as connected devices globally. Viewers will be able to access the live stream at or via @weatherchannel. To join the conversation and submit content for “Chasing Eclipse 2017,” tweet with  #Eclipse2017.

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Bannon's Back At Breitbart

Steve Bannon has rejoined Breitbart as executive chairman only hours after his firing was announced. He is now expected to use it as a platform to blast those within the White House - and perhaps Trump himself - when they don't hew to the fiercely nationalist policies Bannon advocated as an inside adviser.

As Trump's chief strategist, Bannon fought numerous battles with senior Trump aides and top Republicans in Congress over the administration's policy agenda.

Breitbart frequently backed him up, ripping establishment Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, blaming them for obstructing Trump's agenda.

More recently, the site trained its fire on Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, after he removed officials who espoused Bannon's foreign-policy world view.

In recent days, Bannon had told friends he is worth tens of millions of dollars, is a worldwide leader in the populist-nationalist movement that propelled Trump to power, and could go back to Breitbart, which he refers to as a “killing machine”, or perhaps other endeavors financed by the family of hedge-fund tycoon Robert Mercer, his longtime ally, reports Reuters.

“Steve has a powerful voice, and he’s going to keep that voice up,” said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign adviser and Bannon friend. “He’s going to continue to promote policies that got Donald Trump in the White House.”

Bannon had clashed with the likes of Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, and Jared Kushner, a Trump adviser and the president’s son-in-law, both of whom favored more business-friendly, mainstream economic policies on trade, taxes, and other matters.

While Bannon’s ouster may mean a short-term win for the relative moderates in the West Wing, those he dubbed the "globalists," it does not mean that policy battles on national security, immigration and the economy will dissipate.

Trump has a shown a proclivity for seeking counsel from former advisers such as Corey Lewandowski and Newt Gingrich and from conservative pundits such as Sean Hannity. The outspoken and provocative Bannon could join their number.

Taylor Swift Vanishes From Social Media

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift, one of the most popular celebrities on social media, wiped all her accounts on Friday, sending fans into a frenzy over whether the pop singer had been hacked, was preparing to launch a new album, or was about to reinvent herself.

Reuters is reporting Swift, who has 85 million Twitter followers and 102 million Instagram followers, deleted all of her Instagram photos, her posts on Tumblr, and removed her avatar from her Facebook page where all postings prior to December 2015 were missing.

The "Blank Space" singer also deleted years of Twitter posts, and her official website showed just a black screen.

Taylor's publicist did not return calls for comment, but the development follows a busy two weeks for Swift, who earlier this month ended a six month absence from the public spotlight to testify at a high-profile groping trial in Denver, Colorado.

Swift, 27, was on Monday awarded the symbolic $1 in damages that she had sought after a federal jury in Denver found that a radio DJ had grabbed her bottom while posing for a photo with her in 2013.

Peoria Radio: Alpha Media Stations Top Ratings

Classic Rock WPBG 93.3 FM The Drive was the ratings winner once again for the Peoria market. The Drive topped the ratings book in the fall of 2016 and repeated Spring 2017 with 9 percent of the radio audience of people 12 and older. Finishing second was WXCL-FM 104.9, the Wolf 104.9, a country outlet, with an 8 share.

WSWT-FM 106.9, the station known as the Mix that plays adult contemporary music, placed third with a 7.4 share while WMBD-AM 1470, the area’s talk radio outlet, was fourth with a 6.4 share.

All four of the top-rated stations are part of the Alpha Media group.

NFL TV Ratings: Sports Bar Traffic Dropped During 2016

Football may be America’s most-watched sport, but the National Football League’s sinking ratings last year has observers questioning how the league will fare this year, especially since live sports has long been viewed as crucial in keeping consumers and high-paying advertisers glued to TV sets.

According to AdWeek,  Foursquare has released some intriguing data about foot traffic to bars and restaurants suggesting that at the very least, sports fans aren’t watching games while out and about with friends at bars. Based on data from the company’s always-on foot traffic panel—which includes data from 2.5 million Americans—Foursquare analyzed visits to sports bars during the previous two seasons in cities with and without NFL teams.

The firm estimates that between 2015 and 2016, foot traffic on Sunday game days dropped 13 percent year over year for cities that do not have a team and 12 percent for cities with a team.

When looking specifically at a group of consumers who went to a sports bar more than six times during the NFL’s 17-week season in 2015, only 40 percent visited a sports bar as frequently in 2016. And among people who went to a sports bar more than three times during the 2015 football season, 2016 foot traffic sank 10 percent. Foursquare noted that women and millennials were most likely to ditch sports bars but visits among all demographics dipped.

While overall traffic to sports bars was down 4 percent for all of 2016, football season continued to drive foot traffic for sports bars compared to the rest of the year. Per Foursquare, foot traffic spikes 32 percent for bars located near an NFL team on Sundays during football season compared to Sundays during the offseason.

Traditional Radio Suddenly All The Rage...In India

India is experiencing a brand new traditional radio revolution. Hundreds of new outlets are hitting the airwaves in the South Asian nation of 1.3 billion people and attracting a record amount of revenue, thanks to deregulation, small-town consumption and cheap cellphones with built-in FM receivers, reports InsideRadio.

Piyush Pandey, executive chairman for South Asia and India at ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, says in a Wall Street Journal story, “Suddenly FM stations are being listened to.”

Radio has existed in India since the early part of the last century, but was largely limited to state programming until the 1990s. In New Delhi, 313 commercial FM radio stations and the state broadcaster made $416 million in revenue last year, according to data from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. For comparison, WSJ reports that 6,700 FM stations in the U.S., brought in $22 billion.

All the same, radio revenue in India climbed 18% in 2016 from $352 million a year earlier and is expected to continue to grow, according to PwC. In the U.S., Japan and the U.K., revenue has averaged growth of less than 2% over the past four years, while growth in China and Brazil has been below 3%.

More than 70 stations launched in the year ended March 31, and another 90 are expected this fiscal year. The government will auction rights for 800 more stations in coming years, said one official.