Tuesday, June 18, 2024

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Fox News Digital Leads News Brands Platforms

FOX News Digital
finished May as the top news brand with multiplatform minutes and views while seeing month-over-month grow across both categories, according to Comscore. 

FOX News Digital closed out the month reaching 3.2 billion total multiplatform minutes, 1.7 billion total multiplatform views, and 100 million total digital multiplatform unique visitors.* 

Additionally, FOX News Mobile App reached 5.8 million unique visitors in May.** FOX News Digital also led news brands with 2.7 average views per visit, seeing 2% growth month-over-month.

FOX News was once again the most engaged brand on social media in the competitive set in May, with 26.4 million total social interactions, marking the 117th consecutive month FOX News has placed on top, according to Emplifi. 

FOX News drove 7.8 million interactions on Facebook, 16.8 million Instagram interactions and 1.9 million X interactions. On YouTube, FOX News secured 175.3 million video views, according to Shareablee.****

drove 177 million multiplatform views in May, surpassing CNN Business for the 26th straight month and Bloomberg.com for the 37th consecutive month, while seeing 9% month-over-month growth. 

Additionally, the business site delivered 255 million multiplatform minutes (up 13% month-over-month) and 23.3 million multiplatform unique visitors .*** FOX Business’ videos on YouTube remained the most viewed among the business news competitive set for the 30th straight month, achieving 60.6 million views in May, seeing 14% growth month-over-month.*****


Multi-Platform Total Views
  • FOX News Digital – 1,692,000,000 (up 10% vs. April 2024)
  • CNN.com – 1,190,000,000 (down 3% vs. April 2024)
  • NYTimes.com – 1,619,000,000 (up 4% vs. April 2024)
Multi-Platform Total Minutes
  • FOX News Digital – 3,215,000,000 (up 8% vs. April 2024)
  • CNN.com – 1,996,000,000 (up 12% vs. April 2024)
  • NYTimes.com – 1,703,000,000 (up 7% vs. April 2024)
Total Digital Multi-Platform Unique Visitors
  • FOX News Digital – 100,267,000 (down 4% vs. April 2024)
  • CNN.com – 105,994,000 (flat vs. April 2024)
  • NYTimes.com – 77,163,000 (up 5% vs. April 2024)

Fox News Promotes Peter Doocy, Jacqui Henrich

FOX News Media has promoted Peter Doocy to Senior White House correspondent, announced president and executive editor Jay Wallace. In this role, Doocy will continue to provide coverage of the President of the United States’ domestic and international activities as well as the issues that affect the administration.

In making the announcement, Wallace said, “Peter’s commitment to providing viewers with hourly news and insight from the White House has remained steadfast since he started in this role straight off the 2020 campaign trail and we’re thrilled to have him continue doing so.”

Peter Doocy
Doocy added, “I am honored to continue bringing our viewers the latest on the news that impacts them the most from White House and around the globe.”

In his role as White House correspondent, Doocy has covered a variety of major news stories including most recently the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well as President Biden on the campaign trail over the last year.

Concurrently,  FOX News Media has elevated Jacqui Heinrich to senior White House correspondent, announced its president and executive editor Jay Wallace. In this capacity, she will continue covering all facets of the White House beat, the President of the United States’ national and international activities and the issues impacting the administration. She will also continue co-hosting FOX News Audio’s FOX News Rundown podcast.

In making the announcement, Wallace said, “Since being named to the White House beat in 2021, Jacqui has distinguished herself with persistence, tenacity and professionalism and we’re proud to have watched her career flourish at FOX News.”

Jacquie Heinrich
Heinrich added, “Covering the White House has been the privilege of my career, and I am humbled and grateful to continue serving our viewers in this capacity. From the North Lawn to foreign summits to the campaign trail, it is my daily honor to seek answers for the American people on the issues impacting them most.”

Throughout her tenure reporting on the White House, Heinrich has provided live coverage on various domestic and global issues impacting the administration, including America’s border crisis, the 2023 Iran prisoner swap, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act reauthorization bill, the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, the Biden administration’s student debt relief plan, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic, among others. She has traveled with President Biden to 17 countries and her questions posed to the president, administration officials and in the White House press briefing room regularly generate headlines and advance news stories on a wide array of topics. In 2022, Heinrich was elected by the White House press corps to represent her peers on the White House Correspondents Association’s board for a three-year term.

Heinrich joined the network as a general assignment reporter based in New York in 2018. 

NFL Commissioner Defends Broadcast Strategy

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell took the stand Monday to defend the league’s broadcast strategy against claims by Sunday Ticket subscribers that they were forced to pay inflated prices to watch out-of-market games on DirecTV.

Courthouse News Service reports Goodell told the jury in downtown Los Angeles that the league’s exclusive deals with CBS and Fox to broadcast the Sunday afternoon games for free is a crucial part in the NFL’s success in growing its fan base. The Sunday Ticket package, he said, had always been a complimentary product for avid fans who want to watch more football than is available through their local CBS and Fox affiliates.

“We want to reach the largest audience we can, preferably on free TV,” Goodell said under questioning from Beth Wilkinson, an attorney for the NFL.

According to commissioner, it has never been a secret that the league didn’t want the Sunday Ticket subscription package, which is now on Google’s YouTube TV, to undermine TV network broadcasts.

The networks, he said, invest a lot of money in producing high quality and innovative broadcasts with the best announcers, and the vast majority of fans will be able to see all their hometown teams’ games for free. The revenue from the licensing agreements with the networks in turn is shared equally by the teams, which Goodell said, helps keep a competitive balance among them and produces the close and competitive games fans want to see.

According to the suing subscribers, the NFL received $23 billion in licensing revenue from CBS and Fox over the 11-year period that their lawsuit covers, as well as $18 billion from DirecTV.

However, Goodell argued that the exclusive deals with the networks benefit the fans because the quality of their broadcasts is “incredible.” The same live broadcasts are repackaged in the Sunday Ticket bundle and shown simultaneously outside the local teams’ markets.

The commissioner also rebuffed the argument by one of the subscribers’ expert witnesses, who testified last week that the NFL wanted the Sunday Ticket package on DirecTV only because the satellite TV provider has a smaller subscriber base than the large cable networks and wouldn’t cut into the viewership of the networks’ broadcasts.

Goodell counters that the NFL went with DirecTV because it had a national network as opposed to the cable TV providers, whose distribution was limited to their specific geographical areas. The satellite service is also available in rural communities that don’t have cable, he said.

And under cross-examination by Bill Carmody, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Goodell defended the league’s position that the Sunday Ticket bundle should be premium priced, even though he insisted the NFL didn’t set the price and that DirecTV was able to offer it for free.

D/FW Radio: KRLD-AM Adds Chad Benson for Middays

Audacy has announced a Dallas-Fort Worth version of “The Chad Benson Show” will now be heard on Newsradio 1080 KRLD weekdays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. CT. Benson’s show will deliver news, insights and information relevant to DFW listeners and nationwide via the Audacy app.

“We know our listeners trust KRLD for news updates, and now more than ever, where you get your information matters,” said Drew Anderssen, News & Talk Format Vice President, Audacy, & Brand Manager, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD and Texas State Networks. “We're excited to bring Chad and his wildly popular show to KRLD and deliver trusted news and insights to our listeners. His conversational, informative and funny takes on issues will be a refreshing addition to our weekday programming.”

“I'm so excited to be a part of KRLD, a legendary station with a long history in DFW and North Texas,” said Benson. “I look forward to connecting with listeners about the biggest issues we're facing today.”

Benson is an accomplished talk show host with over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He started in music radio in the 1990s at Audacy’s K-Earth (KRTH-FM) in Los Angeles as the Executive Producer of the “Robert W. Morgan Show.” He has also been the voice of several cartoon characters over the years, including Hanna Barbera’s Droopy the Dog.

đŸ“»Listeners can tune in to Newsradio 1080 KRLD AM in Dallas on-air and nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Fans can also connect with the station via X, Facebook and Instagram.

Tegna Names Michael Steib To Succeed CEO David Lougee

TEGNA Inc. Monday announced that Michael Steib, 48, will succeed David Lougee, 65, as President, CEO and a Director as of August 12, 2024. At that time, Lougee will retire from these roles and become Senior Advisor.

Steib is currently CEO of Artsy, the world’s largest online platform for discovering and collecting art, after serving as President and CEO of XO Group, parent company of The Knot. Previously, he spent 10 years in executive positions at NBCUniversal and Google launching, scaling, and acquiring advertising-supported businesses. Steib has a track record of developing high-performing teams that build industry-defining products and brands and deliver extraordinary shareholder returns. He is a published author and has hosted a podcast on leadership and professional development.

Chairman of the Board Howard Elias said, "Dave has had a great run at TEGNA. The Board and I deeply appreciate all he has done to build the company into an industry leader with a strong financial position and a commitment to the communities in which we operate, but we understand his desire to retire as CEO at this juncture. Over the past year, the Board has engaged in a thoughtful and comprehensive succession process to identify TEGNA’s future leadership. We are fortunate that Mike Steib will be Dave’s successor working with a top-notch team.

Mike Steib
"Mike is a dynamic executive with technology and digital savvy, a passion for local journalism, deep advertising and media experience, a history of developing high performance teams, and a track record of successfully building businesses and driving business model transformation. We are confident he has the broad skill set that will be necessary to chart TEGNA’s future at a time of unprecedented change in our industry."

Mike Steib said, "I believe deeply in the power of local news to connect our communities and strengthen our democracy. And I am excited about the many opportunities to leverage technology to enhance this service and generate substantial value for shareholders. With strong operations in more than 50 key markets across America, a history of exceptional journalism, strong cash flow, and a talented and passionate team, TEGNA is incredibly well positioned to seize this moment and build a bright future for local news and community in our country."

TEGNA Adds Two New Independent Directors

TEGNA’s Board of Directors, as part of its regular refreshment process, has appointed two new independent Directors, Catherine Dunleavy, a senior finance and media executive formerly President of Away, and Denmark West, who heads Market Intelligence and Strategic Engagements at X, The Moonshot Factory, a division of Alphabet. They will join the Board on July 1, 2024.

NJ Radio: Bill Spadea, Morning Host At WKXW, To Run for Governor

Bill Spadea
Media personality and longtime New Jersey 101.5 morning host Bill Spadea made it official, launching his campaign for governor, according to a posting at the website of WKXW New Jersey 101.5 FM.

"I'm an outsider they can't control and because I'm unapologetically conservative: Pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and pro-Trump," Spadea says in a nearly 3-minute campaign video released Monday morning.

Speaking over images of a "drag queen story hour" and headlines about crimes committed by people in the country illegally, Spadea says he is "running for governor to fight for you."

"I'll make the tough budget cuts that scare the career politicians. We'll fix the way we fund schools so suburban parents pay less property tax. Give kids an education at school, not indoctrination. "We'll stop Joe Biden from using our state as a dumping ground for his illegals and end the handouts they get from Phil Murphy and weak sellout Republicans."

Spadea joins an already crowded race in the wide-open 2025 contest. Gov. Phil Murphy is barred from running again because of term limits.

Political observers say Spadea had been hinting at a run for at least a year. He launched the Common Sense Club political action committee in 2023, supporting local and statewide candidates in every election. Last year, a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll on potential candidates found he had high favorability and name recognition among GOP voters.

Spadea, a 55-year-old Marine veteran and married father of two who lives in Princeton, has been honing his conservative and populist message for many years as a TV and radio broadcaster following a career in real estate. He has been the morning show host on New Jersey 101.5 since 2015 and previously anchored a nightly local news program on WWOR-TV and Fox 29 in Philadelphia.

Spadea will remain on the air and host New Jersey 101.5’s morning radio drive-time show until he qualifies to run for governor, the station’s owner, Townsquare Media, said this morning.

“Until he becomes a legally qualified candidate, Bill will continue to fulfill his employment responsibilities entertaining and informing the local audience on NJ 101.5 airwaves and digital platforms, as he has done for the last nine years,” the company said in a statement.

Radio History: June 18

➦In 1854....Edward Willis Scripps (Died – March 12, 1926). He was a newspaper publisher and founder of The E. W. Scripps Company, a diversified media conglomerate, and United Press news service. It became United Press International (UPI) when International News Service (INS) merged with United Press in 1958. The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University is named for him.

Both E. W. and his half-sister Ellen worked with his older half-brother, James when he founded The Detroit News in 1873. E. W. started as an office boy at the paper. In 1878, with loans from his half-brothers, E. W. went on to found The Penny Press (later the Cleveland Press) in Cleveland. With financial support from sister Ellen, he went on to begin or acquire some 25 newspapers. This was the beginning of a media empire that is now the E. W. Scripps Company.

In 1907, Scripps created United Press Associations, later the UPI news service, from smaller regional news services. Scripps later said "I regard my life's greatest service to the people of this country to be the creation of the United Press", to provide competition to the Associated Press.

➦In 1905....James Kern Kyser born in Rocky Mount NC (Died at age 80 from a heart attack – July 23, 1985).  Known as Kay Kyser, he was a bandleader and radio personality of the 1930s and 1940s.

Kay Kyser
"Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge." aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1938 and then moved to NBC Radio from 1939 to 1949. The show rose in the ratings and spawned many imitators. Kyser led the band as "The Ol' Perfessor," spouting catchphrases, some with a degree of Southern American English terms: "That's right—you're wrong", "Evenin' folks, how y'all?" and "C'mon, chillun! Le's dance!"

Although Kyser and his orchestra gained fame through the "Kollege of Musical Knowledge," they were a successful band in their own right. They had 11 number one records, including some of the most popular songs of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

The band scored more than two dozen top 10 hits, including “Three Little Fishes”, “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle”, “The Old Lamplighter”, “There Goes that Song Again”, “Ole Buttermilk Sky”, “Managua Nicaragua”, “On a Slow Boat to China” & “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.” One of his singers, Mike Douglas, went on to be a star of daytime TV.

➦In 1908...Bud Collyer  born Clayton Johnson Heermance Jr. in NYC, (Died – September 8, 1969). He was  was a  radio actor/announcer who became one of the nation's first major television game show stars. He is best remembered for his work as the first host of the TV game shows Beat the Clock and To Tell the Truth, but he was also famous in the roles of Clark Kent/Superman on radio and in animated cartoons, initially in theatrical short subjects and later on television. He also recorded a number of long-playing 33 1/3 R.P.M. record albums for children. Some of these had Bible stories, in keeping with his strong connections with his church & deep spirituality.

Bud Collier
Collyer's best-remembered radio starring role began in early 1940 in The Adventures of Superman on the Mutual Broadcasting System, a role he also performed in the subsequent Superman cartoons. Collyer supplied the voices of both Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent, opposite radio actress Joan Alexander as Lois Lane. Every Superman episode featured a scene in which Clark Kent changed into his Superman costume, an effect which Collyer conveyed by shifting voices while speaking the phrase "This is (or "looks like") a job for Superman!" his voice always dropping when becoming Superman.

Collyer got his first helping of game shows when he co-hosted ABC's (the former NBC Blue network) Break the Bank with future Miss America Pageant mainstay Bert Parks; and, when he was picked to host the radio original of the Mark Goodson-Bill Todman team's first game, Winner Take All. Collyer went on to host the television versions of both shows.

In 1911...Sportscaster Russ Hodges (June 18, 1910 – April 19, 1971) was an American sportscaster who did play-by-play for several baseball teams, most notably the New York and San Francisco Giants.

Born in Dayton, Tennessee, Hodges began his broadcasting career in 1934. He was sports editor of WBT, Charlotte, North Carolina until October 1941, when he moved full-time to WOL in Washington, D.C., where he had already been doing play-by-play for the Washington Redskins.[2] He worked for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators, and Cincinnati Reds before landing in New York City with the New York Yankees and New York Giants, who during much of the 1940s only broadcast home games and shared the same radio team — lead announcer Mel Allen and No. 2 man Hodges.

From April 14, 1948 to April 22, 1949, Hodges hosted the 15-minute DuMont series Scoreboard, also known as Russ Hodges' Scoreboard. In 1949, Hodges became a No. 1 announcer when the Giants and the Yankees separated their radio networks to each broadcast a full, 154-game schedule. He would be the voice of the Giants for the next 22 seasons on both coasts.

Hodges was at the mike for Bobby Thomson’s 1951 home run, the so-called ‘Shot Heard Round the World.’  “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!”  He suffered a sudden & fatal heart attack April 19 1971 at age 59.

➦In 1939… the CBS radio network first aired radio drama The Adventures of Ellery Queen.

With Hugh Marlowe in the title role, Ellery Queen moved to NBC radio in 1942, airing until 1944. From 1945 to 1947, it was heard once again on CBS, returning to NBC in 1947 and then moved to ABC radio (1947–1948). The premise was that a mystery would be dramatized, but then interrupted when a panel of celebrities would attempt to solve it.

Dave Garroway
➦In 1955...NBC’s Monitor program expands to 8 AM Saturday to Midnight Sunday.  According to the Monitor tribute site,  it had everything -- news, sports, comedy, interviews, remote pick-ups from around the world, music -- a true magazine of the air. Listeners could tune in or out at any time during the weekend, wherever they were -- at home or in their cars. During any "Monitor" hour, dozens of different people, places and things were presented -- all presided over, live, by host "communicators" in mammoth New York studios NBC named "Radio Central."

If "Monitor" had failed, NBC Radio would have disappeared decades before it did. But it worked -- indeed, it was a smash hit with listeners, advertisers and critics. It quickly became NBC Radio's biggest moneymaker and kept NBC in the radio business. Simply put, "Monitor" became the biggest thing in radio.

➦In 1961…CBS Radio aired the final episode of "Gunsmoke." In the late 1940s, CBS chairman William S. Paley, a fan of the Philip Marlowe radio serial, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a hardboiled Western series, a show about a "Philip Marlowe of the Old West". Robinson instructed his West Coast CBS Vice President, Harry Ackerman, who had developed the Philip Marlowe series, to take on the task.

Ackerman and his scriptwriters, Mort Fine and David Friedkin, created an audition script called "Matt Dillon Goes to Gouge Eye" based on one of their Michael Shayne radio scripts, "The Case of the Crooked Wheel" from the summer of 1948. Two versions were recorded. The first, recorded in June 1949, was very much like a hardboiled detective series and starred Michael Rye (credited as Rye Billsbury) as Dillon; the second, recorded in July 1949, starred Straight Arrow actor Howard Culver in a more Western, lighter version of the same script. CBS liked the Culver version better, and Ackerman was told to proceed.

The radio series first aired on CBS on April 26, 1952 with the episode "Billy the Kid", written by Walter Newman, and ended on June 18, 1961. The show stars William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Dillon's assistant, Chester Wesley Proudfoot.

➦In 1965...The call letters of KYW-AM, Cleveland, Ohio returned to Philadelphia.

In June, 1955, Westinghouse agreed to trade KYW and WPTZ to NBC in exchange for the network's Cleveland properties, WNBK-TV and WTAM-AM/FM, as well as $3 million in cash.

After clearing regulatory hurdles, the swap went into effect on February 13, 1956.

According to phillyradioarchives.com, NBC changed the 1060 call letters to WRCV and Westinghouse moved the KYW call letters to Cleveland.

NBC had been interested in acquiring a VHF TV station in Philadelphia for years, the largest market in which it did not own one.  After being rebuffed more than once, NBC (according to Westinghouse) threatened to drop its network affiliation (and programming) from WPTZ and Westinghouse's Boston TV station unless they agreed to the trade.

Not long after the station swap in 1955, the government started an investigation into the transfer that ultimately led to a bitter and complex 10 year skirmish for control of the stations. The battle involved a large list of government and corporate players including the FCC, Congress, Department of Justice, RCA, Philco, Westinghouse and RKO-General. Ultimately, the swap was reversed, and Westinghouse regained control of the stations, renaming them KYW TV and KYW AM.

 In September 1965, KYW 1060 AM became an all-news station.

➦In 1975...WNBC-FM becomes WNWS (Now WQHT 97.1 FM)

➦In 1975...NBC News & Information Service debuted.

NBC launched the NBC News and Information Service (also referred to as "NIS"), which provided up to 55 minutes of news per hour around the clock to local stations that wanted to adopt an all-news format.

Not surprisingly, NIS achieved clearances on NBC's FM stations in New York (WNBC-FM, which became WNWS), Chicago (WJOI, the former WMAQ-FM which was renamed WNIS) and San Francisco (KNAI, the former KNBR-FM). WRC-AM in Washington DC also picked it up, migrating their Top 40 format onto FM sister station WKYS (which would be blown up weeks later in favor of disco music). Other major affiliates for the NIS service included WBAL-FM in Baltimore, KHVH in Honolulu, and KQV in Pittsburgh.

The NIS service attracted several dozen subscribers, but not enough to allow NBC to project that it would ever become profitable, and it was discontinued after two years.

➦In 1984...Alan Berg, a combative radio talk show host at KOA 850 AM in Denver died of multiple gunshot wounds after being ambushed outside his condominium. The 50-year-old Berg had reported death threats to police several times.

Monday, June 17, 2024

And The 2024 Radio Hall Inductees Are..

The Museum of Broadcast Communications announced today the selection of eight new inductees into the RADIO HALL OF FAME for 2024. The 2024 Radio Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the in-person 2024 Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on Thursday, September 19, 2024, at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, TN. Tickets are on sale now at: www.radiohalloffame.com. A portion of ticket purchases is a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

  • The Crook & Chase Countdown (Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase)
  • Lee Harris
  • Phil Hendrie
  • Jaime Jarrin
  • Kraig Kitchin
  • Barry Mayo
  • Mary McCoy
  • Matt Siegel
Six inductees were determined by a voting participant panel comprised of more than 900 industry professionals and two inductees were voted on by the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The confidential ballot was conducted by Votem.com and overseen by Miller Kaplan’s Andrew Rosen.

Dennis Green, Co-Chair of the Radio Hall of Fame, said: “The Radio Hall of Fame welcomes eight new members that have made a lasting impact on the industry. This class, like the ones before it, exemplifies the highest standards of excellence that radio broadcasters have upheld throughout radio’s rich history, making this medium so special to generations of listeners. These individuals have entertained, informed, and enriched listeners with their special talents, and it is an honor to recognize them as the Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2024.”

David Plier, Chairman, The Museum of Broadcast Communications, said: “Congratulations to each of our inductees this year on this well-deserved recognition. I am grateful to the members of the Nominating Committee for presenting a diverse and inclusive group of nominees again this year for industry consideration.” He added: “Co-Chairmen Dennis Green and Kraig Kitchin are providing excellent leadership in involving so many industry voices to this annual induction process. I am appreciative of their many years of service and leadership.”

Fans and industry professionals can find more information, including photos of the inductees, at www.radiohalloffame.com.

Tribute Book ads for the 2024 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony are available for purchase now. Contact Linde Thurman at: Linde@radiohalloffame.com for more information and to buy a Tribute Book ad for the September 19th event.

The Radio Hall of Fame was founded by the Emerson Radio Corporation in 1988. The Museum of Broadcast Communications took over operations of the Hall in 1991.