Tuesday, May 3, 2016

CBS Revenue Surges During 1Q

CBS Corp, the owner of the most-watched U.S. TV network, reported a 10 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher ad sales driven by political spending and the Super Bowl.

The company, which also benefited from an extra NFL playoff game, said its net income rose to $473 million, or $1.02 per share, in the quarter ended March 31, from $394 million, or 78 cents per share, a year earlier.

CBS, home to shows such as "NCIS", "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "The Big Bang Theory", said its revenue rose to $3.85 billion from $3.5 billion a year earlier.

Chairman and Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said in prepared remarks that the company’s quarterly per-share earnings came in above a dollar for the first time in its history.

“Advertising was extremely strong, growing 31% overall and 49% at the CBS Television Network,” Mr. Moonves stated.

Revenue from the company’s cable operations fell to $525 million, compared with $539 million in the year-earlier period, owing to lower international licensing revenue. Revenue from publishing was flat while operating income grew owing to lower production costs at Simon & Schuster.

CBS’s growth in television-advertising revenue was driven by the Super Bowl, along with additional National Football League games in 2016, and a 12% increase in underlying network advertising.

Advertising was robust at the company and is likely to ramp up in weeks and months to come, according to CBS’  chairman and chief executive, Leslie Moonves. “Looking ahead, we are in a very enviable position for this year’s upfront, given the ongoing strength of our primetime lineup and a robust advertising marketplace,” the executive said in a prepared statement. “Plus, advertising is poised for even more growth in the back half of the year as political spending ramps up.”

CBS previously has said it is less vulnerable to “cord-cutting” and unbundling of cable television packages, thanks to its investments for the future as a content company.

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Tampa Bay Times Buys, Folds The Tribune

The Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times announced Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired The Tampa Tribune, ending a 29-year competitive battle in the bay region and creating the fifth-largest Sunday circulation newspaper in the nation.

“The continued competition between the two newspapers was threatening to both,” said Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash. “There are very few cities that are able to sustain more than one daily newspaper, and the Tampa Bay region is not among them.”

Tribune subscribers will begin receiving the Times Wednesday. Deep cuts in duplicated functions including in the Tribune newsroom are expected; shortly after the announcement Tuesday, Tash told the Tampa Bay Times at least 100 layoffs are expected.

There are very few cities where two separately-owned general news titles remain, but there are a couple of two-city metros, such as Minneapolis-St. Paul or Raleigh-Durham.

A possible sale or closure of the Tribune has been rumored for several months, since its owner, Revolution Capital Management of Southern California completed the sale of the Tribune building and surrounding land.

The sales price was not revealed, accord to Poynter.

Syracuse Radio: After 30-Yrs, Kathy Rowe OUT At Y94FM

PD/Longtime morning host Kathy Rowe is out at WYYY Y94FM after more than 30 years with the Syracuse radio station.

iHeartMedia Syracuse Market President Rick Yacobush confirmed to syracuse.com she was "no longer with" Y94FM in a phone interview, but declined to provide further comment.

Rowe had been an on-air personality at Y94FM since 1982, when the station was known as "94 Rock." She became program director of the adult contemporary station in 2001 and was heard on several shifts, including more than a decade as morning show host.

She also appeared at numerous local events, including the annual Syracuse Jazz Fest founded by her husband Frank Malfitano.

Rowe, a Syracuse native and Onondaga Community College alumna, previously worked at WAQX-95X FM and the former WOLF 1490 AM stations.

She celebrated her 30th anniversary at Y94 in 2012.

Yacobush said plans for a new morning show at Y94FM are "under development," but couldn't elaborate on whether it would be another local personality or a syndicated show.

Adam Wiener Named EVP/GM For CBS Local Digital

Adam Wiener
Adam Wiener has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Local Digital Media, it was announced today by Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations and Andre Fernandez, President, CBS RADIO. He will report to both.

The appointment is effective Monday, May 9.

Wiener, who joined CBS Local Digital Media in 2010, and has served as Senior Vice President, Content, Community and Operations, will succeed Ezra Kucharz as the head of CBS Local Digital Media. Kucharz last week announced his decision to transition into the role of Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation, effective May 9.

In his new role, Wiener will be responsible for overseeing the digital operations of CBS’s 29 television stations and CBS RADIO’s 117 stations nationwide. He will also work closely with CBS Interactive President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Lanzone, tapping into the vast resources and expertise of CBS Corporation’s entire online content network.

“Adam has been instrumental in helping us grow the most successful digital business in local broadcasting,” said Dunn. “He is an obvious and terrific choice to succeed Ezra, and we are pleased to have him assume the leadership responsibility for what is and most certainly will continue to be an integral part of our business going forward.”

“Our digital effort is well on its way to realizing our vision of a powerful and compelling destination for viewers and listeners in our local markets,” said Fernandez. “Adam’s proven track record within the digital industry will be vital to the ongoing expansion of our assets and distribution strategy moving forward, and we are thrilled to have him assume this leadership role.”

Leslie Moonves, CBS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, added: “CBS’s local digital operation is an impressive addition to our overall content strategy. Working alongside Peter, Andre and Jim, Adam will be instrumental in helping our local online destinations thrive and achieve continued and consistent growth. We are very pleased to welcome him to his new position.”

A digital and traditional media veteran with content, operational and revenue experience, Wiener began his career at CBS and has held positions including:  Executive Producer of CBSNews.com, Senior Producer at CBS News, Senior Vice President of Business Development for NBCU/iVillage, Chief Operating Officer for NBCU's driverTV, General Manager for broadband health network Healthology, and Vice President of Content and Operations for a joint venture of Dow Jones/IAC.

Tampa Radio: Cox, Personalities Named In New Hogan Lawsuit

Hulk Hogan
(Reuters) -- Hulk Hogan accused Gawker of leaking his racist remarks in a lawsuit filed in Florida on Monday involving a secretly-recorded sex tape of the wrestling celebrity, who recently won $140 million in damages against the media website in a related case.

Hogan's new lawsuit said New York-based Gawker helped to make public a conversation from the consensual sexual encounter, which he says was recorded without his knowledge a decade ago.

After the racially-charged tirade was published last summer by the National Enquirer, Hogan was fired by World Wrestling Entertainment and lost endorsements that left his finances and reputation ruined, the lawsuit said.

It was released as Hogan battled Gawker in a separate lawsuit that drew wide attention as a test of a celebrity's privacy rights and press freedoms in the digital age.

Nick Denton
In March, a six-person jury decided Gawker crossed a line by posting a video of Hogan's consensual tryst. The 2012 post of a one-minute, 41-second edited clip did not contain the racially inflammatory remarks.

Hogan was awarded $60 million for emotional distress and $55 million for economic damages over the sex-tape release. The jury then slapped another $25 million in punitive damages on Gawker and its publisher and CEO, Nick Denton.

Gawker is challenging that decision and has denied involvement in the release of the racial comments, which were contained in sealed court documents from another related case.

"Gawker did not leak the information," the company said in a statement on Monday. "It's time for Hulk Hogan to take responsibility for his own words, because the only person who got Hulk Hogan fired from the WWE is Hulk Hogan."

Mike Calta
Now the 62-year-old mustachioed wrestler, whose legal name is Terry Bollea, seeks unspecified damages in another jury trial in state court near his home on Florida's central Gulf Coast.

He contends that he was subjected to extortion attempts over release of the sex tape and his racial comments. Monday's lawsuit also names Tampa radio DJs Mike "Cowhead" Calta and ex-DJ Matt "Spice Boy" Loyd, among others.

The suit claims they conspired to leak a sex tape featuring the former wrestler. Bollea says Calta and Loyd wanted to cause him "substantial economic harm" while furthering their broadcasting careers while they worked at Cox Radio, which is also named in the suit.

"Mr. Bollea said from the beginning that he would seek to hold all persons and entities fully responsible for their wrongful actions," Hogan's attorneys said in a statement. "This lawsuit seeks to do just that."

NYTimes Revenue Falls On Lower Ad Sales

(Reuters) -- New York Times Co reported a 1.2 percent fall in quarterly revenue as ad sales fell in its print and digital businesses.

Digital ad revenue, which contributes about a third of total ad revenue, fell 1.3 percent to $41.8 million, while print advertising revenue fell 9 percent, the company said on Tuesday.

New York Times, like many other newspaper and magazine publishers, has been trying to cut costs and push further into digital content as it struggles with diminishing revenue from its print division.

Circulation revenue from the company's digital-only subscriptions rose 14.2 percent to $54.2 million in the first quarter.

The company said paid digital-only subscriptions totaled about 1.4 million as of the end of the first quarter, a net increase of 87,000 from the preceding quarter.

The company said in February that it aims to increase the number to a "million and a quarter" by the end of the year.

Revenue fell to $379.5 million from $384.2 million.

iHM, Bondholders Making Mediation Effort

iHeartMedia Monday notified the SEC it will work until May 16 to try and resolve the dispute and to explore possible alternatives to the terms of the company's existing senior secured debt. iHM received Notices of Default (Notices) in March from the holders of at least 25% of the notes after the company moved Clear Channel Outdoor stock to a new subsidiary. Those Notices allege that iHM violated certain covenants under the indentures governing the Priority Guarantee Notes (Indentures).

 iHM believes the Contribution was made in full compliance with all of the provisions of the Indentures and the Holders have no basis to issue the Notices.

The Notices assert that the alleged defaults will become an "Event of Default" under the Indentures following the expiration of 60 days. An Event of Default, if it were to occur, would entitle the Holders to accelerate the underlying debt and would trigger events of default under the company's other material debt. As such, iHM filed a lawsuit in the State District Court in Bexar County, TX, against the Holders and received a temporary restraining order from the court preventing the defendants from taking any actions.

A group of 15 creditors including D.E. Shaw, Canyon Capital, Franklin Advisers and Franklin Mutual contended that the stock transfer constitutes a violation of debt covenants, and thus may accelerate the payment due date of up to $15 billion within 60 days of the notices.

iHR Boasts 85M Users

The iHeartRadio blog today released some pretty imprassive figures.

iHR has now officially surpassed 85 million registered users. The new comes after it was announced in January the service had attained 80 million users.

Accordingly, adding 5M users in a few months means that iHeartRadio is still gaining users at a faster rate than Facebook and any other streaming music service.

The iHR registered user number isn’t the only place its picking up steam: they've also announced that the iHeartRadio app has been downloaded more than 900 million times and is now available on 80 unique platforms.

Report: Nielsen Delays Digital Audio Ratings

More than six weeks after announcing the rollout of its Digital Audio Ratings service, Nielsen has delayed the commercialization of the service by two months, according to InsideRadio.

The pre-currency period of the syndicated, subscription-based service, which measures the online streams of broadcast radio stations in PPM markets, will now be extended to include the April and May survey periods.

Nielsen’s original plans called for the service to go live as ratings currency in Tapscan with the April survey period after a two-month pre-currency preview period covering data from the February and March surveys. Now the live currency implementation won’t occur until the June survey period with data available in mid-July. Clients getting the pre-currency preview data will continue to receive those reports, Nielsen said in a communication to clients. The reports provide listening data only for clients’ own stations and not their competitors.

“Since the announcement, several clients have asked us for additional time to get comfortable with the new data,” Nielsen said in the statement.

When Nielsen made the rollout announcement on March 17, it came as a surprise to several broadcast groups who said the product was rushed to market before basic technical issues were resolved.

Cincy Radio: Brian Demay New PD At AC WRRM

Brian Demay
Cumulus Media has announced that it has named Brian Demay as Program Director of AC-formatted WRRM 98.5 FM Warm 98 in Cincinnati.

Demay joins Cumulus Media-Cincinnati from Cumulus Media-Providence, where he has successfully programmed AC-formatted WWLI 105.1 FM Lite Rock 105 for over three years, leading the station to #1 overall, #1 Adults 25-54, and the highest ratings in WWLI-FM’s history. He was also host of Afternoon Drive on WWLI-FM, and continues as a syndicated Afternoon Personality (Adult Contemporary) for Westwood One.

Prior to WWLI-FM, Demay programmed high performing stations in Wilmington, DE WJBR 99.5 FM, WTSS Buffalo, NY and WUMX Charlottesville, VA. He was also Operations Manager for WBQB/WFVA in Fredericksburg/Greater DC, Cluster Operations Manager for iHeart Media/Clear Channel Radio-Charlottesville, VA, and Operations Manager for WCLR/WZLR/WPTW in Dayton, OH.

Dave Crowl, Regional Vice President and Market Manager, for Cumulus Media-Cincinnati, said: “The Cumulus Cincinnati cluster is pleased to welcome Brian to our team. Brian’s successful track record in the competitive Providence market has made  him fully prepared to further build the value of the Warm 98 brand to our listeners, advertisers and the Cincinnati community. We look forward to his contributions.”

Keith Mitchell, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Cincinnati, said: “I’m excited for Brian to join our team to begin the next chapter of Warm 98, one of Cincinnati’s legacy stations.  Of course, before he starts we’ll be taking him to lunch at Skyline Chili – it’s pretty much the law when you start working in Cincinnati.”

WRRM 98.5 FM (18 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Demay said: “Leading Warm 98 is a dream come true, and I'm excited to be able to come home again and reconnect with friends and family in Ohio. I'm going to miss my talented team in Providence, but I'm happy to leave them at #1, and to continue working with Emily Boldon, Mike McVay, Doug Hamand and the Cumulus Office of Programming. Keith Mitchell, Dave Crowl and the Cumulus Cincinnati team are awesome, and I can't wait to get started.”

John Sutherland, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Providence said: “Brian has done a tremendous job with Lite Rock 105. We’re beginning the search now for his replacement. They are big shoes to fill.”

San Diego Radio: MLB Padres Moving To KBZT

Beginning next season, listeners will have to tune the dial to a new frequency. The Padres are moving from Broadcast Company of the Americas' The Mighty 1090 AM to Entercom's KBZT 94.9 FM.

The modern-rock station's slogan: "It's About the Music."

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Entercom will hold the Padres' rights from 2017 through 2021. The five-year deal was announced by CEO David Field during the company's quarterly earnings call Monday morning.
"I am pleased to report that we have entered into an agreement to become the flagship radio broadcaster for the San Diego Padres," Field said. "Starting in 2017 and continuing through 2021, our FM 94.9 in San Diego will be the home for all the Padres games. FM 94.9 will retain its alternative rock format offering our listeners a unique combination of great music, sports and local personalities."
Field said 94.9 FM will retain its modern-rock format.

The Padres declined comment. Last January, the club reached a one-year extension to keep The Mighty 1090 as its flagship through the 2016 season.

KBZT 94.9 FM (26.5 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Entercom also has radio rights deals with the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics. Last week, the company said WEEI-FM in Boston had extended its deal with the Red Sox through the 2023 season. WEEI has carried Red Sox broadcasts since 1995.

Phoenix Radio: iHM Promotes Paul Kelley To SVP/Programming

Paul Kelley
iHeartMedia has announced the appointment of  Paul Kelley as area SVP/Programming for the Arizona Region.

He'll be responsible for managing the programming efforts for the Arizona Region, while continuing as Program Director for AC KESZ 99.9 FM 99.9 KEZ and Adult Hit KYOT 95.5 FM The Mountain and help overseeing programming in Tucson. Kelley will focus on programming strategy and talent development in Tucson and continue to lead the two FM brands in Phoenix.

"Paul has been a Senior Vice President of Programing for more than 15 years and will be a terrific asset for the Arizona Region," said iHeartMedia Executive VP/Programming Steve Geofferies. "His multi-format knowledge and leadership skills will help grow our programming and talent teams."

"We are excited to have Paul Kelley help lead our programmatic oversight here in Tucson," added iHeartMedia Tucson Market President Carl Anderson. "I have had the pleasure of working with Paul over the years and I am confident he will help us maximize our leadership position in the market."

Kelley joined iHM/Phoenix in January, 2015, from the company's cluster in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, where he was Operations Manager since July, 2011, and an Regional Programming Manager for iHM. Kelley previously served in similar duties for Clear Channel's local group in Springfield, MO.

Judge Orders Video Deposition of Sumner Redstone

Manuela Herza, Sumner Redstone
(Reuters) -- Media mogul Sumner Redstone can be deposed at his home in a short videotaped session ahead of a trial to resolve his ex-girlfriend's lawsuit over his mental competence, a California judge ruled on Monday.

The recording of Redstone, the controlling shareholder of media companies Viacom Inc and CBS Corp, will not be seen by the public, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Cowan said. A transcript will be released promptly after it is played behind closed doors, the judge said.

Lawyers for Redstone's former companion, Manuela Herzer, had requested that the 92-year-old billionaire be called as a witness in the trial, which starts on Friday. Herzer claims Redstone was not mentally competent last October when he replaced her as his designated health care agent.

Viacom and CBS shareholders have closely followed the lawsuit for what it could reveal about Redstone's condition. If he is declared mentally incompetent, it could trigger a seven-person trust, which includes Redstone’s daughter Shari Redstone and Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, to take over the voting shares of Viacom and CBS owned by the Redstone family.The deposition by Herzer's lead attorney can last no longer than 15 minutes, with a further 15 minutes set aside for questions from Redstone's lawyer, Cowan said.

Shari Redstone, Philippe Dauman
The judge said he tried to balance the public's right to view the trial with protection of Redstone's privacy.

"Nobody deserves to have a career tarnished by having been taken to a courthouse and made a public spectacle of when he would not allow that to happen had he the strength himself to stop it," Cowan wrote in the ruling. "The public will still know what he was asked, what he said in response and in turn the judicial process remains subject to scrutiny through the deposition transcript."

Redstone's attorneys say he has a serious speech impediment, but they argue he was fully aware of his actions last October when he named Dauman as his health care agent in place of Herzer. He later substituted his daughter, Shari, on the health care directive.

Pierce O'Donnell, Herzer's lawyer, said he expected to take Redstone's deposition this week and would use the videotape at the beginning of the trial. "Fifteen minutes should be more than enough" to establish Redstone's lack of mental capacity, O'Donnell told reporters after a brief court hearing.

Redstone attorney Gabrielle Vidal, in a statement, said she appreciated "the court's continued protection of Mr. Redstone's privacy and dignity."

NOLA Radio: City Settles With Cabbie Wrongly Jailed

Jennifer Gaubert
NOLA quietly coughed up $40,000 last year to a cab driver who claimed he was jailed on bogus charges based on the word of a WGSO 990 AM grokered show host who had implored him to have sex with her in the front seat of his taxi — an encounter he videotaped on his cell phone.

The Advocate reports the city cut a check to Hervey Farrell last summer to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit over his August 2013 arrest on voyeurism and extortion counts, according to records obtained Monday.  The city attorney’s office had earlier refused to turn over the settlement terms, citing ongoing litigation that ended last week when a judge formally dismissed Farrell’s related claims against the radio show host and attorney, Jennifer Gaubert.

Gaubert, 35, had gotten into Farrell’s White Fleet cab early on April 6, 2012 after a night of drinking at Galatoire’s on Bourbon Street for a ride to her Lakeview home.

She proceeded to crawl over the seat and, as Farrell’s video showed, lift her skirt while urging the cabbie to engage in sexual intercourse. In the video, which captures only a portion of the encounter, Farrell repeatedly rebuffs Gaubert’s slurring advances before she exits the cab.

Farrell has maintained he was a victim of Gaubert’s drunken aggression. He quickly filed a civil claim against Gaubert, whose radio show on WGSO, “Law Out Loud,” ended shortly after the cab ride.

Nearly a year later, Gaubert sought help from police. She asserted Farrell was extorting her under threat of releasing the video.  Based solely on her statement, police secured an arrest warrant for the cabbie, his attorneys alleged.

Farrell sat in jail for more than 27 hours before making a $21,000 bond. He suffered depression and emotional distress from his arrest and the media coverage surrounding it, his lawsuit stated. Farrell claimed he was the victim of false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and kidnapping.

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office refused the charges against Farrell a little more than a month after his arrest.

In 2015, Criminal District Judge Arthur Hunter convicted Gaubert of misdemeanor criminal mischief, a lesser charge from the felony count she faced for allegedly filing a false police report. The judge sentenced Gaubert to a suspended one-day jail term.

NAB Opens Window For Marconi Nominations

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced today that it will accept nominations for the 2016 NAB Marconi Radio Awards until May 31. The Marconi Radio Awards recognize overall excellence and performance in radio.

Stations and on-air personalities may nominate themselves in the categories of "Station of the Year by Market Size," "Station of the Year by Format," "Noncommercial Station of the Year," "Personality of the Year by Market Size," and "Legendary Station." Syndicators and affiliates may also submit nominations for the category of "Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year."

Nominations must be submitted online. Finalists will be announced in July.

On September 22, the winners will be announced during the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau and NAB, held in Nashville (September 21-23).

R.I.P.: Voice-Over Icon, War Hero Peter Thomas

The voice of Peter Thomas has gone silent.

Thomas, 91, a voice-over icon and World War II veteran, died Saturday, nearly two years after he lost his wife and high school sweetheart, Stella Barrineau Thomas.

His vocal cords made him a part of Americana, but locally Peter Thomas became most famous for his humanitarian heart, reports the Naples FL News.

During a career that spanned seven decades, Peter Thomas lent his smooth and brassy baritone to everything from commercials to documentaries. He was a radio announcer, a newspaper reporter, television anchor for CBS New York and finally, a voice-over actor.

His smooth baritone became widely sought nationally, landing him work from commercials to documentaries. He narrated films on the Holocaust, notably the 1995 Academy Award-winning documentary "One Survivor Remembers," a short film chronicling six years of Nazi persecution. His voice was heard on commercials for Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil and major car companies, among others

In high school, Peter Thomas started reading poetry and news on the local radio station. That's when he met Stella. After spotting her at a school dance, he began to woo Stella by dedicating a song and poem to her on his show. They began dating.

Peter Thomas joined the Army in 1943, shipped out to Europe that December. While overseas, he fought through France, Belgium and crossed the Rhine into Germany. Peter Thomas won his Purple Heart for his participation in the Battle of the Bulge.

In high school, Peter Thomas started reading poetry and news on the local radio station. That's when he met Stella. After spotting her at a school dance, he began to woo Stella by dedicating a song and poem to her on his show. They began dating.

Peter Thomas joined the Army in 1943, shipped out to Europe that December. While overseas, he fought through France, Belgium and crossed the Rhine into Germany. Peter Thomas won his Purple Heart for his participation in the Battle of the Bulge.

Stella and Peter Thomas stayed together. The couple moved to Naples in 1966, when they purchased a house on a whim during a vacation. They raised three children together, two of whom are also voice-over actors.

May 3 Radio History

In 1910...writer/radio director Norman Corwin was born in Boston.

His biggest successes were in the writing and directing of radio drama during the Golden Age of Radio in the 1930s and 1940s.  Corwin was among the first producers to regularly use entertainment to tackle serious social issues. In this area he was a peer of Orson Welles and William N. Robson, and an inspiration to later radio/TV writers such as Rod Serling, Gene Roddenberry, and Norman Lear.  He was the writer and creator of such CBS radio series such as The Columbia Workshop, 13 By Corwin, 26 By Corwin, etc.  His most famous work is On a Note of Triumph, a celebration of the Allied victory in Europe, first broadcast on VE Day, May 8, 1945.

He died at age 101 on Oct. 18 2011.

In 1958...Alan Freed was fired from 1010WINS-AM, New York City, after a riot occurred at a Boston Rock 'n' Roll show that he was promoting and hosting.

In 1965...DJ The Real Don Steele started at 93KHJ-AM, Los Angeles in what would be a career that lasted decades at the station.  Here's some audio...

Steele became nationally-known as a DJ on radio station KHJ in Los Angeles, where he helped to promote the "ultrahip" Top40 Boss Radio format which began at 3pm on April 27, 1965.

He also appeared on TV as host Boss City and The Real Don Steele TV Show, a show which ran from 1965 to 1975 on KHJ-TV channel 9 in Los Angeles.

When the popularity of AM radio gave way to FM stereo in the 1970s, Steele continued to remain a popular personality at the station. Following the years at 93/KHJ, The Real Don Steele continued to be heard on Los Angeles radio stations, including KIQQ (K-100), KRLA, KCBS-FM and KRTH-FM (K-Earth 101), until his death in August 1997.

In 1971...National Public Radio began with 112 NPR station affiliates, mostly at colleges and universities. 'All Things Considered' debuted.

In 1982...the "All Talk Network" debuted from ABC.

In 1982...President Reagan began his five-minute weekly Saturday radio messages.

In 1982...Beautiful music WTFM changes to Album WAPP in NYC

In 1986...Robert Alda, WEVD NYC  (Father of Alan Alda) died

In 1992...Elizabeth Lennox died at age 98. She was an early radio singer. She made some of the earliest recordings known. She recorded cylinders for Thomas Edison.  In addition to her recordings Elizabeth appeared on NBC Radio until she retired from performing.

In 2006...Bob Dylan hosted his first show on XM Satellite Radio, playing favorite tracks by Prince, Wilco, Blur, Billy Bragg, Blur, and LL Cool J, among others.