Tuesday, May 24, 2022

St. Louis Radio: KMOX Unveils Revamped Line-Up

Audacy has announced a revamped weekday lineup for News Radio KMOX 1120 AM/98.7 FM – the voice of St. Louis and the flagship station of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Beginning May 31, the station will expand its morning show “Total Information AM” to 10:00 a.m. CT, bolstered by co-anchors Carol Daniel, who returns to the newsroom and Megan Lynch, investigative reporter. Together with Debbie Monterrey and Tom Ackerman, they will deliver the news, traffic and weather listeners depend on, including analysis, in-depth interviews and open conversation.

Additionally, the station will debut a new midday show following the retirement of longtime on-air host Charlie Brennan. “The Show” will team up on-air hosts Amy Marxkors, Kevin Wheeler and Chris Rongey, and air weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT, effective May 31. Wheeler transitions from host of “Sports Open Line” and Cardinals baseball pregame and postgame host, while Rongey expands his part time role. The station will immediately begin a search for a new host of “Sports Open Line” and Cardinals pregame and postgame programming.

“This series of updates underscores our overarching commitment to delivering news and balanced talk shows to the people of St. Louis, while accentuating the strength of our top-level hosts,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy St. Louis. “From our award-winning morning show to our unrivaled coverage of the Cardinals, we want to elevate the conversation.”

New weekday lineup is as follows.
  • 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.:  “Total Information AM” with Debbie Monterrey, Tom Ackerman and Megan Lynch
  • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “Total Information AM” with Tom Ackerman and Carol Daniel
  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.:  “The Show” with Kevin Wheeler, Chris Rongey and Amy Marxkors
  • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.:    “The Dave Glover Show”
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m :   St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and “Cardinals Open Line”

Following an expansion to 98.7 FM in March 2021, the station is today heard throughout the city’s business district including downtown, Clayton, midtown, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights and Kirkwood.

MSNBC Signs Deal With Former WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Jen Psaki, who exited her position as press secretary on May 13 after 16 months, will begin appearing on the network in the fall, MSNBC President Rashida Jones revealed Tuesday. 

USAToday reports Psaki's duties will include serving as host of a streaming show. "The program, set to debut in the first quarter of 2023, will bring together her unique perspective from behind the podium and her deep experience in the highest levels of government and presidential politics to MSNBC viewers," according to the announcement. "Psaki will also appear on NBC and during MSNBC’s primetime special election programming throughout the midterms and 2024 presidential election."  

Psaki's “extensive experience in government and on the campaign trail and perspective as a White House and Washington insider is the type of analysis that sets MSNBC apart," Jones said in a statement. "She’s a familiar face and trusted authority to MSNBC viewers, and we look forward to her insight during this consequential election season.” 

Psaki said she was "thrilled" to join the network in her own statement. “My time in government, from the White House to the State Department, and years before that on national political campaigns will fuel the insight and perspective I bring to this next chapter. I can’t wait to create a space on streaming where we break down the facts, get to the bottom of what’s driving the issues and hopefully have some fun along the way.” 

Psaki left her role as press secretary as President Joe Biden faces low approval ratings amid rising inflation and ahead of a tough midterm election where Democrats will face major headwinds to retain power in Congress.

Karine Jean-Pierre, who was the White House's principal deputy press secretary, now serves as press secretary. Jean-Pierre is the first Black woman and also first openly LGBTQ person to hold the high-profile position.

Political Analyst Chris Stirewalt Joins Nexstar’s NewsNation

Chris Stirewalt, the former Fox News political analyst pushed out after the 2020 presidential election, has landed at NewsNation, reports The L-A Times.

The Nexstar Media Group-owned cable channel is announcing Tuesday that Stirewalt will serve as its political editor, the same title he held at Fox News.

Stirewalt will have a key role in the Chicago-based NewsNation’s expansion of its Washington coverage. Nexstar recently acquired the Hill, a digital political news outlet, and plans to use it as the basis of a new NewsNation program later this year.

“Chris is a fiercely intelligent and fair journalist who is going to deliver an enormous value to our viewers,” said Michael Corn, president of news programming for NewsNation.

Chris Stirewalt
The company also hired veteran columnist George Will as a contributor and recently entered a partnership with Decision Desk HQ, which will provide election and polling data and for the upcoming 2022 midterm primaries and general election.

When Stirewalt was fired from Fox News in Jan. 2021, he was told by the company that it was part of a restructuring. But his exit was largely seen as a response to the backlash the conservative-leaning outlet faced over its early call of Arizona for then-candidate Joe Biden on the night of the 2020 Presidential election.

Stirewalt was part of the election decision desk that projected the winner of Arizona and its 11 electoral votes for Biden just hours after the polls closed on election night. Donald Trump’s campaign protested the call — complaining directly to Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Fox News never wavered on the call, which was confirmed by the other major networks nine days later. But it was widely believed inside Fox News that some loyal viewers abandoned the network in anger over the decision.

NewsNation was launched in 2020 with the intent of being an unbiased alternative to the increasing amount of opinion programming airing on established cable news networks such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

Although its audience is slowly growing, NewsNation is challenged in attracting viewers. The channel has drama and comedy series repeats in many hours of the day due to leftover contractual obligations from its days as WGN America, a general entertainment network.

NYC Radio: WFAN Cancels Paul O'Neill Interview

YES Network’s Paul O’Neill was supposed to promote his new book, “Swing and a Hit,” Monday on WFAN, but instead he never stepped to the plate, reports The NY Post.

Tiki & Tierney, WFAN’s mid-morning show, canceled O’Neill’s appearance on Monday after being told that the former Yankees outfielder would not talk about the Josh Donaldson-Tim Anderson incident in which Donaldson referred to Anderson as “Jackie.”

The program had spent most of the first hour-and-a-half on the topic, preceding O’Neill’s scheduled appearance, but was told O’Neill would not answer questions about the subject.

Brandon Tierney made the decision, which he revealed on-air when O’Neill was supposed to be on. O’Neill was waiting on a Zoom to be on, as Barber was finishing up a point.

“We were supposed to have him on right now and he is on hold, OK,” said Tierney, who listed O’Neill as his second favorite all-time Yankee after Don Mattingly.

“He has a new book coming out, called, ‘Swing and a Hit.’ And Jack Curry wrote it, along with Paul. We were told and Tiki, you don’t even know this because I was going through this while you were finishing up your thought on the air. We were told we can not ask anything about Donaldson and Anderson.

“I said, ‘We can’t do the interview if that is the case.’ I said, ‘Please tell Paul, we will navigate this responsibly. We will not belabor it. But I can’t have Paul O’Neill on the show after we spent an hour and 35 minutes talking about Tim Anderson and Josh Donaldson and not ask him about what transpired. That sucks. No disrespect to Paul. I love him. Truly, my second all-time favorite Yankee. We have a responsibility to the show.”

News Anchor Greta Van Susteren Joins Newsmax

Veteran news anchor Greta Van Susteren will join Newsmax to host a weeknight show from Washington, D.C., the cable news network announced Monday.

The hour-long show, “The Record with Greta Van Susteren," is set to premiere on June 14, and lead the network's weeknight lineup.

A lawyer by training, Van Susteren came to national prominence as a legal analyst providing insight on the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

She went on to host shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Recently she hosted a Sunday morning show with the Gray television network and served as a contributor to Voice of America.

Newsmax rose to national prominence during the 2020 election, as President Donald Trump touted the network on social media -- even as he expressed anger at Fox News for being the first to predict Joe Biden would likely win the key state of Arizona.

Toronto Radio: Jennifer Valentyne Files Discrimination Complaint

Jennifer Valentyne
Veteran Toronto media personality Jennifer Valentyne, who parted ways with Corus Entertainment two years ago, has announced that she’s filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, alleging gender discrimination, reports Broadcast Dialogue.

Valentyne joined the long-running Derringer in the Morning on Corus’ Q107 (CILQ-FM) Toronto in February 2017. She worked with the show for two years prior to being announced as the new co-host of Global News Morning Toronto in February 2019. She was subsequently part of July 2020 layoffs at Corus that hit the Global News online desk hard, among other radio and TV positions.

In a 13-minute video posted to Valentyne’s social media accounts over the weekend, she recounts working in a studio environment in which she says she endured vape smoking from two to three of her co-hosts with no ventilation during the four-hour show. She was later prescribed an inhaler and steroids after developing a persistent cough and losing her voice completely on two occasions. Valentyne says the vaping issue was just part of an overall show culture in which she received no respect.

“Like so many women, I have put up and shut up. But there was one thing I just couldn’t put up with – a company that was willing to put my physical health in jeopardy. Surely we have reached a point where women shouldn’t have to go to work feeling unsafe and afraid. It should be expected that companies provide a toxic-free working environment and if they don’t, they should be held accountable,” stated Valentyne in the video.

“I started to throw up most mornings before I went into the room, never knowing what to expect or what mood he would be in. Sometimes during songs I would cry in the washroom. I would walk into the studio mere minutes before we started to avoid breathing in the smoky air even one more second than I had to,” continued Valentyne. “No one helped. I was shocked to find out other employees had bets on how long I would last in that room.”

Valentyne says after making numerous complaints internally, including running her concerns all the way up the chain to Corus CEO Doug Murphy, she was eventually forced to transition to a television role.

“If they could do this to me, imagine what they could do to a woman with less experience just starting out in this industry. Why have I chosen to speak out? Because it’s time. If we don’t speak out nothing will change. Women deserve to be treated as equals and not be afraid…I feel compelled to speak my truth and hopefully it will offer other women some validation of their own experience. We should not have to feel shamed into silence for job loss, loss of reputation or victim blaming,” said Valentyne, who noted that other women broadcasters have been in touch relating their own experiences.

Boston Radio: Newsradio WBZ Awarded 3 Regional Murrow Awards


WBZ NewsRadio won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

WBZ took home the awards for Breaking News Coverage, Continuing Coverage, and Best Newscast. This is the second year in a row WBZ won the regional awards for Best Newscast and Continuing Coverage.

The Breaking News Coverage award was for WBZ's coverage of the January 6th riots at the U.S. Capitol. The Continuing Coverage award was for WBZ's ongoing coverage of the COVID Pandemic. The Best Newscast award was for the 8 a.m. newscast on Oct. 11, 2021, during the 2021 Boston Marathon.

The Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards honor outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism and recognize local and national news stories that upheld the Radio Television Digital News Association Code of Ethics, show off technical skills, and highlight the importance of journalism as a public service.

With these three wins, WBZ is now under consideration for three National Murrow Awards in the three respective categories, according to a posting on the WBZ website.

Joey & Lauren Morning Show Now Available to IBA Members

The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) and the Iliad Media Group are proud to announce Joey & Lauren in The Morning, one of the rising morning radio star duos in the nation, is now available to IBA-member stations in a no-barter, minimum-cash deal.

“We’ve entered the next phase of IBA member benefits,” said Ron Stone, President, and Executive Director of the IBA. “IBA-member radio stations now have access to major market talent and programming, without giving up valuable inventory and at a minimal cash cost. The award-winning Joey & Lauren is the first of several radio shows lining up for national syndication through the IBA’s members-only syndication plan. We’ll have more announcements in the coming weeks.”

“Joey and Lauren are authentic, entertaining, family safe, and the kind of talent you root for to succeed. The show is designed to fit in any market and is driven by compelling, real-time content that can generate brand loyalty,” says James Garner, Iliad Media’s Vice President of Operations and Affiliate Rep.

Based in Boise Idaho on Iliad Media Group’s My 102.7 FM, Joey & Lauren in the Morning has continually outperformed its competitors for the past three years, owning the highly sought-after Women 25-54 audience since the show’s debut. Joey & Lauren works on music radio stations across AC, CHR, CHR/Rhythmic, Country, and Hot AC.

To learn more about the Joey and Lauren show, stations may visit https://joeyandlaurenshow.com/ or contact James Garner, at Jamesg@iliadmg.com and 208-465-9966.

IBA members in need of programming can log in to their account and visit the Syndication page. IBA members who have a show they would like the syndication committee to consider can log into their IBA account, click on ‘Syndication’ and then again on ‘Submit My Show’ to fill in basic information, a short synopsis, and a link to the show. An IBA representative will reach out to collect audio samples. If approved, the IBA representative will guide them through next steps and discuss the expectations of joining along with pertinent information to help make it a success.

Stations and groups that want to become members and take advantage of the cost-saving benefits that the IBA delivers can visit the website at www.IBA.media.

Wake-Up Call: Russian Gets Life For Killing Unarmed Ukrainian

A Russian soldier captured by Ukraine who pled guilty to killing a 62-year-old unarmed civilian in the early days after Russia's invasion was sentenced to life in prison in a Ukrainian court Monday. The soldier, 21-year-old Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, had apologized to the man's widow in court, saying he was following orders. Even as more war crimes trials may be coming in Ukraine, Russian authorities have threatened to hold trials of their own of the captured Ukrainian fighters who held out for months at Mariupol's steel plant. They surrendered and were taken prisoner last week.
Meanwhile, Russia increased its bombardment of the eastern Donbas region, where there was heavy fighting and constant shelling of cities not under the control of Russian forces. The regional governor of Donetsk, which with Luhansk makes up the Donbas, claimed that Russia was destroying cities in its attempt to take them over. Pavlo Kyrylenko also charged that Russian forces were attacking civilians as they tried to evacuate from the area.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke via video to work leaders and executives gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday, calling for, quote, "maximum" sanctions against Russia, saying they had to go further than they have so far. He urged an embargo on Russian oil, a complete cutoff of trade and a withdrawal of foreign companies from Russia. That came as nearly 50 defense leaders from around the world, including the U.S., met yesterday and agreed to send more advanced weapons to Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters.

Russian Diplomat Resigns, Denounces Invasion: A veteran Russian diplomat at the U.N. office in Geneva resigned yesterday and denounced his country's invasion of Ukraine in rare public opposition to the war from a member of the Russian elite. Boris Bondarev said in a scathing letter to foreign colleagues, "Never have I been so ashamed of my country as on Feb. 24," the day of the invasion, and denounced the, quote, "aggressive war unleashed" by President Vladimir Putin. He also said Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is all about, quote, "warmongering, lies and hatred."

➤'QUAD' SUMMIT HELD ON LAST DAY OF BIDEN'S ASIA VISIT: A "Quad" summit of President Biden and the leaders of Japan, Australia and India was held Tuesday in Japan on the last day of Biden's five-day Asian trip to South Korea and Japan. Among them was new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who flew to Tokyo for the summit Monday right after being sworn into office following his Labor Party's defeat of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's party over the weekend. Among the issues addressed at the Quad summit, Biden spoke to the Indo-Pacific leaders about the war in Ukraine, urging them to make a greater effort to help stope Russia's aggression, saying, "This is more than just a European issue. It’s a global issue." While Biden didn't name any leaders or countries, his message appeared to be aimed, at least in part, at India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Unlike other Quad countries and nearly every other U.S. ally, India hasn't imposed sanctions or even condemned Russia.

➤PFIZER...THREE COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES GIVE STRONG PROTECTION FOR KIDS UNDER AGE FIVE: Pfizer announced Monday that three extra-low doses of its Covid-19 vaccine offers strong protection for children under age five. The pharmaceutical company plans to submit the findings to U.S. regulators this week, with the vaccine possibly being available, if approved, for these youngest children by early summer. The Food and Drug Administration is already evaluating Moderna's application for approval for a two-dose vaccination for the young children, the only age group for whom a vaccine has not yet been approved.

➤WHO ADVISER SUGGESTS MONKEYPOX SPREAD BY SEX AT TWO RAVES IN EUROPE: An expert who's a leading adviser to the World Health Organization has suggested that the unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox in developed countries beyond Africa appears to have been caused by people have sex at two recent raves in Spain and Belgium. Dr. David Heymann, the former head of WHO’s emergencies department, told the Associated Press that's the leading theory, saying, "We know monkeypox can spread when there is close contact with the lesions of someone who is infected, and it looks like sexual contact has now amplified that transmission." Most known cases in Europe have been among men who have sex with men, but anyone can be infected through close contact with a sick person, their clothing or bedding. There have so far been more than 90 reported cases in a dozen countries, including the U.S. They have been mild, with no deaths reported.

➤KATE MOSS TO TESTIFY IN JOHNNY DEPP’S DEFAMATION TRIAL: Johnny Depp’s ex-girlfriend, Kate Moss, is expected to testify in his defamation trial against Amber Heard on Wednesday. This comes after Heard mentioned Moss while on the stand earlier this month.

Kate Moss
Recalling an incident between Depp and her sister, Whitney Henriquez, Heard said, "[Whitney's] back was to the staircase, and Johnny swings at her. I don't hesitate, I don't wait — I just, in my head, instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs. And I swung at him."

Heard also mentioned Moss in a previous testimony for Depp's U.K. defamation trial. "I remembered information I had heard [that] he pushed a former girlfriend — I believe it was Kate Moss — down the stairs. I had heard this rumor from two people and it was fresh in my mind," she said.

Depp’s lawyers seemed to celebrate when Heard mentioned Moss by name in the Fairfax, Virginia, courthouse. This is presumably because it opens the door for them to bring Moss in as an impeachment witness.

Despite news reports stating otherwise, it turns out Johnny Depp will not be returning to the stand as a witness for Amber Heard’s defense. A source close to Heard told Deadline, “Calling Depp back to the stand would be as relevant to us as a bicycle to a fish.”   “Everything Depp has testified up to this point has been irrelevant to the heart of this case, and there’s no reason to believe it would be any different now,” the source added.

➤HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE OPENS PROBE IN CAWTHORN: The House Ethics Committee said Monday that it has opened an investigation into allegations that Rep. Madison Cawthorn had a conflict of interest in a cryptocurrency he promoted and engaged in an improper relationship with a member of his staff. The North Carolina Republican just lost his primary race last week, so will be leaving Congress at the end of his term in January. Cawthorn's chief of state charged that he was, quote, "falsely accused by partisan adversaries for political gain."

➤U-S TOURISTS WHO DIED AT BAHAMAS RESORT KILLED BY CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING: The three American tourists who died at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Exuma in the Bahamas earlier this month were reportedly killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. The Nassau Guardian reported that the pathologist is expected to release the official autopsy results and toxicology findings soon. Both the Guardian and the Tribune published stories about the findings before its official release. The two couples affected were staying in villas that were next to each other, and only one woman survived.

🤗HUGS MAY HELP WOMEN MORE THAN MEN:  A hug between romantic partners may do more for a woman than it does for a man. German and Dutch researchers looked at 76 heterosexual, romantic relationships. They had all participants stick one hand into an ice bath for three minutes before they had half the couples hug and found the women in those couples had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their systems afterwards compared to those that did not hug. The effect on men was not measurable. Study author Julian Packheiser says, “Simple advice would be to hug your partner, relatives, or friends if you know that they are confronted with stress situations soon.” It’s also not clear why the same effect doesn’t occur in men—it’s thought it could be cultural, physiological, or it could just be that this study missed the evidence of this.

🏀CELTICS DEFEAT HEAT 102-82 TO EVEN EASTERN CONF. FINALS AT TWO GAMES EACH: The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 102-82 last night at home, evening up the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals at two games each. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 31 points, and Payton Pritchard had 14 points. Game 5 is on Wednesday in Miami.

🏒TAMPA BAY SWEEPS FLORIDA TO ADVANCE TO NHL CONF. FINALS: The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 2-0 last night to sweep their second-round playoff series 4-0 and advance to the NHL's Eastern Conference Finals. Both goals for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, the only ones in the game, came in the third period, scored by Pat Maroon a little over six minutes in and by Ondrej Palat, who got an empty-net goal with 22 seconds left. They will play the winner of the second-round series between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers, which Carolina leads 2-1.

🏒NHL PLAYOFFS: Results from second-round games yesterday:
  • Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Florida Panthers 0 - Tampa Bay sweeps series 4-0
  • Colorado Avalanche 6, St. Louis Blues 3 - Colorado's Nazem Kadri had a hat trick. - Colorado leads series 3-1

NY Post 5/24/22

MLB suspended New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson for one game yesterday and fined him an undisclosed amount over him making several references to Jackie Robinson while talking to Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson when the teams played each other Saturday. MLB said in a statement, "Regardless of Mr. Donaldson’s intent, the comment he directed toward Mr. Anderson was disrespectful and in poor judgment[.]" Donaldson said he twice called Anderson "Jackie," leading the benches to empty. Donaldson, who's white, said he'd used the name before with Anderson, a Black player who'd said in 2019 interview that he viewed himself a a potential modern-day Robinson. Anderson called it "disrespectful," and Chicago manager Tony La Russa said it was racist, but Donaldson that wasn't his intention.

🎾OSAKA LOSES IN FIRST ROUND AT FRENCH OPEN: Naomi Osaka lost in the first round at the French Open yesterday, falling to 27th-seeded American Amanda Anisimova 7-5, 6-4. Osaka was formerly ranked Number 1, but is now at Number 38 and was unseeded for the tournament. Also losing in the first round was the French Open defending champion, second-seeded Barbora Krejcikova, who fell to Diane Parry of France. The day's winners included the top-seeded woman, Iga Swiatek, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Dwayne Haskins was legally drunk when he was fatally hit by a dump truck on a Florida highway last month, according to a toxicology report released by the Broward County Medical Examiner's office yesterday. The 24-year-old's blood alcohol levels were .20 and .24 in two samples, well above the legal limit of .08. The report said he also tested positive for the drugs ketamine and norketamine. A woman in Haskins' car that was found on the side of the highway told police he'd left to try to find gas.

Baltimore Radio: WBAL Teams Torrey and Dan For PM Drive

NewsRadio WBAL 1090/FM 101.5 has launched  a new Afternoon Drive Show – The Torrey and Dan Show. Already familiar to station listeners through their individual long-standing programs, Torrey Snow and Dan Joseph are combining forces to co-host weekday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Torrey had previously helmed The Torrey Snow Program since August of 2020. 

His passion for Maryland politics and serving the community continue to fuel his desire to raise awareness to urgent issues facing the region.

On the heels of hosting duties for The Dan Joseph Show for the past four years, Dan will continue to deliver his unique brand of politics to the afternoon drive audience. His fearless approach, Torrey’s passion, and a mutual desire to hold those in power accountable serve as fertile ground for dynamic conversations on the topics that matter the most to Marylanders.

“The Torrey and Dan Show is a terrific opportunity for two top-notch hosts to join forces and offer our listeners a dynamic show that touches on a wide range of topics every day,” said Dan Joerres, President and General Manager. “Our responsibility is to our listeners and this show further amplifies that commitment as the leading news/talk station in Baltimore and beyond.”

Bay Area Radio: Bo Matthews Named OM For Bay Country

Alpha Media San Jose, home of Bay Country (94.5 KBAY FM and 92.1 KKDV FM) and Mix 106.5 (106.5 KEZR FM), has announced Bo Matthews as Programming & Operations Director of the cluster.

Matthews has acted as interim Program Director for Alpha Media San Jose over the last seven months while simultaneously serving as Operations Manager of Alpha Media’s Canton and Dayton, Ohio clusters. 

Bo Matthews
Bo says, “We have been doing such great work together for the past several months, it made perfect sense to keep this mojo rockin’. Mix is already a top performer in the Bay and I couldn’t be more excited about diving in headfirst with Bay Country; I’ve always been envious of Country stations because of the special relationship between Nashville artists and radio. I’ve had so many friends succesfuly make the transition to Country radio from other formats and am thrilled about this opportunity. Thanks to Bob Proffitt, Larry Bastida, Phil Becker, Bill McElveen, David Drutz, Larry Gawthrop and Brett Beshore for their confidence, partnership and leadership.”

Alpha Media Silicon Valley Market Manager David Drutz shares, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Bo during the last seven months and witnessed his tremendous skill set in action as we flipped 94.5 KBAY FM from classic hits to Bay Country while also maintaining Mix 106.5’s success. He’s absolutely the right person to oversee programming and operations of our two stations as we continue to grow both throughout the Bay Area.”

Prior to his service with Alpha Media, Matthews held several programming leadership positions in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Florida with iHeartMedia.

Scripps TV Hiring Print Journalists

The E.W. Scripps Company, one of the best-known newspaper and content-syndication companies of the 20th century, which divested its print assets to focus on the broadcast television market in 2014, announced last week it's partnering with Google on an initiative to transition print-media news journalists into broadcast news careers, according to MediaPost.

Scripps is the nation’s fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, with a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. It also owns Court TV, Ion and other channels.

Called the Scripps Journalism Journey Initiative, the program would provide mid-career transitions into full-time work in local and national Scripps newsrooms. Applicants will be provided extensive training in video-based storytelling and mentoring, plus job shadowing, hands-on work and individual coaching. the company expects to start accepting applications this summer.

Additional learning opportunities may include professional conferences, programs through the Google News Initiative, Poynter, journalism school programs, National Association of Broadcasters or Society of Professional Journalists, the company said in a statement on its job site.

Positions may include beat/specialty reporter, specialty executive producer, photojournalist, editor/manager, documentary producer and copy editor. Scripps is already seeking a director, a senior talent-acquisition partner and a learning and development specialist for the program, which would kick off in the fall.

In an interview with Poynter,  Scripps Company CEO Adam Symson noted the decline of the newspaper industry and the consequent loss of jobs. “Local newspapers in particular are losing their relevance and their reach,” he said. “And as a result of all of the downsizing, our industry is losing fine journalists to other careers.”

The opportunity for Scripps, he said, is to set the best of these journalists up in careers at Scripps. “They’ve already got the journalism part down, but they have to have the platform delivery down,” he said.

May 24 Radio History

➦In 1844...Samuel F.B. Morse gave the first public demonstration of his telegraph by sending a message from the Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot" (now the B&O Railroad Museum) in Baltimore. The famous message was, "What hath God wrought?"

➦In 1915...Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

➦In 1935...The Mutual Broadcasting System network aired its inaugural live event—the first-ever night baseball game, between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies. That October, the network began a decades-long run as broadcaster of baseball's World Series, with airtime responsibilities shared between WGN's Bob Elson and Quin Ryan and WLW's Red Barber (NBC and CBS also carried the series that year; the Fall Classic would air on all three networks through 1938).

➦In 1958…Formally named "United Press Associations" for incorporation and legal purposes, but publicly known and identified as United Press or UP, the news agency was created by the 1907 uniting of three smaller news syndicates. It became United Press International after absorbing the International News Service (INS). As either UP or UPI, the agency was among the largest newswire services in the world, competing domestically for about 90 years with the Associated Press and internationally with AP, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

➦In 1963...The Beatles recorded the first program of their own BBC radio series, “Pop Go the Beatles”. The theme song was a version of “Pop Goes the Weasel”.

➦In 1981...Radio, TV Actor and personality George Jessel, who often performed with the nickname “America’s Toastmaster General,” died after a heart attack at age 83.

➦In 2008...Comedian Dick Martin, a co-star with Dan Rowan on NBC TV’s iconic “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”, died of respiratory problems at age 86.  Early in his career, Martin was a staff writer for Duffy's Tavern, a radio situation comedy.

➦In 2011…Veteran personality Hugh Copland died at age 79.  He had stints at WJJJD-AM and WAIT-AM in Chicago, WXYZ-AM and WWJ-TV in Detroit.

Bob Dylan is 81

  • Jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp is 85. 
  • Comedian Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong is 84. 
  • Musician Bob Dylan is 81. 
  • Actor Gary Burghoff (“MASH”) is 79. 
  • Singer Patti LaBelle is 78. 
  • Actor Priscilla Presley is 77. 
  • Country singer-songwriter Mike Reid is 75. 
  • Actor Jim Broadbent (“Moulin Rouge,” ″Iris”) is 73. 
  • Actor Alfred Molina is 69. 
  • Singer Rosanne Cash is 67. 
  • Actor Cliff Parisi (“Call the Midwife”) is 62. 
  • Rosanne Cash is 67
    Actor Kristin Scott Thomas is 62. 
  • Bassist Jimmy Ashhurst of Buckcherry is 59. 
  • Keyboardist Vivian Trimble (Luscious Jackson) is 59. 
  • Actor John C. Reilly (“Chicago,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”) is 57. 
  • Actor Dana Ashbrook (“Twin Peaks”) is 55. 
  • Actor Eric Close (“Nashville,” ″Without A Trace”) is 55. 
  • Actor Carl Payne (“Martin,” ″The Cosby Show”) is 53. 
  • Guitarist Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes) is 53. 
  • Actor Dash Mihok (“Silver Linings Playbook”) is 48. 
  • Actor Bryan Greenberg (film’s “Bride Wars,” TV’s “One Tree Hill”) is 44. 
  • Actor Billy L. Sullivan (“Something So Right”) is 42. 
  • Actor-rapper Big Tyme is 41. 
  • Drummer Cody Hanson of Hinder is 40. 
  • Dancer Mark Ballas (“Dancing With the Stars”) is 36. 
  • Country singer Billy Gilman is 34. 
  • Rapper G-Eazy is 33. 
  • Actor Cayden Boyd (“The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl”) is 28.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Wichita Radio: Audacy's KFH Reaches 100-Year Milestone

Audacy is proud to celebrate 100 years of KFH AM/FM in Wichita - Kansas’ oldest commercially licensed radio station.

“As the oldest radio station in Kansas, KFH Radio is very much a key piece of a fabric of this region and the city of Wichita,” said Jackie Wise, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Wichita. “We’re honored to have been able to carry that baton for 100 years now, serving our community in key moments throughout history. We’re proud of the role we play in Wichita and look forward to celebrating our centennial anniversary alongside our loyal listeners.”

Beginning this week, KFH Radio will kick off its 100th anniversary celebration by welcoming special guests as part of its on-air programming. Guests include Sedgwick County commissioner Pete Meitzner; Melodee Eby, late former program director Larry Stanley's daughter; mayor of Wichita Brandon Whipple; and former station on-air personality Charles Frodsham, among others.

The station will also begin airing short form audio clips that spotlight some of the most memorable moments in station and Wichita history, including coverage of World War II, Wichita State University athletics, national attention from the 1938 Orson Welles “War of the Worlds” that aired on the station, and more. 

The station will also pay homage to the past through a historical content series on its Facebook page.

Additionally, the state of Kansas has declared May 26 as “KFH Day,” which will recognize the station’s place in Wichita history and the role it plays in the community. The city of Wichita and Sedgwick County will also both conduct a proclamation to recognize the station’s 100-year anniversary. The Sedgwick County Historical Museum will feature an exhibit to highlight KFH Radio.

Also on May 26, KFH Radio will help induct the station’s late former sports director Larry Stanley into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame. The induction will be done on air during the station’s morning show “Sports Daily” with Bruce Haertl and Jacob Albracht at 10:00 a.m. CT. Larry Stanley was the station’s first sports director from 1939 to 1949.

KFH Radio, first known as WEAH, was launched on May 26, 1922 for the purpose of broadcasting crop and market reports. It is the oldest commercially licensed radio station in Kansas, was the first station in Kansas to add FM to its broadcast service and the first radio station in Kansas to originate a network broadcast that was carried nationwide.

For a full station history, please click here

CNN New Day Changes Looming

New CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht last week addressed the network’s ratings-challenged morning show on Wednesday during the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront event at New York City’s Hulu Theater, and, according to FOX News Digital, he didn’t sound thrilled with the status quo of the morning program he inherited. 

"Here are some specifics we are planning for the fall. First, we will reimagine our morning show, leveraging our correspondents and unmatched resources in the U.S. and around the world to provide news that viewers need to know as they start their day," Licht said during the presentation to advertisers. 

Licht didn’t refer to the morning show by its current name during the announcement but stopped short of providing details of the "reimagined" program. He is expected to work with "New Day" executive producer Eric Hall to determine how CNN’s morning lineup can be more successful going forward. 

"New Day" is among the CNN programs that haven't been "working well," as the morning offering has failed to resonate with viewers since its 2013 launch.

"New Day" has been one of CNN’s least-watched programs this month and has shed 31% of its April audience. It's averaged a dismal 395,000 viewers in May to rank as the No. 41 cable news program, despite its desirable timeslot.

"New Day" has also been dreadful among the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54, averaging only 85,000 viewers for a 35% drop from last month alone. 

Jeff Zucker took over CNN in January 2013 and created "New Day" with hand-picked anchors Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira. It debuted that June with hopes it would emerge as a flagship morning program akin to NBC’s highly successful "Today," but with edginess that could only happen on cable. 

However, Zucker’s morning show success didn’t repeat itself and "New Day," which has never managed to averaged even 700,000 viewers for a year, settled for an average audience of only 471,000 during the first quarter of 2022. Viewership has continued to slide, with only 418,000 people tuning in each morning so far during the second quarter and only 388,000 last week. 

Along the way, "New Day" has become infamous for ratings issues and lineup changes. Cuomo, Bolduan and Pereira have been gone from the program for the years. Longtime co-anchor Alisyn Camerota was replaced last year by the outspokenly liberal Keilar, who now shares the anchor desk with Berman.

Licht’s re-imagining of Keilar and Berman’s morning program was vague, but it appears certain that changes are looming. 

Berman, who moved to the anchor chair when Cuomo was promoted to primetime by Zucker, is a favorite of CNN rank-and-file staffers. Keilar, on the other hand, has developed a reputation for conducting combative interviews with conservatives and non-White Republicans that have scolded her for talking down to them. Last year, she irked Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., during an interview about the Congressional Black Caucus snubbing him despite his vocal interest in joining the group of Black lawmakers by fixating on his past support for former President Trump. 

"The people at CNN, they have an agenda, they have a political agenda. Let's be very clear," Donalds told Fox News Digital last year when asked about the interview.

IAB Report: Digital Audio and Video Set the Pace

Digital ad spend swelled by 35.4% year-over-year in 2021, representing the fastest growth rate since 2006 and almost 3 times the rate (12.2%) from a year earlier, according to the IAB. 

Here are some takeaways from the IAB report.

Digital Audio and Video Set the Pace
  • Digital audio was the fastest-growing digital advertising channel last year, with its growth rate being 64% higher than the overall total, at 57.9%. However it remains a small piece of the digital advertising pie, at 2.6% share of total revenues. Digital audio advertising is largely a mobile affair, as mobile’s share of revenue grew to 85%.
  • Digital video was the next-fastest-growing channel, 44% higher than the average with a growth rate of 50.8%. Digital video ad spend saw strong growth across both mobile (47.8%) and desktop (58.2%), in so doing exceeding one-fifth (20.9%) share of US digital ad revenues for the first time.
Mobile’s Share of Revenues Seems to be Plateauing

Mobile’s ascent in digital advertising has been undeniable over the past decade or so, rising from just 9% of revenues in 2012 to 70% by 2019. However, since then it has remained at about that 70% mark, both in 2020 and in 2021 (71% share). As the IAB notes, “mobile growth, as expected, has plateaued due to penetration.”

All told, advertisers spent $135.1 billion on mobile ads last year, up from $98.3 billion the year prior and setting a new high water mark. Desktop advertising spend also jumped to a new high of $54.2 billion, from $41.5 billion in 2020.
Search Still Leads All Formats

Search continues to be the dominant digital advertising format, though it is ceding share to faster-rising formats such as video. Last year search accounted for 41.4% share of total digital ad revenues (down from 42.2%), with display comprising 30% share (down from 31.5%), digital video 20.9% share (up from 18.7%) and other formats combining for the remaining 7.8% share (up from 7.6%).

Search accounted for a larger portion of revenues on desktop than on mobile, whereas display had a greater presence on mobile than desktop.

Digital Ad Revenues Still Highly Concentrated

The top 10 companies accounted for 78.6% of all digital ad revenues last year, up from 78.1% in 2020 and 76.6% a year earlier. With the next 15 companies occupying another 6.5% share of revenues, just 14.9% were left for all the remaining publishers to fight over. With digital ad revenues totaling $189.3 billion last year, this implies that for all but the largest 25 companies, the actual amount of ad spend in play was a little over $28 billion.
Other Findings:
  • Digital ad revenues grew fastest in Q2 2021, when they rose by an impressive 62.2% year-over-year.
  • Second-half revenues broke the $100 billion mark for the first time, at $102.8 billion. The previous high had been $80.5 billion.
  • Programmatic ad revenues increased by a slightly above-average rate of 39%.

Study: 1 In 3 People In Gen Z Don't Know Who the Beatles Are

A recent study has found that at least one in three people from Gen Z don’t know who the Beatles are.

Digital Music News reports Roberts conducted a study to see how pop music travels through generations. Some artists can resonate with multiple generations, while others may fade with their stardom. Roberts surveyed a total of 2,000 UK respondents to find out how familiar they are with artists and their views on music.

Roberts asked its Gen Z respondents how familiar they are with older artists. Unsurprisingly, big acts like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Whitney Houston were well known, but at least one out of three people didn’t know who the Beatles are. Two out of three people were unfamiliar with Aretha Franklin, U2, and The Supremes.

How Well Does Gen Z Know Older Music Stars?

  • Aretha Franklin – 36.64%
  • U2 – 40.09%
  • The Supremes – 40.09%
  • Elvis Costello – 41.38%
  • Bee Gees – 41.81%
  • Phil Collins – 42.24%
  • Beach Boys – 42.24%
  • Blondie – 46.55%
  • Bon Jovi – 51.72%
  • Pink Floyd – 51.72%
  • Tina Turner – 53.45%
  • David Bowie – 53.88%
  • Prince – 56.03%
  • Paul McCartney – 57.76%
  • Madonna – 62.07%
  • Queen – 66.81%
  • Whitney Houston – 67.24%
  • Elvis Presley – 67.24%
  • The Beatles – 68.97%

Roberts also asked the Silent Generation about modern music stars. While 65% of Gen Z recognize Olivia Rodrigo, only 1.65% of the Silent Generation recognize her name. Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga were the most recognizable stars between both Gen Z and the Silent Generation.

How Well Does the Silent Generation Know Modern Music Stars?

  • AJ Tracey – 0.93%
  • Olivia Rodrigo – 1.85%
  • Doja Cat – 1.85%
  • Post Malone – 2.78%
  • Cardi B – 3.78%
  • BTS – 4.63%
  • Aitch – 5.56%
  • Dave – 7.41%
  • Dua Lipa – 11.11%
  • Drake – 12.96%
  • Nicki Minaj – 13.89%
  • Billie Eilish – 25%
  • Destiny’s Child – 30.56%
  • Eminem – 32.41%
  • Bruno Mars – 32.41%
  • Harry Styles – 34.26%
  • Justin Bieber – 35.19%
  • Ariana Grande – 37.96%
  • Taylor Swift – 40.74%
  • Beyonce – 47.22%
  • Lady Gaga – 53.70%
  • Ed Sheeran – 61.11%

The study appears to show that music from The Beach Boys and The Supremes are losing influence among the younger generations the fastest. So which artists are gaining in popularity? On average, Nicki Minaj’s popularity grows 33% with every younger generation, while Dua Lipa’s grows at 34.6%. Olivia Rodrigo is most well-known among the younger generations however, with a 55% increase in awareness among younger gens.

R.I.P.: Bob Robbins, Longtime Little Rock Radio Personality

Bob Robbins
A man with one of the best known voices in the state of Arkansas has died.  Bob Robbins died from an apparent heart attack in Sheridan early Saturday morning at the age of 78, reports Fox16.com.

Robbins, who was born Robert Spears, was a daily presence on Arkansas radio since 1967, most recently working for 105.1 “The Wolf” since 2013.  Prior to that he spent more than 30 years with KSSN 96 FM.

Robbins became a fixture of Arkansas radio in 1967, when he began working for Top 40 KAAY in Little rock. In 1979, Robbins moved to KSSN 96 FM, Arkansas’s top Country station. Robbins stayed with KSSN until the end of 2013. Since then, he has been heard on classic country station 105.1 “The Wolf.”

In 1967, Spears received a phone call from a friend at Top 40 radio station KAAY in Little Rock. One of KAAY’s employees, who had worked under the name “Rob Robbins,” had died in an accident, and Spears agreed to fill the position, taking the name Bob Robbins. He worked for KAAY until 1979, when he moved to Little Rock–based KSSN 96 FM. Robbins stayed with KSSN for the bulk of his career. While he was at KSSN, the station won many awards, including the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Award for Best Medium Market Station and the Arkansas Broadcasters Association’s Most Admired Station Award in 1990. In 1991, KSSN was named Billboard’s Country Radio Station of the Year and received the Country Music Association’s Station of the Year Award. In 1996, Robbins was named Broadcast Personality of the Year by the Country Music Association and led KSSN to another Marconi Award from the NAB.

Robbins was inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters’ DJ Hall of Fame in 2008.