Wednesday, October 27, 2021

TV Ratings: Football Powers NBC To Week's Win, FOX Rolls On

The CBS comedy “Ghosts” has shown early promise, so far landing just outside the top 20 for the young season so far, while ABC’s reboot of “The Wonder Years” sitcom is hovering at around No. 65, according to The Associated Press citing Nielsen figures.

But the two shows have already been granted full-season runs. Admiring reviews for both aside, the reason lies in the numbers — the ones that measure how a show performs in the long run, not just after its first day of airing as reflected above.

The debut episode of “The Wonder Years” was watched by 3.2 million viewers on ABC when it aired Sept. 22. That figure grew to 6.4 million after a week of combined broadcast and digital viewership.

“Ghosts,” based on a hit BBC comedy, drew just shy of 5.6 million viewers to its Oct. 7 broadcast debut, reaching 7.76 million after seven days that also included on-demand viewing.

The winner of last week’s network derby was NBC, home to two football games that landed in the top 10. It averaged 5.79 million viewers in prime-time, followed by CBS with 5.11 million. Fox had 4 million, ABC had 3 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1 million and ION Television had 970,000.

➤Top 20 Prime Time Shows:

  1. NFL Football: Indianapolis at San Francisco, NBC, 16.1 million.
  2. NFL Football: Denver at Cleveland, Fox, 12.99 million.
  3. NFL Football: Buffalo at Tennessee, ESPN, 12.5 million.
  4. NFL Pregame” (Sunday), NBC, 11.94 million.
  5. “NFL Postgame” (Sunday), CBS, 11.4 million.
  6. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.5 million.
  7. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 9.53 million.
  8. “Equalizer,” CBS, 7.8 million.
  9. “NCIS,” CBS, 7.65 million.
  10. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 7.37 million.
  11. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.36 million.
  12. “NFL Pregame” (Thursday), Fox, 7.27 million.
  13. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 6.77 million.
  14. MLB NL Championship: LA Dodgers at Atlanta, TBS, 6.95 million.
  15. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 6.73 million.
  16. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 6.36 million.
  17. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.358 million.
  18. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.1 million.
  19. MLB AL Championship: Boston at Houston, Fox Sports, 5.8 million.
  20. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.78 million.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening news ratings contest, averaging 7.9 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 6.7 million, and the “CBS Evening News” had 4.9 million.

With a lift from the baseball playoffs, TBS topped the cable networks in prime time, averaging 3.1 million viewers. ESPN had 2.9 million, Fox News Channel had 2.3 million, MSNBC had 1.2 million and Hallmark had 1.1 million.

TV Newser reports Tucker Carlson Tonight marked its second consecutive week as the No. 1 cable news show (3.02 million total viewers/464,000 adults 25-54). Fox News’ The Five finished No. 2 in average total viewers, averaging 3.01 million and 418,000 adults 25-54. Hannity remained the No. 3 cable news show, both in average total viewers ( 2.76 million) and adults 25-54 (400,000), followed by Special Report with Bret Baier (2.28 million) and The Ingraham Angle (2.18 million) rounding out the top 5 in average total viewers. 

Fox News had 13 of the 15-most-watched shows on cable news for the third consecutive week. 

MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show finished No. 7 in total viewers, and was once again the top non-Fox News show on cable news, averaging 2.04 million total viewers for the week.

“Squid Game” was the most streamed program in its first full week of release, with viewers spending 1.91 billion minutes watching the nine-episode South Korean survival drama the week of Sept. 20-26.

Spotify Reports Strong 3Q

UPDATED 11:30 AM WEDNESDAY:  After years of losing money, Spotify is finally turning things around, largely because of the growth of its ad business. In the third quarter, it posted positive operating profits, a surprise to analysts, most of whom had projected a loss.

Barrons reports the problem for Spotify has always been that it pays the majority of its revenue back to music labels, whose concentrated ownership of popular song catalogs give them enormous leverage in negotiations with streaming companies. But Spotify has added content like podcasts that doesn’t belong to labels and has drawn more listeners. It has also successfully raised prices in various countries, helping lift margins.

The company reported a profit of 2 million euros, or $2.3 million, on 2.5 billion euros in revenue, or $2.9 billion. On a per-share basis, Spotify lost 48 cents, caused largely by a change in the value of warrants and exchangeable notes that the company holds. Those changes are driven by movements in Spotify’s stock price, a factor the company can’t really control. The company’s revenue beat analysts’ expectations for $2.84 billion, but the per-share loss was wider than expected.

Spotify’s user growth has also rebounded after a weak start to the year. Its total monthly active users and its total premium subscribers both rose 19% year over year and 4% quarter over quarter, to 381 million and 172 million, respectively. Those numbers were in line or better than the company’s and analysts’ expectations. And the gains could accelerate in the fourth quarter — Spotify expects monthly active users to rise to 400 million to 407 million. At the midpoint, that would represent 6% growth on a quarter-over-quarter basis.

Music Business Worldwide

But the most promising sign in the report is that Spotify is becoming solidly profitable on the strength of surging advertising revenue, which rose 75% year over year. Its gross margin, which has hovered around 25% for years, rose to 26.7% in the quarter, up nearly 2 percentage points in the past year. Spotify successfully raised prices, boosting the margin on its premium subscription business to 29.1%. Its ad business is benefiting from increased listening to podcasts, and ad technology that allows advertisers to better target listeners. The podcast industry is starting to move beyond the homemade ads read by hosts that were prevalent in the industry’s early days.

Those improvements helped Spotify produce 75 million euros ($87 million) in operating income, versus a loss of 40 million euros a year ago.

Wake-Up Call: FDA Greenlights Pfizer for Kids

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel yesterday voted unanimously to endorse Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11. The FDA, which isn't bound by the panel's decision, will now decide if it agrees. If it does, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will then have to decide whether to recommend the vaccine for children in that age group. The dose that would be administered to these children would be one-third of the dose given to adults and to older children ages 12 and over.

Fourth Dose for Immunocompromised: Meanwhile, the CDC said in updated guidelines yesterday that some immunocompromised people who've gotten two original doses and then a booster of either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will be able to get a fourth shot. That shot would come at least six months after the third dose, and would be for those who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised." These people may not develop a strong immune response to the vaccines because of their condition.

➤IDAHO MALL SHOOTING SUSPECT WHO KILLED TWO DIES: The suspect in Monday's shooting at a Boise, Idaho, mall that left two people dead and injured four others died Tuesday at a local hospital. Ada County Coroner Dotti Owens identified him as 27-year-old Jacob Bergquist of Boise. Owens also identified the victims: 26-year-old Jo Acker, who was a security guard at the mall, and 49-year-old Roberto Padilla. Family members said Acker was killed while trying to stop the shooter. Police responding to the shooting exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was found to have had multiple guns and ammunition. Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee said Tuesday that they'd searched a home in the city and were looking on social media and at other evidence to try to find a motive. Lee said police knew of Bergquist from previous reports of disorderly conduct or trespassing.

➤ELECTION OFFICALS TELLS CONGRESS ABOUT THREATS: A bipartisan group of state election officials spoke before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee yesterday (October 26th) about threats they've received since the 2020 election, saying that a growing number of experienced election administrators are leaving the positions over the threats and accusations of manipulating election results. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who's a Democrat, spoke about threatening calls to her office, leading her to need round-the-clock security at times, by supporters of former President Donald Trump who falsely claim fraud in his loss in the state. Republican Al Schmidt, a Philadelphia city commissioner and member of the Board of Elections, called it "domestic terrorism," saying, "The whole point is to terrorize, to intimidate and to coerce." Another Republican, Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, spoke about getting verbal abuse from Democrats who accuse him of promoting voter suppression.

➤LONGTIME HILLARY CLINTON AIDE ABEDIN SAYS WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY SENATOR: Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's longtime top aide, writes in her new memoir out next week that she was sexually assaulted by a U.S. senator when she was in her 20s. Abedin, who's now 45, doesn't identify the senator in the book, Both/And: A Life in Many Words, and withholds details including his party, his state and whether he's still in Congress. She writes that the two met at a Washington, D.C., dinner attended by several other lawmakers and their aides and took a walk after the meal. Abedin says the senator invited her to his apartment for coffee and told her to make herself comfortable on the couch. She writes: "Then, in an instant, it all changed," saying he sat next to her and pushed his tongue in her mouth. She pushed him away and he apologized, saying he "misread" the situation. She wrote, "Then I said something only the twentysomething version of me would have come up with -- 'I am so sorry' -- and walked out, trying to appear as nonchalant as possible."

➤SINEMA WEARS DENIM VEST WHILE PRESIDING OVER SENATE: Senator Kyrsten Sinema is known for the quirky outfits she wears, but the Arizona Democrat raised eyebrows even beyond that on Tuesday when she wore a sleeveless denim vest with a black T-shirt underneath while presiding over the Senate. Video of her in the attire went viral and drew lots of comments after being shared by a C-SPAN social media specialist. One of them came from Wasington Post editor and columnist Karen Tumulty, who tweeted that there used to be a sign for journalists forbidding denim from being worn in the Senate chambers and asked, "Is it still there?" Washington Post reporter Paul Kane confirmed that the sign is indeed still there, barring denim, overcoats, hats, purses, and bags in the chambers.

➤ZUCKERBERG SUED BY TWO EX-HOUSEHOLD EMPLOYEES: The bad news keeps coming for Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are being sued by two former household employees who allege the family's former head of security, Liam Booth, targeted them with racist and sexist harassment. The two are Mia King, who is Black, their former security operations assistant, and an unnamed John Doe, who is gay and has a disability, who was their household operations manager. A representative for Zuckerberg and Chan told the New York Post that after investigations were carried out, the allegations "could not be substantiated." The allegations include that Booth referred to King as "ghetto," called her hairstyle unprofessional, and said she was only hired because of her race, and made homophobic comments toward Doe and slapped his groin on two different occasions.

👑QUEEN ELIZABETH WON'T ATTEND CLIMATE CONFERENCE ON DOCTORS' ADVICE: Britain's Queen Elizabeth the Second won't be attending the upcoming U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in person as planned on November 1st, following doctors’ advice to rest, she announced Tuesday. The news came just days after the 95-year-old monarch spent the night in a hospital for tests, which were described as "preliminary investigations." Buckingham Palace said, "Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message." The queen underwent the medical tests after she canceled a trip to Northern Ireland, and she has recently been seen using a walking stick.
➤POLL..MAJORITY CONCERNED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE:  A majority of Americans are very concerned about climate change, with a jump seen just in the past few years, according to a new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute. In the survey, 59 percent said global warming is very or extremely important to them as an issue, up 10 percentage points from 49 percent just three years ago in 2018. Among the factors that influenced their views, 54 percent cited information from scientists and 51 percent named recent extreme weather events. Three-quarters of Americans, 75 percent, said they believe climate change is happening, including 89 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Republicans. Just 10 percent don't believe it's happening and 15 percent said they were unsure. When it comes to what to do about it, 55 percent want Congress to pass legislation ensuring more of the nation's electricity comes from clean energy sources, and 52 percent would support a $1 a month carbon fee on their energy bill to fight climate change, but support for that fee decreases as the amount of it goes up.

🐶MANY NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS REPORT PET SEPARATION ANXIETY:  Pets aren’t the only ones that can feel separation anxiety. Washington State University researchers surveyed college freshmen students leaving pets at home and found 75 percent reported having some level of pet separation anxiety, and 25 percent of that group reported moderate to severe symptoms. Students with higher anxiety tended to be those who treated their pets more like people, and students with dogs at home also tended to report more attachment to their pets (and therefore more separation anxiety) compared to those with cats and other types of pets. Lead study author Alexa Carr says, “Students who are struggling with missing their pets should know that they’re not alone. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with them if they are experiencing a lot of distress from leaving their pets. It can be an isolating experience to lose that coping resource.” But, researchers also stressed this finding should not be used as justification for students to bring their pets with them to college, particularly if they would be their sole caregivers.

👻WHEN IS A KID TOO OLD TO TRICK-OR-TREAT? HALLOWEEN HAS NO AGE LIMIT, SAY EXPERTS—AS LONG AS YOUR TEEN FOLLOWS SOME RULES:  How old is too old to be trick-or-treating? Many parents told Yahoo that there is no age limit, and perhaps the only cutoff is becoming a parent yourself. Alexandrina Aguirre-Schilke, from Holly Springs, Georgia, says, “I know a lot of parents think high schoolers are too old to be trick-or-treating, but I don’t think so. The oldest [trick-or-treaters] I have seen are 14 or 15 years old anyway. These kids could be doing god-knows-what, and if they still want to trick-or-treat, I think it’s totally fine. They shouldn’t be turned away because some people think they’re too old. They’re still kids.” Brett Bernstein is a community resourced unit supervisor at the Pima County Sheriff’s Department in Tucson, Arizona, says if your teen is heading out for their first Halloween alone, he suggests having a plan in place beforehand, and agreeing on a specific time when teens should return home.

🦃THIS YEAR’S THANKSGIVING DINNER COULD BE ‘THE MOST EXPENSIVE MEAL IN THE HISTORY OF THE HOLIDAY’:  2021’s Thanksgiving dinner costs could be the highest of all time. The New York Times reports that “nearly every component” of the holiday dinner will cost more this year, per agricultural economists, farmers, and grocery executives. The costs are up due to “a knotted supply chain, high transportation expenses, labor shortages, trade policies,” bad weather, and inflation. The Times notes the biggest expense will be the turkey, whose price per pound is expected to surpass the current record benchmark of $1.36, set in 2015. The price increase in turkey is attributed to the price of corn (commercial turkeys eat it) which “more than doubled” in price in some places nationwide between July 2020 and July 2021.

🤣COMEDIAN MORT SAHL DEAD AT 94: Standup comedian Mort Sahl has died at the age of 94. His friend Lucy Mercer confirmed to The New York Times that Sahl passed Tuesday (Oct. 26th) in Mill Valley, California. The political satirist was known as the “Rebel Without a Pause” for his rapid-fire monologues.

⚾BRAVES DOWN ASTROS 6-2 IN OPENING GAME OF WORLD SERIES: The Atlanta Braves downed the Houston Astros 6-2 in the opening game of the World Series last night (October 26th). The Braves got things going quickly, with Jorge Soler becoming the first player to ever begin a World Series with a home run, which he smacked out on the third pitch of the game at Minute Maid Park in Houston. On their way to the win, the Braves had to overcome losing starting pitcher Charlie Morton, who left with a fractured right fibula in his leg in the bottom of the third inning. He'd apparently been hurt worse than realized by a hit that bounced off his leg in the second inning, and is now done for the series. Game 2 is tonight in Houston.

⚾OHTANI GETS SPECIAL AWARD FOR TWO-WAY ALL-STAR SEASON: The Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani received a special award from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred last night (October 26th) for his two-way All-Star season as both a pitcher and hitter. Ohtani was given the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award by Manfred before the opening game of the World Series. The 27-year-old had 46 home runs, 100 RBIs and 26 stolen bases this season, as well as had a 9-2 record in 23 starts with a 3.18 ERA, striking out 156 batters. Ohtani is the most accomplished two-way player since Babe Ruth, and was the first two-way starter in the history of the All-Star Game. He is the 16th recipient of the award, and the first to get it since Manfred became commissioner in 2015.

🏒BLACKHAWKS GM RESIGNS AFTER PROBE FINDS SEX ASSAULT CLAIM MISHANDLED: Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman resigned yesterday (October 26th) after a investigation found that the organization mishandled allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player in 2010. The NHL also fined the team $2 million in the wake of the probe by an outside law firm hired by the Blackhawks. Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville and Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, who were with the Blackhawks at the time, were also named in the report. The team commissioned the investigation in response to two lawsuits against them, one by a player identified as John Doe alleging sexual assault by then-assistant coach Brad Aldrich in 2010, and another filed by a former student whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting in Michigan.

⚽LLOYD PLAYS IN FINAL MATCH FOR U.S. WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM: Carli Lloyd played in her final game for the U.S. women's soccer team last night in St. Paul, Minnesota, which the U.S. won 6-0 over South Korea, although Lloyd didn't score. She left to a standing ovation after being subbed out in the 65th minute. Lloyd is retiring after a career that includes two World Cup titles and two Olympics gold medals, and a signature achievement of scoring three goals in the opening 16 minutes of the U.S. victory over Japan in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final. The 39-year-old, who made her first appearance with the national team in 2005, has the second-most international appearances of any player, and the third-most goals in team history for the U.S.

Google Nearly Doubles Profit, Digital Ads Red Hot

Alphabet Inc.’s Google tallied its highest sales growth in more than a decade and nearly doubled its profit in the third quarter, as smaller businesses poured money into digital ads aimed at customers whose purchases have shifted online, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The strong results underscored how the pandemic has turbocharged the company’s core advertising business. With retail foot traffic dwindling, marketers turned to Google to promote their products, delivering in a single year the kind of quarterly sales growth that the search giant typically records over a two-year span.

Alphabet said Tuesday that revenue rose 41% to $65.12 billion, its largest in 14 years. It posted a profit of $21.03 billion, nearly three times what it reported before the pandemic.

The red-hot digital-ad market has accelerated this year, with global spending on track to grow 26%, up from earlier projections of 15%, according to GroupM, a media-buying firm. Much of that windfall has flowed to Google, which has a dominant share of world-wide internet searches, digital navigation and online video viewership.

The company’s ad business, led by Search, Maps and YouTube, posted $53.13 billion in sales from advertising, a 43% increase.

Google said its profit for the quarter benefited from an accounting change related to depreciation of its servers and network equipment, which increased net income $460 million.

Much of the company’s growth has come from e-commerce advertisers eager to reach customers whose product searches begin online. The company joined with Shopify Inc. this year to simplify search listings and ad purchases for 1.7 million merchants. The effort, which aimed to enliven its e-commerce segment, has helped turn retail ads into Google’s largest growth contributor.

In recent months, the search giant’s retail-ad segment has benefited from the new privacy policy Apple Inc. rolled out. Since April, the iPhone maker has required apps to ask users whether they want to be tracked. The changes have weakened the performance of ads on Facebook Inc. and Snap Inc., according to ad buyers and smaller businesses. Many brands have shifted spending to Google as a result.

YouTube has been another major driver of Google’s advertising gains. The video behemoth reported sales grew 43% to $7.21 billion in the quarter.

The business is on track to generate nearly as much revenue this year as Netflix Inc., a subscription business valued at nearly $300 billion. The revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations and contributed to Google’s shares declining about 1% in after hours to $2,761.01.

Twitter's Ad Revenue Explodes

Twitter’s stock price was up about 4% in extended trading on Tuesday after the company reported its third-quarter earnings, meeting analysts’ expectations for revenue and user growth.

CNBC reports the company said it was taking a one-time litigation-related net charge of $766 million related to an $809.5 million settlement the company announced in September for allegedly misleading investors about user growth.

Here’s what Twitter reported versus Wall Street’s estimates:

  • Earnings: 18 cents per share, adjusted vs. 15 cents as expected by analysts polled by Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $1.284 billion vs. $1.285 billion as expected by analysts polled by Refinitiv.
  • Monetizable daily active users (mDAUs): 211 million vs. 211.9 million as expected by analysts.

Because of the legal settlement, Twitter reported a net loss of $537 million, compared to a profit of $29 million a year ago.

Revenue increased 37% in the quarter from a year earlier. Twitter said the impact of Apple’s iOS privacy change was less than expected in the period, and will be modest in the fourth quarter. Snap and Facebook both cited Apple’s new iOS 14 privacy features as the main reason for business disruption in the latest quarter.

Twitter ’s ad revenue rose more than 41% to $1.14 billion, with total ad engagements increasing 6% from a year earlier.

Unlike Snap and Facebook, demand for Twitter’s ads have not been impacted by global supply chain issues, Twitter CFO Ned Segal said in a call with analysts. That’s because more than half of Twitter’s ad revenue in 2021 is associated with services and digital goods, Segal said.

Twitter’s total number of monetizable daily users grew by 5 million from the second quarter to 211 million. The user base was up nearly 13% from a year ago.

Houston Radio: KILT-FM Morning Show Adds Erik Scott Smith

Audacy welcomes Erik Scott Smith as morning show co-host for Country KILT 100.3 FM The Bull in Houston. 

Beginning October 27, Smith will join “The Morning Bullpen” with co-hosts George and Mo. “The Morning Bullpen” airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CT.

“I’m beyond excited for Erik to join George and Mo in the Morning Bullpen,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Houston. “Erik’s longtime radio experience coupled with his positive attitude, energy, character and innovation will add so much to the morning commute Houstonians make every day and we look forward to adding him to our weekday programming.”

“There’s one thing that I’ve already learned about Texas – everyone is SO nice here,” said Smith. “I am ready and anxious to join the talented, dedicated team at The Bull. I already feel at home because of the incredible folks at Audacy and can’t wait to crack the mic with talented hosts like George and Mo. It’s really an honor for me.”

Prior to joining Audacy, Erik Scott Smith had been a personality and executive producer of “The Heidi & Frank Show,” in Los Angeles for over 13 years. He also has experience as a film actor, musician and co-host of the FOX pop-culture television show “Dish Nation.”

Bonneville International Promotes 4 Execs

Bonneville International announced several significant executive promotions as part of a strategic focus on growth. “With this structure in place, we are well-positioned to support our existing business and develop in many new areas of opportunity,” said Bonneville president Darrell Brown.
  • Scott Sutherland has been promoted from his role as Market Manager for Phoenix to Executive Vice President, Regional Media Operations to directly oversee the Denver, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Seattle markets, with the Market Managers reporting directly to him.
  • Tanya Vea has been promoted from her role as Market Manager for Salt Lake to Executive Vice President, Content and Media Operations to lead content and digital strategy for the company. Vea will also continue to lead TV and radio operations for the Salt Lake market, where Bonneville is headquartered.
  • Jason Englund has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Englund had previously led the HR function for the company, along with acting as Associate General Counsel. Former General Counsel Mike Dowdle will work with Brown to lead Bonneville’s strategic initiatives as the new Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Strategy.
  • Matthew Sadowski has accepted the role of Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence and Analytics to lead and build analytics and business intelligence functions.
  • Kent Nate, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will continue to lead finance functions.

Miami Radio: Goodbye 'Joe', Sports WQAM Rebrands

Effective immediately, 560 The Joe WQAM-AM will rebrand as AM 560 Sports WQAM and boast a new weekday lineup, including the addition of local host Jonathan Zaslow to middays. Zaslow had previously hosted middays for sister station 790 The Ticket. The station will also add programming from CBS Sports Radio.

AM 560 Sports WQAM
  • 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: Joe Rose & Zach Krantz
  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET: Jonathan Zaslow
  • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET: “Hochman & Crowder”
  • 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET: Local specialty shows and Florida Panthers, NFL games or University of Miami basketball play-by-play
  • 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. ET: “JR Sports Brief”
  • 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. ET: Amy Lawrence
Additionally, AM 790 The Ticket (WAXY-AM) will also debut a new weekday programming lineup, effective immediately. The station will see the addition of “BetQL Network” and CBS Sports Radio programming including “The Jim Rome Show.”

790 The Ticket
  • 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: “Tobin & Leroy”
  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET: “BetQL Daily”
  • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET: Jim Rome
  • 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET: “Hochman & Crowder” simulcast
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET: “You Better You Bet”
  • 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET: Miami Heat play-by-play or “BetMGM Tonight”
  • 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. ET: “JR Sports Brief”
  • 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. ET: Amy Lawrence

ViacomCBS Mulled Sale of NYC CBS Broadcast Center

CBS earlier this year considered selling its sprawling New York-based CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

A source told The NY Post that the company had “looked at” selling the Broadcast Center — located at 524 West 57th St. between 10th and 11th Avenues — in late 2019, when it initially put Black Rock up for sale in late 2019.

Instead, as ViacomCBS eyed its real estate portfolio for possible sources of cash to fund its streaming ambitions, it settled on selling Black Rock — its granite New York headquarters on 52nd Street — and its CBS Studios Center lot in Los Angeles, dubbed the “Radford Lot.”

Had CBS sold its Broadcast Center, originally a converted milk processing plant that it bought from Sheffield Farms in 1952, it would lose its strong presence in New York. A source said that execs at CBS were “worried” about the optics of moving out of the city, especially since it sold off Black Rock.

That could change, however, as ViacomCBS looks to shore up costs and make the company more attractive for a potential sale.

It wasn’t be the first time CBS thought about celling the Broadcast Center, which has been home to shows like “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” “Desus & Mero,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and up until recently, “CBS This Morning”.

An insider told The Post that under former CBS president David Rhodes, the network had talked about selling the property but it was vetoed by then-CEO Les Moonves.

But now, with a shortage on production space and sky-high demand for movie and TV shows thanks to the burgeoning streaming industry, the Broadcast Center is likely worth a pretty penny.

Nashville Radio: Grand Ole Opry Reaches Milestone 5,000th Broadcast

The Grand Ole Opry®, the world’s longest-running radio show, will mark its historic 5,000th Saturday night broadcast this weekend, as part of a month of celebrations, a limited-time exhibit, and a star-studded night of performances on the iconic Opry stage.

WSM began to air the show that would become the Grand Ole Opry in 1925 as a radio show before expanding to television and eventually digital streaming platforms. It has been on the airwaves longer than any other broadcast program of any medium anywhere in the world. It has continued to produce original shows for 5,000 Saturday nights through the Great Depression, World War II, two Nashville floods and, most recently, the global pandemic. 

In March 2020, when music venues shuttered around the world, the Opry continued airing under strict health and safety protocols through its weekly WSM 650 AM and SiriusXM radio broadcasts. Simultaneously, Opry Live was launched on Circle, bringing comfort to millions of fans around the world and quickly becoming the television network’s landmark series.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood join an upcoming Grand Ole Opry performance saluting 5,000 Saturday nights with the indelible Nashville radio program. 

The Opry announced Monday that Brooks, Yearwood, Darius Rucker and Dustin Lynch — all members of the self-described "show that made country music famous"— lead additions to the previously-announced lineup of multi-generational country talent.

Opry organizers announced last month that Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, Vince Gill, Chris Young, Chris Janson, the Gatlin Brothers and Terri Clark would perform during the landmark broadcast. 

Those unable to attend in-person can tune into one of the night's two planned shows via Circle, the country lifestyle network launched last year by Opry Entertainment Group. Circle plans to livestream the show via select cable providers, Peacock, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. 

The nearly 96-year-old radio program launched a countdown to 5,000 earlier this summer with celebrity guests from Homer Simpson to Ed Helms helping ring in the Saturday programs leading into Oct. 30. 

In addition, the Opry this week opened a limited-time exhibit at the Acuff House, Opry Memories: Celebrating 5,000 Saturday Night Broadcasts. The exhibit takes guests on a journey through the inception of WSM-AM radio and the first Grand Ole Opry broadcasts and continues forward covering special moments from milestone broadcast eras of 1,000 broadcasts up to present day. The exhibit will feature artifacts and photos from current Grand Ole Opry members including Luke Combs, Dolly Parton, Carly Pearce, Trisha Yearwood, and many others, as well as items from some of the Opry’s earliest stars including Roy Acuff, DeFord Bailey, Minnie Pearl, and more. The exhibit will also explore the history of WSM-AM radio, giving visitors a glimpse into the innovations that pioneered an industry and ultimately led to Nashville becoming “Music City U.S.A.”. The Opry engaged Warner Museums/Method-1 for the design, fabrication and installation of the exhibit.

“For 5,000 Saturday nights, the Opry has stood as a beacon not just for generations of listeners seeking top-notch entertainment, but for artists with big dreams and even bigger talent,” said Scott Bailey, President of Opry Entertainment Group. “This stage has witnessed some of the most iconic moments in country music – debuts, duets, and everything in between – and it deserves celebrating. We’re excited for country music fans around the world to be able to join us for this historic occasion.”

SiriusXM Partners With Audiochuck For Podcast Content

SiriusXM Tuesday announced an agreement with media and podcast company Audiochuck and its founder Ashley Flowers that gives SiriusXM exclusivity to ad sales for Crime Junkie – one of the country's top-ranked podcasts – along with all shows in the Audiochuck network, which includes top rated Anatomy of a Murder, CounterClock, and Park Predators. Audiochuck, the independent media and podcast production studio, has become the dominant network behind some of the most popular podcasts.

SXM Media has exclusive global ad sales rights for Audiochuck podcasts. Access for brands and marketers is only available through the advertising and sales arm of SiriusXM, Stitcher and Pandora.

The agreement calls for Stitcher, the Triton-ranked #1 podcast company and SiriusXM subsidiary, to distribute all Audiochuck content across all podcast platforms. Listeners can continue to listen and subscribe to Audiochuck podcasts on Stitcher, the SXM App, Pandora, and all major podcast listening platforms.

"I'm incredibly excited to work with SiriusXM," said Ashley Flowers, Founder and CEO of Audiochuck. "Since day one our mission has been creating top-of-the-line content that drives advocacy and change and I believe working with such an established multi-platform company will allow us to do bigger, better things and reach even more people with the important stories we want to tell."

As part of the new relationship, Audiochuck, SiriusXM, Pandora, and Stitcher plan to collaborate in the development of additional content accessible across multiple platforms.

"Ashley and the team at Audiochuck have shown that great passion and great storytelling together can create a meaningful business and platform for important stories that may not otherwise be told. We are committed to supporting them as they provide critical true crime storytelling that not only informs listeners, but also drives social change," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "For Ashley and other innovators in podcasting, SiriusXM provides a home to do the best work of their careers. With three audio platforms as marketing vehicles that can reach the largest and most diverse audiences possible, they can serve their most loyal fans and create new ones."

Ashley Flowers
"Joining with SiriusXM is an important next step for our long-term vision at Audiochuck," said Kevin Mills, President of Audiochuck. "We intend to use our industry-leading content as a basis to innovate across platforms. We look forward to this collaboration to further our mission of offering new shows that reach even larger audiences, and elevating the advocacy for those who need a voice most."

Audiochuck is the independent media and podcast production company behind top-rated audio series including Crime Junkie, Anatomy of Murder, CounterClock, and Park Predators. Based in Indianapolis, the company is a longtime champion of leveraging responsible true crime content to help bring increased awareness, resources, and advocacy for victims of violent crime and impacted families and loved ones. Founded in 2017 by Flowers, Audiochuck strives to elevate podcast storytelling with engaging and multifaceted content across genres including crime, fiction, comedy, and more. Flowers also founded Season of Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to solving cold cases by funding advanced DNA testing and supporting victims and their families as they strive for resolution in their cases.

October 27 Radio History

In 1920...Westinghouse's radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA was issued the first-ever commercial radio license.  But it would be another week before it took to the air .. with the Harding-Cox election returns Nov. 2.   The audience was approximately 1,000 people.

KDKA's roots began with the efforts of Westinghouse employee Frank Conrad who operated KDKA's predecessor 75 watt 8XK from the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg from 1916. Conrad, who had supervised the manufacturing of military receivers during WWI, broadcast phonograph music and communicated with other amateur radio operators via 8YK. On September 29, 1920, the Joseph Horne department store in Pittsburgh began advertising amateur wireless sets for $10, which could be used to listen to Conrad’s broadcasts.

Westinghouse vice president and Conrad’s supervisor, Harry P. Davis, saw the advertisement and recognized the economic potential of radio.  Instead of it being limited as a hobby to scientific experimenters, radio could be marketed to a mainstream audience. Consequently, Davis asked Conrad to build a 100-watt transmitter, which would air programming intended to create widespread demand for Westinghouse receivers.

The KDKA call sign was assigned sequentially from a list maintained for the use of US-registry maritime stations, and on November 2, 1920, KDKA broadcast the US presidential election returns from a shack on the roof of the K Building of the Westinghouse Electric Company "East Pittsburgh Works" in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania.

According to, the first voice and music signals heard over radio waves were transmitted in December 1906 from Brant Rock, Massachusetts (just south of Boston), when Canadian experimenter Reginald Fessenden produced about an hour of talk and music for technical observers and any radio amateurs who might be listening. Many other one-off experiments took place in the next few years, but none led to continuing scheduled services. On the West Coast of the United States, for example, Charles (“Doc”) Herrold began operating a wireless transmitter in conjunction with his radio school in San Jose, California, about 1908. Herrold was soon providing regularly scheduled voice and music programs to a small local audience of amateur radio operators in what may have been the first such continuing service in the world.

The radio hobby grew during the decade before World War I, and the ability to “listen in” with earphones (as there were no loudspeakers) and occasionally hear voices and music seemed almost magical. Nevertheless, very few people heard these early broadcasts—most people merely heard about them—in part because the only available receivers were those handmade by radio enthusiasts, the majority of them men and boys.

Among these early receivers were crystal sets, which used a tiny piece of galena (lead sulfide) called a “cat’s whisker” to detect radio signals. Although popular, inexpensive, and easy to make, crystal sets were a challenge to tune in to a station. Such experiments were scattered, and so there was little demand for manufactured receivers. (Plug-in radio receivers, which, through the use of loudspeakers, allowed for radio to become a “communal experience,” would not become widespread until after 1927.) Early broadcasters in the United States, such as Herrold, would continue until early 1917, when federal government restrictions forced most radio transmitters off the air for the rest of World War I, stalling the growth of the medium.

After the war, renewed interest in radio broadcasts grew out of experimenters’ efforts, though such broadcasts were neither officially authorized nor licensed by government agencies, as would become the practice in most countries by the late 1920s.

Westinghouse application for license

Another early station appeared in Canada when station XWA (now CFCF) in Montreal began transmitting experimentally in September 1919 and on a regular schedule the next year. (The first commercially sponsored stations in Canada appeared in 1922.)

Broadcasting got an important boost in the huge American market when about 30 radio stations took to the air in different cities in 1920–21. Most of these developed out of amateur operations, each dedicated to a different purpose. “Doc” Herrold returned to the air in 1921, but he soon had to sell his station for lack of operating funds. The University of Wisconsin’s WHA began as a physics department transmitter, but as early as 1917 it was sending wireless telegraph agricultural market reports by Morse Code to Wisconsin farmers. WHA, the first American educational outlet, probably began voice broadcasts in early 1921, though several other universities soon initiated stations with similar aims. 

KDKA in Pittsburgh, most often cited as the first radio outlet in the United States, had begun as the amateur station 8XK in 1916, but it was forced off the air in World War I. It reappeared on November 2, 1920, as a “commercial” voice-and-music service operated by the Westinghouse electrical manufacturer to help sell the company’s radio receivers. Westinghouse added other stations in different cities over the next two years, and General Electric and the newly formed Radio Corporation of America (RCA) soon entered the radio business as well. Detroit’s amateur operation 8MK (which debuted on August 20, 1920) soon became WWJ, the first station to be owned by a newspaper (The Detroit News).

In 1947...“This is Nora Drake” premiered on NBC radio. Nora solved domestic, social and child-raising problems in its daily soap slot until January 2, 1959.

In 1947..."You Bet Your Life" made its debut on ABC Radio Network with Groucho Marx as quizmaster and George Fenneman as his announcer. The program continued on radio until 1959 and ran on TV from 1950 to 1961.

Father Charles Coughlin

In 1979…Radio evangelist Father Charles Coughlin, one of the first political leaders to use radio to reach a mass audience, died at age 88. In the 1930s, his weekly broadcasts had an audience of 30 million people.

Coughlin began his radio broadcasts in 1926 on station WJR, in response to cross burnings by the Ku Klux Klan on the grounds of his church, giving a weekly hour-long radio program. His program was picked up by CBS four years later for national broadcast.  Until the beginning of the Depression, Father Coughlin mainly covered religious topics in his weekly radio addresses, in contrast to the political topics which dominated his radio speeches throughout the 1930s. He reached a very large audience that extended well beyond his own Irish Catholic base.

On 1999...composer/arranger/conductor Frank DeVol, a veteran of both radio & TV, died of congestive heart failure at age 88. In the 40′s and early 50′s he directed the orchestra nightly for CBS radio’s “Jack Smith Show.”  He composed the theme songs for TV’s The Brady Bunch, Family Affair, Gidget, and My Three Sons. DeVol also played “Happy Kyne” on TV’s Fernwood Tonight.

In 2003...XM Satellite Radio announced it had reached the 1 million subscriber milestone.

In 2003…'Price is Right" Announcer and former radio personality (KOST-Los Angeles, KLIF-Dallas, WKBW-Buffalo, KQV-Pittsburgh, KOMA-Oklahoma City) Rod Roddy died of colon and breast cancer at 66.

After graduating from Texas Christian University, Roddy began his professional broadcasting career as a disc jockey and talk show host on KLIF and KNUS-FM (Dallas, Texas). He also worked overnights and mid-days at the Buffalo, New York radio station WKBW 1520 AM, a big-signal station covering the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, and at other high-profile stations. Returning to KLIF and KNUS during the 1970s, Roddy hosted a call-in program, "Rod Roddy's Hotline," whose controversial host and topics made him a frequent target of death threats. He conducted a long-running on-air feud with an elderly woman (dubbed "Granny Hate"), who claimed to represent the local Ku Klux Klan.

In 2016...horror movie TV host and radio personality John Zacherle, nicknamed “The Cool Ghoul,” died  at age 98.  A TV movie host in Philadelphia and New York in the 1950’s and 60’s, he also hosted a TV dance show, which led to him becoming morning radio host on WNEW-FM NYC.

Zacherley made a Halloween appearance during a two-hour show at WCBS 101.1 FM with Ron Parker on October 31, 2007. The 89-year-old was one of the very few people left in radio that was older than the medium itself. The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia inducted Zacherle into their Hall of Fame in 2010.

Sheeri Rappaport is 44


  • Actor-comedian John Cleese is 82. 
  • Country singer Lee Greenwood is 79. 
  • Director Ivan Reitman is 75. 
  • Country singer-guitarist Jack Daniels (Highway 101) is 72. 
  • Bassist Garry Tallent of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is 72. 
  • Author Fran Lebowitz is 71. 
  • Guitarist K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) is 70. 
  • TV personality Jayne Kennedy is 70. 
  • Actor-director Roberto Benigni (“Life Is Beautiful”) is 69. 
  • Actor Peter Firth (“That’s Life”) is 68. 
  • Actor Robert Picardo (“The Wonder Years,” ″China Beach”) is 68. 
  • Singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 63. 
  • Keyboardist J.D. McFadden (Sixpence None the Richer, The Mavericks) is 57. 
  • Drummer Jason Finn of Presidents of the United States of America is 54. 
  • Actor Sean Holland (Film and TV “Clueless”) is 53. 
  • Actor Channon Roe (“Murder in the First”) is 52. 
  • Actor Sheeri Rappaport (“CSI,” ″NYPD Blue”) is 44. 
  • TV personality Kelly Osbourne is 37. 
  • Actor Bryan Craig (“General Hospital”) is 30. 
  • Actor Troy Gentile (“The Goldbergs”) is 28.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

President Nominates Rosenworcel As FCC Chair

Jessica Rosenworcel
UPDATE 2PM TUESDAY: President Biden on Tuesday nominated Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting chairwoman of the FCC, to the permanent job, putting her on track to become the first woman to lead the agency.

If she is confirmed by the Senate, Rosenworcel would lead an agency whose responsibilities include ensuring that millions of Americans have internet access. The FCC promotes competition among providers, scrutinizes mergers between telecommunications and broadcast companies, and regulates communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.

Biden also named Gigi B. Sohn to the seat on the five-member commission vacated by Ms. Rosenworcel when she became the acting chairwoman. Sohn, a distinguished fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy, served from 2013 to 2016 as counselor to Tom Wheeler, a former F.C.C. chairman. 
The nominations reflect the Biden administration’s commitment to restoring net neutrality rules, which promote competition in part by barring internet providers from blocking certain content, slowing its delivery or letting clients pay more to have it delivered faster. The FCC adopted the rules during the Obama administration but rolled them back under the Trump administration.

Earlier Story...

President Joe Biden is expected to nominate the acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission to serve another term and designate her as the permanent chair, two people briefed on the matter told Reuters.

Biden tapped Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel in January to serve as the acting chair of the five-member telecoms regulator. Biden has waited more than nine months to make nominations for the FCC, which has not been able to address some issues because it currently has one vacancy and is divided 2-2 between Democrats and Republicans.

Rosenworcel will be the first woman designated as the permanent chair of the FCC; Mignon Clyburn in 2013 served as acting FCC chair.

Last month, a group of 25 U.S. senators wrote Biden emphasizing their support for Rosenworcel, a former Senate staffer, to be nominated for a new term and to designate her as the first female permanent chair, saying, "further delays will unnecessarily imperil our shared goal of achieving ubiquitous broadband connectivity."

Politico and Communications Daily reported Biden plans to nominate Gigi Sohn for the open FCC seat. Sohn is a former senior aide to Tom Wheeler, who served as an FCC chair under President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

The FCC under Obama adopted net neutrality rules in 2015 that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or offering paid fast lanes.

The protections were overturned in 2017 by the FCC under President Donald Trump, a Republican, over the objections of Rosenworcel and Clyburn.

Rosenworcel in 2017 said the decision put the FCC "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public."

Nielsen Study: Blacks Consume More Media Than Any Other Group

According to “Seeing and Believing: Meeting Black audience demand for representation that matters,” the newest report in Nielsen’s Diverse Intelligence Series, the U.S. Black population has a complex and powerful legacy that continues to shape countries and cultures around the world. Yet, when it comes to representation in media, the complexity that creates the richness of their experience is often lost, and when present, undervalued.

As Black Americans continue to video stream, listen to radio and podcasts, as well as buy Black, they continue to lead the conversation and stay connected through social media — having an unprecedented impact on brands and what consumers watch, purchase, and listen to.

“As the media industry looks to be more inclusive of Black storytellers and brands look to grow their bottom lines and brand awareness with Black audiences, understanding who we are, where we’re connected, and how we’re changing is as important as ever. All of this work translates to the important acknowledgment of the value the Black community delivers ‘for the culture’ and beyond,” says Charlene Polite Corley, VP, Diverse Insights & Partnerships, Nielsen.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Black America is taking control of both the economic and media influence they hold and they are using it to invest in Black experiences, Black communities, and Black content.
  • Two out of three Black viewers are more likely to watch representative content and buy from brands that advertise in representative content. 
  • In 2020, Black Buying Power was at $1.57 Trillion. 
  • In 2021, Black viewing power was at 1.06 Trillion.

The urgency to get representation right is real—it’s a primary factor for the massive viewing levels Black audiences deliver and the shift in Black viewing power to platforms most representative of their community and identity group. But getting representation right is increasingly nuanced.

  • According to the 2020 U.S. Census, 9% of America’s rural population is Black; 16% of Black people in the U.S. report speaking a language other than English at home; people identifying as “Black in combination with another race” increased 89% in the last decade; and Afro-Latinos are 8% of today’s U.S. Black population. 
  • 58% of Black audiences say there’s still not enough representation of their identity group on screen. 
  • Nearly a quarter of the reported genres in Gracenote Inclusion Analytics reported zero representation of Black talent in recurring lead roles.
  • The preference to connect with meaningful content extends to audio with traditional radio reaching 92% of the U.S. Black population each week, and this same group of listeners averaging over an hour and a half a week of streaming audio.

Traditional radio continues to prove the power of its reach providing the gossip, pandemic guidance, and breaking news that’s kept Black listeners connected this year, for over 21 million minutes a week. 

  • Black listeners aren’t just streaming audio more than other audiences, they’re listening closely when brands reach out—averaging a 73% brand recall for podcast ads. 
  • Social media’s omnipresence within Black people’s daily media routine continues as a source for nuanced content; digital influencers are an even more important touchpoint. 
  • 51% of Black people 18+ spend daily time on TikTok and 29% spend daily time on Instagram than their counterparts.

Chicago, Madison Radio: Good Karma Makes MM Appointments

Good Karma Brands (GKB) has announced two new market managers.

Keith Williams, Tom Olson

Keith Williams has been appointed as market manager for WMVP 1000 AM in Chicago and Tom Olson has been named Market Manager for WTLX ESPN Sports in Madison.

Williams and Olson will be responsible for overseeing their respective station's sales, marketing and content strategy and execution.

Williams, Vice President and partner at Good Karma Brands is a twenty-two-year veteran of the company and has spent time managing five of its markets over the course of his career, in addition to his responsibilities within the Good Karma Brands’ Home Office.

“I’m thrilled to join the team at ESPN 1000 and work with the talented group of teammates and loyal partners we have in Chicago,” said Williams. “I’m looking forward to furthering Good Karma’s track record as a best-in-class operator of world class brands to ESPN Chicago and can’t wait to get started.”

Williams joined Good Karma Brands in 1999 and has since held many leadership roles across the organization, as General Manager of ESPN Cleveland, General Manager of ESPN Madison, management of the company’s Mid Atlantic ESPN digital markets, and most recently, Market Manager of ESPN Madison. He has played an instrumental role in the company’s growth over the last twenty-two years and will bring new leadership strategies and vision to the ESPN Chicago team.

Tom Olson has held a variety of roles throughout his career at Good Karma Brands, including managing the company’s business development team, and most recently as the Director of Sales & Marketing at ESPN Madison.

“I’m excited to lead one of Good Karma Brands’ heritage markets,” said Tom Olson, new Market Manager of ESPN Madison. “Madison is an incredible sports town, and I’m looking forward to working with our talented team, as well as local businesses and marketing partners as we build on our years of serving the passionate sports fans.”

“Tom is an exemplary model of a Good Karma Brands teammate who embodies our six core values,” said Keith Williams, ESPN 1000 Market Manager. “His experience in developing teammates, passion for the organization, and commitment to the community make him an ideal candidate for the role.”

Tom began his career with Good Karma Brands in 2011 as an intern and quickly ascended to the leadership team. He is involved in various organizations and committees, including SHARP Literacy’s Board of Directors, Young Professionals Board where he served as President, and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Milwaukee Radio: Tarik Moody Promoted To PD At WYMS

Tarik Moody
Long-term WYMS 88Nine Radio Milwaukee employee Tarik Moody has been named program director for the nonprofit public radio station's new channel designed to engage young and multicultural audiences through radio and digital streaming services, reports The Milwaukee Business Journal.

Radio Milwaukee received a $450,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to a create the urban alternative channel, which will display the full range of Black music – not just what the community is typically known for – and the power of public radio.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has invested in urban channels around the country including stations in Chicago, Denver, Houston and Jackson, Mississippi.

“Our urban alternative channel aims to reclaim the word ‘urban’ for the Black community,” Moody said in a press release. “Instead of putting Black artists in a box, our channel will celebrate the beauty and diversity of Black music and creativity.”

According to Moody, the channel will highlight Milwaukee’s new talent while paying homage to those who’ve come before. This will be Milwaukee’s first non-commercial Black-centric public radio station.

Moody has been with Radio Milwaukee since 2006 since the station asked him to move to Milwaukee to help develop the station. He’s held a variety of positions since then, including his most recent role as director of digital strategy and innovation.

With his new role, Moody will lead music programming, staffing and content.

The official name of the channel will be announced in early 2022 and is planned to launch on Juneteenth Day of 2022, which is June 19. Radio Milwaukee will be looking to hire a team for the new channel come next year as well.

Station director Jordan Lee will oversee the collaboration between the existing WYMS-FM 88.9 station. The new channel will air on 88.9 FM from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on weekdays and 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekend, along with having a 24-hour presence on WYMS’ HD2 channel.