Saturday, August 11, 2018

August 12 Radio History

➦In 1877...Edison invented the phonograph.

The phonograph, also called gramophone,  is a device introduced in 1877 for the recording and reproduction of sound recordings. The sound vibration waveforms are preseved in the form of a groove engraved into the surface of a rotating cylinder or disc. As the recorded surface rotates, a playback stylus traces the waveforms and vibrates to reproduce the recorded sound waves.

While other inventors had produced devices that could record sounds, Edison's phonograph was the first to be able to reproduce the recorded sound. His phonograph originally recorded sound onto a tinfoil sheet phonograph cylinder, and could both record and reproduce sounds. Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Laboratory made several improvements in the 1880s, including the use of wax-coated cardboard cylinders, and a cutting stylus that moved from side to side in a "zig zag" pattern across the record.

In the 1890s, Emile Berliner initiated the transition from phonograph cylinders to flat discs with a spiral groove running from the periphery to near the center. Other improvements were made throughout the years, including modifications to the turntable and its drive system, the stylus or needle, and the sound and equalization systems.

The disc phonograph record was the dominant audio recording format throughout most of the 20th century. From the mid-1980s, phonograph use declined sharply because of the rise of the compact disc and other digital recording formats. While no longer mass-market items, modest numbers of phonographs and phonograph records continue to be produced in the second decade of the 21st century.

➦In 1937…Comedian Red Skelton made his network radio debut on NBC's "Rudy Vallee Show."

➦In 1977...Cousin Brucie did last show at WNBC 660 AM,

➦In 2003...longtime Richmond, Virginia DJ, Eric E. Stanley, died after a 3-year battle with cancer. He was 53. He was known for his program, "The Bebop, Boogie, and Blues Revue" heard first on WRXL, then WVGO and later on WJMO.

➦In 2004...NYC personality Chuck Leonard - WWRL, WABC, WXLO, WRKS, WBLS, WQEW, WNSW - died.

Leonard began at ABC's flagship New York radio station, Musicradio 77 WABC, under program director Rick Sklar in 1965. He broke the color barrier for all who followed — the first African-American to cross over from black R&B radio to (then-mostly white) mass-appeal radio.

Leonard began in the 11 p.m. to midnight slot, and continued working late nights and Sundays at the station until November 27, 1979. He did the 10:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. shift following “Cousin” Bruce Morrow and later George Michael. He also gladly handled weekend and fill-in work.

Leonard was the host of "Sneak Preview," a five-minute Monday-through-Saturday evening program on ABC's American Contemporary Radio Network, which featured newly released songs. He stayed at WABC until 1979, before moving to WXLO and WRKS.

➦In 2005...Newsradio KNX 1070 Newsradio in Los Angeles, left its studios at the CBS Columbia Square broadcast center and moved to 5670 Wilshire Blvd to join other locally owned Infinity radio stations.

KNX-AM had been housed at the CBS Columbia Square building for 67 years, in the heart of Hollywood.

Merv Griffin 1945
➦In mogul (he owned several radio stations in the 60s/70s) Merv Griffin, creator of the TV game shows “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” and the host of his own popular longrunning syndicated TV show, died of prostate cancer at age 82.

➦In 2009...Rock WBCN in Boston closed its doors after 41 years on the air, and 98.5 "The Sports Hub" debuted immediately afterwards.

➦In 2011...WEMP 101.9 FM switched to FM News

DC Radio: What's Up At WTEM? Urban One Is Mum

Urban One assumed operational control of WTEM The Team 980 AM last week, two months after the sale of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s flagship and final radio property was announced.

According to The Washington Post, the changeover has left the station’s programming lineup in flux, with several longtime hosts conspicuously absent from the airwaves this week.

“We don’t comment on personnel decisions,” The Team 980 program director Chris Johnson said when asked about a report that four 980 hosts, including former Redskins tight ends Chris Cooley and Rick “Doc” Walker, were let go as part of budget cuts. “However, we’re still in the process of finalizing our lineup.”

The Team 980 has been the flagship home of the Redskins since 2008, when Snyder-owned Red Zebra Broadcasting, which will be liquidated in the coming months, purchased WTEM. Terry Bateman, the chairman of Red Zebra Broadcasting, said Thursday that Redskins games — as well as pregame and postgame coverage — will continue to air on The Team 980 and WMAL, and that Cooley and Walker will remain part of the broadcasts, no matter the status of their respective shows.

And according to, 11am – 1pm host Bram Weinstein also has not confirmed is he’s no longer with the radio station.  The former SportsCenter anchor has continued to co-host his television show on Fox 5 DC, but has been MIA from The Team 980 since his last show July 31st.

Co-hosts of Inside the Locker Room, 980’s 1-4pm weekday show, Rick “Doc” Walker and Scott Jackson were not on the air this week, with Walker tweeting Thursday afternoon, only saying “It’s true!”  The third host of Inside the Locker Room, Brian Mitchell, appears to have survived the cuts and has continued to be featured on 980 since the changes began taking place.

This past week Al Galdi has hosted the morning show from 7-10am followed by Al Koken, Chris Knoche, Fred Smoot and Scott Linn splitting up the middays. The one constant in the lineup for 980 has been Steve Czaban who remained hosting his afternoon drive show from 4-7pm.

Twin Cities Radio: KSTP Revamps..2 Shows Dropped

KSTP 1500 AM is pulling the plug on longtime talk-show hosts Joe Soucheray and Patrick Reusse.

Both are leaving the air in four weeks, it was announced Friday, according to the Star-Tribune. The morning show “Mackey & Judd” and anchor John Heidt will be gone as well.

Also exiting the station will be Brad Lane, who been PD since 2011. Overall, Lane has been with the station for 20 years.

In all, the news affects nine hours of weekday programming on 1500 AM, which adopted a sports format in 2010 and renamed itself ESPN 1500.

Reusse, who also writes a sports column for the Star Tribune, said he learned the news in a phone call Friday with Dan Seeman, VP and general manager of the station’s owner, St. Paul-based Hubbard Broadcasting.

“I’m 72 years old. It’s not like you don’t expect it to end someday. I am not somber about it in any way,” he said. “It’s been a hoot. I think I survived in radio because I never took it terribly seriously. It was always about fun for me.”

In an interview Friday, Seeman confirmed the cuts and called Soucheray and Reusse “legends in this market.”

“This is more reflective of a change in the media landscape than it is to any performance or any passion, or any creativity that these guys have brought to the airwaves every day,” he said.

Seeman said KSTP plans to develop new shows in the next few months that will debut online first and also air on the AM dial. But he said he’s not sure what will actually be on the air on Sept. 8.

“I don’t know. I’m not being coy. We don’t know yet. We may not be there Sept. 8. We may not really launch anything until mid-October,” he said.

Morning-show co-hosts Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad will continue to work at the station and Soucheray’s 'Garage Logic' podcast will continue and will be produced by Hubbard, he said.

KSTP has lagged in the ratings, far behind sports rival KFAN 100.3 FM. Overall, it ranked 21st among adult listeners in July with a 1.0 audience share according to Nielsen Audio, compared to a 3.7 share for No. 11 KFAN.

Boston Radio: WEEI's Kirk Minihane Talks Depression

WEEI 93.7 FM's Kirk Minihane returned to "Kirk & Callahan" Friday and opened up about his recent absence from the program.

In a Twitter post Thursday, Minihane said he had checked himself into Winchester Hospital Aug. 2 after experiencing suicidal thoughts. He was then transferred to McLean, where he was released earlier this week.

“For the first time in my life, I had suicidal thoughts," Minihane said. "The way it manifested itself for me was I think I hated the fact I was thinking about doing it, and pretending in a weird way I was almost doing research on it, so if you Gerry or Mut came up to me and said, ‘I’m going to commit suicide on Day X, and I’d like you to put together a plan for me,’ that’s how I started to think about it. I read books, I went online, and if you want to go online for it, like anything else it’s a rabbit hole. It never ends."

According to the station's website. Minihane, who's been open about his bouts with depression before, described the moment he decided to check himself into the emergency room. It came last Thursday, while he was standing in front of his car at a commuter rail station in Winchester.

“I was lying to myself, saying ‘I’m going to look.’ I’m thinking about it, thinking about it, thinking about it," he said. "There I was, at 8:00, wandering around the Wedgemere train station, going around the parking lot, walking around the field around there. A few minutes before, I stood in front of my car and said, ‘I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to die. But I also know this thing in my head that keeps talking about this, saying ‘examine this’ and ‘look at this’ and the word ‘suicide, suicide, suicide,’ and the fact how I felt internally, and I felt over the last couple of weeks, I felt like I was having a heart attack almost all of the time. I was having a hard time breathing. I was also playing this character on the air, who was feeling good; Around my family, who was feeling good; talking to my brothers, who was feeling good. Meanwhile, I was sort of dying on the inside. I said, ‘I cannot live like this anymore. I have to give up whatever power I have.’ I drove the car to Winchester Hospital and walked up to the Emergency Room woman and said, ‘I’m having very dangerous thoughts.’ That was the beginning of five days of hospitalization."

Laura Ingraham Defends Comments About Demographics

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has addressed the controversy over her remarks on her Wednesday show.

During that show, Ingraham lamented the “massive demographic changes” due to immigration, prompting a ringing Twitter endorsement by ex-KKK leader David Duke, which he later deleted.

Her comment also sparked backlash and a renewed call for an advertising boycott.

She continued on: “A message to those who are distorting my views, including all white nationalists and especially one racist freak whose name I won’t even mention. You do not have my support. You don’t represent my views and you are antithetical to the beliefs I hold dear.”

She then said the purpose of her talk was to point out that the “rule of law” and “secure borders” is something that “used to bind our country together” before praising merit-based immigration for doing “wonders” for the nation’s economy.

Country Artist Maren Morris To Host WWOne Special

Maren Morris
Summer will not go quietly, so Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., sends it off in style with multiple award-winning Country artist Maren Morris. This year’s Billboard Music Award winner for “Top Country Female Artist” will host Westwood One’s Labor Day salute to America’s work force.

Morris will fire up the four-hour music-intensive end-of-summer blowout with work songs, summertime anthems, pre-fame stories, and current hits from Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley and other top Country artists.

Westwood One's holiday music specials are a welcome tradition with hundreds of programmers, millions of listeners, and local advertisers. Stations can air Westwood One’s Labor Day holiday special Workin’ Hard Country with Maren Morris any time Saturday, September 1 - Monday, September 3, 2018 between  6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact

Twenty-eight year old singer/songwriter Maren Morris has quickly established herself with vocal stylings that reflect her country, folk and pop influences.

Armed with sheer talent, honest lyrics and a completely magnetic presence, Morris’ label-debut album, the Gold-certified Hero, released via Columbia Nashville on June 3, 2016. One week after it was available, Hero entered the Billboard Country Albums chart at No. 1 and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, which spans across all genres. With this, the Arlington, Texas native became the first artist in the history of Columbia Nashville to open at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Charts with a debut album in the Soundscan era. Morris’ debut single from Hero, “My Church,” set a record at country radio by having the most chart reporting stations to play a debut single by a country artist with 107 stations the week it hit the airwaves, in addition to being certified Platinum by the RIAA.

August 11 Radio History

➦In 1942...Actress Hedy Lamarr (Hedy Kiesler Markey) and composer George Anthiel receive U.S. patent for Frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS), a method of transmitting radio signals by rapidly switching a carrier among many frequency channels, using a pseudorandom sequence known to both transmitter and receiver. It is used as a multiple access method in the frequency-hopping code division multiple access (FH-CDMA) scheme.

Spread-spectrum signals are highly resistant to deliberate jamming, unless the adversary has knowledge of the spreading characteristics. Military radios use cryptographic techniques to generate the channel sequence under the control of a secret Transmission Security Key (TRANSEC) that the sender and receiver share in advance.

By itself, frequency hopping provides only limited protection against eavesdropping and jamming. Most modern military frequency hopping radios also employ separate encryption devices such as the KY-57. U.S. military radios that use frequency hopping include the JTIDS/MIDS family, HAVE QUICK and SINCGARS.

In the US, since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) amended rules to allow frequency hopping spread spectrum systems in the unregulated 2.4 GHz band, many consumer devices in that band have employed various spread-spectrum modes.

Some walkie-talkies that employ frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology have been developed for unlicensed use on the 900 MHz band.

➦In 1966…The Beatles arrived at Chicago's O'Hare Airport to start their last tour of the U.S. They held a press conference at the Astor Towers Hotel where John Lennon apologized for his remarks that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus now."

John explained, "If I had said television is more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it, but I just happened to be talking to a friend and I used the words "Beatles" as a remote thing, not as what I think - as Beatles, as those other Beatles like other people see us ... I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this ... I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologize if that will make you happy. I still don't know quite what I've done. I've tried to tell you what I did do but if you want me to apologize, if that will make you happy, then okay, I'm sorry.

➦In 1972...Long John Nebel does last show at WNBC.

Jim Harmon, author of “the Great Radio Heroes” appears on Long John Nebel’s show and discusses Old Time Radio. This broadcast is from 1967 and was heard on WNBC.

➦In 1984...President Ronald Reagan was preparing for his weekly radio broadcast when, during testing of the microphone, the President said of the Soviet Union, “…I have signed legislation that will outlaw Russia. We begin bombing in five minutes.“  He was just jesting as he was testing. Funny, actually, that this could happen to ‘Dutch’ Reagan — a former radio sportscaster for WHO in Des Moines, Iowa and other radio stations — not to mention TV and film. The remark, literally, bombed … though nothing more serious happened.

➦In 1995...bandleader/singer Phil Harris, a comedy contributor on radio, TV & The Jungle Book Movie, suffered heart failure and died at age 91. The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show is acknowledged to be one of the best-written & best-performed comedy favorites from the era of Old Time Radio.

➦In 2010…Former Pittsburgh Pirates announcer/former Pirates pitcher Nellie King died of Parkinson's disease at 82.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Cleveland Radio: WTAM's John Lanigan Retires Mid-Show

John Lanigan
No longer having any fun, longtime Cleveland radio peronsality John Lanigan quit right in the middle of his WTAM 1100 AM show on Wednesday.

According to News5, if there was a Mt. Rushmore of Cleveland radio hosts, Lanigan would be on it.

The outspoken radio personality rose to local fame in the 1970s and 1980s and was the host of the "Prize Movie" on WUAB. He is best known for his long stint on WMJI, where he was teamed up with John Webster and Jimmy Malone.

Lanigan unexpectedly announced his retirement in the middle of "The Spew" Wednesday on air, and iHeartMedia WTAM program director Ray Davis had to come in and finish the show.

About 18 minutes into Wednesday’s episode of “The Spew,” after a segment on the worst presidents in history, Lanigan diverted significantly from the show’s scheduled topics.

“I met a lot of people, and I really enjoyed doing that kind of radio – doing comedy, doing interviews, and having book authors on and all those kinds of people. This hasn’t been what I’ve found to be fun and I don’t think I’m smart enough to do it. I don’t – for the people who are listening out there, I want you to understand something. I’m here to decide – I don’t think about what’s going to come up, because I don’t know. Ray Davis, our program director, is the one who writes the questions. He does a great job. And then we’ve got to come up with our ideas. I don’t have ideas. I don’t really care what happens with the Browns. Politics doesn’t interest me that much anymore. There’s too divisive of an attitude in the country. So, I just don’t think I’m qualified to sit here and tell you that are listening what you should be thinking and what I believe is the way it should be. And I really found that to be a problem for me lately. I have to sit here and explain to other people what I think is right, and that’s why I never read any of the texts. They can say, ‘You’re a dirtbag, get the hell out, you’re a loser, we don’t like you,’ or ‘That’s a great idea,’ whatever. It doesn’t matter to me anymore. I’m done. I’m retired. I haven’t been in Cleveland in quite a while, and I don’t plan to go back. I’m in Colorado in the mountains and having a nice time. It’s a beautiful morning up here. So I don’t have to fight about anything at all. I guess it came down to the fact that – with the elections and everything else that’s going on, I have to come up with something and sound halfway intelligent, and I don’t think I’m doing that. So I don’t care what happens in politics anymore that much. I don’t care about the tariffs. I don’t care about Trump. I don’t care about the rest of the stuff and I think a lot of people are like that. You want to get on with your life and live it and enjoy it. So with that in mind, that’s it for me. I am done on The Spew. I won’t be back.”
Lanigan closed his monologue by saying he has to clean up his backyard in Colorado after hundreds of elk traveled through his property the previous night.

The co-host, clearly caught off-guard, tosses to commercial break.

Lanigan arrived in  Cleveland in 1971 to become the morning host at WGAR 1220 AM as a replacement for Don Imus. With his outspoken style, Lanigan would quickly become a popular (and controversial) personality in Cleveland. John did his last show on WGAR February 9, 1984, after which he left Cleveland for a brief stint in Tampa, Florida.

Lanigan would return to Cleveland in 1985, becoming host of The Lanigan and Webster Show on WMJI FM 105.7 with veteran Cleveland radio voice John Webster. Lanigan's popularity in Cleveland helped raise the profile of WMJI, leading to the station winning five National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Awards during his tenure.

In November 2013, Lanigan was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Chicago.

Lanigan's last show was on March 31, 2014, when he officially retired.[9] In retirement, Lanigan stated that he plans to split his time between his homes in Colorado and Florida.[10]

In late 2014, Lanigan made somewhat of a comeback to Cleveland radio, becoming a co-host alongside Mike Trivisonno on The Spew, a daily hour-long debate program on WMJI sister station WTAM.

Cleveland Radio: Jensen Lewis To Slot On WTAM's 'The Spew'

Jensen Lewis
Former Indians pitcher and Sports Time Ohio broadcaster Jensen Lewis is joining WTAM 1100 as co-host of “The Spew” heard weekdays 9am-10am with Mike Trivisonno along with Mike Snyder starting on Monday, August 20th.

He succeeds longtime Cleveland radio personality John Lanigan, who 'retired' live half-way throught Wednesday's morning show on iHeartMedia's WTAM.

Lewis, who graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, is not only up to date on the latest sports news, he’s well versed in current events.

Lewis was selected by the Indians in the 3rd round (102nd overall pick) in the 2005 Major League draft. He played for the Indians organization from 2005-2011 and spent four season from 2007-2010 on their big league roster. He finished his professional career with a single season both in Arizona (2012) and with the Chicago Cubs (2013). Lewis helped lead the Indians to the 2007 AL Central Division title and within 1 win of reaching the World Series that postseason. He filled multiple bullpen roles during his tenure, including a perfect 13-for-13 in save opportunities as the club’s closer at the end of the 2008 season. He finished his big league career with a record of 7-11, 3.68 ERA while collecting 14 saves & 177 strikeouts in 198 career IP.

WTAM Program Director Ray Davis said, “Jensen is one of the brightest and most entertaining broadcasters in Cleveland. I’m glad to have him come out of the bullpen into a starting role”.

WTAM 1100 AM (50 Kw) Daytime 2 mV/m contour
Lewis will continue in his primary role the co-host & analyst on “Indians Live” on FOX SportsTime Ohio, the pre and post-game shows for Cleveland Indians’ telecasts. He also appears on the Indians’ in-game television broadcasts as well as a fill-in host on “Drennan Live.”

Philly Radio: Entercom Starts WBEB TBA

Entercom Communications Corp. today announced that the Company and Jerry Lee Radio, LLC have commenced a Time Brokerage Agreement with respect to WBEB 101.1 MoreFM in Philadelphia.

The TBA was effective August 9 and follows the Company’s recent announcement of its agreement to acquire WBEB-FM. As previously announced, Beasley and Entercom commenced a Time Brokerage Agreement with respect to WXTU 92.5 FM in Philadelphia.

“I am excited to welcome WBEB, one of the country’s most recognized and awarded stations, to our portfolio of Philadelphia radio stations,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “The addition of WBEB will be a great complement to our lineup that already includes KYW Newsradio 1060, SportsRadio 94WIP, 96.5 TDY FM, 98.1 WOGL and Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.”

WBEB 101.1 FM (14 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
The purchase of WBEB-FM is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2018.

The Dana Cortez Show Goes National

ABC Radio and Skyview Networks announce syndication of The Dana Cortez Show, a fresh, new approach to entertainment programming for CHR, Rhythmic and Hip Hop music formats.

The Dana Cortez Show features an ensemble cast led by one of radio’s rising stars and one of the first Latinas to host a nationally syndicated show. The collaboration is the first result of ABC Radio’s and Skyview Networks’ joint syndication and sales initiative announced April 2018.

“Partnering with ABC Radio and Skyview Networks is the realization of a lifelong dream,” said Cortez. “From day one, Steve Jones and his team have championed having a female host as the lead for their morning syndication. It sends a very powerful message and I’m excited to help pave the way. Today’s audience expects authenticity, there are no secrets between us and nothing is off limits. Every morning is brimming with culture and content. Originality is at the core of everything we do! We believe our show is radio reimagined. It’s not what we do, it’s how we do it.”

The Dana Cortez Show has consistently achieved #1 ranking in-demo in each local market it has performed, most recently in San Antonio and previously in Albuquerque. The show is powered by one of radio’s most dynamic casts including Cortez; DJ Automatic, her executive producer and husband; and comedian Anthony Almanzar, their best friend. For five hours every day the show delivers fresh, relatable content where real life is played out on the radio.

“Dana is a transformational talent whose voice connects with a very broad audience and women in particular,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC Radio. “We are extremely proud to syndicate The Dana Cortez Show and help Dana, DJ Automatic and Anthony A. entertain more listeners and drive affiliate revenue.”

Cortez is expected to  announce her affiliates on Monday.

Day 4 PPMs Released for Austin, Nashville, 10 Other Markets

Nielsen on Thursday 8/9  released the final batch of  July 2018 PPMs results.  The markets  included are:

 33  Austin

 38  Raleigh-Durham NC


 39  Indianapolis

 41  Milwaukee-Racine

 43  Nashville

 44  Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket RI

 45  Nortolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News

 46  Jacksonville FL

 47  Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point NC

 48  West Palm Beach-Boca Raton FL

 51  Memphis

 52  Hartford-New Britain- Middletown CT

Click Here for Topline Numbers for subscribing Nielsen stations.

Denver Radio: KOSI Adds Moore, Moves Selby To Middays

Bonneville/Denver has announced tha KOSI afternoon personality Jackie Selby is moving to  middays.

Jackie Selby
Selby previously handled nights at Classic Rock simulcast KUFX-FM/San Jose and KUZX-FM (K-Fox 98.5 & 102.1)/San Francisco. Before that, Selby aired in middays on KOSI for four years (1995-2000) and middays at KALC-FM (Alice 106)/Denver and mornings at KXPK-FM/Denver. She's also held radio and TV positions in Minneapolis and Orlando.

Melissa Moore
"I couldn't be happier to have a complete professional like Jackie take over this very important daypart on KOSI 101.1. Her style and personality is perfect to entertain Denver during the workday," said KOSI Program Director Jim Lawson.

"I'm honored and delighted to be moving back to the midday slot on KOSI," added Selby.

In addition, co-owed Country KYGO 98.5 FM midday host and market vet Melissa Moore moves over to the afternoon slot beginning Tuesday, September 4. "Melissa's personality and delivery is exactly what KOSI needs to remain number one in afternoons. As a single working mom and blogger, she will be able to connect with listeners better than ever before on KOSI," said Lawson.

KOSI 101.1 FM (100 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
"I'm thrilled to be joining/returning to the legendary KOSI-FM for afternoon drive. I am excited to continue working with such an extraordinary radio company Bonneville Denver -- lead by the best in Darrell Brown, Bob Call and Jim Lawson. KOSI is a chance to grow as a radio talent and connect with the listeners and community in the best city in the world," added Moore.

San Diego Radio: iHM's KGB Promotes Moran, Buchanan

Shauna Moran
iHeartMedia/San Diego has announced Classic Rock KGB 101. FM and Active Rock KIOZ (Rock 105.3) Program Director Shauna Moran has been promoted to Director/Rock Programming for both stations.

Concurrently, former KGB morning co-host Bob Buchmann, who now co-hosts afternoons with Coe Lewis, is upped to Operations Manager and Music Director for KGB.

Before KGB, Moran served as PD/MD for co-owned Active Rock KIOZ-FM, a post she had held since October, 2000. Prior to that, she was the station's Marketing and Promotions Director.

Bob Buchanan
Buchmann is a Rock radio veteran who has both programmed and jumped behind the mic at WBAB-FM/Long Island, WAXQ-FM/New York and KLOS-FM/Los Angeles.

Moran commented, "It has been an amazing week for KGB with the triumphant return home of DSC in mornings and the assembling of a powerhouse line up, Clint August in middays, Bob and Coe in afternoons and Marc Coppola in nights. It also is a privilege to name Bob Buchmann as Operations Manager and Music Director for KGB."

She continued, "Bob and I would both like to thank Melissa Forrest, Andrew Jeffries and Rob Scorpio for the commitment to us as well as the commitment to making KGB one of the top stations in San Diego."

Media Steps Up Security For Reporters

Recent Trump Rally
Networks deployed security at Trump events as far back as the 2016 campaign. But in the wake of the shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, and with the president ramping up both his rally schedule and his rhetoric against the media — he has tweeted that reporters are the “enemy of the people” five times in the past month, while he’d used the line just twice on Twitter before that — news outlets now find themselves increasingly facing the question of whether they’re doing enough to keep journalists safe, reports Politico.

Last weekend, NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett posted a picture on Instagram of himself with a member of the NBC security detail at Trump’s Ohio rally, commenting, “We need security guards when covering rallies hosted by the President of the United States. Let that sink in.” Meanwhile, ABC News reporter Tara Palmeri tweeted and wrote about covering the Ohio rally, “for the first time with a bodyguard.”

CNN's Jim Acosta talks with hecklers
And reporters are starting to discuss the threats they face more often.

MSNBC’s Katy Tur said on air last week that the public doesn’t see the extent of the harassment journalists face.

“What you do not see are the nasty letters or packages or emails. The threats of physical violence,” she said. “'I hope you get raped and killed,' one person wrote to me just this week. 'Raped and killed.' Not just me, but a couple of my female colleagues as well."

Politico reached out to several major print and TV news outlets to ask whether their safety procedures had changed recently, and though many — including CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC News — declined to comment, citing policies against discussing security matters, others indicated that the issue is receiving more attention.

“The New York Times takes the safety of our reporters very seriously,” said New York Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha, adding that in recent months, “we have expanded measures to protect our journalists against the overall backdrop of increased threats and verbal attacks.”

The Washington Post struck a similar tone and even a Fox News spokesperson said that although the network does not comment directly on security measures, the issue is receiving increased attention.

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Fox News' Laura Ingraham Slammed Over Immigration Comments

Fox News host Laura Ingraham is once again the target of criticism, this time over comments she made about the country’s changing demographic landscape, which she blamed on illegal — and legal — immigration.

“Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like,” Ingraham said on The Ingraham Angle on Wednesday night, noting that “it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore.”

“From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed,” Ingraham continued. “Now, much of this is related to both illegal, and in some cases legal, immigration that, of course, progressives love.”

According to, despite studies showing the crime rate among native-born residents is higher than that of immigrants, Ingraham used her monologue to link undocumented immigrants with a series of individuals who committed violent acts.

Ingraham’s comments were widely condemned across the political divide. Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.) called her comments “racist” and said Ingraham is “no more American than I or others are.” Matt Pearce, a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, wrote on Twitter that Ingraham’s comments were the “swan song of white nationalism.” CNN senior editor Alex Koppelman wrote: “Fox’s prime time lineup used to put a thin veil over the racism, but they’ve stopped pretending lately.”

Even Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump’s former White House communications director, blasted Ingraham’s comments as “ignorant” and “un-American.”

“It’s the same level of xenophobia that my immigrant grandparents faced as Italian-Americans 70, 80 short years ago,” Scaramucci said on CNN Thursday afternoon. “I hope she realizes that what she said is just not—it’s against the American values that she’s supposedly touting.”

Report: Abby Huntsman Leaving Fox For 'The View'

Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Abby Huntsman is leaving the network, reportedly to join ABC's "The View."

According to The Hill,  Huntsman will rejoin former Fox News co-host Meghan McCain on the long-running female roundtable opinion program, replacing Sara Haines who left the show to join the third hour of "Good Morning America."

Fox News confirmed to The Hill that this Saturday and Sunday will be Huntsman's final weekend co-hosting "Fox & Friends Weekend."

"Abby has lots of fans at ABC and is expected to end up at The View," a source close to the situation told The Hill.

Huntsman, 32, is the daughter of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (R), who was named ambassador to Russia late last year.

The younger Huntsman has been critical of President Trump, particularly over his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Newsweek reported. She recently slammed the president after his meeting with Putin last month, in which Trump seemed to side with Russia on U.S. election interference.

“No negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus,” Huntsman tweeted.

News Corp Reports 29% Quarterly Increase In Revenue

News Corporation Thursday reported financial results for the three months and fiscal year ended June 30, 2018.

Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Robert Thomson said:

Robert Thomson
“Fiscal 2018 was a year of operational and transformational success at News Corp, with robust performance across our businesses, and positive and profound changes in the character of our revenue flows, which were more global, digital and subscription-based. We generated strong revenue and Segment EBITDA growth in the Digital Real Estate Services and Book Publishing segments, which, together with the consolidation of Foxtel, drove over $1 billion in profitability for the year.

"Digital Real Estate Services continues to flourish and we expanded into meaningful adjacencies, broadening our audience and our revenue sources. HarperCollins’ success underscores the importance of intelligent editors and great writers in creating premium content. Algorithms are, as yet, unable to write empathetic, compelling books. We also saw meaningful operational improvements at the News and Information Services segment led by higher digital paid subscribers and disciplined cost initiatives, notably in Australia. Mastheads like The Times, The Sunday Times and The Wall Street Journal reached new heights in their digital transformation, with digital paid subscribers now exceeding print subscribers. The new Foxtel is focused on product innovation and leveraging its valuable content."

The Company reported fiscal 2018 fourth quarter total revenues of $2.69 billion, a 29% increase compared to $2.08 billion in the prior year period.

The Company reported fiscal 2018 full year total revenues of $9.02 billion, an 11% increase compared to $8.14 billion in the prior year period.

NFL Seahawks To Offer In-Market Streaming

The Seattle Seahawks announced Thursday their 2018 broadcast and network information. New this season, fans who are located in market, within a 75-mile radius of CenturyLink Field, are able to stream every Seahawks radio broadcast live on the Seahawks Mobile App.

Additionally, preseason TV broadcasts will also be available to fans in market via and the Seahawks Mobile App.

All four preseason games will be broadcast live on Q13 FOX, the official television partner of the Seattle Seahawks, on channel 13/cable 113 and via over the top services. Play-by-play announcer Curt Menefee will join former Seahawks quarterback Brock Huard in the broadcast booth with Aaron Levine and Dave Wyman on the pre and postgame shows.

On the Delta Air Lines Radio Network, Steve Raible will call the action with Jen Mueller and John Clayton as sideline reporters on the radio flagship stations 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM during the regular season. Mack Strong (Indianapolis and Minnesota) and Jordan Babineaux (Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland) will serve as analysts during the preseason. Dori Monson hosts the Seahawks pre and postgame shows with Seahawks Legends Babineaux, Michael Bumpus, Paul Moyer, Ray Roberts, and Wyman. Seahawks analyst Warren Moon requested and was granted a leave of absence in December 2017 for a personal matter.

Fans outside of Seattle may listen and watch across the Seahawks radio and television networks.

Alyssa Milano Defends Controversial Netflix Show 'Insatiable'

Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano just wants fans to give her new show on Netflix a shot. Insatiable has been called out for fat-shaming by folks who saw the trailer and critics who saw more, but Milano claims it’s actually an empowering show she believes will inspire young people to be more accepting.

“The more I think about it, the trailer was feeding into exactly the thematic issue of the show, which is, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover,'” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“People are judging 12 hours of TV from a minute and 28-second trailer.”

The show follows Disney alum Debby Ryan as a high school student named Patty who is bullied about her weight. But then she loses weight (after an incident forces her to get her jaw wired shut for the summer), shows up at school in the fall and seeks revenge on her former bullies. Milano, 45, plays the wife of a coach (Dallas Roberts) who is training her—post slim-down—to be a pageant queen.

“At the end of the day, the show is a satire about how looks can be deceiving and deals with thematic issues like body image and what it means to win, validation and filling a void,” Milano explains.

The show made her feel so “empowered,” it gave her the freedom to become an outspoken advocate for women.  Milano was one the first high-profile celeb to tweet #MeToo, helping to launch a movement and revolution against widespread misconduct in Hollywood and beyond.

NYC Radio: Ken Singleton Will Return For Another Season

Ken Singleton
YES Network announcer Ken Singleton is close to officially returning for another season, reversing his preseason announcement that this year would be his last broadcasting for the Yankees.

The NYPost reports Singleton told WEPN's ESPN 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show” on Thursday that it’s “not finalized yet. … But [YES Network president of production and programming] John Filippelli is very persuasive. He’s trying to make it as easy for me as possible to come back.”

Singleton all but confirmed reports stating he would return for his 23rd season in the Yankees’ booth.

The 71-year-old wants to spend more time with his grandchildren, but Filippelli has been able to persuade him by offering a reduced schedule. Singleton said he would work 18-24 games next season, down from a reported 55 this year.

“I’ll get to do games basically where I want,” Singleton said, signaling he would work games in Baltimore and Tampa. “… This particular schedule that we’ve worked out would give me the opportunity to do that.”

Online Study of Radio Talent, Producers Set For Release

At the 30th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp Thursday in Chicago, Jacobs Media and Talentmasters released the findings of a comprehensive online study of on-air talent and producers.

The AQ (Air-talent Questionnaire. Respondents were asked a wide range of questions on their attitudes about the state of the radio industry, their careers, how they define their ever-changing job duties, and even if they have a “face for radio.”

The results of the AQ study will be unveiled on a webinar scheduled for Thursday, August 30th at 2pm est.

“The radio industry historically has done a great job researching its audience,” says Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. “However, no one has ever studied the attitudes of one of the industry’s most important assets, its air personalities. Stations have a lot riding on their talent, and it’s important management and ownership gain a deeper understanding of what makes them tick. And there are great insights for the personalities themselves.”

Don Anthony, host/creator of Morning Show Boot Camp/Talk Show Boot Camp and publisher of Jockline Daily notes, "Of all the 'firsts' we've debuted at Morning Show Boot over 30 years, AQ was easily one of our most anticipated sessions ever. Over 1,100 responses! That's nothing short of amazing."

There were 1,109 responses from commercial radio air personalities in North America, and 59 responses from program producers. AQ is a web survey and is not intended to reflect the attitudes of air personalities and on-air producers.

For more information about AQ, please contact: Fred Jacobs, Don Anthony,

CA Radio: KPRO AM Goes Dark, Land More Valuable

The Riverside, CA market lost a radio station last Friday, as KPRO 1570 AM left the air, a victim of declining AM radio listenership and vastly increasing value of property in Southern California, which makes the land many stations sit on worth more than the stations themselves.

The Press-Enterprise reports it’s a station with a local presence dating back to 1957 when it was put on the air by husband and wife Ray and Helen Lapica and Helen’s sister, Ollie Shervan. After the three original owners passed away, ownership transferred to Ray and Helen’s children, Ronnie Olenick and Larry Lapica.

According to Olenick, her father originally ran the station much like he thought a newspaper should run. “He’d go out to the city council meetings and interview local politicians. He liked to editorialize,” she told me this week. “In many ways, it was the beginning of local talk radio!”

“He thought he would be able to use the station to make an impact on the community,” Olenick explained. “What he didn’t realize is that you can’t make an impact unless you sell ads, and ads can be hard to sell.”

Over the years, the call letters changed a few times. Originally they were KACE; 1976 brought KHNY; KMAY came in 1978, and the KPRO calls have been in use since 1986.

For the past 30 years or so, the broadcasts have been religious, the most recent years as block programming sold to ministers and preachers. That hasn’t paid the bills, though. Olenick explained that she and her brother have been putting their own money into the station for quite some time.

“We did it because we knew the land was worth something,” she said.

In the end, it was a tough decision to let the station go, due to the longtime family and local community connections.

August 10 Radio History

Ted Husing
➦In 1962...pioneering sportscaster Ted Husing, who did it all in the early years of CBS radio, died of complications from a brain tumour at age 60.  Much of his structure of football play-by-play is still in wide use today.

➦In 1964...Hooper ratings in Los Angeles haf KRLA (then 1110 AM) leading rival top-40 station KFWB 980 AM:  KRLA 16.7....KFWB 13.6.  KFWB had recently tightened up their music playlist. KRLA jocks included Bob Eubanks, Casey Kasem, Dick Biondi, Wink Martindale and others.

In 1965, KHJ started its “Boss Radio” Top 40 format, which launched it to the No. 1 position.  KRLA was the second-place Top 40 station.  KFWB abandoned music and flipped to all-news in 1968.

➦In 1964...It’s learned that WYNR 1390 AM in Chicago , a Rhythm and Blues station, would be going all-news on September 3. The station, operated by Gordon McLendon, will change call letters to WNUS.

When WYNR suddenly switched to all-news WNUS in 1964, McLendon bought WFMQ 107.5 FM and changed the call letters to WNUS-FM, creating an FM simulcast of the all-news station. This 1966 advertisement is looking for WNUS “newsmen.”  McLendon was paying $88,800 a year in 2011 dollars.

All-news was catching on in big markets across the country. Westinghouse’s WINS 1010 AM in New York switched to all-news in 1965.  In 1968, CBS and Westinghouse decided to flip many of their stations to all-news.  In Los Angeles, KNX (CBS) and KFWB (Westinghouse) both switched to all-news.   McLendon’s All-News XTRA could not compete with the fully staffed news operations of KNX and KFWB.  He pulled the plug on the format.

The same happened in Chicago when CBS flipped powerful WBBM-AM to all-news.  WNUS-AM-FM became an easy-listening station.  Globetrotter Communications, the owners of soul music station WVON, bought WNUS-AM-FM in 1975.  It wanted to move WVON-AM to the more powerful 5,000-watt allocation that WNUS used at 1390 AM.

WNUS-FM became urban WGCI-FM, which is a very successful Chicago radio station today.  The AM station became WGCI-AM in 1984.  Today it’s WGRB, a gospel station.  Clear Channel owns both stations.

➦In 1964...WNBC 660 AM, New York morning man Big Wilson, joined Lynda B. Johnson to serve as master of ceremonies at the first Folk Music Concert ever presented under the auspices of The White House. Big Wilson was personally asked by President Johnson to emcee the folk concert with participants Theodore Bikel, Nancy Ames, the Serendipity Singers, Steve dePass and the comedy team of Stiller and Meara.

➦In 2001...Chicago Cubs broadcaster/Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau died of cardiac arrest at age 84.

➦In 2008...Artist and WRKS NYC Personality Isaac Hayes died from an apparent stroke.

➤In 2016....Sportscaster John Saunders, who worked for ESPN for almost 30 years, who handled Toronto Raptors play-by-play for six years in the late 90’s, died at age 61. Cause of death was an enlarged heart together with complications from diabetes.