Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The First Debate: Trump On The Defensive

(Reuters) -- Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump of racism, sexism and tax avoidance on Monday, putting him on the defensive during a debate that a snap poll said boosted her White House chances.

Trump, a real estate tycoon making his first run for public office, said Clinton's long years of service represented "bad experience" with few results and said she lacked the stamina to serve as commander-in-chief.

Clinton was under pressure to perform well after a bout with pneumonia and a drop in opinion polls, but her long days of preparation appeared to pay off in her highly anticipated first 90-minute standoff with Trump.

Trump, a former reality TV star who eschewed a lot of debate practice, was strong early on but appeared to become repetitive and more undisciplined as the night wore on in front of a televised audience that could have reached upwards of a record 100 million people.

A CNN/ORC snap poll said 62 percent of respondents felt Clinton won and 27 percent believed Trump was the winner.

In signs that investors awarded the debate to Clinton also, Asian shares recovered from an early bout of nerves while the Mexican peso surged on Tuesday. Her chances in the Nov. 8 election improved also on online betting markets.


'GREAT DEBATE'

"You feel good tonight?" Clinton asked supporters after the event. "I sure do. We had a great debate."

Trump, 70, declared himself the winner to reporters at the debate site, then opted against a visit to a local debate watch party that his staff had left open as a possibility.

The 68-year-old Clinton relentlessly sought to raise questions about her opponent's temperament, business acumen and knowledge.

Trump used much of his time to argue the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state had achieved little in public life and wants to pursue policies begun by President Barack Obama that have failed to repair a shattered middle class, with jobs lost to outsourcing and over-regulation.

Trump suggested her disavowal of a trade deal with Asian countries was insincere. Her handling of a nuclear deal with Iran and Islamic State militancy were disasters, he argued.

In one of their more heated exchanges, Clinton accused Trump of promulgating a "racist lie" by suggesting Obama, the first U.S. African-American president, was not born in the United States.
The president, who was born in Hawaii, released a long-form birth certificate in 2011 to put the issue to rest. Only this month did Trump say publicly that he believed Obama was U.S.-born.

"He (Trump) has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen. There was absolutely no evidence for it. But he persisted. He persisted year after year," Clinton said.

Trump repeated his false accusation that Clinton's failed 2008 presidential campaign against Obama had initiated the so-called "birther" issue.

"Nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it ... I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate and I think I did a good job," Trump said.



TAX RETURNS

Trying to get under Trump's skin and provoke a volcanic eruption, Clinton suggested Trump was refusing to release his tax returns to avoid showing Americans he paid next to nothing in federal taxes or that he is not as wealthy as he says he is.
"It must be something really important, even terrible, that he’s trying to hide," she said.

Trump fought back, saying that as a businessman, paying low taxes was important.

"That makes me smart," Trump said.

"I have a tremendous income," he said at one point, adding that it was about time that someone running the country knew something about money.

Trump sniffed loudly at points - a campaign aide said the candidate had no cold - but largely contained himself. He said he would release his tax documents after a government audit.

But Clinton, the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party, seemed to pique Trump's ire when she brought up Trump's past insults about women.

"He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them and he called this one 'Miss Piggy' and then he called her 'Miss Housekeeping,'" she said.
During the debate Trump darkly hinted at wanting to stay something but stopped short. Afterwards he told reporters he had thought of raising the sex scandal involving Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, who was in the audience with their daughter Chelsea."I was going to say something extremely tough to Hillary and her family and I said I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. It's inappropriate, it’s not nice," he said.



RED AND BLUE

Clinton wore a red pantsuit, and Trump wore a dark suit and a blue tie to the encounter. She called him Donald. He avoided his campaign trail name for her, "Crooked Hillary," and instead called her Secretary Clinton for much of the debate before switching to her first name.

Toward the end of the debate, Trump said Clinton did not have the endurance to be president but avoided mentioning her bout this month with pneumonia.

"She doesn’t have the look, she doesn’t have the stamina," he said.

Clinton retorted: "As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a ceasefire, a release of dissidents ... or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina."

Clinton called Trump's tax policies "Trumped-up trickle-down" economics and Trump accused Clinton of being "all talk, no action."

"I have a feeling I'm going to be blamed for everything," Clinton said during one tough exchange.

"Why not?" retorted Trump.

Grand Rapids Radio: Lori Bennett New OM For Cumulus

Lori Bennett
Cumulus Media Grand Rapids Vice President/Market Manager Jeff Cartwright announces the promotion of heritage programming talent Lori Bennett to Operations Manager for the 5-station cluster, including Classic Rock WLAV 96.9 FM, SportsTalk WBBL 107.3 FM, Top40 WHTS 105.3 FM, Country WTNR 94.5 FM and NewsTalk WJRW 1340 AM. Bennett will also program Nash WTNR 94.5 FM and host the afternoon drive show from 3p-7p.

Bennett joins the Grand Rapids group from Cumulus Media Detroit, where she most recently was Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for Hot A/C WDVD-FM, along with previous tours as WJR-AM Promotions Director/feature anchor and feature talent for WDRQ-FM.

As part of an extended career in Detroit, Bennett served in various capacities including Operations Manager, Program and Marketing Director and Morning Show Host for various stations such as WNIC-FM, WMGC-FM and WVMV-FM.

 “We are thrilled to have Lori join our Grand Rapids team” says VP/MM Jeff Cartwright.  She is a true broadcast professional who brings a positive energy along with new programming ideas to our cluster. I am excited to see what the future holds for our 5 stations with Lori here.   Bennett says “I’m honored to join the remarkable family of broadcasters at Cumulus Grand Rapids!  The talent and energy within the cluster extends beyond the norm, with legendary market personalities that know how to truly connect and super serve the West Michigan audience. I am grateful to Mary Berner, Mike McVay, Doug Hamand, Bob Walker and of course, the dynamic Jeff Cartwright, for the opportunity to captain such an incredible team!”

Bennett replaces John Crenshaw, who was promoted to Cumulus’ Youngstown, OH cluster in July.

Las Vegas Radio: KPLV Flips To Adult Hits As 'The Mountain'

iHeartMedia/Las Vegas has announced that KPLV 93.1 FM The Party has dropped Top40 in favor of Adult Hits branding as "93.1 The Mountain," playing the best of the 70's, 80's, 90's and 00's.

With the flip KPLV welcomes David Black from KDZA Z107.9 FM in Colorado Springs as APD/air talent. He will be known as "Mountain Man Dave" as he hosts throughout the day for the new format.

"I'm very excited for the next chapter in my career with iHeartMedia in Las Vegas. I would like to thank Glynn Alan, JoJo Turnbeaugh and Chris Pickett. Being that I've spent my life in places that have that a thing called "winter" I am most looking forward to the heat," said David Black.

Las Vegas Regional Senior VP/Programming JoJo Turnbeaugh added, "I am very excited for all Las Vegans to get a new radio station that plays everything they want to hear, including some of those guilty pleasures."

KPLV 93.1 FM (24 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
KPLV's air talent will all remain in Las Vegas. Roxy Romeo will now move to Real 103.9 and Johiah Hall will now be the morning show producer for Sunny 106.5.

NYC Radio: Melony Torres, Ralphie Swap WPLJ Shifts

Melony Torres
Cumulus Media announces that 95.5 PLJ Night Host Ralphie and Music Director/Late Night Host Melony Torres have flipped shifts as of Monday night.

Ralphie
Torres will now host Nights on 95.5 PLJ from 7-11pm, while Ralphie moves to Late Nights from 11pm-3am. Ralphie joined 95.5 PLJ in 2012. Melony arrived in December of 2015.

Gillette, Program Director for 95.5 PLJ said: “Melony is an integral part of the 95.5 PLJ programming team, and this flip now assures even more daily collaboration between Mel, APD Mike Allan and myself. In addition, Ralphie will now enjoy the schedule flexibility to participate in even more high profile entertainment and red carpet events, for which he has become legendary. In one move, we have elevated all 95.5 PLJ programming assets: On air, online/social and on-site experiential."


St. Louis Radio: WIL Unveils Line-Up For JingleFest


Hubbard Broadcastings WIL 92.3 FM will proudly present JingleFest on Friday, December 16th at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. The 14th annual concert highlights the best and brightest new stars from Nashville and will feature live performances by Chase Rice, Granger Smith, Maren Morris, and Kane Brown.


As a supporting act in 2014, Chase Rice returns to the JingleFest stage this year as the headliner. With top 5 singles “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight” in 2015 and a new music in 2016 including “Everyone We Know Does”, Rice has said JingleFest is “one of the coolest shows I can look back on my career and say that I’ve done…The most fun I’ve ever had on an arena show!”

Coming off of the #1 single “Backroad Song”, Granger Smith is one of the most buzzworthy artists in Nashville and takes the JingleFest stage for the first time this December. Smith’s alter ego, Earl Dibble’s Jr., also continues to gain popularity, with his first music video “The Country Boy Song” racking up over 12.1 million views online.

Rounding out the lineup are newcomers Maren Morris and Kane Brown, both of whom continue to quickly gain steam in Nashville. Morris is coming off her #1 single “My Church” and Brown has almost 16 million views on YouTube (and counting) every day.

With another jam-packed lineup for 2016, WIL Program Director, Scott Roddy, notes, “From Taylor Swift to Sam Hunt, JingleFest has proven to be THE venue to introduce St. Louis new country followers to the fresh faces of country music! This year’s lineup, curated by Music Director and Midday Host Danny Montana, continues this long standing tradition.”

Started in 2003 as a free show to thank the WIL listeners, part of the JingleFest tradition lies within their infamous ticket blasts, where listeners line up for hours to get a pair of general admission tickets to the show. Outside the sale of a select number of reserved seats, the ticket blast giveaways are the only way into the show.

Pit tickets and select reserved seats are available for purchase and will go on sale on Friday, September 30th at 12:00 Noon through The Family Arena and online at www.metrotix.com. Reserved tickets start at $35. The first chance to score general admission tickets happens at Fortel’s Pizza Den the week of October 17th. Ticket blasts for the 2016 JingleFest concert begin the week of October 25th.

September 27 Radio History




William Conrad
In 1920...actor William Conrad was born in Louisville Kentucky. His prolific career as an actor, producer and director spanned five decades on radio, film and television. Known for playing Marshall Matt Dillon in CBS Radio’s Gunsmoke, and many other radio roles, Conrad estimated that he actually played more than 7,500 roles during his lengthy radio career.  On TV he starred in two series, Cannon (1971-76) and Jake & the Fatman (1987-92.) He died Feb. 11, 1994 of heart failure, at age 73.


In 1933..."Waltz Time" debuted on NBC Radio. It remained on the network until 1948.




In 1938...Comedian Bob Hope premieres a new song, "Thanks For The Memory," on his eponymous NBC radio show.


Diana Ross, not MJ
In 1980...The Hot 100..Diana Ross remained on top with "Upside Down", the #1 song for a fourth week.  In many markets, however, Australia's Air Supply's "All Out of Love" was #1.  Queen trailed those two with "Another One Bites the Dust".  George Benson moved up with "Give Me the Night" while Johnny Lee was "Lookin' for Love".

The rest of the Top 10:  Paul Simon's "Late in the Evening", Eddie Rabbitt hopped up with "Drivin' My Life Away", Irene Cara's "Fame" was at #8, Larry Graham remained at 9 with "One In a Million You" and Kenny Loggins reached the Top 10 with "I'm Alright".






In 1985...Howard Stern did last show at WNBC





In 1995...Alison Steele air personality at WNEW FM, WNEW AM, WPIX FM, WXRK died.





In 2004...Legendary rock producer Phil Spector, best known for creating the "Wall Of Sound" on hits like the Ronettes' "Be My Baby" and the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," is indicted for the February 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson at his estate in Alhambra, CA.


In 2012...Chuck Crane OM at WHTZ, PD at WYNY died.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tampa Radio: Cocaine OD Killed WQYK Host Dave McKay

Dave McKay
WQYK 99.5 FM morning host Dave McKay died from an accidental cocaine overdose, according to the results of his autopsy.

McKay, whose real name was Steven Ehmke, was found dead in his St. Pete apartment on August 4. Co-workers had become concerned when the 55-year-old failed to show up for work at WQYK radio early that morning, and they called police.

According to ActionNews, responding officers found drug paraphernalia and a note from a woman, whom they did not publicly identify, but they did not suspect any foul play.

"A note was left at the resident by another person at the home indicating that she had been with [McKay] and had left [him] at the residence intoxicated," the report stated.  "The female wrote in the note she had stayed with [McKay] until about 2:15 a.m."

The report states that cocaine and alcohol were both found in McKay's system.  The medical examiner concluded that the cocaine was to blame for his death, though the alcohol and heart disease were noted as contributing factors.

The death was ruled accidental.

Kim Guthrie Appointed Cox Media Group President


Cox Enterprises today announced that Kim Guthrie will be appointed president of Cox Media Group, an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company.

She will succeed Bill Hoffman who has announced he will retire at the end of the year after a distinguished 38-year career in media. Guthrie will assume the role on Jan. 1, 2017 and report to Cox Enterprises Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Alex Taylor.

Kim Gurthie
"Kim has been with Cox for nearly 20 years and is an inspirational leader who has helped our media properties transform," said Cox Enterprises President and Chief Executive Officer John Dyer. "She played a key role in the successful creation of Cox Media Group in 2008 and has been recognized as one of the media industry's most influential leaders. She is a natural fit to ensure Cox Media Group continues to deliver innovative products and compelling news content."

Guthrie joined the company in 1998 and currently serves as Cox Media Group's executive vice president of national ad platforms and president of Cox Reps, the country's largest television advertising rep firm. She also oversees Videa, which provides sales automation solutions designed to simplify the buying and selling of television advertising.

She was previously responsible for all programming, operations and sales at Cox's 59 radio stations located in 11 markets. Under her leadership, the stations won multiple honors for programming excellence and outstanding community service, including several Marconi awards, Edward R. Murrow awards, Crystal Awards, New York Air Awards and Gracie Awards.

Prior to Cox, Guthrie was a television news reporter and held various news, sales and management positions in Minneapolis and Milwaukee.

She was elected to the National Association of Broadcasting board in 2014 and is a board member for the Metropolitan College of New York. She is a multi-year honoree as Radio Ink magazine's "Most Powerful People in Radio" and "Most Influential Women in Radio." She also was named a "Woman of Distinction" by the March of Dimes and "Humanitarian of the Year" by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She received a degree in journalism from Iowa State University.

Bill Hoffman
Hoffman assumed the role of president in 2013. Under his leadership, Cox Media Group launched Rare, one of the nation's fastest-growing news sites with 45 million monthly visits, and expanded into new niche content vertical businesses. The company also grew its digital presence, investigative journalism and content creation, as well as transformed the way television advertising is bought and sold through the formation of Videa.

He joined Cox in 1979 as an account executive with TeleRep in Detroit and held a number of roles within the company, including vice president and general manager of WFTV/WRDQ in Orlando and at WSB-TV in Atlanta. Before assuming the role of president, he was Cox Media Group's executive vice president of broadcast where he oversaw the majority of the company's radio and television operations, as well as its corporate revenue efforts.

Hoffman's board representation has included the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, American Rivers, BMI, the Associated Press, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Broadcasters Foundation of America, and the ABC Board of Governors, where he was a former Chairman.

"Bill has done a tremendous job leading Cox Media Group through a rapidly evolving media environment," said Dyer. "As a leader, he has always embodied the spirit of our company. He's inspired and valued employees, anticipated and driven change and been a true community champion in every city he's lived. We are grateful for his leadership and dedication."

Clinton, Trump Rumble Tonight


(Reuters) -- Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off for the first time on Monday in a presidential debate that could rank as one of the most watched and highly anticipated political showdowns in U.S. history.

The surprisingly tight race for the White House and the unpredictable clash in styles between well-known but polarizing foes has generated wide interest in the potentially pivotal encounter, which comes six weeks before the Nov. 8 election.

The size of the audience is expected to challenge the presidential debate record of 80 million who watched the 1980 encounter between Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan.

The 90-minute debate will begin at 9 p.m. at Hofstra University on New York's Long Island. It is the first of three planned presidential debates.


Both Trump and Clinton, who polls show are the least liked White House candidates in modern history, hope to use the debate to erase some of those lingering voter doubts and address campaign-trail weaknesses.

The volatile Trump, a businessman and former reality television star, will get a chance to show a depth and steadiness worthy of a credible commander in chief, while the cautious Clinton will be able to try to connect directly with voters who do not trust her, strategists said.

But Trump, a political newcomer who has often shown more affinity for putdowns than policy, could benefit from lower expectations from voters.

"There is no question it's a lower bar for Trump. He doesn't have to be brilliant, he just can't be too bombastic," said Dan Schnur, a former Republican strategist who is now a political scientist at the University of Southern California.

The stakes are enormous. The debate comes as polls show Clinton's once sizable lead over Trump has evaporated amid more questions about her family foundation and her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday showed half of America's likely voters would rely on the debates to help them make their choice. More than half, 61 percent, were hoping for a civil debate and were not interested in the bitterness shown on the campaign trail.


GRUDGE MATCH

Clinton, 68, and Trump, 70, have regularly exchanged sharp insults, raising the prospect of a fiery grudge match. Trump frequently chides Clinton as "Crooked Hillary" and has called for her jailing for the email controversy. Clinton condemns Trump as temperamentally unfit for the White House.

Trump dominated the crowded Republican debates with rapid-fire attacks on his rivals, but he has no experience in a one-on-one debate setting that requires more prolonged discussion of issues.

Clinton has participated in many one-on-one debates on the national stage with Barack Obama during their 2008 battle for the Democratic presidential nomination and with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in their Democratic nominating race earlier this year.

Clinton's camp has done its best to raise expectations for Trump.

"Getting through a debate while maintaining your demeanor and not becoming unhinged should not be the standard," Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri told reporters.

The role of moderator Lester Holt of NBC News has also come under scrutiny ahead of the debate, with the Clinton campaign and her Democratic supporters urging him to correct Trump if he makes false claims.

Trump has also tried to influence Holt and the moderators of the other showdowns with Clinton, saying the candidates should be the ones to correct the record.

But in a year when outsiders like Trump and Sanders have made a mark, Trump's best argument could be that he is a better agent of change than the former secretary of state and U.S. senator from New York, said Scott Reed, a veteran Republican operative who is now chief strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

"He's got to draw the contrast between Trump as the candidate of change and Clinton as the candidate of more of the same," Reed said.

NBC's Lester Holt Is A First time Debate Moderator

Lester Holt
Lester Holt will enter one of the most pressure-packed environments of his journalistic career on Monday when he referees the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, according to The Hill.

For the 57-year-old NBC anchor, it’s the first time moderating a presidential debate.

And given the high stakes, both campaigns will be scrutinizing Holt closely to make sure that he calls things down the middle.

The harsh criticism endured by NBC and “Today Show” anchor Matt Lauer when he moderated a forum featuring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton only raised the bar for Monday’s moderator.

The California native is no stranger to pressure. But the kind of pressure he'll be facing with potentially 100 million people watching will be a whole new level few in the broadcast journalism ever feel.

The Clinton camp is calling on Holt to actively fact-check Trump, while the Republican nominee says it's not the job of a moderator to ask questions, follow-up questions and fact check on the fly.

Jennefer Witter, CEO of the public relations firm Boreland Group in New York, says the moderator can improvise but only when clearly warranted.

“Holt needs to listen to the candidates' responses and delve deeper if they are vague, unclear or simply dodging the question,” says Witter. “He can go off-script and build questions out of the candidates' own replies. This will provide more thoughtful answers or demonstrate areas of weakness.”

Trump, who had said nothing but nice things about Holt in interviews, recently accused Holt of being a Democrat on “The O'Reilly Factor” on Fox News.   Holt actually has been a registered Republican since 2003.

Holt became the anchor of NBC News after Brian Williams was suspended for lying about being fired upon in a helicopter during the Iraq War.

Instead of shepherding the end of NBC Nightly News’s 19-year run as the most-watched evening news program, Holt has carried it forward. Since Holt took over in June of 2015 permanently, Nightly News has enjoyed some of its highest numbers in a long time while adding a 20th year to its streak.


Holt began his broadcast career right after Ronald Reagan took office in 1981 in New York, landing a job at a local CBS affiliate. A few years later, he would move to Chicago to begin a 14-year run on Chicago's popular WBBM 780 AM radio as a reporter and news anchor.

He was in his 40s when NBC News in New York came calling to sign him as a television reporter.

He’s an accomplished bass guitar player who has performed with Earth, Wind and Fire. His favorite way to relax is to fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco on his flight simulator, his #1 bucket list item is to run with the bulls in Pamplona and he speaks fluent Italian.

The Debate: Size Does Matter

Rita Cosby photo
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will have podiums of different sizes during their first presidential debate on Monday as new opinion polls put the bitter rivals neck and neck.

The two nominees will debate for 90 minutes straight on Monday starting at 9pm ET, with no commercial break. The event will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, with NBC News' Lester Holt as a moderator.

Reports previously claimed that Clinton's campaign had requested a custom-made podium to make up for the difference in height between the two nominees.

Clinton is 5'4" and Trump is 6'2". Her campaign first asked that she debate on a step-stool so as not to appear smaller than Trump,

But, according to The Daily Mail, the presidential debate commission rejected the request and instead allowed Clinton to have a custom-made podium, the website reported.

Photos shared by WABC 770 AM host Rita Cosby on Sunday appear to show that the two podiums are of different sizes.

It is unclear which podium is destined to which candidate. But it would make sense for Clinton to use the smaller podium, which seems more adequate for a shorter person.

Jane Pauley To Succeed Charles Osgood As 'Sunday Morning' Host

Charles Osgood, Jane Pauley
Jane Pauley is becoming a morning television host again — this time at a much more relaxed pace. CBS said Sunday she will replace Charles Osgood as anchor of the “Sunday Morning” telecast.

The NY Post reports the bow-tied Osgood told viewers at the end of his last telecast after 22 years that Pauley would replace him. She’s been a contributor to the show since 2014.

Pauley will be only the third host of the program since its 1979 start with Charles Kuralt. “Sunday Morning” averages nearly six million viewers a week, the most popular morning news program on the weekend, heavy on features and a quiet, cultured vibe. Osgood leaves on a high note; ratings have increased for four straight years and this past season was his most-watched ever as host.

Osgood -circa early '90s
“Sunday Morning” devoted its program Sunday to a send-off for the 83-year-old Osgood, who will be an occasional contributor in the future and continue his radio work.

“It’s a great honor to be given the chance to further our show’s legacy on excellence,” Pauley said. “I look forward to bringing loyal viewers the kind of engaging, original reporting that has made the broadcast so irresistible for so long.”

Pauley, 65, was host of NBC’s “Today” show for 13 years, ending in 1989. She spent a decade as an anchor at “Dateline NBC” and tried her own syndicated talk show in 2004.

CBS honored Osgood with a tribute that delved into his signatures: a fashionable bow tie, his love of telling stories in verse and piano playing. He sat at the piano to sing a song of farewell.

“I can’t think of anything that has given me more pleasure professionally than Sunday Morning,” Osgood said during the show.

It featured cameos from Tom Brokaw, who tried futilely to tie his own bow tie; Ted Koppel, who noted that Osgood’s real last name, Wood, was abandoned professionally because ABC had another newscaster named Charles Wood; and David Letterman, whose beard is approaching Santa Claus lengths.

Pauley begins as full-time host on Oct. 9, after the show takes a week off for a football game.

Dickey Book: Rough Future Ahead

Lew Dickey
Former Cumulus Chief Executive Lew Dickey has penned a 238-page book (Kindle edition $399!) about the media business, with some gnarly words for those in terrestrial radio broadcasting.

According to The New York Post, Dickey’s new book, “The New Modern Media,” from publisher Tourbillon International, a unit of Dickey-owned Modern Luxury Media, points out just how tough it is for ad-supported media businesses to make a shift into subscriptions.

“Radio broadcasters will be unlikely to benefit from subscription revenue for their core service, leaving them highly exposed to the ad markets,” he writes.

Cumulus acquired a stake in subscription music outfit Rdio as a hedge against the vagaries of the ad business. Then Rdio was acquired out of bankruptcy by Web radio player Pandora, and service was discontinued.

On Friday, the nation’s No. 1 radio station owner, iHeartMedia, announced it is getting into the subscription music business.

“Broadcast has a narrow path to participating in subscription revenue with its core business,” observed Dickey.

D/FW Radio: PM Drive Co-Host Matt Mosley EXITS KESN

Matt Mosley
Matt Mosley's 10-year run at Cumulus Media's KESN 103.3 FM has ended. Also gone from the station is another show's co-host, Mark Friedman.

Mosley, who teamed with Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw in afternoon drive for the last three years on the station also known locally as ESPN Radio, wasn't on the air Friday.

His latest contract -- a one-year deal -- expires in October. He and station management could not come to terms on a new agreement.

Mosley's and Cowlishaw's show, which airs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., had been ratings-challenged. Their show consistently finished third in the sports talk ratings behind The Ticket's Hardline and "The Fan" KRLD 105.3 FM Ben & Skin.

Still, Mosley's and Cowlishaw's show consistently outrated its lead-in that featured Friedman and Steve Dennis, who worked 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They also ran third in their time slot.

Speculation is that when the dust clears, Dennis will slide into Mosley's old seat alongside Cowlishaw, according to SportsDay at The Morning News. Their new lead-in could be Jean-Jacques Taylor and Will Chambers. Taylor confirmed on Facebook Friday that he will be the host of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SiriusXM Adds Dan Rather To Radio Andy Channel

Dan Rather
SiriusXM has announced that legendary news anchor Dan Rather will join Radio Andy channel 102.

The veteran journalist will debut his weekly program Dan Rather's America on Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The one-hour show will broadcast from SiriusXM's New York headquarters in Rockefeller Center.

Hot off his successful limited run show in July reporting for Radio Andy at the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention, the veteran journalist will return to SiriusXM for an exclusive new weekly show. Dan Rather's America will debut the morning after the first presidential debate, and will feature the news icon's fresh commentary and analysis of one of the most anticipated political events in recent American history. On his weekly program Rather will also talk with a regular rotation of top newsmakers about the political landscape and the big news stories of the day, and will also invite SiriusXM subscribers to call in and voice their opinions.

"I'm pinching myself that Dan has agreed to lend his iconic voice to my channel," said Andy Cohen. "Now more than ever, I'm hungry to hear his thoughts and reflections about what's going on in the world."

Created by Andy Cohen, the Radio Andy channel includes shows that cross the spectrum from news to pop culture, with a stable of hosts ranging from Andy himself, to Sandra Bernhard, Bevy Smith, John Benjamin Hickey, Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen, Jonathan Alter, and more.

SiriusXM subscribers will also be able to listen to Dan Rather's America via SiriusXM On Demand, through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at www.siriusxm.com/player

Podcast To Provide The Lowdown On Downloads

As the recent Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Podcast Ad Metrics Guidelines and upcoming measurement by Nielsen demonstrate, podcasting continues to quickly evolve and grow as a media platform.

DMR/Interactive and Texas A&M’s, The Download on Podcasting team will synthesize the immense amount of research that has been published. The team will then build on these findings by fielding an exploratory pilot study in early 2017 followed by a nationwide research project to further the insights available to radio and podcasting professionals.

According to Dr. Billy McKim, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University and Director, Digital Media Research and Development Lab, “the term podcasting is such an all-encompassing word, we had to first identify our main target audience (radio and podcasting professionals). From there, the specific topics areas quickly came into focus.”

In Phase One, The Download on Podcasting will focus on these areas:
  • Are podcast and radio listeners a duplicated audience? “Radio is still primarily listened to live and on actual radios. Podcast listening is time-shifted and primarily on smart phones. With these significant differences, we expect to learn a lot about how much or how little audience overlap exists," said Texas A&M researcher, Eva Vigh, a senior from Katy, TX.
  • Is podcasting a viable talent pool for radio? “Depending on who you ask, there’s a healthy debate about whether or not podcasters see themselves as wanting to be on-air. As podcasting grows in popularity, it’s entirely possible that many podcasters will never pursue a radio show of their own,” said Rob Upchurch, a senior from Bedias, TX and member of the Texas A&M research team. 
  • What are the biggest monetization opportunities and challenges for podcasting? “There’s no shortage of headlines about the interest that advertisers have in podcasts, but it’s still just a tiny fraction of the overall audio and digital advertising pie. Beyond the measurement limitations inherent in the Apple Podcast App, we look forward to examining the issue of monetization and are excited that Nielsen will begin measurement next year,” said Ben Haase, a senior from Dallas, TX and member of The Download on Podcastingteam at Texas A&M.    
  • How are podcasters capturing and leveraging audience data? “User level data is a big part of what makes digital platforms so attractive to advertisers. Along with capturing and monetizing this data, how will podcasters use it to build relationships with their best listeners and drive TSL and consumption," said Meagan Hooker a senior at Texas A&M from Italy, TX.
 “The Texas A&M team has hit the ground running and is asking great questions. I’m looking forward to the insights that we will generate about this quickly evolving space,” said Andrew Curran, President and COO of DMR/Interactive.

The first installment of The Download of Podcasting is due at the end of October. For those interested in participating in this project, please email podcast@dmrinteractive.com.

L-A Radio: Talk Host Advises "Comply And You Won't Die"

Larry Elder
KRLA 870 AM and Salem synidciated talk show host Larry Elder on Saturday put his finger on a major flaw in the arguments by Black Lives Matter that claim institutional racism is at the heart of the high-profile cases of police-involved shootings.

Elder, speaking to Tucker Carlson on Fox News, said the notion of institutional racism ignores a whole lot of reality, particularly in the case of Keith Scott, who was killed by a black Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer and whose death set off days of unrest in Charlotte, N.C..

“This is a black suspect who was killed by a black police officer whose boss is a black PD chief — and rioters are attacking white people. What’s wrong with this picture?” Elder said.

“People complain about institutional racism,” noted Elder, highlighting the many levels at which black officials have been either appointed or elected, including the presidency. “How can you complain about institutional racism when blacks are running the institution?”


Elder said that although Black Lives Matter is protesting police conduct, the end result has hurt black citizens.

“This whole Black Lives Matter movement, with George Soros’ fingerprints all over it, has resulted … in 25 of the largest cities … an increase in homicides and the victims of these homicides are the very black people that Black Lives Matter claim that they care about. It’s insane,” Elder said.

Elder also said that the conduct of those who were shot can explain why those incidents ended that way.

“Whatever happened to ‘Comply and you won’t die?'” he said.

Toledo Radio: Cumulus Shutsdown WTOD-AM, Moves Talk Format

As of midnight Saturday, WTOD 1470 AM has gone silent. But the station’s format will carry on the FM dial in a new home later next week: WQQO 105.5 FM HD2 and translator W264AK 100.7 FM.

Also, WTOD’s live broadcasts of Bowling Green State University football and basketball games are moving to HotAC 100.7 FM , while broadcasts of University of Michigan’s football and basketball games will relocate to NashIcon WMIM 98.3 FM 98.3.

That’s the good news, at least for the audience of 1470’s syndicated programming: Don Imus, Chris Plante, Jonathon Brandmeir, Dave Ramsey, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage.

According to The Toledo Blade, the bad news is for those who tune in to the alternative rock format of 100.7-FM (The Zone). The Zone is essentially dead, said Andy Stuart, regional vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media Toledo, which owns WTOD and WQQO-HD2, though he stressed: “Nobody is losing their job out of this. There is plenty of work to be done.”

W264AK 100.7 FM (82 watts)
The reason for the switch dates back at least a decade ago, when the FCC informed Cumulus that its AM station was out of compliance with its prescribed license limits.

WTOD has been operating via Special Temporary Authority since August 2003. Its ground system has required repair or replacement and the station has had multiple CP’s to build a new four tower array on the west side of Toledo. Stuart stated, “The cost to fix it and what the expected return is not a good investment. We decided the best thing is to turn [the license] back and maybe someone else will want to operate it.”