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TALKERS magazine is the leading trade publication serving the talk media industries in America. The term "talk media" includes broadcast talk radio and television, cable news/talk television, as well as the new talk media delivered via the Internet, podcasting and satellite radio.

On this site you will find brief opening excerpts from the current stories in each monthly print edition of TALKERS magazine. Plus, you will find free online versions of some of the publication's most popular features including NewsNotes, the Week in Review, the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America (The Heavy Hundred), the Top Talk Radio Audiences, the Talk Radio Research Project™ and classified advertising. You will also find coverage of TALKERS magazine sponsored industry events such as the annual New Media Seminar and the publication's many seminars and radio rows.

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Talk Media News

USRN Staffs Dobbs Show.  United Stations Radio Networks announces veteran radio producer/writer Bernadette Duncan is named executive producer for the network’s forthcoming Lou Dobbs show.  Duncan has served as producer for the CBS Radio Network, WOR-AM in New York and NBC’s Talknet where she produced influential and successful programs including the nightly shows with Sally Jessy Raphael and Bruce Williams.  At CBS, she wrote for and worked with Dan Rather, Tom Snyder and Charles Osgood, among others.  For the past four years she’s been the creator and executive behind the News-Talk Guest Services division of The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) which is a subsidiary of United Stations.  USRN also announces that Bob LaGrega is named director of affiliations for the program.  He comes from the ABC Radio Networks where he held the same title.

Bigby Joins WXYT.  Veteran programmer Tom Bigby is out of semi-retirement and back in the day-to-day trenches as operations manager of CBS Radio’s WXYT AM/FM, Detroit.  Bigby has been consulting with CBS since leaving KRLD, Dallas a couple of years ago.  WXYT program director Dan Zampillo remains in his position.

Randy Michaels Joins Zell’s Tribune.  As was widely speculated prior to the pre-holidays closing by Sam Zell on the Tribune Company, Randy Michaels is brought into the fold as EVP and CEO of interactive and broadcasting with the newly private company.  As such, the former Clear Channel Radio president oversees Tribune’s one radio property WGN, Chicago.  But Michaels is also going to be involved in TV as he and Local TV, LLC CEO Bobby Lawrence are creating a third-party broadcast management company, yet to be named, which will serve the TV properties owned by both Local TV and Tribune.  The new company will function as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tribune Company.

IRN Brings Wall Aboard.  Intel Radio Network names Kevin Wall host of its new talk show, “Outside the Wire.”  Bob Parks remains with the operation as online columnist.  Wall is an experienced talk pro who’s spent time working at such respected talk outlets as KFI, Los Angeles and WLAC, Nashville.  IRN founder Rick Senninger tells TALKERS magazine, “I can’t imagine merging a finer team as the pillars of our multi-media platform.  Between Kevin Walls’ national appeal to listeners and Outside the Wire’s online columnist Bob Parks, we feel we just hit this one right out of the ballpark.”

Industry Mourns Bob Kipperman.  The chairman and CEO of TotalMedia Communications and former CBS executive passed away on December 30 at age 65.  Kipperman began his radio career as an account executive with CBS radio.  He moved to the CBS Television Network for a number of years before returning to the radio division in 1981 to oversee the development and inauguration of CBS RadioRadio, a youth oriented radio network.  In 1986, Kipperman was named VP and GM of the CBS Radio Networks. 

    During his tenure there, some of the many successful programs launched include: “On The Move with Tom Joyner,” “Rock Connections with Michael Harrison,” “Cruisin’ America with Cousin Brucie,” “Top 40 Satellite Survey with Dan Ingram,” “The Gil Gross Show,” “Top Ten List with David Letterman,” “The Mary Matalin Show,” “The Late, Late Radio Show with Tom Snyder & Steve Mason,” “The Dave Ross Show,” “The House of Blues Radio Hour with Dan Aykroyd” as well as an unprecedented twelve-year agreement with Charles Osgood for “The Osgood File.”  Kipperman’s partner at TotalMedia Communications, president Frank Murphy, tells TALKERS magazine, “Over the 27 years we knew each other and worked together, I could not have been more blessed to have such a dear friend and wonderful business partner.  All who knew Kip will miss his wonderful generosity of spirit, his good humor and his trademark optimism that knew no boundaries.”
In lieu of flowers or cards, Kipperman’s wife Suzan and the family have set up a memorial fund: 

Robert P. Kipperman Memorial Fund
c/o Middlesex Savings Bank
291 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720

The funds will be divided among various charities Kipperman was interested in as well as contributing to heart disease research.

Mike Gallagher Helps Crime Victims.  Salem Radio Network talk star Mike Gallagher is donating some of his own money and soliciting funds from listeners to help an Arlington, Texas couple whose garage doors were vandalized with racist graffiti.  Gallagher, also a North Texas resident who is heard locally on KSKY, Dallas, is donating $500 to replace the doors which are expected to cost about $2,500.

Tower Exits WOOD.  Phil Tower, operations manager for Clear Channel’s WOOD and WTKG, Grand Rapids leaves his longtime position to become general manager of the nationally syndicated Allen Hunt show.  Hunt’s program is a weekend show based at WSB, Atlanta and heard on 12 affiliates nationwide.  Tower stays on with CC on a consultant basis while assistant PD Angie Vuyst handles PD duties on an interim basis.

Entercom-Nassau Deal Sinks.  Partnership between Entercom and Nassua that would have given Entercom 50% ownership of classical WCRB-FM, Boston and put programming from sports WEEI, Boston on almost a dozen Nassau New England outlets is kaput.  Nassau CEO Lou Mercantanti tells the Boston Globe that the deal “hit an impasse.”

Burbank and KIRO Hook Up.  Former NPR broadcaster Luke Burbank climbs aboard Bonneville’s KIRO, Seattle as evening talk host.  Burbank was the co-host of NPR’s younger demo news magazine program called “The Bryant Park Project” until resigning to be closer to his teenage daughter and moving from New York back to Seattle.  KIRO PD Rod Arquette tells TALKERS magazine, “Luke is a pioneer in trying to change the face of talk radio and he selected KIRO as the station and Seattle as the city to do it.”

Carson Pairs Up With Bey.  Coz Carson resigns from his PD post at WVON, Chicago to co-host morning drive in New York City with Richard Bey on WWRL.  It was reported Carson resigned on-air while filling in for a vacationing host but Carson says he submitted his resignation via e-mail earlier in the day before announcing he would leave WVON.  

WRKO Hires New Host.  Entercom’s Boston talk station replaces mid-morning talk host Todd Feinburg with Reese Hopkins for the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon show.  Hopkins had a two-day tryout earlier this fall while Feinburg was filling in for Howie Carr. 

Ron & Don Renew with KIRO.  Bonneville Seattle signs PM drive hosts Ron Upshaw and Don O’Neill to a contract extension to keep them at the station.  Terms are being disclosed.


Salem’s Parshall Wins Award.  Talk host Janet Parshall wins the 2008 National Religious Broadcasters Association award for talk.  Salem Radio Network VP/news & talk programming Tom Tradup tells TALKERS magazine, “Janet Parshall is the pre-eminent woman in Christian broadcasting today.  Her hard-hitting broadcasts and continued commitment to excellence clearly were factors in the NRB’s decision.can-American who previously worked with morning hosts Star & Buc Wild in New York and with Howard Stern’s Sirius channels.  It’s reported that Feinburg was offered another position with the station but declined.

ESPN Builds West Coast Facility.  The sports entertainment giant is planning a $100 million facility right next door to the Staples Center in Los Angeles that will, in addition to housing a huge TV operation, become the home of the company’s sports talk station KSPN, Los Angeles.  It is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

Bob Brinker Not Going Anywhere.  In the November print edition of TALKERS magazine (and online in News Notes), we reported industry scuttlebutt that Citadel/ABC Radio Networks will end the syndication of Bob Brinker’s “MoneyTalk” show.  ABC Radio Networks senior vice president of programming John McConnell says it’s not true, telling TALKERS magazine, “Bob Brinker’s weekend talk show is the most successful in the history of talk radio, is on 200 of America’s best radio stations, has been on the air for 23 years and the only place it is going is on more stations.”  We stand corrected.

Beck Ends Market Manager Duties.  Entercom news/talk V/P Ken Beck steps away from his post-Katrina market manager role at the company’s New Orleans cluster that includes powerhouse WWL, AM/FM.  Beck can now focus on his corporate programming duties while Chris Claus takes over the New Orleans market manager position.

Air America Parts with Young Turks.  Calling it a mutual decision, Young Turk Cenk Uyger tells his listeners the “Young Turks” program will end its affiliation with Air America Radio as of January 15.  He says the program will continue over the Internet. 

2 Live Stews Join Sporting News Radio.  The sports talk duo Doug and Ryan Stewart sign on with Sporting News Radio after leaving Syndication One.  The duo also moves from afternoon drive at flagship WQXI, Atlanta to the 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm slot.  SNR expects to have the show on about 20 to 30 stations initially.


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