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
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
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
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
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