Talk Radio Network suffers the loss of another high profile syndicated radio personality as Laura Ingraham leaves the building after nine years in syndication. Ingraham’s exit comes just two months after Michael Savage left TRN. On her blog, she wrote, “After more than 9 years with the distributor Talk Radio Network, I decided it was time to move on.” She continued, “After much thought and reflection, I have decided to pursue my first loves — modern dance and the xylophone. In the highly unlikely event that these efforts do not prove fruitful, I intend to return to radio. Seriously — to the more than 300 stations that carry the Laura Ingraham Show and to all my loyal listeners, I feel the time is right to expand and retool my radio program and to explore other syndication options, which I am now actively pursuing.”
Rumor has it the Ingraham is in discussion with Clear Channel about a possible radio syndication deal. Talk Radio Network weekend talent Tammy Bruce is filling the TRN 9am-noon EST slot until a permanent host is named.
Premiere Network’s syndicated radio host Steve Harvey will kick off a new initiative driving the need for mentoring around the country with the launch of the Steve Harvey Mentoring Campaign. Created in partnership between The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation and the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the campaign hopes to create and expand stronger mentoring relationships impacting African-American boys around the country.
Kicking off a nationwide initiative for 2012 and 2013 in Los Angeles last month, the Steve Harvey Mentoring Campaign will host a mentor recruitment drive in Chicago on November 17, with additional mentor drives scheduled for 2013 in Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC, Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta.
Harvey is launching a call to action at the Chicago event, for men ages 18 and older to join the Steve Harvey Mentoring Campaign, become a mentor and inspire African-American boys to achieve their maximum potential, empower their communities, and develop their purpose and leadership.
Harvey said, “I’ve seen first-hand what a powerful impact mentoring can have on our youth. To empower the next generation, the guidance and wisdom that mentors provide is a one-of-a-kind experience that can’t be found in any classroom. Anyone has the power to become a mentor, and one person can spark a change in the lives of young men now, building a brighter future together with the next generation.”
WOL-AM Washington and Sirius/XM radio talker Joe Madison tops the Redding News Review annual survey of the top Black talkers in America for the second year in a row. Madison was voted number one on the BlackTalkers.com “Talented 10″ list. The BlackTalkers.com’s “Talented 10″ is a week long survey of talk radio listeners with nearly 400 votes cast. Listeners selected their favorite talk radio host from a list of more than 40 names and write-in candidates. Syndicated radio talkers Al Sharpton and Warren Ballentine also appear on the 2012 list.
1. Joe Madison- Sirius XM Satellite Radio/WOL-AM Washington D.C.
2. Rob Redding- GCN/Sirius XM Satellite Radio
3. Warren Ballentine – Syndication One/Sirius XM Satellite Radio
4. George Wilson – Syndication One/Sirius XM Satellite Radio
5. Al Sharpton – Syndication One/Sirius XM Satellite Radio
6. Derrick Boazman – WAOK-AM Atlanta, Ga
7. Stephanie Renée- WURD-AM Philadelphia, Pa
8. Mark Thompson – Sirius XM Satellite Radio
9. Andre Eggelletion- US Talk Network
10. Mo Ivory- WAOK-AM Atlanta, Ga
Inside Radio is reporting that Entercom and United Stations syndicated radio show “Your Time with Kim Iverson” is going on hiatus at the end of the month. The weeknight 7P-Mid show is/was based out of Entercom Modern AC KAMX ( Mix 94.7) Austin TX. There is no reason given yet for the shutdown.
Congratulations to syndicated radio host Doug Stephan who has begun a year long celebration of the 25th year of radio syndication for his daily “Good Day” show, the second longest-running syndicated talk radio show on the air. Stephan and his crew will celebrate the milestone with an ongoing schedule of fun, games and trivia. The show will feature clips offering a retrospective of the top news stories, songs, movies and TV shows from the past 25 years. The celebration will culminate in October of 2013 with contests coordinated with “Good Day” affiliates enabling listeners to win trips and other prizes. The show will also be highlight other companies and organizations celebrating their 25th anniversary along with “Good Day.”
“Good Day is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago,” commented Stephan, adding “The show’s success and longevity is a testament to our ability to keep it fresh and fun while keeping our audience informed.”
After a year away from the town they called home for 15 years United Stations Radio Network has announced that the syndicated radio Lex & Terry Morning Show will return to the airwaves in Jacksonville, FL beginning October 15. The show will be heard weekday mornings from 6-10am on WSOS-FM (Classic Rock 94.1). This is the third time around in Jacksonville for the duo who have been in and out of Jacksonville for over 15 years.
The Lex & Terry show started at what was then WFYV-FM, Rock 105 in Jacksonville in 1992. Staley was the station’s program director, and Jaymes was an actor and standup comedian. The show was nationally syndicated in 1997 when the duo moved to a Dallas radio station to build their syndicated radio network. Within two years they returned to Jacksonville after the Dallas station changed formats. After almost 13 years dominating the Jacksonville market among young male adults, the pair went off the air locally when Rock 105 went to an all-music format in 2005. Staley and Jaymes moved to Planet Radio (107.3 FM) until its demise in August 2010. The syndicated radio program moved to Jacksonville sports radio station WJXL (1010 AM) until a year ago.
GM Bill Reese said, “We’re extremely excited to bring Lex and Terry back to Jacksonville. With their 15 years of heritage in the market they will be a tremendous fit to Jacksonville’s only true Classic Rock station.”
Lex Staley commented, “What an honor it is to be back on in Freakville at Classic Rock 94.1 WSOS. I know there are a lot of people ready for it and so are we. We can’t wait.” Terry Jaymes added, “We’re back, just like a bad cold! And I’m really excited to be back. WSOS is letting us do it the Lex and Terry way.”
USRN added that Lex & Terry will also now be heard in the Chicago area and Yakima, WA, joining the lineups at WYKT-FM (The Cat 105.5) Kankakee, IL and KLKY (U Rock Radio 96.1) near Yakima.
Talk Radio Network syndicated radio talk host Jerry Doyle has replaced the recently departed Michael Savage as the network’s 3PM to 6PM conservative talk radio host moving from his noon-3p slot on TRN. Doyle, a former actor who for five seasons starting in 1994 had a recurring role on the hit science fiction TV series Babylon 5, broadcasts from Las Vegas, Nevada and has been a talk show host since 2000 after a losing bid for Congress in California. Noting in a press release that the network “owns no stations” and that its stable of hosts have to “earn their keep ” by garnering syndicated affiliates, TRN promises radio stations that Doyle will be “eminently saleable.” Doyle will debut on nearly 300 stations, a bit fewer than Savage as some stations have already made their own changes since Savage left the airwaves last week.
CBS Sports Radio announced it has added Scott Ferrall to its national on-air lineup Monday. Ferrall will host a 10pm-2am nightly program, “Ferrall on the Bench” featuring his unique gravelly voiced style. For the past seven years, Ferrall has been doing a wild and raucous sports themed show on Sirius/XM 101 as part of Howard Stern’s channels of programming. Ferrall joins Doug Gottlieb and Jim Rome on the host lineup of CBS Sports Radio, which will make its 24/7 debut on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Last week the network announced Rome will be doing the noon-3 pm slot and Gottlieb will host afternoon’s 3-6 pm.
“Scott is widely recognized as having set the standard for what a successful national evening sports radio show should be,” said Eric Spitz, Director of Programming/CBS Sports Radio. “He’s got an amazing knowledge of sports that rivals even the most noted experts, and with his fast paced style of high octane sports talk, listeners and our affiliates are guaranteed to get the very best program each and every night.”
“The time I previously spent with CBS Radio was one of the highlights of my career and I am honored to come back and expand on what we started”, said Scott Ferrall.
Syndicated Solutions Inc. has announced an agreement with TNN television to begin simulcasting its syndicated radio morning program, “The Rick & Bubba Show” effective November 1. The Nashville Network will carry the show live weekdays from 6-11am ET and Saturdays from 6-8am ET. They will also air a one-hour “best-of” version each week night from 7-8pm ET, from the morning broadcast earlier in the day.
SSI President Bob Carey commented, “We’ve been seeking to marry The Rick & Bubba Show with a national TV network for several years now since the relationship with Turner South ended, but finding the right match has also been equally as important. The Nashville Network is a respected and recognized brand and their demographics and values match-up well with the successes Rick & Bubba deliver.”
Luken Communications/TNN VP Matt Winn added, “TNN proudly welcomes The Rick & Bubba Show to America’s Country Home. Having a live morning talk show is a key component to TNN’s daily schedule. Our viewers will enjoy the entertaining and informative discussions between the show’s hosts and their guests each weekday morning.”
Rick & Bubba currently airs on over 60 affiliates that include a mix of News/Talk, Country, Sports, CHR, Rock and AC as well as via Sirius XM. The program is also broadcast as a one-hour daily TV show on several regional television stations.
Congratulations to Direct TV and Premiere Radio Networks syndicated radio host Dan Patrick who picked up this years NAB Marconi Award for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year Thursday night at the Radio Show in Dallas.
Other Marconi Radio Award recipients were:
Major Market Station of the Year
WTOP-FM Washington, D.C.
Large Market Station of the Year
KSON-FM San Diego, CA
Medium Market Station of the Year
WHO-AM Des Moines, IA
Small Market Station of the Year
WVAQ-FM Morgantown, WV
Major Market Personality of the Year
Mike Francesa, WFAN-AM New York, NY
Large Market Personality of the Year
Moon and Staci, KSTP-FM St. Paul, MN
Medium Market Personality of the Year
Jan Mickelson, WHO-AM Des Moines, IA
Small Market Personality of the Year
Scotty and Carissa in the Morning, KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
CHR Station of the Year
KIIS-FM Los Angeles, CA
Country Station of the Year
WYCD-FM Detroit, MI
News/Talk Station of the Year
WTOP-FM Washington, D.C.
Oldies Station of the Year
WOGL-FM Philadelphia, PA
Religious Station of the Year
KLTY-FM Dallas, TX
Rock Station of the Year
KINK-FM Portland, OR
Spanish Station of the Year
KMVK-FM Dallas, TX
Sports Station of the Year
WEEI-FM Boston, MA
Urban Station of the Year
WBLS-FM New York, NY