TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Radio

NPR Ends Tell Me More, Cuts 28

nprNPR is canceling Tell Me More and cutting 28 staffers as part of an effort to save money. The cuts, in addition to earlier buyouts, are expected to save NPR about $7 million a year.

Michel Martin, Tell Me More’s host, and Carline Watson, the show’s executive editor, will remain at the network.

“These times require that we organize ourselves in different ways and that we’re smarter about how we address the different platforms that we reach our audiences on,” NPR’s executive VP and chief content officer Kinsey Wilson said, in a statement. “We’re trying to make the most of the resources that we have and ensure that we keep radio healthy and try to develop audience in the digital arena.”

Tell Me More’s last episode will be August 1.

Catching Up with America’s ‘Third Most Hating Film Critic’

When Vocativ recently parsed Metacritic data to rank U.S. film critics that disagreed most frequently with the general flow of consensus, the Wall Street Journal‘s Joe Morgenstern ranked as the country’s “Most Hating” reviewer, followed by the New Yorker‘s Anthony Lane. Third was the New York Post‘s Kyle Smith, who spoke about all this with Kurt Andersen on the latest of edition of Studio 360.

Smith said he was honored to be in the same bottom-three category as Morgenstern and Lane. He also defended his negative reviews of American Hustle and Philomena:

“The average Metacritic score for Philomena was a 76,” said Andersen. “You gave it a 25. You hated it for political reasons, or cinematic reasons?”

Read more

How Larry King Landed That 1964 Frank Sinatra Interview

“No one was bigger.” So… How the heck did Larry King, then at the outset of his career, get the Chairman of the Board to sit down across the local radio mike for three solid hours?

On The Howard Stern Show today, King promised that the answer to this question was a “great story” and boy, was he right. The details unequivocally range to the anecdotal moon and involve  a famous TV star, a full-page ad in the Miami Herald and more.

Read more

Syracuse Radio Listeners Bemoan Cancellation of Terry Ettinger Call-In Show

TerryEttingerLinkedInOn Saturday, Terry Ettinger, longtime host of WSYR 570 AM program The Weeder’s Digest, said his on-air goodbyes. The news that the weekly 6-to-8 a.m. Syracuse gardening-focused call-in show had been canceled sprouted a stream of complimentary reader comments:

salinqmind: Terry Ettinger’s gone? Oh, what a shame! One more little bit of beauty and brightness gone from the world, listening to his show was often a high point of my Saturdays. I called a few times over the years and he was so kind and patient.

FourCurbed: Terry will be sorely missed. I am an arborist and in the 20 plus years I’ve listened to his show I’ve never once heard him ill-advise a caller with tree problems. His solutions to horticultural issues were always with an environmentally-friendly approach… On Terry’s show last week he dissed fracking by pointing out research on its poor energy return on investment. I can’t help but wonder if his fracking skepticism rankled those conservative-minded powers who control the “direction” of WSYR.

Read more

HOT 97′s Ebro Chooses Creative Over Corporate

EbroelViejoOnce upon a time, it would have been hard to imagine someone picking reality TV over the job of program director in the nation’s number one radio market. But just as surely as Kardashian is spelled with a “K”, those days are now upon us.

Following a semi-ultimatum from the management of hip-hop NYC power house HOT 97, on-air personality Ebro (a.k.a. Ebro Darden) revealed this week that he has decided to focus on the “talent” aspects of his career rather than those involving Excel spreadsheets. He will remain on the air, but his work on the upcoming VH1 reality TV series This is Hot 97 and future, resulting commitments tipped the scales. From a report by XXL magazine:

Stating that he was ultimately told to choose between his two positions, the long-time employee went with the entertainer route.

Read more

From Howard Stern Intern to CBS Radio Exec

RadioInkCover_March10_2014There’s a fun passage in Radio Ink ‘s cover story about Chris Oliviero, executive vice president of programming at CBS Radio. It concerns his mid-1990s career start.

Prior to interning with The Howard Stern Show, Oliviero tried to get a similar position at his favorite radio station, WFAN. He was rejected. Eric Spitz, the guy who turned Oliviero down – and who now also just happens to work at CBS Radio as director of sports programming – gamely revisited that decision for Radio Ink:

“Yes, I did reject Chris when he first applied for an internship at WFAN,” Spitz says. “Apparently, when Michael Jordan was a high school sophomore, he was cut by the varsity basketball coach. Mistakes happen. Both Chris and Michael used these rejections as motivation to excel in their respective fields — and can now both say that they have graced the cover of a magazine.”

Read more

New York Public Radio Gets Another $10 Million from Jerome L. Greene Foundation

The family of radio stations operated by New York Public Radio – WNYC, WQXR and New Jersey Public Radio – once again owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Per an announcement today tipped to New York Times contributor Elizabeth Jensen, the foundation has followed two previous endowments totaling $11 million with another single gift of $10 million.

NYPublicRadioStations

Although the amount is being billed as the “largest single gift ever made to a public radio station,” it pales in comparison to the $200 million bequeathed to NPR a decade ago by the widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. From Jensen’s article:

The majority of the new grant, $8 million, is earmarked to support the development of digital operations, including a new feature called “Discover” on the WNYC mobile App. Designed originally with offline underground subway riders in mind, the feature will generate custom downloadable playlists for users who punch in the topics that interest them and the amount of time they want to listen. It will go live on Monday.

Read more

Bob Costas Co-Chairs The Dan Patrick Show

Post-Sochi, Bob Costas spent nearly two full hours this morning hanging out with Dan Patrick in the Man Cave. The NBC Sports colleagues began of course by revisiting the Winter Olympics eye mess, followed by a series of high-profile phone-in guests.

LupitaNyongo12YearsSlaveMatt Lauer reacted to Patrick’s joking revelation that DP had faked sickness in Sochi once it became obvious that Lauer and then Vieira were getting the prized opportunity to replace the sidelined Costas. Race car driver Jeff Gordon compared notes with Costas on some of the celebrities who live in their shared New York City high rise (Sting, Denzel Washington). And Chicago Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper jumped in to talk Oscars.

Although Patrick hasn’t seen most of this year’s nominated movies, he ran through some confident predictions for the major categories. While Roeper agreed that Lupita Nyong’o will likely take Best Supporting Actress from Jennifer Lawrence, he wasn’t so sure about Patrick’s Best Picture lock. Roeper thinks Gravity may well pull off the “upset” over 12 Years a Slave.

Read more

New York Radio Station Locks In Joe Piscopo

JoePiscopoPicIn the not-too-distant future, SNL alum Joe Piscopo is apparently going to be part of a reality TV show. For now, he’s making good on that college education and very happy to be commuting weekday mornings from New Jersey into Manhattan.

Piscopo, who has been doing the weekday morning show on AM 970′s “The Answer” since the beginning of the year, has now been made official. From today’s announcement:

“I have my college degree in Broadcasting,” says Piscopo. “I remain a dedicated student of the most intimate medium, radio. And with legendary broadcast giants like GM Jerry Crowley and current day guru of all radio personalities past and present, Phil Boyce, this is the positively perfect storm of talk radio,” said Joe.

Read more

Super Bowl XLVIII Radio Row: The Raw Numbers

When listening to, as we have at various points this week, in-town programs like The Dan Patrick Show and Jay Mohr Sports, it’s easy to forget how crowded the radio coverage galley for a Super Bowl has become. For that, we turn to Ken Fang‘s summary at AwfulAnnouncing:

There are 104 stations broadcasting live from this year’s Super Bowl Radio Row in New York… In the massive Sheraton Times Square Meeting Room, tables are set up from front to back with radio stations, all broadcasting simultaneously. The constant noise can be auditory overload to the untrained ear. There are the typical sports radio brands like “The Fan,” “The Fox,” “The Game,” “The Score,” “The Locker,” “The Gym” and “Good Karma” (Good Karma? Yes! Good Karma!).

Read more

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>