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WOR Rudely Shows ‘New York Radio’s First Lady’ the Door

The headline, “Where Has Respect and Dignity Gone,” had us thinking this was going to be about social media, or perhaps click-bait journalism. Instead, the arresting rhetorical frames a Huffington Post essay by Liz Hamburg about the very upsetting recent dismissal of her mom Joan.

WORAMLogoWe all know that upheaval continues in the media business in general and the radio world in particular. But that in no way excuses the way WOR handled things last Thursday with Joan, after 40 years(!) of service:

Joan returned to work after attending a funeral the previous day of a very close relative. Despite the sadness of losing a close cousin, Joan was the consummate professional and was ready to head into the studio to give her audience the upbeat and informative show that they expect.

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Tom Brokaw Reminds: The Academy Doesn’t Always Reward the Right Stuff

TheRightStuffHave you caught up yet with Tom Brokaw‘s weekday syndicated radio blast “An American Story”? If not, you should.

Brokaw has been applying a veteran newsman’s perspective to a wide range of news and pop culture topics. He’s been recording these since last fall and they never fail to entertain, inform.

Today, Brokaw highlighted a point that we have made again and again over the years. Because there are so many more worthy candidates each year than the Academy Awards process can possibly accommodate, the list of overlooked films, performers and craftspeople grows longer each year. The mistake many people make is to hold the Oscars exclusively accountable for this; simple mathematics deserves an equal share of the blame.

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WKTU PD Rob Miller Adds Hot AC Brand Manager

Clear Channel has increased the workload of Rob Miller. The WKTU program director has been named Hot AC brand manager. It’s a format he is no stranger to, having work at sister AC station WALK for 18 years.

Darren Davis, Clear Channel’s EVP of national programming, tells All Access, “Rob has a very diverse programming background and a broad musical knowledge and is someone the senior vice president of programming team has tapped many times for consulting duties across many different formats.”

Miller was named KTU programmer in 2006.

Connoisseur Media Struck Down by FCC for Challenge of WOR Sale and Z100 Renewal

Connoisseur Media has lost on its claim with the FCC. Connoisseur was fighting the sale of Buckley’s WOR Radio to Clear Channel. The media company also complained about the WHTZ/Z100 license renewal.

At issue for Connoisseur was that Clear Channel and its Aloha Station Trust had not divested all of the stations placed in trust when Clear Channel went private, All Access reports. Additionally, Connoisseur contends, Clear Channel’s bid for one of the Trust stations would violate the Commission’s order.

Connoisseur asked the FCC to set a six-month deadline for divestiture.

In response, the Commission noted that the Trust is not a party to either the WOR deal or the Z100 renewal and that the evidence does not show improper influence nor control of the trust stations by Clear Channel. Furthermore, Radio Online reports, it found that Clear Channel is qualified to hold the WOR and WHTZ station licenses and that the grant of the Assignment Application is consistent with the public interest.

WLNY, Clear Channel Part of Huge Sandy Relief 12/12/12 Concert

In today’s world, mega events are televised via pay-per-view, usually at a steep price.

This time, however, we’re all in luck.

The concert for Sandy relief was organized in the days after the devastating superstorm. It takes place on the symmetric December 12, 2012–12/12/12–and is benefiting the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

An estimated 2 billion people worldwide will have live access to the show from Madison Square Garden. MSG Network is among the 34 outlets in the U.S. giving viewers a front-row seat.

WCBS will air the star-studded event on its sister station, WLNY–TV 10/55. WNET/Channel 13 is also scheduled to simulcast the show.

There are multiple other locations for fans, including HBO, Bloomberg, AMC, and IFC.

For those not able to watch the telecast, Clear Channel is the radio home of the 12-12-12 concert. Listeners can take their pick of any New York Clear Channel station (Z100/WHTZ, Lite FM, WLTW, Power 105.1/WWPR, Q104.3/WAXQ, and 103.5 WKTU).

The concert will also be shown live and free in select movie theaters that in the heart of Sandy.

The show starts Wednesday night at 7:30, and is expected to run at least four hours.

Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, and The Who are just a small list of headliners on the program.

Clear Channel and Empire State Building Light Up The Sky

Last night Clear Channel and the Empire State Building lit up the New York sky to demonstrate the building’s new LED light system. It was the first-ever light show put on by the ESB, and it featured a performance by Alicia Keys.

Keys — along with radio personalities Elvis Duran (Z100); DJ Clue (Power 105); Helen Little (106.7 Lite fm); and Cubby, 103.5 KTU — set things off at 9:00 pm.

Above is a video of the lights along with the accompanying music.

WLTW Holds at First Place; WBLS Leaps to Second in August PPM

The big news of the August PPM is all about WBLS. The Urban Adult Contemporary station is finding new life since the ESPN/KISS FM deal in April. WBLS, now the only game in town for that format, jumped to number two, up .4 to 6.3.

Despite the great WBLS showing, WLTW continues to rule the radio roost. The Clear Channel heavyweight added a .1 to 7.0, but Lite-FM lost a chunk of its lead to ‘BLS in the latest Arbition figures.

WBLS’ good fortune means a backtracking for perennial number two, WCBS-FM. The Classic Hits station slipped into a third-place tie with WHTZ/Z100. However, the two stations got there in slightly different scenarios. CBS-FM gained .2, while Z100 lost .2 for the month.

The homecoming of WRXP to Merlin Media’s Alternative Rocker at 101.9 reaped the rewards. The station shot up a full ratings point to a 1.6.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Z100 Names New Co-Host (left) for Elvis Duran‘s Morning Show, August 10
  2. Fareed Zakaria Definitely Plagiarized The New Yorker, August 10
  3. New York Times Public Editor Says Lolo Jones Piece Was Too Harsh, August 9
  4. Clear Channel to Purchase WOR Radio, August 13
  5. Helen Gurley Brown, Iconic Editor, Dead at 90, August 13
  6. Kelly Ripa Gets $20 Million A Year to Act an Idiot, August 9

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Caroline Bermudez Bids Adieu to Morning Zoo

A change is coming to the highly-rated Elvis Duran and the Morning Zoo, based at New York’s Z100/WHTZ and syndicated to Clear Channel stations nationwide.

Carolina Bermudez, a veteran of the show since January 2005, announced today she’s leaving the high-profile gig at the end of June for a future in television.

She arrived at Z100 after a stint at Y100 in Miami.

As part of the job posting for Bermudez’s replacement, Clear Channel seeks candidates who are ”fun, outgoing, be willing to expose their lives on air and be a legitimate team player.”

The ad also wants people very familiar with pop culture.

Clear Channel Names Kevin Dorsey President of Traffic Division

Clear Channel Media has announced that Kevin Dorsey has been named president of the company’s traffic, navigation, and mobility units. Based in Manhattan, Dorsey will oversee the continued integration of Metro Traffic with Clear Channel’s Total Traffic division. He will manage and further develop innovative programs including broadcast traffic reporting, online traffic mapping, custom routes and personalized mobile navigation.

As we reported, Clear Channel acquired Shadow/Metro from Westwood One in April. Within six months, the vaunted Shadow/Metro names were retired and several notable traffic reporters and managers were let go as the integration was well underway.

“We are the leading source of traffic information which continues to be an important factor to our audience, and we deliver the highest quality broadcast traffic reports and real-time, accurate traffic data to more than 200 million consumers each week,” said John Hogan, president and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “We now have the opportunity to grow and further expand our reach, delivering even better and more comprehensive 24/7 traffic information to consumers and greater innovation in product development, service and digital technology.”

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