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Bob Pittman, One-Time WNBC-AM Programmer, Named a Clear Channel CEO

Bob Pittman, whose had a successful media run as broadcasting executive, has been named Clear Channel CEO of Media Holdings.

Pittman joined the company last November as chairman of Media and Entertainment Platforms, helping to transform Clear Channel from a traditional “old media” company to a media and entertainment company for the digital age. 

In his new role, Pittman will oversee the company’s global media properties, including broadcast, digital and mobile syndication, media representation and outdoor.

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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. Fred Imus, Brother of Don Imus, Dies at 69, August 8
  2. Conde Nast Sued for $10 Million Over Vanity Fair Piece, August 9 
  3. Newsweek Keeps The Odd Covers Coming, August 8
  4. The New Yorker‘s Bin Laden Story Comes Under Fire, August 8
  5. Wired Raising its Rate Base, August 5
  6. Gil Noble, Like It Is Host, Hospitalized After Stroke, August 9

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Fred Imus, Brother of Don Imus, Dies at 69

He’s been a staple of his older brother’s radio show for years, but Fred Imus had much more to his life.

Fred was a cohost on Sirius’ weekend show Fred’s Trailer Park Bash. Reportedly he was found dead Saturday in his Tucson, Arizona trailer after he failed to show up for the Sirius show. 

The longtime country music songwriter reached the pinnacle of that career in 1976. That year he and Phil Sweet co-wrote I Dont Want to Have to Marry You, a number-one country hit for Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius.   

Fred and Don Imus collaborated on a book in 1997 Two Guys Four Corners, which gave insight to the Imus’ love for the Southwest.

But, of course, his biggest recognition was as a contributor to Don’s morning show, now on WABC-AM.

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ESPN 1050 and WFAN Battle for Ratings and Advertisers

As we told you last week, WFAN had some modest gains in the overall April Nielsen PPM ratings, while ESPN 1050/WEPN saw no change.

However, the upstart sports talker did see a gain in a key demographic. 

The Daily News reports in April WEPN’s syndicated morning show Mike and Mike beat WFAN’s Boomer and Carton for the first time among Men 18 to 34.

Meanwhile, the team of Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton was tops in an important demographic.

“WFAN continues to be first by a wide margin in Men 25 to 54 in morning drive,” WFAN operations manager Mark Chernoff, tells FishbowlNY.

Boomer and Carton were put together following the dismissal of Don Imus in 2007.

Among Men 25 to 54, weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m., ‘FAN held a 5.9, while rival WEPN was 10th with a 3.5.

As for the start of May, WFAN is third with a 5.8 and WEPN was 16th with a 2.7, in numbers obtained by FishbowlNY.

Delving into the 18 to 34 male demo, according to WFAN, only the first week of May has been released. WFAN was number two with a 7.6 rating. WEPN took ninth with a 4.4.

Charles McCord Leaves Imus Behind–Next Stop, Arkansas

If you missed it last week, on Friday morning Charles McCord walked away from his newsreader/sidekick role on WABC-AM-based Imus in the Morning. He had announced his retirement last month.

It was McCord’s final chance to take a ”loving” shot at his longtime friend, colleague, and on-air partner.

“I’m sick of it. I just want you to know, I’m sick of it and I’m gonna be damn glad to be going down to Arkansas because I’m not going to have to sit here and stare at that freakin’ frame of yours,” McCord ranted. “For God sake, enough already. Stop eating voodoo food. Eat something that requires silverware–a knife and a freakin’ fork! Look at you. For God sake, you look like Phyllis Diller.”

Imus led the laughter in the studio.  Here’s a link to McCord’s last hurrah.

McCord had worked with Don Imus since the early 1970s at WNBC.

Connell McShane of Fox Business Network, which simulcasts Imus in the Morning, takes over for McCord starting today.

Veteran Imus Newsman/Sidekick Charles McCord Retiring Next Month

Johnny Carson had Ed McMahon, Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen, and for the better part of the last 40 years Don Imus has had Charles McCord.

The veteran newsman/sidekick for the Imus in the Morning show officially announced his retirement, effective May 6. It was first reported by the Daily News this morning.

By the time the story hit newsstands, Imus was already discussing his longtime collaborator’s future. He said that McCord was looking forward to spending more time with his family. Imus added that the first order of business for McCord is to go fishing in Arkansas—alone. Imus told his 77 WABC listeners (and nationwide radio and TV audience) that Connell McShane of Fox Business Network (which simulcasts daily) will take over the news updates beginning Monday, May 9.   

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Sid Rosenberg Says Joining WINS a ‘No Brainer’

As we reported last week, veteran radio talker Sid Rosenberg is joining 1010 WINS as morning sports anchor. The one-year deal starts Monday.

Rosenberg, known for having strong opinions and making controversial comments on WFAN (especially with Don Imus), may not have been the first choice for many to get the WINS gig.

“What people have to understand is, I have not given up on my radio talk show….That hasn’t changed,” Rosenberg tells FishbowlNY. ”But given the opportunity on top of that to get my voice on one of the most listened to stations in the country…it was a no brainer for me.” 

A polarizing radio figure, Rosenberg says on WINS he’ll find a way to inject his personality into the sportscast.

“It’s going to have a lot of New York flavor, obviously,” Rosenberg, a Brooklyn native, joked. “Just my accent alone gives you that. Certainly, it’s going to be energetic and it’s going to be enthusiastic, and there will be audio every now and then that will make you chuckle.”

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No Deal Yet Bringing Sid Rosenberg to WINS

We recently reported that 1010 WINS has agreed to hire controversial talk show host Sid Rosenberg. Newsday first had the story. Other sites have Rosenberg set to start on December 15.

FishbowlNY has learned from sources close to the situation that the deal hasn’t been signed yet, but should be completed within the next one to three weeks.

The abbreviated morning shift will run from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.   

Technical issues are one of the factors delaying the deal, as Rosenberg will be hooked up from Florida. He hosts an afternoon sports show on WQAM in Miami.

The source says Rosenberg would make a nice hire for WINS because of the creativity and energy he brings, and of course his New York roots (professionally and personally).

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Sports Host Sid Rosenberg Reportedly Set to Join WINS

Sid Rosenberg, the oft-troubled, talented sports radio host is headed back to New York on a regular basis.

Newsday reports Rosenberg, the former WFAN host and contributor, will be the weekday morning sports anchor at 1010 WINS.

The report says Rosenberg will be based in South Florida, where he does an afternoon talk show on WQAM.

Rosenberg, 43, had been a regular on the Imus in the Morning program and midday host at the ‘FAN.

While popular with fans, Rosenberg had several controversial moments on the Imus show. It boiled over for managment on September 12, 2005, when he failed to show up as host for the New York Giants pre-game show, although was spotted at an appearance for FHM in Atlantic City. WFAN execs gave Rosenberg the option to resign or be fired. He resigned.

Rosenberg continued to join Don Imus on the phone. Earlier this year, he returned to WFAN as an occasional host.

WINS and WFAN are owned by CBS Radio.

WABC Talkers Hannity, Imus, and Limbaugh Named to Newsweek Power 50


Newsweek compiled its Power 50, a list of the highest-earning political figures of 2010.

The grouping, gathered by intelligence and research firm Wealth-X, includes several big name media personalities.

Rush Limbaugh is atop the list. Limbaugh’s estimated earnings are $58.7 million. He is heard weekdays on WABC Radio from noon to 3 p.m. as part of his nationally syndicated show.

Glenn Beck, whose syndicated program is heard from 9 a.m. to noon on WOR Radio, is number two. His estimated earnings are listed at $33 million. (Beck also hosts a show each day on Fox News Channel.)

Sean Hannity secured number three on the “Power” list. The WABC afternoon drive host (syndicated through Citadel Media) made $22 million in 2010.

Also syndicated with Citadel Media is Don Imus. The legendary morning man, who is number seven, pulled in $11 million. 

Additionally, Mark Levin made Newsweek‘s survey. The evening show host, heard locally on WABC, tied for 13th with an estimated $5 million.

President Obama, who many of the above consistently railed against, was tied for 19th (with Bill Maher), earning $4 million in 2010.

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