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WOR 710 to be New Flagship Radio Station of the Mets

WOR logo GAttention fans of the New York Metropolitans, we have some news: The team has found a new radio home. Clear Channel and the Mets have struck a deal to make WOR-AM 710 the new radio station for those lovable losers.

The Mets had been searching for a radio deal since WFAN announced it was dropping them for the Yankees next season.

“We look at this investment not only as an opportunity to establish WOR as a destination to a broader audience, but to also to drive further awareness and growth of the Mets through our unique multi-platform capabilities and programming — radio, digital, outdoor and live events,” said John Hogan, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel, in a statement.

The Clear Channel deal is good for five years. The over/under on number of Mets World Series wins during that time is set at two.

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(VIDEO) Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC

Howard Stern was a personality that radio would not soon forget. But in 1982, listeners in the New York City area could only imagine what the hype was about.

And then August 30 happened.

Thirty years ago, Stern arrived in New York at WNBC Radio (clip below), complete with sidekick Robin Quivers, who first worked with Stern in Washington a year earlier. Of course, with his roots in rough and tumble Roosevelt, Long Island, this was Howard’s homecoming.

As characterized in his book and film, Private Parts, Stern dealt with internal clashes from day one at WNBC. Specifically, his verbal barrages with program director Kevin Metheny, not-so-affectionately called “Pig Vomit” in the film (“Pig Virus” in real life). Stern slightly altered the immortalized version of Metheny, changing his name to “Kenny Rushton,” played exquisitely by Paul Giamatti.

“The book and the script are fascinating, engaging, and entertaining,” Metheny tells FishbowlNY. “I think [there's] a fair and appropriate amount of artists’ liberties taken with factual elasticity in order to make a more interesting project.”

In one memorable scene, Giamatti’s Rushton attempts to teach Stern the key to success, announcing the call letters properly (W-N-N-N-N-B-C). (See clip after the jump)

“I’m certain that I was a pain in the tush with respect to putting the emphasis on the “N” in WNBC,” Metheny says.

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Clear Channel to Purchase WOR Radio

Clear Channel has announced plans to purchase the venerable AM news/talker WOR 710 from Buckley Radio. Terms of the agreement were not released. A mandatory meeting was held this morning at WOR informing staffers of the dramatic, if not somewhat expected news.

The legendary WOR goes back to the origins of radio, 1922. Since its founding, WOR has had a longstanding commitment to technology and innovation; it was one of the first radio stations in America to use directional antenna to increase the scope and range of its broadcast, was the first AM radio station in New York to broadcast with HD radio technology and is one of the best radio broadcast signals in the U.S.

Change seemed to be on the horizon for Buckley Radio, a “mom and pop” ownership, when president Rick Buckley died after 40 years at the helm in July 2011. Buckley had succeeded his father as head of Buckley Radio.

“WOR is an iconic New York City brand with a rich history and an exciting future,” John Hogan, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, says.  “Clear Channel is excited to add WOR as a powerful, high potential complement to our New York brands.  We believe WOR makes our already incredible platform even more interesting for listeners, advertisers, and strategic partners and we look forward to the tremendous potential WOR adds to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York.”

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NHMC Takes Its KFI Fight to YouTube

Although the latest ratings have KFI AM 640 awash in market-dominating numbers, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is not giving up its fight against weekday personalities Rush Limbaugh, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou.

In a recent telephone interview with rbr.com, organization president Alex Nogales called once more for Clear Channel to sack the hosts of “The John and Ken Show.” The NHMC has also shared a new video to support its ongoing efforts:

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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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Clear Channel Radio Promotes John Ivey to Senior VP

Clear Channel Radio named John Ivey senior vice president of programming, the media company announced Monday.

Ivey was previously vice president of programming for Los Angeles. In his new role, the KIIS-FM and KHHT-FM program director will also assist with contemporary hit radio programming and talent development.

“The past two decades at Clear Channel have been a privilege and a pleasure for me. I thank all of my incredibly dedicated colleagues for making those years so rewarding,” Ivey said in a statement. “From our industry-leading programmers and talent to our unmatched relationships with the hottest recording artists – as evident by our history-making music festival in Las Vegas – to everything in between, this truly is a thrilling time to be at Clear Channel and I look forward to what’s to come.”

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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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Clear Channel Powerhouses Z100 and WLTW Begin XM Satellite Simulcast

Beginning this morning, Clear Channel is bringing five of its most popular stations in the country to a national audience—XM Satellite Radio.

Two radio stations in New York–WHTZ/Z100 and WLTW/Lite FM are now simulcast on XM.

WLTW, a perennial top-rated station in the Arbition PPM monthly surveys, can be heard on XM Channel 13. Z100, which is a regular Top 5 performer in the overall ratings, simulcasting on XM Channel 12.

“Clear Channel’s goal is to be wherever our listeners are with the content they want and expect, and that includes offering our top stations and formats on the satellite platform,” says John Hogan, president and CEO of Clear Channel Radio.

The company’s satellite venture replaces current Clear Channel programming on XM, although only one involves a change in format. The simulcasts will not be featured on Sirius Satellite Radio.

In addition to the new channels on XM, listeners can still find their favorite stations on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s digital radio service.