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Scott and Todd, Dish Nation to Return for Another Season

Haven’t seen enough of Scott and Todd? If yes, you’ll like this post. The longtime WPLJ morning duo of Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill will be back for another season of Dish Nation, seen here on My9/WWOR. The nightly 30-minute entertainment/gossip show has been picked for 2013-14 by Fox for its O&Os. It also is being picked up by other syndicators throughout the country.

Scott and Todd are part of the rotating air personalities featured on Dish Nation.

Rickey Smiley based in Atlanta and Kidd Kraddick, out of Dallas, round out the show.

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Cumulus’ 94.7 Conducts Weekend Stunt Ahead of Tomorrow’s New Format

Cumulus ended its WPLJ simulcast with new acquisition 94.7. The station with call letters WRXP began the final push before it debuts the new format.

The station will unveil its format of choice tomorrow morning, fittingly at 9:47 a.m.

Until that time, Cumulus is having some fun with listeners. In an entertaining stunt called “Wheel of Formats,” it is spending the weekend spinning the wheel of possible genres. Some are serious contenders, while others are completely throwing everyone off.

For example, the short previews take listeners from a Michael Jackson station to all Disco music. There was the comedy format, and separately “Weird” Al Yankovic and his pop parodies, along with a Beatles “Fab Format.” Those are in the extremely unlikely category, as are the 24/7 polka tunes.

But, a stronger contender is a country format. The “wheel” landed on a pair of country possibilities–one featuring Nashville “legends,” with the other highlighting current artists.

Also, on the station during this weekend was the whimisical all-New Jersey music, with songs from Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and Whitney Houston. Her signature, I’ll Always Love You segued into a Love Songs format.

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Taking the ‘McKay Way’ to WPLJ, WABC

There are dozens of radio traffic reporters in the New York market. Many of them could be deemed “interchangable” with a cookie cutter sound. Only a select few in the last 20 years have been able to make a career, and be known to a large number of listeners. And then there’s Jeff McKay!

McKay is clearly the most engaging traffic reporter in the business. Therefore, his stock is constantly on the rise. After many years as a full-time gridlock guy on 1010 WINS, mainly nights and weekends, McKay landed as the morning traffic anchor with a managerial role at Merlin Media’s ill-conceived, FM News. But McKay has never been ill-conceived. His reports stay true every 10 minutes, never crossing into gimmicky. He straddles a line effortlessly from entertaining to informing like few in the traffic world have ever done.

Once the writing was on the wall at Merlin last year, and Merlin fired the majority of its staff, McKay began his quest for the next radio home.

“I was looking at a number of scenarios, in radio, television and outside of broadcasting, and had received several offers I liked,” McKay admits. “However, the possibilities with Radiate Media and Cumulus was the best position for me and my family.”

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NYSBA Hall of Fame Ceremony Postponed by Sandy

There is another casualty of the dangerous Hurricane Sandy.  The New York State Broadcasting Association has postponed its annual Hall of Fame reception originally scheduled for Thursday evening at the Paley Center.

“After discussions with the Paley Center, we simply cannot guarantee the venue will be operational by Thursday,” NYSBA president David Donovan wrote in an email. “It all depends on [the] severity of storm’s damage, availability of power and transportation.”

Donovan says the event will be rescheduled for a date to be determined in November or December.

This year’s class includes former WNBC sports anchor Len Berman, WPLJ (and former WHTZ/Z100) morning show host Scott Shannon, and WOR Radio staple Joan Hamburg.

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Len Berman, Scott Shannon, and Mike Wallace Among the NYSBA 2012 Hall of Famers

The New York State Broadcasters Association has revealed its Class of 2012 Hall of Fame inductees. The NYSBA honors on-air radio and TV talent from across the state.

This year, the NYSBA adds six people for enshrinement.

Mike Wallace is being inducted posthumously. The iconic “in your face” 60 Minutes reporter started full-time at CBS in 1960. He was a charter member of TV’s longest running newsmagazine when it debuted in 1968.

Wallace took home 21 Emmy Awards. He died in April at the age of 93.

Len Berman was a popular sportscaster, known primarily for 24 years at WNBC/Channel 4, before leaving in 2009. Berman also had a stint at WCBS/Channel 2 earlier in his career. An eight-time Emmy winner, Berman covered virtually all major sporting events, especially those involving the New York teams. Since leaving WNBC, Berman has maintained his monthly blooper segment, Spanning the World, on the Today Show.

“I am deeply honored to be chosen to be inducted into the NYSBA Hall of Fame with some of my broadcast heroes like Walter Cronkite and Mike Wallace,” Berman tells FishbowlNY. ”And to be one of the few sportscasters in the Hall makes it doubly special.”

Berman has written four books, and has resurfaced on local TV with a weekly segment on WNYW/Channel 5.

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Radio Hosts Gear Up for Full Season of TV’s Dish Nation

Rehearsals started this week in Studio City for Dish Nation, KTTV FOX 11′s mash-up of celebrity news. Following a limited 2011 test run, the program is scheduled to return to the airwaves September 10  at 12:30 p.m. /6:30 p.m weekdays in SoCal and at various other times on Fox stations across the country.

The interchangeable sets of featured radio show teams include DJ Laz and his KXOL 96.3 FM morning show sidekick Liliani Gonzalez. Both recently relocated to the west coast from Miami.

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Scott and Todd Return to Dish Nation on WWOR

Get out the pancake makeup, here we go again!

Dish Nation, the entertainment and gossip show, which first launched as a summer tryout in 2011, is premiering September 10. It returns to WWOR/Channel 9, and most important, WPLJ’s Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill are, once again part of the cast.

The show separates itself from the overabundance of entertainment magazine shows by featuring radio personalities from across the country as the stars from their own broadcasts.

The show, seen on Fox stations nationwide, airs on WWOR nightly at 6.

Scott and Todd, together on WPLJ for more than 20 years, told FishbowlNY prior to the Dish Nation debut last summer they won’t act like TV stars on radio.

“The only thing we do differently is we have makeup on,” Shannon admitted.

Longtime WINS Anchor Sandi Klein Takes Her Leave

Klein at the mic/newyork.cbslocal.com

Nearly two decades have passed since Sandi Klein first cracked the mic on 1010/WINS. Yesterday, after 13 years as an afternoon anchor, Klein pulled her last air shift at the station.

Since November 2010, as part of an on-air restructuring, Klein and veteran p.m. drive anchor Larry Kanter worked a newly configured midday shift from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

She went “off format” for a brief goodbye to listeners.

“More people get their news from 1010 WINS than from any other radio station in the nation. And it’s been my honor and pleasure to deliver it for the past 20 years,” Klein says.

Then Klein announced newscast credits “for the last time,” including the service aide and editor.

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Cumulus Changes: John Foxx Gets WPLJ PD Gig; Jeff Miles Leaves Middays

It’s a busy day in the Cumulus neighborhood. Several reports indicate John Foxx is about to land at WPLJ as program director. What that means for the legendary programmer, Scott Shannon, is unclear. But All Access says Foxx will work “alongside” Shannon. But there’s no explanation as to whether Foxx will be an equal to Shannon or if, in fact, he’ll become Shannon’s boss.

Shannon, who turns 65 this year, celebrated 20 years in the morning with Todd Pettengill in 2011.

Foxx, who had worked for sister station KLIF in Dallas, joins WPLJ July 9th.  WPLJ operations manager Tony Mascaro adds the same title with WABC

Shannon promoted Mascaro to operations manager in 2010 after his 13-year stint as music director.

In other WPLJ news, midday jock Jeff Miles is said to be leaving for an undisclosed Cumulus property. That announcement will be made later this month.

And the Winner of New York’s Best Radio Team…

WCBS 880 1980s morning anchors Robert Vaughn (left) and Jim Donnelly/WCBS Appreciation Site

This week we asked you to select your favorite radio teams spanning the decades in New York. FishbowlNY gave you several to choose from in the news field, primarily at Newsradio 880, where anchor teams are their bread and butter. Other categories represented were talk, sports, and music morning show.

Here’s a look at the winners, starting at number 5.

The WCBS-AM anchor team of Wayne Cabot and Harley Carnes— 6 percent (parts of 1992 – 2004)

Number 4. WPLJ’s Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill — 7 percent    (1991- present)

At number 3. Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on the WFAN morning show — 8 percent   (2007-present)

Number 2. WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog — 17 percent  (1989-2008)

And the number 1 pick for favorite radio team, after the jump

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