Archive for the ‘Syndicators’ Category

Hugh Hewitt in talks with MSNBC

Monday, May 1st, 2017

When Hewitt took over for Bill Bennett to do the 6-9 AM shift, I wondered if he was going to last as a morning guy. The purported MSNBC show would be an evening show, so it seems unlikely Hewitt would continue to get up at 4 AM for radio. Michael “Savage” Wiener had a show on MSNBC for a while, so anything is possible.

Maybe they could pair him with Rachel Maddow. That would be very annoying in an entertainment sense.

Rusty Humphries leaves syndicated radio again

Friday, April 7th, 2017

The collapse of independent talk radio syndication (non iHeart and Cumulus/Westwood One) has narrowed the employment possibilities, even for experienced hosts. When Talk Radio Network started having difficulties, Rusty added a job working for WGST-AM in Atlanta. When TRN fell apart, Rusty left and had to sit out a non-compete clause and legal issues. After USA radio network was sold to a religious broadcaster and then sold to a company that sells web ads, Rusty joined the USA radio network as VP of programming, but never was able to build out a lineup that would motivate a station to switch networks.

Rusty left USA a few days ago, citing unforseen circumstances as the reason for his departure. He is being replaced by a man you may have heard of before named Wayne Allyn Root. Root ran in the 2008 Presidential primary for the Libertarian party.

Meghan McCain gets shown the door

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Countess spotted this before I did. Maybe I can add her to the staff as a hard news reporter. If I teach her how to use Google News, this could become a “go to” radio news site

So Meghan signed on with Premiere Radio, Clear Channel’s talk radio subsidiary. It was clear from the first hour, she had no interest other than providing free nationwide advertising to promote her father’s political agenda. She had replaced the forgettable America Now with Andy Dean.

When Andy Dean left, a lot of radio stations switched to carry Joe Pags.

She was let go immediately and Brian Suits is filling in temporarily. The permanent host is Buck Sexton, a member of the next generation that needs to be in place when Rush retires. Countess has made some observations and maybe can fill in some of the background.

The show seems very much in flux – JerseyDevil’s observation suggests to me that Premiere wants to retain a trademark on “America Now” without actively using it. The old web site is dead.

Jon Grayson is done

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Jon Grayson was originally doing an overnight show on KMOX in Saint Louis – CBS radio spread the show to its own stations, and then went into wider syndication by Westwood One, now owned by Cumulus Media.

The main competitors in the middle of the night are Coast to Ghost, the Red Eyed trucker network and GCN’s Kate Delaney.

Will the last person leaving radio syndication please turn off the coffee pot…

Dave Ramsey – are you Sirius?

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Yes, as of Monday.

Typically, the local partner of Ramsey in a city arranges the local radio affiliation, making it worthwhile for the station. Ramsey going National is undercutting those relationships. If he frequently touts SiriusXM, local stations will become highly motivated to drop the show.

Sam Sorbo is gone

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Talk Radio Network is down to three hosts following the death of Jerry Doyle and Sorbo leaving

4 hours of Morning News
12 hours of Robert Davi (who?)
8 hours of Network owner Roy Masters

Satellite schedule

Chris Plante gets national syndication deal

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

With Johnny B leaving Westwood One, Chris Plante was a pretty obvious choice. By conforming to the 9AM-noon (ET) time block, the show becomes an easy choice to replace Glenn Beck or perhaps Laura Ingraham. Brandmeier is leaving in early 2017

Imus also had his contact renewed

Johnny B cut loose

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

When Dennis Miller left syndicated radio on Westwood One, someone came up with Jonathan Brandmeier as a replacement. He was well known in Chicago mostly an entertainment radio talker, talking about movies, TV, celebrity gossip. He had his own band in Chicago that would play at clubs.

Someone thought it would be a good idea to take a mostly apolitical guy not known outside of Chicago and have him play the role of a meat eating Conservative to a national audience. It didn’t work. Saying you really like Elizabeth Warren’s politics and calling Donald Trump a racist xenophobic would be a red flag to anyone paying attention.

By mutual agreement, Westwood One will be dropping Johnny B in early 2017 when his contract runs out.

Another problem the show had was its time slot. The syndication business has aligned to 3 hour shows at 6/9/noon/3/6/9 ET. That meant either airing only two hours (no rational person would drop Rush for a total unknown) or carrying the show on delay, mostly in the evening. There is a pretty fundamental rule in syndication – if your show is based on callers calling in, they have to be hearing the show live. Even his home station WLS-AM didn’t carry the first two hours live.

IRN/USA parent files Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Chapter 7 is liquidation, not reorganization.

Raleigh Business Journal

Debts of $1.5 million, and $1.06 in cash

USA Radio Networks was sold off a few months ago and that’s where Rusty Humphries landed.

Jerry Doyle dead at 60

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Doyle was found nonresponsive in his home in Vegas. Doyle has had health challenges through the years, in addition to the pressure of being the host still working for Talk Radio Network.

Doyle considered himself more of a libertarian than a Conservative. Add one more name to the Clinton suspicious death list.