|Syndication soap opera
Mark Masters turns off America’s Radio News Network, makes cuts at TRN.
Masters blames others, mostly Dial Global/WestwoodOne, which he says is failing to pay him what he says he's owed from ad sales. He vows to continue his anti-trust lawsuit against DG and several other syndicators, and says he arranged for “appropriate feeds to be provided” to affiliates of ARNN. Yesterday, those were feeds from sister Talk Radio Network, now being distributed – ironically – only by Dial Global/Westwood’s Wegener satellite system. (It had also been distributed by Cumulus.) So Masters’ strategy is to sign off the expensive news service. Keep the TRN lineup of Andrea Tantaros, Jerry Doyle, Rusty Humphries, et. al. And cut “as many operating costs as possible.” One outsider says the TRN office in Medford, Oregon now contains just Masters, recently-returned affiliate chief Jim Watkins, and a skeleton crew of support staff. Masters’ news release doesn’t mention the outside contractors who’ve been part of the operations. Some of those folks remain in fear that they won't get their severance payments. Meanwhile, Masters suggests that industry folks disturbed about Cumulus buying DG/Westwood file comments at the FTC’s Bureau of Competition and the Antitrust Division of the DOJ. This newsletter’s been suggesting that Cumulus was perhaps over-optimistic about when it might close the interlocking deals to buy DG/Westwood and sell stations to Townsquare Media. (Cumulus is shooting for November.) Masters is definitely interested in slowing down the train.
It was an unusual day at TRN.
“Watchdog on Wall Street” host Chris Markowski filled in for Jerry Doyle, in a shift that featured Mark Masters’ father Roy calling in. Roy's also a talkhost on TRN, and the two men seemed to have some disagreements. Meanwhile, the podcasts for a couple of dayparts for America’s Radio News Network started with the usual intros – but contained three hours of silence after that. No doubt it felt like a very unusual day for Mark Masters, who issued a mid-afternoon press release about his situation. Among the interested observers - other syndicators, watching to see what happens with the talent.
Greater Media is the fourth operator to sign a direct deal with Nashville’s Big Machine Label Group.
The first deal, between Clear Channel and Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine, made history in June 2012. Last Fall Entercom signed with Big Machine and then in February of this year came Beasley. Now Greater Media’s Peter Smyth cuts a deal (of unknown terms) to share revenues from both its terrestrial and digital platforms. Apparently Borchetta likes the concept, which Clear Channel has since expanded to some other labels. The way Greater Media puts it, the deal allows “digital simulcasts of the over-the-air signals to scale affordably, to support the growth of the company’s digital platform.” Big Machine's interested partly because of Greater Media’s #1-ranked country WKLB Boston (102.5), which plays lots of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts. Also artists like Justin Moore, the Mavericks and Reba from the related Valory Music. At a time when the House and Senate are pre-occupied with matters of military action in Syria and the federal budget, the music industry’s chances of getting much attention for a performance royalty seem very slim. So radio has some flexibility, time-wise, to explore and cut deals.
No auction necessary – these 104 apps can proceed to the front of the line for a new FM translator.
Clear Channel stands to gain four signals, if it files a complete Form 349 by the deadline of October 9, and makes the important “preclusion showing.” But like the other applicants, it can take advantage of a fairly liberal “minor change” policy, allowing for potential changes in power, height, directional pattern and even frequency. Clear Channel’s aiming for translators in Rockledge, Florida (near Melbourne). Mansfield, Ohio. Eagle River, Alaska (northeast of Anchorage). And Millman, Iowa (Des Moines). Saga Communications is queued up for its own translator in Des Moines, as well as Keene, New Hampshire. The K-Love/Air1 folks at Educational Media Foundation are up for translators in Tucson, Tallahassee and High Point, NC. You may think there couldn't possibly be room in Miami, Florida for a new translator, but one’s going to Charles E. Crawford. Longtime sign-on specialist Carl Tutera should get a new translator right in Orlando. And Bud Walters’ Cromwell Group gets its signal in Mattoon, Illinois – in a case that set a precedent for moving translators and is being cited by attorneys in other cases. Read the rules for these “singleton” applications, which won’t go into the upcoming auction 83, here. And check the list of 104 facilities, all in the commercial part of the FM band at 92.1 or higher, here.
Microsoft expands its Xbox music service to include Apple iOS and Android devices.
Xbox One launches November 22, solving what Microsoft calls the “common problem” of how to access music using various platforms, from TVs and phones to tablets and laptops. Yes, there can be a cost - $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year, which gets you unlimited streaming with no ads. But you can now get the free ad-supported version online, even if you don’t have a Windows 8 device (and lots of folks don’t, yet). The marketing catchphrase is “all the music you love, every way you want it.” Read the particulars from Microsoft here. Kurt Hanson’s RAIN says it won’t be easy to pry customers away from what they’re familiar with - “Entrenched users of existing services have invested in their favorite platforms by developing social relationships, making service-specific playlists, and downloading subscription tracks for offline listening.” Though it does believe that “Spotify and other independent listening platforms have reason to fear the usage clout of the major ecosystem companies – Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, and their massive built-in audiences.” More analysis from RAIN here. And there will be plenty of talk about all this at next Tuesday’s RAIN Summit in Orlando. Info and registration here. Why did Microsoft announce that Xbox Music was going outside the box? Maybe because of Apple’s expected announcements today -
Use Siri to run Apple’s new iTunes Radio, among other innovations to be revealed today.
Voice directions to Siri tell the new Internet audio service to “play more songs like this” or answer questions about who sang a particular song, says Billboard. Glenn Peoples, working off the glimpse of an iTunes Radio page on the Apple site and “a leaked licensing contract,” has some key features about Apple’s new venture. For instance, you get to iTunes Radio from a “radio” tab on the mobile app and the desktop program. The mobile app has featured stations, and Apple’s got “more than 200 genre-focused stations,” including, apparently, some advertiser-supported stations. Like other music services, this one learns more about you as you make your choices, and it uses a “star” instead of Pandora’s “thumbs-up.” Billboard says that unlike Pandora, you can fine-tune “the amount of discovery” on each station. And Apple, true to its earlier announcement, is going to offer exclusive music, including a “heat-seeker play,” chosen by iTunes. As we knew, Apple’s extremely interested in helping you purchase music, and that’s a big plus for the music labels it signed licensing deals with. Also at today’s Apple event in Cupertino, California – it’s expected to announce a new iPhone 5S (next model up from the current 5) and a mid-range iPhone 5C. So far, investors aren’t exactly deserting Pandora, because of the Xbox and Apple threats. Pandora stock gained over 3% yesterday (up 63 cents) to $20.14 a share.
“A quest to save AM before it’s lost in the static” – NY Times on crusader Ajit Pai.
One of the newest FCC Commissioners is championing the cause of one of the oldest regulated media – the AM band. Pai has vivid boyhood memories of growing up in Parsons, Kansas and depending on AM’s long geographic reach. He says “AM radio is localism, it is community.” He also cites the residents of Alaska, who must depend on battery-powered AM radios when everything else is down. Times writer Edward Wyatt goes through the familiar litany of problems for the AM band – RF interference from TVs, computers, smartphones, those energy-saving compact fluorescent lights, and big buildings. Also what Commissioner Pai calls outdated regulations. And the fact that the AM band is generally stuffed with a bunch off licensed signals. Pai first aligned himself with the cause of saving AM at last year’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Dallas, with his remarks on a panel that electrified the room. At this year’s Radio Show in Orlando, he’s speaking at the September 20 closing luncheon, and no doubt he’ll bring up the problems of AM. At last April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, Pai moderated a panel that brought forth various engineering suggestions, including the ultimate one – switching the entire AM band to digital, using iBiquity’s HD Radio solution. Read Edward Wyatt’s New York Times piece – “A quest to save AM” – here.
Quite a panel at the NAB/RAB Radio Show – Ann Compton, D.L. Hughley, Steve Jones.
They’ll all sit on a Wednesday, September 18 panel moderated by Cumulus Senior VP Mike McVay, focusing on how to “Tap into your star power and build your brand.” Branding is Steve Jones’ specialty, after 27 years in the music business and writing a book called “Brand Like A Rock Star.” He’ll also break down what White House correspondent Ann Compton and comedian/radio host D.L. Hughley are doing with their brands, and he’ll have sad stories about “brands gone bad.” The three-day Radio Show opens a week from today, with details here. By the way – kudos to Ann Compton, who joined ABC News exactly 40 years ago today.
Back to school and the last big push for the iHeart Music Festival…
That’s one way to understand the latest Media Monitors report on last week’s national ad-buying trends. Namely, that increased spending by OfficeMax, Sears, Boar’s Head (deli meats) and McDonald’s is part of a back-to-school marketing pattern. While the repeated #4 ranking for promotion of Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Music Festival shows its determination to get the most out of this weekend’s superstar lineup (leading to more downloading of the iHeart app). Here are the Media Monitors top 10 national advertisers for last week, ranked by number of spots detected – Home Depot (1-1). GEICO (12-2). McDonald’s (6-3). iHeart Radio Music Festival (4-4). iHeartRadio (2-5). Sears (15-6). Ford Lincoln Mercury (20-7). Wal-Mart (11-8). AutoZone (3-9). And Walgreens (16-10).
“PayNow” is Marketron’s new electronic bill payment system for clients.
They’re estimating it could save the industry millions of dollars by “eliminating the hard costs associated with paper billing.” Not to mention time lost in the chain of payment processing. Advertisers can log onto a secure portal, says Marketron’s Chief Revenue Officer Deb Esayian, and the new product “completes the loop for our suite of features” that includes electronic invoicing. Clients can pay using credit card, e-check/ACH or GSA smart pay. Marketron CEO Jeff Haley says that based on his company’s own research, the media industry “collectively spends more than $40 million a year on processing payments.”
Formats and branding –
• Portland, Oregon’s enjoying a fresh dose of alternative rock, as Clear Channel pulls 99-watt translator K272EL out of its simulcast with talk KEX (1190). It’s definitely a trend to watch this year, as operators retreat (in some situations) from the popular idea that an AM – even a 50,000-watt blaster like KEX – must have an FM signal to compete. Now KEX goes it alone, and the translator is alternative rock “Radio 102.3,” using the kind of spare branding Clear Channel employs for that format in several other markets. The target is Entercom’s full-power “94/7 Alternative Portland” KNRK – a 3.9 age 6+ share in the latest PPMs for August, out last week. Check the Radio 102.3 website here.
Day 4 Arbitron PPMs for August –
Austin – “Bob” KBPA takes over Austin and bursts the bubble for CHR “Kiss” KHFI, which had hoped to start a lengthy new streak at the top. KHFI’s 29-book winning stream ended in June, and last month it returned to #1, but just barely. But here in August, Emmis-run variety hits “Bob” KBPA surpasses Kiss and everybody else, to grab the #1 spot. That’s never happened in PPM measurement for Bob. In fact, the only other time the frequency led the market was in Summer 1986, when it was AC “Key 103” KEYI. Here are this month’s top three – #1 is “Bob,” (7.3-7.8-7.8). #2 is Clear Channel’s country KASE (7.8-7.9-7.3). #3 is Kiss KHFI (7.2-8.2-6.6). KVET-FM, Clear Channel’s other country station, is up to fourth place, 5.4-5.0-5.8. But right below are two up-and-comers – Entercom’s AC “Majic” KKMJ, 5.7-4.9-5.7, and Emmis-run rock KLBJ-FM, 4.4-4.4-5.7. That’s the highest share since October 2010 for the rock station. Capitol’s classical non-com KMFA is up 2.4-2.2-2.8. Austin’s cume leaders are CHR “Kiss” with an estimated 518,900 listeners during the week and variety hits “Bob” with 508,500. All shares in this section are age 6+ AQH, for the total broadcast week. The Arbitron “subscriber only” policy remains in effect, so there may be non-subscribing stations in some markets that we don’t get to see. And keep in mind that Arbitron’s survey month of August ran July 18 through August 14. Now on to the other Day 4 markets –
Milwaukee – There's just no stopping country WMIL, as the Clear Channel station sets yet another station-best PPM record, going 11.2-11.0-11.6. The next two stations also belong to Clear Channel. Those are oldies WRIT (7.9-7.9-7.0) and talk WISN, 7.5-7.2-6.7. Last year’s Brewers baseball boost isn’t there this year, for Journal Broadcast Group’s news/talk WTMJ. It’s fourth, 6.6-6.5-6.5. (At one point last season, WTMJ hit an 11.0 share.) Nice bump for Journal’s variety hits “Lake” WLWK, going 4.6-4.4-5.2. Remember the Arbitron subscriber-only policy? One of the owners we don’t see in Milwaukee is Saga, with stations such as AC “Sunny” WSNY. (Remember that Arbitron’s suing Saga for allegedly pirating the ratings in this market.) Another low number for CC’s "Big 920" Fox Sports WOKY, repeating its 0.1 share. Milwaukee’s cume leader is country WMIL, at 535,400.
Indianapolis – Another 1-2 finish for the dueling country FMs here. Cumulus-owned WFMS is a consistent 8.4-8.1-8.2, followed by Emmis’ “Hank” WLHK, 8.2-7.6-7.6. Big month for Radio One’s now-third-place rhythmic “Hot” WHHH, up 5.9-5.8-7.1. That ties its highest share ever in PPM, back in February 2012. Hot is now ahead of stations like Emmis’ AC “Soft rock B105.7” WYXB, 7.2-7.4-6.8. While Entercom’s hot AC “My 107.9” WNTR is up nicely, 2.5-3.3-4.1. In sports, there’s the Emmis “Fan” WFNI (2.2-1.5-1.4) and Clear Channel’s WNDE, 0.2-0.2-0.3. Once again, Entercom’s “CBS Sports 1430” WNDE doesn’t qualify for the book. And Arbitron isn’t releasing the share for Emmis’ HD2/translator all-sports service they market as “WFNI-FM.” AC “B105.7” is the cume leader, with 419,200 Hoosiers listening in.
Raleigh – Country WQDR, owned by Curtis Media, stays #1 and hits its highest level since February 2012 (8.5-9.8-10.0). Second is Capitol’s AC “Mix 101.5” WRAL, 8.7-8.1-8.4. Radio One’s urban AC “Foxy” WFXC also hits a recent high, 7.5-8.1-8.2. Its sister urban station, “K97” WQOK, rises to its best number since April 2012, 5.4-5.6-6.2. Curtis’ variety hits “Radio 96.1” WBBB experiences sudden pain, 5.7-5.8-3.7. In talk and sports, Clear Channel’s re-branded talk WTKK is off again, 3.0-2.8-2.5. Capitol’s all-sports “Fan” WCMC-FM is unchanged, 2.4-2.2-2.2. Curtis Media’s talk WPTF moves 1.2-1.3-1.2. Ft. Myers-owned talk WPTK stays in the zone, 0.7-0.5-0.6. And “ESPN Triangle” WDNC is flat at a 0.2. Cume champ remains adult contemporary WRAL, at 453,700.
Providence – Cumulus CHR WPRO-FM holds the lead, 8.3-9.0-9.2. It’s ahead of Clear Channel’s classic hits ”B101” WWBB, 8.4-7.2-7.9 and sister rock WHJY, 7.6-8.5-7.6. Right behind is Cumulus “Lite Rock 105” WWLI, 8.6-8.2-7.5. Not many markets this size have a 5-share all-sports station, but Entercom’s WVEI-FM does it, 4.5-4.6-5.0. Who’s leading in cume? The big CHR, of course. PRO-FM’s at 590,000 Rhode Islanders and Bay Staters.
Nashville – 15 consecutive #1 finishes for AC “Mix” WJXA. The South Central-owned station rises 13.7-13.9-14.5. (It did a 14.6 in March) In country, there’s Clear Channel’s resurgent “Big 98” WSIX, at a steady 6.9-6.7-6.8 pace. The #2 ranking is its best ever in PPM. The two Cumulus country stations are at #6 (WKDF, 6.1-5.6-5.6) and #9 (WSM-FM, 4.7-3.8-4.4.). Nashville Public Radio’s news/talk non-com WPLN-FM is stronger, 4.3-4.0-4.6. The Cromwell Group didn’t subscribe last month, and this time we see its numbers. Cromwell’s gospel HD2-plus-translator “Light” WPRT-FM HD2 moved 1.0-1.0-0.8 – and it actually beats the main signal of host station “102.5 the Game” WPRT-FM, which is unchanged, 0.4-0.5-0.5. Cromwell’s all-sports WQZQ, using NBC Sports Radio, didn’t make the book. Nashville’s a rare market where EMF’s non-commercial contemporary Christian “K-Love” outlet subscribes, and we see that WLVU is up 2.1-2.6-2.8. WAY FM’s non-com Christian CHR WAYM is also trending up again, 1.4-1.3-1.7. Cume leader in Music City – easily – is AC “Mix,” at 460,700.
Norfolk – Make it 12 #1 finishes for Entercom’s urban AC “95-7 R&B FM” WVKL, going 9.3-9.2-8.7. Next is Max Media’s classic “Wave” WVBW with its best topline since November 2010, 6.6-6.9-7.0. Clear Channel’s urban WOWI holds onto third place, 6.2-6.3-6.0. The formerly-tied country stations head in opposite directions, with Max Media’s “Eagle” WGH-FM up 6.3-5.3-5.7 and Sinclair Telecable’s “US 106” WUSH back down, 4.3-5.3-4.6. A rarity in cume – two stations are exactly tied at 364,000. Those are urban AC WVKL and Entercom’s rhythmic CHR “Z104” WNVZ, which ranks #6 in AQH. Right behind them at 362,900 cume is Entercom’s “The New 101.3” WWDE. It ranks tenth in share with a lowish-looking 3.8.
Greensboro – Another PPM-best for Dick Broadcasting’s CHR WKZL, up 4.0-5.4-5.7. It now ranks seventh in the North Carolina Triad. Still on top with its best performance since last September is Entercom’s urban AC WQMG, 11.0-10.9-11.3. Sister rhythmic “Jamz” is in second place, 11.1-9.4-9.5. In the country wars, Clear Channel’s WTQR (8.4-8.2-8.6 and ranked third) is now positioned above Entercom’s “Wolf” WPAW (8.8-8.2-7.7 and ranked #5). This is the first time WTQR has led the Wolf since February 2012. In fourth place is “Simon,” Entercom’s variety hit WSMW, 7.5-8.4-8.3. One to watch out for – Curtis-owned regional Mexican “La Ley” WYMY, 1.3-2.6-3.4. Simon says the cume leader here is…Simon. WSMW has an estimated weekly cume of 437,300.
West Palm Beach – AC WRMF, the Palm Beach Broadcasting station, is #1 again, but its 7.6 looks weak compared to the previous five months – 9.4-11.0-11.0-9.3-8.7 and now 7.6. Country “Gater” is the big gainer near the top, as Clear Channel’s “Gater 98” WKGR jumps two shares to its best-ever PPM share, 5.4-5.1-7. It’s #2, ahead of sister CHR “Wild” WLDI, 6.9-7.0-5.9. In various Christian formats, there’s Moody’s Christian teaching non-com WRMB (3.7-3.0-3.0) and Way FM’s Christian CHR WAYF, 2.7-3.2-2.9. West Palm’s cume leader is the same as its AQH leader – AC WRMF, at 408,700, more than 125,000 ahead of #2 “Gater” at 476,300.
Jacksonville – They’re grouped tightly around the top, in 0.1 of a share stairsteps, starting with Clear Channel’s urban “Beat” WJBT, 6.6-7.7-6.6. Right behind is Cox’s Top 40 WAPE, 7.7-7.0-6.5. Then sister classic hits “Eagle” WJGL, 7.4-7.1-6.4. And CC’s country WQIK, 5.4-6.6-6.3. Cox’s HD-fed urban translator named WJGL HD-2 is solid, 4.0-3.5-3.5. Cume leaders – CHR WAPE at 368,600 and classic hits “Eagle” at 364,300.
Memphis – lead change, with Clear Channel’s urban AC “V101.1” KJMS popping back into first place. This is the third time this year it’s been #1, and each time it’s done it with a 10.3 share. #2 is CC’s gospel “Hallelujah” WHAL-FM, 10.2-10.4-10.0. Third is Cumulus urban AC “Soul Classics” WRBO, 6.1-7.7-7.6. Country holds fourth place, with Cumulus’ “Kix 106” WGKX going 7.8-6.9-6.5. Onetime leader urban AC-and-more WDIA, owned by Clear Channel, is climbing back, 2.6-3.2-3.5. Cume leader is urban AC “V101.1” KJMS at 345,700.
Hartford – First time in double digits this year for CBS Radio’s AC “Lite” WRCH, 9.8-9.8-10.4. Its consecutive win streak goes back a whole 25 books. Buckley’s oldies WDRC-FM (8.5-8.2-8.5) and CC’s country WWYZ (8.2-8.6-8.5) are tied in second place. Next is CBS Radio’s rhythmic “Hot 93.7” WZMX, 8.2-7.5-8.2. Then CC’s classic hits “River” WHCN with a high-water mark of 5.8-6.3-7.0. That’s its best share since December 2011. Cume leader – no shock here – is AC WRCH at 396,300.
That’s it for the 48 August PPM books…
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Robin Quivers reveals that she’s now cancer-free, in an emotional “share” on SiriusXM’s Howard Stern show. On May 25 of last year, Stern’s longtime cast member had surgery to remove a five-inch tumor next to her bladder, and she came back to the show (broadcasting from her home) in early June 2012. She’s been undergoing treatment since then, and TMZ.com says that yesterday Robin said she’s cancer-free, thanks to the chemo and other medical treatment. Stern said “I gotta be honest, I thought she was a goner.” Robin knows her way around the medical world, by the way – she’s a former Air Force nurse.
Greg Strassell came into the CBS system in 1998, when it acquired American Radio Systems, where Greg was the Boston-based Vice President of Programming and Product Development. He’d been programming in Boston since 1991, and under CBS he took over then-oldies WODS in 2001. Three years later he advanced to Senior VP/Programming for the group – and now he’s leaving for what sounds like another job that’s already lined up, but secret. CBS Executive VP of Programming Chris Oliviero salutes Greg’s “passion and dedication to our radio stations.” As for CBS, the recently-promoted Oliviero says he’ll have “more updates in regards to the programming department in the near future.” Strassell (“stra-SELL”) is at 617-529-9200 and GStrassell@aol.com.
Marlene Trevino circles back to Clear Channel as market manager for San Antonio, succeeding Breeanna Malik (now VP sales for CC-Houston). Trevino says she’s “a product of Clear Channel’s training and leadership development,” having joined the company as a senior AE at KDMX Dallas in 2002, and rising to GSM rank by 2008. She’s also worked for Radio One and an affiliate of Azteca America television. Since 2011, Trevino’s been the GSM at what’s now regional Mexican “La Grande 107.5” KMVK. In San Antonio, she’ll be back in Anglo radio, with stations like country “KJ97” KAJA and classic rock KZEP (104.5). Marlene reports to Kelly Kibler Owens.
E. Steven Collins was a broadcaster in Philadelphia for 40 years, and a bridge-builder between communities outside the radio station walls. He was most recently Director of Urban Marketing and External Relations for Radio One in Philadelphia, and the host of the weekly “Philly Speaks” on R&B oldies “Old School 100.3” WRNB. Before joining Radio One – recruited personally by Radio One founder/chair Cathy Hughes – Collins was part of heritage urban AC WDAS-FM (105.3) for nearly 30 years, says WCAU-TV. His connections to the community were so extensive that he was sometimes called “the unofficial mayor.” Collins had also appeared on MSNBC with Chris Matthews, CNN and PBS. The Temple University grad was supposed to receive the "Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award"
at next month’s hall of fame ceremonies. E. Steven Collins died yesterday morning of a heart attack, at just 58.
Mike Dufort leaves Pamal Broadcasting’s corporate staff (after 12-1/2 years) to join Westport-based Connoisseur Media. The August 30 NOW said Mike would be working for a Connecticut-based company (and not Townsquare, as we originally thought). Connoisseur CEO Jeff Warshaw says Dufort will be working with his EVP/Chief Financial Officer Mike Driscoll and COO David Bevins. And he says “Mike will have plenty to do, as we integrate all of our acquisitions and continue our efforts to be the best radio company in America.”
Mike Murillo has worked in New York and Philadelphia (for Merlin Media), and now he joins Hubbard’s all-news WTOP (103.5 and simulcast regional signals) as an anchor and reporter. In addition to his reporting skills, WTOP program director Laurie Cantillo says Murillo is “a skilled web designer and broadcast technician” – a reminder of how many skills it takes to thrive, today.
Trouble on Line 1 - Mike Hennessy, veteran of Tampa Bay radio newsrooms and now a news anchor for Blaze Radio and "all-around free-lancer," says "I was an 18 year old at a small country station in the Florida panhandle. (It's now dark, but I won't get any more specific than that) One night the phone rang and I immediately started getting a torrent of abusive language, including 'F,' 'S' and 'GD' bombs, as the female caller demanded to know where 'he' was. Trying to hold myself together, I was able to ask 'who?' She replied 'that son of a bitch' *owner's name redacted.* On further inquiry, the next day I learned that the owner's wife was a hard core alcoholic who was fine when sober, but the textbook definition of 'mean drunk.' The only good thing about the unfortunate situation was that she was a blackout drunk, and never remembered any particular conversation. This was very fortunate for one new guy who wasn't in on the situation and proceeded to tell her off using the same kind of language. Sure enough, nothing was ever said, and he went on to become program director. Getting a call from her was something of a rite of passage for everyone who worked there." Got your own true story? Email “You Can’t Make This Up” – Tom@RTK-Media.com.
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