Opie & Jim Norton Discuss Anthony Cumia’s Firing

SiriusXM’s Opie and Jim Norton returned from vacation for their first show following the firing of co-host Anthony Cumia from the “Opie & Anthony” show. Opie commented that he thought that the entire show was gone the moment he saw Cumia’s tweets. I read Ant’s tweets. And I said to myself I swear to you I said, Oh my God, we’re fired. That needs to be said. There was just something different about it. I’m like oh my God, we’re fired. Cause I think it was just the amount of tweets that he did and they were harsh. I mean they were absolutely were harsh and I understand why cause he was really mad at what had happened. But I knew in my gut that this is not going to go well. We work for a company for as much as we bitch they give us a lot of...[Read More]

Steve Gorman Takes Afternoon Slot At Fox Sports Radio

Fox Sports Radio has hired Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman to host afternoons from 3-6pm Eastern/12-3pm Pacific beginning January 27. Gorman, who had been hosting a Sports themed podcast, has been a frequent guest on Fox Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr Sports and occasional fill-in at WPRT Nashville. His appointment comes after a massive lineup reshuffling announced in late-December. FOX Sports Radio is pleased to announce the addition of The Black Crowes drummer and sports radio personality Steve Gorman as its new afternoon drive host. Airing live, weekdays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET/12 p.m. – 3 p.m. PT, Steve Gorman Sports! will feature unique sports commentary and entertainment, including what’s happening in sports, music and pop-culture from the perspective of this sports enthusiast, spor...[Read More]

Fox Sports Radio Resets Its Lineup For 2014

Update 12/19: Pat O’Brien and Steve Hartmann will not be remaining with KLAC according to the Los Angeles Daily News. KLAC will add a local show reportedly to be hosted by KNBC-TV sportscaster Fred Roggin. While O’Brien completely exits the network, Hartmann will remain in a weekend capacity. Original Report 12/18: Clear Channel’s “Fox Sports Radio” is preparing an overhaul of its lineup. Taking effect on January 6, the new lineup will see five weekday programs take on new hosts. The new lineup will feature: 6-9am Eastern: Andy Furman and Mike North (North, formerly of WSCR Chicago replaced Artrell Hawkins earlier this month) 9am-12pm: Dan Patrick 12-3pm: Jay Mohr Sports 3-6pm: To Be Announced 6-10pm: JT The Brick & Tomm Looney (Moving from Overnights) 10...[Read More]

Cumulus Preps National Launch Of America’s Morning Show

Cumulus’ “America’s Morning Show” is going National in 2014. Originating in Nashville, but based at “Nash-FM 94.7” WNSH New York, the program led by Blair Garner will begin being distributed to other Country stations in the new year. The announcement comes buried in a release announcing the hiring of three new staffers for Cumulus’ Nash initiative. Cumulus announces the hiring of three key NASH executives in preparation for the national launches of “America’s Morning Show” and “NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr” next month. The new executives are: Ian Zak, Executive Producer for “America’s Morning Show” – Zak joins “America’s Morning Show” after most recently serving as National Producer for Clear Channel’s Contemporary Hit Radio channel on Pr...[Read More]

Mike Huckabee To End Syndicated Show

Another day, another move in the Conservative Talk syndication shuffle. As first reported by Politco, Mike Huckabee announced today that his Cumulus Media Networks program will end on Thursday, December 14. The Fox News host and former Arkansas Governor and Presidential candidate began syndication in the 12-3pm Eastern timeslot in April 2012. Yesterday it was announced that Westwood One was moving Dennis Miller into that slot and replacing Huckabee on KLIF Dallas and KCMO Kansas City among other stations. On Monday, Cumulus announced that Geraldo Rivera would end his syndicated show at the end of the year. Huckabee made the following statement on his Facebook page regarding the end of the program: The Mike Huckabee Show on radio, which was heard 3 hours a day on over 200 radio stations acr...[Read More]

Cody Alan Heads After Midnite

Update 11/26: Clear Channel and CMT have announced the deal in which Cody Alan will become host of After Midnite as part of a wider agreement between the companies. Alan will continue hosting CMT Radio Live in the 7pm-12am timeslot as well, which will be distributed by Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks. The pact between Clear Channel and CMT will also see the pair develop additional programming and events across radio, television and digital platforms and cross-promotion between CMT, Clear Channel’s Country stations, and iHeartRadio. The full release follows: CMT, the leading television and digital authority on Country music and entertainment, and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (CCM+E), the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any ...[Read More]

Geraldo To Go Local On WABC; Depart Syndication

Cumulus Media Networks has announced that Geraldo Rivera will end his daily syndicated talk show at the end of the year. Rivera has been distributed live in the 9am to 12pm daypart since August 2012. Before entering national syndication he hosted two unique local shows for 770 WABC New York and 790 KABC Los Angeles. Cumulus has not revealed its plans if any for replacement programming for the daypart. Geraldo will not be leaving Cumulus as he will shift his program back to a New York only focus airing from 10am-12pm on WABC beginning January 1, 2014. WABC will be seeing the bulk of its daily lineup changing that day as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity move to Clear Channel’s 710 WOR. Michael Savage’s syndicated show will move from late nights to afternoon drive, however no replac...[Read More]

Premiere Cancels & Uncancels Randi Rhodes

After canceling syndicated Liberal Talk host Randi Rhodes earlier this week, Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks has reversed course and signed her to a new contract. On Wednesday, Premiere announced that they would cease distribution of Rhodes’ program at the expiration of her contract at the end of the year. Just two days later Premiere has stated they have signed her to a one year contract extension through the end of 2014. In a memo to affiliates, Peter Tripi SVP/Affiliate Relations for Premiere wrote: In a happy turn of events, we are pleased to announce that Premiere Networks will continue to produce and distribute The Randi Rhodes Show. In an industry of constant change, it’s a pleasure to provide good news about a talk talent we think so highly of. We apologize for ...[Read More]

Cumulus To Launch NASH Nights Live

“Go Country 105” KKGO-FM Los Angeles morning host Sean Parr is departing the station to host a new nationally syndicated night show. “NASH Nights Live” will debut on Monday, January 6 on Cumulus’ Country stations including “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH New York. The Nashville based program will air from 7pm-12am daily and will also be made available to other stations via Cumulus Media Networks. Parr has been with KKGO since its flip to Country in 2007 and previously worked at Country predecessor 93.9 KZLA. No word yet on what this means for “CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan“, which is currently distributed by Cumulus Media Networks and airs on many of the stations that will be picking up this new program. The press release from Cumulus follows: Cumu...[Read More]

Art Bell Quits SiriusXM

Just a few weeks after returning to radio via SiriusXM, Art Bell is departing his show. Bell discussed on his last show that he was unhappy with Sirius’ mobile streaming and wanted permission to stream his show on his site for free. That goes against SiriusXM’s business model and had no chance of being accepted. In response, Bell posted on Facebook today, Sometimes when you are “all in” you win, sometimes lose. By mutual agreement, Dark Matter will no longer air as of tonight. That Facebook page has since been deleted as well. Statement from Art Bell via e-mail: — Art Bell Sirius XM (@ArtBellXM) November 5, 2013 Bell began airing on SiriusXM’s “Indie 104” channel on September 16.

Cumulus Discusses 2014 Plans For Nash

During yesterday’s quarterly earnings conference calls, Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey revealed some of the company’s next round of initiatives for the Nash brand expansion. Once the Westwood One purchase by the company closes, Cumulus plans on transitioning all of its Country network programming to the Nash brand. Dickey stated “there’ll be a dedicated product offering to the broadcast community for NASH, everything from licensing the IP to getting on the promotions and the events and the digital aspects of it, and even the merchandising.” That will enable other broadcasters to license the Nash brand from Cumulus to allow them to expand into markets where the company doesn’t operate stations. Nash Magazine, which debuted in the Atlanta market earlier this year ...[Read More]

Michael Savage To Move To Afternoons In January

Cumulus Media Networks has announced that Michael Savage’s “Savage Nation” will shift into the afternoon timeslot in January. Savage will take the 3-6pm Eastern/12-3pm Pacific spot opened up on Cumulus owned stations by Sean Hannity not resigning with the company earlier this month. Cumulus claims that Savage will launch in afternoons on 200+ stations including 60 Cumulus owned stations. Among the affiliates that will be carrying Savage live are 770 WABC New York, 890 WLS Chicago, 820/96.7 WBAP Dallas, 630/105.9 WMAL Washington, 760 WJR Detroit, and 710/103.7 KCMO Kansas City. Of those stations all currently air Hannity live except for WLS, which carries him from 6-9pm following their local afternoon show hosted by Roe Conn and Richard Roeper. The full press release follo...[Read More]

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