National Public Radio may be the most successful organization at creating content for Podcasts. It certainly was one of the early leaders in Podcasting. However, the organization has decided it doesn't really want to promote its own Podcasts on the air. And, although no explanation as to why was given, that may be to avoid pushing listeners away from the radio. Here's what NPR's V.P. for News Programming and Operations Chris Turpin wrote in a note to the NPR staff about the Podcasts.
Cumulus Media announced that it has appointed Beth Foster as co-host of WEBE Wake Up Morning Show with Jay Michaels in Bridgeport, CT. Foster has previously been on-air for several stations in southern Connecticut. Concurrently, Cumulus Bridgeport announced that it has upped longtime WEBE swing shift talent Andy Madison to co-host/Traffic Reporter, afternoons on WEBE.
In our Friday story entitled "Is Radio Facing A PR Headache After CBS Announcement?", we referenced a chart from the Edison Research Infinite Dial study and indicated that online listening was trending down. That was incorrect. Here's a clarification to that story.
iHeartMedia's WWPW-FM will kick off Monday with a new morning show called PK and Riley. PK will join Power 96.1 from Houston. He was the founding member of the Playhouse morning show in Portland. Also, joining the show is former Playhouse member Denise.
Ohana Broadcast Company has hired local boy Keola Lui-Kwan to host mornings on 102.7 Da Bomb (KDDB-FM). Kwan returns to Honolulu after 14 years in major markets.
Late last week, employees at KCBS-AM in San Francisco voted in favor of joining SAG-AFTRA. Production assistants, writers, and newsroom assistants will join the union with an existing bargaining unit of editors at the all-news station.
Beasley Broadcast Group CEO George Beasley is on a medical leave of absence, effective immediately, the company announced Friday. EVP/CFO Caroline Beasley will be interim CEO in George Beasley's absence; he continues as chairman of the board.
Cumulus owned MIX 107.3 in Washington DC has inked a new contract with midday personality Ashley Nickels. She also picks up the Music Director job with her new deal. Nickels joined the station in 2014, hosting nights, coming to DC from KDND in Sacramento
Ray Baum will join the NAB on March 31 as the organization's new VP of Government Relations. He'll report to NAB Executive Vice President of Government Relations Curtis LeGeyt.