Thursday, January 31, 2008

Imus Doubles Affiliates

Inside Radio is reporting that just a few months after it's return "Imus in the Morning" is now heard on 31 stations, up from the initial 12 affiliates. Honestly I'm a little surprised, this is very under the radar. I don't hear much talk or feel any buzz about the show. I know the street level studio that Imus broadcasts from in Manhattan and there's never, ever more than one person looking in ala "The Today Show". I'm sure the bulk of the new stations are smaller sticks in mid to small markets. Citadel doesn't play the "We just picked up WXXX!" game in the trade magazines so it's a little harder to keep up. Keep a close watch on this Imus thing, he may be more influential than we give him credit for. He is a huge John McCain supporter and McCain's campaign is steamrolling right now. Is there any connection here?

Friday, January 25, 2008

Darryl Brown Exits ABC

Long time ABC Radio Network exec Darryl Brown has announced that he's stepping away from his day-to-day EVP/GM position with the network to spend more time with his family. Brown who has been with ABC for close to 30 years will remain with the company as a special consultant on ABC's Hispanic platform initiatives. The push to connect the general market network with the Hispanic audience was spearheaded by Brown in 2004 just as he led the company to embrace the Black consumer in the 80's. Brown is responsible for signing exclusive deals with reggaetón star Daddy Yankee and broadcaster María Celeste Arrarás. In late 2004, ABC inked a five-year deal with SBS to syndicate three morning shows: Los Angeles-based El Cucuy de la Mañana with Renán Almendárez Coello; New York's El Vacilón de la Mañana with Luis Jimenez and Moonshadow; and El Vacilón de la Mañana with Enrique Santos and Joe Ferrero, from Miami. ESPN Deportes Radio, launched in the fall, is another property that is part of the push. Although don't know him personally, Darryl Brown is and has been a VIP in the world of network and syndication and I've admired his accomplishments. For more on this click here.

Is Terrestrial syndication next for Oprah?

We all know about her deal with XM, now Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions is developing a stable of shows that might be syndicated on terrestrial radio. Harpo just announced a new show to air on XM with Rabbi Shumley Boteach and something called "Law of Attraction" with Michael Losier. You may know Boteach from his forays with Michael Jackson and his Discovery Health channel series "Shalom In The Home", (which by the way, is the channel that will be replaced by Oprah's new OWN cable network). Tom Taylor of Inside Radio says it looks like there is some sort of longterm plan brewing to move into terrestrial syndication. I think Tom's on to something...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Prayers for Rick of "Rick and Bubba"

Condolences go out to Rick Burgess of Syndicated Solutions Inc.'s Rick & Bubba Show and his wife, Sherri, who lost their 3-year-old son Bronner, in an accidental drowning in the family pool last Saturday evening. Bronner was the youngest of Rick and Sherri Burgess' five children.

The Burgess family has requested that donations be made to a memorial fund that will honor Bronner's memory by giving back to ministries; click here for more information and to make a donation. This is a man and a family and a show that loves God and is not afraid to show it. Please send your condolences to

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Queen moves on

WBLS New York personality Wendy Williams, who had been syndicated by Superadio, will move over to Westwood One on Feb. 4. As part of the move The Wendy Williams Experience will be picked up by Magic Broadcastings KDAY/Los Angeles. The switch brings Wendy back to Los Angeles where she was heard overnights on Radio One urban KKBT (100.3 the Beat) until it transitioned to urban AC as KRBV (V100) in 2006. I know the show well and I believe, no I know, that there are obstacles to obtaining a wider clearance on this show that are more an indictment on a certain mindset in some parts of the industry, (an outspoken, controversial WOMAN in afternoon drive) than any failings on the part of the show or the former syndicator. God bless Wendy I hope she takes it to the next level.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sharpton Added to the R&R Talk Panel

Radio & Records has just announced that Syndication One talk host and activist Rev. Al Sharpton will be part of a round table panel at the 2008 R&R Talk Radio Seminar. Sharpton will provide his take on Election 08 and all issues surrounding it on a "Reverse Debate" session, where the roles are reversed in a presidential-style debate that will be moderated by ABC News' George Stephanopoulous.

Sharpton will share the stage with Westwood One's Jim Bohannon, Talk Radio Network's Rusty Humphries, Lincoln Financial talk WBT/Charlotte host Jeff Katz, Talk Radio Network's Mancow and Jones Radio Networks' Stephanie Miller and Ed Schultz. Whether you agree with Sharpton's views or tactics, there is a need and thank goodness a place for a voice such as his in the marketplace. I love the fact that he refuses to be marginalized and is a part of what is a pretty influential gathering at the Talk Radio Seminar. I've got to believe there will be more talent added to this particular line-up because other than Rusty Humphries and maybe Jim Bohannon, I don't see a conservative host in the lot. By the way, is it me or is it a coincidence that this announcement was made on Martin Luther King's birthday? (note: The dream has been deferred for many but it is still alive...Thank you Dr. King)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Doug Banks Update

Just as everyone expected, after ending the syndication of “The Doug Banks Morning Show” on Dec. 31, ABC Radio Networks will begin syndicating “The Doug Banks and DeDe McGuire Show” for afternoon drive on Monday Jan. 14. The show began airing on its flagship affiliate Clear Channel urban AC WVAZ (V-103)/Chicago on Friday Jan. 11. Doug and co-host DeDe McGuire will still broadcast from Dallas as they did for “The Doug Banks Morning Show.” The field of nationally syndicated Urban morning shows is pretty much down to four again, with Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey, Rickey Smiley and Big Boy doing battle depending on what demo you're talking about. This begs the question as to whether there is room for another. Many of the station operators that I speak to in smaller markets say there is...

A "Hurricane" Sweeps into Syndication One

Veteran programmer “Hurricane” Dave Smith has joined Syndication One as Director of Operations. Dave's last gig was as Executive Producer for the "Doug Banks Show", now he'll oversee “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show” and “The Spirit Of Hip Hop.” Dave and I will be forever intertwined because of a PD flip back in the early nineties. I was programming WAMO Pittsburgh and he was the PD at WBLK Buffalo. There's a lot of back story surrounding what happened that frankly is ancient history and I don't know or even care about all the details, but basically we ended up flip flopping stations. We've known each other for over fifteen years now and he has become one of my best friends in the business. Dave is a fantastic guy and an intelligent programmer, well schooled in all aspects of the business. I hope to have him soon as one of my guests on the RadioSyndication Talk radio show on BlogTalk to talk about his new duties and the state of syndicated radio.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Banks done for now...At least In the AM

Doug Banks’ syndicated morning show for ABC Radio Networks has completed it's run. Most of Doug's old affiliates have picked up Big Boy’s Neighborhood, syndicated out of Emmis-owned KPWR, Los Angeles. The word has been that ABC is looking to move Doug to afternoons in 2008 but nothings been announced yet. Doug is one of the legendary talents of the past 20 years and this well planned transition (it's been talked about for some time now) was done the right way. He'll be back and I know Doug will do well regardless of whatever decision he has made.

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Corcoran Upped at Dial Global

Chris Corcoran has been named senior VP of Dial Global's programming division. In addition, he will also be GM of show prep division, as well as oversee affiliate sales for both prep and programming. Corcoran previously served as VP of affiliate management for the company.

BA 's Smooth News

Broadcast Architecture has launched their "smooth news" service. The service is live and available for SMOOTH JAZZ NETWORK affiliates and is fed directly from the company’s websites and

Sovereign City Tests "Jim and Debbie"

Sovereign City Communications has begun beta testing a new morning show targeting women 35-54. "Your Morning with Jim and Debbie" will be anchored by former WCBS-FM New York personality Jim Harrington and WGKX Memphis morning host Debbie Montgomery. The show which is part of Sovereigns "positive programming" concept has no set start date.

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