Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bob and Tom Back For More

The WFBQ Indianapolis-based morning duo have renewed a multi-year deal with the Premiere Radio Network to continue syndicating their daily radio show to about 150 affiliates nationwide. The deal also includes distribution of the recently announced Bob & Tom All-Nighter, a separate show created for stations seeking to add a more comedy driven version of the show to evenings and late nights. Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold have been teamed up on the air since1983 and have been nationally syndicated for the past 13 years.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Zier Hired at Air America

As reported in Radio Ink, veteran broadcast exec Bennett Zier has joined Air America Media as it's new CEO. Zier, who exited Dan Snyder's Red Zebra network back in March, will oversee all of the company's on-air, online and video initiatives. This is the second big hire for the progressive talk network in recent weeks following the appointment of Bill Hess as it's Senior VP of Programming.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Glenn Beck's Cincinnati Redux

After being absent from the Cincinnati airwaves for nearly two years, The Glen Beck Program returned to the town this week on WKRC airing from 9a-noon EST. "The only thing I've missed more than the people of Cincy is my regular fix of Skyline Chili!" said Beck. "I'm thrilled to be back on in Cincinnati, and I'm especially thrilled to be back on 'KRC". Beck's Premiere Radio Network syndicated show has been on a roll lately picking up a series of major market stations including KFMB San Diego, KXL Portland and WRNO New Orleans.

Joyner On The Lookout For "The Commentator"

Reach Media's syndicated morning man Tom Joyner has begun a search to fill the role of commentator on the show, currently held by Tavis Smiley...and he's doing it in a way that lifts up and spotlights up and coming leaders in news, entertainment and academics in the African-American community. For eight consecutive weeks a different personality will present his or her commentary during the Tom Joyner Morning Show. At the end of the two month search, one will permanently fill in for Smiley who announced earlier this year plans to leave the program to concentrate on other projects. As always Tom is using his tremendous "reach" to help edify young broadcasters who aspire to follow in his footsteps. Click here for Joyner's thoughts about moving on from Smiley and picking a new "Communicator".

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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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