Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A New "Apple" In Town

Not since Doubleday's WAPP-FM in the 80's, has a New York radio station called itself "The Apple"...until today. Salem owned WWDJ-AM officially became WNYM and took on "The Apple" moniker. After some obvious stunting as an "All Sinatra All The Time" station, it is now home to Salem Radio Network talkers Mike Gallagher, Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt, as well as Take On The Day's Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Westwood One's Jim Bohannon. The Wall Street Journal This Morning, anchored by Gordon Deal, airs 5-6am. PD Peter Thiele says the station, which will be positioned as the "Talk of New York", was created because New York listeners, "deserve another choice for entertaining, intelligent conversation."To which I say...Amen.

Friday, August 1, 2008

- - - - - Anniversary Rush!

As much as it pains me to call attention to this, in the spirit of fairness and bi-partisanship we can't go on without recognizing the 20th broadcast anniversary of the Rush Limbaugh Show. Like it or not, Rush is still the undisputed king of Talk radio with his Premiere Radio Networks syndicated show airing on over 600 radio stations reaching an estimated 20 million listeners a week. As one would expect, Bushes 41 and 42 were among the listeners calling in to congratulate Limbaugh on his milestone anniversary on today's show. Putting aside for a moment the vitriol, hate and racism that spews forth from the mouth of "El Rushbo"on most days, you have to admit that he has a command of the art of personality radio that very few can claim. And that in a way is what is sad about the state of so-called conservative talk radio. There are far too many less talented Rush imitators who ape and mimic Limbaugh and his views even if they don't really believe them, just to be seen as his allies, "in the Rush camp". The end result is the proliferation of the viciousness and lack of civility without any real discussion of the issues that has become all to common in talk radio... from the right and from the left.

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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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