From: R&R News [news@radioandrecords.com]
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2003 4:11 AM
Subject: News/Talk/Sports Update for 07/25/2003

 


Friday, July 25, 2003

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KFBK & KSTE/Sacramento OM/PD Ken Kohl adds programming duties at co-owned Clear Channel Talker KNEW/San Francisco along with a new title, Regional News/Talk Programming Director/Northern California. Concurrently, Andy Eppinger transfers from sister station KISQ/San Francisco to KNEW as GSM.

When the smoke cleared after Cumulus closed on its purchase of WWTN-FM/Nashville from Gaylord this week, PD Doug Kellett found himself on the outside looking in. A number of other WWTN staffers were also ousted in the post-purchase purge.

Changes at independently owned Talker WLIE/Nassau-Suffolk as PD John McDermott was released this week. Meanwhile, Ed Tyll moves from middays to 3-7pm ET, replacing Salem syndicated talker Mike Gallagher and local host Mike Siegel, who previously split those hours. Premiere Radio Networks' Dr. Laura Show will move into Tyll's old noon-3pm slot.

America Tonight with Ernie Brown debuts. The overnight news and talk show, formerly called AmericaLive, was recently cancelled by Jones Radio Networks but has been given a reprieve and a new name as Connecticut-based Syndicated Solutions picks up affiliation duties. SSI says it will offer the program's reported 80-plus affiliates a seamless transition.

Former WNEW/New York PD Jeremy Coleman is named VP/News, Talk & Entertainment at New York-based Sirius satellite radio. Coleman, who begins his new job immediately, reports directly to Sirius Executive VP/Programming Jay Clark.

Infinity's KMOX/St. Louis logged its 109th No. 1 book in a row in the just-released spring 2003 Arbitrons, a feat KMOX VP/GM Tom Langmyer points out is "a record in all Arbitron-measured markets." Langmyer reports KMOX dominated in the Gateway City, finishing No. 1 12+, 25-54 and 35-64. Check out numbers for all markets released to date at www.radioandrecords.com.

Tom Leykis revealed the identity of Kobe Bryant's accuser this week. The Westwood One-syndicated talk host created a firestorm when he repeatedly identified on his show the name of the 19-year-old woman who has accused the Los Angeles Lakers' star of rape. While news organizations have not identified the woman, her name, address and telephone number were reportedly discovered on the Internet. Explaining why he outed the woman, Leykis said it was unfair to name Bryant but not his accuser.

ESPN Radio launches The Sports Brothers. The new Monday-Friday Sports/Talk show, co-hosted by real-life brothers Christopher and Erik Kuselias, will debut July 28 and air from 4-7pm ET. The three-hour show will get an initial outing on a reported 100 stations, replacing ESPN GameDay, which currently airs in that slot.

Quick Hits: After five years with ABC News, WBAL/Baltimore flips to CBS Radio News ... Salem Radio Networks' syndicated host Dennis Prager joins the lineup at company O&O WWDJ/Hackensack, NJ (New York market) ... WHJJ/Providence PD Bill Hess moves to AC WASH/Washington as PD ... Media Management Group has signed WOR/New York financial talk show hosts Ken and Daria Dolan to an exclusive personal management agreement.

More Quick Hits: WLS/Chicago weekender Nancy Skinner has announced she'll run for the soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat of Illinois Republican Peter Fitzgerald. Skinner -- a Democrat who also co-hosts the syndicated Doug Stephan's Good Day -- has been temporarily taken off the air at WLS while management sorts out legal issues raised by her candidacy ... Former KOMO and KIRO/Seattle host Pat Cashman resurfaces as morning host at crosstown Oldies KJR-FM.