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Powerful Agenda Being Set for TALKERS 2024: Radio and Beyond

The forthcoming 27th annual installment of  the talk media industry’s longest running and most important national gathering will be meticulously documented on video for posterity. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison states, “Because the entire agenda of this year’s event will take place on the state of the art television soundstage ‘A’ at Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and a special staging area for individual interviews will be set up on the adjacent TV soundstage ‘B,’ the opportunity to create an in-depth video time capsule of this remarkably transitional moment in talk media history will be unprecedented.”  Harrison adds, “The number of heavyweight players from all ends of the business gathered in one place for one day on a television soundstage will be of tremendous historical significance.  We will grab the opportunity to save everything we can for posterity. This conference will be more than just another industry ‘convention.’  It will be a ‘symposium’ for the ages reflecting and preserving a remarkably colorful and historic era in American media and culture. People all over the world and for years to come will bear witness to this ‘happening.’”

All TALKERS 2024 activities take place in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication on the campus of Hofstra University


7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Registration Director: Barbara Kurland, Business Manager, TALKERS

Assistant Registration Director: Debbie Bernstein, Associate, TALKERS


8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Backbone Networks

Representatives: George N. Capalbo, CTO; George L. Capalbo, Marketing Communications Director; Richard Cerny, President

Broadcasters General Store

Representatives: David Antoine, CBRE/CBNT, Sales Engineer; Buck Waters, Outside Sales Rep


Representative: Chris Crump, CBNE, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing


8:00 am to 9:00 am

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Master of Ceremonies: Kevin Casey, VP/executive editor, TALKERS

Special Conference Kickoff: “Gaining Traction in a Noisy World”

Speaker: Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo, Host, “The Joe Pags Show”

Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award

Presenter: Mark Goldman, Co-founder/Media Relations Specialist, Goldman McCormick Public Relations.

Recipient: Howie Carr, Host, Howie Carr Radio Network

Sponsored by Sean Hannity / Premiere Networks


9:00 am to 9:40 am

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Singing of the National Anthem 

Performed by: Daliah Wachs M.D., Host, “The Dr. Daliah Show”

Welcoming Greetings: “Radio and Beyond”

Speaker: Michael Harrison, Publisher, TALKERS

Presentation of the Woman of the Year Award

Special Remarks: Dave Gorab, VP/GM Talk Programming, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Presenter: Larry Young, Host, WOLB, Baltimore

Recipient: Sharon “Sherry” Madison, Executive Producer, the Joe Madison Show, SiriusXM Satellite Network

Award Acceptance: TBA

Special Presentation: The Case for AM Radio

Introducer: Alex Fife, VP/Operations, Southeast, iHeartMedia, Total Traffic & Weather Network

Speaker: Bill Brady, Owner/Host, KFNX, Phoenix

Sponsored by the Doctor Asa Show


9:45 am to 10:25 am

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Introducer: Joe Thomas, Owner/PD/Host, WTON, Staunton, VA

Moderator: Steve Lapa, President, Lapcom Communications Corp.​

Panelists: Vince Benedetto, CEO, Bold Gold Media Group; John Caracciolo, President/CEO, JVC Broadcasting; Kathy Carr, President, Howie Carr Radio Network; Ron Hartenbaum, Managing Member, Crossover Media; Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Networks

Sponsored by The Martha Zoller Show


10:30 am to 10:55 am

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Host: Michael Harrison, Publisher, TALKERS

Guest: Fred Toucher, Co-host, Morning Show, WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub), Boston

Sponsored by Backbone Networks


11:00 am to 11:35 am

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Moderator: Harry Hurley, Morning Host, WPG, Atlantic City

Panelists:  Scot Bertram, GM, WRFH/Radio Free Hillsdale 101.7 FM; Heather Cohen, President, The Weiss Agency; Steven Goldstein, CEO, Amplifi Media; Matthew B. Harrison, Esq., VP, associate publisher TALKERS / Senior Partner, Harrison Media Law; John T. Mullen, GM, WRHU-FM/, Hofstra University.

Sponsored by Premiere Networks


11:40 am to 12:20 pm

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Introducer: Paul Vandenburgh, Owner/Host, WGDJ (Talk 1300), Albany

Moderator: Mike McVay, President, McVay Media Consulting

Panelists: Grace Blazer, VP, National NTS Brand Coordinator, Director of News and AM Programming Florida Region, iHeartMedia Miami; Phil Boyce, SVP, spoken word format, Salem Media Group; Ops VP, New York region/WMCA/ AM 970 The Answer; Bill Hess, Corporate PD, News/Talk, Cumulus Media / PD WMAL, Washington, DC; Scott Lakefield, APD, WOR, New York; Doug Stephan, CEO/founder, Stephan Multimedia/host “Good Day” morning show; Greg Stocker, Brand Manager, WPHT, Philadelphia.

Sponsored by The Ramsey Show


12:25 am to 12:55 pm

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Speaker: Glenn Beck, Host, “The Glenn Beck Show” / Premiere Networks

Sponsored by Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City


1:00 pm to 2:25 pm

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Lunch Master of Ceremonies: Michael Harrison, Publisher, TALKERS

Dean’s Message: “Welcome to Hofstra”

Speaker: Mark Lukasiewicz, Dean, Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University

Special Greeting: “In Front of the Camera” 

Speaker: Rob Finnerty, host, “Wake Up America,” Newsmax TV

Presentation of the Humanitarian of the Year Award

Recipient: John Curley, Host, KIRO, Seattle

Broadcasters Foundation of America Donation/Spotlight

Presenter: Harry Hurley, Morning Show Host, WPG, Atlantic City

Acceptance: Scott Herman, Chairman, Broadcasters Foundation of America

Sponsored by Newsmax TV


2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Debaters:  Mike Gallagher, Host, Salem Radio Networks; Thom Hartmann, Host, WYD Media

Moderator: Lee Harris, Director, Integrated Operations, NewsNation / WGN, Chicago

Sponsored by Our American Stories 


3:05 pm to 3:40 pm

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Moderator: David Bernstein; GM, Broadcast Operations, TALKERS

Panelists: Asa Andrew, M.D., Host, the Doctor Asa Show; Mike “Bax” Baxendale, Co-host, Morning Show, WAQY (Rock 102), Springfield, MA; Lee Habeeb, CEO/Host/Producer, “Our American Stories”/American Private Radio; Danielle Lin, Producer/Host, “The Art of Living and the Science of Life”; Walter Sabo, consultant, Sabo Media Implementers/Host “Sterling On Sunday”; Daliah Wachs, M.D., Host, “The Dr. Daliah Show.”

Sponsored by Doug Stephan’s “Good Day”


3:45 pm to 4:20 pm

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Moderator: Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo, Host, “The Joe Pags Show”

Panelists: Howie Carr, Host, Howie Carr Radio Network; Dom Giordano, Host, WPHT, Philadelphia; Jeff Katz, host, WRVA, Richmond; Chris Krok, Host, WBAP, Dallas; Frank Morano, Host, WABC, New York/Red Apple Audio Networks; Martha Zoller, Host, WDUN, Gainesville, GA

Sponsored by Radio America


4:25 pm to 5:05 pm

“Studio A” Television Sound Stage

Moderator: Michael Harrison, Publisher, TALKERS

Panelists: Kraig T. Kitchin, CEO, Sound Mind, LLC; Chad Lopez, President, WABC, New York/Red Apple Audio Network; Chris Oliviero, Market President, Audacy New York; Deborah Parenti, Publisher, Radio Ink RBR+TVBRTavis Smiley, Host / Owner, KBLA, Los Angeles/Smiley AudioMedia; Lisa Wexler, Host, WICC, Bridgeport.

Sponsored by The Michael Berry Show 


5:10 pm to 6:15 pm

“Studio A” Television Soundstage

Presentation of Freedom of Speech Award

Closing Reception Master of Ceremonies: Harry Hurley, Host, WPG, Atlantic City

Special Guest Speaker: Brian Kilmeade, Host, FOX News Radio / FOX News Channel

Presenter: Michael Harrison, Publisher, TALKERS

Recipient: John Catsimatidis, CEO/Owner, WABC, New York / Red Apple Audio Network

Sponsored by C. Crane

More TBA

Program agenda subject to change without notice

Attendance at the conference is limited to members of the working media and directly associated industries as well as communication students enrolled in accredited learning institutions. All attendees will be required to register in advance on the phone payable by credit card. Because attendance will be limited and the agenda outstanding, the conference is again expected to be an early sellout. The all-inclusive registration fee covering convention events, exhibits, food, and services for the day is $379. Because space will be limited and a sellout is anticipated, all registrations are non-refundable. To register for TALKERS 2024 or to obtain sponsorship information, call Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413. The closest hotel to the conference is the nearby Long Island Marriott-Uniondale but it is nearly sold out. For a list of area hotels within a short drive to Hofstra, please click here.

Industry News TALKERS 2024

Sharon Madison Named 2024 TALKERS Woman of the Year


Sharon “Sherry” Madison has been selected 2024 “Woman of the Year” by the TALKERS editorial board. She will be presented the Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievements in Talk Media by a Woman during TALKERS 2024 on Friday, June 7 at Hofstra University on Long Island. Mrs. Madison served as executive producer for her late husband Joe Madison’s long-running morning drive program on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Urban View channel since its debut on the platform in 2008. Prior to that she worked closely with her husband – a Radio Hall of Fame inductee – on his talk shows heard on a number of stations including WOL and WWRC in Washington, DC. The Madisons were married for more than 45 years. Joe Madison succumbed after a bravely fought battle with cancer earlier this year. The “Woman of the Year” award will be presented by legendary radio talk show host Larry Young of WOLB, Baltimore during a TALKERS tribute to Joe Madison at the conference. Upon announcing the choice, TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison stated, “This is a classic case of a great woman behind a great man. This brilliant, distinguished woman has served with skill and steadiness creating a landmark program of utmost importance as one of the truly outstanding producers to ever work in talk radio. In 2024, no one deserves it more.”

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John Catsimatidis Named Recipient of 2024 TALKERS Freedom of Speech Award


Self-made billionaire businessman, broadcasting entrepreneur, radio talk show host and best-selling author John Catsimatidis (pictured above speaking at last year’s TALKERS 2023) has been selected by the TALKERS editorial board as the 2024 recipient of the highly prestigious Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech. The honor, also commonly referred to as the “TALKERS Freedom of Speech Award,” is presented each year to a talk media practitioner whose work sets an example for the exercise and preservation of the First Amendment. In addition to Catsimatidis’ founding and/or ownership of major enterprises in the fields of grocery chains and the energy industry, he is a long-running radio talk show host who began changing the course of the medium’s history by purchasing heritage radio station WABC, New York in 2019.  Since then, the Greek immigrant born on the island of Nistros in 1948 and who came to the United States with his parents when he was six months old, has made significant progress in repositioning and reinvigorating the legendary talk and music station to its role as a major cultural and political influencer in modern media. This has been accomplished by boldly bringing diverse, high-profile voices to the station’s talent lineup, focusing heavily on local news and public policy issues, eliminating paid weekend programming, adding a dash of music and pop culture to the mix, concentrating the station’s schedule on live shows in real time and investing in community-oriented events. Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Media Group has subsequently expanded the station’s national footprint by acquiring WLIR-FM, Long Island and launching its own syndication arm, Red Apple Audio Networks. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, upon announcing the selection, stated, “John Catsimatidis is a true New York City legend and former mayoral candidate who has proven to be one of the most positive forces the radio industry has seen in decades. He embodies the spirit of what this award is all about. He joins a remarkable list of broadcasters from all ends of the political spectrum – left, right, middle, and apolitical – who’ve received this honor going back every year to the origins of TALKERS in the late 1980s.” The award will be presented at TALKERS 2024: Radio and Beyond at Hofstra University on Long Island Friday, June 7.