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KLIF-AM, Dallas Adds Brian Kilmeade to Daily Lineup

Cumulus Media adds FOX News Channel and FOX News Audio star Brian Kilmeade to its KLIF-AM/KSCS-HD2, Dallas-Fort Worth program schedule airing his daily show in the 9:00 am to 12:00 noonim daypart, starting Monday (5/6). KLIF program director Bruce Collins says, “We are extremely excited to add Brian Kilmeade to the 570 KLIF-AM/96.3 FM-HD2 weekday radio lineup, especially as we head into the election season. Brian will be talking each day to the movers and shakers in the political world, keeping DFW up to date. Together with Sean Hannity weekday afternoons from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, we have the national political scene more than covered.” Kilmeade comments, “I am thrilled to be joining a great station with a rich history like KLIF and enter the fourth biggest market in the country. I’m honored to be a part of this first-class lineup right in the middle of this historic election season, and in short order will be in Dallas to meet all the listeners in person!”

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Greg Gutfeld Inks Extension with FOX News Media

FOX News Media and personality Greg Gutfeld agree to a multi-year contract extension in which Gutfeld will continue as host of FOX News Channel’s “Gutfeld!” program and as co-host of “The Five.” He’ll also host and produce FOX Nation programming from time to time. FOX News Media CEOim Suzanne Scott comments, “Greg is a true original whose trademark political and cultural commentary, humor and gifted writing has deeply connected and grown with our audience for more than 17 years. Upon launching ‘Gutfeld!’ three years ago, he rapidly disrupted the status quo to become the most-watched host in the genre with more viewers tuning in to his show than any other late-night program on television. We are proud to be the home of Greg, his unparalleled analysis and late-night’s highest-rated program for many years to come.” Gutfeld states, “Since joining the network in 2007, FOX News has given me the freedom to be unabashedly myself and, in turn, deliver a distinct experience for our audience. There aren’t many platforms that allow this type of creative independence and I’m proud to be a part of Suzanne’s team.”

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FOX News Channel Highlights Q1 Ratings Dominance

FOX News Channel announces that it finished the first quarter of 2024 as cable’s most-watched network in total day and primetime, dominating primetime viewers in cable news for 89 consecutiveim quarters, according to Nielsen Media Research. FNC adds that its primetime lineup sweept cable news every hour. “The Ingraham Angle” (7:00 pm ET) finished the quarter averaging 2.2 million viewers and 222,000 in the 25-54 demo. “Jesse Watters Primetime” (8:00 pm ET) delivered 2.8 million viewers and 284,000 in the 25-54 demo. “Hannity” (9:00 pm ET) remained dominant, nabbing 2.4 million viewers and 266,000 in the 25-54 demo, easily winning the timeslot and topping CNN and MSNBC in both categories. And “FOX News @ Night” (10:00 pm ET) delivered 1.2 million viewers and 187,000 in 25-54 demo.

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“No Sound Effect Added” – WBT-AM/FM’s Mark Garrison

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A day after being accused by the White House of doctoring a radio interview with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, WBT morning host and news director Mark Garrison tells TALKERS magazine that it’s not true and explains the station’s approach to the interview segment. “Regarding our interview with Karine Jean-Pierre. There was no sound effect added. She hung up the phone and there was immediately the sound of a dial tone. As for time, we had been told the day before that we would chat with her for anywhere from 5-10 minutes. She hung up just after six minutes. Our goal was to discuss several issues including the president’s mental sharpness because polls indicate that voters of both parties in our state are concerned about that. And we explained that point to Jean-Pierre.” Not surprisingly, the interview caught the attention of the talk media industry and Garrison appeared on FOX News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle” with Laura Ingraham last night (3/27) to talk about the interview.

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Kilmeade Visits Affiliate WCHV, Charlottesville

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Pictured above are FOX News Channel and FOX News Radio talk personality Brian Kilmeade (left) and WCHV, Charlottesville PD and morning host Joe Thomas (right) during Kilmeade’s visit to his affiliate station. Kilmeade participated in a meet-and-greet with listeners and helped collect enough money and food donations to feed 4,300 Central Virginians with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank! In the photo above, Thomas is showing Kilmeade his old staff jacket from his time working at WRCN-FM on Long Island when it was a rock station. Kilmeade’s radio show is carried on the JVC Media station and Kilmeade often uses the WRCN studios for his program.

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Independent Radio Reporter Joe Lindsley in Ukraine is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast

Joe Lindsley, editor of UkrainianFreedomNews.com, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” For the past two years-plus, he has been broadcasting from the city of Kyiv and other locations in Ukraine where he is covering the war for WGN, Chicago and an array of social media platforms. A broadcaster with a colorful media history, Lindsley is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, who began his career at the Weekly Standard magazine, and then had a tumultuous career at FOX News Channel as Roger Ailes’ protege. He was prominently featured as a character portrayed by actor Emory Cohen in the Showtime mini-series titled, “Loudest Voice.”  In early 2020, he landed in Ukraine for a speaking gig at a media conference at Ukrainian Catholic University just as the world began shutting down because of Covid. Anticipating a calm and free environment in Ukraine for weathering a pandemic, he chose to stay during the worldwide lockdowns. When Russia invaded, he committed to “staying and reporting every day until victory.” His 10-minute daily reports are heard live every weekday morning on WGN’s Bob Sirott show where they are very well-received for informational thoroughness and insight into the lives of the brave Ukrainian people. Listen to the podcast in its entirety here.

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FOX News Channel chief political anchor and executive editor of “Special Report” Bret Baier will present an exclusive interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tonight (2/22) at 6:00 pm ET from Ukraine. FNC says, “Taking place less than a mile and a half from Russian positions, Baier will speak with the president about the two-year anniversary of the war, the debate in Congress on additional funding to Ukraine and the latest developments in the ongoing conflict. He will also travel with the president as he receives a military briefing, presents medals to some of his troops and visits wounded soldiers in the hospital.”

Benztown president Dave “Chachi” Denes tells TALKERS that the company’s IP attorney and friend David Perry has filed a petition with the state of Pennsylvania in connection to the high-profile case of Tyree Wallace, who has been in prison for the last 26 years due to his alleged connection to a murder and robbery. He notes that Perry has been interviewed by CBS, FOX, and ABC in Philadelphia and if your station is interested in speaking with him, contact Chachi directly at chachi@benztown.com.

Townsquare Media, Inc will release fourth quarter 2023 financial results before the market opens on Friday, March 15. The company will host a conference call to discuss certain fourth quarter 2023 financial results on March 15 at 8:00 am ET.

Videographer and radio history buff Art Vuolo, a.k.a. Radio’s Best Friend, chats about historical aspects of the radio biz with WLW, Cincinnati talk host Gary Jeff Walker. Listen to the segment here.

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Chanley Painter Named FNC Overnight Anchor

FOX News Channel signs Court TV’s Chanley Painter as overnight anchor, effective February 26. Aim Court TV correspondent since 2019, Painter has covered the high-profile trials of Bryan Kohberger, Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard, Alex Murdaugh, Harvey Weinstein, and the death of George Floyd. In 2021 she was awarded the Scripps Give Light award for leadership, dedication, and hard work in legal journalism. She got her start in the industry in 2016, as a legal analyst for Nexstar Media Group, where she went on to become a multimedia journalist. Painter earned a Juris Doctor degree with high honors from the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law.

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FOX News Media Promotes Two to Ad Sales Leadership Team

FOX News Media names a new advertising sales leadership team. Trey Gargano rises to EVP of ad sales, overseeing all FNM platforms, including FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, FOX Newsim Digital, FOX News Audio, FOX Weather and FOX Nation. He takes over for Jeff Collins, who was recently elevated to president of the division for FOX imCorporation. Additionally, Ryan Roelle is promoted to SVP of national sales where she will focus on endemic and national advertising in addition to leading linear and digital sales across the country. In making the announcement, Collins says, “Over the past four years, Trey’s vast knowledge and deep understanding of the news marketplace helped drive new revenue streams while Ryan has increased the effectiveness and performance of our endemic and national sales teams. Together, they will ensure continued growth across FOX News Media platforms and success for our valued partners.”

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TALKERS News Notes

The Broadcasters Foundation of America announces that award-winning ABC News correspondent and co-anchor of “20/20,” Deborah Roberts, will honor Deborah Norville as this year’s recipient of the Edward F. McLaughlin Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award will be presented to Norville during the Golden Mic gala and fundraiser on March 4 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Roberts says, “I’m looking forward to being a part of this well-deserved recognition of Deborah’s outstanding work as a broadcast journalist.”

FOX News Channel’s John Roberts will present a town hall with 2024 Republican presidential candidate and former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley on Sunday, February 18 in Columbia, South Carolina. The pre-taped one-hour event will air at 5:00 pm ET with an encore at 10:00 pm ET.

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FOX News Channel’s Laura Ingraham will present a town hall with former President Donald Trump on February 20 in Spartanburg, South Carolina at 7:00 pm ET on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“The Money Pit Home Improvement Show,” co-hosted by Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, announces that it adds stations in Los Angeles and Houston, and “upgrades its exposure” in New York, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Boston. The program is now heard on 450 stations across the U.S. Kraeutler says he attributes this growth to radio stations’ interest in programming that addresses homeowners’ Do-It-Yourself solutions, and advertiser demand for related products and services, “especially on weekends, when homeowners are planning and shopping for what they need to get the job done.” Segrete adds, “Taking on a home improvement project can be daunting, so Tom and I offer callers clear, step-by-step suggestions to do the job themselves or guidance on hiring a pro.”

Motor Racing Network is broadcasting live today (2/14) from Daytona 500 Media Day where representatives from the network will talk with every driver attempting to win at the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. The 2024 Daytona 500 is Sunday (2/18) with Motor Racing Network coverage beginning at 1:30 pm ET and airing on 350 radio stations across the U.S.

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FNC Marks 22 Years as Top Cable News Channel in 25-54 Demo

FOX News Channel announces that based on data from Nielsen Media Research, the cable news network achieves its 22nd consecutive year as the number one cable news network in total day and primetime. The company adds, “Since January 2002, FNC has remained the most-watched cable newsim network across both total day and primetime with total viewers and the 25-54 demographic. FNC continued its ratings dominance for the month of January and grew its primetime audience in total viewers versus January 2023. Additionally, FNC was the only cable news network to show year-over-year growth in the younger 18-34 demo, growing 18% in total day and 25% in primetime, while MSNBC and CNN are experiencing double-digit declines.” FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott comments, “Marking another historic feat is a true reflection of the unwavering dedication and outstanding talent that we have throughout the entire organization of FOX News Channel.”

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Jimmy Failla Named Host of “FOX News Saturday Night”

FOX News Channel names Jimmy Failla host of “FOX News Saturday Night with Jimmy Failla,” premiering on Saturday, January 13 and airing from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET. FNC EVP of primetime programming Meade Cooper says, “As a former New York City cab driver, Jimmy is a classic Americanim success story and a perfect fit for this role. We look forward to watching him make America laugh on Saturday nights.” Failla comments, “‘FOX News Saturday Night’ is a show for everyone who realizes that our country doesn’t need more Republicans or more Democrats, it needs more comedy.” In addition, FOX Nation just released a one-hour special showcasing Failla’s recent standup comedy performance to a sold-out crowd on Long Island, titled, “Jimmy Failla: They’re Just Jokes.” Failla is also the latest author to be published by FOX News Books with Cancel Culture Dictionary being released on January 30.

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FOX News Channel to Present Town Hall with Donald Trump

FOX News Channel is presenting a live town hall with former President Donald Trump in Des Moines, Iowa on January 10 from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET. The program will be co-moderated by “Special Report” chief political anchor Bret Baier and “The Story” executive editor and anchor Martha MacCallum. The program will pre-empt “Hannity” that evening.

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Poll: FNC News Network to Which Voters Turn

According to data from a recent New York Times/Siena College poll of registered voters nationwide, FOX News Channel is named the single news network voters turn to most often, above CNN andim MSNBC, along with topping The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, PBS and NPR. The poll results show 13% of respondents cited FOX News as the single news source they turn to most often, tying broadcast networks like CBS, NBC and ABC, while besting CNN (10%) and MSNBC (3%). For comparison, public news organizations (like PBS and NPR) delivered 4%, national news organizations such as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal garnered 8%, while international news sources like the BBC, Al Jazeera and The Guardian earned 3%.

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Madeleine Rivera Named DC Correspondent for FOX News Channel

FOX News Channel names Madeleine Rivera a Washington-based correspondent. Rivera has been aim reporter for the network’s affiliate news service FOX News Edge since 2021. Throughout her tenure with FOX News Edge, she reported from Jerusalem on the Israeli-Hamas war as well as the Uvalde mass shooting, Hurricane Ian, and the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

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FOX News Channel Promotes Gillian Turner

FOX News Channel promotes Gillian Turner to a dual role as anchor and State Department andim foreign policy correspondent. In this capacity, Turner will cover international and domestic issues at the U.S. State Department. She joined the network in 2014 as a contributor and was promoted to correspondent in 2018. She has also frequently served as a substitute anchor on several news programs, including “FOX News Sunday,” “Special Report,” “America’s Newsroom” and “America Reports.”

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FOX News Channel Basks in Latest Cable News Ratings

FOX News Channel says that it remains cable television’s most-watched network for the eighth consecutive year in 2023, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. The cable news outfit says the dominance of late afternoon show “The Five,” the launch of FNC’s new primetime lineup, coupledim with the success of its daytime programming, positions it as the number one network in cable news. FNC says it had the largest share of the audience in total day (46%) and primetime (48%), capturing nearly half of the cable news landscape. In primetime, FNC delivered nearly 2 million viewers and 214,000 in the 25-54 demo, topping CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewership. On a 24-hour total day basis, FNC averaged over 1.2 million viewers and 150,000 in 25-54, with a 153% advantage over CNN in viewers. FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott says, “During yet another unprecedented news cycle, cable viewers continued to choose FOX News Channel. From moderating debates to reporting in war zones and many stories in between, I am honored to work alongside this unrivaled team of journalists and opinion hosts as they continue to exceed expectations.”