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Inquirer: Missanelli Return to “The Fanatic?”

In covering the above story for the Philadelphia Inquirer, writer Rob Tornoe reveals that as the result of Andrew Salciunas moving from middays to mornings, Beasley moves former Philadelphia Daily Newsim writer Bob Cooney to middays. The question Tornoe asks is what about Mike Missanelli? “Rumors have been swirling in sports radio circles the past few days about the return of Missanelli, once the station’s biggest star, whose sudden exit from his afternoon show in 2022 after 15 years shocked listeners.” Tornoe says that Missanelli has been in contact with management but there’s nothing to report and Missanelli isn’t talking. PD Scott Masteller tells the paper, “Mike’s name has come up. He’s a great talent, and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. A lot of people are interested in the radio station right now. So, I’ll leave it at that.” The current PM drive show is “The Best Show Ever?” hosted by Tyrone Johnson, Ricky Bottalico and Jenn Scordo. Read the Inquirer story here.

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Civic Media Unveils Permanent Lineup

Civic Media finalizes its new midday program lineup that airs across its 12 Wisconsin stations, including flagship WAUK-AM/W266DR, Waukesha. “Matenaer On Air,” starring Jane Matenaer, airs from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, “The Todd Allbaugh Show” airs from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, and “The Maggie Daunim Show” airs from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Program director Kathryn Lake comments, “Wisconsinites will play a crucial role this year in determining who represents the state in Madison and in the nation’s capital. The experience Jane Matenaer, Todd Allbaugh and Maggie Daun bring to the midday microphones will provide listeners across the state compelling stories and important updates about what is happening in their communities and throughout Wisconsin.”

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Cumulus Albuquerque Promotes Blood Drive

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Pictured above is KKOB-AM/FM midday talk host Brandon Vogt at a January 30 community blood drive remote broadcast. Cumulus Media partnered with Vitalant Blood Donation and collected 114 pints of blood for the Albuquerque blood bank. All listeners that stopped by to “Give a Pint, Get a Pint,” received a pint of ice cream for donating a pint of blood, courtesy of Blue Bell Ice Cream.

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Rhode Island Talk Host John DePetro Returns to the Air

WNRI-AM, Woonsocket, Rhode Island midday talk show host John DePetro is back on the radio afterim recovering from prostate cancer surgery last month. DePetro openly discussed his medical condition with listeners, who have applauded him for the right attitude and shining a spotlight on a difficult subject. DePetro says, “I want to thank the incredible outpouring of prayers and support from listeners, and the tremendous team at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Cancer-free in 2024 and it feels great.”

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Audacy Unveils New Midday Show at 97.3 The Fan in San Diego

Audacy sports talk KWFN-FM, San Diego “97.3 The Fan” unveils its new midday program, Annie & Elsten,” hosted by local sports broadcast pros Annie Heilbrunn and Craig Elsten. The show debutsim tomorrow (1/4). Audacy San Diego SVP and market manager Michael Valenzuela says, “We’re excited to kick off the next era of our station’s midday improgramming with the additions of two seasoned broadcasters in Annie and Craig. We have no doubt their vast knowledge of this city’s sports scene will add extraordinary value to our local content offering and can’t wait to see them get the ball rolling.” Heilbrunn says, “I’m so excited for this opportunity and eager to contribute to the impressive lineup already established at ‘97.3 The Fan.’” Elsten adds, “I couldn’t be more excited to be partnered with someone as talented and respected as Annie. To do so on ‘97.3 The Fan’ is the perfect pairing. I know we will work hard to make middays a fun place to hang out every day and a great place to talk Padres.”

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Report: Middleton Interviews for WBZ-FM, Boston Morning Gig

A Boston Herald piece by Rick Sobey reveals that WBZ-FM, Boston “98.5 The Sports Hub” personality Kendra Middleton has interviewed for the open morning drive position on the station alongside Fred Toucher. Rich Shertenlieb parted ways with the company last month. However, Middleton appeared onim afternoon drive host Mike Felger’s Facebook Live “Off-Air Show” and said she doesn’t think she’ll get the gig. When asked why she said, “Just because I think that I’m young and new. I think [program director] Rick [Radzik] took me very seriously. It’s just I think that there’s probably someone who, I don’t know, I think that I’m qualified. It’s just I haven’t been here very long, so I don’t know.” Station afternoon personality Jim Murray has said he’s not interested in the position. The piece notes that midday personality Rob “Hardy” Poole is being talked about as a candidate for the morning show post. Read the Herald story here.

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Report: Licata Moving to Middays at WFAN

According to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, overnight personality Sal Licata will move to the middayim daypart and join current co-host Brandon Tierney as Tierney’s longtime partner Tiki Barber moves to afternoon drive alongside Evan Roberts. Barber’s new role comes as Craig Carton leaves Audacy’s sports talk WFAN, New York to focus on his morning show at FS1. Read the Post story here.

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Axios: Talk Radio Landscape Two Years After Limbaugh’s Passing

A piece by Sara Fischer in Axios looks at the state of conservative talk radio two years after the genre’s putative founding father Rush Limbaugh passed away, leaving a literal and figurative void in the industry. Talk media practitioners are aware that the occasion of Limbaugh’s passing gave rise to a number of conservative talk personalities as they battled to fill the midday radio time slot occupied for so many years on more than 600 stations. In the bigger picture, Fischer writes, “Today, no one radio host commands the same level of power and influence that Limbaugh did, but a number of new voices are emerging — blending the reach of traditional and digital platforms — and collectively proving to be more powerful in shaping conservative opinion for younger audiences.” TALKERS magazine publisher Michael Harrison is quoted in the piece saying, “The world is changing and there are questions as to how Limbaugh, had he lived and remained healthy — based upon his mindset and his approach to the business — would have remained as pertinent as he was. He was not as flexible when it came to social media and some of the other forms that it takes right now to be a media presence as opposed to just a radio presence.” Read the entire article here.

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News Staff Moves at Audacy’s WCBS-AM and WINS in New York

Audacy announces several personnel moves at its all-news stations WCBS-AM and WINS-AM/FM in New York City. Journalism pros Brigitte Quinn and Lynda Lopez will handle midday anchor duties with Lopez joining 1010 WINS and Quinn moving from WINS to sister station WCBS 880, where she will host and serve as managing editor of the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm “Newsline” program. Additionally, Audacy is promoting reporter Sophia Hall to Long Island bureau chief. Ivan Lee is brand manager for the two news stations and he says, “Since we embarked on our journey of two unique brands but one cohesive news organization, we have made tremendous strides increasing our coverage of the tri-state area and today’s announcements continue that exciting trend. Lynda’s knowledge of New York City is a perfect fit for the legendary 1010 WINS, while Brigitte and ‘Newsline’ allows WCBS 880 to go beyond the headlines. Plus, Sophia’s experience will make sure that we have focused coverage on one of the largest and most important parts of our listening area – Long Island.”