TALKERS 2021 – Agenda (Updated Frequently)


Presented by TALKERS in Association with WRHU Radio
Friday June 11, 2021 – Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY


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Sponsored by (in alphabetical order):

ABC News Radio – Asa Rx – Backbone Networks – The Michael Berry Show – Broadcasters General Store – Howie Carr Radio Network – Comrex – The DJV Show – The Ric Edelman Show – The Sean Hannity Show – Newsmax –  Our American Stories – Premiere Networks – Radio America – The Ramsey Show – Talk Media Network



7:30 am – 6:00 pm – Registration Desk in Lobby of John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Registration Desk Open


8:00 am – 8:55 am – Reception Tent next to John Cranford Adams Playhouse


Sponsored by Sean Hannity / Premiere Networks


9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Lobby of John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Exhibits Open

Backbone Networks

Representative: Richard Cerny

Broadcasters General Store

Representative:  Buck Waters


Representative:  Raul Hun


9:00 am – 9:55 am – John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Opening Presentations

Morning Greetings

Emcee: David Bernstein, General Manager Broadcast Operations, TALKERS

Welcoming Remarks: Jimmy Failla, talk show host, Fox News Radio

Special Message: Sean Hannity, Talk Show Host, Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel (on video)

Tribute to Broadcasters Foundation of America: Harry Hurley, talk show host, WPG, Atlantic City

Sponsored by Asa RX


10:00 am – 10:40 am – John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Panel Discussion

Generating Talk Radio Revenue in a Noisy Digital World

Introduction: Holland Cooke, Media Consultant / Talk Show host, RT America  (on video)

Moderator: Jim Bohannon, Talk Show Host, Westwood One


Marc Beaven, General Manager, WCBM, Baltimore

Kathy Carr, President, Howie Carr Radio Network, Boston

Paul Gleiser, President/Owner, KTBB, Tyler, TX

Erik Hellum, Chief Operating Officer, Townsquare Media, New York/RAB

Christine Travaglini, President, Katz Radio Group, New York/RAB

Paul Vandenburgh, Owner/Morning Show Host, Talk 1300 WGDJ, Albany, NY

Sponsored by Premiere Networks


10:45 am – 11:00 am – John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Welcome to the 20’s

Speaker:  Michael Harrison, Publisher, TALKERS

Sponsored by Backbone Networks


11:00 am – 11:25 am – John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Fireside Chat

Host: Michael Harrison, Publisher, TALKERS 

Guest: Bill O’Reilly, Commentator, Key Networks

Sponsored by Comrex


11:30 am – 12:10 pm – John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Programming News/Talk Radio in the ‘20s

Introduction: Doug Stephan, Talk Show Host/CEO Stephan Multimedia

Moderator: Mike McVay, President, McVay Media Consulting


Phil Boyce, Senior VP/Spoken Word Format, Salem Media Group/Salem Radio Network; Operations VP, New York Region

Michael Czarnecki, Program Director, WONK-FM, Washington, DC and iHeart Podcast Network

Dave LaBrozzi, Senior Vice President of Programming, Red Apple Media

Josh Leng, CEO, Talk Media Network

Greg Stocker, Executive Producer, Rich Zeoli Show/Assistant Program Director, WPHT, Philadelphia

Joe Thomas, Program Director/Morning Show Host, WCHV, Charlottesville, VA

Sponsored by the DJV Show

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm – Reception Tent next to John Cranford Adams Playhouse


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

Special Remarks:  Lawrence Jones, Enterprise Reporter, “Fox & Friends”



1:20 pm – 1:45 pm – John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Keynote Address

Introduction:  Frank MacKay, Talk Show Host, (Long Island News Radio) WRCN-FM, Riverhead, NY

Speaker:  Brian Kilmeade, Talk Show Host, Fox News Radio/Fox News Channel

Sponsored by the Ric Edelman Show


1:50 pm – 2:30 pm – John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Panel Discussion

Strategizing a Talk Show Hosting Career 

Introduction: Dick Morris, Talk Show Host, Newsmax/WABC, New York/ Blogger,

Moderator: Kevin Casey, Vice President/Executive Editor, TALKERS


Rob Carson, Talk Show Host/commentator, Newsmax TV

Heather Cohen, Executive Vice President, The Weiss Agency

Grace Curley, Howie Carr Radio Network/WRKO, Boston

Erick Erickson, Talk Show Host, WSB, Atlanta

Dom Giordano, Talk Show Host, WPHT, Philadelphia

Harry Hurley, Talk Show Host, WPG, Atlantic City, NJ

Sponsored by the Michael Berry Show


2:40 pm – 3:20 pm – John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Panel Discussion

What Radio Must Do to Survive and Thrive

Introduction:  Dr. Ira Nash, Senior Vice President/Executive Director, Northwell Health Physicians Partners

Moderator:  Michael Harrison, Publisher, TALKERS


Bruce Avery, General Manager, WRHU Radio

Vince Benedetto, CEO, Bold Gold Media Group

Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President/Market Manager Audacy, New York

Walter Sterling, Talk Show Host, “Sterling on Sunday”

Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Networks

Sponsored by the Ramsey Show


3:25 pm – 4:05 pm – John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Panel Discussion

Attracting Younger Demos and Broadening the Base

Moderator: John T. Mullen, operations director, WRHU Radio, Hempstead, NY


Dr. Asa Andrew, Talk Show Host, Asa RX

Mike “Bax” Baxendale, Morning Co-host, WAQY-FM (Rock 102) Springfield, MA

Derek Hunter, Talk Show Host, WCBM, Baltimore

Sid Rosenberg, Morning Co-host, WABC, New York

Brett Winterble, Talk Show Host, WBT, Charlotte

Martha Zoller, Talk Show Host, WDUN, Gainesville, GA

Sponsored by Broadcasters General Store


4:10 pm – 4:50 pm – John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Panel Discussion

Maintaining Integrity in Times of Political and Cultural Change

Introduction: Brad Shepard, General Manager, Pioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA

Moderator: Lee Harris, Morning Drive News Anchor, WINS, New York


Juliet Huddy, Talk Show Host WABC, New York

Dr. Lisa Mozer, Talk Show Host, WSIC, Statesville, NC /Podcaster, “Teacher Talk”

Dr. Daliah Wachs, Talk Show Host, Genesis Communications Network

Lisa Wexler, Talk Show Host, WICC, Bridgeport/Probate Judge, State of Connecticut

Larry Young
, Talk Show Host WOLB, Baltimore

Rich Zeoli, Talk Show Host, WPHT, Philadelphia

Sponsored by ABC News Radio


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Reception Tent next to John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Closing Reception

Sponsored by Newsmax