Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | Magazine TALKERS
Mike “Bax” Baxendale, co-host of the morning show “Rock 102”, Springfield is this week’s guest on Harrison Podcast. Often referred to as Michael Harrison as “pound-for-pound talk radio champion” Mike “Bax” Baxendale – who has ruled Western Massachusetts radio ratings and revenue for the past 27 years at an extraordinary level – is this week’s guest on the award-winning program Podcast One series, “The Michael Harrison Interview”. Known to his loyal legion of listeners simply as “bax“, Baxendale has enjoyed tremendous success as a key member of the evolving WAQY “Rock 102” morning team since 1995 and continues to grow. First, he enjoyed an incredibly long run with a talented co-host John O’Brien (Bax & O’Brien) and now the dynamic continues with the co-hosts Steve Nagle and Dave Combes (“Bax, Steve and Dave”). See photo (lr) Bax, Steve Nagle and Dave Coombs. Bax became, according to Harrison, “a quintessential example of the notable breed of radio talker operating in the context of a duo or crew on a music FM station where the politics are mostly local, unpredictable and non-partisan and not the only focus.” Harrison continues, “This hard-working broadcaster talks about politics, music, sports and a wide range of everyday issues and ranges from the silly to the serious, from the irreverent to the respectful.” Harrison and Bax speak business realities faced by duos and crews on radio as well as the differences between how talk show hosts on music radio stations approach their audience in terms of subject matter and attitude and those who perform on news/traditional speakers. Harrison references his own talkative roots in FM music radio. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, click here.
SPEAKERS The 2022 convention takes place on Friday at Hofstra University. The 25the annual installment of the oldest, largest and most important convention in the spoken media industry, SPEAKERS 2022, takes place this Friday, June 10 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, in association with the prestigious, multi-award-winning college station WRHU Radio. Its roster of speakers and attendees include a “who’s who” of the spoken media industry and its program will boldly tackle the industry’s most compelling issues of the modern age. The event is sold out in advance and you can view the full up-to-date agenda and information on last minute sponsorship opportunities and hotel accommodations here.
Jason DeRusha named PM Drive host at WCCO, Minneapolis as part of new lineup. Longtime Twin Cities TV News Personality Jason DeRusha joined Audacity as the new host of the Afternoon Driving Program, starting June 27. WCCO Brand Manager Brad Lane says, “Jason is not only a beloved and trusted Minnesota broadcaster, he also has the rare ability to connect and truly engage with everyone he talks to. Whether it’s delivering the latest news, telling a family story or giving a restaurant recommendation, people trust it as a friend, and that is exactly what the legacy and future of 830 WCCO represents. DeRusha has spent nearly two decades as a reporter and presenter at WCCO-TV, including co-hosting “WCCO Mornings” since 2013 and winning nine regional Emmy Awards for his work there. Plus, he’s one of the best-known foodies around – having been named a James Beard Award finalist for his ‘DeRusha Eats” television segment to serve as food critic and editor at Minnesota Monthly magazine, a role he will continue. He says, “I’ve always loved the creativity, unpredictability and interactive qualities of radio. I look forward to bringing my love for Minnesota and western Wisconsin, along with my two decades of curiosity about our neighbors and news to 830 WCCO. Few people have a dream job, let alone two. I’ve loved my time in television and can’t wait to embark on a new dream job in radio and podcasting. Also, longtime 830 WCCO news anchor Adam Carter is promoted to co-host a new show alongside Jordana Green, broadcast from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Green’s longtime co-host Paul Douglas will set aside daily hosting duties to become WCCO Radio’s Chief Meteorologist. Douglas will appear on air throughout the day and will ensure the station remains Minnesota’s most trusted source for severe weather updates.
Chris Duel performs at the Morning Drive Show in WOAI, San Antonio. Talk radio personality Chris Duel moves from iHeartMedia‘s sports talk KTKR-AM, San Antonio and KVET, Austin where he co-hosted the morning show with Shannon Sweeney “salty” to WOAI, San Antonio corporate news/talk as part of “Early San Antonio News” alongside Charity McCurdy, Tim Happyand Charlie Parker. Duel tweeted the news saying, “It’s an honor on many levels, especially because I started my radio career in 1997 at WOAI when the late Andrew Ashwood hired me on the 50,000 watt torch. I worked with Charlie, Tim and Charity in my first radio incarnation, so this is really a homecoming for me. My sincere thanks to the leaders of iHeartRadio Matt Martin, Jason McCollimand Brian Gann for giving me this incredible opportunity.
Wayne Allyn Root knighted. Pictured above is a Las Vegas-based radio host Wayne Allyn Root (center) receiving the honor of being knighted June 5 during the Royal Knighthood Ceremony and Gala at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Root was knighted by Prince Raphael (left) of the royal house of Cappadocia. Root is now a Knight of the Royal Order of Constantine the Great and of Saint Helena and can forever claim the title “Sir Wayne Allyn Root”. Root was knighted for his notable achievements in entrepreneurship and entertainment – including his 40 years as a television and radio host and producer. Other notables ennobled at the ceremony included Sir Alec Sternbillionaire founder of constant contact; Sir Ray Parker Jr.songwriter of many of music’s biggest hits, including “Ghostbusters”, as well as guitarist of The rolling stones, Stevie Wonder and Barry White; and sir Rolando Blackmanformer NBA superstar.
SPEAKERS News notes. The Chesapeake Association of Broadcasters Associated Press prices were announced last weekend and Radio Hubbardit’s all the news WTOP, Washington has won 11 first place awards, including Outstanding News Operation and Outstanding Newscast. OMCP News and Programming Director Julia Ziegler says, “As a 24/7 news agency, our work never stops. We are honored that the work has been recognized by CAPBA. These awards are truly a testament to the hard work of our entire press team.”…..AdLarge signs an advertising sales partnership agreement with the podcast “Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting”, hosted by psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour and journalist Reena Ninan. On the program, Dr. Damour and Ninan address day-to-day parenting concerns such as the start of a new school year, managing friendships, children and sports, and technology. They also tackle difficult topics such as anxiety, depression and suicide…..Hearst Television‘s WBAL, Baltimore “NewsRadio 1090 AM/101.5 FM” and the Naval Academy Athletic Association have agreed to a multi-year extension of their longstanding partnership that will maintain the station as the flagship of the Navy’s football radio network. President and CEO of WBAL Dan Jörres says, “We are excited to continue bringing Navy football to our listeners every Saturday this fall, including the age-old tradition of the Army-Navy game. It is truly an honor to be associated with such a prestigious institution.
January 6 hearing, midterms/Trump and the GOP, fatal shootings/gun control, the economy, the Russian-Ukrainian war and Musk and Twitter among yesterday’s top news/discussion stories (6/ 6). The January 6 committee hearing scheduled for Thursday and the indictment of the former leader of the Proud Boys Enrique Tarrio and others charged with seditious conspiracy; the November midterm primary elections, LA and SF Democrats on the ropes, and donald trumpthe influence of the GOP on the GOP; the wave of deadly shootings and attempts at gun control legislation; soaring gas and food prices and fears of a recession; Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine; and Elon Musk Threats to end Twitter acquisition over spam and fake account data were among the most discussed stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research. SPEAKERS magazine.
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