TOP STORY

One of the country’s most sports-crazed cities is getting a third sports talk station – with a unique twist that plays off the region’s embrace of legalized sports betting. iHeartMedia will launch “Fox Sports Radio – The Gambler” on WDAS Philadelphia and the Philly-licensed translator W273DO at 102.5. The station debuts today at 3pm, with “The Daily Ticket with Sean Brace,” a sports betting program hosted by the owner of a local sports website. Read more

INSIDE RADIO NEWS

Bubba the Love Sponge will be back on the air in Florida as JVC Media plans to launch “Florida Man Radio” on WDYZ Orlando (660) and its corresponding translator, the Oviedo, FL-licensed W288CJ at 105.5. The new station, which is aiming for an early September debut, will also feature former WYAY host Shannon Burke. Read more

The second season of the Family Secrets podcast began this week and the iHeartPodcast Network original had some high-profile publicity for its return. To coincide with the launch, host and best-selling author Dani Shapiro appeared on NBC-TV’s “Today” show to tell her eye-opening story and promote the new season. Read more

ESPN debuts “ESPN College Football Podcast- Herbie & Pollack,” a new flagship college football podcast. The program features lead analysts Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack and is hosted by SportsCenter’s Kevin Negandhi. The new program joins “CFB 150” and “Packer and Durham” as new entries to the network’s podcast lineup. Read more

KXTG drops its FM translator simulcast ahead of potentially placing KWEE programming on the signal… KDKA’s on-air lineup changes coming Sept. 3… Westwood One announces CHR and rock Labor Day Weekend specials… WGAN switches FM translator simulcast signals. Read more

The good news: There’s plenty of time for commuters to tune in to AM/FM radio during the morning commute. Less good: That’s because traffic congestion continues to clog the nation’s highways. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute links an improvement in the economy to the worsening gridlock, with the average auto commuter in 2017 adding about 12 minutes per day to their time stuck in traffic. Read more

The good news: There’s plenty of time for commuters to tune in to AM/FM radio during the morning commute. Less good: That’s because traffic congestion continues to clog the nation’s highways. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute links an improvement in the economy to the worsening gridlock, with the average auto commuter in 2017 adding about 12 minutes per day to their time stuck in traffic. Read more

During SiriusXM’s first-quarter 2019 earnings call in April, CEO Jim Meyer called its integration with Pandora Media “one of the funnest puzzles we’ve worked on,” adding that the potential synergies between the companies have created a platform that he believes will allow the company to dominate audio listening. It appears some former Pandora investors disagree; they have filed a lawsuit alleging that the buyout is “invalid and void.” Read more

Are streaming music services ready to forge their own unique sound by interspersing original content between the songs in the vein of broadcast radio? That’s the bet start-up Super Hi-Fi is making. Swiping a page from AM/FM’s playbook, the company would use artificial intelligence to insert production pieces, song IDs, artist interview snippets, positioning slogans and other production pieces to help streamers differentiate themselves. Read more

During SiriusXM’s first-quarter 2019 earnings call in April, CEO Jim Meyer called its integration with Pandora Media “one of the funnest puzzles we’ve worked on,” adding that the potential synergies between the companies have created a platform that he believes will allow the company to dominate audio listening. It appears some former Pandora investors disagree; they have filed a lawsuit alleging that the buyout is “invalid and void.” Read more

Are streaming music services ready to forge their own unique sound by interspersing original content between the songs in the vein of broadcast radio? That’s the bet start-up Super Hi-Fi is making. Swiping a page from AM/FM’s playbook, the company would use artificial intelligence to insert production pieces, song IDs, artist interview snippets, positioning slogans and other production pieces to help streamers differentiate themselves. Read more

People Moves

Scotty Kay joins the morning show at Entercom country “US99” WUSN. Kay, who was most recently morning host at Cumulus Media hot AC “Hot 93.3” KLIF-FM Dallas, joins Jason Pullman and Katie Bright who succeeded “Stylz & Roman” and debuted Aug. 8. Read more

Moriah Daniels is named midday host at Hubbard country WIRK West Palm Beach (103.1). Daniels began with the station eight years ago as an intern under CBS Radio ownership and has served in a number of roles including brand ambassador, air talent and in the sales department. Read more

Drive time exits at Entercom rhythmic oldies “Q 102.1” KRBQ San Francisco as morning man Chuy Gomez and PM driver Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza exit, the result of ongoing staff cuts at the radio group. Both had been with the station since 2018. Read more

Frank Lario has exited his morning co-host role at Entercom classic hits WOGL (98.1). Lario posted on Facebook that he is suffering from tinnitus, which led to him stepping away from his role at the station. Read more

Insider Interview

Nielsen last month unveiled its Podcast Listener Buying Power Service, a qualitative measurement service that shows insights into podcast listeners’ buying habits. Just six months after the project was hatched inside Nielsen, five podcast companies are just weeks away from getting their hands on the first data. Podcast News Daily caught up with Nielsen’s Bruce Supovitz to get an inside look at the service and what may be next for Nielsen in the podcast business. Read more

Featured

Religious broadcaster Immaculate Heart Media will soon cover all the top 10 markets, thanks to its latest deal-making with Salem. Also this week, Connoisseur Media strikes a deal to sell the last of its Pennsylvania stations. And a Kansas City public broadcaster gets to break its music-talk simulcast, thanks to a purchase. Check out the details and a look at radio’s other transactions in this week’s Inside Radio Deal Digest. Read more