News Bites for August 18...
...Davi Crimmins, Producer and cast member of the Westwood One-syndicated “The Bert Show,” signs a new multi-year contract to remain with the program through 2024. Crimmins served as an off-air producer for years before being promoted to third mic position, joining host Bert Weiss and co-host Kristin Klingshirn in 2018. “So excited Davi Crimmins signed for another 3 years,” Weiss wrote on Facebook. “This is my dream team. Selfishly Davi Crimmins genuinely makes me laugh… hard… every day. This crew makes me so happy and these guys are the only ones I want to do The Bert Show with.”
...Legendary broadcaster Rick Dees has signed on as the network voice of Rewind TV, a digital subchannel owned and operated by Nexstar Media. Rewind TV will launch Sept. 1 with a slate of classic TV sitcoms. At launch the network will reach 40% of U.S. television households, or nearly 50 million homes, according to Nexstar. “Rewind TV will air the TV comedy hits of the 80s, 90s and beyond, so there's no better personality than radio and TV personality Rick Dees to be the voice between the hits,” Sean Compton, President of Nexstar Media Inc.'s Networks Division said in a release.
...iHeartMedia has placed the building that is home to rock WHEB Portsmouth, NH (100.3) on the market for $3.67 million. “Great redevelopment opportunity with 3.7+ acres of developable uplands and potential uses including a car dealership, housing development, medical building, recreation complex, and more,” the listing read. In Depth NH reports that iHeartMedia has already sold another broadcast property in the city. The land where the WHEB studios are located includes two towers and a billboard on site, which reportedly accounts for annual revenue of $66,000 a year.
...Seven Bridges Radio sports “Jax Sports Radio” WJXL-AM/FM (1010/92.5) Jacksonville adds programming from VSiN to its on-air lineup. The network’s sports betting and entertainment programs will air in evenings and overnights. “It’s important for us to be on the cutting edge of the sports betting media revolution and to serve our audience with this new focus on sports betting content,” President/GM Steven Griffin said in a release. “We’re excited to collaborate with VSiN to bring the best programming in the business to Jacksonville’s sports fans and betting enthusiasts. In addition, we’ll feature VSiN’s industry-leading on-air talent on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, August through January, to offer insight and opinion on the biggest sporting events.”
...California Public Radio Day is back for a second year and will take place on Aug. 26. More than 30 stations across the state will encourage listeners to support their local public radio outlet. The day is set aside to create awareness for the service public radio provides to the community. “This past year has underlined the importance of access to trustworthy public media for everyone in our communities. In the midst of unprecedented challenges, public radio stations across the state stand together united for what connects us. Whether it’s the importance of information or the power of music, we believe in public radio’s ability to uplift voices of the community to entertain, educate, inform, and inspire, and so do our listeners,” a statement from the participating stations read.
...Legend Communications signs on as an affiliate of the Virtual News Center for country “Kix 96.5” KLGT and classic country KBBS (1450) in Buffalo, WY; hot AC “98.3 The Peak” KZZS Story, WY; and classic hits “92.7 The Eagle” KHRW Ranchester, WY. Virtual News Center will provide newscasts for all four stations anchored daily by Lisa Rodman and Jim Taylor. “Virtual News Center makes covering news easy for us,” GM Brady Sasfranek said in a release. “They do it from out of market, but they do a great job covering the local news, the stories that people want to hear and boy, it’s taken a load off of my plate not having to do it in-house.”
...Classic Radio classical KING-FM Seattle (98.1) selects Dr. Quinton Morris as host of “Unmute the Voice,” a new monthly radio show that celebrates Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in classical music. “Having a show like this is so important because it allows us to highlight and showcase the great artistry they are doing,” Morris told KING-TV. “When they are hearing them on the radio they are being judged on their artistry, rather than their color. They happen to be a person of color, but they are performing great music.”