News Bites for February 25...
...Rush Limbaugh will be honored at this weekend’s CPAC and posthumously inducted into the Conservative Hall of Fame. The Conservative Political Action Conference opened Thursday, Feb. 25 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 28. This year’s event is taking place in Orlando as opposed to its usual Washington, DC location. According to Fox News, Limbaugh will be the first individual inducted into the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Hall of Fame. The NRA was the inaugural inductee in 2018. Limbaugh will be honored with a video tribute celebrating his life and career on Saturday (Feb. 27) at the Ronald Reagan Dinner.
...Steve Grunwald, one-third of “Josh, Rachel And Grunwald in the Morning” on Entercom country WYCD (99.5), is living in a tent in the garden of the downtown Detroit Ronald McDonald House, raising money and awareness for the organization. “We need your help to get Grunwald out of the Ice Garden,” a website post read. “The only way he’ll leave is by raising enough money to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Detroit. They provide comfort and support for families with a hospitalized child. Grunwald wants to help them by living outside in the cold until we raise $50,000.” In an effort to keep Grunwald in place, while still raining funds, station client Szott Auto is taking donations to “keep Grunwald on ice.”
...Entravision Communications launches the newly revamped news website Noticiasya.com. The updated site features entertainment and sports content and will house company podcasts and video galleries. Noticiasya.com and the use of Trinity Audio, an AI tool that transforms written content into audio. “We are very excited to launch the new Noticiasya.com with features that will be beneficial for both our audience and advertisers alike,” Luisa Collins, Entravision’s VP of News, Social Affairs and Wellness said in a release. “Noticiasya.com will continue to bring our customers the best in live local news coverage, but in a more targeted and user-friendly format.”
...Consultant Mike McVay will lead a “Titans of Talk” session at the 12th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp “Virtual Adventure.” Panelists include hosts “Armstrong & Getty,” Mike Calta, Tim Conway, Jr., Tom Griswold and Chris Plante, who will touch on a number of key issues including how they maintained their show's regular level of performance throughout the pandemic, plus, their secrets to long-term success and keys to developing their own style and brand.
...AI technology and solutions provider Veritone is recognized as winner of the Industry Star Award in the 13th Annual Media Excellence Awards. “We’re thrilled to be recognized with the Industry Star Award as part of the 13th Annual Media Excellence Awards program,” President Ryan Steelberg said in a release. “Our work with organizations like the NCAA, iHeartMedia, the United States Tennis Association, the San Francisco Giants and CBS News to help them create, manage, share, monetize and analyze their content has truly made a difference not just for our customers, but for millions of consumers worldwide.”
...Cox Media Group country “K95.5” KWEN Tulsa launches its “One Million Dollar K95.5 Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon.” 2021 is the fifth year of this two-day fundraiser and K95.5 expects the five-year donation total to surpass $1 million. “We are so humbled that our listeners have propelled us to the point of raising more than $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital over the last four years,” Director of Branding and Programming Matt Bradley said in a release. “The local families who have benefitted from the work of St. Jude have become like our family, and we all look forward to these two days of inspiration and commitment to a world where no parent has to hear that their child has cancer.”
...My Town Media has struck a $2,567,659 deal to buy the eight stations owned by Southwind Broadcasting. The deal includes country “Q-97” KKJQ, Garden City, KS; CHR “Z-98” KSKZ, Copeland, KS; rock KWKR, Leoti, KS (99.9); AC “Mix 94” KSKL, Scott City, KS; regional Mexican “Ke Buena 105.9” KSSA, Ingalls, KS; adult hits KHGN, Hugoton, KS (106.7); talk KBUF, Holcomb, KS (1030) and “Real Country 1420” KULY Ulysses, KS. Also included in the deal is the Holcomb, KS-licensed translator K296HO at 107.1 FM which simulcasts KBUF. And the Ulysses, KS-licensed translator K249FI at 97.7 FM. The stations were put into a receivership run by Ron Metzinger in March 2020 and My Town Media emerged as the high bigger during a court auction. It currently owns eleven stations in Kansas. Southwind Broadcasting bought the stations for $2.4 million deal in 2018.