News Bites for September 15...
...Salem Radio Network presents live coverage of the first 2020 Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic Nominee Joe Biden, moderated by Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace on Sept. 29. SRN’s coverage will begin at 8:06 (ET) with a special “SRN Debate Preview” hosted by network host Hugh Hewitt, who will be joined by special guests and updates from White House Correspondent Greg Clugston, who will report from the debate venue at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The debate will begin at 9pm and will run 90 minutes without commercial interruption. “With the polls tightening and no teleprompters on stage, our debate coverage promises to highlight the first gloves-off, no-holds-barred encounter between these two candidates for the highest office in America,” VP/News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup said in a release.
...Premiere Networks says it has renewed and extended its partnership with radio personality and R&B singer Keith Sweat. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Under a long-term, multi-platform agreement, Atlanta-based Sweat will continue to host “The Sweat Hotel” the nationally-syndicated nighttime radio show that marries love talk and R&B slow jams and is carried on more than 60 stations including in Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit and Tampa. “Keith Sweat’s name is synonymous with R&B,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “His unparalleled connection to the music, the artists and listeners has been the driving force behind our successful partnership for the last 13 years. We couldn’t be happier to extend our relationship for years to come.”
...Shawn Parr, host of the Key Networks-syndicated “Shawn Parr’s Across the Country,” will host the Camping World Concert Series “Taking the Highways Across America.” The 10-week virtual concert series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 8pm (CT) with a performance from Alabama streaming at www.CampingWorld.com/Concert. “I am so excited to team up with Camping World and host their virtual concert series, Taking the Highways Across America,” Parr said in a release. “We are having a ball bringing it to all of our affiliates and fans Across The Country.” The series will also include concerts from Martina McBride, Chris Young, Ricky Scaggs and Steve Curtis Chapman, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band, Lady A, Brett Young, Little Big Town and Vince Gill and Amy Grant.
...The third study of radio listeners focusing on the impact of COVID-19 will be conducted by Jacobs Media in partnership with the Radio Advertising Bureau. While the first two studies in March and May provided insight into the way the pandemic affected radio listening and media consumption, this study will focus on how the pandemic is affecting planned shopping this holiday season. “While radio stations have done an admirable job responding to the pandemic through support of their local communities, advertising revenue has really been impacted,” VP/GM Paul Jacobs said in a release. “Many aspects of Americans’ lives have changed, and it’s important for radio salespeople to have reliable audience information to not only use to plan their 4th quarter sales strategy, but to also share with their clients in order to devise plans that will work. That’s what we hope to provide in this research.” For more information about the COVID3 study, go to jacobsmedia.com/covid-19-survey.
...Poison singer Bret Michaels is been named the official 2020 Ambassador for the 10th Annual World College Radio Day, which takes place Friday, Oct. 2. “Bret is a long-time supporter of college radio, someone whose extraordinary multi-faceted career and philanthropic efforts have already impacted so many people,” Anabella Poland, General Manager of WMSC FM at Montclair State University in New Jersey and President of CRD said in a release. “In their early days, Poison received airplay support from college stations that helped songs like ‘Talk Dirty to Me’ get momentum on radio. Bret's passion and authenticity is deeply inspirational to the students.”
...Virginia Tech Sports Properties, the locally based Learfield IMG College team and the multimedia rights holder of Virginia Tech Athletics, re-signed all of its radio affiliates from last year to agreements and added new stations, despite a pandemic-induced summer of uncertainty in the sports and business worlds. “We've had to navigate our Virginia Tech partner needs through these incredulous times,” Kyler Piling, General Manager of Virginia Tech Sports Properties, said in a release. “And with the limited fan attendance, we know fans will be tuning in now more than ever to listen to [play-by-play announcer] Jon Laaser and [color analyst] Mike Burnop call the games.”