News Bites for July 16...
...Sisanie, co-host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” joins “NBC4” KNBC-TV as a correspondent for “California Live.” In addition to KNBC-TV, the program airs on KNTV-TV San Francisco and KNSD-TV San Diego. On a recent episode, Sisanie visited Crumbs & Whiskers, a Los Angeles cat cafe experience where customers can drink coffee while cuddling rescue cats that are up for adoption.
...Westwood One News will provide live, anchored coverage of the Democratic Presidential Debates from Detroit, July 30 and 31. Westwood One News correspondent Evan Haning will anchor debate coverage starting at 7:59pm both nights. Westwood One News correspondent Bob Costantini will handle on-scene reporting and the network will also offer stations an unanchored feed from the debates and one-minute special reports each night at the top and bottom of the hour between 8:00pm-12:00am. Produced by CNN, the debates will be moderated by Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper.
...The Alabama Broadcasters Association (ABA) will induct four new members into the ABA Hall of Fame during its annual conference Aug. 10. Honorees include Hundley Batts, Sr., co-owner and operator of Broadcast One, which owns stations in Huntsville and Moulton, AL and Minor Hill, TN; “Dollar Bill” Lawson, morning man at iHeartMedia country “102.5 The Bull” WDXB Birmingham; and Patti Wheeler and Tom “Doc” Atkinson – longtime hosts at WZZK-FM Birmingham – who will be honored posthumously.
...Triton Digital has been named the winner of ExchangeWire’s The Wires APAC 2019 Best New Product or Service – Sell Side for its supply-side platform, Yield-Op. The Wires APAC recognizes the best use of ad tech across all aspects of media sales and buying within the Asia-Pacific region. “We are honored to have been selected as this year’s winner,” Benjamin Masse, Triton Digital Managing Director Market Development & Strategy, said in a release. “While creating innovative products that enable audio publishers to empower and fuel their digital audio and podcast monetization strategies is our top priority, receiving recognition for a product that does just that motivates us to continue creating solutions that grow the global industry that much more.”