News Bites for September 30...
...Entercom sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM Detroit renames its broadcast studio “The Samuelsen Studio” in honor of the late Jamie Samuelsen, the station veteran and morning show host who passed away in August after a two-year battle with colon cancer. “Jamie meant so much to our station and was a key part of our listeners’ lives,” Senior VP/Market Manager Debbie Kenyon said in a release. “We want to honor him in a special way, not only as a great broadcaster, but an extraordinary person. We hope the renaming of the studio will serve as a way to keep his memory alive and add to his incredible legacy here in Detroit.”
...John Records Landecker’s full-time debut in nights at Nexstar Media Group talk WGN Chicago (720) is delayed due to the Chicago White Sox playoff run. Landecker was announced as a key part of the revamped lineup at the station, which includes the launch of “Chicago’s Afternoon News” from 4-7pm. “John’s show will now start once the season ends,” VP/GM Mary Sandberg Boyle said, according to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder. WGN is in the final year of its current contract as flagship radio station for the White Sox.
...Minnesota Public Radio will present the next installment of its virtual In Focus series. “In Focus: Equity in Education” will take place Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7pm, hosted by MPR News’ Angela Davis. The event will feature a conversation with several community leaders who have been working on various approaches to address racial disparities in education. “In Focus: Equity in Education” will take place via Zoom and on Facebook Live.
...The internet radio station launched by former WMMS Program Director John Gorman, oWow Radio, will continue streaming, however without air talent. Last week it was announced that the regionally-focused stream would cease operations by the end of October. Now, after an outpouring of listener feedback, and a good amount of local press, the station will continue for “as long as the station can financially and contractually endure,” a press release states, according to Cleveland.com.
...Entercom Sacramento stations will participate in a month-long text-to-donate campaign “Feed Our Families” to bring meals to local families, fire victims and senior citizens and help fight food insecurity via River City Food Bank. Food insecurity is a measure of the availability of food and individuals' ability to access it. “Sacramento is ‘America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital,’ yet we have vulnerable and underserved populations – such as students, seniors and homeless – in our own community who are food insecure,” Senior VP/Market Manager Stacey Kauffman said in a release. “By leveraging our scale and lending our resources to support the River City Food Bank’s efforts, we can raise both awareness and funds to combat this issue and support our neighbors in need.”