Category: Features

Talking to One Million Friends: Q104’s Jim Kerr Reflects on His Career

| July 13, 2016

By Jeff McKay
TALKERS
Special Features Editor

 

mckayjeffwriterNEW YORK — March 1974 marked the close of the five-month OPEC oil embargo against the US, ending long gas lines that frustrated drivers.  It was also the month that People Magazine was launched with much fanfare.  However, without too much fanfare, a 21-year-old named Jim Kerr moved from Chicago to New York and took over the morning show on WPLJ-FM.

Eight U.S. presidents, seven New York Yankees World Series victories, six New York City mayors and five other morning shows later, Jim Kerr remains on the air each weekday morning on classic rock WAXQ-FM, and seemingly only gets better.  He’s been there since 2003 — the second-longest stint as a morning show host in New York radio history.

RadioInfo sat down with Kerr to discuss his legendary career, how radio has changed along the way, and events in his life that have shaped his more-than-40-year run on New York City radio.

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New Jersey Broadcasters Association Convention a Success in Atlantic City

| June 24, 2016

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

mckayjeffATLANTIC CITY — New Jersey broadcasters face the daunting issue of having to compete with New York City, the largest market in the nation to the north, and Philadelphia, the 9th Nielsen-rated market to the south, all while fighting formidable radio stations in their own backyard markets like PPM-rated Middlesex-Somerset-Union, along with #53-rated Monmouth-Ocean on the Jersey Shore, and rated markets in Atlantic City, Morristown, and Trenton.  With a population of over eight million, many of whom commute daily to the neighboring big cities, the task of gaining listener loyalty might be more challenging in the Garden State than anywhere else.

Each year, the New Jersey Broadcasters Association holds its annual convention in Atlantic City, and as is the tradition, it’s not just a chance for broadcasters to mingle.  The 69th annual two-day event that took place yesterday and Wednesday (6/22-23) at Caesars Atlantic City featured a number of productive work sessions dedicated to new technologies, mentoring talent, improving stations’ ad revenue, and honoring the best performers on New Jersey radio.

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Only in Los Angeles: Tuna for Breakfast; Remembering Charlie Tuna

| March 1, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

 

kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — God-given talent has catapulted a number of on-air talents to lofty positions, but when someone is shrewd enough to take that ability and combine it with an indefatigable will to win, they can soar to practically unlimited heights.

After attaining success, the secret is avoiding complacency and staying on top of your game.

That is precisely what happened with highly personable Charlie Tuna, who passed away “peacefully in his sleep” more than a week ago (2/19) in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley (Tarzana) at the age of 71; he would have turned 72 next month (4/18).

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Proud Partisan Pilots ‘TV Time Machine’

| January 22, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

 

kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — Faithful devotees of quite possibly the greatest sitcom of all-time – “The Larry Sanders Show” – will recognize this classic “Hank’s Contract” line delivered in season one/episode seven by producer “Artie” (Rip Torn): “My TV stops at channel 13 the way it is supposed to.”

By way of context, announcer/sidekick “Hank Kingsley” (Jeffrey Tambor) is bluffing that he is weighing an option to leave Sanders (Garry Shandling) to join Dick Cavett in a similar role on CNBC, with “Artie” feigning ignorance of the cable outlet’s existence.

Proliferation of cable channels since that particular “Larry Sanders” installment aired on HBO more than 23 years ago (September 1992) has, of course, only intensified.

Incidentally, 1992 is the same year Bruce Springsteen released “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On).”

Lyrics of that song from “The Boss” include, “Home entertainment was my baby’s wish, so I hopped into town for a satellite dish. I came home and pointed it out into the stars – there are 57 channels [but] nothin’ [is] on.”

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Remembering the Inspiring Brad Saul

| December 7, 2015

By Mike Kinosian,
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

 

kinosianlgCHICAGO — Not the least bit hyperbolic is the assertion that Brad Saul was a successful entrepreneur the greater part of his 55 years of life.

Formerly president of Matrix Media and president/chief executive officer of WebTalkRadio.net, Saul was one of the most inspiring individuals in this medium; he passed away over the weekend at his home in Chicago.

Approximately 10 years ago, Saul was extensively profiled by RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian, who was then special features editor of Inside Radio. Highlighted here are excerpts from that piece.

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Super-Mario: Multi-Media Knockout

| November 10, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
TALKERS
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

 

kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — Viewers of the tremendously cutting-edge sketch comedy/variety series “In Living Color” (1990-1994) will undoubtedly remember Damon Wayans as the obsessively hard-working patriarch of the Hedleys, whose family members held multiple jobs.

A number of radio personalities famously possess a similar exemplary trait of annually filing numerous W-2 forms with the IRS.

These conscientious on-air talents have become punch lines to jokes, with perhaps even the most notable – Ryanlopezmario15NoID Seacrest – being supremely self-deprecating about it.

Laudable though in each and every case is a stunning display of drive and determination.

Included on that elite list of praiseworthy individuals is Mario Lopez, known to dedicated fans as the host of syndicated television’s “Extra” and for overseeing Premiere Radio’s “ON With Mario Lopez,” a nightly, music-intensive program featuring a blend of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews.

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Profile: America Now's Meghan McCain

Profile: America Now’s Meghan McCain

| September 16, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
TALKERS
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

 

kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — Nothing short of sweet serendipity is the fact that the positively fetching young woman confidently seated behind the microphone has such a lilting, lyrical name as Meghan Marguerite, although that represents only two-thirds of her alliteration-intensive, attention-getting moniker.

It is her last name – “McCain” – that makes the striking daughter of Arizona Senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain particularly intriguing, while simultaneously putting her under more scrutiny than the typical media personality.

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Podcasting Gets an ‘Upfront Showcase’ with Advertisers

| September 15, 2015

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

 

mckayjeffwriterNEW YORK — Peter Senerchia, Cari Champion, and Farnoosh Torabi.  One is a former champion professional wrestler known in the ring as Taz, one is a TV reporter and anchor for ESPN, and the other works in her Brooklyn apartment.  However, all three have something in common – they have carved out their own niches and become stars in the world of podcasting… and with their advertisers.

Digital audio has been on a roll over the past 18 months, and this is especially true among younger listeners.  A February survey by Edison Research found approximately 46 million people listened to podcasts in February.  Meanwhile, ad spending on podcasts is soaring.  A recent survey by eMarketer says ad spending for digital audio is expected to reach $2.75 billion, up over 27% from a year ago.

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Vince Benedetto: Bold Captain of Industry

| July 2, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

kinosian (3)WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON, PA — Fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, and concerts will all be in festive abundance this weekend as our glorious country makes room for 239 candles on its proverbial birthday cake.

Waves of patriotism will be demonstrated by suddenly omnipresent American flags; “Support our Troops” stickers/banners will likewise be even more noticeable; and a virtually limitless number of often times nondescript items will be saturated in red, while, and blue.

This special Independence Day weekend profile not only isolates one fiercely proud former military officer, it also focuses on a (still relatively new) independent station owner.

Given it is the same person – this makes for an especially fascinating twofer.

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NJ Broadcasters Work for a New Attitude

| June 19, 2015

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

 

mckayjeffwriterATLANTIC CITY — The 68th annual New Jersey Broadcaster’s Association Conference & Gala in Atlantic City brought together state broadcasters, management, sales and industry leaders for a two-day event that included honoring those who’ve helped to make New Jersey broadcasting great, and new this year, to recognize broadcasters mentoring those considering a career in radio.

The conference opened this week with the theme: “Broadcast Has a New Attitude.”  NJBA president & CEO Paul Rotella told RadioInfo, “We heard from a variety of voices during this conference which provided attendees with the latest and most substantial evolution in research, technology and advancement in audience measurement.”  During the conference, the NJBA honored FOX News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano as its recipient of the Howard L. Green Humanitarian of the Year.  Also, Greater Media’s Peter Smyth inducted Dan Finn, Harry Hurley, Richard Swetits, and Kevin Williams into the NJBA Hall of Fame.

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