Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | Magazine TALKERS


Mike “Bax” Baxendale, co-host of the morning show “Rock 102”, Springfield is this week’s guest on Harrison Podcast. Often referred to as Michael Harrison as “pound-for-pound talk radio champion” Mike “Bax” Baxendale – who has ruled Western Massachusetts radio ratings and revenue for the past 27 years at an extraordinary level – is this week’s guest on the award-winning program Podcast One series, “The Michael Harrison Interview”. Known to his loyal legion of listeners simply as “bax“, Baxendale has enjoyed tremendous success as a key member of the evolving WAQY “Rock 102” morning team since 1995 and continues to grow. First, he enjoyed an incredibly long run with a talented co-host John O’Brien (Bax & O’Brien) and now the dynamic continues with the co-hosts Steve Nagle and Dave Combes (“Bax, Steve and Dave”). See photo (lr) Bax, Steve Nagle and Dave Coombs. Bax became, according to Harrison, “a quintessential example of the notable breed of radio talker operating in the context of a duo or crew on a music FM station where the politics are mostly local, unpredictable and non-partisan and not the only focus.” Harrison continues, “This hard-working broadcaster talks about politics, music, sports and a wide range of everyday issues and ranges from the silly to the serious, from the irreverent to the respectful.” Harrison and Bax speak business realities faced by duos and crews on radio as well as the differences between how talk show hosts on music radio stations approach their audience in terms of subject matter and attitude and those who perform on news/traditional speakers. Harrison references his own conversational roots in FM music radio. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, click here.

SPEAKERS The 2022 convention takes place on Friday at Hofstra University. The 25the annual installment of the oldest, largest and most important convention in the spoken media industry, SPEAKERS 2022, takes place this Friday, June 10 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, in association with the prestigious, multi-award-winning college station WRHU Radio. Its roster of speakers and attendees include a “who’s who” of the spoken media industry and its program will boldly tackle the industry’s most compelling issues of the modern age. The event is sold out in advance and you can view the full up-to-date agenda and information on last minute sponsorship opportunities and hotel accommodations here.

Steve Cochran to host Morning Drive on WLS-AM, Chicago. Chicago media personality Steve Cochran joined Cumulus Media to host the morning driving show on news/talk WLS-AM, beginning June 15. Cochran hosted the morning drive at Nexstar Media‘s crosstown news/talk WGN-AM from 2013 to 2019. He was producing two podcasts since leaving WGN – one titled “Live from My Office” and the other with Patty Steel called “The Deep 6 with Patty Steele – which he says he will continue to produce, according to a report by Chicago media writer Robert Feder. Cochran takes over the morning show from Bruce St. Jameswho was brought from Phoenix in December of 2020 to host the morning show after Erich Mancow Muller got out of the station. WLS Program Director Stephanie Tichenor said: “I am delighted to welcome Steve to our team, where I know he will bring his wisdom, wit and political prowess to morning training. Our listeners need a place to feel safe to express their opinions while having a destination for entertainment, news and, of course, conservative conversation. Steve will provide that for our Chicagoland audience. I look forward to cultivating 890 with Steve Cochran in the morning. Cochran comments, “Like thousands of others, I did my homework listening to The Big 89 WLS as a kid. It’s an honor to say these call letters, and I can’t wait to get started. Cochran is represented by John McConnell at Work House Media.

Adrian Warren Named Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Jacksonville. Radio Sales Pro Adrian Warren was named Vice President of Sales for iHeartMediaof Jacksonville, starting June 13. The company says that in this role, Warren will be responsible for driving revenue across the market’s broadcast and digital cluster, with a particular focus on WJBT-FM, WSOL-FM and the Black Information Network. Warren recently served with radio one in Indianapolis as Digital Sales Manager and Local Sales Manager. iHeartMedia Region President for North Florida Paul Roger commented, “I’m really excited to have Adrian join our leadership team here on Florida’s First Coast. His background, personal character, and specific experience with some of the same diverse brands we represent here in Jacksonville was a perfect fit for us, and we were lucky to have him. I am confident that it will help us regain our market leadership position in revenue. »

SPEAKERS News notes. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports this Lizzie Baumgartner amounts to Audacity‘s all WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM news to serve as podcast editor. Most recently, she served the company as the audio production coordinator for its alternative rock and country stations. Her previous role with WBBM was as an assistant producer….. A number of executive promotions take place at digital newt. Stephanie Donovan is now global head of revenue. Alexandre Fournier is named Chief Technology Officer. Benjamin Masse becomes Chief Product Officer, and Molly Glover Gallatin joins the management team as SVP of Marketing and Customer Experience Jelli. Triton says the promotions “further support the company’s recent integration of Jelli to accelerate the development of innovative technology that serves the entire audio ecosystem across radio, streaming and podcasting”.…..SiriusXM features coverage of the Belmont Stakes, the third and final jewel in the 2022 Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing, this Saturday, June 11 from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Wire-to-wire coverage of the Belmont Stakes race is provided by NBC Sports Audio Network.

Primary elections/Donald Trump and the GOP, January 6 hearings, economy, Russian-Ukrainian war, gun violence legislation and COVID-19 among yesterday’s top news/stories (6/7). Tuesday’s primary elections for the November midterms and donald trumpthe influence of the GOP on the GOP; Thursday’s hearings before the January 6 commission; soaring gas and food prices, falling tech stocks and concerns about a recession; Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine and its effects on the global economy; reactions to recent episodes of gun violence and attempts at gun legislation; and the status of COVID-19 in the United States were among the most discussed stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research. SPEAKERS magazine.

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