Three legendary Charlotte broadcasters will be inducted into WBT’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony in April.
According to a release, the announcement came during The Bo Thompson Morning Show Wednesday. The new inductees include John Stokes, Bob Lacey, and Jim Szoke.
The ceremony will come on the station’s 100th Anniversary ceremony on April 9, 2022.
Jim Szoke is the only member of the 100th Anniversary class still actively on the air at WBT. Szoke is in his 26th year at WBT. He’s credited with helping to secure the rights to the Carolina Panthers at WBT, later being named to the first-ever Carolina Panthers Radio Network crew.
John Stokes retired from the station in 2019. He was inducted into WBT’s Hall of Fame in 2019, but the celebration was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bob Lacey began his career at WBT in 1972. He rose to prominence hosting a wildly popular nighttime talk show called “Lacey Listens.” He was promoted to morning drive several years later and ultimately moved onto television. Lacey returned to radio as part of the nationally syndicated “Bob & Sheri Show.”
WBT will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on Sunday, April 10, 2022.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
KMJ Radio, ABC30 Form New Partnership
“The partnership brings together two powerful local news platforms to benefit TV viewers and radio listeners.”
Fresno news/talk station KMJ 580 AM and 105.9 FM is teaming up with local TV station ABC30. The partnership will see ABC30’s Action News reports added to the local radio station. The reports will include news, sports, weather, and human interest stories.
The partnership brings together two powerful local news platforms to benefit TV viewers and radio listeners. KMJ morning host Chris Gabriel told ABC30 he’s enthusiastic about the two sides joining forces.
“The amount of work that comes out of ABC30 is going to benefit us on the radio side in infinite amount of ways,” said Gabriel. “ABC30 does it better than anybody, and I think we do it pretty well here. When you get that combination, I think good things are going to happen for your viewers and for our listeners.”
KMJ presently airs regular news briefs at the top and bottom of the hour. ABC30 Meteorologist Kevin Musso will be part of the new plan, updating KMJ listeners on the latest local weather forecasts.
“Our goal at ABC30 is to always provide Central California families with the best news, weather and information,” said ABC30 General Manager Michael Carr. “This partnership with KMJ is going to allow us to reach even more people all the time through this radio partnership. It’s a big win for the Valley.”
Michael Berry: People Are Sick of Having Stories ‘Crammed Down Their Throats’
“I think people get tired of the media saying, ‘Oh, this is the top story. Let’s just cram this down their throat until they vomit back on us and they just can’t stand it any longer.”
Syndicated radio host Michael Berry has shared his thoughts that the average American is sick of having certain stories pushed day after day.
During The Michael Berry Show Monday, the Houston-based host argued that people had turned against University of Colorado football coach Deion Sanders not because of his action or his team’s loss this weekend, but rather because they’re simply tired of hearing about him.
“I think people get tired of the media saying, ‘Oh, this is the top story. Let’s just cram this down their throat until they vomit back on us and they just can’t stand it any longer,” Berry said.
He continued by noting that he’s concerned a similar situation will take place with viral “Rich Men North of Richmond” singer Oliver Anthony.
“The media couldn’t decide ‘Do we hate this guy? Or do we ride this wave?’ But once they decided ‘We’re going to ride this wave, it became all Oliver Anthony, all day long’. And my fear for him, and for a movement he had begun, is that it’s burning too bright. It’s going to burn out. You can’t — overnight — go that hot and sustain it because too many things are coming at you too fast.”
Podcast Radio Format Hits Four Beasley Media Group Markets
“Caroline, the team, and Beasley’s great station brands will make fantastic first movers into the Podcast Radio format as they embrace this unique new radio content as a leader in both broadcast and digital.”
Beasley Media Group has partnered with Podcast Radio and KMG Networks to bring a podcast-centered format to four separate U.S. markets.
The new format — which has seen success in the United Kingdom — will be heard on Beasley-owned stations in Charlotte (WSOC-HD3), Detroit (WCSX-HD2), Ft. Myers/Naples (WXKB-HD2), and Tampa (WJBR-AM).
The Podcast Radio format features live “podjocks” and will utilize podcast portions like songs, airing short clips of shows before pushing listeners to listen to the whole podcast on their favorite platform. Gene “Bean” Baxter of Kevin & Bean is the first unveiled “podjock”. The network has already inked deals with TedAudio and Wondery.
The move marks Beasley’s first attempt into the format.
“Caroline, the team, and Beasley’s great station brands will make fantastic first movers into the Podcast Radio format as they embrace this unique new radio content as a leader in both broadcast and digital,” Podcast Radio CEO Gerry Edwards said.
“This concept has been highly successful for Gerry and his team in the United Kingdom, and we believe our audience will fall in love with the Podcast Radio U.S. version we present on our stations,” added Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase.
Each station will have its own unique branding, utilizing the Podcast Radio name and the location of the station.
“When we evaluated the business opportunity in America, it was their forward-looking team that shared our vision immediately and stepped up to work collaboratively to execute this across key regions within the Beasley Media Group platform,” KMG Networks Founder & CEO Gary Krantz said.