Louisville Radio Personality Wayne Perkey Dies at 84
Perkey was recently hospitalized with COVID-19 and his condition had deteriorated.
Iconic former Louisville radio personality Wayne Perkey died from complications from COVID-19; he was 84. Perkey was a fixture at NewsRadio 840 WHAS for 30 years.
According to the Courier Journal, he was recently hospitalized with COVID-19 and his condition had deteriorated.
Terry Meiners, his friend and longtime colleague, told the paper that Perkey was the “voice of a generation. “The thing I want people to know about Wayne is that his effervescent personality set the tone for the whole staff at the radio station.”
Perkey retired in 1999 after taking the reins of the WHAS morning show in 1969. Perkey served as the host of “Crusade for Children” which was televised live on WHAS for more than 20 years.
He reportedly had been caring for his ex-wife, Jane Anne, who is still affected by symptoms of COVID-19 she contracted in early 2020. The pair had five children together.
“He was the positive ray of sunshine that everyone else sort of fell in line with,” added Meiners.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Ryan Hedrick serves as the Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. Prior to WFMD, he hosted an afternoon program at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA. He has worked at Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and for stations in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked at WIBW-AM in Topeka KS, earning the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Buffalo, Chicago, Milwaukee Top Markets for AM Radio
“The study shows thirteen markets that have at least 40% of listeners using AM radio. Ten of them are in the Midwest.”
Nielsen has looked at information from the 2022 fall book to determine where AM radio is the most popular. The company released a list Thursday of 141 markets where at least 20% of radio listeners tune to AM radio in a given month. Cities in the Great Lakes region are all at the top of the list.
In Buffalo, 56% of radio listeners use the AM band in a month. The market’s most-listened to stations are both AM stations owned by Audacy – news/talk WBEN and sports talker WGR. Neither has an FM simulcast.
There is a tie for second place. 48% of listeners in Chicago utilize AM. Popular news stations WGN and WLS are both only available on AM as is the market’s heritage sports talk brand, 670 The Score. Milwaukee is the other market with 48% of listeners using AM radio.
AM radio remains very popular in the Midwest. The study shows thirteen markets that have at least 40% of listeners using AM radio. Ten of them are in the Midwest.
Last month, Nielsen used numbers from the 2022 Fall book to show that across the country, more than 82 million people rely on AM radio during a month. That is a third of all terrestrial radio listeners.
A hearing on Sen. Ed Markey’s AM For Every Vehicle Act is scheduled for Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
Fox News Radio Reportedly Facing Cutbacks
“Freelance shifts still exist on the network and current freelancers have been offered other opportunities over the weekend. Staff employees were not impacted.”
According to All Access, Fox News Radio is tightening the belt a bit. Job cuts and staff reassignments are on the way.
Most of the effected positions are filled by freelancers. Reporters and fill-in hosts could be effected.
“Fox News Audio has reduced the number of freelance shifts and adjusted its workflow on weekends,” a source told Perry Michael Simon. “Freelance shifts still exist on the network and current freelancers have been offered other opportunities over the weekend. Staff employees were not impacted.”
One full-time staffer has confirmed that he is out. News anchor Kerin McCue had been with Fox News Radio since 2012. He told All Access that he will exit some time this month. The report does not say if that is the result of these cutbacks or McCue’s own decision.
The network does have a lower-cost plan for the weekend. Some repurposed content from SiriusXM’s Fox News Headlines 24/7 will fill newscast slots.
Hubbard Broadcasting Celebrates 100 Years of Success
Yesterday marked a momentous occasion for Hubbard Broadcasting. The family owned American broadcasting corporation has reached the impressive milestone of 100 years in operation.
From its modest beginnings with Stanley Hubbard’s inaugural venture into commercial radio back in 1923, the company has evolved into one of the world’s most esteemed and enduring family-owned broadcast corporations. Presently, boasting a vast network of over 50 stations spanning across more than 20 cities, including the highly regarded revenue-generating powerhouse, WTOP in Washington DC.
Hubbard Broadcasting maintains its status as a family-owned entity while remaining steadfastly committed to its core founding principles. The company has consistently been at the forefront of innovation. It pioneered the establishment of the very first national radio news service and holds the distinction of acquiring the first ever TV camera ever sold.
Hubbard continuously seeks novel and inventive avenues to connect with the public, as stated on the company website, “We continue to look for innovative ways to connect with people and the communities we serve through Television, Radio, Cable, TV Production and Digital Marketing.”
Hubbard radio station 100.7 KIK FM of Alexandria Minnesota posted a celebratory post on Facebook,“Here’s to Hubbard Broadcasting’s 100th Anniversay! We are proud to be part of this incredible legacy of innovation, info structure and ingenuity! Their passion for radio has redefined our country.”
Stanley S. Hubbard was joined by his family today and those that continue the family legacy of broadcasting excellence. He reflected on how his father, Stanley, first started in St. Paul a century ago, “They said we were crazy to start a television station. They said that news on TV would never work.” And now Channel 5 KSTP-TV is still going strong.”
As Hubbard Broadcasting reaches its centennial, it stands as a testament to the perseverance and vision of the Hubbard family, who have nurtured and guided the company throughout its rich history.
Maddy Troy serves as a writer and editor for Barrett News Media, with a specific focus on media business, advertising, and podcasting. You can find her on Twitter @Troy_Maddy.