Freakonomics Radio Network has some new leadership as Neal Carruth is taking over the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager, per Radio Ink. Carruth was recently with NPR, leading the radio station’s news podcasting strategy.
“For years now, I’ve been a serious fan of the work that Stephen Dubner and the team have done on the Freakonomics Radio podcast,” Carruth said.
“I love the podcast’s combination of curiosity, rigor, and delight. I can’t wait to work with the team to grow the audience for the current slate of shows and to help them develop new properties.”
In his new position with Freakonomics Radio Network, Carruth will have the responsibility of helping to set the strategic and editorial oversight of the company.
“I feel we’ve hit the jackpot with Neal,” Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics host, said of Carruth.
“He has an amazing track record in both the editorial and strategic realms, and he’s got a priceless perspective on this crazy-fast-growing industry. His presence here is going to immediately make us all better.”
Buck Sexton: Jamaal Bowman Pulling Fire Alarm Is When It’s Fun to Have Radio Show
“‘Wow, this is where it’s fun to be on the radio’, Clay. This is when you have something to discuss.”
Last week, Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) allegedly pulled a fire alarm at the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to derail a vote about funding the government. Buck Sexton joked that topics like this make radio fun.
To begin The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show Monday, Sexton joked that because he was moving last week, he wasn’t certain the story was actually true.
“The most interesting thing that I saw the moment when I was thinking, ‘Wow, this is where it’s fun to be on the radio’, Clay. This is when you have something to discuss. The pulling of a fire alarm by Congressman Jamaal Bowman and the efforts to try to explain this away over the course of the weekend,” said Sexton.
After playing a clip of an MSNBC anchor reading a statement that Bowman claimed it was an accident, Sexton asked Travis how many times he’s accidentally pulled a fire alarm, “Because I know the answer for me is zero”, Sexton said.
“I think this is one so fun because it’s so profoundly stupid,” Travis said with a laugh. The OutKick founder then told a story that he recently set off the alarm at a New York City hotel by opening a fire escape door on the ground level.
“I can’t imagine anybody over the age of like five or six intentionally doing that. And trying to make an excuse because there is no defense in that position,” surmised Travis.
WPG’s Harry Hurley Hosts Fundraiser with Brian Kilmeade
Since its inception, the Hurley in the Morning Charity Foundation has successfully raised more than $1.3 million to support non-profit public service organizations.
The Hurley in the Morning Charity Dinner & Silent Auction, hosted by Harry Hurley of Atlantic City’s WPG, is renowned as one of America’s most esteemed local talk radio-related charities.
Last week, the 15th year of this event took place at the iconic Ocean Ballroom at Resorts Casino Hotel. Over 263 paid guests graced the occasion, including prominent elected officials, business leaders, luminaries from the broadcast industry, and various members of the community.
The keynote speaker for this year’s event was Brian Kilmeade, a well-known personality from Fox News Radio and Fox News Channel. Kilmeade was also kind enough to sign copies of his upcoming historical book titled Teddy and Booker T.: How Two American Icons Blazed a Path for Racial Equality. Additionally, the event’s first-ever lifetime achievement award was presented to former State Sen. Bill Gormley (R-NJ).
Since its inception, the Hurley in the Morning Charity Foundation has successfully raised more than $1.3 million to support non-profit public service organizations across New Jersey and beyond, including the Broadcasters Foundation of America. In recognition of this remarkable charity work, both houses of the legislature officially declared this past Friday as “Harry Hurley Day” in Atlantic County, New Jersey.
It’s worth highlighting that Brian Kilmeade’s participation in the event faced last-minute jeopardy due to severe flooding in New York City on that very day. Despite the challenging weather conditions, Kilmeade’s dedication to being the guest of honor and keynote speaker was extraordinary, as Harry Hurley noted.
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.
Terry Foxx Named Director of Talk Programming at iHeart San Antonio and Austin
iHeartMedia has announced Terry Foxx has been named the Director of Talk Programming for clusters in San Antonio and Austin.
Foxx will be “responsible for redefining” the news and sports talk stations in the Texas markets, which includes News Radio 1200 WOAI and Ticket 760 in San Antonio, and AM 1300 The Zone in Austin.
The San Antonio stations currently serve as the flagship for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and the nationally syndicated news/talk program The Joe Pags Show. In Austin, iHeartMedia serves as the flagship station of the University of Texas Longhorns athletic programs.
“I’m very excited to work with iHeartMedia and its group of stations in Austin and San Antonio, along with the great people that help make it successful. As a native Texan, I grew up listening to WOAI. I’d like to thank Jason McCollim, Chris Berry, Brian Gann, and Brad Hardin for this incredible opportunity,” said Foxx.
“In Terry Foxx, we’ve found more than an expert, we’ve embraced a true team player who values respect as deeply as we do,” iHeartMedia San Antonio and Austin Senior Vice President of Programming Jason McCollim added. “His commitment to bettering our processes is evident, but it’s his unique blend of diplomacy, empathy, and patience in every interaction that truly sets him apart. With Terry, it’s not just about work, it’s about building lasting relationships.”
Foxx joins iHeartMedia after previously serving as the Director of Programming and Audience at KUT-FM in Austin, the public media station owned by the University of Texas. Foxx has numerous years of experience in the sports radio format, leading stations in Charlotte, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh.