Writers Guild Staffers at WINS Approve New Contract
Writers Guild of America, East members of Audacy news WINS-AM/FM in New York, have overwhelmingly approved a new collective bargaining agreement.
Writers Guild of America, East members of Audacy news WINS-AM/FM in New York, have overwhelmingly approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the radio station’s leadership.
As part of the agreement between the two parties, the new three-year contract contains minimum wage increases of three percent in the first year of the contract and 2.25% increases in the second and third years of the contract.
“This contract represents a very good deal for our members. We achieved wage increases for all Service Aides, Writers, and Editors, along with even greater wage improvements for News Production Assistants, with retroactivity to July when our old contract expired,” a statement from the Bargaining Unit read (h/t Inside Radio).
“We also won additional paid time off for both staff and freelance employees. We got a commitment from management to discuss certain other issues where we did not see eye-to-eye. All in all, the agreement is fair and we hope to work with management to further the issues we didn’t come to [an] agreement on.”
Along with the pay increase, both parties agree to hold talks if certain situations should occur, such as discussing meal penalties if the newsrooms of WCBS 880 and 1010 WINS are combined.
Eduardo Razo is the Assistant Content Editor for BNM, which includes writing daily news stories on the news media industry. He can be found on Twitter @eddierazo_ or you can reach him by email at email@example.com.
Eric Von Haessler: I’ve Never Watched Meet The Press
The announcement that Chuck Todd will leave Meet The Press later this year continues to draw media reaction. However, 95.5 WSB host Eric Von Haessler was unbothered by the development.
During The Von Haessler Doctrine Monday, the Atlanta host seemingly mocked some of the reaction to Todd’s departure, and noted that he’s never actually watched the NBC News program.
“What am I going to do now that Chuck Todd is no longer gonna be the host of Meet The Press? Oh, wait a minute. I’ve never one time in my life ever watched Meet The Press with Chuck Todd,” Von Haessler sarcastically said. “Does he have an explanation? Losing such a great journalist. Remember that time he broke that story? No, because he’s never broken a story in his life.”
Von Haessler later joked that listeners needed to sit down to hear the audio of Todd’s announcement because they would be devastated to learn of his impending departure. He then questioned the timing of the move.
“Some of the media scuttlebutt…some are saying Chuck Todd was kicked out of there. Then others are saying ‘No, no. He wanted to go’. Why on an odd year, though? Nine years? Why not stick around and do 10?” asked Von Haessler. “If the ball’s in your court, 10 is a nice number. ‘Yeah, I was the host of Meet The Press for 10 years.”
The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show Eclipses 500 Affiliate Mark
“I think Rush once had 600, I think that was the peak Rush had, so we’re back up over 500 now.”
It was announced yesterday that The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show would be added to the daily lineup at KIDO in Boise. That move moved the show to more than 500 affiliates, which the pair celebrated on the air Monday.
As the first hour of Monday’s show concluded, the pair discussed the move, noting the strong lead-in the program would have with Marconi Award-winning host Kevin Miller hosting the station’s morning show before their program hits the air from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM MT.
Sexton shared that he spent many summer vacations in Idaho and looked forward to taking Travis to the area after sharing he had never been to the state.
After sharing their excitement for the show now airing in the Idaho capital, Travis shared that the show is nearing a benchmark set by its predecessor, Rush Limbaugh.
“Over 500 now affiliates as we continue to grow,” Travis said. “I think Rush once had 600, I think that was the peak Rush had, so we’re back up over 500 now. That’s a testament to you guys. We certainly appreciate that.”
KIDO Adding Clay Travis & Buck Sexton to Altered Lineup
Kevin Miller will continue to host his popular show, The Kevin Miller Show, from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM.
KIDO Radio in Boise, Idaho announced some lineup changes on Monday. The station added The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show which will air from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM MT. Clay and Buck were named official successors to Rush Limbaugh by Premiere Networks over two years ago.
The duo has worked hard to expand their show, both online and on-air, and has made significant progress. Their program is now available on over 500 radio stations nationwide and has become one of the most popular podcasts.
KIDO Talk Radio 107.5 FM 580 AM is Idaho’s first-ever radio station.
“Each day on the program, Travis and Sexton tackle the biggest stories in news, politics, and current events with intelligence and humor, “the station said. “Together, they guide listeners through the latest headlines and hot topics with fun and entertaining conversations and opinions.”
Sean Hannity will broadcast from 1-4, and Lars Larson will air following Hannity’s show. Glenn Beck’s show is shifting to 7 pm and will be extended to three hours. Additionally, listeners can tune in to Dave Ramsey from 5:00 AM-8:00 AM on Saturday mornings.
Kevin Miller — winner of the Marconi Award for Medium Market Personality of the Year in 2014 — will continue to host his popular show, The Kevin Miller Show, from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM. Preceding Miller’s program is the Ag Hour of Power, which combines news about Idaho agriculture with the airing of Kevin Miller’s show.
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.