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Cumulus Shifts Sports Talker to News Talk With Bongino Launch

The station is airing a majority-Westwood One distributed lineup

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Cumulus Media has flipped format from one brand of talk on WHLD in Buffalo to another with the nationwide launch of Dan Bongino’s show earlier this week.

WHLD has become Talk 1270, moving away from sports talk anchored by CBS Sports Radio.

The station is carrying a slate of Cumulus-owned, Westwood One syndicated hosts, straying away only to carry the Compass Media Network-distributed Lars Larson show in the evening.

Jim Riley, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Buffalo, said: “We’re very excited to launch Talk
1270 this week in Buffalo as Dan Bongino launches his national radio show. Western New Yorkers
can now enjoy daily radio shows on Talk 1270 from two of the most listened-to podcasters in
America, Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino, as well as other marquee talk radio favorites.”

Full weekday lineup:
1am-5am            Red Eye Radio
5am-6am            First Light
6am-7am            America In The Morning
7am-8am            First Light
8am-9am            America In The Morning
9am-12n             Chris Plante Show
12n-3pm             Dan Bongino Show
3pm-5pm            Ben Shapiro Show
5pm-6pm            Michael Knowles Show
6pm-9pm            Lars Larson Show
9pm-10pm          Dan Bongino Replay (Hr 1)
10pm-1am          Jim Bohannon Show

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WBZ Radio Celebrates 100 Years of Broadcasting

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The century mark.

WBZ Radio commemorated 100 years worth of broadcasting on Sept. 19, 2021.

The heritage station out of Boston was the first recipient of a commercial broadcasting license in the United States. Per CBS Boston, the station’s first broadcasts featured live theatre, farm talk and sewing lessons.

Yes, sewing lessons.

One of the numerous forms of celebration for the monumental anniversary included a personalized note from President Joe Biden.

“Radio has long been an important aspect of American life — narrating the triumphs and tragedies that have defined America as well as the day-to-day news that keeps listeners engaged with their communities,” Biden wrote via WBZ News Radio. “Over the decades, radio stations like WBZ NewsRadio have been on the forefront of journalism, providing entertainment and valuable information to people who tune in throughout the day.”

CBS Boston continued with their timeline of memorable moments in WBZ history, including a mention of a time during the 1930’s when a promotion called for bringing a live lion into the studio. The wild animal broke through a glass window and injured several people.

Throughout the years, WBZ has featured live news coverage of every major American event, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, terrorists attacks, multiple wars and natural disasters.

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Marketron Cyber Attack Creates Radio Industry Disruptions

“A Russian criminal organization called BlackMatter has created a big mess for Marketron.”

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A Russian criminal organization called BlackMatter has created a big mess for Marketron. The company alerted radio partners via email that it had been the victim of a cyber attack, creating nationwide problems for the company’s customers.

In a note to radio clients, CEO Jim Howard said the company made recent investments to separate backup and disaster recovery in different physical and network environments. In doing so, “zero trust” access management policy was created, and was supposed to provide new security detection and recovery tools.  The attackers though still found a way to overcome the company’s modifications. Marketron has yet to determine how the hackers exploited their network.

Howard apologized for the issue and acknowledged that the company is communicating with both BlackMatter and the FBI. Marketron says they are working on the issue and hoping to restore systems as quickly as possible. Once everything is back to normal they’ll provide an update to client stations.

Marketron is a leading provider of enterprise revenue and profitability management solutions for the media industry. They supply revenue generation and management solutions, ad tech and mobile advertising platforms, and an array of digital audience engagement tools to help drive new growth opportunities. Given their large footprint in the radio industry, it’s safe to say a number of groups and stations will be affected today.

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Union Successfully Negotiates Contract With NPR Affiliate WHYY-FM

Representatives from The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) said the deal raises salaries and provides other benefits associated with the union.

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A union representing 160,000 journalists, radio personalities, and other media types, has successfully negotiated a contract with Philadelphia-based NPR affiliate WHYY-FM, the station announced on its Twitter account. 

Representatives from The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) said the deal raises salaries and provides other benefits associated with the union.

“After a long negotiation process, SAG-AFTRA members finally have a solid first agreement with WHYY that implements vital benefits and pay increases,” said SAG-AFTRA national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland. “I congratulate our negotiating team as well as our amazing WHYY members on their new contract.” 

Union members at WHYY negotiated for two years before reaching a deal. Members held a rally in July when negotiations began to drag on. The unit won its union election 70 to 1 on October 30, 2019. 

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