Category Archives: Radio

Talkers Mag: BlogTalkRadio Is ‘Redefining the Meaning of Grassroots Radio’

Sure BlogTalkRadio, what with its legions of expert, hard-working hosts, generates ample media coverage week in, week out (for which we are ever appreciative).

But rare is the occasion when the network—or, more precisely, its founder and CEO, Alan Levy—is splashed across the cover of a magazine.

Cover-age galore: Our own Alan Levy takes the stage.

Cover-age galore: Our own Alan Levy takes center stage.

In a  2,100-word report headlined “BlogTalkRadio Shows Amazing Innovation, Growth and Potential,” the new issue of Talkers details how BTR is “redefining the meaning of grassroots radio.”

“Whether it is empowering citizen journalists to better tell their story or enabling publishers of online newspapers, magazines and books to create and share a new form of interactive, monetizable content, BlogTalkRadio provides solutions to fuel the continued online conversation,” the mag quotes Alan saying.

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Mary McCormack: Howard Stern Says My Boobs Are Great

CAPTION: "I feel so lucky that he's such a sweatheart," Mary (above) tells us of Howard.

"I feel so lucky that he's such a sweetheart," Mary (above) tells us of Howard.

It’s good to know that Howard Stern – who married longtime lady friend Beth Ostrosky in October – still loves his movie wife.

Interviewed on Mr. Media, Mary McCormack says the King of All Media to this day thinks of her as his queen.

Mary, 40, of course played Howard’s first wife, Alison, in his 1997 biopic, Private Parts.

When host Bob Andelman asks the actress, “You still in contact with Howard Stern?” she replies:

“I am. I was at his wedding this year.”

Later on, the married mother of two says she never thought that being cast as the mother of Howard’s kids would lead to a lifelong commitment to the shock jock.

“He’s been a great friend to me over the years. And I hope he always will be. I mean, who knew? You don’t expect it from Howard Stern,” says Mary, who plays U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon on In Plain Sight.

CAPTION: As Alison in "Private Parts."

As Alison, with Howard, in "Private Parts."

“He’s everything you don’t expect… He’s so lovely to me and always has been – and he says my boobs are great.

“So, you know, it could be worse.”

In Plain Sight airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

To hear Mary’s full interview, click here.

H-h-h-h-h-heeeere’s Jay! ‘Stuttering John’ Melendez: ‘I Definitely Have a Job’ on Leno’s New Show

Well, that mystery’s cleared up.

Come September, former Tonight Show announcer “Stuttering John” Melendez will join boss Jay Leno in the lantern-jawed funnyman’s 10 p.m. slot.

How can we be certain?

Last night on Olivia Wilder Times, John told host Olivia Wilder in no uncertain terms that he’s still in Jay’s good graces.

CAPTION: “It hasn’t been defined. But I’m sure it will be soon,” John (above) tells us of his new prime-time NBC gig.

“It hasn’t been defined. But I’m sure it will be soon,” John (above) tells us of his prime-time NBC gig.

“I definitely have a job. I’m not sure in what capacity the job will be,” he said of The Jay Leno Show, which debuts Sept. 17.

“I do a lot of things on the show. I do the warm-up, I write stuff, I’m in sketches and bits and I do the – I’m the announcer.

“I know I have a job. I’m just happy to be there.”

It wasn’t but nine weeks ago that John was anything but sure about his future at the Peacock Net.

During an appearance on Mr. Media in April – two months before Jay handed over The Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien – John had no idea if he’d still be employed by Jay.

“I don’t know yet. I haven’t heard yet,” John told host Bob Andelman.

“I’m assuming I’m going in some capacity – although assumptions aren’t always good. But I really do hope that I am.”

That in turn prompted John’s former boss, Howard Stern, on his Sirius Satellite show, to quip:

“I’m going to make an offer to John right now: If Jay doesn’t hire him back, he can stay in L.A. and ask questions, and we’ll hire him to go to some of those premieres and ask questions again.”

“He can do that. It’s a dollar for every question.”

To hear John’s full interview, click here.

To read about John’s newsmaking interview on Mr. Media, click here.

Howard Stern: If Jay Leno Doesn’t Hire ‘Stuttering John’ Melendez Back, I’ll Rehire Him

Howard Stern did an about-face yesterday in his feud with former underling “Stuttering John” Melendez—or did he?

While interviewing him Monday on Mr. Media, host Bob Andelman asked John—who left Howard’s then-terrestrial radio show in 2003 to become Jay Leno‘s announcer on The Tonight Show—”Is Jay taking you with him to 10 p.m.?”

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"I really enjoy working with Jay. He's been great to me thus far," John (l) tells us of his current boss (r).

(Bob—whose interview is cited in the New York Post‘s Page Six column today—was of course referring to Jay’s move to an earlier time slot on NBC this fall, with a show tentatively titled The Jay Leno Show, after handing off The Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien in June.)

“I don’t know yet. I haven’t heard yet,” John replied. “I’m assuming I’m going in some capacity—although assump- tions aren’t always good. But I really do hope that I am.”

The next morning, on Howard’s Sirius Satellite show, the King of All Media’s newswoman, Lisa G, reported:

“I have an update on ‘Stuttering’ John Melendez – appearing on [Bob Andelman's] Internet radio show yesterday claiming that he has not heard yet if he will be following Jay Leno to his new 10 p.m. show. John says he assumes he’s going in some capacity, but he’s doing standup and building up his website just in case.”

Before we tell you Howard’s response to that update, we should note that, in February 2008, John appeared on Adam Carolla‘s since-axed syndicated radio show and ripped into his former boss, claiming Howard never paid him fairly and didn’t fight to keep him when he quit Howard’s show.

“He resented me doing any outside work,” John told Adam.

On his own show a few days later, Howard called John a “no-talent ingrate,” adding:

“I didn’t have a beef with him before, but I do now. He’s delusional… He can go #$%! himself.”

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"I can't imagine the magic of that show without John," Howard (above) says of a Melendez-less Jay Leno program.

Now for the kicker.

Yesterday on Howard’s show, in response to Lisa’s update, he said:

“I’m going to make an offer to John right now: If Jay doesn’t hire him back, he can stay in L.A. and ask questions, and we’ll hire him to go to some of those premieres and ask questions again.”

But then Howard added, “[John]  can do that. It’s  a dollar for every question.”

Will Jay bring John to his new prime-time show? Will John— jonesing for a broadcasting gig after being dumped—return to Howard? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, be sure to check out John’s full Mr. Media interview, in which John also:

—Tells the story of his awkward run-in with Billy Crystal backstage at The Tonight Show years after infuriating the comedian at a movie premiere while covering the event for Howard’s show.

—Explains why, much to his dismay, his latest Internet video in which he sings to his baby son is rife with profanity.

To hear John’s interview, click here.

To read the New York Post‘s coverage of Bob’s interview and the Howard-Stuttering John feud, click here.

To check out John’s new online TV show, click here.

Rush Limbaugh’s a No-Longer-So-Secret BlogTalkRadio Listener

If you weren’t already convinced that online radio – in addition to being the wave of the future – is a force to be reckoned with, take a gander at these quotes from Rush Limbaugh’s February 20 terrestrial radio show:

Terry: Twittered touché to talk titan.

Terry: Twittered touché to talk titan.

“There’s a blog out there called mediabistro.com, TVNewser and so forth. And the TV people read it relig- iously. I mean, not too many other members of the public do, but it’s big in the TV business,” said the talk- meister.

“They have a show on there; it’s a Web radio show.

Terry Moran of ABC’s Nightline was the guest [this morning]. This is what he said about President Obama,” the nationally- syndicated host continued.

The “Web radio” show Rush was referring to is, as you may have guessed, BlogTalkRadio’s Morning Media Menu, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. ET.

Hosted by Steve Krakauer and Glynnis MacNicol, MMM delivers one- on-one interviews with leading media-industry figures.

On the campaign trail in November 2007 “Lord Obama.”

On the 2007 campaign trail with “Lord Obama.”

This year alone, the show has featured such guests as ABC News anchor Cynthia McFadden, CBS Morning Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez, former CNN host Tucker Carlson, CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, CNBC anchor Becky Quick and Fox News Channel host Andy Levy.

Not to mention Terry, who – eliciting Rush’s response – said on MMM:

“In some ways Barack Obama is the first president since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office. “From visionary leader of a giant movement, now he’s got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way, and I think the coverage reflects that.”

Rush: Regular BTR tuner-inner?

Rush: Regular BTR tuner-inner?

“Yes, you heard right: a step down for Lord Barack Obama, the Most Merciful,” Rush added about Terry’s take on America’s new commander-in-chief.

“He was leading this giant movement, à la George Washington. Now he’s had to take a step down. What did I tell you people? He’s too big to fail.”

Only problem is, Terry wasn’t serious.

“Rush didn’t get the joke, the ABC News anchor quipped via Twitter.

“Or the point. As usual.”

To read the transcript from Rush’s show, click here.

To hear Rush’s show – on which he exerpts Terry’s BlogTalkRadio interview – click here.

To hear Terry’s full interview, click here.

Rush Limbaugh Is an ‘Ignoramus,’ Proclaims Ralph Nader

The wrath of Ralph Nader has struck again.

Only this time, the legendary consumer activist isn’t taking aim at the airline industry.

Nor at the automotive industry. Nor at the pharmaceutical industry. Nor even at nuclear power plants.

“Rush is the king boy of corporatist radio,” says Ralph (above).

“Rush is the king boy of corporatist radio,” Ralph (above) tells us.

This time, Ralph’s gunning for Rush Limbaugh.

Five days ago, the perennial pres- idential candidate fired off a letter to the syndicated talk-radio host – whose weekly audience exceeds 20 million people, tuning in on some 600 stations.

Ralph’s gripe?

That the ultra-conservative Rush, who frequently rails against welfare recipients, is “a huge welfare king himself.”

How so?

By using the public airwaves to earn his $38 million annual salary.

Instead, Ralph wants Rush to fork over a chunk of that not-so-chump change in exchange for use of those airwaves.

Interviewed on World Talk Live!, Ralph tells host Brett Cohen that Rush’s salary is “unbelievable – for being basically a humorous ignoramus.”

Moments after that, Ralph rips further into Rush.

No word yet from the talk titan’s camp on Ralph’s recommendation.

Rush: No word yet from the talk titan’s camp on Ralph’s "recommendation."

“He wants it both ways: to be seen as a political power who can block things and scare the wits out of Congress and other politicians. And when he’s accused of false state- ments or erroneous state- ments about global warm- ing, or about a particular politician, “I’m just an entertainer!” he’d say.

“At the same time, he’s freeloading on the public airwaves. So . . . rather than wait for Congress or the FCC to start charging for the public airwaves and give something back to the people, [I suggest] that he and his company do it voluntarily as an example.

“We’re talking billions of dollars of free public airwaves every year. And it’s about time for the super-rich capitalist Rush Limbaugh from Missouri to get himself off big-time welfare.”

To hear more from Ralph, click here.

Nothing to Do Tonight? Drop in on the ‘Radio Happy Hour’

Dr Blogstein

I’ve been remiss. I’ve had a note in front of me all day to mention Dr.Blogstein’s Radio Happy Hour but other requests and sporadic cable outages have kept me from posting this earlier. For that, I apologize Dr. Blogstein.

We’re all in luck though, as we didn’t miss a thing. Radio Happy Hour begins tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST. Dr Blogstein’s guest tonight is Brad Thor, author of The Last Patriot and hottie Actor Daren Kagasoff of ABC Family’s Secret Life of the American Teenager. Not-to-be-missed-ratio, folks.  Dr. Blogstein is always amusing and entertaining. Drop by and join in the chat or call in and say hello. If you don’t get there in time, don’t fret. You can relive the show on-demand.

Nothing to Do Tonight? Drop in on the 'Radio Happy Hour'

Dr Blogstein

I’ve been remiss. I’ve had a note in front of me all day to mention Dr.Blogstein’s Radio Happy Hour but other requests and sporadic cable outages have kept me from posting this earlier. For that, I apologize Dr. Blogstein.

We’re all in luck though, as we didn’t miss a thing. Radio Happy Hour begins tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST. Dr Blogstein’s guest tonight is Brad Thor, author of The Last Patriot and hottie Actor Daren Kagasoff of ABC Family’s Secret Life of the American Teenager. Not-to-be-missed-ratio, folks.  Dr. Blogstein is always amusing and entertaining. Drop by and join in the chat or call in and say hello. If you don’t get there in time, don’t fret. You can relive the show on-demand.