Ad Sales Company Focusing on OTT, Podcasts Launches

A new ad company focused on monetizing content and personalities on over-the-top and podcasting platforms was launched by a trio of veteran sales executives. Crossover Media Group Sales was formed by Scott Calka, Sue Freund and Ron Hartenbaum, and will have offices in New York and Los Angeles. Read more Continue Reading

Crossover Media Brand Extension

New York-based Crossover Media Group announces its West Coast expansion with the launch of Crossover Media Group Sales, a new company specifically developed to provide advertising-sales representation across multiple platforms for an array of established and emerging program personalities and formats. The company’s managing members are Scott Calka, a veteran of Comcast Spotlight, DirecTV, Fox… Continue Reading

The Progressive: Follow the Funny: Speaking Jokes to Power

In the Watergate movie All the President’s Men, informant “Deep Throat” advises investigative reporters to “follow the money.” But as contemporary scandals ensnare the White House, another insider might counsel: “Follow the funny.” “Comedians can say things journalists can’t say now,” says Palestinian American comic Dean Obeidallah. “They cut right to the chase, tell you… Continue Reading

Washington Monthly Article on Michael Smerconish

On April 2, the Supreme Court threw out a thirty-eight-year-old provision of campaign finance law, clearing the way for individuals to make an unlimited number of political donations. Depending on which partisan broadcast outlet you get your news from, the McCutcheon v. FEC decision either rescued the First Amendment from the suffocating vice grip of… Continue Reading

Michael Smerconish Joins CNN

Michael Smerconish will join CNN as host of a new weekly program that will air live on Saturday mornings from New York, it was announced today by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.  Smerconish will also provide analysis and opinion on CNN programming throughout the week.  He joins the network this month. “We are thrilled to… Continue Reading

WYD’s Ron Hartenbaum and Michael Smerconish in Talkers

WYD’s Ron Hartenbaum and Michael Smerconish in Talkers. The quotes are below and the full article can be seen here Slightly right-of-center Michael Smerconish of WYD Media (who has interviewed President Obama seven times) tells TALKERS, “You can’t help but look at the post-election breakdown of the demographic shift in the nation and how it… Continue Reading

Ron Hartenbaum Returns to Music Radio Syndication with Young CHR Phenom, Zach Sang

By Mike Kinosian Managing Editor and West Coast Bureau Chief RadioInfo Stunning credentials Very few executives in the spoken-word arena have the cache, success, and stunning credentials of WYD Media Management honcho Ron Hartenbaum. MediaAmerica’s founding partner and the senior executive for Jones Radio Networks guides daily talk programs hosted by, among others, talk stalwarts… Continue Reading

Ron Hartenbaum and Liz Laud Expand, Merge with Debbie Greenbaum’s DG Media.

It was announced yesterday that broadcasting executive Debbie Greenbaum is joining WYM Media Management LLC as co-founder, managing partner with radio impresario Ron Hartenbaumand Liz Laud. Greenbaum’s business, DG Media will merge into WYM as part of its strategic business expansion into providing what is being described by the trio as “the most comprehensive affiliate sales and marketing for all radio formats.” Hartenbaum,… Continue Reading

Stephanie Miller’s “Sexy Liberal” Tour to Play Big Apple.

Only nine days before the election, talk radio and Current TV star Stephanie Miller‘s “Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour” wraps up its 2012 season with what its producers describe as its biggest show ever. The seemingly unstoppable traveling road show — considered by industry observers as a model example of how to bring a talk radio personality to a… Continue Reading