Friday, November 14, 2014

Woody Durham back at the microphone

Woody Durham records a segment in a studio at WNCW. 
 Woody Durham, who spent four decades as the sports voice of the Carolina Tar Heels before retiring in 2011, will be heard on the airwaves once more.

Durham will do Woody Durham’s Great Moments in Sports History”  on WNCW-FM (88.7 Spindale; 99.1, 100.3 Charlotte) during NPR’s “Morning Edition” beginning Monday.

His minute-long spots will focus on a historic sports anniversary for that day. 

 “I am enjoying the research and the spots hold a lot of memories for us all,” said Durham, 73, in a statement.

Durham started in radio at age 16 at WZKY-AM (1580) in his hometown of Albemarle. Durham graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1963 with a communications degree.

Durham recorded multiple radio spots earlier this week at WNCW-FM, which is operated by Isothermal Community College. 

Al Gardner signs off sports station

Longtime Charlotte radio personality Al Gardner is leaving WZGV-AM ("ESPN" 730) after a year, and leaving Charlotte as well.

Al Gardner

Gardner, who will be 68 in December but still puts in his hours boxing at the gym, said Friday he and his wife Robin have sold their home and are moving to a place with a view of the Intracoastal Waterway in Little River, S.C., just outside Myrtle Beach.

"Robin really missed the beach," Gardner said Friday, "so we're moving down there." 

Gardner, who for 15 years was the morning host on "Charlotte's Morning News" on WBT-AM (1110), joined WZGV-AM last December with co-host Lanny Ford. Since June, he has been paired with former Panthers general manager Marty Hurney on a 1 p.m. daily show, "Hurney and Gardner." Friday was his last day.

"It's been a fun year at 730," Gardner said. "I'll miss all the folks there."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Showtime picks up 'Homeland" for another season

Claire Danes in "Homeland"
Showtime announced Monday that its spy thriller "Homeland," filmed in Charlotte for its first three seasons, will be renewed next year.

Also getting a renewal is the freshman drama "The Affair" starring Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson, Dominic West and Maura Tierney.

Charlotte stood in for Washington for the first three seasons of "Homeland," then it moved away when Claire Danes' character was moved to the Mideast. Her CIA assignment takes her to the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Showtime expects to make 10 to 12 episodes of "Homeland" for the next season.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Country, urban music top latest local radio rankings

Radio Ratings
Here are the rankings of Charlotte radio stations as measured by Nielsen. Stations that do not subscribe to the ratings service, like WXRC-FM (“Ride” 95.7), are not listed.
1. WSOC-FM, 103.7Country7.7%
2. WPEG-FM, “Power 98” 97.9Hip-hop7.6%
3. WLKO-FM, “Lake” 102.9Variety7.4%
4. WRFX-FM, “Fox” 99.7 Rock6.8%
5. WKKT-FM, “Kat” 96.9Country6.4%
6. WBAV-FM, “V” 101.9R&B6.0%
7. WKQC-FM, “K” 104.7Hits4.9%
8. WOSF-FM, “Old School,” 106.1Urban oldies4.7%
9. WNKS-FM, “Kiss” 95.1Pop4.3%
10. WPZS-FM, “Praise” 100.9Gospel4.2%
11. WHQC-FM, “Channel” 96.1Pop4.1%
12. WLNK-FM, “Link” 107.9Contemporary3.6%
13. WEND-FM, “End” 106.5Alternative2.9%
14. WFAE-FM, NPR 90.7News/talk2.6%
15. WBT-AM, 1110News/talk2.5%
15. WRCM-FM, “New Life” 91.9Christian2.5%
17. WDAV-FM, 89.9Classical1.0%
17. WFNZ-AM, “Fan” 610Sports1.0%
19. WMIT-FM “Light” 106.9Christian0.9%
20. WBCN-AMSports0.3%
20. WNSC-FM, NPR 88.9News/talk0.3%
WASHBURN’S ANALYSIS: WSOC-FM and WPEG-FM regain their top ranking after late-summer dips. WLKO-FM, the music-intensive classic hits station, continues to run hot with its third consecutive top 3 finish.
In news/talk, WBT-AM has rebounded from a historic low in August but finishes a hair behind WFAE-FM for the second month in a row as both stations rise out of their annual summer troughs. Sports stations WFNZ-AM and WBCN-AM remain flat as the Panthers season opens.
Market share by company: CBS Radio 32%; iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) 28%; Radio One 9%; Greater Media 6%. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

'60 Minutes' looks into coal ash issue at Duke Energy

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good is expected to be featured on a “60 Minutes” report, possibly airing as early as next month, about coal ash.

Correspondent Leslie Stahl and a crew from the CBS newsmagazine were in Charlotte Sept. 18 and 19 to interview Good and film two Duke plants with ash ponds in Gaston County, the decommissioned Riverbend plant and the Allen Steam Station, which uses modern emissions equip
Lynn Good
ment to curb sulfur dioxide emissions.

Duke spokeswoman Paige Layne said Monday that the utility agreed to be part of the story because, with at least 670 ash basins across the country, coal ash is a national issue, and Duke Energy is a massive player in the industry.

Duke has announced plans to move ash at five plants in the Carolinas since a Feb. 2 spill into North Carolina’s Dan River.

“Given that ‘60 Minutes’ is doing a story on ash basins, including the capture and disposal of coal ash, we felt it was important to join the conversation,” Good said in a message to Duke employees Monday. 

“We felt it was important that ‘60 Minutes’ hear our perspective on our coal ash management practices, how we’ve responded to the Dan River accident and our plans to close our ash basins.”

“60 Minutes” spokesman Kevin Tedesco said the network has not set an air date for the segment.

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Charlotte's contemporary Christian station sold

Charlotte’s contemporary Christian radio station WRCM-FM (“New Life” 91.9) is to be taken over by a California religious broadcaster under an agreement announced Monday.

Columbia International University, which holds the license for WRCM and sister-station WMHK-FM (89.7) in Columbia, said it agreed to transfer the stations to Educational Media Foundation, a Rocklin, Calif., non-profit which operates the K-LOVE Radio Network serving about 450 stations across the country. Price of the transaction: $10.5 million.

WRCM's entire staff of nine will be laid off  later this fall as will seven in Columbia and the stations will carry the K-LOVE syndicated programming, said Joe Paulo, "New Life" general manager.

Columbia began operating WRCM in 1993 as a non-profit station dependent on donations from listeners. Earlier this year, Columbia added a transmitter for the station, WRZM at 88.3 FM, in Boiling Springs.

“K-LOVE has partnered with and been supportive of WMHK, WRCM, and WRZM for years and has seen their impact in the communities they serve,” Educational Media president Mike Novak said in a statement. “We look forward to working hard to continue the tradition, while bringing what we have to offer to listeners throughout the Carolinas.”

In the Charlotte area, K-LOVE also broadcasts its nationally syndicated format on WWLV-FM (94.1) in Lexington.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

UNC's Kenny Smith to star in family reality show

Kenny Smith, a standout for the UNC Tar Heels in the 1980s, will be the star of a new TBS reality series called "The Smiths."

Smith and his wife, Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, will be the focus of the series that chronicles the hectic lifestyle of their household, TBS announced Tuesday. It will be shot in Atlanta and Los Angeles and is expected to debut in the spring.

Gwen and Kenny Smith with their five children.
 TBS photo.

In announcing the series, TBS said that Kenny and Gwen Smith "probably never would have guessed when they got married that their conflicting parenting styles, whirlwind schedules and family chemistry would turn their quiet home into an absolute mad house – albeit a loving one."

Osborne-Smith, who was born in the UK and works as a model on "The Price Is Right," married Smith in 2006 and they share a family of five children ranging in age from 2 to 20. 

Smith, a native of Queens, N.Y., who played for the Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks after college, works as a television basketball analyst mostly for Turner Sports.

TBS has ordered six episodes of "The Smiths."