Bold Gold Buys Three Signals in the Catskills. This expansion of Vince Benedetto-run Bold Gold Media Group will add three more New York signals to the one it already owns there – country WDNB, Jeffersonville "Thunder 102." The Watermark Communications signals being bought are classic hits combo WVOS-AM/FM (licensed to Liberty, New York), and hot AC WSUL (licensed to Monticello, New York). Benedetto calls the pact "a coming together of two great, locally focused, community-oriented broadcast operations." He adds, "I could not have more respect and admiration for these stations and their staff and their long legacy of serving the residents of Sullivan and Orange Counties. We look forward to working together and continuing important traditions, such as Watermark's annual WSUL/WVOS Heart-A-Thon which, for almost four decades, has benefited the Catskill Regional Medical Center in excess of $3 million. We believe in the long-term potential of Sullivan County and the Catskills and are excited to expand our investment in the region." Benedetto expects the deal to close this year and says he does not anticipate "any major changes or surprises" for the stations. When the deal is consummated, Bold Gold will own 12 stations in New York and Pennsylvania.
Kitchin to Consult The Mix Group. Radio exec Kraig Kitchin is entering into a consultant relationship with radio imaging and production firm The Mix Group. Kitchin is co-president of SoundMind LLC, which manages the businesses of high-profile broadcast personalities and companies. He's also the chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame. On joining The Mix Group, Kitchin says, "Once stations discover The Mix Group, there's no turning back. Jason [Garte] and his team of talented producers create an exceptional sound that differentiates a station from all others in the market. The individual attention to detail for each station client is really remarkable."
Cool Morning Show Gig. In the Hudson Valley market, Townsquare Media is looking for a replacement for morning co-host Deuce at its alternative WRRV (Deuce is heading off to law school!). Townsquare says, "Applicants must be social media savvy, regularly contribute content to the station's website and YouTube channel, and the successful candidate must be able to connect and engage with the station's target audience by keeping up with relevant trends and pop culture." If that's you, see more info about the gig here.
Michael Harrison Chats with the 'First Lady of New York Radio' – Joan Hamburg. She is one of the most-honored, longest-running, and dazzlingly colorful talk radio personalities in the Big Apple – the quintessential live-and-local host. Joan Hamburg's career in NYC goes back to the legendary WMCA in the early 1970s where she replaced Bob Grant. From there, she moved over to WOR as a featured personality on the historic "Rambling with Gambling" show. She quickly had her own daily midday show where she stayed for more than three decades covering a wide spectrum of topics that included consumer advocacy, shopping, dining, arts & entertainment and "soft" politics. Joan Hamburg was a pioneer in modern remote broadcasting and regularly performed her show from, among many locations, the storied Broadway celebrity hangout, Sardi's. For the past few years, Hamburg, now in her eighties, has been holding court live on-air every Saturday afternoon on WABC in addition to producing special features and stories for the station… and she still does remotes from Sardi's. The conversation between Harrison and Hamburg is a radiophile's delight – covering remarkable history including such names as Sally Jessy Raphael, the three John Gamblings, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, Rick Buckley, Barry Gray, Dr. Joy Browne and many, many more. Harrison states, "It was an honor and privilege having this true 'grand dame' of radio on the podcast. We cover so much wonderful history including the golden era of Broadway. She harkens back to the day when talk radio offered a wide variety of lifestyle topics beyond politics and sports. I am really proud of this interview – it will always be a treasured addition to the amazing audio library of media history that I am gathering in this podcast series." To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the "Up Close and Far Out" player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.