WTMJ, Milwaukee to Air Two-Hour ‘Community Conversation.’ In the wake of the violence and protests over the shooting death of an armed black suspect by Milwaukee police last weekend, Scripps’ news/talk WTMJ is presenting a community conversation on the city’s social unrest this afternoon (8/17) from pm to pm.Station VP/GM Tom Langmyer says the special will create a forum for local residents, clergy, politicians and police to gather in the same studio to talk about life in the most challenged areas of the city.“The violence that erupted this week is a reminder of the struggles many face in our community.
Townsquare chairman and CEO Steven Price says, “We are thrilled that MSG has elected to become a shareholder of our company and we look forward to collaborating with them in the future.
MSG is a leading provider of live entertainment with world-class venues and there is no doubt that we will benefit from having their support.” In addition to New York’s Madison Square Garden and The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, MSG also operates Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston.
MSG president and CEO David O’Connor comments, “Using its diversified portfolio of radio stations, digital assets and live events, Townsquare creates compelling content that brings people together and builds communities.
Dave’s knowledge and contacts, plus his radio, print, and digital experience will usher in a new era in Chattanooga radio.” i Heart Media Launches Re-Tooled Afternoon Show on WDFN, Detroit and WMAX, Grand Rapids.
Detroit radio pro Gregg Henson is partnered up with Big Drew and Jim Costa (co-hosts of the former “It Is What It Is” show on WMAX) for the new “Gregg, Big Drew and Jim” show on i Heart Media’s WDFN, Detroit and WMAX, Grand Rapids “ESPN 96.1.” The show airs in afternoon drive effective today (8/17).
Henson also serves the company programming its sports talk WBGG, Pittsburgh. The acquisition doesn’t put any cash into the hands of Townsquare Media, but The Madison Square Garden Company’s purchase of 3.2 million shares of GE Capital’s Class C Common Stock in a private transaction means MSG now has approximately 12% common equity interest in Townsquare.
Upon closing, the stock immediately converted to Class A shares.
Now is not a time for finger pointing, it’s a time to listen.” “Wisconsin’s Afternoon News” host John Mercure will moderate the program.
In addition to being aired on WTMJ, it will be streamed at and via “Facebook Live” at Facebook.com/wtmj.
Dave Hooker Joins WGOW-FM, Chattanooga’s ‘Sport Talk.’ Back on July 4, Chattanooga market sports media legend Gary Haskew, a.k.a. Now, Cumulus Media introduces air personality Dave Hooker, who is joining the “Sport Talk” show to fill the void left by Haskew’s passing. “It’s rare to find someone of Dave’s talent that perfectly meshes with the existing on-air chemistry of the show.
WGOW interim program director Bill Lockhart says Hooker joins “Sport Talk” hosts Scott Mc Mahen, a.k.a. Tennessee and SEC athletics are key components of ‘Sport Talk’ and Dave will add a fresh new dimension to a show that’s been an afternoon destination for Chattanooga listeners for more than 27 years.