Cumulus became the latest large media company to require its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Radioink.com.
The website said the announcement came Wednesday evening in a video message from company CEO Mary Berner.
The company owns hundreds of radio stations in 87 markets across the United States, more than 40 stations are in the news/talk genre.
“All employees, except for those few, who are already designated permanent remote like our traffic organization, must be fully vaccinated by our grand reopening date,” Berner said.
Cumulus has set a return-to-office date of October 11th.
Most of the company’s employees are reportedly vaccinated. “If you are someone who has not made that choice, it’s for your own protection.”
Cumulus owns broadcast syndicator Westwood One. There is no word on whether the requirement extends to those employees.
Westwood One’s syndicated talk shows include The Ben Shapiro Show, The Mark Levin Show, and The Dan Bongino Show.
Cumulus employs more than 3,000 full-time workers.
Two New Radio Stations Will Carry Vox’s “Today Explained”
“Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios.
Vox Media’s flagship daily news podcast “Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios. The show is expanding, reaching other stations, including one in a marquee market.
The company announced that “Today Explained” will now be adding two new stations to the roster, KCRW (Los Angeles) and WEKU (Eastern Kentucky).
“The KCRW audience is curious, connected, and drawn to the most interesting stories – not just the most immediate,” Evan George, content director of news for KCRW, said.
“Today Explained fits our approach to newsy storytelling with heart. We’re also excited for KCRW listeners to hear some public media voices from around the country help tell the big story of the day without being limited to a four-minute segment.”
Los Angeles is the second-largest public radio market in the U.S., and for co-host Sean Rameswaram, an L.A. native, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Furthermore, the show frequently covers the state of California, whether it’s from politicians to policies pushed.
Here are the radio stations carrying Vox’s daily news podcast:
- KCRW (Santa Monica, CA)
- WEKU (Richmond / Lexington, KY)
- WEVO / New Hampshire Public Radio (Concord, NH)
- WITF (Harrisburg, PA)
- WVPS / Vermont Public Radio (Burlington)
- WVXU / Cincinnati Public Radio (Cincinnati)
- WHYY (Philadelphia)
- WRKF (Baton Rouge, LA)
- WWNO / New Orleans Public Radio (New Orleans)
- WCBU (Peoria, IL)
- WGLT (Normal, IL)
- KOPB / Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland)
- WUOM / Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
- WUFT (Gainesville, FL)
- WLPR / Lakeshore Public Media (Lowell, IN)
NPR Appoints Sal LoCurto as Senior Director for Program Strategy
LoCurto has spent the past five years heading KPCC’s programming.
NPR has found its newest Senior Director For Broadcast Programming Strategy as the company has hired 89.3 KPCC Pasadena/Los Angeles Program Director Sal LoCurto.
LoCurto has spent the past five years heading KPCC’s programming. In his new position, he will supervise the strategic focus of NPR’s non-newsmagazine broadcast programming and manage relationships with outer program producers.
“Among the valuable skills and experience Sal brings to NPR are a deep knowledge of broadcast best practices and the needs of our member stations,” the statement said relayed by Radio Insight.
“Under his leadership, KPCC experienced its highest-rated nine months in the station’s history. Sal also managed and coached key on-air talent, including A Martinez – who has since joined NPR – during his tenure at the station.”
The soon-to-be-former program director will join NPR on June 6th and is more than excited at the chance to work for the public radio station.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with our exceptional programming colleagues around the country and NPR’s production partners as we seek new ways to best serve audiences and fulfill our shared mission. I’m truly honored to join NPR’s team,” LoCurto said.
WGN Radio Launches Documentary to Celebrate its 100th Anniversary
The 45-minute documentary produced by WGN Radio tells how the station launched 100 years ago on Thursday.
WGN Radio is ready to kick off the celebrations for the radio station’s 100th anniversary as it will debut a feature, “100 Years of WGN Radio: A Retrospective,” Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm on WGN-TV.
The 45-minute documentary produced by WGN Radio tells how the station launched 100 years ago on Thursday. The story started in 1922 when Chicagoans Thorne Donnelley and Elliott Jenkins founded it as WDAP and highlighted moments throughout its century of history up to the present day.
“Celebrate WGN Radio’s 100th anniversary with a deep dive into the station’s origins and its journey to 2022. Experience the unforgettable events and emotional moments alongside familiar faces, both past, and present,” WGN said.
Viewers will see the faces of familiar voices during the documentary, such as Bob Sirott, John Williams, Lou Manfredini, Steve King, Johnnie Putman, Dave Eanet, Mary Van De Velde, Dave Plier, and others.
They will all be reflecting on their ventures at the station and sharing memorable moments. Furthermore, there will be a rebroadcast of the documentary for those who miss the initial airing on Sunday, May 22, at 2 pm CT.