Friday, May 24, 2024

5/24 WAKE-UP CALL: Thousands Rally for Trump In The Bronx

Former President Donald Trump promised Thursday evening to “make New York City great again” during a raucous rally in the South Bronx, his first major campaign event in the state of his birth since 2016. “This is some turnout,” Trump told a rowdy crowd in Crotona Park. “We have thousands of people outside the gate.”

The event was permitted to host up to 3,500 people, but thousands more gathered outside security checkpoints in the 127.5-acre public park in the hope of catching a glimpse of the 45th president or a snatch of his remarks. Trump campaign senior adviser Chris LaCivita claimed to The Post that 20,000 people had RSVPed to the event, thought no immediate crowd estimate was made available by the NYPD. In his remarks, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee lamented that “Joe Biden is not getting the job done for the Bronx” and “not getting the job done for New York.”

“Our subways are squalid and unsafe, the ceiling tiles are falling down, and they look worse than a Third World country,” continued Trump, 77. “The medians of our highways are crumbling, our sidewalks are littered with garbage bottles and trash.

➤LATEST BORDER BILL FAILS: The Senate again failed to advance a bipartisan border-security bill. The vote was 43 in favor and 50 opposed. Republicans dismissed the episode as a stunt designed to protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Democrats said the vote showcases what they call Republicans’ hypocrisy in using the border as a political cudgel on the campaign trail while turning down opportunities to address it in Congress by changing the law. Over in the House, lawmakers grilled the leaders of Northwestern, Rutgers and UCLA over antisemitism and how they handled recent pro-Palestinian protests on their campuses. Elsewhere in Washington, the Supreme Court restored a white-dominated congressional district drawn by the South Carolina legislature, overruling a lower court.

➤CHAOS SLOWS GAZA AID: Hijacking, mobs, and combat are creating a significant stumbling block to humanitarian aid delivered to Gaza, forcing officials to develop alternative routes for trucks arriving by the Pentagon's newly-built pier, U.S. officials said Thursday. The Biden administration has trumpeted the effort of 1,000 U.S. troops to build a $320 million floating pier and causeway as pivotal to delivering food and medicine to Palestinians caught in the war between Israel and Hamas. Instead, the two-month effort has gotten off to a slow start in what officials termed a "staggering" need. Deliveries were suspended for a time after trucks in the first convoys were hijacked.  Daniel Dieckhaus, director for USAID’s Levant Response Management Team, described the effort to deliver aid as "incredibly complicated" because of active fighting and desperate needs in Gaza.

: Bone-chilling new footage shows a Hamas terrorist and his teenage son casually telling Israeli interrogators how they took turns raping a woman, then executed her during the Oct. 7 terror rampage. The NY Post reports Jamal Hussein Ahmad Radi, 47, and his 18-year-old son, Abdallah, were seized by the Israel Defense Forces in the Gaza Strip this spring and subsequently questioned about the terror attack. Jamal described finding a woman who was “screaming” and “crying” in a house at Kibbutz Nir Oz, a community near the Israel-Gaza border, Jamal claimed that he did not know what happened to the woman after the rape, but his teen son told the interrogator that his father killed the desperate victim. “My father raped her, then I did and then my cousin did and then we left but my father killed the woman after we finished raping her,” Abdallah said in his own interview tape.

➤AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING FOR DIDDY: Another woman has come forward and filed a lawsuit against music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs for allegedly drugging and raping her multiple times, beginning when she was a student at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology in the 1990s. The mogul’s latest accuser, April Lampros, claimed that Combs offered to be her mentor in the fashion industry when she first met the rapper in 1995, according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ. After a night out in a Soho bar, where Lampros alleges Combs overserved her alcohol, he took her back to his room at the Millennium Hotel, where she says she felt “the walls were closing in on her” as he began to force himself on her, the suit says. Lampros said she remained conscious when Combs began raping her but was unable to defend herself. She woke up the next morning “nude, sore and confused,” the suit states.

Cable News TV Ratings Jump During Trump Trial

During Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York, all three cable news networks experienced a surge in ratings. Let’s break down the details:

Daytime Ratings:

  • Fox News continued its ratings dominance, with an average of 1.46 million total viewers during the period from April 15 to May 16. This was a 14% increase year-over-year. In the key demographic (25-54 age range), Fox News had 169,000 viewers.
  • MSNBC came in second, notching 1.06 million average viewers, which was a 21% uptick year-over-year. They had 111,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic.
  • CNN secured third place with 563,000 total viewers, showing a significant 27% increase compared to the prior year. In the 25-54 demographic, CNN had 98,000 viewers1.

Primetime Ratings:

  • Fox News maintained its lead in primetime, scoring 2.34 million total viewers, a 28% increase year-over-year. They also had 244,000 viewers in the 25-54 age range.
  • MSNBC followed with 1.59 million total viewers, an 11% increase from the previous year. In the key demographic, they had 154,000 viewers.
  • CNN secured 634,000 total viewers during primetime, marking a 12% uptick year-over-year. Their 25-54 demo viewership stood at 119,0001.

Daytime Surge and Courtroom Coverage: The more crucial ratings story emerged during daytime programming, especially when the court was in session for Trump’s criminal hush-money charges. Both CNN and MSNBC saw monumental ratings gains year-over-year during this time.

While CNN lagged behind MSNBC in total viewership, it consistently topped the 25-54 demographic. CNN’s primetime lineup struggled during a specific week, but they compensated by providing relevant updates from inside the courtroom during daytime coverage1.

In summary, the historic criminal case against the former president captivated cable news viewers, leading to significant year-over-year gains for all three networks during the trial.

CNN Primetime Ratings Hit Low Milestone

CNN faces a significant challenge in its primetime ratings. During the week of May 13-19, from 8 to 11 p.m., the network experienced its lowest-rated week since 1991 among viewers aged 25 to 54. Specifically:

Viewership Numbers: In the coveted demographic of viewers aged 25 to 54, CNN drew just 83,000 viewers during that week. By contrast, Fox News garnered more than twice that audience, with 186,000 viewers in the same key demo. MSNBC followed as a distant second with 111,000 viewers.

Total Viewership: CNN’s total viewership for the week was also paltry, reaching 494,000. In comparison, Fox News had 2 million total viewers, and MSNBC pulled in 1.1 million.

Mark Thompson, CNN’s new boss, has faced criticism for not making significant programming changes or strategic moves since joining in October. Some insiders have expressed concern that he may not be effectively addressing the network’s challenges. Thompson’s focus has been on modernizing the organization, but the primetime lineup remains largely unchanged.

Despite these struggles, a spokesperson for CNN emphasized that their primetime ratings are growing year over year among viewers aged 25-54. Additionally, the network’s lineup, from “Erin Burnett Outfront” at 7 p.m. to the rebroadcast of “Anderson Cooper 360” at midnight, is registering double-digit, year-over-year growth in total viewers.

Survey: NBC's Lester Holt Is TV's Most Trusted

ABC's David Muir, CBS' Norah O'Donnell, NBC's Lester Holt

According to a recent Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult survey, NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt continues to be the most trusted television news personality in America. Let’s dive into the details:

Trust Ratings:

  • NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt has the highest share of respondents, 65%, saying they placed “a lot” or “some” trust in the anchor, leading a new THR/Morning Consult poll
  • Among the most trusted are ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts (64%) and World News Tonight anchor David Muir (63%), as well as NBC’s Today show staple Al Roker (64%).
  • On cable news, CNN’s Who’s Talking to... host Chris Wallace and Anderson Cooper both earned 60% of respondents saying they have “a lot” or “some” trust, while MSNBC’s most-trusted name is Ali Velshi (55%) and anchor Harris Faulkner (53%) leads for Fox News.

Stock Price Remains A Concern For iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia has been facing significant challenges in the stock market. Let’s delve into the details:

Recent Stock Performance: On May 9, 2024, iHeartMedia’s CEO Bob Pittman and COO/CFO Rich Bressler hosted the company’s first-quarter 2024 earnings call. Unfortunately, the timing of their call overlapped with a call hosted by Townsquare Media executives, leaving no room for analysts to ask questions during iHeartMedia’s call.

As a result, iHeartMedia’s stock experienced a 36% decline in value on that day.

Fast forward two weeks, and the situation has worsened: iHeartMedia’s share price is now trading below $1 per share.

Company Overview: It has three main segments:

  • Multiplatform Group: Offers broadcast radio stations, sponsorship and events, and operates Premiere Networks, a national radio network.
  • Digital Audio Group: Provides podcasting, digital sites, newsletters, and the popular iHeartRadio app.
  • Audio & Media Services Group: Engages in media representation and provides scheduling and broadcast software.

Stock Price History: The latest closing stock price for iHeartMedia (as of May 17, 2024) is $1.21. The all-time high was $27.93 on June 24, 2021, but the current share price is significantly lower. The 52-week high was $4.74, while the low was $1.133.

Recent News: iHeartMedia has been in the spotlight due to its involvement in events like Can’t Cancel Pride 2024 and partnerships with artists and organizations. However, the stock’s decline remains a cause for concern, and investors are closely monitoring the situation.

In summary, iHeartMedia faces challenges in the stock market, and its share price has dipped below $1. As the company navigates these difficulties, stakeholders are keeping a close eye on its performance.

Rochester NY Radio: Billy Kidd Celebrates 40 Years

92.5 WBEE afternoon host Billy Kidd is celebrating 40 years in Rochester radio, and the station is commemorating this milestone with a special morning show celebration on Friday, May 24 from 5:30 to 10:00 a.m. ET.

During the show, Kidd will tell stories and experiences from his 40-year career and tenure at WBEE. Former station veteran Terry Clifford will make her return for the day and join the program.

“Billy is not only the beloved familiar voice that our listeners hear every day on the radio, but he’s also a major part of the heart and soul of our staff,” said Sue Munn, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Rochester. “He is a huge team builder at our company, and over the years has helped launch many careers of the superstars you hear today on WBEE. We’re honored to be alongside him to celebrate his 40th year in radio and look forward to the next 40.”

Billy Kidd
“My radio career started at Burger Middle School when I convinced the principal to let us play records in the cafeteria during lunch class,” said Kidd. “I’m still playing records these days, just to a much bigger audience. I’ve never had any interest in moving from city to city chasing a radio career, and frankly, I’ve never had to because it all happened here at home in Rochester. I’m surrounded by people I love, playing the music I love and hopefully putting a smile on people’s faces, even if it’s just for a few minutes on their ride home from work. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else for a living. I am so blessed.”

Kidd launched his career in 1984 as an intern with long-time Bee Morning Coffee Club co-host Terry Clifford. Additional roles have included board operator, morning show producer on then-WBBF, evening host on 92.5 WBEE, Music Director and currently, Assistant Brand Manager of 92.5 WBEE. Kidd, whose show has consistently reached No. 1 in his afternoon drive daypart, helped the station earn Radio Station of the Year at the 2024 ACM Awards.

In 2019, Kidd was recognized as Embrace Your Sisters Volunteer of the Year. Embrace Your Sisters offers financial support to people being treated for breast cancer.

Listeners can tune in to 92.5 WBEE (WBEE-FM) in Rochester on air and nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Listeners can also connect with the station via X, Facebook and Instagram.

Twin Cities Radio: KDWB Promotes Leak, Hess To Morning Show

iHeartMedia Top 40 KDWB/Minneapolis has announced Vont Leak and Bailey Hess have been added The Dave Ryan Show. The Dave Ryan show broadcasts weekdays from 5:30 a.m.- 10 a.m and features 31 year KDWB veteran Dave Ryan and Jenny Luttenberger.

“To get an opportunity to be on The Dave Ryan Show is a blessing and truly, an anomaly that I don’t take for granted. Since joining 101.3 KDWB nine months ago, I’ve been welcomed with open arms so I’m excited to officially move to mornings and wake up with the Twin Cities,” said Vont Leak, 101.3 KDWB on-air personality.

“As a Minnesota native, Dave Ryan’s voice has graced my ears for the last 30 years, so I’m beyond jazzed to join the amazing crew at KDWB. I can’t wait to bring my quirky enthusiasm and unique perspective to the team and introduce a lot of what’s great about the Twin Cities to the Morning Show,” said Bailey Hess, 101.3 KDWB on-air personality.

Charlotte Radio: Ace & TJ Show to WKQC

Beasley Media Group has announced the Ace & TJ Syndicated Show will officially move from WNKS to WKQC beginning on Tuesday, May 28.

The Ace & TJ Show is currently aired Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. – 12Noon on WNKS-FM. Beginning on Tuesday, May 28th, Ace & TJ will officially move to afternoons from 3 P.M. 7 P.M. on WKQC.


  • 6 A.M.- 9 A.M: Maney & LauRen Show
  • 9 A.M.-12N: Ace & TJ
  • 12NOON – 3P.M: Cameron Moore

WNKS NEW LINEUP (As of 5/28)
  • 6 A.M. – 10 A.M: Maney & LauRen Show
  • 10 A.M. – 3 P.M: Cameron Moore
“Buckle up Charlotte, the Iconic Ace & TJ show is back with the all the belly laughs and the same wit and wisdom that made them legends.” said Beasley Vice President of Music & Entertainment and Director of Charlotte Operations, John Reynolds. “Given the show’s style, it’s the perfect fit for WKQC!”

“Every single pleasure sensor in my enormous brain has been stimulated since I received word of our move to K 104.7,” said TJ. “Now, we begin similar stimulation to the brains of the audience!”

Ace added, “We are very excited to be part of K104 .7 because the combination of their audience and their music with our history in Charlotte is a perfect fit.”

Tlaib Aide Obstructs Fox News View Of Congresswoman

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "war criminal" on Thursday during fiery remarks that grew more contentious when a Capitol Hill staffer used an umbrella to obstruct a Fox News cameraman who was filming the exchange. 
The unidentified aide is seen in video of the encounter repeatedly opening and closing his umbrella. The action interferes with the camera shot and at one point the umbrella seemingly makes contact with the operator, who witnesses say was hit in the face and upper body.

The interaction occurred as Chad Pergram, Fox News Channel's senior congressional correspondent, was asking Tlaib about Netanyahu potentially being asked to address members of Congress. The prospects for such an invite have gained momentum in the wake of the decision by the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Netanyahu, who has overseen Israel's war against Hamas terrorists in Gaza. The move by the ICC has drawn bipartisan ire, though Tlaib has been a consistent critic of Netanyahu.

"What happens if Netanyahu comes to speak?" Pergram asks Tlaib in the video as the staffer opens the umbrella, obstructing the camera's view and forcing Pergram to move.

"Ms. Tlaib, what happens if Netanyahu comes to speak? Is that a mistake by the speaker to extend this request?" Pergram continues.

The staffer is then seen closing the umbrella as Pergram asks Tlaib: "Would you attend? Would you protest in any form?"

Tlaib answers, slamming Netanyahu and those who would consider inviting him to speak to Congress.

"I don't know, inviting a war criminal to Congress is a sham," Tlaib says. "It's shameful."

As she responds, the staffer steps between the cameraman and Pergram, who is still questioning Tlaib, and opens the umbrella again. The camera then pans wildly as the umbrella makes contact with the operator.

An outspoken critic of Israel's war with Hamas, Tlaib called for the arrest of Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials earlier this month for what she called violations of the Genocide Convention under international law.

Fox News Digital has reached out to Capitol Police for comment.

MLB Remains Critical of Diamond Sports Group

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has been critical of Diamond Sports Group (DSG), the bankrupt parent company of Bally Sports. Despite the challenges posed by DSG’s bankruptcy reorganization, Manfred and the league have not yet decided whether to formally object to DSG’s reorganization plan. 

The uncertainty arises from DSG’s ongoing carriage standoff with Comcast, the country’s second-largest cable distributor. DSG’s lack of deals with major providers, including the NBA, NHL, and MLB, further complicates the situation1.

Rob Manfred
While the situation with DSG unfolds, MLB is actively considering a significant, long-term reorganization of its media rights. The league is exploring a nationally focused structure similar to what the NFL has used for decades. 

Such a move would help avoid entanglements like those with DSG. However, implementing a national media strategy presents internal and external challenges, particularly from a labor perspective with the MLB Players Association. Manfred emphasized the need to adapt to changes in the local media environment while ensuring fan access to games. The goal is to create a frictionless experience for fans to watch the games they want1.

Additionally, representatives from Nike briefed MLB team owners on their remediation plans for the much-maligned MLB uniforms. These repairs, set to take effect next season, include better color matching for road gray uniforms, improved sweat-wicking properties, larger letters on the backs of jerseys, and enhanced customization of players’ uniform pants1.

The media landscape continues to evolve, and MLB is exploring ways to enhance fan engagement while navigating the complexities of media rights and distribution2. As the league weighs its options, the challenges posed by DSG’s bankruptcy remain a focal point for Manfred and MLB stakeholders

R.I.P.: Charlie Colin, Founding Member of The Group Train

Charlie Colin (1966-2024)

Charlie Colin, a bassist and founding member of the rock group Train, has died. He was 58, according to the L-A Times.

Colin’s sister Carolyn Stephens confirmed his death to the Associated Press. No cause of death was given, but TMZ reported that Colin died after slipping and falling in the shower.

Train wrote an Instagram post confirming his death. “He was THE sweetest guy and what a handsome chap,” the band said. “Let’s make a band that’s the only reasonable thing to do. His unique bass playing and beautiful guitar work helped get folks to notice us in SF and beyond... You’re a legend, Charlie. Go charm the pants off those angels.”

Colin, a native of Newport Beach, attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After Colin reconnected with former bandmates Jimmy Stafford and Rob Hotchkiss in San Francisco, they formed Train with singer Pat Monahan and drummer Scott Underwood in the ‘90s.

The group settled into an ageless light rock sound that proved commercially successful and durable on radio, landing several hits including “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” “Meet Virginia” and “Hey, Soul Sister.” The group was nominated for two Grammys in 2002, for record and rock performance for “Drops of Jupiter.”

Radio History: May 24

➦In 1844...Samuel F.B. Morse gave the first public demonstration of his telegraph by sending a message from the Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot" (now the B&O Railroad Museum) in Baltimore. The famous message was, "What hath God wrought?"

➦In 1915...Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

➦In 1935...The Mutual Broadcasting System network aired its inaugural live event—the first-ever night baseball game, between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies. That October, the network began a decades-long run as broadcaster of baseball's World Series, with airtime responsibilities shared between WGN's Bob Elson and Quin Ryan and WLW's Red Barber (NBC and CBS also carried the series that year; the Fall Classic would air on all three networks through 1938).

➦In 1958…Formally named "United Press Associations" for incorporation and legal purposes, but publicly known and identified as United Press or UP, the news agency was created by the 1907 uniting of three smaller news syndicates. It became United Press International after absorbing the International News Service (INS). As either UP or UPI, the agency was among the largest newswire services in the world, competing domestically for about 90 years with the Associated Press and internationally with AP, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

➦In 1963...The Beatles recorded the first program of their own BBC radio series, “Pop Go the Beatles”. The theme song was a version of “Pop Goes the Weasel”.

➦In 1981...Radio, TV Actor and personality George Jessel, who often performed with the nickname “America’s Toastmaster General,” died after a heart attack at age 83.

➦In 2008...Comedian Dick Martin, a co-star with Dan Rowan on NBC TV’s iconic “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”, died of respiratory problems at age 86.  Early in his career, Martin was a staff writer for Duffy's Tavern, a radio situation comedy.