Saturday, June 17, 2023

Fathers' Day vs. Mothers' Day

Father's Day will be celebrated in the U.S. this Sunday, and the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates spending on dads around the country to hit a new record of $196.23 per person, totaling $22.9 billion. The largest share of this money, according to NRF survey data, is expected to go on special outings such as dinner or brunch, followed by clothing and the fail-safe gift card.
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Great, dad will surely be happy with that. That is, only if he doesn't start to tally up what mom got last month when the kids put together a gift for Mother's Day. As our infographic shows, spending on the May tradition is consistently and considerably higher than the version for the fathers. This year, total spending on Mother's Day came to an impressive $35.7 billion, making for an average of $274.02 spent per person.

June 18 Radio History

➦In 1854....Edward Willis Scripps (Died – March 12, 1926). He was a newspaper publisher and founder of The E. W. Scripps Company, a diversified media conglomerate, and United Press news service. It became United Press International (UPI) when International News Service (INS) merged with United Press in 1958. The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University is named for him.

Both E. W. and his half-sister Ellen worked with his older half-brother, James when he founded The Detroit News in 1873. E. W. started as an office boy at the paper. In 1878, with loans from his half-brothers, E. W. went on to found The Penny Press (later the Cleveland Press) in Cleveland. With financial support from sister Ellen, he went on to begin or acquire some 25 newspapers. This was the beginning of a media empire that is now the E. W. Scripps Company.

In 1907, Scripps created United Press Associations, later the UPI news service, from smaller regional news services. Scripps later said "I regard my life's greatest service to the people of this country to be the creation of the United Press", to provide competition to the Associated Press.

➦In 1905....James Kern Kyser born in Rocky Mount NC (Died at age 80 from a heart attack – July 23, 1985).  Known as Kay Kyser, he was a bandleader and radio personality of the 1930s and 1940s.

Kay Kyser
"Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge." aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1938 and then moved to NBC Radio from 1939 to 1949. The show rose in the ratings and spawned many imitators. Kyser led the band as "The Ol' Perfessor," spouting catchphrases, some with a degree of Southern American English terms: "That's right—you're wrong", "Evenin' folks, how y'all?" and "C'mon, chillun! Le's dance!"

Although Kyser and his orchestra gained fame through the "Kollege of Musical Knowledge," they were a successful band in their own right. They had 11 number one records, including some of the most popular songs of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

The band scored more than two dozen top 10 hits, including “Three Little Fishes”, “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle”, “The Old Lamplighter”, “There Goes that Song Again”, “Ole Buttermilk Sky”, “Managua Nicaragua”, “On a Slow Boat to China” & “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.” One of his singers, Mike Douglas, went on to be a star of daytime TV.

➦In 1908...Bud Collyer  born Clayton Johnson Heermance Jr. in NYC, (Died – September 8, 1969). He was  was a  radio actor/announcer who became one of the nation's first major television game show stars. He is best remembered for his work as the first host of the TV game shows Beat the Clock and To Tell the Truth, but he was also famous in the roles of Clark Kent/Superman on radio and in animated cartoons, initially in theatrical short subjects and later on television. He also recorded a number of long-playing 33 1/3 R.P.M. record albums for children. Some of these had Bible stories, in keeping with his strong connections with his church & deep spirituality.

Bud Collier
Collyer's best-remembered radio starring role began in early 1940 in The Adventures of Superman on the Mutual Broadcasting System, a role he also performed in the subsequent Superman cartoons. Collyer supplied the voices of both Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent, opposite radio actress Joan Alexander as Lois Lane. Every Superman episode featured a scene in which Clark Kent changed into his Superman costume, an effect which Collyer conveyed by shifting voices while speaking the phrase "This is (or "looks like") a job for Superman!" his voice always dropping when becoming Superman.

Collyer got his first helping of game shows when he co-hosted ABC's (the former NBC Blue network) Break the Bank with future Miss America Pageant mainstay Bert Parks; and, when he was picked to host the radio original of the Mark Goodson-Bill Todman team's first game, Winner Take All. Collyer went on to host the television versions of both shows.

In 1911...Sportscaster Russ Hodges (June 18, 1910 – April 19, 1971) was an American sportscaster who did play-by-play for several baseball teams, most notably the New York and San Francisco Giants.

Born in Dayton, Tennessee, Hodges began his broadcasting career in 1934. He was sports editor of WBT, Charlotte, North Carolina until October 1941, when he moved full-time to WOL in Washington, D.C., where he had already been doing play-by-play for the Washington Redskins.[2] He worked for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators, and Cincinnati Reds before landing in New York City with the New York Yankees and New York Giants, who during much of the 1940s only broadcast home games and shared the same radio team — lead announcer Mel Allen and No. 2 man Hodges.

From April 14, 1948 to April 22, 1949, Hodges hosted the 15-minute DuMont series Scoreboard, also known as Russ Hodges' Scoreboard. In 1949, Hodges became a No. 1 announcer when the Giants and the Yankees separated their radio networks to each broadcast a full, 154-game schedule. He would be the voice of the Giants for the next 22 seasons on both coasts.

Hodges was at the mike for Bobby Thomson’s 1951 home run, the so-called ‘Shot Heard Round the World.’  “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!”  He suffered a sudden & fatal heart attack April 19 1971 at age 59.

➦In 1939… the CBS radio network first aired radio drama The Adventures of Ellery Queen.

With Hugh Marlowe in the title role, Ellery Queen moved to NBC radio in 1942, airing until 1944. From 1945 to 1947, it was heard once again on CBS, returning to NBC in 1947 and then moved to ABC radio (1947–1948). The premise was that a mystery would be dramatized, but then interrupted when a panel of celebrities would attempt to solve it.

Dave Garroway
➦In 1955...NBC’s Monitor program expands to 8 AM Saturday to Midnight Sunday.  According to the Monitor tribute site,  it had everything -- news, sports, comedy, interviews, remote pick-ups from around the world, music -- a true magazine of the air. Listeners could tune in or out at any time during the weekend, wherever they were -- at home or in their cars. During any "Monitor" hour, dozens of different people, places and things were presented -- all presided over, live, by host "communicators" in mammoth New York studios NBC named "Radio Central."

If "Monitor" had failed, NBC Radio would have disappeared decades before it did. But it worked -- indeed, it was a smash hit with listeners, advertisers and critics. It quickly became NBC Radio's biggest moneymaker and kept NBC in the radio business. Simply put, "Monitor" became the biggest thing in radio.

Congressional Oversight Hearings Set For FCC

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) Friday announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled "Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.” 

The Senate Commerce Committee has set June 22 for a hearing on Federal Communications Commission nominees Anna Gomez, Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr.  Carr, a Republican, and Starks, a Democrat, are being renominated to new five-year terms, but it’s the first time around for Gomez, whom the White House nominated for the pivotal third Democratic seat after President Joe Biden’s first choice, Gigi Sohn, failed to overcome major pushback from Republicans and industry, reportedly with the aid of a couple of fence-sitting Democrats.

Gomez is currently a senior adviser on communications policy in the Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy at the State Department and has a wealth of experience in that policy, including serving as deputy administrator (acting chief) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which oversees and advises the president on government spectrum policy, from 2009 to 2013.

Gomez, Starks, Carr
Chairs Rodgers and Latta released the following statement:

Chicago Radio: Erik Bradley Named Brand Manager At WBMX

Audacy has named Erik Bradley as Brand Manager of 104.3 Jams (WBMX-FM), Chicago’s Throwback station. In this role, Bradley will oversee the station's content strategy, talent, operations, and branding.

“It is with tremendous pride that we announce Erik Bradley as our new Brand Manager of 104.3 Jams,” said Greg Solk, Vice President of Programming and Operations, Audacy Chicago. “As an integral part of the dream team that helped launch Jams five-and-a-half years ago, Erik has done a brilliant job of propelling the station to consistent success. As Brand Manager, we are confident that his magic touch will translate to greater success for the station. Onward and upward Erik and 104.3 Jams team!”

Erik Bradley
Bradley will continue to serve as Music Director and Assistant Brand Manager of Chicago sister station B96 (WBBM-FM) and as Director of Music Initiatives for Audacy, working directly with Senior Vice President and Head of Music Initiatives Michael Martin and the company’s format Vice Presidents.

“I'm blessed, honored and truly grateful to be promoted to Brand Manager of 104.3 Jams,” said Bradley. “Jams has been on a roll, and we aim to keep it rolling. Furthermore, I'm thrilled to continue my long-time WBBM-FM responsibilities and work closely with Michael Martin on our Music Initiatives team. My most sincere gratitude to every member of the Audacy family, locally and nationally, for their trust, confidence and support every step of the way!”

Bradley joined WBBM-FM in 1993 as Music Director and was an integral team member that helped launch 104.3 Jams in 2017. Other previous roles include Music Director for KBEQ-FM in Kansas City and Music Director and research, programming and promotions titles for WCKZ-FM in Charlotte.

📻Listeners can tune in to 104.3 Jams (WBMX-FM) on air in Chicago and nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Fans can also connect with the station via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Fox News: Bret Baier To Interview Donald Trump

FOX News Channel’s (FNC) chief political anchor and executive editor of Special Report Bret Baier will interview former President Donald Trump on Monday, June 19th. The interview marks Baier’s first with the former president since 2018 and will air during FNC’s Special Report at 6 PM/ET with a focus on the 2024 Republican presidential primary.

Throughout his tenure, Baier has helmed coverage of every major political event for FNC, providing viewers with the latest insight and headline making interviews while breaking television ratings records in the process. His program, Special Report with Bret Baier, has averaged over 2.2 million viewers a night this year, routinely ranking in the top five most-watched shows in all of cable news. Special Report has also been the highest rated 6 PM/ET cable news program for 14 consecutive years and Baier’s Common Ground podcast is among the top offerings on FOX News Audio.

Additionally, Baier has served as a moderator for the FOX News editions of The Senate Project debates, a coalition between the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, which hosts leading senators from different ends of the political spectrum with the goal of finding areas of common ground. He will moderate the next installment of the series on Monday, June 12 featuring Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) which will stream live on FOX Nation at 11 AM/ET.

Former Trump Lawyer Split Over 'Irreconcilable Differences'

A lawyer who resigned last week from defending Donald Trump in the criminal case over his handling of classified documents said in a court filing Friday that “irreconcilable differences” have left him unable to represent the former president in an unrelated defamation lawsuit against CNN.

Reuters reports Jim Trusty, a former U.S. Justice Department official, filed a notice in Florida federal court asking a judge for approval to withdraw from the CNN case. Trusty said he “can no longer effectively and properly represent” the former president.

A spokesperson for Trump thanked Trusty for his work on the case and said the lawsuit is "entering a new phase."

The filing underscores tensions within Trump’s circle of lawyers, which for months has been rife with reports of infighting as the former president fought unsuccessfully to stave off a federal indictment over his handling of sensitive documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Trusty had been one of the lead lawyers on the team in the months before the indictment by U.S. Special Counsel Jack Smith. He abruptly resigned with another lawyer, John Rowley, the day the indictment was unsealed on June 9, calling it a “logical” time for the two Washington-D.C.-based lawyers to leave the case.

Two other lawyers who were already representing Trump in other matters, Todd Blanche and Chris Kise, have now taken the lead in Trump’s defense in the documents case.

Gen Z News Consumers Don’t Visit Publisher Websites

The next generation of news consumers (Gen Z) appear to be eschewing publisher websites and apps in favour of social media platforms, writes Dominic Ponsford at Press Gazette.

And the Reuters Digital News Report warns that there is no reason to suspect these 18 to 24-year-olds will change their ways and start going directly to publishers as they get older.

Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Rasmus Kleis Nielsen said: “Whether or not legacy media feel they have completed their initial digital transformation from print, or broadcast-focused, to digitally focused brands with a compelling news website and app, they now face a continual transformation of digital as generations come of age who eschew direct discovery for all but the most appealing brands.”

The report (full version here) is based on surveys of around 2,000 respondents each in 46 countries carried out earlier this year. It found that, overall, social media has eclipsed publisher websites as the main news discovery platform.

Nielsen said that the new generation of news consumers "have little interest in many conventional news offers oriented towards older generations’ habits, interests, and values, and instead embrace the more participatory, personable, and personalised options offered via platforms, often looking beyond legacy platforms to new entrants (many of whom drive few referrals to news and do not prioritise news)".

New Grammy Award Rules Require Human Input

"Only human creators are eligible" for the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy declared on Friday, as the body that grants the world's most recognized music awards seeks to curb the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the industry

Reuters reports AI-only work is banned, but some music created with AI help may qualify in certain categories, the academy's updated rulebook reads. "A work that contains no human authorship is not eligible in any categories."

Music creators must now contribute to at least 20% of an album to earn a nomination. In the past, any producer, songwriter, engineer or featured artist on an album could earn a nomination for album of the year, even if the person had a small input.

The first Grammy Awards ceremony took place in 1959, to reward music creators from 1958.

In November 2022 OpenAI launched ChatGPT, a free chatbot backed by Microsoft Corp that can generate human-like dialogue based on simple inputs. AI apps have mushroomed, allowing users to animate still photos, create avatars in films and write songs, essays and articles.

People in many professions are growing fearful that AI could displace humans. For example, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) are wrestling with the use of AI in the creative fields of screenwriting and acting.

MI TV: WOOD-TV GM ON The Defensive Over Pride Memo

The general manager of a television news station in western Michigan has apologized after staff received a memo telling reporters to cover fewer LGBTQ+ events during Pride Month because coverage could be “polarizing,” reports AP News.

The memo to staff at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids asked them to “do some work to discern the newsworthy-ness” of Pride events, according to the Detroit Free Press, which obtained a copy of it.

WOOD GM Julie Brinks
Staff inside the newsroom took to Twitter to share their support for the LGBTQ+ community. "The news director and assistant news director sent this memo without input from anyone in our newsroom," tweeted executive producer Madeline Odle. "Our team immediately pushed back and called it to the attention of upper management. This memo does not reflect our views. It has not and will not change how we cover members of our community."

“We know that West Michigan is a conservative area in many ways,” the memo read, according to the story. “We need to recognize that some stories related to LGBTQ issues are going to be controversial and polarizing in our community.”

WOOD-TV is owned by Texas-based Nexstar Media which said Friday in a statement that the memo was not consistent with the company’s values, the way it covers the news or the respect it has for viewers.

“WOOD-TV is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to covering and reporting the news of the day in an expansive and inclusive fashion, consistent with these values,” Julie Brinks, WOOD-TV general manager said in a statement Friday.

Brinks said Nexstar will “take appropriate action as necessary to address this situation, and we apologize for offending members of the LGBTQ community and WOOD-TV’s viewers.”

Spotify Suit Rips Harry, Megan

Bill Simmon (left)

Bill Simmons , who sold his podcast and sports journalism company The Ringer to Spotify for $200 million in 2020 and now works as Spotify's head of podcast innovation, condemned the Sussexes for the end of their $20 million deal with Spotify, according to The Daily Mail.

On a recent episode of his "The Bill Simmons Podcast," Simmons called the two 'f****** grifters'. 'I've got to get drunk one night and tell the story of the Zoom I had with Harry to try and help him with a podcast idea. It's one of my best stories,' he said on Friday. 

Spotify and the Sussexes's audio production company Archewell Audio released a joint statement on Thursday saying they have 'mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we made together'.

Fox News Digital reports  Simmons has a history of ripping Harry, even when they were both a part of the same company. In January, he unleashed on Harry, saying he was "so embarrassed" he had to "share Spotify with him." 

"Shoot this guy to the sun. I’m so tired of this guy," Simmons said. "What does he bring to the table? He just whines about s--- and keeps giving interviews. … Who cares about your life? You weren’t even the favorite son. … I can’t stand him."

According to The Associated Press, the podcast topped the charts in the U.S. and six other countries. The show won a People’s Choice Award for best podcast.

The streamer has recently laid off staff and scaled back big-name talent in favor of emphasizing the creator economy. Markle's Spotify podcast, Archetypes, which explores the 'labels that try to hold women back', will not be renewed for a second season.

Norfolk Radio: After 3-Year Absence Z104 'Shaggfest' Returns

Audacy’s Z104 (WNVZ-FM) in Norfolk celebrates the return of Shaggfest on June 17 at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach. The 10th edition of the event will feature musical performances by Method Man & Redman, Toosii, BIA and more.

“It’s an exciting time as we bring Shaggfest back to Virginia Beach,” said Bennett Zier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Virginia. “Shaggfest is more than a concert; it’s an extraordinary experience that celebrates the power and heritage of Z104.”

“We lost three years of Shaggfest due to the pandemic,” said Shaggy (Brandon Stokes), Z104 morning show co-host and creator of Shaggfest. “The event is generating lots of buzz, and I can’t wait to be back on stage to welcome the crowd back.”

The show will also showcase local artists, including Littkeys, WOAH! 90s, and Jackmove. Shaggfest is presented in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment.

June 17 Radio History

➦In 1926.
..Colonel George Johnston and E. G. Hauselt took over WDBO, Orlando from Justice Lee and Maxwell Green.

According to, WDBO began in 1924 as a physics class project. In May  E.F.  Wineberg, a Rollins College math, physics and engineering professor, launched  a 50-watt radio station in a small wooden building on the Winter Park campus.

The first night's programming - less than an hour - included talks by college officials, a violin solo and a performance by the men's glee club, according to the Rollins newspaper that week. It was the first radio station in Orange County and only the third in  Florida. WDBO operated at 1250 on the dial with 50 watts of power for thirty hours a week. There are some conflicting stories surrounding the call letters.

Some research says the call letters were issued in alphabetical sequence as was the policy of the time. There was WDBN Bangor, Maine, and WDBP, in Superior, Wisconsin. That would make the next set of call letters WDBO. Other research shows a request for the call letters WDBO to stand for "Way Down By Orlando."

Rollins College decided the $600 budget to run WDBO was too much and gave the station to Col. George C. Johnston. Johnston was a radiologist from Pennsylvania who headed an investment bank called The Morris Plan, Co. Johnston named the corporation that took ownership of WDBO, The Orlando Broadcasting Company.

Today, WDBO 580 AM airs News/Talk.

➦In 1927...WOR switched to 710 AM.

WOR began broadcasting on February 22, 1922, using a 500-watt transmitter on 360 meters (833 kc.) from Bamberger's Department Store in Newark, New Jersey.

The station's first broadcast was made with a home made microphone which was a megaphone attached to a telephone transmitter, while Al Jolson's "April Showers" was played.  Louis Bamberger's sale of radio sets to consumers explained their affiliation with the station.

The WOR call sign was reissued from the U.S. maritime radio service. The station initially operated limited hours, sharing time with two other stations, WDT and WJY, which also operated on 833 kc. WOR changed frequency to 740 kc. in June 1923 and shared time with WJY until July 1926, when WJY signed off for good and WOR received full use of the frequency. In December 1924, WOR acquired a studio in Manhattan.

On June 17, 1927, as a result of General Order 40, WOR moved to 710 kc., the channel it currently occupies (unlike most stations, it was not affected by NARBA). Later in 1926, WOR moved from its New York City studio on the 9th floor of Chickering Hall at 27 West 57th Street to 1440 Broadway, two blocks from Times Square.

➦In 1941...Experimental W2XBS received a commercial license under the calls WNBT (for "NBC Television"), thus becoming one of the first two fully licensed commercial television stations in the United States, along with CBS' W2XAB on channel 2, which became WCBW. The NBC and CBS stations were licensed and instructed to sign on simultaneously on July 1 so that neither of the major broadcast companies could claim exclusively to be "first."

However, WNBT signed on at 1:30 p.m., one full hour before WCBW. As a result, WNBC (and essentially, NBC) inadvertently holds the distinction as the oldest continuously operating commercial television station (and television network, respectively) in the United States, and also the only one ready to accept sponsors from its beginning.The first program broadcast at 1:00 EST by the sign-on/opening ceremony with the national anthem of the United States of America "The Star-Spangled Banner", followed by an announcement of that day's programs and the commencement of NBC television programming.

WNBT originally broadcast on channel 1. On its first day on the air, WNBT broadcast the world's first official television advertisement before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The announcement for Bulova watches, for which the company paid anywhere from $4.00 to $9.00 (reports vary), displayed a WNBT test pattern modified to look like a clock with the hands showing the time. The Bulova logo, with the phrase "Bulova Watch Time", was shown in the lower right-hand quadrant of the test pattern while the second hand swept around the dial for one minute.

Today the station is WNBC-TV.

➦In 1945...Art Bell born (Died at age 72  – April 13, 2018). Bell was a broadcaster and author. He was the founder and the original host of the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM, which is syndicated on hundreds of radio stations in the United States and Canada. He also created and hosted its companion show Dreamland.

Friday, June 16, 2023

NYC Radio: 2 Names Emerge To Replace Craig Carton At WFAN

With Craig Carton on his way out of WFAN for a full-time, seven-figure FS1 contract, what does that mean for the radio station’s crucial afternoon drivetime show?

According to The Post’s Andrew Marchand, Carton’s partner, Evan Roberts, will remain on the 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. program and will be in the driver’s seat, and as of now, there are two candidates to form a new duo with Roberts.

Tiki Barber, the former Giants running back who hosts WFAN’s 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. show with Brandon Tierney, is the leading internal candidate, and Jerry Ferrara, known for playing Turtle on the HBO hit series “Entourage,” is an external candidate in consideration.

One person who is not a candidate, Marchand reports, is Mike Francesa, the twice-retired longtime WFAN afternoon host who currently hosts a podcast for BetRivers.

Barber, 48, spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Giants and was a three-time Pro Bowler. He had a run on “The Today Show” after his retirement and previously was a host for CBS Sports Radio.

Ferrara, the 43-year-old Bensonhurst native, hosted one show with Roberts earlier this year, and WFAN executives liked how it went, according to Marchand.

Newsday reports Craig Carton called WFAN “his home” on Thursday's show, but he also announced that he will leave that home effective June 30.

Citing the toll that his split shift as an FS1 morning television host and an afternoon radio host has taken, he chose the former as his new exclusive daily platform.

“It’s a happy day and a very sad day for me,” Carton said during a special edition of his show with Evan Roberts from 1 to 3 p.m. “It’s one of the most difficult days I’ll ever do in radio, because I’m leaving WFAN.”

Carton said the decision had nothing to do with any discontent with Roberts or WFAN, but rather, “It has everything to do with me and my personal life.”

Since September, he has been rising at 2:30 a.m. to do his FS1 show, which is seen nationally from 7 to 9:30 a.m., and not getting home from WFAN until after 7:15 or 7:30 p.m..

Carton has four children. He said he is separated from his wife, Kim, but that she has allowed him back into the family home to be closer to his children.

“I’m forever in her debt,” Carton said. “Although we haven't figured out all our issues, she's allowed me to be a dad again, an active dad again, which I take great pride in.”

Fox 'Wannabe' Producer Exits Fox News

The Fox News producer who authored the network’s chyron Tuesday night labeling President Joe Biden a “wannabe dictator” has parted ways with the company, two sources told The Daily Beast on Thursday.

Former Tucker Carlson Tonight managing editor Alexander McCaskill, who features prominently in a toxic work environment lawsuit by a former colleague, is no longer with the network—a topic that Carlson himself discussed in the latest episode of his Tucker on Twitter video series.

The ousted Fox News host said that after the chyron ran, “the women who run the network panicked.”

“First they scolded the producer who put the banner on the screen,” Carlson claimed. “Less than 24 hours after that, he resigned. He had been at Fox for more than a decade. He was considered one of the most capable people in the building. He offered to stay for the customary two weeks, but Fox told him to clear out his desk and leave immediately.”

Carlson then turned to the network’s public statement about the chyron, which was shown on screen during the tail end of what had once been the time slot for Tucker Carlson Tonight. In a terse statement, Fox said the chyron “was taken down immediately and was addressed.”

Carlson also complained about White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre saying Wednesday that Fox airing the chyron was “wrong.” Notably, Fox News cut away from Jean-Pierre’s response during its live broadcast of the press briefing.

Study: Consumers Have Strong Appetite For Podcasts

Pew Research Center has released two new analyses as a part of our continued research on podcasting and its role in the news and information landscape in the U.S. The first explores the key characteristics of top-ranked podcasts, finding that true crime is the most common topic and that a relatively small share of podcasts are focused on the news. The second analysis, which is the inaugural update to our biennial series on the state of the news media, shows small signs of decline in terrestrial radio listenership amid recent growth in podcast and online audio listening.

For the analysis of top podcasts, Pew examined a combined list of 451 top-ranked podcasts on Apple Podcasts and Spotify from April 1, 2022, to Sept. 30, 2022 (chart data provided by Podchaser, Inc.), looking at characteristics like topics, funding and formatting. The second analysis, the fact sheet on the state of the news media, provides updates to key audience and economic indicators for the podcasting and audio sectors.

These are being released as part of a major study on podcasts, which includes a previously published survey of 5,132 U.S. adults exploring podcast listening habits, a deep dive on Black podcast listeners, and a look at the long, diverse list of podcasts people say they listen to most.

"Americans have a strong appetite for podcasts, which offer a lot of variety. Top-ranked podcasts focus on a range of topics and adults in the U.S. listen to a long, diverse list of shows from both independent podcasters and those tied to larger organizations. While news does not dominate this environment, 15% of top-ranked podcasts are focused on news and 18% are tied to news organizations. Most listeners also say they have encountered news on podcasts, and many say they have heard unique stories that they wouldn’t have heard about elsewhere,” said Director of News and Information Research Katerina Eva Matsa.

Among the key findings from both analyses:

Edison: GenZ Podcast Listeners Start At An Early Age

Gen Z monthly podcast listeners in the U.S. got an early start in listening to podcasts, are likely to discover podcasts through social media, and take action because of podcast ads.

These and other findings from the Gen Z Podcast Listener Report from Edison Research with partner SXM Media were presented Thursday by Edison Research Manager of Research Salma Aly, and SXM Media Vice President of Sales Research Melissa Paris.

Forty-seven percent of the Gen Z (age 13-24) online population in the U.S. are monthly podcast listeners, an estimated 24 million Americans.

Podcast listening has grown among those age 13-24: In 2018, 30% of those age 13-24 had listened to a podcast in the last month. Today, 47% of those age 13-24 have listened to a podcast in the last month (24 million Americans), a 57% increase.


Gen Z got an early start with podcasts: 16% of Gen Z monthly podcast listeners started listening as a child, 57% started listening as a teenager and 25% started listening as an adult. This means 73% of Gen Z monthly podcast listeners began listening before the age of 18.
  • Those who began listening earlier in life, listen longer: Gen Z monthly podcast listeners who started listening as a child consume 10.6 hours of podcasts per week; those who started as a teenager consume 7.5 hours per week, and those who started as an adult consume 6.6 hours of podcasts per week. The average for all Gen Z monthly podcast listeners is 7.7 hours per week.
  • Gen Z discovers podcasts through social media: 25% of Gen Z monthly podcast listeners say they first discovered podcasts on social media, and another 19% say they first heard about podcasts from a social media influencer or personality that they follow. Seventy-six percent say they discover podcasts through clips on social media.
  • Gen Z act as a result of podcast ads: 82% of Gen Z monthly podcast listeners have taken any action as a result of hearing a podcast advertisement; 70% have either purchased or wanted to purchase the product or service they heard advertised, 61% have visited a company or product website, 44% have used a promo code or discount code mentioned in the podcast, and 42% have recommended a product to a friend or family member.

MI TV: WOOD-TV Newsroom Ignoring Pride Month Directive

Journalists at a Michigan television station who were told earlier this week to ease up on their coverage of LGBT-related matters say they are largely ignoring the directive, reports The

Producers and reporters at Grand Rapids NBC affiliate WOOD-TV (Channel 8) also say they are upset with their news director, Stanton Tang, after he admitted during a staff meeting that he ordered his assistant news director, Amy Fox, to write and distribute the memo.

The memo, circulated among newsroom employees on Tuesday, said recent coverage of Pride Month parades and similar events were upsetting Conservative viewers who comprise much of WOOD-TV’s audience.

“We know that West Michigan is a Conservative area in many ways,” the memo said, according to a copy obtained by The Desk. “We need to recognize that some stories related to LGBTQ issues are going to be controversial and polarizing in our community. While you personally may not agree with a certain position, people are entitled to their opinions, and they are our viewers.”

“We need to do some work to discern the newsworthy-ness of the event,” she continued. “If we are covering Pride events, we need to consider how to make the story balanced and get both sides of the issue.”

The directive was met with swift backlash inside the WOOD-TV newsroom, with some producers staging a brief walkout in protest, according to a station employee who spoke with The Desk on condition of anonymity Thursday.

After the memo became public knowledge, Tang held a staff meeting where he revealed the memo written by Fox was at his urging, two sources said.

The admission upset a number of people, who immediately contacted the human relations department at WOOD-TV’s parent company, Nexstar Media Group. Nexstar has since ordered Fox and Tang to not participate in any planning meetings or discussions about the station’s coverage involving Pride Month celebrations or LGBT matters while an internal investigation is carried out.

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Consumers Using Fewer Streaming Services

While recent tallies have suggested that Americans are spending more than ever on subscription streaming, one just completed survey says they're suddenly using fewer apps, reports 

According to Hub Entertainment Research’s latest annual “Best Bundle” survey of 1,603 adult broadband-subscribing TV watchers in the U.S., the average number of TV sources respondents reported using dropped for the first time ever, declining appreciably from 7.4 in 2022 to 6.4 in 2023.  

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Not so surprisingly in an economy with record job growth, a resurgent stock market and declining inflation — but strangely marked by headlines every day that we're about to careen into recession — the biggest U.S. subscription streaming platforms are reporting declines in user scale. 

Notably, while usage of free ad-supported streaming and ad-supported video-on-demand platforms surged in the last few years, Hub found the number of FAST and AVOD platforms used by American homes has largely remained flat with 2022. 

Mark Loughney, a senior consultant, who led the survey, suggested the production disruption caused by the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike could sustain the downward arc found in the survey. 

6/16 WAKE-UP CALL: Fierce Fighting Reported In Ukraine

Russia and Ukraine are engaged in fierce battles in Ukraine’s south and east as Moscow’s forces push back against a counteroffensive aimed at driving them from the region, said senior Ukrainian leaders. Kyiv’s forces are progressing in their offensive, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky told NBC News in an interview released on Thursday, but said they are being met with an intense Russian riposte.

“Our heroic people, our troops on the front of the front line are facing very tough resistance,” he said. “And you understand why, because for Russia, to lose this campaign to Ukraine, I would say, actually means losing the war.” The initial stages of the Ukrainian offensive began in recent days, with Ukraine’s forces attempting to punch through the first of multiple layers of Russian defenses in areas of the country seized by the Kremlin’s forces during its full-scale invasion of the country that began last year. 

➤GUARDSMAN INDICTED: Jack Teixeira, the Massachusetts Air National Guardsman accused of taking and sharing highly classified intelligence documents, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Boston.  He faces six counts of willful retention and transmission of national defense information, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.  Teixeira, 21 years old, was arrested by federal agents in April at his family home in Dighton, Mass., after he allegedly shared classified documents with an online community from the social-media app Discord.

➤CYBERATTACKS HIT U.S. GOVERNMENT: Several agencies of the U.S. government were hit by hackers in a wide-reaching campaign that also breached computer systems operated by Johns Hopkins University, the state governments of Minnesota and Illinois and the University of Georgia. The hackers gained access through a security flaw in a software program called MOVEIt Transfer. The perpetrator is a criminal group with Russian ties called CIOp, which has carried out many hacks in the past and extorts payment with the threat of revealing the sensitive data it obtains. The group issued a statement yesterday saying that it has erased the government data and will not exploit it. The U.S. Energy Department, which manages America’s nuclear infrastructure, said it has notified Congress of the breach. MOVEIt software is used by many organizations to share sensitive information with their partners and customers. The company said it is working with its customers to fix the problem.

D/FW Radio: KTCK Sports Host Norm Hitzges Announced Retirement

Cumulus Media announces that longtime DFW sports broadcaster and radio host, Norm Hitzges, announced his retirement from radio on-air Thursday morning on Sportsradio 96.7FM/1310 AM The Ticket/KTCK-FM. Hitzges’ last morning broadcast will be on Friday, June 23rd.

A pioneer in sports radio, Hitzges hosted the first full-time Sports/Talk show in morning drive time in the U.S. over 30 years ago on Cumulus Dallas station KLIF. In 2000, Hitzges moved to Sportsradio 96.7 and 1310 The Ticket, where he has continued to serve Dallas-Fort Worth, currently hosting from 10am until Noon with Donovan Lewis. He recently celebrated his 48th anniversary of being continuously on the air talking sports in DFW.

Hitzges is known for his enthusiasm and knowledge of sports trivia and his penchant for and success in handicapping all sports, and especially in his first love outside of broadcasting, horse racing. He has been honored by the Texas Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Dallas All Sports Association and the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. He also hosts the “Norm-A-Thon,” a yearly day-long marathon broadcast to raise money for area homeless. In 22 years, the event has raised over $8.9 million for Austin Street Center. Though retiring, Hitzges will continue to be a part of special events on The Ticket, including draft coverage and the annual Norm-a-Thon event.

Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Media-Dallas/Houston, said: “From the minute Norm hit the airwaves 36 years ago on KLIF and then the Ticket you could tell he was a special communicator. He truly Is one of Dallas Radio’s great storytellers and he kept it going with Susquehanna and then Cumulus all these years. Not many have that kind of staying power. We wish him every happiness in his well-deserved retirement.”

Norm Hitzges commented: "I'm so proud to be a part of what The Ticket has built---a ratings dominator in a fantastic sports city. I shall so miss the daily "rush" of being on the air. But after 48 consecutive years on the air in Dallas doing sports talk, it's time to move on to the next phase of my life, whatever that may be."

TV Ratings: Fox News Grabs Most Viewers For Trump Arraignment

More Americans watched the Fox News Channel’s coverage of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s arraignment on federal criminal charges than any other cable news network, according to The Desk citing data released by Nielsen.

Fox News grabbed 1.46 million overall viewers on Tuesday and 2.42 million in prime-time, the data showed, edging out MSNBC’s 1.44 million total day and 2.4 million prime-time viewers. The difference was around 20,000 cable news viewers between the networks.

CNN amassed less than a million viewers during the day with its coverage of the arraignment. An average of 760,000 viewers tuned in during the day, with 948,000 watching CNN’s prime-time coverage.

Of the three networks, Fox News was the only one to carry live, uninterrupted coverage of Trump’s post-arraignment speech at a country club in New Jersey during prime-time hours. NewsNation, the cable news upstart operated by Nexstar Media Group, and Scripps News also carried the speech.

Trump was arraigned on three dozen criminal charges in a federal courthouse on Tuesday. The charges stem from an investigation into his mishandling of classified documents after losing the 2020 presidential election, and include allegations of conspiracy and violating the Espionage Act. He entered a plea of not guilty at his hearing.

Outkick Enjoys Highest YOY Growth

OutKick, the fastest growing national multimedia sports platform, finished May 2023 with the highest year over year growth amongst its custom competitive set in terms of total multiplatform unique visitors, views, and minutes, according to Comscore. The platform also had the highest month over month growth in its competitive set in total multiplatform minutes.

Additionally, OutKick had its third highest month of total multiplatform unique visitors with over 10 million which is up 283% versus May 2022, according to Comscore. The platform delivered 41 million total multiplatform views up 30% from April 2023 and 45 million total multiplatform minutes, up 24% versus April 2023.

In commenting on the digital performance, OutKick founder Clay Travis said, “Once again OutKick’s common sense and authentic reporting continues to be a direct result of our growth every month. When you look at the current landscape of sports sites, we’re the only platform that intersects with culture and politics, and I’ve yet to find one that can compete with us. OutKick’s mindset is fearless and that’s why we stand out among the rest.”

On Facebook, OutKick saw its highest month of video views with 5.2 million which is up 505% versus May 2022. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube also had the second highest month of overall video views with 84 million. Social interactions on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter saw a 447% increase year over year, according to Shareablee.

*Source: Comscore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, Total Digital Audience, Change Trend Report, May 2023 May 2022, U.S. CBS Sports,, Yahoo Sports,, NY Post Sports,, and, **Source: Comscore Shareablee, Data Explorer Power Rankings, May 2023-May 2022.

Buffalo Radio: Return Decision On Bills Radio Voice Due End Of July

John Murphy

Buffalo Bills radio play-by-play announcer John Murphy was at the National Football League team’s minicamp Tuesday as he continues his road to recovery from the stroke he had at the end of last season, reports The Buffalo News.

In a text Murphy stated: “I’m going to wait until late July before I decide whether to come back. Still some recovery to do.”

Chris Brown, who works for the Bills and substituted for Murphy during the Bills’ regular season finale against New England and the team’s two playoff games, is expected to continue in the WGR 550 AM booth alongside analyst Eric Wood if Murphy is unable to return this season.

Murphy became ill before the highly anticipated “Monday Night Football” game Jan. 2 with the Cincinnati Bengals that ended up being canceled in the first quarter because of the horrific injury to Bills safety Damar Hamlin.

Murphy has been the Bills play-by-play announcer since the late Van Miller retired after the 2003 season. Before that, in the 1980s and the mid-1990s, Murphy was the analyst alongside Miller.

June 16 Radio History

➦In 1934...Radio pioneer Edwin H. Armstrong transmitted FM signal 70 miles from Empire State Building to Long Island.  Armstrong (1890–1954) was an American electrical engineer who invented wideband frequency modulation (FM) radio.  He patented the regenerative circuit in 1914, the superheterodyne receiver in 1918 and the super-regenerative circuit in 1922. Armstrong presented his paper, "A Method of Reducing Disturbances in Radio Signaling by a System of Frequency Modulation", (which first described FM radio) before the New York section of the Institute of Radio Engineers on November 6, 1935. The paper was published in 1936.

As the name implies, wideband FM (WFM) requires a wider signal bandwidth than amplitude modulation by an equivalent modulating signal; this also makes the signal more robust against noise and interference. Frequency modulation is also more robust against signal-amplitude-fading phenomena.

➦In 1941...Front Page Farrell, a radio serial,  first aired on Mutual Broadcasting System from 1941 to March 13, 1942, and on NBC from September 14, 1942, to March 26, 1954. The episodes broadcast on Mutual originated at WOR, making the program the first live serial that Mutual broadcast from New York City.  It was produced by and starred Richard Widmark.

Charles Farrell, Gil Stratton Jr. "Freddie", and Gale Storm
➦In 1952...“My Little Margie” on CBS-TV debuted as a summer replacement for “I Love Lucy” in 1952. The series, starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell, aired original episodes on CBS Radio concurrently with the TV broadcasts from December 1952 through August 1955.

➦In 1962...Bob Lewis aired his first show on WABC 770 AM, New York. He stayed on for about 8 years.

Lewis died in January 1987 at age 49.

Bob ‘Bobaloo’ Lewis was best known as one of the “All Americans” on 77 WABC. Lesser known was the fact that he was also heard on the FM side. WABC 95.5 FM was a Progressive Rock station.

The format was called “Love” and featured album cuts from Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who, and many more similar artists which would become the staples of AOR and later, Classic Rock stations.

In 1970 he moved to WCBS FM and in `72 to WNEW-FM.

➦In 1968...Jackson Armstrong premiered on CHUM 1050 AM, Toronto.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

NYC Radio: Report..Craig Carton To EXIT WFAN

54-year-old Craig Carton is leaving WFAN 101.9 FM /660 AM, The NY Post, citing scources, is reporting.

Carton exits after nearly three years of radio rating success that led in part to cable sports network FS1 giving him a morning show last September that bears his name, “The Carton Show.”

Carton will now just do the FS1 program, which is believed to pay him seven figures. He is expected to leave WFAN in a little more than two weeks.

There has been no official announcment from Audacy. 

For Carton, the financial difference between WFAN and FS1 was too great and the previous schedule was too daunting to remain on afternoon radio in New York.

\Even Audacy president Chris Oliviero, who oversees WFAN, gave Carton his blessing to take the FS1 deal, according to sources.

WFAN will now search for a new partner for Evan Roberts in the afternoon. Roberts will remain on the show and is likely to take Carton’s place as the driver of the program.

Internally, Tiki Barber is the leading candidate while, externally, Jerry Ferrara is someone WFAN will consider, according to sources.

In November 2020, Oliviero gave Carton his second chance at the station after Carton had spent the previous year in federal prison following a conviction for fraud.

Garth Brook Unveils The Big 615 On Tune-In

TuneIn, the world’s leader in live audio, announces the exclusive launch of The BIG 615 radio station from Garth Brooks’ SEVENS Radio Network.

The BIG 615 offers listeners an authentic take on country music that offers up the biggest songs and the biggest artists today. “I believe that country music listeners want to hear the latest from George Strait followed by the latest from Luke Combs. The latest from Ashley McBryde followed by the latest from The Chicks,” said Garth Brooks.

Fans around the world can stream The BIG 615 for free only on TuneIn beginning today.

Storme Warren will be the official voice of The BIG 615. Millions and millions of country music fans start their day with Warren. He brings a passion for the format and vast knowledge of the genre to the station and will partner with Brooks to drive content. Warren will be joined by guest hosts on occasion, including Brooks and other industry stars.

“The BIG 615 station is purely for the love of country music,” Brooks continued. “We lean a bit more traditional at The BIG 615. We are proud of how the station sounds and want the entire world to hear what we think is the greatest format of all…Country Music.”

“Garth Brooks has an amazing vision for radio,” said Rich Stern, CEO of TuneIn. “At TuneIn, we are honored to work with an artist like Garth to build his vision and create an unduplicable experience for our listeners. We are even more excited to bring The BIG 615 to our global community of listeners, providing them with a one-of-a-kind destination to immerse themselves in the world of country music.”

“I LOVE the fact the station is coming from the home of Country Music,” Brooks adds. “Broadcasting from Music Row, the heart of Nashville and Country Music.”

SEVENS Radio is set to launch multiple stations on TuneIn this year, dedicated to country music and more, all curated and conceived by Garth Brooks and the SEVENS Radio Network…exclusively on TuneIn.

TuneIn is the world’s largest platform for live radio. It has over 75 million listeners across 122 countries to amplify country music around the world. The platform provides SEVENS Radio access to a truly global audience. TuneIn’s technology is integrated into 200 different vehicles and devices, so fans can listen on their phones, smart speakers or in their cars.

🎧To start streaming The BIG 615 today, visit or download the TuneIn App in the Apple App Store or Google Play for free. Or, ask your smart speaker to “Play The BIG 615.”