Saturday, August 26, 2023

Radio History: August 27

➦In 1910...The first aircraft-to-ground wireless message was transmitted.   The tests were conducted at Selfridge Field, near Mount Clemens, MI and were under the direct charge of Lieutenant Paul W. Beck and representatives of the Western Wireless Equipment Company, who designed and built the apparatus for the experiments.

The maximum distance covered was 40 miles and the greatest altitude attained during the tests was 500 feet, at which time Lieutenant Beck, carried as a passenger in a Wright machine, transmitted two complete messages in the Morse code to the wireless station on the aviation field while traveling at an approximate speed of 55 miles per hour. Both messages were received at the field station as well as by other stations, one of which was over 40 miles distant, with absolute clearness and accuracy.

➦In 1960…After almost 12½ years on the air, the series "Louisiana Hayride," known as "The Cradle of the Stars," presented its last performance on radio station KWKH in Shreveport, LA.  However, KWKH continued to use the Louisiana Hayride name for packaged music tours throughout the 1960s on a bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly basis, finally ending operations entirely in 1969.

R.I.P.: Bob Barker, Longtime TV Game Show Host

A publicist says popular game show host Bob Barker, a household name for a half-century as host of “Truth or Consequences” and “The Price Is Right,” has died at his home in Los Angeles. Barker was 99.

Barker — also a longtime animal rights activist — died Saturday morning, according to publicist Roger Neal.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker has left us,” his rep told us.

Barker, whose career spanned more than eight decades, was best known as the longtime host of The Price Is Right on CBS. In 2002, he broke Johnny Carson's record for continuous performances on the same network TV show.

There's A Time For Everything Including AI Regulation

As increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence systems with the potential to reshape society come online, many experts, lawmakers and even executives of top A.I. companies want the U.S. government to regulate the technology, and fast, according to The NYTimes.

“We should move quickly,” Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, which launched an A.I.-powered version of its search engine this year, said in May. “There’s no time for waste or delay,” Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, has said. “Let’s get ahead of this,” said Senator Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican.

Yet history suggests that comprehensive federal regulation of advanced A.I. systems probably won’t happen soon. Congress and federal agencies have often taken decades to enact rules governing revolutionary technologies, from electricity to cars. “The general pattern is it takes a while,” said Matthew Mittelsteadt, a technologist who studies A.I. at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center.

In the 1800s, it took Congress more than half a century after the introduction of the first public, steam-powered train to give the government the power to set price rules for railroads, the first U.S. industry subject to federal regulation. In the 20th century, the bureaucracy slowly expanded to regulate radio, television and other technologies. And in the 21st century, lawmakers have struggled to safeguard digital data privacy.

It’s possible that policymakers will defy history. Members of Congress have worked furiously in recent months to understand and imagine ways to regulate A.I., holding hearings and meeting privately with industry leaders and experts. Last month, President Biden announced voluntary safeguards agreed to by seven leading A.I. companies.

Media To Benefit From Another Trump Bump As Interest Spikes

by  Katharina Buchholz, Statista

Former President Donald Trump showed up for his fourth appearance in a criminal case in just five months at the Fulton County jail in Atlanta last night. The booking process was speedy and Trump was in and out of the building in just 20 minutes. Nevertheless, the Georgia case on election interference once again sparked more public interest than previous ones - likely connected to the first mug shot taken of Trump as part of the proceedings, which promptly led to his first tweet since 2021. The picture is believed to be the first mug shot ever taken of a U.S. president. An arraignment is expected in the week of Sept. 5.
Infographic: Interest in Trump Cases Rises Again After Georgia Booking | Statista
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As seen in Google Trends data, Trump's first criminal indictment and arraignment in late March and early April at the Manhattan Criminal Court caused the biggest public interest so far. The former president is being accused in the case brought by the state of New York of falsifying business records in order to conceal crimes. Subsequent indictments - two by the Justice Department's Special Counsel Jack Smith brought in Miami and Washington D.C. to do with Trump's handling of classified documents and the January 6 Capitol riot - sparked less interest. Google search volume only reached 51-64 percent of the week of Trump's first criminal indictment for the Miami case in early June and only 37 percent for the D.C. case in early August. As of the early morning of Aug. 25, search interest was predicted to rise sharply again this week in the aftermath of the Georgia booking.

Phoenix Radio: The Morning Mess 2.0 Launches On KALV-FM

Sienna, Joey Boy and J.D.

Audacy announces a new edition of “The Morning Mess” on Live 101.5 (KALV-FM) in Phoenix. Current show co-host Joey Boy will return to Phoenix, the show’s original home, and welcome two new members to the program: J.D. and Sienna. The new show debuts on August 28 and will be heard weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT.

“We're thrilled to re-launch the next chapter of ‘The Morning Mess’ and introduce a new local version of the show to our Phoenix audience,” said Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Phoenix. “With the energetic and dynamic team of Joey Boy, J.D., and Sienna, we're set to deliver a fresh wave of entertainment to kickstart listeners’ mornings.”

Joey Boy joined the company in 2013 as an original co-host for “The Morning Mess” on Live 101.5. Considered the ringleader of the show, Joey Boy is never afraid to share his family life and stories on air.

J.D. joined BIG 94.5 in June 2023 after spending eight years in Boston hosting one of the top night shows for former Audacy station 103.3 AMP Radio. He began his full-time radio career in Arizona doing nights at KZON-FM in Phoenix and grew to become the No. 1 rated night show from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, he joined “The Lady La Morning Show” as a co-host, which was consistently among the city’s top three-rated morning shows and the No 1. cumed morning show.

Sienna also serves as an event host for the Phoenix Coyotes and an in-game host for the Arizona Diamondbacks. She interned with Audacy Phoenix in 2018 and is an in-game Coyotes cheerleader.

“The Morning Mess” with Aneesh Ratan, Jeana Shepard and Karla Hernandez will continue to be heard on B96 (WBBM-FM) in Chicago, weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. CT.

­čô╗Listeners can tune in to Live 101.5 (KALV-FM) in Phoenix on air and nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Fans can also connect with the station via X, Facebook and Instagram.

Phoenix Radio: Dave Styles Gets Wake-Up At Big 94.5 FM

Audacy announces the addition of Dave Styles as Morning Show Host on BIG 94.5 (KOOL-FM) in Phoenix. Styles will be heard weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT beginning August 28.

“We’re excited to welcome Dave to BIG 94.5 and have him kick off our mornings each weekday,” said Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Phoenix. “With his infectious energy, charisma and passion for delivering top-notch entertainment, we have no doubt he’ll thrive in this new role.”

Dave Styles
“I’m really looking forward to connecting with listeners in the Valley, getting involved with the community and bringing my unique perspective to the mix of the 70s, 80s and 90s,” said Styles.

Styles currently serves as a fill-in host for Audacy’s K-Earth (KRTH-FM) in Los Angeles. He previously spent almost two decades with 102.7 KIIS-FM and 104.3 MYFM. Styles is in his 11th season as the in-stadium host for the Los Angeles Dodgers and recently served as the announcer for the “Wheel of Fortune Live!” tour, taking him to 52 cities in 99 days. He replaces J.D. Whitfield, who is moving to co-host “The Morning Mess” on the new mornings on sister station Live 101.5 (KALV-FM).

­čô╗Listeners can tune in to BIG 94.5 (KOOL-FM) in Phoenix on air and nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Fans can also connect with the station via X, Facebook and Instagram.  

ESPN Radio Names Qiant Myers As 'GameNight' Host

Qiant “Your Boy Q” Myers, a radio veteran and audio industry expert on air and behind the scenes, is the host of ESPN Radio’s GameNight from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. ET every weekday (beginning Sept. 5). Myers first began contributing part time to ESPN in December 2021, primarily on weekends.

Qiqnt Myers
Outside of ESPN, Myers also hosts the Locked On Raiders Podcast, the Raider Nation Radio show and is the program director for the Las Vegas Sports Network

Before becoming a part of the national network, Myers joined ESPN Radio in Central Texas in 2012, covering high school, college and pro sports, including attending the College Football Playoff and CFP Championship, multiple NFL Drafts, Super Bowls, Hall of Fame Inductions and much more, as well as hosting a daily 3-hour radio show.

Myers started his radio journey working his way up and down Central California, from Stockton, to Merced, Fresno and eventually to Monterey, working as a popular on-air personality on hip hop radio stations before making the shift to sports.

Shannon Sharpe Joins First Take’s Signature Guest Lineup

Pro Football Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion Shannon Sharpe will join First Take, ESPN’s signature morning debate show featuring Stephen A. Smith and host Molly Qerim, every Monday and Tuesday during football season.

Sharpe will make his First Take debut going head-to-head with Smith for the full two hours on Sept. 4-5, following Week 1 of college football and kicking off the opening week of the NFL regular season.

David Roberts, ESPN head of event & studio production: “First Take is the destination for morning sports debate year-round, and now with Shannon joining the signature show’s fall guest lineup opposite Stephen A. and Molly, fans will have even more to look forward to this NFL and college football season.”

Reaction from Smith & Sharpe

Stephen A. Smith, First Take featured commentator & executive producer: “It never hurts to have a 3-time Super Bowl Champion and Hall of Famer on the show. And it definitely doesn’t hurt to have a friend. Shannon is not only a great talent, but a good man, as well. A man who’s aiming to do a lot of great things in the near future. I’m just thankful he accepted my invitation to join First Take as being one of those things — even if it means him getting beat down in debates from time-to-time ­čśŐ. Buckle up, folks. Here we come!”

Shannon Sharpe, Pro Football Hall of Famer & three-time Super Bowl champion: “I’m excited to announce this fall I’ll take my on air talents to ESPN’s First Take and debate my friend Stephen A. Smith. We’re both graduates of HBCU’s, very opinionated and animated. GET YOUR POPCORN READY.”

Sharpe adds to First Take’s signature lineup of guest football experts who will join Smith and Qerim weekly beginning in Sept., including Ryan Clark, Dan Orlovsky, Chris Russo, Marcus Spears and more.

Kristen Welker Exits 'Today' For Meet The Press

Kristen Welker's last Saturday broadcast of Today with her co-anchor Peter Alexander is this morning, and viewers will see a promo for her next journalistic challenge — as the new moderator of Meet the Press, starting September 17.

The promo, first received by Variety, displays various moments from across her NBC News career: In the White House briefing room covering multiple presidents; on the campaign trail; and moderating one of the 2020 presidential debates, for which she garnered rave reviews.

The spot also features clips from Welker’s stints as a fill-in for Chuck Todd on the existing version of Meet the Press.

YouTube Bests Spotify For Podcasts Consumers

Among respondents who use both platforms to consume podcasts, YouTube performs at significantly higher satisfaction levels than Spotify. 

The results among users of both YouTube and Apple Podcasts are even more dramatic. These just-announced findings at The Podcast Movement are from “The New Rules of Podcasting on YouTube,” a new research study of 1,000 15- to 64-year-old United States podcast consumers from media research firm Coleman Insights and podcast consultancy Amplifi Media.

Among users of both YouTube and Spotify to consume podcasts, YouTube beats Spotify for: “More enjoyable to consume your podcasts on,” 70%-30% “Easier to use,” 67%-33% “Makes better podcast recommendations,” 62%-38% Among users of both YouTube and Apple Podcasts, YouTube’s wins in the face-off are for: “Easier to use,” 76%-24% “More enjoyable to consume your podcasts on,” 71%-29% “Makes better podcast recommendations,” 68%-32%

According to Jay Nachlis, Vice President/Consultant at Coleman Insights, while the results may be surprising, they track with other findings throughout the study. Nachlis said, “YouTube is the most used podcast platform, and those who use it are very satisfied.” Steve Goldstein, Founder/CEO at Amplifi Media, adds, “YouTube is not for every podcaster, and four out of 10 consumers still prefer to listen to their favorite podcast in an audio-only format. But these findings show a robust and engaged YouTube audience that represents a significant podcast audience development opportunity.”

Coleman Insights and Amplifi Media will present a webinar of the findings from “The New Rules of Podcasting on YouTube” on Thursday, September 7th at 2PM EDT/11AM PDT. Registration is now open.

Radio History: August 26

➦In 1858...First news dispatch by telegraph. Printed next day in the NYTimes.

➦In 1873...Lee de Forest born in Council Bluffs, Iowa (Died at age 87 – June 30, 1961), He was the self-described "Father of Radio", and a pioneer in the development of sound-on-film recording used for motion pictures. He had over 180 patents, but also a tumultuous career—he boasted that he made, then lost, four fortunes. He was also involved in several major patent lawsuits, spent a substantial part of his income on legal bills, and was even tried (and acquitted) for mail fraud. His most famous invention, in 1906, was the three-element "Audion" (triode) vacuum tube, the first practical amplification device. Although De Forest had only a limited understanding of how it worked, it was the foundation of the field of electronics, making possible radio broadcasting, long distance telephone lines, and talking motion pictures, among countless other applications.

Lee DeForest circa 1916-1922
The electron tube, specifically the triode, a three element vacuum tube, made possible radio broadcasting as we knew it in the first half of the 20th century. However, he was forced into selling the rights to his patent to American Telephone and Telegraph for $500,000; considered by most to be foolish of AT&T.

In the summer of 1915, DeForest  received an experimental license for station 2XG, located at its Highbridge laboratory in New York City. In late 1916, de Forest renewed the entertainment broadcasts he had suspended in 1910, now using the superior capabilities of vacuum-tube equipment. 2XG's debut program aired on October 26, 1916, as part of an arrangement with the Columbia Gramophone record company to promote its recordings, which included "announcing the title and 'Columbia Gramophone Company' with each playing". Beginning November 1, the "Highbridge Station" offered a nightly schedule featuring the Columbia recordings.

These broadcasts were also used to advertise "the products of the DeForest Radio Co., mostly the radio parts, with all the zeal of our catalogue and price list", until comments by Western Electric engineers caused de Forest enough embarrassment to make him decide to eliminate the direct advertising.  The station also made the first audio broadcast of election reports — in earlier elections, stations which broadcast results had used Morse code — providing news of the November 1916 Wilson-Hughes presidential election.  The New York American installed a private wire and bulletins were sent out every hour. About 2000 listeners heard The Star-Spangled Banner and other anthems, songs, and hymns.

With the entry of the United States into World War One on April 6, 1917, all civilian radio stations were ordered to shut down, so 2XG was silenced for the duration of the war.

Effective October 1, 1919, the ban on civilian radio stations was ended. On October 13, 1921 the De Forest company was issued a broadcasting station authorization in the form of a Limited Commercial license with the randomly assigned call letters WJX, operating on 360 meters (833 kilohertz). This was the first broadcasting license issued for a station in New York City proper, however, despite its heritage there was minimal, if any, programming ever broadcast by WJX. Effective December 1, 1921, 360 meters was designated as the common "entertainment" broadcasting wavelength, and stations within a region had to devise time-sharing agreements to allocate the hours during which they could operate. But a mid-1922 agreement covering the New York City area didn't even list WJX as being active.  WJX continued to be included in the official government lists of stations holding licenses through early 1924, but contemporary newspapers and magazines providing station programming information do not contain any evidence that the station was actually on the air. In June 1924, WJX (along with 2XG) was officially deleted by the government.

De Forest later became a vocal critic of many of the developments in the entertainment side of the radio industry. In 1940 he sent an open letter to the National Association of Broadcasters in which he demanded: "What have you done with my child, the radio broadcast? You have debased this child, dressed him in rags of ragtime, tatters of jive and boogie-woogie." That same year, de Forest and early TV engineer Ulises Armand Sanabria presented the concept of a primitive unmanned combat air vehicle using a television camera and a jam-resistant radio control in a Popular Mechanics issue. In 1950 his autobiography, Father of Radio, was published, although it sold poorly.

De Forest was the guest celebrity on the May 22, 1957, episode of the television show This Is Your Life, where he was introduced as "the father of radio and the grandfather of television". He suffered a severe heart attack in 1958, after which he remained mostly bedridden. He died in Hollywood on June 30, 1961, aged 87. De Forest died relatively poor, with just $1,250 in his bank account.[

Phil Baker
➦In 1896...Phil Baker born in Philadelphia (Died at age 67 – November 30, 1963). He was a  comedian and radio host.

He came out of vaudeville (where he teamed with Ben Bernie) to star in 1933 as a comedian and accordion player in his own NBC radio series The Armour Jester. The show moved to CBS and became first The Gulf Headliner and later Honolulu Bound. In the 1940s for six years he was the host of the CBS radio quiz show Take It or Leave It, which later became The $64 Question.

➦In 1911...Hal Gibney born (Died at age 63 –June 5, 1973). He was NBC's West Coast announcer for more than 20 years. He was best known as the announcer for The Six Shooter and The Mickey Mouse Club. He was also known as the announcer for the radio and the original television version of Dragnet.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Atlanta Radio: Sean Shannon Exits As Cumulus VP/Market Manager

Atlanta-based Cumulus Media has let go Sean Shannon after he spent eight years as the Atlanta-based Vice President/market manager.

Sean Shannon
He was overseeing top 40 station Q99.7, alternative rock station 99X and New Country 101.5, since April of 2015.

The radio veteran helped keep Q99.7 a top performer for Cumulus Atlanta in recent years while turning what had been Rock 100.5 back to classic alternative station 99X late last year. He also transitioned what had been country station Kicks 101.5 to a rebranded New Country 101.5 in 2019 and paired newcomer JJ Kincaid with long-time Kicks host Dallas McCade into a successful morning show.

Shannon, a 33-year radio veteran, was formerly Vice President/Market Manager for Entercom Sacramento. Prior to that, he served as Director of Sales for Entercom Seattle. Shannon has also held positions with iHeart Media/Clear Channel and Fisher Broadcasting.

Report: Amazon Talks With Disney About ESPN Streaming

Amazon is in early talks with Walt Disney Co about working on the streaming version of ESPN it is developing, while possibly also taking a minority stake in the sports network, the Information reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Disney and ESPN are still in the midst of determining an appropriate price for the new service, the report said.

ESPN is considering charging between $20 and $35 a month for the new streaming service, which could make it the most expensive streaming service in the U.S, the report added., Walt Disney and ESPN did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

In July, Disney CEO Robert Iger told CNBC that his company wants to keep ESPN and look for strategic partners to form a joint venture or buy a stake in the sports network to help take it directly to consumers.

Fox News vs Tucker Carlson Exposes Media Fissures

Tucker Carlson’s interview of Donald Trump that streamed on X (formerly Twitter) on Wednesday night wasn’t just an attempt by the former president to upstage eight Republican rivals who were debating on Fox News. 

The Wall Street Journal reports it was a glaring display of the fissures in right-wing media, and the opening salvo in a fight that will test whether social-media platforms can mount a serious challenge to TV news. 

Carlson and Trump, who each have grievances about Fox News, used the platform owned by Elon Musk—another convention-bucking personality—to give the cable network unprecedented competition in a big moment. 

Carlson’s interview, which aired during the GOP debate on Fox News, had 236 million total view “impressions” by Wednesday afternoon. That made it Carlson’s highest tally on X, formerly known as Twitter, since his acrimonious exit from Fox in April. Two key measures of engagement, likes and reposts, were about 690,000 and about 180,000, respectively.

Nielsen on Thursday said about 12.8 million watched the Republican primary debate on Fox News and Fox Business. That was slightly better than another Fox News Republican primary debate that Trump also had skipped during the 2016 cycle, which had drawn more than 12 million viewers.

Adequately comparing Carlson’s figures to Fox News’s viewership is nearly impossible. On X, impressions account for the total number of times a post was seen, which can include multiple views by a single user, according to X’s website. TV ratings generally are the average number of viewers who tuned in to a telecast at any given time. 

CRTC Freezes All Radio Applications For Two Years

Canada's CRTC regulator won’t deal with any new radio applications or complaints for the next two years, reports The National Post.  The move took radio broadcasters by surprise.

“At this point, they’ve basically been told that no, you can’t raise any issues until we’re done with this process of implementing the Online Streaming Act…. It creates some concern for the members.”

Barry Rooke
Barry Rooke, executive director of the National Campus and Community Radio Association, said several of the association’s members “are already well into the process where this is going to cost them a lot of money.” There are about a half dozen new stations aiming to apply with the CRTC who will now find it “very difficult to be sustainable,” he said.

The CRTC, which receives hundreds of radio filings each year, said in a notice it “foresees significant delays in examining them during the modernization of its regulations” under the Online Streaming Act. It will still process applications involving changes of ownership.

The regulator said it has decided to “defer” dealing with any new radio application or complaint “during the implementation of its regulatory plan for modernizing the Canadian broadcasting system, for a period of approximately two years.”

The CRTC has been tasked with implementing the Online Streaming Act, which requires streamers like Netflix to contribute to the Canadian content system. As Bill C-11, it drew controversy over putting user-generated content under the CRTC’s regulatory authority, though the CRTC has now been instructed to exclude posts from digital creators and everyday Canadians.

Republican Debate Drew 12.8 Million Viewers

  • Debate Drew 12.8 Million Viewers and 2.8 Million in A25-54 Beating Broadcast Networks Combined
  • FNC Notched Highest-Rated Non-Sports Cable Telecast of 2023, Topping “Yellowstone” in Viewers and 25-54 Demo
  • Moderators Bret Baier & Martha MacCallum Outpaced More Than 70% of All Primary Debates in 2016 and 2020, Surpassing Iowa in 2016
FOX News Media’s Democracy 24: FOX News Republican Primary Debate was the most watched telecast in all of linear television, digital and streaming last night, averaging 12,803,000 viewers and 2,815,000 in the 25-54 demo, topping more than 70% of all presidential primary debates in the last two cycles (2016 and 2020), according to data from Nielsen Media Research.

Co-moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, the first presidential debate of the season averaged 13 million viewers across FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX Nation and FOX News Digital. Additionally, last night’s debate drew a larger audience than the network’s previous debate in Iowa in January 2016 without then-candidate Donald Trump which averaged 12.5 million total viewers.

On FNC, the debate was the highest-rated non-sports cable telecast of the year in total viewers, overtaking Paramount’s Yellowstone (8.2 million viewers), with 11.1 million viewers and 2.4 million in the 25-54 demo, topping ABC, CBS, NBC combined and outrating everything that aired on cable television.

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FBN, which simulcast the debate, delivered 1.7 million viewers and 401,000 in the 25-54 demo. During primetime, the network had triple-digit viewership advantages over CNBC, leading 551% in total viewers and a 384% advantage in the A25-54 demo. Additionally, total 25-54 demo viewers on FNC and FBN claimed the highest-rated for 2023, also outpacing Yellowstone’s previous record of 2.6 million viewers.

FOX News Digital, according to Adobe Analytics, experienced a record day of engagement across key performance indicators, notching triple digit increases in key categories. FOX News Digital properties drove an average minute audience of nearly 200,000 between 9-11 PM/ET, marking the platform’s highest day of minutes watched on the FOX News livestream this year. In terms of page views, FOX News Digital saw over 125 million views for the day and during the debate, garnered over 20 million minutes watched, with users averaging about 30 minutes per viewer. Additionally, FOX News’ livestream minutes (223%), video starts (285%) and unique viewers (205%), were all up triple digits from the average 2023 weekday.

On social media, FOX News remained number one in total social engagement among the news competitive set (Facebook, Instagram, and X). FNC garnered over 694,000 social interactions, which comprised over 27% of Wednesday night’s social engagement among the news competitive set, according to Emplifi.

On Thursday, FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and President & Executive Editor Jay Wallace sent job well-done note to all employees:

Wednesday night’s debate featured Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina Governor and ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.

8/25 WAKE-UP CALL: Trump Now Has A Mugshot

Daily Mail Composite (8/25/23) 
Donald Trump's mug shot was released on Thursday evening after he was booked at an Atlanta jail on more than a dozen felony charges as part of a wide-ranging criminal case stemming from the former U.S. president's attempts to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia.

An unsmiling Trump - inmate no. P01135809, according to Fulton County Jail records - was captured glaring at the camera in the mug shot. The image represented yet another extraordinary moment for Trump, who did not have to submit to a photograph when making appearances in his three other criminal cases.

He wasted little time trying to turn it to his advantage, posting it on X, the site formerly known as Twitter, as well as his own social media site, Truth Social. His campaign website featured the mug shot along with a message from Trump defending his actions and asking for donations.

The X post appeared to be Trump's first on the site since his account was banned after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. X owner Elon Musk reinstated Trump's account late last year.

Judge Scott McAfee set a trial date of Oct. 23 for one of Trump's 18 co-defendants, attorney Kenneth Chesebro, after Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis proposed that date in response to Chesebro's request for a speedy trial. The judge's order said the schedule does not yet apply to Trump or any of the other defendants.

Eleven of his co-defendants already have been booked, according to authorities. Some, like Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor, were stone-faced in their mug shots, while others, such as lawyer Jenna Ellis, smiled for the camera.

The $200,000 bond package to which Trump agreed on Monday includes standard provisions barring him from making direct or indirect threats against witnesses or his 18 co-defendants in the case, which concerns his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss to Democratic President Joe Biden.

Donald Trump has been booked into Fulton County jail in Atlanta on charges of attempting to overthrow Georgia's 2020 election, declaring on the tarmac after his arrest that it was 'a very sad day for America.'

He described the historic moment as 'a travesty of justice' and  added: 'We did nothing wrong, I did nothing wrong.'

'This is election interference. So I want to thank you for being here. We did nothing wrong,' Trump said. 'We had every right, every single right, to challenge an election we think was dishonest.' 

Inside the jail, Trump's vital details - white male, 6-feet 3-inches tall, and a weight of 215 pounds - were recorded, and his fingerprints and mugshot were taken. The mugshot was the first of a former president and immediately became one of the most famous pictures of all time. 

➤CROSS PUTIN AND DIE: Wagner’s chief was assassinated, U.S. officials said. Preliminary U.S. government assessments, which officials stressed are incomplete, suggest that a bomb exploded on Yevgeny Prigozhin’s jet for that some other form of sabotage was involved, killing all 10 people on board. President Vladimir Putin offered condolences to the victims’ families and had both praise and criticism for Prigozhin, who spent his final days planning for the future. The head of the Wagner paramilitary group led a short-lived insurrection against Moscow in June, which tarnished Putin’s image. The downing of Prigozhin’s plane has bolstered Vladimir Putin’s position as a strongman leader, bringing the curtain down on two months of uncertainty sparked by questions over the Russian president’s reluctance to crack down on the renegade warlord.

Disney Closes At Lowest In Nearly Nine Years

Shares of Walt Disney fell 3.9% on Thursday, closing at their lowest level in nearly nine years, with some investors betting that a further price drop is on the cards in the next few months.

Reuters reports Disney stockholders are scrutinizing the company's turnaround plan after chief Bob Iger earlier this month promised a mix of price hikes across its streaming properties, more ads and cost cuts to lift the business.

On Thursday, Disney options were busier than usual with some 321,000 contracts traded, or 1.4 times the average daily volume, according to data from options analytics firm Trade Alert.

Trading sentiment leaned toward bearish bets with put options that would guard against the stock slipping below 80 by mid-September and mid-October, and were among the most actively traded contracts.

Put options convey the right to sell shares at a fixed price in the future. Disney's stock was also dragged by weakness in the broader market as investors turned cautious ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's speech later this week.

In Disney's earnings report on Aug. 9, Iger acknowledged the entertainment company faces a "challenging environment" in the near-term and the company's shares have dropped over 5% since the time.

Disney's stock closed at $82.47, its lowest since October 16, 2014.

DraftKing Network To Launch New Mike Golic Show

Former ESPN radio host Mike Golic will host a weekday sports morning show on the DraftKings Network with his son, Mike Golic Jr., according to a report from The Athletic.

The show, which will be called GoJo and Golic, will be broadcast from 8–10 a.m. ET on Samsung TV Plus and Jessie Coffield will also be featured on the show, as she will be participating from the DraftKings studio in Boston, while the Golics will be based in Arizona, California and sometimes in South Bend during college football season.

“Me and Dad talked about this for a while,” Golic Jr. told The Athletic. “What if we gave this a real shot again? It seemed like people enjoyed it before. It did not end on our terms with our show last time around, so we sort of get a chance to go out here and write the ending however we see fit.”

Golic expressed his excitement about the new show to The Athletic.
“It became a collaborative effort with DraftKings,” Golic Sr. said. “They said, ‘Well, if you want to do this, we think the natural thing is to put you and your son back together.’ As long as I did a show at ESPN, from Tony Bruno to Greeny [Mike Greenberg] to Wingo, the most fun I had was doing it with one of my kids, so this was a no-brainer.”

Golic Jr. will continue his work with Learfield’s “College Football Saturday Night” as an analyst, and Golic Sr. will continue calling NFL games for Westwood One while hosting a once-per-week show on DraftKings with Jessica Smetana. Golic Sr. also appears on Meadowlark Media’s God Bless Football show.

The new show for the father-son tandem will premier next Monday.

San Diego Radio: KSON To Present Music For Maui Benefit Concert

Audacy’s 103.7 KSON in San Diego and Moonshine Beach are coming together to raise money to help those impacted by the devastating wildfires in Lahaina.

103.7 KSON (along with their own Smilin’ Hawaaiin Kimo Jensen) is hosting a very special benefit concert on Tuesday, September 12th at Moonshine Beach in San Diego, with performances by country stars Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, Chase Matthew, Runaway June and Tim Dugger.

100% of ticket sales and 100% of bar proceeds will benefit Maui Contractors Women’s Auxiliary, a local, non-profit women’s organization that has been serving the community of Lahaina for over 30 years.

MCWA is currently working with other nonprofits in the area to assist with fire aid efforts. All donations from the concert will directly benefit the affected residents and community.
For more information, including how to buy tickets, please visit HERE.

Boise State Public Radio Forced Off Air

Boise State Public Radio is experiencing a network outage that is affecting all of our broadcast signals. This includes the radio and all digital signals including streaming devices, the app and on our website.

Syringa Networks told our staff late Wednesday night contractors at the corner of Broadway and Beacon installed a concrete collar around a manhole, which resulted in damage to the. fiber optic cable. This caused an internet outage to all of Boise State's campus and damaged over 200 fiber connections.

Boise State's main campus was able to reroute and restore internet connectivity. But because of Boise State Public Radio's proximity to the damaged cable, we are unable to reroute our network.

Crews are on site making repairs but there is no estimated time of when we will be back on air.

Boise Public Radio will keep listenes updated on the network status on their Facebook page. NPR programming remains available on the NPR app and the NPR website.

Radio History: August 25

➦In 1921...Radio-TV host Monty Hall was born in Winnipeg.  He began his career at local radio station CKRC while still in school, then moved to Toronto in 1946, where at CHUM he hosted the nationally syndicated quiz Who Am I.   Moving to New York he guest hosted several TV game shows, hosted the Saturday night portion of NBC Radio’s Monitor, and was hockey radio analyst for the N.Y. Rangers. Then off to L.A. where he co-created & hosted the flamboyant TV game with which he will forever be identified, the original Let’s Make a Deal (1963-91.)   He suffered heart failure and died Sept. 30 2017 at age 96.

➦In 1949…NBC Radio debuted the sitcom "Father Knows Best."  The series was set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as the General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson), and Kathy (Norma Jean Nilsson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran, and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954.

The Father Knows Best TV series premiered on October 3, 1954 and starred Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, and Lauren Chapin.

Dick Clark
➦In 1962...The radio bug bit Dick Clark again - as he announced plans to syndicate a radio series for Top-40 stations.

The two-hour program would be broadcast five days a week and would be produced and distributed by Dick Clark Radio Productions and Mars Broadcasting Inc.

Dick Clark says the show will feature artist interviews and records and will be taped at Mars Broadcasting in Stamford, Conn. Clark was a Disc Jockey at WFIL 560 AM in Philadelphia when he landed the job as host  of TV's “American Bandstand.

Fred Wolf

➦In 1962...Detroit radio personality Fred Wolf celebrated 12 years as the morning man on WXYZ 1270 AM.

He started with the station in 1950 and stayed until 1965 when he left the after refusing to play some rock and roll records.

➦In 1962...Paul Sherman, 1010 WINS, New York replaced Bob (Bob-A-Loo) Lewis on its Saturday and Sunday “Freedomland” remote broadcasts. He would soon join rival 77WABC.

➦In 1966...WNBC 660 AM New York canceled the syndicated “Joe Pyne Show” after debuting last March. WNBC gives no reason for the cancellation. Discharged from the Marines at the end of World War II, Pyne attended a local drama school to correct a speech impediment. While studying there, he decided to try radio. He worked briefly in Lumberton, North Carolina, before he was hired at a new station, WPWA, in Brookhaven, PA.

However, he argued with the owner and was fired. Next, he got a job at WILM (AM) in Wilmington, Delaware, the first of three times he would work at that station. He moved to WVCH, a new station in Chester, which went on the air in March 1948. Seeing little chance to advance his career in Chester, Pyne left after a year and a half. He moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he was hired at WLIP, owned by local station owner William Lipman (hence the call letters). After six months of hosting innocuous programs such as Meet Your Neighbor from various grocery stores, he quit during a confrontation with WLIP management in which he threw Lipman's typewriter against a wall. Pyne worked at several stations in Atlantic City, NJ, and began to change his style of broadcasting.

Pyne gradually tired of being a disc jockey who made comments about politics and current events. He developed his on-air persona as an opinionated host who knew something about everything. He returned to WILM, where he debuted as a talk show host in 1950.

By the early 1950s, television was replacing radio as America's main medium. In 1954, Pyne moved to television with The Joe Pyne Show, broadcast by WDEL-TV in Wilmington. In 1957, he moved to Los Angeles. His initial show was unsuccessful, and he returned to Wilmington. He hosted a TV talk show on WVUE, which was also seen in Philadelphia, and received positive reviews from critics. In the late 1950s the local black press generally praised him for inviting black newsmakers on his show to discuss issues of concern to their community. By 1960, he was hosting a radio show on KABC (AM). The acerbic Bob Grant took over Pyne's show in 1964, and Pyne continued on KLAC. This led to a television show on KTTV.

R Peter Strauss
➦In 1966...R. Peter Straus, president of  WMCA 570 AM New York - appeared on a program on rival station - WNEW 1130 AM. He was interviewed by Richard Doan on a weekly series titled “The Truth About Radio.”

Straus was told that he probably was one of those broadcasters “who peddles rock ‘n’ roll all day and who refuses to call it by that name,” that maybe he was ashamed of the practice. Straus denied he was ashamed and asserted that WMCA programmed for the largest possible audience so that its commercials and community messages of substantive content would be exposed to the largest number of people.