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ABC News Radio Details Coverage of First Presidential Debate

“Network coverage on radio will be anchored by award-winning senior reporter, Aaron Katersky.”

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ABC News Radio will provide coverage of Tuesday’s Presidential debate beginning with the daily Start Here podcast with Brad Mielke. 

Network coverage on radio will be anchored by award-winning senior reporter, Aaron Katersky. He will be joined by correspondent Karen Travers, Political Analyst Steve Roberts, Political Director Rick Klein, Deputy Political Director Maryalice Parks, and political podcaster Galen Druke. 

Affiliates will also be offered one-minute status reports through the evening.

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will debate each other for the first time Tuesday evening. The debate will take place at the Samson Pavilion of the Health Education Campus (HEC) shared by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate.

Two additional debates will take place on October 15, and October 22, 2020.

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Rachel Maddow Reportedly Offered Massive SiriusXM Deal

VF reports Maddow was approached by SiriusXM to host a weekly satellite radio show, with a $40 million per year salary attached.

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In a recent story with Vanity Fair, Rachel Maddow revealed she has several different projects in the works, including podcasts.

She is currently working on a non-fiction narrative podcast set to be released in the fall.

“It’s an American history, underappreciated story, that has resonance for all these things we’re dealing with today—the threat of authoritarianism and the question of whether or not criminal law is the appropriate venue, and has the right constitutional powers, to handle those kinds of threats,” Maddow told Vanity Fair. “It’s about journalism and journalistic ethics, and the ability of powerful people to manipulate American systems.”

The podcast will be the first released by her Surprise Inside production company.

VF also reports Maddow, during her contract negotiations with MSNBC, was approached by SiriusXM to host a weekly satellite radio show, with a nearly $40 million per year salary attached. SiriusXM declined to comment.

Maddow will continue to host her television show on MSNBC on Mondays at 9:00 PM, with Alex Wagner taking over on a Tuesday through Friday basis.

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Urban One Revenue Up 10.4% in Second Quarter

Urban One reported second quarter revenue rose 10.4% to $118.8 million. The company saw $107.5 million in revenue during the same time period in 2021.

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Urban One reported second quarter revenue rose 10.4% to $118.8 million. The company saw $107.5 million in revenue during the same time period in 2021.

“We had a strong finish to Q2, driven by continued robust growth in digital and cable television advertising, both of which were up double digits,” Urban One President and CEO Alfred Liggins III said. “Our spot radio business outperformed the markets in which we operate by 230 Bps, and I was pleased with our overall 10.4% revenue growth, as a result of which we were able to post adjusted EBITDA growth of 6.1% y-o-y.”

He also added, similar to other media companies, a third-quarter slowdown is expected, but with diversified holdings, revenue growths during the quarter are still expected.

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WFLA Adds Dana Loesch’s Program to Weekday Lineup

Newsradio 970 WFLA has slotted the show for weekdays 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., and now Loesch’s program can be heard on nearly 200 stations nationwide.

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Dana Loesch has added a new home for her “The Dana Show” that the Radio America syndicates. Listeners in central Florida can now hear Loesch’s program on WFLA in Orlando, per All Access.

“We’re so excited and happy to have Dana join the legendary WFLA team in Orlando,” said Ken Howard, SVP Programming iHeartMedia Florida Region.

Newsradio 970 WFLA has slotted the show for weekdays 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., and now Loesch’s program can be heard on nearly 200 stations nationwide.

Along with hosting her weekly radio show, Loesch is a regular contributor to FOX News and has been invited to provide election analysis on FOX, CNN, and ABC; and has also appeared on HBO.

Furthermore, on their website, WFLA says that Loesch uses “her original brand of young, entertaining irreverence has found a fast-growing multi- platform audience.

“As one of the leading talkers of the “next generation,” her funny and feisty personality has connected with radio and podcast listeners of all ages.”

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