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KYW Newsradio Transitions to FM Radio

The stations’ transition to FM dial marks the first time in the station’s 55-year run that KYW Newsradio will be broadcast on FM radio.

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KYW Newsradio listeners will soon be able to tune in to 103.9 FM, in addition to the long-running 1060 AM. 

Philadelphia-based parent company Entercom announced plans to acquire WPHI-FM from Maryland-based Urban One. The stations’ transition to FM dial marks the first time in the station’s 55-year run that KYW Newsradio will be broadcast on FM radio. 

“This is one of the most historic opportunities in the history of Philadelphia media,” Alex Silverman, KYW Newsradio’s brand manager, said. “At this critical time, with all eyes on Pennsylvania, we’re excited to bring credible, local journalism to an even wider audience.”

The transition to 247/7 FM will take place on November 23.

“This station is the heartbeat of the community, and we’re really excited about serving more listeners while providing additional access on top of 1060 AM, RADIO.COM, and smart speakers,” David Yadgaroff, Entercom Philadelphia’s senior vice president and market manager, said.

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Charlie Kirk: Media Trying to ‘Bankrupt” Alex Jones

Kirk began the show by admitting several people had told him to avoid an interview with the controversial pundit.

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On Wednesday’s edition of The Charlie Kirk Show podcast, Kirk sat down with Alex Jones of InfoWars to discuss the loss in his recent defamation lawsuit filed by parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, which Kirk viewed as “unfair” and “blatantly political”.

“Even mainline reporters interview Charlie Manson,” Jones joked. “I’m the worst person in the world, but people should still want to talk to me. The truth is they want to misrepresent what I’ve said and done. That’s why they don’t want me to ever be live on-air”

Kirk then claimed the media is trying to “bankrupt” Jones by not letting him apologize for the things he’s said in the past, before asking Jones to give his side of the story the media isn’t covering.

“This is their new weaponization of the media,” Jones said. (The Sandy Hook massacre) was a small part of what I cover. I question every major event. I questioned Uvalde. I believe children died in Ulvade, but the head of the state police in Texas and the mayor of Uvalde say there’s a cover up and they’ve been lied to.

“They want to punish people who question things. They want to say ‘Oh, he’s not a populist leader. He’s not a popular person. No, he’s the Sandy Hook man. And so they’ve used that like claiming Trump says all Mexicans are criminals. Trump never said all Mexicans are criminals. He said some very good people come across the border, the very bad people we should screen them.

“So just like they tried to make it ‘Trump hates all Hispanics’, same here. It’s fake news. It’s been total misinfo. Even CNN today had to retract and say ‘Ok, Jones’ cellphone wasn’t given to the other lawyers’. All that stuff was made up. And it’s just next level desperate. So now they’ve got the January 6th Committee to demonize Trump supporters and the American people. Now they’re using Sandy Hook to demonize the independent media. Just like I was de-platformed four years ago and was patient zero for that, now I’m patient zero for all of the new censorship that’s taking place.”

Kirk began the show by admitting several people had told him to avoid an interview with the controversial pundit. Jones, who was ordered to pay millions in damages to the families of the Sandy Hook victims, is an often discredited conspiracy theorist.

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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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