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Media Coverage Pivots Now That Biden is President

The questions that need to be of top importance starting this week for all hosts: What is affecting my audience today?

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Wednesday, January, 20th, 2020 was Inauguration Day. Joe Biden became President and Donald Trump went to Mar-a-Lago where he is now a former President. For those of us who voted for Donald Trump twice (which I did), or even once, it stinks. Many of us are not confident in the direction the country will go under Joe Biden and there is a lot of recent evidence to suggest he may not be the almighty unifier he insists he wants to, and is going to, be.

But our guy didn’t win and for News Talk hosts, there is a fine line to talk in continuing a story that may be passionate amongst the base, but won’t change anything in anyone’s life moving forward. The President’s legal team went through every legal option it had, although it’s important to note even the legal team wasn’t alleging fraud under oath, and while there are, and will remain, concerns over things like Secretaries of State and judges changing the election rules in the weeks leading up to the election, it’s not going to change the fact that Joe Biden is the President.

For some voters, they will want to spend every day of the next four years talking about a “stolen election”. I compare this individual to the guy who is talking about his high school football career when he’s 48 years old. No one cares anymore. At least most don’t, outside of maybe his mother.

There is a caveat  to all this: If there are stories that come out in the weeks or months ahead that are regarding voting issues, state legislatures passing bills to prevent some of what happened in specific states, etc., then suddenly that’s a topic of the day. That is a news story with legs that is changing and brings new perspective to the conversation.

But barring that, the 2020 Election cycle is over. I admit, it lasted weeks longer than I anticipated, due to events none of us could have ever predicted. However now the real work starts.

The last 3-4 months have been easy as hosts. It’s been politics, politics, politics and, oh, more politics. The questions that need to be of top importance starting this week for all hosts: What is affecting my audience today? COVID-19 vaccines, getting kids back into school and crime rates that are skyrocketing in many cities in the country are just some of the items that immediately come to mind. Those are issues that more people in the audience are likely thinking about when they wake up tomorrow, rather than simply stewing over “stolen elections”. I suppose the P1, that many in News Talk are over reliant on, may want it every day. But I can only speak for myself in saying that I’m ready to move on and get back to serving my local audience in Kansas City as best as I can. Sure, there is a risk associated to it, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take as we try to maintain what has likely been a larger audience in recent weeks due to the news cycle we’ve had. How do I maintain it? All I can say is I’d rather be the guy looking ahead and planning for what’s most engaging to move forward with the audience over being the 48-year-old guy sitting at a bar with a Miller Lite talking about the game-winning catch I made in the 1989 State Championship Game. After two minutes, that guy becomes boring, stale and predictable, and I’m thinking hosts with that mindset soon might as well.

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WOLB’s Larry Young Recovering After Having His Leg Amputated

WOLB’s Larry Young has been off the air since April 10.

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A popular Baltimore radio host is recovering after having his leg amputated due to an allergy triggered by his Type 2 diabetes. According to the Baltimore Sun, WOLB’s Larry Young has been off the air since April 10.

“I knew I had a problem,” Young told the paper. “I didn’t know it was as severe as it was. When I got to the hospital, the doctors gave me two options: amputation or death. That is a terrible thing to hear.”

Young has been hosting the morning show on the Urban One-owned station for nearly three decades. He reportedly is planning to retire at the end of the year. 

“Larry is a wonderful person, and we all miss him terribly,” said WOLB GM Howard Mazer. “I’m sure all of our listeners are looking forward to his return.”

Young is no stranger to health scares. 18 years ago, he was rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart episode. Young said at the time, doctors gave him less than a 1% chance of surviving. 

“The word ‘no’ is not in Larry’s vocabulary,” Mazer said. “He will go out of his way to help someone, no matter what.

Former mayor Catherine Pugh will fill-in during Young’s absence. 

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NPR Inks Three-Year Partnership with Take 1

Under the agreement, which started in January 2022, Take 1 is delivering NPR with exact, XML-based transcriptions for over 30 daily and weekly programs and limited series.

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NPR has announced a new partnership as the radio company reached a three deal with Take 1 which will transcribe its news, analysis, and podcast programming. 

Under the agreement, which started in January 2022, Take 1 is delivering NPR with exact, XML-based transcriptions for over 30 daily and weekly programs and limited series. Furthermore, the company will provide the stats with turnaround times varying from a few days to just a few hours.

“Almost all of my searches for transcribers show most U.S. providers cannot handle NPR’s high volume, high accuracy, and rush deadlines at an affordable price, and competitive businesses based abroad are unfamiliar with the intricacies of American-English accents, slang, idioms, and cultural references,” Laura Soto-Barra, NPR RAD chief (Research Archives & Data Strategy) said. 

“NPR poses an added challenge due to the many specialized subjects we cover, from world politics to science and medicine. Still additionally, the tech requirements and the format that allows the transcript to be ingested in the NPR systems present additional challenges not all companies can resolve. We’ve known the Take 1 team for many years, we’ve used their translation services in the past, and they were one of the very few I knew that could deliver against this brief.”

The multipurpose core of NPR’s transcripts signifies that accuracy and fast turnarounds are equally crucial to the company. In addition to being dispersed to NPR’s network of member stations, the transcriptions that Take 1 constructs are posted on the NPR website to make the content available.

“Almost all of my searches for transcribers show most U.S. providers cannot handle NPR’s high volume, high accuracy, and rush deadlines at an affordable price, and competitive businesses based abroad are unfamiliar with the intricacies of American-English accents, slang, idioms, and cultural references,” says Laura Soto-Barra, NPR RAD chief (Research Archives & Data Strategy). 

“NPR poses an added challenge due to the many specialized subjects we cover, from world politics to science and medicine. Still additionally, the tech requirements and the format that allows the transcript to be ingested in the NPR systems present additional challenges not all companies can resolve.” She continues, “We’ve known the Take 1 team for many years, we’ve used their translation services in the past, and they were one of the very few I knew that could deliver against this brief.”

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WBEN’s Tim Wenger Recounts Covering Buffalo Mass Shooting as News Broke

“I received a phone call from a source that I have within the Buffalo Police Department who said he thought it would be a good idea if we had someone at the Tops Market on Jefferson Ave,” Wenger said.

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This past weekend, an alleged White Supremacist went into a Buffalo supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood and killed ten people. 

One of the news media outlets leading the coverage in Buffalo was Audacy “Newsradio 930” WBEN. The radio station jumped in to fill the nation and its residents as to what went on. 

In an interview with Inside Radio, Brand Manager Tim Wenger, talked the website through its coverage as soon as the news broke about the shooting.

“I received a phone call from a source that I have within the Buffalo Police Department who said he thought it would be a good idea if we had someone at the Tops Market on Jefferson Ave,” Wenger said.

“I did a little bit of research while I was on the way and discovered there was an active shooting situation (…) We had heard eight, and then nine and then 10. It just kept escalating over the course of a couple of hours on scene before finally, there was official word from authorities in the form of a press conference.”

Wenger then discussed how the story was developing, keeping the entire station on high alert to what was coming out and why they needed to be on top of the information. 

“This happened in a really close-knit community where people know each other. It’s not a typical urban environment where everybody just kind of goes about their business,” Wenger added. 

“This is a community that fought for that store to be there years ago. And we’re just trying to give everyone a voice and not decide for anybody what needs to happen but listen to everybody and let the community decide what needs to happen.”

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