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Armstong & Getty Discuss Public’s Lack of Trust in Traditional Media

The hosts agree that it’s no surprise people have lost faith in the media, but add that podcasting is the way of the future.

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The online news outlet Axios recently published findings from Edelman polling group that trust in traditional media has sunk to an all-time low. Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty host of Armstrong and Getty, on KSTE in Sacramento, think that’s a good thing, adding that podcasting is the way of the future.

“Good,” they said. “Cable news isn’t like what it used to be where you got a steady stream of news 24 hours a day. Now you can get all the day’s news in about 15 minutes. All the rest is just spin one way or the other, mostly to the left.”

Statistics from the study back up that statement. According to the study, 56 percent of Americans agree, “Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.” In addition, 58 percent of Americans believe “Most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”

“Cable News is driving themselves right off of a cliff,” Armstrong and Getty said. “Donald Trump saved them for a cycle or two, but that can only last so long.”

The co-hosts also use the survey to make the argument that the spin on today’s news is divided along party lines. According to Axios, 57 percent of Democrats trust the media while, only 18 percent of Republicans share the same sentiment.

“That’s really not all that surprising,” they said. “More Democrats are going to trust the media because, for the most part, they tell them what they want to hear .That’s just human nature.”

While Armstrong and Getty claim that all cable news networks have spin, they point to one in particular as the worst.

“Watching cable news is like eating pizza. If you get some from a place that’s not that good, you just go somewhere else next time. It may taste bad, but it doesn’t hurt you. Well CNN puts poison on their pizza. It will kill you or at the very least, you might lose a limb listening to guys like Chris Cuomo. They are terrible.”

With the decline of trust in the media, podcasting has exploded in popularity. The medium has only been in existence for about 15 years, but according to Reuters, 36 percent or 90 million people access at least one podcast per month. 15 percent say that they use the podcasting platform to access news, a percentage which has doubled since 2015.  Count Armstrong and Getty in that 15 percent.

“News is supposed to be informative,” they said. “You are supposed to learn something when you watch. That does not happen anymore. Haven’t watched CNN or much cable news, except for clips on social media, in the last five years. I listen to podcasts now. Didn’t really mean for it to be that way. It just sort of happened.”

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KMOX’s Kevin Wheeler Moving Over to ‘Dave Glover Show’

Beginning Nov. 28, Wheeler will be moving from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where he joins the “Dave Glover Show.”

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Changes are coming to St. Louis’ KMOX News/Talk as shuffling occurs in their weekday lineup. The station’s mid-day program “The Show” will see Kevin Wheeler exit. However, he’s not leaving KMOX nor the show, to some extent.

Beginning Nov. 28, Wheeler will be moving from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where he joins the “Dave Glover Show.”

As for “The Show,” Amy Marxkor and Chris Rongey will remain on the program from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The two will stick around with Wheeler, Glover, Rachel Zimmerman, and Andrew Stolze for their 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. hour.

“Now I get to hang with ALL of my friends!” Wheeler said on Twitter. “The high school friends (DGS) and the college friends (@AmyMarxkors and @ChrisRongey), which is sometimes weird at first, but everyone gets used to it.”

So if any listener is a fan of the current version of “The Show,” they will at least get one hour of the trio being together each day. 

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SiriusXM Wants to Grow Reach With New App Features

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

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If you consume any news media content on SiriusXM on their app, there will be changes as the company shifts its focus to streaming, not only car satellite (h/t Inside Radio). 

The new features on the app are “a clean, colorful, and easy-to-use interface with expanded personalization features, simplified navigation, a richer dark display that puts the focus on content and other enhancements.” 

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

“It’s a different product. It’s a different market where it’s younger, it’s more diverse,” Executive VP/CFO Sean Sullivan said in September. “I think we need to really continue to invest and refine our content strategy to serve a different market of consumers.”

CEO Jennifer Witz teased the upgrades coming to the app earlier this month while reporting the enterprise’s third-quarter earnings.

“While our streaming business is still at an early stage, we are investing in building out the experience and our capabilities in anticipation that it will become a much more significant part of our subscriber mix in the near future,” Witz explained. 

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Buck Sexton: Politics Shouldn’t Influence Celebrating Musical Artists 

In some cases, tickets are reportedly going for $20,000 each.

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Ticketmaster is under fire for an outage that prevented millions of Taylor Swift fans from buying tickets to her upcoming tour. 

Clay Travis and Buck Sexton reacted to the issue during their nationally syndicated show Thursday. In some cases, tickets are reportedly going for $20,000 each. 

“She’s got a catalog of songs and she’s only 30 years old,” said Travis. “She might become the wealthiest musician in the history of music. She writes and controls much of her own catalog.”
Travis stated that Swift’s fans are still very young and they’re going to be watching her in concert for the next 30 years. 

“Almost half of our audience is female,” Sexton said. “What percentage of them like Taylor Swift? When I say like, I mean listen to Taylor Swift, I bet it’s high.” 

Sexton praised Swift for her “catchy” songs but said that he had never been to a Swift concert before. Sexton added that he would not let Swift’s politics, which are notoriously left-leaning, get in the way of enjoying her music. 

“I am willing to celebrate the artistry of somebody. If you’re not going to listen to somebody because of their politics, unfortunately, you’re going to miss out on 95 percent of what’s out there right now.”

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