Radio host Mike Trivisonno did not mince words on Monday as he claimed that yes, America was a racist country, but that racism was not based on the color of your skin but the amount of green in your wallet.
“I read an article online that said America was racist because people of color could not afford good, high priced lawyers,” Trivisonno said on Monday’s edition of The Mike Trivisonno Show, heard on Cleveland’s WTAM. “Really? Tell that to O.J. Simpson. I’ve got news for you. A lot of White people can’t afford good lawyers either. The color that matters most in America is not White, Black, Brown or anything else. It’s green.”
Trivisonno did not specifically say which article he was referring to, but a study by the ACLU did find that a majority of people who used public defenders were minorities. The percentage was consistently over 50 percent and as high as 77 percent in Georgia, with high marks in other Southern states as well.
But Trivisonno doesn’t seem to put much stock in those types of statistics.
“Are you telling me that if LeBron James’ or Michael Jordan’s kids got in trouble, lawyers would refuse to take the case because they are Black? No, they would jump at the chance. It has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with money.”
Trivisonno claims that the media has unfairly overemphasized racial issues for better ratings.
“The old rule was, give an update on the weather every five minutes. Well, racism is the new weather. You hear stories or read articles like this every day trying to make everything about racism. It may be an equality issue. Not everyone has the same amount of money, but it’s not a racial one.”
Trivisonno closes the segment with the assessment that equality issues are prevalent everywhere in America, for people of every race.
“Look at the NFL Draft,” he said. “Tens of thousands of people descended on Cleveland, many with no masks. Nobody said anything. Yet local bar owners are fined or shut down because they are over capacity. Are you kidding me? Why? Because the NFL has money and the bar owners (comparatively) don’t. They can’t fight it. The hypocrisy is real.”
Dennis Glasgow Joins News Talk Station 104.7 WONK-FM
Glasgow had spent the past few years programming 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, North Carolina.
An accomplished sports radio programmer is making the move into News/Talk. Dennis Glasgow made the announcement on social media Wednesday, confirming that he had accepted an opportunity to program Washington D.C. news/talk station 104.7 WONK FM.
Glasgow had spent the past few years programming 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, North Carolina. His position was eliminated last year though during the pandemic. Prior to his tune in Raleigh, Glasgow programmed 1080 The Fan in Portland, and ESPN 980 in the nation’s capital.
“I know that it has been a very difficult year for many families, including ours,” Glasgow wrote. “But the good news is that I have a new gig (as of now) and will be working and living in Washington DC as Program Director for iHeartMedia at WONK FM.”
104.7 WONK FM first launched two years ago. At the time the iHeartmedia station billed itself as a “news and talk station serving thought leaders, influencers and stakeholders inside the Washington D.C. beltway.”
The challenge awaiting Glasgow is a big one. DC is a market that has been dominated by Hubbard’s all-news station WTOP which registered a 9.2 share in the last Nielsen ratings book. Cumulus news talker 105.9 WMAL has also been a healthy format competitor in the market.
The NAB Cancels 2021 Show
Chris Brown, the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Global Connections and Events at the National Association of Broadcasters informed the broadcasting community on Wednesday that the 2021 NAB Show in Las Vegas has been cancelled. Brown’s statement indicated that the Covid-19 pandemic and surging Delta variant have been it too difficult to move forward with the industry’s largest conference.
“For more than a year we have worked tirelessly to bring our industry together safely in Las Vegas at NAB Show. Unfortunately, the pandemic and surge of the Delta variant has presented unexpected and insurmountable challenges for our global community.
As we have always kept the best interest and safety of the industry as our priority, it has become apparent in the face of these challenges that we can no longer effectively host NAB Show or our co-located events, the Radio Show and Sales and Management Television Exchange, in person.
NAB Show is the premiere destination for the media and entertainment industry and we will not move forward with a show that delivers anything less than the excellence our community has come to expect and deserves from us.
While we are disappointed that we will not be together again in person next month, we look forward to converging at the 2022 NAB Show, April 23-27, 2022, to reignite our passion for our business and focus on a bright future ahead.
The NAB announced that further details regarding virtual options for the 2021 event will be passed along shortly. Regardless, it’s a blow to the media industry, one which enjoys coming together annually to support the show.
Audacy and Cumulus Announce Content Distribution Partnership
All of Cumulus Media’s 413 radio stations and podcast portfolio will now be distributed through the Audacy digital platform.
The two media entities sent out a press release on Wednesday morning announcing their latest partnership.
Cumulus Media’s Senior Vice President of Digital Operations and Business Development, Larry Liniesky commented:
“We’re delighted with this opportunity to expand listeners’ ability to discover and connect with our stations and podcasts through the Audacy app. This partnership is in sync with our strategy of distributing our content through multiple platforms to make it available anywhere and anytime people want to enjoy it.”
Audacy’s Vice President of Business Development, Corey Podolsky added:
“The addition of Cumulus’s expansive portfolio of leading radio stations enhances and bolsters Audacy’s position as the fastest growing digital platform for radio listeners. Audacy looks forward to building on this initial partnership with Cumulus and will continue to develop new and innovative ways to super serve our listeners.”
As more details and information about this partnership become available we’ll update it on the site.
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