Normally a radio host will have one “featured guest” during their time slot. Such was not the case for nationally syndicated host Todd Starnes. Thursday evening, an All-Star lineup of conservative voices from the world of media and politics appeared on The Todd Starnes Show, including Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, and many others. ]
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was also scheduled to appear, but could not, so Starnes filled that segment questioning whether the Coastal Pipeline shutdown was politically motivated.
Collectively, Cruz and Huckabee hit on many major conservative talking points such as criticizing the main stream media, President Joe Biden as well as liberal members of Congress, while also offering opinions on rising tensions in the Middle East.
“The media desperately wants to fan the flames of a Civil War among Republicans over Liz Cheney,” first guest Cruz said. “To be honest, Republicans are more unified now than they were just a few days ago. The only hope the Democrats have in 2022 is to create this notion of a Civil War when there is none. We are on a path to take the House and Senate.”
Second guest, former Arkansas governor and host of the TV program Mike Huckabee Today, Mike Huckabee, changed course to talk about tensions in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas.
“Hamas is firing rockets at Israel trying to kill women and children,” Huckabee said, When Israel defends itself, Hamas places children in front of their soldiers so they can claim that Israel is killing children. No civilized people do that. But you got Senators and other liberals on Capitol Hill acting like the press secretary for Hamas. There was no uprising when Trump was in office because they were afraid of him, but Biden gets in and he is so soft. He sends 200 million dollars to Iran to build better streets and schools, but Iran is sending that money to Hamas to try and wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. It’s a disastrous policy by Biden. It’s taken just three months for all the progress Donald Trump made to literally go up in smoke under Joe Biden.”
In the final hour, looking for a segment to fill, Starnes pivoted to the gas shortage in the Eastern United States.
“I had heard some listeners’ opinions that this shutdown was caused by Biden to push an agenda and I didn’t think so,” Starnes said. “But then I hear Press Secretary Jen Psaki say, ‘if we all drove electric cars, this wouldn’t be a problem’. That gives me pause. I wonder if this will accelerate the move to electric cars which is something The Biden Administration wants. We will just have to wait and see.”
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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