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Bruce Collins Named Program Director of WBAP & KLIF

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WBAP 820 AM and News & Information KLIF 570 AM in Dallas have named Bruce Collins as their new Program Director. Collins fills the vacated seat left behind by Kevin Graham who recently moved to San Francisco to program KNBR.

“I cannot thank (Regional Vice President of Cumulus Media) Dan Bennett enough for the opportunity to program two heritage stations like WBAP and KLIF,” Collins said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the entire Cumulus Dallas/Fort Worth staff and producing stimulating, thought provoking, informative, entertaining content each and every day.”

Regarding his new hire, Bennett added: “After a nationwide search, Bruce Collins’ history of winning in News/Talk in Portland made him the obvious choice to lead our talented team in Dallas. His perceptions and analysis of our brands convinced me he should be our next programming leader.”

Collins recently worked for Alpha Media in Portland where he led the market’s top rated talk brand FM News 101 KXL. He was also responsible for providing programming oversight for Freedom 970/KUFO-FM, 750/102.9 The Game/KXTG, and the Radio Northwest Network.

Prior to moving to Oregon, Collins spent time running iHeartMedia’s 1150 WJBO and 1210 The Score in Baton Rouge. He has also programmed stations in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Nashville and Oklahoma City.

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Former KABC Talk Host Michael Jackson Dies at 87

Jackson’s radio career spanned five decades; 32 of those years were spent at KABC (1966-1998).

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One of the pioneers in the Los Angeles talk radio scene has passed away. Michael Jackson, a longtime fixture at KABC Los Angeles (790), died at 87-years-old on Saturday in his LA home, a spokesperson said

“The world knew and adored our Michael Jackson. But Michael’s home was California, Los Angeles, America. For that, we are grateful,” former California Senator Barbara Boxer in a statement.

Jackson’s radio career spanned five decades; 32 of those years were spent at KABC (1966-1998) and syndicated on the ABC Radio Network for nearly a decade. During his time at KABC radio, Jackson had interviewed hundreds of public figures from politicians, actors, musicians, etc. 

“It was a testament to Michael, that so many of the guests and celebrities preferred to actually come in studio, rather than do phoners,” said Lyle Gregory, Jackson’s Show Producer of 30 years. 

“With his British accent and boyhood charm, Michael made people comfortable, they opened up. That was his gift. Michael molded an interview into conversation, news and information. Like two people sitting at a kitchen table talking. A table, an open window, where millions tuned in daily across the nation, so many of them referring to Michael as their personal University.”

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Jason Rantz, Chris Stigall Talk Crime Increase in Their Cities

Rantz and Stigall joined Fox News’ Dan Bongino over the weekend on his show “Unfiltered.” 

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A pair of conservative radio hosts are speaking out about significant increases in crime in their respective cities. 

Jason Rantz of AM 770 KTTH in Seattle and Chris Stigall with 990 The Answer in Philadelphia and KCMO in Kansas City, joined Fox News’ Dan Bongino over the weekend on his show “Unfiltered.” 

Stigall told Bongino that the crime problem in Philadelphia stems from District Attorney Larry Krasner’s propensity to reduce jail time for people convicted of serious crimes. 

“The criminals in Philadelphia who I suppose largely are the Democrats too, they know Larry Krasner as “let ‘em loose Larry,” said Stigall. “The crime infestation has been huge; you’ve had businesses burned and looted.” 

Rantz said people who commit serious crimes need to be punished accordingly. 

“Laws no longer apply anywhere,” Rantz said jokingly. “It’s not like conservatives are saying every single crime that’s committed by every single person deserves life in prison, nobody is taking that position.” 

Several cities in the U.S. including Philadelphia established new records for murders in 2021.

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Dan Bongino: YouTube Is a Free-Speech Hating Platform

Bongino appeared on Fox & Friends Saturday to discuss the suspension, which the platform said was temporary. 

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YouTube suspended and demonetized conservative talk show host Dan Bongino’s account after he questioned the efficacy of masks Friday. 

Bongino appeared on Fox & Friends Saturday to discuss the suspension, which the platform said was temporary. 

“The suspension is over in seven days,” Bongino said. “In seven days, I am going back to YouTube and I am going to repost the exact same content questioning the efficacy of masks.” 

Bongino tweeted his response to YouTube which includes an email to someone named “Coco.” 

“We knew it was a matter of time before the tyrannical, free-speech hating, bulls**t, big tech s**t hole you work for, would try to silence us,” Bongino wrote. 

Many conservative pundits think that Big Tech is unfairly targeting them. Last year, YouTube removed and demonetized conservative commentator Steven Crowder’s account for making claims that the 2020 election was stolen. Crowder eventually filed suit against the platform. 

Bongino, an investor in social media platform Rumble, said he plans to post his content there while he awaits the end of his YouTube suspension. He told YouTube he plans to post the same content that earned him a suspension when he is reinstated. 

Last week, during his nationally syndicated radio show, Bongino berated Cumulus Media CEO Mary Berner for firing employees for not adhering to the company’s vaccine mandates. Bongino’s show is distributed by Westwood One which is owned by Cumulus Media.

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