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iHeartMedia Reveals Nominations For 2022 Podcast Awards

There are three prominent nominees for the Podcast of the Year category for those in the news media world; former late-night host Conan O’Brien, The New York Times, and NPR.

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iHeartMedia has announced its nominations for the 2022 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards in Los Angeles. The fourth annual event will be celebrating the most innovative talent and content creators in the industry.

There are three prominent nominees for the Podcast of the Year category for those in the news media world; former late-night host Conan O’Brien, The New York Times, and NPR.

O’Brien has left the late-night scene, but the former “Conan” host still has various projects going on, one being a podcast called “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” and is likely a favorite to win since O’Brien won the podcast award for Best Overall Host last year. 

Meanwhile, “The Daily,” a podcast produced by The New York Times and hosted by Michael Barbaro discussing the most significant news story of the day, is one of the candidates challenging O’Brien. Finally, NPR’s “Louder Than A Riot,” a podcast revealing the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration, hopes to take the award home. 

“We are excited to be back live for year four of the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards to recognize all the amazing content and talent that the podcasting medium has produced this past year,” Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia’s Digital Audio Group, said.

“Podcast listening has continued to soar across the U.S., seeing a nearly 60% increase in monthly listeners since our first awards show was announced in 2018, filling this industry with more diversity and innovation than ever before. We look forward to honoring these major advancements in-person during the 2022 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards this January.”

When it comes to the Best News Podcast category, these are the nominations for the award:

  • “Pod Save America” (Crooked Media)
  • “The Daily” (The New York Times)
  • “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)
  • “Today, Explained” (Vox)
  • “Up First” (NPR)

The event will take place on January 13 at the iHeart Radio Theatre. 

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Jack Dorsey: It Was My Decision to Resign as Twitter CEO

Dorsey’s resignation takes effect immediately and he’ll be replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey abruptly resigned from the company citing his belief that the company is ready to move on from its founders. 

According to CNBC, Dorsey’s resignation takes effect immediately and he’ll be replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal.

“My trust in Parag as Twitter’s CEO is deep. His work over the past 10 years has been transformational,” Dorsey tweeted. “I’m deeply grateful for his skill, heart, and soul. It’s his time to lead.”

Dorsey founded Twitter and was forced out as CEO in 2008. He returned as CEO in 2015 when Dick Costolo departed.

“I want you all to know that this was my decision and I own it,” he tweeted. “It was a tough one for me, of course. I love this service and company, and all of you so much. I’m really sad, yet really happy. There aren’t many companies that get to this level.”

Dorsey plans to remain on Twitter’s board for the next six months or so to help with the transition before fully departing the company.

Twitter missed Wall Street expectations on revenue and earnings per share last quarter. 

In September, the company agreed to pay $809.5 million to settle a class-action suit, in which investors accused the company of providing misleading numbers about engagement.

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NY Daily News Announces Andrew Julien as Its Executive Editor

Since September, Julien had been supervising the Daily News editorial department following ousting of editor-in-chief Robert York in a surprise shakeup. 

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The New York Daily News has some new leadership as the New York Post relayed the announcement that Andrew Julien is the new executive editor of the newspaper. 

Since September, Julien had been supervising the Daily News editorial department following ousting of editor-in-chief Robert York in a surprise shakeup. 

“I am honored, humbled, and thrilled,” Julien said. “The New York Daily News is a vital and vibrant part of the media landscape that hums each day with stories and photographs that engage and inform readers in the city and across the nation.”

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the chance to see up close the passion and commitment of our journalists, and it’s clear that everyone in the organization is deeply committed to our mission. We will continue to honor that commitment as we seek new readers — both in print and online. On a personal note, it’s great to be heading back to the city where I grew up.”

Before taking over this role, where it would see Julien relocate to New York, he served as editor in chief and publisher of Daily News sibling newspaper The Hartford Courant, where he’s been for the past three decades.

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Kevin Kietzman Examines Deal Done by Chiefs, Car Crash Victim’s Family

Five-year-old Ariel Young was injured when Britt Reid, son of head coach Andy Reid, smashed into her family’s car.

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newsletter and podcast from award-winning journalist Kevin Kietzman examine the motives behind a recent deal struck between the Kansas City Chiefs and the family of a baby who was injured in a vehicle collision involving one of its former coaches. 

Five-year-old Ariel Young was injured when Britt Reid, son of head coach Andy Reid, smashed into her family’s car. Reid later told police that he had 2-3 drinks and used Adderall that same day. 

Under the terms of the deal, the team has reportedly agreed to cover all of the girl’s medical bills and provide long-term financial compensation. 

“Would your former employer ever do this for you?” Kietzman asked. “Why did the Chiefs release the information on a Friday afternoon when nobody was looking and why did they release the information just one day after owner Clark Hunt had his only once per season news conference?” 

Kietzman criticized the media for not asking questions and accused the team of striking the deal to cover Andy Reid and team President Mark Donovan individually. 

“You see, these guys won a Super Bowl and didn’t call the NFL commissioner dirty names in private emails,” said Kietzman. “No, they almost certainly broke about a million NFL and team rules and regulations and threw a rager for the coaches prior to the Super Bowl as a perk.” 

Kietzman added that the NFL considers words more detrimental to the league’s image than actions.  

“Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft gets popped in Florida at a massage parlor, prostitution ring,” he added. “No biggie, it just goes away.  It’s not like he wrote an email to somebody that the NFL has lost its mind catering to the woke culture America is now rejecting at every turn.”

In 2019, Keitzman was let go from Sports Radio 810 WHB after critical comments he made on-air about Britt Reid. 

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