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KOMO Newsradio Loses Legendary Call Letters

The station will rebrand as KNWN, for “Northwest News.”

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The end of an era in Seattle talk radio is fast approaching. Starting Wednesday, KOMO Newsradio will no longer possess the legendary call letters that it has for the past 95 years. 

According to the Seattle Times, the station will rebrand as KNWN, for “Northwest News.”

The change centers on a deal involving Sinclair Broadcast Group and Lotus Communications Corp. KOMO’s Program Director Rick Van Cise said it is a mere formality.“There won’t be any difference in the sound of the radio station. The personalities, the reporters are all staying the same.”

The deal between the two companies includes Lotus Broadcasting acquiring  “Newsradio” KOMO-AM and FM, “Star 101.5” KPLZ, and “Talk Radio” 570 KVI. 

Sinclair Broadcasting is primarily a television broadcast company that sold its radio stations to LA-based Lotus Broadcasting for $18 million. 

Locals reacted to the news on social media. “I could have come up with something a little catchier,” says Jason Remington, creator, and publisher of the website PugetSound.Media.

The station will continue to air news and weather produced by KOMO-TV

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WGN Radio Launches Documentary to Celebrate its 100th Anniversary

The 45-minute documentary produced by WGN Radio tells how the station launched 100 years ago on Thursday.

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WGN Radio is ready to kick off the celebrations for the radio station’s 100th anniversary as it will debut a feature, “100 Years of WGN Radio: A Retrospective,” Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm on WGN-TV.

The 45-minute documentary produced by WGN Radio tells how the station launched 100 years ago on Thursday. The story started in 1922 when Chicagoans Thorne Donnelley and Elliott Jenkins founded it as WDAP and highlighted moments throughout its century of history up to the present day.

“Celebrate WGN Radio’s 100th anniversary with a deep dive into the station’s origins and its journey to 2022. Experience the unforgettable events and emotional moments alongside familiar faces, both past, and present,” WGN said. 

Viewers will see the faces of familiar voices during the documentary, such as Bob Sirott, John Williams, Lou Manfredini, Steve King, Johnnie Putman, Dave Eanet, Mary Van De Velde, Dave Plier, and others. 

They will all be reflecting on their ventures at the station and sharing memorable moments. Furthermore, there will be a rebroadcast of the documentary for those who miss the initial airing on Sunday, May 22, at 2 pm CT.

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Report Says AM-FM Listening Is Up Over the Last 6 Months

According to the study, the greatest increase is among adults ages 25-44. The research also finds some people are cutting back on subscription audio or video services.

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A new study published Monday indicates that AM-FM radio listening has increased considerably over the last six months.

In a release obtained by Barrett News Media, communications researcher FMR Associates and audience engagement company Eastlan, said weekly AM-FM listening is up 31% as the pandemic comes to an end and many of the restrictions that kept people working from home have been lifted.

According to the study, the greatest increase is among adults ages 25-44. The research also finds some people are cutting back on subscription audio or video services.

Current weekly AM-FM Radio Listening is at 86% in the 25 to 64 age group. Cume listening, is classified as the estimated number of different people who listened to a station for a minimum of five minutes in a quarter-hour within a reported daypart,. is strong and consistent regardless of age, sex, or market rank. 

The study concludes that the pandemic took a bite out of the radio audience, but researchers said they are encouraged with the numbers that they are seeing as radio remains the predominant audio medium. 

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Megyn Kelly: People Need to Stop Blaming Tucker Carlson for Buffalo Shooting

“Why can’t we spend two f***ing minutes mourning the people who are dead and trying to understand that we have insane people in this country,”  Kelly said.

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SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly came to the defense of her former colleague Tucker Carlson after a barrage of social media criticisms after an alleged racist carried out a horrific mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket last weekend.

According to Mediate, “The Megyn Kelly Show” host refused to name the shooter on her show Monday, consistent with her longstanding policy when these types of incidents are carried out.

“He’s pleaded not guilty, but he also left behind a trove of information, including a 180-page manifesto filled with racist and antisemitic commentary,” Kelly said. “The shooter was White. Detailing how and why he picked his target.”

Kelly slammed critics who blame Fox News star Tucker Carlson for the shootings that left 10 people dead.

“Why can’t we spend two f***ing minutes mourning the people who are dead and trying to understand that we have insane people in this country. We have lunatics. It’s a huge country!”

Kelly added that people have to interject politics into everything these days. “There’s no question that doesn’t make it Tucker Carlson’s fault. Just stop it. Just stop it!” 

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