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Clay Travis Blames Will Smith for the Attack on Dave Chappelle

Travis accused actor Will Smith of setting a disturbing “precedent” for free speech following his attack on Chris Rock

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Syndicated media personality Clay Travis accused actor Will Smith of setting a disturbing “precedent” for free speech following his attack on Chris Rock at the 94th annual Academy Awards.

According to Mediate, Travis joined Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends Wednesday to discuss how Smith’s actions may have emboldened a man to attack comedian Dave Chappelle Tuesday at the Hollywood Bowl.

“We don’t know if these are directly connected,” Travis said. “But oftentimes, what happens is a choice gets put out into the atmosphere,” Travis said.

The New York Post said the man who attacked Chappelle was identified as a “rapper” named Isaiah Bell who wrote a song about the comedian. Travis warned of “copy-cat” attacks in the wake of Tuesday night’s incident.

“It’s not uncommon for comedians to get heckled in the crowd, but someone who took the next step and decided to go on the stage and strike someone was certainly paramount in comedians’ minds with what Will Smith decided to do, with what the tens of millions of people saw happen there,” Travis said.

“I think comedy clubs everywhere should be considering what sort of security they have near the stage to try to protect performers,” he added.

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Two New Radio Stations Will Carry Vox’s “Today Explained”

“Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios.

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Vox Media’s flagship daily news podcast “Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios. The show is expanding, reaching other stations, including one in a marquee market. 

The company announced that “Today Explained” will now be adding two new stations to the roster, KCRW (Los Angeles) and WEKU (Eastern Kentucky). 

“The KCRW audience is curious, connected, and drawn to the most interesting stories – not just the most immediate,” Evan George, content director of news for KCRW, said. 

Today Explained fits our approach to newsy storytelling with heart. We’re also excited for KCRW listeners to hear some public media voices from around the country help tell the big story of the day without being limited to a four-minute segment.”

Los Angeles is the second-largest public radio market in the U.S., and for co-host Sean Rameswaram, an L.A. native, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Furthermore, the show frequently covers the state of California, whether it’s from politicians to policies pushed. 

Here are the radio stations carrying Vox’s daily news podcast:

  • KCRW (Santa Monica, CA)
  • WEKU (Richmond / Lexington, KY)
  • WEVO / New Hampshire Public Radio (Concord, NH)
  • WITF (Harrisburg, PA)
  • WVPS / Vermont Public Radio (Burlington)
  • WVXU / Cincinnati Public Radio (Cincinnati)
  • WHYY (Philadelphia)
  • WRKF (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • WWNO / New Orleans Public Radio (New Orleans)
  • WCBU (Peoria, IL)
  • WGLT (Normal, IL)
  • KOPB / Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland)
  • WUOM / Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
  • WUFT (Gainesville, FL)
  • WLPR / Lakeshore Public Media (Lowell, IN)

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NPR Appoints Sal LoCurto as Senior Director for Program Strategy

LoCurto has spent the past five years heading KPCC’s programming.

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NPR has found its newest Senior Director For Broadcast Programming Strategy as the company has hired 89.3 KPCC Pasadena/Los Angeles Program Director Sal LoCurto.

LoCurto has spent the past five years heading KPCC’s programming. In his new position, he will supervise the strategic focus of NPR’s non-newsmagazine broadcast programming and manage relationships with outer program producers.

“Among the valuable skills and experience Sal brings to NPR are a deep knowledge of broadcast best practices and the needs of our member stations,” the statement said relayed by Radio Insight.

“Under his leadership, KPCC experienced its highest-rated nine months in the station’s history. Sal also managed and coached key on-air talent, including A Martinez – who has since joined NPR – during his tenure at the station.”

The soon-to-be-former program director will join NPR on June 6th and is more than excited at the chance to work for the public radio station. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with our exceptional programming colleagues around the country and NPR’s production partners as we seek new ways to best serve audiences and fulfill our shared mission. I’m truly honored to join NPR’s team,” LoCurto said. 

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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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