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Will Dahlberg New GM For WBHM

“I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities.”

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WBHM, the news/talk station owned by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has named Will Dahlberg as its new Executive Director and General Manager.

“Working at WBHM for the past decade has been the highlight of my professional career, and I am honored to serve as executive director,” Dahlberg said. “I appreciate the search committee’s confidence in my abilities to lead this amazing station and the talented and diverse team that works hard to serve our community. I am so grateful to the amazing WBHM team for their time, support and patience during my time as interim and throughout this search. I am also grateful to the many people at UAB who continue to support WBHM’s important mission.”

He also added how important WBHM has been, and will continue to be to the greater Birmingham communitiy.

“WBHM has done an excellent job as a public radio station since 1976, but it is important that we continue to strive to do more,” Dahlberg continued. “I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities. As Birmingham evolves, so should its public radio station, and I can’t wait for us to do that together.”

Dahlberg has previously worked as the Deputy Director and Membership Manager for the station. He has been the interim executive director since mid-2021.

“Will has more than a decade of experience at WBHM in a range of roles, including 15 months as interim executive director, and his passion for public radio and the people it serves is evident in everything he does,” said UAB Chief Communications Officer Jim Bakken. “WBHM provides an invaluable service to the Birmingham community and beyond, and Will’s commitment and vision will lead the station in delivering on its mission.”

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Mike Gallagher: Media ‘Looked The Other Way’ In North Dakota Political Murder

“The police report was very specific over what the guy said. But now we suddenly don’t want to believe what the suspect himself said?”

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The murder of a politically conservative North Dakota teenager continues to be a talking point for conservative pundits, and radio host Mike Gallagher said the mainstream media has turned their attention away from the story.

“Jesse Watters did a great monologue yesterday pointing out the media looking the other way, and yes, the mainstream media has looked the other way and haven’t made a big deal over the man who was charged and released after running over an 18-year-old that the man driving the car called a Republican extremist,” Gallagher said.

He then added the phrase has been used to label conservatives and is now being used to draw harm on them.

“Does that sound familiar? The phrase Republican extremist? Because we’ve been hearing that phrase a lot lately. An awful lot. Coming from the President on down,” Gallagher said.

“And there I am, I’m watching TV yesterday and there’s my friend and colleague Hugh Hewitt, and he’s like ‘It was DUI, I don’t know that it was an attack’. Mark Davis in Dallas (said) ‘Let’s let the fact emerge and we wanna make sure we give the guy the benefit of the doubt’. Are you kidding? The police report was very specific over what the guy said. But now we suddenly don’t want to believe what the suspect himself said? Because we don’t wanna offend people in accusing somebody of a political crime? A political attack. Why would a Republican, why would a conservative, why would anybody be nervous about expecting accountability for a man who said he committed a political crime?”

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NPR Senior Vice President Nancy Barnes Leaving Network

According to Folkenflik’s report, Barnes and NPR Senior Vice President for Programming and Audience Development Anya Grundmann “often disagreed on which podcasts or innovations to pursue”.

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NPR Senior Vice President and Editorial Director Nancy Barnes is departing the network.

NPR’s David Folkenflik wrote a detailed article for the network’s website, sharing that Barnes revealed her departure on Friday. It appears Barnes took issue with the creation of a Chief Content Officer position that would be above her in the hierarchy of the organization.

“As many of you have noted to me and others, there is increasingly overlap between the News and Programming divisions,” Barnes wrote in a memo to the staff. “Now is the right time for me to pursue some other opportunities.”

According to Folkenflik’s report, Barnes and NPR Senior Vice President for Programming and Audience Development Anya Grundmann “often disagreed on which podcasts or innovations to pursue”.

Calling her exit bittersweet, Barnes said she will remain on the job until at least late November.

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Jesse Kelly: NFL, Nickelodeon Part of ‘Endless Filth’ on TV

Kelly said Friday that he tries to limit the amount of television that he watches with his family.

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Syndicated radio host Jesse Kelly said Friday that he tries to limit the amount of television that he watches with his family. 

“The Jesse Kelly Show” host described the “endless filth” across many networks and cable channels.  

“You can’t turn on kid’s Nickelodeon without seeing drag show stuff,” Kelly said. “We’ve played the audio for you before. There’s no escape.” 

Kelly said the trend extends to TV sports like football. 

“You can’t just sit down and watch an NFL game because they will talk about how to end racism. So, as a parent, if you’re looking for something to watch for your kids, it’s hard,” he said. 

Kelly said he relies on the cooking or travel channels to entertain his family. 

“Nature shows are all c**p now, which is a shame because the video couldn’t be cooler, all the HD cameras and the drone coverage. But no matter what nature show you watch it will devolve into something about stopping fossil fuels.”  

“I look around at what’s happened in our culture and the absolute insanity, and I am absolutely horrified at this communist takeover of our culture.” 

“The Jesse Kelly Show” is distributed by Premiere Networks and broadcast on more than 200 radio stations nationwide.  

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