Thursday, January 18, 2018

Winter Olympics: NBC Picks Katie Over Megyn

Katie Couric
NBC announced it would bring back Katie Couric to co-host the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics, a surprise move following the network’s announcement that new NBC News star Megyn Kelly wouldn’t travel to South Korea for the Pyeongchang Games.

“The announcement certainly raised my eyebrow,” Mediaite columnist Joseph A. Wulfsohn told Fox News. “I think it’s ideal for any network to rely on in-house talent, but NBC has faced lots of inner turmoil in recent months.”

Couric will work alongside Mike Tirico, who is replacing Bob Costas as prime-time host of the games, for the opening ceremony on Feb. 9. She has hosted three previous opening ceremonies with Costas, with the most recent dating back to 2004.

NBC passing over Kelly has not gone unnoticed in the halls of Rockefeller Center. An industry insider who did not want to be named because of a relationship with NBC said the move is “definitely a slap in the face to Megyn.”

Megyn Kelly
“It was already bad enough that they weren't sending the star they're paying $23 million a year to Pyeonchang. But now they're bringing in a nonemployee to fill a vacancy,” the insider told Fox News. “Yeah, one wonders what's up with that and how Kelly feels about all of this.”

NBC traditionally sends its entire panoply of news stars to the games, and true to form, both the “Today” show and “Nightly News” will broadcast live from Pyeongchang for the duration of the competition, focusing their news programs almost entirely on Olympics coverage.

NBC News stars heading to South Korea include Guthrie, Kotb, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Craig Melvin, Lester Holt and Dylan Dreyer. NBC News is also sending at least eight on-air correspondents including legendary foreign correspondent Richard Engel, and even NBCNews.com is sending a correspondent, Eric Ortiz, to report for an exclusive SnapChat show.

During the Olympics, “Today” will broadcast from South Korea from the legendary “Portable Olympic Pavilion,” which has been used in multiple previous games.

Fake News Awards: CNN Gets 4 Of 11


The eagerly awaited Fake News Awards are in, with The New York Times heading the list.

First place in Trump’s touted awards went to the Times’ Paul Krugman, who “claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover,” according to the list of awards posted on the RNC’s website.

ABC News placed second for Brian Ross’ error that caused a brief stock market crash, and CNN placed third, sixth, seventh and ninth.

President Trump announced in a tweet Wednesday night that the winners have been chosen.



Trump's Fake News Awards 'winners' are:
  1. "The New York Times' Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover." Mr Trump frequently takes credit for what he calls a booming economy.
  2. "ABC News' Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report". Ross incorrectly reported in early December last year that during the 2016 presidential campaign, the president had told Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election. Ross later read a “clarification”, saying Mr Trump had actually asked Mr Flynn to make contact with Russia after the election, when he was president-elect.
  3. "CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks". In December 2017, CNN corrected an exclusive report that said Mr Trump, when he was a candidate, and his son Donald Trump Jr. had received an email providing a web address and decryption key allowing them to access hacked documents from WikiLeaks before such documents were publicly available. The story said the email was sent to the Trumps on September 4, 2016. It was corrected to say the email was actually sent on September 14, a day after WikiLeaks made the documents public.
  4. "TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office". Time said at the time: "On the evening of January 20 (2017) TIME White House correspondent Zeke Miller incorrectly reported that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office. Zeke quickly issued a correction."
  5. "Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in." The Washington Post reporter apologised for his “bad tweet” in early December after Mr Trump called him out by name. “It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post,” the reporter, Dave Weigel, tweeted. “I deleted it after like 20 minutes. Very fair to call me out.”
  6. "CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding". The Washington Post noted that CNN and others did "hyperventilate over President Trump’s perfectly fine fish-feeding" in Japan in November.
  7. "CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a 'significant breakdown in process.'" Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, resigned in June 2017 after the publication of the Russia-related article that was retracted. The story reported that Congress was investigating a "Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials," and cited a single anonymous source.
  8. "Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand". In July 2017, Mr Trump shook hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda and then appeared set to shake hands with his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, who went to shake Melania Trump's hand first. According to Duda, his wife shook the president's hand afterwards.
  9. "CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation". CNN later corrected a story and headline in June 2017 to reflect that Comey did not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation.
  10. "The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report". The Times issued a correction in August 2017: "While it was not widely publicized, the report was uploaded by the nonprofit Internet Archive in January."
  11. "And last, but not least: "RUSSIA COLLUSION!" Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!" There are currently four separate investigations into the Trump campaign's links with Russia.
Critics have seen the "awards" as another attempt by Mr Trump to undermine the free press and shout down broadcasters and newspapers who have broken revelations about him.

However, The Telegraph notes,  supporters see it as a tongue-in-cheek attempt to call out inaccurate reporting and challenge a media landscape that they believe is tilted against his presidency. 

Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday: "Despite some very corrupt and dishonest media coverage, there are many great reporters I respect and lots of GOOD NEWS for the American people to be proud of!"

Americans Have Little Confidence In Political Institutions

Trust in the institutions that have been the pillars of U.S. politics and capitalism is crumbling.

That is one finding from the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, which shows that Americans have limited confidence in its public schools, courts, organized labor and banks — and even less confidence in big business, the presidency, the political parties and the media.

The only institution that Americans have overwhelming faith in is the military — 87 percent say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military. That is a striking change from the 1970s during and after the Vietnam War.

In 1977, according to Gallup, 57 percent had that level of confidence in the military, 30 points lower. There have been some big changes in the last 40 years, including the draft being abolished and fewer and fewer Americans knowing someone serving in the military.

Particularly worrisome for the media is that a majority of Republicans, a 53 percent, have no confidence in them at all. Combined with those who said not very much confidence, 90 percent of Republicans expressed a lack of confidence in the media.

Forty-two percent of Democrats felt the same, as did three-quarters of independents. Fairness and objectivity are tenets and pillars of a free press, but those have been eroded in the eyes of many Americans.

At the same time, however, a solid majority said they trust their favorite news source more than President Trump by a 29-point margin, 58 percent to 29 percent. That included 85 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents. However, 63 percent of Republicans still trust the president more.

Trump has taken on the media, calling it "fake news" and even attacked the conservative media juggernaut Fox News Channel.

Media Meltdown After Hearing Trump Is Healthy

Presidential physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said that President Donald Trump’s "overall health is excellent.”

This is clearly not what many liberal reporters wanted to hear, reports mrctv.org.

The flurry of questions reporters asked about President Trump’s physical examination results reveal so much about their agenda.

They also create moments of absolute hilarity.

S-F Radio: Jennifer Seelig Named PD At KCBS

Jennifer Seelig
Entercom announced Wednesday that Jennifer Seelig has been elevated to Director of News and Programming for All News simulcast KCBS AM/KFRC FM in San Francisco.

“I’m incredibly excited that Jennifer will be leading KCBS’s strong team and very important brand. KCBS has a legacy of success serving our community and I’m certain that with Jennifer’s talent and direction, we will take it to the next level,” Susan Larkin, Entercom’s Regional President and Market Manager in San Francisco.

“I am honored to lead the KCBS team of award-winning journalists,” said Seelig. “KCBS is justly celebrated for its incisive news stories and coverage. The station has always provided timely news to the public and we will continue and enhance that tradition. We are committed to providing the best news product to both our on-air listeners and digital audience.”

Seelig has been with KCBS All News since 2001, most recently as Acting News Director and prior to that, as Assistant News Director. Seelig is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in Political Science.

Portland ME Radio: Crash Poteet To Program Country WPOR

Crash Poteet
Saga Communications has announced that Crash Poteet as Brand Manager/Program Director for Country WPOR 101.9 FM

Poteet will also handle afternoon drive duties to fill the vacant rule created when Mark Jennings left in September.

"I'm beyond excited to join the WPOR team and its legendary bran," said Poteet. "Thanks to Saga for allowing me the opportunity to share in the 'POR passion for creating fun and compelling Country radio. I can’t wait to get started." Added Portland Radio Group GM Bob Adams, "WPOR is one of our most important brands, and we are thrilled to have somebody with level of experience leading the team."

WPOR 101.9 FM (32 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Poteet was most recently PD for West Virginia Radio Corp. at WKWS, 96.1 The Wolf/Charleston before leaving in 2016.  Previous programming jobs include KSCS/Dllas, iHeartMedia Country WTST, 101.9 Teh Twister/Oklahoma City, and Scripps Media Country KVOO/Tulsa.

Peoria Radio: PD, Morning Host Marc Alghini EXITS WWCT

Marc Alghini
Marc Alghini, the program director and morning host at Rock WWCT 99.9 FM, was not heard on his customary early morning time slot Wednesday after departing from the radio station. Alghini did not comment beyond saying that the separation was mutual over “philosophical differences.”

Mike Rea, general manager of Advanced Media Partners, which runs several radio stations in Peoria, also declined to comment on Alghini’s departure apart from confirming that he was no longer with the station, reports The Star-Journal.

Chris Watters has stepped in as the interim morning host alongside Roxy Baker, who co-hosted with Alghini for the last several years.

Under Alghini’s tenure as program director, WWCT billed its programming as “world class rock,” broadcasting rock tunes from the past and present while showcasing up-and-comers. It also initiated a variety of unique live performances around the Peoria area, including intimate shows at bars such as The Fieldhouse, Pour Bros. and W.E. Sullivan’s as well as multi-act bills for the annual Snowball concert in the winter.

Alghini arrived in Peoria in the summer of 2013 after a stint at Chicago’s renowned rock station WXRT.

Rea said that the search for Alghini’s replacement as the program director is already underway.

Philly Radio: Mark & Denise Move To WWDB


The “Mark & Denise in the Mornings” show launched this week on WWDB 860 AM.

The show will broadcast live Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m according to a press release from the show’s co-host Rev. Mark "The AME" Tyler.

The Philadelphia Tribune reports Tyler and Denise Clay announced their departures from WURD 990 AM in late December. Both issued online statements after the station terminated their three-month contract.

The duo were contracted to replace Solomon Jones, who left WURD after three years to go to Praise 107.9 last October. According to WURD Radio President/CEO Sara Lomax-Reese, station management and the co-hosts had different programing ideas and when the morning show was not a success, decided to not renew their contract.

“There were just some challenges,” said Lomax-Reese. “We typically had not had teams as our hosts, and had typically had individuals as our hosts. This was an experiment and something that we intentionally looked at doing for a three-month period. At the end of the day, both sides really felt it wasn’t working.”

WWDB 860 AM (10 Kw, DA)
Award-winning journalist and online content producer Christopher Norris  served as “Wake Up with WURD” principal back-up and is now its interim morning host.

Cumulus Bankruptcy: iHM Files Claims

iHeartMedia Inc. last week filed a claim in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking nearly $186,000 from Cumulus Media for services provided by some of its radio stations and Premiere Networks, reports RadioWorld.

Cumulus Media entered a prearranged bankruptcy proceeding last November with hopes the voluntary Chapter 11 court-supervised filing will trim its debt by just over $1 billion.

iHeartMedia says Cumulus owes it for commercial spots placed by Westwood One Radio Network, which is owned by Cumulus, on a number of iHeartMedia radio stations, including WYNR(FM), WHFX(FM) and WQGA(FM) in Brunswick, Ga., according to filings in the docket summary for the bankruptcy proceeding. iHeartMedia also seeks payment for spots Westwood One placed on iHeartMedia stations in Houston and Dallas.

In addition, Premiere Networks, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of iHeartMedia, seeks “ratings bonus money” for its “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” which is distributed by Premiere but carried on some Cumulus radio stations, including WRBO(FM) in Memphis, Tenn., and WMGU(FM) in Fayetteville, N.C. Premiere seeks $25,000 and $3,250 respectively from the stations.

According to court records Premiere also wants $5,000 in “ratings bonus money” for its “Brooke & Jubal in the Morning” show, which airs on Cumulus-owned KKMG(FM) in Pueblo, Colo.

The unsecured claim filing by iHeartMedia joins nearly 100 other claims against Cumulus, which was carrying $2.3 billion in debt prior to the November 2017 filing. Cumulus hopes to emerge from Chapter 11 by late May.

Cumulus has a key court date set for Feb. 1, when Judge Shelly C. Chapman will preside over a disclosure statement hearing to determine the possible approval of the Cumulus disclosure statement.

Apple To Pay Huge Tax Bill, Hire 20K

Apple Inc will open a new campus as part of a five-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

According to Reuters, the company has been under increasing pressure to make U.S. investments since the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump targeted the iPhone maker for making products in Asian factories.

While Apple has announced no plans to change that practice and experts say it would be economically impractical to make iPhones in the United States, the company has begun to emphasize its U.S. economic impact, from developers who sell software on its App Store to the tens of billions of dollars per year it spends with U.S. suppliers.

Between the spending plan, hiring 20,000 people, tax payments and business with U.S.-based suppliers, Apple on Wednesday estimated it would spend $350 billion in the United States over the next five years.

It did not, however, say how much of the plan was new or how much of its $252.3 billion in cash abroad - the largest of any U.S. corporation - it would bring home. In addition to the $38 billion in taxes it must pay, Apple has run up $97 billion in U.S.-issued debt to pay for previous share buybacks and dividends.

Trump described the move by Apple as a victory for his efforts.

Report: Merger Talk Unsettling For Les Moonves


Shari Redstone is advocating for new blood on the board of CBS Corp. as she renews her push to merge the company with Viacom Inc., according to The Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter.

CBS is planning to propose replacing several of its board members at its annual meeting in May, and Redstone is already gathering names of possible candidates, people familiar with the matter said.

Shari Redstone
Ms. Redstone, vice chairman of CBS and Viacom, is also dissatisfied with current succession planning at CBS and has suggested there is a general lack of long-range strategic planning at the company, these people said.

Earlier this month, Redstone reached out to CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves to jump-start talks about merging CBS and Viacom—potentially as soon as this quarter, the people said.

Moonves has resisted the idea in the past and still has concerns, people familiar with the matter said.

Redstone and her father, Sumner Redstone, the 94-year-old media mogul, control CBS and Viacom, with a roughly 80% voting stake in each, through their National Amusements Inc. holding company.

She reluctantly pulled the plug on an earlier exploration of a CBS-Viacom combination in late 2016, but she has never stopped believing that the deal made sense, the people said. CBS and Viacom had been part of the same company until Mr. Redstone split them in 2006.

Redstone saw the recent wave of consolidation in the media industry—particularly 21st Century Fox ’s agreement to sell most of its assets to Walt Disney Co. —as a clear sign that bulking up is more urgent than ever, the people said.

‘Today’ Changes Show’s Top Producer

Don Nash

Seven weeks after Matt Lauer was ousted from NBC’s “Today” amid allegations of sexual misconduct, there has been another shake-up at the morning show.

Libby Leist
The NYTimes reports NBC said on Wednesday that Don Nash, the show’s executive producer since 2012, would leave and would be succeeded by Libby Leist, a veteran “Today” producer with deep ties to Washington and a strong working relationship with Savannah Guthrie, a co-anchor. The move makes Leist the first woman to hold the top producing job for the show’s first two hours.

“Today” has surged in the ratings since Lauer’s firing, beating ABC’s “Good Morning America” for seven straight weeks, its longest such streak in nearly six years. Some people in the television industry have asked whether the NBC show’s rise reflects early interest in the post-Lauer era at “Today” — Hoda Kotb was named as his permanent replacement this month — or whether it signals a long-term shift. Even NBC officials have been caught off guard by the strong viewership figures.

The ratings improvement makes Nash’s departure something of a surprise, although changes in show anchors are often accompanied by changes at the executive producer level. Mr. Nash had a close working relationship with Lauer.

Shortly before Nash’s departure was announced, the former “Today” anchor Ann Curry appeared on “CBS This Morning” and discussed the issue of harassment at her former professional home. Curry left the show in 2012, a messy departure that some attributed to Lauer.

Reports: Rupert Murdoch Suffers Back Injury


Rupert Murdoch reportedly suffered a back injury in a recent sailing accident, according to an internal note from the media mogul, which was provided to the Associated Press.

According to The Guardian, the 86-year-old sent the note last week to senior executives at his companies, 21st Century Fox and News Corp, saying he would be working from home for weeks because of the injury, according to a person with knowledge of the email who was not authorized to share the note.

Murdoch, 86, was reportedly in the Caribbean on his son Lachlan’s yacht around the beginning of the year when the injury occurred, and taken from the boat to a hospital by helicopter.

The News Corp billionaire’s injury was first reported in Vanity Fair, which described an email from Murdoch sent to senior executives at the company.

“I hope you all are having a great start to 2018. I suspect it has been better than mine,” he wrote, according to the magazine’s source.

“I am writing to tell you that last week I had a sailing accident and suffered a painful back injury. While I am well on the road to recovery, I have to work from home for some weeks. In the meantime, you’ll be hearing from me by email, phone and text!”

D/FW Radio: Cumulus Media Raises $1.6M+ For Charities

Cumulus Media announces that its Dallas radio station group raised a total of $1,637,200 for Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex charities during the 2017 calendar year.

Cumulus Media operates seven popular radio stations serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, incuding: 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM; WBAP-AM NewsTalk 820; Sportsradio 1310/96.7 FM The Ticket; Hot 93.3/KLIF-FM; New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM; KLIF 570 AM; and ESPN 103.3/KESN-FM.

Among the many local non-profit organizations that received funds generated by successful Cumulus Media-Dallas radio station promotions, radiothons, events and fund drives are:

Genesis Women’s Shelter
The Senior Source
Special Olympics Texas
MADD
2 Seam Dream Foundation
Austin Street Center for the Homeless
Red Cross-Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Cook Children’s Medical Center/Children’s Miracle Network
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Dallas DogRRR
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas
Denton State Supported Living Center
Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Center of Dallas
Charles Nash Elementary School of Fort Worth 

Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Media-Dallas/Houston, said: “Our seven Cumulus stations remain committed to helping our Dallas-Fort Worth community any way we can. I’m most proud of the outstanding effort of our employees that made this happen.”

BFofA To Honor Edward McLaughlin For Lifetime Achievement


Edward F. McLaughlin, the iconic broadcaster who discovered Rush Limbaugh, will be honored with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award dinner.

The gala, which is an annual fundraising event for the Broadcasters Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need, will be held on Monday, March 5 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. McLaughlin holds the prestigious title of Chairman Emeritus of the charitable organization.

“Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the charitable organization that I have believed in and supported for many years means a great deal to me,” stated McLaughlin. “I am grateful for the generosity of the broadcasters who make it possible for the Broadcasters Foundation to help our colleagues.”

Edward McLaughlin
“Ed is a visionary who took chances that led broadcasting into uncharted territory and tremendous success,” observed Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “His dedication and leadership of the Broadcasters Foundation helped advance our mission. It is with great pride that we honor his innovation and recognize his years of service.”

McLaughlin began in radio in 1958 as a salesman for an Oakland radio station. In 1964, ABC hired him as general sales manager for KGO/San Francisco, one of the area’s first news/talk stations.

McLaughlin left San Francisco for New York in 1972, to become president of the ABC Radio Networks. During his 14-year tenure as president, McLaughlin increased the number of ABC affiliates and purchased Watermark, the radio syndication company responsible for Casey Kasem’s American Top 40.

In 1987, McLaughlin founded EFM Radio, a production company devoted to talk radio. The following year, he produced The Rush Limbaugh Show, a daytime talk show centering on political issues, featuring an opinionated, up-and-coming commentator from Sacramento. By 1990, The Rush Limbaugh Show had become a fixture on over 200 stations and revived the struggling talk-radio genre.

As Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, he redefined its mission and set the organization on its current course. Throughout his career, McLaughlin has received numerous accolades, including Radio Ink’s Lifetime Leadership Award in 2010 and the National Association of Broadcasters’ National Radio Award in 1996. He was the first chairman of the Radio Network Association, a long-standing board member of the International Radio & Television Foundation, and a trustee of The Paley Center for Media. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.

McLaughlin joins Dick Clark. Bill Hoffman, and Charles Osgood as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. As previously announced, Emily Barr of Graham Media Group will receive the Broadcasters Foundation’s 2018 Golden Mike Award.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email info@thebfoa.org.

January 18 Radio History


➦In 1913...comedian/actor Danny Kaye was born David Daniel Kaminski in Brooklyn.

While most of his impact was on the big screen, he had his own radio show in the 1940’s, and his own TV show in the 60’s.  Surprisingly, he has only two appearances listed for the Ed Sullivan Show.  As a partner in Kaye/Smith Broadcasting he was a co-owner of KJR AM/FM in Seattle & KJRB, Spokane.

He died Mar 3, 1987 at age 74 after a heart attack.


➦In 1914...announcer/actor Rod O’Connor was born in Houston.

In Chicago he became announcer for both Don McNeill‘s Breakfast Club and The First Nighter Program. While serving in WWII he met comedian Red Skelton, who offered O’Connor an announcing gig on his Raleigh Cigarette Program in 1945.  He stayed on when Skelton went to television.  O’Connor also worked with some of the biggest names in radio including Art Linkletter, Dennis Day, Rudy VallĂ©e and Danny Thomas.

He died June 5 1964 at age 50 after losing a battle with cancer.




➦In 1929...Walter Winchell, the "New York Daily Mirror" columnist, began on Radio. He began his career in journalism by posting notes about his acting troupe on backstage bulletin boards. Joining the Vaudeville News in 1920, Winchell left the paper for the Evening Graphic in 1924, and in turn was hired on June 10, 1929 by the New York Daily Mirror where he finally became the author of what would be the first syndicated gossip column, entitled On-Broadway.

Walt Winchell
Using connections in the entertainment, social, and governmental realms, he would expose exciting or embarrassing information about celebrities in those industries. This caused him to become very feared, as a journalist, because he would routinely impact the lives of famous or powerful people, exposing alleged information and rumors about them, using this as ammunition to attack his enemies, and to blackmail influential people. He used this power, trading positive mention in his column (and later, his radio show) for more rumors and secrets.

He made his radio debut over WABC in New York, then a CBS affiliate, on May 12, 1930.

His newspaper column was syndicated in over 2,000 newspapers worldwide, and he was read by 50 million people a day from the 1920s until the early 1960s. His Sunday-night radio broadcast was heard by another 20 million people from 1930 to the late 1950s.


➦In 1948..."The Original Amateur Hour," hosted by Ted Mack, a spinoff of Major Bowes' popular radio series, debuted on the Dumont Television Network. Mack had been Bowes' field assistant who scouted and auditioned talent for the program. During its 22-year run, the TV series aired on all four networks and introduced acts such as Teresa Brewer, Pat Boone, Ann-Margret, and Irene Cara.



➦In 1964..Fifty-one years ago today, the Beatles appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time.

The band's breakthrough, and ultimately, pop culture-redefining, first U.S smash, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 45.

The issue was dated Jan. 18, 1964.

The following week, the song rocketed to No. 3. It became the Beatles' first of 20 No. 1s the following week (Feb. 1, 1964).


The Beatles' 20 toppers remain the most by any artist in the Hot 100's history. When Billboard ranked the top acts of the chart's first 55 years this past August, the Beatles ranked at No. 1.


➦In 1971...Canadian AM radio stations were required for the first time to play 30% Canadian music content. Many stations such as CKLG and CKVN in Vancouver ran marathon Beatles or “rock music” specials over the previous weekend before the rules came into effect. CanCon – a contraction of the words Canadian content – requiring that, from 6 a.m. to Midnight, 30% of all music aired on Canadian radio must be by Canadian artists. As originally prescribed, the recorded performances count as Canadian if two of the following four characteristics are met: *Music composed entirely by a Canadian, *Artist is Canadian, *Produced in Canada, *Lyrics written entirely by a Canadian.




➦In 1983...First GUI/mouse computer, the Apple Lisa, was unveiled.


➦In 1985...Cleveland, Ohio was chosen to be the site of the permanent home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


➦In 2004...Harry Fleetwood died. He was a commentator on WNBC-AM's "Music Through the Night" in 1954. In 1975 he left that station and went to WNCN where he hosted classical music.


➦In 2011…The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a $28 billion merger of Comcast and NBC Universal.


➦In 2016...founding guitarist Glen Frey of The Eagles died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, at age 67.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Flake Condems Trump's 'Fake News' Term

Senator Jeff Flake
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake delivered a searing condemnation of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, specifically the way he employs the term "fake news" to dismiss objective reality. according to CNBC.

"2017 was a year which saw the truth – objective, empirical, evidence-based truth – more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government," Flake said in a speech on the Senate floor.

"The impulses underlying the dissemination of such untruths are not benign. They have the effect of eroding trust in our vital institutions and conditioning the public to no longer trust them. The destructive effect of this kind of behavior on our democracy cannot be overstated," the Arizona Republican asserted.

Today, dictators are again waging war against the free press, only this time, they're using Trump's term — fake news — as a cudgel, Flake said.

Flake cited chilling examples, including Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of "fake news" to describe an Amnesty International report, and a state official in Myanmar who denied the existence of the entire Rohingya ethnic group by labeling them "fake news."



"Not only has the past year seen an American president borrow despotic language to refer to the free press, but it seems he has in turn inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own language," Flake said. "We are not in a 'fake news' era, as Bashar Assad says. We are, rather, in an era in which the authoritarian impulse is reasserting itself, to challenge free people and free societies, everywhere."

22 Blue States File Suit To Block Net Neutrality Repeal


A group of 22 Democratic state attorneys general, including those from California and New York, filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of tough net neutrality rules for online traffic.

According to The LATimes, the suit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, argues that the vote last month along party lines by the Republican-controlled FCC was an “arbitrary and capricious” change to regulations enacted by Democrats in 2015.

Those rules were designed to ensure the uninhibited flow of online content. They prohibited AT&T Inc., Charter Communications Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and other broadband and wireless internet service providers from selling faster delivery of certain data, slowing speeds for specific video streams and other content, and blocking or otherwise discriminating against any legal online material.

The repeal of the net neutrality rules was pushed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican picked by Trump last year to lead the agency.

Most Republicans in Congress and telecommunications companies strongly opposed the regulations, which classified broadband as a more highly regulated utility-like service under Title 2 of federal telecommunications law.

They argued the tougher oversight led to reduced investment in broadband networks — a point net neutrality supporters dispute.

A spokesman for Pai declined to comment on the attorneys general suit.

Futuri Inks Group Deal With Alpha Media


Futuri Media today announced a wide-ranging deal with Alpha Media, a diverse multimedia company. This new partnership empowers all 228 of Alpha Media’s stations in 50 US markets with multiple tools from Futuri Media’s audience engagement suite.

All Alpha Media stations will have access to podcasting system POST, which instantly turns broadcasts into PPM-encoded on-demand audio, complete with fully licensed images, and distributes on multiple platforms; and customized Alexa Skills, enabling all stations to make streams, on-demand content, and interactive features accessible in the hugely-growing Alexa-enabled device market. More than 50 select Alpha stations will have access to TopicPulse, the revolutionary story discovery and show prep tool that analyzes social media and 100k+ sources of verified news and information to deliver audience-specific insights on what’s trending, what’s about to go viral, and what’s on the downswing.

“Alpha Media is a fast-growing, diverse media company, and it’s a privilege to extend their brands’ reach and engagement as their technology partner,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “Marrying Alpha Media’s content and local media expertise with Futuri’s audience engagement technology gives their brands reliable, real-time consumer intelligence and distribution on multiple key platforms, like smart speakers. We look forward to powering their programming innovations.”

“Like Alpha Media, Futuri Media prioritizes quality and innovation, and you can see that in their products. That made this partnership a natural fit,” said Alpha Media CEO/President, Bob Proffitt. “I was impressed by Futuri Media’s commitment to training services, round-the-clock support, and ongoing consultation. They understand the industry and how to engage fans of every demographic.”