President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address; the debt ceiling battle in Congress; the U.S. Navy releases photos of the recovery of the Chinese spy balloon; former President Donald Trump’s and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s campaigns for president in 2024; the death toll from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria surpasses 11,000; Ukraine’s search for support from the U.S. and European nations to counter Russia’s invasion; the move to ban TikTok in the U.S. combined with the expansion of AI technology; and LeBron James claims the NBA’s career scoring leader title were some of the most-talked-about stories in news/talk media yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
The U.S. shoots down a Chinese spy balloon, icing the two countries’ diplomatic relations; President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech to be given on Tuesday; the battle in Congress over the United States’ debt ceiling; the 2024 presidential campaign launched by former President Donald Trump and the expected run to be announced by former South Carolina Governor and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley; embattled freshman Congressman George Santos is accused of sexual misconduct by a prospective staffer; Sunday night’s Grammy Awards; and a 7.8 magnitude earthquake kills close to 2,000 people in Turkey and Syria were some of the most-talked-about stories in news/talk media over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
The state of the U.S. economy and the Fed’s raising of interest rates by a quarter point was the most-talked-about story in news/talk media this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the negotiations in congress over the United States’ debt ceiling, followed by the investigations into the possession of classified government documents by President Joe Biden, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former President Donald Trump at #3. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed in news/talk media during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. See this week’s complete chart here.
The state of the United States’ economy and the Fed’s decision to raise interest rates; the political battle in Congress to address the U.S.’s debt ceiling; the classified government documents in the possession of Joe Biden, Mike Pence and Donald Trump; Hunter Biden seeks criminal investigation into stolen data from his laptop; former President Trump’s 2024 campaign and former South Carolina Governor and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s expected bid for the White House in ’24; Trump’s potential legal issues in Georgia and New York; Ukraine’s plea for fighter jets is rejected by the U.S. and Germany as it tries to fend off Russia; the aftermath of the police beating death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis; artificial intelligence and the effects of the release of chatbot ChatGPT; and the brutal winter weather affecting parts of the country were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
The efforts in Washington to come together to solve the U.S.’s debt ceiling issue; the classified government documents in the possession of Joe Biden, Mike Pence and Donald Trump; the aftermath of the police beating death of Tyre Nichols and the police brutality issue; the United States and Germany are declining to send fighter jets to Ukraine to help it fend off Russia’s invasion; nine states ask a federal judge in Texas to block the Barack Obama-era DACA program providing protection to immigrants brought to the U.S. as children; and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ continuing moves to dismantle diversity and inclusion initiatives at Florida’s universities were some of the most-talked-about stories in news/talk media yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
The classified documents investigations and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan’s request of investigation documents from the DOJ; Ukraine’s plea for fighter jets to prevent Russia from continuing its invasion; security failures at the U.S.-Mexico border; the aftermath of the police beating death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis; former President Donald Trump’s legal issues in Georgia relating to alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election and in New York City for allegedly paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels; May 11 is set as the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency; and the winter storm moving across the country and affecting air travel were some of the most-talked-about stories in news/talk media yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
The debate in congress over raising the United States’ debt ceiling; The protests over the beating death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of five former Memphis police officers; Ukraine’s plea for military aid to defend itself from Russian aggression; the classified government documents found in the possession of President Joe Biden, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former President Donald Trump; the security problems at the U.S.-Mexico border; former President Donald Trump begins campaigning for the 2024 presidential race; the scandals plaguing freshman Congressman George Santos; and the NFL conference championship games were some of the most-talked-about stories in news/talk media over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
The investigations into the possession of classified government documents by President Joe Biden, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former President Donald Trump was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s move to pull Democrats Adam Schiff and Eric Stalwell off the House Intelligence committee, followed by the battle in congress over expanding the U.S.’s debt ceiling at #3. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. See this week’s complete chart here.
The Kevin McCarthy-led House and the removal of top Democrats from the Intelligence Committee; the matter of classified government documents found in the possession of Joe Biden, Mike Pence, and Donald Trump; Russia’s aggressive response to the provision of tanks to Ukraine from Germany and the U.S.; the questions about George Santos’ true source of the freshman congressman’s campaign funds; Facebook reinstates former President Donald Trump; the state of the U.S. economy and concerns about a recession; and Pope Francis “decriminalizes” homosexuality were some of the most-talked-about stories in news/talk media yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
The ongoing special counsel investigation into the government documents in the possession of President Joe Biden; the two mass shootings in Northern California that have claimed the lives of 18 people; the battle between the Biden administration and House Republicans over raising the United States’ debt ceiling; today’s court hearing of arguments over whether to publicly release the grand jury report on allegations former President Donald Trump and his allies tried to overturn the 2020 Georgia election results; the debate in Europe over supplying Ukraine with tanks to fight Russia; the precarious state of Republican Congressman George Santos’ political career as questions about campaign funding are raised; and the NFL’s Divisional playoffs were some of the most-talked-about stories in news/talk media yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
77 WABC Radio announces that Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover, joins the on-air staff at the station. Andrew Giuliani will be a contributing friend on “Sid & Friends In the Morning,” hosted by Sid Rosenberg. In addition, Giuliani will also guest co-host the 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm “Cats At Night” show hosted by Red Apple Media CEO and WABC owner John Catsimatidis. Catsimatidis states, “I’m happy to welcome Andrew to our WABC family. After working in the White House and taking a run at the governorship of New York, Andrew brings an insider’s perspective on national, state, and local political issues to WABC Radio and its listeners.” Giuliani says, “It’s an honor to be a part of the #1 news/talk station in New York. WABC Radio is a combination of its rich history and incredible rebirth. I’m excited to get on the air and connect with the WABC Radio listeners in New York and around the world.” Giuliani was a special assistant to the president and associate director of the Office of Public Liaison during the Trump administration. In his position, he interfaced between the White House and business, nonprofit, and other groups, meeting with President Donald Trump up to four times a week. He also represented his office in White House meetings on the opioid crisis. A lifelong New Yorker, Giuliani ran for governor of New York in 2021.
Steve Wexler Steps Down from Daily Management Duties at Good Karma Brands Milwaukee. Radio management pro Steve Wexler – vice president and market manager for Good Karma Brands Milwaukee – will wrap up his 35-year career and transition into a coaching and development role at the company. The announcement was made today (11/15) by GKB founder and CEO Craig Karmazin, who says, “We are appreciative and grateful Steve “Wex” joined Good Karma to lead the Milwaukee team through a time of significant growth and transition. His passion for local news and his community-focused approach to broadcasting and media led the team through a pandemic, the launch of a new station, and award-winning coverage of so many significant moments of the past several years. We’re looking forward to continuing to learn from his knowledge and leadership expertise as he moves into a coaching role within the GKB home office.” The company says that EVP Emily Dillinger will assume the role of interim market manager for GKB’s three Milwaukee stations talk WGKB-AM/W269DL “101.7 The Truth,” sports talk WKTI-FM, “ESPN Milwaukee,” and news/talk WTMJ “Newsradio 620.” Wexler comments, “I’m looking forward to tapping into my experiences and many lessons learned to help our content, sales and management teammates continue to grow their skills and knowledge. I’m very grateful to Craig for the opportunity to do what I do best and what I enjoy most which is spending time coaching and developing our team.” Wexler led the sale of the 36-station, 8-market Scripps Radio Group in late 2018 to several broadcast companies, including GKB in Milwaukee, where he assumed the role of market manager in 2019. He began his broadcast career at WTMJ in Milwaukee as an intern and has been an on-air personality, program manager, and radio and television general manager before running the radio division for Journal Communications, which merged with Scripps in 2018.
Cox Media Group Names Market Leaders for Houston and Orlando. The company announces the appointment of new VP/market managers for its Houston and Orlando clusters. In Orlando, where Cox Media Group operates news/talk WDBO-AM/FM and five music brands, JC Campese assumes the leadership role. CMG operates three music brands in Houston where Stephanie Callihan is named to the top position. She has served with several radio groups, including Audacy where she was most recently an SVP and market manager. Campese launched his career with CMG in 2000 and rose to director of sales for the Orlando cluster prior to this promotion. CMG executive vice president Rob Babin says, “We are excited to tap into our amazing internal CMG leadership talent and announce the promotions of JC and Stephanie. JC and Stephanie have a fantastic range of experiences and talents that will make a positive impact on CMG and our talented teams in Orlando and Houston. I look forward to the difference they’ll make as CMG continues to evolve to meet the needs of our listeners, clients, and our communities.”
AWM Presents Gracies Leadership Awards. The Alliance for Women in Media hosted the Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon yesterday (11/14) at the Tribeca 360° in New York City. Soledad O’Brien served as keynote speaker stating that the group of honorees represent “stories not just of grit, vision, and opportunity, but of women helping women and celebrating women and the story of how those women didn’t forget that they got into media to elevate people and issues and struggles that were not in the spotlight.” The seven female leaders honored (and pictured above) were: Valerie Blackburn; Nancy Daniels, chief of content, NTets, Discovery, Animal Planet &Science Channel; Marie Donoghue, vice president, global sports video, Amazon; Kim Godwin, president, ABC News; Wendy Goldberg, chief communications officer, iHeartMedia, Inc; Chelsey Maddox-Dorsey, CEO, A wonder Media Company; Debra O’Connell, president, networks, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution; and Dawn Porter, founder, Trilogy Films. AWM Foundation chair Heather Cohen states, “This is a pivotal event for us because it covers all three of our pillars- it’s recognition, it’s education, and it’s connection. We shine a light on exceptional women in media- those who have shattered glass ceilings and proven their leadership and notable today, what an honor to have Soledad O’Brien, one of the greatest storytellers of our time as our keynote.”
TALKERS News Notes. Audio research and analytics firm Veritonic announces the second annual Audio Intelligence Summit is scheduled for February 15 at Second Floor in New York City. Veritonic says, “The summit will once again gather industry-leading brands, agencies, and publishers to dive deep into the data and analytics that are driving today’s successful audio and podcasting strategies. We look forward to coming together with fellow publishers, platforms, brands and agencies to collectively improve upon and consider the data and analytics that are making audio’s ever-expanding influence increasingly efficient and impactful.” Find details about the summit by visiting https://audiointelligencesummit.com…..Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks announce the launch today of the quirky new comedic podcast, “The Neurotic Vaccine,” created and hosted by Andy Cowan, award-winning writer for “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” and “3rd Rock from the Sun.” In “The Neurotic Vaccine,” Cowan invites fellow neurotics to share his mini-therapy sessions with co-host, clinical and forensic psychologist, Dr. Scott Kopoian. Together with their guests – including inaugural guests Jay Leno and Cathy creator, Cathy Guisewite – Cowan and Kopoian work toward the daunting goal of immunity to neurosis. “The Neurotic Vaccine” podcast includes celebrity guests, post-session postscripts, comedy featurettes and more. Future sessions of “The Neurotic Vaccine” will feature stars including Leave It To Beaver’s Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow (in his final interview), “Curb Your Enthusiasm” guest star comedian Elon Gold, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary, CNN host Michael Smerconish, and actress Marilu Henner…..Quu Inc., announces radio veteran Laura Gonzo joins the company as senior director of affiliate services. In this role, Gonzo will work with stations and sales teams to ensure the successful implementation of Quu’s advertising products. Gonzo served as affiliate director for “The Bob & Tom Show” from 1997 through 2008. She says, “Quu’s powerful technology is truly a game-changer for radio. Beyond elevating the station’s visual appeal, Quu offers a huge opportunity to increase sales and drive stronger returns for clients. I’m thrilled to join the team of passionate experts at Quu and to help stations make the most of these transformative products.”…..SiriusXM announces that Andy Cohen has signed a three-year contract extension and that his exclusive SiriusXM channel Radio Andy “will now serve as the audio subscription service’s definitive home for pop culture with “Andy Cohen Live” and “Smith Sisters Live” expanding to daily shows.” Cohen says, “SiriusXM allows me to dig deeply into two of my passions – pop culture on Radio Andy and music on the Kiki Lounge. I’m so proud of what we’ve developed over the last seven years on Radio Andy. I’ve loved programming the channel, and my longform interviews with celebrities and authors feed my soul. Programming the Kiki Lounge brought me incredible joy during the pandemic and listening to it is a romp through my expansive music vocabulary.”
Midterms Aftermath, Trump in ’24, Biden-Xi Meeting, The Economy, Crypto-Crash, G-20/Russia-Ukraine War, and UVA Killings Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/14). The results of last week’s midterm elections that leave the Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate and the Republicans likely to assume control of the U.S. House; former President Donald Trump’s expected announcement he’ll run for president in 2024; Monday’s meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping; inflation and fears of a recession; the fall of cryptocurrency exchange FTX and the 75% decline of crypto value over the last 12 months; the G-20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia and the pressure on attending nations to officially condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; and the fatal shooting of three University of Virginia football players were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.