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Top News/Talk Media Stories for Week of July 10 – 14

The 2023 Vilnius Summit (NATO Summit) was the most-talked-about story in news/talk media this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the Russian-Ukrainian war, followed by Inflation tied with Biden-nomics at #3. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed in news/talk media and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at See this week’s complete chart here.

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Yesterday’s (5/3) Top News/Talk Media Stories

Inflation and the Fed’s decision to raise interest rates another quarter point; PacWest bank’s falling stock and concerns about the state of the U.S. banking system; the U.S. debt ceiling and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s determination to get spending cuts in exchange for raising it; Russia intensifies attacks on Ukraine after claiming Ukraine attempted a drone strike on the Kremlin to kill Vladimir Putin; the capture of the hospital shooter in Atlanta and the capture of the man suspected of shooting five to death near Houston; a whistleblower’s claim of possession of a document tying Joe Biden to a bribery scheme with a foreign national; former President Donald Trump’s legal battles; immigration and President Joe Biden’s decision to send 1,500 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border; NYC subway chokehold death; and New York bans fossil fuels in new construction were some of the most-talked-about stories in news/talk media yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

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Yesterday’s (4/3) Top News/Talk Media Stories

Former President Donald Trump’s return to New York for his arraignment in the alleged hush money case involving former porn star Stormy Daniels; the aftermath of the St. Petersburg bombing that killed a pro-Russia blogger; the move by NATO countries to provide more assistance to Ukraine in its defense from Russian aggression; inflation and OPEC’s cutting production that could lead to higher gas prices; the report that the Chinese spy balloon shot down earlier this year obtained information about U.S. military sites; Finland is set to join NATO today (4/4); Ron DeSantis’ battle with Disney; Marjorie Taylor Greene’s appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday evening; today’s elections in Wisconsin and Chicago; and UConn beats San Diego State in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final were some of the most-talked-about stories in news/talk media yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

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Yesterday’s (3/14) Top News/Talk Media Stories

A U.S. military drone is knocked out of the sky by a Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea; the failure of Silicon Valley Bank and concerns about regulation and the banking industry; inflation, the state of the U.S. economy, and Fed policy; today’s scheduled arguments in a Texas court over access to the abortion pill; President Joe Biden issues executive order strengthening gun purchase background checks; the Republicans vying for the 2024 GOP nomination for president; Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine; Facebook parent Meta announces layoffs of another 10,000 employees; and the atmospheric river that deluged California and left hundreds of thousands without power & the Nor’easter that dumped snow on the Northeast were some of the most-talked-about stories in news/talk media yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Monday Memo: Vino, Vodka, Video. All this month, consultant Holland Cooke is using his weekly column to offer “Inflation Hacks,” dozens of ways to cope with “the rising cost of EVERYTHING,” tips for your listeners (and you). Read it here.


Pending Business: Halftime. Radio sales pro Steve Lapa says the third and fourth quarters of 2022 are looking a little foggy due to inflation and the possibility of recession, but says, “The good news is by now you’ve met with your manager and second half adjustments are in place. You have agreed on the course correction expectations and the game plan that will help you power through the dynamics of a constantly changing business environment.” He offers some suggestions for tackling the next six months and keeping those commission checks coming in here.

New TALKERS 2022 Session Video Posted. The latest video from the June 10 TALKERS 2022 convention at Hofstra University to be posted is the panel discussion, “Maintaining Integrity in Times of Political and Cultural Polarization.” The panel was moderated by WPHT, Philadelphia talk host Dom Giordano and featured panelists: Mandy Connell, host, KOA, Denver; Jeff Katz, host, WRVA, Richmond; Joe Thomas, PD, WCHV, Charlottesville, Virginia; Dr. Daliah Wachs, physician/host, Genesis Communications Network; and Lisa Wexler, host, WICC, Bridgeport/Probate Judge, Connecticut. View the video here.

HRN Media Launches Carlos Baerga Show for Hispanic Audiences. A new, daily feature titled, “Are You Ready to Play Ball with Carlos Baerga and Legends from Yesterday and Today” is debuting in national syndication from HRN Media Networks. The 90-second feature includes baseball analytics and interviews with elite players. HRN Media Networks president Clark Logan says, “Carlos is an energetic and dynamic sports figure, who will entertain listeners. Baseball is the most popular American sport among Hispanics, and Carlos’s insights about the game and the top-name players that will join him will engage sports fans.” Baerga comments, “I am excited to launch my Hispanic radio career with the HRN Network and talk about my favorite topic… baseball. Listeners will get behind-the-scenes stories from the elite players we’re going to have on as guests.  I can’t wait to get started.”

Former Florida Sports Talk Host Hank Goldberg Dead at 82. Numerous mainstream news outlets, including CBS Sports, are reporting the death of former sports talk host “Hammerin’ Hank” Goldberg, who died on his 82nd birthday at his Las Vegas home. Goldberg hosted a South Florida sports talk show first on WIOD and later on WQAM from 1978 through 2007. He also became a nationally known reporter and prognosticator. Goldberg had been battling kidney disease and CBS Sports reports that Goldberg, who’d been working for CBS Sports HQ and SportsLine, continued to work until about three weeks ago, despite his declining health. Goldberg broke into the sports media world ghost-writing Jimmy The Greek’s syndicated gambling column. He also worked at ESPN.

The Economy, January 6 Hearings, Fourth of July/Deadly Illinois Shooting, Midterms/2024/Trump & the GOP, Russia-Ukraine War, Brittney Griner Case Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The high price of gas & food, the declining financial markets, and threats of a recession; the January 6 Committee hearings and questions about former President Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol assault; the Fourth of July holiday and the shooting in suburban Chicago that took the lives of six people; the midterm elections, speculation about presidential candidates in 2024, and Donald Trump’s influence over the GOP; the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and its effects on the global economy; and American basketball player Brittney Griner writes a letter to President Joe Biden from her Russian jail were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.


Monday Memo: Vino, Vodka, Video

By Holland Cooke


BLOCK ISLAND, RI — It’s Tuesday, but the Monday Memo isn’t taking a week off. Inflation is THAT urgent. All this month I’m outlining easy economies you can share with listeners, and use yourself, to cope. In last week’s column: Your Renegotiation Hit List, and 4 Fundamental Frugalities.

When I say “Francis Ford Coppola,” you think “The Godfather,” right?

Have you tried his wines? In Rhode Island where I live, Coppola wines are $12 or $13, sometimes less on end caps.