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Election Fallout Creating Interesting Times for Talk Radio

This is the kind of scenario talk show hosts dream about. Every day it feels like the shows write themselves, kind of like a sports talk show host following his team to a World Series or Super Bowl.

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These are emotionally charged times for talk radio. We are over a week from election day and there are still debates being had over who won the presidential race in certain states, the U.S. Senate is hinging on two runoffs in Georgia, and the House still has several seats up in the air, and it looks like Republicans will net seats.

This is the kind of scenario talk show hosts dream about. Every day it feels like the shows write themselves, kind of like a sports talk show host following his team to a World Series or Super Bowl. 

With that being said, there is a hint of a circular firing squad going on right now within conservative circles. Was the election stolen? Was it “stolen enough” to flip states? Did Joe Biden just win and we all need to move on? Are you mad at FOX News for their Election Night coverage? Are you not? 

All these conversations are happening within conservative circles and in many ways, depending on how you answer, it is dividing people. 

As hosts, this can be frustrating, but fun. Heck, we are all supposed to be on the same page here, especially in an election cycle! But we’re not. 

However, this can make for incredibly entertaining talk radio. And in the end, that’s my job, plus there is a moment here to take advantage of. 

I’ve spent much of the week getting yelled at by all sides. “Pete, you’re not taking election fraud seriously enough!” “Pete, you’re nothing but a Trump lackey!”

Both things can’t be true! But, it’s made for a fun week and allowed every show to be unpredictable and entertaining. It’s brought moments of happiness, sadness, laughter and frustration.

However, as of right now there is no end in sight. But we can still do our best as hosts and stations to use this momentum to our advantage from how we host the show and handle the callers to how we image the station. On KCMO Talk Radio, we added new rejoins, liners and promos with our voice guy saying “Yell at Mundo… or compliment him… 576-7710 on KCMO”. We can use that as a rejoin or an imaging piece, or in a show promo with callers ranting and raving or complimenting in the same promo to have several voices and keep it moving forward.

Every talk show should want to curate callers who are going to disagree with your opinions as to avoid too much of an echo chamber. This can be tougher to do for a political show than a sports talk show. But in the wake of the most hectic election seasons in modern American history, we are now at a point where many who likely agree on policy and agenda are breaking from each other.

I believe a lot of this will settle down once the outcome of the Presidential election becomes official, but in the meantime, shows and stations can continue to capitalize with entertaining imaging, promos, show moments and callers, while riding the wave to hopefully a strong fall ratings book.

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Kenya Young Joins WNYC as a Senior VP

Young comes over from NPR to the newly created position as WNYC’s new Senior VP of WNYC Studios

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WNYC Studios has appointed Kenya Young, who comes over from NPR, to a newly created position as the company’s new Senior VP of WNYC Studios, which is part of New York Public Radio.

As Senior Vice President, Young will oversee the strategic direction for WNYC Studios’ portfolio of podcasts. Furthermore, she will lead and support the teams developing and producing shows.

“Kenya is an extraordinary talent of incredible range and the perfect leader for WNYC Studios,” Andrew Golis, Chief Content Officer, WNYC, said per Radio Ink

“She is passionate about the possibilities and craft of audio journalism, and she is ambitious about the mission of public radio and the unique role WNYC Studios holds on the podcast landscape. We’re excited for her to continue her innovative work by supporting and growing our ongoing shows and developing new projects and talents.”

Young comes over from NPR, where she spent 14 years and held positions such as Managing Editor for Collaborative Journalism at NPR. She helped grow and support the company’s collaborative journalism by cultivating relationships and also helped run NPR’s day-to-day news operations.

“I have been a huge fan of WNYC Studios podcasts for a long time – the legacy titles like Radiolab and On The Media and the innovative, edgy creations including Death, Sex and Money, and La Brega,” Young said. 

“WNYC Studios’ portfolio of shows is impressive, stacked with brilliant minds behind them. I’m thrilled to lead this division that consistently produces award-winning work that serves a passionate base of listeners, first and foremost. It’s an honor to join Andrew Golis and the NYPR executive leadership team as WNYC Studios forges ahead to the next level.”

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Howard Stern: I Miss the Republicans Who Didn’t Invade Your Private Life

“I wish the Republicans would go back to being old school Republicans, where they didn’t want to invade your private life,” Stern said.

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The hot topic around news media outlets continues to be the future of Roe v. Wade after a leaked draft opinion showed the Supreme Court is prepared to overturn the law. 

In Tuesday’s edition of “The Howard Stern Show,” host Howard Stern stated that if women are forced to have a baby, then it should be obligated that the men should also be pushed to take care of the child.

“This is what the Supreme Court becomes,” Stern said, per Mediaite. “This is what Republicans become. Nazi, Taliban, no matter what you call them. This decision is pure evil.”

“Our men should be told that if they get their girlfriend pregnant, they will be responsible for child support if she can’t get an abortion. That will change some opinions real fast.”

Furthermore, Stern went on to say that he missed the old Republican party. The group that didn’t want to meddle in the private lives of the citizens but instead is now going rogue with religious views. 

“I wish the Republicans would go back to being old school Republicans, where they didn’t want to invade your private life,” Stern said. “They’ve gone rogue and completely unhinged and latched on to the religious right agenda.”

“They cut school funding, they cut welfare, they cut social services, but they want to give you more unwanted children. There’s no money to take care of these unwanted children, and they’re a mess.”

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ABC News Promotes Liz Alesse to Vice President of Audio

Alesse will manage the entire audio business in her new role with the company, including ABC News Radio, podcasts, and our entertainment content service. 

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ABC News has a new vice president of audio as it has announced the promotion of Liz Alesse to the position. Alesse will manage the entire audio business in her new role with the company, including ABC News Radio, podcasts, and entertainment content service.   

“Liz is already a trusted member of the ABC Audio team, most recently serving as director and executive producer of Podcast Programming,” Reena Mehta, ABC News senior vice president of streaming and digital content, said in a statement. 

“She has been instrumental in growing and re-organizing our award-winning podcast team, developing successful content and monetization strategies, and partnering closely within the news division and across The Walt Disney Company to promote our work.”

Alesse has overseen the launches of new podcasts for ABC News, such as “Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson,” “Close Up,” and “The Book Case with Kate and Charlie Gibson.”

Furthermore, she also took the lead in creating the “GMA” Channel on Apple Podcasts, which carries the new “Good Morning America” podcast and ABC Audio’s expanding library of lifestyle, culture, and entertainment on-demand audio content.

With Alesse having a pivotal role in the audio department, ABC News has received Webby Awards, a Gracie Award, GLAAD Special Recognition honors, and other honors.   

“I am so proud of ABC News’ legacy in the audio and radio space. In this new role, Liz will be vital in leading the division to continued success,” Mehta concluded. 

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