Family was the prevailing theme for the first hour of The Joe Piscopo Show Monday morning on 790 AM New York. During that slot Piscopo, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, related stories of Thanksgiving visits with his brother and elderly mother, adding that he felt listeners to his program and all the local New York radio stations were family.
“We are all in this together,” Piscopo said. “New York radio and our listeners are stronger than ever. I don’t see us as competing with each other. We are one big family together. My bosses and their bosses (at other stations) do a great job.”
Piscopo tells a story from his own Thanksgiving celebration that illustrates how families stay strong through difficult circumstances.
“My mother is elderly and while I believe we should reopen New York and start living our normal lives again, this virus is an insidious thing,” Piscopo said. “We have to be careful. I didn’t hug her even though I wanted to. We all sat out on the porch and she sat on the other side of the screen door. She had boxed turkey dinners that she had made for all the children and grandchildren individually. My bother Kevin, he made me a baked ZITI. It was the best Thanksgiving I have ever had. Hanukkah and Christmas are coming up and I hope you are as excited about them as I am.”
Piscopo also urges listeners not to let political differences come between family and friends during the holidays.
“Most of my family and friends are liberal democrats, not socialists, but just the old school liberal democrats,” he said. “I understand why because I used to be one myself. My grandparents came to this country not knowing a word of English and always voted Democrat because they were one of us and would look out for us. I used to think the same way. I used to make fun of Ronald Reagan when I was on Saturday Night Live (1980-1984). Then I met him and realized this is a smart guy who knows what he is doing. My democratic family and friends are good people. They just haven’t seen the light like I have.”
Piccolo adds that while he understands why some people voted Democratic, he is still a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.
“People ask me all the time why I still talk about the election because it’s over now,” he said. “It’s not over. This election was rigged and we knew it was going to be. It could go all the way to the Supreme Court. I don’t know if we will get it done by December 14th (the day the Electoral College votes), but I will keep talking about it. If you are listening right now, you understand what’s going on. You are a patriot. I feel like you are part of my family and I love each and every one of you.”
KMOX Makes Changes to Its Weekday Lineup
Beginning May 31, the station will grow its morning show “Total Information AM” to 10:00 a.m. CT, strengthened by co-anchors Carol Daniel, who returns to the newsroom, and Megan Lynch, investigative reporter.
Audacy has announced a revamped weekday lineup for News Radio 1120 AM and 98.7 FM KMOX. Beginning May 31, the station will grow its morning show “Total Information AM” to 10:00 a.m. CT, strengthened by co-anchors Carol Daniel, who returns to the newsroom, and Megan Lynch, investigative reporter.
Joining Daniel and Lynch will be Debbie Monterrey and Tom Ackerman; they will deliver the news, traffic, weather, analysis, in-depth interviews, and open conversation.
“This series of updates underscores our overarching commitment to delivering news and balanced talk shows to the people of St. Louis, while accentuating the strength of our top-level hosts,” Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy St. Louis, said in a statement obtained by Barrett News Media.
“From our award-winning morning show to our unrivaled coverage of the Cardinals, we want to elevate the conversation.”
Also, the station will launch a new midday show after the retirement of longtime on-air host Charlie Brennan. “The Show” will team hosts Amy Marxkors, Kevin Wheeler, and Chris Rongey and air weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT, effective May 31.
NPR Promotes Edith Chapin, Terence Samuel to New Roles
NPR is announcing a couple of promotions within the company as Edith Chapin and Terence Samuel will be taking over new positions.
NPR is announcing a couple of promotions within the company. Edith Chapin has led the newsgathering teams for the past seven years and will be promoted to VP & Executive Editor at Large.
Chapin will stay entrenched in the newsroom in her new role but will spend a large part of her time working with Chief Development Officer Leora Hanser, as she has for the past several months.
“I am eager to take on this role bridging the gap between the editorial world and fundraising, helping to share the story of NPR with potential donors and encouraging them to support our mission,” Chapin said, per Inside Radio.
The other promotion will see Terence Samuel promoted from Managing Editor to VP & Executive Editor. He will now permanently lead NPR’s newsgathering teams after filling this role for the last three months.
“This is one of the best, most innovative newsrooms that exists anywhere, and I am incredibly proud to have been part of it for the last five years,” said Samuel.
“I am honored beyond words to help lead it into the next phase. NPR News is uniquely positioned to tell the story of a country in the middle of a raucous argument about what it’s going to be next.”
WBZ Newsradio Earns Three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards
This marks the second year in a row that the station won the regional awards for Best Newscast and Continuing Coverage.
iHeartMedia’s WBZ NewsRadio has earned three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism.
According to a release, the station won the awards for Breaking News Coverage, Continuing Coverage, and Best Newscast. This marks the second year in a row that the station won the regional awards for Best Newscast and Continuing Coverage.
WBZ is now under consideration for three National Murrow Awards in the three respective categories.
The Breaking News Coverage award was for WBZ’s coverage of the January 6th riots at the U.S. Capitol. The Continuing Coverage award was for WBZ’s ongoing coverage of the COVID Pandemic. The Best Newscast award was for the 8 a.m. newscast on Oct. 11, 2021, during the 2021 Boston Marathon.
The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that upheld the Radio Television Digital News Association Code of Ethics, show off technical skills, and highlight the importance of journalism as a public service.
“Humbled as always to be part of such an incredible team here,” tweeted WBZ evening news anchor and host, Nichole Davis. “From producers to editors, writers to reporters, master control to us anchors…we come in each day to make your life a little bit easier. Thank you, as always, for listening.”