On the 79th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bernie McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg of Bernie & Sid in the Morning on 77 WABC in New York, took to the air to share their thoughts on Pearl Harbor Day.
They began the segment by playing portions of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Day That Will Live in Infamy” address, which he delivered to the nation on December 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked.
“That was probably the highpoint of his presidency,” Rosenberg said when the clip finished playing. “FDR made some great speeches, the “Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself” and this one. A lot of people think both were the same speech, but one was actually in reference to the Great Depression and the other Pearl Harbor. After that however, things kind of went downhill for FDR. He really didn’t do much after that.”
Hearing the “Infamy” speech reminded McGuirk of another famous speech made after tragic events in American history.
“It is very similar to George W. Bush’s speech on top of the twisted rubble of the World Trade Center after September 11th,” McGuirk said. “When he said, ‘I can hear you. The whole world can hear you and soon enough, the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us.’ That was his moment that will stay with us just like FDR after Pearl Harbor. W’s approval rating was close to 97 percent at that point. Like you said with Roosevelt though, it was downhill from that point. He bungled the Iraq War. I will give him somewhat of a pass because he was kind of led by the nose into the whole thing. He was acting on bad information from Donald Rumsfeld and others, but as a President, you have to stand up and make better decisions at a time like that.”
Rosenberg then shifted the focus back to Pearl Harbor Day by relaying some of his personal experiences of visiting Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial to listeners.
“If you get a chance you really should go,” he said. “It’s an amazing and sobering experience. There is a place where you can step out on the memorial, look down and see bubbles are still coming up in the water. That’s from the oil that’s still leaking after 79 years and the bodies of the people who died onboard are still entombed on the ship. It really makes you stop and think about what happened 79 years ago today.”
Frank MacKay Named President of WABC’s Long Island Division
MacKay has hosted a daily show on JVC Media’s “LI News Radio” 103.9 WRCN Riverhead since 2012
Red Apple Media is attempting to grow its reach outside the tri-state area. The company has named Frank MacKay as President of its Long Island Division, helping to expand Conservative Talk 770 WABC New York and 107.1 WLIR Hampton Bays.
John Catsimatidis, Chairman/CEO of Red Apple Media and 77 WABC Radio, purchased WLIR 107.1 to grow the reach of 77 WABC Radio to the east end of Long Island in 2020.
Furthermore, MacKay is familiar with the market the Long Island market. The chairman of the Independence Party of New York State has hosted a daily show on JVC Media’s “LI News Radio” 103.9 WRCN Riverhead since 2012 that was also syndicated to JVC’s Florida markets.
“Frank MacKay has longstanding knowledge of Long Island media, government, and politics, which will be an asset to this station. We are excited to expand and enhance 77 WABC Radio’s presence on Long Island,” Catsimatidis said in a statement relayed by Radio Insight.
After two years of securing the station, the company is beginning to garner an audience outside the city. Catsimatidis adds that MacKay’s background in radio and television made him the ideal candidate for Red Apple Media.
“Frank Mackay has been a longtime fixture on television and radio,” the statement said.
“Throughout his award-winning career, MacKay has conducted over 5,000 interviews with high-profile individuals, ranging from professional athletes and celebrities to Presidents of the United States, Speakers of the House, and Senate Majority Leaders.”
Mark Levin: Laura Ingraham “Has a Cork up Her Nose” About Dr. Mehmet Oz
Levin even took a shot at colleague Laura Ingraham saying she “has a cork up her nose” about this “perfectly legitimate conservative.”
Fox News’ Mark Levin is coming to the defense of celebrity cardiothoracic surgeon-turned-Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Levin even took a shot at colleague Laura Ingraham saying she “has a cork up her nose” about this “perfectly legitimate conservative.” He didn’t mention the Fox News host’s name but referred to her by her time slot.
“For some reason, the ten p.m.-er has a real hate-on for Oz,” Levin said, per The Wrap. “I don’t hate Oz. I don’t hate [Pennsylvania Senate candidate David] McCormick. I think they’re both terrific men. I don’t really hate any of these candidates.”
Levin speculated what Ingraham’s issue is with Oz since she isn’t from the state; however, he does say that some hosts feel they’re entitled to the power of a camera and that they know what’s best for certain states.
“But there’s something going on with the 10 p.m.-er. I’m a Pennsylvanian. 10 p.m.-er is not a Pennsylvanian. But some people, because they have a camera in their face, actually think they know what’s best for you without actually inquiring into it,” Levin added.
“Sounds like a perfectly nice guy, sounds like a perfectly legitimate conservative. No reason to tear the guy down, I don’t think — Do you Mr. Producer? And yet these people get these platforms; they think they’re so smart. 10 p.m.-er has a cork up her nose at this. I don’t know what the problem is.”
WBEN Among the Local Outlets Leading Coverage on Buffalo Man Shooting
WBEN broadcast coverage of numerous press briefings Saturday and Sunday in addition to fielding phone calls from residents who were clearly shaken by Saturday’s events.
Buffalo’s News Talk WBEN covered the horrific mass shooting at a Tops Market Saturday, leaving ten people dead. According to police, the attack was live-streamed on the social gaming platform Twitch.
The story captivated a national audience and quickly fueled debates about First Amendment rights as reports circulated that 18-year-old suspect Payton Gendron published a manifesto consistent with white supremacist ideology.
WBEN broadcast coverage of numerous press briefings Saturday and Sunday in addition to fielding phone calls from residents who were shaken by Saturday’s events. Station reporters sought reaction from the scene speaking to Tops worker Fragrance Harris Stanfield who she’ll never forget the second gunshots ring out.
“I turned around to tell my daughter how I was feeling, and we heard gunshots,” Standfield told the website. “We weren’t sure they were here at our building, so everyone stopped and turned and looked for the front door.”
WBEN spoke to Buffalo attorney Paul Cambria who discussed the challenges of monitoring social media platforms to thwart future attacks.
“They’re really no controls on social media speech,” Cambria said. “Twitter and Facebook and so on people can live stream things without the government telling them no you can do this and do that.”
Cambria alluded to certain Facebook rules where users can end up in “Facebook jail” for violating community standards but reiterated there are no specifics safeguards in place to prevent attacks like the one we witnessed on Saturday.
“That is a company policy as opposed to one imposed by the government,” he added.