WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall co-hosts Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese discussed how perception and the media could drive events in the coming days in both the Washington D.C. area and nationally. Joining them was The Washington Examiner’s Chief Political Correspondent Byron York.
“I can tell you what my sources inside the White House would like President Trump to do during his last nine days in office,” York said, “They want him to travel around and highlight his accomplishments as President. We know he is going to go to Texas to talk about his successes on immigration, but beyond that, we don’t know what he is going to do.”
Even if President Trump does engage in a whirlwind tour highlighting his accomplishments, York says media focus will likely be elsewhere.
“Everybody is going to be focused on the possible impeachment,” York said. “If it happens, it would have to be the fastest impeachment in history. The new Senate does not get sworn in until January 19th and Joe Biden’s inauguration is on the 20th. Is it worth it to remove him with 24 hours left?”
York also brings up the issue of a post-presidential impeachment though the legality of that action has not been decided. Coglianese then asked York if all Democrats support impeachment.
“That’s an interesting question,” York said. “On the one hand, you have some Democrats who have wanted Trump out of office since day one. Then there are some who want the (media) focus to be on the Joe Biden agenda and his first 100 days in office.”
Walter asked if Congress would consider a censure of President Trump.
“They could also censure the President,” York said. “It’s perfectly reasonable and I think it would have support from both Democrats and Republicans, but some don’t think it goes far enough.”
The interview with York ends with him addressing the issue of alleged censorship of conservative opinions on social media sites and limiting access to others, like Parler.
“The Democrats are accusing President Trump of dividing the country, but isn’t “Big Tech” doing the same thing? Coglianese asks. “I mean, almost 75 million people voted for Trump.”
“This is another tough situation for the Democrats,” York said. “Yes, they see it as a good thing because it washes away anything associated with Donald Trump. But privately, they are worried that if they support this (censorship) that one day it could turn around on them. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.”
WYPR, The Baltimore Banner Enter Joint Operating Agreement
As part of this new collaboration, the two parties state they will work together on stories and special reports and create collaborative programming
The city of Baltimore will see two nonprofit organizations form a partnership to share resources, grow their reach, and deliver local news across the region. Your Public Radio Corp. news/talk WYPR (88.1) is entering a joint agreement with The Baltimore Banner.
As part of this new collaboration, the two parties state they will work together on stories and special reports and create collaborative programming to serve the needs of residents in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.
“We are looking forward to the possibilities of this unique model of nonprofit news as we work to preserve and strengthen local journalism here in greater Baltimore,” LaFontaine Oliver, President of Your Public Radio and GM of WYPR, said in a release, per Inside Radio.
“This partnership between Your Public Radio and The Baltimore Banner is an important step to bolster our local newsrooms in Maryland – with trusted, community reporting at the core of the agreement between the two organizations.”
The partnership opens the door to expanding the capacity and reach of each organization’s newsroom and boosts the capability to cover more community matters. Furthermore, WYPR will use its audio expertise to produce a series of joint podcasts and radio programs.
“Our goal is to strengthen Baltimore’s local reporting, growing our coverage statewide,” Imtiaz Patel, CEO of The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism, noted.
“This partnership is a force multiplier for both organizations to expand our coverage and bring the very best local news to the region and state.”
The Bumper Song for Rush Limbaugh Will Be Retired
Clay Travis and Buck Sexton told their audience Thursday that the rights to Rush’s iconic bumper music “My City was Gone” are set to expire.
It’s official. The final piece of Rush Limbaugh on syndicated radio will be retired soon. Clay Travis and Buck Sexton told their audience Thursday that the rights to Rush’s iconic bumper music “My City was Gone” are set to expire.
Limbaugh popularized the song performed by The Pretenders using it as a bumper song which then became synonymous with his overall brand.
“For decades, Rush’s theme song has reminded everyone about their truth and clarity are on the way,” Travis said. “It’s an iconic song forever that’s going to be attached to Rush Limbaugh and everything that he represented.”
With the one-year anniversary of the “Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” approaching, the duo spent time reflecting on the show’s inception and the indelible mark that Limbaugh left on millions of Americans.
“And for us, this is really like retiring the jersey in sports,” said Sexton. “Because Rush’s theme song is forever attached to his memory, everything he built, and we deeply honor that, his legacy. And that song is a part of his legacy, of course.”
Clay & Buck’s new theme song is “My Own Worst Enemy.”
“These guys moved to Tennessee from California because they were so frustrated with the direction that California politics had gone (laughing), and they are going to be longtime listeners of this show,” Travis said.
“They loved Rush. And when we had this conversation with them, Buck, I mean you should have seen their faces and how excited they were to be able to bring their music to this audience and connect their brand and their spirit with the spirit and brand of the greatest radio show audience that has ever existed in American history,” he added.
WOLB’s Larry Young Recovering After Having His Leg Amputated
WOLB’s Larry Young has been off the air since April 10.
A popular Baltimore radio host is recovering after having his leg amputated due to an allergy triggered by his Type 2 diabetes. According to the Baltimore Sun, WOLB’s Larry Young has been off the air since April 10.
“I knew I had a problem,” Young told the paper. “I didn’t know it was as severe as it was. When I got to the hospital, the doctors gave me two options: amputation or death. That is a terrible thing to hear.”
Young has been hosting the morning show on the Urban One-owned station for nearly three decades. He reportedly is planning to retire at the end of the year.
“Larry is a wonderful person, and we all miss him terribly,” said WOLB GM Howard Mazer. “I’m sure all of our listeners are looking forward to his return.”
Young is no stranger to health scares. 18 years ago, he was rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart episode. Young said at the time, doctors gave him less than a 1% chance of surviving.
“The word ‘no’ is not in Larry’s vocabulary,” Mazer said. “He will go out of his way to help someone, no matter what.
Former mayor Catherine Pugh will fill-in during Young’s absence.