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SiriusXM Has Inauguration Covered From Every Angle

POTUS provided the most centric coverage of the big day. Morning Show host Julie Mason was particularly busy. In addition to hosting her regular program, Julie Mason Mornings, she is also set to host a pair a special coverage blocks.

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Inauguration Day will garner coverage from all types of media outlets and understandably dominate the news cycle on Wednesday, but SIRIUSXM radio devoted a full 24 hours of coverage to the inauguration of Mr. Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States across its four exclusive political talk channels. POTUS provided the most centric coverage of the big day. Morning Show host Julie Mason was particularly busy. In addition to hosting her regular program, Julie Mason Mornings, she is also set to host a pair a special coverage blocks. The first covers the actual inauguration from 12-2 P.M. while the second covers the beginnings of the inauguration’s celebrations. The second block of special coverage is set to air from 6 -8 p.m., but the time slot could be extended if warranted.

In between, Michael Smerconish adopted the role of a sports pre-game show host, wrapping up the final hours of the Trump presidency and looking forward to the Joe Biden administration. Smerconish also broke the news that Trump left early on Marine One, breaking many long standing traditions that include an outgoing president not attending his successor’s inauguration for the first time since 1869.

In keeping with theme of breaking traditions, Smerconish interviewed Jean Becker, the former Chief of Staff for George H.W. Bush, to explain the protocols an outgoing president is supposed to follow on inauguration day.

“Some of these will be followed, but many will not,” Becker said with a laugh. “I think sharing just some of these rules for outgoing presidents is particularly poignant on this special day.”

Smerconish then outlines the procedural aspects of the day. Vice President Kamala Harris will be sworn in first and then at Noon,  Biden will take the oath of office.  Biden is then expected to sign Executive Orders and virtually swear in some members of his cabinet and staff before attending the inauguration party.

 SIRIUSXM’s partisan political channels like, Patriot and Progress also offered extensive coverage of the inauguration, but from conservative and liberal viewpoints respectively.  Sirius XM Urban View host Joe Madison discussed the inauguration and its impacts on the African-American culture with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

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Jay Weber: Media ‘Covering’ For Biden, Democrats On Border Crisis

“Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”

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Many conservative commentators have maligned the interview President Joe Biden conducted with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes last Sunday, and have claimed he got a “pass” on the nation’s southern border. 1130 WISN host Jay Weber can be added to that list.

“Trust me, if a Republican was president, dozens of terrorists roaming America because of the president — intentionally — reopened the borders, it would be a huge deal and a relentless obsession by the news media,” Weber said. “Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”

Weber pointed out a perceived hypocrisy in liberal circles, as many have claimed Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is guilty of kidnapping after sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, but are ok allowing the southern border to remain open.

He continued by pointing out the southern border’s role in national security, saying it took only 13 people to attack America on 9/11.

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Dan Mandis: There’s A Reason Greg Gutfeld Is Winning Late-Night Competition

“There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert.”

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In August, Greg Gutfeld of Fox News overtook other late-night television hosts in the ratings. Friday, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN morning host Dan Mandis said there’s a reason for that.

After playing a recent clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Mandis said it was the chief reason why network shows are losing to Gutfeld. In the clip, Colbert’s audience cheers when the host brings up a Texas sheriff opening an investigation into the actions of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for shipping illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Colbert called DeSantis “a body builder who skips head day” in his monologue, and Mandis found the comments offensive. He claimed shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX should be a place for all viewers, not just members of the “progressive left”.

“To me, Colbert’s show should be on CNN or MSNBC to cater to the left,” Mandis said. “But again, he’s on the network where he should be welcoming for all. There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Isn’t Gutfeld blowing off half of America?’ Perhaps, but he’s on Fox News, where people know what they’re going to get.”

Mandis then pointed out the difference in Gutfeld’s approach compared to Colbert’s, saying Gutfeld’s panel approach is easier to digest than Colbert’s solo monologue followed by celebrity interviews.

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Will Dahlberg New GM For WBHM

“I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities.”

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WBHM, the news/talk station owned by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has named Will Dahlberg as its new Executive Director and General Manager.

“Working at WBHM for the past decade has been the highlight of my professional career, and I am honored to serve as executive director,” Dahlberg said. “I appreciate the search committee’s confidence in my abilities to lead this amazing station and the talented and diverse team that works hard to serve our community. I am so grateful to the amazing WBHM team for their time, support and patience during my time as interim and throughout this search. I am also grateful to the many people at UAB who continue to support WBHM’s important mission.”

He also added how important WBHM has been, and will continue to be to the greater Birmingham communitiy.

“WBHM has done an excellent job as a public radio station since 1976, but it is important that we continue to strive to do more,” Dahlberg continued. “I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities. As Birmingham evolves, so should its public radio station, and I can’t wait for us to do that together.”

Dahlberg has previously worked as the Deputy Director and Membership Manager for the station. He has been the interim executive director since mid-2021.

“Will has more than a decade of experience at WBHM in a range of roles, including 15 months as interim executive director, and his passion for public radio and the people it serves is evident in everything he does,” said UAB Chief Communications Officer Jim Bakken. “WBHM provides an invaluable service to the Birmingham community and beyond, and Will’s commitment and vision will lead the station in delivering on its mission.”

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