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Michael Medved, George Will Evaluate Biden’s First Week in Office

While there was some room for praise, particularly on Taiwan, Medved and Will offered their criticism’s of the first week of the Biden presidency.

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Normally, members of the media give a new presidential administration 100 days before evaluating their performance. Evidently Michael Medved, host of the nationally syndicated Michael Medved Show, could not wait that long. On Tuesday’s night’s program, with the help of Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner George Will, they went through the perceived accomplishments and failures of President Joe Biden’s first full week in office.

“It has only been seven days, but doesn’t it feel longer than that to you?” Medved asked Will.

Will seems to have a more balanced approach to President Biden’s first week in office.

“He has done some good things,” Will said of Biden. “I particularly like and was pleasantly surprised by his stern response to the violation of Taiwan’s air space by the People’s Republic of China by sending the Theodore Roosevelt through the Taiwan Straits. That was a very firm response.  Add in the fact, that he invited the defacto ambassador of Taiwan to the United States to the inauguration. That’s the first time that has ever been done and I think it sends a very clear message that this administration is not going to abandon Taiwan to the tender mercies of China.”

Will’s praise ends there however, as both he and Medved take issue with the number of Executive Orders Mr. Biden has signed that deal with “Culture War” issues. So far, M., Biden has signed a record 37 Executive Orders. By comparison, former President Donald Trump signed four during his entire term.

“That’s the less pleasant aspect to this,” Will said. “He is bowing to the culture wars by allowing transgender athletes in women’s sports and a whole flurry of other Executive Orders that push the (liberal) agenda. To be fair, Mr. Trump signed Executive Orders also so it’s not an uncommon thing to do and they are basically written on water because they can be easily undone by the next administration. But so far, the sheer number of them is a bit much.”

Will seems to have the biggest problem with the Executive Orders dealing with systemic racism.

“I’ve seen these kind of fevers sweep through the country before. They always seem to die out,” he said. “For the most part it’s unintelligible and boring. I don’t even know what it is. Now Disney is saying that Peter Pan and Dumbo are racist cartoons. Eventually these kind of things will get to the point where they won’t pass the laugh test and people will get bored with it. I think that boredom will rescue us.”

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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

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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WOLB’s Larry Young Recovering After Having His Leg Amputated

WOLB’s Larry Young has been off the air since April 10.

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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. 

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