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Super Bowl Blurs Lines Between Sports and News Talk Formats

Other hosts seemed to be triggered by what they saw as political agendas and media coverage of the Super Bowl. Joe Pagliarulo was particularly critical of the Jeep commercial with Bruce Springsteen calling for unity and for Americans to “Meet in Middle”.

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Normally the genres of News Talk and Sports Talk radio are well defined within the industry, with one format rarely crossing over to the other. The Super Bowl, however is such a big event that those lines are often blurred or they disappear completely. Such was the case with Super Bowl LV on Sunday. Many local News Talk personalities from across the country took to Twitter and the airways Sunday into Monday to discuss various aspects of the big game.

Some hosts like Bernie and Sid of WABC in New York hosted an hour long Super Bowl Special on Sunday afternoon, breaking down the matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs in true Sports Talk fashion. The duo also ranked their favorite commercials on Monday’s Edition of Bernie & Sid in the Morning. Others such as Chicks on the Right, Michael Berry, Bill Spadea and many other took issue with the perceived political slant of the commercials and the coverage of the game itself by print and other media.

“We might get into the politics later in the show,” Bernie McGuirk said. ”But the Super Bowl is supposed to be fun and we want to start by naming the best and worst commercials.”

 According to Bernie & Sid, the best commercial was by Cure Auto Insurance that used the word “Opinion “as a double entendre and the worst being the Tide Jason Alexander shirt commercial.

Other hosts seemed to be triggered by what they saw as political agendas and media coverage of the Super Bowl. Joe Pagliarulo was particularly critical of the Jeep commercial with Bruce Springsteen calling for unity and for Americans to “Meet in Middle”.

Bill Spadea was not just critical of a commercial but of news media icon Dan Rather, retweeting the phrase “F You” in response to Rather’s tweet concerning the lack of people wearing masks at the Super Bowl.

“Ya gotta ignore old bitter Dan,” Spadea’s tweet read. “Irrelevant. It’s obvious that the masks have run their course. They have never prevented any virus. It was all bullshit virtue signaling. And now everyone sees it. Maybe the fake scientists will keep screaming but adults know it’s time to unmask.”

If a commercial calling for unity was met with criticism, it comes as no surprise that news headlines characterizing postgame celebrations suffered the same fate. Chicks on the Right tweeted a pair of New York Times headlines that read, “Super Bowl Celebrations Bring Super Spreader Concerns” as opposed to “Rollicking NYC Celebration for Biden Win”.

“I mean, everyone sees the bias at this point, right?”, the tweet read. “Or are there still idiot deniers out there who refuse to see what’s right in front of them?”

Michael Berry insinuates that the media paints a different picture of Tampa Bay and their quarterback Tom Brady because, according to multiple news outlets, Brady is friends with former President Donald Trump.

“Tom Brady credits Donald J .Trump for inspiring him to victory.” Berry tweeted. He  also tweeted that “Tom Brady’s win proves God favors Donald J. Trump” along with retweeting the statement, “The intent of many in the media today is to humiliate others, strip them of dignity, reveal their pathetic fallibility — all to confirm a worldview in which they are good and their perceived enemies, for reasons personal and political, are bad.”

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Joe Pagliarulo: I Don’t Know What We’re Doing If We Can’t Protect Children

Joe ‘Pags’ Pagliarulo made strong statements Tuesday regarding a mass school shooting that left at least 21 people dead in Uvalde, Texas. 

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Texas-based syndicated radio host Joe ‘Pags’ Pagliarulo made strong statements Tuesday regarding a mass school shooting that left at least 21 people dead in Uvalde, Texas. Barret News Media transcribed some of those comments from Pags’ Twitch broadcast, which took place hours after the shooting. 

Pagliarulo’s show originates from iHeartMedia’s 1200 News Radio WOAI. The studios are located approximately 83 miles away from where the shooting took place. Pags told his audience that his thoughts and prayers are with the victims. 

“If we can’t protect our children, I don’t know what we’re doing as a society,” Pags said. “I think it’s multiple folds of what’s wrong here. Those who want to knee-jerk react and say the school wasn’t secure enough; I think that you’re knee-jerk reacting. Those who are knee-jerk reacting and saying we need to repeal the Second Amendment, that’s stupid.” 

Pags stressed that what the country should be focusing on is the fact the families of 18 children will never see them again. 

“It is simply unimaginable to ever fathom not having your child again,” he said. “We assume that evil in our society will not get to our kids, that we will see them again after the school day. These children will never come home.” 

According to Fox News, Texas Gov Greg Abbott identified the suspect as Salvador Ramos, a Uvalde resident who is also dead and acted alone. Abbott said he had a handgun and possibly a rifle when he opened fire at Robb Elementary School. 

“I am telling you, as a father of children, this hits home,” Pags said. “You have to see where the breakdowns are in our society that allow for things like this to happen.”

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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