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Elder Blames Media for Caller’s Racially-Charged Outburst

The nearly one minute call was left on the program’s voice mail so Elder invited the unidentified caller to call back into the program and discuss the issues that he had raised.

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Conservative radio hosts are often lightning rods for criticism, but callers rarely unleash criticism directly at the host themselves. Larry Elder, the African-American host of The Larry Elder Show, endured such harsh criticism from a caller on Tuesday night as he was called a “Mother F*cking Racist”, an “Uncle Tom” and many other racially charged expletives.

The nearly one minute call was left on the program’s voice mail so Elder invited the unidentified caller to call back into the program and discuss the issues that he had raised. Interestingly, Elder did not blame the caller for his outburst, but instead the media.

“The media has pushed this idea of systemic racism for ratings and they have convinced this gentleman and others that I am the enemy,” Elder said. “It’s ingenious if you think about it. It’s a classic sting operation. They (the media) have convinced their mark that they haven’t been stung and if they do realize it, they blame someone else.”

Elder adds that anger toward conservatives comes from people blindly following the media.

“People like this gentleman are like lemmings,” Elder said. “They will follow the media right off of a cliff and then pull the lever for the Democrats 95 percent of the time, even though they have policies that are directly harmful to their best interests. They should be mad at those policies, not me.”

Elder also implies that fostering anger toward conservatives is part of a Democratic plan to keep people from focusing on failed policies.

“Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have to be laughing over this,” Elder said. “They know it’s all B.S. and yet they have painted me as the bad guy, because I say things like the majority of Black and Brown parents in the inner city want school choice for their children. That goes against their agenda, so they paint me as a racist and now this gentleman calls in talking about my lips, among other things. Just because I support (former) President Trump, who had the best economy ever for Black People and supports school choice, that does not make me a racist.”

Elder closes the segment by addressing his caller directly.

“’Sir, there is not some invisible force holding people back from realizing their potential,” he said. “I have more faith in you than you do in me. You can accomplish anything you want. If you want to be angry at something, focus on the policies. In Baltimore, a city with a Democratic majority, in 13 schools, zero percent of the students can do math at grade level. Be mad at that. Get angry over the fact that 70 percent of the homicides in Baltimore are Black on Black violence. Don’t be used and manipulated by the media, sir. They are treating you like a moron. They are laughing at you. How is calling me and attacking me helping? They are treating you like a schoolboy and honestly, you should be ashamed of yourself for letting it happen.”

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Radio Host John Fredericks Acquires Station 740 WVCH

Fredericks has acquired Christian station 740 WVCH in Chester, Pennsylvania for $500,000.

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Conservative talk show host station owner John Fredericks is adding another radio station to his portfolio.

According to Radio Insight, Fredericks has acquired Christian station 740 WVCH in Chester, Pennsylvania for $500,000.

Fredericks hosts Outside the Beltway which airs on the MAGA Radio Network in the Richmond, Virginia market.

WVCH is also heard on 95.3 W237EH Pennsauken NJ covering the city of Philadelphia itself. There is no word on whether that station is part of Fredericks’ deal.

Fredericks acquired WVCH through Disruptor Radio LLC from the Estate of Alice Moffit’s WVCH Communications Inc.

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NPR Criticized For Framing Michelle Wu’s Sworn In as ‘Disappointment’

Newsroom consultant Emma Carew Grovum reacted to NPR’s piece saying the story had merit but that the “framing was absolute trash.” 

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National Public Radio (NPR) is receiving lots of backlash for its reporting on a story about Boston’s first woman and Asian mayor Michelle Wu. The 36-year-old Democrat was sworn in Tuesday in a ceremony that was framed as a ‘disappointment’ to the outlet. 

“Michelle Wu, an Asian American, is the first woman and first person of color elected to lead the city,” NPR tweeted. “While many are hailing it as a turning point, others see it as more of a disappointment that the three Black candidates couldn’t even come close.” 

The article quotes a civil rights activist and resident who “cried their eyes out” simply because a Black candidate didn’t win the city’s mayoral election. 

“I mean the data speaks for itself, and it’s troubling,” former Massachusetts State Rep. Marie St. Fleur told NPR.

Newsroom consultant Emma Carew Grovum reacted to NPR’s piece saying the story had merit but that the “framing was absolute trash.” 

“Why must we pit POCs against each other in storytelling?” Grovum tweeted. “Why can’t we celebrate a woman of color who has just reached a massive milestone in her career?”

Marty Walsh, Boston’s first Black mayor, endorsed Wu after falling short in the 2021 mayoral primary.

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Audacy Lures Dave Labrozzi To Pittsburgh To Lead KDKA News Radio

“LaBrozzi will oversee the content strategy, talent, operations and branding for KDKA starting November 29th.”

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Audacy has announced the hiring of Dave LaBrozzi as Brand Manager of KDKA News Radio (KDKA-AM/100.1 FM) in Pittsburgh. LaBrozzi will oversee the content strategy, talent, operations and branding for the radio station starting November 29th.

“I am thrilled to be back in my favorite city and second home,” said LaBrozzi. “I consider it an honor to lead KDKA, a true legend in the industry. Thank you to Michael Spacciapolli for the opportunity to return to the city I love and lead an amazing group of talent on such a legendary station.”

LaBrozzi has nearly four decades of experience in radio, and most recently served as Vice President of Programming for WABC Radio in New York City. Prior to guiding WABC, he was Program Director of WPLJ-FM. In addition to his stint in New York, Dave spent 14 years working as the Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio’s Baltimore stations. His professional experience also includes programming stops in Nashville, Austin, San Antonio and Pittsburgh.

Labrozzi takes over a highly respected and successful brand, which had previously been managed by Jim Graci. Graci left the station in mid-August. He also had programmed 93.7 The Fan, the market’s leading sports brand, which will now be managed by Kraig Riley who received an internal promotion.

“As both KDKA and The Fan continue to evolve into full multi-platform operations serving our listeners in new ways every day it is clear that both stations need focused leadership,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Pittsburgh. “The addition of Dave and promotion of Kraig will help us continue that evolution. There is an expectation of excellence at both stations from the city of Pittsburgh that I have no doubt Dave and Kraig will continue to build on every day.”

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