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Conservative Talk Radio Icon Rush Limbaugh Has Passed Away

“The radio icon has passed away at the age of 70. He learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020.”

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Rush Limbaugh has passed away at the age of 70 following complications from lung cancer, his wife Kathryn announced on his radio show. “Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life,” Mrs. Limbaugh said. Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”

The radio icon learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address days later. First lady Melania Trump then presented America’s highest civilian honor to Limbaugh in an emotional moment on the heels of his devastating cancer diagnosis.

Limbaugh is considered one of the most influential media figures in American history, playing a consequential role in conservative politics since “The Rush Limbaugh Show” began airing in 1988.

As Fox News pointed out, Limbaugh’s program which began 33 years ago on national syndication with only 56 radio stations grew to become the most listened-to radio show in the United States, airing on more than 600 stations, according to the show’s website.

In his final radio broadcast of 2020, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters, sharing that despite the odds, he had outlived his prognosis.

“I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”

In 2003, Limbaugh checked himself into a treatment facility after becoming addicted to pain medication that he was prescribed following back surgery. Also in 2003, Limbaugh resigned from a brief role as ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” after making controversial comments about the-Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who the broadcasting legend said was overrated by media members who wanted to see a Black quarterback thrive.

Born in 1951 in Cape Girardeau, MO, Limbaugh broke into the radio business in 1967 at just 16 years old. He learned how to become a disc jockey in high school, working at a small station nearly 100 miles south of St. Louis. He would then go on to pursue local radio opportunities in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Sacramento, and New York City before changing the industry with the launch of his national program “The Rush Limbaugh Show”.

Limbaugh’s longtime radio partner Premiere Networks sent out a note earlier today to affiliate stations to confirm the passing of the talk radio legend, and share details of how the network will operate in the interim following the loss of one of the nation’s most dominant voices. You can read the letter by clicking here.

Limbaugh is survived by his wife, Kathryn. Further details regarding his funeral are not available at this time.

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Kenya Young Joins WNYC as a Senior VP

Young comes over from NPR to the newly created position as WNYC’s new Senior VP of WNYC Studios

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WNYC Studios has appointed Kenya Young, who comes over from NPR, to a newly created position as the company’s new Senior VP of WNYC Studios, which is part of New York Public Radio.

As Senior Vice President, Young will oversee the strategic direction for WNYC Studios’ portfolio of podcasts. Furthermore, she will lead and support the teams developing and producing shows.

“Kenya is an extraordinary talent of incredible range and the perfect leader for WNYC Studios,” Andrew Golis, Chief Content Officer, WNYC, said per Radio Ink

“She is passionate about the possibilities and craft of audio journalism, and she is ambitious about the mission of public radio and the unique role WNYC Studios holds on the podcast landscape. We’re excited for her to continue her innovative work by supporting and growing our ongoing shows and developing new projects and talents.”

Young comes over from NPR, where she spent 14 years and held positions such as Managing Editor for Collaborative Journalism at NPR. She helped grow and support the company’s collaborative journalism by cultivating relationships and also helped run NPR’s day-to-day news operations.

“I have been a huge fan of WNYC Studios podcasts for a long time – the legacy titles like Radiolab and On The Media and the innovative, edgy creations including Death, Sex and Money, and La Brega,” Young said. 

“WNYC Studios’ portfolio of shows is impressive, stacked with brilliant minds behind them. I’m thrilled to lead this division that consistently produces award-winning work that serves a passionate base of listeners, first and foremost. It’s an honor to join Andrew Golis and the NYPR executive leadership team as WNYC Studios forges ahead to the next level.”

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Howard Stern: I Miss the Republicans Who Didn’t Invade Your Private Life

“I wish the Republicans would go back to being old school Republicans, where they didn’t want to invade your private life,” Stern said.

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The hot topic around news media outlets continues to be the future of Roe v. Wade after a leaked draft opinion showed the Supreme Court is prepared to overturn the law. 

In Tuesday’s edition of “The Howard Stern Show,” host Howard Stern stated that if women are forced to have a baby, then it should be obligated that the men should also be pushed to take care of the child.

“This is what the Supreme Court becomes,” Stern said, per Mediaite. “This is what Republicans become. Nazi, Taliban, no matter what you call them. This decision is pure evil.”

“Our men should be told that if they get their girlfriend pregnant, they will be responsible for child support if she can’t get an abortion. That will change some opinions real fast.”

Furthermore, Stern went on to say that he missed the old Republican party. The group that didn’t want to meddle in the private lives of the citizens but instead is now going rogue with religious views. 

“I wish the Republicans would go back to being old school Republicans, where they didn’t want to invade your private life,” Stern said. “They’ve gone rogue and completely unhinged and latched on to the religious right agenda.”

“They cut school funding, they cut welfare, they cut social services, but they want to give you more unwanted children. There’s no money to take care of these unwanted children, and they’re a mess.”

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ABC News Promotes Liz Alesse to Vice President of Audio

Alesse will manage the entire audio business in her new role with the company, including ABC News Radio, podcasts, and our entertainment content service. 

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ABC News has a new vice president of audio as it has announced the promotion of Liz Alesse to the position. Alesse will manage the entire audio business in her new role with the company, including ABC News Radio, podcasts, and entertainment content service.   

“Liz is already a trusted member of the ABC Audio team, most recently serving as director and executive producer of Podcast Programming,” Reena Mehta, ABC News senior vice president of streaming and digital content, said in a statement. 

“She has been instrumental in growing and re-organizing our award-winning podcast team, developing successful content and monetization strategies, and partnering closely within the news division and across The Walt Disney Company to promote our work.”

Alesse has overseen the launches of new podcasts for ABC News, such as “Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson,” “Close Up,” and “The Book Case with Kate and Charlie Gibson.”

Furthermore, she also took the lead in creating the “GMA” Channel on Apple Podcasts, which carries the new “Good Morning America” podcast and ABC Audio’s expanding library of lifestyle, culture, and entertainment on-demand audio content.

With Alesse having a pivotal role in the audio department, ABC News has received Webby Awards, a Gracie Award, GLAAD Special Recognition honors, and other honors.   

“I am so proud of ABC News’ legacy in the audio and radio space. In this new role, Liz will be vital in leading the division to continued success,” Mehta concluded. 

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