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Charlie Kirk Gains Clearance in New York City on WABC

“Kirk will have the first hour of his afternoon show air on 77 WABC in New York City starting Monday.”

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Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk will have the first hour of his afternoon show air on 77 WABC in New York City starting Monday. Kirk is the host of a popular podcast distributed by Salem Radio Network.

“I am thrilled and honored to take the same time and station where my friend and American hero Rush Limbaugh launched his national radio show in 1988,” Kirk said. “I am so impressed with what John Catsimatidishas has done since he bought this great station and will commit to doing my part to keep this as one of the top talk stations in America.”

John Catsimatidis officially acquired WABC last March and since then has made several high-profile additions to the station including New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Fox commentator Bill O’Reilly.

“Charlie Kirk has proven to be one of the bright lights of the conservative movement,” said Catsimatidis. “He’s young, energetic, articulate, and proving to be a great radio talent.”

“We have built one of the strongest talk lineups in all of radio at 77WABC and are delighted to add this great young star to our platform,” said Chad Lopez, President of Red Apple Media. “We know this will be a great move both for our listeners and advertisers.”

“I was fortunate to be the PD at WABC for 14 years. I am thrilled to see WABC once again affirm its status as one of the truly iconic talk stations in the nation, and so blessed to be able to add our newest star Charlie Kirk to their all-star lineup,” said Phil Boyce, Salem Senior VP of Spoken Word at the Salem Radio Network.

Last month the station hired Rita Cosby to fill the slot vacated by John Batchelor’s departure. WABC has made a slew of changes recently including adding Newsmax TV’s Greg Kelly.

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WTOP Collects Four Regional Murrow Awards

Award for Overall Excellence was 10th in 12 years for the D.C. all-news outlet

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WTOP continued its success in the Radio Television Digital News Association’s annual regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, claiming 4 honors.

The Washington, D.C. all-news outlet won the Overall Excellence Award for the 10th time in 12 years.

Other award winning efforts were the station’s coverage of the June 1, 2020 clearing of Lafayette Square protesters, the podcast “Colors: A Dialogue on Race in America” hosted by JJ Green and Chris Core and digital award for overall coverage of news in 2020.

“I am so proud of what our team accomplishes everyday but to be recognized for the work we produced in 2020 is special. 2020 was a year unlike any other in the journalism profession,” said Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News and Programming. “We are humbled to be recognized for our work across so many of our platforms – radio, web and podcasting.”

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Dr. Laura Hits Podcasting Milestone

Schlessinger’s podcast is a segment from her daily SiriusXM show

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Legendary talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger reached a major milestone in her illustrious career recently when her Call of the Day podcast reached the 100 Million download mark.

The podcast is a feature that is taken from Dr. Laura’s daily SiriusXM talk show in which she features a call she designates as the best from each day’s show.

“We set forth to make this podcast a new avenue to hear Dr. Laura,” said Take On The Day LLC president Geoff Rich. “It turns out we made it one of the most popular focusing on families and parenting.”

The Call of the Day podcast was launched in 2017 and has consistently ranked #1 in Parenting on ApplePodcasts, is top ranked in Kids and Family, and is among podcasting Global 200 according to Chartable. 

Schlessinger moved her daily talk show from terrestrial radio to satellite radio 10 years ago. She was inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018. Dr. Laura is the author of 13 New York Times best-sellers. 

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Abrams to Step Down from KYW Newsradio

Abrams career stops included WHUM, WIP and WPEN before KYW.

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Longtime Philadelphia anchor, editor, and reporter Mark Abrams announced his retirement from KYW Newsradio Thursday. The multi-talented Abrams worked as journalist for several different companies in both the print and radio industries.  

Abrams’ career spanned 24 years. He came to KYW from WHUM in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also anchored at WPEN and WIP.  He served as reporter, columnist and desk editor for the Reading Eagle and Reading Times newspapers.

He covered the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Catholic community extensively for KYW, including the papal visit in Philadelphia in 2015. He covered the selections of two different popes, live from the Vatican, both in 2005 and 2013.

“Mark Abrams has long been a versatile part of the KYW Newsradio family,” said midday news anchor Michelle Durham. “I wish you the best of luck in retirement. Your family’s always been your priority, and I’m so thrilled that you will have an opportunity to spend more time with them.”

Morning drive sports reporter Dave Uram: “I think a perfect way to describe your role on KYW for nearly 24 years is versatile. Reporter, anchor, editor — you did it all, and you did it with professionalism, enthusiasm and leadership.”

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