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Vicki Thomas Steps Down After 30 Years at WWJ

Vicki Thomas reitred after a remarkable run at WWJ Newsradio 950 last week.

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Vickie Thomas interviews former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in 2012.

Officials and media members from the State of Michigan reacted to the retirement of longtime reporter Vicki Thomas who called it quits after a remarkable 30-year run at WWJ Newsradio 950 last week.

 Thomas won several awards during her illustrious career and was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2019. She is also a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Detroit chapter.

“After 30 years @WWJ950, I am retiring,” Thomas tweeted last week. “You will still be able to hear my #BlackBusinessMinute each week. It’s been an amazing ride working with the outstanding professionals at WWJ…the BEST news team around! I’ve truly been blessed!!”  

Thomas graduated from Henry Ford High School in Detroit and eventually went to Michigan State University. Financial issues forced her from school briefly. She returned to school at Wayne State University where she won an essay writing contest hosted by Fox 2 in Detroit.

 Thomas’ radio career began at WDET-FM. From there, she landed a job at WWJ and never left.

 Thomas says she likes the visual anonymity of being on the radio. If she’s out during her off-work hours, it helps her move around without attracting attention — until she speaks.

“I was in a gas station and the person behind the counter recognized my voice. That was the first time it ever happened. I was really caught off guard,” Thomas said.

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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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