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KIRO Traffic Reporter Sullivan Details COVID Struggle

Sullivan has missed the past few weeks of work and lost 23 pounds.

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KIRO traffic reporter Chris Sullivan is telling his story after having come down with COVID-19.

On “Seattle’s Morning News” Friday, Sullivan told the hosts he lost 23 pounds of muscle over the two weeks where the virus affected him the most.

“This thing comes at you and it attacks everything that you have and it does it in waves; it’s almost like it’s just messing with you,” he described. “It’s methodical, and relentless, and it attacks in waves and your body can only do so much.”

Sullivan told his co-workers that he believes he caught the virus when visiting his son in Montana, a state where there was no mask mandate in place.

He details more about his fight against the virus on his Facebook page.

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Syndicated Host Need to Do Their Part to Create Local Flavor

Syndicated host should be willing to do whatever they can (if they’re smart and care) to help a station and local market. 

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Those of us on the programming side of radio all want more. Granted, if we have a single, competitive bone in our body, we should want more; more marketing, more access to research and information, more cross-promotion, and in many cases, more local content. But, there’s nothing wrong with wanting that and pushing for it while also understanding the problematic situations our business finds itself in as we continue to dig out of the pandemic. 

So there have always been two options. On would be to complain to anyone who will listen (and that group is much smaller than you think), or continue to push forward, make the best of the resources you’re given while also planning and plotting for a future of achieving what it is you eventually want for the radio station. 

Depending on your company and market size, you may have one or two local shows on your station for many news talkers. Of course, you may prefer having local, but at the same time, having syndication isn’t something you need to, or should, view as a negative. 

What can you do in news talk syndication to create a “local flavor”? How can you make these syndicated hosts, many of whom have hundreds of affiliates, feel like they’re part of your market? Well, that depends on who your host is, but many will be willing to do whatever they can (if they’re smart and care) to help your station and market. 

In our case at KCMO Talk Radio, Dave Ramsey has always been a very engaged syndicated host with our market. From hosting Ramsey events in Kansas City to providing himself and his personalities as guests on our local shows to doing local endorsements, there is a strong connection and feeling to the audience that Dave is part of the KCMO family. He has also been a staple in his mid-day time slot on the station for over a decade.

For more newcomers to the station like Ben Shapiro, who is also incredibly busy as a co-founder of The Daily Wire, he may not be as accessible. Still, he is willing to turn around topical and unique liners and rejoins we can use throughout syndication that make Ben sound like he’s one with Kansas City. For example, rejoins over bumper music during the holidays, saying, “Hey, it’s Ben Shapiro, and to all our KCMO listeners, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!”

Around the rest of the station, Mark Levin’s book publisher was kind enough to send us a few extra copies of his recent bestseller, American Marxism. We then planned an interview with Mark to promote his book and talk about the day’s news while announcing we would then be giving away copies all week long. 

Some of these items are smaller than others, but they’re personable and are appreciated by listeners. And guess what, these small things add up.

Granted, they may not add up by tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year, but they’re building blocks. Whether it’s something glorious like events with personalities or smaller items like topical liners, these move the station forward in a positive way. As a bonus, it prevents you from complaining to someone who likely doesn’t want to hear it anyway. Everybody wins. 

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Julie Mann Resigns as Managing Editor of WBBM Newsradio 780AM

Mann has been with WBBM since 1995 when she joined the station as a news reporter. 

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The managing editor of Audacy’s WBBM Newsradio 780AM in Chicago will resign effective Dec 10. 

According to Roger Feder, Julie Mann’s resignation was announced to the staff Wednesday by Ron Gleason, brand manager and news director of WBBM Newsradio. 

Mann has been with WBBM since 1995 when she joined the station as a news reporter. 

“Julie has been instrumental in our news coverage, interacting minute by minute with our reporters, working closely with our behind-the-scenes team and taking care of a laundry list of needs,” Gleason wrote in an internal email.

Mann is reportedly leaving the station for a job closer to home, but she has not publicly revealed her plans. 

“For me personally, I will miss her camaraderie, tremendous work ethic and the incredible amount of help she’s given me over the years,” Gleason wrote. “An invaluable resource in so many ways, she’s been a great leader, teacher and counsel to all of us.”

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640 Toronto Names Amanda Cupido Director of Talk & Talent

“I’m so excited to be joining this incredibly talented team,” Cupido said  

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According to AllAccess, former reporter/producer Amanda Cupido has been tapped as the Director of Talk & Talent at Global News Radio 640 Toronto.

Cupido worked at crosstown rival NEWSTALK 1010. She also authored a book on podcasting titled, “Let’s Talk Podcasting: The Essential Guide to Doing it Right.”

“I’m so excited to be joining this incredibly talented team,” Cupido said in a statement. “Audio storytelling is the backbone of humanity and right now we have the opportunity to push the boundaries of the medium and think beyond.”  

Global News Radio 640 Toronto and is now owned by Global News’ parent company Corus Entertainment, one of the largest media companies in Canada.

“Amanda is one of the most respected audio storytellers in Canada,” said Gifford. “With her experience in radio, podcast, as an entrepreneur and educator, she has become a thought leader, a champion, and a disrupter in the audio space.”

Gifford added that he looks forward to having Cupido’s expertise and “fresh perspective.”

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