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WBT Inks Bo Thompson To Multi-Year Agreement

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One of the staples of WBT’s on-air lineup is sticking around for a while. Radio-One and Charlotte’s dominant news radio station, WBT, have announced that Bo Thompson has come to terms on a new multiyear agreement to continue waking up Charlotte each morning.

Thompson, a Charlotte native, began his career at WBT in 1990 at age 16. He worked at the station while still attending Myers Park High School and continued through his time at Davidson College. His entire three-decade broadcast career has been in Charlotte, mostly with WBT.

“Bo has done an amazing job of keeping Charlotte listeners engaged and informed during mornings on WBT” said Marsha Landess, Regional Vice President. “He has proven to be a compelling broadcaster keeping Charlotte informed on local, Regional and National issues and we are thrilled he will be taking WBT into the future.”

“I’m very proud to continue working for the station that has been my broadcast life,” said Thompson. “It’s an honor for me that I’ll be here both for WBT’s 100th Anniversary and to celebrate a decade hosting mornings next year.”

To learn more about Thompson’s show on WBT visit the station’s website by clicking here. You can also find Bo on Twitter @BoThompsonWBT.

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NPR TV Critic Rips Tom Hanks for Op-Ed In New York Times

Eric Deggans said Hanks did not go deep enough in his piece in which he referred to the Massacre as “systematically ignored.”

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An NPR-TV critic is criticizing Tom Hanks for not being “anti-racist” after the award-winning actor penned an op-ed in the New York Times about the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Eric Deggans said Hanks did not go deep enough in his piece in which he referred to the Massacre as “systematically ignored.”

“These are wise words,’ Deggans responded in his own article. “And it’s wonderful that Hanks stepped forward to advocate for teaching about a race-based massacre – indirectly pushing back against all the hyperventilating about critical race theory that’s too often about silencing such lessons on America’s darkest chapters.”

Deggans said Hanks has made a career out of playing a “righteous white man” in films.

The Tulsa race massacre took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of White residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and destroyed homes and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma

“The truth about Tulsa, and the repeated violence by some white Americans against Black Americans, was systematically ignored, perhaps because it was regarded as too honest, too painful a lesson for our young white ears,” Hanks wrote, urging schools to teach the lessons of Tulsa as early as elementary school. 

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Fox News Sean Hannity Tops Annual “Talkers Heavy Hundred”

Hannity’s show is distributed by Premiere Networks and is the second most-listened to commercial radio show with about 15 million listeners per week.

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Sean Hannity is at the top of the talk radio game. Last week, the Fox News star who also hosts a popular nationally syndicated radio show, topped the annual “Talkers Heavy Hundred” published by Talkers.com. 

Hannity’s show is distributed by Premiere Networks and is the second most-listened-to-commercial radio show with about 15 million listeners per week.

Talkers said the total number of listeners that a particular show garners is not the only criteria that judges look for. The website shows are measured by “courage, effort, impact, longevity, potential, ratings, recognition, revenue, service, talent and uniqueness.”

“We acknowledge that it is as much as art as science, and that the results are arguable,” the magazine added.

The annual list is considered to be a subjective power ranking of the nation’s top hosts. 

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Boston’s WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Celebrates 100 Years on the Air

The station will promote the 100-day celebration online and on-air with stories and photos.

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A legendary all-news radio station is celebrating its 100th anniversary in a special way.

Boston’s WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is commemorating a century in broadcasting with a 100-day celebration. The station first went on the air on September 19, 1921. 

“For a station to broadcast for 100 years is nothing short of amazing,” said Alan Chartrand, Market President of iHeartMedia Boston. “Listeners and advertisers consistently utilize this heritage brand as evidenced by WBZ’s continued ratings and revenue success.

The station will promote the 100-day celebration online and on-air with stories and photos.

“WBZ NewsRadio is defined by our strong, unmistakable presence in the communities we serve,” said Rob Sanchez, Vice President of News, Talk & Sports for iHeartMedia Boston. “As the media landscape continues to evolve, our reach has only increased as WBZ listeners have adopted streaming on smart devices and the iHeartRadio app.”

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