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Bloomberg Reaches Deal with iHeartMedia for Podcast Production & Distribution

Four new podcasts will be the beginning markers for the neal deal

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iHeartMedia and Bloomberg Media are teaming up for production and distribution of podcasts the business news outfit puts together.  

Four new original podcasts from the two will mark the start of their new, multi-year deal. The four are expected to be on broad business topics.  

“Bloomberg Media continues to be one of the first, most-trusted destinations for high-quality content — from market news to business trends, to deeper financial backstories on what’s moving the economy overall,” said iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group CEO Conal Byrne. “We are excited to partner with Bloomberg, not only to grow the audience of their existing slate of great shows, but to develop a whole new list of titles across the next several years, combining their editorial expertise with our mass reach and monetization.”  

“We continue to see growth with our chart-topping, award-winning podcasts, as we had 26% increase in podcast downloads in 2020,” said Bloomberg Media Chief Growth Officer and Global Head of Strategic Partnerships M. Scott Havens. “Bloomberg Media delivers the global perspective and deep insight business-minded listeners crave, and new platforms such as the iHeartMedia network extends our reach with new audiences who are seeking quality, premium content.”  

The deal includes distribution of Bloomberg’s current stable of podcasts while adding more than a dozen new podcasts over time.

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Joe Pags Criticizes Fox News Digital for ‘Slanted’ Reporting

Radio host Joe Pags Friday criticized Fox News Digital for its reporting on the story regarding a special counsel investigating Donald Trump.

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U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland announced Friday a special counsel to investigate the Department of Justice investigations into former President Donald Trump. 

Nationally syndicated radio host Joe Pags Friday criticized Fox News Digital for its reporting on the story. Pags accused the writers of using a slant to advance a narrative about what happened on Jan 6. 

“Not a very good job, they sound like they are skewed,” he said. “Trump supporters storming the Capitol, we don’t know who stormed the Capitol because they won’t tell us who was there or how many FBI agents were there.” 

“Garland clarified that when it came to the investigation into Jan. 6, Smith would not be handling the investigation or prosecution of Trump supporters that breached the U.S. Capitol,” the article stated.

“They didn’t say alleged or anything,” stated Pags. “Even Fox News just writes stuff that is slanted as hell, it’s un-journalistic, you have to say alleged or that the Department of Justice says. You can’t just say it because then you are attributing to yourself as if you have knowledge of the situation.” 

Pags has won multiple Associated Press awards for excellence in journalism in both Michigan and New York. Michigan Association of Broadcasting award-winner and has been cited by the US House of Representatives and the State of Michigan for his broadcasts following the attacks of 9/11.

“At the end of the day I just want real news,” added Pags. 

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KMOX Shuffling Weekday Lineup

Beginning Nov. 28, Wheeler will be moving from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where he joins the “Dave Glover Show.”

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Changes are coming to St. Louis’ KMOX News/Talk as shuffling occurs in their weekday lineup. The station’s mid-day program “The Show” will see Kevin Wheeler exit. However, he’s not leaving KMOX nor the show, to some extent.

Beginning November 28th, Wheeler will move from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1p-5p where he’ll join the “Dave Glover Show.”

As for “The Show,” Amy Marxkor and Chris Rongey will remain on the program from 10a-1p. The two will stick around with Wheeler, Glover, Rachel Zimmerman, and Andrew Stolze for the 1p-2p hour.

“Now I get to hang with ALL of my friends!” Wheeler said on Twitter. “The high school friends (DGS) and the college friends (@AmyMarxkors and @ChrisRongey), which is sometimes weird at first, but everyone gets used to it.”

So if any listener is a fan of the current version of “The Show,” they will at least get one hour of the trio being together each day. 

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SiriusXM Wants to Grow Reach With New App Features

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

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If you consume any news media content on SiriusXM on their app, there will be changes as the company shifts its focus to streaming, not only car satellite (h/t Inside Radio). 

The new features on the app are “a clean, colorful, and easy-to-use interface with expanded personalization features, simplified navigation, a richer dark display that puts the focus on content and other enhancements.” 

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

“It’s a different product. It’s a different market where it’s younger, it’s more diverse,” Executive VP/CFO Sean Sullivan said in September. “I think we need to really continue to invest and refine our content strategy to serve a different market of consumers.”

CEO Jennifer Witz teased the upgrades coming to the app earlier this month while reporting the enterprise’s third-quarter earnings.

“While our streaming business is still at an early stage, we are investing in building out the experience and our capabilities in anticipation that it will become a much more significant part of our subscriber mix in the near future,” Witz explained. 

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