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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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Carlos Medina Joining XTRA 106.3’s The Morning XTRA

Medina, who earned the nickname “Front Office Los” for his expansion knowledge of sports and statistics, has joined the show immediately.

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Carlos Medina, also known as “Front Office ‘Los”, is joining Tug Cowart and Scott “Rhino” Rheinhold on XTRA 106.3’s The Morning XTRA in Atlanta.

“Carlos’ sports and numbers background make him a great addition to our contemporary and dynamic and entertaining morning show, The Morning XTRA, and will provide insight and entertainment not found on any other Atlanta radio station,” Dickey Broadcasting Company General Manager David Dickey said.

Medina, who earned the nickname “Front Office Los” for his expansion knowledge of sports and statistics, has joined the show immediately. He has also worked as a contributor to Dickey Broadcasting’s 680 The Fan since 2004.

The Morning XTRA airs from 6:00 AM-9:00 AM weekday mornings.

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Jimmy Farrell Named Cox Media Jacksonville VP/Market Manager 

One of the stations that Farrell will be managing includes News 104.5 WOKV.

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Cox Media Group has a new Vice President and Market Manager for its Jacksonville, FL stations. Radio Insight relayed the company’s announcement on Friday that Jimmy Farrell would be promoted from the Director of Sales to overseeing all stations in the market.

One of the stations that Farrell will be managing includes News 104.5 WOKV. After joining the Cox Media Group 19 years ago as an Account Executive in Orlando, Farrell is “honored” to be taking over the role.

“CMG has given me the opportunity to work with the best and brightest in the business, and I’m truly honored to be appointed the next Vice President and General Manager of radio in Jacksonville,” said Farrell. “I look forward to these new challenges and the significant opportunities to come.”

Farrell’s career continued to progress after arriving in Orlando, going from Local Sales Manager at WWKA’ K92 FM’ to General Sales Manager, and most recently as Director of Sales.

“This is an exciting time for CMG Radio, and I continue to be energized by our people,” said Rob Babin, EVP, CMG Radio. “Jimmy is an exceptional leader with a passion for the radio business, CMG, and the teams he leads.

“He has a strong track record of leading sales teams and driving revenue at CMG Orlando and Jacksonville. I look forward to his impact in this new role.”

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Salem Media Group Sees Revenue Growth in Second Quarter

Salem Media Group is experiencing revenue growth as the company reported a total income of $68.7 million during the second quarter.

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Salem Media Group is experiencing revenue growth as the company reported a total income of $68.7 million during the second quarter, a 12% growth from a year earlier.

CEO David Santrella stated that traditional spot advertising earnings increased 9.5% in the quarter, led by a 17.4% kick in nationwide billings and a 6.9% boost in local sales from last year.

“While we continue to see growth in advertising revenues, local spot is still not back to its pre-pandemic levels, especially now with concerns over inflation and fears of a recession,” Santrella said.

“For the quarter, we had $1.5 million of political revenue compared to only $400,000 in Q2 of last year. The $1.5 million is more than we had in Q2 of 2020, which was $600,000, and more than we had in Q2 2018, which was $1.1 million.”

The results and prospects sent Salem’s stock price soaring 9% after-hours trading late Thursday.

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