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KCBS Earns Award for Last Year’s George Floyd Coverage

The station earned the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for “Best Radio Breaking News Reporting.”

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San Francisco’s KCBS All News Radio has earned an award for its reporting during last year’s protests that erupted following the death of George Floyd. 

The station earned the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for “Best Radio Breaking News Reporting.” The accolade is presented by  The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). 

The Audacy-owned station covered two different protests in May of 2020 that took place in San Jose and Oakland. Reporters Doug Sovern and Keith Menconi put themselves in harm’s way as violence broke out around them. 

Sovern was teargassed during the event. He shared experience on-air and online.

“When protesters started setting off fireworks and throwing bottles at cops, police responded with tear gas and many in the crowd fled in panic,” he tweeted at the time. “I got gassed, as did many other media.”

KCBS was the only commercial station in America to win in any category.

“I’m incredibly proud of my team’s thoughtful and compelling protest coverage. On behalf of everyone at KCBS Radio, I would like to thank SPJ for this prestigious honor,” said Jennifer Seelig, Director of News & Programming, KCBS All News Radio. “KCBS strives to deliver comprehensive coverage of stories that resonate with our audience, and this recognition underscores our unwavering commitment to our community.”

You can listen to the award-winning coverage by clicking here.

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Megyn Kelly Mocks CBS News Over Decisions on Twitter Activity

SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly is one of many piling on CBS News as she ridiculed the decision to suspend then quickly resume their activity on Twitter.

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CBS News initially suspended activity on Twitter citing due to the “uncertainty” surrounding Elon Musk’s management of the platform but then quickly made a U-turn on their decision.

As a result, the news division has been a punching bag over the last few days and SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly is one of many piling on CBS News as she ridiculed the decision.

“Is this a joke? CBS News – former home to Mike Wallace and Ed Bradley – is afraid of … Twitter?” Kelly tweeted on Sunday.

On Friday, the news network announced that they were suspending activity, but then on Sunday, a decision was made to reverse course and remain active on Twitter.

“After pausing for much of the weekend to assess the security concerns, CBS News and Stations is resuming its activity on Twitter as we continue to monitor the situation,” the statement said.

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WSB Wants More Election Specials After 2022 Midterm Success

During the 2022 Midterm Elections, WSB rolled out its first Election Night special, which the station says was a success, but now they want more.

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During the 2022 Midterm Elections, WSB rolled out its first Election Night special, which the station says was a success. However, now the Atlanta-based company wants to follow up with more specials and not wait until 2024.

WSB is in luck, considering the United States Senate race in Georgia between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker is heading toward a run-off, possibly allowing the radio station to put together programming. 

“There’s nothing better than having a vision and then having your team totally surpass anything you thought possible,” Ken Charles, WSB’s director of brand programming, said (h/t Radio Ink). 

“We’re going to find other ways to put our talent together again and not wait until election night 2024 to do it again.”

Apart from the Georgia senate race, other prospects for specials will be the primary races once the candidates planning to run for president are revealed.  

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WIOD Names Manny Munoz Midday Host Starting in January

Beginning Monday, Jan. 9, Munoz will be part of a new 10 am-12 pm show with his co-host, yet to be named.

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There’s some shuffling occurring at iHeartMedia News/Talk 610 WIOD Miami as the radio station is debuting a new co-host in Manny Munoz. 

Beginning Monday, Jan. 9, Munoz will be part of a new 10 am-12 pm show with his co-host, yet to be named. Munoz has spent the past fourteen years of his career as an Executive Producer, sports reporter and co-host of “South Florida’s First News with Jimmy Cefalo.”

“We are delighted to expand Manny’s presence on WIOD. Manny will now be leading his own show, Middays 10a-12n – bringing to South Florida, a fresh perspective from one of their own,” Shari Gonzalez, iHeartMedia Miami/Fort Lauderdale Market President, said (h/t Radio Insight).

“What a great fit for the evolution of WIOD. We are grateful to Brian Mudd for his four and a half years with us and are certain Brian will have continued success enlightening and entertaining the Palm Beaches.”

As Cefalo is retiring at the end of the year, Munoz will now move into the 10 am-12 pm slot, with current host Brian Mudd exiting the WIOD lineup after four and a half years, but will remain a figure at News/Talk 1290 WJNO West Palm Beach.

“Born in Hialeah, raised in Kendall and living in Southwest Broward for the last 27 years, I’m excited for the opportunity to have a show focused on the issues that affect South Floridians on a daily basis,” Munoz said.

“I can’t wait to meet my new partner so we can inform, entertain, and bring a smile to WIOD’s loyal listeners and invite new ears to join the show too.”

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