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Tavis Smiley Attempts Comeback by Purchasing KBLA Talk 1580

Smiley purchased KBLA Talk 1580 and debuted the station on Juneteenth. Smiley told the Associated Press that he wants to bring a progressive perspective to the city and the nation.

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Former TV and radio personality Tavis Smiley, whose career was derailed by allegations of sexual misconduct, has purchased a radio station in Los Angeles.

Smiley purchased KBLA Talk 1580 and debuted the station on Juneteenth. Smiley told the Associated Press that he wants to bring a progressive perspective to the city and the nation.

“While I was watching this racial reckoning last summer, it was so clear to me that people were being heard to some degree, but there were no African American-owned platforms where people had their voice on a regular basis,” Smiley said. The media can lose interest when protests stop, he said, but the issues “that matter to us don’t go away.”

Smiley has repeatedly denied claims of any wrongdoing. He sued his former employer, PBS, but lost a breach-of-contract suit. The network countersued him for $1.5 million. That total was increased to $2.6 million for a judge’s ruling, according to the Washington Post.

“This is not about Tavis Smiley. I’m only on (weekdays) three hours a day,” he said. “We are live 24 hours a day, seven days a week. … So, there are a lot of other voices on the station that will be talking about a lot of local, national, and international issues.”

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Sebastian Gorka Inks Multi-Year Deal With Salem Radio Network

The Hungarian native served as Deputy Assistant to the President in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Radio personality Dr. Sebastian Gorka inked a multi-year extension with Salem Radio Network. The America First host began his stint at the network nearly two years ago.

The Hungarian native served as Deputy Assistant to the President in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Despite an incredibly hard 18 months for America, conservative talk radio is stronger than it has ever been,” Gorka said. “I am so grateful to Salem, my superb team, and our amazing listeners for their loyalty and enduring love of country.”

Gorka has briefed the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Navy Seals, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He also served as an expert for the Department of Justice during the Boston Bombing trial and testified before Congress on the threat of Global Jihadism.

“Dr. Gorka has proven to be a natural on the radio. His insight into current events, his courageous stands on the issues, and his unique sense of humor have blended together to make this one of the best shows in the Salem lineup,” said Salem senior vice president for spoken-word Phil Boyce. 

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Curtis Sliwa Wants NYC to Cover Expenses for Saving a Cat or Dog

The Republican mayoral nominee told the New York Post that he wants to give people a $1,000 “Pet Snap Card” that they could use for food, supplies, and related expenses at local stores.

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Former 77 WABC host turned politician, Curtis Sliwa, wants the city to cover expenses for anyone who saves a cat or a dog from being euthanized at a city shelter.

The Republican mayoral nominee told the New York Post that he wants to give people a $1,000 “Pet Snap Card” that they could use for food, supplies, and related expenses at local stores.

“This Pet SNAP Card will help promote and facilitate adoptions throughout New York City by easing the financial expenses of pets,” he told the paper. “It works in the same way as the traditional SNAP program except it can only be used toward pet expenses, food, supplies, vet care, etc.”

Sliwa told voters that he wants to get rid of any animal shelter that kills pets.

“I will continue to make it one of the key campaign planks,” he said during a press conference. “Part of our mandate is that when I become mayor, there will be no-kill shelters in the city of New York.”

Sliwa will face off against Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams in November.

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WBAL Host Pushes Against Theories Against Vaccine Hesitancy

During his daily show Monday on WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5, Snow said it is unlikely that city residents are listening to the narratives being spun in the Nation’s Capital.

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Baltimore radio host Torrey Snow is pushing back against theories presented by White House officials for vaccine hesitancy.

During his daily show Monday on WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5, Snow said it is unlikely that city residents are listening to the narratives being spun in the Nation’s Capital.

Snow is referring to a statement made by President Joe Biden last week, accusing Facebook of “killing people.” Days after making that statement, Biden absolved the platform of any wrongdoing.

“Facebook isn’t killing people, these 12 people are out there giving misinformation,” Biden said. “Anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it. It’s killing people. It’s bad information.”

Snow said that statement coupled with other narratives about misinformation and disinformation is not the reason some city residents have opted not to get vaccinated.

“Both of those theories actually go out the window when you look at Baltimore City,” he said. “You are hard-pressed to make a case that Baltimore City is a bastion of white, evangelical, right-wing, Trumpists conservatives, good luck making that argument.”

Snow said even the arenas where the vaccine misinformation flows are unlikely to reach residents in the city. Snow claims trust is the biggest factor that politicians are not accounting for.

“I think they are people in Baltimore City that don’t have a great deal of trust in the mayor, they don’t have a great deal of trust for the Baltimore City Health Department, and they certainly don’t have a great deal of trust for the CDC or the FDA.” 

You can follow Torrey’s show by clicking here or listening weekdays from 2 PM – 6 PM on WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5. 

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