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Rocky Raczkowski: Anyone Who Served Overseas Feels Devastated

Raczkowski explained what is so frustrating right now is that the Taliban controls more of Afghanistan than it did 20 years ago before 9/11.  

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A retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Reserves joined News Talk 760 WJR in Detroit Monday to discuss the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Rocky Raczkowski appeared on Late Mornings with Kevin Dietz. He said anyone who has served overseas during the global war on terror should feel devastated by the Taliban takeover.

“Since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and since President Trump negotiated with the Taliban to withdraw the U.S. troops in May, the expectation was that the Taliban would probably let more terror groups inside the country,” said Raczkowski.  

Raczkowski explained what is so frustrating right now is that the Taliban controls more of Afghanistan than it did 20 years ago before 9/11.  

“The issue is this, the last asset that leaves the ground is the U.S. military,” he said. “We never leave someone behind.”

Raczkowski said the Biden administration pulled U.S. troops out expeditiously and now is sending them back to Kabul to save assets and American lives.

“The Afghan people supported us, stood by the U.S. military, and now we have none of them on the ground.”

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Embassy suspended operations on Monday and warned Americans to shelter in place. 

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NPR Inks Three-Year Partnership with Take 1

Under the agreement, which started in January 2022, Take 1 is delivering NPR with exact, XML-based transcriptions for over 30 daily and weekly programs and limited series.

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NPR has announced a new partnership as the radio company reached a three deal with Take 1 which will transcribe its news, analysis, and podcast programming. 

Under the agreement, which started in January 2022, Take 1 is delivering NPR with exact, XML-based transcriptions for over 30 daily and weekly programs and limited series. Furthermore, the company will provide the stats with turnaround times varying from a few days to just a few hours.

“Almost all of my searches for transcribers show most U.S. providers cannot handle NPR’s high volume, high accuracy, and rush deadlines at an affordable price, and competitive businesses based abroad are unfamiliar with the intricacies of American-English accents, slang, idioms, and cultural references,” Laura Soto-Barra, NPR RAD chief (Research Archives & Data Strategy) said. 

“NPR poses an added challenge due to the many specialized subjects we cover, from world politics to science and medicine. Still additionally, the tech requirements and the format that allows the transcript to be ingested in the NPR systems present additional challenges not all companies can resolve. We’ve known the Take 1 team for many years, we’ve used their translation services in the past, and they were one of the very few I knew that could deliver against this brief.”

The multipurpose core of NPR’s transcripts signifies that accuracy and fast turnarounds are equally crucial to the company. In addition to being dispersed to NPR’s network of member stations, the transcriptions that Take 1 constructs are posted on the NPR website to make the content available.

“Almost all of my searches for transcribers show most U.S. providers cannot handle NPR’s high volume, high accuracy, and rush deadlines at an affordable price, and competitive businesses based abroad are unfamiliar with the intricacies of American-English accents, slang, idioms, and cultural references,” says Laura Soto-Barra, NPR RAD chief (Research Archives & Data Strategy). 

“NPR poses an added challenge due to the many specialized subjects we cover, from world politics to science and medicine. Still additionally, the tech requirements and the format that allows the transcript to be ingested in the NPR systems present additional challenges not all companies can resolve.” She continues, “We’ve known the Take 1 team for many years, we’ve used their translation services in the past, and they were one of the very few I knew that could deliver against this brief.”

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WBEN’s Tim Wenger Recounts Covering Buffalo Mass Shooting as News Broke

“I received a phone call from a source that I have within the Buffalo Police Department who said he thought it would be a good idea if we had someone at the Tops Market on Jefferson Ave,” Wenger said.

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This past weekend, an alleged White Supremacist went into a Buffalo supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood and killed ten people. 

One of the news media outlets leading the coverage in Buffalo was Audacy “Newsradio 930” WBEN. The radio station jumped in to fill the nation and its residents as to what went on. 

In an interview with Inside Radio, Brand Manager Tim Wenger, talked the website through its coverage as soon as the news broke about the shooting.

“I received a phone call from a source that I have within the Buffalo Police Department who said he thought it would be a good idea if we had someone at the Tops Market on Jefferson Ave,” Wenger said.

“I did a little bit of research while I was on the way and discovered there was an active shooting situation (…) We had heard eight, and then nine and then 10. It just kept escalating over the course of a couple of hours on scene before finally, there was official word from authorities in the form of a press conference.”

Wenger then discussed how the story was developing, keeping the entire station on high alert to what was coming out and why they needed to be on top of the information. 

“This happened in a really close-knit community where people know each other. It’s not a typical urban environment where everybody just kind of goes about their business,” Wenger added. 

“This is a community that fought for that store to be there years ago. And we’re just trying to give everyone a voice and not decide for anybody what needs to happen but listen to everybody and let the community decide what needs to happen.”

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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to Fill In As Morning Host at WLOB

The embattled former politician served federal prison time after being convicted on wire fraud and tax evasion charges.

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A talk radio station in Baltimore has tapped the city’s former mayor to fill in for morning host Larry Young as he recovers from surgery.

According to Radio Ink, Catherine Pugh has been hired to fill the void. The embattled former politician served federal prison time after being convicted on wire fraud and tax evasion charges.

“The defendant’s scheme to cheat the taxpayers of Baltimore was as bold as it was brazen, and today’s sentence shows that the punishment for those actions is swift and severe,” said FBI agent Alfred Watson, in a statement published on the Department of Justice’s website.

WOLB Talk 1010 is owned by Urban One. The station bills itself as “Baltimore’s station for the people, with Larry Young every morning discussing issues that matter to you.”

Pugh has broadcast experience, having worked on the air at WGTW-TV in the Philadelphia area, hosting a weekly public affairs show.

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