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Joe Madison Plans Hunger Strike to Protest Stalled Voting Bills

Madison is unhappy that the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act have stalled in the Senate. 

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SiriusXM’s Urban View morning show host Joe Madison announced Monday that he’s going on a hunger strike to protest a pair of voting rights bills that have stalled in the Senate. 

Known to his listeners as “Black Eagle,” Madison is unhappy that the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, which recently passed through the House of Representatives and have stalled in the Senate. 

Madison began the hunger strike Monday. In doing so, he reiterated that the hunger strike tactic has been used as a form of political protest for a long time. 

“It shouldn’t surprise anyone with my background in human and civil rights that I have chosen this form of dissent to what I believe should be a redress to what is just plain, politically and morally wrong,” he said. 

Earlier this year, Madison was inducted into the National Black Radio Hall of Fame. In September, he was awarded the Lifetime Civil Rights Advocate Award by the Alabama chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

“And I repeat just as food is necessary to sustain life, the right to vote is necessary to sustain democracy,’ he said. “Yes, my life matters. My health matters, but our right to vote matters more.”

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Cumulus Media Inks Long-Term Deal With Doug Hamand

Before joining Cumulus Media, Hamand spent time with iHeartMedia/Clear Channel

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Cumulus Media has locked up its Vice President of Programming Operations as it reached a long-term deal with Doug Hamand, who has been with the company since 2016.

“Working the last five years with this team of exceptionally talented Format VP’s, alongside Brian Philips, John Dimick, and Greg Frey, has been rewarding!” Hamand said in press release.

“I am glad to have helped PDs and Market Managers in key Cumulus cities achieve success in ratings and revenue. I look forward to serving these markets and the industry for more years to come.”

Before joining Cumulus Media, Hamand spent time with iHeartMedia/Clear Channel, serving in various senior programming posts, including Regional Vice President, Programming, Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL, for 21 years.

“Doug is a fierce competitor and expects the best from our content teams,” John Dimick, SVP of Programming Operations at Cumulus Media, said.

“His expertise and experience with multiple formats have enabled Cumulus Media to maintain its leadership position. Doug has definitely earned this new deal, and many thanks for the hard work, dedication, and commitment to Cumulus Media.”

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Former President Donald Trump Spars with NPR’s Steve Inskeep

Trump insists that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen; a point he tried to hammer home as Inskeep urged him to provide specific details that would help support his claim. 

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Ross D. Franklin, Associated Press

Former President Donald Trump hung up on National Public Radio (NPR) host Steve Inskeep Tuesday after a contentious back-and-forth conversation about election integrity. 

Trump insists that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen; a point he tried to hammer home as Inskeep urged him to provide specific details that would help support his claim. 

“Is it a disadvantage for Republicans to keep talking about the 2020 election in 2022?” Inskeep asked after playing an audio clip of South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds discussing the importance of not looking back. 

“No, I think it’s an advantage, because otherwise they’re going to do it again in ’22 and ’24,” Trump stated. “And Rounds is wrong on that, totally wrong. This was a corrupt election.”

Inskeep asked Trump about Doug Logan who was involved in efforts to overturn election results in Michigan and Arizona. According to Inskeep, Logan said he didn’t find any serious problems with the Arizona ballots. 

“The ballots may correspond but look at the ballots themselves,” said Trump. “The number of ballots doesn’t mean anything. It’s who signed the ballots, where did the ballots come from. What you really have to do in that report is look at the findings.” 

Inskeep then asked Trump why Republican officials in Arizona accepted the election results.  “Because they’re RINOs, and frankly, a lot of people are questioning that,” Trump stated. 

Trump ended the interview shortly after saying “the only way it’s not going to happen again is you have to solve the problem of the presidential rigged election of 2020.”

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77 WABC Owner Offers $10K to Help Catch Killer of a Cashier

John Catsimatidis is “emotionally distraught” about the case. 

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77 WABC owner John Catsimatidis is offering a $10,000 reward to help find whoever killed a 19-year-old Burger King cashier last weekend. 

According to The New York Post, Catsimatidis is “emotionally distraught” about the case. 

“I choked up,” he said. “This young woman lost her life over $100.” Catsimatidis reportedly purchased a full-page ad in the Post print edition. 

Kristal Bayron Nieves, 19, was shot and killed at a Burger King restaurant on Lexington Avenue and 116th Street in Harlem early Sunday morning. She’d already given the armed robber cash from the register when she was shot.

You can read about the case on WABC’s website

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