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Detroit’s WJR Sees Revamp On-Air Lineup Ahead of 100th Year

Following the retirement of WJR’s News Director, Dick Haefner, last December, the February death of Rush Limbaugh and the retirement of Frank Beckmann in March have resulted in these upcoming changes. 

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WJR in Detroit is revamping its on-air lineup as the radio station prepares to celebrate its 100th year. 

Following the retirement of WJR’s News Director, Dick Haefner, last December, the February death of Rush Limbaugh and the retirement of Frank Beckmann in March have resulted in these upcoming changes. 

Since then, WJR has made a series of moves as the station announced several changes heading into 2022, including:

  • Ann Thomas has been promoted from Senior Executive Producer to Assistant Program Director of WJR. 
  • Paul W. Smith is joined by co-host Sean Baligian, who has spent most of his career in Detroit sports, including a pre-and post-game host of WJR’s Detroit Lions coverage. 
  • Frank Beckmann’s former late morning shift sees a rebrand as “All Talk with Tom Jordan and Kevin Dietz.”
  • Laura Hessen moves from the “Guy Gordon Show” to operate as Executive Producer of “All Talk with Tom Jordan and Kevin Dietz.”
  • In June, Westwood One’s Dan Bongino was added to the WJR lineup, replacing the late Rush Limbaugh.
  • Nick Roddy, a former Detroit Lions Broadcast Producer, takes the reins as Executive Producer of the 3 PM-5 PM “Guy Gordon Show.”
  • Blake Majchrzak joins WJR as Studio & Audio Engineer for the “Mitch Albom Show.” Albom, NY Times Best Selling Author, philanthropist, and newspaper columnist, also celebrated his 25th year with WJR – making his show the longest-running afternoon show in Detroit – from 5 PM-7 PM.
  • FOX News Radio has been added as the WJR network news provider. WJR news reporter/anchor Marie Osborne, WJR producer Chris Renwick, and former WJR news reporter Lloyd Jackson have signed on as the first WJR Senior News Analysts. 
  • Ken Rogulski joins Dayna Clark to provide in-house coverage of WJR’s Traffic and Weather First.
  • WJR also announces significant upgrades on weekends by adding legendary Detroit Morning Show Host Jim Harper with his Great Michigan Weekend Show.

“We are extremely proud of this team, their credentials, their integrity, and their ability to represent WJR and Cumulus in the tradition expected by all Michiganders,” VP/Market Manager Steve Finateri said. 

“The new talent we’ve added around our longtime superstars Paul W. Smith, Guy Gordon, and Mitch Albom makes WJR one of the most powerful and trusted media outlets among all peers. Individually they each are ‘A’ players with big brands, and as a collective group of broadcasters, we feel we have the absolute strongest lineup in Michigan radio, maybe anywhere in the country.”

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NPR Names Collin Campbell New Podcast Chief

“We have to really look at ways to stand out.”

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NPR is making changes to its podcasting department as the public radio company announced that Collin Campbell will be their new podcast chief.

Furthermore, the reason for Campbell’s promotion is to stabilize NPR’s position as a critical player in a crowded field. The podcasting industry has become increasingly crowded, causing the once-innovative outlet to lose its leading status.

“People who are looking for news and information on topics are just facing a really confusing mix,” Campbell said in an interview ahead of the announcement (h/t Podcast News Daily). 

“You can’t sort between the output of a group of journalists that have the goods and have the boots on the ground and a bunch of people [simply] talking about it. We have to really look at ways to stand out and show what we do and how we do it.”

Campbell pledged to strengthen the public radio network’s journalism, connect more with listeners, and leverage its local member stations. Additionally, NPR’s acting chief content officer, Edith Chapin, selected Campbell after a national search. He will start his new position next month.

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Bill Handel: Elon Musk ‘Has Done Everything He Can to Destroy’ X

“He has done everything he can to destroy that company, and he has done a brilliant job.”

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X owner Elon Musk elevated eyebrows around the media world Wednesday by declaring that advertisers who are boycotting the social media platform can “go f–k” themselves. KFI AM-640 host Bill Handel believes the move is another in a long line of bad decisions by the billionaire.

While discussing Musk’s comments, Handel argued that the comments won’t be overly helpful as Musk attempts to regain advertising dollars that left the platform after charges he posted anti-Semitic content. A Media Matters report detailed that large advertisers saw their advertisements placed directly next to other anti-Semitic content on the platform also led to the boycott.

“That’s an interesting move, by a CEO telling advertisers who are either about to leave or leaving because of controversy about the CEO of the company they’re advertising with. I don’t believe that’s a particularly good move,” Handel admitted. “It’s been at least 10 days, two weeks, since he posted the anti-Semitic comments and advertisers said ‘Thank you, we’re done’, up to this point.”

Handel continued by noting that a simple apology from Musk would have likely ended any pushback before other advertisers pulled their money.

“I think so. ‘Oops, I made a mistake. I’m sorry’, I don’t know,” Handel said before joking that Musk’s purchase of X was equal to an average person seeing candy bars at the checkout of a grocery store.

“He grabbed it without thinking. He has done everything he can to destroy that company, and he has done a brilliant job.”

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NewsNation’s The Hill to Begin Airing on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.

“We think The Hill is a perfect start and look forward to listeners getting a taste of the NewsNation product.”

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NewsNation announced on Wednesday that it will offer an audio broadcast of the network’s 5 p.m. political program, The Hill, on SiriusXM’s bipartisan P.O.T.U.S. Channel.

The audio broadcast on SiriusXM will begin on Monday, December 4, and will air each weeknight on SiriusXM channel 124 at 6:00 PM ET, following the original live broadcast on NewsNation.

“As NewsNation continues to grow and expand the brand, we are searching for new ways to meet our audiences wherever they are, and our agreement with SiriusXM will do just that,” Michael Corn, President of News at NewsNation, said. 

“We think The Hill is a perfect start and look forward to listeners getting a taste of the NewsNation product whether they’re in their cars or on-the-go listening to the SiriusXM app.”

Blake Burman, The Hill’s chief Washington correspondent, moderates this program that provides an insider’s perspective on the most important news headlines emerging from Washington. 

The program focuses on the individuals actively shaping today’s political landscape. Furthermore, Burman and panelists analyze critical issues and ask essential questions.

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