A Virginia reporter is taking heat from outgoing Gov. Ralph Northam for asking questions about the incident on I-95 that left motorists stranded for up to 27 hours.
Newsradio WRVA’s Matt Demlein originally intended to ask Northam about the end of his term, but the interview detoured when Demlein asked Northam what went wrong on I-95?
“I hate to vent on you right now, Matt, but I am getting sick and tired of people talking about what went wrong,” Northam said. “I think we ought to be very thankful that nobody got hurt, nobody lost their lives, Interstate-95 is up and running, and people are back at home and back at work.”
Northam added that the drivers who were stuck on I-95 should be the ones to answer about why they felt compelled to drive through such a snowstorm.
“We put warnings out. Why don’t you start asking some of these individuals that were out on the highway for hours one, did you know about this storm, two, why did you feel it was so important to drive through such a snowstorm, and three, in hindsight, do you think maybe you should have stayed home or wherever you were rather than getting out on Interstate-95?”
Watch the full interview here.
Ryan Hedrick serves as the Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. Prior to WFMD, he hosted an afternoon program at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA. He has worked at Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and for stations in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked at WIBW-AM in Topeka KS, earning the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Audacy Reportedly Prepping Cadence13 Sale
Cadence13 has recently launched several new podcasts, including shows by Stephen A. Smith and former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media.
A report from Sara Fischer of Axios claims Audacy has hired bankers to explore a sale of Cadence13, one of its two podcast studios.
The company faces potential delisting by the New York Stock Exchange if its price remains at under $1 per share. The NYSE gave Audacy notice that it had six months to increase its price or face the delisting. Shares closed Friday at an all-time low of 39 cents.
Audacy purchased a stake in Cadence13, then called DGital Media, in 2017. It then purchased the remaining shares of the company in 2019, placing its valuation at approaching $50 million.
Fischer reporters Audacy would seek to sell Cadence13 at nearly double that $50 million valuation.
In addition to Cadence13, Audacy also owns two other podcast studios, 2400Sports and Pineapple Street Studios.
An Audacy spokesperson told Axios “we don’t comment on rumors of this nature”.
Dana Loesch: CNN Unfair to Question Ron DeSantis On Lack of Evacuation Plans
The media is trying to create a Hurricane Katrina narrative around Ron DeSantis so they can kneecap him and not only reduce the enthusiasm around him Republican voters have around him as we go into the midterms but also hurt him ahead of any potential 2024 Presidential run.”
Dana Loesch thought a question from a CNN reporter to Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) about a Florida county refusing to issue mandatory evacuations until the day before Hurricane Ian made landfall was unwarranted, going as far to say the media was attempting to give the Governor his “Hurricane Katrina moment”.
“That is the big push from the left, through the media, and the media is hitting first, so I’m anticipating (California Governor Gavin) Newsom and others to follow as soon as they think that media has seeded the ground enough to make such an accusation towards DeSantis,” Loesch said.
“This is what’s weird. The media is trying to create a Hurricane Katrina narrative around Ron DeSantis so they can kneecap him and not only reduce the enthusiasm around him Republican voters have around him as we go into the midterms but also hurt him ahead of any potential 2024 Presidential run,” The Dana Show host posited.
“Do you remember — let’s go back to Hurricane Katrina for a moment — when the media was not going after a Governor but they were blaming George Bush for the actions of the Governor? So if a Democrat is in the White House — and they’re President — then it’s ok to criticize the Governor. But if it’s a Republican President in the White House then it’s the President not the Governor (who receives blame)?”
Loesch concluded by saying the media is trying to damage DeSantis for actions made by other election officials, noting Lee County is roughly 130 miles south of where the storm was forecasted to make landfall.
7 Women Honored With 2022 Gracies Leadership Awards
The Gracies Leadership Awards will be presented November 14th at Tribeca 360 in New York.
Seven women are getting an award from the Alliance for Women in Media. The Gracies Leadership Awards will be presented November 14th at Tribeca 360 in New York. According to a news release, this year’s honorees are:
- Nancy Daniels, Chief of Content, TNets, Discovery, Animal Planet, and Science Channel
- Marie Donoghue, Vice President, Global Sports Video, Amazon
- Kim Godwin, President, ABC News
- Wendy Goldberg, Chief Communications Officer, iHeartMedia, Inc.
- Chesley Maddox-Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer, American Urban Radio Networks
- Debra O’Connell, President, Networks, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution
- Dawn Porter, Founder, Trilogy Films
In a statement, Alliance for Women in Media President Becky Brooks said she’s excited.
“It is an exceptional honor to recognize and celebrate this strong lineup and powerhouse of women leaders in our industry. Soledad O’Brien as our keynote speaker will undoubtedly create an unforgettable event for everyone in attendance.”
Broadcast news veteran Soledad O’Brien will deliver the keynote address. The Alliance for Women in Media was established in 1951 as American Women in Radio & Television.
Joe Salzone is a news media writer for Barrett News Media. He’s a native of Long Island and has been involved in the radio industry since he was 16 years old. Currently, he serves as the News Director for the Cayuga Radio Group and hosts Ithaca’s Morning News on WHCU. His radio career has included stops at SiriusXM, Galaxy Communications, WGBB, WNYG, and the Finger Lakes Radio Group. He can be found on Twitter @JoeSalzone.