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Ayesha Rascoe Named New Host of “Weekend Edition Sunday”

Rascoe’s first day will be on March 27th

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NPR has a new host for their “Weekend Edition Sunday” as the radio station announced that Ayesha Rascoe would take over the show carried by 794 public radio stations nationwide.

Rascoe’s first day will be on March 27th, and her new duty as a radio show host will see her leave the current responsibilities as the White House correspondent for NPR.

“Ayesha brings multi-faceted experience to the host chair, having covered some of the pivotal moments in recent history from her vantage point as NPR’s White House correspondent,” Sarah Gilbert, NPR’s Vice President for News Programming said.

“Ayesha’s commitment to the intersection of news and her wide-ranging appreciation for and engagement with all things cultural made her the natural choice for this role.”

Rascoe hasn’t only covered the White House beat for NPR; she’s covered several high-profile foreign trips, including President Trump’s 2019 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, and President Obama’s final NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, in 2016. 

“I am beyond honored to take on this role and work with the fabulous team behind Weekend Edition Sunday. Covering the White House for NPR has been the highlight of my career so far. At NPR, I’ve found my voice and worked with amazing colleagues,” Rascoe said.

“I’ve also been privileged to get to know the dedicated listeners who make up the heart of public radio. While I will miss the Washington Desk, I look forward to connecting to listeners every Sunday. And one day, I’m going to solve one of those puzzles!”

As a part of the White House coverage, Rascoe is also a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast.

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KMOX’s Kevin Wheeler Moving Over to ‘Dave Glover Show’

Beginning Nov. 28, Wheeler will be moving from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where he joins the “Dave Glover Show.”

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Changes are coming to St. Louis’ KMOX News/Talk as shuffling occurs in their weekday lineup. The station’s mid-day program “The Show” will see Kevin Wheeler exit. However, he’s not leaving KMOX nor the show, to some extent.

Beginning Nov. 28, Wheeler will be moving from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where he joins the “Dave Glover Show.”

As for “The Show,” Amy Marxkor and Chris Rongey will remain on the program from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The two will stick around with Wheeler, Glover, Rachel Zimmerman, and Andrew Stolze for their 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. hour.

“Now I get to hang with ALL of my friends!” Wheeler said on Twitter. “The high school friends (DGS) and the college friends (@AmyMarxkors and @ChrisRongey), which is sometimes weird at first, but everyone gets used to it.”

So if any listener is a fan of the current version of “The Show,” they will at least get one hour of the trio being together each day. 

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SiriusXM Wants to Grow Reach With New App Features

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

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If you consume any news media content on SiriusXM on their app, there will be changes as the company shifts its focus to streaming, not only car satellite (h/t Inside Radio). 

The new features on the app are “a clean, colorful, and easy-to-use interface with expanded personalization features, simplified navigation, a richer dark display that puts the focus on content and other enhancements.” 

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

“It’s a different product. It’s a different market where it’s younger, it’s more diverse,” Executive VP/CFO Sean Sullivan said in September. “I think we need to really continue to invest and refine our content strategy to serve a different market of consumers.”

CEO Jennifer Witz teased the upgrades coming to the app earlier this month while reporting the enterprise’s third-quarter earnings.

“While our streaming business is still at an early stage, we are investing in building out the experience and our capabilities in anticipation that it will become a much more significant part of our subscriber mix in the near future,” Witz explained. 

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Buck Sexton: Politics Shouldn’t Influence Celebrating Musical Artists 

In some cases, tickets are reportedly going for $20,000 each.

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Ticketmaster is under fire for an outage that prevented millions of Taylor Swift fans from buying tickets to her upcoming tour. 

Clay Travis and Buck Sexton reacted to the issue during their nationally syndicated show Thursday. In some cases, tickets are reportedly going for $20,000 each. 

“She’s got a catalog of songs and she’s only 30 years old,” said Travis. “She might become the wealthiest musician in the history of music. She writes and controls much of her own catalog.”
Travis stated that Swift’s fans are still very young and they’re going to be watching her in concert for the next 30 years. 

“Almost half of our audience is female,” Sexton said. “What percentage of them like Taylor Swift? When I say like, I mean listen to Taylor Swift, I bet it’s high.” 

Sexton praised Swift for her “catchy” songs but said that he had never been to a Swift concert before. Sexton added that he would not let Swift’s politics, which are notoriously left-leaning, get in the way of enjoying her music. 

“I am willing to celebrate the artistry of somebody. If you’re not going to listen to somebody because of their politics, unfortunately, you’re going to miss out on 95 percent of what’s out there right now.”

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