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WBAL, WTOP up for Several Awards at AP Broadcasters Association Contest

WBAL and WTOP are among the finalists in several categories for large market stations in the 2021 Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association Contest.

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Baltimore/Washington D.C news/talk powerhouse radio stations WBAL and WTOP are among the finalists in several categories for large market stations in the 2021 Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association Contest.

The finalists were announced Tuesday, the winners will be crowned during the annual awards banquet on Saturday, June 4, at The Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City, Md.  

The Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association said 27 news organizations in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia submitted 357 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories from 2021.

WTOP reporters John Domen and Mike Murillo are both up for “Best Reporter” while WBAL’s Robert Lang and WTOP’s Dimitri Sotis, are competing for “Best Radio News Anchor.”

Both stations are well represented in other categories including “Outstanding Website,” “Outstanding Newscast,” Outstanding Light Feature” and “Outstanding Enterprise Reporting.”

Other small marker stations receiving consideration include WFMD-AM, Frederick, MD and WDEL in Wilmington, DE.

WBAL and WTOP are vying for “Outstanding News Operation” in a large market. WFMD and WDEL are the two finalists representing that same category for small market stations.

You can view a full list of award nominees by clicking this link.

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KMOX Shuffling Weekday Lineup

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 November 28th, Wheeler will move from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1p-5p where he’ll join the “Dave Glover Show.”

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