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Amber Athey: Execs Didn’t Have The Decency to Fire Me Face to Face

Athey spoke with Newsmax, Fox News to share details of how her dismissal from WMAL went down.

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Former WMAL radio host Amber Athey is talking with various media outlets regarding the station’s decision to fire her following a tweet where she joked about Vice President Kamala Harris’ brown suit referring to it as a UPS uniform. 

“Kamala looks like a UPS employee — what can brown do for you?” Athey’s March 1 tweet read. “Nothing good, apparently.” 

Athey spoke with Newsmax to share details of how her dismissal from WMAL went down during her appearance with “Greg Kelly Reports.” She stated that Cumulus Media executives didn’t fire her in person. 

“[Cumulus Media executives] didn’t even have the decency to do it face to face,” Athey said. 

“I received a phone call late in the afternoon from two corporate executives, Jeff Bowden and Kriston Fancellas, and they told me that they had been made aware of this tweet, that they had determined that it was racist and that I was going to be terminated immediately for violating the company’s social media policy.”

While her other job as Washington Editor at The Spectator dismissed people’s claims over the tweet, Cumulus didn’t and decided to part ways with Athey. Furthermore, she claims that the media company didn’t allow her to defend herself.

“I was not offered the opportunity to defend myself, and the only way that I knew how to make my voice heard, in that moment, was that I asked if I could make a parting comment for the record, which I think was probably like three or four minutes of me just being really angry and that was it,” she said. 

“They said the last communication that I would have with the company was to get my final pay stub.”

Athey also spoke with Tucker Carlson, where she stated that the company chose to “appease the mob if they just fired me.”

“Their first mistake was that the woke mob is never satisfied,” Athey explained. “And the second mistake that they made is they thought that I was just going to roll over and shut up about this.”

“And so I intended as soon as I got fired to very loudly and proudly tell everybody about what happened to me.”

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Minnesota Public Radio Cancels Award-Winning Podcast

APM Reports investigative podcast “In the Dark” cancellation might come as a surprise, considering it received several accolades, including a pair of Peabody Awards, and was even profiled on “60 Minutes” last year.

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Minnesota Public Radio has decided to cancel a series whose three-year investigation and 20 podcast episodes assisted in overturning a conviction of a Mississippi man on death row. 

APM Reports investigative podcast “In the Dark” cancellation might come as a surprise, considering it received several accolades, including a pair of Peabody Awards, and was even profiled on “60 Minutes” last year.

“As a trusted public media service, Minnesota Public Radio is committed to providing high-quality journalism, programming, and experiences for our audiences and communities,” MPR said in a statement, per Inside Radio

“In keeping with this commitment, advancement of our strategic priorities, and our responsibility as financial stewards of MPR’s resources, we have made a difficult decision regarding the future of APM Reports. We are dissolving APM Reports as a separate business unit and incorporating select programming elements into MPR News. Unfortunately, this change means that colleagues, who’ve invested their energy, skills, and passion with us, will be leaving our organization.” 

The radio station informed the APM Reports team of the decision on Thursday, and it’s uncertain how many of the 18-staffers will face layoffs. The decision to pull the plug on the podcast comes two months after Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media converged into a lone entity under CEO Jean Taylor.

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WTOP Receives Three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

WTOP advances to the national round of the competition, competing against regional winners from across the country.

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WTOP is one of the marquee news-talk stations in the United States and was recently honored with three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this week by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

For the New Series category, WTOP saw their National Security correspondent JJ Green’s COVID Conspiracy series was recognized for its coverage of a secret ploy by Russia to distribute lies and disinformation regarding COVID-19 and vaccines. 

“The journalists in our newsroom are dedicated, passionate individuals who want to make a difference in their communities,” Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News and Programming said in a press release obtained by Barrett News Media. “We are so honored to be recognized with three regional Edward R. Murrow awards.”

Meanwhile, in the Digital category, WTOP.com received a regional award for coverage of news events throughout 2021, including coronavirus, cicadas, and the scandal at D.C.’s crime lab. 

Finally, WTOP also received an honor in the Newscast category for coverage of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. As a result, the radio station advances to the national round of the competition, competing against regional winners from across the country.

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WSIU Airing Korean War Documentary for Memorial Day

The documentary will air on Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 9 pm.

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, and WSIU is marking the occasion with a documentary centered around the Korean War. The radio station announced that “Shrapnel Down: My Korean War Story” will be broadcast on the WSIU stations.

The documentary will air on Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 9 pm. The film plans to feature never-before-seen war footage caught by Iowa native and veteran Bill Rector during his tour of duty during the Korean War. 

“There are so many impactful stories WSIU proudly shares, and those of our brave U.S. veterans certainly deserve special attention,” film producer/director Mark St. George said. 

“In Shrapnel Down, I hope viewers will discover a personal story that lurks behind the great veil of war; of the humanity that was ever-present beyond the shots fired. Shrapnel Down is a documentary about war – true – but told through the camera lens of one extraordinary sailor who shares his story, documenting his experiences of war, friendship, and loss.”

Rector used an 8mm camera to document his war experiences, capturing this never-before-seen footage. In addition, the film contains an in-depth interview with Rector where he recounts vital moments such as the battles during the Blockade of Wonsan, the most prolonged battle in modern naval history, and the Court of Neptune ritual.

“The film is a time capsule that we are opening with viewers for the very first time,” St. George said. “The documentary features original, 8mm war footage that has, until now, been locked away. Shrapnel Down breaks the seal on this time capsule, and we’re happy to share it with viewers.”

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