Embattled Conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly will host a brand-new show on 77 WABC called “Common Sense with Bill O’Reilly.”
The show starts today Monday and will air from 10p-11p ET following Rudy Giuliani’s show.
The deal was confirmed by station owner, John Catsimatidis, who finished as the runner-up to the Republican nomination in the New York City mayor’s race in 2013.
O’Reilly, a former Fox News personality, had his career derailed by multiple allegations of sexual harassment; accusations which he vehemently denies.
In 2017, the New York Times reported that Bill O’Reilly and Fox News Channel paid five women a total of $13 million to settle cases going back 15 years.
Following the report, O’Reilly’s team called the Times’ report “false” and “defamatory.”
“In its latest diatribe against Bill O’Reilly, the Times printed leaked information provided by anonymous sources that is out of context, false, defamatory, and obviously designed to embarrass Bill O’Reilly and to keep him from competing in the marketplace,” O’Reilly spokesperson, Mark Fabiani, said at the time.
Over the last three years, the 71-year-old O’Reilly rejuvenated his career thanks to an aggressive grassroots approach to reporting news. His internet show called “No Spin News” airs on YouTube and Pluto TV, an internet television services owned by ViacomCBS.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Podcast Radio Format Hits Four Beasley Media Group Markets
“Caroline, the team, and Beasley’s great station brands will make fantastic first movers into the Podcast Radio format as they embrace this unique new radio content as a leader in both broadcast and digital.”
Beasley Media Group has partnered with Podcast Radio and KMG Networks to bring a podcast-centered format to four separate U.S. markets.
The new format — which has seen success in the United Kingdom — will be heard on Beasley-owned stations in Charlotte (WSOC-HD3), Detroit (WCSX-HD2), Ft. Myers/Naples (WXKB-HD2), and Tampa (WJBR-AM).
The Podcast Radio format features live “podjocks” and will utilize podcast portions like songs, airing short clips of shows before pushing listeners to listen to the whole podcast on their favorite platform. Gene “Bean” Baxter of Kevin & Bean is the first unveiled “podjock”. The network has already inked deals with TedAudio and Wondery.
The move marks Beasley’s first attempt into the format.
“Caroline, the team, and Beasley’s great station brands will make fantastic first movers into the Podcast Radio format as they embrace this unique new radio content as a leader in both broadcast and digital,” Podcast Radio CEO Gerry Edwards said.
“This concept has been highly successful for Gerry and his team in the United Kingdom, and we believe our audience will fall in love with the Podcast Radio U.S. version we present on our stations,” added Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase.
Each station will have its own unique branding, utilizing the Podcast Radio name and the location of the station.
“When we evaluated the business opportunity in America, it was their forward-looking team that shared our vision immediately and stepped up to work collaboratively to execute this across key regions within the Beasley Media Group platform,” KMG Networks Founder & CEO Gary Krantz said.
Bill Handel: Everything Rupert Murdoch Touched Turned to Gold
“Rupert Murdoch is truly one of the most influential people that are out there in the world of media, in the world of what we see, and in the world of what we hear.”
Seemingly every news media professional has an opinion on the decision of Fox Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch to step aside and allow his son, Lachlan, to take control. That list includes KFI-AM 640 morning host Bill Handel.
During his morning show Friday, Handel reacted to the news of Murdoch’s departure, noting the massive amounts of success the billionaire had.
“This is an organization that he built, which is second to none, that now owns The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. He has for decades had unbelievable influence in the Republican Party, and his decision to step down as chairman now that sent all kinds of shock with shockwaves through the political world, especially the Republican world, just as the presidential rates heats up,” Handel said.
He continued by noting that while Fox News turned into a “shill” under Murdoch’s watch, the success is undeniable.
“He is one of the most interesting characters in the world of broadcast. I got to tell you that everything this guy touches turns to gold. He anticipated everything– except for a couple of big, big mistakes that didn’t hurt his billionaire status very much. Rupert Murdoch is truly one of the most influential people that are out there in the world of media, in the world of what we see, and in the world of what we hear.”
Sid Rosenberg: I’ve Never Worked for an Owner Like John Catsimatidis
“It’s more like a family having a discussion than it is an employee sitting with a boss.”
77 WABC has risen to new heights under the ownership of John Catsimatidis and his Red Apple Media group. Morning host Sid Rosenberg shared his appreciation for his owner Friday morning.
Before welcoming Catsimatidis to Sid and Friends in the Morning, Rosenberg shared a story of a recent meeting the two had in his New York office.
“I’ll tell you, I had a meeting — I’m not gonna tell you what it’s about, it’s none of your business — but I had a meeting a couple of days ago in John’s office. We discussed a couple of topics and it was great meeting. Ended in about a half hour. Then I leaned over and gave him a big kiss, like I always do,” Rosenberg said.
“I told him I loved him, which I really do love him. I’ve been in this business now for 25 years and I’ve worked for the biggest radio stations and companies in the history of this business and it’s never been that way ever.
“John, I just want to tell you that the way you run the company, the way you treat your employees — basically me — is really nice. It’s more like a family having a discussion than it is an employee sitting with a boss.”
John Catsimatidis told Sid Rosenberg he appreciated the kind words, and that he continues to “really enjoy the people at WABC”. The billionaire then shared that the group has worked together to become number one and “We’re gonna surpass number one”.