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MPR Reporter Marie Combs Resigns After Editors Kill Story

“Combs said she wrote a draft and presented it to legal counsel for review and that the story was determined to be well-sourced.”

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A veteran Minnesota news reporter abruptly resigned after she accused her station of spiking a story she had written about her co-worker’s alleged sexual misconduct.

Reporter Marianne Combs said she spent two and a half months investigating allegations made about a DJ at her Minnesota Public Radio sister station, 89.3 The Current. 

Combs said she communicated with eight women all claiming that DJ Eric Malmberg sexually manipulated and psychologically abused them. 

The story was first reported by the Minnesota Star Tribune. 

Combs wrote on Monday that the women encountered Malmberg while he worked at other stations including the Cumulus Media combo of Classic Rock 92.5 KQRS and Rock “93X” KXXR.

“I also interviewed the directors of a summer church camp who told this DJ he was no longer welcome to volunteer there because of his inappropriate behavior with teenage girls,” Combs wrote in a Facebook post.” I found out that in June he was fired from another job where he worked with children; that organization is now conducting an investigation into his time there.”

Combs said she wrote a draft and presented it to legal counsel for review and that the story was determined to be well-sourced. 

“My editors have failed to move forward on the story. They have countered that the DJ’s actions were, for the most part, legal, and therefore don’t rise to the level of warranting news coverage,” Combs said. 

Combs won an award in June for her reporting on sex abuse cases at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. 

Minnesota Public Radio publicly fired Malmberg Tuesday reversing earlier support. 

“MPR has made the decision that the audience of The Current is best served by a programmatic change,” the release stated. “As a result, Eric Malmberg will no longer be a DJ on The Current. Our hosts have to be able to attract an audience that wants to listen to them and trusts them and over the last 36 hours those conditions have changed for Malmberg.” 

Meantime Combs said she her resignation will serve as a “catalyst for positive change.” 

Minnesota Public Radio said they were “blindsided” by Combs’ resignation.

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David Pakman: Sean Hannity Didn’t Quote The Tweet He Was Criticizing Me For

“What kind of production value is this? How pathetic they couldn’t even be bothered.”

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After the Nashville school shooting this week, liberal talk show host David Pakman sent a tweet — that he later deleted — saying it was “surprising that there would be a mass shooting at a Christian school”, sarcastically questioning whether or not they were praying enough.

Pakman has maintained that his point of the tweet was that thoughts and prayers don’t stop mass shootings. However, several conservative commentators have argued Pakman was mocking the victims of the shooting.

One of those critical of Pakman was Fox News host Sean Hannity, who called Pakman an “awful progressive talk show host”, before adding “I thought attacking one’s personal religious beliefs was not allowed in the leftist world we live in”.

“He doesn’t even actually quote me or show my tweet,” Pakman said. “He quotes someone talking about my tweet. What kind of production value is this? How pathetic they couldn’t even be bothered.”

The David Pakman Show host took issue with Hannity’s statement that he was joking about the victims.

“Of course, that’s not what I did. I pointed out that prayers don’t work to stop mass shootings. Hannity can’t even be bothered to show the tweet he just goes out and says ‘I’ll quote Kendall Tietz’. What the hell is wrong with these people?”

Pakman then shared that he has been the subject of anti-semitic remarks from those on social media for his statements.

“It is every platform. It’s 1,000 posts on Instagram, it’s 1,000 emails, it’s 100,000 tweets directed at you. If you want a second, and you step away for a half hour and look and then there’s thousands more. Just endless. Endless. These borderline riotous mobs that are in the audience of folks like Sean Hannity. Hannity jumping in on the action, creating another barrage.”

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WBAL Adds Coast to Coast AM To Daily Lineup

Coast to Coast AM will begin airing on WBAL on Monday, April 3rd.

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WBAL has announced the addition of Coast to Coast AM with George Noory to its daily lineup.

It is the second change to the station’s lineup in recent weeks. Earlier this month, WBAL added former Baltimore City Police Department spokesperson T.J. Smith to host the station’s midday window.

The move fills a noticeable hole in the station’s offerings. Previously, a re-air of the station’s afternoon show — hosted by Torrey Snow and Dan Joseph — aired in the overnight hours, along with a television simulcast of the 4:30 AM newscast from WBAL-TV.

Coast to Coast AM has enthralled late-night listeners for decades,” says WBAL Director of Programming/News Director Jeff Wade.  “The show’s unique blend of topics and issues, and live coverage of news events as they happen, make it the ideal complement to WBAL’s live and local daytime talk lineup.”

The addition of the program returns Noory to Baltimore, where the show was previously heard on 680 WCBM until it was dropped in May 2022.

“It’s great to be back in the Charm City!” Noory said. “As a young boy, I’d spend many days visiting family, and even took in a few Oriole games. I couldn’t be more excited to be heard on the legendary WBAL.”

Noory recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the program, which is now heard on nearly 650 stations across the country.

Coast to Coast AM will begin airing on WBAL on Monday, April 3rd.

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WIBC & Network Indiana Take Home Multiple Best in Indiana Journalism Awards

“Journalists are a tough and skeptical group, and being recognized as the best by fellow journalists is high praise indeed.”

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The WIBC/Network Indiana news team has been recognized for outstanding journalism at the annual Best in Indiana Journalism Awards presented by the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. 

The WIBC News team’s exceptional work has earned them awards in various categories, including Best Radio Continuing Coverage, Best Radio In-Depth Reporting, Best Radio Documentary or Special, and Best Radio Newscast.

“Journalists are a tough and skeptical group, and being recognized as the best by fellow journalists is high praise indeed,” said WIBC Operations Manager David Wood in a memo to employees.

The award for Best Radio Continuing Coverage was given to the WIBC staff for their outstanding work on “Roe v. Wade and Indiana.” The team provided thorough and insightful coverage of this highly debated issue, keeping listeners informed and current on the latest developments.

Donnie Burgess was awarded Best Radio In-Depth Reporting for his coverage of “Child Sex Crimes in Indiana.” His investigation shed light on a critical issue, and his report was praised for its in-depth analysis and thoughtful reporting.

Chris Davis was recognized for Best Radio Documentary or Special for “EF4: The Power of the Henryville Tornado.” The program showcased Davis’s exceptional storytelling abilities, highlighting the devastating impact of the tornado and its aftermath.

The award for Best Radio Newscast was presented to Chris Davis, Donnie Burgess, and Matt Bair for their work on July 6, 2022, at 5 pm. Their exceptional reporting on this day was comprehensive and informative, keeping listeners up to date on all the latest news and events.

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