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KYW Newsradio Revamps Lineup Ahead of FM Launch

Denise Nakano is being promoted to midday anchor and Jay Scott Smith to afternoon anchor. Current afternoon anchor Ian Bush will transition to serve as morning co-anchor with Carol MacKenzie. Michelle Durham will continue in her role as afternoon anchor.

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KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia will be adding an FM signal on November 23, and on Thursday Entercom announced the station has revamped its lineup of news anchors.

Denise Nakano is being promoted to midday anchor and Jay Scott Smith to afternoon anchor. Current afternoon anchor Ian Bush will transition to serve as morning co-anchor with Carol MacKenzie. Michelle Durham will continue in her role as afternoon anchor.

“As KYW Newsradio broadens its reach on crystal-clear 103.9 FM, we are happy to expand the roles of these outstanding journalists,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “Ian, Jay, and Denise bring invaluable experience and insight that will help Philadelphia’s most-trusted news team serve our region at this critical time and beyond.”

Nakano had been with KYW since the summer. She previously spent the last 17 years as an anchor and reporter for NBC10 WCAU-TV Philadelphia. She is an Edward R. Murrow and multi-Emmy Award-winning journalist, as well as an active member of and previous National Board Representative of the Asian American Journalists Association.

“Great things are happening at KYW Newsradio including the expansion to FM and I’m thrilled to be a part of this growing, diverse news team,” Nakano said.

Jay Scott Smith had been with KYW since 2019, and Bush has nearly two decades of experience at the station.

Bush, Smith, and Nakano will all contribute to KYW Newsradio’s growing array of digital offerings, which include podcasts, the station website, and streaming on RADIO.COM.

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Paul Mason to Lead SuperTalk 99.7 WTN After Promotion to Talk Programming Operations Manager at Cumulus Nashville

“I’m humbled and thankful for the trust Allison Warren, Brian Phillips, and John Dimick have in me to lead Spoken Word at Cumulus Nashville.”

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Cumulus Nashville has announced it is elevating Paul Mason to Talk Programming Operations Manager of its cluster, including oversight of SuperTalk 99.7 WTN.

Mason joined the cluster in May 2020 as Program Director of sports sister station 104.5 The Zone. He previously served as the leader of news/talk brand 850 WFTL and FOX Sports 640 in West Palm Beach. He also has news/talk experience from his time as the Executive Producer and Assistant Program Director of 700 WLW in Cincinnati.

In addition to leading 104.5 The Zone, Paul Mason has also overseen the NFL’s Tennessee Titans Radio Network since 2021 after Cumulus inked a multi-year extension to remain the flagship home of the franchise.

Previously, Dan Mandis served as the Program Director of SuperTalk 99.7 WTN. He will continue as the host of Nashville’s Morning News, but will no longer be leading the day-to-day operations of the brand.

“WTN’s reputation in the News Talk format is among the elite. Dan Mandis has built a strong brand, and I look forward to working alongside not only Dan but with the entire on-air staff (Chris Hand, Matt Murphy and Brian Wilson), and our Producers,” said Mason. “The recent launch of SuperTalk TV has positioned WWTN to continue to be a leader in News Talk.  WWTN has loyal clients and listeners, and we are committed to bringing stories, news and opinions in a meaningful and engaging way. I’m humbled and thankful for the trust Allison Warren, Brian Phillips, and John Dimick have in me to lead Spoken Word at Cumulus Nashville.”

“Paul Mason, a visionary leader who has successfully guided our Sports station for the past four years, is now poised to bring the same focus, passion, and energy to our News Talk station – 99.7 SuperTalk,” added Cumulus Nashville Bice President Allison Warren. “With an exciting blend of local hosts delivering both local and national stories in an informative and engaging manner, Paul is ready to lead this station to new heights. As we recently launched the SuperTalk YouTube channel, we anticipate continued dominance in spoken word content under Paul’s steady guidance.” 

Warren also thanked Mandis for his years of leadership of the brand.

“I would remiss if I did not at the same time thank Dan Mandis for his outstanding leadership of the station over the last 10 years. Dan has successfully managed both the station, especially through challenging times, breaking news while maintaining hosting duties and we look forward to letting him settle into his weekday Morning Show.”

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David Pakman Ending Radio and TV Show

“This is a business decision as well as a decision about the future of media. I believe the future — especially for shows like this — is on digital platforms.”

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Liberal radio host and content creator David Pakman has announced he is ending his nationally syndicated radio show and subsequent TV simulcast.

Pakman — who had been hosting the program since 2005 — said the juice was no longer worth the squeeze.

“When this show started, it started as a radio show. And it started on community radio stations. It expanded to community television stations. It expanded to satellite TV,” he stated. “Over the years, the importance of those platforms has diminished. The amount of staff time required to service those platforms has not diminished. In fact, it’s probably gone up. And the interference that being on those platforms causes for our online platforms has become more and more significant.”

The longtime host will focus on the digital aspects of his endeavors. Currently, he has nearly 2.2 million subscribers on YouTube. Additionally, Chartable.com ranks The David Pakman Show as the 45th most popular political podcast in its most recent rankings.

He shared that the nature of the program — which was syndicated for just a one-hour timeslot — made producing content more difficult.

“If I got a good 80 or 90 minutes one day because of a great interview, we have to chop the interview up and divide it into two shows, and only put the interview online. We get a lot of complaints about that,” he shared. “In addition to this, we often have to curtail language — bleep things. Sometimes we forget to bleep and then that becomes a problem for affiliate stations.

“There’s a lot of little things … to be honest, there’s also a financial component where we’ve been producing the show for radio and TV at our cost. And it generates essentially zero revenue for us. So this is a business decision as well as a decision about the future of media. I believe the future especially for shows like this is on digital platforms.”

David Pakman shared that there are changes to his digital aspects that he hasn’t been able to announce yet, but is excited for the future of his program.

The David Pakman Show will end “effective at the start of August,” the host shared when making the announcement.

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Glenn Beck: CNN Tried to ‘Bully’ Ticketmaster Into Ending Tucker Carlson Live Tour

“So, who’s the real ‘threat to democracy’?”

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Earlier this week, Tucker Carlson announced a nationwide tour of live events that included conservative guests like Glenn Beck. Now, the nationally syndicated radio host is claiming that CNN attempted to get the tour shut down.

In a post to X, Beck alleged that CNN tried to interfere in the tour by pushing Ticketmaster — who is handling all ticket sales for the events — to end its relationship with the conservative firebrand.

“After the announcement of Tucker’s tour with ‘dangerous’ guests like me, CNN tried to bully Ticketmaster & arenas into canceling him,” Beck asserted. “For SPEECH. THAT. HASN’T. HAPPENED. So, who’s the real ‘threat to democracy’? Tucker or the Saul Alinsky activists pretending to be journalists?”

Beck’s comments were in response to an article posted to CNN.com by media reporter Oliver Darcy that claimed Ticketmaster was “profiting off” Carlson’s “hateful rhetoric.” Darcy asked for comment from some of the arenas set to host the former Fox News host about his controversial stances. No building, however, returned a comment to the CNN reporter.

“Companies with basic ethics should, of course, reject doing business with dishonest figures who profit by dumping toxic waste into the country’s information environment,” Darcy wrote. “But doing so puts them at risk of being targeted by those very same people who, like Trump, have tremendous sway over the vast majority of Republicans and a lightning rod for painful boycotts.”

Tucker Carlson Live will feature a series of live programs where the former cable news host will be joined by a rotating group of fellow conservative commentators in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election.

Carlson has announced 10 tour dates in September in cities like Phoenix, Los Angeles, Tulsa, Kansas City, and Milwaukee, among others. Beck insinuated in his post he will be a guest at one of Carlson’s tour stops, but has not been announced as one. However, the former Fox News host has yet to announce a special guest for his stop on Wednesday, September 18th in a suburb of Houston, Texas. Glenn Beck is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

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