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Erickson Blames Trump for Senate Losses, Calls Supporters F-ing Idiots

Erickson also has strong Tweets and words for those conspiracy theorists and Trump supporters who believe the elections were stolen.

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One of Atlanta radio’s major conservative voices did not hold back in his reaction to the Senate runoff elections in Georgia. When it became clear that the Democrats will likely win both races, Erick Erikson took to Twitter late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning to put the blame squarely on President Trump. Erickson also called those claiming election fraud in the Senate races, “F*ucking Idiots”. Erickson  also addressed the topic on WRGA’s The Erick Erickson Show Wednesday morning.

“This was not so much the Democrats won, but the Republicans surrendered,” Erickson said. “When you have a President that goes around the state saying the November election was stolen, that it was rigged, Trump voters stayed home. Georgia has a Trump problem. Trump voters bowed down to their Golden Calf and screwed the rest of the GOP.”

Erickson also has strong Tweets and words for those conspiracy theorists and Trump supporters who believe the elections were stolen.

“It’s not a sinister dump of votes from DeKalb County when the Republican officials knew it was 170,000 votes outstanding,” Erickson tweeted after a large batch of ballots were counted from the Democratic stronghold.  “That’s not a conspiracy to contrive votes. Why are you people such willful f*cking idiots?”

Erickson doubled down on that rhetoric during his show Wednesday morning.

“The election was not stolen. it was conducted fairly,” he said “Yet all the Trump-humpers still believe the lie that this was somehow stolen. The Democrats won because they did a better job identifying potential democratic voters and getting them out to vote. You know what Trump and his supporters did? (They were) Running around whining that they lost in November, raising money for legal challenges that were going to fail and I kid you not, selling Trump wrapping paper for Christmas. If they had actually focused on winning the election, the outcome would have been different, but here we are. The Democrats did not murder the Republicans last night. The Republicans committed suicide.”

In many circles, Erickson is considered a conservative evangelical and according to his bio page on WRGA, he is currently pursuing a degree in theology. It remains to be seen whether his salty language via tweet or his sharp criticism of President Trump will drive away evangelical listeners since Trump enjoys high approval ratings among that demographic.

Erickson also hosts The Erick Erickson Show from 4-6 pm weekdays on WSB out of Atlanta.

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Bob Pittman: iHeartMedia Won’t Be Shutting Down Broadcast Stations

“90% of Americans listen to iHeart broadcast radio stations every month. To put that in context, the biggest TV network reaches less than 40% of Americans and the big streaming music services reach less than 30%.”

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Very few large broadcasting corporations adopted digital platforms as quickly as iHeartMedia did. iHeartRadio is one of the most popular platforms for streaming content from a variety off stations. Bob Pittman says that does not mean the company does not see plenty of value in traditional broadcast radio.

Lydia Moynihan of The New York Post spoke with the iHeartMedia CEO Friday morning. She asked Pittman if he could foresee a day when the company would be done with terrestrial radio and focus solely on digital products.

“To the contrary – the strength and foundation of our company is our broadcast radio stations,” Pittman responded. “90% of Americans listen to iHeart broadcast radio stations every month. To put that in context, the biggest TV network reaches less than 40% of Americans and the big streaming music services reach less than 30%.”

He added that any success that the company has seen with podcasting or streaming is clearly linked to the success of the its radio stations. He said that is true for its live events too.

“We use that massive and unique reach of our broadcast radio to build complementary products like the iHeartRadio digital service and our major events like the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, and it’s why we’re the #1 podcast publisher by a lot.  It all starts with using the trusted voices on our broadcast radio stations and creating demand – and with our unparalleled reach we have quite an advantage over the other audio players, regardless of their cash war chests.”

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Buffalo, Chicago, Milwaukee Top Markets for AM Radio

“The study shows thirteen markets that have at least 40% of listeners using AM radio. Ten of them are in the Midwest.”

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Nielsen has looked at information from the 2022 fall book to determine where AM radio is the most popular. The company released a list Thursday of 141 markets where at least 20% of radio listeners tune to AM radio in a given month. Cities in the Great Lakes region are all at the top of the list.

In Buffalo, 56% of radio listeners use the AM band in a month. The market’s most-listened to stations are both AM stations owned by Audacy – news/talk WBEN and sports talker WGR. Neither has an FM simulcast.

There is a tie for second place. 48% of listeners in Chicago utilize AM. Popular news stations WGN and WLS are both only available on AM as is the market’s heritage sports talk brand, 670 The Score. Milwaukee is the other market with 48% of listeners using AM radio.

AM radio remains very popular in the Midwest. The study shows thirteen markets that have at least 40% of listeners using AM radio. Ten of them are in the Midwest.

Last month, Nielsen used numbers from the 2022 Fall book to show that across the country, more than 82 million people rely on AM radio during a month. That is a third of all terrestrial radio listeners.

A hearing on Sen. Ed Markey’s AM For Every Vehicle Act is scheduled for Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

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Fox News Radio Reportedly Facing Cutbacks

“Freelance shifts still exist on the network and current freelancers have been offered other opportunities over the weekend. Staff employees were not impacted.”

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According to All Access, Fox News Radio is tightening the belt a bit. Job cuts and staff reassignments are on the way.

Most of the effected positions are filled by freelancers. Reporters and fill-in hosts could be effected.

“Fox News Audio has reduced the number of freelance shifts and adjusted its workflow on weekends,” a source told Perry Michael Simon. “Freelance shifts still exist on the network and current freelancers have been offered other opportunities over the weekend. Staff employees were not impacted.”

One full-time staffer has confirmed that he is out. News anchor Kerin McCue had been with Fox News Radio since 2012. He told All Access that he will exit some time this month. The report does not say if that is the result of these cutbacks or McCue’s own decision.

The network does have a lower-cost plan for the weekend. Some repurposed content from SiriusXM’s Fox News Headlines 24/7 will fill newscast slots.

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