Morano Pays Tribute to Larry King
“I don’t really have the vocabulary to express my deep sadness at the passing of Larry King,” Morano said. “I can’t begin to describe the impact that he has had on the world of radio, cable news and broadcasting in general.”
Broadcasting legend and interviewer extraordinaire Larry King passed away Saturday, January 23rd at the age of 87. An emotional Frank Morano, host of The Other Side of Midnight on WABC, paid tribute to King during his opening monologue on Monday, saying King’s death “Marks the end of an era in broadcasting”.
Morano began his tribute by discussing King’s impact on the world of broadcasting.
“I don’t really have the vocabulary to express my deep sadness at the passing of Larry King,” Morano said. “I can’t begin to describe the impact that he has had on the world of radio, cable news and broadcasting in general. Watching his work, sometimes he would make you laugh, sometimes he would make you cry, sometimes he would surprise you and then sometimes he would make you scratch your head. But that was Larry. Because of that, it is a struggle to find what made Larry King so great. I have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t one thing, but a combination of many, many things.”
Morano adds that King had many similarities with another television icon, Alex Trebek.
“There are a lot of people in television or radio that can find success for a moment,” Morano said. “But to have longevity and be on the air for literal decades, you have to be relatable to audiences. You have to be ‘just a regular guy from the neighborhood’. You have to be curious and you have to be humble. Both Larry and Alex had those qualities and that’s why people loved them.”
While Morano does compare King to Trebek, he said it was King’s differences from other broadcasters that set him apart.
“Let’s be honest. Larry King was no Ken Doll,” he said. “He would wear those suspenders that nobody else would think about wearing. He didn’t look like the picture of somebody you thought was supposed to be on TV. He did not ask the same erudite questions that everyone else was asking. No, Larry King was different and that’s what made him so special.”
Morano closes his monologue by crediting King with shaping the modern news format, saying that his death leaves a void in the world of broadcasting,
“I didn’t know Larry personally aside from meeting him a couple of times for about ten seconds, but I feel like I lost a friend,” Morano said. “He was one of the people that helped define and create modern day cable news and call-in radio formats. That era has closed with his passing. That is really sad.”
Later in his program, Morano interviewed King’s producer Tammy Haddad. Morano also invited listeners to call in and share their memories of King throughout the program. In addition, Morano played some rare clips of King from his career, but stopped short of devoting the entire four hour show to him because, “I don’t think Larry would have wanted it that way”.
Jacob Conley writes about news/talk radio BNM. He can be found on Twitter @GWUJake or reach him by email at email@example.com.
Michael Smerconish Examines The Decline of Newspapers
” A total of three hundred sixty newspapers have shut down since the pandemic took place in 2020.”
Given the rise and acceptance of online media, printed newspapers have become less important in day to day life. Prior information reported by Pew Research says that since 2004, weekday newspaper circulation in the United States has plummeted by 57%. Additionally, newsroom employees in the newspaper industry have dropped by 51% between 2008-2019.
On today’s edition of The Michael Smerconish Show, the death of newspapers was a focus of conversation. The longtime radio and television broadcaster, author, and newspaper columnist expressed sadness after learning a prominent newsstand in Philadelphia had decided to stop selling newspapers. The decision was made due to slumping sales and the news industry’s challenges brought on by the digital age.
“Apart from me feeling nostalgic for the ink rubbing off on my fingers as I’m on a train to Washington, what’s really going on here is that those papers are often the glue that hold together communities,” explained Smerconish. “If nobody is at the school board then you get some of the shenanigans that are happening at school boards across the country.”
Smerconish shared information reported by the Associated Press in 2022 which claimed that newspapers were dying at the rate of two per week. The print industry had six thousand three hundred seventy seven active newspapers in May of 2022, down from eight thousand eight hundred ninety one in 2005. That represents a drop of two thousand five hundred and fourteen over the period of seventeen years.
If those facts weren’t enough to depress you if you’re an advocate for newspapers remaining alive, here’s another. A total of three hundred sixty newspapers have been shut down since the pandemic took place in 2020.
Dan Bongino Celebrates Two Years on the Radio with Westwood One
“In radio or TV, you either have it or you don’t, and you had it.”
Dan Bongino recently celebrated two years on the radio with Westwood One. The network offered a Sunday special of Bongino’s program, highlighting some of the top moments from the past week.
During the sixty minute special, Bongino welcomed former president Donald Trump for a 10-minute chat about political issues. After the Trump interview and an epic rant by Bongino on an issue raised by a listener, a conversation with James Lindsay about cultural Marxism aired.
The program wrapped up with a discussion between Bongino and Westwood One and Fox News host Mark Levin. Bongino credited Levin for taking a shot on him by allowing him to fill in on his national radio show when he had very little experience.
“Maybe I took a shot but you were running for office, and it was obvious to me that you were a few steps above,” said Levin. “You were a cop, secret service, studied philosophy, and I would listen to you talk, and in radio or TV, you either have it or you don’t, and you had it.”
After complimenting him for his loyalty, Levin praised Bongino for his show‘s success, and for his ability to connect with the audience.
“The audience comes first, everything else comes second,” explained Levin. “The company that we work for is wonderful but you can’t interfere with us and our audience. The audience is key, that’s what Rush taught me. They’ll stick with you if you stick with them. Don’t underestimate their intelligence.”
The conversation ended with Bongino and Levin talking about the issues surrounding AM radio. Both agreed that it’s a political issue that has little to do with the frequency where content is being offered. The two men believe it’s a case of corporate executives trying to reduce choice, something that both hosts vehemently reject.
PodcastOne Announces Pay-Per-View Event with Adam Carolla & Friends
“The evening broadcast live from the Belly-Up Tavern near San Diego, CA, will commence at 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT.”
PodcastOne has announced its upcoming Pay-Per-View event for June 4, 2023. According to a news release, The event, “Adam Carolla & Friends,” will feature renowned comedian and PodcastOne host Adam Carolla.
The evening broadcast live from the Belly-Up Tavern near San Diego, CA, will commence at 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT. Carolla will be joined by fellow comedians Brad Williams, Kimbles Hume, and other special guests for a 90-minute show of Carolla’s trademark topical and edgy comedy.
“I am delighted that LiveOne and PodcastOne have created this new PPV opportunity for Adam Carolla Podcast fans to enjoy an evening of comedy with me, Kimbles Hume and the great Brad Williams live from one of the best live performance venues in the country at Belly Up in Solana Beach, California!” said Carolla.
In 2020, Adam Carolla achieved a significant milestone by collaborating with LiveOne and PodcastOne for a live-streamed event that garnered an impressive 1.1 million views. The record-breaking event was recorded at The Houston Improv in May of that same year. Since 2009, The Adam Carolla Podcast has entertained millions of listeners and has become the world’s most downloaded podcast daily.
With episodes released five days a week and featuring uncensored content, Carolla engages in in-depth interviews with a wide range of guests, including Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, Nicolas Cage, Alec Baldwin, and Matt Damon, providing listeners with an unparalleled front-row seat to his passionate rants.
You can find “The Adam Carolla Show” and PodcastOne’s extensive lineup of shows on various platforms, including PodcastOne itself, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and other podcast platforms. Among PodcastOne’s diverse range of programming are acclaimed performances such as the Webby Award-winning “Baby Mamas No Drama,” “Coffee Convos,” “I’ve Had It,” “The Jordan Harbinger Show,” “Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe,” “When Reality Hits with Jax and Brittany,” the Webby Award-nominated “LadyGang,” as well as A&E’s “Cold Case Files” and “I Survived.” These podcasts can be accessed and enjoyed wherever podcasts are available for listening.
You can now purchase tickets for the Pay-Per-View event, which includes access to rewatch the event, by visiting liveone.com/carollalive.
Ryan Hedrick serves as the Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. Prior to WFMD, he hosted an afternoon program at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA. He has worked at Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and for stations in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked at WIBW-AM in Topeka KS, earning the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.