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Super Bowl Blurs Lines Between Sports and News Talk Formats

Other hosts seemed to be triggered by what they saw as political agendas and media coverage of the Super Bowl. Joe Pagliarulo was particularly critical of the Jeep commercial with Bruce Springsteen calling for unity and for Americans to “Meet in Middle”.

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Normally the genres of News Talk and Sports Talk radio are well defined within the industry, with one format rarely crossing over to the other. The Super Bowl, however is such a big event that those lines are often blurred or they disappear completely. Such was the case with Super Bowl LV on Sunday. Many local News Talk personalities from across the country took to Twitter and the airways Sunday into Monday to discuss various aspects of the big game.

Some hosts like Bernie and Sid of WABC in New York hosted an hour long Super Bowl Special on Sunday afternoon, breaking down the matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs in true Sports Talk fashion. The duo also ranked their favorite commercials on Monday’s Edition of Bernie & Sid in the Morning. Others such as Chicks on the Right, Michael Berry, Bill Spadea and many other took issue with the perceived political slant of the commercials and the coverage of the game itself by print and other media.

“We might get into the politics later in the show,” Bernie McGuirk said. ”But the Super Bowl is supposed to be fun and we want to start by naming the best and worst commercials.”

 According to Bernie & Sid, the best commercial was by Cure Auto Insurance that used the word “Opinion “as a double entendre and the worst being the Tide Jason Alexander shirt commercial.

Other hosts seemed to be triggered by what they saw as political agendas and media coverage of the Super Bowl. Joe Pagliarulo was particularly critical of the Jeep commercial with Bruce Springsteen calling for unity and for Americans to “Meet in Middle”.

Bill Spadea was not just critical of a commercial but of news media icon Dan Rather, retweeting the phrase “F You” in response to Rather’s tweet concerning the lack of people wearing masks at the Super Bowl.

“Ya gotta ignore old bitter Dan,” Spadea’s tweet read. “Irrelevant. It’s obvious that the masks have run their course. They have never prevented any virus. It was all bullshit virtue signaling. And now everyone sees it. Maybe the fake scientists will keep screaming but adults know it’s time to unmask.”

If a commercial calling for unity was met with criticism, it comes as no surprise that news headlines characterizing postgame celebrations suffered the same fate. Chicks on the Right tweeted a pair of New York Times headlines that read, “Super Bowl Celebrations Bring Super Spreader Concerns” as opposed to “Rollicking NYC Celebration for Biden Win”.

“I mean, everyone sees the bias at this point, right?”, the tweet read. “Or are there still idiot deniers out there who refuse to see what’s right in front of them?”

Michael Berry insinuates that the media paints a different picture of Tampa Bay and their quarterback Tom Brady because, according to multiple news outlets, Brady is friends with former President Donald Trump.

“Tom Brady credits Donald J .Trump for inspiring him to victory.” Berry tweeted. He  also tweeted that “Tom Brady’s win proves God favors Donald J. Trump” along with retweeting the statement, “The intent of many in the media today is to humiliate others, strip them of dignity, reveal their pathetic fallibility — all to confirm a worldview in which they are good and their perceived enemies, for reasons personal and political, are bad.”

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Ben Shapiro: Daily Wire Forced to Paywall Portions with Dan Bongino Convo Due to YouTube Censorship Fears

The message did not accompany the podcast version of the discussion on Apple Podcasts.

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Ben Shapiro welcomed Dan Bongino to his Sunday Special episode of his Daily Wire program. While the conversation has more than 185,000 views on YouTube, the entire conversation isn’t on the platform.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had to edit out some important information because big tech won’t let us say that sort of thing,” Shapiro said as he introduced the conversation on YouTube. He then urged viewers to subscribe to DailyWire+ to ensure they received the entire conversation as intended.

The message did not accompany the podcast version of the discussion on Apple Podcasts.

Daily Wire has not been shy about its issues with YouTube in recent months. After announcing it planned to depart the platform to put its video projects exclusively on X, it reversed course and stayed on the Google-owned site. However, former host Candace Owens was suspended by the platform in September of last year. CEO Jeremy Boreing revealed last year that YouTube had lobbied 200 content violations on its hosts surrounding topics like the 2020 election and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bongino had his own issues with YouTube in the past. Those problems led him to move his live video to Rumble, where he is now one of the platform’s largest shareholders.

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Longtime Los Angeles Talk Radio Host Tom Leykis Retiring

“I wanted to go out on my terms when I wanted. So I did.”

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Longtime Los Angeles talk radio host Tom Leykis is stepping away from his internet-based show, calling it a career.

The former KFI AM-640 host also spent time in L.A. on then KMPC 710 and also on the hot talk formatted KLSX during his long tenure in the City of Angels.

After departing KLSX in 2009, Leykis didn’t begin his podcast until 2012 but continued hosting his internet show until earlier this year. On May 15th, he decided that was it.

“A long time ago, I realized I did not want to be like some of the hosts I heard in the past — begging for callers, stretching for topics,” Leykis told the LA Daily News. “I wanted to go out on my terms when I wanted. So I did.”

The 67-year-old has not hosted a show since that date and told the Daily News he is content with his decision to ride off into the sunset.

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Longtime WLS-AM 890 Weekend Host Paul Brian Dies

“He was a legend in the industry, and he helped a lot of other people along the way, including myself.”

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Longtime WLS-AM 890 weekend host Paul Brian has died at the age of 73.

For more than 20 years, Brian hosted the automotive-focused Drive Chicago program on the Cumulus-owned news/talk outlet.

Brian died last week, according to a story from the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition to his work at WLS, he also previously hosted a variety of programs at WGN Radio in Chicago. In recent years, he hosted a car-centric show on YouTube.

“One of his favorite lines was: ‘Always entertaining and sometimes actually informative,’” his YouTube co-host Lauren Fix told the Sun-Times. “He was a legend in the industry, and he helped a lot of other people along the way, including myself.”

Brian’s daughter joked that he had everyone’s phone number, stating he had 9,000 contacts in his cell phone at the time of his passing.

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