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WTOP Announces Launch of Charity Campaign

Named the “WTOP Live Local Campaign”, the station launched with donations to charity partners

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Hubbard Broadcasting’s Washington, D.C. all-news outlet WTOP Monday announced the beginning of a charity campaign in conjunction with online platform 4Giving.

“WTOP Live Local Campaign” launched as a way for the station to call attention to charity partnerships and make it easier for listeners to direct their donations to them. The station started the campaign by donating $103.50 to each of the charity partners featured at wtop.com/wtoplivelocal.

“Our hope is that our community will utilize the WTOP Live Local campaign as their local charity marketplace,” said WTOP Director of News & Programming, Julia Ziegler. “Your donations help give back to trusted local charity partners whose work supports and empowers the diverse community in which we live, making a difference in the lives of our neighbors (and yours).”

“4giving is proud to partner with WTOP to build a better, stronger community,” said Joe Sriver, CEO at 4giving. “Our mission is to foster new, immediate and impactful relationships between charitable causes, the community and sponsors, like WTOP.

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Vince Coglianese: With Credibility Dwindling, Why Haven’t News Outlets Changed Their Strategies?

“They’re just like the band on the Titanic. They’re just gonna keep playing the same song as the ship goes down.“

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With news consumers continuing to lose faith in news outlets, WMAL host Vince Coglianese wonders why there hasn’t been a shift in strategy from some of the organizations that have seen dwindling audiences in recent years.

While discussing the coverage surrounding the trial of former President Donald Trump with NewsBusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck, the guest told Coglianese that NBC Nightly News has had the story as the lead 16 times. When The Vince Coglianese Show host heard that figure, he questioned why news organizations haven’t recognized the loss of credibility from their viewers.

“They’re just like the band on the Titanic. They’re just gonna keep playing the same song as the ship goes down. Why not change strategy? If I was running a news operation — if I was one of the broadcast networks, and I was watching my audience dwindle, and I was thinking of what can I do to change pace here and succeed as a business — I would think maybe start telling the truth would be a good way to do it,” said Coglianese. “Because then people would be like, ‘I have faith in that product,’ and my audience would grow. Maybe that’s an old fashioned notion.”

The criticism from Coglianese about the lack of changes from news media organizations coincides with recent reports that CNN’s primetime ratings have dropped to 30-year lows in the coveted Persons 25-54 demographic. CNN, like many other news outlets, has spent extensive time covering the court proceedings of the former President.

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Dan Mandis: You Wouldn’t Believe Things Listeners Have Mailed to Station

“They put it in a plastic bag and sent it with the typical scrawl somebody would write about how we’re all, whatever.”

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The Republican Party Headquarters was evacuated earlier this week when some vials of blood were mailed to the location. SuperTalk 99.7 WTN morning host Dan Mandis shared similar stories.

Mandis, while joined by midday host Chris Hand on Nashville’s Morning News, said earlier in his radio career, someone sent some nefarious items to him at the station.

“What is the worst thing that you’ve received in the mail? Now, I’m going to tell you. I’ll tell you mine and you guys can think. We’ve received excrement,” Mandis shared. “Like a box full of it. Yeah. They put it in a plastic bag and sent it with the typical scrawl somebody would write about how we’re all, whatever.”

Dan Mandis continued by noting that he also had an anthrax scare in the early 2000s when many other entities experienced the same fears.

“When I worked for Dr. Laura, we had a white substance that was sent to the offices. And so the guy who was Dr. Laura’s right-hand man, this poor guy had to strip down,” Mandis shared. “He was in some sort of a circular thing. So he’s inside this circular thing so nobody can see him and they hossed him off. And it turned out to be like flour or something.”

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Clay Travis: ‘Knowing That I Control My Own Fate is Incredibly Important to Me’

“I just wanted a place where I could say exactly what I thought and I didn’t have to worry that one morning I was gonna wake up, and find out that I had been fired.”

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OutKick founder Clay Travis is mourning the loss of his stepfather-in-law and shared how imperative the man was in helping launch the digital media company that ultimately was purchased by FOX.

Travis detailed how, without the inspiration from his wife’s step-father, he likely never would have started his own company after being let go from various online writing jobs at places like Deadspin, CBS Sports, and AOL FanHouse.

“He told me ‘Hey, you should start your own sports media company.’ I was worried. And this is really the impetus behind why I started OutKick. I just wanted a place where I could say exactly what I thought and I didn’t have to worry that one morning I was gonna wake up, and find out that I had been fired,” said Travis.

He continued by noting that now knowing how strongly he values that quality is directly because of his now-departed father-in-law.

“Knowing that I control my own fate was incredibly important to me. And that was because of those conversations with Larry, why I started OutKick … If you’ve ever watched or read OutKick, I’m not sure — really — that OutKick would have ever existed without Larry.”

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