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WVHU’s Roten Looks Back on 20 Years

Roten thanks the listeners and advertisers who have stuck around

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Twenty years ago, Newsradio 800 WVHU’s Tom Roten was traveling a different career path. As the station’s play-by-play announcer at the time, Roten was unaware of the changes that were about to take place and how one postgame interview would impact his career.

While interviewing West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, whose son happened to be playing in the game that night, Roten unknowingly, was solidifying himself as the station’s new morning show man.

That was June of 2001. Fast forward to 2021 and Roten is still going strong, with a faithful morning audience that knows him as “Straight Shooter.”

Newsradio 800 WVHU recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and as Roten reflects on his unlikely transition to the news/talk format, he feels blessed to have been in the right place at the right time.

“I didn’t realize it at the time, but members of management were listening to the interview and had been looking for a local morning talk host to fill out the lineup of the station’s new talk format,” Roten recalled about the postgame interview with Sen. Capito. “We had Rush Limbaugh, but the rest of the lineup was still up in the air.” He was offered the morning gig and agreed to try it for a year. About his 20-year morning talk career, he says, “It’s hard to believe really.”

Roten thanked the listeners and advertisers who have stuck around.

“Talking about what’s going on in our region and in the nation from a local perspective has helped me bond with my listeners.”

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Keith Olbermann: Tucker Carlson Live Tour ‘Not a Good Business Model’

“Pay money to see Tucker Carlson live when you could see him talk endlessly on Twitter for hours on end for free?”

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Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson announced a nationwide tour of live shows in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election earlier this month. Keith Olbermann has one question about the venture: why?

During his Countdown podcast, Olbermann shared his belief that the endeavor from Carlson was a puzzling one.

“Pay money to see Tucker Carlson live when you could see him talk endlessly on Twitter for hours on end for free? It’s not a good business model,” said Olbermann. “Actually, it turns out to not be any kind of business model.”

He then shared a news report from Australia where Carlson will host a similar tour after being invited by United Australia Party chairman Clive Palmer as a featured guest. Tickets to see Carlson were as much as $200 to hear both men speak.

However, ticket sales were not off to a rousing success, with prices being dropped and one Australian newspaper claiming hundreds of tickets were still available in the 9,000-seat ICC Sydney Theatre.

Keith Olbermann believes there’s a specific reason Tucker Carlson is failing to sell tickets in Australia, and posited about what that could mean for his American tour.

“Why has Tucker live failed? Well, for one thing, he started as a manipulative, dishonest fascist and that was when I worked with him 20 years ago,” said Olbermann, “but he’s gone bad since then. He’s now approaching full-on psychosis.

“The other thing I forgot to mention? The special guest on the Tour de Tucker? Dinesh D’Souza will be there. Come on, give it up for Dinesh D’Souza. ‘Come on out, Dinesh and lie to the people.'”

Currently, Tucker Carlson has 10 scheduled tour dates around the United States in September in cities like Phoenix, Anaheim, Milwaukee, and Kansas City, among others. He’ll be joined by special guests like Alex Jones, Vivek Ramaswamy, Megyn Kelly, Charlie Kirk, and Donald Trump Jr. at individual stops.

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Erick Erickson: CNN Deserves Credit for Granting Others Access to Debate

ABC News, PBS, and Fox News have all been announced as partners for the first debate that will be held on Thursday, June 27th.

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Several announcements this week have revealed simulcast partners for the first presidential debate produced by CNN. Erick Erickson believes in giving credit where it’s due.

ABC News, PBS, and Fox News have all been announced as partners for the first debate that will be held on Thursday, June 27th. Additionally, Fox News struck a deal to broadcast the debate for affiliates on Fox News Radio, and also on the FOX broadcast network.

In a post to X, Erick Erickson — a former CNN contributor — shared that he believes the network deserves kudos for being willing to work with other networks to make the broadcast more accessible.

“CNN deserves a lot of credit for letting every network access and broadcast their debate,” the host shared.

A report from The Los Angeles Times claims that in addition to ABC News, PBS, and Fox News joining as simulcast partners, CNN has also struck deals with MSNBC, NBC News, NewsNation, Newsmax, Scripps News, and Telemundo have also joined to televise the 90-minute event. However, those networks have yet to announce their plans.

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Bill Spadea Continuing to Host on New Jersey 101.5 During Governor Run Questioned by NJ Election Commission

“I’ve got news for everyone. We’re digging in. We’re ready to fight. We’re not going anywhere.”

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Earlier this week, New Jersey 101.5 morning host Bill Spadea announced plans to run for governor of the Garden State. He plans to continue hosting his program during the campaign, but now a state election commission will decide if he’s violating any statutes.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission is investigating whether or not Spadea’s current plan — to not officially file his candidacy until the deadline to ensure he can continue hosting his morning show — violates any laws. By not registering as a candidate until the last moment, Sapdea would not — theoretically — be in violation of equal-time regulations for political advertising and candidates.

The commission informed Spadea and Townsquare Media of a hearing on Wednesday, June 26th, that will examine whether or not he and the broadcaster are in violation of the in-kind contribution limits, which are set at $5,800.

 “Leave it to the Trenton Swamp to come after the first middle-class threat to their fiefdom in decades. My opponents and their power broker pals are coming after me for one reason: they’re scared of what I stand for,” Spadea said in a statement. “The insiders are scared that when I win, the people of New Jersey will regain power – and they’ll lose theirs. I’ve got news for everyone. We’re digging in. We’re ready to fight. We’re not going anywhere.”

Townsquare Media has maintained that until Bill Spadea becomes a “legally qualified candidate” for the governor’s race, he will “continue to fulfill his employment responsibilities” on New Jersey 101.5.

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