As gun violence continues to escalate in the City of Baltimore, police commissioner Michael Harrison is expressing frustration and disappointment with the city’s increasing homicide total.
Harrison joined C4 and Bryan Nehman on WBAL Newsradio 1090 AM and 101.5 FM Wednesday to discuss the tumultuous Memorial Day weekend in which nine people were shot and killed and five more were wounded.
City Police report 127 homicides by May 31 2020, compared to at least 136 so far in 2021, according to media reports.
“It’s a lack of consequences carrying guns, not necessarily shooting and using… there are no conflict resolution skills… a lack of respect for human life,” Harrison said.
C4 whose real name is Clarence Mitchell IV, served in the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate from 1995 – 2003, has been an outspoken proponent of stopping repeat offenders from committing the same crimes repeatedly.
The duo pressed Harrison about stiffer penalties for people that carry out violent crimes.
“I can tell folks we’re coming out of COVID,” Harrison said. “Courts are back open…. We’re still arresting people,” said Harrison. “We’re going back to the individuals… I want people to know that we’re making sure we can prosecute them with good cases.”
C4 and Bryan Nehman can be heard weekdays 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Learn more about the show on the station’s website.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Michael Berry: People Are Sick of Having Stories ‘Crammed Down Their Throats’
“I think people get tired of the media saying, ‘Oh, this is the top story. Let’s just cram this down their throat until they vomit back on us and they just can’t stand it any longer.”
Syndicated radio host Michael Berry has shared his thoughts that the average American is sick of having certain stories pushed day after day.
During The Michael Berry Show Monday, the Houston-based host argued that people had turned against University of Colorado football coach Deion Sanders not because of his action or his team’s loss this weekend, but rather because they’re simply tired of hearing about him.
“I think people get tired of the media saying, ‘Oh, this is the top story. Let’s just cram this down their throat until they vomit back on us and they just can’t stand it any longer,” Berry said.
He continued by noting that he’s concerned a similar situation will take place with viral “Rich Men North of Richmond” singer Oliver Anthony.
“The media couldn’t decide ‘Do we hate this guy? Or do we ride this wave?’ But once they decided ‘We’re going to ride this wave, it became all Oliver Anthony, all day long’. And my fear for him, and for a movement he had begun, is that it’s burning too bright. It’s going to burn out. You can’t — overnight — go that hot and sustain it because too many things are coming at you too fast.”
Podcast Radio Format Hits Four Beasley Media Group Markets
“Caroline, the team, and Beasley’s great station brands will make fantastic first movers into the Podcast Radio format as they embrace this unique new radio content as a leader in both broadcast and digital.”
Beasley Media Group has partnered with Podcast Radio and KMG Networks to bring a podcast-centered format to four separate U.S. markets.
The new format — which has seen success in the United Kingdom — will be heard on Beasley-owned stations in Charlotte (WSOC-HD3), Detroit (WCSX-HD2), Ft. Myers/Naples (WXKB-HD2), and Tampa (WJBR-AM).
The Podcast Radio format features live “podjocks” and will utilize podcast portions like songs, airing short clips of shows before pushing listeners to listen to the whole podcast on their favorite platform. Gene “Bean” Baxter of Kevin & Bean is the first unveiled “podjock”. The network has already inked deals with TedAudio and Wondery.
The move marks Beasley’s first attempt into the format.
“Caroline, the team, and Beasley’s great station brands will make fantastic first movers into the Podcast Radio format as they embrace this unique new radio content as a leader in both broadcast and digital,” Podcast Radio CEO Gerry Edwards said.
“This concept has been highly successful for Gerry and his team in the United Kingdom, and we believe our audience will fall in love with the Podcast Radio U.S. version we present on our stations,” added Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase.
Each station will have its own unique branding, utilizing the Podcast Radio name and the location of the station.
“When we evaluated the business opportunity in America, it was their forward-looking team that shared our vision immediately and stepped up to work collaboratively to execute this across key regions within the Beasley Media Group platform,” KMG Networks Founder & CEO Gary Krantz said.
Bill Handel: Everything Rupert Murdoch Touched Turned to Gold
“Rupert Murdoch is truly one of the most influential people that are out there in the world of media, in the world of what we see, and in the world of what we hear.”
Seemingly every news media professional has an opinion on the decision of Fox Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch to step aside and allow his son, Lachlan, to take control. That list includes KFI-AM 640 morning host Bill Handel.
During his morning show Friday, Handel reacted to the news of Murdoch’s departure, noting the massive amounts of success the billionaire had.
“This is an organization that he built, which is second to none, that now owns The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. He has for decades had unbelievable influence in the Republican Party, and his decision to step down as chairman now that sent all kinds of shock with shockwaves through the political world, especially the Republican world, just as the presidential rates heats up,” Handel said.
He continued by noting that while Fox News turned into a “shill” under Murdoch’s watch, the success is undeniable.
“He is one of the most interesting characters in the world of broadcast. I got to tell you that everything this guy touches turns to gold. He anticipated everything– except for a couple of big, big mistakes that didn’t hurt his billionaire status very much. Rupert Murdoch is truly one of the most influential people that are out there in the world of media, in the world of what we see, and in the world of what we hear.”