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News Talk’s Pat Ryan Named Magnum Broadcasting VP

Ryan said the prospect for growth down south is a challenge that he is looking forward to.

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A Central Pennsylvania-based broadcasting company has promoted its morning man and general manager to the role of vice president, Barrett News Media has learned.  

Pat Ryan, who heads News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania will now serve as Vice President of Magnum Broadcasting. 

“Oh my God, I’ve got more work to do,” Ryan said jokingly in a one-on-one sit-down with BNM. “It’s nice to be recognized through the company and I love the idea of working on the brands in the Florida Keys.” 

Magnum owns and operates several stations in the Keys including a 50,000-watt FM signal that was rebranded as Keys Talk 96.9 FM last September. 

“Making Chambersburg something special over the last couple of years and taking that model and bringing it to the Keys is something I am very excited about.” 

Ryan said the prospect for growth down south is a challenge that he is looking forward to. 

“There are no big talkers down there,” Ryan said. “People are thirsty for an aggressive, hyper-local news/talk station to become an instrumental part of that community.” 

Ryan will continue his day-to-day responsibilities as the morning show host of First News in Chambersburg as he transitions to his role of overseeing programming and sales for Magnum’s Pennsylvania and Florida radio stations. 

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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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