Audcay is adding 50 news journalists to eight of their newsrooms across the country, the media company announced in a press release on Thursday morning.
Their goal is to “offer more original digital news content as well as in-depth reporting to complement breaking news broadcast coverage.”
This investment in news coverage includes the launch of original longform podcasts from local news brands, and the debut of a weekly national podcast that will highlight the most pressing stories.
“The past year has underscored the crucial role of journalism and the demand for trusted quality content has never been higher,” Jeff Sottolano, Executive Vice President of Programming of Audacy, said. “Audacy’s local news brands have been delivering on-demand news and information for decades and are now poised to build on that foundation.
“While other news organizations are downsizing, this further investment will allow us to leverage the credibility of our news brands to expand our reach and engagement while continuing to deliver the premier coverage our audience is accustomed to and relies on.”
Audacy rebranded from Entercom earlier in 2021.
Their reach includes more than 16 million monthly listeners across all platforms.
Tony Cartagena is a former contributor to Barrett News Media. He has previously served as a Digital Content Manager for Audacy Minneapolis, a reporter and producer for ESPN Cleveland, Director of Content for ESPN Madison, and a producer for ‘Wilde & Tausch’. You can reach him on Twitter @TonyCartagena or by email at [email protected].
WFNC Morning Host Jeff ‘Goldy’ Goldberg Retires
Jeff “Goldy” Goldberg has been a staple in the Fayetteville, NC market. However, after 18 years of hosting mornings at WFNC, Goldberg is calling it a career.
Goldberg signed off from Good Morning Fayetteville Friday morning.
“Since I announced my retirement a few weeks ago, the outpouring of love and the good wishes from not only my listeners here in Fayetteville, but my listeners in Washington D.C., has been overwhelming,” Goldberg told Fayetteville’s City View. “It has been a privilege and a joy to live out my dream for these last 45 years, and to have a second chapter like the one I’ve had here in Fayetteville exceeded my wildest dreams.”
Goldberg worked in both television and radio in Washington, D.C. before moving to the Cumulus-owned station in 2005.
“I am 80% excited and 20% nervous,” he surmised about his retirement.
Buck Sexton: Media Needs to Facilitate More Debates Like DeSantis/Newsom
“That is my fundamental premise in American politics, in American media. We have gotten to a place now where no one has to defend their positions anymore.”
Fox News hosted a debate between Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) Thursday evening. The event was moderated by Sean Hannity. If Buck Sexton got his way, the made-for-TV event would be a regular occurrence.
While previewing the event on The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, Sexton argued that he wants to see more debates and discussions with differing viewpoints more frequently on cable news.
“I want to see more high-level debate. That is my fundamental premise in American politics, in American media. We have gotten to a place now where no one has to defend their positions anymore,” Sexton said. “No one is really pushed and feels like people can say, ‘Oh, well, how do we change this?’ Well, you need to have people that feel that there’s a pressure from the public for them to have to actually stand up and do it.”
He continued by noting a seemingly bygone era of cable television that featured constant discussions and presentations of both sides of political topics.
“I’ve said this before: When I first got into media, I came from an era of watching things like Crossfire, Firing Line, and these different shows, and that’s gone now. You used to have a lot more — honestly used to have a lot more debate on Fox (News). High-level people from the Democrat side would go on Fox, and those were the clips that would go viral. I feel like no one debates anymore. I’m not saying this is going to change all that, but there may be follow-up to it. There may be. So, for me, this is what needs to start.”
NPR Names Collin Campbell New Podcast Chief
“We have to really look at ways to stand out.”
NPR is making changes to its podcasting department as the public radio company announced that Collin Campbell will be their new podcast chief.
Furthermore, the reason for Campbell’s promotion is to stabilize NPR’s position as a critical player in a crowded field. The podcasting industry has become increasingly crowded, causing the once-innovative outlet to lose its leading status.
“People who are looking for news and information on topics are just facing a really confusing mix,” Campbell said in an interview ahead of the announcement (h/t Podcast News Daily).
“You can’t sort between the output of a group of journalists that have the goods and have the boots on the ground and a bunch of people [simply] talking about it. We have to really look at ways to stand out and show what we do and how we do it.”
Campbell pledged to strengthen the public radio network’s journalism, connect more with listeners, and leverage its local member stations. Additionally, NPR’s acting chief content officer, Edith Chapin, selected Campbell after a national search. He will start his new position next month.