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Health Expert Explains Spike in COVID Cases on WGN Radio

The reason COVID numbers are spiking is because people have let their guard down.

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An infectious disease specialist told WGN Radio 720 host Bob Sirott that the reason COVID numbers are spiking is because people have let their guard down.

“The number one reason we are seeing a spike is behavior,” said Dr. Aileen Marty, Infectious Disease Specialist & Professor at Florida International University. “People are acting as if the pandemic is over when it is not.”

On Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy was high in cases where the delta variant was showing up. The U.S. government said the most common reason for the hesitancy is a lack of trust and the concern of side effects.

“There is a tremendous amount of people that are gathering indoors who are unvaccinated,” Marty said. “It is also true that a vast majority of the cases we are seeing are the delta variant.”

Numbers released Wednesday indicate that the states with the highest increases in cases include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, and Tennessee.

“The delta variant spike is significantly different looking than even those of us that are fully vaccinated have a challenging time fighting it.”

Marty also addressed concerns about a rare neurological complication known as Guillain-Barré syndrome. Earlier in the week, The US Food and Drug Administration warned people of the potential onset of the rare disorder that used the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

“It is uncommon to get Guillain-Barré from using the J&J vaccine,” she said. 

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Dave Ramsey: We Have a Simple Strategy For Employee Compensation

“We figure out what people should be paid. We figure out what they can be paid if they went somewhere else. Because we don’t want them to go somewhere else, we want them to work here.”

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Dave Ramsey has built a multi-million company from the ground up. But his place in the talk radio landscape is a unique one. While hosting one of the most popular programs in America, he also serves as the Founder, Owner, and CEO of that multi-million company, leading him to talk about how he operates that business.

During his EntreLeadership podcast, Ramsey was approached by a caller asking how to go about asking for a raise because they felt they were underpaid.

That led Ramsey to reveal how he goes about deciding on raises and compensation for his employees at Ramsey Solutions.

“I get emotional about stuff, but having somebody asking about something about pay? I mean, we can talk about it but I’m not gonna give you a raise if you work for us based on a feeling,” Ramsey said. “We don’t do feelings in that regard. You’ll have to take your feelings somewhere else.

“Now a fact? Facts are a good thing. So we do comp studies. We figure out what people should be paid. We figure out what they can be paid if they went somewhere else. Because we don’t want them to go somewhere else, we want them to work here, and we need the help.”

Dave Ramsey concluded by stating their thought process is simply “We want to be fair in our pay, you want to be paid fair, but you’re not asking and you’re not being greedy.”

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Clay Travis Goes on Cross Country Speaking Tour

On Tuesday, Travis was in Atlanta, before hosting another speaking engagement in Seattle the next evening.

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Clay Travis is a busy man. Between hosting The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show and continuing to contribute to the outlet he founded, OutKick, he stays active. This week, he added a pair of speaking engagements on opposite ends of the country.

On Tuesday, Travis was in Atlanta and spoke in front of more than 300 attendees at Greater Georgia’s second annual Legislative Awards ceremony. As emcee of the invent, he welcomed severe guests including former U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and his Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, as well as State Rep. and Speaker of the Georgia House Jon Burns.

During his time in Atlanta, Clay Travis co-hosted his nationally syndicated show at XTRA 106.3 FM.

On the very next night, Travis spoke in the Seattle area at Hillsdale College’s National Leadership Summit, which drew more than 500 attendees. A sponsor of his radio program, Hillsdale College welcomed Travis to address politics, economics, and culture in his keynote address.

While he was in the Seattle area, Travis visited affiliate 1090 The Patriot, where he hosted The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.

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Stephanie Miller Named to Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame

“Each inductee has made important contributions to broadcasting in Buffalo.”

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The Buffalo Broadcasters Association has named its 2024 Hall of Fame class and longtime news/talk host Stephanie Miller is one of nine inductees.

Host of the nationally syndicated Stephanie Miller Show, Miller began her radio career doing comedy bits on WBEN host Sandy Beach’s program. She later moved into talk radio roles at both KFI and KABC in Los Angeles, among other career endeavors including acting and stand-up comedy.

“Our Hall of Fame classes become more impressive every year,” said Steve Monaco, president of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. “Each inductee has made important contributions to broadcasting in Buffalo.”

  • Other inductees include:
  • Nick Bakay (Actor, ESPN commentator)
  • Sheila Murphy (first female TV news anchor in Buffalo)
  • Mary Travers Murphy (WKBW-TV anchor)
  • Howard Simon (Longtime WGR 550 morning host)
  • Shredd & Ragan (Tedd “Shredd Kasten and Tom Ragan, rock radio morning hosts)
  • J. “Dooley” O’Rourke (WGRZ-TV news anchor)
  • Jim DiMino (Sales Manager Buffalo/Toronto Public Media)

The Hall of Fame class of 2024 will be officially inducted at a ceremony held on Thursday, September 19th at Samuels Grande Manor.

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