Why Didn’t Radio Host Ask Bill Cosby the Important Questions?
Late last week Bill Cosby made a rare media appearance, talking with host Scott Spears of WWGH radio in Marion, OH.
The Marion Star recapped the interview, pointing out that Cosby was asked, and answered, questions about returning to comedy, education, teaching and the Olympics.
Spears, however, failed to mention anything surrounding allegations, legal issues and the overturned decision that freed Cosby from Prison in June.
“I don’t think he would’ve answered those questions because of the lawsuits,” Spears said via USA Today. “If I would’ve asked, it would’ve gone nowhere, at this point, because of the lawsuits.”
It was clarified that Cosby’s lawyers advised him not to discuss the legal battles, therefore Spears didn’t use any of his 15 minutes bringing it up.
WWGH is listed under a ‘community radio’ format.
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Bob Sirott Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Radio Debut
“My early radio career allowed me to adapt to television.”
June 8th, 1973. That’s the day Chicago media legend Bob Sirott got his start on WLS-AM.
In a tweet, the WGN Radio morning host shared a picture of his time at what was then The Big 89, and shared that it was the 50th anniversary of his debut on the Chicago station.
Sirott originally began his radio career on WBBM-FM in 1971 as a fill-in DJ before moving to WLS in 1973. He worked there until 1979 before joining WBBM-TV. In 1989, he shifted to a role at WMAQ-TV, before ultimately returning to radio in 2019.
“Radio is a lot more creative than television,” Sirott told Barrett News Media earlier this year. “It’s harder. My early radio career allowed me to adapt to television. It goes the other way, too. I think the television work has made me better at the radio the second time around.”
He replaced Steve Cochran as the morning host on WGN Radio. The 73-year-old saw his contract extended in 2021 to remain with the station.
Mandy Connell Off Show For A Month After Vocal Cord Surgery
Connell also revealed that Dr. Opperman had previously repaired a similar injury to her KOA colleague Ross Kaminsky.
850 KOA midday host Mandy Connell will be out of work for a month after recovering from surgery to repair her vocal cords Thursday.
Connell revealed her absence on Wednesday.
“Tomorrow morning, I will be having surgery on my vocal cords, and if you’ve never been to the blog before, and you want to see my actual vocal cords today’s the day because I have a photograph of my vocal cords on the blog today so you can clearly see what it is that my crack surgeon is going to be removing tomorrow,” Connell shared.
She then welcomed her surgeon, Dr. David Opperman, to the program to explain what exactly she’ll be undergoing. Connell also revealed that Dr. Opperman had previously repaired a similar injury to her KOA colleague Ross Kaminsky.
“We have to address the fact that you have sort of a little bump on your vocal cord that’s interfering with the way it vibrates,” Dr. Opperman revealed. “And that’s why you don’t sound like you used to a few years ago. It’s basically interfering with the sound production in your throat. So we’re going to put you to sleep very comfortably, use a little device that lets me look directly at your vocal cords, and then under a very high-powered magnification, we’re going to remove that spot.
“We actually have to lift up some of the tissue so that we can remove it without injuring the vibration surface. And that will preserve your voice and you’ll come back talking like you did five years ago.”
The doctor went on to tell Connell that her condition was likely caused by talking on-air for more than 20 hours per week in “different pitch ranges and intonations”.
CNBC Contributors Launching Weekly Show on SiriusXM Business Radio
The pair will also offer SiriusXM subscribers the opportunity to call into the program to ask for advice on stock prices and financial decisions.
CNBC Fast Money contributors Guy Adami and Dan Nathan will launch a new weekly radio show on SiriusXM Business Radio.
In an announcement from the satellite company, it was revealed that MRKT Call will air on Mondays at 12:00 PM ET beginning next week.
“I have always believed that one of the most impactful, intimate, and powerful mediums is radio,” said Adami. “Sports radio captured the attention of an untapped audience in the 1990s, and I am convinced we can do the same with a high energy, no holds barred, intelligent approach in our market show on SiriusXM.”
In addition to discussions on the latest financial news, notes, and decisions, they’ll also offer SiriusXM subscribers the opportunity to call into the program to ask for advice on stock prices and financial decisions.
“When Guy and I founded RiskReversal Media, our goal was to take our experience demystifying market-moving news on CNBC to different platforms, meeting investors everywhere they are, in their ear, live-streaming, and on the go,” said Nathan.
“Our collaboration with SiriusXM is an exciting evolution of this strategy on a medium and service we not only use but believe is best-in-class.”