SiriusXM radio host Joe Madison ended his months-long hunger strike after Senate Democrats failed to pass a bill that would strengthen voting rights laws.
The “Black Eagle” started his protest more than weeks before Thanksgiving and lasted a total of 74 days in his attempts to bring awareness to voting rights legislation.
“A hunger strike is a nonviolent protest that is both political and moral,” said Madison. “It (hunger strike) states to those in power that an individual is willing to sacrifice their life, their health, for calls bigger than themselves.”
Madison said when he began the hunger strike back on Nov. 8, he remembered the words of the late Howard University professor, Ron Walters as motivation for his advocacy.
“He once stated that the difference between a moment and a movement is sacrifice. All movements require sacrifice. And that’s when I decided this was a movement that is going to require a sacrifice for us all.”
During an interview with fellow satellite broadcaster, Sway Calloway, Madison revealed that he had lost 25 pounds.
“The mantra of my show has always been after all the talking is done; each individual has to ask themselves the question: what are you going to do about it? Because everybody can do something,” Madison said.
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.
NPR Names Collin Campbell Their 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.
Bill Handel: Elon Musk ‘Has Done Everything He Can to Destroy’ X
“He has done everything he can to destroy that company, and he has done a brilliant job.”
X owner Elon Musk elevated eyebrows around the media world Wednesday by declaring that advertisers who are boycotting the social media platform can “go f–k” themselves. KFI AM-640 host Bill Handel believes the move is another in a long line of bad decisions by the billionaire.
While discussing Musk’s comments, Handel argued that the comments won’t be overly helpful as Musk attempts to regain advertising dollars that left the platform after charges he posted anti-Semitic content. A Media Matters report detailed that large advertisers saw their advertisements placed directly next to other anti-Semitic content on the platform also led to the boycott.
“That’s an interesting move, by a CEO telling advertisers who are either about to leave or leaving because of controversy about the CEO of the company they’re advertising with. I don’t believe that’s a particularly good move,” Handel admitted. “It’s been at least 10 days, two weeks, since he posted the anti-Semitic comments and advertisers said ‘Thank you, we’re done’, up to this point.”
Handel continued by noting that a simple apology from Musk would have likely ended any pushback before other advertisers pulled their money.
“I think so. ‘Oops, I made a mistake. I’m sorry’, I don’t know,” Handel said before joking that Musk’s purchase of X was equal to an average person seeing candy bars at the checkout of a grocery store.
“He grabbed it without thinking. He has done everything he can to destroy that company, and he has done a brilliant job.”
NewsNation’s The Hill to Begin Airing on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.
“We think The Hill is a perfect start and look forward to listeners getting a taste of the NewsNation product.”
NewsNation announced on Wednesday that it will offer an audio broadcast of the network’s 5 p.m. political program, The Hill, on SiriusXM’s bipartisan P.O.T.U.S. Channel.
The audio broadcast on SiriusXM will begin on Monday, December 4, and will air each weeknight on SiriusXM channel 124 at 6:00 PM ET, following the original live broadcast on NewsNation.
“As NewsNation continues to grow and expand the brand, we are searching for new ways to meet our audiences wherever they are, and our agreement with SiriusXM will do just that,” Michael Corn, President of News at NewsNation, said.
“We think The Hill is a perfect start and look forward to listeners getting a taste of the NewsNation product whether they’re in their cars or on-the-go listening to the SiriusXM app.”
Blake Burman, The Hill’s chief Washington correspondent, moderates this program that provides an insider’s perspective on the most important news headlines emerging from Washington.
The program focuses on the individuals actively shaping today’s political landscape. Furthermore, Burman and panelists analyze critical issues and ask essential questions.