Cumulus Media, The Bulwark Form Podcast Partnership
Cumulus Media will monetize all current and future podcasts from The Bulwark
Political news and analysis network The Bulwark is joining Cumulus Podcast Network in a new venture.
Cumulus Media will monetize all current and future podcasts from The Bulwark, including “The Bulwark Podcast,” “Beg to Differ with Mona Charen,” and “The Focus Group with Sarah Longwell.”
“The Bulwark is committed to building a home for the politically untethered through smart political analysis free from tribal loyalties,” Bulwark Publisher Sarah Longwell said in a release.
“Our partnership with Cumulus Media will enable The Bulwark to build on its strong audience growth over the past three years.”
Cumulus also plans to market and distribute the podcasts from the company that launched in 2018 and is owned by Center Enterprises, Inc.
“The Bulwark team has spent years questioning and challenging political assumptions,” Suzanne Grimes, Cumulus Media EVP Corporate Marketing and Westwood One President said.
“As we enter what is sure to be one of the most closely followed election cycles, The Bulwark will provide much for our listeners to absorb and ponder.”
The Bulwark podcast roster includes:
- The Bulwark Podcast: Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Conservative, conscientious, and civil.
- Beg to Differ with Mona Charen: Host Mona Charen is joined by Linda Chavez of the Niskanen Center, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker of The Week in a weekly roundtable discussion of the week’s news in a respectful, rational forum.
- The Focus Group with Sarah Longwell: The Bulwark Unfiltered publisher Sarah Longwell, who has conducted hundreds of hours of focus groups all across the country, takes an unfiltered, uncompromising, unexpected look into what the average voter thinks about politics, policy, and current events.
- The Bulwark Goes to Hollywood: Host Sonny Bunch interviews folks who have their finger on the pulse of the entertainment industry during this dynamic—and difficult—time.
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Saga Communications Tabs Pat Paxton As Senior Vice President of Content
Paxton spent 22 years working for Audacy. He has also worked for Cardinal Communications, Adventure Communications, and Nationwide Communications.
Saga Communications has named broadcast veteran Pat Paxton as its new Senior Vice President of Content.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be named Sr. VP of Content for Saga Communications. The engaging culture that Chris Forgy has created at Saga reminds me of my days at Nationwide and Entercom,” Paxton said.
“At the heart of Saga’s mission statement lies a paramount focus on people. By placing a steadfast emphasis on people, we will undoubtedly attract and retain exceptional talent. It is the collective efforts of these individuals that have transformed this company into what it is today, and it is through their unwavering dedication that we will propel it to even greater heights.”
Paxton spent 22 years working for Audacy before departing in 2021. He has also worked for Cardinal Communications, Adventure Communications, Nationwide Communications, and Entercom in addition to his work at Audacy.
“Pat is a world-class broadcaster and an even better coach,” Saga CEO Chris Forgy said. “We are delighted to have Pat join our team at Saga, and having this be the last job Pat ever has.”
Paxton will begin his duties with the company on Monday, June 26th. Saga Communications Director of Group Programming Scott Chase will relocate to the company’s cluster in Ocala, Florida, and will serve as the group’s Operations Manager, while assisting Paxton in his new role.
Spotify Lays Off 200 Employees
Spotify Vice President Sahar Elhabashi told employees in a memo that those departing the company would be given “generous severance packages”.
Spotify has announced it is laying off around 200 employees, which equates to roughly 2% of its total workforce.
Spotify Vice President Sahar Elhabashi told employees in a memo that those departing the company would be given “generous severance packages”, according to CNBC. He added that the company will continue to see partnerships with “leading podcasters from across the globe”, but added that the reduction in force was a necessary development.
Of the 8,359 employees in the company, 4,332 of those work in the United States.
In recent years, Spotify has spent more than $500 million in acquisitions with prominent figures, including Meghan Markle and the Obamas. The company reportedly spent more than $100 million for The Joe Rogan Experience alone.
The announcement of layoffs comes after company CEO Daniel Ek admitted that some of the investments the company made last year can definitively be labeled a “mistake”.
Spotify Sports Producer and former sports radio program director Dan Zampillo was among the cuts. Zampillo has previously programmed 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, ESPN LA 710 in Los Angeles, ESPN 980 in Washington DC, and SiriusXM in New York City. He has also served as the Assistant Program Director of WGN Radio in Chicago.
NBCUniversal Communications Head Follows Linda Yaccarino to Twitter
Benarroch joined NBCUniversal in 2018, bringing with him over six years of experience from his tenure at Facebook as its director of communications.
Joe Benarroch, the former head of communications at NBCUniversal, is making a move to Twitter, following in the footsteps of his former boss Linda Yaccarino, who was recently appointed as CEO by Elon Musk.
Benarroch announced his transition in an email, stating that he will be assuming a new role focused on business operations at Twitter.
“It’s been an absolute honor being at NBCUniversal, where I’ve been able to work with Linda and our leadership team — to champion and scale our business priorities, create meaningful advocacy, and help build incredible partnerships across this entire industry,” he said.
“I am looking forward to bringing my experience to Twitter, and to working with the entire team to build Twitter 2.0 together.”
Yaccarino previously served as the head of advertising sales and partnerships for NBCUniversal, while Benarroch worked closely with her as the head of communications.
Benarroch joined NBCUniversal in 2018, bringing with him over six years of experience from his tenure at Facebook as its director of communications. Prior to his time at Facebook, he held positions at IPG, Discover, Starcom, and Leo Burnett, according to Media Post.
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