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Independent Journalists Fill Void to Cover People’s Convoy

Several journalists told Barrett News Media that the mainstream media has turned its collective backs on some of the biggest stories in the country, including the People’s Convoy. 

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Independent journalists descended upon the Washington D.C. area this weekend to cover the People’s Convoy; a group made up mostly of truckers protesting existing emergency mandates still in effect from the federal government. 

Several journalists told Barrett News Media that the mainstream media has turned its collective backs on some of the biggest stories in the country, including the People’s Convoy. 

Quincy Franklin aka “The BC Preacher” is a live streamer from Portland, Oregon. He said he made the 2,700-plus mile trip because he knew there would be a lack of coverage for this event that started out West and made its way to the D.C. 

“The mainstream media never covers these types of things and when they do it’s only for 20-30 seconds,” he said. “They don’t want to show you the full truth, they don’t want to show you the unity, the American spirit, and the true diversity in these events.”

The People’s Convoy drew coverage from some mainstream media outlets like WTTG-TV in Washington D.C. and WDVM-TV in Hagerstown, MD. Resources from cable news channels have been tied up for nearly two weeks covering the escalating crisis in Ukraine. 

Anthony Cabassa from El American, one of the top bilingual media outlets in the U.S., has been with the People’s Convoy since it departed the West Coast last week. 

“What I’ve seen is nothing but peaceful protesting. The mainstream media has misrepresented what this convoy is all about. This is nothing but peaceful. We have amassed more than 10,000 vehicles since we left last week.”

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Curtis LeGeyt: NAB ‘Depend on AM’ Radio Campaign ‘Played Crucial Role’ in Support for Congressional Bill

“We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

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The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act continues to wait to be voted on by both houses of Congress. NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt believes an initiative from the organization played a paramount role in garnering support for the legislation.

In a story authored by the executive for Radio Ink, he made the case that the “Depend on AM” campaign released by the organization was pivotal for Congressional support for the industry.

“The NAB’s Depend on AM campaign has played a crucial role in rallying this support. We’ve emphasized the importance of AM radio not just as a cultural, news and sports hub, but also as the resilient lifeline during emergencies, offering unmatched reach and reliability,” LeGeyt wrote. “This legislation ensures that AM radio remains accessible to all Americans, especially during public safety crises. We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

Curtis LeGeyt claimed more than 250 members of the House of Representatives and 62 Senators have backed the bill that would require automakers to include AM radios in new and electric vehicle models or require manufacturers to inform customers the new model was not equipped with the band.

The NAB has been a vocal proponent of the bill’s passage, with LeGeyt testifying in front of Congress in support of the legislation.

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Local News Becoming Less Prevalent on Radio, New RTDNA Study Shows

68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

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Local news has been a focal point for radio stations for decades. But that may be fading away, a new RTDNA study shows.

65% of commercial stations still air local news in 2024, down slightly from 66.2% in 2023. Non-commercial stations have dropped 12% points in the past two years, down to just 60.7% airing local news.

However, the disconnect appears to come from locally owned stations versus non-locally owned. 68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

Not only are there drops in the number of stations broadcasting local news, but the airtime those updates occupy has also shrunk, according to the RTDNA study.

“The biggest drop in average minutes came in large markets, suggesting that fewer all news or news/talk stations there filled out the Survey this year,” the study states. “Medium markets are down a bit; small markets dropped an average of over 20 minutes per weekday.”

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YouTube Largest Podcast Discovery Platform By Wide Margin, Westwood One Study Shows

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

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In the span of three years, YouTube has gone from the third most popular podcast discovery platform to the top spot, a Westwood One study suggests.

In a study of more than 600 weekly podcast listeners, 31% say YouTube is the most utilized podcast listening platform. 21% say they use Spotify most frequently, while 12% claimed Apple Podcasts was their go-to destination.

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

YouTube’s podcast listening profile is slightly more male-dominated and also younger than the typical Apple Podcasts audience, according to the results from Westwood One Audio Active Group.

Naturally, the majority of Apple and Spotify users utilize smartphones to access their favorite podcasts, while 38% of YouTube’s audience uses computers and televisions for their favorite shows.

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