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KCXL Radio Defends Running Russian State Media Radio Sputnik

According to ABC News, station owner Peter Schartel started airing the Russian programming in January 2020.

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While most U.S. broadcasting companies have disassociated themselves from any Russian state-sponsored programming, KCXL Radio in Liberty, Missouri, is running Russian propagandist network Radio Sputnik.

According to ABC News, station owner Peter Schartel started airing the Russian programming in January 2020. Schartel’s station is one of only two radio stations left in the U.S. that runs Radio Sputnik programming.

“Some will talk to me, but others will still call me a piece of whatever,” he said. “What I am thankful for is we are still living in a country where they can call me up. Even if they aren’t thinking about free speech, they’re exercising that right.”

Earlier this month, NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt said the organization is a “fierce defender” of free speech but that given Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, ”we believe that our nation must stand fully united against misinformation and for freedom and democracy across the globe.”

The Kansas City Star said in an editorial that Schartel is putting his financial needs above ethics by spreading Russian propaganda.

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Mark Levin: Joe Scarborough Is A ‘Chameleon’ That Fails At Everything He Does

“He’s one of these disaffected Republicans who failed in Congress.”

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Mark Levin slammed Joe Scarborough after the MSNBC host issued a doomsday reality should former president Donald Trump get re-elected in 2024.

Scarborough analyzed Trump’s vengeful motivators and drew a comparison between his politics and fascism. 

Furthermore, he wound up taking the conversation up a notch by saying the media cannot treat Trump like a typical political candidate because “[Trump] is running to end American democracy as we know it.”

Nonetheless, Levin went after the Morning Joe host during his Tuesday appearance on Sid & Friends in the Morning, labeling him a failure. 

“Scarborough is what he’s always been,” Levin told host Sid Rosenberg. “He’s a chameleon. He’s one of these disaffected Republicans who failed in Congress, failed on radio, failed on Fox, and then he winds up on this MSNBC, which has an audience of basically sonograms and airport radar. That’s pretty much where he is.”

Rosenberg laughed out loud as Levin made his comments.

“Comcast should have pulled his ticket a long time ago,” Levin concluded.

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Fox News Audio to Debut New Podcast Hosted by Benjamin Hall

Searching for Heroes with Benjamin Hall will debut on Monday, December 4th.

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Fox News Audio is set to release a new podcast series hosted by Benjamin Hall early next month.

Searching for Heroes with Benjamin Hall will debut on Monday, December 4th. According to the network, the podcast “will highlight inspiring stories of community and compassion, while providing a voice to America’s unsung heroes.” After the initial debut, episodes will be released every Sunday at 3 PM ET.

Hall was injured in March 2022 while covering the war in Ukraine. The car Hall was riding in was struck by a projectile, killing colleagues Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra Kuvshynova.

The first episode of the new podcast will feature a retrospective about the attack, the injuries he sustained while covering the war, and the efforts it took to return to work after suffering the injuries.

Benjamin Hall recently returned to Ukraine for the first time since the attack. He interviewed President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his stay, which aired on November 21st.

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News Media Well Represented on Apple’s Most Popular Podcasts Rankings

Both radio and digital news media companies fared well in the Top Free Channels category.

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Apple Podcasts has released its rankings for the most popular podcasts in several categories, with news media being well represented in the lists.

In the top overall podcasts of 2023, The Daily from The New York Times was listed as the second most popular podcast. Dateline NBC finished in third. An episode from The Daily — “The Fight Over Phonics” — was the third most shared podcast episode of the year.

Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra was the seventh most shared podcast of the year, according to Apple.

Both radio and digital news media companies fared well in the Top Free Channels category. iHeartPodcasts took the top spot, with The New York Times finishing third. ABC News was seventh, followed by The Daily Wire in eighth, and Cumulus Podcast Network taking 10th.

Apple Podcasts plans to release its Show of the Year on Tuesday, December 5th.

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