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Amber Athey Fired by WMAL Over Joke About Kamala Harris

“Kamala looks like a UPS employee — what can brown do for you?” Athey’s March 1 tweet read. “Nothing good, apparently.” 

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Writer and commentator Amber Athey says in a column for “The Spectator” she was fired from her radio gig at WMAL in Washington D.C. Furthermore, she’s accused of being racist after joking that a brown suit worn by Vice President Kamala Harris resembled a UPS uniform.

“Kamala looks like a UPS employee — what can brown do for you?” Athey’s March 1 tweet read. “Nothing good, apparently.” 

Athey states that the tweet originally made no waves. However, days later, the remarks began to be noticed by many on the social media platform. 

“All of a sudden, the Kamala tweet was being re-framed as racist, and dozens of Twitter accounts were bragging about contacting my employers about my’ bigotry,’” Athey said. 

Furthermore, she claims that her employers at The Spectator “laughed at and promptly deleted the angry emails.” At WMAL’s morning “O’Connor & Company” show, her coworkers operated as if anything was “amiss” following the tweet.

Nonetheless, a little over a week after sending the tweet, Athey was contacted “out of the blue” by Jeff Boden, the vice president of station owner Cumulus Washington, and human resources VP Kriston Fancellas.

“They told me that the tweet I sent about Kamala was ‘racist’ and that subsequent follow-ups defending myself and making fun of the efforts to cancel me were unacceptable,” she said. “I had violated the company’s social media policy, they said, and I was terminated effective immediately.”

“We spoke frequently [on the show] about the dangers of censorship and cancel culture on our program, and yet here they are bowing to the mob. If I can be fired for making fun of the vice president’s outfit, every single host on a Cumulus station is in danger of losing their job at a moment’s notice.”

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SuperTalk Mississippi News Adds On-Demand Audio to Spotify, Apple Podcasts

“I’m very proud of our news team and their ability to not only broadcast accurate news but deliver it to the masses in more ways than just the radio dial.”

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SuperTalk Mississippi News has announced listeners are now able to stay up to date with the latest audio from the network on platforms like Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Hourly newscasts will now be available on the platforms in addition to the plethora of available options from the statewide network.

SuperTalk Mississippi News now being available through both major podcast platforms is a testament to SuperTalk Mississippi Media’s commitment to keeping more and more listeners up to date with what’s going on across the state,” SuperTalk Mississippi Media President and CEO Kim Dillon said. “I’m very proud of our news team and their ability to not only broadcast accurate news but deliver it to the masses in more ways than just the radio dial.”

“While radio is still incredibly effective in delivering news and I don’t believe that’s ever going to change, we want to offer more ways for our listeners to have news at their fingertips,” added News Director J.T. Mitchell. “I am so thankful for the team’s willingness to adapt and thrive as we find more ways to reach Mississippians and keep them informed on a daily basis.”

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Former KCBS Host Narsai David Dies

David joined the station in the 1980s and hosted his show until July 4th, 2022 when he stepped away from the long-running weekend program.

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Longtime KCBS food and wine editor and host Narsai David has died. According to the Audacy-owned station, his health had deteriorated from a fall at his home last year. He was 87.

David joined the station in the 1980s and hosted his show until July 4th, 2022 when he stepped away from the long-running weekend program.

Before working at the news radio station, David operated a restaurant — named after himself — in the Bay Area. The eatery opened in 1970, and was frequented by celebrities like The Rolling Stones and the British Royal Family.

“Narsai had it all. He could deal with the upper echelons of society and he could deal with doofuses like me,” former KCBS anchor and reporter Mike Sugerman said. “We became fast friends. We really respected each other. And I enjoyed his cooking more than anything.”

According to the station, he is survived by his wife, Venus, and his son Daniel.

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Clay Travis: I’m Still Banned From CNN After 2017 Viral Interview

“And I still believe in the First Amendment and boobs.”

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CNN is at the forefront of the media conversation for a multitude of reasons. OutKick founder and nationally syndicated radio host Clay Travis says he won’t be appearing on the network anytime soon.

On Monday, CNN host Kasie Hunt ended an interview with former President Donald Trump’s national press secretary Karoline Leavitt after she continually denigrated Jake Tapper, who is set to moderate the first presidential debate alongside Dana Bash Thursday. The clip went viral, similar to a 2017 interaction Travis had on the network.

While speaking with Brooke Baldwin in a 2017 appearance on the cable network, Travis famously quipped “I’m a First Amendment absolutist. I believe in only two things completely: the First Amendment and boobs … two things that have never let me down in this entire country’s history.”

Baldwin subsequently ended that interview, and Travis claimed he has been barred from appearing on the network ever since.

“I got cut off like Karoline Leavitt and I am still banned from appearing on CNN, seven years later,” he said during The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show. “I’m banned from CNN and ESPN. I don’t think anyone else has that duo. And I still believe in the First Amendment and boobs.”

Travis was also critical of the network for its conduct Monday morning. In a post to X, Travis defended Leavitt’s criticism of Tapper.

“Why shouldn’t that be mentioned and discussed on air? It’s super relevant,” he wrote. (Hunt) made this a far bigger mess for your network by behaving like a petulant brat. Congrats.”

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