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Deanna Mackey to Takeover the GM Role at KPBS

Mackey oversees KPBS-TV and Public News/Talk 89.5 KPBS-FM San Diego/97.7 KQVO Calexico in her new role.

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San Diego’s NPR/PBS affiliate has new leadership at its radio station with Deanna Mackey, who has plenty of experience in public media and is a former KPBS executive, being named the new general manager

Furthermore, Mackey’s hiring is a historical event considering she’s a Latina and will mark the first time a woman of color when she takes over the position on June 30th. Mackey oversees KPBS-TV and Public News/Talk 89.5 KPBS-FM San Diego/97.7 KQVO Calexico in her new role.

“The future is considering audiences that are more diverse, that are younger,” Mackey said. “So how do we make sure that we’ve creating content and developing content on new platforms that appeal to the swath of audiences that the station has.”

“The station has always been a place, compared to other organizations in public media, that’s very forward-thinking and is very risk positive,” Mackey said. “And I experienced that in my time there, being able to experiment, being able to try new things. KPBS was one of the first stations to have a website. It was one of the first stations to build a digital team.”

One of the goals Mackey wants to hit while working in her new position is attempting to guide the station in a shifting media landscape. She will also become KPBS’ sixth general manager since its founding in 1960 and is replacing Tom Karlo, who retired in December of 2020.

“KPBS demands collaborative, future-driven, and thoughtful leadership, especially given the increasing polarization in journalism,” SDSU President Adela de la Torre said. “We found all of those skills in Deanna Mackey, and more.”

“Mackey’s reputation as an executive strategist is well respected, and she is known for her ability to transform organizations to fulfill the needs of both their teams and the public. She is best positioned to continue advancing KPBS as a pillar of civic engagement and as a community connector.”

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Vince Coglianese: With Credibility Dwindling, Why Haven’t News Outlets Changed Their Strategies?

“They’re just like the band on the Titanic. They’re just gonna keep playing the same song as the ship goes down.“

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With news consumers continuing to lose faith in news outlets, WMAL host Vince Coglianese wonders why there hasn’t been a shift in strategy from some of the organizations that have seen dwindling audiences in recent years.

While discussing the coverage surrounding the trial of former President Donald Trump with NewsBusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck, the guest told Coglianese that NBC Nightly News has had the story as the lead 16 times. When The Vince Coglianese Show host heard that figure, he questioned why news organizations haven’t recognized the loss of credibility from their viewers.

“They’re just like the band on the Titanic. They’re just gonna keep playing the same song as the ship goes down. Why not change strategy? If I was running a news operation — if I was one of the broadcast networks, and I was watching my audience dwindle, and I was thinking of what can I do to change pace here and succeed as a business — I would think maybe start telling the truth would be a good way to do it,” said Coglianese. “Because then people would be like, ‘I have faith in that product,’ and my audience would grow. Maybe that’s an old fashioned notion.”

The criticism from Coglianese about the lack of changes from news media organizations coincides with recent reports that CNN’s primetime ratings have dropped to 30-year lows in the coveted Persons 25-54 demographic. CNN, like many other news outlets, has spent extensive time covering the court proceedings of the former President.

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Dan Mandis: You Wouldn’t Believe Things Listeners Have Mailed to Station

“They put it in a plastic bag and sent it with the typical scrawl somebody would write about how we’re all, whatever.”

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The Republican Party Headquarters was evacuated earlier this week when some vials of blood were mailed to the location. SuperTalk 99.7 WTN morning host Dan Mandis shared similar stories.

Mandis, while joined by midday host Chris Hand on Nashville’s Morning News, said earlier in his radio career, someone sent some nefarious items to him at the station.

“What is the worst thing that you’ve received in the mail? Now, I’m going to tell you. I’ll tell you mine and you guys can think. We’ve received excrement,” Mandis shared. “Like a box full of it. Yeah. They put it in a plastic bag and sent it with the typical scrawl somebody would write about how we’re all, whatever.”

Dan Mandis continued by noting that he also had an anthrax scare in the early 2000s when many other entities experienced the same fears.

“When I worked for Dr. Laura, we had a white substance that was sent to the offices. And so the guy who was Dr. Laura’s right-hand man, this poor guy had to strip down,” Mandis shared. “He was in some sort of a circular thing. So he’s inside this circular thing so nobody can see him and they hossed him off. And it turned out to be like flour or something.”

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Clay Travis: ‘Knowing That I Control My Own Fate is Incredibly Important to Me’

“I just wanted a place where I could say exactly what I thought and I didn’t have to worry that one morning I was gonna wake up, and find out that I had been fired.”

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OutKick founder Clay Travis is mourning the loss of his stepfather-in-law and shared how imperative the man was in helping launch the digital media company that ultimately was purchased by FOX.

Travis detailed how, without the inspiration from his wife’s step-father, he likely never would have started his own company after being let go from various online writing jobs at places like Deadspin, CBS Sports, and AOL FanHouse.

“He told me ‘Hey, you should start your own sports media company.’ I was worried. And this is really the impetus behind why I started OutKick. I just wanted a place where I could say exactly what I thought and I didn’t have to worry that one morning I was gonna wake up, and find out that I had been fired,” said Travis.

He continued by noting that now knowing how strongly he values that quality is directly because of his now-departed father-in-law.

“Knowing that I control my own fate was incredibly important to me. And that was because of those conversations with Larry, why I started OutKick … If you’ve ever watched or read OutKick, I’m not sure — really — that OutKick would have ever existed without Larry.”

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