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RAB Fires Back at SiriusXM for Remarks on AM/FM Radio

According to the RAB, AM/FM radio reaches 218 million weekly listeners compared to 34 million subscribers for SiriusXM. Radio.

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The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) is firing back at a marketing piece distributed by SiriusXM, which criticizes radio and openly questions why people still listen to AM/FM.

SiriusXM touts its ad-free music channels and expansive selection of news, talk, sports, and entertainment to lure customers into subscribing. According to the RAB, AM/FM radio reaches 218 million weekly listeners compared to 34 million subscribers for SiriusXM. Radio.

Inside Radio said that the RAB criticized SiriusXM’s latest earnings report, which they told reinforces that radio is still the undisputed champion in market share.

“In the case of SiriusXM, when taking a look at their most recent earnings report, it’s no wonder their strategy was to go after the undisputed leader in the audio space, AM/FM broadcast radio,” the RAB email says, adding that the satcaster included “no rationale for their leading question.”

Consultant and broadcaster Fred Jacobs reacted to the alleged attack piece by publishing a blog post titled “Memo To Radio: The Gloves Are Off.”

“Howard Stern may be the most high profile of broadcast radio people who defected to Sirius and XM,” Jacobs wrote. “But behind the scenes, many of the programming people and personalities working for SXM first made their names in radio on the AM and FM bands.”

The RAB said radio will always be viable because it’s free and widely available.

“No other media offers this to consumers for free. The reality is quite simple, time spent with AM/FM radio is time well spent,” the RAB added.

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New Jersey 101.5 Host Bill Spadea Announces Campaign for Governor

“There’s a lot of work to be done to restore common sense to New Jersey and I’m ready to get the job done for you.”

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Longtime New Jersey 101.5 morning host Bill Spadea has announced he’s running for the top office in the Garden State.

In a post to social media Monday morning, Spadea officially launched his campaign.

“I’m IN. I’m proud to announce that I’m running for Governor. There’s a lot of work to be done to restore common sense to New Jersey and I’m ready to get the job done for YOU,” Spadea wrote. “Now let’s get to work!”

New Jersey 101.5 has confirmed that Bill Spadea will remain on the air in his morning timeslot. “Until he becomes a legally qualified candidate, Bill will continue to fulfill his employment responsibilities entertaining and informing the local audience on NJ 101.5 airwaves and digital platforms, as he has done for the last nine years,” Townsquare Media, parent company of the news/talk station, said in a statement.

“As a company, and to be clear, Townsquare is and will remain neutral with respect to a Spadea candidacy and does not endorse any political candidates or parties. At the same time, Townsquare will continue to uphold the values of integrity and community involvement personified by our team members.”

It is not the first time the radio host has sought office in the state. In 2004, he unsuccessfully attempted to replace Rep. Rush Holt (D). Meanwhile, he also lost a 2012 race for an open seat in the state’s assembly.

The election is scheduled for 2025, with current Gov. Phil Murphy (D) term-limited from running for re-election. Other current Republican challengers include State Senator Jon Bramnick, real estate broker Robert Fanfield, former State Rep. Jack Ciattarelli, and former State Senator Edward Durr.

The 55-year-old Spadea will host his first campaign rally Tuesday in Whiting.

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Lee Harris, Kraig Kitchin, Phil Hendrie Elected to Radio Hall of Fame

“This class … exemplifies the highest standards of excellence that radio broadcasters have upheld throughout radio’s rich history…”

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Longtime 1010 WINS anchor Lee Harris and Premiere Networks co-founder Kraig Kitchin have been named to the Class of 2024 in the Radio Hall of Fame. Also, former talk show host Phil Hendrie was one of eight announced as members of the newly minted class.

“I’ve worked with a number of Hall of Fame inductees over the years and met many more, but they were giants and I never considered myself to be in their ranks. It’s humbling to be listed among them,” Harris told Barrett News Media. “I am happy that I get to represent the all-news format which is often highly rated but the talent tends to go uncelebrated. So I will be accepting on behalf of the many who worked and continue to work at those very important stations.”

“It’s an incredible honor and a most humbling one, at that,” Kitchin told Barrett News Media. “I am grateful for the recognition by the Radio Hall of Fame’s Nominating Committee. To be included among the names of the individuals also receiving induction this year, and in years’ past, is the part of this experience that makes me most appreciative.”

The entire class was announced Monday morning. Inductees include:

  • Lorrianne Crook and Charlie Chase (The Crook & Chase Countdown)
  • Lee Harris (Former 1010 WINS anchor)
  • Phil Hendrie (former comedy talk show host)
  • Jaime Jarrin (former Spanish radio play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Kraig Kitchin (Co-founder of Premiere Networks and Co-Chair of Radio Hall of Fame)
  • Barry Mayo (former GM of 98.7 WRKS in New York)
  • Mary McCoy (longest female radio career, began in 1951)
  • Matt Siegel (former Matty in the Morning host in Boston)

“The Radio Hall of Fame welcomes eight new members that have made a lasting impact on the industry. This class, like the ones before it, exemplifies the highest standards of excellence that radio broadcasters have upheld throughout radio’s rich history, making this medium so special to generations of listeners,” said Radio Hall of Fame co-chair Dennis Green. “These individuals have entertained, informed, and enriched listeners with their special talents, and it is an honor to recognize them as the Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2024.”

“Congratulations to each of our inductees this year on this well-deserved recognition,” added Museum of Broadcast Communications Chairman David Plier. “I am grateful to the members of the Nominating Committee for presenting a diverse and inclusive group of nominees again this year for industry consideration.” He continued: “Co-Chairmen Dennis Green and Kraig Kitchin are providing excellent leadership in involving so many industry voices to this annual induction process. I am appreciative of their many years of service and leadership.”  

The Radio Hall of Fame class of 2024 will be inducted in a ceremony on Thursday, September 19th at the Omni Nashville.

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Chris Plante: Rachel Maddow, Brian Stelter ‘Self-Centered’ For Comments on Media Future Under Trump

“These are very, very corrupt people.”

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Both Rachel Maddow and Brian Stelter have shared in recent days concern from both themselves and news media leaders about what a second term for President Donald Trump would bring for the industry. WMAL host Chris Plante believes the concerns are asinine.

Earlier this week, Rachel Maddow said she was “worried about the country broadly,” should Trump be re-elected. Stating that ” He’s not joking,” when he talks about the media being the enemy of the people. “We’ve seen what happens when people take power proclaiming that kind of agenda,” she stated.

Former CNN media reporter Brian Stelter said on his former cable news home that he has spoken with news media leaders who are concerned “because they want to know what could Trump do to use his power in the second term to punish the media.”

During The Chris Plante Show, the Washington D.C.-based host argued that comments from Maddow and Stelter were preposterous in nature and should be treated as such.

He pointed to decisions by White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to fail to call on Newsmax’s James Rosen or African reporter Simon Ateba for questions during press briefings as evidence that the media is already being treated poorly.

“They’re punishing the media now,” Plante said of the White House. “(Liberal media members are) always projecting on other people what they themselves are doing or will be doing. It’s the Soviet playbook. These are very, very corrupt people. Dishonest people. Mentally limited people. Self-important people. And let’s be honest, not very attractive people.”

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