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Keith Olbermann: Charlie Kirk ‘Not So Brightest’ Young Conservative

Olbermann called Kirk a “balloon head” and “the evil Charlie Brown” before staying the Salem Media Group radio host was “not the best and not so brightest young conservative troll”.

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On the Friday edition of his Countdown with Keith Olbermann podcast, the host hard harsh criticisms for Turning Point USA founder and talk radio host Charlie Kirk.

Olbermann called Kirk a “balloon head” and “the evil Charlie Brown” before staying the Salem Media Group radio host was “not the best and not so brightest young conservative troll”.

The criticism comes after Kirk called the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate a “military occupation” and Kirk’s insistence that Republican-backed states refuse to cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service after a recent push to hire as many as 87,000 new agents.

“Kirk says the red states should defund the federal government,” Olbermann said before quoting Kirk. “‘State’s should say — Arizona should say — the IRS is not welcome in Arizona. Just an idea’. Yeah, and a good one. The last calculation from Business Insider said the state of Arizona gets $41 billion more a year out of the federal government than it puts into the federal government. While everyone in New York state, pays an average of $3,000 into the national kitty. It costs me three grand a year to keep the other states in business!

“Every man, woman, and child in Arizona is basically paid, by the government, $4,400 per year to be an American citizen. So keep the IRS out. Watch Arizona’s government go bankrupt in a week to 10 days, and save me the $85 or so bucks a year I pay to keep just Arizona alive.”

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Remote News Service Adds 3 New Markets

“I’m so pleased that all of our team’s hard work is paying off.”

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Remote News Service has added three new markets to its growing list of affiliates.

The news network will now provide services to WXJB-FM near Tampa, WIRY-FM in Plattsburgh, New York, and to Oklahoma City stations owned by Champling Broadcasting — which includes Freedom 96.9.

“I’m so pleased that all of our team’s hard work is paying off. Happy clients, make us super happy, and really proud,” Remote News Service owner Lesley Lotto said.

“The addition of Remote News Service has been a big boost to our local news,” stated WXJB GM Barbara Manuel. “It has dramatically raised the profile of our talk station. We are already out selling it!” 

“I would highly recommend Remote News Service if you are considering an outside source to cover your local news. Our anchor has been very responsive and professional,” added WIRY co-owner Joey Trombly. “We transitioned to this service and it was seamless. We are getting positive feedback in our marketplace since we made this change”.

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Libsyn Completes Integration With YouTube API Features for Podcast Publishers

“By integrating YouTube directly into our platform, we’re empowering creators to expand their reach and engage with a broader audience while simplifying their workflow.”

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Libsyn has announced it has successfully integrated with YouTube and its new Podcast API features, making publishing to YouTube Music an easier process for its customers.

“Our mission at Libsyn is to be the premier destination for anyone at any stage of their podcasting journey to distribute their podcast, grow their audience, and monetize their content,” said CEO John Gibbons. “We’ve evolved from a singular hosting provider to a suite of services for creators and advertisers through our investments in platform innovations and expanded partnerships.

“By integrating YouTube directly into our platform, we’re empowering creators to expand their reach and engage with a broader audience while simplifying their workflow.”

Podcast publishers with Libsyn can now directly upload their episodes to YouTube Music. The new integration can also convert audio files to MP4 video files.

Streamlining the process to upload to YouTube Music as two studies in 2023 showed YouTube is the most used podcast platform in the United States.

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Saga Communications CEO Chris Forgy Elected to Broadcasters Foundation of America Board of Directors

“His input will be valuable as we continue to deliver aid to our colleagues who are in desperate need.”

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The Broadcasters Foundation of America has announced Saga Communications CEO and President Chris Forgy has been elected to its Board of Directors.

“I have always believed in giving back to the industry that has allowed me to be of service to local communities,” stated Forgy. “Colleagues who have fallen on extremely difficult circumstances need and deserve our support. I am honored to serve on the Board and contribute to the Foundation’s charitable mission.”

“Chris is a well-respected leader in the broadcast industry, and I’m delighted to welcome him to our Board,” added Broadcasters Foundation Board Chair Scott Herman. “His input will be valuable as we continue to deliver aid to our colleagues who are in desperate need.”

In addition to his work with the Broadcasters Foundation, Chris Forgy also serves on the NAB Radio and Television Board of Directors for District 6, which is comprised of North and South Carolina.

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