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SAG-AFTRA Members at WAMU Sign First Contract

“The #WeMakeWAMU union has signed its first contract,” the announcement said on Twitter.

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Content creators at American University news/talk WAMU in Washington D.C. signed the first contract nearly two years after voting unanimously to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union. 

As part of this agreement, the contract includes guaranteed pay raises, merit raises, union reps on the DEI Committee, and required tracking of goals. 

Furthermore, the deal has more room for professional development and job growth, protection and pay equity for part-timers, and mandatory posting salary minimums on union job ads.

“The #WeMakeWAMU union has signed its first contract,” the announcement said on Twitter. “Our unit overwhelmingly voted yes to a three-year agreement with WAMU and American University.” 

“It took 40 months of organizing and hard work, but we’ve secured guaranteed raises, new salary floors, and a seat at the table.”

The bargaining unit included hosts, reporters, producers, editors, and engineers who produced content for all areas of the station.

“We couldn’t have done it without our 55 union members, past members, the help and support of SAG-AFTRA, and listeners/allies,” the announcement added. 

“We are stronger together! The concerted effort to make WAMU a great workplace doesn’t end here. But for now, thank you and solidarity.”

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Greg Kelly Takes Issue With T.J. Holmes, Amy Robach ‘Enjoying Their Notoriety’

“They were giggling about it. And then they were finding innuendo when there was no innuendo. Stupid kinda crap.”

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Good Morning America anchors T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach have caused quite the stir over their alleged infidelity with one another, and 77WABC host Greg Kelly said while what happens between them in their personal lives truly is a personal matter, they shouldn’t enjoy their newfound fame like they are.

“I thought, ‘Ok, they hooked up at work’,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately, it happens. I’ve heard of that happening. I’ve heard of people with too much time on their hands — that sit right next to each other for a long period of time — that sometimes hooking up happens. Even when they’re married. That’s regrettable. But it’s not for me to judge, it’s not for you to judge. I think it’s between those individuals, their spouses, and god.

“Yet, here’s why I decided to talk about it…but it was their actions when they went back on TV. They were giggling about it. And then they were finding innuendo when there was no innuendo. Stupid kinda crap. They were very much enjoying their notoriety. I take issue with that. I also take issue with what crummy broadcasters they are.”

Kelly concluded by mentioning he didn’t appreciate other media members backing the relationship, adding “in a shameless society, a little shame is good”.

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Howie Carr: Liberal Media ‘Simply Won’t Discuss’ Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’

“As expected, Democrat operatives with a press pass are taking the easy way out. They simply won’t discuss it.”

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Elon Musk released documents alleging collusion between his newly purchased social media platform — Twitter — and officials with the Presidential campaign of now-President Joe Biden to suppress unfavorable tweets in regards to the President’s son, Hunter, and his laptop. Radio host Howie Carr said the files break up arguments made by media members for years.

Calling it the “Friday news dump of the century”, Carr lamented the lack of coverage given to the release of the documents.

“Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’ dismantles years of the fake news narrative,” Carr said. “The ‘laptop from hell’ is real and the Russia hoax was just that, a hoax. As expected, Democrat operatives with a press pass are taking the easy way out. They simply won’t discuss it. The few that dare bring it up are trying to label it a ‘nothingburger’. A ‘snoozefest’. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

“For instance, CNN’s Christine Romans — one of the lucky ones that didn’t get the boot last week — wants us to know how dopey and boring the whole story is,” Carr said before playing a clip of Romans saying former President Donald Trump wants to “throw out” the constitution because of alleged collusion between “big tech” and the government.

“Christine and her fellow travelers in the media can’t handle the truth. We can see for ourselves what the comrades handled at the old platform.”

Carr then played a clip of Romans saying The Poynter Institute saying the “Twitter Files” should be filed under “M for meh”.

“I have a better idea,” Carr countered. “Let’s file this one under M for mischievous, meddlesome, and misconduct.”

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SiriusXM Moves Into Top Podcast Network Spot Ahead of Spotify

SiriusXM Media came in first place in Q3, reclaiming the top spot from Spotify for the Top Podcast Network in the United States.

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2022 is coming to an end, which means there will be various lists summing up different data for the year, and one of those is Top Podcast Networks in the U.S. for total network reach in Q3 2022. 

SiriusXM Media came in first place in Q3, reclaiming the top spot from Spotify (h/t Radio Online), with iHeartRadio, AudioBoom, and NPR rounding out the top five podcast networks.

SiriusXM and Spotify are neck and neck, vying for the top spot. However, the two are well ahead of third place iHeartRadio, comfortably ahead of the fourth spot on the chart, Audioboom. 

The list classifies the most listened-to podcast networks established on total audience reach from Edison Podcast Metrics.

From a news media perspective, The New York Times finished in the top six; The Blaze Network finished in the top 25. Meanwhile, The Ramsey Network rounds out the Top 30 podcast networks in Q3. 

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