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Keith Olbermann: CNN Humiliated Itself With Joe Biden Speech Coverage

“But CNN deserves to be singled out. We know it has installed a hatchet man for Joe Scarborough as its new president.”

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Former cable news host Keith Olbermann criticized CNN during his Countdown with Keith Olbermann podcast for the responses of several of its on-air talent to the speech given by President Joe Biden on Thursday.

During his speech, Biden discussed the ongoing threat to democracy in America from what he called “semi-fascists”.

“People from NBC, and CBS, and ABC, and the AP, and major newspapers all struggled with the newness of Biden’s approach last night as indeed they all struggled with the newness and evil of Trump’s approach,” Olbermann said. “But CNN deserves to be singled out. We know it has installed a hatchet man for Joe Scarborough as its new president. We know its new owner thinks Brett Baier of Fox News is not only not a biased propogandist but a role model for journalism. And three of its correspondents know this as well.”

He then criticized anchors Poppy Harlow and Brianna Keller and reporter Jeff Zeleny by name for their responses before, during, and after Biden’s speech. Harlow said Biden should issue an apologies to Republicans. Keller and Zeleny said the presence of soldiers behind Biden went against decorum that should keep the military apolitical. Olbermann then noted the marines stationed behind Biden during the speech are permanently stationed at Independence Hall, where Biden spoke.

Before leveling his criticism of CNN, Olbermann slammed the entire political news media in the country for their inability to digest any new approach from a political figure.

“Political media in this country is its own industry that only understands its past and its own language. It cannot be flexible, it cannot respond to new threats, it is unable to function without first shoving everything that ever happens into one of the dozen or less templates that are the only things it can comprehend or process.”

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Lee Harris, Kraig Kitchin 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.

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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Paul Mason to Lead SuperTalk 99.7 WTN After Promotion to Talk Programming Operations Manager at Cumulus Nashville

“I’m humbled and thankful for the trust Allison Warren, Brian Phillips, and John Dimick have in me to lead Spoken Word at Cumulus Nashville.”

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Cumulus Nashville has announced it is elevating Paul Mason to Talk Programming Operations Manager of its cluster, including oversight of SuperTalk 99.7 WTN.

Mason joined the cluster in May 2020 as Program Director of sports sister station 104.5 The Zone. He previously served as the leader of news/talk brand 850 WFTL and FOX Sports 640 in West Palm Beach. He also has news/talk experience from his time as the Executive Producer and Assistant Program Director of 700 WLW in Cincinnati.

In addition to leading 104.5 The Zone, Paul Mason has also overseen the NFL’s Tennessee Titans Radio Network since 2021 after Cumulus inked a multi-year extension to remain the flagship home of the franchise.

Previously, Dan Mandis served as the Program Director of SuperTalk 99.7 WTN. He will continue as the host of Nashville’s Morning News, but will no longer be leading the day-to-day operations of the brand.

“WTN’s reputation in the News Talk format is among the elite. Dan Mandis has built a strong brand, and I look forward to working alongside not only Dan but with the entire on-air staff (Chris Hand, Matt Murphy, and Brian Wilson), and our Producers,” said Mason. “The recent launch of SuperTalk TV has positioned WWTN to continue to be a leader in News Talk.  WWTN has loyal clients and listeners, and we are committed to bringing stories, news and opinions in a meaningful and engaging way. I’m humbled and thankful for the trust Allison Warren, Brian Phillips, and John Dimick have in me to lead Spoken Word at Cumulus Nashville.”

“Paul Mason, a visionary leader who has successfully guided our Sports station for the past four years, is now poised to bring the same focus, passion, and energy to our News Talk station – 99.7 SuperTalk,” added Cumulus Nashville Vice President Allison Warren. “With an exciting blend of local hosts delivering both local and national stories in an informative and engaging manner, Paul is ready to lead this station to new heights. As we recently launched the SuperTalk YouTube channel, we anticipate continued dominance in spoken word content under Paul’s steady guidance.” 

Warren also thanked Mandis for his years of leadership of the brand.

“I would remiss if I did not at the same time thank Dan Mandis for his outstanding leadership of the station over the last 10 years. Dan has successfully managed both the station, especially through challenging times, breaking news while maintaining hosting duties and we look forward to letting him settle into his weekday Morning Show.”

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