Todd Starnes: Media Has Ignored Killing of North Dakota Teen
Starnes said there’s a noticeable gap in media coverage of a story that involves the killing of a North Dakota teen.
Conservative radio host Todd Starnes said there’s a noticeable gap in media coverage of a story that involves the killing of a North Dakota teen.
Starnes made the comments on his “ToddCast Podcast” Monday.
According to News Channel 9, Shannon Brandt killed Cayler Ellingson in a hit-and-run after they had a political argument.
“Where has the media coverage been on this?” Starnes said. “It’s almost as if this crime never happened. We all know that the mainstream media is biased, we all know that the fix is in.”
Starnes said this story should be used as an opportunity to bring the political temperature down a few notches.
Brandt told officers he had a political argument with the 18-year-old and felt threatened because he believed the teen was calling people to come get him.
Starnes blamed President Joe Biden for inciting his base, adding that he’s been “ratcheting up the rhetoric since this kid was killed.”
“Not a single national news reporter had the courage or the moral fortitude to actually ask the Biden administration whether or not they regret or retract the language they are using.”
Starnes did credit Fox News for bringing up the subject during one of its morning news programs.
Ryan Hedrick serves as the Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. Prior to WFMD, he hosted an afternoon program at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA. He has worked at Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and for stations in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked at WIBW-AM in Topeka KS, earning the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Sid Rosenberg: No One in WABC History Has Come Close to My Ratings
“If you add up (Sean) Hannity and Mark Levin’s numbers with a bunch of others, they still don’t beat me.”
77 WABC morning host Sid Rosenberg has taken the station to new heights during his tenure in the morning timeslot. He isn’t shy about boasting about his success, either.
During his show Monday, Rosenberg shared that some of the great hosts in the station’s history hadn’t seen numbers like he’s producing.
“No disrespect to the giants, the legends — Bob Grant and Don Imus, who came before more, because this is a game of ratings — but none of those guys came close to what we’re doing on this show right now,” Rosenberg bragged. “In fact, if you add up (Sean) Hannity and Mark Levin’s numbers with a bunch of others, they still don’t beat me.”
He added that the secret to his success — which he has shared before — is his willingness to incorporate his personal life into his morning show’s content.
“I tell people all the time when I get stopped on the streets, they’re not like ‘I love what you said about (New York Mayor) Eric Adams’ or ‘I love what you said about Donald Trump today’, they say ‘How’s your wife doing? How are your kids doing? Are you feeling better?’ So there’s more personality that goes into the equation than just the topic of the day,” Rosenberg said.
“Which goes to show you…the real dynamic, the real greats, they did not get caught up in the news of the day. It was more personality driven. People love to hear about the wife, the son, what you did on the weekend — as much if not more — than the topics of the day.”
Eric Von Haessler: I’ve Never Watched Meet The Press
The announcement that Chuck Todd will leave Meet The Press later this year continues to draw media reaction. However, 95.5 WSB host Eric Von Haessler was unbothered by the development.
During The Von Haessler Doctrine Monday, the Atlanta host seemingly mocked some of the reaction to Todd’s departure, and noted that he’s never actually watched the NBC News program.
“What am I going to do now that Chuck Todd is no longer gonna be the host of Meet The Press? Oh, wait a minute. I’ve never one time in my life ever watched Meet The Press with Chuck Todd,” Von Haessler sarcastically said. “Does he have an explanation? Losing such a great journalist. Remember that time he broke that story? No, because he’s never broken a story in his life.”
Von Haessler later joked that listeners needed to sit down to hear the audio of Todd’s announcement because they would be devastated to learn of his impending departure. He then questioned the timing of the move.
“Some of the media scuttlebutt…some are saying Chuck Todd was kicked out of there. Then others are saying ‘No, no. He wanted to go’. Why on an odd year, though? Nine years? Why not stick around and do 10?” asked Von Haessler. “If the ball’s in your court, 10 is a nice number. ‘Yeah, I was the host of Meet The Press for 10 years.”
The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show Eclipses 500 Affiliate Mark
“I think Rush once had 600, I think that was the peak Rush had, so we’re back up over 500 now.”
It was announced yesterday that The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show would be added to the daily lineup at KIDO in Boise. That move moved the show to more than 500 affiliates, which the pair celebrated on the air Monday.
As the first hour of Monday’s show concluded, the pair discussed the move, noting the strong lead-in the program would have with Marconi Award-winning host Kevin Miller hosting the station’s morning show before their program hits the air from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM MT.
Sexton shared that he spent many summer vacations in Idaho and looked forward to taking Travis to the area after sharing he had never been to the state.
After sharing their excitement for the show now airing in the Idaho capital, Travis shared that the show is nearing a benchmark set by its predecessor, Rush Limbaugh.
“Over 500 now affiliates as we continue to grow,” Travis said. “I think Rush once had 600, I think that was the peak Rush had, so we’re back up over 500 now. That’s a testament to you guys. We certainly appreciate that.”