Peter Haskell Leaving WCBS 880 After Voice Disorder
“I’ve said for years, this is the best job in the world and I’ve loved it. Part of the fun has been sharing this ride with you.”
WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell has spent more than three decades with the station, but is stepping aside.
Haskell has announced he is resigning because of a progressive vocal disorder. In an email sent to the WCBS 880 staff, Haskell says he is suffering from Dysphonia, a vocal disorder with no obvious causes. He called the disorder “not life threatening but life altering”.
“I’ve come to the realization that what I’ve been doing is unsustainable. As much as I’ve tried, I just can’t overcome the problems with my voice,” Haskell said.
He added that the opportunity to work as a reporter for the station was “the journey of a lifetime”.
“I’m so grateful to have covered so many exciting events and memorable stories and to have met so many terrific people,” the email continued. “I’ve said for years, this is the best job in the world and I’ve loved it. Part of the fun has been sharing this ride with you. It’s been a privilege working with so many smart, talented and committed professionals. You’re the best of the best and you prove it every day. From the time I was a kid, I wanted to be on the radio. I had a cassette recorder and microphone from the five-and-dime and would do play-by-play off the TV and host my own shows. I’ve been fortunate to have lived my dream.”
Haskell’s departure is the latest in a line of changes for the station. Last week, longtime News Director and Brand Manager Tim Scheld announced his departure. Then Audacy New York announced sister-station 1010 WINS will be receiving a simulcast on 92.3 FM, in addition to the combining of the newsrooms between the two stations.
KIDO Adding Clay Travis & Buck Sexton to Altered Lineup
Kevin Miller will continue to host his popular show, The Kevin Miller Show, from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM.
KIDO Radio in Boise, Idaho announced some lineup changes on Monday. The station added The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show which will air from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM MT. Clay and Buck were named official successors to Rush Limbaugh by Premiere Networks over two years ago.
The duo has worked hard to expand their show, both online and on-air, and has made significant progress. Their program is now available on over 500 radio stations nationwide and has become one of the most popular podcasts.
KIDO Talk Radio 107.5 FM 580 AM is Idaho’s first-ever radio station.
“Each day on the program, Travis and Sexton tackle the biggest stories in news, politics, and current events with intelligence and humor, “the station said. “Together, they guide listeners through the latest headlines and hot topics with fun and entertaining conversations and opinions.”
Sean Hannity will broadcast from 1-4, and Lars Larson will air following Hannity’s show. Glenn Beck’s show is shifting to 7 pm and will be extended to three hours. Additionally, listeners can tune in to Dave Ramsey from 5:00 AM-8:00 AM on Saturday mornings.
Kevin Miller — winner of the Marconi Award for Medium Market Personality of the Year in 2014 — will continue to host his popular show, The Kevin Miller Show, from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM. Preceding Miller’s program is the Ag Hour of Power, which combines news about Idaho agriculture with the airing of Kevin Miller’s show.
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.
Mark Simone: Meet The Press Won’t Change After Chuck Todd Leaves
“It’ll be the same fake news, fake nonsense.”
Meet The Press host Chuck Todd announced he will exit the NBC News Sunday political affairs program later this year Sunday, and 710 WOR host Mark Simone celebrated the development.
“He ‘decided to leave’. This is just after they canned him. Apparently, they fired Chuck Todd. Good for them,” The Mark Simone Show host said Monday. “He made up the excuse that he wants to spend more time with his family. Have you seen his family? No one wants to spend more time with him. He doesn’t want to work too much and it’s important to be at home more with his kids. His are like 38.
“Whenever somebody gets fired, they’ve got all these excuses. ‘They wanted to go in a different direction’. Yeah, up. He’s taken the ratings down. He set all-time records for low ratings on Meet The Press.”
Simone then said Todd is getting the same treatment as another former network anchor that was pushed aside.
“Sometime when they fire someone, you’ll get a fake title. You know, ‘news ambassador’ or ‘election ambassador’. Walter Cronkite was great, he was the greatest anchor of all time, but they couldn’t just fire him, so they made up some fake title for him. They gave him an office and a desk, and a secretary. And once on election night, they’d let him come on for five minutes with Dan Rather, but they put him out to pasture. So that dirty, slimy, fake news weasel Chuck Todd is out.”
Meet The Press has long been viewed as the most consequential Sunday political affairs program, gaining popularity and notoriety under former moderator Tim Russert. However, Simone believes the addition of Kristen Welker, who will replace Todd and become just the second woman to anchor the show, won’t change under her direction.
“We’ll see how she does. I’m sure nothing will change. It’ll be the same fake news, fake nonsense.”
Ben Shapiro: ‘What is a Woman’ Most Watched Doc in History
“This documentary has more views than Anderson Cooper’s show all week, combined on CNN.”
On the latest episode of The Ben Shapiro Show, Shapiro analyzes and reacts to the controversy surrounding Matt Walsh’s documentary What is a Woman airing on Twitter.
The buzz surrounding Twitter employees restricting the documentary, followed by CEO Elon Musk promoting the film led to record-breaking viewers, creating the coveted Streisand effect, which Musk optimistically noted may happen in the wake of the controversy.
“Elon Musk, to his great credit, decided to take off the clamps and now the stats on how many people have seen What is Women are absolutely astounding,” Shapiro said. “The number of video impressions on What is Woman, the tweet that we put out there at Elon Musk and he tweeted himself, and then pinned at the top of his account, 171 million impressions which means, in the very least, tens and tens of millions of people have seen the actual documentary making it by any metric perhaps the most watched documentary in the history of humanity.”
Shapiro then gave an example of the scale at which What is a Woman has been viewed.
“For example, this documentary has more views than Anderson Cooper’s show all week, combined on CNN. And the 2023 Oscars, and Joe Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address, and Lizzo‘s most recent music video special, which is four months old, and over the course of like 48 hours 72 hours over the weekend. More viewers in the Game of Thrones finale.”
His monologue goes on to explain the hunger for truth Americans are feeling in our current media landscape. Shapiro analyzes the outsized reaction to the documentary, pointing out how censorship only makes people more adamant about honesty.
“These are huge numbers because people want to engage with the truth. They are sick of being told lies, and these are bigger numbers than the numbers on massive documentaries like Making a Murderer from Netflix, which had over 19 million views over the course of five weeks.”
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