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WTOP’s Julia Ziegler Named ‘One To Watch’ By Radio Hall of Fame

“Julia has literally done it all at a station that is one of the most highly respected in the nation.”

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WTOP Director of News and Programming Julia Ziegler has been named “One to Watch” by the Radio Hall of Fame and The Museum of Broadcast Communications.

The award was created in 2018 in honor of radio legend Art Laboe, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 97.

“I am so incredibly honored and touched to accept this award,” Ziegler said. “I feel fortunate to work for a company like Hubbard Broadcasting that puts people first and gives them the support to reach their full potential and goals. Art Laboe was a legend in this industry because of his commitment to broadcasting excellence and connecting with so many people. That is something I try to emulate every day.”

Ziegler began her career as an intern in 2002 at WTOP before rising the ranks to become the Director of News and Programming. She also has served as the station’s Digital News Director and Managing Editor of the station’s sister publication FederalNewsRadio.com.

“It is with great pride that we honor Julia Ziegler with this year’s One to Watch award,” said Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee Chair Dennis Green. “Julia has literally done it all at a station that is one of the most highly respected in the nation. From interning at WTOP to working her way up to Director of News and Programming while setting the station’s path in digital and social media, this recognition is well deserved. On behalf of the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, congratulations, Julia, and continued success!”

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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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Dave Ramsey Welcomes Jade Warshaw as New Personality

There will be a new voice that listeners will hear on “The Ramsey Show” as the show’s host, Dave Ramsey, welcomes Jade Warshaw.

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There will be a new voice that listeners will hear on “The Ramsey Show” as the show’s host, Dave Ramsey, welcomes Jade Warshaw, who joins the program as a personality. 

“I’m excited to announce @JadeWarshaw as a BRAND NEW Ramsey Personality!” Ramsey said on Twitter Tuesday. 

“You will be seeing a lot more of her in the coming weeks. Tune into The Ramsey Show [Tuesday] to hear more about Jade and her story. Welcome to the crew, Jade!!”

Ramsey adding a new personality comes on the heels of the radio host telling stations they must know how to sell and to whom in an inflationary economy.

“Every budget that everybody that’s possibly going to buy an ad from any of us is getting tighter and tighter,” Ramsey said (h/t Inside Radio). “They’re looking for anything that is superfluous, anything that is extra, any fat, anything that’s not ROI-ing.”

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Erick Erickson: Ron DeSantis Built Conservative News Network Around Him

Erickson also accused the media of grouping every Republican, including DeSantis, into the category of insurrectionist. 

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Atlanta-based syndicated radio host Erick Erickson said Tuesday that the mainstream media is out to get Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Erickson also accused the media of grouping every Republican, including DeSantis, into the category of insurrectionist. 

“As a result, the mainstream media has decided to target every Republican and accuse them of being a January 6th style, election-denying candidate willing to upend democracy,” Erickson stated.

Erickson referenced a New York Magazine article written by Jonathan Chait questioning whether DeSantis is the future of Trumpism. 

“It doesn’t really work so well,” Erickson said about the article. “The public sees through this kind of stuff. The media essentially saw why the Republicans lost and now want to extrapolate that and apply it to every other Republican to help them lose.” 

Erickson said DeSantis is not taking the media’s bait and it’s working in his favor, unlike former President Donald Trump who continues to lash out on TRUTH Social which is what the mainstream media wants. 

“Trump is just an old man trying not to be forgotten,” Erickson said. 

“This is what is going to happen over the next two years,” he added. “Every time Trump has an outburst, reporters will rush to get every Republican on the record. DeSantis isn’t interviewing with these people so he can’t be put on the spot.” 

Erickson said DeSantis has cultivated a conservative news network around him and he’s not paying any attention to the left-leaning outlets that don’t provide favorable coverage of him. 

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