Syndicated radio host Dan Bongino likes the idea of Twitter charging verified users for blue checkmarks.
Bongino lauded the verified system Monday which he said has allowed him to get distribution on the platform that a lot of people can’t get.
“It’s easier to find me with the blue checkmark because you would have a thousand fake Dan Bongino accounts up there. You should be able to get that too. I am a believer in real, genuine equality of opportunity,” he said.
According to The Verge, Musk is planning to charge $19.99 for the new Twitter Blue subscription.
“You should be able to verify yourself too,” added Bongino. “Twenty dollars a month, submit your driver’s license or however the verification process is going to work, why don’t you get the same distribution access?”
Bongino said that he’s heard from both sides about Twitter’s plan to charge for its verification system.
“It’s become just a vanity tool, the blue checkmark for people who pretend that they are more important than you” Bongino said. “I’m not. I know I have a microphone, but you have a job too. Truck drivers, carpenters if you want to get verified, I would love to hear your opinion on stuff too.”
“We don’t need a bunch of fake news journalists getting all the distribution on the platform,” he added.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
WPHM Extends Brian Kilmeade Show to Full 3-Hour Length
These changes come after some shows were added to WPHM’s lineup in January of this year.
Changes are coming to the weekday lineup at Liggett Communications News/Talk 1380 WPHM. The station announced that there will be expansion, cuts, and replacements to its news/talk programming.
WPHM will expand Fox News Radio’s The Brian Kilmeade Show to three hours, extending the show from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Furthermore, the station will cut Radio America’s The Chad Benson Show from 1:00-3:00 PM. These changes come after both shows were added to WPHM’s lineup in January of this year.
“Brian Kilmeade’s show has been very timely and topical, especially as we approach next year’s election,” Program Director Caleb Gordon said. “We’re happy to be a part of making his program the fastest-growing radio show in the country!”
Nonetheless, the changes don’t stop there. At night, WPHM replaces Compass Media Networks’ Markley, Van Camp & Robbins with Fox Sports Radio’s The Odd Couple hosted by Chris Broussard and Rob Parker from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bill O’Reilly: Interview with Tucker Carlson Designed to Compete with Republican Debate
“Carlson drops these interviews so people will have a choice. Whatever. It doesn’t matter to me.”
Tucker Carlson is slated to host fellow former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly tonight for an extended interview that will drop alongside the second 2024 Republican Presidential debate. O’Reilly says that’s the entire point of the interview.
During his No Spin News program Tuesday night, O’Reilly shared that the interview should serve as an alternative to the the debate.
“Tucker Carlson interviewed me for close to an hour last night. And you can watch that interview at 9:00 PM ET. And it’s designed to compete with the Republican debate in Simi Valley, California, north of LA,” admitted O’Reilly. “So Carlson drops these interviews so people will have a choice. Whatever. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s a good interview, and I think you will like it.”
Both Bill O’Reilly and Carlson departed Fox News during less-than-ideal circumstances. O’Reilly was ousted in 2017 after allegations of sexual harassment. Carlson exited in April of this year. He contends his firing was connected to the network’s settlement of the defamation lawsuit brought forth by Dominion Voting Systems. However, both Fox News and Dominion have independently denied those accusations.
O’Reilly continued the discussion by saying Carlson was kind to have him on his program for nearly an hour to discuss his latest book Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts. However, the former Fox News hosts didn’t strictly discuss the book.
“The interview, of course, dealt with more than the book. It dealt with network and cable news. It dealt with the Biden administration, and it dealt with social things in America. But he was very interested in the demonic possession part of killing the witches, which is the modern part of the book.”
Red Apple Audio Networks Signs Lou Dobbs for Syndication and Ad Sales
Former FOX Business Network host Lou Dobbs has signed an exclusive deal for network syndication and advertising sales with Red Apple Audio Networks.
The Lou Dobbs Business Reports are delivered twice daily Monday through Friday, featuring two-minute reports about the opening and closing markets. The feature currently airs on Red Apple Media’s 77 WABC with the addition of more stations to be announced in the coming days.
“I’m excited about partnering with the Red Apple Audio Networks,” said Dobbs. “Their contacts and reputation for customer service will increase our affiliate base across America.”
“Lou has a remarkable understanding of market trends and fluctuations,” said John Catsimatidis, Owner of Red Apple Media and Red Apple Audio Networks. “He has the rare ability to be able to cut through the data and present insightful analysis in a concise manner. He’s a terrific addition to our line-up of big-name personalities.”
Dobbs joined WABC programming in July of last year. However, his syndicated reports were dropped by G Audio Networks in April of this year. Previously, the daily vignettes were syndicated by Salem Radio Network.