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Chris Stigall: News/Talk Listeners Need Distraction of Football

“I spent some time in worship [before the big game], then I spent some time with my family watching the game and I got a little excited about something unrelated to politics and news.”

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The morning after a Super Bowl loss may feel like a difficult and emotional time for players, coaches, and fans. Navigating that story, through the lens of a news/talk program presents big challenges, especially if your audience isn’t tuning in to hear sports talk.  Chris Stigall found himself in a unique position on Monday, broadcasting in two markets where the winning and losing Super Bowl teams reside.

Stigall’s morning show in Philadelphia on 990 The Answer has become a staple for many listeners, and his midday show on Kansas City’s KCMO 103.7 FM has garnered him national attention and increased his media footprint and reach.

News/talk listeners are interested in current events, politics, and issues affecting society, whereas sports talk listeners are often more focused on the latest sports news, stats, and analysis. Additionally, some people who listen to news/talk radio may have a different opinion on the role of sports in society, which can affect their enjoyment of sports talk.

“People say to me ‘w’Why do you talk about football? Football is a big distraction,’” Stigall said. “Yes, football is a big distraction, and I am happy about it. It is my hobby, it’s something I have enjoyed with my family and friends for a long time, and it takes me away from the real world for a little bit.” 

Some conservatives have been critical of NFL players who protest during the national anthem, which they view as disrespectful to the country and its symbols. Additionally, there have been claims that the NFL and its media partners promote a left-leaning political agenda. 

“I spent some time in worship [before the big game], then I spent some time with my family watching the game and I got a little excited about something unrelated to politics and news.” 

Some of the more controversial topics that arose on news/talk stations Monday, a day after the Super Bowl, included Rihanna’s halftime performance and the singing of the Black National Anthem. 

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Joe Rogan: Media Leaves Out ‘What It Doesn’t Want Front and Center’

“All it is, is like ‘January 6th. January 6th. Did you see what they did? — Trump is coming back’.”

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Podcast host Joe Rogan has grown weary of the news media’s coverage of certain events and shared his belief that it only cares about presenting one side of arguments.

During The Joe Rogan Experience, the eponymous host shared his displeasure with the way current events are reported on.

“The media has lost its hold over the narrative,” said Rogan. “Now, the media conveniently leaves out anything that it doesn’t want to be at the front and center — in terms of things that people concentrate on and talk about.”

He then discussed stories he believes the general public has an interest in, but aren’t being covered, pointing to large protests in France over potential reforms in social security and also protests in Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans for changes to the nation’s judicial system.

“And you’re not hearing a f***ing peep about it, you know?” Rogan said. “All it is is ‘January 6th. January 6th. Did you see what they did? — Trump is coming back, but January 6th looms large.’”

“How about the fact that the guy who’s the president right now can’t form a f***ing sentence? He makes up words and stumbles through things and no one says a god damn thing about it,” Rogan concluded.

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Kara Swisher on New York Times Exit: ‘I Wanted to Make What I Wanted to Make’

“I didn’t wanna ask 86 people. They’re all really smart. They just aren’t me.”

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Podcast host Kara Swisher exited The New York Times in June of last year to launch her new podcast On with Kara Swisher, in conjunction with Vox Media.

In a wide-ranging feature story with Vanity Fair, Swisher claims she simply grew restless with the bureaucracy of the Times.

“I just wanted to make what I wanted to make, and I didn’t wanna ask 86 people,” Swisher said. “They’re all really smart. They just aren’t me.”

According to the story from Vanity Fair, six staffers exited in a year or less after working on Swisher’s show with the Times, with one former employee saying “It was totally known across the Opinion audio department that this was a nightmare show to work for.”

Swisher defended herself by arguing that she wasn’t a manager of the show, simply the host, but added that she could understand that the pace she wanted to work at might not correlate with others.

“When something happens, I want to do it right away…they just didn’t wanna move that way. I totally get it, I completely respect it, but I just didn’t want to do the slower show. I wanted to do the fast-burn show. And so it was a real struggle.”

The podcast countered, however, by stating that she believed the Times failed “to hire the right people in the first place”.

“I didn’t hire them. I didn’t fire them. I didn’t do their reviews or anything like that. I wasn’t involved in anybody’s review, unfortunately,” Swisher said.

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1210 WPHT Raises $92K For Travis Manion Foundation With Radiothon

“Our Philadelphia brands are long supporters of the Travis Manion Foundation and their great work for veterans and families of the fallen in our local community.”

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Audacy partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation during the sixth annual “Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Travis Manion Foundation Radiothon” to raise more than $92,000 in support of veterans. According to Radio Online, The Travis Manion Foundation is a nationwide veteran service organization that brings together communities to reinforce America’s national identity by enabling veterans and families of fallen heroes to guide and inspire future generations.

David Yadgaroff, Audacy Philadelphia’s Senior VP and Market Manager, expressed gratitude for the enthusiastic and charitable nature of WPHT listeners. He also highlighted the longstanding support of Audacy Philadelphia brands for the Travis Manion Foundation. 

“Our WPHT listeners are extremely passionate and generous, and it’s so gratifying when our friends, neighbors, and advertisers rally together for a great cause,” said Yadgaroff. “Our Philadelphia brands are long supporters of the Travis Manion Foundation and their great work for veterans and families of the fallen in our local community. We’re pleased to join them again to support their mission.”

Broadcasting live from the Audacy corporate headquarters in Philadelphia on March 24th, the radiothon was spearheaded by station personalities such as Rich Zeoli, Nick Kayal, Dom Giordano, and Dawn Stensland. In addition, the Travis Manion Foundation team, including Ryan Manion, the organization’s president, and a Gold Star Sister, participated in the event as special guests.

The Travis Manion Foundation offers exceptional personal development and training programs to veterans and families of fallen heroes, enabling them to lead their communities and serve in collaboration with one another. To learn more about the foundation and its initiatives, please visit its website at travismanion.org.

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