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Former WMAL Reporter Claims Journalism Has Been ‘Hijacked’ By Activists

“The media people that watched what happened on campus from 2012 to 2018 didn’t take it seriously.” 

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In an interview on The Joe Pags Show Wednesday, a former WMAL host dismissed for posting derogatory remarks about Vice President Kamala Harris claimed that newsrooms are now being dominated by activists, causing internal conflicts.

Amber Athey, who previously worked at 105.9 FM WMAL, was terminated after she tweeted the UPS delivery slogan last year and commented on the outfit worn by VP Harris during the State of the Union address. “Kamala looks like a UPS employee — what can brown do for you?”

Athey told Pags there’s been a dramatic shift in media, with activist-driven journalism dominating the landscape. 

“What happened is the snowflakes who were instituting mob politics on college campuses graduated and ended up being hired at major American institutions, including the media,” said Athey. “The media people that watched what happened on campus from 2012 to 2018 didn’t take it seriously.” 

According to Athey, conservatives on college campuses have warned for years about being silenced by the majority, who have silenced their freedom of speech.

“The media said no, it’s no big deal; either (students) will grow out of it, or we like that they are standing up for what they believe in,” she said. “It turns out it didn’t work well and ended up on their doorstep. The so-called adults in the room didn’t know how to respond when they were on the receiving end of this.” 

Athey concluded that the reason for internal uprisings at institutions such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, and The Hill is the failure of top-level management to suppress the revolt that originated on college campuses years ago.

“They (reporters) are more progressive and radical than ever before, and these [companies] have had their platforms highjacked for activism as opposed to journalism.” 

Pags said the practice of journalism ought to involve simple acts of observation and reporting. As a longtime television journalist, Pags amassed many accolades throughout his reporting career.

“They seem to know how to do (journalism), or they don’t know how to do it, and they don’t care,” he said. “Or they think that their political leanings matter more. I agree that some of the woke millennials are doing it now, but I place some of the blame on the liberal professors.” 

Athey is coming out with a new book titled: The Snowflakes’ Revolt: How Woke Millennials Hijacked American Media.

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Jemele Hill: Reports I’m Leaving Spotify Aren’t True

“My podcast hasn’t been canceled. I never asked Spotify for $100M. This shit is truly comical.”

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Jemele Hill recently took to Twitter to address the misconceptions surrounding her podcast, expressing that many reports circulating is simply untrue. She clarified that her podcast had not been canceled, and contrary to rumors, she never made a $100 million request to Spotify. Hill said she found the situation rather amusing and described it as comical.

According to a recent TMZ report, Hill is currently negotiating a separation from Spotify, where she has been exclusively hosting her thought-provoking podcast “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” since 2019. Multiple sources have indicated that she is now actively searching for a new platform to continue her show. The ‘Unbothered’ podcast network, which showcases other talented Black podcasters, is reportedly ending. Speculations suggest that Spotify may either release her from her contract ahead of schedule or allow it to expire.

“People: A lot of what’s been reported just isn’t true. My podcast hasn’t been canceled. I never asked Spotify for $100M. This shit is truly comical,” she tweeted.

Jemele Hill further addressed the issue through a Twitter exchange with someone who brought up the quote, responding by emphasizing the need for better comprehension and suggesting a thorough reading of the original article. She stated, “I never told Spotify or the NYT that I deserved $100M. My deal at Spotify is fair. This was about advocating for investment and growth, specifically for prominent Black podcasters.”

It is evident that her intention was to highlight the importance of supporting and investing in diverse voices within the podcasting industry.

Jemele Hill’s podcast does not rank among the top-performing shows on the platform.

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Bob Pittman: iHeartMedia Won’t Be Shutting Down Broadcast Stations

“90% of Americans listen to iHeart broadcast radio stations every month. To put that in context, the biggest TV network reaches less than 40% of Americans and the big streaming music services reach less than 30%.”

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Very few large broadcasting corporations adopted digital platforms as quickly as iHeartMedia did. iHeartRadio is one of the most popular platforms for streaming content from a variety off stations. Bob Pittman says that does not mean the company does not see plenty of value in traditional broadcast radio.

Lydia Moynihan of The New York Post spoke with the iHeartMedia CEO Friday morning. She asked Pittman if he could foresee a day when the company would be done with terrestrial radio and focus solely on digital products.

“To the contrary – the strength and foundation of our company is our broadcast radio stations,” Pittman responded. “90% of Americans listen to iHeart broadcast radio stations every month. To put that in context, the biggest TV network reaches less than 40% of Americans and the big streaming music services reach less than 30%.”

He added that any success that the company has seen with podcasting or streaming is clearly linked to the success of the its radio stations. He said that is true for its live events too.

“We use that massive and unique reach of our broadcast radio to build complementary products like the iHeartRadio digital service and our major events like the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, and it’s why we’re the #1 podcast publisher by a lot.  It all starts with using the trusted voices on our broadcast radio stations and creating demand – and with our unparalleled reach we have quite an advantage over the other audio players, regardless of their cash war chests.”

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Buffalo, Chicago, Milwaukee Top Markets for AM Radio

“The study shows thirteen markets that have at least 40% of listeners using AM radio. Ten of them are in the Midwest.”

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Nielsen has looked at information from the 2022 fall book to determine where AM radio is the most popular. The company released a list Thursday of 141 markets where at least 20% of radio listeners tune to AM radio in a given month. Cities in the Great Lakes region are all at the top of the list.

In Buffalo, 56% of radio listeners use the AM band in a month. The market’s most-listened to stations are both AM stations owned by Audacy – news/talk WBEN and sports talker WGR. Neither has an FM simulcast.

There is a tie for second place. 48% of listeners in Chicago utilize AM. Popular news stations WGN and WLS are both only available on AM as is the market’s heritage sports talk brand, 670 The Score. Milwaukee is the other market with 48% of listeners using AM radio.

AM radio remains very popular in the Midwest. The study shows thirteen markets that have at least 40% of listeners using AM radio. Ten of them are in the Midwest.

Last month, Nielsen used numbers from the 2022 Fall book to show that across the country, more than 82 million people rely on AM radio during a month. That is a third of all terrestrial radio listeners.

A hearing on Sen. Ed Markey’s AM For Every Vehicle Act is scheduled for Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

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