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.”
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.
Megan Stone Named New Brand Manager at WIBX
ABC News Radio entertainment producer and content coordinator Megan Stone will join Utica news/talk station WIBX as Brand Manager.
Stone has worked at ABC News Radio since 2019. She previously worked at stations in Bridgeport and Norwalk, Connecticut, as well as Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
“I’m trading in my Mouse Club ears for the title of Brand Manager/On-Air Personality at the legendary heritage station WIBX,” Stone wrote in a Facebook post announcing the move. “I am beyond thrilled to be returning to radio and cannot wait for this new journey to start. The team is so wonderful and they’ve already made me feel so welcome.”
Stone’s on-air role at the Townsquare Media station has yet to be announced. Currently, the station’s only local weekday programming is First News with Keeler in the Morning, featuring host Bill Keeler joined by Jeff Monaski and Andrew Derminio from 5:00-9:00 AM.
Paul W. Smith Moving to Middays on 760 WJR Amid Lineup Changes
Smith has been the host of the station’s morning show since 1996, after stepping in for predecessor and radio legend JP McCarthy.
Longtime 760 WJR morning man Paul W. Smith is moving to a newly created timeslot on the venerable Detroit news/talk station.
Beginning Tuesday, June 20th, Smith will be heard in the Noon-2:00 PM timeslot previously occupied by The Dan Bongino Show. Focus with Paul W. Smith will “expand the community’s access to Mihcigan’s most influential political, civic, and business newsmakers”, according to a press release.
Guy Gordon will move mornings from his current early afternoon window, hosting a newly branded JR Morning show from 6:00-9:00 AM. All Talk with Tom Jordan and Kevin Dietz remains in the 9:00 AM-Noon timeslot. The station will also launch a new afternoon show, JR Afternoon, hosted by Chris Renwick from 2:00-4:00 PM. The Mitch Albom Show will continue to be heard from 4:00-6:00 PM.
“What a lineup! Each of our talent is a brand unto themself and have a unique vision and take on the events that shape the news,” said 760 WJR Program Director Mike Wheeler. “We are absolutely living up to our claim that WJR is where Michigan comes to talk.”
Smith has been the host of the station’s morning show since 1996, after stepping in for predecessor and radio legend JP McCarthy. The change allows both he and the station more flexibility.
“Launching the Focus show will give Paul W. Smith the opportunity to expand, on and off the air, his unmatched relationships with Michigan’s most influential newsmakers, for the benefit of our audience and our advertising partners,” Cumulus Detroit Vice President and Market Manager Steve Finateri said. “WJR is The Great Voice of the Great Lakes and going 100% local is a big win for all Michiganders who count on WJR to inform and educate us about everything happening here in our state!”
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.”
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.
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.