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Todd Starnes: ‘Amount of Apology and Remorse’ Needed From Broadcasters for Using Racial Slurs ‘Sad’

“There is no going back from that; there is no amount of apology that you can offer. Your life is over.”

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On Monday, a Barstool employee named “Mintzy” stirred controversy when he used the “n-word” in his show. On Wednesday, Barstool’s President Dave Portnoy revealed that the parent company, Penn Entertainment, forced them to fire Mintzy from his job. On his Friday program, radio host Todd Starnes discussed the issue and mentioned that Mintz had apologized profusely for accidentally rapping the lyrics containing the n-word.

“As soon as he said it, it was a slip, an accident, it just happened,” said Starnes. “It’s not like he was going out there and intentionally calling someone that word. So anyway, he apologized profusely. It’s really sad that you must do that amount of apology and remorse that one must conjure when using that word.”

Inquiring about today’s society, Todd Starnes questioned what the unforgivable sin might be. He expressed his belief that, contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t murder but rather the use of the n-word that was considered unforgivable.

“If you go out and plunge a knife into somebody over and over is that the unforgivable sin?” Starnes said. “Or is it using the n-word? I contend that the unforgivable sin in America is not going out and shooting someone; it’s actually uttering that word. Because when you utter that word, they will destroy you. There is no going back from that; there is no amount of apology that you can offer. Your life is over.”

During his show Wake Up With Mintzy,  Mintz read rap lyrics from his phone and used the “n-word” as a component of the song. According to Portnoy, he, Barstool CEO Erika Nardini, and a notable company figure named Dan Katz (Barstool Big Cat) advocated for Mintz to retain his job. Despite their efforts, Penn Entertainment demanded that Barstool dismiss Mintz. Portnoy alleged that Penn executives were concerned about potential backlash from state governments.

Starnes likened the use of the n-word to a more heinous act than the 9/11 attacks.

“I’m calling it like it is,” added Starnes. “That is why on this program, I try to tell all of you, moms and dads, that you need to sit down with your white children and have the talk. One day, very soon, if they find out that you actually purchased a ticket to a concert where that word was uttered on the stage, they will come after you.”

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Dave Ramsey: We Have a Simple Strategy For Employee Compensation

“We figure out what people should be paid. We figure out what they can be paid if they went somewhere else. Because we don’t want them to go somewhere else, we want them to work here.”

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Dave Ramsey has built a multi-million company from the ground up. But his place in the talk radio landscape is a unique one. While hosting one of the most popular programs in America, he also serves as the Founder, Owner, and CEO of that multi-million company, leading him to talk about how he operates that business.

During his EntreLeadership podcast, Ramsey was approached by a caller asking how to go about asking for a raise because they felt they were underpaid.

That led Ramsey to reveal how he goes about deciding on raises and compensation for his employees at Ramsey Solutions.

“I get emotional about stuff, but having somebody asking about something about pay? I mean, we can talk about it but I’m not gonna give you a raise if you work for us based on a feeling,” Ramsey said. “We don’t do feelings in that regard. You’ll have to take your feelings somewhere else.

“Now a fact? Facts are a good thing. So we do comp studies. We figure out what people should be paid. We figure out what they can be paid if they went somewhere else. Because we don’t want them to go somewhere else, we want them to work here, and we need the help.”

Dave Ramsey concluded by stating their thought process is simply “We want to be fair in our pay, you want to be paid fair, but you’re not asking and you’re not being greedy.”

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Clay Travis Goes on Cross Country Speaking Tour

On Tuesday, Travis was in Atlanta, before hosting another speaking engagement in Seattle the next evening.

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Clay Travis is a busy man. Between hosting The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show and continuing to contribute to the outlet he founded, OutKick, he stays active. This week, he added a pair of speaking engagements on opposite ends of the country.

On Tuesday, Travis was in Atlanta and spoke in front of more than 300 attendees at Greater Georgia’s second annual Legislative Awards ceremony. As emcee of the invent, he welcomed severe guests including former U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and his Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, as well as State Rep. and Speaker of the Georgia House Jon Burns.

During his time in Atlanta, Clay Travis co-hosted his nationally syndicated show at XTRA 106.3 FM.

On the very next night, Travis spoke in the Seattle area at Hillsdale College’s National Leadership Summit, which drew more than 500 attendees. A sponsor of his radio program, Hillsdale College welcomed Travis to address politics, economics, and culture in his keynote address.

While he was in the Seattle area, Travis visited affiliate 1090 The Patriot, where he hosted The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.

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Stephanie Miller Named to Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame

“Each inductee has made important contributions to broadcasting in Buffalo.”

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The Buffalo Broadcasters Association has named its 2024 Hall of Fame class and longtime news/talk host Stephanie Miller is one of nine inductees.

Host of the nationally syndicated Stephanie Miller Show, Miller began her radio career doing comedy bits on WBEN host Sandy Beach’s program. She later moved into talk radio roles at both KFI and KABC in Los Angeles, among other career endeavors including acting and stand-up comedy.

“Our Hall of Fame classes become more impressive every year,” said Steve Monaco, president of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. “Each inductee has made important contributions to broadcasting in Buffalo.”

  • Other inductees include:
  • Nick Bakay (Actor, ESPN commentator)
  • Sheila Murphy (first female TV news anchor in Buffalo)
  • Mary Travers Murphy (WKBW-TV anchor)
  • Howard Simon (Longtime WGR 550 morning host)
  • Shredd & Ragan (Tedd “Shredd Kasten and Tom Ragan, rock radio morning hosts)
  • J. “Dooley” O’Rourke (WGRZ-TV news anchor)
  • Jim DiMino (Sales Manager Buffalo/Toronto Public Media)

The Hall of Fame class of 2024 will be officially inducted at a ceremony held on Thursday, September 19th at Samuels Grande Manor.

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