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Jason Whitlock: Elon Musk is Playing the Game with Twitter

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On Thursday’s episode of his podcast, Fearless with Jason Whitlock, Whitlock discusses the recent mishap between Twitter and The Daily Wire over the airing of the documentary What is a Woman on Twitter Spaces in celebration of the film’s one-year anniversary.

Whitlock begins his show with a monologue discussing the beginning of pride month then moves on to the situation concerning The Daily Wire and Twitter, “Now, this thing between The Daily Wire and Twitter, and the not allowing What is a Woman to be shown, Jeremy Boreing wrote a really compelling thread on social media about his exchange and seems very fair, and it seems very transparent about how they had agreed and then it got ixnayed and now it’s over, and he doesn’t know how Elon musk is going to react, but all of this makes me skeptical.”

Boreing Tweeted, “With Twitter’s recent commitments to free speech, we thought it would be the perfect place to distribute the film and drive the conversation forward on one of the most important topics of our day.”

As Whitlock and his panel continued to discuss the controversy, Elon tweeted his response, saying the decision “was a mistake by many people at Twitter” and permitted the film to she shown, though there continue to be reports of the video shadow banned from mass view. 

Whitlock then expressed some understanding of Elon’s decision-making and his choice to hire Linda Yaccarino as CEO, enabling him to play the corporate game, “Do you not cut the guy any grace? He invested $44 billion, that’s a big chunk of change, and he doesn’t want to lose it all, so he’s playing a game, and that’s why I think he hired this Linda woman from the WEF, he is trying to thread the needle of not losing his shirt.”

The new leadership of Twitter is under massive scrutiny, notably from free-speech-oriented outlets and media organizations such as The Daily Wire, which look to Elon’s Twitter as a safe haven for their content. With this recent upheaval, the platform will continue to be the battleground for what ideas are allowed to be freely shared, and which ones are censored. 

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Curtis LeGeyt: NAB ‘Depend on AM’ Radio Campaign ‘Played Crucial Role’ in Support for Congressional Bill

“We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

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The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act continues to wait to be voted on by both houses of Congress. NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt believes an initiative from the organization played a paramount role in garnering support for the legislation.

In a story authored by the executive for Radio Ink, he made the case that the “Depend on AM” campaign released by the organization was pivotal for Congressional support for the industry.

“The NAB’s Depend on AM campaign has played a crucial role in rallying this support. We’ve emphasized the importance of AM radio not just as a cultural, news and sports hub, but also as the resilient lifeline during emergencies, offering unmatched reach and reliability,” LeGeyt wrote. “This legislation ensures that AM radio remains accessible to all Americans, especially during public safety crises. We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

Curtis LeGeyt claimed more than 250 members of the House of Representatives and 62 Senators have backed the bill that would require automakers to include AM radios in new and electric vehicle models or require manufacturers to inform customers the new model was not equipped with the band.

The NAB has been a vocal proponent of the bill’s passage, with LeGeyt testifying in front of Congress in support of the legislation.

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Local News Becoming Less Prevalent on Radio, New RTDNA Study Shows

68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

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Local news has been a focal point for radio stations for decades. But that may be fading away, a new RTDNA study shows.

65% of commercial stations still air local news in 2024, down slightly from 66.2% in 2023. Non-commercial stations have dropped 12% points in the past two years, down to just 60.7% airing local news.

However, the disconnect appears to come from locally owned stations versus non-locally owned. 68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

Not only are there drops in the number of stations broadcasting local news, but the airtime those updates occupy has also shrunk, according to the RTDNA study.

“The biggest drop in average minutes came in large markets, suggesting that fewer all news or news/talk stations there filled out the Survey this year,” the study states. “Medium markets are down a bit; small markets dropped an average of over 20 minutes per weekday.”

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YouTube Largest Podcast Discovery Platform By Wide Margin, Westwood One Study Shows

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

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In the span of three years, YouTube has gone from the third most popular podcast discovery platform to the top spot, a Westwood One study suggests.

In a study of more than 600 weekly podcast listeners, 31% say YouTube is the most utilized podcast listening platform. 21% say they use Spotify most frequently, while 12% claimed Apple Podcasts was their go-to destination.

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

YouTube’s podcast listening profile is slightly more male-dominated and also younger than the typical Apple Podcasts audience, according to the results from Westwood One Audio Active Group.

Naturally, the majority of Apple and Spotify users utilize smartphones to access their favorite podcasts, while 38% of YouTube’s audience uses computers and televisions for their favorite shows.

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