Meet The Press host Chuck Todd announced he will exit the NBC News Sunday political affairs program later this year Sunday, and 710 WOR host Mark Simone celebrated the development.
“He ‘decided to leave’. This is just after they canned him. Apparently, they fired Chuck Todd. Good for them,” The Mark Simone Show host said Monday. “He made up the excuse that he wants to spend more time with his family. Have you seen his family? No one wants to spend more time with him. He doesn’t want to work too much and it’s important to be at home more with his kids. His are like 38.
“Whenever somebody gets fired, they’ve got all these excuses. ‘They wanted to go in a different direction’. Yeah, up. He’s taken the ratings down. He set all-time records for low ratings on Meet The Press.”
Simone then said Todd is getting the same treatment as another former network anchor that was pushed aside.
“Sometime when they fire someone, you’ll get a fake title. You know, ‘news ambassador’ or ‘election ambassador’. Walter Cronkite was great, he was the greatest anchor of all time, but they couldn’t just fire him, so they made up some fake title for him. They gave him an office and a desk, and a secretary. And once on election night, they’d let him come on for five minutes with Dan Rather, but they put him out to pasture. So that dirty, slimy, fake news weasel Chuck Todd is out.”
Meet The Press has long been viewed as the most consequential Sunday political affairs program, gaining popularity and notoriety under former moderator Tim Russert. However, Simone believes the addition of Kristen Welker, who will replace Todd and become just the second woman to anchor the show, won’t change under her direction.
“We’ll see how she does. I’m sure nothing will change. It’ll be the same fake news, fake nonsense.”
WDAY Host Jeff Left Retires After 50 Years
Left worked in New York City, Portsmouth, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Fargo.
WDAY host Jeff Left is saying goodbye to radio as he’s retiring after 50 years in the industry across the country. Left began his career in Cleveland, Ohio, when he was 17 years old, and his first on-air opportunity was reading traffic reports to listeners.
“I wasn’t afraid or nothing. ‘I-35 backed up 10 minutes’, and I’m just reading it,” Left said about doing his first live-reads. “I said to myself, ‘Is this it? This is fun!”
Those live-reads led to Left traveling the country and working at various stations throughout his 50-year career. He worked in New York City, Portsmouth, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Fargo.
Eventually, he returned to WDAY for a second time, working in sales, production, and as an on-air personality alongside Bonnie & Friends.
“I’m lucky enough to have 27 advertising awards, I’ve been published 23 times nationally…” Left said. “…I thought it was time, and so that is why I decided to retire.”
Beginning Monday, October 2, Jace Denman will join Bonnie & Friends as Bonnie’s new co-host.
KQED Promotes Ernesto Aguilar to Executive Role
Since joining the radio station in 2021, Aguilar has been Director of Radio Programming.
News/talk KQED in San Francisco is promoting Ernesto Aguilar to Executive Director of Radio Programming and Content DEI. Since joining the radio station in 2021, Aguilar has been Director of Radio Programming.
Aguilar reacted to his promotion on X, formerly Twitter, and shed light on details of what the new role that he’s taking over will consist of.
“Happy to share that my role at @KQED is growing,” Aguilar wrote. “I’m now Executive Director of Radio Programming and Content DEI. In addition to the exciting broadcasts we do, I’ll also now oversee diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the Content division.
“I’ll work closely with our Chief DEI Officer and teams to ensure our internal culture and our programming authentically serves the diverse Bay Area community we cherish. I’ll also be implementing annual Content DEI plans.”
Before joining KQED and heading to the Bay Area, Aguilar was Executive Director of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and worked in Houston’s public radio scene. Furthermore, he thanked his boss, Holly Kernan, for entrusting him with the new role.
“Sincere thanks to @KQEDKernan, my boss, for her dedication and leadership on diversity issues,” Aguilar added. “Her support for devoting resources within Content is invaluable and a step I hope other organizations learn from.
Chris Hayes Taking Podcast on Road with Live Tour
Joy Reid will join Hayes while the tour is in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Rachel Maddow is the guest for the New York stop.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is taking his Why Is This Happening? podcast on tour, as he’ll be hosting three live shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. Hayes has already made a stop in Austin, but the bulk of the tour is getting underway.
Hayes’ tour this fall will begin on Oct. 9 in Chicago, then head to Philadelphia on Oct. 16, and conclude in New York on Nov. 12. Furthermore, the MSNBC host won’t be alone, as he’ll guest, including some from his network.
Joy Reid will join Hayes while the tour is in Philadelphia; meanwhile, Rachel Maddow is the guest for the New York stop.
The All In host was recently in the news after it was announced that Inside with Jen Psaki will take over the Monday 8 p.m. time slot of Hayes’ show, with the change beginning on Sept. 25.
Nonetheless, Hayes will still anchor his show Tuesday through Friday, and Psaki will continue in her Sunday time slot at noon.