850 KOA midday host Mandy Connell will be out of work for a month after recovering from surgery to repair her vocal cords Thursday.
Connell revealed her absence on Wednesday.
“Tomorrow morning, I will be having surgery on my vocal cords, and if you’ve never been to the blog before, and you want to see my actual vocal cords today’s the day because I have a photograph of my vocal cords on the blog today so you can clearly see what it is that my crack surgeon is going to be removing tomorrow,” Connell shared.
She then welcomed her surgeon, Dr. David Opperman, to the program to explain what exactly she’ll be undergoing. Connell also revealed that Dr. Opperman had previously repaired a similar injury to her KOA colleague Ross Kaminsky.
“We have to address the fact that you have sort of a little bump on your vocal cord that’s interfering with the way it vibrates,” Dr. Opperman revealed. “And that’s why you don’t sound like you used to a few years ago. It’s basically interfering with the sound production in your throat. So we’re going to put you to sleep very comfortably, use a little device that lets me look directly at your vocal cords, and then under a very high-powered magnification, we’re going to remove that spot.
“We actually have to lift up some of the tissue so that we can remove it without injuring the vibration surface. And that will preserve your voice and you’ll come back talking like you did five years ago.”
The doctor went on to tell Connell that her condition was likely caused by talking on-air for more than 20 hours per week in “different pitch ranges and intonations”.
Nick Kayal: We Have to Promote App Heavily Due to Future of AM Radio Concerns
“Maybe one day, hopefully long after I’m dead and gone and made enough money to retire in this career, maybe AM Radio really is gone, and it all is app-based. And that’s why we push it so much.”
The AM for Every Vehicle Act faced opposition in the Senate this week, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) standing in the way of its unanimous passage. 1210 WPHT morning host Nick Kayal has shared that the station will continue to heavily push users to download the Audacy app until the concerns about AM Radio’s future are resolved.
“Mandating that all cars have AM radio is antithetical to any notion of limited government,” said Paul on the floor of the U.S. Senate earlier this week. “The debate over free speech, as listed in the First Amendment, is that government shall pass no law. It has nothing to do with forcing your manufacturer to have AM radio. This legislation attempts to insert Congress’s judgment into a question best decided by American consumers.”
During Kayal and Company, the Philadelphia-based host argued that his current career is in the hands of automakers and the government with the AM For Every Vehicle Act in limbo. He angled for the inclusion of the band and the passage of the bill, before noting that the station is essentially forced to push the Audacy app on listeners due to concerns about the future of AM radio.
“You talk about TV, you talk about satellite radio, you talk about podcasts, and we were told all of these things would be the thing that puts the final nail in the coffin for terrestrial radio as we know it. And it’s not true,” said Nick Kayal. “It’s the car companies and the government that have the most power to actually impact what the three of us do for a living, and what you out there in ‘Radioland’ listen to.”
Kayal continued by noting the company’s app is a bulletproof way to ensure listeners can still get the content they seek.
“Which is why I think, to some extent, is one of the reasons why (1210 WPHT Program Director) Greg Stocker is always begging for you to download the app and subscribe to it as if they yanked the radio out of your car with the new computerized stuff that we see in these awesome vehicles today. You can still download the app and listen with your Bluetooth in your car.
“That’s one of the big reasons why we push the Audacy app. Because maybe one day, hopefully long after I’m dead and gone and made enough money to retire in this career, maybe AM Radio really is gone, and it all is app-based. And that’s why we push it so much.”
Sean Hannity: I’d Rather Do Anything Else Than Give a Speech on a College Campus
“I admire some of the younger conservatives coming up that, they’re still willing to go there and talk to these kids at college campuses. They don’t even let them speak half the time and I’m like, ‘Who needs that aggravation?'”
Sean Hannity has long been a force in conservative media, but there is one frontier he’s just not interested in exploring.
While discussing the recent comments from prominent college presidents who refused to say that calling for the eradication of Jewish students went against their university’s code of conduct, Hannity claimed he has no interest in speaking on college campuses the way Charlie Kirk, Tomi Lahren, Riley Gaines, and other conservative media figures do.
“I admire some of the younger conservatives coming up that, they’re still willing to go there and talk to these kids at college campuses,” The Sean Hannity Show host said. “They don’t even let them speak half the time and I’m like, ‘Who needs that aggravation?’
“I’ve been invited by many, many colleges to speak and I’m like, ‘No thanks. I got better things to do. I think I have to clean my toilets about that time’,” Hannity revealed. “‘I think I’ll go pick up Linda’s fat cat. I’ll clean out her kitty litter box. I’m not going to be able to make that one.’ I’d rather rake the leaves, which I hate.”
After Reversal, Dan Bongino Signs Extension With Westwood One
“It’s been a fascinating couple years of ups and downs both personally and in the political space. I love what I do, and I’m ecstatic that we’ve agreed to move forward with the show…”
After initially signaling that he would depart his nationally syndicated radio show when his contract was up, Dan Bongino has signed an extension to remain with Westwood One.
With the extension, he’ll continue to host The Dan Bongino Show each day from 12-3 PM.
“It’s been a fascinating couple years of ups and downs both personally and in the political space,” said Bongino in a press release. “I love what I do, and I’m ecstatic that we’ve agreed to move forward with the show after changes were made. I want to thank all the shows’ supporters, the stations, and program directors for their continued support. I promise to keep my foot on the gas pedal.”
After Westwood One’s parent company — Cumulus Media — implemented a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Bongino was a boisterous critic of the decision, leading him to declare the policy would force him to leave the company when his contract expired. His contract situation led two Midwest Communications stations to drop his program earlier this year due to fears he would depart his show.
Bongino has seen success with both his radio show and podcast. The syndicated radio program launched after the death of Rush Limbaugh, and now airs on more than 350 stations. Meanwhile, his podcast often finishes as one of the top 10 most-listened to podcasts in the country.