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John Phillips: ‘I Never Want to Have My Back to the Public’ at Remote Broadcasts

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A situation between reporters at the California statehouse and a homeless man led to 790 KABC host John Phillips sharing how he views remote broadcasts Wednesday.

During The John Phillips Show, a report about a homeless man throwing apples at news reporters in Sacramento made the rounds, and Phillips said he’s always weary about where he is in relation to the public while broadcasting from the road.

“One of the things that happens with your broadcast here is every so often, they want you to broadcast from outside the studio,” said Phillips. “Broadcast at a sporting event you broadcast at the location of an advertiser you broadcast at some big event that’s going on. I stay in my lane. I don’t try to tell people in other departments what to do, I don’t get involved in their business, because it’s none of my business… You don’t have to be one of these people that wears a million different hats. There are people who are micromanagers I am not one of them.

“However, one of the things I always make sure to inquire about when we’re doing the live shot, is where are we going to be sitting and what’s going to be behind me? Because I never want to have my back to the public. You have your back to the public. You can’t see what’s going on. And sometimes people like you, and sometimes people don’t like you. And sometimes they really don’t like you and sometimes they like you way too much. In any of those cases, you don’t want your back to them. You want to be able to see what’s going on at all times.”

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Bill Handel: Everything Rupert Murdoch Touched Turned to Gold

“Rupert Murdoch is truly one of the most influential people that are out there in the world of media, in the world of what we see, and in the world of what we hear.”

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Seemingly every news media professional has an opinion on the decision of Fox Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch to step aside and allow his son, Lachlan, to take control. That list includes KFI-AM 640 morning host Bill Handel.

During his morning show Friday, Handel reacted to the news of Murdoch’s departure, noting the massive amounts of success the billionaire had.

“This is an organization that he built, which is second to none, that now owns The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. He has for decades had unbelievable influence in the Republican Party, and his decision to step down as chairman now that sent all kinds of shock with shockwaves through the political world, especially the Republican world, just as the presidential rates heats up,” Handel said.

He continued by noting that while Fox News turned into a “shill” under Murdoch’s watch, the success is undeniable.

“He is one of the most interesting characters in the world of broadcast. I got to tell you that everything this guy touches turns to gold. He anticipated everything– except for a couple of big, big mistakes that didn’t hurt his billionaire status very much. Rupert Murdoch is truly one of the most influential people that are out there in the world of media, in the world of what we see, and in the world of what we hear.”

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Sid Rosenberg: I’ve Never Worked for an Owner Like John Catsimatidis

“It’s more like a family having a discussion than it is an employee sitting with a boss.”

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77 WABC has risen to new heights under the ownership of John Catsimatidis and his Red Apple Media group. Morning host Sid Rosenberg shared his appreciation for his owner Friday morning.

Before welcoming Catsimatidis to Sid and Friends in the Morning, Rosenberg shared a story of a recent meeting the two had in his New York office.

“I’ll tell you, I had a meeting — I’m not gonna tell you what it’s about, it’s none of your business — but I had a meeting a couple of days ago in John’s office. We discussed a couple of topics and it was great meeting. Ended in about a half hour. Then I leaned over and gave him a big kiss, like I always do,” Rosenberg said.

“I told him I loved him, which I really do love him. I’ve been in this business now for 25 years and I’ve worked for the biggest radio stations and companies in the history of this business and it’s never been that way ever.

“John, I just want to tell you that the way you run the company, the way you treat your employees — basically me — is really nice. It’s more like a family having a discussion than it is an employee sitting with a boss.”

John Catsimatidis told Sid Rosenberg he appreciated the kind words, and that he continues to “really enjoy the people at WABC”. The billionaire then shared that the group has worked together to become number one and “We’re gonna surpass number one”.

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1010 WINS Hosting Pickleball Tournament

On Saturday, September 30th, 1010 WINS will host a 90-minute pickleball clinic — dubbed “Pickleball 101.0” — before the competition begins later that morning.

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In a partnership with Sportime Randall’s Island and NYC Pickleball, 1010 WINS is hosting one of New York’s largest pickleball tournaments later this month.

On Saturday, September 30th, 1010 WINS will host a 90-minute pickleball clinic — dubbed “Pickleball 101.0” — before the competition begins later that morning.

Separate divisions will be held for men’s, mixed, and women’s doubles. Cash prizes of $1010 will be awarded to the top finishers in each division.

The sport of pickleball has grown exponentially in recent years, as players of all ages have picked up the sport. As of 2022, there were an estimated 4.8 million pickleball players. That figure has increased nearly 15% compared to 2021.

Several professional pickleball leagues have been created in recent years, with NBA and NFL players purchasing expansion franchises in Major League Pickleball.

Those interested in registering for the event can do so by clicking here.

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