Last week, Los Angeles dealt with its first forecasted hurricane — which was reduced to a tropical storm — in decades. After the storm was downgraded, many in the city of Angels argued it was overhyped by the media. KFI AM-640’s Bill Handel defended the media over the accusations.
During Monday’s show, Handel argued that it was important for forecasters and news media members to give accurate information.
“Hurricane Hillary: Overhyped? Maybe. Maybe,” Handel reiterated. “But I’d rather be safe than sorry. So as Hurricane Hillary barrels towards Southern California last week, the storm actually made international news. I mean, it was a big deal, mainly — not because of its power, because there we’ve had hurricanes that have come in at hurricane level five in Florida.
“And the system did turn out to be historic for Southern California. Officials did issue the region’s first-ever tropical storm watch later upgraded to a warning for broad swaths of the southland because it became the first storm of that strength to hit our region in decades, basically since 1939. And the system did turn out to be historic, dumping a record summer rainfall and tropical storm winds reaching speeds seen twice in the last century.”
Handel then noted how far technology has come, as virtually the only people impacted by a potential hurricane are those who refuse to heed warnings in advance.
“In 1900, the Galveston, Texas hurricane was unknown. People didn’t know it was coming. 8,000 people died in Galveston. Today we have the warnings and the only people that are in danger of dying are people that simply ignore the warnings,” concluded Handel.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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”.
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.
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.
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.