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Sid Rosenberg: Conservative Radio Hosts ‘Don’t Deserve the Reverence’ Listeners Give

“What it comes down to is, it’s nonsense. Some of you pray to the altar of some of these conservative guys. It’s embarrassing.”

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Last week, 77 WABC host Sid Rosenberg revealed he is in an ongoing feud with syndicated radio host Mark Levin over a decision the station made months ago that affected Levin’s show for one hour. Rosenberg responded to Levin’s legion of fans to begin his show Monday morning.

Sid Rosenberg questioned how Levin got so many fans and followers to begin Sid and Friends in the Morning Monday.

“You get these real tough conservatives and they go on and on about ‘Levin is smarter than you’. Okay, great. He’s smarter than me. So what doesn’t make you a better radio host? I’ve worked with guys who were smarter than me. They weren’t better radio hosts,” Rosenberg said. “He’s smarter. So what? Great. Fantastic. So they go on (social media) and say ‘You’re on the same team!’ Yeah. But the same people have no problem when Donald Trump eviscerates Ron DeSantis. They’re on the same team now.

“What it comes down to is, it’s nonsense. Some of you pray to the altar of some of these conservative guys. It’s embarrassing. Whether it’s Mark Levin, or Sean Hannity, or — I don’t even know who these guys are anymore. I mean, Rush (Limbaugh), I kind of understood but he’s dead. I don’t believe anybody out there really deserves the reverence.”

Rosenberg’s comments came after he said Levin should be known as “The Average One” instead of his current “The Great One” moniker, sharing that he viewed the longtime host as “about as exciting as a fart in a windstorm”, calling Levin “some old bald guy who spouts conservative views”.

The 77 WABC host later changed his tune and gave Levin his due.

“He’s fine. Levin’s good. You’ve got Fox News show, he’s on the station, writes books, he’s probably one of the best, though. He is actually. He’s absolutely one of the best but does he deserve the love and reverence some of these people give him?”

Sid Rosenberg concluded the segment by taking at shot at Levin’s ratings on the Red Apple Media station.

“His ratings aren’t all that good. In fact, they suck. I double Mark Levin’s ratings all the time. So if I want to bitch slap Mark Levin, I can do it. I don’t care how smart you think he is. When he gets my ratings, he can talk. I don’t care how many TV shows he does, how many millions he makes, or kicks my ass in every one of those categories. But the only category that WABC cares about is the ratings here Levin is relatively paltry and I’m the king. So when you unprovoked go on a national show and call me a weasel, but I did nothing wrong. I’m not going to back down because some of you idiots out there love Mark Levin.”

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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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