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77 WABC Adding Alfonse D’Amato as Contributor

Alfonse D’Amato had an impressive political career, serving as a New York representative in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1999.

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Former U.S. Senator from New York, Alfonse D’Amato, is joining 77 WABC as a regular contributor. D’Amato will share political insights on 77 WABC’s talk programs, including Cats & Cosby, co-hosted by Catsimatidis and Rita Cosby.

In a release, John Catsimatidis, owner of 77WABC and Red Apple Media, called D’Amato one of the most knowledgeable people he knows.

“From his many years in the U.S. Senate, Al has a deep understanding of the underpinnings of politics — local, national, and global – and will help 77 WABC listeners discern the truth about what’s really going on in Washington and the world.”

Senator D’Amato expressed his pleasure in being a part of one of the country’s top news and talk programming, highlighting 77 WABC’s reputation for openly discussing issues without being affiliated with any political party but dedicated to promoting what is best for America.

“I am pleased to be part of the greatest news/talk programming in the nation,” Sen. D’Amato said. “77 WABC is a station whose people call it the way it is and aren’t wed to a political party but are wed to doing what’s right in America,” he said. 

Alfonse D’Amato had an impressive political career, serving as a New York representative in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1999.

During his tenure, he chaired the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and was a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism.

He was instrumental in New York Republican politics and helped to recruit George Pataki and secure his Republican nomination in the 1994 gubernatorial race. After leaving the Senate, D’Amato founded Park Strategies, which is now a well-known lobbying firm.

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Fox News Audio to Debut New Podcast Hosted by Benjamin Hall

Searching for Heroes with Benjamin Hall will debut on Monday, December 4th.

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Fox News Audio is set to release a new podcast series hosted by Benjamin Hall early next month.

Searching for Heroes with Benjamin Hall will debut on Monday, December 4th. According to the network, the podcast “will highlight inspiring stories of community and compassion, while providing a voice to America’s unsung heroes.” After the initial debut, episodes will be released every Sunday at 3 PM ET.

Hall was injured in March 2022 while covering the war in Ukraine. The car Hall was riding in was struck by a projectile, killing colleagues Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra Kuvshynova.

The first episode of the new podcast will feature a retrospective about the attack, the injuries he sustained while covering the war, and the efforts it took to return to work after suffering the injuries.

Benjamin Hall recently returned to Ukraine for the first time since the attack. He interviewed President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his stay, which aired on November 21st.

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News Media Well Represented on Apple’s Most Popular Podcasts Rankings

Both radio and digital news media companies fared well in the Top Free Channels category.

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Apple Podcasts has released its rankings for the most popular podcasts in several categories, with news media being well represented in the lists.

In the top overall podcasts of 2023, The Daily from The New York Times was listed as the second most popular podcast. Dateline NBC finished in third. An episode from The Daily — “The Fight Over Phonics” — was the third most shared podcast episode of the year.

Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra was the seventh most shared podcast of the year, according to Apple.

Both radio and digital news media companies fared well in the Top Free Channels category. iHeartPodcasts took the top spot, with The New York Times finishing third. ABC News was seventh, followed by The Daily Wire in eighth, and Cumulus Podcast Network taking 10th.

Apple Podcasts plans to release its Show of the Year on Tuesday, December 5th.

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Mark Simone: Karl Rove Hasn’t Won Anything in 30 Years, So Why Is He on Fox News?

“And Rove, ‘he’s the architect!’. This guy hasn’t won anything in 30 years. And the only thing he ever did win — back in the 90s he won a bunch of races in Texas.”

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As the first Presidential primaries approach, Republican challengers to Donald Trump continue to be pitched around the cable news landscape. Fox News analyst Karl Rove has been a proponent of former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) and current Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). 710 WOR host Mark Simone wonders why Rove’s opinion matters, and why he’s on Fox News to begin with.

During The Mark Simone Show Monday, Simone questioned why Rove is still viewed as a visionary of Republican politics when his record doesn’t stack up to the moniker.

“You hear Rove all over the place talking about Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis. Forget it. And Rove, ‘he’s the architect!’. This guy hasn’t won anything in 30 years. And the only thing he ever did win — back in the 90s he won a bunch of races in Texas. He won an attorney general’s race in Texas (and) a state assembly race in Texas,” argued Simone.

“He helped Bush in Texas — George W. Bush — and he was always part of the Bush team and was always there in 2000. I don’t know that you can consider 2000 a great victory. It was pretty much a draw. Bush couldn’t beat Gore with enough votes to win. Remember, it had to go to the court to win, the Supreme Court.”

Rove has served as a political analyst and contributor at Fox News since exiting the Bush White House in 2008. He is also a columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

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