It should come as no surprise, but Salem Media Group’s 94.5 The Answer will cease operations later this month.
Salem sold the station — as well as sister stations 95.5/103.3 Earth FM — to Educational Media Foundation in late August for nearly $7 million.
However, the new ownership group — which features a Christian music format — will not continue the conservative news/talk format featured currently on 94.5 The Answer, meaning the station will cease to exist on Saturday, October 28th.
“The new owners have no plans of continuing our programming or content,” Salem Media Group told staffers in an internal memo. “They are going to program formats unique to them and will not continue with the formats we have been presenting. So, as of Midnight 10/28/23, all of Salem Media Group’s Greenville-Spartanburg stations will cease operation.”
The conservative news outlet featured one local show, The Morning Answer, which was hosted by Joey Hudson.
“We have enjoyed our years in the Greenville-Spartanburg market but have made the strategic decision to divest our interests there,” said Salem Media Group CEO David Santrella at the time of the sale. “As we do, we are grateful to be able to place these signals in the hands of Educational Media Foundation (EMF) who share a like-minded mission with Salem through their music programming. We are also thankful to our Greenville-Spartanburg staff for their many years of service.”
94.5 The Answer’s demise leaves Audacy-owned 98.9 WORD as the lone news/talk outlet in the market.
Fox News Audio to Debut New Podcast Hosted by Benjamin Hall
Searching for Heroes with Benjamin Hall will debut on Monday, December 4th.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.