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Eric Von Haessler: There’s Nothing Worse Than News You Can’t Use as a Joke

“Sometimes you see news that there’s no doubt that it’s news. You just wonder like, what the hell can I do with this?”

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95.5 WSB afternoon host Eric Von Haessler isn’t your traditional talk radio host. He often goes to great lengths to use the news to entertain the audience, but remarked sometimes that’s more difficult than others.

During The Von Haessler Doctrine, the Atlanta host mentioned a recent story that a black hole the size of 60 Earths opened on the sun. He joked that there wasn’t a lot he could do with that story.

“Sometimes you see news that there’s no doubt that it’s news. You just wonder like, what the hell can I do with this? That would be this news,” joked Von Haessler. “So it’d be ‘News that you can’t use’. I’m sure we’re not the first people that have ever said that and some slightly humorous vein.

“There’s no doubt that that’s news. I just don’t know what I can do with it. Should I go to the store and stock up? I have no idea what I could do. Hey, you know what’d be fun? In a Marvel, crappy movie, kind of way? Just have somebody go gather up 60 Earths and shove them in there.”

He later joked that stories like that are simply used as filler to continue the news cycle, which he has often railed against.

“I’m going to start a new segment soon. And it’s just gonna be called feeding the news cycle. I think things just show up and they just fed,” Eric Von Haessler continued. “There’s another one that says Georgia has the unhappiest employees in the country. And then here’s here’s some good news, Atlanta ranked among safest from package theft in 2023. So we are number one. We are number one!”

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WRVA Host Jeff Katz Gets Special Olympics Tattoo After Raising $15K

Katz made a bet with Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl Leonard that if he could raise $15,000 for Special Olympics of Virginia, the pair would get matching tattoos.

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WRVA host Jeff Katz has some new ink. Not on a contract, but on his left arm.

Katz made a bet with Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl Leonard that if he could raise $15,000 for Special Olympics of Virginia, the pair would get matching tattoos.

The duo actually raised more than the $15,000 goal, so yesterday became “Tattoosday” for the pair, with Katz showing off his new ink on his left arm alongside tattoo parlor owner Mike Ivey of Journey’s End Tattoo Studio, who donated his service to the radio host and sheriff.

Katz has been host of The Jeff Katz Show on the Richmond news/talk station for the past 10 years, and signed a contract extension to remain with the Audacy-owned station last June. In 2023, Katz finished second in the BNM Top 20 for Mid-Market Afternoon Shows.

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Glenn Beck: ‘Why is Journalism Now A Crime to Journalists?’

“Open and free dialogue is the foundation for free society. It is also the foundation that peace can be built upon.”

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The fallout from the interview by Tucker Carlson with Russian President Vladimir Putin continues, with Glenn Beck noting that he finds humor in the reaction.

Beck welcomed Carlson to his BlazeTV program to discuss the interview. Before Carlson joined the program, Beck questioned why the response to the former Fox News host’s interview was as swift as it was.

“The news was actually kind of hilarious and it still is. Take any war in history, I don’t care with whom or which leader. Any journalist worth their salt, they’d be chomping at the bit to interview the leaders on both sides, but not this one. Why?,” Beck questioned. “Why is journalism now a crime to journalists?

“There’s been something that the media has now forgotten. Maybe the governments have never known it. But it is that open and free dialogue is the foundation for free society. It is also the foundation that peace can be built upon. Talk with everyone. You don’t have to trust them, even like them, but talk to them, understand where they’re coming from. It’s all very basic. And if anyone currently is criticizing Tucker for interviewing a person who is the leader of the country, we’re currently involved with a shadow war, well, maybe you should just ask Tucker.”

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Former WBBM Anchor David Roe Dies

Roe anchored at the Chicago all-news station for 35 years before stepping away in 2018.

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David Roe, a longtime anchor at WBBM before his 2018 retirement, has died after a bout with esophageal cancer.

Roe anchored at the Chicago all-news station for 35 years before stepping away in 2018. In addition to his work at WBBM, Roe also spent time at stations in Wyoming, Colorado, and Denver before moving to the Windy City as an anchor and reporter in 1983.

“He was a wonderful anchor — nothing ever flustered him,” retired WBBM news anchor and reporter Regine Schlesinger told the Chicago Tribune. “He was unflappable as an anchor and in fact, he was so good at it that whenever anybody new was hired and went through a training process, (management) would always put that person with David because they knew that David knew how to teach them properly.”

“He was very committed to … very much wanting to do good work, accurate, honest work,” added WBBM political editor Craig Dellimore. “It was a matter of trying to be our best. And David was very funny and personable and got along with everybody. He had a very calm manner about him, and that was very helpful in times of breaking news.”

David Roe was 71 years old.

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