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Keith Olbermann: Cable News is Dying, and CNN Has Proven It In The Past Week

“Barkley responded to his humiliating failure on the first night of this show by blaming the ratings company…Chuck, you’re not good at this.”

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It is no secret CNN has been struggling to attract cable news audiences in recent years. That struggle continues, and former network host Keith Olbermann believes it’s just more proof that the medium is on its last legs.

During his Countdown with Keith Olbermann podcast, the former CNN and MSNBC host argued that ratings for the pair of Republican Town Hall events and the new series King Charles — hosted by Charles Barkley and Gayle King — show there’s a waning interest in cable news.

“The total number of viewers in primetime on CNN (for Vivek Ramaswamy’s town hall)?591,000. I mean, television news is dying, but it’s not dying that fast. That’s five episodes of this podcast. Whatever CNN thought it was gaining, putting that paranoid manure salesman I can only guess,” Olbermann said. “Ramaswamy even had 31,000 fewer viewers than Ron DeSantis did on Tuesday. He drew fewer viewers than his lead in Anderson Cooper did. 591,000 viewers. Good God, even Erin Burnett had 659,000!”

He then turned his attention toward King Charles, which has struggled to gain its footing through its first three weekly episodes.

“453,000 viewers for a news show in which Charles Barkley and Gayle King talked about something, and it actually lost a quarter of Vivek Ramaswamy’s invisible audience. And King Charles is somehow down 10% from its disastrous launch ratings.

“This brings us back to Trump, politics, and a culture in which if you don’t like reality, just call it a liar. You want it to be day and it’s night? You can just shout loudly enough that it really is day and you and only you can see the fact that it’s day. Barkley responded to his humiliating failure on the first night of this show by blaming the ratings company. He said the ratings can’t be right. He implied because he doesn’t know anybody with a Nielsen box…Chuck, you’re not good at this. Nobody’s interested in you doing it and you’re not honest about it with yourself or anybody else.”

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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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