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Media Coverage Pivots Now That Biden is President

The questions that need to be of top importance starting this week for all hosts: What is affecting my audience today?

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Wednesday, January, 20th, 2020 was Inauguration Day. Joe Biden became President and Donald Trump went to Mar-a-Lago where he is now a former President. For those of us who voted for Donald Trump twice (which I did), or even once, it stinks. Many of us are not confident in the direction the country will go under Joe Biden and there is a lot of recent evidence to suggest he may not be the almighty unifier he insists he wants to, and is going to, be.

But our guy didn’t win and for News Talk hosts, there is a fine line to talk in continuing a story that may be passionate amongst the base, but won’t change anything in anyone’s life moving forward. The President’s legal team went through every legal option it had, although it’s important to note even the legal team wasn’t alleging fraud under oath, and while there are, and will remain, concerns over things like Secretaries of State and judges changing the election rules in the weeks leading up to the election, it’s not going to change the fact that Joe Biden is the President.

For some voters, they will want to spend every day of the next four years talking about a “stolen election”. I compare this individual to the guy who is talking about his high school football career when he’s 48 years old. No one cares anymore. At least most don’t, outside of maybe his mother.

There is a caveat  to all this: If there are stories that come out in the weeks or months ahead that are regarding voting issues, state legislatures passing bills to prevent some of what happened in specific states, etc., then suddenly that’s a topic of the day. That is a news story with legs that is changing and brings new perspective to the conversation.

But barring that, the 2020 Election cycle is over. I admit, it lasted weeks longer than I anticipated, due to events none of us could have ever predicted. However now the real work starts.

The last 3-4 months have been easy as hosts. It’s been politics, politics, politics and, oh, more politics. The questions that need to be of top importance starting this week for all hosts: What is affecting my audience today? COVID-19 vaccines, getting kids back into school and crime rates that are skyrocketing in many cities in the country are just some of the items that immediately come to mind. Those are issues that more people in the audience are likely thinking about when they wake up tomorrow, rather than simply stewing over “stolen elections”. I suppose the P1, that many in News Talk are over reliant on, may want it every day. But I can only speak for myself in saying that I’m ready to move on and get back to serving my local audience in Kansas City as best as I can. Sure, there is a risk associated to it, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take as we try to maintain what has likely been a larger audience in recent weeks due to the news cycle we’ve had. How do I maintain it? All I can say is I’d rather be the guy looking ahead and planning for what’s most engaging to move forward with the audience over being the 48-year-old guy sitting at a bar with a Miller Lite talking about the game-winning catch I made in the 1989 State Championship Game. After two minutes, that guy becomes boring, stale and predictable, and I’m thinking hosts with that mindset soon might as well.

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Jay Weber: Media ‘Covering’ For Biden, Democrats On Border Crisis

“Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”

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Many conservative commentators have maligned the interview President Joe Biden conducted with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes last Sunday, and have claimed he got a “pass” on the nation’s southern border. 1130 WISN host Jay Weber can be added to that list.

“Trust me, if a Republican was president, dozens of terrorists roaming America because of the president — intentionally — reopened the borders, it would be a huge deal and a relentless obsession by the news media,” Weber said. “Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”

Weber pointed out a perceived hypocrisy in liberal circles, as many have claimed Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is guilty of kidnapping after sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, but are ok allowing the southern border to remain open.

He continued by pointing out the southern border’s role in national security, saying it took only 13 people to attack America on 9/11.

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Dan Mandis: There’s A Reason Greg Gutfeld Is Winning Late-Night Competition

“There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert.”

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In August, Greg Gutfeld of Fox News overtook other late-night television hosts in the ratings. Friday, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN morning host Dan Mandis said there’s a reason for that.

After playing a recent clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Mandis said it was the chief reason why network shows are losing to Gutfeld. In the clip, Colbert’s audience cheers when the host brings up a Texas sheriff opening an investigation into the actions of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for shipping illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Colbert called DeSantis “a body builder who skips head day” in his monologue, and Mandis found the comments offensive. He claimed shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX should be a place for all viewers, not just members of the “progressive left”.

“To me, Colbert’s show should be on CNN or MSNBC to cater to the left,” Mandis said. “But again, he’s on the network where he should be welcoming for all. There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Isn’t Gutfeld blowing off half of America?’ Perhaps, but he’s on Fox News, where people know what they’re going to get.”

Mandis then pointed out the difference in Gutfeld’s approach compared to Colbert’s, saying Gutfeld’s panel approach is easier to digest than Colbert’s solo monologue followed by celebrity interviews.

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Will Dahlberg New GM For WBHM

“I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities.”

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WBHM, the news/talk station owned by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has named Will Dahlberg as its new Executive Director and General Manager.

“Working at WBHM for the past decade has been the highlight of my professional career, and I am honored to serve as executive director,” Dahlberg said. “I appreciate the search committee’s confidence in my abilities to lead this amazing station and the talented and diverse team that works hard to serve our community. I am so grateful to the amazing WBHM team for their time, support and patience during my time as interim and throughout this search. I am also grateful to the many people at UAB who continue to support WBHM’s important mission.”

He also added how important WBHM has been, and will continue to be to the greater Birmingham communitiy.

“WBHM has done an excellent job as a public radio station since 1976, but it is important that we continue to strive to do more,” Dahlberg continued. “I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities. As Birmingham evolves, so should its public radio station, and I can’t wait for us to do that together.”

Dahlberg has previously worked as the Deputy Director and Membership Manager for the station. He has been the interim executive director since mid-2021.

“Will has more than a decade of experience at WBHM in a range of roles, including 15 months as interim executive director, and his passion for public radio and the people it serves is evident in everything he does,” said UAB Chief Communications Officer Jim Bakken. “WBHM provides an invaluable service to the Birmingham community and beyond, and Will’s commitment and vision will lead the station in delivering on its mission.”

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