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Super Bowl Blurs Lines Between Sports and News Talk Formats

Other hosts seemed to be triggered by what they saw as political agendas and media coverage of the Super Bowl. Joe Pagliarulo was particularly critical of the Jeep commercial with Bruce Springsteen calling for unity and for Americans to “Meet in Middle”.

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Normally the genres of News Talk and Sports Talk radio are well defined within the industry, with one format rarely crossing over to the other. The Super Bowl, however is such a big event that those lines are often blurred or they disappear completely. Such was the case with Super Bowl LV on Sunday. Many local News Talk personalities from across the country took to Twitter and the airways Sunday into Monday to discuss various aspects of the big game.

Some hosts like Bernie and Sid of WABC in New York hosted an hour long Super Bowl Special on Sunday afternoon, breaking down the matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs in true Sports Talk fashion. The duo also ranked their favorite commercials on Monday’s Edition of Bernie & Sid in the Morning. Others such as Chicks on the Right, Michael Berry, Bill Spadea and many other took issue with the perceived political slant of the commercials and the coverage of the game itself by print and other media.

“We might get into the politics later in the show,” Bernie McGuirk said. ”But the Super Bowl is supposed to be fun and we want to start by naming the best and worst commercials.”

 According to Bernie & Sid, the best commercial was by Cure Auto Insurance that used the word “Opinion “as a double entendre and the worst being the Tide Jason Alexander shirt commercial.

Other hosts seemed to be triggered by what they saw as political agendas and media coverage of the Super Bowl. Joe Pagliarulo was particularly critical of the Jeep commercial with Bruce Springsteen calling for unity and for Americans to “Meet in Middle”.

Bill Spadea was not just critical of a commercial but of news media icon Dan Rather, retweeting the phrase “F You” in response to Rather’s tweet concerning the lack of people wearing masks at the Super Bowl.

“Ya gotta ignore old bitter Dan,” Spadea’s tweet read. “Irrelevant. It’s obvious that the masks have run their course. They have never prevented any virus. It was all bullshit virtue signaling. And now everyone sees it. Maybe the fake scientists will keep screaming but adults know it’s time to unmask.”

If a commercial calling for unity was met with criticism, it comes as no surprise that news headlines characterizing postgame celebrations suffered the same fate. Chicks on the Right tweeted a pair of New York Times headlines that read, “Super Bowl Celebrations Bring Super Spreader Concerns” as opposed to “Rollicking NYC Celebration for Biden Win”.

“I mean, everyone sees the bias at this point, right?”, the tweet read. “Or are there still idiot deniers out there who refuse to see what’s right in front of them?”

Michael Berry insinuates that the media paints a different picture of Tampa Bay and their quarterback Tom Brady because, according to multiple news outlets, Brady is friends with former President Donald Trump.

“Tom Brady credits Donald J .Trump for inspiring him to victory.” Berry tweeted. He  also tweeted that “Tom Brady’s win proves God favors Donald J. Trump” along with retweeting the statement, “The intent of many in the media today is to humiliate others, strip them of dignity, reveal their pathetic fallibility — all to confirm a worldview in which they are good and their perceived enemies, for reasons personal and political, are bad.”

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My Pillow CEO Pulls Advertising from Salem Radio Network

Mike Lindell said the network singled him out by attempting to cancel him.

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Inside Radio is reporting that My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell is pulling all of his advertising from Salem Radio Network.

Lindell said the network singled him out by attempting to cancel him. Lindell has been an outspoken critic of election integrity and sincerely believes that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. 

Salem isn’t the only broadcast network that Lindell is feuding with. Business Insider reports that Lindell planned to protest outside of Fox News because he believes the network played a big part in facilitating Biden’s victory over Trump. 

“With Salem, nobody gets to sell My Pillow products going forward,” Lindell continued. “You are done selling My Pillow products!”

Salem Radio Network is home to conservative talk shows hosts, including Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, and Larry Elder.

Lindell’s products are being removed from Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s. 

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WFMD Kicks off Its “Christmas Cash for Kids” Fundraising Program

The week-long radiothon program began in 1975 at the now-defunct WZYQ in Frederick

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WFMD Radio in Frederick, Maryland, will kick off its flagship fundraising program Monday called “Christmas Cash for Kids.”

The week-long radiothon program began in 1975 at the now-defunct WZYQ in Frederick. A deejay received a distressing phone call from one of his listeners. There was a family in the Frederick area that would have had no Christmas had it not been for the generosity of the station, which raised $1,500, enough to provide Christmas for several families.

Since then, “Christmas Cash for Kids” has become a holiday tradition in Frederick County. It has evolved into the single largest provider of children’s toys and clothing for those who would otherwise have to go without. 

“For me, the most distinctive aspects of this event are zero overhead and that all the money stays local,” said Frank Mitchell, WFMD Program Director. “Deserving recipients are all vetted, and contributions come from kid’s piggy banks, corporate donations, and everyone in-between.”

Last year, WFMD raised $ $128,201.32 due to the generosity of caring people in Mid-Maryland. Once again, the Salvation Army will partner with the station to assist in this annual tradition.

You can listen to the radiothon and learn more about “Christmas Cash for Kids” by clicking this link.

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Todd Herman Announces Departure From 770 KTTH

Herman made the announcement during his show Wednesday citing his desire to turn his current radio show into a podcast.  

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Seattle talk radio host Todd Herman who rose to national prominence filling in for the late Rush Limbaugh announced that he was leaving Conservative Talk 770 KTTH effective Dec 1.

Herman made the announcement during his show Wednesday citing his desire to turn his current radio show into a podcast.  

“I don’t know who is going to be the new host in this daypart or the afternoon daypart, I am asking you to make certain that you give them lots of fair shakes,” Herman said.

Herman began his career at KTTH in 2015 before moving to its sister station KIRO Radio 97.3 in 2019. He moved back to KTTH a year later where he took over the morning show.

“The program that I hear in my mind is centered on God almighty with politics wound into it. What we do here is politics with God on the side — that’s not who I am anymore,” he said.

Herman becomes the second high-profile talent to announce his departure from Bonneville Seattle in less than a week. Monday, KIRO co-host Tom Tangney announced he was leaving next week.

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