NPR is mourning the loss of its Culture desk books editor as Petra Mayer died at 46. The media outlet’s senior vice president for news, Nancy Barnes, announced Mayer’s death in an email to their staff.
Barnes says the former books editor died abruptly at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland of what’s considered to be a pulmonary embolism.
“Petra was NPR through and through,” Barnes wrote. “To say that Petra will be missed simply seems inadequate.”
Before becoming the books editor, Mayer was an associate producer and director on the weekends for “All Things Considered,” the radio network’s flagship news program.
“This is a heartbreaking loss for all of us at NPR, our member stations, and the millions of listeners in the public radio family,” an NPR statement said. “Petra’s passion for her work, her love for her colleagues, and her joy sharing books with public radio listeners have made a lasting impact.”
Mayer’s NPR colleagues stated that they’d remember her for the smarts she displayed, sarcastic humor, and loyalty.
“She is like the keeper of a certain wonderfulness of NPR,” Rose Friedman, a books and culture editor, said. “She is the spirit of the place.”
Clay Travis: YouTube Banning Our Rand Paul Interview is Madness
The video platform has reportedly refused to upload their interview with Paul, leading Clay Travis to head to Twitter and share his frustration.
YouTube and “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show” are clashing over the radio show’s interview with U.S. Senator Rand Paul.
The video platform has reportedly refused to upload their interview with Paul, leading Clay to take to Twitter to share his frustration.
“YouTube has refused to post our @clayandbuck interview with @RandPaul. Think about this for a moment: YouTube is disallowing a doctor and sitting U.S. senator’s interview to be shared. This is madness,” Travis tweeted.
“Regardless of what you think of @RandPaul’s opinions, he is one of 100 democratically elected senators. It’s the very antithesis of democracy to not allow American voters to hear the opinions of their elected officials. YouTube should be ashamed.”
YouTube has not yet responded to Travis’ claims regarding their decision to block their interview with Paul from being uploaded to the website. However, for those interested in seeing the discussion with the U.S. Senator, Travis uploaded the video Rumble.
Recently the video platform was in the news for taking down an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” following an interview with Dr. Robert Malone.
XTRA 106.3 Brings Neal Boortz Back To Atlanta Radio
“The “Boortz Report” will air every weekday during The Morning XTRA with Tug Cowart and Scott Rhino. Boortz will also make weekly appearances with Cowart and Rhino.”
One of Atlanta’s legendary conservative voices is returning to the airwaves. Neal Boortz will be heard daily on XTRA 106.3 as part of the station’s morning show.
The “Boortz Report” will air every weekday during The Morning XTRA with Tug Cowart and Scott Rhino. Boortz will also make weekly appearances with Cowart and Rhino.
“The opportunity to be stridently un-WOKE and to stir things up during a crucial election year just couldn’t be passed up,” Boortz said in a press release. “Let’s have some fun.”
In addition to his radio career, Neal Boortz has had success as an author and attorney. He began his radio career in Atlanta in 1969 at WNRG radio. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.
“We are excited to announce the return of Neal Boortz to the Atlanta market on XTRA 106.3FM,” David Dickey, Dickey Broadcasting Company President, said in a press release. “His voice has entertained and informed generations of Atlantans, and will now continue to do so on XTRA 106.3FM and streaming on the XTRA app. Neal is an accomplished broadcaster who will bring a unique and important perspective to XTRA 106.3FM’s line-up and to our loyal listeners. And Neal’s addition to the XTRA line-up further fuels the fast growth of this incredible radio station.”
Samantha Bee: We’re Still Figuring Midterm Election Coverage
Late-night host Samantha Bee spoke with NPR about how she feels covering another election after coming off the 2020 race.
It’s a midterm election year and despite 2022 barely getting underway, various news media outlets are preparing as to how they’ll be covering the upcoming races.
Late-night host Samantha Bee spoke with NPR about how she feels covering another election after coming off the 2020 race, which will also present plenty of material for her “Full Frontal” show on TBS.
“Listen, I’m sure you feel the same. I mean, I’m sure that you’re having the same discussion that we’re having in your offices, where you’re like, OK, well, here we go again,” Bee said on “Weekend Edition.”
Bee elaborated on how she feels heading into covering the midterms for her late-night show. Nonetheless, the TBS host elaborates that for now, she and her team don’t know how they’ll tackle these issues, but they’ll be figuring it out in the coming months.
“I apologize for really not knowing how we’re going to take it on or – you know, that’s it. I mean, we’re kind of, as a show, trying to figure that out in the next couple of months because we will be covering it,” Bee said.
“And, of course, we have to cover it, and we have to cover it with joy. But I definitely woke up just a couple of days ago going, hey, everybody, we’re going to be voting again real soon. Do you think anybody’s going to be there with us?”
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