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NPR’s Books Editor Petra Mayer Dies at 46

Barnes says the former books editor died abruptly at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland of what’s considered to be a pulmonary embolism. 

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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.” 

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Tomi Lahren: The View ‘Didn’t Deserve’ Ron DeSantis Appearance

“Good for Ron’s team for calling them out,” Lahren added. “They don’t deserve the honor of having Governor DeSantis at their table.”

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Tomi Lahren had harsh words for hosts of The View during her Fox News Commentary Thursday.

After Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) declined an opportunity to appear on the show by listing four different times hosts had said unkind things about the governor, Lahren took offense by the show even asking for him to appear.

“They aren’t interested in cordial, civil, or productive debate. No, they’d rather call him every disgusting name in the book and pass it off as truth,” Lahren said.

Bryan Griffin, deputy press secretary for the Florida Governor, tweeted a screenshot of an email he sent to producers of the ABC show with instances quotes ranging from The View host
Joy Behar calling DeSantis a “negligent, homicidal sociopath” in August of 2021 to host Sunny Hostin calling DeSantis a “fascist and a bigot” in June of this year.

“Good for Ron’s team for calling them out,” Lahren added. “They don’t deserve the honor of having Governor DeSantis at their table.”

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Cumulus Media Up 5.4% in Q2

The company reported a net income of $8.7 million in the second quarter of this calendar year.

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Cumulus Media has announced a net revenue of $236.7 million in the second quarter of 2022, a 5.4% increase over the same period in the previous year.

After posting a loss of $5.9 million in the second quarter of 2021, the company reported a net income of $8.7 million in the second quarter of this calendar year.

In the digital category, Cumulus reported a significant 20.3% increase to $37.8 million, while radio revenue was $127 million. That beat 2021 second-quarter numbers by 5.1%.

“Our ability to deliver yet another quarter of strong results is testament both to the quality of our strategic plan and the discipline and relentlessness with which we implement it,” CEO Mary Berner said.

“Given our track record, we have tremendous confidence in our ability, under this plan, to grow shareholder value,” she later added.

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Howie Carr Accuses CNN of Creating Liz Cheney Hype

The radio host talked about the network’s attempts to drum up support for Cheney during his show Wednesday.

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Syndicated radio host Howie Carr accused CNN of trying to create hype for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) who has reportedly come under fire from her own party for participating in the Jan. 6 Committee hearings.

The radio host talked about the network’s attempts to drum up support for Cheney during his show Wednesday.

“CNN sent out a crew to try and find some people to say that she’s coming back, the only problem is that they couldn’t really find someone who wanted to vote for Liz,” Carr said. “They had to just kept knocking and kept searching.”

He also played a soundbite from an interview with a man named Brett Kupec who called the hearings a “kangaroo court.”

“If that was the rule of law, why doesn’t he have a defense team in that court?” Kupac said.

Carr also pointed out that CNN’s ratings are causing some to lose their jobs.

“CNN is starting layoffs this week,” he added.

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