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Amber Athey: Execs Didn’t Have The Decency to Fire Me Face to Face

Athey spoke with Newsmax, Fox News to share details of how her dismissal from WMAL went down.

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Former WMAL radio host Amber Athey is talking with various media outlets regarding the station’s decision to fire her following a tweet where she joked about Vice President Kamala Harris’ brown suit referring to it as a UPS uniform. 

“Kamala looks like a UPS employee — what can brown do for you?” Athey’s March 1 tweet read. “Nothing good, apparently.” 

Athey spoke with Newsmax to share details of how her dismissal from WMAL went down during her appearance with “Greg Kelly Reports.” She stated that Cumulus Media executives didn’t fire her in person. 

“[Cumulus Media executives] didn’t even have the decency to do it face to face,” Athey said. 

“I received a phone call late in the afternoon from two corporate executives, Jeff Bowden and Kriston Fancellas, and they told me that they had been made aware of this tweet, that they had determined that it was racist and that I was going to be terminated immediately for violating the company’s social media policy.”

While her other job as Washington Editor at The Spectator dismissed people’s claims over the tweet, Cumulus didn’t and decided to part ways with Athey. Furthermore, she claims that the media company didn’t allow her to defend herself.

“I was not offered the opportunity to defend myself, and the only way that I knew how to make my voice heard, in that moment, was that I asked if I could make a parting comment for the record, which I think was probably like three or four minutes of me just being really angry and that was it,” she said. 

“They said the last communication that I would have with the company was to get my final pay stub.”

Athey also spoke with Tucker Carlson, where she stated that the company chose to “appease the mob if they just fired me.”

“Their first mistake was that the woke mob is never satisfied,” Athey explained. “And the second mistake that they made is they thought that I was just going to roll over and shut up about this.”

“And so I intended as soon as I got fired to very loudly and proudly tell everybody about what happened to me.”

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The DJV Show Wins Gracie Award

hese awards honor the most accomplished women in television, radio, and digital media with a presentation at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on May 24th. 

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The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has announced the 47th Annual Gracie Awards winners, including the radio talk show, The DJV Show, hosted by Doug Stephan and Co-Hosts Jennifer Horn and Victoria Keelan, along with Jai Kershner presenting the What’s Trending Report.

These awards honor the most accomplished women in television, radio, and digital media with a presentation at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on May 24th. 

“The DJV Show is customizable by daypart to fit any station’s needs. Stations can localize the show by including their own content at designated points throughout each hour,” the statement said, which Barrett News Media obtained. 

“It can also be tailored to fit multiple formats, including talk, adult contemporary, classic hits, hot AC, oldies, and more. The Gracies honor the outstanding talent, such as The DJV Show, and content in radio, television, and digital media made by, for, and about women.”

The “DJV Show” is a morning talk-radio show that airs live Monday through Friday from 5 am until 9 am, featuring a fast-paced layout covering various topics. Furthermore, the program has over 325 affiliates nationwide. 

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Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuit by a Former NPR Employee

Zandile Mkwanazi’s suit alleged he was subject to discrimination based on his race and a hostile work environment.

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A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by a former NPR network operation technician who alleged that he faced racial discrimination and unfair treatment while employed at the network.

According to Inside Radio, Zandile Mkwanazi’s suit alleged he was subject to discrimination based on his race and a hostile work environment. His suit alleged that he was subject to discrimination based on his race and a hostile work environment. 

Mkwanazi was fired in October 2019. He sought back pay and damages from NPR and a court order blocking the network from taking any retaliatory actions against him with future employers.

The lawsuit said, Mkwanazi’s supervisor, who was white, introduced him to coworkers as “a new boy working for us” and repeatedly used the term “boy.” Mkwanazi said he found the term racially offensive even though his supervisor referred to all employees as “boys.”

“The parties participated in mediation, and they have reached a resolution in principle,” attorneys said in a statement. Mkwanazi was seeking unspecified damages for lost wages as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

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Dave Ramsey Documentary Wins 2022 Webby Award

“Borrowed Future: How Student Loans Are Killing the American Dream” will be honored during the 2022 Annual Webby Awards.

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A web documentary produced by nationally syndicated radio personality Dave Ramsey has earned recognition from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). 

According to Inside Radio, “Borrowed Future: How Student Loans Are Killing the American Dream” will be honored during the 2022 Annual Webby Awards. The event will take place at the 26th Annual Webby Awards on May 16 in New York. 

“There’s no doubt we stirred up a holy ruckus with this documentary, and I’m so proud of the team that put it together,” Ramsey said in a statement. 

“The student loan industry is downright evil. We definitely can’t bank on student loan forgiveness, and it’s about time America said, ‘I’ve had it!’”

“Borrowed Future” is Directed by David DiCicco. The story follows college graduates who owe between $9,000 and $1 million in student loans, a college graduate who paid cash for college, and a group of high schoolers who haven’t made their choice yet.

For weeks, the film held top spots on multiple streaming platform charts: No. 1 documentary on Google Play, No. 2 documentary on Apple TV, and No. 5 documentary (rent or buy category) on Amazon Prime Video.

“This documentary has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

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