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Carl Kasell Dies: 30-Year NPR Newsman Known For ‘Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!’ Was 84

Carl Kasell, a career radio man who anchored NPR newscasts for more than 30 years and was a longtime fan favorite on its quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, died today of Alzheimer’s complications in Potomac, MD. He was 84. Starting out at 16 as a late-night music DJ on his hometown station, Kasell spent a lifetime behind the microphone. He liked to tell the story of how he’d hide behind the family’s radio and try to fool people into thinking he was on the air. He joined… Read

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MoviePass Launches New Bundle With Bankrupt iHeartRadio: Here’s What It Means

MoviePass announced today a new bundle with iHeartRadio, where new subscribers can pay $29.95 to see four 2D movies a month for three months with a free three-month extended trial of the latter’s All Access-on-demand music feature. While the business media and Wall Street analysts has gone to town to declare how MoviePass is bleeding more money than it’s taking in with its unlimited movie-ticket plan, this is an experiment to see how many subs take to the… Read

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Radio Giant iHeartMedia Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy To Restructure Debt

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Reeling radio giant iHeartMedia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it has reached an agreement with creditors to restructure $20 billion in debt. The bankruptcy filing lists total assets of $12.3B, on a consolidated basis, with total debts of $20.3B. While the Bob Pittman-led media company tried to position itself as a multi-platform entity with strength in social media, its heartbeat and profit center remained its portfolio of 850 radio stations… Read

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NPR’s ‘On Point’ Radio Host Tom Ashbrook Fired

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Tom Ashbrook, the longtime host of NPR’s syndicated radio show On Point, has been fired by Boston station WBUR-FM. An internal review by Boston University, the station’s operator, confirmed claims made late last year that he had created an abusive work environment. Ashbrook, who has hosted the daily two-hour morning news and analysis program for 16 years, had been on leave since the allegations emerged in December. The university said it had conducted two separate reviews… Read

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Minnesota Public Radio Disputes Fired Star Garrison Keillor’s Back-Patting Claim

Garrison Keillor was not fired from Minnesota Public Radio merely for patting a grieving female colleague on the back, says MPR president Jon McTaggart. In a lengthy note to MPR members and listeners, detailing incidents of sexually inappropriate behavior, McTaggart struck back at Keillor’s supporters who have suggested that the Prairie Home Companion host was some sort of victim of a MeToo witch hunt mentality. For starters, McTaggart writes that the woman, who worked… Read

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Nikki Glaser To Topline Live Daily Morning Show On SiriusXM’s Comedy Central Radio – TCA

Comedy Central has given the green light to You Up with Nikki Glaser, its first live daily morning show on SiriusXM’s Comedy Central Radio toplined by the comedian and television host. The network announced the show during its portion of the TCA winter press tour. You Up with Nikki Glaser will premiere in February and will broadcast live from 10 AM-noon ET Monday-Thursday, with repeats throughout the week. In the show, Glaser will team with her best friend and touring… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Wins Back Jobs For Fired SBS Radio Hosts

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In a major victory for the rights of workers to unionize, SAG-AFTRA today reached a nearly $500,000 settlement with the Spanish Broadcasting System in advance of a National Labor Relations Board ruling on the union's claim that eight of the company's employees at Los Angeles radio stations La Raza and MEGA were unlawfully terminated in retaliation for exercising their right to unionize. The settlement also provides that the wrongly terminated employees will return to work… Read

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‘All Things Considered’: NPR Taps Mary Louise Kelly As Co-Host; Kelly McEvers Stepping Down

NPR has announced hosting changes for its flagship news program All Things Considered. Beginning January 17, Mary Louise Kelly will take a seat as co-host alongside Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro, replacing 30-year host Robert Siegel. In addition, after two years as a co-host of both All Things Considered and the Embedded podcast, Kelly McEvers will step down at the end of January. She will continue her work as host and executive producer of Embedded, which will increase… Read

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Mike Francesa Signs Off From WFAN After 30 Years Of Sports Talk

Sports radio talkshow host Mike Francesa signed off New York’s WFAN radio station today after 30 years, ending a run as one of the top sportscasters in the metropolitan area. Francesa, 63, whose contract expires in December, helped build sports talk radio into the monster format it is today. He began at WFAN as a weekend host, then a fill-in for absent, bigger-name colleagues, until finally teaming with partner Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on the long-running “Mike and the Mad… Read

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Seth Rogen Cancels SiriusXM Interviews To Protest Hiring Of Steve Bannon

Seth Rogen has canceled a SiriusXM press tour scheduled for Tuesday in protest of the radio network’s re-hiring of right-wing former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. "I was supposed to do a press tour on @SiriusXM on Tuesday but I'm no longer doing it because I can't bring myself to appear on the same service that has decided to support Steve Bannon," Rogen tweeted (see it below). "Apologies to the shows I had to cancel. And f*ck Steve Bannon." Rogen is currently appearing in… Read

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Little Nostalgia For Radio Days As Creditors Tune Out iHeartMedia Debt Pitch

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On the heels of Cumulus filing for bankruptcy this week, a bigger player in the storm-tossed radio sector, iHeartMedia, also could be headed to Chapter 11. Struggling all year to refinance more than $15B in debt, iHeart, which is led by original MTV (and then AOL) exec Bob Pittman, its proposal to restructure that debt and surrender more than 87% of the equity in the company was rejected. Creditors, led by mutual fund firm Franklin Resources, are pushing instead for… Read

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Garrison Keillor Fired Over Allegations Of Improper Behavior

Garrison Keillor has confirmed to the Associated Press that he was fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior. The former host of radio show A Prairie Home Companion confirmed his dismissal while adding that the incident involved “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.” Keiller, 75, retired as host of Prairie Home Companion in 2016, but still produces the syndicated radio show The Writer's Almana… Read