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
Little Nostalgia For Radio Days As Creditors Tune Out iHeartMedia Debt Pitch
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
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
CBS News Radio Hosts Upfront Presentation On 2018 Original Programs
Original news, finance and entertainment programming will be in the spotlight today at CBS News Radio’s first upfront presentation to advertising executives, the company said. The new programming will be available to CBS News Radio affiliates beginning January 1.
Among the new additions is a line-up of one-minute updates from CBS shows Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, The Doctors, Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray. (See entire list below).
The presentation will be held at… Read
FCC Votes To End 77-Year-Old “Main Studio Rule” In Boost To Sinclair
UPDATED with vote results, other proposals: The FCC has voted today to eliminate the so-called “Main Studio Rule,” which requires local TV and radio broadcasters to maintain studios in the communities where they are licensed. (Often, that means the place where their physical antenna is located.)
Doing away with the rule, which was established in 1940, benefits the largest broadcasters, especially Sinclair, which is set to swallow Tribune Media to become even more of a… Read
Donald Trump Hosting ‘SNL’ Was “Embarrassing And Shameful,” Taran Killam Says
NBC and Lorne Michaels took no small amount of heat when then-candidate Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live in 2015. Now a former longtime SNL regular is speaking out about that night and how he continues to feel about it.
Taran Killam, who often played Trump on SNL pre-Alec Baldwin, had some choice comments when asked in a radio interview about the future POTUS taking the Studio 8H stage as protesters made big noise outside 30 Rock. “It was rough,” Killam told NPR… Read
Supervisor Hilda Solis Urges Spanish Broadcast System To Bargain With SAG-AFTRA
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis has joined SAG-AFTRA's efforts to persuade the Spanish Broadcasting System to negotiate a fair contract for the company's on-air staff at radio stations La Raza and Mega in L.A. The union, which has been trying to get a contract with the company for the past year, says SBS refuses to bargain in good faith and has fired eight broadcasters because of their organizing activities.
"We respectfully urge Spanish Broadcasting System to… Read
NLRB Seeks Order To Force Spanish Broadcasting System To Bargain In “Good Faith” With SAG-AFTRA; SBS Responds – Update
UPDATED with SBS statement: The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board is seeking an order requiring the Spanish Broadcast System to bargain in good faith with SAG-AFTRA and to "make whole" eight employees who allegedly were fired because they "joined and/or assisted the union" in its efforts to organize the on-air broadcasters and DJs at La Raza and Mega, its Spanish-language radio stations in Los Angeles.
The latest development in the union's yearlong… Read
Jackie Chan Teases ‘Rush Hour 4’: “We Just Agreed”
“Which one of y’all kicked me?” Hard to believe it’s been nearly 20 years since LAPD Detective James Carter took a boot to the face from that unknown assailant in Rush Hour. Now it sounds like Chris Tucker’s manic character might be reunited with Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong Detective Inspector Lee for a fourth adventure in the East-beats-West series.
Chan gave a radio interview Thursday in which he teased that a Rush Hour 4 in very much in the works — the first misadventure… Read
WFAN Radio Host Craig Carton Resigns After Arrest On Ponzi Scheme Charge
It’s game over for Craig Carton. The embattled co-host of Boomer & Carton on WFAN New York resigned from the radio station today, a week after his arrest on suspicion of co-running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
"WFAN has accepted Craig Carton's resignation,” station owner CBS Radio said in a statement this afternoon. “We appreciate all of his contributions over the last decade and wish him and his family well during this next phase. … The search for a replacement… Read
ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo To Return Next Week After Arrest, Suspension
UPDATED with return date: Ryen Russillo, who hosts his eponymous show on ESPN Radio, will return to the air September 5 — nearly two weeks after he was arrested for criminal entry in Jackson, WY.
We’re hearing that ESPN did suspend Russillo after the incident, which The Sporting News reported occurred during the early morning hours of August 23. Few details of the arrest have been made public, but the misdemeanor charge is akin to trespassing.
Last week, an ESPN spokesman… Read
NPR News Anchor Ari Shapiro Looks ‘Homeward’ At Joe’s Pub
One of four co-hosts of NPR’s flagship daily newscast “All Things Considered,” Ari Shapiro has one of the most familiar voices on radio (remember radio?). A veteran, at 38, of war zones far and farther (Iraq, Ukraine, Israel) and peace zones at least as disparate, he’s gathered songs and stories from around the globe while cultivating an unexpected side gig, moonlighting with Pink Martini, the shape-shifting pop orchestra that with some regularity makes a joyful noise at… Read