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Dave Barrett Dies: Longtime Radio Newsman For CBS, Fox & ABC Was 63

Dave Barrett, a Murrow Award-winning longtime newsman for CBS Radio, died suddenly today, the network said. He was 63. "Dave Barrett was a special kind of broadcaster – one who could transport you to the scene of the story in just a few words," said Craig Swagler, general manager of CBS News Radio. "He will be dearly missed – both in this newsroom and across the country." The Buffalo, NY, native joined CBS News Radio in 2001 and was heard daily on hundreds of U.S. radio… Read

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Mike Francesa, Voice Of New York Sports Radio, Enters Digital Era With CAA-Entercom Streaming Platform

Mike Francesa, for decades the leading voice of New York sports via his longtime afternoon drive perch on all-sports pioneer WFAN, is kicking off a new digital chapter. In partnership with  with CAA Sports and Entercom, Francesa is launching a subscription service on Friday that complements his daily WFAN show, Mike’s On. The app will offer subscribers a streaming video version of Mike’s On, though the radio show will still be available for free. It will also have… Read

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Netflix Comedy Channel Set To Launch Soon On SiriusXM

After spending heavily on high-priced comedy talent, from Chris Rock to Jerry Seinfeld to Dave Chappelle, Netflix and SiriusXM are planning to package the jokes in audio form. Few details were included in a SiriusXM blog post announcing the venture, but the company said it was the first time Netflix content will be heard on any audio platform. The channel will be exclusively available to SiriusXM subscribers. No launch date has been specified, with the announcement saying… Read

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Edward R. Murrow Awards: CBS News Wins Overall Excellence For Second Straight Year

CBS News picked up its second consecutive Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence today, and ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muri for Best Newscast. Other network winners include CNN for its website and coverage of Hurricane Maria and the solar eclipse, Netflix for its Russian sports-doping documentary Icarus and NBC News for its Breaking News Coverage of the shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport. Awards also were announced today for small- and large-market TV and… Read

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Alec Baldwin To Howard Stern: “If I Ran For President, I Would Win – Hands Down”

Alec Baldwin isn’t the American president, but he plays one on TV. And we’ve heard rumblings of a 2020 White House run for the 30 Rock alum and SNL‘s designated Donald Trump. So how about it? “If I ran for president, I would win, hands down,” Baldwin said on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show today. “It would be the funniest, most exciting, most crazy campaign.” Watch the video clip above. Funnier and crazier than that last GOP one, dude? Well maybe — seeing as Howard Stern… Read

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Howard Stern Tells David Letterman On Netflix About The Time Donald Trump Rated Ivanka Trump “A 10”

In a clip from the next installment of David Letterman’s Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, radio host Howard Stern remembers his many interactions with Donald Trump before he became president. In particular, he recalls Trump’s unsettling way of rating the appearance of his daughter, Ivanka, whom he rated far higher than Angelina Jolie among the “great beauties” of the world. The full episode will debut on the streaming service May 31. “To me, a guest who… Read

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Liberty Media Still Interested In iHeartMedia “At The Right Price”

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Liberty Media is still interested in iHeartMedia. CEO Greg Maffei told investors during today’s first quarter earnings call that the radio and online broadcaster’s assets are complementary to Liberty’s music holdings. Liberty has a controlling interest in satellite radio broadcaster SiriusXM, which, in turn, holds a 19% stake in the streaming music company Pandora. “iHeart is an attractive free-cash flow generator,” Maffei said. “At the right price, I think it would be… Read

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‘Wango Tango’ Summer Concert Will Be Televised Via Freeform

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The annual iHeartRadio Wango Tango summer concert, one of the big shows kicking off the outdoor music season, will be televised for the first time. The pop music parade will be broadcast by Disney’s Freeform on Sunday, June 3 from 8 PM-9:30 PM ET/PT, a day after the live event. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the concert will feature performances by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, NF, Miguel, Janelle Monáe and Marshmello with a special guest… Read

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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