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Homeland Security Official Quits After Remarks Surface

Rev. Jamie Johnson insulted black people, Islam

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security's head of community outreach has quit over comments deeply offensive to more than one community. In recordings of past talk radio appearances unearthed by CNN , the Rev. Jamie Johnson made incendiary comments about black people and Islam, saying the religion had contributed nothing in... More »

Christie's Next Job May Have Zilch to Do With Politics

He's in the running to be a sports talk radio host at WFAN

(Newser) - He lost his bid to be president and, possibly , his chance for a top role in the Trump administration. So what's next for Chris Christie? A report from the Bergen Record suggests that sports talk radio looks like a real possibility. The idea is that he'd replace the... More »

NPR's Diane Rehm Signing Off in 2016

Former stay-at-home mom retiring after hosting her own show for nearly 40 years

(Newser) - NPR's Diane Rehm is known as a civil voice of reason that may be harder to find after next year: The 79-year-old public-radio host is retiring in 2016 after the presidential election, the New York Times reports. "After a long and remarkable career as host of The Diane ... More »

40 Radio Stations to Drop Limbaugh, Hannity: Source

Dispute over cost of distribution rights to blame, a source tells Politico

(Newser) - Politico is calling it a "major shakeup," while the New York Daily News paints it as a "seemingly inevitable divorce." America's No. 2 radio broadcaster intends to give Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity the boot by year-end, per an industry source. Money is apparently... More »

Glenn Beck: I Could Have Said Things Differently

Says he regrets being so divisive in years past

(Newser) - A reflective Glenn Beck says he regrets that some of his fiery opinions caused division in the country over the last several years. He wasn't fully aware of the perilous times and people "at each other's throats," said the conservative radio host, who accepted a First... More »

Limbaugh Threatens to Bolt Network Over Ad Slump

He doesn't like being blamed for falling sales

(Newser) - Was the advertiser boycott over Rush Limbaugh's "slut" comment last year behind a slump in ad sales at the broadcaster that carries his show? The host is so outraged by the mere suggestion that he's threatening to leave flagship station WABC and its parent company Cumulus Media,... More »

Limbaugh 'Problematic,' Says GOP Consultant in Tape

Mother Jones gets another recording, this one of Frank Luntz

(Newser) - David Corn of Mother Jones is out with another anti-Republican secret recording, this one of prominent GOP consultant Frank Luntz dissing Rush Limbaugh and others on right-wing talk radio. In a talk at Penn, Luntz took a question on political polarization. After taking pains to try to make sure his... More »

NPR's Talk of the Nation to End After 21 Years

Afternoon call-in show will go off the air in June

(Newser) - NPR mainstay Talk of the Nation is going off the air in June after 21 years. The nation's bigger NPR stations thought the afternoon call-in format had grown stale and agitated for something newsier, reports the New York Times . They'll get an expanded version of the show Here ... More »

Next for Ron Paul: Talk Radio

Former presidential candidate to chime in briefly, starting next month

(Newser) - Miss hearing from Ron Paul? Then tune into talk radio starting next month. The former presidential candidate and congressman will share "his thoughts and opinions" in one-minute commentaries twice a day, alongside fellow libertarian host Charles Goyette, Courtside Entertainment Group announced today. The feature, known as "Ron Paul'... More »

SEC: National Radio Host Misleads Investors

Ray Lucia's plan won't provide seniors 'income for life': regulators

(Newser) - Popular radio host Ray Lucia says his investment plan can "generate inflation-adjusted income for life"—but the SEC says that claim is misleading, and wants to stop him from using it, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the SEC, the nationally syndicated Lucia "performed scant, if... More »

Limbaugh: Don't Remind Welfare Users About Election

Shock jock doesn't want them at the polls

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh would rather have people on welfare hear about the election when it best suits him—say, on Nov. 7. “Ninety-nine days, folks,” the conservative shock jock said on the air today. "Ninety-nine days before the election. If you are a welfare recipient, that’s just... More »

Glenn Beck Gets $100M Radio Deal

Deal will keep Beck on air until 2017

(Newser) - Love him or hate him, Glenn Beck isn't going anywhere. The conservative radio host has signed a new five-year, $100 million deal with syndicator Premiere Networks, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The deal represents a hefty pay bump for Beck, whose last five-year radio contract was for $10 million... More »

Herman Cain Gets His Own Radio Show

Libertarian host Neal Boortz gives up his seat after 20 years

(Newser) - Herman Cain may not be a professional has-been after all. The former pizza entrepreneur, talk show host, and GOP presidential candidate is returning to the airwaves on Atlanta's News-Talk WSB radio, the Los Angeles Times reports. The man with the "9-9-9" tax plan will take over from libertarian-leaning... More »

Post-Fluke Limbaugh Ratings Plunge

Sandra Fluke 'slut' controversy hurts Rush's ratings—or does it?

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a hit in certain key markets last month after the Sandra Fluke "slut" controversy , reports Politico . The shock jock's rating's fell 27% in the vital 25-54 demo in New York City, 40% in Seattle-Tacoma, 35% in Jacksonville, and 31% in Houston-Galveston. "... More »

Clear Channel Boss Hails 'King' Limbaugh

'We're delighted to have radio leader,' says CEO

(Newser) - Some women might be considered "sluts" by Rush Limbaugh, but his boss thinks of him as a "king." Despite the ad exodus and female fury after Limbaugh branded law school student Sandra Fluke a slut last month for speaking out for contraceptive health insurance coverage, Clear Channel... More »

Limbaugh's New Rival: Mike Huckabee

Huckabee promises 'more conversation' on new radio show

(Newser) - It could be Rush Limbaugh's toughest challenge yet: civility. Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is about to launch a radio program challenging Limbaugh, going head-to-head from noon to 3pm, reports the Wall Street Journal . The Mike Huckabee Show will be on 140 stations to start, many fewer than... More »

Secrets of a Beck-Loving Liberal

Right-wing radio is lefty Orrin Onken's guilty pleasure

(Newser) - There’s something about right-wing talk radio that’s undeniably attractive—even for a “sushi-eating, Prius-driving, gay-marriage-supporting Oregon liberal” like Orrin Onken, he writes in Salon . Though he’s always been a lefty, Onken began listening in high school, and he’s maintained his “dirty little secret” for... More »

American Left Foolishly Underestimates Limbaugh

Essay: He's dismissed as a 'buffoon,' which only backfires

(Newser) - Looking back at the Obama administration's early attempt to portray Rush Limbaugh as Public Enemy No. 1, Wilfred M. McClay can only conclude: Big mistake. The strategy backfired in ways that culminated in the midterm shellacking. "Limbaugh had goaded them into elevating his own importance; and in focusing on... More »

NYC Radio Station Dumps Glenn Beck

Beck, meanwhile, Beck unplugs 'hotline to White House'

(Newser) - Glenn Beck's radio show is currently without a home in New York after having been dropped by WOR, one of the city's biggest talk radio stations. "The reason is ratings," WOR's program director tells the New York Daily News. "Somewhat to our surprise, the show wasn't getting... More »

'Iconic' King Leaves Throne: Final Show Tonight

Critics bid farewell to softballs, suspenders

(Newser) - Tonight is Larry King’s final show on CNN—Bill Maher and Ryan Seacrest will be in the studio with him, and word has it he’ll be receiving a taped sendoff from President Obama and chat with more than a dozen other mystery guests via satellite. Some 50,000... More »

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