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Radio Host: I Deliberately Caught COVID

Dennis Prager says he hugged 'thousands' in quest to catch disease, get 'natural immunity'

(Newser) - Conservative radio host Dennis Prager announced Monday that he has COVID—and Prager says he purposely tried to get the virus. It's "what I hoped for the entire time," he told his audience for Monday's Dennis Prager Show , adding that he'd intentionally hugged "strangers...

Dan Bongino to Boss: It's Me or Vax Mandate

Vaccinated radio host tells Cumulus Media to choose

(Newser) - Right-wing radio host Dan Bongino dared his radio distributor to cancel his show on Monday in response to its "unethical" and "immoral" vaccine mandate. Cumulus Media, which carries The Dan Bongino Show on hundreds of stations, announced in August that it would require employees to be vaccinated against...

Phil Valentine Regretted Vaccine Skepticism Prior to Death

Conservative talk radio host died of COVID

(Newser) - An outspoken nationally syndicated conservative radio show host who openly expressed skepticism about the coronavirus vaccine has died following a battle with COVID-19. Per WKRN , Phil Valentine's death was announced Saturday afternoon by his station in Tennessee, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN—the same platform the 61-year-old once used to...

Rush Limbaugh’s Successors Are Chosen

Clay Travis and Buck Sexton will take over his 12-3 slot

(Newser) - It's going to take two people to try to fill the radio void of Rush Limbaugh on the right. Premiere Networks says Clay Travis, 42, and Buck Sexton, 39, will co-host a show in the noon to 3pm ET time slot, reports the Wall Street Journal . Both are radio...

Radio Hosts Warned They'll Be Fired Over Election-Fraud Talk

Cumulus Media reportedly sent the internal memo on Wednesday

(Newser) - "We need to help induce national calm NOW." So read an internal memo reportedly sent Wednesday by a media-company executive in the wake of the violence at the Capitol. Except in this case, said media company was an unexpected one: talk-radio giant Cumulus Media, which has some of...

Rochester Radio Hosts Fired Over Racist Remarks

DJs Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck aren't with Radio 95.1 anymore

(Newser) - If it feels like deja vu all over again, it kind of is. In 2014, DJs Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck were fired from a Rochester radio station over transgender jokes they made . On Wednesday morning, the two were fired again, this time from a different Rochester station, over racist...

Trump Pitched a Novel Idea —and Canned It Over One Man

He apparently came this close to launching a radio show

(Newser) - President Trump almost launched a White House talk-radio show last month but backed off in deference to Rush Limbaugh, the New York Times reports. Three unnamed White House officials say Trump walked into the Situation Room with a pitch: Listeners would call in and talk to him directly, without screening,...

Radio Host Fired for Joking About School Shooting

He said he wanted distraction from impeachment

(Newser) - A Colorado talk radio host is out of a job after an ill-advised joke about wanting to see a "nice school shooting" to distract from the "never-ending impeachment of President Trump." Chuck Bonniwell—speaking in a studio less than 15 miles from Columbine High School—made the...

Radio Host: I Was Fired Mid-Show for Criticizing Trump

Conservative Denver station later backtracked, Craig Silverman says

(Newser) - A host at a conservative radio station in Denver says he was abruptly fired mid-show because he refused to "toe the party line" on President Trump. Craig Silverman says KNUS cut him off in the middle of a segment on former Trump family attorney Roy Cohn on Saturday afternoon....

Radio Host Spent 'Intense' 27 Minutes on Call With Suicidal Man

The UK's Iain Lee kept 'Chris' on the line while emergency services scrambled to find him

(Newser) - For nearly half an hour, a British radio host kept a suicidal man on the line while rescuers tried to find him, an experience he now calls "intense and upsetting" and which has earned him praise as a "hero." Iain Lee, an ex-I'm a Celebrity …...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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 ...

Next for Ron Paul: Talk Radio
 Next for Ron Paul: Talk Radio 

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'...

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...

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