Archive for the ‘Talk Radio’ Category

Chris Christie’s Radio debut

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

WFAN decided to give New Jersey governor Chris Christie a sports radio DJ tryout.

Well, it certainly got a reaction.


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Clark Howard hospitalized

Clark Howard needed to have a chat with Don Imus. Imus has made warning the public about the overtreatment of benign prostate cancer his mission in life.

Rhabdomyolysis is the situation in which your kidneys are overwhelmed with the byproducts of muscle death, which can lead to kidney failure. The standard treatment is large quantities of IV fluids that flush out the products of the breakdown of muscle tissue.

There are many causes for this problem, but in the case of Clark Howard, it was apparently caused by the interaction of two medications for benign conditions. Clark Howard was already on the “harmless” drug Lipitor, a statin drug to suppress your liver from producing cholesterol into your bloodstream. While statins do lower total cholesterol, they don’t reduce the “bad” cholesterol nor is there evidence that lowering cholesterol using medications actually reduces morbidity or mortality.

Clark also was prescribed cipro (an antibiotic) following a biopsy of his prostate for non aggressive cancer. From diagnosis to death, the average time to die from prostate cancer is 20 years, which means most men will die of something else first. By age 80, almost all men have benign prostate cancer (known from autopsy results of men who died of other things like car accidents).

Rhabdomyolysis can cause permanent kidney damage, possibly resulting in needing dialysis. It sounds like the frugal Clark Howard delayed seeking treatment, which likely will cost him more than his money. In the AJC story, Clark mentions that he parked his car on a city street rather than paying to use a parking deck at the hospital, when he was almost unable to walk.

The Countess has been a long-term advocate of homeopathy, integrative medicine and reflexology. In our recent round of traditional (“allopathic”) doctors, when asked what medications I take, we get blank stares when I say “none” as if I’m concealing something.

Polypharmacy – the taking of 5 or more prescription medications at the same time affects over 1/3 of all seniors in the United States, and almost 2 of 3 Canadians where “free” health care encourages overprescribing and removing the patient objection of “I can’t pay for this” to be noncompliant with their doctor’s “orders”

Hugh Hewitt in talks with MSNBC

Monday, May 1st, 2017

When Hewitt took over for Bill Bennett to do the 6-9 AM shift, I wondered if he was going to last as a morning guy. The purported MSNBC show would be an evening show, so it seems unlikely Hewitt would continue to get up at 4 AM for radio. Michael “Savage” Wiener had a show on MSNBC for a while, so anything is possible.

Maybe they could pair him with Rachel Maddow. That would be very annoying in an entertainment sense.

O’Reilly out at Fox?

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

That would be pretty foolish. O’Reilly could do enormous damage to the News Corp empire with his knowledge from the inside.

Bill O’Reilly has a face for radio, if he ever decides to return.

Introducing Shannon Joy

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

On September 9th, 2016, radio host Bill Nojay called 911 to be sure that a police officer would respond and witness his suicide. He was due to report to Federal Court to face charges of fraud on his management of a trust fund

His replacement is a woman named Shannon Joy. She describes herself as

Shannon is a Rochester native and conservative talk radio host. She spent 10 years as a marketing and advertising executive in Rochester, NY helping hundreds of clients create unique and compelling messages on Radio, Television and Billboards.

Talk radio desperately needs a new generation of talk show hosts when the dinosaurs cannot advance the ball any longer. Conservative women particularly are coming out of the shadows.

Meghan McCain gets shown the door

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Countess spotted this before I did. Maybe I can add her to the staff as a hard news reporter. If I teach her how to use Google News, this could become a “go to” radio news site

So Meghan signed on with Premiere Radio, Clear Channel’s talk radio subsidiary. It was clear from the first hour, she had no interest other than providing free nationwide advertising to promote her father’s political agenda. She had replaced the forgettable America Now with Andy Dean.

When Andy Dean left, a lot of radio stations switched to carry Joe Pags.

She was let go immediately and Brian Suits is filling in temporarily. The permanent host is Buck Sexton, a member of the next generation that needs to be in place when Rush retires. Countess has made some observations and maybe can fill in some of the background.

The show seems very much in flux – JerseyDevil’s observation suggests to me that Premiere wants to retain a trademark on “America Now” without actively using it. The old web site is dead.

Jay Severin

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

I was asked this morning what is going to happen to Jay Severin. Jay Severin has Issues™

Jay is based in Boston and was fired by the defunct WTKK-FM after claiming he had sex with the interns. Jay is a libertarian and a free spirit, marching to his own drummer.

He was hired by Glenn Beck to be on The Blaze. Since I don’t closely monitor online radio stations, I didn’t notice he ended his connection with The Blaze in September. His pronouncement that “Donald Trump is going to to win the election” might have been a factor, given Glenn Beck’s prophetic Mormon vision that Ted Cruz is God’s choice to be President to bring about Armageddon. I’m not saying that was the reason, and I’m not not saying that.

Jay is 65 years old. He may just retire – the opportunities in talk radio in Boston are somewhat limited.

Jon Grayson is done

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Jon Grayson was originally doing an overnight show on KMOX in Saint Louis – CBS radio spread the show to its own stations, and then went into wider syndication by Westwood One, now owned by Cumulus Media.

The main competitors in the middle of the night are Coast to Ghost, the Red Eyed trucker network and GCN’s Kate Delaney.

Will the last person leaving radio syndication please turn off the coffee pot…

Art Bell suing Michael Savage

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Per Tom Taylor… The subject matter seems to be the age and occupation of Art Bell’s wife who he married after Ramona Bell died unexpectedly.

Those with a very long memory will remember that Art Bell used to work for Talk Radio Network.

Another Progressive Talker throws in the towel

Monday, November 28th, 2016

WXXM-FM in Sun Prairie WISCONSIN (Madison) is switching to Classic Hits.

Madison Wisconsin plans to secede from the United States and join Canada according to my Russian puppet masters.