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Kansas City NPR Reporter Passes Away After Being Shot

Okeson-Haberman was on life support for several days before she passed away. KCPD said they are now investigating the case as a homicide.

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A 24-year-old NPR reporter that was shot while sitting inside of her apartment in Kansas City, Missouri last week has died, police said. Aviva Okeson-Haberman was reportedly struck by a bullet that pierced one of the windows of her first-floor apartment in the Santa Fe neighborhood.

Okeson-Haberman was on life support for several days before she passed away. KCPD said they are now investigating the case as a homicide.

She joined KCUR in June 2019 as the Missouri politics and government reporter, having interned at the station a year earlier. Okeson-Haberman was transitioning into her new role at the station covering social issues and criminal justice.

“She was just relentless in the pursuit of the truth,” said news director Lisa Rodriguez. “She was going to change people’s lives in this beat.”

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver expressed shock and sadness on Twitter Monday.

“Her passion for justice and truth-seeking was palpable; her commitment to the community was inspiring; and her journalistic ability at such a young age was impressive,” he wrote. “I’m heartbroken I won’t get another phone call with her on the other end.”

Aviva graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in 2019. While there, she garnered fistfuls of awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting for her investigation of Missouri’s elder abuse hotline.

“I’m heartbroken that I won’t have another opportunity to make her a pizza while we sat in my backyard talking about life,” Rodriguez said. “I’m heartbroken I won’t hear another story pitch or work through another hours-long edit. I will miss her so much.”

Aviva is survived by her mother and father, her two younger sisters and her maternal grandparents.

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Jeff Smulyan Preps Book Release

“I also hope that some of the lessons I’ve learned (many of them painful) will be helpful to you in navigating your careers and your family life.”

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Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan has written a book, with a November 8th release date.

Never Ride A Rollercoaster Upside Down: The Ups, Downs, and Reinvention of An Entrepreneur will revealed some of the most enjoy experiences of the business owner’s life.

“I think you will enjoy many of the stories and hopefully you’ll even laugh out loud at a number of them,” Smulyan said. “I also hope that some of the lessons I’ve learned (many of them painful) will be helpful to you in navigating your careers and your family life.”

According to publisher Matt Holt, Never Ride a Rollercoaster Upside Down details Smulyan’s journey: from taking over his cousin’s failing country music radio station and founding his own company, to purchasing and then selling ownership of the Seattle Mariners and guiding his company through the Golden Age of Radio. Alongside his humorous, eventful, and dramatic stories, Smulyan presents valuable pointers and tips—for anyone else brave enough to try their own hand at starting a business.

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Greg Kelly, Joe Madison Feud Over Washington D.C. Museums

Kelly recently discussed schools sending their eight grade students to Washington D.C. and the museums they visit.

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SiriusXM host Joe Madison and WABC77 host Greg Kelly have feuded recently over an unlikely subject: Washington D.C. museums.

Kelly recently discussed schools sending their eight grade students to Washington D.C. and the museums they visit. He then said there isn’t much worth seeing inside the African-American Museum, and your time would be better spent at the Air and Space Museum, which Madison took issue with.

“You know Greg Kelly? What an asshole,” Madison said in the clip. “Give me a damn break. I’ve been there. It’s divisive. ‘Go to the Air and Space Museum’. I’ve been there. It’s cool. You can touch a moon rock. But this is divisive. Excuse me, SiriusXM and Pandora, by the way, have an exhibit there. They have an exhibit there.”

“Does that make you want to go to the African-American Museum?”, Kelly asked. “To see some radio station’s sponsorship? That they bought off the mob? That they did some philanthropic virtue signaling? I don’t really care about that.”

He then played a clip of Madison saying you can see Chuck Berry’s Cadillac at the museum, which Kelly mocked. He then played another clip of Madison making a plea for a discussion between the pair.

“Let me tell you something, Greg Kelly,” Madison said. “If you had any brains whatsoever, damn you, call me, damn it! Call me! But you don’t have the courage to call me.”

“So I called him, and all he did was yell, and scream, and curse,” Kelly said. “He yelled. He screamed. And he cursed. What a missed opportunity for him.”

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Audacy Reportedly Prepping Cadence13 Sale

Cadence13 has recently launched several new podcasts, including shows by Stephen A. Smith and former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media.

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A report from Sara Fischer of Axios claims Audacy has hired bankers to explore a sale of Cadence13, one of its two podcast studios.

The company faces potential delisting by the New York Stock Exchange if its price remains at under $1 per share. The NYSE gave Audacy notice that it had six months to increase its price or face the delisting. Shares closed Friday at an all-time low of 39 cents.

Audacy purchased a stake in Cadence13, then called DGital Media, in 2017. It then purchased the remaining shares of the company in 2019, placing its valuation at approaching $50 million.

Fischer reporters Audacy would seek to sell Cadence13 at nearly double that $50 million valuation.

Cadence13 has recently launched several new podcasts, including shows by Stephen A. Smith and former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media.

In addition to Cadence13, Audacy also owns two other podcast studios, 2400Sports and Pineapple Street Studios.

An Audacy spokesperson told Axios “we don’t comment on rumors of this nature”.

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