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WTAM’s Trivisonno Takes Aim at Racism and Income Inequality Issues

Trivisonno waded into the discussion claiming media has played up racist issues for ratings.

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Radio host Mike Trivisonno did not mince words on Monday as he claimed that yes, America was a racist country, but that racism was not based on the color of your skin but the amount of green in your wallet.

“I read an article online that said America was racist because people of color could not afford good, high priced lawyers,” Trivisonno said on Monday’s edition of The Mike Trivisonno Show, heard on Cleveland’s WTAM. “Really? Tell that to O.J. Simpson. I’ve got news for you. A lot of White people can’t afford good lawyers either. The color that matters most in America is not White, Black, Brown or anything else. It’s green.”

Trivisonno did not specifically say which article he was referring to, but a study by the ACLU did find that a majority of people who used public defenders were minorities. The percentage was consistently over 50 percent and as high as 77 percent in Georgia, with high marks in other Southern states as well.

But Trivisonno doesn’t seem to put much stock in those types of statistics.

“Are you telling me that if LeBron James’ or Michael Jordan’s kids got in trouble, lawyers would refuse to take the case because they are Black?  No, they would jump at the chance. It has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with money.”

Trivisonno claims that the media has unfairly overemphasized racial issues for better ratings.

“The old rule was, give an update on the weather every five minutes. Well, racism is the new weather. You hear stories or read articles like this every day trying to make everything about racism. It may be an equality issue. Not everyone has the same amount of money, but it’s not a racial one.”

Trivisonno closes the segment with the assessment that equality issues are prevalent everywhere in America, for people of every race.

“Look at the NFL Draft,” he said. “Tens of thousands of people descended on Cleveland, many with no masks. Nobody said anything. Yet local bar owners are fined or shut down because they are over capacity. Are you kidding me? Why? Because the NFL has money and the bar owners (comparatively) don’t. They can’t fight it. The hypocrisy is real.”

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Jay Weber: Media ‘Covering’ For Biden, Democrats On Border Crisis

“Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”

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Many conservative commentators have maligned the interview President Joe Biden conducted with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes last Sunday, and have claimed he got a “pass” on the nation’s southern border. 1130 WISN host Jay Weber can be added to that list.

“Trust me, if a Republican was president, dozens of terrorists roaming America because of the president — intentionally — reopened the borders, it would be a huge deal and a relentless obsession by the news media,” Weber said. “Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”

Weber pointed out a perceived hypocrisy in liberal circles, as many have claimed Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is guilty of kidnapping after sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, but are ok allowing the southern border to remain open.

He continued by pointing out the southern border’s role in national security, saying it took only 13 people to attack America on 9/11.

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Dan Mandis: There’s A Reason Greg Gutfeld Is Winning Late-Night Competition

“There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert.”

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In August, Greg Gutfeld of Fox News overtook other late-night television hosts in the ratings. Friday, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN morning host Dan Mandis said there’s a reason for that.

After playing a recent clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Mandis said it was the chief reason why network shows are losing to Gutfeld. In the clip, Colbert’s audience cheers when the host brings up a Texas sheriff opening an investigation into the actions of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for shipping illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Colbert called DeSantis “a body builder who skips head day” in his monologue, and Mandis found the comments offensive. He claimed shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX should be a place for all viewers, not just members of the “progressive left”.

“To me, Colbert’s show should be on CNN or MSNBC to cater to the left,” Mandis said. “But again, he’s on the network where he should be welcoming for all. There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Isn’t Gutfeld blowing off half of America?’ Perhaps, but he’s on Fox News, where people know what they’re going to get.”

Mandis then pointed out the difference in Gutfeld’s approach compared to Colbert’s, saying Gutfeld’s panel approach is easier to digest than Colbert’s solo monologue followed by celebrity interviews.

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Will Dahlberg New GM For WBHM

“I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities.”

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WBHM, the news/talk station owned by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has named Will Dahlberg as its new Executive Director and General Manager.

“Working at WBHM for the past decade has been the highlight of my professional career, and I am honored to serve as executive director,” Dahlberg said. “I appreciate the search committee’s confidence in my abilities to lead this amazing station and the talented and diverse team that works hard to serve our community. I am so grateful to the amazing WBHM team for their time, support and patience during my time as interim and throughout this search. I am also grateful to the many people at UAB who continue to support WBHM’s important mission.”

He also added how important WBHM has been, and will continue to be to the greater Birmingham communitiy.

“WBHM has done an excellent job as a public radio station since 1976, but it is important that we continue to strive to do more,” Dahlberg continued. “I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities. As Birmingham evolves, so should its public radio station, and I can’t wait for us to do that together.”

Dahlberg has previously worked as the Deputy Director and Membership Manager for the station. He has been the interim executive director since mid-2021.

“Will has more than a decade of experience at WBHM in a range of roles, including 15 months as interim executive director, and his passion for public radio and the people it serves is evident in everything he does,” said UAB Chief Communications Officer Jim Bakken. “WBHM provides an invaluable service to the Birmingham community and beyond, and Will’s commitment and vision will lead the station in delivering on its mission.”

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