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Tavis Smiley Attempts Comeback by Purchasing KBLA Talk 1580

Smiley purchased KBLA Talk 1580 and debuted the station on Juneteenth. Smiley told the Associated Press that he wants to bring a progressive perspective to the city and the nation.

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Former TV and radio personality Tavis Smiley, whose career was derailed by allegations of sexual misconduct, has purchased a radio station in Los Angeles.

Smiley purchased KBLA Talk 1580 and debuted the station on Juneteenth. Smiley told the Associated Press that he wants to bring a progressive perspective to the city and the nation.

“While I was watching this racial reckoning last summer, it was so clear to me that people were being heard to some degree, but there were no African American-owned platforms where people had their voice on a regular basis,” Smiley said. The media can lose interest when protests stop, he said, but the issues “that matter to us don’t go away.”

Smiley has repeatedly denied claims of any wrongdoing. He sued his former employer, PBS, but lost a breach-of-contract suit. The network countersued him for $1.5 million. That total was increased to $2.6 million for a judge’s ruling, according to the Washington Post.

“This is not about Tavis Smiley. I’m only on (weekdays) three hours a day,” he said. “We are live 24 hours a day, seven days a week. … So, there are a lot of other voices on the station that will be talking about a lot of local, national, and international issues.”

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James Golden Excited for the Future of News/Talk Format

Golden appeared on WFMD’s “Morning News Express” Wednesday to discuss talk radio in the post-Rush Limbaugh era.

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Former Rush Limbaugh producer James Golden aka Bo Snerdley believes there’s a bright future ahead for the news/talk format. 

Golden appeared on WFMD’s “Morning News Express” Wednesday to discuss talk radio in the post-Rush Limbaugh era. He also discussed the many talented hosts that have stepped in to fill major voids left by Limbaugh’s passing.

“We have such talent in this industry, and we have so many interesting people,” Golden said. He referenced numerous hosts who are heard both regionally and nationally.

Golden praised Clay Travis, Buck Sexton, Dan Bongino, and Dana Loesch who he said are passionate defenders of free speech. 

“I think talk radio can be very, very healthy for generations to come,” he said. This is where American conservatives meet, on the radio. The left in this country has done a really good job of holding onto their legacy networks, although we are making inroads there too.” 

Golden is carving his own path in the talk radio game. Following Limbaugh’s passing, Golden authored a book and produced a series of podcasts about Rush. 

Currently, he hosts a daily show on 77 WABC in New York City. 

“We have so many hosts spread across the country, whether they’re in local markets or doing national shows, talk radio to me is a healthy vibrant business that will continue to flourish for decades to come.” 

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Mike Max Is Out at Minnesota’s WCCO

WCCO is cutting into its sports content as parent company Audacy is making cuts nationwide earlier this week, leading to the departure of Max

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WCCO is cutting into its sports content at the news/talk station as parent company Audacy is making cuts nationwide earlier this week, leading to the departure of Mike Max. 

Max is a stable in the news media scene in Minnesota and is often more famous than many of the athletes he covers, which is why the decision to part ways with the sports journalist might surprise some. 

“In an effort to reduce costs, we had to make some difficult decisions today and had to say goodbye to Mike Max,” wrote Jeff Gonsales, senior vice president, and Minneapolis market manager for Audacy. 

The former WCCO reporter did provide remarks following Audacy’s decision to let him go. 

“It was a thrill to host at the same time slot for 24 years on the station I grew up with,” Max told the Star Tribune. “I leave with no regrets.”

As of now, no decision has been made regarding who will permanently fill the 6:30-9 p.m. weekday spot where “Sports to the Max with Mike Max” aired. 

Nonetheless, the Star Tribune reports that Henry Lake, who hosts the 9 p.m. program, will take over the time slot.

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WTOP Names Winners for Best Local Restaurants Contest

WTOP recently announced its plan to help several local restaurants in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia through its “WTOP Top 10 Contest.”

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WTOP recently announced its plan to help several local restaurants in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia through its “WTOP Top 10 Contest,” and now the radio station has revealed the winners. 

The winner of each category will receive a $1,000 check that includes: BBQ, Burger, Pizza, International Cuisine, Bakery, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian/Vegan, Place to Grab a Drink, Seafood, Brunch.

“The last few years have been especially hard for the small businesses that make up the heart of our community,” Joel Oxley, SVP/GM said. 

“We are so excited to be able to continue our annual WTOP Top 10 Contest and work together with our neighbors to highlight and support the best local restaurants across our region.”

Here is the list of winners:

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