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Latino Media Network Won’t Change Radio Mambi to Liberal Station

In an interview with Radio Ink, Latino Media Networks co-founder Stephanie Valencia spoke about various topics

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Earlier this month, there was a shake-up in Spanish-language radio as 18 large-market stations throughout the U.S. are being sold. Some are understood to be ultraconservative, and the new buyer it’s a group run mainly by Democrats. The stations include Radio Mambi in Miami.

In an interview with Radio Ink, Latino Media Networks co-founder Stephanie Valencia spoke about various topics, including the plans for the radio stations, along with the one in South Florida, which has been at the heart of tension over this takeover. 

The first question asked to Valencia was about the decision to launch their network, which is an initiative “to help Latinos make sense of the world and their place in it.”

“Latino Media Network is a content creation and distribution company that is intended to help Latinos make sense of the world and their place in it,” Valencia said.

“There’s an ocean of information that Latinos are navigating in the world today, and they are looking for trusted voices, messengers, and platforms to make sense of the world.”

When it comes to the plans for stations like Radio Mambi in Miami, Valencia says that their intention isn’t to turn to station into a one that gears to Liberals.

“No, and we are not intending for this to be political in the Democratic and Republican sense of the word. Part of what we want this to do is build empowerment for Latinos. Radio is an important platform to help shift the sense of our own identity and belonging in this county. Part of the challenge we have as Latinos isn’t that people don’t see us.”

“In fact, we’re invisible in a lot of cases to many different people, but that we don’t see ourselves as being influential or that we don’t belong here. That we feel like guests here in this country. So part of the notion of our own ability to create power and empowerment among Latinos is our own ability to see ourselves as belonging here and being influential as well.”

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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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