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Mornings on the Mall: Media May Drive The Next Few Days of Events

“Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese discussed how perception and the media could drive events in the coming days in both the Washington D.C. area and nationally.”

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WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall co-hosts Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese discussed how perception and the media could drive events in the coming days in both the Washington D.C. area and nationally. Joining them was The Washington Examiner’s Chief Political Correspondent Byron York.

“I can tell you what my sources inside the White House would like President Trump to do during his last  nine days in office,” York said, “They want him to travel around and highlight his accomplishments as President. We know he is going to go to Texas to talk about his successes on immigration, but beyond that, we don’t know what he is going to do.”

Even if President Trump does engage in a whirlwind tour highlighting his accomplishments, York says media focus will likely be elsewhere.

“Everybody is going to be focused on the possible impeachment,” York said.  “If it happens, it would have to be the fastest impeachment in history. The new Senate does not get sworn in until January 19th and Joe Biden’s inauguration is on the 20th. Is it worth it to remove him with 24 hours left?”

York also brings up the issue of a post-presidential impeachment though the legality of that action has not been decided. Coglianese then asked York if all Democrats support impeachment.

“That’s an interesting question,” York said. “On the one hand, you have some Democrats who have wanted Trump out of office since day one. Then there are some who want the (media) focus to be on the Joe Biden agenda and his first 100 days in office.”

Walter asked if Congress would consider a censure of President Trump.

 “They could also censure the President,” York said. “It’s perfectly reasonable and I think it would have support from both Democrats and Republicans, but some don’t think it goes far enough.”

The interview with York ends with him addressing the issue of alleged censorship of conservative opinions on social media sites and limiting access to others, like Parler.

“The Democrats are accusing President Trump of dividing the country, but isn’t “Big Tech” doing the same thing? Coglianese asks. “I mean, almost 75 million people voted for Trump.”

“This is another tough situation for the Democrats,” York said. “Yes, they see it as a good thing because it washes away anything associated with Donald Trump. But privately, they are worried that if they support this (censorship) that one day it could turn around on them. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.”

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Minnesota Talk Station Without Program Director

The station has recently undergone some changes with the news that morning-drive personality Dave Lee will retire in April.

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Minnesota’s News Talk 830 WCCO is without a program director following the sudden departure of John Hanson last week, according to an internal memo.

“Reaching out this afternoon to notify the staff that John Hanson is no longer with the company, effective today,” said Shannon Knoepke, the senior vice president, and Twin Cities market manager for Entercom, which owns the station.

Hanson, who grew up in the Twin Cities, helped launch KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live in 2008. Five years later, he left the show to program a sports radio station in Kansas City.

Hanson returned to Minnesota in 2018 to accept a programming job at WCCO. The station has recently undergone some changes with the news that morning-drive personality Dave Lee will retire in April.

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Morano Pays Tribute to Larry King

“I don’t really have the vocabulary to express my deep sadness at the passing of Larry King,” Morano said. “I can’t begin to describe the impact that he has had on the world of radio, cable news and broadcasting in general.”

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Broadcasting legend and interviewer extraordinaire Larry King passed away Saturday, January 23rd at the age of 87. An emotional Frank Morano, host of The Other Side of Midnight on WABC, paid tribute to King during his opening monologue on Monday, saying King’s death “Marks the end of an era in broadcasting”.

Morano began his tribute by discussing King’s impact on the world of broadcasting.

“I don’t really have the vocabulary to express my deep sadness at the passing of Larry King,” Morano said. “I can’t begin to describe the impact that he has had on the world of radio, cable news and broadcasting in general. Watching his work, sometimes he would make you laugh, sometimes he would make you cry, sometimes he would surprise you and then sometimes he would make you scratch your head. But that was Larry. Because of that, it is a struggle to find what made Larry King so great. I have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t one thing, but a combination of many, many things.”

Morano adds that King had many similarities with another television icon, Alex Trebek.

“There are a lot of people in television or radio that can find success for a moment,” Morano said. “But to have longevity and be on the air for literal decades, you have to be relatable to audiences. You have to be ‘just a regular guy from the neighborhood’. You have to be curious and you have to be humble. Both Larry and Alex had those qualities and that’s why people loved them.”

While Morano does compare King to Trebek, he said it was King’s differences from other broadcasters that set him apart.

“Let’s be honest. Larry King was no Ken Doll,” he said. “He would wear those suspenders that nobody else would think about wearing. He didn’t look like the picture of somebody you thought was supposed to be on TV. He did not ask the same erudite questions that everyone else was asking. No, Larry King was different and that’s what made him so special.”

Morano closes his monologue by crediting King with shaping the modern news format, saying that his death leaves a void in the world of broadcasting,

“I didn’t know Larry personally aside from meeting him a couple of times for about ten seconds, but I feel like I lost a friend,” Morano said. “He was one of the people that helped define and create modern day cable news and call-in radio formats. That era has closed with his passing. That is really sad.”

Later in his program, Morano interviewed King’s producer Tammy Haddad. Morano also invited listeners to call in and share their memories of King throughout the program. In addition, Morano played some rare clips of King from his career, but stopped short of devoting the entire four hour show to him because, “I don’t think Larry would have wanted it that way”.

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Amy Anderson Makes Jump from TV to Talk Radio

Anderson will be paired with Will Sterrett who was hired in 2019 after spending years as an afternoon news anchor.

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Former television news anchor Amy Anderson has been hired to co-host Kansas City’s Morning News on Entercom’s KMBZ Radio. Anderson will be paired with Will Sterrett who was hired in 2019 after spending years as an afternoon news anchor.

“Amy is a familiar face and is well-known in her hometown of Kansas City, spending nearly 18 years working as a television news anchor and reporter for KCTV-5,” Entercom said in a statement.

Before working in Kansas City, Anderson worked in Joplin, MO, and Orlando, FL.

“Amy brings strong news ‘chops’ and news sense to the KMBZ newsroom, and will form a power team with Will Sterrett, building on KMBZ’s tradition of delivering credible, factual news to listeners in Kansas City and beyond,” a station website post read.

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