In the wake of last week’s firing of news analyst Juan Williams by National Public Radio, seems like we’ve been bombarded about the story from just about every media outlet on earth. From FOX News to the ladies of ABC-TV’s The View, to online bloggers and, of course, conservative Talk radio, everyone has dissected and debated the controversy ad nauseum. And while NPR’s chief executive Vivian Schiller sent an apology to staffers for her handling of the situation, she remained steadfast about terminating Williams for the now well-documented remarks he made on FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly Factor. “I stand by my decision to end NPR’s relationship with Juan, but I deeply regret the way I handled and explained it,” she said. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that Muslim-American conservative activist Suhail Kahn thinks NPR “overreacted” by firing Williams and that doing so may actually increase anti-Muslim sentiment in America. “While Juan’s comments may have been a little rough around the edges, he was voicing an honest opinion and trying to articulate his personal questions and struggles with perceptions in regards to Muslims,” said Kahn. And American University Islamic Studies chair Akbar Ahmed added that the abrupt firing of Williams, “does not bring the temperature down against Muslims. Now the debate is, are we being oversensitive to Muslims? Read the full story by Tribune/Washington reporter Matea Gold HERE.
KHTK/Sacramento talk host Don Geronimo (pictured) — one half of the formerly nationally syndicated Don & Mike Show — fell from a stage during a live appearance at Cal Expo on Friday night (10/22), sustaining head injuries that sent him to the UC Davis Medical Center’s intensive care unit. The newspaper has more detail on the incident HERE, while the KHTK website is posting regularly updated news on Geronimo’s condition HERE.
(UPDATE): Geronimo reached out to fans via Twitter to report that his at-home recovery is going well and he’s looking to return to the air on Monday (11/8).
When former Tribune Chief Innovation Officer Lee Abrams was suspended (he has since resigned), one of the reasons cited was a link he included in a “think piece” memo to a video at TheOnion.com. After some staffers reportedly complained, Tribune management deemed the content to be inappropriate and suspended Abrams. Although he apologized for the incident, the media firestorm that followed ultimately resulted in Abrams’ resignation.
ATTENTION: NTS MediaOnline Today wants you to know that the YouTube video link included at the end of this sentence may NOT be safe for viewing in your workplace. It is not appropriate for young viewers, unless they’re old enough to see American Pie, or almost any early Adam Sandler movie, or “reality” TV shows like Jersey Shore. The parody contains sexual content, brief frontal nudity, alcohol abuse and crude language. So … if you still want to see the video that “rocked” Tribune Tower recently, with that disclaimer duly noted, you may proceed HERE.
At the recently held Talk Media Conference & Talk Show Boot Camp, Salem Communications programming honcho John Butler alerted me to a primo opening that the company has for an Operations Manager at their San Francisco stations, Christian Teaching and Talk KFAX and Business News talker KDOW. A “well organized and detail-oriented individual, with a high school diploma or equivalent 5 years radio industry experience,” is required. You can find out more about the gig and how to apply for this rare Bay Area Talk radio gig HERE. BTW, if you have an opening to fill, or you are a News/Talk/Sports media professional seeking your next challenge, email details and contact info to us HERE. “Gig Alerts” are posted free-of-charge every Friday in NTS MediaOnline Weekly as a service to the industry.
Salem Radio Network host Mike Gallagher (r) shakes hands with former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich during a recent appearance together at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Gallagher and Gingrich are on a 13-city, pre-Election Day “Jobs Here/Jobs Now” tour with Vegas, San Diego, Sioux City and St. Louis among some of the other cities they’ll visit as the tour crisscrosses the country.