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FOX News Radio Hires Jon Decker As WH Correspondent

latestFOX News Radio (FNR) has announced the hiring of Jon Decker as a White House correspondent.

Decker will make his debut with FNR on January 5th, 2015 and will represent the station in the White House press corps. As FNR’s White House correspondent, he will be based in Washington, DC and cover all White House related news.

Decker is joining the station from SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “White House Insider” program where he served as a White House correspondent.

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Olivier Knox’s New ‘Yahoo News On POTUS’ Radio Show

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Yahoo News and SiriusXM announced the launch of “Yahoo News on POTUS” with Olivier Knox this morning. The live, weekly radio show will begin Wednesday, December 3rd at 2:00 PM ET on SiriusXM POTUS (channel 124) and will feature Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Cory Gardner as its first scheduled guests.

Hosted by Yahoo News’ Chief White House correspondent, Olivier Knox, the show will feature live interviews with national leaders in politics and public life as well as special guests discussing current events and more.

“Yahoo News on POTUS,” the 24/7 non-partisan channel dedicated to the Politics of the United States, is the first national radio platform for Yahoo News. Each show will feature a newsmaker of the week, and a roundtable led by Knox with an alternating panel of Yahoo News’ political contributors including Matt Bai, Michael Isikoff, Meredith Shiner, Liz Goodwin and Jon Ward.

“Our show will have news making guests, insightful takes from our team of reporters and outside journalists, and maybe a few oddballs here and there,” said Olivier Knox, “I’m thrilled (and a little frightened) to take on this amazing opportunity!”

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WTOP Adds ‘To Your Health’ Hourly Segment

WTOP today announced 24+ minutes per day of new health and fitness programming. ”To Your Health” will air every hour at the 22 minute mark as a one to three minute segment.

“Every day we find ourselves with an abundance of great health stories that are interesting to men and women of all ages,” said Laurie Cantillo, WTOP program director. “Now, WTOP listeners will know they can count on getting the latest health news at a predictable time, every hour of every day.”

In celebration of its September 15 launch, Dr. Drew Pinsky will join WTOP at 1:20 pm on Monday to discuss prostate cancer detection and prevention.

WTOP Partners with Waze to Better Real-time Traffic Reporting

In partnership with Waze – a community-based, real-time traffic app - WTOP is its first US radio partner and will offer the station’s traffic department access to incidents in real-time beginning this week.

Users of the app enter a destination, and based on reports from other Waze users, are notified of traffic jams, police, accidents, hazards, and speed cameras and have recommended, faster, alternate routes.

“Partnering with Waze puts more resources at our disposal,” said Jim Battagliese, director of WTOP traffic operations in a release announcing the joint venture. “It allows us to get information on all area roadways, including those with few public resources. Waze is another tool in our arsenal to help D.C. commuters, who have one of the worst commutes in the country.” Read more

Restructuring for Federal News Radio Staff

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Emily Kopp, co-host of Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive,” will transition to a reporter/anchor position beginning September 2, contributing to the program she hosted with Tom Temin and “In-Depth” with Francis Rose.

In addition, morning digital writer/editor Shefali Kapadia will move into a radio producer role for “Federal Drive.”

“By making these shifts, we are able to optimize the incredible talents of our people – brining more depth to our presentation. The end result will be more news stories told in a variety of ways for air and online,” said Lisa Wolfe, FNR program director in a release announcing the restructuring. “Tom Temin’s broadcasting abilities are so polished he will shine as the solo anchor of the Federal Drive.”

“Federal Drive” airs weekday mornings from 6 – 9 am and “In-Depth” weekday afternoons from 4 – 7 pm on 1500AM.

Hillary Clinton Responds to Criticisms by Jill Abramson on Media Expectations

logo2During an interview with guest host John Harwood on NPR’s “On Point,” Hillary Clinton admitted that she might expect more than she should from her relationships with members of the media.

Clinton’s comments were made in response to criticism by Jill Abramson in a POLITICO Magazine piece in which the former New York Times editor said, “Hillary is incredibly unrealistic about journalists…She expects you to be 100 percent in her corner, especially women journalists. She got angry with me because when I became the top-ranking woman at the New York Times, she thought I should be loyal. An editor is going to be independent, always.”

Abramson’s comments were made more than two months after the media blitz surrounding the release of Hard Choices began, first with a taped television interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, a live interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America,” a joint interview by Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, and a slew of other interviews, conversations, town halls, and book signings in Washington and throughout the country. Read more

Sarah Gilbert Set to Rejoin NPR’s ‘Weekend Edition’

Sarah GilbertNPR’s “Weekend Edition” announced a new hire this morning. Sarah Gilbert will rejoin the show as supervising senior editor, which she originally joined in 2012 before leaving for ”Marketplace” in 2013.

Side note: With Gilbert’s return, “Weekend Edition’s” staff now consists of three Sarah’s, including Supervising Senior Producer Sarah Oliver and Producer Sarah Handel.

Llewellyn King Sheds Light on Changes for “White House Chronicle”

Llewellyn KingA little (anonymous tip) birdie told us recently that Llewellyn King, host and creator of “White House Chronicle” — a weekly news and public affairs program now in its 18th year on more than 200 television stations including PBS, Sirius XM’s POTUS channel, and Voice of America — is “preparing a radical overhaul of his television program.”

We reached out to King, who said that while no plans are set to drastically change the program, he has been exploring new options for partnership.

“I would love to meet up with a print publisher who wants to get into television, and just revitalize the franchise that way. It’s a very good franchise. We have excellent following on Sirius XM for the audio and pretty spread out but good syndication on PBS and paid stations.” Read more

RTDNA Announces 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award Recipients

5390b7c0-2c28-43ac-b4af-54b8ac110342The Radio Television Digital News Association today announced the winners of the 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best reporting by radio, television, and online news organizations. For the second consecutive year, The Washington Post received the Overall Excellence Award in the large online news organization division as well as a Feature Reporting award.

ABC News earned five Murrows, including both Overall Excellence in Television and Overall Excellence in Radio. National Public Radio won the award for best network radio website for the sixth year in a row, as well as awards for Investigative Reporting and News Series.

The association named 98 national Edward R. Murrow awardees in 13 categories and received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season, 500 more than in 2013. National awards will be presented in New York City on October 6.

For a full list of recipients, click through to RTDNA.

Help Us Advise Tommy McFly On Turning 28

Today is Tommy McFly of FreshFM’s last day being 27 and the radio host took to Facebook to solicit advice from friends before turning 28. Well, we’re here to help him out and want to make sure he’s advised as well as he can be before venturing into his 28th year on planet Earth.

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So send us yours (to fishbowlnick@gmail.com or via the anon tip box at fishbowldc.com) and we’ll include in a birthday post tomorrow. My advice, after the jump.

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