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FOX News Channel Turns 18

FNC PRIME TALENT 100713Just in time to celebrate last week’s ratings results that since its 1996 debut, FOX News Channel was the most watched network on weekday primetime basic cable during the third quarter of 2014, the network today celebrates 18 years on air. During the same quarter, the network was also third in total day viewers among all cable networks.

Its 18th “birthday” comes one year into its current primetime lineup, which includes “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” (7pm), “The O’Reilly Factor” (8pm), “The Kelly File” (9pm) and “Hannity” (10pm). According to Nielsen Media Research, during primetime for the past year, FNC ranked in the top 5 highest-rated networks in all of cable 96% of the time.

The network offered a flashback this morning to where it was 18 years ago today. Ohh how things have changed.

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Greta Van Susteren Addresses President Obama’s Thursday Digs at FOX News Channel

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 11.44.34On Thursday, President Barack Obama offered remarks at Northwestern University on the economy and at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala on immigration reform. While the topic of each speech differed, he was able to weave in one common thread.

“There’s a reason, fewer Republicans, you hear them running around about Obamacare,” said Obama at Northwestern. “Cause good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to the freedom of the American people on FOX News, it turns out it’s working out pretty well in the real world.”

His Twitter handle managed by Organization for Action later reiterated that statement.

While discussing immigration reform at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala Thursday evening, President Obama managed to reference the host of FNC’s “Hannity.” Read more

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 8.8.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

TVNewser We Talk to Sean Hannity About Israel and TV News

FishbowlDC Layoffs Hit Bloomberg’s D.C. Bureau

SocialTimes 10 Tips for Share-Worthy Infographics

FishbowlNY Magazine Circulation and Newsstand Sales Decline

TVSpy Good Day L.A. Anchor Dances During News Headlines

Lost Remote Seevibes Brand Affinity Index Connects Marketers w/ Social TV Audiences

AllFacebook Facebook Acquires Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

AllTwitter 52% Use Two or More Social Networks (Six in 10 Have Unfollowed Brands)

10,000 Words Does Your Newsroom Throwback on Thursday?

Inside Mobile Apps Nexage Releases Premium Monetization Solution to Mobile App Developers

InsideFacebook Top 25 Facebook Apps: Spotify is Growing

GalleyCat Barnes & Noble Teams with Google on Same Day Delivery

PRNewser Best Practices for Credible Content Marketing

AgencySpy Creative Director Mark Peters Joins TBWA/Chiat/Day

MediaJobsDaily Study Shows Men Benefit More from Small Talk Than Women

UnBeige Smells Like… Architects! Sneak Peek at New Scent from Arquiste

POLITCO: Stewart-Hannity Feud is Going Nuclear and/or Over

It appears Jonathan Topaz missed Dylan Byers‘ memo on the Hannity-Stewart (or Stewart-Hannity, depending on your school of though) feud this morning. A mere 13 minutes after Byers declared it over, Topaz claimed it had gone nuclear. We suppose both could be true -the feud could have ended because it went nuclear, a la some Cold War-style mutually-assured destruction. Does that mean the Fox News and Comedy Central studios are now deep in nuclear winter? Suppose we’ll find out tonight…

Can You Guess Ted Cruz’ Favorite TV Journo?

During a Politico Playbook Breakfast this morning, Mike Allen asked Ted Cruz if he has a favorite newscaster. At first Cruz begs off, saying he doesn’t really watch TV. And when Allen presses him, he gives a pretty obvious answer for a Tea Party Republican from Texas: Sean Hannity.

ALLEN: Who is your favorite newscaster? 

CRUZ: (pauses)  … Who is my favorite newscaster… I actually don’t watch TV news a whole lot.  I mean to be honest it’s… 

ALLEN:  You talk to these men and women all the time…

CRUZ:  Oh, listen I’m – you know unsurprisingly if I am watching something it’s probably Fox news.  I like, I am a big Sean Hannity fan.  I wouldn’t call him a newscaster necessarily but I think Sean has a fearlessness that is welcome. I wish you saw – I wish you saw. 

But then he offers up a name that might surprise you. Find out which other TV newser Cruz admires after the jump.

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THR: Bob Grant, Father of Conservative Talk Radio, Has Died

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Paul Bond is reporting that Bob Grant has died at the age of 84. Grant was a long time radio personality who Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have both credited with paving the way for conservative talk radio. He died in his home in Toms River, NJ on New Year’s Eve. From Bond’s article.

Grant began in radio in the 1940s at WMMB-AM in Chicago and made his way to Los Angeles where he hosted shows on KNX-AM and KABC-AM, delivering sports, news and opinion. He hit it big, though, when he moved to New York in 1970 and hosted a political talk show on WMCA, where his sign-off became “Get Gaddafi,” a reference to Muammar al-Gaddafi, the former Libyan dictator who Grant despised for his anti-Israel policies.

Grant would often begin his show by welcoming his audience to “another hour of the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions,” then he’d take calls from listeners from all corners of the political spectrum. When he disagreed with them, he could be extremely combative, which made for entertaining talk radio and high ratings. When Grant called a New York congressman a “coward,” the representative filed a complaint with the FCC and the matter made its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals, where a judge sided with Grant.

You can read Bob Grant’s obituary published by Branchburg Funeral Home in New Jersey here.

Salem Brings Hannity to Former ‘Obama 1260′ AM Radio Station

Salem Communications added another conservative star to its ever-growing constellation of assets today. In a press release, they announced that starting in January, Sean Hannity‘s radio show would be jumping ship from the local Cumulus-owned AM station WMAL 630 to WWRC 1260, a local AM station bought by Salem in 2010. Ironically, WWRC was formerly a progressive talk radio station from 2005 to 2010, and was even branded as “Obama 1260″ after it was bought by Red Zebra Media in 2008. It has struggled for the past several years to find an audience in the DC market. Salem hopes to attract more listeners with a conservative talk format.

The announcement follows on the heels of Salem’s Dec 10 purchase of Michelle Malkin‘s Twitter-aggregation site Twitchy.com. They already own Townhall.com and Hotair.com, as well as dozens of Christian and conservative radio stations around the country. They also have a publishing arm, Salem Publishing, and a web content distribution arm, Salem Web Network, both targeted towards Christian and conservative audiences.

Hannity decided to leave Cumulus after he and Rush Limbaugh engaged in high-profile, bluster-filled negotiations with the company. Rush Limbaugh decided to stay, while Hannity moved to Clear Channel-owned Premiere Networks. Michael Savage is slated to take over Hannity’s 3-6 PM drive-time slot at most Cumulus stations, though DCRTV Dave suggests that WMAL might want to find a locally-produced replacement. He notes, however, that Cumulus is rather iron-fisted in their programming decisions and probably won’t allow that.

Afternoon Reading List 10.15.13

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BuzzFeed hires from Free Beacon: Dylan Byers reported Mond in Politico that the left leaning Buzzfeed would be hiring Katherine Miller from the right leaning Free Beacon to work as a deputy political editor to serve under McKay CoppinsWhen asked about the hire Coppins said, “Our basic approach is to hire talented, fair-minded people who are doing great, smart, compelling work wherever they are.”

Why you should read it: Let your heart be your guide! Just because you work at RedAlert or The Blaze doesn’t mean you can’t apply to work at HuffPost or MotherJones. Believe in yourself! Read more here.

Random PBS viewer helps homeless woman: According to Cat Wise of PBS’ “The Rundown,” Dior Hall, a homeless woman in San Francisco, received a random leg up from an anonymous donor who saw a previous story about her on NewsHour last Wednesday and paid for her first month’s rent. Hall had been stepped over for government subsidized housing after the government shutdown began.

Why you should read it: KQED radio reporters Wise and Mina Kim had no idea their story was going to directly impact those they were reporting on. Think about that the next time you write. Read more here.

Who suggested the need for a new political party? Follow the jump for more…

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Afternoon Reading List 09.18.13.

Media blames violent video games for aggressive behavior: Political blogger Oliver Willis of MediaMatters posted a story yesterday detailing how the media has blamed video games for gun violence. The argument over video games influencing real world violence isn’t new. The gunmen behind Columbine, Virginia Tech, Arizona, Norway, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and most recently, the Navy Yard, were all avid video game players. In the aftermath of Monday’s tragedy, media outlets like Fox News and MSNBC cited Aaron Alexis‘ intense video game addiction as a possible cause for his deranged actions. Willis then makes a point to clarify that all of the studies done on this subject have either failed to provide a correlation between violence and video games, or they have debunked the myth that a connection between the two even exists.

Why you should read it: Even though intense, life affecting video game addiction has not proven itself to be the cause of real world gun violence, it may be a reliable indicator of certain personality types or unusual emotional states. Who doesn’t want to be forewarned?

Snooping Justice Department accidentally helps advance shield bill: Today, The Hill’s lobbying and advocacy reporter Megan Wilson wrote a story highlighting the current state of a shield bill that recently advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 13-5 vote as the response to the illegal Justice Department snooping on reporters. Finally, after several years, a proposed bill for a shield law aiming to grant federal protection to journos and their sources is more than likely going to make it to the Senate floor.

Why you should read it: It could affect your future. After it passed through committee, the big-wig media giants picked up the check for a massive increase in lobbying muscle and put it behind the shield bill. The suits essentially told the journos ‘Hey, don’t worry guys. We got your back on this,’ which was a pretty cool move on their behalf.

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FBDC Interview: ABC7′s Kris Van Cleave

We know what you’re thinking about this photo…”there’s nothing more adorable than a puppy and pepaw.”  But don’t get it twisted.  That’s not just any grandpappy — it’s ABC7′s Kris Van Cleave who just so happens to be celebrating his 34th birthday today.  For those of you who don’t know Kris from his on-air antics (chasing crooked carpet cleaners down the street: here or getting real with some ascot awesomeness), this interview is for you. So say “hello” and “happy birthday” to Kris.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be?  Ginger ale — classic, great as a mixer, and just a tad spicy.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Martha Raddatz because she’s a fearless reporter and wonderful person.

Do you have a favorite word? Truculent

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Now” and “alright” 

Marimba.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring?  On my iPhone it’s the default “Marimba” and on my work phone is “Droid Invasion.”

What word do you routinely misspell? Most of tehm.

What swear word do you use most often? All of my conversations are polite, respectful, and G-rated…but I hear journalists like one that sounds a bit like “duck.”

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? Hmm…I’d maybe work for an airline.  When I was a kid I always wanted to be a cop or a reporter (especially after it was painfully clear I couldn’t hit a curveball).

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable?  I think I’d attempt to mix the panel with pundits and journalists. Jeff Zeleny, Andrea Mitchell, Bill Press and Sean Hannity. But I’d add a touch of American Gladiators to my show.  I’d equip the pundits– Bill Press and Sean Hannity–with blue and red (respectively) pugil sticks…or maybe nunchucks…who doesn’t like nunchucks?

When you pig out what do you eat?  Pizza. (Editor’s note: he’s also been known to eat numerous grilled cheese sandwiches in a single sitting…truth.)

If you could influence journalism in one way right now what would it be? No more Lindsay Lohan coverage.

When did you last cry and why? I lack tear ducts.

What TV show is your guilty pleasure? Really any bad cop show. In fact the badder the better.

Tell us a secret not many people know about you. #NerdAlert I have about 2 dozen airplane models on my desk. In a related note, people look at you funny when you fly them through the newsroom. Maybe it’s the woosh noise I was making?

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