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Anthony Cumia: ‘The FCC is Nothing Compared to the PC Police’

AnthonyCumiaTwitterProfilePicFired Opie & Anthony host Anthony Cumia is wasting no time moving on. He’s launching, in August, a subscription podcast from his home-studio in Long Island; he’s hired a lawyer to try and get SirusXM to pay out the remainder of his through-October 2014 contract; and he’s explained to The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove that he saw this coming a mile away:

“There were plenty of lawyers that were always at the guard, waiting to strike down something we wanted to do on the Opie & Anthony Show,” Cumia said. “It just got worse and worse over there.”

“Look how I got fired. It had nothing to do with the FCC” – the Federal Communications Commission, which in any case has no authority over subscription-based satellite radio. “It had nothing to do with government regulations. It had to do with the people who run the company. The FCC is nothing compared to the PC police.”

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SiriusXM Shows Anthony the Door

AnthonyCumiaTwitterProfilePicAnthony Cumia‘s Twitter feed on this Independence Day is a tale of two constituencies.

The fired co-host of Opie & Anthony is re-tweeting both supportive messages of SiriusXM membership cancellation and responding to other declarations from people who applaud the satellite broadcaster’s decision. Here’s the SiriusXM statement, issued this morning:

“SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel. The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July 3, after careful consideration of his racially charged and hate-filled remarks on social media. Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.”

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Angie Martinez Joins Power 105

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 9.34.39 AMWell that was quick. One day after abruptly leaving Hot 97, Angie Martinez is joining its rival, Power 105. Martinez, who had been with the Hot 97 family for over 20 years, will now be the voice of Power 105 weekdays from 2 pm to 6 pm.

“Angie has a long, successful history and we look forward to expanding her distinctive style and compelling content to more of our listeners,” said Thea Mitchem, Clear Channel’s senior VP of programming for major markets, said in a statement.

Given that Martinez’s departure happened so quickly and she joined Hot 97′s rival, we can’t help but wonder what happened. It’s sort of unbelievable. Was it all about the benjamins? Perhaps, as your career goes on, you do need to get money. No matter what the reason, it ain’t hard to tell that this hurts Hot 97. Will it be be down, but also out? Okay, we’ll stop.

Angie Martinez Resigns from Hot 97

Angie Martinez, one of the most influential voices in hip-hop radio, has resigned from Hot 97. In an Instagram post, Martinez thanked Hot 97′s parent company Emmis Communications and explained that she wanted to explore new opportunities.

“This was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make but ultimately it is time to move on, to grow and to be challenged in new ways,” wrote Martinez, also known as “The Voice of New York.” “Saying goodbye is always emotional and bitter sweet but I am extremely excited about the future.”

Martinez had been with Hot 97 for 25 years. During her time there she interviewed almost every major player in hip-hop that you can think of, from Kanye West to Tupac Shakur.

Jerry Lewis Still Hasn’t Forgiven Joan Rivers

Debuting tonight at 5 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Channel 99, Jerry LewisTown Hall chat with Maria Menounos is bound to be as memorable as that episode of Law & Order: SVU where he played the uncle of Richard Belzer‘s character.

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At one point, Lewis brings up some old, unfinished Joan Rivers business:

“I always feel bad when somebody passes away,” Jerry told Maria. “Except if it was Joan Rivers.”

“Noooo, you don’t mean that!” countered Maria, to which Jerry gave a long, solemn nod. “You do??” He does.

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WOR Rudely Shows ‘New York Radio’s First Lady’ the Door

The headline, “Where Has Respect and Dignity Gone,” had us thinking this was going to be about social media, or perhaps click-bait journalism. Instead, the arresting rhetorical frames a Huffington Post essay by Liz Hamburg about the very upsetting recent dismissal of her mom Joan.

WORAMLogoWe all know that upheaval continues in the media business in general and the radio world in particular. But that in no way excuses the way WOR handled things last Thursday with Joan, after 40 years(!) of service:

Joan returned to work after attending a funeral the previous day of a very close relative. Despite the sadness of losing a close cousin, Joan was the consummate professional and was ready to head into the studio to give her audience the upbeat and informative show that they expect.

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Rochester Radio Duo Bounced for Reprehensible Transgender Comments

The action in this case was even swifter than the NBA’s response to Donald Sterling.

WBZAChangeOrgIn the space of just 24 hours, a petition to have a pair of Rochester radio hosts removed has quickly zoomed past its signature goal and the station in question, WBZA, has followed the suspension of its morning hosts with firing. From a report by the Syracuse Post-Standard ‘s Geoff Herbert:

Kimberly and Beck, hosts of The Breakfast Buzz on 98.9 The Buzz, came under fire Wednesday after a 12-minute segment about the city of Rochester’s [January 1, 2015] plan to extend health coverage to employees for gender reassignment surgery.

“The services that will be paid for under the new coverage: gender reassignment surgery, psychological counseling, because you’re probably a nut job to begin with,” Kimberly said.

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NPR Ends Tell Me More, Cuts 28

nprNPR is canceling Tell Me More and cutting 28 staffers as part of an effort to save money. The cuts, in addition to earlier buyouts, are expected to save NPR about $7 million a year.

Michel Martin, Tell Me More’s host, and Carline Watson, the show’s executive editor, will remain at the network.

“These times require that we organize ourselves in different ways and that we’re smarter about how we address the different platforms that we reach our audiences on,” NPR’s executive VP and chief content officer Kinsey Wilson said, in a statement. “We’re trying to make the most of the resources that we have and ensure that we keep radio healthy and try to develop audience in the digital arena.”

Tell Me More’s last episode will be August 1.

Catching Up with America’s ‘Third Most Hating Film Critic’

When Vocativ recently parsed Metacritic data to rank U.S. film critics that disagreed most frequently with the general flow of consensus, the Wall Street Journal‘s Joe Morgenstern ranked as the country’s “Most Hating” reviewer, followed by the New Yorker‘s Anthony Lane. Third was the New York Post‘s Kyle Smith, who spoke about all this with Kurt Andersen on the latest of edition of Studio 360.

Smith said he was honored to be in the same bottom-three category as Morgenstern and Lane. He also defended his negative reviews of American Hustle and Philomena:

“The average Metacritic score for Philomena was a 76,” said Andersen. “You gave it a 25. You hated it for political reasons, or cinematic reasons?”

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How Larry King Landed That 1964 Frank Sinatra Interview

“No one was bigger.” So… How the heck did Larry King, then at the outset of his career, get the Chairman of the Board to sit down across the local radio mike for three solid hours?

On The Howard Stern Show today, King promised that the answer to this question was a “great story” and boy, was he right. The details unequivocally range to the anecdotal moon and involve  a famous TV star, a full-page ad in the Miami Herald and more.

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