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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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Syracuse Radio Listeners Bemoan Cancellation of Terry Ettinger Call-In Show

TerryEttingerLinkedInOn Saturday, Terry Ettinger, longtime host of WSYR 570 AM program The Weeder’s Digest, said his on-air goodbyes. The news that the weekly 6-to-8 a.m. Syracuse gardening-focused call-in show had been canceled sprouted a stream of complimentary reader comments:

salinqmind: Terry Ettinger’s gone? Oh, what a shame! One more little bit of beauty and brightness gone from the world, listening to his show was often a high point of my Saturdays. I called a few times over the years and he was so kind and patient.

FourCurbed: Terry will be sorely missed. I am an arborist and in the 20 plus years I’ve listened to his show I’ve never once heard him ill-advise a caller with tree problems. His solutions to horticultural issues were always with an environmentally-friendly approach… On Terry’s show last week he dissed fracking by pointing out research on its poor energy return on investment. I can’t help but wonder if his fracking skepticism rankled those conservative-minded powers who control the “direction” of WSYR.

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HOT 97′s Ebro Chooses Creative Over Corporate

EbroelViejoOnce upon a time, it would have been hard to imagine someone picking reality TV over the job of program director in the nation’s number one radio market. But just as surely as Kardashian is spelled with a “K”, those days are now upon us.

Following a semi-ultimatum from the management of hip-hop NYC power house HOT 97, on-air personality Ebro (a.k.a. Ebro Darden) revealed this week that he has decided to focus on the “talent” aspects of his career rather than those involving Excel spreadsheets. He will remain on the air, but his work on the upcoming VH1 reality TV series This is Hot 97 and future, resulting commitments tipped the scales. From a report by XXL magazine:

Stating that he was ultimately told to choose between his two positions, the long-time employee went with the entertainer route.

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From Howard Stern Intern to CBS Radio Exec

RadioInkCover_March10_2014There’s a fun passage in Radio Ink ‘s cover story about Chris Oliviero, executive vice president of programming at CBS Radio. It concerns his mid-1990s career start.

Prior to interning with The Howard Stern Show, Oliviero tried to get a similar position at his favorite radio station, WFAN. He was rejected. Eric Spitz, the guy who turned Oliviero down – and who now also just happens to work at CBS Radio as director of sports programming – gamely revisited that decision for Radio Ink:

“Yes, I did reject Chris when he first applied for an internship at WFAN,” Spitz says. “Apparently, when Michael Jordan was a high school sophomore, he was cut by the varsity basketball coach. Mistakes happen. Both Chris and Michael used these rejections as motivation to excel in their respective fields — and can now both say that they have graced the cover of a magazine.”

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