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Bomani Jones' Farewell From The Morning Jones

Tuesday morning marks the final day of The Morning Jones on The Score Sirius 158.

Hosted by Bomani Jones, the sports radio host and Around the Horn regular shared his thoughts on the end of a successful 18-month run:

“On a personal level, it’s hard for me to be terribly sad. That’s largely because I know, when things are right, I’ll be able to work with everyone again. And, if things go as I hope they will eventually, we’ll be able to do the same thing we’ve been doing, just better.

The guys at Serious Sports, whom I’ve worked on videos with for the last two years, are still in Raleigh and still ready to work together. Shannon Penn and I can’t get together every Saturday morning, but we figured out how to get together to make those mockumentaries work. I’ll still hit Petey Green up for beats. Corey will one day be a big famous boxing commentator, and I’ll hope to still be relevant enough to, at the very least, book him as a guest. And Mike will still run the streets of Chicago.

Sacha, of course, will always be the kaaaaang. There’s always room for royalty. Read more

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‘Cronkiters’ in Sweden? Apparently Not

In the many remembrances of legendary CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite was the story about how anchormen in Sweden and Holland had been dubbed “cronkiters.” But the AP’s Frazier Moore found out, that’s not the way it was.

Turns out, the anchorman who prided himself on accuracy helped perpetuate an unfounded claim that newscasters in Sweden and Holland had been nicknamed “cronkiters.”

Cronkite wasn’t alone in this mistaken report. Apparently, the first journalist to publish it was Pulitzer-prize-winning author David Halberstam. In a magazine piece in 1976, Halberstam wrote that Cronkite’s international stature was such that, “in Sweden, anchormen came to be known as Cronkiters.”

“I personally have never heard it,” Olof Hulten, a veteran communications researcher and media educator in Kalmar, Sweden, told Moore. “But he was a good anchorman,” Hulten added.

“No one (at Radio Netherlands) has heard of the term,” said Michael Walraven in an e-mail. “I would assume that the term in Holland is unknown.”

NPR’s “Morning Edition” briefly mentioned the story this morning and it was NPR’s “On the Media” which first reported the ‘Cronkiter’ or ‘Kronkiter’ myth last Friday.