Bill O'Reilly segments on WHK AM 1420

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  • Participant
    #186369

    QUOTE:  Replacing a top of the hour newscast with an opinion piece disguised as news….has to land somewhere in the top 5 unethical things a radio station could do.

    QUOTE:  WHK is further blurring the lines between news and opinion by putting his opinion segments within their newscast space.

    I don’t see it that way at all.  It’s clear that this is purely an opinion piece and is not disguised as news.  Everybody knows that Bill O’Reilly is a commentator and accepts him as such.  There is a pause between the two as a way of moving from one to the other.  The time provided seems to be the only space available to run Bill’s commentary.  To run the full 15 minutes daily, they’d have to cut into “The Bob Frantz Authority” local talk show on from 9am – 11am.  Playing the commentaries on Sunday might work.  Maybe they do, or will.

    Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised if the airtime for the show is actually bought.

    I agree that this is the likely scenario.  Salem runs “Jay Sekulow Live” at noon on WHKW 1220am, with a re-run at 6:00pm on AM1420 WHK.  Since it’s bought and paid for, WHK 1420 makes sure that the full hour airs no matter what.  If WHK is going to have a college basketball game on beginning at 6:30pm (pre-game), they’ll start Mr. Sekulow’s show at 5:30pm.


    Participant
    #186370
    “Cumulus/Westwood One is run by people with ethical backgrounds.”
    Now that is a funny quote! The Atlanta market manager has made racist comments directly to one its African-American hosts. Not something an ethical person would do.

    That’s not what I meant. I was referring to having a politically charged radio show be taken off the air when a conflict of interest shows up. It’s always been the case until now with Salem and Jay Sekulow’s production team.

    Regardless of the behavior of specific market management within Cumulus, Salem’s behavior by allowing Jay to still have a microphone with such a massive conflict of interest is demonstrably worse. Throw in their replacement of TOH newscasts with Bill O’ preaching, and a pattern is emerging.

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    Participant
    #186371

    I don’t see it that way at all. It’s clear that this is purely an opinion piece and is not disguised as news. Everybody knows that Bill O’Reilly is a commentator and accepts him as such. There is a pause between the two as a way of moving from one to the other. The time provided seems to be the only space available to run Bill’s commentary. To run the full 15 minutes daily, they’d have to cut into “The Bob Frantz Authority” local talk show on from 9am – 11am. Playing the commentaries on Sunday might work. Maybe they do, or will.

    Or they could run Bob from 9am to 11:45 and put Bill O’ there, but that would make too much sense. Is the clearing of one hour of Mike Gallagher’s show really worth the hassle (given that WNIR buries it in late night anyway, thus serving as a market clearance)?

    Chipping away at the local newscast availability does decrease whatever objectivity WHK had to begin with. But remember that Salem doesn’t employ any of the newscasters, they’re all from iHeart’s Total Traffic and News service. Just need to get the :10 sponsor billboard read, and iHeart is happy.

    I agree that this is the likely scenario. Salem runs “Jay Sekulow Live” at noon on WHKW 1220am, with a re-run at 6:00pm on AM1420 WHK. Since it’s bought and paid for, WHK 1420 makes sure that the full hour airs no matter what. If WHK is going to have a college basketball game on beginning at 6:30pm (pre-game), they’ll start Mr. Sekulow’s show at 5:30pm.

    Jay shouldn’t be on the air to begin with because he’s employed by Trump, resulting in a conflict of interest.

    At the very least, give the show to one of Jay’s assistants or whomever has ever filled in for him until he no longer works for Trump, however long it takes. It’s not rocket surgery.

    But money talks, even for broadcast chains with supposed “Christian values” behind them.

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    Participant
    #186372

    . At the very least, give the show to one of Jay’s assistants or whomever has ever filled in for him until he no longer works for Trump, however long it takes. It’s not rocket surgery. But money talks, even for broadcast chains with supposed “Christian values” behind them.

    Jay’s son has filled in for him on occasion.  Yes, money talks, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that as Christians and non-Christians need it.
    As for Mike Gallagher (airing 11:00am – Noon) on WHK, I think that WHK doesn’t want to dispense with him totally.  There’s an interesting history there.  Until the arrival of “The Bob Frantz Authority”, Mike Gallagher occupied the 9:00am – Noon slot on WHK.  When Mr. Frantz started, they scheduled things like this:
    9:00am – 11:00am -“The Bob Frantz Authority”
    11:00am – 1:00pm – “The Mike Gallagher Show”
    1:00pm – 3:00pm  – “The Dennis Prager Show”
    I was displeased with this as we were missing the first hour of Prager’s show.  I called the station and immediately was put through to the Program Director.  He said they were going to try this schedule out for some time, so I suggested that they put on the first hour of “The Dennis Prager Show” in overnights so it’s, at least, available sometime on their air.  He went on to thank me for calling and said that my comments were valuable.  Apparently, WHK got a lot of calls because no more than 2 weeks later (might have been one week),  Dennis Prager was re-instated to his normal start time of 12 noon, and run for the full 3 hours.  That’s when Mike Gallagher’s show was cut to one hour, starting at 11:06am where it remains today.

    Participant
    #186413

    I was listening to “The Dennis Prager Show”, with Cleveland’s Bob Frantz filling in for him today  on WHK.  I noticed that at the top of the hour, at least for those hours that Bill O’Reilly’s commentaries air, the main show, in this case Dennis Prager’s, start the new hour off a minute later then previously.  Listeners get more than one minute of news before O’Reilly kicks in.  Maybe the news is also starting a minute earlier … at :58 instead of :59.  When WHK returns to the main syndicated talk show, they are never too far off.  If they don’t air the intro music right from its start, they have never entered the show in mid-sentence, in other words, have never entered the show with the host already talking.


    Participant
    #186415

    Digital delaying the talk shows by one minute in real time isn’t a new phenomenon; WTAM’s done it with their syndicated talk shows (outside of C2C) for close to 20 years now at both the top and bottom of the hour.

    Typically such a delay compresses the recorded segment ever so slightly until they eventually align with the program in real time… not by changing the pitch or timbre of the audio, but by subtly removing portions of points of silence in the recording. (I want to say that spot load avails are excluded from this, so as not to mess up the station’s automation, but I easily could be wrong.) So technically the program is both real and Memorex at the same exact time.

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    Participant
    #186416

    So technically the program is both real and Memorex at the same exact time.

    Isn’t technology wonderful?


    Participant
    #186426

    Some stations use “time compression” on talk shows (not sure about WTAM) which trim tiny bits of pauses in the speech and — after an hour of little trims — you have yourself another minute or two of ad inventory!  I know that Limbaugh complained about this practice at one point.

     


    Participant
    #186432

    “Apparently, WHK got a lot of calls because no more than 2 weeks later (might have been one week), Dennis Prager was re-instated to his normal start time of 12 noon, and run for the full 3 hours. ”

    What is “a lot of calls” on a station with microscopic ratings like WHK?


    Participant
    #186434

    “Apparently, WHK got a lot of calls because no more than 2 weeks later (might have been one week), Dennis Prager was re-instated to his normal start time of 12 noon, and run for the full 3 hours. ”

    What is “a lot of calls” on a station with microscopic ratings like WHK?

    Enough to make them switch it back.


    Participant
    #186438

    WHK’s audience is small, but it’s also loyal. Might as well give them what they want.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!


    Participant
    #186439

    “Apparently, WHK got a lot of calls because no more than 2 weeks later (might have been one week), Dennis Prager was re-instated to his normal start time of 12 noon, and run for the full 3 hours. ” What is “a lot of calls” on a station with microscopic ratings like WHK?

    Three of them. One was Dennis Prager.

    Participant
    #186441

    Yekimi wrote:

    Three of them. One was Dennis Prager.

    Dennis is in California, so he wouldn’t be one of them.  Nevertheless, that was a funny joke, Yekimi.

    He takes calls from the Cleveland area, so there are more than 3 people listening.  In fact, I almost always listen to Dennis Prager’s show on my little portable radio while eating lunch at a restaurant.  On a few occasions I’ve had people come up to me and say they listen his show too.


    Participant
    #186442

    I’m still mad at Bob Conrad for selling 1420. Salem already had enough stations in Cleveland and didn’t need any more.  But apparently, money talks.


    Participant
    #186443

    I’m still mad at Bob Conrad for selling 1420. Salem already had enough stations in Cleveland and didn’t need any more. But apparently, money talks.

    WRMR had aging demos (partially the result of Conrad’s ill-fated “Classic Pop” 1930s/1940s/1950s playlist that needed to be abandoned) that made the station unsustainable.

    There may have been an option for Salem to reacquire the signal when it was originally dealt in 2001. And even then, why would have a group like CBS or Radio One even considered purchasing it?

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!

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