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BlogTalkRadio Host Kevin Ross Moves The Needle For Diversity On LA Public Airwaves

Days after Kevin Ross, BlogTalkRadio host and host of “America’s Court with Judge Ross” aired a special 2 hour show on the recent rise of inflammatory remarks made against minorities and women over the talk radio airwaves, Los Angeles City Council passed a motion requiring conservative talk radio station KFI-AM 640 and it’s parent company Clear Channel Media, to “do everything in their power” to make sure that their hosts refrain from voicing prejudice sentiment on air.

The motion was raised as a result of public outcry from a number of minority and women’s groups in response to the racially charged comments made by KFI talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of the “John and Ken Show.” Three days after Whitney Houston died last month, the radio show hosts referred to the pop music icon as a “crack ho.”  The resolution also cites radio host Rush Limbaugh’s recent derogatory commentary on Sandra Fluke.  According to this article on NBC’s site, Councilwoman Jan Perry wrote in her motion that the “Clear Channel Media Holding’s commitment to diversity is not being realized at its flagship station KFI 640 AM, where out of 15 on-air personalities, one is a female and none of them are African American.”

On his BlogTalkRadio program, Kevin Ross was joined by guests including attorney Gloria Allred and Comedian D.L. Hughley who discussed the growing controversy surrounding racist and sexist sentiment spreading across the country’s talk radio waves by hosts.  You can listen to the broadcast in its entirety here.

At BlogTalkRadio, we have a variety of hosts like Kevin Ross, representing perspectives from all backgrounds and genders.  If you are interested in hosting your own show on our network, we welcome you to sign up today.

Lara Logan Live From The DuPont Winners’ Circle

We are excited to be streaming a conversation with Lara Logan, CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent, live from the duPont Winners’ Circle at Columbia Journalism School this Friday at 9:30AM EST.  You can tune in live at Columbia Journalism’s station on BlogTalkRadio here.
The discussion will be moderated by duPont Juror and former ABC News executive A’Lelia Bundles.  The duPont-Columbia University Awards have recognized excellence in broadcast journalism for the past 70 years so we are honored to give access to our listeners to this exclusive event.

Lara will discuss her career and her 2012 duPont Award-winning story from September 2010 CBS News “60 Minutes: A Relentless Enemy” about the war in Afghanistan. The conversation will also cover what it’s like to work as a foreign correspondent today, Logan’s almost two decade career covering news and conflicts around the world, her work at CBS News 60 Minutes and challenges and opportunities for journalists today. Also appearing with Logan will be longtime CBS News cameraman Ray Bribiesca who shot the breathtaking combat footage in the award winning piece.

The Stupid Cancer Show is a Winner!

We are happy to announce that our very own The Stupid Cancer Show just won ”Most Innovative Use Of Social Media” at the 3rd Annual CLASSY Awards, the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country.  Hosted by young adult survivors Lisa Bernhard and Matthew Zachary, The Stupid Cancer Show is an award-winning talk radio program of The I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation. The mission behind The Stupid Cancer Show is to provide a support network for young adults (15-39) living with cancer.

Over the past four years, the the show has garnered 195 broadcasts and over 1.5M listeners worldwide. The broadcast features celebrity cancer survivors, young adult advocates, notable oncologists, distinguished public-health officials, scientists and nutritionists, along with award-winning filmmakers, authors, actors and musicians – Fran Drescher, Lisa Niemi, wife of the late Patrick Swayze and Doug Ulman, CEO of Lance Armstrong Foundation to name a few.

The Stupid Cancer Show has a very irreverent and edgy tone, which has brought listeners back in droves to their cause.  The show covers a variety of different topics such as politics, health care, civil rights and the environment to social media, entertainment, cancer research and education. Tune into The Stupid Cancer Show every Monday at 8PM EST.

Congrats Matthew and Lisa! 

After Osama: A SAJA Conversation

SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, presents a webcast 12 hours after President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden. Join SAJA for a conversation with experts, including: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Emmy-winning investigative filmmaker who has worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan for over a decade (“Children of Taliban” and more) and SAJA member, calling from Karachi. Omar Waraich, Time correspondent in Islamabad.Mansoor Ijaz, former Fox analyst, calling from Geneva.

Topics they will discuss – they will be taking your questions, too:

The details of the US operation, including the reaction in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
What’s next for US military operations in AfPak?
And much more.

Call-in live via phone or computer and send in your questions via email: saja at columbia.edu or via Twitter: @sajaHQ – hashtag #sajaosama

Hosts:

Prof. Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) of Columbia Journalism School (@columbiajourn) and SAJA co-founder.
Ismat Mangla (@ismat), writer for Money magazine and SAJA Board member.
Annie Khan (@anniealikhan), Pakistani journalist at Columbia Journalism School.

‘Peas in Their Pods’ Hosts Lend a Hand in Case of Missing Teen Phylicia Barnes, Reports The Baltimore Sun

It’s an all-too-familiar story that, unfortunately, rarely gets the media attention it deserves: Every 40 seconds, a child is reported missing, and nearly 50 percent of them are African American.

But thanks to Gaétane Borders and Janice Lowery, communities throughout America have a broadcast outlet that focuses solely on helping the parents of those children bring them home safely.

Phylicia: Praying for her safe return.

Phylicia: Praying for her safe return.

As hosts of BlogTalkRadio’s Peas in Their Pods, Gaétane and Janice have been taking to the airwaves each week since November 2007 to disseminate and gather information on cases of missing kids of color, while also helping prevent child abuse.

Among their latest efforts has been bringing attention to the case of Phylicia Barnes, a 17-year-old honors student and track star from North Carolina who was in Baltimore visiting relatives when she suddenly disappeared on the afternoon of Dec. 28.

“Phylicia’s siblings—Deena, Kelly and Brian—spoke for nearly Continue reading

Media A-listers Keep ‘Mediaite’ Listeners Up to Date on Horrific BP Oil Spill

There’s no question that the Gulf Coast is in need of a gargantuan flushing as BP’s broken oil well continues to spew as many as 1.8 million gallons of crude a day into our environment.

But from the sound of things, such a clean-up won’t be happening anytime soon.

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Superstar spill coverage (l-r): Anderson, Brian, Kiran, Harry and Sam.

If it’s any consolation, however, BlogTalkRadio’s Mediaite—the companion radio show to leading media site Mediaite.com—has scored a royal flush on the news-update front.

Since last Wednesday, June 2, host Steve Krakauer has welcomed five of the biggest names in TV journalism, all of whom have weighed in live from the rapidly-blackening gulf waters:

NBC News anchor Brian Williams, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, CBS’ Early Show anchor Harry Smith, ABC Good Morning America weather editor Sam Champion, and CNN’s American Morning anchor Kiran Chetry.

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