The Progressive: Follow the Funny: Speaking Jokes to Power

In the Watergate movie All the President’s Men, informant “Deep Throat” advises investigative reporters to “follow the money.” But as contemporary scandals ensnare the White House, another insider might counsel: “Follow the funny.”

“Comedians can say things journalists can’t say now,” says Palestinian American comic Dean Obeidallah. “They cut right to the chase, tell you what’s going on—and make you laugh about it.”

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Washington Monthly Article on Michael Smerconish

On April 2, the Supreme Court threw out a thirty-eight-year-old provision of campaign finance law, clearing the way for individuals to make an unlimited number of political donations. Depending on which partisan broadcast outlet you get your news from, the McCutcheon v. FEC decision either rescued the First Amendment from the suffocating vice grip of… Continue Reading

Michael Smerconish Joins CNN

Michael Smerconish will join CNN as host of a new weekly program that will air live on Saturday mornings from New York, it was announced today by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.  Smerconish will also provide analysis and opinion on CNN programming throughout the week.  He joins the network this month. “We are thrilled to… Continue Reading

WYD’s Ron Hartenbaum and Michael Smerconish in Talkers

WYD’s Ron Hartenbaum and Michael Smerconish in Talkers. The quotes are below and the full article can be seen here Slightly right-of-center Michael Smerconish of WYD Media (who has interviewed President Obama seven times) tells TALKERS, “You can’t help but look at the post-election breakdown of the demographic shift in the nation and how it… Continue Reading

Ron Hartenbaum Returns to Music Radio Syndication with Young CHR Phenom, Zach Sang

By Mike Kinosian Managing Editor and West Coast Bureau Chief RadioInfo Stunning credentials Very few executives in the spoken-word arena have the cache, success, and stunning credentials of WYD Media Management honcho Ron Hartenbaum. MediaAmerica’s founding partner and the senior executive for Jones Radio Networks guides daily talk programs hosted by, among others, talk stalwarts… Continue Reading

Ron Hartenbaum and Liz Laud Expand, Merge with Debbie Greenbaum’s DG Media.

It was announced yesterday that broadcasting executive Debbie Greenbaum is joining WYM Media Management LLC as co-founder, managing partner with radio impresario Ron Hartenbaumand Liz Laud. Greenbaum’s business, DG Media will merge into WYM as part of its strategic business expansion into providing what is being described by the trio as “the most comprehensive affiliate sales and marketing for all radio formats.” Hartenbaum,… Continue Reading

Stephanie Miller’s “Sexy Liberal” Tour to Play Big Apple.

Only nine days before the election, talk radio and Current TV star Stephanie Miller‘s “Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour” wraps up its 2012 season with what its producers describe as its biggest show ever. The seemingly unstoppable traveling road show — considered by industry observers as a model example of how to bring a talk radio personality to a… Continue Reading

Zach Sang Launching Syndicated Nights Show

Multi-media artist ZACH SANG is partnering with WYD MEDIA (WYD) and DIAL GLOBAL on the debut of ZACH SANG and The Gang, a new Top 40 program for 12-34s airing weeknights from 7p-midnight from the CBS BROADCAST CENTER in MANHATTAN. The show will feature trending pop culture, the latest Top 40 hits and edgy on-air… Continue Reading

Zach and The Gang Set to Transform Nighttime Radio Nationwide

Zach Sang, Multi-Media Personality and Pop Culture Guru Brings Zach Sang & The Gang to Terrestrial Radio – LIVE “Watch out, Ryan Seacrest (and Howard Stern?) Zach Sang is coming for you” AdWeek 6/25/12 New York, NY) – On Monday, August 13, 2012, multi-media phenomenon Zach Sang, in partnership with WYD Media (WYD) and national advertising sales… Continue Reading

Dial Global’s Michael Smerconish Partners with Ron Hartenbaum

For immediate release Contact: Dial Global 202.546.7440 Dial Global’s Michael Smerconish Partners with Ron Hartenbaum Dial Global’s Michael Smerconish has renewed his contract with Dial Global and will now be produced by Ron Hartenbaum. “We’re entering the most fascinating election cycle ever”, says Michael. “And yet, despite the intense media coverage, there remains a void… Continue Reading