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Cumulus Media Dropping Sean Hannity And Rush Limbaugh

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Cumulus Media, the nation's second-largest owner and operator of AM and FM radio stations, will not be renewing the contracts of hyper-conservative pundits Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. According to Politico, the decision comes after a breakdown of negotiations between Cumulus and Clear Channel "over the cost of the distribution rights," and supposedly has nothing to do with any comment made by either of the hosts. While this is not the first time that Cumulus and Clear Channel have had disagreements, Politico'c source, who was apparently close to the negotiations and who declined to be identified, told the news publication that "Cumulus is known to drive a hard bargain on costs, and Clear Channel is known to seek top dollar for big names...Clear Channel was unlikely to reduce the cost for distribution rights to a level that would satisfy Cumulus." As of this morning, neither company has issued a comment.

Sean hannityAccording to industry insiders, however, Cumulus has already started reaching out to other conservative personalities to potentially fill these upcoming vacancies. Others predict that Cumulus will likely use one of their existing talents to fill such slots, such as Mike Huckabee, Mark Levin, or Michael Savage, Meanwhile, Hannity and Limbaugh will likely migrate over to Premiere. It is not yet clear if either host will suffer from decreased syndication as a result. 

Limbaugh and Cumulus were already at odds earlier this year, when Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey blamed Limbaugh's tasteless comments about Sandra Fluke for their "$2.4 million first-quarter decline in revenue related to talk programming." Neither host has issued any sort of comment about their negotiations with Cumulus since then. 


Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee: 'I am Not Gay' - AUDIO

Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee sought to clear up speculation surround his arrest last week for allegedly soliciting an undercover police officer posting as a prostitute, MTV reports:

MrceeThe legendary turntablist, who broke some of rap’s biggest acts, including the Notorious B.I.G., took to the airwaves Monday to tell listeners his side of the story concerning his arrest last week after allegedly soliciting an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute.

Numerous outlets reported that the solicited prostitute was male, so the disc jockey, born Calvin Lebrun, directly refuted those claims on air.

“I am not gay,” Mister Cee told program director Ebro Darden on the station’s morning show. "They tried to turn it around and say the female officer was a male officer. It was a sting operation.” ...

Despite the former Big Daddy Kane DJ’s adamant claims that the officer was female, rumors abound that this incident, combined with 2011’s charge of engaging a male prostitute named “Brook-Lyne,” proves that when it comes to sex, he prefers the company of men.

"Let's say if I'm lying, that's my choice," Cee said. "If I'm lying and I chose not to come out, that's my choice."

Listen to his appearance on Hot 97 this morning, AFTER THE JUMP...

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D.C. Radio Hosts Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin Spew Disgusting Transphobic Rant: AUDIO

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An inexcusable exchange between 980am ESPN radio shosts Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin has folks calling for their suspension, and rightly so.

LudwigThe hosts unleashed a transphobic rant last Thursday about trans college basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig, Outsports reports:

They said transgender people should not be allowed to play sports. ”Whatever you’ve got to do to scratch that inner itch and quell those inner demons, that’s fine. But don’t go playing sports then. And don’t go playing sports saying, ‘but I’ve go the rights of everyone else.’”

They make fun of Ludwig’s appearance, including her biceps and tattoos. Clearly reacting to photographs, they expressed deep-seeded disgust at her appearance. “That could be a Russian chick,” they said as they cackled.

They referred to her as “he/she” and as “it.” “I think ‘it’ is the politically correct term.”

Listen to the rant, AFTER THE JUMP...

The hosts reportedly made a 10-second non-apology for their language.

Writes Outsports: "These men are a disgrace to their profession, and they should be suspended without pay."

The NCLR's Helen Carroll released a statement:

The horrific comments by ESPN’s Radio’s Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin show a level of disrespect and harmful rhetoric that is inexcusable.  They called Gabrielle Ludwig, transgender  California Community College student-athlete, “it”.  This and their entire transphobic rant shows a level of ignorance and just plain ‘meanness’ that I try to stay away from.  Unfortunately, the many transgender sports participants I have had the privilege to work with, are not shielded from hateful people such as Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin.  I would think that a sports network that espouses respect for LGBT people will see the harm that is occurring with this rant, be forthcoming with an apology and take immediate action against these two so-called sports radio professionals.

Contact information for the station is located HERE.

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'Shattered' Australian DJs Break Silence Over Deadly Kate Middleton Prank Call: VIDEO

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Last week I posted about the prank call made by two Australian radio DJs to Kate Middleton at the hospital where she was staying while enduring morning sickness. Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who connected the DJs to another nurse who released private information after being duped into thinking she was speaking with Prince Charles and The Queen, subsequently committed suicide.

The DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian took themselves off the air last week, and gave their first interview about the tragedy to Australia's Current Affair.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Radio DJ Aaron Rogers Comes Out as Gay on the Air: VIDEO

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Nothing like a good coming out on National Coming Out Day!

Aaron Rogers, a radio DJ at Madison, Wisconsin's Z-104 told his listeners yesterday that he would now be living his life as an openly gay man.

Said Rogers to his listeners:

"For anyone listening right now, know that you are not alone and that it's okay to feel the way that you do. Life is very short. Know that  you are loved, appreciated, and respected by more people than you realize. It really does get better, and you have my support always."

Watch his coming out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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14-Year-Old Radio Host Condemns 'Sickening, Homosexual 'Perversion', Says Obama is Making Kids Gay: VIDEO

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Caiden Cowger, a teen talk show host in West Virginia who has obviously paid a lot of attention to Bryan Fischer is getting attention for a new video in which he rants against the "perversion" of homosexuality and says that Obama is encouraging kids to decide to be gay.

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Says Cowger:

"I see younger people that is turning out to be homosexuals...we've got about 30 teenagers in this county that I'm at that are homosexuals and it is sickening...I knew these teenagers when they were in elementary school...they were not homosexuals. They just decided all of a sudden - I think I'm going to be gay. Why they are becoming homosexuals is because they are being encouraged...President Obama. It's all right, it's okay you were born that way."

The New Civil Rights Movement notes that Cowger has already been noticed by a few conservative Republicans:

Cowger has written a book, Being A Young Conservative, which has notes of support from Rudy Giuliani and Glenn Beck’s chief of staff. Cowger’s radio show is on Facebook, and he has a website for his radio show. Cowger has become so famous he has interviewed Herman Cain, and West Virginia candidate for the U.S. Senate John Raise, adding that he “spoke at the Annual Harrison County Lincoln Day Dinner. He spoke following Senate Candidate John Raese, with Candidate for Governor Bill Maloney, and Candidate for Congress David McKinley.”

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