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Uncertainty at WPRO

Could Rhode Island's talk radio firmament be poised for a shakeup?
On the Air
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 09, 2011
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Bob's Karma: A little more red meat

What has befallen Republican State Representative Bob Watson — arrested for driving under the influence and caught with marijuana in his car — is not all that surprising to me.
Woe is Watson; the Chi Chi cha-cha; getting warmed up in East Providence
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 29, 2011
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Chafee’s talk radio ban

Governor Lincoln Chafee's announcement this week that his administration would forsake talk radio sparked all manner of outrage.
On the Air
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 14, 2011
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Thanks for nothing: Rhode Island Turkeys 2010

Thanksgiving has arrived. And you know what that means: dinner with your boorish uncle, the disturbing quiver of canned cranberry sauce, and the Phoenix 's second annual list of Rhode Island turkeys — people and institutions who committed crimes again
In our second annual list of Rhode Island Turkeys, the Phoenix fingers 12 people and institutions who committed crimes against the state
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 26, 2010
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The journalist makes news; don't buy it; two fond farewells

"ri monthly has a story coming out where I am listed as one of the top 10 most powerful in ri. If they try to f*** me, I will kill them." Who said that? John DePetro, WPRO's morning talk show weasel.
Pop goes the weasel
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 19, 2010
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R.I.P., Ben Mondor (1925-2010)

Flags at half-mast at Casa Diablo and black mourning mantillas over Phillipe and Jorge’s heads on learning of the death of Ben Mondor Sunday at his home in Warwick Neck at age 85.
The beloved Mr. Mondor; Environmental blinders; Volume control; Insane Clown Posse
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 08, 2010


A media market splintered

The fragmentation of the local media market, long predicted, is finally a reality.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 07, 2010
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Can the Rhode Island tea party brew a revolution?

The Rhode Island Tea Party, local wing of the national uprising against all things Obama, has some reason for hope.
 The movement strives to be a coherent force for change. But is it just blowing steam?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 23, 2009

Losing a Brown basketball legend

On the sadness front, while P+J missed our chance to say the sporting old boys hereabouts were grieved to learn of the passing of former Brown basketball star Eddie Morris on March 5.
Plus a mad money man, off-color comics, and a Laffey-Chafee gaffe
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 11, 2009
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Gov. Darwin’s excellent misadventure

Welcome to Casa Diablo, Alaska Governess Sarah Palin. Oh, and, wait for it . . . she doesn’t believe in evolution. Jackpot!
Palin may rally the right, but she doesn’t make the cut
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 03, 2008
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The Quiet Power of Jack Reed

As he closes out his second six-year term in the Senate, perhaps the most elite club in politics, Reed is the subject of ongoing speculation about his future.
Without seeking the spotlight, the senator and his star continue to rise
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 13, 2008


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Cicilline: A go or no for governor?

Call it a case of art imitating life.
His rough patch shows how the mayor’s office remains a tricky launching pad
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 09, 2008
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Why RI Republicans fail

Providence Journal op-ed columnist Edward Achorn has made repeated reference to the apparent “learned helplessness” of Rhode Islanders.
Quick to blame Democrats, the local GOP can’t seem to find candidates or a long-term plan of its own
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 14, 2007
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Buddymania!

Buddy Cianci was already making the media wait.
A Rhode Island icon sails back into the limelight  
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 02, 2007
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Getaway Carr

Howie Carr’s jump from WRKO-AM to WTKK-FM isn’t a done deal just yet.
Why WRKO should cut Howie loose. Plus, journalism’s unsolvable PR conundrum
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 11, 2007
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What’s next for Steve Laffey?

Can you imagine Steve Laffey — a tireless self-promoter and all-around media hog — not returning a phone call from a reporter?
With a forthcoming book about his senatorial campaign, he looms as a prospective gubernatorial candidate in 2010
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 31, 2007


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The WRKO shuffle

No Boston media institution is more unstable these days than WRKO Radio.
Sizing up the station’s extreme makeover
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 24, 2007
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Talk show titan

The topic of the day is President George W. Bush’s nationally televised speech about increasing the number of troops in Iraq — and Dan Yorke isn’t particularly pleased.
WPRO’S Dan Yorke is making waves in Rhode Island — and Cianci may be his new buddy
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 17, 2007
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The Year of living strangely

So let’s see if we have this straight.
A year in media
By JOHN CARROLL  |  December 20, 2006
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Violet’s rude ouster is a loss for RI

Considering Arlene Violet’s 16-year run on talk-radio in Rhode Island, not to mention her unmistakable local accent, the way in which WHJJ (920 AM) abruptly jettisoned her last week came as an unpleasant surprise.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  December 13, 2006
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What now?

The national political news is good for a change.
Republican defeats are just the first step in turning the nation around. Plus, the constitutional imperative of gay marriage.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 09, 2006


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Republican radio

If you’re a political liberal — or just someone who has a sense of fair play — listening to two straight days of talk on WRKO-AM isn’t easy.
Two days with WRKO-AM, the unofficial broadcast arm of Kerry Healey’s campaign for governor
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 30, 2006
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Mitt's Katrina

It seems callous to talk about the political implications of Milena Del Valle’s death Monday night, which came when she was crushed by a three-ton chunk of ceiling inside a Big Dig tunnel. The fallout: Monday's Big Dig collapse won't just affect Romne
Could the Big Dig collapse doom Romney's presidential dreams?
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 14, 2006
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Going creative for Steve

Your superior correspondents generally have no use for Steve “Laugh at Me” Laffey, Republican candidate for the US Senate.
Not negative? Don’t make us Laffey  
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  June 28, 2006

Scott MacKay, superstar

You can take it from these longtime observers of the Providence Newspaper Guild’s annual Follies: Scott MacKay’s performance as co-emcee stole the show this year.
The Providence Newspaper Guild Follies hits the high notes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 18, 2006
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Let it bleed

The horrific New York murder of 24-year-old Imette St. Guillen pitted the city’s two major dailies against each other in ways that reflect the strengths and weaknesses, as well as the editorial philosophies, of the two rivals.
When a pretty Boston woman is murdered in New York, the Boston dailies go to war
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 22, 2006


Stepping in it

You’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie.
Brown shows how not to build one’s war chest
By  |  March 08, 2006
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Yahoo!’s one-man news army

Everyone’s heard of garage rock.
Plus, sizing up ABC’s new anchors, gutsy changes at RKO, and reporters turn into government investigators
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 26, 2006