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Uncertainty at WPRO

Could Rhode Island's talk radio firmament be poised for a shakeup?
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 09, 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

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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WPRO swaps two big personalities

Talk-radio listeners could be forgiven for wondering if WPRO sprung a bit too far forward this week when Buddy Cianci's show begun airing at 2 pm instead of the usual 10 am.
Spring Forward
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 19, 2010
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The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010

Clearing the air

Adam Reilly’s analysis of right-wing talk radio’s support of Scott Brown was nearly perfect.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 12, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 12, 2010


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Poor reception

The right loves to rant against the "liberal-media elite," but there's one key media sector where the conservative id reigns supreme: talk radio.
Talk radio helped energize Scott Brown's Senate campaign. Will it doom the Democrats in 2010?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 05, 2010

New in the Phoenix: After Brown, the Democrats' talk-radio challenge


In which I ask whether liberals can possibly avoid hundreds of Coakley-esque talk-radio drubbings this fall. Please take a look.
By Adam Reilly  |  February 04, 2010

Hail Mary pass?

Phillipe and Jorge noticed an interesting tidbit in the sports section of the New York Times recently.
Nothing says Super Bowl Sunday like an anti-abortion ad; Ripping Rush; and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 22, 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

A veteran TV reporter tries something new

Months after leaving ABC6, investigative reporter Jim Hummel was chatting about his future over lunch with public relations guru Dante Bellini. Plans to take up with WJAR's news team, long the ratings leader in the Providence market, had evaporated wit
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 16, 2009


Ask the black woman

I've lived in Maine for seven years and been writing for this fine publication for about five, and during that time I've covered a wide array of subjects on the issue of diversity in Maine.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 21, 2009
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Sarah Palin, Inc.

Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009

Living Colour, Michael Madsen, and Rhody's new media

The travails of the Providence Journal are the stuff of coffee house and talk radio chatter. And the troubles afflicting the local newscast fill the pages of this week's Phoenix .
Rhode Island has seen its share of media strife in recent years.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 26, 2009
WWJD? Or, predict Severin's back-to-broadcasting shtick!

WWJD? Or, predict Severin's back-to-broadcasting shtick!


  Like you, I'm eager to see how Jay Severin handles himself when he returns to the WTKK-...
By Adam Reilly  |  June 01, 2009

Panic attacks!!!

Would everyone please go running out of your house screaming in utter hysteria right now.
Overreacting in the USA. Plus, EDC = DOA, OK + RI, and a Rush to judgment
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 01, 2009


Giles is one tough cookie

Phillipe and Jorge could not be more pleased to hear that President Barack Obama has nominated Cynthia Giles, the director of Rhode Island's branch of the Conservation Law Founda-tion.
Plus economic outrage, the clueless Pope, and listening to 'The Angry Man'
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 25, 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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Star crossed

Rush Limbaugh, pink cheeked and increasingly porcine, has emerged as the de-facto head of the Republican Party.
Limbaugh's a celebrity, not a political player
By EDITORIAL  |  March 04, 2009

Wendy Murphy vs. free speech


--"That means, 'Shut up. Don't lie.'"That would be Wendy Murphy, co-host of WRKO's Finneran's Forum,...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 26, 2008
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Fair is foul

These are scary times for far-right conservatives.
What's the fuss over the Fairness Doctrine really about?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 12, 2008


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Divide and be conquered

Things do indeed look bad for their Grand Old Party. Actually, it's even worse than they think.
The GOP relied on talk radio to carry its water, but votes are worth more than ratings
By BY STEVEN STARK  |  November 12, 2008
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Rise of the political bogeyman

The Republicans appear headed to a second straight national pummeling, which will leave it marginalized in the federal government and an increasing number of state houses. Many party faithful are already noting the need for the GOP to move back toward t
Impotent on the issues, the GOP turns to scare tactics. Be afraid!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008

'RKO jettisons Hopkins, adds Ingraham


I speak of Reese Hopkins, who's out of his 10 am-noon slot effective tomorrow, and Laura Ingraham, the nationally syndicated yakker who'll take said time...
By Adam Reilly  |  October 16, 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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Buddy Cianci

Vincent Albert Cianci — called Buddy by friends and foes — is back.
A candid conversation
By JOE VILENO  |  September 24, 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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Why ‘fairness’ fails

Anyone who has ever sampled the auditory sewer that is right-wing talk radio can understand the impulse to reinstate the so-called “fairness doctrine.”
The excesses of right-wing talk radio have sparked a move to re-impose an equal-time doctrine. It’s a bad idea.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 25, 2007
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Air apparent

With any institution in flux, it’s easier to pinpoint when things fell apart than when they were put back together.
WBUR has done a 180 under Paul La Camera, thanks, in part to some serious-news hires
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 19, 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