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Conway, Jr, Producer Suspended from KFI Show Over Skit

Media Action Network for Asian Americans actively complained to station management over May 3rd skit

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Tim Conway, Jr, and his executive producer have been sidelined after a skit from earlier in the month with racial overtones that prompted complaint from the Asian-American community.

Conway and Serron Bellio were suspended by iHeartRadio after the Media Action Network for Asian Americans applied pressure to the owner of KFI.

The two issued apologies Friday tied to the May 3rd skit that lasted five minutes, with Conway interviewing Bello, who was impersonating longtime LA-market radio personality Vic “The Brick” Jacobs’ wife, Yuko Sakamoto. The bit included variations of “Hiya!” “Heeyah!” “Heeyo!” and Bello using a stereotypically-mocking Asian accent.

As Deadline reported, Sakamoto doesn’t speak with an accent.

“On May 3rd during our show, I did an impression in which I perpetuated stereotypes of Asian Americans, only adding to an already difficult time for many,” Bellio said. “I want to sincerely apologize for my actions that have offended and hurt listeners & anyone in the Asian American/Pacific Islander community. I am deeply sorry that my failed attempt at humor was insensitive and I feel horrible about that. My words tonight will never convey the shame that I’m feeling because of my actions and I just – I really want to apologize.”

Conway added, “We believe it’s important to take this time to recognize the issue of hate crimes against Asians that have significantly increased over the last few months. In fact, these crimes have doubled in the last month. And over the last year and a half, Asian Americans across this country including in our very own Southland communities, have endured despicable and sickening acts of hate & violence, fearing for their safety and the safety of their families.”

The two will be off the remainder of this week before returning to air on Tuesday, June 1st. Mark Thompson and Wayne Resnick are filling in for Conway this week.

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Mark Moss Hosting New Show Focusing on Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency

The show will air on the weekend and will be available via iHeartRadio podcast.

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National syndicator Premiere Networks is launching a show focused on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies.

The Mark Moss Show will be hosted by investor, strategist, and marketer Mark Moss. The show will air on the weekend and will be available via iHeartRadio podcast.

“We’re witnessing the most important technological revolution right now – it’s the greatest ‘asymmetric opportunity’ of our lifetime,” said Moss.

Bitcoin doesn’t work as a traditional online payment mechanism, but rather offers lower transaction fees to their customers, according to The European Business Review.

Cryptocurrencies are limited, which is why all these currencies keep increasing in value as there is less supply.

“But to take advantage of this opportunity, you need to have asymmetric information and you need to know what most others do not,” Moss said.

“Mark is uniquely qualified to inform and educate audiences on how to make smart investments, grow their money, understand the financial markets and prepare for the future,” said Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Networks. “He doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk. We look forward to sharing Mark’s knowledge and expertise with listeners every weekend!”

The program debuts this weekend. 

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KYW Newsradio Inducts Three New Members Into Its Hall of Fame

The Audacy-owned station announced former Director of News & Programming Steve Butler, longtime morning news anchor Harry Donahue, and longtime afternoon anchor Steve Nikazy as its newest members.

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Philadelphia’s iconic KYW Newsradio announced the induction of three members into its Hall of Fame Wednesday.

The Audacy-owned station announced former Director of News & Programming Steve Butler, longtime morning news anchor Harry Donahue, and longtime afternoon anchor Steve Nikazy as its newest members.

“It was an honor to help induct three new members of the @KYWNewsradio Hall of Fame, nominated and elected by our team,” tweeted program director and brand manager, Alex Silverman.

Butler spent decades leading KYW Newsradio before being replaced by Silverman in 2018.  He joined the station in 1979 as a news writer and reporter.

Donahue joined KYW Newsradio in 1974 as a freelance reporter and anchor. In 1979, he started a 35-year run as KYW’s morning drive news and sports anchor.

Steve Nikazy spent 29 years behind the mic at KYW. Nikazy was on the air during historic events such as the Persian Gulf War, the John Heinz plane crash, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the 9/11 attacks.

“These three inductees dedicated their long, storied careers to informing the Philadelphia region,” said David Yadgaroff, Audacy Philadelphia Senior Vice President & Market Manager. “They helped build the legacy of KYW Newsradio into what it is today and are incredibly deserving of this honor.” 

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New Jersey 101.5 to Hold Town Hall Addressing Youth Suicide

The program’s on-air panel will feature mental health experts, teen suicide advocates, and Roselin Duenas, a youth suicide survivor, and advocate for New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community.

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New Jersey 101.5 is hosting a town hall Thursday that will focus on youth suicide. According to the station, the number of kids taking their own lives is on the rise across the Garden State. 

“The alarming statistic is the sharp increase in suicide among kids as young as 10,” said Eric Scott, who leads the station’s news and digital departments.

September is also National Suicide Prevention Month. Its goal is to bring awareness that suicide is largely preventable when people seek and receive help.

“Our goal is to remove the stigma surrounding those struggling with thoughts of suicide and connect them with the help they need,” Scott said. 

The program’s on-air panel will feature mental health experts, teen suicide advocates, and Roselin Duenas, a youth suicide survivor, and advocate for New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community.

The town hall will be streamed on the station’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, and via the New Jersey 101.5 app.

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