March 31, 2006 |
Oday Kareem knew he had made it in the new Iraq when cabdrivers began refusing to collect his fare. "One day I took a taxi with my wife to go to Baghdad," said Kareem, a radio talk-show host who uses the on-air name Saif. Recognizing Kareem's soft but assured voice, the cabdriver shouted, "You are Saif!" Because in the new Iraq, just as in the old, it can be dangerous to be too well-known, Kareem denied it. But the star-struck cabby persisted: "You are Saif. I know it."
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March 28, 2006 |
He's one of the hottest Spanish-language radio personalities in the nation. So when Los Angeles deejay Eddie Sotelo joined hands with his radio rivals to urge listeners to turn out for a pro-immigrant rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, organizers hoped for a big turnout. But many said Monday that they were stunned by how many responded to the call to march against federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants and penalize those who assist them.
November 11, 2005 |
The USC Trojans are on top of the college football world, and the team's radio play-by-play announcer, Pete Arbogast, feels like he is too. He has the job he always dreamed of having. "I've never wanted to do anything else," he said. This is Arbogast's second stint with the Trojans. He was their voice from 1989 to 1994, then returned in 2001 when 1540 became the flagship station.
August 7, 2005 |
Ira Glass was talking a blue streak, sipping takeout soup with a plastic spoon, bent over himself in a chair on a dog day afternoon in a Manhattan editing studio, explaining how fans of his Chicago-based public radio program, "This American Life," react when they find out he's attempting to cross over to television. "They go, 'Ohhh ...' -- like, 'Please, don't,' " he said in the unradiolike voice that is his trademark.
December 24, 2004 |
As the Pittsburgh Steelers troop into a hotel lobby the night before a game, scores of black- and gold-wearing fans huddle anxiously, waiting for their favorite star. Player upon player goes by, yet he still hasn't shown up, and the crowd is growing nervous. Finally, amid a sea of mountainous men who tower over him by at least six inches, a septuagenarian man appears to a frenzied response: "Myron! Over here! Sign my Terrible Towel! Myron, give me a hug!"
May 22, 2004 |
The abrupt resignations of three popular radio talk-show hosts in recent weeks amid accusations of political intimidation have alarmed human rights activists, who view the incidents as part of a broader mood of intolerance in this former British colony.
May 14, 2004 |
Two outspoken Hong Kong radio talk-show hosts critical of the territory's pro-Beijing leaders have gone off the air within 10 days of each other, raising fears that freedom of speech is at risk. On Raymond Wong's radio program, a guest host read a statement that said Wong was "physically and mentally tired." It did not say when he would return to the air. Albert Cheng left his phone-in radio show last week.
October 4, 2003 |
Conservative talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh returned to America's airwaves Friday, shedding no light on the drug investigation involving him in Florida but asking his millions of proverbially loyal listeners to keep their faith in him. "I don't want to respond to what's in the press," Limbaugh said on his nationally syndicated radio show. "I'm not going to even characterize it yet. Just trust me on this.
October 3, 2003 |
The co-host of a radio sports show was suspended Thursday for two days without pay for on-air comments comparing a zoo's escaped gorilla to inner-city students who use a voluntary busing program known as Metco. John Dennis of WEEI-AM apologized to listeners Wednesday for the remark he made two days earlier after seeing a newspaper photograph of the gorilla standing by a bus stop. He said the animal was "probably a Metco gorilla waiting for a bus."
September 26, 2003 |
A high-profile national broadcaster, under fire for using racist epithets to describe U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was forced off the air by a bomb threat. Police evacuated the Auckland radio studio of NewstalkZB 15 minutes before Paul Holmes' breakfast news and talk show was to end. Holmes apologized after his Wednesday comments and insisted he was not a racist. "I should not have said what I did. It was tongue-in-cheek.