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Uncertainty at WPRO

On the Air
Could Rhode Island's talk radio firmament be poised for a shakeup?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 07, 2011
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Bob's Karma: A little more red meat

Woe is Watson; the Chi Chi cha-cha; getting warmed up in East Providence
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.
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 27, 2011
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Chafee’s talk radio ban

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Governor Lincoln Chafee's announcement this week that his administration would forsake talk radio sparked all manner of outrage.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 12, 2011
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Thanks for nothing: Rhode Island Turkeys 2010

In our second annual list of Rhode Island Turkeys, the Phoenix fingers 12 people and institutions who committed crimes against the state
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 against the state in the past year.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 22, 2011
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The journalist makes news; don't buy it; two fond farewells

Pop goes the weasel
"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.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 17, 2010
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R.I.P., Ben Mondor (1925-2010)

The beloved Mr. Mondor; Environmental blinders; Volume control; Insane Clown Posse
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.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 07, 2010

A media market splintered

Online
The fragmentation of the local media market, long predicted, is finally a reality.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 05, 2010
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Can the Rhode Island tea party brew a revolution?

 The movement strives to be a coherent force for change. But is it just blowing steam?
The Rhode Island Tea Party, local wing of the national uprising against all things Obama, has some reason for hope.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 21, 2009

Losing a Brown basketball legend

Plus a mad money man, off-color comics, and a Laffey-Chafee gaffe
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.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 11, 2009
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Gov. Darwin’s excellent misadventure

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

Without seeking the spotlight, the senator and his star continue to rise
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.
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 13, 2008
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Cicilline: A go or no for governor?

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

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

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

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

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

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

WPRO’S Dan Yorke is making waves in Rhode Island — and Cianci may be his new buddy
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.
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 17, 2007
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The Year of living strangely

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

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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.
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 13, 2006
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What now?

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

Two days with WRKO-AM, the unofficial broadcast arm of Kerry Healey’s campaign for governor
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.
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 30, 2006
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Mitt's Katrina

Could the Big Dig collapse doom Romney's presidential dreams?
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 Romney's national ambitions. By Adam Reilly
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 14, 2006
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Going creative for Steve

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

Scott MacKay, superstar

The Providence Newspaper Guild Follies hits the high notes
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.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 18, 2006
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Let it bleed

When a pretty Boston woman is murdered in New York, the Boston dailies go to war
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.
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 22, 2006

Stepping in it

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

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

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