America's Morning News Airs 9/11 Repeats From 2011, 2012
September 11, 2013 at 4:51 AM (PT)
TALK RADIO NETWORK's AMERICA'S MORNING NEWS on WEDNESDAY morning appeared to be an edited version using material from the SEPTEMBER 12th, 2011 and SEPTEMBER 11th, 2012 shows with coverage of the tenth and eleventh anniversaries of the 9/11 attacks.
The show, anchored by now-departed anchors JOHN MCCASLIN, who left the show TUESDAY morning, and DANA MILLS, who was let go in AUGUST, referred to speeches by President OBAMA and VP BIDEN and a performance at the NEW YORK memorial by PAUL SIMON that all took place two years ago, and some references to the tenth and eleventh anniversaries, the then-current unveiling of the GROUND ZERO memorial, and newsmakers' appearances on the SUNDAY morning television news shows the day before in 2011 slipped past the editor.
MCCASLIN provided ALL ACCESS with a statement reading, "The 150 AMERICA'S MORNING NEWS (AMN) affiliates obviously noticed a huge void in our broadcast with the untimely departure in AUGUST of my extremely talented (read highly-informed) co-anchor DANA MILLS, sadly due to budgetary cuts of the TALK RADIO NETWORK (TRN). In recent days, more drastic cuts suddenly hit our sister WASHINGTON-based AMERICA'S RADIO NEWS (ARN) Network, to the extent that TRN 'suspended' all of ARN's operations last FRIDAY.
"To clarify the unfortunate events of early TUESDAY morning, I arrived in our studios only to learn that AMN's lead producer, board-op, and my essential wingman PHIL NEWMARK had resigned from TRN late MONDAY night. PHIL is the best in the business, was an integral part of the AMN broadcast, and now another casualty of what is ailing TRN. For these reasons, and back-pay issues still playing out that involve the ARN anchors, producers, and board-ops who've lost their jobs here in WASHINGTON, I cannot in good conscience continue to anchor AMN. Our listeners deserve better."
As ALL ACCESS reported YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 9/10), the show went into repeats of its first hour on TUESDAY after MCCASLIN left and LORI LUNDIN finished the hour solo. No references were heard on WEDNESDAY's show, monitored by ALL ACCESS on affiliate CRAWFORD Talk KLZ-A (THE SOURCE 560)/DENVER, to it being a repeat. ANDREA TANTAROS and RUSTY HUMPHRIES' shows aired as usual TUESDAY, but JERRY DOYLE remained off the air with guest hosts filling in.