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Entercom Acquires Podcorn For $22.5 Mln – Quick Facts

Donald Trump Jr.’s Attempt To Stay Relevant With Meghan Markle Commentary Backfires

Donald Trump Jr. declared he “actually couldn’t care less” about the fallout from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s much-talked-about interview with Oprah Winfrey.

But ex-President Donald Trump’s son then delivered an almost-eight-minute diatribe against the Duchess of Sussex, leaving many people on Twitter asking why he was bothering given his purported non-interest.

In the latest hot take video that Trump Jr. shared to Rumble this week, the businessman admitted he’d not even watched the lengthy sit-down chat because it’s “not worth the time.”

Instead, he’d gleaned all his information from Twitter, he said.

“Are we really pretending that she’s a victim of all of this? Has she ever met a camera that she probably didn’t love? Are we really pretending that? I actually feel bad for Harry. He’s like a guy in a hostage video,” Trump Jr. added.

“You’re gonna wanna watch this,” he captioned the clip on Twitter.

Critics doubted it:

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GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Anti-Pelosi Ad Ends With A Chilling Sound Effect

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) faced backlash this week for releasing an ad attacking Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that ended with a gunshot sound.

In the spot, the QAnon-endorsing freshman lawmaker called on Pelosi to “tear down” the security fence that was put up around the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection, when a violent mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters overran the Capitol building.

“It’s time to cut the crap and remember, this is the people’s house,” Boebert bombastically declared.

The video concluded with audio of a gunshot. The weapon was then heard being reloaded and fired again.

In light of the riot, critics demanded to know why gun-rights activist Boebert had decided to end the video in that provocative way:

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The 30 most intriguing players for the 2021 MLB season

One of the most common complaints from MLB players about the unusual 2020 season was the way it disrupted their timing. It had the same effect on me.

As a result, my favorite column to write every September – identifying the most intriguing player on each of the 30 teams for the upcoming season – fell by the wayside. But as the players well know, it’s important to be able to adapt to the new reality and move forward.

As it turns out, early in spring training is a great time to identify those intriguing players, so better late than never, here they are.

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Baltimore: 1B-OF Trey Mancini. He’s cancer-free a year after having a malignant tumor removed from his colon. Now, can he come close to repeating his 35 homers and 97 RBI from 2019?

Boston: SP Nathan Eovaldi. We know he throws hard (average fastball 97.8 mph, third highest among starters in 2020), and his strikeout rate has risen in each of the past three seasons.

Chicago: 3B Yoan Moncada. Write off last year’s poor numbers (.225/.320/.385, zero stolen base attempts) due to COVID-19 fatigue that never went away.

Gold Eases On Strong Dollar

Gold drifted lower on Wednesday after posting its biggest jump in two months in the previous session. The dollar strengthened and yields rose ahead of auctions, eroding the precious metal’s appeal.

Spot gold slipped 0.1 percent to $1,714.81 per ounce, after having climbed more than 2 percent on Tuesday. U.S. gold futures were down 0.2 percent at $1,712.75.

Investors look to U.S. inflation data and a critical 10-year bond auction for further direction.

The European Central Bank meets on Thursday, with most economists expecting the central bank to step up its asset purchase pace to counter rise bond yields.

Rising bond yields make holding gold less attractive for investors.

On the stimulus front, market participants await the final vote on U.S. President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan expected later today.

The stimulus plan provides direct payments of up to $1,400 for most Americans and extends emergency unemployment benefits that help to support consumer spending.

Entercom Acquires Podcorn For $22.5 Mln – Quick Facts

Entercom Communications Corp. (ETM), home to premium podcast companies Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios, announced Wednesday the acquisition of Podcorn, the largest self-service marketplace that connects podcasters with advertisers for native sponsorships.

The transaction values Podcorn at $22.5 million, with an upfront cash payment of $14.6 million and a performance-based earnout over the next 3 years.

Podcorn’s marketplace includes nearly 40,000 creators and has facilitated thousands of podcast ad campaigns.
The acquisition of Podcorn expands Entercom’s product offering for advertisers and builds on its position as one of the country’s three largest podcast publishers and the top creator of original, premium audio content.

Podcorn was founded by Agnes Kozera and David Kierzkowski following the successful acquisition by Google of their previous company FameBit. Kozera and Kierzkowski will continue to lead Podcorn, joining Entercom’s leadership team.

Podcorn’s marketplace of niche creators will complement Entercom’s existing critically-acclaimed roster of the largest and most influential podcasts, while helping it identify talented new creators. There are now more than 2.5 million podcasts, 60% of which were created in the past two years.