94 HJY Radio Personality Kevin Mulhern Writes Children’s Book
Friday, February 27, 2015
Kevin Mulhern, producer and on-air talent of The Paul and Al Show on 94 HJY, has published his first children's picture book, "Cody the Cloud." The book is about a cloud, Cody, who can't make it rain, and a boy who tries to encourage him to realize his inner gifts. The book is geared toward children ages 3-8, and is about to enter its second printing following its release this past January.
Mulhern says, "The message of the book is an uplifting, positive one about believing in oneself, the importance of treating others with tolerance, compassion and respect and not bullying others, and the power of friendship and love to literally transform the world."
A portion of all proceeds from any book purchased on the book's official website, CodyTheCloud.com, is going toward various local charities to help children in need, including Hasbro Children's Hospital, Special Olympics Rhode Island, the San Miguel School in Providence for under-privileged youth, and anti-bullying groups, among others.
Mulhern has had experience writing for television for such comedic actors as Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, and the late Phil Hartman, among others. He was also an award-wining newspaper editor and journalist and columnist for magazines. Prior to that, he was a youth counselor for behaviorally-challenged children at Harmony Hill School in Chepachet, a volunteer mentor at the San Miguel School in Providence, a volunteer tutor at Crossroads Rhode Island to assist homeless teens and adults earn their GED's, and a Religious Education instructor at St. Philips School in Greenville.
He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and son Liam in Rhode Island.
"Cody the Cloud" is currently being sold at select Rhode Island bookstores.
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Arbitron Ratings Scandal
In 2008, radio host John DePetro found himself in the midst of a ratings controversy. The Boston Herald reported,
The briefly stellar ratings of controversy-dogged-talkmeister John DePetro’s Providence radio show tanked yesterday after a whiff of scandal forced Arbitron to reissue its spring survey of listener-dial habits.
DePetro was fired from Boston radio station WRKO in 2006 for calling then-gubernatorial Rainbow Party candidate Grace Ross a "fat lesbian."
The Providence Journal's Mike Stanton reported on an altercation in 2009 between DePetro and radio host Ron St. Pierre.
DePetro said he was hit -- and scratched -- in the eye with a balled up paper with a staple thrown at him by St. Pierre.
Buddy's Return - to Radio
After five years in prison for racketeering conspiracy from 2002 to 2007, former Mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci returned to the public eye with a radio show on WPRO.
While controversial, Cianci's continued popularity has people wondering if Buddy might just make another run for Mayor in 2014.
Chafee's Talk Radio Ban
Upon taking office in 2011, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee announced that he would not appear on talk radio shows and barred state employees in agencies and departments that report to him from doing the same during work hours.
Governor Chafee is among the elected officials who have signed the "For Our Daughters" pledge.
Dennis and Callahan
WEEI sports radio hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were suspended in 2003 when they referred to an escaped gorilla as a "Metco gorilla" waiting for a bus to Lexington -- with Metco being bus program that buses inner-city students to suburban schools.
Boston's http://www.wcvb.com/Radio-Station-Gorilla-Remarks-Spur-Advertiser-Concerns/-/9849586/11281756/-/5lg3o9z/-/index.html#ixzz2nbPAwzd2" target="_blank">WCVB reported that advertisers Dunkin' Donuts and Blue Cross pulled back station support in light of the incident.
WTKK's Jay Severin was fired for making comments about sleeping with female employees over the years.
Radio Ink reported on Greater Media's reaction to the incident.
"Greater Media today ended its relationship with Jay Severin. Our company has always encouraged a free and open dialogue on a variety of issues and topics, and we will continue to be guided by that principle. But we also demand that our on-air talent maintain an appropriate level of civility, and adhere to a standard that respects our listeners and the public at large.
Imus' Racial Remarks
in 2007, nationally syndicated talk show host Don Imus called Rutgers women's basketball players "nappy-headed hos." Imus was suspended -- then fired -- by CBS Radio.
Five years later, Imus was back on the national radio circuit, as reported by New Jersey.com
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is no stranger to controversy; his latest remarks prompted the Democratic National Committee to call on Republican leaders to boycott the Daily Caller, which defended Limbaugh's remarks in an article entitled, "Liberals want to stop men from checking out women."
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