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Ryan’s Blog: Ticketmaster Working To Verify Vaccination Status

With a COVID vaccine making progress, the concert industry is preparing for a potential return of live events in coming months.

Ticketmaster just announced in order for fans to attend concerts in the future they may have to provide proof of a negative COVID test.

Billboard reports the plan would involve the Ticketmaster app in partnership with medical information firms.

Fans would be required to either verify through the app that they had been vaccinated or prove they tested negative for the virus within 72 hours prior to the event.

“If other safety procedures were in place like making sure within the environment, they had the separation of chairs and like they do, 6 feet I think that would be more appropriate,” said Kara Mann, a Toluca Lake resident and avid concert attender.

Ticketmaster said fans should not worry about their personal health information being permanently stored or shared.




Ryan’s Blog: People Ditching Fox News For Newsmax

There is an aggressive movement by some television viewers to leave Fox News and head to Newsmax TV. Nielsen data confirmed this trend by showing the number of viewers across all dayparts is up significantly.

During a three-day period, last week, Newsmax TV led Fox Business and CNBC in all key day parts. Newsmax peaked with 326,000 viewers from 4p-8p. The station is now carried in 70 million homes nationwide.

The company also saw over a half million downloads to the free Newsmax TV APP, and earlier Tuesday hit the top 3 position in rankings for downloads on iPhone. In addition, Newsmax is seeing a surge in traffic on devices like Roku, YouTube, and Xumo.

Newsmax was started by former reporter Christopher Ruddy who used a $25,000 investment to start the organization. The company also says traffic on its website,, is up significantly.

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Ryan serves as the Co-Host on the Morning News Express at WFMD. He started in radio when he was just 17 years old, doing sports and news for his high school radio station. Ryan spent several years at WFMD in Frederick, Maryland before moving to New York, where he worked at WBEN in Buffalo. In 2016, while working at WIBW-AM in Topeka Kansas, Hedrick earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting. Hedrick grew up in Southern California where he attended Cal State University of Northridge.



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