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Key Networks Taps Deidra Hoye for Lead Sales Role

Hoye spent 20 years as the Vice President, Network Sales, for Premiere Radio Networks. She built her reputation on cultivating strong relationships with direct clients and agencies around the country.

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Radio syndicator Key Networks has named sales veteran Deidra Hoye as the company’s senior vice president of ad sales. Hoye will manage a team of three new hires; Maggie Sisco, Vice President, Eastern Sales; Brian Pollina, Vice President, Midwest Sales; and Michelle McLynn, Supervisor of Sales Support & Operations.

Hoye spent 20 years as the Vice President, Network Sales, for Premiere Radio Networks. She built her reputation on cultivating strong relationships with direct clients and agencies around the country.

“We are delighted to welcome Deidra to the Key Networks team,” said Rob Koblasz, Chief Executive Officer, Key Networks and Sun & Fun Media. “Her wealth of experience in the network ad sales arena will allow us to serve our partners now and as we grow our network. Deidra’s leadership along with the breadth of experience of our team is a winning combination for our customers.”

Hoye’s team brings years of local and network sales experience to Key Networks: 

Maggie Nugent Sisco, Vice President, Eastern Sales, joins Key Networks from Podcast One, where she was Vice President/Director of Sales, Eastern Region.

Brian Pollina, Vice President, Midwest Sales, joins Key Networks from United Stations Radio Networks, where he was Vice President of Digital Assets and Midwest Sales for the last eight years of his 12-year career there.

Michelle McLynn, Supervisor of Sales Support & Operations, joins Key Networks from Westwood One, where she was Affiliate Services Manager.

“I am truly looking forward to being part of the incredible team at Key Networks,” said Hoye. “It’s such an exciting time to be joining the company as we continue to grow our portfolio, expand our reach and deepen our commitment to our partners and clients.”

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Howard Stern Reveals MSNBC Go-To Source for News

Stern told “Morning Joe” in an extensive interview that MSNBC is the network for him regarding cable news consumption.

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SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern told “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist in an extensive interview that MSNBC is the network for him regarding cable news consumption. 

Stern stated that he’s a major fan of “Morning Joe” and went the extra mile to say that he and co-host Joe Scarborough share the same political idealogy.

“I watch you guys every morning,” Stern said (h/t Mediaite). “I really enjoy the show. Oddly, I agree politically with almost everything Joe says. I don’t think there’s much difference there.”

The radio host thanked MSNBC for providing him with what he loves: 24/7 news. Additionally, Stern offered a shoutout to network host Symone Sanders and stated he’s no fan of Dateline repeats.

“By the way, I want to give a shoutout to MSNBC,” Stern added. “Thank God you don’t play the old Datelines anymore on the weekends. I like news. I watch this channel exclusively for news. I tune out on the weekend. 

“It’s like all news stuff. I’m watching old Datelines. I like when you guys are onI like news 24/7, and now I find I’m getting it. I get Symone on the weekend. Big fan of hers. Symone coming on strong. What can I tell you? I know the whole lineup.”

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Trespassing Charges Against John DePetro Dismissed

DePetro have been dismissed as he faced a trespassing charge related to an incident over the summer during a Monday court hearing.

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Charges against John DePetro have been dismissed as the radio host faced a trespassing charge related to an incident over the summer during a Monday court hearing.

DePetro was arrested in mid-August outside a home on Staples Avenue in Warwick.

Police searched the house several months earlier as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Charlotte Lester, who has been missing for six months.

“I respect our justice system and respect law enforcement, specifically the Warwick PD,” DePetro said on Twitter. “The search for Charlotte Lester continues as I resume efforts searching for answers into her disappearance and holding Mark Perkins accountable for his actions against myself and Ladybug.”

The man who lives there, Mark Perkins, was also arrested the following day after he allegedly charged at DePetro with a lawnmower while DePetro was live-streaming. 

Unlike DePetro, who had his charges dismissed, Perkins still faces an assault charge, according to court records.

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Oklahoma’s The Eagle 96.9 Rebrands as Freedom 96.9

KZLS started simulcasting on KQOB at the beginning of this year after the 96.9 signal was leased to Citadel and Cumulus Media for nineteen years. 

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Champlin Broadcasting Conservative Talk The Eagle 96.9 KQOB Enid/Oklahoma City and 1640 KZLS Enid will look a little different for its listeners as the station has rebranded.

Rather than calling itself The Eagle 96.9, the radio station will now be known as Freedom 96.9 (h/t Radio Insight). KZLS started simulcasting on KQOB at the beginning of this year after the 96.9 signal was leased to Citadel and Cumulus Media for nineteen years. 

The station features a syndicated lineup, including Hugh Hewitt, Brian Kilmeade, Dan Bongino, Mike Gallagher, Joe Pags, and Bill O’Reilly. Furthermore, with the rebrand possibly comes a new addition.

Freedom 96.9 is teasing the addition of Dana Loesch to the lineup as well to enhance the rebrand further as the station begins a new chapter as it provides news/talk to the residents. 

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