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John Montone Is Retiring After Almost 40 Years With 1010 WINS

1010 WINS storyteller John Montone is retiring after almost 40 years.

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A legendary New York radio reporter is calling it quits. 1010 WINS storyteller John Montone is retiring after almost 40 years. He announced his retirement on Thursday during a segment with Brigitte Quinn and Lee Harris on WINS Morning Drive.

“It’s been almost 40 years that I’ve had the honor of working for what I call the world’s most important radio station in the world’s greatest city,” said Montone.

Montone recalled one story and some fast-thinking that endeared him to the station’s management and ultimately catapulted him onto the staff.

“My big story where I think I got on the radar was a train strike, New Jersey Transit was just forming. the old Eric-Lackawanna engineers walked off the job and NJT set up a shuttle bus service and called it kiss and ride,” Montone said. “It was what you would think of , a young woman dropping her husband off at the bus stop and they would kiss and ride.”

Montone said he re-created the image of the drop-off by sticking his microphone in between a couple making out. Long story short, management loved the creativity and Montone became a fixture in the Big Apple.

On September 11, 2001 Montone was in the middle of the chaos when the Twin Towers were attacked. When management hadn’t heard from Montone following one of his reports, they went out looking for him. Ben Mevorach, brand manager and director of news and programming, spotted him on the street covered in ash.

Thursday, Mevorach sent a letter to the staff, praising Montone’s work and his storytelling abilities.

“He is a masterful writer, an extraordinary story-teller, and — perhaps most incredibly — he creates an intimacy with the people he interviews…the result is some of the most memorable moments in the station’s history,” Mevorach said. “This concrete jungle has been his playground. His stories are recited back to him by listeners… sometimes years after they first aired. That is the kind of impact that can never be overstated.”

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Ben Shapiro: Donald Trump Endorsing People Doesn’t Carry a Lot of Power

During his show on Wednesday, Shapiro said Trump may hold power over the Republican party but when it comes to local political races, there are other factors at play.

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Syndicated radio host and author Ben Shapiro suggested that an endorsement from former President Donald Trump is not the golden ticket it’s portrayed to be.

During his show on Wednesday, Shapiro said Trump may hold power over the Republican party but when it comes to local political races, there are other factors at play.

“So, there’s a difference between Donald Trump endorsing a person, which I don’t think has a lot of power. And Donald Trump is destroying people,” Shapiro said via Mediate.

“He (Trump) actually talked about how Brian Kemp was terrible and horrible and no good and very bad. And Brian Kemp won because he had earned the loyalty of the Republican voting base in Georgia, despite Trump’s anger at Brian Kemp.”

Shapiro concluded that “Trump does not have the sort of stranglehold the media thinks he has on the Republican Party.” 

Recently, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is one Trump-endorsed candidate that has backed away from the former president.

An Axios analysis of Oz’s social media and campaign website uncovered that the Republican candidate is no longer lauding his Trump endorsement ahead of the midterm elections this fall.

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Longtime WIBC News Anchor Retires After Nearly 30 Years

Stan Lehr is calling it quits with his final day coming July 1.

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Longtime WIBC-FM news anchor Stan Lehr is calling it quits after nearly 30 years behind the microphone. The Indianapolis Star reports that Lehr’s last day will be July 1. 

WIBC is owned by Emmis Communications who last week announced a move to sell its Indianapolis radio properties to Maryland-based Radio One. Lehr’s retirement reportedly had nothing to do with the news of the impending sale. 

“This will bring to an end a long chapter in the station’s history,” WIBC News Director Chris Davis wrote in his email. “His reputation as a stickler has been widely-known in the industry for decades.” 

Davis described Lehr as a “stickler” who never wanted recognition for his work. 

“Instead, he made it clear to all who work or have worked with him that strong writing, accuracy, and excellence in delivery are the best ways to serve the listeners,” added Davis. 

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WWL, FEMA Unveiling New Emergency Broadcast Studio

The news conference will occur at 9 a.m. CT, leading to official remarks, Q&A, a tour of the facility, and a live demonstration at the WWL PEP station emergency studio. 

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FEMA and Audacy’s WWL-AM/FM will present the unveiling of an all-hazards upgrade to the “Primary Entry Point” facility on June 28th. 

The news conference will occur at 9 a.m. CT, leading to official remarks, Q&A, a tour of the facility, and a live demonstration at the WWL PEP station emergency studio. 

Some of the speakers at the event will include Erik Hooks, Deputy Administrator, FEMA, and Kevin Cassidy, Senior Vice-President, Market Manager, Audacy-WWL. 

“The modernization to the emergency studio increases WWL’s resiliency to continue broadcasting under all conditions, including natural disasters and acts of terrorism,” the statement said which Barrett News Media obtained. “This facility is one of 77 across the country that serve as a National Public Warning System Primary Entry Point (PEP) station, participating with FEMA to provide emergency alert and warning information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.”

“WWL is the 15th radio station in the country to work with FEMA to complete the all-hazards upgrade, which includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events.”

Anyone attending the event will arrive at check-in 15 minutes before the press conference starts.

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