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Dan Bongino Challenges Cumulus Media’s Vaccine Mandates

Bongino said CEO Mary Berner addressed the company by saying that “regretfully because of public health, we had to let some people go because of the vaccine mandates.”

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Radio host Dan Bongino challenged the validity of Cumulus Media’s vaccine mandates, railed against CEO Mary Berner, and reiterated his desire to leave the company during a diatribe that was brought on by Cumulus firing more employees because of vaccine requirements Thursday. 

The rant began at the top of the second hour with Bongino discussing an email that was sent out by Berner regarding the termination of unidentified employees who were let go in the name of “public health.” 

Bongino said Berner addressed the company by saying that “regretfully because of public health, we had to let some people go because of the vaccine mandates.”

“I don’t understand what the public health component is,” said Bongino. “The vaccine is entirely ineffective against stopping transmission from Omicron and that’s been scientifically proven.” 

In October, Bongino issued an ultimatum to Cumulus Media, demanding that they get rid of their vaccine requirements or fire him. 

Thursday, Bongino became furious when the company not only fired more employees over mandates but also notified its employees that “vaccine misinformation” was being broadcast over the radio. Bongino then proceeded to invite Berner on the show multiple times to defend the company’s policy. 

“You want to come on the show?” Bongino asked several times. “Let’s have a little debate. I hope you’re not talking about this show [broadcasting vaccine misinformation] because if you did, and you had any guts, you would say don’t come back tomorrow.”  

Bongino told his audience that “he doesn’t work for Berner and that Berner works for him.” 

“I don’t need you, you need me,” he said. “Nobody is listening to the Mary Berner show. I don’t need you for anything.” 

Bongino admitted that he is double vaccinated and also said that he was not going to get the booster shot citing a battle with COVID-19 following the vaccination process. 

Cumulus Media is not the only broadcasting company to require its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Most, if not all,  major radio companies like Audacy and iHeartMedia have mandates in place. 

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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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