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NPR Makes Three Promotional Moves at the Exec Level

Laura Soto-Barra is now the VP of Research, Archives & Data Strategy (RAD); Chris Nelson assumes the role of SVP, Technology Operations; and Keith Jenkins rises to VP of Visuals and Music Strategy.

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NPR will see some changes at the executive level as the company promotes three people to new positions, per Inside Radio.

Laura Soto-Barra is now the VP of Research, Archives & Data Strategy (RAD); Chris Nelson assumes the role of SVP, Technology Operations; and Keith Jenkins rises to VP of Visuals and Music Strategy.

“The RAD team’s work is indispensable to our NPR colleagues. By being alert and perceptive about people and processes, we are responsive and accountable,” Soto-Barr said. 

 “We strive to anticipate, identify and build on the intersections between our work and that of our many partners across the newsroom and the organization – a list that has been growing considerably. My promotion reflects the value that research, archives, and data hold for NPR.”

Nelson has been with NPR for 21 years. With his team, he has assisted the public broadcaster in covering significant news events, provided that its content gets to hundreds of radio stations, and made sure the staff’s day-to-day technology needs are met. 

“For technologists, NPR offers a unique media environment that requires both technical excellence and a deep commitment to our public service journalism mission,” Nelson remarked. 

“The professionals in our IT, Audio Engineering, Distribution, and soon-to-be-formed Content Production Technology teams are world-class in their fields, and it is an honor to work alongside them and champion their important work. I look forward to our continued growth and collaboration.”

Meanwhile, Jenkins joined NPR in 2018, and in his new position, he’ll operate with the teams in Programming and News to create, socialize and start content plans for visuals and music.

“NPR Visuals and NPR Music are establishing public media on the platforms and in the spaces where the next generation of NPR audiences can already be found,” Jenkins added. “They are on YouTube watching Tiny Desk, they are on Instagram, they are on Alexa, and they are on TikTok.”

“Most importantly, they are heavy consumers of visual information and entertainment. They have grown up with screens everywhere, and photos and videos are their primary means of communication. I’m excited for the opportunity to help NPR evolve with our audience and find new ways to navigate this world with them.”

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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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