Townsquare Media announced several promotions Wednesday. According to Talkers, the company elevated JB Wilde to VP of Content & Programming from his previous role of director of content for the Rochester, Minnesota station group.
Wilde has been with the company since 2016. In his new role, he will focus on growing the company’s commitment to “live and local” while overseeing a group of regional content directors.
Additionally, Christopher “Sweet Lenny” Barber is elevated to a regional content director from the company’s Rockford, Illinois cluster.
Danielle Kootman has been added as a regional content director after spending the last six years in the company’s Cedar Rapids, Iowa cluster as a digital managing editor.
“Could not be happier to promote JB and add Danielle and Lenny to the Content and Programming team,” said SVP/content and programming Kurt Johnson.
In March, Townsquare Media reportedly agreed to purchase 35 radio stations owned by Cherry Creek Broadcasting in nine markets.
Included in the deal, at least five news/talk brands in four states. Wenatchee, WA (KPQ & KKWN); Williston, ND (KEYZ); Butte, MT (KXTL); and Tri-Cities, WA (KONA).
Ryan Hedrick serves as the Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. Prior to WFMD, he hosted an afternoon program at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA. He has worked at Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and for stations in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked at WIBW-AM in Topeka KS, earning the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.