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LA-based News/Talk Hosts Nominated for 2022 Radio Hall-of-Fame

Twenty-four total nominees were announced Monday, and more than 600 industry members will cast confidential ballots, with inductees being announced on Monday, July 25th. 

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Los Angeles-based news/talk personalities John and Ken and Larry Elder are among those nominated for induction into the 2022 Radio Hall-of-Fame. 

Twenty-four total nominees were announced Monday, and more than 600 industry members will cast confidential ballots, with inductees being announced on Monday, July 25th. 

“We’ve made changes in 2022 to allow voting participants to vote for up to six nominees for induction and limit the voting process to knowledgeable industry members,” said Kraig T. Kitchin, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame, in a statement. “Listeners and industry members alike contributed more than 2500 suggestions for the Nominating Committee to consider in addition to their own considerations.” 

John Koblyt and Ken Chiampou co-host the “John and Ken” show on weekday afternoons on KFI AM 640. The iconic duo has been together for 35 years and is the longest-running team in talk radio history both in Los Angeles and nationally, according to the station’s website

Larry Elder recently left his nationally syndicated radio show at Salem Media Group to join Epoch Media Group (EMG) as a television host on Epoch TV. Elder, aka “The Sage From South Central,” was a fixture on TalkRadio 790 KABC for over two decades. Last year, Elder challenged California Gov. Gavin Newsome in a recall election and lost. 

“The 2022 list of nominees for induction to the Radio Hall of Fame this year represents some of the most talented individuals in the history of our medium,” said Dennis Green, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame; this year’s nominees made their mark in a variety of formats from coast-to-coast and town-to-town up and down the dial.

The 2022 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony is on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, in Chicago. 

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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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