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Bruce Hooley Returns to Ohio Radio With New Show

Hooley, a former sports talk show host in Columbus and Cleveland said that he is looking forward to the transition.

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Versatile radio host Bruce Hooley returned to the airwaves in Ohio on Monday debuting on News Talker 98.9 FM The Answer. The Bruce Hooley Show airs daily from 5-7 p.m.

Hooley, a former sports talk show host in Columbus and Cleveland said that he is looking forward to the transition.

“Looking forward with great anticipation and excitement to the debut of my new radio show today,” Hooley wrote on Facebook.

The station features a mostly syndicated lineup including Dennis Prager, Larry Elder, and Sebastian Gorka.

“I’ll cover the latest headlines, as well as the intersection of entertainment and sports with popular culture.”

You can catch Hooley’s show on the iHeart Radio app or TuneIn Radio app (search 98.9 FM The Answer) or you can download the station’s app for your device.

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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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Former WBTV Reporter Shares Harrowing Plane Crash Story

Two WBTV employees were killed in a helicopter crash near I-77 on Tuesday. The incident claimed the lives of meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag. 

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Two WBTV employees were killed in a helicopter crash near I-77 on Tuesday. The incident claimed the lives of meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag. 

Authorities said it appears as if Tayag may have saved some lives by making diversionary moves to avoid hitting traffic on the highway. 

“The WBTV family is grieving a terrible loss. Our news helicopter Sky3 crashed mid-day Tuesday with two of our colleagues on board. Meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag lost their lives. We are working to comfort their families in this difficult time. We appreciate the outpouring of support for our staff and your continued prayers for their families,” WBTV said in a statement. 

In 1998, WBTV newsman Steve Counts was doing an aerial traffic report for WBT’s John Hancock when the single-engine Cessna he was traveling in suffered engine failure. 

On Tuesday, Counts told  WBT News Talk 1110’s “The Brett Winterble Show” that he didn’t realize the magnitude of what was about to happen next. 

“At first, I didn’t know what the problem was, I just noticed that the engine wasn’t making as much noise as it was supposed to and the aircraft didn’t have that vibration it had when the engine was on,” Counts said. 

Counts recalled how he finished his traffic report with Hancock and then switched over to the intercom with the pilot who was communicating with the airport while preparing for an emergency landing. 

“So, we’re flying at 2,000 feet, maybe a little below, so we had about four minutes to think about things,” Counts added. “So, we had a little time to look at our surroundings, decide where we wanted to put the aircraft down and think about the possible outcomes of putting the plane down.” 

Counts said the plane came crashing to the ground in a neighborhood and was stopped by a drainage ditch. Fortunately, there were no injuries that day.

“We were lucky, and I can’t explain it,” he added.

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Brandon Tatum: Donald Trump Not Returning to Twitter Is Selfish Mistake

Salem Radio host Brandon Tatum is encouraging former President Donald Trump to make the most of his reinstatement to Twitter.

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Salem Radio host Brandon Tatum is encouraging former President Donald Trump to make the most of his reinstatement to Twitter. On Monday, “The Office Tatum Show” host begged Trump to get back on the platform to appeal to potential voters in the 2024 elections. 

“If you want to have a fighting chance in this next election and to win the hearts and minds of American people, you need to be on every single social media platform that you can possibly be on,” Tatum said. 

Tatum argued that there are billions of people on Twitter and people that have never heard anything the former president has ever said. Tatum also suggested that Trump should have an intern post on the platform for him. 

“Hundreds of millions of people that never liked you will see you content and potentially a few people will flip,” Tatum stated. “It will be a selfish mistake by Donald Trump to not go on Twitter because of a business move.” 

Tatum added another benefit to Trump getting back on Twitter is that the media would have to cover him again. 

“One reason that Donald Trump did very well in the 2016 election is because he used to go right to the American people,” Tatum remarked. 

“Get your butt back on Twitter and I think you will see an increase in free advertising,” he added.

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