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BNM Contributor Ryan Hedrick Heads Back to WFMD Hosting AM Drive Show

Hedrick’s career started at WFMD in 2004 where he reported on sports and news. He eventually went on to work in such markets as Baltimore, Maryland, Topeka, Kansas, Buffalo, New York, and Washington, D.C.

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Pennsylvania talk show host and Barrett News Media writer Ryan Hedrick has accepted a position to host the award-winning morning show at Mid Maryland’s free talk 930 WFMD AM. Hedrick returns to the station where his career began nearly 15 years ago.

“This is an opportunity that I never thought would come when I left the station many years ago,” Hedrick said. “WFMD holds a special place in my heart. I got started in the business here and I have always dreamed of returning but I never thought it would be in this role. WFMD is committed to local issues, local talk, and local content. I am pleased to be working with an award-winning news staff, and many seasoned radio veterans who will provide as much support as possible.”

Hedrick is leaving Magnum Broadcasting’s News Talk 103.7 FM where he hosted The Drive for the last 14 months. “I want to thank Pat Ryan and Michael Stapleford for an incredible opportunity to host a daily show. I will never forget this experience.”

WFMD is owned by Connoisseur Media, which operates radio stations in Connecticut, Long Island, and Maryland.

Hedrick will take over for Bob Miller who has been a fixture at the station for the last 26 years. The station’s plan is to have Hedrick and Miller work together for the next couple of months, Hedrick will eventually take over as the sole anchor of the Morning News Express.

Hedrick’s career started at WFMD in 2004 where he reported on sports and news. He eventually went on to work in such markets as Baltimore, Maryland, Topeka, Kansas, Buffalo, New York, and Washington, D.C.

In 2016, while working at WIBW Radio, Hedrick won the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for large market enterprise reporting. His experience also led him to Western New York where he was the news director at 95.3 The Lake, formerly owned by Cross Country Communications.

“Given the current economic climate, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to land a full-time job at a legendary local station such as WFMD. I am extremely grateful to have earned this special opportunity.”

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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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