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Cumulus Radio Threatens Termination of Hosts Over Election Fraud Claims

The memo comes after both chambers of Congress met Jan. 6 to certify the Electoral College votes cast and on the heels of a mob of people breaching security at the U.S. Capitol and illegally entering both the House and Senate, as well as ransacking congressional offices.

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Cumulus apparently has drawn a line in the sand with its pool of conservative commentators.

With Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris set to be sworn in as the next president and vice president of the United States on Jan. 20, President Donald Trump and his allies have seemingly exhausted all possible avenues to get the results of the 2020 presidential election reversed. But even up to now, that hasn’t stopped many from across conservative media from echoing the thoughts of President Trump and claiming the election was rigged and stolen.

In an article published by the Washington Post on Monday, one Cumulus executive is trying to nip that line of thinking in the bud.

According to the Post, Brian Philips, executive vice president of content for Cumulus, issued an internal memo saying Cumulus and Westwood One would not tolerate further claims that President Trump has some sort of path to a second term in the White House. And that, “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.”

The memo comes after both chambers of Congress met Jan. 6 to certify the Electoral College votes cast and on the heels of a mob of people breaching security at the U.S. Capitol and illegally entering both the House and Senate, as well as ransacking congressional offices.

The Post article mentions the names of a few popular conservative personalities claiming to be employees of Cumulus or Westwood One. In particular, Ben Shapiro and Mark Levin.

Jeremy Boreing, who co-founded The Daily Wire with Shapiro and is an executive producer of The Ben Shapiro Show, made it clear the memo won’t apply to Shapiro.

Levin told media watchdog NewsBusters, “I never received that memo, and my crew never received that memo. This story is done by a reporter who has never spoken to me – ever.” He added if he did in fact receive that memo “I would make sure the entire nation would hear about it.” He added “I would like a correction and an apology from the Post, but I won’t hold my breath.”

There’s been no word at least by hosts employed by Cumulus at the local level who have spoken out about the memo.

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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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