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Plante critical of CNN, Biden, Says Capitol looks like Third Word country

Plante compared the Capitol area of D.C. to Myanmar, a country that is now under military rule.

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WMAL’s Chris Plante didn’t hold back on Monday as he came out firing with both barrels, attacking President Joe Biden, CNN and new Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III all inside the first 10 minutes of The Chris Plante Show.

Plante begins his program with dramatic music normally reserved for breaking news.

“We have sad news to report,” he said. “A Silver Alert has been issued for a 78 year old D.C. area man. He has wandered off and he is probably lost out in the cold and snow. He has no clue what he is doing, but fortunately he still remembers his name. He answers to both ‘Joe’ or ‘Mr. President.'”

From that opening salvo, Plante moves on to attack the President’s son, Hunter Biden, calling him a crackhead and many other derogatory names. The main thrust of Plante’s attacks though, seemed to be aimed at the media, specifically CNN. At issue was a CNN report that states that 21 people arrested in connection with the Capitol Riots were military veterans, adding that this was a disproportionate number.

“I don’t know where CNN gets their numbers,” Plante said. “They probably just made them up like they always seem to do now. For the most part, these people were Patriots with about a dozen or so folks that got way out of hand. I’m glad they are being rounded up, but it wasn’t a disproportionate number.  What about unarmed military veterans who were shot and killed by police? The liberals applaud that and they want to give the violent Black Lives Matter movement a Nobel Peace Prize. Does no one else see the irony in this?”

Finally to close out the segment, Plante compared the Capitol area of D.C. to Myanmar, a country that is now under military rule.

“I went walking in the Capitol area Saturday with my best gal and it was like visiting Joe Biden’s gulag,” he said. “There were troops, barbed wire and military vehicles everywhere. It reminded me of the pictures you used to see of Bosnia or Iraq in the ‘90’s or Myanmar now. I talked with some of the troops. They were just regular people, nice men and women. I thanked them for their service, but I did not tell them they were being used as pawns for political gain. Now Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is going to conduct a military review. That’s code for getting rid of those who don’t hold the same views as the current administration in power by labeling them as dangerous, white supremacist or terrorists. I know this is America, but it is starting to look more and more like a Third World country to me.”

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Two New Radio Stations Will Carry Vox’s “Today Explained”

“Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios.

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Vox Media’s flagship daily news podcast “Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios. The show is expanding, reaching other stations, including one in a marquee market. 

The company announced that “Today Explained” will now be adding two new stations to the roster, KCRW (Los Angeles) and WEKU (Eastern Kentucky). 

“The KCRW audience is curious, connected, and drawn to the most interesting stories – not just the most immediate,” Evan George, content director of news for KCRW, said. 

Today Explained fits our approach to newsy storytelling with heart. We’re also excited for KCRW listeners to hear some public media voices from around the country help tell the big story of the day without being limited to a four-minute segment.”

Los Angeles is the second-largest public radio market in the U.S., and for co-host Sean Rameswaram, an L.A. native, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Furthermore, the show frequently covers the state of California, whether it’s from politicians to policies pushed. 

Here are the radio stations carrying Vox’s daily news podcast:

  • KCRW (Santa Monica, CA)
  • WEKU (Richmond / Lexington, KY)
  • WEVO / New Hampshire Public Radio (Concord, NH)
  • WITF (Harrisburg, PA)
  • WVPS / Vermont Public Radio (Burlington)
  • WVXU / Cincinnati Public Radio (Cincinnati)
  • WHYY (Philadelphia)
  • WRKF (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • WWNO / New Orleans Public Radio (New Orleans)
  • WCBU (Peoria, IL)
  • WGLT (Normal, IL)
  • KOPB / Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland)
  • WUOM / Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
  • WUFT (Gainesville, FL)
  • WLPR / Lakeshore Public Media (Lowell, IN)

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NPR Appoints Sal LoCurto as Senior Director for Program Strategy

LoCurto has spent the past five years heading KPCC’s programming.

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NPR has found its newest Senior Director For Broadcast Programming Strategy as the company has hired 89.3 KPCC Pasadena/Los Angeles Program Director Sal LoCurto.

LoCurto has spent the past five years heading KPCC’s programming. In his new position, he will supervise the strategic focus of NPR’s non-newsmagazine broadcast programming and manage relationships with outer program producers.

“Among the valuable skills and experience Sal brings to NPR are a deep knowledge of broadcast best practices and the needs of our member stations,” the statement said relayed by Radio Insight.

“Under his leadership, KPCC experienced its highest-rated nine months in the station’s history. Sal also managed and coached key on-air talent, including A Martinez – who has since joined NPR – during his tenure at the station.”

The soon-to-be-former program director will join NPR on June 6th and is more than excited at the chance to work for the public radio station. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with our exceptional programming colleagues around the country and NPR’s production partners as we seek new ways to best serve audiences and fulfill our shared mission. I’m truly honored to join NPR’s team,” LoCurto said. 

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WGN Radio Launches Documentary to Celebrate its 100th Anniversary

The 45-minute documentary produced by WGN Radio tells how the station launched 100 years ago on Thursday.

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WGN Radio is ready to kick off the celebrations for the radio station’s 100th anniversary as it will debut a feature, “100 Years of WGN Radio: A Retrospective,” Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm on WGN-TV.

The 45-minute documentary produced by WGN Radio tells how the station launched 100 years ago on Thursday. The story started in 1922 when Chicagoans Thorne Donnelley and Elliott Jenkins founded it as WDAP and highlighted moments throughout its century of history up to the present day.

“Celebrate WGN Radio’s 100th anniversary with a deep dive into the station’s origins and its journey to 2022. Experience the unforgettable events and emotional moments alongside familiar faces, both past, and present,” WGN said. 

Viewers will see the faces of familiar voices during the documentary, such as Bob Sirott, John Williams, Lou Manfredini, Steve King, Johnnie Putman, Dave Eanet, Mary Van De Velde, Dave Plier, and others. 

They will all be reflecting on their ventures at the station and sharing memorable moments. Furthermore, there will be a rebroadcast of the documentary for those who miss the initial airing on Sunday, May 22, at 2 pm CT.

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