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Piscopo Urges Cuomo to Apologize for Nursing Home Scandal

Unlike many in today’s Talk Radio Industry, Piscopo is very measured in his criticism of Cuomo. In fact, Piscopo has said on numerous occasions that he holds the Cuomo family in high regard, particularly Andrew Cuomo’s father Mario.

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Joe Piscopo, host of The Joe Piscopo Show on New York’s 970 AM, has had a history of criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. In 2018, Piscopo took issue with Cuomo’s statement that “America was never that great to begin with”. Earlier this month on his program, Piscopo discussed Cuomo’s alleged refusal to listen to New York Health officials concerning COVID vaccines, leading several prominent figures in the department to resign. When the news broke Thursday night about Cuomo’s aide admitting they hid the number of New York nursing home deaths, Piscopo addressed the issue on Friday morning’s show.

“I always try to stay positive and I hate to be political, but there is really no way to spin this story positively. Governor Cuomo basically forced patients back into nursing homes, COVID spread like wildfire and then they tried to hide the numbers. That pretty much encapsulates what’s going on.”

The accusations stem from Cuomo’s Executive Order to send COVID patients back to nursing homes in attempt to relieve strain on New York’s hospitals during the height of the pandemic. Governor Cuomo is meeting with President Joe Biden today and Piscopo’s guest Nick Langworthy, chairman of the New York Republican Party, says Cuomo should be arrested as soon as he arrives in Washington.

“Look, he tried to cover up over 9,000 deaths,” Langworthy said. “That’s a high crime. Impeachment is coming to New York very soon and he should be arrested as soon as he gets to Washington. When the Governor signed the Executive Order to put COVID positive patients back in nursing homes, he sentenced them to death.”

Piscopo, who identifies as an Independent politically, agrees with Langworthy that the alleged cover up goes far beyond a political issue due to the loss of human life.

“This is not a Republican versus Democratic issue,” Langworthy said. “This is about the loss of life and High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Unlike many in today’s Talk Radio Industry, Piscopo is very measured in his criticism of Cuomo. In fact, Piscopo has said on numerous occasions that he holds the Cuomo family in high regard, particularly Andrew Cuomo’s father Mario.

“I’ve known Andrew for years and  I don’t like to say bad things about people, but lives were lost apparently out of arrogance,” Piscopo said. “To be fair, President Trump has the same problem. Let me just say, humility is never a bad thing. It’s never wrong to say, ‘I’m sorry. I made a mistake’”.

Piscopo then urges Cuomo to adopt a contrite attitude if he speaks to the public about this in a press conference.

“Say I’m sorry. Say I messed up. Don’t get up there and try to excuse it away with fluff from a teleprompter. Don’t try to blame President Trump. This is not a good look and if you try to excuse it or blame someone else, you just dig a big hole much deeper.”

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Minnesota Public Radio Cancels Award-Winning Podcast

APM Reports investigative podcast “In the Dark” cancellation might come as a surprise, considering it received several accolades, including a pair of Peabody Awards, and was even profiled on “60 Minutes” last year.

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Minnesota Public Radio has decided to cancel a series whose three-year investigation and 20 podcast episodes assisted in overturning a conviction of a Mississippi man on death row. 

APM Reports investigative podcast “In the Dark” cancellation might come as a surprise, considering it received several accolades, including a pair of Peabody Awards, and was even profiled on “60 Minutes” last year.

“As a trusted public media service, Minnesota Public Radio is committed to providing high-quality journalism, programming, and experiences for our audiences and communities,” MPR said in a statement, per Inside Radio

“In keeping with this commitment, advancement of our strategic priorities, and our responsibility as financial stewards of MPR’s resources, we have made a difficult decision regarding the future of APM Reports. We are dissolving APM Reports as a separate business unit and incorporating select programming elements into MPR News. Unfortunately, this change means that colleagues, who’ve invested their energy, skills, and passion with us, will be leaving our organization.” 

The radio station informed the APM Reports team of the decision on Thursday, and it’s uncertain how many of the 18-staffers will face layoffs. The decision to pull the plug on the podcast comes two months after Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media converged into a lone entity under CEO Jean Taylor.

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WTOP Receives Three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

WTOP advances to the national round of the competition, competing against regional winners from across the country.

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WTOP is one of the marquee news-talk stations in the United States and was recently honored with three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this week by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

For the New Series category, WTOP saw their National Security correspondent JJ Green’s COVID Conspiracy series was recognized for its coverage of a secret ploy by Russia to distribute lies and disinformation regarding COVID-19 and vaccines. 

“The journalists in our newsroom are dedicated, passionate individuals who want to make a difference in their communities,” Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News and Programming said in a press release obtained by Barrett News Media. “We are so honored to be recognized with three regional Edward R. Murrow awards.”

Meanwhile, in the Digital category, WTOP.com received a regional award for coverage of news events throughout 2021, including coronavirus, cicadas, and the scandal at D.C.’s crime lab. 

Finally, WTOP also received an honor in the Newscast category for coverage of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. As a result, the radio station advances to the national round of the competition, competing against regional winners from across the country.

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WSIU Airing Korean War Documentary for Memorial Day

The documentary will air on Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 9 pm.

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, and WSIU is marking the occasion with a documentary centered around the Korean War. The radio station announced that “Shrapnel Down: My Korean War Story” will be broadcast on the WSIU stations.

The documentary will air on Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 9 pm. The film plans to feature never-before-seen war footage caught by Iowa native and veteran Bill Rector during his tour of duty during the Korean War. 

“There are so many impactful stories WSIU proudly shares, and those of our brave U.S. veterans certainly deserve special attention,” film producer/director Mark St. George said. 

“In Shrapnel Down, I hope viewers will discover a personal story that lurks behind the great veil of war; of the humanity that was ever-present beyond the shots fired. Shrapnel Down is a documentary about war – true – but told through the camera lens of one extraordinary sailor who shares his story, documenting his experiences of war, friendship, and loss.”

Rector used an 8mm camera to document his war experiences, capturing this never-before-seen footage. In addition, the film contains an in-depth interview with Rector where he recounts vital moments such as the battles during the Blockade of Wonsan, the most prolonged battle in modern naval history, and the Court of Neptune ritual.

“The film is a time capsule that we are opening with viewers for the very first time,” St. George said. “The documentary features original, 8mm war footage that has, until now, been locked away. Shrapnel Down breaks the seal on this time capsule, and we’re happy to share it with viewers.”

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