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Brad Lane Named Brand Manager at WCCO in Minneapolis

Lane was last a director of content for Good Karma Brands’ news and sports talk stations in Milwaukee. Prior to that, he spent two decades at Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP “SKOR North” in St. Paul.

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After Entercom announced Tuesday they were rebranding as Audacy, the company announced a new brand manager has been hired to lead its news talk operation in Minneapolis.

Brad Lane joins the 830 WCCO team as the station’s new brand manager. His first day is April 19.

Lane was last a director of content for Good Karma Brands’ news and sports talk stations in Milwaukee. Prior to that, he spent two decades at Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP “SKOR North” in St. Paul.

“I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to be back in the Twin Cities programming a station with such a rich legacy, trusted talent and commitment to excellence,” Lane said in a statement. “WCCO has an incredible history and a bright future; it’s with sincere appreciation for the heritage of this storied brand that I am also thrilled to be a part of its evolution.”

“WCCO Radio serves as an extremely important news brand for the people of the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota who rely on us to be informative, timely, relevant and entertaining,” Shannon Knoepke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Minneapolis added. “Brad brings a wealth of experience leading content teams and his leadership and vision will be instrumental to the success of our station. We’re looking forward to adding him to the team.”

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The Final Rush Limbaugh Show to Air Friday

The Rush Limbaugh Show, which was broadcast on more than 600 radio stations at its peak, will sign off with a guest host shortly before 3:00 p.m. ET.

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One of the longest running and most successful talk radio programs in the history of the business, will come to an end Friday.

The Rush Limbaugh Show, which was broadcast on more than 600 radio stations at its peak, will sign off with a guest host shortly before 3:00 p.m. ET.

Limbaugh died of lung cancer on Feb. 17. His last show was Feb 2. His syndication company, Premiere Networks, opted to air the show using multiple guest hosts with soundbites from past Rush shows.

In March, the network released a statement on the future of the show. “No one can replace Rush Limbaugh, and Premiere Networks will continue to provide millions of loyal listeners with the voice of Rush for the long term,” Rachel Nelson, company spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

Behind the scenes, Premiere Networks was working to replace the iconic figure. At the end of May, the company announced that Clay Travis & Buck Sexton would be taking over in Rush’s former time slot.

“We’re not going to replace Rush Limbaugh, we’re going to have an evolution of the show with fresh voices—those that grew up on Rush and admired him,” Premiere president Julie Talbott told the Wall Street Journal.

Broadcasting companies around the country have discovered different solutions to solve the Rush Limbaugh dilemma. Some Audacy stations have opted to pick up the Dana Loesch Show while some Cumulus stations are airing former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino’s brand new show. Still, other stations are filling the void with local talent.

Whatever the case, Premiere Networks will unveil the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show beginning Monday at noon. The move will mark a new era in conservative talk radio and the proverbial passing of the torch to a brand new generation. 

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WPG’s Harry Hurley Calls Out Facebook for Censorship

Hurley was recently named to the Talkers.com “Heavy Hundred” list. He said he has been using the Facebook platform since its inception and has never encountered a violation of its community standard policy.

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An Atlantic City, New Jersey talk radio host is speaking out after one of his Facebook posts was censored. Harry Hurley is a host at WPG Talk Radio 95.5 FM & 1450 AM.

“I have heard the myriad of stories about Facebook censoring platform users for many years,” Hurley said in a post on his station’s website. “I’ve always been empathetic about it … but, until yesterday, I didn’t personally know how it feels.”

Hurley was recently named to the Talkers.com “Heavy Hundred” list. He said he has been using the Facebook platform since its inception and has never encountered a violation of its community standard policy.

“Facebook took my totally positive post down. It was surreal.”

Hurley shared the contents of the story which was nothing more than a simple announcement that he would be honored for his achievements.“They won’t even allow the URL link to The Talkers Heavy Hundred 2021 list to be posted on Facebook. Somehow this link also violates their “Community Standards.”

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WTIC 1080 Hires Tom Shattuck For Middays

The Audacy-owned station located in Hartford, Connecticut has hired New England media veteran Tom Shattuck as a midday show host. The station will feature all-local programming from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

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1080 News Talk WTIC announced a lineup change on Thursday as it prepares to transition away from The Rush Limbaugh Show which ends Friday.

The Audacy-owned station located in Hartford, Connecticut has hired New England media veteran Tom Shattuck as a midday show host. The station will feature all-local programming from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

Shattuck reacted to the news on Twitter. “I am thrilled to be joining the great team at @WTIC1080. Starting Monday,” he tweeted. “I will be on daily from 10a – 2p. Can’t Wait!”

Shattuck’s experience comes mostly from the print media side where he served as senior editor of The Lowell Sun in Lowell, MA. Before that, he was the editorial page editor of The Boston Herald.

“Radio is best when it is local, when we can discuss and look at the local issues affecting our listeners” said Stephanie Perl, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Hartford. “Being able to expand our local weekday programming further separates WTIC from other radio stations in the state and we look forward to unveiling this new slate of content to our audience.”

New weekday programming is as follows.

5:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. ET:“WTIC Sunrise Special” 
5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET:“Mornings with Ray and Brian” 
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET:“Extra Time with Brian” 
10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET:“The Tom Shattuck Show” 
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET:“The Todd Feinburg Show”

Listeners can tune in to 1080 News Talk WTIC (WTIC-AM) in Hartford on air, as well as nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter and Facebook

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