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Mobster vs. Prosecutor: Franzese and Giuliani talk on Joe Pags Show

The two revisited their courtroom conflict in four-part interview.

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Nationally syndicated radio host Joe Pags aired a special four-part interview last week with former prosecutor Rudy Giuliani and former high-profile mobster Michael Franzese. Giuliani prosecuted Franzese back in the 1980’s for various federal crimes. 

The two men had not seen or spoken to each other in nearly 40 years, but they have reportedly mended fences and put their differences aside. Pags said that he conducts interviews with both men on a regular basis and got the idea to bring the two together after Giuliani asked how Franzese was doing.

“First of all, the cases that I prosecuted were never personal,” said Giuliani. “All of the cases I prosecuted my professional. Some of the cases were worse than others and some of the individuals were actually nice people who just got caught up in bad stuff.”

In 1985, Franzese was indicted on 14 counts of racketeering, counterfeiting, and extortion. A year later he pleaded guilty to two counts and was sentenced to a decade in federal prison. He was arrested for defrauding the government out of gasoline taxes.

Franzese was a well-respected captain in the Colombo crime family. Since his release from prison, he has written six books and become a motivational speaker. 

“I grew up hating law enforcement because all I could remember from the point I was young is them trying to put away my father,” said Franzese. “My dad, who was my hero, put a lot of things in my head about law enforcement. A lot of guys I grew up with did not like law enforcement because they were street guys.” 

The Joe Pags Show is a daily news/talk show heard from 5-8pm Central from Flagship WOAI in San Antonio and broadcast on dozens affiliate stations nationwide. 

Joe Pags is ranked #12 in the 2020 Talkers Magazine “Heavy Hundred” and his show was recently named to the NewsMax list of the most influential local talk shows in the country.

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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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