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Cruz, Huckabee hit conservitive talking points with Todd Starnes

Starnes’ Thursday show included conversation on Rep. Liz Cheney, Israel & Palestine violence and the Coastal Pipeline shutdown

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Normally a radio host will have one “featured guest” during their time slot. Such was not the case for nationally syndicated host Todd Starnes. Thursday evening, an All-Star lineup of conservative voices from the world of media and politics appeared on The Todd Starnes Show, including Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, and many others. ]

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was also scheduled to appear, but could not, so Starnes filled that segment questioning whether the Coastal Pipeline shutdown was politically motivated.

Collectively, Cruz and Huckabee hit on many major conservative talking points such as criticizing the main stream media, President Joe Biden as well as liberal members of Congress, while also offering opinions on rising tensions in the Middle East.

“The media desperately wants to fan the flames of a Civil War among Republicans over Liz Cheney,” first guest Cruz said. “To be honest, Republicans are more unified now than they were just a few days ago. The only hope  the Democrats have in 2022 is to create this notion of a Civil War when there is none. We are on a path to take the House and Senate.”

Second guest, former Arkansas governor and host of the TV program Mike Huckabee Today, Mike  Huckabee, changed course to talk about tensions in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas.

“Hamas is firing rockets at Israel trying to kill women and children,” Huckabee said, When Israel defends itself, Hamas places children in front of their soldiers so they can claim that Israel is killing children. No civilized people do that. But you got Senators and other liberals on Capitol Hill acting like the press secretary for Hamas. There was no uprising when Trump was in office because they were afraid of him, but Biden gets in and he is so soft. He sends 200 million dollars to Iran to build better streets and schools, but Iran is sending that money to Hamas to try and wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. It’s a disastrous policy by Biden. It’s taken just three months for all the progress Donald Trump made to literally go up in smoke under Joe Biden.”

In the final hour, looking for a segment to fill, Starnes pivoted to the gas shortage in the Eastern United States.

“I had heard some listeners’ opinions that this shutdown was caused by Biden to push an agenda and I didn’t think so,” Starnes said. “But then I hear Press Secretary Jen Psaki say, ‘if we all drove electric cars, this wouldn’t be a problem’. That gives me pause. I wonder if this will accelerate the move to electric cars which is something The Biden Administration wants. We will just have to wait and see.”   

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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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