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Clay Travis and Buck Sexton To Take Over Rush Limbaugh’s Timeslot

“Premiere Networks has informed stations that starting on Monday June 21, Clay Travis and Buck Sexton will begin hosting weekdays from Noon to 3p ET.”

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When FOX announced it was purchasing Outkick and looking to find a bridge between sports and news, it raised questions about what might come next. Today, news/talk radio affiliates got that answer.

Premiere Networks has informed stations that starting on Monday June 21st, a new weekday program will be introduced to its lineup, filling the void created by the passing of Rush Limbaugh. Outkick owner and FOX Sports Radio morning host Clay Travis will team up with Buck Sexton to launch “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show,” a new three-hour talk radio program, airing Monday-Friday from 12p-3p ET.

Travis has made a name for himself in the media space, developing Outkick into a mainstream brand, and entertaining listeners on sports radio weekday mornings on FOX Sports Radio. He’s also contributed on television to FOX Sports 1, appeared frequently as a guest on FOX News, and has even authored a book. Travis is expected to continue appearing on FS1’s sports betting TV show “Fox Bet Live,” in addition to hosting his podcasts “Outkick The Show” and “Wins & Losses With Clay Travis.”

Sexton on the other hand has performed as the host of ‘The Buck Sexton Show’ which has been syndicated on over 180 stations by Premiere. His professional resume includes time served as an officer with the Central Intelligence Agency and as a counterterrorism expert with the New York Police Department. He has been a regular guest on Fox News as a national security analyst, The Blaze’s former editor for national security coverage, and he’s served as a fill-in host of The Rush Limbaugh Show. He also hosts “Hold The Line” on The First weeknights at 7pm ET.

Travis said of the pending move, “I’ve loved spending the past six years building ‘Outkick The Coverage’ into one of the most-listened-to sports talk shows in the country, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to join Buck Sexton as we launch this new program in the most coveted timeslot in the talk format. While no one will ever replace Rush Limbaugh, Buck and I are excited to continue advancing the causes he held dear, most importantly American exceptionalism, a fervent embrace of capitalism, and a belief in a robust marketplace of ideas. At a time of rabid cancel culture and toxic identity politics, we will be the voice for many who feel scared to say what they think for fear of the censorious online mob. We can’t wait to get started.”

Sexton weighed in as well, adding “I could not be more thrilled – and am deeply humbled – by the opportunity to host this new program with Clay Travis. We think it’s important to carry on the tradition of Rush Limbaugh and bring truth to the masses. One thing I can promise all EIB listeners out there: we’re with them and we will always fight for them with the show Clay, and I do every day.” 

The timing of this move is important. Many stations were wondering what Premiere’s path forward would be, and with Westwood One launching Dan Bongino, and Audacy striking a deal to feature Dana Loesch on more of their stations., retaining the affiliate base that Rush built was vital to iHeartmedia’s long-term business plans. By adding Travis and Sexton, two familiar faces and voices that conservative radio listeners are familiar with and who have many years available in their broadcasting careers, the network has positioned itself well for the present and the future.

The Wall Street Journal broke the story and received a comment about the move from iHeartmedia President Julie Talbott. She said “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.

By making the move into the news/talk space, Travis will leave a vacancy for FOX Sports Radio in morning drive. The network does have internal options it can consider but given its popularity across the country, attracting top talent shouldn’t be difficult.

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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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