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John Montone Is Retiring After Almost 40 Years With 1010 WINS

1010 WINS storyteller John Montone is retiring after almost 40 years.

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A legendary New York radio reporter is calling it quits. 1010 WINS storyteller John Montone is retiring after almost 40 years. He announced his retirement on Thursday during a segment with Brigitte Quinn and Lee Harris on WINS Morning Drive.

“It’s been almost 40 years that I’ve had the honor of working for what I call the world’s most important radio station in the world’s greatest city,” said Montone.

Montone recalled one story and some fast-thinking that endeared him to the station’s management and ultimately catapulted him onto the staff.

“My big story where I think I got on the radar was a train strike, New Jersey Transit was just forming. the old Eric-Lackawanna engineers walked off the job and NJT set up a shuttle bus service and called it kiss and ride,” Montone said. “It was what you would think of , a young woman dropping her husband off at the bus stop and they would kiss and ride.”

Montone said he re-created the image of the drop-off by sticking his microphone in between a couple making out. Long story short, management loved the creativity and Montone became a fixture in the Big Apple.

On September 11, 2001 Montone was in the middle of the chaos when the Twin Towers were attacked. When management hadn’t heard from Montone following one of his reports, they went out looking for him. Ben Mevorach, brand manager and director of news and programming, spotted him on the street covered in ash.

Thursday, Mevorach sent a letter to the staff, praising Montone’s work and his storytelling abilities.

“He is a masterful writer, an extraordinary story-teller, and — perhaps most incredibly — he creates an intimacy with the people he interviews…the result is some of the most memorable moments in the station’s history,” Mevorach said. “This concrete jungle has been his playground. His stories are recited back to him by listeners… sometimes years after they first aired. That is the kind of impact that can never be overstated.”

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Ken Charles Named Director of Branding and Programming at 95.5 WSB

“I’m excited to join the amazingly talented team at 95.5 WSB,”

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Longtime news/talk programmer Ken Charles has been tabbed as the new Director of Branding and Programming for 95.5 WSB in Atlanta.

Charles comes to WSB after programming KNX in Los Angeles. He was also is the Audacy News Format Vice President. He replaces Drew Anderssen, who joined Audcay’s KRLD in Dallas in April.

“I’m excited to join the amazingly talented team at 95.5 WSB. Thanks to Jaleigh Long, Rob Babin and Chris Eagan for giving me the chance to be a part of one of America’s top brands,” Charles said. “I can’t wait to get back to Atlanta and build on WSB’s 100-year commitment to local news and community service.

Charles had overseen several stations in Tampa, Houston, and Miami in addition to his role with KNX in Los Angeles.

“Ken is a brilliantly strategic programmer with decades of leadership experience,” said Cox Media Group Vice President of Audience & Operations Chris Eagan. “I’m excited to watch KEN grow and evolve this legendary brand.”

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Tomi Lahren: Liz Cheney Should ‘Join The View or Some Other Liberal Network’

“Or better yet, maybe join the ladies of The View or host your own show on one of the many liberal networks. Either way, stay away from the GOP!”

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During a Fox News Commentary, host Tomi Lahren suggested Liz Cheney would have better luck in media rather than politics after losing her House of Representatives seat to primary challenger Harriet Hageman.

“My suggestion would be to run as a Democrat, it’s a much more fitting description,” Lahren argued. “Or better yet, maybe join the ladies of The View or host your own show on one of the many liberal networks. Either way, stay away from the GOP!”

Many have speculated that Cheney’s next move, depending on a potential Presidential campaign, could be in the media. CNN’s Don Lemon said “no network would turn down” Cheney if she wanted to do a show on a cable news outlet.

Cheney’s loss to Hageman appears to be the second largest by an incumbent House member in 60 years.

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WNRI Host John DePetro Arrested After Facebook Live From Potential Crime Scene

DePetro went live on Facebook outside the home that was the center of an investigation into the disappearance of Charlotte Lester. Lester, a Warwick resident, has been missing since May.

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WNRI-AM Woonsocket, Rhode Island host John DePetro was arrested Tuesday after trespassing outside outside a Warwick, Rhode Island home.

DePetro went live on Facebook outside the home that was the center of an investigation into the disappearance of Charlotte Lester. Lester, a Warwick resident, has been missing since May. In the video, DePetro confronts what appears to be the owner of the residence, Mark Perkins, being investigated. The owner then starts a lawn mower and appears to push it in the DePetro’s direction. On his website, DePetro described the altercation as an “attack”. DePetro claims Perkins assaulted him while shouting he would kill the radio host. Perkins was later arrested for assault, which DePetro captured on vide..

DePetro told WLNE-TV “We can continue to search for answers into the disappearance of Charlotte Lester. We will offer a vigorous courtroom defense and I expect to be fully exonerated at trial where we will call the owner of the home to the stand.”

Warwick police charged DePetro with “willful trespassing”. His court date is slated for Thursday, September 1st.

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