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Tom Bauerle Returns to WBEN After COVID-19 Battle

Bauerle said he was fully vaccinated when he caught the virus but wondered how sick he would have been had he not been vaccinated.

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According to the Buffalo News, WBEN’s Tom Bauerle returned to the airwaves Tuesday following a weeks-long battle with COVID-19.

Bauerle said he was fully vaccinated when he caught the virus but wondered how sick he would have been had he not been vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention categorizes cases where fully vaccinated people catch the virus as “breakthrough cases.” The U.S. government said those types of cases are on the rise thanks to the delta variant.

“I’ll never know if the symptoms were mild because I got the shot,” he said. “I’ll never know that.”

Bauerle hosts the 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. show but recently took some time off while working as an extra on the set of the film Cabrini. He said he was tested daily while on the set of the film.

During a recent show Bauerle said “At no point did I feel like my life was in danger.” 

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77 WABC to Celebrate Its 100th Year of Broadcasting This Month

During this special occasion, listeners will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite past WABC air personality into the station’s Hall of Fame. 

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New York City’s legendary 77 WABC is commemorating 100 years of broadcast excellence this month with special guests, interviews, and features.

Red Apple MediaCEO John Catsimatidis, whose company purchased the station last year, said listenership has grown substantially this year. 

“With 50,000 watts of clear channel power, 77 WABC represents the many and diverse communities in New York and America with a commonsense approach to the issues that confront our world, along with music and entertainment on the weekends.”

During this special occasion, listeners will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite past WABC air personality into the station’s Hall of Fame. 

Additionally, WABC will rebroadcast Rush Limbaugh’s first 77 shows on the station.  

Catsimatidis said the station will work hard to honor its past and look forward to the future.

“Looking forward to the next 100 years, we’re reaching our listeners on every available platform — broadcast, podcast, streaming, and mobile — and we’re thinking beyond radio.”

“We’ve built a state-of-the-art audio/visual facility, which we call Studio 77,” said Catsimatidis. “Our morning show is available for our fans to watch, as well as listen, and we’ve hosted live broadcast events such as a mayoral primary debate and special 9/11 programming that included the leaders of New York then and now.”

To hear the 100 Year Celebration promo and last Sunday’s special programming, click here.

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1210 WPHT Promotes Greg Stocker to Brand Manager

Stocker spent eight years producing The Michael Smerconish Show. In 2014, he was named executive producer of The Rich Zeoli Show.

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Audacy’s Greg Stocker is a prime example of how hard work pays off. Nearly 20 years ago he began his career at Philadelphia’s Talk Radio 1210 WPHT as an intern.

On Thursday, the company announced that Stocker was being promoted to oversee the brand.

“I’m so pleased to see Greg earn this well-deserved recognition for his hard work and commitment to WPHT,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Philadelphia.

Stocker spent eight years producing The Michael Smerconish Show. In 2014, he was named executive producer of The Rich Zeoli Show.

“Greg brings a passion for talk radio to his role and is the perfect manager to lead WPHT and our newly expanded local lineup along with some of the biggest names on the national stage,” Yadgaroff said.

In 2019, he was named Assistant Brand Manager in addition to his producing role.

“It’s truly an honor to be leading this legendary radio station,” said Stocker. “I have an amazing team and I’m excited to guide us all into the next phase of WPHT’s evolution.”

You can connect with the station on social media via TwitterFacebook and Instagram.  or the Audacy app and website.

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Cumulus Media Promotes Conrad Trautmann to Chief Technology Officer

Trautmann joined Westwood One in 2000 as EVP, Technology, and was promoted in February 2016 to SVP, Technology & Operations for Cumulus Media.

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The head of technology and operations for Cumulus Media has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer, the company said in a release.

Conrad Trautmann drew rave reviews from upper-level management recently for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and other severe weather-related events.

Trautmann joined Westwood One in 2000 as EVP, Technology, and was promoted in February 2016 to SVP, Technology & Operations for Cumulus Media.

“He has also been critical to broadening and advancing the technology that drives our growth platforms in digital and podcasting,” said CEO Mary Berner. “This promotion recognizes the vital role that he continues to play in our success.”

Trautmann will report directly to Berrner. He also serves on the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Technology Committee.

“Conrad’s contributions to the company over the past 21 years are countless,” Berner added.

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