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Jeff Crank Leaves KVOR Due to Cumulus Media’s Vaccine Policy

Crank informed his listeners that his show would continue via podcast as a result of his departure. 

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KVOR in Colorado Springs has seen one of its hosts, Jeff Crank, walk away after over 13 years due to his failure to get a COVID vaccination, per KVOR’s obligation for employees. 

“Recently Cumulus Media – which owns KVOR – instituted a forced employee vaccination policy nationwide,” wrote Crank on Facebook. “While I am not anti-vaccination, I am anti-tyranny, and I told them that I find their policy unethical and immoral. 

“I’ve already had coronavirus. I discussed the vaccine with my doctor, and he recommended that I not take the vaccine at this time as there was very little risk to me contracting COVID and even less risk of having severe complications from COVID. I’m going to make my medical decisions after consultation with my doctor – and it won’t be forced onto me by the CEO of a company that I’ve never met or knows nothing about me.”

Due to Crank’s decision not to get vaccinated, he wrote that the KVOR station manager notified him of his refusal to provide proof of vaccination; the show would end on Saturday. Crank discussed his decision on the last show.

“Last week I had a cordial conversation with my friend, Bobby Irwin, the program manager at Cumulus Colorado Springs, and he informed me that, because of my position on the issue and not providing proof of vaccination, today’s show will be my last show on KVOR,” wrote Crank.

Crank informed his listeners that his show would continue via podcast as a result of his departure. 

“My voice will continue, and so will the show. It just won’t be found on Cumulus Media. I hope you’ll continue to join me every Saturday morning at 7 am – or anytime you can- on the show,” Crank wrote on Facebook. “It can be found on Apple or Google podcasts on your phone by searching my name in the podcast app. Subscribe to the podcast, and we will continue as friends every week.”

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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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