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Jen Richer Returns to iHeartMedia’s D.C. Region

Richer served as the executive producer of the Vince Coglianese Show at cross-town rival WMAL-FM.

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According to Ramp, broadcast veteran Jen Richer has been hired to serve as the assistant program director at iHeartMedia’s Washington D.C. region.

In this newly created position, Richer will be responsible for assisting the region with its day-to-day programming responsibilities and digital operations for all seven iHeart DC radio stations.

Most recently, she served as the executive producer of the Vince Coglianese Show at cross-town rival WMAL-FM. Her duties will extend to working with several top-rated music stations in the market including BIG 100, Hot 99.5, and 97.1 WASH-FM. 

The news for Richer represents a homecoming of sorts. Before her stint at WMAL she served as the news director for WONK-FM.

“I am so excited to rejoin the team at iHeartMedia Washington, DC for this incredible new opportunity to work with such a talented team of programmers and talent,” Richer said. 

In September, Barrett News Media reported that WONK-FM hired accomplished programmer Dennis Glasgow to head the station. Glasgow spent several years at 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, North Carolina. Glasgow has also programmed top sports stations in Portland and Washington D.C. 

“I am looking forward to helping deliver an awesome experience for the Washington DC community through these landmark stations,” added Richer.

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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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Audacy News/Talk Reductions Continue

Audacy is currently facing the possibility of being delisted by the New York Stock Exchange due to the price of their share remaining under $1 for longer than 30 business days.

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After a reported directive to cut 10% of their workforce, Audacy has continued to reduce their news talk radio staff in various markets.

The following news talk personnel have seen their jobs eliminated:
WCCO in Minneapolis Late Night with Henry Lake Producer Craig Schroepfer
WCCO in Minneapolis Sports to the Max with Mike Max host Mike Max
WWL in New Orleans News Producer/Digital Content Producer Kenny Kuhn
KJCE in Austin Producer/Public Affairs Director John Zenor
KDKA in Pittsburgh host Kevin Battle

Audacy is currently facing the possibility of being delisted by the New York Stock Exchange due to the price of their share remaining under $1 for longer than 30 business days.

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James Golden Excited for the Future of News/Talk Format

Golden appeared on WFMD’s “Morning News Express” Wednesday to discuss talk radio in the post-Rush Limbaugh era.

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Former Rush Limbaugh producer James Golden aka Bo Snerdley believes there’s a bright future ahead for the news/talk format. 

Golden appeared on WFMD’s “Morning News Express” Wednesday to discuss talk radio in the post-Rush Limbaugh era. He also discussed the many talented hosts that have stepped in to fill major voids left by Limbaugh’s passing.

“We have such talent in this industry, and we have so many interesting people,” Golden said. He referenced numerous hosts who are heard both regionally and nationally.

Golden praised Clay Travis, Buck Sexton, Dan Bongino, and Dana Loesch who he said are passionate defenders of free speech. 

“I think talk radio can be very, very healthy for generations to come,” he said. This is where American conservatives meet, on the radio. The left in this country has done a really good job of holding onto their legacy networks, although we are making inroads there too.” 

Golden is carving his own path in the talk radio game. Following Limbaugh’s passing, Golden authored a book and produced a series of podcasts about Rush. 

Currently, he hosts a daily show on 77 WABC in New York City. 

“We have so many hosts spread across the country, whether they’re in local markets or doing national shows, talk radio to me is a healthy vibrant business that will continue to flourish for decades to come.” 

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