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Chris Bolt, Meg Craig Appointed to GM Roles at The Newhouse School

Bolt takes over their radio station at WAER; meanwhile, Craig is now head of the Orange Television Network.

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The Newhouse School at Syracuse University has produced a lot of journalists and media members, and now they’re making some changes to continue that tradition of being a top school for aspiring journalism students. 

Chris Bolt and Meg Craig are taking over the general manager positions at The Newhouse School. Bolt takes over their radio station at WAER; meanwhile, Craig is now head of the Orange Television Network.

Bolt brings plenty of experience to the position as his work has appeared on NPR, CBS, ABC, and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.

Furthermore, Bolt has taught, mentored, and supplied a platform for development to more than a thousand Syracuse University students pursuing careers in broadcasting.

“I am excited and honored to be able to lead WAER Public Media forward as we continue to serve our audience and fulfill the mission of our students’ professional development,” Bolt said. 

“I have devoted my career to public radio and to teaching aspiring broadcasters and journalists. I am fortunate to be able to continue working with a staff that has extensive experience and commitment to the same missions.”

Craig joins Newhouse from Syracuse.com, where she focused on online content and covered politics and government affairs. The Orange Television Network’s new general manager also has experience outside the university as a former reporter and national/foreign content editor for the Chicago Tribune.

“I’m thrilled to move into this role at Newhouse, working alongside our students to help elevate their content and the entire network,” Craig said. 

“Andy has left big shoes to fill—he created OTN out of nothing and spent nearly 20 years helping students produce their best work. But I’m excited for the challenge of taking it to the next level and getting more students involved in the process.”

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Howard Stern Reveals MSNBC Go-To Source for News

Stern told “Morning Joe” in an extensive interview that MSNBC is the network for him regarding cable news consumption.

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SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern told “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist in an extensive interview that MSNBC is the network for him regarding cable news consumption. 

Stern stated that he’s a major fan of “Morning Joe” and went the extra mile to say that he and co-host Joe Scarborough share the same political idealogy.

“I watch you guys every morning,” Stern said (h/t Mediaite). “I really enjoy the show. Oddly, I agree politically with almost everything Joe says. I don’t think there’s much difference there.”

The radio host thanked MSNBC for providing him with what he loves: 24/7 news. Additionally, Stern offered a shoutout to network host Symone Sanders and stated he’s no fan of Dateline repeats.

“By the way, I want to give a shoutout to MSNBC,” Stern added. “Thank God you don’t play the old Datelines anymore on the weekends. I like news. I watch this channel exclusively for news. I tune out on the weekend. 

“It’s like all news stuff. I’m watching old Datelines. I like when you guys are onI like news 24/7, and now I find I’m getting it. I get Symone on the weekend. Big fan of hers. Symone coming on strong. What can I tell you? I know the whole lineup.”

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Trespassing Charges Against John DePetro Dismissed

DePetro have been dismissed as he faced a trespassing charge related to an incident over the summer during a Monday court hearing.

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Charges against John DePetro have been dismissed as the radio host faced a trespassing charge related to an incident over the summer during a Monday court hearing.

DePetro was arrested in mid-August outside a home on Staples Avenue in Warwick.

Police searched the house several months earlier as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Charlotte Lester, who has been missing for six months.

“I respect our justice system and respect law enforcement, specifically the Warwick PD,” DePetro said on Twitter. “The search for Charlotte Lester continues as I resume efforts searching for answers into her disappearance and holding Mark Perkins accountable for his actions against myself and Ladybug.”

The man who lives there, Mark Perkins, was also arrested the following day after he allegedly charged at DePetro with a lawnmower while DePetro was live-streaming. 

Unlike DePetro, who had his charges dismissed, Perkins still faces an assault charge, according to court records.

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Oklahoma’s The Eagle 96.9 Rebrands as Freedom 96.9

KZLS started simulcasting on KQOB at the beginning of this year after the 96.9 signal was leased to Citadel and Cumulus Media for nineteen years. 

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Champlin Broadcasting Conservative Talk The Eagle 96.9 KQOB Enid/Oklahoma City and 1640 KZLS Enid will look a little different for its listeners as the station has rebranded.

Rather than calling itself The Eagle 96.9, the radio station will now be known as Freedom 96.9 (h/t Radio Insight). KZLS started simulcasting on KQOB at the beginning of this year after the 96.9 signal was leased to Citadel and Cumulus Media for nineteen years. 

The station features a syndicated lineup, including Hugh Hewitt, Brian Kilmeade, Dan Bongino, Mike Gallagher, Joe Pags, and Bill O’Reilly. Furthermore, with the rebrand possibly comes a new addition.

Freedom 96.9 is teasing the addition of Dana Loesch to the lineup as well to enhance the rebrand further as the station begins a new chapter as it provides news/talk to the residents. 

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