An iconic news/talk brand will celebrate its centennial anniversary Tuesday. Atlanta’s WSB 95.5 first signed on the air on March 15, 1922.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the station was first launched as “The Voice of the South.” The station is currently owned by Cox Media and was first owned by The Atlanta Journal which eventually merged with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
WSB has earned more Peabody and Murrow awards than most people can count. Last year, the station was awarded the prestigious Marconi “Legendary Station of the Year.”
The start of World War II prompted WSB to begin playing more news including a show called “The War Mailbag,” which provided information about life in wartime.
The 1960s turned out to be a defining era for WSB. The station would purchase a helicopter to cover vehicle crashes. In 1966, WSB reporter Andy Still was assaulted during civil rights protests.
In 1970, WSB newsman Gordon Van Mol entered a burning house and rescued an elderly woman. By 1990, the station would drop music to focus on news/talk. By the 21st Century, Herman Cain joined the station as a talk show host but would leave WSB to run for president.
In 2010, the station added an FM simulcast on 95.5. The station’s strong weekday lineup featuring Eric Von Haessler, Erick Erickson, make WSB a ratings powerhouse.
WSB Radio is the oldest station in the Southeast and one of the oldest radio stations in the United States.
Ryan Hedrick serves as the Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. Prior to WFMD, he hosted an afternoon program at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA. He has worked at Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and for stations in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked at WIBW-AM in Topeka KS, earning the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.