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Clay Travis on CNN+ Shutting Down: The Biggest Media Failure of All Time

Travis called the move an epic failure.

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Hundreds of millions of dollars and less than 30 days later, Warner Bros. Discovery announced that it was cutting the cord on streaming service CNN+. As originally reported in Variety, the operation will officially cease on April 30.

News/talk pundits wasted no time pouncing on the flop, which was trending on Twitter for several hours Thursday. 

Nationally syndicated radio hosts Clay Travis and Buck Sexton broke the news to their audience shortly after signing on; Travis called the move an epic failure. 

“I think that’s basically the length of Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Chris Humphries back in the day, if I’m not mistaken,” said Travis.  “This is maybe the biggest media failure of all time when you consider that they have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the launch of CNN+.” 

“What do you think the over-under is on when Chris Wallace shows up on The Masked Singer or perhaps Dancing with the Stars?” Sexton added. 

Caroline Nahill, who works at CNN, tweeted about the news, saying CNN+ was her first job out of college.

“Dozens of entry-level budding journalists, most of whom graduated in the pandemic, are in the same boat,” referring to a lost opportunity amid the news of the shutdown. “Keep them in mind alongside the big names.” 

More seasoned journalists who don’t work for the network weighed in. NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly tweeted that she was thinking of those behind the scenes that will most likely be left without a job. 

“Sending strong thoughts to the journalists & friends who poured their talents & energy into creating something brave and new at CNN+. Here’s to the next chapter.  

CNN made massive financial commitments to several people including Chris Wallace who was hired to headline a show on the network. There is no word on his future.

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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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