New Jersey 101.5 news team, like other radio stations, has been receiving Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTDNA. They received an honor for the “Best Newscast” for its Nov. 3, 2021 edition of “New Jersey’s First News with Eric Scott,” informing the morning after Election Day.
During New Jersey’s gubernatorial election, Gov. Phil Murphy wasn’t announced the winner until two days after the polls closed.
While other media outlets called the race, only New Jersey 101.5 kept its audience informed with confirmed vote tallies as they came in. Murphy’s opponent, Jack Ciattarelli, would take another eight days to concede the race officially.
“What we do matters,” New Jersey 101.5 Market President Brian Lang said, per Radio Ink. “No other broadcast outlet in the region matched our coverage of this important election.”
“This award acknowledges what hundreds of thousands of listeners and millions of online readers already recognize: New Jersey 101.5’s commitment to the Garden State.”
The winning newscast from the radio station featured reporting by New Jersey 101.5 Statehouse Bureau Chief Michael Symons, mirrors that time’s uncertainty and notifies listeners regarding state Senate President Steve Sweeney’s stunning loss to political upstart Edward Durr.
New Jersey 101.5 went up against Pennsylvania and New York stations and now progresses to the National Murrow Award competition, with the awards to be announced this summer.
“This win is an acknowledgment of the critical role that we have at this radio station, and more importantly to those who rely on us for that information,” New Jersey 101.5 News Director Annette Petriccione said.
Ben Shapiro: Donald Trump Endorsing People Doesn’t Carry a Lot of Power
During his show on Wednesday, Shapiro said Trump may hold power over the Republican party but when it comes to local political races, there are other factors at play.
Syndicated radio host and author Ben Shapiro suggested that an endorsement from former President Donald Trump is not the golden ticket it’s portrayed to be.
“So, there’s a difference between Donald Trump endorsing a person, which I don’t think has a lot of power. And Donald Trump is destroying people,” Shapiro said via Mediate.
“He (Trump) actually talked about how Brian Kemp was terrible and horrible and no good and very bad. And Brian Kemp won because he had earned the loyalty of the Republican voting base in Georgia, despite Trump’s anger at Brian Kemp.”
Shapiro concluded that “Trump does not have the sort of stranglehold the media thinks he has on the Republican Party.”
Recently, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is one Trump-endorsed candidate that has backed away from the former president.
An Axios analysis of Oz’s social media and campaign website uncovered that the Republican candidate is no longer lauding his Trump endorsement ahead of the midterm elections this fall.
Longtime WIBC News Anchor Retires After Nearly 30 Years
Stan Lehr is calling it quits with his final day coming July 1.
Longtime WIBC-FM news anchor Stan Lehr is calling it quits after nearly 30 years behind the microphone. The Indianapolis Star reports that Lehr’s last day will be July 1.
WIBC is owned by Emmis Communications who last week announced a move to sell its Indianapolis radio properties to Maryland-based Radio One. Lehr’s retirement reportedly had nothing to do with the news of the impending sale.
“This will bring to an end a long chapter in the station’s history,” WIBC News Director Chris Davis wrote in his email. “His reputation as a stickler has been widely-known in the industry for decades.”
Davis described Lehr as a “stickler” who never wanted recognition for his work.
“Instead, he made it clear to all who work or have worked with him that strong writing, accuracy, and excellence in delivery are the best ways to serve the listeners,” added Davis.
WWL, FEMA Unveiling New Emergency Broadcast Studio
The news conference will occur at 9 a.m. CT, leading to official remarks, Q&A, a tour of the facility, and a live demonstration at the WWL PEP station emergency studio.
FEMA and Audacy’s WWL-AM/FM will present the unveiling of an all-hazards upgrade to the “Primary Entry Point” facility on June 28th.
Some of the speakers at the event will include Erik Hooks, Deputy Administrator, FEMA, and Kevin Cassidy, Senior Vice-President, Market Manager, Audacy-WWL.
“The modernization to the emergency studio increases WWL’s resiliency to continue broadcasting under all conditions, including natural disasters and acts of terrorism,” the statement said which Barrett News Media obtained. “This facility is one of 77 across the country that serve as a National Public Warning System Primary Entry Point (PEP) station, participating with FEMA to provide emergency alert and warning information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.”
“WWL is the 15th radio station in the country to work with FEMA to complete the all-hazards upgrade, which includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events.”
Anyone attending the event will arrive at check-in 15 minutes before the press conference starts.