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WFDD Wins Five Regional Edward R Murrow Awards

The Winston Salem station won 33-percent of the awards given to the region. 

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Radio stations nationwide continue to garner Regional Edward R Murrow awards. The latest is WFDD in Winston Salem, which received five honors from the Radio Television Digital News Association. 

WFDD competes in the Large Market Radio division in Region 8, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Furthermore, the Winston Salem station won 33-percent of the awards given to the region. 

“We are incredibly humbled that RTDNA has showcased the work WFDD’s newsroom has done over the past year,” News Director Emily McCord said, per Radion Ink

“We have a team that is dedicated to the highest quality local journalism, and we feel privileged every day to serve our community and are grateful for their support which makes it possible for us to remain mission-focused every day.”

The station received honors for the Breaking News Coverage and Continuing News Coverage categories for reporting on the Mount Tabor High School shooting. 

Furthermore, WFDD also won awards for Excellence In Writing for Carolina Curious: Are there old-growth forests in North Carolina? Finally, they received honors in the Hard News category with their story on what changed locally one year after the death of George Floyd. 

“Truth be told, we get very excited about Murrow Award announcements. It’s validating to be recognized for the hard work our team does,” WFDD’s Assistant General Manager, Molly Davis, said. 

“But more than that, this recognition is a reflection of the trust our community has in us and the place of value we hold in their lives. Because without our listeners, and the support they provide, we would not be able to do this work. These awards belong to our listeners as much as they do to us.”

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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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