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WTOP Announces Partnership with National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS became a personal matter for WTOP when they had two people from the station be diagnosed with Senior Sports Director Dave Johnson and WTOP anchor/reporter Mike Murillo announced they had the disease in 2019 and 2016, respectively.

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Washington DC-based radio station WTOP announced a partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater DC-Maryland Chapter, per Radio Online

The organization is working to enhance the life rate for people impacted by MS in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC. Furthermore, they’re raising funds for MS research.

MS became a personal matter for WTOP when they had two people from the station be diagnosed with Senior Sports Director Dave Johnson and WTOP anchor/reporter Mike Murillo announced they had the disease in 2019 and 2016, respectively.

“MS, look out; we are coming after you. We have the community, and we have the support,” said WTOP’s Dave Johnson. “My mom lost her battle to MS in 1979, and now with my WTOP family and the MS Society, we are going to finish the fight.”

“I am so thankful to have benefited from new treatments for MS but there is so much still to do, including finding ways to repair the damage the disease can cause,” said WTOP’s Mike Murillo. “With your help I truly believe there will soon come a day when we can say there’s a cure for MS.”

The National MS Society, the largest private funder of MS research globally, finances more than $1 billion to date. This partnership between the two aims to “Get on TOP of MS” by intensifying the task of the National MS Society, which is to cure MS while empowering individuals affected by MS to live their best lives.

“Together with Mike and Dave we wanted to do everything we could to help amplify the critical mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,” said WTOP General Manager Joel Oxley. “Our hope is that through this partnership we can help those in their journey with MS and work towards a world free of this devastating disease.”

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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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