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LA-based News/Talk Hosts Nominated for 2022 Radio Hall-of-Fame

Twenty-four total nominees were announced Monday, and more than 600 industry members will cast confidential ballots, with inductees being announced on Monday, July 25th. 

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Los Angeles-based news/talk personalities John and Ken and Larry Elder are among those nominated for induction into the 2022 Radio Hall-of-Fame. 

Twenty-four total nominees were announced Monday, and more than 600 industry members will cast confidential ballots, with inductees being announced on Monday, July 25th. 

“We’ve made changes in 2022 to allow voting participants to vote for up to six nominees for induction and limit the voting process to knowledgeable industry members,” said Kraig T. Kitchin, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame, in a statement. “Listeners and industry members alike contributed more than 2500 suggestions for the Nominating Committee to consider in addition to their own considerations.” 

John Koblyt and Ken Chiampou co-host the “John and Ken” show on weekday afternoons on KFI AM 640. The iconic duo has been together for 35 years and is the longest-running team in talk radio history both in Los Angeles and nationally, according to the station’s website

Larry Elder recently left his nationally syndicated radio show at Salem Media Group to join Epoch Media Group (EMG) as a television host on Epoch TV. Elder, aka “The Sage From South Central,” was a fixture on TalkRadio 790 KABC for over two decades. Last year, Elder challenged California Gov. Gavin Newsome in a recall election and lost. 

“The 2022 list of nominees for induction to the Radio Hall of Fame this year represents some of the most talented individuals in the history of our medium,” said Dennis Green, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame; this year’s nominees made their mark in a variety of formats from coast-to-coast and town-to-town up and down the dial.

The 2022 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony is on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, in Chicago. 

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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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