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Sarah Gilbert Exits as NPR’s VP of Programming

Gilbert will exit the network on July 11 for a new position outside the company.

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Some significant changes are coming to NPR as the radio station announced that their VP for News Programming, Sarah Gilbert, will exit the network on July 11 for a new position outside the company.

“Sarah’s contributions to NPR and public media have been immeasurable,” Senior VP of News and Editorial Director Nancy Barnes wrote in an email to staff, per Inside Radio.

“She was the driving force behind NPR’s move to a newsier format, especially on Morning Edition and later Up First, which she created in partnership with programming. This led to record audience growth before the disruption of the pandemic.”

Gilbert has been with NPR for a decade on two separate stints. She joined the public radio station in January 2012 as Senior Editor of “Weekend Edition.” Gilbert would return in October 2015 as Executive Producer of “Morning Edition.”

In 2017, Gilbert built and launched “Up First,” NPR’s daily morning news podcast, and in November 2017, she was then promoted to her current role. 

“She has been in the thick of every major story that has erupted – and we all know how relentless that has been – through innumerable early mornings and weekends as the news demanded to make sure our daily and weekend flagship shows and news podcasts were provocative, timely and relevant,” Barnes added. 

“Over the past few years, as the pandemic upended all our lives, she has led her teams with grace and empathy through some of the most difficult working conditions NPR has endured, taking on a lot of unseen work to ensure our shows stayed on the air to serve our 251 Member stations and their audiences without interruption. She has been a true partner to me through my 3.5 years at NPR, for which I am grateful.” 

NPR has named Cara Tallo the interim VP of News Programming. 

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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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