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Steve Cochran: WLS Show Is “My Greatest Hits Plus a Bunch of New Stuff”

Cochran will be the station’s fifth morning host in the last ten years. 

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Steve Cochran is a veteran Chicago radio host, so he’s someone familiar with the market as he takes over the morning slot at WLS 89-AM. However, Cochran will be the station’s fifth morning host in the last ten years. 

“It’s no secret that this morning show has a huge hole to climb out of, and I believe we will,” Cochran told Robert Feder. “I’m not getting up at 3 a.m. to lose.”

What WLS has going for them is that Cochran is a recognizable name in the city, having spent 30 years on the radio airwaves. Furthermore, he’s encouraging listeners who have followed him throughout the years to tune in and those who disagree with him also to listen to see if they’re right. 

“If you liked me in the past, you will still . . . and if you hated my show, you should listen and see if you were right. This show will be local first and inform, entertain, inspire and be funny every day [with] great guests, great interviews, and more politics. It’s kind of my greatest hits plus a bunch of new stuff,” Cochran said. 

Feder asked Cochran where he fits in at WLS politically since he’s coming over from rival WGN and will also have a former colleague, Andrea Darlas, who’ll fill in as a contributor while a search is ongoing for a permanent teammate.

“The far left and the far right are the problem — not the solution. One-party rule doesn’t work . . . in Chicago, Illinois, or D.C. I’ll call out any politician gaming the system,” Cochran said. 

“The ones who want the power but aren’t so interested in actually serving the people. I intend to inspire real participation. The extremes always show up and call in, but the question is: will the independents?”

Cochran can be heard from 5:30 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

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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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