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Milwaukee’s Black Community To Be Served By 101.7 The Truth

“The exact launch date has not yet been revealed, but Good Karma expects to introduce the station in 2020.”

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Good Karma Brands is taking action to provide a voice for Milwaukee’s Black community. The company has announced plans for the launch of “101.7 The Truth”, a brand which will focus on providing local shows, news, information and discussion by and for members of the Black community.

“At Good Karma Brands we believe every voice matters, but as the events of this past year unfolded, we realized there were underrepresented voices that had so much to say and needed to be heard,” CEO and founder Craig Karmazin said in a company issued press release. “We believe there is a unique opportunity for us in Milwaukee to launch a station that can make a real impact across the city, and within our company.”

Good Karma did not reveal an exact launch date but says they expect to introduce the station in 2020. A majority of the content will emphasize empowerment, faith and community.

VP/Market Manager Steve Wexler added, “With the launch of 101.7 The Truth, we are making good on our promise to serve our community in a deeper and more meaningful way, and to specifically serve our Black neighbors and friends who make up nearly 40% of Milwaukee’s population. I’m thrilled to launch this station with our talented hometown team.”

To make the new format a reality, Good Karma will buy back the signals to WRRD and the 101.7 translator signal. They had been utilized by Michael Crute who was broadcasting a liberal talk format known as “Talk 101.7.” The company is hoping to finalize the purchase in the first quarter of 2021.

The responsibility of bringing the brand to life will belong to General Manager Cherie Harris and Operations Manager Kyle Wallace. Harris is a Milwaukee media veteran having worked in radio and television for iHeartMedia and WITI-TV. Wallace has been with Good Karma since 2016 and has served as an admissions counselor at Marquette University.

“We are going to put together a meeting place,” Harris remarked. “A place for honest and real debate, as well as welcoming conversation, and a place for celebration and connection within the Black community.”

“We have already started the search for the voices that will make 101.7 The Truth a destination for the stories and experiences that are relevant to the Black community,” Wallace said. “We have the resources to make sure that our new station really is a local marketplace for ideas and commerce. This isn’t a nationally-syndicated project, it’s home-grown.”

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Ben Shapiro: Donald Trump Endorsing People Doesn’t Carry a Lot of Power

During his show on Wednesday, Shapiro said Trump may hold power over the Republican party but when it comes to local political races, there are other factors at play.

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Syndicated radio host and author Ben Shapiro suggested that an endorsement from former President Donald Trump is not the golden ticket it’s portrayed to be.

During his show on Wednesday, Shapiro said Trump may hold power over the Republican party but when it comes to local political races, there are other factors at play.

“So, there’s a difference between Donald Trump endorsing a person, which I don’t think has a lot of power. And Donald Trump is destroying people,” Shapiro said via Mediate.

“He (Trump) actually talked about how Brian Kemp was terrible and horrible and no good and very bad. And Brian Kemp won because he had earned the loyalty of the Republican voting base in Georgia, despite Trump’s anger at Brian Kemp.”

Shapiro concluded that “Trump does not have the sort of stranglehold the media thinks he has on the Republican Party.” 

Recently, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is one Trump-endorsed candidate that has backed away from the former president.

An Axios analysis of Oz’s social media and campaign website uncovered that the Republican candidate is no longer lauding his Trump endorsement ahead of the midterm elections this fall.

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Longtime WIBC News Anchor Retires After Nearly 30 Years

Stan Lehr is calling it quits with his final day coming July 1.

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Longtime WIBC-FM news anchor Stan Lehr is calling it quits after nearly 30 years behind the microphone. The Indianapolis Star reports that Lehr’s last day will be July 1. 

WIBC is owned by Emmis Communications who last week announced a move to sell its Indianapolis radio properties to Maryland-based Radio One. Lehr’s retirement reportedly had nothing to do with the news of the impending sale. 

“This will bring to an end a long chapter in the station’s history,” WIBC News Director Chris Davis wrote in his email. “His reputation as a stickler has been widely-known in the industry for decades.” 

Davis described Lehr as a “stickler” who never wanted recognition for his work. 

“Instead, he made it clear to all who work or have worked with him that strong writing, accuracy, and excellence in delivery are the best ways to serve the listeners,” added Davis. 

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WWL, FEMA Unveiling New Emergency Broadcast Studio

The news conference will occur at 9 a.m. CT, leading to official remarks, Q&A, a tour of the facility, and a live demonstration at the WWL PEP station emergency studio. 

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FEMA and Audacy’s WWL-AM/FM will present the unveiling of an all-hazards upgrade to the “Primary Entry Point” facility on June 28th. 

The news conference will occur at 9 a.m. CT, leading to official remarks, Q&A, a tour of the facility, and a live demonstration at the WWL PEP station emergency studio. 

Some of the speakers at the event will include Erik Hooks, Deputy Administrator, FEMA, and Kevin Cassidy, Senior Vice-President, Market Manager, Audacy-WWL. 

“The modernization to the emergency studio increases WWL’s resiliency to continue broadcasting under all conditions, including natural disasters and acts of terrorism,” the statement said which Barrett News Media obtained. “This facility is one of 77 across the country that serve as a National Public Warning System Primary Entry Point (PEP) station, participating with FEMA to provide emergency alert and warning information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.”

“WWL is the 15th radio station in the country to work with FEMA to complete the all-hazards upgrade, which includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events.”

Anyone attending the event will arrive at check-in 15 minutes before the press conference starts.

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