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Joe Piscopo Says All NY Radio, Listeners One Big Family

Piscopo also urged listeners not to let political differences come between family and friends during the holidays.

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Family was the prevailing theme for the first hour of The Joe Piscopo Show Monday morning on 790 AM New York. During that slot Piscopo, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, related stories of Thanksgiving visits with his brother and elderly mother, adding that he felt listeners to his program and all the local New York radio stations were family.

“We are all in this together,” Piscopo said. “New York radio and our listeners are stronger than ever. I don’t see us as competing with each other. We are one big family together. My bosses and their bosses (at other stations) do a great job.”

Piscopo tells a story from his own Thanksgiving celebration that illustrates how families stay strong through difficult circumstances.

“My mother is elderly and while I believe we should reopen New York and start living our normal lives again, this virus is an insidious thing,” Piscopo said. “We have to be careful. I didn’t hug her even though I wanted to. We all sat out on the porch and she sat on the other side of the screen door. She had boxed turkey dinners that she had made for all the children and grandchildren individually. My bother Kevin, he made me a baked ZITI. It was the best Thanksgiving I have ever had. Hanukkah and Christmas are coming up and I hope you are as excited about them as I am.”

Piscopo also urges listeners not to let political differences come between family and friends during the holidays.

“Most of my family and friends are liberal democrats, not socialists, but just the old school liberal democrats,” he said. “I understand why because I used to be one myself. My grandparents came to this country not knowing a word of English and always voted Democrat because they were one of us and would look out for us. I used to think the same way. I used to make fun of Ronald Reagan when I was on Saturday Night Live (1980-1984). Then I met him and realized this is a smart guy who knows what he is doing. My democratic family and friends are good people. They just haven’t seen the light like I have.”

Piccolo adds that while he understands why some people voted Democratic, he is still a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.

“People ask me all the time why I still talk about the election because it’s over now,” he said. “It’s not over. This election was rigged and we knew it was going to be. It could go all the way to the Supreme Court. I don’t know if we will get it done by December 14th (the day the Electoral College votes), but I will keep talking about it. If you are listening right now, you understand what’s going on. You are a patriot. I feel like you  are part of my family and I love each and every one of you.”

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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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