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Bernie & Sid Reflect Back on Pearl Harbor Day

“Bernie & Sid played portions of FDR’s ‘Infamy Address’ while reflecting on Pearl Harbor Day.”

Jacob Conley

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On the 79th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bernie McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg of Bernie & Sid in the Morning on 77 WABC in New York, took to the air to share their thoughts on Pearl Harbor Day.

They began the segment by playing portions of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Day That Will Live in Infamy” address, which he delivered to the nation on December 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked.

“That was probably the highpoint of his presidency,” Rosenberg said when the clip finished playing. “FDR made some great speeches, the “Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself” and this one. A lot of people think both were the same speech, but one was actually in reference to the Great Depression and the other Pearl Harbor. After that however, things kind of went downhill for FDR. He really didn’t do much after that.”

Hearing the “Infamy” speech reminded McGuirk of another famous speech made after tragic events in American history.

“It is very similar to George W. Bush’s speech on top of the twisted rubble of the World Trade Center after September 11th,” McGuirk said. “When he said, ‘I can hear you. The whole world can hear you and soon enough, the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us.’ That was his moment that will stay with us just like FDR after Pearl Harbor. W’s approval rating was close to 97 percent at that point. Like you said with Roosevelt though, it was downhill from that point. He bungled the Iraq War. I will give him somewhat of a pass because he was kind of led by the nose into the whole thing. He was acting on bad information from Donald Rumsfeld and others, but as a President, you have to stand up and make better decisions at a time like that.”

Rosenberg then shifted the focus back to Pearl Harbor Day by relaying some of his personal experiences of visiting Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial to listeners.

“If you get a chance you really should go,” he said. “It’s an amazing and sobering experience. There is a place where you can step out on the memorial, look down and see bubbles are still coming up in the water. That’s from the oil that’s still leaking after 79 years and the bodies of the people who died onboard are still entombed on the ship. It really makes you stop and think about what happened 79 years ago today.”

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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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