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St. James Encourages Affluent Listeners to Donate Stimulus Checks to Charity

St. James’ comment came after the House and the Senate reached a compromise on a 900 billion dollar package late Sunday that is expected to be signed by Donald Trump on Monday.

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Bruce St. James just started his new job at WLS-AM in Chicago after moving over from the Phoenix market on December 14th. He has barely settled into his new radio home before delivering a potentially controversial take on the next round of stimulus checks on Monday’s edition of The Bruce St. James Show. He encouraged people who do not need the money to donate it to charity.

St. James’ comment came after the House and the Senate reached a compromise on a 900 billion dollar package late Sunday that is expected to be signed by Donald Trump on Monday.  According to CNN, a one time payment of six hundred dollars would be made to individuals making below a certain amount of money per year, while those drawing unemployment would receive an extra three hundred dollars per week on top of the benefits already received.

The extra three hundred dollars per week seem to be a sticking point for St. James.

“For a lot of people, the extra unemployment benefits are a better gig than working.”

He then offers anecdotal evidence to support his claim.

“I was at LAX this summer and I went to find a LYFT ride on the app and it said there were none available,” St. James said. “So I had to take an ancient form of transportation known as a cab. You just wave your hand and one appears like magic. I asked around and people said there was a shortage of LYFT and Uber drivers because they getting six hundred dollars per week at the time extra unemployment benefits. It was better money than they made with LYFT or Uber.”

According to multiple sources, there is a ride sharing shortage in California. However, that could be attributed to orders to reclassify drivers as employees instead of independent contractors or a variety of other factors.

St. James also takes issue with the differing impacts the stimulus package will have across the country.  That’s when he urges listeners who can, to donate their stimulus checks to charity.

“Here in Chicago, six hundred dollars barely covers a month’s rent, but if you get an extra six hundred dollars in Tupelo, Mississippi, they will probably elect you as mayor. I’m not saying the stimulus package isn’t needed. It is. I feel sorry for the single mom trying to make ends meet or the person who was laid off and then started back to work and lost their job again because of this crap. They need help. But some people don’t and for those of you, Merry Christmas, you just got an extra six hundred dollars. I realize that some people need this new stimulus check to pay rent or put food on the table, but some people don’t. If you don’t need it, just donate it to charity.”

Louisiana pastor Tony Spell received criticism from the national media when he asked his congregation to donate their stimulus checks to the church in April. It remains to be seen if St. James’ comments will receive a similar backlash.

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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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