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SiriusXM Has Inauguration Covered From Every Angle

POTUS provided the most centric coverage of the big day. Morning Show host Julie Mason was particularly busy. In addition to hosting her regular program, Julie Mason Mornings, she is also set to host a pair a special coverage blocks.

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Inauguration Day will garner coverage from all types of media outlets and understandably dominate the news cycle on Wednesday, but SIRIUSXM radio devoted a full 24 hours of coverage to the inauguration of Mr. Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States across its four exclusive political talk channels. POTUS provided the most centric coverage of the big day. Morning Show host Julie Mason was particularly busy. In addition to hosting her regular program, Julie Mason Mornings, she is also set to host a pair a special coverage blocks. The first covers the actual inauguration from 12-2 P.M. while the second covers the beginnings of the inauguration’s celebrations. The second block of special coverage is set to air from 6 -8 p.m., but the time slot could be extended if warranted.

In between, Michael Smerconish adopted the role of a sports pre-game show host, wrapping up the final hours of the Trump presidency and looking forward to the Joe Biden administration. Smerconish also broke the news that Trump left early on Marine One, breaking many long standing traditions that include an outgoing president not attending his successor’s inauguration for the first time since 1869.

In keeping with theme of breaking traditions, Smerconish interviewed Jean Becker, the former Chief of Staff for George H.W. Bush, to explain the protocols an outgoing president is supposed to follow on inauguration day.

“Some of these will be followed, but many will not,” Becker said with a laugh. “I think sharing just some of these rules for outgoing presidents is particularly poignant on this special day.”

Smerconish then outlines the procedural aspects of the day. Vice President Kamala Harris will be sworn in first and then at Noon,  Biden will take the oath of office.  Biden is then expected to sign Executive Orders and virtually swear in some members of his cabinet and staff before attending the inauguration party.

 SIRIUSXM’s partisan political channels like, Patriot and Progress also offered extensive coverage of the inauguration, but from conservative and liberal viewpoints respectively.  Sirius XM Urban View host Joe Madison discussed the inauguration and its impacts on the African-American culture with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

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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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