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Piscopo Urges Cuomo to Apologize for Nursing Home Scandal

Unlike many in today’s Talk Radio Industry, Piscopo is very measured in his criticism of Cuomo. In fact, Piscopo has said on numerous occasions that he holds the Cuomo family in high regard, particularly Andrew Cuomo’s father Mario.

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Joe Piscopo, host of The Joe Piscopo Show on New York’s 970 AM, has had a history of criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. In 2018, Piscopo took issue with Cuomo’s statement that “America was never that great to begin with”. Earlier this month on his program, Piscopo discussed Cuomo’s alleged refusal to listen to New York Health officials concerning COVID vaccines, leading several prominent figures in the department to resign. When the news broke Thursday night about Cuomo’s aide admitting they hid the number of New York nursing home deaths, Piscopo addressed the issue on Friday morning’s show.

“I always try to stay positive and I hate to be political, but there is really no way to spin this story positively. Governor Cuomo basically forced patients back into nursing homes, COVID spread like wildfire and then they tried to hide the numbers. That pretty much encapsulates what’s going on.”

The accusations stem from Cuomo’s Executive Order to send COVID patients back to nursing homes in attempt to relieve strain on New York’s hospitals during the height of the pandemic. Governor Cuomo is meeting with President Joe Biden today and Piscopo’s guest Nick Langworthy, chairman of the New York Republican Party, says Cuomo should be arrested as soon as he arrives in Washington.

“Look, he tried to cover up over 9,000 deaths,” Langworthy said. “That’s a high crime. Impeachment is coming to New York very soon and he should be arrested as soon as he gets to Washington. When the Governor signed the Executive Order to put COVID positive patients back in nursing homes, he sentenced them to death.”

Piscopo, who identifies as an Independent politically, agrees with Langworthy that the alleged cover up goes far beyond a political issue due to the loss of human life.

“This is not a Republican versus Democratic issue,” Langworthy said. “This is about the loss of life and High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Unlike many in today’s Talk Radio Industry, Piscopo is very measured in his criticism of Cuomo. In fact, Piscopo has said on numerous occasions that he holds the Cuomo family in high regard, particularly Andrew Cuomo’s father Mario.

“I’ve known Andrew for years and  I don’t like to say bad things about people, but lives were lost apparently out of arrogance,” Piscopo said. “To be fair, President Trump has the same problem. Let me just say, humility is never a bad thing. It’s never wrong to say, ‘I’m sorry. I made a mistake’”.

Piscopo then urges Cuomo to adopt a contrite attitude if he speaks to the public about this in a press conference.

“Say I’m sorry. Say I messed up. Don’t get up there and try to excuse it away with fluff from a teleprompter. Don’t try to blame President Trump. This is not a good look and if you try to excuse it or blame someone else, you just dig a big hole much deeper.”

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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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