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Nebraska Afternoon Host Fired Over Chauvin Verdict Tweet

“Please know that this does not represent our viewpoint or our values, and we take this situation very seriously,” said C. Taylor Walet III, area president/Nebraska for iHeartRadio. “Chris Baker’s employment with our company has been terminated.”

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iHeartRadio fired its afternoon host in Omaha, Nebraska following a tweet that was deemed inappropriate which came minutes after the Derek Chauvin verdict.

Chris Baker, who hosted the afternoon show on NewsRadio 1110 KFAB tweeted a GIF image of four Black men wearing loincloths and body paint and dancing, possibly with spears in front of them with the word “guilty” in the body of the text. 

The station reportedly fired Baker almost immediately after it became aware of the tweet. Management called the post “completely inappropriate and unacceptable.”

“Please know that this does not represent our viewpoint or our values, and we take this situation very seriously,” said C. Taylor Walet III, area president/Nebraska for iHeartRadio. “Chris Baker’s employment with our company has been terminated.”

Baker told the OmahaWorld Herald that he inadvertently selected the wrong image while doing multiple things at once: hosting his show, lining up guests and monitoring the unfolding news after the verdict.

KFAB’s 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. timeslot, which is normally filled by Baker, instead featured KFAB regulars Producer Josh and Meghan Bird. No mention was made of Baker’s tweet during the show.

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Mark Levin’s New Book “American Marxism” Sells One Million Copies

New York Times bestseller list in the category of Combined Print & E-Book Non-Fiction lists Levin’s book at number 1 for 10 straight weeks.  

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Syndicated radio host Mark Levin’s new book “American Marxism” has been wildly successful in its first 10 weeks on the market.

One million copies of the book have been sold including print books, ebooks, and e-audiobooks, according to Threshold Editions.

“We applaud Mark Levin for his compelling scholarship and work,” Threshold deputy publisher Jennifer Long told Breitbart. “Bookscan reports American Marxism is currently the top-selling nonfiction book of 2021, and we anticipate it staying high on bestseller lists through the rest of the year.”

New York Times bestseller list in the category of Combined Print & E-Book Non-Fiction lists Levin’s book at number 1 for 10 straight weeks.  

“There’s a massive movement that’s all but ignored galvanizing against the tyranny swirling around us,” Levin told Breitbart News. “Americans love their country, unlike the ruling class and their surrogates, and they’re fed up. There will be pushback. It’s already here and growing.”

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Steve Miller Steps Down From His Full-Time Role With WBBM NewsRadio

Miller has been employed at the station for 38 years. He’ll reportedly return for occasional fill-in work and special projects. 

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WBBM NewsRadio’s Steve Miller is stepping down from his full-time role at the Chicago’s Audacy-owned station, according to Roger Feder. 

Miller has been employed at the station for 38 years. He’ll reportedly return for occasional fill-in work and special projects. 

“We’ve been blessed with many great reporters over the years, but when it comes to digging for tough-to-find information, I can’t think of anyone better than Steve Miller,” brand manager Ron Gleason told Feder. 

Miller joined WBBM immediately after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1983. 

Miller plans to spend more time at his condominium in Hawaii. 

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760 WJR Elevates Kevin Dietz To Full Time Hosting Role

The Emmy award-winning investigative reporter spent nearly 30-years at Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV before he was fired in 2019 for making an alleged racial comment about another reporter.

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Longtime Detroit reporter Kevin Dietz has been named full-time host at NewsTalk 760 WJR, he revealed on Twitter. Dietz has been hosting WJR Late Mornings since Frank Beckmann retired six months ago. 

“I took a pretty cool new job! Working 9-noon Monday -Friday on WJR 760,” he said. “I remember JP McCarthy as a kid on this station! I am blessed.”

The Emmy award-winning investigative reporter spent nearly 30-years at Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV before he was fired in 2019 for making an alleged racial comment about another reporter.

“The station has a zero-tolerance policy on racially insensitive comments, and they determined, despite the intent and context of my statement, that it violated the policy,” he said at the time.

Dietz garnered 17 Emmy awards in 26 years at WDIV. He began his career in Traverse City, Michigan in 1988.

WJR has not revealed if Dietz will continue hosting the show alone or if a co-host will be brought in.

You can listen to WJR and learn more about Late Mornings with Kevin Dietz by clicking this link.

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