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Boise Public Radio Recognized with 20 Awards

The organization’s reporting on the pandemic and the 2020 election were the big winners.

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The news and programming teams at Boise State Public Radio took home 20 awards at a ceremony by the Idaho Press Club last weekend. The statewide organization is occupied by working journalists whose focus is on freedom of information and fair reporting.

Several Boise State Public Radio partners garnered attention from the judges as well including, The Mountain West News Bureau, Guns & America, and Report for America.

Two of the main issues that dominated the news landscape were the 2020 election and the pandemic. The report teams did very well in both categories.

Election Report – Audio

1st – Madelyn Beck – Boise State Public Radio, 91.5 FM – “Bloomberg Sets Sights on Mountain West

2nd – James Dawson – Boise State Public Radio, 91.5 FM – “Ada Co. GOP Chair Used Party Funds on Private Expense, Allowed Questionable Audit

Pandemic Report – Audio

1st – Madelyn Beck – Boise State Public Radio, 91.5 FM – “From Livestock Auctions To Packing Plants, COVID-19 Has A Big Impact On Beef

2nd – Madelyn Beck – Boise State Public Radio, 91.5 FM – “Worsening Healthcare Crisis Forces Hospitals To Look Across State Borders

3rd – Samantha Wright, Gemma Gaudette, Frankie Barnhill – Boise State Public Radio, 91.5 FM – “As Protesters Disturb Health Board Meeting, Idaho Doctors Fight Worsening Pandemic

General News Report – Audio

2nd – James Dawson – Boise State Public Radio, 91.5 FM – “Ballot Initiatives Shutter in Idaho and the U.S. As Coronavirus Surges

3rd – Rachel Cohen – Boise State Public Radio, 91.5 FM – “Blaine County Deals With Coronavirus Hot Spot as Other Rural Idaho Communities Prepare for the Worst

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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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