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WFAS Announces Lineup for All-Digital Shift

AM 1230 had previously announced elimination of analog signal would be coming

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A Cumulus-owned station in White Plains, New York will become just the third AM station in the nation to abandon its analog signal on Monday.

AM 1230 announced that it is flipping its sports format to conservative news/talk when it makes the digital switch.

“WFAS will no longer be available on analog-only AM radios,” Cumulus said. “Broadcasting in digital will eliminate annoying static and interference, improve the sound quality to equal FM radio and streaming and extend the range for clear reception.”

AM 1230’s news/talk lineup will include exclusively syndicated beginning with Chris Plante 9a-noon, Dan Bongino noon – 3p, Ben Shapiro 3-5 p, Michael Knowles 5-6p, and Rich Eisen 6-9p. The station will air Red Eye Radio overnights.

New rules in place from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allow AM stations to elect all-digital operations, shutting off its analog signal.

WFAS is in Westchester County and serves New York’s northern suburbs.

The first station to go all-digital is Hubbard Broadcasting’s experimental WWFD-AM “The Gamut,” at 820 kHz in Frederick, Md.

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WBEN’s Tim Wenger Recounts Covering Buffalo Mass Shooting as News Broke

“I received a phone call from a source that I have within the Buffalo Police Department who said he thought it would be a good idea if we had someone at the Tops Market on Jefferson Ave,” Wenger said.

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This past weekend, an alleged White Supremacist went into a Buffalo supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood and killed ten people. 

One of the news media outlets leading the coverage in Buffalo was Audacy “Newsradio 930” WBEN. The radio station jumped in to fill the nation and its residents as to what went on. 

In an interview with Inside Radio, Brand Manager Tim Wenger, talked the website through its coverage as soon as the news broke about the shooting.

“I received a phone call from a source that I have within the Buffalo Police Department who said he thought it would be a good idea if we had someone at the Tops Market on Jefferson Ave,” Wenger said.

“I did a little bit of research while I was on the way and discovered there was an active shooting situation (…) We had heard eight, and then nine and then 10. It just kept escalating over the course of a couple of hours on scene before finally, there was official word from authorities in the form of a press conference.”

Wenger then discussed how the story was developing, keeping the entire station on high alert to what was coming out and why they needed to be on top of the information. 

“This happened in a really close-knit community where people know each other. It’s not a typical urban environment where everybody just kind of goes about their business,” Wenger added. 

“This is a community that fought for that store to be there years ago. And we’re just trying to give everyone a voice and not decide for anybody what needs to happen but listen to everybody and let the community decide what needs to happen.”

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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to Fill In As Morning Host at WLOB

The embattled former politician served federal prison time after being convicted on wire fraud and tax evasion charges.

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A talk radio station in Baltimore has tapped the city’s former mayor to fill in for morning host Larry Young as he recovers from surgery.

According to Radio Ink, Catherine Pugh has been hired to fill the void. The embattled former politician served federal prison time after being convicted on wire fraud and tax evasion charges.

“The defendant’s scheme to cheat the taxpayers of Baltimore was as bold as it was brazen, and today’s sentence shows that the punishment for those actions is swift and severe,” said FBI agent Alfred Watson, in a statement published on the Department of Justice’s website.

WOLB Talk 1010 is owned by Urban One. The station bills itself as “Baltimore’s station for the people, with Larry Young every morning discussing issues that matter to you.”

Pugh has broadcast experience, having worked on the air at WGTW-TV in the Philadelphia area, hosting a weekly public affairs show.

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Two New Radio Stations Will Carry Vox’s “Today Explained”

“Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios.

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Vox Media’s flagship daily news podcast “Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios. The show is expanding, reaching other stations, including one in a marquee market. 

The company announced that “Today Explained” will now be adding two new stations to the roster, KCRW (Los Angeles) and WEKU (Eastern Kentucky). 

“The KCRW audience is curious, connected, and drawn to the most interesting stories – not just the most immediate,” Evan George, content director of news for KCRW, said. 

Today Explained fits our approach to newsy storytelling with heart. We’re also excited for KCRW listeners to hear some public media voices from around the country help tell the big story of the day without being limited to a four-minute segment.”

Los Angeles is the second-largest public radio market in the U.S., and for co-host Sean Rameswaram, an L.A. native, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Furthermore, the show frequently covers the state of California, whether it’s from politicians to policies pushed. 

Here are the radio stations carrying Vox’s daily news podcast:

  • KCRW (Santa Monica, CA)
  • WEKU (Richmond / Lexington, KY)
  • WEVO / New Hampshire Public Radio (Concord, NH)
  • WITF (Harrisburg, PA)
  • WVPS / Vermont Public Radio (Burlington)
  • WVXU / Cincinnati Public Radio (Cincinnati)
  • WHYY (Philadelphia)
  • WRKF (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • WWNO / New Orleans Public Radio (New Orleans)
  • WCBU (Peoria, IL)
  • WGLT (Normal, IL)
  • KOPB / Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland)
  • WUOM / Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
  • WUFT (Gainesville, FL)
  • WLPR / Lakeshore Public Media (Lowell, IN)

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