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WVHU’s Roten Looks Back on 20 Years

Roten thanks the listeners and advertisers who have stuck around

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Twenty years ago, Newsradio 800 WVHU’s Tom Roten was traveling a different career path. As the station’s play-by-play announcer at the time, Roten was unaware of the changes that were about to take place and how one postgame interview would impact his career.

While interviewing West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, whose son happened to be playing in the game that night, Roten unknowingly, was solidifying himself as the station’s new morning show man.

That was June of 2001. Fast forward to 2021 and Roten is still going strong, with a faithful morning audience that knows him as “Straight Shooter.”

Newsradio 800 WVHU recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and as Roten reflects on his unlikely transition to the news/talk format, he feels blessed to have been in the right place at the right time.

“I didn’t realize it at the time, but members of management were listening to the interview and had been looking for a local morning talk host to fill out the lineup of the station’s new talk format,” Roten recalled about the postgame interview with Sen. Capito. “We had Rush Limbaugh, but the rest of the lineup was still up in the air.” He was offered the morning gig and agreed to try it for a year. About his 20-year morning talk career, he says, “It’s hard to believe really.”

Roten thanked the listeners and advertisers who have stuck around.

“Talking about what’s going on in our region and in the nation from a local perspective has helped me bond with my listeners.”

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Joe Pagliarulo: I Don’t Know What We’re Doing If We Can’t Protect Children

Joe ‘Pags’ Pagliarulo made strong statements Tuesday regarding a mass school shooting that left at least 21 people dead in Uvalde, Texas. 

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Texas-based syndicated radio host Joe ‘Pags’ Pagliarulo made strong statements Tuesday regarding a mass school shooting that left at least 21 people dead in Uvalde, Texas. Barret News Media transcribed some of those comments from Pags’ Twitch broadcast, which took place hours after the shooting. 

Pagliarulo’s show originates from iHeartMedia’s 1200 News Radio WOAI. The studios are located approximately 83 miles away from where the shooting took place. Pags told his audience that his thoughts and prayers are with the victims. 

“If we can’t protect our children, I don’t know what we’re doing as a society,” Pags said. “I think it’s multiple folds of what’s wrong here. Those who want to knee-jerk react and say the school wasn’t secure enough; I think that you’re knee-jerk reacting. Those who are knee-jerk reacting and saying we need to repeal the Second Amendment, that’s stupid.” 

Pags stressed that what the country should be focusing on is the fact the families of 18 children will never see them again. 

“It is simply unimaginable to ever fathom not having your child again,” he said. “We assume that evil in our society will not get to our kids, that we will see them again after the school day. These children will never come home.” 

According to Fox News, Texas Gov Greg Abbott identified the suspect as Salvador Ramos, a Uvalde resident who is also dead and acted alone. Abbott said he had a handgun and possibly a rifle when he opened fire at Robb Elementary School. 

“I am telling you, as a father of children, this hits home,” Pags said. “You have to see where the breakdowns are in our society that allow for things like this to happen.”

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KMOX Makes Changes to Its Weekday Lineup

Beginning May 31, the station will grow its morning show “Total Information AM” to 10:00 a.m. CT, strengthened by co-anchors Carol Daniel, who returns to the newsroom, and Megan Lynch, investigative reporter. 

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Audacy has announced a revamped weekday lineup for News Radio 1120 AM and 98.7 FM KMOX. Beginning May 31, the station will grow its morning show “Total Information AM” to 10:00 a.m. CT, strengthened by co-anchors Carol Daniel, who returns to the newsroom, and Megan Lynch, investigative reporter. 

Joining Daniel and Lynch will be Debbie Monterrey and Tom Ackerman; they will deliver the news, traffic, weather, analysis, in-depth interviews, and open conversation.

“This series of updates underscores our overarching commitment to delivering news and balanced talk shows to the people of St. Louis, while accentuating the strength of our top-level hosts,” Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy St. Louis, said in a statement obtained by Barrett News Media

“From our award-winning morning show to our unrivaled coverage of the Cardinals, we want to elevate the conversation.”

Also, the station will launch a new midday show after the retirement of longtime on-air host Charlie Brennan. “The Show” will team hosts Amy Marxkors, Kevin Wheeler, and Chris Rongey and air weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT, effective May 31.

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NPR Promotes Edith Chapin, Terence Samuel to New Roles

NPR is announcing a couple of promotions within the company as Edith Chapin and Terence Samuel will be taking over new positions.

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NPR is announcing a couple of promotions within the company. Edith Chapin has led the newsgathering teams for the past seven years and will be promoted to VP & Executive Editor at Large. 

Chapin will stay entrenched in the newsroom in her new role but will spend a large part of her time working with Chief Development Officer Leora Hanser, as she has for the past several months. 

“I am eager to take on this role bridging the gap between the editorial world and fundraising, helping to share the story of NPR with potential donors and encouraging them to support our mission,” Chapin said, per Inside Radio.

The other promotion will see Terence Samuel promoted from Managing Editor to VP & Executive Editor. He will now permanently lead NPR’s newsgathering teams after filling this role for the last three months. 

“This is one of the best, most innovative newsrooms that exists anywhere, and I am incredibly proud to have been part of it for the last five years,” said Samuel. 

“I am honored beyond words to help lead it into the next phase. NPR News is uniquely positioned to tell the story of a country in the middle of a raucous argument about what it’s going to be next.”

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