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Lynne Hayes-Freeland Signs-Off with Final Show

In September, Hayes-Freeland announced that she was leaving the station following two years of service and more than four decades at KDKA-TV.

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KDKA-AM host Lynne Hayes-Freeland will host her last radio show Friday afternoon.

In September, Hayes-Freeland announced that she was leaving the station following two years of service and more than four decades at KDKA-TV.

“Coming to KDKA-Radio felt like a homecoming,” said Hayes-Freeland. “It’s where I started my broadcast career after college, and it seemed like the perfect place to circle back to.”

Hayes-Freeland joined the station in 2019 after spending more than four decades at KDKA-TV as a host and reporter. She said her decision to leave the show came during the pandemic.

Hayes-Freeland will also continue to host the public affairs show Minority Health Matters which airs on KDKA-AM Saturday afternoons.

Hayes-Freeland got her start at KDKA-TV in the mid-1970s working as a production assistant and then as a field producer on Evening Magazine.

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WMAL Adds Co-hosts to the “O’Connor and Company” Show

Joining host Larry O’Connor are Amber Athey, Julie Gunlock, and Patrice Onwuka.

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Some new faces are coming to WMAL-FM Washington (105.9) as the radio station announced hiring a trio of female co-hosts to the “O’Connor and Company” morning show.

Joining host Larry O’Connor is Amber Athey, a Washington Editor at The Spectator. Julie Gunlock Director of the Center for Progress and Innovation at Independent Women’s Forum. Patrice Onwuka, political commentator and Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity at the Independent Women’s Forum. 

“We are excited to welcome these fresh voices to WMAL,” Program Director Bill Hess said in a release. “Their varied life experiences, chemistry with Larry and with each other, and opinions on the issues of the day serve to create compelling content each weekday morning.”

The three women have served as guest hosts for the show for several months. Now they’re officially part of the program from now on. 

O’Connor has been in the morning slot at WMAL since May 2021 after the departure of co-host Mary Walter and Vince Coglanese shifting from mornings to afternoons.

“Having a daily conversation with Julie, Amber and Patrice about what matters most to the people of our community is an absolute pleasure,” O’Connor added. 

“From the halls of the Capitol to the vital debates at our local school boards, these intelligent and engaging women bring insights and humor that represent the best of Washington. It’s a genuine honor to team up with them every morning on WMAL.”

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Former KABC Talk Host Michael Jackson Dies at 87

Jackson’s radio career spanned five decades; 32 of those years were spent at KABC (1966-1998).

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One of the pioneers in the Los Angeles talk radio scene has passed away. Michael Jackson, a longtime fixture at KABC Los Angeles (790), died at 87-years-old on Saturday in his LA home, a spokesperson said

“The world knew and adored our Michael Jackson. But Michael’s home was California, Los Angeles, America. For that, we are grateful,” former California Senator Barbara Boxer in a statement.

Jackson’s radio career spanned five decades; 32 of those years were spent at KABC (1966-1998) and syndicated on the ABC Radio Network for nearly a decade. During his time at KABC radio, Jackson had interviewed hundreds of public figures from politicians, actors, musicians, etc. 

“It was a testament to Michael, that so many of the guests and celebrities preferred to actually come in studio, rather than do phoners,” said Lyle Gregory, Jackson’s Show Producer of 30 years. 

“With his British accent and boyhood charm, Michael made people comfortable, they opened up. That was his gift. Michael molded an interview into conversation, news and information. Like two people sitting at a kitchen table talking. A table, an open window, where millions tuned in daily across the nation, so many of them referring to Michael as their personal University.”

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Jason Rantz, Chris Stigall Talk Crime Increase in Their Cities

Rantz and Stigall joined Fox News’ Dan Bongino over the weekend on his show “Unfiltered.” 

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A pair of conservative radio hosts are speaking out about significant increases in crime in their respective cities. 

Jason Rantz of AM 770 KTTH in Seattle and Chris Stigall with 990 The Answer in Philadelphia and KCMO in Kansas City, joined Fox News’ Dan Bongino over the weekend on his show “Unfiltered.” 

Stigall told Bongino that the crime problem in Philadelphia stems from District Attorney Larry Krasner’s propensity to reduce jail time for people convicted of serious crimes. 

“The criminals in Philadelphia who I suppose largely are the Democrats too, they know Larry Krasner as “let ‘em loose Larry,” said Stigall. “The crime infestation has been huge; you’ve had businesses burned and looted.” 

Rantz said people who commit serious crimes need to be punished accordingly. 

“Laws no longer apply anywhere,” Rantz said jokingly. “It’s not like conservatives are saying every single crime that’s committed by every single person deserves life in prison, nobody is taking that position.” 

Several cities in the U.S. including Philadelphia established new records for murders in 2021.

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