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WNYC Welcomes Precious Fondren as Its Culture & Arts Reporter

Fondren’s first day at WNYC will be Tuesday, May 3.

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The WNYC newsroom will be welcoming a new face as Precious Fondren joins the news/talk station as its culture & arts reporter. She comes from The New York Times, spending 2021-22 fellow covering all things NYC as a general assignment reporter on the Metro desk.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Precious Fondren is joining the WNYC newsroom as a culture & arts reporter, working alongside our team to cover the vital, diverse arts scenes and cultural communities of New York City and the surrounding area,” the company said in a statement

Fondren brings plenty of experience to her new position as she’s written about culture with curiosity and distinction with articles like “The Center That Shaped Black Life in 1970s Brooklyn.” 

She formerly worked as a reporter for the Toledo Blade on the music and features beat, winning the Press Club of Toledo’s Touchstone Award for excellence in journalism for her article about Toledo Together.

WNYC’s newest reporter has also held internships at Minnesota Public Radio, Kare11, and the Star-Tribune. Furthermore, she has published freelance work in Teen Vogue, The Progressive, and Paper magazines.

Fondren’s first day at WNYC will be Tuesday, May 3.

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Ron Roberts Joining AmericaOne Radio

“The talk radio format is saturated with conservative voices, with the industry having little to no room for a reasoned response from a liberal/progressive perspective,” says Roberts.

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Ron Roberts is joining AmericaOne Radio in Atlanta.

The Ron Show will air weeknights at 5:00 PM on the city’s progressive outlet. Roberts says he’s happy to offer a counter to the conservative domination of talk radio.

“The talk radio format is saturated with conservative voices, with the industry having little to no room for a reasoned response from a liberal/progressive perspective,” says Roberts. “My aim is to bring some balance to the dialogue by adding my voice to the fray. I’m a lifelong southern liberal, and know, from my travels throughout the southeast, that there are a lot more of us out there being drowned out by all the shouting from the other side. My goal is to provide a platform for them, and to rationally spell out how our nation’s problems are solvable with substantive ideas and conversation, instead of demonization and division. Make no mistake, though; I’m not holding back punches and I’ll call out bullshit when I see it, too. The future of this country, democracy in general, and the world on the whole, are all on the line.” 

Roberts, a 25-year radio veteran, will make his first entry into talk when his show premieres today.

Launched in 2020, AmericaOne in Atlanta airs several left-leaning shows. The station bills itself as bringing “a Progressive voice to the overly crowded radio landscape.

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Mike Gallagher Raising Funds For Hurricane Ian Relief

“This is what radio does best: opening the hearts and wallets of listeners to help fellow Americans they will likely never meet,” Gallagher said.

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Mike Gallagher spent his Monday radio show broadcasting from various locations around southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian ravaged areas of the region last week.

Gallagher has partnered with Food For The Poor, a non-profit relief organization, to bring flood relief and hurricane emergency kits to areas affected by the Category 4 storm.

“This is what radio does best: opening the hearts and wallets of listeners to help fellow Americans they will likely never meet,” Gallagher said. He spent a portion of his show broadcasting from a car dealership in Venice, Florida, which saw several automobiles damaged by falling trees, power lines, and debris.

A Tampa resident, Gallagher was forced to relocate his show to New York last week to remain on the air as Hurricane Ian barreled down on the Florida coast.

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Chris Stigall Inks Extension With AM 990 The Answer

He continued by saying he is “so grateful, and blessed, and humbled to be able to continue to do this and call this my job and talk to you every day.

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AM 990 The Answer morning host Chris Stigall has signed a multi-year extension with the Salem Media Group-owned station.

“I will be staying put with Philadelphia’s AM 990 The Answer, every morning in Philadelphia, for the next three years,” Stigall said on his podcast.

He continued by saying he is “so grateful, and blessed, and humbled to be able to continue to do this and call this my job and talk to you every day. It is never lost on my what a privilege it is that God has blessed me with the ability to do this for a job.”

Stigall also announced a one-year extension for his show on KCMO in Kansas City to continue.

“Since the day Chris began with Philadelphia’s AM 990 The Answer, he has engaged Philadelphians in intelligent and relevant conversation that has served to entertain and stimulate much thought in the minds of our audience,” Salem Philadelphia General Manager Lorenzo Caldara said. “He has secured such an attentive audience that can’t wait to listen and call in to him everyday Monday through Friday.”

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