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Sarah Gilbert Exits as NPR’s VP of Programming

Gilbert will exit the network on July 11 for a new position outside the company.

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Some significant changes are coming to NPR as the radio station announced that their VP for News Programming, Sarah Gilbert, will exit the network on July 11 for a new position outside the company.

“Sarah’s contributions to NPR and public media have been immeasurable,” Senior VP of News and Editorial Director Nancy Barnes wrote in an email to staff, per Inside Radio.

“She was the driving force behind NPR’s move to a newsier format, especially on Morning Edition and later Up First, which she created in partnership with programming. This led to record audience growth before the disruption of the pandemic.”

Gilbert has been with NPR for a decade on two separate stints. She joined the public radio station in January 2012 as Senior Editor of “Weekend Edition.” Gilbert would return in October 2015 as Executive Producer of “Morning Edition.”

In 2017, Gilbert built and launched “Up First,” NPR’s daily morning news podcast, and in November 2017, she was then promoted to her current role. 

“She has been in the thick of every major story that has erupted – and we all know how relentless that has been – through innumerable early mornings and weekends as the news demanded to make sure our daily and weekend flagship shows and news podcasts were provocative, timely and relevant,” Barnes added. 

“Over the past few years, as the pandemic upended all our lives, she has led her teams with grace and empathy through some of the most difficult working conditions NPR has endured, taking on a lot of unseen work to ensure our shows stayed on the air to serve our 251 Member stations and their audiences without interruption. She has been a true partner to me through my 3.5 years at NPR, for which I am grateful.” 

NPR has named Cara Tallo the interim VP of News Programming. 

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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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