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77WABC Remembers Bernie McGuirk

Curtis Sliwa and Frank Morano anchored the coverage during the usual Bernie & Sid In The Morning timeslot. They welcomed a bevy of guests to discuss the life and legacy of McGuirk.

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77WABC was in the unenviable task of remembering Bernie McGuirk Thursday morning after the morning host passed away at the age of 64 after a battle with prostate cancer.

Curtis Sliwa and Frank Morano anchored the coverage during the usual Bernie & Sid In The Morning timeslot. They welcomed a bevy of guests to discuss the life and legacy of McGuirk.

Station owner John Catsimatidis told the crew he was told Wednesday evening that McGuirk was likely to pass. “I knew something was wrong because every Sunday I would go to church and light a candle for Bernie. And last Sunday, I lit a candle and I would send it to Bernie by texting it to him. And for the first time, I did not get an answer back. And I gulp in my stomach. There’s no other way to say it. You guys worked with Bernie for a long, long time, and you know how much more than I knew him. He was a great guy, he said it the way it was, and he people respected him because he would say it the way it was — the way he felt — without mincing any words. He has been missed for the last few months, and will be missed.”

Bill O’Reilly joined the program to discuss the legacy of McGuirk.

“It’s my honor to talk about McGuirk,” he said. “I always called him by his last name because that’s what Irish guys in New York do,” O’Reilly said before noting he and McGuirk have lived similar lives from their Irish home upbringing in the Bronx to news radio and television stardom.

“I put him on television with (Greg) Gutfeld for Gutfeld & McGuirk, as McGurik would demand, McGuirk & Gutfeld. And there were two together and me. And we would just kick it around. A fabulous segment, and he took that edge and brought it to WABC. When we think about Bernard McGuirk’s life, the capstone of his life was the enormous success he had with Rosenberg. I’ve said this before — and I don’t blow smoke with anybody, you guys at WABC know that — what Bernie and Sid have done in the morning is unprecedented. It’s never happened, not only in New York but anywhere in the country. You take a station that is basically over in the marketplace. Number 22 or 23. (John) Catsimatidis buys it, Lopez is there, they reconfigure the talent and now in the morning it’s number one.”

Sid Rosenberg spoke about the relationship he had with his co-host and friend.

“It’s a tough morning,” a somber Rosenberg said before thanking Sliwa and Morano for hosting the show, as well as those who had called in to remember McGuirk. “I spoke to Bernard last Wednesday — and I even made the comparison to Jim Caan’s character in Brian’s Song — his voice was so weak. We had a nice conversation. He thanked me for what I did at the Gala, and the last thing he said was ‘I love you’ and I said ‘I love you, too’. This is an immense loss. We knew this day was coming, but when it comes it’s not easy. Today’s not about me, but a lot of people turned their backs on me, but he never did. He never did. I’m just very sad today. Probably shouldn’t even call in, but I feel like I need to,” Rosenberg said as he fought back tears. “I’m gonna miss him.”

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Howard Stern Reveals MSNBC Go-To Source for News

Stern told “Morning Joe” in an extensive interview that MSNBC is the network for him regarding cable news consumption.

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SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern told “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist in an extensive interview that MSNBC is the network for him regarding cable news consumption. 

Stern stated that he’s a major fan of “Morning Joe” and went the extra mile to say that he and co-host Joe Scarborough share the same political idealogy.

“I watch you guys every morning,” Stern said (h/t Mediaite). “I really enjoy the show. Oddly, I agree politically with almost everything Joe says. I don’t think there’s much difference there.”

The radio host thanked MSNBC for providing him with what he loves: 24/7 news. Additionally, Stern offered a shoutout to network host Symone Sanders and stated he’s no fan of Dateline repeats.

“By the way, I want to give a shoutout to MSNBC,” Stern added. “Thank God you don’t play the old Datelines anymore on the weekends. I like news. I watch this channel exclusively for news. I tune out on the weekend. 

“It’s like all news stuff. I’m watching old Datelines. I like when you guys are onI like news 24/7, and now I find I’m getting it. I get Symone on the weekend. Big fan of hers. Symone coming on strong. What can I tell you? I know the whole lineup.”

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Trespassing Charges Against John DePetro Dismissed

DePetro have been dismissed as he faced a trespassing charge related to an incident over the summer during a Monday court hearing.

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Charges against John DePetro have been dismissed as the radio host faced a trespassing charge related to an incident over the summer during a Monday court hearing.

DePetro was arrested in mid-August outside a home on Staples Avenue in Warwick.

Police searched the house several months earlier as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Charlotte Lester, who has been missing for six months.

“I respect our justice system and respect law enforcement, specifically the Warwick PD,” DePetro said on Twitter. “The search for Charlotte Lester continues as I resume efforts searching for answers into her disappearance and holding Mark Perkins accountable for his actions against myself and Ladybug.”

The man who lives there, Mark Perkins, was also arrested the following day after he allegedly charged at DePetro with a lawnmower while DePetro was live-streaming. 

Unlike DePetro, who had his charges dismissed, Perkins still faces an assault charge, according to court records.

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Oklahoma’s The Eagle 96.9 Rebrands as Freedom 96.9

KZLS started simulcasting on KQOB at the beginning of this year after the 96.9 signal was leased to Citadel and Cumulus Media for nineteen years. 

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Champlin Broadcasting Conservative Talk The Eagle 96.9 KQOB Enid/Oklahoma City and 1640 KZLS Enid will look a little different for its listeners as the station has rebranded.

Rather than calling itself The Eagle 96.9, the radio station will now be known as Freedom 96.9 (h/t Radio Insight). KZLS started simulcasting on KQOB at the beginning of this year after the 96.9 signal was leased to Citadel and Cumulus Media for nineteen years. 

The station features a syndicated lineup, including Hugh Hewitt, Brian Kilmeade, Dan Bongino, Mike Gallagher, Joe Pags, and Bill O’Reilly. Furthermore, with the rebrand possibly comes a new addition.

Freedom 96.9 is teasing the addition of Dana Loesch to the lineup as well to enhance the rebrand further as the station begins a new chapter as it provides news/talk to the residents. 

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