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BNM Contributor Ryan Hedrick Heads Back to WFMD Hosting AM Drive Show

Hedrick’s career started at WFMD in 2004 where he reported on sports and news. He eventually went on to work in such markets as Baltimore, Maryland, Topeka, Kansas, Buffalo, New York, and Washington, D.C.

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Pennsylvania talk show host and Barrett News Media writer Ryan Hedrick has accepted a position to host the award-winning morning show at Mid Maryland’s free talk 930 WFMD AM. Hedrick returns to the station where his career began nearly 15 years ago.

“This is an opportunity that I never thought would come when I left the station many years ago,” Hedrick said. “WFMD holds a special place in my heart. I got started in the business here and I have always dreamed of returning but I never thought it would be in this role. WFMD is committed to local issues, local talk, and local content. I am pleased to be working with an award-winning news staff, and many seasoned radio veterans who will provide as much support as possible.”

Hedrick is leaving Magnum Broadcasting’s News Talk 103.7 FM where he hosted The Drive for the last 14 months. “I want to thank Pat Ryan and Michael Stapleford for an incredible opportunity to host a daily show. I will never forget this experience.”

WFMD is owned by Connoisseur Media, which operates radio stations in Connecticut, Long Island, and Maryland.

Hedrick will take over for Bob Miller who has been a fixture at the station for the last 26 years. The station’s plan is to have Hedrick and Miller work together for the next couple of months, Hedrick will eventually take over as the sole anchor of the Morning News Express.

Hedrick’s career started at WFMD in 2004 where he reported on sports and news. He eventually went on to work in such markets as Baltimore, Maryland, Topeka, Kansas, Buffalo, New York, and Washington, D.C.

In 2016, while working at WIBW Radio, Hedrick won the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for large market enterprise reporting. His experience also led him to Western New York where he was the news director at 95.3 The Lake, formerly owned by Cross Country Communications.

“Given the current economic climate, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to land a full-time job at a legendary local station such as WFMD. I am extremely grateful to have earned this special opportunity.”

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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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