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Key Networks Taps Deidra Hoye for Lead Sales Role

Hoye spent 20 years as the Vice President, Network Sales, for Premiere Radio Networks. She built her reputation on cultivating strong relationships with direct clients and agencies around the country.

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Radio syndicator Key Networks has named sales veteran Deidra Hoye as the company’s senior vice president of ad sales. Hoye will manage a team of three new hires; Maggie Sisco, Vice President, Eastern Sales; Brian Pollina, Vice President, Midwest Sales; and Michelle McLynn, Supervisor of Sales Support & Operations.

Hoye spent 20 years as the Vice President, Network Sales, for Premiere Radio Networks. She built her reputation on cultivating strong relationships with direct clients and agencies around the country.

“We are delighted to welcome Deidra to the Key Networks team,” said Rob Koblasz, Chief Executive Officer, Key Networks and Sun & Fun Media. “Her wealth of experience in the network ad sales arena will allow us to serve our partners now and as we grow our network. Deidra’s leadership along with the breadth of experience of our team is a winning combination for our customers.”

Hoye’s team brings years of local and network sales experience to Key Networks: 

Maggie Nugent Sisco, Vice President, Eastern Sales, joins Key Networks from Podcast One, where she was Vice President/Director of Sales, Eastern Region.

Brian Pollina, Vice President, Midwest Sales, joins Key Networks from United Stations Radio Networks, where he was Vice President of Digital Assets and Midwest Sales for the last eight years of his 12-year career there.

Michelle McLynn, Supervisor of Sales Support & Operations, joins Key Networks from Westwood One, where she was Affiliate Services Manager.

“I am truly looking forward to being part of the incredible team at Key Networks,” said Hoye. “It’s such an exciting time to be joining the company as we continue to grow our portfolio, expand our reach and deepen our commitment to our partners and clients.”

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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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