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Piscopo Urges Cuomo to Apologize for Nursing Home Scandal

Unlike many in today’s Talk Radio Industry, Piscopo is very measured in his criticism of Cuomo. In fact, Piscopo has said on numerous occasions that he holds the Cuomo family in high regard, particularly Andrew Cuomo’s father Mario.

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Joe Piscopo, host of The Joe Piscopo Show on New York’s 970 AM, has had a history of criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. In 2018, Piscopo took issue with Cuomo’s statement that “America was never that great to begin with”. Earlier this month on his program, Piscopo discussed Cuomo’s alleged refusal to listen to New York Health officials concerning COVID vaccines, leading several prominent figures in the department to resign. When the news broke Thursday night about Cuomo’s aide admitting they hid the number of New York nursing home deaths, Piscopo addressed the issue on Friday morning’s show.

“I always try to stay positive and I hate to be political, but there is really no way to spin this story positively. Governor Cuomo basically forced patients back into nursing homes, COVID spread like wildfire and then they tried to hide the numbers. That pretty much encapsulates what’s going on.”

The accusations stem from Cuomo’s Executive Order to send COVID patients back to nursing homes in attempt to relieve strain on New York’s hospitals during the height of the pandemic. Governor Cuomo is meeting with President Joe Biden today and Piscopo’s guest Nick Langworthy, chairman of the New York Republican Party, says Cuomo should be arrested as soon as he arrives in Washington.

“Look, he tried to cover up over 9,000 deaths,” Langworthy said. “That’s a high crime. Impeachment is coming to New York very soon and he should be arrested as soon as he gets to Washington. When the Governor signed the Executive Order to put COVID positive patients back in nursing homes, he sentenced them to death.”

Piscopo, who identifies as an Independent politically, agrees with Langworthy that the alleged cover up goes far beyond a political issue due to the loss of human life.

“This is not a Republican versus Democratic issue,” Langworthy said. “This is about the loss of life and High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Unlike many in today’s Talk Radio Industry, Piscopo is very measured in his criticism of Cuomo. In fact, Piscopo has said on numerous occasions that he holds the Cuomo family in high regard, particularly Andrew Cuomo’s father Mario.

“I’ve known Andrew for years and  I don’t like to say bad things about people, but lives were lost apparently out of arrogance,” Piscopo said. “To be fair, President Trump has the same problem. Let me just say, humility is never a bad thing. It’s never wrong to say, ‘I’m sorry. I made a mistake’”.

Piscopo then urges Cuomo to adopt a contrite attitude if he speaks to the public about this in a press conference.

“Say I’m sorry. Say I messed up. Don’t get up there and try to excuse it away with fluff from a teleprompter. Don’t try to blame President Trump. This is not a good look and if you try to excuse it or blame someone else, you just dig a big hole much deeper.”

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Jay Weber: Media ‘Covering’ For Biden, Democrats On Border Crisis

“Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”

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Many conservative commentators have maligned the interview President Joe Biden conducted with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes last Sunday, and have claimed he got a “pass” on the nation’s southern border. 1130 WISN host Jay Weber can be added to that list.

“Trust me, if a Republican was president, dozens of terrorists roaming America because of the president — intentionally — reopened the borders, it would be a huge deal and a relentless obsession by the news media,” Weber said. “Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”

Weber pointed out a perceived hypocrisy in liberal circles, as many have claimed Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is guilty of kidnapping after sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, but are ok allowing the southern border to remain open.

He continued by pointing out the southern border’s role in national security, saying it took only 13 people to attack America on 9/11.

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Dan Mandis: There’s A Reason Greg Gutfeld Is Winning Late-Night Competition

“There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert.”

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In August, Greg Gutfeld of Fox News overtook other late-night television hosts in the ratings. Friday, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN morning host Dan Mandis said there’s a reason for that.

After playing a recent clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Mandis said it was the chief reason why network shows are losing to Gutfeld. In the clip, Colbert’s audience cheers when the host brings up a Texas sheriff opening an investigation into the actions of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for shipping illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Colbert called DeSantis “a body builder who skips head day” in his monologue, and Mandis found the comments offensive. He claimed shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX should be a place for all viewers, not just members of the “progressive left”.

“To me, Colbert’s show should be on CNN or MSNBC to cater to the left,” Mandis said. “But again, he’s on the network where he should be welcoming for all. There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Isn’t Gutfeld blowing off half of America?’ Perhaps, but he’s on Fox News, where people know what they’re going to get.”

Mandis then pointed out the difference in Gutfeld’s approach compared to Colbert’s, saying Gutfeld’s panel approach is easier to digest than Colbert’s solo monologue followed by celebrity interviews.

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Will Dahlberg New GM For WBHM

“I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities.”

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WBHM, the news/talk station owned by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has named Will Dahlberg as its new Executive Director and General Manager.

“Working at WBHM for the past decade has been the highlight of my professional career, and I am honored to serve as executive director,” Dahlberg said. “I appreciate the search committee’s confidence in my abilities to lead this amazing station and the talented and diverse team that works hard to serve our community. I am so grateful to the amazing WBHM team for their time, support and patience during my time as interim and throughout this search. I am also grateful to the many people at UAB who continue to support WBHM’s important mission.”

He also added how important WBHM has been, and will continue to be to the greater Birmingham communitiy.

“WBHM has done an excellent job as a public radio station since 1976, but it is important that we continue to strive to do more,” Dahlberg continued. “I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities. As Birmingham evolves, so should its public radio station, and I can’t wait for us to do that together.”

Dahlberg has previously worked as the Deputy Director and Membership Manager for the station. He has been the interim executive director since mid-2021.

“Will has more than a decade of experience at WBHM in a range of roles, including 15 months as interim executive director, and his passion for public radio and the people it serves is evident in everything he does,” said UAB Chief Communications Officer Jim Bakken. “WBHM provides an invaluable service to the Birmingham community and beyond, and Will’s commitment and vision will lead the station in delivering on its mission.”

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