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WTAM’s Trivisonno Takes Aim at Racism and Income Inequality Issues

Trivisonno waded into the discussion claiming media has played up racist issues for ratings.

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Radio host Mike Trivisonno did not mince words on Monday as he claimed that yes, America was a racist country, but that racism was not based on the color of your skin but the amount of green in your wallet.

“I read an article online that said America was racist because people of color could not afford good, high priced lawyers,” Trivisonno said on Monday’s edition of The Mike Trivisonno Show, heard on Cleveland’s WTAM. “Really? Tell that to O.J. Simpson. I’ve got news for you. A lot of White people can’t afford good lawyers either. The color that matters most in America is not White, Black, Brown or anything else. It’s green.”

Trivisonno did not specifically say which article he was referring to, but a study by the ACLU did find that a majority of people who used public defenders were minorities. The percentage was consistently over 50 percent and as high as 77 percent in Georgia, with high marks in other Southern states as well.

But Trivisonno doesn’t seem to put much stock in those types of statistics.

“Are you telling me that if LeBron James’ or Michael Jordan’s kids got in trouble, lawyers would refuse to take the case because they are Black?  No, they would jump at the chance. It has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with money.”

Trivisonno claims that the media has unfairly overemphasized racial issues for better ratings.

“The old rule was, give an update on the weather every five minutes. Well, racism is the new weather. You hear stories or read articles like this every day trying to make everything about racism. It may be an equality issue. Not everyone has the same amount of money, but it’s not a racial one.”

Trivisonno closes the segment with the assessment that equality issues are prevalent everywhere in America, for people of every race.

“Look at the NFL Draft,” he said. “Tens of thousands of people descended on Cleveland, many with no masks. Nobody said anything. Yet local bar owners are fined or shut down because they are over capacity. Are you kidding me? Why? Because the NFL has money and the bar owners (comparatively) don’t. They can’t fight it. The hypocrisy is real.”

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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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