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Premiere Networks Adds “Our American Stories” to Its Lineup

Our American Stories is a unique radio program, hosted by acclaimed author and historian Lee Habeeb, that profiles American heroes and icons from history, industry, entertainment, sports, and culture.

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Radio syndicator Premiere Networks has added Lee Habeeb’s Our American Stories program to its lineup effective August 2.

Our American Stories is a unique radio program, hosted by acclaimed author and historian Lee Habeeb, that profiles American heroes and icons from history, industry, entertainment, sports, and culture.

“We have spent the last five years telling stories about all that is good and decent in America, and why millions of people from around the world still wish to call our country home,” said Habeeb. “The show has grown because Americans want more than conflict and bad news.”

The program will continue to be heard on about 200 affiliate stations across the country.

As part of the deal, the program will be available as a podcast on the iHeartRadio Podcast Network.

“We’re excited to offer this entertaining and compelling program to even more stations nationwide,” said Premiere Networks president Julie Talbott. “Lee and his team are masterful storytellers and they’ve created a unique and inspiring program that resonates widely with audiences.”

The show airs Monday through Friday for two hours to air between 7:00 pm and 12:00 midnight.

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Cumulus Media Up 5.4% in Q2

The company reported a net income of $8.7 million in the second quarter of this calendar year.

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Cumulus Media has announced a net revenue of $236.7 million in the second quarter of 2022, a 5.4% increase over the same period in the previous year.

After posting a loss of $5.9 million in the second quarter of 2021, the company reported a net income of $8.7 million in the second quarter of this calendar year.

In the digital category, Cumulus reported a significant 20.3% increase to $37.8 million, while radio revenue was $127 million. That beat 2021 second-quarter numbers by 5.1%.

“Our ability to deliver yet another quarter of strong results is testament both to the quality of our strategic plan and the discipline and relentlessness with which we implement it,” CEO Mary Berner said.

“Given our track record, we have tremendous confidence in our ability, under this plan, to grow shareholder value,” she later added.

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Howie Carr Accuses CNN of Creating Liz Cheney Hype

The radio host talked about the network’s attempts to drum up support for Cheney during his show Wednesday.

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Syndicated radio host Howie Carr accused CNN of trying to create hype for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) who has reportedly come under fire from her own party for participating in the Jan. 6 Committee hearings.

The radio host talked about the network’s attempts to drum up support for Cheney during his show Wednesday.

“CNN sent out a crew to try and find some people to say that she’s coming back, the only problem is that they couldn’t really find someone who wanted to vote for Liz,” Carr said. “They had to just kept knocking and kept searching.”

He also played a soundbite from an interview with a man named Brett Kupec who called the hearings a “kangaroo court.”

“If that was the rule of law, why doesn’t he have a defense team in that court?” Kupac said.

Carr also pointed out that CNN’s ratings are causing some to lose their jobs.

“CNN is starting layoffs this week,” he added.

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Jon Stewart Lets Emotions Dictate Actions, Says Tony Katz

“His passion is not a substitute for rational thought,” Katz said on his Indianapolis show Wednesday

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WIBC Radio host Tony Katz ripped Apple TV host and veteran advocate Jon Stewart for allowing his emotions to dictate some of his actions during conversations prior to the passing of the PACT Act.

According to va.gov, the bill expands VA healthcare and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. 

The former “The Daily Show” host made national headlines recently for singling out GOP lawmakers for allegedly attempting to stonewall the bill. 

“His passion is not a substitute for rational thought,” Katz said on his Indianapolis show Wednesday. “And he was wrong in his absolute viciousness towards Republicans and not recognizing the grossness of the politicization from the political left.” 

The WIBC host reiterated that he was glad to see the PACT Act pass and acknowledged the obvious sentiment that Americans want to see people taken care of who fought for the freedoms we enjoy.

Katz said Stewart’s emotional pleas to lawmakers and the public to pass the bill were obstructed by the narrative that if the bill didn’t pass then “you don’t care about veterans.” 

“You’re not a thinker, you’re a screaming petulant child who wants a cookie,” stated Katz. “Take two seconds to think and get it done. If the money is not properly allocated, how do you know it will be used for your thing?”

Katz suggested that maybe the reason the bill didn’t get passed sooner was because Stewart was being “irrational.”

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