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News Talk Radio Well Represented in The 2021 Marconi Awards

Among the notable big market properties featured in the nominations is Atlanta’s 95.5 WSB, which is in contention for “Legendary Station of The Year.” Philadelphia’s iconic KYW Newsradio and New York’s 1010 WINS are both nominated for “Major Market Station of The Year.”

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The finalists for the radio industry’s most prestigious awards, the Marconi Radio Awards, were announced Wednesday.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annually honors top stations and personalities. This year’s reception will be held in Las Vegas at the 2021 Radio Show, the winners will be announced on October 13.

Among the notable big market properties featured in the nominations are Atlanta’s 95.5 WSB, which is in contention for “Legendary Station of The Year.” Philadelphia’s iconic KYW Newsradio and New York’s 1010 WINS are both nominated for “Major Market Station of The Year.”

The award show will also highlight the “Legendary Manager of The Year.” Joel Oxley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of WTOP in Washington D.C. is nominated in the category along with 1010 WINS Director of News & Programming, Ben Mevorach.

Legendary late-night host George Noory of Premiere Networks is up for “Syndicated Personality of The Year” and Dan Mandis in Nashville, Tennessee with SuperTalk 99.7 WWTN is in the running for “Large Market Personality of The Year.”

Clay Travis, who transitioned from the sports format to co-host the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show on more than 400 Premiere Network affiliate stations, is nominated for “Best Radio Podcast of The Year” for his work on Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis.  

The other categories which include a strong news/talk radio presence are listed below.

News/Talk Station of The Year:

WSB-AM, Atlanta, GA
WTOP-FM, Washington, DC
KSSZ-FM, Columbia, MO
WLW-AM, Cincinnati, OH
KNX-AM, Los Angeles, CA

Large Market Station of The Year:
WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee, WI

Medium Station of The Year:
WSGW-AM, Saginaw/Bay City, Midland, MI
KRMG-FM, Tulsa, OK
WHO-AM, Des Moines, IA
WHBC-AM, Canton, OH

Small Market Station of The Year:
KVOM-FM, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, AR
WFMD-AM, Frederick, MD
WTAW-AM, College Station, TX
WNRP-AM, Pensacola, FL

A full list of 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards nominees can be found here. 

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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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