There are fewer than 3500 residents of Perham, MN.
Geographically, Newstalk 830 WCCO’s Cory Hepola is no longer one of them. But mentally and emotionally, the Twin Cities morning-drive radio host will never forget where he comes from.
Rural By Choice is a new docuseries that premiered over the weekend, starring Hepola, that examines why some people make the decision to live in Small Town, USA.
“Growing up here, I loved it, or at least what I knew about it,” he told OtterTailCountyMN.US. “While filming Rural by Choice, I got the chance to find out more, and while doing that, discovered a new appreciation and understanding of rural living.”
Hepola offers a different lens on rural and urban life throughout the season. Speaking from personal experiences, he’ll examine the appeal and dissect the perceptions of both.
If you’re curious how excited Hepola was to showcase his upbringing, it only took one minute and forty seconds into the first episode for him to conveniently unpack a box of high school basketball memorabilia. He’s a former MVP of the Heart of Lakes Conference, and the first ever from Perham High School.
Per Otter Tail County, “the series was created by Otter Tail Lakes Country Association and Kvidt Creative to promote Otter Tail County, MN.”
Tony Cartagena is a former contributor to Barrett News Media. He has previously served as a Digital Content Manager for Audacy Minneapolis, a reporter and producer for ESPN Cleveland, Director of Content for ESPN Madison, and a producer for ‘Wilde & Tausch’. You can reach him on Twitter @TonyCartagena or by email at TonyJCartagena@gmail.com.
SiriusXM, Law&Crime Network Expand Partnership
SiriusXM and the Law&Crime Network are expanding their partnership as it will now be available on the satellite broadcaster’s streaming platform.
SiriusXM and the Law&Crime Network are expanding their partnership. The network which was created by host Dan Abrams will now be available on the satellite broadcaster’s streaming platform.
According to Radio Insight, the network’s programming will be heard on channel 793 carrying simulcasts of the TV network’s daily trial coverage and true-crime programming.
“We have been talking with SiriusXM for years about a Law&Crime channel that would bring compelling trial coverage and crime content to the platform, so it’s really exciting to see this come to fruition,” said Abrams.
Law&Crime is dedicated to exploring the always intriguing world of the law while offering original crime stories and legal programs to a broad, multi-platform audience.
“I’ve loved being part of the SiriusXM family and am thrilled to be expanding our collaboration,” Abrams added.
Law&Crime broadcasts live trials along with expert legal commentary and analysis delving into the intricacies of the judicial system.
Law&Crime (channel 793) is available to subscribers nationwide in their cars and on the SXM App. Abrams is also the host of The Dan Abrams Show from 2-3 pm ET on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel 124 as well as the host of Dan Abrams Live on NewsNation.
Ryan Hedrick serves as the Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. Prior to WFMD, he hosted an afternoon program at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA. He has worked at Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and for stations in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked at WIBW-AM in Topeka KS, earning the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Ron Roberts Joining AmericaOne Radio
“The talk radio format is saturated with conservative voices, with the industry having little to no room for a reasoned response from a liberal/progressive perspective,” says Roberts.
Ron Roberts is joining AmericaOne Radio in Atlanta.
The Ron Show will air weeknights at 5:00 PM on the city’s progressive outlet. Roberts says he’s happy to offer a counter to the conservative domination of talk radio.
“The talk radio format is saturated with conservative voices, with the industry having little to no room for a reasoned response from a liberal/progressive perspective,” says Roberts. “My aim is to bring some balance to the dialogue by adding my voice to the fray. I’m a lifelong southern liberal, and know, from my travels throughout the southeast, that there are a lot more of us out there being drowned out by all the shouting from the other side. My goal is to provide a platform for them, and to rationally spell out how our nation’s problems are solvable with substantive ideas and conversation, instead of demonization and division. Make no mistake, though; I’m not holding back punches and I’ll call out bullshit when I see it, too. The future of this country, democracy in general, and the world on the whole, are all on the line.”
Roberts, a 25-year radio veteran, will make his first entry into talk when his show premieres today.
Launched in 2020, AmericaOne in Atlanta airs several left-leaning shows. The station bills itself as bringing “a Progressive voice to the overly crowded radio landscape.
Joe Salzone is a news media writer for Barrett News Media. He’s a native of Long Island and has been involved in the radio industry since he was 16 years old. Currently, he serves as the News Director for the Cayuga Radio Group and hosts Ithaca’s Morning News on WHCU. His radio career has included stops at SiriusXM, Galaxy Communications, WGBB, WNYG, and the Finger Lakes Radio Group. He can be found on Twitter @JoeSalzone.
Mike Gallagher Raising Funds For Hurricane Ian Relief
“This is what radio does best: opening the hearts and wallets of listeners to help fellow Americans they will likely never meet,” Gallagher said.
Mike Gallagher spent his Monday radio show broadcasting from various locations around southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian ravaged areas of the region last week.
Gallagher has partnered with Food For The Poor, a non-profit relief organization, to bring flood relief and hurricane emergency kits to areas affected by the Category 4 storm.
“This is what radio does best: opening the hearts and wallets of listeners to help fellow Americans they will likely never meet,” Gallagher said. He spent a portion of his show broadcasting from a car dealership in Venice, Florida, which saw several automobiles damaged by falling trees, power lines, and debris.
A Tampa resident, Gallagher was forced to relocate his show to New York last week to remain on the air as Hurricane Ian barreled down on the Florida coast.