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Chris Bolt, Meg Craig Appointed to GM Roles at The Newhouse School

Bolt takes over their radio station at WAER; meanwhile, Craig is now head of the Orange Television Network.

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The Newhouse School at Syracuse University has produced a lot of journalists and media members, and now they’re making some changes to continue that tradition of being a top school for aspiring journalism students. 

Chris Bolt and Meg Craig are taking over the general manager positions at The Newhouse School. Bolt takes over their radio station at WAER; meanwhile, Craig is now head of the Orange Television Network.

Bolt brings plenty of experience to the position as his work has appeared on NPR, CBS, ABC, and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.

Furthermore, Bolt has taught, mentored, and supplied a platform for development to more than a thousand Syracuse University students pursuing careers in broadcasting.

“I am excited and honored to be able to lead WAER Public Media forward as we continue to serve our audience and fulfill the mission of our students’ professional development,” Bolt said. 

“I have devoted my career to public radio and to teaching aspiring broadcasters and journalists. I am fortunate to be able to continue working with a staff that has extensive experience and commitment to the same missions.”

Craig joins Newhouse from Syracuse.com, where she focused on online content and covered politics and government affairs. The Orange Television Network’s new general manager also has experience outside the university as a former reporter and national/foreign content editor for the Chicago Tribune.

“I’m thrilled to move into this role at Newhouse, working alongside our students to help elevate their content and the entire network,” Craig said. 

“Andy has left big shoes to fill—he created OTN out of nothing and spent nearly 20 years helping students produce their best work. But I’m excited for the challenge of taking it to the next level and getting more students involved in the process.”

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WNRI Host John DePetro Arrested After Facebook Live From Potential Crime Scene

DePetro went live on Facebook outside the home that was the center of an investigation into the disappearance of Charlotte Lester. Lester, a Warwick resident, has been missing since May.

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WNRI-AM Woonsocket, Rhode Island host John DePetro was arrested Tuesday after trespassing outside outside a Warwick, Rhode Island home.

DePetro went live on Facebook outside the home that was the center of an investigation into the disappearance of Charlotte Lester. Lester, a Warwick resident, has been missing since May. In the video, DePetro confronts what appears to be the owner of the residence, Mark Perkins, being investigated. The owner then starts a lawn mower and appears to push it in the DePetro’s direction. On his website, DePetro described the altercation as an “attack”. DePetro claims Perkins assaulted him while shouting he would kill the radio host. Perkins was later arrested for assault, which DePetro captured on vide..

DePetro told WLNE-TV “We can continue to search for answers into the disappearance of Charlotte Lester. We will offer a vigorous courtroom defense and I expect to be fully exonerated at trial where we will call the owner of the home to the stand.”

Warwick police charged DePetro with “willful trespassing”. His court date is slated for Thursday, September 1st.

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Audacy News/Talk Reductions Continue

Audacy is currently facing the possibility of being delisted by the New York Stock Exchange due to the price of their share remaining under $1 for longer than 30 business days.

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After a reported directive to cut 10% of their workforce, Audacy has continued to reduce their news talk radio staff in various markets.

The following news talk personnel have seen their jobs eliminated:
WCCO in Minneapolis Late Night with Henry Lake Producer Craig Schroepfer
WCCO in Minneapolis Sports to the Max with Mike Max host Mike Max
WWL in New Orleans News Producer/Digital Content Producer Kenny Kuhn
KJCE in Austin Producer/Public Affairs Director John Zenor
KDKA in Pittsburgh host Kevin Battle

Audacy is currently facing the possibility of being delisted by the New York Stock Exchange due to the price of their share remaining under $1 for longer than 30 business days.

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James Golden Excited for the Future of News/Talk Format

Golden appeared on WFMD’s “Morning News Express” Wednesday to discuss talk radio in the post-Rush Limbaugh era.

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Former Rush Limbaugh producer James Golden aka Bo Snerdley believes there’s a bright future ahead for the news/talk format. 

Golden appeared on WFMD’s “Morning News Express” Wednesday to discuss talk radio in the post-Rush Limbaugh era. He also discussed the many talented hosts that have stepped in to fill major voids left by Limbaugh’s passing.

“We have such talent in this industry, and we have so many interesting people,” Golden said. He referenced numerous hosts who are heard both regionally and nationally.

Golden praised Clay Travis, Buck Sexton, Dan Bongino, and Dana Loesch who he said are passionate defenders of free speech. 

“I think talk radio can be very, very healthy for generations to come,” he said. This is where American conservatives meet, on the radio. The left in this country has done a really good job of holding onto their legacy networks, although we are making inroads there too.” 

Golden is carving his own path in the talk radio game. Following Limbaugh’s passing, Golden authored a book and produced a series of podcasts about Rush. 

Currently, he hosts a daily show on 77 WABC in New York City. 

“We have so many hosts spread across the country, whether they’re in local markets or doing national shows, talk radio to me is a healthy vibrant business that will continue to flourish for decades to come.” 

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