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Former NPR CEO Jarl Mohn Makes Donation to 251 Affiliate Stations

There’s one catch to this financial assistance; he wanted a coffee mug from each station that received a donation.

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Several NPR stations across the United States are seeing some financial support from former NPR CEO Jarl Mohn, who’s donating $1,000 to each of the 251 NPR affiliate stations.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. The idea came to me about five years ago while I was at NPR,” he told Greater Public

“My office was next to [NPR VP for Member Partnership] Gemma Hooley’s, and I’d always be dropping in to talk about ideas. One day I said, ‘I’d love to join every one of our stations.’”

There’s one catch to this financial assistance; he wanted a coffee mug from each station that received a donation. The concept for the motion came as Mohn’s 70th birthday was approaching in December but had roots from his days of leading NPR from 2014 to 2019.

“My birthday was at the end of December, and I turned 70,” Mohn explains. “I wanted to do something as a gift for myself and thought what a great gift for me to become a member of every station in the country. 

“I didn’t want to be buried in tote bags, but I like the mugs. So, every day, boxes have been arriving with mugs from the different stations.” Mohn has been posting photos of the coffee mugs given by the NPR stations that received a donation on his Instagram page.

“But the best gift of all is that I’ve gotten the most amazing, heartfelt notes of appreciation along with the mugs,” he continued. “I didn’t expect that to happen.”

As the former NPR executive prepared for the venture, Mohn reached out to Hooley to deliver a database of connections to send his donations.

 “So, when I told her I wanted to give $1,000 to every NPR station, she didn’t even pause before she asked, ‘Are you going to become a sustaining member?’ That’s what an advocate she is for stations,” Mohn said.

“The gift I made is modest. It might not be that consequential for some of the larger stations, and for some of the smaller stations, it could mean a lot. I hope it feels like a recognition of what they’ve accomplished. I also hope it feels like encouragement to continue the work they do in their communities.”

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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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