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WFYI Morning Host Don Hibschweiler Announces Retirement

Friday marks the eighth anniversary of Hibschweiler, and so he feels it’s the perfect time to walk away from his career and position as host of “Morning Edition.”

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After a five-decade run in radio, this week marks the end of a long career for Don Hibschweiler. Hibschweiler is WFYI’s host of “Morning Edition” and sat down with WFYI’s Taylor Bennett to talk about his long career behind the mic.

Friday marks the eighth anniversary of Hibschweiler, and so he feels it’s the perfect time to walk away from his career and position as host of “Morning Edition.” Hibschweiler reflected on his 55-year career, which began as a teenager. 

“Because in the summertime, a lot of people at the station would go on vacation. So then you would have to, as the part-timer, cover for them. So you do the news. We had farm directors,” Hibschweiler said. 

“Sometimes you do the farm show — like to quote those barrows and gilts — and, you know, different things. You’d learn different things. And the radio station did everything like that, like small-town stations used to do. And so you’d learn a little bit of everything.”

Hibschweiler also discussed his plans now that he’ll be entering his retirement years, including traveling. 

“Travel, although that’s not too bright a picture with gas prices the way they are,” Hibschweiler said. “But, I came up with the idea of trying to visit as many Frank Lloyd Wright-designed and built houses or across the U.S. that are available for tours, probably starting with one in West Lafayette.”

Finally, Hibschweiler wanted to thank his listeners for letting him be part of their morning. 

“Appreciate you waking up and allowing me to be there with you in the morning, and appreciate you supporting the radio station so that we can do what we do here,” Hibschweiler said. 

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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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