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WTOP Announces Partnership with National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS became a personal matter for WTOP when they had two people from the station be diagnosed with Senior Sports Director Dave Johnson and WTOP anchor/reporter Mike Murillo announced they had the disease in 2019 and 2016, respectively.

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Washington DC-based radio station WTOP announced a partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater DC-Maryland Chapter, per Radio Online

The organization is working to enhance the life rate for people impacted by MS in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC. Furthermore, they’re raising funds for MS research.

MS became a personal matter for WTOP when they had two people from the station be diagnosed with Senior Sports Director Dave Johnson and WTOP anchor/reporter Mike Murillo announced they had the disease in 2019 and 2016, respectively.

“MS, look out; we are coming after you. We have the community, and we have the support,” said WTOP’s Dave Johnson. “My mom lost her battle to MS in 1979, and now with my WTOP family and the MS Society, we are going to finish the fight.”

“I am so thankful to have benefited from new treatments for MS but there is so much still to do, including finding ways to repair the damage the disease can cause,” said WTOP’s Mike Murillo. “With your help I truly believe there will soon come a day when we can say there’s a cure for MS.”

The National MS Society, the largest private funder of MS research globally, finances more than $1 billion to date. This partnership between the two aims to “Get on TOP of MS” by intensifying the task of the National MS Society, which is to cure MS while empowering individuals affected by MS to live their best lives.

“Together with Mike and Dave we wanted to do everything we could to help amplify the critical mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,” said WTOP General Manager Joel Oxley. “Our hope is that through this partnership we can help those in their journey with MS and work towards a world free of this devastating disease.”

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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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