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Former KMOX Employee Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge

U.S. District Judge Stephen Clark that he took “full responsibility” for his actions while attempting to avoid prison time by using medical issues as an excuse, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

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Harry Hamm, the disgraced former entertainment editor for KMOX in St. Louis, was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Clark that he took “full responsibility” for his actions while attempting to avoid prison time by using medical issues as an excuse, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Hamm is also facing charges of second-degree statutory sodomy, incest, and possession of child pornography in St. Louis County. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges. Those charges reportedly stem from an alleged sexual encounter with a 16-year-old.

Hamm said he did not remember the incident that is the subject of the county charges, according to lawyers Monday, but they involve allegations of sexual contact with a 16-year-old.

“You’ve done a lot of good in your life,” Clark told Hamm, adding, “when it comes to crimes like this, the accused must pay their debts to society.”

Clark sentenced Hamm to 68 months — five years and eight months.

Hamm began his career at KMOX in 1975 and was the station’s longtime entertainment editor.

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NewsTalkSTL Buys FM Signal From EMF

“As big corporations continue to dominate today’s radio dial, we are thrilled to be able to return local market radio to local market ownership and programming.”

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NewsTalkSTL in St. Louis has completely purchased the FM signal in the market it had been using from Educational Media Foundation.

The conservative news/talk outlet has purchased outright the 101.9 FM frequency from EMF, a 250-watt translator. No purchase price was reported.

“As big corporations continue to dominate today’s radio dial, we are thrilled to be able to return local market radio to local market ownership and programming,” NewsTalkSTL President of Programming Jeff Allen said in a statement.

The outlet — which debuted in 2021 — had also been broadcasting on 99.1 HD3 in the St. Louis market, which is owned by Gateway Creative Broadcasters. It also can be heard on 94.1 FM, a 7,500 watt signal licensed to Bowling Green, Missouri, which sits roughly 85 miles northwest of the city. The outlet purchased that signal in 2023 for $200,000.

“This agreement secures the future of NewsTalkSTL on the St. Louis radio dial, and we are grateful to EMF for their support,” said EpicSTL Managing Partner Joe Rusch.

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Eric Von Haessler: I Have No Interest in Talking About Culture War Topics

“I don’t get involved in that sort of stuff anymore.”

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95.5 WSB afternoon host Eric Von Haessler makes no qualms about his political beliefs, and oftentimes lack of political beliefs. But there’s one area he just will not touch.

During The Von Haessler Doctrine Wednesday, the Atlanta-based host discussed why he has no interest in talking about “culture war” topics that permeate much of news/talk radio.

“Anybody who listens to this show on a daily basis will know that I don’t vote anymore. I don’t have any horse in this race. I just want you to do whatever you want to do,” Von Haessler said. “And I’ve done enough voting in my lifetime. I’ve done my part from 1984 to 2016. That’s enough.”

Eric Von Haessler continued by noting there are plenty of other topics available for both talk radio hosts and politicians to discuss that are infinitely more important than what dominates the discussion now.

“I haven’t heard anybody bring up the debt. $34 trillion…But on the cultural stuff, (snore noise). Sorry, I’m sorry. I know it means a lot to you, whatever side you’re on, but the cultural stuff for me (snore noise). Anybody want to talk about the debt? Because that’s what’s important.

“‘Climate change means there’ll be no future for our children!’ Okay. But have you looked at the $34 trillion debt? Because that thing we know is there and, and you’re just acting like it’s not. I don’t get involved in that sort of stuff anymore.”

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The Daily Wire Leads The Way in Top Conservative Podcast Rankings

Six of the top 20 right-wing podcasts are produced and distributed by the conservative digital outlet founded by Ben Shapiro and Jeremy Boreing.

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The Daily Wire has built itself into a conservative media powerhouse, and the latest podcast rankings prove that.

According to metrics released from The Righting, six of the top 20 right-wing podcasts are produced and distributed by the conservative digital outlet founded by Ben Shapiro and Jeremy Boreing.

The Ben Shapiro Show featured the most subscribers during the first quarter of 2024. The show saw more than 13,000 new subscribers, raising the total number to 585,750. The Jordan Peterson Podcast, also from the company, saw 415,506 subscribers.

Other programs from the company — like The Matt Walsh Show (#10), The Michael Knowles Show (#14), Morning Wire (#16) and The Andrew Klavan Show (#17) — also finished in the top 20 spots. Candace Owens — who worked at The Daily Wire for the overwhelming majority of the first quarter before her high-profile exit from the outlet — finished 19th.

The Dan Bongino Show was the highest-ranking non-Daily Wire podcast, coming in third place with 119,335 subscribers. Others in the top 10 included podcasts hosted by Bill O’Reilly, Steven Crowder, Mark Levin, Dave Rubin, and Glenn Beck.

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