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North Carolina Radio Host Tom Kearney Ends Four-Decade Run

Kearney joined the station in the early 1980s and began his full-time role as evening talk host in 1988.

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A North Carolina radio talk host called it quits recently after nearly four decades behind the microphone. 

The Raleigh Observer reports that FM 98.5 and AM 680 WPTF’s Tom Kearney signed off for the final time Friday, ending one of the longest runs at the station. 

“Whether he’s talking to a political leader or an auto mechanic,” Rick Martinez, vice president of content for WPTF, “Tom always seems to know what questions the listeners want answered. Tom has always put the listener first.”

Kearney joined the station in the early 1980s and began his full-time role as evening talk host in 1988.

Kearney attended Wake Forest College and the University of North Carolina Tom taught for several years before joining WPTF in 1982. 

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Megyn Kelly: Debate Moderators Are Always Afraid of Looking Dumb

“The moderator, after the first time, would say ‘You didn’t answer the question. It was about immigration, sir’ … But once you’re on the third or the fourth time having to do that, you look dumb.”

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Not many news/talk radio hosts have debate moderator experience. SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly does and believes there’s a reason why their performances never receive rave reviews.

While discussing the upcoming CNN presidential debate alongside Dan Bongino on The Megyn Kelly Show, the two discussed the strategy that former President Donald Trump (R) should employ against President Joe Biden (D) in the June event.

In his stance, Bongino argued that the cards will be stacked against Trump from moderators Dana Bash and Jake Tapper, so he should simply make statements wholly unrelated to whatever questions were asked of him.

“Nobody respects the media anyway. Nobody thinks the media is going to be fair to Trump,” Bongino argued. “They don’t need advice from me. They’re doing fine on their own. But if it were me on stage, I wouldn’t even answer the question asked.”

He continued that the questions would be “stupid” and “biased.”

“Why should Donald Trump pay attention to the moderator? Just do your own thing. He’s good at that,” Bongino concluded.

Kelly utilized her own experience as a debate moderator to tell Bongino why that would work.

“That’s a great idea. The moderator, after the first time, would say ‘You didn’t answer the question. It was about immigration, sir. We’ll get to that other subject later.’ But once you’re on the third or the fourth time having to do that, you look dumb,” said Kelly. “It looks like it’s not your debate.”

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Rudy Giuliani Hosting Daily Show on X After 77 WABC Dismissal

In what led to his exit from the station, much of the content on the new daily video show from the former New York Mayor has been sharing his reasoning for why the 2020 election was “stolen” from former President Donald Trump.

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After departing 77 WABC earlier this month, Rudy Giuliani intends to beef up the digital video efforts he hosts on Rumble and X.

Giuliani was originally suspended by WABC owner John Catsimatidis for his refusal to abide by company policies regarding the validity of the 2020 presidential election. After he accosted the station, company, and the billionaire publicly, Catsimatidis ultimately ended Giulaini’s weekday afternoon program on the New York news/talk outlet.

In response, Giuliani has claimed he has been “banned” from the station and has subsequently been hosting a one-hour video show on X using the same Rudy Giuliani Show branding he utilized while with WABC.

In what led to his exit from the station, much of the content on the new daily video show from the former New York Mayor has been sharing his reasoning for why the 2020 election was “stolen” from former President Donald Trump. Giuliani worked as a lawyer on Trump’s legal team that has continually claimed he did not lose to President Joe Biden.

Rudy Giuliani claimed in a social media post that he was “canceled” from the New York news/talk station “for refusing to agree to their overly-broad restriction on my ability to talk about the 2020 Presidential Election.”

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Joe Thomas to Launch Talk Format on Newly Purchased WTON on May 25th

“We’ll bring you coverage of the local stories from this wide area we’ll be covering as we develop the best local shows alongside an all-star lineup of shows all day.”

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Former C-Ville 107.5 host Joe Thomas is set to launch a talk format on WTON and a pair of translators he purchased in March that led to his departure from his longtime radio home.

On Saturday, May 25th, Thomas will launch the talk format on the Staunton, Virginia station he purchased for $275,000, alongside FM translators on 98.9 in Harrisonburg and 101.1 in Crozet, VA.

“We want to hear your voice,” Thomas said in a statement to the Staunton News Leader. “We’ll bring you coverage of the local stories from this wide area we’ll be covering as we develop the best local shows alongside an all-star lineup of shows all day.”

After Monticello Media learned of Thomas’ purchase of the station in Staunton — which is roughly 45 minutes west of Charlottesville — the station ended its relationship with the morning drive host and Program Director. He had worked at the station since 2007.

Since his departure, Thomas has been hosting a digital program in preparation for his new station and program to launch.

With the new lineup on WTON, Joe Thomas will host the morning show that begins at 6 AM. The rest of the station lineup has yet to be finalized, he told the newspaper, stating that he’s still interested in formulating local programming before turning to nationally syndicated offerings.

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