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Vineeta Sawkar Replaces David Lee on 830 WCCO

In a release, the company said The Morning News with Vineeta Sawkar will make its debut on Jan 3.

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Emmy award-winning anchor Vineeta Sawkar has been hired by Audacy-owned 830 WCCO in Minneapolis to replace legendary voice David Lee on the morning show.

In a release, the company said The Morning News with Vineeta Sawkar will make its debut on Jan 3. Sawkar joined local ABC affiliate KSTP-TV in 1995 and has worked as a reporter, weekend news anchor, and morning news anchor.

Most recently, she served as Director of Public Relations at the University of St. Thomas.

“I’m truly humbled, honored, and excited to host ‘The Morning News’ on WCCO,” said Sawkar. “No one can replace Dave Lee. He is a broadcasting legend and a friend as well. This station is so rich with history and memories for so many of us.”

David Lee retired at the end of April following a 32-year run in the industry. Lee was revered for his work on and off the air, raising millions of dollars for local charities.

Brad Lane, Brand Manager, 830 WCCO, said the station conducted an exhaustive search but feels confident that Sawkar is the right person for the job.

“Her rich experience, journalistic integrity, and warm personality make her the perfect choice to evolve our station’s long-standing tradition of delivering the biggest headlines in the morning while exploring the news and events that matter most to Minnesotans,” he said.

Listeners can tune in to 830 WCCO (WCCO-AM) in Minneapolis on air, as well as nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Dan Bongino After Criticism From Bill O’Reilly: ‘I’m Not Here to Make Friends’

“If you’re listening to this guy, you’re being played.”

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During his No Spin News program, Bill O’Reilly labeled conservative radio host Dan Bongino as a “fanatic” for his comments about members of the Democratic Party accepting non-citizens as voters in the upcoming election. After seeing his reaction, it’s fair to say Bongino did not appreciate the criticism.

On his daily Rumble show Thursday, Bongino went after the former cable news host, saying he didn’t care who he offended in the process.

“I’m not here to make friends. I was never here to make friends,” Bongino said before lobbing a series of expletives at the former Fox News host. “I’m sorry. If you don’t like language, you gotta tune out of today’s show … It’s something I’ve warned you about the entire time. The show is not for everyone. I’m not here for the money. I don’t need the money, ok? I’m here because I want to change the direction of the country and I think we have a good path to do it.

“But I’m not here to make friends with anybody. I’m not. I’m not,” Bongino reiterated. “I love you guys — the audience — but I don’t give a s— about anyone in this conservative ecosystem that’s faking the funk in order to steal your money and time.”

Bongino claimed that O’Reilly has “constantly” attempted to appear as a guest on his nationally syndicated radio show in an effort to discuss his popular non-fiction book series. In his more than 12-minute long takedown for the longtime host, Dan Bongino continually called Bill O’Reilly names like “chump” and other assorted expletives Barrett News Media is unable to print.

“If you’re listening to this guy, you’re being played,” Bongino concluded. “If you’re listening to this guy, you’re wasting your time. He’s not one of you. You have no idea. There a lot more. And if anyone else wants to go, you tell me, too. ‘Cause you’re next.”

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77 WABC Earns 5 Awards From New York State Broadcasters Association

“I am so proud of what we do every day on WABC Radio.”

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77 WABC earned five Excellence in Broadcasting Awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association in the latest awards ceremony.

“When I bought WABC Radio, I said we were going to do things differently,” said 77 WABC owner John Catsimatidis. “We were going to tell the truth, and we were going to have fun. We have achieved both. I want to thank the New York State Broadcasters for this recognition.”

The station won Excellence in Broadcasting awards in the following categories:

  • The News of the Day – Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast
  • James Golden aka Bo Snerdley – Best Editorial/Commentary
  • Back the Blue –A Tribute to the NYPD – Best Live On Scene
  • Curtis Sliwa on Instagram – Best Use of Digital Platforms
  • WABC Trolley and Broadcast From Columbus Day Parade – Best Live Local Coverage – Streaming on Social Media

“I am so proud of what we do every day on WABC Radio,” said Red Apple Media and WABC President Chad Lopez. “We have the best team, on and off the air. John continues to inspire us to win big and provides us with the tools and resources to propel our growth.”

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KMJ Documentary Earns Regional Emmy Award

“It’s humbling to be recognized by our peers for this honor.”

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A documentary chronicling the history of Fresno news/talk station KMJ has won a Regional Emmy Award.

KMJ: 100 Years in the Valley detailed the origins of the station and its biggest moments in covering the Fresno area. The documentary was produced by Valley PBS and filmmaker Jeff Aiello.

The project was nominated for the award in the Outstanding Achievement in Historical/Cultural News or Long-Form Content at the Northern California Area Emmy Awards, and took home the honor in the ceremony held on Saturday at the San Francisco Hilton.

“So proud of all of those talented individuals past and present that contributed to the greatness of the KMJ brand,” said Cumulus Fresno Regional Vice President and Market Manager Patty Hixson. “It’s humbling to be recognized by our peers for this honor. And a very special thank you to the Bill Tatham family for underwriting this massive project. They are truly central California and Fresno’s gem!”

Program Director Blake Taylor accepted the award alongside Aiello.

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