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John Stokes, Bob Lacey, and Jim Szoke Inducted into WBT’s Hall of Fame

The ceremony will come on the station’s 100th Anniversary ceremony on April 9, 2022.

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Three legendary Charlotte broadcasters will be inducted into WBT’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony in April.

According to a release, the announcement came during The Bo Thompson Morning Show Wednesday. The new inductees include John Stokes, Bob Lacey, and Jim Szoke.

The ceremony will come on the station’s 100th Anniversary ceremony on April 9, 2022.

Jim Szoke is the only member of the 100th Anniversary class still actively on the air at WBT. Szoke is in his 26th year at WBT. He’s credited with helping to secure the rights to the Carolina Panthers at WBT, later being named to the first-ever Carolina Panthers Radio Network crew.

John Stokes retired from the station in 2019. He was inducted into WBT’s Hall of Fame in 2019, but the celebration was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bob Lacey began his career at WBT in 1972. He rose to prominence hosting a wildly popular nighttime talk show called “Lacey Listens.” He was promoted to morning drive several years later and ultimately moved onto television. Lacey returned to radio as part of the nationally syndicated “Bob & Sheri Show.”

WBT will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on Sunday, April 10, 2022. 

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Longtime WLS-AM 890 Weekend Host Paul Brian Dies

“He was a legend in the industry, and he helped a lot of other people along the way, including myself.”

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Longtime WLS-AM 890 weekend host Paul Brian has died at the age of 73.

For more than 20 years, Brian hosted the automotive-focused Drive Chicago program on the Cumulus-owned news/talk outlet.

Brian died last week, according to a story from the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition to his work at WLS, he also previously hosted a variety of programs at WGN Radio in Chicago. In recent years, he hosted a car-centric show on YouTube.

“One of his favorite lines was: ‘Always entertaining and sometimes actually informative,’” his YouTube co-host Lauren Fix told the Sun-Times. “He was a legend in the industry, and he helped a lot of other people along the way, including myself.”

Brian’s daughter joked that he had everyone’s phone number, stating he had 9,000 contacts in his cell phone at the time of his passing.

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Michael Smerconish: Presidential Debate Will Be ‘Financial Windfall’ for CNN

“Remember, this is not a Commission on Presidential Debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates was sort of cast aside…”

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CNN is set to buck decades of precedent and air two commercial breaks during its upcoming Presidential debate. Michael Smerconish believes there’s a perfectly fine reason for that decision.

During his SiriusXM show Monday, Smerconish asked his audience about the microphone for one candidate being muted while the other candidate was speaking for CNN’s debate, before bringing up several other new changes for the debates.

In his recap, he shared his belief that the marriage was a win for the Trump campaign, the Biden campaign, and CNN.

“Remember, this is not a Commission on Presidential Debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates was sort of cast aside when the candidates got together first with CNN — then with ABC — and said we’re gonna go our own way, in large part I think, because they wanted to preclude Robert F Kennedy Jr. from having any access to that debate stage,” said Smerconish.

“There will be two commercial breaks. Unlike the Commission on Presidential Debates, CNN will have corporate sponsors. During the course, two breaks, of the 90-minute event, which will provide a financial windfall I am sure, for CNN.”

Smerconish polled his audience on whether or not they liked the idea of muting microphones during the debate. Nearly 74% of the almost 25,000 who responded said they were in favor of the new measure.

In addition to his program on SiriusXM, Michael Smerconish also hosts a weekend show on CNN.

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1080 KRLD Adds The Chad Benson Show to Daily Lineup

“We’re excited to bring Chad and his wildly popular show to KRLD and deliver trusted news and insights to our listeners.”

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1080 KRLD is adding The Chad Benson Show to its daily lineup, going away from its all-news format to bring the program to Dallas listeners.

Beginning Monday, the show — specifically produced for Metroplex listeners — will air from 12-3 PM on the Audacy station.

“I’m so excited to be a part of KRLD, a legendary station with a long history in DFW and North Texas,” said Benson. “I look forward to connecting with listeners about the biggest issues we’re facing today.”

“We know our listeners trust KRLD for news updates, and now more than ever, where you get your information matters,” said Audacy News & Talk Format Vice President and Brand Manager of NewsRadio 1080 KRLD Drew Anderssen. “We’re excited to bring Chad and his wildly popular show to KRLD and deliver trusted news and insights to our listeners. His conversational, informative, and funny takes on issues will be a refreshing addition to our weekday programming.”

The station will continue its all-news format from 6 AM-12 PM and from 3-10 PM.

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