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Kristina Koppeser Named New KYW Brand Manager

“The passion, tenacity, and dedication of the KYW newsroom is unrivaled,” said Koppeser.

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KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia has announced Kristina Koppeser, known as “Luca”, as the station’s new Brand Manager and Director of Digital Content.

The station also named Tom Rickert as Assistant Brand Manager and Director of Podcasting.

“The passion, tenacity, and dedication of the KYW newsroom is unrivaled,” said Koppeser. “Having the privilege of working alongside and learning from these award-winning journalists inspires me every day. I am honored to help write the next chapter of KYW Newsradio and to continue to serve the greater Philadelphia region with the top-notch local news that matters most.”

Koppeser joined KYW in 2021 as Digital Managing Editor. She has more than a decade of experience in the digital space. Koppeser replaces Alex Silverman, who departed the station in July to become the Director of News and Programming of KNX News in Los Angeles.

“KYW Newsradio is a venerable newsroom, a cherished institution, and a group of the finest journalists in Philadelphia – but it’s much more than that too,” said Rickert. “It’s the pulse of this city, the soundtrack for generations, and in times of trouble and uncertainty, a critical lifeline for millions. It’s a great honor and a privilege to champion the peerless journalism of this incredible news team and to serve the diverse communities of Philadelphia with the dependable local news and information they not only trust, but deserve.”

Rickert has worked at the station since 2011, and was elevated to Director of Podcasting in 2021.

“We’re thrilled to usher in the next chapter of this heritage brand by elevating two exceptionally talented individuals in Luca and Tom,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Philadelphia. “They both not only have a finger on the pulse of this city, but an immense understanding for the role this station plays for our listeners each and every day. I have full confidence that under their leadership, KYW Newsradio will continue its growth and further extend its position as a trusted and respected voice in this community.”

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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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Eric Von Haessler: Why Do We Even Need Debate Moderators?

“The moderator does not need to be a part of the debate and they always are. And it’s insane.”

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CNN and ABC News have announced plans for presidential debates, with moderators yet to be announced. 95.5 WSB host Eric Von Haessler wonders why the position is even needed.

As reports surface that CNN will tab Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, while ABC News is considering using David Muir and Linsey Davis, Von Haessler said the mere idea of a moderate feels like a foreign concept.

“First of all, they’ll be terrible. I would rather have nobody. They’re all prima donnas. Prima donnas,” Von Haessler reiterated. “And it just turns out that anybody that you pick out of 24-hour news buildings, just full of prima donnas. Why do we need two moderators? That’s number one. And then number two, why do we need any moderators? I don’t think that Lincoln/Douglas, I don’t think they had a moderator there. There used to be a way of debating that each side knew how to do this. Or just have like, Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, Bert Kreischer, I don’t care.

“The moderator does not need to be a part of the debate and they always are. And it’s insane. I think that there’s got to be some way that there’s somebody there who just sort of kicks it off just randomly. “But whoever moderates the debate should have gotten the short straw.”

Eric Von Haessler continued by joking that the job would be a perfect use of AI technology while adding that the likelihood that each moderator shows up to the debate with a mindset that the evening isn’t about them is incredibly low.

“We need someone who doesn’t have an agent. How about that? No one is allowed to moderate a presidential or vice presidential debate if they have an agent.”

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