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St. Louis Radio Host Settles Federal Case Over False COVID-19 Statements

“It’s a very favorable settlement. He admitted no liability and paid less than it would’ve cost to go to trial.”

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A St. Louis radio host named Eric Nepute has agreed to pay a fine of $80,000 and refrain from marketing his vitamin products as effective preventatives against COVID-19. 

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Nepute is a part-owner of Quickwork LLC, which had previously agreed to pay a $1 million fine. Although he did not admit to any of the allegations, Nepute signed the agreement to avoid further expenses and uncertainty associated with the lawsuit, according to the settlement document.

“It’s a very favorable settlement,” said Nepute’s attorney Jay Dobbs in an interview. “He admitted no liability and paid less than it would’ve cost to go to trial.”

Nepute is a radio talk show host on Real Talk Radio Network 93.3FM. He also runs wellness centers in south St. Louis County and Creve Coeur and sells vitamins and supplements. However, in 2021, Nepute and Quickwork were the subjects of controversy over COVID-19 and the efficacy of a newly released vaccine. Federal officials took notice, as Nepute was accused of falsely claiming that his vitamin D and zinc supplements could prevent or cure COVID-19.

Nepute and Quickwork were defendants in a lawsuit, which was the first to be filed under the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act. This Act was passed in December 2020 to prevent scams and misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Federal authorities accused Nepute of spreading false information, taking advantage of people’s fears during a pandemic, and posing a significant threat to public safety. The accusations were related to his Facebook videos and other forms of false advertising.

A month after the incident, Nepute consented to an order and pledged to refrain from making any claims that his vitamin products could cure or treat COVID-19. However, in March 2022, federal officials accused him of civil contempt for allegedly stating on his radio show that vitamins were “significantly more advantageous” than vaccines.

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710 KNUS Host Randy Corporan Exits

He added that since announcing his exit, he has been contacted by “truly conservative outlets” to continue his program, but said he won’t begin a new show until after the 2024 election.

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After more than a decade, 710 KNUS weekend host Randy Corporan has hosted his last show for the Denver news/talk station.

According to the host, Salem Media Group informed him it would not be renewing his contract late last month.

Corporan told CompleteColorado.com that after the death of his wife in June of last year, he considered ending the show. However, he persisted, commuting an hour and a half one way to continue the show.

He added that since announcing his exit, he has been contacted by “truly conservative outlets” to continue his program, but said he won’t begin a new show until after the 2024 election.

“I want to get the start of my new life going and sort myself out,” he said. “And I want to take care of some personal problems that need to be dealt with.”

Randy Corporan is listed as one of the defendants — along with Salem Media Group, parent company to 710 KNUS — in a defamation lawsuit brought forth by Dominion Voting Systems over what the election machine company calls “false claims of fraud in the 2020 election.”

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Civic Media Admits Earl Ingram Interview with President Biden Was Edited At White House’s Request

“Civic Media unequivocally stands by Earl Ingram and his team.”

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After the controversy surrounding WURD hosts admitting they were fed questions by the team for President Biden, Civic Media in Milwaukee has admitted a recent interview with the commander-in-chief and Earl Ingram was edited.

The Milwaukee radio host interviewed President Biden on Wednesday, July 3rd before airing it on his morning show the following day.

However, on Monday morning, the company was notified that after the interview, someone affiliated with the Biden campaign asked for edits to the interview, which Ingrahm and his producers enacted.

“Immediately after the phone interview was recorded, the Biden campaign called and asked for two edits to the recording before it aired. Civic Media management immediately undertook an investigation and determined that the production team at the time viewed the edits as non-substantive and broadcast and published the interview with two short segments removed,” the station said in a statement.

The station says that the portions that were edited out of the published interview included Biden’s statement that he has “more Blacks in my administration than any other president, all other presidents combined,” and another that referenced former President Donald Trump called for the hanging of the Central Park Five in the last 1980s.

“With a high-profile interview comes a listener expectation that journalistic interview standards will be applied, even for non-news programming.  We did not meet those expectations. Civic Media disagrees with the team’s judgments in the moment, both with respect to the handling of the interview questions and the decision to edit the interview audio,” the statement from the company continued.

“Civic Media unequivocally stands by Earl Ingram and his team. Earl is an invaluable voice for Milwaukee and Wisconsin, and remains a crucial member of the Civic Media organization. The decision to make the requested edits to the interview was made in good faith. While we disagree with the decision, we stand by our team. This has been a learning experience and we will do better moving forward.”

The admission that the interview was edited comes on the heels of Earl Ingram admitting to ABC News that he — like WURD host Andrea Lawful-Sanders — accepted questions from the Biden White House in exchange for the interview.

After the controversies were uncovered, the Biden campaign and White House has claimed it will no longer suggest questions to potential interviewers.

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The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, Sean Hannity, Jesse Kelly All to Host On-Location for Republican National Convention

Additionally, The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show will broadcast from 1130 WISN on Friday, July 19th after the Republican National Convention has concluded.

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With the Republican National Convention taking place in Milwaukee next week, it is sure to be the center of the political world. That’s why shows like The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, The Sean Hannity Show, and The Jesse Kelly Show will be in the Wisconsin city for the event.

The Premiere Networks programs hosted by Travis and Sexton, as well as Kelly, will originate from the convention center in Milwaukee, while both Hannity’s radio show and Fox News program will also be hosted live from the Wisconsin city.

Additionally, The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show will broadcast from 1130 WISN on Friday, July 19th after the Republican National Convention has concluded.

While The Glenn Beck Program will not be hosted from Milwaukee during the convention, the program will still offer extensive coverage. Blaze Media correspondent Chris Bedford will be on location to offer insight and analysis for the show.

Nationally syndicated weekend host Ben Ferguson will also be at the convention and will be collecting coverage for his radio show, The Ben Ferguson Podcast, and the series he hosts alongside Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Verdict.

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