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Ben Shapiro Jokes He’s ‘Retiring From Rap’ After Song Falls From #1 Spot

“It’s been real, dogs. And never forget, music never dies so long as the beat is in your heart. RIP, Dr. Dreidel.”

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The Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro found himself as a featured artist on the iTunes chart-topping song “Facts” with Canadian rapper Tom McDonald. He says he’s leaving the genre on top.

To begin his podcast Wednesday, Shapiro jokingly announced his retirement from rap. After sarcastically calling himself Dr. Dreidel, Shapiro noted that after a 10-day run atop the charts, his song was bested by those appearing at the Grammys Sunday.

“I have to tell you that today is for me a sad day. A couple of days ago, ‘Facts’ by my friend Tom McDonald featuring me, dropped from the top slot on iTunes right after the Grammys. After 10 days of pure magic, it is still the number-one-rated hip-hop song in America on iTunes. But Rap Hanukkah is officially over. And so with tears in my eyes, I have a big announcement to make,” Shapiro said, sarcastically. “To all the little homies who have been lifting me up since I began this journey, it was an inspiring moment. Some have called it a musical supernova. But now, the time has come for me to walk away from my art. And so today I have to announce I’m retiring from rap to spend more time with my family.

“It’s been real, dogs,” Shapiro continued. “And never forget, music never dies so long as the beat is in your heart. RIP, Dr. Dreidel. I know, I know. I’ve been getting a lot of sad messages from people who grew up with my music. People whose lives were changed by the beats and by the flow. But, you know, I’ve decided to leave the industry to a young generation of truly great artists.”

Ben Shapiro had long been a vocal critic of rap music. However, when presented with the opportunity to spit beats on a track espousing conservative values with McDonald, he took the opportunity. In addition to being the top song on the iTunes chart, the music video for the song has garnered more than 14 million views on YouTube since being released 12 days ago.

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Civic Media Launches New Midday Shows On Wisconsin Talk Stations

“It’s an amazing privilege to work for a statewide network and have conversations with our listeners.”

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Civic Media has plotted a pair of new midday shows on its 12 talk stations throughout Wisconsin.

Matenaer On Air — featuring Jane Matenaer and comedian Greg Bach will air on the network from 10 AM to Noon. Matenaer joined the outlet in 2022 after previously working as a news anchor and producer at WTMJ. She began hosting the daypart after Kristin Brey joined WTMJ in January.

“I’m so proud to be a part of Civic Media and our mission of keeping hometown radio alive. It is a joy to be able to break down the news of the day, along with finding the lighter side of issues Wisconsinites care about,” Matenaer said. “From childcare to clean water to animal rescue organizations and many more, it continues to be the honor of my life to be welcomed into people’s lives each and every day.”

Additionally, The Todd Allbaugh Show will be heard from 12-2 PM. Allbaugh joined the Civic Media network when the company purchased WRCO in 2022.

“It’s an amazing privilege to work for a statewide network and have conversations with our listeners,” Allbaugh said. “As we take our show across Wisconsin, I’m reminded there’s more that unites than divides us, and I’m excited to tell those stories.”

Finally, Maggie Daun is moving up in the lineup, taking her show from 6-7 PM and moving to 2-4 PM.

“I am beyond thrilled to start in my new mid-day time slot,” said Daun. “This is a crucial time for politics in our state, and I am excited to continue sharing my knowledge, having conversations with our listeners about holding our government accountable at all levels, and pushing for the efficiency and effectiveness needed so that it helps all of the communities it is meant to serve.”

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Tony Katz Taking Show to Israel for Series of Special Broadcasts

Katz will air conversations with top Israeli politicians, as well as soldiers, hospital workers, business owners, and farmers from the Jewish state.

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Syndicated host Tony Katz is taking his program to Israel for a series of special broadcasts from the Middle East.

Tony Katz Today will be live from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Akko, and other areas attacked by Hamas last October.

“The narrative is dominated by bigots who blame Israel for everything while never admitting that Hamas is a terrorist organization that brutally attacked innocent men, women and children. So many in media and in elected office never admit that Hamas raped and murdered women and set babies on fire,” said Katz.

“Also, the media rarely discusses the pressures on the Israeli people. Businesses struggle because the owners and the employees are on the front lines. Hospitals are working with skeleton crews. Food rots in the fields because the workers are fighting for Israel’s future. That story needs to be told. And I’m going to do just that; honestly and directly.”

Katz will air conversations with top Israeli politicians, as well as soldiers, hospital workers, business owners, and farmers from the Jewish state.

Tony Katz Today originates from 93 WIBC in Indianapolis and is heard throughout the Midwest on affiliate stations.

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WGAN Adds The Financial Exchange with Michael Armstrong and Chuck Zodda

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the show in New England’s fourth-largest media market. I have no doubt that hosts Mike
Armstrong and Chuck Zodda will be warmly received by financially savvy Mainers.”

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WGAN in Portland, Maine has added The Financial Exchange with Michael Armstrong and Chuck Zodda to its daily lineup.

The business radio show will be heard on the Portland Radio Group news/talk station weekdays from 10 AM-Noon.

WGAN is the #1 choice for news and talk in Maine and I’m thrilled to have The Financial
Exchange join its superb lineup,” said Money Matters Radio COO Jason Wolfe. “Adding Portland to the network has been a key goal of ours. The station has an incredibly loyal audience and we can’t wait to get started.”

After launching as a one-hour show in September 2010 on WRKO in Boston, the program was expanded to two hours and reports on the latest business developments in Boston and New England.

“My relationship with The Financial Exchange spans more than a decade,” said Portland Radio Group President and Market Manager Phil Zachary. “So, it’s especially gratifying to debut
the show in New England’s fourth-largest media market. I have no doubt that hosts Mike
Armstrong and Chuck Zodda will be warmly received by financially savvy Mainers.”

The program will begin airing on WGAN on Monday, March 11th.

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