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WLS-AM 890 Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Several famous radio moments took place on WLS-AM 890 during its early days.

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WLS-AM 890 is celebrating a large milestone Friday, as the Chicago news/talk station marks the 100th anniversary of its sign-on date.

The station debuted on Saturday, April 12th, 1924 with the call letters WLS, which stood for “World’s Largest Store,” as it was owned by Sears, Roebuck and Co. The retailer sold the station to Prairie Farmer magazine in 1928. Through a series of ownership changes, it was eventually purchased by ABC before being sold to Citadel Broadcasting in 2007, before Citadel was acquired by Cumulus Media — the current owner of the station — in 2011.

The station has undergone several different formats throughout its life, spending decades as one of the nation’s premier CHR stations until it made the full-time switch to talk radio in 1989.

Several famous radio moments took place on WLS-AM 890 during its early days. The famous Hindenburg disaster was brought to audiences around the globe by WLS reporter Herbert Morrison who decided “Oh, the humanity!” while seeing the zeppelin burst into flames. The station was also the first to play The Beatles in the United States.

Currently, the Chicago news/talk station airs a combination of local and nationally syndicated programs. Steve Cochran helms mornings from 5:30-9 AM, before syndicated hosts Chris Plante, Dan Bongino, and Ben Shapiro run the station through middays. The Closing Bell, hosted by Bret Gogoel is a one-hour business program airing from 3-4 PM, while Gogoel also hosts PM Chicago, an additional one-hour local news program. Mark Levin and Michael Knowles round out the remaining hours of the programming lineup.

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KRLD Adds Weekend Show From Longtime Texas Country Reporter Hosts

On the Road with Kelli & Bob — will begin on the Audacy-owned all-new station on Sunday, June 2nd.

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Bob and Kelli Phillips have hosted Texas Country Reporter for decades before hosting their final show Sunday. Now, they’ll take a new show and podcast to KRLD in Dallas.

The new Texas lifestyle and storytelling program — On the Road with Kelli & Bob — will begin on the Audacy-owned all-new station on Sunday, June 2nd, and will be heard from 2-3 PM. The show will also be available throughout the state and a podcast of the program will be available on the Audacy app.

“We’ve been telling stories across Texas for almost 50 years and did not know how other people from other states would embrace us calling in and asking to tell their stories,” Bob Phillips told the Houston Chronicle. “While doing so, we have had a great response and have heard a common thread among everyone we talk to. When we approach them, we say we like to tell positive, uplifting stories about people doing great things — and what we hear the most is ‘Good, we need more of that in the world.’”

The husband and wife duo sold their long-running Texas Country Reporter show in December 2021, and stayed on until a new host was found. J.B. Sauceda will host the newest season of the program, the 53rd in its history, when the program resumes in September.

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Erick Erickson: ‘I’m Okay With Being the Object of Scorn From Morons’

“I have become the object of scorn for some on the right…”

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Erick Erickson has never been shy about his original disdain for former President Donald Trump. And while he is often mocked for his views on the cult-like figure, he’s comfortable in his stance.

In a post on social media, Erick Erickson argued that his place in the conservative media landscape isn’t affected by his beliefs or views, despite the pushback from those both in media and in politics.

“I have become the object of scorn for some on the right who think we are in a post-constitutional order in need of a dictatorship to bend the nation in our direction,” Erickson wrote. “I’m okay with being the object of scorn from morons.”

In an era in news/talk radio that has seen many hosts rise in prominence for their support of former President Trump, Erickson has taken the opposite approach and has found as much or more success than others in the genre. His nationally syndicated program, which originates from 95.5 WSB in Atlanta, is now heard on dozens of stations across the nation.

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Sebastian Gorka to Report on Trump Trial During The Mike Gallagher Show

On Tuesday morning, Gorka was joined by Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX), Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in a show of support for the former President.

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As the trial against former President Donald Trump (R) continues, Salem Radio Network host Dr. Sebastian Gorka is in New York to report on the happenings during The Mike Gallagher Show.

On Tuesday morning, Gorka was joined by Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX), Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in a show of support for the former President.

Sebastian Gorka served in the Trump White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Strategist. However, he departed the White House after seven months a week after Steve Bannon exited.

Gorka — who has called the proceedings against the former President a “kangaroo court” — will report on the latest events of the trial during the nationally syndicated Mike Gallagher Show, which like Gorka’s America First program, airs on the Salem Radio Network.

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