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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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Ben Shapiro: Daily Wire Forced to Paywall Portions with Dan Bongino Convo Due to YouTube Censorship Fears

The message did not accompany the podcast version of the discussion on Apple Podcasts.

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Ben Shapiro welcomed Dan Bongino to his Sunday Special episode of his Daily Wire program. While the conversation has more than 185,000 views on YouTube, the entire conversation isn’t on the platform.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had to edit out some important information because big tech won’t let us say that sort of thing,” Shapiro said as he introduced the conversation on YouTube. He then urged viewers to subscribe to DailyWire+ to ensure they received the entire conversation as intended.

The message did not accompany the podcast version of the discussion on Apple Podcasts.

Daily Wire has not been shy about its issues with YouTube in recent months. After announcing it planned to depart the platform to put its video projects exclusively on X, it reversed course and stayed on the Google-owned site. However, former host Candace Owens was suspended by the platform in September of last year. CEO Jeremy Boreing revealed last year that YouTube had lobbied 200 content violations on its hosts surrounding topics like the 2020 election and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bongino had his own issues with YouTube in the past. Those problems led him to move his live video to Rumble, where he is now one of the platform’s largest shareholders.

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Longtime LA Host Tom Leykis Retiring From Talk Show

“I wanted to go out on my terms when I wanted. So I did.”

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Longtime Los Angeles talk radio host Tom Leykis is stepping away from his internet-based show, calling it a career.

The former KFI AM-640 host also spent time in L.A. on then KMPC 710 and also on the hot talk formatted KLSX during his long tenure in the City of Angels.

After departing KLSX in 2009, Leykis didn’t begin his podcast until 2012 but continued hosting his internet show until earlier this year. On May 15th, he decided that was it.

“A long time ago, I realized I did not want to be like some of the hosts I heard in the past — begging for callers, stretching for topics,” Leykis told the LA Daily News. “I wanted to go out on my terms when I wanted. So I did.”

The 67-year-old has not hosted a show since that date and told the Daily News he is content with his decision to ride off into the sunset.

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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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