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Ray Stevens to Replace Steve Cochran in Mornings on WLS-AM 890

The station revealed that Stevens will begin on Monday, June 10th.

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WLS-AM 890 has announced Ray Stevens will replace Steve Cochran in morning drive on the Cumulus-owned Chicago news/talk station.

In posts to social media, the station announced that Stevens will host from 5:30-9 AM. That timeslot was previously occupied by Cochran, who joined the station in 2022 after previously working at rival WGN Radio. Any mention of Cochran has been wiped from the station’s website, however, it appears as if he hosted his morning show like normal on Friday.

The station revealed that Stevens will begin on Monday, June 10th.

Stevens comes to the station after most recently working as the midday host at KCMO Talk Radio in Kansas City. Stevens — who hosted from 10 AM-Noon in Kansas City — joined the Cumulus news/talk station in September of last year in place of the departing Chris Stigall.

Affectionately known as “Ramblin’ Ray”, Stevens had filled in at WLS in an interim capacity after the departure of morning host Bruce St. James. A long-time country radio staple, Stevens was named the Major Market Personality of the Year Award winner in 2010 by the Country Music Association.

The Closing Bell and PM Chicago were also canceled by WLS-AM 890. The station will move up The Micahel Knowles Show in its lineup and add The Matt Walsh Show from The Daily Wire in place of the local afternoon programming.

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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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