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Brad Lane Named Brand Manager at WCCO in Minneapolis

Lane was last a director of content for Good Karma Brands’ news and sports talk stations in Milwaukee. Prior to that, he spent two decades at Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP “SKOR North” in St. Paul.

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After Entercom announced Tuesday they were rebranding as Audacy, the company announced a new brand manager has been hired to lead its news talk operation in Minneapolis.

Brad Lane joins the 830 WCCO team as the station’s new brand manager. His first day is April 19.

Lane was last a director of content for Good Karma Brands’ news and sports talk stations in Milwaukee. Prior to that, he spent two decades at Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP “SKOR North” in St. Paul.

“I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to be back in the Twin Cities programming a station with such a rich legacy, trusted talent and commitment to excellence,” Lane said in a statement. “WCCO has an incredible history and a bright future; it’s with sincere appreciation for the heritage of this storied brand that I am also thrilled to be a part of its evolution.”

“WCCO Radio serves as an extremely important news brand for the people of the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota who rely on us to be informative, timely, relevant and entertaining,” Shannon Knoepke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Minneapolis added. “Brad brings a wealth of experience leading content teams and his leadership and vision will be instrumental to the success of our station. We’re looking forward to adding him to the team.”

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Media Outlets Kept from Daunte Wright Shooting Press Conference

StarTribune reporter Andy Mannix tweeted that he and other reporters including a reporter with Minnesota Public Radio were excluded from the event after they waited for more than an hour to get in.

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Two Minnesota media outlets said they were locked out of a press conference Monday where law enforcement officials discussed the officer-involved shooting that led to the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

StarTribune reporter Andy Mannix tweeted that he and other reporters including a reporter with Minnesota Public Radio were excluded from the event after they waited for more than an hour to get in.

StarTribune managing editor and VP Suki Dardarian confirmed that two out of three of her journalists, a photographer and writer, were barred from entering the conference. A StarTribune video reporter was let in.

“We have reached out to the city with our concerns and have not heard back as of yet,” Dardarian said. “The chief indicated a commitment to transparency. That begins with letting us in after inviting us to a press conference. And it would include allowing us to ask questions after sharing his statement.”

Minneapolis Public Radio also confirmed its reporters were prevented from attending the press conference.

“Credentialed MPR News journalists were not granted access to today’s press conference in Brooklyn Center. Direct access to official information is critical to full and accurate reporting, so we are hopeful that future press conferences are made accessible to all credentialed journalists,” an MPR spokesperson said via email.

Wright was shot after the officer meant to use a taser, but mistakenly drew her gun instead.

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Tom Wynn Passes Away

Wynn hosted Tom Wynn and Friends from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. with Bonnie Amistadi and Doug Leier until his retirement.

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North Dakota broadcasting legend Tom Wynn passed away recently in the Twin Cities; he was 83. Wynn was best known for his nearly four decades of work at KFGO The Might 790.

Wynn hosted Tom Wynn and Friends from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. with Bonnie Amistadi and Doug Leier until his retirement.

Prior to that, he partnered with the late Larry Ristvedt for Tom and Larry in the Morning. Ristvedt, KFGO Farm and Ranch Director, retired in 2010 and passed away three years later.

Wynn worked in Minneapolis radio in the early days of his career and came to KFGO from Lansing, Mich. in 1979. He spent 60 years in radio and worked at KFGO for 37 years.

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WPHT in Philadelphia Has Successful Radiothon for Local USO

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT hosts Rich Zeoliand Dom Giordano anchored the coverage utilizing USO staff and families, dignitaries and special guests such as actor Justin Melnick, WWE announcer Lillian Garcia, and Phillies broadcaster Larry Andersen.

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A Philadelphia talk radio station carried out a successful 12-hour radiothon recently raising $95,000 for the United Service Organization of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey(Liberty USO).

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT hosts Rich Zeoliand Dom Giordano anchored the coverage utilizing  USO staff and families, dignitaries and special guests such as actor Justin Melnick, WWE announcer Lillian Garcia, and Phillies broadcaster Larry Andersen.

“We’re proud of another successful year raising funds and awareness for Liberty USO,” said market manager David Yadgaroff. “These individuals have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and it’s our honor to band together with our listeners to support them and their families.”

The station, which is owned by Audacy, has been participating in this radiothon for the last three years.

“We care deeply about serving those who have served our country and I’m proud of the role WPHT plays in supporting Liberty USO,” Yadgaroff said. “This annual radiothon aims to raise awareness and funds on behalf of service members and their families right here in our community through the generosity of our listeners.”

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