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Dave Ramsey Lets Employees Go for Violating Company’s ‘Righteous Living Policy’

A former employee is now suing Ramsey Solutions for discrimination after she was fired for being pregnant and not being legally married to her baby’s father.

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Nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey fired a dozen employees for having premarital sex which violates his company’s “righteous living policy.” The financial guru places a heavy emphasis on his employees living by certain principles and has reportedly canned several people for not adhering to company policy.

The terminations were first reported by the Tennessean. A former employee is now suing Ramsey Solutions for discrimination after she was fired for being pregnant and not being legally married to her baby’s father.

Caitlin O’Connor’s lawsuit states that she requested maternity leave paperwork ahead of her child’s birth when she was fired. O’Connor went before the company’s human resources board, who weighed whether she violated one of Ramsey’s 14 core values: “righteous living.” The company does not provide a list of rules to its employees about living righteously.

 Tennessee is an at-will employment state; thus, companies may terminate their employees without providing any reason.

“Should a team member engage in behavior not consistent with traditional Judeo-Christian values or teaching, it would damage the image and the value of our good will and our brand,” an attorney for Ramsey said. “If this should occur, the team member would be subject to review, probation, or termination.”

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Mark Kaye Takes Over Rush Time Slot in Tulsa

Kaye is based in Jacksonville, Florida where he hosts a talk show on 104.5 WOVK. Kaye was a longtime morning show host on a CHR station before making the jump to news/talk.

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Radio stations around the country are still grappling with how to replace the late Rush Limbaugh. 102.3 KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma is opting to replace Limbaugh’s show with Mark Kaye.

Kaye is based in Jacksonville, Florida where he hosts a talk show on 104.5 WOVK. Kaye was a longtime morning show host on a CHR station before making the jump to news/talk.

“As a life-long fan of Rush Limbaugh, I am still adjusting to a world without his voice,” Kaye said. “Producing a daily show in ‘Rush’s timeslot’ is a daunting task for any broadcaster, but I am grateful to the leadership team at CMG along with 102.3 KRMG for placing their trust in me.”

Kaye’s political videos during the 2016 election, including the now famous “Hillary Clinton Song”, have been viewed by over 14 million people.

“Our stations across the country will greatly miss Rush,” CMG Radio EVP Rob Babin.” We’re pleased to have our own CMG talent to take over that show time in the Tulsa market who has a long successful track record of great ratings and building large audiences and is very compatible with the brand of entertaining and engaging programming that our listeners expect from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.”

Both KRMG and WOVK are owned by Cox Media Group.

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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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