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Today and tomorrow (3/28-29) the John Fredericks Media Network, Steve Bannon’s “War Room,” and Real America’s Voice are teaming up to conduct a live, two-day town hall meeting for residents of East Palestine, Ohio to tell their stories about the aftermath of the toxic train derailment that’s affected their lives on the air. The town halls take place today (3/28) from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm and Wednesday (3/29) from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon at The Original Road House in East Palestine.

Audacy’s Cadence13 Studios announces a partnership with Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning writer, actress, producer and director Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions – the production company behind shows including “Russian Doll,” “Broad City,” and “Harlem” – for a 30-episode comedy franchise featuring stories that parody and pay homage to popular themes in the podcast space. The franchise will be broken out into three seasons of 10 episodes. Each will focus on a central character and distinct theme; however, characters will make crossover appearances across stories and seasons.

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Chaz and AJ Celebrate 20 Years at Connoisseur’s WPLR, New Haven

The WPLR, New Haven morning team of “Chaz and AJ” is celebrating its 20th anniversary hosting their program. Connoisseur Media says, “Chaz and AJ joined WPLR in the winter of 2003 and immediately became a ratings success. Chaz had worked at night for the station years prior and AJ transferred over from LongChaz & AJ - WPLR Island. The duo quickly made a name for themselves for not only comedic pieces, but also for being a major part of the community. The show calls itself an on-air town hall meeting and the spot where the local community can discuss all the important, and not so important, topics of the day. They have hosted gubernatorial debates, stayed on the air around the clock during major local news and weather events, and have featured conversations with two sitting vice presidents, 11 U.S. senators, four Connecticut governors, and the biggest names in movies, TV, and rock music.” Connoisseur Media VP of programming Keith Dakin says, “Of their 20 years on the air, I’ve had the privilege to be able to work with them for over half. To see their drive and quest to continue to entertain and inform day after day is truly inspiring. It is not often that you get to work with a show like this that is so woven into the fabric of the community.”