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Westwood One has announced the newly expanded “Ben Shapiro Show” is now carried on more than 150 stations across the country. The combination one-hour podcast and two-hour live show will forego nationally recorded ads in breaks and restrict advertising opportunities to a limited number of live reads similar to what is heard within Shapiro’s daily podcast.

Hubbard has rebranded KSTP Minneapolis, moving from “1500 ESPN” to “SKOR North on 1500AM.” The changes include a revamped afternoon lineup, which now includes “Purple Daily” (12-1pm); “Purple Daily,” “Twins Show” or “Timberwolves Show,” depending on the season (1-2pm); “SKOR North Live with Matthew Coller” (2-4pm); “The Mackey & Judd Show with Ramie” (4-6pm); and “Twins Show,” “Timberwolves Show,” “Reusse Unchained” or “The Beer Show” (6-7pm).

Angela Yee, co-host of iHeartMedia urban “Power 105.1” WWPR’s nationally syndicated morning show, The Breakfast Club, has been named the first-ever BSE Global Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) Ambassador. In the role, she will help the organization build deeper connections to Brooklyn neighborhoods, while participating in BSE Global’s youth educational programs throughout the community. Yee will represent BSE Global at a variety of events, including Brooklyn Nets games and community programs. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, and works with such charitable organizations as the New York Public Library, Coats for Kids, the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the We Are Family Foundation.

Quinnipiac University plans to shutter its campus radio station AC/oldies WQUN (1220) New Haven, CT. VP of public affairs Lynn Bushnell said the station will go dark June 30 with the building and property repurposed. In a letter making the announcement Bushnell said, “The number of students who even consider a career in radio, or who want to intern at WQUN-AM has declined sharply, prompting the university to re-examine the prudence of continuing to operate a community radio station.” Former WPLR (99.1) talents Pam Landry and Brian Smith currently host middays and afternoons respectively on WQUN.

Entercom news/talk WICC Hartford, CT (600) has signed an extension to continue carrying New York Yankees baseball through the 2021 season. WCCC has been a Yankees broadcast partner since 1997. “Everyone at WICC 600 is excited about extending our partnership with the most successful sports franchise in America through the 2021 Major League Baseball season,” VP/market manager Steve Chessare said. “We are honored to remain the home of the passion, pride and pinstripes of The New York Yankees in Southwestern Connecticut.”

Conservative talk show host Lars Larson, heard in afternoons on Alpha Media “FM News 101” KXL-FM Portland, OR, was suspended from Twitter for 12 hours. The host was banned for a reply to former mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone’s tweet condemning police violence, Willamette Week reports.