The Jesse Kelly Show will debut on iHeartMedia Boston station AM 680/WRKO starting in January. Kelly is a war veteran whose unique political views were shaped during a congressional run in a Democrat-controlled district in Arizona.
“We are delighted to be a part of the great WRKO and bringing Jesse Kelly to the Boston audience,” said Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks. “Fresh voice, fresh opinions – it’s time for Jesse Kelly.”
Kelly is described as “unfiltered” and “unapologetic” with a unique insight into the world of politics. “Everyone in radio knows about the greatness of WRKO and wants to be there,” he said. “I am honored to be there.”
Kelly joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000 and on 9/11, watched the towers fall from inside his barracks. He later deployed to Iraq as an infantry Marine during the Second Persian Gulf War and received an honorable discharge after four years.
After his Congressional run, Jesse continued to be a major voice among conservatives, using his large social media following as a platform to continue many of the conversations started on the campaign trail.
The Jesse Kelly Show starts in Boston on Monday, January 4, 2021, airing Monday through Friday from 10:00pm-1:00am EST. The show will then segue to WRKO’s 7:00pm-10:00pm EST timeslot on Monday, February 15, 2021.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
NJ 101.5 Program Director Anne Gress Departs
Gress has been let go as part of cost-cutting measures by the company.
New Jersey 101.5 Director of Content Anne Gress has departed the Townsquare Media-owned station.
Barrett News Media has learned that the station’s top programming boss has been let go as part of cost-cutting measures by the company.
Gress began programming New Jersey 101.5 in January 2018 after 14 years of leading CBS Radio’s classic hits station WOGL in Philadelphia. In 2020, she added programming duties at station WPST, a CHR station.
Her other prior stops include urban formatted Power 99 and smooth jazz WJJZ in Philadelphia, and Q105 in Tampa, among others.
Under her leadership, New Jersey 101.5 finished the Trenton spring ratings period with a 7.9 share in the 6+ demographic, 2nd overall among all local stations. The dominant talk brand featuring Bill Spadea, Deminski and Doyle, and Dennis and Judi also delivered a 5.2 share in the Middlesex-Summerset-Union market.
Carla Marion to Join WBAP’s Morning News
Carla Marion has recently been serving as a Communications and Media Specialist for the McKinney, TX Police Department.
WBAP has announced that Carla Marion will join the station’s morning show in 2024.
In a post to X, the station announced that Marion will join longtime hosts Ernie Brown and Hal Jay in January.
Marion has a history in the Dallas radio market. She worked at all-news KRLD as a morning news anchor before being part of widespread CBS Radio layoffs in 2008 while on maternity leave. She subsequently joined WBAP as a news anchor and reporter in 2009 before departing the station in 2013.
She joins the Cumulus radio station after serving as a Communications and Media Specialist for the McKinney, TX Police Department.
In a post to Facebook, Marion shared that she was “extremely honored to have been asked to once again be part of this legendary team of broadcasters. I will absolutely miss everyone at the incredible McKinney Police Department who have been so supportive of me over these last six years. Y’all took a risk on hiring a civilian and I hope I represented you well. It was an honor to work among so many real life heroes.”
WBAP’s Morning News is heard from 5-9 AM each weekday morning on the Cumulus-owned station.
Megyn Kelly: Fox News Might Never Recover From Reputation Hit
Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly is set to co-moderate the fourth Republican presidential debate on NewsNation Wednesday. Ahead of the debate, Kelly has shared her opinions on credibility, and how Fox News has seen a hit in that department.
“That was a serious reputational wound that they took in connection with those [Dominion and Smartmatic false voter fraud] stories – up and down the line, in connection with all of those stories. They haven’t recovered from it,” Kelly told Semafor’s Max Tani. “Their audience isn’t what it used to be — in comparison to MSNBC and CNN, it’s fine. But their reputation in the industry hasn’t recovered. And I don’t know that it will.”
Kelly has been critical of her former employer in many aspects since she departed Fox News in 2017. She was a vocal critic of the network after it removed Tucker Carlson earlier this year.
As she prepares to moderate Wednesday’s event alongside NewsNation’s Elizabeth Vargas and Washington Free Beacon’s Eliana Johnson, Megyn Kelly was critical of moderators of the previous debate, especially NBC’s Kristen Welker.
“I know how to do it, and it’s frustrating for me to watch others do it and not have my own try at it,” she said. “They had this opportunity certainly at the last debate, and the one before that as well, but they just didn’t take it. Huge frustration of mine watching the earlier debates, especially the NBC one. This is not an interview. This is not a chance for Kristen Welker to ask a question of the candidate and hear whatever answers are interesting to her. No one cares. They can watch Meet the Press for that. We need to watch them debate each other so we can see what the differences are.”