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WTAX Gains Stronger Signal Following Station Switch

93.9 FM which currently broadcasts a music format will switch to all news. The station’s general manager said the move will allow WTAX to reach a larger audience.

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A broadcasting company in Springfield, Illinois is making moves to broaden the signal of its news network.

Capitol Radio Group’s WTAX which currently broadcasts on 93.5 FM and 1240 AM will move to 93.9 FM, according to The State Journal Register.

93.9 FM which currently broadcasts a music format will switch to all news. The station’s general manager said the move will allow WTAX to reach a larger audience.”We’re promoting it as getting a new coat of paint,” said Chris Bullock.

The current hosts in place at Cool 93.9 FM will continue to do their shows on the new Rewind 93.5.

WTAX News Radio is not expected to make any personnel changes after the switch.

The changes will take effect on June 7. 

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Mark Simone: Critics Have Said Radio Has Been Dying Since the Mid-60s

“Don’t believe all of that stuff. It’s here to stay.”

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Despite what you may read or hear, radio is not dying and has no deathbed in sight. And 710 WOR host Mark Simone wants you to know it.

While speaking with a caller during his radio show Wednesday, Simone was asked about radio usage by the general public. That’s when he stepped on his soapbox to sing the praises of the medium.

“It’s interesting. Radio listening is pretty consistent over the last 50 years. Television, newspapers all way, way, way down,” said Simone. “But actually the same percentage of people listen to the radio now that did 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, 40. So don’t believe that.

“This is the best example. There’s a big trade magazine that has an article about ‘Radio is dying. That’s it. Radio’s finished. It’s over.’ This is from the June 1966 issue. Don’t believe all of that stuff. It’s here to stay.”

According to recent studies, 86% of Americans still call AM/FM radio their preferred audio medium in the car.

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Salem Radio Network Plots Debate Coverage Featuring Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Sebastian Gorka

A two-hour pre-debate special will feature Salem hosts previewing the debate live from Atlanta from 7-9 PM ET.

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On Thursday, June 27th, CNN will air a 90-minute debate between former President Donald Trump (R) and President Joe Biden (D). Salem Radio Network will have extensive coverage surrounding the event, including appearances by Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, and Sebastian Gorka.

A two-hour pre-debate special will feature Salem hosts previewing the debate live from Atlanta from 7-9 PM ET. Hewitt, Gallagher, and Gorka will be joined by the company’s White House correspondent Greg Clugston, who will be on-site at the CNN studios.

The debate takes place from 9-10:30 PM ET. CNN has not allowed the radio network to broadcast the debate, so Salem will return to regularly scheduled programming. After the debate ends at 10:30, it will be followed by a 30-minute wrap-up show hosted by Gallagher.

In addition to airing on the Salem Radio Network, all coverage will also be simulcast on the Salem News Channel.

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WGAU Morning Host Tim Bryant Departs

He also served as the station’s news director.

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Longtime WGAU morning shot host Tim Bryant has exited the Athens, Georgia news/talk outlet.

Bryant hosted Classic City Today from 6-10 AM as the only local weekday programming on the Cox Media Group station. He also served as the station’s news director and was a reporter for sister station 95.5 WSB in Atlanta.

In a post to social media, Bryant alluded to his departure, stating “I covet your prayers as my circumstances change.”

WGAU featured a re-air of yesterday’s edition of The Erick Erickson Show in morning drive Wednesday.

A report from RadioInsight alleges Bryant is the first public name in a round of layoffs affecting Cox Media Group. As of publication, no other names have been revealed as departing the Atlanta-based radio group.

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