A shuffle of shows has begun at 1210 WPHT in Philadelphia, as morning host Rich Zeoli will shift to afternoons, and former Philadelphia host Nick Kayal will return to the city for mornings, beginning Monday, October 3rd.
“I’m not there in the mornings for the kids, I’m not there in the evening for the kids,” Zeoli said. “Because I gotta prep and then I gotta go to bed. And in the mornings it’s on Bridget (Zeoli’s wife) to get the kids school.”
He continued by saying “I didn’t want to leave, and I’m not leaving, because I love this place. I love Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, but I have to think about my life, and I have to think about my kids, and my lifestyle, and I have to think about the future. And what the future possibilities could be for me.”
Zeoli said this was not an easy decision, but he can be a hands-on dad and husband with the move. Zeoli has three children under the age of 10. He joked if Kayal “screws up mornings” that Zeoli will “kill him in his sleep”.
Zeoli’s move to afternoons replaces The Sean Hannity Show during the 1210 WPHT lineup. The station will now be all-local from 6:00 AM-7:00 PM.
Kayal tweeted the news, saying current news anchor Dawn Stensland and co-host/1210 WPHT Brand Manager Greg Stocker will remain on the show.
Kayal began his radio career in Philadelphia working at 97.5 The Fanatic before joining SiriusXM’s Bleacher Report Radio for an afternoon show. After a stop as a columnist at Philly.com, he joined 102.5 The Game in Nashville as a morning host alongside Braden Gall and former NFL wide receiver Derrick Mason. In 2020, Kayla joined 92.9 The Game in Atlanta as a part-time host.
“I am looking forward to a new challenge,” Kayal said in his announcement on Twitter. “Going from sports talk to news/political talk. Over the last 6-7 years, but increasingly over the last 3 years, my appetite for political content has increased and now I finally get to voice my opinions on these subject matters.”
WDAY Host Jeff Left Retires After 50 Years
Left worked in New York City, Portsmouth, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Fargo.
WDAY host Jeff Left is saying goodbye to radio as he’s retiring after 50 years in the industry across the country. Left began his career in Cleveland, Ohio, when he was 17 years old, and his first on-air opportunity was reading traffic reports to listeners.
“I wasn’t afraid or nothing. ‘I-35 backed up 10 minutes’, and I’m just reading it,” Left said about doing his first live-reads. “I said to myself, ‘Is this it? This is fun!”
Those live-reads led to Left traveling the country and working at various stations throughout his 50-year career. He worked in New York City, Portsmouth, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Fargo.
Eventually, he returned to WDAY for a second time, working in sales, production, and as an on-air personality alongside Bonnie & Friends.
“I’m lucky enough to have 27 advertising awards, I’ve been published 23 times nationally…” Left said. “…I thought it was time, and so that is why I decided to retire.”
Beginning Monday, October 2, Jace Denman will join Bonnie & Friends as Bonnie’s new co-host.
KQED Promotes Ernesto Aguilar to Executive Role
Since joining the radio station in 2021, Aguilar has been Director of Radio Programming.
News/talk KQED in San Francisco is promoting Ernesto Aguilar to Executive Director of Radio Programming and Content DEI. Since joining the radio station in 2021, Aguilar has been Director of Radio Programming.
Aguilar reacted to his promotion on X, formerly Twitter, and shed light on details of what the new role that he’s taking over will consist of.
“Happy to share that my role at @KQED is growing,” Aguilar wrote. “I’m now Executive Director of Radio Programming and Content DEI. In addition to the exciting broadcasts we do, I’ll also now oversee diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the Content division.
“I’ll work closely with our Chief DEI Officer and teams to ensure our internal culture and our programming authentically serves the diverse Bay Area community we cherish. I’ll also be implementing annual Content DEI plans.”
Before joining KQED and heading to the Bay Area, Aguilar was Executive Director of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and worked in Houston’s public radio scene. Furthermore, he thanked his boss, Holly Kernan, for entrusting him with the new role.
“Sincere thanks to @KQEDKernan, my boss, for her dedication and leadership on diversity issues,” Aguilar added. “Her support for devoting resources within Content is invaluable and a step I hope other organizations learn from.
Chris Hayes Taking Podcast on Road with Live Tour
Joy Reid will join Hayes while the tour is in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Rachel Maddow is the guest for the New York stop.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is taking his Why Is This Happening? podcast on tour, as he’ll be hosting three live shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. Hayes has already made a stop in Austin, but the bulk of the tour is getting underway.
Hayes’ tour this fall will begin on Oct. 9 in Chicago, then head to Philadelphia on Oct. 16, and conclude in New York on Nov. 12. Furthermore, the MSNBC host won’t be alone, as he’ll guest, including some from his network.
Joy Reid will join Hayes while the tour is in Philadelphia; meanwhile, Rachel Maddow is the guest for the New York stop.
The All In host was recently in the news after it was announced that Inside with Jen Psaki will take over the Monday 8 p.m. time slot of Hayes’ show, with the change beginning on Sept. 25.
Nonetheless, Hayes will still anchor his show Tuesday through Friday, and Psaki will continue in her Sunday time slot at noon.