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Alan Spector: Bud Hedinger Helped Me Ease Into News/Talk Format at WFLA

“You’ve been so great to me in easing me into it and letting me be me.”

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WFLA is saying goodbye to Bud Hedinger, who will retire from the station after more than 20 years. The news/talk veteran impacted many station members, including his co-host, Alan Spector. 

Spector credits Hedinger for helping him ease into the news/talk format with WFLA since he didn’t have much experience despite working in radio for several years.

“I will miss you,” Spector said on Hedinger’s last broadcast. “I’m a relative newcomer when it comes to news/talk radio. I’ve been in radio for many, many, many, many, many, many years. This is the first time I’ve worked in this particular format, and you’ve been so great to me in easing me into it and letting me be me. You’ve never told me what to say, what not to say. 

“You’ve never told me what news story to cover or not to cover. You have let me use my sense of humor, which has always been part of what I’ve done on radio. You’ve let me make fun of you from time to time and have taken it always with good humor, and I appreciate all of that.”

Good Morning Orlando is now being hosted by Simon Conway. He comes to Florida from Iowa, where iHeartMedia regionally syndicated him on three stations: 1040 WHO in Des Moines, 600 WMT in Cedar Rapids, and 1420 WOC in Davenport.

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Civic Media Launches New Midday Shows On Wisconsin Talk Stations

“It’s an amazing privilege to work for a statewide network and have conversations with our listeners.”

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Civic Media has plotted a pair of new midday shows on its 12 talk stations throughout Wisconsin.

Matenaer On Air — featuring Jane Matenaer and comedian Greg Bach will air on the network from 10 AM to Noon. Matenaer joined the outlet in 2022 after previously working as a news anchor and producer at WTMJ. She began hosting the daypart after Kristin Brey joined WTMJ in January.

“I’m so proud to be a part of Civic Media and our mission of keeping hometown radio alive. It is a joy to be able to break down the news of the day, along with finding the lighter side of issues Wisconsinites care about,” Matenaer said. “From childcare to clean water to animal rescue organizations and many more, it continues to be the honor of my life to be welcomed into people’s lives each and every day.”

Additionally, The Todd Allbaugh Show will be heard from 12-2 PM. Allbaugh joined the Civic Media network when the company purchased WRCO in 2022.

“It’s an amazing privilege to work for a statewide network and have conversations with our listeners,” Allbaugh said. “As we take our show across Wisconsin, I’m reminded there’s more that unites than divides us, and I’m excited to tell those stories.”

Finally, Maggie Daun is moving up in the lineup, taking her show from 6-7 PM and moving to 2-4 PM.

“I am beyond thrilled to start in my new mid-day time slot,” said Daun. “This is a crucial time for politics in our state, and I am excited to continue sharing my knowledge, having conversations with our listeners about holding our government accountable at all levels, and pushing for the efficiency and effectiveness needed so that it helps all of the communities it is meant to serve.”

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Tony Katz Taking Show to Israel for Series of Special Broadcasts

Katz will air conversations with top Israeli politicians, as well as soldiers, hospital workers, business owners, and farmers from the Jewish state.

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Syndicated host Tony Katz is taking his program to Israel for a series of special broadcasts from the Middle East.

Tony Katz Today will be live from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Akko, and other areas attacked by Hamas last October.

“The narrative is dominated by bigots who blame Israel for everything while never admitting that Hamas is a terrorist organization that brutally attacked innocent men, women and children. So many in media and in elected office never admit that Hamas raped and murdered women and set babies on fire,” said Katz.

“Also, the media rarely discusses the pressures on the Israeli people. Businesses struggle because the owners and the employees are on the front lines. Hospitals are working with skeleton crews. Food rots in the fields because the workers are fighting for Israel’s future. That story needs to be told. And I’m going to do just that; honestly and directly.”

Katz will air conversations with top Israeli politicians, as well as soldiers, hospital workers, business owners, and farmers from the Jewish state.

Tony Katz Today originates from 93 WIBC in Indianapolis and is heard throughout the Midwest on affiliate stations.

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WGAN Adds The Financial Exchange with Michael Armstrong and Chuck Zodda

“It’s especially gratifying to debut
the show in New England’s fourth-largest media market. I have no doubt that hosts Mike
Armstrong and Chuck Zodda will be warmly received by financially savvy Mainers.”

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WGAN in Portland, Maine has added The Financial Exchange with Michael Armstrong and Chuck Zodda to its daily lineup.

The business radio show will be heard on the Portland Radio Group news/talk station weekdays from 10 AM-Noon.

WGAN is the #1 choice for news and talk in Maine and I’m thrilled to have The Financial
Exchange join its superb lineup,” said Money Matters Radio COO Jason Wolfe. “Adding Portland to the network has been a key goal of ours. The station has an incredibly loyal audience and we can’t wait to get started.”

After launching as a one-hour show in September 2010 on WRKO in Boston, the program was expanded to two hours and reports on the latest business developments in Boston and New England.

“My relationship with The Financial Exchange spans more than a decade,” said Portland Radio Group President and Market Manager Phil Zachary. “So, it’s especially gratifying to debut
the show in New England’s fourth-largest media market. I have no doubt that hosts Mike
Armstrong and Chuck Zodda will be warmly received by financially savvy Mainers.”

The program will begin airing on WGAN on Monday, March 11th.

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