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Rob Connett Out at 680 WPTF in Raleigh

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680 WPTF morning host Rob Connett has announced his departure from the North Carolina news/talk station.

In a post to X, Connett shared he was told in a phone call that he was no longer hosting the morning program after joining the daypart in 2023.

“Over the holidays, I was informed that I am no longer employed at Curtis Media Group. I was shocked, saddened, and blindsided,” Connett wrote, per RadioInsight. “I am proud of the hard work that went into the WPTF Morning Show… I’m going to miss my colleagues and the friendships that were created during my time in the building. But… I’m ready for the next chapter of my life. Plans are already in the works. 2024 will definitely be a year of change. Stay tuned.”

A native Hoosier, Connett worked at both WOWO in Fort Wayne and 93 WIBC in Indianapolis, and additionally at WORX in Madison before joining WPTF and the North Carolina News Network in 2022.

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  1. L

    January 7, 2024 at 5:21 pm

    I enjoyed his morning show very much. Miss hearing him.

  2. Ed Tilley

    January 8, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    He brought an interesting format with him to mornings. Curtis Media seems to have terminated/eliminated him, but thus far, have kept his format??

    Times really change. At 50000 watt powerhouse stations in the past, on-air talent became part of your family. You knew when they were married, had kids, knew their names, etc. And certainly, if talent left or was let go, there would be an explanation on-air. Rob Connett is the second morning guy at WPTF to just “vaporize” without any discussion (Scott Briggaman was replaced without any word, as well). Seems like the clear channel (note the small c) AM stations really are the walking dead of media. Thats sad…

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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

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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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