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KTAR Pairs Bruce St. James and Larry Gaydos in Afternoons, Chris Merrill and Joe Huizenga in Middays

Gaydos will be paired with former 890 WLS morning host Bruce St. James for the 4-7 PM timeslot.

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92.3 KTAR has announced a reshuffled daily lineup, which will see Chad Benson depart his current afternoon show where he is paired with Larry Gaydos.

Gaydos will be paired with former 890 WLS morning host Bruce St. James for the 4-7 PM timeslot. Gaydos and Chad had been heard since January 2020, after Gaydos had previously been joined by Mac Watson in the daypart.

Additionally, the station has a new 2-4 PM program, hosted by Chris Merrill and Joe Huizenga. Merrill has worked in a fill-in capacity at KTAR since September 2020 after previously hosting shows on 550 KFYI in Phoenix, KOGO in San Diego, and KMBZ in Kansas City. Huizenga — known on the air as Lloyd Banks — serves as the Assistant Program Director at the station.

With Benson’s departure from afternoons, he’ll continue to host his nationally syndicated program, which will now be heard from 7-10 PM. The station will remove its one-hour evening news program Arizona Evening News, and a two-hour replay of The Ramsey Show with the lineup changes.

“We are thrilled to add new shows that will keep our community informed and connected at such an important time,” said Bonneville Phoenix Senior Vice President and Market Manager Ryan Hatch. “In addition to being one of the most dynamic and fastest growing cities in the country, Phoenix is also the epicenter of the 2024 election with Arizona being a key battleground state.”

“I am excited to welcome back Bruce and introduce Chris and Joe to our already impressive news and talk teams,” added KTAR News Program Director Martha Maurer. “This new lineup will bring exciting new energy and depth to our live and local coverage, both on-air and on our growing digital platforms.”

The new KTAR lineup — which will begin on Monday, February 5th — consists of:
5-8 AM: Arizona’s Morning News
8 AM-12 PM: The Mike Broomhead Show
12-2 PM: The Ramsey Show
2-4 PM: Chris Merrill and Joe Huizenga
4-7 PM: Bruce St. James and Larry Gaydos
7-10 PM: The Chad Benson Show

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  1. Ang O

    January 30, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    Totally sucks. We Love Gaydos & Chad together. I guess we will see how it goes. But their chemistry is funny and unique, wish they kept them together!

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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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