Contact: Paul Goldsmith FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Former Congressman Joe Walsh Elevated to Afternoon Drive on Chicago's AM 560 The Answer
July 2, 2013 – Chicago, IL – AM 560 The Answer (WIND/Chicago) announced today that beginning July 3 former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh's radio show will be expanding to three hours and moving up to 5-8pm weekdays. Walsh started on The Answer on March 25, 2013, hosting nightly 7-9pm.
"In just three months, the response to Joe's show has been overwhelmingly positive from both our listeners and advertisers," said General Manager Jeff Reisman.
"The only complaint was from Joe … He had more to say than we could fit into two hours, so we're adding an extra hour and are moving his show to drive time in Chicago," added Program Director Marcus Brown. "Joe isn't just a rising star in talk radio. He's a meteor, and his potential for success in this business is enormous."
"Doing a talk show is hard work, but it's a labor of love. I'm able to talk with real people every day about all of the critical issues facing our state and our country. As it turns out, there are more important issues to talk about on Chicago radio than just sports." said Walsh. "I'm hoping the new time enables Mayor Emanuel and Governor Quinn to listen more often. They might learn something."
Walsh was elected to Congress in 2010 to represent Illinois' Eighth Congressional District and became a leading voice in the Tea Party movement. He served in Congress until this past January. He was born and raised in North Barrington. He graduated from the University of Iowa and holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. He lives in McHenry, Illinois, with his wife, Helene. Between them, they have five children.
With the line-up change also comes the opportunity to feed the growing appetite for Dennis Prager. Prager, a Salem Radio Network host, moves to an earlier time, and can now be heard daily from 8p – 11p.
The new weekday line-up for AM 560 The Answer, effective July 3 will be:
5am-9am John Howell and Amy Jacobson
9am-11am Glenn Beck
11am-2pm Dennis Miller
2pm-5pm Michael Medved
5pm-8pm Joe Walsh
8pm-11pm Dennis Prager
11pm-2am Mike Gallagher
2am-5am Hugh Hewitt
AM 560 The Answer is owned and operated by Salem Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:SALM), the largest commercial U.S. radio broadcasting company that provides programming targeted at audiences interested in Christian and conservative opinion content, as measured by the number of stations and audience coverage. Upon completion of all announced transactions, the company will own and/or operate a national portfolio of 99 radio stations in 38 markets, including 61 stations in 22 of the top 25 markets.