CBS RADIO’s The Big Talker 1210 AM announced
today an enhanced lineup of personality based programs which will begin to
rollout on Monday, January 3, 2011.
Leading off the day on-air and online at www.philadelphia.cbslocal.com
will be one of America’s up
and coming talk show hosts, Chris Stigall who joins the station from KCMO Talk
Radio 710 in Kansas City
where he has hosted morning drive since 2006.
From 5:30-9:00AM Stigall will discuss local and national policy, the
economy, the biggest news stories and issues that affect all Philadelphians,
coupled with interviews of the day’s news and decision makers.
Stigall’s hiring is the result of
Michael Smerconish’s decision to discontinue his morning program so he can
focus on his popular nationally syndicated midday program. He will continue to be heard on WPHT weekdays
from 3:00-700PM with the first hour of the show dedicated exclusively to the Philadelphia audience. Smerconish will debut in his new time period
on Monday, January 17, 2011.
“Michael has been the crown jewel
in WPHT’s lineup for many years and we respect his decision to shift his focus
to afternoons,” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager,
CBS RADIO Philadelphia. “We’re thrilled he’ll remain an important
voice on the station, shaping the political dialogue of Philadelphia for many years to come.
“We searched high and low before
offering Chris mornings at WPHT. He is a
bona fide star who can tackle a variety of issues that relate to his
audience. Philadelphians have never been
shy about sharing their views which will make for some engaging conversations
in morning drive.”
Smerconish added, “First and
foremost, I wanted to remain on our flagship station WPHT, but to put forth the
best program I need to refocus my commitments.
This move allows me to continue with my other radio and television
opportunities, as well as my books and newspaper columns, while at the same
time maintaining contact with my loyal fans in Philadelphia who have been with me since the
“We are in an exciting and historic
time in our country and I couldn’t be more proud to be broadcasting in the
birthplace of American democracy on the legendary WPHT,” said Stigall. “Philadelphia
listeners are very discerning, which places a premium on a show that unpacks
the news of the day in a thoughtful and entertaining way. Our job is to address the topics on
everyone’s minds with input from those in the know and the listeners dealing
directly with the issues.”
Rounding out the daytime schedule launching
on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 is long time Big Talker host Dom Giordano
(weekdays, 9:00AM-12:00Noon), and Rush Limbaugh (weekdays, 12:00Noon-3:00PM). Play-by-play coverage of the Phillies will
dominate the lineup most weekday evenings when the regular season begins in
April 2011. Additional programming will
be announced at a later date.
In addition to hosting morning drive at KCMO, Stigall
has been a contributor to CNN and serves as a guest host for the country's
top radio talk show hosts including Senator Fred Thompson, Michael Savage,
Lou Dobbs, Rusty Humphries and Jerry Doyle. He also regularly
contributes print and on-line columns for publications across the country. His diverse background also includes
Stigall’s work as a representative and press assistant to U.S. Congressman
Sam Graves (MO-06).
Stigall received a degree in broadcasting and
journalism from Northwest Missouri State
University in Maryville. During that time, he also studied
comedy writing and television production as an intern with The Late Show with
David Letterman broadcast on the CBS Television Network. Stigall, his wife, Christine, and their three
children will relocate to Philadelphia.