Dr. Laura Schlessinger, world-renowned radio host and best selling author, will join KFWB 980 AM beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the same day the station launches its new news-talk format featuring a host of first-class local and national programming. The announcement was made by CBS RADIO Los Angeles Senior Vice President and Market Manager Ed Krampf. Dr. Laura’s popular program will be broadcast weekdays on-air and online (www.kfwb.com) from 12:00Noon–3:00PM, PT.
“When the opportunity to add Dr. Laura - one of radio’s preeminent talk talents - to our lineup became available we moved swiftly to bring her award-winning program to KFWB,” said Krampf. “Throughout her more than 30-year career, Dr. Laura has built an incredible following by connecting to her audience on a personal level many other talk talents have tried unsuccessfully to replicate. She is an established voice in the Los Angeles community and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on our team.”
Having KFWB serve as the flagship station of the Dr. Laura show comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Talk Radio Network (TRN) is involved in the syndication of her program, which reaches approximately 8.25 million weekly listeners in markets across the country. Dr. Laura is currently heard on KFI in Los Angeles where she is the top-ranked talk show host with Women 25-54 in her daypart.
“I’m unbelievably thrilled to join KFWB,” Dr. Laura said. “We worked closely to create an opportunity that was too good to turn down, including unprecedented marketing support. In teaming up with the award-winning KFWB news team and terrific hosts like Laura Ingraham, we’ll be able to reach more listeners and be part of an exciting new chapter further up the AM
” Added Krampf, “As a result of this acquisition we looked to build a station that would continue to provide our listeners with thorough reporting on local news, including entertainment industry updates, while at the same time offering programming that features an array of opinions and advice on a number of topical issues. I believe that with the new lineup that launches next month we have achieved both goals.”
Following is the lineup for KFWB NEWS TALK 980 beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 8:
6:00-9:00AM: Local News hosted by Phil Hulett and Penny Griego
9:00AM-12:00Noon: Laura Ingraham
12:00Noon-3:00PM: Dr. Laura
3:00-6:00PM: Local Talk/News (host TBA)
6:00-9:00PM: Michael Smerconish
Local news updates will also be broadcast at the top of every hour 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dr. Laura has a Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and received her post-doctoral certification in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Southern California. She was in private practice for 12 years and has been on the faculty of the Department of Biology at the University of Southern California and the Graduate Psychology Department at Pepperdine University.
Dr. Laura is also a best selling author of 12 adult books and four children's books, which range from the provocative New York Times chart topper "The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands" to the poignant children's book title "Why Do You Love Me?.” Her latest book, “In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms,” was released in April and debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Dr. Laura also writes a column for NewsMax and a daily blog.
In addition to hosting her own syndicated radio program since 2001, Laura Ingraham is an author, frequent columnist, and television commentator. After graduating from Dartmouth College, she worked as a speechwriter in the final two years of the Reagan Administration at the White House, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Education. Ingraham went on to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was Notes Editor of the Law Review. Ingraham also served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After clerking, she worked as a white-collar criminal defense attorney for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Michael Smerconish, attorney-turned-political commentator, has been recognized by Talkers magazine as one of America’s most important talk show hosts. Named Radio and Records Local Personality of the Year in 2009, Smerconish hosts a nationally syndicated radio program based at CBS RADIO’s The Big Talker 1210 AM WPHT in Philadelphia. He is the author of four books, including two New York Times bestsellers: Muzzled: From T-Ball or Terrorism, True Stories That Should be Fiction, and Murdered by Mumia, which he co-authored with Maureen Faulkner. He frequently appears on major television programs where politics are discussed and is a regular contributor at MSNBC. Smerconish also authors separate weekly columns for the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer.