Salem Launching FM Talker In Columbus, OH
October 31, 2012 at 5:19 PM (PT)
SALEM COMMUNICATIONS is assuming operation of RADIO ONE Adult Hits WJKR (98.9 JACK FM)/COLUMBUS, OH and is flipping the station to Talk as of THURSDAY (11/1). The new "98.9 THE ANSWER" will carry the usual SALEM lineup of BILL BENNETT, MIKE GALLAGHER, DENNIS PRAGER, MICHAEL MEDVED and HUGH HEWITT, plus DIAL GLOBAL's DENNIS MILLER and COMPASS MEDIA NETWORKS' LARS LARSON.
"SALEM has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the COLUMBUS community. We're excited to deepen our connection in this market with our acquisition of a strong FM signal where listeners can be informed by our faculty of nationally syndicated hosts," said SALEM RADIO Pres. DAVE SANTRELLA.
"I can't think of a better time to launch a News/Talk station than right now, in OHIO, the biggest of all battleground states," said GM TOM HEYL. "COLUMBUS is ready for a contemporary News/Talk radio station relevant to today's culture."
"This will be the 5th 'ANSWER' station we have launched at SALEM, along with NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, RIVERSIDE, and DALLAS," said VP/Director, Spoken Word Format PHIL BOYCE. "SALEM continues to be a leader in the News/Talk format, and this new station will be the first FM News/Talk station in the company fold. THE ANSWER imaging, voiced by legendary LONNIE PERKINS, will sound great coming out of an FM speaker."