Iconic St. Louis radio personality Charlie Brennan will sign off for the final time in May. The Hall-of-Fame broadcaster told his KMOX listeners Monday that “it’s time” to retire.
Brennan said he met with his bosses recently right before his contract was set to expire and informed them of his decision.
“After 39 years I have decided to step away from my Monday – Thursday radio obligations,” Brennan said. “The last show will be May 12th.”
Brennan was elected to the St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame in 2009. His presence in the community has been well-documented, raising money $85,000 for Cardinal Children’s Hospital in 2020.
In 2012, Charlie helped lead a successful campaign to restore medical benefits to the blind in Missouri.Also in 2012, Brennan organized a group of volunteers to plant daffodils on area highways.
Brennan said his show will continue after his retirement. “It is in great hands. I have been honored to work with Chris Mihil, Amy Marxkors, James O’Sullivan, and the entire KMOX team at 1220 Olive.”
Brennan has also authored four books including his most recent one Only in St. Louis: The Most Incredible, Strange and Inspiring Tales. This April, he is partnering with Bank of America and the St. Louis Cardinals to recruit volunteers to pick up litter on the region’s streets.
“I want to thank the listeners for tuning in,” added Brennan. “You have always been so supportive of me than my wildest dreams.” —
Two New Radio Stations Will Carry Vox’s “Today Explained”
“Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios.
Vox Media’s flagship daily news podcast “Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios. The show is expanding, reaching other stations, including one in a marquee market.
The company announced that “Today Explained” will now be adding two new stations to the roster, KCRW (Los Angeles) and WEKU (Eastern Kentucky).
“The KCRW audience is curious, connected, and drawn to the most interesting stories – not just the most immediate,” Evan George, content director of news for KCRW, said.
“Today Explained fits our approach to newsy storytelling with heart. We’re also excited for KCRW listeners to hear some public media voices from around the country help tell the big story of the day without being limited to a four-minute segment.”
Los Angeles is the second-largest public radio market in the U.S., and for co-host Sean Rameswaram, an L.A. native, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Furthermore, the show frequently covers the state of California, whether it’s from politicians to policies pushed.
Here are the radio stations carrying Vox’s daily news podcast:
- KCRW (Santa Monica, CA)
- WEKU (Richmond / Lexington, KY)
- WEVO / New Hampshire Public Radio (Concord, NH)
- WITF (Harrisburg, PA)
- WVPS / Vermont Public Radio (Burlington)
- WVXU / Cincinnati Public Radio (Cincinnati)
- WHYY (Philadelphia)
- WRKF (Baton Rouge, LA)
- WWNO / New Orleans Public Radio (New Orleans)
- WCBU (Peoria, IL)
- WGLT (Normal, IL)
- KOPB / Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland)
- WUOM / Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
- WUFT (Gainesville, FL)
- WLPR / Lakeshore Public Media (Lowell, IN)
NPR Appoints Sal LoCurto as Senior Director for Program Strategy
LoCurto has spent the past five years heading KPCC’s programming.
NPR has found its newest Senior Director For Broadcast Programming Strategy as the company has hired 89.3 KPCC Pasadena/Los Angeles Program Director Sal LoCurto.
LoCurto has spent the past five years heading KPCC’s programming. In his new position, he will supervise the strategic focus of NPR’s non-newsmagazine broadcast programming and manage relationships with outer program producers.
“Among the valuable skills and experience Sal brings to NPR are a deep knowledge of broadcast best practices and the needs of our member stations,” the statement said relayed by Radio Insight.
“Under his leadership, KPCC experienced its highest-rated nine months in the station’s history. Sal also managed and coached key on-air talent, including A Martinez – who has since joined NPR – during his tenure at the station.”
The soon-to-be-former program director will join NPR on June 6th and is more than excited at the chance to work for the public radio station.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with our exceptional programming colleagues around the country and NPR’s production partners as we seek new ways to best serve audiences and fulfill our shared mission. I’m truly honored to join NPR’s team,” LoCurto said.
WGN Radio Launches Documentary to Celebrate its 100th Anniversary
The 45-minute documentary produced by WGN Radio tells how the station launched 100 years ago on Thursday.
WGN Radio is ready to kick off the celebrations for the radio station’s 100th anniversary as it will debut a feature, “100 Years of WGN Radio: A Retrospective,” Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm on WGN-TV.
The 45-minute documentary produced by WGN Radio tells how the station launched 100 years ago on Thursday. The story started in 1922 when Chicagoans Thorne Donnelley and Elliott Jenkins founded it as WDAP and highlighted moments throughout its century of history up to the present day.
“Celebrate WGN Radio’s 100th anniversary with a deep dive into the station’s origins and its journey to 2022. Experience the unforgettable events and emotional moments alongside familiar faces, both past, and present,” WGN said.
Viewers will see the faces of familiar voices during the documentary, such as Bob Sirott, John Williams, Lou Manfredini, Steve King, Johnnie Putman, Dave Eanet, Mary Van De Velde, Dave Plier, and others.
They will all be reflecting on their ventures at the station and sharing memorable moments. Furthermore, there will be a rebroadcast of the documentary for those who miss the initial airing on Sunday, May 22, at 2 pm CT.