A shuffle of shows has begun at 1210 WPHT in Philadelphia, as morning host Rich Zeoli will shift to afternoons, and former Philadelphia host Nick Kayal will return to the city for mornings, beginning Monday, October 3rd.
“I’m not there in the mornings for the kids, I’m not there in the evening for the kids,” Zeoli said. “Because I gotta prep and then I gotta go to bed. And in the mornings it’s on Bridget (Zeoli’s wife) to get the kids school.”
He continued by saying “I didn’t want to leave, and I’m not leaving, because I love this place. I love Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, but I have to think about my life, and I have to think about my kids, and my lifestyle, and I have to think about the future. And what the future possibilities could be for me.”
Zeoli said this was not an easy decision, but he can be a hands-on dad and husband with the move. Zeoli has three children under the age of 10. He joked if Kayal “screws up mornings” that Zeoli will “kill him in his sleep”.
Zeoli’s move to afternoons replaces The Sean Hannity Show during the 1210 WPHT lineup. The station will now be all-local from 6:00 AM-7:00 PM.
Kayal tweeted the news, saying current news anchor Dawn Stensland and co-host/1210 WPHT Brand Manager Greg Stocker will remain on the show.
Kayal began his radio career in Philadelphia working at 97.5 The Fanatic before joining SiriusXM’s Bleacher Report Radio for an afternoon show. After a stop as a columnist at Philly.com, he joined 102.5 The Game in Nashville as a morning host alongside Braden Gall and former NFL wide receiver Derrick Mason. In 2020, Kayla joined 92.9 The Game in Atlanta as a part-time host.
“I am looking forward to a new challenge,” Kayal said in his announcement on Twitter. “Going from sports talk to news/political talk. Over the last 6-7 years, but increasingly over the last 3 years, my appetite for political content has increased and now I finally get to voice my opinions on these subject matters.”
Jay Weber: Media ‘Covering’ For Biden, Democrats On Border Crisis
“Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”
Many conservative commentators have maligned the interview President Joe Biden conducted with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes last Sunday, and have claimed he got a “pass” on the nation’s southern border. 1130 WISN host Jay Weber can be added to that list.
“Trust me, if a Republican was president, dozens of terrorists roaming America because of the president — intentionally — reopened the borders, it would be a huge deal and a relentless obsession by the news media,” Weber said. “Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”
Weber pointed out a perceived hypocrisy in liberal circles, as many have claimed Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is guilty of kidnapping after sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, but are ok allowing the southern border to remain open.
He continued by pointing out the southern border’s role in national security, saying it took only 13 people to attack America on 9/11.
Dan Mandis: There’s A Reason Greg Gutfeld Is Winning Late-Night Competition
“There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert.”
After playing a recent clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Mandis said it was the chief reason why network shows are losing to Gutfeld. In the clip, Colbert’s audience cheers when the host brings up a Texas sheriff opening an investigation into the actions of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for shipping illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Colbert called DeSantis “a body builder who skips head day” in his monologue, and Mandis found the comments offensive. He claimed shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX should be a place for all viewers, not just members of the “progressive left”.
“To me, Colbert’s show should be on CNN or MSNBC to cater to the left,” Mandis said. “But again, he’s on the network where he should be welcoming for all. There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Isn’t Gutfeld blowing off half of America?’ Perhaps, but he’s on Fox News, where people know what they’re going to get.”
Mandis then pointed out the difference in Gutfeld’s approach compared to Colbert’s, saying Gutfeld’s panel approach is easier to digest than Colbert’s solo monologue followed by celebrity interviews.
Will Dahlberg New GM For WBHM
“I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities.”
WBHM, the news/talk station owned by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has named Will Dahlberg as its new Executive Director and General Manager.
“Working at WBHM for the past decade has been the highlight of my professional career, and I am honored to serve as executive director,” Dahlberg said. “I appreciate the search committee’s confidence in my abilities to lead this amazing station and the talented and diverse team that works hard to serve our community. I am so grateful to the amazing WBHM team for their time, support and patience during my time as interim and throughout this search. I am also grateful to the many people at UAB who continue to support WBHM’s important mission.”
He also added how important WBHM has been, and will continue to be to the greater Birmingham communitiy.
“WBHM has done an excellent job as a public radio station since 1976, but it is important that we continue to strive to do more,” Dahlberg continued. “I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities. As Birmingham evolves, so should its public radio station, and I can’t wait for us to do that together.”
Dahlberg has previously worked as the Deputy Director and Membership Manager for the station. He has been the interim executive director since mid-2021.
“Will has more than a decade of experience at WBHM in a range of roles, including 15 months as interim executive director, and his passion for public radio and the people it serves is evident in everything he does,” said UAB Chief Communications Officer Jim Bakken. “WBHM provides an invaluable service to the Birmingham community and beyond, and Will’s commitment and vision will lead the station in delivering on its mission.”
Garrett Searight is the Editor of Barrett Sports Media and Barrett News Media. He previously was the Program Director and Afternoon Co-Host on 93.1 The Fan in Lima, OH. He is also a play-by-play announcer for TV and Radio broadcasts in Western Ohio.