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.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.
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. 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 .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.Philadelphians have never been shy aboutsharing 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 torefocus my commitments.
“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.
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). 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 thecountry’s top radio talk show hosts including Senator Fred Thompson, Michael Savage, Lou Dobbs, Rusty Humphries and Jerry Doyle. He alsoregularly contributes print and on-line columns for publications across thecountry.
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.