WPHT To Launch New Lineup With Chris Stigall Hosting


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.

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  1. I will miss Smerconish in the Am – It’s light, informative and a nice way to start the day. He is the ONLY host comfortable enough with himself to allow his Producer, and Staff Members to actively participate in converstaions, and give their comments. It’s refreshing to laugh in the AM. I hope we don’t get another fist pounder in the AM it’s so old.

  2. You’re dropping Glenn Beck for Dom
    Giordano, a regional lightweight at best? You gotta be kiddin’ me. My radio preset will change. Your program director is a moron.

  3. What a horrible decision. Smerconish has become the Arlen Spector of radio, and his ego is just too much to take. Frank Rizzo would roll-over in his grave if he knew what he had become. Can’t listen to him anymore.
    Good luck to Stigall, but I will be listening now more than ever to AM TALK 990. They have a terrific line-up all day.


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