One of the things that I consider our mission here at WSRQ is to change the way we program radio. For years, people in radio have been with the mindset that Talk Radio has to have a hard slant to the right in order to be successful and profitable. Quite often critics will cite the high ratings numbers of hosts like Limbaugh and Beck and the failure of the progressive radio network, Air America, to support that theory. I will admit that a lot of money has been made in conservative talk radio. And for a station owner, that formula is appealing…no matter what your political bent is. But for a radio listener, I just don’t think that is enough.
People are getting tired of hearing the same old thing, show after show, hour after hour. In fact, if you listen to talk radio throughout the day, you tire of the same topic being passed in between each radio program. I know. I got rid of my television over a year ago and it is my job to listen to radio…all of the time. After a while, I can’t stand it myself…and I work in radio.
It is also our belief that everyone is entitled to the right to have an opinion and be heard without being humiliated or disrespected. We want our listeners to hear all sides of the story and then allow them to figure it out for themselves. That is why one of the programming changes that we are making is to introduce to our listeners, Michael Smerconish. Michael fits nicely into the idea that you can have intelligent conversation and be entertaining as well.
Broadcasting from my old stomping grounds in Bala Cynwyd, PA (the Main Line to all of you Philly people), Michael is an attorney with a great political resume as well. His bio reads:
“Smerconish is also an on-air contributor with MSNBC, and has often guest-hosted Hardball for Chris Matthews He has been a guest on virtually every television program where politics is discussed, including: the NBC Today Show, Colbert Report, O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, The View, and Real Time With Bill Maher.
Smerconish became a radio and television commentator after experiences he had at an early age in Republican politics. While still in college he was an advanceman for (then) Vice President George H.W. Bush. At age 29, he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to a sub-cabinet level position (Regional Administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he reported to HUD Secretary Jack Kemp).”
We are excited to bring his program to you and know that he will help WSRQ radio be the station that everyone is listening to. I think you are going to like him. Tune in weekdays at noon to see what I am talking about.
Owner of WSRQ Radio