My Daily Radio Show Ends This Week

Today I can announce (much as much colleague Mike McFeely has done) that my 12-2pm radio show on WDAY will be ending.

My last regular broadcast will be Friday.

I love the talk radio format. Interviewing guests and mixing it up with callers are some of my favorite parts of this job. Plus, the folks at WDAY were wonderful to work with. But my employers at Forum Communications Company are making a very big push into digital content, and that’s where they want my focus.

Which makes sense. I grew up listening to Rush Limbaugh in the back seat of my parent’s car, and I always dreamed of having my own show one day, but it was my writing and my work in the digital medium which let me break into this business.

That’s where my strengths are. Broadcasting a daily radio show, believe it or not, is a lot of work. To do it well takes time. To book guests. To find engaging topics and learn about them. My company wants to do new things, and they want me to be a part of those new things, but in order to do that something had to give.

And so the radio show was the thing.

Going to work for FCC has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s been a very successful partnership so far, and the goal here is to make it more successful by playing to strengths and adapting to the changing ways we all access news and information.

I can’t let the cat out of the bag in this post, but suffice it to say that we at FCC have some very exciting things in the works.

For now, I need to thank Mike Kapel and Jay Thomas at WDAY. Those dudes are the best, and you’ll want to keep tuning in to them every day. You may even hear me now and then doing a guest spot, or maybe even guest hosting if I get the itch to be behind a broadcast radio microphone again.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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