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Dave Roepke, Published September 10 2010

Beck radio show to begin airing on WDAY AM

After his well-publicized visit to Washington, D.C., Glenn Beck is heading to a new destination: Fargo.

His voice is coming here, at least, with WDAY-AM 970 broadcasting Beck’s syndicated radio show starting later this month.

Kevin Weaver, general manager of the radio station, said he’s signed an agreement with the populist talk-show host to air his show in its live time slot, 8 to 11 a.m.

Weaver said adding Beck to the station’s lineup will mark the first foray into the Fargo market by the third-most popular radio host in the U.S., after fellow conservatives Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

“We’re very excited about it,” Weaver said. “People are interested in politics these days.”

Beck will begin airing on WDAY on Sept. 20, he said.

To clear room for Beck’s show, Christopher Gabriel will move to the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. slot – a shift two hours later from his current 9 a.m. to noon slot. The Jay Thomas show will remain in the 2 to 5 p.m. slot.

“We just think they’re building and as they go along they’ll continue to build,” Weaver said of the two locally hosted shows.

Two shows that featured writers for The Forum – a noon-hour news program and a sports roundtable from 1 to 2 p.m. – will be canceled. That was prompted by the addition of Beck’s three-hour show, Weaver said.

Forum Communications owns both The Forum and WDAY-AM, as well as TV stations WDAY in Fargo and WDAZ in Grand Forks.

Dom Izzo, sports director for WDAY-TV, will host a 30-minute sports radio show at 6:30 p.m. starting on Sept. 27, WDAY News Director Jeff Nelson said in a news release.

Weaver said Izzo’s daily show will include sports writers from The Forum. Izzo and Jeff Kolpack, a Forum sports writer, have also begun hosting a Saturday show from 9 to 11 a.m., he said.

As part of the changes at WDAY, the television station will expand its morning programming an hour to begin at 5 a.m. starting on Oct. 18. It will also be simulcast on WDAY-AM, with a third hour added on the radio from 7 to 8 a.m.

Having TV news airing at 5 a.m. “will be great for all the early risers,” Nelson said in the news release.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Roepke at (701) 241-5535