WMAL Goes Local In Afternoons With Larry O’Connor
Cumulus Conservative Talk 630 WMAL Washington DC/105.9 WMAL-FM Woodbridge VA is moving morning co-host Larry O’Connor to afternoons to host a daily show from 3-6pm starting Monday, January 2.
O’Connor has co-hosted “Mornings On The Mall” with Brian Wilson since 2012 and added a one-hour afternoon show from 5-6pm in 2014. He will replace the syndicated Michael Savage in afternoons. O’Connor will continue to serve as Editor-At-Large for conservative blog HotAir.com.
WMAL is seeking a new co-host to join Brian Wilson in mornings.
Cumulus Media announces that it has named popular Washington, D.C. on-air personality Larry O’Connor as Host of a new three-hour weekday afternoon show on WMAL-AM/FM. “The Larry O’Connor Show” will air weekdays from 3-6PM EST beginning January 2, 2017. O’Connor segues from his current co-hosting duties on WMAL’s “Mornings On The Mall” with Brian Wilson, a position O’Connor has held since 2012. O’Connor has additionally hosted a 5PM EST hour on WMAL-AM/FM since 2014. He also serves as Editor-At-Large for HotAir.com and previously worked with IJ Review, with whom he participated in the New Hampshire Republican Primary debates airing on ABC News.
Jake McCann, Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Washington, D.C. said: “Larry is a super talent in the industry. He’s funny and thought provoking, and his one-hour afternoon show is one of the top-ranked hours in Washington, D.C. It’s a natural progression to expand his afternoon program.”
Bill Hess, WMAL Program Director and Vice President, News/Talk for Cumulus Media said: “Larry’s success, both on our morning and 5pm shows, has positioned him perfectly to re-open the local afternoon daypart on WMAL. He’s smart, entertaining, and an engaging storyteller who will anchor a program built on the stories of the day, with expanded service elements for our busy D.C. commuters.”
O’Connor said: “During this time of unprecedented change and interest in Washington D.C., it’s an exciting and humbling opportunity to help facilitate an entertaining and provocative conversation on a station as important and influential as WMAL. During the four years I’ve been here in the Nation’s Capital, I’ve been so impressed with this community’s engagement in not only our government, but with issues that hit our kitchen tables every day – like pop culture, faith, and parenting.”
O’Connor continued: “It’s been an honor to engage in discussions on these topics every morning and I’m excited to carry on those conversations while people head home from work and school every day. Although I will miss my talented and generous co-host Brian Wilson, I will admit that I’m looking forward to getting a few hours of extra sleep.”
A search for Brian Wilson’s new co-host for WMAL’s “Mornings On The Mall” is underway. Interested candidates should send resumes to Bill Hess at: Bill.Hess@Cumulus.com.