Update 10/29: WPHT is filling Dick Morris’ afternoot slot from within as Rich Zeoli will slide up from his current 6-9pm shift starting Wednesday, November 5.
Talk Radio 1210 WPHT announced that Rich Zeoli will be the host in the 3p-6p slot on 1210AM, online at www.cbsphilly.com, and through the Radio.com app available for a variety of mobile devices starting Wednesday, November 5th. Rich will discuss local and national policy, the economy, the biggest news stories and issues that affect all Philadelphians, coupled with interviews of the day’s news and decision makers.
“We are thrilled that Rich is moving to afternoons at WPHT. He’s a smart, energetic, entertaining talk show host who can tackle a variety of issues that relate to his audience.” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia.
Added Zeoli, “This is a passionate town and we have opinions on everything. I love nothing more than challenging the audience and they challenge me right back. There are many local issues that impact our lives and we need a place to talk about them. That’s what the show is all about and what I plan to bring to afternoon drive on WPHT – a place for the Delaware Valley to talk. I’m just as interested in talking about pop-up beer gardens as I am about NSA spying. What makes this town like nowhere else in America is its passion, and we’ll share a lot of passion on the drive home together.”
Zeoli joined WPHT in 2010 as a freelance part-time talk show host. He was hired full-time in October 2012, and has hosted evenings, 6-9pm since then. Zeoli grew up in New Jersey and spent his career advising candidates in New Jersey and Pennsylvania running for all levels of political office including Governor, U.S. Senate, and Congress. He was the youngest chair of a political party in New Jersey history.
Original Report 10/22: Afternoon host Dick Morris has announced he will depart CBS’ “Talk Radio 1210” WPHT Philadelphia following next month’s elections.
Morris was previously a consultant to political campaigns, most notably President Clinton’s reelection in 1996. He later became a conservative pundit and writer, especially attacking Hilary Clinton. Morris joined WPHT as afternoon host in the spring of 2013 and was soon joined by co-host Gary R’nel, who will remain with WPHT.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Talk consultant Walter Sabo “has been hanging around WPHT lately”.