CKNW News Talk 980 has revealed its new host line up which comes into effect on September 2nd. The new structure has been designed to “enable the station to talk and listen to a new and more diverse audience.”
The shuffle up begins in the morning with Jon McComb hosting from 5:30 am to 10 am weekdays: With more than 30 years experience on CKNW, McComb brings his unique perspective to morning radio for the first time. This award winning journalist will set the tone for CKNW’s new vision.
McComb will then hand off to the 2013 Webster Award Commentator of the Year, Simi Sara from 10 am to 2 pm weekdays: Sara’s passion for storytelling and openness to listen to differing opinions is what will define her role in the CKNW line up.
Following Simi Sara will be Mike Eckford—2 pm to 6 pm weekdays: With more than 10 years T.V. experience on Urban Rush, Eckford will be a daily adventure, as he injects his strongly opinioned stance to the afternoon.
And, a new voice from down under, Justin ‘Drex’ Wilcomes bring some edge to CKNW—6 pm to 10 pm weekdays: ‘Drex’ is not afraid to push boundaries. With a previous broadcaster he challenged the Premier and lost his job, but was quickly picked up by Corus. One of Vancouver’s most active social media personalities, Drex will continue his irreverence on CKNW.
Even with a new line up and new personalities in place, CKNW is holding onto familiar shows and voices. “Coast to Coast” with George Noory is the #1 listened to overnight show in North America and will continue to air in its regular spot—10 pm to 5 am.
And finally, “Reality Check” with Bruce Allen.—daily: Allen will offer up his unabashed, unique opinions and agree with him or not, he will force you to take a stand.
“This is definitely a new chapter in the history of this great radio station,” says Ian Koenigsfest, Brand Director AM Programming at Corus Radio Vancouver. “Our station has long had the most outspoken, engaging host in Canada. This new lineup carries on with that tradition.”
In August, CKNW lost two giants of the industry when Philip Till and Bill Good retired facilitating this need for change.