The Washington Times and Salem Communications announced radio host Andy Parks‘ daily show is moving to middays next week from Metro Radio’s WTNT 730 AM to Salem’s WRC 1260 AM, Salem’s flagship news talker in the nation’s capital.
Parks, one of Washington’s most recognizable and successful talk show hosts over the last three decades, launched his new show two years ago from inside The Times’ newsroom, integrating reporters and breaking news from the newspaper with his well-known commentaries and newsmaker interviews, reported The Washington Times.
“Andy Parks Live from The Washington Times” launched in the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. afternoon drive slot on WTNT and quickly attracted a following across the city.
Next Monday, the show will move into the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. midday slot on WRC, extending its audience reach. Salem recently announced it is upgrading WRC’s daytime signal from 25-kW to 35-kW and has struck rebroadcast deals with smaller stations, amplifying its range beyond the DC metro area and into central and southern Virginia and northern Maryland. It is already also airing on WKDL-AM Warrenton, VA.
“The combination of the resources of The Washington Times and WRC 1260 provides a great opportunity to explore the news of the day, examine the big issues and break stories. I look forward to bringing those elements of the show to the listeners at WRC,” Parks said.
Washington Times executives said the new partnership with Salem and WRC 1260 was a perfect fit with the newspaper’s efforts to continue expanding its audience.
“Andy’s show created the perfect marriage between a newspaper newsroom with breaking-news capabilities and deep policy expertise with one of talk radio’s most entertaining intellectual thought leaders,” Washington Times President and CEO Larry Beasley said. “It was an instant hit and the move to WRC now allows Andy to reach even larger audiences right in the middle of the day.”
Parks has dominated the talk radio scene in DC for three decades. He is perhaps best known for his award-winning morning drive show on Cumulus’ WMAL-AM with former Congressman Fred Grandy.