It may not always get its man, but “FBI, This Week” is always on the air each week to tell radio listeners what’s been going on with the nation’s crime-fighters. The long-running show, hosted by veteran broadcaster Neal Schiff, just marked its 1,000 episode.
Back in September 1990, the first 60-second update (replacing a longer-form FBI program that had been losing affiliates) focused on the agency’s involvement in the savings and loan crisis. Show #1,000 was on the FBI’s efforts to make the Internet safe.
Schiff says he gets particular satisfaction from featuring top ten fugitives and wanted child molesters. “We need to pull out the stops to find these people,” he says. Last year audio clips of mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger were played on back-to-back episodes of the show. “Faces change over time, but a person’s voice is very distinct, so it was great to get that on the air,” Schiff said. Bulger remains on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
“FBI, This Week” is distributed to ABC News Radio affiliates by Citadel Media as commercial-free public service programming. It is also available for podcast downloads on the FBI website.
RBR-TVBR observation: If you are an old radio guy and think this FBI host looks like someone you used to work with who went by the name Neal Stevens, just keep it under your hat. We think it has something to do with the witness protection program.