Salem Communications announced today that its NewsTalk station in Sacramento, AM 1380 KTKZ will be adding Phil Cowan to the lineup, 7am to 9am, beginning Monday, August 27th. Cowan has a long and storied career doing morning radio in Sacramento, where he was one half of the morning team “Paul and Phil” for 18 years on KGBY-FM, dominating the ratings for most of those years. He later appeared doing a solo talk show on KSTE-AM before starting his own business.
“Recently, I have dabbled in advertising and video production, but the itch to sit down behind a daily microphone has returned,” said Cowan, who referred to himself as a conservative redneck in a recent audition on KTKZ. When Cowan stated his preference for Paul Ryan as the best potential Vice Presidential running mate for Mitt Romney, listeners got a glimpse into his ability to read the tea leaves and make predictions. The next day, Romney announced to the world that Ryan indeed was his pick. “We are excited to add a Sacramento radio market legend to the KTKZ programming line-up,” says Salem Sacramento General Manager, Dale Hendry.
Cowan’s show will deal with local, state and national issues, as well as Phil’s unique sense of humor. He will be joined by station veterans Beth Duncan and Dave Diamond with news, weather and traffic. An added plus for the lineup change is the return of the first hour of Michael Medved, who again will be heard for the full 3 hours Noon to 3pm.
Paul & Phil also traveled the country for Discovery Channel, published ten cookbooks for local charities and were perhaps best known for their annual Christmas specials, performed live for thousands of fans.