To fill the hole on many of its conservative news/talk stations left by the death of Rush Limbaugh, Cumulus Media late Wednesday announced Westwood One will launch a new show hosted by Dan Bongino, weekdays from 12-3pm. The news and opinion show will clear on Cumulus stations in top-ten markets starting May 24, including KABC Los Angeles, WLS Chicago, WBAP Dallas, KSFO San Francisco and WMAL Washington, DC.
In a press release, the company said the show “will tackle the hot political issues, debunking both liberal and Republican establishment rhetoric.”
Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and New York City police officer, currently hosts a podcast for the Westwood One Podcast Network. It earlier was repurposed as a one-hour syndicated radio program and airs on KABC and KSFO among other company stations. Outkick.com reports that the podcast will remain separate from the new three-hour syndicated radio program.
In addition to the podcast, Bongino is a New York Times’ bestselling author and has appeared on Fox News as a commentator. “I’m excited to embrace the immense power of radio to connect with my listeners live for three hours every day,” said Bongino. “This is an incredible privilege, and I pledge to honor the trailblazing work of those who came before me.”
The new offering gives Westwood One a 24-hour, Monday–Friday news/talk lineup that also features Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Chris Plante, and Jim Bohannon.
“Dan is passionate and relatable, with a natural ability to connect with his audience,” said Suzanne Grimes, President, Westwood One and Executive VP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media. “Dan has been on a meteoric rise since his podcast launched in 2019, and we look forward to watching his star continue to soar.”
The news comes as Premiere Networks says it will continue to provide the voice of Limbaugh for the long-term and plans to launch a podcast series on the life of the conservative talk radio trailblazer. Immediately following Limbaugh’s Feb. 17 death, Premiere said it would continue to air its extensive library of audio content culled over the years of Limbaugh’s syndication “until his audience is prepared to say good-bye.”